Dark Matters at White Rabbit Gallery

 
The Dark Matters exhibition at White Rabbit Gallery. Photo Credit : May Leong

The Dark Matters exhibition at White Rabbit Gallery. Photo Credit : May Leong

Now, we were just in Chippendale for a good cheese burger. Then, Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders) then just realized, we were just a stroll away from Sydney's well known art gallery, White Rabbit.

Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, White Rabbit is open to public and it is one of the world's largest collections of contemporary Chinese art.

With new collection every couple of months, this time around we have the new collection called "The Dark Matters".

It was indeed a less colourful version compared the previous installations. But, in saying that, I love the simplicity of "The Dark Matters".

Inspired from the traditional Chinese method of using the black ink. According to a Daoist philosopher named Lao Zi, he said, "Know the white, but hold to the black."

The artists in this collection use blacks from cans, plastics, steels and cartridges. Conveying messages of today's realities - world pollution and mass production.

We were greeted by a huge black cloud made of paper, painted in grey ink. New York based artist, Lin Yan, created the nebulous cloud titled 'Sky 2' to express her concern of Beijing's serious air pollution.

My favourite piece is definitely 'Crystal City' by Wu Chi-Tsung. From afar, you wouldn't realized he used cheap plastic boxes as a medium. It's a beautiful piece. Under the moving light, Chi-Tsung created a phantom cityscape that is ever changing.

White Rabbit Gallery is opened until July 30th. Check it out before it closes for the next installation :)

xm

White Rabbit Gallery

30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008
 

Best View of Sydney Harbour, Shangri-La Sydney

 
Soaking up the Sydney Harbour view with Miss May. Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Soaking up the Sydney Harbour view with Miss May. Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa

Look no further, if you're looking for the best view of Sydney Harbour from The Rocks. I found the best place in town, and it's at Shangri-La Sydney.

I am so in love with the view overlooking The Rocks below. Everything looked quaint from above, and it kind of reminds me of Brooklyn in NYC.

The Sydney Harbour is always busy. One will see big cruise ships and ferries arriving and departing from the terminal. And I must admit that I'll never get bored watching the hundreds of cars driving over Sydney Harbour Bridge (because that was what I did the whole night). Look a little bit to the right, one will have the view of the Opera House sitting pretty on Bennelong Point.

Goofing around with my girl pal, Priscilla Barbosa xom

Goofing around with my girl pal, Priscilla Barbosa xom

A little bit on behind the scenes. I spent the evening shooting with my girlfriend, Priscilla Barbosa who takes the prettiest photos in town! I adore her, and you guys should check her beautiful wedding photography in Sydney and Disneyland in Orlando.

Sometimes, we never knew what we're going to shoot, but we just went along and try new things out. There will always fairy lights to play with.

Have a fab week everyone! Thanks for popping by to check out this awesome view of Shangri-La Sydney!

By far, my favourite and most memorable moment in this city. This place reminds me that I am part of the city of Sydney and I've never ever felt so connected before. It is definitely something I should never take for granted. I feel so lucky to be living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

x

m

 

Vivid Night Out at Blu Bar on 36

 
View from my hotel room at Shangri-La Sydney and the Blu Bar on 36. Photo Credit : May Leong

View from my hotel room at Shangri-La Sydney and the Blu Bar on 36. Photo Credit : May Leong

Blu Bar on 36, as I typed this, I was wondering why the number 36? And then, I realized, this gorgeous Blu Bar at Shangri-La Sydney sits on the level 36. Hence the name.

Beautiful venue to chill with friends. I was staying for the night at Shangri-La Sydney and managed to get together with my bestie.

As we had our drinks and snacks, we enjoyed the stunning view of Sydney Harbour. It was just surreal to be up here at Blue Bar with Sydneysiders. And when Vivid Festival of light kicked in at 6pm, all the cameras and iPhones in the bar was out. There were dozens of snaps in the first minute of the iconic Opera House!

We had to try the Vivid Cocktail, which matches the vibrant views of Vivid. A one of a kind, colourful cocktail creation by Blu Bar's world class mixologists. The fruity concoction, made from a selection of Veuve Cliquot and Belvedere Vodka, was just delicious. The most fun, has got to be the LED lit ice cubes in the cocktails. Just like Vivid :)

A fantastic night at Shangri-La Sydney. I highly recommend checking Blu Bar on 36 out with friends and that special someone. A really cool hang (and what an amazing view of Sydney harbour).

Have a great week all!

x

m

Bar food at Blu Bar on 36. Photo Credit : May Leong

Bar food at Blu Bar on 36. Photo Credit : May Leong

 

Blu Bar on 36

Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000
 

Flatlay With Hello Miss May : Part 1

 
Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

I thought I'd like to share a very simple tutorial to create a pretty flatlay. I always use flowers to create my monthly calendar which I pair up with my handwritten calligraphy of the month.

Here, I want to share how simple it is to do a flatlay! I'm using my bunch of flowers that I have in my Hello Miss May design studio. You can use anything you want from leaves to citrus to books. Think creative!

LET'S WORK ON THESE FACTORS:

1/ CLEAN SURFACE

For a clean look, I love working with white surfaces, preferably matte. Never use shiny surfaces, as the light reflects from it. We can get creative with surfaces next time, but first we'll start with the basic one :)

2/ NATURAL LIGHTING

I work with what I have, which is my backyard in Surry Hills, Sydney (haha!). I'm a firm believer of make do with what I have, hehe. Shoot in a semi-shade unless it's a dull kind of day. A gloomy and cloudy day actually provides the best natural lighting anyone can ask for!

Besides, always look for indirect sunlight. The perfect day to shoot is early morning or late evening.

3/ AVOID HARSH SHADOWS

Always look for soft shadows. Anything that's mid day with harsh sunlight, casts a lot of dark shadows around your flatlays. I find harsh shadows kind of takes away the main focus of my flatlays.

4/ OBJECTS

Objects are easy to find. Look for something you love and are truly inspired by. For me, I'm obsesses with flowers, fruits and dessert. I just love shooting them. They make me happy. So, think of something that you really like, and want to create with.

In this tutorial here, I'm using flowers from my design studio. And a nice tea cup.

5/ CAMERA

Now, you need a good device to shoot with. In this tutorial, I shot with an iPhone 7 (OMG, I had an iPhone 6s, this camera is a level up!). You can use any device or any cameras, but I highly recommend using a good one. Think of high resolution. It is the size of the pixels that counts.

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Now, that you've got all these factored in, let's work on a flatlay! Scroll down for the next blog, hehe.

x

m

 

 

 

 

Flatlay With Hello Miss May : Part 2

 
Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Welcome to Part 2 of my mini tutorial on how to create pretty flatlays. A quick recap before we start getting creative.

We've spoken about :

1/ Surfaces    2/ Natural Lighting    3/ Shadows    4/ Objects    5/ Camera

Once you've got all of these factors right, the rest is easy breezy. 

Have these in mind when doing a flatlay:

1/ PLAY

Just have fun and play with the objects that you have. Just see what it would looks like if you were to move that tea cup from the bottom left to the center part of the flatlay. Get creative and experiment.

2/ SPACING

Have you heard of positive elements and negative spacing? It's finding a balance between those two, by creating a composition that no one area is overpowering another.

e.g. My tea cup could be off center on the bottom left, but it is well balanced with peonies and orchids covering the rest of the surface.

3/ SHOOT FROM THE CENTER

I get people asking how did you do it? It's really that simple. Put your camera in the center of the flatlay, and slowly move above from center point till you get an overview of the flatlay.

Think of it as a focal point without a tripod :)

 

4/ MULTIPLE SHOTS

We live in the digital age where we can shoot a million shots if we want to. And I'd highly recommend that! Keep shooting multiple shots, in case the other image was a blur or it was off center.

5/ BE OPEN MINDED

Try not to think of sticking to one flatlay style. Try as many variations as you can with flatlays. The more you discover, the better you'll become. Before you know it, you can do it in a matter of minutes!

In my case, when I create flatlays, I don't have a set mind of what the 'end' is going to look like. I'm always excited to see new layouts I can create with my flowers and tea cup. They never ceased to surprise me!

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And that's pretty much it for today! Thanks for popping by hehe.

For another overview with what I did with @flatlayforever, you can visit the link here :)

 

Have a fab day all!

x

m

 

Dinner At Buvette Bistro & WINE Bar

 
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During our stay at Little National Hotel in Canberra, we popped over Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar. It's official, Buvette my favourite, probably the best French restaurant in ACT!

We started off with a very fruity afternoon cocktails and nibbles. It was a 'Friday Soiree' and head over for a dinner for two.

For starters, we had the tasty Tuna Niçoise. Spiced yellow fin tuna served with potatoes, soft quail egg and marinated anchovies. It was a colourful dish, a feast for the eyes, garnished with olives, tomatoes and green beans.

We are loving the Bouillabaisse, a classic French seafood dish from Marseilles. Today, it is no longer considered a poor fisherman's soup. Buvette's Bouillabaisse is cooked to perfection. Generous serve of king prawn, squid and mussels. Soak up all the delicious sauce with the toasted sourdough that come with.

The Grilled Scotch Fillet is to-die-for. Generous portion of the well cooked steak, served with pommes frites and fresh salad. The consistency of green pepper sauce and red wine jus are well balanced and full of flavour.

For side dishes, we had to try the Kale & Herb Salad drizzled in blood orange dressing. You gotta love anything kale! The healthy salad dish was refreshing, filled with all kinds of goodness - toasted almonds, green beans and pumpkin seeds.

We couldn't say no to Buvette's dessert, although at this point, we were very full. The waiter recommended Baked Apple Crumble and Cardamom Floating Island. Both the desserts are deconstructed. It was a work of art. The Cardamom Floating Island looked amazing with a spherical meringue floating on poached pineapple. The Baked Apple Crumble was served with rhubarb and muscat ice cream. So yummy, needless to say, we polished off the plates.

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar serves beautiful French cuisine and we are loving it! The staff are lovely and very helpful. We had a wonderful fine dining experience. All in all, great food and ambience. Looking forward to be back!

xm

 

 

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar
18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

 

 

My Cute little stay at Little National Hotel

 

My Instahubby, Leon Korobacz (of @hungrysydneysiders) and I decided to head over to Canberra for a weekend, of autumn kind of love and spending time wandering around the galleries.

Just a 3 1/2 hours drive away from Sydney, Little National Hotel in Canberra makes a nice getaway.

View from our Little National bed. Photo Credit : May Leong

View from our Little National bed. Photo Credit : May Leong

Super easy to check-in, we arrived in our compact room with everything you need, from a Nespresso machine to automatic block out blinds (which I'm obsessed about).

We stayed in the coziest room with a view of the Parliament House. I'm a fan of the wall-to-wall King size bed. It felt like a sanctuary at night, lying on the fluffiest of pillows, reading a book before bedtime.

Flatlay in bed with Hello Miss May at Little National Hotel. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Flatlay in bed with Hello Miss May at Little National Hotel. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

And did I mentioned delicious breakfast at Buvette Bistro & Bar? It was divine. The bacon and eggs were cooked to to perfection. I'm loving the sauteed spinach and mushrooms. Now, if you're a fan of baguettes, look no further. This Parisian feel restaurant, Buvette Bistro & Bar's baguettes are actually French (delivered frozen all the way from France)!

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If you're here for a conference or meeting, Little National is perfect for you as it's within the CBD area. For the holiday makers down for the weekend, the galleries and shopping malls are minutes drive away. All in all, Little National is one of my favourite stay in Australia.

xoM

 

Little National Hotel

21 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600