Thursday, March 17, 2016



"Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life."

Monday, March 7, 2016

NUS, NTU or SMU?

NUS, NTU or SMU?

Trust me I was asked this question more than 191019019 times by my family, friends and MYSELF last year. 

Luckily for me, my grades were good enough to get me to my desired courses and all 3 universities! But ultimately NTU was my choice. Since you guys have probably submitted all your uni applications and are probably thinking.. "which uni should I choose",  honestly, I can't tell you what school is the best for you but I can offer you some advice and my thoughts on NTU :)

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One important thing to do when deciding which uni to choose is to GO FOR OPEN HOUSES. 

Actually sorry this advice came in a little too late because NTU and SMU have already had their open houses yesterday/today.. well NUS will be having their open house next week so drop by if you can!

Why did I choose NTU?

Well, my decision was based solely on what I heard from other people about the various schools.. and that was a huge mistake that I had made. 

If I could rewind time, I would have definitely gone for all 3 open houses because you get to tour around the school, get a glimpse of the environment you're going to be in for the next 3-4 years, have a look at what the people there are like, what the culture of the school is like, whether you think you'll fit it and whether you feel like you 'belong' there. ALSO, you get to find out more about the course that you'll be taking. 

Also, DON'T (REALLY) LISTEN TO OTHERS, of if you do, it's better to seek different opinions and perspectives from different people.

Before I made my decision, I spoke to quite a few people about SMU vs NTU.

For me, I had quite a few seniors and friends who were in SMU and NTU. (I didn't really consult any NUS friends because I felt that for business, SMU & NTU were more appealing to me. Sorry if this offends anyone, but my mind was set on either only SMU/NTU and I don't really have any idea why. it just was) 

My mind was initially set on SMU and I was sure I was going to accept SMU because I was really interested in their teaching pedagogy and felt that it was an up and coming university. Also, being in the heart of town, I felt that SMU had the best location. However, most of my SMU friends that I spoke to had really strong negative views about the school and told me to make a wise choice and stay away from SMU. They told me how much of a dog eat dog world SMU is, and how bitchy and competitive the people there are. (little did I know, no matter which school you go to, there are always gonna be selfish, competitive and ruthless people that will step over you and do whatever it takes to get the best for themselves)

On the contrary, when I spoke to my NTU seniors and friends, they told me they enjoyed NTU and told me to join NTU because NBS is very reputable and offers a 3-year direct honours programme. 

And so.. I was influenced by what these 2 different groups of people said and chose to accept NTU's offer. 

But I think I made a wrong choice in not speaking to friends from each school with both POVs.

It was only AFTER I entered NBS that I heard from people who disliked NBS, and heard from people who loved SMU. So my perceptions were kinda wrong about both schools in the beginning. 

But do I regret my choice?

The grass is always greener on the other side and there are times I think to myself, life would've been better if I had gone to SMU/NUS.

All in all, NBS is a great school, I don't regret my choice and I'm happy that I get to graduate faster! :)

How I feel about NTU (NBS in particular):

*WARNING these are just MY VIEWS AND OPINIONS, what I say may or may not be true, so don't let it affect your decision*

Pros (basically reasons why I CHOSE NTU):

1. Timing
3 YEARS, direct honours?! Say whuuutt....

The fact that NTU's biz degree is only 3 years, makes me very HAPPY because I feel that getting a degree doesn't require such a long period of time. Also, I have spent 2 more extra years (1 in NA stream and 1 extra year in poly) so, graduating faster is a PLUS for me. If you're looking to graduate faster or just feel that 3 years is a good enough time to complete your degree, then I think NBS is the place for you. Can't speak for the other degrees because I don't really know much and most courses are 4 years, NBS is just very special :D

2. One of the World's Top Universities
NTU has a strong, reputable and recognised school name. We are a globally recognised education institution whose ranking has jumped to 12th.. or was it 13th? Sorry I'm too lazy to open a new tab to check but yeah, NTU is one of Asia and the world's most reputable universities, and NBS has been (according to the Economist), the best business school in Asia. 

So, if you're someone that really takes into consideration a school's branding, then you should consider NTU :)

3. Huge Campus
HUGGGEE CAMPUS. We have north spine and south spine.. and god knows what, I haven't really explored the entire school yet. OH YA, we have NIE inside NTU, and more than 18 residential halls (each hall has a few blocks also btw).

 Honestly, I'm not a fan of NTU's location (will explain why in the cons below) but I really appreciate how big our campus is and am amazed at the amount of facilities and resources we have. NTU has many libraries and study corners, so that's something you can expect. Also, we have RESIDENTIAL HALLS. So if you're someone that wants to experience hall life/want to live in hall so badly, then you should consider NUS/NTU. Hall life can be very fun especially if you enjoy joining those committees and hall sports.. there's also IHG (Inter Hall Games ah?? Idek actually) so if you're a highly competitive person, then this will be fun for you.

4. Teaching Pedagogy (this is both a pro and con for me)
If you're someone who enjoys the traditional classroom learning style and enjoy attending lectures, then I think you'd be safer if you chose NTU or NUS. This is because SMU's teaching pedagogy focuses on seminar-based learning style and this reinforces class participation, thus if you're someone that's really quiet and prefer a one-way learning (i.e. professor talks, you sit and listen), then you are more suited for the traditional learning style and NTU and NUS may be better for you.

Also, I like lectures because I can skip (and watch the recorded lectures online), as for seminars, I don't think you can skip them because usually seminars aren't recorded. BUT DON'T LEARN FROM ME AH! HAHAHA.

I've had friends from SMU who complain about the class participation in SMU because people are constantly fighting to speak up in class and also, there's a TA (Teaching Assistant?) to observe the class and note down your class participation. Kinda stressful I feel. 

Cons: 

1. Culture
After coming to NBS though, I feel that the culture here is very different from what I had expected it to be. People here are more reserved.. I feel that they tend to stick to their own friends. So usually it's hard to integrate into cliques because I feel people aren't very welcoming.

The people here are also more skewed to the chinese-speaking side so if you hate speaking chinese then I'm sorry my friend, you gotta try (personally I can interact with people in both chinese and english so it's ok for me and I enjoy speaking chinese).  Of course there are people on the other end of the spectrum but GENERALLY, more are skewed to the chinese-speaking side. 

I also find that there aren't a lot of people with the same personalities as me or have the same interests as me. Thus I find it hard to make GOOD friends because of these differences, but that's just me. So if you're someone who's really looking for a fulfilling university life where you hope to make LOTS of friends, you may wanna consider the cultures of each school.

2. Hall life
I chose NTU also partly because I thought I would enjoy hall life but no, I stayed in hall for 1 semester and the withdrew because.. 1) I couldn't stand hall commitments (i.e. joining a committee or some sports/activity to earn hall points) 2) I didn't enjoy living without my family (coz I'm a very family person) 3) I was always out of school because most of my friends are not in NTU, thus I hardly went back to hall. So if you're like me in all these aspects then I suggest, don't stay in hall hahahahaha, unless you live damn far away from school.

And so this brings me to my next point, 

3. Location
NTU is REALLY PULAU NTU.. they weren't joking when they said this. Being a westie, I thought that NTU would be an ideal/ok location to travel to because well.. BOON LAY AND UPPER BUKIT TIMAH ARE BOTH IN THE WEST RIGHT. But boy was I wrong. To get to school, I have 2 ways:

1) Take a bus to Bukit Batok MRT -> change one stop to JE MRT -> take the train to PIONEER / BOON LAY -> take 179 to NTU = total travelling time, usually 1 hour.. could be more or less depending on peak hour or not.

2) Take a bus to Bukit Batok -> change to another bus to BOON LAY -> from BOON LAY, take 179 to NTU (this ROUTE LONGER, coz bus always caught in jam) 

I HATE TRAVELLING. If you know me personally, you'd know that I hate travelling. SO I really don't understand why I didn't see this coming. If I were to go to NUS/SMU, life would have been so much easier zzz. 

But then again, that's just me. Personally, LOCATION plays a very important part in deciding whether I like the school or not. And thus, because travelling to NTU is such a hassle, and because NTU is situated really far away from civilisation, I kinda really dislike the environment and don't enjoy studying/being in school. So, once again, if you are a person that really takes LOCATION into consideration when choosing a school, you might want to consider carefully because this is where you're going to be spending your next 3-4 years.  

Also, this is why I hardly study in school for those of you who ask, because I find it a chore to travel to and fro from NTU.

Location-wise and campus-wise, I really like SMU and NUS campus and location. I feel that the most accessible school is of course SMU, it also has a very conducive studying environment. And the nicest campus goes to NUS.

4. Teaching Pedagogy
Then again, I feel that the traditional classroom learning is TOO one-way and does not allow for much two way interactions between the profs and students.

Having a two-way teaching style encourages students to talk and to speak up, and this is an important thing for us because we'll need it in the working world, and I guess SMU is doing right in this area. Also, it forces students to step out of their comfort zone and speak out. Moreover, their timetables are less packed because seminar-style teaching means that you do not have lectures & tutorials, both are merged during seminars (correct me if I am wrong, but this is what seminar-based learning in NTU is like) 

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So yeap.. these are just some pros and cons I feel about NTU. These are just my two cents and something you can CONSIDER when making your decisions, but please don't blame me if you chose NUS/NTU/SMU and hate it because we are all different in our own ways and.. yah, what I like may not be what you like, what I THINK may not be what YOU think.. so.. to each his own. 

At the end of the day, if you think that you made the wrong choice in terms of school or degree programme, you can always change or transfer schools, but of course the ideal scenario would be that this does not happen lah. 

Well, all in all, I hope all of you make a wise choice and go with YOUR HEART, not listen to what other people have to say (including me haha) because in the end, it's YOUR education, YOUR life, and you should be in a school where you enjoy the environment and campus life. Also, just know that, no matter where you go (NUS/NTU/SMU/SIM etc.), you'll still reach your final destination (getting your degree). Hope I've helped in some ways.

Good Luck and I will see you in NTU if you decide to come here ;)


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Salon De Choix

Hello guys!

Went back to Salon De Choix again last week to fix my hair and I'm so sad because these extensions that I'm wearing will have to be removed next month and that means I'll be back to short hair again :( And I think I really look horrible in short hair... Might go back to get new extensions done again but we'll see about that.. Anyhoos.. here's a picture of my hair now!!

Went for the blonde ombre look and my hair is honestly quite dry from bleaching alrdy :( I'm kinda so used to long hair that I'm so scared of taking these extensions out but I have no choice!!! URGH!



Well.. you know the drill.. quote my name "ISABELLA" for 15% off all chemical services :)

Thank you Salon De Choix and Chester for the amazing work as always!

Thanks for reading guys! I'll catch you in my next post :)




Salon De Choix is located at:
3 Killiney Road #01-06 Winsland House 1 (Opposite KPO/Orchard Central)


*BTW*

I'll be heading to Europe on Sunday and I'll be vlogging my trip! I wanna start getting back into blogging regularly again so give me time to settle in again! HEHE. Will also be doing a few adverts while I'm there so blogshops owners/anyone who would like to send me items for adverts, please do so before Sunday! (You can email me at isblla@hotmail.com) Have a great week ahead guys!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

LUSH Aesthetics

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Recently went to LUSH Aesthetics, my new facial sponsor (yay!) for my first ever facial treatment in my life. LOL. I haven't done facials before because I have rather good skin.. I get breakouts occasionally.. especially when I get my period. Also, I actually don't really take good care of my skin because I'm a very lazy person. But when I got the chance to work with Lush Aesthethics I jumped straight in because I know my skin can be better improved and I want to start taking good care of my skin since I'm getting older (omg I'm gonna be 22 next year WHUT)!!!

Some info on Lush Aesthetics:
"LUSH Aesthetics is a Multi Award-Winning Aesthetics Centre aimed to be the leading Aesthetics Centre in Singapore with the latest aesthetic equipment and the latest FDA approved Aesthetic Technologies. We believe in delivering a safe and non-invasive total aesthetic solution for an overall transformation.

At LUSH Aesthetics, we provide a premium one-stop solution for teeth whitening, hair removal, skin care, hair care and slimming.

LUSH Aesthetics is the place where you discover a new you."


I had an appt last Friday and went down to LUSH Aesthetics @ Tanglin Shopping Centre. The staff were super friendly and welcoming when I arrived! Made me feel very comfortable hehe.

(Ok 2 different camera qualities because my Samsung NX Mini died on me and had to be sent for repair, thus I brought my old DV300F instead and the photo quality SUCKS)

(Photo credits here)


I first had a consultation with one of the staff there Leticia. Leticia had to remove my makeup and analyse my skin. She told me I had good skin (yay!) but my skin was SUPER DRY. Which was something that confused me because all these while I thought I had super oily skin. She explained that it was because I didn't moisturize my skin enough, thus my skin was super dry and in order to compensate for the dryness, my skin produces more oil because it is too dry! And all these while I've been using products for oily skin when I was supposed to use products for dry skin -_- I'm so thankful that I now know I have dry skin and have been using moisturizer every day now! I

Leticia told me that I should never skip the moisturizer because I sleep in an airconditioned room as well, which sucks all the moisture out of my skin and leaves my skin super dry! She recommended a laser face treatment called AlmaLASE for me.

The Laser Face Treatment by AlmaLASE at LUSH Aesthetics utilizes the latest technology in Laser Face Rejuvenation. This treatment targets various skin conditions and imperfections such as acne, open pores, pigmentation, brown spots, dull skin, aged skin, fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment is most commonly used for the pores, pimples and pigmentation. The core benefits of this treatment would be an immediate whitening and exuding radiance from the skin. At the same time, we can notice lightening and improvements of imperfections of the skin.


This quick and effective treatment utilizes micro beams of lasers along with an in-motion technology to eliminate signs of aging and imperfections. No preparation required for this laser treatment and practically no down time, enabling you to resume routine activities immediately. It is painless and safe for everyday use to ensure that your skin is at tip-top condition all day long.The AlmaLASE Laser Facial empowers dry-cleansing of face without the fear of high costs, downtime and side effects. 

These was my room! It was super comfy but the pics don't do justice because my camera sucks :(((
This was taken after the treatment at night with no base makeup (only concealer for my under eyebags):
 My before and after photos aren't drastic and you can't see much of a difference because I did not have any redness or acne/pimples. But take a look at some pictures I took from the website:
There is a significant difference as you can see!!! 

I can tell you that my skin felt super fresh, smooth and tighter after the treatment though. When I went home, my parents told me my skin looked better and smoother hehe. 

This is 1.5 weeks post treatment and I love how my skin looks! (I do have concealer on for my under eye circles but no foundation/bb cream/whatever at all!)
See how smooth it is!!! I use to use BB/CC cream every day but now I can skip this step!
 You can see that my nose is still a little dry though. Still trying to get into the moisturizer regime haha.

But overall, I'm super satisfied with my first facial laser treatment with Lush Aesthetics :)

You can quote my name ISABELLA_LUSH_LF25 / 60 for either $25 (1 session) or $60 (3 sessions)  for either $25 (1 session) or $60 (3 sessions)

LUSH Aesthetics
 19 Tanglin Rd, Tanglin Shopping Centre, #06-11, Singapore 247909
Tel: 6737 4964

Thank you Lush Aesthetics! I can't wait to be back next month! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Updates x Salon De Choix

Helloooo.

Finally found some time to squeeze in a blog post! My last post was in June. It's September now.. Oops :p

Anyway, just a little update on why I have not been blogging for the past few months - I started university!!! (who would have thought?!?! Never ever felt like I could make it this far..)

Basically, I'm doing Business in NTU if you were wondering. I got offered from all 3 unis (NUS, NTU & SMU) but it wasn't THAT tough deciding which school to choose. Ultimately boiled down to NTU because my tutor from poly told me that NTU's learning style is more like poly - moreover, it only takes 3 years for me to complete my degree with direct honours ^^)

Life in uni isn't easy or how I expected it to be. I was the top 10% of my cohort for poly, but in uni, it feels like I'm in the bottom 10%. I feel like everyone here is so much smarter than me, and definitely more hardworking. I always had the mentality since secondary school/poly to be the TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP. That's because I did so well for N and O levels and I would say my GPA was above average as well. Moreover, I received quite a number of book prizes back in poly.. and tutorials were always a breeze for me. Over here, it's like I'm being outshined by so many other people. But I won't give up la, I'll still continue to work hard and do my best! My business law prof told us, your GPA in uni doesn't matter. I mean, it's true, as long as we get our degree, it's good enough right? 

This being said, I'm still trying to adapt to the uni culture and I hope I do well this semester at least. 

Moving on... MY NEW HAIRRRR!!!

If you don't already know, Salon De Choix has been my hair sponsor since last year! I love the service there and I'm very blessed to have my hair managed by Chester, my hair stylist! So my contract with them has been renewed and they're gonna be doing my hair for awhile now! YAY!

If you recalled, I chopped off my hair in May:
I REALLY REALLY LOVED the cut. But I couldn't manage it and everyday it would end up looking so horrible because my hair is soft rebonded and if I didn't curl the ends, it would just look super flat. I felt that I could not pull off short hair.

In June/July, I did something as well - highlighted my hair grey. But my skin tone being a warm yellowish-orangey skin tone, LOOKED AWFUL WITH GREY COLOUR!!!!!!!! Let me show you just how I looked with grey and short hair:
 See how bad I look in grey hair, especially without makeup LOL
I loved the grey, Chester did an AWESOME job with it. But I just couldn't pull it off. 

Thus I decided to get hair extentions around 1 month back:
Did it at Fareast and was pretty impressed with how it turned out. 

There was only one problem though... 

IT WAS SO HEAVY because it was too long. More over it didn't blend in with my real hair very well because my real hair was super straight!!!

Headed back to Salon De Choix last Sunday to get it fixed hehe! Decided to change up the colour because I was feeling pretty bored with brown, and have always wanted to experiment with funky colours! Told Chester I wanted GREENISH BLUE in my hair! But he suggested half blue half purple, which I agreed to!

Started off with bleaching my hair... I love blondeeee!! He had to bleach it twice though, this was after the first session.
Then he proceed to apply blue on my left and purple on my right. We let it sit in... and I was off for a rinse! Can you see the blue and purple? ;)

I LOVE THE END RESULTTT. I also cut my extensions btw, because they were SUPER long.
But I usually wear my hair in curls, so Chester curled it for me! :)


I LOVE IT!!!!! Been getting lotsa compliments from my friends, hehe! Can't wait to see what the colour fades to, as well as head back next month for a different colour :)

If you quote my name 'ISABELLA', you get 15% all chemical services. Also for the month of September, they're having a 20% promotion for their anniversary. So what are you waiting for???

Thanks for reading guys! I'll catch you in my next post :)



Salon De Choix is located at:
3 Killiney Road #01-06 Winsland House 1 (Opposite KPO/Orchard Central)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sudio Sweden


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About Sudio

Sudio is a Swedish lifestyle brand which produces elegant earphones and offers studio quality sound. The name Sudio comes from an incident when one of the founders spotted musician Phil Collins in New York having problems with his headphones. With the frustration of not yet being able to offer any better alternative to Phil, the only words he could out were: “trust me I know the feeling”, as they shared eye contact. The name Sudio is a homage to the Phil Collins song 'Sussudio' and the determination of succeeding with the venture rendered from the bitter sweet anecdote.

When Sudio first contacted me and asked if I would be keen together to work with them, I was like wait, what and who is Sudio? A simple google search led me to their website and I was amazed by the earphones they were selling on their website. Their designs are classy and sophisticated, yet minimalistic at the same time. I decided to read about some of the reviews and saw that many people enjoyed using Sudio and mentioned that the sound quality was superb. Of course, I then jumped at the opportunity to work with them!

Their brand representative asked me to choose from their range of designs, and the Klang caught my attention almost immediately. I love white & gold, so this colour combination together is PERFECT for me. Plus, all the past earphones I used were either from Apple or those cheapo $5 kind from flea markets. I was actually super excited to try out these ones. The earphones arrived within less than a week and when I opened the package, my jaw literally dropped because I loved the packaging so much. 

Currently, Sudio has only two products; Klang and Två. Klang is designed for the iOS system and thus works best on the iPhone while the latter, Två, features one button only to fit all devices. As an iPhone user, I went with the Klang of course!

This was what I received:
I love the fact that the Klang comes with extra sleeves in different sizes, meaning that if you have smaller/bigger earholes, there will be sleeves to cater to your needs! I also love the fact that it comes with the leather case! I've always just chucked my earphones inside my bag and they get all tangled up. Bu with this case, it makes things much easier for me, also, it's so pretty!
It also comes with the instructions, guarantee certificate and owner's manual.
I gave the earphones a try the minute I opened my package, and I must say I am pretty impressed by the sound quality. You may think I'm saying this because I'm sponsored but no, trust me! I love how I basically can't hear anything else except my music when the earphone is in my ear. Like literally, I can't hear ANYTHING else. When I used my previous Apple earphones, I had to blast my music really loudly if I didn't wanna hear the MRT 'doors closing' sound or the bell sound on the bus. But with this, I don't even have to blast my music. Also, I love that the Klang delievers a natural bass without compromising the high tones. It lets you experience a true representation of the artist's recording.

The Klang comes in 4 different colours, but like I said, I love white & gold so of course I had to pick that!



Shipping is always free when you purchase through their website. Normal delivery time is within 24 hours for shippings within Sweden and 2-5 days for international shipments. Courier may vary depending on the specified destination.

It retails at SGD$75 but I can assure you that it is worth the money that you pay because this product is of high quality, and is one of a kind!

For my readers only,  use the code "Isabella15" for 15% off your order, also, there's FREE SHIPPING worldwide!

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Official Website: www.sudio.se

I hope you enjoyed this post, and once again, a big Thank You to Sudio Sweden for sending me the Klang. I love it to bits and have been using it everyday now :')

Happy shopping!

Love,
Bella

Saturday, May 30, 2015

contactlens.sg


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Having served thousands of customers from their retail shops in Malaysia, Contactlens now bring their years of experience and rock bottom prices to their online customers. They aim to be the cheapest and fastest contact lens supplier in Singapore and Malaysia. 

One unique feature about contactlens.sg is that the website allows you to place monthly subscription to your contact lenses. This means that your contact lenses will be sent to you on a fixed interval. 

What are the benefits of this?

1. Hassle-free
You don't have to travel to a shopping mall to buy your contact lenses, you simply receive them in your mailbox!

2. Affordable prices
Enjoy up to 18% on top of the already reduced prices, which is between 15-50% cheaper than retail price

3. Certainty
You will never run out of contact lenses, and delivery is guaranteed to be within 3-7 working days after payment is made.

If it is your first time trying contact lenses or if you are not interested in monthly subscriptions, you can purchase them individually without subscribing, which is what I do!

What are the brands available on contactlens.sg? 


For me, I enjoy using Acuvue One Day Define lenses which were very kindly sent to me by contactlens.sg! 


Doesn't contactlens.sg make it much easier for you to purchase your lenses? 

For my readers only,  you can use the coupon code "Isabella10" for 10% off your purchase when you check out!

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Hope you found this post useful and happy shopping!

Love,
Bella