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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hermes Spring/Summer Fashion 2014

Hermes is inspired by the tropical rainforests this year. The colours and the comfortable style of clothing to match. Bringing fashion closer to the Singaporean context.

We see botanical prints but in darker yet truer tones of blacks, greens and touches of cream & yellow. This same palette is also found in womenswear and menswear this Spring.

Then we move onto the brighter tropical colours of orange & blues.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Holiday Home?

Bintan - Expat Living Magazine - Tempat Gembira & Tempat Beruang - S$1.2 million each

Fresh from the Singapore Yacht Show, I was beginning to wonder what about people who don't have sea legs and are not exceptionally sporty like myself. For over a million dollars, wouldn't it make sense to get a holiday home instead? I can spend my days drinking in ocean views and exploring the rustic charms of Bali, Bintan, Batam, the 3 top spots for Singaporeans to purchase their 2nd home. For families and retirees, these villas offer the space and style of a large home at 1/10 the price.

Batam - Over the Water Villas - $488,000

Batam is 40 mins away by boat.

Bintan - Alila Villas - start from $2.34 million

Bintan is 2 hours away by boat.

Bali - Khayangan Villa Interior Design

Bali is 2.5 hours away by plane.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Benefit Get Even compact

Benefit's Get Even face powder has lots of good reviews from users. Meant to blot away shine and unevenness, perfect for mid-day touch-ups. For this purpose, it's sensible matte black compact, complete with mirror and powder puff within, makes it convenient and easy to use. Available in only 3 shades. The shops always seem to run out of this product.

I tried it as a base powder and then for mid-day touch-ups and I find the powder does provide even coverage (not translucent), leaving behind a matte finish. I judge my face powders on how much of a powdery look it leaves behind and this does deliver on its price range.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Royal China @ Raffles Hotel

Royal China @ Raffles Hotel is the branch of that iconic dimsum place in London. It's discreet location and intimate dining area was where we had our Sunday brunch. 

This place is not typical of Chinese restaurants in Singapore. The season's specialties are laid out on a presentation table at the entrance and they serve the not soo traditional XO courvoisier & MacCallum whisky here.

Food is good with a flair, my favourite dish is the siew mai with wolfberries and jelly fruit dessert with chrysanthemum & guiling gao honey.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Luxe Links Openwork Shawl by FabYarn

The luxe links pattern comes free from FabYarns using 2 strands of lurex glitter mohair at the same time. I am going to use Spotlight's Mountain Chalet yarn ball (also 400m) single strand. This shawl uses knit 2 together stitches throughout that I realize makes the Martha Stewart scarf and not the shawl in the above picture. Maybe it's crochet 2 throughout so the links look looser. Have already emailed the FabYarn staff and waiting for their reply.

I made it on a 78 peg loom. So when I double it over, it fits my mom nicely as a shawl. At home she can expand it into a thin blanket for colder days...hahaha....maybe when she is travelling overseas.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2014 Fashion

D&G showcases the scenery of Italy this season in their men & women clothes.

I really like the gold lace dresses, wouldn't mind a short sleeve or long sleeved version.

The colours veer more towards blacks and darker tones, that translates into wearable for most women.

It's summer time so there are some fun pieces to liven up your wardrobe. I love these!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SG Yacht Show 2014

SG Yacht Show starts tomorrow at  ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove (W Hotel). This annual 4 day event will feature bigger yachts this year to up the glam factor. For the general public, entrance fees start from $50 for a 1 day pass. 

Super Yachts (S/Y) range from 120 to 200 ft (60m+) and Mega Yachts (M/Y) are over 200 ft. These yachts are crewed and sometimes available for charter (rental holidays) in specific locations. As such, these yachts take on character and have special features like Exuma's amphibious jeep, Namaste's light well running through several floors of it's interiors, Cloud 9 a 2010 award winner with it's giant multi-level water slide, Royal Albatross a historic tall ship with club interiors for corporate charter, Miquette a sail ship available for Phuket Charter, Dunia Baru a newly built traditional Indonesian sail ship with all wood interiors, Moon Sand & Keri Lee III have traditional Victorian decor, Vertigo a 2012 multi-award winning black & cream sailing yacht with gym and dive room, Blue Sapphire has dark wood & white interiors, Aquarius S with an all wood interior.

Catamarans have twin hulls that allow the yacht to stabilize without a ballasted keel, making it lighter and higher. Damrak II the largest catamaran on show is motorized, with cream & wood interiors, ability to accommodate up to 8 guests overnight. Heliotrope 65 Solar Catamaran is completely solar powered with bright coloured interiors and mosiac designs in the bathrooms. Lagoon Catamarans all have that classic netting sunbed in front, 400S2 and 52 can accommodate 6-8 guests, 620 has a flybridge and ability to accommodate up to 11 guests. Leopard 51 has an all white modern interior with flybridge. Fountaine Pajot's Summerland 40 has a flybridge and can accommodate 10 guests, Queensland 45 can accommodate 8 guests. Aquila Power Cat 44m & 45m features wood & white interiors with 360° view.

Fishing boats are popular in Singapore, who doesn't have a relative that loves to fish. Beneteau Barracuda is a standard fishing boat with inside lounge area (to get away from the heat) and toilet. Same with Grady White 338. Cabo 36 Express has an aquarium bait box that lights up, fish box, storage locker, bait prep area with sink and fridge/freezer (depending on the thermostat). Inside there is a kitchen dining area, toilet & shower facilities, 2 daybeds for 3 people. Cabo 52 Express is for the family man with bigger kitchen dining area (convertible into 2 more beds) and 2 bedrooms (4 persons). Flybridge tower has a helm but no seats.

For the social animals, there are these recreational vehicles. Chris Craft Silver Bullet is a metallic silver motor boat used for water sports and moving around like a car. It has seats, cooler box and storage locker. Wider 42 is the newest thing around with ability to hydraulically expand it's deck space wider when not in motion. Custom fitted space for 1 jetski in the back. Toilet/Shower and lounge area inside. Convertible dining/sunbed on deck. Sheltered Helm. Chaparral 215 has helm, seats, storage locker, coolbox outside and indoors there is a toilet and lounge area. Beneteau Oceanis 41 is a sailing boat with outdoor lounge area and swimming platform, indoors it has a kitchen dining area, bath/toilet and daybed.

Cabin cruisers are yachts smaller than 12m, good for social gatherings and family fun on the water. Chaparral 310 has kitchen & dining as well as 1 bedroom & toilet indoors. Outdoors it has lounge area, helm, sunbeds and wet bar. Chaparral 370 has everything the 310 has with the addition of a swimming platform. Atlantis 38 has an indoor helm, 4 guests capacity. Cranchi 40 has a flybridge with helm and seats only, 4 guests capacity. Grand Banks Heritage Europa 41 is similar to Cranchi 40 with larger transom to strap a tender on. Fairline Targa 38GT is similar to Cranchi 40, in addition, all Gran Turismos (GT) have a smooth sliding sun roof. Fairline Squadron 42 is similar to Europa 41 where the tender is stapped onto the swimming platform instead.

Yachts between 12 to 35 metres. This is where the bulk of the yachts on display come under. 

AZIMUT yachts is showcasing it's Magellano 43 that has the classic Italian boat shape. Flybridge 64, 70, 95 has a sleeker modern exterior, with deck space on the flybridge for suntanning, dining & grill. Modern Italian interiors. 6-8 guests capacity. 95 has additional garage space for 1 or 2 tenders. Grande series has 5 sizes, including the latest 95RPH for Spring 2014.

HANSE Sailing Yachts 520, 545, 575 have a configurable space for up to 6 guests.

GRAND BANKS Yachts have a boxy appearance. 43EU has a flybridge with helm & seats, 4 guests capacity, tender can be strapped onto transom. Aleutian 53 is a new model for 2014, featuring a sheltered flybridge with helm & seats, 5 guests capacity.

MONTE CARLO Yachts MC5 has a more traditional motorboat exterior, flybridge with helm & sunbeds, 5 guests + 1 crew capacity. 65 & 76 have a sleeker exterior. 65 features sunbeds in front, lounge area behind, flybridge with helm & seating, 6 Guests + 2 Crew capacity. 76 has the same as 65 with a bigger flybridge and additional sunbeds.

PRINCESS Yachts V39 is the smallest of the V class (sport yachts). Transom is large enough to strap a tender on. 4 Guests Capacity. P43 is the smallest of the Flybridge series and a 2014 award winner. 4 Guests Capacity. P52 & P56 has a 6 Guests + 1 Crew Capacity. P60 has a 6 Guests + 2 Crew Capacity. P72 has an 8 Guests + 2 Crew Capacity. 88MY is the latest model launched in 2013.

SAN LORENZO 25m & 30m has 8 to 10 guests capacity.

BENETEAU Antares 42 has a flybridge with sunbeds and dining area. 4 Guests Capacity.

CRUISERS Black Diamond yachts all have sleek exteriors. Not sure what model they intend to show but it specializes in luxury motor boats and recently launched a live aboard 45 Cantius. Expect lots of outdoor daybeds either way.

FAIRLINE Targa 50 features a luxury apartment feel with white & light wood interiors, 6 Guests Capacity

PERSHING 64 has space for tender, featuring a retractable roof at the back of the yacht. 6 Guests + 2 Crew capacity.

RIVA 56 has the usual flybridge, sunbed in front, dining area behind. 6 Guests Capacity.

SESSA FLY47 has black & white interiors. Outdoor lounge area behind has sunshades that can be pulled down. 6 Guests Capacity.

SUNSEEKER Manhatten 73 is the largest of the Manhatten series. Features large windows all around. 8 guests capacity.