The Month of July: What It Means To Be A 28-Year-Old Juli

(May I add that my skin looks kinda fabulous in the photo? Thanks, Sun!)

Come July every year, every day of the month is a special one, intentional or not. It just happens that fabulous things always happen in the month of July.

It was a little unnerving when I typed the title. What!? I’m TWENTY EIGHT!? The ‘old’ word put beside my name didn’t help one bit. ‘Old Juli’. LOL.

Happy birthday to me, for the 28th time! 😀

I left it till the last day of July 2012 to write this post, just in case something bombastically fantastic happens haha. Well, nothing out of this world is happening to me right now as I type this sentence, I’m just smiling in knowing that I’ve lived a great life so far. Be contented and grateful for what you have, and you’ll always be happy! =D

So what does being 28 in July 2012 mean?

July 2012 = BBMT Is > 1 Year Old!

If I’d known blogging would be this fun and fantastic, I’d have started years ago!

But then I always believe that everything happens for a reason, at the time it’s supposed to happen.

Years ago I’d never thought I could blog for such an international audience, never even thought anyone other than myself and some close friends who read my personal blog would want to read what I have to say.

Years ago I never thought I would have the courage to put my face out there and share with people my love for makeup and experience with products. I also never thought I could actually teach people how to apply makeup! It’s extremely gratifying when readers tell me how much they have learnt from my tutorials and it makes me want to continue making even more fabulous makeup tutorials.

You know, at the beginning, I even thought of making Bun Bun Makeup Tips a ‘faceless’ blog, meaning I’ll never show my face. I was so afraid of incurring negative comments I see bloggers receive (eg. ‘you are so ugly’, ‘you should never show your face’, ‘I hate you’) I thought I could never have the courage to stomach it.

I decided to show my face after all, and as I got more comfortable showing my face, I learnt which are my best angles, best lighting to photograph in, best way to show a product or make a tutorial.

Naturally, when people see that you’re doing well, they just wanna put you down. I’ve had my fair share of those, not too many fortunately, but enough to share my experience and help those who might be thinking how to deal with negative reader comments.

I feel incredibly blessed and thankful to all my readers who have made my blogging journey one that is filled with so much love and bonding.

I believe it is my passion in what I do and commitment to putting quality content on my blog that caught Nuffnang’s attention and then made me one of their Talent Bloggers.

July 2012 = Backstage @ NDP NE Show

One of the greatest things that happened to me after being with Nuffnang was the opportunity to be one of the 10 bloggers chosen to participate in National Day Parade 2012. The NDP team sought to involve social media participation on a higher scale this year and it’s a great honor to be part of it!

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you’d have seen the photos of my backstage pass and the happenings when I went backstage last Saturday. Post coming up! 😀

July 2012 = My First Involvement In A Flashmob

Everybody knows what’s a flashmob right? It is, simply, a group of people (who act like passersby initially) suddenly breaking out in dance on the street (usually a very busy one), usually for a cause.

The cause could be anything, ranging from light-hearted ones like ‘just wanna bring some stress relief to you stressed up professionals’ to very meaningful ones, like ours that carried an Anti-Drug Abuse message.


I’m Involved In Singapore NDP 2012!

What a great honor to be part of this year’s Singapore National Day Parade! And representing Bun Bun Makeup Tips at that! High fives with Bun Bun *clap!

When I was young(er), I used to watch in envy the National Day Parade performers strut their stuff on stage to showcase what they had been toiling under the sun and rain for for the past few months, dressed in outrageous costumes of rainbow colors, painted in glittery makeup, carrying huge smiles on their faces. Smiles that shone through the cameras and screens to convey feelings of excitement, accomplishment and pride.

While I never got the wonderful opportunity to perform at this annual special event, I did get to be part of the live audience at the Singapore National Stadium, which is currently under reconstruction. Those were the days when you had to actually queue for the precious tickets.

People queued overnight in pitched tents, brought their guitars and pocket radios to entertain themselves, brought food and card games to keep their mouths and minds occupied; the air was filled with great excitement as morning drew near when the gates would open to give out tickets. I didn’t queue; I heard all these from my admirers friends who gave me tickets. Heh heh.

Anyway, those were the days when the tickets were really precious, I would think more precious than those today as people can now ballot for them online or at AXS machines.

I don’t know why I didn’t get to attend the NDP parade preview when I was in Primary 5 as part of the National Education Show. Maybe my second primary school wasn’t that popular. I had three primary schools – confusing childhood HAHA. But I’m contented that I did get to attend several parades later on in life.

Ever since the celebrations moved to the Marina Floating Platform and the acquiring of tickets went beyond physical locations, I lost my chance of being a live audience.

So when my Nuffnang agent, Gabby, asked if I would like to be a part of this year’s NDP I was like ‘OF COURSE!’. I prefer to refer to Gabby as my ‘agent’ instead of manager as the former sounds more sexy, like some secret agent swiftly sprinting around in a black tightfit costume. Like Catwoman. Lol.

First Meeting At The Wine Company

And it’s fast forward to the very first meeting with this year’s NDP Chairman and executive committee! It was held at the cozy, albeit a little humid, The Wine Company at Changi Village Hotel. The Porta Rossa Moscato d’Asti Frizzante NV DOCG was heavenly! I usually don’t like wine or champagne, not even sparkling wine, but this Moscato I had three refills! Must order this when I go back some day. :)

So romantic

I liked that the mood was relaxed and the lovely ambiance helped alleviate my nervousness (the moscato probably made me feel very happy :D). Mind you, I was sitting beside Chairman EXCO Colonel Desmond Tan okie. But everyone was so friendly and I felt at ease after a while.

It’s awesome that the NDP committee this year is embracing social media at such a scale; it’s the first time bloggers are involved and so many other interesting engagement activities are created to hype up the days towards 9 August 2012.

We talked about our experiences with NDP and I shared what you read above. We also talked roughly about which part of NDP would we, as bloggers, want to be involved in.

Wore an oh-so-popular-these-days-but-going-to-die-down-soon high-low skirt

Nuffnang is still in talks with the NDP committee and they’ll let us know if they can accommodate our daring (maybe ridiculous lol) requests. I hope we can fly in the helicopter that carries the flag and I want to press the button that releases the fireworks. DREAM ONLY.


Launch of Philosophy in Sephora Singapore 2012

(Gah! I thought I’d schedule this post to be published earlier; I just checked and realized I set it to March. @_@)

Philosophy is finally going to land on our shores! Slated to launch at all Singapore Sephora stores on 27 April 2012, our sunny island was chosen to be the first Asian country to shelve the Philosophy brand due to our ‘level of sophistication, different ethnic groups, and an English-speaking environment’, as mentioned by a Philosophy personnel.

At the Philosophy press event, we were shown and got to try their popular products like ‘purity made simple’ cleanser, ‘hope in a jar’ moisturizer, ‘miracle worker’ dark spot correcting system, and ‘turbo booster c powder’.

It would all have been a better experience had I not rushed down from a meeting looking all disheveled and the assistants started me off right away with ‘hope in a jar’ and right after, ‘micro delivery peel’ which is an exfoliation system that promotes skin renewal. Peel after moisturizer?!?! :O