Brunch At Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney

 
 Delicious brunch at Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney. Photos by May Leong.

Delicious brunch at Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney. Photos by May Leong.

This is one brunch with an A-MAY-ZING view. 36 floors up, to the very top floor of Shangri-La Sydney. Having brunch at Altitude was really wonderful. It's something you would do on a special occasion, and it's worth it.

The Bountiful Brunch includes Bottomless Mimosas and a lovely selection of coffee and fine tea leaves to choose from.

To start with, I'm loving the mini buffet on the side, with fresh oysters and chilled prawns with dipping sauces, cured meats, fine cheese, palmiers and croissants to choose from.

Then, there are three small plates served, kicking off with Smoked Salmon and cream cheese dip, topped with dill and capers. Next, the Eggs Benedict - delicious poached egg served on brioche toast, with a choice of smoked salmon or prosciutto on the side. The tasty hollandaise sauce is to-die-for! The third small plate is a homemade Berry Muesli, using organic oats and Greek yoghurt, topped with summer berries and honey.

The A La Carte was made to order. We were craving for dessert at the Altitude. We have got to try the pancakes and waffles with a generous serve of maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. The toasted almonds and berries complimented the sweet dish. 

Overall, a wonderful place to brunch at Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney. And the food, just sublime. I would recommend it to anyone, visiting Sydney (or even Sydneysiders too hehe). The view itself, is breathtaking. It is one of my absolute favourite places in Sydney.

Have a great day all!

x

m

 

 Berry nice muesli with a view. Photo by May Leong.

Berry nice muesli with a view. Photo by May Leong.

 

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

 

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

 
 Miss May holidaying with hubby, Leon Korobacz at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

Miss May holidaying with hubby, Leon Korobacz at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is a place to relax and dream away. I love how close it is to KLCC Twin Towers and Pavillion. Just 9 minutes walk away!


It was a wow factor when I arrived to the lobby on Level 36. It's a 360 degree walk up there. For all guests to view the cityscape of Kuala Lumpur.

I look forward to waking up every morning to the Twin Towers view. And I must say, I'm a HUGE fan ofthe breakfast buffet. I simply love good food, and I tried everything from local street food, nasi lemak and roti canai to Middle Eastern dips (mmm, that Baba Ganoush) to waffles and pancakes. And of course, there's always English Breakfast with sunny side up eggs and sausages.

The Grand Hyatt breakfast were all yum! The fruit counter was always busy, with beautifully sliced fresh tropical fruits on the platter. And I could not get enough of the fresh fruit juices (especially mango lassi).

Our room was gorgeous. Loving the King size bed with the full view of KLCC Twin Towers. We felt very much at home, as the layout of our spacious Grand Hyatt room feels like an apartment.

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And there is no reason to leave Grand Hyatt really, as there is a big pool, a spa, a sauna and a steamer room to just chill in. I could stay here forever!

Thank you for the great hospitality, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. Looking forward to the next one!

x

o

m

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

International Friendship Day

 
 Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

It's International Friendship Day! And I'm missing this bestie of mine :)

How do you celebrate a special day like this? I'm thinking of all the fun and cute gifts I am getting for my close friends. Etsy has always been my favourite place to shop online. Being a maker and designer myself, it's really important for me to give back to the community and support small business, hehe.

Here's what I love. This is a flatlay I've made, an oldie but a goldie, hehe.

Below, are a list of makers and shakers with direct links to their websites. 

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Have a fab day, all!

xm

 

BROOCHES AND PINS 
1. Unicorn + fox + girl with a bun wooden brooches // bacon & eggs + sausage dog + cactus lapel pins Hello Miss May 
4. Donkey wooden brooch Little Brown Dog 
5. White Kitten lapel pin Surfing Sloth

BANGLES 
1. Resin with rose gold, silver and gold foil Sly Pony Studio 
2. Pom Pom bangle Love Astrid

CERAMICS
1. Milky Way coffee cup La Petite Fabrique De Brunswick 
2. Cloud + Heart + Polka Dot trinket Urban Cartel 
3. Mini Cat Vase Gail CC

OTHER CUTE THINGS 
1. Ice Cream Van dish Mima Workshop 
2. Wooden Camera Brainbow