27 November 2014

Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

To those who think that I am a book worm, I am NOT. I do read books, and I enjoyed it very much, but it is only limited to chick-lit novels like Sophie Kinsella’s masterpiece. Anyway, realizing how incompetence I am with my language when I am studying to be an English teacher, I started pushing myself to read at least two books a week to update my vocabulary.

 And just a few days ago I finished reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.

My Verdict
First and foremost, this is not a chick-lit novel like I used to read. This is a story about Li Lan, who was to be married to the Lim family because of her father’s debt. However, the prospective groom; Lim Tian Ching was dead and they wished Li Lan, to marry his spirit as a “ghost bride.” Such an arrangement would allow her to live with the groom’s family, enjoying a comfortable life while returning her own family to its former status. Li Lan was horrified and further fell into complication when she met Lim Tian Bai, the nephew of the Lim’s family. She was then troubled in dream by the deceased son; Lim Tian Ching.

In attempts to get rid of Lim Tian Ching’s spirit from following her, she consulted a medium who then gave her a special ‘powder’ that can get rid of his spirit for a little while. However, while trying to solve her present dilemma, Li Lan made one error judgement about Lim Tian Bai that made her spirit ‘stand’ between the afterlife and the present life. 

“Was I a spirit now? Frantically, I circled my body. My body, I reminded myself. It was said that when the soul was parted from the body that it could be enticed back.”

What follow after are a long series of travels and adventures where she learnt truths about her own family history and the dark secrets of the Lim family.

 So, I think this book is okay for a mere entertainment. I was engrossed until 4am though! However, the language is too light for learning although it is full with historical and folklore features. But still, it is very entertaining with a lot of fantasy and supernatural beings. I love the fact that I could not foresee the ending, like I did with many of the novels I’ve read before. What can be more disappointing than knowing the ending before finishing the book?

If you want something different from what you used to read, this is a good start.

 p/s I’m halfway through To Kill a Mockingbird!

24 November 2014

Cathy Doll Tofu Set

When I got my allowance for this semester, I remember making a vow to myself that a part of it will be invested on the wellness of my skin. And yeah, it does make me spend a lot of money on beauty products but, the worst part is; I don’t even feel guilty.

Anyway, let us skip the cliché "feeling-guilty" part and jump to product review, shall we? Wohoo, I will be reviewing Tofu Body Set from Cathy Doll; one of my favourite products ever. But nah, don’t worry; because i will be honest in giving my opinion, I won’t sugar-coat it.

In case any of you is wondering what Tofu Body Set is, it is a set of body-care items under Cathy Doll brand. I actually have never heard about Cathy Doll before, until one of my blogger friend; Dyanared promotes about it in her IG, and yes, I bought my Tofu Set from her. :)

Tofu Body Set (credit: Google)

Tofu Body Bath Cleanser
I think among the three items, this is my second favourite. It smells very very nice, like vanilla ice cream (maybe), but sadly the smell does not last very long. Once you rinse your body with water, the smell fade away together. However, I think it heals the dry skin around my ankle.

 Tofu Body Pudding
Tofu pudding is a lotion. I wear it right after I showered (it is important to wear lotion or cream immediately after shower to maintain the dampness) everyday without fail. I love the smell, the smell is similar to the shower cream; which I love, but unfortunately, it is too ‘light’ for my skin. I love to slather my skin with heavy cream, so, this pudding a.k.a lotion does not quench my demand. Haha. But it would be a great alternative if you are a fan of ‘light’ lotion. However, I don’t see any improvement on my skin colour after wearing it religiously for 3 months. 

Tofu Mask
My favourite!!! I love, I love, I love this mask. Smells very very nice, like the other Tofus, and most importantly, it makes my skin better! I put it on my face almost everyday, and it makes my skin very-very soft. It heals the dry area around my lips, and lessen the sunburn effect which many products failed to do (ai ni hari2 kena panas+malas pakai sunblock). It is very cheap as well, considering the fact that it can last me for months with careful use. The only shortcoming is, the bottle is not very hygienic as you have to use your finger to take the mask out. Anyway, 5 stars for this mask! I will totally re-purchase this mask; maybe buy it in bulk haha.

So, I hope you find enlightenment about this Tofu Set after reading my review. This is strictly my own experience and please, please, please do not expect similar result on your skin!  What works on me, might not work on you and what doesn't work on me, might work on you. :) Try and you'll know it. 

29 August 2014

Review: Kate Designing Eyebrow Powder

I used to believe that having thin eyebrows will make me look pretty. But, it’s not. For years, I am stuck with my thin eyebrows, thanks to my adventurous side of shaping it myself. Now, I am trying very hard to get its original shape, but, they refused to grow back after being denied existence for years. LOL. I tried putting coconut oil on them, but seems like I have to wait ages before I can finally see the result so at last, I decided to give an eyebrow powder a shot.

Now, I cannot live without it. I feel totally incomplete when I am not using my Kate Designing Eyebrow powder. It’s my first eyebrow powder ever, so, I cannot really compare it with other brands. But, I do believe that they give out similar result, aren’t they? :)


My before and after eyebrow powder

I love how easy it is to apply this thing; I just fill my eyebrow with this powder, no pencil, no mascara. It has 3 different shades to choose from, with free brush. Very convenient especially for someone who are always in a rush, like me. :p

Trust me; I am still an amateur when it comes to makeup. But, for someone who is still learning, I think I did quite a great job on my eyebrow, aren’t I? HAHA… 

9 June 2014

Reception Highlights (Traditional Wedding)

So, here’s the summary of my cousin’s wedding reception in Ranau last month. Pictures will never be enough to narrate the whole story, eh?

This video summarizes pretty much everything that happened on that day; it's beautiful! :) That's why I always love watching wedding videos, it never goes wrong. Oh, by the way, this is another production of the Kastumized crews; so, feel free to contact them if you too want something like this on your big day! :)