Sunday, July 27, 2014

ROLLER COASTER RIDE

"God makes the best roller coasters."
~ Brandi Keeler ~

If life is indeed like a roller coaster ride, well, after an amazing ride to the top in June, it went downhill the moment July said hello. 

So, I woke up with an aching body on the first Thursday of the month, but I thought nothing of it cause I had been exercising rigorously the couple of days back. Headed to work as usual, by the time I reached my office, I was feeling feverish and my colleagues were commenting that I looked sick. Indeed, I was feeling worse as the clocked ticked by, but I didn't want to cancel a meeting that was scheduled for that afternoon, so all I did was popped two paracetamol and hoped that the fever would go off. 

By lunchtime, I was feeling in the dumps. Not only did the fever not subside, it got worse. Luckily for me, the meeting got rescheduled cause the other party couldn't make it so I decided to take the afternoon off to pay my GP a visit. 

His diagnosis was influenza, the worst form of flu. I was running a high fever when he saw me, and the body aches were so bad that I had problems walking. That night, I slept at 8.00pm.

Friday morning came, and the fever showed no sign of subsiding so the whole day was spent in bed. 

Then Saturday arrived, the day of Stefanie Sun's Keplar World Tour Concert. I was wondering if I should skipped the concert but I was feeling better so I decided to attend since I had already paid for it. 

Sunday arrived and I was feeling much better and all ready to head back to work the next day. So, imagine my horror when I woke up on Monday morning to find my face covered with rashes. That meant my medical leave was extended. My GP diagnosed the rashes as a result of the influenza and sent me home with medication for allergy and rashes. 

Woke up on Tuesday morning feeling tired and weak, but decided it was time to head back to work since my medical leave had ended. Had a hard time concentrating at work cause I was feeling feverish and the rashes were causing an itch. I had never been more thankful by the time the clock stroke 6pm. 

As the night went on, the rashes had gotten worse and the fever was back with a vengeance. By midnight I decided I had enough and made my way to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) unit of Alexandra Hospital. At that moment, all I wanted was to know what was happening to me. 

The symptons were similar to that of dengue fever but the blood test was negative. In the end, the doctor's diagnosis was drug allery. To PARACETAMOL! I was bewildered cause I had been taking paracetamol/Panadol all my life and never had this happened to me. Since that was his diagnosis, well, I took it as that and after lying in the A&E unit for close to 4 hours, I was sent home  with 3 days medical leave and medication. 

Despite taking the medication and sleeping through the whole of Wednesday, I was not getting any better. 

Woke up on Thursday to a rashes covered and swollen face, raging fever and aching body. Mummy Love was pretty worried by now and suggested that I go back to my GP, but I told her that it was better to go back to the hospital. 

The moment I alighted from the cab, I was hunched over and about to faint any time. The hospital staffs rushed over and I was put on a wheelchair, had my temperature taken (a soaring high of 39 degrees) and wheeled to the A&E ward immediately. I didn't even had to register and go through triage. This time round, a senior doctor came to see me and after asking endless questions, his initial diagnosis was a viral infection, I was seriously dehydrated and I had to be admitted. 

I thought that was the end of it but I was wrong. The doctors suspected I had contracted measles and my case was transferred to the Infectious Diseases team. I also had to be isolated because measles was contagious, at that time I no longer cared where they put it. I only wanted to recover. 

Because I was dehydrated, I was put on IV drip and I slept for 3 days, waking up only when the nurses had to take my blood pressure and for medication. There were times when I didn't even wake up for meals cause I had no appetite. 

There is no cure for measles, so the doctors could only treat me by the symptons. Thankfully, by Sunday, the fever had subsided and I felt hungry, but I was still tired and weak and I was sleeping most of the time too. 

Monday came, and I was feeling way better. The rashes on my face and body were clearing, no more fever and body aches and my appetite had returned. The senior doctor came by and informed me that I was recovering, and I found out that I had contracted measles. From where or whom, I had no idea. I was also informed that I could be discharged the next day but would have to be on hospitalization leave till 22 July 2014.

This pretty much explains my absence here and on Instagram. 

I practically slept through half of July and this had been one horrifying episode. During my stay at the hospital, there were times when I cried, especially when I saw my reflection in the mirror. I resemble a puffer fish and I'm not joking when I said that. The times when the nurses took my blood, only to have blood vessel moved before they finished and had to repeat the whole procedure again. The times when I couldn't open my eyes because they were so sensitive to light. I literally spent the first 4 days at the hospital in darkness. The times when I couldn't see properly; blurred vision and extremely dry eyes; I wondered if I would ever see clearly again. 

20 days from the first day I came down with fever, I've finally recovered, not fully though. The older generation believes that it takes about a month to fully recover so I'm almost there. 

Extremely thankful to Mummy love, and the hospital staffs (especially the nurses at Ward 8) for taking care of me during this period. Especially Mummy love. She visited me twice a day, brought me food and herbal tea, and made sure I was feeling all right before she left home. Every night I would update her about my condition to lessen her worries. 

I'm also thankful for my relatives', my close friends and colleagues' concern. Many had wanted to visit me but I forbade them to do so; I wasn't in the state to see anyone and measles are contagious, I definitely didn't want anyone to get infected, especially those who are pregnant or come into contact with children. 

Looking on the brighter side, this period allowed me to rest and catch up on sleep. Cleared my sleep debt and if there's such a thing as sleep surplus, or can store sleep, I had about 80 hours by the time I got discharged. 

Now that everything is over and I've almost recover, it's time to get back on track with life. 

As July comes to an end soon, I hope that August will be a better month, and I wish for good health and happiness for everyone. 

Till the next, stay safe and healthy!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NAILS TALK: A-ENGLAND HURT NO LIVING THING & EXCALIBUR RENAISSANCE

REVIEW
*These products were provided to me for my honest opinion and review.

Hello everyone! 

How's June treating you so far? Mine's been great and I hope June's treating you exceptionally well too! I'm heading off to Bangkok for a work trip in a couple of hours (thank God the national curfew in Bangkok had been lifted) and since I'm done with packing, I figured it's time for another Nails Talk update. 

Today I have swatches of two polishes from A-England that I'm pretty excited to share with you guys and I hope you will like what you are going to see. 

First up is Hurt No Living Thing, a subtle shifting polish which is described as a "delicate muted shade fluctuating between dove grey and dusty pink to suggest to be gentle and kind to all creatures".

Hurt No Living Thing is part of the Heavenly Quotes Collection and contains shimmers of grey and dusty mauve. It's fairly sheer; you can choose to wear it on its own or layer it over other colors as a special effect top coat. I chose to wear it over A-England Tristam. 
The middle finger and pinky show Tristam on its own, the index and ring fingers show Tristam with one coat of Hurt No Living Thing layered over. I LOVE how it transformed Tristam and gave it a different effect. 
Spot the shimmer in the swatch above! I'm sure it will be fun to layer it over different colors too! 

Up next is Excalibur Renaissance, the latest addition to the Mythicals Collection and is describe as a "majestic platinum silver". 
To be honest, it's my first time using a foil polish and I realized I'm not exactly a huge fan of it. You'll need a to maintain a really steady hand when applying to minimize the visibility of brush strokes and I'm sad to say that I didn't really do a such a great job. 
Formula for Excalibur Renaissance is excellent and it dries to a really metallic finish, so shiny that you won't require a top coat. You can see how reflective it is in the swatch above.
Depending on your preference, you can get off with one coat but I chose to use two coats for my swatches. 

I have to say, both Hurt No Living Thing and Excalibur Renaissance are two great additions to the A-England family. Despite not being a fan of foil polish, I'm not giving up on it. Other reviewers had mentioned that Excalibur Renaissance is an excellent base for stamping, so I'll probably use it for stamping one of these days. 

Both polishes are available on A-England's website and also that Mei Mei's Signatures. For more information on new colors and promotions, don't forget to follow them at the respective Facebook and Instagram accounts.  

Thursday, June 05, 2014

NAILS TALK: PRETTY POTS POLISH TWILIGHT REVERIE

Hello polish lovers!

Today I have a really pretty polish that's exclusive to BeautySoFly, another Singapore based retailer for nail polish. This brand's also new to Nails Talk, so I shall cut the chase and present to you, Pretty Pots Polish!


For those of you who are new to this brand, Pretty Pots Polish is an indie polish brand from Melbourne and was launched just last year. And check out the gorgeous logo!


Twilight Reverie, a BeautySoFly exclusive, is a dark purple jelly brimming with violet and fushcia  round glitters, golden stars, and lime green iridescent hexes. You can choose to wear it on its own, or use it for layering. 


I chose to do a gradient manicure using OPI Which is Witch as the base so that Twilight Reverie will stand out. I've been falling in love with purple of late and I really love this shade!


Now for the formula and application. 

No complaints about the formula, however do take note that you might need about three coats to reach opacity if you are wearing on it's own. Application was smooth but I did have some difficulty fishing the bigger glitters. This can be easily solved by giving the bottle a good shake. 

Pretty Pots Polish is available on her ETSY store and also at BeautySoFly. Follow them at their respective Facebook page and Instagram account for updates and information on new collections and colours. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

HELLO JUNE

"It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses, when pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses."
~ N P Willis ~


Hello everyone!

I hope you guys got off to a great start for June, mine was amazing if not wonderful! 

I'd been counting down to June for several reasons this year:

[1] My sister and brother-in-law are back from Brazil for a short vacation. Been half a year since I last sent them off at the airport and all of us at home have been counting down to their return. Since their return on Tuesday, we've been spending as much quality time together. Feels good to finally sit down for a family dinner!

[2] My cousin and his wife-to-be will be tying the knot this Sunday! My maternal family isn't that big so it's always a great deal when it's a special occasion like that. I've always love attending weddings because of the all the love and happiness in the air. Seeing how each couple complements each other never fails to give me that soft, warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart. 

[3] Work cum leisure trip! My last proper vacation was sometime in September last year (which reminds me that I've yet to blog about it. Will get round to doing it very soon, pinky promise!), so I've been looking forward to this trip for a quite a while. Though it's a short trip but it's better than none. 

[4] I'm gonna turn another year wiser! Funny how I'm actually looking forward to turning another year older. 

To celebrate this happy month, I've prepared a desktop wallpaper for you guys. Simply click on link below to download. 

I hope you will love it as much as I do and please feel free to share it with your friends or anyone you think needs a smile, as long as it credited back to this humble space of mine. 

Till the next, stay gold! xx.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

GOODBYE MAY


May favourites.

The month of May had been a learning curve for me. Not only at work but life in general too. 

The sudden passing of a friend made me realised how fragile life can be. It also hit me that some friendships are not what they seem to be, and how I had wasted my time and effort on the wrong people when it could have been better spent with those who truly cares. 

Whatever it is, I'm thankful for the lessons learnt in the past two months. 

Now, I'm gonna put everything behind and look forward to an exciting June; counting down to the return of my sister and spending quality time with my loved ones!

So, bring it on June! I'm all ready for you!

Friday, May 30, 2014

NAILS TALK: PRETTY & POLISHED MA MA MA MY FIONNA

Hi guys! 

Gosh, it just came to my realisation that the last Nails Talk update was in January! I'm still very much in love with nail polishes and am still painting my nails (though as frequent). Just that most updates were done on my Instagram cause I simply didn't have the luxury of time to sit down and write a blog post. 

High time to revive Nails Talk and today I have another beauty from one of my favorite indie nail polish brand, Pretty & Polished to kick start the revival. 

Ma Ma Ma My Fionna from the "A New Equation" collection (an extension to the Adventure Time themed blends) is a light blue crelly polish packed with white, blue, green and yellow glitters to remind you of the beautiful and brave Fionna from Adventure Time. 


Swatches above show two coats of Ma Ma Ma My Fionna topped with one coat of top coat. 

Formula was great and application was easy, however I did had to fish for the bigger glitter pieces. I would recommend turning the bottle upside for a while before use. 


Polishes used:
Star Nails Base Coat
Pretty & Polished Ma Ma Ma My Fionna
Glisten & Glow HKG Top Coat

The last I checked, this is unavailable at Pretty & Polished web-store, but no worries. This and many more is available at Mei Mei's Signatures, so do pop over and take a look!

Don't forget to follow Pretty & Polished and Mei Mei's Signatures on their respective Facebook page and Instagram account for updates and info on new collections/ colors. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KEEP SMILING


"Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about."
Marilyn Monroe

Blink, and it's mid April. 

A hectic schedule of back to back events and planning for upcoming overseas trip has taken up majority of my time. Whatever free time that I have now is distributed among sleep, family and friends. Though I'm busier than before, I'm enjoying it. 

April got off on a rocky start and I was thankful that I had work to keep occupied. The last two weeks had to be the unhappiest period in recent years. I have always been a cheerful person by nature, so it was a surprise to me and my closest friends when we realised how badly affected I was by what happened. 

I'm one who doesn't like my loved ones to see me upset, so I have been maintaining a strong front and putting on a false happy mask recently. It has taken a toil on me, both mentality and physically. 

After a putting myself through all this unhappiness for the two weeks, I decided that I had enough. So, after a good cry last night (I can't remember when was the last time I cried), I said a prayer and decided that I was going to let go of what wasn't meant to be. 

For the first time since April arrived, I woke up feeling happy and energised despite getting only three hours of sleep. It was like the huge stone had been lifted from my heart and I could finally breathe. I didn't have to put on any mask when I stepped out of the house earlier. Turning my face towards the sky, with the sunshine shining on my face, I finally smiled, a genuine smile from the bottom of my heart. Another first in April. 

I have no idea how certain matters will turn out in the near future but what I do know is that no matter what the outcome, be it a happy or unhappy ending, I will be able to handle it. Cause the cheerful me is finally back. 

To those who's having a hard time, remember this:

"Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them."
Steve Maraholi

They always say happiness is a journey, not a destination, so I hope that everyone is enjoying your journey. 

Till the next, have a blessed day ahead. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

A LITTLE UPDATE


Hello (to whoever is still checking out this space)!

It's been a good one month and more since this space was updated. February was a hectic month for me, way busier than any of the last of the couple of months. 

The reason for my disappearance was cause I made the decision to return to the corporate world after a year's break from it. The opportunity presented itself late last year and after much contemplation, I decided to give the corporate world another shot. It's a niche industry, one that I'd never thought I would one day stepped into, which was why I decided to give it a try. After all, it's always good to learn more, no?

Returning to the corporate world meant making changes (plenty of it) to my lifestyle. No more late nights (3.00am bed time is non existent now), waking up before the sky lights up and clocking 9 hours daily. After enjoying a year of flexible schedule meant I had some difficulty adapting to this new lifestyle. A month on, I'm quite happy to say that my body has more or less adapted to this new lifestyle, though I have to admit that my bed really seems so much more comfortable in the morning. 

Waking up at 6.00am daily meant that my energy dropped to a dangerously low level by the time I leave the office at 6.00pm. By the time I reached home, I'm all ready to wolf down dinner, shower, laze for a while and then hit the sack. 

Weekends meant sleeping in late, doing house chores, catching up on reading, yoga and attending workshops. There were times when I was tired, I literally slept the whole Sunday (just like yesterday). To some, it's a waste of time to sleep the whole day but to me, it a must. Rest is more important to me than heading on. If I don't rest, it's only a matter that I'll fall sick again and that is not what I need now. 

With this kind of schedule, it also meant that I had to sacrifice certain stuff, like blogging for instance. Much as I want to blog, my brain and body just wouldn't cooperate. And that explains my disappearance from here. 

So will I be shutting this blog? The answer is a definite NO.

Writing and blogging is still one of my passion and there are plenty of memories here that I will never bear to shut it down. 

Now that my body is more or less attuned to this new lifestyle, I'm also trying to work out a schedule where I hope I'll be able to blog at least twice a week. 

And that's the end of this quick update. Till the next, have a great evening!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

NAILS TALK: BLACK CAT LACQUER EVERGREEN AND MAGIC SPELL

Olá a todos! That's Portugese for hello everyone. 

I'm happy to present another 2 stunning thermal polishes from Black Cat Lacquer today. I'm now on a mission to collect her thermal polishes ever since I tried Poison Apple (reviewed here).

Evergreen is a vibrant shade of green when it's warm, changes to dark green when it's cold and comes with a sprinkle of holo dust. 

One unique feature of Black Cat Lacquer thermal polishes is that they are scented! For Evergreen it came with a apple cinnamon scent and I couldn't help holding my fingers near my face so that I could catch a whiff of the scent. If only all nail polishes smell so nice! #justsaying

I rarely wear green polish but I had this on for a week! Not forgetting the number of compliments I received. 

Spot the sparkle from the holo dust!

Up next is Magic Spell!
A scattered holo thermal polish, Magic Spell changes from purple (warm) to a dark purple (cold).

Shown above is how it looks when it's warm.

Transitioning from warm to cold.

Finally when it's cold. 

Have you managed to guess what scent it has judging by it's color? A sweet berry scent! This scent is definitely my favorite! 

Polishes used:
Star Nails Base Coat
Black Cat Lacquer Evergreen
Black Cat Lacquer Magic Spell
Glisten & Glow HKG Top Coat

Black Cat Lacquer is available at her store here and also at Mei Mei's Signatures.

I believe both Evergreen and Magic Spell is currently out of stock on Mei Mei's Signatures so do follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates on the restock.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NAILS TALK: WHAT I WORE

Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a wonderful week so far; for those in Singapore, it's two more days to Chinese New Year and a short break! Time to start feasting again! Hope everyone has completed their spring cleaning and shopping. 

For Nails Talk today, I'm gonna do a re-cap of the manicures I sported last month and earlier this month. I was looking through the photos and I felt that they deserve to be posted here too. So here goes!
Chaos and Crocodiles Teddy Bears' Picnic (how cute is that name) over OPI Berlin There Done That. Teddy Bears' Picnic is a glitter topper with bronze, green, red and purple glitter in a clear base. The color combination is stunning and the glitter pick up despite being a glitter bomb. This is my very first Chaos and Crocodiles polish and it's definitely not going to be the last!

The Christmas season calls for some red and gold nails so I decided to shower some love on my China Glaze polishes. Chose Red Satin for this set of manicure with I'm Not Lion for the accent nails. This is one look that I will probably wear again for Chinese New Year.

Something blue, something silver and something sparkly for the Christmas season with Kiss Me at Midnight and It's Frosty Outside from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection, one of my favorite collections ever! I almost bought the entire collection but thankfully managed to practice some restrain and got only 9 shades. Will get round to using the remaining 7 and share them soon!

The last weekend of 2013 saw me wearing All Wrapped Up together with Be Merry, Be Bright from the China Glaze Holiday 2013 Happy HoliGlaze collection. China Glaze never fails to disappoint with their Holiday collections and this collection had my wallet shrinking as I purchased 5 out of the 12 shades.

Rang in 2014 with blue sparkly gradient nails with Ulta3 New Year's Eve (how apt) and Orly Sheer Peche for the base. Had purchased New Year's Eve in Perth back in November 2012 but as usual, I forgot all about it until I was rummaging through my stash and found this and couple of other Ulta3 polishes. Photos don't do this polish justice, it's way more sparkly in real life.

First manicure of 2014 was a gold and black manicure, a color combination which I had been meaning to try for the longest time. Chose Enchanted Polish Austin Powers (another long forgotten polish) with China Glaze Liquid Leather and Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York for the accent nail. 

It's been ages since I wore brown so I dug out Gloss'n Sparkle Mellifluous, one of the very few brown glitter polish that I owned. A dark chocolate brown base polish with copper, gold and caramel glitter, this stunner was a breeze to apply and glitter pick up was amazing! I was expecting it be a top coat eater given the sheer amount glitters but surprisingly it need a single coat of top coat. 

That's all for Nails Talk and I hope you had enjoyed what I had put up for this post.