Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer maxi

dress: Asos | shoes: Steve Madden | hat: J.Crew | necklace: J.Crew (similar) | sunnies: Ray Ban | lipstick: Mac - Russian Red | bag: no brand (similar)

Hi everyone! In about a months time, I will be leaving for Hong Kong and Singapore. As this is my first time to both places, any recommendations for things to see or do would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again and happy almost weekend! 


  1. awesome look ;-)


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  2. I meant to ask you where in Asia you're traveling to, but was in the middle of something then later forgot. HK and Singapore are both on my shortlist for next year (Japan is a definite), so I'm excited to hear how you like both countries when you get back!

    Husband is a huge Aziz Ansari fan and made me watch a special Aziz made while in HK: If Darren is in the market for a custom suit, definitely get one made in HK. As for Singapore, multiple friends have told me how amazing chicken and rice is, so I'd suggest that as well.

    1. Japan is a must (besides Tokyo, you should visit Osaka (for a day or 2) but must go to Kyoto, it is absolutely beautiful there, especially if you go during Cherry Blossom season). I heard Okinawa and Hokkaido are amazing too.

      Hong Kong and Singapore similar in that both are cosmopolitan cities - lots of shops and restaurants.

  3. This is the perfect summer dress! We love the cutouts. We're going to Hong Kong at the end of the year too, so we'd love if you do a post recommending places to visit.

    p.s. we just discovered your etsy shop, and absolutely love your pieces :)

  4. love love the dress on you. Did you do any alterations? it fits you perfectly.


    1. Thank you. straps were shortened and took about 2 inches off the hem.

  5. love the dress, and definitely been eyeing it on asos for awhile now! glad to see it fits perfectly on you :)

  6. Love your outfit.

    As for places to visit in HK:
    Victoria's Peak
    Lan Kwai Fong
    Take the electric tram on HK island
    Double decker bus to get around
    Hong Kong Museum of History
    Jade Market (must bargain)
    Temple & Stanley Street Market (Lady's Market is overhyped, they sell the same goods)
    Sevva (beautiful rooftop lounge with magnificent view of TST)
    Sky 100 HK Observatory Deck
    Take Star Ferry - good photo opportunities
    Visit Victoria Harbor during the day to see Ave of the Stars.
    Visit Victoria Harbor at night for the amazing HK skyline and also Symphony of Lights show (it gets really packed)
    Peninsula for High Tea
    Local Street Foods (stinky tofu, you'll smell it when you are a block away) - around Mong Kok
    1881 Heritage at night, it is so pretty there (outdoor shopping mall, premium brands but it's no regular outdoor mall - near Peninsula) Lots of photo opportunities there
    Fresh seafood restaurant (forgot town name but you can ask concierge). You will find all varieties of seafood, you pick it and they cook it. Try the peeing shrimp, it sounds weird but it's delicious. Can't get in the states.

    Causeway Bay- Sogo, Time Square, Fashion Walk (love FW because mostly local designers)
    Harbour City - gigantic mall with every premium brand names to HK stores (i.e. Bossini, G2000 & Giordano). Check out Agnes B cafe, great coffee (especially ginger coffee or tea, they ground real ginger in it)
    IFC - check out the supermarket, if you enjoy that sort of thing
    Mong Kok - for cheapie/cutesy stuff (very crowded here)
    Wan Chai Computer Center for your hubby (everything under the sun)

    Try the local street food, they are so yummy.
    Shops, it's like HK, it's everywhere.
    Ferris wheel restaurant, you ride the wheel while having dinner.

    Have a spectacular time!

  7. HK is such a cool place! There is Laduree there if you like macarons and Din Tai Fung if you haven't already tried the dumplings in Taiwan or the West Coast. I would recommend Cuisine Cuisine in the Mira Hotel... Michelin recommended dining! The shopping is overwhelming... every mall seems neverending! Also, Macau is only about a 1hr ferry ride away!

  8. Hi Khatu, Singaporean gal here and fellow petite. I'm a huge fan of your style. Happy to tell you whatever you want to know. :)

    Weather is nice and cool here. Think summer. Do bring a cardigan or light jacket because most places you go to will be air conditioned and it can get rather chilly at times. Weather can be rather erratic too with sudden showers, so it'd be good to carry a light umbrella around

    There is a long shopping belt along Orchard road. The malls are located in close proximity to each other so you can get off at Orchard mrt and shop/walk your way through town. Do shop on weekdays if you can, Orchard gets terribly crowded on weekends. At most malls you can find brands which are already available in the U.S - Topshop, H&M, Mango, Zara, F21, Guess, Sephora. Stay away from Gap, its ridiculously overpriced here :/ Check out Far East Plaza (, Ion Orchard, Wisma Atria, Takashimaya, Paragon, 313 Somerset, Plaza Singapura, Raffles City, Funan Digitalife mall (Mostly electronics, geeky stuff)

    Food here is awesome, definitely not the place to be if you're on a diet! I highly recommend you try hawker food. Chicken rice is great and a personal favorite of mine but I also recommend you try laksa, nasi lemak, carrot cake (not the same as the Western carrot cake!), oyster omelette, roti prata, hokkien mee, satay, char kway teow, durian (local favorite - see if you can brave the smell!). You can find hawker centres just about everywhere but the larger/more popular ones are:
    1. Lau Pa Sat (near Raffles place mrt, will slightly more expensive because its located in the Business District)
    2. Newton Food Centre (near Newton mrt)
    P.S Newton used to have a reputation for touting tourists. I still the government has already clamped down on that, but just something to be mindful of if you head there

    Outside the hawker centres, Singapore has lots of good restaurants - Wild Honey (all day breakfast), Marmalade Pantry (Ion Orchard), Jumbo Seafood, No Signboard Seafood Restaurant, Din Tai Fung (Dimsum - also available at HK), Blue Ginger (Peranakan Food) are some of my favorites. Dempsey Hill has lots of good restaurants as well.

    If you are into clubbing, St James Power Station ( and Butter Factory ( are popular hangouts. Zouk as well, but my party animal friends claims it has a bit of a younger vibe. You can find lots of bars/drinking holes along Clark quay and Robertson quay. Timbre is also a popular place for drinks, has a live band most nights

    Places to See/Things to Do:
    Museums (Asians Civilisations Museum, National Museum, Art Museum etc.)
    Ferris Wheel aka Singapore Flyer (Looks very nice at night)
    Universal Studios (Small theme park but fun nonetheless)
    Gardens by the Bay
    Chinatown/Little India/Kampong Glam (You can do a heritage tour if you're interested)

    Hope this helps. Have fun! :)

    1. Thank you so much for the thorough list! I've been too busy to do any research, you're a life saver!

  9. Thanks for the blog filled with so many information