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  • Posted On: December 15th 2019 at 11:02 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Birthdays, Food, Korean related, Makeup, New stuff, Personal life, Pictures, Shopping, Skin care, With my LX10, Work

    Happy Birthday to myself. Hehe. This is an overdue post since my birthday was over for a few days. The older I get, the more I don’t want to share my age now so I am just going to use the same blog entry title for all my birthday posts from now on. :blank:

    This year’s birthday is quite different. I basically don’t feel that it is birthday since I have been really busy at work. It don’t feel like December since work is quite hectic this month. I remembered how work slows down from November till December when I was at Autodesk. Well, I had Week of Rest back in Autodesk. It basically means that we don’t have to work on the last week of December. Many of my colleagues (back in Autodesk days) also clear their annual leave in December so the office is kind of empty in the last month of the year.

    I didn’t stayed long enough at Uber (due to merger) to know what is it like in December but I spent my last December at Grab. Oh boy, December is a busy month. It’s the same in last December and even busier this December. :sad: Oh well… Luckily I started clearing my leave in November, otherwise, I may not be able to clear them this month.

    So what did I do during my birthday (13 December)? Well, I didn’t schedule a Sulwhasoo facial treatment (like last year). I didn’t get myself another electric violin like back in 2017. I also didn’t get a new ukulele like back in 2016. I spent my day resting at home since it was raining for the past few days and it was still raining for the entire day on my birthday.

    I did, however, got out of the house to have dinner with my boyfriend at Beauty in the Pot. Hehe, it is one of my favourite restaurants and I love hot pot. :happy: Chin Hau got me Hello Kitty balloon bouquet for my birthday too which was a great surprise. I have always envied the kids who got Hello Kitty helium balloons when I was outside and this time, he got me not just 1 but 5 helium balloons. 1 of it is a huge Hello Kitty figurine too! I was quite shocked at first but I kept looking at it and smiling to myself when I am seeing it at home. :smile: Sakura is a happy girl with her helium balloons. :happy:

    I also went shopping by myself then Chin Hau joined me after some time on 14 December. I got myself a mirror with lights which is useful for applying makeup. I got Chin Hau a simple yet pretty photo frame for Christmas and he got me a really pretty rings/accessories holder. :smile: Then we had dinner and went to admire the Christmas lighting at Orchard Road. Sadly, it was raining so a bit hard to really go out and take photos. :sad:

    We passed by Kiehls at ION Orchard and realised they have a storewide 20% sale. Not sure why that was the only branch with the sale though since I passed by the Plaza Singapura and TANGS branch today and there were no sale. I got my Kiehls skincare products which is going to last me for the next 6 months. Together with my other products, I think whatever I got so far is going to last for the entire year 2020. :happy: Oh, maybe except eye cream which I need to get from Sulwhasoo soon.

    I got my Innisfree stuff today and VIP members get 20% as a birthday gift for their birthday month. I guess that is better for me since I am struggling to finish their samples from their birthday gifts or other purchases. I wanted the jewellery case which is their December month promotion and managed to spend exactly $100 for my essentials. Okay, fine, not really essentials as I splurged on diffuser (which is totally not an essential) and 1 lipstick and mascara – oh gosh, I don’t use mascara that often. :stressed: Shopping is really bad for my wallet, indeed. I’m feeling really poor this month. Fortunately, I don’t usually buy skincare/makeup stuff for the rest of the year so that’s not too bad. Okay, minus June because sometimes my products ran out and needs to be topped up before December. :shy:

    Anyway, I will post a photo of my birthday cake later since it is like my tradition now for all birthday posts, haha.


    Posted On: November 10th 2019 at 3:28 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life

    It’s close to the end of the year. Also the end of year/season shopping. I am trying not to buy stuff that I don’t need it or something that I won’t end up using. Well, iPad Pro is an exception since I get to recontract to a lower priced plan. Although I am not sure how frequent I will use iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 11inch. Well, I shall see how things go…

    I’m thinking of buying forScore app for iPad for me to load my music scores. But not sure how frequent will I use. Guess it is good if I am going for string ensemble practices and stuff.

    I’m going to Busan and Seoul soon and hope that I only buy what I need and not what I think I need/want. Discipline, Sakura, discipline!


    Posted On: November 10th 2019 at 2:44 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Love, New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Technology

    I got myself a iPad Pro 11inch in 64GB yesterday. Well, I needed to recontract my phone plan at Singtel and I want to downgrade it. I can either go for a SIM-only plan or one of their new data intensive plans – XO series. I went for XO48 plan in the end and paid S$632 (including discounts) for the iPad Pro. I wanted to get the 256GB version in Space Grey but the last unit is reserved so I can’t get it. I have to go other stores in order to try to get it. I went to the third store (Singtel Bugis Junction) and the sales guy is much better than the first sales guy (at Singtel Comcentre). He actually helped me check if there are stocks for 256GB version in Singapore and apparently there aren’t any stocks for 256GB and 512GB in the whole of Singapore. Luckily there are still 64GB version at the store so I got that instead. The first guy lied to me and said it is no stocks even for 64GB for the entire Singapore. :glare: What a liar. He just want to do quick business and wants me to get something else instead. Boooo.

    I’m happy that I managed to get it in the end even though it is not the preferred storage option or the colour that I wanted (I got it in Silver).

    I’m even happier that my iPhone 8 Plus lasted for close to 2 years now and I don’t have to get another phone when I recontract.

    Also, cheaper mobile plans for the win!

    I’m thankful and lucky to have Chin Hau as my boyfriend. :happy: He encouraged me to go Bugis outlet to ask. We basically go from Singtel Comcentre at Somerset MRT to ION Orchard at Orchard MRT then to Bugis Junction at Bugis MRT. All for that iPad Pro. :oops:

    Our original plan of studying got foiled because of iPad Pro shopping. I didn’t expect Comcentre not to have any stocks and being so unhelpful.

    He is so patient with me and didn’t complained about not able to study. Lots of other things happened on the same day too – like not getting cash when I withdraw cash from ATM machine.


    Posted On: October 19th 2019 at 7:15 pm | 3 Comments
    Categories: Love, Personal life

    I’m having a chill Saturday today after going for a couple of appointments that I planned for in the morning. I even get to practise my violin before my dinner which is a really rare opportunity for a busy bee like me.

    Unfortunately, my Sunday is not going to be so chill. Somehow I got both badminton and violin class on the same day. I don’t have a car so I will be carrying both violin and racket, along with my change of clothes as well. A bit sad but oh well.

    I’m getting close to weekly badminton sessions since my boyfriend loves badminton and we both got new badminton rackets. Hehe, hopefully my skills will slowly improve under my boyfriend’s guidance (actually not much guidance…)


    Posted On: October 13th 2019 at 2:06 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants, Reviews

    I had my haircut yesterday at The Space Korean Hair Salon. Well, I am not going back to Dusol Beauty hair salon because my usual hairstylist, Mikhaela, is no longer working there. Not sure which hairstylist I can go for but I have been on a lookout for another hairstylist I can go for regularly.

    I tried Zinc Korean Hair Salon and somehow I didn’t like that I don’t get to choose my bangs style. The hairstylist, Rena, also cut my hair while it is wet. It gets a bit cold when that happens and I have to request her to blowdry it a little.

    So I opt for Jenny at The Space Korean Hair Salon and nope, I am not going back. My haircut wasn’t that bad but it is not worth S$48. She hardly do any layering. In fact, there was no layering until I requested her to cut my back hair shorter and with some layering. Oh well. Not going back there again…

    The salon is also quite crowded and I spent quite a bit of time waiting. In the end, the whole thing just took 45mins. Pretty fast for a haircut with wash and blow. It typically take at least 1 hour. Even while blowdrying my hair, the hairstylist were just talking and talking. My hair keeps flying towards my eyes and irritate my eyes so I have to close my eyes.

    Oh, the hairstylist is the one who is washing my hair which is quite odd. Usually you will get another person washing your hair and blowdrying your hir.

    Well, I didn’t have a good experience at The Space Korean Hair Salon. Cutting hair used to be relaxing with nice head massages and stuff but the experience at The Space Korean Hair Salon is so bad that you might as well go for your S$10 haircut instead. It’s simply too overrated.