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Taiwan 2013: When In Taiwan, Eat, Eat & Eat

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All of us at… some bridge along the way down from our beautiful Olive Tree minsu in Miaoli. 😀 Looking at this picture of us with such big smiles makes me wanna go on a holiday with them again SOON!

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Guess what’s my favorite BB cream/foundation!

A selfie that blocked the entire scenery. HAHAHA! Love the weather! Absolutely no editing done on this photo okie! In fact, because there are simply too many photos, I only edited a few that I had the mood for. The rest are in their original color form.

Even the most basic of scenery was beautiful to us since we’re surrounded by concrete walls in Singapore. Taking a walk in our Botanic Gardens makes me so happy, not to mention seeing mountains and rivers in Taiwan.

Eye makeup was kept to a minimal for this trip – just one overall eyeshadow shade, eyeliner and mascara. Oh, except for when we went clubbing. Hoho.

I don’t know why, but despite sleeping sufficient hours at night, we all kept sleeping while on the road. Like the moment we go up the van, everyone would snooze. I wanted to Instagram more pictures but between sleep and Instagramming, I chose sleep. >.<

At 胜兴车站 – Sheng Xin Train Station. It was good being back here coz I was here with my mum several years ago.

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Their Taiwan sausages come in different flavors. I think I prefer our version of Taiwan sausages. These were wayyyyy too oily and honestly, kinda weird.

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Flavored sausages L-R: Original, Black Pepper, Strawberry, Yam, Rice, Orange

Lunch was at a random restaurant that cooked some really yummy dishes! I don’t know the name of the restaurant but it was at the end of the stretch of little shops. The setting, dishes and people made me feel like I was having reunion dinner with family. :)

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Taiwan 2013: When In Taiwan, Stay In A Minsu

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Every year my friends and I would go on a holiday…. DURING MONSOON SEASON. Hahaha!! Last year we went to Phuket. That’s because the tickets are much cheaper and because we booked our Taiwan flight tickets one year in advance, it came up to only about SGD200+ per person! Usually a Taiwan round trip would cost at least SGD500+. And I’m talking about budget airlines.

Our itinerary:

  • From Taoyuan Airport to Miaoli
  • From Miaoli to Taichung
  • From Taichung to Taipei

橄榄树 民宿 – Olive Tree Min Su

The 民宿 (min su – homestay inn) in Miaoli was the most beautiful place I’ve ever stayed in. I stayed in a minsu before, some years ago, but it was just an okie minsu, like nothing special.

But for this one, it was love at first sight the moment we arrived. I was so awestruck my vocab suddenly shrunk to only “SO NICE!! SO NICE!!” Hahaha!

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橄榄树 民宿 – Olive Tree Min Su

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I love the little potted plants that were everywhere. Greatly inspired by Olive Tree Minsu. In my own home I shall have many little potted plants. And random little decorations that will take me forever to clean and I will give up and one day throw all of them away.

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5 Reasons Why I Started To Love Working Out – Radiance PhysioFit

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I sent Mr Mode this picture and he said there’s no way I looked like I had just finished Zumba. HAHA! Okie, that was the first and last time I had makeup on for a workout at Radiance PhysioFit. And seriously, I don’t sweat a lot. I’d love to have all my fats crying, but I just don’t perspire easily. It’s not that I don’t have fats – I DO. Pokes tummy *boink boink*.

(By the way, zero editing done to the above picture. There’s a specific spot in the shower room where the lighting’s just awesome for selfies. LOL)

I was not very athletic in school. The annual NAPHA test was as appealing as… as… leaving a tissue in a pocket and putting it in a washing machine. SUPER ANNOYING. More annoying than anything else in the world actually. Grrr!

I used to watch my classmates sprint through their tests and go for an early recess while I was running my round of death at the 2.4km run. I usually felt like dying, like, after the first round.

They say the 2.4km run is a gauge of speed and stamina, but WHY RUN? Why couldn’t we swim, cycle, do the hula-hoop (I’m very good, you know) or jump rope? I have flat feet, so it hurts to run. Not everyone is cut out for running, just as much as not everyone can write or sing or dance or hula-hoop.

There was once my PE teacher, at our 5th round, barked at me and my friend (who also hated running) “You two, stop running, you’re wasting everybody’s time!!”. So once again, not surprisingly, I falied my NAPHA. In my entire secondary school career, I passed only once.

I got a 4 or 5 (5 being the highest score) for all the other stations – standing broad jump, sit & reach, inclined pull-up, shuttle run. But if you fail something, you fail everything.

Why NAPHA stands for National Physical Fitness Award is beyond my comprehension. Since I hardly ever passed my NAPHA, it meant that I never got an award from an award-giving competition, which practically left me a resident loser in terms of physical fitness. So much for child development.

 

Award: FAIL

Thanks much.

 

Every Award: Fail I got reinforced my belief that I wasn’t cut out for any form of exercise in this lifetime.

Fast forward to my current 29 years of age, I’m a soon-to-be bride preparing for her wedding photoshoot next January. (OH NO! I haven’t booked accommodation for Taipei yet!)

My Goals 

  • Lose the flabby tummy
  • Lose the flabby thighs
  • Lose the flabby arms

Notice weight-loss isn’t on the agenda coz I know that if I work out right, weight loss comes along. I don’t want to lose weight necessarily, I just want to feel less jiggly in those areas when I move, and be healthier.

Another tiny reason is because I read that keeping yourself in good shape/condition helps in conceiving and pregnancy. Healthy mummy, healthy baby, right? =)

So after researching on several gyms and checking out their facilities, I decided on Radiance PhysioFit. I couldn’t be happier anywhere else. 😀

First things first, I had just returned from a work trip with some orh cehs (bruises) from tui na and ba guan on my body, so please don’t be alarmed!

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Here are 5 reasons why I started to love working out:

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Makeup Tutorial: Golden Orange Eyes & Lips | Kerastase Hair Products

Makeup-Tutorial--Golden-Orange-Eyes-&-Lips-and-Kerastase-Hair-Products_cover-2 Oh my, oh my, I haven’t done a makeup tutorial in a while! Did you miss me? I mean, my makeup tutorials! Actually I meant me too. HAHAHA!! Well, I did miss making them, so here you go! 😀

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EYE MAKEUP

Eyeshadow Primer – UDPP Eden

Eyelid – Make Up Store Microshadow in Cashewnut (inner 1/3), Shu Uemura Silk Smooth Eyeshadow Orange (middle 1/3), Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight (over Inglot)

(Read => Step-by-step tutorial on how to apply eyeshadow)

Contour Area – Silk Smooth Eyeshadow Dark Brown from Shu Uemura Heart-full Pink Parallel Palette

Eyeliner – Naris Up Wink Up Maxigrade Eyeliner SP Liquid Black

Mascara – Lioele Volume & Curling Mascara

Eyebrow – Lorac Cream Brow Pencil in Blonde (inner 1/3), Lioele Autobrow Pencil in 01 Natural Brown. I used a slightly warm shade for the front 1/3 part to accentuate the warm feeling I wanted to create, and then my favorite 01 Natural Brown for the remaining section.

Lower Lash Line – Urban Decay Glide-on Shadow Pencil in Rehab

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A Universally Sexy Red Pout Found In Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick 01 Le Rouge

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The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick was one of the 3 (wait, was it 4? Or 5?) red lipsticks I got for myself when I got better and was ready to return to blogging. It was kinda like a hello-welcome-back-bun-bun-辛苦你了 gift to myself.

This is the only other product from YSL I’ve got, the other being the YSL Touche Brillance which smells like watermelon and looks brilliant on the lips.

I know about you and everyone you know own the YSL Touche Eclat, but I haven’t felt the inclination to get one. Convince me? *winks

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The YSL makeup assistant let me try about 3 shades of red and we both thought that I looked best in 01 Le Rouge. It’s a really pigmented, attention-grabbing red, very bold and sexy.

I’d think 01 Le Rouge is very much a universal shade of red, it will work for both cool and warm skin undertones.

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