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Personal: Update

In less than a month and I’m here reducing my posting frequency.

Initially I had this almost-completed post about blogging, like how I started, how things changed and hence my blogging habit changed.. How I tried to follow my newly set-up posting schedule and why it doesn’t work out.. And then, I realize, at the end of the day, I’m just rambling and the content is kind of a waste of time – I’m giving myself excuses in not completing tasks that I want to do. So I deleted that post.

First of all, I’d like to apologize for not following my posting schedule. I already knew it was gonna be challenging for me because I am bad in time management. Plus, I kinda lost touch with posting after created so many kind of layout for myself because I wanted things to look tidy and organized. I forgot how to be random. It feels like there are invisible guidelines or rule that I need to follow before I could start posting. I too, feel like I’m talking to people, instead of talking to myself (although there might be no one reading), hence I will need to think of what to say because, hello? People’s reading, and I can’t be living all in my world, right? In another word, I’ve lost the random self. Please bare with me while I’m still searching that random self.

Well, this could be a incredibly long post, which I do not want it to, because I already see not much content in this post. I just wanna put this out, to apologize (in case there is any audience) for not following what I’ve promised to do, which is 2 posts a week. I’m sorry. I have introduced so many hobbies to myself recently that I did not dedicate enough time for me to blog. And again, I’m bad at time management. And I do not want to choose one hobby over another because I’m actually liking things that I’m calling them hobbies now. I’d like to share more on those hobbies here, in my blog, in the near future. In the meantime, I’ll post as frequent as I possibly could, because I still like to share, just that there won’t be 2 posts weekly, every Tuesday and Friday. No posting schedule is also part of the random self? Who knows by doing that I’ll be able to find the random self and then I’ll post more frequently? =D *fingers crossed*

Once again, thanks for tuning in. I wish whoever is reading this an awesome day ahead! Good day and see you again soon! =)

Till then!

 

Love,
Babytopaz

 

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Inspiration: Act of Kindness

As much as I’d like to stick with schedule, it is not easy, for one simple reason, inspiration does not come in schedule. However, it is do-able, I just need to be more committed, and observance (affirmation for myself), and turn things around me into inspiration.

So, today is another work day for me. As I still had a little time to buffer, I went to food court for breakfast before reporting. I don’t normally take lift because the food court is just one level below my office. You know sometimes when you enter a lift that is crowded, like everyone is trying to get from the most bottom level to the highest, then they saw you enter just to travel one level up (or down), the kind of look they give you as if you’ve done something awful (which by the way, I think it’s awful too..). Anyway, it wasn’t crowded today, no, to be precise, a lift arrived right in front of me and everyone was getting out from the lift, and no one was waiting for the lift. So I made a quick decision, to take the lift.

As I walked towards the lift, as I said, everyone was getting out, I saw this old gentleman, pushing his trolley, walked out from the lift, very slowly. He appeared to be frail, that’s why he was walking very slowly, which it seemed like the lift door was shutting right behind him. Then, he turned around to press the lift button, to hold the lift for me. It happened in split second, but it has made an impeccable impression on me, which became the inspiration of this post.

Jeff Bozos, CEO of Amazon said “Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice”. Mark Twain said kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. And there is also this popular saying of the world is full of nice people, it you can’t find one, be one. I’m sure you’ve heard of one of these sayings in your lifetime. However, it takes another level for one to actually do it. And the gentleman did it. It might be something small for him (turning around and press a button), but it was something to me (I might miss the lift and have to wait for another one or take the escalator instead, which of course, not a big deal). What I’m trying to say is, the gesture of this gentleman, shows that kindness is at every corner, and it is up to us to discover, and appreciate it. If we choose to ignore them, the kindness, we will never find one. If a frail gentleman could do that for a stranger like me, could we, the self-claimed able-bodied do more for others? Sure we could. But it is a choice. Being kind is a choice. And it’s the matter of how we choose.

I quickly thanked the gentleman before the lift door shut.

Let me end this post with a quote from AESOP:-

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


Thank you for making the world a better place, sir.

Till then!

 

Love ,

BT

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Travel: Uetliberg and Broga Hills

Was in Zurich last week. It is summer time and the weather was so nice for outdoor activities. So Mr. A suggested to go hiking. So we did.

The place we were staying was not near the city, so we took a tram to Zurich Hauptbahnhof and switch to train S10 to Uetilberg. The train ride took us about 30 minutes to reach. We didn’t know there was 2 different trains which for S10, one only serves until Triemli while the other one goes all the way to Uetliberg. So we got down at Triemli and boarded another train to go all the way up to Uetliberg, which wasn’t bad at all, because we got a new learn, and take some photos (will add on more photos after transfer those photos from camera).

As soon as we reached Uetliberg station, we saw a children playground on the right and a staircase that leads to the hiking trail on the left. The trail is definitely beginner (and child) friendly and we reached the top of the hill effortlessly. We could see one side of city view and another side of forest view. It’s like the best of both worlds, simply breathtaking.

 

 

Oh ya, there was a small tower that you could go up for a even better view, which we did not go up because you will need to pay CHF2 per person to go pass that revolving door and we did not have coins. So we took photo of the tower itself instead. 😀

 

 

And this Monday, we went Broga Hills, Semenyih, Malaysia. It was my second time there but it was the first for Mr. A. I don’t know why we (or just me) like suddenly so into hiking recently? I actually consider this as my first hiking experience together because it is another level of difficulty compare to Uetilberg. We were quite excited the night before and we wanted to go before sunrise (Google said sunrise was 7.04am).

Unfortunately, we did not have the proper gear like headlights for crack of dawn hiking, hence we started hiking only after sunrise. It took us less than an hour to reach the top (I didn’t reach the top at the first time) and the sky seemed like it was going to rain so we decided to call it a day. True enough, it started raining as we were going down and we had to find cover under a tree before we could continue, with many other hikers. The rain stopped approximately 20 minutes later and it just added the difficulty by a little, which wasn’t that bad. Hehehe.

I am liking hiking more and more, as I feel like there are so much more we could learn from it. My favorite learn from this learn is take small steps, and be determined, you will eventually reach your destination.

**Broga Hills photo to be uploaded.**

 

Till then!

 

Love,

BT

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Beauty: Essence gel nail polish

So let’s start the first post by talking about something simple. This is not like the first FIRST post, rather, if you read my previous post, I came up with this new system for myself, where I do not wanna set a certain format that I must follow and kill the fun for me to share. I just wanna start enjoying posting again, on a regular basis (every Tuesday and Friday, but I forgot to mention, it might be changed to one day earlier or one day later depending on my schedule. So technically it’s a post on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, and another post on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Hah!), rather than setting a certain format that even though I enjoy reading, but don’t enjoy doing because most of the time will be spent looking up for facts and details that don’t really bother me. They, those facts and details, might bother me someday, but for now, let’s just get the habit going first.

Phew. So much for an introduction. Let’s go back to the subject: Essence gel nail polish.

I have discovered this brand for about a little more than 6 months now, while I was in Frankfurt. Because I wasn’t that into makeup yet that time, I didn’t always go to the makeup section at DM in Germany, so it just didn’t cross my mind that I wanted to get anything, such as nail polish, from essence.
Due to the requirement of my work, I need to paint my nail polish every so often that I wouldn’t mind trying out new nail polish brands and color. Because we all need that color that compliments the makeup and skintone, the formula that last us for hours of heavy duty without chipping, I shifted from brand to brand. So when I saw this in DM, for the price of less than 2 Euro, which is a lot cheaper than other manicurist favorite brands, even though the size is half of what we get from a normal bottle of nail polish, I went for it.

Firstly, I discovered a few benefits for getting a smaller bottle of nail polish:

1. It’s easier to carry around a.k.a. travel friendly.

2. You could always try out different color because it finishes faster.

3. You do not need nail polish thinner to dissolve the thickened nail polish.

4. And for obvious reason, it is cheaper than the bigger bottles.

And all the above happens in a bottle of nail polish.

The more I paint my nails, the more I realise you do not need a nail polish which could last you for days. OK, maybe a few days. Because even though you do not wanna paint your nail so often, yet the polish itself will loose it’s shine after some time, depending on which top coat you are using. But if you do use hairsprays, perfume and other chemical products daily, then your nail polish color will either become darker or duller, or both. I mean, the whole point of putting on nail polish is to make your nails look polished? Lolz.

It is especially ideal for students who ate not allowed to wear nail polish to attend classes because of its size and its affordable price. An opened bottle of nail polish won’t last so long so it won’t go to wastage of the entire bottle if you only paint your nails once every week or so.

Yup. I think that’s about it for today. The Essence gel nail polish. They have so many colors to choose from and I’m sure you could find at least one that you like!

Till then!

Love,
BT

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I.am.Babytopaz

Hi there.

First of all, I’d like to thank you for clicking the link and take your precious time reading this. Hah! Sounds like writing one of my work e-mails. Because it’s basically showing gratitude towards everything and everyone. Wait. Isn’t that how life suppose to be?

OK. Let’s go back to today’s subject.

I.am.babytopaz. I’ll try not to divert too far from the subject, which if you know me, I tend to do that very often and very easily.

So, let’s begin.

Perhaps I’ll move this post to a separate page one day, something titled About Me, but as I’m still pretty new to the community, it’s only right for me to introduce myself, officially.

Babytopaz, is not my name, if you wonder. It’s the nickname I got myself years ago because I didn’t feel like revealing too much personal details on this platform where things could go out of control sometimes. Goods and bads. You could name all the goods about the internet but it doesn’t make the bads better. 

Baby: Because I like to be called ‘baby’. Because baby is the pure and innocent though they could be handful at times. Because ‘baby’ sounds cute.

Topaz: There are 2 birthstone for the month of November; Citrine and Topaz. And ‘topaz’ sounds better with ‘baby’ to me.

So yea. Babytopaz.

Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

I’ve read this quote somewhere sometime ago. And I remember loving it the moment I read. Then it popped up again to me recently. And while I was pampering myself with massage yesterday, well, I thought I was suppose to relax my mind to enjoy the massage to the max, my mind couldn’t stop running. So instead of resisting, I chose to take a look at what’s going on in my mind.

It was like a few channel playing in my head at the same time. So I tried to get things organized by categorizing them, and then tackle them one by one. One of the things that was running in my mind was this, my blog.

It started with I got to really into YouTube videos last November. I started with makeup and then some Facebook post introduced me to the world of bullet journal. So I went on YouTube and start watching videos about it. Since then, my YouTube homepage is filled with makeup channels and bullet journalling videos. I thought all I was learning was makeup skills and decorating journals. But it was so much more.

As much as I enjoy being inspired by all the successful people on YouTube, whether it’s their makeup skills or their creativity in journals, I was inspired to inspire. I wish I could be one of them, bringing positivity to the world, sharing thoughts, and create happiness to people who watch or read them. I used to post in another blog, where I shared my everyday stories, but it did not have a theme, so my readers were mainly my family and friends (because I don’t update Facebook status or Tweet so often that report my daily movement). So I created this blog. The initial idea was to blog with a theme (or themes) that would attract readers, people with same interests. I have yet to delete my old blog although most of the posts don’t mean much to me anymore (those are still my history and reasons I am who I am today), some of the posts still mean so much to me (I like to have it somewhere so when I’m feeling sentimental, I could go back to it). If you scroll back far enough, you will be able to see posts from years ago.

And then, I came up with a few categorise or topics that I’d like to share in the blog; Movies and Makeup/ Beauty, and a format to stick to (I like things look organized and neat). Because people have so much to comment on everything and people rely so much on reviews nowadays before going to cinema or making a purchase, I thought I would be one of them who shares my review. In that way, I could inspire and it would sound cool (to influence people based on things that I said).

I thought it was a cool idea and I was motivated at the very beginning. I would take pictures, do makeup swatches, insert ingredients, include movie summaries, try to give every info I could find on the internet to ‘complete’ my posts and feel like a pro. But this practise did not last me for more than a month.

As I was having my massage yesterday, I thought of posting another post, on a movie I watched about a month ago. I love it so much and I wanted to write something about it. But the thought of having to look into the details (which I don’t personally enjoy so much doing it), I kept that task open yet uncompleted. And then I watched more movies which I love all of them, and now I left with more open yet uncompleted tasks.

So I thought, is that something I really want? Dragging myself to post with the format I’d like to follow but don’t enjoy doing it, because I wanna inspire others, which I can’t even inspire myself?

I mean, I totally respect bloggers who to do their researches before throwing something out. It is a lot of work yet they are determine to give as much as they could as long as they think it helps and inspires. But I need to start posting first! If I can’t even sit down and start posting, it’s pointless to talk about helping and inspiring. I might not be sharing makeup ingredients or movie summaries from the official websites, but I’ll be sharing my review on products I’ve tried or movies I’ve watched, and everything in that post will be my words, instead of some copy and paste facts which could be found elsewhere on the internet. Does it make sense?

Then this is going to become like my old blog.I thought.

Not necessarily. I just need to be more specific, by knowing the subject of my posts and stay focused, instead of reporting everything without any direction. Yes, be specific and stay focused is the key. 

Oh ya, did I mention I’ll be posting every Tuesday and Friday? Because it’s important to have a schedule too. Topics would be on things that I find interesting in my life. Anything, that I find interesting.

So yea, that’s about it. I knew this is going to be a lengthy one because that’s the way I tell stories, there was even a story behind why it is I.am.babytopaz instead   of just babytopaz itself. Just imagine that.

Thank you once again for staying around, and read until this very point. We shall see how things go and there might be (very likely) changes from time to time (just like the concept of bullet journal) for a simple reason; change is the only constant. Feel free to comment anytime and any constructive feedback would be very much appreciated. I’m so excited for this. Till then!

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Beauty: [Nails] Essence 2 in 1 base & top coat

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Movie: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. The film is a live-action/CGI-animated remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s eighteenth-century fairy tale. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson in supporting roles. Continue reading