September 22, 2014

Reminiscence

 You know you grew up...
when you start thrashing all those stuffs that don't matter now but mattered a lot when you were much younger.

Stuffs that made you reminisce your childhood, stuffs you collected and thought was cool during student days, the arts and crafts you made previously, the gifts you had during your 13th or 14th birthdays etc
I have an accumulation of those stuffs since more than a decade ago!

I spring clean my room once or twice a year and every year I will slowly throw the things that are not useful or important to me now. Of course, there are still 'treasures' that I treasure since Standard 5 but slowly throughout the years, I am trying to accumulate less things so that I have more space in my room LOL

I used to collect stickers, erasers, cute notepads, posters, keychains, soft toys and those girl stuffs haha I am slowly giving them away or some have gotten too old to use and are thrown away. I felt like I have slowly outgrown my childhood but it's nice to sometimes remember how childhood used to be and laugh at those memories. 


#thingsthatusedtodefinemychildhood

Loads and loads of keychains.


Hundreds and hundreds of posters.


I used to collect posters of my favourite actors or actresses and go crazy over TV series and would not miss an episode of One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy and the likes.

These days, I have thrown my posters away, do not follow episode by episode of any TV series anymore(because I just do not have the time) and do not buy magazines monthly like I used to and tear pages which has my favourite TV star on the pages.

TV series are substituted with reality series like The Voice or The Rachel Zoe Project because if you miss one episode you can still keep up.
Seventeen and Galaxie magazines are now substituted with Cleo and Female magazines(read in saloon while someone does my hair)
Mary Kate and Ashley books are substituted with Twilight and 50 shades novels.

Gaahh...I AM growing up!!

I realised that I have outgrown all these while I was cleaning my room! Look what spring cleaning can actually do hehe

These days, I collect...
makeup and skincare! Haha I don't think I will ever outgrow it because these are stuffs I use everyday of my life! Good thing I'm starting to throw my other stuffs to make way for more skincare or makeup LOL

One part of my stash.
I'm so glad I was born a girl^^

September 17, 2014

Find humour



I still remember the times where life was so stressful, all you could do was laugh and make jokes about being depressed, about failing, about disappointing people. When you thought exams was the most difficult part of your life until you went into working life and you start laughing again around midnight towards the a.ms in office because the deadline was so ridiculous you know there's nothing much you could do but laugh to de-stress and you're back at work to meet that ridiculous deadline. And when you thought working was the most stressful part of life until reality hits you that responsibilities are the worst! Responsibilities to your family, paying off your loans for you car, your house and then thinking about settling down and then you came to a realisation that life will always be difficult no matter what. You just have to find humour in it, laugh it off and continue living life.

Here's to laughing (L-O-U-D if you're me ^^)

September 15, 2014

Effortless makeup

I don't normally put on heavy makeup unless it's a gala night where you want to look your best. I'm normally on a little sunblock, eyeliner, blusher and I'm good to go.

But today I would like to share my makeup tips for a night/glam look without going overboard. You wouldn't want to look like you've piled on plenty of foundation with too much colours on your face, no? That's the ultimate makeup no-no.

The trick to putting on makeup is to look like you've not put in much effort yet looking gorgeous! The word is effortless. Let your makeup look effortless. Of course, no one has to know that you need a lot of effort to put on this look *laughs*

I am no expert on makeup but I have been experimenting with makeup for over a decade to know a few tricks here and there.


My night look.


My inspirations?

Kate Bossworth. 
Kate looks effortlessly flawless all the time on the red carpet. With her porcelain skin, she doesn't need much makeup to look beautiful. Her makeup is mostly natural but of course it does take effort to pull this off.


Maggie Q.
Now, Maggie's features would match mine the best since she's Asian so she's definitely another inspiration.


If you can see, both Kate and Maggie kept everything else simple but enhanced their eyes' features. They used falsies with a little smokey look. I took them as inspiration because my best feature is my eyes as well. If you have pucker worthy lips, then by all means take maybe Scarlett Johansson or Angeline Jolie as inspirations.

Today, I would also be focusing on eye makeup for the night look. It's just a simple look which most girls out there would already know.


What I'll be using?

Clockwise:

1. Covo Cosmetics HD Picturesque Pressed Powder in Glow(It was a steal at RM20 when they had a promotion. NP: RM89)
4. In2it 2 way blusher
6. Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm
8. Clinique lip gloss
9. Maybelline Eyestudio Shadow Liner
10. Silkygirl Eyebrow pencil
11. Silkygirl Precision Liquid Eyeliner
13. Shu Uemura limited edition 24 carat gold plated eyelash curler


You don't need expensive products to create a look, just functional ones which suit your skin.


Firstly, prepped face with skincare and Covo Cosmetics Pressed Powder. I used this to act as a foundation as well. You can use BB cream, CC cream, or foundation for better coverage especially if you're going to dance all night and you need better coverage in case it melts. The most important is the shade of your foundation which should match closely to your skin. The last thing you want is to have your neck having a different colour from your face.


And then I played with the Sephora palette eyeshadow and Kate duo eyeshadow to create a shimmery look. I used the nude colour as base and topped it with shimmery pink and a little silver. I swiped the black at the bottom of the lids for a lil' smokey look.


And then I lined my eyes with the Silkygirl liquid eyeliner and added mascara on my lashes.


Before I put on my falsies, I used Lacelle's coloured contact lenses in Frozen Grey.




And finished it off with the KOJI falsies and lined a very vague line with my pencil liner at the bottom lid to create the wide eyed look ^^
This could have been a day look by itself.


But for a night look, add on eyebrow liner, blusher and a swipe of gloss for a complete glam look.
Since my focus was on my eyes, I kept the rest of the face simple in a light hue of pink. 


And now, you can party all night long hehe






And camwhore to your best ability LOL
  




That's all folks! Enjoy experimenting with makeup and create your very own night/glam effortless look =)) Putting on makeup should not be a chore but a joy instead. Try out different looks and surely you'll find your best look. I have been experimenting with makeup since 12 and never stop loving each time I doll myself up =)

September 14, 2014

Imprisonment

Don't be misled by the title. I'm obviously not in prison and will never ever want to be hehe.
However, due to the nature of my work, I have done some prison visits over the past few months. It was an eye opener and I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to see first hand the conditions inside prison and the inmates. It's something that not everyone gets to experience but it's something that I think everyone should experience once in a lifetime so that you will think twice before committing any crime.


I have visited the two biggest prisons in Malaysia which are the Sungai Buloh and the Kajang prisons.


Firstly, the smell was terrible. I'm not being mean but because prisons do not have air cond(for obvious reasons, otherwise it would be a hotel!) and Malaysia is very humid, so the sweat smell of all the inmates are very prominent. It's the first thing you will realise when you enter prison, especially the part where the inmates are gathered.

Most of the inmates are there because of drugs. Drug is a number one problem in Malaysia. Rave concerts are cancelled because of FMFA's OD cases. People either end up in prison or die due to drug abuse. Drugs are addictive and if you have experienced taking drugs since young and you like the effect of it, you can never be able to stop. People go in and out of prisons because they cannot stop. Mind you, some of them are educated people alright! I was shocked when they told me they had engineering degrees, law degrees, diplomas, etc etc but of course some are also dropouts. But to waste your life in prison like that...it's such a waste. Especially when you just wanted to try for the first time, and you were unlucky and got caught or that first time was the beginning of your addiction- either way, your future is ruined because tell me, who would want to employ an ex-prisoner or a drug addict?

Teenagers aged 16,17,18 were there because of drugs as well. Kids these days *shakes head* I feel so bad for their parents! Can you imagine your parents having heard the news that where you were supposed to be in school, but you were caught for drugs instead? Obviously they are still in the prison because the family are so poor that they do not have bail money. You really want to put your family in that kind of situation? 

Further, once you're in prison, you will be bullied, you will be taught even worst things, get into gang fights, etc etc. One kid cried to me saying he cannot stand the mental pressure in the juvenile prison anymore. He cried for me to call his mom to provide bail money for his release until his trial comes up. He said kids bully kids on a daily basis, get into fights, and the condition is so bad that even I think I would go mental as well. But, his mom doesn't have that kind of money. She cannot afford to come up with a few thousand ringgit to bail him out. It's just an unfortunate situation.




But that's only drug cases. There were of course murder cases, rape, theft and juveniles being caught for rape and molestation =.= People think they can get away with crimes so easily. Yes, I know some have made a mockery out of our legal system. But, you must also know, for crimes, there are no limitation period meaning to say that if you raped a girl ten years ago, and if she's now brave enough to speak up, you will get into trouble. Someway, somehow even after how many years, you will definitely pay for the crime you did. 

I will always feel very sad after my prison visits because the situation is really saddening. People are throwing their lives away like that. Especially teenagers who are inside. Some are however oblivious to their situation. They think it's so 'fun' to go in and out of prison and they never repent. Some have around 8 convictions on their cards and have been imprisoned a couple of times. I ask them why? They just smiled at me. Even they don't have an answer. Some however, have their own family. They have children to take care of and told me that all they want is to see their children and partner. But how? You were supposed to take care of your wife and children but you ended up now leaving them behind to care for themselves.

So, people, think twice, thrice, four times or a hundred times before you even think of taking the first step of committing a crime. The only way to survive in prison is to come out an even bigger criminal. That or you will be mentally scarred for life. Of course, the number one priority is think of your loved ones. Do you want to put them in a heartbreaking situation? When the prisoners are brought into the courtroom for their case mentions, they are allowed to hug their family members. That is a really heartbreaking moment of sadness for me. The amount of tears you see when they hug each other and when they are brought back to prison and the goodbyes are even more heartbreaking. 

Don't put yourself or your family through that sh*t. Do good instead. It's more rewarding. 

xx

September 12, 2014

Mie Food & Tourism Fair 2014

Bringing the rich Japanese art and cultural experience to Malaysians, AEON launched the inaugural Mie Food & Tourism Fair. Happening between 9 and 14 September 2014, the fair is held simultaneously at AEON One Utama and Mid Valley.

If you don't know, Mie Prefecture is situated in the centre of Honshu, Japan. Mie is one of the oldest prefectures in Japan and it is famous for supplying the Japanese emperors with fine food in the old times. In conjunction with AEON's 30th anniversary and their close ties with Mie, the food fair was launched.

The Food Fair launch was held in One Utama.


Opening speech by Ms. Nur Qamarina Chew, Managing Director of AEON Co(M) Bhd.
According to her, the fair is the one place where food connoisseur can find ingredients from the Mie region and have a tasteful experience of the city's finest delicacies.


Ninja performance by performers all the way from Mie, Japan.
Mie Prefecture is the original birthplace for the Japanese traditional martial arts otherwise known as Ninjutsu. They performed some of the Ninjutsu stunts.


Photo session with the Ninjas and Ms. Nur Qamarina Chew, Mr Suzuki(Mie Prefecture Governer) and Mr Nagahisa Oyama, CEO of ASEAN Business.


The guests of honour touring the food fair held just outside AEON.


These are the food from Mie Prefecture, Japan sold at the food fair. Various exclusive Mie delicacies such as the Tea incense komachi and Ise Udon were also showcased at the fair.
















Food sampling are available to make your choice of preferred purchase.









Q&A with the media.


More food sampling.


The chef and her creations.


We were then invited for Sushi-making class =)
That was my first time making sushi!

The ingredients were readily prepared for us.


Crab sticks, egg rolls, avocado, sesame, fish egg(ebiko) and cucumber to make California roll.


The chef teaching us how to make sushi.


Me and Amelie clad in our aprons and gloves trying to make our very own sushi rolls hehe


Me trying my hands to make the California roll.


I actually found it quite simple! But of course, because all ingredients were already prepared for us. I'm sure making the rice must be quite a hassle.


All we had to do was arrange all ingredients and roll it.
Yay! It was a success =)


Amelie and I with our sushi.


Amelie's sushi. We were taught two different kinds of sushi.


Yum! Yum!


My California roll.
This is a different kind of California roll. 
It's an inside out sushi. Meaning seaweed is inside and rice outside.


Had fun making my own sushi =)


Visit the Mie Food & Tourism Fair today from 9-14 September 2014 at AEON One Utama and Mid Valley!

AEON is also giving away travel packages to Mie Prefecture, a courtesy of Apple Vacation and Convention Sdn Bhd, in a lucky draw contest with a minimum spending of RM50 in a single receipt at the fair. The prizes are travel warrant worth RM12,000, RM8,000 and RM4,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.