Wednesday, 29 October 2014

005. Simply irresistible.

Do you have that feeling whenever you read a book--that you feel like you've travelled to another place, another time and met new friends?


Am no exception, because I feel that way too! And get this, no passport needed. My sorority sister, another bookworm herself, shared a link in Facebook which, when clicked, contains a list of websites who have free e-books, for everybody's enjoyment. So, who am I to deprive you to the right of a good read? Nobody, of course.


This list contains over one hundred links to click on, peruse and discover. Best of all, it's legal! 


Enjoy reading!

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004. Literary wish list

At the risk of this sounding like a sponsored post (believe me, it isn't), I do have a few items in my wish list that are very much connected to my (second to the most) previous post.

Apart from Rilla of Ingleside, my high school teacher gave assigned readings whose authors included Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke, among others--literature that got me hooked on the history and literature of that time. I tried looking for these books when I was doing my undergraduate studies; sadly, I wasn't able to find or procure any. It isn't really easy to get one's hands on books about the First World War, or the Great War, as it was known then. Most of the books I saw were about the Second World War.

When I went to law school, the university I studied in boasted a library that had plenty of books covering any subject, any time period. The only thing I lacked then was time. Nevertheless, I found a book about the poets--Wilfrid Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke (there were many others, but their work stood out--at least for me). Sadly, I had to transfer to another school, and my plans of a Great War literary hunt were shelved.

I have to admit--I have not researched enough, I have not tried hard enough to locate every single book related to that time period. But I am going to try--not because it is the centennial of World War I, but because I want to start digging for more. And there are so many books, poems, authors and poets that I have missed! So many that I do not know where to start. Luckily for me, there's Tumblr! One Tumblr blog called One Great War was a good resource--there's so much I still need to know, and I can't wait to start! One of the books recommended in that blog was Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth. The book was a memoir of a young woman who worked as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse). Her brother and fiance went to fight in 1914. By the time the war ended, Brittain's brother, and fiance were killed.

Works by modern authors like Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong) and Pat Mills (Charley's War) were also recommended.

At the risk of this entry becoming a full fledged babble, I shall list the books/poetry that I would like to read in random order. Since it's still my birth month, I'm still accepting gifts. Hahahaha just kidding. Don't worry, it's not a long list.

1. The Testament of Youth- Vera Brittain

2. A Farewell To Arms- Ernest Hemingway

3. Birdsong-Sebastian Faulks

4. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Revised edition, 1997)

5. The Regeneration Trilogy-Pat Barker

6. Charley's War-Pat Mills (I have learned later on that this work is actually a graphic novel, but I'd still like to have it, nevertheless!)

*(new) 7. The War That Ended Peace, Margaret MacMillan

*(new) 8. The First World War, Hew Strachan



That's all I have for now, but hopefully, over time, the list will expand!

*Both 7 and 8 are already procured, still finishing them!

Till then!
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

003. Drink it in, drink it up.

In an effort (haha) to liven things up, here's one sort-of tradition (as far as my previous blogs are concerned) that will be resurrected.

For the past three to four years, I've always made a post about the contents of my bag--my make-up bag, in particular. However, that's just one of the many things. I've put a stop to it for the meanwhile for security purposes--becoming a target for a potential mugging isn't ideal, so we can't have that. So I'm reviving that sort-of tradition, but for security reasons, haha, the focus will be just on the make up bag.



And here's the contents of the bag :)


1. I'm really happy with Maybelline's Baby Skin Pore Eraser. It's true to its word! My friends tell me that I have good skin (awww, shucks), but little do they know, my pores show up too--and not in a nice way, may I add! So, I decided to give this perfection in a tube a try, and it did work wonders. Especially after applying my foundation (see 2). Because of them, I am able to say, "Pores? What pores?"

2. Avon's Ideal Luminous foundation is another winner. Admittedly, I did get Downton Abbey skin envy. How did Mary get that glow? After extensive (haha) research (thank you, Vogue), I found out their secret: illuminating foundation. Since the producers and the crew made sure that everything was true to the time period.  So, women during the early twentieth century didn't get to wear much make-up--not even eye liner. So they have to do something to make their faces have a certain radiance. And it's not just for the evening, it works well too, even in the day!

3. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Usually, I'm terrified of using eye-liner, due to the fear that I might not make it straight and I'll look like  a mauled panda. On some occasions, however, I venture, and with a few cheats, I was able to manage! Collection 2000's Extreme 24 Hour Felt Liner contributed to its success. I really should practice on making it better.

4. Lip brush application may be a bit fussy compared to the straight on slicking of the lipstick, but it's perfectly worth it, especially if a more natural look is desired. I may not be an expert, but I found that it works for me. This handy little tool is never absent from my make-up bag.

5. Four Bourjois Cream Blush in Little Round Pots came my way early this year via my older sister, and I love them! They are velvety smooth and the shades come in naturally. The downside is, it's not brush friendly, but who needs brushes when you have your fingers, right? I use Sweet Cherry, Healthy Glow and Rose Tender in great frequency--their Nude Velvet not as much, as it tends to look invisible when applied to my cheeks. (NB: Sweet Cherry and Nude Velvet are not pictured above  to avoid product overkill)

6. Maybelline Clear Smooth Extra in Nude Beige was probably my worst purchase--never test a product in poor lighting! It was one shade lighter than my skin. But I can't afford to waste this power, so I've remedied it by using only a very thin layer, and in applying powder on my cheeks, I've used my fingers.

7. I usually find it hard to procure the right moisturiser for my skin type (I am combination, by the way). This locally made Facial Moisturizer by Celeteque is a godsend--it's not too heavy, not too greasy. Plus it absorbs easily.

My Lip Stuff (nos. 8, 9, 10 and 12)- Before I apply lipstick, I put on lip balm--it's easier to apply lipstick afterwards. For that purpose, I use Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Smoothing Cherry. After that, I just choose one of three shades: Avon's Vitaluscious in Reviving Red (no.12);  Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube in No. 10 (no. 8); and Wet n'Wild's Megaslicks Balm Stain in Mauve. I usually use one shade after the balm, but if I have plenty of time, I usually play with shades--my base is always the Balm Stain, combined with either the Avon or the Wet n' Wild lippie.

This blog update will not end without giving the lashes some love! Soap and Glory's Thick&Fast (no.11) gives my lashes that much-needed volume! My lashes are so thin, and looks rather bereft on an awful day.

So ends the comeback post! Please feel free to share what's inside your make-up bag! :)

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002. Lest it be forgotten



And it shouldn't be.

A hundred years ago, a war of global proportions was declared. While on the surface, the murder of an Austrian archduke had triggered the war, in reality, age-old disputes and issues between nations in Europe brought the matter to a head. Just think of it like this: a couple who keep on dredging things up every quarrel until something major really happens--a turning point--then kaboom! It's an all out war. Since I am no war historian, and do not pretend to know everything (I do intend to do some more researching--probably during the holidays), I am only using that "couple" bit as an analogy. Nothing more, nothing less.


Not to digress, this war took as long as four years. Back then, people would say, "It would be over by Christmas." No, it wasn't. So many men killed--sons, brothers, husbands,  sweethearts, friends--dying like flies, by the millions. Many men were also injured (for reference, a rough estimate is found here). At that time, people went off to war to help fight that battle--to fight in "the war that will end all wars." Not true either. Look at World War II. But that war was the start of many changes in society. Women were able to do their part--they worked as nurses, cooks, ammunition factory workers, and even ambulance drivers. Am pretty sure that the list doesn't end there.
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

001. Back to black.

Well here I am, with entries that have more structure, hopefully. Admittedly, I do have a love-hate relationship with my muse, who tells me I should have more focus. Well, she's right!

A year and few months ago, a friend and I planned on a collaborative blog. However, that petered out in a year--and that was it. It'll be useless to bore you with the details. So, what's stopping me from trying to do what I wasn't able to a year ago? Nothing, of course. Except to dust the past off (hehe how dramatic) and try again. Probably it would be heaps better if I did it on my own, haha, and it would inspire me to write again stuff that isn't a memo or a special order--although it's good practice at work.

I don't want to promise you anything, but just sit, and wait for the fireworks! Okay, just kidding.But I swear I'll be back soon! :)
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Time out.

Lately, I haven't got energy or inclination to write here--which is sad, considering I've been blogging here for two years. Yes, two! Also, this blog has been a huge part of my life, so you can see, it would be hard to just let it go. At the risk of talking in circles, my online home will have to be revamped for the nth time. Hopefully it would have more structure, since it's probably why I've slacked off where updates are concerned!

Promising to really behave in the future!
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