What I Wore to PFW 17

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Celine, Kim, and I went to Penang Fashion Week last Saturday for the Miss Selfridge, Warehouse and Dorothy Perkins show.

I wanted to create a chic look. Hence, I’ve chosen my trusty bell sleeved top from Zara. I’m a huge fan of bell sleeves as they hide all your flaws (your flabby arms), and without a doubt they instantly inject a dramatic and fun accents. Not to forget, they are the best way to look fashion forward right now!

With a statement top, you don’t need to worry about your bottom because the statement piece is what everyone will be focusing on! So, invest in some statement

To balance out the oversized proportion, I paired it with a short black leather skirt. The combination of leather skirt and bell sleeve blouse gives off that edgy yet feminine vibe. For bag, I carried my current favourite floral embellished statement crossbody as the blue hue matched well with my blue top, and of course I like how the floral embellishment intensify my look. Lastly, I finished off my look with a pair of lace-up pom-pom heels.

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Top: Zara | Skirt: Topshop | Bag: Zara | Shoes: Charles & Keith

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“Dressing well is a form of good manners” – Tom Ford

Kindness , It Doesn’t Cost A Damn Thing!

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Today’s topic is totally unrelated with fashion or travel. It’s just me wanting to put my thoughts on the incident which I can never get rid from my head into words.

So let’s wind back to the Saturday, 25th March 2017. After attending a charity dinner with my dad and sis, we decided to pull over our car and grab some light supper as we hardly ate during the dinner.

In the middle of our meal, an Indian man (approximately 40 years old) approached us and asked for money. Usually we won’t straight away give them money. Instead, we give them food or stuff they need. As we do not want to give them the perception of getting easy money just by begging. Besides, sometimes they ask you for money not because of meal but for the sake of cigarette or even worse, drugs (You might not agree with me as different people have different perspective)!

My dad then asked him why does he need the money. He said he need food, so my dad told him to order and he will pay. At first, he refused and just keep on asking for money but we insisted and eventually he agreed to order his meal. So here comes the interesting part, the lady boss came over and start yelling at him not to bother customer. I understand that he might always come over to your shop and bother you but do you really need to yell? Can’t you just speak nicely?

Always treat people the way you wanted to be treated.

And the worse thing the lady boss did is she gave him the food so reluctantly! This really pissed me off, and all she gave was just rice and soup (and it costs us RM5, with that value of money, we should have just brought him some better food). Besides, I remembered when he asked for a plastic bag, she yelled at him AGAIN, saying he was annoying! Tsk, tsk what the hell is this shit?! We have already said we will pay for him, so treat him like he is your customer not a beggar! Even a beggar does not deserve this kind of treatment. If I were you, I would have just offer him the food, yes even everyday doesn’t costs you a hella dollar!

That’s all for this post, I am seriously really upset why there is so many sick attitude in the society nowadays!

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana

What I Wore to Coldplay Concert

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Last Saturday, which is the 1st of April, my sister (Celine) and I finally went to our first Coldplay’s (A Head Full of Dream) concert in Singapore! It was seriously one of the best time of my life. Until today, everything still felt so surreal and magical! I have to admit I’m still having the “Coldplay hangover”!

I’ve been a huge fan of Coldplay since I was pretty young (primary school I guess) and I was sooo upset when i missed the opportunity to go their concert when I was studying in the U.K.. When they announced their Asia tour a few months back, we were so trilled and promised each other we’re going to secure the tickets no matter what. Thank god, we did it!!!

Hence, I think why not I share with you what I wore to Coldplay concert in case you’re thinking of how to style for any of the upcoming concert.

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Since, it’s a rock concert, I wanted to create that rock and roll vibe. For top, I’ve chosen a black graphic tee. This black graphic top has this very cool eagle print on the front and my favourite part is it also showcases an open back with lace-up detailing! Making your back anything but BORING! However, if you have any of Coldplay t-shirt just wear them! What’s better than showing your love to your favourite band?! To intensify the edginess of my graphic top, I wore a black mini leather skirt. For shoes, I wore my trusty Adidas Stan Smith sneakers as I know there would be lots of standing and walking before the concert begins. Lastly, I finished off my look with a mini statement crossbody with floral embellished straps.

P.S if you’re wearing skirt make sure you bring a light jacket in case the weather turns chilly or you can actually cover your legs when you have to sit on the floor waiting for the gates to open. For bag, don’t bring big backpacks as they are not allowed. Just bring a small one which can fit in your passport/ IDs, power bank, phone and some notes!

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Say hello to my sister, Celine!

Top: Forever21 | Skirt: Topshop | Bag: Zara | Shoes: Adidas

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That night was literally a sky full of stars! The lighting of this concert is definitely one of their fortes!

Believe In Your Dreams, They Are Given To You For A Reason

How to Style Neutral Shades

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Neutral which is also known as “earth tones” has always been my all time favourite. Not only it gives you the endless versatility it also creates that clean and minimal look. So, when you are running out of colour ideas, reach for white, black, grey, denim, or beige.

5 Reasons You Should Invest In Neutral Shade Pieces

  1. Everything matches! There’s no need a single worry of the colour pairing will look odd as neutral shades complement each other very well!
  2. You can channel bold statement pieces. Neutral shades give you the opportunity to pay attention to different cuts, details and also bold statement pieces.
  3. Re-wear it like there’s no tomorrow and nobody will even realise! When you invest in neutral shade pieces, you get the endless versatility to create different looks just by pairing it with different items. For instance, a white tee and a pair of jeans = causal look (Monday); a white tee and a leather skirt = edgy vibe (Tuesday); a white tee and a slip dress = fancy a.m to p.m look (Wednesday)! See one white top gives you so many looks!
  4. Neutral hue pieces are the foundation of your wardrobe! I bet you’ve heard this statement a lot “I have nothing to wear”. This is simply because you have no neutral pieces to build your wardrobe!
  5. Spend less time getting ready because you know the fit is perfect and the colors will match!

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wendy quah fashion blogger hnm white ruffled flared sleeve top uniqlo beige midi skirt hnm earrings charles and keith pointed toe flats

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Today’s look is all about elegant and sophisticated. For top, I wore my all time favourite, H&M ruffled chiffon long flared sleeved blouse. The ruffle and flared sleeves instantly create a beautiful movement to this look and inject a romantic accent. Then, I pair it with Uniqlo’s beige midi skirt. For shoes, I wore a pair of blush pointed toe flats from Charles and Keith. Lastly, I finished off my look with a blush bucket bag from Hieleven.

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Top: H&M | Skirt: Uniqlo | Earrings: H&M | Shoes: Charles & Keith | Bag: Hieleven

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You Can Never Be Overdressed Or Overeducated

Things You Do Not Want to Miss in Nara, Japan

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Nara, often bypassed by tourists either heading straight to Kyoto or Osaka, is Japan’s first permanent capital city and definitely a place not to be missed! Not only it owns a lot of UNESCO historical sites, such as Daibutsu, Todai-ji, one of the most majestic sights in Japan. Nara is also well-known for its wild and tame deers running everywhere (YES you can easily spot them)! Most important, Nara can be explored in a day or two! Hence, if you want to indulge yourself in a peaceful and scenic place, make sure you pay Nara a visit!

Check out my Osaka travel guide if you haven’t –> here

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Everything in Japan is so beautiful. Look even their manhole is a piece of artwork!

Nara can be easily reached if you’re traveling from Osaka or Kyoto. There are two main train services that link Osaka and Kyoto to Nara. One is the Japan Railways (JR) train and the other is the Kintetsu train. I personally opted JR since I’ve already bought the JR pass and my hotel is just beside the JR station which is super convenient. However, if you only plan for a day trip and want to visit all the attractions right away, pick Kintetsu railway as the station is located closer to Nara Park (approximately 10 minutes walk). While it takes 20 minutes to walk to Nara Park from the JR Nara Station.

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The bike I rent to travel around Nara.

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Getting around Nara – Nara can easily be explored on foot. However, you might need to take bus, taxi or train for some of the sights. If you want a more challenging and local way, rent a bicycle like me. ** But I’ve to warn you there are many slops and uphill for certain attractions, so your energy will definitely be drained by the end of the day!

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If you happen to stay in Nara for a day or two, I would highly recommend Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara Eki. As it is situated beside the JR station which is extremely convenient especially for those who are traveling with family and many baggages.

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My stay at this hotel is absolutely pleasant. I loved how they make sure you have a great sleep by giving you the chance to choose your own pillow. Regardless you like it soft, or hard, you’re bound to find the perfect pillow here! Besides, this hotel also owns natural hot spring so you can definitely indulge yourself after a whole day of exploration in the city. Not to forget, their buffet breakfast is simple but delicious!

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P.S There is a seven-eleven on the first floor of building! You can easily grab snacks or meals there.

Without further ado, let’s jump into places you have to visit when you’re in Nara!

1. Tōdai-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do

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Tōdai-ji is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. In fact, its officially listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main hall of Todaiji, is the largest wooden building in the world. Daibutsuden also houses the largest Buddha in all of Japan at 15 meters in height. Aside from the magnificent architecture and buddha statue, the surrounded landscape including lake and garden is absolutely picturesque.

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After seeing Todaiji Temple, make sure you check out one of its most important halls, Nigatsu-do. Tucked somewhat far away from the main tourism area, the beautiful Nigatsu-do rises quietly and majestically. Built into the mountainside, this building is definitely a great place to get a breathtaking view of Nara cityscape!

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2. Kōfuku-ji Temple

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Kofuku-ji is a very important temple in Nara. It was transferred from Kyoto in 710, and used to be a family temple of the Fujiwara family, the most powerful family at that period. There are two famous pagodas in this temple, three stories and five stories. The five stories pagoda is the second tallest in Japan. Continuing through the complex you’ll see the northern and southern octagonal halls, the Central Golden Hall, and a series of less eye-catching but still beautiful secondary structures.

3. Nara Park

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There was a huge painting of a deer in the road to remind the drivers that deer may make a sudden movement to cross! There were also circular warning signs along every road.

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Nara park is home to numbers of freely roaming wild deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. Nara’s deer are surprisingly tame, but you have to be careful when you have any food as they might think you will feed them and become a littl aggressive. There were some small stalls where you can purchase deer crackers. As soon as you had the crackers in hand, the deer would come close to you and nudge your clothes and arms. Some of the deer even learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.

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4. Isuien Garden

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Isuien garden is the most picturesque garden in Nara. Isuien means “garden founded on water”, and this garden’s name is derived from the fact that its ponds are fed by the small adjacent Yoshikigawa River. It’s a spacious stroll garden with a pond and plenty of blooming flowers and trees. This garden looks even more breathtaking during the Spring and Autumn. However, due to we visited during the late Spring all we spot are these greenery.

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The neighborhood of Isuien Garden

5. Kasuga-taisha 

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Kasuga-taisha which was established at the same time as the city itself, is Nara’s most celebrated shrine which also famous for its lanterns – and the deer, of course. Even the shrine’s chōzuya is carved in the shape of a deer. wendy quah travel blog japan nara kasuga taisha

6. Naramachi walk

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In Naramachi you will experience the atmosphere of old times created by old “machiya” (historic merchant townhouses) and small alleys full of interesting sights. You can spot many cute shops that sell clothing, souvenirs, and food.

Food You Have to Try
1. Nakatani-dou 中谷堂 | Mochi
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After wondering around the streets, we came across this mochi shop, known as Nakatani-dou, 中谷堂. We were attracted by the crowd and the high-speed mochi-pounding performance without knowing its popularity! However, I’m glad we did try it!

The result of all that pounding action is soft, chewy yomogi mochi dusted with kinako powder. Kinako is roasted soybean flour and it has a slightly nutty taste that goes well with the natural flavour of yomogi. Since the mochi is made fresh, it was still warm when it handed to me. When you bite into it the sweet red bean paste oozes out!

2. Edogawa Naramachi 江戸川 | Eel Rice

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Edogawa Naramachi is Nara most well-known eel restaurant. Despite the long queue for almost an hour, we decided to give it a try as we do not want end up regretting in the future. I must admit, I’ve never really been a big fan of eel, but after eating it here I have truly changed my mind! It is extremely delicious and worth the price. P.S if you’re on budget, make sure you consider before entering as it can be quite pricey.

3. Taiyaki

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When you’re in Japan, of course you need to get your hands on one of their famous dessert, Taiyaki. Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake and it is usually filled with red bean paste that made from sweetened azuki beans!

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Nara was simply amazing and I’m glad that we visited here, a place which is so rich in culture, history and also nature! So, make sure you do visit Nara if you’re in Japan!

You’ll never know until you go!