Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Thoughts

Sometimes when I look at you, I wonder if I'm ever good enough for you.
It was a beautiful relationship and it was all I ever wanted.
As you lay here right beside me, why is it that you still feel so... distant from me?
All these insecurities, uncertainties and inferiority complex piling up everyday is killing me.
 
But I can't let you go just yet.
The thought of losing you breaks me apart.
I know we are worth more than this and that there's so much more memories to create together.
Yet sometimes I feel like I am just being a burden. Am I??
I miss those carefree summer days where we would do nothing but lie in bed whole day long, watching series after series, munching on snacks, cuddling.. I miss being able to meet you whenever wherever. I miss us being sweet. I miss the way we used to talk to one another. I miss how you used to look into my eyes and say that you love me.
I miss you and I miss the old us.
 
I don't know what to do right now anymore.
Watching you sleep while being in your arms just now was the best moment ever in this past one week. How I wished time would stop and that the moment would last forever, me being in your arms... where it's just you and I together, and no one else matters. Nothing else matters.
 
I love you so damn much Zac and I hope we'll be able to work things out together.
Please don't give up on us. I know we are much stronger than this.
 
A day late but still, Happy 4th Monthsary baby. I hope we can continue this till the end of time.
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 I still remember the feeling when we first kissed.
And I still get butterflies everytime I see you.
 
Xx

Monday, September 08, 2014

Lyra Minn x Outfit GIVEAWAY!

Hello girlies! 
I'm back here to introduce yall to an online store...
<< LYRA MINN >>
http://www.lyraminn.com/
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Lyra Minn is an online boutique base in Singapore since 2012!
Being in the online business industry for 2 years, they have gained alot of positive feedbacks from their shoppers! They are quick in replying emails and have wonderful customer service too!
(This, I experienced it myself!! I received the item within 2days :D)

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I like that Lyra Minn caters to a wide range of female shoppers!
They have the edgy clothes, feminine (think florals & more florals!), dainty dresses, bodycon dresses for the party-goers and apparels which are aptly suitable for the working ladies :)

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This time round, I chose the Bianca Skirt in the loveliest shade of Mint!
The bright hues of the skirt definitely perks up any boring & dull outfits. Pair it with a simple white top and you'll still look effortless chic ;)

The Bianca Skirt I've chosen is currently OOS but not to worry as it comes in BLACK as well!
Here's the link for the Black Bridgette Skirt:
http://www.lyraminn.com/collections/shop/products/bridgette-skirt

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Love the little flare at the bottom of the skirt! Super cutesy! :D

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Lyra Minn provides free local postage and ships internationally as well! 
You wouldn't want to miss out on their sales as well! Some are priced as low as $9! Yay!

[ QUOTE 'SHENNY10' FOR A 10% DISCOUNT ]

Join Lyra Minn's Mailing List HERE.
Like Lyra Minn's Facebook for frequent Giveaways & Promos HERE.



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{ GIVEAWAY }
Here's how you can win your favourite item from Lyra Minn! Just follow these simple steps:

1. Visit http://www.lyraminn.com/ and choose one favourite item
2. Like Lyra Minn's FACEBOOK / Join the MAILING LIST 
3. Comment below with your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS & ONE FAVOURITE ITEM from Lyra Minn!

And I'll choose the winner from there :) Giveaway closes 12 Sept 2014, Friday.
Goodluck girls!!
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http://www.lyraminn.com/
http://www.lyraminn.com/


Xx
Shenny

Sunday, August 31, 2014

July/Aug Hair&Nails: Shunji Matsuo & Nails by Lily Xu

A super overdue blog post on my hair & nails!
Just prior to my recent July trip to Cebu, I visited Lily to dye a darker shade of brown!
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I was so sick and tired of my hair colour constantly fading into this ugly shade of golden-blonde!!
So ahlian-ish and looks totally like a lion mane, especially on bad hair days!! :(

So I requested for a darker shade of brownish-black but with some strands of blonde remaining untouched, so there's like different shades and variations overall!
I absolutely love the outcome of it! :D
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Hair looks shinier and so much healthier looking!

And just a couple of days back, I visited Lily again to trim my bangs!
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I know that my hair will always be safe and sound under the care of Lily from Shunji Matsuo!

I*CON SHUNJI MATSUO by LILY XU
Far East Plaza #01-35
14 Scotts Road (S) 228213
 : 6737 5311
https://www.facebook.com/shunji.matsuo.fep
**Mention 'SHENNYYANG' to get 10% discount off chemical services**
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OFFICIAL PAGES
http://www.shunjimatsuo.com.sg/
FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM // TWITTER



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{ NAILS BY LILY XU }

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Nails by lily xu
 
While doing my hair, I'd also do my nails c/o Nails by Lily Xu!
This is a recent new venture by Lily herself :) It's located just right beisde Shunji Matsuo! 

I wanted a beachy nails for my Cebu vacation, hence this design!
Designed and carefully crafted by Lina, the manicurist :)
July Nails


AUGUST NAILS
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Visited Lily once again to redo my nails, just in time before my BKK trip!

I was watching Hells Kitchen on the ipad attached on every chair! ;) Very thoughtful of them to include an ipad for every customer... it really helped kill the boredom while waiting for my nails to be done ;)

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And this is the current design on my nails now!!
SUPER LOVE PLEASE!
They are stained glass inspired :) And of cuz I had to have my blings on... always love blings on my nails! :D

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Nails by lily xu
So much meticulous hard work and effort behind this set of nailart!
Remember to look for Lina when you're there ;) Lina is always the one who'll do my nails!


**PROMO**
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Happy Hour Promo every SUNDAY- THURSDAY!
Save more when you visit between 1pm-4pm :)


NAILS BY LILY XU
Far East  Plaza #01-32 (beside Shunji Matsuo by Lily Xu)
 : 6735 4585
Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm | Sun: 11am-7.30pm

Instagram: @nails_by_lily_xu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nail.lilyxu


Xx
Shenny

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seoul: Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong

I've heard/read alot about Garosu-gil prior to my trip so I was kinda excited to check this place out!

We reached here pretty late though, the sleepy head us just couldn't drag ourselves up. The rainy weather wasn't helping at all too, it was just such a cuddly weather! In the end, only Stef, Jas and I managed to leave the house. Karx and Van decided to spend the day lazing at home~ Lol
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Garosu-gil is popular among the locals/tourists cuz of the many cafes and trendy local boutiques :)
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It was pouring LIKE MAD so we sought shelter at a Churros Cafe!
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Bestie :)

It's a pity we didn't get to try as much cafes as we wanted to! We were craving more for real-food than desserts~

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Garosu-gil feels like a little European town in Seoul!

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Rain rain go away~~~ It was raining the entire time that day :(

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We came across this 'orange tent korean bbq' while walking back to the train station and scenes from Korean dramas flashed by Jas and I again! Lol and it's super crowded too, packed with lots of locals! 
Yknow "Travel like a local".. so we decided to give this place a try!
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The food was cheap and good!
It was like less than $10 per person for Korean BBQ!!

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Took the train back to Dongdaemun for another round of midnight shopping that night.
Lol we are a lil crazy at times.
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tried taking the same shots inside the train itself and I couldn't help bursting into laughter!!
Lol I really don't understand how Jasmine can maintain her poker face??
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For the cafe hoppers, Garosu-gil is a place not to be missed if you're in Seoul!

Getting to Garosu-gil:
Subway Line 3, alight at Sinsa Station. Exit 8.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Seoul: Hyehwa / Dongdaemun / CUBNB

Hello all!! I'm finally back to update on my Korea trip!! ;)
We took an overnight Airasia flight to Seoul! We flew back to Sg via Scoot btw if you're curious~ Roundtrip was about $530!
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Comfy wear to sleep on the plane zzz

Stef, Jas and I departed Singapore first to transit in KL, where we met up with Kareena who flew in from Australia. We then finally met up with Vanida in Incheon Airport itself. Lol it was like a grand reunion every time we touch down! Hahaha
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Gimbap right after touching down cuz we were fhungryyyyy! And I'm freaking happy too cuz I can finally drink my favourite banana milk every single day!!!!

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We took the Airport Bus Limousine (about sgd$10) to Hyehwa where we stayed for the next 16 days.

I stayed at Hyehwa too 2 years back when I was here and I pretty much like it here! It has everything you possibly need. It is near to town and major shopping areas, yet it is still very unique on its own! Lots of arts & culture stuff over here.. like you'll see performances every now and then. We also chanced upon 2 Korean idols (but no chance to take pics sobs) cuz there's some arts theatre nearby us too!

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Headed out once we touched down! #whatisrest?

I really love the area around Hyehwa and wished I had more time to explore the area just abit more.
I guess I took it for granted because since I stayed in this area.. I always had the thinking that "I can explore tomorrow" and that tomorrow never came. I kept travelling out to other parts of Seoul :(

I also regretted not snapping more pictures of this pretty area cuz well, I thought I would have plenty of time to do so too. I mean... 16 days what right!!! Hai sooooo, here are some of the very few pictures I have of Hyehwa!


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{ HYEHWA }
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Previously when I stayed at Hyehwa, it was near Exit 4 (SKKU Uni) where there are more of those Ahjumma restaurants.
This time round I stayed near Exit 2 and surprisingly, this area is TOTALLY DIFFERENT. I wondered why I didn't explore this area 2 years back?? Lol. Exit 2 has lots of cafes!! Brunch, coffee, cakes are everywhere!

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We had brunch here immediately on Day 2!

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Yummy! It costed about 13000won ($15++) per plate?

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Brunch all day everyday :D

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Korean fried chicken!! We had it almost like once every 2 to 3 days. 
ITS SO FATTENING BUT OHSOYUMMY!!
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This was on a day when all 5 of us were feeling so LAZZZZYYY altogether and decided to spend the entire day exploring Hyehwa. Sadly..... IT RAINED 3/4 of the time so we didn't get to explore as much as we wanted to :((
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Dress down comfy day!
Got both the cap and top from Seoul~

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JAPPYYYY LUNCH

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The entire time when we were together, it felt like we were some about-to-debut-but-haven't-do-plastic girl group LOL


It started pouring right after lunch and we decided to seek shelter at the neoprint shop!!
This is at Exit 4 of Hyehwa station.
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Lighting inside the machines were toooooo good, hence the excessive camwhoring:
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Zilian maximum lol

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Even after spending 30mins inside the neoprint shop, the rain was still kinda heavy so we ran to the nearest cafe to chill! There used to be a hellokitty cafe in Hyehwa which we wanted to go... but IT CLOSED DOWN ALREADY LA :( Sobs.
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After nuaing at the cafe for quite some time, we went for korean bbq!!
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This is back at Exit 2 of Hyehwa but... to me Korean bbqs are EVERYWHERE. and honestly, they taste pretty much the same. The only difference is probably the price? Lol

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SOJUBOMB! Hai i miss drinking this with the girls esp with Van!!
You gotta try this when you're there ;)

It's one shot of soju + fill the rest of the cup with beer! Its quite nice actually, and SUPER DEATHLY unknowingly.
I died drinking this a couple of times hahahahahah

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1am supper with Vanida at a random 24hour Jjajangmyun stall!


We also had a rather homely cooked Korean food at this Ahjumma place.
Its at exit 2, super near where we stayed :) The ahjummas were super friendly too and probably happy to see us tourists :)
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Pardon my lipstick stain on my teeth :((((((((((((((
why no one tell me lehhhh :(((((((

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Spicy fish stew!

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No idea what this is.... there was no menu and we told the ahjummas to just serve whatever that's nice!

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YUMMYLICIOUS MILKCOW I LOVE!
But pretty ex! I think its like 3500won for this small little cup?



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DONGDAEMUN }
Dongdaemun is another place every tourist would visit! IT'S A SHOPPING HEAVEN, even at ungodly hours like 3am. There's always places to shop at Dongdaemun, no matter what time! It is a place that never sleeps.

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We headed to Dongdaemun the day we landed! Finally met the boyfriend up :)

And feasted like a pig at yet another random Korean BBQ Restaurant!
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#selfiestick lol

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Bulgogi lovin!

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Over at Dongdaemun, be sure to visit these 3 main shopping malls:
HELLO APM
MIGLIORE
GOOD MORNING CITY

And yes you can bargain over here! 

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Weird looking shaped ice cream cone. LOL

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My friends very obscene know.......................................


There's also this ROADSIDE NIGHT MARKET at Dongdaemun which is only active between 12am-3am ish. 
Zac and I had our first 'roadside tent food' over here! It's like what we always see on Korean dramas lol
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Super happy Ahjumma lol

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The food was pretty good, especially the Bulgogi (points below).. we had to come back a second time to have it again!!! It's probably one of the best Bulgogi EVER. Yumz
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This time round, I brought the girls along with me to try the roadside tent food!!
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And also did some shopping ;) You can easily spot the Roadside Night Market. Just look out for the yellow tents, they are right opposite HelloAPM/Good Morning City!
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IF YOU'RE STILL NOT FEELING TIRED... then continue shopping at Dongdaemun's WHOLESALE MALLS!!
I can't really describe the way here but you kinda have to walk past a stadium?? The one with alot of flags~ And you should start seeing lots of bright lights once you pass the stadium!
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That's my crazy Gemini Jas & Van btw! Lol

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Wholesale malls are alot more cheaper but some of the sellers might be rather picky - they won't sell it to you unless you buy in bulk. They would not even sell you a single piece even if you're willing to pay the original price.

So it'll be good to visit this place with your bunch of friends! So yall can buy in a bulk together!

There's also another Wholesale market just for SHOES. Didn't get the chance to visit there because we were all dead tired.. It is near the river canal I think. Happy hunting!!

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There's also a YOOGANE outlet in Dongdaemun! 
I've tried the one in Singapore and was so excited to try the original one in Seoul!
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and OMG IT IS LIKE 1/3 THE PRICE OF SINGAPORE. lol so cheap over here!
I super love the ramyun noodles together with the chicken!! Super QQ I LOVE!!

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And Zac said the Seafood pancake here was one of the best he has eaten so far in Seoul! ;) Only 8000won I think?


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And back to WHERE I STAYED at Hyehwa.
Sharing it with you guys cuz I really think it's a really awesome place + cheap + convenient + you get to stay in a group with ur friends and the owners were so damn nice to us! 

{ CUBNB }
http://www.cubnb.com/

I found this place via Airbnb! But i guess you could book it directly through their own website too :)
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Its a 2 storey house. Super cosy and homely :) #donteverwannaleave

I miss sitting down in the living room, eating our daily ramyun with the girls, and just basically chatting~
I miss sleeping in my tiny corner in the room too! And our daily gossip with the girls till we fall asleep. Snatching for the toilet/mirror in the morning.... pulling one another out of bed. Gosh I want back korea :(

Btw, soap shampoo towels are all provided too! There's also a washer & dryer (which I use so frequently so I don't have to wash any when i'm back in sg hehe).


And well, see what we turned a neat & tidy room into:
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NIGHTMARE SIALLLLL.
I think if I'm the owner, I see this I also stress. Lol

Btw Van sleeps in a room on the 1st floor since one room accomodates only 4. But she'll join us in our rooms on some nights. We had the entire level 2 to ourselves :D

If you're wondering, I paid approx SGD$275 per person for my 15 nights here.
I bargained for the price though lol. It was originally $400/person. Hahaha my friends all gotta thank me hehe *.*
(ps: But also don't go around bargaining just cuz I did. Mine was kinda valid cuz 1. There's 5 of us and 2. We stayed for 15 nights, considered quite long compared to a usual 1 week stay)

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I super love the location of Hyehwa too! Convenient and accessible to everywhere!
You can even cab to Dongdaemun from Hyehwa without the meter jumping LOL. 

It has everything you need, even a movie theatre but I liked the fact that it is much quieter and less busy than Dongdaemun/MyeongDong.


The hosts of CUBNB were also super sweet to us :)
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J (the female host) made us sandwich a couple of times :) So sweet of her!!

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And Gimbap too!! Yummmz :)

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Hosok and J, the cute & friendly hosts to CUBNB!

Truly felt that it was a great and comfortable stay so I'm recommending to you guys if you guys are going to Seoul!
Save on your accommodation and go spend more on shopping/food! 

Website: http://www.cubnb.com/


And finally, the end of this long entry!
Hope it helps for those who are heading to Seoul soon! Update again and as always, thank you for reading!
Xx