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Hello everybody, please meet Mr. Riccardo Guasco.

Hailing from Alessandria, a small town in Italy, Mr. Guasco is an (amazing) illustrator which I first stumbled upon browsing Pinterest. I love his work, and I love the way his colours, lines and ideas come together to give his illustrations and paintings so much meaning.


Here are just some of his artworks. For more, there’s always a riccardoguasco.com to go to!(: Also, here’s a Q+A with the illustrator himself, by Pushing Pixels, and if you follow arts on Behance, here’s Mr. Guasco on it too. Go ahead and enjoy his amazing pieces!

On a separate note, it’s been so long since I did a weekend post. I must have you know how much I missed writing, especially signing off the weekends with a handful of gems for your reading and listening pleasure.

I am back!

So, cheers to the weekend ahead and three more cheers for my first Weekend post in 2015.

The must raved about Sugar by Maroon 5.(:

If I had a space of my own, I swear some rooms would scream LAMPIONE!

Ham & cheese toasties, anyone? Yes please!

Read: the science behind break ups.

Get back at someone glitterbomb style!

Here’s one for the ocean. Love.

{Mr. Illustrator from Riccardoguasco.com}

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Just a random update – William and I caught How To Train Your Dragon 2 just yesterday. And I cried, and cried, and cried. I can’t wait to get my hands on a stuffed toy version of Toothless!:B

Anyway, sorry the weekend post got delayed this week! Been so caught up with closing a job for a client all the way in Jakarta, meetings after meetings, photo shoots, and trying to keep to my study schedule in hopes of completing five chapters of the dive manual before my first class in July. Doesn’t sound like much but trust me, it is crazy.

Here’s sharing a handful of things to perhaps, kickstart your week and inspire you on exploring your creativity, buy a new car (Tesla rocks!), try a new dish, update your photo styles, or just an insightful read to understand how collaboration might not always work.

If only New York wasn’t so far away.Love.

Not your average typography.

Interesting read: The Collaboration Paradox

Designing with type on photos!

Tesla Model S according to The Oatmeal, and the real thing.
ps: I am totally blown away by how awesome this ride is.

To try! Cold oven pound cake

{typography by Marmalade Bleue}

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So I attempted to poach an egg last Saturday. Did I mention that I wasted two eggs in that whole hour’s attempt? Sigh. It was so embarassing. I ate that two eggs in the ugly state I caused them to be in, and then boiled the third perfectly and served it.

How do people make poaching eggs look like reciting the ABCs? I remember the first time I poached an egg, and I’d have you know I got it right then – close to five years ago. I was in college, and my campus was home to the Mass Communication (that’s me), Architecture, Hospitality and Tourism, and Culinary Arts faculty, and our library was a cook’s heaven. Cookbooks, technique books, recipe books, food styling books – all of them. Yup! And it was then that I picked up one of those technique books, and successfully nailed Chapter 3: How To Poach An Egg.

I will master the art of poaching an egg, soon. And you can expect an entry devoted to that success. Haha! On the topic of eggs, I came across Food52‘s eggy article, which is a great read for cooks, or egg-lovers alike, so here’s sharing it!

Take the weekend slow, or fast, whichever way you’d like to roll, but have an amazing one either way, my dear friends.(: I’m going to steal forty winks, get dressed and head out for dinner at the much raved about Awesome Canteen. Toodles!

Let It Go in 25 languages. Amazingly good!

My second love after oysters: SCALLOPS

A garden retreat.

Apple lovers, a new store opens!

The newly opened 9/11 memorial pavilion.

To try: Lemony Lemonies!

{all about eggs by Food52}

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I’ve been itching to cook of late.

Okay, well. In all honesty, I’ve been itching to do a lot of things of late – run, cook, bake, sign up for that magazine subscription, tell off a friend, buy an oven, house hunt, go for a massage, have more oysters, book a scrub down, learn photography, have my own grocer, day-trip to Singapore, to name a few.

But let’s focus on the cooking part of it all for today. So I’ve been checking out some (easier, a lot less tedious) recipes to (hopefully) start with, one of the weekends. Let me tempt you with this, this and this for now, all as pictured!

My runners have seen daylight, so I’m doing pretty okay I suppose. Haha! (Let the cooking and eating begin!)

I foresee a crazy week ahead. But for now, I’m going to kick back, write, sip on tea while it pours outside and love my weekend and everything about it. And I hope you would too lovelies! Cheers.(:

Love the quirk, love the colours, love everything about this.:D

A good workout deserves a good dessert after!

Say cheeeeeese! WANT.

Interesting. A real Zombie Apocalypse plan A.

My latest read. Some good shit, really.

An amazing project – A Century of Spying.

{Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing by How Sweet It Is/Asparagus Egg Beauregard by Chasing Delicious/Roasted Mushrooms with Spicy Breadcrumbs by Gourmet}

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Good morning lovelies!

So it’s the end of November. I’m hoping for a better month ahead. I believe we could all use that.

…December rings in with Christmas carols, lots of shopping and all of that yuletide hype. Have you shopped for the holidays yet? I haven’t. I usually have things sorted by this time of the year but I’m thinking I’d let loose for once, forget the gift-shopping bit and just have a good dinner with my family, maybe even cook one.

If you have ticked off everyone on your gift list, kudos and great job! But if you haven’t, don’t stress just yet. There are plenty of things you can do that will make up for, or make an even greater gift, I’d say. Read: cooking and entertaining. And while at it, you can even Instagram your preparation, finished meal, table settings and guests! Also, maybe it’s a good year to start writing those Christmas cards and posting them to your favourite people scattered around town, or the globe alike.

I was working on some initial designs for my design blog yesterday and loved the way the whole thing turned out. It’s a bit too early to reveal anything at the moment but I hope when I’ve compiled just enough designs to make more than a couple of posts, I will let you guys in on it, so as to not disappoint you, or myself should the project not kick of ever (this happened many times before). I am still however, hunting for an authentic letterpress printer in Kuala Lumpur. Yes, hunting is the exact word I will use over and over again because it is that crazy just looking for one. Locally, people are not receptive to letterpress, for its price and perhaps because they don’t appreciate such an extent of customisation, that also goes back to the costs. But I personally love it; love the effect, love the textures and especially love it when the ink doesn’t sit entirely perfect. It’s like perfection in the imperfection.(: Haha!

I’m off to meet some friends for breakfast, and then lunch. So please enjoy these gems for the weekend and enjoy your day to its fullest!

p.s.: The sun is out and my flowers are finally singing, “Glory hallelujah!” It’s been pouring and they’ve been drowning in an excess of rainwater. Hooray!

Been listening to lots of Jason Reeves’ pieces, like this and this.

Did I read smoked salmon bagels? Yums.:9
p.s.: Oh and the photography in this blog? LOVE.

Stories that make your subway ride feel less horrid.

I love this publication, and am thinking of subscribing to it. *rubs chin*

If you get the Malaysian slang with the whole -lah, -leh and more, read all of this.
p.s.: I found myself laughing to myself at countless posts.

Another food blog to note with superb photography.
p.s.: If you have more food blogs with great photography to share, please let me know!

{garden bloom by Jolene Tan}

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Today, my client came to me requesting that they wanted the captions I wrote for their Chinese New Year mailer to have a more “Chinese New Year-feel”. Apparently throwing in words like bamboo, fortune, prosperity, lunar and oriental wasn’t enough. In my boss’ own words, “Yes. Tweak it to be so Chinese New Year even the blind can tell.”

So I got to work. And then food blogs happened, and I decided that perhaps rewording the captions could wait till later.

I am so eager to share with you these few recipe gems that I found, that would most likely be what I’d be making some time this December after the Christmas hype has somewhat settled, and the carolling rounds over and done with.

So first on the list is a fiery (and robust, looking at the list of ingredients) dish of Chicken Khao Soi, a northern Thai-inspired curried soup with noodles, followed by the Salmon in Parchment Paper with Horseradish-Yogurt Sauce recipe – with a must-mention that both of these superb recipes with their awesome photography are both from Bon Appetit. And last but not least is something for the sweet toothed – the Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie in the hardcover The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie book!

While I’m pretty sure I’d be working on the chicken recipe soon enough, I’m not too sure about the salmon and the dessert though. Not because I have anything against them (heck, I introduced them to you, didn’t I? Haha.) but it’s just…I don’t have an oven. Bummer.

I’ve been meaning to get one but my finances have been all over the place and putting aside oven-money doesn’t seem like a real necessity yet. Well, at least it isn’t for now. But I will definitely be keeping an eye out for a simple, petite oven that would do the job without breaking the bank, because I am very aware that a lot of comfort can come from a fresh-out-of-the-oven something. I don’t have a sweet tooth, if you didn’t already know. But once in a while, a dessert date is welcomed. And for every other occasion, there are tons of baked chicken/fish/vegetables/pasta/pie to highly consider serving up!

So tell me, tell me…what will you be serving or baking up this Christmas?(: Yums.

{Chicken Khao Soi and Salmon with Horseradish-Yogurt Sauce by Bon Appetit/Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie by The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book on Amazon}

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Hey there lovelies. I am currently re-reading The Fault in Our Stars by author John Green and am finding so much more love with it than I did previously. Blame it on the quick read mode I put myself through at Barnes & Noble. I wanted very much to purchase myself a Nook when I was in the States but didn’t, only because I existingly have an iPad and lugging them both around, along with my laptop just wouldn’t make any sense to me – not today, not ever. BUT, that said, I have to give it to the Nook for its superb readability. And if you’re a fan of a million novels, Nook is for you. Without a doubt. It reads like a book.

As for me, I took the cheap road of downloading the PDF on my iPad. Reads fine. Not perfect, but fine. Can do sort of fine. Haha!

I once blogged about Edible Selby’s awesomeness in hardcover, and this weekend calls for yet another GREAT entry for the visually-driven people (that’s ME!). Say hello to Lucy Eldridge! Well her work might not be a full fledge cookbook, I have to say that it is rather genius anyhow. It’s at a time like this that I strongly wished I was a great cook and a greater illustrator, or at least one of those two greats. While you’re checking out her illustrated recipes, you have got to check out her other works too.

So, three cheers for an amazing Saturday! And as usual, gems for the weekend.

p.s.: Pending NYC post! Busybee for now.:B But soon! Soon! Soon!

I’d love me a Juice Truck.(:

Wish list of a motley few. Very cute and interesting!

Porn vs real sex, explained with food.

A brilliant tea party.

Yes please to gliding right out of bed!

A look into Steinway & Sons’ piano factory. LOVE.

{illustrated recipe from Lucy Eldridge}

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I have been a tad bit obsessed with designing the UI for my currently still non-existent web shop. I’m dreaming big and feeling hopeful, if you’re wondering why. I started purchasing a handful of goods for my web shop but haven’t gotten around to actually setting up a Facebook account, or any form of platform to put those items out there. And by getting inspirations off the net, I’ve been incredibly envious of Berry Liberman of Dumbo Feather & Small Giants. How I did not think up of something this pretty, I have no idea. But I love it all. Love, love, love. (Still envious) Haha!

I’m a bit panicky. In less than a week I’d be in Singapore. And then a week after, I’d be off to New York. And I have tons left to do, or so it feels. But yes, I think I do have a lot that needs to be done before I leave. Oh well.

On a random note, my church is actually doing this ‘lunch thing’ every Sunday after service – an effort to forge fellowship and bonds amongst the members. So it’s a tiny space, with simple home cooked meals being sold at a minimal price, and I got to pick out the stools and the little add-ons. I feel happy. Cheap thrill but yes!

Happy weekend!

A long forgotten favourite I heard this morning.

Tons of great design ideas right hereps: My Reading List staple!

The school holidays are coming! Fancy a VBS?(:

Some amazing work by Oscar Ramos.

I love this movie! All the eating and cooking. Oh, and Paris. LOVE.

I’ve been reading. Could totally come in handy some day.

{Dumbo Feather & Small Giants at The Design Files}

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selbyIt was in 2011 that Mr. Bentley and I drove in to Singapore and stayed a good few days just soaking in what was left of year 2011. Main highlight? Wicked the Musical and lots of eating.

This year, Phantom of the Opera is playing and I am incredibly eager to get my hands on the tickets. And I am hopeful to have more gastronomic rounds with Mr. Bentley, and maybe a couple of his buddies.(:

Also, been meaning to tell the world about this book I bought on our Singapore trip then. It’s one of the fun-est non-cookbook cookbooks I’ve ever come across, as shown above. I know how ridiculously contradicting I am sounding right there but check it out and you’ll know what I mean.

Bursting with amazing food/people/scene photography first by famed photographer Todd Selby, followed by handwritten notes in crazy coloured pens and tonnes of stories to tell and interviews to share, Edible Selby is also a cosy collection of random recipes that he’d picked up along the way of his photography excursion.

It is a too-cool compendium of photography, amazing eatery features and above all, it comes with some really wicked fridge magnets! Check out pages from Edible Selby, or go straight here to get your copy.

..and the amazing weekend begins with a roll out of some of my favourites. Enjoy and have a great, great Saturday + Sunday!

Loving Quickdrive’s rendition of an all-time fav.

Healthy eating starts with mushrooms.

This makes for a dainty accessory.

Inspired by dark, dark walls.

Since Melbourne, I’ve been in love with Country Road.

May I interest you in some thing sweet?

{pages from Edible Selby by Todd Selby}

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I probably don’t have to say it for many to already know that I miss Melbourne – the weather, the food (Max Brenner and KFC chips at the forefront), the walks, the trams and the sights.

So last Sunday, I was thrilled to relive what felt like a simple piece of Melbourne, done locally. It was a wet evening and the family headed out to dine at MeatWorks at Citta Mall. From the fairy lights in the carpark to the open, breezy dining concept – everything reminded me of Melbourne.

Food’s good if you’re into beef. If not, there’s always poultry and fish! And not forgetting the little grocer right by the diner, neat place if only it were better stocked. It really is like a little piece of Melbourne, I tell you.(:

{photos by Jolene Tan}

MeatWorks Restaurant
Lot 26 & 27, Ground Floor, Citta Mall @ Ara Damansara
+603 7832 0871

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