Further Lifestyle Changes

Hello, friends!

Ever since the beginning of the year, I’ve been making some significant changes with my lifestyle and choices. They are: (1) living a minimalist life, (2) being anti-consumption and anti-materialist, and (3) being environment friendly by reducing my waste.


So far, I’ve been doing pretty well on all three fronts. But, as it often happens, I’ve been itching to throw in something to the mix. Looking at those three changes, we can easily lump them all together in the environmentalism spectrum. So I thought to myself, why not take things to high gear?

Namely, I’ve been thinking more about adding simple living, being frugal, and striving towards financial independence, and sticking to a plant-based diet.

On Simple Living

I’m a minimalist, but boy, do I love my creature comforts. As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that I don’t really need a hyper and fast-paced lifestyle to be happy. I’ve grown to appreciate staying indoors with a good book, curling up in bed with some TV series or movies, or simply taking a walk around the neighborhood to say hello to dogs or admire flowers.

I need to work more on being mindful and contended, and I think I want to take up at least 5 minutes of meditation everyday. I will also keep updating my happiness journal and practice gratitude. I hate negative emotions (in myself and in others) so I need to work to keep my sunny disposition. I mean, I may look emotionless, but deep inside I’m a pretty happy person!

On Being Frugal

I am by no means a big spender. I don’t have a fetish for high end handbags and purses and shoes (they’re all from my mother or relatives, so technically I didn’t buy any of them). I have no desire to own or drive a car. I don’t drink or smoke or do drugs, so I don’t have any wasteful habits.

However, I could stand to be more conscious of my spending. I don’t care about blowing a lot of cash on eating out. I don’t mind shelling out money while traveling to make sure I could get the comfiest seat, the softest bed, or the best view. I don’t mind ordering food every day so it means I won’t have to cook or wash dishes. I don’t even think twice of using Uber, Grab or a taxi service as long as I won’t have to sit beside other people.

If I took all of those into account and replaced them with their more sustainable and frugal alternatives, I’ll have a lot more money on my savings account (which coincidentally is one more thing I need to minimize. Surely I don’t need multiple healthcare and insurance policies?).

So starting today, I’ll be more conscious when it comes to spending. I’ll bring lunch to work, I’ll take public transport, I’ll limit my restaurant-hopping to scheduled dates with my boyfriend. I’ll amass more amounts which I could funnel into savings. Which, in fact, aligns with my next point.

On Striving Towards Financial Independence

In relation to my previous points, with simple living and frugality, I’ll be able to achieve financial independence faster. Honestly, I’m not that financially independent – I work, yes, but I also study post-grad (law). It’s pretty difficult to balance finances for now, and I’m grateful that my parents have been generously supporting me. They even pay for the apartment unit that my brother and I are currently occupying.

It stings, though. I WANT to be 100% financially independent, and I’m thinking that if I tweak my finances a bit or apply for a higher position, I’ll be able to live in the same comfort but without my parents’ support. (I already applied for a promotion, btw. Fingers crossed that I get it!)

I don’t mind cutting out expenses because a side hustle or second job is not really realistic right now. Between law school and work, I won’t be able to get enough sleep! But anyway, I’m confident that I’ll be able to get there soon enough.

On Sticking to a Plant-based Diet

I think I’ve started a plant-based diet multiple times – and all attempts have failed. However, seeing the state of our planet, I think it’s high time that I stick to the plant-based way of eating because, really, eating meat isn’t doing our environment any favors.

I love the taste of meat. If I could, I would eat raw beef every single day. But I love the environment even more, and if I have to sacrifice one aspect of my lifestyle towards helping, I will do it without any qualms.

My favourite dolsot bibimbap is actually (lacto/ovo) vegetarian!

Anyway, enough talk. Here are some recent bonus pictures!

Thanks for dropping by, guys. Have a great day!


I Need to Vent

I feel trapped right now.

I’m in my desk at work, in front of my nice big computer screen, with an iced coffee, my phone running Summoners War on autopilot, with my sleek expensive bag and my even sleeker, even more expensive shoes pinching my feet. I’m wearing a silk-lined blazer and my face is stripped of anything resembling goth makeup (my black nails are still here, though, AND they’re here to stay). The atmosphere is quiet and cold and there are a fuckton of papers and documents on my desk.

It’s 2:21 in the afternoon, meaning I have an hour and 39 minutes to go until I can scan myself biometrically and head out to school. It will take me an hour to get to school, and inside the classroom I will have to endure Arctic-level air conditioning, hyper-competitive classmates, and a dull, hunger-induced headache until my class ends at 9PM and I emerge, hopefully unscathed by the rotated recitation that everyone dreads.

Then I will begin my two-hour journey home, sitting squished between two bigger people (oh, the disadvantages of being tiny!) and barely getting to glance at my phone screen as I try to study for the next class, the words in the cases blurring together as my fatigue and sleepiness threaten to take over.

When I finally get home at almost midnight, I sink into my bed and power up my laptop, too tired to clear all the books and papers and jackets huddled at the foot of my bed. I pull a pillow over my head and my boyfriend will call, his voice calm and soothing, pulling me into our nightly good-night call ritual. He is funny and endearing and so, so sweet and everything is finally all right. We will see each other again soon, during our regular date schedule, but through our lunch time and nightly calls, we are together.

Then the call ends because we have to sleep. I’m barely awake, but I set up my alarm for the next day (5:00 AM), pack food for lunch and snacks, lay out my clothes and books and essentials. Then I will open Google Docs and try one last read-through before I finally fall asleep.

Okay, what the hell happened to my life? I wanted to be zen and laid-back and happy. I wanted to be a minimalist vegetarian with strong anti-consumerist values. I wanted to be a marine biologist or oceanographer, for heaven’s sake. What am I doing? Why am I in law school? Why am I in government service? Why am I poring over investment opportunities, studying heavy books and boring cases, doing all of these day in and day out? I’m supposed to be inside a submersible deep in the ocean or inside a laboratory examining specimen slides and sending out probes into the bathyal zone to collect samples.

I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m complaining. I know I have no right to complain. It’s just that my life is a complete polar opposite from what I want it to be that it drives me crazy.

But then, I know that this is better for the long run.

Still doesn’t make me feel better, though.

Let’s Talk # 2 – My Everyday Makeup Essentials (feat. Korean products)

Hello, friends! Happy New Year!

2017 didn’t end up with a bang for me – it was more of a dying sizzle than anything else, to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great year – work’s fine, school is also not problematic and I’ve succeeded in establishing several good habits this year. My relationships with my friends, family and boyfriend are also great. Overall, I’m very thankful.

However, my December was a bit of a bummer. First of all, I was sick almost the entire second half of the month. I spent Christmas until New Year (until today, actually) sick with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. I couldn’t even enjoy the festivities and family travels as much because I felt like crap. There’s also the fact that my grandpa suffered from a heart attack on New Year’s Eve. We were all pretty scared, but now he has undergone an angiogram and will beย  having angioplasty soon. I hope he gets better ASAP!

So yeah, that was why my 2017 didn’t go out with a bang haha. Anyway, that’s not what you’re here for, so I apologize for the ranting. Let’s get on with my everyday makeup!

My Everyday Makeup Essentials


Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Pact SPF 25 PA – 01 Vanilla, Trestique Mini Highlight Stick – Maldives Luminescent, The Face Shop Dual Veil Concealer – V201 Apricot Beige, The Face Shop Photo Blur BB Cream



I think by now almost all my daily skincare and makeup products fall into the realm of Asian Beauty, especially Korean products. I still have some high-end Western brands, but I only use them when I’m going somewhere special. I find that Asian brands complement my colouring more and make me look dewier!

For my skin, I use two products from The Face Shop as my base, namely the Photo Blur BB Cream and the Dual Veil Concealer. GUYS. This BB cream is insane! I bought it recently and it instantly replaced whatever CC cream I was using before because it’s magical. It makes your face look flawless without being full-coverage, smooths out your skin, brightens, and has SPF. The dual concealer comes in both liquid and cream, which is handy depending on where you need to conceal.

The Tony Moly powder compact is too cute for words! It’s pretty good at oil control as well. I wear it on my T-zone and cheeks because that’s where I get shiny mid-day, the rest of my face is pretty dry. This has no coverage, though, so if you’re freckly like me, or if you have some blemishes, they’ll still be visible if you don’t have any concealer or BB cream underneath.

And last but not the least is my Trestique highlight stick, which I got for Christmas and replaced my former powder highlighter because it’s just plain convenient. I use it to brighten my browbone, nose bridge, the inner corners of my eyes, and cheeks.

Eyes and Eyebrows

Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil 01, Clinique High Impact Mascara – 01 Black, Sephora Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear – 01 Black Lace


Okay before I get on with my makeup descriptions, I just want to mention that I noticed something – almost all my makeup products are shade 01 haha! I just thought it was funny. You’ll see more of them below. ๐Ÿ˜›

This Etude House eyebrow pencil is one of the easiest I’ve ever used. It’s double ended, one is a spoolie brush tip and the other has an angled eyeliner. My brows are rather dark and thick already, so I mainly use this to groom them into place and fill in some sparse areas. My eyebrows are straight, so I don’t bother shaping them.

The Clinique mascara is my #2 HG lash product next to Lancome Hypnose Drama, but since I received lots of Clinique mascaras for Christmas, I’m going to use them up before I repurchase Lancome again. ๐Ÿ˜› I legitimately like these though, very pigmented and lengthening.

I rarely wear eyeliner these days, to be honest. But if I do, I use this eyeliner because it’s waterproof and doesn’t smudge. Definitely recommended!


Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Glossy Lip Crayon – 01 Hey Orange



I don’t know why, but orange lip colours are the only ones that look good on me. Pink makes me look washed out, red makes me look like a vampire, and nude colours just look meh on me. But!!! Orange is just right. And this Panda’s Dream lip tint from Tony Moly is my HG MLBB shade.


Here’s the nail colour I’ve been using since New Year’s Eve! You all know that I’m into minimalism not only in my lifestyle, but also in my fashion choices – so my nail colours are only ever black or clear/transparent.

This nail polish has been one of my presents this Christmas and so far I’ve been loving it! It’s pale/nude enough to not draw attention to itself, and it goes perfectly with my skin tone.

LA Colors – Mega Watt


This is a liquid lipstick from Kat von D that I also received this Christmas (thanks, awesome cousins). It’s super long-lasting and pigmented, in a pretty purplish-pink hue. I want to try to work it into my makeup routine sometime – maybe completely a completely neutral look with only the lips in focus? What do you guys think?

Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – K-Dub



Here’s what my everyday makeup looks like! It’s not very colourful, but it’s exactly what I want and need – a quick, simple look that’s easy to apply and impossible to mess up, haha!

ย Too lazy to sit up.


During our family’s Christmas party. (I have jagged, pointy teeth – please ignore. I don’t want to wear braces so I’ll have to suffer with these for the rest of my life.) My freckles and scars are still visible because I didn’t wear concealer that day – the BB cream and powder combo has minimal to medium coverage at best.


This was during a date with my boyfriend! Indoor lighting + Dual Veil Concealer for more coverage. My nose freckles still definitely showed up though (not visible in the picture.


And there you have it! Those are my everyday makeup essentials. I hope you enjoyed my post! Thanks for dropping by. ๐Ÿ˜€



Hello, friends. Welcome to another blog post!

I’ve been pretty sparse with my posts recently, so imagine my surprise when Anabel over at A Latte Style (cute blog, btw. Really worth a visit!) nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award. Thank you, thank you~ โค

And without further ado, let’s get started!


โ˜† Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.

โ˜† Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about their nomination.

โ˜† Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers might not know.



โ˜† I’m the eldest in my family, and I have three younger brothers.

โ˜† I am VERY picky when it comes to food. I have major texture issues! (I can’t eat too-mushy or too-dry rice, I hate the grainy wetness of apples and pears, I don’t like my food touching together, I have to cut my food up into tiny little pieces first, etc.)

โ˜† I’m currently in law school, but my first love is science. If I could have it my way, I’d be a marine biologist or herpetologist! Or at least a scientific researcher.

โ˜† I don’t feel like myself when I don’t wear black nail polish. I tried going bare, tried other colours…it just feels so weird.

โ˜† My eyesight is quite bad. I can barely see a foot in front of my face when I’m not wearing glasses or contact lenses.

โ˜† I travel a lot, but I’m terribly scared of flying. I wanted to study jet propulsion engineering when I was younger to assuage this fear, but I ended up on a different career track.ย (ยดใƒปฯ‰ใƒป`)

โ˜† According to personality tests, I am an Enneagram type 8 (The Challenger) and an ENTJ. I think this is incorrect, because while I am definitely highly motivated, I am also horribly laid-back. Like, walking-out-of-a-burning-building-because-I-can’t-be-bothered-to-run type of laid-back.ย ใƒฝ๏ผˆยดใƒผ๏ฝ€๏ผ‰


โ˜† Pretty Peach Reviews

โ˜† Chili Sarang

โ˜† Wretched and Divine

Let’s Talk # 1 – What I’ve Been Up To Recently

Hello, friends!

I’ve been gone for quite some time and was unable to update my blog. There are several reasons for that – first, I attended a United Nations-sponsored training. Second, it’s enrollment week again. Or rather the first week of classes, but I’m not even done with processing my classes yet. Oh no! And third, I’ve been spending lots of time with friends, family, and my boyfriend. Of course, throw work into that mix and you’ve gone one very busy girl – me.

But I’m determined to stick to that posting schedule I devised. I’m going to write my posts ahead of time (like this one) so I won’t fall behind schedule! ๐Ÿ˜€

I attended the National Training of Trainers on UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) Community-Based Treatment and Care Services for People Who Use Drugs in Southeast Asia. This was a four-day comprehensive training, and it was very helpful and enlightening. I went with my colleague to represent our office, and we were the youngest participants there.

I had a date with my boyfriend this weekend! We were planning to go to a petting zoo because we love animals, especially those who live in farms like cows, goats, chickens, etc. Unfortunately, due to some driver issues, we were unable to go. But it didn’t matter, there’s always next time and the important thing was we got to spend time together.

Here are some pictures! We went to Moonleaf for bubble tea because it used to be our hang-out spot all those years ago. It was the first time I’ve been able to visit in a year!

I wasn’t able to bring my reusable cup and straw, but at least I know they recycle their cups. First day I got passion fruit tea and JM got hazelnut chocolate milk tea, the next day I chose charcoal lemonade while he got the house blend milk tea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some random pics from this weekend which include our matching hamster bag keychains (mine is brown and his is grey), the koi from Nuvali’s man-made lake, my Vans, and the new seasonal Starbucks drinks. JM made fun of mine and called it a kiddie drink. It’s actually a peppermint mocha frappuccino with green tea whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles!

My boyfriend bought me a sunflower! โค He is so sweet.

All in all, it was still a good weekend. We’ll definitely be seeing animals on our next date, though – at the zoo or the ocean park or another petting zoo, I don’t care as long as he’s there and there are cute animal friends as well. ๐Ÿ˜›

I hope you guys enjoyed these bits and pieces of my everyday life! We’re back to our regular schedule, so don’t forget to check in tomorrow for the next post.

Have a great day, and thanks for dropping by! ๐Ÿ˜€

Zero Waste/Minimalism Discussion #1 – How to be Zero Waste at Work or School

Hello, friends!

One of my goals for 2018 is to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle. There is way too much waste in the world right now, and I want to do my part, no matter how small it is, to reduce it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I thought, why wait for 2018? It would be even better if I start now!

At home, I’ve started by using up all my perishables and slowly replacing them with sustainable, refillable or reusable alternatives. I’ve started a ban on plastic and styrofoam, and I make it a point to bring containers and eco-friendly shopping bags with me whenever I need to go to the grocery store.

I’m already anti-consumption so this is an easier transition than I expected. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Leaving your house, however, might also mean leaving your comfort zone. Sure, at home you can control what you bring in, what you eat, what you use. But once you’re outside, you have to be ready for the unexpected. For example, you might be invited to a picnic lunch or office birthday party, for a coffee run, or an impromptu flea market or bazaar shopping spree. What do you do then?

Don’t worry! Here are some easy tips to help you maintain your zero-waste lifestyle without cramping your style.

  1. Bring your own utensils.


It’s quite easy to bring your own utensils around since they don’t really weigh much or take up considerable space in your bag. These are what I bring on a daily basis – a spoon, fork and a pair of chopsticks. I keep them in a small cloth drawstring bag. This keeps me from having to use plastic utensils, since those are terrible for the environment.

2. Avoid using paper/plastic cups and straws by bringing your own reusable cup and glass or plastic straw.


Do you have a coffee or tea habit that you just can’t kick? Don’t worry, I understand that sometimes caffeine is a necessity. Of course, it’s better if you make your own drinks from loose-leaf teas or coffee beans/grounds, but if ever you start craving for Starbucks or Costa, don’t deprive yourself. Just bring a reusable cup and straw to minimize waste.

3. Avoid using tissues or paper napkins by bringing your own handkerchief.


I know that paper napkins and tissues are biodegradable, but why contribute to unnecessary waste? You can always bring your own handkerchief. They’re more versatile to have, anyway! You can use them to dab at your sweat, dry your hands, as a makeshift bandage, an emergency filter, use it to tie something, etc. Plus, it’s washable. Can’t say the same for paper products.

4. Bring a reusable shopping bag with you always.


Eco-bags are great. They’re washable, reusable, and far stronger than plastic bags or paper bags. Plus, you can fold multiple times without them retaining creases or wrinkles! I always bring one with me in my bag, because if I ever need to go to the grocery store or pick up some stuff, at least I don’t need to bring plastic bags home.

And there you have it! These steps are easy and effortless, but will have a big impact on the environment. And trust me, you’ll feel better about yourself.

Unrelated picture of myself because why not? Haha. This filter is cute.

What about you? Do you have any zero-waste tips to share? Let me know!

Thanks for dropping by, and have a great day. ๐Ÿ˜€

Jen โค

Diet Update # 1 – Going on a Plant-based Way of Eating

Hello, friends! ๐Ÿ˜€

After watching some documentaries about the meat industry and its detrimental effects on our environment and health, I have decided to try a plant-based way of eating!

I’m not fully vegan yet, I still eat eggs and dairy, but I’m hoping to work my way to that point slowly. It’s currently my fourth day going meat-free, and I’m still struggling because I have severe texture issues when it comes to food.

I dislike most fruits and vegetables, so I need to juice them to actually be able to swallow them. I’m waiting for my tastebuds to adapt, but for now, here are some of the things I’ve been eating. They’re all vegetarian!

Before going meat-free, I ate meat every single day. Suddenly stopping was like a shock of cold water, because I don’t think the high-carb vegetarian diet agrees with my stomach at all.

I’m used to a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet, and my stomach hurts every time I ingest sugars and carbs – especially fructose. I get mentally foggy, and I’m sleepy after meals. This worries me because am I supposed to have a bloated stomach every single day?

To remedy that, I’m going to stick to eating eggs, cheese, nuts, avocados and similar stuff I ate when I was LCHF (except the meat) for now, because it’s the only way of eating that makes me feel good. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Hopefully, this issue will resolve itself soon. I’ll update you guys next week on my progress. Wish me luck!

Jen โค