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Just paid for my domain subscription for airmeli.com. I have paid for this domain since 2009, I am thinking to retain as long as possible because airmeli is a part of me. Even thought it is not as updated as often as last time. I have always said I want to blog back but I am always lack of motivation and I don’t give priority to blogging as compare to last time. Nowadays I buy lesser though I still buy products from time to time. I am just lazy to blog them out but will still share them with my friends if I used a great product.

I was reluctant to share my feelings here because I have made this blog into a review blog. But since airmeli is me online, I figured out why not share some of my thoughts here.

2 weeks ago, I made a massive decision that I feel I should put in more effort in doing it. This time round is serious business. As most of my friends know I have been doing Taobao preorder since n years ago. (I start doing since 2007 which not many people know then.) I also planned to have an online shop but honestly the competition is so intense out there. I took my time and slowly do up but 2 weeks ago, my partner and I decided to go ahead to do business. I am now accountable to my partner so I feel quite stressed. I have the responsibility to ensure it doesn’t fail too much.

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14 things that happened in 2014

Before I start, I have to say that I didn’t really blog the things I planned to do this year. Initally, I thought most likely I didn’t have much fulfilment because I really didn’t do as much as I did last year.

1. I finally have my home with KK

I know I didn’t blogged about this. After living here for few months, the urge of blogging my home gets lower. Especially the messiness of my house is beyond imagination. I will summary it here. When I want to blogged about it later. I will backlink the post here.

I went to collect my house key after we came back from Malaysia for out yearly Chinese New Year break. I remember very clearly we collected one day before Valentine Day. I shall test Kk if he remembered we take our key on the 13th Feb 2014. (Most likely no.)

2. Completed my renovation

It was indeed a chore to decide all the colours themes, cupboard laminates, designs, electrical works and so on. I moved in on 1st May 2014. It was a feng shui consideration because my sister in law was pregnant and being a bit of superstitious (It was said if u move it might cause miscarriage) and also better safe then sorry. We moved on the next day when she give birth to the baby. It happen that the baby decided to come out on the 30th April.

I will not be showing the final product of my house because I can’t really take photos of my house now because all my customers goods are still with me. :( Therefore, I will show you the impression plan that my ID did.

3. My first MacBook Pro

I have been wanting a MacBook since years ago. Actually previously I did not want to get a Asus but since I was quite poor then, I got my Asus instead of a MacBook Pro. You will not believe how touched I am when I was unboxing my laptop. It was like a wish come true. It was actually bought when Kk got his bonus and asked me what I wanted. End up become my birthday present even though I got it way on the 18th September 2014 which was before my birthday.

I really need to thank my friend from getting this MacBook Pro for me as she was working in Apple. (How lucky to have a friend working inside Apple.)

4. My first mirrorless camera

It happens to be also my early Christmas present. I am sick of my Canon G1x for its slow auto focus and unable to take Marco. Being a someone who blogs, I need to take Marco shots from time to time and I always need to use my iPhone to take them.

My initially plan was to get Sony’s RX100 III because it was small and have good auto focus. However, it was rather pricey for a point and shoot. I saw some bad review with its auto focus so end up getting Olympus EPL-7. I saw evonnz blog and her dayre of the photos taken by it and love it. Then went to read the review on it and great. Lastly, consult my brother who was great in photography and he finally give me the green light. Told me that it was quite a decent basic camera. (He always said I buy crap camera.)

5. I cook!!

Many people used to say behind me that if Kk marry me, I will starve Kk to death. (Hello, Kk dun have hands and legs ah? Cannot buy himself ma? LOL~) Mainly because they think I don’t cook. Well. I won’t curse anyone because the truth is I cook. I don’t think many of you know but I got an ‘A’ for my home economic for my secondary school time. Although I don’t think I am a great cook but seriously I know the basic of cooking.

The reason I did not cook after my secondary school was mainly I got phobia with gas stove. The phobia started after I got a shock during my home economic practical cooking test when the teacher forgot to on the main gas switch and she suddenly turn on. Suddenly, the gas gushed out while I was lighting the stove with the lighter gun and I was almost got burned on the face because I was investigating how come I could not light the stove.

Since I got my new home, I got a non gas stove and a gas stove. (Kk still want a gas stove for boiling of water.) I started to cook and I cook quite frequently. I love cooking different types of dishes and I am quite expert in cooking soup.

Did I say one of the people who gossip about marrying me will starve Kk’s to death is now enduring the untrue things that it said about me. :)

Look at all the food I cook and these are not all.

6. My taobao preorder business still around

I am guilty when I said this. I personally don’t see this as a business as I am buying for friends and usually I give back the discount to my friends. But still it is still surviving but most likely I will keep it small because I don’t have the capacity to make it big and sustain it.

7. Making more Youtube videos
I didn’t do as many vlogs that I hope to do but I did 10 videos in 2013 but I did 25 videos (as per 29 December when I was drafting this post.) It was 2.5 times more than last year and one of the video got more than 1K views. This is all thanks to STOMP.

This is the latest video from my channel.

I will be posting more reviews and maybe vlogs on this channel as Mac really make editing much easier, click here if you want to subscribe.

8. Proud owner of Instax share printer

Noticed it? 2014 is a year I got most of my wants gadgets!! First, got a MacBook Pro, then a Olympus EPL-7 and lastly I got a Instax Printer. When it was launched initially, it was priced at S$270+ but guessed how much I got? S$158!! I got it during the Lazada 12/12 sales.

I really love it a lot and even borrow it to my friend for her wedding~

9. Got another Niece in law and a second cousin

Jing Wen with my new niece Jing Ying

The 4th generation kids coming, introudce Kieran. My cousin’s son. That’s the only few photo he opened his eyes.

Told you that my sister in law gave birth earlier and my cousin also gave birth 2 months ago. At my age, I will see more babies coming out. I feel so happy for them. I know it can be tough to take care of babies but it is a bittersweet feeling. Treasure it before they grow up and give you more problems. :)

10. Did not go anywhere other than Malaysia
Unlike all the years that I am with Kk, I always have been lucky to be able to go to overseas. (I don’t consider going Malaysia as going overseas as Malaysia is like Kk’s home so Malaysia is my 2nd home in a way.) The reason that we didn’t go anywhere was mainly that our budget was suck dry by our renovation.

We are still recovering and Kk got me my dream MacBook so I decided to keep quiet about not being able to go overseas. Rest assure, we are planning one soon. :)

11. My first plant

Since I got an empty corner outside my house that my ID asked me to chop. I decided to put a plant there. After some consideration, we decided to put money plant at the place because it doesn’t need too much sun light and it grow very well.

12. Donated to a good cause online

After some scam in Singapore’s donation, I don’t donate anymore. But this is the first time after so long I donated to Dancember where all the donation will be donated Rescue:Freedom International to raise awareness and helpe to fundraise money for victims of the horrible reality that many women go through in the life of “Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery”.

This campaign is created by itsjudylife and Benjimantv. Every year December, they will have a 24hour live broadcast of their lives and raise funds for charity. As I have been a loyal viewer of their vlogs, I decided to donate as raising USD $100,000 is not easy and seriously they don’t need to do it at all.

13. Got another sister-in-law
Although they have went through Chinese customary wedding but Kk’s brother went to China to register their wedding already so pretty much already husband and wife in the eyes of the law. He mentioned they will be going through Chinese customary wedding next year. Hope that he can be more mature after getting married. :)

14. Finally visit a doctor for fertility problems.
After not pregnant for 2 years plus, we finally decided to visit Chinese Doctor and she asked us to go for fertility checked up. Somehow both of us have some problems. But Kk’s problems is bigger and more serious. I will blog about it when the time is right but yup… Now we are consulting doctor in terms of fertility.

Things Learnt from Xiaxue VS Gushcloud

This is really more exciting then mediacorp drama with all the betrayal and exposure. If you ask me, I will not believe only Xiaxue is involved in the preparation of this exposed. More and more bloggers/influencer getting hooked in and I saw name who I know though not very close with it.

Greater influential power comes with greater responsibility. When one is out in the public, people judge you. Bloggers are now just like artistes, or maybe even more influential then artistes. At least if you for Singapore context, I think this is the case and I don’t think any Singapore artistes can match her power. So if you did something not right, don’t ever challenge Xiaxue

I can’t help but wonder if Vincent did not reply to Xiaxue’s Dayre post then. Nothing like this would have ever happen. Xiaxue usually will not be aggressive unless provoked. It takes two hands to clap so stop acting like Gushcloud is classy and innocent. If Xiaxue were evil, Gushcloud is not anything better. It is a pot calling a kettle black.

Bloggers must be careful especially if it is a sponsored post. If something is not good, blogged it out. If not don’t blogged it. I used to be stuck in the dilemma if I should hide the not so good. But I did not in the end because I got a reputation to protect. I guessed Yilin learned her lesson. I am glad she apologised. It is better than a lot of gushcloud influencer who thought they are not wrong especially they gossip so badly about Xiaxue as well as innocent people.

I gossip too. I am no angel too. But I dun do it in a group chat thinking that it is private. I do it with close friend. I know many bloggers look nice but actually they are not. I am a small blogger so sometimes when I go to event and see big shots. I will wonder why they are so different. Some played victims and innocent but when I see them in real person. I feel some of the actions that they do are just so different they portray.

As for Gushcloud, I really think the way they handled this crisis is so bad. First they create a hashtag (#faithingushcloud), then they mention that they are seeking legal advise. Then after 48 hours, they decided not to sue Xiaxue anymore. The influencer were left basically on their own to handle this. I was reading everything till now. Honestly, they make so much mistake that I pity some of their influencer having to face everything. I believe pretty much Gushcloud is gone after the what’s app. The last bit of respect is lost. If I am advertiser, I won’t want to be associated with them.

Lush Christmas Party

Few weeks ago went for an event organised by LUSH Wisma Atria. It is that period of the year where I love to go Lush to grab their Christmas limited edition. As a fan of LUSH, I RSVP myself and share the event. I asked Cynthia to go with me and ask Mia to RSVP herself. She then ask Hui Zi and Xiao Qing. My neighbour Kitty also came as she saw my share of facebook. Talk about the power of social media. :)

PS: All photos taken by my iPhone because I forgot to charge my G1x’s battery.

The bubble bath corner

More of the bubble bath corner and a few Christmas set~

I love their fun bubble bath. When you buy one fun bath bar. Lush will donate 2.5% of the sales to a funds that support charity in Fukushima.

Actually I have yet to try Lush solid shampoo and conditioner. I am still clearing the shampoo that I hauled from previous sales.

I have owned a few of LUSH’s soap. I am currently using Ice Blue Soap.

The main ingredient of making LUSH Bath Bombs is Baking Soda and Citric Acid. Since it is Christmas season, LUSH is letting us make their Christmas Bath Bombs, Cinders. The staff mentioned that she felt this is one of the under-rated one in the Christmas series. There are additional 2 more ingredients in Cinder and they are Popping Candy and coloured salt. Hence when you put it in the bathtub and the Popping Candy come in contact with water it will “POP”.

The staff telling us about Cinders. Yup. I start to loving this too.

I took a video on how to make the bath bombs. Those who couldn’t make it can take a look at it.

We then got messy doing the bomb. Honestly, it was simple and fun. I like it that this bath bomb was made by me. Although it does not look pretty as those in shop but it is make by me!!

Cynthia with her bath bomb. Look at her proud smile. :)

This is mine!! I also very proud of myself.

Hui Zi and Xiao Qing also having fun.

The second part of the workshop is where we are introduced of the “FUN” Bubble Bath. Yup, I owned a blue and a pink one. But this Christmas they came out with the Christmas set, Gold Fun and Snow Fun. Gold Run consist of only Gold and Snow Fun consist of White, Black and Orange. It is mainly for you to make snowman. \(^ω^\)

This is the one that Lush made.

This is the one that Kitty made. Talk about artistic.

Melted snowman is made by Cynthia. Her hands are more warm so golden snowman melts. Mia make a hamburger and I make a snail because it is the easiest and use the least.

The side profile of my snail.

Didn’t manage to take all the photos so Hui Zi did a star using the golden fun bubble.
(Photos taken from her Instragram)

Snow VS Cloud (Xiaxue VS Gushcloud) *updated 25th Dec 2014*

Before I start today’s blog post, the advertising platform in my blog is Nuffnang but that does not have any effect on my view on this. I will pretty much explain it in the blog post so you will understand it in the point of the prospect from a general public like me.

Summary to the whole incident

  1. Xiaxue post on her dayre in March 2014 suggesting that Glushcloud is unethical
  2. Glushcloud’s Founder, Vincent decided to write a blog to reply Xiaxue stating that  what Xiaxue suggested is not true. (His blog entry have been removed before I could read it.)
  3. Xiaxue found proof and accused Gushcloud of the following
    • Glushcloud is not making as much money as it seems to be.
    • Bloggers are paid and yet they will say they buy and use the product or service with their own money
    • Bloggers do not have that much view yet proclaim that they have that much view
    • Buying fake youtube views and subscribers.
    • Suggesting Glushcloud is oweing some of its blogger (influencer) money.

If you want to read the lengthy full version, click here to go to xiaxue post.

Vincent should have know something like this will happen when he decided to post a reply for Xiaxue’s dayre entry. He forgot how Xiaxue become famous? Xiaxue is famous not only of her witty post of things but also her CSI ability. Didn’t she make it big posting the details of her hater? She is a blogger that dared to say anything that she thinks is not right.

If from the start Vincent kept quiet then maybe this would not happen so soon. Challenging Xiaxue is a very wrong move.

I guessed Gushcloud should thank Xiaxue if they are trending in the social media. I have a few bloggers friends who are with Gushcloud and I will say now I believe their character will upright so I wouldn’t comment anything about them. Other than them, I actually never know of any famous Glushcloud bloggers. It was only after Xiaxue’s incident with Eunice Annabel so Gushcloud should thank Xiaxue for the free publicity.

Glushcloud is indeed making full use xiaxue and even create #faithinglushcloud. If you have time to create a hashtag, find some time to reply Xiaxue’s blog on you. I feel bad to some of my friends who are with Gushcloud and hope that they are alright.

So far those standing by supporting Glushcloud are their star bloggers like Xavier and Annabell.

If you ask me, I do believe the evidence that Xiaxue is giving. It might not be 100% true, but I am guessing a 90% true.

However, I feel that they way Xiaxue is exposing Glushclud is quite unscrupulous in some ways. Everyone knows that Kay Kay and Xiaxue used to be very good friends and she even got a videos that she kissed Kay Kay.

Even though no one knows what exactly went wrong but when Kay Kay left clicknetwork plus some quarrels on the social media, many have guessed so that Kay Kay and Xiaxue are no more friends. Kay Kay went Gushcloud after some time. Not so sure what the exact timing because I dun really follow her so closely.

Another ex Nuffnang blogger targeted is Eric Lim. Many who followed Yutaki and Miyaki should know that Eric Lim used to be their good friends. Eric lim joined Glushcloud too so I guessed that they are no longer friends as I don’t see their group photo anymore.

Honestly, there are so many bloggers that Glushcloud has in their list but I am not sure why did Xiaxue need to choose these 2? Even if they are no longer friends, I feel that there is no need to take it until so personal. Having said that I do not know what went wrong, maybe they break off the friendship in an awful way so this explains why it was targeted at her. Same goes for Eric Lim, I feel there is no need to ruin him so openly especially his views is so low.

Aside from these, I pretty much is on Xiaxue’s side. Her intention is good or not, it doesn’t matter. Good intention at wrong timing or things can be bad also. Because at the end of the day, Glushcloud did masked advertisement is already wrong and was caught red handed. Yes, I feel disgusted by this point only. It is not hard to just indicate that the product or service is sponsored. The rest I know many bloggers do that so it is not something rare.

I know many bloggers will lie about their views, it is a norm in the blogging field. This week Instagram cleared some of fake accounts so you can see how much one will do to get views and subscriber. However, this will not last long. From time to time all social media will clear fake accounts. I see many people doing masked review and review that was moderate by the sponsor. One of my old blog post was once moderate because I said something that I don’t like so much. In the end, I deleted it because I don’t want to go against my will to blog something that is perfect especially that product was not that good. But I see many other bloggers who was blogger the same thing sing praises of the product. I don’t lie about review because it is my own reputation online and I don’t want to ruin it. The blogging industry is a small and bitchy one. Once you do something wrong, it will follow you forever.

If you are just a small blogger at Gushcloud, leave them. Being associated with them now with no explanation of the mask advertisement will affect you and make you a dishonest one too. But if you are their star blogger then, you can only stand strong with them and hope they apologised for their action. Since they make you who you are and I don’t think it is right to leave them when they are in trouble too. As for Gushcloud, I think apologising is the best thing you can do now. Finding excuses to address will make you more guilty.

Updates
Sorry, I was busy yesterday so I didn’t manage to post the update reply from Gushcloud.

1. Glushcloud is not making as much money as it seems to be.

Reply: They have no intention to “inflate” their earning. It was just a honest mistake.

My thoughts: Like I said earlier, the more they attempt to explain this part, the more it sound like an excuse. Don’t bothering saying things like you are in the US, don’t tell me there are no other staff in your company to tell you of this mistake? If you can have the time to cut off that part in your website. It just means you knew and attempt to hide. So nope, I don’t buy this “explaination”

2. Bloggers are paid and yet they will say they buy and use the product or service with their own money

Reply:

(i) They didn’t force their influencer to mask advertisement. (xiaxue has proof in her facebook page, you can click here (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4) to find them.). In fact, some of their influencer also label that the products were sponsored.

(ii) They also address that with regards to client wanting to mask advertisement. When they receive such request, they will ask if the influencer is comfortable before doing. Since it is not against the law for doing mask advertisement.

My thoughts: Whether or not the influencer is willing or not, it does not really matter in my view. The fact the company allow it is wrong. Don’t bother to sweeten the words and make it sound alright. It will make everyone thinks that all bloggers are like that. Yes, bloggers/influencer can make mistake and forgot to add advertorial. But if they have the intention to lie it like they really bought/use it when it is an advertorial. Then this is not alright be it if they are willing or not. Honestly, small influencer will not dare to go against their blog managers if they are being requested to do mask ads so the company should not allow it at all. The fact that Xiaxue tried to request mask ads and that influencer Yilin agreed and do it wrong. 

3. Bloggers do not have that much view yet proclaim that they have that much view

Reply: Influencer statistic is manually key-in so it is not that up to date. They did try to keep it updated yearly. They also mentioned that tracking link might not be accurate.

My thoughts: This is one of the reasons why I am still with Nuffnang. I really love their blog stats checker because it is simple and yet I can see my traffic. I dislike only page view because it does not mean anything to me. I prefer to see unique view because that is the actual traffic. This part Gushcloud really need to learn from Nuffnang. With this blog tracker, there is no need for them to manually ask for the screenshot from bloggers/influencers. I feel updating once a year is too long to reflect on the actual traffic. It should be updated once a month.

One thing I discover is it seems like Kay kay views is seems to be inflated. 10 000+ views in 2013 is indeed a lot. 

In addition, Kay Kay was 31 in 2013 but she is 31 in 2014? SERIOUSLY? I don’t know human grow younger every year. :P

4. Buying fake youtube views and subscribers.

Reply: Explain that all their views are real and provided statistic to proof.

My thoughts: Xiaxue was being personal to Kay Kay in this area. If I were her, I wouldn’t post this part out. Since there is no concrete proof on these, most part is based on speculation and assumption. This part is also where I discovered she is starting to get bias against Kay Kay. True enough Kay Kay showed her stats out and  there is not much Xiaxue can do but to admit that Kay Kay views is higher than hers.

Honestly, I buy Kay Kay part for this. If you ask a normal guy, would they watch a sexy girl or watch a baby, I guessed most man will answer watch sexy girl. Sexy girl videos always get lots of hits in youtube and will get recommended by them. This is what I noticed from viewing videos. She should have know because Kay Kay and her did have a make out video, the hits is like a lot so yup that explains the point.

5. Suggesting Glushcloud is oweing some of its blogger (influencer) money.

Reply: Explains that their cash flow might be lower because they are a new company and they have the ability to pay all their influencer.

My thoughts: My ad revenue come from Nuffnang, so far I cashed out my earnings once only since I am not that active of a blogger. How long did I get my cheque after I cash out the mere S$50? It was more than a month to near 2 months if I did not remember wrongly. But since I dun work with Nuffnang for paid blogging jobs so I cannot comment on the rest.  I know of a friend who went to Gushcloud because Nuffnang took more than 3 months to pay her. She cannot accept payment so late, this is why if Gushcloud influencer can accept then no point lashing them for this.

 There are many ways to argue about this point and there are no right or wrong in how they want to manage their finances. I don’t think anyone should just poke their nose into another’s company’s finances. Especially when xiaxue is a shareholder of Nuffnang and that position make it awkward for her too.

 Thank you for reading my wordy view on the exposed of the clouds and Merry Christmas.

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