Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My Henna Experience

Almost two weeks ago, I hennaed my hair. I'd been meaning to do it for over a year but kept putting it off. During one of my boring classes, I decided to bite the bullet and purchased henna from an online store. So why did I want to use henna? I wanted something more natural and healthier for my hair mainly. I also wanted to add more depth into my hair without committing to or maintaining something  different to my natural hair colour. One of my biggest pet peeves (which is quite silly) is: that I cannot stand looking at people's regrowth, especially when their natural hair colour is quite dark and their dyed colour is lighter or vice versa. 

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Finally finding a use for my camomile tea bags (I dislike camomile tea).

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I mixed my pure henna powder with camomile tea and the juice of one lemon and set it aside for two hours. In hindsight, I probably should have let the dye release for a longer period of time, however I was impatient and the dye released had already started.

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From people's experiences online, a lot of people complained about the smell. I didn't mind it too much but it essentially smelt like grass. I have virgin black hair and like most Asians, each strand is both thick and coarse.

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 The reason my ends are so brown is because that part of the hair was in direct sunlight.

Application was pretty easy although as you can see in the photo, I did have gaps. I left it in my hair for around 3.5hours before washing it out.

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A. tells me that my hair looks healthier and shinier (the key benefit provided by henna treatments). Henna doesn't lighten hair but merely deposits colour and pigment therefore my hair is still essentially black. However, in the sun it has brownish-redish highlights. The photos were taken a few days after I hennaed my hair and I believe that it has oxidised a little more now so that it is less vibrant in the sun.

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All in all, I am quite happy with the experience and will most likely be henna-ing my hair again in the near future, with a greater focus on my ends as I don't believe that they are as conditioned as the crown of my head.
Friday, 26 September 2014

All I Do Is Eat

It seems that all I do these days is eat and read. But mainly eat. On Wednesday, S., J. and I went to El Loco in Surry Hills. It has been a place I've been meaning to try for a while but, like most places, I had never gotten around to it.

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If there is one thing that people should know about me, it is this: I hate coriander. Or cilantro. I must admit, I don't think that coriander has much of a taste but it is the smell that is off putting. When it comes to coriander, I have the nose of a bloodhound. When I had chicken pox, my mother made us sit in a bath of coriander (and water of course) as it was a home remedy to alleviate the itchiness. Ever since then, I can smell coriander from a mile away and sadly, it made the tacos almost unbearable. I knew it was in the tacos before I ordered them and I thought I could push past it, but it was very very difficult.

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Dessert at Messinas.

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Complimentary green tea pudding from Sushizilla!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Lunch Date

I basically have two weeks off! Well kind of. I have a tutorial that I need to attend on Tuesday but apart from that, no classes for the next two weeks! I've actually been on break since last Tuesday.

On Friday, I met up with A. after his presentation for lunch at PappaRich at Broadway. We've been there a total of three times now and have been pleased with the food. 

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Afterwards, we headed back to my area to stroll around Dee Why Beach. It was a gorgeous day with a decent amount of surfers in the water.
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A stroll through the sand dunes. 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

High School

"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different."
C.S Lewis

A few days ago, I got invited to my 5th Year High School Reunion. Say what? It has been half a decade (half a decade?!) since I graduated from highschool which is quite crazy in many ways. I like to think that I am different from the person that I was in highschool. Less crazy, less angsty, less emotional and more mature and calmer with a better outlook of life. The Facebook invite triggered this sense of nostalgia and I searched through my photos from my life back then. I didn't have my own camera then and all my friends were so against having photos taken of them. I used to be like that too but then I realised that we only get this chance once and if someone wants to take the photo I let them. Having visual documentation of my life is important to me and I would love nothing more than to one day sit in my living room and flip through my photo albums.

I was hesitant about going to the reunion initially. Simply put, I was more of an outsider in highschool and in a friendship group that was formed by convenience rather than actual connections. The promises of staying in touch faded after a few months of leaving highschool and fast forward a year, I only kept in contact with 2 close friends. Fast forward another two years, and I lost my ties with those friends. I always like to say that the first 4 years of highschool were pretty normal but they were overshadowed by the drama that followed in the last two years. But I have decided that I will be going. Now to find a dress to wear!




One of the days during last week of highschool/ muck up week  there was this watermelon day. Last watermelon standing was the winner. It was quite funny seeing so many people hugging their watermelon to class and protecting it against attacks.


For the Sydneysiders, who remembers this day? And for everyone else, this was the dust storm in 2009. Although it was horrible for my asthma, it was so incredibly cool. Photo is not edited, it was literally orange everywhere.
Saturday, 6 September 2014

Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ



On Friday night, A and I went to Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ for his friend's birthday celebration. It has been raining in Sydney for the past 2 weeks or so which I don't mind except when there is sideways rain. Luckily, it only started to pour once we got to the venue.


A green salad with halloumi. It was really tasty!

I can't believe that it is already September! It is my birthday in 3 months and I will be leaving in 80 days!