Archives for the month of: January, 2011





















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Many thanks to and Plinky for the prompt “Do yu believe everything happens for a reason?  Why or why not?”  I’ve signed up for the WordPress Postaweek2011 Challenge but I’ve been trying to post more often than that.  There’s a certain thrill in completing these so-called “writing assignments” as blog posts as often as I can.

The title of this post illustrates my position that I have a need to believe that things happen for a reason – that there is “A Reason Behind the Madness” of the events which transpire in the world and in our lives.  I cannot be be certain what the exact reason behind the madness is but it gives me great comfort that a reason exists – and if it doesn’t, it should.

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Chocolate and potato chips are not a conventional match – however, just look around at all the odd couples who make it work.

This is definitely something that works – the delectable combination of salty and sweet which simultaneously satisfies our taste buds.

Royce has done it – and finally I’ve managed to get my hands on a box of Royce Chocolate Potato Chips as they have been far too often out of stock at the local Royce stores.

What can I say but – Yum!

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I’ve come across the Origins Lip Remedy wand and found that it was effective in dealing with chapped lips.

It pays to keep in mind that since cracked lips are not flattering, it would be useful to apply this lip remedy regularly to heal chapped lips, to maintain moisture and smoothness a good while before applying lip conditioner and subsequently lip color.

However, if we would like to apply lip color immediately, the lip remedy which is white in color should not be applied first since it would influence the shade of the lipstick.  In this case, a good quality lip base or lip conditioner would do in a pinch before applying lip color.

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I highly recommend “Who’s Pulling Your Strings?” to anyone who is struggling with manipulation.  It is indeed a how-to book on breaking the cycle of manipulation and regaining control of one’s life.

We might think we know how to deal with manipulators, but the experiential knowledge would do well by being augmented with Dr. Briaken’s advice.

For people who have a nagging feeling at the back of their minds that they are being manipulated – this is also a good book to help identify, confirm, or deny whether one is indeed being manipulated.

We’re not talking about criminal or illegal manipulation here, we’re just talking about the garden variety everyday life manipulation which include, but is not limited to, emotional blackmail, passive-aggressive behavior, and the silent treatment.

It would be safe to say that there is at least one (if we are lucky enough for it to be merely one)  character in our life – boss, family member, relative, business partner, romantic partner, spouse – who is prone to exercising tactics of manipulation.

It would also be safe to say that almost everyone has been or is a victim of manipulative behavior at one point or another in their lives.  If you are in such a situation, this book would be invaluable.

If you know of anyone else in this situation, it might be a good idea to share this book with them too.

After all, life is too short to waste being stuck and helpless under someone else’s thumb.

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Success has universal appeal.  Most people covet and recognize it; they admire the exceptional people who have managed to achieve exceptional success.

Malcolm Gladwell takes us further into the phenomenon of success and discusses the factors which are crucial for success – using real-life examples:  Bill Gates, the Beatles, and more.

He also writes about the 10,000-hour rule which stipulates that success or expertise is achieved after the 10,000 hour of doing.  He also discusses that timing is critical for success.

Interesting, isn’t it?  It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the inner workings of success.

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Let me tell you about this book I “coincidentally” stumbled across in a second hand bookshop.  It’s called “Beyond Coincidence” written by Martin Plimmer and Brian King.  At first I thought it might be just a collection of amusing anecdotes – and I’ve read my fair share of similar accounts – but was surprised (and pleased) to find that it was more than that.

“Beyond Coincidence” is a collection of interesting (and unbelievable) stories which inevitably stretch our belief of the laws of probability.  The accounts are interspersed with philosophical, scientific, and psychological insights, touching on the fascinating field of quantum physics, which inevitably restores our sense of wonder in a universe – a welcome sensation for the exhausted, world-weary and cynical.

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Go Green! Use Old Magazines for Gift-wrapping


Go Green! Recycle! Wrap Your Gifts in Old Magazines!



On the subject of new year’s resolutions and grand plans we might have for the year: it might be a good idea to consider our gift wrapping habits and switch from mean to green.

Instead of buying new gift wrapping paper and bags, we might pause and consider the impact that our paper and/or plastic consumption is having on the world and turn our gazes towards the piles of our old magazines and decide to recycle them as gift wrapping paper – they’re glossy and pretty too.

After all, we do want to keep the planet as healthy as possible for a longer time.

(c) Niconica 2011

The Company's New Album "Lighthearted"

The Company’s new album “Lighthearted” is light as air but has blown me away.  It’s filled with covers of popular new songs we know and love.

I dare say that their version adds to the beauty of the original songs – and makes them even more appealing. It’s light as air but emotionally packs a wallop with melodious vocals.

In an age where downloading music is prevalent, I found myself searching for their album and buying the CD.

I enjoy 11 out of the 14 songs in the album, particularly “Two is Better Than One“, “Half of My Heart“, and “Let’s Just Fall in Love Again.”

The remaining three songs, I don’t enjoy – not because of the execution, because their execution was sublime, but merely because those songs just didn’t appeal to me even in their original version.

I’ve been listening to the whole album on repeat and letting the musical harmony carry me away.

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I’m not a make-up expert nor a make-up artist.  I approach make-up in a very simple and straightforward manner: whatever works with minimal hassle (and skill) is great… which is why when I came upon Shu Uemura‘s UV Underbase SPF 30 PA+++ I was thrilled.

I was rather baffled as to what a underbase was but found out that it’s an awesome make-up primer which smooths the “canvas” so to speak before we put in the base paints (read as: foundation).

I was pleased to find out that it can also stand on its own for oil control and provide a sheer cover to even out the skin tone… so it’s definitely good news for people who just want a more even skin tone without needing to further apply make-up.  Although in this case, patting powder on after the underbase would be an option.

For someone like me who has rudimentary make-up skills, this was a blessing.  Putting on the underbase before applying the foundation works wonders; this way less effort and less layers of foundation would be required.

I also found out that it happens to be available in two tones: pink for people with pinker or lighter skin tone, and beige for people with tan complexion.

It must be said that even if it specifies a SPF30 sun protection – I wouldn’t recommend foregoing additional or actual sunscreen or sunblock.

Upon further research I found that Mr. Shu Uemura created this underbase as “a make-up as light and as transparent as the air.”  And, it is so.

(c) Niconica 2011*

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*This is not a paid review