Heaven in the hills

I’ve been to Perth so many times now but I’m still discovering new fantastic places to be every single time. Tourism Western Australia, you should honestly just hire me like right now. What are you waiting for?
My visit to Araleun Botanic Park was peaceful, serene and beautiful. There were very few other people in the huge grounds besides Sam & I so it was incredibly romantic to boot. It’s like we had this all to ourselves and we’d left the rest of the world behind. The weather was also thankfully being kind to us – after days of thunderstorms and hail, when I was at the park we had a little bit of sun, light breezes.. not too cold or hot. So happy to be surrounded by fields of gorgeous tulips, lush greenery and to breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I absolutely love how you can find natural gems like Araleun Botanic Park and Cottesloe Beach less than an hour from the city. We came at just the right time – in the middle of Winter and Spring, so the tulips were out and about. I hear in the summer, the tulips are replaced by beautiful rose blooms.

Araluen Botanic Park
362 Croyden Road Roleystone WA 6111

xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess

Soft & smooth hair all day long with Sunsilk

…Think you know bad hair days?

You’re wrong.

You, my friend, have yet to witness or experience…..

THE MOTHER OF ALL BAD HAIR DAYS.

Which happens to me way too often. All you girls complaining about your hair….. lol please, look at mine hor.

The thing about having a crazy hair color like blood red is that you have to refresh the dye every so often. If I don’t, my black roots look painfully obvious on the bright red. More hair coloring = super dried out hair. This hair color is super high maintenance and besides keeping the color fresh, its a tough struggle to keep it soft, shiny and tangle free! As you can see from the photo above…. I don’t always succeed. Underneath that layer of tangles, lies more piles of tangles, that took more than an hour to undo. Must have dropped 100 hair strands while I was at it.

Note that my hair above, was not intentionally portrayed that way or messed up specifically just to get a point across. My hair, in all honesty, was like that for about 4 whole days. Yeah, I went out to face the world with that bush on my head (I am shameless like that). I’d traveled to Australia and got complacent to brush my hair everyday because I get a lot of tangles and its so time consuming and annoying and I forgot to bring my hair brush with me, I just gave up on it completely. The crazy Australian weather (read: 35 degrees sun, then hail, then sun, then thunderstorms) messed up my hair realll good too. I can’t believe I’d let my hair get sooo bad!!! *hangs head in shame* Yeah, I know some of you sisters hear me.

I tried to fix it by religiously applying hair treatments and hair masks in the shower as I noticed the situation getting from bad to worse, but it really didn’t help much. It would feel nice in the night time after I get out of the shower, and okay in the morning, but by the time afternoon and evening hits…. sigh.

A frizzy, tangly mess awaited me every night in the shower.

There was no turning back.

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Until….

Sunsilk’s new Nourishing Soft & Smooth range came along!!!
(Ignore the crazed look that’s what happens when your untamed hair looks like a lion’s mane)

Superrrr happy because I’ve had absolutely no time at all to visit my salon since I’ve gotten back to get a professional hair treatment done, and I needed a quick home DIY fix… FAST. If I had left my tangles to get any worse, pretty sure they’d need to be snipped off. Damn you super fine and dry hair!!! I can never have a day of peace.

In the new Sunsilk range, we’ve got a shampoo, conditioner, treatment mask & nourishing oil spray

Which I couldn’t wait to test out!!! I’m sure you guys don’t need me to show you how to shampoo and condition your hair (unless you wanna see me in the shower uh oh) so I’m going to skip to my main point and share more with you guys (or girls in this case) about my favorite product of the lot!

With a heavy heart, I began the incredibly arduous and treacherous task of untangling the pile of mess dangling off my scalp which I shamefully call… “my hair.”

It took me 10 whole days and nights (or at least it felt like it) but with a lot of brute force and an even larger amount of patience…

I DID IT.

Phew. Looking back at the tangled picture I really think I should get a medal for doing the impossible.

Now, introducing my favorite hair care product from Sunsilk’s Nourishing Soft & Smooth range, the hero…. Nourishing Oil spray!

It has 2 layers in the bottle, consisting of moisturizing cream to penetrate deeply (hehe) into hair follicles for nourishment, and nourishing oil to make it look instantly shinier without weighing it down. This Nourishing Oil Spray, like all the other products in Sunsilk’s new range comes packed & loaded with five different kinds of oils derived from mother nature to effortlessly restructure and moisturize your hair!!



A lot of hair products in the market these days promise healthier, shinier hair with oil based solutions for us, but here’s the difference between Sunsilk’s product VS most other generic oil based products offered.

I like to use the nourishing oil spray on my hair when it gets totally dry or in the middle of the day (although you can use on damp hair as well), because I feel that is when it needs the extra boost of moisture and shine the most. Plus it keeps my flyaway hair totally in check.

Just give it two good shakes and a couple of spritzes, and you can almost immediately feel AND see the differences!

First difference I noticed:

Damn, muh hair smells goooood. ♥

In Sam’s words…. “Your hair smells like a field of flowers.” I will definitely bring this the next time I’m going for Korean BBQ with friends!!!! There’s few things in this world grosser than hair that smells like a piece of pork chop after having a nice meal. I especially adore Sunsilk’s scents in their shampoos, because it lasts all day and night and I can smell it even until the next time I’m in the shower. I’ve used their products since I was in secondary school (on and off)

Second difference I noticed? My super dry hair (or mane) is so much easier to manage now!


Not even kidding – lookie!!! You wish you could reach out into the computer to touch it don’t you lolol.

It became from unruly and completely disheveled, to, well… much more manageable for me to handle. I won’t lie and tell you all WAHHH LAO EH my hair instantly became super silky like Rapunzel’s its a freaken miracle (you can see for yourself in the photos anyway) BUT there was definitely a noticeable difference in texture and looks, more so in texture than the latter I conclude after running my fingers through my hair. It is a mini miracle in itself.

Not bad at all!!!! /Ignore my lousy ends, the spray can’t fix that/

If you’re still not convinced, here’s a side by side comparison of the overall view for you to be the judge.

I did not apply any other product on my hair during the time I took the Before and After shots. The only difference I made was comb my hair, and apply Sunsilk’s Nourishing Oil Spray. I think I’m in love.

The thing I like the most about the spray is that despite containing 5 different types of natural oils to nourish my hair, it doesn’t weigh down my hair and make it feel all icky and oily. It looks slightly wetter in these pictures because I sprayed my hair seven times instead of the recommended 2 times… LOL SUPER KIASU. But don’t worry, it air dried and within 15 minutes it looked considerably drier, you wouldn’t be able to tell I had anything on.

It actually feels much smoother without being greasy at all. That’s the number one problem I find with most hair serums and oils, really. It’s so thick and heavy and it makes me look dirtier and less attractive!!! If I wanted just the oily look, I’d pour olive oil straight out of the bottle onto my hair, same stuff. But a grease head is NOT the look I’m going for. I don’t have that issue with Sunsilk’s Nourishing Oil Spray because the formula is wonderfully light while being potent enough to actually work. I love advertising for products I love using myself!

So I’m pretty sure any girl who’s ever had frizzy, dry, unmanageable and bad hair days is feeling pretty jealous of my Sunsilk babies right now. *flicks hair around*… :D

 Don’t be jealous!!!

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Because Sunsilk is about to send some nourishing hair lovin’ your way too!!! There are 2 ways you can get yourself some of Sunsilk’s awesome new products to pamper yourself with at home:

Join the Sunsilk Good Times Extended contest.

Go to www.sunsilksg.com, and authenticate your instagram account on the website. Take a photo of your daily activity that represents good times, and mention how Sunsilk is a part of it.

Tag #sunsilkgoodtimes on your Instagram posts to get them on the gallery.

And keep posting!!! The most number of Instagram posts by one user gets 1 year’s supply worth of Sunsilk hair care products, and most creative posts (chosen weekly) get $100 worth of Sunsilk products. For gorrjusss hair that will be the envy of everyone, everyday (for some, for the next whole year)!! Woop woop.

An example of a caption and photo I’d enter myself would be…

“After using Sunsilk’s Nourishing Oil spray, my hair is so much softer and smoother that I can leave the house without any worries of it tangling in the wind like it usually does! No need for ponytails when jogging no more. You can FLY FREE, hair!!! #sunsilkgoodtimes”

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..ORRR if contests are not your kinda thing and you just can’t wait to try Sunsilk’s new products NOW:

Visit their website to get a sample to try out, kiss your hair woes goodbye and have your Good Times Extended with Sunsilk today!

“I’ve had enough, this is my prayer, that I’ll die living just as free as my hair.” – Lady Gaga

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Snippets from a typical day in Perth

Whenever I tell people I’m going to Perth (again, I know, I was just there in February this year), they’d be all like…. “So soon? Back to Perth? What do you do there, anyway? It’s so slow paced…”

I admit, I have a slight obsession with this Australian city. And yeah, it IS slow paced, precisely why I like it so much.
Well, when I’m not watching Taylor Swift in concert, swimming with wild bottlenose dolphins, riding horses on the beach, taking overnight road trips and the likes…. I do the things normal people do, in Perth. They’re not especially glamorous or particularly exciting but I love it anyway, because its still so different from Singapore. Even something as mundane sounding as taking a walk in the park makes my day because the weather is so beautiful (when it doesn’t decide to hail).. and yes, the grass IS greener on this side. So is the sky, it is infinitely bluer. I guess it also depends on what you make of the situation. Whenever I’m in Perth, I’m spending time catching up with family and friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, so I have heaps of fun no matter where I’m at! So here’s what I do on Perth, on a normal day

My chosen get up of the day to frolick around Perth.


Uniquely Perth 1: Hello, overpriced Chinese food.
Your average Chinese restaurant in Perth is nowhere near as good as Singapore’s (Well duh. Sidetracking a bit, SWEE CHOON IS THE BEST SUPPER PLACE TO HAPPEN TO SINGAPORE) but we’ll make do.. Because what the heck, everyone gets sick of pastas, steaks and burgers after a while, and chinese food is a welcome change after having Western consecutively. 
Apparently everyone else agrees because it was 11am on a Sunday and ALL the Chinese restaurants offering dim sum were crazy packed!!! We’re talking 20 people waiting in line outside a fullhouse restaurant kind of packed.
After driving around for 30 minutes, we finally found a quiet stretch of road with a restaurant that actually had seats.
Happy whenever I can have a meal with my mum. I really don’t see her enough, she’s always overseas.
A lot of people have commented recently that my mum and I look alike. I don’t really think so?! The only similarity is our long faces… her nose is wayy sharper than mine, and our eyes and lips shapes are totally different! I don’t exactly look like my Dad either (not pictured above). Makes me wonder if they picked me up from a rubbish bin like they used to joke about.
After dim sum, we head straight for desserts. Mum couldn’t stop raving about this place and insisted we come here!

Loving all the low rise buildings with individual, unique, family-owned stores. Simple things like that fascinate me… like how much land they have in Australia compared to Singapore. I’ve grown up living in one of the smallest countries in the whole world.
The place is called Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, if you guys would like to check it out.
Choosing your dessert is serious business… 
Uniquely Perth 2: Indulge in sweet stuff. I love how almost every Western cafe and restaurant offers cakes and yummeh desserts in Perth, something we don’t have enough of in Singapore. Sure, we’ve got just a few niche cafes specializing in some chocolates and desserts mostly in obscure locations popping up recently… but we need to have em more readily available!!!

Raspberry cheesecake *_______* Super light and fluffy, not heavy at all, which was lovely. I noticed they always serve cheesecake with a generous dollop of whipped cream. I think it’s an Australian thing.
Holy cow…. melted warm Belgium milk chocolate drizzled over freshly made crepes, with 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream at the side. GET IN MY BELLY!!!
The chocolate was sooo rich and wonderful. Normally I’m not even that big a fan of milk chocolate (I’m a white choc kinda girl) You know with all the crazy amounts of mad food I stuff my face with in Perth, its a miracle I don’t put on weight whenever I go there. I weigh myself before I went, and after I came back, I wasn’t any bit heavier.. which was shocking. I was like :DDD when I saw the scale. I reckon it is coz of all the walking I do in Perth, which I don’t bother with in Singapore because the weather is too unpleasant. I come back with largely developed calf muscles lolol.
Uniquely Perth 3: Awesome number plates on vehicles!

I saw Jessie once. My friend said this Leonardo car plate would be worth up to 5k….. In Singapore you can only bid for nice sounding numbers like 8888.

You’ll see quite a lot of unique and vintage cars in Perth. Vehicles in Australia are so cheap and aplenty, you can get a second hand one for under 5k. And for the record they don’t have a 90k COE price tag that Singaporeans have to pay….

This one is so funnily shaped and its called A Minor!!!! Cute maximus. Actually now I’m wondering if its A Minor as in music or…. A minor as in underage?! 
Uniquely Perth 4: Go grocery shopping in their larger than life supermarkets. Holy guacamole.
Look at that fully stocked deli. I have died and gone to housewife heaven. If I lived in Australia I would cook wayyy more often than I already do in Singapore. SO MUCH fresh produce in Australia….. back home the supermarket doesn’t even stock steaks…. or sometimes even minced pork…. or basic fruits and vegetables like lemons. -___- 
*stabs self in the heart and dies* Nothing is more frustrating than finding a great recipe only to find you don’t have access to the damn delicious looking ingredients!!!
Back to the apartment for a change in outfit, Mum lent me her Abercrombie & Fitch track suit….. and somehow persuaded me to take a one hour brisk walk / jog around Burswood Park, 10 minutes from where we stay.

While jogging along the Swan River…. Not bad for a candid shot hey?!

Just my hair…. swaying in the wind. Went to touch up my fiery tresses at Shunji Matsuo a few days before my flight.

Good thing I did because it got me countless compliments from Perthians!!! Been 2 weeks and its still blood red. I still can’t understand how they got my hair so red without bleaching it! I’ve never been complimented this excessively by strangers and honestly having complete randoms suddenly come up to you, exclaiming excitedly “I LOVE your hair!! Where’d you get it done?” while almost rudely reaching out to touch your hair without permission is something I haven’t gotten used to yet. Cuz then I have to tell them I did it in Singapore and they look all disappointed like…. well at least you peeps in Singapore know who to go to for awesome hair coloring.

Uniquely Perth 5: Strolling along the Swan River and taking in its beauty.
It is ever blue and sparkling, and home to many different animals as well! A lot of people in Perth have told me they spot dolphins happily cruising this river frequently – I have yet to see one myself!! The Swan River runs along most of Perth’s landscape…. and it is a stunningggg backdrop for the city. I LOVE looking out for birds that live around it, such as these boastful black swans which the river was named after. They’re everywhere!!!

 My favorite past time in car rides is to look out for unique birds flying around. Western Australia’s wildlife is truly astounding, even in the city and urbanized areas. Wildlife is definitely something I feel deprived of when I’m in Singapore. My hometown is a fantastic super rich super modern super safe super clean city with super infrastructure etc etc but its lacking these simple basic things that makes life extra beautiful. I love animals! Not in the “I love puppies / kittens / bunnies and all things cute” or dog lover kind of way… but I love WILD animals, being around them, learning about them in documentaries, observing them up close.. :)

In this small park alone I spotted black swans, swifts, silver gulls, great comorants, crows, magpies, three different types of ducks, willy wagtails, HUGE PELICANS, rainbow lorikeets… and others I don’t even know the names of. They filled the air with all sorts of animated happy chirping and calls, and it was fun to see bright colors zooming right above my head, barely inches away from me. Some even walked right up to my feet (hoping I’d feed them?)….. no fear man.

I have this new found fascination with birds since frequenting Australia because they have so much of them. Who knows, in the future I might be one of those weird bird watchers going to nature reserves with binoculars and a notebook lol.

While we’re on the topic…. check out this strange lady feeding all the birds. 
We walked over in bemusement and said hi to her but she shot us a strange look, then turned her back and ignored us. I guess she prefers birds to humans by a long shot. You can’t see the rest of the birds outside of this shot but there must have been 100+ of them O_O
Sam being wonderfully childish and scaring them off after the lady got up and left. I love how he too thinks chasing after sea gulls is hilarious. I enjoy doing that way too much for a 20 year old… sea gulls are so annoying and funny at the same time hahahaha
This is what I mean when I say the Swan River really completes Perth’s beauty.
Uniquely Perth 6: King’s Park.



Panoramic views of the sky line you won’t get anywhere else, and velvety lush gardens!!! I’ve been here every single trip to Perth, and I will continue making it a point to visit in all my future trips. No trip to Perth is proper without checking out King’s Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world… even bigger than Central Park in New York! I would have loved to have taken more pictures but it was just too damn cold and windy, I was literally shivering. I have more pictures in my archive taken years ago if you wanna have a look.

It is Spring in Australia now, wish means wildflowers galore!!!!!!!!!! Fields and gardens blossom with an assorted array of flora. If you take a few hours drive outta Perth you will be amazed at all the wildflowers you can see. These lavender bushes smelled like heaven…. or rather just like the body lotions and bath soaps I pay $20 a bottle for. 

These Instagram (@shiberty) pictures were taken around the neighbourhood, with the purple one literally being right outside the door step.

Bel and I!!! Right before we went to have yummy pizzas at Little Caesars for dinz.
Very appreciative of friends who take time off their busy schedules to hang out with Sam and I and bring us around to cool new places when we came to Perth on a last minute decision :)

Bel, Conan, H, Robert, Gwen, Denise… you guys are all awesome ♥

Despite it being Spring, it felt A LOT like Winter.. hence we were dressed for the occasion. It’d be like 9 degrees in the day time. When the wind blew I felt like dying.

For some reason the whole week I was in Perth happened to be a freak week of unforgiving thunderstorms, hail (yes, muthafuckin hail!!! god was basically taking a cold poop on perth) when I was told the week Before AND After I visited, straight days of warm sunny perfect weather. Someone up there doesn’t like me.

At least that gave me a valid reason to wear my cute beanie. I hope the next time I visit it is during summer so I get to go to Ningaloo Reef… which I’ve been planning to for agesss. 
So so so much of Western Australia I’ve yet to explore. I feel like I’ve barely uncovered the tip of the iceberg. 
xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess
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