Tuesday, July 24, 2012

[sponsored review] mentholatum lip pure series

North East CDC is giving away 2 NDP tickets + cash vouchers for their FB Cover Photo Contest! #NecdcNDPContest
Loving all the FB updates abt National Day this year,  it’s making me excited for the big day! Proud to be an #NDpeep!

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THANK YOU MENTHOLATUM! ^^ for sponsoring me more lip balm/gel. especially after i had finished the strawberry mogitate kajitsu one and my lemon one got washed in the machine. -_-

anyway, this is the latest product from mentholatum - the lip pure series. it comes in 3 variants - orange, fragrance free, and honey lemon. it is made from 100% food grade natural ingredients (no preservatives and colorants), and is safe even for people with sensitive lips.

formulated with a gentle beeswax formulation that moisturizes and softens lips, it also contains:
  • grape seed, to slow and prevent aging
  • shea butter, to heal dry lips
  • almond, which has vitamin E to nourish your lips
  • jojoba, to smooth skin
  • aloe vera, to soothe dry lips
it provides a soft, flexible coating that is also water resistant! here's my take on them.

1. lip pure honey lemon lip gel
provided a subtle shine to my lips (not too glossy) with the faint taste/smell of honey and lemon. something like the honey lemon drink you can get at chinese medical halls. i also noticed there's an even fainter smell of wax, which kinda turned me off a little. texture is kinda thick (as are all lipgels) and lips remained smooth even after wiping the gel off. i'll probably use this more often than the other one. =|

2. lip pure fragrance free lip balm
i like the elegant lipstick design! ^^ this one also gives the subtle shine to my lips, although not as much as the gel. the taste/smell of wax is slightly stronger here. less messy than the gel cos there's no risk of accidentally squeezing too much out. the stick glides smoothly across my lips and there's no heavy, sticky feeling. i think people with really sensitive lips can consider getting this; it looks/feels/appears to be so natural! =)

the mentholatum pure series retails at S$7.90 each at watsons, guardian, fairprice, and all major supermarkets and departmental stores. get yours now!

my goody last saturday

popped down plaza sing in the morning afternoon for...
first time i actually made the effort and honestly, it wasn't really worth it. lols. we were early and had to stand around for 30 mins. selena came out first and sang some weird chiwawa song, followed by some Q&A. she's pretty though! moses came out next and he also sang a song and some Q&A. we left shortly after the song. so boring! >_<
me videographer fail. lols. then went to nihon for lunch. had the usual cha soba and mushroom tempura. yums! tried the sakura shrimp potato salad. nice, but TOO MUCH LETTUCE! (new instapicframe app sucks. so blur!)
then headed to selegie to dabao 豆花! ^^ and lost our way. lols. and SSD had showed up with random flowers! 
monday was on mc/leave. back to work. i hates. hais. =(

Friday, July 20, 2012

so in the end...

it was already typed, dated, printed, folded, and all ready to be submitted. but yet i didn't hand it in. had conversations with SSD and my parents and some of my friends. they had supported my decision because they want me to be happy. and i'm thankful for that.

i dread every weekday morning. i see no future here. and i don't fancy doing boring repetitive useless stuff.

but yet i cannot bring myself to 'leave boss in the lurch'. i cannot bring myself to quit without a backup plan. i cannot bring myself to feel as useless as sitting around at home (unless i'm rightfully a housewife ahem) waiting for a job to drop by. i cannot not feel bad about not giving my parents monthly allowance. i cannot not worry about the future if i really cannot find a job i'm interested in. i cannot help feeling incompetent and i super duper hate this feeling! >_<

told boss about my intention and apparently, he thinks i'm good enough to allow me to take half a year's leave to settle whatever problem i have and then come back to work for him. but that's bullshit. if they can survive half a year without me, they can survive without me. nevertheless, i seem to have gotten myself stuck in a neither-here-nor-there situation i don't know how to get out of.

dear me, please let me get through this. =( 

Monday, July 9, 2012

ipoh day 3 - departure & home sweet home

day 1 | day 2

got so hooked on their omelets that i ordered 4 today - mushrooms and capsicums 2 each! i love hotel breakfasts. =)

we had a 11.20am train and some said it was a 5-10 mins journey there, some said 15-20 mins. to be safe, we decided to leave for the station at 10am. the cab came at 9.50am and guess what time we reached the train station? 10AM!!! @_@ nua-ed for an hour or so before we started buying food to eat on the train. very very limited things to nom. super sad.

our very pathetic teatime.

slept most of the journey and reached home about 9-ish. sigh. i'm kinda missing ipoh already.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

the amazing spiderman

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went to watch the amazing spiderman last friday because SSD had discounted tickets. $5 each only! ^^ managed to rush there in time and he bought sushi! yay! we saw others with mac lor. i should have gotten that too. boo.

anyway, i'm not exactly a fan of spiderman (haven't watched any of the previous installments), so i can't really say if it follows the plot or not. the movie itself was pretty exciting and action-packed, though i can't say the same for the acting. andrew garfield looks good, but his acting sucks. he cries WAY TOO EASILY!! otherwise, quite a watchable movie overall.

we went back plaza sing on saturday to fix our phones, then had manhattan's for lunch! i've been wanting to dine there cos of their independence day promotion.
my small flame. 3 grilled prawns with dunno-what sauce plus fries and garlic herb rice and grilled fish and some veggies. damn yums! quite worth it with the promotion but not so on its own.
SSD's seafood olio.
our mushroom soup and drinks. i think they changed the recipe of the soup cos it wasn't as nice as before. and the root beer float was quite disgusting. LOL.
 the independence day promotion ends today unfortunately. i miss the small flame already. =(

Saturday, July 7, 2012

ipoh day 2 - caves of ipoh

day 1

rise and shine! had our first breakfast at the hotel. the variety of food was rather limited and quality not exactly very nice. the best was probably the omelets! i first tried the cheese/mushroom and it was so yummy, i ordered another cheese/capsicum. ^^

after that, we set off for the day. some pretty sights...before we stopped for second breakfast!

kedai kopi nam chau 54, jalan bandar timah, ipoh
i think the curry noodles are somewhat famous here.  SSD and i shared a dry one since i was still kinda full from the first breakfast. the portion was quite little but it was nice!! also ordered fried dumplings but i only ate the crispy skin. their iced white coffee is nice too!

after we were all full from the 2 breakfasts, we headed for our main activity of the day - temple caves. first one is 南天洞.

walked through a big garden and into the cave itself.

paintings on the wall!

stairs, stairs and more stairs. i have height phobia so we didn't climb all the way up. according to someone who has, it's just another small pitch-black cave right at the top.

climbed back down the stairs and headed to our next cave - 觀音洞. i think it's prettier than the first though there's not much of a cave. i also felt more at ease here. *shrugs*


giant chessboard! the pieces are movable. =D 

the last cave we went to - 極樂洞. it's apparently more popular than the previous two, and we had to wind through resident houses (and losing our way) to get there.

those little towers lining the stairs up each contain mini statues that looked realistic. here are some of the nicer ones i took.

the main cave...

the stairs led us to another 'cave hall'. the natural cave formations there were even prettier than the outside!


and then you see this.

the view was breathtaking. of course my photo can't do justice nor can i adeptly describe how i felt there and then. but i think the name 極樂洞 fits perfectly! it's like another world on the other side of the cave, one that's calm and peaceful and relaxing. even more so with the breeze. i could sit there for hours!

unfortunately, there were other places to go so we had to leave. since all of us were tired out from exploring the 3 caves under the hot sun, ah soon brought us to a newly opened shopping mall for a short rest shopping session.

aeon ipoh station 18 2, susuran stesen 18, station 18, ipoh
your typical shopping mall. kinda similar to suntec i think. they have quite a number of gift shops like our more than words, which i actually like to browse. i guess rilakkuma is getting rather popular there too; they have so many rila items! =P then grabbed some fried finger food and onigiri/sushi for lunch. (criss-cut fries are yummy!) super like snacking like these cos it won't look like i'm eating a lot. lols.

made our way to the airport. the only local airline that flies there is firefly, in case you wanna know. sent the rest of them off before ah soon dropped SSD and I off at the last destination - another shopping centre!

ipoh parade off lorong menteri, ipoh
this one is slightly of a smaller scale and is similar to our neighbourhood shopping malls. i kinda prefer this one actually, cos the stuff are cheaper. lols. saw familar names like sushi king, marrybrown, and shilin (the taiwan snack stall)!

they also have many gift shops and it was in one of it that we found 我的美麗日記 masks! they were like, dirt cheap and not expiring soon, so we bought 3 boxes. we should have found it suspicious but the price was kinda hard to resist. they were selling at Rm 9.90 (Sgd 4.20) per box, which is like 42 cents per piece! for comparison, taiwan sells them for an average of 90 cents while locally it retails for $1.70 per piece. how to tahan you tell me!?! but alas, i think they're fake. lmao. i broke out after using one of it (although SSD didn't), so i guess i'm gonna be using the rest on my feet or body. anywhere but my face. -_-

i also got a henna tattoo! Rm 10 only! ^^ haven't done them for say, 10 years already? i used to just leave it for a few hours but in this case, she actually pasted clear tape over it. she claimed it would make the stain last longer, but it's almost half gone now already. tsk.

it was raining when we were leaving, but we still decided to go ahead to have dinner at the food street where we had the dessert the night before. previously i said i didn't know the address, but i googled it today and managed to find! ^^ it's actually just a 5-10 mins walk away from ipoh parade.

tong sui gai (dessert street) jalan sultan ekram, 30300 ipoh
we were quite early so not all the stalls were open. apparently there are stall numbers, though i didn't take note of them nor the stall name. but there are so many yummy food there i suppose you'll be fine trying any of them. lol *promote*

肉骨茶, Rm 8 (Sgd 3.30). nice herbal taste plus soup refill!

kangkong w/ cuttlefish, Rm 6 (Sgd 2.50). cuttlefish is nice, kangkong not. sauce is quite nice.

SSD's fave - taoge, Rm 5 (Sgd 2). what can i say? ipoh's famous for their taoge what. lol.

炒粿條, Rm 4 (Sgd 1.70). i had craving for this after seeing kolics try this the previous night. so yummy! and got prawns even! seriously, how on earth they earn ar? =\


八寶檸檬茶+eno, Rm 3 (Sgd 1.25). this is SO GOOD!! when you add the sachet of eno the drink becomes fizzy. an interesting twist to the normal herbal 八寶茶.

and then it's cab back to hotel. fare was only Rm 6 (Sgd 2.50) by the way. loots for today!

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