My name is Fiona and this blog is my namesake! In case it isn’t obvious enough, I’m a Singaporean Chinese with the last name “Seah” (pronounced “see-AH”, like how you’d call the singer-songwriter Sia) which translates to “佘” (shé) in Chinese and is considered as one of the most uncommon surnames in the Chinese community.
I am a late 20-something (not ashamed about my age, just too lazy to update this every year!) Communication Studies graduate of WKWSCI at Nanyang Technological University with a Media and Communication diploma from Singapore Polytechnic. I can speak fluent English and Mandarin and had also picked up French, Spanish and Malay briefly during my Poly and undergraduate years. Apart from that, I can speak and understand basic Cantonese. Basically, I consider myself a linguist wannabe.
I have been blogging since 2004 on various blogging platforms (Blogdrive, Blogspot and Livejournal) before finally settling on WordPress in 2010 and I started this hobby as a way for me to keep track of my life events. As an introvert who loves being at home, blogging serves as a convenient outlet for me to voice my thoughts without dealing with small talks and networking. But since early 2013, I have transitioned to reviewing products (mainly makeup and occasionally food, because who doesn’t love eating? 😋) and commercialised blogging to maintain some privacy on this scary place called the Internet.
Why makeup? Makeup has always been one of my passions because it was what regained my confidence and helped me feel better about my acne-ridden skin for most parts of my life. On top of that, I chose to write about makeup to fill the void for unbiased and detailed reviews that speak to most Asians, especially those living in tropical countries like myself, by putting myself in the shoes of beginners. Therefore, no reviews get published without comprehensive swatches and comparisons (imagine my makeup collection – HUGE). In a way, I strive to be the Asian version of Temptalia (love her site!) though with less-than-frequent updates because, gal, I’ve got a day job to help pay my bills and keep this site running! So yes, don’t worry about me selling out, because I earn enough for me not to depend on advertisers for survival 😉
I love a good plate of steak and as hypocritical as this may sound, I do love animals – or rather, domesticated ones – too, so I try to volunteer my time at animal-related organisations (usually for their flag day) wherever possible. I’ve had two pet dogs named Angel (Shih Tzu depicted in the picture above) and Chubs (pronounced “Choobs”, the Pomeranian). Angel had passed away on 9 August 2013 at the age of 12.
Besides the usual feminine hobbies, I am also obsessed with Pokémon, which has been my favourite childhood cartoon and game since it started in the late 90’s, so much so that my 3DS (and a Nintendo Switch soon) is used mainly for Pokémon RPGs.
I love to draw (mostly human figures). When I was younger, my ambition was to be a cartoonist so that I could have my own comic book. This dream still holds true, but this isn’t very practical in the Singaporean context. So I’ve transferred all my drawing knowledge to digital illustration (self-taught but still amateurish). If you’ve seen illustrations (an example would be the watermark on all of my newer pictures and illustrations on this post) on my blog, they were most likely done by me.
Aaaaand that’s all about me! Hope you’ll enjoy reading my articles! 😊