Curated Eat List: Melbourne

Like every other cosmopolitan city, everything changes so fast in Melbourne, following my photo diary, I have compiled a list of places I love which are mainly a goodie but (probably) an oldie.


  • Stokehouse in CBD… for Friday boozy cocktails and guaranteed great food (business, after work crowd)
  • DOC Pizza (always the Prosciutto & rocket thin crust straight from the wood-fire oven)
  • Messina Gelato (dare I say best Gelato in Australia?)
  • The European for oysters and bone marrow (finally they manage to put this back on the printed menu)
  • Supernormal… the new fusionAsian restaurant
  • Pillar of Salt: Everything on the menu (raw fish salad is to die for and blueberry smoothie)
  • Cafe e Cucina for Seafood Pasta en papillote (argh cravings)
  • Lucy Liu – another new Asian addition
  • Post work drinks at Hihou (very low key Japanese place)
  • East – the new Hu Tong for dumplings
  • Hobba for breakfast (absolutely gorgeous gorgeous menu)
  • Yardmill for fresh-pressed juices
  • Cutler & Co.
  • Cumulus Inc for breakfast
  • MoViDa for Spanish
  • Touche Hombre & Fonda for your burrito cravings
  • Attica
  • Burch & Purchese for fancy-ass desserts
  • Vue du Monde – Bistro Vue is also my all time fave for French
  • Rockpool for steak
  • Pei Modern
  • Grossi Florentino (grab a seat outside on sunny day – perfect Italian)


  • Sensory Lab
  • Brother Baba Budan
  • Manchester Press
  • Seven Seeds
  • Coin Laundry
  • Auction Rooms

If you get a chance to go out of town:

  • Royal Mail
  • Lake House in Daylesford
  • Brae
  • Port Phillip Estate


Melbourne Photo Diary

My first trip of this year 2015: Melbourne – my second home away from home. Having grown up in Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world, and spent all my teenage years there, I miss it terribly because there really is something for everyone in this city.  The best part about it is probably the chill artsy (laid-back Aussie) vibe you can’t get anywhere else. The city sort of possesses this Brooklyn grunge feel slash Victorian-era sophistication. The level of interest architecture displayed around the different parts of town is breathtaking – from modern building to terrace houses, to the eye-popping visual merchandising displays in retail stores and my favourite is all the interiors in the restaurants and bars down the (more often than not so mysterious) Melbourne alleyways.  And let’s not forget, hands down – by far – Melbourne cafes/baristas make the BEST coffee in the world. Here are some photos from my trip 🙂

Walks along Southbank Blvd

My morning run in the sun to brunch in South Yarra to Bridge Rd

Leafy afternoon in Melbourne on St Kilda Rd + TRAMs!

I didn’t plan much of an itinerary as I thought I know the city so well but after two years – a lot has changed! I also did make a girlie weekend trip down to the NGV to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition (in retrospective) and it was great to re-see his earlier works again

Another event on my agenda this trip was also the Portsea Polo – little did we know we were in for quite a weekend! It was all day long DOC pizzass in the tent, Espresso Martinis, and free flow colourful summer cocktails!

And on my last weekend I got a chance to check out The Royal Melbourne Croquet sponsored by Broadsheet which was really awesome. Summer rays, lounging on the grass with great selection of drinks and food with your friends – it was the best way to kick start the year with a bang over the weekend.


First post of 2015: Singapore Sling Flashback

It has indeed been a very long while since I’ve published a blog post! It’s so strange to call it a blog post anymore.  I do miss this small little quiet space of mine for some reason & the blogging community.

But to keep things short and sweet: I’m getting back into it! Rest assured, the blog will be even more aesthetically fulfilling and will be your go-to daily fashion eye candy along with providing sleek updates for the whole year. And my life in pictures is also on instagram @curatedbykiki & I sometimes keep a 140 characters rant @curatedbykiki…..

When I run into people I haven’t seen in a while – they ask if I still blog – sadly I say no because I always give the excuse that I have no time to do unpaid writing jobs anymore… when mostly I never call myself a writer but I do write for paychecks. Here is to the first post of 2015 – I’ll put it under travel as I am obsessed with jumping on planes and getting exposed to radiation to chase the actual sunshine where you’d rather be… And this was my last work trip from last year.

These are some behind the scenes pictures of work I’ve done in December with EtikitSG. It was so so much fun – interviewing bloggers from Singapore and getting their perspective on the business of blogging and how they’ve fared through in the past couple years in this evolving digital media landscape. Unfortunately I was thrown into this interview with a really bad cold… I soldiered on and we got some great footage and pictures done for our shoot. Even though we didn’t get around to actually having Singapore Slings this trip – it was definitely well worth it. xxx

Sponsored by:

Clothes: Etikit Singapore (Self Portrait, Thea by Thara, Finders Keepers Label)

Location: Lloyd’s Inn

Photos: Jonothan Raedeke

Flowers: Fiona Treadwell

Trunks & Travel: where to go for Chinese New Year

Image In this part of the world, Chinese New Year is a serious holiday. Especially, in HK, China, Malaysia and Thailand. We get a long holiday in Asia. So the occasion comes around for me to post a few of my options for Chinese New Year – it might not even happen at all. But here are a few:

1. New Zealand – Best enjoyed during summer in my personal opinion 🙂 Even though Queenstown has amazing skiing resorts and bundle amount of powder. I still vote New Zealand has so many activities to enjoy during the summer. Especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie like me, there is so much adventure, outdoor hiking to do! And the scenic drive is awesome – and let’s not forget they did film The Lord of the Rings here where you can visit Hobbiton and roam around in cute cafes and the town all day.

2. Vietnam – I have my eye on Vietnam for a while, the absolutely amazing Six Senses Con Dao just looks beyond. I see the French-inspired architecture details as well as Pho and rice spring rolls calling my name already

3. Bora Bora – This one is a little bit further away than a hop and ride on the plane for a couple hours. Gotta go via New Zealand but the island is so far away for most people it’s exciting for me to just go visit and see their culture.



I just came across these amazing sets from Elem Mayara and inspired me for the post! Blue skies, white sand, and the glaring sun and that coconut smell of the tanning oil already got me dreaming about my packing list for the trip!

beach hotelsummer style

The Lust List for Bali

I absolutely cannot help myself posting these gorgeous travel pictures just so I can daydream all day about how amazing the hot sun would be on my Triangl bikinis. I would be jumping over joy if I could have a weekend getaway at one of these spots very soon. Let us know which is your favourite!

Xxox Kiki


Alila Villas Uluwatu

the new Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort Bali

The Ba

168561   Alila soori



uma ubud

Maya Ubud resort

L hotel Bali

Anatara Seminyak

Bali-5Margaret Zhang from Shine By Three


The Legian

The Bale


Photo credit: The Luxe Nomad, Tablet Hotels, Jetsetter and Shine By Three.