Monday, May 2, 2016

Cand goes to JB: Cafe Hopping Sept 2015

Some time in early September, just before I returned to Canada for my last year in university, I went to Johor Bahru in Malaysia with some of my good friends. I had actually never been to JB before (at least not that I remember), and this was my first time. I heard (good and bad) stories about the place before and was not quite sure what to expect. Luckily for me, my friends were very familiar with the place. It was a day trip dedicated to cafe hopping, so we went there early and hungry. 

We first made a stop at a cafe for brunch. For some reason, I didn't have pictures so... I don't know why!!!!!

Anyway, we headed to The Replacement Lodge & Kitchen for coffee and churros after brunch. The place was really bright and clean. It was pretty much the epitome of hipster cafes. LOL! I loved the churros here!



Our last cafe stop was Bev C. This is yet another hipster cafe in JB! I think that a lot of Singaporeans visit JB cafes now because it is cheaper, and also the cafes in JB are more creative. There is a huge variety of cafes specialising in different unique types of food and drinks. There are more interesting places that I haven't visited and would definitely love to visit!!!





Below Bev C's cafe, there is a clothing store, where their own line of apparel are sold. The pieces are very special and the price range is similar to that of Zara (SGD 60-100+). I bought a pair of asymmetrical pants and am still loving them after all this time!!





Waiting for food!



Coffee and tea in cubes!!! I loved the concept of pouring in the milk onto ice cubes! I preferred the iced tea in this case though, the coffee would be better as a wake-me-up in the morning rather than in the middle of the day! The mint ice cream cake is really good too. Not too sweet, so I really liked it!



Me being hipster. Hehe!



The workshop downstairs, where the clothes are designed!


After this, we went back to the shopping mall where Isabel got her nails done and we went for a foot massage. I rarely get foot massages because I am SO ticklish. Lol! But I did, and it was a nice experience.


After this we went to eat at a Korean restaurant and then we had ice cream at the fake Swensens. LOL! Then we went home and I remember getting scolded by my daddy because we got home pretty late. Okay, abrupt end to this post!!! Bye bye! Yay I'm finally almost all caught up with all my traveling blog posts. I need a camera... Any how, see you next post, Cand goes to LA - the full edition! 


XX, Cand

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vanity Inspiration

Hello blog,

Currently, I'm in bed, got a "chill out" playlist playing on Youtube and I'm just thinking of the things I need to do while I'm on this break. Being the Queen of procrastination that I am, I decided, instead, to think of things I want to do when I get back home to Singapore. Mommy agreed to get rid of the hideous 10 year old study table in my room and let me build my own vanity that we can both use. We don't have a nice vanity table at home, so we just make use of our small bathroom, and the measly mirror in my room. Since I was moving home for good, I thought I'd build a pretty vanity that mommy and I could share. We can do our hair and makeup with the help of good lighting at a "proper table", comfortably. My makeup has also been stored in a random storage box of drawers, and I don't like it! As we are revamping the whole area, I think it would be good to be able to organise everything neatly and nicely. 

So, I've just been building a vanity in my head. There are a lot of things that I'm envisioning, and I thought I might as well do a post since it would be nice to be able to reference to the beautiful vanity tables I've found on the internet. Also, I've found lots of advice and articles. Hopefully this post might help others who want to build their own vanity tables too! 

Disclaimer: I went on tumblr for inspiration - all pictures are either from tumblr or found online. None of the pictures are mine!!! 

Tables

I'm still unsure what colour/material I'd want my table to be. I have dark mahogany wooden flooring at home and my walls are painted yellow and white. So perhaps a white table? Or wooden one? From all the pictures so far, white seems like the safest option. Vintage looking or no? Something with drawers? We shall see, I will need to visit Ikea and other homeware stores too before deciding on anything... 





Makeup

I'm pretty sure I know what I want to use to store my makeup! Acrylic drawers from Muji - of course I'd be open to cheaper options!!! So I will probably look around for cheaper alternatives on Amazon/Daiso/etc before deciding to purchase anything. For now, Muji drawers that I've seen in person look the best, although they are also the most expensive. 

The pictures below are seriously makeup porn. I love makeup, and that's where I spend the most, if not all, of my money. Stacks and STACKS of makeup make me SOOO happy... I think the thing about Canada I'll miss the most is the cheap drugstore (or even lux) makeup. Drugstore makeup in Singapore is double the price of what they cost here in Canada! Unfair, and unfortunate. It is so expensive to build a makeup collection... Oh well, I'm on my way there!!!







Brushes

I read somewhere on the internet that brushes are best stored standing up! I'm not sure of the science behind it, but sure! I think it's the most logical way to store it too, since lying down might take up more space due to the different lengths of the brushes. Anyhow, besides storing them in empty candle glass containers, here are some alternatives - flower pots, acrylics filled with beads/coffee beans so they will stand, and a jar with a cover. But the last one might be my favourite! No dust and it looks really pretty. The only con might be that the brushes could possibly be a little inconvenient to retrieve... Hmm, options!!! 


Credit: Cosmo

Credit: Pinterest

Perfume

After I started researching, I saw many perfume trays on vanity tables and they all look exceptionally lovely!!! So, I have decided that I want a Perfume tray on my vanity table as well! I think that if my perfume collection were placed together on a decorative tray, it will look really lovely since most perfume bottles look really nice anyway! So, it would be a waste not to display them... Hehe!

I might even get a candle just for decoration, but that might be a silly waste of money since I'll never use it. I need to beef up my perfume collection too... I'm currently lusting over MMM - Lazy Sunday Morning & Derek Lam 10 Crosby - Rain Day


Credit: Cosmo



Hopefully I will get to "build" and put together my dream vanity soon enough! I will try to update my blog with pictures when I finally get to put the table all together. It might take a long while because I still have 2 months till I am home, and I will be extremely busy. It is also an expensive process. So, for now I'll dream about it and hopefully get to work on it when I get home. Just discussing and researching about it gets me really excited already!!! I hope it all will come to fruition really soon! 

XX, Cand

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cand goes to Penang July 2015

I visited Penang, Malaysia last July 2015 with a couple of friends. It was mostly a foodie trip! I remember debating for a bit before deciding to go because I had already been on a couple of trip and I was a little broke by this time. But since Penang was near by and relatively cheap, plus there was free accommodation so I decided that I should go. YOLO right? Lol...

This trip was a while ago, and for some reason, I don't have all the pictures and can't remember all the details. So this post will be shorter and definitely less detailed than my posts on Korea and Hong Kong! 

Day 1: SIN-PEN, Best Supper EVER!


Arrival in Penang.


And this was the view from our friend's apartment!


I remember having curry mee in the middle of the day but I have no pictures!!! :( Anyway, we went to a grocery store/mall too, but no pictures there. I ain't even sure if I'm remembering this right... Anyway, we ended our day with supper! This is THE BEST thing ever! It's called Penang Hokkien Mee. I have to thank my friend for driving us around too because I would not have been able to locate this place...

And just like that, we ended our food adventure - day 1!


Day 2: BKT, Penang Hill

We had a different style Ba Ku Teh (Herbal pork thing?) before heading to Penang Hill.




We took a tram up Penang Hill and it kinda reminded me of Hong Kong's The Peak! The views were obviously different but the tram ride felt kinda similar.




View from Penang Hill.

I don't really recall what we did the rest of the day! I think we had Chendol (a type of dessert), but again, no pictures!!! I am horrible at documenting stuff. LOL #oops

Day 3: George Town, Jetty, Sekeping Penang

On our 3rd day in Penang, we headed to George Town. P.s. It is a great place for posers like me! LOL!!! You'll see what I mean in a bit...



Rented this bicycle thing to get around on. 



Me + lil Claps



A posing opportunity!



Such a poser...



Posing again...



And yet again...




The street art around this area is super cute! 







We also went to the Jetty which was a walking distance from George Town. 



Posing at the Jetty this time...

After, we headed to Awesome Canteen for a Sekeping Penang experience. Such a hipster experience!!!



My friend is so rude... Tsk!!



IT WAS BLOODY HOT. I was sweating my ass off!!!




Hipster shot of some post cards a friend bought and our drink + the plant. Lol! 



Posing again. Hehe!


Yum yum yum!!! Penang Laksa!!! It is sour unlike the other types of laksas! Love it!!!!! I love sour stuff. I think at night the guys went out to party, and the rest went home early.

Day 4: Lok Lok, Shopping, Cafe


I think on day 4 we went to this night market place either before or after dinner. We had Lok Lok and I think it was early dinner because we had supper after... This is super street food. Just a table with a hole in the middle and you can pick and cook whatever you want! The worker then collects the sticks, counts and then you pay them. 


Had supper at a friend's friend's cafe. LOL! It was okay. I remember being really tired by this point. Lol! I think we might have went for prata or more food after... This trip was really just a food trip. hahahahah!


Day 5: PEN-SIN

Headed back to Singapore, so we didn't do much!




Breakfast at the cafe at the airport. I had Nasi Lemak! LOL aka the most asian looking thing on the table.


And that was the end of the Penang trip!!!! Such a short post right. Unfortunately, I wish it could be longer and more in-depth but I don't remember much details. I do remember being lazy and going to Starbucks to hang on one of the nights. LOL! I'm sure nobody wants to hear about that. Okay that's all folks! See you in the next post! Another short one - Cand goes to JB!!!

XX, Cand