10 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Goddess

Hello everyone! This month, I’m taking a break from setting goals, and I’ve decided to do something a little different. The theme for August (and possibly the rest of the year) will be how to embrace one’s inner goddess. Like the studious geek that I am, the library was the first stop for research.

“The Goddess Guide” is a delicious manual full of lifestyle tips (style, beauty, home, travel, joie de vivre) for any woman (or man) seeking to get the most out of life, and that’s where I drew most of my inspiration from, and you’ll see more in the list below. “Naming the Goddess” is a series of essays featuring a myriad of actual goddesses, from Artemis to Kwan Yin to Sekhmet. One of my goals in July was to “embrace spirituality”, and this book is as good a starting point as any. It’s not exactly relevant to today’s post, but I just thought I’d share what’s on my reading list at the moment.

So before you get impatient with my rambling, here are ten ways to embrace your inner goddess:

  1. Get carried away by great works of fiction
  2. Surround yourself with art that you love
  3. Take lots of photographs, capture the beauty around you
  4. Go green
  5. Light a scented candle (or several)
  6. Delight in dark chocolate
  7. Savour breakfast
  8. Take a day off social media from time to time
  9. Invest in luxurious sleepwear
  10. Be mindful of the present

Is there anything you would add to the list? What inspires you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Shopping in Singapore: Accessories, Books, and Disney Haul!

No introduction necessary – the title says it all.

Dress and belt from ViVi in Century Square, Tampines. I have to admit that this was a bit of an impulse buy, plus it cost more than what I would normally spend on a dress. Then again, it’s so hard for me to find a dress that fits, so I guess it’s okay. And it has pockets!

Yes, I’m trying to justify my purchase, but I can’t be the only one who does that, right?

Earrings from Lovisa. There aren’t many options for affordable costume jewellery in Hong Kong, so I allow myself the indulgence of getting something from Lovisa every time I’m back in Singapore.

More earrings! These were from Daiso, and so worth the $2. I know that marble-print is a bit of a cliche, but I love it all the same!

There was a massive sale at a bookstore (can’t remember the name – sorry!) where I picked up two books and a box of tarot cards. Edwin initially disapproved getting the tarot cards (deemed “an unnecessary purchase”), so I put them back. I asked him to help settle the payment of the books while I went to the washroom, and later on our way home I found that he had bought the cards as a surprise!

Tsum Tsum makeup bag, can’t remember where I got it from. I’ve since used this for two trips, and it’s great. I don’t know why I’ve been carrying my travel makeup, skincare, and beauty tools in separate small bags this whole time when I could’ve just packed them all into one bigger bag. So much easier!

Alice in Wonderland stationery from Simply Toys at Bugis Junction. There were so many Disney goodies, I was tempted to get them all!

Star Wars stationery that Natasha bought from the same store. We did a “paper exchange”, the way you’d trade stickers with your friends back in school. >.<

More stationery, this time from Daiso. More Wonderland goodness!

Tsum Tsum bathroom mat and quilt from Isetan. The latter almost caused our luggage to burst!

So… that concludes the series of Singapore-related posts. I hope you’ve enjoyed, and see you soon!

Food, Friends, Family

A collection of miscellaneous pictures featuring – what else? – food, friends, and family.

Mother’s Day lunch at Paradise Dynasty, Changi Airport Terminal 3.

Bak Kut Teh. Chef Martin Yan said that soup is the ultimate comfort food, and it’s true.

More soup, this time of the wild mushroom variety, along with tea at TCC.

Dinner with Natasha at Sakae Sushi. The menu’s been changed for the nth time, and many of my favourites are no longer available. This could possibly be my last visit.

After dinner, we had churros for dessert, and talked till the shop closed. The staff had changed out of their uniforms and started not-so-subtly sweeping the area around us.

My favourite Pontian wonton mee.

All desserts taste better when shared with the ones you love.

On afternoons when we didn’t have anything planned (which was rare), we had lunch at the Kopitiam near Edwin’s parents’ home, where we were staying.

Catching up with Frances, who was extremely pleased to find out she wasn’t the only one who carried a fan in her bag. In Hong Kong, it’s not uncommon to see people on the street using folding fans or those USB-charged spinning fans. Apparently in Singapore, aunties are the only people who carry fans, while the rest would rather melt in the heat than look “unglam”. Well, it may not look cool,  but I’d prefer to actually be cool, how ’bout that?

Tiramisu and coffee (hot cocoa in my case) at Da Paolo Gastronomia.

Penang-style char kway teow at Gurney Drive. Of course it just isn’t the same, but I’ll take what I can get.

Ice-cream with Zhenli at Gelare, after our dinner at Fish & Co.

Finally, nasi lemak at the airport before our flight back to Hong Kong!

It should go without saying that I miss everyone (and the food) badly, and I hope to see you all again soon! XOXO, Michelle

Black Nut – Fusion Food and Cocktails

As you may have guessed, I had quite the week in Singapore, meeting up with friends from various circles. On Saturday evening, I had dinner and drinks with my dear friend Zhenbin at Black Nut on Emerald Hill.

Crispy chicken crackling in a ginger flower marinade. Loved that little slaw on top – a little freshness to cut through all that deep-fried goodness!

Har cheong kai, or shrimp paste chicken. One can never have enough fried chicken.

Thin-crust pizza with prosciutto, pineapple, and rocket.

We ordered drinks too, but I forgot to take pictures of them. In any case, you can see that the place was incredibly dim, and taking pictures was a nightmare. Lack of lighting aside, we enjoyed the food very much, and I wouldn’t mind going back to try more of their fusion dishes.

So that’s it for this post, and I hope that my desperate attempts to clear the backlog were at least mildly entertaining. As usual, I’ve got loads more coming up, featuring more food, beauty, and Disney, so stay tuned!

Black Nut
2 Emerald Hill, Singapore
Tel: +65 6738 8818

Bohemian Capsule Wardrobe

A little something to break up the chain of food posts.

A large part of my wardrobe is decidedly classic or preppy, but bohemian style is something I keep returning to. I’m not sure if I’ll ever decide on a “signature style”, and honestly, where’s the fun in dressing in just one way?

I’ve assembled three outfits from the capsule, and there’s lots more that you can create. 🙂

Fresh Fruits Lab

Dined at yet another pretty place while in Singapore, but this was definitely more casual and laid back compared to Picnic and d’Good Cafe.

Yes, that is a stethoscope on the table.

Drinking cold-pressed juices from test tubes and water from beakers, as one does, naturally.

I suppose if you’re going for a theme, might as well go all out, right?

Brunch.

Alright, this marks the end of an exceptionally lazy post. I was watching “The Five-Year Engagement” on TV, and now I wish I were somewhere with snow. I’d do some fantasy holiday planning, but it’s really late right now, and I’ve got an early day tomorrow. Goodnight!

d’Good Cafe @Takashimaya, Singapore

Another short and sweet post today, as I gradually work my way through the photos from my Singapore trip back in May. As it had been ages since I was last in town, I tried my best to meet up with as many friends as possible. Priscilla was free in the afternoon, so we met up for coffee before later meeting the rest of the group for dinner (that’ll probably be another post).

Pris and I were walking around Takashimaya after she had to “rescue” me from the labyrinth that was Orchard and its countless underground paths. We spotted d’Good Cafe and decided to spend the next few hours there.

Like Picnic, this place is also calling out for Instagram, with its swings, flowers, and outdoorsy feel.

Ah… “al fresco” dining, but with air-conditioning. Isn’t that the best of both worlds?

Fries with mayonnaise and some kind of truffle sauce. Golden and crispy, they didn’t disappoint.

Rose and lychee cake. Usually it’s all about the chocolate for me, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Light and fluffy, and not too sweet!

A cup of mocha, with what is now the usual coffee art. I’m not quite sure what it’s supposed to be. It looks like something alright, but I’m not going to spell it out.

I heard that the branch in Holland Village is a lot prettier, but unfortunately it’s also out of the way for me. Still, if I do get the chance, I’d love to check it out.

d’Good Cafe
391 Orchard Road #B1-56
Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1411