Hi, I'm Alicia (but my friends call me ally/ tingchow) so you can choose whatever that makes you comfortable!
I'm a freelance educational media producer and food stylist by day.
What about off duty days?
My humble life in Singapore involves cooking, food styling, hitting the gym (to sweat out all the food and negative energy), reading, travelling for new experiences and daydreaming.
Daydreaming is a luxury to me, and I take that as a strength. To dream and act upon them is a thrilling and rewarding journey. Whilst pursuing a Communications and New Media degree, I daydreamed about capturing and documenting stories in visual and motion.
I took the first step and instantly fell in love with making documentaries in 2012 when I visited Laos during summer school.
Capturing human interactions, living landscapes, and even the processes behind the lens fascinated me. I met people from all walks of life, and managed to get a glimpse of what life is like from their perspectives. Being able to document this little piece of life in motion was a beautiful and transformative experience for me.
Then my dreams get bigger, I took a leap by producing a series of short videos on Food & Beverage (F&B) management for a University module and doing food styling. The films were to enhance students' learning by having them view life from the lenses of F&B managers, headchefs, and kitchen staffs. My love deepened through documenting, interviewing and editing these videos; and further still with the feedback I received from colleagues and students.
I’m trying to follow my passion, and I’m hoping to be able to take you with me on my journey. So far, the journey hasn’t always gone smoothly, some days are wonderful successes and others...not so much. However, over time I’ve learnt to embrace those imperfect days. I appreciate them as they help me to change and evolve. Till today, those imperfect days and all the uncertainty they’ve brought are some of my favourite memories, thus I embrace the changes everyday.
Cooking with my loved ones is therapeutic for me and I’ve always cherish our time in the kitchen. As a kid I learnt to cook by spending time in the kitchen with my Mum and Gran and was raised on their homecooked dishes. All my recipes here are either passed down from them, or inspired by eateries I frequent. I'm a strong believer in preparing hearty and delicious homecooked food—though do accept that these qualities don’t always go hand-in-hand hahah.
I want to say a big Thank you for stopping by! I hope that you get something out of this blog, be it a new recipe or just a happy read/distraction.
Either way, enjoy!