Checking in — revamp still in the works

Hi everyone. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been active here.

I thought I would share some recent photos with you guys. S and I took off for a super fast 3 day trip to Tokyo last week in order to celebrate her birthday. While we would have loved to have stayed longer, we had to get back in time for my son’s first birthday, which is only 3 days after S’s birthday. Yup, little T is now one year old and he’s the cutest kid on the planet (but hey, I’m biased!).

We managed to pack in some amazing eating in our short trip, as follows. Day 1: An oily, soupless ramen with pork belly and soft-boiled egg from Abura Soba Sohonten for brekkie; deliciously fatty katsu at Butagumi for lunch; and the best sushi of my life at Sushi Sho in Yotsuya (seriously, this place has no Michelin stars–but has appeared in The Miele Guide year after year–and for my money was far better than any other sushi meal I have ever had in my entire life, including more famous places like Sushi Saito, Kyubey, or Mizutani) for dinner. Day 2: Lots of yummy pastries from Isetan Shinjuku’s food hall for brekkie; manju from Higashiya Omotesando as a midday snack; burgers at Blacows mid-afternoon; and a beautiful Modern Japanese multi-course extravaganza at Aronia de Takazawa to celebrate S’s birthday. Day 3: breakfast pastries at Laduree Ginza; good but overpriced sushi at Sushi Mizutani for lunch; wagashi at Higashiya Ginza after lunch; and super fun Yakiniku with lots of premium sake at Sutamina-en to end the day (followed by a mad dash to Haneda).

Anyway, here are some snaps from the trip. (I’ve also been playing with a fun CCTV 25mm f1.4 lens for my GF1, hence the Lomo-ish style pix with lots of bokeh.)

I also just wanted everyone to know that the blog revamp is now underway. I do apologize for taking so long to get to this. Parenting, work, and a lot of other things all made life pretty busy. But I have time now and I’m dedicated to this relaunch. I’ve also been working with a wizard digital strategist here in Singapore who is giving me some great advice (anyone who needs a digital strategy consultant for their own personal business or company, lemme know — this guy is awesome). I am also looking for contributors who want to write for this site — yup, instead of just posting my own work, I want to build a volunteer Chubby Hubby editorial team to write on a few specific topics. If you’re interested, please email me at For those of you who responded to my Twitter post on this already, I promise I will reply soon.

Lastly, I need your help. For the revamp, I’ve been evaluating blog template styles and have narrowed down a few styles I like best. I’ve listed them below. As you’ll see, all represent a pretty big departure from the current design.

Can I please ask you to tell me which you think looks the best?

Miniml Press
Shaken Grid
The Style

Please leave a comment telling me which template you think looks best and which you think I should adopt as I rebuild Chubby Hubby from scratch. Thank you so very much!

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his two kids!


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  1. Shiow Yi 14 March 2012

    Either the Shaken Grid or The Style looks best. I am leading toward the former. Ann, I will be in NYC this weekend until next Monday. Any recommendations for good restaurants/ eateries/ F&B concepts ? Not the Per Se or Le Bernadin kind since they are all booked out but looking for more rustic, back to basic, or wholesome favorites. Thanks!

    Shiow Yi

  2. mazz 14 March 2012

    great…. ….missed your fab blog so much…..differtly the best

  3. Barbara 14 March 2012

    Welcome back! Glad to read from you.
    I use Elegant Themes myself, it all depends what you want to do with your blog, but I like the Shaken Girl style very much.
    Look forward to what theme you will pick! And have fun revamping or reinventing it!

  4. Jane Lawson 14 March 2012

    That’s some birthday ! When you next get to Kyoto drop me a line x

  5. Nicky 14 March 2012

    I love your pictures so I would recommend “Minimi” for simplicity or Cult for all your beautiful photos…. Welcome back!

  6. hxy 14 March 2012

    I vote for TheStyle.
    Being able to resize based on browser size is a big plus.

  7. Mrs Bear 14 March 2012

    It really depends on your contents I would say. If you continue to blog in the same way you do today, i.e. journal style, then I’d vote for Sight for the elegant and more conservative look. I also like Miniml Press if you’re looking for something more different.

  8. Shiv 15 March 2012

    Sight. Definitely Sight. Much more beautiful and elegant to the eye than the others which tend to the, “look! over here! No, over here!” If I have to nominate 2nd choice it would be The Style. Bit busier but there’s order that’s easy to understand.

  9. Kelly O. 15 March 2012

    I vote either Sight or Shaken Grid.

  10. Les 15 March 2012

    I would pick The Style

  11. Helen 15 March 2012

    Shaken Grid looks nice.
    But it’s not so mobile phone friendly as mobile phone’s screen is small.

    Also, it will be good if the site can be a little lightweight so that it loads faster on mobile phone. 🙂

  12. Rona Y 15 March 2012

    I normally favour simplicity, but I prefer TheStyle or Cult. They look so sleek–definitely suits your style, I think!

  13. Sharon F 15 March 2012

    I think Miniml is nice….

  14. Ian 15 March 2012

    The Style’s my choice… BTW, love the photos you take…

  15. Richie 15 March 2012

    the Style.. think that would do justice to all the wonderful pics!

  16. Chris 16 March 2012

    Looks is one thing, but it’s also highly dependent on your content. If you don’t intend to change your style / scope, Sight and The Style will feature your content rather nicely. The rest, whilst looks nice, might not be too reader-friendly. Shaken Grid, for example, is very tumblr-esque, which focuses on single short impact content like an image or a quote. Just my two cents worth…

  17. JT 18 March 2012

    Glad to see you blogging again, and about one of my favourite cities, Tokyo! Katsu looks great.
    Miniml Press for readability of text and clean presentation of pics. I like Cult too but text could be too busy.

  18. Mich 18 March 2012

    cult/the style!

  19. Omri 19 March 2012

    i would choose the “sight”, (and adding Facebook page can be good too).
    love your blog, good luck
    Omri from Israel

  20. vanessa 19 March 2012

    missed your photos! i took a lot longer to get back on track than you 😉

    is your plan to go a little more magazine style? big photos up front with teasers and lots of categories? my favourite is sight if you are.

    otherwise cult or then the style but i’d lighten up on the harsh dark greys and soften it a little overall.

    simplest is always best.

  21. Francis 21 March 2012

    either Sight or The Style

  22. Shannon 22 March 2012

    I like ‘The Style’

  23. SWong 22 March 2012

    In order of pref:
    The style

    Sight seems to be the most reader friendly…

  24. Teddy Y. Montelibano 22 March 2012

    1st – SHAKEN GRID!

    2nd – Minimi
    3rd – Sight

  25. Mrs Ergül 22 March 2012

    I like the minimalist The Style.

  26. Ling 24 March 2012


    it’s very streamlined & easy on the eyes

  27. Priscilla 26 March 2012

    Cult or Sight has the best visual organization

  28. junny 26 March 2012

    I love the last pic, it looks like a cute bee with lovely feelers! another happy thing is i can read the two chinese cakes:黑糖馒头干酒馒头。Jaja.

  29. casyn 27 March 2012

    Shaken Grid – it looks a bit like Pinterest and yet different

  30. hao 28 March 2012

    I like Sight the most. It is a simple template where your words and photos take centre stage.

  31. Lynn 28 March 2012

    I love both the first and last styles equally (The Style and Miniml Press). Both are different but still very clean. The grids are nicely lined up and do not cause for too much noise. I can see the third one working really well for each blog post you have published and it’ll be easy for the reader to hop onto the post they’d like to know more about.

  32. Andre 29 March 2012

    My first choice is Sight, second is The Style. I like seeing posts in chronological order and the other 3 have structures that are beautiful but don’t really support this.

  33. Cassie 10 April 2012

    I prefer TheStyle.

  34. Ally 15 April 2012

    Happy birthdays to your wife and son and welcome back to blogging !

    I vote for Shaken Grid or Cult.

  35. Susie 15 April 2012

    Sight gets my vote.

  36. Su-Lynn 27 April 2012


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