I’d give up every kind of food, except seafood. I’ve been relishing all kinds of seafood ever since I can remember. My parents tell me I used to enjoy fried fish and prawns more than candy. And to tell you a secret…I still do! So you can imagine I was mighty excited when Novotel Clarke Quay in Singapore invited me to try out their special, limited period seafood buffet at The Square restaurant.
From April 6 to May 26, 2018, The Square is serving up a fabulous seafood buffet. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it. For starters, I love buffets. They’re a total value for money and you get to sample so many dishes. This one, in particular, is a steal as it features several expensive and exotic seafood.
I started something new recently. For every birthday, anniversary and random celebratory day, I’ll DIY a gift for close family and friends.
No doubt, it shall be supplemented with a practical and useable store-bought gift. But I love the idea of spending the time to creating something with my hands for people who mean something to me.
And with Valentine’s day around the corner, I thought I’ll share a cute and romantic gift you could make for your Harry Potter loving partner.
I made this little artwork for my husband for his birthday earlier this month. Like every child of the late 80s-early 90s, he grew up reading books and watching movies about JK Rowling’s fascinating world of wizards. If you’re dating or married to a Potterhead, you know in your heart this little DIY will make their day.
Endless night bullies my soul
Leaving me with qualms instead of hope
Quiver and gather courage to stand
Shoveling roads with my own two hands
In the pitch black dark I saw a ray
Bright enough to light my way
When the moon erased from the sky
The brightest star was in your eyes
Apart from getting married to D.R.R TrollKill aka the Love of my Life, we made another life-altering decision in 2017. We moved from India to Singapore. And from the word go, we fell in love with this place.
Singapore is a tiny red dot on the world map but it’s big on everything else. This listicle isn’t about fun Singaporean facts or a history lesson (that will come later because who doesn’t love history). It is, however, a lineup of things that make living here truly amazing. We’ve been here for almost three months now and although we have A LOT of exploring to do, we have managed to set up our little nest from scratch. And here’s what we love about this city-state we now call home. Continue reading “4 Things I Absolutely Love about Singapore”→
Ah. Once again, this year pulled a Flash and sped away. I cannot believe it’s going to be 2018 in 30 days. In 30 days and nights, kids who were born at the turn of the millennium (80s and 90s kids, remember the Y2K frenzy?) will be legally old enough to vote, drive and get married. To give you a scarier sense of time… As of January 2018, Donald Trump would’ve been the President of USA for a whole year.
It’s been a long year.
And what a year it has been.
A lot has happened to this little lifestyle blogger in 2017. Almost all of it was unplanned, crazy, fun and life-changing. There were hard days and I’m trying harder to forget about them. But the good times, they supersede. Officially, 2017 will go down in my history as the MOST MONUMENTAL year of my life.
We’re legally a team now, D.R.R TrollKill & I. We got married in May 2017 and we did it on our terms. We moved out of India, away from everything/everyone we know and love. We set up our little nest in less than two weeks in the island country of Singapore.
Professionally, I made some bold, risky and pretty often stupid choices. I don’t regret them one bit.
In the story of this insignificant human, 2017 was the Year of Adulting. Having said that, I refuse to act like an adult. Being an adult is bloody boring. You might as well be a toilet brush or the filter that covers the sink drain – dead inside but full of crap.
Instead, I’ll try my very best not to let stereotypes, hypocrites, cynics and conformers put me in a mould. Instead of staring at my feet like an adult, I’ll stare at the sky and play connect the dots with the stars. Instead of living in a box like an adult, I’ll dance with the clouds. Instead of doing things because “what will XYZ say” like an adult, I’ll do things depending on “what will my heart say”. Instead of being afraid of change like an adult, I’ll chase it down at the speed of light. Instead of mindnumbing 9-5s like an adult, I’ll try to live and love 24/7 x 365.
Thank you, Twenty Seventeen. You’ve been the greatest.
Hello, Twenty Eighteen. You better be a riot.
OMG. We’re incredibly excited about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Their engagement and marriage make a massive statement and I couldn’t be gladder. The Meghan Markle from Suits, a mixed raced Hollywood actor and humanitarian, is soon going to be Princess Meghan. Now, that’s a fairytale worth telling! One that says a big in-your-face to the rigid world, nasty media, racists and elitists of the world. And have you seen their CNN interview yet? It’s literally the cutest thing in the world. Both of them are rather “real” and that’s refreshing for a change. If you haven’t seen it, here is the link.
A year and a half ago, I was asked to describe myself as a writer during a team writing workshop held by my then-boss. This is what I penned down.
I often find myself wondering if writing is all I truly have to offer to this world. Or maybe I’ve been asking myself the wrong questions all along.
Q: Who am I as a writer?
A: To be fairly honest and precise: Insecure. It is a strange sort of a relationship where writing makes me incredibly nervous. So, I know what you’re thinking, why would I pursue something that terrifies me? Well, because it’s the very thing that simultaneously brings me peace. And isn’t that what we are all eventually after?
I am one half of a two member editorial and content development studio called The Short Staff. As a full-time freelance writer and editor, I contribute to a bunch of print and digital publications including DNA India’s DNA Money supplement. Here’s a article that was published on May 5, 2017. Here’s an excerpt and the link to the full article.
As fate of the Kohinoor continues to be a giant question mark, this April, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) announced the homecoming of over a hundred antique pieces stolen and smuggled out of the country. As the interest in Indian antiques surges, auction houses, dealers and stores dealing with antiquities, vintage items and collectables are garnering new-found interest.
International auction house Saffronart’s CEO Hugo Weihe points out, “It’s one area that has seen enormous growth in the past few years. But it’s quite undervalued, in more senses than one. India has an extraordinary heritage of 5,000 years or more and it has really been overlooked.” Saffronart holds live and online auctions of modern, contemporary and classical Indian art as well as offers services like art advisory, appraisals and valuations, and specialised art storage. Viewed on web and smartphones, their online auctions have seen sizeable activities and also exposes a larger, newer audience to the art of collecting rarities. Adapting to this democratic new medium makes auctions hugely accessible.
I’ve been cleaning out my closet… not figuratively, quite literally. I’ve been physically going through all the crap I’ve accumulated over 28 years of living. I’ll be moving out soon and I find myself holding on this aforementioned crap harder than ever. I haven’t even packed a little because the hoarding is a genuine problem.
Hoarding is also amazing. I’ve found so many forgotten things including a long exercise book. It’s hardbound and horrendous looking in green and yellow. Inside are meticulously number poems and self-pep talks from a teenage me. As I sat crossed leg on the cold floor of my lil’ bedroom, I flipped through pages of a young girl I don’t remember but somewhat recognise. It’s a fairly angst filled except I don’t remember the backstory/inspiration of each poem. I barely even remember who it’s for.
Want to hear the best part? It doesn’t matter anyway. It’s for me and now as I share this petite poem on this tiny blog… it’s for you.
I did it. I moved from the painful clutches of Blogger.com to semi-painful WordPress.com. I’m still not sure how right or wrong the decision was. All I know is right now, I’m not equipped to handle WordPress.org and the .com version allows me some time to concentrate less on the backend and more on the front.
This year is going to be epic. I’ve recently joined the Full-time Blogger and Freelance Writer and whatever-fun-things-come-my-way club. I’ve been in it for a grand total of 2 days and it’s been busy, liberating and even a little scary. As I mentioned in my recent Instagram post, this is perhaps the riskiest thing I’ve ever done. That’s part sad to think I haven’t done anything risky and also amazing because there’s always a start.
There’s a lot on the cards for 2017 – so many changes, so much evolution. For starters, I figured Slow Motion Thoughts ought to get a facelift too. Although I didn’t have the liberty to choose my own template from the web (WordPress.com doesn’t let you do that), I picked this particular pre-loaded theme Toujours. I love how it embraces negative space and totally resonates with my current fave aesthetic of minimalism.
I don’t have Photoshop or image editing softwares, so when I needed to work on the Site Title and Site Icon, I found myself on this web editor called Fotor. It has an odd URL with H5 in it but it’s totally legit. A few hours looking for free vector online (in jpeg and not ai) and chewing the brains of my Designer friends (Sirawon & Ayushi), resulted in this.
Small space woes? Three key words: Open. Vertical. Move. Keep things open and stay away from dense and dark. Consider using a ladder-inspired shelving system or have room dividers that double up as shelves too.
Show off with style. Pick showpieces that are set in fall-resistant fibre, have the lustre of polished stone or ceramic for an instantly grand look.
Get of that couch and start building your own collection of unique home decor items. If you are an art lover, invest in great painting. If you are aren’t, get digital work framed for your home. Who doesn’t love affordable art?
Dig deeper and embrace those animal instincts. Animal-inspired art brings playful vibrancy into the living room. To loud for your Highness’s taste? Fret not! Look for products with colourful graphics.
Those days where everything matched every other thing are long gone. Refrain from bringing back those days of yore from under the carpet that they are dusted under. No more matchy-match. Kapish?
Geometric prints are all the rage these past few years. Looks like we’re all gravitating towards some sort of symmetry.
You can always find more space, even if you have to dig for it! For smaller homes, use your walls to hang shelves or mount things that go back into the wall. Murphy beds are a wondrous.
Change. Yes we can! Give a room a much needed facelift simply by moving things around. Change the direction of the sofa, shift the vase to another spot or switch the art to another wall.
Dusty but durable, everybody loves their hand-me-downs. Take those precious family heirlooms and give them a whole new lease on life with new upholstery and a coat of paint. You don’t have to feel guilt about it.
From the runway to your hallway, fashion knows no boundaries. Follow fashion trends for home décor inspiration.
Be gone track lighting, there is no place for harshness in your home! Use halogens to highlight art.
Rule of thumb for lamps: Low settings for conversations and high settings for reading. You can also consider coloured bulbs to enhance the mood.
Long walls often cause tall design dilemmas. Here’s a way to combat that Great Wall. Stack your seating arrangement there with the sofa against the wall as the anchor.
Odd number groupings are an aesthetic decision when decorating mantles. Combine objects of varying heights and leave a little space between them for that perfect look. Odd but true…
Get a warm and cuddle feeling into your living room and bedroom with oodles of rugs.
Party animals are nocturnal creatures, you ought to treat them to soft lighting. For daily use, you can bask away in direct lighting.
A personal room with a personal touch. Areas like the den or the libraries exude a soft, more personal feeling when done up in wooden flooring.
An open armoire is more interesting than a closed one. Even if it means a little extra dusting.
As shocking as this might sound… There is NO rule that a living room has to have a sofa.
Use wallpaper in unexpected places to add a touch of marvel. Think about it, you’d never expect to see wallpaper on the ceiling.
A version of this article written by me was originally published in The Ideal Home & Garden, India’s March 2013 issue.
Keeping upholstery neutral is great for someone who loves change. Are you listening, Obama?
Do not use heavy drapes in a small space, it’ll makes the room look smaller. Light curtains give a sense of more space and airiness. Go sheer.
Lamps and yellow light can warm up any space and give a beautiful glow
We love multi purposes furniture. Like a chest with storage instead of a regular centre table, benches with storage etc.
If you happen to be blessed with space for a garden, adorn it with attractive sculptures. Make sure you light the sculpture from below. Everyone likes the spotlight. If you can, conceal the light source smartly.
Grandma knows best! Her décor style is back in vogue. Carved and traditional furniture define the character of a space.
When east meets west, brilliance happens. Blend together contemporary and ethnic style. Yes, we know you have your reservations about it but you never know, the result might surprise you.
When doing up your home, plan your budget smartly. Be wise about your decisions and take into account everything that ought to be bought, including artefacts and decorative items. Compromising on them in the last moment might lead to an epic fail.
Wrought iron furniture in a humid and rainy climate is a big no-no. Lesson learnt: The climate of the place dictates the choice of furniture and accessories.
What can be better than the real thing? Always plan in your interior with natural light coming from outside. Dark and dingy rooms make for a dull environment.
You don’t cross the road before knowing where you’re headed, right? Having a design concept in mind before implementing design is just as crucial. Deprive inspiration from your interior or exterior space itself or even from a piece of art of furniture.
Who are we kidding? Many believe that space is the ultimate luxury. Creating the illusion of space or opening out spaces always makes an interior space more beautiful. Period.
Have a room that looks like it’s built for Thumbelina? Create the magical illusion of height by hanging curtain and drapes higher than the actual window edging.
Soft, subtle and oh-so-very soothing… ahem…We are talking about overhead lighting! Remember never to place it directly above seating area as the glare can make people uncomfortable. However, overhead lights above coffee tables or art work can help create high drama.
Like your mom always says, “Surround yourself with happy things.” Choose meaningful and inspiring art over ones that are negative in tone and subject. Visuals have a big impact on the conscious and subconscious mind.
Turn your world inside out (pun intended). Interior colours must be chosen to fit your surroundings and climate. For example, it is wise to opt for light colours in a hot climate.
Taking a cue from to every diet in the rulebook: Less is more, especially when it comes to embellishments. It gives you flexibility to evolve with time.
Bring a sense of unity in harmony by using colours from artworks in your accessories and cushions. It invariably creates a feeling of comfort.
Bring home the greens with some indoor plants. They look pleasant and help cleanse the air as well, especially plants like Arica.
Repeat after us… Subtle repetition of a design detail reflecting the concept creates rhythm and harmony.
Turn your garden into the ultimate unwind centre with low maintenance and high pleasure. Invest in completely weather proof furniture.
For a rooftop garden, good water proofing is a must. You’d be surprised how many of us conveniently forget this tiny fact…
Paving a pathway across the roof and have potted plants in your garden and revel in the freedom to change the setting to suit your whims and fancy.
For a rustic garden look, grow flowers in drums and tubs. Water features are a pretty addition too.
A splendid way to add pizazz your garden is by using different and colourful planters.
Twist and shout! Do something unusual and unexpected with a space — a special piece of furniture accent, or artefact.
Use resilient finishes that don’t need excessive maintenance. Fix it, forget it seems to be today’s mantra.
We’ve got two words for you — Mood elevators. Include “scent” in the sensory experience that is your home by going for fragrant candles and oils wicks.
Let the music do all the talking. Having a quality music system installed with a proper and professional placement of speakers and a good collection of music to suit different times of the day.
So you are a clean décor and ultra modern chic kinda girl inclined towards the minimalistic school of thought. Go for quirky furniture and furnishing without hesitation to complement the look and add colour.
Latest trend alert, Captain… Modern luxury homes are going for wooden paneling or logs to highlighting the central wall of the living room. Rectangular wooden blocks and circular logs give a renaissance yet modern look and team up well with dull brown or even cream upholstery.
A lot of things maketh a man and home is definitely on top of that list. Let your furniture design and colour capture YOUR personality. Not that of a decor magazine or your neighbour.
Want to maintain a conventional look in your modern style bedroom? A 4-poster bed will not only break the monotony but also give a refreshingly touch to an ultra modern bedroom.
Give yourself a pep talk. Have confidence in your choice. Believe your instinct. If you like what you see then go for it.Don’t blindly imitate Mrs. Sharma from next door. She doesn’t know what she’s doing.
Comfort is the key to a warm welcoming home. Your home should be for you and your loved ones. Make it inviting and beautiful so you feel happy being in it.
This is your home. Not a showroom. Remember that. Collecting beautiful pieces is great but there should a place for everything.
Sometimes it is okay to go for something you want versus what you need. Point is, you need to be a happy bird.
Nothing like new cushions to inexpensively change the look of any home.
An accent piece like a hand painted chest or a brightly upholstered chair can do wonders to any room
Mayday, Mayday. If you see floral upholstery, floral curtains and floral wallpaper around you, know that you have gone a tad overboard.
Ah, the dread. A relative decides she wants to behold your beautiful face and says she’ll drop by soon or the husband calls and casually drops a bomb about his colleagues visiting or you entirely forgot that you called work friends over for tea. As you rack your overworked mind with all failed excuses you can use to get out of this predicament, a silent realisation sinks in. The house is in a complete mess. Panic, you will and rightly so but we suggest you keep the “why me?” wailing session short and crisp. A quick clean-up is on the charts and you are your own help. Good thing you have us to walk you through it.
THE BEDROOM TREATY
Start with reminding yourself the best news of the day: Your unexpected guests are not going to set foot in the bedroom. This realisation will set you free, calm those nerves and bring out the sly evil in you! You thought right, the bedrooms can be utterly ignored and utilised as temporary dumping grounds (Insert: creepy resonating laugh).
Remember when you were a 17 year old kid who thought it was so cool to skip class and hang out in the canteen? Well, James Charles is a lot like you… NOT. He is perhaps the coolest 17 year old around right now. An internet sensation, James is a makeup artist with skills that will put anyone to shame. More recently, an American makeup brand even signed him up to be their first male model, making history of sorts.
We’ve been following James on Instagram and YouTube for a while and well, we cannot get enough of his extraordinary skill. We love his ideas, his 100 km/hr talking speed, those insanely relatable tweets and the way he deals with haters.
Anything I say falls short of who he is and what he means to me. Languages can be a shallow thing like that. Well, late last year he and I decided we’d like to spend the rest of our lives creating our own language, our own little world. Continue reading “Meet D.R.R TrollKill”→
Last week was tough. Lesson learnt: No eating outside food during the rains. Now that I work in my favourite part of the city (Bandra, duh), after work involves a lot of aimless loafing. On one such walk, I met and had a silent conversation with the cutest boy. Look at him! *heart eyes*
On another rainy day, I came home to something sweet and spicy. A little something from the good people at Paper Boat. I loved their Jaljeera drink but then I discovered their Guava Chilli drink. Now I can’t decide which one I love more (pakka Libra girl). Anyway, they also sent me a sweet tin box for memories and a copy of Jungle Book that I’ve started reading.
Christmas is almost here and so is Star Wars! I have a *good* feeling about this. I’ve been hunting for Star Wars merch that doesn’t break the bank and I figured you’d appreciate a heads up too. Did some insane amount of searching and found 7 amazing deals on Star Wars-y stuff and they are all under Rs 900 bucks.
Perfect for gifting your Jedi obsessed friend who has been quoting Han Solo all week or even for you as you continue to curse the hell out of Diwale and Bajirao Mastani for pushing the release a week. While we anxiously wait and dodge ever know spoiler on the internet, here’s something that will make you feel better.
Brave today. Brave tomorrow. Somedays are harder than the rest. Most afternoons are spent craving for the night. For sleep and rest. Shit happens now and then. Or so I’ve learnt. Hold it together. Wait for the night when no one can see you or hear you. And then let go…
Monday. It’s you again. You came knocking too quickly. But it’s almost December and we have only 6 more of you this year. So in your face, Monday!
I wrote this for R. Like every other corny/cheesy line I have written since 2009. I couldn’t have written truer words than these. With every song, happy or sad or funny, my mind wanders through the lyrics and ends up with him. Something about music, the very existence of it, makes me think of R.
So, he asked me a question on Halloween day 2015. The most important question someone could ask someone. The answer to which I knew years before…
Some Mondays are harder than most. Today was exceptionally difficult. But somehow we will ourselves out of bed and fling ourselves out the door. That essentially human trait of being ridiculous persistent will never cease to amaze me. We never stop trying, do we?
Promises are nice. They are full of hopes, dreams and rainbow coloured prettiness. But sometimes words are just that…words. They evaporate into oblivion the moment they are uttered. Actions though, they stay longer than most things/people.
Another start to another week. We’re closing this year and what a damn one it has been. A lot has changed…some for the good, others for the better. But we are still here. Still here together because of all the decisions we’ve made, even before we knew of each other’s existence.
Before you begin this day, take a moment and remember all the people you cherish. Take a moment and smile… Your life is wonderful. Happy Monday, hon!
It’s a been over 2 months since my last The Week That Was post. I’m going to blame the lack of activity on my day job. We are creatures of convenience after all. This week took me Bangalore city (glad as I was), even if it was for a few hours.It brought back a lot of old memories that bring a silent smile on my face and a happy flutter to my heart.
Long weekends are often filled with resolutions. As hibernation consumes the body, the mind winds down and introspects. I’ve got so much to do, so much to change, so many priorities to rearrange. Maybe I ought to make a list… maybe writing it down in black and white might induce the sense of urgency that seems to be lacking.
I have a confession to make. I’m a proud geek in love with a bigger geek. It’s only natural for me to start this long overdue feature. This series will see a lot of tech, comics, science, sci-fi, TV shows and everything nerdy…most of which will come from my guest blogger.