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.  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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A Choice

Hey my lovelies!

Logged back in after ages… and what a coincidence! It’s my blog’s 3rd Anniversary!

Ever since I was little, my personal diary meant the most to me. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I always kept a journal, writing about my days, special moments, the goods and the bads. Like most, it was a way to express myself. Rather than sharing my feelings with people, I found more calming to write them down. Even today, I feel that I can express myself better in writing than doing it verbally.

Before this blog, I had other blogs as well, such as xanga, blogspot and so on, however, 3 years ago, I decided to make this one an official one so that all my thoughts and experiences could be saved in one place. Besides that, I also wanted to put myself out there in the big cyber world. I wanted to share myself, meet other bloggers and hopefully gain something from them!

Today, I am admitting that I have not achieved what I decided to achieve 3 years ago. I definitely don’t have a big following, I occasionally post and I hardly keep in touch with people I’ve met in here! And what I realized is that, it was not because I could not achieve it or was not lucky enough, but it was the CHOICE I made. All this time, my time was shifted somewhere else in my life, graduating with honours, moving house and starting a new job! I can say that all these things occupied my time and so I did not have the time for this blog, but I’d be lying because truth is, we can always make time for things we really want and this blog is something that I want to work for.

From today, I am making another CHOICE, which I should have done long ago. I am going to put my full effort in this blog and stay consistent with it. If you have been reading til here, some wise words of motivation would help me to keep going. Or if you see yourself in me, be sure to share your thoughts! I would appreciate any type of feedback.

Love,

Oddinary Girl

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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. 

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! 🙂 

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 👻@ 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 

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

Find me on YOUTUBE?

Hey everyone,

It’s been a while… & life has been hectic with the starting of my internship this week. For the past few weeks, I have been mentally preparing myself for my internship at a local Secondary school in Hong Kong. For the next 4 months ( a full academic term), I will be working as a practice teacher teaching English to form 4 students and… I’m super stoked yet nervous at the same time! I also feel a major flashback to my own secondary school life such as what teacher qualities I connected with as a student (mainly as a teenager!) and what I enjoyed doing during my time there. I have to say though… it’s not so black and white where I can simply view it from my students’ perspective and mould my teaching accordingly but in reality, there is a lot of weight already burdened on our shoulders before we even begin the school year. Responsibilities to the subject, obligation to the school, coordination within different subjects and even the administrative work for the general office… all these are just some of the work we teachers have to handle. Becoming a teacher myself, I now see my old teachers in a different light and truly understand their everyday struggle, yet it still amazes me how they managed to have a smile every time we faced them! A big THANK YOU and SALUTE to all the hard-working teachers out there! I genuinely believe you are our society’s secret SUPERHEROES!

As for me, I am still a small potato who is yet to dive in the pool. A lot to learn, gain & experience and honestly… I think I am ready to jump in! ❤

Besides talking about my interesting week during my internship, I also wanted to share my first YOUTUBE video! With my noob editing skills, I hope to share memories that were captured in videos with my readers. As much as I take pictures, I take videos as well, so why not just get them into some form that I can always look back at.  I also love watching vlogs and seeing how other people live their ordinary lives, so I might even start vlogging if I get a chance!

This first video that I’m sharing is actually of my immersion trip to Australia that I went to last summer! I’ve taken so many videos with the idea of sharing it on YOUTUBE for myself to look back… & wow, I can’t believe it took me a year to start! I will be sharing more once I get time to edit and stuff.. since I do have… quite a lot, covering all my whereabouts in Australia. For now, I hope you will check out this video and maybe leave a comment & subscribe. 🙂

Xoxo,

Oddinary Girl

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award :)

Thank you Ashley (Check out her blog page!!! ) 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/  ! Be sure to say “hi”! I am sure you will fall in love with her blog page as much as I did! 🙂

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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! 😀

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

1. Reasyume

2. With All My Affection

3. Carbon & Pearls

4. Frillthrills

5. Curiosity in Style

6. The Bibliophile Diaries

7. Sincerely Aimee

8. A more beautiful you

9. Dorothea Beauty

10. 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! 

*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 🙂 !

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