Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Independence Day, Malaysia!!


It has been 56 years of independence for my country, Malaysia. 

Independence is a huge word which boundaries vary between people. 
For some, independence means living on their own. For others, independence means earning their own living. 

I didn't get my independence at 18 years of age.
Neither did I get my independence when I turned 21.

I got my independence at 12.
I was free to go out with my friends (condition: girlfriends, in the daytime, must inform parents on whereabouts).
But the key breakthrough of independence came in the form of a contact lens box.

At age 7, I wore spectacles with an eye power of -1.5 for short sightedness.
At age 12, I was at a -3.5. 
I could still remember... for many months, I had to persuade my parents on a daily basis to allow me to wear contact lenses. 
Nevermind the number one reason of wanting to wear contact lenses was due to vanity but I also remembered reading somewhere that wearing contact lenses will kind of put a halt to a person's eye power from increasing. 

I'm now 25 and I'm at a -5.0.
So, yes, wearing contact lenses did not only gave me more confidence at that point, but it also made my eye power kind of stagnant. 
I mean, my eye power increased -1.5 throughout my 13 years of wearing contact lenses.

For a person new to wearing contact lenses, take it from me that you'll probably take FOREVER to put those lenses into your eyes - reason being our eyes will naturally shut should any object directly too close to it. 
Don't believe me? Try touching your eyeballs now!
I took 1 hour to wear a pair of contact lenses, for the first few times, but like with everything else, I get better with practice. 


Anyway, I have recently been sent a box of contact lenses from Glasses Online.


I LOVE COLORED CONTACT LENSES!! 
I usually use Freshkon and/or Freshlook Colourblends contact lenses because these two brands fail to make my eyes feel dry considering I wear contact lenses for long hours (12 hours or more everyday).
I have yet to explore other brands, though. 



This is me wearing Freshkon contact lenses in GLITTERING BLUE color, again, courtesy of Glasses Online.


I'm usually to busy to pop by an optician to purchase contact lenses or go through the trouble of having to wait a day or two for the color and the right eye power I need. 
And because I know my eye power and also the fact that contact lenses do maintain my eye power, I'll order my contact lenses from Glasses Online from now on to cut myself a whole lot of hassle. 



Because I don't use a credit card, the Cash On Delivery is an amazing option for me.
I now can have my contact lenses delivered to my office - or home and pay at my doorstep.
It's that simple.



And finally.... here's a National Day gift from me (chehhh... haha!)


Yeap... go get yourself anything from Glasses Online and if you do purchase more than RM 100, use the code above and you'll get a discount of RM 20 off your total purchase!

Save your thank yous and start shopping with them now... because offer ends TODAY!! 



errr.. I was too excited about contact lenses that I totally forgot to mention.. that Glasses Online also DO sell glasses and they carry brands such as Rayban, Gucci, Prada, etc.


Go check them out already! 
I'll be buying my contact lenses now...

toodles!


Monday, August 12, 2013

The Nest Samui, Koh Samui - Thailand

For over the last two months I have been to Samui twice and it’s a total of 5 times over the last few years. What I love about Samui is the beautiful beach and the hot sun (which will guarantee you a tan, if you’re looking for one but if you don’t plan to get tanned, I suggest you slap on layers and layers of sunscreen protection lotion because you’ll get REALLY tan by just being in Samui – we’ve always said amongst our circle of friends that there must be a kinda tanning agent in Samui’s air, LOL).



Yours truly up on a floating bar... you heard that right, a floating bar!!



Other than the amazing weather and nice beaches, there’s also the amazing American/English breakfast which I always look forward to every morning by the beach oh and of course, thai food and the night bazaars where they sell REALLY REALLY cheap stuff from dresses to bags, caps, fashion accessories and food!



More over, Samui is a little island (if I’m not mistaken it’ll take you just a couple of hours to go around the entire island by car) filled with white foreigners on holiday. Oh, and it will be a foul cry to miss out on the night life in Samui – beach clubbing and party I mean!

Some people will stay in Samui Island and get on a ferry to nearby Koh Phangan Island to check out the Full Moon Party which takes place once a month… if you haven’t been to a Full Moon Party, you SHOULD!! It’s one of things on many people’s bucket list, I’m sure.

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The famous Chaweng area known for night bazaars and night clubs and bars.
A major tourist attraction and definitely an area not to be missed when in Samui.


Now, Samui boasts of many little boutique hotels that range from 1 star to 7 stars depending on your budget. There are many, many hotels in Samui and you’ll definitely be confused or spoilt for choice when deciding on a place to stay – but take it from me… the MOST important thing you’ll want to consider when choosing a hotel in Samui (other than your budget or the value for money, is of course, the location of the hotel itself. Especially if you’re without any mode of transportation, it can be quite costly or a big hassle getting around the Island. Sure, there are motorbike taxies, car taxies and van taxies (they call it “song tiao” in Thai) but time is a very important factor for any holidaymakers hence 

I’ll like to share with you all about this particular hotel I’ve stayed in during my previous trip to Samui (I didn’t stay at this hotel for this trip because my friends had a place of their own, this time).


The Nest Samui is the name of the hotel. This is NOT an advertorial.



As you enter the gates of The Nest, you'll be greeted by a swimming pool.




This is the entrance to my room. There are a total of only about 5 rooms in The Nest, so yes, you can imagine the privacy and most of the time, you'll be able to have the pool to yourself!






More photos of the pool....



A little area for breakfast... by the pool.




Of course, how can I not have a picture of myself by the pool!



Me outside the entrance of my room



Next, let me take you into my room....
Now the thing about The Nest, contrary to most hotels, is that for some reasons, the pictures do not do justice to the actual room...
If you've travelled enough you'll know that hotel rooms conditions cannot be judged by the pictures released by the hotel. 
At The Nest, the ACTUAL room looks way better than it does in pictures!!
(checks of reviews at Agoda, etc also show some travelers saying the exact same thing about The Nest)

 


Huge closet to make sure there's sufficient space for your baggages and clothes!




Cute little toiletries provided



Beautifully decorated bathroom and the next most important about the hotel I stay in, other than the bed, is the CLEANLINESS OF THE BATHROOM!!
Bathroom at The Nest is super clean!



And boy am I impressed... rainshower-type of shower!!!
Oh the awesomeness of standing under the rainshower with warm water running down endlessly...
or cold water during on hot afternoons especially after spending the entire morning at the beach!
WOOT!!
 


A mini kitchen table-like-bar-whatever-you-wanna-call-it, in the room, yes, IN THE ROOM!




A Sanyo LCD TV in every room that has many, many channels... can?


A Samsung refrigerator! 




Towel rack, lamps on two bedside table



Me being the busybody me just had to check out the other rooms to see if it's as nice as the room I got...
Entrance in to the other room which was vacant.

 

This is how the other room looked like...




The toilet... love the ladder-like tower rack...



The little quiet corner outside the rooms where one can enjoy reading books (readily available books).
Check out the deck chair too!! Talk about relaxing!

 

Contrary to my persona on social media, when I'm on a holiday, I value privacy A LOT. 
Be it at the beach or in the hotel... I don't want to be sharing elevators with people, bumping into people at corridors or sharing breakfast space with some 50 hotel guests.... or swimming with 20 other people in the pool...

Hence, this is precisely the reason why I love staying at The Nest when I'm in Koh Samui island.
It's literally a home away from home.
Oh, not forgetting that the price is very very very very reasonable too!


Check The Nest out at:

http://www.thenestsamui.com/home

or their Facebook Page: 
https://www.facebook.com/TheNestSamui?fref=ts 






Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Miss Malaysia World 2013


  Advertlets again became one of the sponsor for a prestigious beauty pageant - this time, Miss Malaysia World.
Yours truly once again had the privilege to attend the Subsidiary Title Night and the Final Gala night on 1st and 2nd August 2013 respectively.

Enjoy the pictures!



Malaysia, this is your newly crowned Miss World...


Miss Malaysia World 2013 - Melinder Bhullar. 
Melinder will be representing Malaysia in the annual international Miss World pageant which will be held on September 2013 in Jakarta.



Melinder Bhullar doing her amazing 'Bellywood'' dance for talent time.




Melinder and L'oreal (yes that's her real name and I've checked, she's not sponsored by L'oreal LOL) awaiting the moment of truth.



The top 5 of Miss World Malaysia 2013.





Olivia Shyan, Venice Min and I!




Olivia, Venice, Grace Oon, Amanda Liu and I!!



Amanda Liu and I looking sharp... chehh....






Love my look for the night. 
I attempted for a vogue look - dark eyes with red lipstick and a full black peplum dress with gold earings.



Grace Oon was one of the finalist for Miss Malaysia World 2007.
She lost out to Deborah Priya Henry!





Gracey and I at the Subsidiary Awards night (first night).



That's us girls together with Darren Choy - CEO of Warner Music Malaysia.


Fingers crossed. I hope Melinder will at least place Malaysia somewhere at the top at Miss World pageant, come this September 2013.