Jul 18, 2014

Ramadan Kareem

Assalamu'alaikum!
Ramadan is coming to an end and last night our family hosted an Iftar dinner at Nagaworld for the Ambassador of Pakistan and Malaysia. The place is located at the heart of Phnom Penh, serving dim sum cuisine which was not only mouth-watering, but it was also a perfect dish to dine with an empty stomach. I thought the restaurant gave a vibrant setting because of the play with colours.

My sister and I decided to wear monochrome as it was simple and applicable to the event. Don't worry we tried our best not to look like a French mime.
I personally think the combination of these two colours are chic! My sister wore a faux-leather blazer with a collared blouse giving her the edgy look. Since black and white shoes are an easy update, black booties was the answer. How effortless does she look?
Pattern is still trending, but jumpsuit? Well I threw in with a sequinned cardigan as well as a leather belt hugging my waist, styled with a pair of classy Lucite heels. 
Enjoy the remaining days left!
Much love,

Jul 1, 2014

{Summer Diary} Paris + Disneyland


Paris is one of those cities that you don't need a long holiday to marvel at sights and sounds that make up this great capital.

After spending 3 nights in Netherlands, I took a train to Paris with Nona and having arrived late at night at our apartment, I still couldn't believe that we managed to spend time in Disneyland and the city itself within the space of less that 24 hours!

When in Paris, it seems only fitting to secretly fantasise about living in a Woody Allen film and to stroll the grand streets after dark. It is a big fat cliche but once the sun goes down, Paris looks even more lovelier especially with the Eiffel tower lights twinkling and glittering. It's hard not to feel giddy with excitement when standing beneath it! Places not to miss when in Paris: Louvre, Montmartre, Pont des Art & Trocadero. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to make a trip to Champs Elysees so I wouldn't mind planning a second trip to Paris for a weekend :)


//DISNEYLAND//

For someone who hasn't been to Disneyland for over 7 years, I had an out of body experience as I walked through the entrance gates. I felt as if I was jumping out of my skin with excitement and it seemed every other person there was feeling the exact same way. I was indeed the happiest during the trip to Disneyland.







I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer break and Ramadhan Kareem to all my muslim friends!

Jun 30, 2014

{Summer Diary} Netherlands


After what has felt like an eternity I'm happy to finally share what was undoubtedly a long and tiring journey. While I've only travelled to Budapest earlier this year, Netherlands was different and new to me, and it managed to combine all of the elements of a beautiful concoction of the cool cafe lifestyle with their laid-back culture that I wouldn't mind planning for a second trip. 

I stayed for a good 3 nights with my friends at Soest-Zuid in the province of Utretch just 2 hours from Amsterdam. This didn't bother me because I really enjoyed having to wake up to a view of the charming greener side of Netherlands every morning and avoiding the bustling city vibe at night.

My rule of thumb while travelling is to always experience any new city on an early morning. The first stop was the floating flower market also known as Bloemenmarkt market. While it's slightly sad that I couldn't buy any of the tulips to bring back home, it was already a treat to stroll along the shops and taking everything in. 




It is very difficult to get lost in Amsterdam as you can easily find all of the tourist hotspots within the area. The Dutch are on top of my list of the nicest people on earth as they are very friendly and helpful with directions.

As far as eating in Amsterdam goes, the closest to local speciality is dolly enough; Indonesian food. It is hard to avoid signs offering 'nasi goreng' and the Dutch even serves sambal flavoured cheese!  Apart from Indonesian food and stroopwaffels, the one thing you can not miss out is the "Vlaamse frites" -Amsterdam's flemish fries. They are served in paper cones and are about €3 with a variety of sauces to choose from (sambal is optional!).




Until next time!
love,

Apr 28, 2014

Working Hardly

Being a law student requires 3% talent and 97% of not-being-distracted-from-everything.

Apr 9, 2014

{Spring Diary} Budapest

Last week I had the chance to skip grey English weather for a few days (punctuated by entire days of confused winter breeze-not spring yet!) in favour of clear skies and romantic long walks along the Danube river in Budapest with my Mr instead. A short trip to virtually anywhere is a swift reminder that all the great things in life takes a lot of effort (packing, laundry, getting around, etc).

I had little context of Budapest and my knowledge of Hungary is no where near of that certain je ne sais quoi but one can never be too shy away from spontaneity (ok maybe I did go on trip advisor prior to our arrival but we did get lost a few times!). Budapest is possibly one of the best food capitals in Europe but when I sought recommendations from friends and on the internet, I knew I had to make a lot of concessions as it is hard to find halal eateries. However, Budapest also stores the best coffee houses in Europe so with that being said, my coffee breaks was as decadent and enjoyable as the gorgeous atmosphere. 

I've travelled with friends in the past, but there's a lot to be said about having a level of comfort with someone that surpasses your usual, familiar surroundings. Besides sharing close quarters with a person for several days on end can often inspire two people who love each other in their normal environment to more or less want to toss the other out the window. But of course, that did not actually happen.

And lastly, growing up with my father who is always moving around and encouraging us to see the world, I've been privileged to be able to fill up a couple of passports with stamps from across the globe: from New York to Florida, Vientiane to Hong Kong, Bangkok to Geneva, Lyon to Italy, and many more. It seems like while on one vacation, I'm already planning the next (Amsterdam and Cambodia this summer!).
I hope you all had a good start to your Easter break because I did :)