Monthly Archives: December 2012

A few weeks ago I posted some writing I had done for TimeOut Hong Kong. I have since done some more writing (and yes, am working on even more). These are mostly music-related with some food for good measure. You can find links to them on my “professional” blog (ha) or click on the links below. For the full scope on all my writing for TimeOut, go grab a physical copy!


Orsola de Castro

Probably one of the most important pieces I’ve gotten to do so far. I really enjoyed interviewing Orsola as she’s fantastically articulate and so knowledgable about her field. I felt empowered to become more eco-conscious and more creative in general about how I consume stuff.


Crowd Lu

Probably one of the biggest names in Taiwanese pop, among the singer-songwriter variety. Crowd is gifted with an incredible voice and has worked hard to get where he’s at today: selling out large stadiums across Asia.

Macy Gray

Ms. Gray came to town for an intimate, one-night only performance. It was actually very interesting researching her life and career — she’s one helluva talent and I find her rather underrated.


Xmas 2012 – Christmas Eating All In One Spot!

As an American, I didn’t know what mulled wine was nor did I realize a hamper was actually quite the opposite of a place where you put dirty clothes. Me and my improper English. 

Thanks for reading!


A few weeks ago, Geneva Vanderzeil of the DIY fashion blog, A Pair and A Spare, celebrated the launch of her book, DIY FashionistaGeneva is truly awe-inspiring — she manages to make runway-inspired looks often using nothing more than thrifted clothing, a few beads and maybe some glue. I’ve really enjoyed following her blog over the past year (especially since she’s been in Hong Kong!) and was so overjoyed when she published her first book!



The book launch, which was held at the Landmark’s Bookazine, included some really covetable cupcakes and of course, a DIY session. It was a fun time to connect with other people who love DIY and to hear about her journey from blogging about DIY projects to selecting entries for her book. Here are some photos from the event:


Indeed, “A Pair and A Spare” event!


Giving The Speech (in a silk top and feather-lined skirt she made, obs).


Crafting with red wine is a good way to go.


Voila! A little DIY to take home.


All her hard work has paid off!

Whether you’re a DIY pro or just getting into it, I highly recommend checking out Geneva’s blog for new ideas and tips. It’s an approachable way to get started on some beautiful and exciting projects. I also recommend her book as well — packed with forty different things you can make for yourself, including skirts, shoes, capes, collars and accessories. It’s a fantastic resource for any DIY-er. Happy crafting!


Sneak peak into DIY Fashionista

First and last images: Pinterest / A Pair and a Spare

Yes, more Acne. I mean no. No, not irritating skin issues or the same Mallory Noise Print dress I fell in love with a few months ago. (Though I haven’t fallen out of love with it) But yes, I am in love with yet another piece of Acne retail. And they are silver pants.

But not just any pair of silver pants! If you asked me to trade all my pants for this one pair, I would actually consider it. They’re leather silver pants (which in HK means they are only wearable during the dead of winter). These seem perfect for almost any occasion — and look at how nicely they sculpt your assets! The only thing I wouldn’t wear it to is a wedding because these babies would totally upstage the bride — even when paired with clogs. But I think everything else is fair game. Catching my creepy feeling drift?

acne silver trouser

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Actually I would never wear them to a funeral either.

Images: Farfetch

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


This is almost as good as dressing androgynously: baseball caps, baseball tees, varsity jackets and, my favorite, basketball jerseys. As a creature of comfort, I wholeheartedly approve of this trend. I like how a leather cap or a varsity jacket can add a bit of edge to a feminine look, ironic as it is to dress a Bulls jersey up with a blazer. I suppose classics are classics. In the end it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. So as long as you believe you can pull it off, it’ll probably work.

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