Tuesday, December 6

Wish it was turnt up Tuesdays

Hey guys, I've just returned from a long day of classes. Ugh, I'm so tired and hungry but here I am sat in front of my mac... stressed out about work. Over the last few months, I have had the 'why did I decide to take on a master's degree' train of thought but (obvs) I always manage to clear my head. Honestly, I suck at dealing with stress and my shitty anxiety issues don't help. OH! And my three-year anniversary with the boyfriend is tomorrow! I should really be chilled out and look forward to having a nice day tomorrow but no, my stupid ass has (have? what? I don't know how to English anymore) to stress about work now *rolls eyes*. I'm trying to stay on top of the workload but ugh, I'm just over-thinking everything.

Well anyways... I recently wrote an article for Zalora and I would love for you guys to give it a visit and if you have the time - tell me what you think. It's nice having a break away from focusing on my master's work and the blog so I think I'm gonna try to keep contributing to their site. Fingers crossed! Oh did I mention that I have a non-existing social life? To think that I'm about to turn 22 in a week...

And because it's my birthday soon, my mom has been super nice/gracious and said that I could pick out 22 gifts for my birthday. I repeat, TWENTY-TWO gifts. She's the best ! But I have no idea what I want to get for myself so... Isn't it funny that when you're given the capacity to buy anything you want you suddenly run out of ideas? Hmm, I just really want a good night's sleep and maybe some great seafood. God I sound old.

*breathes* That's it for today guys, I need to go cook myself some food. Trying to decide between spaghetti bolognese or foo young eggs with rice... decisions, decisions. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 27

A Third Culture Kid

It's early Sunday evening and I come across a Guardian article that talks about an identity, something called third culture kids (it's a very good read btw). Well basically for those of you who have never come across this term, it refers to any individual who is raised in a culture other than their parents' (or the culture of the country given on the individual's passport - where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years. A quick google search led me to this Buzzfeed article and this article by the Telegraph. By the end of reading these three articles, I actually felt a sense of... belonging? I mean, finally! Someone has articulated it perfectly how I feel most of the time.


For starters, it drives me insane whenever people ask me where I'm from... or what ethnicity I am... or how I got my accent. Cause how do I explain my story to them?

For the longest time, I thought to myself that maybe I'm just a bit too impatient because I would give people rather short answers or simple white lies that would not require further explanations. But no. I'm glad to know that it's something that a lot of other third culture kids experience. Every now and then, I get people who gets super puzzled when I say home is Hong Kong for me. Usually, questions like "but you're from Malaysia" or "does that mean you're from Hong Kong?" or worse, "how come you don't have a Chinese accent?" ensues.


It gets a little hard sometimes. Especially when you're homesick or when you're missing your best friends who's several thousand miles away. Distance is always the killer, isn't it? Maybe that's why I'm glued to my phone - whether I'm texting my family in Asia or my best friends in Australia and America... It all feels a little too much sometimes when all you want is for something to be constant for once. Oh I'm not complaining about all the opportunities or adventures that I've had, I'm simply describing some of the things third culture kids have to cope with. Not everything glimmers hmm.


I don't know why I decided to write this post but maybe it has something to do with missing my friends and feeling a tad bit lonely. Life gets super hectic and passes by too quickly. How on earth is it nearly December? I will be turning 22 soon! Everything's a little crazy. Oh and you guys have been so supportive in my last post. Even when I just came back from a blogging break... you guys are the best!


A third culture kid,
X

Wednesday, November 23

What I'm currently listening to on repeat

It may come to a surprise to some of you guys but I'm actually heavily into electronic music. I am so itching to attend something but I can't seem to find the time for it. Oh well, Spotify it is. Right now, Maduk is definitely killing it for me. The set below is insanely good. I would recommend giving it a listen during your workout/walk cause this will pump you right up.

Side note: I have been so busy today that I forgot to eat. It's currently 4:55pm and I'm just making my first meal - I can almost hear my mom giving me a lengthy speech. 

Genre: Liquid drum & bass
Enjoy!



Monday, October 10

10/10

I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but I'm glad I took a break from blogging. I have since managed to accomplish all that I've wanted so far. I'm so proud of myself for getting a first for my dissertation and will be graduating with a first class degree this November! Right now, I'm three-four weeks in to my MA in International Fashion Journalism at MMU. I've also moved from good old Borington/Warrington to Manchester.. couldn't be happier with where I'm living right now. And yes, I'm still dating Thomas.

Ever since I've started my MA, I've been thinking about my blog... what I've done with it and have been considering about what's next. This is me telling myself that yes I would like to start blogging more often again but I have to be honest here and say that I have had a lot of personal image/health issues that have kind of restricted the whole direction of my blog. I'm generally a lot more critical about the way I look and it hasn't been nice. I hope that blogging about it will help me because it used to and I miss being a little less bleak about life. So hey, HI EVERYONE AGAIN! I've missed this space.

Saturday, March 12

March updates


I'm once again caught up in an endless cycle of essay + dissertation writing. Ugh, just a bit more to go. I'll be free after April. Yes, I'm just trying to convince myself that everything's gonna be okay. I've started to lose appetite, which is bad for me cause my relationship with food isn't that great to begin with so I'm trying really hard to... keep eating. It doesn't help that I'm stressed and super busy with work but ugh.

The weather's been horrible, again. On the plus side, I've had two really relaxing days doing absolutely nothing. My brain needed the break tbh.

Also, I'm currently fangirl-ing so hard on Channing Tatum. I knew he could dance cause I've watched Step Up but good-fucking-lord could he dance in Magic Mike/Magic Mike XXL. Excuse my language but Channing... damn. (And this is where the boyf rolls his eyes at me and laughs haha)

I'm going to Fristi's early birthday dinner tomorrow at Sapporo in Manchester and I really don't know what to wear. The weather is pissing me off y'know? I don't want to walk around with a gigantic coat anymore... Spring, please arrive ASAP. Oh and I made Fristi a card! And I also bought her a gift :)




UNIF Best Fiends necklace for me and the bestie ❤️

Friday, February 19

Fourteen/Two

It surprised me just how confident I felt after I *flawlessly* put my makeup on the other day Valentine's. Me and the boyf went to early dinner at Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn in NQ and we watched - you guessed it - Deadpool. So prior to the movie, Tom said he wasn't expecting much from it but he was amazed at how funny Ryan Reynolds was throughout the entire movie.

All in all, it was a great day.


Oh, I got this top from Zara during New Year's sale.

Sunday, February 14

Aloe there!

I'm trying to be healthier because I have a lot of self-image issues. I'm the type of person that cries over my old skirt that fits too snugged now. I'm the type of person that gets upset because I'm scared of gaining weight. So I'm trying to work out once a week by watching/following Fitness Blender on Youtube and they're so great. I love that my body aches the next day because of it. My emphasis however, is to maintain a healthier diet.

Shoutout to Simplee Aloe for sending me some aloe vera drinks/helping me be a little bit healthier!

I got to taste test two flavours and I have to say that my favorite is the definitely the Apple & Mango. 


Simplee Aloe drinks are now stocked in Asda, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Amazon, Whole Foods and others.
Some info on the drink: Each 330ml bottle - pictured - contains 35% pure aloe vera! They are also 100% natural with no extra preservatives or additives :)

I'm really happy that I got to try these out because I love aloe vera drinks + plants. My grandma used to make them as a soup-y dessert for me whenever I got a little overheated on the inside. Besides, aloe vera is great for the skin. It will work amazingly for a sunburnt (applied on the skin of course) but otherwise when consumed, it keeps your skin looking good - especially when it's still so darn cold outside.


Taste review
Apple & Mango: Silky but just sweet enough. Taste like apple juice but with just a little hint of mango.

Grape & Lemon: Tastes almost like those sourz sweets we all used to eat as a kid but this makes you feel oh-so-fresh. It'll be perfect serving as a wake-up drink. 


Forgive me, cause I couldn't help myself with the pun. It just had me at aloe 
Here, have a gif instead.

Wednesday, February 10

Fear of missing out / Day in Manchester

I'm whiny and depressed when I don't have anything particular planned - the boyf will confirm this as he deals with my shit all the time. And along with that, I have FOMO.


I'm a city girl. You know what happens when a city person lives somewhere that's not a city? They get bored and depressed. I mean, at least I do. I'm always saying to Tom how I think I'm missing out  because I live in a place where nothing happens. I'm such a fast-paced, impatient person it's actually ridiculous. Thank god Tom puts up with me LOL.

So how do I attempt to beat FOMO? By finding events to attend of course! Be it a concert, a talk or an art exhibition. Funny enough, I actually found something rather useful to attend a couple of days ago through EventbriteMost events on there are free so go have a look if you're bored - like me. Eventbrite also offers some great tools to help you plan and manage events of your own. 

Anyways, I attended a talent day for students in Manchester Town Hall - an event I found through Evenbrite! How neat right? Oh I also took my new Nikon D3300 out for a spin! We had an amazing day eating Thai food, buying groceries in Chinatown and we bought bubble tea before we headed home. All in all, it was a great day.


Off to paint my nails now  and possibly binge-watch Bates Motel - I am so hooked! Hello Norma, hey Norman... and of course, hey there Dylan.

Saturday, February 6

Unicorn, unicorn & more unicorns

Morning everyone.
So I was just going about my morning routine of *slowly* waking up by scrolling through my social media newsfeed and guess what guys. Apparently there are now UNICORN LIGHT UP SLIPPERS! I mean, unicorn slippers are mega cute anyways but... now there are some that light up too?? OH MY GOD. So yeah, I googled them and they did not disappoint. Here, let's all drool over how freaking cute they are.

I found these on smokonow.com and they're available for pre-order! I think this would be the best Valentine's gift for anyone. Ever. It's just so fluffy and cuuuuuute. 

Tell me it doesn't make you happy looking at it. Now imagine wearing em. Ugh. Too cute. Oh and you know what goes well with it? ALL THESE OTHER UNICORN ITEMS. Yes. Yes. Yes. Please? I'm so sorry for the unicorn spam but I honestly woke up being a little obsessed. I've been sat here with my second cup of coffee, googling unicorn themed items and thought I would share it with you guys - so that I can spread the unicorn rainbow love.

1 - Despicable Me 2 Plush Buddies found here on Amazon.
2 - Skinnydip Unicorn Purse found here on Asos.
3 - Unicorn onesie from Kigu, found here.

Have a good weekend guys!

Tuesday, February 2

Pangaea

*cues Adele* Hello, it's me...

I said I'd be back didn't I?!

Well... over the weekend me, the boyf, Fristi, Nath and Winterburn attended Pangaea Level 10 in the University of Manchester. Honestly, it was a lot of fun! It was really cool that everyone was in costumes. The theme was retro video games and yes, you guessed it. We, along with about a few thousand others, went as Mario & friends! The boys all went as Marios, Fristi went as Princess Daisy and me as Princess Peach - again but sans fake blonde hair this time.



We got the Mario costumes from Afflecks in NQ, Manchester. Meanwhile, me and Fristi sourced ours from Primark and the kids' section of H&M. Where else would you find cute tutus? Oh there was about 18 tents in Pangaea but we only managed to visit 3. We really just stayed in Academy One the whole night through. It was still good fun though!




♥ ❤ ♥ ❤ ♥ ❤

Update: I just bought a brand new Nikon D3300! YAY!

Wednesday, January 27

Remember me?

*stares at all the dust on my blog*

So here's an update: I'M SLOWLY GETTING BACK ON TRACK... There's so much for me to do and not enough time for me to complete everything but I really miss blogging. I really want to get back into the habit of blogging lots. So for starters, I've updated some stuff in here! I recently mastered the art of making gifs on photoshop so - as you can see by now - I made two for this little page.


I've been hanging out with Fristi a lot recently. We go on food and shopping adventures in Manchester so I'm pretty happy mostly. Oh and guess what! Facebook reminded us that we've been friends for 5 years now! Honestly I still can't get over the fact that its 2016. I know I'm like a month late in terms of expressing my shock/surprise at how fast time has passed. But really, where has all my time gone? Ugh. Can someone please add a few more hours to the day?


Photos taken in Northern Quarter.

In terms of stress.. my stress levels are still pretty damn high. I've got a buttload of work to do and in between worrying about my future/doing house chores/obsessively playing games on my phone.. I really don't have much time to spare LOL. So here's me talking to myself: I know it's gonna be hard to start writing as much as I did in the past but do it anyways because you've been wanting this for a long time. A little bit goes a long way. And remember to breathe please.


Here's a picture of my nails & rings!

French tips are OPI Dark Side of the Mood.
Signing off x