Monday, 29 September 2014


It's been a while since I've updated here. I've been drowned under the rapid surge of the exam sea - there're so many things to do and not enough time to do everything I want to.

This blog post shall just be a short one of the most miscellaneous things:
1) Along with managing school work, revision, uni apps, there's still the dread of finding a prom dress. I think I found one.
2) Just discovered an immense love for frozen watermelons - probably due to my long-term relationship with popsicles and all those sorts of icy stuff. It's really simple as well, just cut your watermelon up into tiny triangles, stick a fork in and put 'em in the freezer for about a day or less. Try it!
Here's me and sister hand-modelling for these on my Instagram. I miss her loads - she recently left us to study in the UK! Despite weekly Skypes, it doesn't feel the same. I have successfully dominated her room though, and have taken on her identity in old PJs and forgotten things she didn't take over there (not in a creepy way)! Can't wait for us to reunite at the end of the year at Christmas.

3) And talking so much about studying, I found I work best when listening to calm music, sipping hot coffee in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (I think they know my name already… I've been going way too often) and working on essays to hand in. Here are two playlists which I've made that I like to listen to when my brain is working like a machine - also a good way to relax after!

Have a lovely week! :)

Friday, 30 May 2014

Music: Sweater Weather Playlist

Today I went to watch Maleficent and boy was Angelina Jolie perfection! She looked so beautiful and strong despite playing a supposed "villain" and her acting was definitely top notch - as well as the production! It was a beautiful film, definitely advocating the right values (a little tired after repeating it from Frozen though, almost makes me feel like they're capitalizing on it but it probably wasn't their intent), and the sets and animation were breathtaking - definitely made it realistic and otherworldly. I personally feel she made the show though - can't picture anyone else doing a better job than she did, honestly. 
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the familiar face of  Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge Pink Fanatic) and also the appearance of Angelina's daughter! 
So, if you happen to be free, do go and watch this amazing film, I highly recommend it!
Also, here's a playlist I made inspired by the gloomy voice of Lana Del Rey crooning out the famous tune from Disney's age old Sleeping Beauty as the credits rolled - her rendition was absolutely chilling. Enjoy and follow if you'd like!
Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Liebster Award Nomination

1| You must link back to the person who awarded you
2| You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you
3| You must pick nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions
4| You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
5| You must tell your nominees that they have been nominated by you


What is your favourite season and why?
I live in Singapore so sadly, I don't get to experience the seasons but if I were living somewhere else, I probably would love summer or autumn - summer because it's the season for the blooming of flowers and the weather is sunny and encouraging, autumn because I just really crave for the crunching sound of dried leaves and the look of pavements browned or yellowed by a blanket of crispy, fallen leaves.

What 5 makeup products can't you live without?
Haha I don't wear make up, but do own a few so I shall just list them here since they almost fit the limit (+1):
In a clockwise direction: Topshop "Sunbeam" Highlighter, Nivea Fruity Shine Pink Guava, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in No. 15 Pudgy Peony, Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick Matte 010 Wine Not, Revlon Colorburst™ Lip Butter 035 Candy Apple, Lancome Paris Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder

What is your favourite genre of music and what artist do you like?
God... music questions always catch me in the worst way - I find it the hardest thing to explain the kind of music I like, unlike others who can just simply say a particular genre! I actually don't mind all musics, except the occasional flouncy superficial and meaningless pop songs I guess. Basically, trying to break it down, I would say I like alternative music (rock/pop/folk), musicals (broadway, frozen, hairspray, that thingamajib), electronic, R&B.....
You could follow me on Spotify or 8tracks if you'd like to! I'd love to check out your playlists and music as well.

Who are you favourite bloggers?
I guess you'll find out at the end of this post and by reading my previous Liebster Award nominees? 
Also, I love:

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Who/What inspires you?
My grandfather, flowers, tears, music, poetry, literature, smiles, light, darkness

What are your fears?
Death of a loved one, rats, lizards, crows, drowning, falling

If you only had one day to live what would you do in it?
Spend it with the people I love, skydive

What are your hobbies?
I love reading, sketching, painting with watercolours, writing letters, listening to music, watching Criminal Minds, collecting magazines and perfumes.

What qualities do you look for in those you surround yourself with (friends, family, loved ones etc..)
Someone who can smile, who cares for others, is selfless, friendly, humble, loyal and loving. 

What plans do you have for yourself?
I hope to finish my final year well with perseverance and determination, before I go off to university to study Law

I'd like to thank Tara for nominating me for this award - I really appreciate it and am so honoured! It was really fun answering all your questions.
I shall now be nominating...
- Helen
- Emily
- Sophie Jane
- Emma Jane
... to answer these questions:
What's your favourite song, currently?
What's your favourite weather?
Dream vacation destination?
Oldest clothing item you have in your closet?
What is your favourite flower?
What's your favourite scent?
What do you usually have for breakfast?
If you were a character in a book, who would you be?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Music Mixtape: She Wants To Go To The Seaside

Thought I would share a playlist I made this year. It's on Spotify, all you need to do is click the link below and you can listen to it for free online - do follow it as well as I constantly add new songs to it. Hope you like this mixtape and feel free to leave a comment sharing your favourite spring/summer song, I'd love to take a listen!

Old Pine - EP Version Ben Howard
Seaside The Kooks
Lets Rock The Beach Real Estate
Fairytale Lullaby Bombay Bicycle Club
Down By The Water The Drums
Radar Detector Darwin Deez
Riptide Vance Joy
Ocean's Deep Born Ruffians
Take It Easy Surfer Blood
Saltwater Beach House
Summer Holiday Wild Nothing
Beach Comber Real Estate
Towers Bon Iver
Dead Sea The Lumineers
The Cave Mumford & Sons
Love Love Love Of Monsters And Men
Shallows Daughter
7 Billion People All Alive at Once And So I Watch You From Afar
Little Vessels The Lighthouse And The Whaler
Wake The Earth The Honey Trees
Creep - Acoustic Radiohead
Beautiful Day Joshua Radin
Taxi Cab - Vampire Weekend Cover Tracey Thorn
I Used to Let You Get to Me Generationals
Snow [Hey Oh] Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mushaboom Feist
Silver Lining Rilo Kiley
Dissolve Me alt-j
Step Vampire Weekend
Bright Whites Kishi Bashi
From Afar Vance Joy
Rhiannon Best Coast
Featherstone The Paper Kites
Flowers Bloom High Highs
The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) Flight Of The Conchords
Orange Sherbet Say Hi
Candles Daughter
The Bend Real Estate
Buzzcut Season Lorde
Leeway - Full Version We Were Evergreen
Never Wanted Metronomy
Cali in a Cup Woods
Two Weeks Grizzly Bear
Sun Giant Fleet Foxes
The Wolves & The Ravens Rogue Valley
Give You Up - Darius Remix Crayon, KLP
Red Face Lucu Rose
Step Out Jose Gonzalez
Dirty Paws Of Monsters And Men
Stay Alive Jose Gonzalez 
Face It Beach Fossils
U.N.I. Ed Sheeran
Far Away Junip
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Jack Johnson
Storm Django Django
Ghosts That We Knew Mumford & Sons
#9 Dream Jose Gonzalez
Maneater Grace Mitchell
808pm At The Beach Fred Falke
High and Dry Radiohead
Chocolate - Acoustic Version The 1975
Burgh Island Ben Howard, Monica Heldal
Give Me Love Ed Sheeran
An Iceberg Hurled Northward Through Clouds (DJ-Kicks) Gold Panda
Middle of the Bed Lucy Rose
Out in the Way (feat. Wild Nothing) Beach Fossils
Dreaming Seapony
Holland Road Mumford & Sons
Details in the Fabric Jason Mraz
Gravity Surfer Blood
Life's A Beach Django Django
Burning The Whitest Boy Alive
Money The Drums
Tropical Iceland The Fiery Furnaces
Baby Devendra Banhart
Whole Wide World Bahamas
Can't You Tell Vetiver
Easter Island The Eclectic Moniker
I Should Live in Salt The National
New Shoes Paolo Nutini
Shine Wild Belle

Friday, 4 April 2014

No Place for Promises Here

I know I rarely post personal material on this blog. Maybe it's seeing things from a new perspective in the midst of reading Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point, or maybe it's that time of the night for musings and mess, or maybe it's just the need to put thoughts into words, but I'd just like to state that

I'm so sick of people.

1. The ones that go
I'm pretty sure it's inescapable, everyone has probably experienced it before, or met someone who's gone, or maybe is the one who's gone. It's inescapable in any situation. 

The word "drifting" always reappears again and again, in the hope of putting blame on an external uncontrollable force, rather than acknowledging that - in some circumstance or another - one of us has stopped trying. Or maybe even both. And it sucks because although you might hold on to those memories fondly, or wish to relive them, they never seem to be enough of a motivation to do something about it and put in the effort yourself. Or I guess in friendships, a friend mirrors the other, and once someone starts to falter, the other does as well. 

When you start getting closer to another, things will either go one way or the other: Either someone starts to lose interest/gets tired/distracted/take the other for granted, or they end up getting too close and feelings aren't reciprocated and things get awkward. Even if two end up getting together, eventually and more often than not, relationships are ephemeral in our youth and you're left alone again. I watched The Art of Getting By last night (just want to point out that Freddie Highmore looks like how Emma Watson and Zach Efron's love child would look like), and George said, "We live alone, we die alone. Everything else is just an illusion." I guess it's true, that we aren't ever truly accompanied by another our whole life. Even our family will eventually leave us, physically or mentally. It's quite sad to think of it, isn't it? It's sad to think of the ones whom we miss talking to as freely and openly as before. It's sad to  walk past a used-to-be, and recount what happened before, or what was talked or laughed about, yet suddenly there's a wall of silence and pretend memory loss barrier between you two. And you can't do anything about it either so all you can do is continue walking away and hope for the other to have the guts to say something and break the silence.

Then again silence could be the better. Who knows. 

2. The unbearable ones
I'm not sure about you, but I for one have disliked someone to the extent that everything he/she does annoys me. Voice, walking style, handwriting... you name it. It could be anger, jealousy, a conflict - whatever it is or was, it just feels hard to see things from a bigger picture and preventing the emotions from taking over any decision or judgment against that person. 

It's not that their voice, walking style, handwriting is that annoying, and I guess I sometimes, more often than not, feel like a bitch for thinking that way or feeling the way I do. But honestly, there's really no quelling of such dislike until you a) confront them; or b) let the feelings fade off over time. For me, I guess I'll just let them fade off and try not to spend time thinking or complaining about them.

3, The Standards
Being a girl, especially, I guess there're a lot of expectations from both the media and those around us to be "someone" - that someone being an image, an illusion concocted by the minds of people to create something, a goal, for people to attempt to achieve. If it isn't the media or others, it's yourself. The pain of not living up to your own ideal image/character/being, the one you want yourself to be, is completely demoralising, leaving you helpless and at the end of the day - disappointed and insecure.
I guess that's the struggle of everyone, even the most confident people I've met have insecurities tucked deep behind their cocky smiles or under the soles of those feet that strut around purposefully. They're unavoidable - just like people going, or even the feeling of dislike.

That's one of the human elements which is what pushes me to say that I'm sick. Sick of the way people are - their nature. Not just the nature, but ultimately the unavoidability of the matter. The inability to have much control over feelings of thoughts (in my case), or the inability to rely our happiness on anyone else but ourselves.
I'm not usually that negative, neither am I very expressive of my personal judgments of both other people and myself, but it does feel relieving to put out. I hope that someday my perception of such people and of myself will evolve, mature... becoming much more forgiving, open, accepting. Till that day.