Food Review – Prata Wala

It was a birthday treat from my colleagues last Thursday as I was on a 1/2 day leave on the actual day last Friday.

We had Indian cuisine at Prata Wala!

My Egg + Cheese + Mushroom prata!

Fish curry

Initially, I wanted to order another prata but thankfully, I’m glad I didn’t because I was stuffed after eating 1!

The floor, with the cheese and egg do make you full! The prata was rectangle in shape though.

It was the 1st to arrive amongst other dishes we ordered and I was quite satisfied with it. Ingredients were quite generous and the texture of the prata was just nice. It was quite fragrant too and hence, explains the ‘charred’ parts. Charred but not too burnt.

As for the fish curry, it was a tad disappointing because there were no extra ingredients. Personally, I would be delighted to find ‘stuffs’ in my prata curry as a customer, rather than just the sauce. Well, don’t you too?

I tried the one on the top right. It contained some nuts, not sure what nuts they were. And it tasted not bad and rather addictive too! 😉


Bryani. This accompanied the dishes set above. I didn’t taste this for the lack of liking towards bryanis.

Chickens and Naan.

Sorry for the poor quality images.

There were 3 types of chickens cooked and marinated differently as shown in this set. The naans as commented by my colleagues were too filling and even had black charred parts. I didn’t taste it because I was already feeling rather full having the prata. But I’d tried the chickens – 1 fried one (orangey red) and another 1 (normal roasted) one. I didn’t dare to try to green coloured one because my colleagues commented that they were quite spicy.

Not too sure what was this and which set does it belong too, but I suppose it’s some curry lookalike sauce for the chickens above, most prolly? Didn’t taste this too.

And a collage to end this off :

Overall rating :

 

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Indian cuisine or Malay ones due to the different taste compared to Chinese, Italian and Western which my taste buds have already been familiarised and accustomed to. However, Prata Wala is a highly raved place for Indian cuisine so if you are a huge fan, this is certainly 1 outlet you cannot miss! My colleagues who likes Indian cuisine likes going there.

Prata Wala

nex@Serangoon Central
#02-K5/K6
T. +65 6634 2910

Beauty Review – Sexylook Hello Kitty Moisturizing and Brightening Hyaluronic Mask

*This is NOT an advertorial and products were purchased with my own financial means.

All hail the updates on Beauty reviews! 🙂

I bought these cute Hello Kitty mask from Sunnanz quite some time back and only managed to use them now, due to my overwhelming collection of masks. Threw away a handful of masks which I have been keeping for quite some time. Quite heart pain actually to see these lovely masks and $$$ gone.

Aren’t they cute?

I had to choose the one which best suited my skin condition at that time, so I chose Sexylook Hello Kitty Moisturizing and Brightening Hyaluronic Mask, because I felt my skin was losing radiance and getting duller as days go by. I have occasional dry skin at my nose areas too.

Sorry, forgot to snap a picture of the mask on my face because I was actually masking while packing my luggage for my bday cruise trip last week!

I know, multi-tasker. :p

Pros :

  1. Mask was filled with lots of thick essence
  2. There were remaining essence to further massage and lather onto skin and neck areas
  3. Instant brightening of the skin
  4. Shape and alignment was acceptable

Cons :

  1. Essence too drippy
  2. Had this weird smell, similar to cinnamon or something. Ugh.

Overall rating :

 

Food Review – Shin-Sapporo Ramen

First and foremost, I must apologise for the lack of updates on food reviews. Sometimes, I just let the age hijacks the memory system and forget to snap beautiful pictures of the foodies. Plus, I’m always wearing a sheet of thick-skin while snapping away because sometimes, it does look retarded in the public. And also, I must admit that I start eating slower than my meal buddies…which is a little impolite since I take some time to edit and create collages to upload on facebook. Okay, personal issues but nevertheless, am gonna review on Shin-Sapporo Ramen which I patronised at the Century Square outlet with my bf. It was a bday treat from him 🙂

So we had the buddies meal which consisted of 2 main dishes, 2 sides, 2 starters (salad) and 1 complimentary dish. I must first state that we were initially told that we would be given 2 complimentary dishes altogether (we chose chawanmushi) by waitress A but we were only served with 1 by waitress B. That was the only inconsistency we faced.

Salad

This was quite pathetic at first because which salad has no GREENS? It only contained 2 sour tomatoes and pale looking lettuces. But I managed to almost finish it because I loved the dressing (FATTENING I KNOW).

My Shoyu Ramen 🙂

I love those Japanese eggs – Tamago! Its skin is extremely soft and smooth, and the watery yolk perfects it (High cholesterol! GASP!) I chose Shoyu because I like salty food (High risk of hypertension and kidney failure! GASP GASP!). I know, I’m unhealthy like that, which sorta explains the poor health last year.

The ramen noodles were thin and chewy. Soup tasted alright. Meat was sliced thinly but was still acceptable. Just thought that there were too much spring onions and onions!

Bf’s main dish which I’d forgotten the name.

I tried his soup and I didn’t like it. It just tastes.. odd. And his noodles were fatter than mine. Haha!

Side dish, some fried mushroom with meat paste inside.

My jaws dropped when this was first served. Their portion and quantity is so pathetic, really. I had a little difficulty chewing this due to my braces.

But overall, the taste was still acceptable.

Potato salad.

Another disappointment. I literally exclaimed in shock when I saw this. I was expecting those chunk potato salad, you know? But this came in as mashed potato (although I’m a real fan but my expectations were not met) with bits of carrots and cucumber. I am so NOT  a fan of either of them. Carrot bits are fine because you can’t really taste the icky taste when eaten and mixed together with other food, but cucumber, its disgusting taste can still be quite strong even when mixed. Ugh, totally didn’t like this dish.

The tomatoes shown in all dishes didn’t seem to be fully riped and was quite sour!

Chawanmushi 🙂

This is a MUST-HAVE in all my japanese meals. Apart from going back on their word on giving us 2 sets instead of 1, this chawanmushi seemed quite okay, except for the fact that I’d forgot to add some soya sauce (I LIKE SALTY, remember?) and it wasn’t that hot when served. This contains gingko which bf ate. I loathe gingko, which kinda explains the poor memory too 😦

Collage :

Bday treat from bf 🙂

Overall rating :

I would actually give it a 3.5.

Century Square Branch

2 Tampines Central 5
#B1-10/11 Century Square
Singapore 529509
T. 6783 6304
enquiry@Shin-SapporoRamen.comOur opening hours:-
Everyday
11.00am to 10pm

(last order 30 minutes before closing)

Best Birthday Present :)

Last Christmas, I was given the best christmas present ever. Scored 1 Distinction and 1 Merit for my law papers 🙂

And this time round, I was blessed to have achieve a Distinction for my Postgraduate Certificate in Law!

Let me explain the procedure and certs here.

This (Master of Laws) LLM course by the University of London offers 3 certs, which is specially for those who don’t qualify for the LLM course directly as they didn’t meet the pre-requisites.

As I graduated with a law degree (LLB), I am able to register for the LLM course directly but giving us a benefit of the doubt, candidates who qualify for the LLM will also receive 2 other certs, Postgraduate Certificate in Law as well as Postgraduate Diploma in Law. Which is a good thing right? They are additional certs to boost your credentials, so why not? 🙂

But of course, the process is the same. All candidates must qualify for all certs and it’s not automatically awarded, of course.

I’ve actually also mentioned this in my previous post, so take some time to read if you are keen ya!

Award classification is at the discretion of the University and honestly, I was expecting to receive a merit award instead of a distinction. But lucky me, I was awarded the latter! 🙂

So happy!!! 😀

What’s even as exciting is that I’m sooo looking forward to my bday cruise trip this evening!

Hope that your weekend would be fabulous too 🙂

TGIF ❤

AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!

OL’s (Office Lady’s) Great Skincare Tips!

First and foremost… To all the OLs reading this, hang in there! Because…

Hahaha! I’ll be spending my birthday on Superstar Virgo tomorrow till Sunday 🙂

And honestly, I’m experiencing mixed emotions because on one hand, it’s supposed to be a happy occasion but on the other, the number is increasing and so are my wrinkles. Okay, for now it’s the changing of my skin conditions as well as prominent laugh lines.

Hope to blog about the change in skin conditions due to age soon. Bet it’s gonna be quite a depressing post? Haha!

So anyway, for those entering the workforce soon or have already been ‘buried’ alive by the tonnes of work, and still surviving, here are some skincare tips I would like to share based on my own research and experience. Have been working for almost 1.5yrs now after my last paper before the official graduation. Yes, I started work immediately after my last written paper as I had started job-hunting way much earlier before my exams even started. I didn’t go for any grad trip either. Personally, I can’t stand how slackers slack their asses off even after graduation, as in not putting any effort to look for a job, you know what I mean?

Okay, so back to the main topic (I know I tend to disgress often).

For myself, because I’m a coffee addict, verified and proven when I have the urge for coffee even during weekends. Bf ain’t helping much either because being a coffee addict himself, he invites me for a cuppa during the weekends too, be it brewed from coffee powder from home, packet instant ones, uncle-like 90cents coffee from coffeeshop or expensive atas ones from Starbucks (I prefer SB over CB – not a swear word ok? haha!)

Because of this die-hard addiction, I have to have a cuppa every morning before work without fail. Would gulp down a 1/2 cup (because I’m always in a rush in the morning lol) of black coffee before leaving home. So that’s 1 down for me. I try to reduce my coffee-intake but on the average I have abt 2 cuppas per day. But counting the total amount of caffeine, I think I have seriously exceeded the recommended daily intake of 200 to 300mg a day, since I do drink other caffeinated drinks as well throughout the whole day such as Iced lemon tea (I’m a huge fan of Seasons brand), green tea (hot/cold), chinese tea, coke… Just so you know, green tea HAS caffeine but just not as much as coffee. One cup of coffee contains 100-150mg of caffeine; a cup of green tea has only about 25mg of caffeine.

Besides the heart problems which can be resulted due to excessive intake of caffeine, it is extremely bad for the skin as well.  Here’s why and I am quite sure most OLs do consume a considerable amount of caffeine so here are some tips to help restore the moisture lost.

Dehydration is one of the obvious result after you consuming caffeinated drinks, which is also aggravated by the air-conditioned environment in offices.

As such, you skin becomes dry, dehydrated and wrinkly. Total major turn off I’d say.

Try this :

1. Moisturise your body

I’m using Nivea’s whitening body lotion which you can get off shelves from convenience stores or supermarkets. Either that, get cheaper ones from parallel importers which are usually found in heartland areas or from Watsons airport (No GST). If your friends/family or yourself have the luxury of travelling via flights, then get them from overseas. They are much cheaper. Some places to share are like Malaysia – KL (JB stuffs are usually not that cheap) and Bangkok. I’ve gotten mine from these places before and they prove to be alright.

Areas I moisturise : Limbs (Arms and Legs – both upper and lower for limbs), neck and my face of course.

It keeps your skin moisturised and Nivea’s body lotions are not sticky and absorbs quite well. They have improved considerably in fact compared to the past. The lotion is still thick but not as viscous anymore. They don’t leave any white residue too. Plus, they have added whitening ingredients! 😀

I do use the night one as well 🙂

 2. Moisturise your hands

I’m not practising what I’m preaching right here because I don’t have the habit of moisturising my hands. It’s a little troublesome if you have to wash your hands often –  after visiting the toilet/cups etc and the moisturisers gets washed and stripped away. If you want soft supple skin then go ahead. Better still if you retain them by wearing gloves (But not a good idea if your desk is open-space and crowded).

3. Hydrate yourself

Caffeine or even vitamin c triples the number of times you visit the toilet. Caffeine is a powerful diuretic that sucks fluids out of your cells and directly stimulates urination. Without caffeine, you will not feel as dehydrated. In other words, you lose more water content than you should thus causing you to feel thirsty frequently. After consuming caffeinated drinks, hydrate yourself with lots of water to replenish whatever was lost. In this case, you compensate for it. Of course, if you can reduce or abstain from caffeinated drinks, is even better. But for coffee addicts like me, I have to constantly remind myself to drink up.

4. Facial mist

This is something relatively new to me because I don’t usually use any facial mist. But because I came across an article regarding Hilary Duff’s secret to her glowing skin. She mentioned facial mist helps her achieve radiant skin and while I was packing my room, I discovered a facial mist from My Beauty Diary which I’d won via a Sunnanz instagram contest 🙂 Sunnanz is one of the usual online shops I get my skincare stuffs from! Not an advertorial but merely sharing with you guys! 🙂

Orange Blossom and White Lotus Moisturising Mist

Tried this today for the 1st time and regret not bringing it along for work. It smells really good and so far, my skin feels less oily (I swear!) and looks a tad brighter, despite the lack of sleep. So I will be trying it daily from now on. And because the skin is less oily, I don’t have to touch up my make up (powder) that often too. YAY 😀

Apart from that, the strong scent of this mist is rather fragrant! Plus point for it! 🙂

I do hope it’s the facial mist that is helping my skin and not by chance.

Facial mists are good at brightening the skin, in achieving dewy skin, hydrates the skin and even helps set the make up. I sprayed on twice after cleansing, applying toner, applying serum/essence but before my moisturiser and make up. Have no idea if this is the right procedure but was afraid that it might cause the makeup to be cakey, but since research shows that it helps to set the makeup, it shouldn’t be right? Will try spraying it after applying my make up and see how.

5. Eye care

Again I am contradicting myself here because I usually don’t put on eye care stuffs. As mentioned, I am always rushing in the morning (oh how I loathe mornings!), so gotta cut down on the number of stuffs I apply on my face. Plus, afraid that it might cake my makeup, especially the eye area (I use concealer from Missha and Canmake white highlighter) under my eyes. I use the highlighter on my upper eyelids too to create a more defined eyebrow bone. Have tried several eye products but still, my dark circles leech on. 😦

I am only pointing this out because desk-bound workers stare at the computer screen for almost the whole day. Even worse if you OT. Even than, our eyes do not rest enough because not only our eyes are glued to the computer screens, but on our phone, ipad, tv etc. It tires out your eyes, thus causing dehydration and poor blood circulation around the eye areas. Such daily activities are not only harmful to your eyes themselves (poor eyesight) but to the surrounding skin as well. Plus, since this skin is the thinnest compared to all the other skin, its delicacy requires extra protection and care.

‘Nuff said, I’ve not found my holy grail to cure my dark circles for the moment. Starting to think it’s hopeless 😦

6. Moisturise your lips

I don’t think I have sensitive lips but I am bounded with core sore ever since I was a teen. Transmitted by bacteria through saliva, have no idea what I’d got it from though. I am using Maybelline’s baby lips which gives a little glossy look finish. I used to use Mentholatum Medicated lip balm because it gives a minty fresh feel, but strangely, if I were to apply this before bed, I would wake up to a cold sore the next morning, definitely. But other than that, it works alright for me. I don’t think I am allergic to it but I’ve since abstained from using it before bed. On the other hand, the Maybelline’s baby lips lip balm works alright during the day and over the night, so Imma gonna stick to this for now 🙂 Not cheap for both though, priced at $5.90 at Watsons.

Heh, think that’s all for now. These tips are basically to deal with dehydration due to the air-conditioned environment in offices for OLs.

Hope they are useful to you in one way or another! 🙂

Thanks for reading 😀

Love,

Jean

 

 

Interview Tips 101

I’ve decided to pen this down on my blog because I’ve been getting lots of questions from friends recently with regarding to acing that heavenly job interview. I have no idea why, but perhaps I have the ‘serious’ look/character or I do provide useful constructive advice and feedback? HAHA!

However, I have to first disclaim that I am in no way a ‘guru’ for job interviews and that I have failed at interviews and faced sucky interviewers before as well. But just for the sake of sharing, I hope they would be of some help to you.

First and foremost, kudos to approaching the next stage in life, whether you’re a freshie, mid-career switchers or just desperately trying to get out of your current hell hole which unfortunately, your tyrant boss is digging the hole even deeper everyday…

No sweat.

Job applications are pain in the ass and they are not easy to come by, especially on the shortlisting process. I know they take a hell loads of time to get back to you (esp in the public sector) and I hate to be left in a limbo where you are required to get back to them but on the other hand, you are still crossing your fingers (and toes!) for that perfect job you have in mind…but have yet to (or is never gonna) call you.

Recruitment process-wise, I have no take on that. I guess it all depends on the economy, company’s budget as well as the stiff competition faced with other candidates (FT ANYONE?! AHEM!).

But if you are ever desperate for quick tips on interview, I do have some useful info that you might wanna take note of.

They say first impression counts, and that’s true. And it’s true for almost everything, that 1st interview, that 1st date, that 1st social event you are attending etc… Humans are judgmental and everyday is a judgmental day so you would need to put on your best front if you want to ace that interview.

Some companies require rounds and rounds of interview, especially for a high position. Some interviewers might turn out to be the HR executive/recruiter or YOUR POTENTIAL BOSS HIMSELF/HERSELF.

Nevertheless, extra attention is required if you know that the interviewer is your potential boss. But never possess the mentality that with the HR execs as the interviewers, you can slack it off. NEVER. Potential bosses might most probably sieve out info from the HR… you’ll never know, so play safe.

1. APPEARANCE

Depending on the job you are interviewing, your appearance as in your clothes vary as well. If you are interviewing for a office job, dress formally. Long sleeves may/may not be required, depending on your position. I reckon positions such as admin/secretaries/personal assistants need not require them but positions such as executives and above should strongly consider wearing them.

If the nature of the job falls under a more ‘trendy’ and ‘stylish’ type such as a hair stylish, fashion industry etc, you should wear less formal to suit the nature. But never go in too casually such as spag tops/tank tops/shorts/slippers. A major turn off.

Ladies, cover what you have to cover. Take note of your skirt/dress length, unless you want to attract the wrong attention.

Guys, ties are not necessary and sometimes deemed as ‘too over’ but if again, depending on the nature of the job, perhaps managerial positions should strongly consider having a tie on.

2. SMILE.

I’d always try to do so because I’m not a fan of smiling and almost everyone, classmates, school mates, colleagues and even families have remarked that I have a very unfriendly face – though I always claim that it’s the default face that they see. Plus, with the ageing in process, my laugh lines are even more prominent than ever. Not forgetting the braces as well. I am even more mindful when I smile/laugh or simply when I open my mouth.

Aesthetic reasons aside, smiling becomes extremely important and awkward when you have an unfriendly face with narrowed eyes staring down at you. But nevertheless, put on a fresh new skin that is thick enough to smoke through your awkwardness. Yes, in other ways, YOU NEED TO BE THICK SKIN.

Friendly interviewers – IT’S YOUR LUCKY DAY!

UNFRIENDLY BUNCH – YOU DIDN’T PRAY ENOUGH.

Smiling also portrays your self-confidence. Even if you are shaking, panicking, screaming inside, NEVER show it on the outside. But don’t overdo it, your interviewer might just think that you’re too goofy and weird (?) to even begin with.

3. OFFER TO SHAKE THEIR HANDS

As a rule of basic courtesy, some friendly interviewers might extend a warm handshake for a simple self-introduction or to inform you of their names… But even if you had forgotten to put on your lucky charm or missed the trip down to the temple/church to pray, you should consider taking the first step. Smile, extend a warm and FIRM handshake with them. Don’t grip too tightly, especially if you’re a guy, it might just send the wrong signals. It needs to be firm because it presents your self-confidence as well as your sincerity.

Shaking at the tip of the hands/fingers is a no-no. The other party might think that you are insincere, haughty or you might keep thinking that they have poor hygiene. A good 3 secs would be preferred but unless they hold on further, let go after 3 secs.

Ladies, don’t hold on after 3 secs even if they insist, scream and shout MOLEST and run out of the interview room as quickly as your legs (or heels) can carry you. Nah, I’m kidding. Unless you look extremely sexy/attractive on the 1st day of interview, I doubt such things would happen. But of course, many perverts are lurking around these days…

4. BODY LANGUAGE

Slouching puts off people, especially interviewers not only because it is a tell-tale sign of the lack of confidence, it also speaks volume of your character – LAZY. Who wants to employ lazy people right? I mean, yes it might be biased to conclude that, but such body languages usually gives the impression that you don’t even have the bones/energy to sit up straight…!

My advice is to sit confidently, you need not sit up so straight as if there’s no arch in your back, but your shoulders must be straight and not slouching downwards. If you can’t contain your nervousness, try placing your hands on your laps. Only take them out when required. Of course, control yourself and prevent from shivering/shaking. Not only does it indeed verify your nervousness but it’s quite embarrassing as well, isn’t it?

When conversing with the interviewer, look directly at their eyes, naturally. I don’t mean to say to stare hard at them but this is also basic courtesy and reflects your confidence. What I usually do when I’m nervous is to take a few seconds off, especially when I’m thinking but always make it a point to look back at them again, to show that you are still engaged in the conversation. I think it’s normal for people to look either left or right (upwards) when thinking  (Neuro-linguistic programming answers this : This natural connection between thinking and eye movements show that the eyes shift between seeing and thinking. When we are in deep thoughts, our eyes are shifting to thinking mode and we are looking inwards rather than looking to see something.) Thus, interviewers shouldn’t feel offended.

If you ever need to cough/sneeze, remember to cover your mouth, or best if you carry along a packet of tissue. If you need to excuse yourself, politely do so. Control yawning, based on my personal experience, this requires some practice, but it’s quite obvious when your eyes become teary (This is due to the lachrymal ducts which holds your tears, when you yawn, some muscles in your face contract which squeezes this sac, and it produces tears from the tear duct.)

Basic courtesy like this should always be checked and kept in place. I think I’ve already elaborated much on this.

5. COMMON QUESTIONS

a) Tell me about yourself.

Oh lord, I know how detestable such questions are and I totally loathe them too. The trick, which I came up with, is to be confident but NOT over-confident. You need to view yourself as a product and how you can contribute as an asset and value-add to the company. You may or may not have possess any skills relevant but general ones such as leadership, team work, great interpersonal skills, diligent, highly motivated, problem-solver, able to work with deadlines, able to handle stress etc. Sometimes, you may find these as one of the pre-requisites in a job advert. You need to back up with evidence from past experience in school/work experience. If you held onto to leadership positions, don’t be afraid to make use of them to boost your resume and confidence.

Back in secondary school and even in JC, I thought little of having a CCA/class positions etc, but even before entering the workforce, I realised how important they were for school applications. Grades are now just part of the requirements and with the stiff competition, you need these additional ‘help’ to beautify and boost whatever applications, be it job or school. If you’ve memberships or belong to an external organisation which showcase whatever skills and abilities you have, then even better.

Also, the “tell me about yourself” question may touch upon your hobbies as well. I’m guessing that this might allow the interviewer to have a brief idea of the character you possess or your other external commitments that you serve, which might more or less affect your commitment to your job. So think before you speak. Always good to prepare an answer before you attend the interview, but try not to regurgitate as if you’ve stayed up the whole of last night memorising word for word. Bad impression.

b) How can you contribute to our company? i.e. Why should we hire you over other candidates?

Have some self-reflection and self-discovery moments of your own. It would do you some good. See the goodness in yourself, this is some positive feelings that one should have as you love yourself as time goes by.

Taking into account whatever skills and abilities you have attain from school/work experience, and use that to your advantage. Try to sell and market yourself to the company and what you can offer, as well as how the company can benefit in hiring you. Of course, you won’t know the calibre of other candidates but here comes the tricky part. Boast but don’t over do it. Just like how you remain confident but yet not excessively so.

For example, you may have won a competition, say fashion designing, so you should focus and elaborate further on how this may help you in your job. Or if you were the head prefect, how this set of leadership skills which you have attained and learnt from experience would guide you in your job.

c) Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years’ time?

Ugh, I know. What? Am I applying to be a fortune teller now?

Answer is no, BUT employers do want to know what’s in for you and yourself, and whether you have any goals/aspirations to work towards to. This might come in useful in relation to the career advancement question (point e)

This would also set a goal in mind and expectations for you yourself as well as your potential employer. It is also good to plan ahead and have some directions not only in career aspects but life in general.

d) Salary

Remember, every company is looking to cut cost, especially if they are a new company. They are working on a tight budget so make sure you state what you are worth, based on your credentials. Freshies shouldn’t expect much. Anything above $2.3 is a good take, but depending on the nature of the job as well. If you are applying for administrative role, do expect lesser than one who is employed in a specialised role.

Pen down something realistic which you and the co can relate. My advice to freshies is not to complain and expect too much, really. Some freshies are finding it difficult to get hold of a job or either that, more often than not, they are picky. Everyone has to start somewhere low, nobody joins and get paid as a high flyer. This is life, so work towards climbing that corporate ladder, especially if you are extremely ambitious.

Also, more often than not, companies might try to negotiate the expected salary you have stated, so think wisely if you are alright with it. Don’t be compelled to agree/disagree. Conduct market surveys and do your research. This is very important as well.

e) Reasons for leaving previous job (if applicable)

NEVER bad-mouth your previous boss no mater how !@#% they were because this might imply that you would do the same in the future to the potential boss too. NEVER complain about the low salary no matter how meagerly you were paid – because face it, money is never enough and workload is never ending. Ask around and you will realise that nobody is satisfied with their current salary, except for a very small handful only.

Suitable reasons such as career advancement, change of environment, career exposure etc are acceptable. But don’t shoot yourself in the foot by claiming career advancement if you are applying for job that requires little/lesser skills than before or claiming career exposure when you have only worked 1 to 2 yrs, or even worse still, for few months only. You have not been exposed in detail with regards to the job, so how is it possible that you claim career exposure?

Bad idea.

d) Any other questions?

Don’t heave a sigh of relief thinking that the battle has ended. It hasn’t. This is the time to showcase your keenness in the job, unless you aren’t interested anymore by this point of time.

Take this opportunity to find out more about the company. Of course, don’t burst your bubble by asking silly questions such as “What does the company do?”, Sensitive questions such as salary issues whether your potential is a male/female (if the interviewer is not your boss) and definitely NO PERSONAL QUESTIONS.

Instead, take this chance to find out MORE about your job role. I don’t mean to say what is your job scope, you should have already known by now. Ask more relevant questions, but not over do it to prevent annoying your interviewer.

Lastly, know when to stop and when to speak. Don’t annoy the hell outta your interviewer/employer because that’s certainly gonna be a red light for them.

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MOST IMPORTANTLY, I CANNOT SAY THIS WITHOUT ANYMORE EMPHASIS, FIND OUT ABOUT THE COMPANY YOU ARE APPLYING TO.

It irks the hell out of the interviewer, especially if he/she is your potential boss, when candidates do not have any idea or knowledge about the company and the job itself. There are basic expectations such as these to be met so ensure you are well-equipped before you attend your interview session.

Google will be your best friend, but most importantly, read info off from their official website.

Additional knowledge about the particular industry/products would value-add your portfolio and impression.

The bottom line is to DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

When you are told that the interview session has come to an end, thank the interviewer, smile smile and smile. You would most probably be told that you will be contacted should you be shortlisted or either that, if your lucky charm is working, or unlucky for that matter, a decision would be made on the spot and you would be informed right at that moment. But more often than not, most would inform you that you’re chosen instead of lashing out an outright rejection in your face, unless they are really meanies. But then again, you may not even want to work with such people, right? Consider yourself lucky then. 😉

Send a thank-you email after that, stating you enjoyed the interview and hope to receive a favourable reply soon.

If you are told of a stipulated date which they would get back to you, bear that in mind. Ring them up or drop them an email should you feel awkward to ask for a follow-up politely. Remember, they don’t owe you an explanation, they don’t owe you anything. The decision is theirs to make and their discretion belongs to them. You have already done your part at the interview session.

Last but not least, don’t put all your eggs into one bag. I recall mass emailing my job applications as well as resumes to several companies daily before I managed to snag this current job which I’m quite happy with. So don’t give up. The problem kicks in when you have to revert to several companies or when you are still waiting for the ideal job. The trick is choose the lesser of 2 evils, give up the one which you think has lesser job prospects or potential to revert (although this guesswork is a tough nut to crack). If you are chosen by a company you deemed acceptable in every aspect, then why not. Don’t end of waiting and waiting, and eventually ending up with a shitty job or jobless.

These are all what I can think of right now. Should there be additional pointers, I’ll do up a part 2.

Hope you guys find this useful! 🙂

Understanding your skin and the annoying acnes…

As it is, to solve a problem, you must first understand its origin and meaning. This goes the same for your skin as well.

Face mapping is a common theory which provides comprehensive explanations of the locations of the growth of acnes.

Are you listening to your skin?

Are you actually solving or aggravating the situation?

Taken from www.glamour.com :

Alex Gariano over at U Look Haute shared a fascinating look at “face mapping”–the art of unlocking the mysteries of problematic skin. Hailing from ancient Chinese medicine, Gariano writes, “face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body. …Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this ‘map’ as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring.”

So, what are your breakouts, dull spots and dark circles trying to tell you? Here’s a quick guide from Gariano:

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

But if you are a tad more keen, this skin analysis and several solutions would come in handy and interesting for you :

Facial Region Solution
Forehead
Acne
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep, it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins
  • Drink less soda and carbonated beverages
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Get enough sleep with a regular sleep schedule
  • Eat healthy foods, chewing thoroughly to improve your digestion
  • Reduce refined sugar in your diet
  • Keep a daily food diary to see if your acne is related to certain food groups (like dairy)
  • Practice better hygiene (i.e. washing bangs and hair, cleaning hats)
  • Check if shampoos, conditioners, and hair products are irritating skin
Temples
Zits
  • Eat less processed food, junk food, and fast food
  • Reduce the amount of unhealthy fat in your diet (healthy fats from avocado and fish are okay)
  • Eat cooling foods like bitter melon, cucumbers, and gourds
  • Practice better hygiene, especially during the summer and if you wear makeup and/or sweat a lot
Between the Brows
Pimples
  • Exercise, but avoid overly strenuous exercise
  • Get more sleep
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat lighter foods and foods that are less “rich” (like butter and cheese)
  • Avoid late night snacks
Nose
Pimples
  • Eat less pungent foods (spices, garlic, etc)
  • Eat less meat
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat warm temperature foods (not too cold or hot)
  • Get more fresh air
  • Exercise everyday (like going for a walk)
  • Massage the area around your nose for better circulation
  • Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B
Left Cheek
Acne
  • Maintain a normal daily routine
  • Try to keep a positive mood
  • Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons, and green beans
  • Don’t overeat, especially junk food
  • Try to decompress and relax
  • The liver is the strongest from 1-3 AM. This is when you should be sleeping
  • The liver is weakest at 1-5 PM, so schedule difficult work for the morning
  • If you have to work in the afternoon, rest your eyes for 5 minutes every hour
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Right Cheek
Acne
  • Avoid fast food and junk food
  • Avoid mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
  • Eat less sugar
  • Get more fresh air
  • The lung is strongest at 7-9 AM. This is the best time for aerobic exercise
  • Practice proper hygiene, especially if you live in a polluted city
  • Check laundry detergent for any irritating ingredients
  • Change pillow cases frequently if you sleep on this side of your face
  • Clean cell phones with rubbing alcohol
  • Lower left cheek acne could represent poor dental health, so keep your gums and teeth healthy by flossing and brushing regularly
Lip Area
Zits
  • Eat more fiber
  • Include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
  • Eat less spicy and fried foods
  • Massage abdominal area in a clockwise motion
  • Change your toothpaste and/or chapstick
Chin and Jaw
Acne
  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Get your hormones checked for imbalances
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day
  • Sleep early and wake up early, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reduce stress as much as possible (yoga, meditating, listening to music, writing in a journal, etc.)
  • Massage your body for relaxation, particularly the abdomen
  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Check toothpaste, mouthwash, and chapsticks
  • Drink spearmint tea
  • Take omega-3s to help regulate hormones

Personally, I do get pimples/acnes every now and then. I belong to the combination skin type so my T-zones are usually oilier than the rest. But sometimes, my nose peels too. Not sure why though. Nevertheless, I have to be extra cautious with products I use, especially on my T-zone areas because oily skin causes clogged pores which results in pimples/acnes. Certainly not in the good books of girls.

The pores on my nose is almost perpetually clogged. Ask 10 ladies, and 9 of them would agree as well. These black/white heads are extremely annoying as foundations might not be able to conceal as well. But if you have the perfect solution to clearing and minimising your pores, you should. Piling on make-up over your clogged pores would do more harm than good. Squeezing is not advised either although I am guilty of this, because it actually enlarges your pores even more. I have yet to source fo the perfect product in minimising my pores and removing the heads.

Even when they are almost removed, THEY STILL COME BACK. OH GOD. I was discussing this with another friend and she did say that they always come back…

With the age increasing, open large pores could also be one of the result, so extra care needs to be taken for your skin.

And as I was saying, with my combination skin type, I usually find pimples popping on my forehead between my brows, nose and chin ( T-zone areas).

Analysing the solutions provided above, the more common ones are :

  • Exercise regularly (oops I am guilty of this!)
  • Have more rest (Guilty too..!)
  • Avoid eating before bed/late night snacks (Although I am weight-conscious, I still eat whenever I want and feel like it!)

But I’ve to also agree that I lack in fruits and veggies, gotta restrict my alcohol intake and watch my stress level (usually self-induced).

Sometimes, the cure is due to internal reasons. You might need to analyse and regulate your lifestyle, food intake, exercise, stress levels etc… Health supplements might help but it’s not always. Moreover, external solutions such as  the exploding collection of beauty products you have may not guarantee success.

So, start understanding your skin today! 🙂