Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Highlights of 2013

I graduated!
And I went into freelancing. So YES, NONE OF THAT 9 TILL 5 BULLSHIT FOR ME. But I'm still having trouble adjusting to having another responsibility added to my life. It's hard enough trying to juggle friends and family and blogging... God knows that I have little to none time management skills. And now I gotta factor in WORK?

But this is the life I've chosen, and by god I'm going to suck it up and learn, not just to live with it, but to thrive. So gimme some time and watch me.

Am I the only one who likes the new Miley? 
And doesn't think that she's trying to rebrand herself? Seriously, all that crap about her trying to break free from her Disney image is both stupid and boring. Can't she be experimenting? Can't she have found herself? Can't she be coerced by her publicist to be this slutty goddess? Goddamnit people, just because twenty people say that she's so controversial right now is because she wants to reinvent herself DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE. And I happen to like her before and after. At least she's staying true to herself, for better or for worse.

To be honest, I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw her VMAs performance (because I hadn't made the connection between her performance and Rick's Blurred Lines MV) and I didn't know what to think. But you know what I've realized? We don't always have to know what to think. We don't always have to have a valid explanation or try to understand every single thing. We don't need to know the cause of the effect. Who cares if this:


Became this?


People grow up but it's still the same person, isn't it? Stop trying to figure out why and just go with it. It's not your job to make sense of our entire species. Why don't you spend your time wondering what made you the way you are, instead?

We could have easily been naked druggies right now if civilization hadn't decided that being decent meant what it means. So stop your judging or continue on with your boring unhappy lives.

Am I also the only one who dislikes the fit girls hype? 
Honestly, I'm so sick of memes that propagate stereotypes. Memes aimed at women's self perception, especially. As if women aren't objectified enough. Even girls objectify themselves and other girls. Hell, I do it, your sister does it and so does your wife!

Who are you to judge what is true woman is? Last year, it was all about how "real women have curves".

And this year... Muscular chicks?


For one, I'd say ew. Because personally, I like girls with tone, not muscle. And I've never been a fan of abs because I think any horizontal line on a female body aside from collarbones just doesn't appeal to me. But I love these so called 11 abs:


Just two, sometimes three vertical lines down your abdomen. Yums.

I'm also a firm believer that no girl should go below 18% fat because there's a reason we're biologically programmed to accumulated fat much easier than men, who are able to build much easier.

But what I have to say is the same as the Miley thing. Just because everyone you know thinks that that should be the new ideal, doesn't mean that it has to be yours. If everyone in the whole world loves eating bitter gourd, does that mean it has to be your new favorite food too? Don't be afraid to be who you are, like what you like and do what you love. Don't afraid to stand out and be different, even if the nail that sticks out gets hammered. Because I'd rather go down with a fight than be subservient.

Suck on it.

Anyway, guys... Wishing you all happy times and priceless memories for 2014, and may tonight be the best night of 2013, however way you choose to celebrate it.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Shop for branded contact lenses at MrLens!

I remember getting my first pair of contacts at a optical store in a shopping complex at 16 and I wore them religiously until the shop closed down lol. I remember how comfortable they were, as compared with those beauty lenses from Taiwan/Korea. I went through those lenses like they were free, wearing them a few times before chucking it because they were so drying and uncomfortable and would often sting! Sure they were pretty, but at what cost? My eyes man.

I haven't worn contacts for about two years. Partially because I have been overseas and I didn't go clubbing there and hence, didn't feel the need to put lenses on. But when The Butterfly Project gave me the chance to review MrLens, a new online lens store from Swiss which stocks only branded lenses, with none of those no-brand nonsense... I decided to give it a try.

Here I am wearing Colourvue Glamour in brown.


I think they are a lot more dramatic in real life, but they photograph really naturally both with or without flash. But with flash, you could almost pretend my eyes are naturally brown because it blends in very well.

Pictured below is Colourvue Glamour in grey!


MrLens offer every brand imaginable. Check them out and see for yourself: http://mrlens.com.my!

It's super easy to order with MrLens, all you gotta do is pick a lens, a power and a color (if you're getting colored contacts) and checkout! Furthermore, they accept many different methods of payment which I think is good because not everyone uses the same bank or prefers the same methods. 

The best part about the site is that they have an 'refill express' option. Lets say you purchase a particular brand in your power and you have to reorder constantly... It'll save you so much time from searching and picking! 

But the smart part is that they don't just chuck everything into your cart. You are free to choose whichever products you want to reorder in whichever quantity! 

Needless to say, they care very much about quality service as well as quality products so why don't you give em a try? And while you're at it, check out their facebook page which is updated often with entertaining posts!

Hope you all had a merry Christmas.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan & What YOU Can Do To Help

Many people do charity at their convenience, and I don't blame them. People are selfish, our own lives are important. And even though we wish to help, part of us can't be arsed to find ways to contribute. I know that's true for myself. But technology has allowed us to help with just a click of a button.

You can donate to Philippine Red Cross. They accept all kinds of methods and you may even donate food if you are so inclined. But they do not need anymore donations of clothing so save that for another cause. :) 

If donating overseas is not your cup of tea, you can opt for donating to Unicef Malaysia

Another great way you can contribute is by purchasing beauty products from Natta Cosme. They will be donating all proceeds from the items below to the victims of typhoon Haiyan. 


So technically, you would be receiving free products with every donation you make. However, postage will not count towards the donation but come on. You're killing two birds with one stone. Why care about the few ringgit you had to pay for the stone? 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

♥ 051213

So I've decided to stay in Kuching. At least for now. With no immediate plans on returning to Melbourne.
There is something about home that makes you want to stay. Stay. Stay.
I do not have wanderlust in me; now that I'm home, I've decided that I do not need to see the world.
Everything I'll ever want and need is here. I'll never be happier anywhere else. 
I never knew what I lost till I experienced it again. 
Why waste another few years earning a little bit more when true wealth is not riches but happiness?

But to be content is to stop.
So I'll never let myself be content.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

H-Artistry

I was expecting a rave. But it ended up to be a rather classy event, until the end of the night when we encountered drunks. Drunks, everywhere.

But let's begin at the beginning.



Excited at the opportunity to experience what is supposed to be the clubbing event of the year.




There was free flow up till 11pm where you are able to exchange coupons for drinks and each attendee was given 5 coupons. Since only a few of us were heavy drinkers, there were still tons of coupons left over when the event ended! I can't recall what time the event ended... But I remember feeling that it was still way too early.


Unfortunately for this group, it didn't end early enough.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nuffnang Giveaway: We Love Asia presents Avicii


I'm sure that everyone (and their pet dog) knows that Avicii is coming to Malaysia. But just in case you don't know, he will be spinning live at Sepang International Circuit, The Welcome Center starting at 5pm, on the 30th of November... Which is next week! Our local DJ Chuckiess will be in the lineup along with several other internationally known DJs.

Nuffnang MY is combining their forces with We Love Asia to give 6 Nuffnangers a chance to win tickets to party rock! To win, you have to blog about the upcoming event & list 5 reasons why you should be selected.

Here are my 5 reasons: 

I could be the one. 

I could never be her. Caught in the same dull routine, day after day. Until there is nothing left but to wait for death. I won't be the one who wishes for another chance, or live in regrets. Given the opportunity, I could be the one who flies to KL on a whim to attend a rave. 

I belong at the rave. 

Before you call me cheesy, think about it. We find comfort and familiarity in similarity. So we seek people who have the same interests and those who like the same things. As that saying goes: Birds of a feather, flock together. To find like-minded people is to find people you belong with. 

I know how to party. 

You think partying is just about drinking and dancing? You're wrong. It's about doing the craziest, most unexpected things for fun. It's the spur of the moment decisions. It's spontaneity. It's about not giving a fuck what others may think of you and letting your inhibitions fly! 

This is my time to live. 

I want to be able to look back a few years from now and smile at the life I had. We all have to grow up eventually. I want to be able to reminisce about how it felt like to be young and wild and free. 

I want Avicii to be my first. 

I have never been to a rave before. Probably not a big shock to any of you because I keep my nightlife pretty private but it's a shock to myself. And I've decided that I want Avicii to be my first rave ever but I know he won't be my last. If I could find a job that was all about partying, I would never have to work a day in my life. 

So what do you think? Could I be the one?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wise words?

I came across this picture on 9gag: (Click on the picture for the originating source)


Nothing new to those who are a 9gag veteran because we all know 9gag has become a haven for reposts (much to the disgust of the community - and yet this still persists) but in the comments section, I saw the following, which is new to me:


Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Whose opinion is valid.

1. I do not oppose gay marriage. I do not think that there is a need to consciously hide or flaunt one's relationship because it is my belief that there is nothing to hide or prove to begin with. However, society demands that gays be shunned and therefore, they are forced to fight for their rights.

2. I agree that people who inhale second hand smoke are victims and perpetrators should always be mindful of those around them. If you are with your friends who do not smoke, ask them if they would mind if you do before you light that death stick. If you are out in public, seek out a less densely populated area (publicly approved smoking zones) and for god's sake, don't smoke in front of a child. Move away or snub it. However, if you are a non-smoker, you too can take extra measures to preserve your health - if you mind it so terribly much, it shouldn't be a problem for you to evacuate the vicinity. Although I can empathize with non-smokers who might think "why should I?!" but let me answer you with: Because it's your life. If you want what's best for yourself, pursue it. By harboring resentment and being unwilling reflects on how much you don't actually care.

3. I think abortion is an extremely delicate topic. I have blogged about it once before while talking about babies & marriage... I stand by my opinion, and it might be an unpopular one but it is my opinion. On one hand, it's murder. On the other, it's a kind of kindness. Certain circumstances of how the child is conceived may attribute to his/her abuse or neglect once born (while this could be easily remedied with adoption, in a world with 100 million homeless children in the world, is bringing another unwanted child into the world the best?) or the child may be handicapped in some way and the parents knew that life for him/her would be hard or they aren't able to cope (either mentally or financially) with the burdens a handicapped child may bring (similarly, with overpopulation and so many unwanted kids in this world, would it be wise to give birth to yet another - and an imperfect one at that?). There are too many different kinds of situations whereby abortion may be the kindest thing to do. With overpopulation in mind, a law stating that it is illegal for people who do not want a child to have a child would be ideal.

4. Sex. We have been taught since young that sex is a dirty act which should only be done for the sake of reproducing and any pleasure you experience is shameful. Isn't it? Even if it was never spoken out loud (for it is taboo to speak of it), porn was watched in secret, when you lost your virginity is a secret, how many people you've slept with is also a secret. But as you get older, you learn that sex is natural and there are people who embrace their sexuality with a ferocity and you do not divulge intimate details of your sex life not because of a need for secrecy but because you're mature enough to understand that relationships are based on trust and mutual respect. His/her secrets are not for you to tell. Wow, I've digressed far. But my point is that sex is to the conservative: a dirty act, and to the liberal: natural. However, "don't do it" is a little extremist. I'll have to agree with the commentator: Don't do it in public. There are children and rules of society that keeps calamity at bay. Wouldn't it be outrageous for someone to start fucking right beside you while you are having lunch? The only reason we're the superior animal is because we don't do it out in the open, regardless of anything, like dogs.

5. Drugs. Everyone knows about it, it's like the purple elephant with pink and silver polka dots in the room. And yet, people still manage to evade it. You know what I really think about drug use? I believe in moderation. If you can take drugs and not succumb to it, by all means. But if you fall and you fall hard... Well, maybe that's natures way of weeding out the weak. I have never had any empathy for those who beat their addiction. I believe this sums it up quite well:



6. Rock and roll! I'm kidding. The issue is porn. Why do people watch porn? Why do people watch movies? Are the two one and the same? Perhaps you watch them to entertain yourself, to live a different life through the characters onscreen, to experience something out of your world, to learn? There are articles written about why women's expectations of love is absurd - because we watch romantic chick flicks and we expect the same in real life. There are also articles written about men and their absurd expectations when it comes to sex. As long as you don't fall into the trap of unrealistic expectations, I don't see how porn could be bad - it's just another form of entertainment, isn't it? However, the commentator clearly states: Don't watch it in the presence of others. Therefore I can't help but deduce that that particular individual does not have any friends, or are only friends with religious nuts. Don't play coy and deny you've ever watched porn with your buddies, even if just for a laugh or out of curiosity. Anyway, whatever you do in private, shouldn't be the business of others, right? So why should it be wrong to watch porn in the presence of close friends or your sexual partner in the comfort of home?

7. Alcohol is the world's favorite drug. Because it is the only legal drug. While research may convince you that weed is less harmful than alcohol, weed remains illegal yet alcohol is sold everywhere. I have yet to understand this phenomenon but my guess is that it only takes RM50 to get high on weed but it takes RM1000 to get high on alcohol - therefore, making alcohol much more profitable? I mean weed can be prescribed by doctors, whoever has heard of alcohol being prescribed? I don't know what the world is doing wrong here, but clearly, there's something they are not telling us. But in regards to the meme... Learn to be a responsible drinker. Save people the headache of having to take care of you when you're bonked out of your mind, blissfully ignorant of the hassle and burden you're IMPOSING on someone else. Drinking and driving is also the worst thing you could do because it's fine if you kill yourself, but what if you kill some innocent victim who just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time? Could you live with yourself? To have taken someone from their family so suddenly and unjustifiably so.

8. Guns. It's illegal for civilians to have guns here in Malaysia. But this is Malaysia. I'm sure some gangster or richass brat has a gun in his car and an armory in his closet. The truth is, power lies with people who already have power. Just like how the rich will only get richer. The key is not to abuse it. The commentator says: Don't like (I'm assuming she meant let) unstable people or criminals get a hold of them. But who's to judge who's worthy of having a gun? If corruption weren't an issue in humanity, I would say let the authorities decide who is worthy by making those who want to buy a gun be evaluated with proper tests, etc. Sadly, the world isn't as just as we hope it is. The only way to make it so, it to arm yourself with equal firepower and hope for the best. Unstable people and criminals are people too, and in this crazy world, they need to protect themselves, too.

At the end of the day, opinions are relative. However, I'd like to know your thoughts in the comments below! I find it interesting to have differing opinions, not just for a fresh perspective but also because you can learn from the ideas and words of others and ultimately find what kind of person you want to be.

"Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean it's right, just because nobody is doing it doesn't mean it's wrong."

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Malacca Getaway!

Laopo and I have never been anywhere together. I suppose it's because we're so different, the thought of us travelling together never crossed our minds. I would want to go shop in a mall, whereas she prefers looking at scenery. I would rather party at a rave but she would rather sit in a quaint cafe, chilling. But as I've gotten older, I start to appreciate the little things in life. You don't have to be constantly active to feel alive. Sometimes when we slow down and actually acknowledge the world is when we truly are.

So we drove up to Malacca for the weekend. The hours just slipped past and we were at our destination in what felt like minutes. I guess it goes without saying that good company makes time fly.

First on the agenda: Chicken rice balls! :D



Apart for its novelty, I actually don't really like them. I felt that it's texture is too soft for my liking and not as tasty as chicken rice can be. We had it in this restaurant that was rich in Chinese culture. After having our lunch, we wandered around the place and I took pictures! Enjoy!








Then we stumbled upon a singer who was there to record a music video, which we assume is for Chinese New Year!


After that, we started to explore what Malacca has to offer...




Saw this uber cute cat which I honestly contemplated bringing back to KL and surprising my brother & sister in law (teehee) until the shopkeeper told me the cat is a cross between a Siamese and a Persian.




I'm so sad to leave this quirky little guy behind but I don't deal with cheaters or liars. It is impossible that this cat is mixed with either Persian or Siamese - let alone both.


Saw this quaint little B&B on our way to our B&B. Cute, isn't it!





I want one of these in my future home! I know it'd be pretty damn creepy because they don't make phonographs anymore, therefore they are all genuine artifacts from the past and who knows what kind of spirits have possessed it but I want one. It is a delectable relic of history.


People there are obsessed with wind chimes and the like. And this is by far the most unique wind chime I saw during my time there.


This is a candle holder! I regret not getting it! ToT It's so cute and I'm sure it would throw pretty patterns of light around it. But bah. What's done is done.


This is an actual well - a covered well but a well with water is a well nonetheless. I'm appalled and I wonder. Why, indeed.




Guess what this! If you answer me "it's a model of a building" I will smack you for being a smart alec. It's a clock tower! The only thing that pops into my head when I think of the words "clock tower" is you know, those huge Western buildings with huge clocks at the very top - like London's Big Ben. So it's pretty cool to discover that Malaysians had our own clock towers back in the day and this is how they looked like.



Mandatory durian cendol!



Assam laksa. The fat noodles are absolutely lipsmacking. Yummeh. Also, we had Satay Lok Lok - a MUST TRY in Malacca. No excuse not to take pictures, but I didn't, so feel free to google?

To end the night, we went to the night market and grabbed a drink. Or, well, I did. She stuck to some kind of fruit juice. See, talk about big differences.



Good music, good company, and a cold one. Life's good. ♥