MY03 GT1 by Cullen


First things first, I can watch the reunion, and this scene forever. It’s just so very beautiful, and makes me sigh with contentment. 

This kiss though, this kiss is sort of amazing (a word I have used a lot this season). First, Emma pounces. It’s half Neverland kiss, and half what Killian does when he’s the one initiating a kiss.

But the single thing that gets to me is the second edit from the top. It’s like they’re already close, there’s no space between their bodies, but the way they hang on even more tightly, it’s like they just can’t be close enough, so they pull each other impossibly closer and tighter, even though they can’t even be any nearer than they are in that moment.

Give me all the Captain Swan. I will never get enough of them.

listen to me, daughter
there will be four types of boys
you will come across that will
sting your heartbeat:

I. he will only reek of you in the
moonlight, and shamelessly wash
you off in the morning. he will
come as a prophet
preaching his ways with
a mouth seamlessly full
of light curving his body
into the sides of your
hipbones like swans bend
their necks. he will conjoin his
knuckles into the palms of your
hands while shoving his teeth
down your throat trying to savor
you. a beast that will try to pry
your thighs wide to fit his anatomy
in between. he will have hopes of
harvesting the honey out of you.
tell him, there was no sweetness
left for him. do not sell the raw
honey stored in the beehives
of your womb.

II. the one in which his suit will
be perfectly pressed
and you are obsessed with
his ability to relax with you in
coffee-stained pajamas
shamelessly eating ice cream
on the couch. he will be rough
skinned that makes the sweetness
have the ability to prosper in his
vacancy. but you will not touch the
fireworks lightning your tongue.
for the kisses stampeded into your
delicate cheeks will not taste
as genuine as your mothers.

III. then there is the one that
feels like he’s cracking your
heart like he does a pomegranate
with his bare hands.
he will be the left over particles
of fruit beneath your finger nails.
the sugar stains smeared all over
your lips. he will be the
only mercy you will pray
for in a beautiful war.
though he will have blood
on his hands too many times
that I will constantly warn you
about the heartbreaker ready
to stick daggers into you like

IV. this one will be different
you will see him and his brown
eyes will hit your body like a
season the one that touches your
skin as if you are spun gold.
his voice alone will shake you
it will be the echo that carves
flowers in the spineless.
he will have plucked every poem
that has ever touched your lips
and write new lines of poetry
into the roots of you
into the breath of the parts where
colorful wings roam
a place where your wild
runs free.

—  Excerpt #223

Coffee Brewing Methods

Gone are the days where all that was needed to make a cup of brewed coffee was an auto-drip machine and a paper filter. Coffee shops now have glass siphons lining the counter, looking as if they came straight from a chemistry lab. Baristas can be seen meticulously pouring water from a swan necked kettle into a ceramic funnel, which slowly drips coffee into a cup sitting on a scale. With the resulting brews varying in flavor, why stick to just one method? Read more…

Photo Credit: Janne Moren (JanneM/Flickr)

I imagine the sex.
The rattle of it,
the sharpness,
their tongues,
His & Hers,
matching towels,
coffee mugs,
hipbones aligned
into planetary
miracles. Mouth
seams full of light,
joints aching,
heavy with it,
curving their bodies
like swans necks,
his fingers, before,
the same fingers,
on a different body,
not mine,
less bulbous
and hesitant,
not mine,
open as a subway
station, eating
skin on skin on skin,
not mine,
like handprints
on foggy windows,
pressing her
into every shadow,
the same fingers, before,
pulling her throat strings,
swallowing her
into litanies of
greedy prayers, before,
not mine, before,
the grime of them,
furious with it,
—  Azra.T “Fuck You” 

Black, Bold, BEAUTIFUL
She was black as the darkest night
I’m talking Jesus black
Adam black
She was like God in human form
Cept I had no urge to worship her
My curiosity leaned more toward appreciation for what art is supposed to be..
Here she was a real life F**K YOU to everything we thought beauty was.
She was black, bold, and beautiful.
Her hair was not straight, it was as wooly as Jesus’s.
Her eyes were not blue, they were as brown as the earth’s richest soil that held the Next Adam.
Her skin as smooth as the sea just before a storm.
I stood their appreciating her, watching her affect the world around her without even knowing.
Her neck was Swan like, her lips full, soft, inviting
Her body was to die for
Her smile was like seeing the sun set for first time over the horizon
I loved her on sight
She must have felt my thoughts because she looked at me
Right in my eyes
Smiled and said I love you too brother

All rights reserved to Thomas C. Ross for Ross Publications.

Author of Cracks in my Palms, A Light Shines through Darkness & No Limits by Ross.


I can’t believe what I just found out, I pretty much ran home to write this post. Or well… kicked the train so it would move faster. When Neal is back in his father’s Castle during the 3rd season, he finds the key chain he stole for Emma.

Neal: “A necklace, it was Emma’s. It was supposed to represent our life together. I don’t know how it survived the trip.”
Belle: “Because, it was born out of true love.”

True Love, right? This key chain is associated with True Love. So I took a closer look at it and thought to myself they could have gone for a more elegant design when suddenly instead of a swan, I noticed two distinct shapes. The swan’s neck looks like a lion’s tail and the body looks like a scorpion’s claw. So I decided to check the Zodiac signs for our characters. Emma’s on the cusp between Libra and Scorpio, so Scorpio seemed right. Then the only indicator we have for Henry’s birthday is a password Regina once used, which would indeed make him a Leo. So I thought, nice, Neal did give Emma her True Love, Henry, nice symbol… until I realized the waterline may also be a symbol. I checked Neal and he’s an Aries, not Aquarius, the water bearer, it’s not even a water sign. And then I remembered this thing of beauty.

The waterline! Regina’s an Aquarius! I may or may not have made very, very special noises that I hope I will never ever make again when making this particular discovery. Let’s just summarize, the True Love key chain binds the Leo, the Scorpio and the Aquarius together.

Why go through the trouble of making such a genius design if it’s not going to be important? If Swan Mills family finding True Love with each other isn’t what this show is about? Why does the list of hints pointing at this beautiful family keep growing?

Because Love wins, goddammit, that’s why.


Lancome Grandiose Mascara: OMG

This post really doesn’t need much text. I applied a coat of mascara and my jaw dropped. I didn’t curl my lashes. 

Lancome’s latest heavyweight mascara launches 21 Aug 2014 in Singapore and boasts a special twisted “swan-neck” wand that is angled perfectly for you to create intense, open/curved, fan like lashes. 

I’ll say it definitely delivers on the “intense” part. I can’t speak as to its curling power for stubborn coarse lashes cos mine are quite fine and usually easy to curl, so I definitely got a fan-like effect as well.

1 coat is enough for very dramatic thickening, and I actually wouldn’t recommend 2 coats because it will start to clump.

The cons?

The pricetag is hefty. SG$60 for a tube.

It’s also not waterproof. (That’s not really a con for me, but it is for many people.) I actually had a bit of problems removing it with my Bioderma cleansing water, so it IS definitely water/smudge-resistant, even though it’s not stated that it’s water-/oil-/smudge-PROOF.

The most tricky thing is probably application. With most mascaras you spend time trying to build up volume and length. With this one however, I feel like you need to spend time combing it out and taking away product because so much goes on right from the start.

If you want natural looking lashes, this is not for you. If you like it as big as thick as black and as crazy as possible, grab this.


If you’re in Singapore, Sephora and Lancome are running a promotion on 21 Aug! The first 3 people to purchase a tube of Grandiose mascara at Sephora ION will receive a $500 Lancome gift bag filled with lots of full-size products.

If you’re not able to make it to the start of the line, don’t worry cos the next 150 customers to purchase Grandiose will receive a beauty kit worth more than $165.

So if you’re already intending to check the mascara out, it’s well worth the bit of extra effort cos you’re getting a HUGE return on that $60 investment just on that day.

You guys tried it? I think it’s getting very mixed reviews from people depending on the type of formula, brush, and effect we want. What do you think?