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Review: Validation Facial @ LUSH SPA

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote a review!

In fact, I’m hoping to write a few more for this summer as I have been on and off product-testing. It’s nice to have an affinity again towards trying new products as my skin hasn’t been at its greatest since I come back from Hong Kong, taking the joy out of using new skincare for a while. I’m back to the norm now though or at the very least, close to my personal best.

For those who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post regarding my spontaneous visit to LUSH for their spa services! Today, I’ll be feeding back on that experience and whether or not I recommend the treatment.

Now, it’s important to note that not every LUSH has a spa – something you may have figured out already. It’s still a fairly new concept and as far as I’m aware, is available in the larger cities across the country and around the world.

I first started using LUSH about 10 years ago. It was always in this small shop that although had an upstairs, got claustrophobic real quick; so to see it get the upgrade demonstrates what a powerhouse LUSH has become over the years especially as we enter a world that will hopefully focus on being more plastic-free.

LUSH offers several treatments at very luxurious prices. I happened to choose the cheapest treatment at £95 – and the one I wanted to try the most which was the Validation Facial – the only facial treatment that LUSH Spa offers at this moment.

When it comes to spa services, I wouldn’t say that I’m a regular goer but I’ve certainly gone to my fair share and this is the most I’ve ever spent on one. The treatment is 1 hour itself but with consultation, product-picking and a bit of you-time after the treatment, the whole affair easily doubles to a 2 hour event so it’s best to book an afternoon off if you ever consider going.

I booked the treatment 3 days prior sometime in May. Originally I was saving the occasion for my birthday but because I had had such a stressful week, I decided to just take the plunge and have the treatment earlier.

For my 2 o’clock appointment, I arrived 15 minutes early and was warmly greeted by the receptionist who asked me to fill out a form and to take a seat in the corner. A shop assistant then attended to me shortly and asked if I wanted an arm massage whilst I waited. This scored very high on the customer service scale for me immediately as I felt more relaxed; the massage lasting about 10 minutes with a warm chat before my beauty therapist came down the elevator to collect me.

First stop was the ‘kitchen’ area:

The process for the entire LUSH Spa Validation Facial is as follows:

  • A 15-minute 1-2-1 consultation to discuss your skin type and concerns. Not just that, but they ask how you feel prior the treatment and how you want to feel afterwards. Lemon and lime water available.
  • Product-picking (there’s about 10 products in total)
  • 1 hour treatment inclusive of a short back, shoulder and arm massage
  • Some you-time is given after the treatment
  • Option to use the LUSH shower rooms

My beauty therapist’s name was Megan who was very lovely and calm. The whole time, she made me feel relaxed – there was never any urgency to quickly explain something for the sake of it or to usher me out of the treatment room as soon as treatment finished.

One of the unique areas I found from the consultation was that she asked me how I was feeling prior to the treatment and how I wanted to feel after the treatment. I remember I said that I wanted to feel free and calm. Just acknowledging that really helped settle my mind and give me a goal.

Where we sat for the consultation!

After the consultation, it was time to select the products step-by-step.

Regrettably, I didn’t take a picture of the palette nor did I note down the product names but for each step, the therapist would scoop out some product onto the palette (whilst cleaning the knife between steps onto a clean towel). To be honest, had I written down product names, I doubt I would have remembered which product was what on my face either. Already, I can imagine this being a bit of a problem for some people.

Shortly after, I was taken upstairs (this whole LUSH store comprises of 3 floors, 2 of the upper floors solely for their LUSH Spa services) to the treatment room. This was when I was given some space to get comfortable and underneath the sheets (FYI – top off only to accommodate for the mini back massage later on). Once I was ready, I rang a bell as advised.

The treatment room itself was very ambient and tidy. It was also very cosy but not overly warm. The massage bed itself was comfortable – what I particularly liked was that there was a bit of incline so I wasn’t laying completely flat. Before long, my therapist put on their LUSH playlist and began the treatment.

Now – here comes the tricky part: It’s impossible for me to really rate the LUSH products because there were so many that were used so I can only feedback on the experience. Even trickier is letting you know whether my skin benefited at all.

I think in terms of stress, the treatment definitely reduced that to a minimum. I was particularly spotty that week so I knew I wasn’t going to have a skincare miracle however I do think stressing gives me more spots than is necessary so halting the stress benefited my skin in that way.

My skin didn’t necessarily look better after the treatment but it definitely didn’t look worse either. I am sure that the skin benefits were there but nothing too apparent that I would see a change. If anything, I think it was more in the way I felt – I felt more rejuvenated and relaxed as if a weight had been pulled off my shoulders.

My therapist was attentive. The whole experience was very zen so if you’re particularly into meditative practices, then the LUSH spa services as a whole may appeal to you as it seems to be marketed in that style. There were moments during the treatment where my therapist would ask me to take a deep breath in and out whilst smelling the product that she was about to use on me. This was unique to the treatment itself and I felt that the breathing technique was a great way in helping channel a positive energy especially if your wellbeing has been suffering lately.

Obviously, it’s an expensive treatment but for me, I felt like I bought an experience, not so much a skincare treatment as such. You can say wellbeing is tied to skincare though so it just depends on your perspective.

After the treatment, I was asked to get ready in my own time with an optional choice to use their shower rooms back on floor 2. Once I went down, I was greeted by my therapist again – this time in the ‘living room’ area where she had a fruit-infused drink ready for me. This earned another point from me. It was clear that LUSH had a whole spa journey mapped out in a way where the guest would feel most at home. I certainly felt very at home so I wonder if this is why there’s a kitchen, living room and shower? It’s no coincidence is all I’m saying.

In addition, I received 2 samples that were products used on me during treatment:

I received the Jade Roller Naked Cleanser which contains murumuru butter, mung beans and marula oil. In addition, I also received the Light Touch Facial oil which contains kaolin, jojoba oil and shea butter. These are products I wouldn’t traditionally choose for myself whilst shopping in LUSH so I’m excited to properly test them out myself!

Basic Recap:

Treatment: Validation Facial

Price: £95

Length of Treatment: 1 hour for actual treatment, about 2 hours in total with consultation, product-picking and free-time given before and afterwards

ProsCons
+ A helpful consultation pre-treatment– May not appeal to sensitive-skin or acne-skin types
+ Chance to try lots of LUSH products in one sitting with 2 free samples at the end– Impossible to know which product is what
+ No rushing– Expensive and can be hard to justify
+ The spa music is unique to LUSH’s foundation and is a great USP to the spa itself.
+ A well thought-out treatment that considered both pre- and post- steps with the addition of healthy drinks before and after.
+ The beauty therapist was very attentive to whether I was warm enough, comfortable enough etc.
+ Breathing technique helped to exert positive energy thus improve wellbeing

Conclusion:

It was hard to make the full-call on how I felt about this treatment overall. I loved the entire experience but I just think for the utmost part, you’re paying lots of money for something that might not make your skin that much more better. If you want a skin-miracle, I don’t think this is it (you’re better off going for micro-dermabrasion) but if you truly want to treat yourself to an experience then I do recommend this treatment in that regard. Honestly, I felt very good afterwards. I’m just not sure how soon I would go again.

7.5/10 purely for experience rather than a skin treatment. I would say if you’re going to go for this, save for an occasion such as your birthday.

May Monthly Favourites | 2019

Oh how I wish it was May again!

We are closer to July now but I hate missing Favourites so here it is in all its glory. I’m working on my June Monthly Favourites simultaneously too so you’ll probably end up seeing a lot of favourites in a narrow timeframe.

In my last update, I had this idea to make my Favourites post themed from now on and a lot of you really warmed up to the idea which is great!

Last month’s theme (technically not really last month, but we can pretend) was Tranquility.

The theme for the month of April is: Intuition.

Featured in this post:

2020 diary by Fringe Studio
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop
Davidoff’s Cool Water Eau de Toilette for Her
Clinique Cheek Pop in Pansy Pop
Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon in Apri-cot in the Middle
NYX’s Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick in Exotic

Note: I will be talking for a bit but feel free to skip to the actual favourites section of this post.

May was a very uncertain month for me where opportunities were coming my way – ones that I did not expect and in one way or another, took me by surprise. There were times when I doubted myself and doubted whether I had made the right choice or not. It was about facing some of my insecurities but the fact was, the year leading up to that moment (and still to this very moment – although a bit easier) was difficult. I knew I had to fight through my insecurities. I knew there was really nothing to lose and that I just had to follow my gut, my intuition otherwise I would always have those inner demons and this strange innate fear of actually nothing.

I once read that the opposite of passion was fear. I fully understand this now so I have been channeling an energy this year to go with my passions. What do I really like doing? What do I want to achieve and where will it take me in the future?

Makeup in part has helped with channeling the positive energy. I didn’t think it would but I noticed what a difference it made to my entire day if I did my makeup than if I didn’t bother at all. I realised that change isn’t about letting yourself go but bringing yourself up to the level that you want to be. So this is where I’m at now.


The first of my favourites this time round is a 2020 diary by Fringe Studio that I purchased from TK Maxx which you may have seen on my Instagram.

This isn’t my first time buying stationary items from TK Maxx actually and it certainly will not be my last. I can be quite fussy with diaries in that paper quality does matter as does layout. Previous diaries I’ve owned have been quite floral or young-looking so I wanted to get one that was a bit more grown-up but not overly serious either. This is perfect for me – the leather is soft and nice to touch. The page layouts are clean and aesthetically pleasing. I can’t wait to start using it soon!

Next, we have the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop. Some time ago, The Body Shop revamped their whole face mask line and got rid of an old favourite of mine (which I’m still slightly bitter about). I finally took the plunge to buy two of those masks some time last year and haven’t looked back since. I love this charcoal mask. Some charcoal masks can feel really stiff as it dries down but not this one. It’s a joy to put this mask on as it feels cooling to the skin and helps to draw out a lot of impurities which you wouldn’t be able to get rid of from regular washing. Definite recommendation!

If you were to ask me what I thought summer smelt like, I might respond with this option: Davidoff’s Cool Water Eau de Toilette for Her. By no intended exaggeration, I had wanted to get this perfume for years and it finally happened last year. It has juicy top notes such as watermelon, heart notes of florals such as lily-of-the-valley and fresh base notes such as musk. Perfume is superiorly nostalgic to me because it was the first product – before makeup – that made me feel good and energised. This perfume is no exception as it smells warmly of the ocean and is for sure, my scent for the summer!

We’re down to our last few favourites which are all makeup bits. It wouldn’t quite be Spring/Summer if I didn’t mention blush, would it? As such, I have two to mention: the Clinique Cheek Pop in Pansy Pop and the Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon in Apri-cot in the Middle.

I had purchased the former at Hong Kong’s International Airport before traveling back to the UK. Whilst I’m a bit of a self-proclaimed blush addict, I didn’t own a lavender blush at all. The Clinique Cheek Pops are amongst my favourite formulation so without hesitation, I grabbed one. It makes such a refreshing change to my usual makeup routine! Pink can sometimes come off looking really young but I would say this is a nice option if you want a refreshing colour – just not pink. It’s surprisingly flattering as the shade leans more on the cool side too.

The latter blush is a much newer addition to my makeup collection and just so happens to be my first dive into Wet ‘n’ Wild products which recently became available at Boots. It’s possible that I use luxury blushes more than drugstore blushes but this one is a solid rival to those at the top of my list. I made a mistake of dipping my blush brush too hard the first time round so just be wary that a little does go a long way. Otherwise, I found it to be a very flattering blush that gave me the glow I needed for the day and despite being cheap as chips, it certainly didn’t compromise on longevity!

I would describe NYX Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick in Exotic as a rosy burgundy-cinnamon colour with neutral undertones which is why I find it flattering on me as I tend not to suit really cool or really warm shades.

Last but not least, we have a lip product! Some of you may know that I don’t tend to follow trends and this includes liquid lipsticks. It took me a long time to even try one because unlike most people, my favourite lipsticks are those that are sheer but buildable, a bit glossy and have a balmy texture. I do however gravitate towards NYX’s offering. I have been wearing NYX’s Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick in Exotic in recent months. It’s a very different choice for me but I love the colour pay-off. Normally I would leave a colour like this for autumn but now I’m starting to think I can wear it all year around – what do you think?


Stay tuned for my June Favourites which will be on-time instead!

What are some of your latest favourites? I’m curious to know and am always open to new recommendations so please let me know in the comments below! ❤️⬇️

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Lately on Netflix #3

I used to watch a lot of drama series growing up. Now I am finding that I don’t have half as much time to watch the amount that I used to but I am cherishing it more. Both the time and content. Is this what getting older is about? 😅 (Today happens to be my birthday.)

I try to watch dramas that have more substance to them – be it in storytelling or character development. Both? Even better.

I suspect many internet users do this already but I have to research something before I begin watching (without the spoilers of course). There are a fair few where the trailer has peaked my interest, though I generally avoid longer trailers because they tend to spoil the whole story in 2 minutes.

Here’s a list of my Netflix picks since my last update:

Black Mirror (Season 5)

1 of 3 episodes in Season 5 of Black Mirror: Striking Vipers. This episode was definitely the most WTF. I generally don’t use the internet term ‘WTF’ in my writing but there is genuinely no other way to put it. Let me know on your thoughts on this particular episode in the comments!

I am actually very new to the whole Black Mirror world but I have heard many passing comments about its very nature so in some ways, I knew what I would expect whilst all at the same time, didn’t know at all. For those who truly don’t know, Black Mirror consists of stand-alone episodes so you are free to watch any episode at any given time. Each episode has a different storyline/theme but is consistent with carving out a dark world where technology is concerned.*

*As I haven’t watched any other season apart from Season 5, I cannot back this statement fully. All episodes in season 5 are related to technology though.

My colleague and I watched the first episode of Season 5 in the office one afternoon whilst on break. I’m not sure whether the decision to watch it there and then was wise but I will say it’s not one to watch in an open environment because there are scenes of sexual nature in the first episode.

A lot of fans are saying Season 5 is weak in comparison to the previous seasons. Whilst I cannot agree or disagree, I will say this: Each episode left me thinking a lot, particularly episode 2 where the ending was very ambiguous but actually, to great effect to prove a point.

4/5.

The Defected (Hong Kong series)

I finished this series about 2 weeks ago as it became available on Netflix. It is actually the first TVB drama (TVB being a licensed Hong Kong Television company) to be made available on the platform so it’s quite a big deal for a small city. In my opinion, TVB have been overall quite poor in what they have released in recent years. The storylines have been quite lacklustre but The Defected has changed my mind and has made me think maybe there is hope for Hong Kong drama series after all.

The Defected is a slick, cinematic-style series based on a true story. I would say Hong Kong producers are great in writing police-related dramas but some stories do eventually get recycled to death. This series puts a different spin on things as it shows a dark side to the Hong Kong police force – hierarchy and corruption: What happens when you go too far to gain power?

The first half fares better than the second half but overall, it was a very promising series that delivered its core message. Bingo in particular, was an amazing character in playing an undercover cop who inevitably was never going to have a happy ending. Both praise for character and actor who played him.

3.5/5. Would score higher if some parts towards the ending wasn’t so rushed.

OCTB (Hong Kong series)

I’m just over halfway through this series.

It is another police-related series that is non-TVB. Again, the series feels fresh and for a few good reasons. For one, it uses different actors (TVB tends to recycle the same few actors – for what reason, I do not know). For another, it tells the aftermath of having been an undercover cop and the troubles that still brew in the mafia. With a different identity now, the once-undercover-cop looks to complete another mission in the OCTB unit with the advantage (or perhaps disadvantage) of knowledge in mafia politics.

The series is set in the 90s when Hong Kong was still under British colony which I think makes for a great change because so many recent dramas depend on slick technology that tracks criminals and things just happen because…technology? It’s nice to be reminded of the old and just rewind back. 😅

4/5.

Kakegurui (Season 2)

I am so excited that Season 2 is here! I have only watched 2 episodes so far but I really like the direction that it is going.

I am generally not one to watch anime on a regular basis but if there is a good storyline to follow, I won’t miss it! Kakegurui translates to Compulsive Gambler which is exactly what the anime is about. On the outset, it’s not a hobby (I fail to find another word) that I can relate to but this is where the Japanese are very clever. They are able to weave themes, characters and storylines together creatively. We know it’s not real but that’s what we want – creative storytelling.

Kakegurui shows a world where elite high school students go to school not to be educated but to show their skills in gambling. If you lose badly, not only are you in debt but you may risk becoming a house pet – being ridiculed by the other students whilst having to serve them until someone else becomes house pet. A new student comes along and this shakes the whole academy up as she shows off her skills and catches the eyes of the student council members.

The artwork animation is slick and the anime has its own quirks through interesting character expression. It may not seem like much but these are the areas that truly define the anime.

4/5.


I have a small list of dramas/films that I would like to watch next on Netflix. Can I just say Netflix are doing amazingly well in providing international series that’s not just inclusive of Korean series for example because they’re popular but also Spanish, German, French etc.

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If We Were Having Coffee #3

Currently reading: The Book of Ideas by Radim Malinic. A graphic design book that includes useful advice and information in order to excel in the creative direction of your design work.

(Or tea in this case.)

It’s June: my birthday month. It doesn’t feel like June though.

This time last year the sun was blistering for a good few weeks. We had quite a good summer actually – the hottest in all recent years reminiscent of how it was like in my childhood. I even took out my electric fan because my room gets super hot when it’s over 25 degrees. This year, it is a different story. We seem to be weirdly reversing back to winter again especially this week – averaging about 14 degrees! It’s doing well for my skin though so there’s that.

I thought I would do a catch-up post because it’s been a while yet again. I may look to do a separate life update altogether but for now, let me update you on my current thoughts in a stream-of-consciousness style.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you:

  • This year has been a really tough year so far although it has gotten slightly easier. I am persevering though and hope that with perseverance, comes reward. I am noticing that a lot of people I know are experiencing it too which can’t just be a coincidence? So I am sending everyone some strength in spirit to get through whatever it is you’re dealing with.
  • Yoga and exercise has been helping me get through for the most part when I am feeling heavy. Actually I have been less active for the past month and have noticed that my mood is not as boosted than when I was exercising regularly and challenging my body. Now that I’ve made that observation, it is motivating me to exercise more regularly rather than stressing over little things therefore storing things up unnecessarily.
  • There are days when I’m not feeling myself. However I have been reaching out to friends endlessly both online and offline. I think it can sometimes be a hard thing to admit that you’re feeling a bit ‘off’, worried and insecure but actually, everyone has those moments. One of my best friends said to me the other day through Whatsapp: I can only see good things [in your situation]. That really motivated me to focus on the good and have a new perspective. I think it’s so easy to unintentionally play victim when there’s so many people out there suffering more – and somehow, [some of] those people come back out on top. So thank you Sabrina for your wise words.
  • In terms of blogging, I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a plateau especially with this surge of low energy that I can only amount to stress and dull weather. I’ve had a fair few friends actually comment and say to me [in real life] that they read my blog to get skincare tips from me so I’m using it as inspiration. I don’t know why I feel stoked by this – I guess because I don’t openly tell people about my blog. But thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • Whilst we are still on the subject of blogging, I had the chance to use SquareSpace last week for work purposes and I have to say – I don’t like it at all. WordPress is so much easier to use and just straightforward. There are more editable features on SS (therefore more professional?) but it is extremely fiddly and can take long to figure things out even if it’s a simple feature. It also does this weird thing where what you preview is slightly off from what it will actually look like so if alignment is your thing, SquareSpace will definitely drive you crazy. Sorry but not a fan.

That just about covers everything that’s on my mind at the moment!

How is everyone and what have I missed?


Question: Are there any fellow iPhone users who also use their phone to take pictures for the blog? I used to be able to just upload the pictures from my phone to laptop and it’d automatically be a .jpg file but it is not the case anymore. It becomes a .HEIC file (whatever that is) and I have to do the long task of exporting as .jpg, but was wondering if anyone knew a shorter way of resolving this issue? If so, please let me know! 🙏

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Cultural Conversations #1: Where You Come From and Where You Really Come From

I feel embarrassed because there’s a bad word somewhere here! (See if you spot it.) The word I really want us to focus on though is ‘Cultural’.

Hello and welcome to the first instalment of a brand new series on the blog titled Cultural Conversations.

The initial idea of it probably began at the start of 2018 but it wasn’t until a month or so ago, where the name suddenly popped up in my head.

Cultural. Conversations.

It sounded extremely fitting so as a consequence, it stuck.

Each instalment will cover something different, but the main basis for the starting point will be that I draw inspiration from my own personal experiences and/or thoughts to discuss a certain topic. These may be social, cultural, and perhaps political. There may be an opportunity to discuss beauty-related topics too, provided that they are within a social context and present a problem to discuss. (There are definitely many.)

In this episode, I wanted to start with a topic close to home. Where you come from and where you really come from. Do your roots shape you as a person or can they threaten you if you are considered the less fortunate? What does it mean to come from somewhere? Belonging? Status? Does it really matter?

I would be what you call a BBC – a British-Born Chinese. To be honest, growing up, I didn’t have that many thoughts surrounding race or the fact that I was of a different colour. I had a good childhood and went to a primary school around the corner from where I lived; my classmates curious about the Hong Kong trips I went to every Summer, making them want to go too.

Going into high school was a bit rougher, however I think this is a given. A lot of changes occur, and your thought process really starts to develop at this point along with feeling a lot of new emotions. I was much more aware that I was different at this point, and it would be silly to say that I’ve not experienced any racist remarks geared towards me because I definitely have. In fact, it almost pains me that in some scenarios, I might answer and say, “Of course I’ve experienced racism!”, as if it is normal and should be experienced.

But this post isn’t about racism. It’s about the views that people have according to where you come from socio-economically or which school you went to. I may have even surprised myself along the way and wonder if maybe I was a bit naive to think otherwise which is why we’re having a conversation about it right now.

I went to a public high school that was known to be a bit rough around the edges and filled with some silly kids. From an outsider point of view, it definitely didn’t have a good reputation but from my own personal experience, I made the most out of high school and by Year 11, all the classmates had bonded even if it meant a lot of us wouldn’t see each other again (and for that matter, we never did). I came out with really good grades and although I was aware that the high school wasn’t the least bit fancy, I was determined to do well anyway which I did.

Fast-forward to sixth-form college, I was stepping into new territory. The majority of students were from high schools that were much more elite, with better facilities and perhaps better teachers, in areas where the middle-classes lived. It didn’t take long to make friends though, a group of girls who I more or less stuck with for the whole 2 years. They were from more “normal” public schools but I guess it couldn’t be helped that I apparently went to the worst high school, even though it didn’t feel that way. It became a bit of a running joke in the group, as if we were having high school wars. Why did it matter so much?

I am not ashamed to admit that I come from a working-class family. I wouldn’t say I grew up in the ghetto or that I came from poverty (which by the way, nothing wrong with either) though I suppose looking back, my parents had to keep working to pay the mortgage off, whilst providing for us all at the same time. When I was young, this was the least of my worries. I felt rich in the sense that there was food on the table, a TV to watch, money to receive at Christmas or for my birthday. My parents worked really hard to give me all of that and for that I am forever grateful – any child would and should be.

But it dawned on me when for the first time, I felt like one of my friends really judged me. It stung because, although I shouldn’t put labels on friends, she was the one I’d least expect it from out of the group. It was almost like there was this sheer disgust in her voice that I was from the area that I was from and that it couldn’t be helped because it became my history, my roots. She still judged me despite having known me for a few years and this thought alone still seems ridiculous in my head.

One day, I had visited her at her new home around the corner from mine. She had just moved in not long ago with her soon-to-be husband and new-born daughter. We went out for a walk that afternoon to a local park in the next area up. I don’t remember how or why but I guess she was talking about schools for her child in the future and blurted somewhere along the lines of, “No offence to you and I know you’re not like that, but I won’t allow my child to go to X school”. In case you’re wondering, yes, I would take this as offence and feel that a lot of people would – no? The way she said it that day was even more disappointing. I did not expect her child to go to X school and actually, it didn’t concern me directly where she would go, but to say I didn’t feel attacked would be a lie. The truth was, she was still judging me based on the school I went to. What was a running joke became a serious matter.

The whole ordeal really upset me but I didn’t say anything. I didn’t comment. Maybe I should have? But I just let the whole thing go. I let her go too. That was when I knew that it was okay to let go of friends sometimes especially if negativity and judgement is becoming apparent. I didn’t make friends to be judged like that and perhaps I am in the minority, but I treat everyone the same regardless of their class. To me, where someone went for school is such a small part of them – I am far more invested in who they are as a person but somehow, I didn’t feel like there was that mutual exchange hence letting go.

I am a British-Born Chinese who’s proud of where she’s come from. I wouldn’t want to re-do high school at another high school. Without that part of my history, I wouldn’t know how to appreciate the sweetness in my life. There’s a saying in Chinese that suggests without some bitterness, it’s impossible to truly enjoy the sweetness.

Where I went to school and even the area I grew up in seemed to threaten me at points in my life but I just use it as a way to keep me humble. I don’t need to go to an elite school to be seen or heard, or to have better friends for that matter. Besides, isn’t it an amazing story when you paint your path to do more amazing things in the future?


Now, I would love to know about your thoughts surrounding this topic! Was there a time when you felt that you were really judged based on where you came from whether socially, culturally or economically?

In my next episode, I’m going to discuss why we as an audience love to be involved in someone else’s drama online. Does this paint a bad picture on us as audience or the influencers who encourage the drama in the first place?

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