The Yacht Life

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Life’s a yacht.

Ladies, hemlines are key to nailing the perfect dress. The loveliest design can be sabotaged by an unflattering hemline that makes you look frumpy or shorter than you really are! This gorgeous MDS straight-cut dress was love at first sight, and I got it despite it being in between lengths. Neither a tea length or a floor length, the in-between hemline is a tricky terrain to navigate. Choose a dress with a visually shorter top that cinches in at the waist to instantly elongate your legs – great for petite girls like me! Don’t forget the neckline, choose one that accentuates your collarbones or shoulders to balance the extra cloth at the bottom, such as a thin strap halter neckline or even a sweetheart neckline. Pair it with shoes that have slim straps to add an elegant finishing touch. Nude or cream heels are also a great option if you want a closed toe design for more formal events. Accessorising should be minimalistic in this case, dainty accessories with simple details are the best way to go! Try a crystal choker to add a 90’s vibe that’s all the rage right now. That can also bring a more casual feel if you’re just going for a nice dinner, which I was.

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Before heading for our seafood dinner at the Sentosa Cove area, just outside our W Hotel staycation! (aka before my food baby pops out, heh)

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Shades: Tokyo | Dress: MDS | Bag: Furla | Shoes: Taobao | Choker: Lovisa | Rings: Taipei night market

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It’s funny because I never went near a yacht that day – the boats (will the rich kill me for calling them yachts this) were cordoned off and a security guard was at the barricade so only members were waved in. I guess there’s always next time, right?

XOXO,
HuiMin

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Dusty Pink

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Yeoboseyo!  Hello in Korean seems apt to kickstart yet another Fashion roundup from my Grad trip earlier this year, this time in the heart of the National Palace Museum in Seoul. Keeping everything easy and on the go is always key to enjoying your travels, and the secret lies in a trusty pair of sneakers. I’ve been lugging my clumsy feet around in my Adidas running shoes forever, and I don’t plan on changing it until my shoes give way – they’re that comfy!

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Craft a coordinate with the perfect mix of masculinity and femininity by mixing softer colours with darker tones! Here I paired a dusty rose top with a dark grey midi bandage to achieve this look. A high crew neck complements the mid-calf length of my skirt, and a fitted silhouette accentuates curves (read: food baby) and peppers sophistication into your outfit. As with all travels, I am seen with my hardy Elle bag that is a sure staple due to its functionality! I prefer to use a dark, safer bag in order to match most of my outfits on vacations rather than carry novelty bags for particular outfits and wasting precious luggage space!

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Shades: Tokyo | Top & skirt: Dongdaemun | Socks: Uniqlo Japan | Shoes: Adidas

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Seoul was amazing, the shopping was jaw dropping fantastic and I can’t wait to go back!

Here’s to more travels in the future!

XOXO,
HuiMin

Graduation

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YAY! I GRADUATED!!!

FINALLYs:

  • After 4. frikin. years. of torture!!! Kidding, now that school is over I really miss it.
  • Blogging about my graduation that happened in July LOL

School was really tough for me because despite the three/four camps I went for, the CCA I joined, the OCSP I volunteered for, and consequently the many people I met, no one really stuck around.

Everyone from my JC class went to FASS /NUS, a couple went overseas but I was the only one in SMU.  I was truly alone – I don’t know how I managed to find out where to sign up for what camp…

Not that I didn’t manage to make good friends here and there, but I never managed to find a group of friends to do everything with. I guess what I’m saying is, I was unable to replicate my secondary school experience of belonging in a clique and ding everything in a clique. I truly envy those people who do have a clique, it must be nice to always have a safety net and know people will have your back no matter what.

I don’t know why I never saw most people ever again, most of them don’t even recognise me in the school hallways and if they do, avert their eyes and avoid saying hi after the first few months. Maybe my personality was too off-putting, or maybe I was too dumb for people to ride on my intelligence. I wasn’t pretty enough, popular enough, happening enough, good enough for people to hang around with. I was just … me.

It was quite lonely for me as I had to take many modules myself due to the fact that I had the maximum number of exemptions (like 5 or 6 mods). So I could already take the more advanced modules when people were still taking Uni Cores, or clearing introductory mods.

At the start, I also only somehow managed to befriend people from Economics. I had no Business friends, I also didn’t have any friends that were interested in Marketing. I remembered bidding for Business Process alone, and I ended up doing the group project by myself because everyone else had a group and I literally didn’t know anyone.

Suay Suay I ended up bidding for some prof that apparently taught more in-depth than the others and when I asked for help from some of my new friends that were also taking BP, no one knew what the flying hoot I was going on about. Thankfully, I had a good friend helping me to do my project and I will never forget that even though we rarely talk now! Thank you, you know who you are (: 

So, this process repeated itself (not the help I got, just the alone-ness) throughout my Modules. I had no senior, so I couldn’t count on them to tell me which profs were good, I had no friends so I didn’t have shared resources from my friend’s friend’s senior etc. Everything I learnt in uni, I mostly did it alone for the first two years. So that was four semesters of having four classes, and only occasionally one of them I had someone I could sit next to in class.

That’s literally how shitty the first half of uni was for me.

Yes, I could have just spoken to the person sitting next to me and befriended them but c’mon, after the first semester, who wants to make friends anymore? I would probably be judged for being a weirdo, and there really isn’t much time to talk enough to make friends during classes. And after seeing how shitty most of my group mates for projects were, I had ZERO desire to befriend anyone. It made me realise how selfish/irresponsible everyone was and how they didn’t have a good work ethic at all.

To make it worse, I had NO IDEA how the bell curve worked. LOLOLOL So smart hor me. I played like mad in my first semester, slept in class, didn’t do my homework because I thought it was like JC where I could cram the topics in the last few weeks of school. Landed face down because I got a C and a D that semester and a pathetic 2.7 – I panicked, stopped dancing and started studying for my mods during the first week of school the next sem. Try as I might, still ended up with shitty grades. However, I managed to graduate with Merit, SO GOOD JOB ME! LOL.

It’s just difficult to feel intelligent/competent when your grades tell you otherwise. I had to really find my self-esteem from within, from my character, from my personality etc. I can’t rely on the grading stick because tbh according to that I suck like mad at life. To make things worse, your final paper never ever gets returned so you’re left wondering wtf did you do wrong, why you not smart enough to give correct answer without knowing wtf went wrong. You couldn’t technically improve even if you wanted to; it was too late.

I was very ‘depressed’ – I don’t mean clinically, but I was in a funk, I constantly felt like shit about myself, like I was a failure in life. Somemore I was dating a genius nerd that constantly topped his class who somehow has the bad habit of feeling like he’s “going to fail” for all his tests, then I just couldn’t help comparing our scores. (FYI he graduated with the highest honour also ok, I’m not exaggerating) Like wtf does someone so smart want to date someone so dumb like me. LOLOL. I was seriously damn stressed and sad, I think it affected my health so much I was in and out of the school clinic every month.

Ya, damn fucking dramatic I know.

**Didn’t help that I was in a very toxic environment in one of my extra curricular school activity that led me to quit because it was constantly putting me down.

Because to a kid whose essays that used to consistently be shown in class since secondary school days, who managed to score decently despite not studying much for major exams, suddenly being told you don’t match up to the elite elite was like a hard smack in the face lah. Like suddenly I realised I was a big fish in a small pond and now I’m drowning in open waters.

Then I was whisked away to a six months adventure of a lifetime with my nerd and exchange really taught me that there’s so much more to life than just being academically inclined. My bad experiences taught me that I valued being moral, being nice, kind, humble and polite to people more than being extremely intelligent in the taking tests sense.

I decided I wanted to be the best me, and then when I came back, had the craziest busiest sem ever and strangely, it was the sem where I did the best. Still not a 3.4, but close.

I was starting to be fulfilled. Since I couldn’t score well on tests and even doing my best on projects couldn’t save my grade, I decided to do external activities. Working, competing, dancing etc. Somehow this sense of fulfilment translated to better grades as well. I think because I was starting to exert more positive energy in my every day environment!

Landed a part-time internship by fate and that’s where I’m now gainfully employed LOLOL.

To be honest, I don’t regret choosing SMU one bit. It really made me open my eyes and see how the world of privilege works. (Let’s save that for another post ya) Forcing us to go for internship made me have working experience before graduating, forcing us to go for charity/volunteering experience made me remember and appreciate how fortunate I was, and made me better understand those who walk a different path in life. I say force because these were compulsory graduation requirements, and I am so glad they are!

SMU’s teaching style also forced me to be more outspoken, overcome my fear of public speaking and learn how to give and make a proper presentation.

I like to think of my experience as SMU’s tough love style of prepping me for adulthood. (Give them the benefit of the doubt lah hor hahaha)

SO!

If you’re currently not doing so well in school, remember that the bell curve is a way of capping the number of students who can do well. Remember that you’re more than grades. Remember that life still goes on after Uni, still goes on despite bad grades and bad grades doesn’t mean everything else is bad, opportunities exist everywhere!!

Plus, if it’s any consolation, if you score below 3.4 only your name is going to be read out during the graduation ceremony, and it turns out A LOT of people are in my boat HAHAHA. And there I was, worrying that I was going to be one of the few people who didn’t have any honours.

Long story short, DON’T WORRY SO MUCH! You’ll survive and come out of this mostly unscathed and if you’re extremely lucky + hardworking, shining like a blinding bright star.

Heres’s an encouraging cheesy af song hahaha:

(If you’re doing damn well you can go stuff it goodbye)

Going to post up some of the awesome photos Atikah took for the nerd & I for our grad photoshoot! Like I said I have no clique so it’s just the two of us hahaha. (In case you can’t tell, I’m fucking sad no one jio me for grad shoot lol fml)

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Our Harrods bears Cookie and Creamy from our trip to London 🙂 Gab got the graduation gown costumes from Build a Bear! I requested for the sash as well hehe

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 WE GRADUATED!

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Sometimes I think I should be considered an SOE student as I spend 80% of my time in this building…

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Where it all began! (Didn’t make any lasting friends there btw don’t waste your time – is it still compulsory? LOL)

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Where we met each other … ♡

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手牵手我们一起走

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To the one that always makes me laugh ❤

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Taking photos in the one place I never stepped foot in during my four years… Maybe that’s why my studies sucked LOL

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Studious af ok

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This picture accurately describes how tiny I am compared to him – five inches taller and I am still way shorter than him hahaha

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Goofing off is our relationship staple

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Thankful every day that we found each other 🙂

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Irrelevant caption BUT I REALLY LOVE MY ELIZA LITZ SHOES! 😍

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My favourite photos of all! I love you 💗

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WE DID IT!

XOXO,
HuiMin

Barcelona & Coasta Brava

HELLO INTERNET!

It’s been quite some time since I updated this blog because I’ve been swamped with work. The past month had me covering some extra duties and I’ve yet to properly had time to take a breather. On my off days I just want to lay in bed and watch cartoons all day, so. Bad news to the crazy backlog of unedited photos in my memory cards ): But I’ve decided to clear some of my exchange photos so I can refresh my memory on my awesome adventures with the nerd and also motivate me to get a vacay real soon. Desperately need one but broke af. It’s been a while since we both had time to go on a proper date and I just hate how life gets in the way… SO GTFO LIFE!!! Adulting is hard… If you’re reading this and you’re somehow below 18, SLOW THE F DOWN. Don’t grow up so soon, trust me.

As you can tell from the title of this post, today’s photo diary is from our lovely trip to Barcelona June 2015 LOL

DAY 1

(I say day 1 but this is actually the last leg of our Europe travel! Before this I was actually travelling in Nice and Monaco for 3 days already before arriving in Barcelona, maybe I’ll share about that next – chronological order means nothing at this point. Also if I get any details like names, places wrong please forgive me as I am writing this from memory more than a year after this happened.)

I chose to stay in Residencia Melondistrict Marina, Barcelona – a hostel-hotel that’s actually not that cheap because I got the private room and bath but then the location beside a crematorium and it being 15 min near an off central train stop sort of cancelled it out. The room was tiny though, but we only stayed 2 nights so we made do!

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Our first stop was the famous La Sagrada Familia. It was super gorgeous and breathtaking, all the intricate details of the architecture was seriously impressive. However, my camera lens is way too narrow so we did not attempt any selfies (this is taken across the street lol). There were a lot a lot of people there, no kidding.

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We then went to Placa de Catalunya to fill our tummies and do some serious shopping for Spanish fast fashion brands! I love how everywhere is so perfect for people watching in Europe. You can just sit anywhere in the open space and look at people walking pass all day.

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Went up to one of the department store at the square for the food court to get some sky view dining for our cheap asses.

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In case you’re wondering, the salmon is mine and the two rolls of bread was the nerd’s lunch as he didn’t fancy anything on the menu LOL. We shared the blackcurrant chocolate cake! The lighting makes the food looks super delish even though it was so-so irl BUT I AM SO HUNGRY LOOKING AT THIS RIGHT NOWWW

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BARCELONA (16 of 23)After lunch and spending too much time at Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius etc, we wondered down the streets into this gorgeous square inside the Gothic Quarter.

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Gorgeous sea port view that the nerd and I sat down and enjoyed for a little while.

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 Ate dinner at this yucky tourist trap of a place and SUPER REGRET believing the waiter instead of what I read online. I ordered paella to share for both of us, and he told me the paella is meant for one pax, so the nerd ordered a Hawaiian pizza as well. I FINISHED THIS BY MYSELF BECAUSE I WAS SO ANGRY AT THE WAITER OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE IT NOW NO WONDER I GREW FAT LOL. The table of two ang moh dudes next to us were perfectly happily sharing their paella. Waiter was rude and unattentive af, super bad attitude. I felt sooo cheated and super regret choosing that diner -____-

DO NOT EAT ALONG THE TOURIST TRAP!!!! Instead, just go to the Carrefour there and get your salad, bread, cup noodles etc! Much cheaper and won’t get cheated by all these rude ass waiters booooo

DAY 2

Day 2 is the EXCITING day because I kind of forced the nerd to do something he hated – kayaking. I was quite sick of shopping, church viewing etc because tbh Europe architecture look pretty much the same everywhere and after 6 months I was sick of it. So I decided to do something different, something slightly more adventurous so I booked a tour to Costa Brava, an hour drive from Barcelona. It’s still pretty under-discovered as there’s little to no information about this area online (in English at least) but the beach is super beautiful and we spent about one to two hours out on the ocean kayaking.

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Travelled through this beautiful park before arriving at the pick-up location. I only visited Parc de la Ciutadella – Cascada Monumental because the statue on top is actually called Aurora hahaha

BUT DAMN CHIO CAN!!!

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 Hello, beautiful.

OMG TAKE ME BACK PLEASE T.T

Booked Excursions Barcelona for 60 Euros for 2 incl sandwich for lunch. Tbh I felt a bit cheated as the photos look damn nice on their site but the actual photos that they took for me were…. questionable at best.

hahahhahahaha damn wth hor!!!! Feel so sad that I didn’t get my  waterproof casing the day before (was shopping around for it but failed) then I can snap pics. Damn wtf.

But it was funny because the nerd & I teamwork fail and cannot keep the bloody kayak straight for nuts. We travelled in a zigzag line all the way. I think it’s me (reference to my horrible sec 3 OBS experience). I was quite pissed at that time because I was seriously dehydrated and we were going sooo slowly. Also I cannot do snorkelling for nuts water keeps getting into my mouthpiece CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY. I bite on it damn hard also cannot wtf!!!

But I was proud of myself for volunteering to jump off the tiny ledge after the first dude. I screamed and didn’t close my mouth in time so I drank some Spanish sodium chloride that day.

I paid 60 euros to find out I should just stick to malls and churches….

BUT! The pics at the beach was gorgeous 🙂 I quickly wolfed down my sandwich and grabbed my camera to snap some pics by the beach because the waves were seducing me.

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WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE TO RUN MY FEET THROUGH THE CRYSTAL CLEAR OCEAN AGAIN…

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Thank you to the nerd for being willing to get out of my comfort zone with me. ♡

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Dropped off the bus and went to explore more of the main square and the famous buildings by Gaudi.

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Yeah I tan super easily even though I religiously applied sunscreen every chance I could on that kayaking trip. But ok lah, tan then can hide my roundness hahahah

That’s the end of my stay in Barcelona before moving on to Madrid, will cover that sooooonish here promise!

Feels good to be blogging again and it feels lovely to revisit my travels! I’ve found Flickr as a solution for my gallery limit problem, so yay to more posts soon I hope! (If work doesn’t kill me)

Loads of hugs and kisses, hope everyone reading this is well! 🙂

XOXO,
HuiMin

Pinafore Petit

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School smart is back in style – the pinafore is the go-to dress this season and I am loving it. The capital of all things cutesy and girly, Korea was naturally where I found the pinafore of my dreams. I opted for classic spaghetti straps and a flattering skater dress while employing simple colour blocking for a bright, breezy look that’s perfect for exploring the streets of Seoul. Injected an element of athleisure with my  jersey socks and trusty Adidas that forms a nice contrast to the preppy coordinate, and topped it off with my black sun hat from Uniqlo.

Before I move on to more pictures, check out the haul video I did for my Korea and Japan trip below:

I’ll be uploading more ootds and travelogues soon so keep a look out for that as well!

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Hat: Uniqlo | Top & Pinafore: Korea Dongdaemun | Socks: Korea | Shoes: Adidas | Bag: Elle

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In case you’re wondering why my dress is wrinkled, it’s because it’s straight out of the packaging and there wasn’t any iron in my Airbnb!

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Update: Always look forward, never stay in the past. Don’t waste time mulling over what you can’t control.

Till next time.

XOXO,
HuiMin

Work

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With my crazy schedule, I am falling in love with outfits that are a breeze to put on, ones that you slip on and are ready to go.  Finding coordinates that are this comfy and still look office appropriate is not an easy task, but I somehow managed to stumble upon this perfect pair of pants. Culottes are SO comfy and yet so incredibly stylish. I have only myself to blame for not discovering this earlier. High waisted to give the illusion of a slimmer waistline, the peg leg silhouette enhances your waist even further. Throw on a structured top to add some formality and balance the relaxed fit of the pants. Keep your tongue in cheek attitude by going for a crop top! Pair with a chunky necklace and light, neutral accessories to complete the look.

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Tbh, these photos are photoshop-free and I’m slowly starting to be okay with that. They’ve just been touched up slightly to blur the background and fix the lighting but that’s about it. I like how I look, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Lumps, curves and flaws – they’re mine and I think it’s time to embrace them. I think it’s age, it’s made me realise there’s more to the world and people simply don’t give much of a fart about how you look as long as you’re not wearing a potato sack.

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Top: One Daisy | Pants: Taobao | Heels: Taobao | Bag: Furla | Necklace: F21

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Keep your game face on and your head up high. Reminder to self: you’re strong enough to face whatever life throws at you.

Till next time.

XOXO,
HuiMin

Ōkunoshima BUNNY ISLAND JAPAN

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OMG OMG OMG.

I have been dying to visit bunny island for AGES ever since I got to know of its existence! My grad trip has me going to a Bunny Cafe in Tokyo (post coming up real soon!), and to Okunoshima the famous bunny island.

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hahaha look who was sleeping with a bunny in his arms! This train ride was like two hours omg. I actually stayed in Osaka one extra day just to make this day trip out to the farrrr away island. The nerd told me we bought the rail pass because of this trip because apparently overall it was more worth it. The place is quite troublesome to get to, as you have to stop somewhere and change the train but that train only comes once every hour.

Lunch

We went to have a quick lunch and bought some food for the bunnies at the Aeon shopping centre at the pit stop station that I forgot the name of.

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Full on Bunny mode at Tadanoumi!

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Walked a short distance from the station to this Bunny Island shop where you can buy bunny food, snacks and tickets for the boat ride. When you exit from the train station, turn right and walk for about five minutes. If I don’t remember wrongly, you will pass by a hospital. The port town is very quiet and peaceful!

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Bought some gourmet food for the bunnies because I saw videos of domestic bunnies eating these! Actually some of the wild bunnies aren’t that keen to eat these so you have to find those that are willing to eat these. But be careful not to feed them too many as these are high in sugar. Be careful about what you bring to feed the bunnies! Carrots are actually very high in sugar and they are only supposed to eat carrot tops once in a while. Buy more leafy greens, such as xiao bai cai! Which I actually googled on the spot and specially went to the shopping centre Aeon at our pit stop just to get it.

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We also got one packet of the bunny feed which if you bring back the empty one to the shop, you can exchange it for a postcard of some cute bunnies!

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Selfie while waiting for the ferry to come back from bunny island! We were patiently waiting in queue ~

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Our ferry that was quite a comfortable size so I didn’t get any motion sickness, also pretty clean and well-kept!

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Every row of seats has an information brochure about the bunnies and this is the ferry timetable. The second column is the time of departure from Tadanoumi port!

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Beautiful view from Okunoshima

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My lunch that I got from the rabbit shop! Was quite glad I decided to buy some food there as the only eatery on the island was some really fancy restaurant and I wasn’t prepared to burn a hole in my pocket so be sure to bring some food for yourself!

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Bunny showdown for the xbc

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Bunny Whisperer

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You definitely don’t get a swarmp of bunnies coming after you because they’re so well-fed from the flocks of tourists coming to the island every fourty minutes or so. And since they’re so used to humans, they will actually come very close to you and are daring enough to eat out of your palm!

We stayed about one hour on the island because we were planning to explore Osaka more! Would definitely love to stay at the Bunny Island Hotel when we return! I miss these bunnies already…

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Boarded the wrong train and got stuck at the next stop for a while so decided to snap a quick ootd hahaha.

Till next time!

XOXO,
HuiMin

KIMONO DAY / Yumeyakata Review

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I’ve been dying to post my kimono pictures from my trip to Japan on here and here they are, FINALLY!!

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(That’s how excited I am)

Rented the kimono in Kyoto although you can rent one in Osaka too! Kyoto has more scenic and traditional landscapes so I decided to rent there instead!

I rented my kimono at Yumeyakata. I read tons of reviews about kimono rentals and did some research myself, and I decided on Yumeyakata because it was supposedly the cheapest i.e. most value for money. I read that you had to book at least once month in advance to secure your desired slot. I also paid an extra 100 yen per person for the 9.30 am slot (when they opened) because supposedly the prettiest fabrics get snatched up pretty fast and I wanted to have the best picks. The down side of booking early is that the weather forecast isn’t that reliable and what was a cloudy day a month ago turned into a cold, rainy day. The nerd told me there were a couple of girls who came in and changed their reservation to the next day (supposedly sunny af) but then we were already dressed so we just went ahead with it.

The advice to book early I think it only applies for sakura season and for popular kimono rental stores when the whole of Japan is flooded with tourists. I came just in time to catch some late bloomers so it was quite ok.

Honestly, I wouldn’t advise anyone to go for the earliest slot because I felt that there were simply too many fabrics and if it’s your first time wearing a kimono, you won’t really know what you want / what looks good. My strategy was to pick pink fabrics and then slowly eliminate the uglier ones LOL. So I’d pick up two fabrics and be like “ok this one is nicer” then I’d put the other one back in. After a while, you see the fabrics repeat themselves so the rows and rows of fabrics didn’t actually have that much variety in reality. So, if you aren’t that fussy about the colours and patterns, just go for the later slots like 10 or 10.30 will do! Because once you don the kimono, you look pretty fab no matter what – I was having serious kimono envy all day going “omg that looks so pretty I should have gotten that” whenever I see another kimono girl on the street. Not that I don’t love mine, just that EVERY FABRIC LOOKS SO PRETTY! Wish I could wear one every day. (ok no, it’s really hard to breathe and sit and walk in it so ya)

And I am sorry I didn’t get to take any pictures of the place because it was early and I didn’t have my brekkie yet so I wasn’t thinking straight. I had to wake up extra early as well in order to do my makeup beforehand as makeup service is not provided.

It was pretty near from my Airbnb apartment (which despite its proximity to the train station was pretty crappy overall) and we got there on time. By the time we were there, there were already a few Korean girls busy picking things off the shelf.  What I liked about the place is that there are staff from different countries and language barrier isn’t much of an issue.

A Taiwanese lady ushered us through registration and a Korean lady helped me choose my belt. Guys and girls have to be separated. The girls prep area had like three or four stories?! One floor for picking fabrics, one for dressing, one for hairstyling. Oh ya before I forget remember to wear nice undies as you have to strip in front of other customers and all the ladies who are there to help dress you LOL. I usually wear safety shorts so only expose the top lah!! They allow safety shorts since it’s a white loose undergarment robe as the first layer! And they kind of tied the belt sash right in the middle of my chest so it feels like it’s being flattened a little? I think it’s to achieve the silhouette but it’s pretty uncomfortable and takes some getting used to definitely.

I actually bought the couple package with 1 studio shot provided in print. I paid extra for the hair, an extra collar, and an extra belt tie and the hair piece (bloody ex, like $12 sgd next time just bring your own ladies!! Then ask your friend/bf help you to stick it in your hair). Total about $175 sgd! Original package price I believe was 6500 yen pre-tax, but I went with more add-ons on the spot. I mean once in a lifetime kind of experience right hahaha.

Studio shot

I was too cheapskate to pay for an E-copy so here you go, my version of photo-ception. Advice to the ladies, contour the crap out of your face because the hairdo makes your face SO BIG in photos. I didn’t go for the half up-do as that one doesn’t look that authentic I feel! Woes of having round face…

I think it took like a little over one hour by the time everything was done. We needed to return the kimono before the shop closed otherwise we’d have to pay extra for overnight rental!

Overall, I’d say Yumeyakata was pretty good! I wouldn’t know if the others are better because I’ve never tried it, duh. But my experience was a pretty smooth one and the ladies seem to know what they were doing.

Our strategy was to maximise the fee and hit as many photo spots as possible – we hit 5! (Not showcasing some as some were really filled with people, and some were poor due to the rain sigh.) We were seriously lucky that day, every time we arrived at the bus stop, the bus would appear barely 5 minutes later. However, it was RAINING THE WHOLE DAY BOOOO. But the photos looked pretty good as the rain was the light drizzle type that was still alright for us to totter around in our impractical slippers all day. Ok seriously though, WHO INVENTED THE WHITE SOCKS. MY SOCKS WERE BLOODY BLACKENED BY RAINWATER AND DIRT AT THE END! The nerd was happily walking around in his deceivingly clean black socks. No fair.

I went to the toilet twice and surprisingly it was pretty easy to just lift all the layers up and go.  LOL TMI MUCH. I think my kimono was a little messed up by the end, sorry kimono aunties who meticulously helped me get ready! AND OMG THE TERRIBLE SORENESS OF MY CALVES the next day. This slipper shit really makes your legs tired, let me tell you!

I actually thought it would be cold but surprisingly I felt quite warm! So I didn’t need the outer layer option at all (which I opted for initially as I’m the type that’s very easily cold but they oos in the end) despite the cold rain the entire day.Thank god cause the buses were stuffy af since they don’t use air conditioner at all.

Even though I looked nothing like a Japanese, some tourists would still take photos of me and request for photos with us. Usually only tourists walk around in kimonos, hah.

Ok lah, enough chatter! On to the nice nice photos that the nerd took for me! Here is a display of his much improved photography skills and my noob ass attempting lightroom for the first time ever:

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Please don’t ask me where I went as uhm the nerd planned the whole trip this time around because I was honestly just swamped with work. So grateful to him for doing all the planning! Usually I’m in charge of attractions planning and he’s in charge of directions. Thanks for being so awesome *kisses*

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Finding spots where you could take photos without getting caught in the rain was a challenge!

On the streets of Kyoto

I regret not buying that earpick, btw

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Many of the people we met those day were kind enough to offer to help us take a group shot! One of them saw us trying to balance our camera on our $1.25 Daiso tripod I guess we looked too pitiful LOL.

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"Ew"

Hahahaha I love the nerd’s expression here.

Tradition restaurant

We came mainly for the traditional interior, the food was so-so! Also sitting the traditional way was killing me, cross-legged all the way.

Bamboo Forest

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Walking in the Bamboo Forest. It was pretty crowded so we had to wait to take this shot!

Us at the golden shrine!

The rain was actually pretty heavy but you can’t tell in any of the photos right!

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At the golden shrine! It was closing in ten minutes by the time we got there, had to run to enter the place and get our tickets. Only managed to take a few photos before we were chased out.

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Ending this post with a photo of us!

(Btw I had like 20 bobby pins in my hair that day and taking them out was a pain in the ass. But the pictures were worth it! Ok bye.)

XOXO,
HuiMin

Pretty in Pink

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Japan was absolutely breathtaking and I had the time of my life there! Will be updating my super backlog of travelogue photos soon, I promise 🙂 This is the first of my Japan Fashion Diaries and what better than to kick start it with my favourite outfit from the trip!

Travel trips on the longer side are always a fashion headache for me – I simply don’t know what to bring along! I end up shopping for my outfits on the spot most of the time. I just pick whatever catches my eye strolling down the streets and surprisingly, they end up going pretty well together!

I think I can safely say that this is pretty Jappy cause most of my outfit is from Uniqlo (which also happens to be the nerd’s favourite shop), although not really up the alley of Japanese fashion as most of the ladies I see aren’t that into skin. Since it came to Singapore, Uniqlo has been my go-to for fashionable and trendy basics.

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I paired a pink crop knit top with a sweat skirt for a look and feel that is both feminine and sporty  – pink, because it’s such a spring colour, and crop knit tops are pretty in trend right now. The sport shoes and sweat skirt add a sporty vibe without overwhelming the feminine aspect of the outfit. Adding layers and accessorising can be a great way to enhance your coordinate and take it to the next level. Plus, a long cardigan is great for those chilly winds!

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Hat: Uniqlo | Top: Taipei Ximending | Skirt: Uniqlo | Cardigan: Uniqlo | Socks: Uniqlo | Shoes: Adidas

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Till next time.

XOXO,
HuiMin

 

 

 

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On the cusp of spring 

Winter is the home base for blacks, but colours don’t have to disappear from  your wardrobe entirely – fitting a bright, eye-catching colour is easy on top of the usual monochromes. Played heavily on red in this minimalist outfit – my winter gear is once again seeing the light. My trusty coat, my tourist trap souvenir and some good old Nike running shoes make for the perfect outfit to keep me warm in the chilly winds of Taipei. Sorry sister my sneaker game is non-existent.

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In case you can’t already tell, this set of photos is taken in my favourite-est country, Taiwan, just outside my tiny quaint Airbnb apartment. Definitely a blast and more pictures to come. I CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK!

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Coat: G2000 | Sweater: Topshop | Skirt: Taobao | Leggings: Primark | Shoes: Nike | Hat: Disneyland

XOXO,
HuiMin