Sunday, July 20, 2014

Heart On My Sleeve

{sweater: Nex / pants, H&M / shoes, Vans / rings, cache cache / bracelet, Beadstreet / bag, BKK}
(photos by Siu Farn)

I'm back from my uni orientation camp at long last, and finally managed to spend some quality time with my bed, and my computer! (This may have been the first time I ever woke up past noon.) I'm naturally a super-introvert, and majorly shy to boot, so, wow, this camp was a real eye-opener. I don't think I've ever been forced to have close contact with the same group of people for five whole days. At the end of it all, the first thing I did when I got back home was to lock myself up in my room alone and stare at the wall. I know, that makes me sound a little like a psychopath. Nevertheless, I met some great people there, and others that I really respect and admire, and overall, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything else in the world. Thank you for an amazing and crazy 5 days, Maestro.

But anyway, back to the outfit. I went around telling my friends that this would be my standard "cute and geeky uni-student hanging out at Starbucks studying" school outfit for the next four years of my life, but I kind of get the feeling that I'll look more like a hobo, with unkempt and messy hair, a plain t-shirt, and sloppy jeans. When I wore this to the office, I got a varied set of comments: "You look like a Christmas Tree.". "You look like a watermelon.". "Your sweater is so cute! It's really... holey.". "Are you even wearing anything on underneath the sweater?". It's nice to know that my outfits generate such talk. It's been... quite some time since I started wearing jeans and sneakers again, but yeah, I'm a jeans and sneakers kind of girl, underneath all the poofy skirts and feminine tops. I'll be off for an OG outing now, so see you all when I get back!

Sunday, July 13, 2014


{top, Bugis Street / jacket, Fabfad / necklace, Talisman's / skirt, Kitschen / shoes, Doctor Martens / pouch, Sephora / NYX Butter Lip Gloss}
(photos by Siu Farn)

Ubiquity is underrated, in an age of 'I wanna be different from everybody, so I'm going to wear things that are radically set apart from everybody else'. Some days I just want to fade into the background (or wallpaper), and wear the exact same thing that everyone is wearing-- perhaps an old-time desire of wanting to fit in. How we have progressed; in order to fit in, we have to be different and unique. Am I making any sense? Perhaps not. I just ended my orientation pre-camp and I am, to put it simply, dead on my feet. My throat (still unrecovered from the previous week's horrifying illness) throbs and my head hurts at an intensity to rival the pain in my throat.

Nevertheless, here's hoping for the best during orientation! Goodbye comfortable bed, wi-fi access, clean showers and clothes, and all things that make an introvert like me happy-- for a week, at least. See you all soon!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Photo Diary: Mount Fuji

{top, Bugis Street / jacket, Fox / pants, H&M / shoes, Doctor Martens}

I’m a city girl, through and through—I like being surrounded by a concrete jungle, I enjoy the comforts of air-conditioner and internet access, and just basking in the general feeling of being in the twenty-first century. It’s odd that in Japan, I could let the chilly mountain air replace the air-conditioner, and seeing the greenery up close fascinated me far more than any photo on a digital screen could ever hope to.

Standing in the freezing air in summer clothes (it was around 9 degrees Celsius), with my frozen hands wrapped gingerly around my camera, I felt something akin to freedom. Mount Fuji was a magnificent sight to behold, all dark and jagged and covered in layers of pure white snow, basking in cushions of translucent, flimsy clouds. We were lucky enough that the mountain saw fit to emerge from behind the curtains of fog and clouds to allow us a glimpse of its majestic silhouette for a few minutes before it retreated again. It was a sublime feeling, and I even managed to capture the beautiful flight of a strikingly handsome bird (though it may have just been a common crow).

The Hirayu Great Falls were a rushing burst of exhilaration and wonder, all packed into one large fall of sparkling water. I stopped so many times to take photos of the miniature flowers and dewy leaves hidden within the grass that I lagged far behind the entire group, but it was worth it—if you look closely, you can see a small piece of dandelion fluff falling off the main head of the flower.

A traditional Japanese dinner and futon awaited us at our hot springs hotel, and I must admit that I was completely befuddled at the array of plates and bowls in front of me, and in the end my hunger manifested itself into something like “I don’t care which bowl I’m supposed to eat first, I’m just going to eat whatever is nearest to me and looks good.”.

And even now, looking back at these photos, I miss the cleanliness, the purity of that place—imagine that, me, a city girl, missing the mountains. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

JUNE in pictures

1. First ever buys from Topshop-- scoring a necklace on sale with a $40 mark-down in its price.
2. Beautiful sunsets make me happy.
3. A random day's office ootd in big white flowers and my new boots. 
4. Packing my travel essentials for the trip to Japan, with my new passport holder from The Vintage Stash!
5. Airport ootd with my sister, all excited to board our flight to Tokyo.
6. When in Japan, eat ramen-- bought with tickets issued from a vending machine in the ramen shop.
7. Tempura for dinner in Kanazawa, which was nothing short of delicious and extremely affordable.
8. Sneak-peek of posts that are yet to come-- at a garden in Kanazawa.

9. I had a lot of fun with the yoghurt and fruit selection at the breakfast buffet in Osaka-- so, can I set up my own yoghurt bar yet? 
10. A photo of my shopping hauls from Japan, minus the accessories.
11. I was met with this sight when I walked home from the bus-stop one day after work and happened to glance at a car window, on which I saw the reflection of the sky. I was both freaked out and amazed at the same time.
12. Munch Rosti birthday treat from a cousin.
13. Caught a sliver of a rainbow from one of the office windows on my second last day of work! I was the only person excitedly taking photos of the rainbow, being the overgrown child that I am.
14. Farewell gifts from the colleagues. I can't believe I've finally ended 6 long months of work, but honestly it has been an amazing experience, and I had a lot of fun and good times working. I feel extremely thankful to have met such friendly colleagues, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

How's June been for you all? I had a pretty good one, what with my holiday to Japan, but it's back to earth for me now. I'm still taking my last few chances to be a couch potato before university starts for real, and have been overloading myself with missed/old episodes of Running Man. Follow me on instagram for more updates.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Just A Small Town Girl

{bustier, Hollyhoque / outerwear, The Editor's Market / shorts, The Editor's Market / necklace, Diva / bag, Kanken / sunnies, Topshop inspired / shoes, Doctor Martens / socks, Daiso / ring, Scape Underground}
(photos by Cheryl)

Nothing like a large, empty carpark and an infinite sky to make you feel like a little pawn in the grand scheme of things-- a small wooden chesspiece upon a large chessboard. 

I finally managed to fulfil my long-time desire of snapping some photos in an empty (almost) carpark; the notion has always somehow managed to intrigue me. From the multi-storey carpark the view of the nearby high-rise buildings and construction cranes was nothing short of magnificent, and made for a perfect background canvas. Thank you to Cheryl for spending quite a sizeable amount of time with me on the rooftop of the carpark, slowly roasting in the afternoon heat. The day was well spent at nydc with mudcake and pizza.  

My bustier has been reused from prom-- perhaps a testament to the fact that you do not need a fancy, sequinned gown for that very occasion. I was madly in love with the floral print when I first bought it, and I'm still rather enamoured with it, enough to wear it to inject some colour into my otherwise grayscale outfits recently. I threw on a black lace collared top as an outerwear, because, well, it's never too hot for outerwear, and who can resist black lace? This top was sitting in my mother's closet, unworn, until I rescued it just for the sake of this outfit. 

University is starting soon, and the past few days have been nothing but a mad rush of typing out application forms, filling up compulsory administration details, and just worrying in general over what the rest of the year is going to be like-- I may have even forgotten how to study.