Year: 2013

Of Love and Missed Opportunities

春の風包まれて 遥かな夢描いて 夏の雲途切れては 消えていった 秋の空切なくて 冬の海冷たくて 夢中になって行く程 時は経っていたね “I’m constantly aware of lost opportunities. I used to think such lost opportunities were beautiful towns flashing by my train windows, but now I imagine they are lanterns from the past, casting light on what’s ahead. “ –xoxo

Why I returned to school.

Education has always been important to me. So today I’d decided to blog a post about my decision to pursue a masters in PR in Finland, to let you understand the thought process behind this decision. It’s obviously not a decision that comes cheap. Let me do a brief cost-benefit analysis for you: For a year in Finland (My Course is 2 years) Tuition fees– 8,000 Euros. Yearly Rent– 6,000 Euros (500 Euros X 12) Food– 2400 Euros (Est. 200 Euros a month) Transport–2400 Euros (Est. 200 Euros a month) Air tix– 1300SGD Clothes– 1000 Euros Total– 20,000 Euros (Approx)/year. So YEA. with 20,000 euros a year, you don’t take this type of sum lightly unless you are still leeching on your parents. And, guess what? There is a chance that after graduation, I’d be structurally unemployed if I do come back to Singapore. Here’s why: Singapore, being a small and open economy, relies heavily on human resources. Our comparative advantage is precisely in labour, and it’s imperative to keep the price of labour, aka …

Finland

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I was way busy with my resident permit stuffs. Anyway! Thanks for reading this blog yea, and I’d decided to make it more personal recently. So all sponsorship stuffs from now onwards I’d move to my blog boutique, http://www.rachrella.com . teehee! And so all the sponsorship here would be suomi/travel-related, NOT THAT I HAVE ANY FINNISH ONES CURRENTLY though. But it does not matter. That’s not the point of this blog. I guess the direction for The Hieno would always be about exploration and life. My decision today is to make this blog more focused and personal so that I can track my own growth. And thanks for staying with me. Now you’d get to see a more personal side to wanwei 🙂

K-Palette!

Hello ALL! This is my first sponsored cosmetics post, and the second sponsored post. And I got sponsored the whole set! Thank you for the vote of confidence in The Hieno! OMG lah. As you all know, I am NOT a beauty blogger, I’m NOT even a blogger– I’m a marketer who happens to write well, that’s all. So HAHA drop your expectations of me blogging like a beauty blogger! I’m going to blog–the marketer’s style!! Yes, you’d got it!  Instead of boring you with 1. Camwhoring shots; 2. Details about products when you will probably disregard them. I mean, personally I buy cosmetics because of word-of-mouth reviews from people I trust, OR packaging. I am just going to show you TWO more photos, then you make your own decision on K-palette. I LOVE this brand K-palette’s because it is THE DEAL, MAN! It’s ranked No.1 on Cosme.net for so long!  😀 Mascara wise, usually I’d use either K-palette, or Majorlica. 🙂 Both are amazing! And here’s why it is amazing! I have sparse eyelashes …

;The Junk You’re Holding

I saw a kid holding a soccer ball today. And I thought of this story I wrote when I was 18. OMG I’m so old now. LOLOLOL. Presenting…Both English and Japanese versions. 🙂 It was inspired by Hamasaki Ayumi’s TO BE. Enjoy! ~~~ The Junk You’re Holding Hi everyone! This is Wan Wei. I’d be entering university next month! And I’m going to be an economist when I graduate. Today, I’m going to talk about two of my friends who are passionately pursuing their dreams. There was once a boy named Yutaka. Whenever people see him with the football in his hands, they’d praise him “Wow!!! You play soccer well, don’t you?” Yutaka would then blush and feel very pleased. It was his dream to become a professional soccer player. Yutaka is 19 years old this year. Yet as he walked down the street in his Albirex jersey holding on to the football, people would stare at him as though he were holding onto a junk. Yet he still smiled and told me “This is …

JUNKWOOD

Meet Frinny*. (Name changed to protect the innocent). I’d never imagined in my whole life that I’d be able to own ART like Frinny. It’s a surreal, happy type of feeling! 😀 When Clive from treesandtrunks passed me the JUNKWOOD box at the MRT station, I was overjoyed. For a moment I remembered this Japanese verse–「そんなガラクタを大切そうに抱えていた」. THIS– is literally ガラクタ personalified. 🙂 ❤ Or perhaps even “overjoyed” is an understatement– I’d always loved wood. The smell of wood, the texture of wood, and in general, its tranquillity. It’s really gentle on the eyes, and somehow connects you with the wider world around you–nature. The Here’s Fiona when she visited Helsinki! 😀 In Finland, I am constantly surrounded by forests–chunks and chunks and chunks of them–and one of my hobbies is to stare into the vast, unending forests and be surrounded by silence. Forests are really amazing living places, and the silence which encapsulates them is both alluring and enchanting. And Niko’s dad owns a forest in Finland, so it’s pretty cool to go on forest …

I just exposed a company.

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about fake facebook likes. Take a look at this facebook page, run by this unethical private PR firm, for a government organisation meant to encourage set up ironically, and specifically, to encourage Singaporean youths to commit less crimes. They have 69,788 likes. and 15 people talking about this. You kidding me? That’s less than 0.02% of people caring about their page. And…best part, most people come from VIENTAM, Ha Noi. What would Vietnamese people be interested in a website related to Singapore youths??? This is –perhaps–obviously a case of the private PR firm faking likes over facebook. TO fake 70,000 likes, you just need to pay USD35, if you get the (dirty) job done over fiverr; USD5 for 10,000 fake likes.  Look at the black arrow; why is there a sudden drop? Simply because they bought fake likes, and stupidly so from Vietnam. Facebook bans and delete fake accounts all the time. Yes, screw them.  I believe they are using us taxpayers’ money to cheat. There are also, of course …