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Hello!

I had my fringe trimmed! Nice? πŸ™‚

I decided to do a short vlog… so here it is!

Am asking around to find a willing guy friend to review the shampoo, hehe. Quite excited to write about the review post soon! I realize I do like to review products. So if you have any products you would like me to review, drop me an email! πŸ˜‰

I have two more posts coming up, ICB styling event from 2 weeks ago and my friend’s 21st birthday last week! I wanted to post them tonight but it’s quite late already so I’ll leave it for next time! πŸ˜› Time flies! It’s been one month since I started internship, I’m halfway through! I am really missing holidays though… increasingly I wish i was “en vacances” which means on holiday in french. Sighhh. Looking on the bright side, I do enjoy my work at the chamber because of my friendly colleagues although this week has been pretty stressful and hectic… with many deadlines and due dates.

I always try to remember stuff to blog/vlog about but when I do come down to it, I forget all of them! I really should jot ideas down… I am going to join my friend Sofie for her wedding decoration meeting tomorrow night! She is having a Marie Antoinette theme which is really cool! πŸ˜‰

My french class exam is in like 2 weeks time!!! Hahaha I need to start revision! It’s like so many grammar rules to remember! When I revise till the end, I forget what I learnt at the beginning! -_-

So! Drop me a comment and show me some love! (: <3 <3 <3

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Foodie Galore & La PΓ©tanque!

Salut Les Amies! Hello my friends!

Thankfully I had a very enjoyable week and I hope you had too!
This will be a very image heavy post as I will basically just post a lot of pictures from last week! ^^

First up, I am going share photos from some of the meals I’ve had last week! As I am now interning at a company located at Liat Towers, next to Wheelock, I’ve had the good fortune of having my friendly colleagues bringing me around some of the good food places around town to eat! Don’t blame me if these photos make you hungry! πŸ˜›

First up, pepper beef rice lunch at Wisma’s Food Republic! It’s from the store that sells beef noodles. Very yummy, at $6.30 per set. πŸ™‚

As I have French classes every Tues and Thurs, I’ve taken to eating sandwiches for dinner due to the convenience. I highly recommend this ham and lettuce sandwich from Sun Moulin bakery at Shaw House’s Isetan. Priced at $3!

As my parents were away for the week, my sister and I decided to meet up for dinner and we had delicious Japanese food at a shop at Raffles City basement. I forgot to take note what is the store name. Lol. This tofu side dish is not very tasty…

But this Soft shell crab Okos is highly recommended especially if you like soft shell crab! πŸ™‚

This sandwich is from Taka’s Deck bakery… which has very tough bread but very yummy mayonnaise! I won’t buy it again cause the bread is too hard, but if you like hard bread then you can give this a try! It’s $3. πŸ™‚Β 

My sister took pics of us on the train home and made this image compilation including my second sister! πŸ™‚

This are the stuff I bought from Watson’s member’s sale! Hahaha. Pads, LoveMore facial masks and Majorlica eyeliner all on like 50% offer! ^^ The LoveMore facial masks come in very pretty packaging like an airmail envelope, I will take a picture and upload soon. πŸ™‚

On Saturday, I went to Siloso beach to check out the La Petanque event organized by my colleagues at FCCS. ^^

It was a super beautiful and sunny day!

A pic with the lovely Cat.

Constance hard at work in the morning keeping scores!

With the event head, Valerie, dressed in the colours of France! πŸ™‚

I wanted to explain the Petanque rules here but I am quite lazy and wiki-pedia explains it quite clearly so I would just recommend you to read it here. As an introduction,Β PΓ©tanqueΒ (French pronunciation:Β [petΙ‘Μƒk]) is a form ofΒ boulesΒ where the goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called aΒ cochonnetΒ (literally “piglet”) or jack. It is also sometimes called aΒ bouchonΒ (literally “cork”) orΒ le petitΒ (“the small one”). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces.


Met my French class classmate, Yu Xin at the event and she was jumping in joy when she scored a point. πŸ™‚

Isabella a very humorous french lady looking good while throwing the petanque ball. πŸ˜‰

I did have a chance to represent FCCS and play the game but I don’t have photos to show! πŸ˜› It’s pretty easy and fun to play!Β 

Lunch was at Rasa Sentosa’s Barnacles restaurant, French buffet style and it was oh-so-good! There was a wide variety of food available and unfortunately when I reach, the first round was gone and snatched up by hungry french men so I missed out a bit but still what i had, mini burgers, fish, cheese, and desserts like cream cuff and strawberry shortcake was awesome!

Met a really cute french boy, Augustine! He has really big eyes but when he smiles they become like slits, haha cute!

Next up, a vlog post followed by another post with photos from my classmate, Ser Li’s sexy 21st birthday party! ^^

Xx

<3 Scrapbooking for Family and Friends <3

I have always liked scrapbooks and I started with doing decorated mini name boards for friends and family as farewell gifts about a year back.

Recently my primary school friends Jonathan went abroad to UK, London to study so I made him this:

I bought the materials from a paper craft store at Simei, East Point Mall on the second level but very unfortunately the last time I went back this week, they either closed or moved! :'( But it is also ok… because I can buy materials at another place which I will tell you in a bit. πŸ™‚

Basically the set I bought was a ‘Travel’ set meant to create scrapbook for your travels but it also makes sense to create paper craft gifts for friends going away. πŸ™‚ I also bought the buttons from the same store. The ‘thickers’ alphabet stickers were bought at Spotlight if I didn’t remember wrongly. The coaster looking cardboard piece was also bought at Spotlight about a year ago. I went back wanting more but unfortunately it was either out of stock or discontinued. :/

The set comes with ribbons, papers and alphabet stickers. I bought them on offer for about $15. πŸ™‚ Here you can see that I have cut the paper and stuck them on the cardboard.Β Scrapbooking tools, pencil for outlining on special papers before cutting with scissors. πŸ˜‰

Next you glueeee!

Add on more decorative elements and some personalized message and Voila~! You’re done! πŸ™‚ Heavier items will need to use liquid white glue which will become transparent when dried.

Another friend Wei Ren also left to study abroad… This time it was a bigger card to contain messages from other friends as well. πŸ™‚

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to develop the photos professionally so it was from my home printer. Thankfully Wei Ren liked it nonetheless. πŸ™‚

The next series of works are made using materials I bought from PaperMarket at Raffles City basement! πŸ™‚ Surprisingly, students only needed $30 on a receipt to be members, so I was given a members card (yay!) after the purchase of two sets, one with a Baby Girl theme and another for a Girlfriends theme.

I belatedly realize all my best girlfriends are born in the last quarter of the year! September and October! Hahahah! And yes, all these paper crafts are like really belatedly birthday cards. πŸ˜›

For my girlies in Lasalle… Kat & Bini. πŸ™‚

If you noticed, yes I did mix materials from the Travel set as well! I do take note of my friend’s personalities and preferences before I make the cards. πŸ™‚

All these photos were printed professionally at the Kodak store at Marine Parade near Watsons. Only 25cents per photo! πŸ™‚

For my bestie Ming~!Β And bestie YL~~~

And for Justin and Kim’s baby girl who just turned 1 month old, congrats! Baby Keren is so pretty! πŸ™‚ It’s meant to be like a group card, the second page for cell group members to sign. πŸ™‚

Then I made for my lovely sisters as well!!! I <3 my sisters. I am very blessed. We are very blessed, too blessed to be stressed! Hope you two are reading this! πŸ™‚ <3

This is for my sister who graduated… not so recently. πŸ˜› And enjoying friendships at work, yay!

A close up of the border, which is an original idea! πŸ™‚Another for her more ‘private’ life. πŸ˜› I was quite sad to find that I don’t have a recent picture with her.. But then belatedly realize there is one but it wasn’t on facebook so I forgot about it… πŸ˜›
For my sister also abroad… in UK.. (Seriously so many Singaporeans studying abroad, hahaha.) This is supposed to be a secret/surprise… Wonder if she will read this then it’s not so secret anymore! Hahahaha πŸ˜›I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did creating all these paper craft / scrapbook layouts and writing about them!

My advice for anyone who wants to start scrapbooking would be to buy good materials, preferably those pre-packed ‘sets’ for a start, as they come in co-ordinated colours, patterns and design theme. Some even have layout ideas at the back to spark your creativity! Honestly, as you go along, it’s very easy to then go free-style and design as you like.

If you are stuck for ideas, just google! Whether it’s “Best Friend Scrapbook layout” or “Birthday Scrapbook layout” or “Baby girl scrapbook layout” there are tons of ideas and inspirations online! πŸ˜‰

Next up, I will post about the ICB styling event I attended last Saturday!

I also filmed a vlog…which I will post soon! <3

God bless!

xx

First Halloween Celebration!

 

 

 

As I always say, I am very blessed. My lovely (and sometimes crazy) friends in class asked me out with them for Halloween and I gamely agreed but it wasn’t till the last hour that I took action… so my ‘dress’ for Halloween was very ‘mehhh’.

I called Shi Hui like 1 hour before we were supposed to meet up and I told her I have no idea what to dress up as. Then I told her likely a leopard dress and Ser Li was with her and she said she’ll bring a Fox mask for me. Yay! But if you think about it… Leopard dress and Fox mask? = No link but one happy Jia En. HAHAHA. Anyways.

 

What is Halloween without dressing up, drinking, getting high, looking silly and having FUN? πŸ˜€

Traditionally Halloween is a day to celebrate the dead, before All Saint’s Day, a day to celebrate the Saints and all the deceased members of the church. But now it has evolved to an event that youths and young-at-heart a like can dress up and celebrate with their friends. πŸ™‚

It was my very first halloween celebration and I was very fascinated (to say the least) by everyone’s enthusiasm for the event and their courage in dressing up. There was flintstones, anime characters, goth girls, boys in CHIJ girls uniform… and even NAZI soldiers. Haha. When it comes to creativity, the sky’s the limit eh!Β With my super lovely classmates Serli, Shi Hui and Shella. <3 <3 <3 one <3 for each of them! Ser li as a kitten, and Shi and Shell as bunnies, all tres sexy ! πŸ™‚

Rach and friend popped by a bit before they left for some drinks!

Kat and friends! Kat as a witch and her friends as like… death clowns! x)

Anyways as a *ahem* responsible blogger I shall stress that if you drink but don’t get drunk and if you are a girl then all the more be guarded when you’re out partying alright! πŸ™‚ Nowadays girls can be quite scary too so boys also must be guarded and wary ok! πŸ˜›

Shella with claw fingers… wait isn’t Ser li supposed to be the kitten?!
Ser li: MEOWZ~!

 

I am so excited with bunny Shi Hui! πŸ™‚

 

First signs of red faces and high kisses! o’-‘o
Group shot in the club! Us girls and Shi’s friend, Rayson!Β The very ‘lucky’ Rayson with 4 dates for Halloween!
Posing with boys in diapers! HAHA.
I secretly would like to kiss Ser li very much… just kidding! πŸ˜›
Ending off Halloween 2011 with 3 scary clowns! How was your Halloween? If you celebrated, drop me a comment, tweet or email with links to your photos, I wanna see! πŸ™‚
<3
xx
Some pics are mine, but most photo credits to Mayshella! πŸ™‚

100 Friends 100 Artists 100 Inspirations & More


Now that I am settling into my internship(more about that later), I finally have time for my blog! πŸ™‚

100 Friends 100 Artists 100 Inspiration exhibition is currently held at TCC @ Clarke Quay (near Raffles Place Mrt). The exhibition is managed byΒ Art-management. It’s a celebration of Phunk Studio as they invite 100 friends to create 100 artworks – each piece representing something, someone that inspires them. Subject varies from animals to families, lovers, artists and for myself, a Singaporean fashion visionary Tjin Lee.Β :)

Each artwork will be sold at $199 per piece. $99 will go to funding Transmission Lab 2012 exhibition which will be held next February, showcasing the artworks of up and coming creative Singapore talents.

Photo time! πŸ™‚

With my group members under Trans. Lab 2011-12, Joyce Lee and Wanqi, both with design and illustration background. πŸ™‚

Together with our mentor, William and his super cute and adorable son. πŸ™‚Candid shot of us admiring the brochure. πŸ™‚

My artwork. I am inspired by local fashion visionary and game-changer, Tjin Lee, founder of Mercury M&C, organizing company for Audi Fashion Festival and Blueprint! πŸ™‚

This is my write-up for my artwork:

Tjin Lee is a Singaporean woman that inspires me. As the founder of the PR and events management company Mercury Marketing and Communications and Audi Fashion Festival director, she has increased Singapore’s awareness of fashion and level of fashion by bringing in top international designers in the past years. She is inspiring to a fashion student like myself because she is visionary, believing that Singapore can be a great fashion capital years ago and has played a great part for the fashionable city that Singapore is today!

My artwork about Tjin Lee is executed in scrapbook–style, a collection of bits and pieces about her that inspires a fan. The use of black and white traditional damask print complements Lee’s elegance while the orange rose and hues expresses her warmth and friendliness that she exudes in person. Lastly I hope that her quote β€˜I… march to the beat of a different drum.’ continues to inspire many more to take the lead and take the less-travelled paths.

Posing with my artwork. πŸ™‚

This is one of my favourite artwork in the exhibition, it is done by my CCS (cultural and contextual studies) tutor, Lucinda and it’s kind of like a romantic tribute to her lover… Aww!!! I texted her to tell her I liked it a lot. πŸ™‚ It was sold already (red dot) and we wonder who could have bought it…? πŸ˜›

Funny profile pic of an artist ! Hahaha πŸ™‚

Do go down and check out the exhibition at Clarke Quay! 50% of the artworks are sold and will be taken down by 15 Dec if they are sold, if not they will be on display till January! Hurry go down and purchase the artworks while they are still available, support local arts, support Transmission Lab 2011/12 and support yours truly! πŸ™‚

About 3 weeks ago, Jacq invited Char and I to attend IS Magazine bash at Avalon. Wondering what IS Mag bash might have in store, I decided to attend to take a look. It was terrrible to say the least. We went down at about 11pm and queued for about 30min to be told that drinks were no longer free-flow and there is only one bar open/bartender giving drinks and it wasn’t the one that we were queuing at. The music was bad, it was so very super packed, all I remembered was noise and there was no host or entertainment of any sort. Disappointed, we left without a single sip or drinks. Although there was a small door gift of Β the Face Shop facial mask and other samples… I don’t think it was worth the trip.

Fortunately, there was another event which took us by pleasant surprise. Jacq was invited to attend Heineken underground music festival which was held at what seemed like an abandoned warehouse at Stadium link, near Katong (and $8 cab fare away from my home, yay).En route to the party place.

Jacq signing in while we await for our passes as her guests. πŸ™‚

The first set that we heard playing was by an indie musician from UK, London. I think his name was James. The music was very strong in bass and vocals, like acoustic with strong beats. At times pretty trance and hypnotic which was… very unfortunately not Char or my kind of thing/music. HAHA. Well, we were each given a complimentary full bottle of Heineken plus the enthusiasm of the crowd bobbing to his music really made the event enjoyable.

I left early that night but not without a picture with the lovely girls! πŸ™‚

Myself, Jacq and Char.

<3

xx

Onward Japanese Fashion Show | ICB, DipDrops & Rosebullet

Thanks to HEAT Branding,Β through a competition held on Insing.com , I won tickets to visit Onward Kashiyama Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Showcase @ Avalon. The original price of the ticket which includes access and one drink was $35 and I won tickets for a guest and myself! There were many Japanese that paid to watch the show that night, I am so blessed! πŸ™‚

If you read my last article, you would know that I invited Gilda of Revasseur to attend the show with me.

That night, Onward Kashiyama Japanese fashion house introduced three retail concepts in a high-energy creative presentation.Β Invited guests and media were shown a premier showcase of the ICB, Rosebullet and DipDrops Autumn/Winter collections. πŸ˜€

I’ll let the photos do the talking~ Credits to Gilda for the sharp images and no credits to me for the blurry ones. πŸ˜›

ICB features grown up, office lady looks.

Before DipDrops came on, there was a live hair show by Shunji Matsuo featuring Malaysian blogger Cheesie of Cheeserland as model! πŸ˜€

Second in line, DipDrops FW 2011 collection had a distinctive British influence to it.

Lastly, Rosebullet showed a mixed collection of urban and laidback country floral styles. Before the models came strutting in, there seemed like a group of ‘normal’ girls prancing on the stage and then they settled in a corner of the stage, drinking champagne. We had no idea who they were and what they were doing but they did bring some entertainment. Perhaps Rosebullet was trying to convey that the ‘everyday’ girl can look equally charming, cute and attractive as the professional models. πŸ™‚

To end off, a cute albeit blurry photo taken with Gilda and Kenneth and Andrew, designers of Depression! πŸ™‚

They gave out really nice canvas tote bag with vouchers as door gifts! Sorry I won’t be posting photos of them cause I gave the vouchers away! πŸ™‚ If you fancy the clothes, do visit Dip Drops at 313@Somerset (#03-09/10) or at the Rosebullet boutique located at Marina Bay Sands (B2-116, Canal Level)! πŸ˜‰

Can’t get enough? Check out FeverAvenue’s more thorough coverage of the show here. πŸ˜‰
School’s out and internship’s (sadly not holiday :/) in! I received positive news last Friday that I was given an internship placement with French Chambre of Commerce Singapore (FCCS). I am glad and I hope to put my limited French to good use and pick up a lot more in my 2 months there!
Blogging really takes time, hopefully I will be able to keep up and have more interesting stuff to blog about! πŸ˜› I have so many stuff to blog about… My recent occupation with end of year’s presentations and submissions have resulted in blogging ‘back log’ :/ For a long ‘preview’, next up will be the 100 Friends Exhibition and I will combine that with a night out with Jacq and Char where we went for a very uneventful magazine bash but followed by a very interesting beer celebration… Next next will probably be a short one on my first halloween ‘party’ experience! πŸ˜‰
That’s all for now, wishing all of you the best of health and a blessed week ahead! <3
xx