Friday, 24 October 2014

TGIF

 
But tonight I'm gonna give in one last time
Rock you strong in these arms of mine
Forget all the regrets that are bound to follow
We're like fire and gasoline
I'm no good for you
You're no good for me
We only bring each other tears and sorrow
But tonight, I'm gonna love you like there's no tomorrow

I love country music (George Strait, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, etc) and I am in love with Tomorrow by Chris Young.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Friday, 17 October 2014

Night Noodle Markets

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Despite some hesitation, I did end up visiting the Night Noodle Market at Hyde Park.The pretty lights convinced me that I needed to visit although naturally, we ended up going when it was still light outside and therefore the lights were not turned on. Of course.

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A. and I shared the beef ramen burger and also the teriyaki chicken rice burger. Hmm. Where to begin. Well the rice burger was mainly consumed by myself and by the end of it, my jaw was tired from trying to break down the 'buns' of the burger. When I was younger, we didn't have a non-stick rice cooker therefore every time we cooked rice, a layer of rice would be stuck and it was hard and almost inedible. That was basically what the rice buns reminded me of. Sometimes I feel that I can be quite harsh when it comes to giving my opinion, and then sometimes I don't. When it comes to food, nearly everything falls under the opinion of, "It's alright" and when I actually don't like something, I really really don't like it. Sadly, this fell into the latter category.

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Mini pancakes w/ chocolate sauce and strawberries.

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A. was still a little hungry which justified our trip to Pancakes on the Rocks. We shared the Hot 'n' Troppo with crepes substituted for the pancakes. I am actually not a big fan of pancakes and after my 3 day stint of eating pancakes for breakfast everyday in Toronto (it was free!), I have been put off about the idea of pancakes. 

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Friday, 3 October 2014

September Favourites

It is October! September was a pretty good month though I am sad to see the cooler weather go. Whilst most people seem to enjoy summer and like to skip winters (although Sydney winters are hardly a proper winter), I like to skip summers. I have sort of skipped the past two Australian summers which is awesome. In 2012/2013 I was in North America and Europe, and although I spent most of the 2013/2014 summer in Sydney, I did manage to miss the crazy heatwaves of the mid 40s because I was over in New Zealand which was significantly cooler. My favourite months in terms of weather are: May and September. I digress! This wasn't the point of this entry. This will be a collection of things that I have enjoyed this month.

#1 Thursday Plantation - Nurture Oil

For the past year, I've been more conscious of the products that I put on my face. Namely, I want to use more natural products. Although it is a bit odd since none of my makeup products are natural products. This has oils such as: calendula, mandarin, hypericum, rosehip, lavender, grapeseed, wheat germ and sweet almond. I use it at night after I have cleansed my face and before I put on my moisturiser. My face feel so much nicer ever since I've started to use it.


#2 Dr Lewinn's Hand and Nail Cream

I know it is marketed as a hand and nail cream and although it works fairly decently for that purpose, I use it as my facial moisturiser instead and it is amazing! My skin is so much softer and for some reason, it helps with my acne.

#3 Combat Boots

Back when I was in highschool, I wanted the mid calf lace up Doc Martins however couldn't fork out $150+ for boots. I still can't justify the cost however I have been in love with my boots. Although the warmer weather means that boot wearing season will soon be over, I have been half contemplating these Sandler boots.

#4 Reading
When it comes to reading, my interest in it comes and goes in waves. I might not touch a single book for months but when I am interested, I will read all day, everyday until I am bored of it. I have read 13 novels in the month of September (add me on GoodReads if you use it!). I have also discovered a new author, Liane Moriarty. I read her popular novel, The Husband's Secret, and wasn't a fan. However, I am in love with her latest novel, Big Little Lies and would highly recommend. The Hyponotist's Love Story would be my second recommendation. I have also continued my quest to read the entire Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I'm not completely in love with the series, however it does provide for some easy, mindless reading. It is also nice that I can pick up any book  as each novel is standalone essentially. That is why I started back in June with novel 1 and 2, before skipping this month to the latest novel (No. 19) and I am currently working backwards. My interest in reading has now waned, especially since tv shows are all starting up again!

On the topic of tv shows, I am keen to pick up new shows to become invested in. My current lineup includes: Grey's Anatomy, Bones, 19 Kids and Counting and How to Get Away with Murder. 

Do you have any recommendations?
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.