Current favorites from Mac Lipsticks

“Hi everyone, my name is Xteena and I’m a lipstick addict…” “Hello Xteena..” Now that we’ve got that introduction out of the way.. I’m a lipstick junkie! I think I’ve been collecting and buying too much lipsticks for my own good (until a friend of mine who once stayed in my house for holiday said…

Bangkok Adventure!

After coming back from a 5-days-4-nights trip in Bangkok, I came up with a conclusion: Bangkok, you’re giving Jakarta a run for its money!  Even on the way from the airport to our apartment in the city centre, I couldn’t help but thinking how much the city reminded me of my own hometown. The street…

I’m still living.

“I would have to learn to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I’m still living.” Paul Kalanithi from When Breath Becomes Air

Memories in Jeju

It was a cool spring season in late April when we landed in Jeju. First time setting a foot anywhere in Korea, I did not know what I’d expect to find in Jeju. My knowledge about Korea is all about its makeup brands, tall good-looking oppas I always see in those addictive k-dramas and songs…

Fight.

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together – knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”

Intern Life: Part Deux

Hello guys! Welcome back to the life-as-an-intern series. In the first episode, my boss turned out to be a sexual predator, and I ordered a brainless chicken. If you miss it, read it here. Well, I had another internship right after that. In fact, I quit my previous internship early so that I could start another…

Flawed 

“Come with all your shame, come with your swollen heart, I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than you.”

Road Trip Series: Leaving our hearts in San Diego

(If you miss what happened when I was lost in LA trying to get to Disneyland, read the story here.) This story will be the next installment of my graduation trip to the States back in 2009! Next stop: San Diego! When we were in Los Angeles, my friend whom I went with had a…

Lessons.

Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes.

Nara Circa 2016: Ham-Eating-Deer

My relationship with the animal kingdom is a complicated one. We started out as friends, but not until one of you (a dog) decide to chase me down when I was cycling as a kid, that I decided to go my separate way as you have scarred me for life. So imagine my surprise when…

Intern Life: Part Uno

Believe it or not, I am a responsible kid. (Okay, some people may disagree – then again, I once got super drunk I passed out, only after breaking some glasses, hugging random people at the bar, and slurring “I want moreeeeeeee” to the bartender. I digress.) But hey, everyone goes through THAT phase, right? Don’t tell…