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5 Books To Read in Perpetual Summer Heat

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”― Rudyard Kipling Whenever New York Times publishes book recommendations for summer, I go mad with jealousy. A change of season warrants a whole new category of books? But I live in year-round tropical heat! I assume we're entitled to perpetual summer reading. As working adults… Continue reading 5 Books To Read in Perpetual Summer Heat

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Since we’re staying in, let’s discuss Fiction

https://flic.kr/p/2kZZrqc On the upside of this pandemic, staying home on most nights and weekends have apportioned me a greater amount of time for books, my everlasting first love. My bedside book pile has grown substantially, and so have my Amazon and Book Depository wish-lists. Hits and misses aside, several titles struck a chord with me,… Continue reading Since we’re staying in, let’s discuss Fiction

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IDS Skincare – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

Three months after I first started monthly reviews with IDS Aesthetics, my overly active pores have reacted well to the daily use of IDS Skincare products by no longer overproducing sebum. Upon review of my greatest skincare concerns worries, Dr Michelle recommended a Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and… Continue reading IDS Skincare – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

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IDS Aesthetics – Cryo Therapeutics Treatment (CTT)

Two months in since I was first introduced to IDS Aesthetics, my skin's been noticeably a lot less oily. I used to blot my face a lot, and feel obliged to touch up my makeup by mid-day. On good days now, my skin doesn't overcompensate with sebum overproduction even in a dry, air-conditioned environment all… Continue reading IDS Aesthetics – Cryo Therapeutics Treatment (CTT)

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IDS Clinic – Skin Consultation with Dr Michelle

Whatever your age, it's never too early or late to address your skin concerns! I've just entered my 30s, and I'm worried about how my skin would age. Hence the invitation to hop onto the IDS Journey came at a perfect timing. I dropped by their spacious International Building outlet, which is IDS (Innovative Dermatological… Continue reading IDS Clinic – Skin Consultation with Dr Michelle

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Lucky the Japanese Spitz | Dog VLOG Episode 1

https://www.youtube.com/embed/NrG4o6KWWrw A day in the life of Lucky the Japanese Spitz. He's of Taiwanese descent hence a lot smaller than most fully-grown Japanese Spitz. He's 8 years old, mixed with Pomeranian blood, loves begging for food while standing on his hind two legs, and is a crazy lover of cheese (much like his owner). Here's… Continue reading Lucky the Japanese Spitz | Dog VLOG Episode 1

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Seven Days of TCM Tonics for Ladies

Women age fast after 30, and it's not easy to replenish what our bodies are rapidly consuming and losing. After turning 30, I've become a lot more conscious of my health and wellness. My maternal side of the family was in the TCM business, I've always believed in the healing power of natural herbs. Sharing… Continue reading Seven Days of TCM Tonics for Ladies

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Homemade Italian Bread using Panasonic Bread Maker | vlog with recipe

https://www.youtube.com/embed/xH19SwC7-0M Sharing this recipe my Mom perfected for homemade Italian Bread, which goes well with mushrooms, tomato or minestrone soup. Using my reliable 5-year-old Panasonic SD-P104 Bread Maker in this video, one of the best investments for quick and easy DIY fresh bread. Do watch for the ingredients, and share with me your favourite bread… Continue reading Homemade Italian Bread using Panasonic Bread Maker | vlog with recipe

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Lace Pastels Acrylic Nails | Nailed It!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/4CUoEvaAvlA Stay youthful yet classy with pastels and lace. Get ready with me for this set of acrylics with a beautiful ribbon stud! What I'm using in today's video: ♡ Gelish Colours: Loritta #25, #37, #38Gelish colours Pink and Beige ♡ Acrylic Nail Tips * UV/LED Curing Lights: bought online ♡ Nail Glue: MXBON Pro's… Continue reading Lace Pastels Acrylic Nails | Nailed It!

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Diamond Studded Acrylic Nails – Nailed It!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/XKCIYAmelVo Coloured pearls and diamond studs - it's completely easy to DIY! Get ready with me for this set of pastel turquoise studded acrylics. What I'm using in today's video: ♡ Gelish Colours: Loritta #25 ♡ Acrylic Nail Tips * UV/LED Curing Lights: bought online ♡ Nail Glue: MXBON Pro's Choice ♡ Nail Deco and… Continue reading Diamond Studded Acrylic Nails – Nailed It!

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Green Envy Acrylic Manicure Tutorial – Nailed It!

https://youtu.be/GUpz0fDviFQ Who else loves their greens? Go from OL to party with this set of manicure.Incorporated floral elements into this earthy design with a touch of youthful pop lime.With a few simple tools, anyone can give their nails a good TLC at home! What I'm using in today's video: ♡ Gelish Colours: Loritta #37, #38Loritta… Continue reading Green Envy Acrylic Manicure Tutorial – Nailed It!

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French Gothic Acrylic Nails Tutorial – Nailed It!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNkEjFg92MQ&feature=youtu.be Styling my nails today with a French Gothic-inspired manicure. With a few simple tools, anyone can give their nails a good TLC at home! What I'm using in today's video: ♡ Gelish Colours: Loritta #25, #28, #37Harmony Gelish #28, #1325 ♡ Acrylic Nail Tips * UV/LED Curing Lights: bought online ♡ Nail Glue: MXBON… Continue reading French Gothic Acrylic Nails Tutorial – Nailed It!

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2021

“Perhaps that is where our choice lies -- in determining how we will meet the inevitable end of things, and how we will greet each new beginning.”― Elana K. Arnold, Burning https://flic.kr/p/2kpZkdJ Today we ushered in the first of 365 wonderful days and we get to choose how we spend every minute of every single one of… Continue reading 2021

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[APPEAL FOR HELP] RENOVATION HORROR STORY

[APPEAL FOR HELP] RENOVATION HORROR STORY AHEAD Dear friends, please help to share. I’m appealing for some kind of advice. Am currently being bullied into going to CASE / small claims court for a dispute over 1 simple cabinet fabrication (not yet even fabricated). The other party, Smartbox will not allow us to proceed with… Continue reading [APPEAL FOR HELP] RENOVATION HORROR STORY

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♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III

{Prologue III} Jae (Song Jae Won)'s 1999South Korea They wouldn't let me out. When I finally shoved past the barricade of arms, and barreled out of the bedroom into Dad’s chamber where the loud noises echoed, I had to cough hard to clear my lungs. Clouds of smoke in the air were far too viscous… Continue reading ♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III

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♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue II

{Prologue II} Pierre, Kim Sarkozy's 1999South Korea His last words to him were: “Do not ever speak a word of what you saw.” Time will never diminish Pierre's memories of this particular night. Through dreams and waking nightmares, his recollection always began like this: The assailant's large pointed dagger was dripping with fresh scarlet blood.… Continue reading ♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue II

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♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue I

{Prologue I} Reina Yamaguchi's 1999Nagoya If you believed that babies are born with no conscious memories - as blank as a paper, then children can be trained to be fearless, or conditioned to fear anything. Parents often warn their kids by injecting elements of horror. Headless ghouls, the boogeyman, killer clowns and strangers who offer… Continue reading ♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue I

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[Qingdao] Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too

“As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There's a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother's pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, 'In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes'.”

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What comes to mind when you think of bullying?

I read this in We The Urban on the idea of perception: “If you are willing to look at another person’s behaviour toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time, cease to react at all.” When you grasp the notion that people only understand you from their level of perception, you’ll stop seeing the need to over-explain yourself. Having read this, what is the first incident of labelling or name-calling or bullying, whether from your own experience or that of others you know, that comes to mind?

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Laws of Human Nature

Humans are consummate actors, we all wear a mask and we all learn how to lie. We adapt ourselves to our groups and we are so good at acting that we don’t even realize we do. Being aware of our internal self and social selves, we can channel the best of all of our selves.