Starting up my very own eCommerce platform during the lockdown may be a great thing as I don’t have much to do for work. I did thorough research on product development, trending markets, and upcoming styles. It’s been a while since my last session in a classroom where I have to participate virtually and have collaborated class assignments. This week has been very grueling, however with patience and consistent performance on a personal level it has made this lockdown somewhat a blessing in disguise.
Today’s blog post will be different, Eid is just around the corner, and being in lockdown has made society spend less in general and even more in the festivities. If one thing COVID-19 has taught us, from a business point of view, never to have your eggs in one basket. For the employers that I work for as well as other businesses where the operation is a standstill because of this global pandemic. Millionaires have multiple streams of income and businesses. Just like investments, you don’t buy stocks for one public listed company. You buy a few. Apart from that, you buy variants such as bonds, insurance, and perhaps blue chips. For me, it is the start of a new business venture on something that I enjoyed doing, designing. This would be my third stream of income, and hopefully, I get to build more through partnerships in the future.
I am launching a new t-shirt line that comes in Fall 2020. I have designed and curated a proper collection with a new movement in manufacturing towards sustainability. With the ever-evolving audience worldwide, I hope to make a difference. See you soon!
Years ago when I was in a relationship of 10 years, I got a Cartier Trinity ring that signifies our love. The ring represents our love, devotion, and, friendship. A piece of jewelry especially a ring is significant. When you are no longer with your partner, I think its only right that you return the ring. The symbol of the relationship is no longer valid. Therefore it is meaningless to keep it. I saw this beauty awhile ago. My god-sister have it with diamond. The Cartier Love ring denotes eternal love. That’s why the screw motif is all around pretty much like the Cartier Santos watch that I’ve purchased myself. Back then, it retail for $5,000. But now, its closer to $10,000. The price has doubled since 20 years ago. Investing in a dressed watch is like having a tuxedo in your wardrobe. You always need one dressed watch in case you need to attend a fancy dinner. Besides, you can never go wrong because of the value it holds. This time I decided to complete the set with the Love bracelet and the Love ring. The bracelet is about $5,600, and the ring is priced at $1450 which I will get for myself by Christmas. Though you are paying for the brand name, Cartier is coveted and it is treated like currency.
The romantic bangle was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969″
I purchased the slimmer new version of the bracelet. The cheaper one! The original cost closed to $9,000. I am not willing to part with my money yet. For the ring, I fancy myself an 18K gold Love. It is a wedding band however, it’s alright. It was indeed Love at first sight. The idea is that with your bracelet, which fixes onto the wrist with screws, you show the world that you are ‘locked into a relationship.’ The romantic bangle was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969: he was inspired by the idea of men locking up their wives in chastity belts to ensure they would remain faithful.
Although you are not in a relationship or marriage, you can still purchase this collection as love for oneself. You are worth it. You don’t need someone to buy for you because if you are independent and make your own money, you are everything. I have friends who rely on their partner to get fine-jewelry like so. The truth is, I find that they can’t even last a week without their other half should anything goes wrong. All my two times I’ve been in a relationship I learned one thing. By giving people trust is giving your life away. Trust is the most powerful thing a person can have power over you. It’s great if you found someone who is your soulmate. In such instances, such a situation is a fairytale. Searching and having love is a wonderful thing. A luxury that not everyone gets to experience.
I must admit I have a delectable palate and a soft spot for French cuisine. The food movement in Paris is rather relaxed and more spontaneous now rather than conservative. The chance of having the Michelin Star add on to your credentials each year put real pressure on the Chef in question. Food should be served comme il faut, as it should be and the service is done exactly as it should for the time it is being served, it’s kitchen chemistry. The first time ever I dined at the L’Atélier de Joël Robuchon, it was a victory dinner treated by my big boss. It was splendid. Michelin Star dining at its finest.
Remember Monsieur Bernard Loiseau? The chef who’s afraid of losing his 3 Michelin Star status that he committed suicide by firearm. It happens during a lunch service at his restaurant. He was the most celebrated chef in France. Bernard Loiseau established Bernard Loiseau SA in 1998 and was the first-star restaurateur to establish the concept of having one’s restaurant incorporated and traded. At the time of his death, he was the only French chef traded on the stock exchange. I remember in one of his cooking demonstrations that he prepared frog legs with parsley and garlic purée. That is so French and his oeufs en cocotte is such a classic. Michelin has gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain the anonymity of its inspectors. Many of the company’s top executives have never met an inspector. Unlike the food critic for magazines nowadays, most would recognize them as they might have read their editorial intro page complete with a mugshot of their profile photo.
Bernard Loiseau is the only French chef traded on the stock exchange…”
But food should not be so comme il faut as they have seasons and certain ingredients are not always available all year round. The idea of losing his Michelin Star was unbearable for him and it gets into the minds of these chefs and their relentless pursuit to be perfect. Perfect doesn’t exist.
“Food should be served comme il faut, as it should be and the service is done exactly as it should for the time it is being served, it’s kitchen chemistry.”
I managed to wake up at 4 am in the morning catching an early flight to Hong Kong seeking my Michelin Star. Well, they are serving truffles this season and I have made my reservations 3 months prior well in advance. With my Tai Tai get-up, I am ready to paint Hong Kong town red! Having arrived at the airport at 12 pm in the afternoon, all I wanted to do was sleep in my hotel suite, I was so exhausted. Note to self, no more morning flights please. I have planned my whole holiday around this.
A telephone call rang at my suite sometime next confirming my presence. I delightfully say yes and began to plan my day and my #ootd. When I arrive, I was slightly early and Micheal was to take care of me for the whole haul. He was a fair and handsome Hong Konger that has some French accent when he spoke English. There was something eloquently debonair about him. As soon as I knew that he speaks French I jump at the first opportunity. We converse in French throughout the meal. He was very attentive and he was verbally expressive. I had to cleanse my palate with a glass of champagne before I had my appetizer of steak tartar with caviar and white truffle oil. A main course of canard with foie gras and a bowl of his signature mashed potato with rich French butter and crème fraîche oh la la… finishing my sweet endings with au chocolat truffles medallion with chocolate sauce so delicately woven like lace on linen over the fudge. To my surprise, I had some candied aniseed coated with gold and silver leaves after dinner with coffee, a sight that I have not seen since I was living in Paris. Mr. Robochon really takes this to the next level. That my friend is a truly classic French dining.
Having globetrotting around Asia and dine at the various Joël Robuchon brand, I cannot deny that their food is comme il faut (as it should be) and according to a Michelin Star standards. You find perfection in our own ideology that is maintained throughout the brand. It has that certain je ne sais quoi in their foods. For now, Joël Robuchon restaurants is here to stay until someone new is taking over offering a unique plate.
Speaking another language or being bi-lingual is a norm when you’re an Asian. You speak English as a first language and your Mother Tongue, which is your dialect or your race. I happen to speak 4 languages, lucky me! English as a first language, Malay and Bahasa Indonesia, although similar but different and last but not least, French. It’s tough growing up in a school. You had to take a third language to be able to pass the semester as a special academia. Funny thing is I didn’t really learn French when I was in school, I learn it the hard way – Living in Paris, as everyone refuses to speak in English even if they knew. You tend to pick up the language fast. I speak of it less nowadays as most of my French friends have moved to several different cities. I, on occasion however practice it when I visit Alliance Française la bibliotheque or when I dine at Joél Robouchon restaurants. Some of the finest Maître d’ at the Atélier de Joél Robouchon seems to enjoy conversing with me. Maybe they were entertaining me and being polite haha oh how I missed Paris.
“I want a Nero Venite 9, maybe a dressed shirt and a number 48 with satin lapel…perhaps with a Nero saffiano la Cinta”
Speaking Prada however is a totally different language altogether. Being able to speak in the definition of fashion per se. I met a friend in one of my shopping escapades in Hong Kong and we have not seen each other in 10 years since he moved to Hong Kong to start his journey (being somebody) We were rather more than friends. I decided to meet up with him for brunch. When spent the whole day and evening together. It was wonderful and I’m glad that we did.
Throughout the conversations we had in the day was all about fashion and what’s in trend, a bit about our news update and so on. I began saying to him “I want a Nero Venite 9, maybe a dressed shirt and a number 48 with satin lapel, perhaps with a Nero saffiano La Cinta” Ryan, immediately understood what I meant. Translation: “You want a black dressed leather shoe size 9, a pleated dressed shirt and a tuxedo suit with a classic black belt.” We both laughed! The terms used in this conversation described the color, style, materials used and the Italian sizing options in the current Autumn Winter collection like saffiano nero for example which describe an embossed black leather that Prada use on their leather goods. Ryan quickly quoted, “I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.” – “Can you remember who spoke those immortal words?” Ryan asked me… “MIUCCIA PRADA!!!” I replied with excitement.
Oddly enough, after brunch we find ourselves shopping in Prada, searching and trying that Venite dressed shoe that I desired for a wedding ootd. I bought 2 pairs of shoes that day. At the end of the day, speaking Prada is really the connection, the chemistry and the same frequency that you and your friend have. When you are so closed-knitted you can know what the other is thinking. It’s about friendship. But sadly, Ryan is not into Prada anymore, he has move on up to go with the infamous red bottom soles on his feet.
“I always loved aesthetics. Not particularly fashion, but an idea of beauty.”