Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fashionista goes academic

Truth be told, I have a secret. Before you start wondering don't everyone has one, I'd have to get the matter straight that I'm going to reveal what my BIG SECRET is. I know, I know, why say it's a secret and then say what it is anyway? But that's the purpose of secrets now isn't it? It's so much fun to share them with others *wink*.

Anyway, I have been on this hush hush project for about 2 months. I didn't want to say anything about it earlier because I didn't want to jinx it. I was afraid that it wouldn't be completed. However, as of now, I only have about 4 chapters left (I'm trying to complete one today so that there's only three left by tomorrow) out of an original 15 chapters. I really can't believe that it is ALMOST FINISHED! I am sooo relieved. So, by the first week of June, I'll be showing the first draft of my paper (with all chapters fully completed) to Prof KJ (not Khairy Jamaluddin mind you) and will update y'all on what happens soon!


xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Monday, May 11, 2009

Leaving the Nest

Yesterday was officially the last day for final examinations at our university. That basically means that my students would most probably be off by now, back to their hometowns. As I am teaching final year students, most of them had informed me that they won't be coming back. Instead, they will be pursuing their degrees elsewhere, seeking greener pastures (so to speak).

I have to admit, they were one of my best bunch. Teaching them has been a most enjoyable experience. I hope all my future lots will be like them but I'd doubt it. Different lots would as unique as they are.

I wish them all the best in their future endeavors. Hope to see them as a success in whatever that they aim to do. 

Wish you much luck peeps!

PS: That photo was taken after our two-day trip to Lundu, Sarawak. Tired, but definitely happy faces.

Before I get misty eyed, I'd better sign off then. Cheerio!

xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Friday, May 8, 2009

So Addicted

It's seriously detrimental to one's health. Yes, seriously it is. Yours truly has an addiction now. And it's not in a Madonna likes Kabbalah kind of way. It is all I think about now. Gosh, I am SERIOUSLY LOSING SLEEP OVER IT. *yikes*

You might be wondering what it is. The situation is not grim as one might think it is. Yeah, quit babbling and just out with it, right?

Okay, okay, the matter of the fact is, yours truly is currently SO ADDICTED to ONLINE SHOPPING! There, I've said it. You might not see it as a seriously bad-for-health thingy addiction but it is! I'm losing sleep over it cause I've been surfing and buying and surfing and buying. Gosh, I don't know how much more my purse can take. But then again, the up side is, I can't wait for my purchases to arrive. It's like waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. Absolutely exciting!

No worries, I'll share my purchases with y'all. I might even be tempted to open my very own online store *wink*. 

With that in mind, let's get shopping peeps!

xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fashionista Escapades: Jakarta, Indonesia

I simply don't know why does it seem as if my travels seems to lead me to Indonesia. It could be due to the fact that my grandfather's an Indonesian, but it could simply be the simple reason that their currency is way much smaller than ours, which simply translates to more items to purchase (which is oh so true here).

At Grand Indonesia, one of the largest shopping malls in Jakarta.

So I had the opportunity to visit Jakarta again last year in November. My first visit there was in 2005 so it was nice going somewhere that I was a bit familiar with. At least, I knew where the shopping complexes was. 

What is so apparent in Jakarta is the monstrous TRAFFIC JAM. It is absolutely horrible. I really think the Indonesian government should DO something about it. And most importantly they should do it SOON, before it swallows the metropolis, of course. 

We stayed at Ibis Hotel nearby to Mangga Dua. Although the location wasn't that great for me, however it was handy staying just behind a shopping complex. Which actually for us, Mangga Dua was actually two shopping complexes blended into one (there was an old Mangga Dua and a new one). And there was another one named Mangga Dua Baru (if I'm not mistaken). The best part about Mangga Dua is that it's not really a shopping complex so you can still haggle for a CHEAP BARGAIN. The not so great part is that it only opens til 5 pm (which totally puzzles me) and it sells mainly imitation products. Now it's not that I don't support the imitation market (which I honestly don't) but the fact is, why go for imitation? It is absolutely WRONG for a fashionista to parade an imitation product! I pity those designers. They come up with the style but somebody else is ripping off the profits *sigh*.

Now, if you're a backpacker, then I recommend you to stay at Jalan Jaksa which is a backpacker's haven. It's still in the middle of the city (Jakarta is HUGE so everywhere is in the middle of the city, unless your in the suburbs of course) and it's not far from everywhere. Not far still means that you have to either take a taxi or a mini van which they call 'Angkutan Kota' which functions as a bus, really.

Tanah Abang.

The best thing I liked about Jakarta is the many choices of shopping malls to choose from. And the best part is go can either choose to go high end, like Senayan Plaza or low end, like Tanah Abang. For me, I absolutely adore Tanah Abang. It sells a lot of fabrics and apparels which  fabrics are my one true love in shopping. 

So if you're thinking of making Jakarta your next destination, my advice is be careful of pickpockets. It seems that they are everywhere. And DO NOT leave your valuables in your hotel room. You might never know when a thief might be paying a visit to your room. 

Other than that, Happy Shopping Peeps!

xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo