Being a Candle Enthusiast

Aug 24

I’m a huge fan of candles, and when I spent RM280 ($90) on a single candle, I know what you’re thinking, outrages right?  For people who doesn’t know much about luxury candles ,it may come as a shock to learn that a candle could cost RM300, or even more. Jo Malone, the British fragrance company, makes a four-wick version in a glass vessel that costs RM1400 — more than RM300 a wick. For that price, shouldn’t the container be gold?

When it comes to luxury, people disagree about a lot of things. But, what they don’t understand is the luxury are meant for people who truly knows how to enjoy them (not those spoiled-brat who are doing it for the sake of showing off).

Let me put it this way — We, human have 5 senses. Sight, Smell, Sound, Taste, and Touch. Some love to indulge in food, and they spent half of the pay cheque on diners each month; Some love a good sound system, and they splashed a good amount of money in installing them; Some love fine arts, and they paid millions in acquiring a painting so they can have them in their private dorm. So what’s wrong with spending on luxury candles? I just have a different “sense” of indulgence.

It may be true that if I merely wanted fragrance, I can settled on the RM50 (or less) Candle in IKEA. But what they missed out is the quality of the product I’m seeking. I’m not sure about you, but when I buy a cheap candle, the vanilla smell or whatever is so strong. It’s like I am in an airport bathroom. IT IS UNBEARABLE.

So, back to the topic, and I’m going to tell you why I think you need to reconsider your use of your “IKEA” candles.

Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.

On the other hand, most high end candles are made out of soy wax. They burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have very long burn times as well.  And, beyond the basic elements of wax, wick and flame, these luxury candles come in handmade containers of crystal, or are scented by the world’s top perfumers using costly essential oils.

Having a good candle is like having a good bottle of wine, you enjoy them slowly, and to some, the packaging itself it’s an art. It makes you want to keep them, by all means when they are emptied.

Candles are sophisticated. Aside from the fragrance, candles are essential for me because of the light, the warmth and the comfort of the flame.

PS: So, what’s wrong with me and my sinful indulgence? I’m pretty sure you have one yourself.

Lovebirds @ Sekeping Serendah

Aug 22

Hidden in the lush rain forest just 45 minutes outside of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find peace and tranquillity at Sekeping Serendah Retreat.

Two minutes of climbing this mini Mount Kinabalu and you’ll see this: Check that sweet juicy contemporary design swag weekend getaway home. Insta-worthy cabin in the wood.

This is it. Spacious patio for bbq & whatever your heart desire. To the right is the bed, fridge, toilet. Don’t go down though, nothing down there except dried leaves =p

What catches the eyes are their minimalistic, yet functional architecture. Metal wire frames makes up most of the furniture and the permanent fixtures such as the balcony and railings came together by exposed metal.

Ring this bell for room service. Literally. Also, when a bear attacks. Just kidding, there are no bears, just ghosts. (There were no coverage for mobile, so here’s the only SOS you have. )

You’re gonna need this too from “vampires”.Was looking forward for stargazing at night, but there weren’t any, still quite bright (light pollution) even though it’s so hidden in the wood.

With serenity and peace of mind are the utmost important, Sekeping Serendah gives off an impression where nature and modern functionality were able to live in balance. For real though – you’ll be all kinds of relax out here.

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Limited hot water but its fun to have a cold shower in the middle of the forest! And open space yo, feel so violated when there’s nothing to cover =p

Sekeping Serendah. Glass Room. Night.

Pro tip: On your way to Sekeping Serendah, head to Publika and raid their meat selection. Get all the necessary for a fancy bbq. Bring extra charcoal. 

Thought it would be hot sitting next to the fire pit, but the chilly night in the woods made it pretty comfortable! Marshmallow, one after another.. yums! It would be perfect if I have some nutella with me.

There weren’t much mosquitoes, or may be the insect repellent i picked up just before worked magic. But there were more moth than any other insects, and occasionally grasshoppers and butterflies. Not too bad, those insects were pretty harmless. But the serial killer in the woods on the other hand… that is pretty harmful.

Woke up to this amazing view, felt like bella for a moment, except that edward was out hunting. And  I have more facial expressions.

Thats about it. The bedroom is adequate but the rest is pretty spacious.

BCL Malaysia’s BFF Make-up Party

Jul 21

A sunday well spent with le BFF and all time favorite cosmetic brand – BCL. Meet Junn, my partner in crime who just got back from the States 2 weeks ago. She’s back for good, but so sad that I’m leaving to Korea soon T^T. We haven’t met for 3 years, but nothing change except that I’m more fabulous than her now. LOL. jk.

BCL surely knows how to please our girls’ hearts, they brought (super cute looking, ahem) makeup artist Takaru Hiroki all the way from Japan for this workshop. Honestly, me and Junn have never been so focus in a workshop. LOL

For a easy-learning experience, BCL prepared the makeup essentials and a guide book on each of our seat. It comes in handy for me, because we both went with an incomplete make-up. And seeing Mr Cute-makeup-guru, we are more than willing to re-do and re-do our makeup so we can ask him tons of questions. LOL.

Purposely smudged our makeup and pretended that we need help so we can get a step closer with him. But, I’d have to say, Hiroki-san is a pro, he fixed all the problems with lighting speed, and it left us with no more reason to bother him when he transformed us into our ultimate beauty selfs. =p

Junn is contended with just a 2 person shot, but I beat her by doing a closer shot -> SELFIE.

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第一次遇见时像个斯斯文文的人,
熟了以后就不知到是那个精神病院放出来的 XD

Group shot stolen from SuiYing’s blog =p Thanks dear!

PS: Special thanks to  BCL Malaysia and Manoah for the (eyecandy.. hmm.. I mean) wonderful workshop! For more information on BCL products and upcoming events, log on to BCL Facebook page here.

Domino’s Football Party

Jul 17

It was a night of friends and football, but what made it even better is the freeflow of DOMINO’S PIZZA and the selfie sessions with the BOLABEARS.

In an epic culmination of what has been a month of speed, endurance and astounding skill on the football field, Domino’s Pizza Malaysia hosted an exclusive football viewing party cum pizza night at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort for over 100 lucky viewers as football titans Germany and Argentina battled in the most viewed football event in the world.

The festivities kicked off at 11.00pm, with the match going on live at 3.00am. Needless to say, I helped myself in the pizzas buffet!! LOL. Perfectly complementing the Domino’s “More Pizza More Football” campaign.

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So much love for the ‘Beanbag’ chairs, it was so comfortable and I almost fell asleep in it during the half time. XD

I also participated in Domino’s Instagram photo contest, dubbed ‘Bear-A-Selfie’. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the best photo, hope this explains the x amount of pictures I uploaded on my instagram during that night on the finals.

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[middle] Hasfahlinda Hassan, Senior Manager, Marketing Domino’s Pizza Malaysia & Singapore, addressing guests in her welcome speech at Domino’s Football Final Viewing Party.

Hasfahlinda Hassan, Senior Marketing Manager of Domino’s Pizza Malaysia and Singapore, said, “Football is a game that brings Malaysians together. We are pleased to share our passion for the beautiful game with our customers at this uniquely Domino’s event in conjunction with the biggest football tournament in the world. The aim of this viewing party is to reward our loyal customers for their strong support of our ‘More Pizza, More Football’ campaign. It is also a way for us to connect with them at another level through the world’s most popular game. This has been an incredible football season for everyone, and we are glad to have been able to celebrate it with our fans.”

It was a night of madness (because i was so sleepy but so awake the same time) as the German and Argentinean players dribbled, tackled, sprinted and played their hearts out for over 113 minutes of nail-biting moments until the last second, when the final whistle blew and my team won. Yeay! Cheered for a good 10 mins then I head home and drop dead. =p

ps: Find out more about the  Limited Edition Popobe® Bola Bears HERE.

 

Neubodi Contour Leggings

Jul 13

Even when our wardrobe is overflowing with clothes, we spend hours in selecting one single dress for each day. And when it is a special occasion like a black tie event or a casual summer party, then the ‘dilemma’ gets beyond explanation. Well, as far as clothing for casual events is concerned, you can always depend on one of the best casual clothing items for women, leggings! Yes, the same ones that were in vogue during 60′s and 80′s! Today, they are worn as the best and comfortable alternative for contour pants. Pair them up with one of your trendy tops and with least number of accessories, you are all set to dazzle in this retro fashion clothing!

Made of breathable white bamboo charcoal fabric, comfortable and accentuates your curve, so glad to found this pair to replace my normal everyday leggings!

Neubodi SuitUp collection comes in three varieties – Hi Waist Contour Panty (RM175), Hi Waist Contour Girdle (RM188) and Hi Waist Contour Legging (RM248). Sizes available from S to XL.

Key Features:
  • All-over slimming through the tummy, waist, hips and legs.
  • High-waisted control flattens the tummy and eliminate annoying bulges.
  • Structured soft boning on the waistline for a stay-put fit.
  • Seamless design to remain 100% invisible under clothing.
  • A super-versatile wardrobe staple – looks great under heels or flats.
Benefits of White Bamboo Charcoal:
  • Radiate Far Infrared Ray
  • Regulate Humidity
  • Emit Anion
  • Antibacterial and Deodorizing Ability

These beautiful black leggings not only accentuate your curves but also create a fantastic slimming silhouette.

  PS: Head over to the nearest Neubodi to have the first glance of the brand new SuitUp Contour collection! You will be surprised! For more information, visit Neubodi’s website or Facebook page.