Friday, 18 December 2015

Taipei – Monet: Landscapes of Mind at the National Museum of History

Monet:  Landscapes of Mind
Monet is one of my favourite artists.  I can’t explain exactly why but I love all his hazy, dreamy paintings.  I never expected to run into a Monet exhibition in Taipei.  I was having breakfast at the hotel when I looked out the window and saw advertisements for the Monet exhibition at the National Museum of History on the sides of the buses.  After Googling for more information online and trying my very best to read the local newspaper articles about the exhibition, I headed off to the National Museum of History in delight.  

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Taoyuan, Taiwan - Weichuan Pushin Ranch & Window on China Theme Park

Weichuan Pushin Ranch, Taoyuan
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When I was in Taoyuan, I visited Weichuan Pushin Ranch.  It isn’t a place I’d normally plan to visit but the cool weather made the trip quite relaxing and fun.  There was much greenery on the ranch.  The ranch even had its own mini train to transport visitors around the 65-hectare property.  We met a group of kindergarten children who were on a school trip. 

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Taiwan Shopping

Since it’s the end of the year and everyone’s in a holiday mood, I’ve decided to do a few travel-related posts.  Disclaimer:  I went on this particular trip to Taiwan in November 2013 so it’s a bit outdated!  Still, I hope that it can help to provide an alternative view of Taiwan as I didn’t do all the typical touristy things there. 
Hello Kitty clocks in Taoyuan Airport

Thursday, 10 December 2015

BeautyConsumer – Coslys Facial Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner

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My Coslys haul.  I have yet to use the day and night creams
I had previously sighted Coslys products at Shins stores before and planned to try them, especially since Coslys products were affordably priced.  Ever the procrastinator, I only got around to trying Coslys recently when Shins had a sale.

Coslys is a French brand of cosmetics inspired by nature.  According to their website, all Coslys products are
  • Free from artificial fragrance or colouring
  • P.E.G. free
  • G.M.O. free,
  • S.L.S. free and A.L.S. free,
  • Formulated without any parabens and phenoxyethanol presevatives, 
  • Not tested on animals
Please read on for my thoughts on the two products that I have used for several weeks. 

Monday, 7 December 2015

BeautyConsumer - Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics

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My Giovanni family!
I first discovered Giovanni products by way of their shampoos.  I was looking for a sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) and paraben-free shampoo and found Giovanni shampoos at Sasa.  I’ve been using their shampoos and conditioners regularly since then.  Here are some of my comments.

Friday, 4 December 2015

BeautyConsumer - Nivea Crème Fairy Tales Limited Edition Tins


When I read that Nivea had collaborated with German artist Joelle Tourlonias to come up with some cute limited edition Nivea Crème tins and children’s stories, I didn’t think that they would be available in Malaysia!  I squealed with delight when I saw the limited edition tins in Watsons’ latest catalogue.  We don’t get the Winter Edition tins (they’re even cuter), unfortunately, but that’s okay.  We also only get the 150ml tins and not the tiny 75ml tins but that’s okay too.  If you purchase at least MYR50 of Nivea products at Watsons, you get a tumbler!  I didn’t read about tumblers being given out as gift-with-purchase in other countries. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Secret Garden, One Utama – Views

This is the last part in The Secret Garden series.  The Secret Garden is situated on the rooftop of One Utama Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in the world. 

Part 1:  Amazon Water Lilies 
Part 4:  White Flowers
Part 5:  Flowering Plants

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This post is the last part in the series.  So you’ve seen some of the plants up close in my other posts but what does the garden itself look like?