THROUGH YOUR REBEL HEARTS

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After 3 decades of waiting, Madonna was finally given authorisation to perform in the heart of the city. A night not to be forgotten, when she came crashing into our rebel hearts like a true queen, ready to conquer the roaring night.

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Personally, growing up I wasn’t a fan of her work, which I considered very provocative and extreme in certain aspects. However in later years, I came to appreciate where all that gusto came from and I would be lying if I said that she wasn’t magical. Even at 57, she hasn’t lost that tempo or her dark humour. As an individual who appreciates her work, I can readily say that, her lyrics speaks to all; young, old, black, white, gay, straight and even to the cabinet of the various countries.

 

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Her dark humour, never fails to amuse me. Her voluptuous and flirtatiousness bring the boys to the yard. She is a true blue blood, if 50 shades of grey would to be spoken on the same sentence.

 

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I am glad that Singapore has become more open and has further expanded its horizons, even after constant rants from the local churches, it shows that in order to grow and nurture, you have to do the unthinkable.

 

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OCTOBER FAVOURITES

I have always wanted to do a monthly favourites post, in the longest time possible. As cliche as it can get, yes I am going to talk about my favourites products and clothes on this particular month. As this blog is dedicated to the needs in the men’s fashion world, so ladies if you happen to stumble upon this post, maybe you can have a better idea on what you can get your man.

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Taking care of one’s skin is inevitable the most important step in self-grooming. Guys often mistake taking responsibility to self-groom, as being feminine. You don’t have to smell like a butcher to look or personify masculinity, to project a certain vibe all you need is confidence. What better way to wear confidence in your sleeves other than grooming yourself. Every men should have a cleanser and exfoliating agent in their washrooms. You can only exfoliate your face up to a maximum of 3 times per week to create a balance in complexion so that you get rid of the dirts in your pores and at the same time you don’t spoil your skin by over using it.

Morning routine: 1) Exfoliate

2) Cleanse

3) Tone

4) Moisturise

5) SPF

6) You’re ready to go

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I bought this over a year ago, my very first Givenchy pullover but only recently have I been wearing it. It was the clearance sale and I was super thirsty for a Givenchy pullover so I went down to paragon in hope to fine some of my favourite designs going on sale and no could imagine how happy I was to find the fall collection with the printed rottweilers, yes it cost me a bomb but it was nearly half the price when i purchased it. Now I have got my eyes on their Bambi collection hahaha.

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Recently someone special got me this crazy bad ass shades from Hugo Boss and I am in love with it, It isn’t heavy and super light-weighted and it has a tortoise shell design. I am currently eyeing on Tom Ford’s 2016 summer collection for their shades.

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I am on this new hype of not carrying a wallet but rather a cardholder, it isn’t bulky and super accessible. Rarely, most of us carry cash nowadays so I feel that a cardholder is a great way for me to save big bucks on wallets. So recently I got this Giorgio Armani cardholder their interior linings are made with calf leather.

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Lately I bought these new pair of shaver and trimer as my old one’s just died on me. Everyone has this misconception that a shaver does the job of a trimer and shaver both simultaneously. You use a shaver to get a clean finish and a trimer to keep your facial hair at bay or at preferred length, Timers do not usually need to be expensive but always never get an inexpensive shaver as you will have direct contact with your skin while shaving.

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Lastly, I am in love with the trendy and bulky adidas campus collection. They are super in expensive among your usual adidas shoes, they cost me around $110 as I got the non-shoe laced ones which were cheaper in comparison to the one with laces. They fit so right and super comfortable at the same time, as they have sole cushioning interior.

Hope you guys liked my firstly monthly favourite blog post, comment below or on my Instagram if you would like to see more of it.

WINE TASTING

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Don’t we all love a glass of red wine after a long day of work? Wine comes in all forms and textures, some are able to instantaneously captivate us, indulging in the depth of its long history. While for some of these wines it isn’t ‘love at first sight’ but as soon as we learn and try to appreciate them we forge a connection so deep. Do you know that choosing the type of wine actually tells you, your personality trait?

Firstly I am not a risk taker when it comes to wine but I love it when my wine has some sort of character to it. I prefer wines that have a velvety under tone texture to it with some masculinity with a tad bit of acidity. If you are on the same page as me, you should give Malbec wine a try with a strong heritage from Argentina.

Most of us try to play it safe by either going with a wine originating from either Italy or France, which you can never go wrong on but why not give some of these new markets a try? As speaking of new markets, Chilean wine isn’t an unfamiliar player but a new for sure. Earlier this week I was invited to Wine tasting event held by Crystal wines at Carlton hotel where they launched their new set of white wines by MONTES. The evening when by as we paired different types of MONTES wines with local Chinese delicacies.

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To start the evening we had something smooth and a surprise to our palates, the Montes sparkling wine and to pair with that we had a trio on a plate with steamed seafood dumpling, smoked duck and deep-fried beancurd skin roll. The bubbly texture of the wine married well with the different types Continue reading

IT TAKES TIME

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Have you ever been in love? Well, I have constantly been in love, with myself. Jokes aside. We are all made to fall in love physically and emotionally. Sex is a form of love, it shows that two individuals have brought their intimacy to a new level. As many nowadays, I am too guilty that sex isn’t portrayed in the right way. We let lust come in the way and we blind our emotions just for that 30 minutes of pleasure. Have we all taken sex for granted? I have a friend who tells me that sex is supposed to be shared among two people who have emotionally attained a certain state that they should let they bodies reach that state physically as well. We mistake attraction for love and act upon it, we are not wrong. We are built to fall in love every single day, the dew drop you see on a rose petal, a mother holding her child’s hand, the blind man that sit on a wheelchair at orchard road selling tissue paper and even the silence of park with a strong breeze against your face. All these small yet significant things mould you as a person, unconsciously.

Could it be that we crave for constant attention? Yes, we all want to be in the spotlight as much as we say we are stage shy. Wanting and needing is two, totally different perspectives. I do have met people in my 20 years, that I would bang and thats all and not more than that, you would be able tell if this person is someone worth a lifetime or just a couple of minutes. We all look for something perfect and running aimlessly with rather no clue on what perfect means or have they ever seen before? If you’re going to look for something perfect on the surface you tend to fall out of love instead.

Among many people I have come across, one thing remains. Why are you so shallow? Why are materialistic? Why do you rave about Kim Kardashian? HAHAHA You’re 20, why still such a kid? You’re so dramatic? Your personality is too loud? Can we keep it casual? When people tell or asks me all of these, yes I have doubted myself at times but at the end of the road I have came to a realisation that, Is it my fault that I am being myself? Is it my fault that I have noting to hide? Is it my fault that I am full of spirit and soul? Lastly is it my fault that I didn’t alter myself so that people around me or rather those aren’t me, can have a better view? Yes, I am very open and frank about everything but I am not an open book as many would think I am. I usually lead on what I am not, as sad as it may sound. Get to know someone because you truly want to know that person without any hidden agendas. I am a work in progress as all of us are.

Don’t take my word for it, falling in love is always more beautiful than finding (chasing) for love. If all you do is trying please the other party into proving your worth, that person isn’t worth it, always know you’re beautiful. Someone I know used to tell me this spread only the good vibes into this world. And here is my own cultivation to it ‘be yourself, say the good things and the universe will hear you and will send you something your way’. I am glad for all that I have; a great family, a small but the best bunch of friends and lastly 2 people I adore and will always look up too (we come as a package) *inside joke*

HUNTER’S CHICKEN STEW

IF you guys have been following up on my weekly blogs or even on my Instagram, you would certainly know I am an outlandsih foodie. I would be the first to try out something wacky and bizzare. But sometimes I do think to myself, why spend all that money out-dining when you could cook up something amazing and yet extremely delicious and the best part is, at the comfort of your own kitchen. I love all kinds of food from the northern hemisphere to all the way deep south into the Atlantic ocean. Do I have any favourite cuisines that I would DIE for? Yes, there are, more than one. As an Indian growing up, I am used to having all the spices working their magic into your food. All that colour and richness of the food. From spicy to soothing milk based food, we have it all. But as I grew up in Singapore and having friends from various ethnic groups, I have rather acquired a very sensual palate, (so after all that reading) my die hard favourites are; Indian, Japanese, Chinese, French and lately more than ever Italian food.

I love how Italian chefs/home cooks/closet cooks create something so delicious with very simple ingredients. They barely put half the ingredients we Indians put into our dish. They’re secret is to work the magic out from the main product, so for example if you’re using a meat based dished, they will do the best to elevate and bring the best out of the meat rather then adding 101 ingredients into it.

So last Sunday, my partner in crime and I managed to ‘wipe out’ something that I extremely proud off.

Its called the Hunter’s chicken Stew also known as Pollo alla cacciatora.

INGREDIENTS: 1 big onion

                          1 big carrot

                          1 celery stalk

                          6 pieces of chicken (up to you)

                          Some wild mushrooms (Jasons or marketplace sells them)

                          Red wine

                          Bayleaves,Rosemary and Chyme

                          Peeled tomatoes (Peeled Italian tomatoes)

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Step 1: Soak the wild mushrooms in hot water

Step 2: Make a Soffritto, which is known as chopping of onions, carrots and celery together.

Step 3: Sautéed the Soffritto in medium heat over olive oil

Step 4: While Sautéing the Soffritto, lightly roast the chicken piece approximately 5 mins on each side for a crispy and a golden brown skin

Step 5: Place the chicken pieces into the Soffritto mixture and then add 1/2 a glass of red wine. Let it simmer for around 2 minutes.

Step 6: Add aromatic herbs such as; bayleaves, rosemary and chymes.

Step 7: Lastly add both the wild mushroom (without the water) and the peeled tomatoes into the mixture. Then add salt and pepper and let it stew for about 20 minutes.

Step 8: NOW YOU CAN SERVE.

MEETING THE HILTONS

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Came back home after a tiring day at camp to realise that I have a weekend at my disposal, it all felt like yesterday. Here I am trying to recall how did the precious two days of my every week flew by so quickly. Sundays are usually pretty quiet for me, a late start to the day, waking up just in time for lunch and a cup of hot coffee. Late home cooked lunch and hot cup of ‘BRU’ coffee are some of the things I will not be intending to exchange for anything else. I am pretty sentimental.

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I had an awesome Saturday that ended with much less than good byes but rather to a new exciting year ahead. “Something bit more special every year on this day”. Well, this is my Saturday when by, I got changed into some of my favourite pairs of exciting clothes. P.S. (To all guys out there, do splurge on a few good pair of tailored pants and shirts ). I try to stay within my comfort zone when it comes to pants with very simple yet elegant colours like grey and black, they never go wrong when matching with any type of tops that you intend to wear. It was an evening event so I had to wear something bit more formal and not to outrageous in colour so I got into one of my favourite evening navy blue shirt which perfectly sits on my shoulders.

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As we always start out with our antipasti (appetiser) to grow into the beast mode as I would like to call it. Choosing the right type of starter is crucial, a form of art. Something that doesn’t stuff you so you have enough space for your main course followed by a dessert and not forgetting all that champagne.

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We ate at IL CEILO at the Hilton Hotel, it’s an Italian restaurant and bar tucked at the top floor of the hotel, with a breathtaking view and small intimate yet simply sophisticated space. The restaurant only has about 10 private tables, super exclusive. We had a seafood pizza with squid, lobster and topped with caviér. Yes, that was our appetiser, I am a big eater so it made so much sense that going for a plate of pizza was an absolute right thing to do. After a period of time, eating at fine dining places you realise that you should make such bold decisions as your portion on the main course isn’t that filling. We had two main courses, 365 day grain fed angus beef steak and a 51 tooth fish also know as codfish. Lastly we had a very traditional tiramisu dessert, it was so light and smooth. Throughout the entire evening we had, Persecco Rustico which was a cherry on top.

Shirt: Kenzo

Pants: Brentwood

Shoes: Dan Stevenson

Watch: Citizen (calf leather collection)

TIME FOR SOME FUN, PHUKET STYLE.

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About 2 months back I made trip to Phuket to find peace. Not that I didn’t find peace here, more of an escape from reality kind of trip. Just more FUN, MORE DRINKS, MORE DINNERS OUT, MORE SEX ohhhhh and did I say MORE SEX. It was the first trip I made overseas ever since I got enlisted, now you understand why I am so pumped about it. Malaysia isn’t counted we are connected by a bridge. I travelled around the world but it was my first trip to an Island sort of destination as compared to my usual big cities.

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Yes, there are moments I thought I am must be kidding and maybe not go, constantly thinking if an Island vacation is my kind of trip. To be honest, I am a hotel kind of person. Even if I should be forking out a S$400/- per night just on hotel (i will do it without a tad bit of guilt).

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So the day came, I packed my huge luggage (wait for the joke) and went to the airport with a “friend”. Guess what? Everyone started staring at me as I joined the queue thats boarding the plane to Phuket. WHY? Cause I was carrying a luggage preferably good for a 2 week trip to somewhere far? Maybe New York? My misery didn’t stop there. It was just an appetiser before the main course of trouble came. A 2 hour flight on a budget plane to an Island with extremely annoying teenagers who couldn’t stop taking and playing (hitting one another), well doesn’t that seem frightening? I am still alive on the 3 of OCT to be writing it out aloud.

We stayed at this amazing resort, its a 10 mins drive from the Phuket airport, Indigo pearl Resort. indigo-pearl.com

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Food was amazing, they had this fine dining within the resort called Black Ginger. To get to the restaurant you have to ride on a floating plank to get to the other side, extremely romantic, very private and very much exclusive. Yes I stayed in 5 star luxury resort, everyone just spoils me with love, especially (not gonna state the name).We also went to this gorgeous beach club, it’s a popular franchise the Nikki Beach Club nikkibeach.com

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” by Saint Augustine

What I wore: 

Tops : white and blue striped Shirt (G2000)

Bottoms: Floral and striped blue shorts (Topman)