My European birthday

My European birthday

International birthday travel is fast becoming a tradition of mine. While last year I travelled through Japan, this year I traipsed ate my way through Europe. I loved every moment of it, and despite it being my third visit I feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

I’ve commonly heard of France as being a love it or hate it city with no in between. I have to say I fall smack bang in the ‘love it’ camp. It holds a special place in my heart and I don’t think I could ever travel to Europe without a visit. On this trip we were fortunate enough to drive through the south of France all the way up to the Italian border. I loved how wide and varied the scenery shifted in such a short distance.

I think I OD’ed on cheese and wine, although can one really get sick of cheese and wine In France we ate at Mirazur for my birthday (I was sooo spoiled), which is currently number 4 restaurant in the world. I can’t stop thinking about the trolley of cheese they brought out post-meal. I spent some time in Lyon – know as the foodie capital, I ate endless quenelles and saucissons at the downtown market. We were blessed with clear blue skies for most of our trip.

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We stopped by London and Amsterdam to say hello to our expat friends that have since gone onto live fun adventures abroad. I’m a little jealous of all the European countries they have at a stone’s throw. Coming into spring, it was lovely to have the flowers (especially those gorgeous tulips) in bloom during our nordic leg of the trip.

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Take me back! <3

Travelling through Asia in Malaysia

Travelling through Asia in Malaysia

I’m finally posting photos from my trip to Asia despite them being few months old. I figure it wouldn’t hurt. For this leg of the trip, we travelled from Singapore to Malaysia via Air Asia. We decided we’d save on plane fares given the distance between the countries wasn’t anything significant to waste moolah on creature comforts.

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I couldn’t resist doing a side by side day/night shot of the twin towers. I’m such a sucker for architecture mixed with pretty lights.

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H and I stayed at the Traders hotel, which was a stone’s throw away from Suria KLCC. It made for some convenient shopping and needless to say, I found myself the perfect Christmas present complete with a glittering camellia. I made H make me a Christmas tree, which you can sort of see in the right photo (made with a magazine). I don’t think I’ve ever had a Christmas without a tree and this one wasn’t going to be the exception.

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Without a doubt, shopping during the festive season was in full swing. All of the malls we visited were teeming with people. Of course I had to power through the crowds with egg tarts that I saw glistening from the window.

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We ended up eating at the hotel for our Christmas dinner. They had Christmas putting and Christmas bonbons which were all winners. You can see OCD me arranging the little stars in a row. These were to later feature on H’s DIY Christmas tree.

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We did a day trip out to Batu Caves, which was recommended to us by S. It was easy enough to hire a cabbie to take us out, wait for us there, then drive us back. To be honest it was the most peculiar thing I’d ever requested from a cabbie, but apparently it is the done thing to do (or so says the hotel concierge). It was something beyond spectacular. I even got to meet some little monkey friends.

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The view from the top of the 272-odd steps was hard to beat. I can’t tell you which view I preferred the most! It was a nice way to cap off our short trip to Malaysia. Now let’s hope it won’t take me another 6 months to post up the next leg of the trip!

Patterned paint rollers

Patterned paint rollers

I adore patterns. I wallpaper is complete eye candy to me. There is nothing more I’d love than to plaster one wall of my house with a lovely feature wall of flocked wallpaper. I’m a bit wary of what will happen when it ages. I’ve seen wallpaper at auntie’s places that are peeling at the corners. Not a good look.

I came across Clare Bosanquet of The Painted House on Etsy which stocks paint rollers that have seamless patterns and designs that are dainty and pretty.

Patterned paint roller

Patterned paint roller

Patterned paint roller

They can be used straight onto walls, on fabric, or my personal favourite, to make your own wrapping paper. As a personal owner of innumerable rubber stamps, this idea appeals to me immensely.

Check out her store + full range here.

Whimsical ‘Holes’ Lamp

Whimsical ‘Holes’ Lamp

Yes, another post on pretty light fixtures! The “Holes” fixtures remind me a little of dice mixed with those amazing balloon lamps or rather sky lanterns. They are sure to add that touch of whimsy to any room with their architectural origami structure. I would love to see what sorts of shadows they cast in a dimly lit room.

They were created by Studio Bertjan Pot for the collection of Arturo Alvarez. “Holes” was inspired by kites and mathematics – made out of 20 triangles, 30 bars, 12 connectors and 57 holes. And on top of all that, they are waterproof!

Holes lamp

Holes lamp

Pretty Holes