New York Might Just Kick Me Out After What I Did This Morning..

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Am really grateful for this chance to live my dream in NY, but I know other people have also wanted to visit NY too. Let me fulfil your dream for you? Tweet, FB post, or Instagram post your NYC bucketlist with hashtag #ESTELLENYDREAMS today and I’ll post some videos doing cool things for you! 🙂 I promise I’ll be the best tourist.

(I actually posted the #EstelleNYdreams shoutouts on social media yesterday, before this accident!)
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PS: This whole video was powered and made possible with a Nokia Lumia 1020. Thanks for helping me to capture my adventures, Nokia!

Tweet me @estellekiora #EstelleNYdreams and tell me your NY dream!

I won a global social media competition and will be flown to Social Media Week in New York!?

I can barely believe it… I made a really 15 second video for a global social media competition called #SMWreporter, and I won it!!!! I’m one of three winners from countries all over, and we will all be flying to the US for Social Media Week New York, 17-21 Feb 2014. Such an honour!!!

One of the winners is a lovely girl Hum, who I actually stalked all over social media because I absolutely loved her creative video submission. She’s completely the sort of personality that I know I will completely be in sync with. I can’t wait to meet her and she’ll be flying in from Toronto.

The third winner is Anthony, a talented and good looking chap – He speaks with swag, hosts TV shows and is part of the MTV Voices programme in the US.

The competition description was to make a simple and short video, to show why you should be picked as the winner for Social Media Week. I tried to film a few more complicated ideas and trans-media stories, but ended up filming this concept instead. I knew I could make good quality and authentic video content that would show social media in a fun way, which was probably what the company wants. (I don’t have many skills, but I know I got this pat down!) However, I was really embarrassed to show my personality at first – what if everyone thinks I look stupid (I obviously do)?! But hey, screw it. I’ve regularly attended Social Media Week in Singapore to learn more about the industry, and a trip to New York for an event that I’m passionate about is worth any risk of embarrassment.

HUGE thanks to all of you who watched and enjoyed the video, so glad that none of you laughed too hard! Ok, you probably did, but it’s fine! This is the furthest place that my blog has ever taken me, and I would have never in my wildest dreams ever thought I could come this far.

Your support on my Facebook posts, Twitter updates, Instagram stories and blogposts here have been the reason why I am still writing and getting somewhat recognition for it. Love You Wrong Time honestly wouldn’t be what it is without you guys. Shoutout to Hikaruchiou, Colin, Privefleur, Peter Squidg, Bboy rice and so many more of you guys who are always showing me love online! I’ve always been very interested in creating video content and this incredible win has given me more confidence to explore this medium. f I start making more silly videos and playing with pink feathered costumes, please know that it is completely your fault…!

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LINK TO THIS INSTAGRAM VIDEO HERE.

EXCITING UPDATE: I will be shifting to a .com very soon and I’m really excited to show you the stunning design that my creative team and I have been working so hard on for almost a year. My own company website will be launched soon too, and I’m going to also prepare and print new namecards for the endless learning and networking I want to achieve in New York. Bring it on!

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As I always say, the dream is for free – the hustle sold separately.

Thanks again to you amazing lovergirls and loverguys for believing in me and being a part of this exciting Loveyouwrongtime journey.

FUN, FOOD, TRAVEL!: Filming an amazing show in Philippines for Asian Food Channel


So I can finally say it…

I’m filming an amazing show for Asian Food Channel now in Philippines and it’s going to be lots of fun, food and travel!

Thank you Philippines and #AsianFoodChannel for having me here!

Stay tuned here, and on Asian Food Channel’s Facebook page for more updates.

Mahal kita 🙂

#tv #cable #network #newshow #philippines #mabuhay #filipinos #goinglocal #exciting #goodtimes

Singaporean’s top 10 holiday destinations for a Christmas getaway

Where are you spending your Christmas? I’ll be cuddled up with loved ones and the family, as I always am. Christmas is my absolutely hands down favourite time of the year (CHRISTMAS!!!!!! Jesus! Presents! So much love!), so grinches need not apply.

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These are the Top 10 Holiday Destinations from Singaporeans for a Christmas getaway this year –

#1: Seoul

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#2: Hong Kong

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#3: Taipei

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#4: Paris

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#4: New York

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#5: London

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#6: Tokyo

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#7: Bali

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#8: Sydney

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#10: Rome

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Photo credit. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/rome/8110869/Rome-in-winter-the-Eternal-City-at-its-best.html

That’s funny, I thought Bali would be a lot higher on the list – all my friends seem to jet off to Bali for Christmas and NYE the first chance they get. It seems that Singapore travellers are also increasingly looking to spend the festive season in a HOME, away from their home. According to latest findings by Airbnb, it looks like lots of Asian destinations were featured prominently on this year’s holiday travel wish list.

Sometimes when I travel, I skip the whole hotel thing altogether and book rooms with home rental sites like AirBnb – you can discover unique local families through their accommodation, rent rooms in local homes and experience local culture better. Booking a nice room in a beautiful home is also MUCH cheaper than sleeping in an even standard small fare hotel. My girlfriend Estee and I last booked rooms with AirBnb in Berlin.

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What I would give, to have another ski x soul searching sonata atop of the Swiss alps.

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Where are YOU spending Christmas this year? Where would you actually like to be?

I haven’t been to Korea since I was 16, maybe it’s time for a trip next year! Happy Holidays, everyone. 🙂

My instagram appeal – Devastated, Deprived and Disabled after Haiyan wrecks Letye, Tacloban and Ormoc


I met a local Filipino man yesterday and his story triumphs all others. After being stranded overnight in Ormoc on Letye island, we were hanging around waiting for our boat back to Cebu in the morning, when this man limped past us in crutches. There was something about his feet that weren’t quite right – they flopped around lifelessly as he dragged his feet around absolutely painfully. He heaved most of his body weight onto his armpits and pleaded to us for food – Kinny, Meaghan, Yennie and I jumped up to help. We asked him if he was from this area, and we’re shocked to find out how far he had come. Despite being a cripple, he hitched his way here from his hometown in Isabela Letye, almost an hour and a half of travel from where we presently are!

No one had come yet to help his devastated area, and in desperation, he left his family and baby behind to seek food and supplies in the nearest big city. His disability, the destruction from the typhoon and lack of time all were huge odds against him but he still pressed on. We filled his bag with as much food and water as we had, sleeping mats and some money but somehow, it still feels like it’s not enough.

This man was blessed to have stumbled across a group of international volunteers, but others may not find such aid.

My name is Estelle and this is my Instagram appeal. (We are a small private group of civilians from Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and beyond, helping a small team in Philippines #styleyoursoul and #bangonormoc to provide relief aid across as many small areas as we can.) To date, we have bought, packed and distributed 8,000 food and water relief goods, 800 hygiene kits, 400 bags for children, and 300 sleeping mats/blankets/mosquito nets in Letye, Ormoc and Northern Cebu. Some clearly need more help than others, and so many more need help.

>> For enquiries, please email loveyouwrongtime@gmail.com
>> Any amount of donations are appreciated. PayPal link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/588169/emal/5357393
>> Visit my blog for more information and updates of our mission in Philippines for Haiyan’s disaster relief:
https://loveyouwrongtime.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/singaporeans-go-to-typhoon-haiyan-affected-areas-help-us-to-help-philippines/

No matter how you contribute or help to spread this message, it will go a long way in helping us help Philippines through the biggest disaster in Asia since 2005’s tsunami. Thank you and God bless!

DAY 1 OF TYPHOON HAIYAN DISASTER RELIEF TRIP TO PHILIPPINES CEBU – Live updates from Singapore volunteers

DAY 1 OF TYPHOON HAIYAN DISASTER RELIEF TRIP TO PHILIPPINES CEBU – FRIDAY, 15 NOV 6AM

***I will update with more pictures from my camera when I get back to civilization! Please share this post with as many people as you know and WE HOPE YOU WILL HELP US TO HELP PHILIPPINES. Full details at the bottom.***


The first batch of warrior friends – getting onto our Cebu flight now after exchanging some donations. Keep me and the team I’m with in your prayers please? This whole thing is hitting is pretty hard now. Our schedule may include sanitizing people and helping to clear dead bodies, along with any other work needed at the evacuation centre around Philippines. People are desperately messaging me to help find their husbands, sons, loved ones who are all missing. It’s quite overwhelming really. Don’t know how ready we are.


Team Singapore has landed in Cebu, and with our total group check in of 190kg + 110kg (there was a lot is squeezing, begging and bag bursting!), it’s time to send off some of the relief goods that we have flown over. Toothpaste, vitamins and more are immediately dispatched with one of our local contacts – thanks Aaron! You the man!


Next stop off is checking into the place we’re staying in, and it’s bumper to bumper traffic all the way into Cebu suburbs.

I was prepared for the worst – sleeping on floors with no air con and hopefully no cockroaches – but the group’s organizer had set up an awesome host family for us to stay with.

“This is not a holiday,” I have to keep reminding myself, but this was a lovely start to what I otherwise expected. A delicious local Filipino spread fills us up every morning and night – Tita’s cooking is a fine example of Cebuano hospitality. Salamat Tita!

After lunch, we headed to another local’s house, and the labour begins. Trucks filled with relief goods are already pulling out of the porch, and we swap out with sweaty Filipino boys who are tired out from days of helping out with Typhoon Haiyan related aid.


Everyone warmly greets us and welcomes us, and I’m quickly instructed that each relief bag needs 3 and a half cups of rice and a 1litre bottle of water. Along with tinned goods, this properly feeds a family for only about 2 days, but it’ll have to do.


We quickly form a factory line of splitting and sacking rice, bagging, and packing. Groups of locals come and go, some are friends of the family and some are just fresh-faced volunteers like me. The younger ones are 100% efficient and 200% dedicated – they worked so much faster than our white collar fingers!


“Imagine Singaporean kids doing this,” one of our group members posed to me. “No f**king way.” It’s true. I’m disappointed that Singapore didn’t give much – a $200,000 calamity donation from a country that spends millions on fireworks each year is questionable. I discovered that I’m the only Singaporean in the relief team from Singapore, but there are plenty of small communities in Singapore and big-hearted individuals I know who have helped in other ways.


Some of the other members of our crew came in on the evening flight, and we continued to work late into the night. They invited along a Wall Street journalist who was on their flight to join us – to join amusingly enough, she actually did! She was lovely and it was so interesting exchanging opinions with her on our current mission and what we thought of the situation.

One of the Titas received a call and after 15 minutes of listening to her emoting in Filipino, she starts to cry. “My brother called,” she explained to me. “He and some other people have travelled for a long time to send thousands of packs of relief goods yesterday, but it wasn’t enough. So many people were left without any food or water, and they cried. He was crying watching them cry. We are so tired doing so many things, but there are just so many people who have starved for seven days and still don’t have nothing.”


Across 12 hours, almost 4 fresh deliveries of rice arrived – so much rice to sack and unpack but it’s still not enough. We pack in sweaty heat until 2am and wait for others to arrive. A last operation meeting is done and we’re back home in Cebu at 230am.

Tomorrow is a new day, with new purpose.

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>>> We are a small private group from Singapore (with leaders Lotte Edwards, Kinny Johnston and me Estelle Kiora as the only Singaporean) who are now in Cebu Philippines, and furiously working with some organizations to help smaller affected areas of Typhoon Haiyan that are not getting much help. Please email loveyouwrongtime@gmail.com if you would like to help or visit my blog for more information and schedule updates of our mission:
https://loveyouwrongtime.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/singaporeans-go-to-typhoon-haiyan-affected-areas-help-us-to-help-philippines/

@philippinestar #styleyoursoul
#typhoon #haiyan #yolandaph #travel #purpose #philippines #charity #volunteer #mission #girlfriends #cebu #thoughts #ontheroad #disaster #instahub #pictureoftheday #bestoftheday #sgig #bloggers #helpphilippines
#reliefPH #sg #banganormoc #bangantacloban #banganvisayas #ormoc #letye #tacloban #gugmasaguiuan

Singaporeans go to Typhoon Haiyan affected areas – help us to help Philippines!

My friends packing food and water supplies this week for urgent dispatch to the organizations they are working with. It's a start but not enough.

My friends packing food and water supplies this week for urgent dispatch to the organizations they are working with. It’s a start but not enough.

Hello friends, family, Facebookers and searchers, a small private group and I are going to disaster sites in the Philippines TOMORROW onwards to help for 1 week.

SITES WE ARE GOING TO:
ORMOC, LETYE, and there are other smaller areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) that are NOT receiving help from bigger organizations and official charities. Ask any of your friends in Philippines – a lot of people are dying from hunger and every bit you can do counts.

A few of my awesome friends have organized a small group and we are going to CEBU TOMORROW MORNING and doing day trips out by boat, van and bus to the lesser known but heavily affected areas that desperately need help. We have a huge schedule planned with transport, cleaning people, sanitizing, and urgently packing food and water – 700 packs have been sent out yesterday but we still need help to raise money so they can arrange more packs over the next weeks.

We are in coordination with 3 organizations in 3 different cities that were greatly affected by Yolanda – Bangor Ormoc, Gugma sa Guiuan which is handled by the Mayor’s chief of staff, Bangon Bohol.

***If there are any of you who would like to help or contribute to our mission, please let me know and anything at all is much appreciated. We need all your help possible.***

MY EMAIL FOR ENQUIRIES ON THIS PRIVATE MISSION: LOVEYOUWRONGTIME@GMAIL.COM
If I don’t respond to enquiries before I leave, I will respond when I am back – Philippines will need help for a long time more.

MORE INFO:
Since this is an emergency and my friends felt the need to help and share the blessing asap, we are not connected with any official charity.

THINGS THAT THE DISASTER SITES NEED THAT WE ARE BUYING:
Rice, water, canned goods in easy open can, candles and matches (no electricity there), sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, baby formulas for the infants in the evacuation centers, hygiene kits which will include soap and toothbrushes.

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This is the plan – please share the news, keep us in your prayers, contribute where possible and anything you can do is much appreciated. I will update more frequently on my instagram @estellekiora wherever I can, mostly to let my Mom know that I am alive…