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  • .: Joni’s New World :.

    Welcome to Joni's New World! Here you will find my thoughts on anything I am currently obsessing over: mostly Literature, languages, and travel. View the cloud down there for a better representation of subjects.

    I've been blogging since 2005. My early posts were on Multiply but have since exported those to Blogger. See if you can find that. (Actually not that hard.)

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  • Weekly Gratefulness List (September 17 to 23, 2017)

    Posted By on December 10, 2017

    –We got to have a staycation in Lower Manhattan.

    Here, the chunky monkey and Mommy hang out while Daddy attends to his duties.


    –chunky monkey at week 37


    Thank you! More please!

    Weekly Gratefulness List (September 10 to 16, 2017)

    Posted By on November 2, 2017

    –I donated hair for the first time. I wrote about it in more detail here.


    –chunky monkey’s first tooth came in (I think it was this week)

    For practicality, I would have wished her teeth come as late as possible. But I can’t help getting excited when I see any new development in her.

    –week 36 of cuteness


    Thank you! More please!

    Weekly Gratefulness List (September 3 to 9, 2017)

    Posted By on October 20, 2017

    –Seattle, WA and Portland, OR trip

    Some of the highlights from the trip:


    Some selfies with the chunky monkey


    And we had amazingly yummy food at Din Tai Fung.


    –the chunky monkey at week 35


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (August 27 to September 2, 2017)

    Posted By on September 25, 2017

    –choir practice is back!

    –jewelry making

    Jojo and I joined a jewelry making workshop for teens (because you know, our average age). I made the one on top. Our friend A made the one on the bottom for Jojo but she’ll have to wait a while before she can wear it. While waiting, Mommy can wear it first.   IMG_20170922_004352811

    –2017 book #10: Vera Wang book

    It’s YA but this is all the time, energy, and brain power I can muster sometimes. Now I’m filled with Vera Wang trivia. Screenshot 2017-08-31 at 11.58.02 AM

    –week 34

    This wild child overflows with cuteness.


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (August 20 to 26, 2017)

    Posted By on September 20, 2017

    –We were maybe running errands or just out for a walk after running errands and came upon a newly opened Malaysian restaurant. Yum!

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    –week 33 of my sunshine

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    –kitchen success

    I got a packet of chicken and herb infused rice from Influenster and Uncle Ben’s. I didn’t have the usual frozen corn, carrots and peas so I cooked it with some green veggies I had lying around and tomato, plus of course the chicken. It was so good!

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    Thank you! More please!


    My New Hair

    Posted By on September 17, 2017

    Hadn’t cut my hair in forever. Couldn’t bring myself to. When I had my last haircut, I was in my first pregnancy which I miscarried. I later on became pregnant again, gave birth, and now have the loveliest eight-month-old chunky monkey. But all through that time my hair grew and grew. A part of me felt like it was something I had with my first baby.

    When I came upon this poster last month, I knew it would be the perfect time.



    I get a free hair cut and a child with hair loss gets to use my hair. Win-win all around!

    So this…


    Became this.

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    Shoutout: Jessica from Pilo Arts Day Salon and Spa did my hair and she was awesome.

    Weekly Gratefulness List (August 13 to 19, 2017)

    Posted By on September 3, 2017

    I must say I’m not sure what we did this week. It was all a blur. But here’s the cute one.

    –week 33: She can pull herself up to stand and cruise in her crib

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (August 6 to 12, 2017)

    Posted By on August 28, 2017

    This must be one of our quiet weeks, which is always a welcome respite. We got to stay home, list a bunch of stuff to our online stores, and most especially, not spend. Whee! But always, here’s…

    –week 32 of cuteness

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    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (July 30 to August 5, 2017)

    Posted By on August 28, 2017

    –the rest of our DC trip

    –2017 book #9: Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon

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    –kitchen success: banana bread

    This is the first time I had ever baked anything from scratch. So proud of myself!


    –the chunkiness at week 31


    Thank you! More please!


    Review: L’Oreal Revitalift Intense Moisturizer

    Posted By on August 24, 2017

    I recently participated in L’Oreal’s Revitalift Challenge and I must say that I am now a fan of L’Oreal’s Revitalift Intense Moisturizer.


    The cream is quite thick, which made me feel that the formula is more concentrated than your usual moisturizer. I don’t mind the thick consistency on my moisturizers but I can imagine some may have a problem with that as it could feel greasy. For me it wasn’t too bad and it was probably why it worked so well in terms of hydrating. My only complaint is its overpowering scent. I could have forgotten about the thickness of the cream within a few minutes after application, but I could still smell my face which I didn’t like at all. If I could have the exact same moisturizer but unscented, that would be perfect.

    I refuse to share my day 1 pictures because they’re just too ugly. Below are my day 7, and way beyond day 14 (I-literally-woke-up-like-this) pictures. My usually dry skin definitely feels more hydrated and supple. I’m not sure about reducing fine lines and wrinkles but the three-year-old pimple scar on my chin faded. (The one you’re seeing now is a new one. Just great, right?)

    Day 7 of the Revitalift Challenge

    Day 7 of the Revitalift Challenge

    Over day 14 of the Revitalift Challenge

    Over day 14 of the Revitalift Challenge

    *I received this product free from @influenster for testing purposes.