Why i’ve been so quiet here!

It’s been really hard to keep up with the blog… but i swear things will get better once my new manager starts in Jan. I miss blogging! And i’ve been SO INSANELY BUSY with meetings, events, work, the Kinkybluefairy e-store, social stuff… it’s like every single hour is taken up. I’ve never slept so little in the past 5 years, but strangely enough, i don’t feel too tired. Ok what am i saying, i DO feel tired. There are times i just want to lay down on my bed and not have to think about work or my endless to-do list, but… now is not the time to be tired! It’s do or die (dramanya…)

My to-blog list is scarily long… i think i will shut myself away in January and just turn my focus back to my blog. Well, i HAVE to.

But for now, here are some random pictures in no particular order of what i’ve been up to in December.

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I did a charity drive for Uber, along with a whole bunch of personalities in KL. We were to drive customers around in Volkswagen automobiles around for 4 hours or more, and all the money we collected from our drives were to be matched by Uber and VW respectively, and donated to charities of our choices.

I was paired with Serena, yay!
She chose WAO to donate to, while i chose the Malaysian Nature Society.
I’ve been supporting various charities that aid human beings in the past 5 years, but of late, i’ve been FEELING that i want to give back to the planet more. Earth is the reason we are who we are… so from henceforth i will be focusing more on environmental organisations. If there are any you think i’d be interested to know of, please email me joyce@kinkybluefairy.com !

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Our drive was on Friday 12.12.14, and i went to pick Serena up. It was a real squeeze into our time cos December is just so crazy for everyone. I rushed into the office for a quick shoot for our KBF Christmas card for TEN MINUTES before running out. Thinking it’d be funny to have some sort of costume, i grabbed a chicken mask.

Serena took one look at it and said, “You are NOT wearing that while driving!”
Me: Of course not!! Are you crazy!?
Serena: I don’t know!! It’s you!

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Thanks to that chicken mask, i won Most Outstanding Costume for the day from Uber XD

Being a driver is tiring! We drove to KLCC, then to Bangsar, then to KLCC again, then back to Bangsar. Thank you to everyone who caught an Uber ride with us that day! Hope our service was up to standard ;) Admittedly i cursed *once*. We were fetching a make up artist customer to Petaling Street and i blurted out, “F*ck man!”
Serena: Joyce! No cursing in front of the customers!
Me: But that guy was being such an asshole! He wouldn’t let me go…

I’m being optimistic that we were very entertaining drivers…

Thanks to Uber and Volkswagen for getting us on board the campaign, it was a great experience. I have uber respect for drivers now!

After the drive, i had an hour to kill and felt so exhausted i snuck off to Energy for a 1-hour massage before meeting Aps + Rudy + Ion + Jess + Tania + Justin for dinner. It’d been WEEKS since i caught up with them and i really miss my friends..!

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Edward from Singapore joined us a little later, and after that i took him to No Black Tie cos it’s his first time in KL. I ended up having a blast watching Havana Social Club perform Cuban music so much, i stayed till the end. People pushed the tables and chairs to the side and everyone was dancing!

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One weekend, my little MaryBerry got hitched! I went to her house at 6am for the torturing session that is one of my favourite traditions. Someone told me that this practice is a very Malaysian thing because “one day a long time ago, some idiot said that he’d rather put his groomsmen on the line instead of pay a dowry”… and this is what has resulted. So the fact of the matter is – pay your full dowry and nobody gets hurt!

But looking at the bigger picture, money can’t buy us women the kind of entertainment we get from torturing guys. I asked Aaron, “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever had to do as a heng tai?”
He gave me a pained expression while replying, “They made me dress up as Hello Kitty.”
I laughed so freaking loud.

This time, we got all the guys to remove their shirts and dress up in scarves while making 50s pin up model poses on the ground, but after a minute, they started making these kinky poses and turned it into what looked like an orgy -_- Men. After lots of games and yelling at them to give us ang pow, Chek sang “Grow Old With You” outside Mary’s door before getting to open it… and found a decoy bride inside.

The girls got Gobi to wear a veil and lie sexily on the bed :D

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On the right is my eyeshadow for the wedding that night. I hadn’t put on my eyeliner or mascara yet, just wanted to record my handiwork which was a combination of colours from Shu Uemura, Urban Decay and Stila.

The wedding was a downright party at Zebra Square which involved a LOT of drinking and seeing old friends i hadn’t seen for a decade who suddenly amassed an entourage of children without my knowledge.

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On the left is when Mary and Chek popped the champagne and everyone watched the cork fly.
On right is Kanch, Mary and i. Mary wore the most exquisite dresses for her wedding, so proud of her fashion choices!

The next day (Sunday) i went to The Met at 11am for hair prep and shoot which lasted till 12:30am.

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The Met asked me whom i thought would model a crazy hair colour along with me for their SS15 lookbook, and i couldn’t think of anyone better than SweetEe. This would also mean that her hair would be sponsored for the next year and she’d look even better for KBF all the time :D Also discovered that day that Sweet can model!

We had make up by Taiso, photography by Alexio, styling by Max Mak and Nathan, and hair by Randall and Chuen.

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One late night on our off day, Tai Yong and i went to some dodgy area in KL for some legendary roti banjir with half boiled egg. My new hair matched the walls!

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One morning, i went to the launch of CC Fun Factory – a line of cute baby onesies designed and manufactured locally by Serena C!

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Check out www.ccfunfactorystore.com

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It’s not cheating if it’s a test drive

I never thought of myself as a car person, till i started enjoying the act of driving.
I love driving. I love road trips, especially the highway to Kuantan.
I love the time it gives me to stare out into expanding shapes that move past and around you.
It’s like gliding through space filled with greenery and blue.
I enjoy driving in the city. Heck, i’m even okay with traffic jams, believe it or not.
But i enjoy driving fast too. I drive fast even when i don’t need to because i just enjoy it. (I promise i’m not the kind who dangerously weaves through people like a maniac.)

It used to be that when i thought about other cars while driving in my own,
i’d feel like i’m cheating on her.
Nowadays when i find myself imagining the feel of another car,
i’d immediately say loudly in my head, “You’re still the best. Ever.”
So i feel we’ve come to an agreement that it’s okay for me to imagine getting another car, fully knowing i am in no financial state to do so.

I’ve been driving around different cars lately due to work purposes, and it’s been an eye opener.
Admittedly, i’d initially look down in disdain a tad slightly due to their inferior looks.
But in the end something about their other functions won me over in the end.
Every time i’ve had to drive them, i do so with fondness for their subtle qualities.

I recently stumbled upon another opportunity to drive yet another car.
This time it’s by a brand that i’ve not had the chance of experiencing before – Ford.
Specifically, the New Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost.

The New Ford Fiesta 1.0L is powered by the triple award-winning International Engine of the Year (2012, 2013 and 2014) which comprises of a 3-cylinder turbo charged engine paired with the Powershift ® six speed automatic transmissions. It is one of the smallest yet most powerful engines in its class, with the ability to ride with the power and acceleration at 125ps and 170 Nm. And most importantly, this fuel efficient 1.0L engine only uses 5.3l/100km. Side note, the New Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost has 7 airbags fitted all around to ensure your safety.

I’m a sucker for new technology as it never ceases to blow my mind, especially with cars as it is all pretty foreign to me. The New Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost boasts smart technologies including the hands-free in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC™, SYNC voice-activation technology, Hill Launch Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Keyless Entry with Push Button start, and Kinetic Design.

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Doesn’t she look like a ladybug!?! Looking stylish in a sporty looking body kit, the new Ford Fiesta is also fitted with Daytime Running Lights, Auto Headlamps and Auto Rain Sensor.

The people at Ford and i have collaborated to invite 6 lucky blog readers to test drive it at their event this Saturday! I’ll be doing it that day too! Just click the link for the form here and 6 people will be chosen randomly to attend the test drive this Saturday 20th December.

Visit www.ford.com.my/cars/new-fiesta for more information on the New Ford Fiesta 1.0L!

 

Our 7th Friend-iversary

I was to go out for late dinner with Joshua and Kanch last night but it got canceled cos J had too much work. I totally get it. I was working till 9:30pm as well and only stopped cos 12 hours was about enough and i couldn’t go on all day… or COULD i.

Messaged a few people to see who i could eat with, and Rudy happened to be out (miracle) so he swung by and we went for Japanese. I took him into the neck of the woods and he was like, “Where ARE we? Look how dark the road is… Adventure!!”

I ordered for us: large sashimi salad, gindara (cod fish) with salt, garlic fried rice, spider rolls, and japanese choc cake with vanilla ice cream. We just let conversation flow… and if you know Rudy, you’d know that you don’t even have to talk and he can go on and on and on until, “Babe… what was i talking about?”

We agreed how things just happen as they should if you let them,
and recalled all these amazing coincidences we were experiencing.

Rudy: What an awesome day. So lovely to have dinner with you sayang
Me: Oh my god…. you know WHAT. Our Friend-iversary… it’s our Friend-iversary!!
Rudy: NO!

We looked up the blogpost i wrote about our 1st Friend-iversary on my phone,
and true enough, first week of December is our Friend-iversary
and we’d happened to have dinner.

In the blogpost i wrote 6 years ago, i mentioned that our dinner then was the first time we’d met up since the cruise we took… in 2008.
And this time, it’s the first time we met up since The Ship… which was the second time we’d gone on a cruise in our lives, and we’d ALSO roomed together!

It’s like we’ve come full circle.

In life there are no such things as coincidences.
And it’s such a wonder to observe them if i open my eyes a bit wider.

Like just now, a new friend was telling me about this dream he had.
And i noticed that the voice note he sent was 1:11 minutes and sent at 1:11 pm.
Love it.

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Gonna give a plug for Uniqlo cos they did fly me to Paris and i haven’t written the blogpost yet! >

UNIQLO will be launching its Holiday Campaign promotion nationwide with giveaways and a chance to win a trip to Tokyo, Japan!

The promotion begins from 5th – 25th December 2014 where customers will receive an exclusive UNIQLO Fleece Blanket with a minimum purchase of RM200 in a single receipt. Available in a variety of colours, the fleece blanket is ideal for keeping warm in cold conditions and for travel.

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Adding on to the spirit of joy and giving, customers will also stand a chance to win a 4D/3N holiday in Tokyo, Japan. Winners will be decided from a lucky draw and there will be a special Holiday Campaign shopping bag with every purchase. For more information check out UNIQLO’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uniqlo.my.

Balance

After running around non-stop since mid-August, i have finally started to miss being at home.
I miss writing, and playing with my hoop, and dancing, and attempting to sing.

Realised i’ve been keeping myself so busy with work and events, that i’ve let my balance slip.
My eating habits have gone downhill and i’m dying for a detox. Tried to book myself at Pure Health this week but they’re absolutely packed!
My laundry is piled high, albeit separated perfectly via colour.
I have so many books i flip through but never finish.
I’ve barely been spending time with my family and friends.

But i’m taking control again.

I realise i can’t continue managing this blog, and the shop, and the PR stuff, and the events, and the team, AND myself; simultaneously anymore. I physically and mentally CANNOT. I can just about keep up with my own shit without having to remember other people’s schedule and to-do lists too. So i’m hiring a new manager… and she starts in January.

At least it’ll give me more time to focus on my blog and future plans for KBF.
And my weekends back.
Ok fine, i’ve been having a lot of FUN working weekends.

Last weekend was Urbanscapes, a perfect example of that.
But i tell you, the stress that comes before the fun…

I’d already learnt from taking KBF to It’s The Ship that stressing about something doesn’t solve anything. So when all these things were going wrong last Friday and Saturday, i surprised myself on how calm i was. OK i admit i did scream into the pillow once, but i was pretty much calm the rest of the time.

Summary is that all our stock from It’s The Ship was to arrive from Singapore latest by Friday, and SweetEe couldn’t get a hold of our contact at Livescape, so she and Weng Yee simply went to the office to collect our stuff, but it was not there. Shipping company promised to have it in by 9AM the next day, so we all woke up really early to transport everything to Genting by 11:30am… and they totally didn’t care. Livescape told us this bloody shipping company have been idiots since they started the project -_- We were told to wait till 12 noon, so SweetEe and Weng Yee went up to Genting first to set up what they could, which wasn’t much cos the majority of our stock was optimistically brought on the ship. I waited at the Livescape office with Jeremy (who was playing photographer and helper to us that weekend) till the truck pulled up the driveway at 3:15pm.

I didn’t even bother scolding the guy much, just gave him a sharp line or two then proceeded to quickly load the 10 carton boxes into my dad’s 4WD and drive straight up to Genting.

We were incredibly late in setting up and after all that was done,
i thought to myself, “RIGHT. Now i can go play.”

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[shot by a Jonathan Chin, thanks!]

I played a LOT with my hula hoop at Urbanscapes.
Got a little drunk in the end, couldn’t stop playing all night and hit some people in the process, including Brian in the face (sorry!)
Rudy told me Jono complimented me on my hoop, and i proceeded to give him a lecture about hooping. Uhhhh

I think one of the reasons i love hooping is because it gives me my time alone.
After constantly being surrounded by people all the time, i need to be by myself to have long drawn out THOUGHTS.

There’s so much need to think about!
What areas in my life do i need to reshuffle to achieve balance.
Who i want to spend more time with and how.
How i want my new home to look like and function… (oh god, i saw the wetworks quotation last week and shouted “WHAT THE FUCK!!!)
Big trips i want to take next year (trying really hard to fit in Machu Picchu but work is getting in the way *growl*)

Oh god i realise i’m being so aggressive. This is not the person i want to be.
I definitely need to do more sport or something, let the anger out.
Or maybe the opposite. Meditate more. That’s right. I’ve totally not been meditating at all except every time i have a crisis.

Wow, see what alone time gives me?
I blog and am reminded of what changes i need to make to my life!

Ok it’s time for bed, and before i start spewing more brain crap that will embarrass me tomorrow.

 

Esquire’s Best Dressed Real Man 2014 @ Capricorn KL

* text by Joe Kwan, pix by SweetEe *

Having freshly descended upon dry land, SweetEe and myself were faced with a conundrum in the form of invites for Esquire’s Best Dressed Real Man 2014, held at Capricorn KL. Joyce, as usual, was unavailable to attend so it was up to us. [Joyce: Oi... i had a pre-wedding dinner la ok]

The conundrum being, everyone in the office was BADLY hit with SWS (:read) and the last thing we wanted was to attend another party, having gone ALL OUT for 5 days straight. But consider this: in life, when offered the chance to openly ogle at sharply dressed men in a swanky environment amongst other sharply dressed people… RUN WITH IT.

So we tucked whatever form of SWS we had away into a deep corner and schlepped ourselves to Capricorn. Before I proceed, I’m going to need ya’ll to strap on your safety belts because this is going to be one SWOON-WORTHY post.

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Swanky it was indeed. Complete with a long runway snaking down the middle.

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Ridduan a.k.a. TTFGA is responsible for all the cool cover shots of the finalists. Majorly geeked out as I’ve been a fan of his work for quite some time!

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Couldn’t miss a photo-op with the adorable Ai Chiin, who just started Cuevolution.com, check it out!

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Host and actress Sazzy, check out her online store Street Fashion KL

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The ladies did not disappoint either. The glam factor was definitely present and very much on point.

The vibe was entirely different from the sort of “partying” we were accustomed to on the high seas. The crowd was highly sophisticated and uber cool, mingling amongst each other in the dim setting of the venue, music thumping in a steady but relaxed beat. SweetEe and I tried our best to assimilate. Fake it til’ you make it!

And then the music stopped. And the ogling commenced!

Before we proceed, let me introduce the 5 finalists of Esquire’s Best Dressed Real Man 2014 (pictures courtesy of Esquire Malaysia):

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Shahzeeq Shahren, 25, account manager. (also ex-blog manager for KinkyBlueFairy a few years back!)

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Dude & the Duchess SS15 – défilé II

For Spring/Summer 2015, Creative Director Jonathan Liang merges sportswear chic with the fantastical inspirations of fairies, drawn from folklore of the “Fairy Ring” (circles of mushrooms created by fairies dancing in and out of this realm) and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bringing foreword Dude & the Duchess’s timeless minimal shapes into the forefront of the collection; clean lines, neat folds and unique textures give way to springtime versatility, with a distinct sportswear influence and the power of basics.

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Among vivid colours and the sophisticated energy of the season, circular lines, silhouettes and embroidery will play a large role in the new upcoming collection.

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Click to view pictures from the entire collection for him and her!

 

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