Sunday, October 27, 2013

My Dream Wedding

Yes, Alvin and I will be tying the knot. I'm blessed to have a caring and understanding man to be my husband. Growing up, my parents were the dearest people to me (they still are). They love me and my sister more than anything in the world. Without them, I wouldn't be who I am today. They are truly the wind beneath our wings. It's very important that they approve of all the choices I make in life. Knowing I'll be entering this new phase of life with their blessing, I am forever grateful.

All brides agree that planning for a wedding can be overwhelming but also fun at the same time. I used to think that it wouldn't be difficult if all I want is to keep it simple. After picking up several issues of Brides magazine, thing has changed. Now, everything from the wedding favor to the bridal bouquet seems like the most important thing to me. There are simply too many irresistable choices. I'm skeptical when people say that you can plan a dream wedding without blowing the budget. I'm already blowing mine. Thankfully, I can always turn to my sister for advice. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Movie Night!

Finally, I can stop using exams and assignments as excuses for the lack of updates. Alvin and I have been busy with....stuff! So, watch this space for some announcements. :)

In the mean time, allow me to update you on our Euro trip this coming winter. Actually, we decided to tour Italy for our annual family vacation and since Malaysia Airline doesn't fly direct to any of the Italian city, my brother-in-law is such a fan of English Premier league and I have been wanting to watch the West End Musical, so we thought it's great to drop by London before moving on to Italy. To set the mood, Alvin and I whipped up a platter of Italian antipasto for our movie night at home, accompanied by a bottle of wine from the Chianti region with our glasses from Villa Danieli (gifts for Valentine's Day).

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Travel Essentials

I went through the last few weeks being buried under a mountain of assignments and struggling to recover from being sick. Saying that I've been under the radar is an understatement. I'm still coughing while I'm typing this but I can't abandon my blog for too long, can I? So, what happened in the last few weeks? I believe nobody wants to know the medicine I had while I was sick or the assignments I'm working on. So, here's something more interesting. We have confirmed our flights to London for the coming winter. The first time I set foot in London was 10 years ago. Running around Britain with my best friend, Yves is an amazing memory. Fast forward a decade later, this time, it's even better because I'm going with people I love the most: my family & Alvin. It's Valleraine's first real winter in Europe. How lovely! Also, it's more than just an annual family vacation. Well, I'm not ready to reveal more about the trip but stay tune. :)

In the mean time, I put together a post of essential items that I normally carry with me when I travel. I have a serious case of claustrophobia, which is why I need a lot of reading materials to keep me occupied for a long-haul flight.

Monday, April 8, 2013

TSC Weekly: Issue #5

Royal Flush Restaurant

It has been an oriental weekend for me and my family. We started the weekend with a dinner to celebrate my sister's birthday at the Royal Flush Chinese restaurant. The exterior of the restaurant is so majestic that it looks like a real palace, only smaller. We then had two rounds of "dimsum" at Steam Room and Concorde Hotel throughout the weekend. Here's something you probably do not know about me: Although I may never learn the right way to hold a pair of chopsticks but I can't seem to live without it. I actually eat spaghetti with chopsticks whenever I'm at home. I inherit only half the "chopstick genes". Haha!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Marini on 57

Pleasant dinner at a great restaurant to celebrate family or friend's birthday is one of the little gestures I enjoy giving. Marini on 57 is one those restaurants with remarkable food, impeccable service and meticulous presentation. No surprise that I chose to celebrate Alvin's birthday there on last Thurday. Reservation was initially made for Wednesday but we had to cancel considering I had an unavoidable presentation to give. I'm glad that Alvin has always been very understanding and supportive of my busy schedule. Well, he is very busy himself too. So, we had a drink at the bar before moving over to the restaurant. View from 57th floor was breathtaking.

Another important celebration was my sister's birthday at the Royal Flush chinese restaurant. My mom came back all the way to have a birthday dinner with her. Although my dad is rather tied up with busy work schedule, it just give us an excuse for another round of dinner when he comes back next week. :)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Accessories: Bling It On!

I was going through my collection of accessories, deciding on which goes with my outfit, suddenly I was prompted to take photos of them. Although you might have seen them before, I decide they deserve a post of their own. When it comes to accessorizing, a small dose of bling immediately adds glamour to the outfit. These are some of my favorite accessories that you might see over and over again. Hope you like them and have a great weekend. :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

TSC Weekly: Issue #4

I spent my Saturday discussing assignments with friends at university campus. Pursuing a master's degree has really been an eye-opener for me. I would say meeting people from different background is the highlight of the course. I enjoy listening to experiences from investment & central bankers, financial analysts, aerospace and automotive engineers. I have learned to think critically and strategically. I'm a changed person.

For Sunday brunch, Alvin and I gave The Red Bean Bag a try. Their "Eggs Atlantic" with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce did not disappoint. We also bought home some pretty pastries (not from the same cafe). Pictures of the week ahead. Hope you like them. Now, I gotta run and help Alvin cooks. :)

Tea party for two at home

Sunday, March 17, 2013

TSC Weekly: Issue #3

When I can't seem to find anything in my wardrobe, I realize it's time for reorganization. So, I stayed-in on a Saturday morning for a little housekeeping. I can barely contain myself when I found some "lost treasures" at the back of my wardrobe. They are mostly birthday gifts from my parents and Alvin from last year.

This week, I also got to spend some quality time with my sister, while bonding with my baby niece, Valleraine. This little girl has changed my perspective towards little monsters. I'm pretty sure she casts a spell on me. My heart melts like a gelato on a sunny day at the sight of her. Maybe it's in the way her tiny hand held mine. The way she parted her lips to give me a kiss. The way she held her arms out and said, "bao bao", asking me to carry her. Or perhaps...perhaps it's in the way she pulled her grandfather's leg hair and laughed mischievously. Dad, I feel for you but it's so crazy funny that I kinda enjoy watching it. Haha!

On a different note, today's dinner is a creative cook-up of leftovers in the fridge. Considering we stocked up a trolley full of fresh produce from Village Grocer, leftovers in the fridge have to make ways for the fresh ones. Coming from a frugal background, wasting food is a big no-no for Alvin. In fact, the dinner is quite delightful. I'll leave you with photos of the week. :)

Salvatore Ferragamo Purse

Ferragamo purse my mom got me for my birthday last year. The color is so delicious! Good taste runs in the family. :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

TSC Weekly: Issue #2

Japanese restaurant

Can you believe another week had passed? I feel like I'm always pressed for time. Do you experience the same? Anyway, my weekdays are about home, work and classes as usual. On Saturday however, I managed to squeeze in a little pampering session for myself and got my nails manicured. I also ran some errands and got my driver's license renewed before having a huge brunch by myself at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf since Alvin works on Saturdays. At night, it was dinner date. We had Japanese yet again. Sundays are mostly about our grocery shopping routine. This week, we went a little overboard with exotic spices and gourmet vinegar. Sunday dinner was a home cook meal. I made baked rice while Alvin grilled some scallops and baked a block of salmon. I wished I had documented it for our "Plat du jour" section but we were too hungry to do that. I'm hoping to make the baked rice again soon. Watch out for it on "Plat du jour" section. I wish you a good week ahead. :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

TSC Weekly

I'm glad to finally write my first post of TSC Weekly. This section comprises of photos that are either a summary of my week or something that inspires me. Last week was the start of another semester, which means the start of new assignments and meeting new people. I spend most of my weekdays travelling between home, work and evening classes. On weekends, Alvin and I typically go shopping for groceries and eat some Japanese food. I need my agedashi tofu at least once a week. This week, we also spent some time scouring Ikea for kitchen utensils and Kinokuniya for some good books. How was your week? I hope you had a great one. See you next week on TSC Weekly. :)

H&M bag, Zara bag

My current favorites. I foresee that they will continue to be loved until they start falling apart.
H&M tote bag / Zara duffel bag

Friday, March 1, 2013

Plat du jour: Spicy Spaghetti with Prawns

Some of you is probably aware of my on-again, off-again relationship with my blog. It's not that I don't love it but sometimes my schedule can get so crazy that the last thing I want to worry about is if my clothes match my shoes.

Still, I can't believe this is my first post for the year 2013. In order to dicipline myself to update constantly, I'm getting Alvin involved. We're starting two new sections for the blog: 1) Plat du jour and 2) TSC Weekly. As the name implies, Plat du jour is about food but it's neither a restaurant review nor suggestion for recipe but simply the food we cook for ourselves. Alvin and I love nothing more than staying-in to watch the Asian Food Channel. More often than not, we find ourselves saying, "Hey, that doesn't look so difficult. Maybe we can give it a try". So I thought why not document them as well? If you know me personally, you will know that I can't cook to save my life. Alvin does most of the cooking and takes most of the photos while I ermm....enjoy them?

TSC (The Style Chemistry) Weekly on the other hand is a weekly update of my life and things that inspire me. Although I may not be able to write a full post sometimes, I'm hoping to at least share a short post of nice photos.

Back to our plat du jour, it's spicy spaghetti with prawns. Ingredients are as follow along with some olive oil and butter. The tanginess of the "chili padi" leaves me craving for more. Hope you like the post. Bon appetit! :)

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