. We are born to live and experience life .

“I always tell myself that we are born here not to work, but to enjoy life. We are here to make things better for one another, and not to work. If you are spending your whole life working, you will certainly regret it.
 
No matter how successful you are in your career, you must always remember that we are here to live. If you keep yourself busy working, you will surely regret it.”

– Jack Ma

. Shop Korean Fashion on ZALORA .

2 years ago, the old me was never interested in the Korean wave and turned a deaf ear to the K-pop phenomenon. The entire craze over sappy Korean dramas and the endless list of boy bands whose members look even prettier than me was simply beyond my comprehension. Yet, with the tremendous proliferation of Korean wave and my recent fascination with Running Man and the insanely gorgeous Korean celebrities, I must admit that I’m now one of those statistics. I have a whole collection of Korean skincare and beauty products (cleanser, essence, ampoules, cc mineral cushion, eyeliner, you name it and I got it), no thanks to my obsessive quest for a radiant and youthful complexion. And an insatiable appetite for Korean cuisine.

Now, thanks to the global popularity explosion, K-pop has also revolutionized our local women’s fashion. The Korean fashion scene is always evolving and it’s never a surprise to see the idols and celebrities changing their fashion style with every new season/ release of their new album. Get this, K-fashion has even dominated the usually hard-to-crack Western market! Personally, K-fashion is not exactly my style as I prefer sticking to classics and basics. Or, you can also just call me lazy as I’m not one to catch on with the latest trends. However, my partial addiction to Korean entertainment has made me found a new love in snapback caps, sneakers and pullovers but they make me look younger than my actual age so I’m not complaining! :P

Want to find the suitable clothes and accessories to complement your Korean look? Well, look no further than ZALORA Marketplace, where you can find a variety of Korean inspired fashion to satisfy the K-pop in you! Here are some of my favourite picks! :)

Black Maxi Dress:
A figure-hugging black dress that adds a twist to the usual LBD.
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Kim-Hye Denim Coat:
I’m a believer that denim never goes out of style and would be interested to see how I can incorporate a long denim coat into my wardrobe.
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Archi Aztec Printed Pants:
While I still love my skinny jeans and hot yoga pants, I must admit that I’m also very fond of baggy pants that are not only comfortable but chic.
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Harper The Minimalist Sling Bag:
Be prepared to receive lots of compliments with this very stylish sling bag. It’s on my “To Purchase” list!
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Shop for the latest Korean Fashion Trends at ZALORA Marketplace!

. A Rich Life With Less Stuff – The Minimalists .

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So, I was catching up on my regular financial reads when I came across an insightful blog post by SG Young Investment about “Less being More”. I’m sure that many of us have came across this phrase but living in a relatively materialistic society means that it is a challenge for most of us not to get caught in the endless pursuit of money and material possessions. Very often, we are easily convinced that the answer to happiness and fulfillment can be something purchased from the retail stores. The more we earn or climb the corporate ladder, the more tempted we are to splurge on material goods. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying the latest gadgets or branded bags to make us happy (hence, the term “retail therapy”) but on the flip side, does this form of momentary happiness last for long? I’m a subscriber to retail therapy (albeit small ticket items) but in the long run, it doesn’t help solve the root of any problem. At best, you just blew money to cheer yourself up. At worst, you fall into a recurring debt to fund your luxurious lifestyle. At the end of the day, does having more money or material possessions fills the empty void that we have in our hearts?

I have a complicated love-hate relationship with money, the epitome of a “Relationship paradox”. One one hand, I enjoy making money because it gives me the power to spend on things I want and reassures me of a financial safety net. Yet, I must confess that I’m equally guilty of being a slave to money because it is one of my greatest fear to live a life of a pauper. Fortunately, thanks to my grandma’s constant preaching about the importance of saving, I must say that I don’t splurge unnecessarily these days other than on travel (can’t help it), skincare (vain pot) and recently, cab transportation! Nonetheless, like most impressionable young adults, I had my fair share of  extravagant days where I splurged on the latest fashion trends and brands to boost my ego and impress others. Those were the days where I would buy loads of items, only to throw them aside once they have outlived their function/ novelty, sometimes even in a matter of days! Did my purchases result in an immediate spike in happiness within me? Yes. Did it add any measurable value to my life? No.

Nowadays, I’m no longer in awe when friends or colleagues talk about the latest brands or tech devices. I take public transport almost 85% of the time (partly also because I don’t have a driving license, haha), buy second-hand clothes from Carousell, re-wear my 4-5 pairs of shoes to the extent that they become too tattered to be worn and spend the weekends exploring Singapore or going on free heritage tours instead of hitting the malls. Truth to be told, I’m quite contented with this lifestyle. No need for keeping up with the Joneses. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating you to live life to the extreme and forgo the occasional indulgence. No. More than anything, I would like this inspiring video to be a reminder to you that we do not need to measure the things we have to our self-worth or what defines a successful life.

My own experiences and discussion with older folks has made me realised that a happy life is beyond wealth and superfluous comforts. Essentially, it is really the meaningful relationships that we have with people and valuable life experiences that form the foundation of happiness.

The Minimalists.

. scaling greater heights, a year after i broke my neck .

So, it has been exactly 1 year since I attempted a trampoline flip and broke my neck. How time flies … A year later, I have embarked on my 1st solo trip to Bali (which was an adventure itself), left the comfort zone of my first job and am starting at a new place, exhibited my handmade leather wallet at the Singapore Design Week, did my 1st ever couchsurf in Hong Kong and climbed to the top of the Macau Tower! Just like most challenging things in life, it takes courage and determination to overcome fear and achieve a profound sense of pride and satisfaction!

Everyday … Do something that reminds you you’re still ALIVE! :) 

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. SG Design Week: I’m a Designer! .

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Guess what? The leather wallet that I designed and made from scratch is on display for the SG Design Week 2015! I’m no professional artist or designer; Hence it is such a huge honor for me to have my very own creation specially selected for this mini exhibition! Definitely one of the proudest moments in my life! If you happened to be around Bugis area, remember to drop by Maketh Project studio and take a look at the other handmade leather crafts. Support & Buy Local! :) 

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I have always enjoyed making handicrafts since I was a little girl but when commitments set in, life gives way to bigger priorities such as working to earn a salary, exercising to keep healthy, hanging out with friends to maintain a work-life balance. In other words, gone were the days when I used to indulge in some DIY therapy. However, a life-threatening injury that I sustained last year made me reflect upon my life and I made the decision to return one of my first loves and give leather crafting a try!

There are several places that offer leather crafting workshops but what that drew me to Maketh Project is the owners’ willingness to share their passion for leather with the community and give the masses (like you and me) the opportunity to create leather products based on our own designs! Yes, you are your own designer and creator! :) Nothing beats the feeling and sense of accomplishment of being the ambassador of your own creation. Moreover, I like that the studio offers a hipster yet intimate environment that breaks down all pretence and encourages an exchange of ideas and creativity amongst like-minded people from all walks of life.

This red and black clutch replaces my “lunch bag” and it is designed such that it is compact enough to store my notes, essential cards and even, the mobile phone! My leather crafting addiction continues because there’s nothing more rewarding than to be able to design and craft your own products! 

. Jalan Kajeng, UBUD: Hollywood Stars Ave .

Do you know that Bali also has its very own version of the famed Hollywood’s Stars Avenue? Tucked in a hidden corner of Ubud town lies the unique street of Jalan Kajeng, where its cement tiles are inscribed with messages and artworks of all sorts! I took a lovely stroll along the ‘Signature’ street one evening as I explored the surrounding quaint shops and home-stays (planning to stay here the next time!) and kept a lookout for interesting or funny stone messages to share with friends!

Want to have your very own name and personal message  imprinted in the street of Ubud? Head down to either Luxe Cafe or Samara Villas (both located along Kajeng Road) and purchase a stone tile for only 25USD. All you have to do is to provide your message, drawing/ design (on paper) and leave the rest to the local artisans to create an engraved memory for you! :)

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Time for both locals and tourists to unleash their creative juices and get imaginative with their artworks!
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It’s also for the romance at heart – A celebration of the Jubilee Anniversary! How sweet!  ❤
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I love scouting the street, looking for inspirational and uplifting messages.  Having experienced several tumultuous periods in my life, I’m now a firm believer in the power and strength of positive affirmations and I hope these messages help cheer you on, in a way or two. 
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My personal favourite! A tongue-in-cheek message with reference to the best selling book, “Eat, Pray, Love”. Only this time, instead of one woman’s search for everything, it is one man’s quest for fulfillment!
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. Shop for STILA at ZALORA .

 I’m a Korean cosmetic girl at heart (no thanks to the gorgeous Korean ladies who guest-star on Running Man) but I have heard a lot of raves about the fantastic makeup line under the Stila brand. With unique products and vibrant colours, Stila is today a fashion style on its own. Its goal is to help every woman celebrate her own sense of beauty – To look and feel like the best version of herself and of course, to have fun doing it! 

Now, you don’t have to head all the way to USA or the departmental stores to get your hands on your favourite Stila items. Save time and enjoy a hassle-free experience when you shop for STILA at ZALORA !

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My favourite Stila items:

Stila One Step Correct: These days, I’m a lazy bum so the best type of product for me is an all-inclusive beauty product that caters to my needs. Want something to brighten, prime and nourish your skin? Well, you got it easy with the innovative Stila One Step Correct serum!

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Stila Waterproof Eyeliner: My essential makeup tool! The black/blue eyeliner – It’s simply something I cannot live without and the main reason why my eyes look fresh even though I’m half asleep most of the time. Stila has always been known for its wide range of long-lasting and waterproof eyeliner that stays defined and bold throughout the day. Goodbye to those annoying and pesky smudges!  

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Stila Lip Glaze: I’m not a fan of lipsticks but lip gloss? Bring it on! The delicious lip gloss adds a sexy shine to the lips and often compliments the smoky eye look. Just the perfect item to pucker up those alluring lips for the special someone!

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