Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 9

The last day of my internship - was supposed to be on the 26th but I wanted to make up for the 12th when I took sick leave.

Just as I was beginning to get comfortable and show some initiative, my internship has come to an end. At the end of the day, I almost couldn't bring myself to leave.

But today I finally got around to making buttons for Nuffnang's FB page. It has been bugging me ever since Valissa (my unofficial mentor) told me that they can be changed and I made a vow to myself that before I leave, I must and I did! I couldn't really go nuts with it because it had to fit in with Nuffnang's overall theme (think blue gradient) but at least now the page is just that much sleeker.

My other tasks were PR related and I must admit that ever since interning at Nuffnang, I've learnt how to approach companies and contacting them. I was rather nervous at first because I was afraid I didn't sound professional enough or perhaps I might say the wrong thing, but thanks to the internship, my confidence has grown that much stronger.

Another thing I was asked to do was to compile more tweets - which really isn't work at all. I could probably do it all day everyday, if only there were enough material to go on with. It was that much fun to work with social media.

I'm extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to have met and worked with such chill people - who eat almost as much as they work (JKS) - and has never made me feel unwelcome. If you guys are reading this, thank you for making my internship both enjoyable and worthwhile.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Day 8

We addressed about a hundred envelopes today and I was asked to do some research. I like research, it's like surfing the net but not really so it doesn't really feel like work. Actually, nothing really feels like work at Nuffnang because nothing is abhorrent and I've always got this thought stuck in my head that work must make you feel sick so if it doesn't make you feel sick, it's not work?

Faulty (childish) logic at work there but I think that's one of the keys to happiness. If you do what you like, you'd never have to work a day in your life, right? :) 

After that, we had lunch & wine at a steakhouse! Whoot whoot.

My mom always told me I'd never starve. One of those things that mothers say. And I guess she's right!

After lunch, I completed the slide I neglected that day I went home early. I completed it right before 5:30pm so yes! Accomplishment! :D 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Blogilates - slim down with Youtube!

Cassey's a certified fitness instructor who has a Youtube channel with her workout videos!

Whaaat? I know!!

That's Cassey's catchphrase and my bf laughs everytime he hears that. She's so fun and is so genuinely excited about her workouts that her enthusiasm is contagious. I actually found her fake and a tryhard at first - furthermore, I wasn't impressed with her body. But like I said, she's contagious!

Many of her videos are less than 20 minutes but with so many videos, I'm sure you'll be able to find a few and come up with a customized 1 hour workout! So it's time to cancel that gym membership :P

I'm going with her Victoria Secret series because it sounds like I'll look like a supermodel when I'm done with it haha but I'm honestly more interested in being slim or toned rather than athletic aka gym bunny.

It's a matter of personal preference, I know that there are girls out there who prefer sculpted arms and 6 pack abs and there's nothing wrong about that but I'm happy with slim arms and 11 abs. I probably would just do these workouts once and never do them again cos I'm paranoid about becoming buff because she looks kinda buff. And the body I want is probably achievable through eating clean. Mostly I just wanna share her with all of you girls! And because it's easier for me to have all her videos in one place hahaha... Also, the chart above is based on my definitions. I do not claim that it is the universal standard, but feel free to agree with me lol.

Ok, on to the videos!

You gotta check out her blog and be wowed by the before and after pictures of women who lost tons of weight thanks to Cassey's work out videos! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 7

Can't really recall what I did because I had a massive toothache which gradually turned into a headache and I couldn't focus well. They were really kind about it and let me go home early (at 3pm). Had to abandon the slides I was putting together but it really hurt too much to concentrate.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Day 6

Today I was asked to create more graphics.

Source: Know Your Memes
And here it is!

I made the cover. :D

And then it was back to profile cards. I also complied some tweets to go out during the week and made a draft for Nuffnang's blog which will be scheduled to go out in May.

I love scouring for tweets because that means I get to read blog posts and I'm always on the lookout for awesome blogs. I've discovered that bloggers who have a higher readership are often those brimming with passion. They don't do a half arsed post and call it a day, they take the time to do everything and do it properly. However, very few (except the extremely established ones) can afford to go on for too long without publishing anything because it will cost them their readership. I mean, imagine going to a shop daily and realizing that there's never anything new, why would anyone bother checking it out as often?

But what I want to say is, passion truly matters. Some people think that they can post a play-by-play of their day and get away with it or just chuck a filler post out there and wait for fame and recognition but trust me, the effort you put into your blog shows.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Day 5

I suppose the initial excitement of having an office job is wearing thin. It's hard to be enthusiastic about doing the same thing over and over again. There is only so many times you can repeat a task until your mind shuts down and you turn on autopilot and lose interest. But after fiddling with profile cards for a while, I was given something new to do. Something that sings to my heart: Photoshop.

I was to collage pictures for the Nuffnang blog.

Source: Nuffnang AU
Pretty much the most exciting task thus far! I love anything related to photography, videography and audiography. I love creative stuff like that.

I'm being given more varied tasks, so that's a good thing. Keeps me wondering about what task I'll be given next!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

♥ 140413

I've been sick. Again. Actually, I'm still sick.

I remember last year when I came to Melbourne, I only got sick once or twice. Now I've only been here for 2 months and I've been sick twice and have had an inflamed Achilles tendon. Not that I'm keeping track but WHAT IS THIS? Hello, immune system. You aren't doing your job. And body. OI. STAPH.

I had some kind of sinus infection and then I inflamed my Achilles tendon due to work. Oh, I'm a waitress now at Hawkers Cafe (Glenferrie Road) which serves the best (and I do not use this term lightly) Hainanese chicken rice so come by and have some even if you have to commute 2 hours. I don't care. It's good and you have to try it. Anyway, the doctor said that I inflamed the stupid tendon because I wasn't used to standing (ok that sounded stupid so lets add) too much. And I stood for 3 days straight. People who don't know me well didn't seem to believe me when I said that but honestly? I wouldn't believe anyone who told me that too. I'd be like pfft what do you mean because you stood for too long? HAHA stupid bitch. So I guess I should feel blessed that my family and friends did and were really concerned. Actually, I do. Not one of them scoffed at me or doubted me. I am incredibly lucky for people like that in my life.

Anyway, now I have this pain in my gums where my wisdom tooth is. Lai's convinced me that it's because my body is too heaty due to all the fries and late nights. I hate telling this to non-Chinese people because they just don't get it and I have to explain what it is but I'm really not good at that. So please don't ask me. Google should have had eradicated any need for asking questions. Before the pain started I remember skyping with my brother and he saw me eating fries and was all, "OMG. Why are you so unhealthy. Fries for dinner?!" Or something along those lines obviously I am not able to remember what he said word for word. And I replied, "It's healthy! It wasn't fried with oil, I used the convec oven so it's healthy!" Wise words, me. Baked stuff is just as heaty and probably as unhealthy.

Yesterday, it hurt so bad I stayed in bed the whole day, curled up with The Mortal Instruments after going to the clinic and called in sick for my intern job at Nuffnang. :( The doctor gave me antibiotics and drops but what I really wanted and need are painkillers! I tried panadol and that shit did nothing. I was moaning and acting like I broke my leg.

"Lai, water please." "Lai, I hunger. I want porridge!!!" "Lai, I wanna die." "Laiiiii..."

He told me that I am the worst patient ever and if I were ever admitted into the hospital, the nurse assigned to me would probably resign. But that's why he's forever my number 1 because he is probably the only person in the whole entire world who can stand me and still make me laugh.

Today, I decided that I should get out of the house so we went shopping! Nothing like shopping to take away the pain, eh? Then Alice texted me, asking me to let her know if I was interested in watching Warm Bodies. I replied with an "ok". After thinking about how stupid the trailer was and how adamant I was about NOT WATCHING THAT STUPID MOVIE ABOUT ZOMBIE LOVE, I texted her again and said I don't want to watch it. But she replied that she already got my ticket cos she thought my "ok" meant that I was interested. OH GOD WHAI. But I took it as a sign and went to watch it and it was actually... Pretty good! The only reason why it was alright is because it was funny! I can't help but compare it with Twilight. Twilight failed because the director is crap (The Host turned out alright, didn't it?) and because well... It was a serious love story with sparkly vampires and that just doesn't translate well on screen. This brings me to my next point...

Everytime someone asks me if I like Twilight, I'm hesitant in my reply because I don't know if they are referring to the books or the movies. I absolutely HATED the movies but I LOVED the books. Team Jacob, by the way. I know you're wondering. But the thing is, most people have only watched the movies and they prejudge other people for liking Twilight at all! I know I shouldn't care, but nobody likes to be judged.

Anyway, I got a box of Garnier dye and we dyed our hair black. I was sick of my accidental ombre (meaning my black color faded) and Lai was sick of his colored hair. So I dyed his hair and he dyed mine. We only used half a box because I only had to dye the bottom half of my hair and he's a guy. I really like those conditioner that comes with dyes. They should sell it and package it "as used in box dyes". It leaves hair so freaking soft and tangle free. I also love the Liese ones.

Ok goodnight. I shall leave you with this gag I modified corrected:

Yes the words I added are pink and hard to read. Problem?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Here's To Never Growing Up

I miss Avril. She was my favorite. I loved how she tries too hard, is a brat, rebels and yet still plays nice because it emulated how real she is because we all try a little too hard sometimes and we can all be brats, we all rebel once in a while and we're usually nice to people who are nice to us. And being pretty never hurt anyone.

Under My Skin is probably the best album but we rocked out to Girlfriend in my final year of middle school. I remember blasting Girlfriend on the PA system during recess along with JT's What Goes Around and all the shit which ensued. It was hilarious then and is still pretty funny. 

Now she's back with a brand new track and I'm pretty sure you can guess how much I can relate. 

So here's to never growing up. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Day 3

Today I updated more stats, replied emails, licked envelopes - not literally cos that would be gross. I actually wrote addresses - who knew that I still needed to write in this age, right? I feel like attacking past me and forcing myself to cultivate my handwriting till it looked like a printed FONT. I really hate those people who write like they have an actual font hardwired into them. It is so unfair. And then I attached sticker stamps onto the envelopes. STICKER STAMPS!

DUDE. I used to collect both stickers and stamps. I was a bit of a hoarder when I was a kid... And I still love digressing. Anyway, I also did a teensy bit of filing. Filing! Another one of those adult things I never thought I'd have to do which made me feel really grown up.

But the best part was when David brought us all out for lunch at a nearby Italian restaurant! Personally, I have never been to an Italian joint before, and the most Italian food I have ever had is probably pizza or bolognaise so the menu was very confusing. 

However, everyone was so helpful it was almost overwhelming so I just picked the first thing that made sense to me (some kind of fish on some kind of citrusy salad) cos I felt bad that I was holding everyone up! 

Now feast your eyes!

Oh, yea. ^ This fishie above is mine. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review & Swatches: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

I don't know why I've never done one of these posts. I certainly have enough lipstuff to last me several lifetimes. The boyfriend constantly has to remind me that "you already have that shade!" in his exasperated tone BUT HE'S A BOY AND WHAT DOES HE KNOW ABOUT COLOR, HUH?!

I'm sure the whole world knows about Revlon ColorBust Lip Butters though! I've only recently acquired them and I'm hoping to share it with those that haven't heard about this amazing product!!!

This post isn't sponsored or anything, but I received them as presents from my friends when I expressed my interest in purchasing them. *^^* I initially complied a list and wanted to purchase them all when I returned home to Kuching. I asked the same friends to scope out the prices and guess what! In Kuching it retails at approximately RM25 (Watsons & Parkson & Facelook) while in Melbourne it's AUD21.95 (Priceline). But... Kuching has limited colors while Priceline has them ALL! Anyway, they bought all the colors they could get their hands on for me (with repeats cos neither knew of the others' plan haha). I am so touched by their gesture because the boyfriend would probably have stopped me from purchasing all the colors I wanted. And I'm glad for a variety because I have always wanted to try out lip colors outside of my pink comfort zone!

Many lipsticks claim to protect and moisturize your lips but truly how many does it? I have rather sensitive lips, they are always dry or peeling and I remember that L'Oreal 6 Hour Glam Shine (the one I had was Tempting Pink and was produced a few years back so I'm not sure if they updated the formula) really took its toll on my lips. I loved the glittery, high gloss, hydrated look Glam Shine gave me but my lips had such an adverse reaction towards them! My lips would shed every single time after about half an hour of Glam Shine on my lips. And it really didn't help that I love to chew on my lips and peel dead skin off them.

But Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters work the way they claim to. Instant hydration and glossy lips. Allow me to digress: I actually never realized that there are two kinds of lipstick - matte & glossy - until my friend pointed out to me that she looks better in matte lipstick. It was then I realized why some people's lipstick looks more natural than others. Matte = natural. Glossy = obviously not! But if you're the kind of girl (or guy) who loves having fun and juicy lips. YOU'VE FOUND YOUR HOLY GRAIL LIPSTICK.

I 100% RECOMMEND THEM! Especially since they come in ALL SHADES:


What's your favorite color?

I currently have 5: (THANKS TO LIZARDSIEW)

Before we begin the onslaught of swatches, I'm really sorry about the lighting. I haven't gotten the hang of doing selca with a badongkadonk camera and I kept shifting around and my lipstick probably isn't applied very perfectly (have yet to learn how!) and I might redo them in the future although knowing me, I most definitely will!!!

Ok, so I've decided to take another set of photos with flash. Here are both to make up for my inadequate skills. But I will update the photos once I am more experienced and is able to take more professional looking selcas! :)

Update: 10/04/13 I've uploaded a new set of (hopefully) more professional looking photos taken in natural lighting. I've decided that natural lighting can be a bitch because it's a total race against time. Especially when you have to remove and reapply lipstick as perfectly as you can while trying not to lose the light. But enough of my rambling! Enjoy my hard work:

Au Naturale
Just so you know what kind of base we're starting off with!

As you can see my natural color is pretty washed out and my lips are constantly chewed up.

080 Strawberry Shortcake

This is my favorite out of the lot because it's a soft creamy pink. It's also got the softest texture - not sure if it is because it is the best loved one (meaning I use it the most) or if it's just manufactured that way. But be wary of bringing this lipstick out with you during hot, humid days because its buttery texture makes it prone to melting. It's more true to the non-flash picture. I don't understand why it came out lavender tinged in the flash. o.o

070 Cherry Tart

My first ever RED lipstick. This one is slightly firmer than Strawberry Shortcake but still plenty soft and it has a pearly sheen to it. Very Blair Waldorf. I only applied one layer for the flash photo just because it was the last photo I took and I was honestly so tired of applying and removing lipstick!!! It's no excuse but just FYI its color intensity should be a lot richer.

075 Lollipop

My first ever fuchsia lipstick. I usually hate loud, purplish pinks but this feels totally vintage! It's a vibrant lipstick that really delivers that punch. To me, it's a party color and I often reach for it on my night outs or when I want to make an impression. The flash photo is more true to its actual color.

025 Peach Parfait

This is like the exact shade of my lips, with glitter!!! It has the sandiest texture because of all the glitter (I don't understand why the glitter doesn't show up well on camera but trust me it's glittery) and feels more like wax than butter. It is probably the least moisturizing and the hardest to get out because it's stickier and sparkly.

085 Sugar Plum

The least favorable color (on me, anyway). It's a dark plum colored lipstick which makes me look like I forgot to wipe my lips after eating chocolate or like I'm poisoned and is about to die. I haven't reached for this at all but I probably will this coming Halloween when I dress up as a witch or zombie! I think it looks kinda like Peach Parfait but a lot darker... I don't know why it looks prettier with flash tho.

Some of them are more moisturizing than others. I don't know why, but Strawberry Shortcake, Cherry Tart and Lollipop are more moisturizing than Peach Parfait or Sugar Plum. Their textures are also different, with the former 3 being creamier and the latter 2, sandier.

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My bf was so funny. I had all the cropped photos open in photoshop and while I was smudging the fuck out of my skin, he looked me like this:


"That's a lot of lips."

Anyway, I'm definitely planning on getting more. Especially: Sweet Tart! And stock up on Strawberry Shortcake while I'm at it because ever since L'Oreal discontinued Glam Shine Strawberry Sorbet (which did not kill my lips whatsoever and gave me the shimmeriest lips ever!) I live in a constant state of FEAR that another one of my favorite product will be sentenced to NONEXISTENCE forever!

My next lippie target?

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in High Heels, Trendsetter and Front Row/Couture. Maybe even something out of my comfort zone like It Girl, Private Viewing.

And guess what. Those lipsticks are not matte or glossy but SATIN. How cool is that? You learn something new every day. HAH. To see the lip butters in action, follow me on Instagram @veyroniqa!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Visual entertainment for the day :)

So I spent today lazing home and watching a few films and videos. Visual entertainment.

Twelve is such an innovative piece of film. I love how all the characters have their own personal demons and are all intertwined but led such separate lives. I love the storytelling and I love the implication of consequences, even indirect ones. Butterfly effect. Beautiful. Everything was nicely tied up. Love.

Breakfast Club on the other hand, tries too much and is overrated to the point that it has lost its original charm (if any). It is a competition about which stereotype has the worst family background: a rich kid whose parents are neglectful but are not lacking in their capacity for love or whatever, a kid who doesn't have much except an abusive father, a kid whose parents don't seem to exist despite the kid's mental issues, the kid who merely the parent's shell - with no self identity, or the kid whose parents has such high expectations that suicide would have been the better option. Everyone's personal misery feels the strongest, but do we really need to compare? Telling someone to cheer up because someone else has it worse is the same as telling everyone else they can't be happy because someone out there is happier. We are all in the same game, just on different levels and dealing with different demons. I really expected Breakfast Club to be up there with Fight Club (yeah I'm gonna geek out and say I BROKE THE FIRST RULE SO WHAT) but hey, nothing is ever as expected.

This brings me to audition clips for shows like American Idol and Britain's Got Talent and X Factor or The Voice. I started off watching the guy with a stutter and was blown away. Then I decided to search for more touching auditions. You know, the ones with the saddest life story but with the most beautiful singing? But then I realized that not all of them are incredible singers. And then it hit me. Since when did we need a sob story in order to judge talent? See, I don't see how it's relevant to their singing, because that's what's important, right? Otherwise, why don't we start judging ANTM based on their life stories? It's called the pity vote people, I wouldn't want it and neither should you.

On another hand, if you are capable of making the audience feel for you, you've successfully convinced them that they know you. Stupid, I know, but true. Anyway, that sells. And if it sells, we can be sure that media companies would optimize on that shit.

Lastly, Perks of Being a Wallflower played on too many things. It was a teen angst, romance, whimsical, psychological, deep film all at once. Life is complex, but if you start putting all sorts of mythical creatures together, it begins to feel fake. Emma Watson was a MPDG, the brother was a broken gay, his gay partner was his forbidden love and the main character is the soulful nerdy loser. How much more over could you get? It was a ball of explosive emotion. But it is a great coming of age film on self discovery. I'm just unhappy because the only thing which enticed me to watch it was: "We accept the love we think we deserve" and I expected more revelations in the movie but nope. I could've just watched the trailer and left it at that.

Funny how some words like 'soulful' cannot be truly described yet is clearly defined in our minds? And 'non-threatening beauty'. What is that, right? Because it doesn't really make sense. How can you not be intimidated by awesome beauty? Along with certain words, awesome and magnificent meant almost exactly the same thing and yet awesome sounds cheap while magnificent feels regal. But let's try to break away.