Thursday, January 01, 2015

2014 was the year

  • that reminded each and every one of us time and time again of how fragile life is and how we should cherish every opportunity and moments in life. 
  • filled with huge events, tight schedules and endless requests. Thankfully major anniversaries don't happen every year.
  •  of the new all time blogging low - only 7 posts in 365 days, down 3 from 2013..I probably should just strike out "write more" from my "non-existent" resolutions list like f.o.r.e.v.e.r
  • of summer infused waters, autumn smoothies and winter coffee arts
  • of many freebies. From gadget to charm to planner, from free smoothies to coffees to ice-creams..yup, I've got them all.
    Also not to forget the many Moments, goodies and awesome deals in between :)
  • I had a very white Chinese New Year *winks
  • I flew to East Malaysia for the first (and most likely the last) time
  • HIMYM was officially inducted onto MY's All-Time-Favorite-Series Hall of Fame, standing tall and proud amongst the likes of Lost, Buffy, 4400 and many other LEGEN-wait for it-DARY series, though I definitely do not look forward to adding more to the list anytime soon...
  • I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the almighty Barclays Premier League trophy, in the Flesh!
  • of churros, cronuts and salted caramel *yumz!
  • I got my first ever photobook printed (complete layout designed by moi) and of a very satisfactory quality. So looking forward to using the 2 remaining vouchers next *rubs hands gleefully
  • yours truly jumped on the Instagram bandwagon - which was also how I got to winning my 2nd photography contest...
  • of 11 good reads, up 2 from last year. Pretty impressive I'd say given the super packed year *gives self a pat on the back
  • my Swarovski Christmas collection was complete. One must really believe in the magic of the season
  • I was glad our noisy neighbors won the title instead of You-kNow-Who-lAh. And I am particularly pleased to finally see the Red Devils back on track. GGMU4EVA :P
2015 is a year with much excitement to look forward to. A year with lotsa positivity in the soul. Here's to a wonderful year ahead beginning with a new mantra; "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations".

HaPpY NeW YeAr 2015!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Beauty Tips: Apply Mascara Like A Pro

Coming from a girl who uses minimal make up, I believe in better enhancing the eyes when the occasion calls for it with the use of the perfect mascara. And I rely on these 3 simple steps on how to make the eyes pop.
  1. Start off with an eyelash curler
    Begin by curling your lashes from the root but making sure not to get the skin of your eyelid into the eyelash curlers. The tip is to hold it for about 10 seconds before releasing. You may choose to repeat the step until you are satisfied with the degree of curve it gives to your lashes.

  2. Handle the mascara wand with care
    Avoid from pumping the wand in and out of the mascara container as this pushes air into the tube drying up the mascara solutions which causes clumping. The best way to handle the wand is by gently twisting the wand in a circular motion in order to get a sufficient smooth amount of mascara. Additionally to further avoid clumpy lashes, make sure to wipe off any excess each time the wand is removed.

  3. Apply more than two layers of mascara
    To get a nice naturally long thick lashes, you should opt to apply more than two coats of mascara. Keep in mind though to apply it stroke after stroke instead of waiting for it to dry as it might cause flaking. 
Lastly, practice and practice!

And if you are wondering where to get amazing new mascaras, try checking out ZALORA as they offer a wide range of mascara selection online from various brands at their website.
Note: This is a collaboration post with Zalora. All words and views are the author's own.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rec!pe: Peach Oat Smoothie

Been a while since my once-upon-a-smoothie-craze so I thought I ought to give the blender a much needed workout. As with long weekends, everything under the sun felt rather peachy, wrapped under a soft, relaxing glow. Hence the peach-themed smoothie.

Combining peach, oats, and chia seeds, this smoothie is sweet, wholesome and packed full of healthy goodness. And it's very filling too. Perfect for breakfast or a snack.

What You Need:
  • 2 ripe peaches, quartered, pits removed
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (I used organic & gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 frozen banana (peeled before freezing)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1 tbsp honey for added sweetness (optional)
 What To Do:
  1. Add all ingredients into blender and let set for 5-10 minutes for oats and chia seeds to soak.
  2. Blend until smooth and pour into glasses.
  3. Add honey as needed and serve immediately. 

Voila. Here's to a peachy week ahead!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rec!pe: Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Avocado Salad

Avocados have always seem exotic to me. The pear-shaped fruit with a rough exterior and a smooth silky interior. Truth be told, I have not tried many avocado dishes except on the occasional sushi rolls, guacamole, and salsa. In fact, I see it more in beauty products than on menus.

Lately though, I've been seeing avocados (and cherries too) in the fruit aisle while avocado recipes have been popping up in the few food blogs and sites that I subscribed to. Long story short, I decided to make something that involves avocado at home. 

And voila, my first creamy crunchy cucumber avocado salad.

Perfect for summertime (and it's always more or less summer here in good ol' Penang), this salad is deliciously refreshing with the crunchy cucumber, the velvety avocado and the creamy feta cheese combined with zesty olive and lime dressing. (The recipe called for chopped mint leaves too but I didn't have any in the kitchen so I omitted them this round.)

What You Need:
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • Feta cheese, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • (1/2 cup chopped mint)
  • Pepper to taste
What To Do:
  1. Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Cut the cucumbers into 1/2-inch pieces. 
  2. Put diced avocados into a salad bowl, drizzle with lime juice and toss gently.
  3. To make dressing, whisk together olive oil and lime juice.
  4. Add cucumber, (mint), feta cheese to the avocados. Add the dressing and gently combine. Add pepper to taste. 
  5. Let stand in the fridge for about 30 minutes for the flavors to blend. 

And now that I had had my first attempt at avocados, I do have a feeling that there will be more coming along soon...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Wars of Heaven

Received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers - a book of short stories (and one novella) of everyday people of West Virginia during the Great Depression.

Be it a farmer, a coal miner, or a clown, each has his own story to tell and they kind of helped filled my imagination of what it must have been like there in the 1900's. Coupled with Currey's great choices of words, the stories were almost poetry-like and lyrical.

The novella, The Love of a Good Woman, was thought provoking. Is it heroic or just plain crazy to go all out to help a woman with a sick baby? Borrowing a car without permission, and taking money straight out of a bank's cash drawer in the name of a loan. All while made up with a clown-painted face...

Truly, is our society today as forgiving when it comes to peculiar individuals?

Overall well-written, easy-to-read stories.

My Rating: 

P/S: Aside to the book, I would also like to particularly note the accompanying reprint of an article that appeared in the Washington Post in 2008. This seven and a half pages of A4 papers came together along with the book and it detailed the history of the publishing company (which published this same book) and how one individual went the extra mile to do something extraordinary in founding and funding the literary press from his own salary even while he himself suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia, the worst painful condition known to humankind. He also happened to come from a family with a dramatic history, going from "riches to rags" almost overnight. I must applaud his passion and devotion. A well-written article of a true story of an admirable individual.