Beginning of 2014 and review on Koh Lanta & Phuket

January 23, 2014 | 2 comments so far - join the discussion!

Hii!

It’s been a while. I’ve been super MIA that even I almost do not remember my WordPress password. haha.

 

I hope you all have had a great start to 2014, a great holiday break and ready to kick into serious work this year! I AM. I’m ready.

 

To be honest, my 2013 was a bit of mess. I kind of gave up on blogging due to lack of motivation, kind of picked it back up again but didn’t feel like I fit into the community anymore (#sad), I started to instagram a heap (@chaigyaru), I started tumblring..

Emotionally, I was a little all over the place too. For those who have known me for years, would know that I’m crazy about smiling and laughing. Which sounds extremely strange, but even tripping down the stairs could make me laugh as if I was tickled.

2013 however, made a bit of a downturn to stress in studies and career and other aspects.

 

BUT, it’s a new year, so new goals and new perspectives!

 

2014 has began quite well with a trip to Phuket and Koh Lanta in January.

 

For those who haven’t been to Thailand, here’s my quick overview of the areas I’ve been to!

 

In my experience, I’m not the biggest fan of Phuket – or should I say, more specifically “Patong Beach”. The tourist, the pollution, the haggling, the.. harrassing was abit too much for me to handle. If you’ve been to Patong Beach, you’ll probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Probably a lot worse than Bangkok, but again, I’m not a big fan of Bangkok either.

I walked down Patong Beach Road myself one of the days and was yelled at 5 times.. “konnichiwa” from random tourist who probably thought I was Thai/Jap/(just asian). What’s worse is that I even got a guy ask me “Heloo how are you?” and when I politely answered “Good thanks” (but continued to walk), he screamed back at me “Obviously not very good since you can’t even stop to talk to me!!!!”.

Damn the tourist there are hard to please.

Apart from that though, Thai people are quite friendly. In the more “touristy” areas, half of them can actually speak decent English so haggling and ordering food that’s off the menu is much easier.

I also visited the neighbouring beaches Surin and Karon Beach. They were a little better in terms of the crowd and the busy traffic, but still quite similar to Patong in every other aspect.

If you want to travel abit south-east of Patong Beach, you can go to Rawai. It’s about an hour up (scooter speed)

I also visited an island off Phuket – called Similan Island. You’ll find that these island tours are super popular as you walk around Phuket and browse at the “Tourist Information” booths.

Although the Similian Island tour wasn’t great, there were still some great things to say about it. The beaches there were just immaculate. The words “powdery sand” and “clear water” can not even begin to explain how amazing the two were! I recommend visiting Similian Islands, but I’d say go there yourself (by speed boat), rather than taking a tour, because then you can spend as much time on the beaches you enjoy and relax.

 

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Ofcourse though, if you do end up going on the tours (which are convenient), you can do some snorkelling! I’m a massive fan of snorkelling, but I don’t think this tour brought us to very nice parts of the ocean. I literally saw 2 small fishes in the 30 mins I snorkelled. Here is a super un-attractive photo of me snorkelling.

 

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After about 7 days of staying in Patong Beach (which I swear, is far too much), I got a ferry to another island called Koh Lanta (which is about 6 hours away from Patong) just below Krabi.

Koh Lanta is a really.. chill island. There is really not much else I can say about it. There is a lot of land, but no where really to go. We rode a scooter to the tip of the North and South of the island and it was probably only about 1.5 hours ride on a relatively average speed.

If you go to Koh Lanta, I HIGHLY advise you to stay at a resort and pay more for it. You’ll be spending A LOT of time there.

I stayed at the south of Koh Lanta (called Koh Lanta Yai). In this part of the island (called a district), there are only about 3 restaurants, 3 other joint restaurant/bar, 1 bottle shop and 2 pharmacies! Oh, and you’ll be able to find a 7/11 and various other insignificant stores there. At night, it’s quite nice to be out at the beach bars and restaurants but during the day, it’s best to stay in your resort and chill. #thatshowyoutangirl

Make sure you visit the restaurant “Same, same but different”! I wore my tank there – which said “Same same” (on the front) “But Different” (on the back) and was super excited to visit the restaurant!! Their red fish curry is amazeballs.

My other favourite is Lanta Restaurant which is connected to a bar called “Why Not?!”. It’s probably the BEST BAR in the district. They usually have fire shows (which are just.. immaculate) and live music too. The live music was hilarious. We sat around literally listening to 3 thai (rather middle age) men singing western songs in a thai accent. Some of the songs we could barely make out that it was english!! But the experience was worth it anyway.

 

That pretty much sums up the beginning of my 2014 and my trip to Thailand!

 

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Oh, and ofcourse, I miss their fresh coconut juices :'(

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How was your holiday break guys? And where did you go? Share your stories with me. :)

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halloween looks

November 12, 2013 | No comments yet - you should start the discussion!

Halloween?

 

It doesn’t have to be dark..

 

Although Halloween isn’t as big here in Australia, it is really one of my favourite times of the year. For me, it has a somewhat personal meaning to it – which involves the meeting of my best friends, but in general, it is really an excuse for everyone to enjoy dressing up in costumes (either sexy or scary or BOTH!), adult face painting and… ofcourse, just another excuse for ANOTHER PARTY :)

 

Last year, my girl friends and I dressed up as these.

 

I chose the Geisha look because I love the japanese culture! See: “chai-gyaru”.

 

I love that Geishas are so mysterious. Their white face, their red lips.. demure.. and sensual. Check out my beautiful girls on the sides of me.

 

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This year, I decided to go with some face painting!! What better outfit is there than yourself?

 

Guess what I am? Meow.

 

I didn’t want to dress sexy, nor did I want to dress scary, so I chose.. cute (with a twist of the other two). There are so many halloween ideas out there, but here are mine.

 

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 I know it’s past halloween, but if you guys still want a tutorial on my makeup, leave me a comment below and I’ll make one :)

 

I decided to add a little twist to my face makeup so that I looked a little more realistic for my party. LensCircle had a range of crazy halloween contacts and I got these “Exclusive Yellow Cat circle lenses“. I haven’t got a good self-shot of the lenses, but here is what it looks like in flash photography!!

 

Scary, right?

 

 

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What a great way to twist up your halloween look! Check out the whole range of lenses at LensCircle here.

 

 

 

What was your halloween look?

 

I’d love to see, so post pictures up on my facebook page and show me!

 

 

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which frames look best on you? + giveaway

November 7, 2013 | 8 comments so far - join the discussion!

(Scroll to bottom of this post for the giveaway)

 

If you’re like me, you.. get bored easily. You always want something new. You’re impulsive.. AND, you like to online shop.

 

Okay, I think I just summarised my whole life in a sentence! Damn, I’m simple. No, not really. Just the typical GEN Y.

 

So.. online shopping has come a long way. For clothing, shoes, accessories.. it’s been quite easy. We just take measurements, select our sizes, and check out! But, what about for specs? I mean, I don’t have time to go out to see an OPSM or Specsavers to try on hundreds of pairs of glasses? And I don’t want to buy them online because how it looks on the model may not be how it looks on me!

 

Well, Bespecd is probably just the thing you’re looking for. The “Home Trial” feature on Bespecd now allows us to “try on the glasses” for free before we order our prescription lenses! The only catch is that you do have to put in your credit card details INCASE you don’t return them, but you do get a one week trial before you have to return them!!

 

I got two home trial packs – specs and sunglasses, so I’m going to show you some of their designs!

 

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Each home trial pack allows you to order 5 frames so that you can test which looks best on your face! I chose the above 5. All you have to do is email help@bespecd.com.au your favourite 5 lenses and contact details, and they’ll send you the pack! More information on Home Trial here.

 

 

 

1. Minsk – Cherry Red

I don’t know, this has to be my favourite lenses. I featured it on instagram before and got your feedback too, seems to have the majority of the votes. It’s just.. so unique, yet classy.

I love the shape of the lenses because it kinda feels “cat woman”ish. And the deep cherry red colour just suits my dark hair perfectly!!

 

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2. Wilmington – Dark Tortoise

Chose this one cause I thought it’d suit my round face but obviously makes my face look even rounder! Dislike these lenses on me but the colour of them are so cute! A little vintage looking! I’d probably recommend these on a smaller face!

Btw, check out my crazy bicep muscles here. bighead.jpg

 

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3. Nara – Midnight Black

Another one of my favourites – as you can tell, this is in no particular order. I love these lenses because it’s like Minsk – gives a cat eye kinda look. I think these lenses suit me the most!

I don’t know about the black though.. makes me feel as if it’s abit too dark for my liking but will suit a lot more pieces of clothing! I think it also looks mysteriously sexy!

 

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4. Bremen – Turquoise

I wanted to try more colourful lenses! I like that Bespecd focuses on more “fashion”able frames rather than the boring traditional frames! I’m abit so-so about these ones but I think they are much more fun than any other black frames!

 

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5. Zurich – Honey Brown

Another one I was not particularly fond of but may suit others! I may have chosen the wrong colour – it’s also available in Midnight Black and Dark Smoke. This is why Home Trial is important!! Try before you buy!

 

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6. Rhodes – Crystal

Okay, you caught me. I actually chose more than 5 for my home trial, but that’s okay, because they let me! :)

I like these lenses because they look really fun! Kind of reminds me of the lenses you can buy at the Asian street markets, but they are actually quality frames and you can add your prescription! I’m digging it – maybe suitable for those who don’t like to wear glasses but needs them!

 

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I think overall I enjoyed trying on the specs alot! They were fun, colourful and unique! I feel like I’m going to make an order for the Minsk tonight and possibly the Nara!

 

What do you guys reckon?

 

The best thing I found about Bespecd is that you don’t need to know your prescription! Just include your optometrists’ name and address and Bespecd will contact them for you!! But if you want to make a claim on your private health fund, I’m pretty sure you still need to go to your optometrist and get your eyes checked out yearly!

 

Next are the sunglasses!

 

I’m quite picky with my sunglasses and I feel like I don’t look very good in many. But you can be the judge!

 

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7. Izumo – Midnight Fade

Like I said, I don’t suit many sunglasses frames. Not sure why! I definitely don’t think I suit these, but your taste and face shape may be competely different!

I do love the colour combination though! The fading/ombre effect is super cute!

 

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8. Dresden – Black Walnut

Just like the name, this pair replicates a walnut!! These frames are wooden on the tips!! Kinda crazy but very stylish!! I like the fact that they are so unique and the shape is quite nice too!! I think these sunglasses may be one of my favourites!!

These are super lightweight as well, so they won’t form marks around your face after wearing them for an hour!

 

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9. Montpellier – Artic Leopard

Wrong choice in colour for me but I wanted something other than black and a bit funky!

 

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10. Treviso – Burnt Chestnut

These are definitely my favourite sunglasses. I realised I don’t suit the “retro/vintage” look so much. I feel something fancy and a little sly. Thinking of picking up a pair of these too!! Thoughts?

 

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Now, the greatest thing about Bespecd is that it’s not just convenient, but it’s super affordable. I remember those days in highschool when I couldn’t afford expensive sunglasses and went over to Paddy’s market to buy sunnies. They were about $20 but the quality was so horrible that they used to break if I ever “accidently” dropped them on the floor. Common problems include having the lenses drop out or the frames bending!!

 

Prices at Bespecd are very fixed and very affordable.

 

Standard prescription optical or non-prescription sunglasses $95

Stronger prescription optical $145

Prescription sunglasses $185

 

And you can still claim on your health insurance!!

 

The best part is the service. You have FREE SHIPPING with every order, FREE 60-DAY RETURNS and FREE HOME TRIALS. They are essentially not charging for all their services!! What have you got to lose now?

 

And it gets even better, the Bespecd team will donate to charity every time they sell a pair of glasses!! So as it goes,

 

look good do good

 

 

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Okay, giveaway time. Simple rules! Win a pair of sunglasses of your choice worth $95. Simply follow the steps below!!

 

Like my facebook page – www.facebook.com/misschaigyaru

Follow my instagram – @chaigyaru

Comment on this post with your favourite pair of lenses on me! Just write the number of the frame (you might wana read the blog post now)

Leave your email address for me to contact you!!

Fingers cross and pray you’ll win!

Share with your friends if you like!

 

 

Until next time,
Chaigyaru

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review: najo jewellery

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet - you should start the discussion!

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I think as you age, you become more of a fan of.. simple and timeless pieces of jewellery. I’m now 25 years old, but have pretty much grown out of all the “fun jewellery” from Diva, Equip, etc.

 

I mean, I still do buy jewellery from there occasionally – but definitely not as much. I feel like I’d much rather wear jewellery that I can shower with and wash my hands with, and not have to worry about my fingers turning green or blue. :S

 

I’ve been shopping around a lot lately and although “Tiffany & Co” may be the first store most girls think of, there are many other jewellery stores with great quality pieces and designs without the heavy price tag.

 

Najo jewellery is a perfect example of timeless, classic and inexpensive jewellery.

 

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I ordered three pieces from Najo and it totaled to about AU $303. I think I received the pieces within a day or two after I ordered and there is free shipping within Australia for any orders over $100! International shipping is about $25.

 

Najo Jewellery doesn’t only have your typical “classic” pieces, but they also have a Diamond collection, Steel collection, Alegria collection (Mexican inspired) and a couple more!!

 

Because I like classic pieces, my favourite collections are the classic and diamond (girls best frannn, duh!).

 

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The piece that attracted me the most were these bow studs – Bonita Diamond Stud Earrings ($179). The studs are .925 sterling silver (solid) – as are most of their jewellery, and inside the bow, there is a 2 x 1.5mm certified 0.015 carat brilliant cut round SI2 clarity G/H colour diamond.

 

With piece of jewellery with a diamond, you will receive a certificate booklet to ensure you are buying genuine and quality products!

 

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I just love these earrings!!!

 

 

I also chose a ring that I love. I was going to buy the matching bow ring, but thought it might be abit too matchy matchy. Instead, I opted for the La French Knot Ring ($79)

I love eternity rings and this one reminded me of my friendship thing I have with my best friends!! I immediately fell in love with this design because it just looked so.. ‘promising’ (pun intended).

I purchased a size small – which is about a size 7. It fits a little lose on my middle finger, so I’ll probably opt for the extra small next time I purchase their rings. Make sure you check your size on their size chart too!!

 

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Okay, lastly, I’m sure ya’ll pretty sick of my face..

(I’m almost done!!! >_<)

 

I got these Simply Sleek Earrings ($45). They look pretty regular to the average eye, but it’s actually in the shape of a fish!! You can wear it in any angle you like, but I think the “norm” way to wear it is having the fish ‘face upwards’.

 

I really love how these hoop earrings look!! They are seriously just so classy, so chic and just super fun!!

 

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My say on Najo Jewellery?

 

Hmm, I’m going to conclude to say that NONE of the pieces actually failed to please me. I actually love each piece equally, and have been wearing my La French Knot ring since the day I received it! Shipping was one thing that managed to surprise me. I received my package within 48-72 hours of ordering!!!

 

For those who skimmed down before and did not read my post.. (why were you just skimming btw), there is free shipping on all Australian orders over $100 and a postage fee of $25 for all international orders.

 

I would highly recommend Najo Jewellery if you are looking for good quality sterling silver (.925) jewellery and don’t want to splurge the $300+ for a piece of jewellery! I think I’m going to order again from Najo Jewellery when it comes around to Christmas or a girl-friend’s birthday so that I can share the beautiful pieces with them!!

 

 

Want to shop now?

 

 

Head over to www.najo.com.au, select the options you wish to order, click on checkout and enter promo code CHAIGYARU10 for 10% discount!! Offer is unfortunately over available for one week so make sure you click onto there now and make your order!

 

 

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DIY mink eyelash extensions INFILLS

October 18, 2013 | 16 comments so far - join the discussion!

So, I remember when I used to be so obsessed with mink eyelashes! For those who haven’t followed me from there… probably around.. one and a half years ago? I wore my eyelash extensions for 4 months!!!

 

But the problem with having mink eyelash extensions is that it’s so freaking expensive to maintain! Cost of maintenance is even more than a gym membership! Probably double a gym membership actually :S

 

Typically, it would be about:

 

Full set of mink lashes – $150 at any decent salon

Infills – $50-$80 every 2-3 weeks.

 

Well, here’s the good news. Recently, I have been researching on how to DIY mink eyelash extensions. It’s super hard because it requires steady hands, patience and attention to detail. I guess it’s the same as every other set of eyelash extensions, but I’ve found that mink/silk is more difficult because the strands are finer and individual.

 

Okay, bad news is that I couldn’t actually do it myself because it’s so freaking hard, but I’m starting to do infills myself!!! Just here and there!! It’s saved me lots of money by doing this!!

 

Here is what it actually looks like from the top. (Excuse my dirty looking eyebrows because I did them in a rush) embarrassedface.jpg

 

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As you can see, it’s single strand by strand!!!! One full set of lashes can range from 60 lashes to about 150 depending on how thick you want your eyelash extensions to look and how thick your original lashes are!!

 

For a more glamorous set, you can put two single lashes OVER each other (especially if you are asian and do not have many natural lashes yourself).

 

In this set, I got about 100 lashes for each eye!!

 

If you are quite impatient like me, try to do your infills at least once a week!! If you do this, then you will not need to spend so much on infills each time!! Maybe 20-3omins max will be sufficient if you do your infills every week as only a few strands will fall out (if you’re super careful UNlike me!! Haha)

 

Okay, first step is to actually find which stands are missing!! Usually I use a tweezer to look for the ones that are shorter than the rest!!

 

Make sure your tweezer is sharp (but don’t poke your eye) because eyelashes are quite fine and hard to grasp.

 

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Now, find the lashes and then determine the length of the lash! I’m using lashes 9mm-13mm for my full set. Which means, 9mm in the inner corners and 13 in the most outer corners.

 

I’m demonstrating on a pair of falsies because it’s much easier than taking pictures of my own eye!! Hehe.

 

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Make sure you dip your approx 1/2 of your single lash into the glue!! It’s important because the lash itself is meant to “stick”! If you don’t use enough glue, it will not stick! I made this mistake hundreds of times when I was trial & erroring!! >.<

I also use 2 strands of lashes sometimes instead of 1. I find that this still works perfectly fine and saves time!

 

 

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 Now, place the lash firmly ontop of your natural lash or if you are layering, the false one, and continue!! Make sure you don’t stick the lash too close to your eyelid or else it’ll sting!!

 

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And ofcourse, the result? You always get a full set of glam lashes!!!

 

 

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Let me know if you do try, and if you do please please please be careful as the use of glue may sting your lashes!! Please research and purchase QUALITY products!!

 

Hope this tutorial helped some of you and see you next time!

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