The Art of Letting Go

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle
It starts slow. Almost too slow.

The memories wash upon the shore. They dig into rocks before tumbling back to the sea. I sit alone by the bay, watching the waves shift in sunlight. It is too hot today. I sweat in this heat but I enjoy the view. Where the sky meets sea, and dance across the line. 

I smile. 

Today is a beautiful day. Today, perhaps, I can finally let go.

Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle
Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle
Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle

I am not good at letting go.

My bedroom is a prime example.

Ripped posters still plastered on my wall. Broken makeup still hidden in their drawer. Letters still kept in a box. I should throw them away. They take up too much space. Useless junk even a hoarder would find excessive.

Yet here they are. Still plastered, still hidden, still kept. They remind me of better times even as insignificant as they may seem, and were. No matter how much I urge myself to leave them, they still remain etched in memory. I wait for the day I may actually forget them.

And sometimes, on those rare days, I do.

Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle
Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle
Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle

It doesn't happen in an instant. I wish it did. I wish I knew when to let go. Rather, it happened gradually.

A slip of the small things first. Birthdays, car rides, moments I thought I'd remember forever. Instant, time past. My thoughts faded. I became forgetful. Then, after a while, maybe a month or year, the things that were once so necessary in life became a footnote. A mere addition.

One day, the posters will tear and letters will be burnt. As time passes, they will become a remnant of things that once were. And just that. Nothing else, nothing more.

That is when you know, you can finally let go.

Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle
Brunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam MasleBrunei Life & Style Blogger, Bash Harry of Hey Bash discusses letting go in a collaboration shoot with Ejam Masle


shawl : Adlina Anis   |   top : Alia B.
jeans : Superdry   |   shoes : Summit
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Photography by

For this post, Ejam and I collaborated for a by-the-beach shoot. I wished I knew that beforehand. Then I wouldn't have worn heels. Rocks and heels do not bode well together. As I've found out in
my go-to Black Summit Heels and Skinny Jeans.

For this shoot, I wore my new Adlina Anis Tri Silky Satin Scarf in Black, and Alia B. Top, I dipped into the cold water. Sweat trickling down my head. I hear clicks from the camera, then adjusted myself. I repeated this process until I stepped back onto shore. My feet covered in sand and sweat trickling down my forehead.

It was all worth it for these shots.

Ejam Masle is a wonderful photographer, making my awkward poses seem graceful. Go check him out!

So how do you let go?

with love,
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My Top 10 Study Tips

Monday, 21 August 2017

We all need some study tips, right?

Whether in secondary or sixth form or university, we need some tips and tricks to get through our studies without dying inside. 

At least I did and still do. 

Since I'm starting my second this September, I thought I would compile my favourite study tips. Perhaps as a reminder to actually study now. So here are my top ten tips to study effectively!


1 . Find a designated study space at home & elsewhere. A desk at home and perhaps a place outside, like a coffee shop or the local library. A minimal area with minimal distraction.

2 . Listen to music. Any white noise to help your brain focus on the material at hand. I recommend instrumentals rather than any current pop music.

3 . Create a studying agenda or a schedule. Figuring what you will study at a specific time helps your mind focus on the task at hand.

4 . Take breaks often, usually I study for 20 - 30 minute intervals and spend the next 5 - 10 minutes resting, by reading or knitting.

5 . Switch your phone on airplane mode, and laptop without wifi. Let's be honest. We'd get much more work done without internet.


6 . Find a time of day you would like to study. During A Levels, I would wake up at 4am to study, go in morning, and early evenings but I wouldn't touch a book in the afternoon.

7 . Get enough sleep, which is pretty hard. You'll get more work done when you have slept the full 8 hours, or at least 6-7 hours. If required…

8 . Take naps. I love naps, they are underrated. 20 - 30 minute power naps are perfect boosts during the day to get your mind recharged.s!

9 . Figure out your study plan or how you want to study. Some people use mind maps but I don’t like them. I prefer using Lined paper and writing notes there, with highlighters. It's up to you to find a preferred way of studying.

10 . Reward yourself. After a good study session, I eat chocolate because it does help boost your memory. At least that’s what I tell myself because I find any excuse to eat chocolate.


As a law student, I would like to pretend I use all the tips. In reality, I do the bare minimum to get through. As most of my friends do too. If you need more help, I compiled 13 study tips last year!

Still, I hope this does help you get through classes. O Level, A Level and the new semester is just around the corner after all. Yikes.

What are your favourite study tips?

with love,
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OOTD | The Wickedest Witch

Monday, 7 August 2017

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
"It's just, for the first time..." 
There was a long pause before her smiles lights, "I feel...wicked."

Oh yes, I do feel absolutely wicked.

For you, and only you, think I am the Wickedest Witch there is. I cast spells on your lovers, break their hearts for youth. Green with envy, and red lips to subdue. I'll spit at your feet, wipe with your short skirt. All your lovers watching me.

If you think I am wicked, then why shouldn't I be?

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the dayBrunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash in Bandar Seri Begawan wearing Arared Monica Top in Emerald Green, in this Wicked Witch inspired outfit of the day



shawl : Adlina Anis   |   shirt : Uniqlo   |   top: Arared
belt : H&M   |   skirt : Missguided   |   shoes : Charles & Keith
SHOP THE LOOK
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If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen this top before.

Arared's Monica Top in Emerald Green was the most popular item at the FashionValet Pop-Up Sale. My sister picked it up for me, when I was studying abroad. When I saw it, I thought of all the possibilities to dress it up. I grabbed a belt and my Missguided Ribbed Black Skirt, and decided 'yes.' 

I put it on and immediately thought, 'I look like a leprechaun.' 

For the sake of a better title, I will pretend I look more Wicked Witch of the West than a leprechaun looking for her gold.

with love,
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Spoken Word: In Loving Memory

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub
"I am nineteen. You are twenty-one."

It starts like every other story. A boy meets a girl. They are young, careless and free. Just how they should be. Smiles exchanged, and a feeling growing. It wasn't love. No, not yet but it was something. Something they wanted. 

It ends the way it shouldn't. A boy meets another girl. A girl becomes bitter. A girl writes a piece. And expresses it through an Open Mic Night a year later.

Whoops.

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub
Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub

turban : Adlina Anis   |   earrings : (similar)
turtleneck shirt : Uniqlo   |   dress : (similar)
Photos by

I've worked with Kaleidoscope Studio before, all the way in 2015 for Shocktober. When I heard they were hosting an Open Mic night, I was compelled. I registered as a performer, and proceeded to freak out. I shouldn't have done this. 

I had written a few pieces but I haven't been onstage for almost two years. It's been a while since I've had an audience that wasn't watching me through a screen. I will admit, my tongue no longer spits out words, rather rusty and stutters often.

That didn't stop me from filming it though.

Brunei Blogger Bash Harry of Hey Bash performs at Kaleidoscope Studio HUMAN Open Mic at KHub

More than anything else, it was a cathartic release. I forgot how much I enjoy being on stage. There is a comfort to speaking in public, unabashed and unafraid. Perhaps you need a bit of bitterness in your heart, and a kinder audience to watch. 

Yet when you start speaking, all you can do is enjoy yourself. 

I hope you enjoy.
with love,
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