Shanghai: Normandie Apartment

Wu Kang Mansion, formerly known as the Normandie Apartment in Shanghai, was built in 1924 by the I.S.S (International Savings Society) for western employees living in the foreign concessions during colonial times. The 8-storey French Renaissance architecture was designed by the renowned Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec, who has also designed many other landmarks in Shanghai […]

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Shanghainese Savory Turnip Pancakes

I’ve always preferred savory to sweet when it comes to snacks, and Fried Turnip Pie (油墩子) is a traditional street-food in Shanghai that reminds me of many childhood memories when I lived there. If you’ve been to Wu Kang Road in the Former French Concession (法租界), that’s where me and my friends used to hang […]

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Barcelona: Casa Milà

Ending the last piece of Gaudi’s series with Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera. It was not a love-at-first-sight, I felt a little suppressed standing in the middle of the dark courtyard on a cloudy Autumn day, with the tour guide explaining that this is Gaudi’s last and also the most iconic design of […]

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Barcelona: Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of his most poetic and artistic designs for a building, with a combination of Color, Form, and Lights, it is known as the house of nature, and every curve is magical – as Dali once said, “Gaudi has built a house representing the stormy sea and all sorts of water.” As […]

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Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

Regardless how many times you walked out of that metro station, turned around, raised your head – you’ll still be holding your breath, time and time again. La Sagrada Familia is inspired by the natural forms of trees and branches, always growing upwards. The geometric construction has always lived in its own harmony over the […]

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The Classic Blue.

Onto the last month of work trips for the next 2 weeks. Spent some quality time back home, celebrated my birthday, and I’ve had the most blissful first 10 days of being 36. Shared a discussion with Rebecca on #perspectives and #surrender last week. We were all taught to plan everything ahead growing up, however […]

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TED x PetalingStreet

When I think of Allien, the first thing came to my mind, were the time he just started his new venture in Shanghai, that every single time we meet, I just listen to him vent and vent and vent. I never told him this, but I know when you’re fighting in another country on your […]

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Decisions. Decisions.

Dominyck’s Summer holiday officially started this weekend, cheers to the exciting 6 weeks ahead for him to back up some more Mandarin! (Haha) Each year this time, I think of how much he and I have grown since the last summer, and how many decisions I have made for us in the past 12 months. […]

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Le Grand Bleu.

Came back to the hustle and bustle of the city, what has been kept running through top of my mind, is Maslow’s study on the Hierarchy of Human Needs. If Internet is the most fundamental element of Human Motivation in the modern society of today, it was definitely not at the bottom of our pyramid […]

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