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Monday, March 20, 2017

Colour Me Bright, Colour Me Right

As the saying goes Clothes Maketh The Man (Or Woman), I truly believe first impression counts. Sometimes people do judge you by the clothes you wear. Last weekend, I was given an opportunity to expand my knowledge on the topic of image remake. 
Sometimes we have to dress to the occasion,dress to blend in or dress to impress. I am so glad I have her to do some image coaching on me and on areas which I can improve.
 Josephine Lui is one of the most charismatic lady I've ever met. Josephine is certainly one chic lady I admire. She has impeccable taste in clothes and I am grateful to learn from her.
Josephine is a certified image consultant in Malaysia with vast experience in coaching and training for corporate companies and big brands consul and hire her for personal training for staff development in areas like grooming, fashion style, etiquette, communication. This woman is one power house!!! She is the Principle and Consultant of FIRST IMAGE TRAINING, a corporate image training company and a member of the AICI, the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide. I am truly blessed to have this special workshop session with her.

The class listening attentively to her tips and sharing session.

Colour Me Bright, Colour Me Right!
First, there was a colour analysis done to see if we look better in Gold or Silver. The entire process is to determine the temperature of our skin and if we are more suited to warm or cool colours. Gold = Warm, Silver = Cool. And guess what!!! I can take both! Hoooray!
So which colour do you think looks better on Jennifer? Gold or Silver?

Next, in this workshop, we discovered how bright we can go. This is to find our personal contrast to see if we are prone to softer or brighter tones. Like dear Wenisa here is a hit with bright colours! She looks damn good with super bright colours which many people cannot carry (like me....) Hints were give to me that I should be wearing less super bright coloured clothes which may pull down my overall skin colour.
My colours recommended are not as bright as hers.
Josephine helped identify colours that suit me well - in super canggih terms - 
Light Spring, Cool Summer and Warm Spring
Different people have different results. Some look good in darker and more authoritative colours.

Others look better in softer colours. Given Adeline's fair skin, she looks great with soft pastel-like colours.
I learnt an invaluable lessons in the art of dressing right in the colours that suit me and also in attire (and cuts) that compliment my body type. The image consultant would also need to know our personality to adjust the selection of colours, right up to suitable hair colour, eye wear design, make up palettes....etc It's not an easy task being an image consultant. Now I know.....


Next Josephine shared with us about Dress Styles and Personality


Sporty 
Traditional
Elegant 
Romantic
Alluring
Creative
Dramatic



The Romantic is so me...she says. Somehow I am drawn to floral dresses and my favourite dresses are from Dorothy Perkins! 

Sporty, Traditional and Elegant are the Core Styles that are TIMELESS.
Romantic, Alluring, Creative and Dramatic are non classic styles that adds a touch of personality to your wardrobe.



An individual will usually have two or more personal styles.
After learning about clothes, we also learnt about the importance of material types of clothes used and hair styles to compliment our entire look. 

There was even a session on measuring our body proportions and advise given individually what looks best on our body and what to avoid. 

It was certainly a fun and fruitful day and a great learning for all of us!
For more details on future workshops or to consult with Josephine's expertise, log on to:

https://www.facebook.com/firstimagetraining/
http://www.firstimage.com.my/





Sunday, March 19, 2017

Meet Veet, the coolest hair removal gadget in town.

Meet Veet, the coolest hair removal gadget in town.
I am usually not the type who uses an electronic gadget for "bulu" removal. I have thought hard and finally decided to give this Veet Sensitive Touch Baby a try. You see, in the past I have always been using these kind of blades for my eyebrows grooming. I first started using the handheld blade type (in green) then gradually as years passed and when I got to learn a tip or two from make up artists, I moved from the conventional hand held blade to the feather brand blades. It wasn't easy at first and I tend to have slight cuts to my brow area. After using for a few months I began to master it. And now I was given a chance to try a really cool hair removal kit by Veet. 
Introducing the Veet Sensitive Touch.
Veet’s innovative gadget promises no fear of cuts!
Gentle and precise electric trimmer for women on the go
Understanding women’s need for an easier solution, world’s No. 1 depilatory brand Veet has recently rolled out a new beauty gadget that makes hair trimming a breeze.
No bigger than an electronic toothbrush, Veet Sensitive Touch can be carried in a handbag and come to the rescue in any hairy situations throughout the day. 
Many sensitive body parts demand skill and care. Bikini lines, eyebrows and underarms are delicate areas that requires gentle yet precise trimming, which existing tools like razors and tweezers cannot fully provide. And I must admit, I use a razor for my under arms.
And now with this new innovative gadget by Veet, I decided to give it a try. Wanna know my verdict? Keep reading.....
The neat packaging. Notice the "tear here" blue icon arrow on top? It is cleverly designed for users to peel from the top.
So once peeled, the box reveals a full set of tools and it comes with an AA Battery. 
How considerate. This new gadget is a game-changing device that comes with various detachable heads to facilitate accurate and gentle hair trimming at sensitive body parts, such as the eyebrows, underarms and bikini lines. The cutting blades are specially designed to never touch your skin during usage, hence no risk of cuts.
Currently, women often shape eyebrows by tweezing or threading, as well as use razors for hair removal at bikini line and underarms.

Each Veet Sensitive Touch comes with one beauty styler, one two-sided precision head for optimal eyebrow shaping, one bikini trimming head, two comb attachments, one styler cap, one cleaning brush, and one beauty pouch. The device runs on an AA battery, which is included in the packaging too. Veet Sensitive Touch retails at RM119.00 at major pharmacies nationwide and online retailers.


Using Veet Sensitive Touch on my eyebrows.

My Verdict: It is easy to use on my eyebrows and glides through easily when I do my eyebrow trim to a shorter length. On areas that I want to remove my eyebrow hair entirely, I remove the pink cap and trim away effortlessly.

Using Veet Sensitive Touch on my underarms.


My Verdict: It keeps my underarms free from "bulu" and easily removes hair on that part (not like I have too much bulu to shave on my underarms) Certainly a fuss free product cause I can use it without any shaving cream. Yes! We're supposed to use it on dry skin.


Using Veet Sensitive Touch on "down under"
My Verdict: The bigger blade removes "bulu" instantly without much effort and I don't even have to use any shaving cream or whatsoever. Don't laugh.....I was deciding whether or not to write about this body part in this blogpost. 

I have found the perfect tool for all my hair removal needs. Besides the three usual body parts I mentioned above, the Veet Sensitive Touch Electric Trimmer can be used to groom side burns, upper lip and facial hair on the chin.


For more tips on how to use, click here.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Cuti-Cuti Malaysia: Port Dickson

So when was the last time you've been to Port Dickson?
I used to go there when I was in my teens when my parents brought me and my siblings for affordable cuti-cuti Malaysia. And tiba-tiba my dad said to me this year that he would like to revisit Port Dickson once again after so many years for our family vacation.

I stayed at the Grand Lexis Port Dickson courtesy of Star Media Group who hosted their 45th Anniversary Giveaway and the prize I won was a USD 100 Agoda Voucher worth RM400. We chose the garden pool villa room to accommodate up to 4 pax as it has a two king size bed. The charges is inclusive of taxes works up to about RM820 per night. Meaning I still have to top up RM420 for this room. I will share with you my point of view of this hotel.


One thing for sure the view here is spectacular. With killer views like these of course the rooms here are more expensive.  What I have learnt from walking around this area is that you've gotta find the right place and angle to capture really great shots. Not all areas are equally spectacular. So go find your spot. I have found mine and this is one shot that I would love to share it with you. I love the way the flowers are displayed on the sides. It makes the whole scene more romantic.
Here's an Ariel View of the Villas by the sea.
Even the walkways are so beautiful!
The room that I ordered is facing the garden area.
Nice Balinese themed deco and lots of green everywhere. I feel like I'm in Bali. Spacious Walkways...because the buggy passes through here, ferrying visitors to their "Villas".
I had to climb one floor up. But the view is spectacular too, facing the swimming pool. 
      And I have my own private swimming pool like this! How cool is that! More on this later.

Now, let's talk about the guests public swimming pool. From this photo it looks pretty huge, eh? But to my surprise when I was actually there, it ain't that big afterall (not at least to my expectations)! It's all about angle. The reason why I chose the Grand Lexis instead of The Lexis Hibiscus was because of the swimming pool. I initially thought it was REALLY HUGE!

But I must say, the landscaping is beautiful.


I got totally excited talking about swimming pools!!! I love to swim hence the pool is my main attraction.


 There is also a kids play area near the swimming pool.
Let's come back to the first impressions of the hotel.
This was the scene at 4pm where guests arrange to register to check in to their rooms (all at one go). I was earlier informed of their check in time to be at 4pm (which I find rather ridiculous)
The spacious lobby

The cosy corner at the waiting area near the lobby.
Lamp that looks like floating bubbles.
And so....after the crowd at the registration table, we had to brave ourselves for another round of crowd and waited for the buggy services to ferry us to our "Villas"
Fortunately the waiting time wasn't that long and I heard they have about 5 buggy cars who take turns bringing people to their destinations and all are just short trips. I waited for under 10 minutes.

Here's a first look that greeted us when we open the doors to our hotel room. I love the Japanese bed type (that's mounted to the floor) The bedsheets and pillows were super soft and comfy. However certain parts of the room seem to look a bit "old"
Notice the mini staircase in between the beds?

Here's a quick look at the toilet area. One word, spacious like a walk in wardrobe.

What I didn't quite like is the small bath and toilet compartments. I secretly wished it was an "open concept". All open as in no walls here there and in between.
The Pantry Area
The door on the left leads out to the private pool area.


At the corner of the private pool is an open shower area
My brother and I having a dip in the private pool. It's pretty relaxing I must say. This is my first time ever staying at a Villa type of hotel with my very own private pool. #feelingexcited.
Look at my brother. He is definitely enjoying life and having a good time. Thank goodness I have a sibling with me if not, it's no fun swimming alone.
And this was taken at night when i went for a night dip, I was certainly grateful for the private pool the where I can swim in privacy, even late at night.
Let's take you on a tour on the most beautiful part of the hotel, the Pool Villas.
Hanging Coconuts husk as flower pots










One of the setbacks when you stay at The Grand Lexis is that they do not have their own beach area. We had to walk and access to the beach at next hotel called The Lexis, which is also owned by the same group. The walk was about 8 minutes away. We were craving to feel the sandy beaches on our feet already....and rendam in some salt water. While walking to the beach area next door we noticed there were some outdoor games for the children like this.

And finally....the beach!!!!!!
What is Port Dickson without going to the beach.
After a nice walk by the sea, we drove out and went for dinner at this place recommended my my good friend, Muru who is a lecturer in Port Dickson. Too bad he had some emergencies and could not join us that night. When I asked Muru where can we eat in PD, he suggested this Restaurant called Chardin SeaView Restaurant. Muru said this place overlooks the sea and we can view the beautiful sunset while eating seafood and the food is awesome there.
The landscape that greeted us as we entered the seafood restaurant.
The restaurant looks grand and they host weddings here too.
Check out the stage and props.
This is what we ordered. Chilli Crab, Seong Tong Lala, Salted Yolk Mantis, Home Made Beancurd and deep fried buns to dip in the crab sauce. The taste was splended and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Watching the sunset by the sea and dining. Ahhhhhh Bliss!!! We stayed till quote late and the sky turned dark. It was drizzling. Before we headed back to the hotel, we went for teh tarik nearby.

Back at the hotel, I went and explore their many "hidden areas". I discovered a treasure trove for children. I am sure kids will love this place.It's like a huge gaming arcade.
This place is huge! This hidden gem will definitely bring joy and happiness to all the children. But sadly it's as quiet as a mouse. It's pretty late at night already. Maybe that's why.
Some of the activities list. Everything is money.
That's how they milk you.
Japanese Restaurant 
Expensive Karaoke Prices. Nope. I am not paying this kind of money here.
The interior and furnishings are beautiful and classy.
Lots of mirrors are used to create this effect.
The Bar/Lounge
I just took a peek and went off. Drinking was never my thing.
One of the shops that sells amazing looking floats that every girl dreams of. Imaging Instagramming with these!

The next morning, we had breakfast here.

They open the outdoor areas to accommodate the crowd over that weekend. There were some event or corporate seminars happening around.







The food wasn't that fantastic for the extra (About RM40) I paid. But I liked their considerate ways of preparing the food for vegetarians and food for kids too.

Well, that's all for now.Hope you enjoyed reading this looooooooooong post with a very neutral review on the good and bad and I hope to share my personal experiences with you staying at this hotel. Till my next travel! I shall write about my next trip to Cameron Highlands soon. Stay tuned!


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