Thursday, March 31, 2016

Recap -- March 2016



I nearly forgotten to do a recap post for this month! Missing out recap posts will be my biggest failure for the year as I made a commitment to myself on this.

March is such a long month. I knew I did mentioned that January is a long month and February is a short month. Well, comparing to February..March indeed extra 2 days! I always thought that I was so unproductive on March comparing to other months but looking back, I think I did pretty well :)

1) A full month of holiday before new semester arrive mid of next month. I'm enjoying every moments after work with Ken and friends. A month without attending classes and worrying for assignments is such a bliss! 

2) My coworkers, Ken and I registered ourself for the Green Corridor 10km Run since January. The event was held on 6 March starting from Tanjong Pagar Rail Station till Bukit Timah Rail Station. We procrastinated in practicing running all the way and took it seriously at the end of February. Lucky us, we did enough practices and managed to finish 10km. I got sore muscle the next few days but still manageable. Ken and I will run Coney Island 10km Run next month :P

3) My second sister's birthday fall on 29 March. Since she lives 5 hours drive from us in Malaysia, Ken and I bought bus tickets and went to Kuala Lumpur during the Easter's Holiday. We stayed at her place for a night and brought her out for dinner at Morganfield, eCurve. She loves the in-house spare ribs so much..that she rated 10/10 for the food.

4) Let's talk about weather! Singapore is a country which 24/7 hot and humid, which I believe everyone knew. This month, the weather was scorching hotter than usual whereas rumors spread around that temperature may rise till 40 degrees soon. Full article here

5) The other day while wandering around night market, I found "shit soft toy" hanging high up at the corner of one of the local stall. I tried not to make eye contact with it but I can't control myself too much. I told Ken that I have to bring it home!! Although I'm a owner of a few soft toys, I still need more. After paying $10, it belongs to me :)  *photo above* 

Recap from previous months - January, February

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Guest Blogger at JennifHsieh

Hey readers!

Moments ago, I was beyond ecstatic to find out that I was featured in Jenn's blog as a guest post. Who will ever guess this will be happening to me? Perhaps this is a very common situation for some bloggers but this is definitely a very special moment for me.

* I heard you congratulating me*

I'm not a fashion blogger as I'm unable to commit to post outfit posts due to commitment to work full-time. But once I read about Jenn inviting bloggers to be a guest post, I knew I have to grab the chance. And grabbed my DSLR out for the weekend to snap some quality photos.

Do hop over to JennifHsieh to read more about her. She's my inspiration on fashion. Trust me, you will love her!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams (1)

I born and raised in a small town in Sarawak, Malaysia. Growing up, I always trying to imagine myself living in the big city and owning an apartment of my own, waking up every morning choosing which formal outfit to wear to attend meeting in the corporate world. I will be surrounded by a lot of high class people and attend lots of fashion events and parties. Life will be so much challenging than living in small town.

Fast forward, here I'm today..in Singapore. I don't own an apartment because the houses in Singapore are real expensive. I'm working in a logistic firm as a Human Resource Officer but I did not attend much meeting, which I'm so glad about! Meetings are boring.. I have quite a number of friends in Singapore and we seldom do parties, although they're superb cool.

After 7 years living in Singapore, I've learnt a lots. Those experiences are gained throughout the years and can't be found in any textbooks. I've grown into a person that I believe is mature enough to think logically and rationally without parents' supervision.

All these years living in Singapore, I had learnt that...

- the best timing to ride in subway is before 6.30am whereas everyone may still lazying in bed wishing to have extra 5 more minutes to sleep in. The subway's company is generous enough to give a free rides to everyone who make the effort to avoid human traffic before 7.45am

- the worst timing to ride the subway is between 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Everyone are rushing home and they may started to push each others in order to get into the ride (providing there is an officer taking care of the area, queuing will be form). I can even see some exhausted/tired faces during the ride. Sometimes, someone may face difficulty to scan their concession card at the gantry..if you're unlucky you might bump into a "grumpy cat" whenever you make an u-turn

- to be a speed walker. I believe I can walk faster than most people because I get use to walk faster. Elevators are functioning faster too..

- to read. I developed reading novels ever since I came to Singapore. Government encourages their citizens to read more therefore we will get free newspaper daily from the train stations. Beside that, there are a lots of book sales throughout the year which Ken and I love love love to visit and get crazy with the books

- to love locals food. Locals food are awesome!! I love chicken rice, fried carrot cake, fried kuey teow, etc.. Ken and I love to explore local hawkers center to look for yummy food. Of course, we still can dine in restaurants..but both of us prefer food adventure. And lower price too :) 

And.. the end of the part 1. Overall, life is great now!! What about you?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Green Corridor Run 2016 - 10.5km

Past weekend, my colleagues, Ken, his friends and me went to participate in Green Corridor Run 2016 for their 10.5km run. It's been a while since I attend running event. I miss those moments where I nearly gave up in a few past running events and Ken encouraged me till the finish line. The most satisfying moments were when the volunteers handed over the finisher medal to me and congratulated me for finishing the running.


Introduction (info from the website)

Green Corridor Run was held on 6 March 2016 in conjunction with Singapore's World Water Day celebration. Held along one of the most interesting and beautiful stretches of natural land in Singapore, the 10.5km course starts at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station and winds its way along the green corridor to finish at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.

The ‘Green Corridor’ is an uninterrupted stretch of greenery and woodlands that runs the entire length of Singapore, from the old Tanjong Pagar Rail Station in the south to the border of Malaysia in the north. Once the beginning of a rail network that was planned to extend all the way to Russia, this incredible stretch of ecological and culturally significant land has been re-surfaced to allow the community access to a ‘Green Corridor’ through the city.

The 2016 race will be the last edition of the event. The rail corridor will be closed after the race in 2016 for the construction of the Murnane pipeline, which will run along the lower half of the Green Corridor when it is completed. After the pipeline has been laid, the surface of this stretch of the green corridor will be maintained as a contiguous green space for public recreational use

We started to do training a month earlier before the run. I tried to build back my body stamina after stop running for a year. On the day, I was only able to run 3km++ and started to get really tired after that. Lucky me, Ken always encouraged me to finish the whole journey. The trail was muddy and rocky, yet the scenery was greenery and breath-taking. Along the trail, we managed to see a few graffiti arts on the abandoned walls.."excellent job" to those who created the graffiti, it was amazing!!

Ken, one of my colleague and I ran together as a team all the time throughout 10.5km..we stopped at each boards to snap a selfie for encouragement to each others. Three of us were pretty excited when the race started yet we were getting tired in the middle. We tried to run, and we walked whenever we felt tired. Whoever went slow, the other two will encouraged the one. I totally lovin' this teamwork spirit.
We were quite slow in this running. We used 1 hour 53 minutes to finish 10.5km while some of our friends reached within an hour and 10 minutes. After all, I was proud of my "never give-up" spirit!!
I will continue to run, and I will continue to break my own record.

First achievement of the year ACCOMPLISHED!! 

"RUN WHEN YOU CAN, WALK IF YOU HAVE TO, 
CRAWL IF YOU MUST; JUST NEVER GIVE UP"
-Dean Karnazes-


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: Wild Ferns Bee Venom Face Mask

Bee Venom? Honestly, I've never heard of these words before! Never! I'm a conservative person who seldom goes out and explore more on the other beauty products and normally sticks to a few brands that I'm familiar with. Hence, I'm so glad that Sample Store approached me to try out this new product from New Zealand.  

WILD FERNS BEE VENOM FACE MASK

The Bee Venom used in Wild Ferns Products are obtained through ethical and humane means. Wild Ferns® uses VENZTM (Venom New Zealand) Bee Venom in their products. VENZTM invented a collection device which does not kill the bees. This device conducts a gentle current over a glass sheet, the bees on the glass sheet will stick out their stingers and the muscle pushing the stingers will also pump a small amount of bee venom. The venom is then collected and purified for storage, ensuring the freshness and quality of the Bee Venom.

Bee Venom assists in energizing the skin's natural activity, encouraging increased circulation, collagen and elastin production, helping to firm and plump facial tissue for a smooth youtful looking skin. Combined with other skin improving natural ingredients, known for their deep moisturizing effects this face mask is all about treating yourself to the very best. Experience intense refining and softening with our ultra-luxuriant Bee Venom face mask designed to give more radiant appearance.


INGREDIENTS

Main ingredients:
Royal Jelly, Green Tea, Lavender Oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Canola Oil, Shea Butter, Menthol

Aqua (Water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Leptospermum Mel (Manuka Honey), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkll (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Bee Venom, Royal Jelly, Potassium Cetylphosphate, Menthol, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavendar) Oil, Rose Damascena Flower Oil, Ethylehexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Perfume, Amylcinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Courmarin, Geraniol
*Natural product*  *Naturally derived*


PACKAGING

Love the packaging of the face mask. The golden bottle-cap is gently carved in bee shape and bee venom wordings making the whole bottle look elegant and classic. It would be perfect if a spatula applicator was provided.


HOW TO USE

Apply evenly to face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes then gently wash off.
Use daily. Results will be achievable and noticeable after longer usage.
Do not use if you're allergic to the bee venom. Patch test is recommended before use of this product. Discontinue use if skin becomes irritated.



TEXTURE

The texture is a cream-type and it's white in color. It's creamy and rich, the mask will not dry off on the skin leaving skin slightly sticky. Once application, you may feel minty sensation but it will go off after a while.


MY THOUGHTS

The mask gave quite a strong minty sensation on my skin at the early stage after application. I was quite worried that my skin may be sensitive to the bee venom although I did a patch test earlier. Luckily, my skin cooperated well with bee venom. My skin felt superbly soft after first attempt and I absolutely love it. You may not see the visible results on the first try, so do continue to use.. as for me, my skin felt fairer and even softer on the second use. I can see that my complexion is getting fairer and my pores are getting smaller than before.

WHERE TO BUY

Available at selected John Little (Plaza Singapura and Jurong Point) & Watsons Outlets
Watsons Outlets:
-Ngee Ann City
-NEX
-Plaza Singapura 1
-Marina Square
-Bugis Junction
-Raffles City
-Parkway Parade
-Tampines Mall
-VivoCity
-Toa Payoh Hub
-EastPoint Mall
-Star Vista
-JEM
-Jurong Point
-Bukit Panjang Plaza
-Waterway Point
Retail price S$52.50 / 50 grams
Free sample is available on Sample Store here
Product testers available for testing at Watsons

*this product is sent to me by Wild Ferns & Sample Store - all my reviews above are sincerely my own*