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We are back with another Check Ins post for this week! I'd like to thank those who have commented on my first Check Ins post, expressing your interest to read about my boring daily life updates. I don't have a very flattering life but I'll try to keep this a thing. I'm actually thinking of finally using a notebook to jolt down and take notes of what happened in a day so I can have a record of some sort.

Life


001. I've been experiencing eczema flare-ups on my thigh, knees and the back of my legs. It's a weird one though because they don't look like discoid (coin or disc-shaped) eczema and I'm not sure if it's still considered discoid, nummular eczema or it's something else because some of them look like spots. Whatever the type is, I still think all of them are eczema flare-ups since they're dry and rash-like to the touch. I've been slathering myself with body oils and body butters like crazy. I feel like a greasy hot dog but whatever, I'll do whatever it takes to keep my skin hydrated.

002. The first time I tried Starbucks chai tea latte, I quite enjoyed it. The second time I bought it off the Starbucks near my house, it tasted like nothing but spiced bland water! Urgh, so absolutely disappointing. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I ordered my chai tea latte the second time in venti instead of grande size. To be honest. I don't care because Starbucks is supposed to brew your drink with constant quality so I was really disappointed about it.

003. Went to watch Arrival with the boyfriend and holy-freckin-sh*t that movie is gold! It's definitely one of the best sci-fi films ever! I'd go as far as to say that Arrival stands on the same league with Christopher Nolan's 2014 sci-fi blockbuster, Interstellar. Arrival has such a unique plot and an unusual turn of event as it brings in the concept of time, language and humanity altogether. It may not be a 120 minutes movie but it's a great one nonetheless. It's mysterious, unexpected and very intriguing! I'd rate it a fixed 9/10.

004. Boyfriend got a free meal (main course, dessert and iced tea) from this one restaurant called Socieaty. It's a pretty fancy restaurant with a pretty fancy price, something that we don't really go for during dates (simply because we like to be economical and saving) but hey, free meal will never sound bad. Anyway, boyfriend got a free meal because the restaurant's having this "Chosen Name Of The Week" and this week's name happens to be my boyfriend's. Very lucky, that guy. He ordered Connard, a crispy duck leg confit served with sauteed mushroom and pommery mustard mashed potato. We also ordered a Tuna Pizza With Sambal Matah (a Balinese raw chili best and usually served with grilled fish) which is soooo frickin delicious! For dessert, boyfriend and I chose Floating Island, a light meringue drizzled with vanilla sauce and candied almond. The dessert tastes extremely soft and though it looks like sponge cake, it has such a foamy texture that it felt like we're eating foam and not cake. We personally did not enjoy the dessert and regret not choosing the souffle instead.

005. I told myself not to buy anything beauty related first but when my feet took me to the drugstore, I end up purchasing two mascaras: the Maybelline Falsies Push-Up and Catrice Glam & Doll False Lash Effect. I was debating between the Maybelline Lash Sensational or the Falsies Push-Up but end up choosing the latter because I'm always looking for more volume. As for Catrice, I have never tried anything from them and I'm curious. Without looking into reviews, I bought the mascara on impulse and I think I should have picked their 3D Lash Multimizer Effect instead since the Glam & Doll looks like it's made for lengthening and not much volume. In my defense, I decided to get new mascaras because I bought the Maybelline Falsies last year and I hate it so much I don't wanna use it anymore. In total, alongside the L'oreal Miss Manga and L'oreal Voluminous Superstar, I have 4 mascaras in my stash.

What to watch




001. I've been watching A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series and it's been a good ride so far. I may not read the book and you may think I'm biased because I love the 2004 movie adaptation so much but I swear I'm not. It really is an interesting series. I also love how Netflix added bits and pieces of their originality into the series such as adding an original character played by Sara Canning and some twists that make us question whether or not the Bauldelaire parents really died. The setting, costume and everything are also very entertaining to watch! As much as I love Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, Neil Patrick Harris isn't all that bad. I do miss Jude Law as Lemony Snicket though. The Bauldelaire children, played by Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith did a pretty good job too. I can't wait for season two to unravel more about the secret organization!

002. I've been watching UK YouTuber Lucy Moon and enjoying it. She's not "yet another beauty YouTuber" and she talks about...well, a lot of things. Her videos are also very artsy too and that's what I love about Lucy. In a way, she reminds me of the content Arden Rose would upload to her channel. One of my favorite videos from Lucy is when she talked about "The Wrong Type of Skinny." 

003. Speaking of Arden Rose, she and Lucy Moon just did a video answering questions and giving advices about crushes, relationship and others. The collaboration is split into two parts: on Lucy's channel and on Arden's. Arden also uploaded a promotional video for her book, entitled "Almost Adulting" which I have included in my to-read list.

004. Discovered Safe Dream by Tep No ft. Heather Janssen on Spotify recently and it's been stuck in my head ever since. It's such a relaxing, laid-back song that is perfect for any mood, especially when you want to feel calm or need a lullaby-like song to fall asleep. Highly highly recommended.

Reading



The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

I'm trying to read more these days even though it has been difficult for me because the moment I lay myself in bed, I turn into a drowsy, lazy sloth. I miss how much of a better reader I used to be. Still, I'm trying to make a mission to finish at least one book this year. My current read is still David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks which is a fantasy / drama genre. The book itself is, in my opinion, a blend of Cloud Atlas and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Like Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks is divided into six sections, all written in first-person narratives from different individuals and loosely connected by a character named Holly Sykes who found herself involved in a war between two immortal factions, the Horologists who are able to reincarnate and the Anchorites who gain immortality by murdering others.



Cyberspace


001. A strawberry milk recipe by Bon Appetit has been bookmarked in my browser lately for future reference. I'm thinking of trying the recipe out and brewing myself a fresh glass but I'm not sure when I'll get to do it. It's a quick and fairly easy recipe though, nothing fancy going on there.

002. My recent favorite blog read: Adele of Naemora! I've been reading and following her posts diligently and I swear, every time I see a new post from Naemora on my bloglovin feed, I will definitely click it. Her blog is all about sustainable and zero waste lifestyle, minimalism, feminism and girl power. Be sure to check her blog out :)



That's all there is for this week. Now it's your turn, what have you been doing this week? Share your weekly highlights in the comment box below!