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3-day Bandung trip: My life-turning weekend

 

Hey guys! It’s been a helluva ride in the past few days for me. If you follow me on social media, you may already know that I’m recently engaged :) THANK YOU for the prayers and congratulations <3

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This post is going to be really long (you’ve been warned), and it’ll partially be about how he did it, partially about the stops we made throughout our 3-day-2-night getaway to Bandung. You may skip right ahead to part deux: the places we went, but you can also read from the beginning till the end. Hopefully between my wordiness you’ll find inspiration from the cusp of our 3-year-7-month journey together. As to why I’m blogging about it, it’s because this is an important chapter of my our life that I want to keep alive forever :)

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10 holiday gifts for every man on your list

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Most guys are generally techies who’d go ecstatic if gifted with fancy gadgets. Well, here I’ve rounded up your last-minute gift ideas for the holidays that aren’t entirely about pushing buttons:

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TE3029 round skeleton watch by Ted Baker

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What it features:

  • Stainless steel band
  • Analog watchface
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Water-resistant 50m

 

Why you should get it for him:

This will be his new favorite watch (so manly) and every time he looks at his wrist, he’ll be thinking of you.

 
 

Sony PlayStation 4 in Glacier White

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What it features:

Your brother/boyfriend/best guy friend knows this more than you do, obvs.

 

Why you should get it for him:

It’s the 20th anniversary edition of the classic console, so it’ll be extra, extra special for your guy.

 
 

Golf club bottle opener from Two’s Company

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What it features:

  • Brass/sheesham wood
  • Measures 2.5 x 0.5 x 7.5″

 
Why you should get it for him:

The minute I saw this item, I thought of my dad. He’ll think of me too whenever he uses this gift. I’m sure it’ll be the same if you have a dad who’s a serious golf freak yourself too.

 
 

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for men

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What it features:

  • 90% concentrated with pitera
  • Menthol for that minty freshness you’ll smell on his cheeks after he’s showered

 

Why you should get it for him:

Because the man in your life deserves a leg up in the skincare department (Guys are, you know, guys. That’s why they need you).

 
 

iPhone 6 in Gold (unlocked)

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What it features:

Again, he knows this way better than you do.

 

Why you should get it for him:

Let’s face it – he’s been eyeing it for months and you just can’t stop hearing him talking about how slim and elegant it is. Now that it’s in his hands, it’s time for you to take the spotlight.

 
 

UA40H4200Samsung 40″ HD LED TV

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What it features:

Yeap, he still knows more than you do.

 

Why you should get it for him:

Don’t know what is it about big screens and clear displays, but give a man a giant TV and he’ll love you forever.

 
 

Blue short sleeve batik by Semata Wayang

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What it features:

  • Cotton
  • Front buttons and pocket
  • Navy blue batik print

 

Why you should get it for him:

Now he has something handsome to wear for weddings. Much easier to put on and much lighter than his usual suit and tie.

 
 

Flos beside gun lamp in Black & Gold by Philippe Starck

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What it features:

  • Die-cast aluminium with an overmolded polymer coating
  • Handgun body
  • Glossy 18k gold finish

 

Why you should get it for him:

Celebrate his machoness and ncrease his testosterone-pumping ego the moment he gets this. He’ll be showing you off to all his friends.

 
 

Everbest formal round-toe shoes in Brown

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What it features:

  • Leather
  • Round toe
  • Rubber soles
  • Stitched details

 

Why you should get it for him:

He can wear this on a casual date with you to a smart business attire without switching shoes … and still look hot the whole time.

 
 

FIFA 15 by EA Sports

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What it features:

Messi on the cover (it’s a status, like a supermodel’s moment on some women’s magazine)

 

Why you should get it for him:

Sorry, girlfriend. He might want to be left alone with the guys and his PS4 for months. But after that, he’ll always remember you as the marriage material.

 

 
 

Now it’s time for you to share: Who’s getting what on your list?

See all 12 days to Christmas gift ideas here. Here’s the helpers in the past week for your last-minute shopping:

 
 
 
 
 


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The only thing you need to consider to find true love

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Most of us grew up with the idea that picking mates wisely means running with a comprehensive checklist whenever we’re getting to know our suitors: Good character, stable job, etc.

As a result, we build ourselves up along the way in order to meet those criteria. When we’re full-grown adults, we want to be equal to the partner we idealize in our heads.

But have you ever considered who’s going to be there when all else is gone?

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Gifts for the geeky guy in your life

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Show some love for that guy you’re thinking about this Halloween:

Geeky gifts for geeky guys

 
Spider-Man vision mask that lights up when you put it on from Hasbro
MS355R walkie talkie that’s waterproof
4GB Darth Maul USB hard drive, muahahha
Trick or treat: 20-inch Hulk candy bowl holder!
60×30″ Gameboy beach towel by ThinkGeek
 Official DC superhero cookbook: Batpizza, Superburger, Wonder cupcakes, and more
Chewbacca wind-up to troll people :p
The exclusive Game of Thrones card game
Cute Buzz Lightyear cookie jar :) almost 10 inches tall.
Iron Man iPhone case
Anti-scratch video-recording glasses, 100% UV protected
 Sonic the Hedgehog action figure by Nendoroid
 The complete set of dragon balls
Cute ‘pop quiz’ mathematical clock
Collector’s edition: Optimus Prime action figure Platinum Edition
☑ Something else to troll people: Remote control shark to swim in the air
 


 
 

I want them all for myself too, especially the video-recording glasses. It’s a very Iron Man thing to do.

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The things you can do with the world in the palm of your hand …

 

 What are you getting for the geeky friend in your life?

 
 
 
 
 


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21 irresistible things you’ll love about the engineering boyfriend

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Guess what: Today is Engineer’s Day in Singapore. Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s a worldwide thing, except in Indonesia.

I cared because my older brother is one, my boyfriend is one, my best friend is one, and I find myself attracted to the engineering type the whole time I was consciously single. While I’ve welcomed other types and learned to tolerate many things, I still come back to the ones in engineering. You know – the ones who stays in the lab till 6 in the morning, doesn’t shower, and heads off to a morning class immediately.

Besides how obviously intelligent they are, I didn’t really understand why I’m so inclined to these guys until I give myself time to ponder upon it now.

Just woman to woman, here’s why you’re far better off with that bespectacled guy than with Mr. Abercrombie & Fitch:

 

He’s cute.

I don’t know why the media always portrays engineers as unattractive. You see, nerds and geeks are very different (think Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield) – geeks tend to be more socially aware than nerds are. The engineering guys I’ve met are all but hermits – it’s how I met them in the first place. Believe me all you want, but they all happen to be cute. Best of all, they don’t even know it.

 

His glasses.

Tell me this isn’t just me: Most men think women want humongous muscles and protruding veins. Tell you what – it’s creepy. Women love a good mix of openness and mysteriousness, and a pair of warm eyes hidden beneath those thick, big glasses do just that. It makes us curious, it makes us want to get to know you more, and it makes us wonder what you’re like without them on. It’s like bra for men.

 

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14 cute gift ideas for the unique friend in your life

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Today I’m celebrating my 39th menoversary with le boyfriend, who gave me the best surprise gift ever. I teared up a bit when I realized it’s not just any ordinary cartoonish pig – it’s my own pig character :) I just thought it’s an irreplaceable gift, such that no amount of dough in the world can exchange for what it’s worth. This got me inspired to come up with a collection of unique finds to inspire you to get that special someone in your life a little something that most peeps can’t find …

 
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 Water-resisant, bookbinding-crafted, hardcover Lolita iPad case (classic)
☑ Polaroid’s Z2300 digital camera that prints pics right away
 Centerpiece mangkok ayam table lamp from Artes Living
☑ Cute bluetooth-functioning blue cordless landline phone handset
☑ Super cute sail napkin holder to cutefy any dinner table
 Charlotte Olympia’s signature kitty flats
☑ Batwing black bag from ROMWE
☑ Bubblegum pink structured shoulder mini bag from Givenchy
☑ Blue Random Crap notebook for compulsive scribblings of random crap
☑ Cutest log pillow ever
☑ That pull toy slinky dog from Toy Story
☑ Unique iPhone case of No-Face from Spirited Away
☑ The essential coffee table slash book rack from TRE Studio
☑ Himalayan Mountain spice shakers from Monkey Business
 
 


 
 
 

I can’t decide whether my favorite’s the log pillow or the table lamp. Which one are you getting for your bestie?

 
 
 
 
 


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