Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review on Zeta En Rawdah | Rosevalley.Co @ Singapore Expo

I'm pretty sure isn't new to anybody by now. is the sole distributor for Nealofar Hijab, Leuniey Natasha Hijab and many other famous celebrities brand.  I've blogged about them previously on their event, and here I am.. bringing good news to you ladies once again.

RoseValley will be having a booth this coming 26th-29th March for MegaExpress Halal 2015 at Singapore Expo 5! 

For those of you who've been to their previous private events, you should know by now how crazy the crowd can be. Be sure to be early, so that you won't be disappointed if it goes out of stock! Their items are always selling fast like pancakes, even for myself I had to wait till the next batch to arrive :( 

Anyway, I was invited to their private event two weeks ago on the launching of the new product that they'll be bringing in. 

"Zeta En Rawdah"
Zeta En Rawdah is an illustration of its founder from the two gorgeous sisters, Rozita Che Wan and Ayu Raudah. It personifies a person of immaculate style and impeccable beauty who holds admirable  persona and often regarded as successful individual in their society. 

Truly humbled that I get the opportunity to meet Ayu Raudah personally. She's super friendly and down-to-earth!

And of course, I was given the chance to try out their products! 

Two Kingdoms
If you're a fan of instant hijabs, this shall be a prefect one for you! Similar to all the instant hijabs out there, you just have to put it, no styling skills required, no inner required and you're good to go! But what makes it different from the rest, of it's unique two-tone colors. Two kingdoms present two colors of express shawl to be combined into one. You can simply flip to the other side if you feel like wearing a different color! More of like 2 for the price of 1? :)

Tadah! Works perfectly for me! Love it!

Lace Grace
Lace Grace is a shawl that presents a person that loves simplicity with a tint of glamorous touch. It's semi sheer and made of Chiffon Gorgette. This shawl requires a little bit of basic styling. Works like any other hijab, you'll need to put on an inner before putting on Lace Grace. My mum love this piece! 

Pardon me for my not having so much skills in donning a hijab, might not be perfect to any out there but at least I tried! And Insha Allah in time to come I will be able to do it :)

So, which Team you're at? 
Team Zeta or Team Rawdah? 

Well, if you ask me.. errrr I can't decide! If you love simplicity, basic and classic, you'll love the Two Kingdoms. And if you're up for bold and elegance, you'll definitely love Lace Grace! 

I would pick Two Kingdoms anytime, because for a beginner like me, I'd prefer anything that's instant. Just put it on, and you're all good to go! Maybe in the future when I'm better hands on in styling the hijab, Lace Grace would be perfect. Price wise? Reasonable & affordable! You can check out their website for their full range of their products here.

Now, will be having booth at Singapore Expo from 26th March-29th March, so please don't miss out ok? And if you wants to see Ayu Raudhah in person, she will be making an appearance on the 28th March (Saturday) from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Fans can take pictures with her with every Zeta En Rawdah Hijab purchase! 

 Singapore Expo Hall 5, Booth G17 & G18
26th-29th March 2015 (Thursday-Sunday)
12 noon - 10pm

And of course, any special discounts for my readers? Of course there is! RoseValley.Co is always very nice in giving discounts to my readers, hehe! :p

There you go! 

Print this out for your mummies, aunties, girlfriends, and don't forget to use the $5 voucher! :D

Happy shopping!

Don't forget to check them out at their various social media platforms:

Lydia Izzati

Friday, February 20, 2015

Being a NS/NSF Girlfriend

As some of you might know, it's been two months since Aiman served the nation. Aiman enlisted in the Mono Intake, therefore he served 2 months of PTP and 2 months of BMT. Some might say, it's just two months, still in the early stage, blah blah blah.. well, that doesn't matter. To the girls out there who'se boyfriend is in the army, serving the nation, this post might relate to you. 

I could still remember the day before Aiman enlisted, me being the overly attached girlfriend, I broke down. Felt like I was suffering from an emotional breakdown. Perhaps I was that attached to him, I felt completely lost especially during the 2 weeks confinement. I got to be honest that it's not easy. It may seemed that he's going through that tough phase alone, but truth is, I'm going through it too. Being a NS girlfriend isn't as easy as you thought. Count yourself lucky if you've met a guy who completed their national service. But count yourself lucky too if your boyfriend is just about to enlist, because for the next period of two years of your relationship, it's like putting them into a test. 

While some girls just couldn't tahan, this could also be the time where a lot of relationships ended with a break up when their boyfriend is serving the nation. And of course, we all would want to refrain from that to happen. 

1) Firstly, be prepared for a whole 360 degrees of change. Goodbye to your daily text messages and long phone calls. You can no longer text as often, or hang up on the phone for long hours. So, please be mentally prepared for that. Even up till today, Aiman barely have less than 5 minutes to text  or call me. Sometimes, he would just leave me a good night message and that's it. On worst days, he would never text at all. YOU HEARD ME, NO TEXT/CALL AT ALL. So can you imagine, you're patiently waiting from 2100hrs till 2200hrs for him to text you... but ended up, nothing.. you lose hope? Yes. That feeling sucks big time. 

So what have I learned? Always put myself in his shoes and try to understand what he's going through in camp. Fire drills. Surprise inspections. Clothes washing. Equipment preparation. Blah blah blah. At some nights, he might not have his admin time. Or even when he has one, he's probably too exhausted from all the physical trainings and mental torture from his commanders. So what can you  do as a girlfriend? Avoid picking fights with him. Try to understand how tough his trainings have been. And last but not least, always keep him motivated and be positive. 

2) Secondly, tantrums and mood swings. In short, PMS for them. I could still recall the first time Aiman books out, we got into a bad fight. He was so cranky that we haven't find a proper place to eat, and he started scolding me. "Faster la, where you want to eat? You know now what time already not!? I very hungry already sia. If now inside camp it's dinner time already you know!? Wah, I tell you. At that period I feel like punching his face. HAHA! I mean, like seriously? Can you stop being so cranky like as if a woman having her menses?! So yeah, I've come to realise that he probably went through a lot of shouting and scoldings in camp, and they are getting used to it. Therefore, they might result to raising their voices easily. (But baby, if you're reading this, doesn't mean you can purposely raise your voice sometimes ah!? Lol!)

So here's what I've learnt from the previous mistake. Don't get too affected. Try not to flare back at him, and instead, tell him off nicely. Remind him that he's no longer in camp, it's book out time, so let's put the "camp siao on mode" aside, spend quality time together and be happy! It's always important to compromise. 

3) Thirdly, less time spent. Now, this is a major problem for every NS man. Weekends are short and precious because that's the only time they get their time off. Count Sunday out because a portion of his Sunday gets eaten up for booking in. So, imagine the time they had left? To spend time with family. To hang out with friends. To go out with girlfriend. To catch up with their sleep. And for Aiman's case, not only that. His soccer matches for both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. His takraw. At least one hour of washing/polishing his bike. So, if you start questioning yourself how does Aiman juggle and how do I handle all of these? 

Well, simple. Be his PA! Don't just be a girlfriend, be his best friend too. Back then I used to whine and complain when our weekend plans are always soccer, but I've come to realise that he enjoys playing them. Therefore, seeing him happy actually makes me happy. So what we usually do, we'll compromise. We will plan ahead what we are going to do on that particular day. And being his PA, I'll accompany him wherever he go. To his soccer matches, to his takraw trainings, to his lepak session with his friends, to his outings with his camp mates. Sometimes, we can even spend our Saturday afternoon washing the bike together.  Consider myself lucky, Aiman will always bring me wherever he go. And if you start thinking wouldn't it be boring for me, well, I should say, I rather have him on my sight than nothing. 

Avoid making so much plans, or having too much hopes. Sometimes, all they want after booking out is just to laze on their bed. I've also learned to give and take in this. And I'll always tell Aiman to rest as much as he want before we proceed with our plans. 

But of course, on some days, we have our dates together too. Going for movies and such. I can never thank him enough for always layan-ing my nonsense. Help to take OOTD photos la, adverts la, want to make video la, wanna go to new cafe la.. Lol. At the end of the day, all they need is a supportive and understanding girlfriend. And if you can be one, your boyfriend will definitely appreciate you. 

4) He gets sleepy at 10pm. For the first few weeks, I get so annoyed because he gets all sleepy and tired at 10pm. Sooner, I understood that it's his body clock. In camp, his time is controlled. Therefore,  when they are required to sleep at 10pm everyday from Monday-Friday, which means his body clock is most likely adjusted to that.

It's always important to put yourself in their shoes. As for me, I couldn't be more than thankful that Aiman always puts in extra effort to stay awake or spend longer time with me. Despite him yawning most of the time, hahahaha. Well it's the thought that counts!

5) Book in, army talk. Book out? Also army talk! Now, that's normal. Be prepared for him to talk about NS every single time. For some girls, it might be boring and you'll get pissed off whenever he talks about his life in camp. But hey, give them a break and be their listening partner. By listening to his stories in camp, it definitely helps you to understand them better. Learn to love what they are doing, and you'll have no problems dealing with it.

As for myself, I actually enjoy listening to his NS stories. IPPT, Platoon Mates, Platoon 7, Bunk mates, Officers, CO, Sargeant. And the list goes on.. You see, we're not just lovers, we're best friends too. He can be my bitching partner, he can be my gossip partner, we can practically talk about girls and shoppings and periods, so why not I'll do the same too? ;)

6) Stay faithful. I guess the worst thing any guy would want to go through during their NS period was to get cheated on. But please, refrain yourself from doing all these nasty things. I think Aiman doesn't have any problem with me being faithful, because... I am faithful by nature :p (Right, baby?)

What I usually do, I'll keep him updated with my whereabouts and what I'm doing on that particular day. So, can you imagine me leaving him at least 10 messages per day? "Good afternoon baby!" "I'm going to work now." "I'm going to meet my friend later." "I'm gonna have my dinner with ___" "Hi baby I just got back home" "Baby, today I cook ____" "Hi baby, today I decided to stay home!" And then you'll see my whatsapp conversation seems like I'm talking to myself cus he'll only check his phone at night. Lol! Call me crazy for doing all that, but I guess it helps him to feel secure when he's in camp. 

During his Rifle Presentation Ceremony 

Aiman leading his battalion with the pledge. I'm a proud girlfriend! :D

I guess at the end of the day, it's important to be supportive in their NS journey. I know I might not say it sometimes, but I just want you to know I'm extremely proud of what you've achieved so far. How you've improved tremendously on your fitness, from getting silver for IPPT till you achieved Gold. How I always tell you to imagine me at the finishing line during your 2.4km so you'll sprint for me :p You've changed so much for the better over the time, and became a more responsible man. Not just for yourself but also for the people around you. This might just be the start of your journey, but do remember that I'll always be here, with you. To witness your NS journey together and experience it together with you. 

I love you, my soldier!

Lydia Izzati

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Trip to Punggol Ranch!

Recently, I felt that I lost interest in blogging. I lost interest in the things I love to do. I hate the idea of being told what to do. Or being forced to do. Back then I can blog every single day but now I can't seemed to find anything that triggers me to write. And honestly, the feeling sucks. I felt that my blog is so boring, the whole entire look is so boring that it doesn't interest me anymore to blog. For a moment I thought that everything wasn't going right for me. I almost gave up. I started to hate the feeling of being a public figure. I started to hate the idea of people knowing me as an "actress" or, whatever you name it. I even thought of "retiring" from this and lead a normal life with a 9-5 job. I just wish I could be a normal person, a normal human being. Do things normally like what others do. I get sick of being judged with whatever I do, whatever I say. I hate the idea of having boundaries to the things I wanted to do. And honestly, I stopped caring about what people gonna think of me. Because I started to realise that I don't live to impress others. Screw the society, for being so judgemental.

Life sucks, deal with it anyway.

I'm still trying to figure out what's in store for me in 2015. It's almost February, can you actually believe it? Life has been pretty okay somehow. I decided to get rid of certain friends in my life, which I think I don't necessarily need. I've even filtered my Twitter and Instagram followers list, not because I have issues but that's because I don't see a need to know what's happening to their lives. And I think I'm perfectly okay with the way I am now. Not all friends are your true friends, and not all friends will actually be there for you when you're in need of help, right? Therefore, be independent and survive on your own. I'm proud to say that my life now revolves with just my family, my best friends and Aiman. Nothing else. Ever since Aiman enlisted in National Service, there's so many changes in our lives. For instance, I used to meet him almost everyday, but now, I get to meet him on weekends only. That makes our weekends even more precious. And you know when you only get to meet during weekends, you'll tend to make full use of the time you had with them. I'm so blessed that I've always been his priority, besides his family.

I guess as we grow older, we tend to drift apart from people and live our life on our own. Parties and late night activities doesn't interest us anymore. Do you actually believe that in order make changes, your circle of people plays apart too? If you're trying to change for the better but the people around you isn't supportive or encouraging, just stick to yourself. That's more than enough. I rather spend the weekend accompanying him for his soccer game, go for a simple dinner, and that's it.

Last saturday, we made an impromptu trip to Punggol Ranch. I totally have no idea that place exist! Another beautiful place we discovered!

Can you make a guess what's that? It's actually a chalet! How cool is that?!

And look! The unique sign for the washroom!

I was totally in awe when I stepped into Punggol Ranch. Felt like I was a kid once again, everything around me excites me. I wanted to ride the horse but time doesn't permits, therefore, we decided to just feed the pony instead! 

Bumped into a cute fan who wanted a picture together. She's super sweet! 

We decided to hang around the area to grab our early dinner. Nothing fancy! That's how we celebrated our advanced 19th monthsary. Honestly, nothing else matters but the time spent. At first, I felt that National Service is being a bitch for taking our time away but sooner, I'm starting to embrace this journey together with him. 

The fact that he's actually becoming more fit and growing "bigger".. 

While me, becoming bigger too. Rounder, and fatter -_-"

Ever tried Nutella milkshake? So freakin' delicious!

Being a NS girlfriend isn't that bad afterall. All you need is endurance, loads of patience and sacrifices. At the end of the day, it simply doesn't benefit them, but you too. It'll definitely make your relationship healthier and better.

Till then,

Lydia Izzati

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Bali Trip with GC peeps!

I know many of you guys have been waiting for this moment, and yes, finally I’m done with all my post-holiday syndromes and I can now talk about my Bali trip!

Before I proceed further, I would like to say thank you to KLM for flying us to Bali and Airbnb for sponsoring our accommodation, because without them, this trip wouldn’t possibly happen!

Check out the official video here!

For those of you who has been an avid reader of mine, I’m pretty sure most of you know that this isn’t the first time I’ve been to Bali. Despite being in Bali for the third time, but this trip is definitely a special one for me. Why? I remember Aiman telling me he wanted to go for a last holiday before he enlist for NS. Co-incidentally, I was given the opportunity to go on a holiday trip to Bali with my GC family just a few days before his enlistment. So, I thought, why not I’ll bring him along? Hehehe. So I did surprised him with flight tickets to Bali on that very same day.

Gushcloud's female bloggers for this trip!
Isabel, JunYing, Joanna, Eunice and myself.

With my dearest Eunice! 

I just love her camera but of course I love her more! Hehe.

And of course, thank you so much KLM for flying us to Bali! It was my first time flying with KLM, and oh boy, I was definitely impressed with every single thing. Form their in-flight interactive entertainment to their tasty delicious food served and not forgetting, their warm hospitality and good service, everything was just complete. I didn’t slept throughout my 2 hours 30 mintues journey, but I was too engrossed watching my movie.

Our flight was at 5.30pm local time, and by the time we touched down Bali, it was already completely darkness. Since there’s a total of 10 of us, we were divided into two groups for our two separate Villas. On the first villa was me, Aiman, Eunice & Fai, and Isabel.

We were then introduced to our Villa host, Ika. And guess what? The minute we stepped into our Villa, all of us went crazy. Literally! It was sooooo beautiful, super spacious rooms, with awesome swimming pool with integrated Jacuzzi, well-equipped kitchen… everything was just complete! Definitely perfect for families and group of friends!

Ok, I didn't managed to take pictures of the Villa on the first night because it was already dark.

So this is how it looks like at night.
Scroll down more to see the pictures of the Villa during the day, ok? :p

So me and Aiman decided to spend to spend our first night chilling by the pool..

Gazing at the stars and moon, admiring our huge home for the next three days.

Day Two
Rise and shine! Are ya'll ready to take a look at the Villa?

Okay, let’s just let the pictures do the talking. Presenting to you, our Villa Ocean Eleven, which is conveniently located at the hearts of Seminyak. 

Our dining area. 

And this is the living room, the area where all of us chill and lepak!

The fully-equipped kitchen! Refrigerator, stove, LED kettle or even the Nespresso Machine. They even have all the utensils and cooking pots for you to cook! How awesome, right? :) 

Theres's a total of four bedrooms, three bedrooms which comes with King size bed and our own private bathroom, where else the other one smaller room, inclusive of a sofa bed. The whole entire house offers air-conditoner, so you don't have to worry about that.

So, here's my room! My room is situated in the second floor, which is also known as the master bedroom suite! Weeeee.

Just take a look at the hugeeeee bathroom! I'm loving the bathroom! 

And my open view to the pool and the garden! Imagine waking up to this every single day? 

And the lepak corner balcony which is just next to my room.

And if you can see at the somewhere left/middle of the picture, that's one of the bedroom. 

And that's one more bedroom right there! 

Both of the rooms that you just seen are the ones on level one. But our bedrooms are pretty much similar. 

What I love about this Villa, it has a combination of modern architecture with a touch of Balinese life style.

Everything was just complete. We had our host Ika to ensure everything goes smoothly, our two lovely helper Ayu and Eva to prepare our breakfast and clean our villas every day,  and our most patient driver Komang, who brings us wherever we want to go, anytime, any day. Not only that, we were also given a phone to call them in case of any emergency, and also an iPad for our own use during our stay. We don't have to worry about getting bored, they also provide the Phillip Starck sound system where we can blast our music while enjoying the pool. The villa is even equipped with a PS3 and games! Can you actually believe it!?

I honestly wouldn't mind spending in this Villa for the rest of my stay, lol!

So we actually spent our afternoon in the the pool, embracing every moment of our time in Bali. Hahaha! 

After which, all of us decided to go out and do a lil bit of shopping. Since there's 10 of us, Komang was kind enough to allow the 8 of us squeezing in the car, while me and Aiman rented a bike. 

Aiman is more vain than I am. So whenever we want to take a picture, he'll take a longer time adjusting his hair. Pfft! 

Eunice what are you doing?! HAHAHA!

After doing a little bit of shopping, me and Aiman somehow got parted from them. While the rest of them went back home to prepare for the BBQ night, me and Aiman continued riding and our shopping at Kuta area. 

And if you think girls take longer time to shop, you are absolutely wrong. Aiman definitely shops way much more than I do in Bali. 

Zzz me falling asleep while waiting for him to choose his t-shirt..

We were too hungry as we haven't had any proper meal the whole day, so we stopped by at our favourite place in Bali to have our Ayam Penyet!

And on our way back home, we got lost. Not only that, our bike tyre was punctured while we were riding back, so we had to stopped at the side road and seeked for help.

See that?! That freaking screw who puncture our tyre! Thank god we managed to find someone by th side road who could change the tyres for us.

And since we were lost, we had to find our way back to our Villa on our own. 

But of course, getting lost with your partner isn't a bad thing after all. It's actually quite fun! Because when you get lost with your partner, it'll actually reveal their true colours. You'll actually learn each other better on how to handle stress situations. While some couple fight about who took the wrong turn, or who leads the wrong direction, you'll then figure out that there's no point stressing but to just go with the travel flow. Not only that, getting lost can lead to unexpected adventures. And with all that, it definitely makes the best memories and stories. 

So, my advice to people out there, it's okay to get lost while traveling! Embrace the moments of getting lost and enjoy the experience with your loved ones! ;)

We reached back the Villa pretty late and the rest of us started the bbq night already! Oh yes, we actually had our own BBQ night/pool party at our own Villa. Everything is just so easy, all you have to do is let the host know in advance, the food that you want, and they will prepare every single thing for you! You don't have to worry about a single thing!

And dinner is served!
The only picture taken before everything else was gobbled up. 

And of course, our every night routine to chill by the pool.

My lepak girl, Joanna! So glad I get to travel with her again for our second Guschloud holiday trip! 

Day Three
It's a chill day for us therefore we decided to hit the beach! First stop was Nusa Dua beach. 
Yep, typical singaporeans with selfie stick spotted. LOL!

My favourite photo with baby! 
I am madly in love with GoPro that I am planning to invest on GoPro 4 next, hehe.

Next, we proceed to Seminyak beach. Which is also known as Double Six beach. Well, if you're looking for a perfect spot to enjoy the bali sunset, I guess Double Six beach can be the ideal spot. It's definitely lesser crowd as compared to Kuta beach, and it's very relaxing indeed. You can definitely enjoy the sunset while enjoying the live music around you.

Didn't had much photos taken during this time because my phone died on me, and Aiman was using the GoPro while surfing. Yup! What's Bali without surfing for him? Lol! I guess that's the main highlight he'll always look forward to every time in Bali. I knew he love surfing so much, I decided to get for him GoPro's surfboard mount so that he could capture nice pictures and videos while surfing. 

Managed to capture our one & only photo before the sun sets! 

 All of us head back to our Villa to get all washed up and get ourselves ready for dinner. So what's Bali without having seafood dinner by the beach? None other than the famous Jimbaran Bay! Again, I didn't managed to capture any picture of the food that's because I was too hungry, all I wanted was to just eat. Hahaha!

Saw someone selling "Jagung Bakar", I just couldn't resist I had to get one for myself.

So cheap and sedapppppppp! Yum yum!

Since it's our last night in Bali, we decided to head down to the streets of Legian to experience the nightlife in Bali. 

And that pretty much sums up our night! 

Day Four
 The girls had our massage done at our own convenient, in our own bedroom on the last day. Yes! We were told by our Villa host that we could redeem our massage treatment, and all of us got so excited because we don't have to get out of our Villa to get our massage! And if you start to wonder, all of these are inclusive in our package during our stay. How awesome! :D

All of us had to leave Bali with a heavy heart after that. I really wished I could stay there longer.
And it's about time we had to bid goodbye to our Villa host. 

Thank you Ika for ensuring everything runs smoothly for us, for always asking us if everything's fine, for attending to our last minute BBQ request. Ayu and Eva for always taking good care of our Villa, ironing our clothes, making our bed, preparing for us breakfast every morning and keeping our Villa clean all the time! You ladies are the best!

Thank you Komang, for your patience in driving us around. For always picking us up wherever we are, waited for us to finish our shopping, and for always ensuring our safety back home. I've never met someone as humble and down-to-earth as him, his kindness and sincerity in things that he does simply win all of our hearts. I'll definitely come back Bali again and visit you guys! Cheers to the new friendship made! 

And of course, this trip can't possibly happen without each and everyone of us in this picture! Without you guys, it will never be a memorable trip for me. I am already missing our lepak session by the pool :( 

Thank you so much to KLM for flying us to Bali, thank you so much Airbnb for sponsoring our accommodation! Lastly, thank you so much Gushcloud for this opportunity once again! So much love for my Gushcloud family! <3

 And of course, my other half, thank you so much for your time. For agreeing to tag along with me together with my gc family. Even though you had to fly alone and waited an hour plus for us at the airport, but I'm pretty sure that doesn't matter because everything else was worth it, right? :p 

I hope you enjoyed your pre-enlistment holiday trip, because you deserve nothing but the best from me. 

Here's a whole summary of our trip! 

I love Bali so much I will never get bored of that place. It could be my third time going but I've yet to explore the remaining beautiful places in Bali. 

Till we meet again, Bali.

Lydia Izzati