Tuesday, 30 September 2014

30 . The Blogtember Challenge

A farewell coffee date. Take some time to breath, sip a warm drink, and share with your new blogging buddies. If you'd like a prompt: how did the Blog-tember challenge go for you? Any surprises? What was your favorite prompt, or what would you like to see included next time?

The main objective of the challenge was to get ourselves writing, more regularly, hopefully daily.. I wouldn't deny there are days that felt like I had a homework to hand in, but I guess that's the feeling we get when we got lazy.. But it was too much fun to leave myself behind.. I wanted to know what the others have to say and also what they would say about mine..

Monday, 29 September 2014

29 . Blogging

Last 2 days of Blogtember! Let's go!

What are your go-to blogging resources? What would you recommend to a beginner? is today's prompt..

Okay.. I'm not very good at this myself.. I'm just a Google person.. I Google for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Even resourcing for this post, I Google-d.. It was a fun post to put together though.. Some fun founds to share with you...

Sunday, 28 September 2014

28 . September Roller Coaster Ride

For today's prompt - What were your highs and lows for this month? - I'm gonna bore you..

As with all Septembers, it's mostly high for me.. aside those when I was younger, when I get upset easily on my birthday.. I thought it's a big deal to be my birthday, and I should have everything my way.. Childish I know.. But I guess most kids go through that..

Saturday, 27 September 2014

27 . Wish list

May I say? Favourite prompt of the month!

What's on your wish list? Be sure to include links so we can shop, too ;)


A chic & classy wallet..
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It's time to change my wallet, and I've been seeking for a while now.. I guess having a really nice one currently, doesn't help one bit. With age, I'm learning to love the classic..


Some nice dresses
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Isn't this dress gorgeous? Well, at the time of this post, it's not released yet.. but the owner gets to wear it first! *envious*


A Kitty
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Is it even moral to put a pet on a wish list? If it is, here's one. This cuteness is not legal!
I have never get to accommodate a meow buddy because before all things, my mum HATES cats, I don't even know why..

A few friends and I used to take care of this stray cat and placed it in front of a common house, we'd visit and bring it food, play with it, till it gave birth to 4 cute kittens. One of them was this golden tabby that's cute, beautiful, bla bla, and above all, it has this cheeky look (some times I see it in Willie..) I adore.
And later when I grew up, I learnt more about the personality and mysterious behaviour of cats, I wanted a Siamese.. I don't know why really, maybe it looks untouchable like a mystery. And Nala above is a mix of both.. Me want~~~  (っ◕◕)っ

Back to "why not yet" - so, I would need to have my own place before I would consider having a furball(s), and also the responsibility.. because I would have to live with them forever, I often think of it like finding a husband, and like the Chinese often say, leave it to fate.


A(nother) bag
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A lightweight, good sized one.
I already had 2 Neverfulls and I KNOW I shouldn't want another.. But the leather is so heavy by itself! Imagine the weight when it's actually full.. (pun? tee hee) Any owner would understand my plight. I was first looking at the Cabas MM which looked really.. happy? But it looked like it's for the beach..
Then I saw this Noefull - a fusion of my two favourites - the Noe and the Neverfull.. Noe. full. Got it?! Okay, getting too excited.. Anyway, why this was preferred was the duo usage function..
The full not looking too fantastic? I guess I have to look at the actual product in store to decide. I'm hoping their denim is lighter than their leather! (fabric can sometimes be really heavy..)

Of course, a good bag does not have to be a luxury brand but I've learnt that the quality is guaranteed and I'm happy with mine since 2009.


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Friday, 26 September 2014

26 . A year of Change

TGIF everyone! I can't believe I'm almost finishing the challenge! It sure doesn't seems too difficult now nearing the end.. and for today's prompt..


This time last year I still had a job. It's not a sad thing to be unemployed because..
This time last year I was stressed as hell.. Imagine being stressed when I just got back from a cruise vacation.. and my position is not even one with fixed scope and not like a pile was waiting for me to come back to clear.. I was just back and stressed.
This time last year I was in a shithole I didn't realised..


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Trick your Eyes

Since I didn't find a guest for today's challenge, and I don't want to break this daily blogging chain I've so diligently kept, I'm gonna write some personal stuff.

Piggy Head, anyone?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

23 . Lion City Singapore

Today's prompt: A guide to your city! Share some of the hot-spots & hidden gems of where you live


I'm not sure if I'm good enough to be introducing my city to the world, but I might share some good food!
There are definitely people who are better fitted at this. But let's just say my introduction will easily benefit even the very first timer on this sunny city island - Singapore.

We, pretty much was a deserted island and very much like a part of New York, where immigrants climb on our shores. Our ancestors are mostly Chinese and our native language is Malay, and we were once colonised by the British, and we're just a mix of all our neighbours.
Hence, cuisine or dishes we claimed to be our own is often challenged. But I don't care. The same dish is not going to taste the same across shore, and dim sum is not gonna be the same in every Chinatown on earth.

Monday, 22 September 2014

22 . I read...

Introduce us to 5 blogs you read on the regular, and tell us why!

I do not idolise bloggers but I do enjoy some of these reads..

Sunday, 21 September 2014

21 . Fall in ❤

Fall Favourites. What do you love most about this season?


We do not have much of seasonal changes here in Singapore. I love Fall simply because September falls in fall - and I ❤ today the most.


Because it's my Birthday. ^^

I get to feast.. eat cakes.. awaits surprises.. more feasting.. What's not to love?

(≧◡≦)


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Saturday, 20 September 2014

20 . a day in life

Share a day in the life. Pictures, timelines, stats, however you like.

This isn't too difficult.. but I do not currently have a regular schedule.. (If I had, it would be a mundane one.) I wake and sleep when I want to, do a bit of self-revision when the guilt gets to me.. do a bit of crochet when creativity hits me..
I'd usually stay in on a Saturday - I don't like to brave the weekend crowd. But it's a day to celebrate~!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

18 . 웃유 in Taipei

Today's prompt is...


I'm not well travelled but I do have the desire to travel the world.. This desire gives both fascination and fear.. both of the unknown..

Taiwan, is a familiar country, even before we step foot on.. It speaks our 2nd language and we often watch them on youtube or the telly.. It is well advertised to their tourists..

It's really hard to understand why the procrastination - it's just a few hours away and it would be really easy to explore, plus the many temptations from the variety shows we watch.. The many food we wanna try! PLUS! we booked a bridal shoot with a Taipei Bridal...

It was one of the Taiwan tourism attractions, and it was (still is) a trend to see them holding events here in Singapore selling bridal photo shoot in Taiwan. You pay a deposit or full upfront, and arrange a travel schedule with the bridal, you fly over, take photos, as you explore Taiwan. It became common to see Taipei Bridal shoot albums at weddings.

What was uncommon for us was: we bought it AFTER we got married. We only had actual-day shoots, and not pre-wedding ones.. We didn't thought we would miss it, so it was totally on impulse. I guess that explains the delay.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

17 . Vlog #01



I was asking Willie (hubby) how should I do this vlog, my comfort degree on openness is not so wide yet.. And he said the smartest thing, "Does a vlog has to feature you?"

So here, my submission for today's assignment - make a vlog.


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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

16 . I'll let you on a little something...

Most people don't know this but...


I blow my nose like a trumpet

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And so does my husband

We said that if one day, there's alien invasion or some sort like that, and that we could be cloned and impersonated, we'll make our nose symphony to verify each other... LOL


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Urban Vibes Bellabox


I'd received BellaBox (bb) for (.. counting blue dotty boxes around the room.. ) 4 months now..

For $19.95 a month (sometimes they give 50% for first timer for their 1st box), you receive samples of beauty products the team at bb think you'd love to try, either some generic products everyone would receive or a something they try to figure from a beauty profile you'd fill up.

I'd say this would be the box I liked best. Nothing's too big a deal but everything seems interesting. I have had boxes where there are stuff I can't wait to try but there are other things I need to rid of.. Of course we should be open to trying since we're requesting for sampling but there are just things we don't want to.

Anyway, back to the interesting box of September,


John Frieda Frizz Ease
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I've been seeing the advert on youtube these days demonstrating the use of the products of this brand, and because I do have some hair woes these days. Regrets are too late for bleaching your hair (twice!) ladies! Actually, I thought I was doing okay for bleached hair but I guess people are accustomed to my old silky long tress. It also didn't help that hair-fall doubled, so my hair looks really lame yet frizzy.
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I hope this tame my crazy tress a little.. but it's really scented.. (─_─)

This heavily scented gel turns into oil upon application.. Does not have significant improvement for frizziness or anything at all.

DERMAdoctor KP Duty
dermatologist formulated AHA moisturizing therapy for dry skin
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What drew me to the product was (nope, not purple..) KP duty, it sure sounds important per se and not some fancy name for a skincare. I looked up a little. I do not have KP but sometimes an area of my skin gets irritated for unknown reasons, sometimes I do know - the impression left by heavy carrying on the inner elbow and such - and either way it itches and bumps rises like mosquitoes kiss-bombed me. Usually, I use baby oil 'cause it eases itch.

It's not exactly baby oil but an ointment to rid of bloated-ness and because it's milder than other oils, it's usually used for babies, also known to be used for colic - rubbing tummies, not drinking! So the smell is often associated with babies, and many just call it the baby oil.

Anyway, I have more faith in products created for medical conditions so I'm really keen to apply this later..


DERMAdoctor DD cream
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Hubby was just asking the other day "There's BB and then there's CC, I bet DD's coming up soon..?" and I merely brush it off like any of his cheekiness.
DD - for Dermatologists’ Dream - like BB and CC, included many skin goodness beneath the coverage it promises. I've already found what I think is the perfect BB for me but I wouldn't mind giving such a promising product a try.. Just read those reviews!



It came out looking darker than my skin tone but when applied, it really spreads well.




The coverage is really light. It evens out some tones but does not cover my dark circles and veins too well. Here, I have the other side (my left, your right) applied with Laneige Pore Control BB cushion, which obviously does a better job. But it's also thicker. I would think the DD cream would be good for a day out in the sun where you want it light and still appear "human" in pictures.

Model Co Party Proof Cream Lipstick
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Another good thing for such samples are good surprises.. I'd never buy this colour but now I get to try and who knows, it'd be pink for this winter.
Apart from cream-matte finish - which I think I'd already love, it's said to be kiss proof and drink proof... Now, hubby, I'm safe to be kissed! (✿^3^)

The cream-matte finish does not dry out lips as badly as matte ones. The colour payoff is great. But I wouldn't say it's drink or kiss proof.

Skinmiso Pore Beauty Nose Pack


The pack looks really promising, and I love that this pack is not the normal peel-off and would not tuck your skin! Their youtube channel also shows a lot of tips for skin care AND make up. I'm gonna subscribe!

I think this should work better if I'd not used it the day after I exfoliate 'cause stuff are already pretty much cleared out. I still got some nasty stuff out but it doesn't look as simple as the video did.

Wish Formula Bubble Peeling Pad
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Also from Wishtrend, this is a sponge-like pad for exfoliating. I don't know, now that I'm checking up these products, I think skincare is getting really revolutionary, especially Korean products, everyone around me is recommending something Korean.
Anyway, a pad can be used up to 3 times, I'd probably wash it well and use as a cleansing sponge after that - more environmental (and economically!) friendly like that.. I'm looking forward to this.. Currently, I'm using Philosophy's microdelivery peel which is good but not with all areas of my combination skin..

This worked wonderfully, partly to explain why the nose pack (above) couldn't perform better.
I have doubts on reusing, and it even said it can be used 3 times. The thing inside didn't smell pleasant in the first place, and looks a little like powdered sulphur in some liquid, probably explain the smell too, I don't know.. never smelled sulphur before.
Anyway, the liquid "stuff" does not adhere to the pad, so after washing up, I hang the pad dry and had to store the pack itself till the next use, and I wonder about the freshness..
So, I thought the best way, was to use it like I did. I used it on me, rinsed it and dipped it with the stuff again, and then on my husband (that's 2 use already), and I would say, just chuck it.

My Life Inc Teaism Brew


I like infusion (flowers) tea, not so much tea it self, 'cause I might get caffeine high. LOL
What I received was a Ginger Black Tea and a Green Tea, I would have loved to get the Blueberry Tea which is caffeine-free but I would give these a try.. I like fancy & technically looking stuff.. ( ̄ー ̄)


Kao MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask


I've seen this from other websites but I've not personally heard any reviews but I'm all in to try any method to get rid of my panda eyes for good. My husband is on the same page. In fact, our current eye cream was spotted by him. He was looking and reading into their products while I was paying for my shoes.. I was also looking for a new eye cream 'cause the then eye cream had stopped working.. This current one does work but I believe our eye circles are too deep to get rid completely, so we need more than that.. Paper eye masks are not as effective as their counterparts for the face.. They do moisturises but my kind of dark eye circles has to be treated from within or deeper under.. I like how this explains it.

This is an awesome invention! As Willie always exclaimed, Air-condition is the best invention; mine is hand-warmers (暖暖包). And this works just like the air-activated ones. It starts to warm-up once out of the pack, and just wear it like you would sleeping/eye masks. It didn't state any time limit and I fell asleep wearing it. Halfway, I felt the heat is already gone, and I just remove it, and continued my beauty sleep. So, you don't have to be afraid that it will burn your skin, or even your eyes. And I really like the after-spa sensation when I woke up. In fact, I'd already bought my own pack. $6.50 for a box of 5. I bought the rose scent and that smells much better than lavender. (the only purple I'd prefer not to have)

Anyway, there! My bb for this month.. I gotta go be beautiful now! Bye!

15 . My first Mood Board

I'm going to attempt to make my first mood board for today's prompt..
Make a mood board. Are you brainstorming a room re-do, or are you dreaming of glamping with gal-pals? Share a collage of any kind!

It's my birthday month, so I've been thinking of friendships, celebrations and gatherings of late, which I've been diligently doing.

Septembers are already busy usually, with many birthdays of people I care for, and it seems the rest of people think it's a good time to gather, so it's meeting a lot of people, and reminiscing a lot.



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Saturday, 13 September 2014

13 . Married. Blissfully.

Today's prompt is...

Your current relationship status. If dating/married, give us a glimpse of your story! If single, share about this special season.

Well...

I'm happily married.


We first met when we were both 14.
He didn't hit on me immediately and that, made me feel that he's different.. (Boys those years were so impatient and insincere.. hit and go.. just trying their luck with every new girl they meet.)

We had a different fairy tale of our own.

Friday, 12 September 2014

12 . Our tradition

Today's prompt: Tell us about a favourite tradition. It could be a family tradition or from a holiday, university, you-name-it. What makes it so special?

Being Singaporean Chinese, we're known to have a lot of family oriented festive events. So, everybody is about the same. So, I'll share something that's not so norm.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

11 . Inspiration

Hi! 10 days had just flew past and we're 1/3 in the challenge and today's prompt is..

How do you stay inspired? Who inspires you the most?

I'm mostly inspired by strangers, namely, YOU.
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

09. Personality

Let's talk personality types. Introverted? Extroverted? Unsure-troverted? ;) If you know your Myers-Briggs type, tell us about it! If not, you can take this similar test and share your results.

INFP
Introvert(11%)  iNtuitive(25%)  Feeling(50%)  Perceiving(33%)
  • You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (11%)
  • You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25%)
  • You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)
  • You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (33%)




I've done the Myers-Briggs assessment before, the last about 6 months ago.. I had a different result then, INFJ.
Actually, different results almost every time I did it. I can't remember all but I was an extrovert till early twenties. I was kinda surprised and to date I have no idea what could have brought that change.. But I guess, as I age, I'm slowly settling deeper into being an introvert and quite comfortably at that.

(─‿‿─)

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Happy Mid-Autumn!

We had a walk in the Gardens by the Bay on this Full Moon autumn evening.

08 . Music that moves you...

Music that moves you. Are you a Spotify addict or a Pandora guru? Tell us your favourite artists/stations! is today's prompt...

Apart from the idols we had when we were kids, I do not have specific favourites..

I do enjoy a certain type of song & music but I have no idea what kind of genre it is..
I feel gentle yet motivated to move ahead..

Hubby said they actually sound sadder than I described.. lol...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

07 . Bookworm I am not...

Today's prompt for the challenge is... What's on your current reading list? Or what have you read that you recommend?

I'm not on any books right now (I seldom read to be honest if manga is not counted) but the Mister and I currently on the Old Testament.

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Best Birthday (to date)

This post was reproduced as the original was gone with my old tumblr and the memories keep lingering these days as the date draws near for this year. This happened in last September 2012.


This time, Hubby tried really hard to give me a surprise. He tried his best not to even leak any hints on the dinner venue because I have history of breaking surprises. (I'm too 'smart' for my own good.) Being the intrigued me, tried by guessing "Is it high up in the sky?". I think that totally hit it. He went "Okay, I'm not talking anymore.." LOL
So... for a few weeks, I had been guessing and asking around, and got a few possibilities. First that came to mind was Equinox since I've thought about going there for years but I had my reserves, I felt really uncomfortable when I last went to News Asia Bar, the height or alcohol, I don't know.. Then, there was this rotating restaurant up on a tower I always hear from our friends, which I'm even more afraid of since I have kinetosis. If it was the Flyer, then it's totally out of the question too. Then I thought of the one up at Ion Sky.. Every time I'm there, the savory yummy smell greets me once I step out of the lift, I've been wanting to dine there. And since I've been to Ion Sky a few times, the view was luring and height was fine for me.. It's kind of exciting to look forward to surprises so I managed to suppressed my curiosity to ask further.


The day was finally here.
Manicure - ticked.
Make Up - ticked.
Dress (that I still can fit in) - ticked.
Heels - ticked.
Happy Mood - ticked.


I started to giggle once we booked for a cab. 'Cause eventually Hubby had to say out the venue before we were even there, and it's not like he's gonna blindfold me. I totally laughed out when he said "Ion Orchard" to the cabby. LOLOL

After we reached, Hubby took the elevator instead of the lift, so I thought we were gonna take a walk before dinner. And since he haven't got me a gift, Ion is like the best place to shop for one, no? *evil greedy giggle*
[About the gift - I was asked to pick from A, B, C, and D through Whatsapp one day, and I replied "E. All of the above." Wahahahahaha.. But it just ends there, so I had totally no idea.]

Then gradually we went into the second level of Prada. I haven't been there for a while hence I looked around for new items.. Autumn/Winter always has more purple.. ^^
But I was lead to a chair by the display case, and Hubby just nod his head over to a Sales person whom then disappear into the curtains. I eyed Hubby suspiciously and then a new guessing game started.. There were quite a bit of purple bags this season and I pointed around but he just shake his head each time with a smirk. It finally ended when he said "You'll be amazed by my taste" with a proud smile. So I thought he's gonna get me a classic after all. The sales lady reappeared with a wide smile and a BIG paper carrier. He then led me out, I was startled, "This is paid for?!" Wow, I should take a photo of his grin.

Me with my mysterious gift

We went up to Level 55 and we were too early so we walked around... And we tried to retake a photo when we first came up to Ion Sky.

June 2011
September 2012

So much difference in just 18 months! ❤ is the same though.. ^^

We went in shortly after enough nostalgia.
We were given a seat with view, most tables are but I guess he made sure it happened. He had been mumbling to the manager since we stepped in.. I think she's part of the plan too.. lol
We settled quickly and I was looking at the menu when *poof*, a bouquet 'was served'.
I was totally taken by surprise. ^^



I've been contemplating whether to reveal my gift.. There's a bigass box in that bigass paper bag you see ⇡, it would take the whole table. I'm not ready to knock off anything in a high class restaurant.
And I wouldn't want to scream like a happy YET crazy woman if I get too happy..
Hubby, as always, as if he has a receiver in my head, said " Go ahead and take a look at your present.."
I took it out of the bag carefully, place in on both our laps and slowly loosen the ribbon around the box creating more excitement for myself.. lol.. I took out the dust bag, and feel it for a bit, still trying to guess what it was before seeing it for real. I said with confidence "Oh.. it's that one.." as I pull the strings, and as I peeked in, I let out a little shriek. It's THAT bag in my FAVORITE shade of PURPLE!!

I ❤❤❤❤ it!!!



Surprises after surprises.. I need to breathe!!
I quickly put it back as I'm starting to look like a country bumpkin - a very happy bumpkin that is.

Dinner was soon served, and I'm not kidding, nothing doesn't taste good.



Gluttonous me - a spoon in one dish, a fork in another. kekekeke..


Night fall as we slowly indulge in our dinner. Hubby stepped away and I thought to settle the bill. He always does that so I don't have to wait..
哪里知道来 a cake.. The place was dimly lit but the candle on the cake seems like every candle on the tables.. It caught my eye only when it was really close. Another surprise!


It wasn't THE cake but it was close and it was delish~!! Hubby and I both like Black Forest cake, we seldom eat cakes so we would indulge in a good one on our birthdays.

After dinner, we strolled for a bit to nowhere and slowly head home.. My evening was so satisfied I don't need anything else..

It's not the materiality if any is wondering.. It's the feeling of the surprises being put together with so much effort, in my opinion only young boys who are trying hard to please their girls would do. Ya, their precious girls who they want to please so badly and could never bring themselves to disappoint or hurt.

It reminds me of the first birthday prepared by a boyfriend, who is now my Hubby.. lol. He was flustered, desperately hoping everything would go smoothly.. (but in fact nothing did.. LOL)
He's more calm and steady now but still, the constant looking over to the staff is the exact same boy 15 years ago.


05 . I am passionate about...

I used to be passionate about my job or career, which is Accountancy.
Accounting seems mystical to those who doesn't know or understand and is therefore deemed technical and boring.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

04 . Fashion...

Today's blog-temper prompt is
Pick a fashion trend you love and a fashion trend you hate. Win us over!

...
I'm thinking, should I just skip this all together. Me no fashion person!

If I'm working, I'm always just Black.
  • Black top
  • Black bottom
  • Black heels (more flats recently.. Age...)
And privately, I'm just casual and... purple.

How does such a boring person like me gonna comment on fashion?

BUT

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

03 . When I grow up I want to be....

Ahhh.. The assumption question everyone gets when they're young..
When you get older, it becomes "Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?"

But I'd like to live FOR the moment!... May I not live without worrying about the future?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

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