Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Instagram Snapshots ~*January 2015*~

What? It is already eleven days and two months into 2015. Seriously, where did all the lost time disappear to? Time is whizzing too quickly. Sometimes, I wished I had the power to freeze time, don't you? Anyway, here's February Instasummary.

Instagram videos on blog run in fast forwards, skips and jumps. They are better viewed on iamjolene Instagram page itself for sound and image quality, as well as full streaming and on smartphone Instagram app for emoji to display.





~1 January 2015~
Happy new year from Hanoi! May 2015 be a good year filled with peace, joy and good health for everyone!




~1 January 2015~
Latergram video. New Year's countdown party on the streets of Hanoi. Bye bye Hanoi and hello Singapore in a few hour's time.




~3 January 2015~
Memories from the turn of 2014 to 2015:
Caught a full blown URTI bug and was so sick from the flight back home with no other medication but Panadol Extra. Flaring red tonsils, super painful throat, uncontrollable coughing, leaky stuffy nose, feeling like I'm drowning in my own thick mucus, pain through one side of the nose and forehead, blowing small trails of blood out and feeling like a useless bum sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. The only consolation of it all? The discovery that Kleenex Ultra Soft 3 Ply makes blowing nose such a joy and wondered what have I been doing blowing my nose with other brands of tissue paper and even toilet paper!




~6 January 2015~
The most refreshing feeling in the world -- The first shower after waking up from being sick in bed and bathed in perspiration for the whole day. It is as if all the heat, cough, cold, sore throat and whatever sick stuff have been washed off from the body for that brief moment. It is as if the refreshing water injects health and invigorates the soul for that temporal phase. A-MA-ZING! (Disclaimer: Image doesn't belong to me.)




~8 January 2015~
Throwback Thursday. The one where the bimbos melted at Butter Factory. It was such a boring place with such a boring crowd that we had to 自 high.




~11 January 2015~
Throwback to when I was saying a silent prayer for myself and my loved ones at La Madeleine, Paris. Fast forward to now, let's all say a prayer for those affected by the Paris shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket. Shifting the geographical lens closer, let's also say a prayer for those affected by the AirAsia QZ8501 crash and for the heroes working tirelessly to find the missing bodies and plane parts.




~13 January 2015~
Received a 3D Bomb Curl Brush as one of my Christmas gifts. Prior to this, I've never heard of this amazing brush at all. It could create spiral waves just by twirling the brush and blowing with a hair dryer. There are YouTube videos available. Just google "3D bomb curl brush". The spiral waves effect is beautiful just that it could not last overnight for my hair texture. With its hollow spherical shape, it could also be used to create volume and bounce for short hair. For my length of hair, I'm pleased with the result of my layers being curled inwards after blow drying my hair every night. It's the kinda style I like especially since my hair had gotten quite coarse and unruly with the hair ends going in all zig zag directions due to the change in pH of our water recently. The brush is a dream to use. My hair flows through it without much tugging and friction. It has since become my nightly blow dry hair brush. 😍😍😍




~17 January 2015~
Hubz thinks I should continue to grow out my fringe. Keep or cut? It is slowly growing outta the Rufus the Sheepdog phase.




~17 January 2015~
First time trying the baked bee hoon from Famous Kitchen. Me likey! So different from the usual crispy noodles. It is one of their signature dish. Romaine lettuce with preserved bean curd is a great greens side dish. I didn't quite like the lobster rolls fried with salted egg which is on promotion. You could choose the way it is done eg black pepper, salted egg etc. The salted egg part is good but the insides taste like very dry and tough meat instead of lobster. Guess that's why they are on promotion.




~18 January 2015~
I love how apt the picture is. Have you read Mark Manson's article The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck? It is trending on Facebook and if you haven't read it, you should. Most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many fucks in situations where fuck do not deserve to be given and that's when life fucks us. We have to be like this cool cat every now and then.




~20 January 2015~
Grapes... Why you so nice to eat? 🍇🍇🍇




~21 January 2015~
Finally visited baby Sam today! What a pretty little girl looking so cute and small next to Hello Panda. Eyes look like Mummy @xtinaong. 😍 @tifducky ,we miss you.




~21 January 2015~
Baby Samantha has mummy @xtinaong's eyes and Daddy's smile.




~23 January 2015~
There are a few versions to this but I like "yeah right" best. #englishisfun #iloveenglish




~25 January 2015~
Gift from London. Same silk cashmere scarf, different colour, different packaging. Hmm. Which one should I choose?



~31 January 2015~
When I think of water colour illustration, Manolo Blahnik comes to my mind. I wanna learn how to do water colour art next!




~31 January 2015~
2015 was one of the rare year where there wasn't any free desktop calendar given out from any available source (work, vendors, agents, friends etc). Only in the 2nd week of January did I start to hunt high and low for a pleasant looking one with enough space for writing. I found one at great discount from Art Box because seriously, who buys calendar in the middle of January?




~31 January 2015~
You know how fussy I am with schedule books? I need them light and thin. I need them spineless. I need space at the dates to jot down notes. I need them to be of light colour. I need them to have the illustration style that I like. I need them to be pleasing to my eye. I love my 2014 Mixed Cats Schedule Book so much that I was looking forward to their 2015 one.
Alas, there wasn't any book remotely similar to Mixed Cats or even matching my criteria in the whole of Kinokuniya and various malls in Orchard. I wasn't the only one. While searching at Kinokuniya, a gal stood beside me and started lamenting to her partner that she was disappointed at the lack of variety this year. I struck up a conversation with her by relating to her how we were in the same "predicament". When I showed her my Mixed Cats schedule book, she got excited and said that was something like what she was looking for but there was NOTHING remotely similar. The wonders of how the search for schedule books could connect 2 complete strangers.
But I digress.
In the end, I bought this Peter Rabbit one. I love Peter Rabbit illustration but I don't understand WHY the cover is in such a shocking state of pink. Shouldn't Peter Rabbit's style be beige or light colours? It matches majority of my criteria but it sure took me some time to get over an excessively PINK schedule book.
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~31 January 2015~
So since I was in the mood for posting flipagram videos and whining about how the variety of schedule books sucked for 2015, here's a throwback video of my 2014 Mixed Cats one which I absolutely adore. I don't care if you hate cats, I love this kinda cat illustration and colour scheme. I also love that it is light and thin and spineless and with space at dates to write notes and I just love to look at the cute kitties and sweet cookies illustration. 🐱🐱🐱





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19 comments:

  1. Jo, the selfie with your hubby from Hanoi is so sweet! You know, when I saw the bomb curl brush I was so wondered, it one of the weirdest I have seen but for sure so cool! Baby Sam is one of the sweetest ever <3 Many kisses dear xo

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    1. Thank you, Lilli. I was really quite intrigued when I unwrapped the bomb curl brush. I had no idea what it is called to google it and had to ask my colleague the next day on how to use it.

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  2. What a great monthly round up! That's so lovely that you and your hubster got to spend new years on holiday! I can't wait for a holiday with my boyfriend in the coming months! I too have been trying to meet up with old friends but usually I see them one by one and not in a group although I'd love to be able to arrange that! I have been growing out my fringe! After more than 5 years or no fringe I cut it more than a year ago to a long side swept fringe and went as short at just under my brows and loved it! But I've been growing it out the last few months so I can tie up all my hair easily! I totally want a full across the forehead fringe soon though! And I totally have a list of some basic stationary I'd like to pick up and that peter rabbit one looks sooo beautiful! Pricey but totally worth it!

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    1. Hey Sharlynn, I don't think I've seen you with short fringe to the state of bangs and I would so love to see how it looks on you. The growing out of fringe is just too difficult and I think it is more high maintenence than having short fringe coz I've to frequently groom my eyebrows. I have lots of fine strays that are just so difficult to maintain. =/ I wished you have Instagram coz it would be lovely to follow your account!

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  3. This year feels like it's flying by already doesn't it? I can't believe it will be CNY next week and then the month of February will be over in a flash. Getting to take a shower after being cooped up and sick really is one of the best and most refreshing feelings ever. Baby Samantha is such a little cutie :) Hope you're having a great week Jo!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. Hey Rowena, and by the time I reply this, it is the night of CNY Day 1/ wee morning of CNY Day 2. TIme really flies! Happy CNY and stay YANG (young) in the year of the goat and every year ahead!

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  4. Jo, I love your Instagram posts.. I get a better look at them... usually when I am on Instagram... daily, I am scrolling through and reading quickly... sometimes I miss some. . . This way I get a better look at them... I only post 4-5 a month, I like Instgram a lot but I don't post a lot because I never know what to post... lol... Plus I rarely take pictures of myself but I plan to get a new one up soon as I got a new little black dress and I adore it... it looks really cute on me (I am not little but it is the first time in 30 years that I could get a cute little black dress) ... so I am really excited.

    By the way, you look incredibly young, I thought you were in your very early 20's but then you stated that this was your 14th anniversary, so wow you look fantastic <3 xox

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    1. Hi Launna, I'm so reassured to hear that you love my Instagram post. I have the feeling that my blog friends who follow me on Instagram would dread seeing an Instasummary post on my blog too coz it would have been too repetitive. That said, I do miss out posts on Instagram just by not scrolling through my newsfeed for a day too. By the time I reply to your comment, I've seen your Little Black Dress on FB! So happy to know that you're excited. OOh, I'm totally totally not young at all. Sad to be old but glad to not look my age. Lol... Thank you for your compliments. xoxo

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  5. Well, Rufus, another month of wonderful randomness from your IG page. You are always such a great follow there, here...everywhere :) Favorite shot was the one in which you discuss your fringe but that stolen shower shot offers great relaxation and envy. As to your comments on my blog, wet and smelly markets seem quite bad to me. Sometimes in a market here the fish counter will eminate a rancid, sea stench that sends me scurrying. Thankfully that is rare :)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet compliments always, Rick. Oh my, fish smell emanating from the wet market is most common in Asia! You would not last long in an Asian market. Haha...

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  6. I want that brush so bad!! I'm not sure it would do much to my long hair though, but I'd love to at least give it a try :))

    Bella Pummarola

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    1. Hi Anett, Looking at your photos, I think that out hair is almost the same length but yours could be an inch longer. Mine used to be at the waist but I cut it 2 months back coz it was getting too heavy for me. The brush would work well on you as it did for me!

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  7. What a lovely round-up...the baby is just the cutest ever...so sweet :)) I love getting freshened up after being cooped up and unwell, it's a great feeling!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend doll xx

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    1. Thank you, Kizzy. And I totally agree with you on the baby and on the great feeling of showering after being sick.

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  8. Hi my lovely Jo! Haha I would love to freeze time too. I often think about but well it's not going to happen. I can't believe have fast the time flies this year. Is it because I'm having too much work lol. I guess. It's great that at least you have a consolation that you have been sick. I hope we have these Kleenex tissues over here too. It's going to be pollen season soon and I need something ultra soft too (I have been also using toilet paper. I'm glad I wasn't the only one). We have another thing in common. I wanted to learn water colour art too but I have faliled. Wish you good luck! I bet you can do it much better than me. I just read the article the subtle art not of not giving a fuck. I love it. I need to follow his advice. I give to much fuck lol.
    RYC: Haha you really don't like pink. I don't think Peter Rabbit has too much pink in it btw. You would get along so well with my ex bf haha. I would love to post more but I also want to stay in touch with the people that comment on the blog. So I spend a lot of time replying to the comments instead of preparing posts. My sisters think I'm crazy because of that but it's the best part of blogging. To stay in touch with all the lovely people all around the world. I made so many friends and it means so much to me. I'm always looking forward to read your post. It's like visiting another country. Wish you a happy Friday Jo!!

    xx glamdevils.com / miradevils.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Mira, I would love to think that it is largely because of work that we feel that there's so little time. Haha.. let's push the blame to work. And it's really funny coz I was just blowing my nose with toilet paper before I type this! I'm so happy to hear that I'm not the only one who does that! Yeah, sometimes we really feel happier not giving too much fuck. LOL.

      Awww... and you're so sweet to wanna keep in touch with the people who comment even if your sisters think you're crazy. I totally agree with you that keeping in touch and making new friends all over the world is the best part in blogging. I'm so glad to find like-minded people like you! It's so cute that you allude looking forward to my next post to visiting another country. =D

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  9. The year is rushing past us already. It makes me want to tell college kids to start saving for their retirement. I think some older people said that to me when I was young and I thought they were crazy!!! :) Your pictures should be ads for the curl brush, there couldn't be a better representative. My KH feels the same way about showers when she is sick. I'm sorry you were sick at all, but especially in that setting where you were cut off from sources of relief and comfort. Does baby Sam belong to the melting bimbo on the far left???

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    1. Hey Rick. That's so witty and funny. I would sure to use your line next time! Just like how you got the inspiration from some older people who said that to you. Baby Sam belong to the melting bimbo on the far right of the picture. The one hugging me. ;)

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  10. Ah, I feel ya. I was sick for two months in December and two months in January, and all that time I regretted not buying the fancy kleenex with lotion-infused sheets that are gentler for the nose because CHAPPED NOSES HURT, MAN. And seriously, there is nothing better than taking a long hot shower when you're sick.....WHO CARES IF IT'S BAD FOR YOUR SKIN I JUST WANT TO BE SUPER WARM IN THE SHOWER.

    Ah yes, I stopped having a 'proper' fringe a while back because when they do get to that oh-so-perfect length, I swear it only last for a few days before it becomes at the annoying length where it tries to poke your eyes out. UHM, PEOPLE WHO BUY CALENDARS LATE IN THE YEAR OBVIOUSLY KNOW HOW TO SAVE MONEY, DUH ;)

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