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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our Happy Time.

I didn't know what attracted me to this book, probably because it's an English novel with a Korean author. It's my first time reading a translated book. The book was originally penned in Korean, and translated to English. I picked up the book and read it's synopsis, decided to buy it without knowing if it's a good book.

And I thanked God I did.



Here is the synopsis:

Yujeong has now attempted her third suicide attempt. Her disdain for her mother and indifference to the rest of the world, isolates her from any chance for happiness. Her aunt, Sister Monica often goes to prison to meet with death row inmates. Sister Monica asks Yujeong if she would counsel this death row inmate and Yujeong reluctantly agrees to do so. Yujeong and the death row inmate do not open up to each other immediately. Yujeong comes from a family of wealth but she has never known happiness since the age of 15. The inmate that she meets, named Yunsu has had an even more traumatic childhood experience. Eventually Yunsu ends up involved in the criminal world and gets convicted for murder. With their disparate backgrounds, Yujeongg and Yunsu are still able to connect with each other, because both people know grief like few others could possibly know. As they both regain the will to live through their weekly meetings, they must now deal with their feelings for each other and come to grips with the short amount of time they have together.

I finally found a contender for my favorite book "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes. This book provoked my thoughts and emotion so greatly. The book includes a series of "blue notes", a diary of the death row inmate, Yunsu reflecting on his traumatic childhood. I think I shed tears at every blue note I read.


I must thank Gong Ji Young for penning this book because she made me understand that even murderers are human beings with feeling, just like us. Because afterall we are all sinners, aren't we? It also somehow gave me a vague picture of why criminal commit crimes because...

"Behind every person who's committed an unimaginable crime is an adult who committed unimaginable violence against them as a child. All of them, as if it was plotted that way. Violence begets violence, and that violence begets even more violence."

While I was Googling this book for this post, I found out that there is actually a movie adaptation of this novel! It's called Maundy Thursday. I haven't watch it yet. Because many times the movies just jinx the original story of the book. The feeling is still fresh in my head after reading the book, so I prefer it to stay that way for a while.


If you haven't watch the movie yet, I suggest you to read the book first. Because movies are just the tip of an iceberg, the rest of the hidden iceberg under the ocean are all  the feelings you create and images you imagine yourself from reading the book =)



P/S: Tissues are mandatory, you will need them. A lot of them.

Here's my verdict:



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kose Sekkisei Lotion

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Ever dream of the perfect baby smooth and fairer skin? Then you must hold your horses and read this post! Your favorite drama and social media can wait!

If you have been following my blog, I like to try out new beauty products especially skincare. Previously I blogged about my beauty regime and found out I actually apply 10 skincare products on my face everyday! Now make it 11! Because I have another addition to the family! Say hello to Sekkisei Lotion from KOSE!


I was super excited when Kose invited me to the workshop of their new Sekkisei Lotion! Which beauty junkie won't get high when they are invited to beauty workshop?!

H-O-M-A-I-G-A-W-D ! ! !

I was allowed to bring 2 friends, so the first 2 person who came to my mind were Sharon and Kelle. But Sharon decided to dump me last minute *death stare* So it was just me and Kelle!


We were given some explanations about the importance of skincare and introduction to KOSE products by their trainer. 

Do not disturb me!  I'm trying very hard to take in all the information!

And finally the workshop started! *rub hands*



Please excuse my Ah Lian hair.


The trainer instructed us to take a cherry size of cleansing cream from the jar. I think we were too kiasu and took a durian size instead. We ended up with too much cleansing cream on our face, we looked like birthday cakes with too much icing LOL!

Birthday cakes.

Kelle and the trainer giving instructions behind.


We were told that emulsion is a softer option of toner. Most toner contains alcohol and it will thin our skin!



Pour the Sekkisei lotion into the cap and dunk a tablet mask inside.

The tablet mask will rise up after absorbing all the lotion!

Waiting for the lotion to work it's magic!

BOO!

After removal of the mask, my skin felt instantly fairer! For real! And it was smoother and firmer! Love the cooling feeling too!

Here is a simple step by step guide for a better understanding on how to use the Sekkisei Lotion mask!


Shine bright like a diamond!

Here are the 9 benefits of Sekkisei Lotion. 9 benefits OMG!

- Translucency
- Penetration
- Moisturizing
- '0' Pores
- Whitening
- Smoothing
- Firming
- Relaxing
- Evenness


KOSE gave each of us a goodie bag filled with the Sekkisei Lotion Pocket Masks and 4 travel size skincare products! Rejoice!



Tried KOSE lotion mask again the next day. I could see a huge difference on my eye area! It was instantly brighten and didn't look so tiring! Note: I have zero make up on, my face was completely naked. I don't understand why some people put on full face of heavy make up to review skincare products. It's like lying straight in your face =___=




Allow me to give you some educational facts about this Sekkisei Lotion =)

1) Based on a “beautiful translucent skin recipe”, the  items are carefully selected out of approximately 100 types of oriental plants. A lotion that creates fine-textured, hydrated, translucent skin like snow, using the hydrating power of gentle oriental plant extracts.

2) Balances  the skin’s moisture levels, preventing dullness, roughness, and pimples caused by dryness, as well as redness caused by sunburn from sunlight, or by the sun’s reflection in snowy areas.

3) The cloudy white lotion blends instantly into the skin, just like melting snow, creating fine-textured, plump skin. With a refreshing, light sensation, the lotion leaves the surface of the skin feeling silky smooth, yet hydrated. Your skin regains its natural pure translucency down to your pores.

4) Can be used on your face, neck and body!

The main ingredients in the lotion are all oriental plant extracts!




1)    Coix Seed Extract effects suchs as increased metabolism, whitening, moisturization and prevention of skin roughness.
2)    Angelica Extract have disinfectant, whitening and moisturizing effects.
3)    Melothria (White Lotus) extract suppress melanin production has whitening effects on the skin.

You can purchase this amazing Sekkisei Lotion at all KOSE counters!

SEKKISEI Lotion 200ml- RM170
SEKKISEI Lotion 360ml –RM260



 For more information, check out their websites at:


GIVEAWAY TIME! WOOHOO!!!!


There are 34 pocket masks to giveaway for 34 lucky readers! Just answer 2 questions below and stand a chance to win this awesome possum mask!

1. What are the 3 main ingredients used in KOSE Sekkisei Lotion Mask?
2. Name one of the benefits of the KOSE Sekkisei Lotion Mask? (Any 1 out of the 9 benefits)

Easy peasy!

Hurry! Contest ends on 12th April! Just comment in this post to win win win!

Oh! And don't forget to check out Sekkisei Cinderella Contest specially brought to you by KOSE! Stand a chance to transform yourself into Cinderella! Click here to make your dream comes true!


GOOD LUCK GIRLS ;)


Friday, March 14, 2014

Vibrance Kegel Device.

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I didn’t know how important Kegel  exercise is until I was invited to attend the Vibrance Kegel Device & Exercise event at MYoga, The Gardens last Saturday, in conjunction with the International Woman’s Day.



It’s certainly not easy to be a woman. Unlike woman back then where they stayed at home just by taking care of the family. Woman nowadays need to work like a man and also expected to take care of the family after work. You see, woman go through a lot of stages in life. First, we have our period, our body changes. Then we get pregnant and our body changes further after that. Lastly, we have menopause and our body changes drastically. ESPECIALLY the southern area where we have quite a lot of activity every month and perhaps every day *if you know what I mean* It’s even more drastic when we need to give birth. As what people describe it, it’s like a huge train trying to squeeze its way out of a mini tunnel *horror*


Therefore, we need to give a lot of TLC to our southern area. Hence, the Kegel exercise! Here is the importance of Kegel exercise which I found pretty amusing *start doing Kegel right away*

1. STRENGTHEN PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLE




2. BETTER SEX LIFE (Have I gotten your attention yet?)

Improve your enjoyment of love making and the sensations of your sexual response. Women with
strengthened pelvic floor muscles are more likely to be orgasmic and have a more satisfying sex life, woohoo!




3. HEALTHY PREGNANCY (Attention to all mothers and mothers-to-be)

Support a healthy pregnancy, successful birth and minimise any post-partum problems. For pregnant women this exercise helps the body to cope with the increasing weight of the baby. Healthy, fit muscles will also recover more steadily after the birth.



4. BETTER BLADDER CONTROL

Minimising problems with urine leakage or 'urinary stress incontinence'
No more asking for the toilet every 20 minutes while you’re at the highway and pissing off your boyfriend / husband =P



5. TONE ABDOMEN AND SUPPORT SPINE, PREVENT BACKACHE (Need I say more?)



Starting a family is in my agenda in the years ahead, so I’m thankful that Vibrance opened up my eyes about Kegel exercise. If you’re a noob like me on how to do Kegel exercise, because you might be just squeezing your butt cheeks instead of your pelvic floor muscle. That’s why you need this Kegel device!


It looks like a vibrator but it is NOT a vibrator even though it vibrates =_= (am I convincing enough?) Well, you just need to insert the sheath into your southern region and if you’re squeezing the right muscle, the device will vibrate! It’s rubbery and soft so you don’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable. All you need to do is holding it for 5 seconds and letting go for 5 seconds for 24 sets. After that, do another 24 sets of holding on for 2 seconds and letting go for 2 seconds. The process takes just about 5 minutes! Do it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, that’s all for healthy pelvic floor muscle! How easy!

The event started off with an hour of yoga. It was fun! I learned a few poses on how to ease menstrual cramp and backache. I’m so doing it because I have severe menstrual cramp every month =(







Look who came with me! Good thing is to be shared! Exercise is 10 times the fun when you drag your crazy friend along!


With the rest of the attendees =) Thanks Nuffnang for the photo!

After an hour of yoga, we proceeded to hear about the benefits of Kegel exercise and the device by Vibrance.


We also had a motivational talk about self-branding by KD Ismalasari.


We were given a stack of sheets to fill in about how we would like to brand ourselves. This was how Sharon branded me.  All of us had to share what we wrote and everyone laughed when I said I’m a narcist LOL.





Sometimes it’s good to do some self-discovery/motivating exercise like this, so we can know more about ourselves and find ways to improve =)

Oh! We were given a box full of rolled up papers with motivational quotes. How sweet =)


Audrey, well known as Four Feet Nine, the famous blogger in Malaysia also shared about her experience with Vibrance Kegel Device after the birth of her son. She is sooooooooo tiny you wouldn’t believe she just given birth OMG. Even with my short height of 5 feet 2 I look like a giant next to her O_o




Door gifts! Woohoo! I’m hugging the pillow now while typing this post =) And we got 3 days pass to MYoga! Thank you Vibrance!

For more information about the Vibrance Kegel Device, check out their websites at www.myvkd.com www.fb.com/myvibrance

Good luck ;)