Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lanvin for H&M finally hits stores!

The long awaited collection by Alber Elbaz, Lanvin's artistic director, for high street store H&M is definitely a collaboration worth checking out.

Elbaz follows in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, and Sonia Rykiel, who have all collaborated with the Swedish retailer previously.

A must-watch is this quirky video featuring the collection, which hits stores on November 23.

This video, starrs Natasha Poly, Alber Elbaz, Hannelore Knuts, Jane Schmitt and Tati Collitar and is a clever four minute view of what to expect. This includes one-shoulder frocks, girly trenches, floral pieces, and sophisticated separates made for all ages and sizes.

The video, called “The Show”, perfectly captures the playful, glamorous, and French feeling of the Lanvin hearts H&M collection.

Très chic!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Letter to my younger self

Dear Mel,

Boy does it feel weird saying that. This is ME, writing to you from the future. So actually, this is really YOU and you have just turned 27!

At 17, you're simply known as Melisa. You think your name is boring and spelt wrong. Well the good news is, 10 years from now, you love your name! You even win a book in a slogan-writing competition about 'what's in a name'.

Right now, most people call you Mel. Even people you don't know - which is annoying! Everyone seems to have shorter names now - Jo, Jules, Fli, Jazz as opposed to Joanne, Julie, Felicia and Jessica. Maybe it's a KL thing. *shrug*

At 17, you look pretty miserable. Studying's a drag and you hate curfews and being perpetually grounded. Ten years from now, you'll have all the freedom and time in the world that you won't know what to do with yourself.

Standing up for what you think is right has got you far, but speaking in anger has led you into many hot soups. You still have not learnt to hold your tongue. But you'll get there I'm sure.

It's ok if you don't know what you want to be, because 10 years from now, you'll have a rough idea. You'll achieve your seemingly impossible ambition of being a writer and a designer but only one pays the bills! You still love doing both.

You also finally meet a guy that gives you butterflies in your tummy. You're with someone you love on good days and who infuriates you on bad days but there are still more good days than bad. It’s hard to see it at 17, but you'll actually go through a number of relationships and flings before finding him but you're very happy right now. You still have that check-list and he pretty much measures up. *yeay!*

Mel, one thing you gotta do is stop fretting about the hair! At 27, people love it and so do you! (well, most days.) You've learnt to embrace your curls and the only regret I have right now is not discovering the wonderful 'curl creme' from Boots sooner.

One advice I'd give to you is to take bigger risks. Stop being lazy and actually DO what you’ve set your heart to do... You’ve got tons of great ideas so take ACTION! And remember to speak up babe. You're still super soft sometimes.

You won't always be 'Miss-goody-two-shoes'. You're pretty feisty and you show some new colours at University and you begin to question if that's who you really are, but just hold on to your principles and always depend on The Big Guy and you'll be alright.

You'll also find out that people are cruel, guys are asses and girls are bitches. But you'll learn to sort out expectations and learn that some people become the rule while others you meet are the exceptions.

You're still labeled "Nice" but a few have seen and experienced a whole other you and claim you’re pure evil, which kind of balances up the niceness.

Wear anything you want, because you can! The three-colour rule is crap! Remember the bright pink shorts and Golfer tee and black boots phase… well that’s sorta back. Heh.

Keep Writing. And save all your work!!

Remember how good it feels to do a back-handspring/ a walkover? In a few years, that skill will be gone. However, all those sit-ups and leg-lifts they made you do at synchronized swimming training totally pays off! You don't develop a gut till ten years later. But that's cause you're pretty much a TV-watching lump right now. You should head outdoors more.

The closests friends you have right now are the ones who will stick with you. You're still friends with 'The Girls' from high school and they're part of the bestest things in your life. Their craziness actually keeps you sane and you're still all a bunch a mismatched hodgepodge of characters and you love them to bits!

You meet a new set of girls at Uni and you totally get the whole sisterhood thing. They help you through so much and know you inside-out and you'd be long gone if it weren't for them.

Remember how your little sister annoys the crap out of you? 10 years from now, she still does! She's still a brat but you love her to bits! You eventually make up for making her cry every day. On the bright side, she's now one tough nut!

Your family is still very loud and a little screwed up but they’re God-sent and you’re so blessed to have them. You have more patience now because of them. They’re irreplaceable. J

You and The Big Guy go through many many ups and downs and life’s been pretty much a whirlwind on this journey. But yesterday, after talking to an old friend, you realise you’ve grown, and it’s the bestest feeling ever. It feels like the world is painted in colours only you can see and it feels like there’s a song waiting to burst forth from you when you’re walking in the street. Life’s sometimes not what you picture it to be but you’re ok with that. You learn to pray for Joy every morning and that’s what you live on – sunshine and fresh air and all-surpassing Joy.

It might feel like a façade or a front you put on, but you push past the doubt and just KNOW that it’s Joy which comes from above. And it fills your God-space and you know – you’ll be ok.

Mel, even though you're convinced you might die young, and you're even sometimes a hypochondriac, you're very much alive and kicking at 27. You even love yourself more in a non-narcissistic kinda way, and have come to terms with being the little oddball.

You'll soon realise that people love you for exactly who you are. And babe, seriously, don't sweat the small stuff. You're still a worrywart and you get panic attacks so please take a chill pill.

Big hugs from your older (and wiser) self!

Melisa, The 27-year old

Monday, October 25, 2010

Find a Centre

This came as a pleasant surprise in my mail box this morning. A connection made - God sent for sure.

"Being spread thin is something that seems to happen more and more in the rush of daily life, running around getting things done for other people, all the little things that eat away at your time. And the big loss is not that of time, but of attention - the presence of the self to observe, experience and be aware of life. I think you must choose what is important."

Find a center.
A quiet space
A hidey-hole
behind closed doors where the outside world rages

and to look at it madly boiling away
blink of an eternity
with a mildly inquiring eye,
and watch,

that while
the world is the world is the world is all you ever have
you cannot own it or control it
wrap it or ride it
without first looking outside, and looking within,
finding the sweet strange splitsecond spot
in the center of the whirlwind.

Don't lose yourself.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Jaeson Ma - Love

It is good to be a woman:

1. We got off the Titanic first.
2. We can scare male bosses with the mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.
3. Taxis stop for us.
4. We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.
5. No fashion faux pas we make, could ever rival the Speedo.
6. We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.
7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.
8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end.
9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.
10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.
11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.
12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot.
13. We will never regret piercing our ears.
14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.
15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren't listening anyway.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

we all scream for ice-cream!!

So guess what! Geláre is finally open at e@Curve and its gonna be my new favourite ice-cream joint. :D
Geláre is an Italian word that means "to freeze" or "congeal" and this ice cream originates from Italy. Wow, that's my little 'public service-did-you-know' of the day. According to their site, they use all-natural ingredients with absolutely no artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives.
I tried the Honey Malt Crunch and it is DIVINE!!
And what's best is.... somehow this hasn't triggered my stomach and lil ol' lactose intolerant me is absolutely fine! But of course - everything in moderation lah.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Music Monday: Lissie

Growing up in high school, I listened to Metallica and absolutely loved the song, "Nothing Else Matters". And I especially loved the version in the S&M album. We had a Live DVD/VCD version and I probrably watched "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman" over and over again! I mean it's an amazing song. The guitar solos are orgasmic and ahh well you get the picture.

So anyways... I've always wanted to do a cover of them too. But it's been done like over fourty times maybe and I think even the Vienna Boys' Choir did a version of that song. But what I haven't really seen is a good female cover. That is... until Lissie. (No offense to Shakira. I'm sure her cover was great too!)

Apparently, Lissie has had her songs appear on Grey's Anatomy, House, The OC, SYTYCD etc. Well, check it!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Gawkerverse

You guys HAVE to visit The Gawkerverse!
It's got beautiful pictures from dwellinggawker, foodgawker, weddinggawker and craftgawker.

It's amazingggg!!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Music Monday: Moby

I came across this on YouTube and i'm just drawn to this song. NPR Music's Project Song challenges musicians to come up with a song in just two days and every Project Song participant has worked right up to the last minute — that is, until Moby. He collaborated with Kelli Scarr on this and finished their song in a little more than a day. In fact, they had so much time left over, they recorded a second version of the song! If you dig this, check out the acoustic version on the site. :D

Friday, September 3, 2010

Spring flowers

Today, I feel a little bit like Kiera in this lovely picture.
I'm totally a flower power person but I'm not entirely dainty and nice. I've always had an extreme urge to put on a floral dress and chunky high heels and go out and play in the sun. I knew I was more a spring person altho born in an autumn month!

Floral dresses are owh so fun but lets not get overboard! Pair them with black leggings to ground your look, (or cover unsightly pieces) or add cool and neutral coloured accessories for an edgy look.

Still re-thinking the leggings in our fine Malaysian weather? Well the RM25 dresses at Sg Wang are just wayyyy too short to wear without pants or leggings. So unless you've got em good like Giselse Bundchen I'd really advice on some pants.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Juice Box Camera

I just made my first camera purchase since 2002. *beams*
I'm literally giggling with glee and I can't wait for my little camera to arrive in the mail tomorrow.

My colleague sent me a link to The Click Shop and we've been checking out all the lomo cameras they have and falling in love with every single one of them. And I just couldn't resist the cuteness of the Juice & Milk Box Cameras.

The innovative 35 mm camera is hidden within funky designed drink boxes and this genius camera was created by Fuuvi, a Japanese design firm based in Tokyo.

Next on my wishlist... Blackbird, fly

Monday, July 26, 2010

Music Monday: Tyrone Wells

This is such a happy Monday song. Just what i need to gear up for the week. :)
I can't quite remember how i stumbled across Tyrone Wells but he's got such happy folk-pop, bouncy guitar-driven songs. But of course Ryan Green adds his awesomeness to the song too.

Owh and did you notice the TWLOHA 'Love Movement' t-shirt he has on? I like!

Friday, July 23, 2010

the LWD obsession

The little white dress is something that I've been looking for over the past couple of years. It's the one item that's clearly missing from my wardrobe creating that empty space and dark hole where a white floaty swishy dress should be.

In this Malaysian weather, a little white dress can take you anywhere - from the grocery store in flip flops to a weekend shopping spree in sandals to a wedding in metallic heels.

But people often think twice before purchasing a LWD due to poor fabric choices and the easy stain-ability. I thik there should be more linen like fabric choices around, or thick cotton that won't appear sheer in the bright Malaysian sun. (Unless you don't mind people spotting the I♥VS on your orange scanties)

And if you're a klutz like me, a travel sized stain remover works wonders for a quick fix if you happen to get your pretty little dress dirty.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

in pursuit

I've been watching Sex In The City again and as much as I love Carrie's takes on life and sex, I can't help wondering if women of today really buy into all that stuff.

Well I was taking to another Mel the other day and she said something that was so true. You know the BIG questions guys often ask?
"What do women want?"
Its simple really. They just want to be pursued, to be “wooed and won” to be asked out.

Most of us grow up looking at movies that show us how far a man would go for a girl but when it comes to real life we get a bit disappointed cause it doesn't actually happen that way.

Speaking to the girls in my life, I realised that many of us have taken on the roles of the guy. In today's society its gutsy for the girl to make the first move, to make the plans, to call the shots. But what are all the guys doing?

Well I do admit that most of the guys I know are real gentlemen. They open doors, pull out chairs, offer to carry your stuff, give you lifts and all that jazz and I really respect you guys for that.

What I don't get, is what happens after you've 'won the girl over'?

The scene's changes. Suddenly the chase is not as fun anymore. You've won your prize and you can just relax now....

Here's when the guys stop making phone calls, and stop making plans and stops giving compliments, cause've already got her right?

It ain't that easy pal! You've still got to work to keep and preserve what you have. The persuit doesn't end! Youve gotta take the effort!

Girls don't NEED a knight in shining armour. We just WANT one. You know... just in case we get attacked in the street. heh.

Girls don't NEED a handy-man or a weight-lifter. We can handle power tools. (seriously!)

There's a lot more things that the feminist in me is bursting to let out but I think you can probably figure it out on your own right. Girls are...complicating creatures I know. But all we want is to be persued. To be paid a little attention..okay A LOT of attention.

Go have a conversation. There's tons you still don't know about your friend or girlfriend or even your fiancée or wife. Girls are a mysterious sort. We think a lot and over analyze and you might even discover this whole other person in here.

Think Wonder Woman - complete with costume and all.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010


But of course Colour Me Katie takes things to bigger proportions which I absolutely love too!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

50 Ways You Can Create a Better Day

  1. Think Positive Thoughts Before You Sleep
    The quality of sleep you get the night before can affect your mood the next day. Thus, if you want to create a better day tomorrow, you have to make sure that you think only positive things before you go to bed at night. Do not fret about your mortgage problems or dwell on the bad things that happened to you during the day. You need a good night’s rest in order to prepare your mind and body for the busy day ahead.

  2. Tell yourself That Today is a Better Day
    The first thing that you should say to yourself the moment you wake up is that today will be great and marvelous. Know that you have control of what kind of day you will have. Telling yourself that today is going to be a great day will give you a positive attitude and a winner’s outlook. The power of the mind is strong so feed your mind with positive things.

  3. Wake Up a Few Minutes Earlier
    If you want to get out of bed at 6AM, set the alarm for 5:45 and then allow 15 minutes for your body and mind to adjust and wake up. At 6, hop out of bed! Waking up late and rushing through things will increase your heart rate and simply stress you out. On top of that, you’ll inevitably forget to do something and then stress about that too!

  4. Take It Easy
    Take things easy. Breathe deeply and slowly. If you are feeling rushed, take a deep breath and remind yourself that in the big scheme of life, being a minute late is pretty small.

  5. Keep a Mental Note of the Things You Need to Do
    It is always a good thing to try to keep a list of the things that you ought to do or accomplish for the day. If you are forgetful, you should write these things down. Aside from the things that you need to do at the office, you also need to remember those that you need to do for your family or friends. Write them all down so that you can manage your time wisely throughout the day.

  6. Get Some Inspiration
    Do not expect manna to come down from heaven. If you want to create a better day, you have to make a conscious effort to achieve things. Give yourself a boost with some inspiration. Be sure to read, listen or watch something that can perk your day up. Sometimes, just seeing your child laugh is enough to make your heart smile.

  7. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
    Your mood for the day can actually be affected by the things that you do and eat. In order to jump start your day and prepare your mind and body for the busy day ahead, you need to have a power breakfast. Make sure that you eat something healthy. Whole grains, protein, and fruits can surely give you the nutrients that you need to do the things that you need to accomplish for the day.

  8. Some Stretching Will Do You Good
    Stretching and exercising your muscles will also help in jumpstarting your system. If you wake up sluggish, you need some exercise and stretching to perk up your day. Besides, stretching and exercising can also prevent muscle cramps and other aches that can ruin your mood for the day.

  9. Pay Attention to your Hygiene and Appearance
    One of the things that people are conscious about is their appearance. To ensure you won’t feel insecure, make sure to take a bath, wear clean clothes and pay attention to your face and grooming. If you know that you look presentable, you will feel empowered and confident.

  10. Compliment Yourself
    Say good things about yourself. Do not be afraid to compliment yourself once in a while. However, be careful not to be conceited because people hate narcissistic individuals.

  11. Adopt a Positive Attitude
    Before you step out of the house, make it a conscious effort to be positive in all things you do. Tell yourself that you will stay positive throughout the day.

  12. Exert Some Effort to Smile
    Studies show that smiling, even if there is no reason to do it, can lift up your mood. Besides, a smile can make you look even more attractive.

  13. Try Not To Be Reactive
    There is a tendency for men to react to everything negatively, especially on the road. Thus, you should try not to be reactive, especially when you are driving. If somebody cuts you on the road, just let it pass and think that the other guy may be having a bad day. Or just be please that you are not as rude as that individual.

  14. Count to Ten to Keep You from Exploding
    If you think that you are going to get mad, count to ten to calm your nerves. This will let some steam out.

  15. Think before You Act
    Many people end up feeling remorse after they have done nasty things without thinking. To prevent feeling guilty and remorseful, think first before you do something.

  16. Don’t Take Things Too Seriously
    Not everything that you hear people say about you should be taken seriously. Some people just like being nasty so you should not get affected with what they are saying.

  17. Be More Attentive to People
    In order to minimize altercations or misunderstandings, it would really be a good thing to listen attentively to what others are saying. Being attentive will also help you come across as being sincere, thus making you more likable. Of course, don’t do it for the sake of being likable. Be genuine in it.

  18. Look at People and Situations in a Positive Light
    You really can’t prevent bad things from happening. Sometimes shit does happen. In order not to let these things ruin your day, try to look for the silver lining in everything.

  19. Give Compliments to Other People
    Make a conscious effort to compliment other people. This will help build better relationships. Just make sure that you are complimenting them genuinely.

  20. Manage Your Time Wisely
    A good day can turn bad if you feel stressed out. Thus, manage your time wisely to ensure that everything that you need to do can be accomplished with time to spare.

  21. Take a Break
    To prevent being burned out, you should take a break once in a while. Try walking around the office or doing some stretching while you are in your desk every time you are feeling a bit drained.

  22. Deal with Things the Mature Way
    Do not be petty and do not act like a child. You are an adult so try to do things maturely.

  23. Laugh a Lot
    Laughter can pick up your mood. Just do not laugh at other people’s mistakes.

  24. Consider Inputs from Other People
    Take time listening to the suggestions and inputs of other people. Even if you are the manager or head of your department, you need other people’s contributions too.

  25. Grab Fruit Instead of a Bar of Chocolate
    Fruits can surely wake you up in the middle of the day, whereas a bar of chocolate will just give you energy spike for a few minutes. So, you will end up feeling even more tired and sleepy.

  26. Always Do Your Best
    You will not have regrets if you know that you have given your all in everything that you do.

  27. Don’t Wallow in Sorrow and Defeat
    Nobody is perfect and sometimes you need to experience losses and defeats to learn. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, use these negative things to make you a better person.

  28. Stay Away From Negative People
    Negative people can just pull you down so there is really no point in spending your time with them. Stay away from them whenever possible. If they happen to be your mates, seek to inspire them. If that won’t do, perhaps it’s time to find yourself new mates.

  29. Be Courteous and Kind
    Doing other people some good will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. And also make you more likable.

  30. Build Bridges and Develop Friendships
    Having enemies can surely drain your energy, whereas building friendships can make your support team bigger and stronger.

  31. Be Careful with What You Say
    It is often hard to take back the bad things that you say, so you need to be careful with your words.

  32. Take Time to Stop and Smell the Flowers
    You can enhance your mood by counting your blessings and seeing the good in other people, things or situations.

  33. Learn to Pace Your Energy
    You need to be careful with energy bursts and crashes. Try not to exhaust yourself in the morning because you will surely have a nasty and tiring afternoon if you do.

  34. Incorporate Exercise Throughout the Day
    Exercise can give you a “high” because endorphins are released after a good workout.

  35. Wear Comfortable Shoes
    It is very hard to stay positive if your feet are hurting. I’ve seen too many of my female friends wear heels that hurt their feet just because they look good.

  36. Drink Plenty of Water
    Dehydration can cause lethargy. So avoid it at all costs.

  37. Pay Attention to What You Eat
    Eating junk food can contribute to mood swings. So eat moderately.

  38. Go Easy on the Coffee
    Too much coffee can make you nervous and fidgety.

  39. Treat Yourself
    Be sure to give yourself small rewards every time you did well. We all need to give ourselves a nice pat on the shoulders to give ourselves a little encouragement.

  40. Plan the Next Day before Going Home
    Before you head home, make a list of the things that you need to accomplish in the office the following day.

  41. Spend Quality Time with the People You Love
    Don’t take anyone for granted. Sustain your relationships. Spending quality time together is the best way to keep and improve relationships.

  42. Keep in Touch With Friends and Family
    If you live alone, calling your loved ones or just dropping by to say ‘hi’ can lift your spirit as well as theirs.

  43. Have a Hobby
    To keep your mind off your work, do something that you love outside your office work.

  44. Have No Regrets
    You cannot go back in time so you cannot undo the things that you have done. Instead, make a conscious effort to make things better in the future.

  45. Keep a Journal
    Writing things and ideas down can help you to keep track of your goals and remember things you’ve learned and observations you’ve made. And it can also help you figure out new directions for your life and then guide you as you go.

  46. Take a Relaxing Bath
    After a stressful day, a relaxing bath can help you go to sleep comfortably.

  47. Prepare the Things You Need Before You Go to Sleep
    This will help make tomorrow less stressful because you won’t feel at a lost of what to do. Being prepared always help you to stay focused and assured.

  48. Get in the Mood to Sleep
    Do the things that can help you go to sleep early because a restful sleep can help you improve your mood for the next day. Reading a book before bed or listening to soft music helps me to sleep better.

  49. Make Love
    Making love can also release endorphins and help you have a good night’s sleep. Plus, it helps to improve your relationship. Of course, I don’t expect you to do it every day.

  50. Go to Bed Early
    Try to go to bed early and get enough sleep to prepare yourself for the day ahead tomorrow. You don’t want to wake up the next day feeling like a zombie.



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

i hope you dance...

the road...

Music Monday: Two Door Cinema Club

Found via Mighty Girl

Now i'm not really one that's into Electropop but Two Door Cinema Club is an Electropop/Indie Rock band from Ireland and they sound pretty darn good. :D Or maybe i'm just in an Electropop sorta mood. heh.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Brogues.... I want you!!!

I'm bordering on obsession here. Like seriously? How cool are these brogues! I first fell in love with them when i saw them in an old musical I watched as a kid. Owh what i would give for the perfect pair! Well I had one when I was in my teens - a hand me down - they were gorgeous tho. But obviously the growth sput didn't help and I outgrew them. Gahh.

So far I've only seen two which I absolutely adored but what a pity they were on someone elses feet!
Brogues from Madewell via Pillar Box Post

Brogues from JCrew via Pillar Box Post

Image via Chictopia

Monday, May 10, 2010

Music Monday: Gary Go

Happy Monday everyone! This is a new ish band which was recommended to me by an Italian guy i met in Singapore. He says it's his running music. Heh. It's not usually what I listen to but it's sorta catchy. It's playing on loop today. :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
Life is full of it! And we make hundreds of decisions everyday. From the moment we wake up, we've made a choice. Most are automatic while others are informed decisions. I consider myself a fairly decisive person, but not when it comes to picking a place to eat, choosing an item off a menu, what shoes to wear, which earring matches my outfit etc. Those things take me quite awhile!

Occasionally we are compelled to make vitally important and life changing decisions. Which car to buy? Which college to apply to? What course to take? To move or to stay? To say Yes/No? I do? So what is it that helps making a choice that much easier? Here's some steps which I apply that have so far seen me through really tough circumstances....

A positive attitude to life helps make decision making easier. It helps curb fear and eases you to make a move. I believe that there is no one "right solution" to the problem you are confronting. We are all given instincts so listen to it, but don't make snap decisions. Some decisions just can't be made in a "Blink"

Make a list of options and alternatives. Write down every option you have for the decision you’re making, get it out of your head and spend some quality time on each one. Weigh the decision and make a list of the pros and cons connected with the decision. You may find that something on your list clearly goes against your values or your capabilities.

Distance gives perspective. It’s the oldest advice out there – separate yourself from the emotions of the moment. Put some time between now and when you actually make the decision. Give yourself time and space to mull over your options.

Don't fear making a mistake.Mistakes are just learning curves and opportunities to learn. We all make them. And then, we get better at life and move on.

Research! Research! Research! Do your homework and get all the facts before you make the decision. Think how the decision will benefit YOU first. Do what you and not what other people really want.

Talk to someone that will contribute important insight, answer questions, remove doubts and confirm inclinations. Get opinions and feedback from others you trust; but don't let them make the decision for you.

Be prepared to take a few risks in life and look out for opportunities in every situation. Every successful business or venture started out with an idea which was a risk. Nothing is infallible. The knowledge that you can handle anything that comes your way is your key to allowing yourself to take risks. In the end, it's how you handle things that matter.

Finally, make the decision concrete. You can endlessly re-analyze and agonize over what you’ve decided. You have to stop sometime. Make it real, write it down. Once your decision is out of your head and in the real world, your brain can stop constantly churning through the options and get on with the next task.

One of the greatest and easiest ways to decipher if you've made a correct decision about something is to determine if you feel a strong sense of peace about it. The Bible says that God will give us His peace, which surpasses all understanding. If, after praying about something and making your decision, you feel a great sense of peace come over you and stay with you, then you have probably made a great decision that God can and will work with.

"God, the Source of Life", will never give you a desire, a vision, an individual dream without your having the ability/potential for it to come to pass." ~ Craig Lock

things i've learned

If you're a graphic designer or in advertising, one of the first names you would have come across is Stefan Sagmeister. Owner of the design firm Sagmeister Inc. in New York City, he's known as a design God. Like seriously.

After watching him on TED Talks, I've taken to writing down some of the things he has discovered over the years...

Things I've learned in my life so far:
  • helping other people helps me
  • having guts always works out for me
  • thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. i have to live now
  • starting a charity is surprisingly easy
  • being not truthful works against me
  • everyting i do always comes back to me
  • assuming is stifling
  • drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on
  • over time i get used to everything and start taking for granted
  • money does not make me happy
  • travelling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life
  • keeping a diary supports personal development
  • trying to look good limits my life
  • material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses
  • worrying solves nothing
  • complaining is silly. either act or forget
  • actually doing the things I set out to do increases my overall level of satisfaction
  • everybody thinks they are right
  • low expectations are a good strategy
  • whatever I want to explore professionally, its best to try it out for myself first
  • everybody who is honest is interesting
And then of course there's that chance to use these sudden inspirations and get creative! Like here:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Eat Pray Love

I'm still trying to get through this:

That's gonna be hitting the big screens soon and starring Julia Roberts!!

But, it's been a drag trying to get through the book. I mean Italy sounded fun and all but when she got to India all the yoga and meditation crap kinda put me off and then Indonesia seemed... i dunno... like too "the universe conspired" sorta thing. But now i've just come across this:

Now i'm intrigued. hehe

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Life is art

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Round & About with Dr. Jo

Name: Joanne Low
Age: 25 going on 16
Occupation: Aspiring Doctor
Location: Kuala Lumpur

Places I've been: Malaysia, Thailand, Australia. (haven't travelled much)

Priceless holiday moments: Winery hopping in Barossa Valley of Southern Australia

Best holiday destination: Pulau Perhentian, in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Going solo: Bring sunblock! (laughs)... seriously, be aware of your surroundings.
Exceptional place you have ever stepped foot in: Malacca!

Best buys: 150 baht T-shirt!!

Most recent holiday: Koh Samui, Thailand

Travel must-haves: SUNNIES!!!

Weird encounters: Getting sexually harrassed by a frenchman in the beach of Perhentian, and bronze pigs of Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


We're gonna have a fun girly week ahead!