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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stop and smell the roses












Floral denim top and tattered denim shorts from Honeymoon  l  Beige heels from Charles and Keith l  Translucent backpack from Vintage Style  l  Sunglasses from Calvin Klein


Floral and translucent bags are in trend this summer. I am officially obsessed with my translucent backpack as it can be so classy or casual depending on what you match it with. The flowers on my denim top are actually roses, which are my favourite flowers. (so typical, lol)


Meanwhile, the hazy season has passed. Thank goodness, or else I'll never be able to post another outfit post. Oh Hello fresh air! I never knew having fresh air is such a big blessing.

I think sometimes we are too caught up with our fast paced life. We don't enjoy the simplest blessings and we take many things for granted. We should all learn to stop and smell the roses. Just take a few minutes of the day to really fully relax and be thankful for all the little things around you. Great family, good friends, simple meals, all these can bring a lot more contentment than you think.


Stop and smell the roses, and you'll realise how beautiful this world (and your life) actually is.


Some Behind The Scenes photos from the shoot:




*Photos are courtesy of my mum and @onlyinmelaka



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Friday, June 21, 2013

Here we go again


 Malaysia is a tropical country, but we have 3 seasons all year round. One is summer, one is the rainy season, and one is the hazy season.


Guess what? It's hazy season now in Malaysia, again. If there's one thing I hate the most in the world is the smell of smoke. I cannot, and will never be able to stand it.


Sadly, we have been having this season for probably a decade now, and it's due to forest burning in Indonesia. So far, I think this is the worst that we have ever encountered.


Now I'm not blaming all the citizens of Indonesia, I know that there are so many of them who are against it, but just like us, they can't do anything about it. I blame the goons that are causing all this.


I can't bring myself to stand out in the open long enough to capture images of the haze we have here in Melaka, but here are some images I found, just to let you all have a glimpse of what have suffered (and still are) this past week.

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and then this is how I look every day for the past week. A lot of us wear masks to school and one of my teachers said that we look like robbers (its not a norm for us, Malaysians, to wear masks, we only wear it when we absolutely have to). It's ironic, because in actual fact, we are the ones being robbed of our health.


The haze is so bad here and our Air Pollutant Index level was around 150-190 (although it feels like a 300) yesterday.


Today, unfortunately, is the worst of all days this week. I am at home now but I'm still wearing my mask. That's how bad it is. I think our API is probably around 280-290 today? I can't even see the buildings clearly within a 3 metres range.


I don't understand those people that are wishing for the haze to be so bad that schools and work places will close down so that they can have their 'holiday'. I would pick school over having lung cancer ANY DAY. 


I've read some articles regarding the haze and sad to say most of them are ridiculous. 'Certain people' are saying that, 'Why are you all blaming us? It's nature.' Excuse me? Nature? So you're telling me that your forests will catch fire at about the same time every single year? What utter nonsense.


I made a list of people I feel bad for during this 'season'. Here it is.



I FEEL BAD FOR:

  • all of us that are affected by the haze
  • those that have to work outside
  • babies who have already taken in so much haze with their little lungs
  • those without masks
  • the Singaporeans, who have it twice as bad as us, and are now having a shortage on masks.
  • the Indonesians who are against it. They are just as helpless and furious about it as we are, don't put the blame on them.
  • frail old people.
  • the tourists that have chosen this horrible time to visit our usually beautiful hometown
  • the animals. I heard that birds in Singapore are dying. (by the way, why don't mosquitoes die? I am so surprised that I still have mosquito bites recently.)
  • those that have asthma or breathing difficulties.

But you know who I feel most sorry for? The ones that are creating the haze.


They obviously have no heart and no brain. It must be so tough living without those two organs. I sincerely hope that whoever you are, you will get them back.....if you had any in the first place.



Meanwhile, to everyone else that are affected, take care, drink more water, try not to wear contact lenses if you do, avoid any outdoor activities as much as possible, and pray that this season will pass by soon.



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Calanthe Art Cafe


Before you read this post/scroll through the photos below, I just want to say that if it looks like I'm always wearing this same dress, I don't.

It's just that I visited a few places on the same day, but I stagger my posts, that's why I'm also wearing this outfit here and here.



Introducing the  Calanthe Art Cafe! I guess I'm a little outdated about this, I know this Cafe is quite well known and I've seen so many of my friends visiting this Cafe but I only managed to go during the school holidays.

Don't judge me. I rarely go out during schooling days *inserts angelic emoji* also *inserts angry faced parents emoji if I keep going out during schooling days*


So, Hurrah for school holidays! (although it's over already)



I only stopped by for a drink here, so there are no food reviews for this post. Maybe next time. 

But, but! I want to show you some really creative art work of theirs that is widely displayed throughout their whole cafe. Totally explains why they call themselves an 'art cafe'.




They have a good sense of humour too. Haha.





Hmm it's supposed to be "Asian" not "Asia". Wondering if the guys agree to this quote here. haha.



Told you they have a great sense of humour.







The corner that I liked the most in this cafe is definitely their staircase. They stuck old photographs on it and it feels very nostalgic to me. They are so creative!




Calanthe is also known as 'Malaysia 13 states coffee'. They sell coffee from all 13 states in Malaysia.



Perak Ice Blended White Coffee
Price: RM 7.95
Rate: 8/10


They have local ice blended coffee where you can choose whichever state coffee you want and they'll make it ice blended. It's quite refreshing and perfect on a hot day (which is almost every day in Malaysia)






My face after drinking their ice blended coffee. I always thought caffeine doesn't work on me. Apparently it does.


More coffee please!


Calanthe Art Cafe
Jalan Hang Kasturi, 75200 Melaka.
06-2922960
Monday to Wednesday: 12.00pm-11.00pm
Friday: 12.00pm-12.00am
Saturday: 8.30am-12.00am
Sunday: 8.30am-11.00pm
Closed on Thursdays



*all photos are courtesy of @onlyinmelaka , follow them on instagram!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Back to school







Wolf tee from Honey Moon  l  Black shorts from Mico Fashion Square  l  Backpack from Jonker Gallery  l  Floral creepers from Adore to Style  l  Skull arm candy from Oonli Style


Today is the last day of my school holidays, or as my friend put it, 'the last day of being unproductive'. Sometimes I wish that the schools here allow us to wear whatever we want instead of those boring looking uniforms. Guess I'll just have to wait till I head off to university.


Starting tomorrow will be my first day of my last semester in high school. Finally. Schooling days are coming to an end for me soon enough, then it's off to college/university. I'm not really sure about being excited for the next stage of my education but I sure am ecstatic that this high school life will end soon. Then I can say goodbye to tuitions and uniforms and waking up at 5.45 in the mornings.


Oh yes, I did a To-do-list for the holidays previously in this post, so now I'm gonna update it and see what I have 'accomplished'. 


My to-do-list for the holidays:

  • Curl my hair 
  • Go for a facial
  • Hangout with my girls
  • Tidy my wardrobe
  • Tidy my study room
  • Wrap all the books I got from the Big Bad Wolf Sale
  • Study my semester 1 Accounts (whoops)
  • Try to finish reading all the books I got from BBW (only managed to read 6 out of 12)
  • Download and watch 'Mean Girls' (sadly didn't manage to)
  • Blog more fashion posts (only did 2, thought I could have done more than that)
  • Exercise (Hah! Forever unaccomplished)
  • Get tons of sleep


So I've completed 7 and a half tasks out of 12, not too bad I guess. Can't wait for the next school holidays to be here.


Happy going back to school everyone! and to all the upper sixes, last semester to go! Yay!


*photos by my mum


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Limau Limau Cafe



I went to the Limau Limau Cafe last Saturday for breakfast! Not sure why they named their cafe Limau (lime), I honestly expected it to have all sorts of lime related food or drinks, but they don't. lol. 




This cafe has a very nice vintage feel to it. I love how they decorated the place!

They have tons of decorations but it won't make you feel like the whole place is cluttered and stuffy, in fact, it looks very artistic to me.





I've done a bit of research before I went there, and turns out, they are famous for their milkshakes! So,  I made up my mind to try at least one of the many flavours they have to offer.



Chocolate + Banana Milkshake
Consists of: Chocolate, milk and ice cream
Price: RM10
Rate: 7/10


Okay this chocolate+banana milkshake was not bad, but it was a little bit too sweet for me. The owner did warn us that the milkshakes will be sweeter than their yogurt drinks.

Unless you have a huge sweet tooth, I don't think this is a drink for you. haha. They have plenty of other flavours though. I heard their durian milkshake is the best! So durian lovers should really try it out. 




Toasted Ciabatta with fresh mango + roasted chicken slices
served with: iceberg lettuce & olive oil mayo dressing
Price: RM16.90
Rate: 8/10

Earl Grey tea
Price: RM3.50
Rate: 5/10



Don't ask me what is 'iceberg lettuce', I'm just stating the name from their menu. It tasted and looked like normal lettuce to me. lol.

Okay, so Ciabatta is the name of the bread. I think this dish is not bad. I love the roasted chicken slices and the texture of the bread is superb! Crunchy on the outside but super soft on the inside! By the way, this dish is one of their specialty!

Earl grey tea smells and tastes like perfume. I'm sorry but this is literally not my cup of tea.




As you can see I really like the whole environment of the cafe. I didn't head upstairs though and now I'm regretting it because I'm googling images for this cafe and upstairs looks super cosy and warm.

But it's alright, I'll definitely be going back there next time to taste more of their food and to hog the sofas  provided upstairs.


Details of my outfit of the day: here





Limau Limau Cafe
No.9 Jalan Hang Lekiu, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia.
06-6984917
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am-6.00pm
Friday and Sunday: 9.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Closed on Wednesday


*photos taken by my mom


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mix and Match #1: Checkered Love

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Am I the only one who thinks that this year is moving by wayyy too fast? Can't believe its June already! 


Since it's a new start of the second halve of the year, I thought I'd come up with my first blog series called 'Mix and Match'. As I have said before I really love fashion and I wish I have all the money in the world to buy all the clothes I want.


But I don't.


I'm just a jobless teenager on a tight budget. 



To me, wearing the same outfit/coordinate repetitively is really boring, so I like to mix and match what I have in my wardrobe and come out with a whole new look by using a certain piece of apparel.


Since monochrome (black and white) and checkered prints are in trend now, I'll be mixing and matching my monochrome checkered dress which I got from Honey Moon.


Please excuse my messy hair and half awake expression. Getting up at 8am on a Saturday is not easy.


First Look: Kpop inspired 'Checkered Love'

credit: @onlyinmelaka



Denim jacket and Checkered dress from Honey Moon (Dataran Pahlawan)  ll  Yellow platform sneakers from  Summer (Mahkota Parade)

I like Kpop, and if you follow Kpop, you would know that their artists are always bold with their clothing choices and they can be really colourful at times.

So this is me, trying to be bold and colourful at the same time. Matched my checkered dress with a denim jacket and bright yellow platform sneakers.

Give me some props okay, walking around Jonker Walk on a bright sunny morning wearing a jacket should be considered bold right? No? ::okay::


Second Look: That 'Checkered Love' Lady


I'm sorry for another sleepy looking picture. I told you getting up at 8am wasn't easy.


Anyways, the first look was more to a 'rocker chic' kind of style, this second one would be a little more *ahem* feminine.




Checkered dress and Black skater skirt from Honey Moon  ll  Black platforms from Padini  ll  Red kitty hat from  Gold Apple (Dataran Pahlawan)

Tucked in my checkered denim dress into my black skater skirt and paired it with black platforms so that I'll look more *so-called* ladylike. Also wore my red kitty hat so that my coordinate will have a pop of colour to it. Hehe.


So which look did you like the best? Tell me by leaving a comment below! Any suggestions or advices are welcomed as well. Rest assured that all comments are highly appreciated ;D


By the way, see that picture with the 'Breakfast menu'? Want to know where that is? Stay tuned. Coming up in the next post ;)


*photos are all taken by my amazing mum except the ones that are credited