Friday, March 30, 2018

WuMao Earth Forest & Langbapu Earth Forest, Yuanmou, Yunnan

Yuanmou, located inside Yunnan province of China, was famous for the discovery of Yuamou Man in year 1965. However not many people I know heard of Yuanmou before, moreover these wonderlands of Yuanmou's Earth Forests or known as TuLin土林 in Mandarin. Caused by earth movements and erosions, the formation of pillar-like landscapes gives away "trees in a forests" illusions to people who view them from afar.

Earth Forests has been one of the amazing landscape I've viewed in year 2017. It was magnificent, breathtaking and strange, at that very moment I can feel I'm surrounded by time, not the concept of time but the whole 2 million years it took to form all these, the feeling was indescribable it gave me goosebumps. 

How small we humans are compare to the power of nature?

I think it took about 4 hours bus ride for us to reach WuMao TuLin from Kunming city, 35degree of scorching hot weather, it kinda make strolling through these rock formations harder that I thought but the views around are sensation to the eyes whenever we encounter odd looking formations and locals have named a few of those formations according to the object/folk tales they resemble. 

Main entrance of WuMao Tulin
Saw the electric car at side? We took a short ride to the exit because it was an easier course to walk the path reversely. 

Our first sight of WuMao Tulin - City of Satan

Weathered landscapes were formed by clay, red soil and yellow silt, the layers are rich in colours which is the perfect depiction of time stood still.

It looks like an eerie demon mask to me, what do you see?

The main route of WuMao Tulin was more than 2KM covering 10 major scenic spots and not to mention there are many little routes here and there that leads to 45 other spots which wasn't frequently visit by tourists. We are like the only tourists there at 2pm and there wasn't sight of other tourists at the end of our visit, which I enjoyed because I can spend some sweet time taking photos and videos without rushing or worry blocking others.

There are some rest pavilion located here and there along the main route but I like it more sitting on the rocks, admiring the rock formations upclose.

It wasn't an easy sightseeing spots if I were to be honest, at least not in the late summer/early autumn where there wasn't any cold breeze blew through the area. A pair of sunglasses, water bottles and plenty of sunblock is a must if you were to visit Earth Forests. With sunglasses blocking extra sunrays and my habit of looking for odd photo taking spots, I spotted this magical place called Rift and it reminded me the Grand Canyon in lighter colour version.

We stood here for a bit, try to catch a breather from the weather
It was quiet, we let the silence of time immerse into our souls

Toad Crying For Rain
Can you see the toad?

Jackie Chan starred in a movie in year 2010 and it was filmed at WuMao Tulin, hence there were some props left behind in the area which compliments the Earth Forest in a subtle way 

Saw this sign just right before we enter the tunnel below

A very small tunnel which cut through one of the rock formation

Seriously, each and every turn of WuMao Tulin is photogenic, we kind bursts our memory cards just to capture the beauty of it.

Can't recall which area is this but it looks like a mini version of Monument Valley

Particularly like this area because of the western architecture structure it gave me, I will definitely name it as Ruins of Parthenon

Somewhere near the Ruins of Parthenon, there's a Buddha statue located under the shades of this umbrella-shaped landscape.

Trying out the 12-100mm F2.8 Pro lens from Olympus

We were all sweaty and one tone tanner after finish walking the main route of WuMao Tulin and our tour guide Xiao Huang lead us to the next destination, which is also an Earth Forest site but on a grander scale - Langbapu Tulin. It was about an hour bus ride away from WuMao Tulin, so if you plan to visit these two Earth Forest sites in one day, I would recommend you to hire a car for easy traveling between these destinations and of course back to Yuanmou city area.

Aside from the scorching hot sun, it was a good day.
On our way to Langbapu Earth Forest.

Langbapu Earth Forest

The routes of Langbapu Earth Forest are as long as 6KM, thrice the length of WuMao Earth Forest route. We reached Langbapu Earth Forest later in the afternoon, hence we're only covering a smaller area of the site, rushing back to Yuanmou city for dinner before it was too late. 

Dragon statue located just beside the viewpoint of Langbapu Earth Forest area entrance

The clouds added a cinematic effect to this kung-fu fighting showdown

Here are some photos taken from the viewpoint on top:

It's harder to capture the grandeur feelings of these rock formations in general, but you get the idea of how big the place is!

I guess it is best visiting Langbapu Earth Forest later in the afternoon as the sun was going down, the contrast between colour and shadows of these landscapes were mesmerising. Due to different substance ratio, earth forest of Langbapu appears more yellowish compare to WuMao Tulin, and it looks like a golden forest when the sun shines on them.

I had to take this photo at the viewpoint on top of Langbapu Earth Forest before we head down the stairs and start our tour.

Route that leads to Area no.2, which we don't have enough time to visit T_T

The pavements here are mostly covered with sand as the landscapes' erosions doesn't stop. Hence what we've seen this year might not be the same if we were to visit these Earth Forests 10 or 20 years later. The silence surrounding Langbapu Earth Forest is certainly more deafening and at that very moment, I felt like I was the last person on earth the tranquility of it was overwhelming.

The entrance fee for the respective Earth Forests are:

80yuan WuMao TuLin
70yuan Langbapu TuLin
or 100yuan if purchase both and save 50yuan

Best time to visit: November - May
Avoid rainy season at all cost as it will be dangerous and harder to walk around.

What I Wore:

OUTER: Atelier Prive Melson Long Lace Cardigan
TOP: Forever 21 Spaghetti top
SHOES: Timberland
SUNNIES: Topshop

Monday, February 26, 2018

60 Shades of Matte featuring Maybelline x Elfira Loy

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! How was your holiday? I had a blast in Laos and it was fun to tour around Vientiane and Luang Prabang for 5 days, enjoying the food and sightseeing around this magical country where ancient tradition lives on. 

I was supposed to post this before Chinese New Year but gosh, I was so caught up preparing for the big day I can't find anytime to sit down and write a proper blog post of my new found love! I was invited to Maybelline x Elfira Loy Launch Party at The Bee, Publika and had so much fun at the event.

Totally feeling this look!

Look at this wide range of matte lipstick!
Imagine one colour for a day and I'll have different lip colours for two months!

Made in lightweight creamy formula, I really like how pigmented this creamy matter lipstick from Maybelline is. From bold red to soft pink, nude corals to vampy plum, these 60 shades of matte lipsticks offers diversity in lip colours and now everyone can own one that compliments their skin colour. Talk about being comfortable in own skin!

19 new on-trends shades addition during this launch!

What's your red?

Game to win Maybelline products! I got lucky and won an eyeshadow palette.
Thank you Maybelline!

Got these Creamy Mattes by Colour Sensational from Maybelline Malaysia and decided to test out the colours. Wore them for a long time and they don't dry out my lips! (thank god, I hate chapped lips when wearing matte lipstick). I really love how pigmented these lipsticks are and how soft the texture is and super easy to glide on my lips, to create a wonderful finishing look depending on my mood.

From top to bottom:
696 Burgundy Blush
660 Touch of Spice
670 Ravishing Rose
691 Rich Ruby

Admiring these beauty without the lipstick caps:

Feeling like a cotton candy with 670 Ravishing Rose

Transformed into rocker chic in 660 Touch of Spice

My current everyday look in 696 Burgundy Blush

Feeling sultry in 691 Rich Ruby

 What's your favourite look? I can't choose! I really love doing different types of makeup depends on my mood (and sometimes personality), hence my look differs from feminine pink to rocker chic bold look time to time.

And guess what? You can win these lipsticks plus some awesome makeup goodies from Maybelline worth more than RM250! (For Malaysia residents only)

Here's how to:

  • Leave a comment under this post, tell me which lipstick colour is your favourite and why.

  • Giveaway ends on 31st March 2018. Winner will be selected.

Wish you a happy week ahead and good luck!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Do You Have Thirsty Skin?

I cannot stress enough how much water we need to consume seeing that we live in a tropical country, all the scorching hot sun, air pollution, oily food is taking away the water inside our body and our skin needs ton of water and moisturization to stay healthy and glowy.

I was shooked by the fact our skin moisturization level is up by 137% and skin stays hydrated for as long as 48 hours if we pair the all new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum with Hydro Boost Water gel. I think my skin will get more hydrated than I actually am lol.

The Neutrogena Hydro Boost series
Getting a new look this season as well

Good skincare foundation is essential for an impeccable makeup. My oily combination skin type has been giving me all sorts of issues before and after apply makeup, and often they look dull and yes, oily. I feel like I can fry an egg with that amount of oil that's on my face. Guilty as it is, I didn't "quench the thirst" of my skin to make my skin moisture as balanced as I could.

With Hydro Boost series latest technology: Moisture Sensor Complex, the serum and water gel works together to replenish skin's hydration and repair dry cellular structures. After trying the Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum and Water Gel for few days, I noticed my skin's condition improved. Less oily throughout the day and appears more radiant and toned.

Hydro Boost Capsule in Serum

 We often said fresh fruit is better than fruit juice, and this phrase works with this bottle of serum as well! Freshly crushed capsule with activated anti-oxidant ingredients, each and every pump is like a fresh squeeze fruit juice to my skin.

Since serum sinks deeper than usual moisturizer does, this serum replenish moisture, repair and rebuild my skin's barrier to lock in moisture for a long duration. Lightly scented, easily absorption and non-greasy feeling, this serum strengthens my skin barrier and protects them from recurring dryness.

Hydro Boost Water Gel

Pairing with Capsule in Serum, this Hydro Boost Water Gel gives my skin up to 48hours of non-stop hydration, sounds crazy ain't it? Super lightweight, Water Gel soaks right into my skin, leaves me soft and supple skin upon every application. It is restoring my skin for a glowy complexion.

And I guess the ultimate good news is, you don't have to break your bank account to get these high functionality skin care products for you skin!

For more information:

Neutrogena Official Facebook Page