Written by Delwin Keasberry Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:28
Editor's Note: Introducing Bash Harry, a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger from Brunei. She blogs at heybash.com, and her blogging and story-telling style inspires me. Bash, keep up the good work. Aim high. You will go far.
What do you do?
A lot of things but mostly I blog. Right now, I am focusing on the dreaded future like figuring out universities, wondering how everything will fall into place and where to eat later. I'm rather hungry.
Describe yourself in a few words.
Slightly manic and a little neurotic, but in a cute way. That sums me up rather well. Most days I teeter between acting obnoxiously loud and suspiciously quiet. Depending on how much I sleep and how much caffeine I ingested.
When and why did you start blogging?
Officially I started blogging in 10th April 2014, a day before my mother's birthday. It was called 'Bash Says Hey.' Though, I made no use of it until January 2015, when I started blogging regularly. I took a leap and bought a domain, and Hey Bash was made.
I decided blogging the same way other decisions are made, through boredom. I just didn't expect it would become a large part of life. I wanted to do something other than studying and knitting. The desire to do is innate in me. I hate boredom and when you're a blogger, you're never bored. Perhaps overwhelmed, but never bored.
Why "fashion, beauty and lifestyle"?
Because to be completely honest, I'm not good at much else. I don't even think I'm good at fashion or lifestyle. It's just expected when you're interested in putting war paint on your face every day. They correlate well to highlight who you are as a person, in appearance and personality. For the most part.
Self-taught or course-trained? Who inspires you?
I am a course-trained makeup artist, certified twice when I was sixteen, but self-taught in SFX. I love SFX more than I love beauty makeup, but to know SFX, you must know beauty first. Terrible irony.
The girl who inspired me the most to do SFX is Klaire DeLys, who I've been watching for almost seven years now. She inspires me to be more creative and focus on quality than quantity. As for starting normal makeup, it's the classic case of puberty and low self-esteem.
Share a few highlights from your journey to date.
Featured on Kristal FM for Bloggers vs DJs during Hari Raya 2015 was incredible. I was on a team with social media influencers, feeling as uncomfortable as a novice among professionals. We won! Not because of me, but we won! And as you know, winning is everything.
In 2014, I entered Bonnie Corban's International SFX Contest and was a Top 5 finalist! Even better, she recreated the look and its up on YouTube here!
Mini-highlights also include being featured on @hijabfashion, who has two million followers, and hitting 500 on bloglovin. They are pretty cool feats in just one proper year of blogging. Having recognition as a blogger is pretty darn cool too.
Three goals for 2016.
Go to Law School, read 52 books and convince my dad to get me a functioning laptop that doesn't crash every two weeks.
Three noteworthy bloggers.
The Rustic Trove - http://therustictrove.com/ - Fifi is my favourite Bruneian Blogger, though maybe that’s because I’ve met her and she’s absolute cool personified. She runs The Rustic Trove, which is a lifestyle blog where she showcases her stunning photography in the UK.
Love From Berlin - http://www.lovefromberlin.net/ - If you’re looking for incredible photography and helpful lifestyle tips, then LFB is perfect. I adore Rae’s stance on conscious living, teaching life in numerous ways, whether travelling or cooking.
Not Your Type - http://www.notyourtypeblog.com/ - I recently found Not Your Type, a Pakistani lifestyle blog by Areeba. I love how much of her personality shines through her blog. Funny and witty, this blog is a wonderful place to brighten your day.
Best piece of advice you've received.
"You were given a voice, so speak."
My parents regret teaching me this Aesop at four years old. Hence why they have a daughter that never shuts up, whether through speech or lexicons. I took this lesson as a reminder. That I am my own person with my own thoughts and feelings. I am in control of my actions. If I need to speak, I speak. If I need to change, I change. If I need to do, I do.
What do you see yourself doing in three years?
Alive, I hope. I always hope I'm alive by the next year. If not, at least I know I lived a good life. So if I'm still alive in three years, 21-year old Ne will probably be studying for Law finals somewhere while crying inside, chanting 'I can do this. I can't do this. I can do this.' Similar to Current Me.
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