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Salam Aidilfitri to all celebrating!!

Hello guys!

Prepare for the onslaught of photos of the first 2 days of Eid~

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What is friendship?

Yeah yeah I know it kinda sounds like I’m having friendship problems. Let me assure you I do not..

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Progress report + The Loss of a beautiful friend.

I have resorted to hanging out on cookery or food-related message boards, websites and blogs just to look at beautiful photos of food or read recipes out loud to myself or read their descriptions and use my imagination. They are mostly food i cannot eat at this point or ever.. (i love junk food so very much, can you tell? AND spicy food.. being asian and all. Spicy was my life. WAS)

LOL. A little bit pathetic to just stare at the pictures, but it relieves me somewhat.

Especially since i’m such an enthusiastic eater and diner.. who is unable to indulge herself physically.. I can do it mentally and visually though right?
Honestly i go through life with the motto: I live to eat. Now that i cannot eat, suddenly i’m stumped with what to do with my life.. Like what kind of activities am i supposed to shift to now? I really need a new hobby.. BUT WHAT?
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some nice news for a rainy Friday. Save Seals <3


I’m sure we are all* aware (unless you’ve been living under a rock, are a generally apathetic person, or you have no internet*) of the despicable and unnecessary seal slaughter that is happening in Canada. This is one of those things i feel so strongly about. It’s been going on for years and years now, the first i heard of it was when i was 17 or 18.. i am going on 23 now, and it’s 2014 and you would have thought fur would have gone out of fashion. I mean, bell bottoms of the 80/90s are. Anyway, Murdering seals has a long traditional history and probably first started during the 18th century..

Can we like move on with the programme though and realize that these seals are in great danger of extinction. On top of it, it is cruel and you are actually KILLING literally babies! These are equivalent to toddlers and we are cold heartedly just clubbing them dead. How could you stomach that.

The other day i had the misfortune of clicking on one of Peta2’s investigative video footage of these excuse of human beings dropping down from helicopters and charging at an innocent seal, probably still just a baby, and has just molted his downy white fur (they cannot be clubbed as long as they still have white fur, correct me if im wrong), the seal was trying to run away from the murderer, failing, he was then struck on the head hard with a hakapik. The seal then lay still. I watched the video and saw how it really was, caught on camera.. And i just burst into tears. It was just a 30 second video and 4seconds in, i was already shaking and crying. It was horrible and.. there just wasn’t any word to describe the hate i felt surging through me, for humanity.

I could have just not watched the video, avoided the  video, but i knew deep inside, that no matter how much i want to avoid, it doesn’t stop the fact that this nightmare is happening to an innocent being right here, right now. That is my belief and rationale, you can go about trying to avoid things, facts, reality, but it doesn’t stop the thing you’re avoiding from happening.

“Many seals who are killed are 3 months old or younger. Many have not yet learned how to swim or eaten their first solid meals.
Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur/canadian-seal-slaughter/#ixzz32WCNn8dU

So I opened up my email and am pleased to see some good news though, by Humane Society saying that the World Trade Organization (WTO) made a decision to allow and maintain the European Union’s ban on selling products of the commercial seal hunt.
This keeps the EU’s borders closed to commercial seal products, including from Canada. This is one of the most significant developments in the history of our Protect Seals campaign!

The EU ban was put in motion in 2009, and because of it, has actually saved 1.6million baby seals from being killed.

There is still hope.

You can read the good news here.

P/s: i wish could attend the ACRES 2014 Gala Dinner. 😦 It’s $250/person.. Hopefully i live to see it next year and can attend it in 2015. :’)


unrelated  to topic:


Gosh Cosmetics does not test on animals! : their email response

Edited 13th May 2014:

I just needed to update this post, initially was titled as “Gosh Cosmetics is cruelty-free!“, which is a misnomer and unless a brand is certified Vegan, with a Leaping Bunny logo, is PETA approved or certified in any other way by a solid organization, then they shall not be tagged as “cruelty free”, because “cruelty free” should only be applied to vegan products with certifications. Read more on this awesome tumblr website, they have tonnes of information, go read up and learn something!

So a week ago, i emailed Gosh Cosmetics, You know.. they sell in Sa Sa as well. I really wanted to buy from them but i was just really cautious  because i wasn’t sure if they were animal friendly.. and that is kind of an issue for me. So… what did i do then? I emailed them. Just to find out some truth and make me feel better. I badly wanted their skin perfecting kit, highlighter & concealer. It’s all-in-one and i can sculpt/contour on one palette… So yeah. That’s the first thing i will get from them real soon.

Anyway, just wanted to share with you guys the email, for all of us conscious shoppers 😀

I emailed the following:

—–Original Message—–
From: Asfa [mailto:asfaaman@gmail.com]
Sent: 25 April 2014 16:35
To: info@gosh.ie
Subject: Enquiry Asfa


Warm greetings!

I have been very fascinated and tempted to get your products, i just have a
few questions i would like to understand from you though..Can i just ask  if
you guys are cruelty-free, meaning do you support animal testing and/or have
third party suppliers whom test ingredients on animals? Also, i would like
to ask if you guys use any animal by-products too? If you are cruelty free,
it doesn’t state anywhere on your packaging or on your site, which is why i
would just like to ask..

Thank you kindly for reading and really hope to hear from you soon! 🙂



And they replied the following:

Hi Asfa,

We do not test any of our products on animals, this includes the ingredients
used and the finished product. I hope that this information helps you.



So Gosh Cosmetics are really nice, although i still cannot find anywhere on their site if they are cruelty-free or not, nor on their packaging. So that still kind of puzzles me, but for now, this should suffice eh? It doesn’t take much for you to find out, just email companies if you are concerned about anything. 🙂

Thanks Gosh Cosmetics for the prompt reply and for being cruelty-free!

Yeah. So i can go craaazy now and lust after things on their website.



p/s: I’ve been more than slightly obsessed with Kimbra and remixes of her songs, but anyway below is my favourite of her original song (aside from Two Way Street). She has a really strong powerful voice, reminiscent of Amy Winehouse (you will love Kimbra, trust me bae) and this video was my favourite, it had a message (if you read YT comments) and the styling was just so, so gorgeous. She is super sexy and expressive in this. Go watch it!