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.

INTERNET BANKING

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).

MAYBANK

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

CONCLUSION

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. 

Review
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. 

Rating
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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Stupid Boys

I consider myself quite pretty. Everyone gets so surprised when they hear that I don't have a boyfriend, and even more astounded when they hear that I have absolutely zero romantic experience. 

To make things clear, I'm 100% straight. I had a high school crush J but I've never had any direct contact with him except the few times that I sneaked glances at him when he's on stage. He's real charming and a total gentleman, though not very handsome. Christian guy, nice smile. And did I mention he takes real pretty pictures of me? (Part of his photography duty, not cos he likes me lol)

I was real nerdy back then, and absolutely ugly. Don't know how I survived those high school years looking so ragged especially with all those hand-me-downs from my 30+ cousins, boys and girls alike. Yes, I wear unisex clothing most of the times.

Now I've become much prettier though not as pretty as movie stars of course. I am still cautious when it comes to relationships. When guys (especially friends) try to flirt with me, I usually reply with a nonchalant confidence that throws them off or send them packing their bags. I give off the "I don't care and I don't give a shit" vibe all the time and that scares people off. If I'm not sure if I liked that person, I'd keep my distance until I get my feelings sorted out. 

Talking about this, my high school friend K flew back for CNY celebrations earlier this year. He asked me out to celebrate his cousin's birthday (also one of my high school friends) together with A. So there were four people in total, 3 guys and me. At first when he said we'll be going to get some alcohol, I was wary cos (i) I don't drink and (ii) I don't know what's gonna happen if I get drunk and (iii) I don't usually go out at night cos my mom's always paranoid that I'll get date-raped or gang-raped or something unless I say that I'm with my BFF Rachel. 

When K said it's a birthday party I thought it'd be rude to not join (plus considering the fact that he's flying off soon), so I said ok. He asked me whether he should come and pick me up, I said yes (cos my driver's license was expired). I talked to my mom, telling her to postpone the curfew to 12am for me. 

We first went to Secret Recipe to grab some cakes. He asked me which one I liked, and I pointed to almost all except Chocolate Indulgence (had this one for so many times I don't really like it anymore) and Durian Cake (never tried this but it tasted like real durian).

I half-expected he's gonna bring me to a disco (not sure if we had one in Sitiawan). But it turned out to be a pretty normal bar setting. I felt much better then. We chatted a bit and waited for the other 2 to arrive. 

Once they arrived, we ate the cake and ordered drinks. A asked me whether I drink alcohol and I said no. So he got me apple cider. We talked a lot as we haven't met each other for 6 years since graduation. 

After that we switched places to a mamak stall where we continued till 4am in the morning talking about everything under the sun moon. Then K sent me back home. My mom and dad were waiting in the living room (wth scared me shitless). They gave me a good scolding following that.  

K asked me out again the second day, and I went out. There was another friend present. 

Third night he asked me out again but I was so tired that day I said no.

Fourth night, I thought since it'll be the last night he's here I might as well treat him to supper or something since he belanja me on the second day. He said they were at home and asked me to go over. The whole fam-bam was there playing mahjong and poker. After that we chit-chatted with K's cousins who had some great "adventures" in US. 

Then it was almost 1am and I told them I gotta go (I was real sleepy by then) so K sent me out. We talked a bit, he hugged me and said bye. 

After that, he was back in US and we chatted a bit on Whatsapp and FB messenger. It seemed like he was flirting with me at times but I chose to ignore that. TBH he looks quite good now that he's had his hair cut, and he has a way of making me laugh so that's a plus point too. 

Then at one point of time he asked me if I had any experience making out with guys before and I said no. Then he's went, "would you like to try making out with me to get some experience?" and I didn't know what to reply. So I consulted my love guru JS, who told me that he probably wanted to test me out if I am open enough to be in a non-romantic physical relationship, slowly working his way towards FWB (friends with benefit: friends who have sex with each other without emotional attachment). 

At that moment I was so disappointed in him but I still wanted to be in good terms with him so I politely declined saying I wasn't feeling comfortable with where this conversation was going, and I'm not interested to be engaged in a FWB relationship. Then he replied that he was just joking and it's normal in America. Later, he apologized and said he didn't mean to be disrespectful towards me.

I thought he was cute before, and he was probably a little interested in me. But I don't simply kiss guys just like that ok. I will only (probably) kiss someone who's in a real romantic relationship with me. As cute as he is, if he's just trying to get me as a spare tire or temporary physical service provider then I'd just politely say f**k off. 

When I told HY about it, HY was like, "this guy's so stupid, so potong stim (killjoy)." Cos I was admittedly quite interested in him before this incident occurred.

Maybe K's gonna think I'm a freaking prude but I gotta reiterate this. I am pro-choice. I believe in basic human rights (and needs, lol) and personal liberty/freedom of choice. So I don't care who you are, you can do whatever you want as long as it's not unlawful. I will acknowledge it and still respect you because it's your right guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. Nevertheless, I think if a guy really likes you, he should make a move and ask you for a formal relationship and not just some friend to make out with.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Cleansing Gel

Picture courtesy of swatchandreview.com

The Story
I bought a bottle of this cleanser during Sasa's warehouse clearance sales last year at RM50 for 200ml (originally RM70), which was rather pricey even after discount. The old me just couldn't say no to any kind of promotional temptations, especially ones with pretty packaging and French words on it. I was then halfway through my bliv squeaky clean cleanser which I bought for RM35 during Hermo sale earlier. Then I saw it at the Sasa sales for only RM15 wtf. And bliv glow and glory masks which I bought for RM10 a piece on Hermo were only RM5 a piece. Moral of the story: only buy supplies from Sasa warehouse sales in the future.

Review
The first thing I noticed about this cleanser was how strong the scent was. It's kind of a honey + chemical scent which is super overpowering, as if you sprayed perfume in the same spot twice. The smell lingers on my face after washing for some time. If you don't like strong scents, then this is not for you.

This cleanser actually doubles as a makeup remover but the cleansing power is not that strong. It does get rid of excess facial oils pretty well but when you have makeup on, it doesn't remove all the makeup. Traces could be spotted on my face, and my waterproof eyeliners were still intact.

One thing I noted is that if left on for a bit longer before washing off, my skin starts to burn a little. I'm not sure if that's actually caused by the ingredients or the super-powerful fragrance, since it's described as having 93% natural ingredients. Good thing is it doesn't cause any breakouts on me, though it does leave my skin a little dry post-washing.

Rating

Price: 3/5
Packaging: 4/5
Performance: 3.5/5 

Overall: 7/10

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Little Prince | Le Petit Prince

Après avoir lu le petit prince, j'ai apprendre quelques choses. C'est que dans le monde adulte, tout sont matérialiste. Ils sont souvent aveuglés par des choses qui n'ont pas d'importance. C'est vraiment triste quand ils tuent les rêves et les espoirs des enfants sans même s'en rendre compte. Ce sont quelques choses que j'ai apprises.

1. Les adultes disent toujours aux enfants de poursuivre des rêves réalistes qui peuvent faire de l'argent.

2. Les adultes jugent souvent les gens en fonction de leur apparence et non de leur vrai personnes.

3. Les adultes aiment poser des questions non pertinentes et agir comme ils connaissent quelqu'un bien basé sur ce qu'ils ont à l'extérieur.

4. Ils aiment les chiffres. Aussi longtemps que quelque chose peut être quantifié avec des nombres, ils voient leur importance, ou pense que c'est important.

5. Les mauvaises choses devraient être éradiquées à partir des racines.

6. Certaines personnes s'aiment dans des choses qui n'ont pas d'importance.

7. Les règles du gouvernement devraient être raisonnables pour ne suscite pas une rébellion.

8. Juger soi-même est la chose la plus difficile au monde.

9. Les troubles ne résolvent pas les troubles, commes des gents qui boivent pour oublier leur hontes de boire.

10. Utiliser l'argent pour faire plus d'argent sans objectif est inutile.

11. Parfois, les gens refusent de reconnaître qu'il existe d'autres façons de résoudre un problème. Ils se fatiguent sans cesse avec le travail vide.

12. Certaines personnes lisent beaucoup mais n'ont aucune expérience de la vraie vie.

13. Nous avons toujours des choses manquantes. Ce qui est important, c'est de rester humbles et d'essayer de nous enrichir.

14. L'argent ne peut pas achete un ami.

15. Lorsque nous aimons vraiment quelqu'un, personne ne peut comparer.

16. C'est le temps et l'effort dépensé qui rend quelque chose de valable. Quand vous choisissez quelque chose, vous en êtes responsable.

"All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all these stars are silent. You--you alone--will have the stars as no one else has them..." 
"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night . . . You--only you--will have stars that can laugh!"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Thing About Birthdays

My birthday is on 23 January 2016. As it is during uni holidays, usually people won't remember it but thanks to the creation of FB, you don't have to remember it to know it. This year 100+ people commented HB on my page. I've seen birthday boys and girls liking and commenting TQ on each post, but I'm a lazy bitch no offense to myself haha... but I still appreciate all your wishes! I got a few PMs and Whatsapp messages from my close friends wishing me HB. 

However, what is even rarer (if there's such a word) is the old-style way of greeting by sending a card. TBH this is what I prefer, call me an old soul - but I feel that wishes feel more authentic when they are written by hand. That's why I usually draw my friends a birthday card whenever I have the time. Nowadays hand drawn cards are rare with the technological shortcuts that the society adopts. 

Sometimes I draw a few and keep them for emergency use haha. Eh, my drawing damn nice one ok (even though I copy them from Google Images lol).

Drew this for Aylar's birthday. Pretty leh?

Presents are nice too, but sometimes you will feel pressured to return the courtesy - if you forget their birthday you're doomed haha

There's one thing you should know about me. In all honesty, when I give presents, I don't expect the other party to return the favour. I give gifts because I feel like giving. Every now and then I will feel Santa Claus-y and pop you a gift. So it's totally ok if you forget about my birthday because most of the times I don't remember it myself lol.

Recap of what I got this year (thanks to all my not-so-secret Santas )

Innisfree hand cream from YY, Hao Yi and Liana.

Two cheese tarts from Sean.

VS Fragrance Spray from Angie.

And a soon-to-arrive mystery box from Dani all the way from America  (´・ω・`)

I'm thankful for all the wishes and gifts I've received this year. So much love from my dearest friends and family. :)

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What do you think of birthdays?