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EVENTS & TRAVELS

THE MONOCHROMATIC CHARM AT HOTEL MONO, SINGAPORE

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Who else here would hang up their clothes in a hotel wardrobe? I hope that I ain’t the only one! It makes me feel good and cozy to organize my belongings in a hotel always as it feels like I’ve already settled in – especially in such a neat design room. This minimal monochromatic design wardrobe belongs to Hotel Mono in Singapore.

The moment I walked into Hotel Mono, Singapore – a modern boutique hotel that is located closely to Chinatown. Who would have thought this chic and modern hotel is hidden in the historical building? The entrance was simple and yet made an impressive first impression on me when the transparent automated door was opened.

Going through the lounging areas in between floors were like a minimalist playground. The interior design is basic but filled with stylish and modern furniture. And of course, everything is monochrome.

As featured in Cereal’s city guide in Singapore, Hotel Mono definitely stood out from the crowd. This stairway to minimalist heaven in their Loft Room took my breath away – the main reason I wanted to stay there too! This generous Loft room offers great space with 2 beds – one on the ground and another on an elevated floor level within the room. Isn’t that cool?! It’s great for families or group of friends of 4 in my opinion. But being the selfish me, I wanted it all for myself!

The choice of furniture or any structural/building design accessories in Hotel Mono is simple, monochromatic and strong. The design principal is compositional and also symmetrical in a way. Each design piece is carefully curated from the wall lamp, flooring to the shower gel container. Did you notice the Rococo-era windows in this building? They are so characteristic and seem unreal to exist in such a modern city.

Having a monochromatic bedroom in my own house myself, I am actually inspired by Hotel Mono where I would definitely adopt some of the design aspect in my next house – when I can design and build my own house. This black metal stairway is definitely something that I would love to have at my home. There’s a new vision in every angle of the room through the stairway, just like my life perspective. It gives you inspiration each time when you observe, and opens up your imagination and creativity.

Please visit Hotel Mono for more information on the hotel and book it for next visit in Singapore. There’s also a bakery shop that sells very good egg tart too! It’s called Tong Heng – make sure you try their egg tart!

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TAKE IT SLOW AT THE SLOW, BALI

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Rattan chair, plunge pool and tropical plants – Are these the complete package for a cool summer vacation in The Slow, Canggu, Bali? If you haven’t been to Canggu in Bali, you should start planning your next summer trip here! I have been to Seminyak, Bali in the past, but Canggu beat that in my opinion. The crowd in Canggu is young and free – probably due to the surfers in the town. There are many hidden minimalistic cafes (check out Quince Cafe!) and boutiques with artsy interior design too. It’s like a little minimalist heaven in Bali.

The Slow impressed me by their appreciation of art and interior design. Each piece of furniture is carefully selected – at least that’s how I felt it. Each piece of the furniture in the hotel or room has great details and beautifully crafted, either a stool by the bar in the restaurant, the bench in the hallway or the in-house DJ booth. The aesthetic of furniture are all complementary of each other in terms of vibe.

The moment I arrived in the Pool Suite, there were cool jams already playing in the room’s built in speaker. There’s no television in the room/hotel, one of the great concept for visitors like me who need to take things slow and stay away from the distraction on holiday. Who needs a television in this type of environment anyway?

Always start your day with high protein breakfast (Charred fish and noodles – as seen in the image above) and a swim to kick off the holiday.

‘Rainforest’ shower to cool you down in the tropical heat hey! The bench in the shower is so zen!

My favourite part of the day in the Pool Suite is to read a book on the day bed. One of my resolution in 2018 is to take things slower definitely as I had very hectic lifestyle from 2016 since the start of new business. So having the chance of to chill and read is a treat for me in this holiday! And it’s blissful to be surrounded by so much greeneries!

You can also spend a bit of time walking around the hotel to enjoy their arts on walls. Plenty of great photography work from different artists. Definitely something not to miss! They all tell great stories.

There are many sofas and benches in the hotel where you can just sit and chill – have a coffee and share your memories with your friends – or do some people watching perhaps like I did! It’s pretty inspiring. I love the details of the furniture in The Slow as they are all unique and I love the handcrafted quality of it from cushion to woodwork.

The Slow Restaurant is also as chic as the hotel itself. As I mentioned before, the attention to details of design is amazing in The Slow. The ceramic plates and wooden utensils or bowls are all handcrafted too. I enjoyed the drinks in The Slow as they have great selection of mixed fruit/vegetable juices – all served in The Slow labelled bottles!

If you want to catch a bit of sun on the roof top in The Slow, make sure you bring a bottle of beer or their fruit juice to cool you down! It’s a cute place to hang around with your mates!

Please visit The Slow for more information on the hotel and book it for your next summer trip! If you want to take it slow, this is the place. P/S: The internet reception in the room is poor – definitely stop you from spending time on phone too!

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MY BALI RETREAT AT THE SANTAI BY LIFESTYLERETREATS

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The Santai is an exclusive retreat by Lifestyleretreat, nestled in a quiet neighbourhood close to picturesque rice fields and local village temples but also just a short 15-minute drive from the shops, restaurants and buzzing nightlife of Seminyak.

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villaoutdoor2I was super impressed when I arrived at The Santai due to the architecture of the entire place. It seemed like every piece of furniture or building material has been carefully selected in order to give the guests a peaceful and unique Balinese experience. We were greeted by the friendly staff upon arrival and we were served with some delicious light bites too, which I thought was a nice touch to welcome us to the villa.

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pool1instaI have been dying for this retreat since like forever due to my hectic lifestyle. I woke up every morning with my very own pool view plus the breakfast choice of my own! My favourite was the Japanese bento box! 🙂 Yes, the staff would bring in the food to you anytime you want, I felt so pampered!

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thesantai6aThis retreat trip at The Santai has given me a chance to calm my soul and relax my mind. I didn’t check my business/work emails for my entire stay and I finally got the time to appreciate my beautiful surroundings. I got to do some yoga in the morning by the pool surrounded by tropical greenery. And I enjoyed some in-villa massages too! Totally the life I dreamt for.

 


 

The pool at The Santai is massive. I enjoyed the pool so much with my holiday squad as you can see! After some pool times, I always go for a quick shower outdoor in my master bedroom after my swim or sunbathing.

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thesantai3The master bedroom also comes with gorgeous bathtub that is perfect for a nice salt bath for my own time. It was so quiet and peaceful in the villa and I nearly felt asleep one afternoon in the bathtub.

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ensuite2The ensuite in master bedroom has direct access to the pool in the villa. Every bedroom in the villa has its own ensuite but only the master bedroom has direct access to the pool. A very cool feature in my opinion as I would brush my teeth in the morning and go straight into the pool for a quick swim before my breakfast.

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thesantai7There are plenty of beautiful spots within the villa itself that you can explore and enjoy. This pool villa is perfect for family and friends where you can spend some precious time together and relax at the same time. Or you can also have the entire villa all by yourself! Why not hey!

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Please visit The Santai for more images of the villa and Lifestyleretreats for more resorts in Bali.

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THE VISIONIST X KOH LIPE

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It has been nearly 2 months since I last written a blog post. I have been very hectic in past 2 months with moving and traveling, hence the delay! Here’s a quick update with you guys for my trip on Koh Lipe Island in Thailand.

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This island is amazing, full of nice people, good food and great vibe. If you are looking for a summer getaway, this could be one of your option!

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The sand is as soft and as white as it looks, and the water shades of turquoise. There aren’t much dead corals there, so it’s a bliss to walk on the beach! The food is cheap, and plenty of options for seafood. Cheap beer, cheap food, what else do you need on your holiday? There’s a walking street on the island which has a great vibe for night life. Live bands and music can to be your great companions at night too!

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HEAD TO TOE: Rayban Round Folding Sunglasses, Xarifa Swim Shorts, Reiss Linen Shirt

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It’s goodbye for now, but I am sure that I will be back again!

THE VISIONIST X THE HOXTON, SHOREDITCH

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The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch is a cleverly designed hotel with stylish rooms that come with everything you need for a super comfy stay. It’s suitable for anyone regardless you are a couple, family, or for a gentleman like me on a business trip.

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Only few minutes walk from the underground station, The Hoxton is situated in a prime location surrounded by shops and restaurants. The room is so chic and you have everything you need from the basic essentials to free Wi-Fi, fresh milk, radio, books and more. Oh! And the daily breakfast bag drop filled with OJ, granola pot and banana.

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Enjoy the gallery below and you will get to see the beautiful interior design of the hotel and the room that I stayed during my business trip. For your information, all of their double room has the same design!

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The hotel lounge has an excellent vibe with reading area and also comfy sofas for coffee break. There’s also a  contemporary restaurant in the hotel that serves American inspired food.

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It was a very pleasant experience staying in The Hoxton Hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room and shower room were super tidy and clean. There’s nothing negative about this hotel in all honesty, and I love the fact that they have MANY sockets in the room. You don’t have to fight for socket with anyone in there. 🙂

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GIORGIO ARMANI – FILMS OF CITY FRAMES

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Giorgio Armani  and BFI London Film Festival has gathered 4 talented schools and produced 4 inspiring short films. It was my honour to attend the Films of City Frames global premiere which took place in BFI Southbank with special Ambassador, Dame Helen Mirren and followed by a panel discussion moderated by esteemed journalist Tim Blanks. I was very impressed by students as the standard of the films was as good as professional filmmakers in my opinion. The films have presented laughter, motivation, inspiration and love.

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Enjoy the 4 films below and VOTE for your favourite!

Legacy – Academia Internacional de Cinema

I Love You – Seoul Institute of the Arts

Clarity – Sydney Film School

Midnight – Scuola Holden

Which is your FAVOURITE? What’s your vision?

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My favourite was Clarity by Sydney Film School.

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