A friend in need is a friend indeed…or not?

Let’s put aside all those beauty talks and food reviews for the moment and ponder over more serious topics such as friendships.

Do you have friends?

Correction.

Do you have trustworthy friends? By ‘trustworthy’ I mean friends whom you can count on when you require help. Say for example, when you require them to lend you notes when you missed a lesson, or if they discovered promotions on products/services which you know they would know you would be interested in and shared it first thing with you? Or more feasibly put, are they willing to lend you cash when you urgently need it?

Putting aside all exaggerations and extremity aside, including bad habits, for example, let’s say A is earning averagely but spends money like water and has a best friend B whom he/she always borrow money from. Is this acceptable? Once or twice may seem okay, but if A is not able to manage his/her finance properly, thus causing inconvenience to B, who has other commitments as well, or worse still has a worse financial situation than A, is it fair to call B an asshole if he/she subsequently refuses to lend A money? Is B not looked upon as a true friend now?

How about getting help from someone else who are not your immediate friends, say for example, your friend’s girlfriend. You guys may not be close and only meet up when there’s a group gathering including your bf’s presence, are you willing to help them?

Sometimes it feels as though ‘friendships’ are forged due to selfish reasons. You befriend someone because you know he/she is or will be deemed useful for your own sake.

It’s a very common problem to see friends ranting over people who only finds them for a reason, a selfish reason to be precise.

Reduced to simplicity, don’t you think that friendships are actually created out of the fear of loneliness? You need a friend to fill your emptiness, because you’re afraid of being alone, to shop alone, to dine alone or you just need to interact. No doubt human beings are naturally social creatures.

“No man is an island.” –ย John Donne

Of course, you will need to interact. Even though how much you loathe socializing, you will still need to socialize.

But I’m actually directing towards ‘obligations’ as a friend.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

2 questions then automatically appear at the back of my mind :-

1. Is there any motive for the helpful friend to help you? Does he/she want something back in return? Is it ultimately a valid reason (or excuse) used by him/her to seek assistance from you in the near future?

2. Being your friend, your acquaintance, your ‘ok’ friend, friends you chill with, have fun etc, are you under any obligations to help? ‘Obligations’ itself is such a strong word to use.

So let me rephrase that.

Are you obliged to help?

There is a stark difference between being under an obligations and being obliged to help. The latter allows discretion while the former does not.

Many at times, I find that the lines are blurred between the two and many at times, I feel exploited.

Of course, this is my blog and I can rant whatever I want (although this stand may be easily shot down by legal considerations).

People come to me for help, as if I am their slave and that I am under serious obligations to help them solve their problems.

If I can help, I will, but I have a choice whether to or not.

But I am so sick of people exploiting me, asking me to help them as if it is compulsory. Or implicitly put, if I don’t agree too, I’ll be put in a bad light.

Yes, a true friend would help but are you treating me like your true friend in return? Would you help me if I seek help from you? Or will you shun away?

Would you help your friend if you know that they are only looking for you for their own gain and for the other 364 days, you do not see/hear from them? Or they are not as ‘friendly’ towards you compared to days when they need your help?

Lastly, as the seeker, after being provided help by the other person, do you :-

1. Thank them and mention about owing them one and mean it.

What is this ‘one’ anyway? A meal treat? Money? Return them a favour when they require?

2. Thank them and mention about owing them one and DON’T mean it? i.e. saying it for fun/out of courtesy

Sure, if you are truly helping a friend, whether they return you a favour does not matter.

But would you easily forget that ‘they owe you one’? Especially when they efface from your life, unless they have other problems to throw at your face for you to solve again.

I get that many at times, so should I treat your words as bullshit or should I take it very seriously (then I’ll be put in a bad light again for being greedy to get a favour in return). But who in the right mind, unless you’re an extremely thick-skinned person, to go claim your ‘prize’.

My point is, when you seek help from me, remember these points :-

1. I have a choice whether I want to help or not (can’t understand? then place yourself in my shoes? must you help me if I seek help from you?)

2. Mean what you say. ‘Owe you one’, I’d rather you not say this if it is purely out of courtesy.

*This blog post is not directly to anyone in particular, but from my personal experiences dealing with such situations and people.

How has make-up affected me?

Hello! Here is another personal entry that is closer to my heart than just reviews and advertorials…

A short introduction on how I’d picked up make-up.

Like all of us, before entering into the world of make-up fantasy, I was a geek too.

Okay, maybe not like a geek-geek but less attractive than now and of course, fatter and tanned then. I did not have long luscious hair as well.ย That was in my late teens and early 20s and was also when I had met my bf. Recalling how I’d looked does really crack us up sometimes, but with my rolling my eyes at him, mocking my fashion sense, or the lack of it and how I look so different from now. Of course, he was also part of the reason why I turned to makeup and ways to keep myself looking great! ๐Ÿ˜›

Use some imagination because I don’t think I’ll post pictures of me previously. HAHA.

But if you know me personally or seen me in person, then…. good for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, how has make-up affected me?

1. CONFIDENCE

Cliche as it sounds but I’m sure you have heard of this saying that “There is no ugly women only lazy ones” isn’t it? But a rebuttal of “Beauty is only skin-deep” also comes into mind and those rely on make-up to boost their confidence and ‘feel’/’look’ prettier/more appealing and attractive are condemned as being superficial.

Whatever it is, I don’t see why make-up is seen in such negative light if it makes one feel good about themselves. With confidence, you feel good on the outside and insideย as well, no? Okay, to be fair, you may be an ugly monster inside whose heart is as black as charcoal etc but let’s keep that aside, shall we?

I feel more confident with make-up on and definitely feel more attractive (I’m not saying that I am…). Feeling and really is are 2 different issues altogether.

But that also brings me to the next point of losing confidence, without make-up on.

I think most girls might feel the same way as I do since make-up helps to ‘beautify’ your features and improve your appearance (not considering the fact how some girls ‘uglify’ themselves via poor makeup skills and concealing their features instead of enhancing them).

And then some people end up looking like this :

A CLOWN.

Because I’m so used to putting makeup on, there was even once I had to even doll up myself when I merely had to head down to bf’s house neighbourhood. And then bf was quite annoyed by the fact that I dolled up for no apparent reason.

Then it hit me.

Why am I feeling so insecure?

Reason being, makeup really does strip you off your confidence when you don’t wear them.

We were all born naturally without any makeup or aesthetics done, so why feel ashamed or ugly without makeup?

Of course, main reason for most girls is to look beautiful and perfect infront of their bfs, and hopefully receive praises and compliments.

Who doesn’t like receiving them, especially from your loved ones, right?

Apart from being a nincompoop at times (I mean who doesn’t? Nobody’s perfect!), the bf really did touch my heart and boost my confidence each time he compliments me when I have no makeup on.

And I believe he praises me from the bottom of his heart.

Like when I just woke up with slightly oily face (combination skin) with the retarded ‘forever-not-enough-sleep’ kinda look, together with my ooh-lala breath (you mean you have sweet-smelling breath like frangipanis?!) and my unkempt mane… He’s still able to see the ‘beauty’ in me when this image is a gazillion times much worse as compared to looking fresh, smelling fresh (after bath and brushing of teeth), with neatly combed hair, but with no makeup on.

And so they said, ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’ ๐Ÿ™‚

So I have been trying to come to terms with myself and decided that I should not bother dolling up if I was going to some nearby place, although there’s still some degree of insecurity lingering inside of me, especially when there are beautifully-dolled up girls around. At times like these, I just feel like burying my head into the ground and I can’t bring myself to look at strangers in the eye…. :'(((

Yes, I must admit that I do feel ugly without makeup on, exposing my uneven skin tone, blackheads, stubby nose, single eyelids and dark circles to the world. But thank god for eyebrow embroidery, it did raise my confidence level by a tweeny bit ๐Ÿ™‚

But what really affects my confidence or areas on my face that I’m unhappy with are :

In this order – Single eyelids, Stubby Nose, Wide jaw/chin (underbite corrected with braces but somehow I don’t feel my jaw completely corrected) and then my sunken cheeks.

I’ve not touched on this topic before but…. I am soooo tempted to get my double eyelids done, like really really tempted so I don’t have to keep sticking fake eyelashes just to create them. Having nose fillers and derma fillers (for my visible laugh lines) have also been lingering on my mind recently. And for my sunken cheeks, I know the only way to solve the problem is through fat-grafting (transferring fats from other body parts – I HAVE ALOT TO SPARE to your cheeks).

Okay, shall save all these ‘plastic’ talk for another time.

Back to topic.

So yes, if you see me looking geeky or all auntie-like, don’t get a heart attack ok? Beauty bloggers have their own set of problems too, you know? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bottom-line is :

And for that, I’m still trying.

2. ADDICTION

Addiction does not refer to building your makeup collection from this :

To this :

Although the amount of makeup (and counting) evidently portrays your addiction to makeup and there are so many girls who have uncontrollable threshold in buying makeup stuffs…thank god I’m not one of them (yet?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

But this next point further highlights the previous point on confidence. Over-reliance on makeup, which may be due to lack of confidence without it, may also cause addiction towards it.

Some people just cannot leave with makeup on and I try not to be one of them.

When I was first introduced to the fantasy world of makeup, I merely explored eyeliners and fake eyelashes.

Okay, fine. Maybe concealers were the first makeup product I own back in sec/jc days, introduced by my sister. You know how puberty were still at a high during that time and pimples were popping out before you can even scream P-I-M-P-L-E-S!!!

Nah, I’m kidding. I mean I’m kidding on the exaggeration.

I am blessed with good skin though not a perfect one so I’ve never had a face filled with Rudolph’s nose(s), except when I was stressing over O-levels which I could remember so vividly. Other than that, it was more of a 1 to 2 pimples popping out at the same time during hormonal change due to menstruation or exam periods.

So I can say that I am quite lucky. I don’t have to battle with acne-prone or sensitive skin issues.

But, because of makeup and my daily usage, unless I nua at home the whole day during weekends, it becomes an addiction and somehow placing an over-reliance too.

So yes, my face is constantly painted and I feel the need to have makeup on when I’m out (save for neighbourhood areas) – which explains the overlap between the lack of confidence and addiction.

3. SKIN CONDITION

From this :

And because of makeup…

 

To having poorer skin condition :

It is because of the frequent constant usage of makeup, I realised that my skin condition is poorer than before compared to the days when I was still playing masak-masak instead of checking out makeup tutorials on YouTube (although quite rarely).

After exploring eyeliners and fake eyelashes, I explored deeper and got to try out other ‘essential’ makeup tools such as compact powder (tried liquid foundation once for a period of time and hated it), blushers, highlighters, more concealers, more eyeliners (from pencil to crayon to gel and now I’m in love with liquid ones), to eyebrow pencils, to shimmery eyeliners, to eyeshadows (still trying to master this perfectly), to primers (currently only own 1 Red Earth eyeshadow primer – I’ve never used a foundation base primer before) and to the recent what is known as – CONTOURING MAKEUP TOOLS (for my stubby onion-like nose).

The more stuffs you put on your face, the worse your skin condition gets. And it’s true because LESS IS MORE.

I didn’t have that many blackheads on my nose compared to the times when the word ‘makeup’ seems like a distant relative of mine.

Now, it’s like it has become a PART OF ME. :O

And there was also another incident where I broke out due to makeup, in particular, the short period of time when I was trying out liquid foundation, as mentioned above.

I am quite sure that I won’t be using liquid foundation anymore. And I have never used BB/CC/DD/ABCDEFGHAKSHWIRHGCKSZXXXX creams too.

Apart from the hassle and mess they create, since you need to use your fingers (I prefer using fingers over sponge because of the better control and blending skills), such creams clog your pores even more.

On top of that, not forgetting to set the liquid foundation using loose powder (the more stuffs added onto your face , the more your pores suffocate!).

I recall my mum commenting that my makeup is so thick because I was using liquid foundation. That’s something I don’t wish to hear because thick means… ugly and possessing wrong/bad makeup skills! And looks like a wayang/geisha.

So I’ve converted back to a compact powder user and I’m using Chanel’s Matte powder if you must know ๐Ÿ™‚

Apart from clogged pores, I noticed my pores are bigger than before too. But to be fair enough, makeup might just be one of the contributing factor to big open pores, besides genetics, age and sun damage and me occasionally trying to squeeze out those blackheads squatting on my nose…

What Causes Large Pores on the Face? thumbnail

This is not me.

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Although makeup helps to conceal your flaws, what is more important is the underlying skin beneath the layers of makeup.

The worse situation is to get yourself thinking you can fool the world with tonnes of makeup but deep down within yourself, you know you don’t possess that flawless perfect skin.

Plus, makeup can only conceal that much of flaws.

You can hide, but not forever.ย 

So, are you a makeup addict?

How has makeup affected you?

Feel free to leave me comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

Introspective reflections on blogging for the past 1 year…

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Apart from advertorials and reviews, I would also like to include some of my personal moments on this blog which may also serve as a better platform for you to get to know me better. That is if you want to. ๐Ÿ˜‰

July 2013 marks a significant month for me in relation to blogging. I have had 2 other domains, from raves-and-rants at weebly to jeangan.wp to this – at MY FAT POCKET!

The transition was a swift and impromptu one because as a perfectionist, I always strive to get hold of the best one. if not better than its predecessor. That was why I switched from weebly, to wordpress and to the curreny MFP platform which runs on wordpress as well.

Collating all these months mark a 1 year anniversary for my blogging experience thus far. Compared to other ‘pioneer’ batch of bloggers, of those I have seen and come to know about in this blogosphere or at media events, I am seriously a nobody. And I don’t wish to be a somebody too.

I don’t wish to gain popularity because that comes with a hefty price to pay.

Money, sponsorship of products and popularity didn’t make it to my bucket-list when I first started blogging proper (not including blogs which I created when I was younger).

If you would have recalled, my intention was just to share whatever experience I have with others and my first topic-content blog entry was on Bare Aesthetics on IPL for underarm hair removal. Speaking of which, they have recently ceased operations and I was quite upset because not only that my appointment is due in Aug, I found that their service and quality rather awesome as well. So it’s really quite a pity ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Plus, I’d only paid $88 for UNLIMITED sessions via Groupon.

A little on this IPL experience thus far :

  1. Hair growth is now much slower
  2. Underarms are much fairer

I mean after 6 sessions of IPL, although the hair still grows back (at a much slower rate), I think I’ve achieved much from it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I’ve just gotta keep a lookout for other beauty salons… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So yup, the reason why I had created a blog and started blogging was simply to share my reviews!

And then one thing led on to another…

And here I am, blogging on MFP as a resident blogger as well as its beauty editor ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s not all airy fairy with pink fairy dust that comes along with blogging, and I think I have learn some stuffs that I want to share with you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

1. You need to be sociable, or at least have great PR skills

As an introvert (yes don’t be shocked), I am not a very sociable person by nature. I mean I do have friends but most of them are my bf’s friends and since we have been together for quite some time (approaching 5.5 years *gasps*!), they have somehow naturally became my friends too. I don’t mean that I go out with them alone with my bf or at least very very seldom, but somehow I’ve clicked and have been joining in their group outings too.

I have a very very few friends who I try to make much effort now to meet up/catch up face-to-face/whatsapp every now and then. They are those whom I can click very well and pour out my problems too, although I am still quite a very private person, keeping some stuffs to myself, except for my bf. He’s the one I tell EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to.

It was really really awkward in the first place, and still is currently at media events when everyone knows everyone else except me.

Moreover, I do not have a friendly face (one of my good friends just commented that I look even more unfriendly now with my red hair) because I seldom smile. Sometimes it means something but most of the times, it does not. I am just like that and that is how I’ve often ‘offended’ people without knowing it and I try not to fake a smile when I don’t feel like it.

But being a blogger has taught me how to interact with people more often and basically, how to be friendlier. My bf don’t have a problem with that because he’s very friendly. Yes, and so they said opposites attract, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was a little awkward too when I told another fellow blogger that I’m actually an introvert and she was shocked to know that because that’s like against the blogger’s code of conduct. If that is so, I am almost faulting at non-compliance.

I don’t really agree very much on the definition set by Wikipedia :

inยทtroยทvert

/หˆintrษ™หŒvษ™rt/

Noun
  1. A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person.
  2. A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.

For me, it’s more of :

Introverts are generally good listeners, and though they are known for having fewer friends, the friendships they do keep are typically very strong. You know, quality vs quantity. I don’t desire carlsberg world of friends whereby nobody understands me or are close to me or they are just purely acquaintances.

Introverts are also known for having better attention spans and focus, making them more effective at staying on task when working on involved projects. ย Some studies have also suggested that introverts have better long-term memory than their extroverted counterparts.

Extracted from here.

I can be friendly, but only when I want to and am comfortable with you. I admit that I do take a long time to warm up to people, but once I am all warm, hot and fuzzy, I can assure you that I will be your good friend ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope my handful of good friends would agree to this, ahem ;p

Of all the bloggers I have met thus far, they have superb PR skills. I mean some people are natural, while others could be faking it… but I guess I will just have to keep improving on this. I mean having PR skills are helpful in every and any aspect in life, be it in school, social events, work place etc…

Now that I am working towards a better smile with the help of my braces, I need to constantly remind myself sub-consciously to S-M-I-L-E more. ย I mean first impressions count, don’t they?

So please don’t judge me from my unfriendly face which I’m always telling others that that is actually my face at its ‘default’ mode. And being a thinker, most of the times I get overwhelmed and swallowed by my own thoughts, hence that serious face.

If you do happen to meet me on the streets, don’t stare at me like I’m some weirdo (because I will get offended lol), just come up to me very gently (please don’t give me a scare, my weak heart won’t be able to take it, as I am quite a jumpy person) and say hi! ๐Ÿ˜€

Besides smiling, I think I have loads to work on in keep conversations going. Most of the times it’s awkward because I have no idea what to say and sometimes I seek help from my social-butterfly bf. LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Blogging does not equate to creating a blog and write

This dawned upon me only when my sister commented on some of the bloggers’ work which her co engaged to advert on the co’s products.

Yes, with all the perks of being a blogger, it too comes with a hefty price too.

No doubt, you get free things (of which some I don’t use that is why I am giving them away – read here on my recent MAJOR BEAUTY GIVEAWAY if you havent alr! ) but you will need to return them a favour by blogging. And it’s not just cutting and pasting, or by just uploading some blur pics (sorry for those blurred ones I have uploaded ahem) and insert some sketchy filmsy lacking-in-content-quality paragraphs or worse still, few liners.

And if you’re not a full-time blogger, which I am not and don’t think I will ever be (some have asked me this, and my answer is quite simple, then why the hell am I studying so much for ?! I don’t know about u, but it just doesn’t feel right. My parents would most prolly disown me as well, nah I’m kidding, not till that extent… I HOPE) you need very good TIME-MANAGEMENT SKILLS.

Advertorials have deadlines or either that, you know you owe others a blog post if the event/date of receipt was eons agooooooo and that can only happen if you take your work seriously and take pride in it. You would be nonchalant if you aren’t serious about being a blogger.

With that in mind and what my sister told me, I felt that my blogging style needed some change. I admit I don’t have a flair for writing and I am constantly being reminded of my (already) limited vocab and grammatical errors when I blog. My English was good back in primary school but plummeted all the way when I was in secondary school. Even up to JC, I was struggling with GP while others who ate more potatoes than me on a daily basis (for that I must reckon potatoes meant reading) could easily tackle it.

As a result, my results for English weren’t fantastic.

It was only when I read law that my English improved tremendously. And it’s true. It is difficult to ‘study’ a language besides gaining a wider vocab knowledge and remember all those ‘skills’ and ‘rules’ but reading, speaking and listening really does help.

Check the dictionary whenever you come across words you don’t know of. That was what my mum used to tell me when I was younger, and what I told my students when I was tutoring. Now, I am imparting this ‘skill’ to you too. LOL.

Google is your best friend. Well, at least to me. It’s a friend and a teacher. I google almost everything I don’t know of. Listen more to BBC etc or read more.

After awhile with consistency and diligence, your language would improve, that I can assure you.

I mean if you’re a consistent reader of mine, you would see how much more effort (and time!) I devote to each and every blog post now compared to last time. And I also realised that top bloggers such as XX, QQ, BunBun etc tend to write lengthy blog posts too, even when they are inactive for awhile (XX) or active (QQ).

I do receive comments like, “Thank you for the detailed write-up”, and by that, I know my work, effort and time is very much appreciated by some of my readers.

But then, “detailed” may also mean “lor sor” la and I don’t deny that I am quite “lor sor” when it comes to words. I type more than I speak. ๐Ÿ˜€

So it all boils down to :

QUALITY.ย 

That’s very important.

As I have mentioned previously, I do not have a flair for writing. I am not born a writer by nature, like how some of my friends are.

But I try.

And although it’s has always been a battle of quality and quantity, nevertheless, always remember this, quality is quite impossible if quantity is not there. I’m not debunking this notion of “quality over quantity” but think about it, if there is no substantial length, how can there be quality content?

As I’ve said, I’m quite “lor sor” with words, so that is one reminder I have to take note of and try not to digress so much by inserting uncountable brackets here and there (AHEM! Oops! =x).

Check and recheck. Save it as draft if you’re sick of typing and tired of reactivating your brain cells once you are done with your blog post. Come back to it when you’re feeling better/in the mood/full of inspiration and improvise.

I should really stop here, for I would be shooting myself in the foot if I’d continued any further (stop being “lor sor” and stop it with the brackets! :O)

If I can type so much, you know understand what I meant that I am consumed by my own thoughts sometimes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I try to practise what I preach, so that was also the reason why I invested in a better camera… but photography skills is another matter altogether, heh.

3. Don’t always believe what you read

Pfft, this seems quite illogical like as if I’m getting you not to believe whatever I have painstakingly noted down thus far.

I don’t mean that.

But this is in relation to sponsored advertorials.

I know how it feels to get a shittified product/service via sponsorship and how you are always more inclined towards providing a positive review other than a negative one.

I am actually undergoing such experience right now as with other bloggers, but… I can’t spill the beans yet. At least not now.

And recalling back the time when I had actually given a product 3/5 stars, I was questioned by the sponsor as to my reason for doing so.

Sometimes, it’s not that bloggers merely want to enjoy free stuffs/discounts or other entitlements and thus, blog up a positive review, but you need to understand the difficult position we face too.

It’s not that we want, but sometimes it’s more of feeling obliged to and I admit, that’s kinda sad and unfair ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

That was also the dilemma that Bunbun was facing in her recent horrible experience with a sponsored facial treatment. I didn’t really follow through so am not sure if she did eventually reveal the name of the salon. I just know that she has been refusing to divulge which salon it was.

4. The power of social media

I own accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pininterest and have a Facebook page as well.

But the only main social media I have been using was only Facebook.

I was very active on Twitter and IG in the past but soon got bored of it and MIA-ed for some time. Don’t worry, I am back! ๐Ÿ™‚

As much as popularity may not be one of the goals to achieve when I started blogging, popularity also mean EVERYTHING to a blogger, in relation to the numeric figures of readership. That is how companies find you to get you sponsored or decide if you are eligible (i.e. worth wasting $ on or not) and some would outrightly ask you for the numeric figures for your blog readership, twitter and IG followers and fb page likes…

Like money, it’s all about the NUMBERS.

I must admit that it is a little disgusting to self-promote (yes I do that, I mean, who doesn’t especially when you’re just starting out vs a well-established blogger?) but that’s the kind of ‘skin’ you need to have.

A very thick one.

Even when I share on my own personal FB account, I feel extremely embarrassed (IF YOU NEVER KNEW, NOW YOU DO)!

I don’t need to go into details on how important social media platforms are in the current era but it seems a little too overwhelming for me to be active on all of them all the time.

It’s like after publishing a post, you will be like, “Oh I have to repost on my Facebook page too” or “Shucks, I forgot to share this on my IG” etc etc…

Yada yada yada, but I’m trying my best… :’)

5. The market is extremely saturated

Similar to blogshops, the blogosphere for bloggers is as saturated as well.

Everyone wants to own a blog shop, everyone wants to be a blogger, albeit a successful one.

Being a blogger is similar to being a product. How you market yourself is extremely important and how others perceive you despite you trying to market yourself in a certain way.

It’s all about marketing, marketing and more marketing…and not forgetting commitment, responsibility, writing skills etc.

I would need to improve on this for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hope through these reflections on my experience has helped you one or another, be it if you’re thinking of being a blogger, new to this blogosphere or even an established blogger…

And hopefully, when I’ve become more acquainted with this blogosphere, I would include more useful experience and strike out those I intend to achieve/improve on ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

2012 has been…

Self-fulfilling.ย 

Recalling the past 364 days has taught me alot, especially in the last half/quarter of the year. There were of course several ups and downs, though being aย pessimist, I’ve always thought the latter overwhelmed the former anytime anywhere and that happiness is always short-lived. It’s just like how we human beings are quick to criticise and take notice of the negativity instead of its counter-part.

But then again, I thank everyone for the happiness and laughter you guys have provided me with.

Ain’t gonna say much but I think I’ve learnt quite a bit about Life, in particular, in relationship matters.

2012 was not very kind towards me, especially for my health. I think it may be the year which I’d fell sick most.

Reaching quarter-life crisis ( will have to check a new age group option in application forms now! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) in approx 2 to 3 weeks’ time (yeah, my age is no longer a guesswork.) and will be putting on braces this coming Wednesday! New year, new teeth (well not really but in the process of achieving it). Secretly looking forward to me losing my appetite with braces on and shed more kilos?

Anyway, I wish everyone well in the forthcoming ย new year to be filled with lots of love, laughter, wealth and most importantly, pink of health.