JB Day Trip with Karen!

It’s been like July since I stepped out of the country and finally, I’ve got the chance to do so! Since CNY was coming, Karen and I decided to head to Johor Bahru to do some serious CNY shopping! Though it was just a causeway away, I couldn’t help myself from keeping the excitement for it has been a really long while since I last retail shopped and it is my very first trip out of Singapore with Karen! WOOHOO~

In the late afternoon, we headed off from our place to Kranji MRT Station to board the Bus170 but turns out that the queue was super long and we decided to pay $1 to take CW1 instead to Woodlands Custom. Traffic was smooth flowing and we arrived in Johor in no time! We headed to City Square Mall first to fill our tummy before doing the racks sweeping!

I brought Karen to my usual restaurant, Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, which is located in the Inner City near to Sakae Sushi.

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I ordered this strawberry milkshake, it costed me RM5.90 which was around SGD2.20? It was super good though, not too sweet and creamy smooth strawberry with plenty of strawberry pulps at the bottom and topped with a swirl of yummy whipped cream! (Damn those calories, I’ll get rid of them later. Dig in first!)

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Karen was craving something hot and soupy so she ordered this chicken mee sua soup but turns out it was beehoon, stil it tastes really good!

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I ordered this, chunks of chee cheong fun slices in minced pork egg omelette for RM9.80! I know it looks and sound weird and unappetizing but trust me, it taste a million times better than it looks!

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Being an avid Baskin Robbins fan, I tugged Karen along to accompany me to have a big scoop of Caramel Toffee ice-cream! Ice-cream cravings satisfied, we headed off to start our CNY shopping!

In City Square Mall, there are plenty of shoe shops that I would usually visit like Summit, Fabiano Ricco, Mixit and a nameless shop tuck in the middle of Inner City which I frequent most often. I managed to get a pair of classic Mary Jane strap wedges from Inner City and eye-candied several pairs of sandals which in the end I did not get.

One of the major disappointment was that the popular Malaysia departmental store- Padini had shift to next door shopping mall Komtar and it shrunked in size with less product offering than previously in City Square. I was super disappointed as I didn’t managed to get anything.  Then again the former space in City Square was took over by H&M!!! *squeal in excitement*

Although there may be less products available in Malaysia outlet than the one in Somerset or Ion Orchard, the prices were way cheaper than Singapore’s. NO, WAY WAY WAY CHEAPER!

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This one that I tried on, was written RM49.90 on the pricetag which is around SGD18.75! Can you believe it, a pretty tube swirl dress for only that price? I bet it would cost a lot more in Singapore’s H&M. But I didn’t get it in the end because of some stupid drama with the sale assistants at the fitting room. (the service there was disastrous by the way)

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I tried on the wrong sizes for these 2 dresses anyway, but still each cost Rm59.90 which is SGD22.50! (Singapore’s H&M is retailing at SGD24.90) I really love the rose one, I might head down to Johor again later this week to get it, if I have the time.

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These are the loots that I gotten from Johor, excluding my Massimo Sweet Corn Bread and Gardenia Tiramisu Twiggies which are my must-haves!

From F.O.S,

1. Lime Green & White Sandals RM22.50 // SGD8.45 (Price after 10% discount)

2. Bow Buckle Belt RM4.50 // SGD1.70 (Price after 10% discount)

Malaysia’s Factory Outlet Store where you can get quality clothes at a fraction of the price! I love shopping at this major huge retail outlet where you can get tshirts from as low as RM10/piece which is around SGD3.75! You should totally go and sweep their t-shirts rack for they are 100% cotton and super comfortable and pretty. Shorts are also selling at Rm70 for 2 which is around SGD13.20 per shorts! PLUS, they are giving away 10% off your total bill as long as you have your passport to prove that you are a TOURIST!

From Chameleon,

1. Fake Eyelashes Rm2.90 per box // SGD1.10

2. Nail Foils Rm3.90 per pack // SGD1.50

Chameleon is the copycat accessories outlet of Sinma which is well-known to Singaporeans. Chameleon sells a huge range of hair accessories to fashion jewelleries like earrings and even statement necklaces. I love heading to this shop since young to get those pretty hair accessories to glam up my hair but now that I’m older, I’ll usually head there to get all the random stuffs like lashes.

From E-Max,

1. Black Glossy Mary Jane Wedges Rm62.90 // SGD23.70 (Price after 10% discount)

One of the locally own shoe shop tuck in the middle of Inner City Level 2. They have the more pretty and trendier shoes as compare to Malaysia popular shoe brands like Summit and Fabiano Ricco. Though some of the shoes quality may not be as good as Fabiano Ricco, I still love getting shoes from there if you know how pick the right one. Plus, they are having lots shoes on sale right now!

From a random convenient store,

1. Pejoy Green Tea Stuffed Pocky Rm2.50 // SGD0.90

2. JoyFruits Chewing Gum Rm2.80 // SGD1.05

Right before I head to the customs, I would usually make a final trip to the convenient store aka Mama shop in Malaysia to get my Massimo Sweet Corn Bread or Gardenia Waffles or Twiggies and as well as random finds that I may get. Like this time I managed to get the Green Tea stuffed Pocky for only 90cents! Cheap thrill for a matcha lover! And of course, I smuggled in the chewing gum. OOPS~

From Watsons,

1. Playboy Play It Lovely Fragrances RM38.61 // SGD14.52

2. Enchanteur Paris Princesse Rm15.50 // SGD5.83

Watsons is always a must go for all Singaporeans when heading to Malaysia because the products are so much cheaper than in Singapore and they carry more popular brands and some brands which aren’t available in Singapore’s Watsons or Guardian. As usual, I would stock up my cheap perfume which I wear to work from Watsons. For example the Enchanteur Paris perfume is a Malaysia manufactured perfume which can only be found in Watsons or departmental stores in Malaysia, so there’s a lower possibility to bump into someone of a same smell in Singapore. Kidding~

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Lastly, before we headed back to Singapore, Karen was craving for KFC which was super sinful but I failed in dissuading her and thus, got all these! Those cheesy wedges topped with loads of nacho cheese and mayo was a to-die-for! (That’s probably 1500 calories… Sigh)

Anyway, I had loads of fun on a shopping trip with Karen, and I can’t wait for the next one!

(Still so happy that I managed to find all the cheap thrills and SAVED alot!)

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An Authentic Kampong Chinese New Year Experience!

Definitely, it’s authentic with the rooster calling away during sunrise and living in a really big house with our own garden.

So, I had my Chinese New Year this year spent at my grandparents house again. The reason to which why I did not spend my Chinese New Year here, right in Singapore was that I didn’t like being here, I prefer the way of life in Malaysia, relaxing and slow paced, of course, time past faster than you could expect.

I had lots of fun there playing with “explosives” such as fireworks and various types of firecrackers!ImageFireworks!ImageReally pretty firecrackers!

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ImageTourists came to our kampong to put firecracker! LOL~

Not only that, I got to take a look at the new terrace house that we had just renovated and managed to experience a high tide due to heavy rainfalls over the past few days! It was fun with the water coming into our house and rising to our knees in our kitchen! FUNNN!

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Took a picture on my favourite sofa! LOVE~ImageHere’s the high tide!ImageAnd my neighbour’s dog is trap with the rising water!Image

This was the dog who was sniffing at our door on the first day of Chinese New Year!

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Stretching himself like a boss!Image

Showing us his butt!ImageThe water rose even higher the next day!

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Our house’s dalmatian had to seek shelter in the house!

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This was the vain me trying to take photos!

ImageA photo with the house flooded with water…

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A self-shot taken with my sister. Tell me if we look alike? 

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Here’s my pretty nails that I did for myself this Chinese New Year! IN MINT!!!

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Lastly, here’s a photo of me and my adorably looking cute cousin!

Wishing you all my readers a Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Fun Time!

Well, in relation to the previous post of going back Kota Tinggi, Malaysia for the wedding…

I did spend some quality time in my kampong and being a thick skin person, I requested my sister to take some photos of me with the pretty kampong as the backdrop so that I’ll have photos to blog and share with everyone!

Here’s the pretty photos of me in my favourite green asymmetric dress I bought from Taiwan!

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One of my favourite! Check out my dress! It flowing~

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I wasn’t camera ready!

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Vintage!

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It’s funny!

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A turn around and look here photo!

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I look fat!

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I like this!

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My butt looks huge! Wrong angle girl!

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There’s wind~

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Ending it off with my most favourite photo!

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Me and my tomboy sister!

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What do you guys think? 😀

A Big Event in our Big Family

The big family does not refers to the family I have currently in Singapore. It refers to the family in Malaysia.

I know you would  be confused by which family am I talking about and why do I have so many family.

Well, to make it simple, my father is from Singapore and my mother is from Malaysia. Sadly, I’m locally born. Thus, I have 2 families, one from my paternal side which is in Singapore and the other from my maternal side which is from Malaysia.

Perhaps it’s clearer now…still, if you do not understand then just ignore it.

So, I went back to Malaysia for the BIG BIG event that was about to be held.

Well, it’s a wedding! It’s been years since my family had a wedding event and of course, I was so excited about it!

Now let me tell you more about the couple: the groom is my uncle to be exact (according to the chinese way of classifying the generation and naming them) and the bride is obviously someone I’m not quite close with.

So, here’s the photos that I have taken…

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We live in a kampong and we had a temporary tent built for the wedding!

Check out the long red firecrackers!

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A chicken walking pass our main gate first thing in the morning. Kind of auspicious I guess?

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 Buffet food for us!

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 The wedding car is here!

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Catching a glimpse of the bride adorn with gold necklaces!

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Tea ceremony time!

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Our impromptu family photo!

Can you spot me?

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The wedding dinner at night was held in a hall and this is the stage!

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 The chairs were so uncomfortable~

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The 5 tiers wedding cake! Very classic design…

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I went to the kitchen, and a whole row of first course awaits me! WOW!

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 The table setting…

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A very nice french twist updo for my favourite cousin! I did that for her! 🙂

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 Champagne pouring!

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It was the bride’s birthday too!

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My black clutch with my pretty BLING BLING bracelet!

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Took this when I was really really bored…

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So this is my younger sister! Do we look alike?

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With the pretty girl!

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With the camera-shy boy!

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Another cousin!

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With my favourite cousin! I like her facial features!

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On the purple carpet! 🙂

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A shot with the bride and groom! But hello groom? The camera’s here…!

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The wedding gown was pretty! The fabric has was shiny and it sparkles!

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Posing with the wedding car! The Pooh bears were cute!

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P1060808_meitu_119With my favourite cousin!

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The bride’s name was Winnie, so here’s Winnie Bears!

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Here’s the vain me after I put on my makeup!

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How do I look?

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I did had a really great time back in my malaysia’s home for the wedding! I do hope there’ll be more wedding coming up soon! Teehee^^

Back to grand’s place…

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It’s actually been quite some time since I went back. I really miss Kota Tinggi so badly and the peaceful surroundings!

Also, recently, there has been little sheep visiting the grasslands behind our house!Image

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Plus, I went on with my look-alike aunt on the last night before coming back to Singapore! We went to Aeon Jusco and Padini was having a SALE! So I bought some clothes and then we went for supper at 好好海鲜火锅 and the food was great!

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Last few words…or maybe more…

I really love going back to my grandparent’s place! I love everything over there! I know it’s a kampong, there’s nothing fanciful or amazing about there, no advanced technology, everything seems pretty rural but..I JUST LOVE THE WAY IT IS!

There may be occasional bees buzzing in our house, toads croaking in our kitchen at night, but don’t you think that’s what makes it more unique and exciting to stay at?

Proudly Presents: The Kampong Girl

So, when I was in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia, my sis helped me to take some lovely shoots as the kampong scenery was really awesome! Beautiful and natural…So, I’m sharing it with everyone here!

“Little QiQi and her bottle”

“A rundown telephone booth”

“The rebel girl from the 80s”

“I’m in love with the rusty old letter box!”

“I’m a modernistic kampong girl!”

“Nature and me”

I took this myself, and it was really sunny that my eyes could barely open!~

“City girl and her kampong”

“The untouch is the beauty”

Nothing much, but this is our house! So our kampong is not really an attap house but a house built with cement!

Funnybunny: ” I’m a sanity girl”

“In an attempt to be seductive and sexy”

I took my granny’s lollipops that were meant for CNY goodies and took pictures! The lollipops were handmade and looks lovely with it’s bright food-dyes!

“I’m in love with the lollipops!”

“Sweety-licious”

“Do you fancy one?”

“It’s all MINE!”

“WinkyWinkyWinky!”

“Yippee!”

“Dear lollipops, would you mind being mine?”

Okay, I look hideous with the flowers without makeup, eyeliners and blabla…but I love the flowers so much!

Another shot of myself with the flowers! The flowers are so pretty that it feels like spring is really here with us!

I went out to the river side at the back of our house, and the wind was so strong but I couldn’t help taking any photo!

Sweep-side…

Separated..

This is lame…Muahaha~

In line with CNY during the phototaking, she helped me took this photo…

This is really unglam, and my sis took this with the world-most horrendous caption, “Check out my older sis flabby on her arms!”

I was pratically OUTRAGED!…

And now, let me present to you my favourite landscape photos that she took…

“I’m so shy”

“Being hippy”

“Spring is finally here!”

“Freedom and captured…”

” A toilet-ty experience!”

“A city girl’s obsession…”

“I’m in control of my destiny…”

Here’s a close-up of the lollipops!

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So, if you were to notice that during the photo=taking, I never had a single make-up put on, be it false lashes, mascara, eye-liner, foundation, blusher, lipstick or blablabla, there was none!

I wanted to portray that feeling of city girl giving up her cosmetics to be natural and her own self as a kampong girl.

I hope that everyone love it and you can look me up in DeviantArt (Lilstory) as I’m posted some of them there such as the “Candy-licious” one!

Have a good day!

CNY 2012~

我先在这里祝大家龙年快乐,万事如意,恭喜恭喜!

During this CNY, I spent it in Malaysia, Kota Tinggi where my grandparents lived…

So, this is where I waited for my maju bus 227, to Kota Tinggi…

This is random but I bought Beard Papa Durian Puff in City Square@JohorBahru…It was cheap and delicious!

Stopping by Ulu Tiram Interchange during the journey…

In my uncle’s car before heading home!

CNY goodies at grand’s house!

Little QiQi on 初一!

We had charcoal style steamboat, using only charcoal to cook the food! How awesome can that be! I bet most Singaporeans wouldn’t be using such steamboat during CNY…

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This is a 8m long red firecracker! boomboomboom~

This is the dalmation that we keep in our kampong, her name is Xiao Qi.

This is our neighbour’s cat resting under my grand’s car!

My sis took a funny photo with the dog…LOL!

And check out my self-DIY nails! I did it myself and I used Sally Hansen Ink Splatter Shatter and Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl nail polishes that were bought from New York!

They look really lovely right?

Anyways, Happy Chinese New Year, every-boardies!