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  • Posted On: April 26th 2020 at 5:50 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Korean related, Personal life, Rants, Work

    How is everyone doing? I have been staying at home other than to get food or groceries these days. Oh, I also managed to go for a short jog around my neighbourhood but that’s basically it.

    I also started doing HIIT exercises at home by watching some of the YouTube videos.

    I also finished watching Parasite movie last weekend and Partners for Justice 2 drama series this weekend. On the technical/professional front, I’m trying to take my Azure AZ-900 exam. Hopefully i can pass on my first try. I registered for it last week but due to some technical issues on my personal laptop, I have to re-schedule it. :sad:

    Working from home has an additional perk. It means I can focus on learning what I needed for work without much distraction from my colleagues. Haha, I can fully focused on it and apply what I learn directly at my daily work deliverables. I find myself more efficient and finishing more work at home. The down side? I feel like I end up working a lot more. Because you know, when work gets interesting and distraction-free, it means it’s harder to take a break. :stressed:

    Sadly, Circuit Breaker was supposed to end on 4 May but it has been recently extended to 1 June. In addition, bubble tea shops and hairdressers are not allowed to operate now. Fortunately, we can still buy bubble tea as some of the bubble tea shops have combined forces with restaurants to ensure that they can still sell bubble tea and food together to consumers.

    Sadly, no such collaborations for hairdressers so that means I will be forced to keep my long hair now. :blank:

    I can’t wait for this Circuit Breaker to end and for this COVID-19 madness to end soon.


    Posted On: January 5th 2020 at 12:54 am | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Drama series, Korean related

    I spent my day watching the entire Korean drama – My ID is Gangnam Beauty. It is a drama about a girl with low self esteem due to her ugly looks and bullying in middle school. She went to do plastic surgery before she attend college and hoped that with her good looks, she can become popular.

    Then she met the good looking boy she knew since middle school in her college. Turns out that boy actually noticed her since middle school. The story ended with them together.

    Okay, there are a lot more plot twist in them but it’s just a typical Korean drama kind of plot. A naturally pretty girl jealous of the beauty of the girl who went through plastic surgery due to her bad experiences with girls who went through plastic surgeries.

    The ending? A handsome male lead ended up with a pretty female lead.


    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: July 6th 2019 at 8:59 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Insights, Korean related, Personal life, Reviews, Shopping, Skin care

    I think I am going to blog about my skin care regime once a year. It is quite interesting how I have upgraded my skin care over the years too and how I have came back to the same kind of products – like how I started using Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum in 2014 and paused for a while before returning to it in late 2018/2019. Also how long I have been using Laneige White Dew Ampoule Essence (previously known as Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence) since 2014 and still using now. Oh, and not to forget my Clarins sunscreen which is my all-time favourite. I will use it when I get it at a discount.

    I probably wouldn’t realised until I look at my old blog posts. :smile: I have italics those that I have been using for a long time and will continue to use it.

    I have blog about it in my previous posts before:

    So here it goes…

    Day care

    1. Cleanser (I’m currently using Fancl Washing Powder)
    2. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX
    3. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing eye cream
    4. Innisfree Green Tea Serum or Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence
    5. Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream
    6. Roche Posay UVIDEA XL Aqua Fresh Gel SPF50 (I only bought one bottle and not going to buy now) or Clarins UV Plus Sunscreen (White version)
    7. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX or Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion or NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation (I don’t recommend this though. Not something that I will buy again.)
    8. Orbis Sunscreen Powder or Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder Sunscreen

    Night care

    1. Makeup remover
    2. Cleanser (I’m currently using Fancl Washing Powder)
    3. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX
    4. Any masks that I happened to buy (which is a huge range so I’m not going to list them here)
    5. Muji Light Toning Water High Moisture
    6. Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing eye cream
    7. Laneige White Dew Ampoule Essence
    8. Innisfree Green Tea Serum or Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence

    Damage*: S$1072

    *I’m following the prices I found online and not the ones that I actually paid for. I always do my due diligence when it comes to buying the products and where+when to buy them. So what I paid for might be significantly lesser…I also excluded the prices of my face masks since I have been using samples now and sometimes some face masks from Innisfree.

    Seems like my damage to my wallet has increased over the years. Well, my Sulwhasoo products aren’t cheap so oh well… Most of my skin care products are stuff that I have been using for a long time too…


    Posted On: November 9th 2018 at 5:00 pm | 2 Comments
    Categories: Korean related, Overseas, Rants

    Yay! I’m back in Singapore now. Well, technically at the point of starting to type this blog post, I am still on plane… about 25 mins to landing in Singapore.

    I took Korean Air to Seoul this time round and gosh, I won’t make the same mistake again. Firstly, Korean Air got 3 out of 4 wheels damaged (the rubber part of the wheels) fall off. I realised it is significantly harder to drag the luggage around. But with all the stress from travelling and exploring the city alone (because my travel buddy wants to split up on our first few days), I only realised my 4th wheel has cracked. The rubber part looks like it is about to fall off as well. :cry: That was when I realised my luggage is badly damaged.

    I was trying to find out how I can make a claim while trying to find out what replacement luggage I can get given that I have to change the hotel in 2 days.

    In the end, I got myself a new Travel Mate luggage. Well, some brand that is unknown to me until I started googling on where I can buy affordable luggage in Seoul. I got it the day before I changed hotel and gosh, it was a right choice because I have to push it around in order to change hotel. It makes pushing luggage so much easier now. The downside? It’s expensive to get a new luggage in a foreign land, especially when TANGS Singapore is running a promotion on American Tourister luggages for approximately S$150. :sad:

    With the help of the reception at my current hotel, I managed to call Korean Air and got the damaged baggage claim form. They got back to me and said will replace a new luggage for me (ah! If you only I found out earlier!)… Sadly, I already got a new luggage and requested for cash reimbursement instead. In the end, they said since I do not have the original copy of the receipt of my luggage (okay, now I know I need to keep the receipt of my luggage when I travel), they can only allow me to claim up to KRW100,000. That’s less than 50% of the luggage but it is still better than nothing. Here’s the twist. I need to collect it from baggage claim office before 9pm and by the time I found the counter, it is 910pm. :cry: So I didn’t manage to get it in the end and was advised by the Korean Air lady to contact the email and try to get it from Singapore office. Sigh, now I wonder how long this Korean Air drama will continue. I may not be able to get my reimbursement in the end.

    The second part of the Korean Air drama is that I have to pay for additional baggage fees since they do not allow me to combine the weight limit along with my friend. The counter lady advised me to take out some stuff from the luggage so I have to last minute open my luggage to take out some stuff from my luggage and put it a check in bag which I always carry around. Oh, that is on top of another check in bag that I have. :sigh: I miss Singapore Airlines at that point of time because I will have a larger baggage limit, I can check in more than 2 bags and lastly, I can combine the baggage limit with my friend.

    The third part of the drama is when we have a delay of 1 hr and the pilots rushed through the flight and complete it within 5hrs. Most flights between Singapore and South Korea takes a minimum of 6 to 6.5 hrs. It is not safe to fly over the sea if there is an alternative to fly across land. Furthermore, we are flying across South China Sea (the disputed sea region). So my entire flight is mostly over the sea to save time. Despite a delay in boarding of 1 hr, because the pilots went for the faster but unusual route, the entire journey took 5 hrs. Luckily I landed safely and is back home safe and sound.