Sunday, August 31, 2014

First Day in US

Katy Mills
They say, you don't come to the States and not do this - shopping.
Okay, I totally made that up myself.

But who are we kidding, if you're a skincare/make up junkie like myself, you can't say no to this!
Anyway, this is probably the only weekend I have to myself before I drown myself in work over the next couple of weeks. So yes to shopping, yo!

Let me explain a little bit on my experience today.

Looking at the hotel I'm currently staying at, there's pretty much nothing around except big international companies since it's a sort of business district I would think?
So I decided that on my first day (while still trying to fight jet lag), I should just do something that does not require a lot of mental exhaustion except money exhaustion T.T.

Getting a cab to Katy Mills (an outlet mall located about 15 mins from the hotel) would easily cost $30-35 one way. 
But that's probably the best choice if you're not driving because really, the transportation here is pretty limited.

Anyhow, I made my way there and decided that I should shop as much as possible or I'll regret my life here.
Indeed, it was a pretty fruitful day at Katy Mills except that when you have shopped in other outlet stores before, you'll somehow be smarter when you shop there again.

The thing is, I've read articles saying that outlet stores do not necessarily sell the original design of the luxury brands, but it's more of lower quality products of that brand specifically produced to cater to the customers who are into outlet shopping.
So chances are, the items you buy in outlet malls will not be found in the actual store or online store.

If you're lucky enough though, you might get some out-of-season items in the outlet store at a slashed price. So just an advice, be smart when choosing the items in outlet malls. :)

I've always wanted a Michael Kors bag but I want to get it in the US itself. Fortunately for me, the day did come though today I've only visited the outlet store.

Lo and behold, at the store, almost 90% of the MK bags/wristlets/wallets etc have a huge MK logo on the upper middle of the bag that somehow don't seem original to me.
I'm not sure about you but I have not seen this placement of the logo in the original online website before (please correct me if I'm wrong).
Not mentioning the intricacy of the sewing method is almost non existing.

But if you're fine with it, by all means get them because it's your choice, of course.
Just that this is a piece of information I thought it's good to share. :)

Anywayyyy, I got so tired of shopping after a few hours because I felt so sleepy by 2 pm (I left at 11am) and decided that I should head back.

By the time I reached the hotel room, I was a dead fish. Slept till 8 plus and totally missed dinner time.

So here I am now, blogging away because I can't sleep!! Oh, and I have Barney playing on the tv, too.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bio-Essence Mini Miracle Bio Water

Ooh, it's been so long since I last blogged!
I have only one excuse to that and it's been repeated one too many times on the blog so I shall just hush.
Anyway, I've been itching to buy a facial mist for the longest time but didn't get to it because I just can't justify the price for a bottle of what-seems-to-be-like water to me.
One day, I happened to come across this new mini miracle bio water (still sounds pretty much like water to me) and thought of giving it a try.
I bought it at Watsons during its introductory period for about RM7 plus.

The mini bottle fits perfectly in anywhere!

Comes with a spray head for easy distribution of mist.

Apparently, it's not only for the face but many more! 

Verdict? Oh, I LOVE IT!
I'm usually the worst person to clarify my feelings or judgement on things but this has proven to save me lots of those nights I hang out with friends right after work.
I have combination dry skin but somehow (most probably due to my foundation) my face tends to become oily after a whole day of work.
And trust me, it's really disgusting to go out with a face covered in oil especially on those T-zone!
So what I usually do is, I keep this spray in the car and while on my way to dinner after work, I just grab it and spray lightly all over my face and voila! I'm good as new :) 
My face feels refreshed as though I have just washed it and all I need to do is to put some face powder and you probably can't even tell I just had a long day! :)
I've not tried it on other parts like hair and body though but I won't hesitate to try it.

One question though, does water work the same way too?
Maybe I should try spraying some water on my face next time and compare. :P


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Life's Not Free

Just like the famous saying, "There's no free lunch in this world". Unfortunately, there are many in this world who are born with a silver spoon in the mouth.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong to be born with that but to grow up with the thinking that life is always a piece of cake and all you need to do is chill, is very, very wrong.

In my 27 years of life, I have obviously not seen it all. However, I've been lucky enough to go through the ups and downs of life, with much more to come in the future.
Growing up, I've never had a birthday party thrown for me or a birthday cake (I only remember the small party I had with my family when I was 1 year old because there were photos).
I've never known how it feels like to have tonnes of birthday presents laid on the table filled with cake and snacks and to have friends come over for a birthday celebration because my family could not afford it.

My parents work so hard just to be able to put some rice on the dining table with simple dishes such as eggs and tomatoes. 
If we're lucky, my grandmother will cook up delicious food such as chicken curry and prawns for all her grandchildren.
And because of that, I am thankful. I am thankful that none of us among my siblings is spoilt and none of us made my parents' lives difficult by wanting the impossible. (Well I did throw a tantrum when I was small for not getting a doll for my birthday but I was too young to know what was going on then. SORRY MOM!)
Every year during my birthday, my mom would give me a red packet with a small amount of money (about RM12 by the time I know the value of money) and that is all.
I even remembered telling my mom I wanted a bicycle if I scored straight A's for PMR, which I did but didn't quite get the bicycle.
Needless to say, I was disappointed because I didn't feel rewarded after all my hard work but the feelings passed after some time. 

As I grow up, I begun to realize that nothing in this world is FREE. You want something, you go get it yourself.
Nobody is going to feed you unless you're disabled or something (that is also if you're lucky enough to have someone to take care of you).
It's you who have to get a grip of your own life and if you're not willing to help yourself, sorry to say, no one will do the deed for you.
There's no right or wrong in life. If you messed up, stand up for your mistake and learn from it.
Life is cruel, move on, suck it up and be a better version of yourself.

But I'm glad that now the most difficult times have passed for my family. Since I was young, I can't wait to graduate so that I can join the workforce (rat race in other words) so that I can provide for myself and my parents.
I've stopped taking money from my parents (angpows are not counted) the moment I stepped into uni.
I sustained myself with the PTPTN loan I took from the government and no, I don't agree to abolish PTPTN repayment because I got my degree thanks to the loan and I'm more than willing to pay it all back.
Now that I have started working for real, I couldn't be happier. Please, no Masters, no PhD. I've had enough of books and papers.

What I'm trying to say here is that we all want a good life. Nobody will ever deny that.
But how many of us know that good life does not come by doing nothing beneficial to yourself?
Good life does not come by shaking your legs, waiting for money to fall from the sky every month.
If you want a good life, you go get it. If not, don't fucking complain about it.

Up till today, my mom never fails to remind me how difficult life was back then so that I will always remember to appreciate the little things in life and not to take things for granted.

Happy Mother's Day, Mummy. I know this is early but I need to write this down before my blogging mojo disappears again!

Disclaimer 1: I know I do not have the worst of life but I am only writing this for those who have almost everything in life yet do not seem to know how to appreciate it aka LAZY people.

Disclaimer 2: This is actually not a Mother's Day post but my mom made a huge impact in my life. I am who I am today because of her as well.


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