Sunday, July 22, 2018

Japan: Tokyo and Kyoto

Hi everyone!
Two weeks ago I took a trip to Japan. It was 17 years since my first visit to Tokyo and I was so excited to go back and meet my Japanese friends again. These friends were my roommates during my college time at UCSD in La Jolla and we kept in touch all these years.
I went to Tokyo and Kyoto and it was amazing!
Tokyo is exactly how I remembered and it was my first time in Kyoto, it's fascinating with all the temples in the forest.
I flew with Japan Airlines which was a pleasant surprise, economy class is very spacious and food was really good.
In Tokyo I stayed at the Celestine Shiba, in Kyoto at the Granbell hotel, both highly recommended.
I really enjoyed strolling around the streets in Tokyo, eating delicious food and sweets and shopping of course. I found a silk yukata that it's absolutely amazing.
If you have a chance to visit Kyoto take your time to visit the temples and absorb the spirituality and peace that surround them.
I hope you enjoy the pictures below!
Love, Fede

This is the silk yukata that I bought at Oriental Bazaar in Tokyo

Tokyo tower

Shibuya crossing


Great food in Tokyo

Waiting for the Shinkansen train to Kyoto

Fushimi-Inari temple



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Healthy Peanut Butter Energy Bars (No Sugar!)

Hi guys!
I’d like to share with you a recipe that I tried yesterday. Since I left Italy 2 years ago I kinda struggled to find healthy snacks. I always crave something sweet during the day while I’m at work but the snacks you find at the supermarket are so full of sugar and preservatives, they’re really not good for you.
So yesterday I did some research on how I could bake the perfect snack myself, with no sugar added! I’m a big fan of peanut butter, and I found this brand that is only peanuts, no sugar whatsoever.
So here is the recipe for these super good and healthy peanut butter, banana, oats and honey energy bars. Only 4 ingredients and really fast to make. I arrived home at 8pm after work, I was tired but it really took me 10 minutes to put the ingredients together.

250 gr (1 cup) peanut butter (I used one that contains no sugar or preservatives)
60 gr (less than 1/4 cup) honey
160 gr (2 cups) instant oats
2 ripe bananas (medium size)
You can add crushed nuts and cinnamon if you like

Mash the bananas with a fork

then add the other ingredients and mix until well combined. 

Line a pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture in, press and flatten with a spatula until evenly distributed.

Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 30 min

then cut into bars and let it cool completely. 

You can store at room temperature but I live in a very warm climate so I store in the fridge. Remember to cover them, or they’ll absorb humidity. You can also freeze them.

Enjoy your healthy snack! It's only 80 calories per bar!

Love, Fede
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Night Out in Singapore

Hi everyone!
I want to share a look I wore for dinner last weekend. Here in Singapore the weather is hot all year round so light tops and skirts are essential in the wardrobe. I don't think I have ever worn pants or closed shoes since I moved here from Hong Kong LOL. Sometimes I miss the seasons, but when last winter my family in Italy was complaining about the cold I was happy to be in Singapore.
Getting adjusted here is very easy and now that I have nice groups of friends I often go out for dinner and drinks to rooftop bars and enjoy this beautiful city. This look I wore to Jim Thompson, a really nice Thai restaurant in lovely Dempsey Hill.
Have a great weekend!!! TGIF!
Love, Fede
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 Top: H&M / Faux Leather Skirt: H&M / Sandals: Steve Madden / Bag: Chanel / Watch: Cartier

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hello everyone! It's been a long time since I last posted. I moved from Hong Kong to Singapore in October 2017 and I have to say I love it here! I have such a nice apartment, very spacious and with a big pool. I am making new friends, exploring the city, working, but most importantly traveling! Singapore is just a few hours flight to a lot of beautiful places, so once I got settled I decided it was time to travel. Chinese New Year holiday was two weeks ago and we had a long weekend so I chose to go to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to visit the temples of Angkor Wat. We woke up at 4.30 to go see the sunrise at the temples and it was really magical. Ta Prohm is the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed, it's impressive how the trees where able to grow so big there. We rented a tuk tuk for the day, to drive us around the temples, it was so much fun. It was very hot as well, and women have to cover their shoulders and legs as sign of respect, so make sure you bring plenty of water with you because you'll feel very warm. It was really a great experience and a beautiful country, and people were so nice to us, I wish I had more days to explore more. Hope you enjoy the pictures. My next travels will be Jakarta, Indonesia in 10 days, and Redang, Malaysia in a month when my family comes here from Italy to visit me. I can't wait! 
Have a great week!
Love, Fede
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Angkor Wat at sunrise 5am

Ta Prohm temple #tombraider

Ta Prohm temple #tombraider

 Sunrise in Angkor Wat

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Strange Bloom

Hi! I don't know if you heard it but in Hong Kong we had the strongest typhoon (Hato) of the past 5 years, it was very scary and the city suffered a lot of damages. Then we had a couple of good days, and now here we go again with another typhoon, right this moment when I am writing. Not fun at all. Anyway, we just stay home and be safe. Yesterday it was a beautiful day though, so I went to the beach and had dinner at this cool restaurant called Fish School in Sai Ying Pun neighborhood. The seafood was amazing! 
I'm into midi skirts these days, I love how you can wear them with sandals for a night out or sneakers for a comfy but cute look. So this was my look for the night out, and I dared to wear a bold lip, the lipstick is by Estée Lauder, and the color is 340 Strange Bloom, I love it! 
Hope your weekend was great! And have a good start of the week.
Love, Fede
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Top: H&M / Skirt: Zara / Bag: Céline trapeze / Sandals: Steve Madden / Necklace: Asos / IPhone SE cover: Gucci / Watch: Cartier / Lipstick: Estée Lauder Envy 340 Strange Bloom / Nail Polish on hands: OPI Don't bossa nova me around / On toes: OPI Be there in a prosecco