Christmas – filled with joy and love

I can’t believe that Christmas has already come and gone but as with everything, there’s always an end to every start and a start to every end. With that said, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year is just around the corner so the celebrations are endless right now.

On boxing day…

While the days leading up to Christmas always tend be a bit crazy, I do enjoy all the fuss involved in it, such as fighting for my life in the crazy Christmas shopping crowd for those last minute gem finds/bargains, setting up the Christmas tree whilst humming to Mariah Carey’s  “All I want for Christmas is you” (I kid you not!), non stop gobbling down delicious but ohh so bad for you festive food, downing Christmas edition Chocolates, and of course, what better excuse than Christmas to enjoy non stop flow of wine and cocktails!!!

Christmas ornaments at Franc Franc

Mini glass Christmas trees, Franc Franc

Santa and snowman snow globes, Franc Franc

Christmas at Lanvin

Bottega Veneta Window Display (BV bag shaped candles)

I’m not sure what it is but I always find this excitement when I go hit the shopping malls to find special Christmas gifts to close friends and families. One of my favorite places to go Christmas shopping or just to get some indulgent dosage of eye candy, is Franc Franc. They have so many cute, interesting, and stylish things that you normally won’t find in the local shops around here.

First round of Christmas shopping

As expected, during the high festive peak seasons like now, i  have to fight the mad crowd just to squeeze in for a sniff  of the latest perfume imported from Paris, or to stare up close  in admiration at the beautiful Christmas ornaments and Santa snow globes that are neatly stacked on the shelves.

Sending off warm Christmas blessings to loved ones

To say Christmas shopping isn’t a lot of work is a lie, as all the shopping malls are packed with people either looking at things, or queuing to try something. I actually had to do my Christmas shopping three times on different days and on top of that, the crowd on the train ride home was chaotic, where everyone carried bags and bags of shopping goodies. But I always feel that it’s all worth it, especially when I see that big smile on the faces of my friends and families when they open their gifts, and it’s simply priceless. After all, Christmas is about giving and caring right?

Last batch of gifts for 2011!!!

Of course, i was also very blessed and received some fabulous gifts from my families and friends. My favorite was the Harajuku Lovers Christmas limited edition – Jingle G perfume, that my sweetest sister sent to me all the way from London. The doll looks utterly cute in the santa outfit and that girlie tied hair ribbon!

Harajuku Lovers Fragrance "Jingle G" (x'mas edition)

For this Christmas edition perfume, there’s also a red string hoop on her head so you can put her on the Christmas tree! How creative is that, eh? One of my friend was also super thoughtful and got me 2 lip balms from Kiehl’s as she knows i’ve got chapped lips all year round. She is such a darling!! There’s a night time  lip balm with cranberry flavor without color and a day time lip balm with a tint of this light brown/bronzey shimmery in it. So far it’s been helping my chappy lips! My friend from New York also got me a rose ring from Betsey Johnson, which doesn’t fit me as it’s too big!!! But i’ve come up with a brilliant idea and that is to use it for a necklace pendent;) Quite versatile piece of jewellery, i would say!

Jingle G on my Jingle tree, hehe

Kiehl's lip balms - super thoughtful gift for my chappy lips, hehe

I managed to meet up with a few close friends over some lovely dinner and it was definitely a great catch up! There was a mix between Vietnamese, Italian, and Korean, and they were all as yummy!!!

There was a new Italian restaurant named Manzo Italian Steak House  that my friend and i stumbled upon by accident and decided to give it a try. We ordered Carpaccio for starters and it was delicious. I ordered a Sirloin Steak for main course, which was really juicy and meaty. For wine, i decided to go for a New Zealand brand and it was just perfect, not too sweet and very smooth, and as always, i forgot the name of the wine, haha. I really should keep a note of the names of the wines that i try.

Christmas date with old friend, Manzo Italian Steak House

Our company Christmas party was held at Aberdeen Marina Club this year, and i have to say, i was impressed. The buffet lunch had a lot of varieties ranging from western grilled salmon steaks and parma ham with melon, to Asian dishes such as pad thai noodles, Vietnamese spring rolls, and sushi. There were a few team building games to end the party and we were all gifted Agnes b chocolates, where everyone left happily swinging it in their hands.
All in all, the moments leading up to Christmas and on Christmas day was a very joyous one filled with lots of love, and I feel so grateful that to have so many caring friends and loving family that are always there for me. This Christmas was truly a blessing and filled with many thoughtful gifts, delicious food, and special memories. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas as well!!!

Company Christmas Lunch, Aberdeen Marina Club

Gifts to take home - Agnes b chocolates

Christmas Decor at the lobby, Aberdeen Marina Club

Red nails for the holidays (alessandro international no. 206)

Christmas gift - giant rose ring (Betsey Johnson)

Festive Christmas cake treats at work

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10 responses to “Christmas – filled with joy and love

  1. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas! I am obsessed with the Kiehl’s lipbalms, its practically all I ever use cause they’re so fantastic! I also got Jingle G for Christmas :) It’s got such a yummy scent, and a perfect gift because I collect all the Harajuku Lovers perfumes!

  2. Sounds like all the Christmas festivities and shopping were a lot of fun! I am the worst at Christmas shopping for others! And looks like you got some great gifts. The ring is gorgeous. What I do with bigger rings is wrap sellotape around the back and it makes it a bit smaller. It’s not attractive (but no one can see that) and it works really well.

  3. These look like instagram pics, are you on there? I’d definitely want to follow you. The Franc Franc tree is gorgeous, I love the colour you chose. I totally wish It were Christmas still, I love seeing all my family in one room! I am such a fan of Kiehls- I love their Mango lip balm but cranberry sounds even better!!

    Thank you so much for your lovely Christmas wishes, I hope you had a good one too and I hope that your New Years is even better for you!

  4. Such divine pics!! hope you had an amazing xmas! Happy holidays xo

  5. Jen Ramos

    Great post ! Loved the tree… Looks like a fab time. Hope your NYE will be safe & exciting! Enjoy!

  6. Love your photos! What a busy and fun Christmas you had! Totally agree that all the fuss and craziness during the holidays are worth the smiles you get from your loved ones :) I’m gearing up for New Year & Lunar New Year too! Let the festivities continue hehe.

  7. so happy that you had a great christmas, cinz! :) and now that it’s new years eve, i hope that you’ve had an incredible 2011, because 2012 is gonna be an even better one, i believe! thanks for being a blessing throughout this year through the blogging world, and i’m so thankful to have met you. you’ve been so sweet and supportive throughout, never failing to put a smile on my face. :) thank you. here’s to a great year ahead, and i look forward to reading more of your posts in the new year! :) much love.

    happy new year! xx

  8. everything look so good, happy new year
    Travel in Style

  9. I adore Kiehls products, I think they are so great for the skin. These photos show you’ve have a jam packed Christmas – and yes, more celebrating around the corner! Hope you have a lovely NYE xo

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

  10. Hey Cinz! Sounds like you had an awesome Christmas and pretty gifts to boot! Can’t believe the new year is here either. I scored a couple of things on sale at the mall but one of my goals is to save more money so I didn’t spend much. It will be hard once Zara has new things again! I’m so addicted to their site ever since they started shipping online. Enjoy your New Year and wishing you lots of joy and success! xoxoxoo

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