Apr 14, 2018

Huge Stationery Haul


Besides makeups and food, stationery gives me the same excitement. I have been collecting some of my purchases and gifts to make this haul. I hope you'll find something you'll like here.

Gift from my brother

My brother gave me a set of stencils which meant to use for bujo. Of course, you can use it however you like. There are a lot of options for shapes and sizes. But the stencil isn't user-friendly. It is flimsy and slippery, so it doesn't grip on the paper. It took me some time to get used to the texture and it keeps slipping off the paper. So I had to draw it with pencil first and trace it later with a pen. Storing the stencils also challenge because it comes in a separated plastic bag, I have a problem keeping all of them together. I might need to buy a clear folder to rearrange them properly.


Gifts from Lady Alie

When it comes to crafting & journaling, it is nice to have a few friends to share the interest. My friend gave me all these for my birthday - ZIG Clean Color FB, Stamptitude Wax Seal, and a washi tape cutter. So far I've tested the washi tape cutter - it's brilliant! It makes cutting off the tape really easy. And I use the ZIG brush pens sparsely because I have very bad handwriting. I don't want to waste it. I haven't explore the wax stamp yet because I want to keep it in the pristine condition. It's just so perfect that I "sayang" to use.






Popular Bookstore

I love to go to the old classic Popular Bookstore just to browse magazines, check out new books and of course, stationery shopping. In my Popular stash, I got the Stabilo Pastel Love Mini, the normal Stabilo Boss highlighters, Stabilo classic 2B pencil and UniPin Fine Line drawing pen. Stabilo has been doing pretty well with their new highlighters and I especially love the pastel ones. I bought the classic pencil as well, because I work with different materials such as wood & canvas which I can't use a mechanical pencil with. Lastly, the UniPin drawing pen has been my favourite pen to draw because it is waterproof. You can even use a watercolour on top of it, it just won't smudge. It comes with variety of tip sizes - from 1.0 to 0.05.




Smidapaper

I recently discovered Smidapaper, a stationery/craft shop at Gurney Plaza, Penang. When I entered the shop my heart was jumping so fast. It has all the branded stationery and craft supplies that I have been eyeing on for a long time. I spend almost an hour in the shop, in the end I walked out of the shop with 2 pieces of stickers, a full set Traveller's Notebook in 2018 agenda, plus an additional blank refill. I am totally into the cult of Traveller's Journal now. Will blog about it in a separate post once I have more content to share.







Wanderlust Things

Wanderlust Things is the best online store to get your journal supplies (ahem....). What I got here are lots of large gold paper clips, 3 washi tapes and a gold dish. The Minim Gold Dish is my favourite. It looks really pretty however you style it. It's even safe for food. Since right now is Sakura season, I have 2 sakura washi tapes - one in light blue (my fav!) and another in classic pink. As for the large paper clips, you can do so much with it. Stay tuned for my tutorial on how to make a bookmark out of the paper clip.




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Apr 12, 2018

DoubleTree Hilton Melaka


I've stayed in Hilton Hotel many times. But DoubleTree Hilton, this is the first time. When we first checked-in, it was a pleasant surprise to receive a warm cookie at the receptionist while there was a heavy storm outside. The warm cookie quickly lights up my mood.  After checking with my friends, I found out that the warm cookie is only given out to guests at DoubleTree.


The first thing that I notice when arriving at the hotel, is the spacious lobby and waiting area. The luxurious furniture and unique art designs are accents to the signature Hilton's affluence. The check-in area is located at Level 12. You'll be sure with a peaceful and speedy check-in without the other guests hanging out. They separate the entire waiting area at Ground Floor and the check-in area on another floor.


The room

Not just the lobby that is spacious. It is perfect for a family. Kids will love this hotel because of the Kids Club facility, which is a huge playroom filled with activities. The room is an entire studio apartment itself. The bedding is crisp clean with modern furniture. What I love the most about staying at Hilton is the various options for pillow. There are foam, cotton and feather pillows so that you will have a good night sleep with your own preference. And if you're a Hilton Honor club member, they will surprise you with some handcrafted sweets.









Hotel Facilities

The facilities in the hotel exceeded my expectation. It comes with a fully equipped gym which is just as big as commercial gyms. There is also a steam room and a sauna room. I was really surprised to see a huge locker space with vanity just like any clubhouse that you would pay a huge fee. The pool isn't the most impressive facility, but the infinity view comes with a beautiful landscape of the World Unesco City.






The hotel has three dining spots - a lounge to chill, Makan Kitchen that serves a wide range of local cuisines & Tosca, a swanky Italian restaurant right next to the pool.


I regret not having enough time at the hotel. We checked in at 8PM and left immediately at 7AM. There wasn't much to explore with so little time. I want to go to the Kids Club and Sauna. I didn't even have the time to dine there. But I do plan to go back there again if there is any chance. The DoubleTree Hilton has raised the bar for all the five-stars hotel in Melaka. It is definitely one of the best in town for now. 
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Apr 8, 2018

Minimalist Skincare: Althea Bare Essentials


They say minimalism is the current trend. You see the theme in interior design, scrolling through white-washed Instagram feed and the hashtag of #minimalist is being used millions of times a day. Minimalism is not a lifestyle. It should be a way of life.


Our world is showing fatigue, thanks to us, human, who constantly killing mother nature that protects us. We have lack of education on consumerism. If you really care about being a minimalist, start off by putting extra thoughts on your daily consumption of things.


For instance, our daily skincare may give us temporary beauty fix but cause the environment a permanent damage. Read about how your facial scrub is hurting the fishes <<here>>. To keep it simple, when practicing your skincare routine, make sure that:

  1. The packaging is environmentally friendly. Some brands may be using the brand identity of being "natural" and "eco-friendly" but their practice may not necessarily say so. If you think the product has an exaggerated packaging (few layers of boxes with large container but very few products), then you can be sure it is NOT environmentally friendly.
  2. Educate yourself on skincare ingredients. Avoid using products that made from harmful ingredients. 
  3. The less is better. Use effective skincare such as the Althea Bare Essentials. You don't need to spend on ten jars of beauty products, with just 3 steps you are able to achieve a full skincare regime daily. 


The Althea Bare Essentials Skincare is infused with nourishing and hydrating ingredients from nature and is all you need to keep your skin at its most optimal and comfortable state. It is a 3-step skincare regime that consists of a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer.


Contour Cleanser (Micro Bubbleshots) RM23

Contain microcapsules that pop with water to gently but effectively exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin. Detoxify your skin and create a defined, slim face shape. Because the microcapsules burst into liquid, it doesn't get flushed to the river or sea and cause fishes to get chocked with the beads. With that, you're entirely sure that the Contour Cleanser is able to exfoliate your skin without affecting our ecosystem.

Key ingredients: Ice plant, Lemon verbena leaf


Primer Water (Clear Dewdrop) RM43


This is a 2-in-1 toner and primer made with patented dewdrop technology. It smoothens and evens out the skin, prepping it for the next step and leaving the skin in a youthful glow. The toner is thicker than the usual toner. It is best to use with your bare hands. Pour some of the product on to your palm then pad it gently on your skin. By using no cotton pad at all, you are saving a lot of energy that produces the cotton pad. Just an FYI, the cotton pad that we use aren't 100% natural. It needs bleach to remove the original colour of the cotton. The bleach will then be flushed into the river, creating pollution if it is not disposed properly.

Key ingredients: Snow lotus, patented dewdrop technology.


Fixer Cream (24hr Hydration) RM50


The third step is the Fixer Cream, which is also a moisturizer. You will feel layers upon layers of moisture as it penetrates into the skin for up to 24 hours, giving your skin the hydration it truly needs. The moisturizer can be used day and night - saving you an extra product. It can also be worn underneath your makeup and keeping it look fresh as it hydrates your skin beneath.

Key ingredients: Trehalose, green tea, baobab tree



What I love about the Althea Bare Essentials is the uncomplicated, non-pretentious and easy to use skincare. It provides the basic necessities that your skin needs without breaking the bank. The packaging is well-thought of and is really sophisticated for the minimalist look. You can purchase all the Althea Bare Essentials products on the Althea website. Althea ships all their products directly from Korea and you will receive the order within a week!


If it is your first time shopping at Althea, use my referral link <<here>> to sign up and receive 20% off. The discount is applicable to all products on the site. 
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