2 Jul 2014


It was a dream come true staying in Amalfi Coast for my 18th birthday this summer. We based ourselves in the local town of Amalfi purely because our hotel was right next to the beach and had the perfect view looking over looking the town. I couldn’t tell the difference between the colour of the ocean and sky while swimming in the afternoon. The pebble beaches were filled of vibrant beach towels and umbrellas, I could have spent my days sleeping away on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves. Not to mention my diet was based on only pasta and limonene flavored gelato. We also spend 3 days in a villa on the island of dreamy Capri. The main part of our stay was renting a private boat, which took us around the local sea caves including the Blue and White Grottos. After our amazing trip in Italy, my luggage was filled with souvenirs of limoncello (lemon alcohol) bottles and shot glasses - money well spent.


Wearing: fossil Sydney satchel, club Monaco shirt and shorts

10 Jun 2014


Singapore is well knows for its exotic foods, shopping and scenery. Singaporeans are simply obsessed with eating. For the best food, they will queue endlessly and eat at all hours. I am such a foodie and Singapore was on the top of my list. After graduating high school I traveled to Singapore to explore its rich culture. I stayed at The Raffles Hotel, in its intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance that no other hotel can match.

The Raffles Hotel included 15 restaurants and bars, from the famous Long Bar, home of the Singapore Sling.
food guide
1. Carrot cake (chai tow kuay) - Its amazingly delicious. It is a white radish carrot cake with rice flour and grated radish, mixed and steamed into large slabs or cakes. These are chopped up in pieces finished with soy sauce, fish sauce, eggs, garlic and spring onions. It is available at many hawker centers.

2. Kaya toast - Kaya is a coconut custard jam, it is very sweet and very addictive.  When slathered onto thin slices of warm toast with ample butter, the sandwich makes your mouth water. Many locals have this for breakfast supplemented by two soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce and pepper. I bought about three large Kaya jams bottles to take back to HK, and I cant stop eating it.

3. BBQ chicken wings - I had BBQ chicken wings on my first night out in Singapore, I guess you can say chicken wings are boring but in many a hawker stalls you will see rows of chicken wings glistening and turning on a roasting spit. Singaporeans love ordering these wings as a side dish, frequently as a large plate to share among family and friends. Best eaten with a garlic chili dip.

KU DE TA - has been one of my favorite restaurants since I was very young, I have gone to the KU DE TA in Bail a while ago and it blew my mind. KU DE TA is also situated above the landmark deck of Marina Bay Sands. KU DE TA is a fusion of elegant style, cutting-edge design and peerless standards. Here are a few things I suggest you ordering at KU DE TA.

1. Spicy tuna roll - maguro tuna, asparagus, spicy dressing
2. edamame - maldon salt
3. steamed halibut - yamagobo, kombu, pak choy
4. beef tenderloin - saikyo miso, chilli jam glaze
5. california roll - alaskan crab, avocado, cucumber

 Singapore's Chinatown is an ethnic neighborhood featuring distinctly Chinese cultural elements and a historically concentrated ethnic Chinese population. When visiting Chinatown it felt like I was at home, I enjoyed taking photographs of the lanterns and the bright color streets.

21 May 2014


Samantha Li is an IB student at West Island School, who is extremely passionate about art and design.
I have dedicated this post to her as in my opinion her art work is very inspiring.

SAMANTHA LI: In the landscape paintings, I like to combine realism and surrealism by using real life places but transforming the colors into something intense and empowering. The colors I used were mainly primary (red, yellow, and blue) and are often mixed right onto the canvas. We're often told that high contrast and having complementary colors right across the color wheel should be avoided, but they're actually the basics in nature! And that makes it beautiful.

The four paintings are the most recent ones and I personally feel they are my best so far because it is the first time my work is on public display and a tight deadline. It is the result of hours of experimentation, practice, and stalking painters from behind and applying what is learned bit by bit into my own work. This included small things such as the way the artist scooped up the paint to the angle of the brush.

Tibetan Mountains -   23" x 40" oil on canvas. Only one of the four paintings in the set will be reserved for National Gallery Singapore (2015) also for sale. 

Marble Bar - Requested by my dad, who went on a work trip last summer. This one is of Marble Bar in Western Australia. It was the morning after the first rain in 40 years and the land is over 3 billion years old! Winter at Home - Painting of my granddad's home during the new years. This one was particularly challenging. The transparency needed to be carefully controlled and can not be painted over after the first wash.

Lake/Untitled - This was the first of the set. It was just a random scenery because I simply wanted to try out the "wet" feeling. Using loads of oil and simple blending. It was also the easiest to do in the series. Tibetan Mountains - The last of the series. The light wash at first was quite smooth but adding thickness was so difficult! Especially the mountains. I had to do several mini-paintings before actually painting onto the canvas