Monday, November 28, 2011

Echoed thoughts.

I used to read Diana Rikasari's blog religiously, but since I've started working on AZORIAS, I haven't really had the luxury to surf and pour through a lot of my favorite blogs, and I think it has easily been months since I last read her blog.

However, 2 nights ago, I had a window of free time while waiting for the boyfriend, and I opened her carefree, crazy blog, and found a couple of things that I can really relate to, and I thought I would share them here. :)


The act of collecting thoughts is most of the times underrated. What people often value and appreciate is the view of someone running here and there working till late night with his or her cellphone constantly ringing being reminded of meetings one needs to attend. And yet those who sit quietly at home thinking what to do next is perceived as lazy and has nothing to do.

Collecting thoughts does not translate to doing nothing. It's the door to opening everything.

Excerpt from "Bucket".


I think I'm currently going through what I call an "entrepreneur blues"'s that phase where you're still new yet growing yet scared of how things will's that phase where you have sleepless nights doing nothing but thinking as if there's so many things to think about while you're actually just worried and anxious about uncertainty.

Being an entrepreneur is like putting your whole self out there and taking the riskiest risk (this sounds cute). When you fall, you fall. With no safety net. And you gotta have enough energy to get back up and say "what the heck I'll try again", only this time better. When you succeed, it frightens you because that so-called success can disappear in seconds if you make the wrong move. I think, being an entrepreneur requires us to be calm, composed, wise and very very positive. In fact, only positivity can help us survive.

Excerpt from "All that junk".



A true story by Vic Gundotra:

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.Link
Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

Excerpt from "Story of the day".


I loooove being an entrepreneur, because it allows me to create something from nothing. Business is a fun way to create and build something new, and within the process, we learn so much. I'm sad to see how many entrepreneurs nowadays decide to be one just for the sake of making money. I really think passion should have a greater portion. No matter how small my Up brand is still, I am proud because I am growing it wholeheartedly.

Let's value originality, people. Originality in every aspect. Being inspired is one thing, being original is another. While we learn from other people and we are inspired by them, we should always remind ourselves to not steal, moreover lie. When we're entrepreneurs, it's so easy to steal from each other. But that really is not the whole point. It's about creating something from nothing, remember?

I won't be straightforward here nor will I be blunt. Just have respect and let's not steal other people's creation be it a design, a copy, a brand philosophy, an idea or any other form of intellectual property. Always give credits to those you were inspired by. Real success will only follow the sincere & kindhearted ones.

Excerpt from "I come in peace".


We often hurt the joy of life by saying, "the grass is greener on the other side". But green comes in many shades, to accommodate each of our likings and suitability. So be comfortable with our choice of shade, as dark green is not always better than lime green.

Excerpt from "Shades of life".

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Friday, November 25, 2011

I love nerds.

I feel really, really guilty because I really haven't been blogging properly! Work has been crazy, and the only blog posts that I can squeeze a bit of time to do are those that I have committed to earlier on... Heck, I haven't had time/mood to take outfit pictures, so I don't even have anything to blog about. T_T

That being said, I feel extremely blessed this week because I get to do some really new things that I never ever thought I would have the chance to. Fine, I've thought about it, but to actually have the opportunity.. Words fail to describe how privileged I feel. :) Can't wait to show/ tell you guys more about them!

Another one of the reasons for the mad schedule this week is because... I am flying off to Korea again this weekend. This time for 2 weeks, and frankly speaking, I am scared shit because of 2 reasons: 1. 2 weeks is an awfully long time for a business trip; 2. it's friggin' winter in Korea now. Word has it that on the day I arrive, the temperature is -7 degrees. -_______________-

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO!! My wardrobe is not made for anything below zero degrees! Heck, my body isn't made for such harsh cold weather. -__-

Anyway, to make up to all of you, here's a proper outfit post-- everyone loves outfit pictures right. :P Especially travel outfit pictures! (the ones below are taken in Seoul)

My tank says "I love nerds". It's a no-brainer really, 'cause I used to be one wtf.

Freshly out of the Hello Kitty cafe! That deserves a whole post by itself. ;)

How amazing does my hair looks after my Brazillian keratin treatment!

I absolutely adore the high slit of my maxi skirt, which is from AZORIAS.
You can find it at Fashion Valet, which carries the AZORIAS label.

"I love Nerds" tank: Holiday in Bangkok
Red maxi skirt with high slit: AZORIAS
Black furry cardigan with diamante buttons: Holiday in Zhuhai
Gold choker: H&M
Black leather belt with silver tip: Korea
Leopard print faux ponyhair loafers: Korea
Red/ blue block color zipper clutch: Korea

Hopefully I will get to blog again before I fly off, else, the next update will be from Korea! :)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Take NOTE of this!

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I am sure you all remember my raving review of my Samsung Galaxy Tab right?

I love my tab so much that I even made a little video of it, hehe.

And by no coincidence, a lot of people around me are using the Samsung Galaxy S2 phone! My boyfriend is one of them, and trust me, these people love their phones.

So it really got me thinking, wouldn't it be awesome if the functionality of these two gadgets be merged to be ONE super gadget?

Well, looks like the Koreans have heard me wtf, 'cause they answered my thoughts with the Galaxy Note!

It combines the best of both smartphones and tablets, so that you have everything in one nifty gadget-- you have the portability of a smartphone, and yet you get the high performance of a tablet. To be honest, when I first heard of the Samsung Galaxy Note, I quite regretted not waiting a little longer and get the Galaxy Note instead of my Galaxy Tab. T___T Portability is a HUGE importance to me because I want to remain connected at all times, but yet I am really vain and carry tiny bags that can only fit.. a phone. Heh heh heh. *nervous laughter*

The Galaxy Note is probably one of the most powerful gadgets to date, and it is already launched earlier this month. You can get it from Celcom:

Some things which I appreciate in my Galaxy tab, and hence features you will appreciate in the Galaxy Note as well: high speed performance, super clear AMOLED display, great camera (front and rear).. And get this, the Galaxy Note comes with a stylus! I've always wanted a gadget with a stylus 'cause it makes everything you do with the gadget seems very smart, haha.

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note packages with Celcom *here*.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Nuffnang story.

I can't remember when my Nuffnang story started... Because it seems that as long as I've been blogging, I've been with Nuffnang.

I first heard of Nuffnang when Teeny was the only one in the Hoe family who blogs. I found the idea of getting paid when people click on a banner in your blog both absurd and enticing at the same time. I didn't pay much attention to Nuffnang then, simply because I didn't blog.

Nonetheless, when I subsequently did started blogging in Australia, it was a very natural process then to sign up for Nuffnang. My involvement with Nuffnang when I was studying in Melbourne was minimal, in a way. The banner clicks do work though, and you can see the money payable to yourself growing slowly. It was kind of fun, because it's like a receiving a bonus doing something that you already enjoy doing anyway.

After I graduated, I came back to Malaysia. And I found myself attending one of the biggest Nuffnang events then! The Nuffnang Pajama Party:

Everyone was dressed to the T according to the theme, and we didn't feel the least bit out of place! :P

Spot me!

Read more *here*.

Despite starting work in Singapore after that, I would still make time and come back to KL for another one of Nuffnang's big bash, this time with an animal theme.

With Audrey and Suet Lee, both good friends whom I met through blogging. And because for me, blogging is intertwined with Nuffnang, you can say that we met through Nuffnang.

Read more *here*.

When I was in Singapore, I was also assigned my first advertorial! You can read about it here.

The downside of working away from home is that I had to miss out on a lot of subsequent Nuffnang events. Needless to say when I quit my job in Singapore last year, I found myself making up for lost time by turning up at some Nuffnang events:

At Frames in Sunway Pyramid a few months back.

The highlight of my Nuffnang story would be when I was chosen as Nuffnang's featured blogger for June 2011!


I also got to do a lot of cool reviews/ advertorials, for example reviewing beauty products, trying out the Samsung Galaxy tab and subsequently loved it so much that I bought it (and 'cause we were invited to the launch I got it for the media price, woohoo!), and doing shopping-related advertorials where we are basically... instructed to shop wtf. Nuffnang also arranged for me to to share a bit of my life story, my style and how AZORIAS came about here, to share and and inspire young people. :')

I remember discussing with Audrey before-- if you are a blogger, by default you are a Nuffnang blogger. That's how big Nuffnang's influence is. I cannot imagine blogging without Nuffnang, because I am sure my blogging process/ story would be a lot lackluster. I don't know what is in store for me in terms of blogging/ Nuffnang, but one thing is for sure, I am looking forward to growing with you, Nuffnang.

Come 16 December 2011, 500 bloggers from around the Asia-Pacific region will flock to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in Putrajaya Marriott. The Awards aims to not only honour the region's best bloggers, but also to bring together blogger communities from across Asia-Pacific. The Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards is brought to you by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Catch me if you can!

After MOFEW the last weekend, I am going to be at another bazaar...

By the way, we won best decorated booth! I don't have any pictures of our store save for a blurry mobile picture; so for those of who took a picture with me outside our booth or have a picture of the booth, please please please send to me so we have something commemorate the event with! *begs*

Anyway, I digress.

Catch me this Saturday at Leftblock!

It's Leftblock-- BIGGER and BETTER! During the last Leftblock, there were only 9 of us. If I didn't remember wrongly, I heard from Joyce that there'll be a total of 22 vendors this time!! :O
Read more about that last Leftblock here.

I am really super excited about this event, because correct me if I am wrong, but I think Leftblock was the first ever junkyard sale that I participated in-- And I enjoyed it SO SO SO much. The energy was awesome, the crowd was awesome, the loot was awesome, the food was awesome (it was held at Fat Spoon the last time). Have been bugging Joyce to do it as soon as possible, but back then she promised me to do it in May... And lookie, it's November now. -__- It's almost 1 year since the last Leftblock sale, so I suggest you to not miss out on this one!

I promise you all a lot of goodies okay. I even told the boyfriend to leave me alone tomorrow night so that I have time to pack more stuff for you all-- now that's sincerity! Hehe.


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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

My first ever overseas trip.

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Sometimes I look at my brother, and think how lucky he is. He took a plane for the first time when he was only 5 years old! It was a family trip to China, and when we asked him what does he remember from he trip, he answered: “The games in the plane are very nice” WTF.
Lesson: Never bring young kids on trips ‘cause they don’t remember anything from it.

Many of you think that I am very well-traveled, but actually, the first time I have ever traveled out of the country was when I was 16 years old—to New Zealand! It was a sudden, impromptu trip, because there was a good deal from Reliance (remember back in the olden days whereby we follow tours?), and my dad wanted to treat my grandma to a trip to NZ as her sister (i.e. my grand-aunt) stays there. My mom was instructed to accompany my grandma as my dad had no leave, and being a smart man—to prevent any mother-daughter in law drama-- my dad asked me to go along on the trip as well!

I was so excited—I got to take 1 week off school, it was my first long haul flight, my first time out of the country, my first time in a Western country, my first time experiencing winter; and I didn’t know what to expect. Back then, my only impression of New Zealand is a scene of 1 million cows in a Fernleaf commercial WTF. But jokes aside, it is true that in New Zealand, I created some really beautiful memories, so much so that most of the pictures displayed in my room are actually pictures from my NZ trip years ago!

Warming my hands in front of a fireplace in a ski lodge. A FIREPLACE!! With real fire and logs! I used to only read about fire place in books and Christmas songs wtf.

And yes, I went skiing for the first time in NZ!

At Lake Taupo, with snow-topped mountains as the background. The view is so magnificent and beautiful that it literally leaves you breathless.

Having experienced New Zealand in the winter, I think it would be amazing to experience the beautiful country in summer! My trip 10 years ago (omg, how time flies!) was spent with a tour group, and while the group was made up of really fun people, I also remember spending a lot of time in the bus traveling from North (Auckland) to South (Christchurch). This time around, not only do I want to have an authentic NZ summer experience, I would also like to travel the country on a free and easy style (instead of following tours)—which is made easy by really informative sites like this one.

Everything you’ve ever heard about how beautiful the country is true, I can attest to that.

Rotorua geysers. I still remember the day I visited Rotorua, it was 2 degrees. T_T So it will definitely be awesome to visit the place on a sunny summer day!

Maori tribe—it’s a custom for them to rub noses with you when you first meet.

It was absolutely PRICELESS to see my grandma got down the bus, and was grabbed by a tall, dark, half-naked man to rub noses against each other HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Besides visiting places that I’ve already been to (to experience the ‘Summer’ version of the enchanting views), I would also like to try some new things! Like Bungee jumping, hehe. I didn’t get to try during my trip back then, ‘cause I’ve a history of wheezing and my mom was afraid I will get a heart attack if I bungee-jumped. -_- Also, I heard that there a lot of music festivals running at the end of the year—which I am most excited to be a part of! And lazing on a secluded beach to watch the sunset, bonfires blazing amidst a backdrop of magnificent mountains... I can’t wait already!

Air Asia X flies directly to Christchurch from Kuala Lumpur, so it’s really easy to plan a trip now. At MPH today, the boyfriend told me to pick any Lonely Planet guide book I want to determine our next holiday destination, so that we could work towards it... Maybe it’s time to get a New Zealand one. ;)

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Monday, November 07, 2011

Windswept hair.

Wow, it's been 5 days since I last blogged! November really caught me off-guard, with back-to-back events, and a business trip scheduled at the end of the month. As opposed to the belief that everything slows down towards the end of the year, it's kind of happening the opposite way for me...

But I am not complaining!

I am going to let you on into a secret of mine. This year has been amazing for me. My dream came true, everything has been wonderful, and I cannot be happier. But some small superstitious part of me is worried that everything will change with the new year! Like how luck/ wheels of fortune will change and all that shiznit. But I flipped through Lillian Too's Feng Shui book for 2012 in Popular that day (it's not only me that enjoys flipping through books in bookstores right?), and apparently things will go smoothly for me next year too!
The superstitious part of me is now pacified, hehe.

And if all else fails, hard work brings along wonderful things too. :)

If anything, I am more excited than ever to see what next year as in store for me! Never thought I will look forward to getting old WTF.

Some pictures to make up for my semi-absence from blogging:

I am in flats 24/7 nowadays. -__- Where has the fashionista in me gone to!!

Having beef for lunch-- which is really, really rare for me, because generally I try to avoid beef (for semi-religious reasons).

But stupid Audrey and her constant cravings for beef has awaken a carnivorous side in me and I have been yearning for beef recently. -_-

My new Blackberry. Am really upset 'cause in this year alone I spent a lot on tech gadgets including a new laptop ('cause my old one crashed), a tablet (more for business reasons), and now a new BB (also 'cause my old one was dying on me). That's almost 3 months of salary???!! *dies*

A sexy, windswept picture of me, ehehe.

Got cheated by this waffle. Decided to order it 'cause I was having dessert pangs, and also 'cause I thought RM9++ was pretty cheap for a waffle (in a classy Japanese restaurant). But the waffle came and it was the size of my palm. -_____-

Red floral print kaftan with ruffled bell sleeves: Korea
Stone pendant chain necklace: F21
Jewel long necklace: Diva
Navy studded leather bracelet: Korea
Black velvet ankle-strapped sandals: Korea
Block-colored zipper clutch: Korea

Now off to wrap some goodie bags for MOFEW this weekend. Yes, people, if you haven't heard yet, AZORIAS is having a pop-up store this weekend (11-13 Nov) at Midvalley Exhibition Centre (Booth 116)! Crazy, hectic week ahead! T_T

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Another one out the bag.

Phew, finally I can come clean! Hate keeping secrets from everyone, such as keeping mum about AZORIAS for almost a year (*click*)...

The cat is out of the bag!


Did you get that?


Her profile photo on the show. :')

You can't imagine how proud I am to watch my sister onscreen! Each contestant doesn't get much airtime (imagine squeezing 40 contestants in 1 hour, and don't get me started on commercial time), but everytime I as much as get a glimpse of Teeny onscreen, there's like a sun beam shining on my heart. :)))) And when she gets compliments or positive feedback, WOHHHH!! I even get a little teary. :')

Anyway, as a proud sister, here I am pimping my sister, GO LIKE HER FACEBOOK PAGE! If you like food, or appreciate (food-related) humor like this...

... or if you believe in the young seeking their dreams and taking action to pursue it, you will enjoy her page! :)

Some pictures I stole off her page/blog:

Teeny is wearing Collared floral silk dress with buckled belt from AZORIAS.

Teeny in the audition in May. I still remember, she almost didn't want to go for the audition... But look at where she is now! ;)

Teeny is wearing Contrast intricate lace bodice dress with sheer striped overlay from AZORIAS.

Top 40 photo montage. Spot Teeny! Hint: Ho wtf.

Teeny is wearing Georgette pussybow blouse with tulle laced-up front from AZORIAS.

During one of the challenges in the bootcamp.

Haha, we joke sometimes that AZORIAS is Teeny's official wardrobe sponsor in Masterchef Malaysia. In some way it's true, 'cause Teeny did give me specific instructions to bring back clothes with pretty neck details-- so that it can stand out from the apron!

Masterchef apron, le sigh. So amazing! :)


By the way, watch this super cute video for AZORIAS!

Yes, we are working on something for November, and we are about to reveal real soon what it is! Follow us closely on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our mailing list if you haven't done so! :)

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