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!

 

The Hunt

Growing up, I’m sure everyone had that one dream job that they hoped to be in the future. For some it would be something quite noble like a doctor, or it would be an everyday job like being a postman.

As for me?
I grew up hoping to be a spy.

Of course looking back now it sounds silly (or does it?) but it was inspired by my favourite TV series and computer game: “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” Carmen Sandiego was the villain who always managed to outsmart the agents by stealing the wonders of the world such as the Egyptian Pyramids or the Taj Mahal. I dreamed of being the one spy who would be able to outsmart the greatest villain and give the world back its treasures. Who wouldn’t love jet-setting around and playing with all the latest cool gadgets?

Here’s the intro vid for a little throwback.

Now that I’m slightly more grown up, I realise that while the wonders of the world are important, there are more essential things to worry about for the average woman. Like not waking up to stains on your 500 thread count bedsheets cos your monthly visitor decided to come in the night.

Hands up if you’ve woken up with unwanted colour on your sheets and had to rush everything to the wash before someone thought you’d killed a small animal on the bed. One in five women experience leakage so you can imagine how many people will benefit from a product that provides better security for those ‘heavy’ nights.

That’s where the New Libresse®  comes in, with two special agents.

Meet Agents Adibah Noor and Fahrin Ahmad.

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But alas! Agent Adibah Noor who was tasked with the safekeeping of a top secret briefcase that was crucial to the New Libresse® Launch, had lost it! To find it, Agent Adibah was assisted by Agent Fahrin Ahmad, and members of the public who could sign up to be agents through www.thehunt.my.

Beginning on 7th October 2014, a series of teasers and clues were released to guide consumers and curious participants to find a missing briefcase. The activity ran for three consecutive weeks where each week provided different clues to unlocking different answers that would eventually lead to finding the content of the briefcase. The participants who exercised their sleuth skills successfully were invited to an afternoon of fun and games with Libresse®.

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48-hour Flash Sale on Agoda!!

There’s nothing i love more than holiday deals! Because i love holidays so much. They are my life.
I mean, holidays ARE the reason why i work so hard!

Agoda is having a 48-hour flash sale till end of tomorrow with discounts up to 60% off!

The Malaysian Mobile Mania sale is running for the first time from 19-20 November.

Agoda.com customers who book accommodation through the Agoda.com app or mobile website can save up to 60% in 16 of Malaysia’s hottest tourist destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Ipoh, Penang, Cameron Highlands, and many more. Guests must stay between 19-26 November, 2014.

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To download the free Agoda.com app, click here for iOS and here for Android,
or head to www.agoda.com/mmm2014 on your mobile device.

To connect with Agoda.com and learn about special deals and promotions on hotels worldwide,
LIKE Agoda on Facebook,
FOLLOW on Google+, Instagram, or Pinterest.

 

Snag a much-needed vacation on Wednesdays!

It has to be a Wednesday.
It can’t be any other day cos… it’s for a promotion on Agoda called Visa Wednesdays ;)

Back by popular demand for the second time this year, Malaysia Visa cardholders will enjoy awesome deals every Wednesday on thousands of accommodation choices around the world,

As long as you’ve got a Malaysian-issued Visa card, you’ll enjoy additional 12% savings on bookings for Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe and the Middle East, while bookings for all other destinations will get you 10% off. These savings go on top of the existing promotional rates you get on Agoda.com.

Here are a few places i stayed via Agoda when i took my parents to Bali in August!

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We stayed at the breathtakingly beautiful Kamandalu Resort & Spa in Ubud.

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In Seminyak, we stayed in a sky pool villa in TS Suites!

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And in North Bali, we stayed at the charming Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa.

Ah just looking at the pictures makes me miss Bali… Baliiiiii i miss you!!! I may go everywhere around the world but you’ll always have a special place in my fairy heart.

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If you’re planning your year-end holiday or a weekend getaway, don’t forget to set a reminder on Wednesday mornings so you reap more discounts on Agoda! All you need is a Visa card and an internet connection ;)

I don’t think there’s any other deal like this going on right now so take full advantage of it!
It’s only going on till 26th November 2014!

Visa Wednesdays is made possible exclusively for Visa cardholders and Agoda.com customers, with more to come in the future.
Make your bookings via www.agoda.com/visawedmy.

 

Triumph Forever Young Launch

* Photos by Jane Lee *

Having barely recovered from the madness of the previous weekend (re: Seek & Keep), i hauled my tired butt over to Black Box @ Publika on a wet Monday afternoon for the launch of Triumph‘s new Forever Young collection. Despite the miserable weather, the turnout was great.

I used to always buy all sorts of different lingerie brands depending on its style and design alone; but as i got older, i learnt that the quality of the underwear and the way it’s cut is imperative for some REAL support. There’s no point wearing a nice bra if it doesn’t achieve its main function!

Triumph has always been synonymous with quality, and is a brand we’ve all known about since we were kids at a time we didn’t even need to wear bras. I must admit that for a few years, the brand didn’t have much allure for me cos it seemed dated. However, i have returned to wearing Triumph a lot more in the past two years… they’ve turned a notch up in their designs, and the knowledge that so much research goes into the construction and design of their bras give me assurance that they are the best out there.

I’ve already been swearing on their Shape Sensation series to friends, and was looking forward to seeing what this new Forever Young collection had in store.

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Oversized artificial roses decorated the entrance of the event. They looked so pretty AND real, i was tempted to run off with a few cos they made me feel even more like a fairy!

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As a fun interactive activity, Triumph held a contest where guests could upload pix on Instagram with the hashtag #TriumphForeverYoungMY and stand a chance to win a prize at the end of the event. As part of my entry, my immediate instinct was to grab one of the roses and pose with it as it matches my tattoo! Okay fine… i just really wanted to hold the rose. -_-

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Loved how they had healthy mocktails that were filled with antioxidants and Vitamin A all in accordance with the health of one’s boobies!

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Daphne Iking looking as glamourous as ever effortlessly emceed the event.

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There was a panel of discussion about breast health with Daphne, Carey, Maria Tunku Sabri, Dr Harjit Kaur, and Kate Ang, VP of brand from Triumph.

They discussed the facts on how breasts change with age, no thanks to decreased levels of collagen, tissue and fat. These cause it to lose its fullness, not to mention other external factors that surprised me!

There are 4 main factors that make boobs sag:
- hormonal changes
- UV rays (no more sunbathing, girls…)
- genome structure
- gravity

I thought this bit of the event was highly insightful and informative, to the point where there was even a bra demonstration!

 

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Styling my Smize

Not sure if a lot of people know this, but i’m half blind. Well that’s just my dramatic way of saying it, but really, if i wasn’t wearing my contact lenses or glasses, i wouldn’t even be able to recognise someone standing right in front of me.

My power is 525..!

So many people have asked why i haven’t got eye laser surgery yet,
and the truth is… i LIKE wearing coloured contact lenses :p

Dahlah i have a legit reason to,
and they make my eyes look so much bigger and nicer in pictures :D

I’ve tried lots of different brands, even random unknown ones bought off the streets of Bangkok and Hong Kong (but i was told they made me look like a baby alien and that convinced me to chuck them). I don’t want lenses that make me look SCARY, i want them to make me look NICER.

Bausch+Lomb, one of the trusted brands in the world (with 160 years of heritage) has released the first cosmetic lens in Malaysia, called LACELLE. The lenses have lace-like details that enhance one’s eyes, and i can attest to it cos i’ve been wearing them for a few weeks now and am still wearing them every day!

The eyes don’t lie…

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“Jubilee Violet: give your eyes a romantic tint. An enchanting blink that will mesmerize everyone.”

Don’t my eyes look mesmerizing?! I mean, i don’t want to blow my own horn or anything, but these lenses are SO MAJOR i can’t stop staring at my OWN eyes. The LACELLE lenses are monthly disposable contact lenses, which is what i always buy.

I had a go at wearing 5 different colours the brand picked out for me,
and challenged myself to dress in different OOTDs to try to suit each colour.

Here are some close-ups of the colours are tested (besides the pic above too).

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“Sparkling Brown: Give your eyes a playful sparkle. You will be the most attractive princess.”

Ok i’m not the one coming up with those taglines okay, but what i WILL say is that i loved these sparkling brown ones cos they were just like their namesake! It matched my hair wonderfully and i feel it’s a colour i’d buy often.

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“Modest Black: instantly enlarge and brighten your eyes. Sparkle with confidence.”

This was a really fierce kick-ass colour. I can imagine it going great with lots of black and monotone outfits.

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“Tender brown: softly enhance your eyes for that delicate warmth and allure.”

I figure if the Sparkling Brown is slightly too light for some people who want to be less obtrusive, then the Tender Brown is something more casual and toned down yet warm.

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“Frozen Grey: give your eyes a touch of glamour and cool elegance for a magnetic attraction.”

Ooh, one of my favourites. First of all, i love Frozen the movie heehee. And i LOVE having silver eyes. And i think these were the perfect shade of silverish grey without being too freaky! (There’s a very thin line for me before crossing into freakish territory.)

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I’d totally recommend this to anyone cos they’re comfortable. I get up early in the morning, and get home late most nights; and i managed to wear them with no discomfort. The lenses are of FDA-authenticated pigment standard.

The BIGGEST reason why i’d continue wearing them is cos the colours are GORGEOUS.

It can be hard to find coloured contact lenses that have that perfect shade to complement skin and hair tones, and these are so fun… it’s an extension of dressing up cos it changes your entire look!

I’m gonna PROVE it to you with all the looks i came up with haha!

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Wearing lenses in Jubilee Violet:

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Top: Azorias
Skirt: Seoul
Scarf: Bali
Sandals: Vincci
Necklace: Oxoloco
Eyeshadows: Urban Decay
Bracelets: thirtyfour, Korea, Bali, Sri Lanka

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Wearing lenses in Sparkling Brown:

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Top: Azorias
Pants: London
Purse: Aigner
Necklace: Oxoloco
Lipstick: Shu Uemura
Wooden flatforms: Charles & Keith

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Wearing lenses in Modest Black: 

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Dress: New York
Wooden shoes: Benson Chen
Bracelet: Philippe Audibert @ Aseana
Vintage earrings & leather skull clutch: KinkyBlueFairy
Lipstick: MAC

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Wearing lenses in Tender Brown:

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Top: Zara
Leggings: Topshop
Flip flops: Ipanema
Laptop bag cum clutch: Snupped
Sunnies: Rayban
Necklace: Bangkok
Lipstick: Topshop

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Wearing lenses in Frozen Grey:

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Silk shirt: Sacoor Brothers
Skirt: Dude & Duchess x Jonathan Liang
Flats: Tory Burch
Bag: Givenchy
Skull necklace: Thomas Sabo
Ankle tattoos: Lynda @ Pink Tattoos

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