Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 2: Bedroom

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 1: Living Room

Interiors: Part 1 of my London Apartment Home Tour - Living Room



LONDON LIVING - MY LONDON APARTMENT 
'HOME TOUR',  PART 1: LIVING ROOM 

NINE ELMS, LONDON

It seems almost inconceivable that someone who travels as much as I do - in 2017 I clocked up 14 countries and 34 cities, and despite my efforts to slow down in 2018 I might quite possibly surpass last year’s record - would have a home that isn’t just a jumble of luggage in the corner of a hotel room. Yet the opposite is true. Despite constantly being on the road I have in fact two permanent residences; one in Malaysia and one in the UK. My modest 2-bedroom apartment in Nine Elms, London; is by far my favourite. While my flat is what some might call “cozy”, what it lacks for in size it more than makes up for by being a microcosm of everything that I love - in other words: How much junk can I fill a small flat with? The answer is: quite a fair bit.

It has taken me more than half a year to find the time to decorate my London flat (the property completed last Summer, but almost immediately I took off for my Balkans road trip and then I had return to Malaysia for 6 months to take care of some personal matters) but I have finally finished furnishing and decorating my home. Interiors are of course a constant work in progress as one refines one’s taste, adding and removing objects and elements as one goes along. For now, my home reflects my personal style at this point in my life. It has also finally reached a point where my home feels less like a pit-stop in between travel destinations, and more like a haven that I simply don’t want to leave.


May 14, 2018

Interiors: My London Home Tour, Part 1: Living Room

L ONDON LIVING - MY LONDON APARTMENT   'HOME TOUR',    PART 1: LIVING ROOM   NINE ELMS, LONDON It seems almos...

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots


THE EIGHT I ATE: 8 OF MY FAVOURITE 
BRUNCH SPOTS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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If there ever was a hill to die on, it would be the Melbourne food scene. And what a delicious hill. Melbourne cafe culture is some of the best in the world - for that, you can thank the Italian community and their love of coffee - and extremely competitive, to boot. The best meal of the day in Melbourne is arguably brunch, which Melburnians have elevated into an art form: from ridiculously photogenic superfood platters heaving with berries, grains, and seeds; to experiments with international flavours (2017 was the year of Korean-flavoured everything), to the hangover-friendly classic comforts of smashed avo on toast. I spent 3 weeks attempting to eat my way across the city and the suburbs, and although I hardly made a dent in the culinary offerings of Melbourne (I did say it was a hill to happily die on...), I can confidently recommend these 8 Brunch Spots in Melbourne that you must try the next time you are in town.

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THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY MY FAVOURITE CHINESE SAYING “THE EYES ARE BIGGER THAN THE STOMACH”. I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER HAD THESE MANY FOOD COMAS IN SUCH A SHORT SPACE OF TIME...

May 08, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 of my Favourite Brunch Spots

THE EIGHT I ATE: 8 OF MY FAVOURITE  BRUNCH SPOTS IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ πŸ˜‹ If there ever was a hill to die...

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles



OR: AN EASY 6-STEP PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGE OF BEING STUCK BETWEEN CROWDS AND A HARD PLACE

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There’s only one thing that could potentially kill a relationship faster than a trip to IKEA* and that’s travelling with your beloved. Make it a day trip with an arduous 6 hour-round trip-drive to a much beloved tourist hotspot on the weekend, starring the immovable object (my boyfriend, the crowds) vs. the unstoppable force (me and my ardent desire to nail the perfect souvenir shot), and you’ve got a recipe for a nuclear breakup. But then again, I like a challenge and we love having adventures together, which is why we spent a Saturday driving from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles. Of course, everyone else also got the memo, which made getting that perfect “picture to remember” a challenge - but if there ever was a time to apply the only useful skill I learnt from 3 years at Central St. Martin’s, this would be it. Read on to learn how to overcome the challenge of crowds at famous travel destinations by blending two photographs in Photoshop to create the perfect scene.
 

*Unless, of course, you go in there with the following strategy: Do all the actual browsing online, make a shopping list and print it out to bring to IKEA. When you and your other half arrive, head first to the cafe for meatballs to stave of any hanger (that’s right, hunger + anger pangs). Bypass the black hole that is the Showroom and go straight to Marketplace to pick the small items. Then use the in-store picking service (this is where the shopping list comes in handy - just hand it to the staff and let them do the work) and arrange for next-day delivery AND assembly. Reward yourself with a dollar hotdog that tastes vaguely like plastic.You’re welcome.

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INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH’S #TRAVELLINKUP: TRAVEL CHALLENGES
May 02, 2018

The Great Ocean Road, Australia: Beating the daytrippers at The Twelve Apostles

OR : AN EASY 6-STEP PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGE OF BEING STUCK BETWEEN CROWDS AND A HARD PLACE πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦...

Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

Ever wanted to live out your best Japanese fantasy? I did just that, wearing a kimono in Gion, the most famous geisha district in all of Japan. This is my kimono rental experience in Kyoto.

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED CULTURAL APPRECIATION...

Warning: If you’re easily triggered you might want to skip this introduction and head straight for the pretty pictures. But then again if you’re the oversensitive sort you really shouldn’t be reading a site called “Posh, Broke, & Bored”... 

Now, I may not be an expert on identity politics nor the subtle nuances that separate “dressing up” vs. what some call “cultural appropriation” (but then again, when the thought police constantly shift the goalposts of what they deem acceptable, how does one expect to play the game? Well, that’s their whole point, but that’s another charged discussion for another day) but as a Far East transplant in the West I can tell you that us “Orientals” don’t waste time being offended when foreigners take an interest - however passing or superficial - in our culture. Why get mad when you can get mad money

Case in point: all across Japan, especially in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, locals have made the most of the tourism boom by opening kimono rental shops so that visitors can feel the fantasy when in Japan while receiving an education on the culture. Wearing kimono and yukata, even outside of Japan, is considered by the Japanese as appreciative and respectful of their culture when done properly and with reverence to the history and customs of the country. Keep your mind open, your intentions pure, your curiousity sincere, and your execution tasteful; and you not only open a dialogue with and engage with other cultures but also look bangin’ while doing it. This is my experience with wearing traditional Japanese kimono in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto.

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April 18, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED  “ CULTURAL APPRECIATION ” ... Warning:  If you’re easily triggered you m...

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit





THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

(ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A MONTH'S WORTH OF THINGS TO DO)


Like rain clouds on a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the questions came rolling in thick and fast on Instagram messages: “Have you moved to Australia?!” Well, I could see how a month of Stories of me decorating and furnishing a new home from scratch could give off that impression. Melbourne is certainly a city I’ve grown up with: although I was born in Kuala Lumpur and spent my adult life in London, I spent much of my childhood visiting extended family there. From Box Hill to Toorak, the suburbs of Melbourne have been my stomping grounds for the best parts of three decades - if there was a city I could easily set up a base in, Melbourne would be it.

But the long and short of it is: No, I am not moving to Melbourne. At least, not on a full time basis in the near future. Although I have built a nest for two out of blood (his), sweat (ours), but no tears (working under pressure is our forte); and although I’ve grown incredibly attached to an apartment that was suppose to be just a flip, my heart (and my Permanent Residence) belongs to the UK. That said, the prospect of making Melbourne my third home is incredibly tantalising. Melbs, this is why - to quote a famous Aussie - 🎢 “I just can’t get you out of my head...” 🎢


INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH’S TRAVEL LINKUP:
PLACES WE CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR HEADS


April 01, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit

THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL  MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A M...

Sabah, Malaysia: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sabah, Malaysia: An up close and personal encounter with an orangutan in its natural habitat at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.




DESPERATELY SEEKING A 'MAN OF THE FOREST' AT SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN SABAH, NORTH BORNEO

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How often does one get the opportunity to help a dear friend tick an experience off their bucket list in your home country, in a foreign (to them) language that you not only happen to be fluent in but one they’ve never heard you properly speak? Baby, this is my time to shine. I may have Dreamed of Africa but Luxy has always dreamt of Borneo since she was little: from her childhood dream of having an orangutan sanctuary in her back garden to having her own ape friend who’d follow her to school (I’m just cracking up at the visual of 12-year old her, dressed in a chantilly lace frock, hosting a tea party in the English countryside for orangutans wearing frilly bonnets. More tea, vicar? Ooh ooh aah aah!). Wish no more, baby, because YipAdvisor is about to make it her monkey business to make your dream a reality. It’s time to go bananas in Borneo...

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ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY LUX LIFE BLOG. EEE BB!


March 19, 2018

Sabah, Malaysia: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

DESPERATELY SEEKING A 'MAN OF THE FOREST' AT  SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN SABAH, NORTH BORNEO...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do

24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do




24 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - 
WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, EAT, & DO


They said it couldn’t be done. That nobody could hit the ground running, straight off an overnight flight from Sydney to Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and visit all the stops on my itinerary in less than a day; what with the infamous tropical humidity, heat, and the city’s notorious traffic to contend with. Well clearly they underestimate my determination to show a good friend (who finally took up my offer to visit me in Malaysia, since, like, forever) a much needed change of scenery and a whistle stop tour of the city I grew up in, as well as the prowess of my legendary travel planning. I’m not nicknamed YipAdvisor for nothing. Should you also find yourself in Kuala Lumpur for just a day, fret not - Luxy and I have done the footwork for you. Here is my itinerary for 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; with the added bonuses of what else we would have done had we not had other social engagements (Chinese New Year reunion dinner, I’m looking at you) as well as more Kuala Lumpur guides from other travel bloggers.


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ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY LUX LIFE BLOG, AS IT SHOULD BE. GOOD TIMES!
EXTRA PHOTO CREDITS: 61423242526

March 09, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do

24 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -  WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, EAT, & DO They said it couldn’t be done...

Mumbai, India: A Luxurious Stay at the "Grand Heritage" Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Mumbai, India: A Luxurious Stay at the "Grand Heritage" Taj Mahal Palace Hotel



Vishnu take the wheel! Not even the most prolifically-limbed of Hindu deities could have handled the series of many unfortunate events that plagued my very short time in Mumbai, India. By now you'll have heard me garble like a broken record on both Instagram and on my previous India travel stories about how my Mumbai trip (en route to Jaipur) was marked by drama after drama. Funnily enough, I had almost managed to blank the debacle(s) from my memory UNTIL this month's #TRAVELLINKUP topic "Why Travel is Good For Your Wellbeing" triggered some serious BTSD (that's Bombay Traumatic Stress Disorder). Travel, good for my wellbeing? Not today Satan, not today! If not for an extremely relaxing, luxurious, and exceptional stay at the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel I would honestly never come back to Mumbai. Well, when life gives you lemons, make gin and tonic, and so; here are my pictures and thoughts from my short stay at the landmark of luxury that is this Grand Heritage Hotel.



March 05, 2018

Mumbai, India: A Luxurious Stay at the "Grand Heritage" Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Vishnu take the wheel!  Not even the most prolifically-limbed of Hindu deities could have handled the series of many unfortuna...