Arriving at The W Amsterdam



HERITAGE & HAUTE MEET IN AMSTERDAM AT THE UBER-HIP NEW W HOTEL
On Wednesday I arrived in Amsterdam to one of my favourite homes away from homes - W Hotels. As I did in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I stayed in the latest bijou offering from one of the world's sleekest hotel branches. The brand arrived to Amsterdam only last October, and I couldn't have been more excited to review the spanking new W Amsterdam!
April 29, 2016

Arriving at The W Amsterdam

HERITAGE & HAUTE MEET IN AMSTERDAM AT THE UBER-HIP NEW W HOTEL On Wednesday I arrived in Amsterdam to one of my favourit...

clueQuest: Revenge Of The Sheep (giveaway!)


WITH MY INGLOURIOUS BAAAAAH-STERDS AT CLUEQUEST: REVENGE OF THE SHEEP 

It's official - should the end be nigh, it's neither the Rick Grimes nor the Batmans (Batmen?) of the world who will swoop in to save your sorry souls. The real heroes, my friends, are the curious breed of hardcore social-media addicts you call bloggers - not just because our savvy for all things tech and trending will come in handy for breaking codes, although you can be damn sure that any live updates on the apocalypse will be extensively shared on Snapchat - but because, as Professor Blacksheep will attest when we foiled his dastardly plans with 12 minutes to spare, bloggers do it better. Can I get a 'Squad, squad'?
April 27, 2016

clueQuest: Revenge Of The Sheep (giveaway!)

WITH MY INGLOURIOUS BAAAAAH -STERDS AT CLUEQUEST: REVENGE OF THE SHEEP   It's official - should the end be nigh, it's ...

Fendi Flowerland & Keukenhof

April 24, 2016

Fendi Flowerland & Keukenhof

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods


When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience

WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PAN-ASIAN CUISINE
WHERE: CHAI WUHARRODS FIFTH FLOOR, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

I have a theory about the Overseas Chinese: that when it comes to gastronomical pilgrimage, our motherland either exists in a Bermuda Triangle or possesses the ability to bend light in to a cloak. Why else would otherwise perfectly sane Malaysians (including yours truly & family), Singaporeans, Australians etc. in search of the Chinese food of their dreams and heritage completely bypass China, instead seeking outposts far in the land of the white man?! From the accents that staccato the air outside Four Seasons in Bayswater you'd think that you can't get roast duck anywhere else in the world, honestly. Take it from this Malaysian Chinese who by the age of 12 had dined in no less than 21 Chinatowns across 3 different continents: the children of the Orient can't resist our food calling to us from foreign places. Have Chinese food, will travel - now that's an Asian Persuasion.
April 22, 2016

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods

When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PA...

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

TWO LUXURY LOVERS, ONE ALDYWCH

Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where every horror story you've ever heard about London traffic (both the four-wheeled and two-legged variety) crawls past some of the city's most iconic landmarks: whether it's the tired and touristy (London Eye) or the underrated yet quintessentially London (basically every pre-war building with a view of the river). At least the view makes for an interesting distration from the ever-climbing taxi meter, yes? Steadfastly self-employed as I am (read: works from bed, attends Skype meetings wearing crispy linen blouse + sweatpants) you'd have to move heaven and earth to get me to venture out of my pocket of East London and into Covent Garden. F/29/Shore-bitch. Will haul arse for: the opera (or Lion King, depends on how long we've been friends), London Fashion Week, and of course the promise of cracking company (I mean, her surname is Lux. Spirits don't come more kindred than that.) + beautiful beverages + good nosh. Because the best things in life are free. I see your contempt for bloggers and raise you my complimentary cocktail.

April 19, 2016

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

TWO LUXURY LOVERS,  ONE ALDYWCH Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where ev...

Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure

A guide to dressing for Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure
That's how one sometimes feels when mulling over their sartorial choices for Royal Ascot. The Royal Enclosure dress code can be a sartorial minefield what with the 'fashion police' on high alert for too-bare shoulders, hemlines above the knee, and scant fascinators. Then there's the question of taste - make too little of an effort and one comes across as disrespectful to the noble spirit and history of one of Britain's key social events, but make too much of an effort and risk looking like a painted trollop. There's a fine balance between haute dress and hot mess. I've cantered into both territories - in 2013 I nailed it with a demure Alexander McQueen dress (above), but last year I put in a disgraceful appearance in floral trousers with not-matching top. Of course the latter was thanks to my huge and shocking weight gain - I've blogged about it and my weight loss mission, here - which found me facing a wardrobe full of Ascot-appropriate dresses I suddenly couldn't wear. 
But now that I've taken my health and looks into hand, I'm happy to report that this summer will see a much slimmer me. Instead of hiding my figure behind poor outfit choices, I'm going to proudly dress for the shape I've worked hard to regain. So, in collaboration with Debenhams Best of British Outfit Inspiration I've put together what I'd wear to this year's Royal Ascot as well as my suggestions on how to be a knock out at the style states in the Royal Enclosure.
April 17, 2016

Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure

That's how one sometimes feels when mulling over their sartorial choices for Royal Ascot.  The Royal Enclosure dress code can b...

Personal Finance: Why I have 4 Barclays bank accounts

How I manage my personal finances with 4 Barclays bank accounts, Barclays Mobile Banking, and Barclays Personalised Card Designer.


WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’

April 14, 2016

Personal Finance: Why I have 4 Barclays bank accounts

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’

Of Solitude & Fortitude



I've nothing more to say right now.

To everyone who commented on the post (while it was up) with your words of support, comfort, and solidarity, thank you for your kindness.

J x


April 06, 2016

Of Solitude & Fortitude

I've nothing more to say right now. To everyone who commented on the post (while it was up) with your words of support...

My Perfumes & the Travels They Evoke

My perfume collection and the travels that they bring to mind. An olfactory journey to Russia, Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, South Korea, France, and Malaysia. Starring Chanel Cuir de Russie, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, Creed Virgin Island Water, Tom Ford Champaca Absolute, Dior Leather Oud, Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere, and Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge.

What a suggestive force smell is. It's this sense with all its Pavlovian powers that makes me want to instantly disrobe and lie face down in anticipation of a massage whenever I catch the spa-like whiff of lemongrass (which is why I should probably avoid Thai restaurants). It's why amortentia - the most powerful love potion in the wizarding world - smells to each person of their favourite things. Mine would be: the seats of a new car, fresh paint, and vanilla ice-cream OMG am I pregnant?! Scent leads us down forgotten paths of memories old and transports us to places we'd rather be. This same aspirational quality is why the head honchos of the fragrance industry are probably cackling all the way to the bank in a perfume cloud of Justin Bieber 'Someday' and 'Girlfriend'. Muahahahaha.
In the theme of this month's travel blogger linkup I thought I'd share with you my collection of fragrances and the journeys to faraway lands that they bring to my mind.
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April 04, 2016

My Perfumes & the Travels They Evoke

What a suggestive force smell is. It's this sense with all its Pavlovian powers that makes me want to instantly disrobe an...

A SHOT At Good Health

How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.


or, How Diabetes Changed My Life

A CAUTIONARY TALE OF MY BRUSH WITH MORTALITY

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April 01, 2016

A SHOT At Good Health

or , How Diabetes Changed My Life A CAUTIONARY TALE OF MY BRUSH WITH MORTALITY _______