At the end of April, we were having a meeting about our schedule for May.
Me: *as i flipped through the pages of my moleskine* Oh by the way, I’m doing my detox from 20th to 22nd May, so i’m out of action, which means no meetings, no office time and no events cos it’s so intense. It’s a perfect time tho, cos Mercury also happens to be in retrograde…”
Baby shocked me with her dramatic response, “Ughhh!!! I HATE it when Mercury is in retrograde!”
Me: Well it’s gonna happen anyway, so we just have to deal with it and chill
Last year when Mercury was in retrograde, all these crazy dramas were happening based purely on miscommunication via cellphone, and emails crashing. I remember i was working from Sydney at the time, juggling a ton of emails just before the Love Bonito fashion show in Publika, and whatasapping furiously about Vincent going missing and the police having to go to his house. In the end, he just happened to have left his phone in the car, gone into artistic hermit mode, and everyone thought he got kidnapped or was dead.
That’s one of the most dramatic Mercury in retrograde situations i’ve been close to.
When Mercury goes into retrograde (usually 3-4 times a year), it looks like it’s stationary from Earth while our planet ‘catches up’ with it. I totally believe in the placement of our surrounding planets and stars affecting us, so i’m all for believing such a phenomenon is bound to affect us in some way.
“Astrologically, Mercury represents the principles of communication, mentality, thinking patterns, rationality and reasoning, and adaptability and variability. Mercury governs schooling and education, the immediate environment of neighbors, siblings and cousins, transport over short distances, messages and forms of communication such as post, email and telephone, newspapers, journalism and writing, information gathering skills and physical dexterity.
In Chinese astrology, Mercury represents Water, the fourth element, therefore symbolizing communication, intelligence, and elegance.” [source]
One is told to expect breakdowns in communication in all forms- whatsapp messages, verbal conversations, phone calls, etc. Because the universe just won’t LET you go about your day and work life as per normal, it’s said to be a good time to slow down and reevaluate what’s going on in your life.
“These three weeks are meant to be a contemplative period where we review past ideas and insights we’ve had, activities we’ve been involved with, projects that we’re are working on, communications with others and all the plans we’ve been making.” [source]
I even wrote down on the first page of my moleskine at the beginning of the year all the phases Mercury would go into retrograde this year so i’m prepared for it.
“Jan 21 – Feb 11, May 19 – June 11, and Sept 17 – Oct 9
During retrograde one is advised to: remain flexible, allow time for extra travel (or avoid traveling if you can afford it), avoid signing contracts, good time to review projects and plans, and try not make final decisions till after.”
You can read more by googling it, it’s everywhere.
This week was one of the most challenging weeks work-wise for me
Every day was like a race against time
I’d wake up thinking of all the tasks to do and places to be and try not to panic, then just think about THAT day and just GO
I was flown to Singapore for a whirlwind trip to attend a fashion show by Triumph.
Little did i know the magnitude of the event… i thought it might be me and a few other media, but there was a big group from Malaysia and i was seated next to Deborah on the plane, during which i passed out the entire time!
Spot my cute Kipling x Natalie Joos cabin bag in the corner. We were promptly checked in to the Royal Plaza on Scotts where i hurriedly jumped to getting some emails done, make up and dress up; while stuffing large bites of delicious cod fish + vegetables and creme brûlée into my mouth in between!
Unashamedly showing how i got my Triumph Aqua Maximizer bra and underwear to perfectly match my dress.
The theme that night was “Enchanted Glamour” and i decided to grab a shiny blue dress i got from Ecstatic Empire cos it seemed the most appropriate, and went with my hair!
[Btw KinkyBlueFairy readers enjoy RM20* off when purchasing a Triumph Maximizer bra till end of this month.
Just give a Magic Code “JoyceMagic20″ at selected Triumph counters.]
I spent Labour Day weekend in Macau with Dhanya and Aps.
We ate so much incredible food – Portuguese, Chinese, 3-Michelin star French, award-winning pastries.
I can’t even wear my usual pants right now.
Been really busy with work since i got back (what else is new!)
I spent 9 hours running from appointment to appointment on Wednesday,
not counting social time which took up another 9 hours :p
Anyway, wanted to blog a quick one about how i finally got to do the highest bungy jump in the world!
I’ve always loved the thrill of bungy jumps since i was a teenager.
My first jump was over the Waikato River in New Zealand when i was 14.
I was so excited as my dad signed the waiver form and my mom fervently made the sign of the cross.
Then i did it in Bali twice in 2008, and even tried going backwards the second time.
I researched the highest bungy years ago, how high it was (233m), how much it cost, and figured it was too much effort to go all the way somewhere JUST to jump.
Forgot all about it till i found myself IN THE TOWER itself on our first night in Macau.
It happened to be in the same building we went for dinner at, and all the memories of the desire to do it came flooding back.
The girls: You have to do it!
Me: Yes… i have to… *still pondering whether i would*
We got Tino (our tour guide) to book me a slot, and i made up my mind the day before that i WOULD do it.
My slot to jump was before we headed to the airport for our flight home.
On the morning of, as i was packing my things in the hotel and deciding what to wear to the airport, i mumbled, “Hmm what do i wear to die in?”
Aps: Joyce!!! CHOI!
I laughed. Kidding la!
I was just starting to panic slightly at the thought of jumping and WHAT IF the cord was faulty and i smashed into the ground :p
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon to jump, and the perfect setting to indulge in some liquid courage chardonnay just before i ran up.
I was ambitiously optimistic for bringing my workout wear thinking i would try to go to the gym in the hotel…
but that didn’t happen. (i brought my workout wear to Sydney, Paris, etc and NEVER went to the hotel gyms #majorfail)
At least i still managed to wear it for THIS 😀 (so my boobs wouldn’t go bouncing about)
I was so excited to get geared up!
Balked when i saw the number 46 drawn clearly with permanent marker on my hand.
“I’m 46 kg?!”
I’m usually a 40 or 41.
Girl: The straps are 2kg.
Me thinking and mumbling to myself: So i’m 44… how did i put on 3-4kg in past week?!
Ok, say they increased the weight by 1-2kg just to be safe for their bungy cord calculations,
i still managed to put on 2-3 kg in a matter of days.
I put on weight so quickly when i don’t work out, and EAT LIKE A PIG.
(This has happened before.)
Anyway, i’ll stop with my #skinnyproblems before girls throw stones at me.
It’s been a really mad month/s of running around… it’s so hard to keep up all the things i want to blog about despite having a team who edits all the pictures for me because essentially *i* still have to write it cos i’m the only one who had the experience 😯
If only i have a robot (or two) that could download the experiences in my brain and write it out the way i would. That day may not be so far away… i started reading random chapters of Michio Kaku’s The Future Of The Mind and we might be able to download our memories and do all sorts of crazy stuff like send our brains out on a laser beam imprint into the universe and such soon!
Oh my goddess, totally digressed and haven’t even started the post.
About a month ago, Adrian from D-R-Events got in touch with me to host a couple of styling sessions across two Saturdays for Pauls Boutique, a brand that originated in the UK.
The brand was started in the early 2000s by Paul Slade who was motivated by his love for graffiti, 80s hip hop and Japanese street brands to create his own label named after a Beastie Boys album. Paul began with custom-making one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories from vintage items, and sold them at Portobello Market before being picked up by Topshop to sell in their flagship store on Oxford Circus. His pieces have been worn by Justin Timberlake, Rita Ora and Paris Hilton; and is now available across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South Africa.
Adrian and Yuki picked out the clothes, and i lugged a giant bag of my personal collection over to accessorise the models and talk about silhouettes, mixing and matching, how to play with colours, etc.
I was told i’d only have to talk for 15-20 minutes to explain a dozen looks ranging from workwear and casual to cocktail/night; but i ended up talking for 45 minutes… I guess i have a lot to say about shopping and how to utilise the most of your purchases after all the experience i’ve had (and money spent :p)
Yuvani is a reader who came up to say hi after the segment, saying she recognised some of the accessories (on the models when they came out) as mine! I said that was kinda freaky but in a cool way. XD