06 August 2014

London Calling

“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.”

This probably best describes my one month stay in London right now.
Came here not knowing what to expect but I've learnt so much about life and cultures here.

Singapore will always be home to me, but I do not deny how much I love the experience of living abroad. I guess it's just in my blood. 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 independent, well at least I'm the kind that would be excited to explore new grounds all by myself. I don't really feel the need to be around people, I don't feel lonely. I guess that's what happens when you are the only child. You learn how to survive on your own and how to be contented with yourself. Also because, I know wherever I am or whatever I do, my God will 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. 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 such studying abroad opportunities... well, because there's no other chance for me to do such things if I didn't go to university right? Uni life is when you travel and discover yourself with the precious value of time you have. I don't intend to "chiong" as much as before in my studies, I just don't have to. Well that's besides the point (haha) but all I can say is London's a really awesome choice.

I love London, I really do. I could stay here for at least a few more months.
I'm more or less done with doing all the touristy things, so I'm trying to live here like a citizen. Probably heading to less mainstream places, discovering new things to do and meeting random strangers.

2 more weeks till I'm back, toodles!

29 July 2014

COVO Salon: Hair Magic

Greetings from London!
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Part of preparing for this trip was obviously getting my hair done properly! I don't have a particular hair salon that I visit regularly, I prefer trying different places until I find one that I adore. Having said that, I'm pretty paranoid of visiting salons & every time I'm there, it's like a risk I'm taking. Thoughts such as "What if it doesn't turn out well? Omg, will I look like I have bad hair day everyday? How to maintain such hairstyle?" comes into my mind. Truth is because I want my long hair and I can't bear to snip them off that much, if you get what I mean. I hope most girls are similar so I don't feel too alone in this!


Anyways, for the London trip, I was intending to do something to my hair, not cut it short but just something different. Colour it? Perm it? Anything! I guess God answered my prayers (well, I didn't pray for this, but I guess my God saw through my mind haha) and I was really delighted when I received an email invitation from COVO to do a hair service with them. I've always done my lashes with them and previously to get to the eyelash room, I have to walk pass the place where all hair treatments are done. How the Japanese hairstylists work their magic on customers' hair never fail to amaze me & I told myself that I would want to try it one day! I'm really happy and blessed to be able to try their services :)

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They said I could choose from any service from their menu.
YAY SOUNDS GOOD! WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Eventually, I chose to do a Japanese perm and boy, I was so excited about it! However, when I arrived, Yoshi, my hair stylish of the day suggested that I do a hair treatment and trim instead as my hair is too dry and perming it would damage it even further. Well, dry and brittle hair is probably the most crucial issue I constantly face with regards to my hair condition. Thinking about how troublesome (and how lazy I am esp when I'm gonna be overseas) in terms of maintaining my new curls, I just went with whatever plans he had for my hair. So we agreed to chop off those dry ends, do a treatment to smooth everything out and yes it all began!!!

He led me to the wash area to give me a good hair wash. It's the usual step, I'm totally used to it and I secretly do love getting my hair washed by others. Imagine this. Your hair getting washed in the running warm waters while getting an awesome neck and head massage at the same time. Doesn't it feel refreshing? And yes your hair becomes instantly cleaner. Yes, you can feel the difference trust me. During the wash, we did the hot steam treatment at the same time. I admit, it was hot but comfortable and super therapeutic!
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Spot the amount of STEAM coming out of my hair! :D


After the wash, we proceeded back to my seat for the cut! Can't wait to cut off my very dry looking ends and hello healthy hair! Chopped off a few obvious inches but thankfully (and surprisingly), I wasn't heart pain about it at all! I kept reminding him that I still want to maintain my long hair haha, but had full faith in what he has for me. He was professional about it and just did what he needed to do! This is trust I tell you! But I'm glad it turned out well :)

And since I didn't get to do my permanent perm, we did some temporary curls just to make me happy! yay so I got a good blow dry and Yoshi used the curling tongs on me ~
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Little by little, I could see the curls forming nicely and I felt like a princess getting ready for her ball. Girls, fixing your hair really makes a big difference!
COVO (Hair Salon Sponsor) - 17th July 2014
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I requested for a hairdo as well since I'll be heading to somewhere nice for dinner that night! We wanted to try braids but it would seem too much altogether so I decided to keep it simple instead.
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And with that, we are done for the day!
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Thank you Yoshi for the great work done on my hair! (:
I'm loving the length of it, it's so easy to maintain and yes it definitely dries quicker nowadays. Most importantly, my locks are now softer than before.
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I'm tempted to try ombre colour dyeing the next time! Hopefully when my hair is less dry or when it can be rescued. But till then, I'm so happy and contented with my hair conditions now. London's cool weather in this month is really good as well (;
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This simple classy hairstyle lasted throughout the night, didn't really want to take it off but all good things come to and end awww... I wish my hair stays this way forever!
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For more information on hair services, do check out their website!
Here's their menu & remember to make an advanced booking should you be interested in heading down. They're really friendly people, so I'm wishing that you'll enjoy your hair sessions there!



 COVO 
Location: 43 Keong Saik Rd, S089147
Contact: 6221 4585

22 July 2014

Zalora x Shorts

Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” 


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For all who know me well, you would realise that I'm a dress & skirt sorta girl.
Yes, I'm seldom seen in Jeans or Pants, well unless I have to... the most recent being in Israel where we were told to dress conservatively despite walking under the intolerable scorching sun gosh!

But hey, shorts are an exception!
Living in a Summer all year round city called Singapore, it's inevitable that we girls have to be in shorts. When purchasing, I feel less guilty buying shorts, because at the back of my mind… I’m like “Hey it’s shorts. I’ll definitely wear it someday. So sunny in Singapore, confirm got chance to wear!”

I for one, admit that I have many pairs of shorts - "many" is an understatement, a mountain of them in fact! So many that I if I had a booth at the flea market, I could totally put all of them up for sale and fill up a booth by myself. I question myself why on earth do I have so many of them, call me a shopaholic, whatsoever, but I guess it’s because I have a soft spot for shorts with detailing, for example those with lace or crochet. It gives the piece a feminine touch and indeed less boring. They may look the same to everyone else, but for me, every piece is different. Though… I’m guilty… of not wearing them and leaving them to sleep in my cupboard :/

Being in shorts allows me to move around easily and I love how there are tons of designs for women shorts nowadays. You can go with the slacks style and pair them with a tee shirt or you could be dressed classy in quality fashionable shorts! Here are some OOTDs I took with the shorts I currently own. I thought this would be a great way to showcase my summer trends and how we can easily style shorts without looking too underdressed.

x THE SKORTS x
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x EVERYONE'S FBT x
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x VELVET x
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x DENIM x
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Check out how versatile they can be! Pair it up with different tops and shoes/slippers for a new look and feel.

Shorts are undeniably one of the must have staples for all girls!

Check out Zalora's collection of shorts for us ladies, from the many brands they carry, I'm sure you would be able to find one that you truly desire and can call your favourite.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

10 July 2014

2 more weeks to LONDON!
not fully prepared, but with God, we will get there!

07 July 2014

We are GOD’s 300.

In Judges 7, God intentionally separated 300 from 32,000 to form Gideon’s army, pitting them against the Midianites. He said to Gideon: “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.” The army eventually emerged triumphant, not because the men were strong. In fact, Gideon admitted his clan was the weakest of all clans. The 300 were armed not with swords, but with trumpets and empty jars. The army’s strength was also not in numbers, for they were clearly outmanned by 135,000 Midianites.

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The 300, specially handpicked by God,

were mighty champions because He promised that victory was to be in their hands.

WE, the Uni Ministry, are the 300.

Chosen by God to CLAIM VICTORY for His name - not just on campuses and in camps - but in all parts of Singapore and the world. A generation of warriors, raised to contend for our faith. We are called to be His witnesses, to preach boldly the kingdom of heaven at hand, and influence the 7 mountains.

With hands lifted high, flags waving high, we declared victory to be in our hands, God to be deserving of our praise tonight. It was also a night of learning more about Judges 7 and God's supernatural victory from Pastor Jeff. Thank God for the empowering message - indeed, we are not fighting FOR victory, we are fighting FROM victory. We will set an example by living out the Word. We will say fearlessly: "Watch me, follow my lead."

This is my 7th annual church camp, my 3rd Uni church camp. Every year with a new lifegroup of which only God knows his plans for us. Ready to embark on a brand new journey with this new family.

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family means no one gets left behind

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So I present to you, GOD'S CHOSEN 300, right here right now!


Truly enjoyed Hope Uni Camp 2014 ~
God showed up but camp will not just end as an experience - it will spring forth action, warriors! 
Let's fight the good fight together as God's army!