Bangkok Day 3: Part 2

Guess where Joel brought me after my mini shopping spree at Matchbox and Eve&Boy?

The museum. He took me to the MUSEUM! 😑😒

Technically, it is called the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre, not a museum but for convenience, I’m gonna refer to it as a museum. So yeah, I typically really enjoy visiting museums but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of people, Singaporeans in particular, going to the museum while they’re in Bangkok on a quick weekend trip.

It’s connected to Siam Paragon so if you’re interested, that should make locating it quite easy.

The place was littered with murals and artworks of their late king. It was rather heartwarming to see that the Thais loved and adored him so much. He must have been a great man.

This floor was filled with gift shops, independent lifestyle stores, fashion stores, and even a gelato shop! We didn’t get gelato though, despite the fact that I really, really, really needed to sit down, thanks to my bad back, because we were saving our stomachs for something else.

The next floor was filled with works from up-and-coming Thai artists and truth be told, it was terribly curated and the space wasn’t effectively utilised. This neon light piece was one of the better works.

I secretly wanted to leave because I thought that the higher floors also housed works of such calibre. Joel, who trained in fine arts, also said that the works were disappointing.

At least there was a rather interesting live painting space going on. This artist was creating works in person to fill up her space and at the same time, this entire live painting process was also a form of performance art.

Me: Quite interesting ah?
Joel: Okay lah. She’s wasting a lot of paint.

😒 Of all people, I’d thought that he’d be the one who’d be able to appreciate this the most. Cheh!

The higher floors had much better works but because they are all very conceptual and contemporary, all I could do was just stand there and TRY TO appreciate the beauty of the works.

Sorry, but 我真的看不懂! Also, we were the only people there who were in slippers hahahaha. Really 丢新加坡的脸!

But this last one was interesting! The screen changes and warps while the speakers played a Thai monologue. The spot where Joel is standing is the prime location hahaha. Slowly, all you’d be able to hear is the monologue and all you’d be able to see is the changing image on the screen.

I was actually a little mindfucked hahaha.

We window shopped a little more and chanced upon this cramped little store outside Siam Square One called Peylaa (yes, two A’s). It is apparently a homegrown lifestyle brand that sells plenty of homeware, like reed diffusers, scent bags, candles, and other knick knacks like tote bags, hand creams, and scarves.

Photo from Peylaa’s Instagram.

They can be found at Siam Square Soi 11 and Chatuchak Market. More information can be found on their Instagram/Facebook page.

I got one of their many reed diffusers in the scent Baby Cloud. The 100ml one is supposed to last for about 2-3 days while their smaller ones will last for a month.

So far, I really like it! It has this light, clean, and powdery smell that I like but which Joel said smells like a hospital 😒 这家伙不被骂不行!

It was a bit overwhelming at first for my very small room but it dissipated within 4 days and it was okay after that. This might just be one of my best buys from this trip!

After that my towkay wanted to eat his Shibuya Honey Toast at After You so okay lor… off we went! He’s been craving it since February or March when we first brought this trip up hahaha.

We went at some odd timing, like 5pm or so, so there weren’t a lot of people there and we only had to wait for about 5-10 minutes before we got a table.

Got this Thai Milk Tea Kakigori thingamajic which was essentially just shaved ice with powdered Thai milk tea, frothy cream, and cut almonds.

IT WAS NOT NICE AT ALL!

I felt very cheated because all the food blogs I read were praising this to no end, like it was God’s greatest gift to mankind. Pui. Waste my stomach space.

But at least somebody had a good time and left satisfied!

Dinner at Somboon happened shortly after and wow, I have no words for the food here, particularly this outlet at Siam Square One.

In short, it was fucking bad. Any tzechar stall in Singapore that sells chilli crab can easily top what Somboon served us.

The waiters and waitresses also looked like they were forced to be there. No amount of smiling at them or joking with them cheered them up. Believe me, we tried.

We got their signature curry crab and opted to have it deshelled but I really think that it should have been named “moderately fresh crab drowned in oily orange gravy” instead 😒

This put me in such a bad mood. I can’t… I don’t want to talk about it anymore lol.

If I had to pick the best dish out of everything that we ordered at Somboon that night, it would have been this but even then, it still sucked. I might as well have been chewing on raw and uncooked vegetables dipped in gravy. Tsk!

Everything else was just terrible so there’s really no point in me continuing talking about Somboon hahaha.

Ending off this post with a happy photo of us despite what we endured at Somboon!

If you can’t already tell, we were really looking forward to going home cos really lah, no matter how much I love a country and its food, I can safely say that nothing beats home and Singapore food!

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Bangkok Day 3: Part 1

Sunday – our last full day in Bangkok and we were very determined to fully utilise the day but ahem, I woke up at around 12ish again so we ended up having a late lunch for the second day in a row.

I requested that we eat at White Flower Factory, a restaurant in Siam Square One that specialises in Thai fusion cuisine. I was blown away by how amazing the food was when I went there a few years ago and since then, I’ve made a mental note to visit it again.

Typical rustic interior but with fresh white flowers scattered all around the restaurant.

We only got there at around 2ish so we didn’t have to wait for a table at all. The place was filled with mostly locals and I think we might have been the only Singaporeans there?

We both got their Thai Iced Milk Tea because we haven’t had any so far – can you believe it? Three days in Bangkok and we haven’t had a sip of the country’s signature drink. Smh.

It was good though but a bit too little for thirsty me.

Wheeee! My favourite! Their signature Tom Yum Soup with Chinese Herbs. You can pick what sort of meat you want in the soup, chicken, beef, or pork. We picked pork and kinda regretted it because it was all tendon and cartilage, and there was very little meat.

Sadly, it wasn’t as great as it used to be. I remember it being very spicy and how the taste of Chinese herbs went surprisingly well with the slight tangy flavour of the soup.

This time, it was more sour than spicy. The taste of tomatoes was quite strong and I could barely taste the Chinese herbs which I thought was a unique addition to your typical tomyum soup and the whole reason why I even ordered it in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still good! Just not as good as it was before. Joel thought the same and I asked him if he’d think that the soup was good if this was his first time trying anything from this restaurant. He said yes and I agree!

Also, our first time having Basil Chicken Rice after spending 2 days in Bangkok. I know we’re damn noob.

I didn’t have very high expectations for this dish because of how disappointed the soup got me but this was really good!

Flavourful, and the basil complemented the salty gravy so, so well! It was hella spicy though so those of you who don’t take spicy food, please take note.

Joel also got the same thing and evidently, he was very pleased with the quality of his food. Somemore so excited about lunch until he forgot to put his bag down hahahaha.

White Flower Factory
Siam Square One, 4th floor

Nearest BTS: Siam

Open daily from 11am to 10pm

And the shopping begins! I feel like I really do have a substantial amount of self-control for only going mad shopping on the last full day that we have.

Poor Joel, he had to follow me everywhere I went and help me carry my shopping bags. It didn’t help that he looked very bored, especially when I was buying makeup hahaha.

I even made a very long list of things I wanna buy from Eve&Boy and sent it to Joel before we flew to Bangkok with the caption “good luck”, to which he replied, “Oh no!” 😂

Photo from Google.

This pink store caught my eye as Joel and I were strolling along the little streets and alleys next to Siam Square One. It turned out to be a multi-label fashion store and it was filled with locals – the girls were shopping inside while their boyfriends were seated outside the store, waiting for them.

I got this simple pleated dress which was about SGD$24. I know it’s not cheap by Bangkok’s standards but I’m the sort of person who prefers to buy decent/good quality clothes than cheap ones that don’t last.

The fabric of this dress is very soft, smooth, and drapey which I really like. Initially, I didn’t like how it was so thin but then I realised that it was perfect for Bangkok/Singapore weather. I’ve since worn it out and got some compliments so yes, $24 well-spent hahaha.

Matchbox
422/11, Siam Square Soi 8

Nearest BTS: Siam

Open daily from 12pm to 9pm

After I bought it, Joel kept saying “so now you into pleats ah? Pleats please ah?” 🙄 he says that everytime I buy something pleated and he’ll start giggling to himself afterwards because of Issey Miyake’s pleats line called Pleats Please and he’s very amused by how punny it is.

Makes me wanna smash his face in and turn it into pleats instead.

Later, I dragged Joel to Eve&Boy (the Thai version of Sephora) at Siam Square One and I gave him multiple missions: Find Soap&Glory, Mad Hippie, Alteya Organics, Mamonde, CosRX. He has such a keen eye and managed to find me everything but Soap&Glory which was oddly, only available in Boots even though my research said otherwise.

In the end, I managed to snag the Soap&Glory Glow All Out highlighter, Babyish Hyaluron Moisturising Mask, Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning lip balm, Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water toner, and the Srichand Transclucent Powder.

All these, except for the Burt’s Bees lip balm, were all items that got pretty good reviews online so I decided to get them to try it out. I’ll definitely share more soon once I’ve gotten around to using them! Can’t wait hehehe!

This post is getting a little too long-winded so I’m gonna split it up into two parts!

Bangkok Day 2

Saturday saw us exploring the Thong Lor neighbourhood the minute we alighted from our Grab and stepped foot in The Commons. Our day started late because we didn’t set an alarm the night before. We’re the sort of tourists who prefer to take it easy. OTOT (own time own target), yknow?

Joel woke me up at around 12pm because he knew I slept late the night before and that I was still tired. We’ve been together for almost 6 years and I still feel happy whenever I get to wake up to his cheeky, smiling face. Sometimes I wonder what could I have possibly done in my past life to deserve someone so amazing, albeit a little weird, in my life hahaha.

I know he reads my WordPress so hello Jo! I’m sucking up to you. Please love me more HAHAHA.

Roast was still as good as ever, in my opinion. And naturally, the first dishes I’d look for when I flip through cafe menus are pasta dishes because I. Love. Carbs. If you wanna make me happy, just buy me aglio olio, fried rice, or banmian. I’m easily satisfied like that hahaha.

The interior is just like any other cafe that’s going for the raw and minimal look. There were more foreigners there than locals but I think that’s partially due to how pricey it can get? But aiya, what do I know about Bangkok’s cafe culture?

Also, I swear Roast didn’t use to look like that. Neither did The Commons! Did they undergo a renovation or something?!

Joel got their salted caramel shake. This guy here is a sucker for milkshakes! I’ve never met a guy who liked milkshakes this much. So much so that I’m already planning to buy a hand blender in the future so I can make him milkshakes whenever he wants hahaha.

The salted caramel shake wasn’t as thick or as jelat as we thought it’d be so it complemented his burger really well. The balance of salty and sweet was great and it made me regret not ordering this!

Nothing to see here! Just a cup of coffee served in a mason jar. I can’t tell you if it’s any good because I’m no coffee connoisseur but I like it!

This is the Johnny’s Burger that Joel ordered which he didn’t like. According to my “food connoisseur” of a boyfriend who’s constantly on the hunt for the best burger he can get his hands on, this wasn’t great. The patty was well-cooked but the flavours of the sauce, carmelised onions, cheese, and what not were all too overwhelming.

He was schooling me on burgers and saying that the star of the show should always, always be the patty which wasn’t the case for this burger. Once he finished his patty, he started smiling and said, “Ooh! It’s so much better now without the patty. So good!”

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at his intense passion towards burgers 😂

My risotto on the other hand, was perfectly cooked and was neither overcooked or undercooked. But it was extremely flavourful, to the point that I had trouble finishing everything despite it being a plate of carbs. Everything from the risotto itself to the squid, to the mussels all kinda tasted the same about halfway through. The seafood was extremely fresh though, gotta give it to them!

We left The Commons almost immediately after we were done with our meal because Joel wanted to visit some record stores around the hour. We walked for a good half hour before we realised that the first one, Bungkum House, was nothing but concrete. We walked for another half an hour before getting to the other store and found out that it was closed.

Joel was so disappointed. So poor thing hahaha. But oh well, not fated lah.

My back started to hurt so Joel suggested that we pop by Seven Suns, a quaint little place that sells delicious tea made from scratch. I almost didn’t enter but I’m so glad I did because their tea is SO GOOD, it made up for the walking we did. It also helps that their lady boss looks a lot like Cecilia Chung (张柏芝) lah hahaha.

I wanted something light so I got their Black Rose & Lychee tea while Joel got the Peach don’t know what Dragon don’t know what tea (shitty blogger alert), even though they’re more known for their award-winning matcha lattes.

Joel only ordered his drink because the name had the word “dragon” in it 😑 I am dating a child…

Once we ordered, the lady boss popped out of the cafe for a bit and came back with freshly picked rose buds to decorate my tea with. Joel’s had a stick of cinnamon in it! It was easily the best tea I’ve had in my life and I swear I am not exaggerating.

Seven Suns
Park Lane
Sukhumvit 61, Wattana

Nearest BTS: Ekkamai

Open daily from 10am to 8pm

I know I look sleepy as fuck here and my arms look creepily long but I was probably secretly thinking about sneaking into their back garden to have a look hehehe. See those planters hanging from the wall? That’s part of their back garden!

Walked a bit more because Joel wanted to go to this boutique called Roseman Club to have a look. If it weren’t for the stunning decor, I would have said that the trip there was a waste of time because everything was ridiculously overpriced (think SGD$100-$200 for a wide-brimmed hat). The things they sell reminded me very strongly of the movie, Kingsman.

But I guess they HAVE to price their items that high because come on lah, they have a freaking fountain outside their store. It’s like I was magically transported to London or something.

I do really like the way they laid all their products out though. It’s like an organised mess.
Visual merchandising: A+

Roseman Club
68/2  Sukhumvit 31 Yaek 4 (Soi Sawatdi)
Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110

Nearest BTS: Phrom Phong

Open daily from 11am to 9pm

Afterwards, we went to the JJ Green Night Market. I was half hoping to buy more things there but I only left with a phone case for my new old iPhone 7+ that my mother used to use.

Case in point (pun completely intended).

And yes, I’m doing a mask right now. Gotta make ample use of time yknow?

Halfway through searching the entire night market for a certain stall that apparently sells amazing tomyum noodles, we gave up because we were too hungry and settled for this in the end.

Didn’t even bother remembering anything about this bowl of tomyum noodles because it was so bad. Nissin tomyum cup noodles are even better than this. Really.

Joel and I rushed through our meal because the entire JJ Green Night Market was covered with flies! COVERED. It was like they were all having some huge scale fly version of ZoukOut and humans decided to set up a night market there and intruded on them.

Flies flew into both of my eyes on two separate occasions despite the fact that I was swatting them away with my hands like I was trying to fly. Joel didn’t even dare to talk because he was afraid that they’d fly into his mouth HAHAHA.

At least he managed to walk away with this! A vintage radio cum cassette player that was restored and in nearly pristine condition! The sound quality was great and the store owner threw in a free cassette tape for Joel, partially because this beauty earned the guy 2200 THB (SGD$93).

I really do think that it was worth it though! It’s not easy trying to find something like this in such amazing condition and at less than $100 too!

If anybody’s interested, the store is located in Zone J of JJ Green Night Market. The owner’s a bald guy with a goatee and moustache 😂

Bangkok Day 1

I just got back from a short weekend trip to Bangkok with Joel. Considering how tired and sick of life I’ve been lately, I’d say that this trip was long overdue and waaaayyy too short too; probably because we flew off on Friday afternoon after popping by ICA the moment it opened its doors to collect my passport. My details weren’t even in the system when we got to the airport and they had to manually update it. The officers joked that I travelled faster than the system updates itself 😂

We spent at least an hour stuck at the immigration area at the airport in Bangkok after we got off the plane. The queues were so long and so many people were cutting in line left, right, and centre.

I joked that I wore my 相当暴躁 (relatively short-tempered) T-shirt at the right time because a lot of the PRCs took one quick look at it and seemed like they thought twice about cutting infront of me. My dad said that this T-shirt doesn’t suit me because I’m 非常暴躁 instead of just 相当 hahaha 😒

Ya, watch out! Don’t mess with the short-tempered lady!!!

We only reached our hotel at close to 6pm, no thanks to Bangkok’s infamously bad traffic. This time, Joel and I stayed at the NAP Hotel which is of walking distance to Pratunam – not that it matters because we took Grab whenever we wanted to go anywhere.

This was what greeted us the minute we got out of the car. The foyer also doubles as a smoking area since the rest of the hotel is a non-smoking zone.

The lounge area, complete with an egg-shaped swing that I never got the chance to sit on.

There’s a little mini bar by the wall that sells about 3 different brands of Thai craft beer which is a really nice touch. But if you want them, you gotta buy them before 12mn because they don’t have the license to sell them after that time. Joel promised that we’d buy a bottle or two to try but we both forgot about it 😦

Our room! Very cosy and clean! Joel and I were discussing if the master bedroom in our future apartment will be as big as our hotel room. But knowing how tiny recent BTOs are, it’s unlikely that it’ll be bigger than this lol.

If you’re not picky about location, I think NAP Hotel is a good, cosy, and affordable place to stay at in Bangkok that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city. But if I die die had to mention something I dislike about our room, it’d be that the water pressure of the shower was very, very weak.

The alleys that lead to the hotel may be poorly lit but if you’re gonna be Grabbing everywhere like us, that shouldn’t be a problem. They also have buggy services that will take you to the nearest BTS and other locations as well.

There’s hardly any traffic around and it’s pretty much surrounded by residential buildings which I really appreciate!

We made our way to the Rod Fai (Ratchada) Night Market after a short rest in our room. This is the famed train market but it’s the one nearer to the central Siam/Pratunam area while the original one is located near Chatuchak. Don’t worry, both are the authentic Rod Fai Night Market but at different locations!

I particularly like the Rod Fai Market because of how chill it is. We got there at around 8ish and surprisingly, it wasn’t as packed as I thought it’d be. There were also a lot of stalls selling vintage items and mass manufactured products alike so take your pick!

It was here where we had what both of us deemed the best meal we’ve had during this trip!

Chef Tui Ranger
Rod Fai Market (Ratchada)
Ratcadaphisek Road (close to Esplanade Shopping Mall)

Open from Thursday to Sunday

5pm to 12mn

Hello, pork ribs! Joel accidentally ordered a full rack of ribs but we still managed to clean our plates off, and that was on top of two small servings of mashed potatoes, two beef kebabs, two sticks of mushroom bacon, and two bottles of Pepsi.

The ribs were marinated and cooked perfectly while the meat slid off the bone easily. They provide you with a single plastic glove, a fork and a knife so you can eat the ribs like the animal that you are hahaha.

It was bloody delicious – easily the best pork ribs I’ve had – but I only had four pieces while Joel ate the rest. Once he found out how little I ate, he stared at his plate and said very seriously, “Oh my god, I’m a monster.” 😂

The mashed potatoes were great as well. They were so finely mashed and were so, so soft. Seasoned with just salt and pepper, it was light and fluffy, and went very well with the very flavourful ribs.

This was pretty damn fantastic as well. Joel prefers the beef kebab while I like the mushroom bacon more even though I hate bacon. I wasn’t very fond of the beef because of the amount of tendon and fats that accompanied it but I do like how it was perfectly cooked; not too tough, not too raw, just the way I like it!

Moderately funny story:

Me: What’s this green thing on the beef kebab ah?
Joel: Leek.
Me: You sure or not? It smells like bell pepper leh.
Joel: It’s leek! I ate one just now.
Me: Okay lor… (removes it from the stick and pops it in my mouth)
Me: OMG FUCK YOU LAH! IT IS JALAPEÑO!!!! SHITTTT!

That almost killed my appetite. Almost.

I snagged these two tees at less than 200 THB (SGD $8.50) each! They are so comfortable! Really, really worth it.

I also got myself an oversized graphic tee because I’ve been really into pairing T-shirts with culottes or jeans lately. Joel picked this out for me! I love it when he does that hehehe.

My Recent Buys

I’ve been wanting to write about my recent buys since even before Christmas rolled around but I’ve never actually gotten started because like the cat in this sticker, I get tired everyday by 8pm and just can’t seem to gather even a little bit of energy and time to sit down and type.

This is what happens when you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition that also sucks the energy out of you while causing you daily headaches, bodyaches, and joint pain 🤷🏻‍♀️

But since Joel’s asleep on the bed next to me, I figured I might as well kill some time and get shit done at the same time.

First up!

Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze

Bought with Melo when she suddenly asked in the groupchat if we wanted to get anything from Glossier since she and her colleague were getting stuff and wanted to get free shipping.

She only gave me 15 minuutes to decide so I hastily told her that I wanted the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk and Haze. I got Dusk for Jasmine because I was her secret Santa hehehe. And Haze for myself because I’ve always wanted one and I’m a sucker for beautifully designed packaging.

Dusk is the slightly dark sand coloured one on the utmost left which I knew Jasmine wanted. I was deciding between Haze, which is this dark plum coloured one, and Puff, the light pink coloured one.

Ultimately decided against getting Puff because I don’t think I’d suit a shade this feminine considering that I’m a tomboy and it probably won’t go with the warm-toned lipsticks I usually wear.

Beam, the peach coloured shade, looks good as well. Maybe I’ll get it in the future hehehe 💸

Truth be told, I thought Glossier was gonna be one of those super hyped up brands with amazingly gorgeous packaging and branding but was seriously lacking in quality.

I was very glad to know that it wasn’t the case and that behind its super cute packaging that was clearly inspired by tubes of paint, the colour really packed a punch.

Glossier Cloud Paint in action! I would totally take a video of it but the lighting in my room sucks big time and even artificial light can’t help it.

Brows:
-NYX Microbrow Pencil in Espresso
– NYX Brow Powder in Dark Brown

Eyes:
– Catrice Lashes To Kill mascara

Face:
– NARS Creamy Concealer in Creme Brulee

Lips:
– Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Chihuahua

My New Year’s Eve #fotd

While I was applying it, I got reminded very strongly of Benefit’s Benetint because both are cheek tints that require quick application due to how quick they set. I had to dab this on my fingers then later on my cheeks, one cheek at a time, at the speed of light.

The pigmentation is 10/10 and can be layered if you want the colour to look more saturated but personally, I think it is fine this way and I only squeezed out an amount comparable to the pin on your typical pinhead needle.

I left the house at around 4/5pm and only got back home at almost 2am that night.

The staying power is quite amazing tbh! It was still on my face after 9-10 hours and during this time, I was rolling around on Joel’s bed and rubbing my cheeks against his pillow because I was sleepy hahaha.

Look! Even my eyebrows were looking hella patchy and obviously, my lipstick was gone after dinner and I couldn’t be bothered to touch it up.

Also, lighting makes a hell of a difference, no?

Everlane 100% Human hoodie!

It was my first purchase from Everlane after hearing so much about it from the girls who were kinda nuts over it at one point, especially when they released their denim line.

Even though this hoodie cost me USD 60, I still think it was a good purchase because depending on what you bought, part of the proceeds goes to a certain human rights organisation. Mine went to Equality Now which supports gender equality and helps women and girls in third-world countries.

There’s also the added benefit of looking like Eric Chou, this Chinese singer who recently got his taste of fame, when you put your hood up!

Thank you, Yingxin for this collage 😒

On a more serious note, the only issue I have with this hoodie is that the opening is way too small for my extermely large head. I always find myself stuck in it while I’m putting it on and I have to struggle for a bit, looking like a headless creature, before I can be comfy.

I also got this tee in muted pink at USD 22. The material honestly wasn’t fantastic – it was too thin and the colour looked yellower irl.

But my hoodie pretty much made up for it because it’s so comfortable and I feel like I can live it in 24/7. It’s now my go-to outerwear for when it gets too cold in the office which is a daily occurrence ❄️

At least it’s cute, I guess.

Also got these for free but I’m not exactly sure what I can do with them? I’ve contemplated sticking these onto my laptop but I really don’t like covering my belongings with stickers 🤷🏻‍♀️

Suggestions, anyone?

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion!

I was actually planning to get these for some of Joel’s friends for Christmas but decided to get a small tub for myself instead because the Internet went nuts when this was released and said that this was the ultimate cure for insomnia – not in these exact words but something super kuazhang along those lines.

It was $26 for the 95g one. Pretty costly imo! But I kept telling myself, “Aiya it’s Christmas! This can be my Christmas gift to myself!” so I got it without a second thought 😒

Contrary to photos of it online, it’s actually pale purple in colour and it smells very calming, more of oatmeal than lavender to me.

The ingredient list states that it contains oatmeal infusion, almond oil, lavender water, lavender flower, organic Jojoba oil, and organic cocoa butter as its first 6 ingredients, which explains the scent and its calming properties that everybody’s been raving about.

Uh… I wouldn’t say that I’d start feeling sleepy the minute I put this on which is what people online are claiming it does 🙄 and it definitely doesn’t cure insomnia hahaha. I would know because I’ve had trouble sleeping pretty much every night since I was in my teens.

Seeing as I bought this only to help me sleep, I was quite surprised by how moisturising it is. I’ve only used it a grand total of 3 times so far and Joel commented that my skin feels softer. I’ve also noticed that the skin on my legs look a lot less scaly than before.

It also absorbs VERY quickly which also took me by surprise because nobody online mentioned this?! The whole reason why I don’t use body lotions is because I don’t like my skin sticking to my bedsheets and blanket, and I don’t seem to have that problem with the Sleepy body lotion.

The only real problem I have with this is that it contains a tiny bit of sparkles.

I only noticed that my limbs were sparkling like Edward Cullen when I accidentally shone my torchlight on my hand and saw that I looked like a $2 whore. Complained to PY about how it sparkles and she said, “No lah, at least got $4. You’re not a $2 whore.”

Thanks for the vote of confidence 😑👏🏻

But I must say that the sparkles are very very subtle lah. If the whole torchlight thing didn’t happen, I honestly wouldn’t have noticed and would remain oblivious to how sparkly I was hahaha.

Disappointing FashMob Purchase

Made my way down to collect my first ever #fashmob order! I hardly ever buy from online stores nowadays because I’m always too paranoid about the clothes not fitting and I’m also very particular about certain details and cutting when it comes to clothes.

Or like what some of my friends would say, too picky hahaha.

I was genuinely very excited to open my package. My mother even complimented on the packaging and how nice the pale pink colour was.

I decided to purchase their Paco Midi Pleat Skirt in Black because it resembled this particular skirt from Topshop that I bought ages ago. The elastic became very loose so I’ve stopped wearing it since around June or so last year. But I really, really love it and I’ve been searching high and low for a similar piece.

It wasn’t as long as my Topshop one which ends around mid-calf for me and was the perfect midi skirt.

But I figured that it’s not easy to find something that’s exactly the same so it’s okay, I’ll just get this one instead.

The Fashmob one also didn’t have an elastic band which I was 100% fine with it since I hated the elastic waistband on my Topshop skirt.

Before I went ahead with the purchase, I already knew that it wasn’t going to be 100% the same. I accepted that but that didn’t stop me from being sorely disappointed about what I received from Fashmob 😞

Pardon my dirty mirror and the poor lighting, I obviously don’t take very many mirror selfies in my room.

This is how it looked like on me. I actually quite like the length and the fit. The only reason why I looked a little shapeless was because of the sweater I was wearing lah.

But sigh, the colour of the gold shimmer just didn’t look appealing at all and this photo was after I edited it to make it look good, yet still true to the actual item I received.

The button hole was also too small. I tried buttoning it till my thumbs hurt which shouldn’t even be the case because this skirt cost me $45 and frankly, I expected more.

I’m sorry but the gold just looked very obiang and old-fashioned against the black. The material was also very coarse and the first thing that popped up in my head was that I no longer need to buy a body scrub because I can just exfoliate my thighs with this skirt since it’s so rough 😭

The gold also wasn’t very obvious. When I put it on, it just looked like a dull brass-coloured skirt with a black band. Very, very different from how it looked like on the catalogue photos on their website.

Sigh, I really really wanted to love this skirt but I just can’t bring myself to.

If this skirt was something I bought off Taobao for $10, then yes, I’d gladly accept it for what it is but it cost me $45 and it’s apparently a self-manufactured design as well? I just can’t accept it lah.

I don’t want to return it either because they’d “refund” you in the form of store credits and I’ve already browsed Fashmob’s website and their designs aren’t what I’d typically go for. I only bought this skirt from them because it was the only thing that suited my personal style.

好伤心… I never thought I’d feel this upset over a disappointing online purchase. I think I might just swear off buying anything online for now, save for the Taobao purchase I just made a few weeks ago 🤞🏻

The Importance of Curling Your Lashes

Good things must share so here it is!

Runway Bandits is holding a series of giveaways on their Instagram. There’s a new giveaway everyday all the way till Christmas Day so please check out the posts and join the giveaway. You’ve nothing to lose hehe!

Plus you don’t even need to be following the brand. Just tag 3 of your friends with the hashtag #RWBSpiritofGiving in the comments section and you’ll automatically be entered into the giveaway!

Saturday’s prize will be a 9-brush brush kit, along with a black makeup pouch to store them. Obviously you can use it as a makeup pouch if you want to lah.

Go forth and win some prizes, y’all!


The Importance of Curling Your Lashes

Most people would probably agree with me that mascara is a pretty important step in everybody’s daily makeup routine. Some of you might say that it’s eyeliner but I beg to differ.

I used to apply mascara everytime I went out and it was one of the two things that I cannot not apply if I went somewhere nice, the other being eyebrow pencil. I can go out without eyeliner on most days. Heck, I only apply eyeliner when I’m on a date with Joel or attending weddings/dinners.

But it’s partially cos my eyelids are what they like to call 内双 so nobody can see shit whenever I apply eyeliner hahaha.

Eh, what was I talking about? I kinda lost track hahaha.

OH YES! Mascara! I used to NOT curl my eyelashes because I figured that it won’t make much of a difference since my lashes are naturally pretty long and curly (not a humble brag) but when I went to Japan a few years ago and saw that the Shiseido eyelash curler was only SGD $12, I decided to just get it.

Cos I’m too cheap for Shu Uemura and I refuse to pay 30 odd dollars for an eyelash curler when I could spend it on lipsticks or highlighters. So yes, I digressed again but since then, I’ve never turned back hahaha.

Now whenever I apply mascara, I die die will curl them first before applying it. Let me show you the difference it makes!

JENG JENG JENG!!!

This is how my lashes look before being curled and before mascara. 本小姐 looks like she just got out of bed and slapped on some brow powder, concealer, and blush and decided to get out of the house.

I feel like I’ve got a don’t-want-to-put-on-makeup-but-just-随便-apply-so-I-don’t-scare-strangers kinda vibe going on with just those 3 products.

Also, as you can see, I look like I’m working that single eyelid look when I’m not. I just look like I’m still sleepwalking when I’ve got no mascara on.

TADAH! With my lashes curled!

Okay, maybe you can’t see shit because my phone camera sucks big time.I hope you guys can see it now. I feel very uncomfortable seeing my face taking up more than half the photo and seeing it plastered at this size across my Dayre post hahaha.

Check out those lashes. They’re so much more obvious now and I look SLIGHTLY more awake.

Transcended from mere sleepwalking to barely awake.Curled and applied mascara!

Instantly, I’m starting to look like I’m ready to take on the world hahahaha. Also, for some reason, my double eyelids are more pronounced now, thank Heavens! 🙏🏻🌈

Side note: not sure why my nose looks darker than the rest of my face. Is it because I forgot to put sunblock on my nose a few times? 🤔ALL DONE!

On my lips are the Colourpop Blotted Lip in Candy Floss, if you were wondering.

The number of times I had to walk from my mirror to my window to curl my lashes, apply mascara, and take photos where the lighting is better: probably 10 times hahahaha.

Writing a beauty Dayre post is HARD, man! Kudos to all the beauty Dayreans out there hahaha. And I didn’t even bother editing my photos because I was too lazy hehe.Yet another terrible photo but hey, look! My eyelashes! They’d look a lot longer than this if it weren’t for my eyelids covering part of it. The problem of having 内双 eyelids 😒

The mascara I’m using in these photos are the Catrice Lashes to Kill waterproof mascara which is only…

*drum rolls*

$7.50?!?!Yup, you’ve read that right. It’s only $7.50 when regular drugstore mascaras from L’Oreal or Maybelline cost maybe 3 times the price.

It’s available at select Guardian outlets. In fact, I’ve seen the brand being stocked at almost every big Guardian outlet I’ve been to so if your nearest Guardian is in a mall, you can probably find it there.

It’s great in the sense that it’s perfect at holding curls and gives me amazing volume and adds a fair amount of length to my lashes but my only gripe is that even though it’s waterproof, it still smudges a little on me.

Granted, my extremely dehydrated yet crazy oily skin is probably the reason why it smudges on my eyelids and under my eyes but I thought waterproof mascaras would have no such issues 🤷🏻‍♀️

But remember, guys. It’s only $7.50!

So like my boss always says “so cheap, mai hiam lah” which means “so cheap, don’t nitpick lah”.

My personal #dayrebeauty guru, @xsonder, also recommended me to get the Faith in Face After Shower masks.

Specifically, these…(I specially took time to edit the photo so please give me a pat on the back, thanks)

I first heard @/sweetpea talk about this, if I’m not wrong, and I’ve been interested to give it a try ever since. But because it’s not a priority and I have the memory of a goldfish, the fact that this mask even exists was left buried somewhere in the depths of my very busy and anxious mind.

I only got reminded of it when I was aimlessly walking around Watsons in JB a few weeks ago, waiting for OAC to be done with their shopping. So I immediately grabbed 2 of them and rushed off to the counter to pay for it.

Finally, finally remembered to try it (see, my memory sucks) a few days ago when I found it in the bag that I brought to JB. Yes, that bag is still unpacked and my slippers are still in there HAHA.

To be honest, when I ripped the packaging open, I was expecting a sheet mask but what I pulled out were masks with a gel-like texture – one for the top half of your face and one for the bottom half.

I don’t think I’ve ever used a gel mask before and I was kinda taken aback. The mask was SO SLIPPERY, it almost fell into the sink a few times. Thank God it didn’t because that would have been $3 down the drain, or rather, sink hahaha. Super nitpicky but that’s one thing I dislike about it 🙊

I know I look hella pissed here but I assure you, I wasn’t. This is just my default face. I have an extremely strong case of RBF (resting bitch face) so I really can’t help it hahaha.

I do like the fit of the mask very, very much though. It’s great that it comes in two separate pieces so I can adjust just one part of it without moving the other half of the mask.

All in all, I think it’s not bad! Not as amazing as my Silk Whitia ones that can no longer be found in Singapore though 😭 but pretty decent!

My dehydrated skin was less oily the next day and I didn’t change up my skincare routine at all that night, except the part where I put the FIF mask on.

Will I repurchase it? Yeah, sure but perhaps only when I happen to be in JB because it’s a dollar cheaper there than in Singapore hahaha.

But for now, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect moisturising face mask to replace my Silk Whitia ones once I run out of them.

If you guys have got any recommendations, please do send them my way 😉

Today’s #FOTD

Face
– IT Cosmetics CC Cream
– NARS Creamy Concealer in Creme Brulee
– Heroine Make Compact Powder

Brows
– NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso
– NYX Brow Powder in Dark Brown

Eyes
– NYX Eye Primer
– Colourpop Supershock Shadow in Wattles
– Stila In The Know Palette in Desert
– Heroine Make Volume mascara

Blush
– Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fanciful

Highlighter
– The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

Lips
– MAC Crosswires

I bet you guys are sick of my face by now hahahaha.

#dayrebeauty