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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Mideum Coffee @ Penang

Hi, all! It's been ages since I have last posted, and I apologize for my absence. 
But for now I'm back! And this is going to be a post full of yummy food :P 

The cafe that I am going to post about today is The Mideum Coffee, located just opposite SMJK Chung Hwa Confucian. I have heard a lot of reviews about this place, so me and my fam decided to give it a try! We went on a public holiday, which was probably a good thing as I read reviews that the cafe would normally be crowded with students on weekdays. 

Aaand, we went on a Monday! There was a promotion ongoing when we went, that was on Monday, if your name starts with the letter M or you wore something blue on you, you can get 23% off for drinks! I don't think the promotion is still ongoing, but you can check their FB page for details.

Dessert was served before the main courses haha! (As per my request.)

Chocolate Shake RM13.01 
(RM16.90 before discount)

The shake was served with whipped cream an a ball of chocolate ice cream on top. Even before discount the price was super affordable! Normally shakes are super duper expensive in cafes, but not this one. And it was delicious too. Perfect to cool down on a sunny day. 

Sweet Escape Waffle RM12.50

Even looking at this makes my mouth water. So much sweetness in one picture! 
The waffle was crispy, and went well with the other sweets. Beneath the cotton candy was a ball of ice cream too! Totally worth ordering, and very insta-worthy as well 👍.

Next up, the main dishes that we ordered.

Spaghetti Carbonara RM12.50

The portion is quite big. But taste wise just normal, nothing much to shout about. 

Cheesy Fried Chicken RM18.90

We waited quite awhile for this dish to be served. And was not disappointed. Well, was only normal fried chicken cutlet served with cheese sauce, but anything with cheese is lurve heh😋

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Ok now this IG post revealed how long I procrastinated lol. There is only one swing seat table available in the cafe, so do make sure you take a pic with it!

Selfie with the furry fake plant (Idk what's the name) that was almost featured in every pic. Thanks for the cameo hahah!

Rating: 4/5 

Affordable price but cleanliness needs to be improved. 

Opens 9am-9pm (Mon-Sat), 11am-9pm (Sun)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Lavish Fusion Bakery @ Lebuh VIctoria

A few months ago, when Sarah came back to Penang the #girlsof939495 went out for a date. 
Lavish Fusion Bakery by Love a Loaf is still the hottest cafe in town. So my belated post is still relevant haha!

 We sar at the huge table below the 'LAVISH' sign. Look at my excited girls!

And then the pretty drinks came and we got even more excited lol. 

Red: Yogurt Berry Bash RM 16.50
Yellow/Orange??: Mango Orange Peach RM 16.50

The fruits on top were pretty much tasteless. I guess its preserved fruits due to the hot Malaysian weather. But the drink itself is decent. Very fruity and refreshing!

Matcha cronut was definitely the star of the day!

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Uji Matcha Cronut RM 23.50

Not only it's pretty, it's a legit cronut lol. Look at the layers!
And I was not expecting the layers inside to be Matcha flavored too! Yumss.
But they only serve this at a limited time, if not mistaken after lunch hours hence we came after we had lunch and had no more space for more pastries lol. 
Definitely recommending this matcha cronut to those who love matcha!

We didn't take much pictures of the interior as it was waaaaay too crowded. Actually the price range was quite high so I have no idea why there were so many people? Haha 


Lavish Fusion Bakery
214 Lebuh Vistoria, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Open daily 8am-11pm

Rating: 3.5/5

Till then xx

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Japan Beauty Haul + Review

Hello! Today's post will be on beauty products from Japan!
My mom went to Japan recently, so naturally I asked her to buy (a lot of) stuff from there~
Prior to this, I've never used any Japan beauty products before, so I was excited to give them a try!

Here's the full haul but I've only used a few, hence the short review. Spot the Disney edition face cleanser hehehe!

In this post, I will be sharing about a few awesome products that I've tried.

Here they are~
Clockwise from top
KOSE Softymo Makeup Remover Sheets (Blue: Collagen) 52 sheets
Lululun Face Mask (Pink: Hydrating) 42 sheets
DHC Lip Cream
KOSE Softymo Makeup Remover Sheets (Pink: Hydrating) 52 sheets

So pink ain't it? 
I suck at Japanese, so let's just hope I got the names correct lol.

Prices are not stated as different products have different prices in different drugstores in different places. Yes, seriously. But no worries as these products are much more affordable than the over-the-counter ones. And if you're lucky, they will give you samples to try too! They also have Chinese/English speaking promoters, so no worries if you do not speak Japanese.
Normally in Japanese drugstores you can also get tax rebate (8%) if you purchase above 5000 JPY.

 KOSE Softymo Makeup Remover Sheets (Pink: Hydrating) 52 sheets

No. 1 of something something lol
Unopened yet so let's move on to the blue version which contains collagen!

KOSE Softymo Makeup Remover Sheets (Blue: Collagen) 52 sheets

This brand Softymo is under Kose, which I believe people are more familiar with.
The inside looks like wet tissue, so you just open it and pull out one when you wanna use it. Very economical. They have 52 sheets inside which is quite a lot!
I've used it, it removed my makeup quite well and keeps your face hydrated even after makeup is removed. Plus its so easy to use! Recommended for light makeup. Can't wait to try the pink version!

DHC Lip Cream

This lip balm is highly raved so naturally I had to get one! My lips are always chapped so this is totally my lifesaver. I normally put this on and then lipstick/lip tint before I go out. Sadly it only contains about 1.5 g of product. I've already used up 1/5 of this product and I'm thinking to get another one lol. 

 Lululun Face Mask (Pink: Hydrating) 42 sheets

Lululun Face Mask (Pink: Hydrating) 42 sheets

Again, No.1 at something lol. I have to admit that the cute packaging is definitely attractive heh. 
Lululun is a very popular brand in Japan! I noticed that the Japanese tend to save and put tons of sheets in one pack. Makes my life easier as I do not need to struggle with opening the packaging which normally takes me about 5 minutes lol. This pack contains 42 sheet masks! Wow! It's suitable for daily use because the sheets are thin enough to provide moisture daily without giving too much stress to your skin. 10 minutes per day is all you need for hydrated skin! I really hope that I can remember to consistently put on a mask every day lol. 

That's all for today's post! I will review more Japan beauty products in the future if I find them awesome. 
Comment below if you want me to review any products that you spotted in the full beauty haul picture. 

Time to go put on a mask now~ 

Till then xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

3 Major Milestones in My Life

Since I was young, I led a sheltered and comfortable life thanks to my loving parents. It was not until I graduated from high school that I finally get a first taste of hardship. The major milestones of my life did not happened until I graduated from high school. To me, milestones are events that will affect our perspective or bring about serious and lasting changes in our lives. Although most people think that twenty-two years is not that long for someone to have lived, three major milestones had occurred in my life that helped to create the person I am today.
I was 17 when I received a letter informing me to go for the National Service training programme once I finished my Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations. Having led a sheltered life, I had not camped or lived outside of home before so naturally I was scared and nervous upon receiving the news.  I was to serve for 3 months at Kem Lagenda Seri Negeri, Langkawi Island. For as long as I could remember, school has always been a huge part of my life. I had the same routine for 10 years, going to school five days a week, then off for two days, and going back to school on Monday. Now for three months, I will have to get use to a new routine far away from home sweet home.
Living for three months in a rural camp with fellow trainees from different ethnic groups had taught me many things that otherwise I would not know if I had chosen not to go. I learnt how to be more tolerating and open minded. This happened when wake up calls at 6am not meant for you woke you up instead. Besides that, I also learnt how to be independent. In the camp, I had to wake myself up every morning instead of relying on my mother. I also had to do my own chores, such as wash my own clothes, tidy my own bed and dormitory. I could still remember we would sometimes come back from training to some beds completely upturned with bedsheets, pillow and everything on the bed thrown on the floor because the bed was not tidy enough to pass inspection.  
But most importantly, I made a lot of friends there. Friends from different races and background, friends who I would not make if I were to stay in my comfort zone, friends who taught me a lot about life and reality, friends who were openly honest to me. I was blessed to have met them in my life.
The next major milestone in my life was leaving home to study Diploma in English at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). I was studying form 6 in my previous high school after National Service when I was offered a place to study in UPSI. With exposure to ethic differences and experiences I had during the National Service training, it was easy to adapt myself to my diploma life. I was grateful to have the chance to study in UPSI and stay outside of home for a period of 3 years. I did not choose to go to Form 6 as they recently changed the Form 6 syllabus and I was afraid I could not catch up.
Nevertheless, every path has its puddles. The hardest part of choosing this path is that many people questioned my decision as they have not heard of anyone taking diploma before in UPSI and they think that I am wasting time as diploma takes 3 years when Form 6 takes 1.5 years; there were some who thought I was taking a teaching diploma, too. Most of the problems I faced were people judging and giving me alternatives instead of encouraging me to continue my chosen path. So, there were times when I was influenced by them and questioned my decision. Did I chose the correct path? Am I wasting my time? It got even worse when the batch of students who came in a year later than me will graduate along with me as the years of studying has been shorten to 2 years. Luckily, I had a group of friends I met when I was studying my diploma who supported and helped me. Now, we are continuing our studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) together although we are in different courses.
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The last milestone that I had experienced was after my diploma and before I entered USM. I went on a trip with another 2 friends to Krabi, Thailand. It was my first overseas trip with friends and without my family. I was in charge of planning the trip because I had experience travelling to Thailand. Before going on the trip, I had to research carefully on the weather, transportation, accommodation and necessities to bring to Thailand. Because we were students and travelling on a budget, we need to find affordable plane tickets and accommodation. That was a challenge for me as well as I learnt how to research for information, eliminate the unsuitable choices and making the right choices suitable for me and my friends. On the trip itself, we encountered many problems. The flight to Krabi was delayed, so when we reached there it was already night. Then, the hotel we stayed in had a blackout. It was so hot we had to come out from our room to cool down at the porch in front of the hotel. There were other travelers there too, so we get to chat with them and listen to their adventures and stories. Even with the blackout it was a wonderful night. Meanwhile in the streets of Krabi, we got conned by tuk-tuk drivers charging exorbitant prices, learnt how to haggle prices with the locals, enjoyed the spicy and sour local delicacies, went island hopping and snorkeling. That was an experience in a lifetime that I would not forget.

Thus the 3 milestones in my life and more to come.

Till then xx

Friday, 5 May 2017

Girls of 939495: KL (Part 2)

It's time for part 2 of our #939495 trip! If you haven't, here's part 1.

After Melaka, we drove to KL. It's obviously not my first time in KL, but it's the first time here with my girls! So I went ahead and booked this awesome room from AirBnb which has an amazing infinity pool that overlooks the KL scene.

First thing we did after checking in was to check out the view of the pool! Isn't it amazing??

We decided to swim next morning because the sun was too hot that afternoon. And the pool was crazy crowded. But we came back at night and captured the night view too hehe.

KL Tower was blinking colorful lights! We stayed a long time enjoying the view till the pool closed down at 10 p.m.

Next morning, we woke up early and planned to catch the sunrise. And we did!

The view from our room! And luck was with us because we managed to capture this beautiful picture of the sun in between the twin towers!

Another one of the rising sun. I'm so in love!
I have always love the city scene, the sterile tall skyscrapers spearing from the ground, the endless sound of car honks, the steady stream of people. But this is totally the first time I stayed at a place where I can overlook the city in awe. And see this city wake up and begin its day. It was breathtaking. No words could possibly describe how I feel when the sun came up in between the twin towers which took us by surprise! I'm definitely going to go back for another stay.

And then we changed into our swimsuits and off we went to the pool!

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Me and the breathtaking view. Grand, isn't it?

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A pic of the fake tattoos we applied on last night. Linked!

We left as the crowd came in and went for breakfast.

Sarah looking mischievous haha! 
Breakfast was at Tous Les Jours but I just read news that it closed down?! So lucky we visited it before it closed down lol.

The rest of our schedule was shop, shop and shop. Yeah, I think we went to several malls in the Bukit Bintang area before dinner lol. Girls being girls!

Dinner was at this place called Omaya located at Solaris Mont Kiara. The day we went was actually their first day of operation so the workers were especially attentive.

Shimson Stew, RM84.
Korean army stew in the center, cheese fondue and Chuncheon style stir fried chicken at the side.

Ready for eating! 
To be honest, it was a bit disappointing. I had high hopes because of all the hype on Facebook but then, the taste was just mediocre. 

The stew taste like chicken stock water. We couldn't stand the taste and added kimchi by ourselves and let it boil down to kimchi based chicken stock lol. 
The stir fry chicken was average as well. Not the Chuncheon style we normally have at Korean restaurants, its less spicy and catered to the Malaysian taste buds. To me its like having Malaysian style stir fry chicken. Maybe because this is a fusion restaurant instead of an authentic Korean restaurant?
The only saving grace is the cheese. Dip it in the cheese and you will be in heaven lol. 

After you finish the stew they will fry rice together with seaweed, cheese and hot sauce. Nothing can go wrong with cheese!

Next day we took a plane back to Penang. While Sarah returned to work. 
Twas an fruitful trip filled with fond memories! Hope there's more to come in the future.
#939495 rocks!

Till then xx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Movie Review: Spirited Away

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, or Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away

The first Japanese animation I’d ever remember watching was Spirited Away, when I was in primary school. I was a kid then, easily entertained by animation movies, and I did not put much thought into a movie that I simply thought had amazing graphics and a fascinating story line as compared to local productions. It wasn’t until when I watched it again when I was much older that I realized there were so much more to the movie than just amazing graphics. 

The story revolves around an unusually sullen little girl, Chihiro. She is very different from the usual cheerful chirpy girls we see in animated movies. Impatient and stuck in the backseat when her father got lost on the way to view a house, they discovered an abandoned tunnel. Reluctantly, Chihiro followed her parents into the tunnel and the seemingly empty amusement park that was hidden behind it. The row of shophouses was empty, but they found a food shop whose fragrances steam into the cool air. Her parents happily tucked in the delicious food at the shop. Chihiro stubbornly refused to eat with her parents and pleaded her parents to leave, which fell upon their deaf ears. Wandering around, she met with a boy who warned her to leave before nightfall, but it was too late. She ran back and found out her parents had become pigs. Disgustingly huge, hungry pigs. I could still recall being shocked as a kid seeing the transformation. I also remember blaming her parents for being selfish, leaving their daughter alone to fend for herself while they gorge themselves!

A shocked Chihiro tried to go back from where she came from, but there was a huge river separating the tunnel and amusement park. Lost, she sat down at the bank of the river and began to cry. The boy that warned her earlier approached her and comforted her while giving her tips on how to survive in the world she was now in. Survival tips 101: find a job! Following Haku, the boy, back to where he worked in a bathhouse who catered to kami, the gods and spirits of Japanese folklore, where she found herself surrounded by mystical creatures. She was the only human in the bathhouse. She managed to secure a job in the bathhouse after meeting with the horribly malicious old lady Yubaba who owned the bathhouse. Yubaba gave her a new name-Sen. Thus began Sen’s new adventure as she befriended new friends, shirked by fellow colleagues and bossed around by Yubaba. Trying hard not to forget her real name, she worked diligently in the bathhouse hoping to restore her human form and save her parents one day. 

What I loved about this movie is that it is very unconventional. In typical Western animations, Chihiro would spend the rest of the time trying to escape from the bathhouse, leading to a big confrontation with the evil villain Yubaba while singing several nauseatingly bubbly musicals. Instead, the animation is about her growth from a stubborn, petulant and rude little girl into a confident, loving and responsible young lady. Besides that, the main cast in this anime is a girl, which is pretty unusual. I mean, how often do you find an animated movie with a little girl as the main character? The only one I can remember is Monsters Inc., and even in that one the little girl is considered as a supporting cast as she did not appeared in some of the sequels and prequels. Portraying a girl as the main character, I believe, brings out a new and different perspective. As a girl, Chihiro expressed determination to survive in the bathhouse and save her parents, even though she was bullied by Yubaba and her name was taken away from her. However, at times she also felt scared and lonely, which was reasonable, since she was just a little girl. In many scenes, she was seen curled up like a baby and it makes my heart ache for her although I knew that this was what she needed to grow up. 

Through her journey, she learnt how to be responsible when working at the bathhouse. Her sincerity compelled her to serve the worst customer the bathhouse ever had, a stinky huge creature who spewed mud and slime. Everybody ran away from the creature as they do not want to serve the creature. Yubaba then commanded Sen to serve the creature as she thought that maybe Sen will refuse and lose her job. But a brave Sen was determined to show Yubaba that she can take on the responsibility, and she got repaid in the end as the creature turned out to be a River God and it gave her a magical mud ball of sorts. She was planning to save her parents with that mud ball but she generously used it to save Haku when he was dying and a greedy Faceless Guy who was lonely so he ate non-stop. Her generosity stunned me, I thought she was saving the magical mud ball for her parents, but she gave it up to save strangers. 

The rich Japanese culture was also depicted in the movie. In the beginning scene, many cultural Japanese elements are shown, such as a stones that resemble small houses when Chihiro’s father drove into the wrong lane.  Chihiro asked her mother what those “little houses” are, and her mother told her that those are shrines and that ome people believe spirits live in them. Chihiro’s venture into the spirit world herself is portraying Kamikakushi in Shinto belief, where Japanese believe that they can venture into the spiritual world and learn from there. The producer, Hayao Miyazaki had drawn thousands of frames for this movie, and his love for the Japanese culture and his vision for everybody to appreciate it was ambitious, but he did it with his wonderfully moving masterpiece.

I would say that there are no weaknesses in this movie, if I were to forcibly come out with one, it would be the multiple waves of creativity and metaphors that hit me. The 3 heads that were minions of Yubaba? Well somebody tell me what they represent please! I could scarcely figure out what one scene was trying to convey and it was already moving on to the next scene. Or some I don’t even understand at all. I admit I’m a person who likes romance movies as it doesn’t require me to think and analyse much, so watching Spirited Away was a new thing for me. It may take a dozen rewatches for some to catch the visual details poured into each frame, the way  Yubaba wrapping herself into a black blanket and turned into a crow, flying away every morning with her crow assistant and returning at night before the bathhouse started operating and many more. However, the creativity and metaphors was not lost as there are plenty of peaceful and calming scenes for me to review and reflect what I had seen earlier. In one scene when Sen was travelling to see Yubaba’s twin to apologize on behalf of Haku, she took a one-way train which travels in the ocean. The ocean stretched in front of Sen as she watched the scenery which unfolded peacefully. Shadows came and disembark the train, and for a few minutes it was silent.

I watched the original Japanese version with Chinese subtitles and the English dubbed version, which was released by Disney 2 years after the original version debuted.  After watching both, I realized that there were minor differences between both versions. While the ending of the Japanese original film ended with Chihiro going back through the tunnel with her parents with the same frightened look from the very beginning of the film, the English version included a brief conversation between Chihiro and her father. He asked Chihiro about her thoughts on moving to a new town, new school and having a new life to which Chihiro responded with “I think I can handle it”. While this conversation inferred that Chihiro left with her memories of the bathhouse on her mind, it is quite different from the Japanese version as the Japanese version left the viewers wondering whether or not Chihiro remembered the time she spent in the spirit world and how will it affect her. Would she be the same confident and responsible girl she had grown into or would she deviate back to the same stubborn and cynical person she was at the beginning of the movie? 

As I mentioned earlier, the Japanese have a belief of people spending time in the spirit world known as Kamikakushi in the Shinto belief. I guess the English translators don’t understand the Japanese’s perspective and culture, so they gave Spirited Away an ending that the Western viewers will understand as the Westerners do not have this belief. In my opinion, they should maintain the original perspective and not change it, as it elevates the whole story as an experience, not as memories and deviate away from its original purpose. Like the line "memories are never forgotten, they are just difficult to recall" mentioned in the Japanese version, Chihiro may not remember anything about her experience, but her body and mind subconsciously would. By changing the ending, the Japanese deep rooted culture is lost, and that is a threat to the future of their culture.  

Spirited Away’s producer, Hiyao Miyazaki had produced many award-winning animations like Howl’s Moving Castle which portrays war and destruction, and Totoro, which is about friends and neighbours, it is not a surprise that his productions are admittedly the only Japanese animations that I watched. That’s right, I am that picky. But Spirited Away is definitely my favourite among all. It was an amazing experience watching this animation. One that I would definitely not forget. 

Chihiro on the train when she is travelling to meet Yubaba’s twin to apologize on behalf of Haku.
(Screenshot from the movie)

Chihiro runs off after gaining freedom as the creatures from the bathhouse cheers her on. 
(Screenshot from the movie)

Till then xx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Girls of 939495: Melaka (Part 1)

Been planning on this trip with my girls since ages ago! We actually had various (overseas) places in mind, but ended up going to only KL and Melaka lol.
Anyhoo this trip was a success! And we made a lot of wonderful memories! Plus took tons of pictures :D

First stop is Family Mart before leaving the airport!

Green tea ice cream was only RM3.50! I loved that it wasn't too bitter and too creamy! 
Onigiri was RM5.50 I think, slightly expensive than in town coz we were at the airport, but still cheap nonetheless. But it was a bit hard to maneuver when eating it as the plastic is right between the seaweed and rice lol. 

Sarah drove us to Melaka and we went to the famous St. Paul's Hill.

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Being a tourist for once lol.

It was a weekday, so less people around and we took soooo many pictures without worrying about uninvited photo bombers! 
Can you guess our theme for the day? Haha :)

Denim x White x Black :))

Looking awkward here.
 We ran out of poses lol! And it was about to rain heavily, just look at the dark clouds above. So we hastily took some pics with weird poses and left hehe. To seek shelter in H&M lol.

Tea was at a little cafe near Mahkota Parade. Look at these cute tarts 
Minion: Lemon tart
Green 3 eyed monster: Matcha x White chocolate tart
2 for RM 24

The lemon tart was tangy and refreshing, undoubtedly my favorite! 

Actually the matcha tart was also delicious, I didn't expect the bottom part of the tart to have red beans giving it an interesting texture, what a surprise! A pity Lc was sick and Sarah's tooth was in pain, they couldn't really enjoy the tart's filling (Lc) and the biscuit crust (Sarah) haha!

Open from 9am-7pm
Directly opposite Hotel Equatorial

And then we went to watch Lalaland and nearly fell asleep lol. #Notmytaste

Next morning we woke up early and finally went to this abandoned place known as Klebang Sand Dunes.

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The reason why I said 'finally' is because previously when I went to Melaka in December, I wanted to take pictures there before leaving but I left my camera in the restaurant we had breakfast at TT 
So finally I'm here! 

#girlsof939495 #bluesky #fluffyclouds #sexybacks 
But we did not venture to the sand dunes part lol coz we were the only people there. A car who drove past warned us that several theft cases happened there so we decided to stay close to our car. 

It was terribly windy so our faces look damn round hahaha!

One last pic before we left for KL! 

Next post will be part 2, continuing about our trip in KL! Stay tuned :)

Till then xx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Reread

Recently I reread To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee. It had been kept in the darkest corner of my bookshelf, as the main reason why I bought it was because of the need to write a critical report on it. Hence, once I finished the report it was abandoned by me immediately. During the semester break, I was spring cleaning and found this dusty book. No idea why but I felt the urge to reread it again with a different motive, maybe because I was sick and feeling bored during the festive season ;) Here's what I thought after rereading it: 

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee focuses on the racial injustice and Scout’s journey of growing up. Even though black slavery had been abolished, due to the fact that the people of Maycomb county lived in a rural Southern town, they could not accept liberal ideas and treat the blacks equally. It was quite different from Malaysia, as we do not have any issues with slavery, not that I know of. The blacks had no rights at all, and they were at the bottom of the social class. It was ironic, actually. The whites went to church every Sunday, claiming to be Christians and believers of the Bible, they were also educated men, but yet they were so judgmental that they declared an innocent black man guilty just because he was black. It was one thing to use the blacks for labor, as they had been using them as slaves for ages, but it is another thing to refuse them civil rights as if they were not human. In my opinion, all human beings are equal. Atticus commented on that during his closing speech when he defended Tom Robinson, “Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson's skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. There is not a person in this courtroom who has never told a lie, who has never done an immoral thing, and there is no man living who has never looked upon a woman without desire.”. Although what they did was wrong, I could not bring myself to blame them as it was in their culture to treat the coloured people as slaves, and the fact that Atticus was aware of the wrongdoings of the townspeople was a relieve, at least there was hope for them. Harper Lee successfully captured the instinctual understanding of race in the novel as racism appeared to be as natural to the people of Maycomb as breathing.

My favourite character in this novel is undoubtedly Scout Finch, the main character. She is the reason why I found this novel interesting. The author successfully created a setting and background based on the character's point of view. Scout was subjected to sexism discrimination as she preferred overalls over dresses, which frustrated her Aunt Alexandra very much. She reminds me of Nancy Drew, the main character of a popular series mystery novels of a youth sleuth, being inquisitive and sporting. Although she was the narrator of the story, bear in mind that she was a child when the events occurred so there were times where she narrated whatever the adults told her directly without really understanding what it was all about. It was adorable in a way that she pretended she understand what other people told her, like when her cousin Francis called Atticus a nigger-lover, she proceeded to hit him although she was not sure what he meant, “A nigger-lover. I ain’t very sure what it means, but the way Francis said it - tell you one thing right now, Uncle Jack, I’ll be- I swear before God if I’ll sit there and let him say something about Atticus.” She also lectured her Uncle Jack when he only listened to Francis’s side of story and not hers, acting older than she is supposed to be. It was also evident that she loved her father very much as she was inclined to defend him when other people called him names. I am sure many people can relate to the love she had for her father although she did not really understand what he was actually doing. Although naive, she finally grew to understand what was going on with the help of her father, Atticus who gave her answers to what she asked without glossing over the details. One could only imagine the thoughtful woman she would grow up to become.

In many ways, Scout reminded me of my childhood, wonderful memories which I could never forget. No worrying about assignments, deadlines, lectures and the stress of realities. Anyhow, reading this novel allowed me to see things through a child's eyes again. 

Till then xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Beauty Review: Sephora x Estée Lauder

Whenever I pass by the huge Sephora store at Queensbay Mall, there's this huge urge to enter and sapu all the awesome beauty products there haha! They carry a lot of international brands which makes them the most suitable place to shop for beauty products.

I never knew they have an online store before this. Yeah, you can now shop for awesome beauty products in your comfy pjs lol! So convenient right!

So in this post I am going to review some Estée Lauder products that I got from the Sephora online store, click here to shop! 

My Estée Lauder haul! Loving the blue hues!

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick 
Top: #120 Naked Ambition
Bottom:  #310 Bad Angel

Benefits: 6-hour wear, medium coverage and shimmer finish.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick 
 #120 Naked Ambition

 #120 Naked Ambition

This shade is in dark red and slightly brownish which I absolutely love! The texture is creamy and easy to apply as it glides on smoothly. Quite moisturizing too. Coverage is slightly better than the other shade I got which is a pleasant surprise! I only swiped once for this shade.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick 
 #310 Bad Angel

 #310 Bad Angel

Okay not really obvious here but this shade is more pinkish than the previous shade. A couple of swipes will give you very good pigmentation. This pretty coral pink shade is suitable for warm toned girls like me!

Swatches on my hand. (I only swiped once.)
Top: #120 Naked Ambition
Bottom:  #310 Bad Angel

Estée Lauder Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion

Benefits: Ideal for all skin types and dermatologist tested.

How to use:
Massage a small amount of lotion onto your skin, the rinse away makeup with warm water.

Works well for me, very easy to use. My previous one requires usage of cotton pads which is a hassle so this is considered very convenient for me haha! 
It thoroughly removes all traces of makeup. As it is a water-based formula my skin feels smooth and supple after using it. Doesn't dry your skin at all! Thumbs up!

Well that's all for today's review of Estée Lauder products from Sephora! You can buy your favourite Estée Lauder products here and earn points for your purchase! 

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