I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I must have Urban Decay Naked Palette!

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay products, especially their eyeshadows and eyeliners. I do like the Urban Decay Primer Potion(or known as UDPP), but definitely not the silly design of the bottle. Urban Decay seriously need to redesign that pretty but impractical bottle.

For the past few months, I have bought many eyeshadow palette from different brands. My personal favorites are Sephora 5 in 1, Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance Policy High Impact Eye Shadow Collection and four Urban Decay Shadow Boxes (Ammo, Deluxe, Wallpaper and Skull). I also have many quads I got for free from Lancome, Estee Lauder and Clinique when I bought their products during promotions (I hardly use them as they are really not that good if compared to my favorites). Another brand, a very economic brand that surprised me totally with their low price good quality is e.l.f. That will be a story for another day.

Ok, so back to Urban Decay. After buying that four palettes (I strongly recommend Deluxe as your first try), I told myself I am done with their eyeshadow palettes for quite a while, or so I thought.

Until yesterday, when one email from them came into my mailbox.

It was the introduction of their Fall 2010 New Arrivals. One of them really caught my attention!!!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Homemade Kueh Chap

Tonight, E experienced with cooking kueh chap. He is planning to make it for the Saturday's party. There will be a lot of Kuching's folks there.

I liked the soup. But I told him the meat should be more tender. Ok, E was not that happy with my comment. I am a kueh chap lover who used to eat it twice per week, I was just telling him the truth.

E is great, but sometimes, he can be really stubborn, especially when concerning his cooking.

Well, he might cook better than me most of the time, but I think I detect texture better than him. :P

Still, thank you for the kueh chap dear.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Amazon.com is super speedy

Just came back from the 24th Annual Long Beach Bayou and Mardi Gras Festival. It was fun. Dancing, eating, sunbathing, and watching mini colorful parade. We were sitting at the main stage, where Zydeco artists were performing. Tito Jackson, elder brother of Michael Jackson was there too, performing some Blues music and the Jackson Five classics to close the stage for this year. More details with photos coming up. Hopefully a couple videos too.

I have to tell you guys about my experience with Amazon.com lately. Very impressive.

I ordered a DVD and a book from them online on Tuesday night. Since they cost more than US$25, I am eligible to have Free Super Saver Shipping.

Chose to send them together since shipping them separately will have extra charge.

Somehow, after 5.5 hours, I received an email telling me they have sent out the book at no extra charge, which is schedule to arrive 6-8 days later. I was pretty impressed they shipped it out that fast, as from my past experiences with other websites, they took 1-6 days to ship out my order.

Then, then next day around noon, I received another email telling me my DVD was shipped too.

And... after 25 hours, the postman knocked on my door.

Woolalala~~~ I received my DVD, "My Neighbor Totoro" in 2 days after I ordered it, using normal shipping service! It is a classical Miyazaki Hayao movie that I have wanted to watch it since a long long time ago.

That afternoon, I just couldn't wait to finish the whole anime. I love love love Mei chan~~~ She reminds me so much of my niece. I know this is something my nephew and niece will fall in love with.

Eventhough I am still waiting for my book, which I am equally excited, Amazon.com excellent customer service definitely made my day. :) Thank you!

Have a good week ahead, everybody.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fake eyelashes

For the first time in my life, I bought a pair of fake eyelashes, out of curiosity. I have only put on fake eyelashes once during my wedding day photo shooting.

Thanks to Youtube tutorial, I decided to bring my makeup challenges to the next level, using something fake.

Went to Target to get these two items.

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Natural Lash Kit in Black by e.l.f. for only US$1. I chose it because it is the cheapest, and is made of synthetic hair. This Natural is still too dramatic for me, but for trying out first time, it is a good investment. Oh, by the way, e.l.f. is one of my favorite budget brand.

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I did not use the glue comes with the lashes as a lot of tutorials advised not to. Got this Ardell Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Clear for around US$6. Wanted to get the Black one, but they only have the Clear type.

Youtube tutorials is the best place to get experienced Gurus. A lot of good tips too on what works the best.

The result was not too bad, considering it is my first time, without any tweezer nor a proper portable mirror. I have to use the Hubby's work place mirror to put them on. One turned out good at first try, another one I have to put on two times before it turned out ok.

My eyes look huge with this thing. But still, I don't think I will like the idea of having this on me every single day. I can feel them above my own lashes. Not a bad idea to have fun with it occasionally though.

Girls who use this every day truly amaze me!

I sent a photo to my sister, and her reply was "Not bad, but why your makeup so fierce one?"

-_-""" Hello sis, this is smokey eyes makeup, k?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Like the old time... almost

The hubby is doing OT tonight alone.

After putting on my smokey eyes makeup and curled my hair (the last one has been months ago), I decided to buy a pack of Hawaiian Chicken Curry Rice and ate dinner with him at his work place. I guess this little gesture of mine made him happy.

It has been a while since I accompanied him working OT.

Somehow, it reminded me of the old old time in China where the wives would accompany their husbands to study for important exams.

Just that mine was much more convenient. Electricity, self-service drink section and free internet surfing.

Five hours has passed, not too bad. 2 more hours and we will be able to go home. ^_^

Another reason to love Fridays.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My skincare routine

A year ago, I would never expect my skincare routine to be more complicated like now. I consider myself pretty lucky as my parents' gene didn't give severe skin problem like acne.

Since 5 years ago, it was an easy three-step for day and night.
1. Wash face
2. Put on moisturizer
3. Apply anti-wrinkle cream around the eyes

I was never really care about tanned face nor black spots due to sun exposure.

Things started to change few months ago. I guess it is true when one is getting older, you tend to become more cautious about the changing on your face.

I tried to avoid wrinkles around my eyes, yet there are already a few of them developing. I hate to see them. I know it is very hard for me to get rid of them completely now, but I am trying hard to lessen the depth of these lines.

My forehead is showing wrinkles too. Although just two of them, they are really bothering me. The only thing I hope is not more coming up this fast.

I am a medium skin tone person, and I will never be a fair lady. It amazed me when people back in Kuching like to quote me, "How come you go abroad so long, you still look so tan?" It is as though the fairer, the better. But hello... I never born with fair skin, okay? I was pretty upset when I was younger, but now I just embrace this fact. In fact, I quite like my skin tone now, just like how I am liking my natural curly hair more. Still, I am trying to avoid my face to be too tanned.

The black spots on my face started way back when I was a teenager. Joining the St. John Ambulance made me marched at least twice a week under the worst 11-3 p.m. sun. Not the nice memories, definitely. I wish I have known how to take care of my face starting that time.

So, from an easy three steps, my skincare routine is becoming more complicated. They are divided into day and night care.

Day care:
1. Wash face
2. Apply toner
3. Put on moisturizer with SPF15 for not going out day and with SPF55 for going out day
4. Put on anti-wrinkle cream around the eyes and forehead
Then, if I am going out, then it will include simple makeup session too
5. Dab on concealer
6. Apply powder foundation
7. Makeup session - Eye primer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, eyebrow, mascara, bronzer, blusher and lipstick

Night care:
1. Remove makeup
2. Wash face and twice a week, apply mask
3. Put on moisturizer with no SPF
4. Put on anti-wrinkle cream around the eyes and forehead
5. Dab on whitening cream on black spots (and no kidding, after two months, they are much less obvious now)
6. Eyelash stimulator (well, I don't feel my lashes are getting longer, but definitely fuller)
7. I will start this one when I get a job (teeth whitening)

Gosh... no wonder my wallet is getting so light these days. Still, if these can help me to slow down my age by 10 years in long run, I think it is all worth it.

Monday, June 21, 2010

G for Gate. Wrong!

This was a past unhappy event that I just want to script down, and thank goodness it's over.

It happened two weeks ago, started with a phone call from mom at freaking 3.30 a.m.

The first thing she said, "FF, I am now in Narita. I missed my flight. I went to the wrong gate. I missed the "G". A ghost must have covered my eyes!!" Gosh, a ghose must have covered her eyes? Got to love her expressions sometimes.

My sleepiness just poof the moment I heard that. It was definitely the last thing you wanted to hear from your mom, at that hour.

16 hours ago, we were still bidding goodbye emotionally in LAX, I was praying her journey home would be a smooth one, and now she told me she went to the wrong gate in Narita. For the next 5 min, she tried to squeeze everything that would have taken 20 min to explain.

"I want you to change my ticket from Singapore back to Kuching. The staff in Narita changed my ticket from Narita to Singapore, but I have to deal with the Singapore to Kuching ticket by myself. You need to do it for me. Okay, I have to hang up now. Remember, don't tell anyone in Kuching! I don't want them to know." *Click!* That was the last thing she should worry. Before I could even ask her which hotel she was going to stay and her ticket confirmation number, she hang up. Gosh!! I really don't understand her obsessionw with "hiding embarrassment".

For the next couple hours, we were trying hard to settle the problem for her, without involving anyone from Kuching. I was so glad Eddie was beside me. He calmed me down. We called Singapore and Japan. The office in Singapore declined to change her ticket by us, simply because when did not have her confirmation number. Due to personal privacy, the staffs in Narita were forbiddened to give out any personal information. It was after office hours, not the best time for dealing stuffs like this.

I opted for the last option, to call my sister. Screw the "embarrassment". I admit I was quite angry with my mom at that time. She created quite a panic situation on the way to U.S., and now she was creating a more panic situation on her way back. I just wanted to get the travel agency's phone number from my sister. Of course she was panic too after knowing what happened. Little did I know, she was with my other family members at that time. Great, more people have to worry for mom.

That morning, I had to go to the DMV to get another temporary driving license. I was stucked there for 4 hours. However, I was so glad they finally gave me my permanent driver's license last Friday, after 7 freaking months I passed my driving test. People really are not exaggerating at all about the service speed of California DMV. Imagine my Permanent Resident ID only took four months! Seven months for a simple Driver's License??

By the time I reached home, I was so glad to hear a message from mom, telling me the right hotel name and wrong room number. Thank goodness she left the right phone number. There were actually more than 30 hotels with the name like that. She was in Chiba, yet she told me she was in Tokyo, as she did not realize how different they actually are. I would not be able to get her in time if not because of the power of internet. When she found out that I actually called my sister to reach her travel agent, her reaction was, "Great, now whole Kuching people will know." Once again, I really don't get her obsession with "Not letting people know something embarrasing".

I was so glad it ended well, albeit all the troubles.

She finally reached home three days later. It was a hard lesson for her. Things could have gone much worse. She could have ended up paying extra US$2300 to get another ticket from Narita to Singapore, thanks to her "Voluntary Stopover". Instead, she just paid 6000yen for overnight and RM650 for buying another ticket from Singapoe to Kuching. She was lucky to even get a ticket from Singapore to Kuching as it was school holidays, only one ticket left. Her luggages could have been a mess to deal with if they had not took them down when she did not board the flight. The lady did not want to check in for her from Narita to Kuching, as according to her it was a "New Rule", which was of course a bulls***. She only checked in them from Narita to Singapore, and expecting my mom to drag her three luggages to check in again in Singapore. Mom did not know her right to have luggages check-in directly from one destination to another destination as long as it is less than 24-hr transiting time. I should have taught her to use the phrase "I want to see your manager and the guideline that stated your new rules". Luckily, she managed to check-in again her luggages in Singapore without having to pull them out. It was a close call. I dare not imagine how much they will charge her if they treat her luggages as flying from Singapore to Kuching. Not a single item in her luggages was missing. She brought back two full luggages of souvenirs, and I was so glad she went through the immigration without personal checking, thanks to the newly installed scanning machines.

I don't know if to laugh or to cry with my mom's after reaction. Normally, she would create panic situation when things don't go right, and when she found out how people have helped her to settle it (especially her own family), she would say something like this, "Ai yah, you all don't worry lar. I have everything under control. I dont even worry about it. I just wanted to inform you beforehand mar." Yeah right mom, under control meaning people were busy dealing for you worrying while you just wait for our good news. Little did she know everytime she did that, there were people taking the efforts to settle the troubles for her.

This was not the first time things like this happened, although it was a more troublesome situation.

Seriously mom, if next time you are going to travel by yourself, no more mahjong for you the day before. Also, it does not matter if you think I am over-cautious, too long-breath and keep reminding you about tickets blah blah blah... because I really don't want this to happen again.

Still, I love you mom.

Okay, back to my jobs hunting.