Karon Temple

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Wearing: Phuket street stall harem pants (similar here), CC Double O sandals (similar here), Juicy Couture necklace (similar here), Perlini’s Silver Necklace (similar here), Tocco Toscano bag (similar here), The Moon Label rose quartz ring (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

As mentioned in my earlier Phuket posts, I was hooked and completely in love with the local street clothing finds at Phuket since day one, these harem pants being the best and the cheapest of my finds. Every female tourist in Phuket was wearing these harem pants, and its no wonder as they are loose, comfy and the print designs on them are so exotic and elegant! To be more accurate, most tourists (a large portion were westerners) were wearing them as a pant, but I being the five foot three (160cm) small dwarf that I am, they fitted perfectly as a jumpsuit. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this, but the fact remains that this piece was immensely comfortable and made me feel like an Arabian princess floating about the streets. Paired with my new leather sandals from CC Double O, I felt decidedly middle eastern and foreign in this get-up. It was easily one of my favorite outfits of the trip, and I knew I had to find a perfect location to shoot this in. When I saw Karon Temple with its gold, red and blue-green hues, I was immediately convinced this peacock feather-like print would complement the temple grounds perfectly and I was not wrong.

Gillman Barracks

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Photos by myself

Gillman Barracks is actually one of my most adored spots to adventure in within Singapore. Other than being an incredibly unique, secluded and beautiful art space, what is specifically intriguing about it is its history; the fact that it used to be a former military camp which accommodated the expansion of the British infantry. The place simply breathes history. It is also always chock full of amazing art that changes frequently, such that there are perpetually new galleries and fresh artists to soak up. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been to this beautiful space with friends, my girlfriend and previous dates alike, there is always something amazing and different about the creativity this place exudes. I am already looking forward to my next visit, and all the future art exhibits to come.

Red Dot

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Wearing: Bella Kini red bikini (similar here), Havaianas sandals

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

The sun… sand… and sea! I can’t get enough of these three things. Paradise must be a beach island with filled with these three elements and all the contentment in the world. Once again through these photos, I am back at Karon Beach, re-living the moments I spent there and missing this place so much more than I thought I would! I had oodles of fun on this shoot, naturally, as waves and I are best friends and I love playing in the sea. Every single moment spent on this beach was pure magic. I have never felt so alive! There must have been something about the pure bliss radiating from the other wonderful humans sharing the beach, as well as inexplicably delightful teasing waves that made this one of the best experiences of my trip.

Still Waters

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Wearing: Corda sandals (similar here)

Photos by myself

The Bukit Batok Nature Reserve is first and foremost to my mind, a special and dear landmark in my life. It is the park where I spent most of my childhood weekends and grew up loving. Although its current playground is different than what it used to be in the past, it is no less beautiful, and I see new generations of children who enjoy it now as much as I used to. There was a time when I walked the trails and played here as a child with my sister and parents. Many of my teenage years were spent taking long, therapeutic walks here with my best friend whenever things got overwhelming at school, and I also came alone whenever I was troubled (and it was often). The still waters and natural environment of the reserve tended to have a magnetic calming effect on me, and I have a habit of seeking solace in nature. Presently, this place is a favorite photography spot between my girlfriend and I. It holds fond memories for me, a spot I will always return to and call home.

White

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Wearing: Siam Handicraft dress (similar here), Bella Kini bikini (similar here), Havaianas sandals, Baggu backpack (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

After one day in Phuket, I had filled up my wardrobe choices for the rest of the week with local buys. There was absolutely no need for me to pack clothing at all. Everything was so exotic, affordable, beautiful… and also light and airy to suit the hot Phuket sun. One of my favorite pieces was this stunning white beach dress, which I got from a higher end shop in Karon, five minutes from the beach. I recommend checking out Siam Handicraft for beautiful cotton clothing and accessories, I fell in love with almost all the dresses in the shop! I love the texture of the dress and the fact that it’s loose and flowing made me feel so pretty wearing it! White dresses are my absolute favorite, I can’t have too many of them.

The location for this shoot was also my favorite in Phuket, a really lovely shimmery lake surrounded by trees. I felt like I was in a Chinese fairytale.

Ancient Rail Corridors

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Photos by myself

The other day my girlfriend and I were raring for adventure again, so we decided to check out the infamous abandoned railways of Singapore, choosing to explore the trail from Buona Vista to Queensway Road with the help of this map. This was one of the longest trails I had been on for a long time! As a child I used to go hiking and adventuring (and getting lost exploring) all the time with my parents, but as I morphed into my teen years, the thrill of the outdoors was gradually replaced by the thrill of the internet and shopping malls, and only now, was I uncovering real adventure once more. Along the way we were exceedingly delighted with the discovery of numerous quaint locations, including abandoned temple grounds, endless jungle trails, secluded bungalows in the middle of a forest and once were forced to scale the steep slopes of an underground passage due to flood on the main ground. We also managed to uncover the railway tracks, which you have to scour the trail to find, as they are mostly half buried by the winds of sand and time.

I can’t even begin to describe how therapeutic the whole journey was, abandoning the bustle of the city for a couple of hours and reconnecting with nature, with not a soul for miles in sight. (During the entire duration of our journey, we only met one lone traveler.)

At the end of the trail we disengaged from the wilderness by scaling a grassy slope to emerge on the side of a highway like a couple of dusty travelers from another time.

Leopard

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Wearing: The Editor’s Market top (similar here), The Editor’s Market shorts (similar cut here), H&M sandals (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

My stay at the Mandarava Resort in Phuket, Thailand a few weeks ago was one of the best resort experiences I’ve ever had, as I mentioned in a blog post earlier. Weeks later, I am still missing this stunning retreat. With its incredible views, overflowing, abundant nature and beautiful architecture, I could not resist doing a shoot that first morning when I woke up, before I even stepped out to explore. On travel trips in sunny countries like Thailand, I always bring in my luggage an abundance of light clothing such as tanks, shorts and floaty dresses that I can feel pretty and yet exceedingly comfortable in. I am a strong advocate of dressing well even on beach vacations where all you’d rather live in is a ratty tank and worn denim shorts (although that in itself is a fashion statement), because I think having fun dressing up every single day at any given moment is one of the countless wonderful thrills of life.

The Editor’s Market is a favorite local clothing store of mine, and on this day I felt like a single leopard print article of clothing was not going to cut it, so I thought, why not step it up by decking myself from head to toe in leopard print? Makes for a comfortable and super fun outfit!