Friday, May 27, 2016

Create an Unforgetable Stay at Batam City

Batam City is well known as one of international shopping heaven in Indonesia. No wonder many people came here to walk around and buying things in a more affordable prices ever. Did you know Batam City is not only a place for shopping but it also have a beautifull coastline scenery. many things to explore in Batam City, from shopping, eating many amazing local food until relaxing your self at the beach. Having holiday here in Batam City will not complete without a staying at a comfort Batam City Hotel. So here is the recommendation you can find from the easiest apps, Traveloka :

1.                Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments
4 stars rated hotel, Jalan Engku Putri No.1, Batam, Indonesia, 29444

For those who seeks a very luxurious hotel among others, Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments is the answer. it feels like you don’t have to step your feet out of this hotel because its serve you a great quality of rooms, decoration and services. The location are strategic. Only 0.8 km from Batam Center Ferry Terminal, Batam Center Shopping Area and Mega Mall. Other than that Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments located 7.92 km away from Hang Nadim Airport. Harmoni One Convention Hotel & Service Apartments provide some facilities such as  a large yet comfy pool, steam room, sauna, car rental, airport transfer, shops, business center, fitness center and game room. the hotel fare is around RM 168 per night. Do not forget to check out Traveloka site for it best prices.

2.                Turi Beach Resort
4 stars rated hotel. Jl. Hang Lekiu, Nongsa,Batam, Indonesisa, 29465

Need a best holiday experience in Batam coastline? Turi Beach Resort is the answer. it serve you a very beautifull scenery, relaxing ambience, and unforgetable experience while you stay. Turi Beach Resort is perfect for couple who wanted to take their honeymoon gateway. But, it also a good place to spend your time with whole family or friends. There are 4 different rooms provide including a premier beach front room and deluxe beach front room. The facilities that available are business center, family room, tours, billiard, outdoor tennis court, ballroom, massage, private beach, car rental, tennis, and golf. Other than that there are watersport available such as jet ski, diving, wind surfing, beach volleyball, canoeing, sailing, banana boat, and waterskiing.

3.                Da Vienna Boutique Hotel
3 stars rated hotel, Jl. Pembangunan, Nagoya, Batam, Indonesia, 29444.

Da Vienna Boutique Hotel have a strategic location, especialy for those who loves to shop. Da Vienna Boutique Hotel nearby Nagoya Hill Mall within 0.5 km. You definetely can walk by to go there. The transportation from and to Da Vienna Boutique Hotel is easy because of its location. If you manage to travel with ferry, Da Vienna Boutique Hotel only 2 km away from Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. The hotel is very luxury and shopisticated. Suits for everyone who wanted a pleasant holiday. There are some facilities you can enjoy such as swimming pool, hair salon, restaurant, family room, laundry service, supermarket and money changer. The staff are friendly and polite. Da Vienna Boutique Hotel minimum fare around RM150.00 per night.

4.                Harbour Bay Amir Hotel
3 stars rated hotel, Jalan Duyung Sei Jodoh, Batu Ampar, Batam, Indonesia, 29432

The one finest hotel nearby Harbor Bay Ferry International Terminal.  It cause Harbour Bay Amir Hotel became one of the most visited hotel in Batu Ampar Batam. The location also near from Nagoya Hill Mall within 2 km, Batam Polytechnic and Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddist Temple within 5 km approximately. It a nice place with nice service as well as a good reasonable price. Staying at Harbour Bay Amir Hotel only costs around RM 78 per night. Its quite fantastic regarding their facilities available such as nightclub, shops, supermarket, conference room, computer station, massage, spa, sauna, money changer and also car rental.

5.                Batam City Hotel
3  stars rated hotel, Komp. Penuin Centre Blok OB / 1-7, Batam, Indonesia

Batam City Hotel is the most simple and comfortable hotel among others. It located only within 1 km away from Nagoya Hill Mall, 2.4 km away from Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, and 2.9 km away from Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple. The strategic location allow you to walk surround the hotel and find many great Indonesian food nearby. the facilities available are spa, car rentl, meeting facilities, tours and laundry services.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Malaysia, can we still talk?

Dear Malaysia,

I read an article recently, written by a person who has just known you for two years. I felt weird reading the article. It didn't seem to reflect you properly. There was much optimism in the article, the writer saying how you still have the chance to be great again, how she is willing to give you another chance to change yourself, to be a better country. As if you want to be a better country.

Unlike her, I must admit that I'm much less romantic, less optimistic. I left as soon as I got the chance to, because greener pastures laid abroad and I have a brighter future elsewhere. In some eyes, I may have been a coward, perhaps a traitor, or someone who simply did not love the country enough. Instead of staying and fight, I chose to run away instead.

Yes, I took the easy way out.

In my first few years, I would have argued against those labels. Deep inside me, I still harboured the hope of returning. I wanted to come back and make a change for the better. I wanted to grow old with you. How could I not? After all, you were my first love.

Now, I'm not so sure anymore.

You see, Malaysia, I know that you are more than just a country. Beautiful as you may be, diverse as you are, even with all the good food added in, ultimately what defines you are the people in you. The Malaysia that I used to love is beautiful because of its people. Friendly, loving and accepting of one another, that was what made you great.

At the end of the day, you are the sum of your people. And lately the sum is beginning to go wrong. As much as I hate to admit it, you are no longer who you were.

Your people is growing increasingly intolerant of each other each day, the product of an effective educational system that segregates students since young, a divide-and-rule system that we conveniently used from the British, despite how much we say we hated it in the textbooks.

People are more concerned with going about their own daily lives than caring about the big picture, letting the politicians do whatever they want with the country. Even the biggest financial scandal in the country's history received nothing more than angry social media comments.

Those who are willing to speak out are getting lesser each day, with the unfortunate ones silenced after one another. People are getting more afraid to speak out and even if they do, there is often a breakdown in communication. Whereas the majority of the population speaks Malay and have difficulty understanding English, most articles that are critical of the government, usually the first engines to mobilise change, are in English.

Many things are falling apart, Malaysia, and I am not sure if there's even a chance to fix it. Or whether we should. To do so means going into the rural areas and start changing mindsets, but even then that will be a gargantuan task. Because the divide is simply too great and the faults too entrenched in the system.

Just look at the Sarawak election. It was basically a bunch of city dwellers trying to explain issues that do not resonate with the rural residents in an attempt to change their mindset.

What we're seeing today has been a result of years of neglect, where we mistakenly entrusted our politicians too much.

To be honest Malaysia, I do not know if you still have the ability to change, let alone the desire to. Because to me, it feels as if a significant amount of your people are too afraid to change, too comfortable with the status quo, while the ones who are not will choose to leave.

And I'm not sure if you even want to talk.

No right to judge,
A citizen who's probably going to be barred from entering the country

Monday, May 23, 2016

Day 143 of 2016 [Lukey]

Just what is life, exactly? There's no right answer to it. To some, it's about glory and fame. To make your mark in the world, to be instantly recognized wherever you go. To others, it about doing good. To make the world a better place to live in, to bring a smile unto others and to spread kindness. Then there are those who wants to impose their way of truth in the world, to make others follow what they want.

There's no one answer to what life is, and ideally, everyone should be entitled to their own opinion on life. That's what makes humanity unique after all. That no one is the same. Where we all are free to choose our own happiness.

However, with the age of globalisation and the spread of information, our perspective on life seemed to have narrowed. That there should be one pathway to success, one answer to life. And it's getting scary. But then again, this is how the powerful makes us adhere to their version of life. because if everyone is content, there would not be a divide in power.

The ruling class needs to create a gap or a chase in other to continue ruling.

[Edits: 1]

Monday, May 16, 2016

Top 10 Korean Cosmetics you can buy in Singapore

Written by Dawn Chan.


Korea is adored for many reasons. Its delicious food, talented K-pop bands, Descendants of the Sun and innovative products. Korean cosmetic products are no exception, especially here in Singapore,where it is one of the popular cosmetic choices.

However, with so many Korean cosmetics brands out there, what are some of the top brands here in Singapore? Here's our top ten pick of the most popular Korean cosmetic brands that you can buy in Singapore:

Known best for its Perfect Cover B.B. Cream, Missha has had expansive growth since its founding in 2000. With 500 products under its belt and more than 400 stores around the world, Missha aims to sell high end cosmetic prodcust at an affordable price.

Its Perfect Cover B.B. Cream is especially popular due to its two in one purpose of skincare and cosmetics.In addition to protecting the skin from the sun, it also helps to with treating dark spots and preventing wrinkles. For more on Missha, click here.

Mention Etude House and one of the first things that may come to mind is their brightly coloured pink shops, which is their signature look that makes them distinct from other brands. Etude House brings a vibrant and young vibe into their products. Their products ranges from skincare to makeup, all designed to make their customers feel like a princess. More on Etude House here.

Another of Korea's high end cosmetic brands, It's Skin aims to combat aging and keep skin healthy in an unconventional way: Snail Serum. Popular products from this brand include its white and red snail cream, snail masks, snail toner and lotion. Several of these products are best sellers in the Korean cosmetics market which are its Yellow Mask, designed to accelerate skin regeneration to keep skin looking healthy, and its BB Cream, made to reduce the appearance of pores and acne scars. To learn more of other products under this brand, clink here.

Did you know? Not only is LG a maker of electronic products, it is also the company behind another of Korea's popular cosmetic brand, The History Of Whoo. If you're wondering why the elegant packaging and the logo design, it's because Whoo means Empress in Korean, and the products uses include keeping skin youthful. Whoo's products combines both Eastern and Western beauty secrets together, and its ingredients comprise of deer antler, angelica root and wild thyme. To view more of Whoo, click here.

Founded in 1967, Sulwashoo is one of Korea's oldest cosmetic brands. Famous for its medicinal herbal skincare regime, Sulwashoo blends indigenous medicinal herbs through traditional Korean methods to give nourished and healthy complexion. Its concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream was once selected as "BG Best Pick" and the brand prides itself for its time-tested methods. You can find out more on Sulwhasoo here.

Borrowing its name from the Greek goddess, HERA is perhaps best known for its UV Mist Cushion. Its products are customised to fit varying skin needs of customers, from sensitive to dry skin issues. For more on HERA, click here.

One feature that jumps out when you think of Tony Moly is the way the products are packaged. Don't be deceived by its looks however, because in addition to looking cute, they also pack a punch. The brand has been around more than a decade and one indication of Tony Moly success is its string of awards, which include K Beauty Awards and also the Allure Beauty Award. To learn more about Tony Moly, click here.

Other than Etude House, Skin Food is another Korean cosmetic brand that has its flagship store around Singapore. Skin Food has been around since 1957, an experienced player in the cosmetic field, and boasts of numerous products under its range that has been famous for generations. Skin Food's products are primarily made using organic herb and fruits, which aims to provide natural skin care. To view more on the brand, click here.

One of the household names when it comes to Korean cosmetic brands in Singapore, Laneige's philosophy lies in its water science, where it aims to become the water expert in the industry. Its name meaning "snow" in French, Laneige's products help to bring about clean and sophisticated beauty and the confidence of youth. To view more on the brand, click here.

Perhaps the top player in the Korean cosmetic field, Innisfree is immensely popular for its all-natural ingredients, so far so to have its own green tea plantations to support its products. Its organic products are certified by France's ECOCERT organization, one of the few Korean cosmetic branches to do so.

Its green tea series are undoubtedly the most popular line of products, but Innisfree also boasts of numerous other best sellers that are geared towards women's various needs, such as moisture, anti-aging and healthy-looking skin. Perhaps what's more interesting about Innisfree is that it also owns five teahouses and a tea museum. To learn more about Innisfree, go here.

Looking at the numerous brands out there, one can safely say that, in addition to K-pop, K-beauty is another Korean trend that is emerging. Do you agree with our picks for the Top 10 Korean Cosmetic Brands in Singapore? Let us know if there's any brand that you think we missed out and share with us your favourite Korean cosmetic brand.

If you're looking to shop for Korean cosmetic brands without leaving your house, you can visit for daily deals on Korean cosmetic products, where all the top brands are available. Never worry about where to find your favourite cosmetic products again!

What's to Life? [Dawnie]

Maybe I AM going through a quarter life crisis. Although technically, I'm not a quarter life yet.

I know I haven't been writing much. I used to write a lot. Lost a lot of motivation, passion, likes, and dislikes.

Right now, I feel hopeless, that my life has no meaning, that I don't know what I'm doing, or why I'm doing them.

I'm just living day by day.

And you know how some people tell you to live day by day? It's actually painful.

Because you trudge through life without any joy.

It's not that I'm not thankful for what I have. It's not that I don't have things that make me happy. I have amazing friends, wonderful colleagues, a loving boyfriend and a loving family, and so much more.

And it's not that I don't have hope. I have hope and faith in God's Kingdom to come.

But you know, it doesn't mean I feel happy every day. People say to find your hope in Jesus. But why don't people explain HOW?

It's always easier said than done. And even then, how is it to be done?

To have faith, requires faith in itself.

And I don't think I can do that, just yet.

What's to my life? I don't know. Now I'm just trying to be a good person as much as I can. And live, for the sake of living.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Conversations: Writing

"Why have you stopped writing?" he asked. I could tell that he's disappointed.

I stood there, unable to answer, like I always do when faced with difficult questions. Numerous explanations raced in my head, though none of them sound satisfactory. They were more like convenient excuses.

"Because I don't see a reason to. Because I don't have the time to. Besides, no one reads my writing anyway. So what's the point?" My mouth decided to move on its own.

He gave a loud sigh and began pacing around, perhaps finding the correct words for a reply.

"I thought we've been through this before." He stopped a few feet away, his back against me. "I thought we said that we were just going to write, without caring about the results? I thought we were going to just enjoy the journey and not worry about the destination?"

"I know... but...", I tried to interject, but the words were lost to me. He has a point. I did made that promise to him. But for one reason or another, the whole writing thing just felt like a bother to me.

While I do enjoy writing, there are just so many factors to consider when writing. Your language, your grammar, your spelling, your tonality. The list is endless. And by the time you've gone through the list, you suddenly realise what you've produced isn't of a good quality anyway.

"I know what you're thinking. You think that you're mediocre, that if you cannot be good at it, you rather not be anything at all. Isn't that right?"

It's like he read my mind.

"Let me tell you something, Mr Self-Entitled. Nothing comes easy in this life. Everything takes practice, lots and lots of it. Your practice and practice until you get it right. Success comes at the expense of hard work. Like they say, blood, sweat and tears. There's no simple way around it. Do you understand?"

"But I've been doing this for four years!" I shouted back. "It's not like I don't know about this principle of hard work. It's not like I've not tried. It's just that sometimes some people are just not made for something and despite how much they try or practice, it's just not their cup of tea. So why force something that's not meant to be?"

For a brief moment, we stood there in silence. Only our thoughts filled the gap between us. I waited for him to talk first.

"Look, I know what you think. And you make perfect sense. But if you're going to frame everything you do in terms of the rewards or what you'll get in return you receive, you will never truly be happy. Because your intention and motivation is all wrong." Ouch.

But he was not done. "In fact, sometimes you may not even end up with the results that you want. If you start measuring everything you do, if you start pegging an expectation to your actions; without first learning to love what you do, you'll never get anywhere!"

"So what then? Are you just going to suggest that I do it without hoping for anything?" As much as I hate to admit it, he's kinda right.

"Yes! What else can you do? Write for the sake of writing. Do it because you love it, not because you want something out of it. Heck, the thought of getting any rewards should not be even on your mind. Recognition and rewards should be a side benefit, not your main motivation. Are you willing to try that?"

I looked at his face, that arrogant face of his when he knows he's right. I don't enjoy being in the wrong, but I don't see any alternative argument. "Alright, you win. Write for the love, not for the recognition. I suppose I can do that."

"And make sure you stick to that belief this time." He added, and smiled.

Friday, April 22, 2016

RE: Weighing in on the Janice Leong (aka Janiqueel) saga

I've been thinking about whether to write about this topic for quite some time now, give how potentially sensitive this topic may be. For starters, I don't want to unknowingly get sucked into a fight. Having bad publicity may not be really good for us holding a job, though it may be a boon for blog traffic.

Secondly, I have my reservations about naming and shaming online, because it is a really vindictive move that achieves nothing and only serves to propagate more hate. Thirdly, there's also the thinking that even talking badly about her online would only do more good to her, because online, bad publicity is still good publicity. 

I used to agree with all these beliefs too, which was why I never jumped on the bandwagon to shame her. Not when she demanded a free haircut because she's a blogger and not when a blog surfaced to expose all her antics. Because I would want to think that everyone deserves their side of the story to be told. 

But when another story surfaced of her cheating a S$769.65 dinner from a non-profit organisation's rep, I can't help but think, "How come life so unfair one?"

Yes, I will first admit that this is the sour grape in me talking. It may be the ego, but I can't understand for the life of me how someone who is surrounded by controversy, I won't even go into her writing and following, keeps getting sponsored for trips or being constantly on a holiday? 

I mean if she's paying for it herself, then fine, my points are moot and I'd be more than happy to be proven wrong. But from her Instagram posts, I highly doubt so.

Alvinology in the latest post mentioned that he doesn't want to name her because that would only benefit her, but I am starting to think that the whole reason why she keeps getting away with stuff is because there's simply not enough conversations going online talking about her. Negatively.

Sure, her rising blog stats may help her in her quest to ask for more goodies from unaware brands, but I believe that this is where the distinction lies. That the brands are simply unaware of her notoriety, because the internet, in general, has been too nice to her. Which is why she's able to still flaunt her credibilities as a blogger and still have brands fall for it, if that is in case her modus operandi.

After all, if there are enough people talking about it online, the mainstream media will be sure to pick it up. And when the mainstream media picks it up, more brands will be more aware of her, thus reducing the likelihood of them wanting to collaborate with her. Of course, if there's still brands who think that they can get their investment back by associating with her, then by all means go ahead.

But the purpose here is to create enough controversy around her until she becomes a household name like Jover Chew. Then there's where things will start to hurt.

Besides, you can talk about someone without giving them the stats. Don't click on her blog link. Stay away from the follow button. Don't subscribe to any of her stuff. Talk about her everywhere except on her social media platforms. 

Again, I don't believe in the whole idea of naming and shaming but if half of the things said about her are true, then by remaining quiet about the whole saga is actually helping her. Especially when it comes to the whole lending money part. If people were more aware of her personality, they would have been less likely to lend her money. 

Plus this is not a one-time occurrence. From the stories shared about her, it feels like she's intentionally making use of the goodwill given to her, even going so far to severely disrupt people's life. Given the way she treats people, if what the stories told are true, then there's really no reason to be nice

Of course, I do want to believe that what has been shared is false, which is why I am interested to find out more about two things:
  1. Are all of her trips sponsored or self-paid? If they're sponsored, how does she source for it? Does she approach the brands with some "Respect me I am a blogger story" like what she did to the hair salon or they genuinely approached her?
  2. What's her side of the story, or stories in this matter? 
Like I said, I'd be more than happy to be proven wrong. But antic after antic, I do believe that the time of remaining nice should be over, because trying to ignore her is akin to helping her. 

And I'm a sour grape.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Life is like a game of cards

You can complain about all the unfairness in life. Or you can choose to make the best out of it with what you have.
But what about those who are really luckier than those of us. Who can enjoy life without having to lift a finger? Like the children of China's elites, the fu er dai.

Or those who are naturally talented, who can achieve more with less effort compared to the rest of us? Like that one guy who doesn't study but always aces his exam. Or that high-flying girl who can do everything, from music to founding companies to writing.
But that's how life is, you see. It's no different than a game of cards.
When you're born, like Bridge or Hearts, you're handed a set of cards. These cards are your genes, your family, your country and everything around you that you have no control over when you're born.

The luckier ones of course gets a very good hand. They have all the kings and aces, all the flush and combo. Good looks, wealthy family and access to countless opportunities are among their cards.
And if you're not really lucky, you'll get handed cards that you have no idea how to play.
Round after round you'll see your opponents get further away from you, while you're struggling to just keep up.
Eventually you'll have a choice: Keep playing and make the best out of the situation, or you can fold and just give up.
I'll be honest, I'm a person who complains when I don't get a good hand of cards. I'm the annoying person who shouts "That's not fair!" in games when there's an imbalance or when I'm faced with a disadvantage. Real life is no different.
I compare upwards, and will think that life is unfair when faced with those who are more privileged.
But no matter how much you complain, things are more likely to remain the same than undergo any change. There's no referee or authority figure who will step in and ask everyone to share, because life is not a kindergarten playground.
What you can do, or perhaps can only do, is to play your cards to the best of your ability and hope by the end of everything, things will turn out the best that it can. And I guess that is what life is about. Seeing how well we can play our cards.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Porn is a Threat to Virility only because we're so afraid to talk about it

//"The only way out of this is to realize that God made us and our sexuality for a purpose. God made us for Himself—to know Him and to be known by Him. He wants us to see that the only way to think correctly about pornography is within the moral universe that He Himself has created. That means understanding pornography as a great evil that can only be broken through the power of the gospel."//

I got this excerpt from an article written by one Pastor Denny Burk, who was reacting to Time's article about “Porn and the Threat to Virility.”

The pastor got the first part correct: that porn is indeed something to be worried about. But what he got wrong was the second: that when you're "godly" or when you're a "righteous Christian", your desire for porn will automatically fade.

No, dear pastor, it doesn't work magically like that. If it did, we won't have so many sexual abuse cases originating from the people who are supposed to be the most righteous of us. This whole opposition between God and sexual desires, this stigma of talking about sex in the church, of rejecting it outright because "if you love God you'll control yourself and rid yourself of this desire" is the reason why so many men are turning to porn.

I know. Because I've been through it. If anything, the culture of fear surrounding porn is the leading factor of why so many men turn to porn.

What we do need is honest, transparent dialogue, and not to mention a readiness to move with the times. We need elders who are not afraid to talk about this openly, about the implications of sex, without painting it solely as a tool of evil or not rely on invoking the name of God to escape from talking about this topic.

Boys need to understand why porn may be bad without being fed simplistic reasons like "God will be angry" or "It is something evil". They need to understand how it will lead to unrealistic expectations in future relationships and affect your body.

Because repressing or avoiding a topic in the hopes that it will go away will only lead to boys finding the answers somewhere else. More often than not, the answers may not be the ones that are correct.

Sex needs to stop being a taboo topic in the mainstream side. Because underneath all our political correctness and refusal to talk about this openly, in fear of being labelled, the porn industry has way surpassed societal norms. Don't even start about religious norms.

Because if we are to address this "threat", we need to stop using arguments like "Pray and it will go away" or "Love God and your desires will subside", then hope that the boys will figure it themselves.  We need to grab the bull by the horn and talk about this more seriously, to be more open about this.

We may even need to do the unthinkable, where fathers actually guide their sons through their journey of puberty, instead of letting their sons fend for themselves. One where fathers share openly with their son their own journey. Only then perhaps we can dent the influence of porn.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dayre Random Thoughts: Reacting to the Taiwan beheading

It's sad to read news like this. It's even sadder to know that the man has a history of mental illness. It's a senseless killing and the girl was simply at a wrong place at a wrong time. 

A lot of people are calling for "justice", but I don't think there's any justice to be served here, if the man didn't even know what he was doing at that time. No motive of the killing has been released yet so far.
The Taiwanese parliament is proposing to bring back death sentence, but it's more of a knee-jerk reaction that doesn't address the real problem here: mental illness.
Capital punishment works if you're a sane person who's able to deduce the consequences of your actions logically. But when your thinking ability is affected, like how you would when you're having mental illness, death may be the last concern on your mind. You may don't even care.
Death penalty only works when you're afraid of death.

The more important question that needs answering is how a mentally unstable man, who already has years of documented issues, not receive the attention or support that he needed?
This post first appeared on Dayre


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