Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Travelogue: The One and Only Sri panwa // Phuket III

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That state of solitude, I crave.

That ethereal moment with all the beauty around me, I wish to hold on to.

That soft caress of the wind and fleeting Marilyn Monroe moments; I indulge in.

That liberating freedom of walking on sunshine with flowers in my head; I cherish.

Oh, how I've loved you, Sri panwa.


Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Travelogue: The One and Only Sri panwa // Phuket II

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I hardly ever bun up my hair for photos, and when I do, I actually felt awkward when B points the camera at me. I found it challenging to angle my face, because with so much of my face exposed, I can't help but feel fat and conscious.

But this set of photos surprised me, and turned out better than I had expected. A little cool tones won't hurt, and so does a pair of watercolor floral pumps.

I should do this more often.


Outfit: Criss-cross Bralet, MDS Collections *sponsored* // Colorblock Midi Skirt, MDS Collections *sponsored* // Watercolor Floral Pumps, ShopJenith // Jewel Earrings, Lovisa // Bangles, H&M

Quote "10%melodyyap" when you shop at MDS Collections and enjoy a 10% site-wide discount! Like MDS Collections on Facebook for styling tips and sneak previews, and follow MDS Collections on Instagram for flash sale codes and OOTD contests' details.

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Luxury is Trust

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“Luxury is most intangible. It is the liberation that is earned through years of striving. We don’t just work for a monthly salary; we work for a future of financial freedom, freedom of time and emotional freedom – and these are the liberation that we should spend our lives luxuriating in. And this can only happen with sheer hard work, wisdom that comes with experience, determination and very strong beliefs in yourself. Trust in yourself, and luxury will come.” – Melody Yap

I am truly honoured to be invited, along with Brad, to be a part of Reebonz’s 6th Anniversary this March as a featured Style Files’s Centre Stage influencer. Reebonz is a land of temptations. The selections are fascinating to say the least, and prices are really competitive. A Reebonz sale is definitely a sale worth checking out too. Let’s just say there will definitely be something to bag home. Pun intended.

With Reebonz, Luxury is Trust. 

That is, trusting Reebonz to provide 100% authentic luxury goods and trusting Reebonz to fulfill orders and on-time delivery. Reebonz celebrates its 6th anniversary this March and Reebonz is unquestionably the trusted name to buy and sell luxury products. Payment details are safe, quality and the authenticity of its goods are ensured.

Luxury is trust and trust is earned from 6 years of success in the industry. Here’s wishing Reebonz a Happy 6th Anniversary from yours truly and Brad. And, don't forget to check out our interview in Style Files here.

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From now till 31 Mar 2015, all my readers can quote MELODY6OFF to be entitled to a 6% discount when you shop at www.reebonz.com.sg. 

I have also curated an event, and you can shop my favourites here

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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Travelogue: The One and Only Sri panwa // Phuket I

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It was extremely hard to bade goodbye to Sri panwa, our favourite playground in Phuket. The property never fails to impress, and every corner is a photo spot. I can't help but spam my Instagram timeline with the many photos we took. 

You have no idea how excited I was when I first learned of our trip, and a revisit means ransacking my wardrobe for my favourite pieces so that I can take all the photos I want to take. You see, I always visualise frames in my mind, plan my outfits way in advance, think of the poses - and these are part and parcel of the process of churning out what seemed to be a mere outfit post here. 

Anyhow, something about this space is brewing and I can hardly conceal my excitement and to share with all of you what I have been working on. But meanwhile, here's a tribute to the beach floral maxi that I love so much. For me to wear it again and to have a second set of photos of it speaks volume of how this steal from Zara holds a place in my heart.

And, to my Love - thank you for your eternal patience, for always bearing with the sweltering heat, for waiting for me to nail the poses, and for all the photos that we have accumulated through all our travels.


Outfit: Floral Maxi, Zara

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Monday, March 02, 2015


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Spending some alone time with the love of my life, and our all-time favorite resort in Phuket. Sri panwa, you've been nothing short of amazing - as always...

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Saturday, February 28, 2015


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I have been so lazy with sharing my outfits, but I guess all of you were well occupied with my weight loss post for the past week, yes? 

Anyway, did you know that I used to avoid white? It was a shade I dreaded, one that would only emphasize my roundness then. The only white I wore were oversized tees, and that was only to bed. It wasn't only until I slimmed down that I dared to attempt white again.

And it has since been among my favourite shades to turn to. White is always feminine in a very understated way. And I really loved this simple ensemble I put on some weeks ago. The sequinned blazer and lace-up heels sure toughened up the look, and damn, the red on my lips is sick. I bagged the lippie from a Topshop sale, and it was only S$9! 


Outfit: Crop Top, Topshop // Pleated Skirt, TheClosetLover // Sequinned Blazer, H&M // Lace-up Heels, Windsor Smith // Birkin 35, Hermes // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris // Collien de Chien, Hermes

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Melody Yap's Weight Loss Tips

For so long now, everyone has been asking me, "How do you stay so slim despite eating so much?"

The truth is, I was very fat before. Now, this is very subjective. Some time last week, I wrote a post on Ladyironchef on the tips to stay slim without exercising, and I was slammed by many on Instagram. Many claimed that I was advocating model-weight kind of thin, and that I was a bad influence because I said that I was 52kg and 52kg was fat.

But did I really mean that, or did you choose to interpret it that way? By my standard and frame, 52kg was a massive ballooning, and it was my fattest period. Sure, that weight may be a norm for many, and there will be people who are heavier than 52kg and they are healthy. That's good for them, but not for me. 

A little background info might help before you develop more misconceptions, so here are some hideous photos to share before I go on. It took me many days of hesitation before I finally decide to share:

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ZERO PHOTOSHOP! I didn't even brighten the photos.

Get it? Based on my height, based on my lifestyle, this was unacceptable. I weighed 52kg, I wore L-size clothes, I had a fat percentage of 25%, and I lived with very unhealthy habits. To reiterate, I was fat and unhealthy, and that could not go on. 

Exercise was part of the slimming down process, and in case you are wondering, I used to jog twice a week, each time clocking 5km under 30 minutes. It was the intensity that worked for me, but I do not want to talk about exercise because it is relative and very dependent on individual. Find your own, and seek professional advice if you need.

What I want to share is how I disciplined myself with healthy lifestyle habits during the process of slimming down, and still practising them till today. While exercising for a stronger body is essential (yes, I agree and I dance + do yoga), daily lifestyle habits are vital. Sustenance is hard, and I never want to go back to looking that way again. So I live by those rules that I had shared, and by penning them all down, my only goal is to motivate girls of all kinds - whatever your weight or size is. 

To all of you who are genuinely interested, I hope my guide will help you. And with this post, with these blackmail-worthy photos, I just want to tell all of you that having been through that phase personally, I know exactly how it feels like to be fat, to never be able to fit into nice clothes without looking like a dumpling, to be laughed at constantly, to feel demoralized, and to be overwhelmed by inferiority complex.

I know, I really understand how that feels, because I have really been there before. And I hope I serve as a motivation to all of you now. No matter how tough it is, I promise you that if you follow these rules of mine, you will see results sooner than you'd expect.

Meanwhile, I will not entertain any nasty comments nor criticism. I am honestly very happy with my progress and health now, and to me, that is more important than looking good in a bikini. For sincere followers and supporters who have left me kind comments (on my Instagram, on Ladyironchef's website and through direct emails), thank you.

Once again, to read more about my tips on weight loss and staying slim without exercising, click here

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