♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III

{Prologue III} Jae (Song Jae Won)’s 1999 South 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 tooContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III”

♛ 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”

[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’.”

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?

[Qingdao] Starfish, Sea Urchin and Other Exotic Foods

This is a mega-post on everything worth eating in Qingdao. I’m a total travel foodie, and hence made it a point to visit Qingdao’s two most popular street food haunts: Pichai Courtyard and Taitung Night Market, For all who’s seen my Instagram stories, yes, starfish is actually edible!! Despite its tough outer skin, a cookedContinue reading “[Qingdao] Starfish, Sea Urchin and Other Exotic Foods”

[Qingdao] KeEr Cafe 可儿咖啡馆

We discovered a gem on Day Two, in the form of a quaint two-storey establishment nested along Minjiang 2nd Street. Drawn to its warm façade of multi-coloured stained glass windows and brick walls lined with backyard pottery, we entered through a homely wooden wrap-around porch where patrons can dine on hand-painted blue wooden furniture overlooking the streets, reminiscent of having cosy breakfast at a neighbours’ patio.

[Qingdao] 5 must-haves on your bucket list

All beer enthusiasts would have tasted the famed export from Tsingtao Brewery, whose name derived from its city of origin in Shandong Province. Unlike most Western lagers, Chinese beers tend to add rice into their fermentation process, hence lowering a certain taste of acidity in its end-products. For the sake of tasting only the freshestContinue reading “[Qingdao] 5 must-haves on your bucket list”

When writing feels good again

For quite a while I’ve forgotten how writing was my main (perhaps only) catharsis for getting a load off my chest, or when I simply needed a go-to outlet as a person who never felt a need to pour my feelings out in entirety to someone else. Throughout my schooling days I’ve kept journals detailingContinue reading “When writing feels good again”

You’ll always hate how your writing used to sound

I’m having a roaring good time cleaning out a writing folder filled with incomplete, half-assed fiction, themed articles on beauty, tech and health, as well as a bunch of incoherent poems, and God knows what else I might unearth. Painful as it is, the Recycle Bin is where they shall all go. I thought IContinue reading “You’ll always hate how your writing used to sound”

Bed-time musings

“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” ― Charles Bukowski Over drinks on a Friday, I realised being single must be a blessing, because really, I mean, if some lady got toContinue reading “Bed-time musings”

SSENZE – Kpop World Festival 2017 – SG Finals

SSENZE is happy to be finalists of the Singapore round of Kpop World Festival! Our finals will be held this Saturday, 5 Aug, 5pm @ Tampines Hub, Singapore. PM me for further details! The audition clips of all finalists were recently released, and this is ours. Gotta admit that this was in no way perfect,Continue reading “SSENZE – Kpop World Festival 2017 – SG Finals”

This is a short post about Christmas

‘Tis the season to be reminded that quality time with your loved ones are the best gifts you can afford, which no amount of money can ever replace. Cheers to all the old souls who will never be too old for log cakes, stories by the fireplace, midnight cookies and milk, and all of Christmas’Continue reading “This is a short post about Christmas”

BlackBox SG – INNI Skincare

My ultimate skincare remedy for the festive season has arrived! Look no further if you too are worried about ruining your skin with anticipated late nights, booze and Christmas goodies. INNI by La Source Spa is a premium range created by beauty professionals from the popular beauty sanctuary, to give you results that parallel stepping into a spa. I’m featuringContinue reading “BlackBox SG – INNI Skincare”

BlackBox SG – Winter Organics

What’s new in my beauty stash?  A box of cool face and body products from Winter Organics that I’ve been psyched to try out! What are they: Calendula Shower Gel  Retail Size and Price: 200ml, $19.90 Lather and cleanse in a field of budding marigolds, refreshing your mind as well as your skin. The organic flower extract calmsContinue reading “BlackBox SG – Winter Organics”

The Face Inc – Revolutionary Primer Mist

Bustling with excitement as I’m writing this – The Face Inc has just, on 1 Nov, launched its Primer Mist and I’m honoured to be able to review this! Back in April, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Face Inc’s cleansing gel and active toner. I loved their lightweight texture and clear composition. And especially becauseContinue reading “The Face Inc – Revolutionary Primer Mist”

[ASUS] Z3NVOLUTION – Launch of the Zen 3 Series in Singapore

ASUS has unveiled the long-awaited Zen 3 series in Singapore at the “Zenvolution” launch on Thursday, 13 October. The series consist of the ZenFone 3, ZenBook 3, ZenWatch 3 and Transformer 3, to be made available at their respective official launch dates in the weeks to come. I was delighted to be able to tinkle with these newContinue reading “[ASUS] Z3NVOLUTION – Launch of the Zen 3 Series in Singapore”

BlackBox SG – Dr Young Skincare

Hello! Haven’t updated in a long while, but I’m still alive! Got my hands on a bunch of skincare products from Dr Young Skincare, and had the luxury of pampering my skin with goods from their latest launch. They deserve a good long review. Thank you BlackBox SG! More exclusive Dr Young skincare sets are available at BlackBoxContinue reading “BlackBox SG – Dr Young Skincare”

Envy Haircare (UK) Review

Envy Pro has been touted “a work of genius” for its specially formulated, revolutionary 10 minute prewash Dual Fix system, which repairs, strengthens and adds gloss to all hair types, whilst helping to dramatically reduce fizz in damp and humid climates. The brand has made multiple appearances on beauty publications in the UK. I’m honoured to be given an opportunityContinue reading “Envy Haircare (UK) Review”

A Better Florist

Only the freshest flowers for my dear mother on Mothers’ Day, and where better to get fresh floral cuts than A Better Florist? Specially curated, hand-made arrangements can be whisked to your doorstep with a few simple clicks. Blue Roses to fend off those weekday blues: Don’t wait to show your mom and others aroundContinue reading “A Better Florist”

Living The Vida Glow-ca

Does ingestible collagen really work? My quick answer is yes, if you understand the distinction of hydrolyzed collagen – also known as collagen hydrolysate, collagen peptide, gelatine, gelatine hydrolysate or hydrolyzed gelatine – in which individual collagen strands have been hydrolyzed using heat and either acid or alkali solutions. Hydrolyzed collagen is produced from collagen found in the bones, skin, and connective tissueContinue reading “Living The Vida Glow-ca”