Gardening Update: My Queen of the Night

By Andrea Pavee In a previous article, I wrote about the Queen on the Night, or more colloquially known as either the Keng Hwa, or Tan Hwa. This plant harkens back to my childhood. My godmother, Aunty Gladys had 3 huge pots in her garden. One night, at 11.30pm, she asked me to follow herContinue reading Gardening Update: My Queen of the Night

Milkmaid Dresses and Dressmaking Revival By Rose

The Inspiration In 2020 and 2021, I noticed that milkmaid dresses and tops (characterised by puffed sleeves and broad necklines) were in style. I was drawn to how the voluminous sleeves gave the illusion of broader shoulders and a slimmer waist. This worked for me as my shoulders are narrow. I also liked when piecesContinue reading “Milkmaid Dresses and Dressmaking Revival By Rose”


By Andrea Pavee Happy New Year everyone! It is good to be back again, afresh into 2022. I hope Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were spectacular, wherever you rang it in. As for us, we stayed put in KL. Pandemics tend to put a damper on celebratory travelling. Tacking on to New Year’s celebrations isContinue reading “RESOLUTIONS: BOOM OR BUST?”

Beginner’s Choice: Homskil’s Flavours of Happiness

The featured image of this post is tiramisu. “Tiramisu” translated to English is “pick me up” or “cheer me up” an appropriate name for a dessert created to cheer you up at the end of a meal. One of my favourite movies is a Japanese movie entitled: Flavor of happiness or Shiawase no kaori (theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Homskil’s Flavours of Happiness”

Beginner’s Choice: Food for Thought

A simple starter Have you ever thought of de-constructing guacamole? Well, Elena has done an excellent job. There are skills which are beyond survival skills, we call them home-chef’s skills. It’s great to start a new year with some small details, like a nice starter. A de-constructed guacamole is fairly simple to make and it’sContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Food for Thought”

Beginner’s Choice: Christmas Preparations

Christmas a-buzzing I received a WhatsApp message this week from Andrea who said, “Christmas is a frenetic time.” I understand what she means, but I would say that the days leading up to Christmas are more frenetic than Christmas day itself and the twelve days of Christmas which follow. Christmas Day is like the calmContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Christmas Preparations”

Cultivating Friendships, Food and Joy Between Strangers

By Marie Anne Lise Tan What my first two months at university have taught me about gastronomy The kitchen has always been my steady pillar of comfort and stability in my life and has played a significant role in making me who I am today. From getting my first cut from a sharp knife whenContinue reading “Cultivating Friendships, Food and Joy Between Strangers”

Gardening: One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure

By Andrea Pavee Every day as I pound through the byways of my neighbourhood, I have been fortunate to have made a bevy of friends from all walks of life. The initial, tentative calls of “Good morning” and “Have a nice day!” have blossomed into firm, fast friendships, with lengthier conversations, where we catch upContinue reading “Gardening: One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure”

Gardening Tips: Japanese Roses

By Andrea Pavee When I was a teenager, Japanese roses were the craze throughout Malaysia. Pot after flourishing pot could be seen in houses, planter boxes, pots or growing in verdant beauty on the ground. Their brightly coloured hues offered a warm welcome to all who passed by. Their popularity was due in part toContinue reading “Gardening Tips: Japanese Roses”