Thursday, 17 August 2017

Battling post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

Wow, second post in a week, and pasal skincare again :P

Aku nak jugak update pasal travels, but I am just so lazy trying to choose pictures to upload! Like seriously, kalau travel posts aku tu usually berangkai maybe about 5 posts minimum, aku akan ambil masa lebih kurang 1-2 jam nak rangka each post - from selecting pictures, uploading them, typing, and proofreading. It takes a lot of timeee.

So, bagi chance laa aku nak story pasal skincare yeee.

Okay, PIH. Dalam bahasa lebih mudah, PIH ni selalunya terjadi bila kulit terluka (inflamed) dan bila kulit ni nak baik semula, warna kat kawasan luka tu akan jadi lebih gelap daripada sekelilingnya. Kalau kena gigit nyamuk pastu gatal pastu garu pun boleh perasan laa kawasan luka tu jadi gelap sikit kannn.

Untuk orang yang concerned tentang kulit muka, PIH ni yang selalunya dimaksudkan sebagai 'parut jerawat' atau 'bekas jerawat'. Actually term parut jerawat tu tak tepat, bekas jerawat tu mungkin lagi tepat. Tapi senang cerita, PIH tak sama dengan acne scar okayy.

Hasil Google.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Trying out acids

Sebenarnya aku nak update entri 'Kompilasi Skincare Products dari Korea' tu, tapi I find that the posts are overwhelmingly long lol! So maybe aku akan buat multiple entries for every step. Tengok laa macam mana nanti, kerajinan menaip blog pun memainkan peranan.

Anyway, skincare routine aku dah berubah jugak, makin product-heavy. Sebenarnya aku nak kurangkan bilangan produk yang aku pakai each time tapi malangnya makin bertambah. I don't know why, aku rasa nak apply segala benda kat muka zzz.

Anyway, my latest routine on most days are like this:

AM
TFS Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam
Missha FTE
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Klairs Vitamin C Drop
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

PM
TFS Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam
Missha FTE
Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Klairs Vitamin C Drop
Missha Time Revolution Ampoule
TFS Chia Seed Moisture Recharge Cream

Once or twice a week
Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub
Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Sheet masks

Tbh, my skin is not at its best as of late. Asyik naik whiteheads kat area yang sama - the cheek area near my nose and on my chin. Aku tak tau laa selama ni dia memang selalu ada atau aku je yang baru perasan sebab aku pay so much attention to my skin lately. Anyway, I'm annoyed with them.

Aku tengah in the middle of reshuffling my routine. Nak tukar cleanser & moisturiser, dan nak tambah acids. What are acids, you ask? They are chemical exfoliants commonly known as AHA and BHA, and people also refer to them as 'actives', because they are the main workhorse of your routine.

Sebenarnya dari awal aku dah baca kebaikan acids ni, tapi aku takut gile nak try. Firstly, it is known that chemical exfoliants boleh cause overexfoliation. Kalau kau overexfoliate, senang cerita muka kau akan breakout dan jadi dehydrated, oily, dan teruk gile. Kalau tak berani, memang jangan laa try.

But since aku dah agak geram dengan whiteheads ni, I'm giving these acids a chance. It took me 8 months into my asian skincare journey to finally brace myself to accept acids. In fact I've already bought my first one.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Filler Post about Life

Like stated in the title, this is a filler post. Travel posts will come (much, much) later.

I haven't said this before in this blog, but I've bought a house. A small, <1000 sq ft apartment south of KL, that will be a bit further away to my workplace but it's about the only thing I can barely afford lol.

I remember the craziness that came with house hunting 2 years ago. To be honest, I never even wanted a house. I wanted to be free, to come and go as I please, and just to travel as much as I can. But then I became friends with older people and all they talk about is assets and houses are only gonna get more expensive and bla bla bla. It's annoying and it's also then I realized there's no new house selling for less than RM 300k in KL anymore. You can get a tiny flat in the outskirts of Selangor like Rawang or Semenyih for maybe RM300k+ though.

Okay let's not discuss about how a house is not a fluid asset or how when you actually live in that house, it becomes a liability bla bla bla. That's a longgg discussion that I'm not willing to get into right now. So my plan was to buy a house that I can maybe stay and maybe rent off. That means I limited my scope to south of KL, where I'm currently working.

Then I found a house that I like. It's a low-density apartment place, which might be a nice place to settle down in, in a nice suburb area with a growing nearby town. It fits all my criteria, a tad expensive, but a price I was willing to pay.

Now the house is supposed to be done in August 2018, but recently I went to the sales gallery (again) and they said that the apartment blocks are going to be up and running in March.

That means in less than a year, I'm gonna get a key to my house.

So I am currently so worried I won't be able to pay for it, but at the same time also went house planning and furniture window-shopping and stuffs like that -.-"

That means I probably won't get to travel as much next year. Maybe just one overseas trip (instead of my usual four per year lol). This fact makes me so sad like you won't believe, but I guess people have different dreams as they grow older.

Having a perfect house is not yet my new dream, but changing my lifestyle is. Even looking at stuffs in Ikea is changing me, bit by bit. I am usually a very messy person but nowadays I clean and tidy up my room more often. I try to wash and empty my laundry basket as much as I can. I want to cook a lot more, which is why building my own kitchen is very important to me (I've made 3 trips to Ikea to look at the same damn kitchens and making a budget so many times). This might be an excuse, but I kinda hate cooking in a kitchen that is not mine, which is my mom's kitchen and my rented apartment's kitchen.

I want to be an adult. And lately I've also been thinking about getting married, which I haven't thought about seriously for the past 2 years.

I don't know where this train of thoughts is leading me. All I know is I'm excited for this new house, sad for my forgotten travel plans, and unsure about the future.

I hope I'm becoming the person I want to be.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Perth #9 - The Drive to Perth & Margaret River Chocolate Co

Last entry for Perth yeayyy.

Actually ni second last day kitorang kat Perth. Masa last day tu kitorang rushing pergi Fremantle semula untuk makan fish and chips kat Cicerello's pulak (in our opinion lagi best makan kat Kaili's) dan souvenir shopping kat E Shed Market. Dah takde gambar sangat dah on the last day tu pun.

So sharing sikit our accommodation kat Cervantes: Cervantes Lodge.




Kitorang ambil satu bilik 4 orang, ada 2 double decker bed. Tak luas mana tapi okay-okay je.


Shower ni scary sikit pakai kain selak-selak je, nasib baik toilet ada pintu zzz. Toilet sharing je kat sini.


Perth #8 - Pinnacles & Lancelin

Many people consider Pinnacles to be the highlight of the trip to Perth.

Pandangan aku? Wajib pergi kalau pergi Perth. Tapi ada mat saleh cakap kat aku: 'it's a heck of a long journey just to see some old rocks.'

I would have to agree, kind sir. But it's thousands old rocks, where else would you get to see that? Lol.

Anyway, ada orang buat trip pergi balik hari je dari Perth CBD ke Pinnacles + Lancelin ni. Tapi 3 jam pergi dan 3 jam balik, total 6 jam dalam kereta. Kiranya tak pergi Cervantes laa. Ikut korang laa tapi aku decide nak jugak stay kat Cervantes sebab tak nak penat sangat drive pergi balik plus nak tengok Lake Thetis jugak.

Pinnacles Desert (bukan dessert ye) terletak kat Nambung National Park. Nak masuk park ni kena bayar AUD 12 per kereta. Park ni sebenarnya sangat luas tapi orang selalunya masuk untuk tengok Pinnacles je.






Perth #7 - Lake Thetis Stromatolites, Hansen Bay Lookout, & Lobster Shack

Cerita dah lapuk sangat dah T.T I really need to finish this story so I can share my Chiang Mai, Kashmir, and Hong Kong travel storiessss *facepalm*.

I've been a mix of lazy and busy, tapi takpe laa malas nak cerita panjang about life.

Let's throwback to Cervantes, 8 months ago -.-"

Bangun pagi, sembang dengan mamat Denmark yang duduk sama hotel dengan kitorang sambil breakfast, pastu ciao keluar laju-laju.

First destination: Lake Thetis.

Lake Thetis ni terkenal dengan stromatolites dia, salah satu tempat kat dunia yang kita boleh tengok stromatolites. Stromatolites = sejenis struktur biokimia yang terhasil dari bakteria sejak 3000 tahun lepas, aka a 'living fossil'. Nampak macam batu je pun tapi sebenarnya ia bukan batu tapi bakteria. I cannot brain.

Kalau korang jenis tak suka belajar pasal tempat yang korang pergi, boleh laa drop by sini kalau ada lebih masa. View tasik dia cantik, but not much you can do here. 

Batu-batu tu haa yang dipanggil stromatolites

Stromatolite vs Thrombolite


I think the view is lovely

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Ramblings

This is just a filler post until I update my Perth story, so please skip it if you don't want to read my ramblings :3

So lately I have been having good skin for weeks. Some people at work actually complimented it :D Okay pleaseee jangan ingat aku perasan ke bajet cantik ke, having good skin doesn't exactly mean that you're pretty.

Aku rasa happy sebab my actual hard work for the previous few months are really showing. Kinda like the way you feel happy bila dapat A+ for exam lepas kau study gila-gila lol.

Some of the compliments I've been getting:
'Kau nampak putih gile'
'Muka nampak glowing'
'Your face is so smooth, I don't think you even have whiteheads or blackheads or stuff'

Yeayyy me finally. Hahaha! :D

Anyway my skin is far from perfect, aku tahu sebab aku yang tengok muka aku hari-hari. But I don't have to battle with jerawat, bekas jerawat, kulit kusam sunburn, dan sebagainya macam dulu. And for that I'm very grateful.

Before this I've never been complimented on my skin, sebab aku memang tak kisah pasal rupa aku. Sejak dulu aku berazam tak nak jadi vain, sebab tu I almost never post selfies even until now. Up until a few months ago, I don't even wear moisturiser or powder to work. Now I have a morning and night routine, tapi tu pun aku skip kalau penat/stressed sangat.

Well, aku takde gambar terbaru nak share (I really don't do selfies), so I'll share some of my old, ugly pics. Sebab aku confident enough that I no longer look like that, I can post them. Hehehe.

Heads up, ugly pictures coming.

2008/2009, masa kat matriks. Masa ni major skin issues. Dan bambam sebab banyak makan.

Still matriks. Maybe it's the water or my hormones, tapi muka meriah sangat dengan jerawat time ni.

2009/2010, first year uni. Not as bad but it still can be bad at times

Kena masukkan gambar ni because.. look at my cheek! Urghh

Okay sebenarnya gambar kat atas ni tak nampak teruk sangat sebab aku tak suka ambik gambar diri sendiri dulu. Ye laa masa tu selekeh, tak cantik, dan sedar diri.

Sekarang pun still selekeh when compared to other people, but at least I have one thing going for me - that my acne finally clears up when I hit my 20s. And I finally decided to take care of my skin at 26 because.. hey, I'm not getting any younger.

So I look like this now.

Masih selekeh, masih tak fashionable like your girlfriend. But happier, more confident in my own skin, and I don't mean that just literally, but figuratively as well.

Yeay me.

To those fighting skin issues, harap bersabar. I realized ramai lagi ada masalah jerawat, parut, dan sebagainya, but the world is not going to end because of that. And pleaseee don't try to get perfect skin sebab nak dapatkan boyfriend/hasben. Seriously your skin and your face might get you boys but that's not the reason they'll stay.

To be honest, masa aku hodoh dulu aku ada lagi ramai boyfriends daripada sekarang lol. Sekarang takde, sekian.

Final words: tinggalkan laa produk krim kilo yang penuh merkuri, hydroquinone, tretinoin tu. Perfect skin means nothing kalau kesudahannya kesihatan jahanam. Learn how to take care of your skin the hard way, read a lot about it. Bukan semudah sapu krim je nak dapatkan kulit selicin selembut baby's bottom.

So be happy with the way you look, the way you are, and earn lotsa money so you can make yourself feel pretty. What is jerawat and parut if you have money for aesthetic services kannn hahahaha okbai.