Chinese New Year closet

Tomorrow is the first day of Chinese New Year!

Like General Sun Tzu, I have my tactics and strategies to get myself through this battlefield down to a military precision. Except that The Art Of War only has 13 chapters whereas I have enough clothes to cover the first 15 days (the only ones that matter, really) of Chinese New Year. I never thought I would say this, but...I am greater than Sun Tzu. Can I now have my own Wikipedia page? Obviously no self-respecting superstitious Chinese person would dare begin the lunar new year with a wardrobe full of new clothes. But how many of them decide to create for themselves a new dressing room especially for Chinese New Year? I did. I turned one of the guest rooms into my dressing room! 

January 30, 2014

Chinese New Year closet

Tomorrow is the first day of Chinese New Year! Like General Sun Tzu, I have my tactics and strategies to get myself through this batt...

'Drench Your Palette In Gold' with Magnum

I just woke up with the slightest remnants of yesterday's pervasive headache. I think it could have been from drinking a double espresso on an empty stomach and not having eaten all day---I'm determined to lose a ridiculous but totally necessary amount of weight, you'll agree when you see from the following photos how fat I am now---but I would prefer to think that my headache had less to do with being a dehydrated empty husk of a person and more to do with giddying excitement and nerves for attempting to cook chocolate desserts drenched in gold with Magnum.

January 29, 2014

'Drench Your Palette In Gold' with Magnum

I just woke up with the slightest remnants of yesterday's pervasive headache. I think it could have been from drinking a double espres...

Going Native: Kerachut beach and Monkey beach, Penang

What sets 'best friends' apart from 'good friends' is that best friends love you despite and for all your flaws, the ones that make you absolutely intolerable to everyone else but yet are a source of endearment (and frustration) to them. While a normal friend would smile politely through the pain, a best friend plays your game and beats you at it. Like Sheena-chan for example! Last week I stayed with her and David in Penang, and without Michiekins to help her manage me, Sheena had to devise a way to keep me under control. Her exact words were: "Oh God...Jasiminne is well rested and didn't bring her iPad, her Mac, or a book...she's going to be a handful. I know! We'll take her to the beach and let her run around to exhaust herself!" You know how the best way to stop a bored, hyperactive puppy from destroying your house is to take it for a long walk so that it sleeps like an angel when it gets home? Same theory.

January 28, 2014

Going Native: Kerachut beach and Monkey beach, Penang

What sets 'best friends' apart from 'good friends' is that best friends love you despite and for all your flaws, the ones ...

Going Native: Penang street food

I'm always telling my London friends to visit me whenever I'm in Kuala Lumpur. Typically they enthuse 'YES!' with the shiny-eyed wonder of a child who's found a golden ticket before their expression drops to a crestfallen 'Oh...but it's so far away, it must be expensive.' Noooo, not quite, just like how everything in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is edible, a trip to Malaysia is self-sustaining. By that I mean that flights aside, everything else is dirt cheap (free if I like you enough to invite you to stay with me) especially the food...oh the glorious street food! Nothing inflames the passions of Malaysians quite like street food; we argue about which lok lok cart is the best, we plan our days around meals, and we drive all the way across states just to eat local specialty dishes...and this Holy Grail that pulls pilgrims across the country is almost always served at a grotty little coffee shop where the plastic tables spill out onto the road and one hunches over a bowl of soup as traffic rumbles by. It's all terribly street, very Malaysian (no one is too snobbish for it), and prove that some of the best things in the world cost next to nothing.

January 27, 2014

Going Native: Penang street food

I'm always telling my London friends to visit me whenever I'm in Kuala Lumpur. Typically they enthuse ' YES!' with the sh...

The best eggs benedict in K.L?

January 25, 2014

The best eggs benedict in K.L?

On A Cloudy Day, Bangsar

People ask me what it means to be 'Posh, Broke, & Bored'. I suppose a good answer to that would be 'to live a champagne lifestyle on lemonade budget'. Shopping wise, On A Cloudy Day has my sartorial needs sorted. Whenever I'm in Kuala Lumpur I pop down to my friend Ash's boutique to get my fix of designer and designer-inspired clothes, accessories, and shoes at a mere fraction of the price. 

January 24, 2014

On A Cloudy Day, Bangsar

People ask me what it means to be 'Posh, Broke, & Bored' . I suppose a good answer to that would be 'to live a champagne l...

YashkaThor

January 23, 2014

YashkaThor

Bailey Nelson eyewear

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Last year---as archaic as that sounds, it was really only a couple of months ago---I tried on and fell in love with a pair of reading glasses by Bailey Nelson at the Bespoke HQ preview at Clerkenwell Collection. I've been wearing the same pair of cheap glasses with a broken hinge for nearly a year that kept sliding down my nose, so when I felt, for the first time in a long time, what real glasses felt like, I was smitten. It was like tasting caviar after a lifetime of eating catfish. 



This pair actually stays in place (most glasses slide down my narrow nose bridge), I can wear them without my lashes brushing uncomfortably against them, and I love that they're so large that they frame my eyes perfectly while giving me a bigger field of vision (is that the word?). None of the fuzzy top, bottom, and sides nonsense like an overly blurred Instagram photo. I feel like a horse whose blinkers have been removed.



"Bailey Nelson was founded in 2012, in Sydney, Australia. The philosophy is based on fair prices for amazing glasses. Bailey Nelson offer a completely new way of buying your prescription spectacles. Rather than pay hundreds of pounds extra for brand names that have little to no input in the actual frame design, they get their frames manufactured directly for them. This cuts out multiple parties in the chain to dramatically reduce the price. All the frames are of the highest quality using high end Italian acetates and 5 barrel hinges. You may also note that each pair is subtly different in colour because they are each made of an individual piece of acetate. Most recently, they've introduced Japanese made polarised lenses into all their sunglasses. 
All the lenses are provided with anti-scratch, anti-reflective multicoat. Bailey Nelson do not sell any lenses without multicoat because they believe this is a standard requirement not an optional up-sell. Where required, they will use higher index lenses to ensure comfort and thinness. For very strong scripts, they offer 1.67 and 1.74 index lenses, which do cost extra, but provide a much thinner lens." 

At prices starting from £98 the glasses are really very reasonably priced too...!


It was difficult picking just one; I fell in love with the tortoiseshell versions, the vintage-shaped frames, and the more conventionally-shaped narrow frames, but eventually I made up my mind.


I've been wearing them for a week and I love them, I can't recommend them enough. This coming from someone who is practically blind, lives in her glasses, and makes a living staring at things for prolonged periods of time; whether I'm squinting at my blog thinking of new and creative ways to describe how I'm Posh, Broke, & Bored or whether I'm staring at minute details on my paintings and drawings. Perfect for both posturers with perfect vision and those with a real need for optical aid. 



It doesn't hurt that they make as terribly photogenic props for narcissistic social-media enabled selfies, but I wouldn't know, I don't know anyone who does anything like that.

My Bailey Nelson frames were a gift from The Clerkenwell Collection, the same gallery and retail space in Farringdon that also stocks Guirado Design and other brands; among them Bespoke HQ suits, jewellery, and also wine (!).

In the immortal words of Johnny Nash: "I can see clearly now, the rain has gone."

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January 22, 2014

Bailey Nelson eyewear

Sponsored post Last year--- as archaic as that sounds, it was really only a couple of months ago ---I tried on and fell in love with a...

Tiramisu at Alexis, Bangsar

For as long as I could remember, ever since I was a young girl up till when I moved to London when I was 19 I had the same birthday cake every year. I would be presented with a deliciously decadent monster of what is definitely the best tiramisu in Kuala Lumpur, from Alexis in Bangsar.


Cognac and coffee soaked lady fingers layered with the fluffiest mascarpone cream topped with sweet, crunchy, caramelised pecans, served with a dreamy puddle of strawberry sauce...it tastes like the things my teenage dreams are made of. 


Even now, after all these years, I have to have my fix whenever I'm back in K.L. One bite and I am transported back to the excitement of my birthday, when the box would make it's appearance, that first glorious bite, stashing it in the fridge and eating my way down to the last slice. It would take me almost two weeks to eat the whole thing by myself---when it comes to this tiramisu, I don't share---and somehow even after a week it tastes as amazing as the first, fresh, bite. If anything it gets better when it's been in the fridge for a while. 


It's four in the morning and typing this has made me so hungry that I've made Sheena-chan cook Maggi Mee for us. This is the catalyst for cellulite. Nevermind, I have Photoshop. I hear the Liquify diet does wonders.

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January 21, 2014

Tiramisu at Alexis, Bangsar

For as long as I could remember, ever since I was a young girl up till when I moved to London when I was 19 I had the same birthday cake e...

Guirado Design

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“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” One of my favourite quotes by Oscar Wilde, I often used it as a convenient rebuke during my 'art school fauxhemian' days whenever anyone derided my questionable sartorial choices.

Guirado Design scarves are the best of both options, being literal works of art---Spanish surrealist Juan Antonio Guirado's paintings reworked by his daughter Catalina---to be worn. Wilde would be proud.


I brought my two new scarves up to the sky beach on the roof of Verve Suites. It was an overcast day and the skies were not a dazzling blue but rather a hazy grey as city skies tend to be. An occupational hazard that comes with a beach on the top of a tower, oh the perils of urban life.


Stock images. Happiness = expectation - reality.

But I barely noticed the gloomy weather, I was too distracted by the dazzling colours of the scarves and the mesmerising textures that brought to mind reflections on water, agate, and marble.



Thank you Guirado Design for bringing this bit of beauty in my life.

Guirado Design scarves, wallpaper, and prints are available to buy at The Clerkenwell Collection, a gorgeous little gallery and retail space in Farringdon that also carries other brands; among them Bespoke HQ suits, jewellery, Bailey Nelson glasses, and also does wine tastings.



January 20, 2014

Guirado Design

Sponsored post “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” One of my favourite quotes by Oscar Wilde, I often us...

Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial artist collaboration event and auction

Thank you everyone who came to support me and Michiekins at the Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial event yesterday at Providence! 


My two favourite women in the whole world, my bestie Michiekins and mummy dearest.
January 16, 2014

Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial artist collaboration event and auction

Thank you everyone who came to support me and Michiekins at the Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial event yesterday at Providence!  ...

Kembalilah aku ke tanahair!

I have returned to the motherland!

January 15, 2014

Kembalilah aku ke tanahair!

I have returned to the motherland!

Dream studios & workspaces.

Goodbye, beloved fixer upper, my first ever artist studio. You were my first (hiding from the Central St Martins janitors at closing time to stay overnight and paint in the illustration studios don't count) and our brief but frequent dalliances have given me a taste of the luxury of having a workspace that isn't my living room, a desk in an office, or a corner of my flat. C'est la catalyst. I want an artist's studio! And what does one who is Posh, Broke, & Bored do when one wants something beyond their means? Scour Pinterest and Tumblr for photos of studios and spaces one wants in the hope that that effort alone will nudge the universe into delivering (hands up if you think The Secret is the greatest discovery for the lazy and wanting!). Or post your desire for one all over social media in the hope that someone will see one's post and go "Hey, I have a warehouse conversion/loft with huge sash windows, a skylight, an exposed brick wall, three white walls, ceilings as high as a cathedral, AND it comes with heating! For free!"  Hey, it can't hurt to put yourself out there. You don't ask you don't get. Here are some artist studios and workspaces I've been quivering over.

A glimpse into my equivalent of a secret porn folder.

January 14, 2014

Dream studios & workspaces.

Goodbye, beloved fixer upper, my first ever artist studio . You were my first (hiding from the Central St Martins janitors at closing tim...

Moët & Chandon x Jasiminne & Michiekins Collaboration!

I've been working on a painting for a collaboration with Moët & Chandon for nearly a month


January 13, 2014

Moët & Chandon x Jasiminne & Michiekins Collaboration!

I've been working on a painting for a collaboration with Moët & Chandon for nearly a month !  ♥

Bermondsey Beckons: José

Eager to eat my way through Bermondsey Street before I give up my artist's studio (that's a story for another time) I had lunch yesterday at José, the sister restaurant of Pizarro


José came highly recommended---now this is what Twitter is for!---plus Senor Pizarro himself was so lovely and friendly on Twitter, how could I not pop in for some tapas? Besides, I love tapas, it is essentially what I already do anyway, ordering several starters instead of a main. 
January 10, 2014

Bermondsey Beckons: José

Eager to eat my way through Bermondsey Street before I give up my artist's studio ( that's a story for another time)  I had lunch ...

Kokon To Zai aftershow party


Goodbye fashion week---sorry, London Collections: Men---it's been fun.
January 09, 2014

Kokon To Zai aftershow party

Goodbye fashion week--- sorry, London Collections: Men ---it's been fun.

Ben Sherman VIP party at The London Edition.

I will not pretend that this blog post has any intellectual substance. Rather I embrace the fact that it is merely a vehicle for tipsy, narcissistic, Fashion Week selfies.


I just got home from the Ben Sherman VIP party at The London Edition (where I spend most of my life, second only to Duck & Waffle) and you might be wondering why the need to blog before bedtime photos you took only hours ago? To which I say; blogging should be instant, if I were to wait two-three days before publishing an event I might as well quit the internet and start a print magazine. I'm sure everyone wants to read about a party weeks after it happens. If you're not going to be consistent just stick to print media.
January 08, 2014

Ben Sherman VIP party at The London Edition.

I will not pretend that this blog post has any intellectual substance. Rather I embrace the fact that it is merely a vehicle for tipsy, na...

Ada + Nik: AW 14/15 'THE DARK WOLF'

Perplexed by the flurry of slender, black-clad, ambiugously-gendered figures in hats, cape-like coats, leather jackets, and wedged brothel creepers (not necessarily worn in that order) flapping around New Oxford Street like stylish ravens? Don't be. London Collections: Men started yesterday, which would account for the surge of 'fashion people' milling from Somerset House to Tottenham Court Road.



Yesterday I covered Ada + Nik's AW 14/15 'THE DARK WOLF'; from backstage photos, to rehearsals, the show itself, and the after show party for my friend Jay's website The Arcadia.
January 07, 2014

Ada + Nik: AW 14/15 'THE DARK WOLF'

Perplexed by the flurry of slender, black-clad, ambiugously-gendered figures in hats, cape-like coats, leather jackets, and wedged brothel ...

Bermondsey Beckons: Pizarro

I must admit that I am guilty of postcode snobbery.

January 06, 2014

Bermondsey Beckons: Pizarro

I must admit that I am guilty of postcode snobbery.

Welcome, 2014.

I have decided to do away with resolutions all together---imagination outranks reality in every way and likewise outcomes may not always live up to expectations which in turn sets one up for disappointment---so instead of setting black & white resolutions I endeavour to make gradual lifestyle changes. One of them is 'do something different that people don't expect of you' so with that in mind I thought I'd spend New Year's Eve both in Essex and in London.

January 02, 2014

Welcome, 2014.

I have decided to do away with resolutions all together--- imagination outranks reality in every way and likewise outcomes may not always ...