Chopped and Dyed

I cut and dyed my hair.

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From this waist long hair to a a little bit past the shoulder length.

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I adored my waist-lengthed hair, as conceited as it sounds, I loved having long hair. I loved braiding it, curling it, and being able to do all sorts of styles was such fun to me. I’ve kept my hair long since two years ago. But, I needed to cut it off because it was getting too troublesome, I didn’t want to spend too much time on my hair every morning anymore. I wanted and needed to focus on my thesis. A little sacrifice if you will. I’m not too attached to my hair, so I am fine with cutting off a good 9 – 10 inches, I did that previously. It was a good change. Hair will grow back anyways. Having shorter hair is definitely less time consuming, to dry, to curl, to condition, etc. I do prefer my long hair, this length that I have now is sort of strange to me, initially. I wanted to cut shorter but the stylist said the ends will curl if I cut it any shorter, so I decided to listen to him.

So I had my new hair for about a week before I dyed it pink. Part of me wanted to go back to dark colours and another part of me wanted to keep the blonde. I decided to dye it pink! I always wanted a rose gold colour-ish, but to achieve that colour, bleaching is necessary for the colour to really show up. I didn’t want to bleach my hair, so the stylist just dyed my hair as it is with the pink colour and the colour came out really nicely. I am so glad!

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The colour is way more visible under direct sunlight.

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After dying my hair this colour, I am settling better with the shorter hair, maybe the colour is more suited with the shorter hair. Who knows? Or I’m just being strange?

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Taking as much pictures as I can before the colour fades away. Hehehe.

I love my new hair! ❤

S.

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July 2017

July.

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It was the month to return for semester 2. (Not that I wasn’t in university during my semester break, because I was still going to uni to transcribe my interviews and all that). It was time to begin the second semester, with heavy workload on top of my 15 – 18 thousand words thesis. An additional 9K words for three different essays. You gotta do, what you gotta do. I finally finished 5K+ words for two essays, one more essay to write worth 4K thousand words. I can do this!

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Of course there were times I did work and all that but I had my fair share of fun too! I went and watched Dunkirk with my grandma. I went to the cinema with no background whatsoever, I had no idea what was going on until I came home and Google the history behind the film. It was a good film nonetheless!

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Also went to my sister’s friend Hari Raya open house! 😀

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I also took part in one of the Australian unit that was conducted in the Malaysia campus. Since I did not get to participate in the exchange program, I consider this as my ‘redemption’? Hahaha. I met some really nice people while taking part in their unit, even though I was only there for three days. I learned a lot too! There are some things that they don’t teach us in my course, like how to organise the interviews and themes, things like that. I learned the charting method from that unit, which I used for my interviews transcriptions.

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That’s about it from July!

This post was due to go up during the 5 days weekend. 😅
Next post, August! ❤

S.

23rd Birthday

I celebrated my 23rd birthday on three different occasions. Two of them were surprises! ❤ I feel the immense love from everyone. I cannot thank everyone enough for their effort for making my birthday so memorable. I didn’t really expect or anticipate any celebrations. First, there’s a lot of work to complete, essays, readings, writing up my chapters for my thesis. So I wasn’t in the celebratory mood. However, it changed when Sarah and Rupini came to surprise me!

12 August.

I went through an ordeal of mum and sister not allowing me to shower and sleep. I normally prepare to shower and sleep at around 8pm – 9pm. I also like to sleep early. But that night, we went out for ice-cream. Turns out these two fellas planned a surprise for me! I was so undone, even swept my bangs aside already. 😂 That shows that I am done with the day, when I don’t care about my appearance anymore. I was so surprised because I met them two days before this and we were only planning to meet later this month. Sarah’s beautifully crafted the card! I love it!

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13 August

My actual birthday! I went to Pavilion with my mum and sister to catch a film. Unfortunately the seats left were only the first and second row, so we decided not to watch it. Then we went shopping for a bit. We went to Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen for lunch. This is one of my favourite Japanese places. It was delicious!

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Also went to TWG to get some macaroon because I wanted some 😋 So worth the price! 💕 Would definitely go back for more again!

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Since there’s already cake at home, mum insisted I get a mini cake from TWG. I chose the big macaroon looking one. 💖

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Isn’t it so pretty? 😍

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14 August 

Just as I thought my birthday was over, my classmates surprised me in the afternoon! This surprise was a complete shock to me. I saw them carrying the cake from the refection, but I really appreciate their thoughtful surprise and all the gifts! ❤️ The cake was really really good, so rich in chocolate!

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Flowers and a neon pink S notebook. They know me so well! 😂

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This is my absolute favourite part. CONFETTI. I wanted to keep it like it is forever! But obviously it’s not possible, I cleaned it up today. I was so happy to walk into the confetti room this morning. 😌

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The colours just makes me so happy! And it fell perfectly on my desk.

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So much colours. The room was finally colourful for once! 😂

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Group picture! ❤️ I asked my supervisor to help us take this picture, and he said that this is quite an unusual request, when he said that, he also got this nice candid photo of us. 👌🏼

Quite a few staff from school also wished me a happy birthday, including both my supervisors. All because I had to explain why the room had confetti all over. 😅

I had such an amazing birthday. So much thanks to everyone who left me messages, gave me gifts, and spent time to celebrate with me! ❤️

S. 

June 2017

Currently down with a sore throat, on and off fever, and a slight cough. I think all these is due to the fact that I was sitting in an incredibly cold seminar room from 9am – 5pm, for three days. Not only I was sitting in the cold room, I was going in and out several times for food and class activities. I should’ve taken a jacket or something. Oh well, I’m recovering now. Speaking of the three days, I crashed the Australian unit, the class came to Malaysia to conduct research in Segamat, Johor. I learned new research methods and made new friends! The classes were really interactive! There were three meals a day, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea; this is really good, in a way, it’s like a little refresher. I’d love to follow them to Segamat to see how they get on with the research but unfortunately I’ve my own work to do.

Anyways, June. The semester break started. I had (am still having) half a break, because I need to conduct my interviews and transcribe interviews and all that fun stuff. So I still went to school, but on days I don’t have much to do, I stay at home and chill. I’ve conducted three interviews so far and it all went very well. 😀

June

June was also the month where I ate out a lot. So, this post will be flooded with food pictures. 😋 The pictures are all in random order. Hehe.

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Green tea Snowflake
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Steam bread with sangkaya from BoatNoodles

The steam bread looks underwhelming but it is super delicious. 😋

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BoatNoodles with Thai iced tea
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DinTaiFung spicy tofu and shrimp dumpling noodles with spicy sauce
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A&W
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DimSum
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Plain Chinese sticky rice dumpling

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Menya Miyabi ramen

Favourite ramen!

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DinTaiFung shrimp fried rice
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Bali & Spice Indonesian food
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Curled my hair a lot in June

Nothing too exciting happened in June. Normally during the semester breaks I’d go on a holiday but this year I have to focus on my interviews and how my thesis is progressing. I received my results yesterday and I am incredibly happy with my grades. I just have to work harder next semester to maintain the results that I am happy with. 😇

Till next time,
S.

SASA Haul

I haven’t done a haul post in forever. In fact, I haven’t done a proper post apart from the monthly updates.

I had zero intention of buying anything from SASA, we went there because my sister wanted to get a clay mask and after an hour there, we came out with two paper bags of beauty products.

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I’ve always wanted to try out products from Chosungah 22, but it can be pricy, so finally when there’s a sale, I obviously had to get some stuff! From left to right.
Chosungah 22, Fresh Ade Cleanser Peach 320, RM27.70 after 70% off. The tester smells super delicious!
Chosungah 22, Brow Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker, RM20.70 after 70% off.
Bifesta, Bright Up Foaming Whip Cleanser, RM20.70 I think, usual price is RM24. Bought this because the product looks super interesting, plus the packaging is really eye-catching!

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Mask galore up next.
2 packs for RM50, 10 sheet masks in one box.
Soo Beauté Jeju Cactus Mask.
Soo Beauté Jeju Dandelion Mask.

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Soo Beauté Pore Refresh Black Bubble Sheet. RM78 for 10 sheets. This is slightly pricier as it has more benefits than a regular sheet mask. I tried this last night and it was really refreshing, I am not sure if the blackheads really came out but it felt nice. Bubbles actually started to appear after five mins of putting on the mask, I left the mask for a good half an hour, even though the instruction suggested to leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes.

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Two more boxes of masks, ten sheets in each box, the deal was buy one at RM45, and another one for an additional RM1. Basically, RM46 for two boxes.
Soo Beauté Whiten-Vital Ampoule Mask.
Soo Beauté Purify-Vital Ampoule Mask.

The amount of mask may seem a lot but I apply masks almost everyday. Some people say its not good but its working well for me, so I’ll just continue the routine. Next post is the customary monthly update post. 😉

S.

 

May 2017

Hello, hello, hello.

I guess I shall just update by months for now.

It’s the end of May!

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My desk at its messiest 

Checked off quite a bit of my to-do list; group assignment is over, which I am incredibly happy about! I pray there won’t be another group assignment, please.

Other things I completed in May, received ethics clearance for my research.

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Lunch with classmates after our presentations! 

I’ve also completed the presentation which I’ve been dreading since day one of the semester. I was in a lot of pressure to do well because I was told that my performance was not only a reflection on my work but it is also a reflection on my supervisors because they are the ones who are guiding me. Therefore, I HAVE to make sure I do well for the sake of my supervisors and myself. Fortunately, I did well, according to my supervisors. Getting positive feedbacks makes me really happy and pleased. I shall keep doing whatever I am doing! I also got a few participants for my research, I’m so thankful!

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My Barbie friend!

Other than my Monday to Friday (sometimes, if I have nothing much to do, I stay at home, otherwise, it’s the usual Mon -Fri), 10am – 5pm school life, I haven’t done much. Did some shopping here and there. I have literally no boundaries when it comes to shopping, it’s not like I need new clothes, but I still buy them..

Anyways, I also had a few catch-up sessions with friends. I don’t have much to do this week.. The most I’ve done is reading a few journals and revising my chapters. There’s a submission on Monday!

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One of the four stray cats at the back of my house. She’s so pretty!

Hope June will be fun and fruitful since I’ll be starting my fieldwork this month!

S. 

April

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The Fishbowl team/ Former Monday lunch team ❤️

April 30th, 2017.

Almost a month since graduating! Graduation week was fun, got to see my friends again, and finally got the degree. Two years of hard work! Then it was back to my thesis. Hehe.  I sat at the very first row, means there was absolutely no chance for me to play on my phone without looking disrespectful. So I did not use my phone at all throughout the entire ceremony apart from checking for the time.. My previous graduation, I was on my phone a lot.. Selfies and all that fun stuff, but this time around it felt way more serious. Hmm? I was planning to write an entire post on graduation, the before and during and all that exciting stuff. But I was so caught up with my work that I delayed that and now I have no mood to write that anymore..

Pictures will do I guess!

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The new area in school is such a nice place to take photos! 👌🏼
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Sabilla and Afi. Glad that Sabilla managed to come! Been through a lot with Afi, glad we did this together!
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Family! My sister arranged the beautiful flowers that I specifically wanted and also the balloons! 🎈
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How gorgeous are the flowers? I love them so much!🌹 
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Fun fact: I practiced wearing heels for an entire week prior to the event. #IDidNotFall

Back to the desk!

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My initial set up

On my thesis, I’m on the right track. My supervisors, other lecturers and classmates often tell that to me, which I am very pleased with. This means I have time to edit and make changes if I have to. I’m sure I have to.. But the process of reading, writing, getting the right sources is actually quite nice. I’m that strange student who enjoys the working process. Is it strange? It’s been a couple of months and I’m already learning so much. On ethical issues, to consistently arranging meetings with supervisors to make sure I am on the right track to writing and editing my work especially punctuations (which I have actually been reminded of again and again from one of my supervisors since 2015, I definitely have to get on to that this time around). I felt extremely sorry for my supervisors who had to read through all that grammar mistakes. All that scribble on the paper.. I am learning to fix them! One of my supervisors said its quite “enjoyable” to him that we had that meeting where he explained to me about punctuations and grammar. He said it’s because other students also make the same mistakes but he doesn’t get to explain it to them. Probably because his classes are really big classes, it’s really quite difficult to explain one by one. He also recommended me to read a book titled, ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’, it’s quite an easy read in comparison to the everyday grammar books. Meanwhile, my main supervisor whom I make a point of meet with him every week, he very often tells me to go for a holiday because I have already done a lot at this stage. I would love to go but I’ve no idea where to go. Hmm. Normally I answer “I’m good” to how are you questions, but once I said, “I’m okay”, my supervisor seemed concerned almost and asked me what’s wrong. Nothing wrong, on that day I just felt as though I haven’t been doing much that week. Then again, I have come to terms with myself that sometimes I am too harsh on myself. Is it a good trait or a bad trait?

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In comparison to the picture of roses on my desk, the ‘wall’ definitely have more character

I have also heavily decorated my desk, which I love. A lot of Audrey Hepburn, Moomin and other random stuff I like. By next week, I have to submit my ethics applications, which I have pretty much completed. Just waiting for my supervisor to go through that. Then there’s the presentation where the entire faculty will come and watch (or judge, I don’t know, apparently there will be mean comments or let’s consider them constructive criticism?). Since the induction program, this one particular presentation has been one of the most pressured assessments of the entire unit, despite it being only 10%. Of course, we shouldn’t undermine this 10%, it could bring a Distinction to a High Distinction. I’ve been told that this presentation is the reflection of our supervisors and also the school because at the end of the day we going out to conduct the research under the name of the school. Definitely there’s a lot of pressure there.

Apart from my academic life, I have been shopping way more than I need to. I just cannot resist all those sales. These few weeks, there have been a lot of public holidays. Normally, it’s on a Monday, which means, long weekends! And the next public holiday after Labour Day falls on a Wednesday, which is pretty nice. But, I normally have a lecture on Wednesday evenings; so I guess there’ll either be a replacement or an online class perhaps.

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I went to two meetings looking like this. ✌🏼 Signing off for now 💕

S.