Monday, 21 July 2014

Choir performance! (Malaysia-China Choral Exchange Concert)

This is my 4th time in 4 semesters joining classical choir as my ensemble subject. Yes, I love singing in the choir :) Especially from the starting of 3rd semester when Ms. Susanna Saw became the choir instructor of the choir, many interesting events came along, like Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod Tertiary Symposium
Me and Wei Tang

Next, we had the chance to perform in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KLCC at the Malaysia-China Choral Exchange Concert on June 23! Click to view article from The Star Online :) Celebrating ties through song







Before the performance 
Amazing experience to sing in such a hall. Good acoustics. We were the first choir group to perform then for the rest of the concert, we were assigned to sit at the Circle area (which is a level higher from the stage's level) which has one of the BEST views to watch the other choir groups' performance. For other concerts, it will cost a lot more for the seats in the Circle area compared to the Stalls (the stage's level). Great show by all the performers :) 


These ever-supportive peeps came to watch the concert, cheering from the first row!
*Werny, Kit and Sam are also choir singers from 8th residential college :)
Werny, Yu Hong, Kit, Grace and Sam.

There are better seats than the first row but the tickets for the concert were selling SO fast, especially the cheaper category. Thank God there were still seats available in that category when I went to purchase the tickets. :) 
**Tip when buying concert tickets in DFP: Sitting slightly further away from the stage = better view and sound. Happy to have them here. Didn't get to take a pic after the concert as they have to take the LRT back and I had some post-concert stuff to handle. 
:D

♥ Course mate, hostel mate, choir mate ♥

I've learned so much from joining the choir. Above all, I thank God for all the opportunities. Okay, maybe no more choir for next semester's ensemble. Time to learn other ensembles like Gamelan, Contemporary choir etc. Will probably take choir as a non-registered course. Choir love ^_^ 
FYI: The UM choir group consists of Music Majors and Non-music majors. Ms. Susanna said she needs more guys in the choir next semester. So if you're a UM student, love to sing in choir, do join us. Our class is usually on Monday 5pm-7pm (if there isn't any changes next semester)

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God bless you! ♥

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Getting fit!?

It's semester break for me til the 2nd week of September. Unemployed. *JENGJENG* Not that I don't want to work but there's just none suitable for my schedule. Sunday mornings for church, some days in July and August for family and meeting friends in another part of the country. That means, chances are almost none that I find an actual holiday job LOL. Anyway, I am enjoying my time at home doing simple chores,cleaning and tidying my cluttered space, practice music, reading... oh and working out haha! Tried this yesterday and today: '5 minute Ab Express Workout' by blogilates aka Cassey Ho. Have a look at the routine :)


Simple moves huh? BUT I had to pause and continue again cuz my abs are aching! LOL. . Almost didn't have any proper exercise during my 4th semester in uni. I'm not a gym person, so working out at home is a good alternative for me. Plus, Cassey is such an encouraging personal trainer. I like the stretching videos, which I do on a more regular basis. Check them out if you're interested :)

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Taken by Zwen Photography
Family bought a Canon EOS 700D recently. Still learning how to shoot, enjoying the learning process :)

God bless you! ♥

Thursday, 17 July 2014

My thoughts on "Why I Don't Use Drugstore Makeup" by PirouetteMakeup


Watched this video just last week and it made me think a bit more on makeup products that I use. I'm not a fan of makeup, I have some makeup products that I only put on for my performances or special occasions. 

Why avoid drugstore makeup?
1. Some are tested on animals.
There's this ape named Koba in the movie "The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" that was in the lab for 4 years being tested by humans. I know that's all in the movie but why does it have to be tested on animals when there are alternatives? :( If it can be avoided, I will avoid those products.

2. Harsh chemicals. 
Yea, I can't imagine ingesting that much of lipstick :O The current lip balm that I'm using is Shea Butter Lip Balm with Organic Raw Honey and Vitamin E by Claire Organics.  (I'm not paid to "promote" this. Just my personal opinion after using it for some time) It does a good job saving me from dry, cracked lips. It has a nice natural scent and most importantly, I know what's in a lip balm, NOT some chemical that I can't even pronounce. Since it also has a shorter self life (6 months I think), I shall only stick to 1 lip balm at 1 time and remember to keep it properly so I won't lose it :P

Random update on what's up: After using up the products that I use now (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, facial wash etc.), hopefully I can switch to a more natural alternatives (which is actually possible, did some research on it) and to reduce the amount of products that I use, some which I rarely use, just waiting for its expiry date *guilty*. The claim-to-be-"natural" shampoo that I'm using now didn't work for me. well, that will be another post. Excited to share my discoveries :D

3. Expensive =/= Good. Quality vs Quantity.
So true. I used to use "big brands" that claim to be natural but are actually not the "natural" that I was hoping for or supposed to be. I only came to that realization after reading more about labels on products etc. And really, do I need that many things? Just a few staples will do. Then again, what is my definition of staple? hmm. That's for me to think through :) 

I'm NOT saying that YOU should NOT buy any products other than those natural ones OR ELSEE! LOL. Just sharing my experience on what worked for me and what didn't, what I'm currently into. Those who know me, I'm that no plastic bag-bring your own lunch container-reading the ingredient label girl though I don't know how on earth to pronounce them lol, as I'm just curious of what exactly I'm buying and using. It's a learning process for me :)

God bless you! ♥ 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

It's still sem break! lost count of the days.

Back from EARC, had thanksgiving dinner 4.0 at Kai Chern's, learning to put watermark on my pics which I still don't know how, so used to using Windows Live Writer LOL. Meeting up some peeps later, which I'm excited :D not much of an update huh, wait for the pics to be up :) Anyways, I'm currently listening to: Try - Colbie Caillat.




Colbie looks good even without makeup, don't you think? so are the other ladies in the MV :) Liking this song cuz it has a powerful message to all ladies including myself. Exercise and be fit, eat healthy not to please anyone else but to treat your body well :) Jesus loves you ♥ Til next time.