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Heineken Cities Festival

Calling on city urbanites keen to open up their world with new perspectives – on 30th August 2014, the Heineken Cities Festival brought together some of the world’s top city experiences in this unique urban street festival at Ann Siang Hill and Club Street, which exemplifies the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore as a melting pot of cultures.

Upon receiving the invitation, I knew I had to bring the enthusiastic Australian boyfriend – he’s a beer guzzler and Heineken is one of his favorites!

My friends Albert and Pearlyn came with us to check out the festival as we had dinner together nearby to celebrate Albert’s birthday and when we told them about this event they were keen to join in!

To say that the festival had a hugeee turn out would be an understatement. The entire area was absolutely PACKED to the brim with throngs of eager people literally having to brush up against each other just to get around. I was expecting a crowd, but not one this big and boisterous! Crazy party go-ers were everywhere with party hats and props that were being given out by Heineken. The ambience was infectious and it was easy to get caught up in the moment with good company, music and a few drinks.

There were roving performances from sexy Brazilian samba dancers, drummers and break-dancers who will brought the vibrant spirit and flavours of New York, London, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai. Highlights of the evening included live music spun by internationally renowned female singer-songwriter-producer-DJ Rae, as well as a live mural painting by local visual artist, illustrator and founder of OIC (Organisation of Illustrators Council), Mindflyer with his colourful flight and escapism themed artwork.

Enjoyed in over 198 countries around the world, Heineken is Singapore’s most enjoyed premium international beer. A well-balanced and smooth lager known for its pure taste and consistent quality, Heineken is also renowned the world over for its innovative initiatives. As seen below is my boyfriend who was more than happy to order a few buckets of liquid gold that make him happy.

The Limited City Edition Heineken bottles comprising New York, London, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Singapore will be available at all bars which serve Heineken island-wide till end September, while stocks last. The special Singapore edition of the Heineken Cities series will be exclusive to Singapore and will retail between $12 to $18 each, along with the others in the series.

This super hip uncle was walking around cheers-ing everyone he came across, and gamely posed for a picture! Go uncle!!! You’re never too old to par-tay!

I think the event definitely succeeded with flying colours in what it set out to do – to bring different people of all ages, races and diversities from around the world together for one common cause – have a Heineken beer, and make tons of merry!

Thanks for the fun night out, Heineken! It’s been a long time since I did something like this, I’m always at home with a movie and rabbits on my couch, so a social night out like this to let my hair down was way overdue.

To uncover more hidden gems and #openSG, check out heineken.com/openyourcity!

xoxo,
Jess

Gingham Picnic with Mel & Yina

A few days before my 21st birthday in September, my two crazy girl friends and I decided it would be a good idea to have a random vintage photoshoot, just for the heck of it. And of course… to celebrate our friendship!

I have no idea how this idea was born…… I think it was something like me one day suggesting a picnic for our next meet up would be great fun, then Yina was like yes we can take lots of awesome pictures and look pretty and Melissa was all “MULTIFOLDS?!”. End of story. LOL. We talked to a couple of people over the next few days, and roped in some of our friends from relevant industries. Yina settled the amazing props set up from her wedding sponsor, Melissa got the awesome photographer as Multifolds is a good friend of hers and I found us a make up artist / hairstylist! Who has now also become one of my good friends! This shoot turned out to be such a blessing.

I’ve always loved everything vintage – I used to listen to songs from the 50′s to 70′s EVERYDAY and I’m obsessed with vintage fashion, so I couldn’t be happier when it was decided that the theme should be Gingham! We were going to settle for just “floral pastel” and the whole whimsical look at first, but I’m so glad that my stubbornness prevailed that we pushed through normalcy and went ahead with a more challenging but unique concept! The pictures turned out even better than I’d expected when I was trying to visualize it in my head.


Behind The Scenes

Setting up on site!

We were far behind schedule (we are always late, I think it’s a blogger thing) so we scrambled around like mad upon arriving, it wasn’t long before we would lose the sunlight. Lucky for us, the main decorations have already been prepared by the conscientious Suying from MerryLove Weddings prior to our arrival, so we just had to shift certain things around a bit! She cleverly put together such a lovely combination of props that fitted our theme to a T. We couldn’t believe how pretty our little picnic set  looked when we set eyes on it! :) They do mainly weddings but can also tend to themed photoshoot requests like these! (Perfect for pre-wedding shots!)

I brought customized cupcakes and my signature rainbow cake for the shoot, of course. What’s a picnic without pretty cakes? I could also finally put my awesome ferris wheel cupcake stand to very good use! I was wondering when I was gonna get around to taking that expensive thing out of the original packaging.

Ummm… I’m trying to figure out if this was a fail shot of me trying to act cute or an unfortunate candid. Anyway, don’t you love our crazy appropriate dresses from DustBunny Vintage?! Going to their quaint little store and trying on their one-of-a-kind pre-loved vintage dresses, looking for the perfect fitting one was the funnest thing ever! There’s just something special about knowing no one else will be wearing the same dress as you. It’s like wearing a piece of history on yourself!

After a couple of frantic minutes went by, we began shooting!!!!! Everything happened so fast…. it was like CHOP CHOP, snap snap, ok let’s go next scene. Being a model is no easy work! Of course, Melissa was an absolute natural at it, whereas myself and Yina were a lot more awkward and oaf-ish. XD (I claim the throne of awkward queen, though)

Pouting pitifully as Yina fixes my hair for me. Sometimes she’s like a mummy to me in the best way!

Done with the first set of photos, and we’re off to a big open field for some movement shots!

Awww, I love that even off-camera (these were candids), we’re holding hands ♥ ♥ ♥

Here are some precious memories beautifully captured by the amazing Multifolds Photography. Whom I consider to be one of the best wedding photographers in Singapore! It was a huge privilege having Melvin document this for us.

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Photoshoot Pictures

Getting to know Melissa and getting closer to Yina must be some of the best things that happened to me this year. 

In these two ladies, I have found great friends that I can share happiness, tough times and tons of laughter with. We can talk about everything and nothing, and even in our periods of quiet silences, awkwardness never creeps in. Conversations, I can have with anyone, but it’s the people I can have comfortable silences with that I treasure.

Yina wasn’t someone I thought I’d become close to when I first got to know her, but I grew to appreciate her as a person more and more through the months and years. She is extremely kind & understanding, someone who quietly observes situations & people, making up her own mind about them instead of being too quick to judge. She keeps it real all the time and brings me back to earth whenever I get my head stuck in the clouds. In some ways, I feel she’s a lot like me. I think she too, knows what it’s like to be wallflower in the past. She really gets what you’re trying to say when you share matters of the heart with her. More often than not, I end up pouring out my bottled up feelings to her, something I don’t do with most of my friends, not because I don’t trust them but because I feel like they won’t get me. But I feel like Yina does. She listens.

 I LOVE her sense of humor and how straightforward she is… Her dramatic facial expressions alone without her voice is enough to crack me up. You can count on her to make you feel better no matter how lousy a mood you’re in.

She has so many underrated talents about her – always making people laugh, being an impressive artist, sings like an angel..

Melissa is something special.

She has this innate positive ball of energy that surrounds her very being. When you’re standing next to her, it’s impossible to feel negative emotions. She’s always so happy that it makes you happy, too. I think it’s that million dollar smile of hers that infects you. Sometimes I think she’s some sort of superwoman. Mel is ALWAYS busy, always doing something, always looking great while she’s doing it. She might seem like a princess on the outside, but she isn’t afraid to do silly & unglamorous things together with her friends in the name of fun and she’s still down to earth despite her popularity.

Mel is that sort of girl that every guy, and every girl loves. Everybody loves her, but me, especially so!! Melissa, Yina & I, we share strong interests in the same things – photography (for our Instagram & blog), being photographed (also for our Instagram & blog), blogging (I see a recurring theme here), make up, FOOD, fashion, adventure, making fun of our boyfriends, spontaneity & all things frivolous and fabulous…. but what I truly love most about these two is that they are good people, through and through. At the very core of a person, what matters is whether they have a beautiful heart or not.

Each so different and wonderful in their own way, these lovely friends of mine constantly inspire me to be a better person and a better friend, even if they don’t actually know it or aren’t purposefully trying to do so.

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

Credits & Special Thanks to

• Make Up + Hairstyling (for Yina): Marie Soh

• Hairstyling (for Melissa & I): Shunji Matsuo @ Somerset 313

• Photography: Multifolds Photography

• /Vintage Outfits & Accessories: DustBunny Vintage

• Props / Picnic Set Up: MerryLove Weddings

• Cakes / Cupcakes: Shiberty’s Sweets

• Models: Yina Goh & Melissa Koh

xoxo,
Jess

Lost at sea with Marco Bicego

Out of all the blogging events I’ve attended over the years, this has gotta be one of the more memorable ones. Perfectly executed with sophistication and the right amount of information and fun factor injected into the event.. I couldn’t not share the pictures with you guys!!!

A private yacht, marveling at and temporarily donning expensive jewelry I can’t afford, champagne, gorgeous weather and a day out at sea.. What could make this day more perfect? 
The fact that I had one of my bestest friends and my gorgeous mom on board with me, of course! :)

It was such a beautiful day to set sail, and simply to be out and about in the sun!

Yeah, I’m one of those girls who brings her mum everywhere. Including media / social events. What can I say? I’m a mummy’s girl!

Honestly though, I wanted to bring my mum to see all the gorgeous jewelry Marco Bicego had just launched. She sure does love her fancy stones and bling. And that afternoon, we were among the first to preview the amazing collection “Murano”, newly released in Singapore!


Marco Bicego

“Enamored by all the little things the world has to offer, Marco Bicego has the remarkable ability to assimilate his experiences and interpret it through his collections. Every collection is symbolic of an exotic location, and every piece an amalgam of his adventures. 
Marco Bicego forms a unique affinity with women, bringing out the spirited wanderlust in all of us. From a walk in the forest, relishing in the silence to the bustling sights and sounds of the cities, Marco Bicego transforms his experiences into cherished trinkets that excite women. 100% hand made in the North East of Italy by expert craftsmen and artisans, Marco Bicego’s jewellery symbolizes both wild abandonment, and a homage to the classic Italian experience.”
My mum just couldn’t take her eyes off these precious jewels!

They were so exquisite up close…. and if there’s anything that gets my mother excited, it’s dangerously expensive things. If I were perhaps ten times richer than I was now, I would buy it immediately for mum, just to see that look on her face again every time she wore it. Every woman deserves to feel that special and beautiful everyday, don’t you think?

I’m not big on jewelry myself and have to admit I don’t know a whole lot about gold, diamonds or precious stones, however, I have to say that Marco Bicego pieces are unlike anything I’ve seen around in stores before. They’re bold, but not too tacky or over the top, with every single piece makes an elegant statement.



The Murano Collection
“Marco Bicego’s latest collection is inspired by the colourful architecture and carefree artistic inhibitions of idyllic Venetian town Burano, the Murano collection is an ecstasy of brightly coloured gems and carefully wrought 18 carat gold. Elements of glass blowing and geometric designs are representative of the beautiful town and is a true expression of the vibrant and fiery art culture in Burano. Emblematic of ‘everyday luxury’, the use of kaleidoscopic precious gems is both delicate and bold to be wearable with any ensemble, for day or night.”

Melissa’s wearing pieces from “Murano”, and I’m decked out in “Africa”, my favorite collection from Marco Bicego!

I absolutely adore how organic they look with the evenly uneven lines and shapes, it looks so raw. The unique texture was created from painstakingly individually hand carved lines!

For some reason Coldplay’s “Paradise” starts playing in my head when I see this. Is that normal?

Vernetta Lopez was our host for the event, and here she is having a Titanic moment!
She was so friendly and down to earth, and made a fantastic emcee. We took a couple of pictures, but I look hideous in them, so I guess those will never see the light of day.  

I know I’ll always have a good time with my baby girl Mel around!! :*

There was only us two bloggers on the yacht that day, with the few other older media people coming from magazines and other traditional publications, which means they had absolutely zero interest of taking any pictures, especially of themselves. Which ALSO meant that Mel and I pretty much had a ridiculously fun private yacht photoshoot going on for the three whole hours we were sailing!!! Highlight of my week.

Taken with my iPhone 5. With good lighting, anything’s possible!

We were busy snapping shamelessly pretty pictures and giggling uncontrollably while everyone else sat back and chatted the evening away while sipping on champagne.

Aw, I have like… the prettiest friend ever :’)

With this girl, I can do anything. Talk about our future plans, go on double dates with our partners, share relationship problems with, conversations about everything and nothing at 2am in the morning, laugh over the most unglamorous situations we get ourselves in and be absolutely silly together. ♥

At one point in time, I met up with her at least 4 days out of a week!

We were happily lying down on the netting, soaking up the sun rays, completely oblivious and unsuspecting… when out of nowhere, a HUGE wave splashed up on us from the bottom (it has holes for water to seep through), soaking us quite thoroughly, to the amusement of onlookers!!!!!!

I got a whole face (and eyeballs) full of saltwater!!! Not to mention I almost lost my phone to the sea as well, much to the horror of the person beside us, who made a dramatic lunge for my phone. He told me if he wasn’t sure whether to help me up, or to retrieve my phone before it fell down a hole and into the sea. I’m glad he went for the phone! The boat rocked up and down like a roller coaster and Melissa and I scrambled about on all fours like monkeys to get to a safe, dry area. A lot of shrieking ensued (and slight cursing from me), but at the end of the day it was all good fun and nothing a towel and drying off in the sun couldn’t fix! 

How amazing would it to be to have a boat of your own, so you could chase sunsets like these everyday if you wanted to? Especially in a country where you could see dolphins, or orcas. That would be a dream come true for me.

For those few hours, I felt transported out of my everyday life, out of Singapore. I really like being near the water. It’s so serene and good for the soul. Like waterfront dining, beach activities and things like whale watching… they make me very, VERY happy!

A big thank you to Marco Bicego and TianPo Jewellery for having us on board! It was nothing short of lovely to have spent the evening with you. :)


“TianPo Jewellery is Marco Bicego’s official retailer in Singapore. This October, TianPo Jewellery is proud to support the Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore with a donation campaign: Step out in PINK. A color long associated with TianPo Jewellery and the Breast Cancer Foundation Singapore respectively, the color pink represents all that is feminine and strong.

For each customer that walks into any TianPo Jewellery boutiques dressed in pink, TianPo will donate $5 to the foundation. In addition, TianPo will be serving glasses of rosé to each customer who wears pink on the weekends of October as a token of appreciation for their support. A salute to breast cancer patients everywhere, TianPo pays homage to the bold and beautiful women fighting the illness with this donation campaign. So step out in PINK and raise your glasses to the strong women around us!”