Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WhateverThereWas' Delayed Arrival

Sorry for the delay on the launch of http://whatevertherewas.com

Working in a small team, while juggling other things like life and shortage of resources (money and brains) have taken a toll on our time, and resulted in the delay of videos and website launch. We're currently trying to make ends meet while working slowly on it. Traveling costs money, and we need to work on other things to cover our traveling expenses.

Slowly but surely, we'll get there.

Excuse our 13 hours flight to 6 hours transit faces, here's a short video on WHATEVERTHEREWAS

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Monday, April 14, 2014

News: Alexander Wang x H&M drops November 2014

H&M finally announced yesterday at Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs, California that the Alexander Wang for H&M will drop later this year. This seems to be the most coveted collaboration just yet, marking it the first for the designer to partner with H&M. This is yet another H&M collaboration that fans are anticipating for after seeing other designer collaborations fly off the racks on the day of the launch. 

The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion with a very Wang touch. It will feature apparel and accessories for both women and men (yay, men!). The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online starting 6th November 2014. 

Time to mark you calendars, and set up queueing party plans!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Skincare - Kate Somerville at Sephora

Got myself these clinical skincare brand, Kate Somerville from Sephora. Pretty excited to try out especially the Scar Diminishing Serum on my acne scars. If it works out, I'd be the happiest person alive to not have to spend on laser scar removal cause that would cost a bouncy little child's organ. 

This is my first time hearing of Kate Somerville, but it definitely wouldn't be my last. I tried reading about it more, and it says, 

"My skincare collection was created in direct response to the challenges I see on a daily basis in my clinic – the same skin health issues men and women of all ages and ethnicities face everywhere.  "

Which I totally could relate to. Very common skin problems such wrinkles, acne, scarring and lifestyle marks such as eye bags, under eye dark circles et cetera hinders a lot of people from being confident about themselves. Having great skin is a great deal for a lot of people, and it would surely help me cut my getting-ready time on certain days. 

If you want to get your hands on Kate Somerville here in Malaysia, visit your nearest Sephora outlet to find out more. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank God it's Friday

And I feel like giving you a fist-bump today!

Photo taken by RicePhoto at Pestle Mortar Clothing's Smashing Saturday

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Road to Rio – Visa’s Financial Football Malaysia 2014 contest

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most interesting cities I’ve been in throughout my travels – the food, the culture, the people and the majestic landmarks were vibrant and festive that it feels like it was a constant carnival. If I have the chance to go to Brazil again, I definitely would as I had the time of my life. Now, what if I tell you that you have a chance to be sent to Brazil, and top that off bring a plus one to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round 16 in Brazil?

Now, here’s the catch:

All you have to do is put your financial skills to the test with the new 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil-themed version of Visa’s fast-paced, multiple-choice question game. It will test your knowledge on money management in three levels; easy, medium, and hard. 

Here’s how it works:

1. First, click on this link to go to the game website - http://bit.ly/VisaFFMY
You will find yourself on the main page, and click on the ‘Join the Contest’ button.

2. Register yourself and fill in the details in the form given. You will receive an email to activate your account, and redirect you to the website again. Log-in, and start playing.

3. Choose the type of game that you’d want to play. You may start with the pre-game to get the hang of the concept, and then opt for single player option when you’re ready. If you feel competitive, you could go head-to-head with another player on the website. 

4. Select your difficulty level (I chose amateur to be safe) and pick the time you’d want to spend playing the round. The time represents your time on the field to answer the questions.

5. Select your team and the opposing team you’d want to play against. Obviously I would choose my home country, Malaysia.

6. The game will begin with your player getting the ball. With every correct answer, your players will advance their move. When you answer wrongly, the opposing team will have the ball instead and you will have to answer correctly again to gain control of the ball.

There are three level of answers you can choose from when passing the ball – easy, medium, hard and it will determine how far your passing will go. The harder the question, the nearer it is to the goal post.

7. The questions will pop-up in multiple-choice format, and the timer will continue to move while you answer. The faster you answer, the more chance you have to keep playing the game.

8. I had penalty kicks at the end of my game, and of course I tried my best to win!

9. Check your leaderboard according to country! #MalaysiaBoleh

Apart from the Grand Prize of a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, there are other great prizes to be won by placing yourselves in the finals:

The 2nd to 5th placed finalists will each win Sony and Adidas merchandise.
The 6th to 10th placed finalists will each win an Adidas merchandise pack.

Weekly Prizes
The entry with the highest score each week will win an BSN Premium Savings certificate (BSN Sijil Simpanan Premium) worth RM1,000.

This game is in conjunction with the Financial Literacy Campaign in Malaysia, where it helps consumers and students of all ages to learn essentials of personal finance. Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program via articles, games and lesson plans which you can check out at practicalmoneyskills.com and whatsmyscore.org

This program is educator developed and approved, reaching millions of students across the nation. Visa also works with state and national governments to co-sponsor events such as statewide Financial Football initiatives. 

So are you ready to take on this challenge and try to win yourself the trip of a lifetime and other great prizes? I’ve definitely enjoyed the game very much, and I would want to see if you could beat my score! 

Good luck and don’t forget to click on this link! -  http://bit.ly/VisaFFMY

Time Flies

And we've already been married for SIX months. I've quit my recent job in December at FABSPY to pursue my dreams of traveling via WhateverThereWas and working as a freelancer with my husband, point8cam (will write about my current reality check as a freelancer soon). I'm also trying out this new TV show hosting gig starting the month of May and yes, I'll be traveling a lot! Yay!

If you're looking into engaging me for travel, fashion or lifestyle related campaigns, videos or advertorials please email me via these addresses





Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Skincare - Sothy's Raspberry Lychee Mask & Serum

Raspberry and Lychee are rich in vitamin C with high concentrations compared to most fruits. Vitamin C itself is known to be beneficial to skin health - it keeps the skin youthful, improves circulation, maintains connective tissues, collagen and detoxifies. SOTHYS has introduced SOTHYS Vitamin Oxygenating Raspberry Lychee range to combine essential vitamins and minerals for all skin types to enhance the user's skin condition and boost the immunity in one nifty package. 

SOTHYS believes that this duo would help skin to re-boot its functionality with a 21 days DETOX program. It helps to regenerate cells, protect the epidermis layer and maintain moisture levels while revitalise dull skin at the same time. 

I have personally tried both in the past week. The first thing I liked about these products are the heavenly fruity smell. The sizes are great to pack them into my travel kit and their packaging are definitely fuss-free. I have yet to use it for 21 days continuously as it's very difficult for me to keep to a specific skin regimen depending on my daily activities but based on a few applications, my skin feels smoother, slighter brighter, definitely cleaner and the tone is clearer. It helps that I'm also taking vitamin C orally but I loved the fresh feeling that the 2 in 1 exfoliating scrub mask gives without making the skin dry and taut. The Oxy-Vitamin Treatment Serum is great to act as an intensive mineral cocktail to repair my skin while I sleep. The mask scrub's granules are very fine and it is gentle to the skin without leaving my skin feeling raw.

The mask retails at RM198 (40ml) and the serum at RM228 (20ml) which are a little steep in the current market, but it did help my skin in a very short period. It's not a miracle product, nothing is, but I would definitely would like to see the results of a continuous usage myself. If you're looking for a simple and effective solution to your urban exposed skin, you should give this a try. 

SOTHYS Raspberry Lychee Oxygenating Vitamin home care and facial treatment is available at all SOTHYS Flagship Salons and Premium Salons nationwide. 

Please visit www.sothys.com.my for further information and LIKE them on www.facebook.com/SothysMalaysia for latest updates. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Review - Fashion Culture Box

Malaysia's been having a box subscription fever recently that there's an influx of boxes going around. I was first introduced with the subscription box concept via Birchbox from USA (I love Birchbox Men as well) and wondered if it would ever be a big hit in Malaysia and true enough, it did. People love getting surprised, and with great samples or full-sized products you cannot go wrong. 

Beauty boxes aside, Jerine Lay, a fellow blogger then introduced me to the Fashion Box concept - pay a monthly subscription, pick a theme, and wait for the box filled with fashion goods delivered to you. Fashion Culture Box charges RM58 per box and you choose your desired theme (they change every month) and receive goods related to it. Last month, I picked a Beach theme and received complete set of accessories to use for my next beach getaway - necklace, earrings, bangle, and scarf. The box was very well packaged and curated, with additional surprises such as the nail stickers and moisturising gel for some fun under the sun. 

They have currently closed subscription for April's box (yes I'm a little late to announce this, but that doesn't mean you can't subscribe to their newsletter by signing up, no?) but do check out their website for fashion curated content on the FCzine, or shop their past products here

If you're not into these, why not get them for someone you love as it makes a great gift box? They're also having promotions if you decide to get all three boxes instead of one here

Website - http://fashionculturebox.com

H&M Loves Music - Dance Floor & Summer Party

I've been seeing quite a bit of H&M in the music and festival scene recently, and how can one deny the strong bond of music and fashion, especially if you're one of the world's biggest high street mogul brands. From setting up a shopping booth where you can customise tanks at a music fest, to working with up and coming music celebrities for the campaigns, H&M is doing something right. 

I'm instantly drawn to pretty girls getting ready for a night out of fun in town - I do that once in a while and it does feel a little liberating when you look good and ready to take on the night. Not sure about you, but I'm definitely keeping this on my watch list.

Check out the collection and featured artists here