Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014

This year features the highest of highs...


...where I realised my childhood dream of visiting the Land of the Rising Sun




... experienced snow for the first time...




... and managed to catch the first blooms of sakura in the city:




I also had the privilege of visiting the Tuna Auction at Tsukiji Market:




Waited 3 hours in the freezing cold morning for this:


The Mother of all sashimis... OTORO!!! :O~~~~


Walked across the crazy busy Shibuya Crossing:



... and crossed eating ice cream in negative degree (-7C) weather off my bucket list:




Nothing significant in the next pic other than me missing my violet brown hair... lol!




I also did two weeks of diving in the Perhentians, and saw my very first Pikachu (Thecacera pacifica):




Managed to visit the Capital and had my fill of my favourite protein:


So raw... so delicious!!! :O~~~


And oh, I graduated again! :)





This year had me reaching the lowest of lows in my life as well. I have arrived at the point of my life where all the lousy emotional investments that I have made thus far are hounding my door demanding for payment with compounded interest. I became accustomed to a pain so searing that I'm utterly convinced that I will never experience unadulterated, genuine joy ever again. So much pain, so much anger, so many burning questions unanswered.


What wouldn't I give to have this soul-withering emptiness taken away from me.



The upside to this whole ordeal? After being through hell and back, there is no more fear. You also realise how little you have to live for, and how little you can actually live for. Things that used to matter the world to you seemed almost frivolous now. It is time to get rid of all excess baggage and cut lose the snares that are holding you back.





So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world's not falling apart, its falling into place
Im on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held



And I will be held. Because thats all I have left to hold on to.



Happy New Year everyone! :)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jenn Asks: Do supplements / tonics make you break out?



Not fun :(


I've noticed for the past few months that whenever I have Dang Gui Chicken (当归鸡), I would always have a pimple or two pop up on my forehead the very next day! For the uninitiated, Dang Gui, also known as Angelica or the Female Ginseng, is purportedly good for ladies (to regulate menstruation, improve blood circulation, and to replace the blood loss during your period). It is also incredibly heaty (if you subscribe to that school of thought) so one must consume a lot of water after eating it. It is usually steamed together with chicken thighs and goji berries (and sometimes rice wine) to make a nourishing and delicious dish.

My mother in law, bless her heart, has been cooking this dish rather often for me nowadays! While I super appreciate her efforts and LOVE the taste, I'm not too sure if I enjoy the pimples that come along with this dish! Lol!


So over to you! Do herbal supplements or tonics make you break out?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Product Review: Estee Lauder Nutritious Night Vita-Mineral Intense Nourishing Creme / Mask



At a Glance:
Price: RM220 (approx. US$66.67)
Weight: 50ml / 1.7 Fl. Oz.
Made in: USA
Likes: Brightens complexion really well!
Gripes: Not moisturizing enough for my combi-dry skin, thick / hard to spread texture.
You would like it if: You already have amazing skin, and are looking for a good brightening cream.
Repurchase: Most likely not
Availability: All Estee Launder counters.


Product Description:

INFUSE. Replenish and restore your skin overnight, and wake up to the look of radiant health. This emollient creme, rich in nutrients, works all night long to restore skin's balance and deliver deep down hydration with pure Pomegranate Extract plus essential minerals. Helps skin reactivate its own natural defenses that may have been impared by the stresses of the day.

Can also be applied generously as an overnight mask whenever skin needs a surge of intense nourishment.

Created exclusively for and tested on Asian skin. Dermatologist-tested. Non-acnegenic.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Product Review: Silkygirl Lash Prism Waterproof Mascara in 01 Blackest Black



At a Glance:
Price: RM15.90 (approx. US$4.81)
Weight: 4ml / 0.34 Oz.
Made in: China
Likes: Lengthens well, rich black color, easily removed, cheap, easily available.
Gripes: Heavy formula that weighs down my lashes, clumpy, smudges, ineffective mascara wand.
You would like it if: You're looking for an affordable lengthening mascara and do not have oily lids :)
Repurchase: No
Availability: Watsons, Guardian, Caring, some supermarkets.


Product Description:
Enriched with unique Gel Flex Polymers to lengthen and volumize lashes from root to tip. Its 360° Cross Fiber Hook Brush is designed to deliver clump-free lashes and ensure ease of application.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jenn Asks: Where have you travelled to in the past year? :D



As mentioned in my 2014 Resolutions post, one of the things that I wish to achieve this year is to go to somewhere totally new! :) It's been coming to 6 years since the husband and I has explored a new country together, so now is the time to remedy that now!

The husband and I are in the midst of planning our next vacation... so we need some input and ideas! Sadly, Europe and the US are out of our budgets for now, so we're looking at travelling within Asia! We're practically deliberating over Indonesia, Philippines or Cambodia for now, so if you have any traveled to any of these three countries (or even others within Asia), please do share in the comments below!! :D


So over to you! Where have you travelled in the past year? And also, where would you recommend travelling to Asia? :D

Monday, January 13, 2014

Product Review: Loreal UV Perfect 12 Hour Longlasting UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++ in Apricot Even Complexion



At a Glance:
Price: RM32.90 (approx. US$10)
Amount: 30ml
Made in: Indonesia
Likes: Long lasting UV protection, broad spectrum and high SPF protection, affordable, easily available
Gripes: Leaves my face looking shiny, non-existent coverage.
Repurchase: YES!! :D
Availability: Watsons, Guardian, Caring, L'Oreal displayers at your local supermarket :D


Product Description:

Every day, your skin faces multiple aggressions such as UV rays and atmospherical pollution - that trigger the creation of free radicals, responsible for attacking cells and breaking elastin and collagen fibers. The result is a deep alteration of skin and cells functions.

L'Oreal Skincare Laboratories create UV Perfect - enriched with a powerful Anti-Oxidant Complex - for an inside/out protection against brown spots, skin darkening and premature aging.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Product Review: Biore Cleansing Oil - In Cotton Wipes

Warning: picture heavy post! :D



At a Glance:
Price: RM32.90 (approx. US$10). Refills cost RM25.90 (approx. US$8.48) for 48 sheets and the travel pack (of 10 sheets) cost RM6.90 (approx. US$2.12).
Amount: 48 sheets
Made in: Japan
Likes: Takes off all makeup (except waterproof mascara) easily and quickly, doesn't leave an oily residue, affordable, easily available, awesome travel pack that's perfect for touch-ups on the go!
Gripes: Takes a little longer to remove waterproof mascara (but then again, you SHOULDN'T remove mascara with a wipe! :D)
Repurchase: Yes! :)


Product Description:

Instantly removes all traces of makeup, even waterproof mascara!
Enjoy the convenience of quick and easy makeup removal anytime, anywhere with Biore Cleansing Oil - In Cotton Wipes. Every sheet contains a light and smooth cleansing oil that effectively removes all traces of makeup that accumulate in pores without excessive rubbing. Skin feels fresh, soft and smooth!
  • Thoroughly cleanses without leaving any trace of makeup
  • Cleansing oil does not remain on skin so there is no greasy, sticky feeling after use.
  • Made from 100% natural fiber for a pleasantly soft touch on skin.
  • Contains moisturising agent that makes skin feel soft, smooth and supple, not tight.

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