Monday, 14 January 2019

2019 Resolutions

While some of my resolutions are more personal, these are some that I'm comfortable sharing.

Read and Review Non Fiction Books
My target is to read at least 1 non fiction book per month. After years of reading (I'm a bit of a bibliophile), I realized that reading without writing is not as efficient. Hence, the reason why I wanted to do a review or share my key takeaways from the books. Remember program NILAM back at school?  (I got awards for NILAM program both at secondary and primary school #BranggingRights 😂) Is it still a thing nowadays, tho?

Dean's List
There're 2 semesters in 2019; March and September. I am aiming to get at least GPA 3.75 for both of 'em which is the Dean's List benchmark for postgraduate program in UiTM. The first semester result has yet to be announced. I think/hope I'm getting GPA 3.89 at least (A, A, A-). I don't know, we'll have to see next month. [Will definitely be a little heartbroken if I got less than 2 solid A's. *nerd*

Complete Bayyinah Cover to Cover Program
I've had Bayyinah TV subscription for a few years now and my favorite program is the Cover to Cover series. There are videos on the backstory of the Surahs, why it was decreed upon our Prophet and the linguistic part of it. With this class, you'll have better appreciation of Quran. . But I always do my own notes, and I think I have only covered not more than 20 surahs. Some surahs take as long as 3 hours! But yeah. I'm aiming to complete the series this year. Maybe I'll share notes in my blog. Should I?

*In total I had 10 goals for 2019. Hoping this will be the best year yet. Final year before entering the 3 series, InsyaAllah.
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Monday, 7 January 2019

My Best Beauty Find of 2018

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial

I bought the Elixir Radiance Duo from Cult Beauty (to take advantage of the discount code/ free delivery/ VAT refund) and I got it at a steal! 2 full size items; Overnight Facial and Morning Facial for only £48. The Overnight Facial alone cost £49 💚 Maybe it's an LE item, I'm not sure. 

So Sarah Chapman is a highly sought after facialist (notice that she's not a dermatologist) in London. Her client list were extensive (including Meghan Markle, Gigi Hadid and Victoria Beckham to name a few) and there's a waiting list of 3 months to get yourself an appointment. She launched this best-selling Overnight Facial in 2008. That's 10 years ago! 

Okay, about the product. It's facial in a bottle. It is a serum-oil (took a while to fully absorb tho) but the effects are jarring. You can see the result the very next morning! The brand promise to leave your skin plump, smooth, rejuvenated, bright and radiant. That's a lot to promise but they do deliver.

I always used it on a dull-skin-day or when I need that extra boost or just to pamper my skin. Can't recommend enough!

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Confession. Previously, I don't see the need to highlight because so many times (in real life), I saw amateurs with patchy and unnatural streaks of golden / silver highlight across their face. It does look amazing in promotional pictures/ beauty guru's Youtube videos but it seems difficult to master. Done correctly, highlighter are meant to emulate sun kissed healthy radiant skin.

So the other day Sephora was offering discount for Becca's Champagne Pop highlighter and I bought it on a whim. I felt in love with it so much that I bought another 2 shades; Opal and Moonstone 😂 They were so amazing!! The powders are so finely milled that it blended nicely with my skin. 

*I've tried the liquid version. I prefer the pressed highlighter

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow (SSS)
Trust me when I said I had a lot of eyeshadows 😂 A lot! This product alone, I had nearly 20 shades of em. But I had 2 shades that I kept coming back to; Issa and Central Perk. In fact, I've hit pan (it's been less than a year!).


Central Perk
Issa is a beautiful metallic eggplant purple that looked different from different angle. It last very long (without primer) and never creases. While Central Perk is the perfect deep plum color and even looks great on its own.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette

My second Hourglass palette and I really love it! This is a limited edition palette with 6 new shades of finishing powders, bronzer, blush and strobe powder. The textures of these powders are so soft and finely milled. They do not sit on top of skin / look powdery no matter how much you apply and I also love the brightening effect of the face powders! 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder

So I got this as part of the Sephora Favorites Sunkissed Glow set from Sephora US. I did not set any expectation but when I first used it, I was blown away. It was so good!! It look so natural and beautiful on my skin. Blendable and lasts long too!
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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Top 5 Highlights of 2018

1. First House
  • We got the keys for Olive (yes, we named our house) 😂
  • Really, it was a shock to us since the completion date was supposed to be at the end of 2019. But we got 'em in June this year 
  • We did some minor renovation, then there's the kitchen cabinet, painting, yada yada yada
  • It's a small house, enough for us to call home 💕 [Who knew such a small house will cost us a lot LOL)
  • Housewarming party coming soon!
Work in progress. Obsessed with the green marble ❤

Bare living hall. Overlooking KESAS highway and my mom's (sort of) 😂

2. Career
  • Alhamdulillah, 2018 was indeed a great year for me; career wise
  • Never thought I'll be promoted to a manager at the age of 28 years old (after only 4 years of experience) What more, in a totally new industry!
  • Still in disbelief and indeed Allah is kind.

  • Met my goal of completing all the papers on my first attempt *yeayy!!*
  • Received Special Commendation Award from MyPAC for being the first part time scholar with straight pass
  • Got an award from KDU for my final paper, P5 😎

4. Postgraduate Education
Started my  #MBAJourney at UiTM in September. With N, no less!! So proud of him 💖

5. #teamCip
  • Had been a part of the super competitive family for a couple of years now. We had major tournament involving at least 20-30 teams, twice a year 
  • I was the goalkeeper for handball and goal defense (GD) / captain for netball

Can you imagine how tight the game was? Only 9 goals throughout the 4 quarters 😂

Looking forward to what this year may bring.
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Monday, 31 December 2018

[Material] Wish List for 2019

These are my wish list for 2019. 
They are not necessarily expensive but for one reason or another,  I never come around to actually buying them tho it's been in my wish list for nearly a year (or more) now.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick (£24)

Shade : Amazing Grace Bought!
Shade : Walk of Shame

2. Foreo Luna 2 (RM900) / Luna Mini 2 (RM636)

3. Michael Kors Tote Bag

This maroon bag is gorgeous

4. Kora Organics By Miranda Kerr - Noni Glow Face Oil (RM240)

5. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare products

Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel (£16.5 per 5 treatments) Bought! 

C+ Collagen Deep Cream (£77) 

6. The Qur'an (Oxford World Classic) Bought from Amazon!
This book is banned in Malaysia tho.

7. Haruki Murakami's novel (RM45.90 each)

  • Norwegian Wood 
  • Kafka on The Shore 
  • The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

8. Bokitta (Voila Maxi)

9. Dymo Label Maker

Let's see by the end of 2019, how many of these I bought ❤
I'm gonna update this list throughout the year!
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Sunday, 30 December 2018

Chiang Mai : What We Did & Where We Went

The (many) gates of Chiang Mai.
The old city is surrounded by walls and moats to protect them against constant threat back in the day. [They used to be the capital city of Lanna kingdom]. The area within the moat is called Old City.

There are four sides of the moat, with some area more lively than others. 

It's fun, walking along the walls, sightseeing. Recommended at least once through out your trip to Chiang Mai. Most happening gate : Chiang Mai & Tha Pae.

Taken at the Tha Pae Gate

The place is sprawled with massage parlors which will definitely meet your budget. You can get decent massages from as low as 150 Baht up to 8000 Baht for luxury packages at renowned spas.

Lila Thai Massage (6 branches in Chiang Mai)
The price starts at 250 Baht per hour for body / foot massage. The masseuse are either ex-inmates or women with troubling background. They all went through training to become certified masseuse and this initiatives is fully supported by the  local government. PS - the interior design was very beautiful!

Fah Lanna (2 branches)
Still in the affordable price range. The massages starts at 250 Baht (700 Baht at the Old City branch which is more luxurious that the Night Bazaar branch).

Old Town Branch

Night Bazaar Branch

A Nondescript Massage Parlor near Halal Street
For a cheap, no fuss and good massage. It's only 150 Baht per hour! Been visiting this place since 2013. 

It's the corner shop, right beside the Halal Street gate

Lake Huay Thung Thao
This is a where the locals go during weekend! Relatively a tourist-free area. It is a large lake, with many (hundreds) bomboo huts overlooking the mountain, Doi Pui. There's an entrance fee of 50 Baht for foreigners.

It will take around 20 / 40 mins to get here depending whether on your mode of transportation. 
They serve fresh and cheap seafood on the hut. No English menu (I've read some huts do provide them), and they can't speak any ounce of English 😂. So my mom helped us ordered (I love technology!)

This meal only cost us 270 Baht

Cr : Mad Monkey Hostel

Cooking School
I've been to 2 cooking classes in Chiang Mai; Thai Akha Cooking School (ranked 1st in TripAdvisor) and Thai Orchid Cookery School (ranked 8th). Surprise, surprise, I really would suggest Thai orchid over Thai Akha. 

Thai Orchid offers more conducive learning environment, more hands on approach, and the menu are better , I would say.

[Guess how Thai Akha got to be ranked first? They offer free gifts for students who rated them in TripAdvisor. Naturally everyone ranked them excellent 😂]

Don't worry. They have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options for the dishes. Alternatively, you can bring you own halal meat.

Some of the dishes at Thai Akha

Best experience at Thai Orchid Cookery School!

Kad Farang Starbucks
Me and N don't drink coffee so we went here exclusively for the photo op 😂 

Cr : Smartlocal

Sunday Walking Market
It is always packed! Packed! But a must-visit attraction nonetheless. Bear in mind though that there is no halal stalls here (except rotee) . But you can have the vegetarian snacks, desserts and grilled seafood. 

You can find food, crafts, souvenirs, and even open air massage stations (for when you're tired walking along the 1km crammed street).

Must must try!!! Cha yen with grass jelly (Their grass jelly is different!) 

Grilled squid!! Make sure tho that they are not selling grilled 🐽 too

Of course there are many more interesting places in Chiang Mai.

The notable ones are
  • Doi Suthep
  • Doi Inthanon
  • Elephant Camp
  • Anusarn Night Market
  • Halal Street (Most lively on Fridays!)
You can find this Urban Forest on your way up to Doi Suthep

That's it for Chiang Mai 2018 adventure ❤

💕 Bonus Round 💕

Reminiscing my previous visits!

Bye for now!!
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