Black Friday 2016

Brace yourselves, it’s Black Friday.

Last year, I launched my first Black Friday post. This year, it’s an even bigger event that will extend into the weekend.

Avoid the scrum, stick the kettle on and join me; we’re going to bag to best deals together.

Amazon & eBay have already launched their Black Friday deals. Now is the time to buy Christmas presents. Warning, while browsing, you may end up buying your entire wish list of treats for yourself.

If you’re in need of gadgets, Currys & PC World Black Tag event has some great TV & PC deals.

I’ve recently bagged a bargain smart TV, and I can’t believe I’ve waited that long to have one, they’re amazing. Mine is Samsung; they will be selling fast from their midnight launch so have a look and compare prices.

Don’t bother with wrestling your locals at Tesco; you can get it all online.

Argos also couldn’t wait any longer and has already launched their Black Friday. The three things that I want are here, here and here.

Turn your home into a sanctuary with John Lewis. They had the cheapest NutriBullet in the market one year; I’m dying to know what it will be this year. I need this and this in my kitchen.

Christmas has indeed come early at Selfridges (receive 20% off your Christmas Shopping with code SELFCCE).

ASOS: 20% off everything with code GOGOGO.

Shop at River Island with the code: BFRIDAY16 for 20% off and Mango with code: Black

Up to 50% off at the sale you’ve been waiting for at Topshop & Urban Outfitters, Nike, New Look and French Connection today.

Replenish your beauty cabinet from Feel Unique (Code: MAKEITMAGIC), Boots & use code RUSH at Look Fantastic. Stock up at The Body Shop with up to 40% off. Code: 19805.




It’s Thanksgiving at Bloomingdales and use code: thanks at Macy’s. Go crazy at Missguided and

There’s up to 50% off at Mark’s & Sparks, and at House of Fraser. It’s VAT-free on fragrances at Debenhams.

There’s 20% off in the shoe world. Run over to Kurt Geiger, Shoeaholics (Code: BLACK20), Office (Code: WONDER) or Clarks (BMERRY16)

If you feel like running away from all this Black Friday madness, there’s up to 25% off flights from British Airways.

I’ll be posting and updating this page throughout the Cyber weekend.

If you’ve got any deals to share, please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Location: London

Photographer: Hattie Day at Wild Young Minds (FB here)

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Life lately…

It’s nearly August.

Can you believe it? Life has flown by like a tidal wave lately.

So, I relaunched this blog back in October 2014, which was just before I set sail on my adventures (you can read about that here). I started a blog as a destination where I could log my experiences, create a scrapbook and to look back on my life.

I told myself that I would update my blog regularly.

Did this happen?

In short, the answer is no.

I’m going to have a heart to heart with you, and I’m going be honest. I love blogging — I do. I love creating content, and I enjoy the journey that goes into a blog. The truth is, I work full-time and even though I have a creative idea every day, I haven’t found a chance to put my dream content into reality. When I’m not where I want to be, I’ll stop at nothing.

I’ve always thought that if you love something, you will naturally put your efforts into it. You can achieve anything you want, with hard graft. It turns out that my priorities have had to be reallocated elsewhere. And I hate being behind.

So I wanted to update you guys and keep you in the loop. The good news is that I do have a plan of action, and hopefully, I will be to where I want to be with this blog.

By the way, if you can’t stop staring at my shoes, they’re from the lovely team at Kurt Geiger Beautifully cut black leather, they make me feel like the Black Swan. Every lady needs a pair of tie-ups; they secure your footsies for that after dark event.

If you’re a blogger, I would love to hear your experiences and frustrations. Please do leave me a comment down below and let me know! In the meantime, you can follow my adventures here.

 Location: Mayfair, London

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 Photographer: Toya Berry



As a kid, I wanted to be a superhero that fights bad guys.

Then I grew up to realise that I couldn’t fly. Damn.

So how can we be our childhood heroes & help save zi’ world? I could tell you to volunteer abroad, foster a dog or to give up on civilization altogether and join a hill tribe.

I’m never going to be a barefoot forest dweller called Theresa Green or Ivana Makepeace — and look like this weird chick:

Yeh, she’s weird, isn’t she?

Without coming across like an organic-hipster-vegan-tree-shagger, I (try to) make a conscious effort to be eco-friendly to our world.

But let’s be realistic, most of us have busy lives.

You don’t have to whip your bush out to tap into Mother Earth’s rhythms. There are many micro-activities that you can incorporate into your everyday life.

Here is my lazy and modern guide to saving the world:


The amount of waste that currently permeates our planet is a good starting point. Let’s stop throwing reusable things into landfill. And no, I’m not asking you to be a hoarder. It’s the opposite: sell, donate or recycle.

Sell it: eBay and Gumtree are my handy friends, I started selling things online as a young’un and I learnt how to turn it into a good secondary income. It’s a win-win situation: earn pocket money and reduce waste. Before you put it in the bin, ask yourself, would someone buy this?

Can’t sell it? Donate it. Wherever I live, I look out for my nearest clothes bin or charity shop. I usually hand in bits on my way to work or on the way to town at the weekend. You can also pop your items in those clothing bags that you get through the door. Donate barely used makeup to Give and Make Up which helps women escaping domestic violence. Send your used stamps to the Royal Institute of Blind People (they can sell them by the kilo and raise vital cash). Recycle your old ink cartridges to Tommy’s which funds research into miscarriage and premature birth.

Recycle: Freecycle is an amazing recycling site. The best part about it? People will come and collect your items from you. If you have an old wardrobe, desk, blankets, anything, stick it online. You could be helping someone out: whether they’re a DIY Guru, just moved into a new home or are looking for supplies for their business, you’re helping out your community in a cost-effective way. Swish:,, are great sites to find your local clothes swap parties and any clothes that don’t get sold go to charities like Cancer Research UK. Oxfam & Save The Children has some of the best of pre-owned designer fashion, I’m always surprised when I browse their online sites.


You may have seen the video of the turtle with the straw up its nose. When you think about it, it’s easy to reduce your packaging intake. Do you need a plastic tea stirrer or plastic knife & fork? And yes, I’m just as perplexed as you are about having to pay 5p for a plastic bag. I’m from an Asian family; we reuse plastic bags for everything. I was outraged because I genuinely do reuse them. But the government does have a point; plastic bags are not biodegradable. We, as a nation have learnt to use them even when we buy a small chocolate bar. By sticking your items in a reusable bag, we will save millions of tons of waste — 32 million tons.


Download an app which supports causes like the Cancer Research UK Genes in Space app, every time you play; you’re contributing to the development of spotting DNA data which will help scientists in their research.

The Charity Miles app encourages users to raise money for charity every day as part of their usual exercise daily routine like walking, running or cycling.

If you like playing games on your phone like I do, the My Life As Refugee app is an educational download. Based on real-life experiences of families torn apart by conflict; It raises awareness of the plight of the refugees and gives you insight into the work that UNICEF does.

Clicks: For every donation you make online, Google will match it on One Today.


I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy eating meat. Meat is (scientifically) nutritious for you. Our species survived by eating it. If you read my blog regularly, you will know how much I love food and ah, burgers. Err sorry, got a bit distracted there. Anyway, in today’s world, we don’t go hunting for our food anymore (looking for the half price in the meat aisle doesn’t count). Today, due to the high demand, we have very advanced industrialised animal agriculture. Meat production has caused the cut down of 260 million acres of forest, and it’s responsible for a high amount of greenhouse gas emissions. These reasons mentioned, are only a few reasons why Veganism is growing. I have realised, I do eat a f**k load of meat, so I’ve cut back. I won’t tell you to be a Veggie or Vegan (unless you want to), not because I’m not — but because it’s your choice. Just be aware of your intake. Fred, the photo bombing deer, (behind me), agrees.

Food waste

Surprisingly, lots of people don’t know the difference in food expiry dates.

Best before: it’s preferable to eat said item before that date, but it won’t kill you.

Use by: throw it out mate, by the stated date. None of that ’30-second rule’, none of that ‘but it looks fine’ biz, no buts, just no.

  • Crush old bananas and make muffins.
  • Didn’t finish that roast chicken? Make a hearty pie or curry.
  • Make a yummy fruity smoothie when you’ve got bits of fruit and veg that are on the verge of going off.
  • Heading off on holiday? Throw all of the remaining veg’ into soup, create stock or cook stir-fry.

Places like The Real Junk Food Project are great; they are ‘pay as you feel’ cafes, this concept is growing in the UK, the money they raise goes to homeless charities, you can volunteer or donate. Check out a spot near you.

When I go for a meal, and I can’t finish it, I always ask for a ‘doggy bag’. Then if I see a homeless person, I leave it beside them. If I don’t see anyone, I put it in my fridge and have it for lunch.

And that’s that!

See? I didn’t even have to tell you to egg a politician.

You’re welcome.

Superheroes, feel free to comment any of your tips to share with my lovely readers, I’d love to hear them. Monica x




Location: Zi Planet

Real location: Richmond Park, London

Photographer: Hattie Day at Wild Young Minds (FB here)

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The Wong Diet

I often get asked (always when I’m scoffing my face in), “you eat so much, how are you not fat?”.

It’s a stereotype that East Asians are naturally ‘thin’. Some say that we’re lucky; our mysterious genes aid metabolism. While genes are a contributing factor, I’ve been doing some real digging. Besides being Maybelline (‘Maybe She’s Born With It’), there are the lifestyle and cultural factors that help us maintain a healthy weight.

I’m going to share them with you. Welcome to the secret ‘diet’ tips of Asia.

No. I’m not going to give you some lame faddy diet. All that maple syrup, air, baby food & no-carbs-after-six bullocks, is not good for you.

I don’t want to shock your body drastically because any weight you lose temporarily, will just creep back up on you — like that creepy stalker that just won’t take the hint.

These nuggets (not the chicken kind, soz) of wisdom have been passed down generation to generation.

It’s about the facts, nutrition, science and food coming together. I’m going to split this post into three sections: mentality, food and fitness.


In Asian culture, there is no liability for eating. Guilt leads to anxiety and stress leads to overeating. Eating brings people together; it’s supposed to be a joyous occasion.

(Vs. Western culture) Asians talk so openly about weight which eliminates guilt. If I’ve gained or lost weight, my mum will tell me. I don’t get offended. If I’ve gained weight, I’ve gained weight. If I’ve lost weight, I’ve lost weight. Who gives a f**k if we’re chubby this week?

Counting calories is not fun. Fixating on measurements can lead to a reverse effect on your objective. We all know the type, ‘Oh, I had 300 calories today, so according to this fitness app, I can have this chocolate bar to meet the recommended daily allowance’. You could argue that you’re the person who’s more like, ‘Ah I’ve gone over my daily allowance, so I won’t eat any more’, but that’s so tiring, isn’t it? Question your mindset, you know what works for you.

Mentality and way of thinking determine your diet. It’s about feeling comfortable with yourself as a person. Accept yourself, for what you are. The aim is to have a healthy relationship with yourself (and food).


First of all, it’s essential to keep in mind that I don’t want you to eat because you have to; I want you to eat because it’s delicious. If you don’t know how to cook, then there’s your starting point. Learn how to prepare food from scratch. Start watching YouTube recipe videos, give foodie Facebook pages a ‘like’, buy cookery books, go to cooking classes — do what you find most comfortable to learn, then maintaining weight will become a lot easier.


Authentic Asian cuisine is steam every-thang. In the same way, that the Chicken Korma is not native Indian, foods like Sweet & Sour Chicken is not authentic Chinese, it’s British. Yes, I agree with you, it’s delicious, but we can’t eat that shiz every day. I remember when my sister was born, my dad made a Chinese hot pot and popped it in an old Carte D’Or tub (hi Asian parents). It has everything you need nutritionally for a baby: fresh meats, vegetables, tofu and seafood. The origins of the Chinese hotpot has been around for over 1,000 years. Packed with flavour, I love a good hearty hot pot. The aim is to ensure that your meals contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

Brown rice 

Asians eat white rice every day. I’m going to talk about a healthier alternative: brown rice. I don’t get it when people say they don’t like it — I honestly can’t taste the difference! Brown rice = fibre. Genuine quote from my mum who told me when I was six, “Fibre helps you poo”. Err thanks, mum. We need fibre for digestion, and it reduces high cholesterol levels. Fibre helps out by keeping blood sugar levels under control, so brown rice is an excellent grain choice for people with diabetes.


To state the obvious, eating a lot of vegetables keeps you slim. The Chinese, Japanese and Korean diet is predominately rice and vegetables. Korean people consume a lot of raw cabbage -i.e., Bibimbap. The Chinese eat a lot of greens like Pak Choi, lettuce, radish and spinach. I hated vegetables as a kid. I hated it so much that when I got to University, I got carried away and ate everything that looked beige, speaking of beige, there’s food out there that isn’t green and is good for you. If you’ve realised that you’ve overdone it with the meat treats that week, why not replace it with tofu? It gives me lots of energy and is high in protein, vitamins and fibre. I missed my parent’s cooking so much at University, when I graduated, I ended up naturally eating 70% good food and 30% junk. Find your method of balance.


East Asians eat a lot of fish; there are endless benefits, the fresher, the better. (Fish fingers don’t count, don’t let Captain Birdseye try and flirt with you in frozen aisles). Always eat fish off the bone because natural fatty fish contains the highest source of natural Omega 3.


Soup is essential in the Asian diet. We drink it either before or after a meal. Our soup is essentially bone broth (made with boiling meat bones in water). It’s filled up with vegetables, beans and natural Chinese herbs (you should see mummy Wong’s cupboard). The broth takes hours to boil but is super easy to make. Why bones, you ask? The gelatin from the bone marrow contains glycine that is anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate metabolism, maintain lean muscle mass, preserve bone strength and control cellular health. The vitamins, proteins, and minerals from the ingredients dissolve in the water — giving you a balanced supply of nutrition which helps to keep you full. The Chinese love to poach chicken feet in the soup because it has a lot of collagen that is good for the skin. It’s not uncommon to see an old Asian woman ask the local butcher for meat bones. Centuries ago, we needed to make use of limited resources to their full potential. These days we boil our veg and then chuck away the mineral water containing all the good bits down the drain. If you’re vegetarian, veg broth works just as well (don’t forget the spinach for iron). If you’re not brave enough for trotter soup, don’t worry, there’s always Pho (Vietnamese rice noodles).


You know what? I’m not going to lie to you; I love a sweet treat. My Instagram is a collage of cake. I’m addicted to cake and breakfast tea. One day, I substituted my breakfast muffin for a banana and realised that the satisfaction I got out of both were similar — it helps if the texture is comparable. If you crave sugar, you can get it from the healthier sugars in fruit. Asians have either soup or fruit after dinner. The way I balance it out now is by having dessert for breakfast or as a dessert after dinner, never both.


Drink lots of hot water; it cleanses and boosts your immune system. If you’re not keen on hot water, try adding lemon. Herbal teas contain antioxidants, and they’re best mates with your metabolism. My favourite green tea is Jasmine tea. I love the blossoming flower ones; I always end up staring at my cup & I have the same reaction every time, ‘Oooh, so pretty!’.

Not a fan of the hot beverage? Make a homemade tea cordial. Experiment & mix different tea leaves: Lemon & GingerRaspberry BlasterBaked Apple & Sticky Toffee, they could help you steer away from those naughty processed sugary soft drinks. 

When I went to Thailand, I had lots of fresh coconut water. It suppresses your appetite, the fat content is low and makes you feel full because it’s rich in taste. It also made my skin glow. I also drink lots of almond & soy milk which have lots of iron and calcium.

Sometimes, your body will tell you, ‘Yo, give me food!’, But actually, you just need a beverage, so drink lots of cold water too. H2O helps us distinguish between being hungry and being thirsty so always stay hydrated.

Diet food

When I went travelling in Southeast Asia, I rarely saw any diet-marketed food. ‘Light’ options in the supermarket annoy the s**t out of me. I work in marketing, and I’m sick of seeing ‘No added sugar’ yoghurt, or ‘low fat’ cereal, or ‘light’ mayonnaise. If there’s less fat in there, it usually has to be replaced with something else to keep the flavour. Dear food brands, you can’t fool us with your extra sugar, sweetie. Diet Coke is one of the worst offenders, less sugar but added Aspartame. I’ll leave you to research and make up your own mind on that one.

I’ll end the food section with a poem from Japan called Hara Hachi Bu, which is the Confucian philosophy for ‘eat until you’re 8/10 full’. Derived from Okinawa, the Japanese leave that little bit on their plate.

Hara Hachi Bu

‘The Okinawa Diet‘:
Fill your plate with plants.
Consider the sweet potato.
Eat soy every day.
Learn some recipes that call for turmeric.
Make meat a rare treat.
Drink green tea like it’s going out of style.
Forgo the “all-you-can-eat buffet” mentality.


The size of your plates and bowls determine (unconsciously) how much food you eat. If you buy small plates and bowls, you’ll eat smaller portions. Without thinking about it, lighter servings give you time to enjoy your food, and you reflect on whether you want to grab a second helping.

I love the Japanese bento box; It’s like picking things from a sweet shop (I’m like a child). Speaking of picking pieces up, you eat smaller portions with chopsticks. The slower you eat, the faster you’ll be full. Asians feast with a bowl of rice in hand and select from a selection of entrees. They pick one piece at a time from the middle of the table and tend to eat how much they want rather than finishing everything that’s on a plate.


Okay, so you need motivation. You know your body & mind more than anyone else. You know what motivates you. What motivates me is to refer to an image that is the end goal.

You need to get off your ass. If you work in an office, you need to get off your bum even more.

I’m not going to tell you to join a martial arts class and become a ninja (unless you want to).

The best way to lose weight without realising is to find a sport / active activity that you’ll fall in love with. Asian parents take their kids to sports classes when they’re young, I mean the culture in China is a bit extreme because they want their kid to be the next Olympian, but as an adult, sweating it out in the gym is not fun.

Martial Arts, Basketball, Football, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Cycling, Running, Boxing, Yoga, Zumba, Ballet, Ariel Silks — the list is endless.
Once you’re addicted to your competitive sport, you’ll be fit, and you’ll feel good about yourself.

And that’s that!

Quit weighing yourself. It’s not a reflection on how you’re doing & you’ll feel crap one day and then endure short-lived happiness the next. 

Don’t stress about your weight. Food is for enjoying, not for worrying about. East Asians tend to eat little and often. That’s why people think we eat all the time.

Start looking up sports classes that you’ve always wanted to join. Trial some on Groupon and let me know which ones you like.

Decide to love yourself today.