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LIFE UPDATE: BEING A FINAL SEM STUDENT W/ 3 PART-TIME JOBS, FUTURE PLANS, ETC

Hey all. It's been so long since I blogged, to be exact, updating you guys about my life. 

I noticed that I haven't been really into blogging since the beginning of the year. If blogging was a school, I feel that I'm probably the dropout now. It's like I no longer have the urge to update my blog weekly, and I don't even care about whether people are still reading my blog. I guess now the only thing that makes this blog "read-worthy" are my traveling guides. 

I started this blog as an online diary, an outlet for me to rant and pour my thoughts. But now, I just feel like I have so many other things to manage that I don't even have time to think for myself (let alone write them down on my blog). 

It's May already and we are marching to June really soon. So that means we are reaching the mid-year already, which also means I'm graduating in 7 weeks....or maybe 6. I've been so busy. I used to be consistent in uploading weekly videos, but now I don't even have the motivation at all. It's just that school and assignments and work have taken so much of my time, and I just want to have some time for myself to relax and enjoy "doing nothing" during the weekends. 

When people ask me how do I juggle between 3 part-time jobs and my final semester at the same time? My answer would usually be "time management". 

Now, I would like to add one more answer to that question, stress management. 

It's not easy to handle stress, whether it's the 'internal' stress that comes from within yourself, or the 'external' stress that is exerted upon you from your parents, boss, etc. I'm gonna be honest with you that sometimes I can't really handle stress well. When I'm stressed out, I tend to lose my temper easily, which means I will unintentionally hurt people with the words and remarks that I never meant to say. If there's one shortcoming that I want to take away from myself, it would definitely be my bad temper. 

So how do I manage stress? It relates back to time management. I like to map out and plan things in advance. I like to set deadlines for myself so that I don't procrastinate and I think being disciplined is one of my most prominent strengths. When I work, I switch the "full concentration" mode on within myself. Well, sometimes, I do have my "less inspired" and "demotivated" days too hahahaha. So what I do when I feel demotivated is play a few songs on the piano or watch an episode of "Running Man" (the China version lel), then I will tell myself: OK, now that you have taken time to relax and unwind, it's time to get back to work. 

Being a final semester student gives me so much mixed emotions (that I think every final sem student can relate). I feel excited that I will be graduating soon. But sometimes it just feels so surreal that I'm already a final sem student. And then I'll recall my lack of readiness to face the harsh reality of the working world after graduation. And if you were to ask me what my post-graduation plans are, I'm gonna be honest with you - I have no plans yet lel. 

I want to take a few months off to travel, to discover what I truly like and where I really belong. I feel like sometimes we can be too saturated with what other people think/feel we should be doing, like they will try to convince you about a specific pathway to success and yada and yada, as if they know you better than yourself. But the truth is, we all should discover what we really want in life ourselves and not let them to determine who we should be. 

Everyone will be confused at some point in life. For those who already have a concrete plan of your future, well I'm really happy for you. But for those who are still waddling about in the "pool of self-discovery" (like me), please know that it's okay. There's nothing bad about taking some time and inspiration to work out what we truly want our future to be like.

Hopefully, I will be able to share with you all what I discover about myself soon. 

Good luck to me, and to you too. 

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Here are some recent photos of myself, featuring my new Celine Marta sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses.

I'm so stoked that SmartBuyGlasses sent me this Celine sunglasses, because I lost my Celine Audrey sunglasses last year. I have always loved Celine sunglasses for their remarkable quality and design. Good news is: you can now purchase 100% authentic designer eyewear from SmartBuyGlasses in a much discounted price than the ones in the retail stores! So why spend a few hundred bucks more when you can get the same product in a much lower price from SmartBuyGlasses? Be sure to check out their website now to shop for your favourite designer eyewear brand. 😁

REVIEW: MAPUTI WHITE CREAM FROM JAPAN

If you were to ask me what is one of the things I miss the most about Japan, I would say it's drugstores shopping!

Why? Simply because there are just tons of products to shop for, ranging from skin care products to body products, hair care, health supplements, daily necessities and many more. Somehow the drugstores in Japan will tend to make you buy things you never thought you needed or things you never had the intention to buy in the first place. I'm sure those who have visited the drugstores in Japan will definitely understand this. And I also love how they rank the products in the stores so that you can see what's the top-selling or hit item in Japan. The ranking always makes me feel convinced.

And recently, I received a Japanese highly-rated product, which is the Organic Fragrance White Cream from Maputi. You may or may not have heard of it, but once you try it, you will LOVE it.



Specially formulated for delicate zone areas, this whitening cream is great for those who are concerned with darkened skin on their thighs, crotch, underarm area, elbow, neck, nipples, etc. 

If you are afraid of wearing sleeveless tops or bikinis just because you are insecure and upset about discolourations in any of your body parts, the Maputi Organic Fragrance White Cream is here to help!

I've read a lot of positive reviews about this product, and most of them commented that the effects can be observed after 3 weeks of continuous usage!

Apart from whitening, this cream also works as a scented cream / deodorant that provides a long-lasting body fragrance. I personally LOVE the fragrance a lot because it's not too strong! It's just a mixture of citrus and peach, with a hint of floral scent, which is absolutely pleasant to our olfactory senses!

But most important of all, this product is formulated with certified organic herbal extracts, contains NO artificial ingredients and it's 7-FREE (petroleum free surfactant free, paraben free, synthetic coloring free, mineral oil free, alcohol free, silicon free, synthetic polymer free).

In other words, it's totally SAFE to use on any delicate areas of your body and it's also suitable for those who have sensitive skin as well!!

HOW TO USE?
 
Squeeze a coin-sized amount on your palm


Massage it on the areas that you wanna target after shower. For me, I apply it on my elbow and also my knees.


 WHERE TO BUY? 

You can now purchase this product from Japan Premium, which is an online store that brings you authentic products imported from Japan directly.

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FOR MY READERS 
Key in this coupon code "MPTJESSC" to get 10% off purchase of Maputi products. Also, enjoy FREE shipping when you purchase more than 2 bottles!

JESSICA'S SEOUL TRAVEL DIARY 2017


Hi guys, I'm back from my Korea trip with my brother! It's my second time in Seoul (the last time I visited Seoul was last year May) and to be honest, I still couldn't get enough of this city! This time around, I didn't go to a lot of tourist spots like how I did during my first Korea trip. So if you haven't been to Seoul and are looking for a Seoul travel itinerary + tips for first-timers, you can read my Korea Travel Guide, which I wrote last year.

OK, if you are following my Instagram, you would have probably already seen my pictures with my boyfriend, which I haven't really shared/announced on my blog..I am not sure if you guys could remember, but my previous blog post "The Last Hug" was actually about him. Just to clear off some of your doubts, my boyfriend is not a Korean oppa lolol. He is a Dutch Chinese from Netherlands and we knew each other from the company that I interned at. He is currently studying in Korea as an exchange student until June so I just thought why not I make a trip to Korea to visit him and it's also just in time to catch the cherry blossoms in Seoul too! And I tagged my brother along too so that he can be our personal photographer hahahaha. 

During my recent trip to Seoul (2nd April - 10th April), I revisited some of my favourite places and also discovered some new hipster cafes! And I also went to both Lotte World and Everland this time hahaha *will never get enough of theme parks 

So this is basically my itinerary for this trip - 
Day 1: Hongdae
Day 2: Dongdaemun, Garosugil 
Day 3: Lotte World Theme Park 
Day 4: Bukchon Hanok Village (hanbok experience), Ewha Women's University Shopping Street, Noryangjin Fish Market 
Day 5: Seokchon Lake, Common Ground, Myeongdong 
Day 6: Everland Theme Park 
Day 7: Itaewon, Ewha Women's University Shopping Street (final round shopping haha) 

OUR ACCOMMODATION 
We stayed in Hotel Maui DDM throughout our trip. It's a newly-opened budget hotel which is located in the vicinity of Dongdaemun. The nearest subway station (Dongmyo) is just 7 mins walk away (which is the main reason why we chose this hotel). There are also 2 convenience stores and quite a lot of restaurants (for example, Kyochon Chicken!) nearby our hotel. Our room is clean and cozy and there's free WiFi!!! We definitely enjoyed our stay there! It just feels like a home away from home! 

You guys can book the hotel through Agoda! 

HOTEL MAUI - 14 Jongro-66 ga gil, Jongro-gu(201-15 Sungin-dong), Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea, 110-550

How to go to Hotel Maui from the airport?
From the airport, get your airport bus ticket [Cheongnyangyi 6002] to Dongmyo bus station. Then from Dongmyo bus station, take a 5 mins walk to Hotel Maui. Airport bus ticket costs 10,000 won. 

Standard Double Room. There are also some empty spaces beside the bed so that you can put your luggage and shopping bags. I would say that this room is just enough for me and my brother! 

 Toilet is really new and clean! 



DAY 1 
Outfit: Top from Blaqmagiklvrs // Skirt from Topshop
I swear this is a candid shot!!
Also another candid shot 
We went to this beautiful cafe - Vant 36.5 Menon - in Hongdae!
When you try to be candid but end up laughing because you think you are being too pretentious...
A warm cup of coffee was just perfect for the chilly and windy weather!

Korean BBQ for dinner! There are quite a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants in Hongdae so we just randomly went into one. 
And Kyochon chicken as supper! This restaurant is just located near our hotel! 

DAY 2
We went to Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the morning to take some pictures. In the afternoon, we went to Garosugil to cafe-hop and shop! There are tons of cool cafes in Garosugil and it's just virtually impossible for us to try everyone of them! So we decided to go for Cafe Mula, which is a cafe with a minimalistic vibe. 

How to go to Garosugil: Get down at Sinsa Station – Line 3, exit 8

LED roses
#Aesthetic
Outfit: Top from Blaqmagiklvrs // Pants from Korea 
After we are done taking pictures in Dongdaemun, we went to Garosugil - Lobster Shack for lunch!
Green tea tiramisu from Cafe Mula 
Honestly, it is expensive to cafe-hop in Seoul. πŸ’Έ

GENTLE MONSTER - it's quite hard for us to locate the shop but it's near 3CE Garosugil!


3CE store in Garosugil  

DAY 3
On day 3, we went to Lotte World but unfortunately, it started raining in the afternoon so we didn't get to explore the outdoor attractions πŸ˜” . Thank god there are some indoor attractions and we took the 360 Giant Loop ride and the French Revolution ride (which was really thrilling)! 

How to go to Lotte World: Get down at Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 4. Lotte World is directly connected to the station.
Dream came true ⭐️

DAY 4
On the 4th day, we went to Oneday Hanbok to rent a Hanbok! Oneday Hanbok is super near Bukchon Hanok Village so feel free to tour around the area after renting your beautiful hanbok! 

Btw, the store is usually super crowded so I would suggest you to make a reservation first before going. There are a lot of different designs and sizes available and you can rent their hair accessories and bags too! 

Rental Fare: 
4 hours - 15,000 KRW
1 day (24 hours) - 28,000 KRW

How to go to Oneday Hanbok: Get down at Anguk Station Exit 2, walk straight and you will spot Oneday Hanbok across the road from Jae-dong Elementary School 

After that, we went to Ewha Women's University shopping street for shopping!! It's hands down my favourite place to shop because things are cheaper here!! 

Outfit: Mesh top from Blaqmagiklvrs // Sweatpants from Korea // Jacket from Forever 21 

Headed to Noryangjin Fish Market for a huge seafood feast. You can pick whatever seafood you want and they will cook it for you upon ordering. The entire meal costed us about RM630! 

How to go: Get down at Noryangjin Fish Market station, walk straight then turn right into a tunnel, then Noryangjin Fish Market will be in front of you.
Grilled scallop 
Live octopus!! I didn't eat this though because my stomach is pretty sensitive lately lolol
Freshly-steamed seafood
Grilled abalones with butter
And our main highlight of the night - King Crab woohoooooo
The meal was soooooo good and fillingπŸ‘Œ

DAY 5
Went to Seokchon lake on our 5th day to see the cherry blossoms!! People, my life is complete!! *tears of joy


Stylenanda Pink Hotel πŸ’“ 

DAY 6 
I'd actually been to Everland last year but since it's my brother's first time in Seoul, I decided to bring him there hahaha! You may purchase your tickets in the counter near the entrance.

I couldn't believe that we went for the T-Express ride!!! I didn't dare to go for it last year but this year my boyfriend just forced me to go haahahaha! It was damn fun though, no regrets! 

Outfit: Pink bomber and Rose tee from Blaqmagiklvrs // Skirt from Bershka 
Lazy panda lazing 

DAY 7
On our last day, we didn't do much actually. We pretty much just went to Itaewon in the morning for breakfast, then to Hongdae and Ewha for final round shopping. 

Outfit: Frilled Top from Blaqmagiklvrs // Skirt from Korea 
Bingsu date πŸ’˜

SO THAT'S ALL ABOUT MY TRIP! 

I enjoyed it so, so much. Looking back at the pictures makes me smile and reminisce all our good times together. :') 

Don't forget to watch my vlog! 














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