Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2014



 
Wishing you all the Happiest New Year!
 
Accept Your Past Without Regret
Handle Your Present With Confidence
Face Your Future Without Fear

I truly am blessed with all the love and support from the most important to me
Can't thank them enough for everything!
 
Even if it was and will be a challenging year,
there's always something to look forward to.
 
2014
BRING IT ON!
 
 
With love,
Silvy xxx
 
 
 
 

My Story : Luck in Life ( Part II )


It's been over a month since I've had the emergency incident early in November and now it's almost into the New Year. This may not be the happiest post ever to end the year but to me, it's definitely worth writing it. If you've read the first part of Luck in Life then you'd probably understand where I'm coming from.
 
For what you read from now is what I've found out before and after I got discharged from the hospital.
 
So why I fainted in the first place was because I had an internal bleeding and turns out, it was a tumor rupture. From that, I lost a total of 3.5 liters of blood... When I heard that, I was totally speechless.. Which is also explains why I felt very bloated when I took a cab home that day when it happened. With so much blood loss, the doctors at the emergency told my parents that I was in 'shock', in medical terms : "refers to the organs and tissues of the body not receiving a sufficient flow of blood. As a result of the imbalance of oxygen supply and demand, a buildup of waste products occurs and can cause damage to the organs. This type of shock is known as physiological shock and can result in collapse, coma or even death if it is not treated immediately." With this, it explains why I had the cycle of being conscious and then fainting again.
 
So when I finally found my conscious again, I was already in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Just barely opening my eyes to see where I was, personally, I could just hear a few people's voices and obviously without my glasses, I was just thinking, where the hell am I? All I could feel was a long tube down my throat, another one through my nose and drip lines connected to my hands and neck. After a little while, I heard a nurse say: "lets insert the oxygen tube (one through the throat) a little deeper just in case it pops out because she seems pretty tall." I wanted to tell her DON'T ! But obviously with the tube down my throat, it was impossible to say anything. What happened next wasn't pleasant at all, with the oxygen tube down even further, I started to throw up. Yes, I threw up, and it was the worst feeling ever. You know, it's one of those feelings where you try to make yourself sick...? Not that I'm telling you to try and see how it feels like but I'm just telling you that's how it felt. A little after that, I fell back asleep and when I woke up, I can feel the uncomfortable oxygen tube still there. After hearing a few nurses and doctors exchanging a few words that I can have the oxygen support taken out, I was relieved. I don't think I felt so eager and just wanting to breathe normally. It wasn't the first time when I've had the oxygen support and felt it being taken out, but it really bloody isn't great to have that thing taken out or there in the first place.
 
It was a relief that I could finally breathe normally, but I still wished that the other tube through my nose could also be taken out on the same day. They ended up taking it out about 2 days after I was transferred to a normal ward from ICU. By then, I didn't really know what was going on, except I was back in hospital again, only that when my parents came to visit was only when I actually started to puzzle back the places of fragmented memories together.

After knowing a little more after what had happened from my parents, I was given 4 bags of blood during the operation to take the tumor out. After that, I've been on iron supplements till earlier this month. Iron supplements are not the best for ones body, so what doctors told me was to just have a piece of steak. It's the best way to replenish blood naturally the fastest and healthiest. Shortly after I was transferred back to the ward, I had an up and down fever that never seemed to want to leave. Nevertheless, it eventually subsided with plenty of antibiotics injected as well as pill form.

I was very lucky to actually be able to spend my birthday not in the hospital. Though, I did have to be back at same ward to take some stables and stitches out on my birthday. I didn't actually want anything for my birthday but to spend time with my family. In my heart, I already thought to myself that I'm really lucky to be alive from what had happened. I know it didn't seem that critical to some people but still, to me, I'm blessed to be still breathing and living to spend a birthday at home.

It really is a bit of a luck in life for me with what had happened. But the news that came with it didn't really help. I knew something with up with my parents, because there were certain actions they take when they wanted to say something but just looked at each other, and made a slight nod or shake of their heads. I see why they decided to tell me the news the day after my birthday. Now, I don't say it's bad or good news, it's just news that I just got. So Monday night came, my father asked me a few questions about my sister and I knew something was definitely up. The only two questions in my head were, it's either about my sister or it's about me. There was no doubt about that because of the way he spoke. I asked if something was up with my sister, since she was coming home late at night (she lives quite far from 'home home', the time she was coming was a little awkward). I didn't really want to ask if it was about what had just happened to me. I asked, and he answered: "it's about your illness." I paused, thought for a quick second and replied : "Do I have cancer?" My father didn't respond but instead, he just nodded. Took me a minute before I started crying... For the rest of the night, I don't think I've ever sobbed that much ever. .

Things took a little while for me because when you're trying not to think of the word cancer, it's there at the back of the mind. Yes, I did even tweet about it @stephlui : I'm 25 and yes #ihavecancer.
 
I have one of the rarest types of sarcoma, as rare as it is, chemotherapy doesn't respond to it, so my only option now was undergo another operation, which I had earlier this month and now under medication to maintain it's state.

Why I'm writing this? One, it's to remind myself how precious life is and try to make the most of it while I still can. Two, not trying to get pity out of anyone, just wanted to share that even if you do have any illnesses, doesn't make you any different, and that there are people near and far you who love you just the way you are.


 
Just trying to live a normal life with laughter .
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 30 December 2013

Ladurée in Hong Kong

 
When I first heard Ladurée coming to Hong Kong, I was over the moon you can say. I'm that typical girl who loves a good traditional French macaron. After being in London for about 10 years, it's hard not to pass by Harrods for an afternoon tea with my best friend who loves a nice cuppa tea with me. The Ladurée in Hong Kong is also the only place where they allow customers to take photos of anything and everything. If you go to the ones in Paris, London, or even Tokyo, I've definitely been told not to take any more photos at all or even having to delete them. Don't mind them, it's just their policy which I respect.


 
As far as I know, another company was going to franchise Ladurée in Hong Kong but with the weather and supplies in Hong Kong, it is very hard to make a good macaron. It's way too humid here in Hong Kong, just the thought of having the macaron shells to dry is a challenge, and the ingredients used definitely have an affect of the out come of just a batch of chewy, tasty macaron. Which is why, all macrons are freshly flown from Switzerland daily and the decorations from tables to chairs and counters have the same touch as I remember them in Harrods.




My four macaron picks from the top clockwise
Rose | Salted Caramel | Orange Blossom | Strawberry Marshmallow
 Sad to say that, I am more disappointed in the macaron, I can't complain much since they are flown fresh from Switzerland daily. The texture of the macaron definitely feels like it's been left in the fridge for the next day to enjoy. Apart from that, the flavor is there, personally, I think it's tastes a little sweeter than the usual ones. Since it's only been opened less than a month, it does attract a lot of peoples attention especially a lot of tourists go to Times Square for a bit of a shopping spree. I'm glad I still get to enjoy the macarons from Ladurée but unfortunately when I ordered my tea, they had a bit of a mix up and they ended up giving me a Jasmine instead. To my most disappointment, they didn't have my favourite, the Coupe Ispahan or any sandwiches or even salads. Hopefully, they will soon have them ordered in and start making salads and sandwiches too! Because if they can make them just as nice as they do in Europe, in Hong Kong, I wouldn't really mind paying a bit of it's price to enjoy what I use to with my bestest friend. There's also a good selection of tea for everyone to try, I do think there's a larger Asian tea selection more than I remember.
 


Clockwise from the top
Raspberry | Rose | Orange Blossom | Chocolate Marshmallow
 
Shop no. Kiosk 3/F,
Times Square,
Causeway Bay

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Holiday Nails

Innisfree | O.P.I



Just because Christmas is over, doesn't actually stop me from still getting festive and get myself some sparkle on. I think all girls should have their own sparkle in their own way or in any way! I'm not the best painter of nails but it's better than having none at all sometimes. I love O.P.I's Black Cherry Chutney, it's a dark maroon color but still has a glossy and gold glitter specks which is perfect for my sparklie top coat of the Innisfree glitter! I forgot the number of it but I'll find out somehow. I love how it's different with the mixture of white and copper. I love the colors from Innisfree but I'm not really too much of a fan of thick glazing you get when you're trying to brush the glitter pieces on.

Silvy xxx


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Spring Wedding in Christmas

Gifts for guests to take home
All personalized with the couple's names

Mini Mason glasses


Luckily, it's been a really nice sunny day with a few clouds in the sky. What surprised everyone is that it was the bride who did most of the decoration in advance for her own wedding. Though, it's definitely a Spring wedding on a sunny winters day with a spit port roasting away.

Of all gifts, I chose to take a peony.

More cakes!





Lemon Cupcake

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  
Hope all wishes come true and spending it with loved ones and families.
 
With love,
Silvy xxx

Monday, 16 December 2013

Haul | Rebecca Minkoff

Perry Moto | Black & Blue Trimmings



Hudson Moto Mini | Hunter Green





Stone Ring | RoseGold


Baily Card Holder | Port
 
When I was stuck at the hospital with a never ending fever, I mad a cheeky purchase at Rebecca Minkoff's website. Since I missed the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale, I did managed to get a good deal out of it because of my first purchase. On top of that, I also bought a really nice Travis Wallet from the Ben Minkoff line for my boyfriend, perfect for a day travel card holder. (I didn't take a photo of the Travis Wallet because I know he will be reading this post).
 
I'm so glad with my choices of both the Hudson Mini & Perry Moto. Very spacious in the Perry Moto but I do wish they did the Hudson Mini's version of the two sections. Both bags came with the same prints of the interior as a protection bag, which is a really nice touch as it fits nicely. What I don't like about the protection bag is that it just had two ribbons on both ends, and I accidentally just pulled one of the ribbons off and now, I can't put it back through and now, I have to tie it with just one ribbon. Learning from my mistake with the first one, obviously saved the other protection cover's ribbon.
 
The Stone Ring was more of a cheeky purchase for me but when I saw it, I love the rose gold detail along the gem and when I tried it on, it was perfect for me. And! The Baily Card Holder is very useful for travel cards and business cards I have and receive. Both sides have 3 slots for cards as well as the middle for extra card storage.
 
Price wise, obviously with a bag like this it's considered High End. Since I'm in Hong Kong, the order doesn't come cheap either but with your first sign up you get 15% off the first purchase and on top of a few of the sales items I have chosen. International shipping is free for full-priced items above USD$300 or $500 from the sales. So for me, technically, I got 5 items just under USD$500 plus the first 15% off and free shipping. Personally, for good quality leather, I would.
 
Holiday Present for lovely friend or girlfriend is definitely going to be a happy one. Because I know I am.
 
love,
Silvy xxx


Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Flowers


 
Can't believe Christmas is right around the corner and I actually took the trip to go to the Flower Market on the Kowloon side just to get some Christmas flowers. This was before I was admitted back to the hospital for my second operation.

 
Personally, Brighten has one of the best flowers sold in the Flower Market and they also have a 4 story tall shop selling seasonal decorations as well as faux flowers and other home décor accessories. 


Brighten




Perfect for a Princess

First floor of Brighten (Décor shop)





 
Seeing vibrant color flowers always puts a smile on my face too.

 
I ended up buying a mini wreath, a small bouquet with the same leaves and berries and two miniature Christmas flowers. I think one of the best stores other than the Brighten shop filled with flowers is on Yuen Ngai Street. Go check it out, it maybe a small street but it's definitely filled with flowers every season. I'm definitely going back to the Flower Market during Chinese New Year!
 


 
Flower Market Road,
Prince Edward,
Kowloon
 

Monday, 9 December 2013

Update

Sorry I won't be able to blog for a while as I have been re-admitted back into the hospital again.

Hope everyone is looking forward to Christmas (: 

Much Love,
Silvy xxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Palettes with Sparkles




Smokey Cool Eye Palette
Ivory | Graphite | Smokey Grey | Truffle | Platinum | Caviar

Unlike shopping for makeup in America, sometimes, it's really hard to find a palette that may suit one's price tag. Which is why I love Bobbi Brown, since I've used them since I've got into makeup when I was a teenager. It's definitely one of my favorite ones comparing with Shu Uemura. Because most of their foundations and concealers have a more yellow undertone. That is definitely a bonus for us Asians. But for shadow wise, I do have to give it to Bobbi Brown palettes. Even though they normally end up leaning towards warmer brown and taupey colours, they never cease to disappoint if it comes to a classic look. This palette itself is HKD $550.

After having a look around at the counter, instead of the Smokey Warm Eye Palette or Old Hollywood Eye Palette, I went for the Cool Eye. Why? Because if you're like me and already own plenty of brown tone shadows, it would feel like it's just another neutral palette.

Colors are very buildable and smooth. I am quite fare comparing to most people, so lighter colors may not appear as well. Smokey Grey has definitely stood out the most to me. With Graphite and Platinum, I do recommend having a base color so it shows its color more.



NYX! When I was in London, it was really hard to purchase their products because there wasn't any! But when I went shopping with my sister a few weeks back, and the only floor counter there was in Hong Kong is in Harbour City (LCX mall). 

I love a bold lip color and with the light setting I had, the color of the lippie didn't turn out to be more red. In real life, it's far more pink like freesia. I also bought the Kohl Kajal Black eyeliner, personally, I'm more of a fan of liquid liner but I just had to try it out. It's pretty smooth on had till I tried it on my eyes. It's still smooth and everything, but maybe it's because I do prefer just smudging black liners for a smokey eye look. 

From all the palettes they have to choose from, I chose this one because I find a lot of the palettes were very simmery apart from the neutral palette. But what stood out the most to me really is not only the natural color it has but also the navy blue. After swatching it at the counter, all colors are very buildable and I just couldn't resist the viberant blue. 



If you have a girlfriend who loves her makeup, why not find her the perfect palette as a gift in her stocking? Obviously, try to find out whether she has it or not yet! 

Christmas is just around the corner now, looking forward to all the food and celebrations with all my friends and family. 


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