Friday, January 30, 2015

Haul: iherb (January)


Miss my haul post? I'm back with yet another post, this time from iherb. I'm pretty sure most, if not all of you have heard of this website. For those who never shopped there before, you gotta. And use the code: KDB598 for USD10 off your first purchase. I must warn you though that this code can only be used once, so use it wisely. If your total is not over USD40, you will only be entitled to USD4 off your first purchase, so, be sure your total is over USD40. 


Ordered & Paid: 10/1
Uploaded my passport: 12/1
Shipped: 13/1
Tax form uploaded: 22/1
Tax paid: 26/1
Shipped from Shanghai: 28/1
Received: 29/1

Ok, yes, the process for ordering stuff from the US is tedious when you are in China. :P If you are currently living in China & have any problems ordering, feel free to email me & I'll try to help you. 

What I ordered:

Order Details:
Nivea, Lip Butter, Raspberry Rose Kiss, 0.59 oz (16.7 g)(NIV-01255)
Nivea, Moisturizing Creme, Soft, 6.8 oz (192 g)(NIV-89050)
Nivea, Lip Butter, Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss, 0.59 oz (16.7 g)(NIV-01257)
Blistex, Medicated Lip Balm, Lip Protectant/Sunscreen, SPF 15, 3 Balm Value Pack, .15 oz (4.25 g) Each(BTX-00046)
Blistex, Medicated Lip Ointment, .35 oz (10 g)(BTX-21041)
Blistex, Lip Medex, External Analgesic Lip Protectant, .38 oz (10.75 g)(BTX-16001)
Everyday Coconut, Night Face Cream, 12 fl oz (354 ml)(EVC-00763)
Everyday Coconut, Daily Face Lotion, SPF 15, 12 fl oz (354 ml)(EVC-00762)
Queen Helene, Cocoa Butter, Hand and Body Lotion, 16 oz (454 g)(QHE-16476)
Extra Discounts:
  • Extra 5% discount for orders over $40.00

Order Totals:
Sub Total:
Shipping and Handling:
Total Before Tax:


Was so excited my parcel finally came that I couldn't wait till morning to take the pictures under proper lighting. Sorry! :P

The box that I've been waiting for: 

I just love opening parcels, I mean, who doesn't? 

Sneak peak: XP

First item: The medicated lip ointment from Blistex

Lip medex from Blistex:

Once again, another product from Blistex:

The raved lip butter from Nivea:

Just another flavour: 

The reason I ordered from iHerb;

The other reason :

I just needed to stock up on moisturisers:

Just what I need to get through this cold & dry winter:

Did I ever mention how affordable & great Queen Helene's products are?

As you can see, I ordered lots of lip products & moisturisers. I have super dry skin, acne prone too. And well, for my lips, they crack like crazy! (I'm just justifying why I splurge. XP )

What I like:

  • Price of all things on iherb.
  • Everything arrived safely with no leakage. (there were a few dents here & there)
  • The whole process was informed through email
  • They have all these American drugstore brands which you can't get if you're not from America


  • The need to pay tax. (For your info, this is my 2nd time ordering from China. I didn't need to pay tax for my 1st purchase. i guess it had something to do with the method of shipping. Both times, I used different shipping methods.)
  • Tax can only be paid using Alipay ( I don't have an Alipay account, which made it so difficult)
  • No coupon codes or special discounts for ongoing customers.

Will I repurchase?

After the tax? I'll have to think about it.
But there's no question that I will definitely still order & have the products ship to Malaysia.

Well, once again, if you guys are interested to order from iHerb, do use the code KDB598 for USD10 off your first purchase. And I can't stress enough that this code should be used wisely since codes can only be used once & only during your first purchase. Any questions, feel free to email me or just leave a comment down below.

Link: www.iHerb.com
Code: KDB598

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Best app for learning chinese


I'm sure it's no surprise to you readers that I'm currently in China. I thought this post might be a lil helpful to those who kinda have trouble with chinese. 

My chinese is bad, really bad. Before I came here, I only knew very very basic words and couldn't read nor write any characters apart from my name. When I started uni, we had this compulsory course which was Chinese Language, That class really helped. We were taught the very basic and well, step by step. After 3 semesters, I can say that my chinese has improved tremendously, though not good or anything. I still don't know a lot of characters. 

End of my story. :)

Now, let's move on to the app. I'm pretty sure now smartphones are the thing right now. Nobody doesn't have a handphone. Everyone owns either a smartphone or an iphone. Regardless of which phone you're using, you install apps. So, this app I want to introduce is so so so so useful if you ever need any help with chinese.

The app is called Pleco.

It looks like this.

You can check out their website here.

I'm not even kidding when I said this is the best application for chinese translation. I've downloaded a lot of apps, and deleted them too. But this, is definitely a keeper!

The key features which I just screenshot from their website:

I really love the handwriting feature. I mean there are countless times when you see a character but you don't even know the pinyin for it, so how the hell are you suppose to check the dictionary when you don't even know the pinyin? With this handwriting feature, that is no longer a problem. 

This app is simply amazing and best part, it's free!

So, for those of you who are learning chinese, definitely check this app out. It's very useful and it definitely helped me a lot. Hopefully, it will help you too. :D

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Renting in China?


I thought I should make a quick post about this since my sis & I recently moved into a new place. Our previous rent was RMB4000 per month which is ALOT for a 1 bedroom, 1 kitchen, 1 toilet & 1 living room kind of place. It wasn't exactly convenient or anything since it was nowhere near a subway station.

This new place we found is RMB2100 per month for 2 bedrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 living room & 1 toilet. The thing is, it is faraway. Other than it being far, it's really cozy & a really awesome place to live. Everyday, I just can't wait to go home after classes. :D

How we found this place? (you may skip this next paragraph if you don't want to hear my long story :P)

Actually, I had to take a bus from my old place to my uni everyday. You just get bored looking out the window all the time right? They have this mini TV in the bus which shows advertisements. They show the same advertisements pretty much every single day to the point you actually remember the advertisements. One of the advertisements was pretty stupid, it was a girl dancing with a donkey singing ganji wang. That's how I got to know about this website. Wang means online/site. 网 is the character for wang. If you ever see this word, it means internet/online/site, anything to do with the internet.

End of my story. Now, let's proceed to how to actually use this site to rent an apartment.

I'll take you step by step:
1. Go to http://bj.ganji.com/

It should look something like this:

2. Click on the word which says "租房" which means "rent an apartment"

3. You will then be directed to a page which looks like this:
The first green button means whole of beijing. If you have a specific preference, a specific district in beijing, then select the district you want.
Second green button is of course the price range.
Third green button means how many bedrooms you want.
Fourth green button means "characteristics". This is a lil more specific, like, near the subway & stuff like that.

Well, the rest you can just browse and choose anything to your desire.

4. Open the links of the rooms you like in new tab. Then you can see more detailed information regarding each room/apartment. There's even a chat option which I find really useful. 

I actually used the chat located at the bottom right corner of the screen & spoke with a few agents. They are very helpful. You can just tell them your criteria & they will help you find the apartments you need. Though I must warn you that some of the apartments you find to your liking may have already been rented out. So, do chat with the agents and ask them.

I found a few, then set appointments with the agents, went to check the places out & decided which one I liked best. 

And that's how I found my current apartment.

If any of you readers have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email me at joubajoubawa@yahoo.com
I'll be more than willing to help. :D 

This website has been a HUGE help to me, if not for that website, I would never have found my current place and at this rent. I mean, RMB2100 per month for a 2 bedroom apartment? You can't find any apartments at this rate in Beijing.  

Stay tune to my blog for more tips and also reviews. :)

See you again!

Review: Kangskin Beauty Multi Block Cream


Miss me readers? I hope so. I'm back with a review after so very long. Remember my post on the memebox? No? You can read all about it here


Brand: Kangskin Beauty
Name: Multi Block Crean
Product: Sunblock
Size: 50ml
SPF: 50PA+++
Claims to : Regeneration stability, wound care blemish cover


It comes in a box like the one you can see below:

The back part of the box with information in korean:

Side part of the box with a lil explanation, ingredients, directions, caution:

The other side of the box with the brand name, product name & so on:

Top part of the box:

It comes in a tube form:

Back part of the tube:

As usual, tube packaging which comes with the screw type cover


The picture above doesn't show the actual colour so I put some on a tissue to show you guys the real colour.

Here it is:

From the pictures above, you can see that it is creamy, like any bb creams. If you were wondering, it's more like a watery bb cream. Even the colour is like that of a bb cream. 


I don't know how to describe the scent but I hate it. I've never smelled this scent before, so it's really hard to describe. 

My experience:

I must say I really didn't like this sunblock at all. It makes you look white, like ghostly white. It doesn't even have anything to do with blending. it's just so hard to blend the sunblock. It's really obvious that you put something on. Not natural at all. My face felt oily, I don't know why. 


High spf? but personally, I think most sunblocks are like that now.
Good coverage. but instead of the natural coverage, it just whitens your skin so much.


Gives you a ghostly white look
Difficult to apply/blend
Feels oily


More like those whitening creams rather than a sunblock. So disappointed. 

Will I repurchase? :

Definitely no! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

News: Wishtrend January Promotion


So sorry for not posting any news, updates or reviews. I'm currently having my finals right now. So, here we are with the monthly promotion from Wishtrend.


1. The 10% Discount Coupon for January

  • Coupon Code: WISHJAN2015
  • Requirement 1: Shopping cart order must be  $55 USD and over to be able to use the 10% off coupon
  • Requirement 2: Coupon code cannot be combined with any other discount or voucher code.
  • Only valid until the end of January 2015

2. Special Gift Voucher for any order at Wishtrend.com!

You can receive a free gift with any purchase $55+ this month by using the voucher coupon below! The Free Gift Voucher is valid on ANY ORDER $55+  at Wishtrend! When the you use the voucher at the end of your order, you will receive 1 Free Panda Eye Mask! On orders $55+!

  • Voucher Code: WISHGIFTJAN2015
  • Orderes $55+!
  • Until the end of January 2015

3. BONUS Shopping tips for first time shoppers!

Friend Invitation Reward: Free Gift $5 USD cash voucher to new shoppers!
If you register at Wishtrend.com by this invitation code, you will receive  a $5 USD cash voucher immediately that can be used towards your first purchase! 

So ATTENTION TO ALL NEW SHOPPERS! If you are a first time shopper at wishtrend, do register using this link:

Free Shipping Zone: 365 days of providing Free Shipping Items!
Do you guys know about the Free Shipping Zone? You can get Free Shipping Service on your order. If you purchase just one single item from the Free Shipping Zone you will receive free shipping on your entire order! Even if that order contains items that are not from the Free Shipping Zone!