Lazada Birthday Festival 2018

Lazada X Beautiful.Me Box

It’s Lazada 6th Birthday and they are back with their surprise boxes! Get branded surprise boxes worth up to $100 for just $29!

During the sale from 24th to 26th April, expect up to 90% off and more than 600 flash deals on site!

There are also 4 exclusive premium beauty boxes that worth $100 going at $50!

I’ve received the Beautiful.Me surprise box and the items are definitely worth the $29!

This bottle of Blackmores Fish Oil mini caps is definitely worth more than that and this is just 1 out of the 5 items I’ve received in the box! Trust me, you will want to grab the surprise boxes!

Voucher Code: LAZPARTYNC6

If you’re new to Lazada, the above code gets you 18% off, capped at $6. It’s only valid from 24th to 26th April, 2018 and for the first 100 new customers only! So fastest fingers first!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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First Tattoo

Inked – Rose, Star chain, ‘Have Faith’

Some might think it’s an impulse. Considering the timeline when I announced that I wanted to get inked was around the time when I ended my relationship. But have faith in me, that’s definitely not the reason.

The Star

I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo for a long time. And I know I wanted to have the Star of David inked. Not because of the actual meaning behind it, but simply because that’s the very first star I learnt how to draw as a kid. It have always hold a special place in me and I even have the charm of it on my Pandora bracelet. Mind you, each charm on my bracelet have got a meaning to it.

Have Faith.

This is something I always tell myself when I’m facing a hurdle. And I feel that it’s a good constant reminder for myself. To have faith and strive on. For when a door is closed on you, there will be a window opened somewhere.

The Rose with Thorns

The beautiful red rose, looking vulnerable to humans wanting to pick it. But if one is not careful, you will get hurt by the thorns that protect these roses.

It’s a flower that resonate well with me. A Rose with thorns. Being nice all the time, doesn’t mean I don’t bite when I’m not being treated properly. Never ever let myself be taken for granted.

Searching for the right artist

Everyone have a different way of art and every artist portray art differently. Instead of google, I took to Instagram for my tattoo artist hunt. Looking through various artist works, before landing my eyes on a particular style and design. I think I was pretty lucky, cause I managed to find one that I like pretty quickly. Plus points when the artist also owns a cat. 😀

The Tattoo Experience

Now after all the prep work including discussing and finalizing the design with the artist. The next thing is to prep yourself mentally for any pain that is to come during the inking process. To my pleasant surprise, it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it will and the whole process was faster then I thought! But then again, mine was a small piece. It hurts a little in the initial part when the needle goes certain way into the skin, like an ant bite sort of by those big ants. But after that it’s fine.

Healing of the tattoo was about a week. Just got to endure the itch and the temptation to scratch and make sure to moisturize well.

I really like my first tattoo, which is everything I want. And I’m actually thinking of getting a second already. But it won’t be that soon, till I find something else meaningful to be added to my skin permanently.

XOXO,

Joyce.Forensia

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7 Tips to Prep for Your First Trip to Korea

Can you believe I have not stepped onto the land of Kimchi yet?

Planning a First Trip to Korea?

first trip to korea

Yes, I’m currently planning my very first trip to Korea! It was an impromptu decision for this trip as I wanted to go somewhere during my birthday week cause got birthday leave and PH. 😛

Korea appeals to me with its K-POP culture, K-Beauty and the street food! But one big hurdle that prevents me to plan a trip there till now was the language barrier. I mean, those phrases I learnt from watching K-dramas and variety shows like running man do not count.

So as someone who is thinking to visit Korea for the very first time, I put together some tips that I personally find useful!

Tips to your First Trip to Korea

  • Book your flight and accommodation together.

After travelling pretty regularly for a few years. (Eg. Twice a year) I find that you really do get to save quite a bit of money if you booked through sites like Expedia. To think about it, they are basically travel agencies in Digital form. Plus you get to compare all the flight prices available at one glance. And I like how I can search through the hotels in a particular area that I want.

I don’t really know Korea well but I know that Myeongdong is the place to stay for all sorts of convenience.

  • Buy Travel insurance (Especially so since I’m flying MAS)

People often neglect this but I feel that this is really important especially so when you’re flying to a Foreign land with language barriers that is more than a 4 hours flight away. Plus travel insurance is not that expensive I feel. It’s super easy to just buy online nowadays but I find that buying from an agent is better cause if touch wood anything happen, you have someone to consult and help you with all the processes.

  • Book your WiFi in advance

Once you have confirmed your travel dates and booked your flight and accommodation. It’s very important to book your WiFi in advance and locally. In advance, so you don’t have to panic and I find it a good habit to just book it right after your flight tickets are booked. Locally, so you will have WiFi the moment you landed in your holiday destination!

Also, you save a lot of time to look for local sim card or WiFi rental upon reaching. You can just march straight to your accommodation from the airport without fussing over all these.

Personally I’ve tried several local WiFi providers and I love the service by Roaming Man SG. Firstly, they courier the device to you 2-4 days before your travelling date. I prefer this as I can pack in the device with everything else and not having to queue at the airport to collect the device. Returning the device is as simple as calling the hotline to arrange the return when you are back from the trip at your own convenience.

What’s best? Roaming Man SG is currently having a $3/Day promotion on the rental of WiFi device to North East Asia which includes Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan and of course, Korea! $3 a day is definitely one of the lowest WiFi rental I’ve seen around! Book your WiFi here now before the end of April! There’s no restriction on the travel dates as long as you booked within the promo period!

Also, apply promo code “RMY05” to enjoy a further $5 off your total bill!

  • Check the weather (You don’t want to over-pack, save room for your shopping!

Depending on the period you’re going, you might need to pack that extra jacket and heat packs. But if the weather is turning from cold to cool like air-con kind of weather, you won’t want to bring that thick jacket that takes up half your luggage space. After-all, Seoul is sort of a shopping paradise no?

  • Research hanbok rental ( Save time by doing your research beforehand so you don’t need to go shopping around for a rental place)

Photo Credits to Google

To me, it’s a must to try on the traditional costume of the country I’m visiting if possible. Especially when I know that I won’t visiting the country anytime soon after this trip. Rather then searching for a Hanbok rental that can take you in, best to research and make your booking in advance so you can save time and spend it picking that perfect Hanbok and photo-taking instead.

  • Plan your shopping (Prep shopping list!)

With the array of Korea Beauty Brands, you don’t want to particularly spend too much time at just 1 store. Do up a shopping list of the products you want to get from each brand. It saves you a lot of time if you go into a stores with a list than blindly looking and swatching etc. Well, that’s fine if you have catered all your time on shopping.

  • Bring extra cash just in case ( I read from a friend that some shops gives discount if you pay by cash)

Always bring extra cash with you. Even if it’s Singapore dollars, you can easily change in Seoul itself. The last I heard, is that the rates there, especially in Myeongdong is more attractive then the rates in Singapore.

That’s all on the tips I’ve for planning a first trip to Korea! I’m excited for my trip and hope it will be a good first trip!

Read my travel adventures here!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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My Thoughts On Dayre

A Confession

Many of you might have noticed that I’ve hardly blogged in this precious space of mine that I’m so proud of for the past year.

There are many factors to my negligence to this space.

I was preoccupied with a relationship that have now ended on a bad note. I deleted the post on Dayre because he saw it, came to talk to me and gave me the closure I wanted.

It’s been a month now, and I think I can say I’m ok now. I did spend a whole day being super miserable about it. And another few days feeling super angry and unjust. But I think I’m slowly finding peace with myself. Memories still haunt me but I guess with time they will retreat to the archives of my brain.

I guess I just have to have better judgement in future.

And yes, Dayre.

That’s where I have been regularly updating for the past 2 years. And I’m sure many of you have heard of how the owner of Dayre have decided to close it down after a feeble attempt at fundraising through a sticker sale.

The news has been nothing but upsetting within the Dayre community. Dayre have been a space for many to rant and share easily. It’s like a blog with Instagram and Twitter capabilities all in one. One can just update on the go as and when. And as its name suggests, Dayre is like a dairy, all posts are sorted by date. You can look back and see what happened on the day itself.

It’s unfiltered, raw and real.

Unlike a proper blog where everything is curated. Maybe mine is not as carefully curated as others. But the effort in taking proper photos, having a proper thought process, making sure information and all are accurate… All the effort behind a proper blog post is different from micro-blogging.

Just like how I never shared about my relationships issue on my blog because sometimes emotions just come at that spark of the moment. Dayre allows me to just type out my thoughts in one line. But in a blog post, I must ensure that I have certain number of words, certain number of photos, certain number of outbound links etc.

It didn’t use to be like this. A blog used to be as personal as what Dayre was. But somehow with the popularity of social media and all, a blog has evolved to be a curated platform, just like Instagram. And I think that is a problem that is created by us, the users.

When the announcement was made that Dayre was closing. Many users were scattering to find an alternative and some even created a petition to try to save Dayre. It will be good if Dayre can remain. But I’m pretty sure that even if it’s bought over, the new investors would probably make changes etc and it might not be the same Dayre we love anymore.

Let’s be honest, if the app can be monetized, why would the current owners not do so?

For an example, Dayre Plus. The price point has been lowered from 128 USD to 37 USD but only 300 over users out of 50K active users are subscribed to it.

Another example, the sticker sale. The sticker set cost about 5 USD and only 700 USD was raised. Which makes only about 140 people who supported the sale. True, it might have better response if they let us know how much they need. But to be honest, how many of you have paid for stickers even before this Dayre crisis?

As a normal Dayre user, I’ve only previously purchase 1500 coins which was 14 USD and supported the sticker sale at 5 USD. That’s 19 USD I’ve contributed to the app while using it since end 2013 though I was only more active on it in 2015.

I could probably buy more stickers etc but the Dayre team is not really working on their stickers set like Line app etc. I spent a substantial amount on Line stickers and themes. And I don’t even use it as much as Dayre. So, this is two-way to be honest. You need to let the users have a way to support the app through viable means.

Like the original creator of Dayre said, the app was created for users. We all love it and enjoyed using it. But to say the cruel truth, the demise of Dayre is because of us, the users.

We weren’t that willing to pay for the extra features for Dayre when it was well and running. And now when it’s closing, all of us suddenly wants to crowdfund to keep the app alive? I’m sorry to say, things don’t work that way. Even if someone were to buy the app, will they see enough value to even invest?

I still do hope Dayre can somehow survive because I love the community for how it is. The support and encouragement that strangers gave to each other. Those are priceless. And I’m thankful for that.

It had been awhile since I’ve written so much. But I think I need to remind myself this is my own space. I don’t have to upload photos if I don’t want to. I can write however I like. If you want to read the beauty/ travel related stuff, you can click on the categories on the sidebar and ignore personal posts as such.

And with that, I will try to update more in this space of mine moving forward. Because I neglected it way too long. It’s not the same as Dayre but this was where I originally started. And of course, I still have Twitter as my ranting space. I mean, that’s why I had 42K tweets till date. But I did tweet a lot lesser after Dayre.

Oh wells…

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Roaming Man SG – Stay connected on your travels!

Roaming Man Sg

Travel the world with Roaming Man SG!

Staying connected while travelling is the topmost concern on my list. Not only do I need to update my social media, having wi-fi connections is also important for Whatsapp calls back home to report safety.

I personally hate to buy sim cards as I’ve to meddle with my phone to change the cards and make sure I keep my own card safely. And it’s annoying to share the hotspot because it drains the phone battery. Roaming Man devices allow up to 5 connections at any time! Which is great for me because my mum can stay connected too!

Connect up to 5 devices with roaming man sg device

One thing I like about Roaming Man is that the connection runs only when you’re active on your phone. Which is great as it not only saves power but also prevents you to exceed data especially when you’re in countries with the Fair Use Policy! Data is unlimited otherwise!

Good coverage and Fast connectivity!

Updating on the go at the far end of Okinawa at Cape Manzamo

Coverage is also really good! I have very good connection through my stay in Okinawa even when I’m by the seaside or at secluded parts of the island!

And the battery life last for at least 12 hours! Which is great because I don’t have to worry about it running out of juice and the need to bring extra power bank for the device.

I also like how convenient it is that the device is sent to you before your trip and you can just send the device back with the return label provided. The device will be sent to you within 2- 4 days before your departure!

If you are going on multiple trips back to back, you can simply customize your package accordingly to your travel plans as Roaming Man Sg supports multi-countries coverage! No need to change devices or meddle with multiple sim cards!

Roaming Man Sg also have unlimited global coverage for all 100 countries they support for just $16/day! Their price plan goes as low as $5 per day for single country plans or within the same area like South East Asia.

RoamingMan WiFi hotspot works in the following 100 destinations:

Asia:

JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, CHINA, HONG KONG, MACAU, SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM, PHILIPPINES, LAOS, BANGLADESH, BAHRAIN, MONGOLIA, PAKISTAN, NEPAL, INDONESIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, INDIA, JORDAN, SRI LANKA, KAZAKHSTAN, STATE OF ISRAEL, YEMEN

Europe:

GERMANY, ITALY, GREECE, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, UNITED KINGDOM, TURKEY, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, NETHERLANDS, IRELAND, MALTA, VATICAN CITY(THE HOLY SEE), ROMANIA, SAN MARINO, ALBANIA, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, DENMARK, FINLAND, NORWAY, ICELAND, ESTONIA, LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM, BULGARIA, POLAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LATVIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, CYPRUS, MONACO, UKRAINE

North America:

PANAMA, MEXICO, UNITED STATES, CANADA, COSTA RICA, GUAM, SAIPAN

South America:

ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN, ECUADO, PERU, VENEZUELA, URUGUAY

Africa:

ALGERIA, ANGOLA, EGYPT, GHANA, MAURITIUS, MOROCCO, KENYA, NIGERIA, SOUTH AFRICA, TANZANIA, TUNISIA, ZAMBIA

Oceania:

AUSTRALIA, FIJI, NEW ZEALAND

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