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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wanderlust: Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking

Rise and Shine from Mount Batur!

So.... It's no secret.. our honeymoon was in Bali. We chose the Mount Batur sunrise trekking as our trip highlight. Just like everyone else, we wanted to witness the magnificent view of the sunrise. Oklah actually, I chose the highlight, simply because Nazzmie is an 'ok go!' kinda person. This best friend of mine will be down for anything! (Except for roller coasters! Shush! Don't tell him I told you that. ;p)
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometer-wide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali (or Ubud) ignimbrite, has been dated at about 23,670 and 28,500 years ago.
The first documented eruption was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000. - Extracted from Wikipedia

In all honesty, we were not prepared for the trek. Of course we didn't expect a walk in the park but it was (a lot) harder than anticipated.

Before I go into detail on our trekking experience, I'd like to put out a disclaimer, this is not an activity I would recommend the elderly, young children or the faint hearted.

For amateurs like us, you may wish engage a personal guide for a more personalised experience. 

There were many service providers available but we chose Mt Batur Sunrise Trekking just because they offered us a personal guide. 

Their rates, for a personal guide, were on the steep side as compared to the groups. It was a price we had to pay. We saw for ourselves how amateurs like us struggled to keep up with the group's pace.

They quoted us 1,200,000 rupiah for two, inclusive of breakfast and coffee or tea at the peak, bottled water, government fees and transportation to and fro.

Our pick up fetched us from our villa in Seminyak as early as 1.30am, reaching the foot of the mountain only 90 minutes later. 

Watha, our guide, was with us every step of the way in such a gruelling trail. We stumbled on rocks, slipped down the slopes with paths only illuminated by nothing else but our torches. 

We made it to the top 2 hours later. Air has never been this fresh, stars have never been this dazzling. 

We were the first to make it back down, completely zombified on the journey back to villa. 

A remarkable experience with our new found friend, Watha. May we cross paths again some day. 

Meanwhile, here's a short video of our humble honeymoon! We'll be back very very soon.

Till the next entry!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Matters of the heart - Fix You

There has never been a dull moment at work. That's what happens when you put 4 crazy girls together. Given our most random and out of this world topics, the office will always find us bursting out in laughter at any given time.

Last week's talk of the town was First Date. (Our girl S is back in the market guys!) The topic came about when S told us she's going on a date and being the girls that we are, we were quivering in excitement to the hear news! (Like finally, S??) Needless to say, the boy talks and stalking followed suit.

All these talk about first dates brings me down the memory lane. Now, where do I even begin?

For a start, the first promise I made to myself was not to start dating until I learn to put myself before others, until I learn to bring myself closer to Him and until I've reclaimed my heart. (Thank you for the wake up call, Yasmin Mogahed. I was one of the millions who was greatly enthralled by the book, Reclaim Your Heart). It was the perfect time for me to put words into actions, discover my identity, my strengths and capabilities.

I looked around me and asked myself, with all that I owned, why am I not content with it? For the longest time, my identity was influenced by the people around me. So much so that it became competitive. (Kpo, orang lain ada bag Chanel, I also nak bag Chanel.) It was a world where material things were valued more than emotions and feelings.

I painted what society deemed as a picture perfect life in my head and expected it to go exactly the way that it should. A title, a dream wedding, a Chanel bag, a Tiff & Co., a 10 carat diamond ring, just to name afew in my wishlist. I succumbed to living lavishly beyond my means just because. Little did I realise, this tainted desire has taken dominion over me and I was enslaved by it. 

Some of you may say it's okay to dream and achieve it. Yes, if you can afford it, good on you! but at what cost are you willing to go out of yours or your loved ones way for it? At the end of the day, who are we here to please?

Life need not be expensive to be beautiful. It is already beautiful if we learn to let go and appreciate the simpler things in it. Please and Thank Yous, Alhamdulillah and SubhanAllah will take you a long way. In shaa Allah.

Till the next entry!

Monday, July 18, 2016

I woke up like this

Found myself popping some painkillers and flu meds after a sumptuous meal at a friend's wedding the other day. I was slurring through my words by the time we got home and caved in to sleeping with my make up on. Terrible, I know.

Caught a glimpse of my reflection when I woke up and my make up was still on point. I didn't hesitate for the one and only time I get to abuse this phrase "B***h! I woke up like this!"

I blame it all on the meds.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hari Raya Upgrade

Feeling under the weather as we step into day 11 of Syawal. 

Did you know it was my birthday, yesterday? I was born on the 10th of Syawal in the Islamic calendar.  So yay! Happy birthday to me! 

There were no celebrations or presents of course. But I did secretly hear Nazzmie whispering alittle prayer while I was fast asleep (no thanks to the painkillers) last night; completing my birthday.

Where did all the time go?? We were too busy basking in the newlywed glow, little did we realise Ramadhan has left us.

This Raya is a trying one, and it will continue to be so every year. We knew as a matter of fact that as soon as we've been upgraded to Mr & Mrs, besides responsibilities, the number of Raya visiting has inevitably doubled! (Means double duit raya to give out! Yikes!)

Fact is, there are houses we will be missing or have missed. And we apologise for that. Now that most of us cousins are married, full strength at our "HQ" on Day 1 is a rare sight. I'm missing all my cousins and our outrageous First Lady poses for the camera. Yeap I still have them guys! For potential bribery purposes in future. :p

Besides my upgraded status as wife/ daughter/sister-in-law, my house pon nak upgrade jugak. This year we open close house due to the HDB home improvement programme we're undergoing, right smack in the middle of Raya. (How convenient) And the horror of cleaning up is endless. On a brighter note, I'm gonna come home to two spanking new toilets in another 10 days! 

Meanwhile, let me pause to give myself a pat on the back (carrying my own bakul) for a successful event at work! 

Till then, enjoy your Raya, stay safe and keep eating!  
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