– (noun) A rare word, thalassophile is defined as a lover of the ocean. A thalassophile appreciates the calm and violent beauty of the sea, as well as its natural duality between vulnerability and strength.

Water is the only element which is simultaneously strong to cause an uprising, but delicate enough to sneak into the Earth’s smallest creaks.


I’m in my second week of ayurvedic oil pulling which is reported to promote brighter teeth, better oral health, and help relieve a whole host of sleep and sinus issues.

It seemed at weird first… the jarring sensation of solidified coconut oil melting on your tongue and being swished about. I pull for about 10 minutes in the morning (you’re meant to do 20 technically), followed with a rinse of himalayan salt water. The cold oil is always a jolt to the system but I’m loving it so far as a pre-tea ritual.

You read all these articles about how successful people spend their first moments each day. Most will tell you that they gym, journal, eat something ridiculously healthy, meditate or talk to God. They light a candle, drink their cups of tea or coffee, get intentional, get quiet. They employ these rituals that help frame their day ahead.

A part of me was thinking, really? You can’t just have bad breath and bushy hair just like everyone else?

In another article I read, the author shared how she sets her phone to airplane mode for the first two hours of the day. She doesn’t want to be connected to the world just yet, she doesn’t want to know what everyone else on social media is up to.

Last night, I watched Morgan Freeman’s Nat Geo documentary about God and what the divine means to different cultures.

It showed a ritual of a young Navajo girl, in her transition from childhood to womanhood. The excerpt seen here doesn’t really do it justice, but when she started running at dawn after several days of this rite of passage, I had tears in my eyes as it was so powerful. She and elder women of her tribe, running with her, calling out, wild, free. Their culture believes in that moment, she is the deity, Changing Woman. Sorry this can’t be embedded, you’ll just have to click and watch on the outlink. It was very moving.

Whether you’re having your daily first cup of tea in the morning or working on something as significant as yourself today, I hope you find a ritual that you can call your own. One that encourages you and celebrates who you are. x

Lost in the Right Direction

UNTIL I can really get away, I’m slowly savouring and living vicariously through Anna Chittenden’s Lost Guides: Bali.

You might have caught us last in Milan where we visited for the Salone del Mobile/Milan Design Week which was an incredible experience ticked off the bucket list. And while there’s Paris and potentially a trip home to Melbourne slated next, I am totally hanging out for the email-free days, discovering new spas, eating incredible food and being surrounded by the sea. I long for midnight swims, room service and frangipani-filled air.

ON REPEAT Beyonce’s Lemonade, on repeat since day 1. If you’ve been following our blog for long enough, you’ll realise we adore Warsan Shire whose poetry features in this album.

MADE Hor fun noodles and pulut hitam (Asian rice pudding made with black rice) for dessert for today with fresh ingredients from our neighbourhood market. Everything from noodles to black rice and eggs was purchased from our local, which is what I love. To make the most bomb ass pulut hitam, take 200 grams of black rice, a hunk of gula melaka sugar to taste, salt to taste & bring out the flavours, and a knot of pandan leaves. Throw into a pot with 5 cups of water and stir on a medium fire for an hour or so. Add a lash of coconut milk when the consistency is that of risotto – you know, gluggy, glossy and absolutely delectable. Serve warm or chilled.

THEY say to pick a job that you don’t need a holiday from and while I appreciate the sentiment, I think rest is so underrated. Rest is essential for sanity, creativity, for loving yourself and others.

Days of Quiet Thunder

I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself.”
–  Jonathan Carroll

Never miss an opportunity to be kind.

A Taste of Forever Summer

Now here’s a collaboration that will literally make you feel good all over.

When our friends at ice-cream subscription service Pint Society asked if we’d like to collaborate on a bespoke flavour of the month, we were bursting with ideas and excitement.

Sure, we love blending our oils in the aromatherapy studio but we also live to eat and never say no to well-made ice-cream.

Through sketches and ahem, research and development shall we say, we went back and forth on flavours. A lavender or chamomile ice-cream seemed a little too literal, and we wanted a light, super refreshing flavour considering the weather in Singapore lately.

For years, I had been asking Tash of Pint Society to create a pavolva ice-cream. As any self-respecting Aussie will tell you, pavlova is all about summer and family time. It’s the quintessential dessert that’s decorated with fresh seasonal fruit like mangoes, strawberries, blueberries… It’s never truly complete though, until topped with passionfruit pulp.

Passionfruit. I adore the stuff. I love its tangy sweetness. As a child, my mum used to halve them and I’d sprinkle a touch of sugar on top. It was a real treat that Pint Society beautifully recreated here. Swirls of super amazing passionfruit juice turned into gelato paired with real vanilla ice-cream – I love whenever I see the beans when I eat. And then crowned with soft meringue kisses. Every bite is a spoonful of happy childhood memories by Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Et voila, FOREVER SUMMER.

And if you’re feeling guilty about eating ice-cream, tell yourself that passionfruit is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Orders for this special flavour close April 21, and FOREVER SUMMER will be delivered to your door between April 26 & 28. Don’t wait, it will completely make your month!

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