Hokkaido in Spring

I've been longing to go to Hokkaido for the longest time. The food, people & scenery has always intrigued me. 

Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: H&M /Shoes: Adidas / Bag: Collete

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Landed in Sapporo International Airport and booked a car straight to Niseko, the town we were staying in for the first few nights.

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A pit stop at Shikotsuko Visitor's Center with a beautiful park by the lake and a local stall that sells the best fried cheese mochi. A sinful cheat day snack but that's what holidays are for! 

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The Snow Monkey house we rented via AirBnB. A beautiful place indeed, hidden in the beauty of nature and other chalets. 

Niseko is the best place to be during winter. Resort homes here are mostly fully rented out as ski resorts to tourists. The mountain a few meters away has the best ski experience for tourists. 

AIRBNB CHALET: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3578641?sug=51

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For the first night, we bought groceries from Aeon and made use of the kitchen we had in our holiday home. 

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Day 2, we explored the countryside that had beautiful flowers & fresh produce. Lake Hill Farm is famous for their dessert and pastries made from their fresh dairy. 

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Top: Zara / Skirt: H&M / Shoes: Zalora / Bag: Collete / Necklace: Forever 21

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A beautiful garden in the front yard of their cottage and a big farm behind where all their hard work is put in.

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I couldn't help myself, everything from the texture to the taste was so fresh and creamy. One of the many unique things about Hokkaido I would say.

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A trip to Wakasaimo which sold traditional Japanese goodies and had a famous restaurant that served highly rated Japanese food. 

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One of the best places for big, fresh scallops and oysters overlooking the famous Lake Toya. Sadly, it was raining that noon and I was not able to take a walk along the lake after lunch but if you have the chance, take a stroll and enjoy the spring breeze. 

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The next day, we had the opportunity to learn how to make ice-cream in Takahashi Farm on the way to Otaru.

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A cottage with a farm much like Lake Farm Hill except they produced their own ice-cream. They even had two cafes in the same area which were packed with locals and tourists. 

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Top: Forever 21 / Short: H&M / Shoes: Keds / Hat: - / Necklace: The Anomaly / Bag: Collete  

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After having a taste of our own freshly made ice-cream, we headed to the Nikka Whiskey Distillery in Yoichi.

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A wide variety of classic Scottish x Japanese whiskey that was definitely very rich and had a strong kick to it.  

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My family & I always seem to end up in an orchard whenever we travel. This time, we found ourselves in Yamamoto Orchard picking fully ripe cherries.

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They were so fresh & clean that you could eat it whilst picking them of the trees. Definitely one of my favourite experiences, the cherries were so sweet and juicy. 

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By the end of the day, we arrived in Otaru. By the canal, there were a ton of speakeasy bars & restaurants I wish I had more time to check out.

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 A few blocks away from the Otaru Canal are little boutiques famous for its glasswares and music boxes. Something you don't want to miss out on bringing home as a souvenir.

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The day after, we went to Tomita Farm in Furano that had a most beautiful field of flowers in full bloom.

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Serving fresh pastries, ice-cream and melons. Basically everything that Hokkaido is famous for. 

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Top: H&M / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Keds / Bag: Milktee / Shades: Forever 21

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We stumbled upon a beautiful hideout - Ningle Terrace on the way back to our place. A hidden track through the little forest that had little shops selling crafts and things. 

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We checked into a wooden lodge in the forest that night. A one of a kind experience indeed. It had all the bare necessities and nature surrounding it. From modern-esque to this, it took a while to sink in.

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I think I'm too much of a city girl to enjoy being stuck in the woods with barely a proper kitchen or toilet to be in but nonetheless, it was a good experience. Thankful we weren't on a tropical island that was humid and filled with bugs. 

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Top: MNG / Shorts: H&M / Bag: Milktee / Ring: -

We finally made our way to the city that evening and I've never been happier to see bright lights lit up at night. 

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My brother and I took a ride on the Norbesa ferris wheel that was located on the roof of the mall. A view from the top of the city with two restaurants & bars beside it. Customers usually ride the ferris wheel with their pint of beer whilst enjoying the beautiful city.

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Dinner was at a presumingly famous restaurant that served crabs. It's a bummer that I forgot the name but it's not hard to miss at all. The big crab hanging from the front door of the restaurant that's about 5 stories high is where you want to go. We had large crabs boiled, stewed and in every other way we wanted it to be cooked. It was so fresh and so appetising, I have never been a big fan of crab but this was something else. When you're in Hokkaido, this is not something you would want to miss. 

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Top: Monki / Pants: Bangkok / Shoes: Adidas / Watch: Daniel Wellington / Bag: Milktee / Scarf: The Anomaly 

Shopping and more shopping. Sapporo is filled with malls to explore. Mitsui Outlet is one of them that has two blocks filled with international brand outlets. Accessible via tramp and bus from the main city of Sapporo. 

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Two major underground malls run through Sapporo. Pole Town (running through North to South) and Aurora Town (running East to West) are located in Sapporo's central Odori area. Excess points can be found up and down Ekimae Street south to Susukino and along the length of Odori Park from TV tower west to block 5. 

Above the underground malls, a long stretch of shops known as the Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade is filled with tourists from all over. A vibrant street that lights up at night, one of my favourite places to shop for souvenirs and snacks. 

Walk along the area and you'll find large department stores that houses international brands for you to shop your heart out. The easiest way to get around the city is via Google Maps.

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Dinner was at the famous Ramen Alley in Sapporo. It's dodgy and mysterious but everything cooked in that alley was delicious from the texture of the noodles to the broth of the ramen. Walking distance from the major shopping streets I mentioned earlier. This is somewhere you wouldn't want to miss out if you're in Sapporo. 

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On our last day in Hokkaido, we took a tramp and ropeway up Mt Moiwa. The view from above was amazing. 

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Top: - / Jacket: H&M / Shorts: Monki / Shoes: Keds / Bag: Collete / Cap: -

Cringe worthy love locks were on the top of the observation towers but I would have bought it anyways. A cool structure with a bell was in the middle of the love locks that I had to take a mandatory picture with. 

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There was a few cafes on the observation tower but only one restaurant. It wasn't my favourite place to dine and it was kinda overpriced but the view made up for it. 

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Last stop at the central park in Sapporo city. Fully bloomed flowers and a beautiful water fountain. Tourists and locals filled the area with their hot Japanese snacks and good company.

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Didn't manage to shop much but I got a new top, sweater and skirt + a heated eyelash curler and well known mascara for Asian lashes that wouldn't stay curled. 

Watch my short and sweet travel vlog on Japan! 

-Zoey

#LegallyZoey

Turning 18 has been on my list of goals since  I was a kid. Somehow, it meant something to  me. To be of age and old enough to be free to do whatever  I wanted to was  the goal I guess.  Nevertheless,  spending it with my favourite people was everything  even though  turning 18 wasn't all that jazz.

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The famous Ruyi &  Lyn sushi is a must-try.

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A good night spent with my favourite girls from high school. We've been through all sorts of thick and thin together and I swear it's meant to be. Although most of us have went abroad to study, keeping in touch is still one of our main priorities. I miss them so much , five years and counting!

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Girls night out at SIX, Bangsar.

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Lunch at Merchant's Lane   the day after with my vain pots - Sheryl & Mon.

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Such a cosy and beautiful hideout with good food to go with. I'm definitely going back for more! The Tom Yum Macaroni & Roti Jala is my fav.

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High tea at Ritz-Carlton with one of my closer college girlfriend - Charmaine & Mon.

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It's funny how we all met but I'm glad we did. Through rough waters &  a switch in timetables. #BIMBOS.

P.S. The best part about tea was the scones.

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Look at this cutie pie *heart eyes emoji*

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Baby cakes brought me to CuBs & CuPs in  Hartamas, a pet cafe  for lunch during the weekend.  It was such a bummer that all of the in-house puff balls were not around for the weekend. Thankfully, there were a lot of customers and their pets to play around with.

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 Redza brought me to the batting cages for the  first time and I was there hitting balls like I belong in the international league.  

#proudnarcissist

HAHAHAHA LUL.

But jokes aside, I managed to hit a lot  tho...

*pats self on the back*

Lunchies with the fam bam at  Artisan Coffee.  

It didn't have much variety but the pasta and the place in general was pretty good.  

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To wrap it all up, I decided to throw a party at the W_are_house  in Subang. 

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The venue was a hidden gem, not to mention it was   topped off  with friends I've not seen for a while. 

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Thank you for spending my 18th birthday with me everyone!  Another amazing birthday up to date :p Cheers   to more good fun! 

Photography by : Keen Meng

SPONSORS: 

HAIR: HATTITUDE SALON
DRESS: LESLEY WARDROBE
WATCH:  ROSEFIELD WATCHES
BALLOONS: BALLOON PIXIES
CAKE: ART OF CHIMIE
MACAROON TOWER: LE SUCRE DUPATISEERIE  
DRINKS: PALMS MALAYSIA
 

-Zoey

Food Adventures: La'Vin Winery

It's been a while and I'm back with a new place to wine & dine at! I had a whole day of events last Saturday and decided to treat myself at this restaurant I found in Kuchai Lama with some fine wine and fusion food. La'Vin Winery used to be just a winery owned by the co-owner's sister but ever since he decided to help out, he has turned it into a restaurant that serves good food & exquisite wine.

Located in Kuchai Lama, a part of KL where people usually forget about. La'Vin Winery's customers are usually from around the area but Vincent is looking to expand his horizons by having people from the main city and even PJ to drop by! Believe me when I say this, Redza & I literally dropped our jaws when we found out we had to drive all the way there for food but we had such an adventure on the way. Not to mention, we caught a ton of Pokemon on our many pit stops on the way to Kuchai Lama. I find eating an adventure, and that you should never just get comfortable with what you know. Expand your horizons and literally go FIND FOOD. 

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Homemade Corn & Crab Soup

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Homemade Mushroom Soup  

I live for restaurants that serve me soups that they took time off blending and brewing. The taste is usually more intricate and intense, I love it! 

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Porkies Nasi Lemak

Something you don't have everyday. They've put together their own rendition of everyone's favorite Nasi Lemak and made it a fusion between the Western pork belly and Rendang, yum!!

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This platter had everything I loved! From the dips to the little tapas at the side, this could have been my main dish if Vincent wasn't so generous with the food he offered us. So much love!  

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The house's best selling pork chop with mash potato & bacon bits as the side. Very tasteful and rustic food. 

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By far my favorite wine pairing. Everything blended in perfectly with one another, eating everything together and having a sip of wine later just made the flavors all come together.  

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Address: No. 19, Jalan Kuchai Maju 8, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday (12pm to 1am)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lavinwinery/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/lavin_winery

 -Zoey

Love Them NOT Wear Them

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Campus Plus & I have been working on a fashion article together for July's issue for a while now. Two months prior to it being published, I got Sheryl, Ros, Kamilia, Karina & a bunch of other friends to help me out with the vision. The theme for July's issue was Animal Cruelty so we decided to put together a few outfits that portrayed the individual animals and got these lovely animals to model alongside. 

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Photographer:
Sheryl Ng
(@_theleftside on Instagram)

Director, Videographer & Editor: 
Ros Maizura Ramzan
(www.yvngktty.wordpress.com)
(Yung Kitty Productions on Facebook)
(@rosmaizura on Instagram)

Talent: 
Zoey Phoon Kar Yan
(@zoeypky on Instagram)

Make Up Credits: 
Kamilia Afendi
(@facebeatbykam on Instagram)

Hair Credits: 
Karina Afendi

 

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Thank you to the respective pet owners and location owners!

Charlie the dog - Desa Park City Waterfront

Prada the snake - Abandoned Field

Frodo the guinea pig - Kota Kemuning Tennis Court

Casper the cat - Desa Park City

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Langkawi with @IGersMalaysia!

A mid week break was all I needed and what more than a beach getaway to Langkawi for 3 days & 2 nights. I had the privilege of being invited by Sheryl & IGersMalaysia, a community for Instagrammers (I know right! It exists!!!) in Malaysia that targets Instagram users as their audiences to promote various products and services to fly to Langkawi and basically enjoy my holiday there. The catch was just to take pictures, get pictures taken & talk about how much I loved it, which I did! Honestly, who doesn't love a free holiday + being vain while you're at it?

#TBH #JS

We took a morning flight and touched down just before noon. The Andaman prepared transportation to pick us up from the airport and dropped us off at the resort. It was a very early morning for me so I took a nap while we were on the way, which was around 30-45 minutes from the airport. The resort is cosily tucked away in the tranquil Datai Bay between a 10 million years old rainforest and 8000 years old fringing coral reef. The view was beautiful and the rooms made me feel like I was in paradise (except the fact that I was cockblocking Sheryl & her boyfriend in the same room...). 

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Had lunch by the beach but to be very honest the food wasn't that good. It was kinda cold (?) and it just didn't taste fresh or good at all BUT I'm about to tell you about the best meal I had in The Andaman's fine dining restaurant - Jala in a bit \(^_^)/ 

Anyways, for the rest of the evening we enjoyed ourselves by the pool & beach and took a ton of pictures.

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pc: @thrumyiphone on IG

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pc: @_theleftside on IG

The next morning we headed out early to explore the Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach) which didn't really consist of a legit bay of black sand...more like dark grey honestly. We took some pictures around the area and headed off to explore the Kilim Geoforest Park. 

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We rented a speed boat and headed out to explore bat caves, mangrove swamps, eagle nesting sites and more. It was such an experience that we actually went so far out on the speed boat that we were at the border of Thailand! No kidding tho, my phone reception switched haha! 

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To end the day, Sheryl & I took a mandatory beach silhouette pic before the BEST DINNER EVER!!!

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Freshly made bread with homemade dipping sauce. It was perfect! 

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I love it when my shrimp is cooked just right and when it's fresh it has this bouncy, crunch texture to it! This dish was one of the to-die-fors! 

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This is laksa with a modern/western twist. Very light and very different but somehow still filled with the same burst of flavour.

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Very fresh sea fish that was delicious but I wasn't a fan of the sauce that went with it. 

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Dessert was one of my favs! It was like deconstructed kuih with homemade ice-cream...

YUM!!!

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pc: @thrmyiphone on IG

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pc: @_theleftside on IG

Just before we headed back home, we ran around the beach and soaked up some sun all in time for our flight. Langkawi was just what I needed and it was lovely! Totally forgot to mention that duty free shopping is always amazing there. Grabbed some chocolate and snacks at the airport before we headed back home. I LOVE HOW CHEAP THINGS ARE WITHOUT TAX!!! UGH.

Anyways, big love and thanks to Sheryl & @IGERSMALAYSIA for the invite, @AirAsiaGo for the flight sponsor, @DigiTelco for the sponsor & @TheAndaman for the hospitality. Till next time!

-Zoey

Bubble Gum Wax; The Waxing Expert

It's been a while since my last underarm IPL treatment but thankfully they successfully reminded me and here I am, back at it again! 

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Bubble Gum Wax is one of the leading waxing experts in the Klang Valley with a very affordable range of prices. Waxing isn't just one thing they do; it's everything they do. You can definetly put your mind at ease the moment you step into their salon. Say goodbye to your anxiety & shyness because once you've been stripped off your wax virgin title, you're never going to stop going back! 

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A sanitary workplace for them to prepare all they need to strip you clean ;)  

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An IPL machine for those who prefer a more long term hair removal service.  

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In referral to what I mentioned earlier, IPL is basically a semi-permanent laser hair reduction solution. It lightens pigmentation, which means no more embarrassing dark shadows that happens when you shave or even epilate and better yet, say goodbye to ingrown hairs too! 

Do you prefer monthly waxing affairs or a more long term hair removal treatment? Take your pick because Bubble Gum Wax is always here to satisfy your needs and that's what I love about them!  

To find out more about their services and where their branches are, check out their website! www.bbgwax.com

-Zoey

 

 

Stylecon Asia 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of Stylecon Asia was all about giving us tips and ideas on filming and creating content. We even had a video making competition between groups of influencers & YouTubers.  

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The speaker talked about lighting, sound recording and the perfect angles to shoot at. Everyone was taking down notes to make sure their next published video was upgraded.  

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Jacket: H&M / Top: Zara / Botton: Monki / Shoes:  @haul.co on Instagram

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Stylecon Asia 2016 (Day 1)

The first ever Stylecon Asia has finally landed in Malaysia! Think Beautycon LA but the Asian planned and organised version. 

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Mon & I were late because Daniel & her woke up late...decided to spam their photo booth while they were busy getting ready. 

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Stylecon Asia invited amazing & successful beauty and fashion bloggers + YouTubers such as Bubzbeauty, Mina Rosli, Isabella Kuan, Emily Quak etc. to talk about their success in what they do best. It was honestly very inspiring to know how they started and where they are now. This proves that passion can take you far and although many think that being a blogger or YouTuber is a "bimbotic" career, I can honestly speak for all of us in that room that it is not easy to turn your passion into an actual career. It takes a ton of hard work, patience, rejection and perseverance to get to where you want to be. It's not a brainless career just because we do what we love. Filming, editing, producing and script writing all by yourself is not easy but just look at how many amazing bloggers and YouTubers out there managed to pull through. I'm honestly so inspired by all of them!

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My trap queen + manager

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Top: Dreamscape / Jeans: Topshop / Bag: Micheal Kors

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Obligated to take a ton of pictures with everyone during lunch break.

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After lunch, Bubz did a K-stye and K-Pop inspired make up tutorial for one of the lucky audience. She transformed the lucky girl into a Korean inspired beauty, it was really sweet of her. Throughout the makeover, she even got her assistants to pass the mic around the floor just so she could have us introduce ourselves to get to know us better. 

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Next up was a demonstration by Number76. They did a great job making over the girls that were modelling for them. 

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We even had stylists from Zalora styling us into boho chic and glam beauties. Mon and I volunteered to be mannequins/models for the show and tell. Hence, the cute kimono cardigans and accessories. 

A ton of love to Gushcloud for inviting me and here's to day 1 of Stylecon Asia! I met a lot of lovely and creative minds today, stay tuned for day 2! 

TO BE CONTINUED

-Zoey