Wanderlust dreams

This world is such an amazing place, filled with countless of cities and places that I wish to visit in my lifetime and these are on my dream list (it’s not exhaustive hahaha):

Lake Hillier, Western Australia

Northern Lights, Norway

Hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Dead Sea (Jordan’s side)

Snorkeling in the Gulf of Aqaba

Lavender fields, Provence

Santorini, Greece

Being transported in time in Kyoto

Sleeping in a PurePod glasshouse under an open sky in New Zealand.

Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria


*Images are all from Google.

Home Decor Inspiration

Since I was young, I loved going to Ikea and absolutely adore the Scandinavian-style furniture. I envision living in a home that possesses an understatedly elegant and pared down aesthetic, a home that is functional, and most importantly full of light. I had amassed numerous interior design pictures of mostly Scandinavian and Industrial style over the years, only to realise recently… that I’ve developed a taste for something slightly different.

www.thisisglamorous.com | décor  : modern classic

Ornate austerity, they call it. There’s something quite captivating about the juxtaposition of the ornate mouldings and clean, sleek lines of modernity. It’s as if I’m no longer charmed that’s all bright and new. It’s like I’ve developed a liking for ceiling medallions, chandeliers, concrete floors and modern furniture, just the things this girl’s dreams are made of. ;)

What I’ve been using recently

I have a list of products that I always go back to, but I love trying new products too. In the past month I’ve introduced some new products to my skincare routine and my skin is taking well to them.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: I bought this when I had run out of my Philosophy moisturiser on my New York trip. The weather was punishingly cold (and it’s supposed to be spring already!) and I knew I needed something more moisturising than usual so I picked this baby up. Its consistency is slightly heavier than the my usual Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturiser, so I would warm it up between my fingers before applying it on my face. I liked it that it’s fragrance-free and it gets absorbed into my skin easily. I was worried that it would be too oily for my skin but my worries were unfounded. The only con about this product is that it’s in a tub form so people who are finicky about hygiene may have an issue with it but I’m unfussed by that.

SKII Cellumination Aura Essence: I decided to purchase this because I had good experience previously with the SKII Cellumination Essence EX. It has a light texture, spreads easily and gets absorbed into my skin quickly. Although I’ve just started using it on a daily basis, I haven’t really paid much attention to its brightening effect. But as long as it doesn’t make me break out, it’s all good for now. That being said… It’s quite pricey, but if it does its job well, it’s acceptable right? Hahaha, we shall wait and see.

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose: Picked up this up because of its adorable pocket-sized tin packaging! It’s light pink in the tin, and smells really yummy upon application. It is moisturising and it’s a good thing it’s not flavoured as well because I would be licking my lips ever so often! Now I’m regretting not getting a few more tins in other flavours to try but that’s okay, there are still so many lip balms to try out there.

 Fresh Lip Sugar Scrub: I use lipsticks a lot so it bothers me that sometimes lipsticks do not go on evenly when I apply it. I had been diligent with my moisturising but not with the exfoliation bit. I wanted to make my own lip scrubs with sugar, honey and lemon (ooh, it tastes yummy too) but I always found it too time-consuming. So when I walked into Sephora on my New York trip, I knew this item is going to come home with me along with other products. I tried it for the first time and I realised the awesomeness of this product. I pick up just a little of the product and run it over my lips. It doesn’t crumble easily and the oils in the product really nourish my lips, leaving me with soft, kissable lips (that I want Kev to kiss!).

Bite Lip Lab


I’ve heard about this amazing place called the Bite Lip Lab by Bite Beauty where you can customise your own lip colour, so I made it one of my must-go places when I visited New York a couple of months back. I excitedly made my appointment via email and I couldn’t wait for the experience!

I was about 15 minutes early for my appointment and when I got there, they asked me to come back on time instead as it seemed like they were quite busy.I must add that the space seemed quite small and slightly narrow. When it was finally my turn, I was led to a station where the Lip Lab Artist introduced me to some products and got my  lips ready with them for my consultation.

Now it’s time to customise my colours! Look at all the colours to choose from! I walked in having my research done and knowing exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a nude and a red and I knew I wanted them in matte formula.

So after listening to what I wanted to get out of the session, she became cutting pieces of pigments and starting mixing them together with a spatula to achieve my colour. I tested about three colours for each lipstick and I’m quite amazed that the first colour for both the nude and red lipsticks was the one I picked out in the end. It felt like the Lip Lab Artist had taken into consideration my skintone while preparing the colour. That said, I also felt that she was slightly disinterested and surly throughout the process, maybe she wasn’t in the best mood, maybe she is sick of mixing colours. But surprisingly, once Kevin came in and joined us, it was as if she had turned her charms on him and she began smiling. -.-”

Anyways, back to lipstick making! I then could choose from the scents available to add on to my lipstick. You could also choose to do a blend, but I chose to stick with vanilla because you know my fascination with vanilla scents. The colour mixtures were then placed in a centrifuge to ensure proper mixing.

Now, here comes the cool part (literally). My liquidfied lip colours were then poured into bullet-shaped moulds to set on this icy table. We didn’t have to wait very long for the lipsticks to solidify and it was soon early to be extracted from the mould.

The Lip Lab Artist then carefully placed the lipstick into an empty tube and as a finishing touch, I get to choose the shape of my tube. I chose two different shapes for the two different colours for easy differentiation. A card with the formula of the lip colour was also included, just in case I want to re-create the colour when I’ve run out. :)

So if you’re a make-up aficionado who’s visiting New York, make sure you make an appointment for your own customised lipstick, that’s a pretty cool souvenir to bring home! :)

Bite Beauty Lip Lab
174 Prince Street
New York 
NY 10012

Saturday: Selah


After a week of work, a day of rest is absolutely welcome.

Everyone’s definition of rest varies but here’s mine: I like to be awakened naturally, though it means I rarely get up past eight in the morning. I like to get moving, not out of restlessness but rather out of my desire to head out for a bout of activity or fresh air.


So this morning while Kev is off to work, I met up with Kelda for a run. I cycled over to meet her and I got in quite a workout. We jogged for a short while and wound up taking an idyllic walk in the Chinese and Japanese Gardens. As we chatted about everything under the sun while walking through the gardens, we spotted quite a few birds like kingfishers, waterhens and even saw a heron wading in the stream for its breakfast. We also spotted some herons roosting at the top of a tree.

This has turned out to be quite a nice walk and I wonder why we don’t do it as often as we should when it’s so good for our souls, to just break away from digital devices and revel in nature.

Hillsong Colour Conference 2014 – London

How do I even begin? I’ve been to Hillsong Conference in 2012, and having seen some Brisbane girls enjoying themselves at Colour Conference Sydney in 2013, I had this desire to experience it for myself. I never shared this desire with Kevin because all I was thinking was about how selfish it would be to leave Kevin alone when I’m enjoying myself. But Kevin knows how much my spiritual man needs to be nourished and he booked me a ticket to Colour Conference London because the Colour Conference Sydney was sold out. I just felt so loved by Daddy God through Kevin. T.T

This was the reason why we went back to Paris and London last year so soon again after our honeymoon, but I’m not complaining!

Before flying over, I had emailed to let them know that I’m coming to the conference alone and would like to be part of the Meeting Place to meet other girls. Hannah from Hillsong London church emailed me and offered to host me so that I wouldn’t be alone, she also updated me on the weather in London so I can pack sufficient warm clothing for the trip. I was psyched!

It was a rainy Friday on the first day. We queued up to get our wrist tags, and I see guy volunteers holding out umbrellas to shelter the ladies who were in the queue. It was such a nice gesture and I love the spirit of honour for women carried out in this little act.

I met Hannah soon after, and she’s helping out during the conference with other girls. I met this other girl Nathalie, who happened to have worked in Singapore before, in the same company as my sister’s friend, and she attended New Creation Church in Singapore. Oh my, it’s such a God thing, half way across the world Daddy God set me up with people whom I would feel comfortable around!

As with all Hillsong Conferences, I expected creative, beautiful opening performances and they never failed my expectations. This year’s Colour Conference opener took influences from the film noir and silent film era and it was like a mini-film and you can watch it here. I see Daddy God’s heart of love and devotion towards me, that He’s always there waiting for me patiently,  to turn back to Him if I ever strayed away from Him. I know nothing can fill the depths of my soul and heart like Daddy God’s love can, because He is Love personified.

On the first night, we were all gifted a Sisterhood edition bible and nothing is as precious as sowing God’s word into people’s lives. It’s currently my favourite now because it’s an NIV version and it’s really easy to read.

Priscilla Shirer and Lisa Bevere were the speakers at Colour Conference and they were such dynamic, on-fire women of God. I love how they shared that we are all loved uniquely by our Daddy God and reminded me to experience the intricacies of His love for me myself, and watch Him become flesh/real to me, instead of just knowing what He is.

The openers for the sessions of the other two days were just as great, it’s such a positive and fun environment to be in. :)

Oh, one amazing thing happened. I decided to go earlier so I can buy the Colour Conference merchandise and while I was browsing through the stuff, I heard a familiar accent. I turned around and I saw a group of girls who looked like students, checking the merchandise out too. Then I was emboldened and decided to approach them, asking if they were Singaporeans and they were! The icing on top of the cake – they were from New Creation too! Upon knowing that I’m alone, they invited me to join them. The girl who put her arm around me to join them, her name was Hannah. In Hebrew, Hannah means favour or grace. And I can’t begin to say… how good Daddy God is, to show me that He has given me twice the favour and grace for the Conference.

Oh I also met friends from Indonesia and even Korea, those 2.5 days were such an amazing time!

There were activities going on outside the stadium – there was a photowall station, inside the stadium there were other photo-taking areas for selfie opportunities too, an area for people to lounge around and even a manicure station! It was so cool :)

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Here’s us at the photowall in the stadium! :D

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The morning of the last day of Colour Conference. I sat down at one of the chairs as I arrived and started writing out notes for the amazing people that I’ve met during this short period of time.

One main highlight that I had observed about Colour Conferences is the 500 Project and I was curious about it. You can read more about it and watch the video here.

In 2014, instead of a small tin can that the previous Conference goers received, we received a can the size of a paint tin! Bobbie shared that it is her heart that we colour the world with love. The $500 project is a way that we as individuals, or with friends can contribute collectively. $500 can buy us a lot of things, but if we use it to bless someone, it can make a whole world of difference to that person.

There were a few projects that one can choose from, but what really got me was the Dignity with Love project in Ethiopia when I watched the video. I actually cried and felt deeply for this cause. The women who suffered from obstetric fistula due to obstructed labour had to deal with incontinence, shame, social segregation and other health problems and I just felt that this is not how things were supposed to be; Labour should end up with rejoicing and not shame, and so I made this my personal project. I know I may never meet the person I’m helping out on this side of Heaven, but I know my help (no matter how small) can change her current and future situation and restore dignity to her and this will be my way of showing the love that Daddy God had first shown me.

Ok, this is getting a bit too heavy so let’s go back to the reminiscing.

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So, the weather was bloody brilliant on the last day. It was sunny, yet chilly and it was perfect for us girls to hang out in the sun in between sessions. Many girls also went to the nearby London Designer Outlet and sat on the grass, chatting and enjoying the wonderful sunshine.

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Hannah blessed us with coffee! I really love how we never ran out of conversation. We were all able to share freely and endlessly how amazing Daddy God has been in our lives.

They ended the last session of the Conference on such a high too. I was just a little bummed as I had to leave early to catch a flight back to Singapore, though I wasn’t the only one leaving early. Some other girls had to catch their train back to their respective unis and I’m really glad I had such a good time with them (and I bumped into some of them in Singapore!). Some of them actually even signed up for the 2015 Colour Conference then and I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome one. :)



Less than a month to go (so exciting!!), I’ll see you soon NYC! <3