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About Me

About Me
CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.
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Time for celebration

Time for celebration

Yo! Happy New Year everyone! Wish you all to have an excellent and successful year ahead. I'm writing this blog entry at sharp 12am 1st Jan 2010 (Lunar Calendar)! Thank God there is wifi at my housing area :D Super noisy out there coz there are fire crackers outside and firework above my head. I wish i could snap a photo or record a vid to show u. But I'm not able to do so coz it's so bloody cold here, omg, my hands are freezing while typing this with all bare fingers. Gonna finish it quickly! Been doing nothing besides eating, sleeping, shopping and...eating again, I'm so damn freaking scared that I will gain weight rapidly. I'm trying to control myself from eating but it's soooo difficult. All home foods are super yums and inviting.
Here they are!!!
The MUST Have traditional food in New Year! Sticky rice pancake! We call it "Banh chung" wrapped by many phrynium leaves You gotta peel off one leaf by one leaf to see the inside:
So green!
and green some more! Coriander, how many you want? :D
Shopping time!
I'm ready for it! Leather jacket bought in This Fashion (S$49.90). Mad love! So stylish and warm!
Cant go out without a gloves
and my fav pink woolen hat Momo was the one who pulled me out of the house for shopping: clothing, foods, accessories, etc...Things are mad cheap compare to the similar ones in Singapore.
You could be sunk inside those shoes. So many different styles and cheap! It was on 11th Feb and the weather was still hot, that's why i wore short sleeves in case you are wondering.
Here, they dont call it "Mc.Donald" they call "Lotteria" which i dont know why :D
Still have many photos to share, but i might post it up later after CNY perhaps. Editting and photoshopping takes damn long time lah. So mad lazy you know!
Anyway, make it short:
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!!! GONG XI FA CAI!!!! Oh yah, and Happy Valentines to all too! I dont intend to talk much about Valentine here but it will be written in another episode. Now, am here sending to you the spring symbol as a best wish
Real peach flower in my house!

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Post- Jakarta story

Post- Jakarta story

Guess, many of you have been waiting for this post. I'm now to inform all of you that
in a way of gaining experiences, memory, and good start of our partnership. That was our first dance competition together marked our partnership 4months old. We had fun time, FREE stay in 4 stars hotel, FREE food and even had money to shop. Tell you about it later. Let's me start with the positive comment first. We landed in Jakarta at 9pm local time which means 10pm (Singapore time) and were picked up by the organizer to our hotel: Twin Plaza hotel. Here is our hotel room!
Not bad though, big 4 stars hotel. And here I was after my hot shower, waiting for the dinner to be served. Nom nom~
I have no comment on the hotel service, basically all were good, the staffs all are very polite, decent and nice. FREE wifi in the hotel room and room service charge was cheap too. So most of the time, we ordered room service. Foods were fantastic! My partner was super in love with the food in the hotel, lolz....
That's my food and he even ate mine too.
Oh, know what? I tried Vietnamese beef noddle too. Not bad taste even though it wasn't exactly Vietnamese style :D Next morning, I was waken up by a noisy alarm and "noisy" boy in my room at 7am coz we had to rush for our breakfast and registration for the competition before 9am. When we arrived competition venue, there were many people dancing on the floor at all age from 12 years old to above 50 years old. Such a good atmosphere that woke me up.
We quickly ran through our dance to test the floor and got back hotel to....sleep. My event was only started at 8pm in the evening so we had plenty of time to rest, do my make up, put on tanning on my body, hairdo, and nail polish bla bla bla.... I did some video recording during the make up, tanning and hair do session but it's kinda long to upload up here. So i'm gonna just share with you the result!
Here you go!
Me after my make up! Make up for dance competition is always scary and fierce, lolz
Can you all see my tanning skin? I applied instant tanning a night before the comp and it turned out so great. Love love love it so much! And believe it or not, it took me 3hours sharp to do all these things done! Mad bloody long preparation for just 20minutues on the dance floor. We danced 3 rounds. First was semi-final for Rising star category, it was 4 dances and right after was Queen cup category which was 5 dances one short. There was a break in between each category probably around less than 10minutes, lolz...So imagine, we just walked in, walked out and walked in again. Pretty tiring but it was fun! And here is what we achieved! .
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6th placing in Queen cup category (Latin Amateur Open) with a cert and most importantly: MONEY for shopping. I meant cash prize, lolz... That was good enough for our first competition together even though we didn't manage to get into final for Rising Star, but yeah we did try our best. With the cash prize, we treated ourselves a good meal at American Grill restaurant at the largest shopping center in Jakarta! Sounds great! I love the food there but i dont like shopping in Jakarta!!!!!!! So damn bloody expensive! I was so wondering that Jakarta currency is so much lower than Singapore one but why the hell all shops put up the price higher than in Singapore. A same dress like this:
you could get in Singapore probably about S$150 to S$180. But there it was S$250, wtf???? I love that pink dress so much, got into the fitting room to change and wanted to buy. But when i saw the price tag, I wish I could have a scissors to cut the dress off. Mad angry! Who gives them the right to be so expensive? It destroyed my mood til I didn't want to buy anything AT ALL in Jakarta. Daryl did! He was so mad crazy at the Crocs shop and tried to convince me to buy one pair. I tried on to satisfy him only, that's it.
Yah, i know it's pink, it's cute. But it's mad expensive lor. S$80/ pair while I could get the same one in Singapore for only S$50 Food are not cheap either. Basically, nothing is cheap in Jakarta. I would never want to come back Jakarta for traveling or holiday again. Not to mention about messy, confusing airport, crowded street, etc...
Only can be seen in Jakarta!
Don't believe? You can go there and explore it yourself. I dont want to complain so much here. Luckily, our trip was sponsored partially, so it's still acceptable :D
Now it's time for random photos!
with Malaysian couple. The girl ran to me and ask "Are you from Malaysia last time?" bla bla bla....then we started talking to each other. We were our competitor during the dances.
Another Malaysian senior couple who won Champion of Senior above 50 years old. Excuse me! they are over 50 years old ok and the lady danced damn good. I love her style and the way she was smiling to the audience. So sweet! Who says old people can't dance? See them!
cam-whoring at the airport while waiting for boarding.
that's Jakarta viewed from my hotel room. I tried to take a best view photo of Jakarta as I could.
and I was trying to snap an artistic photo of me looking down to the street. Last, cam-whoring at the airplane as usual. I feel kinda fun doing so, is that your problem?
Sorry coz i dont have any video of me during the comp, but i'm trying to look for it and if i do get it, i will share it out here. Now gotta back to sleep, dont know why i'm so mad sleepy while writing this post. P/s: Btw, thank alot guys, whoever wished me luck during the comp. Love you!

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Crazy over....

Crazy over....

I'm sorry for neglecting my blog again *shame*. I've been so busy with so many gatherings and parties and traveling this 1 month and a half, and of course with some new business coming up soon. I went to Singapore on 13th April and went back Vietnam on 16th at the same month. Since then til now, i've been flying Vietnam- Malaysia 4 more times, i think. God, i don't know how much money i have spent for this airline businesses MAS and AIRASIA :o( *bankrupt*. But so far, no complain at all. I just felt that i am so lucky right now. I have so many good friends, good students, good life, everything turned out from bad to good so unexpectedly and I have very good time to rest and have a very long holiday. Perhaps, it's just a reward for me for working so hard last 2 years. Everyday, 8am til 11pm :o(. Now it's time to relax, to chill out and to recharge my battery. I need to get full of my energy for the next journey working again. I'm just too excited!
See what i have done these few weeks???
As posted earlier, i went back Malaysia on 4th May and i had immediately the trip to PD on the next day. *refer to the previous post*. I was under medication that time due to some serious allergy with seafood and bad coughing in Vietnam. Doctor said I had to avoid alcohol and seafood and chicken and kangkong and whatelse? God! All the good things in life i had to avoid :o( I was trying my best to follow what doctor said but sometimes, things was just unresistant. I gotta the next hangout with my gals in Mojo pub, KL.
8th May:
1st session: Drinking and Dinner with my senior students in one restaurant, after that i gotta rush back here for 2nd session. These gals were terribly happy in drinking and dancing that nite. Only 5 of us!
And we finished this! No left over!
Those heavy drinkers and enjoyers, lolz. 9th May: Studio farewell party with students. It was so great to see this group of students again. They are sweet, they are lovely, they are passionate about dancing and they are hardworking. Even though i just taught them for few months, but what we had are sweeter than whatever i want to tell here. Just super! James, Me and Ui Jin- My boys :) Sharon, Joanne and Me. 12th May: Karaoke session with another group of student in Neway, Subang :D I have so many students so far, yeah tell me about it. Just a small group, 4 of them in a class, 3 gals, 1 guy but i could feel how sweet they treat each other. So fun and happening too! I love it and i enjoyed so much with them. Wanie, Alfie & me. Wanie was showing her singing skills. My Godness! This lady is so happening that surprised me :D She enjoyed singing and knows most of the latest songs. When she sings, she will sing until time up, lolz A sweet and small 13th May: Dinner at Friday, 1 Utama with....students again :D. That's why i said, i'm so lucky ;) Camwhoring while waiting for the late arrivals. People commented i looked good with this hairstyle and dress up. That's what many people said, not me. And here we came! This was my food. STEAK! What's the name of it? Am wondering why the heck the Friday owner had to to think of so many difficult names of the foods for us to remember? Can it be simpler? This is what? Don't ask me the name, please. I just ate it only! 15th May: Company farewell party! We got cake, we got drink, we got hug and tears. Most of my colleagues are girls but we really love each other like sisters in the family. It's my luck to know them, they are super sweet and caring. In fact, i had 1st farewell with all of my colleagues in tear on 10th April when bosses weren't around. That really a big farewell in my life. They cried and they made me cried too! This 2nd farewell party for me was organized by bosses. They gave me a gift which is PINK PERFUME WITH THE SHINING CRYSTAL DECORATE ON TOP. ^_^ I was just happy to leave! I don't loose anything. In fact, i got so many things in return which i don't expect it at all. How surprised? :D 16th May Flying back Vietnam for a short vacation and some personal reasons. It was a super happy trip for me. I can't tell much about this because i know MY BLOG HAS A SPY. They want to check what i do, where i go and start making noise and scarcastic. Lolz, damn! *so free and so fu@#@#g irretated* Whatever, what goes around will come around to them. I don't really give it a damn! Back to the journey, perhaps you could realize this? Yup, this is PHO BO (beef noddle), the famous food in Hanoi. I had a very nice walk and shopping night at the old quarter of Hanoi. I don't know how many thousands of people were there but it was just enough to make the 2km streets was bloody crowded. Full of people and noise. If you want to shop in Vietnam, you should go to those places like this. Just right for the tourists: cheap and lotsa things especially for ladies. Drinking coconut jelly at the street side. Yummy and tasty!
I could tell you that i'm very fresh and happy right now after all. How lucky i am? Still have almost 2 weeks togo. Need to find the new desitnation for vacation before i really start work in SG. I'm so looking forward to start the new job but also so looking forward for the holiday to come.
Does it sound crazy????
Yes, it is indeed! It's 4.28am now and i'm still photoshopping for the new banner of my blog. I want to change the cloth for my blog. Very soon, you will see!

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Hi Malaysia, I'm back!

Hi Malaysia, I'm back!

Updated! This is my latest look, all! How is it? Lotsa people said that i look so much different from before, lolz...Hopefully it's positive comment :D I was back Msia 3 days ago in the evening under pretty bad health condition. I almost had to cancel my flight to Msia just because i was too sick, heavy coughing until now, gastric pain, serious allergies which God knows where the hell it came from. I was just so tired and pained during my flight. But it's getting better til now after 4 days. I had a good sweet time with my loved one in Port Dickson a night before i reached my house. This is the first time i've came here. Not so much activities and people around, perhaps it's low season, but still i could enjoy the peace, the beach, the wind so much. Just perfectly sweet and nice! This is the hotel where we stayed: Avillion hotel. I love it so much. Speacial huh? You could check it out HERE
The bedroom! It likes a princess bedroom. I was thinking how wonderful it is if it would be in PINK color :D The open air bathroom where you can see the sky and the sea is under you. So cool! The signs lead to our room, special designed.
So yah, basically. I was back safely in one piece. Sorry for not answering some of the calls of you the 1st 2 days i was back. I just want to have my own time to rest and enjoy my holiday. Walking along the beach in the sun set with my love.
Enjoy the nice foods and the nice view.
Yesterday and today, i received so many calls/ sms from my friends and students, they seem know so well exactly when I'm back Msia. :D So sweet of them.
Even though i'm not fully recovered yet, but i'm very ready for all parties and gathering from today til the last day i leave Msia.
Coming up next: Mojjo, the happening night life!

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