Monday, April 13, 2015

Beauty is Effort

Beauty is pain, some old line told us. But I'd rather more agree with this line, beauty is effort. A lot of people do so much effort to take care of their weight and body shape by choosing the best food to consume. But unfortunately, people often forgot to choose the best food to feed their face skin. Yes, it looks like some of us will start a treatment to heal our skin once it had acnes, or had a dry condition. But when our skin looks okay, we often forget to feed it with the right nutrition. Do we even forget that even our skin looks okay, it actually is the first shield of our body and mind? So, start from this very young age, I want to start to be committed to my skin, to feed it the right amount of nutrition it needed so that as my age grow, my skin will stay young.  

So recently I've been researching some products available to find the one which will give my skin the right amount of nutrition it needed. I am aware, that hydration is the most important thing to keep my skin from this most scary thing: dry skin. So, that's where I am looking. I am looking for products that will hydrate my skin and this is where the story begins, I finally met Laneige. Yes, that well known brand from South Korea with Song Hye Kyo as its face. While doing my research, I accidentally came into Nihon Mart, an online beauty store which start its operating from 2011 and focusing on Japan and Korean beauty product and so happy to find that they also sell original product from Laneige.

(Price: 295.000 idr, at Nihon Mart)

I know I do not have to think twice when I found Laneige, since this brand is famous with its Laneige Advanced Water Science, just the right thing that I needed the most! And I am not surprised when I found that in Nihon Mart, its Laneige Water Sleeping Pack is the most best selling product. Like what the banner said, this product contains of three main usage, in which I needed the most: strong hydration made by Beta-Glucan, exfoliating and brightening made by Hunza Apricot Extract which will eliminate harmful oxygen radicals and Chestnut Extract which will peel off dead skin cells, and Sleepscent for Deep Sleep which will make my skin relax to improve skin regeneration. The product is also easy to use by the way, I just have to apply it before sleep and I do not need to wash it off, I just can directly doze off while enjoying Laneige Water Sleeping Pack relaxed me. I'm so glad I found this product in Nihon Mart, yeay! 

I do love beauty rituals before sleep. It's an effort I love the most. It's the time when I can enjoy and appreciate my self and my mind, while also taking care of it. Beauty is effort. Without an effort from ourselves to take care of our body and mind since the earliest time possible, I doubt that we can maintain the most optimal condition of it all. Because things don't just happen, it happens with the presence of effort, doesn't it?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spend Wisely

Some people say, it is forbidden to spend too much money on complimentary stuff, such as fashion brands, or monthly traveling agenda. But, I agree to disagree. The one which forbidden is this: to not work as smart and as hard as we could to be able to enjoy the world. This is what I believe, it is okay to spend as much as I would, and could, as long as I also try my hardest to earn. Earn much, spend smart! So, since I believe I have work my ass off to earn, I deserve this shoes I get from Zalora, and a quick escape once in a while to enjoy the world. So there am I, on my last trip to Malaysia, standing in The Petronas Skybridge at 170 meters above street level, to enjoy the world. 

The Little Things She Needs (bought from Zalora)

Top (Tailor-made), Skirt (Tailor-made),
 Shoes (The Little Things She Needs bought from Zalora), Bag (Charles & Keith)

Speaking about spend smart, I just realize that this early month, Zalora is smartly held a Warehouse Clearance Sale! You could always get the best price from a Warehouse Sale, couldn't you? So, this is just the right time to spend wisely, after a long day of working hard! Since Zalora provide great brands in their store, and by that it means a great product, and now? With a great price! This is just the right time to spend, anyway. I feel like I have to rush to open Zalora's web now because it's only held between April 6th-12th, oh no! 

Go click Zalora Warehouse Clearance Sale now,  CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Japan (Part Three)

Previous Post: Japan (Part Two)

Even the parking area of Mt Fuji 5th Station has this beautiful view of snow and clouds

Komitake Shrine

In Japan, you could easily spot shrine almost in every corner of the country. And Komitake Shrine is no exception. Stand 2300 meters above sea level, at the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, this shrine gloriously welcome me as I arrived there. Even if the weather was too cold for me since I am not wearing any coat, just a wool jacket, I can't stand my self not to explore the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. There, we could easily find magnificent view of cities below and clouds above! Well, is this how heaven look like?

Dress (Tailor-made), Jacket (Marks & Spencer), Tights (Marks & Spencer),
 Belt (Unbranded), Shoes (Yongki Komaladi), Wool Hat (Classic)

My mom with a really close view of Mt Fuji's peak

Melon Pan

Mt Fuji 5th Station hosts restaurants, shops which sell hiking stuff, and souvenir shops. For hiker, this is the last station where they could stock up foods and hiking gear, while for tourist, this is the last station in which we could see Mt Fuji's peak at the closest distance possible. I can't imagine how cold  it is in the peak, since I already find my nose hurt by the cold weather here. But nevertheless, the cold can't beat how happy I am to be able to explore this area! And I've been hearing about Japan's famous melon pan (which the most famous one can be found at a shop in Senso-ji Shrine in Tokyo), but accidentally found this in Mt Fuji do make me so happy. If I judge the book by its cover, then I could bet that those melon pan tastes divine. And what makes me even happier, it really does taste divine! Now I know why this snack is so famous, it is worth the fuss anyway.

Train Station at Kawaguchi

Have you ever spotted white sakura? I capture it on my way back from 5th station to Lake Kawaguchi

Where I ate lunch, a restaurant in the second floor of a souvenir shop which I do not remember the name, in Misaka-Michi Road

Ice cream booth at first floor of the restaurant

What I ate for lunch: sashimi, cold soba, and udon in the hot pot 

Shops along Misaka-Michi Road

After spent enough time at Mt Fuji's 5th station, we went back to Lake Kawaguchi to have lunch. We had our lunch in a restaurant in the second floor of a souvenir shop with glass wall so we were able to enjoy the view of Lake Kawaguchi while we ate, a memory I will cherish and miss for the rest of my life, definitely! And of course I did not want to waste my time by not strolling around Lake Kawaguchi. I walk along Misaka-Michi Road while enjoying its ambience. There are a lot of shops, mostly restaurant and gift shops around Lake Kawaguchi.


The super crowded pedestrian crossing in Shinjuku at night

Now off we go to the busy, buzzing, and crowded Shinjuku in Tokyo! We went back to Tokyo by bus, at the evening, my mom and me spent our time wander around Shinjuku. Just to enjoy the ambience, the crowded pedestrian walk, the buzzing and busy corner of Shinjuku, the never ending fashion, book, groceries shops, and all kind of restaurant on every corner of the street. Tokyo is just diverse, yet divine. I love the way I understand a little part of my self I never knew before, or found crazy ideas in the middle of places I am not familiar with, in the middle of strangers whom I don't even fluent in talking their languages. I guess it's true that some people say, travel is a journey to find ourselves while we're lost.