December 24, 2014

Forest Green

I took a leap of faith and dyed my hair forest green. I've never tried crazy colours before so here's a first. Pink, purple, blue, pastel or grey hair had their fair share of being the style in trend. I wanted something different but usually I deliberate for a long time before I do something new to my hair, and by that time usually the colour I wanted to try has become overrated and I drop my plan. Green hair is something different and daring and just like other colours, various shades of green has a different vibe they carry. I've always loved the cool green so I picked forest green, it's close to teal but it's not, it's slightly different so please don't mistake me for Hatsune Miku. (Though I love her lol)

The photo was taken at a window but the actual colour is darker in real. I've had a bright bleached yellow hair for many moons so now I want to jump to the other end of the scale and opted for a dark forest green. In fact, only the previously bleached parts has obvious green while the top of my head is very close to black.

Friends who know me might notice that my wardrobe consist of other than black and white, are mostly the primary colours, red, blue and yellow (for accessories). Green is a complementary colour to red which means when they are matched together well, they'll equally stand out. Green is also a mixture of blue and yellow which means that they are harmonious colours which goes well together. I'm one nerdy art student.

For now I'm still having so much fun with my new hair and I feel like I'm some sort of anime character. Just hope that it won't fade away too quickly! *fingers crossed*
December 17, 2014

AFA Singapore 2014

My so-called perfect excuse for delaying this post would be falling sick after AFA (almost everyone I knew who went fell sick too) and how I recently got hooked onto playing LOL, League of Legends if you didn't know that. I'm still learning as I play as I hadn't got my hands on online gaming aside those Facebook mini games for years. I think I'm a quick learner though, I just need the perfect 'sensei' XD

Anyways back to AFA, going to the event was a whole new experience to me! I was of course, really really shy and awkward as I hardly know the people there which pretty much led me to boredom as I roam around the event rounds and rounds. Not to say that the highlights they brought in was boring, they were in fact really cool, but when you're there alone you tend to go around faster and have a planned out schedule of where to go for the nice stuff.

I was there on the first and second day. First days of most ACG events are usually when you get all the doujin or limited collection loots. As AFA was held from Friday to Saturday, Saturday was also packed with lots of people trying to get merchandise as many weren't able to attend on Friday. As for me I got all the stuff I wanted on Friday so Saturday was just a mash up of sightseeing, performance viewing and catching up with some friends.

Luffy never gets old. There's over 600 episodes so far and I still hope that one day I'll be able to catch up the series. I've tried, but I stopped around 20+ as there are so many new anime series ongoing at the same time. I'll probably never catch up this series...

Baozi on the left and Hana on the right. I was at the very front of their mini stage appearance and when they took a group shot my face was right beside Hana. Second day during the ARCC performance, I somehow managed to get a seat at the first row just behind the judges and right in front of me was Hana and Baozi again haha!

Mon and Hyko. Mon looked like a real life doll and I'm excited to meet her again this coming Comic Fiesta!

Akatsuki Tsukasa, Judy and H were cosplaying characters from Psycho Pass 2 for the three days.

There were life size 1/1 figures of Inspector Tsunemori, Kogami (how I miss him in Psycho Pass!) and Makishima. The figurines were so impressive and everyone who passed by would stop and take pictures or selfies with them XD

Reika, Yuegene Fay and Kaname at the Starchild booth. They were doing characters from Hoozuki no Reitetsu. I was really happy to see the three of them again and as always they look so awesome in their cosplay while being hilarious.

Angie was cosplaying Seika-chan, which is AFA's mascot on day 2 and Ying Tze was cosplaying as Isuzu Sento. I couldn't say hi to them with the massive crowd but I really hope to meet them at Comic Fiesta :D It's always fun to meet people you know at events!

There were lots of nice cosplays around on day 2 but the crowd was really huge so I didn't bother to take much pictures as I was cosplaying myself. However, these girls caught my eye especially those two who cosplayed characters from Studio Ghibli as I was cosplaying Chihiro Ogino from Spirited Away. Look at how cute No Face was!

I met Guki too and she's always so nice :) We only chat a little but it was really nice to just see someone I know among all the strangers around :X I'm really shy at events so I hardly know much people. Although I secretly wish that I have more friends in this circle that I can talk to hehe ^^;

Bringing you the first row view at the ARCC group cosplay. ARCC was the reason I bought my day 2 stage + exhibition ticket as these cosplays skits never fail to impress me. I went in the stage area during the Love Live session which was long before the ARCC started just to make my way slowly to the front. As soon as the Love Live session ended, many people left the stage area which was perfect as I got to the fifth row during the Lantis guest appearance. After that more people left which was how I got my first row seat. You've got to 'camp' for these benefits haha! Especially if you're so fond of the cosplay guests like me lol!

Judges were from all over the Southeast Asia region plus Reika and Kaname from Japan. The performances were so cool and my personal favourite was the Kill la Kill one and of course the Dragon Ball one which Kamehameha-ed its way to the first place. The performances videos can be found on YouTube so be sure to check them out if you're interested! :D

2 days of AFA got me so exhausted and I started getting flu and sore throat on the third day. My condition got even worse on my way home to Malaysia and I thought it was only me until I log onto my Facebook and see statuses of my friends being sick and all. Even Yuegene got sick too XD Weird enough, it was quite comforting to know that I wasn't the only one who fell sick... Sorry guys :P

As for now, I've been really busy with lots of things, other than gaming, especially moving house. The construction is almost complete so I'll have to clean the house with my mom soon before we can move in. I'm not even sure if it'll be completed before I go back to Singapore as I hope to have a room tour post for that. :D There's Christmas and Comic Fiesta coming up too so December's is a crazy month for me.
December 5, 2014

The Orange Thimble

The Orange Thimble was situated next to the famous Tiong Bahru Bakery and had significantly lesser crowd in there compared to the latter one. Each had their own uniqueness but if you are more into small secluded areas where you can have a more intimate or private chat with your friend, I'd recommend you to visit The Orange Thimble.

The cafe is sectioned into five areas, but seats are pretty limited in each space considering the cafe is split into five areas in a tiny space. When my friend and I were there it was off lunch time and we were able to explore the cafe to our pleasure. There are some cakes served and you can buy chocolates weighing by grams as well. As we were pretty full from our previous cafe stop, we got ourselves the salted caramel ice cream which was recommended by the staff.

It was an art-space-slash-cafe thus paintings hung up around the cafe was inevitable. They were all scenery of the Tiong Bahru district in distorted yet colourful paintings. Christmas season is here and everywhere in Singapore you'll see decorations put up and hear the jolly rhymes of the Christmas songs. Are you excited for Christmas? I sure do as I sing 'I'll be home for Christmas'
December 4, 2014

Drips Bakery Cafe

Tiong Bahru is an old district filled with the scents of coffee beans from the long stretch of cafes around the area. There's nothing more satisfying than a cafe hopping session if you're as into cafes like me. The weather was perfect today with a little drizzle but generally it's really cooling and such weather lifts up my mood too.

The first cafe I went into was Drips Bakery Cafe where I got myself a Rosemary Chicken Pie and a cup of flat white. My friend got a special of the day sandwich and we both shared a raspberry & mango tart. Drips Bakery Cafe is known for their tarts so you've got to try at least one if you're there.

The inner part of the cafe has a skylight which makes the whole atmosphere so relaxing. I really love natural light yet I dislike the heat from it, sounds ironic but being able to see outside makes the whole space seem as if you're connected to the outer area even though you're not exactly being so. Try to visualize this, it was raining and you're seeing the raindrops through the skylight while sipping a good warm cup of coffee. You get the feeling?

Anyways, I have one more post on cafe hopping (that's just what I've been up to lately) then there's also AFA for the next three days! I just got my tickets today and I'm a happy girl! I'm getting so pumped up this month as I'm attending 2 ACG events, celebrating Christmas and moving house. Lots to do but as usual, I'm happy being busy. :)
November 30, 2014

Socks Obsession 2.0

Earlier this year I started with this socks obsession and I haven't stopped collecting socks ever since. Even my friends around me knows how crazy I am with them and there will be at least one coordinate throughout the week with socks. My storage box overflowed so I went to get more storage from Ikea last week but honestly I felt that I still need more. You know how girls have lots of lipsticks and lipglosses which they claim are of different shades? It's the same case for me with these socks.

Most of my purchases are from Taobao, which is a china website that works similarly as Ebay. The prices are much cheaper compared to usual price range for socks in Singapore. You still have to pay for shipping fees but it is more worthy to buy in bulk or along with other items. Personally I prefer to buy from Taobao myself as I can monitor and exchange conversation with the seller regarding my purchases, which makes it more convenient when it comes to cases where you need a refund. It can be a little more pricy this way so alternatively you can opt for an agent.

The yellow socks are so vibrant and cute, which is perfect for adding a pop of colour to a coordinate. To me, having white sporty socks is a basic as they match with lots of outfit! There are a variety of them in different length, number of stripes and colour of stripes but any one can be a basic start off. My friend got me the pomegranate colour with cats one from Korea and I absolutely love it! It's a very unique colour and there are cat motifs on them! Anything with cute cats on them wins my heart.

The rest of my collection are generally pastel mesh socks. Got them from Taobao too and surprisingly their quality are much better than my previous haul. Some of the mesh socks I had had holes in them already and sadly I had to throw them away. It's hardly obvious in these pictures, but those three from the right are of the same motifs in different colours, white, lavender and black. The lace details are so beautiful and delicate! The one on the far left is a baby blue one with vertical stripes. I wish I got more of it in other colours!

I figured that since it's cold in some countries, this post came at the right time? Well, not that I care if it's warm or cold since I wear them regardless of the temperature.

On a side note, it's down to one week before I go home! My friends are already back in their countries and here I am impatiently waiting for the weekend which AFA happens so I can go home the next day. I haven't got much planned this week except for a cafe hopping session. Any Singaporean readers out there with something interesting that you know I should check out?
November 28, 2014

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

Even I am amazed by myself at how my weight still stays the same despite having so much good food lately. My instagram has been filled with mostly food pictures that I wonder if I am still a beauty and lifestyle blogger or a food blogger. Or maybe just a glutton. What say you?

After going for a gorgeous dinner by the river the night before, I went for nice brunch the next morning. My friends would probably know how much I fancy cafe or restaurants which are isolated as it never fails to make me feel as if I've discovered a hidden gem. Back in Malaysia I know of a hidden Starbucks outlet which I visit almost every Sunday after church and the ambiance of this place I went for brunch largely reminds me of it. The exterior of Chye Seng Huat Hardware is of an ordinary hardware shop yet once you entered through the side door you'll discover that the interior is in fact a cafe with an art craft shop on the second floor.

The cafe has an outer area for smokers too but my friends and I decided to shy away from the sun and relax in the cool air conditioned interior.

The cafe serves coffee (obviously), pastries, cakes and all day brunch. The daily brewed coffee comes at $3 which was pretty cheap if you need a quick morning coffee fix and of course you can also opt for other coffee choices or juices.

We watched the barista prepare a freshly brewed cup of coffee for other customers who got their own coffee beans from the shop and my, coffee making was such an art! The way he watched the temperature to make sure they are measured to ideal and the many steps took to ensure the coffee experience was to perfection was truly impressive. Specially brewed coffee is nothing like the instant 3-in-1 coffee.

Brunch were served and I got myself the Italian Breakfast at $12. The portion and quality was good for the price paid. Personally I believe that great food deems a great start of the day. With my usual busy college schedule I hardly had any good breakfast for the past 4 months so having a nice brunch makes me really grateful for the time I finally have to enjoy such treats.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a definite must to check out if you're into hidden cafe spots like me. It's located just a 10 minutes walk from Lavender Mrt at 150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207563. There are lots of other cafe along the way too so it's a nice area if you're into cafe hopping!
November 27, 2014

Dinner by the River

Personally I'm one who doesn't drink or club and would choose to stay home over socializing anytime. Hello fellow introverts :D

Clarke Quay is just the place where all these things I'd usually avoid are gathered at. And yet yesterday I chose to step out of my comfort zone to just explore and see more of this tiny island. Give a moment for self-applause... Done.

It was pouring just as we got there and naturally my friends and I were bummed about the sudden weather change. These days it has been raining every day in Singapore and it is only nice if it's raining while you're cooped up in your room marathoning dramas. You know what I mean ;) Gladly, the sky cleared up around 6 plus so our plans for the night was able to proceed as arranged! We are pretty indecisive people so we circled the place nearly 10 times before settling down for a Thai restaurant by the river. Food prices here soars up high but given the atmosphere and experience you pretty much pay for what you get. 20 dollars for an average portion of Thai fried rice. That's like 4 times of what I can get at a food court!

We escaped the place before it got too crowded and my friends headed over for a second round to drink and later on a third round to club. Social butterflies really impress me with their overflowing energy to visit crowded places one after another. As for myself I chose to retreat back to my four walls fort to recharge myself after a simple night out. Anyone's with me?
November 17, 2014

Cream Shadow Love

Classes have officially ended so I finally have time to post this! This was filmed some time back when I was still pretty obsessed with cream eyeshadow, not to say I don't now, but I'm just not as crazy into them right now. I've reviewed NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil 625 Sparkle Nude which is a gorgeous shade of Champagne colour, Innisfree's dual eyeshadow pencil and three of Shiseido's Cream eye color which I got quite some time ago but never really got to use them till now.

On busy days I want to just get my makeup done as quick as I can thus I always try to time myself to be faster and search for faster ways to complete my makeup. Talk about 5 minutes makeup challenge each morning! I'm just kidding, I take about 15 minutes to get my full face makeup done each morning. For me, I find that using cream eyeshadow is much faster than powder eyeshadows as they glide on easily and the colour builds up really fast and blending is also much easier. I didn't even have time to wash my eyeshadow brushes while rushing my work so pencil eyeshadow are to go!

Right now I'm pretty much done with Semester one so I have lots of time to do what I love! Being so busy in school makes me feel empty during holidays because I need to think of what to do myself... I've got a few blog posts planned and some plans on exploring Singapore so you can probably tell what my upcoming posts are going to be, hehe :D Anyways, If you have any beauty products recommendation feel free to drop me a comment and I'll check them out! :D
November 9, 2014

19th Birthday Celebration

Unlike the past years where I would blog about my birthday right on the day itself, this year I've gotten so busy to the point where my birthday post is delayed over a week. That means I've gotten more productive too, haha!

Honestly I wasn't as excited to celebrate my own birthday even though I would tell others '19th birthday only comes once, have fun!'. Each year I'd spend my birthday going for a nice dinner with my family. Times like this are probably the hardest to go through during your first year studying abroad. You'll really miss home...

Anyways, I didn't want to ruin the day after all so seeing that it's Halloween on the same day, and many people are dressing up at school (in fact the dressing up thing has been going on throughout the week!), I went in a cosplay even though I said I wouldn't cosplay anymore. My costume choice was Chihiro from Spirited Away because who doesn't love Spirited Away?! If you haven't watch it you're totally missing out! Anyways, I got called cute and some people couldn't recognize me with dark hair colour, hahaha! It was fun being a 10 years old on my birthday :P (I might also plan for a photoshoot :3)

Later the day I went to a cat cafe with a senior and since we both love cats I was happy that I got to share my cat obsession with her. Good things need to be shared, haha! Cat vitamin never fails to boost up my mood and I saw this cat cafe few months back and have been itching to visit it. Cat cafe has got to be my favourite cafe ever! *internal screams* Meomi Cat Cafe, the one we visited, is a little different from other cat cafes on this island. Their cats are not adopted but were bought instead. Thus instead of local breeds, we got to play around with different cat breeds which was really fun because I've never seen a scottish fold and maine coon in real and I fell in love with them. We both made it a point to visit more cat cafe during our semester break so you'll probably see another post dedicated to it.

However the highlight of my birthday this year was actually celebrating it with my newly made friends! I only know them for a few months and already they are surprising me and celebrating my birthday. I really felt warmth in my heart. All the gifts and cards they gave me were spot on, haha! Can't believe they know me even to the point where they know what blush shade I'm missing lol! As I read through their card messages when I got home, I didn't know why but tears suddenly started rolling down. Perhaps I have become more sensitive towards these feelings ever since I got here...

I just want to say a big fat thank you to all my friends here in Singapore. Whether they are from other countries or from other schools, everything they've done so far has been wonderful to me. Thank you for making me feel special even though I really wanted to just dress up and visit a cat cafe and call it a day. I hope we'll spend the coming years together through out freshly bonded friendship! :D