Merdeka shopping spree

Mini head towels & face mask

I thought I should make the trip worthy by ordering both face mask sheets and hair caps. . I have tried the Bioaqua Ice Mask but have yet to try the Vitamin C type. The caps were cute and I got them in 3 colours which are purple, deep pink and pink. My daughter loved her pink one.

Price: RM2.89/ea for caps and RM0.50/ea for masks

Psychology books

I bought two Islamic psychology books from IIUMPRESS. I thought that I’d like to bring them to the conference and get Dr Alizi’s autograph. It did not happen. I did enjoy his topic though. It was very enlightening. The total purchase was RM71.40

GUMASH

For Gumash, I got a different colour this time. This is one of the henna-based hair dyes for women. Going for a dark brown instead of a copper head. This one was priced at RM54.80.

Whizzfizz

This local product exceeded my expectation. It is a bubble bath essence. It produced a lot of bubbles in the tub. The type where it will stay above your boobs for a long time when you’re soaking. I bought it with me during my trip to Kuching the other day. Each bottle costs RM29.35 and I bought all 3 variants.

My bathroom is like a spa.. yeay

Foot bucket spa

I also bought a foot bucket spa for RM209.90 and it was so worth it. I even received a lot of free herbal powder. Basically, you fill up the collapsible bucket with normal temp water, the machine will heat it up to the desired temperature and just put whatever herbal powder of your choice inside. At the bottom of the bucket, there are rollers to massage your tired feet. You can put on the timer as well. I usually do one for about 20 minutes.

This concludes my Shopee haul for Merdeka day !

The gifts for 2022 bday

The collab, Bad Decisions was released on my birthday. I had thought that Agust D would drop his track this month but no.. it did not happen. I think there was a VLive sometime last month where Namjoon said he will release his album in the near future. Earlier than Agust D? Anyway, I will take Bad Decisions as a bday gift from bangtan to ARMY’s celebrating birthdays on that day.

Speaking of songs, sometimes… when I need to raise my self-esteem or something, I’ll stream Prince’s song – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. The birthday celebration is ongoing for a month. LOL. My husband gave me 2 sets of Elianto products. One is a makeup set and the other one is a beautiful selection of perfumes, body mists and EDTs. Enough to keep me fragrant until next year. I Superlove them all. They smell so nice! I need to declutter my old, expired makeup products and clear my vanity again. The collection of skincare and makeup items is growing!

I’ll make a blog series called ‘On my vanity’ soon. Kind of to share what’s on my mini dresser.

I gifted myself a tower of books this year. The initial list was longer but I restrained myself from going crazy with the carts in Shopee. Plus, I still have a TBR list on my Google Playbook.

Remember last year how I have this new friend out of the blue? This year, this friend also sent me the gift of energy. I received Zus coffee and a pandan cheesecake. The friend was worried that I wouldn’t like the selection but I told the friend that I loved Zus Coffee products, so it’s totally fine!

August and September will be interesting months as we head towards the National Sports Day celebration. There will be games and mini leagues in the following weeks.

Introducing Wardah

K-beauty is ruling the world. I have to admit, it’s quite easy to become hooked as they have not only the cutest packaging but also convincing marketing strategies that make you want to become part of that beauty standard. The glow, the tint, the K-Idol look and all. The only problem I have with it, especially the makeup line is the shade. It’s quite difficult to find a fit as Koreans are mostly very fair. So I am always looking for options to suit my skin tone and my skin type. So, I thought I’d look into something more local or regional. I am not a fan of natural or homemade products though because of a possible allergic reaction (think atopy & allergen susceptibility). Most skincare products I discovered in Malaysia are endorsed or produced by celebrities/influencers which is not something I favour. I did find a few that are not produced by a celebrity but I was not WOW-ed by them. The price for the products is also steep for something that is not like La Roche Posay – you get what I mean? LRP pun lagi murah.

So, I looked around the SEA region and discovered Wardah. Wardah is available in Watson but I was never actually intrigued to try it out. Until a few months back when I decided to be more consistent in my skincare regime and bought the toner. I was looking for something with Niacinamide to use in the morning to balance out the use of my retinol (the Originals Retinol 0.5% in squalane) at night. I bought the toner in blue. I loved the product. It was very light on the skin, refreshing and affordable. Wallet friendly too.

I decided to try other products under the brand and bought the Wardah Crystal Secret brightening cream and Wardah C-defense with vitamin C face mist. I have only two makeup items from Wardah which is their powder foundation in 04 Natural shade and the Instaperfect lip matte paint in shade 06 flair. I was surprised with the effect of the powder foundation because, on 1st application, it looked like I am not wearing anything. Meaning it blends perfectly well but after a few minutes, you could see in the mirror that it brings out a smooth complexion look on the face. The coverage is not as perfect as the cushion though. So, flawless is not the keyword here but tona kulit sekata is more like it. The pores are also less visible especially when you’re in your late 30s.

I browsed through their official online store on Shopee and bought a few other things. Again. This time, I bought a new bottle of the Wardah Lightening Face toner, Wardah Renew You Anti Ageing Intensive Serum, Wardah Instaperfect Hypergetic precise Black Eyeliner and Wardah Crystal Secret brightening Day Cream. Once my Beauty of Joseon Sun Cream finishes, I might consider purchasing Wardah’s sunscreen as well. Now, it’s the waiting game.

Hiking at Bear Hill

It was my 1st time to Bukit Beruang to hike. Our clinic has this health programme to combat obesity among staff by organizing activities such as running, Zumba and sports. This week we went hiking and Ya Allah.. nak terputus nyawa. I could feel my heart rate elevate and then my body heated. It was a good workout and I am considering going there again sometime in the future, maybe with friends but not kids. It is a bit too strenuous for the little ones.

There are a few entry points to the hill but we went to the one in the residential area which is Taman Melaka Raya. When we arrived at 830am, there were a lot of elderly Chinese folks already going down the hill. They must have started early which is like Wow. It makes me wonder what the other non-Chinese elderly folks do in the morning for their exercise. What would be their chosen activity? Would you know?

We went up the hill using the easy-intermediate level tanah trail and made our way down by the tar trail. Even then, we were already very very exhausted. I could sense the euphoric sense in completing this feat though especially when you’ve gained enough stamina to go on longer and more challenging trails.

Excited chipmunks.

A friend of mine shared a few tips to help us with muscle recovery. Some of her suggestions include;

  • proper warm-up, stretching and cooling down
  • wear appropriate clothes and shoes
  • eat a light breakfast and bring water
  • after the hike, bath in cold water to decompress
  • have high protein food
  • sleep with the legs elevated at night

The next day I did not have any muscle aches at all. It was amazing.

Snippets of moments at Bear Hill in this video

Being noticed

I am putting this screenshot here to remind me that some things are noticeable or discovered much later.

He is the author of the BTS Review book. Although his works are translated into English, I could still understand his analysis of BTS’s core ideas, music influences and style. I created this reel many months ago and honestly, it did not occur to me that people would still be able to watch it in their algorithm.

So, if creating content or self-branding is the way to go in the future, the key is to keep creating and putting up things online. You will be noticed by those who are searching for you.