Instead of naming this post at “Best of 2013” I’ve decided to named it as 2013 At It’s Best 😀 . I like to be slightly different from everybody else. Afterall, everyone else will be posting up their Best of 2013 and looking forward to entering 2014.
It took me quite a while trying to go back time and recall what is my best time, advise, decision, purchase, discovery, event and so on. The list below will be events that I would want to remember.
Best Event of 2013
I could think of a handful product launches event that I find well-planned but hands down, the best event in 2013 for me would be none other than my own A Purplish Affair with StriVectin. It’s my first brand collaboration event and I wouldn’t want to do it with just any beauty brand. I’ve stated my reason why I choose StriVectin in the post-event blog post so do read there if you’re curious 😀 . Although I face many challenges and obstacles while planning for the event but somehow it all went through well and smooth. I have nothing but a big thanks to Luxasia, Un Lu and all the StriVectin team member. BEST.TIME.EVER.
Best Family Moment of 2013
My older brother and I were close when we were growing up till when both of us started working. We grow up with cousins staying next door and each of us is just one year apart. When everyone moved away, there’s just me and my brother. We have not talk to each other because of one small argument a few years ago. I only have one brother. I’ve always wanted to rekindle my relationship with him but this hot headed refuse to. Even though we don’t talk to each other, I still care very much about him. Whenever he’s away for oversea or he’s home late, I somehow feel the house is empty and quiet. 2013 can consider a bad turns good year for me and my brother. He just started his new job at P1 in January and he was involved in an accident. My heart literally dropped when he called home to mum saying he got into an accident involving 3-cars while on the way home and it’s quite bad. I helped with what I know best. Car knowledge and what to do. Although I’m not the expert but I have tons of friends that are. I really wanted to rush to the scene but his phone was a bit coo-coo and it was out of battery.
After that was settled, we now faced with another problem. My brother has no transport to work. He just started a new job so it’s impossible that he can take a long unpaid leave. I eventually offered to fetch him through mum. Initially he refused because he said it will trouble me very much. But think of it. His office is just near my office. The coincident is that I’ll be on a 2-weeks CNY leave so that one we need to figure out later. My brother is really weird. He start work at 9am but he usually go to work by 5.50am. Me on the other hand only left the house by 9am! It was a challenge for me to wake up at 4.45am everyday and I think he knew that. I think he felt guilty that I need to adjust my timing and calendar to suit him and whenever he saw me driving sleepily. When I’m on leave during CNY, I would need to wake up early and fetch him to Kajang KTM station and fetch him from Kajang KTM station in the evening back home. So yeah. That’s what a sister would do for her brother when he needed help the most.
My brother and I on the other hand started talking to each other. Not face to face because it’s awkward since we haven’t spoke to each other for years but we are mostly on Whatsapps. He started to tag along shopping trips, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which is very rare because he never want to eat with us (my parents and I). He’s also more patience with us and would join in any conversation and so on. Our relationship is an on-going process but we are way better than we are before.
Best Gift That I’ve Gifted Myself in 2013
I don’t have the luxury of taking care of my bag due to my work. Sometimes I could be meeting clients where I have to put my bag down on the floor, sometimes on my lap where I could be squashing my bag or sometimes stuffing it at my back leaning towards the chair. I just can’t afford to spend time looking after my bag. For this year’s birthday, I finally bought myself a Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Medium Multi-Function Tote. I needed the space which is why I bought it. But sadly after just less than three months of using, the small leather ring below one of the buckle separated. Yes, one of the oddest place I can think of and it’s also a section on the bag where I have absolutely no contact with. This reminds me WHY I’m not into luxury bags!
Best Sales of 2013
Nope, it’s not beauty related sales but it’s the FJ Benjamin warehouse sales! I was in need of some new shoes but couldn’t find any that I like everywhere. If I happen to saw something I like, they are out of my size. I only went there to check out GUESS heels. They are going cheap at RM150 for 3-pairs, RM140 for 2-pairs or RM120 for 1-pair. I managed to squeeze out three pairs and so far loving all of it 😀 . I went back the second day and bought two pairs of Banana Republic. The gold one is lower in height because I needed a spare shoe to change into whenever I’m too tired of high heels. Bought that for RM80. Went back out for a quick tea and went back into the sales one hour later only to find they’re throwing the price to RM80 for two pairs *facepalm*. Bought the black one just when the cashier counter is closing. I have to team up with a kind lady just so both of us can get the RM80 price lol. Banana Republic shoes are quite comfy to wear. They are made from leather inside out. Quite worth it 🙂
Best Emotional Moment of 2013
2013 is also a year where I sold off my beloved Honda Jazz. I am in love with this car and so the decision doesn’t come easy. She’s entering her 10th year by 2014 and my friends told me the resale value (RV) will dropped by then. I too think it’s time to change to a newer car due to many aspect that I’m unable to elaborate much in this short paragraph i.e. RV, economy, new car market in Malaysia, used car market and many more. I knew the day is finally here. But finding a replacement car is not easy. I didn’t see any car I like at all. Finally I took a downgrade option and bought a Honda City because it comes with a RM9,000 rebate and free service for 100,000km. It’s a downgrade because my Honda Jazz is a luxury hatchback, CBU imported and it cost around RM110,000 at that time. Honda City is considered a city sedan with lower price, therefore it’s classified as a downgrade. I personally don’t fancy Honda City lol. It sure is a bitter sweet farewell for me.
Best Makeup Discovery of 2013
Being an Asian, I am one of the million that do not contour my face. I thought it’s weird looking lol. But there’s a point of time where I was YouTube-ing a lot and I watched a lot of the Caucasian girls contour their face and heck, I finally get the importance of contouring. It brings out the dimension of the face making it looking more shapely and toned. It looks good in real and in photos. It sure do help when I have a palette at home not knowing what to do with it. Let’s just say the rest is history, I finished my contour powder that was on the palette and I bought more bronzing / contour powder to ease my satisfaction towards contouring 😀
Best Career Decision of 2013
I finally put in my resignation letter on the 2nd of December. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, especially leaving a company where everyone tries to get into. I have not been resting for a a good five years now and this would be my first time leaving a job without a new job on hand lol. It’s a risk taking no doubt but it’s time for me to bid my farewell. I don’t see myself going anywhere in the company. I have big ambition and my hands is basically tied in the company. There’s so much I have planned and wanted to do for the company but when there’s no support given and when I have no control with what I do, I can’t grow and I can’t advance in my career path. It doesn’t help when you have a bunch of colleagues that like to mock everything you said, everything you do. First time it’s funny, second time I can still smile but continuously? Well, sorry. I don’t take bullies no more. There is absolutely no respect existed in the office culture. My boss once said he will not accept my resignation when I jokingly told him I’m resigning soon. They even offer me a new position but I just don’t feel the job on me. When I gave in my letter, I gave my reasoning and my boss understand why I needed to do it. I’m not angry at all that they didn’t counter offer me to stay because all of us knew there’s nothing that they can offer to me. The money is good don’t get me wrong. I think at my age now it’s all about job satisfaction. I’m sad to leave and a bit reluctant to “count the days” but what is done is done. I can only wish the best for everyone and the company. I will always thank both of my bosses for taking me into the company back in 2012.
Best Blogging Advice & Experience of 2013
Where should I start? I’ve learnt a lot this year on blogging, on making a name in the beauty industry and on the complicated blogging world. Let me tell you. It’s a killing world out there. When I started, I just blog on topics I want to share out. I didn’t send out my profile (I have none!) to any of the brand but instead I wait. I wait for them to discover ME. You see, my philosophy is simple. If they need me or if they like my writing, they will sure come to me. They will find a way. I’m not worried about that. I’m a late bloomer in this beauty blogging. It took me a year before I get my first event invite. 2013 has been a very very blessed year for me. I’m thankful for all the event invite and sorry if I have to turn down most of it. Work comes first. I’m thankful for all the product sponsorship, which I don’t take for granted. I make sure I only accept product that I can or will or want to write and try. I don’t take for the sake of taking. I’m thankful for the few paid advertorials.
The best advise a good friend told me this year is “be like Paris B”. I was like huh? What do you mean by be like Paris B? She said sometimes it’s not a bad idea to stay cool and just mind your own business and not worrying much if you make friends with other blogger. It’s a selfish world and people are naturally born selfish.
I make friends and I make enemy this year. People who you thought are your friend turned their back against you. I usually don’t drag my time on all this sh!t. I just cut them off immediately and completely. I’m sorry. I don’t build Street Love using the easy way. Like I said, I’m a late bloomer because I waited instead of asking. This year I encounter a blognemy (blog enemy) who will just feed words into my mouth and she will just pretend to be the innocent one. Then only I found out every other blogger friend had the same with her too. I kind of pity her because she get lesser event invite than me as she said herself she don’t like blogging. So after we became blognemy I will purposely skip this one brand event so that she can go. I wouldn’t want her to lose the one and only beauty event she have lol.
What’s shocking is that recently I found out that a long-time famous blogger has been going around telling brand/sponsors that I lied to PR, that is why I get sponsor. Seriously. I mean really seriously. If you have been blogging for ages, knew all the brands, PR and so on, why would you still get intimidated with the 2-product sponsor that I got which you don’t?? You are already famous. You do not need to say all this to bring other blogger down. You should set a good example for the young ones. And what’s funny is that I only met her like less than 10 times (probably 6 times?) and chatted with her 3-times or could be 4-times. The amount of product and event she get is like EVERYTHING and I probably don’t even get 1/3 of hers. What’s up with the jealousy? The best part? This PR that she said I lied to happens to be someone that’s strong, fierce and not that type that are easily to be bullied. She’ll probably kill me when she read this but that’s the fact. How do I cheat her? Our conversation has always been straight forward. This makes me realise that even by sitting down quietly, not mingling much will get bombarded too.
I also learnt to relax myself more and it’s okay to take a rest from blogging whenever needed. I used to feel awful whenever I skipped a day of putting up a blog post. Then I found out most of the reader don’t read everyday because to them 7-post a week is too much to absorb. I learnt that if I went quiet for probably 3-days without any update, no one will probably realise it lol. So I don’t put pressure onto myself anymore. I’ll try to blog as much as I can but if other event in life that prevent me from doing so, I’ll just take a day off!
What I’m really grateful and thankful for is to have you girls that is always understanding, supportive, kind and humble. I’m lucky that I don’t get hate comments *touch wood* to date and I’ve made a few close friends from readers. I’ve virtually met a few new regular commentors too such as Ashley, Melissa Ting, Jude, Evelyn Lee, Linda Tee, Sarah S, Mieza, Kristin and many more. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. It never fail to make me happy replying your comments 🙂
Best Song / Video of 2013
Let’s end this post with a happy one. I’ve always been into hip hop and R&B music. I’m addicted to this song for the half of 2013. This song is from Ciara’s latest album Body Party and the song’s name is Body Party 😀 . Everything seems right with this song. The music, the beat, her voice, the move. Well, the music video is a bit sexy so turn away if you’re not 18 years old yet!! lol
What’s your New Year resolution for 2014? My resolution is NOT to have any resolution at all 😀 . Happy New Year 2014! Cheers to great years ahead!