Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bad experience in Melbourne.

Hi. My name is Sabrina Loh and I am a 19y/o Malaysian currently attending university in Melbourne, Australia. I'm Chinese and I speak Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hainanese.

DISCLAIMER: By no means am I calling EVERYONE a meanie, okay? This is just based on my personal experiences whilst in Melbourne. Also, this is going to be a wordy post. And maybe a slight bit crude, I think. Too much feels. #emotionalblogging


Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to study overseas. Living away from home and being independent just seemed so.. Rebellious and appealing. Despite my daily tweets of complaints regarding mundane household chores, I've always liked the idea of having to juggle studies along with responsibilities.
I envisioned university life to be both rewarding and tedious at the same time. Tedious because of tests/assignments/revision etc, rewarding because you get to mix around with people from all over the world. I personally think of university as a mini melting pot. You get the opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and traditions.

Not long before leaving for Melbourne, I was casually surfing Facebook, randomly going through pictures of friends studying overseas. And here's what I noticed: a majority of them would only hang out with other Malaysians (at least those I've seen on FB do). Very seldom do I find Malaysians with angmohs (Caucasians) or mainland Chinese.

And what came to mind was: "WTF Y U SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY TO STUDY ABROAD BUT ONLY HANG OUT WITH OTHER MALAYSIANS?! JUST STUDY IN MALAYSIA THEN!"
It seriously didn't make sense to me at all. If you're privileged enough to study abroad, you should try to mingle with people from all over the world as much as possible, right? 

Fast forward to my fifth month in uni, I finally understood why Malaysians tend to stick with other Malaysians. It's not that we're shy. It's just too damn difficult to get other people to treat you as their equal. Does that make sense?
Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that discrimination (this word is used rather loosely) is too profound.

Aside from the usual "NI HAO!" or "KONICHIWA!" from random angmoh passersby and the occasional ignorant "how was winter in Malaysia?", here are a few mean remarks I got that contributed to the bad experience as a whole.


INCIDENT 1
I was at 7-11 wanting to topup my Myki. I just got to Melbourne, didn't have much small change so I gave the guy at the counter a hundred dollar note. He was about about to place it in the till drawer when his son-of-a-bitch colleague decided to say this: "Hey dude, better go examine the money. Chinese always love to use fake money."

OH NO YOU DID NOT.


INCIDENT 2
I was taking a stroll in the park one afternoon. A local came up to me and shouted "YOU DISGUSTING BASTARD!" 
How rude. Like wtf? I was minding my own business and wasn't doing anything wrong. Stupid old lady. 

To be fair, there could have been a myriad of reasons as to why she did that: 
  • she was having a bad day;
  • she dislikes Asians;
  • she's jealous of young, pretty women;
  • I remind her of her horrible daughter-in-law;
  • blablabla...

But the thing is: It doesn't matter what was going through her mind when she saw me. She should have kept those nasty thoughts to herself. 

Hello auntie, just coz you're old and wrinkly doesn't mean you can anyhow fling your nastiness around as you wish hor?  


INCIDENT 3
This happened to me in class.

I was next to a group of locals. They were talking and I didn't want to sit there not contributing, so I made an attempt to join the conversation.
And here's what one of them said to me: "Hey, if you're Chinese, stop speaking with a fake accent!"

I'm sorry, what do you mean by fake?
Is the fact that I speak English fluently bothering you? Is the fact that I can pronounce THREE and TREE correctly annoying you?
Fuck you. Just coz I'm Chinese doesn't mean I have to speak with the typical Chinese accent, okay? Accents depend on where a person is from, and the environment s/he was brought up in. Stupid. Really behtahan. 
YOU LANJIAO PLS GO JIAKSAI, UNDERSTAND? I NOW USING MY CINA-APEK ACCENT LEH, U HAPPY MOU CHAO ANGMOH? YOU LIKE MY ACCENT LIKE DIS SIBOH? VELI VELI NICE HOR MY MALAYSIAN ACCENT?


INCIDENT 4
I was walking just outside Flinders Station. Brisk pace. Not slow or anything as I was already late (no surprise there) for dinner, so I definitely wasn't holding anyone up. Then this cheebyekia angmoh in a hoodie walking towards the opposite direction as me stopped, put his hands on my shoulders, AND SHOVED ME ONTO THE GROUND WHILE SAYING "GTFO OF MY WAY". 

I'm not sure if he did that coz he has anger management issues or I look like his ex or what, but either way, he shouldn't have done that. Nothing could possibly justify his actions. 

Fortunately some kind soul was kind enough to help me up. Yay. Cookie for you!


INCIDENT 5
This.
Yeah, I know giving your number to a random stranger at the club probably isn't the wisest thing to do, but I've done that a couple of times and met a quite a number of well-mannered guys through that.

It's just once in a while I get real douchebags. You know, there was this time at a club I got asked "HEY IS YOUR NAME CHING CHONG?"


INCIDENT 6
Oh, btw, it's not just the Caucasians who give me a bad time. Some Chinese just love to discriminate their own kind. And this seriously annoys the fuck out of me.

I was IKEA with my parents, shopping for a study desk. I spoke to my dad in Cantonese (because that's how we talk) and approached a sales assistant nearby to clarify some stuff right after that.
Before I could say anything, she went "sorry I don't speak Chinese."

Like WTF YOU LANJIAO. Do I look like I can't speak a word of English?
Just cause you're Chinese and fluent in English doesn't make you any better than me, okay? Fuck you, understand? 


INCIDENT 7
I was at the lecture hall when I spotted a vacant seat next to two mainland Chinese. I asked in English "excuse me is this seat taken?" They both said no. So okay la right? I sat there.

The next thing you know, they started bitching about me in Mandarin. WTF?!
I was so bothered that I actually spoke to them in Mandarin casually to shut them up. Like "你好!请问你门是从中国来的吗? 哇,墨尔本真的好多国内人咧!"


Sometimes I think it's difficult being a Malaysian. Most of us speak three languages or more. Being a Chinese in KL normally means you can speak Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Cantonese/Hokkien. (Refer to Paragraph 1.)

Unfortunately, chances are, your proficiency in all the languages is half past six (neither here nor there). What I'm saying is that you can be good at English, but chances are it's not gonna be as good as the angmohs. You can be good at Mandarin, but chances are it's nowhere as good as the mainlanders.

It doesn't matter how many languages/dialects you speak. Sure, most foreigners will go "WOW!" when you tell them you're fluent in xyz, but at the end of the day, you still get shunned by both angmohs and mainlanders 75% of the time. 

I think Malaysians are very often misunderstood. If we speak fairly good English, we get accused for "faking it." If we speak poor English, we hear things like "CHING CHONG LING LONG!"
So confusing lah.
I tend to stick with Malaysians or Singaporeans nowadays. THEY UNDERSTAND MY PAIN.

Don't get me wrong, I do have awesome angmoh friends, but not that many. I think after this post I'm gonna lose friends, hahaha. Why am I doing this to myself. #socialsuicide
Tbh, I don't even know why am I so suey to kena shit like that. Some friends say it's coz I haz face problem. 
Idk what to feel :(
Okay, end of long rant.

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ps; sorry for such a negative post just before 2015. I've been working on this for quite some time now, and I'm glad to finally be done with it. Time to leave this shit behind and welcome the new year! Woohoo!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Dolce and Gabbana The One (Collector's Edition) Review.

Hello! 
Hope you've all had a great Christmas (: 
2014 is coming to an end soon, so it's time to stock up on new perfumes for 2015 if you haven't already! Here's one to consider: The One by Dolce and Gabbana. 

Dolce and Gabbana celebrates the timeless elegance of The One with a powerful Collector's Edition in a shade of the brand's iconic red, a colour flattering on all. 
The One Collector's Edition takes inspiration from iconic symbols treasured by the designers. The flacon bears the imprint of a gold coin, a strong motif in Dolce and Gabbana's 2014 fashion collection, representing a journey of discovery of ancient Sicily and the Greek culture that lies deep within its history. 

The profile of a mythical Greek god is emblazoned upon the coin, representing wisdom, courage and intelligence. She personifies the voyage to Sicily's roots and captures the spirit of The One Collector's Edition, crossing between reality and surrealism. The colour of the solid lacquered flacon was selected to epitomise the fragrance's characteristics: Dolce and Gabbana's signature red as a symbol of ultimate luxury.


The rich oriental floral perfume opens with a sparkling and modern interpretation of fresh topnotes of zesty Bergamot and Mandarin combined with juicy Lychee and Peach. 
The journey to the heart of the fragrance follows into the timeless scent of the Madonna Lily with its voluptuous intensity and enveloping feminity. 
The fragrance finally unfolds to reveal a deep and sensual base of rich Vanilla and resinous Ambery notes combined with smooth Musky notes to leave a lingering presence.


Okay, done with the artistic fanciful descriptions. 
Come come, I give you artistic (somewhat) photo. I tried la, okay?
If you're a perfume hoarder, this is definitely a good addition to your collection.
... I should just quit business school and become a rapper.

The bottle is pretty solid and feels very luxurious and atas. As for the fragrance, I don't think it's a suitable scent for younger girls. Personally, I think it's more for ages 20-ish and above?

But hey, this is a subjective matter. Go take a whiff and decide for yourself if possible!



The Lineup
Dolce and Gabbana The One Collector's Edition 50ml RM348
Dolce and Gabbana The One Collector's Edition 75ml RM463

The One Collector's Edition by Dolce & Gabbana is available starting November 2014 in major department stores and perfumeries nationwide. 

Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Dolce & Gabbana as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Review.

No matter what the season, I always have to have a lipbalm with me. I'm a self-declared lipbalm junkie. If you've read my What's in My Bag? and April 2014 Faves posts, you'd probably be able to tell I go through them like craaazy and am always on the hunt for new ones.

So here is my latest addiction!
It's the Lip Nourish in Lemon and Mint by Luk Beautifood.


MORE ABOUT LUK BEAUTIFOOD:
Cindy Luken, the founder of Luk Beautifood, became aware of how beauty products were made in 2005 at a body care centre. With a degree in Food + Nutrition and a Masters in Science, she seized the opportunity to create innovative beauty products made from healthy active foods instead of harmful chemicals.

Luk Beautifood has since then been the 'go-to' natural beauty brand for cultivating a healthy glow by making beauty products from natural and organic foods, supported by a holistic nourished lifestyle.



The Lip Nourish was created in 2011, and is 100% natural, made with edible and clean active ingredients. There are 7 sheer shades, each one named after its unique flavour combo as below.
Click to enlarge. 

The Lip Nourishes are all chock-full of Vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants and Omega 3+6 essential fatty acids from avocados, sesame seeds and plant lipids to fight free radicals and moisturise, keeping lips soft, smooth and shiny.

Oh, and they each come beautifully hand-wrapped in reusable fabric!
I have the one in Lemon and Mint, and it tastes just like it smells! Sooo yummy I can't help but reapply it over and over again after I lick it off hahaha.

Luk Beautifood describes the shade I chose as "tea rose brown".
I think it's the perfect my-lips-but-better shade. Doesn't look like I have anything on my lips, yet they still feel hydrated (god forbid chapped lips!)
Here's a big picture of me wearing the Lip Nourish.
Excuse the eyebags. #unistudentprobs


You can get the Lip Nourish in any of the 7 tasty shades available for $24.95 (AUD) at www.lukbeautifood.com.
They ship WORLDWIDE, whoop whoop!

Check out Luk Beautifood on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated!


Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Luk Beautifood as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Giveaway: Gillette MACH3 Turbo Razor.

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY OVER!

Winners:
Brian Kok
Tan Xin Wen
Wan Cheng

Isaac Lim
Alezender Tan

Congrats!


Ling ling long long! Christmas is just around the corner, meaning it's time for another Christmas giveaway!

This year, Gillette will be giving 5 lucky readers a MACH3 Turbo Razor each! Keep reading to find out how you can win :D


Post shaving redness is a common problem and typically, few make a fuss. Despite the high number of men experiencing redness, the majority claim to be satisfied with their current shaving regime. This suggests that both men and their partners live with the misconception that redness is an unavoidable consequence of a close shave.
Recently, Gillette launched the "Close Shave. Zero Redness" Challenge and called for men to stand up to post shave redness by using a razor that is tried and tested for ZERO REDNESS. To support this claim, Gillette is offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE for any customer who is not satisfied with the performance of the Gillette MACH3 product!


HOW SHOULD I SHAVE?
According to Gillette, there are 5 easy steps to the perfect shave.

1. Soak Before You Shave
Beard hair is about as tough as copper wire; soften it by washing your face and neck with warm water and a mild soap, removing natural oils and perspiration that inhibit water penetration. After approximately three minutes of soaking, your beard hair will be optimally softened; in fact, the force required to cut beard hair is reduced by almost 70 percent after only two minutes.

2. Apply Plenty Of Shave Gel
Although water is an essential softening agent, it evaporates quickly. Shaving cream or gel moisturises and softens beard hair, creating a protective layer of lubrication to maximise razor glide.

3. Use Light, Gentle Strokes
Use light, gentle strokes whether shaving with or against whisker growth. For ultimate comfort, use Gillette MACH3 razors.  The blades of Gillette MACH3 are developed to reduce pressure on the skin and result in a clean, close shave in a single stroke, reducing the cause of shaving irritation and redness.

4. Shave Tricky Spots Last
The toughest hairs grow on the chin and around the lips. Save these areas for last as more time soaking in shave gel will soften them further.

5. After Shaving, Rinse Your Face With Cool Water And Pat Dry
At the end of every shave, rinse your face and neck with cool water to close pores and soothe freshly exfoliated skin. Pat dry. Rinse your razor thoroughly and shake off excess water before storing. Do not wipe the blades, as this can damage the fine shaving surface.



FAQs
Over the many years, Gillette has had many people ask them shaving related questions; Here's a list of the most commonly asked one.
Q: Is it better to use hot, cold or warm water to shave?
A: Warm water is best for hydrating beard hair. Soaking in warm water softens hair and causes it to expand, making it 70 percent easier to cut.

Q: What is the difference between shaving with shave gel and with soap and water?
A: Shave gel tends to be less drying than ordinary soap and water and won’t clog your razor the way soap can. Shave gels help retain skin moisture, making hairs easier to cut.

Q: What is the best way to avoid razor burn?
A: If the skin is not properly prepared before shaving or if the blade on your razor is dull, you are more likely to end up with razor burn. Make sure to hydrate hair in warm water for three minutes and apply plenty of shave gel. Also, be sure to change the blade on your razor at the first sign of dullness or discomfort.

Q: Is it okay to let my girlfriend or wife borrow my razor?
A: It’s not a good idea to share your razor with your partner. Women have a much larger area to shave and you may find that after only a few shaves, your blade has dulled considerably, increasing the likelihood of nicks and cuts. Tell her to try a razor specifically designed for the way a woman shaves.

Q: Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker?
A: Scientists at Gillette have conducted extensive testing on the effects shaving has on both male and female hair growth, texture and color. This testing has proven that shaving does not affect hair growth, color or texture. Shaving does, however, alter the tip shape of the regrown hair, which may initially change the way hair feels as it grows back. But if hair is left to re-grow completely, it will return to its former state.

Q: In what direction should I shave to achieve the best shave?
A: Men’s facial hair tends to grow in different directions. Most men find using light, gentle strokes and shaving in the direction of whisker growth provides the closest, smoothest shave possible.

QHow do I avoid nicks and cuts, particularly above my upper lip?
A: The area above the upper lip is tricky for many men. Always leave it for last. Apply plenty of shave gel and allow this area to soak up as much lather as possible. Shave slowly and don’t apply too much pressure. 



To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is:
  1. Email your answers to these questions to sabbyloh[at]gmail.com:
    Q1: Why is it important to use light, gentle strokes? 
    Q2: Name one of the ways to reduce razor burns.

    Q3: What is the name of the Gillette campaign launched recently?

  2. Be sure to include your:-
    Name:
    IC No:
    Mailing Address:
    Email address:
    Phone No:

  3. Keep your fingers crossed, and check your inbox on the 17th to see if you've won!
It's that simple!

GIVEAWAY STARTS ON: 12th December 2014

GIVEAWAY ENDS ON: 17th December 2014 (12PM)


Gillette's MACH3 Turbo Razor retails at RM15.90.

Disclaimer: Prizes sponsored by Gillette. I am not paid to host this giveaway. As with everything on my blog, my opinion remains 100% honest.


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Friday, December 05, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men 2014 Edition Review.

Hello! Can't believe it's already December!
I apologize for failing to post regularly (I swear I say this every single time), but really, uni life is crazy busy. 

If you're a new reader, welcome, and bear in mind that if I ever say I'll update at fixed intervals, it's probably a semi-lie and you shouldn't hold me to my words.
If you're familiar with how I run this blog, yay. 

LEGGO.

As you can see, this post is going to be about Dolce & Gabbana's The One for Men 2014 Edition. 
Then again, 2014's coming to an end so... Head over to your nearest Parkson/Isetan and grab yourself a bottle before 2015 please! Perfect Christmas present too, if I may add!


The One for Men is definitely a very masculine scent, opening with the combination of grapefruit, coriander and basil, before transitioning to a slight spicy scent of cardamom and ginger. The dry down leaves a deep trace of cedarwood and tobacco along with some ambery notes.
It is overall a pretty classic scent, and not at all overpowering, making it suitable for any occasion. 

Packaging-wise, the flacon is metallic all-over (and therefore making it a bitch to photograph).

The Lineup
The One for Men Limited Edition 50ml RM212
The One for Men Limited Edition 100ml RM298

The One for Men Limited Edition by Dolce & Gabbana is available starting May 2014 in all major department stores and perfumeries. 

Disclaimer: Product sent to me by Dolce & Gabbana as PR sample for review consideration. As with everything on my blog, my opinions remain 100% honest.