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Original date: 17.07.12

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo – Let’s Go

Even more bits from Trafalgar Square – with fantastic sunlight to play with this time around,









Lookbook:

Snake-print top, Victoria’s Secret
Satin blazer, H&M
Leggings, H&M
Faux fur tote, Boohoo
Wedges, Boohoo
Necklace, H&M
Hoops, unbranded

We went back to The Trafalgar – click here for the previous post on the place – one sunshine-filled evening for drinks before heading to Leicester Square for a late-night film, where we got all cosy on printed couches and oversized cushions set beside sky-high windows adorned with fringed curtains, looking out at the ornate Victorian architecture of central London.





Conversations in places like this intrigue me. There’s just something about seeing sharply-dressed people deeply engaged in camaraderie, be it intelligent or frivolous, their choice of drink in hand. It makes me think and wonder about their topic of conversation, their lifestyle, the people they are, what they have achieved, what they want to achieve. Mm.


What’chu lookin’ at?


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Right now is where you shine.

xo

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Original Date: 15.07.12

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Sean Paul – Touch the Sky

Determined to make the very most out of my last fortnight in London, I got the beau to take me to yet another rooftop bar in the city just a few days after we went to Madison – a bit more central this time around, right in the heart of Trafalgar Square, which also happens to be one of my favourite places in the beautiful capital, especially come nightfall (and when the fountains are switched on).


Vista at The Trafalgar sits at the very top of (this actually goes without saying) The Trafalgar, an esteemed boutique hotel situated just south of the well-renowned square, showcasing contemporary interiors – another favourite of mine, of course – all over. The al fresco bar’s decor does not stray too far from the hotel’s overall concept, and like the hotel, chooses to go for sophistication and understated elegance in what they would call true London style.



It is an absolutely gorgeous place to lounge around after a long day spent exploring the charming streets of London and the wonders they hold, especially since the beau went on a (very relatively) little spree on Oxford Street earlier in the afternoon, where he – much to my amusement – shopped like a woman, which is not something you, or I for that matter, happen to see every day.

And as usual, we indulged. Sitting back and enjoying the warm sunshine on our faces, listening to the rhythmic sound of heels and footsteps on the charcoal deck amidst the bar’s house playlist, sharing intimate conversations and company while sipping on chilled drinks and stirring crushed ice, popping olives like there is no tomorrow while taking in the breathtaking views of central London and its people, mm.




If you are interested in paying them a visit, it might be wise to make a booking beforehand as they are quite an exclusive one and only take a certain number of customers up to the rooftop at any one point in time, although you can choose to wait at the hotel’s ground-floor bar (which is worth a visit as well, I would say) and have a bit of a drink while they get you a place sans a booking, which was what we did.

And now for some obligatory vanity!






Lookbook:
Endless Nights top, H&M
Satin blazer, H&M
Skinnies, Miss Selfridge
Faux fur tote, Boohoo
Wedges, Boohoo (not in picture)
Necklace, H&M
Hoops, unbranded

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Click here for more pictures from the day!

I got the ticket to fulfill your dreams, just touch the sky with it.
Just let the rhythm come and set you free.

xo

#nowplaying Jay-Z featuring Beyonce – Bonnie and Clyde


Twenty-first century, Asian, doing what we like to do our way.


Twenty-one. Young. Hungry. Chasing dreams and goals, discovering purposes. Making our marks in the world, leaving legacies behind for the future generations to come. Forces of nature, forces to be reckoned with. The world is our oyster, and we live openly and on ever-expanding levels. We want to learn, grow, develop. Evolve. Aspiring visionaries, with a strong desire to strive and change the world. We choose which doors to open, which waves to ride. It is a chase, a hunt, a pursuit, to discover and explore every facet of our imagination and our world. We want to live large, think and dream big, achieve big. Movers and shakers, we dislike wasting even a minute, choosing to be up and about. We live our lives to the fullest, right to the very brim, making the most of it and everything else. Carpe diem.

We do not settle for average. We want dynamics, flavour, diversity. Exceptionality. We are advocates of individuality, and personal style in every aspect of our lives. There is just a delicious wildness to it all, a sort of rush no drug can ever live up to, something that excites the senses to such an irresistible extent. Because if you have it, own it. And flaunt it as well, if you like. Open up your lives, live the way you want. Own your lives, own who you are. Live it, and with intent. Be bold, be fearless. Go for what you want, and hone your craft.

And the best thing is having someone beside you while you are at it, shooting for the stars together. It is a feeling beyond elation, one of which words can hardly describe, because today, I got my thoroughest boy with me. He rides with me, the new Beyonce and Jay-Z (simply because I like the way it rhymes).

I’m mashin’ the gas, he’s grabbin’ the wheel, it’s true to the heart. We complement each other, connecting and communicating on similar wavelengths. It is not about dominating, but elevating one another to higher levels, constantly pushing boundaries and challenging ourselves. He is my pillar, my rock, my guardian angel, my guiding light. He gives me that push when I need it, to fuel my drive. We have our respective, individual goals but when the time calls for it, I’m right back to being his soldier. Supporting, encouraging, loving. We work as a team, because we are a team. Partners in crime, cruising down the global highway, conquering the world bit by bit. Because I’m a rider, and he’s a roller. Put us together, how are they going to stop us?

I am incredibly thankful for him and for everything he has done for and with me so far on this voyage together, because whatever I lack, he’s right over my shoulder. And when he’s off track, I’ll be keeping him focused. So let’s lock this down like it’s supposed to be.

Well-behaved women rarely make history.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A quote I picked up from the book I’m currently reading. Personally, I think this applies to both genders. There is something within all of us that wants to come out and play. So go, run wild, roam free. Let’s go get ’em.

Pictures taken at Vista at The Trafalgar in London. Lyrics from Bonnie and Clyde in italic.

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xo

PS. I was actually planning to post this up for our sixth month (which is in about two weeks or so) but as they say, what better time than now?

Originally written on: 22.07.12

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Starships by Nicki Minaj

I’ve quite a not-so-secret penchant for rooftop bars (or boutique bars and cocktail lounges in general), and I’ve actually compiled a list of those which I think are worth going to for a drink or two in the heart of the city of London, most of which I’m hoping to pay a visit to before I leave for Southeast Asia early the following week. The beau, being the absolute gem that he is, took me to Madison last week after work, where we explored uncharted territory – for us, anyway – wandering around Cheapside and One New Change, a contemporary glass and steel complex boasting stealth architecture throughout (Londoners have actually nicknamed it The Stealth Bomber) and Madison on its sky-high roof terrace.



Architectural genius, I’d say. Especially with regard to fusing history and modernity together, what with St. Paul’s looming overhead, majestic and just as imposing. We spent quite some time walking around the lower levels, cooing over dapper-looking Hugo Boss suits and finely-crafted watches glinting under hot lights in the store windows before shooting straight up to the sixth floor where Madison perches, overlooking the panoramic London skyline – which is completely and utterly breathtaking, if I might add, and no picture can ever properly do it any justice, I reckon.





The place was crowded with sharply-dressed after-fivers having a drink or two, sipping on their choice of fine wine and cocktails ordered from a selection and sharing post-work conversations, while the more extravagant ones opted for champagne on ice. I chose to indulge in some clams over olive oil-drizzled pasta while the beau went carnivorous with a medium-rare steak complete with Bearnaise sauce to dip.

We were getting bouts of sunshine and rain that day but we made the most of it, heading out onto the sun-drenched roof terrace when we were lucky to savour the vast spaces and the stunning vantage point over the city of London, where the futuristic geometry of the towering, newly-constructed Shard near the London Bridge complemented the ornate intricacy of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the two intimidating giants rising up above everything else.


And of course, there was a whole lot of photography involved, as usual – where the beau practised his speaker poses and determinedly sought for a worthy Facebook cover picture.






Lookbook:
Bandeau, Jane Norman
Satin blazer, H&M
Skinnies, Topshop
Faux fur tote, Boohoo
Wedges, Boohoo
Ombre necklace, H&M
Earrings, Miss Selfridge



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Click here (Diamond Life, Lover Boy) and here (You Got Me Walking on the Ceiling All Night) for more pictures from the day!

xo

#nowplaying #morningplaylist #summerplaylist Will.I.Am featuring Eva Simons – This is Love

If you love it like I love it,
and you feel what I feel inside.
If you want it like I want it,
then baby, let’s get it tonight.

This is love, this is love, this is love.

He makes me happy, to put it simply. We’ve come such a long way these past five years, ever since we first met in college. We’ve gone our different, separate ways then, to grow as individuals in our own respective lives, and here we are now, half a decade later – growing together, in sync on the same wavelength. Who knew we’d actually be in this very position now, at this point in time? Some already saw it coming, but to be completely honest, I didn’t. It was an incredibly delightful surprise indeed.

But on a highly personal level, to me, there was always something about him, about us. Something I had always kept hidden deep inside of me because I was too afraid to speak of it openly in the past. He had (and still has) always intrigued me, even from the very beginning, but there was this chemistry, this spark, this electricity whenever we danced together, as partners on stage – from the very first day we started choreographing our signature piece of sorts in the studio, to the final performance on the stage, when the audience and everyone around us apparently felt it as well. But nothing else mattered when I was dancing with him, nothing except our presence and our beings. Something hit me every single time we made eye contact, because it wasn’t just eye contact. It felt deeper, more connected, just.. more somehow. It felt like I was being taken into another world. It’s something words can hardly describe, but I craved for that fire again after it all, and relished how it ignited something so strong within me.

And the best thing about it?


It was mutual. I eventually found that out much later on.


Although we’ve only been in a relationship for about four months or so, because we’ve known each other for such a long time now, it feels like we’ve been together for much longer than that. And suffice to say, our relationship is unconventional at the very least, something the both of us have never experienced before. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, simply because it works for us. We take things day by day, and we make every day amazing – beyond that, even. Every day is a new experience when it comes to us, and we surpass expectations and leap over boundaries each time, overcoming any fears and obstacles standing in our way. He fills me up to the brim, with happiness, with love, with energy. And I want the best for him, for us. I want to make the best of everything we have together.

I enjoy, treasure, and cherish him. And us. Because I love us.

(You) got me walking on the ceiling all night.

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xo

#nowplaying #summerplaylist Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive – Turn Up the Love

We are one tonight
and we’re breathing in the same air,
so turn up the love.

Fresh out from Far East Movement’s newly-released Dirty Bass album – which I was highly anticipating, this single is definitely one of my favourite summer 2012 songs so far. I’m a big fan of Far East Movement, swagger and Asians actually going out there and doing their thing, especially when they incorporate Western influences (although I do love the Eastern ones as well) – partly because I’m Asian, which goes without saying, and I’m proud to be one, but also because I’m all for diversity and embracing who we are and what we want to be regardless of where we come from, which brings me to why I enjoy fusion and mixing things up, collecting inspiration from everything I experience, anywhere the world over.

Summer nights in London town – when it only gets dark after half-past nine in the evening, when the Londoners suit and doll up to come out to play with cocktails and pints, when the cosmopolitan kingdom becomes all city lights and endless nights. It is a metropolis of charm, wonders and experiences, so magical and beautiful in its own right, where opportunities to indulge abound, just waiting for you to seize them.

With just around three whole weeks left in London before I board a thirteen-hour flight back home with the beau, I plan to take the city in and satiate my wanderlust palette as much as possible with what the sprawling capital has to offer, along with getting the tremendous number of things on my pre-departure to-do list over and done with so I can have a pleasant voyage back to South-East Asia – until my return in November for my much-awaited graduation ceremony, of course.

Time really does fly by in the blink of an eye. Days, weeks, months, years pass before we even know it, and at the end of it all, we are left standing at the forefront of a new stage in our lives, wondering what had happened to the previous one and whether we had achieved what we wanted to achieve, accomplished what we set to accomplish. Time is the most valuable thing we are bestowed with in this existence and it waits for no man, yet it is the number one thing people take for granted. So make it count, make it worth it.

As for me, I can still hardly believe I’ve completed university and my three years of living and studying here in the UK is coming to an end, but I know this definitely isn’t the last I’ll be seeing of the country and neither will it be the last it’ll be seeing of me. I look forward to the day I walk on these cobbled streets again years later, much more accomplished and closer to achieving my goals and fulfilling my purpose.

I was constantly pulled out of my comfort zone this weekend – courtesy of Mac Attram and Kurt Won of Sales Partners UK – but in turn, I learnt and grew so much in just a span of two days. I met fantastic people, forged amazing new relationships, and I’m now even more of a glass half-full, especially with regard to my future and what it holds for me. These two past weekends have been such an exponential learning curve for me, and I rediscovered something in me which hasn’t surfaced in quite a while now – and by a while, I mean years. Being in this incredibly supportive surrounding with people of a similar mindset changes you, your outlook, your self-concept, and I’m thankful beyond words. It is more about celebration and collaboration, rather than competition, which is what this world needs so much more of. There is an energy so powerfully positive here, it spreads like wildfire.

So burn, baby, burn.


I got nothing but love to give.

The Hippodrome Casino, taken at Leicester Square, London.

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In the meantime, have a brilliant start to the week, everyone!

So much loving in the atmosphere,
good times roll with me right here.

xo