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Living in Beijing – My First 2 Weeks

Greetings from Beijing!

As most of you have known, I will be spending close to a month in Beijing. Not work related nor a vacation. I have decided to come over to Beijing to clear off my mind from some emotional stress. So far I’m loving my stay here and I’m quite sad that it is ending soon.

Anyway, early morning of the day before flying to Beijing, I started passing pee with blood. Lots of blood. It was painless at first, but then towards the end of each pee, it stings. I had to go to the toilet very often because my bladder felt irritated. I had to wake my sister up to bring me to the hospital and was diagnosed with cystitis. I almost cancelled my flight to Beijing because the first doctor said it is not infection cause there is blood. When the 2nd doctor took over, he called the specialist and then I saw him writing the diagnosis as Cystitis. After that, I went home, slept and when I woke up, I called the hospital for my urine culture results and was relieved when it’s just some infection that is common in women, and just needed it to be treated with some antibiotics. I told the nurse, “OK, I’m cancelling the appointment with the specialist and I’m flying tonight!” hehe. God is good, I didn’t suffer much during the 6 hours flight to Beijing.

My first week in Beijing was rather dull, just staying home, cooking and doing grocery shopping at the nearby mall and then dating on weekends with my Josh. Though it sounded boring and many would have said I’m wasting my time here, I don’t think so because I am feeling really relaxed and happy. I have visited those tourist spots during my previous trips, so I don’t really have anywhere in particular to visit, unless we go out of Beijing. It is so cold here, I rather stay indoors. Also, my Mandarin tak boleh make it one, I don’t dare to take the taxi to anywhere because I might get lost and I don’t know how to direct the driver home too….

 photo IMG_20150126_145702.jpgOur first lunch. Josh ordered this via delivery and they taste AWESOME!

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When Friday finally came, Josh came home early and brought me out to pak tor. Our first FriDate was having some delicious Spanish Cuisine.

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A week has passed and I started my 2nd week with peeing blood again! I was annoyed because I have just completed my antibiotics. Mom told me not to eat oily, fried, BBQ, salty and spicy food. Then I remembered happily having them for lunch and dinner during the weekend.

 photo IMG_1186.jpg Ajak-ed Yat out and had some yummy BBQ-ed food!

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Because of those good yummy food, my 2nd week was all about having plain dull food and drinking litres of water. I am no longer peeing blood but it still stings when I pee. And it hurts a lot when my bladder is very full. Planning to see a doctor here in Beijing but I don’t have any clue of where to see. Will see a specialist when I get back to Singapore.

So.. what have I been doing in Beijing. Honestly, nothing much. My friend has been calling me a ‘tai tai’. Haha. Everyday, I just stayed home and watch TV or cook some yummy food for Josh. Occasionally, Josh will bring me out for dinner and sometimes with his colleagues. There was once I stayed with him in the office after dinner and watched him and his colleagues work till 12.30am. I’m very glad to see him enjoying himself at this company. To be honest, although they work around the clock, they never complained as much as I did about my job and still put their heart and soul to their work. It’s amazing to see their passion and how much they love working there.

Speaking about how awesome the company is, I had the privilege to experience even more awesome stuff about the company. Josh brought me to their company event, specially for its employees, by the employees.

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The amazing annual Xiao Mi staff event was held in the Beijing Indoor Stadium. There are more than 7000 staffs and counting working with Xiao Mi. I was in awe on how much effort they put in to make this event like an award show. And their staffs are talented! Got standard one! After the event, we went for dinner with his colleagues. This time his colleagues was the whole Global Team. Meaning, there’s about 50 of them. And I was the ONLY non staff there…

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I was quiet all the time during the dinner as I am quite shy in front of new faces until one of his colleagues asked him why I don’t talk one. Hehe. Sorry! I was really shy! Oh, then Josh’s boss came up to say hi to me and then complimented Josh, calling him a 3-in-1 and is serious at what he does. So proud of my talented multi-tasker =)

The next day, we went out for late lunch with Yat and had a short walk at 798. There’s nothing to see at night because they are all closed when the sun went down and it’s gelap gelita..

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 photo IMG_1452.jpg Super yummy Yunnan Cuisine! Especially the Mushroom Soup!

The food here in China is actually very yummy! =D

Last weekend, we went out of Beijing for skiing at the mountains at Chongli County with Josh’s colleagues from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. It was freaking cold (-13 deg celsius) but when skiing, it wasn’t cold! Apparently, this is where the skiing tournament for Olympics 2022 will be held. The trip was planned and arranged by Jack. Thank you, Jack!

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Arrived at the Secret Garden Genting Ski Resort, rented our suits, safety and ski equipments. Cost about RMB2200 (before discount) for 2 pax and if you present your IC (any nationality), you can get a discount and get your refund after returning your ski suits and equipments. Oh, the ski resort is owned by the the Malaysian owned Genting Resorts World.

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Being a first timer, it was pretty scary as I wasn’t used in controlling the ski even on flat surface. When I decided to go down, I couldn’t control the speed and freaked out cause I knew I will fall! So I squatted down to prevent a hard fall and threw the ski poles away. As I was skiing down I was screaming and finally fell on my butt. It wasn’t painful cause I was already squatting down. What sucks was falling and being unable to get up. There were some guides there and they pulled us up and left us alone after that.

Honestly, I was scared to go down the 2nd time, but I decided to be brave and went down wheeeee! I managed to control the speed at the start so it also means I know how to control the ski already! I used the same technique as roller blading and ice skating and I went down like a pro, in a fast speed and break by sliding sideways. Really like a pro on my 2nd try. HAHA!

 photo 2015-02-080542381.jpg That’s me going down to have a look at Josh’s colleague who fell.

After skiing, we took a 4 hours bus back to Beijing. It was an hour longer because of the jam. We actually spent more time on the bus than skiing. Haha. Those who fell kind of injured themselves and I hope they will recover soon. Josh has been experiencing some pains from his bad fall when he couldn’t control and skied backwards. It was such a heartache seeing him fall and I couldn’t do anything. =(

Because we started the day early we didn’t had breakfast and lunch. We ended up treating ourselves with some good food at Hai Di Lao.

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I was experiencing some bladder irritation (again. sigh..) so I was going in and out of the toilet. I was, as usual, shy and didn’t talked much over the table. His colleagues actually asked if I was alright and is it the usual me for not talking much. Haha. Nevertheless, it was a great fellowship with his colleagues.

I have just started my 3rd week here. Exactly one more week before flying home. I’m gonna treasure every single moment now.

My First 3 Days in Beijing

Since Josh was relocated to Beijing, I have been looking at flight tickets to Beijing as often as I could. This was my 2nd trip to Beijing in less than 3 months! Lol. Speaking of love sick right. Though we have been in long distance relationship for close to 11 years, I can’t help but to still miss him terribly every single day, even when I am at work. I get really bored when no one talks to me or scold me or disturb me or bully me, thats why my mind is just thinking of that dude. Yeah, day dreaming about going dating with my boyfriend. I miss my boyfriend most before I go to sleep. Thats why almost every single day I will call him, just to hear him say “Hi”, and i’m satisfied. No, listening to recorded version of his voice doesn’t feel as syiok as this one. Aiya, this kind of feeling very hard to explain one….

Anyway, so my 2nd trip to Beijing. I know he will be at busy at work. I went to Beijing on weekdays due to my limited last leaves and expected to be alone at home during the day time. It wasn’t so bad after all. I wake up past 12pm every single day! I love this kind of life, nobody disturb my beauty sleep and I can sleep all day long. Haha. Plus, he lives in a very beautiful and clean apartment.

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The whole apartment is surrounded by a garden. Very romantic if wanna berdating hehe.

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Kid playing football in the evening.

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How not to love this place right? I feel so happy and comfortable just being at home! My first day in Beijing was basically my sleeping day. I woke up close to 1pm and the boyfriend brought home lunch he bought from the food court. It was yummy la the food he bought. No wonder he never lost any weight… After lunch, he went back to work and I was browsing through the MiTV programmes and felt sleepy. I actually planned to visit the mall (which is less than 5 minutes walk away how cool is that!!) to buy groceries to cook for dinner, but I was feeling so tired I went back to bed again until urm, 7pm I think. Josh came home at around 8pm and we went to Wudaukou for dinner at a small Japanese Restaurant (Chinese style) haha. The food was not bad actually. The next day, I woke up past 12pm and went to the mall to meet Josh for lunch. Then I went to Walmart to shop for groceries and that was the TOUGHEST grocery shopping ever in my whole life. Firstly, I don’t read Chinese. So I don’t know what they were. Secondly, the meat looks…scary.. At the end of my grocery shopping, I just bought Siew Pak Choy, Tanghoon, eggs, kiwi, garlic, banana milk, salk, oyster sauce. Thats all.

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My banana milk. Quite yummy!

Sad, I know… That’s all for this day. Went home feeling bored so I started taking pictures of his toys.

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and behold….

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the awesome pawsome MiTV!

On my 3rd day, don’t be surprised because yes I woke up past 12pm again. Went to the mall to meet Josh for lunch again and off I went shopping while Josh got back to work.

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Went to H&M and went home to laze at home and selfie and got ready to go out for dinner with Josh (finally I can dress up to go dating!). By the time we went for dinner it was 9.30pm already. We went to Hai Di Lou at Wangfujing for dinner. Dinner was awesome!

 photo blog080814-19.jpgKungfu man making our noodles! Josh said if I order noodles I can see dancing man haha!

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 photo blog080814-18.jpg We had steamboat and my dear Josh sweat buckets eating his food from the ma la based soup. For this, I will save it for my next post 😉

After dinner we went jalan-jalan along Wangfujing.

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Passed by a prostitute who approached an ang moh man (who was with his wife) and offered her service. When he refused, she start showing her middle finger and say “F*** you! F*** your wife! You have small d*** so you scared! F*** your sister! F*** your mother! F*** your grandmother!”   O___O

 

So yeah, that’s all for my first 3 days in Beijing!

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<3 tiff (and josh)

A Jenny Sun Photography Workshop in Kuala Lumpur

Jenny Sun has been my inspiration since I came across her website/blog somewhere in 2011. Her style of photography is very similar to what I always wanted to achieve whenever I do a photo shoot. I tried all kinds of ways to try to achieve those romantic, fairytale, demure, dreamy, natural, candid photographs. However, I could never achieve them despite trying, reading and watching youtube videos to learn how. I know about Jenny’s Photography workshop in 2012, but I couldn’t afford as the investment is quite pricey. Last year, she had another workshop in KL and I missed that again due to tight budget. This year, when I saw her posting on Facebook about her workshop this year, I was overly excited and registered immediately. I read of many good reviews on her workshop and was eager to learn from her.

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Most of her past participants were professional photographers. So I guessed that this year’s workshop will involve many professionals too. I was held back a lil as I felt that I would feel lost among all these professionals. But, I tabahkan diri and just marched into the field as a novice. Her workshop this year is the only workshop that she is hosting this year. Usually, she will have 2 workshops – one in Sydney, the other in KL. So, I signed up for Jenny’s workshop as a participant to learn more of how she shoots and manages her business. This year’s workshop was held in Ruang space. It’s a very cosy place and the food catered was also yummy! haha.

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 photo IMG_20140727_121228.jpgMaking myself comfortable at Ruang space on the beanbag while listening to the inspiring Jenny Sun <3

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The aim of this workshop is to help us with the skills and build confidence to shoot better photos, in which she taught us how to shoot and use light for the most flattering photos and only requires least editing. Honestly, I am surprised at how simple she makes it look – from shooting to post production. She also taught us to build a business that works around us. Personally, I think this workshop did not just inspire me within just the photography industry, but also in general, where my confidence is built and I learn to be a thinker, reflect on myself, analyze myself and change. It’s amazing how her simple words, actions and confidence could make one feel so inspired. On the first day, we went over to UPM for our practical session. The only unpleasant thing about the shoot was avoiding cow dunks everywhere and the very hot weather. The pictures taken are taken by me as a participant in this workshop! I am quite pleased with the outcome of the pictures!

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Hair and makeup by Angie Makeup and Hair. Thank you for creating such beautiful looks on the
models!

The only thing that I was disappointed was not taking much pictures as my SD card was full and I didn’t know why as I checked it was empty (via my camera la)… plus I forgot my backup SD card! T___T  Went home and discovered MANY pictures that cannot be deleted even on my laptop, so I formatted my card right after discovering why I didn’t have much space in my “empty” 16GB memory card.

It’s ok, lesson learnt. FORMAT VIA COMPUTER NOT CAMERA!

I enjoyed the workshop very much though I only had 3 hours of sleep the past 2 days. Worth every penny spent. Met lots of other full time photographers such as Amalina Tuna (http://www.nuramalina.com), Asther Lau (http://astherlau.com) and many more! I also met with fashion blogger Charis Ow there! Jenny shot Charis’ and her boyfriend’s couple portrait few months back and they look so amazingly beautiful there. You can view them here!

 photo IMG_20140726_184839.jpgWith Sean, Vivian, Aili and Arif after the cows forced us out from the field to ‘buka puasa’. Both couples are amazing people! Very patient and fun to be with! Congrats on your engagements and hope you all will have a smooth wedding planning!

 photo IMG_20140727_180800.jpg New friends from Singapore! Meet Fiona (http://smittenpixels.blogspot.com) and Apple (http://www.petitestory.com). Both super talented photographers! So much to learn from them both! =D

 photo IMG_20140727_132220.jpgand not forgetting the amazing Jenny Sun! Thank you so much, Jenny! I have learnt ALOT from you from this workshop! Go read her blog on her updates of some of her works. You will, fall in love with her photos too. =)   Special thanks to: Angie Makeup and Hair for making the female models so beautiful! You can also visit her Facebook and Instagram Tie the Knot for all the beautiful decorations for our photoshoots!  Last but not least, Ruang space for allowing us to use your space despite the Hari Raya holidays. Amazing and beautiful comfortable place to hang out, work and play!

2014 Thus Far

Before I continue on with my post, here’s a shout out to my lil sister Abigail…

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HAPPY 17th BIRTHDAY!
You will be forever this little in our hearts. No matter how old you are!

Ok, lets move on with my post now.

The first 4 month of 2014 has been very eventful. From the first day to this current day. Since I have not been blogging religiously, I will write about the happenings in each month.

January
This is the month where it was the toughest for me. on 10 January 2014, yeh yeh was called Home by the Lord after 2 years of battling with Pancreatic Cancer.

 photo IMG-20140119-WA0004.jpg9 November 2013 – yeh yeh’s last birthday

As I was the only close family member in Singapore other than my grandmother, I had to take be responsible for many things. From his admission to the hospital to the arrangement of his funeral to settling his insurance claims, change of names, etc. I even broke down because it was too overwhelming. Thank God for my other relatives who were kind to offer help. As a foreigner in Singapore, I do not know what were the procedures especially for the funeral. Grandma was emotionally unstable for a few awhile, but she was strong. We even managed to go back to Kuantan for Chinese New Year though she had to keep in mind of the all the pantang. 

February
Flew over to Perth for my graduation! Brought my family, grandma, grandaunt and Josh along. But sadly, mom couldn’t join us as she was busy at her kindergarten and also she’s afraid to fly.

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I was the only one among my friends from Singapore who flew down to Perth for the graduation. Too kiasu and in desperation to get my allowance quick. Haha. Well, I saw a few familiar faces though but I’m not close to them. So just smile, hi and bye.

March
My birthday month! Turned 26 this year and I can’t imagine I’ll be 30 in just 4 years time.

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Nothing much happened this month except that Josh came down for my birthday. <3 Just love having him by my side.

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and I finally own a Wacom tablet! Thanks a lot dear, really love it TTM! But I haven’t use it yet. Heh…

And, oh. I enrolled myself in another course. This time, a language course. I sucks in language. Despite going to class twice a week, I still cannot cope and also can’t speak! Forgive me… up to date, it’s only my 2nd month learning a whole new language!

I also had my Singapore PR approved! What a joy (and heartache knowing my salary will be lesser than before because of the CPF deduction)  as now I have more freedom to do more things over here in Singapore (eg. change job. HAHAHAH)

April
The busiest month yet. Been offered quite a lot of make up and face painting jobs! I would say I have earned quite a lot of side income this month. And work has been very busy too.. i would say I am financially blessed this month.

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 photo 20140330_153119copy.jpgTaken on of my make up jobs in a studio.

Sometimes I wish there are people who will help me take pictures during my make up jobs. It’s such a shame that I am not able to take much pictures during the makeover and the the outcome as most of the time there ain’t much time for me to do so.

Face painting has been quite fun too. But for a person who doesn’t draw, it can be quite challenging. There are technique and doesn’t really require one to know drawing though. As long as you master the stroking techniques,  you will be able to come out with some decent designs.

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Somehow I like this picture although my artwork on their faces are gone from the smudging and their sweat.

Since I have not posted any pictures on my face painting gigs, I shall post the past gigs here too.

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Most of the time, I won’t have time to take pictures during the gigs, hence the limited pictures. Sometimes, the whole paint smudges and the doesn’t look so nice anymore. It’s been about 6 months since I started face painting! I think it’s fun but still need to brush up on my skills.

Need to be quick (3-5 mins/design!) and neat and look pretty too. There are times I made kids look like a tribal people instead of a fairy. lol. I have the picture but for now, I shall not post it up. Too malu-fying.

That’s all for now! Til next time!

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My Professional Make Up Portfolio

Behold! My graduation professional portfolio!

It’s amazing how professional the pictures turned out to be. My friends aka models told me how they were told to pose during the photo shoot and how they felt awkward posing.

The first picture is Bridal Day Look.

 photo Makeuproom23826edited.jpg My teachers told me that this was a well done job as she looked very fine and neat when they first saw her walking into the photo shoot room. This picture is placed in the first page of my portfolio. Doing a bridal make up is not that tough, but what is tough is she must look beautiful, radiant, attractive and most importantly, she must look like herself still. Karen has short hair (chin level) and there isn’t much hairstyle that I can do except to curl. It was her first time having curly hair and it looks nice, right? Other than that, I DIY-ed the flower head to create a garden themed wedding.

The second picture is Bridal Night Look.
 photo Makeuproom24023tiffanieedited.jpg All I did was just top up some dark colours on her eyes and put on a red lipstick. I think it made her look quite fierce, hor? Haha. Some people said she looked too mature. I guess I chose the wrong colour for her. =( Anyway, for her hair, I just pin them up and make it an updo and added a hair accessory i bought from Qoo10. The third picture is a copied look given by the school on the exam day. It is a Stage Look

 photo Makeuproom23936edited.jpgI struggled a lot on concealing Pamela‘s eyebrows. When I saw the picture, my heart stopped for a moment. It is what I hate doing most – concealing eyebrows. If thin eyebrows nevermind. But Pam‘s eyebrows are super thick. I was quite disappointed with my works though. But thankfully the picture turned out quite gorgeous.

The fourth picture is also a copied look. This one is a Fashion Look.
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The fifth picture is a Fashion Look I created.
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The sixth picture is an Era Look. I did a 1940/50’s Look on Aretha.
 photo Makeuproom23248tiffanie.jpg The 1940 and 1950 make up is almost similar but there are still differences. This makeup I did on Aretha is more of the 1940’s. However, her mole reminds everyone about Marilyn Monroe and many people thought I did a make up based on the 1950’s. So i concluded this look as the 1940/50’s Look. As for her hair, I did a victory roll. A week or two before the exam, I failed miserably in creating a perfect victory roll. But God is good, I managed to roll it on one try during the exam day and it was purrrrrfect!

Lastly, the seventh picture is my favourite picture of all. This is the Stage Look.
 photo Makeuproom23426.jpg If you have read my previous post, I mentioned that I tried creating a look but have failed miserably. Actually, during the exam, I didn’t get to achieve that look I wanted to. She didn’t look the way I wanted her to look. For her hair, we saw a poster at either Miss Selfridge or Dorothy Perkins somewhere and Geraldine wanted me to do a ribbon hair on her. I agreed and yea, I didn’t practice doing that at all. It was spontaneously done on my exam day. And her hair was crazily layered, I had a tough time with her hair. Thank God, this look was meant to be messy. BUT…. when I received my portfolio, I was amazed at how the picture turned out to be! She looked fierce, not sad. She looked as if she just ate a rat. She looked….crazy… Though it wasn’t my teacher’s favourite, but I would say this is my favourite. Haha. My teacher even ask Geraldine why did she allow me to make her look so ugly. But, this ugly… is art!

 

Oh well. This is just the beginning of a new journey. Thank you, The Make Up Room!

So, how did I do? =)