Beauty On A Budget.

Can’t afford a facial? Maybe don’t have time for it?

Fret not, dear. There are sheet masks to the rescue.

I know sheet masks are the in thing right now and there are so many on the market to choose from. I may not try it all but I have tried a few. That being said, I already have a favorite that I think is effective and pretty affordable too.

They are the sheet masks from Tonymoly. Specifically from the I’m Real line.

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Packaging is super adorable.

I am obsessed with them! My favorites are the avocado ones for nutrition and the aloe ones for moisturizing.  And I lowkey enjoy the lemon ones for brightening as well. They are retailed for RM6.90 each but sometimes they offer a buy 1- free 1 deal so better look out for that.

What it does to my skin is that it gives instant result for whatever it claims to do. It’s for temporary but that’s good enough. I don’t care. I’m using it everyday. Yes, every single day.

But don’t get me wrong, my skin is far from perfect. I have too many imperfections to begin with. But I’m trying to get better guys. I am trying.

I enjoy putting it on every night while watching YouTube videos. I wanna say I put it for roughly 40 minutes, sometimes less.

And I do actually set a timer on my phone.

Honestly, I have a few other favorites but these ones from Tonymoly are the most inexpensive compare to the others that I also like. So for now I’m going to come by them until I find a better option.

 

I’m a Korean Wannabe?

Ouch that hurts!

By any means, that is not the case. I studied Korean language simply because I’ve always wanted to study a foreign language before I turn 30 and Korean just happened to be the language I choose to study. Plus after graduated, I had nothing to do. I feel like I don’t need to justify this but, still.

Okay.

So, I took the Korean 1 class at UTM. I paid $350 for it since I am an alumni. Normal fee was $450, if I’m not mistaken. Don’t quote me. The class started in March and ended last May for a total of 12 sessions, I believe. It was on every Sunday and Tuesday from 8 – 10 p.m.

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The “Korean wannabe” squad. Liza, me and Wahida.

One of the hardest parts has to be the numeral system. It was a big shock to me when I learned that they have 2 different number systems, the Pure Korean and the Sino-Korean. Like one is not enough right? So they need two, freakin TWO. Them Koreans are genius!

Especially when you wanna tell the time. The hours have to be in pure Korean numbers and the minutes have to be in Sino-Korean numbers and I’m not sure about the seconds.

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Seriously?

Overall tho, it was a fun experience and nerve-wrecking at the same time because I already know that I’m not good at language. In fact my Malay and English are questionable, lulz.

Our 선생님 (sonsengnim) or teacher in Korean  bought us 김밥 (gimbap) one day and it was delicious.

잘 먹었습니다 ( I ate well).

감사합니다, 선생님 (thank you, teacher).

At the end of class, we had an exam. Err, let’s not go there.

So what have I acquired from the class now that it’s over?

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Oh well.

I now can read and write 한글 (hangeul) and my Korean vocabulary has expanded pretty extensively but not to the point where I’m able to understand the whole KDrama or anything. I’m still crying out for English subtitle.

I’m still working on it but don’t expect me to speak a full, complete, faultless sentence anytime soon. I’m learning at my pace and I soon will turn 30. Please understand.

But of course, I can proudly throw some random Korean words and sentences here and there. My way to annoy people, hehe.

Payday Routine.

Today is payday. So that also means it’s envelope stuffing day!

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These are my cash envelopes. I made them a bit fancy because why not?

This cash envelope system helps me so much with my monthly budgeting. I know people carry these envelopes in their wallets but I keep mine in my planner. For my wallet, I just use dividers, not the actual envelopes because it’s such a hassle to pull out those envelopes from my wallet every time I need some cash. Plus, it’s embarrassing, don’t you think? Especially in public.

And as you can see, I have several categories with of course different amount of cash stuffed in each envelope and they are not all I have. I do have a couple more  envelopes.

I may or may not do a separate blog post about this system because I think it’s kind of self-explanatory. But I swear by this system and I want to keep reminding myself to spend my hard earned money wisely even though I do cheat once in a while.

Who doesn’t?

May

What happened in May?

Well, nothing much.

I was supposed to spend the long Labor Day weekend in KL with my friend, Wahida, and her friend. We planned to spend the time at a hotel, go watch a random movie and of course, karaoke.

But meh, I bailed out at the very last minute. Instead, I was in my room all day for days watching Kdramas. I jumped from one series to another. From My Love From The Stars to Master’s Sun to some other web dramas.

It wasn’t that bad actually.

By the way, Korean class went alright. I skipped one night because I was too tired from working all day long. Other than that, I managed to introduced myself in Korean pretty decently.

On May 10, Kak Farhana and I went to collect our graduation photos at UTM. I seriously wanted to rip all of mine to pieces because my photos came out so so badly. It was me, not the photographers’ fault. I just need to fix my face, seriously.

I also went back home again this month (surprise!). This time it was for 2 weeks and I drove. It took me 7 solid hours to reach home but it was worth it. I cried a little once I arrived, not from being emotional or whatever but because I couldn’t feel my butt for 10 minutes and my legs were numb.

But again, it was all worth it.

Graduation Day

 

This is going to be quite a long post.


Thursday. March 21.

Faculty Academic Excellence Awards

I was invited to attend this award ceremony together with 2 other friends, Hasna & Amir. So I took a day off work.

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It’s embarrassing to post this up here but whatever.

Me, Hasna and Amir.

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Us award recipients with our professors.

There were only about 60 recipients so the ceremony lasted for I believe a little over an hour. After that, we went for a quick photo shoot and lunch.

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Amir was our photographer that day.

Oh man, I hated the robe! It made me, who’s already fat, looked fatter like large, LAAAAARGE!

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Kak Farhana joined us later that day.
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Kak Jaja also joined us later at lunch.

Friday . March 22. 

Rehearsal & Best Student Awards Ceremony

Only me and Kak Farhana went to the rehearsal. It was early in the morning and I was very tired because the night before I was too exhausted from cleaning my room so I couldn’t sleep. I went to pick up my mom and my sister at 5 a.m., we had breakfast together and the I went straight to Dewan Sultan Iskandar where the rehearsal took place.

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Rehearsal

After rehearsal, me and Kak Farhana walked to our cars and suddenly she told me she had a surprise for me.

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I was almost in tears when she gave me the sunflower.
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Thank you, Kak Farhana ❤

I always wanted a tall single-stem sunflower for my graduation. You’re super sweet lah Kak Pana.

Later that day, I attended another academic award ceremony. This time it was the Best Postgraduate Student Awards hosted by School of Graduate Studies, UTM.

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I was accompanied by mom and sister as all the recipients were allowed to bring 2 guests.

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Me and my mom.
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Me and Kak Sakinah.
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Truly filled with gratitude for the awards. I did not expect this at all.

Saturday. March 23.

GRADUATION DAY

Finally came the day. The conferment session for postgraduates was in the morning. We had to register at the lobby of Student’s Union Building from 6:45-7:15 a.m. It was obviously too early for me. Insane.

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We were already in queue since 7:15 a.m and it took us forever to get into the hall, Dewan Sultan Iskandar. Even though it was pretty early in the morning, it was scorching hot! My hijab was soaked and it was not attractive at all, lol.

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In the hall, I was seated next to Kak Sakinah and this lovely girl on the right.

Four hours later, the graduation ceremony came to an end. The campus was way too crowded so my family decided to leave early but not before taking a couple of decent pictures.

So surreal. After two years of blood and tears, I finally graduated with a master’s degree.

I’m thankful though for the opportunity and for the support especially from my family. Before I get a little too emotional, let’s just end this post right here.

Bye.

April

April 2016.

Woot! So I paid my tuition fee and finally my name was on the list of graduate. I was glad. I mean, heart was (or is) still aching from what happened with MyBrain (my scholarship). Anyway, I already got my graduation outfit sorted. Actually me and my mom went shopping together for batik sutera (silk) when I was home last month.

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A lot happened before the graduation day (April 23). I shall do a separate post for Graduation Day.

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Graduated 🙂

And I have to say that April has to be the most stressful month for me, by far.

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The busiest spread ever.

 Other than graduation, I also had Korean Language Class which was okay even though I got nervous from time to time. My brain is aging I guess because I was having a hard time to memorize the words my teacher taught me. On top of that, I was assigned to do something grueling at work, which I hated, ugh! I was in charge to appoint teachers as substitute/ emergency teachers for one whole month.

Stress!

But the best thing for April was Day6 comeback. Yes, a Korean BAND. They were streaming live on V App at midnight and it was the best!

Bye.

 

March

March 2016.

Still waiting for the goddamn graduation invitation letter. I was mad because the list of graduates was out in the university website but I couldn’t verify my name. But then I realized that I had not pay the tuition fee for the final semester yet hence, no graduation! It was not my fault at all because I was sponsored by MyBrain, a scholarship program for postgraduate. They were supposed to pay my fee but they did not. In fact, still up until today, they do not. I had to pay with my own money! But they promised (after 3 millions of phone calls by me) that they would pay me back in three weeks if I send in the documentations one more time.

Yes, I sent in the agreement, the contract and everything they told me to. Again, it wasn’t my fault at all. They emailed me the wrong documentations in the first place and thus the contract was invalid. So they emailed me the right ones (hopefully) and I already sent it back via snail mail, pfft! It was complicated and I was tired.

But I want my money back!

If anyone ever experienced the same problem with MyBrain, do let me know how it was like dealing with it. Leave a comment or something, I would love to know how long do I have to wait until I get my money back.

So, enough with that.

Just when I thought I’ve had enough with school and actually swore to never going back, I registered for a foreign language class.

Yes.

At the same university I went to get my master’s degree.

I will do a separate post for this particular class. And also another post for my trip to Legoland. I went to Legoland for the 3rd time, I think? It was nothing special but I got the ticket for free, so why not?

By the way, if you are a fan of KPop, which I am recently (yea, judge me), you might know the boy group, Got7. They made a comeback on March 20 I believe. So while I was at Legoland, I made a little tribute to them, lol.

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Got7. Flight Log: Departure. 

Also, I went back home again this month. I legit go back to Terengganu every month, which is awesome!

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Me and my little cousin at our cousin’s wedding.

Bye.