Monday, July 29, 2013

Eek! What am I going to wear (girls' classic dilemma)?

Is your initial joy in receiving an invitation quickly sucked away by that thought? Mine usually is.

Last week, I received an invitation from a PR company to an event and I found myself in this predicament - stood in front of my overstuffed wardrobe and screeched, "I've got nothing to wear (girls' biggest issue ever)!" For me, it actually means, I don't always want to wear that same dress again to an event... and there it lies at the back of the wardrobe.

I go shopping a lot but I usually walk away with casual clothes. The invite didn't specify or involved the word casual but my rule of thumb is it's always better to dress up than dress down.

Peplum is another fashion style I thought I'd never see taking up space in my wardrobe because frankly, I assumed that a bold style that creates an instant slimming effect best suits someone with a curvy figure. Take Kim Kardashian for instance, or the late Saloma - who can ever forget her striking, hourglass figure shown off to perfection in an eye-catching peplum kebaya?

I was wrong.

Model-thin women can also carry off the look; Victoria Beckham is a great example.

And that's the power of peplum! It flatters every figure. It adds magic where there's less and I'm so beginning to love this trend (better late than never right).

Online, I've found a few stunning and chic peplum style tops at Zalora that caught my eye! Also, I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable the prices were and they've a permanent sale every day of the year, SCORE. I wouldn't go overboard on turning my whole wardrobe into a peplum fest but I'd definitely add a piece or two or maybe more to spice up my look.





Ralph: "Why do women always need new dresses?" I was like... duh. "I'll never understand why a woman can look pretty in something and then decide to never wear it again." Well, for some reason women want a new outfit for every new occasion loll!

And now I can relax!


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Irasshaimase!

We came here again a few nights ago for a quick fix to satisfy our Japanese food cravings. Well, this Singapore-based restaurant chain certainly needs no introduction, but I'll dump these pictures here anyway or else I'm not sure what to do with them.


#1 As usual, Ralph and I always order our favorite: the fresh Salmon Sashimi, but 5 pieces wasn't enough for the two of us so we doubled the order. I personally do prefer raw to cooked salmon!


#2 I couldn't help myself from grabbing different types of sushi from the conveyor belt. However, before reaching for my camera, I instead reached for my chopsticks. That's why I could never be a food blogger, loll.


#3 Since we were hungry enough to eat a dinosaur, we also ordered a few other items via the Interactive Menu.


#4 Sakae Chawanmushi


#5 Ika Teriyaki - I only ate the cabbage leaf that came with the squid, hahaha!


#6 Chuka Mekabu Gunkan


#7


#8 Salmon Sushi


#9 Salmon Mentai Sushi


#10 I'd skip the Ika, not for me.


#11 Maguro (tuna) Sushi


#12 Happy Froggie - sushi rice with tuna mayo topped with candy Froggie. *kiss the frog* Isn't it kawaii? Or kowai?

It was a pleasure to eat and had my stomach not threatened to burst, I'd have ordered more. Itadakimasu!




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Monday, July 15, 2013

Long time TurnuOff readers probably already know that I love beach holidays - I love to be by the sea! In fact, I'm currently making plans for my next beach holiday (hopefully soon) to recharge my body and mind. However, taking one's fabulous self to the beach requires one stressful and not so fabulous step - swimsuit shopping.

Well, I've many [brand name removed] bikinis but most of them are now collecting dust after wearing them once or twice. My problem was that I always found myself constantly adjusting the top or the bottom after I got out of the water, and if I were wiped out by a wave, the pads would be all over the place!

Swimsuit shopping is practically a synonym for nightmare. I need something flattering, pretty, and functional that doesn't seem too skimpy like it could fall off or shift while dipping in the ocean (I can't swim) or having fun at the beach. So I did my research and came across Liquido, a popular Brazilian Beach and Fitness clothing line that has been growing in popularity since it's inception in 2001.



I browsed through the site and immediately knew I'd find something stunning yet comfortable beachwear of the highest quality at reasonable prices.

The problem is they've a great selection of hot colors, patterns and styles that I've trouble which bikini to get for myself.








This unique Wraparound Bikini (RM250) comes in red and turquoise (my favorite); I want to wear this while strolling along the white sand beach and playing on the beach!


Back view of the bikini

So what do you think and which Liquido beachwear do you like best?




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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I was looking for a book called "Love Virtually", but ended up buying these two books instead!


The Secret revealed the law of attraction & Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe – The Power to have anything you want.


I've never judged a book by its front cover; I always do by its back cover. How do you judge a book?

I gave in to curiosity in that I wanted to know the secret behind The Secret as some people swear that The Secret works for them while others think it's a bunch of hype.



I flipped through some pages and read bits here and there, and what caught my eye was this statement – "Food cannot cause you to put on weight, unless you think it can."

On page 59, the author writes:

"The most common thought that people hold, and I held it too, is that food was responsible for my weight gain. That is a belief that does not serve you, and in my mind now, it is complete balderdash! Food is not responsible for putting on weight. It is your thought that food is responsible for putting on weight that actually has food put on weight. Remember, thoughts are [the] primary cause of everything, and the rest is effects from those thoughts. Think perfect thoughts and the result must be perfect weight."

She advises that you can keep your weight down by avoiding the sight of fat people. "If you see people who are overweight, do not observe them, but immediately switch your mind to the picture of you in your perfect body and feel it."

So is that the real secret to weight loss? Overweight people need only to think the right thoughts, and they'll be thin?

Okay, I'm off for a scoff. *thinking thin thoughts* Maybe there's something in this after all.



I'm sorry, but this is utter nonsense.




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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Once again, our tour guide took us to a place where people would cling onto your legs and not let go until a ransom is paid.



I KID!




We were brought into a room with a lady (Thao tribe princess) saying something, but I don't remember exactly what.


Oh, what I remember is - since my parents apparently look like they're an easy target, a few ladies tried to sell them honey at a steep price of more than NT$ 1,000 if I'm not mistaken. Maybe because of I don't look like an aunty, so they didn't target me!?


Suddenly, the Thao people (the smallest aboriginal ethnic group in Taiwan) came out in their colorful costumes and started dancing. After that, they tried to pull everyone in and dance with them!

Suddenly, one of the dancers came right over to me and made me participate. Before I could even say no, he pulled me up and out of my seat, OMGBBQ! Our tour guide took some pictures of me with my camera but all turned out blurry. Well done sir, loll.

Well, everyone knows how tour guides and drivers make money - by ferrying you to as many shopping stops as possible in between the sights, and then collecting commissions on every item purchased. Can't blame them though, they're just doing their job or want to earn a living. So we went along with it and just toured the place as fast as humanly possible. While there was much hard sell, no one was forced to buy.




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Monday, July 01, 2013


A scene from a 2004 French movie entitled "Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants" ('Happily Ever After' in English).

Creep (explicit version) is my favorite song by Radiohead (an English alternative rock band). When I first heard it, I was floored especially with Jonny Greenwood's aggressive guitar playing style and its catchy melody! *ears orgasm*

It's a new day, new week, and new month. Hooray... let's ROCK! I'm ready, are you?



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