I went for the launch of Sushi Ryu and Bar Shake, the new sushi and Japanese cocktail joint to emerge in KL city. Located on the first floor of Platinum Park KLCC, Sushi Ryu proffers Michelin-level sushi and sashimi prepared atop a chef’s counter constructed from hinoki wood.
The establishment is ensconced in a warm ambience, due to its calculated lighting (which i appreciate – too low and i can’t see jack. Too bright, and lights annoy me.) Tones of cedar and onyx are methodically spread throughout the room to best suit its aesthetics, their befitting positions showing off slight nuances created by highlights bouncing delicately off their various textured surfaces.
Sushi Ryu’s 11-seater sushi counter, banquette seat tables, and two private dining rooms (with their own separate entrances, no less); are connected to Bar Shake via an unobtrusive door. The latter space is a darker room of a heavier feel with its smooth leather lounges and bar with backlit metal grills; modeled after the likes of famous cocktail bars in Tokyo.
Patrons can order between two omakase selections from traditional Japanese binded hand-pressed menus; that include chopped otoro with caviar, white fish sashimi drizzled with truffle soyu, and soba with uni and caviar. Accompaniments in the form of hand-picked artisanal sake feature boutique breweries like Nabeshima, Kokuryu and Kid.
Owner Chef Kiichi Okabe did the honour of slicing up the tuna that was served that afternoon. Bringing more than two decades of experience which was spent mostly in the US and Dubai, Chef Okabe’s most recent stint was at two-star Michelin spot SHOUKOWA in Singapore.
There are pros and cons with being predisposed to having less hair as a woman. My ‘hairier’ girlfriends claim we don’t have to commit to as many waxing or IPL sessions, whereas women like me (less hairy, to the point i have nil on my arms) feel the need to get eyelash extensions or eyebrow embroidery to accentuate those almost-nonexistent features.
Once you try eyebrow embroidery, it’s hard not to return. I like keeping my time – to look presentable – to a minimum, and if it means saving one minute drawing my eyebrows (or more like, being able to roll out of bed for breakfast on a weekend without making an effort); then it’s a total WIN for me.
It has been just over two years since i had my first eyebrow embroidery session, and was absolutely due for a redo.
Brow Stylist Andrea Ong emailed me to offer her signature feathered microblading 6D service; and it was an opportune collaboration. My brows were starting to look sparse (again, hello Chinese brows) and i thanked the Universe for perfect timing.
She runs Browserie, a tattoo embroidery company based in Petaling Jaya that uses a technique that features soft, natural hair strokes that mimic real hair. This treatment offers long-term solutions for over-plucked eyebrows, thin / uneven eyebrows 🙋, old embroidery tattoo work that has grown a weird reddish tinge 🙋, or anyone who wants to add more volume and precision to their eyebrows. Besides eyebrows, Browserie also has tattoo embroidery for eyeliner and lips (all which last 1-2 years).
Her salon was a pleasant pink surprise filled with plants and crystals, which proved a soothing space!
My eyebrow shape and style was customized with Andrea’s expertise, based on the angles and shapes of my eyes. Every eyebrow shape is uniquely created to frame the windows to your soul and fit your face and bone structure the best.
For a seriously long time (and back and fro of DMs!) The Picha Project kept inviting me to join them for dinner cooked by their refugee community, and i was intrigued, to the point i kept promising i would come in time – but had to prioritize other social commitments then.
Everything falls into place and grows organically. Finally, our paths physically crossed when i was a panelist alongside Kim – one of the three Picha Project founders – at the Amazin Graze event a few weeks back.
We spoke about Freedom – its definition, what it means to us, and our personal stories attached to it. I touched on nudity and religion, and Kim spoke on the simple act of being able to live and work freely. Our separate encounters struck strong chords on the human experience.
I left feeling inspired, awestruck, and slightly fluffy for being so carefree in the way i live; whilst others are fighting for their right to work and eat on land they aren’t allowed to call their own. We also spoke on border control and rights, and i stated how i disagreed with how we don’t have the capacity to travel freely as a nomadic or exploratory species. [It is what it is, sigh]
A couple of weeks later, SweetEe (remember how she used to work for KBF? She now works for Amazin Graze hoho) invited me for a vegetarian dinner event specially prepared by the Picha Project refugees, that was being held at Common Ground Bukit Bintang, in collaboration with vegan ice cream brand Kind Kones (who also previously reached out for a collab with me but i was toooo busy to commit…).
I have been insanely packed with social commitments upon my return to KL (to the point i haven’t been able to blog a single bit on Burning Man!) but i really wanted to go for this. With a plus one invite in tow, i got Dhanya (my spiritual coach and actress galpal) to accompany me cos it’s the exact type of outing she would appreciate with. She went vegan for a couple of years, raw even??
To revert to The Picha Project (i assumed everyone who’s reading this knows what they are!); it is “a social enterprise which aims to empower marginalised communities in Malaysia through a sustainable food catering and delivery business. [To] provide job opportunities to families from the marginalised groups by creating a platform for them to cater food to the public, utilizing their existing cooking skills and equipping them further with professional guidance.” Read more *here*
In my casual words > the Picha Project was founded by three Malaysian girls who happened upon the refugees during a university project; and felt so compassionately for them that they dived straight into forming a social company after graduation (much to their parents’ horror. But now they’re totes cool with it, even proud, i’m sure). They spend their time working on marketing the food for meal box deliveries, open houses, and corporate catering services. Kudos to them. I’m so sold on their website offerings. What we don’t see (but am able to only hear when in person, like i did with Kim and Suzanne) is how the team also dedicates an insurmountable amount of time talking to 12+ families. It’s not like just taking care of one family (your own), but layaning a dozen more. That’s crazy. I’m feeling strained just keeping up with mine and my bf’s parents combined with deadlines and friends..! These girls sacrifice a lot to keep this company running. And it’s not something i feel they see as sacrifice per se, but energy they are willingly giving because they feel no other choice in their heart, which i think is AMAZING.
The food that night was prepared by refugees from Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine and Iran. And oh MY, what delicious food it was! I have already plotted how my next #CasaFairy party will cater its food cos i just want to eat that aubergine curry again.
Thank you to editor Diana Khoo, writer Lakshmi, photographer Sue and art director Joanne for such a beautiful spread of my #CasaFairy home in this season’s issue of Haven, The Edge.
I’ve typically been interviewed for fashion, beauty, the blog or my work; and this was the first time i’ve been approached for my interior design. Oh wait, i was asked by a TV channel or something when i’d first moved in end of 2015… but i declined cos i didn’t think the apartment was anywhere near what i meant it to look like. How it looks now has been a work in progress across 2.5 years. I’ve moved the sofas around almost 10 times (as friends can attest to it being different every time) according to various phases of my life and how i wish to use the space, i shifted and rearranged objects and deco as inspiration struck, and collected some art along the way.
Architect info: all renovations (esp. bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, lighting) were designed by Daniel Koshy, a partner at Supereka Plt. (who are responsible for a number of F&B outlets, working spaces and prolific residential homes). The firm was founded by Daniel and Lukas Lim, who focus on custom/tailor made bespoke design to the clients brief within eco-friendly energy efficient boundaries.
Last Wednesday, fashion goers had the chance to experience the ‘’As Above, So Below” collection from Pestle & Mortar. A catwalk experience took place on board our very own LRT, showing off their Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The event, which is the region’s first ever fashion showcase on board a moving train, brought a strong statement to the fashion scene here in Kuala Lumpur.
The event was organised by Pestle & Mortar in collaboration with Prasarana, car sharing start-up SOCAR Malaysia, and Touch n’ Go eWallet; to kick off a campaign called #MultiflexFriday. The campaign will run throughout the year with programmes including live music, dance and even stand-up comedy planned on trains and other modes of public transport at intervals to surprise commuters with light-hearted entertainment during their journey. As part of this launch announcement, SOCAR will be offering a first of its kind first/ last mile solution by providing a one-way car-sharing service to Kelana Jaya LRT station.
Traffic on that day was hell! Getting to the Kelana Jaya LRT station took me nearly 2 hours that evening, but once I arrived, I was shocked to see the crowd that was there for the event. I guess everyone was stoked because it’s a unique fashion show.
Refreshments and a goodie bag (with limited edition Touch ‘n Go TNG card) were provided while we waited for more guests to arrive. We boarded train No. 273 heading to the Pasar Seni station. During the trip, the moving train hosted a live catwalk show of Pestle & Mortar’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection.