I'm currently attending photography classes by the Singapore Media Academy, a wholly owned subsidary by MediaCorp. I took some photos which I thought I should share! I just did a presentation on it earlier this week, hehehe.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I am NOT a professional photographer. Don't expect amazing shots from me! Just a random amateur photography lover trying to figure out what's her photography angle. Feel free to flood me with feedback on what you think and how I can improve myself!

The location was set in Chinatown. We had to go around taking pictures for a short photo essay. I decided on the topic 'Irony'.

"Work to live, live to work."

"Building more homes, but none for himself."

"Self-enriching meets self-destruction."

"When west meets east."

"The free capturing the enslave."

"The old lugging the young."

"Modern technology facing a not-so-modern tradition."

"The old in a whole new world."

Whatcha' think?
"Every revolution begins with a spark."

Catching Fire was released a week ago. Thanks to Cathay Organization, I got the opportunity to attend the premiere screening a day before the rest did!

If you haven't caught the movie yet, seriously what are you waiting for!?

I admit, I haven't read the book nor have I watched the first movie. For those who share a similar situation as I do, you might find yourself lost in some parts of the movie due to the lack of understanding. I strongly recommend you to catch The Hunger Games first before plunging yourself into the sea of question marks when you watch Catching Fire. That, or have a friend who is able to explain the basics to you!

Just like most movies, there were some scenes which gave me the adrenalin rush and had me on the edge of my seat. Some scenes were over emotional until it became slightly draggy.

I say, this movie deserves every hype that it's getting. It was full of entertaining action, drama and romance. I was so drawn into the professional acting; the actors were really into character! I could feel the emotions as I looked at their faces.

I loved the unpredictable twists and the flow of the movie. It kept me thinking, leaving me mind boggled at the end, in a good way. Basically, everything was well-linked. Based on what some of my friends told me, they were impressed that the main points from the book were covered in the movie.

What I learnt? Be careful who you trust. Even when you're fighting for your own survival, don't forget about what you believe in.

Can't wait for the next sequel already, the film was nothing but inspiring! I am in love with Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire. Her strong will to fight for justice, her pin for hope and revolution... I want to be like her when I grow up!

Go catch the movie before it's gone!

"May the odds be ever in your favour."

Magic hands RYO created another remarkable image for me yet again!

I've changed to a new hair colour for quite awhile now. & every week, it fades to a completely new and utterly prepossessing colour! For the past few weeks, I've received nothing but compliments about my ravishing locks almost every single day.

No, I'm not kiddin' at all!

A common question I receive all the time is: "How long did it take to do your hair?"

Oh nothing much, just 5 hours… *inserts shocked expression from everyone* Pretty damn worth my time though, I must say.

The 4 colours madness - Dark Purple + Gray + Purple + Pink. I love it, love it! (´ ▽`).。o♡.

Both Ryo and I anticipated how it would turn out. I got pretty worried initially, because every hair dye process is like an experiment. Some more this one got so many layers! I already sat there for so long, if I had to re-do everything, I will probably have to *flip table* (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

Hahahaha, just kiddin'!

I had to dye my hair twice. Once to touch up the roots and to dye all of them to the same colour, another is getting the colours on!

My hair is pretty strong - I've got loads of compliments for that too. Dyed my hair so many times, but it's still not in the jialat (terrible) state yet!

Not too bad, eh? My worries were pretty unnecessary. *smirks*

Went back to CLEO to do a hair treatment the other day. But before that, Ryo tried the ladder / waterfall braid on me!

Am I a tumblr-girl yet? :')

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Jong has been exceptionally busy lately! What's new, right?

Life's been good ever since I started University classes at a new school. Currently, I'm doing media-related studies and am thankful to have made the right decision this time. To my previous schoolmates who are concerned about how I'm doing, let's just say that I thoroughly enjoy what I'm learning now and I actually look forward to school! Thank you for worrying about me. :')

Though I don't have a great deal of friends, the current handful is good enough. Assignment wise is pretty hectic, but I take pleasure in doing them. I have more time and freedom, everything's relatively positive. Hopefully it stays this way.

Anyway, here's what I've been wearing this month! Trying not to make my blog too ads-y; I personally am not too fond of it either. :/

SHADES Talisman | ROMPER Some shop in City Plaza | BLAZER F21 | BAG Gift, from China | SHOES Mum's, from Hong Kong

SHIRT Frederic Sai | BRACELET Aigner | LEGGINGS Giordano

CAP Converse | TOP Zara | BAG MCM | BRACELET Massimo Dutti | SHOES Dr Martens

DRESS Gift, from Philippines | OUTERWEAR wholesale7.net | FLATS Mum's, from Hong Kong

FAKE COLLAR Platinum Mall, BKK | TOP BSX Mini Che | TUBE DRESS WORN AS SKIRT Bugis Street | BRACELET Gift, from Disneyland | SHOES Gift, from China

TOP Zara | OUTERWEAR Giordano Ladies | BRACELET SCAPE Flea Market | PLATFORMS wholesale7.net

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The SampleStore.com team is back in action! I love them because of the variety of samples available from products I'm dying to try out (I'm auntie like that, heh) and for the beauty reviews I can refer to.

This time, I'm part of their beauty panelists! Guess what was mailed to me?

Hada Labo's "One Drop Locks up an Ocean", "1 sold every 2 seconds in Japan" are phrases we are familiar with. Their products, especially lotions, are highly raved by beauty bloggers and celebrity makeup artists all over the world.

Well, guess what - they have a new product called the Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Light Lotion!

This light lotion is enhanced with both Super Hyaluronic Acid and Nano Hyaluronic Acid ingredients. These ingredients help to replenish and lock-in moisture for better hydration. It will deeply hydrate and tone the skin texture, giving you soft and supple skin!

For those with sensitive skin, this lotion has a balanced skin pH, resulting in low irritation.

My Say:

This lotion is a moisturizing toner, which is why I prefer soaking it onto cotton pads before wiping away the dirt on my face. What I love most is that this new lotion is targeted towards the oily and combination skin types, where I belong to! Those who prefer a lighter texture can use this too.

Absorption: Fast, and non-sticky as advertised.
Ingredients: Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.
Price: $22.90 for 170ml. Pretty reasonable!
Usage: Easy peasy. Just open the cap and dispense the lotion out from the small nozzle.
Texture: Watery yet gel-like, with thick consistency. Left my skin soft and 'boing boing'!
Hydration: I found no need to use my moisturizer after I applied this actually. Hey, I've locked the ocean on my face! :P

All in all, Hada Labo has impressed me once again! No wonder they're the best-seller in Japan. Just like the other lotions, the new SHA Hydrating Light Lotion is a must-try!

If you're still skeptical about this product, you can try out the samples before purchasing! Redeem them here: http://www.samplestore.com/product/details/800/0/name-hada-labo-sha-hydrating-lotion
As requested since a long time ago, a what's in my bag video! Please pardon my sleepiness and the not-so-good quality of the video; I recorded it out of the blue, in the middle of the night. =.=

This is the MCM bag that I am currently using! Very spacious for someone who brings out a lot of stuff.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any other video requests!(*^3^)/~♡

Have you always wanted to try out something new, but don't know where to start from?
Me too.

I've always loved music, having learnt the piano and electone since young. There was once I was so into it that I wanted to be a radio DJ for my future career so that I can spread the happiness to everyone!

I want to pick up something new because more knowledge is better than no knowledge, but what?

For those who love music like I do, I have a good lobang to share with you guys - FREE music workshops! I WANTTTTTTTTTTT *faster queue up*

Intune Music is having their very first open house, and YOU are invited! \(^∀^)メ(^∀^)ノ

Sunday, 17 November 2013
Intune Music Open House
1 Selegie Road, POMO, #02-12/13

With a long list of workshops available, there's bound to be something that you fancy.

10am - 1050am: Encore Music Kinderbeat Group (2-4 year olds)
11am - 1150am: Encore Music Junior On Keys (4-7 year olds)
12pm - 1250pm: Fun Ukulele Workshop (All Ages)
1 pm - 150pm: Youth Singing Workshop (7-11 year olds)
2 pm - 250pm: Singing for the Stars by Benjamin Eio, SLS Certified Level 2 Instructor
(for teenagers and adults)
3 pm - 350pm: Making Music on the iPad (All Ages)
4 pm - 450pm: Classical Singing Seminar by Wang Tong (for teenagers and adults)
5 pm - 550pm: Advanced Singing Seminar by Intune Music Director Aaron Lim (only for teenagers and adults with singing background)
6 pm - 650pm: Songwriting and Music Arrangement Group Workshop by Young Composer of the Year 2012 award winner Derrick Tham (Composer for songs by popular artistes, including 李圣杰 "最近" & 梁静茹“会过去的”, and 胡夏“当初”) , and Special Guest Speaker and Renowned Music Arranger Terence Teo (Arranger for songs like “如燕” by Olivia Ong and “遇见” by 孙燕姿).

*1st 30 participants who register for the workshops will receive a $50 Course Voucher that can be used for any of Intune Music's courses!

Want to try the vocal recording experience?

No problem! The Audio Technica Vocal Recording Experience will be conducted throughout the day at the in-house recording room, from 12pm to 7pm. Participants will be able to record a song for FREE and receive their recording later on via email. Music mmos will be provided by the school for specific songs. Should you wish to record your own songs, you will need to provide the music for these songs, in the form of an mp3 file in a thumbdrive.

I will be attending the Ukelele Workshop (I have a ukelele, but it's collecting dust at home because I don't know how to play :X) and Advanced Singing Seminar. I am a superstar in my bathroom, holding major concerts every now and then. SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU! ♪ヽ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )v ♪

To register, call Intune Music at 63360335 or email friends@intunemusic.com.sg. SPACES ARE LIMITED!

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Wanted to do something different in Bali instead of "relaxing" because I cannot stay still. Plus, I get bored easily. After doing some online research, I decided to try something I've never dreamt of doing - trekking up a volcano.

I signed up with a tour company based in Bali for the Mount Batur Volcano Sunrise Trek. It was inclusive of hotel transfers, breakfast, snacks, bottled water, flashlight and a local guide. I got picked up at freaking 1.30am from my hotel! Needless to say, I fell asleep during the ride.

It was a 2-hour ride from Kuta-Legian area to Mount Batur. The van stopped at a big empty area. Initially, I thought that I was going to get kidnapped, hahaha! It was cold and we were surrounded by darkness. There is a local guide and a English-speaking guide assigned to each group.

Mount Batur is an active volcano that last erupted in 2000. It is 1717m high!

It took me 2.5 hours to ascent up the volcano, step by step in the dark of the early morning with my flashlight in hand. The gravel-like volcanic rock slipped under my feet. As a first-time trekker who don't work out, I found myself sweating buckets and almost breathless many times. I was on the verge of giving up, but I managed to persevere and crawled my way up the slightly slippery and rocky slopes.

I was the slowest one in my group. I am thankful for my guide Wayan; she held my hand and slowly guided me to the top.

During one of our rest breaks, I looked up at the sky. It was blanketed with many shining bright stars, a spectacular sight I'll never see in Singapore.

The cool mountain air welcomed me as I emerged to the top. I sat amidst the clouds as I waited for the sun. I found a bench and enjoyed my silent and still moments amongst the layers of fog. It did felt like paradise!

My well-deserved breakfast, served with tea.

I have no idea how this wild dog managed to go up!

It was foggy the day I trekked. Fellow trekkers and I were pretty disappointed as we thought there was no hope in witnessing the sun rise. After patiently waiting, we managed to see the first signs of sunlight. It wasn't clear, but we were satisfied. Needless to say, we shrieked in delight!


These little huts were made by the locals themselves!

EVERYTHING was brought up by the locals as they climbed up step by step. It was extremely admirable, because some things probably weigh a tonne!

This sight made me reflect on how lucky I was. I complain about the slightest injustices in my life, when there are people my age carrying stuff up and down the volcano every day.

Had to pay extra for indomie, but it was worth it! Indomie cooked by the locals themselves tasted so much better. Especially up in the mountains; you could taste the hard work and warmth as well.

And then it was time to go down.

I thought descending would be easy, but I was wrong. It's as tough as going up! I was so afraid that I would slip and fall flat on my face! The scenery down was magnificent though. The sun litted up the surroundings, revealing the beauty of nature.

The crater of the volcano.

Bat's cave.

Prayer offerings.

With the best guide ever, Wayan!

The sole of my shoes came off when I started to descend. Wayan was extremely nice and offered to exchange shoes. She said it was alright for her since she climbs up and down the volcano on a daily basis. Because I was extremely slow, she was patient with me as well. She was like my personal guide that day.

I can never be thankful enough for her help. Thank you so much, Wayan! I hope life gets better for her!

Spotted some locals living in the volcano. They are sort of the guardians who look after the volcano? I took this picture with permission, of course!

On the way down, I learnt that to be able to trek at a quick and steady pace, confidence is important. Be sure of your every step, be adventurous. I still need to build up that courage!

I say, remember to bring extra layers to warm yourself as it is chilly at the top. Also, I don't think you can go up the volcano by yourself without a guide. Please choose your tour company properly! Many offer similar packages, but prices are different for various reasons.

Lastly, CAMERAS! You'd definitely want to capture the incredible memories!

Trekking up Volcano Mount Batur was worth getting up early for. It was hands down one of the best life-changing experiences in my life!