03 7 / 2014
My sister was the one who introduced me to the wonderful world of avocados. Before this, I never ate one, let alone used it for my skin. Anyway, the avocado’s smooth, creamy texture was the reason why I concocted this body lotion. And I only used it at night.
It’s pretty simple and easy to whip up. Just make sure you use a perfectly ripe avocado, dump in about 2 tablespoons of greek yogurt and then half a cup of lemon juice. I used a blender and at times had to put in a little bit more lemon juice to get the mixture going. But the result is a beautiful, creamy, smooth lotion. Put this in an airtight jar (I used a mayo jar) and place IT IN THE FRIDGE.
The lemon juice prevents the avocado from browning and it also helps in skin lightening. One jar lasted me for a month!
My skin is more supple, and smooth after a month of using this.
I use this all over my body and face after shower, especially on rough areas like elbows and knees. Since the texture is very creamy, I normally use just one teaspoon. Let it dry and then put your clothes on.
03 7 / 2014
Ok ok ok… I’m posting this. I turned 29 on 16th June. I wanted to post this sooner but I kept thinking of including pics and what not so my post will not be so boring but then work got in the way, and my usually creative self had no idea what pics to use and then well.. I procrastinated too.
Anyway I turned 29 years old.
Or young. Glass half full, half empty- depends on which way you see things. Point is- it is the last of the 20s for me this year. In a blink of an eye, half of 2014 has already gone by.
Remember Facebook had this timeline review video thing at the beginning of the year? Well, I watched mine and I realized quite a few things. A lot has changed - from hairstyles to fashion choices, priorities and social activities, while some have remained the same.
At the end of another decade, I can summarize a few things:
With my parents, this has significantly improved. I’m pretty sure me being away most of the time contributed to this. And I do believe it’s because the less they saw of me, made them miss me more and vice versa. Also, the fact that I was away living on my own, probably showed them that I am capable of making the right choices, being responsible and not getting myself into trouble, the way I used to. My father and I have more conversations now that we ever did. With my mom, well, less fights, more respect. And there’s the sharing her book of recipes and teaching me to cook things (like pancakes which I failed at first attempt in my apartment).
With my siblings, we were always tight. But I’m determined to support them, in anything that they do. Have more family outings, celebrate more birthdays, and call them more often. We’re a lot closer now that all of us are in our twenties and have a mutual understanding of life.
With my friends- they’ve gotten fewer. I keep in touch with a very small group of people who have also made the effort to keep in touch after school. And these are the people who know me, accept me for who I am and the ones that I can count on.
These people are the most precious in my life. And I am blessed to have not experience the loss of a loved one at the time of writing.
- Social Life
Going through my current Facebook news feed, I see less and less pictures of clubbing, nights outs, parties and bitching on Facebook and more pictures of families, babies, people getting married/engaged (no divorce so far). How all of us have changed J I remember hitting the clubs almost every Saturday, partying and waking up late on Sunday with a hangover. I’ve come to realize that clubs aren’t the only form of entertainment one can indulge in.
- Growing Up as a Person
I developed a very thick skin which also translates to I don’t give a shit about what people think about me. I learnt that people will talk bad about you and have nasty things to say about you no matter what you do. I’ve become less judgmental (at least I’m trying to), I have less opinions about other people, I pay more attention into what’s going on in my community, have become more politically aware and I’ve learnt to move on from failures. I’ve also learnt to be more tactful and learnt how to manage crisis’s effectively without freaking out and looking back, I accomplished quite a number of things.
In my early twenties, I had this image of the kind of guy I wanted. In my early twenties, dated a lot, and never actually wanted to be in a committed relationship. Six years ago, I met a guy, who- physically was everything I did not want in a guy, except for the fact that he was really tall. Well, physical attraction was what I saw first, not giving two hoots about their personality. That’s why I ended up with really crappy dates/ex. Anyway, this guy whom I met 6 years ago- he and I only officially hooked up in 2011. He turned out to be the kind of guy I needed- the one who complimented me. Not the one I wanted-the one who supplements me. The more I got to know him, the more I feel he’s just right for me. This is actually the beginning for us, so let’s see if we’ll end up saying our I’ do’s with each other.
- Make Up
Looking at my photos, I realize I wear a lot less make-up now than I did in my early twenties. Why on earth did I put so much make up on when I was younger? Oh yeah.. I know one reason why. I’ve come to realize that sticking with what works for you is best for your skin. I’ve also learnt that not everything store bought or over the counter works for your skin. Cosmetics make your skin worse- or maybe this is just me. Sometime in my late teens- I stopped reading beauty magazines as it made me feel inadequate, unfashionable and ugly. I still feel that way sometimes but instead of buying the latest beauty trend, I’ve learnt to respect my skin and give it some natural TLC. I’ve learnt that taking care of your skin and your teeth is essential as taking care of your health and well being.
Speaking of health and well being, I am more into working out now then when I was in my early 20s. I have always been active in sports- been an athlete all throughout school & university. When I started my first job, everything stopped. I ran less, smoked more, drank a lot, slept little and partied harder. Sometime when I turned 25, I started the uphill task of getting back my fitness level. I joined my first marathon in 2010 and have been working out everyday, running often, eating healthily and cooking more on my own.
29 5 / 2014
Did I mention I having an exciting job?
Oh and it just got even more interesting the past week since the place I work in (Suffolk House) is a set location for a British Drama series!
Who would’ve thought I’d be able to experience/see this? Being the Manager here, I was instrumental in drawing up the contract and negotiating the use of space with the producers, outlining the t&cs, building policies and the $$ for venue use (and this one goes into the resume).
Now that the contract has been signed, the place is swarming with TV people and actors and extras and cameras and producers and etc etc etc. So fun!!
It’s really amazing to know & see what goes behind the scenes, from the location set up, dressing & furnishing, the people involved in making things come to live, the camera crew, extras, set design, the actors. I’ve never seen this before *squealswithjoy* so you can imagine my excitement :D
06 5 / 2014
Four years ago, I joined the Heritage of Trust Malaysia as an employee working for a 200 year old heritage building called Suffolk House. This, would turn out to be one of the most exciting & enriching jobs I have had thus far.
I achieved a career goal, which was to be promoted to Manager by the age of 25 and I also achieved a lot of firsts.
But, like all good things, this comes to an end too, as the management of Suffolk House would be taken over by a different team.
Although I would be taking over a new project for the Trust in a different state (which, thankfully, means I wont be unemployed and out of work!), this transition got me thinking of taking new career paths and exploring other possibilities. Hence, the ‘going-for-interviews’ phase. This particular interview today was through a recommendation.
And I went for it. It was more of a discussion than an interview. There’s nothing much to say here, except- I’ll see how things go.
29 4 / 2014
Sometime back in 2009, (when I started earning my own money), I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do, accomplish, achieve, see and explore.
I still have that list. And the list keeps growing every year- with more and more to do’s and to go’s- this is a WIP after all.
Looking back, I’m happy to note that I’ve accomplished so much. And I look forward now, hoping to strive for more accomplishments- big or small, simple or complex.
So without further ado, here’s a look back of the many FIRSTS on my bucket list.
* I got this during my university days. Slept a whole week on my right side, but it was worth the pain.
* On my first ever trip abroad! The tattoo was designed by my friend who came on the trip with me, as we were having lunch. I choose an elephant (chang) as it was the symbol of Thailand, the place we travelled to.
* On August 2011, to be exact. I christened her Amarula, after my favourite drink.
* Did this on my trip to Phuket, Thailand. Not my cup of tea but I’d try other versions for sure :)
* Dream come true! Who would’ve thought I would have the chance to see them live :) Such an electrifying experience!!!
* And it was also the first plane flight for my mother. I’m so glad I made this happen. Here’s to many more family trips :)
* On my second job as Heritage Manager, a job I am still holding at the time of writing. Best working experience ever thus far. I learnt alot, met so many different and interesting people from all walks of life, learnt to deal with the wide spectrum of human emotions, discovered things I never knew I could do and grew up along the way.
* Wow, I did it! I actually did it!! And I ran on the Penang Bridge, Malaysia (another item on my bucket list!). This experience taught me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible. It’s really an issue of mind over matter. I completed my first half marathon in 2hrs 15mins, average pace of 6mins 05 secs.
* I trained so hard for this and was absolutely happy to cross the finish line in under 60 minutes. My timing- 51minutes, average speed of 5mins, 07secs. My next goal- 10k in 45 mins.
* And here’s to many more to come…
I’m very much hoping that this ‘List of Firsts’ would be continually edited by yours truly- as time goes by. Till the next update…
28 4 / 2014
The Sandalwood Scrub
This scrub is really amazing- it brightens your skin, removes dead skin cells AND you can get all the ingredients in your kitchen! To form a paste, I use lemon juice or rose water. Apply it on your skin for 15 mins then wash off and shower as usual.
Since my Accutance journey ended, I’ve been dabbling more and more into natural remedies. I spent at least $200 (Malaysian Ringgit) every month on the Accutane pills and it really drained me out financially. Besides, I got sick and tired of buying beauty products. They were expensive and provided very temporary solutions.
I wanted natural treatments to treat skin issues (dryness, acne, pimples, whiteheads etc), stuff you can make in your kitchen, with no chemicals that wreaked havoc on my skin. After finishing my Accutane treatment, I stopped putting excessive make up on. The only things I do put on my face now are eyeliner & mascara on a daily basis and sometimes- lip-gloss or lipstick.
I also only use Johnson’s Baby powder now on my face. No foundation, no concealer, no loose powder. These things clog up my pores