My thoughts on leading bara-iro seikatsu 「バラ色生活」

Today was the opening ceremony of PSB Academy and seeing how some of my friends are involved in the ceremony as part of staff. I was looking at their Instagram stories, status and thought of how they can participate in the events and how they manage their time from assignments, social life and sleep.
Then I was watching Hyouka and realized that I'm definitely like Oreki Houtarou who likes to conserve the energy or as you would like to call it being lazy.
My point is everyone has different takes on living their lives and everyone is different. The way I see life may much be different on how other people might see it. So, let's not stereotype and discriminate people based on an opinion that this and this person is leading a boring life or this and this person is thriving their lives. Just live the best in a way that you can, enjoy life while it's possible and love the way you live no matter how you live. Live to the fullest. ( ◠‿◠ )

June Wishlist

It's almost towards June. It's almost half of the year already. It's so fast that the time flew by and I'm so not ready for the year to be over. From this month, I do want to write a lot more blog posts and I want to emphasise more information that is helpful for the readers.

June's wish list, I want to separate the categories into two categories, what I wish to do more that is not material wishes and the material wish list.

In June, I wish to be able to concentrate more on the things that is important to me such as assignments. For me, June will be a very busy month since five assignment due and I haven't even start one yet (rip me).

In June, I want to be able to blog a bit more. I know I have been slacking on my blog but since I'm also blogging for another blog, my time management is not good enough so evenly blog the two blogs together. So, in June, I want to improve my time management.

As for material wish list, I've put what I want in the grid below.

My thoughts on the process of finding my purpose of being a blogger

People started having blogs when I was around 17, 18 years old to share their memories and what they did during the day with friends and family. For some reason, that idea of having blogs transformed into this marketable, materialistic and so called "insta-famous" blog that everybody is trying to achieve. I find there's no fun in it anymore. Blogging or other social media became platforms for companies to strategically calculate and market their products so that people would consume. And these so called bloggers become a median that boost the companies to sell their products. So, money became involved in the process where "my favorite beauty products" became "my-anyhow-favorite-beauty-products-sponsored-by-this-and-this-companies". I'm not saying that all beauty bloggers had become like that. Some bloggers just genuinely share their favourite products online where everybody could see and try out. For some, getting sponsorship or free PR from companies, becoming very famous by having x million subscribers on YouTube, having x million blog views per day, earning a few tens of thousands of dollar per month were the goals that everybody wish to achieve a month or so after creating their blog or YouTube channels. It became the norm so quickly that if a blogger is not getting views, they become very stressed out and try to achieve several ways to get those views.

But the reality is harsh. It is so difficult to get views and subscribers these days with all the competition among the beauty and lifestyle community. In order to gain more views/subscribers, bloggers tend to group together and create collabs, sharing sessions, creating facebook groups, commenting on famous channels and say "New YouTuber here! We should sub for sub!" It become so damn full of greed and negativity so quickly that it's the norm in every platform now. 

Don't get me wrong. When I first started, I just wanted to share things that I like without thinking of monetizing or yet alone getting sponsorship. Along the way, I got lost and that purpose had disappeared right in front of me. I became obsessed with numbers. After creating content on my channel, I gained a few subscribers that watched and comment on my channel every time I upload on my channel yet also I also gained a few people that talk negative on my channel. But the views are not getting. I get like less than 100 views per video and it started making me very anxious. After a while, I started become depressed for not making effort to create better content. At that time, I totally lost my main purpose on why I started creating my channel and my blog. I was so focused on gaining views so that I can make money out of and maybe get a bit of sponsorship or collab with companies in the future. 

When I realized that I'm in depression, I totally stopped doing what I did and focus on one thing at a time carefully. At that time, I just finished my final year project and my bachelor degree. Travelling to Japan opened my eyes for the first time and I started having this desire to know more. I want to know more about this place, their culture, their history and how people in the country live their lives. I started thirsting for knowledge. I want to become a person that lives in different countries, speaking their languages, know their cultures and communicate with them more directly. That's also one of the reason I decided to go on post-graduate studies.  

I tried to de-clutter my thoughts. I let go of the things that make me miserable. I then again found my purpose of why I do on what I do, sharing things without greed, without numbers, without money. I just want to share on what I am thinking and how my tips might help just for one person. If not, it might help me in the future, who knows. 

So, I'll try to post things whenever I can. I want to focus on my studies for this time without being depressed for something that is not really important in my life. I'll continue sharing things whenever I can just without having a proper schedule. 

Thank you so much for reading. Good luck!       

My thoughts on going cruelty free beauty products

I was researching on how beauty and fashion industry is doing on animals especially for beauty products that are being sold in the mainland china (no offence to my Chinese friends since China has this law to test on animals if a brand wants to sell their products in China (link below)) I was already researching on how certain chemicals is doing to our skin and I was not happy about it.

I was finding out more and more on the ingredients that are in the beauty products so that I can avoid certain chemicals. At the same time, I was reading up on going cruelty free, organic or vegan beauty products and their benefits to the skin. The more I read about it, the more I was attracted to switching to cruelty free, organic or vegan beauty products.

At first, my intentions were to switch to organic/vegan beauty products that are good for the skin. Later, I realized that organic/vegan beauty products are intertwined with the cruelty free products. I love wearing makeup.

I love how it gives me some sort of badass feel and how confident it made me feel. But I don't want animals being tortured and murdered just because I want to be confident in how I look. I don't want that. I love animals and I'm always the first person who go and play with animals whenever I see them. So, the thought of them being tortured just for me to purchase and wear makeup gives me shivers. I've already started using organic and cruelty free skincare staples in my everyday life but never did I thought of culling down my makeup collection.

As a lover of makeup and have a whole website and YouTube channel dedicated to sharing my love for makeup is how much I'm obsessed with makeup and skincare.

Last year, I also went to cull down my possessions and had a lifestyle change to become a minimalist made me realized that I have fur more beauty products that I could possibly need for my entire lifetime. So after a year of culling, I decided that it was time for another downsizing on my possessions that was accumulated in one year.

After downsizing for the second time, I realized that my possessions had grown in two areas - makeup and skincare items and papers and books. Papers and books were increased because of the start of my Graduate Certificate and the start of my Master Degree. Makeup and skincare items didn't grow very largely but I have a few pieces that I fell in love that are new for the past one year. It wasn't increased by a huge gap though. The new makeup items that I bought in one year were less than 10 items. Some being in a set so I still count the entire set as one item.

After I downsized my papers, I unwillingly started culling my makeup. Mostly on checking whether the product has expired. After looking through all my makeup items in a Marie Kondo way, I realized that most of the items that I have (mostly drugstore items) are not cruelty free nor organic whatsoever. I was shocked to see so many products I know and loved are being tested on animals.

I was shocked. Brands like L'Oreal, Maybelline, Nivea, Dior, MAC, Makeup Forever, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Bioderma, Biotherm, Clarisonic, Fresh, Garnier, L'Occitane, Lancome, Sephora brand products, Kiehl's, Neutrogena, Origins, St. Ives, SK-II, Olay, Colgate, Listerine, Pantene, Head and Shoulders, Sunsilk, Lux and so on are testing on animals. Those brands are used by most people and they are one of the most famous brands in the world.

As a makeup junkie, going cruelty free will make me less variety of makeup and skincare items to choose and there are already so many of the non-cruelty free products at hand that I couldn't just throw out because of monetary values (makeup products and skincare products are EXPENSIVE) but at the same time, I want to stop using these items as soon as possible.

What I'm planning to do - I'll probably try to use up as much items as possible without spending another cent on new items and after I've used enough of the items, I'll be going cruelty free products and if possible, organic products.

If you read this post till the end and if you are a makeup junkie like me, please read up and do your own research on how fast fashion and beauty industry is doing to the environment and to the animals before you make the decision of using cruelty free/environmentally friendly products.

Just being myself alone doesn't really help much on the amount of animals being tortured but I think that every small efforts count. Even if you did very small thing to help the animals, it still count as an effort that you are trying to achieve something.

Thanks for reading. Good luck!

Links that are used for my research
Animal Testing in China
List of cruelty free companies
List of companies that test on animals
List of companies that test on animals II

My thoughts on taking post-graduate certificate

Some you might know I was studying a post-graduate certificate before my progression to Master Degree. This is a certificate that is part of my road to Master degree since I don't have working experience.

Yesterday, I got my results on my Grad Cert and I was a bit surprised on the marks that I got. Well, I was the type who doesn't do the assignments properly and didn't study properly for the exams. Despite that, I got a few "okay" marks from my sloppy effort.

So, I'll forward to my thoughts on taking post-graduate certificate. 

I only take post-graduate certificate because I wanted to progress into my Master degree but I didn't have working experience into go into the Master course directly. This post-graduate certificate has the same coursework as the very first trimester of MBA so whether you are studying MBA (Master of Business Administration) or GCBA (Graduate Certificate in Business Administration), you will be studying the same modules/courses in the very first trimester of the university.

When studying the graduate cert, you will need to accomplish the required modules in order to progress into the MBA program. You will need to get at least a passing grade (50%) of each modules to pass the grad cert. 

As I said earlier, I started taking grad cert because I wanted to progress into the MBA program and during the 4 months duration, I had experience that I want to emphasise further. As I finished my Bachelors degree from the same university, University of Newcastle, Australia, I already had some ideas on how the coursework will look like. 

Most of the UON modules consists of assignments and formal examination so time management is the most important when you are thinking of taking a program from the University of Newcastle. I'll talk about my experience on attending the bachelor's degree some time soon so please stay tuned. 

UON has a very heavy assignment based courses and if you can't manage the time well, you'll most likely not do well in the course. As I said earlier, most of the courses have assignment and formal exam so when breaking down into details, the assignments can consist of two to three assignments. Most modules have one or two individual assignments and one or two group assignments. It depends on different modules and different requirements. So, make sure to read the "Course outline" if you are planning to take the program. 

For the grad cert term that I took, I got four modules. They were Managing Under Uncertainty, Accounting and Financial Management, Organisational Behaviour and Foundations of Business Analysis. Let's go through my experience on each modules.

Managing Under Uncertainty is the module where I had loads of trouble understanding and acing the assignments. The assignment wise, it was two individual assignments and one group assignment. It was open book exam for the module so make sure to buy the textbook for the open book exam.

Accounting and Financial Management module is kind of fun for me. During the time, it was a famous module that the passing rate is really low. So, make sure to practice the statements, ratios and do the assignments properly and give presentation properly in order to get good grades.

Organisational Behaviour module is very theory based module. Assignments wise it was one individual assignment and one group presentation. Final exam is very theory and application based exam so make sure to know the models.

Foundations of Business Analysis module main studies about the importance of market research and statistics. The teacher was very helpful with the assignments so make sure to do really well on the final exam. Final exam was mainly MCQ and short answer questions so prepare well.

UON has tendency on clashing the assignment due dates very closely so I had to manage the time properly. If not, you'll be very stressed. Since I've finished the post-grad cert now, I can say that if you are wishing to get a cert for work, I don't really have information on whether the grad cert will provide career development for you since I'm not working. But as a passing stone for MBA, I think it's worth it.

May Wishlist

I haven't been updating my wishlist for a couple of months due to time schedule. I'll try to upload one every month all about things that I want to buy. There are a few things that I really need like a new beauty blender and a new shirt (since I left at the hotel for the old one) and every other thing that is on my wishlist but I don't need. So here's the list of all the items that I want mostly from Sephora.

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