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

 

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish each one of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS from the comfort of my bed! ❀️❀️ 

Today has been such a beautiful blessed day & even if you do not celebrate Christmas, hope today brought warmth in your hearts, laughters in your ears & lots of love in the room! πŸ’• 

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl 

Top 5: Everyday Lipsticks (Swatches)

Hello loves!

I know I always start with saying “it’s been a while”, but this whole month of November, I have been literally MIA from my blog. I can’t believe November is almost over and I did not even write 1 post, though I have been reading a couple of yours and checking other blogs in my spare time.

Anyway, for an update, it has finally began to be cooler in Hong Kong in the past couple of days ( for some reason, we had a very late start to Winter this year!) and I can officially say it’s Winter here! Besides that, I am finally getting a hang of my life as a secondary teacher. I feel like I spend my whole day at the school and because of that I have grown to love it and see it as a part of my daily life. Now that I think about it, it might be a tad bit hard to leave my students after my practice phase :(.

Ok, enough with the long intro! Today I’ll be sharing my top 5 everyday lipsticks that I wear literally everyday, of course rotating each at a time but not all at once! LOL! I wear these lipsticks at school as a teacher too and it makes my teacherly-look a little less dull! Just a natural flush to the lips!

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From left, I have the NYX matte lipstick in “Euro trash”, LA Girl in “Snuggle”, NYX soft mattes in “Cannes” & “Stockholm” and lastly, the Milani lipstick in “Naturally Chic” (I love the name of this!)

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As you can see, they are in the same color family! They all are a mauvy-pinkish- nude! I guess I am just naturally drawn into this color family! I think this is the lipstick shade anyone with any skin tone can rock and still look very beautiful & natural on them! These are also more safe/ comfort-zone sort of shades that you can confidently wear!

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Here are the beautiful swatches under natural light. Some are more mauvy or pinky and even peachy! I really can’t pick my favourite but if I really had to I would say “Stockholm”, just because the peachy-ness gives me such a fresh look when wearing at daytime.

For everyday use, I prefer and would recommend tube lipsticks or creamy ones rather than liquid lipsticks as they are more moisturising and forgiving when it comes to precision application. The NYX soft mattes are however, exceptional! They look like they could be in liquid forms but actually they are of creamy-consistency and applies like a dream (very soft as stated!). They have become one of my all-time favourite lipstick formulas!

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So, if you are looking for everyday lipsticks and are totally into these kind of shades, you should definitely try one of these!

What are your top 5 everyday lipsticks or your everyday lipstick in general? I would love to know them and see how similar or different we are! πŸ˜€

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award :)

Thank you Ashley (Check out her blog page!!!Β ) for this amazing nomination! I am truly honoured and so excited as this is my first ever nomination! As mentioned in Ashley’s blog post, this award “recognizes the unique voices of bloggers around the world”! I cannot be more than happy than to be a part of this award nomination! Thank you again Ashley! If you guys haven’t checked out her blog page, here’s the link again https://reasyume.wordpress.com/ Β !Β Be sure to say “hi”! I am sure you will fall in love with her blog page as much as I did! πŸ™‚

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Here are the rules for the award:

1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers
4. Create 10 questions for you nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Now time to answer Ashley’s questions!

1. What do you love most about blogging?

What I love most about blogging is that it captures the moment, just like how a photograph would capture a moment visually. In the case of blogging, it’s through writing, where one’s experience can be detailedly expressed! It becomes even more meaningful when you read back in time and remember that exact moment. So I guess, what I love is how blogging can take me back to that moment, time and place!

2. If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hmm… Such a difficult question this is, but I guess, I’d probably save my brows! The one product I would use for the rest of my life would be my Anastasia brow wiz. I have very little brow hair… And I love having my brows on fleek!

3. Favorite cuisine?

Another difficult questions and it’s such a dilemma between Indian or Western (American)! I love myself some meaty, juicy burgers & fries and some days, I am craving spicy, hot curry!

4. Suppose that you will die tomorrow. How will you spend today?

I would probably spend my day as usual but with a little more kindness, appreciating the day to day activities during my everyday life. I would also exchange my last goodbye with everyone who made my life worth living and do the little things that fulfilled by days, whether it be going for a cup of coffee at my favourite coffee shop or having a chill drink at a cozy bar.

5. What do you like to do for fun?

There’s nothing particular but anything that involves my besties would be a fun time! Just ordinary things like catching up for a coffee, shopping, hair-makeover, all those girly things! Other times, I do enjoy hiking, swimming and hitting the gym.

6. What’s the weirdest dream that you’ve ever had?

Recently I have been dreaming like crazy and it’s so common when Im traveling. One of the weirdest though have to be a few years back that I still recall since I wrote a post about it here.

It wasn’t crazy or anything but it gave me a weird feeling after I awakened… Like I woke up questioning my existence, whether I was real or my dream was the reality, kinda like having an inception moment.

7. Favorite quote?

I have so many quotes that it’s impossible for me to choose a favourite. Any book I read, I have something highlighted or even anything someone says, I will note it down because at that moment, it just inspires me. There really isn’t that exact one unfortunately that I die-hard stick by.

8. When traveling, which do you prioritize more: food or sights?

I guess it would be sights even though I love food equally, I’m there more for the sights, like the monuments and the history behind of those places.

9. Biggest pet peeve?

One of my biggest pet peeve would be someone who is not punctual when you had clearly decided together on the run-down of the day. I consider myself quite punctual so I feel like I have quite a low tolerance for such. In case of that, I would probably be in a bad mood through out the day.
10. Would you rather be blind or deaf?

Oh my god, this is so hard to decide.. but maybe I would rather be deaf instead of blind just cause I enjoy seeing sights. In fact, I’m pretty scared of the dark, I guess that’s why! πŸ˜€

My nominees (blogs that I enjoy reading! <3) are:

1.Β Reasyume

2.Β With All My Affection

3.Β Carbon & Pearls

4.Β Frillthrills

5.Β Curiosity in Style

6.Β The Bibliophile Diaries

7.Β Sincerely Aimee

8.Β A more beautiful you

9.Β Dorothea Beauty

10.Β Color Me Cassie

My 10 questions are:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
  3. What is the one most exciting/interesting thing you did this year?
  4. What is your ultimate dream?
  5. What are your top 3 current beauty products?
  6. What is the first thing in your bucket list?
  7. Where is the most beautiful place you have visited or travelled to?
  8. Do you have a favorite novel? If yes, what is it?
  9. Favourite quote you live by?
  10. If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be?

I am so excited to read all of your responses! Can’t wait!Β 

*This post was supposed to be posted 2 weeks ago… but as I was in Nepal and internet is very limited there, I did not have sufficient resources to make it possible sooner. So here I am, back in Hong Kong, finally editing and finalizing this overdued post. Sincerely sorry for the extreme lateness 😦 nonetheless, I hope you still enjoyed reading my responses and checking out some of my favourite blog pages πŸ™‚ !

xoxo,

Oddinary Girl πŸ™‚

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

Before us

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Sometimes all we want to do is get away, away from where we are, to somewhere foreign, so we always look far ahead, but maybe… sometimes we need not see what’s on the otherside… But maybe what’s in before us.Β 

Β Maybe sometimes we just forget to look ahead and maybe forget the beauty that we once fled away to.Β I guess sometimes we just forget to admire the beauty that’s right before our eyes πŸ’›Β 


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Dear Mum,

It was Mother’s day in Nepal yesterday and I actually found out thanks to facebook during my morning scrolling routine! I was already confused last month, seeing all my friends in UK wishing their mothers and I thought I had missed it, only to realize that it was UK’s mother’s day. That’s how I learnt that different places had their own date for mother’s day. Here in Hong Kong, it is sometime in May. For many of us, coming from Nepal to Hong Kong, I guess our mothers get the best of both places!

When I think of my mother, instantly it is tears that fill my eyes because I can’t believe how blessed I am to be her daughter! She is the most significant part of my life and it is because of her, I have the world. There aren’tΒ any amount of words that can completely compare to what she means to me and even writing this, makes my heart melt with so much love.

Thank you mummy (i am still a little girl with my mum! :P) for giving me the world and always being my backbone selflessly. I can’t tell you how much I love you but I will keep trying, so here is my never-ending attempt, I love you so much.

Yours truly,

Daughter πŸ™‚

 

People fall in love in mysterious way…

Maybe just a touch of a hand,

Oh who am I kidding! It’s definitely his voice & the truthfulness in his songs. I seriously had the best night of my life last Tuesday at Ed Sheeran’s concert. A one man show with just his guitar and himself, such pure talent and so humble he is. Truly an experience that has become so rare in the entertainment industry, I am so glad and lucky I was able see him live!

Thank you Edie for coming to Hong Kong & accompanying me along my dreadful, boring journeys to and from school! We love you! ❀️❀️❀️

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