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  • Writer's pictureJuliana C Stryker

Happy Haunting, Ghoulfriend!

As we enter the final stretch of the year, my heart is usually aflutter with an electric buzz in anticipation of Halloween and of course, the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas!

However this year – it all felt completely the opposite and it’s no surprise why.

After my beloved Ah Gong passed away in May and B had to go for several surgeries along with other happenings, it’s been a truly challenging and testing year for us.

Knowing that our Christmas get together this year would be missing one special place at the dining table, it had me torn up inside and instead of looking forward to it, I was starting to dread it.

As they say, memories that once made you laugh now make me want to cry and those memories that made me cry now make me want to laugh.

Anyone who’s followed me will know how much I adore these times but this year I just found myself questioning so many things and whether there was any point celebrating.

Recently, B was given the all clear and suddenly, there seemed to be some glimmer of hope. Other things started to fall into place and it dawned on me that while really a lot has happened this year, I’m still so fortunate and still have so much to be grateful for. It really helped me draw some perspective on what matters and what doesn’t.

I have my beloved Ah Ma, my parents and of course B, all there championing my corner in the game of life and as I sat down to centre myself and my thoughts, that spark started to reappear.

If anything is clear, it’s that life is fickle, short and I can’t sit around moping and lose valuable time that I could be spending with my loved ones and doing things I find meaningful.

With B by my side, better late than never, the Halloween decorations finally came out and so did that warm fuzzy feeling I always get this time of year. The excitement and anticipation started to return.

And as my excitement grew so it did in the eyes of my family and they’re all already asking what we’ll be doing for Christmas this year.

I know in my heart Ah Gong is always with me and there’s no way he’d want me sitting there like a recluse in a corner, abandoning everything that was important to me.

So with Ah Gong in my heart and everyone else who’s been there supporting me all the way, let’s have some fun! Because life’s too serious and no one gets out alive anyway!

I was scared of all the things that happened but now I’m more scared of all the opportunities I might miss, so let’s make the most of it!

Here’s my Halloween transformation 2019!

Halloween 2019
Halloween decor 2019


The Style Squad

Nails: After a long 5-year wait, the Mistress Of Evil is finally back! And Halloween just would not be complete without a Disney villainess manicure. Voila – Magnificent Maleficent!

Amanda of Nail Indulgence nailed it once again!

Quote JULIANA for 10% off all services at Nail Indulgence De Beau! Psst! Birthday peeps get an even bigger treat with an extra 5% off!

Hair by William x Shunji Matsuo. Psst! Would you like to experience this magical transformation by William too?

Quote ‘Honeyz’ to receive 10% off any chemical service by Shunji Matsuo (Ngee Ann) senior stylist, William. And possibly also inherit some of his hairstyling wisdom.

Outfits by Joop Boutique. Thank you Joop Boutique for dressing me for the part! Love the knit dress that’s totally apt for fall and the scary season. In case you’re wondering, the loosely knitted dress doesn’t feel hot at all. 💖👍

The second ensemble is not only flattering and stylish, it also made of high quality fabric that’s gonna last many Halloween parties. Hehe!

Now gimme all the boos.

Ok that hurts…

Happy Halloween folks!

Your friend, Juliana



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