26
04
2017

The Heart Wants to Shout

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
…Until you actually realise how much words can actually hurt.

I’ve been wanting to watch The Anthem of the Heart (心が叫びたがってるんだ。/Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.) after hearing that it was from the creators of Anohana. I loved Anohana, and I was hoping that I’d enjoy their new movie too. I finally had the time to watch it last night, and I must say that it didn’t disappoint.

The heroine of the story, Naruse Jun, used to be a cheerful girl who loved talking. She dreamed of attending a ball at the castle on top of the hill one day. When she saw her father driving out of the castle with another woman one day, she happily told her mother about it, not knowing that the “castle” was actually a love hotel, and that she had caught her father having an affair.Her mother repeatedly mentioned that Jun talked too much, and told her to never speak of what she had seen again. Her parents eventually divorced, and when she asked her father why he had to leave, he told her that it was “all her fault, since she’s such a chatterbox”. Thinking that it was her words that caused her family to break up, Jun decided to seal away her words to prevent further tragedy from happening. From then on, she would get a stomachache every time she tried to speak.

 

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22
04
2017

I need a vacation this year and I’m going to make it happen somehow

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I’ve been hoping to go to Japan again since our last trip there, and that trip still hasn’t happened even though more than 3 years have passed. The past few years have been tough, and it felt like different challenges kept coming one after another. I’ve been wanting to take a vacation overseas (somewhere that isn’t Bangkok), but something was always preventing it from materialising.

I want a change of scenery, even if it’s just for a few days. I want to see new things and be inspired and motivated once again. I want a proper break so that I can reset myself. I hate getting my hopes up for a vacation, and getting disappointed time and time again because those plans have to be shelved.

I’m going to make this trip happen if I get a job in the next couple of months! It has to happen ideally by December, or the first few months next year. I know that I won’t be able to travel for another few years once we have another kid, and I cannot hang on that long. I know that vacations aren’t a necessity, and many people get by without travelling overseas, but I’ve been wanting this really badly for years and I really want to do something nice for myself once I have the means to.

 

 

10
04
2017

[review] CEZANNE Skin Conditioner High Moist

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My skin was dry while I was in Bangkok, and applying makeup just made the dryness even more obvious. I chanced upon Cezanne’s Skin Conditioner High Moist at the nearby drug store, and decided to get it since I remembered hearing good things about it. I’ve been using it for close to a month now, and I love this stuff!

Cezanne Skin Conditioner High Moist is a whitish, watery toner. It is fragrance-free, colorant-free, mineral oil-free and mildly acidic. It contains:

  • Human ceramides: ceramide AP, ceramide NP, ceramide EOP
  • Plant-derived moisturizing ingredients and hyaluronan:
    sodium hyaluronate, sodium acetyl hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
  • Collagen
  • Amino acids: serine, lycine, glycine, alanine, arginine, threonine, proline

Ceramides help to protect skin from dryness, while hyaluronan and amino acids aid in protecting and hydrating the skin.

You can use this lotion by patting it in with your hand, or by pouring some onto cotton pads and applying it to your face. I personally just pat it in with my hands. It absorbs quickly, and I love how moisturized and soft my skin feels after using this. Another great thing about this lotion is how affordable is it. It retails around ¥‎700 for a 500ml bottle, and is still very affordable even if you buy it at a higher price online. You can use it for a lotion mask or even apply it to your body without feeling bad. Cezanne’s website states that a bottle can last for 4 months, but I’m sure it’ll last way longer than that for me.

 

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Coix Seed extract, Ceramide AP, Ceramide NP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium acetylated hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Succinoyl atelocollagen, Soybean seed extract, Glutamic acid, Aloe vera juice, Lemon extract, Rosemary Leaf extract, Hops Flower extract, Pinus Sylvestris Cone extract, Equisetum Arvense extract, Sodium PCA, Serine, Lysine, Glycine, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Cholesterol, Betaine, Allantoin, Sorbitol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Xanthan gum, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Carbomer, (Styrene/VP) copolymer, Methyl paraben, Propyl paraben

(CosDNA)

 

Cezanne Skin Conditioner High Moist can be bought from Amazon, Amazon Japan and @cosme shopping.

 

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31
03
2017

Where to buy Japanese skincare and cosmetics in Bangkok

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1. Tsuruha Drug Store

Tsuruha is a Japanese drug store chain that has multiple outlets across Thailand (mostly in Bangkok). The more accessible stores near the city center are the Siam Square, Asok and Ekkamai outlets. They sell a variety of Japanese goods and have regular promotions. The brands that they carry include Canmake, Cezanne, Kate, Dollywink, DHC, Hada Labo and more.

2. Matsumoto Kiyoshi

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is a well-known drug store chain in Japan that has opened outlets in Bangkok recently. They have outlets in some Central malls, as well as one in MBK Center. They have a greater selection of brands and products as compared to Tsuruha (at least for the stores that I’ve visited), but prices for certain items might be more expensive. It might be worth comparing the prices at both chains before making your purchase if you have the time. They also have promotions from time to time, and they are sometimes posted on their Facebook page.

3. Loft

Loft is more of a lifestyle store, but they carry a small selection of cosmetics and skincare items. Their most accessible branch for tourists is the one at Siam Discovery. I would recommend shopping at Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Tsuruha over Loft, but if you’re looking for Cure Natural Aqua Gel, Loft is the only chain that carries it.

4. Watsons

Watsons carries the more common brands such as Biore, Hada Labo, Biore and Bifesta. For cosmetics, they carry Cezanne, Kate, Canmake and Majolica Majorca.

5. BEAUTRIUM

They are located at Siam Square, and carry loads of different brands, including non-Japanese ones. I haven’t been to the store, but it’s been recommended by others. If you’re looking to buy both Japanese and non-Japanese cosmetics, this might be a better place to shop at.

6. Siam Paragon

This is where you go if you want the departmental store brands. There are counters for SK-II, Lunasol, Kanebo, Kose, Jill Stuart and THREE.

 

 

28
03
2017

Cashback rewards, coupons and more with ShopBack

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I love online shopping, and it makes me even happier when I manage to get something at a discount, or save some money through other means. I tried out ShopBack some time ago with some skepticism, but after receiving cashback for my purchases and managing to get a payout recently, I’m glad to say that the site is legitimate and it works. If you enjoy online shopping like me, you might be interested in using ShopBack too!

How it works

When you get referred to shop at an online site, ShopBack is paid a commission by that merchant. A portion of this commission is shared with you when you use ShopBack.

Making a purchase via ShopBack is very simple:
1. Click on any store through ShopBack and get redirected to the store’s website
2. Shop as usual on store’s site and make a purchase
3. Get Cashback in your ShopBack account within 48 hours
4. Your Cashback will turn ‘Redeemable’ once order is validated by the merchant (30-60 days)
5. You can request for payout once you’ve reached Redeemable Cashback of $10.00

Additional Coupons

Not only can you get cashback with ShopBack, the site also provides additional coupons from their merchants to help you save more with extra discounts.

What I like about ShopBack is the wide variety of online merchants they work with. They work with Guardian and Watsons for your health and beauty needs, and for those who shop regularly on Taobao, Shopee and Lazada, you’ll be glad to know that ShopBack partners with these sites too. ShopBack also works with various airlines and hotel booking sites. For those who are planning their next vacation, you can enjoy cashback when you fly with Scoot Airlines or travel cheaper during JetStar promos with cashback.

My experience with ShopBack

I’ve been using ShopBack for a couple of months, and I’ve never had any major issues in receiving cashback thus far. It does take a few more clicks to buy something as compared to buying from the online merchant directly, and you do have to wait for quite some time before you can redeem your cashback, but I just see it as taking a little time to get some money back, which I can choose to spend on something nice for myself.

Do give ShopBack a try if you’re buying from one of their merchants!

 

 

 

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