2014 : A retrospective


What a year it's been. 
December 30, 2014

2014 : A retrospective

What a year it's been. 

(Belated) Boxing Day date: ZSL London Zoo and Smack Deli


My Boxing Day mission was a bit of a fail - the grand plan was to wake up gloriously early (HA!), for Henry to take me to London Zoo on a date and then after braving the Boxing Day sale (why?) in Selfridges. Needless to say that an entire Christmas Day spend ingesting copious amounts of Bolly, eating my body weight in turkey and Sara's incredibly morish peppermint chocolates saw to it that my most ambitious feat on Boxing Day was waking up at midday to eat a pizza in bed only to fall asleep and wake up four hours later to a pitch-black sky as unfathomable as my post-Christmas shame. I call it Santavitis. Well, so much for that. Henry and I finally left the house yesterday out of contrition (also to put off cleaning up the Christmas chaos) and set out to get some fresh air. I even made up my face and wore matching socks, ya'll. My penance is real. 
December 28, 2014

(Belated) Boxing Day date: ZSL London Zoo and Smack Deli

My Boxing Day mission was a bit of a fail - the grand plan was to wake up gloriously early (HA!), for Henry to take me to London Zoo o...

20 Random Facts about Me


Back in September I may have copped out on the '20 Random Facts About Me' tag by volunteering my boyfriend as tribute (he had no say in it). Boo, hiss, spoilsport etc. but the surprising truth is that despite occupying an obnoxious amount of space on the internet with what is undoubtedly the most self-serving form of navel-gazing - that is, blogging - I'm actually quite a reserved person. Pick your rolling eyes up from the back of your skull - it's the God-honest truth, I swear it. Your disbelief is not unfounded, after all how can someone who has been eyeballed nearly 17 million times on Google+ (itself the most barren of social media deserts) profess themselves an introvert? That's the funny thing about people with selective attention whore tendencies - they love to share a very carefully curated version of their selves for validation and love from strangers while furiously hiding the more vulnerable, tender, and awkward aspects of their personalities which ironically is what makes them more human and therefore more endearing to a judgemental yet sympathetic public. 
December 27, 2014

20 Random Facts about Me

Back in September I may have copped out on the '20 Random Facts About Me' tag by volunteering my boyfriend as tribute (he had...

Christmas In London


Another year, another Christmas in ol' Blighty. While most of my friends contribute to the desolation of London by driving or jetting home for two days of seasonal bingeing and parcel-passing in the name of the lord, for the foreigner with family an ocean away who don't celebrate 'Jesus day' (Godless heathens!) the options for whiling away Christmas Eve and the day itself are limited. Option  1: trawl the empty, eerily quiet streets of London imagining yourself the lone survivor in a 28 Days post-apocalytic scenario (did that in 2011). Two: keep busy with volunteer work (a personal tradition since 2013). Three: find an adopted family for the season (did that last year and the year before). And finally, four: combine forces with others who remain in the city with a most unorthodox Christmas evening where tradition begins with turkey and ends most abruptly in a most unfamily-friendly night of Cards Against Humanity, black comedy, and decidedly improper running commentary on all the Christmas TV specials.
December 26, 2014

Christmas In London

Another year, another Christmas in ol' Blighty. While most of my friends contribute to the desolation of London by driving or jett...

Interiors: Hallway Snippets & StreetHub



Inspired and encouraged by the success of my living room makeover I thought I'd put more effort into decorating the most sadly-neglected space in my apartment: my hallway, with a little help from StreetHub.
December 19, 2014

Interiors: Hallway Snippets & StreetHub

Inspired and encouraged by the success of my living room makeover I thought I'd put more effort into decorating the most sadly-n...

Making a difference this Christmas: Crisis At Christmas 2014


I've received heaps of positive feedback on my  blog post about how to gain permanent residence (PR) in the UK. It seems that lately my posts about more practical life advice (home decor, travel etc.) are well received which I imagine reflects my readers' lives: young adults like myself who have been following Posh, Broke, & Bored while both myself and my blog topics evolve as we mature. Even carefree ingenues must blossom into nubile sophisticates, yes? As we stride away from the me-centric stages of adolescence and toward compassion for the universe beyond our own orbit we find ourselves caring a little more for those around us, and realising how blessed we are. I mean, you're probably reading this on a smartphone, computer, or tablet which means you're probably reasonably well off. I hope you'll spare some of your time and allow me to speak a little about a cause that has become quite dear to me, which is Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people.
December 16, 2014

Making a difference this Christmas: Crisis At Christmas 2014

I've received heaps of positive feedback on my   blog post about how to gain permanent residence (PR) in the UK . It seems that l...

How to Stay On In The UK: My Understanding on how to gain PR


"How do you remain in the UK?" is the most common question fellow Malaysians have asked me. I completely understand their curiosity, after all I know firsthand how difficult it is for anyone outside of the European Union and Switzerland to stay on in the United Kingdom once they've stayed their student visa. While I don't claim to be an expert on immigration I can say that having stayed in London for eight years on three different visas has given me some insight on gaining permanent residence here. 
December 15, 2014

How to Stay On In The UK: My Understanding on how to gain PR

"How do you remain in the UK?" is the most common question fellow Malaysians have asked me. I completely understand their cur...

Transylvanian Christmas: Dracula's Castle, Bran, Romania


On our final day in Transylvania Henry and I set out to 'Dracula's Castle' in Bran to separate myth from man: Bram Stoker's Dracula versus Vlad the Impaler. The stakes *hehe* were high---we were cutting it fine if we were to catch our flight back to London from Bucharest---but we were more than determined to sink our teeth *ha* into this last endeavour of ours, the final nail in the coffin *huhu* in our tour of Romania, so to speak. How could I ever look myself in the mirror *chortle* again if I went all the way to Transylvania without visiting Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula's Castle? 
December 09, 2014

Transylvanian Christmas: Dracula's Castle, Bran, Romania

On our final day in Transylvania Henry and I set out to 'Dracula's Castle' in Bran to separate myth from man: Bram Stoker&...

Transylvanian Christmas: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania


In Transylvania, northwest of Sinaia in Prahova County, is a fairytale castle rising from the mist and firs of the Carpathian Mountains.
December 08, 2014

Transylvanian Christmas: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania

In Transylvania, northwest of Sinaia in Prahova County, is a fairytale castle rising from the mist and firs of the Carpathian Mountain...

Transylvanian Christmas: Brasov, Romania



Greetings from Transylvania! Enamoured by the myth of Count Dracula, Henry suggested we take a Vampire Weekend to Romania.
December 07, 2014

Transylvanian Christmas: Brasov, Romania

Greetings from Transylvania! Enamoured by the myth of Count Dracula, Henry suggested we take a Vampire Weekend to Romania.

#GoldCelebration: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve x Rankin photobooth

Queens of the photobooth: Luxy and I.
On Tuesday I went to the city to catch the collaboration between luxury Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker and iconic photographer Rankin.
December 04, 2014

#GoldCelebration: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve x Rankin photobooth

Queens of the photobooth: Luxy and I. On Tuesday I went to the city to catch the collaboration between luxury Scotch whisky Johnnie W...

Life is a cabaret: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar, Rosewood London


The magical mystical dancer lit up like an erotic traffic light. Even the crickets stopped hick-ing to observe this visual delight!

On Sunday, Henry and I joined Luxy and Mel for an intimate evening of cabaret at the 'artfully social' Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood.
December 02, 2014

Life is a cabaret: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar, Rosewood London

The magical mystical dancer lit up like an erotic traffic light. Even the crickets stopped hick-ing to observe this visual delight! ...

Christmas Giveaway: Lancôme Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir


Christmas is nearly upon us and I thought I'd give you a nice present as a way of saying thank you for reading Posh, Broke, & Bored. This is my first blog giveaway and for the prize I picked a little luxury that I think is quite befitting of the lush, decadent, and nourishing experience that I hope you feel when reading my blog. One of you will win the luxurious and raved-about Lancôme Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir (retail price £255, $360 in the US)It's as easy as clicking a button (or two or three if you fancy giving yourself a slight edge over the rest).
December 01, 2014

Christmas Giveaway: Lancôme Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir

Christmas is nearly upon us and I thought I'd give you a nice present as a way of saying thank you for reading Posh, Broke, &...