Wednesday, January 03, 2018

HAPPY 2018!

*throws confetti*

So 2017 went by, and 2018 is here. Wow, it's a brand new year once again! Hmm, what did I achieve in 2017? I think there's quite a fair bit which i did in 2017, made some major/drastic changes and decisions etc. I hope things will get better and smooth sailing in 2018, but life isn't always sweet, so i guess it's time to get ready for new challenges! 

Let me recap the past 2 months to close the year... 

My best friend/longest time ever friend got married to her crow, which we are all thankful for (she's bounded for life, ain't no one taking her away from you, YL). Being Glenda's maid-of-honour is basically just a cover for being a "high class maid" for her on her big day. hahaa jokes aside, it is my honour to be your maid-of-honour. To have seen you grow from an immature young kid to who you are today, i'm so happy to see you get married to a man whom i know will love you with all his heart. And to the groom (Yi Liang), thanks for being glenda's husband. good on you.  LOL.  Be nice to glenda (i know you always do), give in to her nonsensical qns and be a loving couple forever!  

After Glenda's wedding was over in November, it was time to welcome the joyous season of feasting! This year, i had not one, but 7 Christmas celebrations with friends and family!! Imagine all that feast inside my tummy.....

First Christmas celebration at Beer Xchange (all thy alcoholics), and ending the night with 2 Belvedere and Lychee liquor bottles at Get Juiced! 

Second Christmas celebration with the SUHC peeps at Ross's condo! Thanks for the invite guys, the meats were awesome as usual!!!!

Third Christmas celebration at Glenda + Yi Liang's crib with the wedding entourage, and an overdose of Absinthe......

Fourth Christmas celebration at Justin's crib.....

Fifth Christmas celebration with my family at le brother's place... featuring my cute niece!

Sixth Christmas celebration with my travel girls at Hangout and ending the night at WAN nightclub! 

Seventh Christmas/ End of Year celebration with my beloved UWR family! 

A year went by just like this....... Too fast to be true, but time waits for no man. I've set some personal goals to achieve this 2018, let's see if i managed to get any of them achieved by the end of this year! 
Hope y'all did some goal setting too. 

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. "


Friday, December 01, 2017

How to achieve an Effortlessly Chic look (ADV)

Hola readers! This post has been delayed by 2 months, but I have a good reason for it. If you're someone who is lazy to style your hair before heading out (just like me!), then you gotta read on this post to find out how to achieve a chic look without doing anything!

I last had my haircut on 20 Sep, which is about 2 months ago (sorry for the delay). If you are new to my blog, just to share with you that I have been a sponsored hair blogger with Hair Plus Korean Salon for the past ... 2 years? I'm not someone who changes their hairstyle/colour every month or so, I probably do it once every 3-4 months? If i'm busy, then my hair salon sees me probably twice a year. :/  Every time i head down to my salon, i don't really have any idea what to do with my hair, i just leave it up to my hair stylist, Su Kim, to decide what is in trend and recommended for my hair. So if you're like me, clueless about trending hairstyles and afraid that other stylist might ruin your locks, you know where to go now... :D

Today's hair session is going to be a mid shoulder cut, wavy perms, S curls to achieve this very effortless chic look for everyday use. Think of looks like the below images (credits: Pinterest)

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Let's begin my hair session! Absolutely love having my hair washed by the delicate hands of the stylists/hair assistants. sooooo comfy i could fall asleep. After my hair wash, I had treatment cream on for about 15min to protect my hair for what's about to come next. & you get to see your head balloon up with the steamer behind. hahaha, it's always so hilarious looking. 

Next step: Chemical cream! This chemical cream is essential to get the perfect hair texture for the perming later on. Su left it on my hair for about 10min (average timing), but my hair wasn't quite ready for perming yet, so she left it on for another 10min. *the time for this step is not the same for everyone, it depends on your own hair's texture. I guess i have very stubborn hair? hoho. Finally it was ready to be washed off (fyi, there's a fair bit of washing hair in this hair session, so if you wanna get the same hair style, be ready to walk back and forth the hair wash basin). I then had a treatment spray applied on my hair and blown dry by 2 stylists (hehe). This last treatment spray is to protect your hair from any harmful chemical from the perming creams, so you still can have your healthy looking hair afterwards. (Y).

Next step: Snip snip snip! Su gave me a shoulder length layered cut. Apparently this layered hair look is trending in Korea now.. I recall when i was in secondary school, i would have like super layered hair, idk why maybe i thought it was cool and "in" thing to do. But it made tying my hair such a hassle! I had to pin heaps of clips on my head just to ensure that my hair isn't sticking out weirdly. hahaha. I quite like my layered hair, and till today, i dont think it's any hassle to tie my hair up. It doesn't fall out randomly, instead it falls around my shoulder giving me this volume look, like i did something awesome to my hair (but i actually didn't do anything)...

How does my hair look? 

Once the cut is done, Su applied perming cream and let it sit to curl. Since i'm doing S curls today for a wavy hairstyle look, the rotors placed on my hair are the slightly bigger ones at 24mm (to achieve bigger curls). Smaller rotors like 12mm are more suitable for smaller and tighter curls. I always loved bigger curls as it makes my head look more voluminous. The nature of my hair is quite flat, hence making me look like a flat head which i hateeeeeeee. But i think for normal perms, it's better to get smaller curls since they will open up over time. If you get big curls, over time, once those curls open up, you'd be left with no curls anymore....

After the perming cream has been washed off, i had another round of treatment before calling it a day. The thing i like about Hair Plus Korean Salon is that they don't just perm your hair and go; they care about your hair. They would treat your hair first, get the texture softened, making it easier to take on the shape that they are going to perm later. And not forgetting to finish off with treatment again so hair is not so damaged. Also, if your hair quality is bad, they won't recommend you to perm even if u wanted it.

Ta-daaaa, after x number of hours sitting at the salon, my new hair is ready to see the world!

The pros about this hairstyle, is that it makes it look so effortless without styling your hair. Whenever i'm out with my friends, they would ask if i had blown my hair or styled it before coming out, but in actual fact, i didn't even blow dry my hair. Just tousle and head out.
Effortless Chic; that's how i would call this.

Some photos to share with you guys on the updates of my hair looking till today. I will leave the month/week since i've gotten this hairstyle on 20th Sept. To note that all these photos are taken without any hair styling done to my hair. It was just a plain day where i head out without doing anything to it. *The only exception is the 30th September photo,where i curled my hair slightly with curling tongs. 

21 September (Day 1) 

30 September (10 Days)

18 October (1 Month)

27 October  (1 Month & 1 Week)

4 November (1 Month & 15 days)

25 November (2 Months & 5 Days)

I think it's time for another hairstyle change in the next few months? 
Stay tuned!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder; Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017

August came and left like a gust of wind. I haven't had time to recollect my thoughts yet!

The inaugural Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2017 took place on 25th August this year, and once again I was fortunate to be on the committee board in guiding and mentoring the young ladies. We had a series of events which took place months before the Grand Finals, one of which drew many attention of the public. 
It was a photo of the ladies at OneKM mall, after their talent and swimwear showcase. Many criticized the photo citing that the girls looked ugly, not prepared, why are they even on this competition, are the organizers blind etc etc. Well, this is the brutal fact of being in the spotlight, caught by the media's attention. These ladies plucked up their courage to step out of their comfort zones, took a leap of faith and joined a pageant. It takes a great deal of courage to be able to stand that stage, receive all the harsh critics thrown at you and still smile and look fly. I applaud you, ladies of #MSBP2017 ! 

Critics aside, I think the ladies went through quite a transformation! I am so happy to see them grow, learn from negativity and draw energy from their supporters, and never to feel ashamed of who they are. That is the spirit. Take it as a learning experience and embrace it... Trust me, it's 10x worse on an international platform. But, you get your fair share of fun times overseas too! #prosandconsbalanced

I shall move on with details of the Grand Finals! This year, the pageant was held at Concorde Hotel, something different from the usual Orchid Country Club where the pageant was held for 2 consecutive years. Concorde is indeed more accessible for us, but then again traffic kills! :( 
Thankfully my trusty hair salon is just around the corner from Concorde. Yes, my hair styling for the evening was done by none other than Su Kim, of Hair Plus Korean Salon at Far East Plaza! If this is your first time chancing upon my blog, I've been sponsored by Hair Plus Korean Salon for the past 2 years. Su Kim has always been my designated hair stylist, and she is superb! I've gotten my hair cut, dyed, treated, permed by them for the past 2 years, and not once have I regretted my decision. Speaking of which, I think my hair is growing a tad too long now, time for another visit soon. Anyway, this is my first time getting Su to style my hair for me as she has always enjoyed cutting my hair. hahaha! 
Final Look!

Arrived at the salon at 2pm and Su quickly got to wash and touch up my roots. As you can see, my hair is not in the best condition (bottom left photo) when i waltzed in to the salon. Furthermore, I was a tight time constrain as I had to get my make up done after the hair styling, and reach Concorde by 6pm sharp. Thank you to my trusty hair stylist team at Hair Plus Korean Salon, it was an awesome job done! 

Left - Before
Right - After 2.5 hours! No cutting involved, just touching up of my hair roots, lots of hair spray and pins. I didn't have super long hair to begin with, and my hair was super out of shape. Luckily with a small bunch of fake hair underneath, it helped my hair to look voluminous.  

As I was wearing a strapless gown (sweetheart cut), I knew I wanted my hair to be somewhat up. Su suggested for me to have some fringe in front so my forehead/front view wouldn't look too bare with the crown on top. The hair style had to suit the crown as it was slightly bulky and it had to sit on my hair, therefore the styles were quite limited. They did a half up-do for my hair and some side fringe which i adore soo sooo soooo much! 

Side view of my hair with my crown

Back view of my hair (this was taken at the end of the day)


Arrived at Concorde Hotel at 6pm, caught up with some of my queen sisters and the cameras started snapping away! It's always a delight to catch up with the sisters and exchange travelling or life stories; a good break away from the daily hustle bustle :)

A shoutout to Ishardi, who has always been so supportive of the pageants that ERM hosts. Ishardi was always around to attend these pageants, and snap photos for us all the time. He's never shy to ask for photos and was always friendly too :) Some photos of the evening are captured by him. 

Queens with Mama Queen

Miss Singapores with Ishardi

Myself and Hash (my successor as Global Beauty Queen 2015)

The evening started with a bang with the contestants whipping out sexy dance moves on stage. I can't even dance with my two left feet! hahah

I was busy Insta-videoing the segments that I forgot to take photos/videos for my own keepsake. Guess i'll just have to depend on my own memory and photos from others to remember. After their opening dance, the girls gave their self introduction before leaving to prepare for swim wear and talent segment (for those who were shortlisted for talent round).

This year, Inner Desire was the official swim wear sponsor for MSBP2017. Coincidentally, inner desire was the sponsor for my year's swimwear round too! We had white bikinis with embellishments on top. I really think their swim wear this year is much more vibrant and eye catching than ours back in 2014. But, hey, we change with time and fashion trends right? So jealous of the girls in their swag bikinis! (how i wish i had one too!)

Queenie bagging home Miss Body Beautiful title from Inner Desire
And finally here comes the most exciting part of all! The announcement of Top 8 , followed by Q&A segment and the reveal of the title winners. I remember during my pageant, my name was the last to be called during the announcement of Top 8. I was sooooo nervous at that time as I looked around me and thought I had no chance since there were other girls whom I thought would definitely be one of them. To my surprise, my name was called and i was overjoyed!

Congrats to the Top 8 finalists!

Your new Miss Singapore 2017 title winners are born!!!

Miss Grand Singapore 2017 - Crystal Lim
Miss Global Beauty Queen 2017 - Amanda Li
Miss Singapore Chinatown 2017 - Christina Cai
Miss Singapore Tourism Queen 2017 - Tricia Koh
1st Runner up - Queenie Sia
2nd Runner up - Katelyn Tey
They will all be representing their respective titles for their international pageants in 2017/2018. 

Miss Grand Singapore
Miss Singapore Global Beauty Queen
Miss Singapore Chinatown

Miss Singapore Tourism Queen

Yet another successful ERM event comes to an end. Big kudos to the ERM team for working so diligently to bring this pageant to greater heights, and to fend off negative comments that came their way during this whole pageant. Cheers to more successful pageants in the future!
Jacqueline! ERM's right hand (wo)man. Great job done!! Saranghae!

And of course, who can miss out the ever dashing Paul Foster, who was our host for the evening. I'd always see Pauly at the Miss Singapore's pageant, doing a fantastic job as usual and being so friendly to everyone. I vividly recall during my international pageant at Sri Lanka, you could imagine my surprise when i saw Paul walking into our hotel on the morning of our rehearsal and to find out he was going to host the finals too! All the way at Sri Lanka, i was so happy to see a fellow Singaporean! We'd always share good memories we had at Sri Lanka, hahaha it was so much fun! 

Our new 2017 winners, together with Papa Alex and Mama Angela

Last but not the least, Past Queens group photos with New Queens!

Hope everyone enjoyed themselves at the pageant. See you guys next year!