Sunday, June 18, 2017

Taobao Rates

Is it cheaper to pay using Maybank tied to your Alipay account (3% tax in RMB) or internet banking (1.5% service tax in MYR)?

I decided to experiment using a book I bought just now.


Book was listed as 42 RMB, I was charged 42.63RMB (1.5% service charge).
For MYR equivalent, I paid RM27.22 including service tax 1.5% of RM0.41.

Using 42.63/27.22, the exchange rate today is 1.566 (Malaysia currency drop again wtf).


Using 42 RMB, 42*1.03 = 43.26 RMB
43.26/1.566 = RM27.62


It's cheaper if you just pay with internet banking.

Friday, March 10, 2017

How to Sign Up for an Audit Course in UM

¡Hola, mis amigos!

Nowadays UM students are not allowed to take language electives anymore (bad administration decision if you ask me) but you really want to sign up for language course, you can! Please take note it will not be counted towards your CGPA. You'll have to attend classes as usual and you'll receive an R grade in your transcript (meaning audit course). You will be charged RM35 per credit hour. I was informed that sometimes they might accidentally charge you for the exam fees (RM10 per credit hour), so make sure you claim back from Bendahari UM if that happens.

I went through so much obstacles applying for audit language course and I saw others asking the same on UM Confessions Page so here I am to share some tips on how to get your application through quickly, minus all the hassle. TBH I would have probably given up if I have no car to drive around the huge campus cos FBL and SKR kicked me around like a ball that I was so exhausted by the time I got everything done.

  1. Attend the lectures to see if you like the subject and is committed enough to sign up.
  2. Talk to the lecturer, get his/her consent for taking an audit class.
  3. Write a letter through FBL to SKR, get the relevant parties to sign it. For sample, click here. (Download and edit it Word yourself, let me know if you have any difficulties downloading it by leaving a comment with your email address)
  4. Hand in your letter to FBL general office and they will make a cover letter on your behalf before forwarding it to SKR. 

Good luck!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

For The Love of Sephora

Sephora x Chienchilla
Today, Chienchilla teamed up with Sephora to review two products from their Estée Lauder range available here. Shopping from Sephora has never been easier with the easy site navigation and efficient check-out process. Shipping is free for orders RM80 and above. When you purchase more than RM300 from the site, you'll get a free limited edition Sephora laptop bag. What's better is that all orders come with a free sample. 

Today I'll be reviewing the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm and the Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Energy Mist, both by Estée Lauder, a prestigious brand in the skincare industry.

The Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm also acts as a makeup remover. The texture is akin to a cream, but it subsequently breaks down to oil and removes makeup very easily - literally melting away the grease and debris on your face without much hassle. It is not drying or irritating at all, surprisingly gentle for a cleansing balm that dissolves makeup in a jiffy! The only downside to this product is the price - RM175 for 2.4oz (70ml) which might break some hearts. That aside, it's a wonderful product to have and pamper yourself with.

The Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Energy Mist was more like a fun, refreshing spritz to hydrate your skin whenever needed. I was sold when I read that it contained "potent antioxidant blend of pomegranate extract, mangosteen and super berries". It doesn't have any significant effect upon application except to make your face appear more hydrated, but it does smell good. The fruity smell gives me good mood. Again, it's on the expensive end for facial mists - RM125 for 200ml.

Price wise, Estée Lauder stuff are definitely on the high-end as they are a designer company marketed as such. It's possible to get cheaper substitutes for both products, but a generic drugstore brand certainly will not feel as luxurious and pampering as Estée Lauder, that's for sure. So it depends on your budget and your willingness to indulge yourself in better stuff. 

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm: 4.5/5
Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Energy Mist: 4/5 

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*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Sephora, whereby both items were received as part of the Estée Lauder campaign for an honest review. All views and opinions are solely my own and do not represent those of any other party.