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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Little Bit of Red, A Little Bit of Happiness | Cut's Gallery

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For the new year, I really wanted to do something a little different to brighten up my hair. After about 4 years worth of hair shows, cutting and colouring my hair every which colour, I pretty much swore off anything to do with my hair for a couple of years, and have just stuck to my natural dark brown hair, which I've kept pretty long (my dad seems to have a memory block of this, however, as he keeps saying I should cut it short as I've "never done it before". Proof right here! =.=")

Hair Shows throughout 2006 - 2008
I really wanted to get bright red, but after finding out I'd have to bleach my hair to bring out the colour, I scrapped that idea faster than you could say "goo", which is what bleached hair feels like when you're washing it. Blech.
Consultation with Florence to figure out the most suitable style.
After a little discussion with Cut's Gallery director Stella, my stylist Florence suggested I do red highlights instead. The red she used, from L'Oreal, would be bright enough without bleaching, and wouldn't fade as fast as the "fashion colours", aka bright red, pink, purple, blue etc. Sounded good to me, and I trust Stella & Florence's judgement more than I do my own when it comes to hair, so into the chair I went!
It looks like a scary red~
The whole foil process..
After about 20 minutes, it was time to wash off the chemicals and relaaaaxxx~
With a hair wash!
I always love the hair washes at Cut's (or locally known as G Cuts) - they do really good head massages, in this relaxing spa-like little nook in the salon.
Getting my head massaged~
To keep my hair soft, I also got a hair treatment service with L'Oreal's Power Contrast
Florence also gave me a little pot of L'Oreal Vitamino Colour for me to do a weekly hair mask at home
Getting a little trim & thin
Before & After!
I love it! The red is just the right brightness, I just have to twist my hair for all the highlights to be seen, and its easy enough for me to hide within my hair if I have a more formal event! =D

I did a little shoot with Gery of Gery's Art Studio too - check out his facebook page if you're interested in taking any creative portrait shots!

Want a hair makeover too? You can find Cut's Gallery Hair Salon & Academy at 5th Floor, Palm Square, Centerpoint Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, or call 088-233386 for appointments. 

Love always,
Calista xx

Saturday, 31 January 2015

A Royal Time At Burger King Sabah!

Her Royal Highness Burger Queen
I don't think anyone would be surprised if I said that Burger King has always been my weakness - I've been addicted to Burger King fries for as long as I can remember! (How do you think my "Potato" nickname came about? =P)

Gold 'N Spice Chicken only available at Burger King Centerpoint Sabah
When I got invited to try out the special burger promotion in the all-new Burger King outlet in Centerpoint Sabah, there was no keeping me away. I chose to try the Crispy Golden Cheese as, hello, cheese?

We ordered 3 cheese and 2 black pepper.
Look at that omnomnom~
Crispy Golden Cheese
The Crispy Golden Cheese burger is made with a special chick 'n crisp patty on soft burger buns slathered in mayonnaise, then jam-packed with crispy lettuce and onions, before being topped with the creamy cheese sauce. Yummy!

Royally sweet!
The good people at BK Centerpoint didn't deny us our sweet tooth either, as we got to try the soft serve ice cream before we left.

Ooh lookey lookey! 
If you wanna see this hot guy right here serving burgers, well, the Grand Opening will be at 8pm this 3rd of Feb (Tuesday), and Wu Chun will be behind the counter taking orders! Drop by the outlet on the Ground Floor (next to Watson's), and hopefully we'll all get to take some pics with him! =D

The Centerpoint branch of Burger King Sabah has a slightly different menu than the other branches in town, so do check them out on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest offers. I know they have Hershey's Pie for dessert....

Thanks as always for the invite Alfred! 

Love always,
Calista xx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Make It A Flashy New Year With Alcatel Onetouch Flash



From December till February each year, I usually have a lot to celebrate:
New Year's Eve with my parents
First comes Christmas, then New Years, then my birthday (that was yesterday!), on to Valentine’s Day, and finally Chinese New Year – how important my phone is to me during this period?! 
Birthday surprise by the lovelies
From messaging and calls for gatherings and reunions, to the easy-to-carry-around camera attached to it to capture the food, memories, and presents; I doubt any of us in this day and age would manage very well without our trust little sidekick in our pocket during the festive period. 

So many Christmas presents under the tree
Which one of these was wrapped specially for me?
Presents! What did you get for Christmas? I’m gonna do a Christmas/birthday haul post real soon, but to be honest, the older I get the more things I want, yet the more things are also not suitable to request as a present. Wasn’t it easier when we were younger, and all you wanted was the latest Barbie doll or remote controlled car, or you didn’t even ask for presents at all, your parents would still know exactly what to get you?
Brand new hair for 2015! Flashy red highlights!
But let’s be honest, in this Generation Y era, regardless of age there’s always one thing we secretly hope for: the latest handphone. Yes you may have the newly launched iPhone or Samsung, but there’s always gonna be an even newer model coming out after a couple of months boasting even better specs, and how can I not have as good a phone camera as Anna? I NEED SELFIES AS GOOD AS CAROLINE’S DAMN IT!

*breathes*

So yes, top of my “Want” list this year is a brand new phone. I’ve been using my current phone for a year and a half now, and we all know that means it’s basically from the Age of the Dinosaurs in mobile terms. Also, this is an amazing time to choose a new phone, as there are so many new brands and models to choose from! One that stands out through all my searching is Alcatel’s Onetouch Flash, which was just launched early this month.


Now I know Alcatel hasn’t been very visible in Malaysia since the birth of the smart phone, but if you’re as old as me you’ll remember this French brand had a couple of great phone models during the colour screen times (oh, the variety we had then!). I was intrigued when I heard about their new offering, so I went and did a little digging, and found out that they’ve recently partnered up with DJ/ producer AVICII ! =D
 

If selfies are what you like and one of the main features you look for in a smart phone is whether the front camera is good enough, well looks like the new Alcatel Onetouch Flash is for you! Boasting a 5MP HD Front Camera with an in-built beauty enhancer, you won’t even need to install all the 3rd party apps we all currently use (don’t lie, I know you use them too), and with the 13MP Full HD Back Camera, well, less weight in my bag since I won’t need to bring a camera out!


Design isn’t compromised at all with the 5.5 inch HD screen, as well as a collaboration with HYDRASKINS (https://www.facebook.com/hydraskins) - all the more reason for the fashion-conscious to give this phone a second look. God knows we need some variety in today’s black and white world (Oh look! A red version of my phone! How different! Not.)
One of the Hydraskin designs for Onetouch Flash
From what I‘ve found out, the Alcatel Onetouch Flash is affordably priced and readily available nationwide. If you’re not wanting to fork out any money right now, why not check out Alcatel Malaysia’s #BEaFlasher campaign on Instagram and FB, and you could win a brand new Onetouch Flash by joining contests by Cilisos and IGERSMALAYSIA! The #BeAFlasher campaign is all about celebrating the new culture of expression of individuality through the world of selfies, check out my #FlashyFlashy post:
You can follow my Instagram @CalistaLeahLiew!

For more info, you can also check out alcatelonetouchflash.com/my

Love always,
Calista xx

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Miss Scuba International 2014 - Of Beauty, Nature, and Passion

Well, we've finally come to the last page of 2014. How was your year? Mine was full of highs and lows, with the highs being higher than I imagined they could be, and the lows better off left with 2014 when the clock strikes 12 later on. It seems the world over has been through a rough year, so it makes sense for us to wish for more peace, safety and happiness for all in 2015!


I was thinking and thinking, and I have loads of 2014 happenings I wanna blog about still, but finally decided, what better way to end the year than with a post about beauty - beautiful girls and the beautiful ocean!


Before my last trip to KL, Zens Production invited yours truly to witness the grand finals of Miss Scuba International 2014, which was held in the Magellan Sutera Harbour Grand Ballroom. As always with Sutera, the ballroom was beautiful, the food was yummy, and I was in great company.

One of the past year's Miss Scuba International winners and the emcee of the night.
This made me wanna up my emcee game and eventually emcee an event like this someday - maybe 2015? Who knows! 
Unfortunately, I was seated quite far back so didn't get many good shots from my seat, so the photos below are all courtesy of Borneo Frog's facebook page, and you can see more HERE!

Miss Canada - Allison Nicole Pelletier,
Miss Scuba Tourism 2014
Miss China - Qian Ya / Quennie
Miss France - Melanie Marie Louise
Miss Indonesia - Rima Saradiani Demensah 
Best National Costume
Miss Ireland - Amber Ryan Marie Gamble
Miss Photogenic
Miss Japan - Saori Tahara
Miss Latvia - Liene Larko
Miss Malaysia - Joanne Kimberley Majalap / Kimmy
(National Costume designed by our very own Jeffie Jeff!)
Miss Philippines - Amanda Arbitrario
Miss Singapore - Jeraldine Phneah Jialin 
Miss Marine Conservation 2014
Miss Thailand - Cattaleya Schulze
Miss United Kingdom - Michelle Katie Paraskeva
Best Talent (awesome rendition of Duffy's Mercy
)
Miss United States - Tabitha Eleanor Lipkin
Miss Congeniality 
Miss Venezuela - Krystel Bendahan Corrales 
And the winner is...
L-R: 2nd Runner Up - Miss Ireland, Winner - Miss USA, 1st Runner Up - Miss Thailand
Congratulations to the winners! And to those who didn't win, I hope you still continue on with marine conservation - see you in the sea some time!


So there you have it, the beauties of 2014! We should definitely have more international pageants held here in Sabah, and I'm rooting for another Sabahan beauty to win one of the major pageants in 2015! =P

To finish up, there's literally 3 hours til the new year, and I should get my ass in the shower so I don't have to ring in the new year in front of this computer screen. See ya on the flip side peeps!

Here's to you, 2014:

Here's wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year 2015! I hope you have the time of your lives tonight! Stay safe! 

Love always,
Calista xx

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Ada Sudah Bah DIGI 4G LTE!

I love how every company gives their taglines a little personal touch whenever they launch anything in Sabah. Sure, the typical "bah" always seems to make its way into it, but when used correctly, it's actually quite endearing (the opposite of endearing happens when it's obviously inserted even though no one would ever say it as such, but that's another story).

Some of the Sabahan Bloggers at the event!

I've been a loyal customer of DIGI since I first started using a handphone - wow, now that I think about it, that's like 12 years! =O I'm also, as anyone who remotely knows anything about me would know, addicted to the internet, so when I heard DIGI was launching their expansion of 4G LTE coverage in Sabah, guess who was besides herself with excitement? Faster mobile loading? GIMME THAT!


Pictured from left: Christian Thrane, DiGi’s Chief Marketing Officer, K Juslly, Director of SKMM Sabah and FT Labuan, Y.Bhg Datuk Bruno Vun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology, Loh Keh Jiat, DiGi’s Chief Sales Officer, Prasanna Rao, DiGi’s Acting Head of Sabah Region
What exactly is 4G LTE? It stands for Fourth Generation / Long-Term Evolution, and has a speed 10x faster than 3G, enabling users to experience better quality internet, higher download and upload speeds, and a more consistent connection. With Sabahans being one of the highest data users on the DIGI network, what better place to expand this than here? (I'm pretty sure I help a lot with those statistics haha).

Video call - no problem!
During the launch which was held in Suria Sabah on 28th November 2014, we got to FaceTime with DIGI's CEO Lars Norling, and the connection was virtually seamless! I was actually quite surprised, even though we'd already checked out the speed-tests and video loading at the various stations across the event:
Whoa! =D

The queue to upgrade sim cards before the event
I upgraded my SIM card to the 4G-enabled USIM for free during the event, but you can just head on over to any DIGI center to upgrade for a small fee (I think it's RM10 but don't quote me on that =P). Keep in mind that not all phones will be LTE-compatible though: from what I know, iPhone 5S onwards, HTC One, Samsung Note 3 are all able to support the higher speeds.

Some of the smartphone plans on offer
If you're looking to upgrade, DIGI is also offering affordable plans for the newer LTE-compatible phones such as the iPhone 6 & 6+, Samsung Note 4 & S5, Huawei Honor 6 etc. Just pop into any DIGI stores to learn more!

I'm glad my HTC One is compatible, because I can't wait to try out my mobile internet speed with the new 4G! I'm currently in Genting, and I think there's still only 3G coverage here, but hey, soon, soon! Cz DIGI is Best For Internet, right?

Love always,
Calista xx