Sunday, April 30, 2017

Motocross (Off-road riding) in Bintan with BACmotocross!

As the title suggests, we brought our love for off-road riding to Bintan! Having said that, just like how beer-lovers will never stop at one beer, we will not stop at one trail! One trail, one country at a time :')

Day 1 - On-route from SG-Bintan (Free & Easy)

It definitely wasn't the easiest to travel on a Public Holiday weekend, but it was one of the most affordable and best PH I've ever spent out of Singapore. It wasn't god-like pricey like the air-tickets, out to target people that reaalllyyyy needed a getaway. We needed one too, on a quaint little pretty island. There we were, embarked on a 2-hour ferry ride to Indonesia!

We stayed in Bintan Hotel Nirwana which was recommended by our lovely BACmotocross host, Harry! It was clean, spacious and definitely better that what we've expected. It is near good food, helmet stores, night markets, 24h supermarket for all our indomee cravings, and 150,000IDR (~15 SGD) massage for 2 hours. Whatttt?!

Most importantly, Harry was very accommodating with our requests. He've helped to oversee the booking of our hotel, the pickup from the ferry to the hotel, as well as the guides on ride-day! Thank you Harry (if you see this!)

We walked on 200m out of the hotel to a recommended seafood dinner place, Bakar Bakar by the locals. It was surprisingly yummy and cheap! You get to pick your own fresh catch, and for the amount we've ordered... It only made out to 7SGD per pax. Definitely recommended for those that are staying in Tanjung Pinang!

Day 2 - Off-road riding along Tanjung Pinang with Bintan Adventure Club!

Breakfast was served in the hotel, for the price we paid per person per night inclusive of a breakfast spread (coffee, eggs, protein, carbs included), it was so worthy! We got picked up by our driver to their workshop, just slightly less than a 100m down the road - Literally a stone throw away to the 24h supermart! Put on our gears and off we went!

Our guides helped to dismount the bikes from the lorry to our starting point at some end of the island -- They made it look so effortless, fast and easy. It wasn't a wee bit light at all, at least for me when I fell, I struggled to pick up the bike especially when I was caught in the mud! Caught some parts of the ride with my camera while we were taking a short break, let your eyes feast on our journey :) Some videos which we've captured showed our entire trail and views that we saw.

Our Xiaoyi battery did not last though. Lesson learnt for such outdoor adventures in future - prep extra charged batteries and SD cards for storage!

Our guides were amazing. They are experienced guides that will help us along the way, especially when I've fallen countless of times (trying to pick my bike up or trying to help me while I break the fall) -- Thank you!! Also for capturing some of us riding in action, or we might not have such beautiful memories :)

Key here is to have experienced and patient guides that are willing to guide you and follow you throughout the entire ride time. We spent a total of 10 hours out in the sun together, battling the heat through the full gears and soaking up the magnificent views of Tanjung Pinang island. They also brought us to trails gauging on our ability to ride. Thank you for trying to bring us to these places, knowing that we've missed the beach because of a stuck chain and sprocket, till next time! We will be back sooner than we know!

The biggest shout out to love, that rode along side with me, if not behind, watching my back and watching out for me (during the trails and off the trails). To your never-ending nagging like "down gear, go up this slope use gear 1!" and the constant "can you slow down?! can you brake?!" -- Thank you for being that guardian angel that nobody else would be. And it's a dream come true to ever ride beside you, not once as your pillion because I knew one day I could do it. This day, and forever more.

To us, and to us being safe on the roads and beyond.

All in all, it was a very memorable 3D2N Bintan Tanjung Pinang stay. It was definitely my first visit to Bintan and it has wowed me with the sights, people, view and ever more. Definitely not the last! Feel free to drop me a message if you'd like to know more on our experiences, I'd be glad to help!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Review

Sundays aren't meant to do work; though sometimes when the cards on the trello board becomes too in-your-face and the mind subconsciously tries to clear it -- I try not to. I took a little nap in the noon when the sun was pretty nice. My curtains were drawn and I had the night light on. I switched off the fans and slept like a baby.

I woke up to pack some of the clothes in the wardrobe, only decided to throw 2 out of the many (As you can tell I'm a hoarder), not very space-efficient. And I picked out a bubble clay mask which I've bought last year on Qoo10 when it went on sale, that I can barely remember its price.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
I remembered clicking on the purchase link after someone posted some video on it, first a clay-like texture, and then it bubbles, and you could press your fingers against your face to massage the mask in again. In scientific reasoning, it just went into a 3 state mix. Pretty cool!

A Korean brand and the entire packaging was filled with Korean words - I didn't know how long I should have it on, when I should remove and how I should remove it. Thank goodness for youtube and some review sites. This bubbly clay mask is definitely a pore cleanser. The charcoal powder ingredient helps to get rid of deep-seated dirt while providing nutrients to keep the skin healthy. We all know how charcoal is good for the skin, as with other charcoal masks out there. It also doesn't strip you off the nutrients and oil while doing so!

I could definitely see bubbly action after what seemed like 3-minutes after application, and then the next 5 - 10 minutes were just bubbles in action. The mask started foaming on its own, and the application on my face grew, and then a few instastory came after that. After 15 minutes when the foaming has lessened, I placed my fingers onto the area and started to deeply massage around it.

The bubbles would first crack a little (You could literally hear it) and then you massage it deeply into your skin and it's back to a mask-like texture again. Super cool! Right after that, I rinsed it off with warm water on a sponge, definitely helped in getting it off! And dabbed it off with facial towels after that. Ta-dah. Loved it!

Still unsure of what to do after, I put on the Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid and Advanced Snail 96 Power Essence. Treated my skin to a 30 minute deep-cleansing facial! Here I am now, typing this away sharing it with you :)

A plus point when the packaging is so sleek and muni-like. Black-white, definitely YES!

I really enjoyed the entire product and how it bubbled. And I'm bringing this along to Justin's place so that I can do it for him, that tingly sensation? Can't wait to see his reaction! Till next time.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Just joining the fun at #ilightmarinabay

This weekend is a little special and different. I made a try-sell slot for my bike prac class that I was so eager to go for on Friday evening, not because I wanted to, but because my body did not let me. My fingers stumbled across the cancel button twice, the first I re-tracted the transaction with 70% direness to attend. After a long meeting that went on about python and technology, I came out of it feeling drained and sick (sometimes birthday weekends aren't meant for work), I managed to cancel it without taking it back. Someone bought my slot while I was on the train to look for Justin, and we had Korean dinner after that.

The night I had love to care for me. He came back from Malaysia to see me sleeping in the living room, and I had Spencer to keep me company. He laid at the end of my toes, I think I remembered stroking him to sleep. I remembered whispering to Spencer to protect me while I lay. Love woke me up to go back into the room, I remembered vaguely that the room was cold, so he fitted me a lounge pants and said, "I'll hug you to sleep." And then I did.

On Saturday evening we decided to visit I Light @ Marina Bay. I had no idea what it was, only the countless pictures I've seen from my friends on their social feed. We aren't always this quick about events and fairs. We would always choose cosy compared to people. But we decided to go anyway when I suggested we should. Justin didn't say no, and I love him for that.

Shot on Huawei Mate 9 on night mode. I stood at the parking lot and left my phone in front of my Fino, the moon was bright enough and the fiesta was loud enough. Everyone was merry, and the viking ship in front of me was roaring with little screams. It has been long and this scene was definitely a breath of fresh air. I am old and weary.

The night mode did not disappoint. No tripod, but a make-shift non shaky stand would do. I am amazed at what a Leica phone camera quality could produce. On days like these I really miss my D80 or the Sony A5000. Not forgetting my S95 that I am still trying to find a replacement charger for.

Dreamcatchers fill me. I always thought of them to reach my goals, dreams and visions. The web will catch them, and the bad will fall through the holes. A dreamcatcher a country a time, we said. And tasked with this love, we shall.

"In each time of life there are many forces - some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they will hurt you and steer you in the wrong direction."

And again, you make my heart flutter and skip a beat each time I see you. Thank you for always looking out for me, watching my back, and loving me.