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Monday, June 29, 2009

-None-

Ever had one of those days where you wake up like a cranky bitch and every little thing bugs the hell out of you? Like the constant laughter from people who just never stop smiling, occasional hello's from people you don't like, smiles from people you don't know, too many questions about your weekend when you don't wanna talk about it, even stupider questions that you don't bother answering like 'Why are you having sandwich for lunch? I thought you don't fancy eating bread?' or 'Is it okay if you lend me this mask but I accidentally break it? You don't need it, right?' God, I do and it's called lending not giving-away-coz-I'm-such-a-rich-ass-I-could-buy-100-more-if-I-wanted-to for a reason.

Enough of rambling, onto a less important agenda of today, I have a friendly netball match in school later and I'm already drained out by my boring weekends. Maybe it's coz of all these vivid dreams that I've been having lately but can't seem to remember.

Oh and let's welcome Guess Who who has been checking in regularly (*sing-song voice: stalking..) to my blog. Not so mysterious after all, eh?

J has revived (at least the 3rd time now) her previously deleted Friendster, Facebook and whatnot so I won't have much of the internet.

I know you couldn't care less ;)

Not in the mood,
Aly

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Closed on Tues: Aroi

FOYD:

Learn more about the look in the next post.

Another boring Saturday.

I went to church for Youth Fellowship.. I know it's wrong to wonder but wth am I doing there?
I really don't know seeing as I don't even go to church.. But I can't just stop all of a sudden without a good excuse. I don't have an excuse.
This brings me back to 4 months ago when I said... 'Has anyone watched YES! man?' At that point, I was really bugged by my social inactivity(ps: always happens during the earlier part of the year) and I was inspired to say YES to any healthy, reasonable social activity that crossed my path. And just that afternoon, J asked me if I wanted to join her Youth at St. Andrew's and I thought.. Why not? After all, I do consider myself a Christian despite only attending church during Christmas..

And 4 months later, I'm stuck here at Youth every Saturday. It's not that it's really that bad.. Sometimes I do enjoy some of their games but most of the time I just feel awkward and I can't really fit in. Because the Youth program runs for a half hour every Saturday evening, I never really get to chat up with anyone so I only REALLy talk to J and I really didn't have to do anything coz we had met ealier in school. She's a classmate of mine. I know a few more new peple from Youth but basically it's just maybe four, or five more people to say Hi to when I bump into them in the mall or where ever. I am seriously lost. What did I expect from this in the first place? 5 new BFFs? or a new gang of friends to hang out with? Well, I got neither and thus, I feel lost and stuck at this program and am only remaining because I have no reason to leave.

emo-ness ends here.
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Anyways, back to the point, yesterday, we had Thai food!! At this place called Aroi, it's a Thai Restaurant which I found in the newspaper (The Star: they have restaurant listings every friday) on Friday. Address: 387, Jalan Burma. That's in Penang so if you are living in Penang or just droppng by, do check it out. On the newspaper, the restaurant claims to have a real Thai chef and their recommended dishes are the Pandan Chicken, Pork Leg, Mango salads and Green Curry Chicken.

It's located on a busy street so at 8pm-dinner time, it ain't easy to find a carpark. Anyways, in the restaurant, there was of course, some funky lighting. The place was rather new and it was painted a brownish grey. The table setting was simple, just a monotoned cloth and a glass cover. The place was small but they do have a 2nd floor. It was a cozy restaurant I would say.

So, we had:
1. Mango Salad w/ baked chicken
2. Green Curry Chicken
3. Tom Yam Seafood Soup
4. Glass Noodles w/ prawns
5. Fried Kang Kong (Fried Water Convolvous)
6. Water Chesnut (Dessert, YAY!)

And well, I have to say I loved the mango salad (I usually don't even touch it but I've been feeling weird lately). It had some nuts in it and it just tasted great. The baked chicken which was in the sidelines was even better. The Tom Yam Seafood Soup was delicious, I didn't really eat the seafood in it (seafood is not my favourite thing to eat) except the mushrooms(s'okay) but the soup I just couldn't get enough of. And for the Kang Kong (Water Convolvous), I liked the gravy because all that was in it was the vege and garlic(boy do I love garlic). As for the Glass noodles, I didn't try it because I'm not a fan (sad to say) and of course, Water Chestnut was great. I love eating at Thai Restaurants because of the dessert basically, lol.
ps: No pictures taken coz I still can't get myself to do such a weird thing.


At the restaurant, while waiting for food (it took at least 30 minutes), I had all the time in the world to think alone coz eating out w/ my parents means them talking about weird stuff I wouldn't understand and me just observing the restaurant until I get bored and start thinking about random stuff like what I'm going to do next Saturday. I was in a rather bad mood because of the whole Youth situation but after tasting the food, I was instantly in a bright and sunny mood. Maybe both moods were caused by my immense hunger coz the food wasn't exactly the greatest.

Anyways(3rd time I used this word, this post is getting rather long), while I was observing everything, from the lighting to the wall colour to the table cloth, a girl in her mid-20s caught my eye. At first glance, she was just a plain jane who was maybe just a little dressed up but after a few long looks (not stares, I don't stare =) ) I realise how she was a huge perfectionist. She was eating w/ her parents too and the way she handled her food was just so.. PERFECT??

1. She had to arrange the dishes properly on the table.
2. She had to minimize the noise she was making by gently moving her cutlery.
3. She had to put everything on her plate neatly before she could dig in.
4. She had to make sure everything crumb was set on the spoon w/o sticking out before she could put it in her mouth.
5. She was dressed in a white top and electric blue skirt (*whispers: Perfectionist)
6. She had on earrings, a ring, a bracelet but no necklace (w/ the necklace, she'll seem to accessorised so minusing one item, she just right)
7. She was wearing these Silver platform stilettos and they look like Aldo's (hate her already)
7. Her hair was half up and it was divided in perfection
8. She took pictures of her food (What ?!?!?)

LOL, I presume
a) she's another blogger(tonnes out there)
or
b) she's keeping a food diary (maybe she has weight problems.. who knows these days..)

But she definitely liked eating coz every once in a while she'd check out what the other tables were having(I saw that). And she has the slightest pot belly.

I'm such a freak but seriously, watching people is fun. Anyway, all this brought me to thinking: Every detail about a person says something about them but when deciphered the wrong way, it can cause much confusion. Like somedays I have a teeny-tiny pot belly and it's not coz I ate too much but because I have water retention coz I don't drink enough water and eat too much salt (it can be cured by adding some lemon drops in water BTW). And everyone has imperfections but we try hard to hide it(most people anyway).

Another observation I made was that most guys(mid-40s) who wear slippers out tend to like taking'em off while seated at a dining table. Gross. And, and, a woman(mid-50s) was wiping off her lipsitck before she dug into her food (that's odd), I guess some people do believe that eating lipstuff is bad for health.


Back to the point, if I had to rate the restaurant(I like rating stuff), I'd give it 2 out of 5.
❤❤❤❤❤
That's coz the food was average. The curry chicken was better at Siam Express (Gurney) and the Tom Yam was great but every Thai restaurant I've been to has great Tom Yam soup. As for the baked chicken and mango salad, those two will be the only reason I come back to this restaurant(oh and the chesnut, if ever) Wasn't the greatest so far and minus some points because I was damn hungry when the food arrived(didn't I mention?).

After dinner, bought:

^ I've decided to take on the Garnier challenge sometime mid-July. So wait for it.

Last Friday, Gigi had a haircut. Well, it's shaved bald now (daddy's fault) and since then, it's been quite sick.. Ear infections, obsessive scratching, eye infection... The poor thing, plus it's still traumatized by that visit to the vets.

^ Someone looks like a dinosaur


LOLa~
Aly

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shopping on a Wednesday

FOYD:

^ Pinkiness.

And the inspirational photo I got off here:

^A seductive pink smokey eye.

My version:


^ Less dramatic....


~Majorlica Majorca Skin Lingerie
~The Body Shop Concealer in 08
~Stage Picture Perfect Pencil Camouflage in 01 Creme Brulee
~Benefit Powderflage
~Anna Sui Blusher in 700
~MAC Hello Kitty Too Dolly e/s palette(I used Yogurt/baby pink and Romping/hot pink)
~Maybelline e/s Quad in 29 Safari Vogue
~Elianto Shadow Stick in Pink
~Fasio Liquid eyeliner in black
~MAC Cult of Cherry Pearl Glide Eyeliner in Miss Fortune
~Kate Loose eyeshadow glitter in GD-1
~Stage Eye Primer in Vanilla
~Stage Lip liner in 02 Spice Seduction
~MAC Rose A Romance Way to Love Lipstick
~MAC Hello Kitty Lip Conditioner in Popster




Went shopping..
On a Wednesday?
Yea, coz MNG was having a sale and who likes crowding w/ other customers on busy weekends?
I'd reckon you go too. It wasn't much at Gurney so I plan to go to the one in Queensbay, it's way bigger.

Nothing really happened this week and I have major exams in 6 months so that means less blogging..and more studying. tsk.

But, I'll try my best to update regularly.

^ Here's a bag of stuff I bought.. books.. very rare of me but all for the better good. Does MPH, the book store really stand for Miles per Hour?? I'm really curious but here's a link to their website.


^ My favourite form of reading... Popteen is actually a Japanese magazine but they translated it to Chinese in Taiwan so the ones here are imported from Taiwan (Part of the editorials are Taiwanese) On the other hand, Marie Claire I read becuase it's considered an intelligent magazine (IDK what that's supposed to mean, calling all the other magazines shallow.)

LOLa~
Aly

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

After 6 hours:MM Skin Lingerie


Click to read about the day I got this haul.

^
This is Majorlica Majorca's Skin Lingerie which is a makeup base targeted for people w/ oily skin because it has oil control. It costed me RM 35 but it was on discount so I have no idea how much it was originally. I forked out this amount of money on a makeup base (I never use makeup bases coz I try to reduce the amount of gunk I put on my face&I'm broke) coz Connie had previously raved about it so I couldn't resist =P . The following is my review along with some PROOF (photos) of this miracle in a tiny bottle.

Since the Sasa HD Foundation, I've pretty much lost faith in anything that claims to have oil control as I figured it was impossible for my combination skin to stay matte without loose powder and the like. So, as skeptical as I was, I used the Skin Lingerie in my Summer look to keep the look at a bare minimum.

Getting to my point, the product's texture is very similar to a good moisturizer and it was easy to apply. It was light and my skin felt supple after application. It wasn't greasy or anything so it just disappeared on my skin. It didn't do anything great and it definitely didn't reduce my pores like Sasa HD Foundation did but from now on, I'm not gonna expect anything of the products I review so I start from an un-biased point of view. I consider it a miracle because I believe that it takes a miracle to keep my skin shine-free after 6 hours.

Click to read about the day I used it.

So, I used it alone w/o any foundation or primer and after 6 hours...



The GOOD:
1. It has excellent oil cntrol. (even without any products on, my face oils up anyways)
2. It made my face feel smooth.(me likee)
3. It's quite cheap for a makeup base.(RM 35 are you kidding me? That's like 10USD)
4. It was light (didn't feel a thing, I even forgot I was wearing it)

The BAD: None but if I was pushing it, maybe the bottle was a little unhygienic to some people.

The Verdict: ❤❤❤❤
I still give it 5 stars not because I'm unhygienic but because I'm too hygienic that I always wash my hands before putting on makeup so the bottle doesn't bug me at all. This product is recommended to everyone especially to those w/ combination/oily skin. There is no reason not to get it unless a) you're really broke(I still bought it and I'm really broke) or b) you have too many makeup bases. Actually, b) is not really an excuse because this is perfect and what's this itty-bitty bottle compared to your ginormous collection of makeup bases?? Hygiene shouldn't be a problem either because you should always wash your hands anyway, especially if you're gonna put some makeup on.


Here a LOL photo I took yesterday.

* Wonder where the lashes were planning to go to...

LOLa~
Aly

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Embracing CHANGE!+Mom's haul at Heathrow.

Nope, I'm not talking about political change, it's an image change. Okay, that's a bit exaggerated, it's a hair cut.

Reasons to avoid having haircuts.
1. I hate hair salons
They always have some funny, rubbery smell which creeps me out and I feel totally suffocated when I get my hair-cut.

2. I hate short hair
Not because I look disastrous (maybe I do), not because I have a big head (but I do) but because I've been forced to have short hair for 5 years now. Not just short, like four-fingers-under-the-earlobe short. If you haven't been a local student in Malaysia during high school then maybe you wouldn't understand what I'm saying at all. Previously I had slightly medium-length hair because I was allowed to keep it for a ballet exam but after the exam my hair was supposed to be short again except I already delayed it for 3 months so when I was founded out.. I pretty much got yelled at and my dignity is on the floor. Anyways..

3. The hair-stylist always makes my hair too short!

But anyway, I really wonder where our rights have been buried? As if short hair benefits the evil people at all, I bet they just feel happy that we're all ugly and that we'd die like them, spinsters w/o anybody. But enough w/ the bitterness, I've been ranting about it the whole day so I'll get straight to the point. It's pointless to fight these evil bitches because their so miserably happy making girls cry and forcing girls to crop their hair into shit. Sometimes the excuse is tradition and whatnot but whatever they say, there is just no justice in forcing anyone to adopt short hair, no makeup and ugly nails. This is like autonomy, what happened to democracy and freedom? Why are we still so cavemen-like acting so uncivilised and making it a huge pain just to see us die ugly. I really hope they realise how much evil they've casted upon our young girls and that they get twice or triple the payback.

Back to the CHANGE. I had a haircut and what so great about it?? It was exactly the opposite of what I thought it would be (refer to 'Reasons to avoid having a haircut').

Before--->

Frizzy, Untamed, Bushy and Overgrown.

After--->

^ What I got is a safe bob-like cut and I got my fringe trimmed a little.
Shiny, Tamed, Neat and Trimmed to perfection.


HAIR IMPRESSION (click!)
I totally recommend you guys to this salon, I'm pretty sure they have quite a few branches in Malaysia.
1. No weird smell in the salon(the one I went to anyway).
2. Good Customer service.
3. The hair stylist I got, Ichiro(he looked rather Japanese but I'm pretty sure his not, maybe half?) was very meticulous so I was pretty happy and he was very friendly.

Basically, I've fallen in w/ this salon and I'm definitely going there for all my haircuts...


This really reminds me of...

^My favourite aunt.. She raised me from when I was 1 til 4. She's like my second mother.

And just when I was thinking of her, J and Mom came home from airport. J went to JB and Mom was at Morocco. So happens this aunt bought some food for me and passed them to J so... Here it is.. The infamous Famous Amos cookies.. definitely my favourite and some Japanese brand of prawn crackers.. Calbee which my aunt got from Singapore. So sweet of her.. Always trying to make me chubby like I used to be.. Ahh, the old times.

Mom, on the other hand, got me some weird looking wooden camels (not complaining) and BURBERRY!!! Arr!! My mom's a huge Burberry fan eversince her first purse from Burberry which she has then passed down to me (it's pretty torn up).. So while stopping at Heathrow airport on her way back from Morocco (some conference), she did some shopping! (very rare coz she ain't a shopaholic, the only one who isn't in our family =P) I'm so gonna go crazy when I go to Heathrow airport.. Just waiting for it... So, Here it is, my new .. I thought it looked a little man-ly at first but I guess for such an expensive purse, I can't complain. I love it anyways.

I just ❤ the Burberry lining...


Comfort food: Kinder Bueno and Farmhouse Fresh Milk.
Without'em, I wouldn't be so strong today...(lol)

LOLa~
Aly

Monday, June 22, 2009

BeautySwatch's First Giveaway!!

BeautySwatch's first giveaway competition is here!!
Click to find out more.



Products: MAC Rose A Romance Way To Love Lipstick & YSL Golden Gloss Lipgloss.



Xoxo

Aly

Sunday, June 21, 2009

10 Things UDK About Dreams

UDK=You Didn't Know

10. One-third of your life is spent sleeping.

In an average lifetime, you would have spent a total of about six years of it dreaming. That is more than 2,100 days spent in a different realm!





9. We often have 4-7 dreams in one night.

We dream on average of one or two hours every night.




8. You Forget 90% of your Dreams

Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost.




7. Toddlers don't dream about themselves

They do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4. From the same age, children typically have many more nightmares than adults do until age 7 or 8.




6. Blind people do dream

Whether visual images will appear in their dream depends on whether they where blind at birth or became blind later in life. But vision is not the only sense that constitutes a dream. Sounds, tactility, and smell become hypersensitive for the blind and their dreams are based on these senses.




5. Not Everyone Dreams in Colour

A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white, the remaining number dream in full colour.




4. Smoke-Quitters have more vivid dreams

People who are giving up smoking have longer and more intense dreams. In most dreams, subjects caught themselves smoking and felt strong negative emotions, such as panic and guilt.




3. You aren’t dreaming when you snore




2. You are paralyzed while you sleep

Believe it or not, your body is virtually paralyzed during your sleep – most likely to prevent your body from acting out aspects of your dreams.






1. We Only Dream of What We Know

Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts – did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces – they are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life but may not know or remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who pumped petrol in to your Dad’s car when you were just a little kid. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces through our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.