Sep 25, 2015

10 Things To Do at Hong Kong Disneyland

I've been to Hong Kong Disneyland 3 times in my life and I still feel that my trip to HK Disneyland is unfulfilled. There are so many things to do and each time I return, there are new attractions for me to explore. 


#1 - Meet the Characters
Meeting the Disney characters is much easier at the Character Dining area. At the park, you will need to queue up a long time and wrestle with kids around you to get to the queue. There are two places which features the character dining, which are Chef Mickey Restaurant and Enchanted Garden Restaurant. Check the characters' visiting time and make your booking at the restaurant so you won't miss them. The characters will go around the restaurant and stop-by every table, so there's no need to fight with the crowd to get a decent photo.



#2 - Watch the Flight of Fantasy Parade
Do not miss the Flight of Fantasy Parade happening daily at the Main Street at 3:30pm. This is when the entire park comes to the street to watch all the Disney characters dancing and singing as they march along the street. Be sure to gather at the Main Street half hour before the parade to get a good view.



#3 - Catch all the live shows
If time permits, catch all the live shows as much as you can. They are spectacular, entertaining and Broadway-quality such as Festival of the Lion King, Mickey Wondrous Book, Grizzly Gulch Welcome Wagon Show, and other seasonal stage show. Make sure you check the schedule of the show earlier.



#4 - Watch the 5D show
The Mickey Philharmagic 5D show is something entertaining and enjoyable by adult and kids. It is an orchestra with storyline. Since you will be seated the entire time, it is an activity which you can do when you're too tired of walking.



#5 - Take photos earlier before the crowd comes in
When you are taking photos, it can be irritating when there are kids running around and visitors photobombing your background. Be sure to be there extremely early if you wish to take nice photos. Spot the places where you want to take photos and rush there before the crowd comes in. The sleeping beauty castle is my favourite spot, but I've never gotten a chance to take a nice photo. This render an excuse for me to go there another time.



#6 - Buy souvenirs
Do not assume that all the souvenir shops selling the same thing. Although some stuff are generic and available everywhere, each shop have their own specialties. I love to browse the jewelries on the Main Street shops at Emporium. They have designer's grade jewelries but the price is expensive. My favourite souvenir to bring home is the Merlin's Hat.



#7 - Rides
In my honest opinion, the rides should not be on the top of your list to do. They're the same as other theme parks and can be missed. If you're there for a one-day trip, don't waste your time on the rides. The queue is usually very long. There are amazing live shows and you should go for that instead. Spot one or two rides that you are interested in and use the Fast Pass (comes with your ticket). The Fast Pass allows you to skip the queue for a specific time.



#8 - Stay at Disneyland
There are two hotels at Hong Kong Disneyland - The Disneyland Resort and Hollywood Hotel. I wanted to stay at the Disneyland Resort because it has a castle and princess-y feel to it. However, the rooms are fully booked almost throughout the year. Staying at the Hollywood Hotel is also convenient. Check out my Disneyland Hollywood Hotel stay.



#9 - Eating in Disneyland
There are a lot of fantastic restaurants at Disneyland and also at the hotels. It is not cliche to dine in there as the food are amazing and scrumptious. My favourite is the Crystal Lotus restaurant located in Disneyland Resort. In the morning the restaurant serves dim sum with really cute Disney characters. I will do a separate post on the food as there are too many restaurants there. Don't worry about getting hungry there.


#10 - Fireworks at Sleeping Beauty Castle
Plan your stay until end of the day. Around 8pm there is a Nighttime Spectacular Parade happening at Main Street. The show ends with a bang of fireworks at Sleeping Beauty Castle which also signify the closing of the park. The fireworks and musical is really magical.

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Sep 20, 2015

How to choose adult colouring book that suits you

I have been taking a back seat from updating my posts on this blog because I have stumbled upon a new hobby which is pretty addictive - colouring. The adult colouring book is a new phenomenal event in the publishing industry since its sales surpassed the Holy Bible and Quran for being the top selling books from the shelf. Psychologists around the world have been recommending colouring therapy to patients that suffering from stress and anxiety for many years. Not until recently, illustrator Johanna Basford is to be blamed for introducing the therapy to the public at large.



There is only one answer to why adult colouring books are selling like hot cakes - every adult is suffering from stress and anxiety. We are all facing it at different levels, be it severe or mild. And we have been seeking for therapy in every possible way. The adult colouring books is probably the most accessible therapy for all. It is cheap, safe, easy to use, and effective.



With so many options available, it is pretty hard to choose the adult colouring book that suits you best. If you choose the wrong book, it can add up to your stress. So before you purchase yourself one, ask yourself what is the purpose of you engaging in this activity?


To relieve stress/help on insomnia/relax your mind
Choose adult colouring books that have mandala patterns.When you start filling in the repetitive patterns, you will find yourself get drawn to the rhythm that puts you into a meditative state. The Mindfulness Mandalas is a recommended pick.


To make yourself happy
Find the colouring book that has the theme of your interest. If you are into tattoos, the Megamunden Tattoo Colouring Book will fit your personality. There are fashion colouring book for fashionistas, cats theme, or even colouring books for hipsters. In my case, I bought a colouring book that is filled with foods. I find myself giggling with excitement everytime I open the book.


To spark creativity
Not everyone is brave enough to create a piece of canvas with splashes of paint on it. However, you can be creative with a simple guide from your colouring book. For example, the Daria Song's colouring book encourages you to fill up your own thoughts on the pages. Some other books allow you to tear out the pages and turn your artwork into a postcard. There are so many different styles out there and you just have to choose the one that allows you to create something.




To bond with your children
Colouring is not just an activity for reducing stress. It can also be a bonding time for you and your kids. While accompanying them painting their colouring book, you can choose a design which you can relate to. It is really fun thing to do at home. Choose designs that your kids would love such as fairy tales colouring book. The top one is my baby's, and the bottom one is my work.



To fill in the gap
Do you have a deprived childhood? Do you love to travel but don't have the means to fulfill your dreams at this moment? Choose a design that can fill in the gap in your life. For example, go on a virtual travelling around the world's cities with the Steve McDonald's Fantastic Cities.




After you have found the purpose of you venturing into the adult colouring book, determine what are the colouring medium you would like to use - coloured pencils, watercolour, ink or crayon. If you will be using coloured pencils or crayon, you can pick up any book. However, if you are a watercolour or ink person, you will need thicker pages, or pages that has a blank sheet at the back of it to prevent colour bleeding.




Next is to evaluate the level of your patience. If you are extremely impatient person and can't stand even an hour of concentration, do not go for designs that are delicate, intricate and fine. Your level of motivation will drop off half way. Go for designs that are bold, sparse and easy to colour.




These are merely a guide. There is no right or wrong way to choose the adult colouring book as different people have a different preference. Of course, the artist do play a role in determining what style suits you. We also have our very own local illustrator that features colouring book with Malaysian touch. Her name is Emila Yusof. Do check out her style, it is super cute with some patriotism injected in her work.


I find that the Chinese publisher have better options, especially those from Taiwan. Do venture to the Chinese section in the bookstore if you are looking for more designs. The food colouring book I bought was the best so far and it is published by a Taiwanese company. I stumbled on it at the Chinese section in Popular. It has a lot of extra information regarding food.





The adult colouring book are available at all bookstores, newstand and some selected lifestyle boutiques. Prices range from RM20 to RM60. 
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Sep 6, 2015

DIY: Trendy phone case with temporary tattoos

If you enjoy DIY your own decor, the Wanderlust Things #SkinArt is probably the most useful design tool. I've been DIY-ing my own decor with it and today I'm going to show you guys how to design your own phone case using the #SkinArt.



You will need:

1. The #SkinArt tattoo. It is available from Wanderlust Things for RM12.90 per sheet.
2. A pair of scissors.
3. Some water.
4. A clear phone case.


Step #1
Choose the designs you want on your phone case. I want something that represents free spirit, hippies and bohemian style. Cut out the designs from the sheet. For better accuracy when you position the tattoo, cut as close as you can to the design. Be careful not to cut the design off.



Step #2
Remove the transparent sheet that protects the design. Position the designs however you want on the back cover of your phone case. You can reposition it until you are satisfied with the look.


Step #3
Apply some water on to the tattoo until the sheet of paper is fully saturated.


Step #4
Slowly remove the sheet of paper. Leave the phone case to dry. And voila! You have your own personality kind of phone case!


I'm not going to deny it. This post do contain some advertising. Wanderlust Things belongs to me. I started this online shop to feature travel-related products that I can source from around the world. #SkinArt is a debut product from Wanderlust Things. Most of the designs sold out within a week. And I am continuing to bring in more designs because it is a fun stuff to play with.


Use code TEN10 to receive 10% discount when you check out. 
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Sep 3, 2015

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Review

The Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (GYAC) is one of the most raved about face serum in the beauty community. I remember when in Hong Kong, the underground MTR advertisement panels were filled with information and photos of the Lancôme GYAC. That's not all, while at Sogo Causeway Bay, the Lancôme promoter gave me a pack of one week supply of the GYAC to try out.


Last week I received the full size bottle of GYAC from Lancôme and this time I took extra initiative to test out the efficacy of the product. I wanted to know if the GYAC is worth the praise that everyone's singing and whether it can really restore the youth of our skin within one week as Lancôme claims. So I tried it on half of my face to see the difference.




Product description:
The scientific discovery: Inspired by the latest discoveries in gene science, our research laboratories have revealed more about key skin functions that help to maintain its youthfulness. With age, this functions are altered and the recovery ability decreases. Enriched with new active ingredients, Advanced Genifique has been formulated to boost  visible signs of youthfulness and to help skin's recovery during the day and night. From the first drops, skin looks smoother and more luminous. In 7 days, it looks younger, feels rejuvenated. After 8 weeks, 10 key signs of youthful looking skin appear improved: proven in clinical testing under dermatologist control.


How to use:
After cleansing and toning, apply three drops of the GYAC onto your face. Seal it with another layer of moisturizer or face cream. For better result, exfoliate your skin twice a week and apply it on top of your face essence. 



Comment:
I've been using it on the left side of my face for the past one week - day and night. Every morning when I wake up, there is an obvious difference on the left side of my face. The lines (worry lines, crow feet, nasolabial folds & smile lines) on the left side is significantly lesser. Although Lancôme claims that the result can be seen in a week, for my case I can see the result in just 3 days especially on my nasolabial folds. The left side of my face is lifted and look less tired compared to the right side where I don't put on any product during the trial week.



The three points that I can see a dramatic change are on my nasolabial line (the line extend from the side of our nose to the cheek), the under-eye area and my cheek. My face looks lifted where I applied the Lancôme GYAC.




Lancôme put a lot of thoughts on the packaging. I love the dropper. It allows me to measure the right dosage to use. Half the dropper is enough for the entire face. You just need one squeeze for one day usage for day and night. 



I love the fine texture. It feels light on the skin and can be worn underneath the makeup during the day. It's in light liquid form (similar to essence) and gets absorbed into the skin almost immediately. 



When I recommend this to my friends, all of them mention that the price is too steep. The price tag can be a turn off, however if you use the recommended dosage, the 20ml bottle can last up to two months. 


Recommended for:
I would recommend this for anyone who experience pre-aging stage. If you are looking for quick solution to sagging skin and want to increase the firmness of your skin, this is the product for you. 



Price:
20ml RM201, 30ml RM292, 50ml RM382

Available at:
All 
Lancôme counters & Sephora nationwide 


Ingredients:
WATER, BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE, GLYCERIN, ALCOHOL DENAT., DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM BENZOATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ADENOSINE, FAEX EXTRACT/YEAST EXTRACT/EXTRAIT DE LEVURE, PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SALICYLOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE/AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, LIMONENE, XANTHAN GUM, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, OCTYLDODECANOL, CITRONELLOL, FRAGRANCE


Visit any Lancôme counter and get a one week trial of the Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate (while stocks last). 
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