Singapore and Malaysia have been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires in the region periodically. There are already many reports on the adverse impacts of oil palm plantation on the environment, however Adam Harrison’s on-site account of the current situation may convince our readers to take extra measures when purchasing items made with palm oil. This article is taken from Adam Harrison’s blog on the WWF website. “Right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, having just attended a series of meetings […]
August and September are the months when tomatoes are at their ripest. I always take advantage of these months when good tasty tomatoes are easily available to whip up a scrumptious tomato pasta sauce or tomato curry. As I savor the sweet and flavorful sauce, which one could easily make from scratch, I also lament about the impending cooler months, when tomatoes tend to be relatively less dense and hence a blander in taste. Well, I decided I should lament no more and spend a […]
We put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics to treat an infection, right? No questions asked. In fact, questions would be asked if we didn’t apply first aid when necessary. So why isn’t the same true of our mental health?
“In each case, I struggled with what to do. I don’t make casseroles; I’m not likely to run into these friends in our daily lives, and I’m not part of their inner circle.” Bruce Feiler
The only thing that is truly good is an excellent mental state, identified with virtue and reason
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Affordable, nutritious and highly versatile, beans are must-have ingredient in everyone’s pantry. I do not have a pressure cooker at home, and for many years I was daunted by the aspect of long preparation time for bean dishes…until I tried a recipe of beans in reduced red wine from Melissa Clark’s video on the New York Times. She debunked a couple of myths about cooking beans and got me hooked on the simple and fuss free way in preparing bean dishes. […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, beans, black beans and kale, chickpeas, comfort food, curry, dining and living, healthy comfort food, Joie de Vivre, pastafagioli, pumpkin, Slow Living, vegan, Vegetarian, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, winter warmer
This year, ViTRINE will run a campaign to encourage its readers to try taking a slower pace of living via its Instagram account. During the course of the year, 100 ways to escape the fast paced madness of the 21st century will be shared with its readers via photos posted on Instagram. We invite our followers to share your way of taking it slow, with us by hash-tagging their post with #100WaysSlowLiving2015 and #72Smalldive. Each month the most inspiring tip will be […]
With the passing of the longest night in 2014, looking forward to all things bright and positive for the new year holds a special meaning…especially when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light.
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“Listening is generosity,” he tells us. “Listening to someone else closely is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to another human being.”
Gift and Things is a online retail project concept that was conceived many months ago whilst I was reflecting on the gifts that I have bought for my loved ones and friends. Choosing meaningful gifts has always been a complex process, it takes time to know the recipient’s taste and ‘lifestyle rhythms’, then it takes even more time to look for stores with the ‘right’ selection of gifts. Dismally, high streets populated with chain stores have made the art of gifting […]
Categories: Drum Roll | What's New, Slow Shopping | 72 Smalldive • Tags: 72 Smalldive, ceramic drinkware, cuffs, gift and things, Gifts, lab123, lifestyle accessories, Online Shopping, Slow Living, small producers
The tartine is a french open-faced sandwich that is usually served with an elaborate or fancy spread. Despite its ‘frenchness’, with a little patience and imagination, the tartine is actually quite simple ‘dish’ to make. Preparation of this open face sandwich calls for deft patient hands and a good knowledge of complementing flavors using just a few ingredients. Understanding how certain foods (and cheeses) may be cooked at high temperature also helps. Herbs which are packed with flavors but occupy little […]
We were initially disappointed with that the management decided to take pizzas off their list. However we were eventually persuaded by their ’cause’ when our teeth sank into those much-talked-about focaccia pockets that come with a wide variety of typical roman dishes.
A colored leather bracelet with a metal buckle is a good balance for male fashionistas who would like a more elegant accessory for their wrist.
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As this issue is published online, many of us might have already left for our summer vacation. Wherever you are, we wish you a safe and pleasant journey. For those who have decided to ‘stay home’ to avoid this peak holiday season, inviting friends who are also in town, to your home for a casual meal may be a great way to spend the long summer days. ViTRINE’s Dining and Living has a couple of healthy light rice salad dishes that you […]
72 Smalldive is pleased to announce yet another new portal for customers based in the US – Amazon US! Since July 2014, the label is now a seller partner with Amazon US and a selection of bags and sundries leather accessories are now available at Amazon shopping portal. Visit Amazon to view products now!
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Rice is a great ingredient for summer salads. It adds texture and takes away the mundane of having to eat a big bowl of foliage.
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, Barley, Basil, black rice, Bubur Hitam, Cherries, Corn, Pistachios, Rice, Sage, Salads, Savoury, Slow Living, Sour, Sweet, Wholegrain, Wild Rice, Wild Rice Paradise
Xu Zhen’s oeuvre reflects the lingering concerns of an artist participating in the international art world while remaining deeply skeptical of it and its conventions, most immediately the label ”Chinese contemporary art.”
The World Cup takes the global center stage this month. With the beginning of the World Cup in Brazil, the national soccer teams are not the only ones competing for the trophy. Shakira and Pitbull are also facing each other for the title of the greatest hit to become the song associated with the tournament. ViTRINE’s takes a step down memory lane to re-listen to the hits and misses of official theme songs of past World Cup tournaments. Lacking time for sleep and […]
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The World Cup is here! You may already have heard the latest world cup hit tune way too often! World Cup mascot and theme songs have ranged from tacky to emotional wrenching tackiness. It make us wonders if the tune pickers have underestimate the lyrical tastes of football/soccer fans. Our editorial team have picked some old tunes for a re-listen. Have tunes gotten any better? You tell us! Italian Mush The Italian may be apt in preparing their pasta and […]
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Maya Angelou’s life was a life of risk taking. Through those risks she took, she bestowed the world with a rich legacy of wisdom.
Feeling listless, lacking in appetite, and having a short attention span…well it could be the temperature rising as summer gets ready to take over…or it could also be the World Cup fever. For the latter, the lack of sleep and a poor diet as a result of 24/7 monitoring on the matches’ results could put a strain on our physical health. Hence, we have dugged out our archives for 4 recipes that are quick to prepare and delicious and fun! […]
With Hari Raya celebration just around the corner, ViTRINE Style surfed the online shopping portals to bring you a few suggestion on keeping up a modern appearance without betraying one’s tradtional conviction. Here are 4 style tips on maxing your style with maxi silk dresses and statement accessories.
Summer season often poses many lifestyle challenges, which is why we at ViTRINE have decided to whip up a Summer Fête Special Issue, a suvivor’s guide to living and socializing well during the hotter months.
Party invitations with dress codes stipulations can be time consuming and distressing or plain fun and challenging but no matter how we wish to look at it, a little inspiration and help from fashion bloggers or from Pinterest is always welcomed!
Categories: Slow Shopping | 72 Smalldive, ViTRINE Style • Tags: 72 Smalldive, dress codes, formal, gowns, Guide to Gracious Living, Joie de Vivre, Luxury, minaudiere, Red Carpet, semi formal, Slow Living, slow retail, soiree, Summer, summer fete, Trend, Trend | Slow Retail, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, wedding, wedding invitation
Most of us will feel at ease seeing “semiformal” on our invite. This indicates the kind of attire we are most familiar with for evening weddings and summer soiree: cocktail or festive, dinner party-appropriate attire that we can find in the evening wear section of a department store. Semi formal does not however mean come as I wish, we’re talking knee-length, “big-night-out” dresses of the sort they might wear to a New Year’s Eve party or on a special date.
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Between March and April 2014, there were several back to back events at 72 Smalldive that led to our absence at ViTRINE. We are back this month, continuing with our feel good theme with Frank Sinatra’s ever popular karaoke hit My Way as our inspiration. Hence we had our writer Isabel find out how style icon Iris Apfel leads the league of taste makers in liberating our thoughts on what is truly fashion and style. ViTRINE also met three young and […]
We have written about Pasta Madre before. Located in a neighbourhood area of Milan which comes to life in the evening, Pasta Madre is also worth a visit for a casual Italian breakfast of espresso and brioche. Pasta Madre serves simple breakfast from 7 to 10 am and all its brioche are freshly baked with madre lievito (nobile yeast) which makes the bake goodies go easy on the stomach.
Miss a Take: It’s good to have a few little mistakes- don’t plan. “Everything that’s important in my life has happened by accident; I don’t plan anything”.
Categories: Gracious Living Guide • Tags: 72 Smalldive, Bold, Gracious Living, Guide to Gracious Living, heartfelt, HSN, Inspirational, Instagram, MAC, New York, New York Times, Slow Living, ViTRINE, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog. Iris Apfel