These Adorable Animal Cafés Around Asia Are Worth A Visit | Clozette


We totally love getting to fly off to different destinations. Still, it can be totally heartbreaking if you’re a pet owner and you need to leave your furbaby at home. To fill the lonely void when you travel, why not visit adorable animal cafés around Asia? Animal lover or not, you’ll surely enjoy playing with a number of cute animals. Enjoy a unique and memorable trip by meeting new furry friends at these sites.



Harinezumi Café, Tokyo, Japan



If you’re in Tokyo, you definitely should stop by one of the two branches of Harinezumi Café in Harajuku. Called “HARRY” for short, this place is probably one of the most unique animal cafés in Asia because it houses African Pygmy hedgehogs of different colours. The café only serves drinks and not food, so if you want, you can bring your own snacks and beverages instead. However, HARRY offers food for the cute animals, so you can feed them as much as you like. Get to know their unique personalities better by playing with them. If you’ve bonded with a tiny hedgehog so much, you can even take one home as your pet. 


Thanks Nature Café, Seoul, South Korea



This quaint café in Seoul has one of the most adorable animals you’ll ever find. You’ll be in literal cloud nine once you visit Thanks Nature Café. Aside from having a taste of their soft, white bingsu desserts, you can also meet their two fluffy resident sheep. As if things aren't excitingly cute already, their two docile sheep are accompanied by a Sheltie dog. Unlike most animal cafés, these furry friends stay in their own side of the play pen. But, the good news is, you won’t have to pay an extra fee to interact with these gentle souls. Keep in mind though that you might not be able to see the sheep during summer because of the uncomfortable humid weather.


Barkin’ Blends Café, Cainta, Philippines



Missing your pups at home? If you happen to be travelling around the Philippines, try to drop by Barkin’ Blends Café in Cainta. The place is a heaven for all dog lovers seeking a place to relax for a while. The café cares for 30 resident dogs, but don’t get too excited—you’ll only see a fraction of them at a time. The pups have a shifting sched so they don’t tire out all day long. If you want to enjoy good food after, you can eat your heart out at the dining area of Barkin’ Blends. While most animal cafés serve limited food offerings, you’ll be happy to know that this one has a lot of savoury dishes in store. You should totally try out Big Martha, a tender beef burger named one after one of their dogs. 



Neko no Niwa, Singapore



If you're a cat lady, then this is the place to go. Neko no Niwa, Japanese for “cat garden”, is Singapore’s very first cat café. Here, you can bask in the indescribable joy of hanging out with the shop’s 13 cats. This is one of the most special animal cafés in the region, as it only houses rescued cats. Even if the felines are non-pedigreed, they are all affectionate and lovable. You’d be sure you can have a peaceful and relaxing time in their company. Top the sweet experience with a bite of one of the artisanal desserts the café serves. This month, they're serving a colourful rainbow cake, so be sure to try that out.



Huskiss, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia



When Huskiss first opened its doors back in 2017, it was the first out of all the animal cafés in the area to specifically feature Siberian Huskies. Drop by Petaling Jaya if you want to play with the café's six resident huskies, which they endearingly call “Huskids”. Spend around an hour playing with these furry balls of energy while taking a sip of a glass of floating teh tarik. Note that visitors are divided into different timeslots so as to not tire out their doggies. So make sure to reserve a session before heading off to the café!


(Cover photo from: @hedgehogcafe_harajuku)



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Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.


Kaye Morales made waves back in late 2015 with her Spring/Summer 2016 collection, “Rebel.” With her chic and edgy pieces, she caught people’s attention perhaps not just because of the collection but also because she came out about her sexual identity through the show. With her bold statement, she served as an inspiration for those in the LGBTQ+ community still seeking acceptance.


In an interview with her back in 2016, Kaye Morales opened up about her beginnings. We learned about how she started her career in fashion, as well as her plans to change the local fashion industry one collection at a time. This month, we catch up with her to see how things have changed since. Read on to find out how her designs evolved with her identity. 


Filipino fashion designer Kaye Morales poses for the camera

Kaye Morales


Fill in the blank: I’m a fashion designer and a ____________.


I’m a fashion designer, athlete, and an LGBT advocate.


It’s been a while since you launched your “Rebel” collection. How have things changed since? 


After “Rebel”, I got featured in a lot of magazines and on TV, probably because I was the first designer who came out as a lesbian during a fashion show. Now, aside from designing, I’ve also become a part-owner of Nectar, an LGBT bar in BGC. Every Thursday, I hold "Girl Nation", kind of a girls’ night out event, where girls and lesbians can have a homespace where they hang out and have fun.




Your identity and sexuality played a huge part in the creation of your pieces for “Rebel”. Does this still remain true for your more recent collections?


Yeah, I always make sure that my collections still show my identity as a designer. I always make sure that they have this androgynous aesthetic. I love mixing and matching pieces, have male models wear oversized shirts paired with skirts. During my shows, I also make it a point that my models are diverse — they’re a mix of straight, lesbian, gay, and trans people. 


Your brand is known for pushing the boundaries of the local fashion industry. Where do you get your ideas when designing your pieces?


When I do my designs, the first thing I do is travel. I escape and kind of get a “restart” by going to the beach. When I’m there, that’s when I start my sketching. I usually get my inspiration from my life story — from my past and present. My collections are all connected. You can see their continuity in the elements. For example, from black, the pieces gradually become red, and then colourful. These progressions are a representation of my emotions.




You’ve also dabbled in bridal wear, which is a bit different from your other collections. How was the experience? Will we see another bridal collection from you again soon?


I do streetwear, but I also do bridal wear, especially because a lot of clients approach me for it. I’m just not advertising it enough on social media because it might confuse people, but I join wedding exhibits. Weddings are like my backbone, it’s where I express my romantic side.  It can be quite challenging because it’s so different from streetwear, but I enjoy it because it pushes my imagination.


What do you want your brand to be remembered for?


I think I’m the only lesbian fashion designer, but aside from that, I also want to be known as someone who also creates menswear. I want my brand to be known for my androgynous and oversized pieces, something strong, edgy, and fierce for different types of genders.




Which collection are you most proud of?


Maybe my latest one, "Rebirth", because it’s like my rebirth as a person and as a designer. From my very first collection, this one really evolved in terms of colours, in silhouettes, and in its wearability. With this one, I mixed in avant garde with streetwear so it’s like wearable art. It’s also very personal for me because it’s the story of my life and shows my freedom as a designer.


Can you give us your best style tip?


Don’t be scared to express your individuality as a person. It’s very important to show your character through dressing up. When you’re brave, you stand out and your uniqueness shows. Just mix and match and be free.




Do you have a message for members of the LGBT community still struggling with acceptance?


I know it’s hard to come out and be accepted. For now, if ever you plan on coming out, take time and think it through. It’s difficult coming out to your family and friends, but it’s also really important to educate them about your identity as well. Always check your mental health. If you think it’s being affected, find an outlet. Just don’t be scared to express who you are, because there’s nothing wrong if you’re gay or lesbian — we’re all created equal.


Share with us your five Clozette essentials. 


My phone, face powder, lipstick, blush, and oversized polos.


What's next for Kaye Morales?


I’m already working on a new collection for a show in Manila Fashion Fest this October. I’m also releasing my swimwear and beachwear collection soon. It’s going to be called "Gypsy Nomad", featuring edgy and regional prints. The line made specifically for athletes will be available in Siargao and Manila. 


The interview was edited for brevity and clarity.

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The summer season is almost over but our love for colourful prints has not wavered. While tropical prints like palm trees and floras are here to stay, more men and women are going crazy over the freshest prints in town — fruit prints. The trend’s undeniably juicy. You won’t find it hard to spot watermelon-printed button downs, lemon skirts, scarves with strawberry prints, and even trousers that have dainty pineapples on them down the street. Want some inspiration on styling fruit prints? Here are some of the freshest ways to do it.


Match your fruit dress with earrings of the same print 


(Photo from: Vanessaxlim)


The fruit print trend is all about going bold. Clozette Ambassador Vanessaxlim shows how to do it right by wearing a pair of earrings in the same hue as her lemon-printed dress. To contain the aggressive prints, she wears a pair of white sneakers.


Style it with a bamboo purse



Add a more tropical flair to your fruit print outfit by flaunting it with a bamboo bag. Because of the natural texture and neutral colour of these purses, your fruit prints stand out and your overall outfit doesn’t look very heavy on the eyes.


Pair the fruit print with denim


(Photo by: karenskierrific)


When styling fruit prints, one must keep in mind to not overdo it. Keep your outfit on point with a simple pair of denim shorts like Clozette Ambassador karenskierrific. You can also tie that oversized button down to show some skin and add a yellow turban and yellow-tinted sunglasses to go well with your shirt's pineapple print.

Go bananas and go for yellow boots



Nail your fruit prints by wearing another staple in the key colour of the print. For instance, this banana-printed dress goes perfectly with a pair of yellow boots and yellow tassel earrings. Moreover, strut the whole outfit with pointy footwear to escalate confidence.


Balance with white



It’s totally understandable for one to hesitate, but when in doubt, wear white to calm the boldness. Add another vibrant colour for the shoes and accessories such as green or blue to make that outfit extra fun.

Try the print-on-print combo



If you’re really feeling confident about your fruity outfit, go bold and combine another print like stripes. Add some show-stopping earrings and put on a lippie.


(Cover photo from: Vanessaxlim)



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