Review: Habitatt Tattoos

I remember growing up eating these Mamee snack noodles, and sometimes they would come with temporary tattoos in them! Sure they were pretty tacky (mostly the furry blue Mamee Monster eating the said snack noodles) but still pretty fun. Also, temporary tattoos are also the perfect alternative to permanent ones!

I stumbled upon Habitatt Supply Co (local Malaysian brand) temporary tattoos during the Markets @ Jaya One market and were quite hooked on their modern designs so I got a few (Bling Bling, Carpe Diem & Feather). At only RM8 for 3 pieces of each design, these are not only fashionable but affordable as well!

Printed with soy-based ink, it is compliant to the highest safety standards. I decided to try these Habitatt tattoos.

DIY wrap bracelet, DIY rings

I wanted a fun ring party so I started with the diamond tattoos from “Bling Bling“.

Cut the desired shape.

Remove the clear protective top sheet. Make sure your skin is clean and dry. Press the Habitatt firmly onto skin with the design facing downwards.

Wet a tissue/cloth and press firmly against the back of the Habitatt. Make sure it is wet thoroughly.

Wait for 10-15 seconds (this is depending on the size) and slowly peel off the paper backing.

After this, rinse the Habitatt with water for best result on the skin.

DIY Double-Pearl Ring

Slip a ring below the diamond Habitatt, and boy, look at that carat!

These lasted 2 days for me, but was still happy with the result it achieved. I can’t wait to try the other designs from Habitatt!

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: The Blanks, Morgan & West, The Boy With Tape On His Face & Andrew Bird

Here’s another round up of the shows I have been watching at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival in the world! I reviewed a few shows in my previous post here. Visit the official Fringe Festival site here.

I don’t want to add stars/ratings to any of the shows because views are very subjective and if the comedian/act happens to drop by this blog I don’t want to be responsible for any sadness/unstoppable crying that may arise… Not that  I’m saying any of them are bad though! In fact I have been pleasantly surprised that all the shows that I’ve been to at this Fringe Festival have been fantastic! I think I have good taste 😉

My latest highlight so far is watching THE BLANKS!!

The Blanks’ Big Break

My signed CD!

If you’re a fan of tv sitcom ‘Scrubs’ you’d remember Ted and his Band! Ted, the sad-looking Attorney at Sacred Heart Hospital? Well, did you know his band is an ACTUAL band in real life? Well, more like an A Capella group churning out comedic hits.

I expected them to just be singing famous hits from the show, but the main theme of the show is about their ‘big break’ and it was well executed with a lot of comedy acts in between. Spoilers would spoil (duh!) the show so I highly recommend watcing this if you are in Edinburgh! Also, their shows are a daily sell-out so you will be missing out if you didn’t go!

The quartet are a hilarious bunch on AND off-stage. Did I mention off-stage? Well, one FANTASTIC part of The Blanks is that after their show they had a booth to take pictures with fans and to sign autographs (it doesn’t matter whether you buy a CD or not). Apparently they do it after every show and you gotta hand it to them – they love their fans!!

When Phillip (the one with a a grey beanie on) knew I came from Malaysia he immediately expressed his love for Malaysia and murtabak (an Indian Muslim dish served in Malaysia) 😀 Everyone was extremely happy to meet their fans one by one, and posing with them. I couldn’t stop blabbering to Ted saying how much I love his show to which he replied: “You’ve got good taste!” I mean, how can you NOT love them??

A definite MUST-GO show to see!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £9.50 or £12.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Morgan & West at their Clockwork Miracle show (unfortunately I came late and sat right at the back but it was just fine)

Magicians and time travellers!

An absolute delight to watch these 2 magicians (dressed in vintage which I think men should wear ;)) perform their time travelling magic! The people I went with were so engrossed on HOW they managed to deceive the audience. I simply enjoyed it as great magic because I’m not cynical like that! Haha! Mentioning any of their magic here would spoil the show, so DO go and watch it!

They also have another show at midnight called Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels where you can have an intimate evening with the time-travelling magicians at the card table! My friends and I have booked tickets for next Friday (24th August 2012) already because seats are limited and sell out quickly.

Morgan & West are both in touch with their fans on Twitter so it was really nice to get replies from them regarding the show! Another way of roping in fans is by engaging with them through social media (just like Jeff Leach), so good job guys 😀

Details:

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 4.30pm daily until the 27th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £8.50 or £9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 11.59pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £14.00 or £16.00
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • Click here for more details and tickets! (Limited seats each night so book early to avoid disappointment)

The Boy With Tape On His Face – More Tape

Imagine being a comedian WITHOUT speaking. This is what he is! That’s him with tape on his face while watching everyone get into the venue. Apparently he does this to see who he’d like to bring in his act. This show is a lot of fun if you are open to the possibility of participating on stage and doing all sorts of hilarious acts along with him.

It’s refreshing to watch this type of silent comedy with only background music, props and the audience to assist him. Again, mentioning any of the hilarious acts would spoil the show so DO watch him!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 9.40 pm daily until the 26th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £10.00 or £12.50
  • Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

Andrew Bird’s Global Village Fete

Okay, so nobody really likes sitting on the first row at a stand-up comedian’s show because one is afraid of being picked on. Well, the thing about being the only Asians (I mean chinese by race kinda asians, as am not from China) in the crowd that day (and sitting front row), it didn’t stop Andrew Bird from making references to our heritage. It was hilarious because any remarks he mentioned that related in some way to chinese people were filtered through us: “They’re laughing it’s okay guys!!”

That aside, Andrew Bird’s main theme to his show is his mission to provide comedy to every village in the UK. A lot of hilarious stories, and that the mission was pretty much impossible.

This was a show that we didn’t plan to go but due to the lovely and informative flyer bearers outside the venues, we made the right decision to watch this show!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Time: 6.50 pm daily until the 25th of August 2012
  • Pricing: £8.00 or £9.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
  • Click here for more details and tickets!

That’s it so far! If you are feeling rather skint to watch these shows or want a taster of what to expect, why not head to the Royal Mile and see what shows are on preview on the streets? Here’s what to expect (and it differs everyday!):

They wanted me to kick this guy on stage but I decided to give him a hug & pat on the head:

So have a walk along the Royal Mile and have a taste of the festival in Edinburgh happening at the moment until the end of the month! Also…don’t forget to check out the Missoni hotel along one of the roads branching out of the Royal Mile. Their staff wearing Missoni-print kilts? Niceeee.

That’s all for my reviews at the moment, I will update more on the next ones I go to! 😀

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: Fascinating Aïda, Jeff Leach & Shanghai Jinshan Student Art Troupe

The UK is famous at this time of the year because of not just the Olympics, but because the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is happening! It is the LARGEST arts festival in the world and is going on between 3rd August – 27th August 2012. Either it being comedy, theatre or music shows for free or for a fee – there’s something for everyone of all ages!

Tickets are easy to purchase online and then just pick them up at the Fringe Festival Box Office on the Royal Mile! Visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival official website for the shows & prices HERE! The festival has venues in different areas (but all in the centre of Edinburgh) so it’s not just one big overcrowded tent. In fact, this happens to be one of the venues and it’s called the…UDDERBELLY 😀 You’ll see why:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Venue: Udderbelly (outside the University of Edinburgh’s Student Union)

Hahaha! How can you NOT laugh at a purple cow with its udder facing the sky?? Perfect venue for a comedy festival! It’s just hilarious when you have the volunteers telling you that the show will be at the “Udderbelly” in a perfectly straight face. I’d be laughing the whole time! 😀

Of all my years in the UK, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Fringe Festival but I am now very happy to have been able to! So far I have been thoroughly entertained with the 3 shows I managed to catch (2 last weekend).

Fascinating Aïda

Thoughts:

  • I LOVED them! I remember watching them on Youtube years ago because of their famous musical comedy hit “Cheap Flights”. If you’ve not watched it, watch it here! You’ll understand the pains of the consequences of getting cheap flights.
  • The 3 singers were a hilarious bunch, playing with the crowd and have fantastic voices!
  • If you like comedy in the form of singing, do watch!
  • It was a full crowd which wasn’t surprising, and the moment when the ladies were starting their “Cheap Flights” song, the lady behind me couldn’t stop snorting in laughter the whole time! It was hilarious!

Details:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: Either £13.50 or £14.50
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • They are performing until the 26th of August 2012
  • Click here for tickets!

Jeff Leach: Boyfriend Experience


After Fascinating Aïda we wandered around the Udderbelly (haha!) to look for more shows and don’t worry – lots of volunteers come up to you giving flyers for shows and a little summary of what to expect. Jeff Leach was one of them, and we decided to go for his show. My significant other googled his show on his phone and found that the ratings were low but were they…?

Thoughts:

  • I enjoyed his show! (and so did the other) 😀
  • He was unabashed about his previous ‘very active’ sex life (had sex with more than 300 people – and no, not just women) and him being diagnosed as a sex addict (eg. Tiger Woods, Usher, etc.). His honesty and openness was very refreshing and it made the intimate crowd engage with him on a more personal level (haha).
  • I was hoping he’d be coming out in a chastity belt but he didn’t disappoint with tight pants, sleeveless tight unbuttoned shirt and lots of fierce ‘ring party’ (can I have some please?). Topped with a great smile and non-stop hilarious chatter, Jeff Leach had everyone in stitches most of the time.
  • His show circles around whether he is ‘boyfriend’ material with such a promiscuous background. And yes, he has finally settled down with a lovely lady but he didn’t tell us in detail how he managed to get to that point of committal. The reason for the lack of detail must be because he was easily distracted by the crowd to banter with (not saying this is a bad thing)! For example: For the guy who said that “cookies are not bright” in regard to Jeff Leach’s “not the brightest cookie in the jar” saying – it just wasted a few good minutes to think of a better saying! However Jeff Leach was very gracious in receiving comments, so all was good 🙂

There were a lot of hilarious moments and I am very sure it changes in every show, so go check Jeff Leach out at the festival!

Details:

  • Price: £8 or £9.50
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot (in the Student’s Union)
  • He is performing until the 27th of August 2012
  • Click here for tickets!

Shanghai Jinshan Student Art Troupe

I watched this last night, as the lovely waiter at a coffee place gave me free tickets to watch this show (the show is free). Why not watch, right? This is their last show in Edinburgh after a week 😦

Thoughts:

  • The students from the performing arts troupe were so multi-talented, showcasing their skills in dance, music and opera. There was also calligraphy and paper-cutting which was very interesting!
  • I felt more knowledgeable about Shanghai (and China) from their 1-hour performance, and they had such great costumes!
  • There was this particular ‘Romeo & Juliet’ dance which was quite breathtaking and it gave me goosebumps… 🙂

So all in all, I’m having a great experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012! I am eyeing a few acts to watch which include:

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is definitely a go-to if you are here, and if you aren’t – it’s always on every summer 😀