Before you go ahead and bitch about someone else ;

“oh yea, he’s always emotional! Can’t be bothered with people like that!”

“Oh yea, she’s like that. I don’t need the negativity”

“She’s always sensitive!”

“He’s such a reserved individual! Whatever…”

The least you can do is reach out and ask the person “Are you ok?” Nine out of Ten, you’ll be surprise with the replies you get. No one wants to be emotional, if they have a choice, no one wants to be the sensitive one anyways. Always look at the bigger picture.

Everyone have their own baggage. Who are we to judge what anyone is going or have gone through. Before you pass such baseless remarks to bitch about, at least be the wiser person and a caring friend to question about the bigger picture here or if you’re only considered yourself as an acquaintance, shut the fuck up!


I was brought up in a way where family comes first. In anything and everything.

It wasn’t until I moved to Melbourne that my sibling ties were so much closer than before. I guess our decade gap makes it hard growing up. They were teenagers when I was still in my toddlerhood. It was like being too cool to hang out with your baby sister.

With my parents, whenever we have any family events, you better clear your plans for the day. My dad had only started asking if we had plans for the day after we have our own families.

To think back, I think that’s why I’m such a homebody; very much family oriented. I love doing something with the whole family. Get a lil excited for family events or trips.

If I could I would fly back now. But this girl who’s now a mum and wife, has priorities that needs to be settled. Till December then.


Here i am sitting on the steps of the State Library blogging after savoring a delicious Apple Puff from Pafu. Its comparable; well may be a lil more delicious than my favourite apple turnovers from Delifrance.

All of that while listening to Julia Michaels. Such an incredible songwriter! All her songs, really, she definitely wears her heart on her sleeve. “They say all Good boys go to heaven but bad boys bring heaven to you..” Oh god those sultry lyrics, i think it’s genius! She even co wrote one of my favourite Linkin Park songs; “Heavy”!

The past few weekends has been super busy, since the long weekend we had from Australia Day. Beginning of February is very busy with this lil family of ours. Back to back birthday weekends! First Ali and then this weekend will be Ayden.


Off to Geelong with the Syeds for a good beach day roadtrip but the weather suddenly takes a sudden turn, we had to endure cloudy and cold winds at Torquay and decide to drive down to Geelong after lunch and to our surprise. Mr Sun decides to show up! It was quite busy at the waterfront with Craft market, some carnival going on and some event. It was quite a delightful event for the kids.


We had a wind down Saturday splashing about by the river just behind our area which we don’t even know until now! Pound bend Reserve definitely one in the list of our favourite picnic spots!

We packed on some bbq meats and sunscreen! And slowly, people driving in with their canoes and kayaks and some just clad in their swimwear all ready for a swim! Definitely great for families!

It was such a refreshing Saturday despite the hot weather! After the swim, we packed up and hit Chadstone for some AC and Dinner! Summer days in Melbourne is a good time to head to the mall for some cool down time! Once you had enough of the Sun that is.


Or also known to be #onedayonemask challenge.

Honestly, I think it’s such an awesome way for me to utilise all my masks that I bought from Seoul.

Unlike my virgin trip, the second trip to Seoul, I knew what I wanted and where to get them. So I shopped what I needed and only bought a few masks for souvenirs. After looking at all the masks that are sold online and in the Korean stores in the city, I wish I’ve bought more in Seoul as they are just so expensive!

Day 1: MISSHA Real Solution Tencel Sheet Mask (Soothing) CERAMIDE

This was given to me by Mar, when I told her to bring a mask for me to use on my previous flight home from Singapore. Being the thoughtful her, she brought me a few masks to choose from!

Due to the summer heat, my skin these days are so dehydrated, patchy and flaky. The Missha Mask actually left my skin feeling so hydrated but again with all sheet masks, I have no idea how people go to bed with their sticky excess essence from the masks. Koreans believed that by tapping the excess essence from the masks into your skin, gives you a lasting effects.

It seems to be a little too much essence for me to be tapping into my skin. I end up blotting the excess very lightly with a wet napkin.

Day 2: Beyond Green Tea from Jeju Mask

I discovered that I have a red patch on my face god knows from what or where I got it from! Probably due to our extremely hot days we had this Summer. As part of Seoul souvenirs for my friends, I bought heaps of Beyond masks while I was in Myeondong!

It is known to be Cellulose mask sheet with abundant essence extracted from Jeju Green Tea which purifies skin and delivers utmost moisture. I just love how the masks were not drenched with too much essence and at the same time not dripping of it as you put them on. The mask “hugs” my face so well, I feel like I can multi task while masking! After having them on for 20mins, my face feels so much hydrated and the red patch I had before has faded the next morning.

Again with the sticky excess essence, I blot it lightly again with a wet napkin.

Day 3: I was beyond exhausted from work! I slept way too early and end up forgetting to put on my mask!

Day 4: Beyond herb garden Rosehip Mask

As per Beyond’s website, The Rosehip masks was meant to moisturise and increase elasticity of your skin. I love the rose fragrance of the mask. It is so soothing and relaxing and the mask fits so perfectly!

With any sheet masks, the maximum recommended time to leave it on your face is 20mins. The idea is to remove the masks before it dries up, which consequently absorb your face moisture if you leave it on for too long.

I was anticipating my face to be covered with sticky excess essence. I was surprised that when I remove the mask, it wasn’t as much essence left on my skin and I could actually scrunched the mask and dab little leftover essence into my skin! It’s not at all sticky! Yay!

Day 5: Bonvivant Mellow Clay Mask Mint Tea Tree

Bonvivant’s popular line of next-level jelly clay masks specially crafted to gently cleanse pores, hydrate skin, and brighten the complexion. The Mint Tea Tree mask treats troubled and oily skin, removing dead skin cells and absorbing excess sebum with its Tea Tree Oil. It also tightens enlarged pores and cools skin with a refreshing sensation, leaving you shining radiantly in a non-greasy way.

Indeed the moment I slather it on, I can feel how fast the mask was working, it tightened up my pores and dried really quick.Additionally, the walnut seeds in the clay mask act as a scrub! As a result after I washed my face, my skin felt super refreshed, radiant and my pores were definitely tightened! I can’t stop touching my skin!

It was fantastic! I bought this as a set together with Hawaiian Pink Calamine and Jeju Volcanic. It is meant for rainbow masking, where you use different clay masks to combat different problematic areas of your face! Definitely saves you time!

I’ve always loved clay masks as compared to sheet masks! I love how they absorbed all the impurities from the skin. But I must admit sheet masks are fairly convenient and easier to remove.

Day 6: Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Mask Hawaiian Pink Calamine

As they say “The Pink Calamine mask calms and relieves red, dry, and flaky skin, thanks to its star ingredient Calamine that treats even sunburns and rashes. This calming mask also hydrates while detoxing skin, so you’re left with clean, moisturized, and supple skin.” It leaves my skin so smooth!

Although the texture of the mask is a lil gooey and pudding like, it can be quite tedious to apply them on the face.

At this rate of the challenge my skin is looking extra glowy and smooth. When I put my foundation on, it is more smoother and my make up lasts longer than usual. Acne is currently at bay which is awesome!

Day 7: Bonvivant Botanical Mellow Clay Mask Jeju Volcanic

BONVIVANT-Botanical-Mellow-Clay-Mask-70g-+-Silicone-Pack-Brush-1eaThe final trio of the Bonvivant Clay Mask range is The Jeju Volcanic mask which exotic ingredients were sourced from Jeju volcanoes to dig out deep-seated dirt, debris, and oil from pores. It also controls excess sebum production, leaving you with clear, radiant, and naturally dewy skin. Plus, it’s the mildest of the three in this line, so it’s perfect for sensitive and blackhead-prone skin.

Just like the Mint Tree mask, the moment you slather the mask on, you can feel a tingling sensation and your-face-starts-to-tighten feeling. I’ve always love that feeling, Feels like all my pores are shrinking. Once the mask was washed off, the clean feeling without the excess oil is amazing.

And it is definitely much easier to put on than the Hawaiian Pink Calamine. The texture of the mask is semi thick but easily spread through out the face without dripping or caused any mess.

Day 8: Faith in Face – Healthy Look


Ilyana introduced to me to the Faith in Face mask range back in 2013. I was so excited and fell in love with its packaging the moment I saw it on display at Olive and Young! Over the years, I’ve tried most of its masks. My favourites are the After Shower mask and Miss tighten Pore masks. They are just amazing!

During my last trip, I decided to buy the new range and try it out. I would have bought the hydrogel masks but they were sold out! So much for being the Number 1 mask in Korea! 😛

As expected, the mask was drenched with the essence but fortunately it wasn’t dripping as I put it on. Indeed it is very moisturising and leave my skin very supple once I take them off. I wasn’t bothered about the leftover essence. However, It wasn’t as great as their previous range.

After a week of masking, I wont deny that as a result from the challenge, my face was soft, supple, healthy looking and less oily. Wooohoooo! However, I don’t think I would continue it on a daily basis just because the prices of masks in Australia are just far too expensive especially Korean Masks! If I were to be living in Seoul, I don’t mind doing it everyday! For a dollar more or less for a mask, who doesn’t!

I may just continue to hop on the masking challenge on a monthly basis just for a pamper treat for my skin or prepping my skin for an occasion or big day.



Back to first loves.

What’s life without social media?

Honestly, full of curiosity but it definitely gives me a breather.
✖️ Facebook ✖️ Instagram ✖️ Whatsapp
Although I cheated on whatsapp when I have to call Bibik to video chat with Mum. Other than that, here I am back to basics with texting, emails and letters. Back to writing and journaling of which I used to love.
“Back to my first loves” he said.

My sincere apologies for unanswered messages on Whatsapp (im hardly on it) and social media. Texting me is the way to go.

Back to first loves, also meant for the love of libraries. If only, the State library was merely a walk away. The whole idea of immersing myself with a book; finding my little cosy corner in the library full of character which I feel is part of a good meditation on a Saturday morning. I knew Azura will agree with me on this one.

Ayden and Ali decided to come with me to the Library the other day, Ayden was happily glancing and hopping through the library and picking out picture books with cars and buses on its cover. And Mummy is thoroughly happy with her Marie Kondo‘s books that came in at the most apt timing! Also very excited to try out some kitchen experiments with Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook!

Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic: A Journal – Spark Joy Every Day, is all about the KonMari method of decluttering and tidying. I am only halfway through the book, but acts of thanking each item before discarding them off, working through categories instead of places and most interestingly does the item sparks joy? If they are not, thank them and discard them. You’ll find it easier to discard them. I am quite a sentimental hoarder and find it quite effective using the KonMari method to declutter my clothes. With her method, folding is one of the highlights and the way to go. She can fold anything and everything. And using her method of folding too; you will learn to love folding in no time and find yourself maximising your wardrobe/drawer space! Can’t wait to finish reading her books and as you can see someone love it too! 😂

Ayden’s all time favourites are the Maisy books as well as Spots but these days anything with cars and buses really. And sometimes helicopters or aeroplanes too. Like any active toddlers, his attention span can for from 5mins to 0 in a second! Some mums are lucky enough to incorporate bed time storybook routine, for me, I’m just content if he sits with me reading a couple of books a day without any distractions. Our goals for 2018!




Ayden + Friends

This week we have been having several play dates which were only penciled the night before. Glad we all made it work!


We had a great New Years Day with the Syeds. These days I fell in love with impromptu barbecues and picnics all over again. We checked out the Valley Reserve this time at Mount Waverley as they called it an award winning Playspace. I thought with the hot weather, the beach may be a lil too crowded! And the boys would love some adventure play area!

It was the tops of 26 🌤 We had a picnic mat full of noodles, pastries, fruits and snacks! It was such a relaxing day under the sun catching up on life and family getaway plans. It was just a great day to chill.

Ayden enjoyed himself thoroughly, that he even missed his nap and he just fell asleep as soon as we drove off from the park!


It was my last day of the holidays, hence, we decided to drive to Werribee to stock up on my crafts only to realise after an hour drive, that they decided to close early! Boo! We’ve been planning to meet Ana & Ali (yup! A couple with exactly the same nicknames as us!) for a while now, but never got around to it! So we finally got to meet up at the Wonderland Playcentre for a play date and we had a late lunch at Ummah Thai with the family of 5!

I realised that Ayden loves the outdoor playground more than the indoor ones. Not sure why. He seems to be more intimidated and less motivated to play whereas he’s more eager at the outdoor playground, running around, climbing and trying out all the different slides.

The next day the hubs and Ayden decided to spontaneously join Ali’s fambam and Mai (and her girls) on a lil Adventure to the Zoo. Definitely in envy, since I was stuck at work the whole day! They had so much fun, I can tell from the photos and his laughters! Glad that he had a Baba bonding session! Looking at all the photos, glad the Ayden could join in the trip and immerse himself with all these animals he’s been watching on TV and reading in his books! Am actually going to sign up for the Zoo membership soon! Its really worth the price for just $9 a month!

Definitely more #AydenAdventures coming into 2018! Probably more impromptu picnics and road trips! Who knows?




How Social Media broke me.

Where friendships were based on the number of followers, likes and who made it on each other’s ‘ social media.

No one will admit to it. It’s too embarrassing, one said.

That’s the only way to show the world that they belong and to themselves for achieving their own sense of belonging.

For some, that sense of belonging turns to a social dependency. You depend on this circle for support, for constant sanity rants and invitations. And the opposite effects of them can be bitter.

Yasmin Mogahed’s words can’t be more apt. Below was an excerpt of her article. I don’t blame anyone but myself for these feelings that I had. I’ve been debating this all year to detoxify myself from social media, people and the world. I gave in to my worldly Nafs too soon every time.

“Social Media strengthens another dangerous focus: the focus on other people, what they’re doing, what they like. What they think of me. Facebook feeds the preoccupation with others’ assessment of me. Soon, I enter the orbit of the creation. Inside that orbit, my definitions, my pain, my happiness, my self-worth, my success and my failure is determined by the creation. When I live in that orbit, I rise and fall with the creation. When the people are happy with me, I’m up. When they’re not, I fall. Where I stand is defined by people. I’m like a prisoner because I have given up the keys to my happiness, sadness, fulfillment, and disappointment to the people to hold.

In a profound hadith (Prophetic teaching), a man came to the Prophet ﷺ and said: “O Messenger of God, direct me to an act, which if I do, God will love me and people will love me.” He ﷺ said: “Detach yourself from the world, and God will love you. Detach yourself from what is with the people, and the people will love you.”  [Ibn Majah]

Ironically, the less we chase after the approval and love of the people, the more we gain it. The less needy we are of others, the more people are drawn to us and seek our company. This hadith teaches us a profound Truth. Only by breaking out of the orbit of the creation, can we succeed with both God and people.”

One of my goals and priorities this year is this exactly. Part of my detoxification and to declutter my life, from these worldly Nafs and the creations.

As the three of us lay here on our bed laughing counting down to New Years and Ayden’s bedtime. Here’s wishing everyone  a blessed and less social media frenzy 2018!