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Shoo away! [08 Apr 2011|04:25pm]
=.= PLS DO NOT SPAM this blog. Thank you very much. *indignant*
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I have moved [16 Sep 2010|05:22pm]
erm........... I suddenly remembered I forgot to post that  I HAVE MOVED TO: http://especiallypolish.blogspot.com

I'll still be using this account for sprees and maybe a random post here and there, but all the nail polish posts will be on blogspot :D cheers!

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From A to Z-urich [12 Aug 2010|05:38pm]
lol~ It just occured to me that i haven't updated in a while. Been too busy slacking :D

And this was my Pedi for the week :) I'm waaaaay too lazy to change my pedi more than once a week though i'm very fickle when it comes to manis. LoL~

This color is from the new OPI swiss collection. It's called "From A to Z-urich". It looks like a slightly dark hot bright red most of the time, but if u look closely, it does have a tiny bit of rose/berry pink. Pretty but not nothing new.

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Here are some random canmake polishes and nail art stuff. It's so Colorful and Vibrant it reminds me of Skittles!
Watsons is now having an offer, 1 canmake polish for S$5.90 (usual S$8.90), so i went mad and bought quite a few bottles :|
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That's all for today! :)
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sick again [03 Aug 2010|11:45pm]
urgh. I'v been wanting to update this blog for days. However, i keep getting sick or busy =.=
Like just an hr ago, i puked my guts out due to a stomach upset. Headache and vomiting, and i was already eating porridge as i didn't feel well....The conflicting desire between wanting to puke and wanting to eat. And I'm supposed to go for Fullerton buffet tml! I hope i feel better by tml. damn. Not sure why i'm getting so many stomach upsets and illness this holiday! from the common flu to cough/sore throat, diarrhea and vomiting. Totally weird. I highly suspect that this long holiday of utter slack-dom, of total laziness, is what causes me to get ill. too much sleep, good food and absolutely no physical exertion. sigh.............


Anyway, this is what came in the mail yesterday! :) will be swatching soon!

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And this is what the lovely Ting xi helped me purchase from japan! This cute little Agnes B bag~!!! It's supposedly a japan exclusive, and it cost abt 13,000 yen. Price was so-so considering the brand :) I love it!
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Wheeeeee! :)
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lost NLB book [25 Jul 2010|11:22pm]
OMG. Where the hell is that book?! I'm missing Christine Feehan's Dark Curse! I know i borrowed it, but i never read it! I don't even remember seeing it at home! Now that it's due for return, I can't find it!!!!
Bloody hell. This is what happens when u borrow 18books together at once. Sometimes u THINK u've got all the books when u don't. OMG. I don't want to pay the fines for the bloody book. i remember it's ragged and not in mint condition at all. I just know the library will make me pay more then it's worth out of pure spite and mercenary practices. No NO NO. I swear I didn't lose it. How could I when I never even saw/read the bloody book. I even doubt that i brought it home. I sorted out the books into "must reads" and "maybe borings" when i got home. I felt the book was "maybe boring" when i borrowed it, so I would never have brought it out of the house to read. I swear I never read a single page of that bloody book!

Maybe i left it in the library when i was borrowing all those books. I THOUGHT i counted them all before I bundled them up for home,but maybe i missed 1 out! it's happened before. I did this once some time back, but luckily someone returned the book for me =.= BUT OMG.
SOMEBODY PLS HELP ME FIND THAT BOOK!!!!


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birthday logistics [21 Jul 2010|05:53pm]
Trying to plan a small birthday celebration for friends involves a lot of logistic work! First, there's a lot of strenuous effort all on sides to arrange a suitable timing, then there's choice of cake/present/venue..... =.=

That kinda makes me wish I was the b'day person. Then ALL I would have to do would be to sit back and relax. And wait for my present. LOL~ :D
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Red french manicure [21 Jul 2010|03:48pm]
So I was attempting to recreate this mani from cynfulnails.blogspot:

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isn't it pretty! Of course, I was aiming much lower cause it's VERY time consuming to even attempt something similar to the nails above. Look how professional those are! God. The time spent on studding the bling crystals would just kill me =.=

So here's my take on a funky french mani :)

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I used Estessimo Tins #406 Passionate Ruby. It's a subtle holo red that glows when in the sun :) Really pretty color!
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And these are just some cheap $2 nail stickers from Daiso. It comes in 2 small sheets of stickers in 1 pkt.
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Wheeee! Red is so pretty! :)
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Nail foil experiment 1 [19 Jul 2010|02:02pm]
My very 1st attempt at using foils. I tried to do a simple french mani using a pinkish purple foil from transdesign.com called "Magenta 67-4"

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Huge foil cause the glue was too sticky at certain areas and came off in clumps when i removed the foil. If I try to think of it positively, it has an "aged" vintage metallic look. lol~

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LOOK and see what happens when u don't put the topcoat on immediately! "Dust" sticks to it! Silly me thought I would have a nice snack before moving on to step 2 of this experiment. It's not exactly dust but residual glue attaching itself to other materials and looking like it's frayed at the corners of the nail! It's not so obvious in the pics but believe me it's there!

Attempt 2. I tried placing foil on the entire nail. Less of an epic failure but still unsuccessful. I learnt that the thinner the glue layer the better the process goes. It's hard to apply the foil without any creases. As can be seen, creases ruin the smooth metallic shine of the foil.

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Can you see a slight discoloration effect? The provided transdesign topcoat is USELESS. Firstly, it 'melts' away thew pink so that there are slight silver streaks in the foil! Secondly, it dulls the metallic shine! Thirdly, I did not notice cracks like some pple mentioned but i realised it emphasised the previous creases and flaws in my application!
What's the point of using such a topcoat? Why bother?! :(
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I'll be continuing this nail foil experiment until I succeed! Plenty more colors to try! LOL~ :)
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Random mumblings [18 Jul 2010|11:05pm]
I'm sick but I thought I would just post something to past the time. I think i have the stomach flu. Last night involved me vomiting my guts out and having diarrhea. It also involved plenty of moaning due to stomach cramps =.= On hindsight, I got to sleep my Sunday morning away as my dad didn't want to take the chance of me puking on the pastor or something. I pretty much lazed my Sunday away eating liquid foods and surfing the net. Boring.

Anyway!

Wow! look at these 2 cool vamp pics! The 1st is really just superbad,super awesome! it's so Gothic!!!! i would totally buy a poster of this to frame up! So different from the common black lips that every goth punk is imitating nowadays. Finally a differentiation!
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And this is just too funny to miss!
vampire
Hahaha! take that Twilight and all those other cheesy vamp films/books that just ruin the whole genre for the rest of us. Die Die Die!!
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New nail polishes [13 Jul 2010|06:53pm]
I have a new polish which is a pretty pale beige: Seche Rose. I usually use Seche Vite top coat so i wondered if the pther polishes from this brand were worth buying. After trying Seche Rose I find it not bad, it dries pretty fast, smooth and glossy :)

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from left to right: 3 coats, 2 coats, 1 coat, bare pinky nail.
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4-5 coats until completely opaque. Nice natural color that's suitable for all occasions. This polish was originally meant to be used sheer for french manicures but it's also a very neutral color that's perfect for work or any event. :)
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Comparison btw OPI DS Amethyst and Color club fashion addict

From left to right: 1 coat Color club fashion addict, 1 coat OPI DS Amethyst, 2coats Color club fashion addict, 2 coats OPI DS Amethyst.
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As can be seen, OPI DS Amethyst is much more holo than Color club fashion addict. In fact, color club holos aren't' very holographic. Even in direct bright sunlight the holo isn't very mesmerizing. It's a subtle holo that's quite pretty but not that eye catching.

And lastly, I received these in the mail today! :) it's the transdesign foil kit that i bought :) I got Foil Design Kit #2 and 2 other foils.

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The kit includes:
1 - Red
1 - Silver
1 - Blue
1 - Magenta
1 - Mosaic
1 - Gold Dust
1 - Silver Laser
1 - Silver Dust
1 - Foil Primer/Adhesive 0.5oz. (15ml)
1 - Foil Sealer/Top Coat 0.5oz. (15 ml)

Gold Florentine
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Circle Sanding
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From right to left: Red, Silver, Blue, Magenta
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with flash:
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From top to bottom: Silver Laser, Mosaic, Silver Dust, Gold Dust.
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Nail art experiment [09 Jul 2010|06:25pm]
LOL~ this was a big fail. I wanted to see if i could use sequins to make a pattern underneath a milky base jelly polish. It was supposed to be subtle and glittery. Unfortunately, the milky base polish wasn't able to display the sequins to full effect. Perhaps the color combination was a little off too.

step 1:

nail art sequins from nailsg.com and canmake colorful nails polish 28 (green jelly glitter)
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step 2:

OPI Sugar Cookie Pink from the OPI Sweet Pink collection
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Final product:

1-2 coats
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3-4 coats
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You can add a layer of layering polishes like Zoya bailey if u want to cover VNL. :)


And here's a swatch of Zoya bailey:

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1-2 coats used. very subtle pink with light silver shimmer/glitter particles. Perfect for layering.:)
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Book posts [03 Jul 2010|04:16pm]
I just hate it when The Parents start their lectures. as if everything in the world is my fault? whatever.

ANYway, here are a couple of books I borrowed from the library and actually found interesting. (Most of the other books were pure literary trash though, complete waste of time if u're actually looking for a plot)


The hundred thousand kingdoms by N.K Jemisin



I admit the literary style of writing isn't polished (she's a relatively new author), but the plotline abt the Gods was good. 3 sample chapters are available on the author's website. Here are some extracts:

“Once upon a time there were three great gods. Bright Itempas, Lord of Day, was the one destined by fate or the Maelstrom or some unfathomable design to rule. All was well until Enefa, His upstart sister, decided that she wanted to rule in Bright Itempas’s place. She convinced her brother Nahadoth to assist her, and together with some of their godling children they attempted a coup. Itempas, mightier than both His siblings combined, defeated them soundly. He slew Enefa, punished Nahadoth and the rebels, and established an even greater peace—for without His dark brother and wild sister to appease, He was free to bring true light and order to all creation.”


"It is said the Nightlord cannot cry.No one knows the reason for this, but of the many gifts that the forces of the Maelstrom bestowed upon their darkest child, the ability to cry was not one of them.
Bright Itempas can. Legends say his tears are the rain that sometimes fall while the sun still shines. (I have never believed this legend, because it would mean Itempas cries rather frequently.)
Enefa of the Earth could cry. Her tears took the form of the yellow, burning rain that falls around the world after a volcano has erupted. It still falls, this rain, killing crops and poisoning water. But now it means nothing.
Nightlord Nahadoth was firstborn of the Three. Before the others appeared, he spent countless aeons as the only living thing in all of existence. Perhaps that explain his inability. Perhaps, amid so much loneliness, tears become ultimately useless. "



The Magicians by Lev Grossman



Interesting style. The main protagonist (Quentin) is a magician, but he isn't quite The-Chosen-One stereotype who saves the world. Instead, he is quite fallible and subject to human and moral failings. Some reviewers have commented that the human relationships here aren't strongly written out. I beg to differ since it is Quentin's inability to treasure Alice and find happiness that brings abt tragic consequences. Everyone wants to be happy, but Quentin's quest to find a perfect fairytale land where he can automatically be happy is the real tragedy. He keeps trying to find meaning, the happiness promised in fairy tales , but in doing so he has forgone the possibility of finding happiness in reality.....


The Last Twilight by Marjorie M. Liu



Well, I basically recommend the whole Dirk & Steele series. Quite a dark plot line with human trafficking, torture, human experiments, ESP, dark magic, crazy villains (morally mad but brilliant intellectually). The good guys seem to win but the villains never die. In fact, as the plot progresses, the villains seem to be achieving their goals.....

P.S. The sex is kept at a minimum in this series, definitely an improvement from brainless sherrilyn kenyon or Laurell K Hamilton bimbotic romance novels, but still I would prefer pure fantasy stories where romance is barely described in detail.


Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy, Book 1) by C.S. Friedman



hmmm..... this was only so-so. I was only greatly intrigued by the settings of how magic comes at a price. The Magisters can only master magic and long life by stealing/siphoning the life forces of other beings. Only men have shown able to master this magic, but into the picture comes Kamala a woman who has surprisingly mastered the art despite her gender. However, her transition to Magister is siphoning away the life force of a prince. What will happen?





AND the books below are ones that I BOUGHT. Lovely additions to the messy library I keep at home = =

Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund



It's a little like Rick riodan's percy jackson series, but for a more mature audience. Yes, the twins are godlings too, but's where similarities end. Their parents are on opposite sides, one "good" one "bad". However, the shades of mortality are grey and good and evil are never truly separate from one another. How do the twins survive this landscape of murderous gods and fallen angels?

Greatly anticipating the sequel: All That Lives Must Die




The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan



And of course, Rick Riordan of Percy Jackson fame has written a new series. This time, the setting is of Egyptian gods and Pharaohs. Readers who loved Percy Jackson will probably enjoy this series too :)



The Shadow Queen: A Black Jewels Novel
Shalador's Lady: A Black Jewels Novel by Anne Bishop



I would really love to give this a good rating since I loved the Black Jewels trilogy, but this plot is wearing thin. These 2 new books in the series has a rather weak female character Cassidy. characters introduced to us in this 2 books share rather weak similarities with characters in the black jewels trilogy. Yes, the world and the time settings are continuous, but really! Shouldn't there be more outstanding characters? Compared with previous characters like Saetan, Jaenelle, Daemon, Lucivar, these new characters are weak weak weak! so disappointing.
It's not a terribly boring read, but it's not a compelling book either.



A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner



Starting with The Thief, there are so far 4 books out in this series. Wonderful intriguing plot! I absolutely love it! :) Eugenides is a wonderful character. He is sly and entertaining, constantly surprising the reader with his wit. U absolutely have to read this SERIES!
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Roger Federer [01 Jul 2010|09:00pm]


As everyone knows, Roger Federer was taken out at Wimbledon by Tomas Berdych yesterday. Already, the press is attacking him like sharks scenting blood in the water. I find that very sad, that the worst in human nature likes to kick someone while he's down and weak.

Roger Federer is the most gentlemanly player ever! He certainly doesn't throw his racket down in a fit of temper like some players do. That pple and especially the press are so quick to belittle a man of such achievements is very saddening. Obviously he's not at the top of his form, but he's human and therefore subject to mortal woes like aging and injuries, and therefore should we not give him the benefit of the doubt and not insult his integrity? It seems humans like to pour salt on other pple's wounds. The Chinese have a saying 龙困沙滩遭虾戏,虎落平阳被犬欺 it means that when the high and mighty are brought low, the small fry make fun of them. I think this is a very apt description for Roger's scenario. He's been at the top for too long, so pple may unconsciously take pleasure in his fall from grace. By being so quick to judge, I feel we are like sharks scenting blood in the water.

Sigh~
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Nail foils [22 Jun 2010|05:36pm]
wheee! placed my first order for these on transdesign last night. Interesting! :)




And on a random note, my mum went ballistic on me today. Constant screaming every few mins. Just 5 mins ago she screamed at me to wash my face and drink the soybean in the fridge. I said wait, I'm leaving the soybean out to cool and I just bathed less than an hr ago. She screamed. AGAIN. Said I was being stubborn and no wonder I have lousy skin.
= =|| like, what is wrong with what I said? My dad too looked totally puzzled at her outburst. Totally Unreasonable. Screaming at me for no reason at all.

Whatever. Parents.
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Comparisons [18 Jun 2010|07:57pm]
Just comparisons of the colors I got in the mail the other day.

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1 coat: OPI Paint your Toron Toesrose, OPI Sand-erella, OPI DS Amethyst, OPI DS Divine, OPI DS Exclusive (from thumb to pinky)

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3 coats of each:

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In the bottle, OPI DS Divine and OPI DS Exclusive look highly similar. But on the finger, they are worlds apart. Exclusive is a beautiful deep barney purple with holo. Divine is a hot pink holo. On the whole, I L♥VE both colors! :)

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Close comparisons of OPI DS Amethyst and OPI Sand-erella. Sand-erella is much less holo and has a more pale purple base. Amethyst on the other hand, is a slightly brighter looking lilac. If U ask me, Sand-erella isn't worth the time since the holo is much more subdued. Only buy this polish if really like the base color.

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Mail haul! [16 Jun 2010|07:46pm]
Wheeee! :) These 3 polishes came in the mail today. I got them from ebay, so please don't even ask what I paid for them. Outrageous that polishes can cost so much! :| These came by international mail, so yet again I paid the heaven for postage.

OPI DS Exclusive
OPI Sand-erella
OPI Paint your Toron Toesrose
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On comparison, OPI DS Exclusive and OPI DS Divine look similar.... Hmmmm..... let me swatch them tml and see if they are dupes.

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So happy :)
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Immortalizing nail polish [15 Jun 2010|11:40pm]
I'm sure everyone who knows me is aware that I'm into a Nail Polish Frenzy phrase now. I am addicted to nail polish! Now that I've found nail polish jewelery from Gingerkitty on etsy. The seller's name is Tracy and she's such a creative artist :)

You can find the link here: Gingerkitty

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This is a picture of my entire haul of Immortalized Nail Polish! :)

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random musings [14 Jun 2010|07:51pm]
So I went out with mom on friday. While she had a medical appointment, I made my way down to Far east plaza Milly's II for a pedicure. This cost $40 ($30 classic pedi + $10 nail art for the 2 toes :| ) I think I should have stuck to just a simle pedi since the nail art is.... lacking.

A good Leopard spot should be circular like this:

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The pattern she scribbled out for me is most definitely NOT circular.

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Can u see the difference?! For $5 per nail I can do the random brown and black scribblings BETTER too! =.= Terrible nail art skills. I don't do manicures for a living but it's not hard to draw NICE leopard spots! Depressing to look at my toes now.The pedi was ok though, no conversation (which is what i prefer. Why bother making the effort to make small talk with a manicurist u're paying? I'm paying for a relaxing massage!). I listened to the girls gossip abt their the wedding arrangements of their friend ($10 000 for bridal price 聘礼, and apparently a matchmaker 媒婆 was involved in the wedding talks!) Interesting :) All in all, it wasn't too bad, just a wee bit miffed abt the lousy nail art....


Anyway, I wanted to exercise today but LOOK what happened! The sole came off my Reebok shoe! :| Gosh, I had to KICK the shoe AND hop back home. All my neighbours who saw me were laughing at me. So embarrassing :(

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化腐朽为神奇. From plain jane to Jap princess. [11 Jun 2010|12:24am]


Omg. Just look at the number of things Miyake had to do to look that pretty! I always thought she was naturally pretty! Without makeup she looks only average! *shock* >.<

Now I understand why hazel says she takes an hour to makeup. No wonder she's always late for our outings! And all I do is apply sunscreen and concealer when I go out! 15mins max to dress up! I have so much to learn abt makeup!
On the other hand, all that make-up...... won't it be like a layer of gunk on your face? probably will crack when you laugh? Orhz....

But we girls do this all for the sake of attracting guys. I mean, sure, you could say u just want to look pretty. But who are u kidding?
Pretty = Attract admiration from pple.

We want to look pretty cause we want to be the center of attention, for other girls to be envious and for guys to desire us! It's Darwinian theory, Survival of the Fittest. To attract the best mate girls must primp and make-up in order to 'catch' guys. How much work does a guy have to put into his appearance to attract girls? Go to the gym to buildup muscles? Shave? Wear proper clothes and shoes? Money and brains? But compared to what that video above showed us, the male species has it EASY. The average male probably doesn't need to primp for an hour and use 10 over cosmetics on the face!

When u think abt it, it's sad that this society prizes beauty in women and capability in men. Men are supposed to excel at work, capable of earning enough money to support the missus and kids.
Women are supposed to be dainty things who look after the home while men are at work.
Of course society's standards have changed rapidly over the years, but the fact remains that certain stereotypes still linger.

When I got the MOE letter, pple congratulated me on gaining a stable and respectable job for women. Several acquaintances, however, confided the opinion that if it was a man who became a teacher, he would be "useless". Not that teaching is a bad profession, just that pple expect a man to have more ambition, to earn more and have a high flying career (even though a teacher has the potential to earn more as a popular tuition teacher. I've heard some can even earn up to 12K/month). 70% of the population at NIE is female. That kind of tells you something.

It is still a stereotype or subconscious belief that men should be the breadwinners of the family. He may look like shit, but as long as he has a stable character and the capacity to earn $$$, he qualifies as a nice "catch". For a female, she can qualify as suitable wife/girlfriend material as long as she's pretty. Sure, some men may prefer brains over looks, but the hidden inner macho man frequently causes men to look out for big boobs and pretty looks. Both species are capable of judging by looks, but the male species undoubtedly is favored by a patriarchal society that demands a different criteria for the sexes. This was no doubt due to the fact that history records men as the figures of Authority and Law while women were only accessories to men. Different needs: Men as breadwinners and protectors for women, confident in their power, while women became comfort and trophies for the men. This history or stereotype precedes modern society and is probably the reason why women still hanker to convention. This is a world that prizes a woman's looks and leaves her to fight a battle to prove that her wit is no less than her physical attributes.
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Embarrassing moments in life [09 Jun 2010|06:22pm]
So aly and I went out to watch Superwomen In Concert yesterday. It wasn't quite what i expected, but it wasn't that bad either. Unfortunately, I expected something more.... deviant while the performance came out as a rather tame concert of songs. The singers and songs were not bad, but did not actually come out as a display of feminine power. A nice performance but relatively normal, nothing shocking nor impressive. Actually, I suspect it was aimed for a more mature audience that sticks to conventions :| Absolutely Tame and therefore a rather standard performance. Unfortunately, there was nothing that deserves a place in memory lane.

Moving on.

After the performance we went to TCC for a little snack/dinner. I wasn't feeling too well already, but I had believed it wasn't a big deal. Wrong. I vomited in the cafe! luckily i had a plastic bag and vomited into it and not all over the place. I don't think anyone noticed except aly, but at that moment embarrassment and consternation filled me. Damn. Major social embarrassment. It's these little memories that came to haunt u later in life. All of a sudden u get flashbacks and viola! you remember an embarrassing moment of your life. :<

Anyway, I still don't feel very well at the moment. still a bit of stomach upset. On a diet of liquid foods while this illness subsides. Damn. Just when I had planned to up my exercise routine to 3 times a week instead of 2 times. Life sux.

Anyway, here's my NOTD. The absolutely beautiful OPI DS Royal. I managed to find it at Metro in City square mall just a few days ago! Brilliant! I thought it was all sold out :) Usual price was SGD32+ but there was a 20% discount, so it was ard $25+ per bottle. I grabbed the last 2 bottles! Yes! I also bought 1 OPI ds divine and 1 OPI ds glamour. :) nice haul! Yes, i paid over a $100 for these bloody "official", "real" OPI bottles. But i usually get my haul online so i feel justified in paying $$$ getting my lemmings once in a while.

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