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Hey Everyone,

get it

Sometimes the closest people you know can tell you that you can’t do something. It might be a friend, a random stranger you met or even your parents. They might tell you you’re crazy, that whatever you’re doing is just a phase, look at you weird or just tell you that your dream flat out won’t work. Truth be told, they don’t mean you any harm. In fact, often it’s the opposite. But something that I know for sure is that they just don’t get it. You know something they don’t know.

I remember growing up I was told I couldn’t do a lot of things. As you may have read before, I ran the medical club in High School. When I first joined, I was just a freshman and by the end of the year, the president of the club passed the club to me to run. I was only 14 years old. I remember I went to my first meeting with the other elected officers for the club. Everyone was a senior and they all gave me a look as if I wasn’t fit to run the thing. Who would blame them, I was leading people 4 years older than me. Everyone said I was crazy but I pushed forward and this club became my life until I graduated for uni. I learned so much.

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Hey Everyone,

ok

Let’s be honest, I’ve gained a lot of weight coming back from Uni. I was flipping through some pictures today and I was totally really honestly quite taken a back at myself. It wasn’t that I was self critical of myself but more that I was confused. Not at how I got there – honestly speaking, I totally deserve every single pound due to my naughty eating habits and well l blame it on work. Everyone does right? I am totally at blame for my poundage. I totally accept that I’ve gotten fatter and it has gotten to a point where people can tell me as many times as they want “You’re fat” and my reply is simply “Yes I am fat.”

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Hey Everyone,

hihi

I’ve wanted things just like everyone else and I’ve tricked myself into thinking I wouldn’t be happy without it. Maybe it’s that $4,000 bag your friend is sporting, or that trip to the Bahamas or maybe it’s just as simple as getting a job promotion.

Something that I’ve totally learnt growing up is that our wants change over time. Something that we totally want right now may not mean much four years down the line. Things that we thought we needed weren’t actually that important. However an even bigger realisation is that maybe it’s just not our time yet to have whatever it is that we want but we can’t have yet. We may want these things so badly, but maybe we need to wait for God to give it to us instead of scrambling to do whatever we can in our human means.

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Hey Everyone,

11

This is for everybody who feels like they’re on the edge about whether they should go ahead and do what they love or they should just conform. I’ve been exactly where you are. I just wanted to tell you to hold on to your dreams. Find something you love and hold on tight because that very thing that you love doing is exactly what the rest of the world is hunting for. It’s called your purpose. And man, you just found yours. Take it, make something out of it and I believe you’ll feel like you haven’t worked a day in your life.

I remember my moment. I was in the boardroom of another meeting. Moments before I got a call from Mediacorp to film on ToggleTV and seeing that I started filming by stacking a bunch of books and a tissue box ontop of each other, you could probably guess I was pretty stoked. I was in this job because the rest of the world was telling me that I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t be able to pay for this bill or the next. I wouldn’t be able to have this or that. Then there was this opportunity and it was like to be honest, a dream come true. My boss was blabbering away and I just looked out the window and stared at the church right in front of me. Then I thought – man, God really gave me so much. He keeps blessing me. Why would God give me so much stuff. He must have something planned. At that stage, I was already texting my boyfriend that I wanted to quit. I quit that day with you could call it not the best farewell. I had to do it though. I’ve always known and felt since I was little that I was meant for something bigger. I just didn’t know what it was.

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Hey Everyone!

hihi

I know it sounds crazy. How can you ever really get excited for the hard times in your life? What on earth would you get excited for. I know it sounds ridiculous but really – from the bottom of my heart – get..excited..for the..hard times. Throw a freakin’ party.

To be honest, probably the hardest point in my life was when I was just about to graduate high school. It was my senior year and when a lot of people were getting excited for college and preparing to jet set to another country – I was pretty down in the dumps. I just broke up with my first boyfriend, I had to leave leadership of my club that I spent three years growing and what I called mah baby, and to be honest, I didn’t really have that many friends. Yeah, you could probably say I would cry in the bathroom to get my act together and yeah, I was there. And the most amazing thing is that at that point in my life, I could choose whether to mope around and cry all day or pick myself back up and refuse to listen to those voices in my head saying I was worthless. I refused every single one and I got the chance to turn my life around. It was right there at my lowest valley that I picked up make-up. That’s the moment where I turned my life around and that’s exactly why you should get excited for the hard times.

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Hey Everyone,

hi

I think that one thing I’ve learnt not having a conventional 9 to 5 job is that sometimes – I gotta do what I do with my eyes closed. Not in the sense that I’m doing what I do fast and blindly, but more so about the fact that I just got to ignore certain things in my life that are pulling me down. To be honest with you, it’s been a pretty tough battle but I’m finally taking the reigns. Before I tell you any more, I want to say I really love what I do. I think it’s every entrepreneur’s dilemma to really step out of the norm and push themselves to wander on unchartered roads. I think it’s scary for all of us even though we really love what we do. I think you can love what you do a lot like I do, but let’s just say that nobody’s journey will ever be a piece of cake.

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Hey Everyone,

tanspira

Nope, I’m not a size zero, not even a size four, or six, or you know. I don’t really go shopping for clothes that often and I like wearing the same outfits sometimes because I can’t be bothered. I have the same longchamp bag from college and I like my Cotton On flats even though they’re fifteen dollars. and I’d wear them till they break. I don’t have a wardrobe to fill an entire closet nor can I fit into everything I want either. I like McDonalds. It hurts when I spend money because I know how I earned it. I run my own gig that people don’t get and sometimes I get really insecure. And you know what, heels hurt.

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Hey Everyone,

hi

I think a lesson I’ve learnt recently is that more often than not, we’re a little hard on ourselves. Maybe we didn’t get that grade we wanted, make the basketball team or get that recognition you thought you deserved at work. Maybe you’re 22 and you don’t exactly know what you want yet. Maybe you’re 30 and still feel the same way. Or, maybe you’re not sure what you’re doing is..well working out..or even more, is it what you really want in life? I get it all the time.

Yet, it feels like life and pretty much everyone around you wants a concrete answer. What are you doing now? What’s your five year plan? your 2? your 1? You feel a lot of pressure to answer, to categorise yourself into some cookie cut box so that people understand you. I’m here to tell you that for once, it’s alright if you don’t know.

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Hey everyone,

eagle

An eagle is an incredible animal. I never knew until a conversation struck a few months ago over dinner. No animal is braver than an eagle. As the years go by, an eagle’s feathers become weighted down with oil and dirt, which hinders their ability to fly and hunt effectively. Their beak becomes encrusted with calcium which makes their beak less sharp and able. To soar and fly higher up the mountains, an eagle has to break it’s beak and tear out its feathers so that there is a renewal and growth. The craziest thing is that it is totally open to doing this incredibly painful process.  It breaks it’s beak by knocking it against a rock and plucks it’s feathers out one by one. When everything grows back slowly, it is able to soar higher than before. How beautifully brave.

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Hey Everyone!

hihi

I’m feeling a little nostalgic tonight. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m lying here looking at old photos on facebook or that I don’t want to finish up my work. I don’t want to be a crying baby, but I miss Melbourne. I miss going to college. I remember at that time I never really understood why  “grown-ups” always told me to really cherish university life. I mean look at all the deadlines, assignments and projects right? Seriously though, really enjoy it because I’m telling you now you’re going to miss it when it’s gone.

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Hey Everyone,

Don’t snap out of it, step out of it. And maybe run.

I was sitting at a cafe the other day and to be honest, I can’t help but hear into the conversations around me. Not that I intentionally do, it’s sound, it travels. One person talked about her boyfriend of a few years leaving her, another about cheating, another about drinking, drugs and horrible friends. You might think, “Gosh, roseanne what cafe is that? Don’t go back” but I realise increasingly that I’m hearing about unhappiness rather than happiness and increasingly I feel that it might be becoming the talk of today. Sadly.

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Hey Everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Tangspiration post. I guess it’s because I only write one of these when I get inspired to. I was sitting on the couch eating my lunch today when I started to reflect on what I’ve done in life (funny what a bowl of fried rice can do) and it came to me, “Man, I had NO idea.” I had no idea that I’d be blogging and youtubing and collaborating with major companies and agencies. I had no idea that one day I would welcome Christ into my life and just have such an awesome relationship with God knowing that I’ve been brought up differently. I had no idea that I’d be in a relationship even. I remember only a few months ago saying that I’d probably never get married (I know, issues much?). I had no idea that I’d even be in make-up, much less get into fashion jewelry and now in the midst of opening my own online store. Growing up, I’ve been trained to feel like I should be a doctor or a lawyer or a successful CEO and never have I even imagined that I wouldn’t even care about any of that, now.  I guess the point is in reflecting that “I had no idea”, I see really how awesome life can be because you really have no idea what’s next.

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Hey Everyone,

I’m sure everyone has a dream. It could be a dream to open a corner bakery or become the President of the United States. Whatever it is, the only way we can achieve that dream is to walk. I see my friends wanting to do something but for some reason they fail to see that they’re not moving towards their dream but insist on a standstill. People often put walls up on this journey to a dream. They say “I’m not going to do it now because I’m going to wait till this part of my life is over before I can start” or “I’m not going to go on a diet until after Mom’s birthday buffet,”. It’s sorta the same concept. Although that’s fine to put walls up I think the major obstacle is when people push those walls further along the line than the point on which they were built. That means you not doing anything about your sole purpose in life expands.

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Hey Everyone,

The only reason why we’re scared, is cause we wanna be scared. It’s really our choice. Fear comes in many different forms. It can be as simple as that pounding feeling you feel when you’re about to climb up on stage and say something, could even be as complex as getting started on a dream online store. Trust me, we could be so scared that we’re peein’ in our pants but I want you to know that the only reason why you’re scared is because you’ve chosen to be scared.

Listen to the voice that’s telling you that that audience out there is going to love what you have to say instead of the one saying you’re going to trip on the stairs getting up there, split open your pants and everyone’s going to start laughing at you before you even start (c’mon as if that’s going to happen). Or the voice that’s telling you that you’re going to make it, not fail it. We all have two voices in our head and it’s up to us who we listen to.

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Hey Everyone,

Today I thought I might write an opinion piece. I haven’t done one of these in a long time. Now, I’m going to warn you first that with opinion pieces, they’re unplanned and messy unlike most of my posts. There are no pictures, it’s just what I have to say about the topic at hand. Opinion pieces flow out of me and I’m not going to bother correcting and structuring it. We’ll see where we end up.

When people come up to me and ask me what I blog about or what my passion is and I reply with the answer cosmetics or makeup, sometimes depending on the person, I get too much of a shrug or a raised eye-brow. When I asked people on twitter the remarks they get, @Miss_Flossy replied that “Someone once assumed I was dumb because I wear makeup.” Well hey, I get that too.

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Hey Everyone,

A little note – this is a little long but necessary.

Believe it or not, I dreamnt last night right before I woke up, a woman pulled me aside just as I was about to leave some class (trust me, I have weird dreams) and tried to ask me why it is that people want to be just like barbie. I’m not trying to crtiticize the toy in any way, I spent my childhood dressing the barbies my friends had. I didn’t have the chance to own my own. My answer to her was that well, pretty obvious, she’s flawless, she’s perfect. But then I said that if she was a real human being, that actually she wouldn’t even exist because she’s not humanly proportional. The woman nodded (she was my teacher or something I think) and then told me she was fighting something, she just gave me this look of desperation and stared intensely right into my eyes and I told her to just tell me how I could help her and she said eating disorder and then I woke up. I didn’t get the chance to help her. Hate it when I wake up at the wrong time.  Because to be honest, despite my avid interest in food, I’ve been there done that and have survived to tell you my own ugly truth about eating disorders.

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Hey Everyone,

I reckon only a handful of us understand what giving is. A lot of people have read somewhere in some website or in the pages of some book that we should all give more than we receive. But let’s face it, do we really feel that way? After all, getting a car feels much better than giving one away. Receiving money feels much better than giving it. I think we should really think about this though.

I was walking along the street the other day when I realized that we are nothing without giving. I am not much of anyone without sharing my thoughts on this blog and youtube channel. A person isn’t worth much without a purpose and a role. In a way, the only way to receive is to give. You must give something of yourself whether it be to your job, family, friends and loved ones.

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Hey Everyone,

Sometimes I wonder how on earth I am so lucky to have what I have. To be able to have you right now reading what I’m typing late at night in my high school sweater and puppy printed pajama pants, to have you care what I think or even care about what I have to say. I’ve wondered so many times why I got to be the one that you’ve chosen. There are so many thoughts out there, but here you are reading mine. Now, you might think that this is slightly a religious post and I am a true believer of believing whatever you want to believe but take what I have to say and make it applicable in your life. Easy.

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Hey Everyone,

Today I’m going to be talking about love. And I promise that it’s not going to be sappy like some 1PM Soap Opera but I hope that you’ll be able to take something away from it. Too many times I see girls going into relationships just to see what it feels like. Too many times I see them coming out of them feeling like a lost soul without a name. In other words, it didn’t go very well. I’ve been there. Girls worry too much about what boys think  – if they’re pretty enough, if they are fun enough, if they can sing, dance, flutter their eyes better than any other girl he could get. Too many times we worry about what they’re thinking but not too much about what we actually want. And that’s the point here.

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I remember sitting down with a really close friend and telling her how life was never made to be easy. She’s never really worked for anything in her life, she’s always been spoon-fed with a silver spoon and she was facing a tough turning point in her life and I wanted her to hear me out. She’s one of my closest friends, but I felt that I had spent the last three years of my life telling her how to do everything and lots of times doing it for her that I was spoiling her. She always does what she wants and whenever she faces a difficult situation that makes her uncomfortable, she is the first person that would turn and walk the other way.

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Hey Everyone!

Happy Valentines Day! Now before you bring out the flaming torches and make smores out of that statement –  Although albeit some of you may be crashing on the couch watching mythbusters and hating today for making you wallow in what they call “Single Awareness Day”, Valentines Day isn’t just about receiving roses and chocolate from some admirer you don’t actually like, or do. I reckon it’s about showing the people you love, you love them, regardless. That includes your closest mates, parents, and even your dog. As for me, I had to work late tonight (again) and I don’t forsee my love life taking the high road anytime soon so for you all seething that I’ve added to the mix of love stories in your inbox, well, I myself ain’t much in a love spot myself right now. I’m actually enjoying it, don’t tell anyone.

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They say that your experiences in life are shaped by the way you see the world. A simple task like walking can feel difficult and tiring if you see it that way but come to think of it, all you’re really doing is lifting up your foot and putting it down. That’s not hard is it? Life is simply how you see it.

My older sister came back for Christmas and the whole family decided to go to Bangkok. It was a great trip. I remember after a really long day at Chatuchuk, the famous and ridiculoulsy large shopping market, my sister complained that she had a migraine. We had to sit at a random hotel lobby and wait till she felt better, something I didn’t mind doing but for me, it was silly. I told my sister to look at me and tell her migraine to buzz off. Simply put, show your headache who is boss. You are boss, and your headache will only get worse if you bow down to it. Your headache is for that moment controlling you by making you feel like absolute crap ( It’s my blog, and I can say bad words, thats right). But what if you got up and decided, “Nah, No way, I decide what I want to feel like and you, my headache, ain’t gonna stop me”. What if you stood up and told yourself, “I’m not going to have any of this, I don’t care, you can hurt all you want but I’m not going to stop my life for you”. “You’re insignificant” –  show em who’s boss. I told my sister that, she did it, and ten minutes later, it was gone.

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Hey Everyone,

I get asked this question a lot. How on earth do you find the time to do everything that you do?  How do you do it? How do you find time? How do you find time to blog?

The answer is this. Everything is as hard as it looks. I’m not going to lie to you and say that waking up at 6am every morning and coming home long after dinner is easy. I’m not going to say that beginning my “second” job at 10 every night is easy. It’s not. It is as hard as it looks. And if you’re going through a tough time, and if you think life is difficult, it is. I’m not going to say. Oh yeah, I got the hang of this and I don’t feel it anymore. I feel it everyday. The first task is to simply admit it. Life is hard, it wasn’t made to be easy. It’s Ok. It’s ok to admit it. Trust me, it feels better. Things that are worth it are never given to you, easy. Somewhere along the line, either you or someone else fought for it.

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Hey Everyone!

Three years doesn’t sound like a very long time. But in three years, you could complete a university degree, you could have travelled the globe and back and most importantly, you could have changed into a very different person. Sometimes when we go through life, we forget about the big picture. We forget that there is more to life than our 9 to 6 job and our train rides to and fro, or getting the latest Gucci tote and whether the guy who keeps looking at you at the gym will ever find enough guts to ask you on a date.

We forget the big picture, especially during our low points and even when we’re confused where our life is taking us and what direction we need to go next. Trust me, I’m there now. I’m graduating this year from college and I have no idea what I’m going to do next or whether what I should be doing is what I should do for bascially the “rest” of my life. Does life stand still for the remaining term? No, not at all. The only question you have to ask yourself is ‘where were you 3 years ago?” That’s it. Because in just three years, your life can twist and turn until you land in a totally different position in life in a totally different situation in life that sometimes you’d never even expect. That happened to me at least.

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Hey Everyone!

Happy New Year!

2011 was a fast year for me and as much a rollercoaster as I could have ever imagined. For the blog, I was featured as the number one review blog internationally by everydaysale.co.uk, featured in Urban and The Straits Times as well as LianHe Wanbao. I finally launched roseannetangrs.com and now the YouTube channel has reached over 10,000 subscribers. I’ve been contacted by Illamsqua, Urban Decay, Clinique, Fancl, Benefit among others. It has been utterly incredible and not to mention amazing. To think all of this started from a simple thought to film a video one night. To all of you and to all I’ve worked with, thank you for your support thus far.

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Hey Everyone,

I hope you’re doing well this Sunday morning. I have my favourite shirt on that my parents tell me that I over-wear way too much and my favourite jeans shorts. I’m ready to head to the library to check out a few cool books out to read over the holidays. I know, I’m getting my nerd on even when I’m not supposed to. Houston, we have a problem. I thought I’d make a tangspiration post before I leave.

This blog means a lot to me. I think perhaps that’s an understatement but having Asian parents, things get a little difficult when they see you on the computer all the time. My parents do know that I blog and that I YouTube but I’m sure you know that they have what many term “Asian parent syndrome”. It’s not a racist term. Trust me, I’m asian I would know but it happens to many third culture kids. I’ve grown up in a so called “western society” even living in Singapore, I went to American international schools all my life and I’m currently completing my uni degree in Melbourne. I’m very lucky I know but I have to say western and asian ideals are very different and that’s why sometimes my mom and I clash. I get the you should be doing medicine or becoming a lawyer a little more than much instead of blogging right now. Of course there are exceptions, no generalizations made.

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Hey Everyone,

I know, I know, I’m sprouting new segments on this blog like grass on a new batch of fertilizer. Apologies if necessary. So what exactly is Tangspiration? Unfortunately, it can’t be found on Urban Dictionary (yet) and admittedly, it’s a term that I made-up only a few seconds ago. It means inspiration from my heart, cliche as that my sound. This place afterall is about empowering the everyday woman and I have to say although I’m 20, I’ve been through stuff that I think about and I learn from because after all, we all know that life is just one big learning experience.

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Let’s be real. You could look like Miss Universe on the outside but if you’re like the wicked witch of the west on the inside, I don’t believe you can ever be truly beautiful. Whether it’s something simple like opening the door for the next person behind you or a strong charismatic glow, inner beauty I think takes many forms. In fact, it’s something I don’t mind sharing either. So here are my top 10 characteristics of a truly beautiful woman – a woman who encapsulates a kind, powerful and strong heart. Truth be told, I believe sometimes inner beauty is all you need.

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Hey Everyone,

I always say you can go through life  being afraid of the I don’t knows, but what is life if you only travel safe?

When my mother asks me: “Roseanne, are you sure it’s going to work out?

And my reply is always, “Mom, I have no idea, but I have a good feeling about this and that’s all that really matters right now.”

When I’m out and about and I happen to tell someone about roseannetangrs, the blog and the youtube channel, probably the most common question I get asked is how I started this whole thing. I get it from friends, and fledgling bloggers who want to know how I got “big” or why I started what I do in the first place. So, I thought it would be almost necessary to blog about it.

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