February 26, 2017

Travel story in Queenstown

We've been back to Queenstown for 5 times in the past 8 years, and that is because we love this city that much. I wish I am financially able to be in this city at least once a year to enjoy my $4 coffee with million dollar view. Nonetheless, I am happy that I always have a chance to go back and this time round with friends and Mom.

This is me, bundle up in 3 layers of winter clothes to keep me warm in the middle of New Zealand winter. It's bearable...not! I really need those layers to survive my days there, but don't get me wrong because...

Winter in Queenstown is my no 1 reason I LOVE Queenstown. 

Snow. That's because of the snow.
Mountain covered with Snow + Foggy morning = Magical.
The hotel we stayed in has a gorgeous snow mountain view and surrounded by beautiful lake. It was so stunning, and having that view every morning while doing my make up was one absolute blessing.

I feel tremendously blessed with the chance to bring my mom to this stunning city, and I wish to have more chances to show her the beauty of New Zealand. 

- switch to Indonesian -

Nyokap pas dibawa kemari, langsung oohhh aaaahhh dan ga berenti berenti moto dong. Ambil hape keluar photo photo, ga puas dia kuarin ipad en poto poto pake ipad juga. Alamak, pas ditanya..ngapain ma poto pake ipad, jawabnya " biar potonya gede keliatannya" - ya eyalah ya mak, pake tivi sekalian dipoto biar bisa 42 inch. lol. Tapi rasanya seneng banget yah, kalo ngeliat mak mak happy, mood nya langsung cerah bener - dan bisa mendadak berobah jadi jutek lagi kl muka ga cakep hasilnya di poto. :)

Ini entong ku yang hobi bener selfie an, niru daddy nya ni pasti.
Kita happy bisa bawa dia jalan jalan bareng walopun dia baru 2 taon, dan banyak yang bilang buat apa dibawa toh juga dia ga inget. Tapi buat kita, we did this not for him - but for us. Kita mau build memories sama dia, urusan dia inget apa kaga, ya terserah dia..tapi yang pasti gw inget how happy he was pas maen sama temennya, maen ludge bareng gw, or even cuman maen kayu nemu di pinggir danau.

Dan oh, kalo pas mampir ke Queenstown, mampir deh ke Amishfield.
The food is AMAZING! Order the salmon with Pistachio and Manuka Honey something. This is the bomb, and this change my life! LOL - I can never eat "average" salmon serving anymore because I keep saying "nothing taste like the one in Amisfield." You've been warned.

The restaurant serve fine dining type with plenty of complementary entree.

This is that bloody GOOD salmon I ever tasted in my life.

'Till the next travel story :)

February 25, 2017

K-Beauty review - CLIO Kill Cover

My February K-beauty picks! 

Gonna be quick on this one!
K-beauty is surely taking the globe by storm on a strong and serious influence of anything dewy, natural looking face and lips gradation. I mean, what not to love -  look at those dewy face and youthful skin? I, myself is k-beauty lover and I just can't understand why it is so hard not to look at k-beauty trend, especially those silky dewy not over the top complexion they have! It's.That. Hard.

Anyway, am start exploring the K-brand BB cushion range and landed on this " Clio " brand. I have tried their product on sponsored post years back, and omg - they keep coming back with awesome products. 

This time round, it's their so called "Kill Cover" BB Cushion.

I'm using shade no 3 - Linen. My skin is NC 25 on MAC and this suit the shade just nice. But I do feel like, this BB cushion is not going to suit olive or darker skin tone. It has a high glow in pale beige undertone. Definitely suits Asian skin tone and maybe any skin tone between NC 15 - NC 30?

The texture is HIGHLY PIGMENTED - A little goes a long way -
It's easy to blend on moisturised skin, just remember to prep up your skin before applying this BB cushion. I applied my 10 Korean Skincare steps and it works wonder.

The Con:

In the humid weather, this cushion could be pretty tricky - it takes quite a bit of time to dry up.
I would say this is quite a down side for this product, because clearly I would want that dewy effect to stay without the initial stickiness, but i have 10 mins in the morning to do my face and i don't have that bloody time to fan my face dry.

I supposed you can seal this with loose powder, but I don't like the effect with a coat of loose powder.
So, I normally - apply everything at home, drive to the office and final touch up my face in office bathroom. This solve my problem :)

Will I re-purchase this? DEFINITELY!
NZD 45 comes with a refill sounds very reasonable for me. 

Anyhoo, gotta go and will be back for more beauty story :)
And oh, my pic here is with the BB cushion! 

December 29, 2016

Beautiful December

Merry Christmas and Happy New year everyone!
Selamat natal dan tahun baru for all readers in Indonesia and Singapore!
Thank you for always supporting me. Am so grateful for all kind words and ever going support from you guys. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year ahead!

There will be no resolution this year, as I have come to make peace with myself that I can never hit my resolution goal that I set years ago, which was losing weight. My weight scale hitting the highest ever in my non pregnant stage. So, I am feeling depress now. LOL!

A little update on us, we spent our 2nd Christmas since our moving to New Zealand - and I start feeling like home. It's definitely a different kind of life, but it's not too bad. 2016 is a good year for us as family. Heaps of up and down, cry a lot and laugh too much! LOL. But all in all, we are grateful that we have friends that treat us like family.

Little Ethan had lotsa fun decorating the tree, and literally putting pretty much most of the ornaments at the bottom of the tree, because ornaments need to "hang". He's been singing Jingle Bell in a very weird wording, and everyday, he is eye-ing for those candies under the tree.

- Am going to write in Bahasa Indonesia for my readers in Indonesia. -
Cepet banget yah, udah akhir taon lagi! Kita bakalan bikin little BBQ di rumah buat Christmas and bakalan nangkep kepiting lagi pas taon baru. Semoga cuaca bagus. Ini harusnya summer di Auckland sekarang, tapi kok ya masi anginan, 18 derajat, en suka ujan pula. Repot banget kuar masukin jemuran - nasib mak mak banget yah? hahaha.

Gw berasa super sibuk banget December ini, mulai dari daycare party nya Ethan, potong rambut, rapi rapi rumah, siapin menu Xmas dinner, beli beli kado yang bujubuneng disini adatnya rame bener kalo Christmas! And taon ini gw dapet beautiful gift dr direct manager gw.. - so sweet ya -

and to close my 2016 blog post..I just want to say have a safe New Year, do not drink and drive - and let us all have exciting 2017!

December 20, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas with Michael Hill

Christmas week is here and omg, here we are on the most wonderful time of the year!
I always love the feeling of Christmas, with the gorgeous lights around the tree, santa's socks, and the gifting season - obviously. I love creating gift ideas for people close to my heart, and having said that - sometimes, I need to scratch my head (a couple times) to pick what is the right gift for the right people. So, I feel you. I feel you.

This year, Santa is being too kind to me and let one of my favorite Jewelry shop - Michael Hill having my Christmas gift sorted. A massive thank you for Michael Hill, for letting me choose two beautiful collections of yours.

For me, my mom is the most special person in my life, and her name is always on top of my whatever list, including my Christmas gift list. I choose this adjustable gold bracelet from Michael Hill for her. This beautiful bracelet perfect for stacking, this dainty 10ct yellow gold bracelet is centred with a polished identity plate and secured with an adjustable toggle. 

I love the fact that it's adjustable, so I don't have to worry on the " oh - it's too big or too lose " moment when she open the prezzie. This is great gift for those who love subtle jewelry without losing the elegant touch.

Purchase the collection here.

For myself, I choose drop earrings with 0.15 carat tw of diamonds from Michael Hill's diamond collection. Diamond is my best friend, and I intend to keep it that way :D

As a practical person, I am the type that wears jewelry as my daily accessories. I love the fact that this gorgeous earrings suits my outfit. Be it a good office wear, casual Friday outfit, or tanks and short for beach outing. It is so versatile that it could be a gift for everyone.

Take a look on how it sit nicely on the ear, and those little sparkle - omg! We would want gorgeous bling even on our daily fashion, right? Do I see nodded head? Yes! Head over to Michael Hill website for your daily dose bling. I know you want it. 

It's beautiful and affordable, more over it brings me happiness. That's what the right gifts do.

Have a safe Christmas everyone, if you are heading out of town - get your car checked, and don't drink and drive. See you all next year.

- Hug hug -

November 15, 2016

Hikoco - Your K-beauty Webstore!

Hello guys! I'm finally back with beauty stuff!

This post gonna be quick, coz I just want to share my mini haul with Hikoco. I've been looking for a good online shop that sells authentic Korean makeup and skincare. After a thorough browse, I found Hikoco and this online shop based in Auckland, New Zealand. I found other beauty blogger reviewing this shop as slightly more expensive compare to other online shop, probably yes, they are right - I didn't check the price on that. As for me, I like how they work. I like the shopping experience with constant promo code, QUICK delivery, and authentic products. That's it for me. When online shop have those, I am buying. 

I won't be reviewing the website interface or sort of stuff, because if a tech dummy like me can buy from this website, means idiot proof. :D

I bought pretty broad range of skincare and make up, and guess what - they have those. 


Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine


My take: I LOVE on how the whole packaging works. This is pretty much like fully dip cotton pad in beautiful wine smell, and seriously the scents is gorgeous. Sweet like a grape juice. There you go.

- Buy now at Hikoco -


Water-full Timeless Moisturizing Cream


My take: I run out of my SK-II - and I give this product a go. 
It won't give you the radiant look like SK-II though, but it works wonder for hydration.
Like, amazingly wonderful for dry skin.

- Buy now at Hikoco


Water-full Skin Refresher


My take: Therapeutic scent that absorb instantly and ample up my skin so well.

- Buy now at Hikoco -


Egg Mousse Soap


My take: This product gives me a clean feel and a healthy glow after every cleanse. But I don't really enjoy the tightness feel afterwards. 

- Buy now at Hikoco -


Aqua 3-Step Skin Renewal Mask [10 Masks]


My take:  Buy this! Just buy this. 
If you want to dewy Korean skin the next morning, use this mask.
It comes with generous ampoule and lotsa moisturising liquid in the mask.

- Buy now at Hikoco -


Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner [Black]

I have done a full review in this post, go have a look - and clearly you know why I re-purchase. :D

- Buy now at Hikoco -


Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion 

I have yet to try this one, but I read tons of good review about this BB cushion and can't wait to try it!
I'll let ya know what I feel about this product soon! Currently finishing my Laneige BB cushion. :)

- Buy now at Hikoco -

And oh, every purchase come with free samples and free delivery for above $50. Take a look of the generous samples I got on top of my purchased products. Am overall very satisfied on my purchase with Hikoco, and definitely will buy again from this webstore.

"Till next time!

November 13, 2016

The Good Home - Mt. Eden

Not a restaurant review, but if you would need a suggestion on where to go for the weekend lunch..I recommend The good Home - Mt. Eden. That's the address, right there. 37 Normanby Rd, Mt. Eden.

As you guys know, I pretty much cook at home and change a little of our lifestyle (and save a lot) by not eating out that often. But every now and then, we enjoy going out as family and just a have one good afternoon talking to each other (without phone down, clearly - in my case) and enjoying a little sun.


Le Mr took us to this place and oh boy oh my, we love it!

Let's start with ambiance! What we love the most about this place is the cozy feeling we experienced the moment we stepped in to the indoor dining area. All woody with bits and pieces of semi industrial interior across the huge room.

And when you walk in to the left hand side, there was this semi outdoor dining area that meant for family with kids. 


Take a look on how thoughtful the placement of toys and activities for the little one. They even have those small chair and table for the kids. Super love the dining place that are kids friendly. At least in this place, I won't feel embarrassed if they want to cry or decided to show off some tantrum. :P

The food was good with generous portion! I ordered seafood chowder and OMG, supaaa yummy! Le Mr's steak sandwich was good, although not as good as he remembered, though. :/


This is us! Finally hitting a year living in New Zealand. 
If we were to look back and see how the things go for us, we definitely would say it was ONE HUGE blessing, indeed. We got a place, we easily got a good job, and Ethan is settling really well with plenty of space to run around. We are blessed with many good friends and really amazed on how God place everything perfectly. We had, i mean mostly I had a down stage in my life throughout the year, but today - I am loving every bits of the new life we have here.

We grow so much as couple during the one year, we worked together as team to reach the financial freedom we want and the beautiful retirement that we already start planning. These were not even in our conversation 2 years ago. I am grateful for him and this marriage that we always work on. Our marriage was in a bad shape couple of months ago, and I learn that marriage is best to stay as Husband and Wife. Put aside the families, extended families, and those who know nothing about your relation and decided to judge and talk about it in front of others family member. 

Just remember, no one ever have the right to make u feel small, unwanted, and losing your confidence. For me, I got painful experiences with uncle and auntie that has a habit of "biting" people, but when it's their turn to get "bite" - they got very offended! Say what?

But oh well, we can never control what other people do, but we can choose to react positively, and continue life without their remarks. So I choose to ignore, stay away from them, and building my little life with BIG happiness.

..and taking our little steps to a better tomorrow, as family.


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