Sa-wa-dee-kah Bangkok, Thailand!

14 Jan

Before the Chinese New Year coming, i decided to go to Bangkok for a short trip and of cause shopping! I supposed to go together with my good friend – Joey, but didn’t make it. So end up my darling accompanied me to go.

Whenever i go to Bangkok, i’d prefer somewhere more interesting, maybe a boutique backpacker place which is not too far from the city centre. My priority for my hotel room is clean and convenient! This time we stayed in First House Hotel.

First House Hotel located in Pratunam area. You have no idea, staying here is super convenient! believe me! This place is clean, comfortable and offer very good prices, breakfast provided and free wifi. For an internet freak like me, free wifi is extremely important! However, i am not so happy with the wifi here due to the weak connection all the time. Our room was clean with wooden floor (but it’s cleaner than those carpeted ones), clean toilet, hot water (weak water pressure, but it was fine), fridge, hairdryer, toiletries provided but I suggest you bring your own or buy at 7/11 just downstairs. Big bottle of water given everyday, TV with many channels, clean sheets and pillow, spacious room to put all your shopping stuffs, great location! McDonalds, 7-11 stores are just across the road. 5 mins walking distance to Pratunam Market, Platinum Fashion Mall, Shibuya, Big C and etc! For this trip, we did not take any public transport in the city except taxi to and from airport. We walked from hotel to Platinum Shopping Mall, Central World and Siam Paragon. Really near and convenient!!

One of the main purpose of coming here is praying. I knew tomorrow will be anti-government protest here so i after checked-in the hotel, we headed straight to The Erawan Shrine (Thai: ศาลพระพรหม, San Phra Phrom).  It is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma.

The shrine is located by the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, at the Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road in Pathum Wan district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is near the Bangkok Skytrain’s Chitlom Station, which has an elevated walkway overlooking the shrine. The area has many shopping malls nearby, including Gaysorn, CentralWorld and Amarin Plaza.

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I wondered why everywhere are Teddy bear. Inside and outside of Central World, along the street of Siam Square Soi 5 and etc. Maybe it’s Teddy bear’s day or something like that? Anyway, i like soft toy (yea, i know i am like a small little kids.. :P) and obviously i am excited when i see those cute Teddy bears!

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My Mr. S bought me to this lovely mango shop for dessert after a long walk. He was introduced by his Thai friends and this is his second time came to this shop. Please prepare to wait if you come here, due to the small seating capacity in the restaurant, it’s always long queue.

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Tucked away at a corner of Siam Square Soi 5, Mango Tango is a small little dessert shop that specializes in mango dessert.

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The rustic white walls with black graffiti and low hanging lightnings. Very tiny with a seating capacity of less than 20 people.

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Mango Pudding + Fresh Mango + Mango Ice Cream (145 bath)

A heavenly combo to be shared!

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Mango Thai Sundae (75 bath)

The rice was soft, moist and aromatic. The perfectly concocted coconut milk drizzled over the sticky rice made a whole thing perfect!

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A mango a day keeps the doc away!!

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Cute mangoes!! These are all fake mangoes ya. For deco purposes only.

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This restaurant is very clean, and apart from their fresh juicy mango, the variety of mango desserts may also be the reason for the good crowd. For pricing, it’s very decent for their quality mango.

They do have branch at other places. Visit their official website for more information.

MANGO TANGO @ SIAM SQUARE 

Siam Square Soi 5, Bangkok

GPS: -

Tel:  -

Business Hours: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Web: http://www.mymangotango.com/

Tomyam Fish Noodle at the food court of Platinum Fashion Mall. So-so only. Very very little noodle.

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Phat Thai. It was a bit sticky and tasted so-so.

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Ham and cheese pretzel bites. Love it!

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When come to Thailand, one mustn’t miss is to eat coconut ice cream!  Unfortunately, this is not as good as the one i ate in Chatuchak Market. 
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I find that Thai people likes to add more ice into water. Haha!

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This crepe stall is very popular! Located somewhere opposite Platinum Fashion Mall, beside main road. Easy to find.

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Majority of restaurants closed very early due to protest. Initially we planned to go to AfterYou for dessert then nice dinner in Paragon. Unfortunately, the dessert shop is under construction. So ended up no dessert, no nice dinner!

The only place opened is this duck rice stall in Siam Paragon. We don’t like it. Too sweet!
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Pomegranate drinks had become ubiquitous in Bangkok!
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Siang Pure Massage Oil & Balm is a pharmaceutical composition of herbal medicines used in the daily self-medication to relieve tendons and joints. Each for 20 bath.
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I like to buy this collagen drink when i am in Bangkok!! There are many type of collagen drinks selling widely in Bangkok. But i find this better as it is sugarless! This collagen drink can be found in most of the hyper market and 7-11. photo 15_copy

For transportation: Our taxi fare from Dong Muang International Airport is 700 THB (Toyota Camry). From hotel to Dong Muang International Airport is roughly 400 THB. Van is available for large number of people which you can share the money with other pax so you can really save alot! Maximum pax for a van is 10 people. We shared with other 5 people (they are also going to the same airport), so altogether 8 people in a van included driver. So we only paid 340 THB for 2 person.

Sawatdee, Bangkok!!

Bangkok Shutdown!

13 Jan

Tens of thousands of protesters who filled the major intersections of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand today to put pressure on Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and replace her with a transitional government, calling the operation “Bangkok Shutdown.”

Major intersections that normally teem with cars and trucks were blockaded, but trains and river ferries were operating, most shops were open and motorbikes plied the roads freely.

The protest led by former lawmaker Suthep Thaugsuban aims to ‘shutdown’ Bangkok for several days or until Yingluck is removed from power. “Don’t ask me how long this occupation will last,” protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban said in a speech to supporters carried by the movement’s BlueSky television channel. “We will not stop until we win.”

Police and soldiers maintained a low profile as the “Shutdown Bangkok” drive got under way in the city of about 12 million people. The mood was festive, with many protesters singing and dancing in the streets.

Despite the planned shutdown, Bangkok was not entirely paralyzed.

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Even the nonagenarian joined the protest.

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“Bangkok Shutdown” shirts were selling very well at the rally site.

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Business sure very good for those street sellers today!

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Protesters in front of Central World.

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Thousands of people have occupied various busy parts of Bangkok, complete with tents and sleeping mats. It’s not really a shutdown, though. Bangkok more or less functioned as normal Monday with the exception of a number of mall closures.
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Thousands upon thousands of people, but at least so far it is a very festive atmosphere. A giant street party where people are singing, blowing whistles, clapping, eating, sleeping, smiling, holding up signs and just basically having fun.
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Roads that affected:

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I managed to record few videos:-

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Finally, all i want to say is KEEP CALM for those who are travelling to Bangkok during this operation of ‘Bangkok Shutdown’. My advise is stay away from the protest sites, despite the peaceful atmosphere that prevails at most daytime rallies, because Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational, and escalate into violence without warning. However, it’s not as scary as the news reported in the newspaper. As a tourist, the biggest issue facing is mobility, as protesters have closed off seven major Bangkok intersections. All hotels and shopping malls remained open, though opening hours of shopping complexes and restaurants near protest sites were closed as early as 5pm today!

Just in case, tourists can seek assistance by calling the following hotlines:-

Tourism Authority of Thailand: 1672

Thai Tourist Police: 1155

Suvarnabhumi Airport Operation Center: +66 (0)2 134 4077

Don Mueang Airport Operation Center +66 (0)2 535 3431

Tourist Assistance Center (temporary): +66 (0)2 401 1111

Alternatively, visitors can email Touristcenter13@gmail.com or TSC@mots.go.th.

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再见2013!

31 Dec

今天是2013最后一天了。每年到了这个时候一定会回想过去一整年做的事情。

2013是我一生中其中一个最难忘的年份。我的终身大事就在今年的九月。 发梦也想不到我真的嫁得出,因为一直都没信心会有人愿意娶我。其实在这一年,除了结婚以外,我们的家也改变了不少,从简陋变成完美的家。 生活起伏相当大,亲戚朋友们之间造成的误会,嫉妒,怨恨都让我学会做人的道理,更加会珍惜眼前人,尤其是我亲爱的家人和跟我很好的朋友们。 事业可以说是好像roller coaster那样,up and down! 明年有个新计划,希望可以顺顺利利,财源滚滚来!身体一直都比较弱的我,真的希望可以健健康康。有了健康的体质才能’拼’啊。健康还是最重要的。

新的一年里我希望美梦成真,身体健康。希望我的国家-马来西亚,国泰民安,治安不会像以往那样糟糕!

最后,我祝大家2014顺顺利利,快快乐乐,健健康康! ONG啊!!

Love,
Jojo

100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo

19 Dec

This year is the 100 years before the birth of Doraemon!

An exhibition depicting “100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo” is having on 14 December 2013 at Viva Home Expo Hall and will be closed  on 23 March 2014. 

100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo is organized by Animation International (M) Sdn Bhd and sponsored by various organizations.

This exhibition features a total of 100 different life-size Doraemon figures as well as the scripts of comic books, scenes from some episodes of comic books, a small fun fair, a theme topic restaurant and a souvenir shop.

Doraemon, created by Fujiko F. Fujio, is one of the most popular animation figures in history. He is a robotic cat that travels back to the present from the 22nd century via a Time Line to help out young Sewashi Nobi. Whenever Nobi or one of his friends encounter a problem, he comes up with a secret gadget from his fourth-dimensional pocket. The number of secret gadgets produced to date in estimated at about 4,500, including the “bamboo-copter” – a small head-mounted accessory which allows people to fly, the “Anywhere Door,” a door that allows users to reach a destination simply by opening the door and uttering the name of the desired destination; and the “Time Machine”, a machine that lets one travel through both time and space.

No matter what will happen to Doraemon in future, after 100 years later will people still remember Doraemon? This happy blue robotic chubby cat has been brought countless happiness to the old and young people!

Visitors are welcoming by the “Time Machine” when entering to the exhibition hall.

There are three famous classic scenes from Doraemon, “Goodbye, Doraemon!”, “Memories of Grandma” and “The Night Before Nobita’s Wedding”, which will arouse vivid memories of Doraemon for visitors.

This exhibition allows people to take photos. So remember to bring a camera with you!

100 Doraemon!!
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Fridge magnet that i got for myself. So cute isn’t it!!
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At the Doraemon fun fair.
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Hungry? Here is a canteen.
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Doraemon’s most fav food ~ Dorayaki!
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Purchase a soft drink with RM15 and fill it on this cute little water bottle and it’s all yours!
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Merchandise shop
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Yearning the sincere memories with grandma..
Wondering if anyone still remember this classic episode of Doraemon? It’s about Nobita in primary school returned to three years old, when his grandma was still alive. Thanks to Doraemon’s Time Machine, both grandma and grandson finally get to meet each other!
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Doraemon comics & story framed nicely for the exhibition.
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For more information:

http://www.100doraemon.com/

http://www.myticket.asia/malaysia/event-calendar/100-doraemon

How to get there:

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100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo
Viva Home Expo Hall, Kuala Lumpur

♥ ROM ~ Mel & Theresa ♥

4 Dec

 

Today is our friends Mel & Theresa’s ROM. Mel’s newly wed wife is Taiwan. I am very happy that both of them are finally tight the knot.

Mel hosted a ROM dinner after the ceremony at La La Chong Seafood in Ara Damansara.

The quality of foods here dropped dramatically! However, it was an event filled with laughter!

Once again.. Congratulation!!

ROM ceremony at Plaza Masalam Shah Alam 

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ROM dinner at La La Chong Ara Damansara 

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The love birds 

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Meal of the night

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Lucky plant from the newly wed couple

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Restaurant Piccadilly @ Petaling Jaya

15 Nov

It is my first time in Piccadilly. This place has been around for quite sometime and i only got to know its existence recently despite for staying in PJ for so many years. Being a blogger, especially for food. I think i am a bit outdated!

Located below a block of condominium in Millennium Square at Seksyen 14, PJ. My first impression of Piccadilly was  huge, crowded, high class mamak! TV is at every corner of the restaurant, music is playing around, restaurant crews are wearing jersey with number. To be honest, I quite enjoyed lapaking here. I was very amazed at their super variety of food! It offers mainly Fusion food: Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian, Japanese and American. It took so long for me to order my food as there are more than 200 types of food here! Price for the foods here are surprisingly reasonable with this atmosphere. Because i was now feeling well, no appetite, otherwise i think i would’ve ordered more! There is also a separate drink / dessert menu. Alcohol here is extremely cheap too! Too bad, i don’t drink.

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Garlic Bread with Cream of Mushroom (MYR3.50)

The cream of mushroom was nice and thick and super creamy served with a crusty garlic bread.

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Mushroom Bruschetta (MYR5.00)

I love quick and tasty finger food like this which are easy to throw together and are packed full of flavour. This bruschetta topped with pan-fried mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Super yummy!

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Chefs Salad (MYR11.90)

Classic Salad with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, eggs and chicken stripes and ham served with thousand island sauce. The restaurant was very generous to offer such full bowl of thousand island!

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I was not feeling well. However, i enjoyed eating here with this slightly ‘high class’ mamak environment.

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Overall, this place offers decent food at reasonable prices. All you have to know is what to order and what not to order. Go for those recommended on the menu. I actually read their review on Foursquare, there are more than 300 reviews.

Verdict: Finding a parking is not easy in this area, either for peak hour or non peak hour. Never simply park your car at the road side or you’ll get a fine. Just park inside the basement parking area with an entrance fee of MYR2.00 and the restaurant is just a level up of the car park.

RESTAURANT PICCADILLY

LG 006 & LG 007, Millenium Square, Dataran Millenium PJ, 98, Jalan 14/1, 46100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tel: +603-79605886

GPS Coordinates: 3.105095, 101.634637

Website:  -

Business Hours: – (Should be opened from day to midnight)

WIFI: Yes

Halal (but served alcohol)

I’m Spicy @ Seksyen 17, PJ

19 Sep

Today, i have gathering cum celebrate Mooncake festival with friends at I’m Spicy. So you are looking for some real Thai food without the travel? Well unload those bags because I’m Spicy’s just around the corner. Serves authentic Thai Street food, home cooked style. And they serve pork!!

Tucked in one corner end of a row of shop houses in this quiet neighborhood, the food here is undoubtedly good, however portions are small if you’re in a large group hoping to go family style.

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The restaurant is very bright inside. Not like other Thai restaurant that i have been which usually have dim light. The place does not have any curtains or soft panels to absorb noise and as it fills up, noise level increases. And the place does fill up pretty fast so a reservation for big groups would definitely be advisable to avoid disappointment.

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I’m Spicy House Drink (Rm 15 per jug)
Ice blended comprising pandan, lemongrass, lime and mint leaves. Very refreshing drinks and it paired perfectly with all the spicy food we had.
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Som Tam (Rm 12)
Papaya salad was fresh but somehow, i felt that it was lack of something, can’t really tell what’s missing.  All i can taste was just spicy and sour.
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What’s a Thai meal without tom yam soup?

Tom Yum Seafood (Rm 18 for small; Rm 30 for large)
Choice of clear or thick soup. With prawns, sotong, clams in the spicy sourish soup based, this is for sure will kick your taste buds, be ready for the spiciness! It would be better if sourness can be stronger. Not the best, but acceptable.
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Red curry (RM18 for small; RM24 for large)

Opt for chicken or pork. We opted for chicken, it was very good.
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Green Curry (RM18 for small; RM24 for large)
No picture for this as i was too hungry until forgot. :P
It comes with chicken or pork too. We ordered Pork curry. Cooked in their homemade curry paste using only freshest ingredients. Loaded with herbs and spices, pork slices and  instead of the eggplants that are usually found in green curries, this one substituted it with mushrooms. Very fragrant and not spicy, suitable for kids who can’t take spicy food.

Both the gravy of red and green curry was thick and nice to go with white rice.

Deep Fried Pork Ribs (RM25)
House Specialty. Deep fried pork ribs marinated in special blend of herbs and spices.
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This was awesome! Can’t recall the name of this dish. Fried vegetable. We ordered 2 sets, really good!
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Off menu item – House Specialty – Wrap Meat (RM20) which was a very unique platter of lettuce to wrap the provided flat noodles, mince pork with deep fried crispy lards and some chilli sauce blend. It was good and different. How you eat this? Ok, take a fresh leaf wrapping all the other ingredients in it and consumes while wrapped and folded.
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Mooncake as dessert after the dinner. Thanks Eevon for this special mooncake from Hong Kong!
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Waiting for the food to be served…
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I wouldn’t mind returning to I’m Spicy. There’s pork meat for you swine-lovers, and parking is very easy at night. The only thing  thwarting me from giving it a higher recommendation is the price vs. portion issue.

I’M SPICY THAI RESTAURANT 

1, Ground Floor, Jalan 17/45, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

(same row as Kanna Curry House)

Tel: +603-7954 2281

GPS Coordinates: 3.11875, 101.62982

Website:  www.imspicy.com.my ; www.facebook.com/imspicythai

Business Hours: 11:00 – 3:00pm; 6:00 – 10:00pm (close on Monday)

WIFI: Yes

Non Halal

Manicure & Pedicure @ Glam Nail Salon & Boutique, Seremban 2

13 Sep

I did my manicure and pedicure in Glam Nail Salon & Boutique in Seremban 2 for my wedding.

My nail stylist is Rose. Heard that she has been doing this for over 10 years. No wondered she looks kinda bossy. Hmm!

Same like any other nail salon, i was giving a nail chart and choose the type i like to do. I told Rose i would like to do for my wedding, and ask for opinion. She recommended french manicure. I did the gel type instead of basic one as she promised of long-lasting and chip-free. As for pedicure, i just go for basic type.

I did my pedicure first. Rose asked another girl to do for me. First, she remove old polish from the nails of both feet, then she file my toenails straight across, rounding them slightly at the corners to conform to the shape of the toe. Then soak for a full 5 minutes. Apply cuticle remover. Scrub my feet and toenails. Then start apply basecoat, two coats of color and a thin topcoat and so on.

After that, Rose did my manicure. She removed all traces of old enamel from my nails, shaping nails, soaking for 3 minutes, apply cuticle remover.. Then start polish application. During that time, Rose kept on telling me that she can’t do much thing on my nails as they are too short. I was thinking, that is not my fault! You’re the manicurist so it’s your job to help me! Not being there complaining! Then she started acting impatient. She did flower design on my nails and i requested for putting ‘diamond’ on each nails so that it won’t look so simple. I don’t know if she is lousy or problem on my nails. She took so long to place the ‘diamond’ on my nails! The glue that she was using is nearly dried out and she kept on complaining. Finally she used transparent nail polish to replace glue! I am shocked and thinking it will sure won’t last long. She told me to put my fingers straight so that the ‘diamond’ will stick it properly. Come on la, my fingers are always straight la. The problem is she never use glue but using nail polish. Common sense la.. Nail polish is stronger than glue??

So the result is.. 1st ‘diamond’ dropped at night on the same day, followed by 2nd the next day! So gel nail polish is long lasting huh? Not even a week, it’s already chipped! I tell myself, Glam Nail Salon & Boutique – first and last!

P/S: An Indian lady was sitting beside me doing manicure, she seemed not satisfied with the result too.

Less than a week, see what i got! *angry*

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One Life, One Chance

19 Aug

Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

做你想做的梦,去你想去的地方,做你想做的东西。因为你只有一次生命及一个机会去做所有你想要做的事情。

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知足.. I’m Contented

14 Aug

空闲是,喜欢没化妆。。虽然样子不比化妆后漂亮。可是这就是真真的我。做人要知足。感谢上天赐我的一切。感恩!I might look unattractive without makeup. But this is the real me. We should be contented. Thanks God for everything you gave me!

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