It’s Never Too Late…

Many make New Year’s Resolutions. I never really bothered in making any because I hate setting expectations and when they’re not being met, it only makes you feel disappointed. I learn to stop having expectations for years now as I used to have them but we all know how that ends. So, I’ve learned to live with just taking each day as they come. That all being said, it doesn’t mean that I don’t strive to be better because I always challenge myself and those that I care for to always be better. I feel that life’s too short to not be the best you can be because it may be your only life unless you believe in reincarnation. 😀

I think most of my closest friends know that things have been tough emotionally for me this few months. That being said, life and time waits for no one. I’m turning another year older in just a few months time. This year is definitely going to be different. I’m waiting on a tribute tattoo session for my Mom that got postponed because of the MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0. It’s now scheduled for 8th of March 2021. We’ll see if that session will happen especially when the Malaysian Government has been wishy-washy in terms of their decisions in controlling and keeping the Covid-19 numbers down. That being said, I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I’ll be able to get it done soon and as planned.

I’m definitely going back into the gym to workout. I want to destress, sweat, feel fit and get toned. But, I’ll definitely have to take a break from the gym when I get inked for a smooth healing. Plus, I want to be ready for Maldives. *hint.. *hint.. I know which resort I’m interested in this round.

Besides the gym, I’m also going to tryout some new recipes. I’m excited about that even though I still prefer cooking for others. LOL… I’ll think of more things to do as the months passes and I’ll keep y’áll updated. If you have ideas of something that I may like, do comment below and I might try them out.

What are you interested in trying out?

XoXo, VAS

Happy Chinese New Year 2021 – The Year of The Ox…

I would like to wish the Chinese and anyone who celebrates Chinese New Year @ CNY a very Prosperous & Healthy New Year ahead. This year it’s the year of the Ox based on the Lunar Calendar. It’s my year, It was supposed to be Mom’s year as well. In our family, my grandma, my dad’s mother is an ox, my aunt Linda, my dad’s sister is also an ox, Mom was an ox and so am I. So, it was clear to state that our family consists of very strong women.

This is the first year celebrating CNY without Mom. She’s only been gone almost 2 months now but she’s clearly not forgotten. When I got dressed to head to my grandma’s place in Bangsar for our Reunion Dinner, my Mom’s words echoed in my ear, “Remember not to wear black on Chinese New Year!!” I also remember when my Mom heard about my Pre-Wedding Photoshoot, she said the same thing. As I went through a stage in 2015-2018 that almost any piece of clothing that I bought were all black. She was worried that I’d chose a black wedding dress.

Anyway, Reunion Dinner is one of the most crucial time to be home with family to enjoy a feast. This dinner is carried out on the Eve of Chinese New Year. If one is married, the wife will attend this dinner at her inlaws place and then on the first day of Chinese New Year, the pair will have dinner at the wife’s family home. So, if your hometown in in different states, you will then travel on the eve or on the first day of CNY.

Chinese New Year’s main purposes is to start the new year on a good note, there is no better way to do that than to be with family and have a big feast while children and the non married ones will get Red Packets or “Äng Paos”. It’s a time to let water under the bridge aka forgiveness as well.

I remember growing up celebrating CNY in Ipoh, Perak with my Mom’s side of the family when cousins, aunties, uncles, great aunts and uncles will meet up. It was always filled with snacking on CNY cookies, food + getting red packets, fire crackers and aunty and uncles gambling. My favourite CNY Cookies would be Pineapple Tarts, Love Letters + Beehive.

I think since Mom’s no longer with us. We’ll be celebrating CNY in Kuala Lumpur with my dad’s side of the family from now on. Not sure when I’ll ever head back to Ipoh, Perak TBH. Maybe if Hubs visits and we have something to do or see I guess. I was never really close to Mom’s side of the family. Mainly because of the language barrier. I suck at speaking Cantonese. I can only speak a few words here and there but I can understand more than speak. Ipoh definitely has good food that I will miss.

Anyway, we did the Reunion Dinner at my Grandma’s place and high chances, we won’t be doing any visiting for CNY as we’re still under MCO 2.0 (The Movement Control Order) and also because Mom just passed away not too long ago. Chinese tradition states that the family in mourning should not be celebrating anything for the year. Mom was Chinese so, I feel that we have to honour her traditions. This means, I would not be giving out any Red Packets this year as well.

Talking about Red Packets, my Mom and I had our lil tradition. I was not allowed to open any of my red packets until the 15th day of CNY which meant that CNY was over. I had to write the aunty/uncle name that gave me the red packet on the packet itself too. I got a strong feeling my Mom just didn’t want me to appear rude and open the red packets infront of the aunty that I just received the red packet from as may kids does. Some ungrateful kids would also comment about the amount that they receive. So if the amount was small, the kid would say it out loud. LOL.

Everything that I do and as the days that passes me by, I can’t help but, be reminded about Mom and the things she used to say to me. That’s just how much I miss my Mom.

XoXo, VAS

Tiffany & Co. Collection…

I’m sure most of you reading this blog entry is familiar with the brand – Tiffany & Co.. The company was founded in 1837 by the jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany and became famous in the early 20th century under the artistic direction of his son Louis Comfort Tiffany. The company operates retail outlets in the Americas, Asia, Japan, and Europe. It sells jewelry, sterling silver, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, water bottles, watches, personal accessories, and leather goods. Tiffany is known for its luxury goods, particularly its diamond and sterling silver jewelry.

The first time I ever stepped foot into the KLCC, Kuala Lumpur outlet was in 2012 and I was intrigued to see so many pretty pieces of jewelry. I fell in love with the brand and that day, I walked out those heavy doors with my very first Tiffany Blue Box + Paperbag. My then BF had purchased a dainty silver must have bracelet as our 1st Anniversary present. I couldn’t believe that I had a Tiffany piece TBH.

9 years has passed and I’ve collected quite a number of pieces from the luxury brand. The quality is impeccable and the service is good. My Sales Associate (SA) is also super helpful, patient and sweet. I highly recommend that you look for Sonia if you visit the Pavilion. Kuala Lumpur outlet. She used to be at KLCC but have moved to the Pavilion outlet now.

Part of my Tiffany’s collection…

Most will question why does Tiffany charge so much for their silver pieces compared to say, Thomas Sabo, Pandora or your typical kiosk selling silver pieces? My answer would be, it’s the quality of their silver, craftmanship, workmanship, service and brand standards that each piece promises. Also, their silver doesn’t tarnish as fast as Pandora pieces based on my own personal experience with both brands.

These days, I prefer getting their Rose Gold or White Gold pieces due to wanting to build my own family heirloom collection plus I think I’m at the age where I should be classier than ever.

What’s your favourite brand? Please leave your comment below. 😀

XoXo, VAS

What’s In My Bag?…

What’s in my bag? A tittle that most female vloggers usually start their channels with or is a popular topic circa 2016. Almost every single female vlogger on YouTube has a video on it. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. ;P Anyway, here is Valerie Atkinson-Stephens’ version of it but, in a sweet short blogpost instead.

I think most of my close friends or readers now know that I’m a handbag collector. So what do I consider as essentials? What do I carry with me when I’m on the go?

So currently, I’m using my YSL Sac Du Jour Nano

  1. Handphone
  2. Small Wallet/Card Holder
  3. Car key
  4. Wet Wipes
  5. Sanitizer
  6. Lip Balm
  7. Lip Colour
  8. YSL Eyeshadow Palate (I actually don’t touch up my make up when I’m outside but, I carry it and use the mirror when needed.)
Saint approves of my bag’s content.

Do you carry more things than I do? If yes, what additional things are you carrying or do you think that what’s in my bag, is more than enough to survive dates, going grocery shopping, for a movie outing or chilling with the girls? Let me know in the comment section below. Thank you. 😀

XoXo, VAS