Checked into Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Behind-The-Scenes of an upcoming video with Harper’s Bazaar
Embarked on a whirlwind 3 days in Bangkok with MICHAEL KORS over the past few days for their Spring 2018 Asia Pacific Press Day. The trip started with a full day video shoot with Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, where we got the chance to work with an A-Star team that consisted of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore’s Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Goh (@kennieboy), and Melbourne-based fashion videographer Muc (@iammuc). We had tons of street food (Thai Milk Tea, Quail Egg Wanton, Dragonfruit, Pomelo, you name it), nearly got ourselves into an accident attempting to cross through the Bangkok traffic, sneaked onto rooftops… all for the video. I can’t wait to share the final product once it’s out!
The day was followed by a glamourous dinner at Sala Rim Naam right across our hotel Mandarin Oriental, and I finally got to meet Malaysian influencer Jojo Goh, and reunited with Anastasia (@anazsiantar) from Indonesia. Imagine Tom Yam Goong, Yellow Curry, and Thai-Styled Seabass over Muay Thai and Dance Performances, and oh, insert playing around with Kira Kira/ Snow on our phones and laughing ourselves silly over the filters – check out my Instagram Highlights to know what I mean.
Spring 18’s presentation was first on our agenda the next day (after a relaxing massage at Yunomori Onsen the night before). As you can tell from the runway looks showcased in September during New York Fashion Week, and the presentation at W Bangkok, the MICHAEL KORS’ Spring 18 collection is “all about ease”. The clothes were inspired by Michael’s very own trips to Malibu and Bora Bora, hence the Sarongs/ Kimonos/ Laid-Back Jackets in Chiffon/ Linen Gauze/ Georgette, with tints of Rosewater/ Wisteria/ Cornflower. My favourites? A white halter neckline dress, and a full lilac look featuring a linen oversized jacket with a flowy georgette top and lazy midi culottes. For the bold and adventurous soul, the monochromatic tropical-palm print will be perfect for an island getaway.
The MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Collection will drop in our Singapore stores soon – taking inspiration from the easy-breezy resort theme as seen in the main collection line, we can expect an ensemble of white and navy hues in polka-dotted and floral jacquard. There will be several matching sets in this collection too: look effortlessly glamourous in a two-piece set, or go casual by splitting them up. I’m really excited for the accessories to arrive too: there’s a weaved basket bag and a pair of espadrille wedges I have my eyes on. Keep a lookout for the MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Collection at the Mandarin Gallery and Marina Bay Sands stores!
Sending love to the MICHAEL KORS team for planning such a wonderful and fun trip to Bangkok, what a perfect destination to eat, play, shop, and on top of all of that, work. x
Whoever said the Maldives were only for romantic couples on their honeymoon, were wrong. Forget Bali, Phuket, or Langkawi, nothing compares to the pristine beaches, clear blue waters, and “semi-isolation” that Maldives has to offer. So when my dad, my younger brother Chris, and I had a common opening in our schedules late last year, we made the adventurous decision to book a flight out to Male and unwind at The Residence Maldives.
The Residence Maldives houses 94 villas on their island of Falhumaafushi in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. To get there, we had to take a domestic flight on Maldivian Air from Male to Kooddoo, followed by a short 10-minute speedboat transfer to the resort.
We checked into a stunning Two-Bedroom Water Pool Villa, which is the perfect option for families traveling together. It’s basically two bedrooms (with their own private bathrooms!) joined together with a living space and a pool that spans from one bedroom to another. My dad likes us all to be close to one another, so this villa was great – we could all still have our own private “me”-space within the confines of our mini home away from home. The pool deck also has direct access to the ocean – literally within 15 minutes of checking in, my dad and brother were already changed and jumping into the pool. Um, what happened to lunch guys?
Post-snorkelling, we had lunch by the bar overlooking the pool at The Beach Bar. Meals are all supplied either on half or full board basis, so you can eat to your heart’s content. Other dining options include a beachfront experience at The Dining Room, or a fine-dining over-the-water alternative at The Falhu maa.
The rest of our stay was nothing short of wonderful: Every morning during sunrise, we descended the ladder of our pool deck to go snorkelling. Hungry after an hour or so out at sea, we will have breakfast at The Dining Room. Evenings called for a never-ending list of activities too. I would spend my time at Spa by Clarins while my dad and brother engaged in a water sport of their choice (i.e. Wind-surfing, kayaking, etc.). On our second night at The Residence, we took a sunset dolphin-watching boat ride out to sea!
All in all we had an amazing family vacation in the Maldives. Besides having access to the ocean just 5 steps away from their bedroom, I think my dad and brother loved how clear and clean the waters were. Understated luxury was another thing – I don’t think they have ever enjoyed such an experience before, and to be able to give them something they can remember forever makes me happy!
Thank you The Residence Maldives for having my family and I at your beautiful property. We’ll be back for sure!
New Year calls for new hobbies!
I’ve always taken an interest in floral arrangement, but never really attempted it in my own capacity at home. With an hour to spare in the morning, I popped by Far East Flora and picked out some flowers and leaves. I started with a colour theme in mind (Yellow), then picked out the hero flower (Ranunculus), and worked from there.
I got one packet of each of the following: Ranunculus, Anethum, Mimosa, and Eucalyptus.
There is no fixed way of building the bouquet, perhaps what I can suggest is have the Ranunculus be the focus of attention, and build your bouquet around them. Keep the Eucalyptus light!
Do note you will be buying the flowers and leaves in wholesale quantity. For your reference, I used up 3/4 of my Ranunculus stock for the bouquet you see in this blog post! You will be left with an excess of Mimosa and Ranunculus if you plan to only make one bouquet, so perhaps you can make 1-2 more bouquets to gift to friends/ to place around the house (buy more than one packet of Ranunculus in this case).
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you’d like to see more!