#2090 | Places my words have been

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Me and my biggest fan

Hey hey guys,

In the way of life updates, I gave two interviews recently and they both came out over the last week! So I thought I should put it here because people say nice things about me in the interviews, and I love compliments. HAHAHA.

My interview with Alvinology here

And

My interview with Marketing Interactive here

But in random musings and observations – all my media snippets of late have been using the same picture of me at Singapore Fashion Week two years ago, which is a sure sign that I really need to either 1. take better pictures or 2. go for yoga more regularly, because I’m pretty sure that photo is the last time my chin was relatively sharp. I SAID RELATIVELY! RELATIVELY TO NOW! Don’t go nuts on me u crazies.

Yah ok so that’s all I really had to say. Bye bye.

x
Jem

#2089 | Skincare Sundays: The Hangover

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My verrrrryyyy squeezed out bottle of AOS moisturizer..

I am by no measure a beauty blogger but I do love my skincare. Two years ago I had a series called Mocha Mondays because due to the freelance life slash gig economy I was perpetually working out of cafes, but then last year I got my own office space and so I rarely got the chance to go cafe hopping again. And to be honest, the cafe life was stressing me out because I’m not the hugest fan of running around looking for a place with wifi and power sockets and paying for brunch because I cannot stop thinking: WOW IF I MADE THIS AT HOME HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST and YES I understand that you’re paying for ambience but is ambience really like, worth twenty seven dollars per egg white spinach omelette? Hmmmmmm.

Anyway. I digress. I cannot deny my love for starbucks and so I always ended up working out of a starbucks anyway, reliable as they are, and now with my own office here I am not Mocha Mondaying as often as the term ‘series’ demands. Something else, then, and I cast around for something else I enjoyed both doing and talking about. Which is, you know, SKINCARE.

It’s funny because this year has seen a total surge in my frenzy re: skincare. Because I took up diving late last year, I have been slowly oxidising in the sun, and so I get tanner and tanner, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s seriously messing up my makeup. None of my makeup shades match anymore, and its annoying the hell out of me! And of course the other lifestyle factors like staying in and air conditioned office and also travelling and also, aging, I guess, and the wearing down of the invincibility of youth. All of which contribute to a growing interest in my skincare which I already have been nutszo about previously, so.

Here we are. Skincare Sundays.

Today I thought I’d kick it off with the Hangover. Not that I’m perpetually having hangovers (I’m not, I’d like to think I’m quite the responsible drinker), but it was catchy as a title haha. The thing is, I love my wine, and I love hanging out with friends after work and catching up over a drink or two. As we all get older, this vague ‘after work’ period gets later and later because #life, so often these sessions get pushed back even later and ends up stretching late into the night.

And although I’ve been a happy follower of the 10 step korean skincare routine, aint nobody got time for ten steps when you get home at three in the morning bleary eyed and tired out and ready to crash.

So for nights that I just want one really intense end-all moisturiser, I’ve been using the Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask. Because it’s so potent, it’s essentially like slapping on an intense multivitamin on your face before collapsing on your bed and going to sleep. You don’t have to use it with anything else – serum, eye cream, etcetera – because it’s meant to be all that in one bottle. And I can legit feel my face drinking it up – which is especially important after a night of drinks because as you should know – alcohol is very dehydrating. I would never go to bed without putting on my nightly skincare, especially not after having a few drinks that night – which is precisely when most people would forget about doing it.

I have been using this for over a year now and this stuff is legit. You can see a marked difference after using the product, but the main reason why I don’t use it every single day is because this stuff is expensive. A bottle goes at $139 for 50ml, and while that technically makes up the cost if you buy the products separately (eye cream, serums, moisturisers), it’s still a big upfront sum, especially if you’re only just getting into skincare. Allies of Skin is for sure a luxe skincare brand – and it’s one that’s worth its salt. Many of my friends who work as make up artists swear by it, and I trust them because skin is what they work with, day in and day out. But it’s still a luxe product, and so I rationalise it by rationing out to target the days when I’d specifically need something so intensely hydrating. You can kinda tell by how squeezed out the bottle is as pictured above! And the strategy has worked for me thus far.

One more tip: Always drink a glass of water when you get home before bed and first thing when you wake up – your skin will thank you!

x
Jem

#2088 | Testing testing one two..

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On set earlier this week for FRANK by OCBC, my favourite bank and the one I’ve had since i was old enough to have an atm card (which was quite late for most teens, thanks to my conservative parents). Pretty proud to say that I was actually one of the first people in singapore to get on FRANK because I literally applied for it the minute it launched – very old blog readers might remember this. Anyway. This post isnt really about that, it was just more a bemused rambling: the previous week had been exhausting, I think I teetered on the brink of falling sick without actually going there. So my body obviously took a toll trying to nudge itself back to the safe side of health. In any case it was a nonstop week because I was trying to catch up with friends and reestablish my social life now that my thesis is more on track to being submittable, and also because travelling had refreshed me, kinda, so I felt pretty enthusiastic about resuming my academic research and did so with great gusto. And then monday rolled around and my call time was like, 8am, and i was really freakin sleepy..

I am super not a morning person. Did I mention that ever? I must have, only like seven gazillion times.

Anyway so the bemused rambling that I mentioned earlier – I’m getting to the point. The opening scene of this particular shoot was one of me pretending to be asleep in bed. Because #realism, I had no make up on (therefore mentally felt not awake yet) and also I was more or less in pyjamas. And I was like, jeez, what if I fall asleep while pretending to be asleep?? Meta. And I remembered making a ton of jokes on set because the maniac laughter was the only thing saving me from actually falling asleep on the bed. And damn, that bed was comfy. And that is too many Ands in a sentence.

Anti-climatic plot twist: I didn’t fall asleep. Proud of myself, tho it makes for not a very interesting story. I’m filing it away mentally under “Things that almost became an anecdote but failed”. I cannot help but wonder what a client would do if I really did fall asleep one day – Singaporeans are so polite, would they wake me up? Or just let me sleep, then low-key laugh about it for years? Now that’d be a hell of an anecdote.

x
Jem

#2087 | Mel’s Bali Engagement :)

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Hey guys,

So I was in Bali in end-April for Mel’s engagement party, which I keep accidentally saying is her wedding. The thing about Singaporean weddings, I think, is that they’re such a huge affair that it becomes pretty hard to have quality time with the bride and groom, and it is based on this rationale that Mel decided to throw a much smaller scale engagement party for family and close friends. 🙂

My first time attending a destination wedding – sorry, engagement party/ wedding related activity – and so I was visibly excited at everything going down!! The party was held on this cliffside villa, and it felt like everything was coming together just for this one night – the most perfect sunset of our entire trip we witnessed there, and not gonna lie, it felt like it happened specifically for her engagement. It also rained half the nights we were in Bali, but the weather was perfect that night. 🙂 🙂 🙂 All the smiley faces because what the hell it was amazing!

Here’s my date for the night:

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Amanda wong everybody. Don’t know why she pretends she’s so normal on her instagram when actually she’s the craziest of the lot.

Anyway we kind of hung around upstairs waiting for the party to officially start. We were kinda early cos we expected the Bali jam to be insane but traffic was surprisingly smooth sailing (see above re: perfect conditions). So we arrived when the bridal party and co were still getting ready. When everything was done we headed down to the grassy area where the outdoor party was and basically screamed when she came out because LOOK AT THIS!

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I’ve known Mel for about four years now and I’ve legit never seen her so radiant – she was literally beaming. There was this once I did a bridal themed shoot for a local designer, about two years ago, and when I sent the photo to a friend of mine he replied and said that he nearly cried when he saw it.

You crazy ah cry for what it’s just a shoot I’m not really getting married.
DON’T KNOW LAH its very touching okay??
What???
Very touching to see a friend in a wedding gown what NO MEH
You’re mad. Next time dont show you already.

BUT NOW I TOTALLY GET IT. I nearly teared up when I saw Mel walk out! But of course I didn’t because then everyone would laugh at me. I cried later on, when they were doing the speech, and when the sun had set so no one could see me weeping like a lame person. HAHA.

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With Tara who flew in from Aussie for the wedding!

How much u wanna bet flower crowns are going to be the new bridal trend from here on? Hahaha! Anyway. So we were taking a picture together and hugs were being exchanged and in between photos I found myself alone with James, the man of the hour, who I quite like but don’t know as well as Mel because I kind of know him through her. But he is mega sweet and also possibly the happiest guy on earth and the new hero of all nice guys in the world because he has definitively proved that yes, nice guys finish last, as in, the last one because there will be no more guys after him since he’s marrying the girl!! This is something I joke about a lot with him, but it was not really the occasion to be joking around I suppose so when I found us two standing there I couldnt help but blurt out how happy I was for him.


You know
, I said, I dont think I’ve told you this but when I congratulated Mel after you proposed to her, she said she was so happy and it was all she’s ever wanted ..

And he looked like he was about to tear up right there and then. Don’t make me cry! he said, and I was like, damn. Nearly. So close.

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I wanna freak out a bit over the table setting also because I felt like I was legit living in a pinterest board just for one night. These outdoor weddings have never been very possible in Singapore (or perhaps Ive just never been invited to one?!) because of how humid it is, but in the dry crispness of other countries these fairytale like weddings seem totally achievable. Bali isn’t exactly cooling, but they held the party on a cliff so the constant sea breeze was something of a plus. All of us were soaked through by the end of the night regardless, but that was more because of all the wedding dancing than anything else. This was also one of the first times I’ve seen a real benefit in getting a wedding planner because it takes the burden off worrying about the big day and you can just sit back and actually enjoy the day, and let someone else worry about what could go wrong! HAHA. Mel’s wedding planner was from The Bride Story, judging from how well everything went, I think they did a pretty swell job.

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I’m like mega blonde here cos I went swimming in the sea and it washed all my color out. Haha! Oh yeah and wearing a hat cos they gave out His and Hers straw hats as party favors as we walked in. A pretty cute touch!

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First dance at sundown.

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Here you can see how the night got progressively more ratchet. HAHAHAHA. Because she kept the party small – about fifty people – everyone was jumping around and dancing after dinner, and eventually half of us ended up in the pool. It was mega fun!!!! But I think no one had as much fun as the couple themselves – Mel was practically delirious from happiness at the end, she was hugging everyone and making declarations of love. Aint those the best nights. x

So happy for you Mel. Many blessed years to come. x

x
Jem

#2086 | blast from the past

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today i felt a bit old because i suddenly remembered the time Apple first launched its iPhone and i was walking home from school with my girlfriend Jenna and we were laughing like crazy because we were like, stupid apple is going to fail haha no one is going to buy their phone cos the iPhone has no bluetooth how dumb is that.

(when i was in secondary school bluetooth or infrared was how you transferred files between phones. but bluetooth was better because your phones could be further away: with infrared you had to stick the phones together literally to get any file sent across)

and look where we are today.

i guess we really never know.

x
Jem