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December

TWENTY

0212 HRS

Korea Beauty Vacation (Final)

The last day of the press trip came and we spent the morning saying our goodbyes with a hug. Sometimes it's only during farewells when you realised how fun the days truly were and how dear, how amazing the company, place were. Still thankful that I got to be on this trip and met such a lovely group – easily one of the most enjoyable trips I've been on!

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Lenus, Elaine and myself extended the trip for a couple more days and soon after our friends left, we proceeded to check into our respective hotels. We met up later in the afternoon with the plan to check out a couple of popular spots in Seoul and decided to head towards Ehwa Women's University area – an area known for shopping and food.
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True enough, there were rows and rows of shops and it reminded me a little of shopping in Bangkok. If you are looking at getting shoes/clothes at a steal, you might want to check this place out. There were tonnes of cafes around as well and we got ourselves this icecream pumpkin waffle puff with fruits drenched with chocolate sauce (which the stall owner was very kind to top it up after for us) which was sooo good!

We were thinking of where we should spend the evening and without much contemplation, we thought we should head back to Gariso-gil – probably my favourite area amongst those places I've visited in Seoul. Just a m a z i n g.

Not too sure how should I describe this place, but am pretty sure you will love the vibe and you will enjoy your time there. Another place with rows and rows of cafes, designer boutiques, concept stores and anyone could just easily stay in any of the cafes with a laptop/book, people watch all day long! Lenus and Elaine both loved this area as well, and did I mention it'd also be an ideal chill spot for a night out with friends over booze and wine as well?
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We girls really know how to shop and ended up at Dongdaemun at 1am even after being out the entire day!

I was off to meet a Korean friend of mine who I met years ago during LG press trip. Happy to have caught up with him over breakfast on that weekend ;)
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And finally, I tried Softree on the final day before I left to catch the flight back. They ran out of honey comb (which was the recommended choice) so I settled for the original soft serve which was pretty satisfying in my opinion. Would have loved to try the other crumble one but I had a bit of a difficulty communicating and there was a queue behind me. Oh wells, I'm sure I'll be back to try it or please do try it on my behalf if you visit Seoul – I heard it's really good ;)

Here comes the end of the Korea travelogue and am looking forward to plan my next Korea trip – hopefully to catch the blossoms this time!

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December

TWENTY

0212 HRS

Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 4)

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With Jean at a morning workshop by VDL.

Back to update on the second last post of my Korea travelogue. Know I've been taking forever to write this but I shall give myself a timeline and finish the travelogue by this week. Am currently on a work trip and it's quite funny how sometimes only on trips like this (which I'll be usually be out the whole day for meetings) that I've more time to blog as well. I guess that boils down to time management in a way or the other, and I really hope I'll be able to allocate a part of my time every few days to update this space like before. Have been feeling pretty nostalgic of late and the past entries served as good memories for me to read back and you should see those photos! Now that I'm at an age whereby most of my friends around me are starting to move on to the next phase of life and actually requested for past photos when planning for their weddings. Glad that these past photos have finally proven to be of a greater use! I used to take so many pictures of everything (which could be quite annoying to others) because I hope to blog on about the outings back then. I had the camera with me and went on and on until I actually felt quite annoyed with myself for having the need to snap every single time. But for what's worth, these pictures have become rather priceless, capturing so many precious moments (some I couldn't even remember if I didn't chance upon them) and bringing back really lovely memories. <3

Anyway, enough of my long-windedness and time for the travel update.

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MORNING WORKSHOP
We attended a morning workshop organized by VDL and was presented to our seat in a spacious ballroom, located at the highest level of our hotel. Appreciate how much effort the team put in in terms of the details, making sure that we were warmly welcomed to the event ;)

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The star product of VDL, the lumilayer primer which I personally like it very much – it gives a glow to the skin. In my personal opinion, the best way to apply is to mix this into your liquid foundation before applying on your facial skin.

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We were introduced to the brand and had a makeup demonstration by a renowned make up artist, sharing us how to achieve the 'Korean look' step by step.

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I always have a thing for matte lippie and the festival love mark from VDL as well as the Lip Cube (below) are two of my personal favourites! The shades are amazing and love how strong the colour comes off during application.

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Definitely an innovative one and this could easily substitute the need of a lip liner!

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All freshened up with VDL products ;)

VDL STORE VISIT
The morning workshop ended after lunch and we set off for a store visit at one of their most popular stores in town – the Myeong Dong outlet.
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Literally stepped into a beauty heaven and you wouldn't believe the surprise we received! We were invited to pick out our favourite beauty products and as you can guess, I picked out a couple of matte lippie ;)

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Happy ladies + Hayden ;)

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With Hayden, writer from Cosmopolitan ;)

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The press trip came to an end on that very day and we ended with a farewell dinner at a Korean Barbeque restaurant with the VDL team in Myeong Dong. You probably have seen VDL stores around in Singapore and in Korea, but you haven't, you might want to know that VDL has been used by many celebrity makeup artists around the world and is known to be in trend with the beauty industry. It's a global brand which focuses on latest technology in ensuring quality of the beauty products, accompanied with the trendiest shades and innovative application methods which you might never think of. Lip cube is an example and do you know they recently just launched this dual gloss-matte lippie? Basically the first layer of application will make the lips shine (gloss) but when you apply the second time, lippie turns matte – it's ingenious! I just received one and can't wait to try it myself ;D

If you are keen to check the products (as well as this latest dual gloss-matte lippie I've mentioned above), here are the store listings in Singapore:
VDL Singapore Bedok Mall Branch
VDL Singapore Bugis Junction Branch
VDL Singapore Jurong Point Shopping Centre Branch
VDL Singapore Suntec City Mall Branch

For more information, do click Here for their official website and Here for their facebook page ;)

Gotta go, an early day tomorrow and another day in the factory. Will be back soon for the last part of the trip!

 

5

November

TWENTY

0611 HRS

Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 3)

Suddenly awake and it's such an unearthly hour right now. Can't believe I'm typing this at 5am when I should be asleep before I get up for work at 8plus!

Didn't realize that I've been missing from this space for the past month and I think I've mentioned many times, but oh gosh, time just flew by so quickly and it's almost a month since I came back from London!

Was pretty much busy settling work stuff after being back and besides that, I've shifted to a new place (technically the family shifted weeks before I was back from LDN on an extremely random and short notice) and a lot of unpacking to do (I'm guilty that I've yet to unpack much and had to trouble my dad to bring all my stuff to the new place). Long story on how random this shift was, but all's good.

Apart from busy moving house and work, I was out of town last week for a work trip as well and it was a rather fruitful trip. Things are getting better or at least I think I'm quite recharged. Am looking forward to the festive season already ;)

I actually do kinda miss writing in this space and so I'm back. Hope I get more time to share and jot down more of what happened so as to keep this diary of mine alive. Tend to read back often and reminisce as I've a goldfish memory and definitely trying my best to be as diligent as possible going forward! Hope I'll be able to keep up with this promise of mine and no more excuses.

With that said, I thought I should continue my Korea travelogue! I'm hoping to start on my London travelogue after and I'm actually wondering how long will I need to blog to share three months' worth of pictures and memories. Heh But well, it was pretty exciting to me personally and I did try my best to explore/experience as much as I can. I hope the entries won't bore you as the most of the pictures might be of food, streets because I couldn't really work good enough shots with the selfie stick nor self timer (all the sharp gates in London) – but thankful for kind strangers and friends along the way who helped!

Anyway, Korea Beauty Vacation first ;)

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Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 1)
Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 2)

So following up with the previous two posts, we spent a third day with the Belif team from Singapore and Korea. The third day was also the last day for Belif's press trip (the trip was separated into two part, Belif press trip first followed by VDL press trip next) and it was probably the longest day of the three days but it was an equally enjoyable one.

We set off early in the morning to a special place called Arriate Tea House. Not quite sure which area was this cafe located as I don't see familiar signs when I alighted but I'll include its address below if you are keen to try!

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If there's anything to praise about the Belif team again, it would be how much effort they put into every single area – just check out the details!

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With dear Jean & Elaine <3

Arriate tea house was quite an unusual space with a beautiful 'live' garden situated inside the cafe. The team specially prepared an individual tea set of us all and you will be amazed how good the thick honey cinnamon toast was!

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We continue to learn more about Belif and also an interesting social campaign called the ‘Chok Chok Art Project 2013’, where belif Korea has introduced this initiative with the objective to bring ‘life’ to the dry, parched urban areas. ‘Chok Chok’ means ‘to moist’ or ‘moisten’ in Korean and envisions to ‘moisten’ the hearts and well-being of people in Seoul through the engagement of the artists with interesting street art. I thought it was a rather meaningful campaign and you should see how amazing the street art works were!

There were a total of 43 Chok Chok artists comprising of art students, with two Mentor Artists (namely, Delos and Youn Seo Hee) in this campaign. A total of 36 street art works were completed from August to November 2013 at various locations in Seoul such as Hongdae, Shinchon, Samcheong-dong, Itaewon and Shinsadong. We had the privilege to meet Delos, one of the Mentor Artists to understand more about this initiative and we had the chance to participate in a chokcok art activity – this was one of the popular street artworks around and we did a mini version of it on canvas for keepsake. ;)

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A souvenir from Delos ;)

ARRIATE TEA HOUSE
서울시 강남구논현로 520,
Yeok sam 1 dong, South Korea

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We left to Garuso-gil for lunch and desserts before visiting one of the most popular Belif stores in Korea.

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Deux creme at garosugil – definitely one of my favourite places for tarts in Korea and would definitely head back for more next time ;)

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Wearing a skirt, upcoming on Klarra ;)

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A little about Belif if you are new to the brand: 
Belif was first introduced by LG Household & Healthcare, one of the largest cosmetic companies in Korea. It offers a true herbal cosmetic brand which is formulated with superior ingredients and introduces efficacy in the safest and most honest way possible. It stands for the ‘trust’ and ‘belief’ that the brand hopes to deliver these values through its ingredients, formula and quality assurance.  

Belif was conceived from the herbal recipes and philosophy of Duncan Napier, a respected botanist and herbalist who opened the first herbal shop and clinic in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. in 1860. Applying Napiers’ 150   years of traditional herbal extraction and processing methods to its cosmetic products, belif labels the ingredients truthfully just as they are. The products are dermatologically tested and do not contain synthetic preservatives, synthetic colour, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil & animal origin ingredients. 

Belif was also first launched in Singapore in January 2012 in Wisma Atria, and currently has 6 store locations island wide:
Junction 8 #01-28B (Tel: 6734-8615) | Jurong Point #01-01 (Tel: 6794-3873)   Plaza Singapura (New wing) #01-61 (Tel: 6884-8662) | Suntec City #02-337 (Tel: 6837-0211)   TANGS VivoCity #01-187 (Tel: 6278-5751) | Wisma Atria #B1-64 (Tel: 6836-6409)

If you are keen to give the products a try, do pop by any of their stores to sample them ;)

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The day ended with a farewell dinner with the Belif team at a really lovely rooftop restaurant at Garuso-gil. <3

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The belif team, Korea and Singapore – missing Elaine!

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A shot with the Korean marketing manager, James from Korea and together with the president of Belif Singapore, Doreen and VDL ambassador, Cheryl ;)

Thank you Belif Korea and Singapore for such a wonderful experience in Korea. I had an amazing time and hope to be back in Korea some day soon!

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September

TWENTY

0909 HRS

My Collagen Journey

This entry marks the end of my two-month Collagen journey!

If you have followed the previous two entry-updates on this, you would know that I've started taking the Collagen 5000 Powder two months ago after having the opportunity to be the brand ambassador for BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder ;)

For these two months, I've consumed the collagen powder diligently everyday and it wasn't difficult at all to remind myself to take it because I have always packed in a sachet or two in my bag. It's brilliant that the Collagen 5000 powder is packed in individual sachets and it's absolutely convenient to store, bring along – even for small clutches. It's completely fuss-free and dissolves easily in any liquid and to be honest, it tastes pretty good too.

As the pictures tell below, the Collagen 5000 Powder sachets were always stored in my bag!

ON PLANE RIDES
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DURING MEALS
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Mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder into mineral water

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It goes really well with fruit juices as well ;)

ON THE ROADS

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Like I've mentioned previously too, many of my friends are in fact taking this beauty supplement regularly and have told me how this beauty regime has helped in improving their skin. I was pretty skeptical at the start but after taking Collagen 5000 powder for two whole months, I think I actually do see a difference in the skin!

I haven't quite noticed it until I started digging out pictures taken two months before to do a comparison.

TWO MONTHS AGO
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I had little bumps in my skin and you could see that I pretty much had quite rough, dull tired looking and looser skin (especially the jaw/chin area) even after putting on makeup.

AFTER ONE HALF TO TWO MONTHS
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I don't know if you can tell the difference, but I thought my skin is tighter, smoother, more supple and not as dull/tired-looking!

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Besides mixing the Collagen 5000 Powder with mineral water, there are many other fun (and tasty) ways to take it!

Sharing with you a simple recipe I did with the Collagen 5000 Powder  – A special fruity shake ;D
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You would need juice (I chose apple and mango juice), yoghurt (plain would be best!), your favourite fruits (banana and strawberry for me) and of course, the Collagen 5000 Powder.

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Step 1: Not too much of the juice as this will be mixed into yoghurt and I prefer a creamier yoghurt shake ;)

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Step 2: Mix in the juice with the original yogurt!

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Step 3: Chop your favourite fruits into small slices

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Step 4: Add in a pack of Collagen 5000 Powder
    

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Step 5: Top it with your favourite sauces, jam etc. Honey will be a good idea too.

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Step 6: Tadah! I added the banana bits into the cup and added a slice of lemon for garnishing.

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Yum yum, It was really tasty by the way ;D

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Besides taking the Collagen 5000 Powder with yogurt, you can consume it with your evening drinks as well! No problem bringing it along to your house parties ;)

Last but not least, BRAND’S® InnerShine® Collagen 5000 Powder is also available online so you can get the set shipped conveniently right to your door step! Exclusive for you guys, receive 5% discount off the launch price promotion of $39 (U.P. $46) by keying in 'ACPNL22' during checkout on BRAND’S E-Store (Validity period: 20th September 2014). If you are keen to try out Collagen 5000 Powder by BRAND’S®, you can purchase the set at an introductory price at S$39 (UPS$46) here

Before I sign off, I thought I should let you know that you could be the next winner to walk away with a gift set by BRAND’S® InnerShine®!
*Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners with the most creative recipes!

Just simply share your own creative recipes on how you would mix the Collagen 5000 Powder OR a specific dish/meal that you would most likely consume the Collagen 5000 Powder with via instagram (with/without the sachet in the picture) and just hashtag #InnerShineSG #collagen5000.

Say hello to better youthful skin and do head over to BRAND’S® InnerShine® FB page to find out more about Collagen 5000 Powder: http://www.facebook.com/BrandsInnerShineSG!

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September

TWENTY

0809 HRS

Korea Beauty Vacation (Part 2)

Day two in Korea was quite an eventful day.

We had a full day of activities planned by Belif's global team and after reading up on some materials about Belif, I was pretty excited to visit their physical stores in Korea and to find out more about their products. We kick-started the day with a brand introduction tour at one of the Belif's biggest stores, situated at Samcheong-dong – a popular area in Korea known for its charming mix of traditional hanok-style buildings, modern art galleries, cozy cafés and restaurants.

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The Belif store at Samcheong-dong was pretty charming indeed. We were welcomed into a place neatly decorated with traditional, vintage items and there were elements of lovely earthly nature colours and textures such as soft browns, white and of course, wood too. The place housed a 'Healing Library Café' on the second level and it was such a quaint little space – with an extensive collection of books and magazines. On top of that, we were served with cool herbal tea – definitely a lovely place for customers to rest in after their purchase in store.

Belif has been around in Korea for almost 4 years and is known to be a traditional skincare brand with products formulated with natural herbs and ingredients. Not only do they focus on the beauty aspect of skincare, they also focus on the health aspect by using natural ingredients only and eliminating harmful synthetic substances and preservatives. I have personally tried a few of their products and if I were to name one of the products that I have been using frequently, it would be the 360 herbal sleeping eye mask – it has this soothing lemongrass smell which instantly clams the body as well as your mood (particularly helpful after a long tired day at work) and at the same time, it's moisturizing enough to not create oil seeds and an absolutely convenient product to use (It's a sleeping eye mask!).

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Was surprised to know that Belif offers kids products as well as men's products!

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The morning spent at the Belif store in Samcheong-dong was quite an informative and educating one in fact. We learnt a lot about the brand, about the products and the highlight of the trip was definitely the launch of their latest skincare range - The Peat Miracle Revital Range.

Do you know that the Peat Extract (the main ingredient used in this range of products) contains Humic Acid which restores the skin’s natural turnover rate by revitalizing the skin, preventing skin inflammation and irritation at the same time? It is known for its calming effects as well as improving, moisturizing your skin to ensure that the skin renews at a much faster speed.

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Very sweet of the team to prepare a gift box labelled with our individual names and it contained the full peat range products!

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Sung, Belif's global marketing assistant with Jean Danker, our renowned local Deejay. Jean is the ambassador for Belif Singapore and am so happy and proud of her ;) You should spot her in various magazines and I know she truly enjoys using the belif products, especially the Aquabomb moisturizer.

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The boss and ladyboss from the Singapore's office – two of the most down-to-earth and capable bosses I've met ;)

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With the very lovely ladyboss ;)

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With Ning, writer from her world plus and I actually met her previously on a press trip in Bangkok. Such a small world & happy to see familiar faces ;)

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We proceeded for lunch and as you can see, the team treated us with such great hospitality and we were definitely very well-fed for every single meal.

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With Elaine – the marketing executive for Belif Singapore and a great girl to work with ;)

I thought it was a brilliant idea to try out the Peat products with an afternoon facial/massage and trust the team to think of this! We experienced a 10-step rejuvenating facial session and during the course of facial, the therapist applied products only from the Peat Miracle Revital Range, alongside with other belif skincare products.

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Facial lasted for about an hour and I remember feeling refreshed after stepping out of the room and it definitely felt good to have the skin thoroughly cleansed. This was my first time trying out the peat products too. I've pretty dehydrated skin as mentioned many times previously and the peat range was surprisingly very moisturizing (hence, the richer texture). It might be too oily for people with oily t-zone but this range works really well for dry skin.
 
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Headed back to the hotel to freshen up quickly before heading to dinner.

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We had the privilege of meeting and dining with the Vice-president from LG Household and Care, Mr Bill ;)

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And a group shot for keepsake! A lovely dinner over traditional Korean food and wine ;)

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The night didn't stop there and the five of us actually went for a late night shopping spree at Dongdaemun. Didn't pack enough clothes for the trip and thought I could easily get some clothes along the way. Unfortunately, we shopped for almost 4 hours and I couldn't find anything suitable and ended up only purchasing a skirt at the very last hour. Could see the rest were really tired from walking and they were very kind to just stay on although we mentioned about parting ways and I felt really bad for that.. Hope I didn't tire everyone out because we all had to wake up early the next day. Nonetheless, It was an enjoyable night out with awesome company and we ended the night with fun selfies at 2am!

Will be back for part three and till then, goodnight ;)