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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.) 






Thursday, September 18, 2014

Your wedding checklist: the anti-typical Singaporean wedding

Getting married is a pain in the butt.

I never realised how many ga-bazillion things there were to do if you want to have a  wedding. I know, the PC thing to do is now to just get it over and done with and not to proclaim how much you want a big fancy wedding, but I do!


As beautiful as this one!

I want my wedding to be a damn fun party where everyone who comes really enjoys it and take pictures and 10 years down the road think, omg that was the best wedding ever. And I especially want it to be a day where both Abel and I can look back and think, wow, how the hell did we pull that off.

Before I say anything else, I want to address the typical Singaporean wedding

A few friends have gotten married and plenty of them have been giving me advice, "Manda, you must make sure you get your si dian jing." 

"Manda, make you invite this ah mao, ah gou for your wedding if not your parents sure unhappy."

"Manda, have you bought your gold?"

"Manda, all brides always buy their bridesmaids dresses."

"Manda, you cannot have paper flowers! It's bad luck!"
"Manda, you will confirm have to sleep very early cause you have to get up at 4am to comb your hair."

WHAT.

No. I want to sleep in thanks.

Here's the thing, I'm really grateful for all this ideas, and I'm especially grateful for the information on how traditional weddings are done, but I'm not traditional. Initially I wanted a 50 people lunch and then fly off for my honeymoon, but I don't think I can do that anymore. So I'm trying my hardest to balance both what I want and what society dictates I must have. But there are something things that are usually done that I just won't do. 

And honest to God, I don't think there's anything wrong with straying down the unbeaten path for something that would be more memorable.

1) We're opting for e-cards and only a few wedding invitations. Think of the trees we're saving! Besides, I know y'all will throw them away so what's the point?
2) No Chinese dinner. We want the wedding to be as interactive as possible, so we'll have a customised buffet for people to mix and mingle. Each table will also have a different theme so you'll have to bounce around to take photos with cool props!
3) The matrimony is going to be a bigger affair than the dinner. We want it full of laughter, musical performances from friends (cause our friends are all so talented!) and we want it in the afternoon with beautiful sunlight for photo-taking. Candy trees for favours and crazy things like that.
4) Bridesmaids, I'm sorry darlings, I'm not buying you any gowns, I'm giving you jewellery instead. I rather customise a bracelet/ necklace than force you to own a dress you'll never wear again.
5) I won't have a wedding ring. My engagement ring is absolutely gorgeous, Abel can give that to me again. I'll get him a separate wedding ring (not like he'll wear it often anyway).
6) I love the traditional wedding vows, but we want to write our own.
7) We're gonna sing. A lot. It'll be like teo heng times a million.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. Will keep you lot posted as time goes by. You can follow my pinterest boards here for inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/peppercorn24/

Meanwhile, here's a simple checklist to get you going. Here you go darlings: 

Amanda's meticulously planned but not very detailed wedding checklist (screw all the other templates you find online, they are so bloody difficult to use.) This is one that you can build up and customise on your own.

Places
- Matrimony venue
- Dinner venue
- Where to stay after you get married (honeymoon/ straight to the in-laws?)

Essentials
- Photography/ Videography
- Wedding vows
- Wedding gown
- Suit
- Wedding ring
- Registered for ROM (three months in advance guys!)
- Guest list
- Car
- Register with your church (if you have one.)
- Invitations
- Bouquet
- Hong baos for the entire clan helping you out
- Hair and make-up
- Budget
- Schedule
- Lunch caterer
- Transport

People
- Solemniser/ Pastor
- Coordinator (Thankfully mine is army-trained HAHAHA.)
- Bridesmaids
- Groomsmen
- MC
- Wedding performers
- Decor team

Traditions
- Tea ceremony location
- Tea ceremony guestlist
- Tea ceremony gown
- Tea ceremony cups and teapot
- Tea ceremony cushion to ensure your legs don't give way (please do plenty of squats to limber up)
- Dowry (Discussed when the parents first meet. Please manage expectations of both sides.)
- Parents meeting each other for the first time

Fun time must have extras
- Photobooth/ photo wall
- Matrimony favours (fun people stuff)
- Dinner favours (family and old people stuff)
- Matrimony decor
- Dinner decor (usually covered by hotel/ location you're having dinner at)
- Bridal party gifts and gifts for in-laws
- Pampering yourself to look hot
- Bachelor and bachelorette parties (stripper, check!)
- Music
- Wedding logo/hashtag etc

If you've completed most of these things, you're pretty much set for the wedding.


Well, I guess that's it for now folks. 

Check in if you want updates for the big day that's happening in a year and a half!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

iPhone 6 truths and thoughts.


Man. I'm so sick of all the comments about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

"You know it costs $988 right?"

"Please lah, Android phones had all this specs generations ago."

"Samsung is way better!"

First of all, your Samsung is the size of a plate. I could use your bloody Samsung to serve and cut Sashimi and still have room to put my soy sauce and wasabi. Why the hell would I buy a PHONE that I can't fit into my pocket? I'm not blind what! I have a tablet for big screen purposes and a laptop for movies, all the more I don't need a phone the size of my face.

Secondly, why you hate on my iPhone, when you wave your giant phone in my face I no say it sucks. I just smile politely while I think about its stupidity in my head. I don't openly say you're a stupid idiot for getting a phone that could be used as a ping pong bat.

Third, I'm so disappointed in Apple. Wtf man guys, y'all supposed to be pioneers, and you jump on the bloody big-screen bandwagon?! Why. Why?! You already have the iPad mini, and you want a glorified micro version of it? The iPhone 6 Plus should have just been named the iPad Micro. What a waste of production.

Personally, I buy the iPhone because I love the size, the interface that I have grown to love, the multitude of apps that keep me glued to the app store and the neat and tidy folders they provide that look oh-so-pretty. Sure I can't use it to download and torrent shit, but I DON'T NEED TO DO THAT. I have my computer for that.

Anyways, as a girl who really just wants a phone that can call people, take very swee selfies, help me whatsapp and is easy to carry around, that's all I need and that is just like the 60% of people who buy the iphone (the other 40% is made of hipsters.) See y'all whine about the iPhone not innovating and whatever, but they are just appealing to their target market of white and wannabe white people! Business strategy folks. Come. On.

Next the Apple Watch. Wtf man. Why so much hate? It's pretty nice looking what, looks just like the wristlets they give you in hospitals. Not so bad right? I mean, we all definitely need two phones when we go about our busy lives. I mean when I take a poop and I'm editing my instagram photo on mei tu xiu xiu and someone whatsapp's me I'll definitely make use of the Apple Watch right? Isn't that what it's supposed to do? Make life easier?

Or I could just buy a REGULAR watch and depend on the phone that I already own to do all the things the Apple Watch claims to do right! I really don't have enough extension cords to charge 237280449 number of electronics. Plus I hear that battery life sucks for the Apple Watch. Imagine it dying. Cannot tell the time and cannot do anything. Better write your blood type, medicinal allergies, name and address on its back just in case. At least the fancy metal hardware can be used to replaced dog tags. What a waste of money. Pfft.

Speaking of waste of money, APPLE PAY?! What is that?! You know what #TheFappening is? It's a horror story! It's proof that Apple Pay might cause a wave of cyber crimes AND ruin all our lives! Guys. Warning man. This is not cool man.

Anyways, I'm still buying the iPhone 6. Sorry. I'm an addict. I already have a folder labelled USELESS on my phone where I chuck things like the game centre, stocks, itunes store and newstand. In goes Apple Pay.

Here's my conclusion at the end of the day:
Stick to whatever phone you have or want to buy, shut up about other people's phone no matter how stupid you think they are, and instead contemplate how lazy we've become that we need TWO phones, and how helpless we'll all be if the world was suddenly back to 1992 where there were pagers and no google maps.

Yeah. Now shut up.

p.s. mobile plans will apparently be released on Monday. Joy.