Travel Tips – Going Solo

 

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Travelling alone? Fret not! The world is beautiful.

 

Some people may say that travelling to a foreign land is a form of escapism and well, why not. If only to leave our present state to refresh our minds and gain new perspectives, I’d say this sort of escapism is good. Yet sometimes, finding a suitable travel partner – much less more than one – can be a pain in the neck. So to that I say, why not travel alone?

 

I’m no stranger to going solo, having visited the States, Europe, Asia and Australia, and having lived abroad in different countries for a total of 2 years so far. It may seem daunting at first, to be alone so far away from home but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (unless you constantly rely on antibiotics).

 

As this post is being published, right now, I am possibly having the time of my life in Milan – you guessed it – all on my own! Here are some tips that may help you on your solo journey.

 

1) Pack just what you need.

 

Don’t over pack. I’ve done that before, the first time when I went overseas alone for a 6-month exchange program in Canada. Imagine a tiny, scrawny 21-year-old with two huge luggages, both about over the 23kg limit each on planes, and another hand carry 3kg baggage. It was terrible physically, but somehow it didn’t register mentally. At that time, I’d just wanted to leave my country as much and as fast as I could, and nothing else mattered. But if you’d ask me now, I’d say just stick to one check-in and one hand carry. Also, leave room for shopping!

 

2) Have cash on hand.

 

This is the second most important thing to remember. If you don’t have cash, at least have a credit card or ATM card that works overseas. You really don’t want to be caught in a stressful situation of having no money to pay for something. If you have a credit card, make sure that it is activated for overseas use, and that the spending limit is increased to a comfortable amount.

 

3) Do some research first.

 

I don’t really know anyone who goes to a place without finding out what it’s like there beforehand. This is crucial as it can make or break your trip. Knowing things like weather, language barriers, cultural traditions, technological advancements, transport systems and political situations can help to shape the way you plan your trip. If a dictionary is needed, bring one along. Also, if you’re planning to travel by public transport, you might need coins to pay for tickets or passes. If it’s the summer, you won’t be needing as much clothes as if it were winter.

 
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Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe

 

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Sea salt and coconut oil goodness for your skin.

 

Think, “coconut,” and immediately the image of Waikiki dancers hamming it up on the beach (coconut shell bikinis, anyone?) and cocktails with umbrella toothpicks comes into mind. Oh yes, who can forget the many smiles you chance upon, the melody of the ukulele and the smell of the sea?

 

But coconuts are also Mother Nature’s way of showing her love for us. Coconut oil has many great benefits towards our well-being, such as strengthening our hair and giving it a glow, or moisturising our skin. Today I’ll show you how to make a sea salt and coconut oil face scrub. It’s really easy, you’ll learn it in no time!

 

Things you’ll need:

 

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Things you need: A jar, sea salt, coconut oil and measuring cups.

 
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Link Love: Glitter, Persimmons and Pearls

 

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I’ve always wanted to reuse old stuff that I own and remake them into something new. Busy as I am, I’ve never had the time nor energy for that. But of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t share good things with all of you! This is the very first instalment of the blog’s Link Love series, which is a compilation of awesome tutorials, tricks and life hacks I come across on the internet.

 

1. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess teach us how to turn our old shoes into glittery footwear.

2. Rebecca from Simple as That tells us how to transform our travel notebook into something that can hold more.

3. Irina from Irina’s Cute Box teaches us how to make a very handy brush organiser, using a sushi mat.

4. Maegan from Love Maegan shows us how to create embellished collars on an old blouse.

5. Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil give us a recipe to make sautéed green beans with persimmons. Say yum!

 

 

FRESH FROM THE STYLE STORE

 


 
 

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Treat Hair Loss with Origin Luxe

 

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Origin Luxe salon’s very classy interior.

 

Suffering from hair loss is like suffering from acne. It’s the first thing that people notice about you, and it kills any person’s self confidence without sympathy. You can hide it with concealor and wigs, but it wouldn’t work towards solving the problem. Too many people visit hair specialists for hair fall problems but more often than not, they are presented with the sad truth that nothing will get them their hair back. Here’s why and what you can do about it.

 
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Review: The K-Palette Real Lasting Tears Tank

 

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Self-created the aegyo sal with K-Palette’s Real Lasting Tears Tank!

 

Beauty is ever so fickle. Just like fashion! One moment orange is the “in” colour, the next it’s nude blush (which is my current favourite colour by the way), and then several cycles down, it’s orange again. Let’s take a step into the Korean world of beauty at this point in time.

 

If you haven’t heard, the Barbie nose is all the rage right now in the streets of Gangnam. At the same time, so is the aegyo sal, which is essentially puffy undereyes. For as long as I’ve known, everyone whom I’ve seen smile has puffy undereyes. But how do we create the look without smiling?

 

I gave the K-Palette Real Lasting Tears Tank a few tries and decided that this shimmer pen brightens up the undereye area and makes you look younger and more awake!

 

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The Real Lasting Tears Tank contains two ends: one an essence and the other a powder.

 
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My Top Picks from Crabtree & Evelyn’s Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection

 

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Deluxe Hand Therapy Sampler 1, S$78.

 

Hey, can you hear that? That silvery, melodic ringing of sleigh bells in the far distance? It seems to be getting closer! Just 3 more weeks and it’ll be Christmas. Have you completed – or even started – your Christmas shopping yet? I definitely have!

 

Every end of the year, I’ve been told by family members that I turn into a Crabtree & Evelyn ambassador. And why not? I really love their holiday collections, one after the other, and this is especially so since their beautiful packaging is like hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day – I can’t resist it! Here are my top three picks from their recent Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection!

 
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Review: The Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

 

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Is it true?

 

I’m going to confess: I think that sex is overrated. If you ask any girl what the most amazing thing in the world is, and she answers sex, then that girl most probably hasn’t experienced much emotion in life, and thus my deep-felt condolences to her. Any well-travelled explorer will tell you the same thing. Or at least, I hope.

 

In any case, I’m pretty sure no parent would want their 15-year-old daughters going around having their heads filled with notions about fornication and what nots. But that’s exactly what’s going to happen when these innocent minds chance upon the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. Sooner than you think, they’d be wondering what sex is all about. That said, I’m not sure anyone’s lashes go crazy after a bout of hardcore humping.

 
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My December Shopping Wish List

 
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I’m getting very, very excited! My trip to Milan is in a couple of weeks and just thinking about it puts me in the mood for some serious shopping. I won’t deny that this virgin trip of mine to the city of fashion is mainly about shopping and getting the best bargains, not to mention variety too. Here are some of the items in my December shopping wish list, though not everything is reserved for Milan, nor fits in my budget. A girl can always dream!

 

1. PARTYSKIRTS Lady Length in Navy, $245 on skotapparel.com (out of stock on Shopbop)

 

2. Prada Saffiano Executive Tote Bag in Caramel

 

3. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Single Ladies

 

4. YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Quad in 12, $55 on yslbeautyus.com

 

5. Laura Mercier Limited Edition Nude Smoky Eye Palette Collections, $135 on neimanmarcus.com

 

6. Christian Louboutin Pigalle “Lea” 100mm Pumps in Nude

 
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My Favourite Shopping Haunts

 

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A little bit of retail therapy never hurt.

 

Black Friday is on its way, so of course I’m in the shopping mood. Who isn’t? And what’s this premature holiday-cum-Christmassy aura in the air I breathe? Oooh yes. The time has come for us to spend, spend, spend, shop, shop, shop! It’s all in the name of giving, surely we don’t need to hold back?

 

I don’t shop much generally, but when I do, it’s major damage. In the post where I wrote about how to save money on makeup, there’s one tip that I feel is the most important when it comes to pulling your purse strings: Always save first and then spend what is left over. Now that we’ve got this piece of advice established, let me share with you my favourite shopping haunts!

 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday 2013 Collection (Featuring Walter the Guinea Pig)

 

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An eventful day in an enchanted dwelling.

 

As church bells chime in the gentle breeze and playful children squeal in their games, I let my eyes wander far beyond the snow-covered hills and friendly skies. The cool air smells fresh. Chokingly cold, but fresh. As I make my way down the steep, winding path, I soon lose sight of what expansive nature there was and come upon a mysterious little wooden gate, buried deep in a cluster of overgrown blue princess holly. Funny, I’ve never seen it around before. A slight push and the door creaks open. Several more steps forward, and I come across a modest cottage. Inside, it is almost bare, save for a tiny log table upon which it seems that someone’s in the midst of setting up a celebration or party of some sort.

 

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Discover the secret garden.

 

Candles emanating heart warming scents. Plenty of fruits to go all around. Tins and tins of biscuits, cartons and cartons of tea bags. Fascinating tubes of ointments that promise youthful skin.

 

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Fruity scents of apple, pear and seasonal berries.

 

Out of nowhere, there comes a polite cough and I turn around to see a guinea pig about the size of a five-year-old boy gazing ever so endearingly at me. “I- I- Why this is awkward,” it said. “We’ve never had anyone in here before! Would you like to pick your presents up yourself?”

 
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