Went to Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia last weekend for friend’s wedding
Lumix LX3, Aperture-priority mode, Dynamic B/W, f/2.
Went to Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Island, Indonesia last weekend for friend’s wedding
Lumix LX3, Aperture-priority mode, Dynamic B/W, f/2.
Grad studies at NTU has been really tiring, and at first it really made me losing my appetite in skincare and makeup No haul, no nothing. Plain makeup everyday. The fact that my PayPal is not verified until now (ever since I move to Singapore) is not helping too. But slowly my desire for shimmer and glow is back, so I hope I can still write reviews from time to time. Even though I still have a LOT of journals and reading materials to catch up upon!
I’m writing a review for Cleansing Oil for publication next week…but in the mean time…do you know I love to take pictures? No, not pictures of me and my fugly face. I love photography, but am not a professional one. Just a casual snapper. I don’t have a big, intimidating dSLR cam, instead I feel that my skill is still lacking so I pick Lumix LX3 as my go-to digital cam. And I love it!
Last summer, just before the school starts, I went to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam just to see new things. Here is one of a picture that I took.
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Saigon, Vietnam.
Lumix LX3, Aperture Priority mode, f/2, hand-held.
*This photograph is cross-posted on my flickr page.
Owhkay…so my last post was about 2 months ago. Sorry about that. What’s been going on?
First, at the beginning of this year actually, I’ve been applying for a Master degree…in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. After the application, sending of supporting documents and letter of recommendation from my bosses in Ericsson, and a very thrilling test, in late May 2010 the result was out and I was accepted. Next step, I resigned from Ericsson Indonesia and handed over my work to my substitute.
It’s a difficult decision and I wasn’t sure of it, but here I am, trying to resettling myself in Singapore. I came here last week not as a tourist anymore, but on a Student Pass. I’ve found a beautiful condo room near the campus, hope I can do well here.
Other than that, for the last 2 months, I’ve been to Singapore, Malaysia, and China as part of my summer holiday. As such, I’m now tanned, and very lagged behind in my reviews. I already have lots of drafts written down, hopefully I can continue with my reviews soon.
See you soon!
Yes, this blog has been somewhat neglected. I’ve been kinda busy and not in the mood, then somewhere last week I flown out to Singapore. No agenda in particular, just hanging out.
This is my haul so far. Not much, I’m on yet another self-imposed shopping ban It’s because there’s a strong probability that I have to move out of my apartment in a couple of months. Not sure how I’m gonna take all those hundreds of palettes with me!
There goes another all drugstore haul Gonna update later. I’ll be back to Indonesia in the middle of next week.
Awfully late. I know! Hahaha. Here’s the 2nd part of the recap of my previous Singapore Trip.
I was kicked awake by bf to grab Highlander Coffee, he said it was the best coffee you can get at Singapore. But lo and behold! We took a bus journey from our hotel at Novena (I stayed at Value Hotel Thomson, btw. Cheap and good!), only to find that Highlander was closed that very Saturday for internal reason
So…we took yet another bus to hit our next destination: Maxwell Food Center. But as the result of a non-caffeine morning…we took the wrong bus! Hopped out on the first stop we see, we opened a tourist map we got on a tourist center in Orchard the day before, and head to Chinatown…on foot LOL
We arrived at Maxwell Food Center at 12.00p.m. Just in time for lunch! We scanned the food court for our target: Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. I read this place from Jenz. Didn’t take long to find it; it was the stall with the longest queue! Took us an whopping hour to sit and face our chicken rice SGD2.80 for the small portion, and SGD3.00 for the bigger one, not bad! We also ordered vegetable in oyster sauce, SGD3.00.
And yep! It was good. People praise the rice, but my mom can make rice as fragrant and tasty as that. What I like is the chicken, very tender The bokchoy vegetable was good too. And did I say that all the food are rather oily for my taste? Oil equals goodness, my friends
After that we didn’t have any particular destination, but just in front of Maxwell Food Center, there’s this impressive Buddha temple. We read the sign and found out that it’s a tourist attraction too, being a temple and a museum, so we stepped in inside.
Google up the temple name and you’ll find very impressive shots of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum We spent quite some hours in there.
I read a lot of Buddhism-related stories when I was young, even though I’m not a Buddhist. And I revisited a lot of them in the museum
Before we left, we stroll around their garden first. Plenty of pretty orchids! I did some silly poses, too.
Holy cow! Look at those craters. I was just applying powder with SPF to replenish my sun protection, but the Singapore heat immediately made it crack, I guess. Note the drippy hair too. Eww! This was just a week from my Bali Trip, so the tan was still visible
There was some time to kill before we met with friends, so we proceed down to People’s Park, bought Wall’s Coffee Ice Cream from a street vendor (SGD1 for a big chunk of ice cream!), which unluckily stained my silk shirt. More ewww! Thank God the dry cleaner here in Jakarta was able to take that out.
We took MRT to our next destination, Clarke Quay. It’s still afternoon so we walk around and eventually sit on the Singapore River bank and lounging while playing some games from my rusty-but-not-so-trusty iPhone, until it was time to have dinner with dear Maria (or pink^koala on FD ).
I really have to apologize here. No pictures with Maria n her fiancee, Fredy because all pics taken was blurry! We had dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf because my bf’s boss said that they have a great fish n chips, but my sea bass was not that great. Fishy Amis, that’s the Indonesian word I think Fish & Co offers (much) better fish n chips! However, I had great time with Maria and Fredy. We talked from skincare to makeup (the boys only stared at the girls to this points) to life in Singapore to our works. All four of us graduated from Computer Science, and subsequently work in IT companies, so there are lots to talk about!
At 9p.m, Maria n Fredy went home and me/bf went upto City Hall area to do some touristry exploration
Please, ignore my slick looking face. When the night approached, I have no reason to apply more SPF powder, so I just leave it as it is. The humidity really took a toll on my face, giving it a ‘real life Gaussian blur’, my bf told me
And there it goes: the signature tourist spot! I’ve come to Singapore, finally! The pretty round light behind me and Merlion is the Singapore Flyer. I haven’t had the chance to ride on it, but I want to Next time, hopefully!
With the stupid drunken pose, with the grand Fullerton Hotel un the background. Should have taken the pic of Fullerton with all its shimmering glory; as I obviously can’t afford to rent a room there!
And thus endeth my second day. Nice day, indeed!
Hehe I guess this is not a post worth waiting in this blog….plus it’s been almost two months since the trip; but anyway I thought I’ll post them up just as a personal notes.
I went to Bali on August 8, 2009 as a company outing program. Division, to be correct. There’s more than a hundred people participating. I was really reluctant to join it. Consider me as an acute anti-social being, please. I hate gaths. I hate outings. I love to hang out with closest friends and families only.
But the outing committee was consisted of several of my friends. And they were really persistent and kept on pestering me daily….in the end I succumbed.
I was scheduled to depart at morning from Jakarta with Lion Air, but there was major hiccup with the infamous new Boeing 737-900ER so the flight was delayed for a couple of hours and I had to wait for a substitute plane. Not a biggie for me. I’m quite patient when it comes to such thing
I’m not so patient when it comes to flying though. I’m too afraid of it Much like PW, I enjoy the view but am dishearted by the fact that I’m flying up above
See? Aren’t the clouds pretty?
This is shot by a friend in another plane though. He flew with AirAsia. His pictures with a Canon SLR are so much better than ones taken with my old iPhone 2G Look at the blue sky! I’m so relieved to see such a clear, blue sky (instead of the grey-ish, polluted sky in Jakarta). Then I’m disheartened again to find that this sky is several thousands feet from the ground. Plus the fact that the plane I was riding actually emits green house gasses
And the next second I thought the plane had gone to Antartica. I see tons of ice!
Then I realized that I’m several thousands of feet from the ground. And I was disheartened again.
I arrived safely at one peaceful afternoon in Bali. The bus picked the group and fetched us to Erlangga for a little shopping. Then straight to Jimbaran for dinner. We sang and dance until around 10, then the bus took us to the hotel.
Now I was thinking that Aston Bali should be a 4-star hotel with nice rooms and services. Well, the room was nice, indeed. But the service at Aston Bali was less than acceptable.
First of all, they double-booked some of the room. My room was booked to someone else in the group too, so I had to wait until they sort it out. Took them an hour or so to give me a room! Mind you, all rooms had been booked by our committee days before. Why would Aston made such mistake?
I was already tired when I got into my room and found out that they didn’t put on any towels. Oh, wow. I called the room service twice because it took them sooo long just to provide me with a couple of towels.
The towels were handed to me about an hour or so later. At 1 in the morning. What the heck, Aston?
Thus my first day was ruined. Sort of.
The next morning we all went to Tanjung Benoa for water sports and games.
See me? Still pale. It was about to change in a couple of hours.
Anyway, I hate games so I didn’t participate. It was the time of the month so I didn’t do any water sports. So I was lazying around the beach, chatted with friends in between their water sports session, and helped keeping their possessions safe when they were doing their thing.
More like helped burying their possessions under the sands, actually
Don’t you think I need a slimmer set of legs? And arms, apparently. Damn those fats. I gained 5kgs after 2 years ot working.
Anyway, people lamented on how hot and bright the day was, but for me the weather was perfect. It was bright and sunny, and wind was blowing, making it really comfy to sunbathe. And I did sunbathe, just like a special cute being I found on the beach.
Hmm….he does look like enjoying every bit of the weather, doesn’t he?
I didn’t get burned at all though. Friends kept on calling to remind me not to get burned under the sun.We had lunch together at the beach hut, it was from Padang Sederhana, and it was delightful.
Here are some of us, posing after lunch. I think I have gotten a bit of color
The horror started hours after that. I thought it was my usual gastric problem, but then it really hurt, and then I was throwing up badly. Then I know for sure I was poisoned. By the delightful Padang Sederhana.
Luckily, my father equipped me with some important drugs. Being a a little bit of med-freak family, I knew what drugs I had to combine to fight the bacteria. Then I laid down for a couple of hours, felt better, and get ready for the dinner party.
As good as it may felt, the bacterias still reigned and I couldn’t eat anything besides the soup before I ran to the toilet and threw up again. Whew! I took more med, called a cab and go back to hotel. My committee friends already rushed some other victims back to hotel earlier, and when I was in the cab I was called by a friend who informed me around 20 people had collapsed and apparently a doctor was already called. Geez!
I spent the night helping my committee friends looking after the sick ones. Consider me lucky, due to the proper med I was taking earlier, my condition was much better compared to the collapsed ones. Some of them got fever due to the infection, even.
Thus my second day was ruined. WTH, Padang Sederhana?
Third day, I was supposed to check out at around 9a.m. and went shopping at Sukowati. No chance, we were busy checking up on other (sick) participants, some of them were still beaten. After much waiting and debating, it was decided that the ‘healthy group’ would carry on the shopping activity, while the sick ones would rest at hotel and took taxi to airport later in the day.
Unfortunately, apparently the bus was filled with….careless ladies. They insisted to shop at Khrisna, again. Despite the fact that the schedule was already very tight. And then they shopped, and ran late, and insisted that the airline already informed them that flight would be delayed. Go figure.
Worse, the team leader was stupid enough to gather our plane ticket. I thought that she wanted to queue for us, but would still walk together but I was wrong. She walked in to the check in counter with our tickets, and left us behind. WTF? FYI, in Indonesia, you can’t get to the check in counter if you don’t have a ticket. And the leader left us with baggage outside the check in area.
After much talking with the security, one of us were allowed to go in. She came back with some boarding passes, but not all haven’t been checked in. The leader haven’t checked me in because my ticket was an online ticket, she needed to checked it in a different counter. WTH…..I shouldn’t have given my ticket to her!
And to make matter worse, last boarding calls were heard on the speaker. And I wasn’t even checked in. Delayed flight my ass!
I queued (thank God I didn’t have to checked in any baggage), ran to the gate, and managed to get into the plane at the last minute.
Thus my third day was ruined.
I swear I’ll never join any company/division outing in the future. It was disastrous, it was filled with too many people (esp. girls) who love to run late, yet couldn’t even figure out what Gate should she run to after seeing a boarding pass. Not a good combo.
It was a waste of money. I could have used the money to fund my first Singapore Trip which happened in the following week.
Honeymoon’s over, kids. No more pale faces for you today
I usually despise my tan, practically because I don’t usually tan the right way. Usually the process is stopped at the middle, so I’m left with sallow, yellow skin. But on my last trip, it manages to look decently sunkissed
When we’re talking about summer, beach makeup light makeup will come into my mind. Here I’m wearing Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer. My post acne marks are showing defiantly, but I really love the light, glowy look it provides And I’m really proud that even when the photo is maximized, my pores look smooth! Stila complexion products does its job, then. Because in real life my pores are crater-like.
As a bonus, the TM and powder still sinks in, despite the fact that I was pale when I start my holiday, and then turned 3 shades darker the next day.
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer in Fair.
Stila Loose Powder in Fair (The old formula, the one in salt-shaker bottle. Already d/c-ed).
Stila Lotus Bloom Palette.
Stila Brow Set in Medium.
The Body Shop Cheek Colour #1.
No eyeliner/sorry. I know MUFE Aqua Eyes are very waterproof, but under the heat/humidity, plus my terribly oily lids, I didn’t dare to test it out. And sorry bout the naked lips. It cracked like hell
The problem is the tan has been fading slowly, leaving me….sallow That’s why I was not so pale in the Singapore haul pics. I’m currently around NC20-25.
And as usual, my neck refuses to turn color dramatically. It seems that it just darkens a bit. I didn’t bring any bronzer, so no way to fake that out.
*Yeah…tanning just go against good sun protection. UVA damage, for goodness sake. But the sun and weather was really nice. So I thought I’ll have a once-in-a-while sunbathing activity.
Time for short wrap up of my recent trips!
I arrived in Singapore on Thusday, August 13, 2009 night. So nothing left to do, except for crashing at hotel bed haha. The very next day, I decided that it’s an Orchard day I can tell you I was like a kid in the playground! Goodness how I envy Singaporean. They have lots of brands to choose from at their local counter! From Olay to Neutrogena. Cetaphil. Nuxe to Lierac. La Roche Posay. Avene. Eucerit. SANA to Majolica Majorca. Canmake. Fasio. Fancl. Cle de Peau. To standbys like MAC, Stila, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior. Wide selection indeed, for someone who live in Indonesia!
In the end I have these at my hand
Not that many, eh? I went tad too ecstatic at Watsons Ngee Ann My bf was not helping at all. He took a leave from his office, accompany me and held the shoppping basket and every time I scrutinize an item, he would offer the basket But in the end I didn’t took too many. The feeling of bankruptcy suddenly crept in before I paid the whole lot
It’s already combined with the 3-kg-Stila-box. So why it doesn’t look like several kg worth of Stila?
Well….simply because the star of the haul is kinda heavy The lavender Stila traincase on the right is around 1.5kg ^^;
My bf took the pic, and then sent it with the file name ‘Stila Haul’, hehehe. Particularly when he snapped this pic, he saw that it was a Stila sea.
So happy I can get my hands on the traincase! It’s a Malaysian ‘LE’, exclusive to Stila Girlfriends More detailed breakdown of the haul later!
My bf can’t accompany me to watch it in Jakarta, so we had to watch it there. I don’t really like the Cineleisure Orchard, I think Jakarta’s XXI Cineplex is just as comfortable (if not better), and is much cheaper (esp. because I have a BCA credit card, so 50% off )
Anyway, it’s a great, well executed movie. Very touching too. As expected from Disney Pixar
Landed at Singapore’s Budget Terminal like I did?
If you’re a cosmetic junkie you may wonder, what brands are available at BT’s DFS? Well, of course the collection is not as vast as Changi DFS, but there are few staple brands in BT DFS.
I may get some things wrong, but to my memory, you can get Estee Lauder, Clinique, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and La Prairie there. I think I saw Chanel everywhere both in Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport and in Singapore, but I’m not sure now if it’s available in BT DFS.
Hope the info helps! Sorry I can’t give you info on the fragrances available, since I’m not a fragrance addict myself
*Images courtesy of singaporedailyphoto and Binder.donedat.