Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Trip

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Being a huge ele-fan, I’ve always wanted to be up and close to a real life elephant but my conscience wouldn’t allow me to see those captured and mistreated. So when I stumbled across Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (thanks to my friends!), I was thrilled to bits!

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is an elephant conservation centre that helps rescue, raise and give shelter to orphaned elephants or the ones that need to be re-homed. Located in Pahang, its a 2 hour journey from Kuala Lumpur.

Things you’ll need to prepare for this trip:
– Wear shorts, casual top and flip-flops (avoid white)
– Bring an extra set of change
– Towel
– Plastic bag for the wet clothes
– Soap & shampoo for a quick shower
– Cash for the activities and food for the elephants (and you!)
– Snacks and music for the long drive

The place is secluded and deep in, so Waze proved itself to be incredibly helpful! There’s handful of activities (click on the picture below to enlarge and read!) starting from 7.45am onwards. 12105966_10153224259167058_9105045008854203208_nTo go visit there aren’t any charges, but you’ll need to pay for the activities which I feel is very reasonable. Besides, how else can you get up close and personal with elephants without causing them any harm? We opted for the elephant shower package – where you get to bath a baby elephant and have a guide take you on a tour! RM75 for two people.

We got there around 12.30pm and had lunch at the place itself. The food was decent (which I was pleasantly surprised about!). At around 1pm there was a video presentation on how the rescue and relocate the elephants, which was a real eye opener and definitely worth watching.

Once done, I was assigned to my guide. There’s four to a group (depending on the crowd), so we were lucky that it was a slow day at the sanctuary which means more one on one time with the elephants.

We were given a brief introduction of the place, what they do and then introduced to the elephants. There was a small stall set up to purchase food to feed them with an option of sugarcane or bananas; IMG_230712144784_10153224259252058_2496280108929033535_nThere were many elephants from different age groups. It was really fascinating to see how they play and react to people, how they reach out and take the food.

I was most fascinated by the oldest one there, Raja;

IMG_2316He was probably the least paid attention to, but my favourite with his gentle demeanour. Grabbing everything fed to him without skipping a beat and shoving it in his mouth, and also being cheeky with the guides.

The other two were the youngest there. As I attempted to selfie with them, the guide warned me against it as these little fellas have a tendency to be playful and pull at everything within their reach. Since I love my hair, I decided against it.
IMG_2323Moving along we were escorted to where the elephant show are. I was pretty put off by the idea but was comforted as soon as the guide explained that these elephants don’t do shows like play tricks, kick balls and stuff but have been trained to assist with rescues of other elephants. IMG_2324You could see the mutual respect that the mahout (the person who trains and works with the elephants) share with the gentle giant. These few were a different batch of elephants from the ones we fed, so there was a feeding session for them too; IMG_233612105811_10153224259732058_1882049452012207433_nIMG_2324IMG_2337Then it was time to prepare to watch them shower! We took a short walk to the area, while walking through the elephant play area ;
IMG_2322It’s a wide green area filled with fruit trees. Apparently the elephants roam free for to enjoy this area when there aren’t any guests. Besides this area, was the river the elephants bath in ;
IMG_2341The river was clean! I was so relieved that the water was clear and you could actually see through. It was fairly clean and I say fairly because the elephants tend to poop in it. However because its flowing water, it wasn’t something we needed to worry about.

Once the guides showered that batch of elephants, they brought in baby elephants to shower. In groups of four, we all took turns to go in and bath them.

The guides splashed us with water (the cold, cold water!) to get us used to it (or probably for their own personal amusement of watching us squeal!). We were instructed to grab the sand from the bottom and give the elephant a scrub ; 12109301_10153225733317058_5541377362800224757_nOnce done we splashed some more and took some pictures before the next group took over. All in all we were in the river for about 10 minutes or so. The picture taking session had the guides in it to, so it took some major cropping skills to get an image like the one below;  That was it – we got out and went to shower before heading back home. There’s a deer park nearby that we didn’t get a chance to visit, but heard such great things about. Until my next time then!

Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I’d definitely do it again. The elephants are gorgeous and healthy, the place is clean and well kept, the guides were friendly and helpful – perfect for every elephant lover!

Fallen in ele-love,
Harmini Asokumar

Rainbow Resurrection

As life gets the best of me because I’m making the best of it, I’m neglected this space and I apologise; running my own empire at my own terms has proven to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be and the perfectionist in me won’t rest until I’m where I want to be. Where that is, I’m not even quite sure yet, all I know is I’ll get there and when I do I’ll know it.

With so many blessings headed my way, there’s been some downfalls which lead to some dancing in the rain awaiting the rainbow to appear. You know I love my rainbows 🙂

Signing in to send some love, light & good vibes your way. I’ll make it a personal goal to update as much as possible; there’s a pending list of 50+ topics I need to write about. I’ll get to it & hopefully you’ll love it.

Guess who’s back , back again,
Harmini Asokumar (‘s back tell a friend)

Vasa Black – Sudio Sweden Headphones Review

I can’t think of a single person who’d say that they don’t love music. It’s something that is embedded and bred without having to learn it. I’ll be the first to admit that I happen to be tone deaf (but in my head sound like Beyonce) but it doesn’t really matter because of how it makes you feel. I’m all about the good feeling!

Always on the go means my music is too! The thing is, I’ve invested in over 6 earphones, all of which have failed me. Then I found Sudio.

Who knew you could fall in love with a pair of earphones? I know I did! *insert smiley with heart eyes here*Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 1.10.36 AM

This sleek and sexy design of the Vasa black with its gorgeous champagne gold detailing really caught my eye & to be honest, looks better in real than in the pictures.

Not only does it look oh-so good, the sound quality is fantastic. Perfect for when I’m out and wanting to listen to music or take a break and watch movies whilst working. I love that it’s compatible with my Apple products too!

But here’s the good news for you (yes you reading this!)- Use the discount code: “deeperthanfashion“, and enjoy 15% off through the Sudio website till the end of November! Also, it’s free shipping to Malaysia! 🙂

You can thank me later 😉

Suunto Essential Collection

Time is something I personally take very seriously. I’m always on time or at least try to be as punctual as possible. I plan ahead just because I hate making people wait & hate waiting. There’s so much to do and any time wasted is something you can’t get back.

I used to rely on my phone to tell me the time, until I met Suunto and it’s Essential collection. What drew me to it mostly was the whole concept that it was made for the heritage of adventure. Known in the watch industry for over 75 years, I knew this was a watch that obviously was a great investment.  Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 1.30.45 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-16 at 1.26.57 PMHow sexy are those?! With its minimalistic design that pays attention to key details without compromising on precision and reliability, one can’t help but fall in love. Looking for something with style and substance? Suunto Essential is your go to watch.

I obviously had to unleash my inner Beyonce with this classy piece; 10255457_10153160694652058_5395607124108402666_oWith it’s clean lines and classic look, this unisex design definitely gets noticed a lot. Using only high grade stainless steel, sapphire crystal and tanned leather, this beauty is fit for wear and tear which I love because I’m constantly on the go.

Want one for yourself? Go get one! www.suunto.com

Always on time,
Harmini Asokumar

Mermaid Hair Don’t Care.

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I officially have the mermaid hair I’ve always wanted thanks to Shaun Cheong of Shaun Hair Studio in Publika. 11053492_10153026726052058_1916560724559992481_nThe best part about it all? Bleached and dyed several times but my hair is still soft thanks to the 5 step treatment that Shaun provides!
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I’m feelin’ myself,
Harmini Asokumar

Saying Goodbye To The Road Most Taken

1009981_10151979168102058_1751773297_nIt’s been a long time coming, but I finally decided to pull the plug. The plug to my 9-6 job that is. I decided to leave my job for my art & the journey ahead seems scary but so promising. If I were to be completely honest, I always knew this day would come. I wish it had come sooner, but then again, I live with no regrets but lessons learnt.

I’ve been running Deeper Than Fashion for almost five years now, quite successfully I might add. Most people didn’t even know I worked a 9-6 job because I managed to handle the work load from both jobs. Then I thought to myself, if I managed to create so much with limited time in my hands, image all the possibilities of what I could do with more time? I could then focus on unleashing all my creative juices and have the freedom to chase the things that make me happiest.

A flashback to when I was on a job hunt and I sent in my resume to a well-known and respected media through a friend, only to have been turned down because & I quote “My editor think you aren’t someone who is meant to sit at a desk and work, you will just stifle your creativity. You need to explore!”. He had no idea how right he was, and I will forever be thankful someone said that to me to further clarify what I already knew.

It took a lot of convincing for the people around me to finally accept I was not molded the way they were, especially when it came to things like financial stability. As much as I’m a dreamer, I’m very much a realist too & I won’t pretend money isn’t a factor. It always is but it’s never been one that played a key role in my life. If I wanted something, I would just need to work harder for it. I wanted happiness and to just breathe. 

Being given the freedom to be my own boss also gives me a chance to create and fulfill my own destiny. I’m taking this leap away from the conventional work force, to focus on creating a work force that is truly my own. Here’s a perfect time for me to prove to myself that I am capable of making my dreams come true.

I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in the past & to be able to create my own future opportunities. The Universe has been kind, and I am thankful for all the blessings. Mostly I am thankful to YOU for being a support system, motivation and constant inspiration! 

Here’s to me embarking in a brand new adventure. Much love & light to everyone.


It’s new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life,
& I’m feeling good,
Harmini Asokumar

Beach Please! Soaps.

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I took a soap making course & am coming up with a range of soapy goodness. Introducing my first one;
11143220_440918062747908_511134318485068447_nUsing a shea butter base with a little extra oatmeal scrub & a calming sage scent, I created a beach inspired design (of course!); 11698720_440918102747904_5162908069303387359_nSeriously, how gorgeous are these?! They take you back to paradise in the shower!

To top it up, I’ve been experimenting with making little sea life soap creatures too; 11143227_10153018986402058_6111321075264345835_oAnd of course, every sea creature need to be at the beach; 11267369_10153020101047058_3912246289098272415_oKeeping a block of this in my bathroom to rid the musty, murky smell that sometimes happens due to heat and water. Loving how my bathroom now smells!

Beach please! always,
Harmini Asokumar

Mermaid’s Margarita Lipbalm.

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Mermaid’s Margarita Lipbalm is ready for YOU! My first ever organic beauty creation and something I am extremely proud of.

This homemade lipbalm is packed with moisturizing goodness that will keep your lips hydrated in this hot weather. As an added bonus, it’s also refreshing due to its fruity margarita scent. Guaranteed to keep your lips soft and your senses happy.11412214_436672989839082_3886769866280587554_nThe goodness packed in the little tube includes shea butter, beeswax and avocado oil. With no compromises in the quality of products (as well as mermaid magic), this lipbalm is not to be missed out on.10480226_436670749839306_7846921690687361952_nBut that’s not all, the first batch of Mermaid’s Margarita lipbalm will be sold at a launch discounted price & come in a super cute little bag; 11666164_437143769792004_618197596865117054_n

Can’t wait for YOU to try it,
Harmini Asokumar

Makeup Shaming.

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“Women are taking to social media to post pictures of their half made-up faces to hit back at makeup shaming.” Because makeup is a huge part of what I do, something I love and am passionate about, I decided to jump on that bandwagon too; 1467467_10152989173137058_1571272690138611902_nIt’s pretty hard a concept to grasp, but makeup shaming is a real thing. Seriously, it is. Though one might laugh at this notion and of how silly it is, it’s an actual problem. It might not be as important as (& I’m quoting based on comments I read online) poverty and hunger but it’s important enough for me to want to take a stand.

What is it exactly? It’s telling women they are less ‘real’ because they wear makeup, or aren’t ‘all that’ without which is why they wear make up. It’s making women feel bad for wearing makeup because that’s what they are comfortable doing. Wearing makeup doesn’t mean you are insecure, nor does it mean you are any less a feminist.  mu2I never really understood why how I looked affected others. My weight, my skin colour, my scars were always something people found a need to comment on. As a kid, it used to upset me and make me feel self-conscious. As an adult, I’ve learnt to laugh it off and just be comfortable in all the forms I’m in.

Gone are the days where validation is needed by others to make you feel good, I do what I want, when I want to. I love makeup because; mu

It is a form of art. How every colour used, stroke of the brush and blending of tones makes a difference. It’s a choice and a freedom of expression all in one. Most women who love makeup feel exactly the same way. We’re comfortable with or without makeup.

Now can we all move along, stop bringing each other down, and agree to disagree without being judgmental? All this negative energy just isn’t worth it 🙂

It’s all good vibes (with or without makeup);
Harmini Asokumar

Introducing Deeper than Beauty

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Having difficult skin and testing tons of products (bye-bye hard earned money!) led me into a path of making my own, using only organic and natural ingredients. After much studying and research taking place, Deeper Than Beauty was born; DTB logo

“If it’s natural and comes from Mother Nature, it should be good for you”. That was my initial thought when I first embarked on this adventure of natural products and how wrong was I! After doing research, just natural products aren’t enough to ensure it’s safe, however organic natural products are what you should be looking out for. The idea behind organic ingredients are that they are of high quality and no form of chemicals were used to help grow or make them.

Due to 60% of what is applied to your skin is absorbed into your blood stream, and into your system. Feeding your skin the good stuff helps cut down and eliminate doses of chemicals from entering your body. Chemical based products have been altered to save cost, and emphasizes on luxury, convenience as well as longevity as opposed to health. Organic natural products however focus on health, producing long term results and inducing less harmful ingredients.

The idea behind Deeper Than Beauty is to enable your skin to feed on the good stuff, making you feel beautiful on the insides (literally!) as well as the outside. Each product will be carefully tested (on willing human participants!) because all our products are; PETA_Logo& no cute, cuddly animals were harmed during the making of the products 🙂 There will be no compromising on quality and will only give your skin the very best (because it deserves only the best!)
11391379_10152964389517058_7601487386345571391_nCurrently in the midst of creating different types of ‘magic’ potions and ensuring it’s perfected before it’s released for sale. From face masks, lipbalms, soaps, scrubs & bath bombs, (to name a few) as well as importing makeup tools and such, Deeper Than Beauty aims to promote and feed your skin the good stuff, and for you to embrace your own kind of beautiful, any way you want to.

I can’t wait to go on this adventure with you.
I hope you are excited too 🙂

A start of something magical,
Harmini Asokumar