I know that we're well done with November but do pardon my lingering. I'm finally done with my exams and guess what I got myself for a birthday present - a new prime lens! I've been wanting to get one for the longest time now and since it's quite a prestigious chapter of my life - turning the big 21 is a big deal okay - I thought I'd give myself a bit of a treat.
I love the month of November, its the month of thanksgiving, school's out and it's also the month of cheerful celebrations; Christmas decorations are up and everybody is getting in the joyous mood. Now that we're well into December, everyone's in the Christmas spirit and next thing you know, 2013 is over and it's the New Year! I can't believe the year is up, it feels like time flew by in an instance this year!
I ever so rarely pay a visit to Puchong. It is evidently quite a lengthy journey from where I stay. I went there once before, but I didn't really get to explore or look around so I never really got the Puchong experience. The other day I accompanied two of my friends on a little photo hunt and I finally got to see the beauty of Puchong. Now I understand why a lot of my friends stay there and why it's traffic is such a big issue there; the feeling of home and comfort is strong in the grounds. There are trees everywhere, and basically anything and everything is available within reach!
We went into this housing compound that was located on top of a hill. It had a complete aerial view of the city and the greenery was breathtaking! While the guys were busy snapping away I too got busy sketching away my assignment ideas and halfway through Javin snapped some photos of me in my designing zone. I really like the shots he took of me, and don't I just blend in with the surrounding? Oh, and I am wearing pants - I swear!
Photos by Javin C
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I didn't expect anyone to come out and celebrate my birthday since its the usual exam period. At one point I must admit that I was kinda depressed cause I thought that I might spend my legalization celebration alone. To say that I was surprised, is an understatement. I am really really grateful that I'm able to have friends like these that put everything aside and have their way to celebrate my birthday. It feels very fuzzy and warm inside - like a crackling fire in an iron gated fireplace. It feels like home. I can't express how much I appreciate all their kindness and the sacrifice. I know what kind of person I am; I can be quite aggressive, intimidating, strict and overall scary. And to see how everyone still loves me for that I will always have a soft spot for them in my life. I really am eternally grateful that I had the privilege of ever knowing these bunch of people. And those who couldn't come, I know you guys were in spirit and I love you guys all the same!
I thought I was just gonna have dinner with just Ariel and Javin so I figured I could splurge for the three of us and have a nice dinner at a posh place. I initially wanted to have dinner at The Hills, but I found out that it was relocated to The Roof at First Avenue, One Utama. I was craving for their Green Monster Burger for the longest time and now that it's nearer and more accessible, how could I ever turn it down! It is, after all, a special occasion. And get this, I decided to eat there just a night before my actual birthday! Like I said, I thought it'll just be the three of us, so I took my time getting ready and then for the first time ever Javin was rushing me to get ready (he's usually the slow one you see).
When we got there, Javin already gotten us 'a table', that I thought was the table for three, but when I got there he gestured to sit at the next table (which already had people seated at) and since I have severe night blindness, and might I add that it was ridiculously dimmed there, I was oblivious. And they there were. It took me a while to adjust to be honest, but it was Nabilah's "Happi Birthdae Elreenaaaa" that finally got me! Turns out that Javin did assemble everyone since the weekend but just only finalized the venue the night before since it was I who unknowingly did the last minute decision!
And as usually, we all fail at fine dining. Like all the time. I mean, just look at the photos below. We just 'looked' the part, but in the end we were all passing a portion of our dinner around with spoons!
The Roof is quite a pricey place, but to be honest it was well worth it! The food is spectacular - I had the Salmon Pasta, which I will definitely come back for! The ambience is really nice, and if you didn't know, the Roof is split up into five different sections: Signature (restaurant), a sports bar, a dance club, a helipad restaurant, and a wine and malt lounge (the green monster burgers are served there btw). The only thing that bugged me most about the place is for the lack of light they had - it was mega difficult for any of us to take photos there!
Part Two of Birthday Celebration with my awesome buds coming soon. I gotta collect photos first!
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I am 21!
I've just officially turned legal as of Tuesday night, 26th of November! I had a great night with great people and the party didn't end just there, having to celebrate with more great friends the day after. I'd make a proper post about this when I'm done collecting & editing the photos! First, the day before my birthday I woke up to this beautiful bouquets delivered to my front door by my beloved family. I was heartbroken when I found out that they couldn't join me for my birthday so my mom arranged for these! I literally cried when I got them. It is breathtakingly beautiful I wish they could stay that way forever. But alas, they are slowly drying out, but it looks so amazingly pretty propped up on my desk right now.
Tried out the reverse lens technique for some of these shots.
I'll say, what people have been talking about the American Apparel easy jeans were true! I've heard nothing but great reviews about their high waisted easy jeans and when I found knock-offs on Taobao, I couldn't resist but to test it out these so called wonder-pants myself, and for the record, they really are! As all high waisted bottoms do, it sucks in and smooths out all those worry spots and it makes the tush looks good and my legs look as if they go on for days (or at least how I think it does when I look at my reflections). I'm also loving these bralettes, they go so well underneath sheer tops and I personally made this pair mega comfortable so I could wear it the whole day and wouldn't budge. I did earn a few stares here and there, not only because of the shoes, but I think my DIY cage bralette probably had something to do with it too. Hmm, then again, I have blonde hair. Can I be any more inconspicuous?
Photos taken on my phone, by Tyler L.
Easy High Waisted Jeans x TAOBAO
Creepers x TAOBAO
Sheer Top x TIMES SQUARE
Bralette x DIY