SWEET BLOSSOMS

CHERRY SWEET

CHERRY PINK

CHERRY RED

CHERRY WHITE

OH SO BEAUTIFUL

CHERRY BLOSSOMS

 

*These words shall suffice to summarize my Japan trip. For now.

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CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON, APRIL 2017

 

 

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A Special Woman

I didn’t send her a present this second Christmas but she still is close to my heart in the sense that she touched my whole-being, a new experience that’ll last for lifetime.

A woman, I would have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for my immersion trip to Australia. I realise after my trip that she was more than a host to me. I will always remember vividly having dinner together at 7 while watching Australian Idol, the season with Benji Madden. My favourite will always be the thick cabbage soup (name I can’t recall) with warm garlic bread that she used to bake for us. Simple as that, just like her. Then, we used to wash the dishes together, though she wouldn’t let me near the hot water in the basin and instead I would be helping her dry them with a white cloth. We would sit at the kitchen counter for hours sometimes, talking about our future plans, lives and our past. She was around the age of my mother or even a bit older but she became my friend. A true friend that cared about me and in a way, envied my youth, most probably because I was a reminiscent of her childhood. She would always get me in my feet and never let me miss a chance to go out and explore. It’s strange, even if we were from 2 parts of the world, we still had so much in common. “Good on ya!”, she would say time after time, which I still remember so distinctly.

10 weeks at her place and just like that, she became one of the woman that I truly admired and aspired to be. Genuine beauty from the inside and out that made the last day very emotional for the both of us. I don’t know what it is and it’s even harder to put it in words but she was special to me and I really hope my memories of her will still be as vivid when I have kids, just so I can tell them all about this special someone. Though, I’m quite certain I may never see her again, which saddens me. But more than anything, I am beyond glad I was able to meet a unique being at my time in here, which we call life.

 

 

*I had this sudden urge to write about this special woman I got to meet during my time in Australia in fear that my memories of her would fade away in time. This urge came in when I and my friends were talking about our Australian days the other day and I realize how fragile these memories get, no matter how significant to us, it is bounded to perish as time goes by, so by writing this little description of her, I hope to seal the memories of this special woman, so that maybe in 5 to 10 years, it is just as clear as it is today.

 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

 

 

 

 

 

Life: Update

A (public) note to myself; #facts of life

Expect nobody and no one but YOURSELF wherever and whatever point in your life you’re in.

This is not about dissing others, self-pity or having too much expectation of others. This is also not just a pessimistic view of people, in fact, it is innate in everyone and myself included, whether done intentionally or non- intentionally. Either way, damage is still done and like the saying, it is hard to fix a broken mirror and sometimes not even easily fixable. This year I’ve been going through quite a transition, experiencing horrific things after things and the people I keep close to are too transitioning. This is however, just natural, another fact of life; people change.

From all this, a lesson I have taken is that no matter what, it will only be you for yourself at the end of the road. Promises of always being there and whatnot will be broken promises, so never expect anyone to always be there because they will eventually change just as you will too and you have no one but yourself in the end.  And that’s what’s special about life; the facts of life just like the saying: You are born alone and you will eventually die alone too.

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So enjoy yourself, be you and always put yourself first!

 

xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Exploring Home finally…

For the last 2 years, I feel like I have been away for the Summer, which is true; getting myself involved in an exchange programme the first summer and being away for immersion last summer in Australia. For a long time, I haven’t been home (Hong Kong), while most people prefer to be somewhere else taking a tropical vacation, I was actually pretty excited to finally be home and what better time to explore the place than summer time!

Last Friday, me and my bestie took a casual trip to Sai Kung, which is almost 2 hours away from where I live by train. We had to take an additional 10 minute minibus ride since it was quite remote. Well, just like any other trip, the commuting is worth it when you finally reach the destination!

Here’s one of the first shots we took.

You can tell already that it was a very chill & relaxed place. There’s just something so calm about the water that instantly makes everything just flow.

If you are in Hong Kong, this place is called Sai Kung waterfront park. It is basically a long promenade overlooking the sea.

You could hop on different cruises that would take you to some hidden beaches and other activities like snorkelling and boating. For us, these had to wait for another day!

We decided to just stroll around the local town, which was in fact more like a neighbourhood. A very friendly one indeed!

By the way, if you love seafood, I think this would be a mini food heaven for you!

So first things first, we were starving after that long journey and what better way than to have a meaty burger to devour the hunger!

We went to this really cute restaurant/ cafe called “Jam” (btw, there were many unique little cafes that were so homely that you wouldn’t find at city centers with a really good eye for design & archecture that let off very bohemian & retro vibes!)

The lemonade was the perfect choice to refresh and it was sooo good! The milkshake I ordered was quite unique, it was “Apple & Cinnamon” flavored and it was quite a twist to regular milkshakes that I really enjoyed!

The food was very good and it literally took “Jam” into all of their dishes! Can you believe I had my fries with Jam? I asked for Ketchup but they didn’t have it! I think the patty was somehow seasoned with some Jam juice because it was very juicy with an interesting slight sweetness!

The chicken salad was excellent though! I really enjoyed the balance of sweetness & sour!

After lunch, we had a quick stroll and shopped at this vintage shop called “Vintage” (very original isn’t it!) It really was a true vintage shop where you could find almost anything and being a 90s kid, I was pretty excited to see some familiar things!

Just opposite to the vintage shop was this retro-looking cafe called “Five Coffee Company” and they served original coffees! Not the ones you find at starbucks but authentic coffee beans that you could smell from afar! They had other choices of drinks too, such as beers & juices and light snacks!

We went for an iced latte to beat the heat and it was the perfect atmosphere to ponder upon life and silly things!

Here’s my friend posing for a shot (though we really did discussed stuff & took some notes!) haha 😆

After a coffee break we decided to walk till the end of the promenade. The wind was blowing and there were many four-legged friends walking along too!

Seeing a lot of people on the water, literally walking as the water was quite shallow, we decided to try as well!

It was an amazing experience literally walking on water. It took us a while to reach the sand area in the middle of the sea.

Finally reached it! This was actually in the middle of the shallow sea. Then we made our way across to the beach side!

Made it to the mini beach!

You can still see people so far away in the water! That was how shallow the sea was!


Of course us, being girls, we had to take our routine selfies and pout lips are always a must! 😂

Here’s a little outfit of the day I tried to take with the colourful kayaks!

I felt that my outfit was very coachella inspired! A very unintentional though! All that mattered was that it was comfy and very appropriate for the weather!

Oh by the way, we saw cows as well just chilling like any other day munching the grass!

And of course, I had to take this mandatory follow-me- around picture to complete my little adventure!

How is your summer so far? Hope you too are enjoying exploring new or even old places!
Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Do it for you :)

Hey Everyone? How are you enjoying June so far? As for me, I am caught up in work as I am working full-time for the Summer and it feels like I haven’t even been able to just relax in my own corner at home.

After quite a hectic week, I finally took the evening to simply relax in my own comfortable place; my bedroom. Sometimes, there are times when we feel so drenched from our daily routine, making us monotonous and bored about our own lives, so, it’s always good to take some time to do you, to be you and to rejuvenate you. This was one of those nights for me.

A hot bath is always a greater option but when you don’t have a bathtub, a soothing shower will do. One of the calmest place for me is the beach and I love the feel and sound of the waves, so today, I used the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub from Lush to make my shower a bit more interesting! This was my first time using it and I love it so much already! The scrub is actually so smooth on the skin and melts as you rub it on. It extracts dead skin and keeps skin moisturized. The best part about it is that it smells exactly like the ocean or the beach, like you have just taken a dip in the water!

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Of course I had to burn my new favorite candle, Coconut Leaves, from the body shop. I have always been a coconut fan! I feel like there are two kinds of people, the first kind who cannot stand the scent of coconut (like my bestie) and the latter who are in love with the scent. I am one of those people that fits in the latter category!

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Well, I had to show my skin some love as well! So I had on this amazing face mask by a Korean brand, Beauty Friends. Korean brands usually produce one of the best masks in the market, so I wasn’t surprised when this mask left my skin feeling extra bright, smooth and soft! There is also something so soothing about aloe vera and I usually go for these green-packaged masks! My skin finally feels like it is breathing again!

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I do not usually drink hot tea or any sort of herbal drinks before bed, but sometimes I do like to drink something warm for my soul. This is a type of green-tea that is supposed to help with digestion and to detoxify the body. I always feel so much lighter after drinking this tea and it’s just nice to have something to sip on while you relax.

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So, there goes my alone-time, an evening well-spent relaxing, chilling and hearing my own thoughts in my comfiest place. Lastly, here’s a little message from the little corner of my wall to you, “Cherish every memory, Love every moment and Embrace every possibility.” I guess that’s what life is all about, to cherish, love and embrace and from my own experience, just to do it for you!  IMG_2978

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Eyebrows on Fleek? Checked!

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good Easter break! Can’t believe I have been gone for a while but now I’m back to share my little discovery and so excited to share my experience with this beauty product! 😀

I never really cared for my eyebrows… & they would pass as long as they weren’t too bushy or hairy but.. recently with the Anastasia Brow wiz and Dipbrow Pomade, I finally figured how important they are and the satisfaction I have been missing!

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I have been using the Anastasia Brow Wiz for a while and then today, I finally tried the Dipbrow Pomade and I feel like my life is complete, literally!

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It is quite a splurge as they cost slightly more and I too was skeptical but believe me, it is worth every penny! I finally understand the hype with these eyebrow products from Anastasia. I first purchased the Brow Wiz (Dark brown) because I wanted something easy for everyday that I can easily fill in and brush on. It really does the work and make your brows appear naturally as it is, but a bit more defined. However, I wasn’t expecting the pencil to be so skinny but the formula is quite waxy, so it seems like it will last for a good amount of time (worth that $$).

What I am impressed with even more is the Dipbrow Pomade (dark brown)! The jar is just filled with magic for  your brows! It especially complements the brow wiz, intensifying the eyebrows and really making it stand out! The formula is creamy and pigmented, yet it doesn’t smudge or rub off easily. A little goes a loooooong way, so I can only imagine that this item will be with me forever! Haha! The only thing, however is that it doesn’t come with an angled brush or spooley to apply on the product, so if you are a beginner, you might have to purchase that separately (any type/brand should work just as well).

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I am probably the last girl in here to be raving on these products that was released so longgg but I just had to share this excitement of having such satisfying eyebrows! My eyebrows naturally are not so defined and ends short. They also don’t really exist unless you look up-close. . With the Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Pomade, they have been getting so much more attention and I love it!

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Now, my eyebrows are totally on point! Not perfect but definitely on fleek! Have you tried these products? What are you thoughts on them?

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Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

I mean it’s a “once in a lifetime” thing!

I probably should have written about this event earlier.. But hey, as they say, better late than never eh?

So Dec 7, I participated in a charity marathon “Color Run” which has taken placed in many major cities and likewise, it was the first time ever in Hong Kong. So obviously, being a runner or more a jogger myself, I had to join it and because it was for charity and a great cause, I could not just pass it. And most importantly, it was like no other marathon, it involved color! Like actual dust of colors (powders) thrown at you during the 5k run/jog/walk. So of course, there was just no reason to not go! Except I had an exam the next morning! What fun!

But no! For the first time (maybe not… But since I can’t remember any other), yes, the first time I would say, I just went right ahead, without any worries, like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity! I mean, it’s a “once in a lifetime” thing. I know.. Being a student for the couple of zillion years, exams will come and go, but colors smacked to your face while running/jogging/walking, nope! It’s a once in a lifetime thing!

So took my chances and enjoyed myself in the color blast!

Have any of you participated in color run or a similar event? Would love to hear your experience! And if you are a student like me and a marathon like this happens to be near you, for once just say f* exams/school and go for it! It will release all your stress from school too! Now that’s worth it!

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Fallen in Love

I’ve heard the saying

You will fall in love with this city!

But I rarely come across the idea of falling in love with a country… In my case, my experience in the place down-under, Australia, let’s face it… I’ve fallen in love with the country!

Often I find my friends telling me, “wow I’ve never heard you speak so much of a place other than Australia”. It’s true that I love sharing my travel experiences with my friends and family… But never did I realize “Australia” was the majority of the content. But seriously… There is something so special about that place and it has made its way in my heart at first sight.

Like seriously, how can you not fall for that?

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Free Hugs anyone?

Friend: “Omg! I wanna hug him!!! Please, please take a picture okayy!!”

Me: “Nooo.. I don’t wanna hug him.. what if he’s some creepy old man.. “

Friend: “Just help me take a picture pleasse…”

Me: “If you go hug him and I’m there taking your picture.. I’m gonna have to hug him too because that’s what he will expect… If not its gonna be awkward..!”

So yeah. My friend hugged him and got a picture with him (finally!!!) and I was just there looking at him and he too, looking back at me, pleasantly smiling.

Me: (sighed) “All right.. I guess I’ll hug u too..” I said to the old man.

Man: “Awww.. that’s more like it!” He said still smiling.

I guess I was getting too worked up for nothing, being the usual me, conscious of my surrounding but I just had to hug him to realize what he was doing was purely out of genuine love to make people smile and of course there is nothing better than a hug that will instantly make you smile!

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AHHH! It’s SNOWING!

Sophia: Omg omg!

Me: What?! What is it?!!! *turning aside the warm blanket on my lap and quickly rolling out of bed, feeling alarmed! Staring at her.*

Sophia: Ahhh!!! It’s snowing! SnowiNG!

Me and her literally running to the window and peeking through the blinds!!!

“AHHHHHH!!! OH MY GOD! IT’S SNOWING!!!!”

Me: *Running to my closet and grabbing my thickest jacket that I had reserved for when it did snow, in a haste, still screaming while Sophia quickly ties up her sneakers*

Me: lets goo lets goo!!!! Ahhhhhhhh! Ready?!!

“Knock Knock!” “Knock Knock!”The door goes.

Hall mentor peering in our room queerly.

*knock knock*

Hall mentor: Is everything okay?!

We opened the door: “It’s SNOWING!!!!”

Hall mentor’s face: *LOL (-.-“)

We rushed to the emergency door (exit door).

“It’s snowing!!! ❄”

Feeling the icy, cotton, candy-like thing on my face, arms spread open… I realized I was in my embarrassing superwoman Pajamas! But still, I did not give a care!

“It’s Snowing!”

*This was my first snow ever in my life and as you can see, I was pretty pathetically hyped about it! Whenever I see snow again, I will definitely remember me and my roomie’s reaction! Quite priceless!

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*There’s me with my dorky smile :B