INSTANT: SEPTEMBER

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Fall’s here! While we don’t particularly celebrate the four seasons in Malaysia, it’s always nice to see the change in the collections of clothes that arrive in our stores – the warm colours of autumn, beating around shades of brown, orange and red.

Dear God, September started good. And then it kinda crashed along the way. Honestly, I can’t wait for October to swish by, because that would mean we’re just a month away from Christmas, and hopefully a really long break everyone on earth perhaps, could use. Can you tell October to be kind? And make it a quick one too. I’m working all of the month’s weekends, on site if not from home, and I really am dreading it.

I hope your October is great.(:

xo

Instant Months is a compilation of my month in Instagram shots. Check out the rest of my months here, or follow me on Instagram.

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INSTANT: AUGUST

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They say that being busy is a good thing. That means that there’s work to be done, because having work means getting paid. Yeaaaaa, I suppose you could see it that way. I’ve been busy. So busy my writing (and reading) has taken a MAJOR backseat.

It’s now almost the end of September, and I’m only running an update on August. Lol So.over.due.

Well, August has been a really good month. So much happened for me just within that month. For one, I got my dive certification. Then there was the awesome trip to Singapore to hang with the cousins. And then my fitness training took off and my ass is slowly coming back in shape, and my muscles, slightly more visible (I lost 12kgs beginning this year, and with that, my ass too. If you’re wondering. Lol) Then there was London, and Rome, spilling into September.

Also, I’m incredibly glad that my Nook is happening for me. FINALLY. I’ve been having major problems purchasing books for my Nook out of the States. It sucked real bad, and I was so close to ditching it, but then Kobo books happened.(:

So yes, dearest Kobo books. If you are reading this… THANK. YOU. SO. MUCH. You saved me my last strand of sanity, from wanting to hammer the daylights out of my Nook.

August in a word – AMAZEBALLS. And p.s., September has been pretty neat too. So I’m really, really grateful for every single thing.

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TRAVELOGUE: ROME

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London, then Rome.

I was in Rome for a week, and it was amazing! Having stayed in London for a week before that and adapting the chilly weather, Rome was a tad warm. Okay, make that very warm. Lol I started perspiring the instant I exited the airport!

But other than that, it was beautiful. The museums, the colosseum, the Vatican, the many basilicas – everything just fell gorgeously into place throughout my week there. Pasta, pizza, and lots of wine. Love.

Rome has always been on the top of my list of places to visit. So here’s to another thing to check off my bucket list after having gotten my dive license. CHEERS!

Any suggestions where I should travel next?(:

{photos by Jolene Tan}

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TRAVELOGUE: LONDON

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{From top centre: Monocle Cafe on Chiltern Street/Chiltern Street/Liberty/Manchester Street/Croque Madame at Wolseley’s/Cobbled streets/Smoked salmon and poached eggs on breakfast muffins at Chiltern Firehouse/Breakfast at Monocle Cafe/London Bridge/Food kitchen at Chiltern Fire Station/My reservation at the Booking Office, St. Pancras/Park by Warwick Avenue/A classic electric cinema/Cute packaging: Feel good, recycle.(:/Portobello Rd. market/St. Paul’s cathedral/Doggie soaking up the sun!/Oysters at Colbert’s/Strolling down Little Venice/FCUK’s brilliant advertising/Fish and chips at Golden Union Fish Bar’s/Street stroll}

So, this was my week in London. I mentioned in my previous post that I was both very much and not very much looking forward to it, and here’s why.

Very much because…
It’s London. It’s 13 long hours of anticipation to lots of sightseeing, and coffee at cosy cafes. And I was all set to fly Business Class too. So who wouldn’t be? And not forgetting the chilly winds that let me take out my knitwear, pea coats and wooly things for an appropriate season.(:

And not very much because…
London was a work trip. And I had in mind to keep it just that way, until my boss insisted that I take a train, or a flight from there and go somewhere. I wouldn’t have to think twice if I was earning as much as she was, frankly. But alas, I broke my piggybank and traveled to Rome from there anyway. No regrets, but it could have been easier for me if I had the freedom to visit Rome on a very intentional, totally saved-up-my-whole-life-for reason. You know what I mean.

Anyway, Rome’s up next. Stay tuned!

{photos by Jolene Tan}


p.s. Please check their respective sites for up-to-date business hours as they may vary daily.

Chiltern Firehouse
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA, United Kingdom
Business hours: 6pm – 12am
+44 20 7073 7676

Colbert
50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AX, United Kingdom
Business hours: 8am – 11pm
+44 20 7730 2804

Golden Union Fish Bar
38 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 7LY, United Kingdom
Business hours: 11.30am – 10pm
+44 20 7434 1933

Monocle Cafe
18 Chiltern St, London W1U 7QA, United Kingdom
Business hours: 7am – 7pm
+44 20 7135 2040

Portobello Road Market
Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE, United Kingdom
Business hours: 8am – 7pm
+44 20 7727 7684

The Booking Office Bar @ St Pancras
Euston Rd, London, United Kingdom
Business hours: 6.30am – 10pm
+44 20 7841 3566

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB, United Kingdom
Business hours: 7am – 12am
+44 20 7499 6996

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INSTANT: JULY

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July, July.

I thank God for this beautiful month, really. It was a crazy busy one with many, many shoots and the inevitable preparation works that come with it, my dive lessons, rock climbing sessions, burger-noming dinner date – all in amazing company, and a very, very good long weekend in a quiet glass box hideout followed by a whacked out Singapore trip with the cousins.

To a good month ahead and more great accomplishments before yet another month goes by…CHEERS!:D Have a great August everybody! xx

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LINES I LOVE

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It is both a blessing
And a curse
To feel everything
So very deeply.

Lines I Love is a simple compilation of well, lines that I love – whether in songs, poems, movies or books. Read the rest of it here

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DIVE BABY DIVE!

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Two weekends ago, four friends and I attended our dive lessons, sat for our exams and completed our confined water dive modules – all within two days. And now, we are just eagerly waiting to complete our open water dives, and to eventually be licensed to dive!

Breathing underwater definitely took (me) some getting used to, since it’s only natural to hold your breath when your face hit the water. And even crazier, is having to clear your mask underwater and/or removing your mask and putting it back on underwater (this is just so you’ll know what to do if you swim too close and your dive buddy accidentally kicks you in the face. Lol)!

So, counting down to August 2 for our open water dives in Tioman! One more item to check off my bucket list.(:

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INSTANT: JUNE

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June, june, june.

A month that went by, perhaps somewhat too quickly, pushing me two months closer to my UK trip that I am both very much and not very much looking forward to. Hah! I’ll fill you in on this one soon.

But anyway, I hope you lovelies have had a great June. And in July, let’s accomplish bigger, better things!

xx

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LINES I LOVE

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Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.
Elisabeth Elliot

Lines I Love is a simple compilation of well, lines that I love – whether in songs, poems, movies or books. Read the rest of it here

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WEEKEND WONDERS: COME FLY WITH ME

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I love these inks (against those really apt backgrounds). They are like little reminders to keep moving, to keep traveling, and seeing the world.

Speaking of ink, I am looking forward to my artist consultation to get some ink work done. I can’t wait for July to happen, really. There’s just so much to look forward to come July – dive classes, ink work, and my trip to plan for. I got this to start me off. Pretty, impressively concise, and definitely user-friendly!(:

Anyway, before I log off and get to my work, here’s to the last weekend of June, and to a brand new six months after…CHEERS! xo

Something to hit the weekend with.(:

Cute cinematics.

Picnic foooood! Yums!

Lessons in minimalism. A good read.

Packaging designs. Love #9/10/21/29!

Retro posters.

{tiny tattoos with paralleled landscapes on ModernMet}

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