Hi guys, how has your September been going so far? This habit of posting late favorites + read list has been going on for a while, and I apologize but they’re well worth the read! I’ve had such a crazy, crazy month and that might be reflected in my favorites and reads since I spent a lot of time either at work or chilling at home.
- Cocoloco – COCONUT WATER. I can’t get enough of it, and this brand from Singapore is my new favorite. They apparently only prepare the bottles upon your order + day of delivery, and the bottles only are supposed to last you 2 days for freshness! Delish.
- Went a tad crazy over at Luxola this month, and the products I purchased and have been loving include: Mario Badescu Silver Powder (be gone black and white heads, plus smaller pores. I ADORE, but it is so hard to get off, especially since I don’t user a toner.) + Mario Badescu Drying Cream (got a zit? Pop this on and it’s gone tomorrow. Already recommended this to a couple of friends & they’re in love) + Alpha H Liquid Gold (I use this every 2 days, and after waking up, I realize how clear, smooth and amazing my skin looks. Worth every penny!) If you’re looking at purchasing some MB products, Luxola is the way to go – prices are 30-40% cheaper than that of Sephora, plus spend above $10 and get free to-your-doorstep shipping! This is in no way sponsored, I’m just a lover to affordable products & great service.
- Some hair related products that I’m loving are the L’oreal Everstrong Thickening Shampoo (sulphate free, SO great for my hair even though I already have thick hair. I love the volume it gives me, thank you Blake Lively for the recommendation – I will try anything that woman suggests.) & the Pantene NatureFusion Fullness & Life. I tried the Pantene shampoo at J’s place and after letting it dry, my hair was so silky & smooth, and very voluminous – I decided to head to stores & purchase a bottle immediately.
- Been following a couple of new shows, and my favorites for the month are The Last Ship, Extant and The Strain. All three are TERRIBLY EXCITING shows that leave you gasping for breath. The Strain freaks me out so much that I end up not going to the washroom till the day breaks. Also, I have NO complaints about The Last Ship in terms of acting (Hello, McSteamy!), plot line or even just the props. They definitely had a huge budget, but the cast is amazing.
- I managed to watch two Stephen King movies this month – Dreamcatcher & The Mist. I really liked The Mist, it wasn’t that scary, and the main focus of the movie was the intricacies of human relationships, and how people can go to extremes when desperate. Dreamcatcher was toe-curling, and the low rating is with good reason. If you’re looking for something with extreme gore and fear, I would pick this (says me, the girl with the lowest threshold for fear.)
AUGUST READ LIST:
- Lone Wolf is a new magazine I came across, and this article “Being A Woman” is extremely spot on and such a good read, especially if you’re a dude.
- With my 3 week Seoul/Busan trip coming up at the start of October, saving has been on the top of my mind. Can you really spend $4 a day on food? Apparently, yes.
- SOON ON YOUR SCREENS – “Selfie” ummm. The first episode is out and I’ve yet to watch it, but the trailer really got me good, especially since I’m a huge fan of Karen Gillian after watching Dr Who! Guess what I’m watching right after posting this?
- Why not admit we didn’t wake up like this? Two sides to this – stop using all forms of make-up and I swear you’ll wake up looking even better than you did the day before. Also, yes, start admitting how you truly look in the mornings and help remove the ridiculously high standards of beauty that the media and all its images has set for us. I woke up like this, how about you?
- I’ve been preaching and living this for the past 3 years – it is time for a 4 day work week, or even less. I came across an inspiring post by a peer of mine (Jon Yongfook) on living the digital nomad life and that, ladies & gents, is my goal.
- From spending close to $4000 a month when I was in my early twenties, to having cut down that expenditure to less than half that amount, and controlling my shopping – for all you brand-aholics out there, ask yourself these 10 questions before buying anything expensive, I implore you! You’re welcome.
Again, sorry for the late post but hope you enjoyed everything I’ve shared this month, and have a fab September ahead! I’m planning for some different content on the blog for this month & next, so fingers crossed that actually pulls through. ;)
July went by in quite a flurry, interestingly enough. I’ve decided to combine both my love and read lists for the month again, since it makes more sense. So, let’s go!
July’s Love List
- Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park – I recently visited the park after years of not going there, and had SO MUCH FUN. I think it is one of Singapore’s most underrated attractions! They put so much effort into taking care of the birds, and I loved walking about the entire day just peeping at flamingoes, parrots, eagles and those penguins! We spent about 6 hours there, and my favorites were the High Flyers show and the Lory’s Feeding. I got pooped on at the Lory’s enclosure, but no biggie, I forgive you for ruining my hair. There’s currently a 49% discount of all tickets till the end of August (National Day Promotion), definitely worth a visit!
- Umm, each and every time I shave my legs, I end up with a rash, which I end up scratching for the next week, then leaving me with little scars all over my legs. After suffering for a couple of months, I succumbed to Veet Shaving Strips, which I think I will be using for a long time to come. Easy to use, fast, and so effective. My legs were left smooth and rashless. I like to slather on some Nivea Extra Nourishing Milk after, and I’m done – painless, quick routine that I do every 2 weeks.
- Pretty late to discover (okay I knew they existed but was too lazy to visit) the amazing, a-ma-zing food that Pact by Kilo serves. Popped by for lunch the other day, and ordered the Tuna + Salmon sashimi. The raw cubes of fish were mixed with fresh lime, shoyu, mint, crispy rice and chili flakes, giving you this wonderful medley of tastes in your mouth. I ordered their Beef Short Ribs bowl with quinoa to-go for the boy, and he LOVED it despite it being his first time trying quinoa. (He’s not a healthy eater by the way, so that says a lot.) Check out their full menu here, and prices are pretty reasonable considering the quality and quantity.
- I’m currently addicted to natural Greek yogurt, topped with some organic honey and sprinkled with a couple handfuls of blueberries. None of that commercial honey ever since I found a bottle of organic mountain honey and it adds such a great dimension to the yogurt. I smash the blueberries around while stirring everything together, and its such a healthy, yummy treat for either breakfast or a midday snack.
- Coconuts – raw, pure and straight from the husk. Fresh coconut water is so hard to find, and when they are bottled, the prices are pretty insane. I’ve gone all natural and caved in, and have stared buying a couple of fresh coconuts every few days. Chop to open, pour the water into a glass, enjoy. Plus, you’ve got the meat to chomp on after, making it so much more delish. (Realized I’ve a ton of food loves this month, but I’ve been trying to make healthier adjustments to my diet choices.)
July’s Read List
- This was a good read about why women cheat, and how one writer went undercover on Ashley Madison and learnt so much more. Relationships require constant commitment and effort, and when either one stops investing or communicating, you can definitely expect the failure of a relationship.
- This really made me ask myself about motivation and daily habits, and I will be incorporating this into my passwords. I’ve been using the same password for more than 5 years (SUCH BAD DIGITAL HABITS), and am excited for how such a seemingly insignificant change could so greatly impact my life.
- I’m pretty sure a lot of us have a love-hate relationship with fast fashion. We want to spend healthily and wisely on our fashion choices, even better if our purchases are within budget and wallet-friendly. With all the financial boundaries we have to work with, aka should this amount of money be spent on fashion or food, cheaper is better. Yet at the same time, how ethical is the production of fast fashion? Lower costs, greater guilt? Great read, an issue worth contemplating about.
- This resonated so deeply with me – 100% how I feel when clients, rather than deferring to your professional opinion, insist on designs to change with their opinions, despite having past proven case studies that prove otherwise. Such a painful, sad process.
- Why Geniuses Don’t Haves Jobs – interesting read, and I know a couple of people who are like this. I think there’s a lot of thought going into how to break traditional rules when it comes to work in general, not only for individuals who are “different”.. more on that in a later entry.
- Yes to Slow Change. You can’t rush change, you can’t rush learning, you can’t rush creating something new. So much wisdom in one entry.
- Our brains are amazing things… and this article reminds me why. I definitely agree that naps improve your overall performance, but I’m not too sure about increased creativity when tired though. What are your experiences?
Thanks for reading, and till the next one loves!
Hello & welcome to June’s Love AND Read List – two days late and we’re already into July. Don’t judge me – I had to put them both together or I would never get through them!
June’s Love List
- I’m loving boyfriend jeans, especially tattered ripped ones, paired with white starched button downs. Just got my hands on different iterations of both these pieces at the Zara sale and am IN LOVE – this shirt is the exact piece I got but I can’t seem to find the jeans.
- Am also in love with Penny University and their deliciously dark roast (I order the 7 oz double shot) – I posted some pictures on Instagram of myself at one of my favorite booths there as well as a bowl of granola+yogurt+fruit combo that I ordered. I recently tried their Snickers tart and was blown away by how delicious it was. If you’re in Singapore, definitely a must-visit!
- Crushing on Sam Smith & his talent – that boy has SUCH a voice. His live renditions are better than his recorded versions, dude has such soul.
- Movies I caught both in and out of the cinema and loved – The Iron Giant (this is now on my classics list), Meet The Robinsons (T-rex’s arms are way too short for it), The Fault in Our Stars (sobfest but so good), Maleficent (Jolie you are amazing!), How To Train Your Dragon 2 (still good) and The Edge of Tomorrow (this is SO underrated it is a must watch). I am a movie buff, yes.
- Planning for Seoul this October to catch the League of Legends World Championships – I AM SO PSYCHED, words cannot describe how excited I am!! It has been close to 3 years since I’ve been to Seoul, and it’ll be my 5th time there, I’m so happy! I can’t wait to eat at my favorite restaurants and cafes, and get some late night shopping done. GASP.
- Some of the anime I’ve got through recently include: No Game, No Life (thanks Animebox for the recommendation) which is hilarious, slightly lewd, but so good I got through everything in 2 days. Break Blade is one that I got through in less than a week as well – love the action and the animation, especially those bots – it’s still ongoing and a new episode just came out 3 days ago! I’m waiting for more Hunter x Hunter episodes to come out before I catch up on it, but a current favorite is definitely Knights of Sidonia, which has such a thrilling storyline and the fight scenes keep me on my toes. The creators also aren’t afraid to kill people off, which somehow is a good thing.
- Water + Lemon + Ice = best drink for the hot hot weather. IN LOVE. But really, why do lemons cost $1.10 each?! That’s taking it way too far, Cold Storage.
June’s Read List
- The Slashie – are you one of us? I’m definitely a slashie, and as much I loved reading this and reppin’, being a slashie can be mightily confusing at times, with lots of effort needed to keep your income rolling in.
- The truth behind Instagram – I get pulled into this ring of envy and jealousy sometimes when all I see on my feed are people traveling, carrying expensive bags, eating good food all the time – being unable to afford to do the same can be rather depressing. My solution? focus more on my life, goals, and the simple things that make me happy.
- So hilarious (!!!) – this is what happened when the ladies at The Man Repeller offices tried a sugar-full diet.
- To prep you for the month ahead and to end this post on a giggly note, here are some punny illustrations. Such a hoot.
Would love to hear if anything’s inspired you this June, what you’re loving and what you’re reading. Have a great July guys!