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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Browhaus: Brow Resurrection Review + Promotion!

It is said that eyes are windows to the soul, and that makes our eyebrows just as important - A pair of well-defined and perfectly shaped eyebrows are critical for a groomed and polished appearance.


I know a lot of girls face similar brow issues as I do - My brows are sparse and not as full or defined as I'd like them to be.

I usually spend so much time drawing in my brows daily with a variety of brow products from brow powder, brow liner to brow mascara, until Browhaus saved the day with its semi-permanent solution - Brow Resurrection. Getting semi-permanent brows done will be one of the best decisions you'll ever make for yourself!

Browhaus, the experts in semi-permanent will design the perfect brows that suit your face :D

Browhaus has come up with a comprehensive menu for natural-looking semi-permanent brows. You'll get a personal “Brow Print”, a digitised consultation that your skin, brow type and desired results are considered to obtain the brow design that suits you.

There used to be only BR Define and BR Natural, but now, you can pick from four different kinds of Brow Resurrection:

- BR Classic (formerly known as BR Define)
For a Natural, Bold, Defined and Strong look $1200 

- BR Soft (formerly known as BR Natural)
For a Natural, Light and Soft Look $1500 

- BR Full (new)
For a Natural and Full Look $1800

- BR Ombre (new)
For a Natural, Full Look with a Gradient base effect $2000

I was deciding between BR Full or BR Ombre, but after some consultation with the brow experts at Browhaus, I decided to go for BR Ombre, recommended for ladies who prefer to draw in their brows. The gradient base creates the effect of "drawn" brows, which sounded ideal for me :)

Brow Resurrection creates realistic hair strands from root to tip to give you perfect brows! Unique only to Browhaus, this treatment uses an advance embroidery technique to create natural-looking strokes, resulting in a finer finish compared to other semi-permanent brow treatments that simply weave in parallel hair strands.

Ready for my BR Ombre procedure!

Numbing cream being applied before the procedure! The actual process of brow resurrection took around 2 hours or slightly lesser, and was relatively painless.


Before and After Brow Resurrection Ombre - I love the natural and full look created by Tody, my brow therapist at Browhaus Plaza Singapura!

Expect a bit of scabbing and some time for your brows to heal - Get the "Aftercare System" that's sold separately at $160.50 to help your brows heal well so that the effects of Brow Resurrection last the longest!

One week after my Brow Resurrection Ombre - Love the effects of BR Ombre and how natural my brows look!

I no longer have to spend time drawing in my brows in the mornings - What a life saver!

I highly recommend Brow Resurrection to solve all of your brow woes ;)

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For more information on Brow Resurrection, visit Browhaus's website here!



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Melbourne April'17: Great Ocean Road Day Trip

"We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."

I've never once felt that travel was a form of escapism. Setting foot in an entirely brand new foreign land, soaking in new sights and sounds.. It's an experience like no other. 

As you know, life has been kind of a rollercoaster lately. It was no better time, really, to get some fresh air, take time out and clear the mind, so I booked a ticket on a whim and flew out seven hours to Melbourne - A city that I've been meaning to see for the longest, longest time.

Thank god for BFFs too, because Tammi (who stays in Sydney) readily agreed to take a few days off to spend together with me in Melbourne! We booked a nice, cosy hotel room in the middle of the city and had so much great fun catching up, exploring Melbourne, shopping and eating.

Our initial idea was to do a road trip along the Great Ocean Road, but had to scrap those plans because Tammi had to return to Sydney for a couple of days due to last minute work commitments, which was quite a bummer. 

It must have been serendipity, because Tammi and I stumbled upon a little travel agency along the streets one day, and I ended up walking in and booking myself a day trip out to the Great Ocean Road with Bunyip Tours

Greatest decision ever.

1 Day Classic Great Ocean Road Tour - Bunyip Tours

I didn't do any research prior to booking my day trip/tour, but I went with the Classic Great Ocean Tour which is really really affordable at AUD130 with lunch inclusive. 

I took the following information from Bunyip Tours' website for easy reference!

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HIGHLIGHTS

Beach stop on long golden surf beach with glorious views
Coastal towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay
Iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse dominates towering cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide. Learn the ancient history of the Aboriginal owners, the Gadubanud people.
Look for koalas & native birds in the wild!
Aussie lunch provided
Rainforest Experience - Take in the luscious green surrounds of Otway Rangers rainforests and some of Australia`s tallest eucalyptus trees. Step down to the beach at Gibson`s Steps, gateway to the 12 Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge the history of the cruel Shipwreck Coast unfolds on a stroll along this historic beach
World famous 12 Apostles - This is what you've been waiting for! You'll be dwarfed by the soaring cliffs and the mysterious limestone towers that were created by erosion of the cliffs.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

All park entrance fees
Aussie lunch (sausages and salad)
Tea / coffee / biscuits
Friendly and informative tour guide

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After much consideration and indecision, I paid an additional AUD145 for a 15 minutes long helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles because YOLOOOOO. Might as well go all the way and enjoy the Great Ocean Road to the fullest, yes? AUD145 seemed like a reasonable price to pay for a bird's eye view of the 12 Apostles and a cool heli ride. Leggo! 

I woke up bleary-eyed and sleepy at the ungodly hour of 5am to prep and get ready on the day of my Great Ocean Road Tour - The tour bus was to depart at 7.15am from Bunyip Tour Office along Flinders Street. No breakfast provided so I grabbed a sandwich from 7-11 along the way from my hotel to the pick-up point.

The weather was SUPER foggy in the morning and that made me so worried. Fortunoa the weather cleared up in the afternoon! Remember to check the weather forecast before booking your day trip/tour because you wanna get good weather, ideally.

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Off we go!! Expect a fair bit of travelling time in the tour bus along the course of the day which I gladly welcomed, it was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some shut-eye haha.

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First stop at Anglesea Lookout! Some biscuits and hot tea did a whole lot to warm my tummy and keep me in good cheer despite the cold, dreary morning.

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Here's the famous "Great Ocean Road" sign where the road officially begins!

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I signed up for the tour alone which I was slightly apprehensive about, but happily made a couple of friends along the way! If you're taking the tour alone like me, just be friendly and strike up a conversation with your fellow tour group mates, it'll make your day a lot more enjoyable :)

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We spotted lazy sleeping koalas along the way at Kennett River, but most of them were so high up that you really don't see anything more than a clump of fur in the trees lol.

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Lunch was provided for us at the Cape Otway Lighthouse - A light lunch of sausages, salad and pasta.

I'm always worried about getting hungry so I packed along some chips and also brought my own water along that day, which proved to be a good decision because I did get hungry along the way lol :D

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Cape Otway Lighthouse is mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse and overlooks a magnificent view of the coast!

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The best fifteen minutes of my day was the heli ride at Gibson's Steps, where I got to admire the 12 Apostles from a bird's eye vantage!

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The helicopter seats around 7 passengers, so I requested to sit at the side so that I had a better view to take pictures :)

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It was so magical! The cloudy and foggy skies from earlier cleared up slightly, leaving behind a misty, surreal veil across the 12 Apostles that made the gorgeous panoramic view look like it came right out of a fantasy setting.

Did you know that there were only ever nine "Apostles" limestone stacks? Right now, there are only eight left due to erosion from the waves. 

The heli ride was super fun and I was really sad that it lasted only 15 minutes :( For AUD145, that works out to be almost 10 bucks a minute lol but the view was so worth-while.

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Loch Ard Gorge, another scenic stop along the Great Ocean Road. The rock formations here are amazing! This was the site of a tragic shipwreck in 1878 where only two teenagers survived.

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I really enjoyed the one day Great Ocean Road experience and I'm glad I didn't miss the Great Ocean Road despite not being able to drive out on my own road trip! Highly recommended if you're travelling solo or you just don't want the hassle and fuss of taking your own road trip.

I booked my day trip via a walk-in at a travel agency, but I think you can also book directly from Bunyip Tours' website here.

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Ending off with pictures of the cutest possums chilling at a park on my way back to my apartment after my day out at the Great Ocean Road ;) So cute aiyoooo.

It was a really good day, and sometimes, we just have to go through life, a day at a time.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Beginning of an End

I don't really know where to begin, but I know I want to put something down into words about this.

Over the past few months, a lot of people I know and probably many more that I don't know have been asking and speculating about what has been happening with my personal life.

I don't care about the gossip mongers, but I do care about the friends and readers who sincerely wish me well and are genuinely concerned for me as a person.

I'd rather you all hear it straight from me than other uninvolved parties, so let this serve as closure.

We've officially separated.

The decision has been extremely hard to make, because it doesn't just impact two lives majorly, but also the many people around me like family and mutual friends...

I wish I could speak unrestrainedly about why our relationship broke down, but it probably isn't a good idea to do so.

All I can say is, I think we both tried to make our relationship work over the years, but there were too many fundamental issues that were swept under the rug over the years, and these seemingly little things eventually festered and grew into huge, painful sores that could never go away.

No matter what, please remember that you should always love yourself first, no matter what kind of a relationship you're in.

No one is perfect, that's for sure. But make sure you know what your deal breakers are, and what kind of shortcomings you want to deal with.

I saw a quote on IG the other day.

The quote was "You don't give up on someone you love."

I really wanted to agree with this quote. It sounded damn bloody romantic and oh-so-sweet.

But is it really really true?

I don't know la. For someone who's been in one relationship for 9 years, I'd say that there's a breaking point somewhere when it becomes irrevocably damaged.

I'm sorry that it didn't work out.

I'm especially sorry to my parents, to my dad who doesn't know how to break the news to relatives and acquaintances who are asking him "几时抱个孙子?"

To my in-laws who treated me so very well and were a second family to me.

And to the man I took my marriage vows with and whom I thought would be my forever.

I'm sorry that we didn't work out.

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It's been almost three months since this happened, and now you know why I've been posting much lesser on social media the past few months.

I also took the opportunity to travel and do more of what I love, and spend more time with my dearest friends who have been such a constant source of support and love.

I'm blessed, really.

And now, I'll put myself first, love myself more.

I'm telling myself this: It's okay to fail in relationships and even a marriage.

A failed relationship or a divorce does not mean that you're a failure. Everyone deserves to be truly happy and to be loved in the right way.

PS. I won't be affected by hate comments and trolls because you anonymous keyboard warriors totally don't know anything at all and your absurd accusations are just laughable, so go ahead, say whatever you want :)

Thank you for reading, and for your virtual hugs and kisses. ❤️ I'm okay!


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