marching into 2018

 
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As you are reading this, I've just laid my ass on a chair that isn't too comfy. Woman's Day was 'celebrated' with a beautiful bloom, complimentary half day leave and 6 bottles of beer. Caught a night flight to Beijing (where I am right now) which was delayed for 2 hours. Arrived my hotel at 3:00 am in the morning. Did not shower (disgusting, I know) because I must be down for a breakfast meeting at 8:00 am the next day. My life could appear to be Fancy-Pansy just because you have not seen any "behind the scene". Feet was soaked in sweat (blame internal heating) and breath smelt unpleasant (blame garlic).  Did I mention how my plum exploded in my backpack whilst travelling? Cleaning that up made my morning extra fun. Managed to pull through the whole day without looking too deadly with a heck load of concealer. Alright, I should probably start moving. Five more hours away from my 2nd home (i.e. hostel).

 

BEIJING AIRPORT

CURRENTLY SITTING AT A PLACE (FROM ABOVE) DRINKING OVERPRICED PU-ER TEA SNEAKING ON PASSERBY WRITING THIS POST WITH FLAT HAIR TIRED EYES TRYING TO LOOK LIKE I HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO DO. #AIRPORTSTRUGGLES

5 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

. ZALORA slingbacks .
[use 'ZBAPQLL' for extra 15% off]

.01 CUT DOWN ON GOING OUT
Yumcha a.k.a. Drinks Session
Shopping
Movie Night

.02 GO LOW MAINTENANCE
Haircut ['Bangs' can be cute but visiting the salon every 2 weeks can be a hassle]
Haircolour [Haircolour that requires bleaching can be fun. But touching up roots can be costly]
Hair Removal [Waxing? Why not opt for laser hair removal. Cost saving in the long run]

.03 INVEST IN GOOD SKINCARE AND STICK TO IT
Monthly facial visits might not cost a lot in a glance but add that up to your skincare budget and compare that amount to your housing/car installment, it can be substantial.  Make laser/aesthetic treatment a 'TREAT' but not an essential. Better off converting additional beauty treatments into shares or other investment medium.

.04 MEASURE THEN BUY
Know how much you consume and actually NEED. I suggest buying products on a replenishment basis only. By the end of the year, you'll see how much cash you've saved. Through travelling and being constantly on the go, I've learnt that I need very little to get through life. 5 tubs of body lotion and 7 bottles of moisturizer is unnecessary. I keep brow pencil and lip products to the bare minimum and only use the few that I truly love. Beauty products can be costly and would expire averagely in 12 months' time.
Purchasing too many of the same products will end up being thrown away. 

What I use:
- Oskia Cleansing Gel (100ML) - 4 months [RM140 x 3 = RM 520]
- Pixi Glowtonic (250ML) - 4-5 months [RM85 x 3 = RM 255]
- Aesop Parsley Seed Serum (100ML) - 4 months [RM220 x 3 = RM 660]
- Khiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30ML) - 4 months [RM220 x 3 = RM660]
- Skinfood Black Sugar Mask (100ML) - 6 months [RM35 x 2 = RM70]
- Laura Mercier Primer (50ML) - 6 months [RM180 x 2 = RM360]
- Laura Mercier Foundation(30ML) - 8-9 months [RM 230]
- Shampoo (30ML) - 3 weeks
- Shower Gel (100ML) - 5 months
- Body Lotion (100ML) - 3 months

The bulk of my regime costs approximately RM3000 annually. This excludes haircut, quarterly facial sessions and occasional gel manicure. 
Strongly recommend to stick to a beauty budget. There is no one to blame when you couldn't afford to pay your bills or an annual getaway.

.05 COST PER WEAR/USE
I've always emphasized that its wiser to spend $1000 on a pair shoes/trousers that you wear 3 days a week than a $100 dress you'll wear only once.
Find a balancing point between the price tag and the frequency of wear/use. Create a habit of looking at the product first before the price tag.
Rationalize a purchase based on whether you think you need it, and not by the price tag.
Don't buy something just because it's on sale or because you think you MIGHT need it. Trust me, you don't.

 

 
ONLY BUY SOMETHING YOU CAN AFFORD
DON'T BUY ANYTHING ON CREDIT
AND LAST MOST IMPORTANTLY
NEVER GO IN DEBT.
 

 

BE MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY AND FINANCIALLY STRONG. Enjoy being a woman but also bear in mind that we have power over our own finances. Put money into education funds, travel, investments, retirement and even building your first bucket of gold. If not now, then when? Through phases as a teenager and now as a woman,  I've always been savvy.  Majorly cut down on monthly haircuts, facials and shopping therapy. Anywhoo, I still treat myself when along the way. Its the joy of buying things I love and treating myself well, but only spending within limits after planting seeds for my own future.

Confessions of a Workaholic

If you are a workaholic like me, Monday Blues never existed.
If you do not know this yet, I'm an internal auditor who travels a lot for work. 
Stationing abroad for at least 3 weeks every month, wearing safety boots, talking to people and dealing with ad hoc assignments is what I do for a living.
Deadlines aren't my fav but the fact of wrapping up an assignment with a well written report makes me really happy.
I love moving around conducting inspections, I love doing analysis, I love being creative and most importantly I love my bloody job.
Aside from work, I run a blog right before your eyes. A platform where I spill creative juice and share all of my travel experiences.
On top of that, I hold 2 other characters at heart: A daughter and A traveler.
Being a workaholic can often be seen as trying-too-hard. But is it?
That feeling when people asks you to slow down or 'chillax'.....don't even get me started.
It's the intrinsic satisfaction that I get from work and an action-packed life.

Working around the clock isn't a sign of efficiency, well at least I think so, but having some days that require me to burn the midnight oil triggers my fancy.
Having the opportunity to squeeze in some blogging time after work or during the weekend gives me excitement.
Always looking at my planner trying to schedule an appointment or fit in projects to be worked on because not having anything on the plate gives me nerves. 
Let it be a photo shooting session at a cafe nearby or a facial for an extra boost of sass.

Checking emails and the annual calendar is as satisfying as going for a head massage.
Whenever there is a period left 'blank', it will for sure be blocked for a holiday because travelling can never be enough. 


 

It's lunch break now.
My report is seducing me and my fingers are itching already.
Time to get back to work. 

A true workaholic that is happy af.

Are you?

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