I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Frankfurt, thanks to being put up at luxury 5-star hotel Kempinski. To see more pictures of my room there, click *here*.
For a second i was staring at the picture thinking, “What’s wrong with my ear??”
Forgot i was wearing headphones then!
I love this willow tree. I would pick up a long fallen branch from the ground below it, and rattle all the hanging ones with it to make a swishing sound and watch them all sway. Swish! Swish!
Every morning i would have breakfast in a beautiful dining room that overlooked the lush hotel grounds via floor-to-ceiling glass windows. (There’s an even better pic i posted on Instagram *here*.)
Everything in that room would be perfect and serene.
The brilliant white tablecloths and napkins.
The smiling waitresses.
The polite murmur of other guests’ voices (no one was too loud).
The cute clink of teacups on saucers.
The gentle waft of steam from hot tea and coffee.
The shining silver laid on the tables in such a way that even someone as OCD as me couldn’t spot a tad out of place.
The lounge music playing… some of the songs were exactly the same that play in Sri Panwa and X2 Samui. I know cos i copied their playlists from their ipods into my mac
It was just so perfect and calm and i think, in all seriousness, possibly my favourite breakfast room in the world. (Not counting dining with a beach side view, close runner ups would be Westin Langkawi and Emporium Suites Bangkok.)
Oh don’t worry… i didn’t eat just that for breakfast,
i had a go at everything in the buffet across my entire stay there
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It’s amazing how many things can happen in 24 hours.
Melissa’s father passed away last night from cancer.
When i heard the news on my whatsapp, i was in the bedroom with Clem who was having a sudden back pain and had to go to the hospital all day today for an x-ray and ultrasound.
This morning i got news that Jeremy lost his battle with cancer.
What a sucky day.
I admit that i don’t feel it… i manage to block it out, distract myself with work, till i’m in the car.
I realise that my alone time and meditative moments are in my car.
Cos when i drive, i run on autopilot.
My mind is calm.
It’s empty and allows all these thoughts that i need to ponder upon to settle in.
And this is the time i cannot run away.
I think about Melissa’s dad, and how difficult it is to lose a father.
I think about Jeremy. And how undeserving it is that he had to go so soon.
HOW SHORT LIFE IS.
My throat blocks up, my eyes blur, and suddenly i need to get ahold of myself else i’d get into an accident.
Ok fine. I actually got into an accident today during rush hour.
I think i just had so much on my mind, and i LOOKED into the side mirror and only saw a car far away, so i turned to switch lanes, then BANG. I swerved right into another car, and was so shocked myself cos i didn’t expect it.
Whatever. It’s just a small car accident.
In retrospect of the lives that are missed today, it’s nothing.
Knowing that lives around me are moving on to another plane so swiftly… makes me want to live even harder. Ever since my uncle’s and Ami’s passing, i keep thinking to myself, “What if today was my last day? What would i do NOW?” And i do it.
Sometimes i make people mad cos i’m not doing what they want me to do.
Sometimes i disappoint the social expectancy in my own mind cos i’m doing what i hope myself to do.
But in the end… who is to judge me?
As long as i’m a good person, and i’m doing what i FEEL is RIGHT in my heart, i’m wondering, what else is there for me to learn and extend my reach for in life? What am i reaching for?
Am i exploring the depths of my individual spirituality and yearning to grasp its meaning before i leave this earth?
Am i to make a difference in others’ lives here as to expand the meaning of my own?
Am i do delve deeper into the core of LIVING, in being simple and finding peace in nothing by my actual existence?
So many questions.
I wish there was someone i could ask and whom could answer all my childish queries.
Inside, i know that i just have to go on.
Continue, be positive, and discover my journey.
With the passing of a handful in my life in the past months,
i’ve come to appreciate life for more that it is.
For more than what i’ve taken for granted over the past decade.
Health is truly wealth.
Money is great, if you know how to feel about it and how to spend it properly.
I think too many people think too much about money, including myself.
In the end, it’s what we make of ourselves that brings us into a higher level when we leave.
God bless all their souls.
Now i also think about the people i have no idea about,
who are suffering, who are dying, who are sick.
The best i can do for myself is to continue living the best i can.
The same motto i always had when i was young, and now i know, what i will always hold on to.
I will try to be the best i can be, while i’m here, while i’m around.
I will travel as far and wide as i can,
see as much, love, laugh, experience,
make others experience, teach, initiate, explore.
In the end, i have to go, just like them.
And when it happens, i want to breathe my last and think: “Goddamn, i did good.”
* text by SweetEe + photos by Jane Lee *
Day 1: A Stylish Slumber Party
STYLO always strives for lavish fashion events with all-or-nothing dress codes and over-the-top deco. Returning for the 7th time this year, the themed event of ‘wearable fantasies’ was held from 24th-29th March in several nightspots and venues dotted along Jalan P.Ramlee leading up to the 16th Petronas Malaysia F1 race. As usual, Mercedez-Benz partnered Stylo to launch the Mercedez-Benz STYLO Fashion Grand Prix after last year’s successful Mercedez-Benz STYLO Asia Fashion Week.
First day of the party was a tribute to men’s fashion, with the dress code being stylish sleepwear.
Opening ceremony with (from second left) Datin Winnie Loo from A Cut Above, Datuk Nancy Yeoh – President and CEO of STYLO International, and the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Roland Folger.
Joe Chia kicked off the show with 02 – the symbolic number of his new line. Each piece continues his signature mark of dark colours, heavy layering and cropped pants. The symbolism of the number 2 reflects the philosophy of unity, urging one to unite with likened minds and ideals. It’s also meeting point of culture and the street, tradition and music inspired by lifestyles whilst connecting people and ideas.
Next one up was Tom Abang Saufi‘s collection, with daughter Iman representing that day. Pua kumbu (a traditional patterned multicoloured ceremonial cotton cloth used by the Iban) are seen on sarongs and shirts. Very suitable for tropical weather, Tom Abang Saufi’s collection also focuses on introducing designs with no buttons and zips.
Newcomer Kinslager is a brand led by husband and wife team, and focuses on combining Asian influences into classic European design. The male partner previously worked with Mercedes-Benz, before pursuing his interest in fashion.
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Here are a plethora of pictures i took in Bologna on our first day there. I was super excited to go to the city described as the capital of food, and stuff myself silly. I stuffed myself so much i could barely keep awake after my first day there!
I count myself really lucky cos it’s my fourth time in Italy! Every time i return i just fall in love with the country more and more This is gonna be a bit of a rushed post cos it’s already 2:15am in London and i need to wake up at 8:30 to visit my grannie in the hospital one more time before my flight back to Frankfurt!
I can’t help ooh-ing at daisies every time i see them JUST because we don’t get as many in Malaysia.
My aunty always says i’m gazing after weeds.
Oh my lord… there’s nothing like pasta in Italy. Nothing.
The fruits and vegetables are so bright, they look fake!
It’s spring time which also means lots of flowers!!!
Prepare to view like 50 pictures after the jump. :p
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A quick note!
KL / PJ
I am looking for 2 new interns to start from mid-April onwards.
Your responsibilities will be helping out with marketing and operations at KinkyBlueFairy, writing, photography, PR, well, basically a lot of different things we throw ourselves into doing!
I am also really looking for a photography / videography intern.
Our office is based in Damansara Jaya, PJ, and your travel costs will be covered.
Interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Interns”
PENANG / JB
I am looking for interns/freelancers who will operate from their home towns of Penang and JB. There are events that i’d like to have covered there sometimes and i need a representative that is good at writing, photography and PR skills. I want someone who’s passionate about lifestyle and connecting with people
Interested please email email@example.com with the title “Interns – Penang/JB”
Ok i’m back in London for a week and barely had ANY TIME to message poor Clem, let alone blog!
Here are two pix taken by the club photographers when Mario and Bea took me partying on the coast in Italy.
I had SUCH a great stay there, and it’s mostly thanks to the wonderful hospitality Beatrice, Mario and the rest of the Italians have shown us. Italy is memang one of my favourite countries to travel to in the world!
Michelle, Mario, me, Beatrice and Camilla at Indie Pop Fashion Club
My black and white dress is from Monki, (a Swedish brand and the same company that does H&M) who will be opening their stores in KL VERY SOON!
Taken at Deap Club