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10 Favourite Things of 2013

The end of the year is the time of reflection. Here are ten of my favourite things this year – things that I love and would use/do even if I didn’t have to.

1. My two bedtime snuggies (Moose moose and cow cow). Moose moose has been with me the longest but cow cow is the softest and cuddliest.

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2. My beauty blender. The best thing I’ve ever used to slap foundation and concealer on my face.I try to use only one side so the other side looks new.

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3. My e-reader. I’ve read so many books on this thing. I used to read 2 hours everyday on my commute to work, but now I just read on bed when I have time. Loading books onto my e-reader is much easier than buying or borrowing books.

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4. My Razer DeathAdder mouse. Its great when used on a mouse pad. Love the blue light and navigation buttons on the side. Great for gaming too.

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5. My purple scarf. Its become my signature scarf. I use another one now, because its black and white and more neutral, but the purple one is still my favourite. I like the colour, and my mother bought it for me before I moved to Canada. Said it would keep me warm.

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6. My black uni-ball gel pen. 0.7mm diameter and its the only pen I’ve used for writing notes in school. I feel lost without it. Once I didn’t have it for class and I was sad because I had to write in pencil. I also wrote one of my exams with this pen 🙂

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7. My YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #6 lipstick. I got this recently (for Christmas actually) but its my favourite already. Its a beautiful colour, and its so smooth and moisturizing. Not to mention the gold tube design.

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8. My favourite drink – Starbucks green tea frappacino. One day I’m going to make this drink at home so I won’t have to dish out five bucks every time I drink it.

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9. Favourite trip – New York. I haven’t been to many places this year, just a few, but New York definitely was the best. Its so vibrant and exciting!

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10. Favourite TV show – Modern Family. Its been my favourite show for a while, I’m always waiting for it to come out on wednesdays. Hailey and Lily are my favourite characters.

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Liebster award

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Thank you Elizabeth Blackbourne for nominating me for the Liebster Award! [http://elizabethblackbourne.wordpress.com]

First part – answering 11 questions
Second part – 11 random facts about myself
Third part – 11 questions for 11 people I nominate for this award

Here are Elizabeth’s questions:
1. What was you favourite book as a child?
Animals of Farthing Wood, by Colin Dann. Lovely book.
2. Name something new you would like to try.
Flying a jet plane.
3. What is your favourite word?
I’ve never thought about this before, but maybe “luminous”
4. Why is that word your favourite?
I like glowing things. They are pretty and quite surreal. I like the idea of a bright light in a otherwise dark place.
5. Why did you start blogging?
I started because I was inspired by youtubers and bloggers, but I knew I would never have the time or courage to make videos because I’m quite shy, so I decided to start a blog where I could write whatever I want, but still remain mostly anonymous. Not many people I know in real life know about my blog. If you do know me, and I’ve told you about my blog, you’re a special friend 🙂
6. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A millionaire, mostly. I’m hitting the age where I’m very disappointed in myself for not achieving anything. I’ve thought about being a vet or zoologist in the past.
7. If you could travel to anywhere on the planet, in the universe, where would it be?
I’d love to see another planet with intelligible life, like in sci-fi movies, a planet of peaceful beings maybe. Like in Avatar/ green blue aliens! I know some people don’t believe that there is life anywhere else, but think about it – even if the chance of having life is however tiny, there still must be another planet with life, somewhere in the immense universe. And not just one, many! The chance of us encountering these other planets may be slim, but just because we don’t know about it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
8. Why would you like to go there?
This is all very theoretical, but I love experiencing and learning new things, so wouldn’t a planet no human has ever been to be the ultimate experience? When I was watching Avatar I thought it was just breathtaking and amazing..
9. Who is your favourite author/artist?
I haven’t read anything for a long time, and I don’t follow artwork. But when I was younger, I enjoyed books by Roald Dahl. He wrote books like “James and the Giant Peach”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
10. Name what you admire about them or why you enjoy their works.
I read many of his books when I was a child, I think they were recommended books my teachers. I enjoyed the books.
11. What’s your perfect day like?
Spending a day at a beautiful uncrowded beach, walking along the shoreline, finding shells and other little treasures.

Random facts about myself:
1. I joined my school’s girl’s basketball team in Year 7, but quit a few years after.
2. On the first day of secondary school (year 7), I was given 2 baby hamsters. I thought they were the cutest thing ever.
3. I love animals, especially the furry and cute ones.
4. I’m very lazy. One of my best / worst (however you see it) excuse is “I can’t be bothered”.
5. English is my first language, but Cantonese is my mother tongue. I learnt Cantonese first, but my English is much better.
6. I perceive myself as a smart girl, and I am constantly disappointed by my grades in school. I tend to blame it on bad teaching style and my laziness.
7. People used to think me and my brother (who is over a year older than me) were twins. My dad sometimes told people that to avoid explanation.
8. I have 3 piercings on my right ear, and one on my left. I’m contemplating maybe getting one or two more on my right, but not any time soon.
9. I have double eyelids when I wake up in the morning, but shortly after, I had a kind of weird multiple creases situation. It bothered me a lot in the past, but I’ve learnt to live with it.
10. I played the piano for a bit, although I’m not very good at it. I’ve always wanted a boyfriend who would serenade a beautiful piano piece to me 🙂
11. My favourite fruit is oranges.

I nominate the following people:
1. http://beautybliss14.com/
2. http://rosetintedbeauty.com
3. http://pandamoniumpink.com/
4. http://beautifulkayekie.wordpress.com/
5. http://www.liveshoptravel.com
6. http://lulusbeautyspot.wordpress.com/
7. http://evelinagalli.wordpress.com/
8. http://summerstinydancer30.wordpress.com
9. http://opinionknitted.com
10. http://frestylestudios.wordpress.com
11. http://weeklyristinw.wordpress.com

Questions:
1. What is your favourite TV show right now? Or movie?
2. What is one thing in your closet you bought and thought you would love but never actually wore?
3. In the world of dragons, elves and fairies – would you be a knight, mage, archer or healer?
4. The house is burning down – you can save three things – what would it be and why?
5. What were you like in high school? Were you in the popular gang? Were you bullied?
6. If you could talk to and befriend one animal – what would it be?
7. You just won the lottery. What would you like to spend your money on?
8. What is one thing about yourself that you would like to change?
9. What is one thing about yourself that you love?
10. If we were in the future and you could have any colour of hair and not look insane – which colour would you pick?
11. What is on your desktop background / wall paper right now?

Hope this wasn’t too long!

Childhood Favourites Tag

Ok, so this one is going to be hard because I seem to have a selective memory, and I really don’t remember much of my childhood. My memory goes back to maybe the start of high school, and before that its all a blur. So let’s see.

1. Favorite childhood memory?

Oh I know. It was when we all went as a family (me, my brother, my mum and dad), to a holiday theme park in the UK. It was really random. We went to England for like 2 weeks or something, and this was back when I was maybe … 12…? Anyways, we went down to Butlins, and there was this kids world thing called Butlins Skyline, and I think we lived there for 2 or 3 nights. Its a little like a mini version of Disney World I think, we went on rides and me and my brother joined this singing/ dancing class, and we learnt “I believe I can fly”. It was really fun. It was really different too, because we rarely do these kids things. It was a chance for us (my parents included) to be a little childish.

2. Favorite childhood story you don’t remember but was told to you

Hm.. I remember one story. It was back when my father was short tempered. I think I was 2 or something, and we were living in some apartment. Anyways, one day we were playing and for some reason my dad was yelling and stuff, and he took one of my toys and threw it out the window. We later went back to get him back, and obviously I was crying and everything. The toy is a little mouse with a plaid shirt, and his name is 老鼠吉吉. Its not a very happy story, but when my mum told it to me, it was like a joke, a funny story. It just shows how there are no grudges held against your family. If, one day for some reason your family upsets you, the next day everything will be ok. Thats why I like this story.

3. Favorite candy?

I didn’t eat a lot of candy, but I think my favourite are Nerds, which are basically lumps of sugar coated in different colours.

4. Favorite movie and tv show?

Favourite movie: Laputa Castle in the Sky, Favourite TV show: any one of those cartoons shown on tv in the afternoon.

5. Favorite game?

Greebles – its a 2-4 player game on the computer, and we would sometimes play as a family. The game is to run around the map and squash the flies, and avoid getting swashed yourself.

6. Favorite things to do as a kid?

Read, I think. We don’t have many books at home, but the ones we do have, I can remember every single word. We had the 4th harry potter book, the one about the tournament, and if you read me a sentence from anywhere in that book, I could tell you which chapter it was from. Maybe not anymore.

7. Favorite grade in school?

I don’t know.. they were all pretty much the same. If I had to pick, I would choose the senior years (Year 12-13), because that’s when all my friends were there, and I was old enough to go out and experience life, and school was hard, but it was fulfilling as well. I can’t say the same for my classes now.

8. Favorite childhood photo?

I believe I showed this in my previous tag. I just think its an artistic picture.

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9. Favorite meal?

Umm… Have to say its my mother’s spare ribs cooked in sugar & vinegar (唐醋排骨).

10. Favorite thing about being a kid?

Just being able to live without worries and being carefree all the time. If you did something stupid when you were a kid, people will just say, its ok, they’re only a kid, and you won’t get in any trouble. But if you’re older, you have to think before doing anything. You have to think about your future, and money, and school, and everything. When you are a kid, it seems like you will be a kid forever, but really, time never slows or stops, so when you are older, theres no going back.

Holiday Tag!

Thought I’d do a tag today, after watching so many on youtube =)

  1. What’s your favorite holiday nail polish?
    I don’t really have one since I don’t wear nail polish very often or own very many. But, I think this year I will be wearing Revlon’s Enrapture nail polish, which I recently purchased.
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  2. What’s your favorite holiday movie?
    I’m assuming the holiday is Christmas. The movie I used to watch every year without fail is the silent movie The Snowman. It is shown on TV every year on Christmas Eve, and it is a really old movie, but its good all the same.
  3. Share your favorite winter accessory!
    I really love hats! Especially soft beanies and winter hats! I don’t really wear them everyday because it messes up my hair and I’m normally indoors so I don’t need it.. but! This is the hat I bought last Christmas!
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  4. Describe or show your favorite Christmas tree ornament.
    Dont have a Christmas tree =( But if I did, I would choose something simple and vintage.. like..
  5. If you could have one wish come true this year, what would it be?
    I wish I could have a puppy! I know its impossible since I don’t have time for a dog, but hey, if I could I would! Even a kitten would do! They’re so cute!
  6. If you could kiss one celeb under the mistletoe, who would you kiss?
    I don’t.. know.. no one in particular… If I could meet anyone it would be Kate Middleton, though, she’s like my goddess. I don’t care what gossip or scandals the media has on her, to me she is perfect in every way possible. =)
  7. What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
    To do something that makes a difference. I want to do something big, like start a company, or start portraiture photography.. Just something new to make myself a little more exposed to the world instead of studying / working in a little bubble.
  8. What keeps you going during the “Holi-daze”?
    I love the holidays! Everything is so festive and happy and even if I’m only at home I’m happy just relaxing or watching a movie in bed =)
  9. How do you celebrate the holidays with your family?
    Hm.. I don’t remember anything special really.. Spend time at home with my parents.. Nothing too special. We have a little Christmas tree that we put up and decorate lazily, and also one of those optical fibre ones. Oh and we had this colourful spinning light thing, that looked a bit like a disco ball… We would turn off all the lights after dinner and admire the lights.
  10. Favorite holiday song?
    “Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away…”
  11. Show a childhood photo of you at the holidays!
    I don’t have any! Since all my photo albums are at home… But here’s one of my favourite pictures! Its so simple and natural, yet captures my childhood perfectly =)
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  12. What’s your favorite winter candle scent?
    I don’t really like any of the winter scents… But my favourite one is Cranberry Pear Bellini from Bath & Body Works.
  13. What’s your favorite holiday candy?
    I’m not actually certain that this is a holiday candy.. But I like these Lindt chocolates! I don’t like chocolate in general, but I like these ones =)
  14. What’s your elf name (favorite nail polish + name of your first pet)?
    Enrapture Brownie .,.. ?? Haha. Sounds yummy.