Thursday, December 08, 2016

#thankyou2ne1

Top: Dorothy Perkins | Inner: Forever 21 | Skirt and Shoes: Zara
Bag: Coach | Watch: Swatch: Necklace: Bershka 
Lips: Tarte Amazonian Lip Butter in Plummy Rose

Dear 2ne1,

I am still in shock and in denial. I am still not over the fact that I won’t see your live performances anymore; that I won’t see your fierce stages; that I won’t hear your wonderful voices; that you as a group will no longer be there for me to wait. It hurt me deeply as a blackjack that you are disbanding. I was holding on to that thread of hope even though Minzy already left last May that the group will be coming back soon. I was hopeful despite only having three members and 2ne1 will never be the same. Still, there’s CL, Dara and Bom to look forward too. But that thread was cut too late. I wove it long enough and suddenly was cut. I am disappointed.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Where I Buy Korean Cosmetics



I am going to Seoul again in a few days and I honestly can’t wait! I thought I wouldn’t get the chance to visit this year as I have been going to Japan recently. But thanks to seat sales, I was able to get a ticket to experience winter in Seoul again (and to hoard some Korean cosmetics as I need to replenish my stock)!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Nara, Japan (Kasuga Taisha)


After a good morning spent in Todaiji Temple and Deer Park we headed to Kasuga Taisha – also known as the Grand Shrine. It is probably the prettiest (and creepiest) shrine I have seen in Japan. There is something eerie about the place but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It exudes a different aura and very quiet. I love how there are so many different lanterns scattered all over the place (not sure though what they symbolize). A stroll through its grounds involves lots of walking on flights of stairs and stone grounds. It can be tiring but definitely worth it. Entrance to the shrine is free but there are some restricted areas that require admission to be paid. You can ride a bus from the Deer Park going to Kasuga Taisha.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Trends and Personal Style

White Shirt: Landmark | Lingerie dress (used as top): H&M | Skirt: Uniqlo
Sneakers: from Korea | Watch: Swatch | Bag: Coach
Lips: Tarte Amazonian Lip Butter in Plummy Rose

Trends come and go but personal style transcend time and space. I am not one to religiously follow trends. If you have been following my blog long enough, you would notice that my style is not really one that incorporates trends. I tend to wear whatever I fancy (mostly dresses and pastel colours). But sometimes, it is nice to incorporate a few trendy pieces to my wardrobe to keep my style up to date. One or two trendy pieces are enough to make me trendy and still keep my personal style. For this fall/winter trends, I am keen on adding velvet and inner wear-as-outerwear pieces into my wardrobe.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Separation Anxiety

Top: Forever 21 | Dress: Miss Selfrdige | Sandals: H&M
Watch: Swatch | Bag: Coach
Lips: Tarte Amazonian Lip Butter in Plummy Rose

Leaving and moving on are difficult. When you've become so accustomed to the people around you, when you've become so comfortable in your environment, it makes separation a challenge. I mentioned in my previous post that I made a big decision towards the end of October and now my time with the people and environment I am so familiar with is nearing its end. I will separate with them soon and it honestly breaks my heart. But I have to think of my future and the new challenges that I will face. It is scary but exciting at the same time.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekly Pamper Routine


Once a week I like to treat myself to a nice relaxing evening and help me feel energized for the work week ahead. Mondays to Fridays can be very stressful and I can oftentimes neglect other aspects of my life so I always take my Sunday evenings as the day for me to relax and meditate. And to help me do that, I use the products pictured above. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nara, Japan (Deer Park and Todaiji Temple)


It was a bright and sunny day. I left our hotel in high spirits and a glowing skin. I got back to our hotel looking stressed, dark and a few tan lines. Summer in Nara, Japan is sunny, hot and humid compared to the cool, spring-like weather in Tokyo. Sweat is a familiar physiological response for the hot and humid air. A handkerchief or towel alone is not enough. I wanted wet tissue to wipe all over my face and neck area to cool me down (and remove the dirt from sweat and pollution. Despite the Manila-like weather, I enjoyed the town of Nara. It has a similar old-world ambiance to Kyoto (which I still consider as my favorite place in Japan). It was amazing to see this place in such a bright weather (though I did wish the temperature was cooler).