Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie

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On tuesday morning, we had a big plan to make some delicious treats for the neighbors. After going through a list of options ranging from Roast Chicken, Cheese sticks, Chinese Dumplings to a cake. I decided on cookies because it is easy enough to make and a crowd pleaser. Shortly after, an image of a creepy guy offerings girls sweets, came into my mind. I thought to myself, “there is no turning back now”.

The cookies turns out to be way better than imagined. Although the first batch was a little hard due to the lack of love (aka over-baking). I surprised myself with overall results. The cookies ended up never leaving the kitchen. Sorry, Neighbors!


Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies 
Adapted from Katy Sparks and Andrea Strong

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

110g tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups chopped pecans
340g ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment or coat with butter. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla, and beat until well mixed, about three minutes. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Sift together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter with the mixer on low speed. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the second half. Stir in the oats, pecans, and chocolate chips. Drop the dough, by the tablespoon, onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on a rack. Store at room temperature in a cookie jar or other airtight container.


Home of DJ Tom Shellsuit

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In the midst of spicy Thai food and a old dingy building, is the home of a DJ Tom Shellsuit. Filled with an eclectic collection of street art, vinyl and boom-boxes, his home reflects his interests and influences during the last 10 years spent in Singapore.



Having started out in print and advertising, Tom is now a full-time DJ and promoter for two pretty awesome collectives, Sideshow and Pushin’On – Go check them out when you are in town.

Loving this mixtape from old school vinyl found in Singapore!

Chinatown Vinyl Squad Mix (sample) by Shellsuit on Mixcloud

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Inspiration Monday 01

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It’s been ups and downs trying to solve the hacking situation to the blog. Overall, it has been a learning journey and Hellagood is back. I am start a new series of Inspiration Monday to share a collection of web links that have inspired me.

Have a energized week ahead, boys and girls. Here are a few links for your enjoyment…

Inside a textile factory in America

An entire city of fish house

The latest invention in the make-up industry

A great guide to lens and DSLR

Simple Watermelon salad for the week

Next diving adventure, Sunken Civilization, Heracleion

Beautiful Origami Lamp from Holland

A tribute to Maya Angelou; an video interview with Dave Chapelle


Photo via Chris Payne Photography

Photo Journal 01: California

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It has been a year ago since I left home on this adventure. It was not an easy transition. I noticed a lot more space, too much for comfort. I am alone and scared a times. I told myself.. nothing good comes easy. I cherish everyone I’ve met and you know who you are. I miss you, California.







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A New Blog Design

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Looking at my old posts, I am secretly smiling seeing how much I’ve grown. After a year of writing and learning from some highly talented individuals, I can finally say that I am a better writer and photographer now. Looking back, this has been one of the best decisions I made in my life and it’s due for a facelift!

I’m not a professional graphic designer by any means. In fact, I was never trained in any forms of design. P.S. I studied how to mange big hotels and talk nicely to people. Taking up some design class in Skillshare was the best investment for myself. That being said, the blog update couldn’t have been done without some amazing people, Gloria and Ilina.


1. A ‘new’ logo. I love how happy and cheerful the logo is. The new logo is all of that + being cozy.

2. A new profile picture. Quite frankly, that was me in my beaboxing heyday and no one could have recognize me. This blog needs a updated photo (I looked so happy in the salt flat of Bolivia).

3. The About page is updated with some funny photos.

4. I embedded my new favorite social media feed into the sidebar: Instagram.

5. I sticking a cleaner font family and adding some red color to the mix.


I am very sorry on the delayed blog content as I’ve been working on starting my Wedding Planning endeavors. Exciting News! My new ventures has got a name: Beautiful Gatherings. I promise to get on top of my game once things have settled down.

On top of that, I am working on a little map series for my favorite neighborhood in Singapore. Watch out for this place as something good is cooking up!

There is a few more things to tweaks so please pardon any strange happenings in the next few weeks. Overall I am very happy with the new and improved Hellagood. I hope that you will feel happy and inspired in this new space.