Sunday, May 15, 2011

Go bald Kuchingites!


Kinda surprised at the reception, from old to young and male to female!
Check out the beautiful lady who chopped off her long locks to contribute to a greater cause.

Visit this website for more information about the "Go Bald" movement: http://gobald.my/

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Story of My Hair

Edit 29/02/12 // Tweaked the post so it's up to date.

I have pretty much been there and done all that. In this post, I'll cover my trials and errors. Keep in mind that this is based on my experiences and I'm only writing about what I know.

Like all kids, we tend to be stubborn and we do what we want without much afterthought. So I highlighted and layered my hair when I was 12, using a lousy dye in a cheap salon which I've been going to since I was a little girl. The effect? It was disastrous! My hair became like grass due to the fact that I love swimming, I was out in the sun alot and that the dye was a lousy one. Back then we don't have Liese or those good DIY products, all we had was the extremely smelly kinds that will fry your hair. The chemicals used to straighten your hair back then was even worse. It'll leave your hair brittle and totally damaged. Why do I know this? Because I straightened my hair in another lousy salon that my aunt introduced me to after a few months and my hair broke off at the roots! 

I didn't care much about my hair then because I had to tie up my hair for school and I just didn't see the need to do anything to it till I was 15, I was smitten by Gianna Jun's hair in My Sassy Girl so I went to Jenne (Hui Sen, Kuching) and gave rebonding another go. That was probably my best rebonding experience as it left my hair pin straight, healthy as ever and so, so shiny.


But the thing I hate about rebonding is that it leaves the ends of your hair very straight and stiff, which is why it looks very unnatural. If you want to achieve straight, natural looking hair, tell your hairdresser not to straighten the ends of your hair and if you have a fringe, make sure they do not straighten your fringe/bangs aswell! Alternatively, you could tell the hairdresser that you'd like to keep your hair looking natural.

When I was 16, I got red highlights in my hair at Hair Do (Sarawak Plaza, Kuching) which I was quite happy with. Then in a fit of idiocy, I chopped of my hair because I fell in love with Xiao Bei's hair from Magicians of Love. And when it grew long enough, I rebonded my hair yet again! All this in year 2006.


I didn't do anything to my hair in year 2007, except getting a really bad hair cut, getting red highlights again and when it got long enough, rebonded it - which turned some of the highlights into a bronze color. I don't remember dyeing my hair brown, but I must've because my natural hair color is honestly the blackest of black (thinking back, I think I may have dyed it purple).


In 2008, I permed my hair, which made the bronze color even brighter! So then I had red, brassy highlights in my bad perm.

Can you say yuck?!?!
And then came the life changing choice of all. I went platinum blonde for my birthday in 09.


There is only one way to achieve blonde locks if you've got black hair, and that's by bleaching your hair to death. I think I bleached my hair quite a number of times (think 6) to get it to this color. As you can see, my hair was destroyed. If I had bleached one more time, my hair would've all melted to pieces. The texture of my hair was like meat floss! If you love you hair, if you like having hair at all, do not - I repeat - DO NOT bleach your hair.

I didn't know how to take care of my hair, I was desperate, and since my hair has gone to the dogs, I became Ray Salon's (Travillion) model and I got the look below. I really didn't care what they did to my hair lol I just wanted to get rid of it and get a new look along the way.


The long strands were leftover from the previous bleached blonde do and still unmanageable so I chopped it off and got a bob.


Then when I couldn't stand the faded browns and blue, I pinkified my hair. At that point - dyeing my hair pink - was a little fuck you to everyone who was conservative and it was also a little goodbye to hair coloring. I didn't want to do it anymore. I've had enough. I wanted to retire and since pink is my favorite color, I said goodbye with that color.


I initially wanted to just let it grow out but the pink kept fading and fading... So I dyed it back and thought that I have finally washed my hands clean of hair processing. But it was a mistake, because I wasn't ready yet. I haven't had black hair in such a long time it scared the shit out of me. I didn't like it. Ironic isn't it? I have naturally jet black hair and after a year of ever changing hairstyles, black hair no longer felt like me.


After about 6 months of black hair, I went blonde again in 2010 which honestly took its toll on my hair. First of all, dyeing black makes your hair almost impossible to redye, and if you wanna bleach, you gotta start from scratch which means that if you've previously bleached twice and dyed your hair black, the third bleaching will look like the first bleaching. This time I went for an ashy blonde. By this time, my hair has probably undergone 10 bleaches, 6 for the first blonde, 1 for the photoshoot, 1 or 2 for pink, 2 for the ash blonde!

Ultilove this color!!!
Despite the damage, short blonde hair was actually quite easy to care for! But when my friend (who was a trainee at that time - he was the one who did my pink and the ash blonde) touched up my roots, it wasn't the same shade as the rest of my hair... :(


I actually loved the color of my length, it's such a pretty light blonde... Hated the roots tho, so I asked around, and a few stylists/hairdressers told me that it's actually quite hard to achieve similar tones each time you touched up the roots and the only way was to dye a darker color or get a purple shampoo/toner which we couldn't get in Kuching. I was like oh god why. I decided that since blonde hair was such a pain in the ass, I'll get a darker color and grow it out brown instead of blonde! So I went to Ray's Culture (Brighton Square) and got a light brown in 2011.


It faded after a bit and the two tones started showing again, so I went back within a week and they gave me a nice, rich brown which I loved! Just in time for Chinese New Year. :)

I just HAD to use this pic. LOL.
The next thing I did was soft rebonding in May 2011. I was told that soft rebonding will make your hair smooth, soft and manageable, but I looked like something exploded. I kept my hair in a ponytail as much as I could because I couldn't handle seeing the broom-like texture my hair has become. I later realized that I forgot to factor in how damaged my hair already was and I kind of do blame the salon for not warning me and for telling me that I would "love" my new rebonded hair. The soft rebonding also faded the hair color I so loved...

I bought Liese to try to tone it down and to touch up my roots. But it didn't work. After a few days the color faded again so after a month or so I decided to hell with hair coloring and chemicals! I bought a box of black hair dye in Sept and that's that. I quit the hair game!

I may have regretted doing shits right after I did them and I may have the worst judgement when it came to hair, BUT looking back, I'm glad I went ahead and did all that shit because I never will have to regret not doing what I wanted to. Also, I don't have any urge to have any sort of wacky hairstyles anymore so I can finally grow my hair out and look shu nv.

2012
HAHA. I'm being sarcastic. Anyone who knows me would know that I am anything BUT. It makes me shudder to think that it's actually me in the pic above. I GET GOOSEBUMPS! Haha...Yeah! So that's that. I'm now on a slow and arduous journey to long healthy hair. End of story! There will be (hopefully) no more edits to this post! :D

Lesson one: Find a good salon that is reliable and has had satisfied customers.
Remember that it takes time to grow your hair, it doesn't hurt to spend more (both money and time) so that it can stay healthy.  If you aren't happy with the salon you've chosen to do your hair at, there's nothing wrong with voicing out and telling them you've changed your mind. There is no shame in it!

Lesson two: Never ever bleach your whole head if you want to have long, healthy hair.
Bleaching kills your hair, even if you only do it once (depending on the fineness/coarseness of your hair). No amount of repairing, protein or shampoo will ever restore it to its original state. Not to mention, bleaching really hurts your scalp, so if you don't want to become bald when you hit 30, don't touch up your roots with bleach too often.

Lesson three: If you have really bright hair, never go straight to black, you won't get used to it. Darken your hair slowly instead so that you can go back to bright hair with minimal damage.

Lesson four: Don't do anything to your hair unless you're absolutely sure.
Practice the one month rule, give yourself at least a month to think about it before you do anything drastic. Research on whatever you want to do beforehand and ask people who have done it before and get recommendations from them. Always keep in mind that nobody knows your hair like you do, let your stylist know what has been done to your hair in the past. If in doubt, ask them to do a test strand.

Lesson five: Keep track of the damage you've done to your hair.
Even if your hair still feels soft and healthy, there is only so much it can take. My breaking point was the soft rebonding. I can't believe how impulsive and destructive I have been with my hair, giving it no rest or a chance to repair itself.

Tips on how to keep your hair healthy:
1. Use a mask/treatment every week.
2. Wash and condition hair every two days (or longer if you can stand it) otherwise you'll really dry out your hair.
3. Let your hair air dry as much as possible, leave the hair dryer for days when you're rushing for time.
4. When your hair is wet, it's very fragile and prone to damage, so use a wide toothed comb to detangle and smooth your hair gently.
5. Do not use your fingernails when you're washing your hair, it's damaging to your scalp! Use your fingertips instead.
6. Massage your scalp and brush your hair towards the floor while bending over to improve blood circulation and to encourage your hair to grow faster.
7. Both olive oil and coconut oil is great for the hair. Olive oil moisturizes and coconut oil repairs.
8. Clarify your hair every now and then because products can and will build up over time.
9. Buy a good pair of scissors and keep it sharp by only using it for hair. Trim off split ends because there is no way to repair split ends! They will continue to split up the shaft of your hair, so it's better to just nip it in the bud.
10. I usually tie a loose bun on the top of my head (youtube sock buns!) and sleep with it cos it'll protect your hair from damage (friction causes damage too!), tangles (which in turn may break hair and cause split ends), and best of all, when you take it off... You get long lasting and natural curls. :D Alternatively, you may braid your hair etc.

For more information, you can go to long hair community forums and learn more about how to take care of your hair. Although they may come off as a little hair-obsessed, they give great advice and you can learn tons! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Do NOT watch Water for Elephants?

The elephant starring in that film, Tai, is said to be abused to perform tricks for the movie.


Movie star electric shocked from Animal Defenders on Vimeo.

To learn more about his plight, visit the links below:
http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2119&ssi=7
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384426/Water-Elephants-star-electrocuted-beaten-hooks-Shocking-new-video-shows-mistreatment.html

And let's hear what the other side has to say:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/may/10/water-for-elephants-abuse-claims
http://www.americanhumanefilmtv.org/water-for-elephants/
http://www.ahafilm.info/movies/mr.phtml?fid=8239

It is up to you to decide whether or not to believe that Tai the elephant was abused for the movie or not, but before this matter is further investigated and made clear, I will be boycotting Water for Elephants. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hot, hot weather in catcity

Stop complaining, kittens!

You're all contributing to global warming anyway. So unless you plant trees and are eco-friendly in your everyday life, you have no right to complain! But even so, you shouldn't.. Because its typically hotter this time of year. No amount of complaining will make the weather any cooler.

Why don't you all do something healthy to cool down and swim instead of switching on your air conditioning - which actually worsens the condition of our fragile planet?

Sheesh.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Garnier's Perfect Fit & Relax Whitening Mask

Source: Google Images

Retailing at RM39.90 
However I got it at a 70% discount from Facelook, Kuching.

New stretch-to-fit technology
I'm sure many girls would have problems finding a facial mask that fits perfectly since everyone's face shape is different and facial masks cater to the general public. I usually find masks too big for me with the eyes too wide apart, the nose and mouth areas too loose. But with Garnier's Perfect Fit & Relax Whitening Mask, the mask hugs my face nicely as you can stretch it to suit your face shape.  

Intense whitening diffusion equals to 14 days of whitening care 
The '14 days of whitening care' is in regard of the quantity of whitening product in the mask. It does not mean that after using it, your face will show the effects equal to 14 days of whitening care. 

Skin relaxing mask
Just like any other tissue facial masks, it has a relaxing and cooling effect. Nothing special here.

With pure lemon essence
Anybody can tell you that lemon is a natural skin whitener. You can google up many homemade whitening recipes that include lemon. Drinking warm lemon daily in the morning is also known to help you achieve fairer skin and better digestive system.

What I think:
It's perfect for girls who are hoping to brighten their complexion and let me tell you, the effects are instantaneous. My skin looked revitalized and brighter just after the first application. And after using it for consecutively for 2 days, I received comments that I looked fairer. Continuous use of the mask would definitely ensure you fairer skin but I'm kinda lazy to apply it twice every week, so it's sitting on a shelf now. I shall update again when I get around to finishing all 4 boxes (5 pcs in each box) with a before and after picture. It smells strongly of lemon, I have a personal distaste for citrusy scents, however I have grown attached to the smell of lemon because of its promise to make me fairer!

Pros: 
Effectively whitens skin
Relaxing
Rejuvenates the skin instantly

Cons: 
Strong lemon scent
Dripping with essence - when I say dripping, I mean it literally, so it'll be wise to use your mask twice or massage the remaining essence on your neck/body. I consider this a con because it tends to get a little messy which is why I'm lazy to apply this mask in particular.

Tip:
Pop your mask in the freezer to get more out of your mini facial. According to Michelle Phan, Korean actresses have been known to rub ice on their faces to achieve perfect skin. Michelle has a tutorial on an ice facial which you can view here. The coldness from ice can help reduce swelling and redness and also minimize pores.

Conclusion:
I would continue to use this facial mask and purchase it in the future. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Movie: Thor

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If you are prepared to be swept away into another dimension, grab on to your seats because Thor will blow you away with its twisted plots that make the obvious so obvious that you assume something else but in the end, your assumptions will blow up in your face and you realize the obvious mistake - by overestimating the director.

Even though it is loosely based on Marvel comics and also Norse mythology, brief research into Norse mythology shows that the cast are very much miscasted. For example, Sif is supposed to be Thor's wife and she was supposed to be blonde. I suppose this is the director's way of saying, "I'm only borrowing a few elements here and there and boom. Here's something new." Because I can't help but be reminded of other movies such as Atlantis (Disney) from the floaty thingie you can see on the right side of the screen while they are showing you Asgard. The red cape from Thor's costume strongly reminds me of Superman, especially when he flies. And many more, just keep your eyes peeled, it'll come to you. 

I didn't look into the Marvel comics to compare its adaptation to film, but on IMDb, the reviews seem pretty fantastic and Marvel fans don't seem to be let down at all. 

It well exceeded my expectations, I was expecting something like Clash of the Titans, but I got some other mix I was not prepared for and I enjoyed it. I like how they incorporated magic and science into one entity. 

There are quite a few comedic scenes - I was half-expecting Thor to scream 'I AM SON OF ODIN' and 'DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!' every time he doesn't get his way - and dramatic scenes, but there wasn't a scene which brought me anywhere close to tears. But still, I can't wait to watch this again. 

Review: Whitening Pills - Part 1

I guess I'm neither tanned nor fair, I'm somewhere in the middle, maybe a light to medium brown. Fair people say I'm tanned and tanned people say I'm fair, but I've always wanted and envied those with super fair skin. So after months of research, I've decided to purchase whitening pills: Kyusoku Bihaku and White L-Glutathione. I initially wanted to go for whitening injections, but 1. it costs a bomb, 2. my bf was very against it, 3. I'm actually terrified of injections. So I decided to go with option 2. Pills.

Before I continue, I know that we should be happy in our god-given skin no matter the color. Being fair is not the only look that's beautiful, it is merely my preference. I refuse to be judged as pretentious or artificial, because at least I am honest about taking supplements to enhance my skintone rather than lie about it. People suntan to achieve that sunkissed glow and that is no different than me wanting to whiten my skin by taking pills. Suntanning is actually more harmful than taking glutathione pills, read all about gluatathione here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutathione so that you will all know that I am not harming myself in any way by taking these pills. :)

Both White L and KB come packed with Vitamin C. KB has some kinda ingredient called NAC which increases the absorption of glutathione. Glutathione is the main ingredient in whitening pills. They are actually an antioxidant and skin whitening is merely a side effect. However, most of its potency is lost during digestion but Vitamin C prevents it from oxidizing and Alpha Lipoic Acid (one of the ingredients found in White L-Glutathione) boots our natural glutathione.

So if we break it down:
White L-Glutathione on the left, Kyusoku Bihaku on the right

Kyusoku Bihaku has NAC in its glutathione pills at 500mg and a 500mg Vitamin C which increases the absorption of glutathione. KB has 30 pills in each box, a pill a day for a month. Costs around RM135.

White L-Glutathione has a 700mg of glutathione and 150mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid which is also an antioxidant which will boost our natural levels of glutathione. However, it has a significant lower dosage of Vitamin C at only 150mg. But White L-Glutathione has 60 pills, good for one month. The recommended dosage is twice per day, before food. Costs around RM160. 

I'll take White L for the first month (started on 5/5) and KB for the remaining two and I'll blog again after one month to conclude the effects of White L-Glutathione and again two months later to review KB and also to compare the two with before and after pictures!

Click for Part II and Conclusion

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Movie: The Roommate

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IMDB: College student Sara finds that her new roommate Rebecca has an obsession with her, which quickly turns violent.

Sara & Rebecca
The movie generally centralizes on Sara and Rebecca. Sara is a sweet, overly friendly and tolerant girl since she is able to put up with Rebecca's jealousy and obsession. If you were to meet someone like Rebecca, chances are you would try to discourage the friendship from developing into a deeper bond. 

Sometimes when we come across a movie with weak characters, we tend to blame the actors for their lousy acting skills. But in The Roommate, the actor's acting skills are fine, the storyline is actually pretty good as well. It isn't so far fetched, since almost everyone has that experience of going off to college and sharing a dorm with a complete stranger. Even if you hadn't experienced it personally, it's something of the norm rather than tramping off to some isolated place and meeting your doom there like Eden Lake. But the character development and plot development was very weak. I would pick Eden Lake over The Roommate any day because even though it is not as normal as having a roommate, the plot and characters are much more believable. 

*Spoilers below*

I liked it's potential, but the story fell flat because of the lack of a back story for Rebecca. The title The Roommate heavily implies that the main character is Rebecca, and we soon learn that she has a dark past and psychological problems. However, it was never explored and I'm sure many would've like to know what was the root of her problems. We were only given a vague image that Sara was not her first victim and that her parents are "terrified of her". 

I don't like the use of schizophrenia and bipolar in the movie. It is both inaccurate and stereotypical. The definition of schizophrenia on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia and the definition of bipolar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder. I think Rebecca was only starved for attention as she did mention that the only way her parents make up for their lack of time together was to let her "loose on a platinium card" and her actions were rather justified, everything she did was for a cause. She wasn't crazy, she may be slightly over the edge, but I wouldn't count her as crazy. She was an angry, possessive and insecure little girl and the movie was like a jigsaw puzzle that just wouldn't fall into place. Schizophrenia and bipolar my ass.

If you are the kind that can turn off your brain and just enjoy a movie for what it is, go ahead. But if you're the overly critical kind, do yourself a favor and skip this movie. ;) 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011

Sometimes, there comes a time in life when you wish for a new beginning.
You want to change and to leave the past behind.
It's often difficult - how do you erase the past?
And you don't know where to begin. 
But you know what? It's not as hard as you think. 
Your past will always be a ghost that follows you around, but don't let it get to you. 
We can change what we can't accept but we must accept what we can't change. 
You can't change your past, but you sure as hell can change, starting from now. 

Regardless of how filthy your past may have been, your future is still spotless. 

Here's to my new beginning.