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All Saints coat, Topshop crop top, Etam printed flowing pants, Ankle boots from Shanghai, MBMJ bag

UFFFF! Finally I am done with my exams. All the stress that builds up is finally released and I can put that big smile back again. For now, I am just waiting on my results and graduation in July. This is going to be one long holiday for me until my Interior design course starts. I am just going to express how grateful I am for every opportunities that I have encountered during my four years of study and I really appreciate everyone who has been part of the amazing journey. I miss home and can't wait for my next chapter in life!
Topshop dress, Forever 21 belt, Stuart Weitzman boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

It's May! It's officially the starting of exam week. For me, this is my last exam before university graduation and getting myself Bachelor degree in Finance. When I am typing this, I am even still in awed at how fast things are. The other day I was just talking with my friends which university they will go to and now we are talking what will we do next. I know this day will come but it still feels unreal. A small flashback and tips from my university years, ENJOY it! The first year of university is still for me the most memorable experience ever. I met tons of interesting people, learnt to be independent, I studied hard but every weekend I always spared it for social events and if you know what I mean haha (For the freshers, don't underestimate the power of tequila shots ;p). Don't get me wrong though, I am not suggesting any negative activities. The point is to keep everything in moderation. Getting good grades are important, but there are life knowledge that should be learnt outside the textbooks too. It can be a process to help finding your true self, at least for me. I got to draw the line of how far I will go to do something and it's funny you never know what you'll encounter. If you already knew, good for you! Anyway for those who are wondering what I will do next, I will take interior design course and hopefully the plan goes well. As for now, I am just going to review my fascinating financial statements, do my best and pray for the rest. For my fellow friends who are doing their dissertations and exams, may the force be with you! :D
Shanghai has been and will always be a second home to me no matter what. Whenever I meet new group of people or old friends of mine, I have always raved about it. Unlike any other developing cities, Shanghai in fact has developed so fast in terms of its obsession with skyscrapers buildings, Westernization and also growing numbers of cool restaurants or cafés to satisfy the local or expat tounges. During my three years stay in the city, I was a foodie along with my friends . While most restaurants did not live up to its names or deteriorating in quality, some restaurants remain my favorites and keep asking me back for more. Consider me a good friend of yours, these are my must-visit restaurant when in the city (in random order)

1. Lost Heaven

This restaurant specialized in one of the most exotic Chinese dish, Yunnan food. This is a combination of Tibetan and Mount Mekong food. Or what I would describe to my friends as a fusion of Chinese/ Thai/ Indonesian food. I would say Lost Heaven is one of the most romantic restaurants to bring your date as well. The intimate black and red decor, atmospheric music and dim, flickering candlelight and amazing cocktails. I die. The recommended dishes: wild vegetable Yunnan pancake, Ji-zong mushroom with vegetables, Da Li style chicken with chilli and green onion, steamed cod in banana leaves. Yums!

Address:
The Bund branch:
17 Yan'an Dong lu, near Sichuan Nan Lu
6330 0967

French Concession branch:
38 Gaoyou Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu
6433 5126

2. Garlic

Hands down to best Turkish food in the city. It's always a meat, meat and MEAT galore in the restaurant. This is not your ordinary kebab joints. In fact, do not even think of it. The place itself has this homey and sophisticated rustic feeling to it with an open kitchen and central fireplace, so do not be scared smelling like lamb on the way home. The menu itself has many ranges from the Mediterranean style hummus to Turkish pizza (pide) to slow-cooked lamb enough to feast hungry friends of mine. The recommended dishes: Vine leaf stuffed with rice and olive oil (Dolma), Turkish flat bread with minced lamb and tomato (Lahmacun), flat bread with pepperoni and cheese (Sucuk Pide) and mixed platter of perfectly roasted lamb, chickens and beef for three people (Karisik Garlic)

Address:
698 Yongjia Lu
13564861208

3. Cha's


A famous Hong Kong cha canting restaurant in Shanghai. The menu is everything you will find in a Cantonese restaurant. Yet, when I saw the locals are willing to wait 2 hours outside the restaurant, I knew this must be a gem. The first time I tried it, I have to wait about an hour and they don't do reservation either. It is based on first come first serve. The recommended dishes: scrambled egg with shrimps, Sweet and Sour Pork, pineapple bun with butter and milk tea. Oh gosh..

Address:
30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
6093 2062

4. Mr & Mrs Bund

This is my go-to restaurant when I am bringing out-of-town guests for a fancy and relaxed dining with the colorful lights and skyscrapers view from The Bund. The menu is a modern French food with a twist. It was amazing when my friend from LA arrived at night and we came in at 12 midnight and they were still open with its late-night dining set. Good service indeed. The recommended dishes: foie gras light crumble, long short rib teriyaki, house smoked salmon essential and  the famous lemon and lemon tart (it was ranked #2 Western Dessert by CNN GO)

Address:
6/F  Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu
6323 9898

5. Jia Jia Tang Bao


Shanghai trip is not complete without overindulging myself with Shanghai's very own steaming hot xiao long baos or soup dumplings. They have many options with salty egg or crab meat inside. Never mind me, they are all delicious addictive little things. This is a hole in the wall location and when they sold out, they closed. The recommended dish: XIAO LONG BAO of course!

Address:
90 Huanghe Lu, near Beijing Lu

There are still many options when you are in the big city like Shanghai. The food communities are growing, asides from the delicious food, the interior is inspiring to check out as well. Another thing to add to the list is Flair lounge in Ritz Carlton (main pic), you will definitely add Shanghai to your favorite city in the world.

Photo credit: Smart Shanghai
Forever 21 dress and belt, Uniqlo socks, Marks and Spencer hosiery, Office ankle boots

Today is the first day of April. I have a love and hate relationship with this very day. Apparently I never take April Fool as serious as my friends and I always seem to get fooled. This time though I think I was fooled by Leeds weather. It can be so bright, sunny and you think to yourself "Ah it's finally spring!" but when the night comes, the wind is just uncontrollable. The thing about living in UK is weather plays important factor on how people dress. On rare occasion like this I brave myself to put on this dress. I just love everything about this one! This bohemian style and pattern reminds me of Missoni so much. Price asides, the dress is very versatile as I can wear it when the weather is warm and even colder.

I had a very great time posing for these pictures. I am not against the "model, firm and serious" poses. However I believe in a more natural, fun, I-dont-give-sh*t attitude and most importanly, SMILE! Just be yourself, be confident in your own body,  because everyone deserves that spotlight :) Big thanks to my photographer for the photo session earlier, you made me feel like Kate Moss in my own body! 



Super Dry windcheaters, Topshop top and jumpsuit, Louis Vuitton scarf and clutch, Stuart Weitzman 50/50 knee high boots

A stroll in Paris city is like a dream comes true. I just can't get over how astonishing it is. I believe a trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Instead of going to the park where the tour normally takes the tourists, I love seeing it from the Trocadero area. Plus, it has the merry-go-round I always see in wedding pictures. At night, this city of light is gorgeous beyond word. But it is better to see from the eyes as the camera fails to capture the beauty of it. Oh and if you notice, I was bare faced in these pictures because that is how the Parisians do it, I guess? I envy their smooth bare faced skins so much though! Something for sure, I definitely can't wait for my upcoming trip to Paris soon.



The first time I came to London I could not forget how I felt about it. It just somehow speaks my language, food! Apart from the trendy and colorful fashion, one thing for sure that London is not lacking of is, the wide ranges of fashionable international cuisines restaurants, homey cafés, pressed juices to authentic Turkish kebabs (as confirmed by a Turkish friend of mine). First thing first, I really want to talk about how most of the well-known restaurants in London work. Reservation is a MUST. Walk-in is rather risky as many people do their reservations about 3 weeks or even months for restaurants like The Ledbury or Duck and Waffle! Insane..

Anyway, this time I want to review a restaurant with amazing view of River Thames, OXO Brasserie. I went for lunch with my parents who came to visit me. The restaurant itself is located in OXO Tower, an old artsy building on the south bank of Thames. This is my second time eating here. I got the (1) Roasted squash with broccoli and ricotta cheese (2) Black peppered tuna with garlic pomodoro (3) Roasted cod with black rice risotto, brown shrimp butter sauce and braised fennel. 

OXO Brasserie's atmosphere is casual, perhaps because it is a "brasserie". It is a place where you will want to take your friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, parents for catch up sessions or simple romantic dining. Perfectly fine. Although during weekdays lunch time I noticed most of the guests are business people in suits and ties enjoying their lunch time. Food wise, the menu is pretty intriguing, seasonal and offer many varieties. As per price, it is pretty standard or even considered affordable for London's exaggerating price, £29.50 for three course lunch set menu with the view. Overall, try it once. It can be a restaurant where you visit often or take out-of-town guests to show what London is all about. 

p.s: all pictures are mine except for the last one.
 

Waking up in Paris has always been in my list. There is just something about Paris vibes that makes you feel very special and let's say...chic! Not to mention the picture perfect streets. I don't mind getting lost in the small streets in one of the fashion capitals in the world, because all the buildings are just exquisite. I love the morning smell of freshly brewed coffees and croissants in every corner of the city. Mostly, I love how Parisian women and men dress. They look very fresh and effortless, even with just a pair of ripped jeans and plain white t-shirt. Therefore, while I am in the city, I decided to wear something that screams Paris. And I can't think of what can be more Parisian chic than a turtleneck (or stripes) top for the windy weather. Talking about Parisian style, don't forget to add the magical Chanel touch. This Chanel Boy is just better than what I imagined in terms of the color and size. Just amazing! When in Paris, I stayed in one of the most beautiful apartments I have ever been. It is located in a stylish Haussmannian building and what's more amazing is the prime location, just 3 minutes walk to the famous Lafayette and Printemps. Now you know what I am talking about!