Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas 2013

There are many things that money can buy, but the most important and essential things in life can never be bought. Feeling thankful and blessed.

Everything in my life in on point, and while I've had rough patches earlier this year.. alls well, ends well. Time will indeed bring to light everything. 

My bond now with the people who I love and care for is stronger than ever, and I say this with great happiness. 

Not everyone is genuinely happy with life and appreciates all that is being offered in life, and that is quite a shame. For we will only be at this place and in this lifetime once, so why not fill your mind with positive and encouraging thoughts instead.

"One who speaks ill of others to you, will speak ill of you."

I can't change the past, but what I do in the present and future is still within my control.

Thank you (all) for your kind wishes and gifts this year..

I have 3 Acca Kappa brushes, and this Protection brush is my 4th! They all have different purposes and I really love them. There is one more on my wishlist before my collection is complete!

ZARA travel wallet, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb and Kerastase Hair Masque. All of which I love and are things I would actually use regularly.

A week late, but wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and an awesome (upcoming) new year!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013 >> 2014

This year, I've learnt so much about myself and also many lessons in life.

The only thing constant in life is change, and it is inevitable.

Patience has never been one of my strongest points; what I understood or grasped quickly, I also expected others to do so. However in life, expectations only lead to frustration and ultimately disappointment or a disagreement. I used to think people would treat me the same way I treated them, but that is also a form of expectation. And to people who did not treat me too kindly, I would return the favor. That never made me happy, treating people the way they treated me.. so I've decided to just live my life the kind way.

There was a point in my life when I was non-chalant, light-hearted.. even when facing a difficult friend, but along the way the positive energy disappeared, and it turned mean and so filled with negative energy. It had been going on for years, but I only wrote about it months ago, and I'm happy to say that I'm back to my old "see-the-best-in-people" self.

Everyone has their insecurities, battling their own demons.. what they do and how they treat me isn't necessarily a reflection of how I treat them. It is merely their own perception of things and not of the person in essence.

I've rekindled really old friendships, one whom I've come to know has been holding back a great deal of regret and pain from things they had done years ago. Even when the rest of the world have moved on, if you never forgive yourself.. you will never be happy with what you are/have now. I used to find this friend so insensitive and overly-critical of everything and everyone but in hindsight, it was actually a ruse to cover their own insecurities. I was so surprised to find the tone of sarcasm and rudeness all gone, and replaced with kind words. People really do change, even the ones you thought would never.

I have learnt to pay attention to what people do and how they act; instead of what they say or tell me. Less lip service, more action please. Also, what people think of me, is none of my business. Everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and opinions.

I do have a confession to make, which has been bugging me for the past year or so..
Dear XXX, what I (or rather, we) did those many years ago still traumatizes you a little until today, and you never knew it was us. I am unable to apologize without complicating the other person involved but if you've already received an apology from that end, I would like to extend mine here. Do not mistaken my inability to apologize in person for cowardice. It happened so long ago, plus given today's circumstances.. there is no reason to bring it up. Just me clearing a guilty conscience.

I will be starting 2014 on a fresh slate, one filled with kindness (or so I hope!) and loving thoughts.

Work wise, it has been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences.. I was thrown into the deep end of the pool, left to find my own way out, and I am glad to say that things are going excellent for me. I'll just say that this Christmas, I have been given theeeee bestttttt present.

Could not have asked for a better year, I've did most of what I set out to do for 2013, read more, spend less.. I was not able to do any service work this year but I would like to make time for that in 2014.

Hopefully everyone did their best in 2013, and let's make 2014 even better!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Empties: November 2013

It's the time of the month again.. and just 30 more days till 2014 arrives!! 

1. Melvita Young Skin Facial Scrub, 100ml I quite like the scent of this scrub, it isn't harsh and I could still feel a difference in my skin after rinsing it off. Not bad, but I prefer the Clarins scrub still.
2. L'Occitane Volumizing Shampoo, 500ml I have neither fine nor normal hair, if anything my hair is thick and my roots get a little flat as my scalp is a little oily. However, this works great and though it doesnt leave my hair silky smooth, it does give my hair some volume and is soft. Definitely repurchasing the refill.
3. sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser, 200ml
4. Clarins Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum, 30ml
5. SK-II Advanced Eye treatment Film, 15ml
6. Clarins UV Plus HP Tinted Beige SPF40 Sunscreen, 10ml I LOVE this sunscreen, during the weekends when I am not using my BB cream I usually just put this on for light coverage. It evens out any redness I have and even covers my light acne scars. Definitely repurchasing.

7. Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, 100ml
8. sukin Natural Deodorant, 125ml
9. L'Occitane Magnolia & Mure Shower Gel, 175ml The scent was a tad strong, so I used it as a handwash instead.
10. Melvita Apicosma Extra-rich hand cream, 30ml

Total January - November: 241!!!Previous Empties:
September (Part IPart II)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mama!

To my dearest Mama, thank you for everything.. 

Celebrated with a sumptuous dinner at Jake's Charbroiled Steaks (Medan Damansara), and back home for some cake.

My sister and I had prepared a gift and though it was her birthday, my Mama actually had gifts for all of us as well.

Christmas came early!

Happy Birthday, Mama.. I used to cause you much heartache when I was younger- being so "rebellious" and refusing to do so just because I am told to (though I still am, but way less resistant). I understand in the recent years that you do and say things for us out of concern and love, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing me to this world.

I love you!!