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Malaysia Tatler Ball 2015


Follow me for an insider's view of how Malaysia's 1% celebrate the Spirit of High Society.
November 02, 2015

Malaysia Tatler Ball 2015

Follow me for an insider's view of how Malaysia's 1% celebrate the Spirit of High Society.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup Polo


Horses and hijinks. Ponies and polo. Luxy and luxury. And a whole lot of hospitality from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
July 26, 2015

Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup Polo

Horses and hijinks. Ponies and polo. Luxy and luxury. And a whole lot of hospitality from Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Scenes from Royal Ascot 2015


Should one depart from the conservative confines of the Royal Enclosure for the Grandstand, one would find a more colourful crowd which makes for a more amusing game of people-watching and a better look at the Royal Carriage - when I went in 2013, all the top hats blocked my view of the Queen, but happily this year I got my perfect photo of Her Majesty!
June 21, 2015

Scenes from Royal Ascot 2015

Should one depart from the conservative confines of the Royal Enclosure for the Grandstand, one would find a more colourful crowd wh...

PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015

 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015

Today marks the 17th year of Formula One in Malaysia, with the teams and cars travelling from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur for the second leg of F1 season. Yesterday I welcomed the 17th year of Formula 1 in Malaysia at the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015 where the teams principles, drivers, and members of several royal families were the guests of honour. 
March 27, 2015

PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix Gala 2015

Today marks the 17th year of Formula One in Malaysia, with the teams and cars travelling from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur for the second...

Jasiminne Goes To The Ball : Prepping for the Malaysia Tatler Ball

Add to my resume 'content creator for and Instagram muse of Malaysia Tatler' for that's exactly what I did in the run up to this year's Malaysia Tatler ball. For a collaborative feature with Malaysia Tatler online I created a series of exclusive Tatlergrams (Tatler-Instagrams) affording a look into how I prepare from the moment I receive my invitation to the red carpet.
November 09, 2014

Jasiminne Goes To The Ball : Prepping for the Malaysia Tatler Ball

Add to my resume 'content creator for and Instagram muse of Malaysia Tatler' for that's exactly what I did in the run up to ...

Malaysia Tatler 25th Anniversary Ball / #MYTatlerBall2014


On Saturday evening the movers, shakers, and the haute monde of Malaysia flocked to the Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur for the pinnacle event of Malaysian high society: The Malaysia Tatler Ball.
November 03, 2014

Malaysia Tatler 25th Anniversary Ball / #MYTatlerBall2014

On Saturday evening the movers, shakers, and the haute monde of Malaysia flocked to the Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur for the pinn...

Country Life Fair Royal Reception & Ball, James Gartshore-Boulter's birthday at Mahiki, Duck & Waffle, and...milk.


Summer in London, in my humble opinion, is unofficially over. The autumnal equinox itself will be happening on the 22nd but as far as I'm concerned as soon as the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer show and party invitations arrive the summer is officially over. After all nothing says new season than gentle prompts to start shopping for the season after next. Personally I adore autumn; summer is too hot, winter is too bitter, and spring is too rainy but autumn is crisp and just the right climate to wear a light coat with a fur-lined collar and boots. When it comes to transitioning seasons nothing makes the shift easier than shopping for lifestyle upgrades (sartorial, gastronomical, decor etc) and of course parties. Yesterday I had my fill of the latter; first at The Natural History Museum for the Country Life Fair Royal Reception & Ball and then at Mahiki for my friend James Gartshore-Boulter's birthday. Does 'breakfast' at Duck & Waffle and pulling a milk truck over on the way home to buy a pint count? Either way it's all one big party to me. 


The first stop from my night before, Country Life Fair Royal Reception & Ball. Country Life Fair took over The Natural History Museum and threw a bash to celebrate their launch. The guest of honour was HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and I observed much to my chagrin that a few youngish guests did not extend him the basic courtesy of a slight bow or nod. Appalling manners! The only letdown at an otherwise sophisticated soiree. I greeted HRH with a small curtsy but I supposed I'm old-fashioned that way. Guests were treated to live performances from The Blondettes and the Boisdales band, soprano Meeta Raval and countertenor Oliver Gerrish of New Georgian Opera, and Sister Sledge among many others. Henry and I met up with Luxy and Lottie early on in the night but immediately lost them to the crowds, the pop up casino, the tweed and country fashion shows, the pearl and diamond showcase, the Scottish reeling...you get the idea. We were kept fed and watered with gin stations, vodka stations, endless rounds of canapés, an 'Homage to Fromage' and Ginkhana.








Note to self, never cross the dance floor to get to the bar while the Scots are reeling unless you want to die in a manner not unlike one attempting to crossing at street level to Arc de Triomph (take the underpass or go around).



I wore Michael Kors, an inspired version of that infamous For Love and Lemons dress, vintage Chanel purse, and Vivienne Westwood choker. 




Henry and I managed to get hold of Lottie and Luxy just as we were leaving. We bade our goodbyes at midnight and rode to Mahiki for James Gartshore-Boulter's birthday. I ran into Hannah outside and bemoaned how hungry I was and she fished home-baked brownies wrapped in tinfoil out of her little Chanel clutch! She never ceases to amaze me. Han stuffed a chunk into my mouth and laughed at my blissful expression.



Happy Birthday James!


India and Becca in matching tartan as befitting the theme of the night. Henry and Will matching in decidedly un-tartan get ups. And...treasure chests! The night was a throwback for all of us; I haven't been to Mahiki since 2009, and some of my younger friends haven't been there since they were 16. Oh the nostalgia, oh the treasure chests...!




Henry and Will 'bringing it around tooooown' with Henry's sexy (debatable) dancing.


Afterward Becca, Henry, and I decamped to my favourite spot for food after a night out, Duck & Waffle. I treated everyone to crispy pig ears in waxed paper bag, the foie gras mousse with lobster and brioche, and two, count 'em, two pots of dippy duck eggs with truffle and cheese. Is there anything more satisfying than hot slices of toast dipped in dippy duck egg after a night and morning of partying?


Henry seems to think so, and the answer according to His Feline Highness The Lord of Cats is a nice pint of milk. A milk truck pulled up beside our car and I tried reaching out the window to pick a pint from the open back of the truck but failed. Henry got the milkman to pull over, coins were exchanged, and we drove off with Henry sipping contently on his milk. He doesn't understand why I find it surreal that he's dressed in tails and drinking milk in an Uber at the crack of dawn, but then again he doesn't quite believe me when I tell him that most people I know developed lactose intolerance as adults. "You can't spell lactose intolerant without 'intolerant' and by God, I'm no racist!" he bellowed to Shoreditch as raced home. A suitably surreal ending to a beautiful evening and one of the best I've had in a while.

x
September 11, 2014

Country Life Fair Royal Reception & Ball, James Gartshore-Boulter's birthday at Mahiki, Duck & Waffle, and...milk.

Summer in London, in my humble opinion, is unofficially over. The autumnal equinox itself will be happening on the 22nd but as far as ...

Malaysia Tatler - Mother & Daughter feature

Today is Mother's Day in Malaysia, and what could be more appropriate for this occasion than mine and mummy's feature in Malaysia Tatler?


Mummy and I wearing Diane Von Furstenberg and Ceres jewels for Malaysia Tatler.
May 11, 2014

Malaysia Tatler - Mother & Daughter feature

Today is Mother's Day in Malaysia, and what could be more appropriate for this occasion than mine and mummy's feature in Malaysia ...

Behind the scenes with Malaysia Tatler

You may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that Malaysia Tatler made me their cover girl for May.

'Force of nature' indeed. I am, as D puts it, a 'testament to the power of shameless self-promotion' (Americans have the best sense of humour). What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? It gives birth to yours truly. Evidently. Happily the people who know me well know not to take me too seriously. Including D, three friends (all men!) have already made fun of me and my face on the cover. I believe the phrase was 'resting b*tchface'


Well now you know where I got it from. Bahahhaha our faces really macam loan shark. I cannot. "Where's my money?"
May 02, 2014

Behind the scenes with Malaysia Tatler

You may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that Malaysia Tatler made me their cover girl for May. 'Force of nature'...

ESTEE LAUDER PINK RIBBON CHARITY BALL 2012

On Halloween night (Wednesday) I thought I’d step out of my comfort zone—-ie. ghoulish, gory, gothic, all things that start with G—-and try something different. I put the fake blood away and decided that this year I would go as a demure philanthropist in support of breast cancer awareness. Dosen’t my ‘costume’ look convincing?

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Haha, I’m only joking, this isn’t a Halloween costume, nor was I dressed up as anything. I was actually at the Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Charity Ball, to show my support for their Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

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Estee Lauder threw a ball in the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur—-only a couple of weeks ago I was there for the Malaysia Tatler Ball—-a night of dinner, entertainment, and an auction. All proceeds from the tables as well as from the auction would go to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation, and the College of Radiology Malaysia & National Cancer Society Malaysia.

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Me, after the gala, with my bidding paddle—-I was at table 29, where were you?—-and my win from the auction…more on that later.

I meant to wear a very racy black maxi dress with a plunging neckline and cut-out sides at the waist but demurred (or should I say demure-d?) at the last minute. In lieu of an evening gown I threw on a chiffon skirt from ASOS, a simple beaded top and a string of my mother’s pearls. Oh and a clutch from River Island that I added spikes to for a little edge. I pretty much ended up with more or less the same outfit I wore to Hendrick’s Splendid Soiree last month. But the fate of the earth’s sustainability depends on us to recycle instead of excessively consuming. And recycle, I did.

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With mummy and Selina.

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Double Js…! When we ran into each other we both said at the same time; “Whoa, finally, somebody our age and from our ‘friend group’!”. By ‘friend group’ I think he meant The Real Housewives Of Mont Kiara. 

The Shangri-La Grand ballroom was bathed in pink light, which in real life was not at all jarring as the pictures may lead you to believe. In fact it was quite soft, and rather flattering.

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Mummy and I by our table; we sat right in front just one table left from the main table, with a great view of the stage. We’re all extremely near-sighted.

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I opened my little package from Estee Lauder to find a pink ribbon which I promptly wore on my bosom.

And also some little pink boxes from Estee Lauder. I contemplated giving them away on my blog…but given that nobody reads this surely it would be just my friends Whatsapp-ing me with “Forget the giveaways and just give me the goodies!” So give them to my friends I will…

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Our emcee for the evening, the ever upbeat Datuk Yasmin Yusuff. Even though she was faced with a rather reserved crowd who were somewhat tepid; no doubt from being way past their bedtime on a school night, Datuk Yasmin was unwavering in engaging the crowd and keeping the momentum going. No easy task on a Thursday night, but I really had to give her credit for working so hard…!

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The adults talk business while I Instagram/take photos/text friends at the other tables/speculate about what would be up for auction.

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K and mummy.

The food was so-so; after being spoilt by a month of gastronomical delights—-you can peruse my archives for October here—-it was hard to please me. But even so the simple 4-course dinner failed to live up to the dazzling menu Shangri-La served only less than a month ago, in the very same ballroom, for the Tatler Ball.

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The salmon did look quite cute though, all the baby vegetables and bright colours made me think of children’s meals.

Never mind the food, the real tasty treat in store was the performer of the night, Ramin Karimloo.

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The gorgeous Iranian-born Canadian famous for his critically-acclaimed portrayal as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies wowed and blew me away with his incredible voice.

I’m a HUGE fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber. As a teenager I’d listen to the West End recordings of Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Starlight Express etc. and even though I’d never seen so much of a recorded performance of the musicals I would use my imagination and draw the scenes in my mind just by the songs alone…! I know all the lyrics to Phantom Of The Opera and did a cover of Think Of Me for a project back when I was studying Advertising Design at The One Academy.

So to hear Mr. Karimloo sing Music Of The Night, pitch-perfect, with just the right measure of power yet vulnerability that the Phantom’s voice was famous for (I believe the phrase is ‘tremulous and tender’), and exactly the way I imagine the Phantom to sing it…was incredible. I swooned.

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Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom performing Music Of The Night (Royal Albert Hall)

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He’s pretty easy on the eyes, sans Phantom mask and makeup.

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Then Jaclyn Victor showed up for the duets and burst my bubble.

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She’s very beautiful and has impressive singing prowess but I couldn’t help think that it should have been ME that Ramin was singing ‘All I Ask Of You’ to. *sulks*

The auction begins…

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I would’ve paid any amount of money to have Mr. Karimloo serenade me to sleep with Music Of The Night…but alas the bidding was restricted to jewellery and other sort of simple things.

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To be honest I was a little annoyed with the audience…I know Malaysians are a relatively conservative bunch who don’t like to stand out for the wrong reasons…but bidding at an auction to raise money for a breast cancer awareness campaign is NOT a ‘wrong reason’. Nobody wanted to be the first to lift their paddles of go higher…it was quite shameful, if I may say so. At first it was so quiet—-the ballroom were literally just murmuring—-that MY table did all the bidding just to get the ball rolling.

I know it’s a school night, I know it’s late, I know you’re all a bit sleepy…but this is a charity gala, please think of the bigger picture and the good your participation could do…! We’re all in this together to do our bit to help. And don’t pretend you’re not going higher because you’re poor. I’M the one who’s broke, please refer to my blog title. I know for a fact how much your holiday costs, so please, don’t hold back.

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My mummy doing what she does best, fundraising and being nonchalantly bemused about it. All in a day’s work.

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We sipped our teas and headed home. I left with the spoils of my winning bid; a slick wood case of Tom Ford private blend. Four dark, mysterious, heady scents perfect for the days of winter that await me when I go back to London.

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They smell incredible. And, everytime I look at the bottles, glistening and upright in the glossy wooden case with ‘Tom Ford’ embossed in gold, I am reminded of an evening where I drifted of to Ramin Karimloo’s intoxicating voice bathed in soft baby pink light, and how grateful I am that I’m blessed to be healthy, strong, and have the support of loving family & friends.

“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103: 3-5

xx
November 01, 2012

ESTEE LAUDER PINK RIBBON CHARITY BALL 2012

On Halloween night (Wednesday) I thought I’d step out of my comfort zone—-ie. ghoulish, gory, gothic, all things that start with G—-and try...