How is it already August? Time went too fast and we're past the eighth month of the year. Wow. To be honest, nothing major happening this month but there was one concert I look forward to the most: TVXQ's! So this month's recap would be a word vomit about how I finally am able to witness them live!

I went back to my previous team after a short stint at the global team and honestly, everything went too slow for my liking. But I also took the opportunity to slow down after weeks of chaotic daily deadlines. It felt nice. I think the change refreshed me, which is important for my work. I also took a day off just to rest at home. I think I deserved that.

Truth be told though, nowadays I am suffering from a bad case of questioning myself. Whether my work quality has improved or not, seeing the assessment have been far from my liking. Am I that bad? What can I improve? All narrowed down to the point of wanting to resign so that the office would find a better worker. But I guess, as long as there's no direct complaint then my work should be okay. But seriously, though. Probably I should've asked for honest review face to face.

Last two weeks of August were fun due to two thing: Independence Day Celebration at work and TVXQ Concert -CIRCLE- #with!

I took part in celebration games with charades and despite my brain stopped working in the beginning to explain the rules of games, my coworkers were very patient with my demonstration and I feel super thankful. It can be so hard when your tongue dies in the middle of the sentence despite the overload information you want to say. But they have been very accommodating and everything went smoothly to the end. We also had a night karaoke session which I had too much fun with!


And came the day of TVXQ concert on August 31st! It was amazing and I got a pretty lovely spot next to the extended stage. They sang some of their greatest hits and several new songs. We jammed so hard to the end —which is why I didn't take many photos. Too busy jamming! Though the audience wasn't that much, they still performed so well as if it's a stadium level. I was awed and amazed. I managed to get a signed ball T_T #soblessed (full story and video is on instagram!).

Honestly, even by the time I am typing all of this, it still hasn't felt so much real. I felt like I was dreaming the best dream in my life because it was too good to be true. But it was real! Everything was so sweetly real! And I finally met a lot of friends I made in the decade of stanning them. They've always been the core of my universe. And to be able to meet them, this time in their concert, made me feel super sappy. Everything (finally) was alright with the world.


September came. I will try to improve my work quality and try to save up harder. There were a lot of misfortunes that gave quite a damage to my finance so far and I hope I could start making some progress with my savings. I haven't feel adulting done right in that part :( also, on September there will be a bazaar event in City Hall which I look forward. Can't wait!

How has your August been? Tell me stories. I would like to know x

August Rush

9/08/2019

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How is it already August? Time went too fast and we're past the eighth month of the year. Wow. To be honest, nothing major happening this month but there was one concert I look forward to the most: TVXQ's! So this month's recap would be a word vomit about how I finally am able to witness them live!

I went back to my previous team after a short stint at the global team and honestly, everything went too slow for my liking. But I also took the opportunity to slow down after weeks of chaotic daily deadlines. It felt nice. I think the change refreshed me, which is important for my work. I also took a day off just to rest at home. I think I deserved that.

Truth be told though, nowadays I am suffering from a bad case of questioning myself. Whether my work quality has improved or not, seeing the assessment have been far from my liking. Am I that bad? What can I improve? All narrowed down to the point of wanting to resign so that the office would find a better worker. But I guess, as long as there's no direct complaint then my work should be okay. But seriously, though. Probably I should've asked for honest review face to face.

Last two weeks of August were fun due to two thing: Independence Day Celebration at work and TVXQ Concert -CIRCLE- #with!

I took part in celebration games with charades and despite my brain stopped working in the beginning to explain the rules of games, my coworkers were very patient with my demonstration and I feel super thankful. It can be so hard when your tongue dies in the middle of the sentence despite the overload information you want to say. But they have been very accommodating and everything went smoothly to the end. We also had a night karaoke session which I had too much fun with!


And came the day of TVXQ concert on August 31st! It was amazing and I got a pretty lovely spot next to the extended stage. They sang some of their greatest hits and several new songs. We jammed so hard to the end —which is why I didn't take many photos. Too busy jamming! Though the audience wasn't that much, they still performed so well as if it's a stadium level. I was awed and amazed. I managed to get a signed ball T_T #soblessed (full story and video is on instagram!).

Honestly, even by the time I am typing all of this, it still hasn't felt so much real. I felt like I was dreaming the best dream in my life because it was too good to be true. But it was real! Everything was so sweetly real! And I finally met a lot of friends I made in the decade of stanning them. They've always been the core of my universe. And to be able to meet them, this time in their concert, made me feel super sappy. Everything (finally) was alright with the world.


September came. I will try to improve my work quality and try to save up harder. There were a lot of misfortunes that gave quite a damage to my finance so far and I hope I could start making some progress with my savings. I haven't feel adulting done right in that part :( also, on September there will be a bazaar event in City Hall which I look forward. Can't wait!

How has your August been? Tell me stories. I would like to know x

Hello. We're halfway through 2019 now (cue cold sweats). How has July been for you? To me, it's somewhat chaotic. The work seemed endless, little personal hardships here and there. But as always there's a little delight I found here and there. Again, trying to take it easy because I always think I have too much on my plate. Maybe not. Maybe I am just easily overwhelmed nowadays.


I started the month by watching the long-anticipated Spider-man: Far from Home which exceeded all expectations. I always love Sony's new approach with Tom Holland's Spidey and make it a teenage coming-of-age movie with a touch of a superhero. I love this one far better than Homecoming because of personal reasons hehe. I also managed to watch the winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or, Parasite from South Korea. It's amazing and the twists, which are to be expected from the title, actually came unexpectedly. Really love the whole Asian household struggle and it quite hits home in some aspects. The ending made me icky in a good way and honestly, I can't recommend it enough.

A very lovely surprise came mid-month: my favorite group, TVXQ, is coming to town late August! So excited! Truth be told, I have given up any hope of watching their concert unless I go to Korea and/or Japan (last time I watched them was at a joint concert in 2012). But they are going to come! I'm glad!

I also managed to sneak in a moment to watch Avengers Endgame Extended, which was a little not worth it though I am loving the Stan Lee Tribute. But honestly, nothing new. Might as well skip it.

So the category I wanted for the TVXQ concert was sold out in less than a minute when the sales opened and I was heartbroken. I was heavily unsure if my leg could withstand long hours of standing (because it even hurts to stand for too long in the bus right now) so I persisted to wait in case a new batch opens. Newsflash: it didn't. So I relegated and chose a standing ticket in the center. I really have no excuses to delay the checkup now.

I also ended my temporary stint in the global department by the end of the month. I never felt I learned so much in such a short span of time. I learned a lot about management be it in time and working, increased productivity, speaking —from all those webcam meetings. Also, the hidden power that Google Sheets hold. Wow.

In case you didn't notice, I failed to post my half-year movie review. I really was meaning to post it before August starts, but of course, I couldn't. But!!! It's live now!!! Come give it some lovin'!!!

Something I've been meaning to post is a little roundup of me being a little tourist in the city. Nothing much, probably just more photos than text. You could expect that in the coming weeks.

I didn't want to expect much this August because I somehow can sense the personal impending doom. Again, trying to take it slow. But I do have some watchlist to tick off and maybe a short trip to museums and open spaces so that I don't feel too bummed out. We'll see.

How was your July?

And July

8/10/2019

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Hello. We're halfway through 2019 now (cue cold sweats). How has July been for you? To me, it's somewhat chaotic. The work seemed endless, little personal hardships here and there. But as always there's a little delight I found here and there. Again, trying to take it easy because I always think I have too much on my plate. Maybe not. Maybe I am just easily overwhelmed nowadays.


I started the month by watching the long-anticipated Spider-man: Far from Home which exceeded all expectations. I always love Sony's new approach with Tom Holland's Spidey and make it a teenage coming-of-age movie with a touch of a superhero. I love this one far better than Homecoming because of personal reasons hehe. I also managed to watch the winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or, Parasite from South Korea. It's amazing and the twists, which are to be expected from the title, actually came unexpectedly. Really love the whole Asian household struggle and it quite hits home in some aspects. The ending made me icky in a good way and honestly, I can't recommend it enough.

A very lovely surprise came mid-month: my favorite group, TVXQ, is coming to town late August! So excited! Truth be told, I have given up any hope of watching their concert unless I go to Korea and/or Japan (last time I watched them was at a joint concert in 2012). But they are going to come! I'm glad!

I also managed to sneak in a moment to watch Avengers Endgame Extended, which was a little not worth it though I am loving the Stan Lee Tribute. But honestly, nothing new. Might as well skip it.

So the category I wanted for the TVXQ concert was sold out in less than a minute when the sales opened and I was heartbroken. I was heavily unsure if my leg could withstand long hours of standing (because it even hurts to stand for too long in the bus right now) so I persisted to wait in case a new batch opens. Newsflash: it didn't. So I relegated and chose a standing ticket in the center. I really have no excuses to delay the checkup now.

I also ended my temporary stint in the global department by the end of the month. I never felt I learned so much in such a short span of time. I learned a lot about management be it in time and working, increased productivity, speaking —from all those webcam meetings. Also, the hidden power that Google Sheets hold. Wow.

In case you didn't notice, I failed to post my half-year movie review. I really was meaning to post it before August starts, but of course, I couldn't. But!!! It's live now!!! Come give it some lovin'!!!

Something I've been meaning to post is a little roundup of me being a little tourist in the city. Nothing much, probably just more photos than text. You could expect that in the coming weeks.

I didn't want to expect much this August because I somehow can sense the personal impending doom. Again, trying to take it slow. But I do have some watchlist to tick off and maybe a short trip to museums and open spaces so that I don't feel too bummed out. We'll see.

How was your July?

The first half of the year saw me still into blockbuster movies yet trying to break out with watching only one Indonesian movie. I am still on never-ending adjustment period but it was pretty bearable now — except for the hellhole that was February. Nevertheless, I had fun! I learned that underestimating things can reward you in the sweetest way possible. Also, some closure feels better than the rest. Here are the movies I watched in the first half of 2019.


2019 Movies Reviewed, First Half

8/03/2019


The first half of the year saw me still into blockbuster movies yet trying to break out with watching only one Indonesian movie. I am still on never-ending adjustment period but it was pretty bearable now — except for the hellhole that was February. Nevertheless, I had fun! I learned that underestimating things can reward you in the sweetest way possible. Also, some closure feels better than the rest. Here are the movies I watched in the first half of 2019.



June was a bit overwhelming. Ied Holiday which resulted in a week-long break from the office. Minor accident on the way to work. Got bangs. Went to another walking trip. Just feeling more tired than usual but all is good and fine. Anyone felt that June was unusually long?

Ied Holiday break arrived earlier this month. A well-needed break in which I fully used to, what else, sleep. The family gathering was a bit emotional this year due to personal circumstances. But it went fine. No photos because, though I did my loveliest makeup that day, I always relegated to do the dishes #AsianWomanHouseholdProblem

Funny story: I moved to a new global department this month and it involves a lot of webcam meetings. That's when I noticed my forehead is criminally wide -_- So by the next weekend, I ran to a hair salon to get bangs and little trim. I felt so much better and less insecure during meetings now haha

I had a minor accident on my way to work. One morning, I took a bus and I have to go down the stairs of the pedestrian overpass. I took a misstep and sprained my foot. It hurts like hell but I am grateful so many people helped me to get to the office. I had it massaged later that afternoon then soak it in warm water and salt, and the pain subsided by the next day. It still hurts to this day but only if I put it on a funny angle. I shall get it re-checked soon if only I'm not so busy!


I went to another walking tour by JKT Good Guide in collaboration with Semasa Piknik event during the capital city's anniversary. The tour was around Lapangan Banteng which was pretty similar to the previous tour I joined with Seratus Persen Manusia. It was pretty exhausting but super lovely since it was held in the afternoon to nighttime. Jakarta is indeed magical in the golden hour.


I went on a shopping spree because Uniqlo released another manga UT which features... Detective Conan! I, a Conan enthusiast went straight away and bought three tees. I am happy because the details are subtle enough that I can use every day without looking too merchandise-y but also clear enough for other enthusiasts to see.

Somehow it slipped my mind that I watched Aladdin by the end of May, so there's that. On June I only managed to watch the long-anticipated X-Men: Dark Phoenix. it's not disappointing but I can see why people aren't satisfied with it. a lot of things built to a great momentum only to fell flat. But I personally think that fighting sequence before the final one is looking great, almost MCU-like. Fassbender always owns his Magneto hard and it's nice to see younger ones stepping up to their role. I think this was far better than the mess that was X-3.

I also went to one wedding by the end of June. I was considering to buy a new dress but knowing the venue was too far from home and I would want to easily move here and there while still looking pretty, I declined. I wore the exact same top and pants from one April wedding and threw over a long kimono just to spice things up. I didn't regret it but I think I need to re-evaluate my formal/party wardrobe.

How was your June like? 2019 second half, here we go!

Into June

7/15/2019

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June was a bit overwhelming. Ied Holiday which resulted in a week-long break from the office. Minor accident on the way to work. Got bangs. Went to another walking trip. Just feeling more tired than usual but all is good and fine. Anyone felt that June was unusually long?

Ied Holiday break arrived earlier this month. A well-needed break in which I fully used to, what else, sleep. The family gathering was a bit emotional this year due to personal circumstances. But it went fine. No photos because, though I did my loveliest makeup that day, I always relegated to do the dishes #AsianWomanHouseholdProblem

Funny story: I moved to a new global department this month and it involves a lot of webcam meetings. That's when I noticed my forehead is criminally wide -_- So by the next weekend, I ran to a hair salon to get bangs and little trim. I felt so much better and less insecure during meetings now haha

I had a minor accident on my way to work. One morning, I took a bus and I have to go down the stairs of the pedestrian overpass. I took a misstep and sprained my foot. It hurts like hell but I am grateful so many people helped me to get to the office. I had it massaged later that afternoon then soak it in warm water and salt, and the pain subsided by the next day. It still hurts to this day but only if I put it on a funny angle. I shall get it re-checked soon if only I'm not so busy!


I went to another walking tour by JKT Good Guide in collaboration with Semasa Piknik event during the capital city's anniversary. The tour was around Lapangan Banteng which was pretty similar to the previous tour I joined with Seratus Persen Manusia. It was pretty exhausting but super lovely since it was held in the afternoon to nighttime. Jakarta is indeed magical in the golden hour.


I went on a shopping spree because Uniqlo released another manga UT which features... Detective Conan! I, a Conan enthusiast went straight away and bought three tees. I am happy because the details are subtle enough that I can use every day without looking too merchandise-y but also clear enough for other enthusiasts to see.

Somehow it slipped my mind that I watched Aladdin by the end of May, so there's that. On June I only managed to watch the long-anticipated X-Men: Dark Phoenix. it's not disappointing but I can see why people aren't satisfied with it. a lot of things built to a great momentum only to fell flat. But I personally think that fighting sequence before the final one is looking great, almost MCU-like. Fassbender always owns his Magneto hard and it's nice to see younger ones stepping up to their role. I think this was far better than the mess that was X-3.

I also went to one wedding by the end of June. I was considering to buy a new dress but knowing the venue was too far from home and I would want to easily move here and there while still looking pretty, I declined. I wore the exact same top and pants from one April wedding and threw over a long kimono just to spice things up. I didn't regret it but I think I need to re-evaluate my formal/party wardrobe.

How was your June like? 2019 second half, here we go!

I went to Jogja mid-April for a friend's wedding after four years. Vacation which felt more like a staycation. But I am happy. I spent my two days coffee-hopping and staying inside the inn because I am tired from accumulated months of working.

The inn I was stayed at, Woodpecker Pavilion, was quite far from downtown but it's near colleges thus made it the region of student's dorms. Also mean one thing: cheap food. I only managed to try Ayam Geprek Bu Rum nearby for lunch yet believe me I am still craving for it a month later. There's a coffee shop on the lower ground which I haven't managed to try. But I definitely will stay here again next time.


Aside from the wedding I only spent my two days coffee hopping. First was Couvee, newly opened coffee store in Seturan. The ambiance was so nice albeit chilly (I wear rather flowy tops too so it contributed, maybe). When we came it was packed with people spending the night or students finishing their assignment. I ordered Java which has quite a strong acidity level but not enough to keep me awake. I really like it. I will definitely come to the one in Jakarta soon.


The second one was Filosofi Kopi in Jogja. I went to the one in Jakarta just before I went to this one. While the Jakarta counterpart uses former building of a bespoke tailoring shop, its Jogja counterpart uses mini houses with one giant house in the center as brewing spot and cashier table. Makes it more homey and perfect to spend an hour or two (my friend said the night view is one to die for). The barista sold me on caramel latte but it was too sweet. Better stick with the usual latte then.

Too short? Yes. Well needed? Absolutely. Would do it again? Maybe, with better planning. I would like to try a week off.

Where have you gone lately?

Jogjakarta

7/07/2019


I went to Jogja mid-April for a friend's wedding after four years. Vacation which felt more like a staycation. But I am happy. I spent my two days coffee-hopping and staying inside the inn because I am tired from accumulated months of working.

The inn I was stayed at, Woodpecker Pavilion, was quite far from downtown but it's near colleges thus made it the region of student's dorms. Also mean one thing: cheap food. I only managed to try Ayam Geprek Bu Rum nearby for lunch yet believe me I am still craving for it a month later. There's a coffee shop on the lower ground which I haven't managed to try. But I definitely will stay here again next time.


Aside from the wedding I only spent my two days coffee hopping. First was Couvee, newly opened coffee store in Seturan. The ambiance was so nice albeit chilly (I wear rather flowy tops too so it contributed, maybe). When we came it was packed with people spending the night or students finishing their assignment. I ordered Java which has quite a strong acidity level but not enough to keep me awake. I really like it. I will definitely come to the one in Jakarta soon.


The second one was Filosofi Kopi in Jogja. I went to the one in Jakarta just before I went to this one. While the Jakarta counterpart uses former building of a bespoke tailoring shop, its Jogja counterpart uses mini houses with one giant house in the center as brewing spot and cashier table. Makes it more homey and perfect to spend an hour or two (my friend said the night view is one to die for). The barista sold me on caramel latte but it was too sweet. Better stick with the usual latte then.

Too short? Yes. Well needed? Absolutely. Would do it again? Maybe, with better planning. I would like to try a week off.

Where have you gone lately?

This is incredibly late. I know. Bear with this one failed so-called Blogger™.

May! The fifth month of the year! Along came Ramadan month in which we Muslims are fasting. The on-going struggle was represented by sleepiness and thirst. Resulted in short naps on a daily basis. I did get my work done but I just feel like I wasted my fasting when I was supposed to do something meaningful, you know? I don't really mind, though.

One day I brought Sapiens to work to distract me from sleeping. Assigned me to read one chapter per day. I did take a nap once or twice. But I also happy to say that I made progress to half of the book so I'd say I succeed! It gets amusing when it talks about religion — fitting to the month. And I found myself looking forward to reading more.

I spent the majority of the month at home to avoid people lol It happened when you try to keep your fasting and everyone got irritating. Despite I did nothing religion-specific throughout I feel well-rested by taking time for myself. I tried to take things slower instead of strike-it-while-its-hot. Also appreciating food in general. First and foremost, coffee.

I had no idea how dependent I was until I couldn't take any on the peak of the day. Too sleepy to function!

I took two days off early May just because I feel like it. Just resting and doing nothing aside of house cleaning. Nothing special. I just feel like I haven't take any day off aside of sick day in almost a year of working (!!) so there's that. It's nice.

I went to watch Pokemon Detective Pikachu on the first day of viewing. As expected it fell flat on the story. But I'd give anything to see real-life Pokemon antics. I really love the CGI. As if they put a whole lot of love in it. There's this scene of Pikachu laying on its back and you just knew the softness of the fur on its belly. Also Bulbasaur's beautiful irises. I can go on forever. They really made my day.


I also watched Avengers: Endgame again. For the last time. As the credit roll crept up, I sat there in silence, tears running down my cheeks. I don't want to leave. It's like parting with a bunch of best friends at the graduation. Parting with the sweet time you'll never knew you'll ever have again. It was so bittersweet this time.

The last movie for the month is long-awaited John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. I did feel it's more fulfilling than the second one. The whole story works better. More nuance, more depth, and closed the trilogy nicely. But I also think that nothing is quite remarkable? Majority of fight choreo fell flat aside of the first ten minutes and Wick VS The Raid alumnus: Kang Yayan and Kang Cecep. There were also parts of the story which are predictable and cliche. Overall a weak movie but I'd say it's a notch better than the second one.

I had the worst PMS breakout this month. Anyone feel as we're getting older the PMS gets more painful with horrible side effects? I had zits all over my temple and it was frustrating. It prompted me to try a local acne facial mask since I knew I couldn't prevent it so might as well just treat it afterward. I think it worked well! Just need to be very patient and use it twice a week without fail.

I also splurged a bit on few pieces of stuff: Nacific Real Floral Toner Calendula, The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, ELF Lip Exfoliator, and Neogen Bio-Peel in wine. Been loving each of them so far! Will definitely update the progress when I finished with them all!

So how was your May? I hope it's far more energizing on your side. Can you believe we're halfway through 2019? Time indeed flew too fast!

Come Again May

6/29/2019

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This is incredibly late. I know. Bear with this one failed so-called Blogger™.

May! The fifth month of the year! Along came Ramadan month in which we Muslims are fasting. The on-going struggle was represented by sleepiness and thirst. Resulted in short naps on a daily basis. I did get my work done but I just feel like I wasted my fasting when I was supposed to do something meaningful, you know? I don't really mind, though.

One day I brought Sapiens to work to distract me from sleeping. Assigned me to read one chapter per day. I did take a nap once or twice. But I also happy to say that I made progress to half of the book so I'd say I succeed! It gets amusing when it talks about religion — fitting to the month. And I found myself looking forward to reading more.

I spent the majority of the month at home to avoid people lol It happened when you try to keep your fasting and everyone got irritating. Despite I did nothing religion-specific throughout I feel well-rested by taking time for myself. I tried to take things slower instead of strike-it-while-its-hot. Also appreciating food in general. First and foremost, coffee.

I had no idea how dependent I was until I couldn't take any on the peak of the day. Too sleepy to function!

I took two days off early May just because I feel like it. Just resting and doing nothing aside of house cleaning. Nothing special. I just feel like I haven't take any day off aside of sick day in almost a year of working (!!) so there's that. It's nice.

I went to watch Pokemon Detective Pikachu on the first day of viewing. As expected it fell flat on the story. But I'd give anything to see real-life Pokemon antics. I really love the CGI. As if they put a whole lot of love in it. There's this scene of Pikachu laying on its back and you just knew the softness of the fur on its belly. Also Bulbasaur's beautiful irises. I can go on forever. They really made my day.


I also watched Avengers: Endgame again. For the last time. As the credit roll crept up, I sat there in silence, tears running down my cheeks. I don't want to leave. It's like parting with a bunch of best friends at the graduation. Parting with the sweet time you'll never knew you'll ever have again. It was so bittersweet this time.

The last movie for the month is long-awaited John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. I did feel it's more fulfilling than the second one. The whole story works better. More nuance, more depth, and closed the trilogy nicely. But I also think that nothing is quite remarkable? Majority of fight choreo fell flat aside of the first ten minutes and Wick VS The Raid alumnus: Kang Yayan and Kang Cecep. There were also parts of the story which are predictable and cliche. Overall a weak movie but I'd say it's a notch better than the second one.

I had the worst PMS breakout this month. Anyone feel as we're getting older the PMS gets more painful with horrible side effects? I had zits all over my temple and it was frustrating. It prompted me to try a local acne facial mask since I knew I couldn't prevent it so might as well just treat it afterward. I think it worked well! Just need to be very patient and use it twice a week without fail.

I also splurged a bit on few pieces of stuff: Nacific Real Floral Toner Calendula, The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, ELF Lip Exfoliator, and Neogen Bio-Peel in wine. Been loving each of them so far! Will definitely update the progress when I finished with them all!

So how was your May? I hope it's far more energizing on your side. Can you believe we're halfway through 2019? Time indeed flew too fast!
Just a quick empties post since I realized this blog has been barren of anything in the beauty department. Earlier this year I finally bit the bullet and tried two of The Ordinary products: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Lactic Acid 10% + HA. I also tried two products from a local brand named Avoskin which are Intensive Nourishing Eye Cream and Perfect Hydrating Treatment Essence (not pictured). After finished with them, here are my thoughts.


Avoskin Perfect Hydrating Treatment Essence


It was one of the well-hyped essences from a local brand since its release a little to two years ago. Seeing they had a promo of the mini size of it and the eye cream I felt like it was the time for me to give them a try. At first, it was pretty confusing since most of the reviews suggest I use this prior to hydrating toner because it's a prep essence. I did, but I didn't feel any effect — in fact, I felt my skin was even drier than usual. So I started to use it just in place of essence, after toner. It does feel more hydrating but not enough. My skin was unusually drier at the start of this year so maybe that also played a factor or two. It's a good essence but I definitely could use something more hydrating. Might have to revisit it sometime.
Repurchase? Maybe. (here)

Avoskin Intensive Nourishing Eye Cream


I felt like it was time for me to start adding an eye cream to my skincare routine no matter how skeptical I am. My panda eyes put any panda to shame! Nevertheless, I tried. I did feel my under eyes were more moist, which gave effect as if I slept eight hours or more the night before. It does do as its claim to reduce puffiness but nothing to tame my dark circles. If anything, it made me want to try more eye creams!
Repurchase? Maybe. (here)

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5


After my stint with Avoskin essence ended, I felt adventurous and wanting to try something from The Ordinary. The timing is perfect since I've put it off for a while. The biggest problem was it sounded too chemist-y and a bit overwhelming. I found this (in Indonesian) and started to make the purchase accordingly. I did say I am impressed! And still is! It moistured my face well and still holds up well to mid-day if not more. My face felt a lot plumper, thus made me look more awake. My skin felt smoother, making makeup application glides easily. My only qualm was the price. It's 4/5 of CosRX essences but only has around 1/3 of it.
Repurchase? Yes.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA


My well-beloved CosRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid was running out and I think it's time to venture to another brand so I purchased it. I think it does its job well but my CosRX was better. The slight advantage it has was my face felt more hydrated after use. Both exfoliate my face well, yet due to the slight hydrating effect of The Ordinary's it always makes me feel less 'clean'. But I quite liked it.
Repurchase? Yes.


Currently, I am trying various brands, both local and Korean. Also more from The Ordinary! I had a major PMS breakout a while ago and still recovering so I tried several face masks too. Will keep you posted with my review once I finished with them all!

Any recent skincare product you used up?

So I Used Up Some Stuff

5/31/2019

Just a quick empties post since I realized this blog has been barren of anything in the beauty department. Earlier this year I finally bit the bullet and tried two of The Ordinary products: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Lactic Acid 10% + HA. I also tried two products from a local brand named Avoskin which are Intensive Nourishing Eye Cream and Perfect Hydrating Treatment Essence (not pictured). After finished with them, here are my thoughts.


Avoskin Perfect Hydrating Treatment Essence


It was one of the well-hyped essences from a local brand since its release a little to two years ago. Seeing they had a promo of the mini size of it and the eye cream I felt like it was the time for me to give them a try. At first, it was pretty confusing since most of the reviews suggest I use this prior to hydrating toner because it's a prep essence. I did, but I didn't feel any effect — in fact, I felt my skin was even drier than usual. So I started to use it just in place of essence, after toner. It does feel more hydrating but not enough. My skin was unusually drier at the start of this year so maybe that also played a factor or two. It's a good essence but I definitely could use something more hydrating. Might have to revisit it sometime.
Repurchase? Maybe. (here)

Avoskin Intensive Nourishing Eye Cream


I felt like it was time for me to start adding an eye cream to my skincare routine no matter how skeptical I am. My panda eyes put any panda to shame! Nevertheless, I tried. I did feel my under eyes were more moist, which gave effect as if I slept eight hours or more the night before. It does do as its claim to reduce puffiness but nothing to tame my dark circles. If anything, it made me want to try more eye creams!
Repurchase? Maybe. (here)

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5


After my stint with Avoskin essence ended, I felt adventurous and wanting to try something from The Ordinary. The timing is perfect since I've put it off for a while. The biggest problem was it sounded too chemist-y and a bit overwhelming. I found this (in Indonesian) and started to make the purchase accordingly. I did say I am impressed! And still is! It moistured my face well and still holds up well to mid-day if not more. My face felt a lot plumper, thus made me look more awake. My skin felt smoother, making makeup application glides easily. My only qualm was the price. It's 4/5 of CosRX essences but only has around 1/3 of it.
Repurchase? Yes.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA


My well-beloved CosRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid was running out and I think it's time to venture to another brand so I purchased it. I think it does its job well but my CosRX was better. The slight advantage it has was my face felt more hydrated after use. Both exfoliate my face well, yet due to the slight hydrating effect of The Ordinary's it always makes me feel less 'clean'. But I quite liked it.
Repurchase? Yes.


Currently, I am trying various brands, both local and Korean. Also more from The Ordinary! I had a major PMS breakout a while ago and still recovering so I tried several face masks too. Will keep you posted with my review once I finished with them all!

Any recent skincare product you used up?

April made me realize I am drained and bummed out. It feels wrong to make work as my sole escapade from the dread I am feeling about myself and my life. I want to get excited about life again. Really excited about doing something, looking forward to certain events... How was it feel like? It was an endless maze of searching for that fun in life and honestly, I didn't feel like myself for the whole month. Do you ever feel something similar? It sucks.

April Showers

5/18/2019

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April made me realize I am drained and bummed out. It feels wrong to make work as my sole escapade from the dread I am feeling about myself and my life. I want to get excited about life again. Really excited about doing something, looking forward to certain events... How was it feel like? It was an endless maze of searching for that fun in life and honestly, I didn't feel like myself for the whole month. Do you ever feel something similar? It sucks.



March was a bit on the depressive state. Aside from all the hecticness in life, there's this indescribable heavy pang I felt throughout. Disappointment? Guilt? I was trying to stay sane when everything feels like falling apart. I found solace in city traveling and shopping, which is bad. But here are some stories.

Managed to snap a gorgeous sunset on my way home. I think I developed a skill to take a photo when the motorbike halted due to a traffic jam — yes, it requires a skill to balance your hand on top of the helmet! Kind of missing this clear sky. April hasn't gone without rain so far.

And We March On

4/07/2019

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March was a bit on the depressive state. Aside from all the hecticness in life, there's this indescribable heavy pang I felt throughout. Disappointment? Guilt? I was trying to stay sane when everything feels like falling apart. I found solace in city traveling and shopping, which is bad. But here are some stories.

Managed to snap a gorgeous sunset on my way home. I think I developed a skill to take a photo when the motorbike halted due to a traffic jam — yes, it requires a skill to balance your hand on top of the helmet! Kind of missing this clear sky. April hasn't gone without rain so far.


February has been gentle and kind. Gentle in its way of sending waves of realization that flows ever so smoothly to gratefulness. Kind despite the hecticness that is workload I don't have to worry about many things and everything I want and need are just delivered right to me without much hardship and difficulty. What a month it was.

February Odds and Ends

3/11/2019

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February has been gentle and kind. Gentle in its way of sending waves of realization that flows ever so smoothly to gratefulness. Kind despite the hecticness that is workload I don't have to worry about many things and everything I want and need are just delivered right to me without much hardship and difficulty. What a month it was.



2018 was quite a transformative year in every aspect for me. So does in my viewing preference. I used to only go to the movies to watch movies that have been in my watchlist, but I began to enjoy festival movies too — albeit still on the more popular side. What I didn't like is that I never seem to go and watch movies alone as of late. Where's the old confident me go?

2018 Movies, Reviewed

2/24/2019

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2018 was quite a transformative year in every aspect for me. So does in my viewing preference. I used to only go to the movies to watch movies that have been in my watchlist, but I began to enjoy festival movies too — albeit still on the more popular side. What I didn't like is that I never seem to go and watch movies alone as of late. Where's the old confident me go?


Back to scheduled posting, I guess? I don't know whether I should keep up with Highs and Lows or put updates in separate boxes but eh, let's do this again. Bear with me with the slow updates as I'm trying to work my way through work-life balance and pushing myself to take more photos despite my mundane life.

The photo above was ever so kindly taken by my workmate when we were waiting for a cab. I rarely got my photo taken by others so I treasured it so much (cries).

How January Goes

2/04/2019

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Back to scheduled posting, I guess? I don't know whether I should keep up with Highs and Lows or put updates in separate boxes but eh, let's do this again. Bear with me with the slow updates as I'm trying to work my way through work-life balance and pushing myself to take more photos despite my mundane life.

The photo above was ever so kindly taken by my workmate when we were waiting for a cab. I rarely got my photo taken by others so I treasured it so much (cries).

A Wordsmith.