Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Daily Life: Home for Christmas!

I'm finally home after the most hectic 2 weeks of my life. Just uploaded my last ever coursework of 2011 onto Mahara, and am now contemplating eating a whole load of junk food to celebrate :P I had to film myself talking about digestive biscuits for five minutes.. I just don't get how Youtubers do it! How do you look at the camera and just talk? It's so.. awkward XD I spent the entire video looking at myself on the screen instead (talk about vain).

Starbucks Red Cups! :D

Anyway, how is everyone? (I don't think I've ever asked this on here before..) I haven't been able to catch up with blog reading in ages >< What has everyone got planned for Christmas? I can't quite believe it's 5 days till Christmas! I haven't bought any presents, or even thought about what to buy my family.. I guess this is what happens when you grow up and have other things to busy yourself with >< We only put up the tree today :/ Totally does not feel like Christmas.

Let me know what you're getting up to this holiday! I think I'll just laze around at home, stuff myself on Christmas Day, shop like crazy afterwards, and maybe attempt some revision in between. Just maybe. :P

I hope everyone's keeping well and having a good time catching up with family and friends over this festive period! Take care and look after each other! :)


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Waving in December

*Sigh* I have been focusing on uni work (okay, and maybe procrastinating on social networking sites), and have, as per usual me, neglected my blog. I'm sure no one wants to hear me whine, so I shall get to the point!

When I have work to do, I procrastinate (I'm sure it's not only me!) and instead of playing around with make up or nail stuff like I usually do, today I messed around with my hair instead.

Thought I'd share the results.. 

Please feel free to laugh at me and my shameless posing.


I used my Remington waver. It took me about 5 minutes to do my whole head.. although I can't say that I put that much effort into making it perfect (plus I have hardly any hair anyway). I just wanted something other than coursework to do XD

If you don't want to use heat, french braiding or just plaiting your hair and sleeping with it in can help you achieve the same results :) I used to do it all the time - it looks more natural and is obviously less damaging for your hair.

I hope you enjoyed the vain pictures of my tired face!

Until next time :)

Take care and keep warm! Cos it is seriously freeeeezing!!


I'm weird, I know. Hi :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

11 Questions Tag


I was recently tagged by Stephanie to complete the 11 questions tag:

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have linked him or her.
6. No tag backs.
7. No stuff in the tagging section about 'you are tagged if you are reading this.' You legitimately have to tag 11 people.


11 things about myself:

1. I'm Chinese

2. My favourite colour is blue
3. I'm not a big fan of chocolate
4. I'm rubbish at computer games/PS3/Wii/Xbox, etc.
5. I like to read
6. I like quotes
7. I eat way too much junk food
8. I'm actually an owl
9. I'm meant to be doing coursework right now
10. I want to travel the world
11. I prefer cold weather over hot, but constantly complain about the cold..


My answers to Stephanie's questions:

1. Who is your hero?
This is a difficult one.. I guess my parents? They've been through so much just to bring us all up and provide for our needs.

2. What is your favourite quote?
I'm a sucker for good quotes, but one of my favourites is by Maya Angelou:

'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' 

3. What is your stance on religion? Do you affiliate yourself with any?
I would classify myself as agnostic. I don't believe that there is a God, but I don't know for sure that there isn't - unless I actually encounter Him, I don't think I'll actually believe that He exists. I do, however, respect all religions and enjoy learning about them all - I love having in depth conversations with my religious friends to find out more about the way their religion works, as well as the way they think. I like debating the existence of God. I just don't like it when people pressure you to believe in their God or practice their religion. If you're entitled to believe in something, then why aren't I allowed to NOT believe in something? I don't think there's a right or wrong when it comes to religion - it all comes down to personal opinion. Personal opinion is one's perspective. And perspective is never right or wrong. 

4. What is your most treasured memory?
Several, involving the people I love.

5. Do you speak any other languages besides English?
Yes, Cantonese and amateur Mandarin.

6. Tell us something you feel strongly about.
Charity is something that I feel quite strongly about. Does it count? I just feel that if you're in a position where you can help someone else, then you should. Too many people are out for themselves (I'm such a pessimist, I know :|) I just don't understand. If you have the ability to help someone less fortunate than yourself, then why don't you? They didn't necessarily choose to be in that situation. Some people argue that adults in Third World countries shouldn't be allowed to have children because they bring them into a world of suffering. Who are you to judge what these people can and can't do? It's easy for you to say from a position of comfort, but I'm pretty sure in environments like those, family matters more than anything - because they are literally all you have.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
- Hopefully doing a job that I enjoy, with a stable income. 
- Still keeping in touch with the people that I talk to now. 
- Hopefully in a good relationship, with someone that I see a future with. 
- Still hanging out and having jokes with my siblings. 
- Spending valuable time with my parents. 

It's actually pretty scary how fast five years is going to pass. I'm going to look back at this blog and probably laugh at my own naivety and innocence. 

8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who only talk to you when they want something, and just forget your existence otherwise.

9. What are you most scared about?
Losing the people I love, not knowing what I want from life, and just drifting through life aimlessly for the rest of forever.

10. PC or MAC?
I own a PC. I like Windows. Vista is rubbish though. I hate Vista.

11. Why did you decide to make a blog?
I've always had a blog for as long as I can remember - it just wasn't public. I never used to blog so openly, but when I stumbled upon some make up blogs, I thought it would be interesting to set up my own and share my experiences and opinions on products. All the blogs that I had read reviews from had been so helpful, I just wanted to add to the community and contribute with my own thoughts. To be honest, my blog is really just posts on anything that I want to post about. I guess I'm just not focused enough to only blog about make up and outfits. I respect all the bloggers who manage to blog at least once a week, especially so specifically - I know time is always short, especially as most of us are students, and inspiration or motivation is always hard to come by. I guess blogging has made me appreciate other bloggers more too.


I would like to tag:
1. Joey
2. Vicky
3. Jen
6. Rinny
7. Cydia
8. Elle
9. Bibi
10. Kat
11. Elisa

My 11 questions are:

1. What is your favourite childhood memory?
2. If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?
3. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
4. What type of music do you listen to?
5. What's your all time favourite 'feel good' song?
5. What's a nickname that your friends call you? Does it have a special meaning?
6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
7. Can you play a musical instrument?
8. Sunrise or sunset?
9. Which is your favourite season, and why?
10. Do your friends (in real life) know that you have this blog? What did they say when they found out?
11. How long have you been blogging for, and do you ever feel like giving it up?

(Edit: Totally did not realise I put 2 question 5s until I read Bibi's post. Fail. Guess I'm just extra nosy/nosey(sp?!) like that.)

Thanks for reading guys! Even if I didn't tag you, I think you should still do this tag! I think it's interesting. Looking forward to reading some of your answers :P


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Pudsey Inspired Nail Art

Just a quick update to let you know that I am still, in fact, alive. At least one deadline (+) per week does not leave me much time to do the things I enjoy T_T

My new course involves a lot of food safety, which means I can't wear rings or nail varnish most of the time. Seeing as I don't need to be in the food hall until next Friday, I've decided to bring you all a brand new NOTW.

In fact, I'm so on it that I decided to do a picture tutorial. It's really easy, so I guess you could say I was lazy too.

As I'm helping fundraise for Children In Need on campus tomorrow, I've done some Pudsey inspired 'nail art' - I'd hardly call it art, but hey.

Pretty self explanatory, right?

I used a dotting tool that I got from HK for the coloured spots. I managed to chip my nails whilst I cooked dinner and washed up. What a fail.

Will you be doing anything for Children In Need?


Friday, 21 October 2011

Blog swap with Rinny

This post is seriously way overdue ><

WAY back in May, I contacted Rinny and asked if she would be interested in a blog swap - with the both of us living in two different countries, I figured it would be a good way of trying out new products that weren't readily available to us.

Rinny was so generous - she sent me so many things that I felt bad for having sent so little in comparison >< I know it's taken me a long time to post this, but thank you so much for everything Rinny! I was in Hong Kong when I read your blog post on our swap, and I'm so glad that you liked everything :) I hope some of them have become favourites!

(Please excuse the nasty background and lighting.. I now face a car park, making photographing more difficult)


I had heard so many things about NYX products that I was really curious and wanted to try their lippies and jumbo eye pencils. Rinny was so kind and got me about 5 NYX products! (I left one of the jumbo eye pencils at home - hence its absence in the picture above). I've tried out the round lipstick in Tea Rose and it's such a pretty colour! I seem to keep reaching for it whenever I want to feel more put together :P I haven't had the time to play around with the eye pencils yet but I'm looking forward to it! I've heard that they are extra creamy and make good eyeshadow bases - good for me and my monolids :P


The only thing that I had ever associated with Milani was the Liquif'eye. I had no idea that they even had blushes.. but boy, am I glad that Rinny sent me this! It is so silky and gorgeous; despite the fact that I don't wear make up that often, I have to say that I have used this quite frequently. I actually prefer this over my E.L.F. Studio Blush in Tickled Pink :P I love how it has little shimmers in it that aren't overwhelming, and the colour is a subtle, pretty peach-pink :P It comes with a little mirror and a flat brush under the powder.


Having never owned or heard much about Wet and Wild products, I was really excited when I saw that Rinny had sent me a palette with pretty browns, golds and neutral shades :P I actually still haven't opened it yet because I didn't want to ruin the clean packaging before I took photos for this post, but now that I have, I can't wait to open it and swatch it! The shimmery brown and gold shadows in the right-hand column are calling me ><

(Eurgh, my pictures really don't do it any justice - I assure you the shadows in the right-hand column are shimmery!)
EOS LIP BALM in Lemon Drop

I love how this lip balm is shaped like an egg :P And I love lemon flavoured things! I really don't think there was anything that Rinny got me, that I didn't like :P The lemon-y smell is addictive, and now that I've just opened the packaging (yes, literally just now), I am actually just sitting here sniffing it. I'm weird, I know.


Rinny also gave me a bag of samples, which included the Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser and an Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser. I can't wait to try these out as well :P My favourite out of everything in this bag was the Cherry Culture Bubble Gum Lip Balm she gave me. Although I personally don't think it smells like bubble gum, it does remind me of something equally as yummy.. Haribo sweets!! haha, I really don't think I have any excuse to have dry lips any more..

I just want to say a huge 'Thank You!' to Rinny for agreeing to do this swap with me, and for sending me so many things, and so quickly! <3 I genuinely love everything that you got me :) Sorry for taking so long in getting this post up, but I hope you enjoyed reading it :)

Okay, I'm off to go and experiment with everything now!

Take care guys,

PS. Click here to see what I got for Rinny :)

Friday, 14 October 2011

Valencia: Day 5

(Haven't read the rest of my Valencia series? TA-DAA: Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 :))

Day 5 was our final day in Valencia *cue sad face*. We woke around 10am, stuffed the rest of our things into our suitcases, and had Korean pot noodles for breakfast :P

I took some snaps in the lobby whilst Chu checked us out...


I forgot to mention this, but on one of the days (I think it was the first day), we hired out the hotel bikes and cycled around town trying to find the post office. It was pretty cool being able to just cycle everywhere, because I hardly get that opportunity to do so in London - I've been meaning to take part in the London Sky Ride.. except I always miss it every year. We also came across something called 'ValenciaBIKES'. I'm not sure which came first, but the concept is basically the same as the London Barclays bikes, where you pay at an hourly rate and can cycle to the numerous 'bike stops' around the city. The only difference is that you need to book the ValenciaBIKES 24 hours in advance online, but I think you can just pick up a Barclays bike and go. Has anyone actually been on a Barclays bike? I really want to try cycling around London!

Anyways, after we'd checked out and left our luggage behind the desk, we made our way to the post office (we had to ask the receptionist cos we still hadn't found it after 4 days ><)

Inside the post office

I came across these 'letter boxes' (I guess you'd call them), which I found pretty interesting. I gathered that you posted your letter according to which city you were mailing to.. which would make the lives of the post-people so much easier.. why do we not do this in the UK?!

I got the impression that these were post boxes too... How funky :P

After we'd sent our post cards, we explored as much as we could, discovering in the process that we could've easily walked to the next train station and saved some pennies (or Euros). Tourist fail.

We had a lunch of chocolate filled crossaints, Flora biscuits, and Chu's super sour orange from day 3, before heading back towards the hotel whilst exploring the rest of the local area along the way.

For some reason, this really reminded me of St Pancras International... I think it's the roof...

Pictures galore!

This was the Museum of Ceramics, which just happened to be right opposite our hotel. We wanted to go in, but our funds had diminished to the point that if we paid to go in, we wouldn't have been able to catch the Metro to the airport!

Randomly took a photo of this because it reminded me of the HK MTR and the London Overground... I bet you they're all owned by the same company or something!

Here are the different train tickets that we managed to collect during our time in Valencia. Obviously we had more, but these were the different designs that we'd managed to get :P I find the middle one so cute!

And finally...

On our flight back to London!

It was a super sunny, super short holiday, but it was exciting, relaxing, and just so much fun - yes, all at the same time. I'm really looking forward to going travelling again some time. I want to see as much of the world as possible!!

I think everyone should definitely check out Valencia! It's often overlooked for Barcelona and Majorca, but it's such a beautiful city filled with good food, friendly people, and plenty of sunshine :) The hotel we stayed in was really central, clean and quite worth the price! There was a laptop in our room which had internet, so we were able to watch movies and catch up on TVB dramas XD The hotel also had free wifi, which meant that I could update my Facebook and let people stalk me even though I was in another country. I think the only downside was that they had no English TV.. Anyways, if any of you are planning on visiting Valencia and want more information on the hotel I stayed at, just email me or something, and I will try to answer your questions :)

I hope you enjoyed reading about my time in Valencia as much as I did reminiscing about it!! :)


Monday, 10 October 2011

Too Tied Up for Time

Wow, I seriously only update about once a month.. :/ You guys have really heard it all before - I got caught up with life and neglected you all >< I'm surprised half of you haven't unfollowed me! I know I would.

Anyway, what do I say after being away for so long?

Since my last post, a lot has happened in my life.. I was job hunting and I was waitressing part time for a while, but the main thing is that I decided to apply for a MSc, and the last few weeks have possibly been the most hectic weeks of my life (apart from exam time :P). I applied for the course about a week after my last post, and it took another 2 weeks for references to be sent and a decision to be finalised. I went house hunting with a friend the week before I had to register at university in person, and failing that, I stayed at Christine's for a few days whilst I had my course introductory week. The land lady who owned the house we wanted was a pain in the butt - she refused to rent it out to us and tried to make us live in one of her other houses instead.. and when we refused, she said that there were already two people living in the house that we originally wanted. By that time, I was quite fed up with her, and decided to move into halls. I found out later that the house we wanted was in fact still up for rent as a 4 bed room property, meaning that she hadn't actually rented it out to anyone - she just didn't want to rent it out to us!

But hey, I'm getting over it.

Here's something that I see quite a lot when I come back to uni - I just thought I'd take this opportunity to share it:

I love this.

What else?

I started lectures last week, and I'm enjoying it so far - most of the lectures are interesting (there's always ones that make you fall asleep..). The people on my course are friendly.. and I feel really old, haha.

That's about it really in terms of updating you all with my life.

I'm truly sorry that I haven't been around to read and comment on everyone's posts, but I really have been quite short of time lately. Everything's happened so fast, and I guess it's only just started to sink in. I'm going to start getting back into the routine of things now that I'm beginning to settle in though! I hope you guys don't mind that I've been drifting in and out of blogging so much.

Take care, and I promise my next post will be up before the weekend!


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Valencia: Day 4

Gah, I totally forgot about finishing off my Valencia series! >< ... If you haven't already, feel free to read about days 1, 2 and 3 :) 

On our fourth day, we decided to spend the day at the beach. (Get ready for some picture spam!!)

We travelled by Metro to playa de la Malvarrosa, and on our way there, we changed trains at a station just outside of the Valencia Street Circuit which was to hold the Europe F1 Grand Prix a few days after we left. It was so weird seeing Valencia on TV when we came back!

It was a short walk to the beach from the station, and it was so beautiful - just stretches of sand and sun!

We pretty much just chilled in the sun chatting and taking photos all afternoon.

Our attempt at being 'cute' hahaa

Eventually, we started getting hungry so we stopped off for a drink at a beach cafe and then made our way back to the hotel.

We had dinner that night where we'd had dinner on our first day - it was our last dinner in Valencia and we both wanted some good paella!

The squid rings were free! Our smiley waiter remembered us from last time :P

After dinner, we returned to the hotel and packed our suitcases as much as we could, and then we crashed out early-ish (well earlier than the past few days!) because we had to wake up kinda early the next day to check out..

It was so upsetting to have reached our last full day in Valencia! I enjoyed myself so much just relaxing and soaking up the sun every day! I swear sunshine makes everything so much happier!!

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