#SelfieisCasio! A glimpse of Malacca with Casio Exilim ZR3500: Review

Casio Exilim ZR3500
In the age of social media ubiquity, many companies are introducing technology gadgets to feed the selfie addiction. I am not quite a “selfie” person except when I take photos for makeup tutorials but boy, was I impressed by Casio’s latest selfie camera, Casio Exilim EX-ZR3500!
Thanks to Casio Singapore for the opportunity, I managed to experience the camera’s functions through combing the streets of Malacca with other fellow bloggers! It was a whopping great time with food, laughter and SHOPPING! (WARNING: PHOTO HEAVY POST!)
For the purpose of letting you visually experience the camera, all photos here have been taken with the Casio Exilim EX-ZR3500 and are non-edited in terms of colour/sharpness etc., unless otherwise stated! The camera comes in 4 colours, Beige (more like champagne gold), Yellow, Pink and White, obviously targeting the girls 😉 For inherent reasons, I chose the pink one for the trip, but swapped with a fellow blogger to the yellow one after that!
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My Journey and A Dedication to Things I Am Thankful For.

With the rise of the social media era, it’s not a big deal that everyone has one or more of the existing social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dayre, Pinterest etc.). Well, you have to agree with me that we are increasingly looking up on our mobile phones, scrolling through our Instagram or Facebook feed in search of bite-sized information readily available. Hence, there have been an influx of people who post pictures on Instagram about a particular theme/aspect in life (food, beauty, travel etc.). It is so easy that it literally takes a minute to craft out a caption and upload a picture onto Instagram – anyone can do that. Honestly, before I was a beauty blogger, the naïve 16-year-old me thought to myself, “It’s so easy to blog and write about things.”. I was wrong. Being in the beauty community (referring to the community of beauty bloggers & Instagrammers) for about 6 months or so, I finally understood the difference between blogging and Instagram-ing. I salute bloggers – people who not only maintain their Instagram accounts with on-the-go information but also invest time and effort in religiously using products (sponsored or not) before reviewing them. Before you call yourself a blogger, think again.
The reason why I started my journey as a beauty blogger wasn’t to get all the brands to sponsor me products that might not even suit me and then sell on Carousell (did you not learn ethics in school?). You may not believe me, but I have to admit that initially, when a global beauty brand wrote to me asking me if I would like to review their products, I was thrilled. I was beyond excited because I could get products for free to try. However, I realised that after some time, it wasn’t about the sponsorships anymore. It was about rethinking the aim and purpose I created my beauty blog and Instagram account for – sharing true and genuine information, my honest opinions beyond sponsorships. I don’t come from a well-to-do family. I am just a normal girl living in HDB flats all my life with a somewhat problematic family. A large part of who I am today – a confident, passionate girl with a strong character – is moulded by the harsh family environment that I am in. Realistic as it sounds, I had to work very hard for what I wanted, take on part time jobs in order to buy things I so very much desired. I am very sure a lot of you out there are like me, we work really hard to get to where we are today. Hence, if possible, I would plan my expenses such that it includes my wishlist of makeup (something I enjoy, love and collect). Isn’t it more rewarding if you can earn the money and buy yourself things, rather than be on the receiving end all the time?
Most of my reviews are on products that I bought with my hard-earned money – I genuinely use them for at least a few weeks before I write an account of my experiences with them. And of course, other than just typing a short review on Instagram, I go the extra mile by photographing the products, textures of the products, swatches and realistic pictures of how the products fare in terms of different dimensions such as pigmentation, colour, quality etc., compiling all these information into a comprehensive blog review that would take me at least an hour to write. Even though Instagram has been taking the centre stage for a while now, I feel that a full blog review is still far more useful in terms of obtaining even more detailed information. Just run a Google search on a product. What are the sites that first appear on the search results? Blog posts. Having said all these, there isn’t any right or wrong, so long we are doing things we love. However, amidst doing so, please embark on a tour in your Ethics textbook.
Recently, I was asked to share something that I am thankful for. Well, I thought hard about it for literally a few days and I realised that I am thankful for all the things that are happening in my life, as cliché as it sounds. Opportunities is the word. I am grateful for all the opportunities that came by when I thought I was somewhat at the lowest point in my life. Just when friends left and my love-life was in a wreck, I had the opportunity to be a step closer to my dream of being a Brand Manager with an internship in one of the top FMCG companies in Singapore as well as going through gruelling case challenges; I had the opportunity of reuniting with my one and only love that I had failed to realise; and of course, the opportunity to be part of exciting things such as being an ambassador for Clozette and GetKlarity!
Amidst this pool of opportunities, I am the most thankful for people who are genuinely here for me. In the social media world especially, how many people can you really talk to out of Instagram, about real life events happening in each others’ lives? I would rather have a bunch of close friends I can rely on, than 10000 followers who don’t even know what I do in my day-to-day life. That being said, I still have to thank my followers. Without you guys (maybe mostly girls), I would not be getting those opportunities knocking on my door, so THANK YOU for continuously supporting @paradeoflove and www.paradeoflove.com! And if you are someone whom I have been talking to out of the social media world (you know who you girls are!), from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being part of my life, encouraging me along the way and keeping me sane. Without you girls, I can never tide through the hypocrisy and the ugly in what I encountered.
I don’t exactly know who reads my blog but if you are reading this, thank you for being part of my life, no matter good or bad 🙂 Just a reminder, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Treat people like how you want to be treated before you expect people to treat you the way you want them to.
As usual,
Create yourself and be gorgeous! ♡
XOXO, Roanna.

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Just Me and My Thoughts

Hello November
And so it’s pretty much nearing the end of year 2013 already. Just 2 more months to close this year. I guess for me, this year had been a rollercoaster ride – falling out of love, losing a best friend and well, finding a new love again, not to mention that there are great opportunities for me in terms of my future career even though I will be graduating a year later than I’m supposed to. It was a hell of a ride I must say, losing important people in my life. I guess you may say that in life, it’s all about choices, it’s all about choosing your paths wisely, but to be honest, when situations come, you just don’t know what’s the best way to react and well, you do stupid things that make you regret.
I never was someone who could express all my thoughts freely to people and that caused me to not have many friends in my life that I could talk to. I never found the need to have a social circle to keep, perhaps because of my partner I used to have to tell everything to, I didn’t and never found the need to confide in any of my friends. And that’s when I thought it was okay, it wasn’t. Having a social circle of friends is indeed very essential not just because you are lonely you need company, but even with a partner, social life plays such an important role in your life. Because when you depend your everything (emotions, loneliness etc.) on your partner, you will start to engage in fights and quarrels when he/she isn’t around. So because I never knew the importance, I made mistakes of focusing on myself and my relationship, neglecting my friends, especially the 2 most important friends I have.
I didn’t know how to properly maintain a friendship with my best friends when I was in my lowest period and all I did was make stupid and rash decisions that caused pain and hurt to myself and especially them (I’m sorry if I hurt you, my besties. It never was my intention and I would’ve listened if I could redo this). Looking back, I could’ve done this a million times better, I could’ve picked myself up and listened to proper advice given to me and none of these would’ve happened. But well, I guess it’s just too late to push the blame, apologise and all those things and probably moving forward is the best way to go now. I learnt to pick up and change to be a better person. I started to focus on my career path instead. Well, you could say that I was looking for distractions but immersing myself in a world of never-ending projects and case challenges did help me beef up my resume to prepare myself for the real marketing world and of course, moulded me to be more patient and toned-down. It wasn’t all for my resume, for some may say. Going through case challenges forced me to think critically and always consider the big picture and I must say that I have been applying these learning points to my latest projects and assignments.
Well, having said all these, I just want to highlight that even though people make mistakes (clearly I made a lot), the vital thing is to really learn from it and listen. Stop yourself right there when you aren’t in the best state of your mind to make decisions, and listen. You’ll find yourself benefitting more than you ever could have just by observing and listening. I learnt it the hard way, and trust me, you wouldn’t want to go through this, so don’t forget to stop, reflect and listen amidst chasing the stars and all the things you want to achieve/do.
The world is in your hands. You decide your own fate.

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ACL Post Surgery Updates

ACL Post Surgery Updates

Phew, the battle is over. I have survived the ~2 hours surgery for my left knee. I had attained a slight tear on my Anterior Cruciate Ligament, which is commonly known as ACL, as well as my meniscus on my left knee when I was in a Netball competition in my college days. So, what happens is on and off, I get my left leg bending in sometimes and then bending out again because the ligament is torn and it can no longer hold the entire knee structure in place. At first my condition improved with about 6 months of physiotherapy and I could walk, run, jump and even wear heels again.

But just one fine day, while I wearing my little red wedges (~2 inches only) that I bought from Hong Kong for about S$8 I think, the shoe strap suddenly broke and wala, I tore my ACL completely. Went to the doc’s and 2 doctors said that I have to go for surgery so I picked up my courage and went for it.

So this is a photo of me pre-surgery:

(I look like I’m in a going to bathe with the shower cap and bathrobe)
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Saturday Brunch @ d’Good Cafe

Saturday brunch d'Good Cafe

Holla! It’s a good Saturday, well spent with my beloved Mummy and Sis. Even though I should be studying for my final papers next Tuesday and Wednesday, I still decided to head out for a good brunch (a very late one) and I am so satisfied, ready to finish off the last lap of exams!

So Mummy, Sis and I were randomly walking around Holland Village trying to look for a good place for brunch and we incidentally discovered d’Good Cafe. Thinking that it might be promising, we decided to go ahead with this cafe and we were pleasantly surprised by the decor of the cafe!

d’Good Cafe
273 Holland Avenue
#02-01/02
Tel: 62199807
Inside, there are 3 levels altogether, with indoor and outdoor seats and what I really like about this cafe is its really cute and cosy decorations! It gives me the kind of feeling that I am in an overseas cafe! So this is what the coffee bar looks like:
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