May Playlist #1 // Music

Music has always been a close friend and an integral part of my life. Music speaks emotion and goes beyond words. Listening to records as we all know has become one of my favourite things to do. To kick off the weekend, I have some tunes that have been of some relevance to me in the past and and of late. There’s no definite genre because I love all sorts of music some old and new.

MAY Playlist #1

To get to my playlist, please click the link above. This is just what I have on my current rotation playlist on Spotify and I’ll probably have them playing till I get bored or find some new tunes. If you have anything you think I’ll enjoy based on this or maybe something you have on your own selection, please let me know.  I would love to receive some new suggestions.

I am working on new material just have to make sure I get it out as soon as possible. But for now peace and love xo.

 

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Beautiful month of May!

Being More Organised

In the last 3 weeks, I have had to juggle beauty school, some part-time work and personal life and I have been slightly overwhelmed with everything I’ve had to do. I find if I’m not organised, I tend to ‘drown’ in my one area of my life. Everyone is different but I like to keep things right where I can see them to be able to function. Some tips I practice that have helped me tremendously in getting things done.

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Set a schedule 

Since I left my full-time job, I find this as a good way to manage your daily activities to maintain a good level of productivity. It is so easy to fall into lazy ways and sleep in the wee hours of the morning and have breakfast at midday. I like to map out my week on a my computer as a guide and that gives me an idea of my day-to-day tasks. The traditional diary also works well. I still think this is the most full-proof method out there.

De-clutter

Every 3-4 months I find the the time to throw out old receipts, clear my handbag and sometime redecorate. Just a few weeks ago, I went through my external hard drive to get rid of the things I’ve kept for in-case-I-may-need-this instances. To be honest, it is a work in progress but at least I’ve done half the job. This is a little like spring cleaning and by doing this a few times a year, you run a lower risk of hoarding.

Make lists

I’m THE list queen. I write lists for everything. I always have. This helps me greatly so I have it noted down instead of in my head. Some love to write on their hands but I love the traditional pen and paper method. I have also acquired a few apps on my iPhone for different types of lists. There is the recommended Todoist and my personal favourite is Any.Do. These are great and easy to use. They are handy being on your phone and you can also set reminder alarms if needed. For mums or house husbands, I have a great shopping list application that is list-based, Shop Shop. Try it!

Have a neat and tidy workspace

This point goes with the de-cluttering. I always try and maintain and neat workspace and this helps me whilst I work. This may also help create a clearer mindset while you work.

Are you organised or not? I’d love to hear any suggestions you use to be organised.. 

Chinese New Year// Photo Diary

I thought I would do a visual diary of my Chinese New Year this year for those who have never experienced the celebration. I have mentioned it in my previous posts here and here. It is my time in about 8 years that I have been back in Malaysia to celebrate this auspicious time of the year. I am happy and feeling blessed to come from such rich cultural background and thought I’d share this with you. Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

Reunion dinner with family 

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This is held the night before the first of Chinese New Year and intermediate family get together to share dinner and also prepare to usher in the new year. We had a grand feast of a meal!

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Cookies and treats

IMG_4653Yee Sang- traditional dish with raw fish and vegetables

IMG_4646Paying respect to elders -normally done to wish each other a great year of good luck and prosperity. Also a time when “Ang Pow”- red packets are exchanged.

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Lion-Dance is cultural dance that performed traditionally during Chinese New Year to cast of evil spirits and to bring luck and good fortune.

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I was fortunate enough to have this a relatives house hence an up-close show!

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Hope you enjoyed this post. If you’d like to be to do more of these in the future, please leave a comment for some feedback:-) Thanks! xo Sarah

Chinese New Year Celebrations

As some of you may know, I am currently living in Malaysia and here Chinese New Year celebrations are quite a big thing. It is probably one of the bigger celebrations here and we practice most of the common traditions but not everything to a tee (Oh, my family is part Chinese hence why we celebrate) Each year is named after one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and 2015 will be the Year of the Goat.

 

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The build up to the start of Chinese New Year is made up of ending the year and welcoming the new Lunar Year. Preparing for the festival is important as cleaning your house before the first day is said to drive out the bad luck. After cleaning, purchasing new items signifies starting the year afresh. As a child, mum would always buy me new set of clothes before Chinese New Year to wear on the first day.

 

The festivities begin with a reunion on the eve of Chinese New Year. Most families will come together for a gathering and food. To usher in the new year, fire crackers are set off at midnight. Traditionally the significance of this was to scare of a monster but this tradition still goes on strongly around the world. (This is still is legal in Malaysia)

 

On the first day of Chinese New Year, new year visits take place. This is when relatives and friends visit each other to wish them a happy and prosperous new year. For some, this will go on for the first few days. When you visit, you bring small gifts mainly food and fruit. There is also the giving and receiving of “Ang Pow” which is more for children and singles. As they greet their elders they are given money wrapped in a red packet. In most countries and Malaysia, the lion dance performances are still very popular and can be seen around town.

 

Just like any other festival, Chinese New Year is a time when family and friends gather together and celebrate. I am glad to be able to be back with my family this year as I haven’t celebrated it in Malaysia for at least 8 years.

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Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? How will you be ushering in the year of the Goat? Loved to hear from you…

Valentine’s Inspiration// Movie Night In

Roses, kisses and love-hearts. The day, also know known as St. Valentine’s Day, is a day on which people all around the world celebrate and express their love for one another.
I have never been huge on the whole affair probably because I like to think that every day is special with my loved one. I make the most of every moment I have with him (or I try to at least!) I still buy chocolates as a little token for all my close girlfriends and to show some love.

 

I do feel that Valentine’s Day is a bit commercial and a money-making gimmick to some extent but I like the sentiment behind the historical significance of this day of love.
This year, I will be away from my own lover, Mr. SbS as I’m currently in Malaysia while he’s in Australia. Ah well, tis life. For now it’s Skype date and we will catch up on the V-day when we see each other soon.

 

For those of that want to do something out of the norm and stay home instead with a lovely home-cooked meal, popcorn and curl up on the couch with one of these movie picks from me.

With your lover
When Harry met Sally
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I love re-watching this one and it’s funny with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. A love story that takes places over many years and a couple development over time, the essence of true everlasting love.

Before Sunrise
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Need I say more? We have Paris, two people, characters played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy meet and then who knows what could possibly happen…
 

Romeo and Juliet
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The original to this adaptation was written Shakespeare but this version is set in modern day directed by Baz Luhrman. Every bit the fairy tale, start crossed lovers who have to hide their love from their family. Worth a watch if you haven’t!

 

For the singles 
I haven’t forgotten all the singles out there, guys and girls. I’ve been there myself and know what it feels like to be single at this time of the year. Do not fret, if you choose not to party the night away then here is something for you! A reminder that there’s someone out there for all of you:-)

 

Bridget Jones Diary // High Fidelity
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So what will you be doing with your Valentine? I’d love to hear..drop me a line in the comments below:-)