a writer who is seeking new avenues to express herself; a lover of arts, fashion, books, movies, plays, music, philosophy and meeting new people; an enthusiast of the 16th and 17th century French and Italian salons given by intrepid and engaging salonnières where guests gathered to discuss a variety of ideas and interests; the Salonnière has always hoped to hold her own modern-day salons and now she plans to do so in a fittingly modern manner (on the Internet, where else?) to converse on all manner of topics that she finds inspiring – and which she hopes you will too.
a lifestyle ‘apartment’ blog with rooms that incorporate all the things I love which inspire me and fuel my passion for life – travel, books and writing, photography and cool, creative projects; health and fitness, reflections on what I’ve learned and am still learning about life. As the blog expands, I plan to add in other things – such as a conversation salon where I will be holding interviews with people whom I find interesting, a library to hold my stories, galleries for my pictures as I continue to practice my photography, and heaps more!
Don’t be fooled by all this zodiac talk, though – while she will read her horoscope in the daily paper for a laugh with her workmates, she won’t let her life be run by it – and she certainly won’t pay just anyone to tell her fortune, not unless you’re a fortune teller who happens to catch her on her way out of a secret bar in New York!
She was born and raised in Malaysia and now lives in Western Australia.
She is a gym bunny and a runner and a big fan of Saucony running shoes and cute work-out clothes.
Some of her favourite authors are L.M. Montgomery, Neil Gaiman, Gail Carriger, Agatha Christie, Louisa May Alcott, Ayn Rand, Jacqueline Carey, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood.
Her favourite artist is Remedios Varo, though she is embarrassed to say she has a hard time remembering her name and always comes up with something like Remedial Varos instead.
She has three sure-fire ways to cure a hangover: 1) A good book, lots and lots of water, and a plate of Thai green curry and rice. 2) Copious amounts of Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers with a nice big English breakfast (minus the baked beans). 3) A lie-down on the sofa with a tall, fresh-pressed juice, lots of sushi and marathon reruns of The Love Boat.
She used to think life’s too short for cooking, but now she’s having a lot of fun playing around with spices and flavours and coming up with her own healthy, yummy recipes. She still prefers a quick recipe over a time-consuming one, though!
She has skydived (twice, over the gorgeous Jurien Bay), bungee jumped in Peru (and sprained her ankle while doing so) and climbed a mountain (Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia). In the future, she is looking at learning how to shoot a gun, climbing more mountains, learning how to pilot a plane and doing a bungee jump without incurring any more injuries!
She wishes she could live in a super cool New York loft, a Parisian garret remodelled as a romantic apartment or a funky flat in Madrid where she could spend all her days writing and her nights hosting dinner parties and literary salons. Failing that, she’s hosting her new ‘apartment blog’ at The Salonnière’s Apartments where she invites you to take a glass of wine, have a nosey around the various rooms and hopes you will enjoy yourself!