AFRICA, MOROCCO, TRAVEL

Dakhla Visual Diary: pastels and grit, part 1

10th June 2015

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My previous trips to Morocco has brought me new-found experiences and insights of Berbers and Moroccan cultures.  It’s not all about the hustle and bustle, and maze-like souks in Marrakech, the quiet seaside resort town in Essaouira, nor the beautiful decorative riads.  It’s about the cultural experience, explore the unexplored you’d be amazed to find something unique and take the memorable experience with you back home. Having visited Marrakech, Essaouira, Rabat and Casablanca with Morocco Tourist Board in the previous year and before, I was thirsty for more and hungry for more. And there you ago again my third trip to Morocco!  This time in Dakhla.

Explore the unexplored.  Dakhla, in deep south of the Western Sahara.

The word Dakhla sounded like a rare fruit twinning with Durian fruit.  You don’t know what to expect whether you like the taste and flavor or not, it’s a good idea to try out something new and judge it later.  With 180 plus European journalists, travel writers, bloggers, media folks aboard a special plane from Paris to deep south of vast desert-administered region, 5.5 hours of endless flying across the vast land of dry paradise until we reached Dakhla’s very own mini airport.  We were going to spend 48 hours in the rarely-explored part of town in hope it would attract tourists in the future coming years ahead.

Where is Dakhla by the way?  If you look at Google map, the peninsula is shaped like a proud cordyceps ready to rule the Atlantic Coast.  Dakhla is known for its fishing industry and centre for aquatic sports – kitesurfing, windsurfing and surf casting.  None of those extreme water sports seem to watch my infant level, I’m terrified of water sports let alone diving.

It has taken me half a day to fall under the spell of Dakhla’s charm. The hues of pastel pinks, sandy-beige and hint of accent cyan blue on cube-shaped buildings and numerous shops, retro vehicles blast from the past, cloudless blue skies and calmness from the sea, women covered in colourful gowns and men in clean white robes (some in modern western attires), gentle breeze from the sea, call to prayer at nearby mosque, spotted a barely used Spanish cathedral with its own beautiful garden near the empty square, friendly passersby, a little nosy browse at a well known artisan workshops possibly ancient, and outdoor souks with peculiar merchandise and interesting abundance.  This town has so much character in its own right it’s inspiring.

Stay tuned for part 2!


Kit Lee was a guest of Morocco Tourist Board.


COLLABORATION, INSTAGRAM, JEWELLERY, MY STYLE

Sweet Valentine – Style Slicker x Pärla

1st June 2015

Style Slicker x Parla

A quickie note.

I just wanted to share with you this little Instagram project I did with Pärla for their #LOVEparla campaign on Valentine’s Day this year, it sort of got lost in the IG feed and I wanted to revive it on the blog.  If you haven’t heard of Pärla, it’s about time you do.  Pärla is an independent jewellery boutique founded and curated by Erin O’Connor (not the 6 foot tall super model of course), it stocks contemporary designer jewellery, British and Scandinavian design from Bjorg, Smith/Grey, Clarice Price Thomas, Jessie Harris, COOEE, and my favourite designer V Jewellery.  I’ve been a fan of V Jewellery for a year, thanks to the email introduction from my sister Isabella (Rockin’ That Gem) who has just moved to Perth with her future hubby last year.  For the #LOVEparla project, obviously I was going to pick a piece by V Jewellery that reflects my personality and my love for Art Deco and modern design, I chose a Simplicity Cut Ring.  I’m sorry to say the ring is out of stock, but please don’t fret, the ring is available on V Jewellery’s very own e-shop!

Happy June the 1st!

ASIA, LIFESTYLE, SINGAPORE, TRAVEL

60 Hours in Singapore

29th May 2015

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

Singapore by Kit Lee

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Singapore Instagram roundup

My oh my.  Singapore has changed so much since I last visited the city exactly 10 years ago!  I don’t remember the experience as a first time visitor, I joined a tour group with a bunch of old and young folks of all ages from Hong Kong for a 4 day trip to Singapore and Malaysia, like all other tour agencies from Asia, the tour was frantic, tiresome and half of the itinerary were just pointless visits.  And it was the city that gave me my first freckles. Tah Singapore!

Like Hong Kong, Singapore is known for its modern infrastructure, this tiny city is packed with dramatic architecture, gardens and parks, skyscrapers, shopping malls, clean I mean too clean!  Chewing gum is banned there.  Everything is efficient, and it’s very easy to get around using a taxi and metro.  Singapore is a foodie’s paradise which offers huge choices of multi-international cuisines from English, Malaysian, Singaporeans, Thai, Chinese, Indian et al.  If you’re a savvy foodie, Singapore is perfect for binge eating.

Before Christmas last year, I embarked on a short visit to Singapore to attend my close friend’s wedding.  My sister May also joined me on the trip at the very last minute, we wanted to do our own things separately as I’ve had things planned which involved meetings, catching up with friends, networking, the wedding and post-wedding craziness…meaning to get drunk.  First we checked-in at The Westin Singapore for an overnight stay before we moved to another district for a couple more nights.  The sleek high-rise building is located in the financial district in Marina View, I chose this hotel because the wedding venue was a stone throw away.  Our lovely Premiere Sea View Room featured their award-winning King-size Heavenly® Beds, layered with soft white linens, a plush duvet, a down blanket, and plump pillows – trust us, we slept very, very well in our jet-lag state of minds. The marble bathroom was our favourite part of the room, a floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea harbour, if you’re an early bird I highly recommend a long relaxing bath in a freestanding bath tub, drink tea and watch the golden sun break from the clouds.  We had a scrumptious breakfast at Cook & Brew on the 33rd floor, probably one of the tallest buildings to have breakfast I’ve ever experienced with the magnificent views of the Marina Bay, I went for the Chinese style breakfast with a bowl of congee, some dumplings and other healthy options, May went for the full English.  Last but not least, the infinity pool!  Nestled on the top floor (level 35) of the hotel, the infinity offers mind-blowing panoramic views of the Marina and the city itself, we were unable to use their pool because we had to pack and check-out of the hotel.  Wish we stayed one more night!

Please take me back to Singapore!

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Top 3 must see places in Singapore:

1. Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay – A futuristic, Avator-like garden with impressive high ariel walkways suspended above ground.

2. Marina Bay Sands – A three 55 storey high towers with a ship-like (or a Stonehenge) infinity pool located on top of the hotel offering panoramic views of the city.  Marina Bay Sands also houses a casino, spa, hotel, gardens, restaurants, jogging path, and shopping mall in the lower ground.

3. Louis Vuitton Island Maison – Louis Vuitton’s first island concept store on the water at the Marina Bay Sands.

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Top tip:

Singapore is surprisingly hot and humid all year round, it’s a shock to the system to some people like myself, never mind your frizzy hair!  If you’re a photo-savvy traveller, protect your camera gear with Silica Gel packets (found in sealed snacks, bags and shoe boxes) and store them in your camera bag at all times, these will help to absorb moisture and water vapour on electronic gear.  I made a big mistake when I left my Canon zoom lense in Hong Kong for a few weeks when I returned to London, came back, I opened the lens cap and there you go, the len filter became a petri-dish filled with fungus.  Thankfully the lens was saved by a trusty camera repairman in HK, there’s a lesson to be learned for all photographers, always carry silica gel packets at all in your bags and storage at all times!


Kit and sister May were guests of The Westin Singapore, thank you for accommodating us!


FASHION & STYLE, MY STYLE

Spring play

24th May 2015

Kit Lee

Currently in a zombie state of mind, fighting hard to stay awake while typing this short note, and keeping an eye on my chicken & mushroom pie being heated in an oven, oh jet lag you are so kind to me!  I know it is a year late, this image was taken in late spring last year, unpublished for whatever reason there is a set of image now published on ELLE HK blog, go and have a look!


My wardrobe: Top and jeans from ASOS, NY cap from Urban Oufitters.


ASIA, HONG KONG, TRAVEL

Meanwhile in Hong Kong, and heading back home

19th May 2015

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

Hong Kong by Kit Lee

The past 2 weeks has been insanely busy meeting friends and clients at different times of the day and different places across Hong Kong Island, and at the same time hot and humid despite the sun block was completely utter useless, they melt after 30 minutes of application with white-cast all over your face along with the sweat. Catching up with friends with more rounds of food and drinks at Sevva, Maxim’s Palace, Fu Lu Shou, Classified, BEP, Nha Trang and my weekly iced lemonade fix from Nosh to cool off the absurd heat.

With the new MTR station opened on Island Line late last year I finally ventured out to Kennedy Town for the first time, having  been driven past it a dozen times via taxi to get to the south of Hong Kong Island, the industrial town reminds me of a shabby seaside town in Margate.  With a character of course.  Kennedy Town (and Sai Ying Pun) is soon to be my favourite go-to place for abundance of photography walk, heritage trail such as the Lo Pan Temple, a grade l listed building located on Ching Lin Terrace (a 8 minute steep climb on top of Li Po Lung Path), cool eateries at Fish & Chick, Chino, Shoreditch, Bistro du Vin, Bresola, K-Town and many more.  I have to come back and try everything there when I’m back in town, despite the distance, I have been hanging out in Sheung Wan for too, too long.

During the final week of my stay in Hong Kong, I found a spare afternoon for a full body massage at Happy Foot Luxe on Lyndhurst Terrace in Central, I usually go for their medical massage (similar to sports massage and Thai massage) when I’m back in town. I highly recommend this place for their thrusty, acupressure massage therapy to relieve muscle tension, headache, helps to reduce water retention, improve blood circulation and many more.

I was invited to take over the official The9thMuse Instagram account, they’re celebrating their 3rd birthday on Friday 22nd May this week.  And then a manicure at The Nail Library (my favourite nail salon) to end the week.

Thank you Hong Kong, you have been awesome.  See you in the autumn!


ASIA, HONG KONG, TRAVEL

Meanwhile in Hong Kong…

9th May 2015

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Don’t worry I haven’t left London for good!  I’m currently in Hong Kong doing the usual stuff and working on a couple of photography projects while still catching up with friends, making new friends (seriously, you can easily make new friends here in HK), networking with brands and PRs, discovering new hidden gems in Sai Ying Pun, cycling with my beloved Tokyobike from Tai Mei Tuk to Ma On Shan, trying my best to not get bitten by mozzies, and eat as much as I can and enjoy exploring HK.

I recently celebrated my 33rd birthday in HK for the first time with 4 rounds of birthday lunch and dinner with different group of friends – an afternoon tea at The Peninsula Hong Kong, sushi for lunch at Sushi To by Harlan Goldstein, healthy lunch at A Boy Named Sue HQ, the impeccable French and Shanghainese dishes at my friend’s private kitchen at Fa Zhu Jie, and intimate drinks with close friends at Fu Lu Shou.  Seriously, their cocktails are out of this world!

Stay tuned for more visual diary series from Hong Kong!


FASHION & STYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Nik Thakkar

24th April 2015

Nik Thakkar by Kit Lee

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Nik Thakkar by Kit Lee

Nik Thakkar by Kit Lee

I recently caught up with my lovely friend Nik in Shoreditch last week before jetting off to Hong Kong yet again.  How naughty of us when we managed to find a day to catch up after a year of our last meeting, coincidently in Hong Kong last summer.  I’ve always have this unforgettable memory of Nik, was his semi-nakedness in Shek O beach – a brief, cap, cotton socks, sneakers, MCM backpack, sunglasses, his smoldering look and ab-fab pack, he made the beach style looked so hip in the blistering heat.


Nik Thakkar is a creative strategist via his digital consultancy Nephew London, blogger of Karl is my Unkle, and Co-Founder of designer label Ada + Nik.
Photography by Kit Lee.


FASHION & STYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Lulu Guinness for National Aids Trust 2014

19th April 2015

Lulu Guinness for National Aids Trust 2014 - Photography by Kit Lee

Last year I had the privileged to photograph the darling of all hearts, the luxury handbag designer Lulu Guinness for her partnership with National Aids Trust 2014.  Lulu designed a limited edition NAT red ribbon brooch to help raise awareness about the real facts of Aids and HIV. It was a very quick portrait shoot like all designers and creative professionals, Lulu was a very busy person so we had 5 minutes to spare to get the shots right for the official portrait for NAT’s press release.  In the end we got what we wanted and I pleased to share the photo with you.

Thank you Sabina for having me on board!


Photography by: Kit Lee.
NAT 2014 Curator: Sabina Emrit.


ASIA, EVENT, HONG KONG, INSTAGRAM, TRAVEL

Hong Kong Visual Diary: A Boy Named Sue Pop-Up Shop

15th April 2015

ABNS pop up shop

ABNS pop up shop

ABNS pop up shop

ABNS pop up shop

Just thought I share with you some lovely images from my brief visit to A Boy Named Sue‘s work wear’ pop-up shop a weee-while back.  Co-founded by my girls Sam and Tania, the pop-up store was located in the heart of Central district in Hong Kong, I was ready to do some less serious damage, shopping!  Having browsed through their items on display offering work-wear staples and jewellery, one brand caught my attention and it was Kasane jewellery, there were some stunning pieces from the collection I was told they were selling like hotcakes.  After trying on some rings the evil eye sterling silver ring caught my fancy, the ring is crafted with rhodium plated sterling silver, cubic zirconia and synthetic sapphires (the ring is also available in 18k gold plated sterling silver), I knew I wanted the ring so without hesitation, I handed over my cash.  Cheers to a happy customer!