Kuala Lumpur: Breakfast Thieves, Bangsar

Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne
Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne
STEALING GLANCES AND TAKING BITES AT 
BREAKFAST THIEVES, BANGSAR

There's a name for the international design language of post-social media cool - reclaimed Industrial chic juxtaposed against Calacatta marble, mason jars, and fiddle leaf figs - the hipster aesthetic of which is designed (that is, according to Kyle Chayka's piece for The Guardian) as a soothing balm for the "wealthy, mobile elite" who want their 'authentic and off the beaten track' with a side of wifi. Chayka calls it AirSpace, and bemoans this globalised style as homogenous. Personally? Hey, if it keeps my Instagram feed neat... In all seriousness though, I'm all for the world being a smaller place especially when said globalisation manifests itself in the form of delicious, delicious brunch.

And apart from the New Yorkers nobody does brunch like the 'Strayans. Cafe culture has spread like bushfire in Malaysia thanks to the country's relative proximity to the Antipodes. My second favourite* entity to arrive from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur is the second branch of the new Bangsar café that's got all the Instagrammers and brunch hunters excited - Breakfast Thieves.

*my most favourite is arriving today. Boomchickawahwaahhh

September 23, 2016

Kuala Lumpur: Breakfast Thieves, Bangsar

Breakfast Thieves, Kuala Lumpur's hot new brunch spot, makes its way to Malaysia from Melbourne STEALING GLANCES AND ...

Min Jiang, South Kensington

Min Jiang: authentic Chinese food in South Kensington, London

"Welcome, esteemed guests from five lands and four seas, to gather as friends for various delicacies"

MIN JIANG
Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London

________

Mandarin is a language so fluid and multi-faceted that if you ask several different speakers with even the slightest variation of fluency among themselves to translate, each one will give you a different interpretation. Above is my understanding of the couplet that greets guests in Chong Qing - the striking, glossy-red private dining room of Min Jiang - but then again, native Mandarin speakers have diplomatically described my comprehension ability as 'adorably foreign'. Oh dear.

However, a concept that is not alien to this Overseas Chinese Malaysian-now British expat is the comfort of authentic Chinese cooking in a foreign land. A surefire indication of such a establishment is, as is the case with Min Jiang on Kensington High Street, is a chorus of various Chinese accents: I heard the baritones of husky Mainland accents, the clear altos of the Taiwanese; the curious, sometimes soprano-like drawls of the Malaysian Chinese, with Cantonese cadenzas peppering the symphony.

That overture raised the brocade curtain on a gorgeous meal for four at 'London's most authentic Chinese restaurant'.

September 20, 2016

Min Jiang, South Kensington

"Welcome, esteemed guests from five lands and four seas, to gather as friends for various delicacies" ...

Orlando, Florida: Universal Studios Florida


Orlando, Florida: Universal Studios Florida

LIFE IMITATES ART: CINEMATIC MAGIC AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA
September 12, 2016

Orlando, Florida: Universal Studios Florida

LIFE IMITATES ART: CINEMATIC MAGIC AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

Orlando, Florida: Walt Disney World


Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.


A MAGIC KINGDOM OF DREAMS & WISHES: WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO
September 09, 2016

Orlando, Florida: Walt Disney World

A MAGIC KINGDOM OF DREAMS & WISHES: WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO

New York: STK Rooftop, Meatpacking District

New York: STK Rooftop, Meatpacking District


HIGH STEAKS AT STK ROOFTOP IN NEW YORK'S MEATPACKING DISTRICT
September 02, 2016

New York: STK Rooftop, Meatpacking District

HIGH STEAKS AT  STK ROOFTOP  IN NEW YORK'S MEATPACKING DISTRICT

New York: Downtown


My guide to Downtown New York: Tribeca, the Financial District, East Village, SoHo, NoLita, Meatpacking District and more.
NYC PHOTO DIARIES PART 2:
DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN
August 31, 2016

New York: Downtown

NYC PHOTO DIARIES PART 2: DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

New York City: Uptown & Midtown



NYC PHOTO DIARIES PART 1: 
UPTOWN & MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
August 29, 2016

New York City: Uptown & Midtown

NYC PHOTO DIARIES PART 1:  UPTOWN & MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

Birthday brunch at The Standard Grill, New York

Celebrating my 30th birthday with brunch at The Standard Grill, New York
THE FIRST BRUNCH OF MY 30'S AT 
THE STANDARD GRILL, NEW YORK
August 27, 2016

Birthday brunch at The Standard Grill, New York

THE FIRST BRUNCH OF MY 30'S  AT  THE STANDARD GRILL , NEW YORK

Daydreaming with...Stanley Kubrick

Daydreaming with...Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House, London
DAYDREAMING WITH...STANLEY KUBRICK AT SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON
August 11, 2016

Daydreaming with...Stanley Kubrick

DAYDREAMING WITH...STANLEY KUBRICK AT SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON

Pan Chai, Harrods

Pan Chai, Harrods
August 09, 2016

Pan Chai, Harrods

Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour, Covent Garden

Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour, Covent Garden
August 05, 2016

Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour, Covent Garden

5 Authentic Restaurants To Try in Split, Croatia

Where to eat in Split, Croatia: 5 authentic restaurants to try


CRUISIN' FOR CUISINE: 5 MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS IN SPLIT


I know all about the perils of being a people pleaser. With Malaysian friends I speak the ubiquitous American accent peppered with 'lahs' and 'mahs' but in Britain I oscillate between sounding slightly Transatlantic to being mistaken for an extra on Downton Abbey (upstairs, naturally). It can be exhausting trying to keep up with one's audiences' preferences - you could say I've developed split personalities. I don't know how Croatian cuisine does it: between their Italian influences (the Croats love a good seafood pasta and risotto), meat platters to rival those of Spain, and octopus so fresh you could've picked it off a boat in Greece; never mind the locals, visitors to Croatia are contemplating mid-bite "Where exactly in the Mediterranean am I?" Culinary confusion aside, this hodge-podge of personalities on a plate makes for a dining experience that is diverse and never dull, as my 'souvenir' of a 3kg weight gain (!) from 5 days in Split will attest to. Lo, here are the five restaurants you must try in Split, Croatia...

🌊🌞🇭🇷

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT SPLIT, CROATIA: PART 1 AND PART 2
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASIMINNE YIP USING CANON 6D (50MM 1.4 & 24MM 2.8)
August 02, 2016

5 Authentic Restaurants To Try in Split, Croatia

CRUISIN' FOR CUISINE: 5 MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS IN SPLIT I know all about the perils of being a people pleaser. Wit...