LET LOSE

We are our very own biggest critic, judge and competitor. We critic our own decision-makings, thoughts and actions, we judge ourselves of who we are and who we can never achieve to be. Hell yeah, we even do the judging of ourselves for others, putting ourselves in their shoes and looking at ourselves from their eyes, making assumptions as if we knew better of what they think about us. We then try to please and live up to our expectations of their expectations. As if all that isn’t enough, we further punish ourselves by competing against ourselves each and every moment. Maybe if I say this, do that, wear this, buy that, have this… I can be more/ I can be less __________________.

But why is it that we are constantly in a battle with ourselves? Is there even a finish line?For how long are we a work-in-progress? How do we come to see that we are well-cultivated? Are we so self-centered, that all we could care about is ourselves?

I know that many of us go through this from time to time, questioning the universe of our potentials and goals. And it isn’t a sin to want to be better and an improved self. And it is okay to want to be good to others and to create an image that you desire for yourself to the world. Β These things are what average people would do.

Still, wouldn’t it be much nicer if we could give ourselves a little more credit than doubts, to fill ourselves with positivity than sweating on the unnecessary little things? Perhaps a pat on the back on our mind reminding how far we’ve come? Wouldn’t it be much nicer if we could do more of this than fiddling with the voices in our heads?

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It’s been a recent realisation but a long-time discovery. I finally know and feel what it’s like to be in a crowded room but still feel alone.

Is it supposed to be upsetting? Is it pathetic? Is it so wrong?

Some might say it’s sad… and it is SAD to feel that way. But haven’t we all been there? Don’t we all feel like that once in a while? Why is it that we always need a someone or a something to happen to us, just so we feel right, normal again.

Yes, humans are social animals. We rely on human interactions to survive. But in fact, it would be very rare to die from the lack of human interactions because that is pretty much inevitable. Unless you’re stuck in a deep, dark hole away from any civilisation or something extreme as such. But question is, why is it so bad?

Why do we always feel the need? Why does it get us so upset when we’re the ones left out? Why do we always have to fit in somewhere? What’s wrong with being an individual? What’s so strange and pitiful about being an outsider?

 

Lights & Stars


Living in the city that’s become hard to spot stars, how I wish I was somewhere where I could look up & count the stars to sleep. But instead this is what I see, a birds-view of city lights. Seeing this, I feel even more blessed. And I remember, serenity is not what’s on the outside but what we feel in the inside.

Throwing a little throwback to the start of my deadline weeks (the end of semester many of us in universities/college can relate!).

Hope everyone else is having good days!
Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

So far, so good.Β 

Hey lovelies! 
2016 is quickly becoming my year of experimenting. I feel like I’m doing things spontaneously, going with the flow vibe. It’s my last year finishing my undergrad and after that I would have to immerse in reality, work, career & just life in general. 

So, I’m taking full advantage of this last year in undergrad school, experimenting different things & finding me, before I lose me in the real world. 

For instance,    I dyed my hair oneday when I felt like I needed change. I wish I was brave enough to go full blonde tho, but the thought of bleaching my hair was just unbearable. Maybe someday, when my hair is healthier!

The other day,   I’ve heard so much about eye-lash extensions, which are fake eyelashes attached to your real eyelashes to give you semi-permanent, full looking lashes. I tried it out for myself as I have almost non-existent lashes.   

  Excuse my eyebrow, but my lashes look almost doll-like! I was hating them the first day and though it’s high maintenance, I’m growing to love them on me. I will write a post on my eyelash extension experience after they reach their life-span (which should be around 1 month if taken good care!). 

    I have also started going back to the gym and regaining my stamina. Working out has become my ultimate stress reliever! I’m also making small changes to my lifestyle & changing things on my plate bit by bit! πŸ™‚ 

Another thing I am doing more often, I’ve been snapchatting daily just for the fun of it! Indeed it is so entertaining playing with the filters and making fun of myself …& my friends ofcourse! This is the social platform I’m currently most active in. Add me πŸ‘»@ roshpun if you wanna see my daily runabouts! 

Lastly,      I’ve been appreciating my uni days so much more as I am quickly finishing up with my courses & school life! Boy, no matter how stressful deadlines made me feel, I’m gonna miss those days, laughing too much with my mates over project works!

Sorry for the pointless ramble but that’s all I’ve been up to. & so far, it’s been good. What about you guys? 

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 notΒ 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. Β 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

Down the Memory lane: Childhood

It has been a good 4 days at the village, in nepali terms “Gau” where my family originally is from and my birth place. To be honest, I am surprised how much I am enjoying my stay despite the constant electricity & fresh water shortage.  

 
My grandparents have finally decided to settle down and so, finally getting to build their dream house next to the one that raised their children and for the first 4 years, me. 
  

Thank god we have a back-up system at our new house that recharges using solar, which comes in handy when power cuts off, so we can still manage basic accommodations such as the ceiling fan (which is a must for Nepal’s Summer) and the lights around the house. 

I can’t pin my favourite part but… One of the thing about staying here is the fresh air & water (when it’s available)! The water comes directly from the mountains and is filtered naturally… So you can only imagine how pure it is!   

 
That’s the view behind our place and I can never get tired of seeing so many greens and rice fields everywhere! Also, my grandfather is a superman; he grows corns, guavas, lemons, chillies and so many more at our backyard!  

 

Okay, I guess I lied, my favourite would definitely be just chilling and killing time with my grandparents and Pappy, our little furry family member! 

  

   

There’s Pappy and my grandpa! He sincerely has a soft heart for animals! 

 

When asking my grandma to smile, there’s the outcome. She always replies, “how do I smile? Like this.. Eeee?!” and goes laughing about how she doesn’t have the teeth to do so! Haha!

 

We also get a lot of love from our opposite door neighbour (a kitten), meowing at our doorsteps, unfortunately, Pappy’s sworn enemy. 
Another amazing thing about going back to the village is discovering gems that hold so dear memories!  

 

For instance, our old kitchen is literally the place my mum gave birth to me! Of course, the kitchen was more traditional back then, but can you imagine??! 

Another thing is going through my things (Thankful my grandparents still preserved them as it was!), even though I cannot recall everything, it’s fun hearing stories related to the objects. Heres a picture of me I would like to share… I was probably around 3 at that time! 

  

My hair was a mess, it didn’t start growing until later. I guess the one thing I can say is that I’ve had pixie short length hair once in my life ! Also, my mum always complain about the fashion disaster caused by my dad in that picture!  

    

I am in love with this place and so glad I got to come back and revisit my childhood! It’s funny how a lot people call out to me when I’m out strolling with the family, “Roshani hoina yo?!!” (Isn’t this Roshani?!) in complete shock! So many unfamiliar faces but amazed after all these years they still remember that little child! 

  

I cannot even begin to describe my experience here but through this short sharing, I hope I can remind myself the beauty in simplicity that’s so rich in this field full of emeralds! 

    

I hope you all are having a wonderful experience this summer! 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

 

Beach Essentials <3

Now that Summer is officially here and will be staying in for a good month or so, hitting the beach is a must to enjoy what Summer has to offer! The warm sunny days at the beach, the hot wind blowing your hair, the sound of the waves crashing and the smell of the ocean can be a very therapeutic experience!

Today, I’ll be sharing my beauty beach essentials that is a must!

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Beach essentials ❀

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What I really want to share is this amazing foundation by Estee Lauder. For those who want to look extra flawless even at the beach, though completely make-up free is not a problem, this is the go-to foundation, not just for the beach but for any warm/hot days!

It has SPF 10 that is suitable for the day time and like it says, it literally stays on place without smudging. I was sweating non-stop and when using a face wipe (dry), there were no stains at all of the foundation! I can’t believe it stayed in place despite the sweat! The formula is oil-free, so it is very suitable for people with oily skin. This is a pro-long foundation that also claims to stay 15 hours and it is almost true because it stayed on all day for me!

I am so glad I chose to try out this foundation on my beach day since it was a new purchase and now it has become my trusty-old foundation that I know will not fail me. If you have tried this foundation, how did it work for you?

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A big floppy hat is always good to have at the beach as it provides shade for you and keeps your head cool. Also, it’s just fun to wear it at the beach!

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As you can tell now, I was trying to color-coordinate my bikini and hat! It was just a lot of fun shopping and planning for the beach day with my girlfriends!

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Like a boss.

By the way, that pineapple (out of nowhere) was totally chilling like a boss!

 

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

Macau: Weekend Getaway

For a very long time, well at least I think, I have been craving to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life but it just wasn’t possible with all the assignment deadlines as a student and preparations to be done for the summer course at work! As soon as I submitted my last assignment, I had to celebrate and so last weekend, I planned a mini weekend getaway with my friend to Macau! My short vacay lasted for 2 days (16-18 May, 2015) but I felt like it was one of the most satisfying getaway even though Macau is pretty much similar to HK (in terms of the hustle and bustle in downtown).

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The Beach view from our hotel. Not the best but still very relaxing πŸ™‚

We checked in Saturday night at this hotel near the beach called the Pousada De Coloane. It lies a bit remote from the city area and we didn’t realize this until we got there, which was about a 40 minute ride form the ferry terminal.  Unexpectedly, it was quite worth it hearing the waves hitting the shore early in the morning! So, I would say it’s a great location if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in a city like Macau! To be honest, from my experience, it actually balanced the day, from shopping and visiting hectic busy areas to winding down and having a piece of mind at the end of the day!

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This was our room! Very cozy and vintage-looking.

I only visited the Macau Tower and the Venetian the first time, so of course I had to visit other main attractions, like the Galaxy, City of Dreams and the Ruins of St. Paul. On the night we arrived, we visited the City of Dreams and partied all night at one of Macau’s top Clubs, called Cubic. It had such a concert sort-of- vibe with its huge stage and the DJ’s hitting their jam on the stage. We literally danced all night and thank god, we decided to ditch our heels before we left the hotel! So yes, we were partying in our flats and vans, but hey we still got free shots and drinks at the bar! πŸ˜€

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Getting ready for a night out!


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Clicking away some selfies before we dance the night!


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Club Cubic ❀

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The next day, we could hardly get up and the weather was not cooperating too! It was drizzling all afternoon and we were pretty much stuck indoors for a good 2 hours during lunch at the hotel.

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Coffee fixes everything!

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Brunch ❀

Then, late afternoon, we headed to Venetian to explore the casinos and shop around. It was my first time in a casino and it’s not like I even know how things work, so obviously I was only comfortable with pressing as few buttons as possible and to try my luck! So we played the Big Wheel, where we just had to insert a few dollars, choose a number and hope for the best!

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Since we couldn’t take any pictures in the casino, we took one above it. 

Then we tried searching for Bath & Body Works, since we don’t have it in Hong Kong and it literally took us like an hour! It was all worth it when we got to smell all those yummy candles (what I was looking forward to most!). It got a bit overwhelming after a while and I ended up getting just 1 candle that I initially smelled and loveeeed! Coconut Leaves! Two of my favorite thing in a jar! JUST AN EXPLOSION OF WONDERFULNESS! Btw, I also went a little nuts over Lush, especially their bath bombs.

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The ever so picturesque Sky of the Venetian ❀


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I had to take a picture!


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I have yet to try the indoor boating next time I visit!


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Bath & Body Works!!!! Candles candles candles!


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Already burning this amazing candle! perfect blend of sweetness & freshness!

After Venetian, we hopped on the shuttle and got a free ride to the Galaxy! We bought little charms from pandora that signified Macau to add onto our bracelets and bangles. The fountain in one of the entrance was humongous and the fountain show was even more amazing! They also had a peacock dance performance and they were just as amazing! After that, it was Casino time to try our luck again at the Galaxy! I’ll admit, it was a short-term gain! πŸ˜›

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The very golden Galaxy.


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The amazing fountain show, where a huge diamond pops up at the ending.


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The beautiful peacock performance ❀

Finally, we made our way to see the very famous Ruins of St. Paul (because it wouldn’t be a Macau vacay without it!). We had to walk through Senado Square, which is another popular venue infused with history with its wave-patterned mosaic stones that were built by the Portuguese and modern culture with various shopping attractions and cuisines! Indeed, the architecture has been preserved so well that it seems like you have travelled back in centuries. As dreamy as the walk is to St. Paul, there is nothing like seeing the mesmerizing facade that stands so grand. Personally, I think it is even more spectacular at night and there is something about it that is so calming as you climb through the steps and make your way to it. I am very glad that I got to visit it and probably is the highlight of my trip like many tourists!

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At Senado Square


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The grand Ruins of St. Paul

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The view when you reach the facade of St. Paul.

A vacay isn’t a vacay without a little spending, so we popped into Forever 21 that was next to the church and got some goodies for ourselves! After that, we were exhausted to the max and hungry (hangry even!) and we decided to get Indian food to fulfill our cravings! We went to this small resto called Indian Spice and the food was divine! Finally gathering up our energy, we headed back to our hotel to get some rest and spent the rest of the night in hot bubble baths, movies and chit-chats over wine!

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Indian Spice!


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Nothing like a lush bubble bath to wind down.


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Chit-chats, movies & wines to seal the day!

Though a short trip, it did its magic by making my weekend a lot more interesting than usual! It made me miss last summer and the year before where I spent a few months away, like really away from home! Having no plans this summer, I am more excited about making spontaneous trips here and there, even if it is in this tiny place called Hong Kong! I figured I should aim to visit each and every corner of my own hometown while I am home for summer.

Xoxo, Oddinary Girl