Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Review: Kitchen Confidenital by Anthony Bourdain


Anthony Bourdain's death from suicide on 8th June caused quite a stir and many people are talking about it on Facebook.

I have seen Anthony Bourdain on television a few times but I am not really interested in celebrities. 

Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential caught my attention when it first came out in 2000 and I was very interested in reading it but I never quite got around to that. Someone on Facebook wrote something about this book and I remembered that it is actually written by Anthony Bourdain. I promptly bought the ebook on Amazon and I finished it in less than a week. 

Besides television shows like Hell's Kitchen and Masterchef and romanticised versions shown in Korean dramas, I have never stepped into a kitchen and seen what really happen behind those doors. Kitchen Confidential gives me a look into the real kitchen, where foul language, sex and drugs are a large part of it. It is a crazy world in there where they have their own lingo, where blistered hands filled with hideous constellations and angry red welts are a sign of pride. 

This book is part autobiography and part non-fiction, starting off with Anthony Bourdain describing how and why he got into the restaurant business and became a chef to showing how the restaurant business is really run and why many of them fail.

It is a hugely entertaining read. Anythony Bourdain is hugely entertaining with a wicked sense of humour. Just when you think you know it, he proves you wrong all over again.

You can buy the ebook from Amazon by clicking on the picture below: 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Product Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Series


Somewhere around the middle of 2017, as I looked at my dull and dry skin, I realized that although I am only 30 years old, my face looks like that of a 40-year-old. 

I made a promise to myself: I am going to take better care of my skin. 

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to skincare, it is a matter of trial-and-error. Still, it gets really confusing when there are too many choices. 

I turned for guidance from celebrities and fashion bloggers, because they are supposed to be the experts, right? I tried the highly-acclaimed SK-II Facial Gentle Cleanser, SK-II Facial Clear Lotion and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, but it is too damn expensive for long-term use for salaried workers like me. 

I remember I really liked the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser when I used it a few years back, so I decided to try out the whole works. I got the whole works: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser, Neurogena Hydro Boost Clear Lotion, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel,   Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask.

Let me go through them one by one and give you my two-cents' worth.



Step 1: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser
The cleanser comes out in foam form which means that I don’t have to lather up anymore. My face feel hydrated and clean after washing without that overstretched feeling that some cleansers gives me.  This is still one of my favorite cleansers. 


Step 2: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Clear Lotion

I like that this toner does not contain alcohol, so it does not dry out my skin. It does give me the occasional tingling sensation when I apply it on my skin, but that only happens when my skin is dry.



 Step 3: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Treatment Lotion Pre-Essence

This is the toner and it is alcohol-free so it does not dry up my skin. Infused with hyaluronic acid, this toner hydrates my skin while cleansing off the impurities on my face, leaving my skin refreshed and supple. 




Step 4: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

This is the daytime moisturizer. It contains an innovative progressive release system, which draws moisture from the air and release it into the air over time to combat dryness. It also contains hyaluronic acid for extra hydration and moisture retention. It claims to be able to moisturize the skin for up to 12 hours, but I personally find that it is good for about 4-6 hours in air-conditioned places. It does not clog the pores and a little bit goes a long way. Just a ten-cent amount is enough to cover the whole face. 




Step 5: Neutrogena Hydro Boost 3D Sleeping Mask

This is the nighttime moisturing gel. It contains Neutrogena’s Moisture Sensor Complex and hyaluronic acid which replenishes moisture when you need it and repairs skin barrier to lock the moisture in. It also contains antioxidant
lemon peel formula helps to repair the skin’s barrier against harsh environment aggressors. I don’t like that it contains fragrance and that it is too thick, but it does leave my skin supple and hydrated in the morning. A little bit goes a long way. Just a ten-cent amount is enough for the whole face. 


Step 6: Neutrogna Hydro Boost Intensive Hydrating Mask 

It does exactly as what it says, it intensively hydrates the skin. It is a little expensive but the hydration you get makes it all worthwhile.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost will always be one of my favourite facial product range to use, especially the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mousse Cleanser. It is my fall-back facial cleanser that is now readily available at all Watsons and Guardian pharmacies. 

What do you think about the Neutrogena Hydro Boost series? Tell me in the comments!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Book Review: Complete Notes from Singapore The Omnibus Edition by Neil Humphreys

When Neil Humphreys’s Notes from an Even Smaller Island was first published in 2001, it created quite a stir. I kept seeing the book everywhere I go, but I was not the least bit interested, because I thought “what can an ang moh tell me about Singapore that I don’t already know?”

Years passed by and after reading all the sad books such as In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom and When Breath Becomes Air, I needed something a little more lighthearted. Many people have commented that Neil Humphreys’s works are hilarious, so I decided to check them out for myself. 

I try not to buy physical books anymore, I like buying the Kindle version on Amazon and reading them on my Kindle app or my Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader. I have no choice but I couldn't find his Notes from an Even Smaller Island so I got the 3-in-1 version by the name of Complete Notes from Singapore The Omnibus Edition.


After reading all three books, I have declared myself a Neil Humphreys fan. He talks about topics which I have always thought to myself but never had the guts to say out. I am humbled that an ang moh who stays 10 years in Singapore knows more about Singapore than me who have stayed in Singapore for more than 20 years. I applaud Neil Humphreys for his keen sense of observation and humor, turning peculiar residents of Toa Payoh into endearing characters. 

I was sad that he was leaving Singapore but I know that he returned in 2012 and have since produced two more books, Return to a Sexy Island: Notes from New Singapore and Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from Old Singapore. Till then, I am going to look for that Sembawang Hot Spring. 

Friday, August 03, 2018

书评:如果蜗牛有爱情



我很喜欢《如果蜗牛有爱情》这部大陆电视剧,得知这个电视剧是由一本网络小说改编而成的,决定拜读丁墨的《如果蜗牛有爱情》。

王子文饰演的许诩非常到位,白白净净的。电视剧里的许诩会画漫画但书里的许诩是不会画画的。电视剧里许诩把同事画成动物,给整部戏加了一些很温馨的成分。

书里和电视剧里的季白不太一样,虽然在工作时都是很拼命的,但书里的季白有比较痞的一面,但王凯饰演的季白是很正直的。王凯好帅啊!

Friday, July 20, 2018

如果蜗牛有爱情



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刚刚看完《如果蜗牛有爱情》这部大陆连续剧,看到了一个和《欢乐颂》里截然不同的王子文。

王子文在《欢乐颂》里饰演的曲筱绡是古灵精怪和爽朗嚣张的,在《如果蜗牛有爱情》里饰演的许诩是安静内向的。两个角色那么的不同,王子文都演的这么好,我很欣赏王子文。

在《如果蜗牛有爱情》里,王子文饰演的许诩和王凯饰演的季白好甜蜜啊,是那种淡淡的爱情。

王凯饰演的季白好帅啊!



许诩的漫画画的真好,用动物画出她的同事的特征。我也有学画画的冲动了!









Friday, July 06, 2018

欢乐颂 第一季和第二季



《欢乐颂》在中国年开播后,简直红爆了。那个时候,我的很多中国朋友见面第一句话是:“你有看《欢乐颂吗》?” 

有这么好看吗?不就是讲几个上海女孩住在一个公寓里发生的事吗?

朋友对这部戏的热爱感染到我,这几天正好有空,我就花了几天的时间,一口气把《欢乐颂》第一季和第二季都看完了。

我现在终于明白大家为什么这么喜欢《欢乐颂》了。我们每个人都能在这五个女孩的身上找到自己的影子,而她们遇到的事也是我们大多数在大城市里工作的人经常发生的事。

安迪是我一直向往的女强人,聪明能干,赚的很多。但我现在知道我永远不会变成她那样的人,因为我没有她那么高的智商。

我觉得我比较像邱莹莹,不是很聪明但很开朗。

我也能在我自己身上找到一些关雎尔的特征。我们都是乖乖女,爸爸妈妈上我们干什么我们就干什么,但我比她叛逆。

在整个《欢乐颂》里,我最喜欢的就是曲筱绡。她敢勇敢的活出真实的自我,这是我一直想做但一直无法做到的。赵启平也是因为这点,所以会喜欢曲筱绡。我一直很在意别人对我的看法,但这是我的人生,我为什么要为别人而活?我决定了,我以后兴奋就高兴地尖叫,伤心了就大声的哭出来,高兴就开怀大笑。我要找回我自己。

曲筱绡有很多“妖精名言”,以下是我特别喜欢的几个:
  • 在这个世界上除了自己,谁都没有义务让你高兴。
  • 做人真正经,自己最累;做人假正经,身边的人最累;做人没正经,但只要有本事,别人都会说你真性情。
  • 常与同好争高下,不共傻瓜论短长。
  • 每次谈恋爱都摆出天长地久的架势,不结婚就算失败,累不累啊。谈恋爱就是看对了眼,天雷勾地火。与其在那想东想西,不如上前亲一亲抱一抱,你才能知道自己心里最真实的感受。想的越多越错。喜欢就上,别犹豫,谈恋爱就是谈恋爱哪有那么多的约束。
  • 我这个小公司养不起闲人,工作做的好你就是菩萨,我保证好吃好喝的供着你,工作要做的不好,你就是每天晚上加班到十点,我也一样炒你。
  • 爱情来的太得快去得也快,只有猪肉卷是永恒的,决不能为了一个接触帅哥的机会而放弃挣钱。
  • 凡是能赚钱的,就不是小生意。
  • 怎么反抗父母?一个字,狠!
  • 这个世界上只有父母是天生欠儿女的,所以对于你不想做的事情,不能一直做顺民,一定要拿出壮士一去不复返的劲头来反抗父母的权威。

Friday, June 29, 2018

Book Review: What She Really Wants by Barbara Delinsky


What She Really Wants was the first ebook I bought on Amazon after my father got me my Kindle Paperwhite reader. It was free on Amazon and I was looking for a book to test out my Kindle Paperwhite so I got this book. 

It is a short story about a husband getting his wife a present for her birthday. It is only 270-pages long, but I can really feel the love this husband has for his wife through Barbara Delinsky's words. It is a fun and easy read that you can probably finish in 1-2 hours.