Scare Fest 2014

Today I went for Scare Fest 2014. Well obviously it was 2014. I don’t know why I included that part. It was pretty damn good.

So we were told to come early and start queueing up or else we would only get to go in very late then we would have to go home at 2am. I don’t even know. Being a first-year, my friends and I went up at 5pm. 2 hours before the event started. We went up to the booth and the Stage 52 people looked at us like we were absolutely crazy. They told us to come back in 2 hours. So what did we do? We strategically sat ourselves down in library such that we could see the booth (in case the line began to form because we are absolutely nuts like that) and then proceeded to discuss our history with wetting the bed and watching a girl simultaneously puke and have diarrhea. It was a movie. Obviously.

2 hours later, we found ourselves sitting on the floor. We were about 4 people away from the booth and there was still 15 minutes till it opened. Geez.

After watching a headless man and the guy from Vendetta walk round for a bit while complaining about their costumes, we finally were led up the stairs. We were met by 4 stony-faced butlers. Their faces were painted white and if it weren’t for the fact that I could recognise them, they would have been pretty creepy. One of them, my friend and old classmate, smiled at me when I waved. So really they weren’t that scary.

So we were led all around the building. It was a long walk that included us having to squeeze past the air conditioner things you usually have on the outside of your house or school. The big, chunky things that blow out hot air. I was honestly scared and the air conditioner units made me want to turn around immediately. Plus the creepy doll music was scaring me.

So we entered a door and we were met by a dark hotel like place. We were given some basic instructions and then we followed our butler around a corner. There was a butler sitting at the reception. His face was painted too and he was typing on a typewriter. He was also my friend. So we said hello. He was very good though. He didn’t look up. Not even when we (loudly) mentioned how horrible it must be to sit there mindlessly pressing typewriter keys for hours.

We were then led through to 5 different rooms. Amira and I basically spent the whole time hugging each other and screaming. Shu Xian was right behind us and I could feel her hanging on to my bag at times which I actually was grateful for because the first time I felt a tug, I thought a killer clown had grabbed me.

So the rooms were scary. It was very dark and people kept jumping out and suddenly dashing at us and screaming in our faces. I felt my head start to ache after the first room actually. I have issues with loud noises and certainly that wasn’t helped by people screaming and jumping at me. But it was very well constructed. Especially the room with the dancers.

My favourite room was the clown room. I don’t know how but in that particular room I suddenly found myself at the back of the group. I was gripping Amira’s hand and she was pulling me forward but there was a clown in my personal space and he was following me for some time which I found a bit constricting. We also had to go through this dark maze and clowns were jumping out at us randomly and grabbing at our feet. Now that I’ve written all that down I am starting to question why I thought it was my favourite room…

Finally it was over and I have to say that I enjoyed it. I’m so proud of my friends who were instrumental in this event. I could see how hard they worked and I really think they deserve endless praise. So well done Hannah, Haowei, Rish, Yee Kwan and all the rest!

Happy Halloween!

I have always hated October and for the most part, November as well. That was because I was in Primary and Secondary school. Meaning that I had my final exams and results and report books and all that awful stuff. I was never the best academically. I struggled my whole life with exams and studying. I’m much better at hands-on things that don’t involve math. So this year, is my first year of being out of that awful system. This is the first year in which I feel like I can truly appreciate life in itself. The last 11 years have just all been about studying and getting good grades. Dealing with bullies and having meltdowns because I just couldn’t cope anymore.

This year, has truly been the absolute best year of my life. This year, I have especially enjoyed October. The first 20 days of October was still part of our semester break so I got to enjoy watching autumn videos and all kinds of awesome halloween things that all the youtubers were doing. I seriously enjoyed this month because I got to appreciate how beautiful autumn made other countries through the vlogs. I got to experience how seriously other countries take halloween and I got to enjoy that.

So thank you Youtubers for letting me experience Autumn and Halloween. Two things which we don’t really have here in Singapore.

 Okay I just realised how sad that sounded. It’s not my fault that we couldn’t travel this year. It’s just that my brother’s school schedules and mine are completely clashing. Next year should be better because we will be on similar schedules again.

Anyway, I love Halloween and today I’m going to my school’s Scare Fest and I’m pretty excited about that.

Happy Halloween guys! If you celebrate Halloween, I hope you have as much fun dressing up as I kind of did. I know it was a pathetic attempt but I tried to be a cat. The ears were more suited to be rabbit ears. So I guess I’m a cabbit. Okay I’ll stop now.

P.S. How on earth is it already November tomorrow??!!

My Hair Routine

My favourite thing about myself is my hair. I have extremely curly hair which used to be very unmanageable when I was younger.

However, after my experimental times between ages 13-15 (straightening it, cutting it super short, letting it grow really long) I think I’ve found my style and I’ve more or less grown into my hair. So I have hair that goes just a little past my shoulders. I have a dip dye which has faded to a kind of golden colour.

So I thought I might share with you guys what my hair care routine is like. Firstly though, I would like to say that:

 a) I am obviously no hair expert. 
 b) I don’t believe in spending hours on your hair daily. I think it’s so ridiculous that some people out there take hair care so seriously that they completely neglect their other responsibilities. I had a friend in secondary school who said she spends about an hour on her hair care daily and that her hair was more important then her school work. I mean are you serious? Last time I checked you can’t put ‘I have soft and shiny hair’ on a resume. 

But yes, my hair is my favourite part of my body (does that count as part of your body?) and I think it’s important to spend at least 10-15 minutes everyday making sure that you take good care of your hair. Just like it’s important to take care of your skin, you need to make sure that your hair is healthy and well kept because that does contribute greatly to how people perceive you as a whole.

1) Shampoo & Conditioner

I’m really proud of this picture I took. 

So the first and most basic part of hair care is of course getting a good shampoo and conditioner and then establishing a regular routine for washing. I use Sunsilk. I think it works very well with my hair and I love the fruity smell they all exude (ooh look at me trying to be all fancy). So I use the ‘Damage Reconstructing’ shampoo (Orange) and the ‘Lively Clean & Fresh’ Conditioner (Green). The reason why my shampoo and conditioner are from different ranges is simply because I like to vary the types I use so I get maximum benefits from a single hair wash. Using the same range for shampoo and conditioner means that for at least a month or two, you will be focusing on only one specific aspect of your hair and neglecting the rest. So try to mix them and vary your choices.

Also, don’t wash your hair everyday. I have so many friends who tell me that they wash their hair everyday because their hair gets dirty and they can’t handle that. My hairdresser actually told me why that is so. Basically when you wash your hair, you are taking away a lot of the natural oils in your hair. so your scalp responds by producing more natural oil to compensate for the ones you washed away. Hence, your hair become greasier faster. It takes a bit of discipline but try washing your hair every other day for about a week. You should then be able to see that your hair can actually manage to stay clean and nice for at least 2 days. It takes time to ‘teach’ your hair to stay clean. I currently wash my hair every other day and on the days that I know I am not washing my hair, I will simply get my head wet under the shower because I don’t know. That’s just me. So shampoo and condition your hair about a maximum of once every other day.

2) Hair Masks

I’m proud of this picture too 🙂

I recently discovered hair masks and learnt how to use them properly. I actually got these two in Bali last December where everything was dirt cheap. I honestly don’t know what possessed me to pick them up considering that at that time, I barely knew what a split-end was. But I did and I’m so glad I did.

Over the holidays, I found my hair mask tubs and decided that it was time to start using them. So I did a bit of research (because let’s face it, I don’t know how to use a hair mask). So I learnt that you were supposed to apply the hair mask on freshly washed hair, leave it for two minutes and then wash it out. So I washed my hair and then dried it and then put the hair mask in. Then I washed it. It was ridiculously time consuming and I don’t think I even did it right because my hair was greasy and tangled after that.

After that experience, I decided to try again (MUCH later on because I nearly swore off hair masks). But I used a different method. I put the hair mask in first and then got in the shower and washed my hair. It was SO MUCH BETTER. My hair turned out to be so soft and lovely and clean. I loved it.

So firstly, a hair mask looks something like this:
It’s more of a cream really.

  1. So firstly, split your hair into two sections 
  2. Secondly, take a small dollop of the mask (it really depends on how long your hair is. My slightly longer then shoulder length hair needs about 3 dollops in total. By the way, one dollop is about sightly bigger then the size of your finger). 
  3. Then, work the mask into your hair. If you have oily roots, don’t apply the mask on your scalp. Focus on the mid section and the ends of your hair. I tried applying it to my scalp the first time and it ended in disaster plus it gets kind of messy.
  4. Once you are done, you might find that your hair is a bit tangled and clumpy. What I like to do is to use a wide toothed comb to brush my hair. This will make washing your hair later much easier and it also helps to spread out the mask a bit more evenly through your hair.
  5. Wait for about 2 minutes.
  6. Then go ahead and wash your hair properly. By the time you are done conditioning, all remaining traces of the mask should be out of your hair.
  7. Enjoy your soft hair.
By the way, I have two tubs and each of them have different benefits. So since it was recommended online to do this twice a week, I use a alternate tubs for each use. I do this for the same reason why I use a different range of shampoo and conditioner. However, I understand that most normal people won’t spend money on two different tubs especially if you are trying this out for the first time. It’s a bit ridiculous. So unless you are in a place where things are dirt cheap (e.g. Bali) I would recommend just getting one.

3) Hair Serums

This is my favourite part of my hair routine. Applying hair serums! So I’ve mentioned the SilkPro hair serum I use in one of my favourites but I thought I would mention it again because it is something I use everyday and it works wonders. I simply use about 3 pumps and apply it to my ends and mid-section. It really detangles my hair and makes it soft and nice and curlier.

I also use this root-lock serum from Sunsilk. I got this as another random from Bali and I recently started using it. What you do is you simply apply it on your scalp and massage it in. It’s not oily or anything and it smells really lovely. I think it smells like green apples and it makes your hair really nice. Plus I’m guessing that it’s healthy for your hair too.

I hope you enjoyed my hair routine. If you noticed, since I included a lot of instructions in this post, I decided to bold some of the key words and phrases so it will be easier for you to read and follow.

Sunday Summary: First Week In School

This week, I went back to school! It was the first week of a brand new semester. New modules, new classmates and new teachers. A fresh start. So here is my Sunday Summary for this week.

♥ My predictions for this semester are that I will love Photography, Web Graphics and Written Communications. Location Production sounds like just a little bit of a drag. I’m not really into movie making anyway. And Media in Society is so dry I just can’t even.

♥  I wore this on my first day of school. So like first day of school ootd 🙂

♥ I learnt how to use the basics of photoshop. Besides making a GIF, I have yet to teach myself much about photoshop so I am so excited. My photoshop (web graphics) teacher is also really good. Last semester, we learnt Adobe Illustrator and my teacher basically just barrelled through it all without caring if we understood or not. So I felt like I only got like 40% of what I was supposed to get out of the whole thing. My photoshop teacher goes step by step and makes sure that every single person in the class can follow before he moves on. Anyway this is what I made in my first class:

 I have Rock Climbing for my sports class this semester and I actually think that might be pretty cool. I start tomorrow and my biggest worry is that someone might see my underwear if I’m climbing and they look up (oh you know what I mean).

  I haven’t really been feeling too well this week. Even as I write this, I’m feeling pretty crappy and I’m in a lot of pain.

♥ I finished reading ‘Shopaholic Ties The Knot’ this week and I started ‘Shopaholic & Sister’ today. So far I think ‘Shopaholic & Sister’ is my favourite because it’s been so hilarious. I love how she ran across hot coals in the middle of yoga class to get to that merchant selling necklaces. Major LOL moment.

♥ I’m desperately trying to come up with a monthly favourites post for this month but I don’t know. It’s just not happening and I still haven’t had time to take any pictures. I might only manage a music favourites again. Hopefully I’ll be able to put something together by the end of the month.

♥ Quite honestly, I’ve got work to do but I’m procrastinating.

♥ I restarted my previously inactive You can ask me questions through the link here.

 I just finished my first photoshop mini assignment which was to create a collage that included pictures of yourself surrounded by the things you love. I actually really like the finished product. I think it’s really me.

My Daily Face Routine

Oh my goodness I never in a million years thought that I would be writing a blog post about this. But over the holidays, I’ve managed to establish a regular face and hair routine. I am no expert and I only do three basic things every day and one thing weekly but I still would like to share them with you.

1) Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash

So the first thing I do is to wash my face in the shower. I sometimes do this twice a day but if I’m lazy, I only do it once. I use the Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash from The Body Shop. My mom introduced it to me. It’s really gentle and suitable for all skin types. If you’ve ever used Tea Tree Oil before, you would know that it smells amazing and it leaves a really pleasant and cool feeling on your face after you’ve washed it off. Just don’t get it into your eyes because I swear it will burn your eyeballs out.

2) Moisturise

After I get out of the shower, I like to moisturise. Most of time I use a basic baby moisturiser from Johnson’s Baby but sometimes I use the Nivea Intensive Moisturiser. Both work just wonderfully, though I personally feel like the Johnson’s baby one makes my face feel softer. Also if I’m being frank, the Johnson’s Baby one has a better value for money. I got the Nivea one in Bali for a pretty cheap price but it’s much more expensive in Singapore. Yet with the design of the tube, it means that it is only half full and it finishes really quickly. So I feel that it’s just not worth it.

3) Acne Mark Cleanser

My face scars easily and I hate that. So I use an Acne  Mark Cleanser from Clean & Clear. It smells heavenly! So far I haven’t seen much of an improvement in my face but it smells so good that I don’t really mind.

4) Exfoliation

This is currently my favourite face product. It’s the St Ives Apricot Scrub which aims at giving you fresh skin. It’s an exfoliating scrub and it smells amazing! I’m in love with it. It is however a deep exfoliation kind of product so I only use it twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays though you can pick your own days based on your schedules). You have to be careful not to use this too much because over usage can strip the face of the necessary oils and things and will also stretch your pores. So twice a week is what is recommended on the tube and let me tell you that it makes your face feel so clean and lovely. It’s fantastic and every one needs to exfoliate.

St Ives is branded and it was featured in a magazine so it’s a little pricy. However it is so worth it. Unlike the Nivea moisturiser, it really gives you value for money. Also considering that you only need a little bit each time, this tube can last you a good amount of time. I would recommend spending the money on this rather then getting a crappy exfoliating wash that might even cause you to break out (I found that the Fruity Burst exfoliating wash by Clean & Clear actually made me break out).

I hope this helped you or gave you some ideas about the products you might like to try. Again, I’m no expert and I know that my facial routine is lacking especially compared to a whole lot of other people. But I’m trying and still learning so I think this is currently good enough.

Book Review: Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

I finished reading Gone Girl this week and can I just say firstly that it was amazing! I initially read a review of it on Amzon when I was getting a whole lot of books into my Kindle at once. That was a pretty big mistake because I ended up reading only a few of the books I got that day. Anyway, Gone Girl was in that pile and I kept saying that I was going to read it but then I would get distracted with another book.

So after the whole fiasco when my Kindle broke down and I got a new one sent from Amazon, I had to start fresh and basically the first thing I got was Gone Girl and I made sure I read it first because Tanya Burr had just released a video recommending it. Also the book was number 1 basically everywhere and the movie was coming out soon. So I started reading the book and I literally couldn’t put it down.

So Gone Girl is a psychological thriller and I loved it from start to finish. It’s going to be hard to write this without giving away too much but basically there are a lot of twists in the book. When it starts out, the ending simply seems obvious. Gillian Flynn basically makes you hate the main character. Then, the whole story makes a 360 degree turn and you find yourself loving and hating all the opposite people.

I rarely read thrillers or mystery books so to me, I found the story extremely unique. I guess that was what made it so popular in the first place. Now, a lot of people are talking about how Gone Girl ended. Quite a number of people felt that after all the excitement in the book itself, the ending was kind of anti-climatic and a quite a let-down. Personally I felt like the ending was a bit unrealistic. I thought it was quite strange and I personally wasn’t happy with the way it ended. Yet if I look at it from the literature point of view, I do see how it makes sense in some way. I feel like there’s some underlying message in the ending that I’m not catching on to. So I guess if I dig deeper, I might actually love the ending.

When the book starts, the language is pretty decent and everything is pretty innocent and all. Then at about the second half of the book, when you’ve firmly dug your claws into the story, the language becomes pretty vulgar. Usually vulgarities and excessive talk of sex are my immediate turn offs when it comes to books, films or TV shows (I don’t care how popular they are. That’s why I stopped watching Game Of Thrones and Orange Is The New Black) however, I was at the point where you couldn’t put down the book anyway so I just continued. So certainly I wouldn’t read the book if you aren’t old enough to be reading it. Simply put, this isn’t a teenage/young adult novel. Make of that what you will.

So go check out the book and read it. It’s honestly one of the more amazing things you will read this year. If you finish it in time, the movie is currently out in cinemas. In Singapore it’s rated R21 though and as I mentioned in my last post, I am really upset about that because I desperately want to see if they did the book justice. I am 3 years below the legal age and I’m not about sneaking into movies. So  yes. I’m annoyed by that. I think in some other countries the age limit is M18 though so it really depends on where you live.

If you want to get the book, you can get it at pretty much every book store or you could get the ebook version here.

*P.S. I’m currently reading the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I’m on book 3 and I’m most likely going to review it. If you want me to review any other books, just comment it down below and I’ll read it and review it here. I love to read so give me some good titles 🙂

Sunday Summary: Shopaholic Overdose and New Things

Hello readers! If you follow me on Twitter, you would know that last night I had a bit of a meltdown. So I wrote a full post, complete with perfectly edited photos and then realised at the end that I couldn’t post it because it was such a personal thing and while I’m usually pretty open about the things that upset me, this particular episode was not appropriate to share. So I promised to write something today.

I’ve seen some people do weekly summaries of their entire week. I thought that would be a fun thing to do so lets get to my week.

♥ I went to Yankee Candle for the first time. It was the best thing ever. You can check out what I got here. I also did my first haul post which was this very one that I just linked to.

♥ I finished reading Gone Girl and I loved it so much! I totally recommend it. The movie is also currently in the cinemas and I was so excited to see it because I saw online that it was M18 and since I’m 18 in 2 months anyway, I thought I should be able to get in. However, that must have been the American rating or something. In Singapore, its rated R21. I was so disappointed. I guess I’ll have to wait till it’s out online or something. (I don’t sneak into movies. I’m not that kind of person) 

I started reading the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I’m a little late for the Shopaholic series but I really felt like I was missing out on something great. So I got the books on my kindle. I just finished the first one. I’m on the second and I’m simply loving it! It’s so real and funny and I see so much of myself in Becky because she’s a writer too who can think so far ahead, no matter how unrealistic, which is really cute and exactly like me. In fact when I read her thought process, I realise that I think almost exactly the same. It’s weird but also really awesome.

♥ I watched the Shopaholic movie on impulse. It was nothing like the books (Suze is blond!) but I’ll give an allowance for the fact that the movie was made during a time when following a book to the T was not the most important thing in the world. (I guess fangirls  and Tumblr didn’t exist then). Anyway it was the most hilarious thing EVER and it’s one of my new favourites for sure. You should check it out.

♥ The album that I have been listening to on repeat this week is ‘Take Me When You Go’ by Betty Who. It was recommended initially by Tyler Oakley. While I pretty much love the entire album, my favourite song is ‘Better’.

♥ I played pool for the first time with my friends and I now know how to hold the pool stick and I pretty much understand how the game works (thanks Haowei).

We also might have accidentally
played the whole game using the
wrong type of stick…hmm…

That’s about it for my weekly summary. School is starting tomorrow so I imagine next week’s summary will be very interesting. At least I hope. I’m just hoping that I fit in with my new class and that people like me and want to be my friends. But I guess everyone’s worried about that. Now I need to go and figure out what the heck I’m going to wear for my first day of school. Times like this, I really miss my uniform days…Actually not really. I hated my uniform days.

My Weight, My Business

I wasn’t going to post today. I don’t have any clever idea for a post. I didn’t take any pictures. I’m writing solely because I need to rant.

So let’s start by saying this. I’m 151cm (4 feet 11 inches) and I weight 50kg (110 pounds). (oh gosh I can’t believe I just told you my weight) I’m within the healthy weight for my height and age and the most important thing, I am happy (for the most part) with how I am.

Last night, someone extremely close to me said, “You’ve put on weight.” I pretty much felt the light go out in my eyes. I could seriously feel my self-confidence plummet. I didn’t know what to say. In fact, I didn’t say anything. I just looked down until he said, “It must be because of the holidays. I’m sure you’ll lose it once school starts.” But that was just to cover the fact that he had belatedly realised that he had made a mistake. And this isn’t the first time that this has happened. Once he told me that I need to exercise more because my thighs were too big (certainly they aren’t too big for me. I don’t live to make sure my freaking thighs are the size that you want them to be).

 I’ll be lying if I said I wasn’t devastated that he looked at me and only saw someone who was fat. I mean, how did he think that saying something like that to me was okay? His words have actually been playing in a constant loop in my head all day and I’ve been doing things like sucking in and crossing my arms over my stomach today.

Words like that are so powerful. They can (and have) wrecked so many people out there. I don’t know why people can’t just understand that a person’s weight is their own business. That no one has the right, unless specifically asked, to determine what counts as being fat or skinny for another person.

I am happy with my weight. Yes. But just like anyone, I have my insecurities. I wish my tummy was flatter. I wish my arms were skinnier. I wish my boobs were smaller. I’m only human. I wish my metabolism was better but the fact is that I’ve been varying between 48kg-50kg for years. It’s genetic and I guess I could do more about it but the fact is that I don’t. And I don’t care.

The idea that I’m getting at is that I’m not anorexic. I don’t binge. I don’t have an eating disorder. I am happy and healthy. How is that not enough? For someone so close to me to almost want me to see something wrong with my body is just…horrifying honestly. Because that’s all I see his comments as. A way to get me to see something wrong with my size.

We say that society and the media forces us to constantly find something wrong with ourselves. But when it comes from someone who is supposed to make you feel beautiful and loved, it really hurts. I think coming from a loved one, it just weighs so much more heavily and makes you think and obsess over their comments so much more.

I think to sum up my rant, I would like to tell you to watch what you say to someone. Be it about their weight or various aspects of their body. You really don’t know what could be a trigger for someone. You may not feel insecure about your hands but someone else might. It’s not up to you to critique and comment on someone’s weight and body.

In fact, doing so is like throwing a grenade. You don’t know where it’s going to land, you don’t know how badly people are going to be hurt and you don’t know what kind of long term effects and scars you might be leaving. So be sensible. Be respectful and be kind. Don’t mindlessly call someone fat or too skinny. Remember that they don’t live so that they can be exactly the size you want them to be.

(Mini) Yankee Candle Haul

Hey guys! So two days ago, I found out something amazing. Yankee Candle is in Singapore!! Yay! Okay okay. I know. Basically I’m at least two years late on that one (as always). I try so hard….

Anyway, I really love scented candles and I’ve been wanting a Yankee Candle for a long time now. I always see them in haul videos and stuff like that on Youtube so I really wanted one. I just never thought that they may be in Singapore because to me, it was an American brand and American brands like Bath & Body Works and Lush are quite hard to come by in Singapore (though you will be pleased to note that I have since found these two shops in Singapore).

So I found out that there was a Yankee Candle in Singapore and freaked out. So today, my mom and I went there. We went to the Parkway Parade branch. The store is located at Basement 1. The other Singapore outlets are listed here.

We spent a total of $19 on 6 of the small candles because everything is really expensive. Certainly it makes me wonder if it’s cheaper in other countries. Anyway, let’s get to what we bought. 4 candles are of different scents and the remaining 2 are repeats.

1) Apple Cider

The first one I’m showing you is my ultimate favourite. This is the Apple Cider candle and we got two of these. It smells heavenly. It smells a lot like cinnamon but with a twinge of sweetness so it isn’t completely cinnamon-y (cinnamon-y? Who do I think I am?). I personally don’t really like cinnamon so I loved how this candle took that cinnamon smell and made it something nicer, sweeter and less intense.

The candle is very strong with it’s scent. I burnt it for less then 5 minutes this afternoon and my room instantly filled up with the scent. So I decided to blow it out after a while to save it because my room already smelt strongly of apple cider. It’s just fantastic.

2) Autumn Leaves

This was my second favourite from all the candles we got today (we got two of these as well). It’s the Autumn Leaves scent and (obviously) it’s part of the Autumn collection. In Singapore, we have only one season all year round and that is Bloody Hot. So I don’t know what Autumn smells like. Personally though, I don’t think it had a very Autumn kind of smell but I loved it all the same. It’s got a very fresh and mildly sweet scent. I love how it’s sweet but not so sweet that you feel stifled. It’s got a very ‘sitting-next-to-the-fireplace’ kind of smell. If I really want to describe it, I would say that I smell it and I see Christmas in a cosy cottage with a fire place blazing. Sitting in front of it with a mug of hot chocolate and wrapped in a warm jumper. That’s how Autumn Leaves smells to me. And I love all things cosy so this candle is just perfection to me.

3) Silver Birch

This scent, if I were to be honest, isn’t my ultimate favourite. My mom picked it out and her taste is less fruity and sweet and more musky. So this one wasn’t sweet at all. However, I loved how relaxing it smelt.

 It smelled very relaxing and it actually smelled manly. I could see a guy using this candle. It’s not sweet so it’s more masculine in my opinion. Certainly not my cup of tea but if it floats your boat.

4) Bay Leaf Wreath

I love this candle. It smells gorgeous! It’s got a very fresh, sweet and relaxing scent about it. It actually smells a lot like Christmas (honestly this smelled more like Christmas then the actual Christmas Eve candle). To me, this candle smells like freshly washed clothes and a lazy Sunday afternoon. Perfect if you want a candle that can hold it’s own in regards to the scent but is also subtle enough to make you feel like it’s just right.

So that’s all for my haul. This is my first time doing a haul and if I base it off other haul videos and blogs that I have seen, I guess there are too little candles for a full haul. So I guess it’s a mini haul. That’s pretty cute to be honest. Considering that the candles are all mini too.

Anyway, it’s a pity that we didn’t get more. We were kind of in a little rush and also we decided that since we have a Yankee Candle in Singapore, we can easily go back to buy more.  I hope you enjoy it. Leave me a comment and tell me what your favourite Yankee Candle scent is. I would love to hear about it.

P.S. We basically got to smell every candle in the shop and after we left, my nose was itchy and I couldn’t smell properly for like an hour. It’s a wonderful shop but really overpowering.

I Tried To Love You

I tried to love you but you pushed me away. I tried to hug you, to say I cared but you said no. Isn’t a parent supposed to teach their child to love? Why then are you teaching me not to? Certainly I learnt from the best. I didn’t understand. I still don’t. Why someone who cries at night because her husband doesn’t love her would push away someone trying to be there for her. It makes no sense. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t love you anymore. Because he once tried to give you love but you found it tiresome. Until one day, he just gave up.