Monday, December 8, 2014

Life on hold

All these questions are starting to pop up, the ones that I scoffed at and thought I would never ask. But the biggest question that has been weighing heavily on my mind the past few days is this:

Is it worth it?




The wedding I mean. I have so many plans next year, I want to travel, I want to write a book, I want to start a business, I want to come into my own. But I can't. It all has to be put on hold for the wedding.

I know it is the sensible answer, to save money and put it into the wedding, but I want to travel! I want to be able to go to Perth in October, I want to go to Vietnam, I want buy a new laptop, but I'm holding myself back cause I can't spend any damn money. I want to go on a mission trip, I want to sponsor a child. But I can't.

Maybe it's because I have too many I wants.

Maybe it's because we're jumping the gun.

Maybe it's because weddings just take a huge hold on middle class folks like us and that is just how life is supposed to be.

But putting my life on hold for a year to hold a party that's supposed to happen in a day? I don't know if it's worth it.

Maybe it is not.

Ignore this convoluted post. I'm just very confused.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

12 Christmas gifts from local online stores that won't make you look like a douche during gift exchange

You know what's shitty? Giving someone Body Shop pre-wrapped gifts or a $2 mug from Daiso. I am loathe to say that I am guilty of giving Body Shop and mugs (more expensive mugs lah!). But that's super boring right. I mean, who the hell wants a mug? I prefer a very generic Starbucks voucher good for one and a half cups of coffee. Or cash, cause who doesn't love cash right?

But in the spirit of giving, that is Christmas, we should take a little more time and put effort into picking gifts for the gift exchange. Here are some awesome things you could get that will BLOW THE MINDS OF YOUR BUDDIES. I picked items that are are cool enough to be gifts but impractical enough that you won't buy them yourself yet useful enough to be used. I know. Don't need to thank me. I have a lot of free time. I'm a genius.

GIFTS UNDER $20


Speculoos Cookie Butter from Naiise.com
From Naiise
Price: $14
This is the younger, more unhealthy and way more addictive version of Nutella. The Speculoos Cookie Butter from Poppy & Co comes in creamy and crunchy. Personally, I love the crunchy one cause it has little bits of Famous-Amos-like cookies inside. You can, no you SHOULD eat it with just a spoon, or plain vanilla ice cream cause that's the way to get the joy from this delicious butter. Ship it to yourself and your friends this Christmas!

Naiise, with their lovely pop-up stores all over Singapore, has a ton of quirky items for the inner hipster. I really love the things there, but I... I just wouldn't know what to do with them!

Temporary tattoos from DottingHill.com


                                                                                                 
Price: From $3 - $10
This is perfect for all those people who claim to be waiting for the right tattoo design but is just too pussy about the pain (like me. I'm a wuss.) These pretty looking temporary tattoos are awesome. They have a huge range of designs from the colourful kiddish ones, to the popular ones like barcodes, birds, feathers, infinity symbols, butterflies, roses and tribal designs to cute ones like popsicles, totoro inspired ones and plenty of sea creatures. You can even vote for your favourite designs. Get a pack for your friends so that they can all share. They come beautifully packaged too so no need for gift wrapping. Anyways come on, why stick to just one when you can have plenty! Like a buttload.

La Riche Directions Hair Stain - Qoo10.com.sg
Qoo10

Price: $9 per bottle
For that teen friend who's into coloured hair. I am. Remember kids, it's much cheaper to buy your own hair colour then to get it straight from the salon! You can bring your hair dye to your salon and get them to dye it for you! So you're just paying for the labour, much cheaper. La Riche and Manic Panic are really the same thing, they're both hair stains - NOT DYES - so they last for a few weeks before fading. To make the colour stand out, you definitely need to bleach your hair. So get this for a friend who's planning to and willing to bleach their hair for neon hair! It won't come up on dark hair. One bottle is good for a whole head of medium length hair.

Assorted Animal Rings from StrangelyYours.com
From Strangely Yours
Price: $7 each
Don't know what to get that girl in the office you're not really close to? Does she dress like a blogshop girl? Is her favourite store Love Bonito? Get her some quirky animal rings. Cause that totally goes with their cookie cutter outfits. You might just find the quirky animal rings on their Instagram post to help boost their rising popularity! *excited squealing*


Kracie Popin Cookin from Japanese DIY Kits
From Japanese DIY Kits
Price: $6.90 and up
You know why these make the perfect gift? Because secretly, everybody wants to try them out and play with these real-life play-doh/masak masak things but they're just not willing to spend the money. Cause which teen/ early 20s person in their right mind would get something as juvenile as this right?

Me.
So do your friends/colleagues a favour, give them the gift of nonsensical rubbish so that they can finally get the satisfaction of playing with their food. Here's a video to tempt you, there's like a whole series by this bloke called RRCherryPie. It's amazing cause he/she TAKES IT SO SERIOUSLY.




GIFTS UNDER $50

T-Shirt Folder from Naiise.com
From Naiise

Price: $35.90
This is completely useless, cause hello, who can't fold a shirt right? But this saves you so much time! Really, this is the key behind this whole blog post, get something someone would never buy for themselves, but would be interested in having!

Ostrich Pillow from Lazada
from Lazada
Price: $41
Don't bluff. This looks damn comfortable right. You also want right? I also want. I had the pleasure of actually feeling one once and it was so soft and cool, I would gladly stick my head in this pillow. See, this is the epitome of things you never know you needed but won't be able to live without once you have it.

On This Day Calender from Jooix.com
From Jooix
Price: $47.25
Each coloured cube represents a day and the black smudge is actually a little diamond of trivia hidden under heat-reactive print! So just press and hold your thumb over the black spot to reveal a bit of historical trivia! Damn boh liao but super fun to play.

Jooix sells all kinds of great stuff, from fashion to jewellery to homeware too. Definitely a must to check out. Prices are a little steep though.

Smartphone projector from HipVan.com
From  HipVan
Price: $39.90
How can you NOT want to give this to someone? Think of how useful it would be! Done with dinner, wanna make out in the car? WATCH A MOVIE TO GET THE MOOD GOING. Have a room full of bored people? WHIP THIS BABY OUT. Kid can't stop crying at dinner? WHIP THIS BABY OUT. Having a little party in the hotel but the TV's HDMI cable doesn't work? WHIP THIS BABY OUT. Wanna show a youtube video to a lot of people but your screen is too small? WHIP THIS BABY OUT. #winning.

Watermelon Cushions from WonderFolks.com
From WonderFolks

Price: $35
Come on, these pillows are adorable. Admitttt ittt.. I'd  like to get two of the halved ones to make a huge round slice or eight of the little wedges to form a full circle. Cute right! I bought their burger cushion at Public Garden. It has made me very happy. Especially since I snagged the last piece. hahahaha.


GIFTS FOR SOMEONE YOU MUST REALLY LOVE A LOT WHO IS NOT YOUR MOTHER


3Doodler Pen from HipVan.com
from HipVan.com

Price: $136
You can find out more about the 3Doodler pen here, but just know it's awesome, cause it works like a hot glue gun but rather than glue that flops into a puddle, the plastic cartridges hardens quickly which means you can draw upwards. It gives life to 3D sculptures that you DRAW. Your friend/kid/man-child can create cups, dinosaurs etc, that will probably end up decorating whatever table space you might have. Also, the refills aren't expensive either so it's just ton of good fun. Anyway I rather my kid draw than stare glassy eyed at an episode of Pororo on an iPad. You can also get it at Lazada.

TinyFinder 4 - Lazada
From Lazada
Price: $87
Have a friend who keeps losing shit? Get everyone to chip into buy these babies. They come in sets of 4. The tiny round things can be stuck or hung onto your keys, dog or kid. When you lose it, use the app on any phone to connect to the tinyfinders via bluetooth and you'll find your lost child in no time! So ingenious and quite cheap too! I mean... $87 divided by four... Not bad right?

Sleeping Grizzly Bear Bean Bag - GetDoob.com
GetDoob.com
Price: $329
Damn pricy right? But if you love somebody you get them a damn bear bean bag. It's hand-knitted for that fabric bear texture and is really big too. Perfect for that lazy boyfriend. I know mine wants a bean bag chair. hahaha. Anyway this massive bear is so adorable, who won't wanna sleep curled up next to a soft, friendly bear?


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why shopping at TEMT is impossible in Singapore

Is she ugly?


No right? She's pretty AND she has nice clothes (a bikini and tankini counts as clothes!)

Which leads me to my rant:

I have a bone to pick.

It's with Aussie brand TEMT. I used to shop there all the time back when I was in Perth cause not only was it - along with its sister brand Valley Girl - extremely affordable, its casual style was something that I could see myself wear on most days.

In fact, at one point in uni, I think I wore clothes from that store nearly everyday. I even bought a faux leather jacket for AU20 back then!

The best jacket I EVER had. Bloody 20AUD. Best buy ever.
So imagine how excited and happy I was when I spotted it at Somerset 313. I bought up a storm. The prices were still just as great (under $10!) and the clothes still looked good. Then as the months went by I bought less. And I stopped buying altogether. Simply because there were no... more... sizes...

I was at Westgate yesteday. It was a bigger store, so I thought I'd try my luck. There were a dozen size 8s. A handful of 10s, and TWO (JUST TWO) size 12s. There were no 14s.

I'm a size 14.

So I gave the Somerset store a call and spoke to a very pleasant young man who didn't lose his temper with me even though I was about to explode.

The gist of the conversation went something like this:

Me: Do you know you have NO sizes above 10?

Store Manager: Yes m'am, I know that, we're really sorry about it but the company stopped stocking sizes 14 and 16 and only have a handful of 12s.

Me: WHAT?! Why?!

SM: They say it's not selling well... But we've already sent back feedback that they should bring back more sizes...

Me: I was just at your Westgate store and the racks were swimming with size 8s. Even your discount racks. But there were NO 12s and very few 10s. What does that say about the pieces that are being bought? It just goes to show that the others are more in demand correct?

SM: We understand m'am but we also can't do anything about it. Maybe you can write in to our area manager?

blah blah blah. He gave me an email address to send my complaint to.

I'm not blaming the guy, as it is I'm pretty thankful that he was so patient with me. But it's infuriating! Because I used to shop there so often and now I'm cut off simply cause I'm not a size 8?

Honestly I feel pretty hopeless. Because at the end of the day,

IT'S JUST BUSINESS

Which also means that no matter what I scream and do, I can never shop at TEMT again because unless more people start buying sizes 12 and up, TEMT's never gonna stock more sizes.

Whether or not this makes a difference I don't know and I don't care. I'm just upset because it is the company, it is TEMT, literally telling women like myself who are sizes 12 and up that WE CAN'T WEAR THEIR STYLE. 

Their motto is this: Fashion for women who always look their best








Are they saying that I can't look my best cause I can't wear their fashion? Cause that's the idea I'm getting. 

If plus-size models like the one above look so good in nice clothes, why can't I?

As I mentioned back in my first blog post about this: Here's the truth about being fat in Singapore, stores need to cater to women who are larger than sizes 8 or 10.

There are plus-size webstores like Plus Addiction, but they cater to sizes 16 and up, also not an option cause I'd be swimming in those clothes! But they do have great, simple pieces that you should check out if you're a size 16 and up.



But back to TEMT. Their main grouse is that pieces weren't selling, but they hadn't given enough time to build up a Singaporean following! I mean look at Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and all the other UK brands. They've been selling here for ages and they've been doing well. You see they have plenty of sizes, why can't TEMT do the same? 

I wrote in to the aussie site to complain: 
Click to read it in full. Sorry for swearing so much.















And they replied. But I felt it was such a patronising email. Like they're just doing their job saying "sorry for the inconvenience caused" but they're not gonna do shit about it:









And it's so disappointing that no one can do shit about this. Plus I feel like a complete wanker walking into TEMT and browsing through racks of clothes where a top can just about fit my thigh. And that's it. It's the same as when I go to Far East Plaza, into those blogshops and the auntie manning the store says, "this place don't have big one." FUCK YOU AUNTIE. YOU THINK I CANNOT SEE IS IT. Or if I try on clothes and then it doesn't fit and I have to sheepishly tell the shop girl, "cannot fit.." and she silently puts it away.

It things like this that girls who are overweight are so insecure, cause people just keep pushing them down and stores don't stock their sizes so they think they can never wear nice clothes cause "they'll look ugly in it".

Damn son. That hurts.

Now don't come commenting, "then you should lose weight right?" You think I don't know that will probably be the best answer? But is it the RIGHT answer? Cause that, to me, is like telling two gay people to not love each other so that they can avoid causing the world more trouble. I'm happy with myself, I just want to wear nice clothes. ASOS is great for shopping, and I buy a ton of nice clothes there, but it would be nice to have some physical shops to look at as well.

To be honest, I'd love to start up my own webshop selling stylish clothes that the girls in-between can wear. When I say in-between I mean those girls between sizes 10 to 16.

Should I? How do I go about it?

*sigh*

This is so upsetting.

I'm ending off with a note to TEMT:

You lost a loyal customer today.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paint By Numbers kit! I'm now a true artist.

Most days I spend on the computer. Either watching videos or reading inane news on Facebook. It's kind of sad don't you think? Don't pretend, you can't live without the internet either.

What do you think we would be doing if the internet didn't exist? Definitely not going out to play in our humid weather.

So I decided to go on a short internet fast and instead:


do an activity that won't require the use of the internet!

Impossible? I thought so too. But then it dropped into my lap! Paintastic Art Craft It's a local company that imports paint-by-number sets from China and they have some super cool art pieces like:


Nice huh! You'd never guess these pieces were paint-by-number sets! It was perfect for me cause I'm artistically deficient. My siblings ended up with great art skills and I can barely draw a circle.

The lovely folks at Paintastic let me choose a painting of my choice, "don't pick one too hard! You'll end up taking over 40 hours painting it." warned the owner Ubert. I smiled and nodded and got the medium sized picture of Santorini because I like to go against the system.


The sets are pretty cheap too and can be ordered online. This 40x40cm one I got cost $28.90. Seemed reasonable to me! The price included delivery, all the paints - which are non-toxic by the way! Perfect for kids. - paintbrushes and hooks to hang up the painting when you're done.


The massive box came the other day and I immediately tipped out all the exciting bits and pieces! Doesn't it look great?! (Ignore the bunny sheets - it's my sister's bed.)

There's also a guide to help you just in case and English and Mandarin instructions! 



Paint containers, paint brushes, hooks, number tags, individual paint tubes!


See all the many numbers! The grey spots were coloured a deep murky green. Doesn't look like much now to be honest.
They came in little tubes. You should work quickly with this stuff or keep them in the sealable containers that are provided so that you can use them over and over again.
The basic instructions were to start out with the biggest areas, so I started with 01:
It was white. I kept it in the little tub! I love how all the individual paints come with their own pots for paint to keep them from drying out once you open them.
Which obviously wasn't a good starting point.

 The one thing the box doesn't tell you is how thick you should slop the paint on, they also don't tell you how one tube is really more than enough to lay it on thick to cover up the little lines and numbers. That's why my first attempt came up to clear. I bottled the rest of the white away and started on other colours.
I'm such an artist.
Painty painty little blobs.
See! You can see the 12 right? And I thought I slobbed the paint on enough. Also, notice my precise brushstrokes on my canvas. I'm a genius. 
Now the 12 is gone!
All in the details baby!
It looks very sparse, but I believed my great prowess will lead to great things. *brushes shoulders* 



The only trouble I had were finding the numbers and getting the paint thick enough to cover up the numbers, especially for lighter colours.

I figured I need more paint.


It was pretty refreshing actually. Doing something other than typing and churning out articles! It was therapeutic, like colouring. Besides, when you're done, it makes such a great present for someone! Hint hint to all you anniversary/birthday/christmas gift givers!

Here's my progress! I'm pretty proud of it I must say:



Long story short, here's the completed piece!


I definitely need to touch it up, which I will, but I'm pretty proud of my virgin effort! It's really a matter of staying within the lines hahaha. You should apply varnish or gloss if you want to protect the surface! Easily found online or at Art Friend.

One thing I have to say is that the capsules to keep the paint in are pretty tough to open. My advice, don't use your teeth. I had number 21-stained teeth for a whole evening. :(

So if you want to keep the kids entertained or you want a romantic painting without having to travel to an art studio. Get this. Pretty enough to hang in your home and to give to others!

They even have:

They have cluster paintings of up to 4 pieces!


Thanks! Paintastic Art Craft

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hair Experiments

You may now call me Princess Unicorn Cotton Candy Rainbow Dragon. (Official hashtag: #princessunicorncottoncandyrainbowdragon)


I finally dyed my hair a few colours of the rainbow. It was after a few botched attempts throughout the years:

That was back in 2012 where Stacy and I  camped out in her dorm room with aluminum foil and rubber gloves.
So I decided not to be cheap and went to an actual Salon to do up my hair after googling: "ombré hair dye Singapore salons". 

Salon Vim came up cause it's apparently a favourite haunt of bloggers. (Read: sponsored) I was really skeptical and wanted to go to my original salon, InVogue, which is amazing for rebonding. They always give me soft waves rather than flat-ironing my hair and I can watch movies in the pretty, mint-green salon. 

But I was really itching to get my hair done and this review convinced me: Beauty Undercover.

"Salon Vim, one of only 5 Loreal Professionel Flagship salons in Singapore, scored high marks for impeccable service, use of quality hair products, satisfactory perming, colouring, rebonding results and spacious stylishly designed salon @ 313 Somerset." 

So I called them up an arranged for an appointment on Sunday at 12pm. I was late. But it was okay.

IPad in left hand and iPhone in my right, I sat down and prepared to get pampered. The lovely English-speaking (very important! My Mandarin is so bad.) assistants sat me down and offered me milo, green tea, water, coffee, plonked magazines down and asked me if I wanted a stylist or a senior stylist.

Let me interrupt the retelling of my experience to explain how important this is to me. You see, everytime I go to a "posh" salon - that is, one that is not under a HDB flat - I always end up paying more because they pass me to a senior stylist. Which is good and all that, but I'm quite poor and I'm sure plenty of the stylists, junior or not, are great at their job! That's why I really appreciated getting asked this question. Save me money. Ho Ho ho. 


I smiled gratefully, asked for a stylist and they gave me green tea with crackers. *sighs with contentment* 

Eddy Lim, my stylist came over and helped me out with what I wanted. I initially wanted Irene Kim inspired hair: 

The Korean-born Seattle model is amazing by the way. Her Instagram: @ireneisgood

But Eddy pointed out that her hair had a clear, distinct break between her brown and her bleached and rainbow-ed hair. "It won't look good." He said in Mandarin. Yes boss! 

He suggest a more natural look with more highlights. Something not too nuts. He also said that if I went all Irene Kim I'd have to bleach my hair three times. THREE TIMES! No problem. Let's go with just one round of bleach. My pocket cannot take the stress. Hahahha.

Then he whipped out the Manic Panic palette. Wah. I really like Manic Panic, because it's vegan and it's a conditioning agent which means my hair would be treated with tender loving care. But on the other hand.. Manic Panic is a temporary dye! You can buy it super cheap in Australia (go to Price Attack) or at this store

But I figured it works like eyebrow plucking. Go once, get it perfect then maintain it on your own. So if my colour fades, I'll touch it up on my own or go back to Eddy for more colours! 

Eddy showed me a couple of inspiring photos (he even googled for me. So nice!) We settled for turquoise, purple, blue and red. We couldn't do light colours cause it would have required me to bleach more. So the process started.

Head felt super heavy, also was late for DramaFest. That made my heart heavy. :( 

Eddy bundled the top of my hair cause he wasn't going to dye that part of my hair. He wanted to keep the look more natural. 

Taadaa. Eddy and my soon to be amazing hair. You'll never see me with yellow hair ever again by the way.



My boyfriend also came by to give me some awesome noms before rushing off to meet his friend. Everyone, Har Cheong Kai burger from Everything With Fries is DA BOMB. 

Then four hours into the hair job, "we do big curls okay?" 

OKAY.

End result: 



Damn nice the colours!


See it looks way too awesome. Very natural! 

Next time, I tackle pastels. 

Today I am Princess Unicorn Cotton Candy Rainbow Dragon. (PUCCRD for short.)