Currently watching…

23 07 2012

A relatively new TV series about a ridiculously talented duo lawyers. It is slightly more legal-technical than I would like but nonetheless, very entertaining. And good looking, might I add.. What makes the show is of course, the dynamic of Harvey and Mike, a hot shot senior partner and a crazy smart troubled child turned golden boy. Speaking of Mike, am I the only one who thinks Mike looks a little bit like the younger version of Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother? But less quirky, more adorable.

My least favourite character? Rachel the paralegal. There’s nothing quite as annoying as a girl who thinks very highly of herself in terms of both beauty and smart. Ugh, get over yourself.

What have you been watching lately?


How do you like your coffee?

20 07 2012

Sweet. And milky. That is how I like my coffee. They are even better if I can mix both frothed milk and sweetened condensed milk to it. Yum.

Which is actually why I don’t drink them everyday because the ridiculous amount of sugar I add in to them are probably the equivalence of a slice of cake in terms of sugar content.

I also like my coffee with some nice biscotti. Biscottis are not really my favourite type of cookies but when paired with a nice cup of coffee, it transforms the entire experience. If you have never tried them together, please run to the nearest store near you for some biscotti. After you finish reading my post, of course. And don’t forget a cup of coffee. I promise you, it will change your (coffee drinking) world.

A gentleman in Venezuela clearly has a similar preference and knows his priority because this is what I came across this morning:

What a genius idea.

Cookie Cup

First you drink the coffee, then you eat the cup! The Cookie Cup is designed by Venezuelan designer Enrique Luis Sardi together with Italian coffee company Lavazza.

The cup is made of pastry covered with a special icing sugar, which works as an insulator, and makes the cup waterproof hence allowing you to use the cup and then appreciate its taste.

I wonder if that special icing sugar sweetens the coffee as well?

How do you like your coffee?

Today’s Look 2.1

18 07 2012

I feel like it’s been a while since I did my Today’s Look post, so here we are! Since the weather has warmed up, I have been drawn towards those super short shorts and tank top. Not only are they practical and comfortable, the chances of me getting ugly tan from them is less likely. But since I was meeting up with my girl friend in the city today, I thought I would go a little girly today.

I wanted my little red skirt to be the star today, and since the black belt went in on my waist nice and tight, I opted for a monochromatic, loosely fitted T-shirt to pair with my skirt. You know what is great about anything that is this short? It makes your legs look like they go on forever! I could always use some illusion there..

Also photographed here with me here is the O.N.E. coconut water that has been getting a lot of hypes lately. Apparently they are better at hydrating you than sports drink, with higher potassium in it too! But in terms of flavour, don’t expect anything like the kind you get in some tropical land. They are slightly sweetened water at best, at 60 calories per serving.

As for my art project at the tip of my fingers, I used two types of nail polish to create my best attempt of the night sky. Start off with dark blue polish, and dab the tip at the end with glittered kind – I went with light blue. I’m very happy with the end result and will definitely be doing the similar effect with different colours from now on!

Sephora by OPI – Opening Night (Opaque midnight navy), and Not Your Average Turquoise (clear with medium and chunky turquoise glitter).

Mapping my run.

14 07 2012

The weather has been beautiful lately, and this means more outdoor activities in this young, health conscious city that I live in. Anything from beach volleyball to paddle boating, to kayaking and ultimate frisbee, you name it, I see them all as I run down my usual route.

Typically, I enjoy running outside but most of the time I’m running blindly without keeping track of my progress. The only thing I know about it is that I run the same distance, but what that distance is, or for how long I run, I honestly have no idea. That is, until few days ago when my friend introduced me to this super cool website,

Basically, it’s every runner’s best friend. You can map your route, keep track of how you do over time, and log your food! My favourite part is obviously the mapping my route part because I don’t run on a standard track, or in a straight line, so it’s not like I can use Google map to calculate the distance. Through this website, I have figured out that my usual route is just under 7km with inclination of about 2.5m! Now if only I can remember to time myself, then I can seriously start seeing progress..

The website is not just for serious runners either (because clearly I’m not!), you can also keep track of anything from shopping route to dog walking route, hell, even the short walk from your dorm room to your class! It just helps you feel like you are accomplishing something when you see it in numbers, instead of “oh ya, I went for a 10 mins walk”. Happy Running everyone!

What is the secret to your work out? Do share!

With love from Europe.

7 07 2012

My dear friend just came back from her Euro trip and look what she came home bearing!

She knows me so well ♥ I have been trying really hard not to finish them all!

So she has had a pretty rough week, on top of the stress of hours and hours of flying. But as we were catching up, eating and chatting, something (rather small, but nonetheless crucial) finally worked out in her favour, and what she said next made me look at her (and life) in a new light.

She said “God is so good to me”.

Now, I don’t know if you have noticed some of my darker posts, but I myself have been experiencing a pretty tough year, and I am at a place where I need to decide soon whether to keep trying, or admit defeat. Seeing my friend being so grateful for smaller thing after having a bad week was so inspiring. Instead of dwelling on the things that have made her cry, she was appreciative of the things that worked out. No matter how bad things get, always remember that you still have so much to be grateful for.

Don’t believe me? Look to your right, who do you see? Would you swap your life with theirs? Sure, I might get what I have been fighting for, but what I would be giving up is also a really really big loss. Don’t ever forget the things in your life that makes you smile, even just a little bit, all the small moments that help you get through, and the cheerleaders in your life that cannot wait to tell you, “I told you, you will make it!”.

Thank you C, and welcome back!

Macaron: from Ladurée Paris. So far tried the dark brown (chocolate), beige (caramel with salted butter YUM), and black (liquorice).
Nail polish: Jade is the New Black, from OPI.

You know where your heart is at…

7 07 2012

when you see this,

..and you thought it was a macaron at a first glance…

I do love the layering though, and absolutely adore turquoise! I just really really love macarons too…

Come on, is it just me??

Summer Couch Potato.

1 07 2012

The shows that are keeping me happy and busy this Summer:

Masterchef (Season 3)

A chance to see the softer, sweeter side of Gordon Ramsay! I have been a huge fan of his since my high school days watching the first season of Hell’s Kitchen. The show aims to give opportunities to amateur chefs to showcase their talent, with three celebrity chef judges guiding/mentoring/ shooting them down shaping them.

Don’t they look so chummy? They cannot be any more different, and their dynamic is definitely a vital part that makes this show.

The other must see’s on this show are:

  • Christine, the amazingly talented chef, who is actually missing one important sense – her sight. I like that she doesn’t use her disadvantage as an excuse, I like that she is grounded, and she is so humble! But don’t mistaken her earthiness for weakness, because oh she can fight!
  • Tanya, the nice chef who is so kind to everyone, and can still get along with the most hated guy on the show.
  • Monti, who makes the funniest comments. “What kind of dick gives a live crab to the blind chick?” hehehe.
It is also interesting to compare this show with Masterchef Australia, and its spinoff, Junior Masterchef. The cultural differences were purely amusing, but that deserves an entire post on its own.

Pretty Little Liars (Season 3)

Kind of like Desperate Housewives, mix with Gossip Girl. Definitely dark and twisted (especially now!!!!), but these four girls help lighten it up with their tight friendship, amazing fashion, and some usual high school stuff like prom and boys.

Two things to complain though, if I may.. For one, no one really dresses like that in high school. I don’t dress up like that unless I’m going to a stylish high profile social event! Another thing is, the show started showing the antagonist, who goes around in black leather coat and black leather gloves. I know that the producers are trying to keep the suspense going, by letting us viewers see what this ‘A’ character is up to, but by overly covering him/her up, seems extremely staged and unnecessary. I mean, if I’m doing something shady, but in the comfort of my own home, I’m not going to be covering myself up in black leather! PS, the touch screen mouse pad on computers do not work when you’re wearing gloves!

Bunheads (Season 1)

The show that caught my attention originally because it was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the same creator as Gilmore Girls, which I absolutely loved.

So far, it has been entertaining, but I am a little disappointed by how much it resembles Gilmore Girls. I guess you will either love the resemblance, or you don’t, and I clearly don’t. When you are in the position to compare, you are going to end up liking one less than the other, and as a creator, why let the viewers have the option to like your creation less? Isn’t it better if you try to make something that is entirely different (but still you) so the audience can love them both?

The resemblance?

  • Small town charm. Paradise. As in, hi, I live in Paradise.
  • Witty brunette who talks at thousand miles an hour. Is that you Lorelai?
  • Kelly Bishop as Fanny. I am sorry, but you will always be Emily Gilmore to me!

The Glee Project (Season 2)

This is a reality show featuring the talented singers/dancers/performers who dream of being on the popular TV show, Glee. The last season ended with a surprise with two winners who were both very talented, and were a huge hit on the actual Glee so you know there’s future after the show ends.

It’s a great place to hear production of music, and it’s amazing to see the progress of each contestants. My favourite part I think, would have to be the music video! Oh, and when they sing “Keep holding on” at the end of each episode. Love.

Keep Holding On – Season 2 Episode 3 I don’t know why we can’t upload videos on here anymore, but check it out!

The Bachelorette (Season 8)

I’ve had my doubts about this show from the beginning because it was Emily Maynard, who swore she would never be a bachelorette. I was indifferent about her on Brad season of the Bachelor, felt incredibly sorry for him the way it ended, and I just did not understand what was the hype about her on Ashley’s season of the Bachelorette, but now I am a lot easier on her after seeing her season. I like that she is ballsy, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. But hypocrite much? I read somewhere (fine, maybe she didn’t actually say this, but she was quoted) that the two things she wants to eliminate on her season are the abundant hot tub scenes, and the lips locking with every contestants. Yet here she was, sulking that some guys haven’t kissed her already.

Breaking Pointe (Season 1)

This is probably the one I anticipate the most! It is a show that follows the lives of professional ballerinas in Ballet West, one of the most famous ballet company in the United States. Unlike shows like the Glee Project or America’s Next Top Model, the people here aren’t the hopefuls, they are the ones that have made it. Like they say on the show, the hardest part is not getting there, it is staying there.

I enjoy seeing their day to day lives, but also their performances. Their interaction within the ballet productions, their rehearsals, as well as their socialization during their down times are so intriguing, unless it’s Allison and Rex, because they are unnecessary drama. Yes, I’m definitely team Beckanne!

This show definitely restarted my love of ballet. If I ever have a daughter, watch out, she will be put in leotards for sure, if not ballet, then gymnastics! The creative production of the show in itself is also very beautiful. It is unlike any other, and you know, whoever is producing the show are real artists, as opposed to the typical entertainment gurus.

What are you watching this Summer? And what are your thoughts on the shows I have listed here? My friends seem to have gotten hooked on Suits, so I think I might give that a try when these shows end! Have you seen it?