Archive for December, 2014

Year End Wrap-up!


Hello! How’s the year ending for you? I got to spend time with my family over Christmas—just what I wanted!—and have been counting down to the end of 2014 since then. I’ve also been doing lots of baking, so the bulk of my gifts to friends and family is in he form of cakes and cookies (see below).


I even attempted some form of a Christmas cake by slathering white frosting (for snow) over my standard pound cake and placing strawberry santos and a gingerbread man in one happy festive village on top. Unfortunately I forgot about the whole hot-from-the-oven thing and my snow melted and the little santas (mistakenly made with frozen strawberries) started bleeding juice everywhere. But at least I got a photo before it all went to shambleshurhurAnd it did taste good, once you got past the mangled decorations.


Okay! Anyway! Moving on from faulty festive cakes.

I was reading the Christmas cards and notes I got over the holiday, and they made me feel inexplicably warm and fuzzy. I’m just sitting here in a little bubble of bliss thinking about the people I’m so blessed to havegirlThanks to them, at the end of the year whatever bad moments there were in the past 12 months don’t matter so much.

It seems to be the peak period for reflections and resolutions now. I like looking back at the year and everything that happened. Of course I can’t remember all of it; the moments that stand out to me the most are probably the ones that I can remember without checking though my blog archive.



The biggest part of this year was my internship! I spent six months as a newspaper journalist. I blogged about my experience herekirakira


Meeting people

Throughout the year I also met lots of new people—acquaintances in school, colleagues, interesting interviewees at work, dancers from Japan—and gained a few surprisingly close friendshipsheartTo these new friends, I’m so glad I met you. I’m still as shy as ever, and I am doubly grateful when I click with people.


UK Trip

As soon as my internship ended, I spent ten fabulous days in EnglandhappyThe trip took me from London to Manchester to Leeds to Oxford. It was my first time being in the UK, and my first time going on a school trip.. Read the blog posts starting from this one here!



Even more then last year, I’ve been regularly recording the outfits that I wear. I used to just do simple snaps in the mirror with my phone, but took it up a notch when I started working. It made me think about changing my style to fit in with the grown up world better, and I began to use my camera to take pictures of my outfit every single morning. Even after going back to school I still do it almost everyday because I love trying different styles and combinations of my clothessmile


These are some of my favourites! This is the year I started wearing skirts so much haha. It’s literally a personal record; before I’d only ever wear skirts and dresses once in a few months. It’s certainly an evolution of my feminine sense.


Food Photography (the iPhone kind)

Similarly to my outfit coordinates, I became even crazier about my food photos. 2014 saw me taking pictures of almost anything edible I got my hands on.


And that wraps up my last blog post of the yearhappyThank you for reading! I hope you have a very happy new year and I’ll be back in 2015 (much sooner than it sounds).


Schoolgirl Fashion

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post. This time I’ve curated a few coordinates based on a classic schoolgirl look; recently I’ve been into a bit of a retro style with striped ankle socks, Oxford shoes, and long skirts.


(Top: LDS/Skirt: Primark)

 In Japan there’s been a big boom in midi length skirts for a while; rightly so in my opinion, because they’re at a perfectly quirky, feminine length and are particularly flattering when high-waisted.

This pleated grey skirt is one of my favourites with an adorably vintage look, like it’s part of a timeless school uniformkira kira

The white sweater also gives such a fun pop of character and colour with its big red heart. You can’t see the words, but the heart has School Girls are Forever printed across it. That just about sums it all uphappy


(Top: Dorothy Perkins/Skirt: Dip Drops)

Tucked into a simple black skirt, the collar top gave the outfit a whole earnest, honour student kind of feeling while keeping it sweet with its light pink colour.

Also, this shirt was from London! It was love at first sight, though it took the whole night to convince myself. We’d been walking along Oxford Street and concentrating on getting to Primark (i.e. shopping chain of legends) a couple blocks away. But it wouldn’t let me go easily; I thought about it the whole time up till while having dinner, and the minute I put my tub of Pret a Manger risotto down I went back to get it. If this isn’t love I don’t know what ishurhur


(Top: tricolor/Skirt: Lowry’s Farm)

Unlike the previous outfit, I tried making this a modestly cute look; I kept things simple with a sweater and navy striped knee-length skirt. The colours came together rather companionably, and the whole set-up turned out nice and cosysmile

And the footwear remains the same throughout for all three coordinates. The socks and shoes combination rounded out the whole classic schoolgirl-inspired look well, and it’s so versatile I can wear it with almost any style. Unlike clothes I have no qualms being a footwear repeater, by the wayneko


Well then. In other news, Christmas is coming!

Will you be doing anything for Christmas? I’ve been happily soaking in the festive season and enjoying the school break (while conveniently ignoring my assignments), so I really wish it wouldn’t end so soon. But at any rate I’m looking forward to the 25th and spending the day with my family.

Merry Christmas in advance!girl

Christmas Cookie Candle


I’m here to talk about the favourite thing I bought recently! Though I’ve already given the game away—it’s sitting right here at the top of this blog post.

So, yes! I bought a Yankee Candlelove girlIt’s the first candle I’ve ever gotten, and before this I never gave any thought to buying a candle at all because of my prejudice that 1) its sole purpose is to look pretty on Pinterest and 2) it is a fire hazard.

Well, it is still a fire hazard. Just an incredibly good-smelling one. (That’s my prejudice burning away along with the candle, by the way)

I got the Christmas Cookie candle in a small jar, and it is the most amazing smorgasbord of butter, vanilla and sugary in one scent. I love it so much that I put the jar next to me and pick it up every few seconds just to inhale that sweet buttery goodness. Is that healthy? I probably won’t even burn it until next Christmas because I can’t bear to use it yethurhur


Supply & Demand: Pasta and…BBQ Pork Gelato?


The other day I had lunch at an Italian bistro called Supply & Demand!

That morning I’d gotten off to a bad start because my tripod went missing (how do you lose a metre-long thing with three legs?), but I met Ju Eun in the afternoon and so all was well. Nothing carbs and conversation can’t fixnekoI had a massive plate of spaghetti (that is to say the plate was huge, the pasta portion was okay), which was veggie aglio olio sprinkled with lots of yummy olives.


The word cichetti, I found, meant side dishes; we had a fairly abundant tray of cichetti. Apart from the pasta main, the set lunch came with an assortment of tiny dishes (see above!) including a hunk of cheese and yummy breadstick with its own tiny dish of olive oil to dip in.

Now here’s the unexpected show-stealerneko


We ended with dessert, because I thought I’d use the opportunity to take photos for my food magazine project at school. It’s meant to be about something unique and a fusion of local and foreign food, which is how we ended up with bak kwa gelato. If you don’t know what bak kwa is, it’s sweet and savoury barbecued pork. Which you’d know immediately does not go into your typical bowl of ice cream. Or, for that matter, anywhere near your dessert.

And here it was inside the gelato.

But funnily enough, it tasted weirdly good! The kind of bizarre combination that makes you take the first apprehensive spoonful and go well, okay, maybe I need to taste that again to get the flavour. And then after that mm okay, might as well eat another since I’ve come this far. And by the fifth or sixth spoonful all universal laws of normality have been shattered and you’re just eating away as if having dried pork bits in your ice cream is perfectly ordinary.

So, yeah, I liked ithappy


This is the lovely interior of the restaurant we didn’t actually get to sit in, because there wasn’t space for usnekoIt’s a pretty photogenic place with its high ceiling and abundance of windows and wood furniture and the odd tree, which made for a nice rustic atmosphere (that we admired from outside).

If you’re in Singapore and want to try it out, it’s called Supply & Demand and is located at Orchard Gateway in townkira


Brunch at The Tastemaker Store


The other day I had an rare free morning and I went for brunch at a cafe called The Tastemaker StoresmileI don’t get to go cafe hopping much (pretty much never actually) so this was a rare occasion of visiting a nice place to eat at while wandering around a faraway neighbourhood. And I really did take an hour’s journey to get to this place—it’s that out of the blue for me because my everyday life is just home→school→home (repeat).

The truth was I came with a duty in mind; I needed photos for a project and this was one of the stops. But a pretty cafe on a quiet weekday morning before class? Needless to say I wouldn’t go there just to take a picture and leave after two minutes. Since I was alone I brought a book to readgirlIf I’m by myself I always have to read while I eat because it’s my favourite way to relax.


I got a kaya toast set; it seems to be an English take on the traditional version because it uses English muffins and clotted cream instead. The toast was $3, which isn’t expensive especially since it was tasty and filled me upneko


Had a nice cuppa to round up the little muffin feast! I wish I could do this more often, but all the nice cafes are too far away from home. Though some of them might be worth the trek, like this one. The term break’s coming up so it’ll be a nice pocket of time for me to explore other dreamy cafes, even if I only ever venture out in the daytime. Time to time I need a break from being a homebody!


▷ . Cheryl

A university student in Tokyo who takes pictures and puts them on the Internet

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