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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hi!

I am in the process of moving my blog to Wordpress.

My Acne Story, Guilt-free Recipes and random shenanigans can still be found on this blog. 

Follow my journey in recovering from my traumatic accident, things I'm currently working on, and little anecdotes I've collected here.

See you there! :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

It is the strangest thing in the world. I was casually weeding out pictures from my recent trip down to Santa Cruz and I came across this candid shot taken by Kristen. In that split moment, I thought she captured how I was feeling the entire day perfectly.

... and a few days later, I stumbled upon this question on Quora: "What's the best picture taken of you and why do you think it's the best?"




Pictured above is precisely what I want to be known for. The silly, silent-laughing girl who tells you the occasional stupid, dirty jokes. The one you trust to not push you when we're walking on a hanging bridge. The one who competes who's the messier ice cream eater with you. The one you can share moments of silence with while savoring each others' presence. The one you wouldn't mind watching sunset with on a random Tuesday evening. The one who enjoys beach walks with you in a pair of flyknits filled with sand. The one you can create exciting memories with to be scribbled in our journals with the utmost child-like impatience.

Despite my muffin top, double chin and uneven jaws, this makes my favorite picture because love trumps hate (I had to, hehe).

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Spring break gave me an opportunity to slow down and reflect. To think of the person I'd want to be, to reevaluate my values, and to declutter my personal space and life (I named my newly revamped room Calista de Inn; Gilmore Girls got into my head!). I spent a day traveling out of the city, meeting people along the way who made my trip possible and utterly enjoyable (thank you Jessica and Felicia, otherwise I'd still be stuck in San Jose). A day filled with sun, sea, Penny's and good companies. Thank you Kristen for bringing me around Santa Cruz and capturing this shot of me; I wouldn't have traded 4/4/17 for another :)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

San Francisco made me fall in love with boba. Ever since I moved here, I have never strayed away from my usual order -- Boba Guy's Strawberry Matcha Latte (replaced with almond milk) with Pandan Jelly! Hits the right spot every single time and the taste of pandan never fails to bring me back home :)


Since I'm based in the South Bay where there's no Boba Guys, I decided to make my own version with what I already had in my pantry.


Ingredients:
Strawberry purée: 
6 frozen strawberries
Drizzle of agave syrup

Matcha latte:
1.5 cup of homemade almond milk (get it here)
2 tsp organic matcha powder
Drizzle of agave syrup

Optional:
Unsweetened grass jelly (cubed)
Honey water

Instructions: 
1. Purée frozen strawberries, drizzle of agave and a tablespoon of water in food processor.
2. Scoop strawberry purée to the bottom of your jar, add cubed grass jelly* on top. 
3. Mix matcha powder and agave syrup in a small cup with two tablespoons of hot water.
4. Fill the jar with almond milk, add in your matcha mixture and give it a quick stir.
*Cube unsweetened grass jelly and soak in honey water for at least half an hour before use.



Close enough? 

Unlike Boba Guys, you can adjust your strawberry purée to your preferred sweetness. I needed little to no agave because my strawberries were already so sweet. 
And the best part? No queue and long drive required! ;)




Saturday, January 9, 2016

First thing first, these pictures are the result of forgetting to take good shots before I used the product up, so bear with me. 


I made it clear to myself when I arrived in SG last December, the only thing I wanted for Christmas (or better, before) was clear skin.

I was, yet again, suffering from bad breakouts since September due to my fool-proof combination of dehydration + late nights + spicy food, hence I was in the market again for a good mask! This time I didn't go back to my previous HG Mask of Magnaminty as my acnes were quite painful to start with with most of them not 'matured' yet.

Skin Type: 
Combination. Oily T-zone and very dry, flaky cheeks. It felt so much like sandpaper I'm not even kidding.

How I used it: 
1st week: I used it for 5 consecutive days for 20 mins to an hour, until most of my acnes dried up and fell by themselves. To help my skin absorb better and also clear my scars at the same time, I used a peeling gel to gently remove my dead skin cells prior to applying mask about 3x a week.

2nd week: This was when my skin cleared significantly, so I used on alternate days twice. 

3rd week: By this time (Christmas week!), I only had about 2 unsurfaced ones on my forehead, and one on my cheek. Instead of applying on my whole face, I dabbed the mask on problem spots only after moisturizing, leaving it overnight.


This is the amount I have left after 10 full mask in 3 weeks :)


And I was able to doll up happily for Christmas!


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Verdict:
It's a lil pricey to get it at S$28.90 in Singapore. But scratch that, no matter you're in UK, US, Australia, Japan, Taiwan or anywhere with Lush really, I highly, highly recommend it. For a single digit price especially in Lush US or Lush UK, it's sooooo worth it. You will not notice any difference after washing off the mask, but when you wake up the next day.. this is what you should expect to see.


This mask is nothing but a wonderful pot full of surprises. Nothing shrinks my pimples better than this bad boy does. My face didn't appear an oil slick like on usual mornings, in fact there was a healthy glow to it. I was really surprised when the usual bumps on my nose (too many blackheads) were gone. Honestly, I haven't came across a product which would clear my blackheads since I was 13, and normally when I splash my face with only water, it turns my face blotchy and red. NOT THIS TIME.

I was simply searching for a product that would shrink my pimples, but I think I've also found the one to:
- calm my sensitive skin
- reduce the redness on my skin (I suffer from rosacea)
- reduce my blackheads (no bumps anymore! I've been having bumpy nose for as long as I could remember)
- improve my skin texture (it's more supple now, and absorbs my moisturizer better)

If my stupid snaps don't motivate you, I don't know what will.

Hope it helps! :) 

Snap me @calistatee



Monday, November 9, 2015

This morning at 8am I received a text from a close friend saying he just touched down in KL. My eyes popped open and I went on my speed dial. Damn. There was no message. It was just a dream.

What started off as a casual chat soon turned into "I've never told you before, but...".

Sounds familiar?

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Live like your days are numbered. And it doesn't only mean that you do whatever you want as much as you can, as if it were your last day. It also means you make sure the words that you kept so hidden in your heart for such a long time reaches the person you want to hear them.

Notice how when our acquaintances, a hi-bye friend in high school or a person who sang a song that touched your heart happened to leave the world, that's the time it strikes you. Oh gosh - how I wish I told her how her song brightened up my day. How it made me sleep better at night. How I thought he was such a great friend, brother to those around him. How much happiness X brought to the table when we hung out that one time.

Why do we leave the best part of our memories unsaid, unthanked, unappreciated - til the day it would be too late to reach them, and they wouldn't be able to hear what beautiful words we have to say about them?

It'd be such a shame they can't hear it.

Perhaps in the future they won't remember what you did, but they'll definitely remember how you made them feel.

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I believe your closest friend reflects how you are as a person on the inside. Just like how Bradgelina like to put it, "a woman is a mirror of her man". Since I have no man, I'll start with myself. I believe everyone will have something good to say about anyone. There's always something positive about a person, no matter how negative (read: hateful, unpleasant, arrogant...) they appear to you.

Let's play catch up! So this is what we're gonna do. You drop me a message, comment, or an e-mail anytime you see this post, let me show you how grateful I am to have/had you in my life, no matter how small the role you play.

Everyone's invited. Let's not mind if we haven't seen each other for a year, 5 years or even 10. Let's not mind if we just met each other. Let's not mind if you don't like me, or if you already know I might not like you. Try your luck. Trust me, I'll still manage to find something to thank you for. ;)