Celsius Coffee Co

 
Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

I am in love with this place! Celsius Coffee Co is not just your regular cafe. It's a cafe with a postcode envy and a killer Sydney harbour view!

So, me and my friends popped by Celsius Coffee Co for brunch on a lovely Thursday afternoon. We decided to all go vegan (our friend, Brad, is vegan, hehe).

And my oh my, they're all delicious. We ordered the Super Greens Breakfast without poached eggs. It comes with sauteed kale and asparagus, with lime avocado spread on a generous slice of sourdough bread.

I am a chia pudding fan and I had to try their Coconut Milk Chia Pudding served in a glass. It was beautifully layered with granola, berry puree and fresh strawberries and blueberries.

If you're a sweet tooth, you gotta try the Celsius Waffles. It is served with berries and topped with toasted nuts and peanut butter cream. And the maple syrup is to-die-for!

I have to say, this is the prettiest outdoor/indoors kind of cafe in all of Sydney, with the loveliest view of the harbour! It is a cute little spot, with limited seating available, and that makes it extra special to be here at Celsius Coffee Co. I love the idea of brunching so close to the water. So calming. I feel like I'm on a holiday!

You can get here via ferry to Kirribilli Wharf (the cafe is right on the jetty). Driving is another option. Celsius Coffee Co is a stone's throw away from the Prime Minister's house (why not pop over, hehe) and drive a little bit further, you'll find yourself right underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Celsius Coffee Co

Kirribilli Wharf, 1/2 Holbrook Ave, Kirribilli NSW 2061
 

My Mini Moment

 
Enjoying our delicious Cinnamon Mini Scrolls at home. Photo Credit : May Leong

Enjoying our delicious Cinnamon Mini Scrolls at home. Photo Credit : May Leong

Baby, it's cold out here. When it's wintry days in Sydney, I'm in need of something warm and delicious. Over the weekend, I decided to throw a self-party at home with my partner in-crime, Leon Korobacz, of @hungrysydneysiders and a few of our friends.

Having my mini moments with Baker's Delight 'Cinnamon Mini Rolls' are the best ever, paired with decadent home made hot chocolate.

The yummy sticky cinnamon scrolls are crafted by hand, with layers thinner than typical scrolls, jampacked with spicy cinnamon flavours. I'm in heaven! The mini scrolls are topped with a dollop of whipped Cream Cheese of Choc Cream Cheese for that extra umph.

I must say, my "Mini Cinni Moment" are my kind of afternoon snack in winter!

Stay warm, folks (for those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, ahah!)

x

m

 

 

 

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