Left & Right Jewellery
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Left & Right is probably one of my favourite Borneo jewellery makers because they really are one of kind and the founders are the most genuine people you would ever meet. I feel like they are incapable of being mean, only positivity runs through their bloodstream and they will go above and beyond in serving you. Legit 5 star service commitment!
They recently collaborated with a kebaya designer and demonstrated the many wears you could dawn both the pieces together (kebaya & jewellery). I'm not sure if you guys know it, but my family's origins are boba nyonya (chinese peranakan), so I have a few kebayas myself and I've always thought that kebayas are really elegant and beautifully crafted.
The Left & Right atelier is unlike any other. The house itself really has character and rustic qualities, every angle is instaworthy. If you're from Kuching, you should definitely pay it a visit.
The only thing I can claim credit for it the table deco.
I had a bomb putting it together and part of felt like becoming a party-table-decorater (if there is such a job).
If you haven't seen their beautiful jewellery pieces,
you should check them out.
It's simple, beautiful and easy to wear either on a daily basis or as signature pieces.
they're like the new trendy place to get bespoke engagement rings. *HINT HINT*
Shentel's Tea Party
Ah greetings strangers!
I swear I must be THE most inconsistent blogger in the world but yeah I've just been trying to do grown up things, like work, and yeah, work. So now after a pretty hectic two months, Iv'e decided to go through the 10,000++ pictures in my camera roll and sort of briefly take you on the ride that is my life. Okay, I will stop jabbering on. Here's what's been happening.
Got invited to one heck of a tea party, hosted by none other than Shentel (this lady can do no wrong).
Shiseido Future Solution LX.
Shiseido has always been a reputable brand, not much explanation needed on that part.
I mean, I've heard my mum mention it growing up and I've seen it on all the expensive counters ever since I started high school and I remember dreaming that maybe one day when I grow up and do grown up thing (a.k.a WORK), then I'll be able to afford something like Shiseido.
Well, it definitely must work because I swear all the ladies around me didn't look a day over 20 with their perfect complexion and I'll be honest, it's not the most affordable line #sheseidofuturesolutionlx ...
BUT, there is a season and time when you can fork out that kind of investment for yourself.
Mum always told me that when we were growing up she really tightened her belt to help the family save as much as we could to give my sister and I literally the best opportunities for everything and anything. So, if I could say that somebody deserved the pampering and the luxury of such a skincare line...
It'll go to all the moms out there that deserve the very best because you were our FUTURE SOLUTION, therefore it's time you splurge and enjoy the fruits of your labour. I know what I'm getting mom for mother's day this year. *hint hint*
More photos of the beautiful event.
Venue: Old Courthouse
Date : 19th January 2018
Tea leaves reading.
To find out more about Sheseido's Future Solution Lx line,
Korea Nano Crystal Teeth
First up, I'm just gonna be clear and say that I am not here to recommend this treatment to everyone. This is purely my own experience. The Korea Nano Seal Whitening Teeth Treatment is only an aesthetic (non-medical) procedure and you will need to consult with your dentist before opting for this. If you are prone to cavities, have poor gum health, or generally don't have the best condition teeth - DON'T DO IT.
This is not a dental procedure, so the treatment will not involve scaling or carving of teeth, neither will they touch your gums.
I've always taken decent care of my teeth, probably also because of my intense fear of dentist. However, I've always wanted that million dollar Hollywood smile. I didn't have to wear braces but my teeth are fairly straight, except for a slight crookedness on the corner that is barely noticeable from the front.
In the last year or so of me dabbling into shoots and everything, I've realised the importance of having pearly whites (white teeth). It helps your lipstick pop and generally does make your overall complexion a tad brighter, or just generally less tired. *guys too*
There's this new procedure called Korea Nano Seal Whitening Teeth Treatment.
-Transform dark discolored teeth into bright, natural white teeth.
-Provide newly whitened teeth with a protective layer（Nano composite resin material )
It is applied using **composite bonding technique.
** Bonding uses composite resins or porcelain/composite veneers to cover the surface of stained teeth and give a nice, even appearance to broken or misshapen teeth.
Composite resin is applied to the tooth, contoured into shape, set using a curing light, and finally smoothed and polished.
✅one treatment can last for 2-3 years
✅no pain, no injection, no downtime, no molar, 100% safety guaranteed
✅no use of teeth bleaching products, nor laser whitening.
✅client is required to go to a dentist prior to treatment to check for tooth decays.
Nansee, (the girl that did my teeth) spent about half an hour briefing me on the treatment and explaining the procedure in depth. She made sure I was clear that this treatment wasn't going to fix any problem, in fact if you have problems she would advice you against doing it.
After the consultation, I had to clean my teeth and then she started the treatment. If I had to explain it in simple terms, the procedure is kinda like getting gel nails. You paint a layer on top of your teeth, and then she used a curing light (looks like some fancy bluetooth light thingy - don't quote me) and seals the layer on top of your teeth. This makes it look really white and sparkly.
Just me looking like the latest member of X-men.
The procedure is painless but it does take some time as she has to artistically paint over each tooth. There is also a tedious cleaning process before she can start applying the composite material on top of the tooth.
It has to be 100% dry to create a sterile surface for the material to stick to your teeth.
It is also only applied to the front 6 teeth, (top and bottom) just to fit the smile.
I personally have been loving the results, it does take some time to get used to it.
Initially it felt a tad bit too in-your-face-kind-of-white, but it's been about of week and its starting to look more natural.
Over time, the food and drinks you consume will slowly stain the resin layer a tad bit so it won't be clorox white. I've been getting tons of compliments on smile lately and I definitely could get used to that.
I'm not the expert,
so if you want clarification on the procedure;
you can look for Nansee (+60168582328).
She's such a lovely girl and she'll be more than happy to explain in much more details than I ever would.
I have some smiling to do.
What would Taiwan be without
but that's besides the point.
Batman & Robin, a.k.a (mum and I) decided to brave the Taipei streets alone without dad one morning, and we strolled into the Bangka Park (which we found out to our surprise by the hotel staff later on, that the park isn't the best place to be, due to the fair number of homeless people that take refuge there). I still liked it tho.
Lots of cute old people doing old people things, chatting, strolling, etc.
If you walk through the park, you'll see a road with little stalls on both sides. Hygiene was definitely not on the top of their list but it did add to the whole 'authentic taiwanese street stall' feel. However at that point, we just had a huge breakfast buffet at our hotel so we skipped out on most of the stalls.
I got soya bean.
I'll be honest, I am not the biggest wet market fan.
BUT, I am game to explore and to take pictures.
DO IT FOR THE GRAM! (Read: Instagram) <--- incase any of you don't know what that means *mum*
The market reminded me a lot of Japan, with the wide varieties of fresh seafood. However, it was a really interesting array of shops. Ranging from fishmongers, to goldsmiths, and even little clothing shops with air conditioning separated by plastic sheets (not sure how well that works but props to them).
We saw a group of kids heading to this cool looking building, so I decided to join them and we stumbled upon this beautiful building.
"It retains the looks from two hundred years ago because it had been set as the location for a new school in 1945. During 1999 to 2009, the Taiwan Government has repaired the buildings, built a Heritage and Culture Center of Taipei City, and invited local/foreign contemporary artists to decorate the street. Today, the Bopiliao Old Street is full of art crafts and creative wall paintings."
Apparently, this entire exhibition centre is also part of the Bopilao Old Street.
This would be the perfect place to bring children, full of interactive activities as well as information. It covered the old school education and examination systems, lots of displays of old games and what-nots.
Plus the cute little decorations!
I want it all.
Along the street corners, there were tons of artists (oil painters) exhibiting their skills. It's like the oil painters version of Urban Sketchers. I even saw a few couples taking pre-wed photos that I wanted to photobomb sooooo badly but I stopped myself.
In foreign countries, I try to be on my best behaviour.
So I posed for my own photo.
We proceeded to do a fair amount of shopping.
There are two main places I went to shop, first was Xi Men Ding (which is one stop away from where I was staying, LongShan Temple). Shopping in Taiwan takes skill and patience, ESPECIALLY with clothes.
Upon first glance I couldn't spot a single thing that I liked, but once you dig...
and I mean really dig for it.
You'll find a gem or two.
The other mad house for shopping (largely women clothes), is Wu Fen Pu.
But this one is hard to navigate because you can't try on the items and there's literally hundreds of stalls.
So it's a cardio packed outing.
Do note that service here isn't great and the people aren't as friendly as normal stalls, guess that's what you get for slashed prices. Obviously no one is paying service charge.
** I actually managed to buy quite a few items behind SOGO, (Zhong Xiao Fu Xing station). You have to exit the mall and walk towards the street stalls right behind the building.
I tried the Taiwanese famous oyster meesua and I must say I was pretty impressed. The broth is super thick and starchy, but it's also very balanced in terms of flavour (savoury with a nice light vinegar after taste) so overall I would definitely eat it again.
Then I proceeded to get a tattoo.
Unfortunately, it's a temporary one.
BUT HOW CUTE IS THAT!
There are tons of art stores that mainly promote local Taiwanese artists. I love the concept of it and the stalls are always super unique. Do bear it mind that they are also a bit on the pricier side.
I found my spirit animal.
and of course there has to be DIN TAI FUNG!
Try going during off peak hours to avoid the crazy queues.
We walked an average of 10km a day but probably ate an equivalent.
Stay tuned for the next post where we got to explore a little bit of the Japanese influences in Taiwan, by that I actually mean, SUSHI.
15.10.17 - 21.10.17
I am not a fan of flying. I repeat. Not a fan.
It isn't so much a fear, none of that actually. More like the time wasted in between, the constant waiting, the queues and crying babies. Some people find it relaxing, I am not one of those people. However, if you do own a pair of noise cancelling headphones, now would be the perfect time to whip it out. I have the Audio Technica M50x, and the leather padding of the headphones makes it soft enough to sleep in as well as to cancel out crying children and prevent any unwanted small talk (one of my biggest in-flight fears).
**Not that I don't like talking to people, but something about small confine spaces in planes really get to me.
My family and I took the Kuching - KL, KL - Taiwan route. Bear in mind this took the entire day, due to the slight delays and the transit time. There are options of flying through KK, but you have to stay a night and wake up super early (some crazy time like 4am) to catch a 5.30am flight.
Umm, I think no thanks
I'm in the AirAsia magazine, so tag me if you manage to find me.
The small thrills of a kampung girl. *shrugs*
We took a cab from Tao Yuan airport to Wan Hua District, Caesar Metro Hotel at midnight and it costs about 1200元, ( RM171) that's pretty pricey so if you can, take the MRT. A ticket from the MRT to Taipei Main Station is 120元 (RM17) per person. From Taipei Main Station, you can basically go to wherever you need to be.
** It cost 30元(RM4) per person from Taipei Main Station to LongShan Temple Station (Wan Hua District), which is the MRT just behind our hotel.
*** Also, if you don't mind spending a little more. Eat the buffets at Caesar Metro Hotel! So good and the selections are insane. Especially the veggies and fruits.
You are on holiday, use your legs!
So you can eat more after.
It does help if you can read mandarin.
I have 16 years of formal mandarin education, but I probably only took 6 months worth of it seriously. So this trip was quite a test.
If you have a stomach of steel, whack the street food immediately!
Mum decided I should hold off the first few days to give myself time to adjust, mum is always right.
So I listened.
We had chicken porridge instead at this quaint little 24/7 store behind our hotel.
So warm and tasty, felt almost like someone giving me a hug with each bite.
Food here is cheap too,
almost equivalent to our kopitiam food back in Kuching.
We then proceeded to do all the touristy things.
First stop, Taipei 101!
I can't fully remember how much the entrance for the Taipei 101 Observatory was, but it's close to RM100 a person, I wouldn't say it's life changing but you sorta just have to go because you are tourist and this is what tourist do.
Take a million photos to make it worth it I guess.
The mall itself is quite nice, but it's basically (KL) Pavillion on steroids, or like (Kuching) The Spring 's oddly intimidating flashy Grandaunt. Sorry for the weird descriptions, but I think it's pretty darn accurate.
If you need better convincing on why to go because my blurb was not exactly the icing on the cake for Taipei's tourism board, you can read about here for the OGs.
WHY & HOW TO GO TO TAIPEI 101
We then went in search for as many Eslite(s)誠品, we could find.
For those of you that love artsy fartsy things, and don't mind spending some $$$ on beautiful and somewhat a little unnecessary things, THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU.
There are many levels, selling things from skincare, soaps, gifts, stationary, eateries, cafes, fashion to of course, their famous bookstore.
Believe it or not, that dinosaur skeleton is legit real. Has a certificate and everything to prove it.
So this prehistoric fossil is just casually chilling in a Taipei mall, that is how chilled this place is.
If that does not make you want to go, I don't know what will.
If you're anything like me, I basically can go without water for long periods of time....
Get yourself a cute bottle and stay hydrated. Plus wear sunscreen, you'll need it when you get lost.
Stay tuned for the next post where I go shopping,
see some markets,
and contemplate getting a tattoo!