A Simple Christmas

“O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and e’er pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

This is the Christmas carol we all know.

This year’s Christmas is really different. Why? Because I’m having fever, running nose and coughing. I’m basically a walking germs spreader. So no crazy Christmas celebration this year.

But don’t feel sorry for me 🙂

Exactly 2 weeks ago, before I departed to S’pore, I had a to-do list in mind. I remember I told myself to take tons of photos with those beautiful Christmas decorations, have a crazy shopping spree in Sephora, buy clothes, have awesome meals, etc

Don’t laugh! I was really holiday-deprived and I wanted to kind of compensate myself because I had a not-so-fabulous birthday back in November.

But guess what? I ended up doing nothing. I tried to shop in Sephora, because I really wanted one of those Benefit Holiday Gift Sets. But then when I was about to choose one, I realized that I didn’t actually any of those. Gosh! I can’t even finish my cosmetics, and my makeup drawers were all full.

When I was on my way back here, I was kind of frustrated, because I didn’t do anything worth-blogging nor Instagram worthy. All I was thinking was that, “Jasmine, you are going to have a crappy Christmas!!!” And what’s worse? I started to feel feverish!

Fast forward to just now, after dinner. While I was sitting in the dining room, self-pitying, my parents were discussing about the house visitation and food distribution they are doing tomorrow morning.

After listening to their conversations, and I was reminded again the true Christmas spirit.

Christmas is never about Christmas trees, ornaments, fancy meal, shopping and Instagramming.

As much as I love shopping, it shouldn’t be my life’s first priority.  I took shopping so seriously that I almost forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

Jesus came to this world to give us faith, hope and love.

It’s true that I miss my friends, and I miss our Christmas-New Year dinner tradition. But it shouldn’t be the thing that hinder me from recognizing the blessings God has showered me.

It’s only 6 days to the year of  2016.

Here are a few things I’m thankful for:

  1. I got to spend almost all the important festivals with my family.
  2. I had the opportunity to be there and held my great-grandmother’s hand when she breathed her last breath.
  3. My study loan was paid.
  4. I travelled with my mom 3 times in one year.
  5. My loving and understanding parents.
  6. I’m debt-free.
  7. I haven’t lost my voice yet!!!
  8. My friends in Paris were and are safe!
  9. Good weather, no flood!
  10. Jesus loves me for who I am.

I think I’m going to join my parents tomorrow morning.Hopefully the nasty flu will be gone when I wake up in the morning 🙂

So this is my very simple Christmas. What’s your Christmas plan?

Blessed Christmas, everyone!

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The Liebster Award

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I want to thank A Spoonful of Perfection for the nomination. Do visit and follow her absolutely amazing blog 🙂

So here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Display the Liebster Award logo on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to the person who has nominated you.

3. List 11 facts about yourself.

4. Answer the 11

questions they have posted.

5. Create 11 questions to ask.

6. Choose your own nominations.

The 11 facts about me: (Kinda reminds me of the 20 facts about me on Instagram)

1. I was born in Southern Malaysia, but I am currently living in Northern Malaysia.

2. I love lipsticks more than any other cosmetics.

3. I don’t like coffee and the only coffee I’d drink is Latte, because it contains only one-third espresso and two-third heated milk. (I just can’t say no to milk)

4. Love singing and dancing but can’t really do both 😦

5. Thunder and lightning excites me!

6. I’m sort of ashamed of my height, especially when I’m wearing heels. it just makes me feel like a giant, and I’m really not that tall.

7. I love everything vintage. Which is also why I think Rey Swimwear is way awesome than bikinis.

8. I think imperfection is part of perfection. I used to be a perfectionist, and it was tiring!

9. Unchained Melody from “Ghost” makes me cry. If a man uses that song to propose, it definitely increases the possibility of me saying say xD

10. I love doing DIY a lot, to the extend where I wish I could cut my own hair. It’s probably because I find it very hard to communicate with my hairdresser 😦

11. I love mixing different prints and patterns in one outfit, and different fabrics too! It’s just fun!

And here goes the 11 questions:

If you had a free ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Hmm… This is a tough one. There are so many places I want to go and I just don’t know which one to choose. If I had to choose, it’s probably New York, I guess. It’s probably because of all the movies I’ve watched. But I do admire the art, the culture and the vibe. I mean, it’s like the home of musicals, BROADWAY!!!

What made you start blogging?

Sometimes I just have too many thoughts in my mind and there aren’t many people willing to listen. Blogging is certainly a great way for me to find my voice and also a place for me to share my thoughts with different people, all over the world. How amazing is that?!

What is your guilty pleasure?

My obsession towards romantic comedy and lipsticks!!!

What’s your favourite holiday and why?

I’d say Christmas!! Honestly, I love Christmas more than I love Chinese New Year, even though there won’t be any snow in Malaysia. Well, I love Christmas, not only for the beautiful decorations and the presents, but also it also reminds me of the great love God has for the world, and the glorious joy and the constant hope I always have though His great love.

Sweet or Savoury?

Definitely sweet, but not too sweet 😛

If your house was on fire, what one item would you grab and why?

My handbag. Because all the essentials are in there, including the make ups I’ll need 😛

Will you be dressing up this Halloween?

No, because I have to work and there isn’t any Halloween party I could attend. But I’m excited to see other people’s Halloween costumes 😀

What is your favourite perfume/ scent?

Daisy Marc Jacobs and Miracle by Lancome

What is your favourite book?

P.S I Love You by Cecilia Ahern.

Who is your role model?

Nick Vujicic. I love the way he approaches life. I’m very encouraged and blessed by his story.

City or Country?

City!!

Now, my 11 questions for you are:

1. What was your biggest childhood dream?

2. What is your favourite movie of all time?

3. What are your favourite colors for fall?

4. Winter or summer?

5. The fairy-tale character you wanted to meet the most

6. What is your favourite book?

7. Do you love dessert? If yes, name one of your favourite, If no, why?

8. What is your guilty pleasure?

9. What is your favourite outfit for fall?

10. What is your favourite movie scene?

11. City or country?

Since I don’t have many friends here, so if you are reading this, you are nominated 🙂

Looking forward to reading your post!

Girls’ Talk + Shopping List!!!

girls talkHow was your week, my dear? 🙂

Today I decided to have a little girls’ talk with you gals, because I really love talking 😛 As I said in my previous blog, I’m currently working. This changes my life a lot, more than I thought it would be. And it’s challenging me. This is already my second month working for this company, and I’ll probably have my probation review next month.For a lot of reason, I really hope I’ll receive my confirmation letter at the end of May. *crossing fingers*

The colleagues are really friendly, probably because I’m one of the youngest in the office. They would offer me fruits, soup and sometimes dessert. That sounds really awesome, right? I am grateful, but I just hope that I could make some girlfriends, like shopping companion. (You know how much I love shopping and girls outing *wink*)

I love my job. It is challenging, it triggers me to think, and it doesn’t make me feel stupid. But I think I’m kind of burning out from work. I need some personal time to do something I really like. And so, I started to make myself a shopping list since 2 weeks ago. But I’m not going to share every single thing on that list, because it would be too freaking long.I’ll just share some stuff that I think I really need to get or else I will regret.

So, here goes

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      Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, 3

Of course it is at the top of my list. I know it came out quite sometime ago. A lot of people already bought them. But when it was started selling in Sephora, I was like “Meh…I don’t think I’ll use that much of neutral colors.”

But, now that I’m working, I only realized that I need neutral colors. And I have only one neutral color palette. But i’m not going to get all three of them, I’ve been watching videos and reading reviews from other people, and I think I love Naked 3 the most. What do you think?

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The Balm Nude ‘tude eyeshadow
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Whenever I think of neutral eyeshadow palette, The Balm will definitely comes into my mind. Have you logged on to the website before? I love the retro pin up style. That’s just too cute!!!

And so, now I can’t decide between Naked and Nude.

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Balm Voyage
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I like this palette. I has almost everything a makeup look needs. It has 16 different colors, and 3 lip and cheek cream. It is just perfect for travel, isn’t it? Plus, it is less boring than the Nude ‘tude palette. I’ll never love neutral colors, will I?

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Lipstick Printed Shirt

If I’ve not mistaken, it is actually from Asos. I saw this on Instagram the other day, and I was like “OMG!!! I need to have this shirt!!!”

I even started thinking how to style this shirt. Is it nice? Should I get it? I think I would buy it, I just love printed shirt!

Recently, I just downloaded H&M apps into my phone, so I literally checking on the catalogue during lunch time

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H&M bow printed dress

Again, not something new, but something I absolutely love! I saw this few months ago at H&M, I thought it was too cute for me, so I didn’t buy it. But now, I’m thinking of this dress again and again. You know what’s worse? I saw people selling the exact same dress on Instagram. I know it’s probably not the real H&M, but I love the dress.

Lesson learnt: When you saw something you really like, just get it. It’s not easy to find something you really like!

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It also has another one that is polka dots. But I think I have enough of polka dots, and I realized that I don’t have a grey dress. So, what do you think?

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Photo cropped from the website

I love bustier!!!! And this is floral print+bustier. Definitely a yes!!!!

Alright, I think I should probably stop now. The shopping list can go on forever. Haih….

Have fun shopping!