Sunday, 26 November 2017

My Simple Hair Care Routine

I recently realised that the one beauty topic that hasn't featured on this blog is hair care. The truth is, I am a very simple girl when it comes to my hair care. Honestly!

Wash, condition, clarifying shampoo, hair mask, and a haircut once every two months (or sometimes three) and boom, I am sorted. This has been my routine for the last 10 years, especially since I stopped colouring my hair. You'll be surprised at how my much time (not to mention money) you can save once you stop putting chemical in your hair! My bum has also been thanking me ever since as the length of time I spend for hair salon visits is now significantly shortened! Healthy bank accounts and happy bum...I mean...thumbs up!

Now let's get into the details...

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Books Recommendations: My Latest Discovery - Crazy Rich Asians Series

As the long days of summer have now turned into long wintry dark evenings, I now long for a quiet night in, curling on the sofa with a good paperback and a cup of tea - peppermint is my current favourite. Not only it is very good for my digestion, but also very calming and soothing for my throat, especially after a meal of comfort food at dinner.

Although I lived in South East Asia before living in London, Kevin Kwan is not a name that I am familiar with. I stumbled upon his books at a bookstore in KLCC while I was in Malaysia in May this year.

It turns out, Kevin Kwan is a Singapore based author and had authored three books to-date, the Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problem, which is his latest released earlier this summer. Both his first and second books became international bestsellers and his debut book, Crazy Rich Asians is being adapted into a film which is currently in production with the expected release date around summer 2018.

If you are looking for new reading materials, wanting to discover a new author and storyline which is not centred around the Western countries, I highly recommend that you pick up this trilogy in one go because once you read the first one, you will want to start the second and the third book as soon as you finish the previous book instantaneously. They are THAT amazing.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

My Favourite Spots to See Christmas Lights in London

Now that the Halloween is a thing of the past, we can move on and start talking about my most favourite time of the year - Christmas! Having said that, as a person who once lived in the States, there is a tiny voice within me that is rather unhappy that I am ignoring Thanksgiving. But as Thanksgiving is not really celebrated in England, aside from the Black Friday Sales that I am looking forward to, I am quite happy to start getting into the Christmas feeling.

Now, admittedly London is often criticised for the lack of variety when it comes to its Christmas decor. I mean, let's face it, as a City, we are guilty of putting up the same decorations year-on-year, but, repeated or recycled or not, they never fail to bring out the festive moods to Londoners, visitors and tourists.

So today, I wanted to share the key spots where I normally head to and the route that I often take whenever I want to kick off the festivities mood in London.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Algarve, Portugal

Portugal is a country that I've not been before and at the beginning of this year I put it up on my travel list, with an option of visiting either Lisbon or Porto. I have heard so many good things about Lisbon from friends who have been, as such, it was no surprise that when I was planning for a short getaway recently, it was very high up on my agenda.

But for some reasons, the world sort of conspired against me, as flights on the days when I wanted to travel were either limited or more expensive than what I was willing to pay. Not to mention finding a hotel to stay in, in the location that I wanted, within a reasonable price range, was fairly limited if not non-existent. 

In the end, I had no choice but to kick off Plan B. It was a good thing that by this time, I realised how exhausted I was and that I actually could do with a do-nothing kinda holiday. 

That's when the Algarve came into the picture. As I went during off season, flight options were aplenty and were reasonably priced. I also scored an independently run boutique hotel which caters for adult guests only, located a stone throw away from the Old Town. Perfect!
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