Hello, my name is Rachel. I was born and raised in Singapore until I was on the wrong side of 25, before I moved to London for 5 years, lived in Boston very briefly…and returned to Singapore for good. That is, until we decide to move again.

In the time I was away from home, I fell in love, did a PhD, got married to my best friend M, worked in London for a year, travelled, cooked and baked LOTS, ate very well, and found time to have a baby. Our little potato of a daughter arrived last year.

I started this blog to chronicle the big and small moments in our lives. I still write about the big and small moments in our lives. Some of my bigger moments have been featured on a couple of websites and platforms. I like to dress my food up a little and take pretty pictures of them; a few of my better food photos have been featured on Tastespotting and Foodgawker. I have also grown to love photography after blogging all these years and am slightly obsessed with composition, colours and stories. I met lots of lovely people in the blogosphere who are inspiring, talented and tenacious and I am thankful for friends like them.

I have a very loving family who supports me in everything I do and I cannot ask for more. I am inspired by my parents and siblings to love my husband and beautiful daughter in every way I can, and to carve out new traditions, such as cooking, baking, crafting, travelling and going on Sunday picnics with my little family.

The tiniest dreams in the biggest ways, yes, I have some of those even though I am a stay-at-home-mother now. I’m tucking them away in my private corner, and slowly paving way for them to come true. So, watch this space!

To learn more about why I started writing at The Pleasure Monger, please check out my first entry.

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47 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 1 PL May 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Hey Demoee!!!!!

    lol! at least your hubby dragged u to a nice location…..unlike where Simin and I are…….

    and we both share the same sentiments as u lar……doing my PhD somehow makes me wanna do other things other than the PhD itself…., she doing her MSc……well….the crappy environment here really makes us both sick of the work we’re doing……and this is an irritating keyboard!!!!! because the Germans, for whatever illogical reasons, decide to change some positions of the keys………

    Anyhows, I hope we’ll to be able to work one day…..its where i’d take my fashion photography to the next level..

    Stay in touch!

    PL & Simin

    • 2 The Pleasure Monger May 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

      Demo-er!!! Er…I mean demonstrator….lol. I think we should start a ‘Say No TO PhD’ campaign, and knock potential PhD-wannabes into senses. GAH. Less like researching, and more like character-building years, really. Hey, the keyboard in UK is sightly different too ok, though not as bad as the German and Belgium ones….

      Ooh you planning to dabble in fashion photography full-time in future? Simin can be your full-time model!!

  2. 3 bookjunkie September 19, 2010 at 5:01 am

    your blog looks really pretty and interesting…..I must check it out slowly to savour each post :) thanks for stumbling onto mine earlier.

  3. 5 pigpigscorner September 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Glad to say that I’ve finished mine! Submitted my thesis yesterday!!! Having said that, I’m in on the ‘Say No TO PhD’ campaign…arghhh

    All the best though =)

    • 6 The Pleasure Monger September 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m still struggling with Introduction and Discussion, and already I’m on the Say No To PhD campaign…can’t wait to submit mine, thanks for the well wishes, I’ll need ‘All the best’ I can get to get through this wretched thing.

  4. 7 Hellen October 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Your blog is very lovely! I love how you write it and secretly envy your globetrotting *not a secret anymore*

  5. 9 Cheryl Collett, Itty Bitty Foodies - Yummy Adventures with Kids! November 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    How’s the laksa where you are? I’m also an expat wife. Lived in so many cities that I actually published a story called My Life As Luggage. You’re in a great city and looks like you’re making the best of where you are! Here’s to the adventures of life!

    • 10 The Pleasure Monger November 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      The laksa ain’t fab, but we make our own at home! I am partial to the tangy Penang laksa as my mum is from Penang. Awesome! Wow, you’re a true globetrotter, looking forward to your posts! Yes, cheers to adventures of life! =)

  6. 11 antiqueshoes November 5, 2010 at 12:14 am

    my current obsession is London so I think it’s amazing that that is where you were “dragged” too. I would lovee to go to London someday (soon). =)
    good luck on your PHD!

    • 12 The Pleasure Monger November 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Hi antiqueshoes, lol, I don’t feel that dragged anymore, but I really did feel this way when I arrived, the culture is completely different and I missed being away from my family! I still miss them, but it has become more bearable =) Come visit London, lots of things to do here! And thanks for your well wishes!

  7. 13 Fragolina December 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Nice meeting you Rachel! This is my first time visiting. Like your blog and style. For me baking is something I dont get enough of.

  8. 15 Lady J January 10, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Stumbled on your blog after reading a comment that you posted on bookjunkie’s blog. Enjoyed reading your posts and looks like I will be coming here more often :)

  9. 17 Lady J January 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Oh and I like to add that I enjoyed looking at your photos. You have a great eye for details when it comes to photography. I use the Lumix LX 3 camera too but somehow I’m not able to fully utilise the potential of the camera. Keep blogging, cooking and those lovely pictures coming in 2011. :)

    • 18 The Pleasure Monger January 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Lady J: For my more recent cooking and baking posts, I used a DSLR. I only use the Lumix LX 3 for my older posts, and for my recent eating out and travel write-ups. Lumix is pretty good, but to get the quality of recipe-book-esque photos of food, you’ll have to use DSLR. I’ll keep blogging for as long as I’m inspired! Thank you so much for reading!

  10. 19 bookjunkie January 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am quite confident you will own a baking business soon :) You are truly talented and I mean it. Your photos always make me go weak at the knees.

    • 20 The Pleasure Monger January 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      bookjunkie: Thank you dear, this makes me feel very encouraged. I’m still in infancy stages of learning the whole baking thing, so I’m not too ambitious right now. Just hope to keep baking and writing about what I love most.

  11. 21 doris June 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve got to tell you something – you are quite a photographer! Nice close up shots – is that a F1.8 or F1.4?

  12. 23 The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife June 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Your food looks delicious! Great work, and hope you are able to fulfill your professional cooking dream.

  13. 25 Newzealandbakerdreamer June 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I just found your blog…wow is all I have to say! I went through a few recipes and am amazed! I hope one day my baked goods come out as beautiful as yours because they are truly masterpieces!!

  14. 27 Holly July 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Oh my, I have fallen for your blog, a lot! Love it!

  15. 29 Chooi Oh July 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

    somehow, my days are hungrier since I have been following you in Twitter :) keep up the good work!

  16. 31 abichica August 24, 2011 at 6:13 am

    i have to say, there are a lot of sweet, delicious looking delicacies on the side pictures of your blog.. very distracting for someone with such a sweet tooth like mine..:-D

  17. 33 Ellen September 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Hi Rachel

    |Thanks for your recent advice on snowsDSLR F1.4. what kind of budget DSLR camera would u suggest for beginners? I can sling my kodak digital camera to the british museum as the click button has kaput…

    take care

    • 34 The Pleasure Monger September 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Ellen: I’m not too sure which are the budget ones, I got mine off a friend for a very low price, but I think it is an entry level one Nikon D5000. Perhaps you could swing by the stores and ask, or browse through photography magazines for a better idea? I don’t want to mislead you…Anyway, if you want to get a good lens, make sure it works with your camera body! You might want to buy the body first, before you get the lens.

  18. 35 Shu Han November 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wow first time here, linked here from goz’s. really impressed by what you’ve done and hope i can one day be lucky enough to do what you’ve managed to do. will keep checkign back! x

  19. 37 Sandra And Kathy's Corners December 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that we’ve been thoroughly enjoying your blog, the wonderful recipes and beautiful photos. We’ve nominated you for Versatile Blogger, details can be found here:


    Looking forward to reading much much more!

  20. 39 Mag February 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Hi, Rachel! Stumbled by from the Singapore Brides forum (BV thread) during my wedding planning and have been stopping by occasionally since! I enjoy your writing and am very inspire by your good photography.

    Also, thank you for sharing so much in your wedding planning series – Bridal Veil was indeed a dream wedding vendor, and I had customized M&Ms at my reception too!

    I will keep reading so I hope you keep writing :)

    • 40 The Pleasure Monger February 7, 2013 at 4:13 am

      Hi Mag! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the series!! BV is just awesome, huh? And yay to getting your M&Ms! Was it difficult to get hold of them? I have a few brides who emailed me to say that the company doesn’t ship them to Singapore anymore?

    • 41 The Pleasure Monger February 7, 2013 at 4:13 am

      And yes! I will keep writing :)

      • 42 Mag February 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

        (Sorry for the typo, I meant – inspired by your food photography.)

        Yes! Michelle is amazing, she gifted me the gown cos I liked it so much!

        For the M&Ms, I used a freight-forwarding service which gave me a virtual US address, and paid them to forward my M&Ms back here (we have a few such services – vPOST, comGateway amongst other smaller players). I used comGateway and got a shipping discount with my DBS Card so if anyone faces such a constraint you can let them know, it’s a super useful service ;)

      • 43 The Pleasure Monger February 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        Lucky bride you are!!!

        Thanks for the tip on the M&Ms, Mag!

  21. 44 Annapoorani August 29, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Hi ya,
    I was searching the net for a chwee Kueh recipe when I came across your blog.. I’ve been inspired by your descriptive recipe to give it a go. I too love chwee Kueh since I was a wee little girl and its been one of dishes which I have yet braved trying out but I will give it a go now. Thanks and keep up the good work on your blog.


    P.s – I don’t know what is wheat starch but I reckon it’s just plain ol starch

  22. 45 bunnybakery April 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hiya, nice to found someone who has a similar-ish background! Love your writing and all the food photos! x

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Read about my food-gasmic adventures in San Sebastian here! Also please come by and check out the prettiest cake I've made over here!
Macarons: Be Inspired
Dark Chocolate & Coconut Cookies
Rose & Lychee Chiffon Cake
Pan-seared scallops, jamon iberico chip, pomme puree, jamon iberico foam and chestnut
Red Velvet Cake
An English-themed Dessert Table
Chocolate & Hazelnut Salted Caramel Cake
Gula Melaka Salted Caramel Buttercream Macarons
The Ispahan Cake
The Ispahan
Sunflower Seed Macarons with Black Truffle Salted White Chocolate Ganache
Lemon Cupcakes with Lime & Ginger Whipped Cream
Portuguese Egg Tarts
Ba Zhang - Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Braised Pork Belly
The Fat Duck
Strawberry and Cream Pancakes
Pandan Souffle Roll with Toasted Coconut Whipped Cream
Red Velvet Cake
Lychee and Emperor's Seven Treasures tea-infused macarons
M's Spanish Paella
M's birthday cake - Japanese Cheesecake with Rose Whipped Cream
Lor Bak Gou - Fried Radish Cake
Pandan Chiffon Cake
Homemade Scones
Marmite & Coffee Pork Chops
Quick and Easy fried rice recipe!
Matcha & Adzuki Bean Macarons
Pumpkin & Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese Swirls
Matcha, Milo and Plain Polvorons
Kampar Chicken Biscuits - A popular Malaysian snack
White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies
Hustling the Xiao Long Bao in my kitchen
Bailey's & Coffee Macarons

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