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*ABOUT ENNIE
i am a musician, and i take an unhealthily huge amount of pride in my ears. i love my pet labs + ferret, peach smoothies, discworld books, boesendorfers, roast lamb and yoko kanno's music. i also wish i had a billion dollars.

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my face
25 January 2014 || 10:16 PM
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these days i'm kind of into the korean aesthetic; the idea that a face can be "perfect". i've stopped shaving my brows so much, i'm actually using eyebrow pencil, i moisturise everyday, i don't use black felt tip eyeliners anymore... only brown, gray or khaki. i like the "natural" look. i also like glam makeup... although it took me a very long time to like it on myself. i learned after some experimentation that anyone *can* look good with heavy makeup - you just have to commit to it. you can't do it half-heartedly, thinking, ehhh i don't know about this, shit, i'll look like crap, ok, maybe more here and less here, because then it'll show and your face will look disgusting. and sometimes you just have to smile. i have really tiny lips (not thin, more like... short measured from side to side) and a long-ish chin so my jaw ALWAYS looks massive even though my face is actually kinda small. when i wear red lipstick, i look like shit. and then i smile. and suddenly i look really radiant. wtf magic.

so yeah, it's got to be a complete transformative experience. which is annoying, because i honestly don't want to put extra effort into smiling; what's the point of putting stuff on my face if i still have to smile to look acceptable? that part i am actually grateful for, because it's one of the few things keeping me from wearing heavier makeup everyday. i hate smiling. and i don't want people to think i'm one of those girls who can't be seen without makeup, because lord knows i look at girls in heavy makeup and immediately assume they can't be seen without their "faces" on.

anyway. my skin has been looking a lot better lately and i wanted to document that, so i took a few pictures.



quick reviews about products i have on:

revlon brow fantasy in dark brown is ok; the colour is a little dark for my liking and has a teeny bit of redness, so i always go over it with a q-tip to make sure it doesn't look overdone. it's pretty easy to apply. i actually think this will be better for people with either sparse brows or thin brow hairs, because too much hair in the way will make application a bit uneven. but you can blend either way, so it doesn't really matter.

3 concept eyes gel liner in brown is my new go-to liner. if you've never heard of 3CE, go check it out. it's a line of cosmetics under stylenanda with tons of really nice things. their eyeliners (pencil, gel, etc) come in gorrrgeous colours and apply easily even over eyeshadow. their cream pots are also lovely, very pigmented yet very blendable. their lipsticks are so-so, i've only ever owned 2 from 3CE. pretty colours but a bit drying on the lips. definitely go take a look though if you're interested in trying out new things. (navigating stylenanda can be a nightmare though, i have to say)

benefit they're real mascara is VERY average with a VERY deceiving name. the formula is heavy and thick... pretty sure no one's lashes are naturally clumpy/goopy. if you want a mascara that applies well and gives decent volume/length while still looking natural, i HIGHLY recommend josie maran's argan mascara. the black bottle with the hearts all over it. seriously. you will look like you got lash extensions. it's so so so amazing.

etude house water color blusher in apricot is also my new go-to. the packaging is downright cute (like a tube of water colour) but more importantly, the colour is outstanding. it's very creamy and starts to become a bit sticky as it dries, so fingers > brush/puff here. i never thought orange blush was for me. i was wrong!!! (this also comes in pink, red and lilac)

kate deep eyes in gn-1 is a now discontinued palette - mine is freaking old, i must've gotten it in 2006 or something. it's a 4 colour palette with 2 olive shades, 1 shimmery cream and 1 almost black. it's ok, i guess. not very pigmented, which is great when you're trying to be subtle.

tarte lipsurgence natural tint in lust looks very red, but is actually quite sheer. i like to dab on just a teeny tiny amount so my lips don't look dead.



sorry about my crazy hair. i've been growing it out for the longest time and it's started to look kinda fried.


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やっとゲット
21 December 2013 || 2:00 AM


ennie : これでリリース!
マツJ: 次は金の話だw
ennie : コントラクト通りにね
マツJ: よく出来たからボーナスかもしれない
ennie : 頑張りました。
マツJ: これからもがんばりましょう
ennie : よろしくお願いします★



なぜか、金の話より「よくがんばった」という言葉の方が感動します。

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a pepin thanksgiving
12 December 2013 || 3:50 AM
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not too long ago most of the US celebrated thanksgiving. i personally don't celebrate it per se (why would i?) but any excuse for a bigger-than-usual dinner is always welcome... so! we sent out invitations and xa got to work on making some chicken.

my first couple of thanksgivings in america always involved turkey. let me first say that i'm not the biggest fan of turkey. i do like pulled turkey meat (the white parts) in a sandwich. i also like turkey ham. but turkey in general is kind of... i don't know, the jelak cousin of chicken. but it's very festive. i get that. it's a big bird. having a turkey in the middle of the table lends a lot of festivity to an occasion.

after 2 thanksgivings where i tried doing my own roast turkey and ending up with fantastically inconsistent dryness/moisture levels (i'm not a good cook - sorry) xa decided to do just turkey legs last year. and they were pretty nice. kind of a pain to eat with all the bones (this is why i prefer white turkey meat) but nice all the same.

this year we had considered doing turkey legs again. we also considered doing a curry - we found this cool spice blend in super88 with a ton of malaysian ingredients, and xa's been using it a LOT (nowhere near as good as real malaysian curry but it certainly blows malaysian cuisine in boston out of the water). eventually we decided on roasting a chicken. the day before, this somehow turned into a chicken galantine.

jacques pepin does a very easy-to-watch-and-follow video on youtube on making a chicken galantine. he shows you how to open up the chicken, where to cut, which bits to remove, and how to tie it up after you've stuffed it. xa stuffed our chicken with leek and sausage, like so.


 


and then it went into the oven, and came out, like so.





and it was very yummy indeed.



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ferretales
09 December 2013 || 5:34 PM
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some updates on fermata.

i'm emailing shelters to see if they will be able to take him sometime late next year. it pains me. but at the same time he's never really shown us much affection, and whenever he had to be put up at a friend's place while we were gone for summer/winter break he didn't show any signs of missing us. maybe that's a blessing. i won't have to worry about attachment issues when i give him away.

(he's not a bad ferret. he's a wonderful little thing, and maybe his "lack of affection" just means he loves everyone equally.)

anyway! this morning we had our first snow since that random day in november. fermata didn't take too kindly to snow the last time we brought some in, but we decided to try our luck again. xa went out to gather snow while i sat on the steps with fermata. the little bugger poked around the door, curious, initially shrank back when his nose hit some snow, then he decided to go fuck all and leapt out. ("leapt" here is not an exaggeration)

so at least we now know he's not averse to snow. his paws seemed ok. the only thing is his winter coat is a little late in coming in so he's really ill-equipped for cold weather right now. (not that having a thick coat ever helped before, really) today he's on his 2nd day of melatonin so hopefully he'll start getting nice and poofy soon. the melatonin is really a pre-emptive measure to ward off adrenal disease, cos his tail is getting a bit ratty and his tummy feels a bit... distended and firm.

fingers crossed, hopefully he won't have any problems la. i'll keep giving him melatonin.


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things xa says
24 November 2013 || 2:47 PM


(while watching the warlords credits, guy's name is actually chatchai prongprapaphan)

xa : wau so many composers
me : oh really? who?
xa : 3 composers, and got one thai guy called patpatchai prongprongpran or something
me : ...wat


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(after xa got new specs)

me : you look like your brother!
xa : i'm actually xiaowen. i cut off my legs so i'd be shorter.
me : then who got married?
xa : xiao'an did. it was a prank.
me : on mag's family?
xa : on everyone.


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(while i was back in kl)

me : i'm croissanted up in my blanket with a stomach ache :(  want a hug
xa : ask your dad
me : asleep
xa : climb in
me : door locked
xa : knock

(MOST UNSYMPATHETIC BF EVER)


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xa : want me to make you a ham sandwich?
me : but if i become a sandwich... then...
xa : want me to assemble a sandwich for your consumption?


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(when i had a stomach ache)

xa : gassy is it? go toilet.
me : i can't poo on command
xa : if you stand on your head the gas will rise up
me : then why do you fart, the gas comes from your foot is it
xa : i have very dense gas.

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xa : apparently the top 85 richest people in the world have more wealth combined than the poorest 3 billion.
me : how many billion people are there in the world?
xa : 600...? why don't you check.
me : ... 7 billion.


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hi
21 November 2013 || 6:51 AM
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leej : does she not like jules or something
me : that's one way of putting it, but more like she likes you HAHA
leej : WHAT
me : i mean she's never met julie before whattt
leej : so...
me : if you bring up your gf/bf from time to time - IN A RELEVANT WAY - and she totally skims over
me : or like if you're talking about pa san and you're like oh my gf likes climbing too, we're thinking of going gng tahan or whatever
me : and she's like oh then somehow starts talking about how you should go together and no mention of the gf
me : if this happens all the time
me : means either she hates her or she likes you
me : no reason to hate jules
me : except maybe because she's your fiancee?? HAHA
leej : holy shit
leej : how come i never knew this
me : most people don't think about it la probably
me : nobody likes me so i have plenty of mental room to think about all this
me : (also because i used to do it too)
me : (skim over ppl's gfs)
me : i mean if you like a guy why would you want to include his gf in stuff
leej : ok that makes sense
leej : although if u ask me.. i wld personally want to know the gf so i can figure out how to get rid of her
leej : rite
leej : girls are that catty
me : WHERE got until so spiteful one!!
me : ok maybe la.. i dunno... maybe girls with more confidence hahaha
me : if me i just get depressed like... oh... she's so lucky... oh... so sad... nobody like me...
leej : hahahahahaha
leej : ok i will make a note of this
leej : shit. why she like me leh
me : you are likable what
leej : ohh u like me?
me : wtf
me : no la
me : just saying you have qualities generally liked by girls
leej : oh... why u dont like me
me : -_- 



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i love burgers
15 November 2013 || 5:06 AM
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when i was little i hated burgers. my first experience with a burger involved a big mac from the mcd's in SS2 and all i remember about it is that it tasted like lettuce and disgusting runny mayo (special sauce?). sometime later someone got me to try filet o' fish. still gross but a sight better than big mac. of course, all this was before i discovered (by chance) the joy of eating a double cheeseburger. and ramly burgers. and other fancier, more expensive burgers. ones with fried chicken in them. bacon. lots of tomatoes. pickles (used to hate em but now i love em).

and so every 2 weeks or so i go into Wanna Eat Burger™ mode, which mainly involves me going up to xa at random points during the day and going hmm... feel like burger. sometimes we don't end up making burgers. sometimes we do. other times we sit down and order burgers (i personally like sunset grill's steam beer burger very very much).

here is a picture of a very large patty xa made some time ago when we were trying to use up the last of our ground beef. it had lots of spring onion in it. looking at it now makes me really hungry.... I LOVE BURGERS.





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