Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 In Review

Ok, I have been delinquent. Really delinquent.

As an attempt to get back into blogging, I am stealing Megan's 2015 Year In Review questions.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you have never done before?

Become a Medical Receptionist!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolution, and will you make more for 2016?

I don't remember what my 2015 resolution was, exactly, but I think it must be to get down to my ideal weight. And no, it didn't happen, and I even gained 10kg on top of my weight.

For 2016, I hope to lose the 10kg, and hopefully another 10kg after that. Wish me luck.

Also, I will avoid being a sounding board to emotional vampires.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I have a new niece - Sophia! And my friend Karolina gave birth to Emilie.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

I did not get out of awesome Australia this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

I wish that I get to travel this year.

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched in your memory?

Nothing, actually.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting into my dream university.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Something that happened in November. I won't elaborate, but it did make me realise I am not *that* smart.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

This back scratcher, hands down.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

The Guru's. Always.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Not depressed, but I realised if a person keeps pushing you out of his life, then maybe he does not want you in his life. And you should respect that by letting go, no matter how much your friendship means to you.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Shoes.

15. What did you get really, really excited about?

Grad school!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?

Nothing in particular.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

happier or sadder? happier

thinner or fatter? fatter by 10kgs!

richer or poorer? probably richer because I at least have a casual job now

18. What do you wish you had done more of?

Study.

19. What do you wish you had done less of?

Facebook.

Listen to people complain about their jobs/lives.

20. How did you spend your Christmas?

I slept through Christmas eve, and then spent Christmas day indoors, vegging, watching tv, and stuffing my face.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Janusette.

22. Did you fall inlove in 2015?

No.

23. How many one-night stands?

None. Never.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Big Bang Theory, hands down. But 2015 was the year I discovered Shameless and Orange is the New Black.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?

I still have not finished it, but it's this book.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

This awesome Melbourne band.

28. What did you want and get?

postgraduate CSP spot in my dream university which, according to the course coordinator, is extremely difficult to get because "there are only a few CSP places in the course – and you need extraordinary entry marks (above 90%) to get one."

And on a shallow note, this jacket.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?

I didn't think I'd enjoy Star Wars, but I did.

30. What did you do on your birthday?

Lunch at Epocha.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If I didn't suck at that attempt I made in November.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

Simple. Basic. Black. Uniqlo.

33. What kept you sane?

Coffee, mostly.

34. Which celebrity or public figure did you fancy the most?

I became a fan of JoWaPao last year.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Terrorism.

36. Who did you miss?

The friend I had to let go.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I can't think of anyone.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015?

Focus on your own shit.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year

Ikaw lang ang aking mahal
Ang pag-ibig mo'y aking kailangan
Pag-ibig na walang hangganan
Ang aking tunay na nararamdaman...



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Racing So Hard You Know It Won't Last

Just a quick post to let you know I am still alive - just getting killed in a school placement. But I will be done in a week, so yay!

Meanwhile, here's how I look roughly everyday when I am not in my school clothes (white collared shirt, black pants, Adidas sneakers)


Yes, I have been the victim of that annoying thing called Winter Weight Gain. But hopefully I will lose it this Spring.

My baseball tee is from that wonderful quirky Melbourne-brand we all love, Pho Sizzle Threads. Their Lollygaggers capsule collection is probably my most favourite collection to date.

Jeans, you're familiar with. I have worn this to death in my OOTDs. Getting the most use out of it before I start wearing my favourite jeans cut - flares and bootcuts!

And of course, the current loves of my life - the Nike Air Max 90 Reverse Infrared and Infrared. I'm wearing the Reverse Infrared in the OOTD post but I can't decide yet which one I like more. Both are massively cool.


I'm undoubtedly in a sneakers phase this Winter/Spring, that I hardly wear my Dr. Martens nowadays. 

So that's it for now. Short and sweet. I will be back soon - hopefully unscathed!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Aussie Curves : Floral

This is a hard challenge for me.

I have a deep dislike for floral. There I said it.

And by that dislike, I mean floral on me. A lot of girls can rock this print, but I just look...awkward.

Whenever I wear floral, I feel like I'm a fraud. Or I'm channelling table cloths and curtains. But that's me, and I'm kinda weird.

So yeah, I was never into the Cath Kidstons, or the liberty prints, or even Forever New's sundresses.


See this? I really wanted to like this. The cut is perfect for me (please ignore the lack of boobage) but the colour and print weren't. So it went back to the store.

There's also this prom skirt which I also desperately wanted to keep, but I couldn't justify the price for something I'd hardly wear.


That said, I do have a grand total of three floral items in my wardrobe:

1. A dress from Valley Girl which I bought during their 50% off sale (which ran for so many months and drained my wallet)


2. A Caroline Morgan dress I bought on a whim at the Ginger Tree clearance store in Elizabeth Street for, I think, $15 or $20. The one and only time I wore this was when I was deciding if I was going to buy the Witchery Double Zip Biker leather jacket. I have since forgotten about it until, well, today.  My nude (real old! $5!) sandals are from Parisian.




3. And of course, my Dr. Martens Mini Tydee which, compared to the others, don't get as much rotation because, well, they're floral. Here worn with my Esprit coat (bought in Hongkong - Esprit is significantly more expensive in Australia!), my favourite fleece Heat Tech (all sold out!), crossbody bag from Dangerfield (of course!), Peter Alexander beanie, and American Eagle Outfitters jeggings (softest denim ever, but wrong size for me that's why they look loose).


And I think there's another Valley Girl skirt somewhere, bought for $10 or under, which I was planning to wear with a striped shirt, but I don't know where to find it in the blackhole called my closet.

These are all the floral items I have. And I just noticed that there's a running theme: bought on a heavy discount/on clearance, and worn hardly.

So maybe someday I'd be able to pull off ladylike frocks and skirts, but right now, I'd stick to my Winter tomboy uniform of jeans, black/gray top, down vest (my most heavily used Winter item to date - and I even hesitated to buy it!) beanie, and my big dumb combat boots

p.s.

I did not think I'd be able to join this challenge at all!









Saturday, June 6, 2015

Happy, happy day!

Ok, can I just say I'm happy today?

So all along I thought I was 5'6.5" because whenever I measured myself, I got 67.75 inches, then converted to feet, it's 5.65. I stupidly always thought it's equivalent to 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches.

Today, it's a slow Sunday, and I thought of measuring our heights. I got 67.75, The Guru got 70 inches. Then he converted them to feet and inches and apparently, I'm 5'7" 3/4 and he's 5'10".

Which means I've been measuring my BMI wrongly all these years. And since females get 5lbs for every inch above 5ft (male get 6 lbs/inch) based on the ideal body weight chart, it means I'm 5 pounds closer to my goal weight (a long way to go, but still) than I thought I was.

Just sharing. It's like finding money hidden somewhere which I've already forgotten about. :P

Aussie Curves: BLACK and Good Food and Wine Show

So we went to the Good Food and Wine Show.



Unlike last year, we didn't even attempt to drink any of the wine and liqueur, not even the coffee liqueur. We went straight to the cheese alley.


A lot of people had the same idea. The crowd was noticeably thicker in the cheese section compared to any other sections.

I didn't take a lot of pictures - I was so concentrated on trying out the different kinds of cheese, some with names I didn't know how to pronounce. And before today I thought I knew my cheese!

This stall though particularly stood out to me because of their yummy flavoured cheese products. My favourites were the Almond & Apricot, Honey & Pistachio, and Cranberry & Macadamia, which tasted like decadent cheesecake.




Last year, we tried alpaca without knowing what it was. We were absolutely aghast when we found out they look like this:


Oh.My.God. What have we done?! 

This year, we stayed away from alpacas and any other unfamiliar meat (lest we end up eating another cute little animal again!), and just had a bite of sausage from one of the meat stalls. 

I was a bit disappointed that my favourite stall last year, Nehas Ice Cream, did not join the show this year. I was looking forward to her version of kulfi.

We capped off our cheesy afternoon by coming to senses and bringing this home. I chose the rice, angel hair, and lasagna variants, instead of the spaghetti and noodles as I can get cheaper generic shirataki noodles at most Asian stores in the CBD.

The Guru is excited for his longsilog - or should I say longshilog?





And here's what I wore - I made sure everything was black because of this week's Aussie Curves challenge. This week's challenge is a no-brainer for me, because most of my clothes are black. Especially tops and dresses partially because I'm very top-heavy (and also probably why I don't really like black jeans - I think I look best in blue jeans in light washes, they sort of balance my appearance and give me the illusion of having hips), but mostly because it's one of the only two neutrals (the other one is stark bright white, none of the ivory/cream nonsense) that look good on my cool skintone. It took a lot of disastrous experiments with coral blush and brown eyeshadow in the past before my friend told me they really didn't look good on me. :P 

And then I started realising I look best in silver jewellry - explains why I was never into gold (actually never into jewellry at all - and I only found out today that it's spelled with two Ls in British/Australian english because Blogger kept correcting me) and cool colours like black, white, blue-based pinks, blue - cobalt, azure; I'm apparently a "Winter jewel" - I learn a lot from trolling forums :P, which means I look best in black, white, and jewel tones.



BLK DNM leather jacket 1UNIQLO Heattech long-sleeved undershirt, Kmart singlet that says "Paris in the Moonlight" - I think I got this for $2,  American Eagle Outfitters jeggingcrossbody from Dangerfield (which you're probably sick of by now - promise, I have other bags!), and of course, my trusty pair of nappa Doc Martens1460s.

So about the BLK DNM leather jacket, it's warm and comfy and seriously badass. I passed by Myer almost everyday for maybe a week or so before I decided to get it. The first time I tried it, I tried the Large (autopilot - always get the largest), and thought it was bulky and looked kind of members only (a term I learned from obsessively googling leather jackets) but I still really liked how the leather smells (the smell is different, not the usual leathery scent, almost-but-not-quite fragrant). And then one day the Large was gone (I think Myer only got a few pieces, maybe one/size) and on a whim I tried the Medium (and not expecting I'd fit into it, to be honest), and it's so much sleeker. Needless to say, I spent many more nights googling before I decided to bite the bullet. 

And I couldn't be happier! Well, maybe if I also had the leather jacket 8, but probably in five years or so because I justified the price by convincing myself that I'm gonna wear it for years anyway.  

Until next year's show, and next week's Aussie Curves challenge!




Sunday, May 31, 2015

Smells Like Teen Spirit (AUSSIE CURVES: SONG)

I am a child of the '90s.

Flannels, ripped jeans, Doc MartensMy So-Called LifeEraserheads, they all influenced me in my formative years and can be thanked (or blamed) for who I am today.

I actually have a '70s dress I wanted to wear for this week's challenge because it's oh-so-cute. But for the life of me, I could not think of a song that will be appropriate.

On a cold autumn morning, while listening to Nirvana, I realised I should just be true to myself and interpret this challenge the way my heart tells me to.

This week's inspiration are two songs:


and




So here I am dressed as a '90s kid. Or more specifically, as Angela Chase.




The Guru got free tickets to this awesome cinema





and went last Sunday to watch Tomorrowland. The film featured one of my favourite actors - no, not George Clooney, but Dr. House himself, Hugh Laurie. Also Life Unexpected's (why must awesome show end?) star, Britt Robertson. The real gem of the movie was the girl who played Athena, who looked eerily like Audrey Hepburn.  Or at least, how Audrey probably looked as a child.

But I digress.



Awkward pose/smile - I am still not used to posing in public




Plaid babydoll from Dotti (this must have been so popular because I bought this few months ago, and they recently restocked it), random tights, heat-tech from UNIQLO, and black nappa 1460s.

The leather jacket is not Angela Chase, but I could not find my denim jackets - still have not finished sorting stuff in our new place.

I would like to say this was how I dressed when I was a teenager but I would be lying - I didn't wear dresses until later. I was an insecure teen (inside, because I always faked confidence and I think got away with it most of the time) who was considerably bigger than the rest of my highschool and even uni batch (I was 5'7", and 160 lbs who ballooned to 190lbs by the end of HS and probably 200+ lbs by the end of pre-med - in a sea of 5ft tall 100 pounders). I was always in flannel or band shirts, my dad's sports shirts, ripped jeans, and either Doc Martens or Converse. I didn't wear a drop of makeup, either. Actually, I didn't learn how to wear makeup until I started in the corporate world - and I still don't wear makeup if I don't have to until now. I remember obsessing over black lipstick toward the end of uni, but I did not have the guts to wear it so it just sat in my room until I forgot about it. My form of rebellion, if you will, was getting my ears pierced - I added two piercings/ear, to the one piercing/ear my mom got me as a baby (it must have been, because I don't remember getting it).

So that's it for this week's Aussie Curves. See you next week for BLACK.

"With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid, and contagious...."







Saturday, May 16, 2015

Aussie Curves : Jacket and Washing Leather on the Machine

So I've been obsessing over leather jackets.

I've been googling, posting in forums/FB pages, talking people's ears off - no biggie, really, my friends are used to me blabbing nonstop about stuff they can't relate to(most of them are in the tropics).

I started with Witchery, moved on to BLK DNM, then to other random jackets in eBay, most of which I have since resold.

I thought my leather jacket obsession was over until I came across a preloved biker jacket from Husk. I was familiar with the brand because they have a Rick Owens dupe I was eyeing in eBay few weeks ago. I don't know if this sounds crazy, but I have this sort of gut feeling whenever I am bidding on an item. I kind of know that I'd win the bidding prior to the end. It's never failed me - maybe I should start telling fortunes for a living?

Ignore my ten pounds weight gain (yes, it's official) and focus on my super awesome leather biker which I got for 1/5th of the RRP! Yes, it's preloved, but I don't care - it's oh so soft, the leather is luxurious, the scuffs and creases give it character, and I cannot afford it if I had to buy it full-price!


Here I am taking a selfie using the giant mirror in the very cool lobby of the building of our new place. We have not officially moved in yet (on Thursday!). Most of the tenants, I think, are uni students. 


My tummy says hi!


My eyebags too! 



The Italian lambskin leather is supple and oh-so-buttery! ♥  






Up close and personal.


LOVE that the hardware is copper and not gold. I'd prefer it to be silver, but copper >>>> gold, with black. At least, in my eyes. I have an aversion towards black with gold hardware. Copper hardware with black isn't as garish.

Another reason I think this jacket and me are meant to be are the sleeves - they're crazy long, but since my arms are freakishly long too, they're just right for me. ♥ ♥ ♥ 

So yeah, eBay score!

Now about washing leather jacket on the machine...I did it. I bought a Pierre Cardin vintage leather jacket from eBay which was in excellent condition except for one thing - it did smell vintage. Like unearthed-from-your-grandma's-chest-where-it-was-stored-for-20-years vintage. It was also too big for me, but perfect size for The Guru (duh, it's Pierre Cardin, I don't know why I thought it was a women's jacket.) 

So I had two choices: resell it, or have it cleaned. But considering Evans charges $150 (cleaning with waterproofing) and I got the jacket for $17 ($31 if you include the shipping fee), I thought what the heck, I'd try machine washing the leather. Also found some articles that say you can wash leather jacket on the machine. 

I bought some wool and delicates detergent, put the jacket inside a mesh bag, and washed it for 30 mins. After which, I checked the jacket, it didn't seem ruined, so I put it in the dryer for 56 mins (our machine's shortest cycle). It still smelled afterwards (although noticeably less so) so I did another round of washing/drying. 

After air drying it, it still had that vintage smell, now more sweet-ish than dusty/attic-y/storage-y. I read in a forum that baking soda works - I sprinkled baking soda generously, put it inside a bag, tied it, and left it there overnight. It still has a faint vintage smell but tolerable and it's decreasing day by day.

Oh, and the leather seems unchanged. Lookie!


The Guru and the jacket aboard the 59 tram - we were off to Fitzroy for our food trip. More on that next post. 



I think this was on our way home - clearly two happy tummies judging from our giddy smiles!

Oh, my Husk jacket also had a bit of vintage smell, but just faint, so I used the baking soda technique, and it worked too. 

So yeah, you can wash leather jackets but don't blame me if yours get ruined. :)