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Little Miss Dress Up: Never Settle

The first few days of 2014 was spent eating at restaurants I’ve never been before, sweating under the sun and lots of stolen kisses (plus, constantly teasing my boyfriend to check engagement rings here!). JP’s family decided to spend New Year in Singapore and they were kind enough to invite me to tag along. :)

And because I wanted to look my best, I decided to wear the dresses I got from SammyDress.com, a online clothing store that is interested in sponsoring me and my blog. They gave me $40 to spend on their website and I managed to snag two dresses: the one on the photo and another dress that I wore on New Year’s Eve. I could’ve gotten more clothes if they were offering free shipping, but they don’t. They offer a wide range of products, but quality of the clothes is far below par. I was slightly disappointed but the dresses did not completely fail me because I did not experience any fashion mishaps while we walk along Marina Bay. 

My experience with SammyDress.com was a reminder that not all things are worth the scrimp. Everybody loves free and discounted items, but don’t forget about the quality (and safety for electric gadgets and home appliances). 

Life is way too short to settle for anything less than what we truly want. Never settle. :) 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Year-Ender: Thirteen Moments in 2013
Somebody asked me last night if I’m going to do a Blog Review his year and I said no, because the biggest highlight of 2013 was the Big Blog Exchange and I felt I’m going to be redundant when I’m going to post a BBE recap next month. But today, I woke up thinking maybe I should share 13 moments that happened to me in 2013. 
Pursuing a Happiness Project.
Learning the ropes of being an OFW, like how to get an OEC.
Joining the Big Blog Exchange!
Went to Boracay with my boyfriend on our 4th anniversary.
To be chosen as one of the 16 bloggers to be part of the Big Blog Exchange! Best of all, I get to go to the United Kingdom!
My UK Visa got approved a week before the trip! This was a huge thing for me because if ever I got denied, then no BBE adventure for me. And I really invested a lot on BBE, including tears!
Rebuilding my makeup collection because I can no longer collect shoes and clothes. Haha! At least with makeup, I can just put them in the humongous train case my boyfriend gave me.
I am not the type of person who’s into designer brands but I received a gorgeous watch from my dad. I wear it on special occasions. :3
Embracing my natural curls, and a lot of people thought I got them permed. I also got highlights!
The Monday Grace Project
Spending Christmas alone.
Experiencing new things, such as new food and Indoor Sky Diving.
I can definitely say that I am happier now than I was last year. 
How about you? What are your 13 Moments in 2013? :) 

Year-Ender: Thirteen Moments in 2013

Somebody asked me last night if I’m going to do a Blog Review his year and I said no, because the biggest highlight of 2013 was the Big Blog Exchange and I felt I’m going to be redundant when I’m going to post a BBE recap next month. But today, I woke up thinking maybe I should share 13 moments that happened to me in 2013. 

  1. Pursuing a Happiness Project.
  2. Learning the ropes of being an OFW, like how to get an OEC.
  3. Joining the Big Blog Exchange!
  4. Went to Boracay with my boyfriend on our 4th anniversary.
  5. To be chosen as one of the 16 bloggers to be part of the Big Blog Exchange! Best of all, I get to go to the United Kingdom!
  6. My UK Visa got approved a week before the trip! This was a huge thing for me because if ever I got denied, then no BBE adventure for me. And I really invested a lot on BBE, including tears!
  7. Rebuilding my makeup collection because I can no longer collect shoes and clothes. Haha! At least with makeup, I can just put them in the humongous train case my boyfriend gave me.
  8. I am not the type of person who’s into designer brands but I received a gorgeous watch from my dad. I wear it on special occasions. :3
  9. Embracing my natural curls, and a lot of people thought I got them permed. I also got highlights!
  10. The Monday Grace Project
  11. Spending Christmas alone.
  12. Experiencing new things, such as new food and Indoor Sky Diving.
  13. I can definitely say that I am happier now than I was last year. 

How about you? What are your 13 Moments in 2013? :) 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Life Resolutions
New Year is a symbolism of hope for a fresh start and new beginnings. And every year, some of us would write a list of resolutions, hopes and dreams to accomplish for the next 12 months. Some resolutions we forget, some we keep for the rest of our lives.

For 2014 and beyond, I hope to resolve and accomplish the following:
Let go of the negativity, especially towards people I dislike. I know it’s none of my business of what others think about me, but I just wish some people have the decency to do it in private. But I’ve come to realized that negativity begets negativity, and the last thing I want to happen is become like them.
Let go of worries, doubts and fears about the future. I am at that stage where I’m lost, confused and a little bit scared of the future. We all go through that, but self-doubt and worry won’t do us any good. 
Stop spending my blog savings. I will never again underestimate the earnings I get from blogging. This time, I’m going to save it all.
Stop eating unhealthy food on a regular basis. McDonald’s once, twice, thrice or 24/7 a week is bad. Eat better. 
Learn how to cook. In relation to Item #4, I also need to learn how to cook. I honestly can’t wait to go home and learn from the best: my mom. 
Learn something new. I hope to make websites like Duolingo and CodeAcademy a routine for the next twelve months.
Pursue a project. I already have something in mind and I just need to plan and execute it before the year ends. 
Make art every day/week. I need to write, sketch, paint and design more often. 
Read at least one book per month. I am not much of a bookworm, but I hope this monthly goal can change that.
Travel locally and abroad, at least once. Ideally to a place I’ve never been before, like El Nido in Palawan! :)  
Keep trying. At everything. Learn from my own mistakes and try again. 
Be positive and always see the silver lining. I will push for positive thoughts in every challenging situation. 
12 resolutions that I will pursue and work on for 2014. It’s quite a lot, and I know that I may not be able to fulfil all within the year, but the main and overall goal is to be a good and better person —in every aspect! :)  
With less than 48 hours away, have you thought about your resolutions for 2014? I would really love to hear yours. And if you haven’t thought of anything yet, this New Year Generation might be able give you an idea. 

Life Resolutions

New Year is a symbolism of hope for a fresh start and new beginnings. And every year, some of us would write a list of resolutions, hopes and dreams to accomplish for the next 12 months. Some resolutions we forget, some we keep for the rest of our lives.

For 2014 and beyond, I hope to resolve and accomplish the following:

  1. Let go of the negativity, especially towards people I dislike. I know it’s none of my business of what others think about me, but I just wish some people have the decency to do it in private. But I’ve come to realized that negativity begets negativity, and the last thing I want to happen is become like them.
  2. Let go of worries, doubts and fears about the future. I am at that stage where I’m lost, confused and a little bit scared of the future. We all go through that, but self-doubt and worry won’t do us any good. 
  3. Stop spending my blog savings. I will never again underestimate the earnings I get from blogging. This time, I’m going to save it all.
  4. Stop eating unhealthy food on a regular basis. McDonald’s once, twice, thrice or 24/7 a week is bad. Eat better. 
  5. Learn how to cook. In relation to Item #4, I also need to learn how to cook. I honestly can’t wait to go home and learn from the best: my mom. 
  6. Learn something new. I hope to make websites like Duolingo and CodeAcademy a routine for the next twelve months.
  7. Pursue a project. I already have something in mind and I just need to plan and execute it before the year ends. 
  8. Make art every day/week. I need to write, sketch, paint and design more often. 
  9. Read at least one book per month. I am not much of a bookworm, but I hope this monthly goal can change that.
  10. Travel locally and abroad, at least once. Ideally to a place I’ve never been before, like El Nido in Palawan! :)  
  11. Keep trying. At everything. Learn from my own mistakes and try again. 
  12. Be positive and always see the silver lining. I will push for positive thoughts in every challenging situation. 

12 resolutions that I will pursue and work on for 2014. It’s quite a lot, and I know that I may not be able to fulfil all within the year, but the main and overall goal is to be a good and better person —in every aspect! :)  

With less than 48 hours away, have you thought about your resolutions for 2014? I would really love to hear yours. And if you haven’t thought of anything yet, this New Year Generation might be able give you an idea. 

Bits & Pieces: Oxford, England

Some of the photos I took while I was in Oxford. It was a five hour drive with a quick stopover at Warwick Castle. We decided to get a bus tour to see the city because we got there around 4PM, and as always, all attractions close around 5PM. I didn’t even get a chance to see the Great Hall. Bummer. 

Truth is, I didn’t quite appreciate Oxford that much. I guess, I was pretty overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of the city life. After all, I did spend the last five days in the English countryside. The city has a lot of trees, which is a good thing, but I can barely see anything while I was on the top bunk of the double decker bus. :| Despite all that, the city was still quite picturesque. I just wish I had more time and energy to roam around.

In case you’re wondering, I just spent the rest of the evening at the hostel, sipping hot chocolate and a bucket of chips while doing some blog work. I was also watching some UK shows that I thought were quite interesting. 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Bits & Pieces: Whitby, England
Whitby is a seaside town in the northern part of England, and our last stop before Lucy and I head back to London. My visit to Whitby was the 8th day of my Big Blog Exchange adventure.
This town is where Captain James Cook, someone who played a significant role in discovering Australia, learned seamanship. It took me hours to realize that my offshore university was named after him. I guess, the guy from Skins was also named after him.
Anyway, the first thing we did was visit YHA Boggle Hole and meet its lovely manager, Peta. 
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Welcome to YHA Boggle Hole! :) I’ll tell you more about YHA Boggle Hole (and other YHA hostels) in another post. For now, let’s focus on the wander places. 
After the hostel tour, Peta took us to Robin Hood’s Bay. A small village that’s a few minutes away from the hostel and walkable through the beach. Lucky for us, the tide was low that day.

As mentioned, the village is just a few minutes away but it took us a while to get there because I was constantly taking photos. The view was pretty spectacular, especially when I’m just a few meters away from the sea. Water is my element. 

Peta also lent us some wellies because our shoes were not ideal for the slippery beach! And that’s me, posing beside a rock. I don’t know why but, obviously, I just want a photo with the view! Hahaha!




A lot of people were chilling along the beach because of the low tide. But if it’s hide tide season, the village is actually unreachable through the beach.

When we finally got there, we went to the sweet shop and ate ice cream. It was bloody windy that day but who cares? It’s ice cream! YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO ICE CREAM.
And I’m glad they’re not so strict with taking pictures because just look at all those yummy goodies! But truth is, I may have a sweet tooth but I’m not really a candy-person.

After eating ice cream, Peta also took us to this cafe to eat cake. I can’t remember what I ordered though, but let’s just say that I absolutely adore her. She’s very accommodating and fun to be with. :) Oh, and she’s also Potterhead! 
(And in case they’re reading this, I also adore the YHA Manager of London Central and Stratford)

I don’t know what happened next, but Peta took us somewhere and there were a lot of doors and stuff. I kept walking, talking photos, looking around and all. Peta was constantly sharing information about the town, the area, and their myths and history. 

You can read my first (and much more detailed) write-up about Robin Hood’s Bay here.

After filling our tummies with sweets, we went to Whitby to roam around and just talk about life in the UK. 
But first, a quick stop to Whitby Abbey. 

The Whiby Abbey is ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea. But the wall facing the sea is pretty much intact. 
This is the view from the Abbey. Just imagine what it is like when the Abbey was still whole, and you can (probably) go up to their tower and look at the sea and town. 


Seagulls everywhere. One of them pooped on me because… I’m lucky?

I am absolutely smitten with this town. Whitby is a 5-hour drive from London but I don’t mind living here because it’s has this serene yet fun vibe. But because of its location, I’ll probably migrate, along with the seagulls, to the south during winter. Haha!
P.S. Merry Christmas! :) 

Bits & Pieces: Whitby, England

Whitby is a seaside town in the northern part of England, and our last stop before Lucy and I head back to London. My visit to Whitby was the 8th day of my Big Blog Exchange adventure.

This town is where Captain James Cook, someone who played a significant role in discovering Australia, learned seamanship. It took me hours to realize that my offshore university was named after him. I guess, the guy from Skins was also named after him.

Anyway, the first thing we did was visit YHA Boggle Hole and meet its lovely manager, Peta. 

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