Wednesday, April 02, 2014

March Events: Godiva, Fashion Culture and Britney Spears

Lots of things happened in March for me.

First of all, it was my birthday month. So a bunch of friends and I went up to Cameron Highland and rented a bungalow and spend a really great weekend there. Most partying, drinking, and lazing on the cool grass under shades of big trees doing various things like eating, napping, listening to music and chatting.

Hilltop bungalow. Home for the weekend. #cameronhighland #travel #malaysia #tanahrata #holiday #weekend #getaway
Will talk about that in the next post since there are a lot of photos for that.

I also got a pair of Melissa shoes for the trip as a birthday gift. Been looking for a sturdy pair of walking shoes that I could wear every single day without them wearing out in a few months time. Rubber soles was the answer and Crocs is just too ugly.

Mad love my birthday present. #Melissashoes by #JasonWu. #love #birthday #present #melissa #gift

Then it was the anniversary month when I got Godiva, my most beloved hamster.

Godiva having a slice of coconut. All while imagining holidaying in Hawaii. #hamster #wintergold #dwarfhamster #hammie #cutenessoverload

I loved her to bits. She travelled with me almost everywhere, even to Cameron Highlands. And the thing about her was that she's the most obedient and greedy little cute furball. Once she got out of her dome (she lived in this pink dome Habitrail hamster house that's supposed to resemble her natural habitat) and I called out her name, panicking I would have to search for her everywhere. But instead she just turned up, basically crawled out from underneath the bed and stood on two feet and looked at me, waiting for me to pick her up and put her back in her dome. Where got hamster so obedient one?!

The reason I used past tense here was because Godiva died shortly after, later in the month of March. Due to heat stroke, and I have never stopped blaming myself for my negligence. I cried my eyes out holding her limp body in my palms asking for her forgiveness. I don't think I could ever have another hamster and feel the same way again.

My adorable little hammie. Godiva's such a crowd teaser with the kids during #chinesenewyear. #cny

I love you Godiva. You always hold a special place in my heart. She was buried in a pretty box next to the pool hidden among some palm trees, so she would feel that she's always on a holiday.

In March I did a bit of shopping spree for the house because I needed space to arrange all the junk, stationeries and misc stuff around the house.

Looking at some racks. Need more storage space for the house. #ikea #racks #furniture #interiordesign

So I bought a drawer and a giant rack (not the one in the photo) from Ikea along with some massive plastic boxes and medium size cardboard boxes. Those things don't come cheap. If my mom knew how much I spent on plastic and cardboard box to store my junk she would nag me to Timbuktu. eek*

Earlier in Feb I received this valentine parcel from Fashion Culture (a friend of mine who started the business) with all these cute themed accessories inside. There were two options that month, the Queen of Hearts (black and red theme) and the Queen of the Fairies. I felt that I was growing out of the very short goth phase I had when I first started my platinum blonde hair, so I opted for the latter.

Fashion Culture Box

It's a really well-put-together box with all the cute accessories that I will actually USE.
I thought the necklace inside was of rather good quality.

Fashion Culture Box
Among other things were feather earrings, butterfly gold ring and bangle, and a bloop pink nail polish which I test applied on one nail and never removed it till today. Out of laziness mostly. But I do like the color. Though now the polish has moved halfway up my nail and has smeared beyond fashionably acceptable. -.-

I also received this other thing I thought was pretty funny when I first heard about it years ago. But it was something that could have made so many occasions of my travelling years so much less embarrassing and easier.

Comes in the shape of a handy tube.

It's a standing up peeing device for girls!

How useful is that?! It can be extremely useful when the only peeing opportunity you get was by the bush on a cliff road in Laos with a bus-full of people all rushing to the same bush to pee. You don't even need to drop your pants and squat while passing vehicles looked on.

In the same month I discovered an unopened box of brand new 100ml Britney Spears Circus perfume hidden on my drawer (yes, it's hidden on the surface, I have too many perfumes). Felt like a free no-event surprise present. Yay.

My #BritneySpears #circus perfume. I even made a pin-up photo from the #perfume box. #diy #britneyspearscircus #clozette
Britney Spears decided to pop up the moment I flip the box open, so I decided to cut the box and made a pop-art deco on my work place.

Gotta love Britney Spears.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Last day of my 29th

Can't believe today is the last day of my twenties.
I have a natural wake up this morning with dreams I can't remember of the night before. Usually that's a good sign. If my mood were honest with itself, I don't think it really liked remembering dreams that much. If it were a bad dream, I would have a bad start to a day, horrible mood, horrible sleep; but if it were a good dream, then I would want to go back to sleep, because good dreams never have endings, you always wake up just before the best bits happen, or maybe you just want the dream to continue; so I'd try to go back to sleep and usually end up in another dream, if I were lucky, which doesn't happen very often, I might have a sequel to that wonderful dream and wished I could stay in bed the whole day. Not productive for my body, nor my mood in overall sense. 

Wow. It's been a while since I ramble like this. 

10 years ago I thought 30 felt like an age that would take forever to reach. And it wasn't even in my mind. That I had the whole world with me and I was happy with life when I had so little but so much at the same time. 

9 years ago was a strange birthday eve for me. It was the eve of my 21st, a significant day for a pre-adult student. I spent it working on my assignment that was due on my birthday, and some Malaysian friends of mine gave me a quick surprise and delivered a lighted cake to my doorstep (we were staying in student houses outside of campus, did I also mention this was in England) that left me rather surprised, if not, somewhat delighted. We all returned promptly to our assignments though. Come to think of it, it was the first and till date, only surprise I ever had in my life. 

A year ago today I was emo-ing about entering my 29th. It signified that ending of my 20s and that got me rather depressed. Because I wasn't where I wanted my life to be. And I envisioned myself to pamper myself on my 30th to an extra luxury trip, no expense spared. I had some difficult years leading up to that year, so had my bff. Her logic for spending excessively back then (i.e. bought a new, well not so new, car for herself) was that she wanted to treat herself better after all those years. I sort of agreed, but it was a time I couldn't afford to spend excessively like her. It wasn't as if I didn't want to, but in those difficult years of mine I have lost so much: financially, emotionally and if I were honest, part of myself. 

Half a year ago I wanted a big bang on my 30th. A loud over-the-top drink-till-you-drop penthouse-worthy party, perhaps loud enough to make me not hear myself in case I were to slipped into those depression mode I seemed to have make a habit of on the eve of every birthday of my late twenties. Like those parties in Hollywood movies I never had. 

Today, in fact, yesterday and a few days ago, I wasn't even paying attention to today nor tomorrow. That's a first for as long as the part of my habitual mind can remember (not as long as my memories serve, mind you). I guess... something in me has changed. 

Maybe I'm getting matured. LOL (awkward joke line inserted)

The last three years I told myself I wanted to be happy, I flooded and brainwashed my mind with quotes and wise words I always see off the internet. You know, things like: be contented with what you have, be thankful that your family is still around, the top 20 ways to be happy, etc. But all those time, they were just words I have to repeatedly convince myself were true; to the point that I might have actually believed I was a saint to practise all these mottos (well, almost; but far from). 

Today. I feel kinda neutral. No sadness (which is a good thing), no thought on tomorrow, no wishing for something extravagant nor lots of money nor big achievement in life. No need for fancy luxury trips, nor huge ugly/awesome party; though I am quite looking forward's to today's trip to Cameron with a whole bunch of, well, mostly my friends and some new ones. :)

Is this what they called contentment? 

If it is I'm not very familiar with it. Haha. 

It's funny how years ago I blamed my mom for the decision I make for her sake; and today it is also because of her that I have made certain decision that I am thankful for. 

And technically, today is my lunar birthday (Chinese birthday). So that means this entire post has been rendered meaningless, because I have already passed my twenties last night. hahaha. 

So yes, time for breakfast. Bye everyone. Thanks for reading. However many left of you here. xoxo

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Valentine's Gifts - Heart Shape Necklace and Heart Shape Starbucks Card

As years go by it has become less and less significant to celebrate special days: birthdays, Halloween, anniversaries, and Valentine's day.

I'm not sure if I'm getting boring or older. -.-

Part of me felt I could still get excited over these celebrations if I inject some passion into my life. Or maybe if I have an enthusiastic partner who share the same passion as I once did for all these special days. But then people change and so did lifestyles.

So it's in a way really sweet to still receive some special Valentine's gifts this year. Unexpected gifts are always the most welcomed.

I receive this sweet sterling silver Valentine's necklace from Ollie Jewellery.

Love the packaging

The Two Hearts Pendant is super cute, very refined and delicate. Shiny and not cheap looking at all. The pendant is only priced at RM65 at the moment, a further RM20 discount from its original price.

If you're looking to buy some last minute Valentine's gift for your love ones and girlfriends, consider buying from Ollie Jewellery. They even ship free for anything above RM100. And isn't silver all the rave at the moment. Honestly,  it's really affordable for the quality you're buying considering how much more the market is charging for silver jewelleries these days.

Speaking of heart shape item, I'm really physced about receiving this year's Valentine's edition Starbucks card. It's literally heart shaped and it's small and comes with a hole so you can attach it to your keys.

They have four designs and the quote "I [HEART] YOU" is sold out in most branches. You would have to top up a minimum of RM100 for each card so getting all four of them was way too expensive. I was looking for it in various branches when I received this as a gift. Thank you xoxo!

Last I checked Plaza Mont Kiara's Starbucks still has some stock of "I [HEART] YOU" cards left. No, Starbucks didn't give me anything to write this, I just like collecting some of their seasonal cards.