03 December 2014

Aventa Hair Studio

Finally, it's the end of exams and the start of my 9months holiday!
Today, 3rd of December's my birthday too (:
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A few days ago, I was already thinking of getting my hair done before my birthday dinner and it's amazing how God always has a plan for me, even before I could plan anything myself. I'm so blessed to receive an invitation from 
Aventa Hair Salon! It's a new Japanese salon near SMU and I was like, of course sure! 
Perfect for my dinner celebration tonight anyways! I've probably mentioned it before, really love the Japanese especially when it comes to beauty and hairdressing, a reason why I chose Tokyo for my exchange next year, woohooo can't wait! (:

So late afternoon, I headed down to Aventa and the hair pampering session begins!

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Established with more than 50 branches around Japan, they have decided to venture into the Singapore market with their wonderful services and the best part of all? I'm so glad they opened at Stamford court, a stone's throw away from my school, Singapore Management University. In fact, I wanted to google where it was but I saw the shop in front of me when I was at the School of Business! It's just opposite SOB, next to Cheers. SMU students, you know where to head to if you need a quick haircut or hairstyling for rushy day events or even presentations! Look good, feel great!

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Stepping into Aventa, it felt very spacious with the use of mirrors and glass. Look above with the Chandelier in place, it gave me the posh feeling ~ well, it's true, especially when you have a vintage looking full length mirror right in front of you! ^^

As it was an invitation, they said I could do anything I wanted on the menu, super generous folks! (:
But I just wanted something simple cause I was just going for dinner plus I'm flying off the next day. So in the end, I chose to do their simple hairstyling service instead of anything more extreme like cutting my hair short, perming or colouring my hair. Though if given a chance again, I wanna try an ombre dye or highlights! I saw some pics of it from their fb page and I'm really quite tempted to try, especially since I'll be on holidays for the next few months!

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What better stage of my life to try something creative and adventurous, right?

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Here's their online menu if you are keen on trying a new look!

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Started with a wash and blow following by curling the ends of my hair. I really loved the smell of the shampoo, Chiho, my stylish for the day, told me nicely that it's a Japan brand cranberry flavoured shampoo.
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Wow, it really did leave an impression on me even as I'm typing this post (:
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Showed her a design that I was keen on trying and she managed to do it similarly to my liking. Did some curling before the hairstyling.
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loving my locks!

Look at those braids in the making and of course, the end product!
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She was really meticulous with the braiding just in case I felt pain or whatsoever, but honestly it was done so quickly that I didn't feel anything. Was using my laptop all the time, and when I looked up, it was already done and I felt like those Korean princesses in Hanbuk, with their braided hair over the top.

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and, we're done for the day!

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Close-Up!

Thanks sweet Chiho for the pretty braids!
Wishing that I didn't need to take them off at all, but as the day ended I had to... :(
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how it looks under sunlight
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Till then!

xx


♥ AVENTA HAIR SALON 

#01-02 Stamford Court, 61 Stamford Road S178892
Appointments: (+65)63372527

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Blessed 22nd

At 20, you are still carefree.

"21" is a new stage of life; adulthood

Today, I turn 22.
Thanks to Taylor Swift, she made the magic number 22 a little more special

Contrary to previous years, I didn't organise any party or celebrations this year. The princess has taken her final bow. I guess many other 22 years old or older would feel the same. Probably still dwelling in the memories from your 21st party, well it's true. I guess it comes to a point I told myself, no need to do a major celebration after my 21st. I would want to end off all birthday celebrations with a high anyways, and indeed I loved and enjoyed my 21st celebration. Felt so blessed by the presence of my family and friends, thank you all for letting me feel like a princess on that day.

Having said that, no parties no big group gatherings this year, but that doesn't mean no celebrations at all. Birthdays are important and they are meant to be celebrated. Just that as you grow older, celebrations would be a smaller scale one with the closest and most important people in your life. Honestly, the older I get, the more I am more sure of who are the ones who truly love me for who I am, who cherish our friendship, who choose to take time out of their busy schedules to share this special day with me just because they want to. The concept of having a group of true friends as compared to having thousands of acquaintances or rather social media "fans" whom you have never even met before. Simply put, I just want to celebrate my 22 years on earth, alive and kicking.

Thanks to my girls for surprising me after my dreadful exams yesterday, was really happy to see them esp since we haven't met for such a long while. Heh! Had a dinner celebration with the boy at night before heading home. Today's gonna be another day of meeting up with the important people in my life, before I fly off tonight. Thanks everyone for your birthday wishes too, really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart! (:


While I am less sure of I want to do in my life at 22 (and graduating from University in a year's time gosh time flies) than I did at 19, that's okay because through my transition years from poly to university, I've learnt many life lessons.

And, if there's one thing God has taught me, that is, God loves me and he has a plan for my life. Don't worry my child, your future is in good hands.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11


And even when I don't understand why some bad things happen at that point of them, when it's so hard to comprehend why God allows bad things to happen to us, I still choose to praise God and know all good things will eventually come. This is Faith, we must be willing to Trust in Him.

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28
More importantly, God gives and God takes.
He has given me a lot, he has made miracles happen, but I know that one day he will take them away from me too. So, cherish the people around you and all that you have. Life is short, live it happily rather than always being unhappy at others. Before you know it, you'll be gone.

Thank you, God for blessing me with my family and friends, for them sticking by me all these years, thank you all for the memories and to beyond.

Turning 22 could be just another number, another day in the 365days of a year.
To be very honest, I don't feel any older nor more matured. Just another year entering the stage of adulthood, meaning more commitments and more responsibilities.

A part of me doesn't want to grow up.
I'm not ready to take on the next stage of life especially after graduation.
It seems scary, but as scary as it seems, I'll take baby steps and choose to trust in God every step of my life.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22

22 as it may seem.
However,
I'll like to think I'm forever 21.

28 November 2014

Everything in its time

Sometimes I wonder what lies ahead
How long till my hunger is fed
They say it's hard to make it in this part of town
So many people on this merry-go-round

Some folks try astrology
Some turn to crystal balls
To find an answer,
To get through it all
I just fall on my knees and I try to pray
In the silence I can hear Him say

The river runs and the river hides
Out to the ocean and under the sky
I promise you, the answer will come
Hold on to patience and watch for the sign
Everything in its time

I often feel like I'm two steps behind
Somebody must have moved that finish line
There are a thousand reasons
Why I should give up
But I'm stubborn in the things I believe

The river runs and the river hides
Out to the ocean and under the sky
I promise you, the answer will come
Hold on to patience and watch for the sign

'cause maybe there's another plan
One I still can't see
A little surprise, like your love in my life
Funny how time changes how we see

The river runs and the river hides
Out to the ocean and under the sky
I promise you, the answer will come
Hold on to patience and watch for the sign
Everything in its time
Everything in its time

11 November 2014

November

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Yes, I realised that I've been missing from this space for a long time. It's one thing about announcing that I'm on a blog hiatus but it's another thing about me missing writing and missing the times I have time to seat down to blog proper. Time flies, I need to remind myself to be consistent with penning down my happy (and also sad) days, all the good things and blessings from above.

Final exams are coming, as usual I'm not very motivated to study for them. I'm looking forward to more of the one week study break I have before the exams, yup, I'll rather be spending the time blogging as it's rather therapeutic... just typing away...

Nevertheless.


Thank you, God.
for being ever so amazing and forgiving, there is none other like you

x

26 October 2014

London Calling

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“There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery, trust, is about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return.”

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This probably best describes my one month stay in London right now.
Came all to way to UK not knowing what to expect but I've learnt so much about life and cultures, and in fact, I must admit that I love living in London.

Singapore will always be home to me, but I do not deny how much I love the experience of living abroad and being away as well as seeing new things and meeting new people. I guess it's just in me. Since young, I was never the child that cried when my parents left me at childcare. Instead, I loved going to school because I get to play with my friends there. I consider myself to be rather independent, well at least I'm the kind that would be excited to explore new grounds all by myself. I would go ahead to explore even if my friends do not want to come along. I don't really feel the need to be around people, I don't feel lonely, I am very contented and comfortable being by myself. I guess that's what happens when you are the only child. You learn to be independent. You learn how to survive on your own and how to be contented with yourself, only because you have to. Also because, I know wherever I am or whatever I do, my God will always be with me.

I always believe to fully understand a city and its culture, you've got to really stay in it for a period of time. One month isn't very long to be honest, but I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do so. I remember a year ago, when it was my first time stepping foot in Europe, I didn't visit London as it was not convenient on the itinerary. I was sad back then, but I told myself it's okay because I will eventually come here. Someday. Little did I know God had already made plans for me, even better plans in fact, as I got a chance to stay here for a month. Not to solely travel, but to stay. Best of all? My BFF was coming along with me for the first two weeks! So we made plans to head over to UK a week earlier solely for travelling together, glad we didn't get too lost nor kill each other halfway. heh!

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always in awe of the underground tube stations

If it wasn't for summer school, I probably wouldn't come here but thank God for opening doors. Like I shared previously, enrolling in university for me is just a platform for me to travel and enjoy studying abroad opportunities... well, because there's no other chance for me to do such things if I had chosen to start work straight away after poly education. University life is when you travel and discover yourself with the precious value of time you have. Last year's summer, I spent a month in Canada and it was a wonderful place to be as well. Blogged about my experience, read here if you haven't. Anyways, tbh if you are at my stage of life, there's don't intend to "chiong" as much as before in studies, just cause you don't have to. Ultimately, what's your goal in life? Well that's besides the point, but all I can say is London's a really awesome choice I made for myself.

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King's College London was simply amazing!
I even got to be the face for next year's summer school poster and marketing collaterals alongside some international schoolmates

Located at the heart of London city and within close proximity from where I resided, walks to school every morning were such a pleasure. I hate morning lessons, I will never bid for a morning lesson in SMU. But just imagine this. Being greeted by the beautiful view of London Eye and the Big Ben while getting to school with a big breakfast spread waiting for you. Doesn't that already perk up the morning and the day ahead? Also, lessons were quite interesting because unlike the UBC summer school where class was made up of all SMU students on the same summer programme, my classmates in KCL came from all parts of the world! People from different countries work differently but I'm glad to say that we managed to get our projects and assignments handed up in time and nicely done to our standards at least. I was so glad that my lessons were pre-assigned the morning session which means I will be done from school at 1pm. Thus, I arranged for after-school activities daily with short day trips to other parts of UK over the weekends. I even had time to enrol myself in some classes over the last weekends because I got a little tired of travelling out of city London.

Home for 1 week with the BFF was a small hotel which I wouldn't really recommend. The other weeks were spent in one of the prettiest and most comfortable hostel apartment I've lived in! I was truly impressed by the facilities as well as the room itself. Shared kitchen was my other suite mates, and I missed making food together. I remember those huge super sweet strawberries and blueberries that we would buy from the markets and store in our fridges. Missed those days!

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I also miss the morning and evening walks/strolls I could randomly take, admiring the beautiful sceneries and smelling the fresh scent of flowers. To enjoy life and to live in the moment, by appreciating the little things around you. You'll find this world a better place to live in.

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Having said that, I'm so appreciative and grateful for the people that have helped me in London, the new friends I've made, the Hope London lifegroup I attended which made me feel alot like home, the random strangers who helped me with my huge luggages up the stairs, whom helped me navigate the tube and bus stops then getting onto the right bus and getting to where I needed to be. Thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions on where to visit, how to get there, places to go for must-eat food, must-watch musicals. A big thank you to my parents for being supportive in my choice and for funding my trips. Thank you all so very much! So anyone who's reading this post, drop me a message/email to ask me about my experience in detailed should you be interested in doing what I did for a month or so. I'll be happy to share my plans with you, because why not? (:

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That aside, I love London, I really do
I told myself I could stay here for at least a few more months.

After a few days there, I'm more or less done with doing all the touristy things, so I' tried to live there like a citizen. Headed down to less mainstream places, discovering new things to do and am so excited to share these places with you!

Will be blogging about the Top 10 places to visit in London as well as the must-try foods, so stay tuned! :D

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"You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place."