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Mochi the Netherland Dwarf

Funny how the best things you’d never expect to happen to you always come about from the littlest ideas and ways.

So, one day, my friend had the day off and we arranged to hang out. Not wanting to head into town or do anything particularly productive, we went for a lazy lunch and after that, the initial plan was to visit a doggy-cafe in Katong that allowed you to play with their adorable dogs for a fee – but before making our way over there, we found out that it was shut down temporarily. So then, we were at a loss of what to do. “Let’s go see other doggies!” I told him.

“I saw this cute dog at NEX Serangoon…. It was soooo cute I wanna go back and see it!!” 

This was the dog I was talking about. Isn’t it adorbs??? :)

But le friend said he hated NEX Serangoon’s parking & would rather not go there, so somehow we ended up at Ang Mo Kio looking at bunnies instead. We were around the area anyway, and he just mentioned he knew of a pet store at Ang Mo Kio that sold really cute bunnies so I’m like “okay.” I just wanted to look at something fluffy and cute that day, it didn’t really matter what the animal was. I’m not a bunny or rabbit lover, so I didn’t think much of it but just went along with it.

Upon entering the shop, however, things changed.

Suddenly, you’d find me squealing and cooing at the rabbits… “SHOOOOOO CUTE!!! OMG! LOOK. I want to squish it.” – something like how I sounded. I saw a pair of adorable orange bunnies grooming and playing with each other, and then Nich asked the shopkeeper if we could hold the bunnies for awhile.

So this was what happened next.

Awwwww…. look at it! So snuggly! I was shocked by how gentle the bunny was. I would’ve expected them to be really squirmy and difficult to handle but they were docile and just sort of laid still for as long as you carried them. And then, I spotted another bunny….

A grey one.

I didn’t think it was that cute at the start, until the shopkeeper took them out and it was all

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

I turned into butter. You could’ve whipped me into cream if you wanted to. ARE YOU FOR REAL??? It’s so cute I am going to faint. I feel like a troll standing next to it when you compare our cuteness level.

“I want it!!!!!!!!! I want to take it hooome.” – Me, the next 30 minutes.

I fell in love with how cute she was, but I decided not to buy her because I’m not very good with animals. (or at least I thought I wasn’t) I’ve never had a pet aside from hamsters before, and a rabbit seemed like a huge commitment to someone like me. Besides, it’s probably just an impulse feeling because I’m so overwhelmed by how adorable she is – if I buy her now, and bring her home, I’m going to regret tomorrow.

Better say goodbye to the bunny, I told myself. You didn’t come with any intention to buy a pet today – you just wanted to look at fluffy things, remember?!

So, reluctantly…. I left the shop. I thought I was doing the right thing for myself.

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A few days later, we ended up at the same shop again.

We were having lunch at the same mall the pet shop was at, so I thought I’d just drop by to have another look at the bunny…. It wouldn’t hurt…. I’m just looking at her, what’s the big deal? Window shopping is pleasing to the eyes and harmless to the wallet.

I walked into the shop, saw her cheekily munching away on her hay ball and IMMEDIATELY fell right back in love again. My god!!! Those cheeks! 

Oh and for those who don’t know yet, yes, I have purple hair now. I think my friend purposely suggested to have lunch at that mall so that I’d be tempted to see the bunny again.

Instead of just carrying her, this time, I asked the shopkeeper if we could put her on the floor to see how she’d interact with us.

She was the CUTEST thing to watch!!!! T___T I think it was the first time she had ever tried “walking” on solid ground, before her cage was completely covered in bedding so it was not a smooth finishing, unlike this polished wooden floor…. and she unwillingly “ice skated” across the floor!

LOL. Her muscles weren’t developed yet. She couldn’t keep her balance at all and ended up “swimming” when she tried to walk or hop. Truly hilarious. And every time you stroke her, she’d go completely limp and flat. Unlike the other rabbits who tried to run away whenever they were on the ground, she hung around us a lot and didn’t react in a bad way at all – being a total sweetheart. I felt like I had never seen anything so precious in my life. 

You can probably tell where this post is going already.

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…………The rest was history, really.

This was the moment I welcomed Mochi the Netherland Dwarf rabbit into my life. She’s pure bred, really small sized and her coat is chinchilla colored!

I asked around for suggestions of names – I liked a few such as Sesame and Gandalf (sam’s idea lol) but ended up picking Mochi because she is SUCHHHH a mochi! Super soft, round, fluffy, and just…. so mochi-like. I can’t adequately explain it. If you see Mochi in real life, you’d understand exactly why she’s named Mochi. Thank you to the reader who suggested the name!!! :D It’s awesome! If Mochi were a boy, I would’ve named him Gandalf in a heartbeat.

Even though I only saw Mochi like twice before deciding to buy her (over a span of a few days) I don’t think it was an impulse buy because after the first night, I went back and did my research – rabbits are surprisingly easy animals to keep! They don’t stink at ALL, they don’t have smelly big poo like dogs or need to be walked or muzzled or groomed regularly, they’re perfect cuddly companions if you want something that doesn’t require your attention ALL the time. I asked the pet shop people a lot about rabbits before I finally decided on getting her. A huge thank you to Animal Kingdom for being patient with me and recommending the best stuff for my girl Mochi! If Mochi was in another pet store, I may not have ended up getting her because the people might not have been as friendly or knowledgeable. The people at Animal Kingdom were warm, and not pushy, they let me play with her for as long as I want so that I could make a proper decision! I bought her at 2+ months old for $300, which I thought was a great rate considering how pretty and well taken care of she is. :)

The people at Animal Kingdom grooming her before she went home with me – she looks positively pissed off, lol!!!

Hahahahah grumpy bunny is grumpy.

If you’re looking to buy a rabbit or other small animals (they have guinea pigs, hamsters etc) check out Animal Kingdom and tell them Jessica / Shiberty sent you! No, this is not an advertisement of sorts, I paid for every product purchased from them with my own money but I genuinely appreciate how professional and nice they’ve been to me! If not for them, I wouldn’t have met the rabbit love of my life.

We’re going home baby!!! Took her back to Yishun in this bag which had a litter tray, water bottle hole, “windows” for her to look at the outside world….. I felt like such a PROUD MAMA when I was holding her and walking around!!!!!

In total, everything costed me almost $800, including the rabbit. I bought all her supplies from Animal Kingdom as well – toys, the cage, bedding, food, trays, etc. I spoil her so much that I even bought her “rabbit air con” – essentially a cooling metal plate for her to lie on whenever it gets too warm – as it all too often does in Sunny Singapore!

Here’s Sam helping me set up Mochi’s pretty pink cage!

I consulted him before bringing her home, of course. In fact, I made him come to the pet store with me to view her because I wanted to make sure he liked her as well, before officially buying her!!! I put her on his lap, and she just laid there…. I think he was sold at that very second, just like I was.

Her cage all set up – before toys were put in. This was taken after a few days of living in it, as you can see the whole area is still very clean…. rabbits are hygienic pets in general and hate to be dirty! They’re always grooming themselves. And they have NO smell / odor whatsoever.

The first night, my little Mochi was timid and acting strange…. she just huddled in a corner most of the time, with a blank expression. I suppose that’s normal considering all the moving about and relocating to a new environment must be very stressful for them!

The pet store told me to leave her alone for 3 days before attempting to play with her.. I kinda went against their advice (LOL) I just couldn’t wait and within a few hours, she was on my lap and bed!!!!

Doesn’t she look like a chinchilla at certain angles?!

She didn’t struggle at all when she was picked up, so I put her on my lap thinking it was okay. But her behavior was still timid – she was as stiff as a brick, so I put her back after petting her awhile, to let her get some rest.  Throughout the night, I kept waking up to check on her and make sure she was okay. She really didn’t seem to move or do much!!!! Perhaps the poor little bunny was just petrified or tired. I remember thinking she didn’t have much personality. (oh, how wrong I was!) The next morning, I took her out of the cage put her on my bed… where she immediately peed on it. FML.

On the 2nd day, I tried many ways to get her attention - call her name, make squeaky noises, feed her treats (dried fruits), give her toys… but still she ignored me totally. When I put my hand next to her, she wouldn’t run away from it or anything, but neither would she go towards it to sniff and check it out. I thought that when she heard me coming from afar, out of curiosity’s sake she would at least look up at me…. but she just completely acts as if I don’t exist?!?! Frustrated and annoyed (sorry I am an impatient pet owner lolol), I jumped onto my computer and googled, “How to get my rabbit to like me?”

I knew it was only the 2nd day…. wtf calm down you stupid overly anxious blogger… naturally she would be scared of  you and be unaccustomed to everything yet. But let’s just say I like rushing into things, it’s a habit I find hard to kick. None of my relationships started out sensible and calculated – all of my boyfriends were like WHAM BAM HELLO I LOVE YOU. 

When doing my research on bunnies, I came across this Youtube video that showed a person hand feeding his rabbits a certain way – I tried his method, and by golly, it freaking worked!!! Lo and behold:



The moment she & I became properly acquainted, and weren’t strangers any more.

She didn’t seem to enjoy special treats, so I hand fed her pellets instead, which I noticed her finishing greedily anytime she was given any. The pet store advised me to supply her unlimited amounts of hay and to give two tablespoons of pellets in her food tray everyday, but I decided I wasn’t going to put any pellets into her food tray – if she wanted to have some of that yummies, she was gonna have to acknowledge me and come to me. Bwahahaha. Like a miracle, she took the bait, soon got used to my scent and became friendlier with me as the hours passed. She liked having me around because that always meant more yummy pellets to chew on. Food makes everyone happy, including bunnies!!!

For the first time, I put her on the floor and let her explore / roam around the house by herself for a bit.

She would nervously and cautiously circle around me at first, then hop a few steps away to venture out….. but every time she went a little bit too far on her own, she’d get scared and run right back to my side.

Like this. FREAKING SWEET OR WHAT?! ♥

Everything has been going uphill from there. 

We play with her lots, keeping her physically and mentally stimulated. She gets at least one hour of play time and running around a day. It may not sound like a lot, but it is for a bunny! She looks absolutely exhausted after play time and normally falls asleep, so I’ll take it as this amount of exercise is good for her.

Having Mochi in my life has taught me a lot about rabbits. I used to think they were relatively brainless (like hamster level of intelligence) and boring, but as it turns out, they’re freaking intelligent for such small prey creatures!!!! In a matter of days, she’s been litter trained (she still poos everywhere but pees in her litter box, I think she can only control her pee at this point in time), she knows when I’m angry and stops what she’s doing (I sternly shout “NO!!!” at her when she chews cables or things she shouldn’t be chewing on)… She knows when play time is over because I’d walk over to pick her up and put her back into the cage, and she’d struggle and run away from me. But when I shout “NO!!!!” at her, she will become all docile and apologetic and let me handle her again. However, when it comes to being picked up out of the cage to play, she has no problem with that at all. Lol.

We have bonded so much over the past few days and everyday I celebrate little triumph in our relationship! It can be something as little and insignificant such as watching her find her water bottle in her new cage at the start. So simple, but it put a huge smile on my face.

I put my DSLR lens wayyy up to her face, hence the unfriendly expression. :P I don’t think she likes my camera very much.

She never used to dare climb out of the cage door by herself, but now she hops right out like a daredevil!!!!

I can’t get enough of her big blackkkk round eyes, her cutest white nose, her little white (stained green from hay) paws…. her beautifully soft and shiny chinchilla coat, and most of all, her personality! It is her best trait. She’s really the sweetest rabbit ever. I have not met any other peoples’ pet rabbits before so I guess you can say I’m a little bit biased, but you’ll be astonished at how much we get along considering I’ve had her less than a week now. You’d think I’ve had her for months!!!!

Look at her squashed up schweepy face! Mochi LOVES cuddling and being petted. Like loves loves lovessssss. 

Possibly more than she loves food. And that’s saying a lot, because she’s a pig, like me. Like momma, like baby bunny! You can touch her anywhere you want – on her ears, nose, face, under belly, tail…. she doesn’t mind at all. If you stop petting her, she will nudge you with her hand or look at you in an accusing way, or bury her face even further into the crevices of your arms. Amazingly enough she also lets all my friends pet and carry her… friendliest rabbit of the world award.

Watch out! Wabbit on the loose!!

My current favorite past time is to sit back and watch this silly rabbit hop and prance around. Because my floor is of marble tiling, she can’t control her speed and balance very well sometimes, so she falls over and skids and slides everywhere. Silly bunny!

That’s her poop in the corner of the picture. I’ve turned into a rabbit poop picking machine recently.

The energizer bunny zooming back towards me! What she’ll do is she’ll hop hop hop away, explore some, then run straight back to mama for a pet or a treat. My friend commented that she kinda gallops like a horse instead of hop sometimes… which you can sort of see in the moving picture above. Rofl.

So I’ve also taught her to follow me around the house. And if you’ve never had a tiny fluffy bunny hopping after your every move at your feet….. your life is not complete.

She always gives me the face when she wants something.

Rabbits have a lot more personality and are more expressive than most people would think!

For example, I read online that rabbits do this soft teeth grinding thing when they’re contented and pleased. Kinda like the way a cat purrs when it’s happy. When I was cuddling her one afternoon, I heard and felt it for the first time ever! It’s so odd but wonderful. She does it every time I hold her now. Thank you for loving me back, Mochi!!! When they’re upset, they will either bite you, thump their feet or squeal. None of which she’s ever been close to doing, thank goodness. Another happy behavioural thing she does is these crazy binkies everywhere whenever she’s let out to run…. getting shockingly and increasingly hyper day by day. I can’t imagine what she’ll be like in a month’s time, at the rate she’s going.  If you don’t know what rabbit binkies are, click here. It’s like this awkward yet delirious looking twist of their body and flick of their head and feet when they’re jumping mid air and – which means congratulations owner, you’ve done well, your rabbit is SUPER joyful!!! I can’t describe the first time I saw Mochi do a binky.

She does it really high and really fast and usually multiple times in a row while running around my living room. It’s like I wanna do a binky myself!!!!! If I feel this way about a rabbit I really don’t know how exaggerated a mom I’m going to be in the future. :P My brother reckons I should have just gotten a dog instead considering my enthusiasm level, hah. You might already know this but *coughs* I’ve been really obsessed with her. I even bought her vitamin c to eat daily…. I HAVE NEVER BOUGHT MYSELF HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS. EVER. e_e

It sure is, bunz! When she feels lazy or tired, she’ll flop into this classic “I ain’t got a care in the world” position.

And there you have it – the introduction of my new chinchilla Netherland Dwarf bunny in my life! If you told me 2 weeks ago that in the near future I would own a pet rabbit and love it to death, I would tell you that you were crazy. I had literally ZERO intention of being associated with a rabbit, let alone owning one. What was supposed to be a lunch outing with a friend turned into an event that changed my life. :) So far I think I’ve done enough research on her to properly take care of her well enough. I can’t believe bunnies supposedly live for 6-10 years! Of course it ranges from individuals, but they usually get up to at least 5. That’s pretty long. In 5 years time I’m going to be 26 years old…. ACK.

Let’s not go there right now. I’ve been quite upset by a personal issue lately and she’s been helping me cope with it by distracting me from the problem.



I LOVE YOU MOCHI BUNNY!!!! ♥

You fill my heart with so many warm, fuzzy feelings. And you, really are, the cutest thing I have ever seen.

xoxo,
Jess

Begin Again

There is a big surprise at the end of this lengthy post!!! If you are impatient you can skip it, but it would be nice if you read what I have to say first :)

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So…. sorry for the lack of updates recently, I’ve been working on something pretty exciting.

I’m quite emotional while writing this because I can’t believe it is actually happening. I really can’t believe I actually managed to get it done. Not without the help of some incredibly talented people who were generous enough to lend their awesomeness to me, of course. I don’t know where to start or how to tell you guys what I’m doing or what is on my mind. Let me try to phrase this into proper sentences.

Here goes.

I’ve always liked singing since I was a kid. My mum would tell funny stories to people during dinner time of how when I was 3 years old, I would walk up to strangers and start singing Michael Learns To Rock unabashedly. Obviously I’ve lost that flair along the way, because I am actually quite reserved in real life as an adult now. But the point is, I’ve loved music ever since I could remember. Growing up, whenever I felt neglected, alone, rejected, angry, sad, disappointed, confused… I would turn to music to console myself. Humans have never been there every step of the way with me, but music has. Soothing tunes would fill my ears and soul and I’d instantly feel my mood lift and the world seemed to make sense once again. When I got bullied in school, I dreaded waking up and having to go to school every single day. Then I joined the choir, and realized that whenever I sang my heart out, life was better. There wasn’t a bad day that a good song couldn’t fix. My relationship with music hasn’t faltered since.. and till today it is a huge part of my every day life.

So now you know how it all started. The second part of my story is to tell you guys why I decided to record a Youtube video of myself singing. This next part is going to be a little shameless. So bear with me. When I was in the school choir, my choir teacher called me the Reigning Queen of all the kids she has taught. Hahahahah I kid you not. To be fair, I was only 11 years old and I think she just liked me extra because I was the teacher’s pet and was happy to sing for her whenever she asked. M primary school friends didn’t understand what the word Reigning meant, and always made fun of me for being Raining Queen instead…. -_- Anyways, that was the first time in my life anybody told me I could sing. Since then, my choir teacher gave me the confidence to embrace singing as a hobby. I went karaoke-ing with my mother every other weekend, singing The Beatles, Carpenters, Eagles, and I loved every second of it. I thought to myself, “how nice would it be if I could do what I love for a living, and sing as my job? I want to grow up to be a singer.”

That’s my childhood ambition. To be a singer. To sing on a stage and hear people applauding me and singing along with me and all that jazz….. I feel a little bit embarrassed typing this because, whose childhood ambition was NOT to be a superstar?! Everyone wanted to be rich and famous. Everyone wants to be a superstar. I grew up wanting to be the next Avril Lavigne. She was my hero. (my new hero is Taylor Swift but that’s for another post) Much to my own disappointment, after leaving the school choir, I somehow never bothered pursuing my music hobby / ambition any further. I just left it as it is. The older I got, the less I believed in myself and it just seemed like a silly dream. When I grew older and reality sank in… I understood that being good at singing just isn’t good enough. Being just decent at karaoke will not make you a superstar. I realize that now. I pursued cake making instead which I realize a lot lesser people have the talent for (yay) so I felt a bit more special. I know a lot of people who can sing who never really got anywhere even though they tried, so I was worried I’d end up like them. I told myself, “Aiya, don’t embarrass yourself please. You think you really superstar meh? Your singing just okay only lor. Don’t be naive. Grow up, get a real job, live life like everybody else.”

But no matter what I did, the thought of singing never left my head. I would always be searching for Youtube covers online and admire people who had the courage to post their singing online. It seemed like so much fun. When you love music as much as I do, you would want to share it with other people, and have them share it with you. Even some videos that got less than a hundred views, I would still enjoy watching them sing and knew I liked watching them for their individuality and unique cover, not because they were the best singer in the world. I knew I would die with regrets if I didn’t get off my ass and record my own cover some day. To do what I’ve wanted to do, when I dared to dream. When dreams weren’t considered ridiculous and out of reach. What would life be worth if you never tried to achieve the impossible? It’s okay if I don’t become a superstar (LOL). It’s okay if my videos don’t get a lot of views, if people don’t think I’m that special, or if I never got that singing career I’ve wanted so bad. I can always have a normal working job, but sing as my hobby, sing because it makes me happy. I will do the things I like doing BECAUSE I LIKE doing them, I shouldn’t expect anything else to come out of it. I started my cakes at Shiberty’s Sweets (http://shibertys.blogspot.com) the exact same way. It exploded and snowballed into something bigger than I’ve ever expected, but I never intended to turn out that way. It just did, and I’m happy it did. If it didn’t, that’s fine with me as well. You guys have been so kind to me all this while, supporting my cakes since the very beginning, and some of you have been reading my blog for years, I know. I appreciate your encouragement and being here with me, watching me grow. I hope you like this new side of me (I’m actually moving and on video now!! Strange huh?) and that you welcome it with open arms because I’m going to be doing  many more covers after this, I reckon. You’re going to have to get used to it :P

I don’t know how people will react to my video, or if they will even give a damn at all. But I’ll tell you what. I am darn happy I actually managed to get it done, and watching it makes me SO excited for myself. Definitely made the right move here!!!! My friends and loved ones have been so supportive, it makes me want to cry. My best friend was literally bursting with excitement and it was so heartwarming to see how proud he was of me. My mother just kept smiling while she was listening, and insisted that I downloaded the song into her phone immediately. I didn’t think they would be even more excited than me. Thank you to everyone who has ever asked me to pursue singing and for making me believe it’s important to do what you love. Life is too short to live being practical every single day.

Some day you just gotta let all your reservations go, and sing.
Enjoy the music.

This is my cover of Begin Again, by Taylor Swift, with Sky Ong. A track on her new album Red which will be releasing 22nd October 2012.

I would LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK if you posted it on Twitter / Facebook / anywhere you want to, or shared it with your friends!! If you don’t like it, I promise I will try harder the next video, and even harder the next. And diet a bit more so my arms don’t look so flabby lol… The camera being lower than my face is not a good angle… We finished recording the main voice audio and filming the video in less than 5 hours! Not bad huh? How long Sky took to record the instrumental and mix everything else is a different story altogether, of course…

If any musicians, music producers or videographers would like to work with me for future Youtube videos, please email me at Shiberty@hotmail.com because I’m going to need all the help I can get! :) For those who are doing this professionally and are for hire, feel free to email me your rates as well.

Big big big shout out to Sky Ong who you also saw in the video!!!!!!! ♥ He came up with the kick ass instrumental track, and is the genius / master mind behind this whole video. He plays the drums, guitar, sings a bit, and does everything else in between omg. We did the filming at East Coast Park, and mixed the song in his home studio!! How crazy TALENTED is he?! You don’t know how much this all means to me Sky. Love you big time! He’s also in a local band called Black Forest, do check their music out here!

Special thanks to super sweet Xin Ang as well, who provided the lovely backing vocals and the harmonizing bits, which helped me in the parts I struggled in. You sound like an angel girl! She also played the bass in the instrumental track and was a huge help for filming. All these people, so multi talented! Love!!! And thank you to Huiwen for hooking me up with Sky in the first place! You guys are srsly da best.

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You’d make my day if you hit the play button… and let the music Begin Again! :)

xoxo,
Jess

Ombre hair – brown, pink, red, purple!!!

Today’s picture spam is going to be of my new (well not so new now but new enough for people who haven’t seen it yet!) hairstyle - ombre dyed hair!!!! Ombre hair is sort of like a gradient effect where the hair color changes as you get further down to the ends. :)

It’s not quite the same as “dip dye” hair, which normally implies only one solid color at the ends of your hair, or “balayage” which is more like highlights. Ombre is a whole new type of awesome, with differing layers of color shades on your hair. I spontaneously decided to color my hair ombre one night, because, well.. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stay with Safe But Classy Brown, go with Crazy Ass Purple Hair or attempt a Fiery Red. So…. what the heck. I thought I’d get all of that and more, for the fickle minded narcissist in me.

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Here’s what it looks like!!!

…Pretty awesome ayyy?

I used my iPhone camera so it didn’t capture the colors quite so accurately, especially the top part where it appears black, it’s more like an auburn brown sort of color actually. So it’s not as harsh looking as it appears to be. The pink / red / purple is THAT intense, though!! At least, it was when I first dyed it, right now the purple is less obvious and the reddish tones are more dominant.

Somethin’ like this (ignore my teddy jammies!), but it all depends on what sort of lighting you’re looking at me in, and which part of my hair you’re staring at.

Other times, it’s just full on bright, neon pink…. I LOVE IT!!!!

I never thought I’d be mad enough to dye my hair these sort of colors, especially not all at once, but I don’t regret it. My mother thinks I’m nuts, but I think it’s fabulous, and so does everyone else, because the first thing people say when they see me nowadays is “Wa. Your hair!!!” or “I LOVE your hair!”

Thank you, thank you! ^.^

This is after a few showers. I try not to wash my hair often these days… it makes me sad every time I see purple and red dye on my towels. :( It’s like washing my money away, lol. I used to need daily shampooing (I get itchy scalp!) but now I limit myself to 3 washes per week. Was so worried about the colors bleeding out too fast, but it’s been a coupla weeks now and it’s still looking quite good except less purply (I’ll go for more purple next time I think)

The only real problem I have with my hair is that it’s so much harder to match outfits now! This is me in black, feeling strangely gothic. I don’t like the vibe it gives off.

I tend to like really bright colored stuff. Bright handbags, bright clothes… and having bright hair to go along with it all just looks plain stupid, to be honest. If I pile on too much color, it screams “trying too hard”… but if I wear something plain-ish like solid colored lace dresses, which I have a lot of, I look like a misfit out of place. So I’ve had to readjust my wardrobe style a little bit. Black just doesn’t look quite right, I come across as a rebellious 14 year old of sorts. It makes me look younger.. sort of?! Nobody past 25 years old would do this sort of coloring to their hair, right?

Proof: Goth #1

And Goth #2!

Yikes…. so not me!!!! 

Slowly, I discovered that bright-ish tones like peach, coral, and oranges look the best with my hair…. and preferably with minimalistic accessories, because my hair is statement enough already. (or maybe I’m just not bold enough) Wearing neon yellow, bright red, solid white or black? Ugh. Just no. Pity, I have a lot of those in my closet.

I also found out that light make up seems to go well with this look. (sorry if this post is incredibly self-absorbed and shallow LOL and forget what I said about minimalistic accessories)

With no make up (except eyebrows drawn) and out of bed hair. If I don’t comb my hair almost everyday I’d look positively crazy and lion-like (like Bellatrix Lestrange)

Something like this. LOL. Yes, I actually went out with hair like that… I’m not sure what I was thinking, and why my tresses just couldn’t be tamed. I’m amazed that despite bleaching my hair twice (to get the “base” for the bright colors – my dark colored hair is so stubborn) and having to dye the red-purple part ALSO twice, it’s really not very damaged. It’s still smooth to the touch, not as much as before, but it could have been a lot worse. I’ve seen people with natural hair without any coloring in worse conditions, so I’m happy with the outcome. It might have to do with the $100 treatment I spent on it directly after coloring, though. Felt pretty much like grass before that.




Coupled with my soblingit’llblindyoureyes hello kitty phone cover, I don’t know who can take me seriously any more. B i m b o and bimbo was her name o! (this song just popped into my head)























Now that my ombre hair’s gradually fading away.. I’m considering which color to risk next! The usual brown, jet black, that fiery red I wanted to try or just stick with my ombreness for another “season”?

















Dunno about you but I think my vote is most likely going for this one!!!!!!!!! :D ♥ ♥ ♥




Hair can make such a positive influence on your life. (this is real talk don’t laugh at me for sounding like a bimbo!) 






If you have boring hair that’s always limp, discolored at the roots or boring looking, you’ll FEEL boring. Just looking at yourself is boring. But because hair can totally change the way you look, putting in effort into styling your hair will eventually change your mind set into wanting to dress in nicer clothes and to present yourself in a nicer image as well. Change of hairstyle, change of person. Personally I’ve noticed that people are a lot more animated when they talk to me these days. Perhaps it’s just my imagination but more people (and strangers!) have been chatting me up (not necessarily guys, it’s girls in fact, first they ask me about my hair then they ask me about other random stuff). Maybe bright hair gives them the impression that I’m 1) fun / interesting / outgoing so that prompts them to do so.


Any how, I like it. I like how I can have all my favorite colors for hair on my one head. 






I’m glad I dyed my hair ombre ;)



xoxo,
Jess

So…. I did it!!!! I swam with Wild Dolphins. :’)

Before I begin with my post, I’d like you guys to watch this video!!!!! Sam roughly edited it for me, because the good lord knows I’m beyond hopeless at video editing.

….It has always been a long-time dream of mine to swim with wild dolphins. It was one of THE things in my bucket list, along with “skydiving” and “getting married on a beach” but I guess this has a lot more sentimental value to me. (ok maybe not as much as the marriage on a beach)

I adore dolphins. Their intelligence and playfulness amazes me to no end. I don’t think I will ever crease to be fascinated by them. Before I discovered orcas / killer whales, dolphins were my favorite animal. Well actually orcas are dolphins too but they’re totally different in a sense lol ok not to bore you with the science but yeah, as I was saying I TOTALLY FREAKING LOVE DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!

I’ve seen a lot dolphins, mhmm, even hand-fed and petted them, but that was in aquariums and in places like Sea World. Where they were captive, and bred to be accustomed to the presence of humans.. they were not wild and free. I never got the chance to see them splashing about in the big blue sea, although there was once I caught glimpses of them during a boat trip. When I say a glimpse I really do mean just a glimpse though.

…So imagine the inexplicable happiness I felt when I finally got the chance to swim with wild bottlenose dolphins in the gorgeous turquoise waters of Western Australia. ;__________; One of the most beautiful places on earth.

When I’m old and grey, sitting on a creaky wooden rocking chair and looking back on my life thinking about all the things I’m glad I did, this will be high up on that list.

My day started out early in the morning.

It was cold, and I had my jumper loosely draped across my chest. My stupid expression is a mixture of extreme excitement, skepticism and mild disbelief. Oh and also coldness. Was I really going to do this? After a 45 minutes bus ride out of Perth and into the small city of Rockingham where we were minutes away from jumping onto a boat that would take Sam and I out to sea, it seemed more real than ever.

Many thoughts raced through my head…. Most of them being “Dolphins!!! ^.^ OMG OMG weeeee Dolphins!!!!!!” while some were unfortunately a bit more sadistic, like “What if I don’t see any dolphins at all? I’ve been on supposed “100% chance of seeing dolphins / whales tours and didn’t see shiat before.

…Or worst still. What if a shark comes along and eats me? That would be sad.” (As of September 11, there’s been 873 shark attacks in Australia since records began in 1791. And sharks sometimes hunt dolphins so we could be in the middle of a predator-prey situation, what’s stopping the shark from eating me too?)

Sam, for some reason, wasn’t bouncing with joy like I was. Maybe he too, was thinking about sharks, like I was, lol. His expression pretty much remained the same as above until he actually saw some dolphins… Then it went from :| to …. :D

We arrive at our boat.

There were already other people on it.

Damn, the tour group was much larger than we had anticipated. Perhaps it was the peak period for this sort of activity.

About half of my boat. I’m not a people person so this wasn’t great… but I wasn’t about to let that get in the way of me having some of the best time of my life.

Sam maintaining his :| expression. He is one of those people who would go, “Yeah, I’m so excited” with a completely straight face. I don’t get it. Sometimes I feel sad for people who have difficulty handling their emotions, or expressing themselves. They don’t know when to feel emotional, or rather, feel no real need to be. Life is just… life to them. It isn’t necessarily spectacular. Isn’t it boring to be so “calm and collected” all the time? It feels good to smile till your cheeks go sore and to have your heart beat real fast. Sometimes it also feels good to cry your eyes out because at least that means you’re not cold inside. How can you live if you don’t feel?!

I randomly asked him for some tissue and he handed me this packet. No, it wasn’t intentional. IT WAS A SIGN. :D From then on I felt convinced we would see lots of dolphins. Lol.

They handed us some wet suits and our snorkel masks. I think putting on a wet suit must be one of the most physically unglamorous things you could ever possibly do… even flapping your arms around like a chicken while farting loudly would probably look more sexually attractive.

Leaving Rockingham’s pier behind… they said we wouldn’t have to go further than a few short miles before we’d be surrounded by dolphins!!!!!

They passed around some colored belts for us to wear around our waist. We were separated into small groups of about 4-6 people, and this guy was my instructor. Here he is going over the important steps of how to act when encountering wild dolphins…

And here I am pretending to listen when actually I was just trying to take a decent photo of myself in a snorkel mask. Something about snorkel masks makes your asian nose look even more bulbous and a non-existent double chin suddenly very present and obvious.

Anyways, here’s what they told us!!!!

1) When we yell your group’s color (mine was Black Team), assemble at the back of the boat as quickly as you can! If you’re too slow, you’ll miss the dolphins.

2) Get into the open water swiftly, but gently. If you make loud splashes, you might scare the dolphins away.

3) Always make sure you are in a single file and holding onto the belt of your team member in front of you

4) If I yell, “Left arm!!!” before entering the water, everyone jump into the water looking to your right, while holding onto the person in front of you with your left arm. If I yell “right arm”, look left while holding on with your right. If you look the wrong way, again you might miss the dolphins

5) The first and last person of your group will have to wear something called a SharkShield. (They are shark repellent products that repel the sharks via an electric field that induces spasms in the sharks’ snouts which are really sensitive)

6) Don’t try to touch the dolphins. They’re completely wild and we’d like to keep them that way.

Before I could even start processing their instructions properly, I hear someone scream out, “Black team!!! BLACK TEEAAAAMMM!!! At the back of the boat, hurry please!”

and I was scrambling to shove my snorkel mask over my face. I hurriedly waddled over to join the rest of my team.

It was serious business. Everyone had to act quick and smart. This was already proving to be more difficult than I imagined. I thought I’d find a pod of dolphins all obligingly ready to play and blow bubble rings at me only a couple of meters off the shore, while I slip into an expensive revealing bikini with my perfectly svelte figure and swim around gracefully with them dolphins like I was somehow a mermaid in my past life.

Yeah… right. Svelte and graceful I was not, in my skintight wetsuit I felt like a platypus out of water. Suddenly my feet are dangling off the back of the boat (that’s me with the chipped silver toenail polish) and the coldness of the sea water hits me. I am not going to enjoy jumping into this. Shit, it’s so fucking col-

“ALRIGHT, EVERYBODY INTO THE WATER! IN THREE!! TWO….. *splash*

Me, in my head: Omg omg now? Omg *hesitates before jumping*…. *finally jumps because person behind me pushed me in*

For the first 5 seconds I don’t think about anything else besides how cold the water is and how unaccustomed I am breathing through a snorkel mask underwater. Some water gets into my mask, and I am momentarily blinded and choked. FML I’m not good at this. It’s not something I do all that often.

I turn my head left and right. I hear the loud sea scooter that our instructor was using to pull all of us along the water with. The sea water tastes salty in my mouth. I don’t notice anything else in the water but bunches of floating seaweed and the people in front of me. Visibility wasn’t fantastic.

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…And then I see it.


This HUGE, AMAZINGGGGGGG
3 meters long bottlenose dolphin just appears out of nowhere right in front of me, in plain sight. It doesn’t strike you just how big they are, somehow sea creatures always look smaller from the top.

It then proceeds to swim DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH ME!!! Imagine yourself floating in superman position, but looking directly downwards and seeing this wild dolphin swim so bloody close, I was almost afraid it’s dorsal fin might poke into my stomach because it looked sort of sharp.

That was when I thought to myself, “This is FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The lone dolphin then started twisting around in all sorts of weird angles (not sure why they did that, curiosity maybe?), posing barely less than 2 meters in front of us, and making interesting clicking noises through it’s blowhole like it was putting on a show almost. It was so so so mesmerizing to watch. Dolphins are fun to watch from on top, out of the water but A MILLION times better when you’re in the water with them!!! I’m sorry I didn’t get a lot of good pictures, it was very hard to at that point in time but you get to see some footage in the video!

So I don’t know how many seconds, or minutes passed by that I was observing the dolphin with my eyes as wide open as they’d go so I could capture every detail… (I was literally like this O____O underwater the whole time) But eventually the dolphin swam away, and it was time for us to jump back onto the boat so that other teams could have their go at trying to get some dolphin action.

….I hurled myself back onto the boat, and the first thing I said to Sam was, “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD. DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!??!!??!” (like, duhhh :P) and he was like, “Wow, it was so close, I couldn’t believe it!!!”

I thought we were already lucky to get so close to one dolphin. Heck, I was even surprised we found any at all. Little did I know that throughout the day, we’d come into contact with over 20 different dolphins from different pods and the experiences would vary so much!!!

Our boat found dolphins by having a tracker situated on the top deck of the boat, looking out for dorsal fins in the water and then directing us towards them (not an easy job!)… for almost 20 minutes we couldn’t find any dolphins at all, when they said, “Hey guys, we’re going to create a wake behind the boat which the dolphins like to surf in, so hopefully they’ll be attracted by it and come to us in a more playful mood!

HEY PRESTO what do you know it worked like a charm!!!! Out come the playful dolphins! :D

Our guide said that the dolphins like doing this because it’s similar to humans being on a roller coaster and having gravity work it’s magic on us, giving us that surreal “air time” feeling when we’re going down a slope. The dolphins must be bored of zero gravity all the time in the water, so this is one of the few ways they can “surf”, besides of course the naturally-created surfs of the sea. I hear in Hawaii you can see LOTS of dolphins surfing off the beach!!! ♥_♥

All these shots were taken with my underwater camera, the Canon D10! (which is now discontinued in production unfortunately) Wish I brought my DSLR could’ve taken some awesome shots!

Still, I think these are pretty good! They were jumping in and out of the wake for 3 whole minutes. They loved it!

WEEE!!!! Flying dolphin!

Here’s 2 dolphins swimming towards our boat.

Do you spot something wrong with one of the dolphins?! It’s dorsal fin is missing!!! I reckon it got severed off by a boat propeller or maybe a shark bit it off…. Poor flipper :(

For the next 3-4 hours or so, we cruised the waters of Rockingham trying to spot more dolphins and swimming with them! Since we took it in groups to swim with the dolphins, everyone had a unique experience and some better than others.

I think we had it pretty good because there were lots of times the dolphins came so close to me I thought I could reach out and touch em. It surprised me how ready they were to come into human contact. They could tell we wanted to play!!! Sometimes they’re just not there no matter how hard you look for them, at other times they’re all around you.

We even saw a BABY dolphin that was under a week old!!!!! ;____; It was just the cutest assfdlkf0r93wkdslk; thing EVER. Ridiculous cute overload. I was disappointed that we couldn’t swim with it because the mother would get protective over its new born calf.

With each additional time they yelled, “BLACK TEAM!!!! It’s your turn!!!” we assembled and got ready faster. I jumped into the open sea with ease after the 3rd time. Each time was never less exciting than the previous. This one time I was too excited and hurried I totally forgot to put my snorkel mask on before jumping off the boat only to realize 3 seconds later that humans can’t breathe underwater. I learned how to strain my ears to listen to the clicks and sounds of the dolphins. I tightened the grip on my snorkel mask so water didn’t seep in anymore. My heart always exploded when I spotted a dolphin swimming towards me. Sometimes we also saw none at all. I was disappointed when we’d see none, because we’d climb back onto the boat feeling a little bit down but it makes the next time we jump back into the water THAT much more thrilling.

It was a HUGE adrenaline rush.

I definitely didn’t expect it to be such a pumped up activity. Somehow I always imagined swimming with dolphins would be relaxing… magical… and soothing to the soul? Well it was magical in it’s own way of course! But I’ve seen videos of other people swimming with dolphins and I was expecting something else. :P

There was this specific guide on our tour whose job was different from all the other instructors. Instead of leading different teams swimming towards the dolphins, this woman worked alone. With a sea scooter in her hands, she’d swim side-by-side with the dolphins to gain their attention, then bring the dolphins over to US!!! She must have what is one of the best jobs in the world. She’d make loops around the dolphins and do all sorts of cool aquatic stunts to spike their curiosity. I was soooo jealous, because she was literally rubbing shoulders and body with the dolphins and they didn’t seem to mind at all! In fact I figured they were completely intrigued with her.

Throughout the rest of our afternoon, it was jumping into the water, looking at dolphins, getting out of the water, watching other people jump in, enjoy the boat ride and soak up some sun while others were having their go, trying to spot the dolphins from on top… We saw all sorts of dolphins – from ones that were hunting, playing to even a group of kinky males chasing a single female to mate with her. Hilarious!!!

After hours of heart-pounding, breath-stopping dolphin action, our day had to end all too soon and it was time to head back to shore… I so didn’t wanna go back :(

I could have stayed for another 3 hours. Or perhaps forever. Our tour guides let us have some individual fun with their $6k sea scooters to end off a great day at sea. For a second I was mortified having to face civilization and human beings again instead of floating around with cool dolphins. When you’re out there, you leave every single thought of the rest of the world behind.

But back on land we were. And before I knew it, it was all over. I swore to myself this was something I’d want to do again. And again, and AGAIN!!!!

This was the tour company we engaged, if you’re interested in doing this too!! Which, come on, you totally should because it’s a life-changing experience. If you’ve ever thought about doing it, DON’T THINK, just do. It will be one of the best things you’ll ever did. Visit them at Dolphins.com.au.

We had lunch break at a beach side cafe before going back to the city of Perth. While I was eating my steak sandwich, I asked myself, “Did I really just do that? ..Yeah, guess I did, huh? Woah.”

It was weird that I went back home in Perth, which was only 45 minutes away, and did other normal humanly things like take a shower and then talked to my mother when she went “So, how was your day?” like it was just another ordinary day in my life. It wasn’t.

It was an incredibly special and surreal day for me – living out one of my wildest dreams. ♥

xoxo,
Jess
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