Destination Guide: Mount Rinjani

Lombok is a great destination to visit for both the beach and the mountain. Mount Rinjani, Indonesia's second highest, peaks at 3726m, and in 2013, we hiked up and I'd recommend it to anyone (with reasonable level of fitness) who is up for a little adventure. 

Light studies

A couple of months ago, Nureen and I spent a morning wandering around the Civic District and the National Gallery, learning and finding light as part of a portrait photography course. Not only is the National Gallery a stunner of a building, it presents so many pockets of light-filled spots, perfect for a photowalk. Here are a few of my favourite shots from that morning. 

Of colours and prints - MASE

MASE is an art-inspired fashion and lifestyle brand founded by a fellow Trehaus co-worker. It was interesting to understand from Mae, the designer behind the label, her thought process in designing her products, which includes the signature clutches and tote bags, as well as her inspiration behind the prints and the colours. 

"Singapore also plans to reclaim its air. “Twelve percent of the island is occupied by roads,” Tan said. “What’s above roads? Nothing! If you put roads under buildings, you free up some land.” Sky bridges and midair concourses are already a part of some public-housing estates. As Wang told me: “In the future, you might see a little town or offices above the expressways. We might create space above our container ports.”

The Monocle Shop in Singapore

Nestled between a row of quiet residential terrace houses in Chip Bee Gardens is home to the Monocle Shop in Singapore. The choice of location and space felt like a natural fit, and suited the understated yet urban vibe of the magazine. 

A Look at the Austrian Cuisine

Over the years of visiting Austria, I've had a chance to savour a variety of home-style Austria food usually prepared with lots of fresh produce from the vegetable garden. There is a fair amount of meat, but equally, there's an abundance of delicious non-meat dishes and recipes. Here's a look at a few personal favourites: