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Crater Lake

May 31st, 2013 No Comments »

It’s been on my bucket list for eons. To visit Crater Lake – the deepest lake in America and the 8th deepest lake in the world. No words will be able to aptly describe it properly but you will simply have to be physically present there to witness one of Earth’s finest natural beauty. On a good day, the lake is so clear and blue that it is breathtakingly beautiful and spectacular. The weather there is unpredictable and it’s best to visit it during the summer however, there is no guarantee that the lake will be opened. I would love to re-visit, do a hike, cycle around the lake, star gaze and kayak. Hopefully soon again.

Staying at the Crater Lake Lodge will be ideal but it was fully booked so we found a bed and breakfast about 30 minutes away which turned out perfect. You will barely get any mobile reception there but loads of quiet and a good chance to relax and be disconnected from the world. I was glad that I brought along my Hunter boots which turned out to be the perfect boots to walk around in the snow and hike. I think I will just stop now and let you enjoy the pictures (warning: heavy loading and a lot of vanity pictures!!). Speaking of a bucket list, I think I shall do a new one of things that I would love to do or visit by a certain timeframe!


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Inspired to strive – Mickey Drexler

May 31st, 2013 No Comments »

I know I have been posting a fair bit on J Crew. Truth be told, I am quite obsessed with the brand. Half of my wardrobe is made up of J Crew, I take a lot of fashion inspiration from J Crew and I love J Crew. Period. Most of all, I admire Jenna Lyons and Mickey Drexler.

My role at work is a merchandizer. It’s foreign to some and for those in the fashion industry, it will be more familiar. I wryly tell my friends that my job is to price and sell shoes. Actually, I do a lot more than that but it’s sometimes hard to explain to people what exactly do I do. I spent the first 5 years of my working career in marketing and the last 6.5 years in products and merchandizing. Sometimes, I get almost lost in what I do and pretty much take it for granted but a friend reminded me the other day that it is quite amazing – what I do because I start with the product all the way to retail handling numbers, pricing, margins, forecasting, merchandizing, segmentation ecetera ecetera. It’s a complex role, a complex world but I love it. Each day, I’m inspired by many amazing people that I work with, have the chance to meet or listen to. Jean Jackson is a great example (and fabulous inspiration for me at work). Her experience and stories are amazing – I had the fortune to sit in her session just a couple of weeks ago at work. And outside of work Mickey Drexler is a huge inspiration for me. Recently featured on business insider, I simply had to share this great article. Enjoy.

Drexler likes to hire people with humble backgrounds and said he doesn’t respect normal resume accolades like high grade-point averages or studying abroad.

“What matters is hard work, and emotional intelligence,” Drexler said earlier this year. “People put ‘study abroad’ on their resume. I actually like when they don’t study abroad because that means they aren’t entitled.”

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Don’t give up when it’s over

May 28th, 2013 No Comments »

Hullo. I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend – knowing that it was Vesak’s Day back in Singapore and Memorial Weekend here in the U.S. Mine was nothing less than spectacular. It was San Francisco last weekend and a road-trip down to Crater Lake  for the weekend that just passed. Fabulous company, great catch-ups and re-connecting back with nature – I seriously couldn’t ask for more.

Totally unplanned, I did more running than I expected and I would say, it was good. I almost forgot what I’ve always loved about running, how it has taught me so much since I started on it in 2004 so thanks to my friend H for being tough on me and making me addicted to it once again. As I was digging up an old post to share, and re-watching the video (which made me tear all over again), I realized how my ‘never give up’ mentality was developed and driven by running and how when things went downhill (and rough) as they did over the last year, I kept chugging on, kept believing and kept keeping faith.

To all the wonderful friendships, beautiful things in life, hopes and dreams that are out there waiting for us to reach out, chase and hold onto, big cheers. I’ll try to catch up on my postings later this week after work settles down a little (for a short while) but first of all, I have an article to submit for a digital magazine which I’ll be guest posting on – hang tight for that one :) A couple more weeks before I move back to Singapore – it’s gonna be bittersweet.

Nike World Campus

May 24th, 2013 No Comments »


Or One Bowerman Drive as it’s also called.

As I count down to the days when I return back home, I think of what I will miss here and I think, one of it is campus. It’s truly an inspiring place to work at and I’ve been blessed with sunshine for the most part of my stay – a rarity here! I think most of my friends who are Nike fans request for a tour of campus when they visit and I would agree, that we are lucky to have such great facilities. There are many other parts that I didn’t take (or can’t for security reasons) but here’s what I found in my iPhone to share. Enjoy.


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May 23rd, 2013 No Comments »

Hullo. I am still here.

It’s been crazy busy over the last two weeks. Cray cray I’d say. I think I went to the airport ten times last week, visited four cities and felt rather exhausted after it all. I was lucky to escape a bad case of food poisoning (my other three colleagues had it so bad) and I’m thankful I decided not to have fish tacos that night! Had a lovely weekend catching up with friends over in my favorite city and it was worth all the hectic flying.

I’m facing a bit of a writer’s block right now so I’ll leave you with pictures. I’ll be back (soon) with some reviews and more adventures to share! Happy long weekend to all both in Singapore and State side :)

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Essential advice from Warren Buffett

May 15th, 2013 1 Comment »

The hardest thing about traveling for work is the all day meetings and then spending the night clearing emails. I’ve just spent the last 1.5 hours clearing what must been 100 emails from work, slightly giddy from a few rounds of Sangria. It’s way past midnight here and I’ve an early start tomorrow but I just had to share this essential bit of advice from the man himself- Warren Buffett. I’m a huge fan of his wise words and the fact that his shares cost a staggering 6 figure per share and he’s a great philanthropist too.

Read this. Memorize it. Learn.

Also, if you’ve not read ‘Lean in‘ by Sheryl Sandberg (I hope you know who she is – she is the current COO of Facebook and a great inspiration to women), I’m a huge fan of hers and she’s on my list of idols together with Natalie Massenet, please please please may I suggest that you do. After reading several frustrating vents and the usual complaints and grumbles by people of my generation and of the next on social media (plus alcohol in me here is talking..), I think we all need to learn how to improve ourselves instead of constantly whining.. Stop whining. Travel the world, widen your horizons and don’t be so narrow-minded in your thinking and trust me, you will appreciate whatever you have back here .

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May 13th, 2013 3 Comments »

I love Washington D.C. It’s a place I would consider moving to and I think Georgetown has a large part to do with it. Also, D.C has a rich history and beautiful monuments that never fail to wow me. The Lincoln memorial is one of my favorites. My Dad told me that I should have made a wish at the statue where dreams will come true. Too bad I had left.. Big dreams.

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