I am yearning for walks in the beautiful streets of Florence, picnics by the ethereal lakes of Switzerland, immersing in tradition in India, cooking freshly picked vegetables in our Norwegian cabin and being home in the warm embrace of my parents in Singapore.
The older I get, the more I appreciate every moment of every day. Every single day is a gift and it is amazing how ageing proof to be the force that reminds us of how beautiful the world is – and of course, that thought is being made even more poignant with the current pandemic; which has overstayed its welcome.
This morning, as I walked barefoot in my garden, a daily ritual I do to connect with earth’s natural healing energy, I reminisced things that have brought me to this very day – the adventure of it all. I squealed in delight, knowing whatever that have been handed out to me; the good and bad and everything in between has placed me right at this very space I am standing in.
A couple of days ago, I got a rather interesting invitation to experience a psychedelic retreat in Peru; pending the opening of the global borders, of course. While it has not been made legal in many countries, psychedelic retreats are mushrooming (no pun intended) in places where it is allowed. Couple of months ago, I spoke with Jonathan De Potter who runs a plant medicine retreat in Costa Rica and featured him on Fab! Luxe. Click on this link to read. Psychedelic is believed to help individuals have a deeper understanding of themselves; giving clarity to limited thinking and pave the way to have potential-fulfilled.
Am I excited to try? No. Am I curious? Oh, that’s a definite, yes – especially when “potential” and “fulfilled” come in one sentence - this could be another one of life’s adventure; one I can fill in between my journal.
Oh it's June – we have arrived halfway through 2021. It is often said that “time flies when you are having fun” but why does it still fly when most of the world’s population is still locked in within our borders; with no vacation and to many, not even the basic human needs fulfilled - morning walks; to breathe in the fresh air, getting together with family and friends, school, work. We can only pray, hope and STAY HOME when needed.
Fab! Luxe is welcoming summer in June with exciting pieces; summer make-up, intermittent fasting, meditation, luxury property in Batam, Indonesia - just to name a few.
Hope you are all ready for something warm and fun – even if it means being confined to the comforts of your own homes.
Playful June, all!
“Remember who you wanted to be?”
I woke up this morning, greeted by this phrase – a headline on an old magazine, which has been sitting on my side of the nightstand. It was there for a sheer reason of research - for an upcoming speaking gig. Not sure about you but I am a keeper of old magazines – not all but those titles and issues that speak to me. So, through continents and cities over the years, they come with me. Yes, I’m nostalgic like that!
Back to the phrase that welcomed my Monday; do you recall all those years ago, when your current life is the one you had been praying for? I was born, brought up and educated mostly in Singapore (with a little stint in Australia). Since my earlier years, I know that I will want to experience life away from my cosmopolitan island shores. I want to be that foreigner, yes, that (exotic) foreigner sitting at the corner, sipping her tea - I yearn to be an expatriate. I was ready to do it on my own when I was swept-off my feet by the sweetest Norwegian man. He’s been taking me on adventures ever since – it has been 15 years.
We all have our wants and wishes but only the lucky few get to live them. Sometimes I wonder if fate handpicks us through a system or mere chance. Hmmm, so that’s my Monday in a nutshell - one that will keep me pondering.
On a separate note, May has just welcomed itself. Elsewhere, flowers have bloomed and warmer temperature made their appearance. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I am based, evening storms and heavy rains have been on the agenda, for the last many weeks. Not that I am complaining – evening rains and thunderstorms have always given me a cosy, lovely feeling - oh, as long as it does not clash with any of my outdoor endeavours. Candles burning, kids cuddled up on the sofa, mugs of hot chocolate in hands, a chick-lit.
Fab! Luxe has entered her 7th month in existence and I cannot be more proud of her. This month, we have a whole array of topics to talk about. Armchair globetrotting is one that we all can personally relate to at this given time. One of our writers takes on to talk about investment for novices – because many are clueless when it comes to money matters. For wine enthusiasts, we have an article, which takes you across continents to know more about what goes into our glasses. Defining beauty is such a subjective matter. Read our take on that in this issue. Get to know Oman and Turkey and follow our latest installations on Note To A Younger Self and Golf By Malkeet.
With that chockfull issue of Fab! Luxe, here’s wishing you a magical May!
Zu Anjalika, May 2021
I am currently sitting in front of my Macbook, sipping-on a jar of gorgeous, velvety (oatmilk, banana, mixed berries, peanut butter, spinach) smoothie, wondering how it is even April of 2021; wasn’t it like three blinks ago when we first heard of this new pandemic called Corona Virus or COVID 19, as the months evolved?
Can’t believe most of us are all still within the borders we are contained in, whichever place you call "base" at this point. For me, the feeling of missing home has been overwhelming for the last month. Everything familiar is now in a distant memory - one year and four months to be exact. While positivity had been oozing when the whole pandemic started, I cannot deny it is waning thin at this point. While I have not been based at home, (home being Singapore), for the last 15 years, I have been a constant visitor, for whatever littlest reason I could find. This separation has been rather challenging, to say the least.
On a brighter note, April is my birthday month (it has been quite a number of rounds around the sun and it just gets fabulous-er) and April also marks the start of Ramadhan, fasting month for Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, heightened devotion and worship. Those who observe, refrain from food and drinks during daylight hours, congregate for prayers and share meals as a community when the sun sets in. It is indeed a beautiful time of the year – a favourite childhood memory of the sights, sounds and scents whenever the holy month rolls over. There was a distinct shift in the air; it is almost unexplainable.
To that, I wish all Muslims all over the world, a beautiful, fulfilling and soulful Ramadhan. May this be your best year yet!
Zu Anjalika x
Copyright © 2020 Fab Luxe. All rights reserved.