Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

A few highlights of the past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I also post quick reviews here and there. There were more than a few Chinese New Year related posts because it's big deal in my culture and life. You can see more on Instagram and do follow if you like what you see...

  • Fire escapes are a familiar detail on the facades of a number of residential buildings and if you pay attention, some of them are quite striking looking.
  • I made long life noodles with three types of mushrooms and choy sum vegetables for our Chinese New Year's eve dinner.  I don't use a recipe anymore but I could probably write it out if anyone is interested so let me know.
  • Festive red lanterns in Chinatown for the new year. I'm always tempted to buy one and then it's like what would I do with it once I bring it home.
  • My January Play! by Sephora box. This is now my sole beauty subscription since I just canceled my 3B Box. 
  • Raindrops can be quite beautiful depending on your perspective and better yet when you're under cover.
  • Garlic Crust Spicy Crispy Chicken at Korean gastropub Take31. The only thing that could make crispy chicken better is rolling it in crunchy bits of garlic before eating it. I really love garlic! Good thing it's a health food!
  • Pretty packaging is something I always take notice of and this Bellocq tea packaging is just lovely.
  • This Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask is my favorite facial treatment of the moment and my quick review details why. 
  • I've said it before but I have a real love/hate relationship with snow in the city but there's no denying that there's something magical about it when it's falling. This winter hasn't been that cold. I'm pretty sure climate change has something to do with that and anyone who doesn't see it is either blind, ignorant or just plain corrupt and greedy AF!


  1. Love the lanterns shot.

  2. I AM SUPER INTERESTED ABOUT THE NOODLES! As a vegetarian, cute little things like that are always awesome! And these photos won't load on my mac :c

    Little Moon Elephant

  3. Beautiful images have a lovely weekend.

  4. Those noodles made my tummy rumble!:) NYC must be magical indeed during winter with the snow, has been super cold here too and I agree with u regarding the weather's change. Happy weekend dear Rowena! xo

  5. The noodles sound interesting!
    Beautiful pics!
    Kisses, Paola.
    My Instagram

  6. Amen a thousand times to that last statement, Rowena. I pray every day that your country gets a much needed reprieve from the insanity.
    And I feel the same way about the beautiful when it's falling and when it's still white, but after that....nah....And OMG on that crispy chicken! Nom nom:D
    And please post the recipe for that awesome looking dish:)
    Have an awesome weekend, chingu!

  7. Mmm, I do love noodles and had mee fun/bee hoon when we invited a few friends over. I love rice noodles!
    The crispy garlic chicken looks divine!

  8. These are certainly some stunning shots, sweetie! xoxo

  9. great shots! I was happy to see them in one place instead of my instagram feed

    Inside and Outside Blog

  10. Those noodles made my tummy rumble, lol. They look mouthwatering delicious and I am all for pasta anyway. Beautiful pics, Rowena. Wishing you a great weekend ahead, girl.
    New update: Click : : Click : : Clicketty Click

  11. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

  12. Really interesting photos!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Simera |Beautetude

  13. Yes to a recipe on the noodles please, Rowena. I tried the recipe that you listed on your other post and while it was great, I think it needs some tweaking so I look forward to your own recipe. And yes, the climate change definitely has something to do with it, we've been getting so much snow on and off which is very rare for us. :-(

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  14. I love your landscape imagery and you really captured the raindrops nicely!

  15. Raindrops and snow to me are quite beautiful but yes, it's much better when you are warm and cosy. I love snow although I am a tad over snow at the moment, ironically! That Sephora beauty box seems to be a lovely one to keep. Happy weekend, Rowena.

  16. Great photos! Happy weekend!:)


  17. Snow in your city truly does look magical, and as I've said one million times before... your product photography is superb!

  18. Love the way you captured the raindrops! Such a pretty picture :)

  19. I'm always charmed by your Instagram gallery but totally focusing on your skincare tips. I want that Glow Mask in my life! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  20. You have a lovely Instagram feed. Raindrops really do look beautiful, I never took time to look at them. I'll pay more attention from now on.

  21. haha I personally love snow. We don't get snow over in Sydney, but when I first experienced it overseas I fell in love with it! :) hope you had a lovely weekend.

    Metallic Paws

  22. Great post!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  23. So cool that you got a OUAI product; I used one of their hair masks a couple of months ago and it was/is the best hair mask I have ever tried!


  24. Oh such a great round up of gorgeous photos. I have been meaning to ask you about advice on purchasing an affordable lighting kit to start out and what you recommend...

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  25. I want to try Herbivore! I'm so glad you love that mask. Will definitely look into it Rowena. Those red lanterns are lovely. I do the same thing now. When I want something, I ask...Kim, what will you do with it? HaHaHa Gorgeous post & pics.

  26. Your instagram is great
    A big hug

  27. Beautiful pics! I really like the raindrops. Rain is so nice if you're cosy indoors!

    Hope you had a really nice weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  28. Lovely photos...I just had some lovely noodles for lunch:). I'm a big fan of fire escapes. We don't really see a lot of them here. They seem to be more present in USA. Now, I'm thinking of all those music videos I've seen that feature a dance choreography on fire escapes.

    This winter has been extremely cold here with temperatures dropping as low as -15 which is almost unheard of for seaside (in continental parts that's normal though). In Split so many people died that the undertakes had to work 3 shifts and one had to wait a minimum of a week for a funeral to be possible. However, lately the weather has improved and the temperatures are again normal for this time of year.


Thanks so much for dropping by! Please don't be shy and say hi! I do read all comments and try to respond by visiting you back on your blog or by email if you have it enabled. For a quicker response, you can always tweet or email me. Any spam and inappropriate links will be removed.