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Airbnb

So I’m back in Beijing. Left 1 August 2014, and back 18 August 2014 — Just in time for the MR’s birthday! Don’t ask about the cost. I’m already very poor, this trip made me pauper than I already was. It can only get better from here right?!

I have never experienced anything like this during my four years in Beijing. I had lived off campus, in a small neighbourhood near my school. Not great, but not that bad either. I had a nice kitchen, good bathroom with awesome water pressure and heating system. Basically, I lived good. I didn’t have to worry about moving after each semester, or to worry about the cleanliness of the room. I had everything under control.

This trip back to Beijing was an “adventure”. One day before flying, the MR texted and said that I wouldn’t like where we were supposed to live. (Story: MR is going to live with his friend, R. R screwed up the whole schedule and MR had to live in R’s room for two weeks and R is going to live in his friend, N’s room. I wanted to be with MR on his birthday so I did whatever I could to return. So upon knowing that I’m coming, MR suggested to R that we could live in N’s room instead —knowing that there was no roommates and all. As usual, R screwed up, again. It happened that there was another roommate, and a homeless person couching in the living room. Also, bathroom is disgusting and no lock. MR was upset, and he knew that I would be mad.) So right before I left, I hooked my friends up and they had helped to book a room in the student dormitory for me. We couldn’t stay for long because school’s starting, and we had to move after 6 nights spent in the small room. Happy? Not really. The room was small, but it was clean and the shower was good. Shared kitchen outside the room is also great.

We were financially strapped and had to spend 12 nights somewhere else before we could check into a nice hotel towards the end of my stay.

To be honest, it should be for another 5/6 nights because the MR can move into his room 1 September. Lo and behold, the apartment has a c-a-t. Goodness!!! Walao. I’m scared of fur, damn it. I was quite mad. Ok, really mad. Because the MR didn’t know there was a cat until he verbally agreed to stay with R and another roommate, O , who owns the damn cat. It’s not like they cannot own pets. But at the very least, let your soon-to-be roommate know about that?

Is that how guys do things? You don’t think through everything? And ultimately when things screwed up, they just throw their hands in the air, give you a I-can’t-do-anything-about-it look, and walk away. Idiots.

Then for the 12 nights, we had to resort to AIRBNB.

We got a place to live through airbnb and I couldn’t say it’s bad, but it’s not great either. Airbnb is a great platform for people to let out their rooms, their house for extra cash, and all but I think it kinda lacks quality assurance/quality control. So this is what it is now, airbnb will credit the bill into the host’s account 24hours after we’ve check-in. I thought it would be better for airbnb to credit half the bill into the host’s account, then the remaining half after we check out and rate it. Sure enough there’s a possibility that people might abuse the system, but it also pushes the hosts to really describe their place as it is, providing a great service for people who uses them and also gives the tenants an assurance. More to that, of course, just saying how it would make me feel a lot more comfortable.

Because right now, this place we got through airbnb… urm.. lets just say the bathroom grossed me out. EEKs.

Two Degrees

Basically the temperature right now is 2 Degree Celsius which is about 36 Fahrenheit. Urm, in Beijing.

Winter is probably going to end soon.Given my previous experience with the weather in this city, I would say… the temperature is maybe going to remain below 20 degree celsius until end of april.

My second winter in Beijing was more bearable than the previous year’s. Winter during the first year was literally all about cracked lips and heels, dry and itchy skin , sore throat etc. The only good thing of it was near-to-perfect skin due to the dry air here.

The coldest period will probably be in January to February —I would say the coldest during CNY. Temperature will drop to negative 15 degree celsius. When the cold is piercing right through your bones.

Since last year November, I’ve decided not to undergo the “pain” I went through in 2010. So I came up with those basic essentials skincare regimen and forced myself through.

It has been 5 months already. My face is not peeling and is sufficiently moisturized throughout this winter.

 

My skins are very sensitive and i had been using KOSE… Stopped using them because that’s very expensive!

A student shouldnt be spending so much on these!

So I changed them to these not so expensive brands…and yeah, proven to be as good!

 

I used Eucerin Toner – Eucerin products are recommended for people with very sensitive skin. They can be used on baby , too! ( I mean other products from Eucerin la….i have not heard of baby needs to apply toner lo…)This toner helps to clear the skin and prevent blemishes. The 2% Lactic Acid helps to clear your pores without over drying your skin! I love it because it doesn’t give my skin a very tight feeling.

Follows by Laneige Moisturizer. I do not use Laneige Toner because I am sensitive to it… and because I bought a set from korea, so i had to chunk the toner away…( Anyone wants free Laneige Toner? It’s unopened. unused. PM me for that! ) Moisturizer..hmmm…. just moisturize my face lor. I use it because it smells really nice and doesnt give me rashes. and also it keeps my face moisturized for like..maybe up to 7 hours  in the cold…then will start to feel….dry.

After moisturizing, I use Loreal White Perfect. I used this because my friend had introduced it to me and after using it, can really see that those uneven brown spots have slightly faded.

And after my day cream, I apply my sunblock.

Sometimes I use the sunblock from Loreal and other days I use Nivea. It all depends on the day itself … Whether the sun is out to kill me or not. Will use Loreal sunblock if i happen to go out at around 11plus-1plus pm. Because that’s when the sun is really strong. Loreal’s sunblock has an SPF of 50 while Nivea’s SPF 30+. I know it doesnt sound like that’s a big difference… but do your know that if you those sunblock smeared on your face are not “use” like literally, there’s a higher chance of you getting skin cancer ? I dunno how true is that. But I grew up knowing that. So better be safe than sorry hor? hhaha

Oh….then the lil bottles you see in the photo are my night cream and eye serum cream.

So my routine at night is Toner+ Moisturizer+Night Cream+eye serum cream

Eye serum cream from The body shop. Gotten that because I had to burn midnight oil somedays…and that resulted in eye bags. freaking eye bags and dark eye rings are my biggest enemies. haha.

So basically, those products can get you through beijing’s gruesome winter pretty easily without peeling a skin at really damn affordable prices!

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Other than having a skincare regimen to protect your face, you will need lots of butter for your body.

I usually use Strawberry Body Butter from The Body Shop.

No photo here. Because my butter are kinda gross used by me.

Apply those butter right after you dry yourself from shower. They really keep you moisturized for up to a day! Seriously! No itchy skin or peeling skin! Promised!

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On the go.

This is what you actually to survive Beijing if you’re here on tour…or living here for a long long time 😛

That’s essentials to have in your bag wherever you go in Beijing during winter.

1: L’Occitane Hand Cream for Dry Skin with 20% Shea Butter. I love this because they really omg keep your hands so moisturized!!!!No more peelings..Really.

2: Wet Tissues. You can get it anywhere, actually. I am very anal about my stuffs…So i will usually buy loads in Singapore to have them brought back..Wet tissues are UBER impt in your beijing life. You just want to keep your hands CLEAN.

3: Tissues.You need to have lots of them. For toilet usage or whatever. Just have them in your bag.

4: Elizabeth Arden 8 hours protection cream. They are god damn awesome. I’ve used SO MANY stupid brands of lip balm or whatsoever, NOTHING beats the shit outta this cream. This is god like. Must have to prevent chapped lips. Seriously.

5: Your metro card for buses and trains. For cheap rides. hahahaha

6: Water bottle. I do not like the water of china. But I still have to survive. So i have like huge water dispenser at home and boiled them…and keep them in bottles like this to drink. It’s always good to have a bottle of water with you.

7:Sunglass. Need not elaborate much. The sun is horrendous sometimes in the winter. They irritate my eyes.

8: Dettol hand sanitizer. You need them when you want your hands to be germs free. Because you really dun know if your hands get dirtier after washing them in the public or what. Just in case, you know.

Optionals (that i always bring, too):

1: Throat lozenges. I usually have the dequalin pastilles with me. Because of the air here, your throat gets dry and irritating. So you may want to suck on one of these pastilles to soothes your throat. I bought mine in Singapore, all the time. Unless it runs out, I will be forced to get them at watsons. They do not have dequalin here. I’ll get those local ones :/

2: Mask. I’ll bring at least one one-time-use mask all the time. When the air gets bad, at least, psychologically,  I am comforted by the fact that i will not be breathing in too much of those poisons.

Hahahaha. About all 🙂

Oh. will be useful if you have an iPhone with you all the time. (Just saying….)

Hope you enjoyed this post!

🙂 Survive in beijing!!!! 🙂

 

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