THE BIRTH OF MY NEW FACEBOOK PAGE – THEJESSICAT! (Finally, right?)

2014Aug4

 

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Meaning, this entry will stay on the top permanently till I remove it.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I now have a new Facebook page for this blog! Do show some love and support at - 

www.Facebook.com/thejessicat.com Smile

 

 

After running this blog for 9 years, you must be wondering why there never was a Facebook page for my blog all this while!

Haha. Well, there is actually a little background story to it. Big Smile

 

When this blog started to gain traction back in 2007, that was coincidentally when Facebook began to roll out their latest product, Facebook Fan Pages. The blogger community was then quick to jump onto the bandwagon and started creating ‘fan pages’ for themselves. 

For some reason, I didn’t quite agree to this. Ugh!

And I still don’t. 

 

 

Fan pages? Really? I have never fancied the idea of self-proclamation of one’s non-existent celebrity status and I especially despise the word ‘famous blogger’ and ‘celebrity blogger’.

Do you really reckon you’re that ‘famous’ and worthy of creating a ‘fan page’ for yourself? 

 

This video might interest you. No, really. You’ve GOTTA watch it! It’s funny

 

Admittedly, maybe I might have taken this ‘fan page’ word a tad too literally and seriously. Surprised But still, I believe I am entitled to my own opinion, especially if I have never voiced my thoughts out nor offend anyone. 

Anyway, despite disagreeing with ‘fan pages’, I have always given my support and LIKEs to fellow blogger friends’ pages. So don’t chide me! :P

 

As time passed, Facebook somehow rebranded their ‘Fan Pages’ to ‘Facebook Pages’.

Only then I began to embrace and accept this. But still never created one because I still felt it was such a ‘perasan’ thing to do! Yell (For my non-Malaysian readers, it basically translates to being self-absorbed or being too full of yourself)

 

 

Anyway, fast-forward to 2012, I saw myself landing in the social media industry after being in the journalism & publication industry for a good number of years.

Being in this field and handling many major social media accounts for various brands made me see the importance of having a Facebook Page especially if you are your own brand/personality.

Another couple of years passed, with many clients and blog readers genuinely wondering and casually questioning me why there isn’t a public page to represent this blog. Tongue Out 

 

Good question.

I don’t know the answer either. Because I just never created one? What?!

 

And then it gradually dawned upon me that it was a necessity.

Facebook pages allowed me to tailor my content better on social media. I also wasn’t able to approve all friend requests, especially people I haven’t met or didn’t know personally/too well.

Facebook pages also provided me the audience demographics, analytics and insights which I needed to further improve to continue becoming a better blogger!

 

So there you go, after so much convincing from my fellow blogger mates around the world, my sponsors & clients, my blog managers, and even you dearest readers, I decided to give myself a very different birthday present this year.

 

Thus TheJessicat’s official Facebook page was born three days ago! Ha Ha

Do show some love on my new page, pretty please? Hehe. 

 

 

Will no longer be posting on my personal account anymore. Blog features, latest updates & pictures will all be moved from now onwards, so your likes on my new page would make me a very happy girl!

Also thinking of throwing a big birthday bash on this blog’s 10th Anniversary next year! I’m excited to make this happen. Wink

 

It’s been a long ride. Thank you for your all your support all this while, beautiful people!

Lots of love.

 

With love from KL to Penang – Happy Birthday, mommy & daddy!

2014Sep27

 

September has come around again, which means, it’s mom & dad’s birthday!

It’s the month where I annually surprise them with a trip back home – but wait a sec – If I return home every year for their birthday without fail, guess that’s not so much of a surprise anymore, eh?

 

 

Anyway. I booked a trip back a few days ago but guess what? I missed my flight.

Yep. Don’t ask why or how. Meh. Yell

 

I began racking my brains on how to go back on such a short notice. I didn’t want to miss being home for mom & dad’s birthday for the world!

Being the Malaysia Day long weekend + school holidays, I can bet my bottom dollar that the highways will be full if I decide to get on a bus. Thankfully, buddyEdwin & his brother was scheduled to visit Penang the next day at 2am (to avoid the traffic I suppose?).

I immediately hopped on for a ride. Phew. At least I didn’t need to waste the flight back to KL. Thanks Ed! Laughing

 

Throughout the long journey, I was prepping this blog post for the birthday celebration – only to realize I haven’t shared the pictures FROM THEIR BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR! SurprisedSurprisedSurprised

 

 

 

Drats. Yes yes, just so you know, I have at least 2 years of backlog for this blog. Forgive me, time isn’t a luxury for me at all  :(

Anyway, speaking of which, here’s what went down during their birthday in 2013!

 

 I took them to Flamingo Hotel in Batu Fehringgi for a Seafood Buffet.

 

Flanked by mom & dad. From this picture. I can safely guess what’s going on in your mind.

Yes, I am tall. I know.

 

But… believe me, being a tall Asian girl in an Asian country really sucks. Frown

One day, if time permits a lengthy rant of a blog article, I will tell you why.

But that’s another story…

 

Back to the birthday last year. It’s us – and dearest kakak in tow!

 

The hospitality of the waiting staff was commendable, while the restaurant was large, brightly-lit and spacious.

 

Just one of our favorite meals at the seafood buffet spread!

Cheese-baked mussels and scallops.

 

 Daddy was a very happy boy that night.

Judging by the amount of prawns, crabs, and shrimps he took, I think I’m pretty sure he was. He also went back for seconds and thirds! Hurrah! Mission accomplished :P

 

My beautiful parents – say hi to mom & dad!

 

 And of course, yours truly.

 

 The buffet spread was so extensive that they even had more choices at the patio by the swimming pool, which mostly consisted of barbequed choices and roasts.

 

 So glad kakak enjoyed herself too – she stuffed herself silly! Hahaha.

 

 Momsie and I always have room for dessert…

 Then again, don’t we all? Big Smile

 

 Birthday cakes do count as dessert too! :D Happy birthday dearest mom & dad!

 

Big hugs! Love you to the moon and back mom!

 

After dinner, we decided to unbuckle our belts and unwind with a short stroll around the vicinity of the hotel.

The al-fresco and poolside area was looking pretty magnificent at night, so why not?

 

 All lit-up at night.

 

 The trio by the poolside bench.

 

Too fantastic a night-light scene not to take a selfie!

 

Can’t deny how serene and breathtaking the ambiance was.

 

Seeing that typical ‘official’ and rigid family photoshoots taken in studios with a wallpaper of meadows and bookshelves as the portrait background with results so overly contrasted and flawlessly airbrushed, isn’t my thing at all, I came up with a random idea.

It’s time for some fun, unofficial and an impromptu family photoshoot! Ha Ha

 

 Which reminds me, I actually want to get these printed,

blown up into an 8R and framed in my room.

 

 Take two!

 

One last shot for Instagram and for the road! That’s a wrap for le folk’s 2013 birthday celebration.

 

Thanks for sticking around with me during the long car ride. It’s fast-forward to the year 2014 now.

We’ve just arrived Penang. Did you forget that I was still on the North-South Highway heading back home? :P

 

 

 

Dolled up for brunch for mom & dad’s birthday!

 

Needless to say, I didn’t have even a wink of sleep, but I didn’t want to fall into slumber upon arrival because the time taken for my snoozes could very well be used to spend time with le folks on this shortened trip.

And I know it’s gonna be worth it. Cool

 

 

This year, mom, dad and I  went to our all-time favorite buffet place, Coffee Garden in Hotel Equatorial, Penang.

I don’t remember how many millions of photos we took here in our lifetime. Surprised

My family has  been regularly patronizing this place ever since I was a toddler, to a kid, to a teenager, and finally, to the young adult I am now.

 

Almost two decades have passed and we still love this place to bits.

 

  I’m genuinely amazed how the food standards are impressively maintained (if not better!) and even more so, how this place can remain this evergreen after all these years. Thumbs up!

 

Greeted to this upon entering the restaurant!

 

Here are some of the choices from the continental and local spread.

Didn’t manage to snap all of them as hey, tummies were a priority here.Tongue Out

 

See Kor Theng – a Chinese delicacy that I’m not to familiar with

 

The Hungarian Beef Goulash was fabulous!

 

Nasi Lemak table with lots and lots of condiments!

Yum yum!

Appease the oriental side in you.

More mouthwatering delights!

 

The sashimi & cold cut table – one of my favorite platters of the buffet!

Equatorial Hotel certainly has a breathtaking view of the residential bungalows, the condominiums in the near distance and of course, Bukit Jambul Country Club’s golf course.

 

Aerial shot of mom & dad’s selection.

 

More random choices!

 

Just HAD to snap this picture of mom & dad with the superb view behind them.

 

Hi! Mom & dad aren’t the only people enjoying the food. Hehe!

 

Satay tops my list!

Fruits! Fruits! Oh, glorious fruits!

You’re probably wondering… where’s the meat?

Well here it is! Tasty and succulent no doubt!

Happy tummy today! #cheatday Ahh!

 

Here’s some more of my fave picks!

 

 

Can’t be more blessed to have parents like them. Also, I was really glad I made it back despite the circumstances. Smile

 

We had a very intimate family lunch and shared lots of banter as well as deep-diving into serious discussions of life, love, politics and other general knowledge. Such a gathering between the three of us is indeed priceless!

 

Okay, dessert time. How can anyone not have space for desserts? Ahh!

 

Ice Kacang!

Happy mama at the dessert table!

Oh my goodness, they serve New Zealand Natural ice cream. Love it!

 

Our favorite dessert of all – Bread & Butter Pudding!

No idea how they made it THIS IRRESISTIBLE!

*mental note to self: gotta attempt making this one day*

 

Family selfie to end the celebration!

 

Happy birthday again, mom & dad. May you both stay young at heart and brilliant in more ways than ever!

 

 

 

 

 

Getting classy & fabulous with Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eye Shadow – 208 Tisse Gabrielle!

2014Sep18

 

Chanel has always been known to be a timeless and classic icon of beauty, style and of course, luxury at its finest.

Needless to say, Coco Chanel has established an empire (or should I say, cult?) for herself with a strong  following of fashionistas aka ‘slaves’. And admittedly, I am one of them.

 

Introducing the Chanel Les 4 Ombre Eyeshadow from its Spring 2014 cosmetic collection.

Many thanks to Clozette Malaysia for hooking me up!

 

 

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Also, a shoutout to my accessories sponsors – The Wild Things – for the lovely Aztec earrings and the daisy chain necklace that you see in this post! Kiss Go get your pretty accessories (especially their Pandora-inspired charmbracelets!) from them!Much love.

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Arguably every urban city girl’s (material, I must add) dream – Chanel.

 

Speaking of which, I recently got myself my very first Chanel handbag. Laughing It made me happy; worked hard for it! Actually, I do *somewhat* feel a pinch of regret, as that money I worked hard for could very well be used for something more feasible. Frown

Because, to be entirely honest, many non-material things make me happy. But then again…

As bad and guilty I feel about, I remind myself… look – it’s a Chanel – and mine is vintage. Put these two words together and that’s enough of a justification or an answer you need; which marks the end of discussion. 

Mom, I hope you’re not reading this… heh. heh. If you are then – *gulp* I won’t hear the end of it! Yell

 

MOVING ON…. Big Smile

 

 So what’s this new collection about?

 

CHANEL writes a new chapter in the story of its cult palette Les 4 Ombres originally created in 1982. It’s new formula guarantees an even more creative make up result in a new collection inspired by tweed, the iconic fabric of the House.


Based on a selection of House tweeds, the CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio composes eight unprecedented LES 4 OMBRES harmonies. Smile Here they are!

 

Any favorites? I can spot mine from a mile away!

 

The four shadows are like the coloured threads of the fabric weave.

They match perfectly and each one redefines a new variation on the theme of elegance! :D

 


Like the tweed jacket, which can be worn in so many different ways,

the LES 4 OMBRES palette is the most adaptable fashion accessory.

 

This is where colours, contrasts and effects come together in endless combinations for an infinite variety of looks based on a unique style.
An essence of chic elegance and pleasure for women who like to have as much fun with makeup as they do with fashion – much like I do! Cool I believe a majority of you are too. (Of course if you’re a dude and you’re reading this then it wouldn’t exactly apply to you…)

 

 What’s so special about this range, you ask?

The new formula of LES 4 OMBRES is a new, soft and long-lasting texture facilitates application, offers new colour effects and expresses all the intensity of the shades, whilst capturing the subtlety of the nuances and playing with textures.

In short, it just makes you runway ready – at all times! Laughing

 

Exceptionally concentrated with pure pigments, its soft, fine and

silky texture glides over the eyelid like a caress.

 

This comfortable shadow easily dresses eyes in lasting, luminous and even-toned colours that adapt and blend together to perfection. Applying it was a breeze and goodness me, blending it with one another complemented each shadow and highlight so well!Surprised

FYI, their radiance and translucency are heightened by the complete absence of talc.

Within a single palette, a harmony of colours comes in diverse effects with an intense, even, luminous and long-lasting finish. And believe me when I say long-lasting.

I’m usually out for hours at social functions and events and when I come home, the makeup stays on like its ready for another round of rockin’! Cool (Please, can we go home already?)

 

 

Amongst the harmonies, LES 4 OMBRES guarantees that every woman will find the one that will enhance her eyes. I would know, because I definitely found mine.

4 eyeshadows, 4 shades, 4 precise functions for a combination of unique colours and countless makeup results.

 

Unboxing the palette of my choice – Tisse Gabrielle 208

 

 

How it looks on human skin.

 

Love how this is a palette that spells revisited classics for an unmatched smoky effect!It may look the same from afar but if you take individual swatches of it like I’ve pictured it above, the four shades are a brilliant combination of delicate grey, iridescent white gold, velvet black grey and lastly, greyish mauve.

So glad I chose this palette because as I mentioned before in my previous makeup/beauty blog articles, I prefer darker/smokier and edgier colours instead of plain pastel light colours. Electric Shock

 

Love how it looks on my eyelids!

 

 The intense shadows reveal all the depth of dark shades. The satiny ones make a statement while remaining sheer and the iridescent or metallic colours sparkle with elegance.

Each harmony is composed of two contrasting shades to blend in a gradation or apply in contrast: one dark shade to intensify, sculpt and add depth, and one light shade to illuminate and give the eyes a wide-open effect. 

 

 See how shimmery yet bold and rich these colours are? Each function has its own place on the contours of your eye for different looks.

 

I had this eyeshadow on for at least 8 hours and it didn’t end up smudging everywhere or dusting off loosely like some of the other brands I’ve used before!

 

Here’s another look at it, in its full glory of a classy, compact palette case and packaging.

 Available in all Chanel cosmetic stores and selected retail outlets for RM200++

(will get the exact price for you soonest!)

 

Thank you Chanel Malaysia and Clozette Malaysia for this classy and fabulous opportunity.

 

For in the words of the late Coco Chanel…

[Part 1] Journey to the Sound – Mysterious World (Borneo) 2014 by Mysterious Asia

2014Sep7

 

Good morning!! Actually, no… it’s not morning but it sure feels extremely slow after an insanely hectic mayhem that brewed last night.

Everything is in slow motion as I type this in the cafe joint that I’m at right now – TommyBoy in Boulevard Mall, Kuching.
With my cuppa coffee and lots of hot green tea at Sushi King this morning, I guess this walking zombie is somewhat ready to blog a little bit of her journey to the sound – Mysterious World In Kuching, Sarawak.

 

All aboard the Kuching tales!

 

Thanks to Mysterious Asia for inviting me onto their media voyage to Borneo to be part of the second instalment of Mysterious Festival (first instalment in Platinum 21 KL – here), I made my way to KLIA2 in the wee hours of the morning to catch the early flight on a whole plane they chartered.
I dragged my long-time childhood buddy along with me. We go all the way back to when we were little kids in Penang! Laughing
Thank you so much for always being my blogging partner all these years!

 

Fab person to tag along with me on this media trip because after so many blog-related events working with me as my plus one, he doubles as my bodyguard, an awesome guardian angel (yes I can be quite absent-minded and aloof when I travel alone), and knows exactly what I want in stuff he assists me with.

 

Styleshot // Jessicat wears Forever 21 x H&M x Doc Martens x Pierre Cardin

 

Arrived at KLIA2 in approximately 33 minutes! Not bad at all.

 

Heading off to the terminal. Prepare for take off!

 

I must say that KLIA2 really made an impression on me.Big Smile
It was humongous, tastefully designed and had all the retail, food & beverage as well as service outlets anyone could ask for in an airport.
Definitely better than LCCT, for obvious reasons.
Checking my flight details!

 

The check-in counters

 

As I didn’t have much sleep at all (I was up for two nights making sure all my work has been dealt with before my departure and all is in order in my absence), I drifted off to sleep automatically each time I could. It was a tad embarrassing because apparently, I was told that I sleep-talk.
Geez, in public? I must be really exhausted then. Hit with Brick

 

This includes the 35 minute train ride and the two-hour flight!

 

I managed to snap a few shots in the plane – how could I not? The sight was too beautiful.
Soon after, I went back to snoozeland until we touched down.

 

The calm azure sky in the early morning.

 

Fluffly clouds and a wee bit of sunshine midway.

 

Oh Hi. Yeah, caught in action! Haha.

 

Arrived at Kuching International Airport and was greeted by the huge Mysterious World banner.
Sure feels good to stretch after a long flight! Surprised

 

Without wasting any time, we adjourned to our hotel, Hotel Imperial Kuching, via the media shuttle van. The hotel was really close by! We arrived at say, 15 minutes tops?
Here’s how my hotel looks. It’s really pretty and the service was close to excellent!
The staff were all very nice and accommodating too.

 

Part of the lobby – just in front of the hotel cafeteria.

 

The lobby lounge – for those who fancy dessert, light meals and a drink or two.

 

The main lobby – comfy couches for guests to lounge around or wait for their check-in time!

 

Thanks to Mysterious Asia’s efficient management, everything ran smoothly.
I got my room keys in a jiffy!

 

Check out some quick shots of my huge and comfy room.

 

Two double beds and in a full serviced room with a fridge, safety vault, cable TV and more!

 

Little couch beside my bed!
This was where I sat editing the event photos and preparing blog posts.

 

A little bit of the cosy furnishing and warm, incandescent lighting.

 

As we were scheduled to head to the event in the afternoon, Mysterious Asia management had us order anything we wanted from the in-room dining menu for lunch!
Here’s what we were served. 

 

Lamb Shank in Black Pepper. Pretty decent; the meat was really flavourful and tender.

 

Spaghetti Bolognese.
Also standard pasta fare; with a generous amount of chunky of minced beef!

 

Soon after we were fed with delicious lunch, we got ready to head off to Sarawak Cultural Village in Gunung Santubong where Mysterious World was about to unfold.
The journey was quite a distance; we took almost an hour to get there! Dribble

 

Arriving after a long bumpy ride (and a good solid hour of sleep!)

 

Registering with the rest of the media! Hello Sarawak!
I’m ready to be amazed at what you have to offer.

 

Up up and away!
Riding one of the metal cat constructs they have in the village. This is Kuching, after all.
For my non-Malaysian readers, Kuching translates to ‘cat’ in Bahasa Malaysia.

 

As the event was only going to kick-start at dusk, I decided to recce the entire area to familiarise myself with the rainforest lest I get lost in my own world tripping by nightfall. Always good to get your bearings adjusted in advance! Big Smile

 

Oh hello, beautiful rainforest.

 

My little exploration found me some pretty interesting
traditional items which are now used for decorative purposes.

 

On the right is something used to catch fish back in the day while the thing on the left is supposedly to catch wandering spirits.

 

Our main hub!

 

Yep, that’s the media centre tucked away at a quieter location, with excellent WiFi connection, food and drinks to ensure that we were well fed with all our basic needs.
Yes, when you’re in this industry, INTERNET IS A BASIC NEED.
How else am I supposed to feed you with information, pictures, videos and report live from the scene? :D
I was pretty intrigued by all the ‘angklungs’ hanging in the room. Such nostalgia!
We were taught how to play this as little children in junior school! It’s a traditional musical instrument made of wood.

 

This is the cafeteria where Mysterious Asia fed us with all day buffet and free-flow of drinks.
They kept us happy and our tummies full throughout the duration of the event!

 

Table decoration representing olden Sarawakian locals.

 

 

This recce turned into a very eye-opening experience as I not only managed to get my bearings in order for the rave event later, but this jungle exploration enlightened me so much about how the local Sarawakian folks lived back in the day.

 

 

I was exposed to their homes and activities… and was undoubtably, in awe learning about their tradition, culture and way of life.

 

Crossed the bamboo bridge too! This is actually just a demo.
The real one is suspended across a river! Yikes.

 

Yes, I must admit that I am a very curious cat and a lover of nature and culture at heart.
Ergo, such an experience fascinated me thoroughly!

 

That wraps up Part 1 of my MysteriousWorld journey so far.

 

I promise I’ll continue with what went down during the rave party last night when I blog about Part 2 the soonest I can! I even got to meet and interview a few of the main acts who performed. Do stay tuned!
Thank you, Sarawak for an interesting experience so far.
This is just the beginning!

 

In the mean time, you can stay with me on Instagram at @imthejessicat and my Facebook page Facebook.com/thejessicatdotcom for yesterday’s live updates and today’s ones when get to the rave zone!
Also, before I go, I’d like to say how pleased I was with such attentive and good care taken of us by Mysterious Asia’s management and representatives. Thanks so much! 
They treated us media amazingly well and made sure we’ve got everything we needed. Kudos, thumbs up for a job well done so far!

 

Alright, I’ve got to run now. Bye! Will be back to continue real soon!

 

The first act I want to catch today are the Canadian big room/progressive house stars, DVBBS. Gotta make sure I’m fully ready for another night of mayhem and for my interview questions to be prepared.