OF MAKE-UP, CYBER-BULLYING AND BEING NICER TO ONE ANOTHER

I was introduced to make-up when I was 5 or 6 years old. At the time, I was really close to my late grandmother and I would spend a lot of my time at my grandparents’ house. She had a vanity table filled with perfume bottles, jewelry and you guessed it, make-up! I would play with her pink blush and her lipsticks. I specifically remember some of her lipsticks being in gold packaging and I would play with them all the time when she wasn’t looking. I would watch her getting made up and dressed up and I might have gotten my love for making up and dressing up from her.

I started exploring make-up when I was about 15 years old. This was when I was introduced to the world of Youtube. I watched a lot of Michelle Phan, Bethany Mota and some other Youtubers I don’t follow anymore. I began with a bit of BB cream because it’s make-up and skincare in a tube. It’s obviously not commercially made to be that way but I was definitely deceived. I remember going to The Face Shop and buying a BB cream that was way too light for my skintone but I thought I looked good. During those days, especially being in high school, make-up wasn’t a thing. Obviously people would make fun of girls who take their time to look good. I specifically remember getting dissed at by some of my family members for putting make-up on and I was accused of doing that for a boy when I was genuinely doing it for myself. I admit that I was more insecure back then so I might have been doing it to cover up some of my flaws but I don’t see anything wrong with that either.

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EXPLORING SEOUL : MORE PLACES TO EAT // SEOUL SEARCHING #2

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In the process of preparing for my second trip to Seoul, I came up with a list of restaurants and cafes I would like to visit while I was there. Since there were people who asked me for a list of places to eat in Seoul, I thought I should share it on my blog to help anyone else lurking on the internet and asking the same question. I already have a list up somewhere on this blog so here’s another one to keep your mouths busy when you’re in Seoul.

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JOURNAL BY PLAN B : THE MEAL THAT MADE ME SAD

A few weekends ago, I was at Sunway Nexis for an event and I remember that I hadn’t had a single meal at the time so I was really hungry. I wanted to go to Rimba Rusa but it was filled with people so my friend and I decided to go to Publika to see if we can eat at Wondermilk. However, when we got there, we ended up eating at Plan B instead because we’ve always wanted to try the food there. I specifically remember Plan B being super popular so I had really high expectations.

I really didn’t plan on blogging about this restaurant so I don’t have details about the place itself but it’s super popular so you can easily look it up.

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THAT TIME I MET MY FAVOURITE K-BEAUTY YOUTUBER

If you don’t know, I’m an avid Youtube watcher. I go on Youtube and watch videos almost every single day. In June 2016, thanks to Joan Kim and Edward Avila, I was introduced to the k-beauty world on Youtube, a world that I didn’t know existed. I’ve always known that k-beauty was a thing but I didn’t know it in depth; I didn’t know what was it all about, the products and what makes it so special compared to your regular western beauty industry. Once I opened the door to the k-beauty world, there was no way out. I’m officially addicted.

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LIFE LATELY : WHILE I WAS OFFLINE …

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I think it’s only appropriate to blog on this new website with a Life Lately, telling you what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks, other than working on this new website of course.

After coming back to Malaysia, I stayed with my grandparents in Melaka because I had to take my grandmother to the hospital for her doctor’s appointment. Other than that, I’ve been working. If you don’t know, I work with my Mom’s taxation firm so I’ve been helping out a company based in Negeri Sembilan which I won’t go into details about but that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two months, since the beginning of January. At least, that’s a huge chunk of it.

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SPENDING NEW YEAR’S IN SEOUL // EXPLORING SEOUL

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If you don’t know this yet, I spent a small chunk of January in one of my favourite cities in the world, Seoul. After leaving Seoul in May, I had a strong urge to revisit because I felt like I didn’t explore the city enough. I had plans to explore other cities in South Korea, like Busan and the famous Nami Island but all those plans fell through, thanks to bosses and boyfriends. I am a single 20 year-old young woman with no obligation towards a lover or a stern and strict boss. Unfortunately, my friends do not share the same description so I had to compromise my plans. The trip ended up becoming sort of a “healing time” for me, where I let go of any built-up stress and worries to enter the new year with a lot of inner peace.

Since I’ve visited every single tourist attraction that I wanted to visit in May, I had more flexibility on this trip where everything was more casual and spontaneous because I didn’t have an itinerary to follow. I did try coming up with an itinerary because I like to plan ahead but it was surprisingly difficult to do so I decided to wing it, every single day. On this trip, I also decided to leave my blogger responsibilities behind and live in every single moment I had in Seoul. I didn’t plan on blogging about this trip at all but since a few people asked, I decided to do it anyway, in a more personal way. Hence, the existence of this particular round-up.

So, here are some of the things that occupied me on my first winter experience, in Seoul :

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ATTENDING THE ERAFM DIGITAL MUSIC AWARDS!

How long has it been since I’ve attended an actual event? Too long that I can’t remember. Astro was very kind to send me a media invitation to one of their latest projects, the ERA fm Digital Music Awards so I couldn’t just pass up on the opportunity. For the past year or so, I’ve come to really appreciate Malaysian music. I don’t listen to it 24/7 but I appreciate what’s being played on the radio a lot more than I used to. The Digital Music Awards was held to introduce new and young talents to the world, especially to a younger audience. The show was aired on Facebook Live and Astro On-The-Go as an attempt to engage in the younger audience. It wasn’t a huge and grand award show like the ones we’re used to. It was very small and humble, which is a good thing because it means there are higher chances for the line of new talents to be recognised and appreciated by the show’s audience.

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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW : HIGHLIGHTS, REFLECTIONS & MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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2016 was a lukewarm year for me because it wasn’t exactly empowering or incredibly eye-opening and amazing because I think I went through all that in 2015 where I went through a year of self-discovery and self-love. 2016 was more of the year of improvements for me. A year where I try to make positive changes in my life and gain things that would add to the quality of my everyday life. However, it wasn’t a huge success but it wasn’t a total failure as well, which is why I call it a lukewarm year. It’s not cold, but it’s not that hot either. It was pretty much in between, some good things happened and some bad things happened. Where should I begin?

Let’s start with the positives :

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