Travel: Why You Shouldn’t Miss Visiting the Houses of Parliament (London, UK)

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Touring the Parliament wasn’t originally on our schedule as we were quite unaware that it’s actually easy for people go inside and have a look. When we arrived in London, however, Alvin found out that since we were there during the session break, we could sign up for an audio tour! We booked our tickets just a day before and got slots! #WinningInLife

We have this sort of luck during our travels, you see. A similar thing happened in Japan – but that’s for a different post.

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Travel: The HMS Belfast (London, UK)

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Just dropping by to make a quick post about the HMS Belfast – one of the attractions in London we went to and really enjoyed!

It’s part of the UK’s Imperial War Museums (IWM). We visited 3 out of 5 during our trip and you can find the posts here:

I wasn’t really able to take a lot of photos inside the ship since I was busy trying not to fall into trap doors or make a wrong step while climbing up and down ladders. Note to self: The life of a sailor definitely isn’t for me. This, despite my obsession over the Navy’s gala uniform and how I would look in it.

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Video: GIVEAWAY + How to Stop Biting Your Nails [CLOSED]

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I wrote something here since my schedule went haywire the past couple of weeks but I wanna thank each and everyone of you for sticking it out with this blog and my Youtube channel as well.

Today’s video is brought to you guys once again by Althea Korea and I will be doing a giveaway with them! I’m gonna be sending you some fun products for your hands, feet, and nails that are from their latest collection that you can find here.

All you have to do is watch my latest video, subscribe to my channel, and follow my social media links. Then, enter your details at the RaffleCopter widget below! Contest ends on the 15th of September 2016 and is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Beauty: Mamonde Arrives! Check out the in-store promos here!

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Just popping in with a quick blog post to let you guys know that Mamonde is now in Malaysia! In June, I wrote about the products you should watch out for from this Korean brand. You can read that post here. Now, you can get all the products in that post and more!

Mamonde opened their first counter in Malaysia a few days ago inside AEON at 1Utama. They counter carries 140 kinds of products under 32 categories. That’s a pretty extensive collection!

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Travel: Covent Garden Market, Transport Museum, a meet-up, a Pub, & other must-sees (London, UK)

 

We started our second day in London by heading to the London Transport Museum. On the way there, however, we passed through the Covent Garden Market. The former fruit and vegetable market is now a beautiful shopping centre. It has high end brands like Dior and local shops selling artisan goods.

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Though what really got to me were the antiques and other awesome vintage finds. In case it isn’t that obvious yet, let me just put it out there – London is an awesome city for shopping for vintage. They have the best stuff I’ve seen! And I do love spending time looking through markets and stores that sell vintage and antiques.

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Beauty: Laneige Launches 3rd Generation of their BB Cushion

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It’s no secret how much I love my Laneige BB Cushion. I rave about it every chance I get. Simply because, it’s the best in the market. For me, at least, as it works so well with my skin! It stays the whole day, it has a light yet buildable coverage, and a natural-looking finish. It’s definitely my go-to base product since most days, I just can’t seem to handle heavy makeup.

When I was told that the 3rd generation of the BB Cushion was being launched in Malaysia, I couldn’t say no to the invitation for the event. I needed to see it right away!

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Expat Life: Trying out Haftarent – Malaysia’s Hassle-Free and Long Term AirBnB

** This is a review of the service. For my article about Haftarent on Forbes, click here.

Being married to a diplomat, I’ve been thrusted into a life that entails periodic moves for the next couple of decades. Not that I’m complaining but I have to be honest here: While moving to a different country may be a fun adventure, the moving process itself is stressful. Those who tell you otherwise, are lying.

All the farewell dinners you have to be in where you’ll feel sad knowing that it will be a while before you see your family and friends, the tedious packing, the journey, and finally arriving at your destination – these can really take their toll on your energy reserves. When we arrived in Malaysia, there was the flat hunting to consider, the furniture, how we would decorate our home, and settling in. Again, fun yet tiring.

We got lucky that our embassy has a go-to landlord and once my husband and I visited the units in his building, we fell in love with the location, the size of the unit, and the view. (A separate post on moving, flat hunting, and buying furniture in KL coming up!)

That part was easy for us, thank goodness. A lot of expats in Malaysia, however, are not as lucky. I’ve heard of flat hunting that took from several days to weeks and people who had to deal with inconsistent deposits.

I was recently introduced to a new service that a lot of expats and diplomats can use for convenience. Haftarent is a service that connects landlords to possible renters and all transactions are done online. I tried it out last month and here’s how the experience went:

Booking and checking in

Booking through the site was a breeze and so was check in during a sunny weekday. I was met by one of Haftarent’s people at the lobby of Vipod Residences where the unit I will be staying in was located. I chose this building among the properties listed on the site due to its location. It’s along Jalan Kia Peng, a street that’s a few minutes from Pavilion Mall, the KL Convention Centre, Suria KLCC, and the Petronas Towers.

Also, I was quite curious with this building. Alvin and I considered renting here but after seeing our current unit, we never looked back. Later on, a Singaporean diplomat told us that her unit in Vipod (which is a new building, only a few years old) has cockroaches. I still went for the Vipod property though since I heard they have a gorgeous pool. I was praying not to see roaches as we went up as I am deathly afraid of them.

Spoiler alert: No roaches. Whew! Thanks goodness for neat landlords.

When I arrived, this is what welcomed me:

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