We hope August was an awesome month for all you Churpers 🙂
On our end, August was jam-packed with the celebrations of both our nation and … Netccentric’s 10th Anniversary! (whoop whoop!) Not just for us it seems as, Cëe, our featured Alpha of the month, recently returned from a 3-months long vacation and celebrated her 22nd birthday back in Singapore.
Now that half of September is done and dusted, let’s check in with Cëe on what she has been up to!
1.Hi Cëe, welcome home! How was your recent trip to New York? What did you enjoy most about the city that never sleeps?
Thank you! This city really never sleeps. I love NYC (but San Francisco takes first place) because food is everywhere! No surprises there. Most places are within walking distance, almost like Singapore, which makes it very convenient.
As a tourist, I would recommend trying Shake Shack. If you’re looking for something more Instagrammable, they have plenty of cafes for you to explore. Certain street food or food trucks can be expensive, so just be aware of that.
My favourite spot in Manhattan would be The High Line – it’s an elevated park built on a historic rail line. It may be a bit out of the way but you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the cool breeze and sun set.
Also since you’re in New York, I suggest taking a trip down to the 9/11 memorial. There are 2 large fountains that take the spot of where the twin towers used to be (I think) and they also have a museum. I believe it’s a great learning experience for everyone.
2.Aside from New York, what are some of your favourite cities that you have travelled to recently & why?
San Francisco, Melbourne and Hong Kong (planning another trip in Jan).
I don’t know why, but I’m just so drawn to San Francisco. It was a place I’ve always wanted to visit and after spending 2 months there, I think I left my heart in San Francisco. Maybe it’s the people, or the landscape or the chilly weather… I would do anything to be back again!
While I didn’t spend much time in Melbourne, I was able to visit quite a number of places thanks to a friend who lives there. They have so many Instagram-worthy streets and cafes that it’s not difficult to see why I love this city. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would definitely love to revisit and have a longer stay this time.
Hong Kong is just a glutton’s heaven. The last time I visited, I was there for over a week and it seemed like I still had so much to do and so many places to visit. Can’t wait to start planning the upcoming trip!
3.What tips do you have for budding videographers who may not be familiar with doing travelogues?
- Record everything! It’s better to have more footage to work with than none. What I’ve learnt during my stint as a videographer is to keep each recording short, so it’s a lot easier when editing. Rather than watching through a 10 minutes recording to find the ‘good parts’, you can easily scrub through a 1 minute recording.
- You don’t need a professional camera to have a ‘good’ travel vlog, there are times when I chose to record with my iPhone 6s and the quality is pretty decent.
- Watch someone else’s travelogue to get inspired.
While I did say to record everything above, there are times when it’s much better to be present in the moment and enjoy the view with your own eyes. Most importantly, the main reason we travel is to expand our knowledge and to relax. So enjoy yourself on the trip and the process of capturing all those moments!
4.Ok enough of travels, let’s get to know the person behind @ardaisy_! How would you describe yourself?
Hmm, I love a good adventure, I probably joke too much and am organised most of the time.
5.Congrats on your graduation! What are your plans for the future?
Thank you! My plans for the future are to find a partner and settle down within the next year. Just kidding! I am currently looking for a full-time job most probably doing digital marketing, and see how it goes from there. 😊
6.Well, one thing we do know for sure is your love for flat lays! What are your favourite props to use/have when creating a flat lay?
I don’t have any favourite props actually since most of my props are also object that I use on a daily basis. I do however have some notebooks/books which were impulse purchases but turned out to be really great props as I don’t use them at all.
Oh wait! Flowers can make great room decoration as well as props.
7.Where do you draw your flat lay inspirations from and what do you do when your inspirations’ lacking?
My daily life I suppose. Most of my flat lays are created to represent a day, rather than intentionally created just for the sake of posting. Of course there are times when I get a new shoe or bag that I really want to feature, then I create a flat lay around those items.
When my inspiration’s running low, I use Pinterest! I can spend all afternoon pinning, even when I have other important things to do. (oops!)
8.Your two guinea pigs are so adorable! What did you name them after? How has your life changed after being a mama to your two fur kids?
Hehe, thanks! The older one is named Dale, and the younger one is Baby. They are approximately 3 years old and 1 years old respectively.
To be honest, I’m not even sure how life was like before having my guinea pigs (says every pet owner). I missed them so much when I was away for 2 months.
9.Even though you’ve graduated, it’s back to school season for many! What recipes do you have to share for a quick and easy yet healthy breakfast?
- Overnight oats
I love overnight oats because as the name suggests, you prepare it the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. Fill your mason jar with oats, yoghurt and some fruits and leave it in the fridge overnight. I don’t add honey or sugar, because the natural sweetness from the fruits is enough for me.
2. Fruit Salad
Don’t let the word salad scare you. I’m not someone who loves eating vegetables as well, but adding your favourite fruits into the salad makes it a lot better.
- Infused water
Fill your bottle with fruits/vegetables (I like the cucumber and mint leaves combination the most). I usually also prepare this overnight, leave it in the fridge and drink it first thing when I wake up!
10.Lastly, as Netccentric just turned 10, what are some wishes you have for the company?
Happy 10th birthday Netccentric! The party was amazing and I’m glad to be part of this wonderful family. To more success ahead!
All of us can agree that doing up a flatlay is definitely not an easy feat, it’s an art form! We hope you’re as inspired as we are right now and for more tips and tricks on flatlays and Cëe’s travel adventures, follow her on her blog and her social media platforms!
Once again, have a blast this F1 weekend, Churpers 🙂