Showing posts with label nature therapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nature therapy. Show all posts


Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Things got pretty dark back there.

A couple of weeks back when I originally wanted to share these with you, the sight of these pictures would remind me of a time and a place that felt a world away, at complete odds to where I was. That fact totally gutted me at that point in time, sitting in my apartment in Singapore, 3am in the morning, I was truly about to write something like the following:

Life is becoming an endless list of chores.
Feeling drained of energy and inspiration. I yearn to come back to this fall and just lay still, breathe and listen to the sounds of the fall and feel the trickle of the fall.

After that little draft, things got in the way, the said 'endless list of chores' got the better of me; some part of me shirked from the thought of sharing this pitch-dark moment. Two weeks later, I'm here once again. Wouldn't it have been nice to share a simple story, an enchanting experience, and immerse you all in a little escapism? 

But that's just not possible this time. Too many triggers, too many mixed feelings attached.
This time, you'll have to take the 'light' with the 'dark' aftertaste.

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the fall

Sunday, April 7, 2013

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Every time Amanda's back in town we really try to make the most of it. It's become a ritual of sorts: short little hour drives around Auckland, exploring new little gems of nature, de-stressing with impromptu swims, absorbing every single scene of nature that unfolds. This time, we were blessed with this incredibly long summer; in fact Autumn has only really begun to creep in now. One particular late afternoon drive brought us out to the West Coast (one of our favourite areas, actually). We ventured through the many walking trails near Piha and by sheer luck chanced upon this Fall just as the sun was setting.
It was perfect.

Every time. We rediscover simple reasons why we'll always love this place.

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a perfect Valentine

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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tea for two
sweet and simple
minus the gimmicks
a happy valentine you all.

my little piece of heaven

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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One-and-a-half years ago, I moved into this apartment. Some of you may remember my first nights; a completely empty space, blank walls and no lights. Sleeping on the floor.
This is that same apartment now. A space that I want to rush back to after long hours of work. Literally a conglomeration of pieces from all over the world, that's constantly evolving. I can't wait to share more moments in it.

p.s. Now I can finally say, I can co-exist with pot plants. Though, unfortunately, the lives of four plants were compromised in the process. Ironically enough, now it's just not home without them.

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I saw. I heard.

Monday, December 31, 2012


We know, we've been quiet on this space this year, but we'd still like to finish off 2012 by sharing with you the soundtrack to our year. 
On reflection, this year has been about making something out of the unexpected. Doing grown up things in our child-like non conforming waysObviously, this is not a cutting edge compilation of the best tracks of 2012 but just songs that capture those moments, songs that transport us back in time and space. Even if its just for one breath

Pure and simple, our 2012 sounded like this:


Nujabes - Kumomi


Mara Hruby - Character


St. Vincent - The Party


The Rapture - In the Grace of your Love


Grimes - Oblivion

1.Passing endless vineyards driving through Cianti, Italian countryside. 2.Rustic interiors in our Tuscan home, Fattoria San Martino. 3. Humid and sweaty early evening by the Colosseum4.Wandering the streets and courtyards in Milano. 5.Ladies in Saigon. 6.Bathers, trekkers and tourists in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

reindeer says: merry christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


We're making new traditions here.
It's a tropical Christmas. In Singapore.
Overcrowding the apartment, packing it full of family.
With plans on covering all the newest touristy sights i've been intending to check out all year.
Found reindeers at Gardens by the Bay.
Had the most appropriately local Christmas Eve dinner EVER with Crabs as Turkey, fresh coconuts as mulled wine, plus, an entourage of many many sea friends!
We're having a blast here. Hope you are too.

Merry Christmas All!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Can - Mary, Mary, So Contrary

Postcards from days so free of care ~ well at least it always seems this way in photographs. Bathing in the late afternoon lull and gazing up above at clouds passing by; feeling the calm that spreads into every dark corner as your lungs draw in the gentle perfume of lavender fields in the tuscan countryside.

Mind if I rest for a moment here? Let time race by just for a bit while I let my breath catch up...?

Dress: chocol raffine
Bag: Chanel

Take these quiet moments.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Breathe them in. They're hard to come by. 

So often I find myself drifting into deep thought, the xx was playing softly in the background. So many hours in-between, the xx also played. To a point that every word, beat, breath, gasp, silence gained its own weight and meaning. Played to a point that a single chord is capable of striking up a whole sequence of emotions, a specific moment. 

Listening to coexist - these teleporting moments are already happening.

The XX - Angels

1 . Morning's peacefulness in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I'm not too sure which comes first.
The photo: taken at the beach near my brother's apartment in sydney;
or the first track of this playlist: casual diamond - sleep ∞ over.

Maybe it was just by a happy accident, these two things coincidentally occurred in the same time. So its only natural that this chance meeting would spiral into a 9-track/36:25-minute session of moody music that may well have you drifting off in deep-thought or deep-sleep. Either way, we hope you enjoy. If you like, listen to it over and over, here. If you love love, let us know, we'll see what we can do so you can listen to it 24x7 without topping out your data limit.

// casual diamond - sleep ∞ over
// skippin buddy - chromatic flights
// no more sorry - my bloody valentine
// i sing you - hanne hukkelberg
// the party - st vincent
// maundy thursday - air france
// way too fast - active child
// know where - holy other
// backwords - porcelain raft


Wednesday, April 11, 2012





Summer is only now whispering its final goodbyes. Feeling chillier toes, goose fleshed-arms and the need to reach for a source of warmth more tangible. This is how I've stayed alive and warm.

Easter Weekend flew by.
For three nights, we left our quiet airy homes, got off the cold empty streets and stumbled down below St Kevin's Arcade into a labyrinth of cosy spaces, dimly lit in orange + red, filled with the low-hum of private chatter, smoothed over with the sounds of guitars, cellos and harmonising vocals. Over those nights at the Borderline Festival I excitedly started on my first-ever roll of ISO 1600 film. And to my utmost delight, one of our most beloved New Zealand artists, Chelsea Jade, performed with her band Watercolours. Listen here. You may recognise this track, we seem to love posting it, often.


Skirt: Vintage (R.I.P. this is not a love shop)
Top: Pull and Bear
Florals: Souvenir from Vietnam


Monday, March 5, 2012


"Stay indoors and do not walk outside or drive unless absolutely necessary", the weatherman had warned. Apparently we were in for one hell of a storm. As one of my last days in Auckland, there was no way I was gonna let any storm interfere with my plans. I definitely couldn't.

All morning the rain and wind onslaught just kept swinging between 'intense' one minute then eerily peaceful the next. So, in one of those peaceful periods, we decided to take a chance. There we were, 3:38pm on Saturday afternoon, in the car, on our way to Bethells Beach. One of the many spots around Auckland that I wonder if I could ever truly get bored of. Every time we come here in rain or shine we're always left wondering how it manages to be so mind-blowingly dynamic and beautiful. This time was no different.

Shame, the little motor van cafe usually tucked in the shade on the lee side of the beach wasn't there that day. I was seriously missing their tasty hot chips and that red velvet cake! I guess you can't always have it all.



1 , 2 + 3. Calm moments on a stormy day at Bethells Beach, 45 minutes out from Auckland.

Here & Now

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Explosions In The Sky - Last Known Surroundings

1 + 2. Blue Mountains from Echo Point lookout.

souvenirs of another world:

Friday, December 9, 2011



she breathed a sigh of relief.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Watercolours -Under

Welcome home, baby fern, thai basil and... three cute little pot plants the clueless staff had no idea how to name. With nothing to go on, but 'Ji Mei Assorted Plants'. Maybe one of you botanic geniuses can clue us up. We'll be sure to share a picture of the cuties soon.

Subconsciously, this must be therapy for the both of us. A day at the nurseries for a deep lungful of greenery that we never knew we longed for. Me thinks this dose of green will become a staple in this space. And right now, possibly more frequent than those 'model' posts we do.

Equally therapeutic is (Chelsea Jade) Watercolours' Under. Every time we play it, we just, breathe better.







Saturday, August 6, 2011


Currently in Singapore. Moved into my new apartment with no lights, no phone, and no internet. No furniture either, except for an inflatable aerobed (which is surprisingly comfortable by the way). Armed with an iPad and 3G (our last means of keeping in contact with the world), expect some short updates, just to say, we're still alive. You'll find we've been doing our own share of tweetering too, so drop us a line there!

As we try to turn the empty apartment into a home, i'm quickly realizing pot plants are your best friends. And that all this time I've taken our local Resene paintshop for granted, and not everyplace in the world has access to hundreds of shades of white (and black)! Apart from that, life's good - I just wish I had more pot plants.

1.Hanging pots at the Bugis market.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011




A drive with the girls. It really feels great being back in Auckland. Nothing like abit of travel to remind us of how blessed we are. One of the many things we take for granted: being able to take a 45-minute drive out of town and find breathtaking landscapes, greenery all-round, fresh air, wineries, art trails, tree houses, and sweet locals.

Bon Iver -Wash