Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Glamping at The Canopi, Bintan

I'm one of those who enjoys being close to nature but will never survive in it. When I heard Mount Rinjani's hike involves camping, it got an immediate pass from me. So, Glamorous Camping or so we call it, Glamping, is the closest it gets.

With our swimsuits and repellents packed, the Nazzoras indulged ourselves in our first Glamping experience at The Canopi, Bintan. From The Lagoon Tent, we woke up to the beautiful Crystal Blue Lagoon. Picture-postcard worthy, perfect for invigorating outdoor activities and an unforgettable stargazing experience. All we ever needed for a short getaway. 

Let the photos speaks for itself!

Ending this one with a shameless OOTD pose. Till the next entry!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

TGIF Bazaars - Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017 Review

Yay! We did it! This may not be news to most, I've been side hustling on a small scale since 2015. I figured it's about time to expand my horizon and start sailing the seas and chant "I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my sampan...." 

I debated between testing waters or go-big-or-go-home and......... No prize for guessing what I went with.

Images extracted from TGIF Bazaars. More booth information and terms are available in the link.

The organisers from TGIF Bazaars were very helpful and responsive in answering all my queries. I was pretty happy with my booth allocation and the overall booking process was a breeze. Organisers were present onsite throughout the day to ensure all the booths were well settled.

Considering the expected crowd of 50K (for the countdown and carnival nearby), I stocked up and gathered my best warriors. But I was rather disappointed in the afternoon crowd. It would've been perfect if the organisers had put up more advertisement to create awareness and pre-empt on the crowd control nearing the countdown.

The countdown crowd only started after 7pm, before the area was barricaded at 11pm for crowd control. By then, everyone already 'Chope-d' front row seats for the fireworks and that was the end of the buying crowd for us. Many of our friends and families were held up somewhere and unable to get to us.

Glad I finally put my rusty retail experience to good use. It was indeed an eye opening experience and an amazing learning curve. Here I've gathered some useful tips for you:

_Presentation may or may not matter.
This really depends on your merchandise but presentation may not matter to most consumers. Especially when it comes to mobile accessories because they're only looking out for the best deals.
For an open space bazaar in the evening, LED lights would be perfect to keep your booth brightly litted. Had I known, I would've came dressed as a Christmas tree or something!

I believe it's all fair in love, war and business. I'm generally not a competitive person. I know I'd be rolling with the big guns but that didn't intimidate me one bit.
We did get occasional visits from our "neighbour", checking out and taking pictures of me our prices. My heart shattered that they were not there for my autograph. Haiyah... #notfamousenough

_Relevant merchandise based on the occasion.
Put yourself in the consumers shoes. "If I was at a countdown, what would I be looking for?"

*Pat self on back* Well done, Nora! This will not be the last you will see of me! Signing off with a surprise courage juice note from Nazzmie on the sales book. Thanking our families and friends for your support that day! This would not be possible without them. Much love.

Friday, April 7, 2017

All Hail The Queen

Just not too long ago, my Queen turned 58. No idea how she does it because she looks nothing like 58! I hope at 58, i'd look as good if not better.

Happy Birthday, Mama!

My bestfriend, my confidante, my biggest fan. Always wanting the best for the family, putting us before herself.

I remembered being immobile 5 years ago,  stuck on a pair of crutches and 6 months unemployed. At no point she wasn't there for me.

Eventhough I'm married, I hope she knows that I'll always be there for her. We may not be in the same house but I'm always a call away whenever she needs me. There's not a day that I wouldn't check on her and catchup. In fact, I think I call her too much it annoys the hell out of her.

I can just imagine the thoughts running through her head "Alamak budak ni ada kat rumah sebok, tak ada kat rumah pon sebok jugak lah"

Like it or not, I will continue to annoy her till my last breath.

Thank you for everything, Mama. No words can express how much I love you.

Bathroom Favourites

Time check: 1:55 AM
Struggling to fall asleep after 2 glasses of Teh Tarik. So I whipped out my Macbook to draft a completely random post on bathroom favourites.
I don't spend hours in the bathroom with a mental checklist of an exorbitant regime. Except for the occasional times when I'm cleaning the bathroom, it's the only time I'll come out with wrinkly nenek kebayan fingers. Other than that, my times in the bathroom are pretty much what we call it 'fast game, bro'.
You'd be surprised, in that brief moment, the bathroom would transform into an inspiration corner, and occasionally, my very own concert with nothing else but a toothbrush as my mic. Often unrealistically wishing I could add the whole karaoke setup to the list of favourites. But oh wells! I shall not torment the neighbours with my singing and most haphazardly, being electrocuted.
Cutting to the chase, we have all switched products after products and these have worked for me thus far. I'll be including my updated facial routine as well. If you're expecting a 10 step Korean routine, I'm sorry to disappoint. But it's getting there I hope!

Oklah Laneige, don't wait ready. Come, I'll be your brand ambassador.

Clearly enough I'm in love with your products that I've switched my whole facial routine to Laneige! The whole set did cost a hefty amount but a little goes a long way with these. In fact, the whole set lasted me for a good 6 months, while I remembered paying twice the amount on my dermatologist products which would last 3 months max.

These are my favourites from the range, simply can't live without them especially the Lip Sleeping Mask. That -ish goes on my lips the ENTIRE day. Being a badass by completely ignoring the clearly written fact that it's a SLEEPING MASK. But it does the job of giving me kissable lips! So who cares?? haha!

My other favourite would be the Water Sleeping Mask, to keep my skin hydrated through the night and feeling refreshed when I wake up! If there's one thing I've learnt from my dermatologist, our skin has a mind of it's own. Despite the oily surface of my skin, my skin is categorised as dry skin. That's mainly because of the lack of moisture and because the skin it's dry, it feels the need to secrete more oil to keep it moisturised. So it's really important to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, and night. You'll notice the difference in time to come. If you don't want your face looking like a grease ball, use a gel moisturiser instead.

And for the hair, I must give it to these duo, Kerastase Sensitive Scalp and Dry Hair Cleansing Shampoo and the Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturising Treatment.
I've ombre-d my hair recently and has been experiencing flaky scalp and dry hair from the bleaching. So these duo are my saviours! It helps to keep the flaky scalp in check yet making sure my hair is sufficiently nourished.

Alright guys, enough blabbering. I'd probably wake up tomorrow re-reading this post thinking what did I just typed?? My sugar rush is wearing off and my bed is calling. I've got a long day tomorrow. Till the next 2 glasses of teh tarik! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Under the stars with Picneeds

I've always loved a good picnic. 
Sentosa would be our weekend hideout, back then when Singapore was less crowded, back then when we were still schooling with budget constraints and curfews, back then when staycations and getaways were never at the tip of our tongue. 

A picnic by the beach was one of our simple pleasures in life. The sun, sand and sea accompanied with great people and delicious home-made food; partly showing off our half past six culinary skills. But we still loved it.

Picnics are now brought to a whole new level by a genius couple who founded Picneeds. Their fuss free packages consists of 5 themes which includes food such as pizzas, cupcakes, fruits in chocolate dipping and etc, with rates ranging from $150 onwards.

For a change, we went with Picneeds for the team dinner and were completely blown away by the wind setup. Our picnic under the stars didn't go as planned due to bad weather. So do pick a location that can offer you both outdoor and indoor setup as a contingency. 

I call this, the 'atas' picnic.You only need to goyang kaki and turn up! 

Picneeds were very prompt with their replies, and open to ideas or customisation. But do bear in mind that customisation may include additional fees. Ours is a setup for 4 persons.

Prepare to be blown away when you browse through Picneeds FB or IG page!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Beauty Pleasures: Less is More

News is Alicia Keys is no longer wearing make up. Probably an old news to most by now. Some may agree to her personal decision but I won't be surprised to see the detest coming from make up enthusiasts. 

If I were to look that good, you'd see me without make up half the time. But! I love make up too much to give it all up. There are some days I go all out with make up but on most days you'll see me in a 'no-makeup' makeup. If you get what I mean. *oh we girls can be so complicated*

Basically we're trying to achieve that fresh and flawless face, radiating the natural beauty in us. Such lightweight make up allows your skin to breathe easier and leaves us worrying less about touching up throughout the day, which brings you to an update of my 'What's in my make up bag' post 2 years ago! Significantly lesser products and shorter time to get ready. 

So, anyone up for a 5 minutes makeup challenge??

Makeup details below:
  • Tarte Armazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in Medium neutral SGD 58.00 from Sephora
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Medium SGD 19.90 from Watsons
  • Nars blusher in Liberte SGD 50.00 from Sephora
  • Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner waterproof lash enhancing in Carbon Black SGD 27.00 from Sephora
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita SGD 31.00 from Sephora
  • The Face Shop Design My Brow eyebrow pencil in #02 Dark Brown SGD 9.90 from The Face Shop
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