ASIA, COLLABORATION, HONG KONG, TRAVEL

Life Well Travelled: Cathay Pacific Business Class

3rd February 2016

Hong Kong International Airport

I can’t count how many times I have visited Hong Kong International Airport, on arrival, departure, picking up and dropping off family members in the past couple years.  With over 500 boarding gates and the airport continuing to expand to cater for more international visitors, it’s like a giant structured beehive full of busy bee workers coming in and out. The stunning modern architecture designed by British Architect legend Norman Foster continues to fascinate me when ever I come here, it’s definitely Hong Kong’s very own architectural gem.

I remember those times when I was a young child, my family travelled altogether and flew to Hong Kong, and we were seasonal flyers with Cathay Pacific.  We conquered boredom, discomfort, battled for window seat, turbulence, sleep deprivation, the best part were the amazing in-flight food.  It wasn’t easy for parents travelling with 5 young children on a long haul flight.  Fast forward to present time, a lot has improved since then – flight journeys are getting shorter, more choices of in-flight entertainment, more legroom and wider seats, and of course, customer service.  Have you heard the news that Cathay Pacific will launch a 4- times weekly service from Gatwick Airport on the 2nd September 2016?  That’s certainly good news for people who are based outside of London.

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As part of Cathay Pacific’s Life Well Travelled* campaign, I’ve partnered with Cathay Pacific to take you to a trip back to my second home, Hong Kong.  An up-coming post will follow, capturing the city’s epicentre of greatness has to offer, the hidden gems, and my top 5’s.  Visiting Macau for the first time and I chose to explore the city without a map.

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JEWELLERY, LIFESTYLE

Travelling With Jewellery

29th January 2016

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Packing and travelling with jewellery can be quite troublesome sometimes, I was never a stylistic self-indulgent person until I started adorning myself with jewellery 2 years ago, from wearing literally au naked to wearing more than 4 pieces in a day everyday.  I feel it’s important to stay stylish while travelling without shouting itself ‘come and mug me’ or looking too over done, less is more ladies!  I have a terrible habit of shoving jewellery into one dust bag or an ankle sock for last minute panic-packing, it’s disheartening to see your favourite pieces get all tangled up, scratched, bits and parts missing, and not able to wear them to an evening dinner or cocktail party, you basic look naked with a missing halo.

Thankfully a magic box came to my rescue, a beautiful hand-crafted jewellery organiser by Stow.  This stylish luxury travel jewellery case set in sandy stone colour fits neatly in all the right places, it features vibrant blue suede exterior, 2 compartments, 1 slip pocket, 1 drawstring compartment big enough to fit a chunky cuff/bangle or a watch, leather stowaway envelopes for rings and ear studs, ring box inside with ring cushion and a small compartment to fit another item, gold-tone zip around fastening and a signature orange zip pull embossed with the word Stow.  The case is made from the finest Spanish leather and Italian goat suede, hand-crafted by a traditional leather manufacturer in Southern Spain, which makes Stow travel jewellery case set ultra special and luxurious to travel with.  It’s a perfect size to store inside my carry-on or my handbag without worrying about security, thankfully I haven’t experienced any troubles travelling with it on a flight from Hong Kong to London.


Stow luxury travel jewellery 2 case set comes in sandy stone, amber orange, rose pink, jasper brown and topaz blue. They’re available to buy online, Harrods and Stow.  Thank you Stow for the beautiful jewellery case set!


FASHION & STYLE, MY STYLE

Guilty or Not Guilty?

18th January 2016

Jury Service Outfit

Happy New Year!

It’s my first blog post in 2016 and I haven’t figured out what my new year resolutions are except the usuals – blog more often, travel less (it’s hard to say no), spend more time bonding with my baby niece (I hate the feeling of being an absent aunt), and go eco-friendly.

So, back to normality after a month long trip to my second home in Hong Kong, and 10 days Jury Service (I know), and work resumes from today!  Speaking of Jury Service, I’m forbidden to reveal details of cases I was involved in.  Yes it does involve A LOT of waiting around (sometimes your name won’t get called for a trial until hours later or a day after), snoozing, feeling cold, tired and hungry from doing nothing, meeting and chatting to great numbers of jurors from all walks of life, read the same magazines over and over, serious lack of phone signal and no 3G/4G (the best place to get a signal is in the lavatory).  That’s Jury Service, I tell ya.  I wasn’t particularly bothered about dressing smart at the court, I mostly wore similar style on a daily basis, a shirt under a knitted pullover, jeans, tough boots, a simple scarf and long wool coat, which is great for desperate-snuggles.  As an avid bright colour and pattern lover, I avoided wearing bright colour it will attract eyes of the court onto you, or face being sent home or Contempt of of Court Charges – pay a fine or imprisonment.  My tips on what to wear at Jury Service is casual, comfortable, smart and conservative.  No flip flops, bright colour, shorts.  Not even a fancy dress costume.

Now, has anyone seen Making A Murderer on Netflix?


My wardrobe: Burberry coat, scarf and gloves, Levi’s mens shirt, Uniqlo mens pullover, Lee Cooper skinny jeans, Prime Boots, Daniel Wellington Watch, Aspinal of London laptop bag (gifted). Image shot on an iPhone 6.


COMMISSIONS, FASHION & STYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Karlmond Tang x Aquascutum

5th December 2015

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I was commissioned by Aquascutum to photograph stylist, blogger and good friend of mine Karlmond Tang aka Mr Boy for their digital content.  Karlmond and I have always wanted to work together for quite a while, we’re familiar with each others work and our style of work, we even discussed ideas and potential collaborations over countless of dim sums, coffee and on our trip to Morocco earlier this year.  Because my schedule is relatively unpredictable like a typical fickle English weather, where I’m barely in London and spend the majority of my time travelling overseas, and being committed to my regular clients, an opportunity like this has led to 2 years of waiting.  So here comes my jazz hands, TADAHHHHH!


Photography by Kit Lee.


EUROPE, ITALY, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

Venice Visual Diary: 2 Nights at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

2nd December 2015

The first time I visited Venice I was about 16 or 17 years old when digital cameras did not exist, it was a 5 day school trip, in freezing cold winter, by coach.  Yes, that’s correct, we travelled by coach for 24 hours with 20 or so students and couple of tutors.  Never mind the stiff backs of the younglings, toilet that was completely jammed by human waste, our sleep disrupted in the dead of night to have our passports checked in the middle of nowhere. It was what we paid for, but all soon forgotten when we arrived in the Italian city, Venice!

Fast forward to 16 years, over a decade older, and my second visit to Venice!  I was invited to stay 2 nights at the newly opened JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in the middle of hot summer in June, it’s a new luxury retreat set on a private island in the Venetian lagoon, Isola delle Rose, away from the hustle and bustle, St Mark’s Square is just 20 minute shuttle ride away.

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HOME & LIVING, LIFESTYLE

House of Hackney x William Morris AW15

4th November 2015

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I may have left the world of fashion and style behind me, temporarily, I’ve been meaning to publish this post of my favourite autumn winter 2015 press day from March for many moons, even though I’ve only been to 4 so far this year!  Turning up at press days were quite challenging and always unfulfilled. I’m guessing my passion for fashion and style has slowly disintegrated and irrelevant, so other interests lies elsewhere.  By all means it’s about evolving and moving forward.

While my love for floral prints hasn’t left my heart, on September House of Hackney has recently launched a ground-breaking collaboration with William Morris.  It’s the largest and most inspired House of Hackney collaboration to date, I have seen the pieces at press day and I’m thrilled to say I bloody LOVED it!  William Morris was multi-talented English designer (textile, artist, writer, poet) and a social activist, better known for this Pre-Raphaelite and Neo-Gothic floral designs in the English Arts and Crafts movement in 19th Century.

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EUROPE, GREECE, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

Greece Visual Diary: Messinia, Part 2

25th October 2015

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Continuing the visual diary from my trip to Greece, part 2.  It feels like a lifetime ago (almost four months ago) when I was in Costa Navarino, having a great time enjoying the sun, sailing, massage.  I have been on many press trips after Greece, my visual memory and fondness for Costa Navarino is still fresh in my mind and I can still taste the octopus I had for lunch still lingers in my taste bud.  It was that good.

The stunning Voidokilia Beach is located not far from Costa Navarino, the beach was named among the best beaches in the world, according to The New York Times.  It reminds me of my family vacation time in Dipkarpaz (Golden Beach) in North Cyprus.  The Voidokilia Beach’s is simply breathtaking, the panorama and its natural surroundings  –  clear and vibrant blue sea, fine sand and crystalline beach – the Navarino Bay, Nestor’s Cave and above lies are the old ruins of 13th Century Frankish Castle, and nearby is an archeological finds of its earliest civilisation, tombs and battle grounds, and Peloponnesian Hills covered with olive trees, sand dunes, and of course the amazing weather. And the area is considered of archaeological interest.  Behind the sandy dunes lies the lagoon of Gialova, one of Europe’s most important wetlands and bird habitat, perfect for bird watching enthusiasts.

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BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

Travel essentials for a long haul flight

9th October 2015

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Luggage check, carry-on check, money check, passport check, vaccination check, travel insurance….ummm check?  I have been a frequent flyer on long haul flights (from London to Hong Kong, vice versa) for nearly 2 years and have picked up some mistakes and tips along the way.  What is the best way to endure long haul flights as pleasant as possible?  There is no secret formula that works for anyone but preparation.  I’ve only experienced 3 unfortunate events on long haul flights a few years ago, altitude sickness from dehydration, not paid attention to food intolerance and ended up being sick (I have to remind myself that I’m lactose intolerant to cold dairy desserts, come on a small spoonful of goodness won’t hurt my tummy. Yes it will), and sexual harassment with a fellow passenger seated next to me.  It was a l-o-n-g story.

It is essential to enjoy your long haul experience in anyway you can, whether it’s cattle class (I don’t mind) to upper class, long haul or short haul, preparation is key to hassle-free smooth, and comfortable flight.

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EUROPE, GREECE, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

Greece Visual Diary: Costa Navarino, part 1

16th September 2015

I love visiting countries or cities I’ve never been and people I’ve never met, even if it’s not on my bucket list I love exploring.  But this trip to Costa Navarino in Greece was particularly special to me, one of my favourite films of all time, Before Midnight (2013) directed by Richard Linklater, has a close connection with Costa Navarino, it was partly filmed in one of the two hotels and much of the filming took place in the Peloponnesian region of Messinia including Kardamili, Gulf of Messenia, Pylos, the ruins of Mycenaean Palace of Nestor and many more.  Those who have not heard of the film, it’s an American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy, following Before Sunrise (1995) filmed in Vienna, and Before Sunset (2004) filmed in Paris, and third one in southern Peloponnese.  It’s the film’s longest love story and centres around a couple (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) engage in a long, discursive conversations.  When a PR emailed me an invitation to this trip, read the subject line, I immediately said yes without hesitation! You wouldn’t believe I already planned a perfect quote from the film’s famous scene to end the post.

From the moment I arrived at The Romanos, after a four hour car journey from the airport, my thoughts were ‘My gosh this place is huge!’, ‘I’m dyslexic I’m going to get lost.’  Costa Navarino is home to two luxury hotels, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, as well as the award winning Anazoe Spa, alluring natural sceneries – extensive grounds with olive groves, indigenous trees and plants as well as golf course, recreation centre, restaurants and shops, even a tiny chapel.  Perfect for a romantic getaway or a holiday wedding, perhaps?

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