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"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a 
creative art." - Ansel Adams

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I recently did a collaboration with Kuoloon Chong from kompactfaen. I’ve always been an admirer of his work. He has a great eye for detail, prop arrangement and composition, which translates into beautiful pictures. His specialisation lies in people and landscape photography, or even photos for creative purposes. He’s currently looking to expand his image content to include weddings. With him, you can be sure to receive professional and timely service.

Before the shoot, we met up once to discuss our collaboration over coffee. With a pen and paper, we scribbled down ideas as they came to mind. After conceptualizing the shoot, all that was left was its execution.

This was a collaborative process. Between us, we each contributed an element that made the shoot click. I conceptualized and styled the shoot, while he executed it. See credits below. For more outtakes, view here. I really liked how the photos turned out. It was better than I had envisioned it to be. Thank you, kompactfaen!

More about kompactfaen:
Photographer based in Singapore. View his portfolio for more of his amazing works. If you would like to engage his services, you can drop him an e-mail at askmehere@kompactfaen.com.

 

 

Photography: kompactfaen   Wardrobe styling: Myself   Prop styling: Myself   Model: Myself   Hair and Makeup: J. Ma   Location: Where I stay.

advertorial: tiny tiles

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DSC_0498 copyA few weeks back, I was contacted by Katheryn, founder of TinyTiles, to write a review on her ceramic magnet tiles.  I’m glad to be able to support local businesses and print my Instagram pictures at the same time! Read on to find out what are some of the perks that you can get as my reader!

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cooking with sunkist

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Last weekend, I spent my Saturday afternoon making orange-inspired dishes and learning creative ways of incorporating this Vitamin C-rich fruit into my meals as part of the Sunkist Brand Moments Blogger Event.

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It was a very fun and engaging hands-on cooking workshop. We made sangria, a baked salmon with orange salsa, and ended the session with a cook (or rather, bake) off challenge! And yes, we used Sunkist Oranges in all of them. I never knew that there were four kinds of Sunkist oranges – Cara Cara, Navel, Moro Blood, and Valencia Oranges. They vary in taste, appearance, and nutritional value. However, we only used Cara Cara and Valencia in our cooking session. I can’t wait to experiment with more! Continue reading

pantry staple: fluffy vegan pancakes

DSC_0035 copy Vegan recipes are challenging in a different way — how does one omit butter, dairy milk and eggs, and still make a delicious banana cake? Check out my post on vegan banana cake. Ever since, it has been my go-to recipe for banana cake.

So I did it again, this time for pancakes. It took me a few attempts and some tweaks here and there before I was satisfied with the result.

Check out my tips at the bottom of this post. Pancakes are one of my favourite breakfast items to make. They also remind me of slow and quiet Sunday mornings. Somehow, just flipping those circles of pale batter on the hot skillet and watching bubbles form on the surface feels therapeutic. Continue reading

lemon poppy seed & yogurt loaf cake

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Whenever I am pressed for time (or whenever I procrasti-bake), I would usually bake something non-fanciful, like this lemon poppy seed & yogurt loaf cake.

I’ve made this cake countless of times, but this set of pictures are from the collaboration with my very talented friend, Filbert T. This little project of ours was tons of fun! We spent an afternoon recording the entire baking process. He was entirely in-charge of the video taking and editing, while I did the baking.  Take some time to watch this video that captures the step-by-step process:

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media invite: japanese sweets collection

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Last weekend, I was invited to a media event featuring popular sweets from one of my favourite places in the world, Japan! From March 14 – 23, Isetan @ Westgate will be having a Japanese Sweets Collection Fair, featuring the best of Japanese pastries. That’s right, you don’t have to travel all the way to Hokkaido, Kyoto or Tokyo for that particular famous confectionary you’ve been yearning to try!

I was really impressed by the range of sweets they had. I have been to Hokkaido fairs organized by Isetan but this particular fair was a sure winner for me.  (Although I may be biased partly because of Sadaharu AOKI’s macarons…) There were even live demonstrations and sampling opportunities — more details below.

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