Discover a Dream Oasis with Trixie Khong — Making Home A Paradise


BY SCENE SHANG


CRAFT YOUR OWN SANCTUARY. We’re exploring our ‘Happy Place’ — when times are tough and you need a safe space, what do you imagine? Where do you go to heal and soothe?

Our signature White Pagoda scent was created based on an imaginary oasis from our founders. It is a beautiful, immersive haven that we go to when we need to find peace. Where is that place for you, where do you “go” to when White Pagoda is in the air?

We asked some of our favourite people to share their #MyWhitePagoda with us. Get a glimpse of their unique and beautiful Happy Place, you may find inspiration for your own White Pagoda. This is Trixie Khong's; Brand Founder of By Invite Only, Mental Health Ambassador, Animal-lover.




A “Happy Place” is a space that brings us a sense of peace. It can be anywhere in the world, or even out of this world. Where is your happy place?

As cliché as it sounds, my happy place is home or wherever my pets and husband are. We move a lot from house to house every 1-2 years but wherever we go, they center me.


Please elaborate on your happy place. Are you there alone? What do you see and hear? Engage our senses!

There are always 3 animals, 2 dogs and a cat, following me everywhere at my ‘Happy Place” or my home. To the kitchen, study or even the toilet. I’m never alone. Sometimes it is quiet as my pets would be taking their naps but sometimes it is noisy with barking as they play or when a delivery courier presses the doorbell.

Often the sound of hot water boiling would fill the air as I sip tea throughout the day when I work from home.


A lovely day outdoors with Mellie and Diesel.




When do you “visit” your happy place? How do you feel before the visit, what makes you seek it out?

As my happy place is my home, it is where I ‘dock’ and recharge. As I spend my energy throughout the day, this is where I feel I can gain back what I lost.



We all engage in different activities in our mind palace, what do you do in yours? Are you exploring the landscape, or maybe meditating in stillness?

Favourite thing to do when I am home is definitely chilling out or playing ball with my animals, listening to music while I read a book or work on my laptop.



Dreamy afternoons with a furry friend.




What does your happy place mean to you? Share with us how spending time in your personal oasis helps you. How do you feel when you’re in your happy place, and after?

Coming back home always soothes and resets me back into a peaceful and relaxed state. As my job is often hectic and constantly changing, my home is one constant that I can rely on.


Tell us a story about your happy place. It can be your first visit or a memorable experience.

My husband and I are always looking for our perfect home. As we grew up in very different places and cultures, him being from the UK and I from Singapore, we have very different ideas of what a perfect home is to us.

I love small apartment spaces that are centrally located among supermarkets, coffeeshops and amenities while he loves big open spaces in a house with a garden and drive, far away from noise and the main roads. We learn through moving so much that we may never find somewhere that would tick all our boxes perfectly.



It’s the people that make a home. Take the time to have heart-to-hearts with the people you love.



We’ve found that sometimes our dream sanctuaries are not imaginary; they can be a place we have already been to, drawing from the emotions and memories. Where have you visited that helped you relax and recharge?

Another place that I love to go to is the Botanic Gardens. I love being with nature as it immediately helps me relax and forget what troubles me, even if it is for 5 minutes. When we were not allowed to dine in restaurants, having picnics at the Botanic Gardens with my husband and 2 dogs helped break the monotony of eating at home and gave us something to do on the weekends when we are not at work.





Everyone needs to de-stress from time to time. With your busy schedule, how do you recreate your happy place at home to unwind and relax?

When I am not home, I sometimes bring my dogs with me to the office where they get lots of pets and hugs from the team. Having them around me helps recreate my happy place in my work environment.



Immerse in rich greenery and clear blue skies, a relaxing scene indeed.




Please indulge our wanderlust! When the borders are open again, where would you go? Where is your oasis away from home?

New Zealand and its rolling green hills in the South Island is always where I picture myself when I’m thinking of traveling.





Finally, what advice would you give to someone who’s in search of their own dream haven?

Don’t forget the small things to indulge your senses like smell or hearing. It can be as simple as adding a nice scent putting on a Lo Fi or piano playlist on, both of which I do at home and at the office. Invest in a good portable speaker as it would make a world of a difference or a good quality and comfortable earphone or headphones to zone out in a noisy environment.



ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN #MyWhitePagoda

SCENE SHANG’s signature White Pagoda scent. This September, we launched a brand new look for our Home Fragrances. A scene is created with lattice cloud motifs and a bent bonsai-like tree embedded within a hexagon frame. One would feel as though they are at the entrance leading to a whole new world — about to be transported to their heart’s desire.



#MyWhitePagoda seeks to transport you to your "happy place" via scents and imagination. We believe that memories are created with the whiff of all the scents in a space. This is why we created our White Pagoda scent — our first and also our signature scent — handmade in Australia.

Our highly-skilled mixologist uses fine quality ingredients to encapsulate our dream spaces into a bottle perfectly. When used in your home, the relaxing scent soothes the senses, and leads you to your own dream oasis where you can feel safe, at peace, and free. Our Home Fragrances offer an escape, to create a restful atmosphere and to whisk you away into a better state of being.

To spread the message of self-care and love, we interviewed some of our favourite role models who come from all walks of life and bring positivity as ambassadors of good living. We hope you get inspired too!

Be transported to your personal haven with our Home Fragrances.

Experience here.





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