It’s peony season!



I think the first time I ever got hooked on the idea on punch needling was when in primary school, where I watched TV Media (yeah it was my dream to order stuff from TV, including food blenders, bedazzler, etc) and saw this little device that was called the Perfect Punch. I’m not sure if that’s where it first started but I haven’t been able to find that exact product since.

Years on, 2018 specifically, I saw a tutorial which featured embroidery using something called a punch needle! It’s apparently super easy and all you need to do is keep punch the fabic with the thread and it creates little loops on the back side and stays there. I haven’t been successful with DMC thread but I got a kit on Taobao and been doing one with yarn and monk’s cloth.

Here’s some punch needling goodness to get you hooked as well πŸ™‚

Jikka House

I’ve been watching Extraordinary Homes on netflix and of all the many spectacular homes, this one made my heart leap and soothed it at the same time.

While I always dream of buying my parents a place that helps them live well in old age and with dignity, this architect built it for his mother.

And that’s just too amazing.

The cedar planks on the outside make it look like a model of magical woodland creatures’ homes. Or if 5 out of the 7 dwarves moved to Japan.

The eclectic interior decor works so well, but it’s the bath that got me. Japanese baths are already awesome – but this one, spirals down gently and creates such a soothing swirl that I feel relaxed just byΒ looking at it.




This short film on inclusivity amongst children is so heartwarming. It never feels good to be excluded, even amongst the neurotypical. Differences are everywhere but if they were not given so much emphasis, each individual could be… just… well… individual.

Read more about the film here.

Seoul 2018

This year, my family and I finally went back to Seoul after not doing so for 2 years. My side of the family are without doubt, creatures of habit and once we find something we like, we do it all the time.

Hongkong used to be the destination of choice as it’s somewhere my mom was familiar with. But after we went to Seoul, it became clear which city was more enjoyable for us.

For the past 2 trips, my dad was able to come with us for the holiday. While that should be the way it is, and is good family time… the burden of finding good and cheap food naturally fell on me.

I also recommended some of the food to my friend and she is bringing her family around as I’m writing this post. All good food places from this trip can be found on my instastoriesΒ and this map.

Here are some of the ones I dream about daily:



I’ve been making flowers officially since the start of the year, and it’s been hundreds of flowers and thousands of petals since.

So glad to have found a craft that I’m comfortable with and eager to improve all the time. My other crafting endeavours haven’t been quite successful – lettering, cross stitch, embroidery, crochet… but this one – paper flowers – has been the most fulfilling.

While nobody really wakes up to the thought of buying paper flowers yet, I hope to make a step in changing that, and contribute to more paper flowers in hands and homes in the region πŸ™‚