I grew up in a home where good meals are served on a daily basis and on the weekend, we have a feast. My mum has European descent and her tastes for meals, table setting, and weekend getaway for her children are admirable. Few times a year we have fancy parties in our home where I helped in the kitchen to table décor. At age eight, I designed the table around them – using flowers, napkins, colourful plates and a welcome note to the guests.
There were no Pinterest or online magazines those days so everything I knew was from my mother. She gave me a general idea on how to set up a lovely kitchen and how not to be overwhelmed in house chores.
Sadly, she passed away and recently we celebrated her 12th year death anniversary. In my heart, she is still around because the values are instilled in me.
Thank you, mum!
Before the startup life:
Not many people know that my favourite hobbies when I am not working are photography and cooking. Before I learned how to code, design a beautiful blog and start up a company I am just a chic who is passionate in street photography I usually spend my weekend exploring local sceneries in Singapore and I post-processed the images in Lightroom Adobe after I made my home-cooked pasta with a glass of rosé wine.
I’m really a peaceful type of woman I like to have my personal space to do my thing. Even if I fancy going out to the pub, I still prefer to come home early and have a good rest. I considered myself as homey, a little bit of introvert and stylish at home. Whenever my girlfriends visit me at home, I always get asked about where I buy my kitchen stuff and how I can help them host a party. I have zillion ideas on where to buy beautiful kitchen utensils and how to host a party but I always advise to stay low-key, focus on the good meals, relaxing ambiance and be yourself. You don’t really need a dramatic set up.
I learned street photography back in 2010 when I enrolled at an online crash course on how to do professional photography 101. I focused on the technical aspects. However, since I was shy to ask female models to do a shoot with me, I started in street photography in Singapore. I only did a portrait shoot to models four years later but I still prefer street photography! Haha. 😊
Slowly I purchased my photography equipment and gears; DSLR, tripod, backdrop, and lights. Most of my photos that are taken at home I do it in a self-timer (10 secs) photography on a tripod.
Though I have a quality of photographs I didn’t really showcase my art gallery on social media. Like what I’ve said I was shy to brag it out loud how talented I am! Lol I used to be an introvert nerd who does her own thing without the desire for attention or talent credits. Even when I make someone else’s blog, I do ghost-write and I never take any credits of my work. If I do portraits photography to female models, I don’t ask or force them to give me credits or backlink to my website.
In short, I didn’t know my value before and I have no idea how to promote my work online. It was only recently that I set up my Flickr account. Please check it out so it’s not only my nana who visit my website! hahaha.
When I am not working, I usually visit the kitchen departments at Tangs, Ikea, and Takashimaya in Singapore. I am always on the look for kitchen utensils on sale, fancy teacups and I get my design ideas from the display. After a few minutes trip to the kitchen departments, I head to a local kopi shop to enjoy a cup of black coffee with milk and one piece of chocolate macaroon. Finally, I check my favourite female Instagrammers’ latest posts on the news feed. I follow female influencers who are stylish, outgoing and positive. Like, come on, who has the interest to follow people who only talk rubbish about others, right? Life is so short to focus on negativity. Plus, I only have 30-minutes shopping break in the afternoon. Hence, I prefer to spend my rest day wisely and divide my time into activities that are good for my soul and Instagram. Haha!
I told my nana, someday if I will become a housewife I don’t want to look like as if it’s the end of my life! I want to remain stylish even I will just go to the grocery to get the husband’s sandwich at the deli. I think women should not change even if we are in a committed relationship. So, here’s my grocery outfit in the future! haha.
I love wearing plain fabric and dresses match with simple accessories. I wear my outfit in any occasions whether I have an afternoon tea with the girlfriends or I am at the grocery.
Recently I made a trip to Tangs at Orchard to look for unique and stylish kitchen stuff that I can bring to Ireland. I discovered the fancy Dolce & Gabbana water heater and a traditional Chinese lunch box. I want to buy one but the price is S$ 798 each. Haha!
Here's my cooking gallery!
If I am not reading massive books or doing photography, I usually spend my time in my lovely kitchen to make good meals from scratch to prevent me from going crazy in my work schedule. What better way to chill than to make homemade pasta noodles! Did I mention I love Italian, Indian, Caribbean, and Arabic food?
My helper Sumi became part of my family since 2011, when I asked her about her cooking skills, she only knows how to cook fried chicken. I am not the type of person who replaces employees in a nanosecond, I believe skills can be taught but attitude is not! I like Sumi’s positive perspectives in life and I love her vibe so slowly I teach her how to make good meals from scratch. I taught her everything I learned from mum, my travels and trips, and favourite food bloggers! It didn’t take her a long time to learn in fact, she loves cooking more than I do now. I baked the desserts for Sumi’s cooking lessons at home. She fell in-love in baking so one day I sent her to baking school in Singapore. She got her diploma in baking (with honours) in 2014.
You can imagine we never stop eating cakes since then! Haha. That’s also the reasons I gained weight in 2014.
Where I post-processed the photos:
After my street photography or cooking session, I hang out in my home office to post-process the photos on Lightroom Adobe. It’s a software filter where you can enhance the colours and quality of the photos. Finally, I share the images on the blog! 😊
To add positive vibe in my daily life, I put flowers on my desk to set the mood. I love tulips and red roses but since it is expensive, I buy regular flowers at $2 at the grocery. I enjoy the simple things in life and I never define happiness on material wealth. I believe when you have a passion, good friends and regular job to feed your hobbies it is more than enough. It’s a quality of life.
Thank you for reading! 😊