30.7.15

A Secret Tapas Joint: Casa, Sai Kung

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Casa Tapas, Sai Kung
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: hummus and toast

Shop 1, G/F., Sui Yat Building, 1 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung Town, Hong Kong.
One of my favourite eatery options is by far, tapas. Little plates of food that you share amongst the party, it reminds me of the whole yum cha (dim sum) affair that I grew up accustomed to, not to mention that Chinese families LOVE to cook a few dishes to be eaten between the family with a bowl of rice. It just makes for a familiar eating set-up.

A few months ago, Sophia and I stumbled upon Casa in Sai Kung. Deciding to veto the infamous seafood joints along the waterfront, we settled down for some fusion tapas to shield from the heat and recuperate. It’s fairly tucked away but spacious and beautifully decorated with both indoor and al fresco seating. (Though you’ll probably want to eat indoors to prevent sunstroke or something, idk.)

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: halloumi canapes
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Korean pancake
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: fusion tapas in hong kong

We opted for a selection of dishes: a char siu salad, Korean pancake, halloumi toast ends, calamari and actual toast with hummus. A delectable little fusion of our favourite dishes.

I couldn’t fault the food aside from the calamari being a little on the oily side. The char siu salad was juicy and flavourful, the Korean pancakes beautifully fragrant with a delicious crunch and you really can never go wrong with hummus. My favourite dishes were probably the halloumi toast ends, topped with aubergine and basil, and the Korean pancake - it was a pleasant surprise for each dish from far-flung ends of the globe to taste equally good.

Prices leant on a more indulgent side but it’s the ideal Sunday sorta eat.

If you’re lurking in the Sai Kung area, I’d truly recommend popping in for a visit. And it’s pup-friendly too!

29.7.15

"It's Simple."

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Sometimes Jake and BMO aren’t right.
I’m my own worst enemy sometimes, I swear.

Good at giving advice, terrible at taking it. Let’s talk about the concept of “it’s simple”, because it always really is when you think about it. Just don’t overthink it like I usually do. Mish’s bro tips.

Regardless of what you’re fretting over - be it work related, your best friend has been distant, he hasn’t messaged you back in 5 hours, you’re worried about family or The Future - beneath the complexities of the situation, it’s always simple if you allow it to be.

The place that you’re supposed to be moves all the time. Nobody stays the same forever: people change, places change, minds change. It’s more a question of changing together and drifting towards a similar destination. Nobody knows who they’re supposed to be. Check out those teenage years, you think you’re an emo one day then you’re an indie gal the next. All it takes is a cheeky tweak of your MSN profile, a swap of clothes - thanks Tammy Girl - and you’re done. You’re always who you’re supposed to be, forever changing whether you realise or not.

When I dated this guy earlier in the year, everything was volatile. We were either sickeningly sweet and planning holidays and cute day trips for the summer or we were arguing constantly for entire days and weekends because “I’d done something wrong”. It’d flip like a switch, but in the back of my mind, I was already forgiving him - blindly - because of that odd image in my head that a romance should be all-encompassing, it should be reckless, a struggle and chaotically problematic, as long as you can get through it.

I realised that, for me, that’s kinda unhealthy. Let’s face it. I’m a fairly quiet, laid-back dreamer who likes a chilled out life with a cup of coffee and is pretty content documenting the everyday mundane. I’m not cut out for arguments for the sake of an oddly dramatic romance, eh? This isn’t Made in Chelsea (although some may argue my life is at times - more later).

It’s simple when you realise that work isn’t the be all and end all, you work to live not live to work; your best friend is your best friend because you can grab him or her by the shoulders and ask them what the deal is; if he hasn’t messaged you back, he might have a life, he could be asleep, or he’s just not that into you, be a sassy independent woman; the Future is equally simple, it’ll come and it’ll bring with it plenty of never-believed-it-could-happen moments. It’s all so simple when you relax a notch and enjoy.

27.7.15

New In: My Chloé Lauren Flats

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Chloe Lauren flats

A new addition to the wardrobe family.
The other day I metaphorically tripped and fell in the mothership – Lane Crawford – and fell in love with Chloé’s AW15 Lauren flats. Again. These have been on my wishlist for years upon years now so of course I had to try ‘em on. Post-payday and all that. And now we’re here. Um.

I picked up the AW15 Lauren flats in navy suede, a pretty obvious choice for me now that I think about. I’ve been coveting the nude leather ones forever but the more I considered it, nude leather isn’t quite the practical option for clumsy me.

While my Laurens were a fairly indulgent buy, even with my staff discount, these are certainly a shoe that’ll stay in my accessory arsenal for a long time. They add a little more dimension than a classic black ballerina and are ridiculously comfortable. I might also add here that I took a size FR36 and usually wear a UK4/EU37.

Oh Chloé, you do it every single time.

26.7.15

Sunday Sunday

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Little week-end musings. 
一. And here we are again on another pretty Sunday. Even the word Sunday looks like the prettiest day of the week. I’ve had a decidedly less solitary and boring week this week and it’s done me the world of good. Ran grown-up errands yesterday, hung out with some extended family the other day and went on a tiny date probably. I also had a feeling-sorry-for-myself-help-ill day and literally slept for 12 hours. What a weekday indulgence!

二. This has been the week of grey storms in Hong Kong. And by grey storm I mean the amber rainstorm warnings being hoisted every other hour. Good. I’ve mostly hibernated and scrapbooked which has been oddly satisfying. Probably need to stop talking about that all the time.

三. I went on a third(?) date with a pretty special guy earlier this week. I don’t want to jinx things and say lots but it was fun and I’m feeling pretty content on ‘that’ front lately. Yay! Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me.

四. Hoping to book my flight home next week. I was supposed to pay for it this week but payday is just an inch too far away. I can’t wait to go home for my favourite season and cuddle my tortoises, smooch my baby cousin and have all the emotional reunions with my best friends. I’ve already been making plans - a casual 4 months in advance!

五. Today - I’m heading out as soon as I hit publish! - I’m meeting up with an old colleague for brunch. Can’t wait to see my lovely Michelle! (Yes, we have the same name.) We used to sit beside each other and instantly hit it off with our klutzy, fangirl, girly-but-not-girly ways and I genuinely feel so lucky to have met her. Also, isn’t it odd that I’ve been here long enough to have ex-colleagues?! Sometimes it feels like I only just arrived.

Throwback post for your eyeballs: The 20s Crowd
A blog I’m enjoying immensely: Whine About It

24.7.15

5 Camera and Photography Apps I Adore

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: how I edit my Instagram feed, blogger instagram tips

"Instagram game so strong."
Lately I’ve become completely obsessed with Instagram again. I think it’s somewhat down to the huge time difference between that of my friends and I, meaning that Twitter and Facebook lose their immediate fun factor ;) I’m basically hardcore obsessed with Instagram and Snapchat. I’m one of those people that happily posts multiple photographs in a day and who can’t wait to upload another. (FYI, I have a personal limit of 3 per day!)

With that in mind, I thought I’d share my five favourite camera and photography related apps that I use constantly, every day. I even use these to process photos before getting them printed for my scrapbook or to be framed!

Follow me on Instagram at @winyeemichelle

1. VSCOCAM
Ah that blogger favourite. I guess 90% of those reading this post already know of and/or use VSCOCAM but it’s still my most reached-for app. This app has its very own bona fide sharing platform and store for more filters, but I use it primarily to filter photographs, crop them to my heart’s desire and have them laid out in grid format so I can almost ‘preview’ what my Instagram feed will look like. Secret: I usually store about 3-4 days worth of snaps here and edit while I’m queuing or commuting.

2. ailis
A close second for my favourite apps, ailis is where I add all of my cutesy stickers and whatnot. I realise that the stickers aren’t to everybody’s tastes but if you know me, you’ll know I adore the kitsch and the kawaii! I usually filter with White Cat, Latte, Memory or Baby and scatter My Melody, Hello Kitty, LINE or Pokemon stickers atop photos through this app. My only qualm with this app is that it seems to hugely reduce the quality without giving you a second option.

3. PicLab
This one will prove popular with my fellow quote-happy gals! Another filter/editing app, I don’t find the filters appeal to me at all but the quote selection pleases my Monday morning self oh so much. I recently used this to create a three-segment divided snap which went down well, but I tend to use this for a cheesy ol’ quote like in the photo for this post.

4. Snapseed
Not as much to rave about with this one, but I adore the variety of filters on this app. There are plenty to choose from to fit in with whichever theme you’re doing for the week ;) it’s a little fiddly to get to grips with at first but a nice option for those photos you take in weird lighting.

5. Kiwi Camera
Kiwi Camera is unique in that you can shoot with a filter applied to the camera. I guess it’s a little gimmicky but also super fun to view the world through literal rose-tinted glasses! The photo quality is fine but overall I’d prefer to shoot normally and filter normally.

Oh, and if you’re wondering how I have a thin border on my photos, I use InstaSquareMaker and tap once on the border setting.

Phone used: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.