Friday, July 29, 2011

clip of the day: le petit prince et la planète du temps

If some one loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, “My flower’s up there somewhere. . . .” But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it’s as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn’t important?

Friday, July 22, 2011

urbanscapes virgin no more..


I finally got my wellingtons worth... after 8 years! There's so much truth in the whole 'shoes = investments' theory after all. Almost a decade ago when the family was having a Fun USA vacation and when wellingtons were the rave(!!), I found a pair in Target's children department on a crazy 75% sale. You have to understand since this was no necessity, the parental units were not prepared to shell out more than RM100 on some ridiculously frivolous pair of footwear. As usual, what I thought was a compulsory turned out to be history and the heart-printed rubber boots ended up adorning the back of my shoe cupboard. But... fast forward 8 years later, it turned out to be the best US$15 I've ever spent on shoes!

The crisp morning air of Padang Astaka was invigorating! Walking pass vendors setting up and waving hello to familiar faces sent a warm fuzzy feeling down my tummy. Bands were doing last-minute sound checks as joggers made their way out. Such a brilliant start to a Sunday.

Peony kept me company as I worked through the decor and display. She's a real laugh. Didn't mind her unicorn dust at all!

Voila! Whadya think?? It was my interpretation of Paris Summertime. Imagine the French city-slickers watching the garden buzz as they rest lazily on wooden park benches while basking in the sun!

Peony brought a friend. This is Ouef. He heard Peony raving about Urbanscapes and came to check it out. He wanted to help out at the stall but nobody understood unicorn talk so he decided to prance dashingly about instead..!

I ought to have taken more pictures of the event. Feel like kicking myself for neglecting my Harenizumi. Still I did, though, take a picture of Oh and Ah: a stall that sweats awesomeness ;D

I have zero idea why I always pull a retarded face when taking a picture with the lovely Adeline of ilovesnackfood. She came to get a *bisou*bonbon Lavender body scrub for her friend. Hope her mate likes the gift!

This cute lil' cupcake actually came back to buy our Mozzie-A-Go-Go with her own piggy bank money! We feel so touched and hope our handmade natural insect repellent will keep the mosquitoes at bay as she cartwheels around the padang.

Big shout out to Rina Omar for dropping by the booth and picking up a jar of *bisou* bonbon body scrub! She bought a tub of Lemon-Mint lip scrub too. Such a darling :) Rina, who used to host Quickie on 8TV, is currently a Wildlife Educator (OMG uber cool right??) at True Discovery. Her passion for flora and fauna is admirable!

The heat and humidity was a tad overbearing but it's nothing compared to the support and love shown by the festival goers and friends. I feel so blessed to be in the company of such amazing people. Thank you all once again!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

of the disappearing act and sephora

“Hello again. The words that make me smile.”
... Only Lonely, Hootie & The Blowfish ...

Here I am awoken from a virtual coma!

How’re you babydolls? These few months have been a frenzy what with the crazy workload in the government clinic, budding business, extended hours, studies... all the while juggling my responsibilities as a wife / daughter / sister / friend / blogger. It feels like I am trapped in a Rack with all four limbs at the verge of being dislocated from my trunk! Everyone wants a piece of me and the obligation is terribly overwhelming. At this point something’s gotta give hence the disappearing act. This post is dedicated to my blog reader (I forgot your name but you know who you are... do remind me if you’re reading this and leave a note in my ‘comments’!) who came up to me and my booth at Urbanscapes asking me why haven’t I blogged lately? She said it much more gently of course but to me it was a real screeching siren. She was right and I was a blogging jerk. How could I have neglected this space? How could I have treated this blog like an old ragdoll? So here I am writing again... something I’ve not done in a long while (that and reading books).
My adult acne appears like it’s here to stay and unless I can focus on nothing, my mind will constantly scheme which in turn will continue to mess up my hormones... aaargh the frustrating vicious cycle of stress! I can’t live with it yet I can’t live without it.
Work has been challenging. On a bad day I can see up to 140 patients. It doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that I average on 3.4 minutes per person. 140 quirks and complaints cooped up in a little windowless shell on a shared table with zero breakfast time and 2 toilet breaks = a pretty unhappy doctor. I thought I would be happier in a clinic... and though I would never return to a hospital setting (for the life of me I cannot tolerate oncalls), I have to admit life there was less a pressure cooker than it is now. Ever so often (daily actually) we encounter slackers who try to score an mc.

“And the award for the best liar goes to you...”
... Take A Bow, Rihanna ...

It’s a daily struggle putting up with aggression from people who demand for an mc as if I owe them the freaking universe for that RM1 they pay for registration. You do not get one just because you want one or think you deserve one. A lady reported me because I refused her an mc. As much as I’ve built a lead wall around me, hurtful words never fail to push through the nooks and crannies making me question my judgement. Still I always believe in the mantra ‘berani kerana benar’ which is how I get through days like that. She got me into alot of trouble and I silently curse her for that. It’s weird how fate works, our paths crossed again when her daughter fell ill. As I was examining the child, I paused at the familiar rude voice and looked up. I could not put my finger on her face. I functioned as I always did, all the while racking my brain to put an incident to a face. She was surprisingly nice and appreciative. She thanked me like 5 times for goodness sakes! And she wished me and my table mate a nice day. At that time I was still oblivious until my tablemate reminded me that she was the obnoxious lady who crapped up my day! It was seriously bizarre. “Baru dia tau yang kita memang kerja betul. Dia macam terhegeh-hegeh pulak padahal kita kerja macam biasa je.” My nurse was spot on. Perhaps the woman did have a heart... perhaps she realized her impulsive mistake and was worried I would hold it against her. Perhaps she was surprised I did not penalize her child for her blunder. Well this is not how I roll. Ahh... the daily dilemmas in a government clinic!
I apologize if the blog was on *bisou* bonbon overload. It’s all I think about these days. Do all business people behave this way? I can’t help but be obsessed with my work. It’s my baby... it’s something I literally built with my two bare hands. People are surprised to find out that it’s a one-woman show over at *bisou* bonbon. From sourcing for supplies to coming up with new products to designing logos / flyers to sticking the labels etc.. It’s all me. Yea it’s tiring but it’s a different sort of lethargy when you’re doing something you’re passionate about. I wish this is my day job instead. I wish I could wake up and start brewing balms or stirring scrubs :) Here’s to wishful thinking...
Oh and have you been to SEPHORA?? I cannot believe it took me so long to get my non-scrawny ass there because that place is beyoootiful! It’s bling. It’s glam. It’s flossy flossy :) Tres Shelbulous! My eyes darted from left to right to the left again... taking it all in: the black marble floors, the eye-popping product colours blaring from the fluoro-lighted shelves, the array of testers, the liberty granted upon you to peruse hassle-free *happy sigh*. Excuse the gushing-lah, I haven’t been out lately. Although the space is smaller than what’s perceived outside and the fact that Sephora KL carries way too few range of products (WTF? No Bliss??), I still welcome this new breath of fresh air to the local beauty retail industry. I bought:

1. Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser

2. Sephora Long-Lasting Eye Liner in 13 Fancy Blue

3. Sephora Double-Ended Perfect Complexion Brush

3. Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner To Go

4. Sephora Liner Electro-Glitter Eye Pencil in Silver Electro 03

5. Skyn Iceland Detox Kit for Stressed Skin

Sephora Starhill
Starhill Gallery
181, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Sephora Suria KLCC
C22, Concourse Floor,
Suria KLCC,
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur

Did you get Sephora psycho?? Do share your haul *curious* ;)

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