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! 
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