One Last Look At Kuala Lumpur


Yesterday was mine and Henry's last day in South East Asia. I started my month-long winter break with Kuala LumpurBangkokHanoiHa Long, then met up with Henry in K.L where we embarked to Borneo on an adventure of wildlife, tropical islands, and ushering in the Year Of The Goat, and back to Kuala Lumpur. Today we close the final chapter on February's sojourn and fly back to London, so yesterday we bade a bittersweet 'goodbye-for-now' to K.L and her many tropical delights (although I won't miss the heat, I can tell you that) with a lazy day in the city. Doing what I like to do best: shop, swim, and spa, at my two favourite downtown destinations - Starhill Gallery and Ritz-Carlton, mais bien sûr.
February 28, 2015

One Last Look At Kuala Lumpur

Yesterday was mine and Henry's last day in South East Asia. I started my month-long winter break with  Kuala Lumpur ,  Bangkok ,  ...

What's In My Camera Bag | My Camera Lenses & Guide to Prime Lenses


Today's post follows the 'Useful & Beautiful' theme of Posh, Broke, & Bored in which I share tips and hacks that could well be useful for your photography, blogging, or to just 'win at life'. So yes, that's useful, but how is it beautiful? Well! I'll illustrate my knowledge with ocular crack/eye candy from the five different countries I've been to this year - Latvia, UK, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. For this blog post about my camera lenses I've put together an eclectic gallery of photos - travel, street photography, portraits, food, wildlife etc. - taken by both Henry and I. A few of these you may recognise from recent blog posts but most of them are f-f-fresh off the boat, so even if you're not a budding blogger looking to level up your photography and learn more about camera lenses, you can just enjoy this post as 'Postcards from Kuala Lumpur'.
February 27, 2015

What's In My Camera Bag | My Camera Lenses & Guide to Prime Lenses

Today's post follows the 'Useful & Beautiful' theme of Posh, Broke, & Bored in which I share tips and hacks that c...

Monkey Business in Borneo: Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary Borneo

After our visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Henry and I had some time before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur so we dropped in at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary for more monkey business.
February 24, 2015

Monkey Business in Borneo: Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

After our visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Henry and I had some time before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur so we dro...

Monkey Business in Borneo: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Borneo Posh, Broke, & Bored

My first encounter with the elusive orangutan in its natural habitat was over a decade ago in the rainforests of Sepilok. 
February 23, 2015

Monkey Business in Borneo: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

My first encounter with the elusive orangutan in its natural habitat was over a decade ago in the rainforests of Sepilok. 

Borneo Photo Diaries: The Prologue - Chinese New Year


Happy Chinese New Year from Borneo! 恭喜發財, 萬事如意 (gongxi facai, wanshi ruyi) - Wishing you prosperity and may all your wishes be fulfilled. 
February 21, 2015

Borneo Photo Diaries: The Prologue - Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year from Borneo! 恭喜發財, 萬事如意 (gongxi facai, wanshi ruyi) - Wishing you prosperity and may all your wishes be fulfill...

Easy Style hack - How to turn any handbag into a camera bag

Posh Broke Bored - Make your own stylish camera bag

How does a stylish woman reconcile her love for fashionable handbags with her need to carry heavy camera equipment? Ah, that enduring blogger conundrum (don't say 'Emasculate your boyfriend into being your full-time camera monkey'). Shock, surprise, but yes, you can carry a limited edition Lady Dior handbag on a day out with your girlfriends with a camera, two lenses, a stack of business cards, two polarising filters, AND your other everyday bits and bobs! The solution is so painfully obvious, that I can't believe it's taken me so many months of letting my Canon 600D get knocked about in my purse and my lenses wrapped in scarves to protect them from getting scratched.
February 18, 2015

Easy Style hack - How to turn any handbag into a camera bag

How does a stylish woman reconcile her love for fashionable handbags with her need to carry heavy camera equipment? Ah, that enduring ...

We're Bringing Sexyblack | High tea at M Marini Caffè


...We're bringing sexyblack (yeah) them other girls don't know how to dress (yeah)...

Will you just look at my girls all lined up like a girl band? I want to say K-Pop girl group but there's only seven of us - we need at least two more members to make the numbers, ha. Hot damn, are my girlfriends bringing sexy-black or what - and we're all black everything, all black all black 'cos Michiekins said so. That's right. On Sunday we, the Backseat Girls (I'll explain later) synchronised and dressed more or less head-to-toe in black for Michiekin's birthday high tea at the swanky new-ish M Marini Caffè in Suria KLCC. You know what that means - lots of fashion outfit photos! *flexes*
February 17, 2015

We're Bringing Sexyblack | High tea at M Marini Caffè

...We're bringing sexyblack (yeah) them other girls don't know how to dress (yeah)... Will you just look at my girls all l...

Party Like It's V-Day


I'm so lucky I got to spend Valentine's Day with some of my best friends; in fact my day was devoted to the celebration of not one, but two birthdays - my best friend (and you know I don't use that phrase lightly) Michiekins, and Loui. 
February 16, 2015

Party Like It's V-Day

I'm so lucky I got to spend Valentine's Day with some of my best friends; in fact my day was devoted to the celebration of not...

Vietnam Diaries: Ha Long Bay


On my third and last day in Vietnam I sought out the mythical Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay - 'Where the dragon descends into the sea' - is a cluster of thousands of limestone islands rising from the jade waters of Vietnam, praised by poets as 'the rock wonder in the sky'. Legend has it that a young Vietnam were sent a family of dragons as protectors from the gods to defend this new country from invaders. The dragons spat out jewels and jade, which turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, and linked to form a great wall. These rock mountains abruptly appeared on the sea, ahead of the enemy, striking and sinking their ships. After the Vietnamese emerged triumphant, their defenders remained in the bay - the place where the mother dragon descended was christened Hạ Long, the place where the dragon's children attended upon their mother was named Bai Tu Long island, and the place where the dragon's children wriggled their tails violently was called Bach Long Vy. 
February 13, 2015

Vietnam Diaries: Ha Long Bay

On my third and last day in Vietnam I sought out the mythical Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay - 'Where the dragon descends into the sea&#...

Vietnam Photo Diaries: Hanoi, Day 2


My first day in Hanoi was spent learning how to confidently cross the road (stride steadily and determinedly across the path of never-ending traffic; don't pause, freeze, or turn back, and let the motorcycles drive around you). On my second (and last) day in this colourful, chaotic Socialist republic capital I woke up early and tried to take in as many of Hanoi's iconic sights as possible as well as a few local favourites. 
February 12, 2015

Vietnam Photo Diaries: Hanoi, Day 2

My first day in Hanoi was spent learning how to confidently cross the road (stride steadily and determinedly across the path of never...

Vietnam Photo Diaries: Hanoi, Day 1


Mummy and I arrived in Hanoi on Sunday for a little reconnaissance mission of a hospitality nature and we checked into Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake - one of mummy's company's hotels in Hanoi - which would be our base for our short trip in Vietnam. 
February 10, 2015

Vietnam Photo Diaries: Hanoi, Day 1

Mummy and I arrived in Hanoi on Sunday for a little reconnaissance mission of a hospitality nature and we checked into Intercontinenta...

PANDORA Valentine's Collection and The Wishing Tree


Twelve dozen red roses with a hand-written card, a sexy slip from La Perla, a gorgeous red Saint Laurent clutch... Ladies, put your immaculately manicured hands up if you have high expectations this Valentine's Day but just know that without your outright instruction, your well-meaning but clueless men are going to just grab the first box of chocolates they see on their evening beer run.

February 09, 2015

PANDORA Valentine's Collection and The Wishing Tree

Twelve dozen red roses with a hand-written card, a sexy slip from La Perla, a gorgeous red Saint Laurent clutch ... Ladies, put your...

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Kempinski Hotels, Bangkok


On Sunday, in Bangkok’s upscale Siam Kempinski Hotel, I had the privilege of experiencing the first ever example of molecular gastronomy in Thailand. In 2009 the excitement over Heston Blu’s bangs n’ whistles had started to fade in the West, and it was late that year that Henrik Yde Andersen introduced molecular gastronomy to Thailand - bringing the artistry, theatrical deconstruction, and boundary pushing of texture, temperature, and form to Bangkok with Sra Bua. Sra Bua is the baby sister of restaurant Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen, which was founded by Danish-born Yde-Andersen after a 'life-changing' visit to Thailand, and is currently the only restaurant representing Thai cuisine in the Michelin-star guide (as the Michelin guide does not operate in Thailand). As it to be expected, we were presented with avant-garde interpretations of classical Thai dishes - tom yam, pad thai, red curry. A lot of if goes back to the source, inspired by street food favourites like the Chiang Mai sausages deconstructed to reveal that familiar ‘street food smell’ of engine smoke that reveals itself when presented only to dissipate immediately, much like the coming and going of motorcycles and tuk tuks by a busy night market. Sra Bua was my first experience with Thai molecular gastronomy and I found it all terribly interesting and rather magical - I daresay you might, too, so take my hand and steady on, the show is starting...
February 06, 2015

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Kempinski Hotels, Bangkok

On Sunday, in Bangkok’s upscale Siam Kempinski Hotel , I had the privilege of experiencing the first ever example of molecular gastron...

The St Regis Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

February is my month of travel. By the end of it, the wheels of my adorably retro mint cabin bag will have rolled across airports in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi, two cities in Borneo, and London. Last weekend I travelled across nine time zones in 24 hours alone - reaching Kuala Lumpur from London on Friday, before buzzing off to Bangkok the following morning. I know it all looks very shiny and jet set - maybe she's born with it, maybe it's an Instagram filter - but I assure you that there is nothing distinctly glamourous about the crippling jet lag that ensues the constant crossing of borders. Monday and Tuesday were public holidays in Malaysia so my family and I nipped over to Bangkok for a long weekend. 
February 05, 2015

The St Regis Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

February is my month of travel. By the end of it, the wheels of my adorably retro mint cabin bag will have rolled across airports in K...

Healthy, delicious, & vegetarian-friendly : Ceru London


You all know that when it comes to eating out I am a committed salad-dodger - the sort of conscious carnivore who will only orders vegetables at dinner if it is Heston Blumenthals' meat fruit. It's not that I'm opposed to eating greens - in fact I love salads in summer - it's just that vegetables don't 'fill me up' or feel as satisfactory the way meat does. And if I'm treating myself to a meal I'd rather get my money's worth and load up on the heavies which to me means slabs of meat. I know that my logic is flawed because my boyfriend, Henry, has been a vegetarian most of his life. If a six-foot-one 20-something year old with an active lifestyle can function perfectly well on a vegetarian diet then there's no excuse for a 5'6" sedentary lump like myself to omit vegetables on the basis that 'it doesn't make me feel full or give me energy'. Lately, however, I find myself feeling sluggish no doubt thanks to endless takeaways on cold winter evenings. I've been craving a healthier, lighter diet; that Henry is vegetarian and I've been thinking a bit more about animal rights (I've given up foie gras) means that I've been toying with the idea of being pescetarian, eating more vegetables and far less meat. 

So when Ceru, a touring restaurant popped up (sorry, couldn't resist a pun) on my blog feed as a destination for healthy Levantine (Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern) cuisine, the sun-soaked flavours of which I adore, I was immediately enamoured with the Eastern Promises (I'm on a roll with the puns today!) of light, healthy, and delicious food with many pescetarian, vegetarian, and vegan choices - perfect for me, as I suffer both guilt from eating too much meat and guilt that I might be 'excluding' Henry with my obscenely fleshy gastronomical choices.
February 03, 2015

Healthy, delicious, & vegetarian-friendly : Ceru London

You all know that when it comes to eating out I am a committed salad-dodger - the sort of conscious carnivore who will only orders veg...

Social (media) Butterfly: How to Grow Your Blog's Wings


Posh, Broke, & Bored hit 1 million pageviews (as of 2013) on Friday when I was on my flight from London to Kuala Lumpur. While I owe the awareness of my blog to a wider audience in the UK (two years ago my readers were predominantly from South East Asia) not to my own machinations but  rather thanks to another blogger's underhanded attempt at slating me - which instead produced the undesired (in their eyes) effect of making me known to their same readership and endearing me to the very detractors that they eventually created for themselves - I can take some credit for the growth of my blog audience in the last few months or so; not just by consistently striving to improve the quality of my content but also by making Posh, Broke, & Bored a little more constant in the consciousness of the readers of the interwebs. I emerged from the cocoon of a keyboard-thumping nobody who didn't even know what a scheduled tweet was, grew some blogging wings, and began my metamorphosis into a metaphorical social media butterfly.
February 02, 2015

Social (media) Butterfly: How to Grow Your Blog's Wings

Posh, Broke, & Bored hit 1 million pageviews (as of 2013) on Friday when I was on my flight from London to Kuala Lumpur. While I ...

The Great Latvian Outdoors: Husky dog sledding in Riga


On the last leg of our Riga city break, Henry and I learnt how to be real mushers, crossing the Latvian countryside with a team of husky dogs and a sled. The wonderful staff at Gallery Park Hotel Riga made the arrangements - Henry and I were picked up from the hotel in the morning by a representative from Tour Point and we drove to the 'base camp' in West Riga for a good two hours across long icy roads (with signs pointing to Moscow!) past endless stretches of pine forest. Our guide (we'll call him R) told us fascinating stories about Latvian history, local legends, and about the high probability of the Holy Grail being lost somewhere in Riga - let's get digging!
February 01, 2015

The Great Latvian Outdoors: Husky dog sledding in Riga

On the last leg of our Riga city break, Henry and I learnt how to be real mushers, crossing the Latvian countryside with a team of hus...