Friday, 17 November 2017

Goodbye 25, Hello 26

5 days ago, I turned 26.


Oh yes. Goodbye quarter life crisis. 


In my personal opinion, I think we grow every year. Sometimes, we don't really notice it or realize the changes. But let me tell you. When you actually sit in silence and think about it, you can definitely notice a few changes - whether that's in terms of health, personality, career, or your perception of things, the world - people do change. 


I took the liberty of clearing my head over the week and write down everything I've encountered from last November till this November. So, here are a few changes I've noticed in myself. 



1) I tend to take good care of myself more - be it skin, diet, lifestyle - there's just more self-love involved 


2) Life starts getting more serious


3) There are more life decisions I have to make - and I don't mean "what's for dinner tonight" kind of decision. 


4) I realized that I don't want to be like everyone else around me - whether that's a more successful person or someone who looks prettier than me. I tend to be more real with myself. 


5) It is totally OK to have only a few friends to count on. I used to think that the more friends I have, the better. Oh my friends, take it from me. That ain't the case. 


6) I'm more grateful for what I have - in terms of health, family, finance, friends - just everything really. 


7) People's opinions on me don't bother me that much anymore. 


8) Family and close friends are so important. I think I tend to appreciate the time I have with my family more than when I was younger. 


9) Working hard, struggles, hardships - they're all part of life. It's a packaged deal, guys. So, whether you like it or not, we're all going to have to deal with it. 


10) Responsibilities - they do exist. And you need to take on more responsibilities as you grow. 



I've had an amazing, chilled birthday celebration. And let's see what 26 brings me.




Do you feel changes in your life when you wake up another age number the next day? Let me know in the comments :) 

Monday, 6 November 2017

5 Decisions To Make When You're Moving Into A New Home

As most of you would probably know by now, from previous posts obviously, I've moved into a new apartment. And yes, as I'm writing this now, I have 100% moved in. I've been putting it back for a few days because it was extremely tiring.


Moving into a new home isn't as easy as it seems. 


But I'm sure most of you know it.


So, I just wanted to share a couple of decisions I had to make when I decided to move into a new home. Home doesn't necessarily mean a house. Home is obviously where you live, where you feel comfortable, where you feel safe. And yes, it will take me a couple more weeks to make my new home feel like home as I'm still in the process of unpacking.


Anyway, here are some of the things I considered before moving.



1. Living alone or living with people

To be honest with you, this was my biggest problem. Sometimes, living alone is fun and all that but you do get lonely. And when you're sick, there's no one there to take care of you. You have no one to talk to when you get home whereas if you live with people, you know who to talk to when you've had a bad day. But of course, you don't really have the freedom to do things i.e. cook in your underwear or leave your things wherever you'd like.



2. Cost

Can you actually believe that this factor came in second? Normally, people would always think of the cost first. But anyway, find something that is within your budget range. And find out how much you need to pay a month for electricity, water and gas bills and all that. From there, you can compile everything and see which one fits your budget.




3. Location 

Obviously, you'd want a place that is convenient. My place is super super convenient. A 24-hour clinic, dental care, supermarket, shopping mall (HnM!!!), 7-eleven, train station, food stalls, restaurants - just everything I need, basically. They're all there. So, pick a place where you KNOW it's convenient for you.




4. Furniture and fixtures

I would always look for a fully-furnished place because in my opinion, it is absolutely pointless to buy furniture when you don't own your own house yet. Because imagine moving everything into your next home. So, I would always go for a place that is already furnished.




5. Security 

This for me, is really important. In my previous place, whenever I got back at midnight, security guards would actually guard me to my room to make sure I was OK. I mean, it's not like I needed that but it's just the feeling of being safe and secure. My new place seems to have good security too - guards, key cards that only residents have, double locked doors, all that jazz.




So these are the things I took into consideration before moving to a new apartment. I hope it will help some of you who are looking into moving.



Let me know in the comments what decisions you had to make when you moved to a new place :) 

Friday, 3 November 2017

TRY-DAY FRIDAY: PATTERNED TROUSERS

I've been working on this project for some time now.


*Try-day Friday is basically a day for you to wear something totally out of your comfort zone - this idea was introduced by Dia&Co which is a plus size clothing company dedicated to women size 14 and above. Try-day Friday is where they encourage women to step out of their comfort zones and face their fashion fears. Dia&Co makes shopping fun and easy for women of all shapes and sizes* 



I think I speak on behalf of most people when I say this.


We all have flaws and imperfections. Some of us embrace them; some of us will try to get rid of them.


With that said, I’ve always had an issue with the lower part of my body – i.e, hips and thighs. You have no idea how difficult it is for me to find “the perfect pair of jeans”. It will either fit perfectly around my waist but too tight/too loose on my legs, or the other way around.


I do, however, find trousers a little bit easier for my body. It was only up till late that I found out I actually quite fancy patterned trousers.


I’ve seen catalogues and models and bloggers and influencers rocking them and it’s not something I would normally wear, but I decided to give it a go.



To be honest, I flippin’ love it! Whoever said pear-shaped girls can’t rock patterned trousers? J





What do you think? Let me know in the comments :)