The Style Mermaid by Kisty Mea

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Life In A Nutshell #76
Hello my little mermaids, how are you? How’s the love month been treating you? I must say, mine’s been pretty swell. I know that I’ve been out of the loop lately but I don’t mind because it feels good to disconnect from the Internet and focus on other things I’ve been meaning to do.  
Lately, I’ve been…
Reading. I’ve joined the bandwagon and started reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’m still in the early chapters though, so there’s not much to say. And just in case you’re wondering, the last book I’ve read was Eleanor & Park. 
Watching. New movies, National Geographic, and the like. I’m outdated with my US TV series though. I’ll probably try and catch up next month when I finally have a decent Internet connection.
Playing. I’ve recently installed PCSX on my Macbook Air. I wanted to continue my Chrono Cross game but execute that my copy of the memory card wasn’t updated, so I decided to play Final Fantasy 8 instead.
Working. I’ve got a list to complete but I’m 80% done with my blog backlogs, so expect new entries by March! :) 
Thinking. I’ve been thinking about several passion projects I want to execute for 2014. It’s too early to say anything about these projects, but I hope I’ll be successful in fulfilling them (I probably need a order management workflow). Also thinking about things I want to buy online, like stuff from http://www.katydid.com.
Appreciating. I took an unannounced and indefinite blog hiatus but I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who still took the time to visit and read my blog. <3 

Life In A Nutshell #76

Hello my little mermaids, how are you? How’s the love month been treating you? I must say, mine’s been pretty swell. I know that I’ve been out of the loop lately but I don’t mind because it feels good to disconnect from the Internet and focus on other things I’ve been meaning to do.  

Lately, I’ve been…

Reading. I’ve joined the bandwagon and started reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’m still in the early chapters though, so there’s not much to say. And just in case you’re wondering, the last book I’ve read was Eleanor & Park. 

Watching. New movies, National Geographic, and the like. I’m outdated with my US TV series though. I’ll probably try and catch up next month when I finally have a decent Internet connection.

Playing. I’ve recently installed PCSX on my Macbook Air. I wanted to continue my Chrono Cross game but execute that my copy of the memory card wasn’t updated, so I decided to play Final Fantasy 8 instead.

Working. I’ve got a list to complete but I’m 80% done with my blog backlogs, so expect new entries by March! :) 

Thinking. I’ve been thinking about several passion projects I want to execute for 2014. It’s too early to say anything about these projects, but I hope I’ll be successful in fulfilling them (I probably need a order management workflow). Also thinking about things I want to buy online, like stuff from http://www.katydid.com.

Appreciating. I took an unannounced and indefinite blog hiatus but I’m incredibly thankful to everyone who still took the time to visit and read my blog. <3 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • The Every 20-Something Guide
1. It’s okay not to know what to do with your life right now.
Truth is, the “right time” to know what to do with your life should’ve happened in college. But the problem with college is that we’re so focused on passing the grade that by the time graduation rolls around, we&#8217;re absolutely clueless what our future holds. But that’s the beauty of being a 20-something. You still don’t know a lot of things but you’re wiser now than you were 5 years ago. You now have the proper knowledge and skills, you just have to figure out what you want to do with it.
2. The world doesn&#8217;t revolve around you. 
Drop your ego. As early as now, it&#8217;s important not to think that the world revolves around you. You should never ever think that the world owes you something, or that you should always be everyone&#8217;s center of attention. Don’t let self entitlement get the best of you.[[MORE]]
3. Money isn&#8217;t everything but it is essential. 
You need money to sustain both your wants and needs; and the only way to do get money is by working your lazy bum off. Want to travel the world before 25? Earn your first million before you’re 30? Hey, it&#8217;s possible but in the wise words of Britney Spears, “you better work, bitch!”
4. Work hard. There are no shortcuts!
You need to work hard if you want to fulfill your goals and dreams, this is a given. Personally, I think working hard for something is also an exercise that will shape your own person and future.
5. Learn how to cook and drive. 
Don&#8217;t stop learning. Learn as much as you can. But I want to give emphasis on two things: cooking and driving (specifically a manual car). 
6. Get a driver&#8217;s license and a passport.
Let&#8217;s say a friend got into an accident and you need to bring him/her to the hospital. The only mode of transportation available is your friend&#8217;s car and, obviously, he/she is in no condition to drive. So what are you gonna do? 
And if you want to travel abroad, you&#8217;ll need a passport and they take a few weeks to process. It&#8217;s better to be prepared. 
7. Travel or move as much as possible.
The way I see it, the older you get, the harder it is to travel the world. So travel or move as much as you can because traveling makes you wiser, while moving abroad makes you humble. Your experiences through travel will teach you how to have an open-mind.
8. Let go of negative people and feelings.
Negative people will always weigh you down. Their negativity is also contagious, especially if you allow your heart to be filled by it. Let go. 
9. Life is unfair. Deal with it.
The harsh truth of life. Life will always find a way to dampen your spirits but you should never ever give up. Try and try again. On another note, I’ve always wondered why do we let life be unfair. 
10. Be humble. Be kind.
I believe that humility and kindness will take you to places. 
11. Have a 5-year plan.
The best way to try to get where you want to be is create a plan to get there. It&#8217;s best to list down all of your goals, determine how to achieve them and create a timeline. But don&#8217;t be afraid to throw away a 5-year plan if a better opportunity arises.
12. Not making a choice is a choice.
As explained in #1, many 20-somethings don&#8217;t know what they want to do. But that doesn&#8217;t mean you should stay at home and wait for the Universe to give you a sign. Don&#8217;t idle around while you&#8217;re still in your 20s, pursue something big and amazing.

The Every 20-Something Guide

1. It’s okay not to know what to do with your life right now.

Truth is, the “right time” to know what to do with your life should’ve happened in college. But the problem with college is that we’re so focused on passing the grade that by the time graduation rolls around, we’re absolutely clueless what our future holds. But that’s the beauty of being a 20-something. You still don’t know a lot of things but you’re wiser now than you were 5 years ago. You now have the proper knowledge and skills, you just have to figure out what you want to do with it.

2. The world doesn’t revolve around you. 

Drop your ego. As early as now, it’s important not to think that the world revolves around you. You should never ever think that the world owes you something, or that you should always be everyone’s center of attention. Don’t let self entitlement get the best of you.

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Basic Makeup Essentials 

I’m taking a quick break from all that travel talk because the more I talk about England, the more I wish I was there. So, let’s talk about the things that makes a girl like me happy — hair, makeup and skin care! :3

Anyhoo, I thought I should go over the basics because I know a lot of you are interested in makeup but really have no idea where to begin. This post was inspired by Everygirl’s 18 Beauty Essentials. But in my opinion, the products they’ve featured were a bit too pricey for the regular Everygirl. So, I made my own version! :) Now, you don’t have to buy all the items indicated on this list. Just purchase only you need and that’s within your budget (but please, don’t resort to fake products!). 

The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • John Frieda Luminous Glaze Review
With the current state of my hair, shiny hair sounds impossible. Cellophane treatments, unfortunately, are too expensive here in Singapore so I Googled for alternatives. The Luminous Glaze is John Frieda&#8217;s is a hair glaze and a home solution for salons&#8217; expensive cellophane treatments. The bottle cost $7.99 + shipping, which I think is a bit expensive but $140 cheaper than salons. Oh, for the pursuit of better hair!
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Anyway, the glaze comes in brunette and clear shine formulation, and I chose the latter because I have blonde highlights (that you can barely distinguish sometimes). The glaze promise to make my hair shiny without damaging my hair. In fact, the product claims that it is ammonia, dye and peroxide free. And that formulation will not damage or change the hair color. Hmm, interesting.  
Here&#8217;s the list of ingredients for your reference: 

Water, Propylene Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Citric Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Xanthan Gum, Dimethiconol, Malic Acid, Tourmaline, Citrine, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Tea-Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Ext. Violet 2.

I never had a chance to research on the ingredients but I know that Sodium Hydroxide is some sort of hair relaxer (not ideal for curly-hair).
You can also apply the method in two ways:
Wet Method: After your usual shampoo/conditioner routine, just apply the shiny gunk all over your hair for three minutes then rinse. 
Dry Method: Apply generously over dry hair and let it stay there for 20 minutes. The bottle said you have to saturate the hair completely. Rinse and style as desired. 
I tried both methods for one week. Maybe one week is too short to make a verdict, but I should see some slight difference at least after the 5th application, right? 
But I did not see any difference. Not one bit. 

If you look at the photo above, the hair shine of my hair did not change. At least, I did not see any difference.
My hair became less frizzy, but I am not 100% sure if the glaze was responsible for this. Maybe one week is too short to see any changes, but the box did claim that the shine should intensify every time I use it. And I&#8217;ve used it for five times. 

John Frieda Luminous Glaze Review

With the current state of my hair, shiny hair sounds impossible. Cellophane treatments, unfortunately, are too expensive here in Singapore so I Googled for alternatives. The Luminous Glaze is John Frieda’s is a hair glaze and a home solution for salons’ expensive cellophane treatments. The bottle cost $7.99 + shipping, which I think is a bit expensive but $140 cheaper than salons. Oh, for the pursuit of better hair!

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The Style Mermaid | Kisty Mea • Singapore: A Travel Guide
As requested, here&#8217;s a travel blog post/itinerary guide about the country I&#8217;ve considered home for the past two years. There are so many things to see and do in Singapore but this entry should be able to cover the basics and must-see. Please don&#8217;t forget to share appreciate this to your friends who are planning to visit the Garden City soon! x
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Where To Stay?
Pillows &amp; Toast — My friend, Cariza, stayed here last November and she said it&#8217;s a nice place to stay. The hostel is located a few minutes away from Chinatown MRT. {website}
Fragrance Hotel Selegie — Stay here if you&#8217;re under a really tight budget. Don&#8217;t stay here if you&#8217;ll be in Singapore for more than 3 days. There are a lot of Fragrance Hotel in Singapore but I recommend the one in Selegie because it&#8217;s near Little India Station. {website} 
V Lavender Hotel — I absolutely love the location of this place. It&#8217;s right on top of Lavender MRT and there&#8217;s a 24-hour convenience store and Wendy&#8217;s on the ground floor. {website}
Marina Bay Sands — Going 5-star, huh? Lucky you! If you have the money to burn, then why not? Don&#8217;t forget to swim at the infinity pool! {website}

Where To Eat?
I&#8217;m not really a foodie person, but I&#8217;ll recommend two places: 
Hawker Centres — You&#8217;ll see this almost everywhere in Singapore but if you&#8217;re very particular with hygiene, eat at the Singapore Food Trail. 
Marché — I finally popped my Marché cherry last January and I&#8217;ve never been so proud. LOL! Eat here when you&#8217;re reaaaaally hungry, like starving to death kind of hungry.

What To Do/See?
Merlion Park - Visit Merlion Park and take a photo with Singapore&#8217;s iconic landmark or symbol. Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Singapore Flyer and Esplanade Theatre are also within the area. 
Singapore Flyer - It&#8217;s currently the tallest ferris wheel in the whole world.
Gardens by the Bay - The latest attraction in Singapore. This is where you will discover why Singapore is known as the Garden City of Asia. 
Sentosa Island - Chill at Palawan Beach or go for the rides at Imbiah Lookout. You can also check out the attractions in Resort Word, including Universal Studios! If you have money to burn, try indoor sky diving with iFly (also in Sentosa). 

Museums - There are a lot of museums in Singapore, so take your pick. I&#8217;ve only been to the following:
Art: Singapore Art Museum (SAM). Free admission every Friday from 6PM-9PM. {website} 
Design: Red Dot Museum. Free admission during MAD week.  {website} 
Kids / Nostalgia: Mint Museum of Toys. {website} 
Science: Science Centre in Jurong East. It&#8217;s a bit far from the city, so allot one whole day. {website} 
Interesting Exhibits: ArtScience Museum. {website} 
If you can, you should also check out the National Museum of Singapore and Asian Civilizations Museum. 

Shopping - Oh wow. Where do I begin? I always feel like there&#8217;s a mall in every corner here in Singapore.
Orchard Road for high end brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada.
Bugis Village for that Divisoria-but-not-exactly kind of shopping experience aka (sort of) cheap stuff!
Haji Lane for independent brands, mostly managed by young people. If you&#8217;re watching ABS-CBN&#8217;s Got To Believe, I think this area was featured in their Singapore episode. 
Funan IT Mall for all of your gadget needs.
Mustafa Centre if you want to shop at 2 in the morning. I&#8217;ve never been here before.
There&#8217;s one more place that I&#8217;ve been meaning to go to and that&#8217;s called Thieves&#8217; Market in Sungei Road. It&#8217;s a flea market and I heard some sellers sell their vintage cameras here.  

Nature &amp; Wildlife - There are a lot of parks/zoos in Singapore, so please do your own research and decide which one you want to visit. But if you decide to go to the Chinese Garden, please don&#8217;t visit in the morning because IT IS SUPER DUPER HOT! Don&#8217;t worry, they are open until 11PM.
If you want to join the Night Safari, be there around 7PM. We went there around 9PM and did not appreciate the tour that much because we can barely see any of the animals. 
Party @ Night - You can go to 1-Altitude, Zouk or any bars in Clarke Quay. I&#8217;m sorry, I&#8217;m not much of a party person.
Lockdown.sg - A real-life escape the room game. Located in The Central at Clarke Quay. Reservation is required for 3 or more customers. {website}

When To Go?
Singapore is a tropical country with high humidity and abundant rainfall. And to be frank, I absolutely hate the rainfall when I&#8217;m outside the house. I&#8217;ve ruined 2-3 pair of shoes because of the rain. 
As much as possible, avoid going to Singapore during December (Christmas), January (New Year), February (Chinese New Year), September (F1 Season). If shopping is not your thing, you should also avoid June and July because of the Great Singapore Sale.

What Else?
It&#8217;s pricey in Singapore but if you spend more than a $100 in one store, make sure you ask for a tax rebate. Then claim this tax rebate at the GST counter at the airport. 
Buy a sim card if you need to access the Internet while outside. Just bring your passport. 
If you want to know the rates and directions on how to get from Point A to Point B, then you need to bookmark GoThere.sg. It&#8217;s a comprehensive and interactive map of Singapore.  
The budget per day depends on your lifestyle but I think you can survive with $300 cash for 3-4 days. Food cost $5-30, depends on where you eat. A $7 ez-link (the ordinary guard) will last for 2-3 days. But you should take advantage of the Singapore Tourist Pass because you get unlimited rides when you use the MRT, LRT or basic bus service for $20/3 days. 

You should also visit YourSingapore.com because they&#8217;ve pretty much written down all the sights and attractions that&#8217;s available in the country. They&#8217;ve also included the rates, the opening hours, and directions. 
{ Download: Singapore Sample Itinerary } 

Singapore: A Travel Guide

As requested, here’s a travel blog post/itinerary guide about the country I’ve considered home for the past two years. There are so many things to see and do in Singapore but this entry should be able to cover the basics and must-see. Please don’t forget to share appreciate this to your friends who are planning to visit the Garden City soon! x

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