Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fashion Hack: DIY Patches

This post is out to all simpletons (LOL!) - Meaning: People who love basics and are clueless how to make their simple wardrobe more trendy, readers out there. Not that I am 100% trendy, but this is a good hack if you want to give your plain clothes a bit of a pop.

Presenting DIY patches. It used to be pretty in 10-20 years back, I remembered my bag used to have a lot of iron-on patches and my Mum also upcycled quite a lot of clothes out of them. We used to have this bag of patches. But god knows where we put them now!

Some of you with eagle-sharp eyes and elephant-like memory might have remembered seeing the patches in these reviews - click here and here. I have to say patches do make very good flat-lay deco.

I got 2 packets of quirky patches from Tall, Short, Medium and a plain canvas pouch to DIY. The kid I was then would have told you more is more and stuck all the patches on one item (LOL!) I now think, it probably looks better if you have 1-2 patches on each item if you wanna look quirky chic.

I played Mum a little and upcycled my demin jacket. The great thing is that unlike, the past where they are ironed-on and they become permanent, you can actually stick them on to pins instead, you can swap it when you are board of them, creating a new style every time!

Each packet at Tall, Short, Medium come with 2-3 patches with glue and pins. The patches are also packed into themes. So if you are bad at matching stuff, fret not, as some pre-matching has been done!

Here's a video on how you can make your Patch Pins. I have tried it myself and it wasn't too hard. To me, I would think the hardest is when you iron-on at the wrong position of your item. This method has already saved me a good deal of stress.

Apart from bags, clothes, you can even iron these patches on socks and shoes. (P.s. I still think ironing work better for them cos there is more foot action and ironing is still the more secure method!) So simpletons, match it up and let me know if they work for you! :D

Apart from patches,Tall, Short, Medium also holds socks, stationary and even bags. So, I also got myself the Voyage Messenger Bag. I was attracted to it because the shape was a long rectangle which I thought would make a good gym bag. I tried using it as a day-to-day bag but it didn't work that well because it is very spacious making it quite difficult to find your things.

But it does make a very good bag for a day of activities. It is big enough to put your bath stuff and also change of clothes. Its colour also makes it easy to pair with anything and it "resilient to dirt". I used it for OBS. And sling it, hold it, you can slay it. My zip holder broke that day but I still love this bag - replaced it with a black hardy army rope which matches well!

Now that X'mas is around the corner, you may want to consider their exclusive Surprise Gift Box. If you like the element of surprise, the gift boxes are at quite a good discounted price. It is like getting a few freebies thrown in. hoHoHO!

So let me know if you like this fashion hack I shared. I call them cheaper DIY version of pins and brooches. :P

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Best Face Mask: I Love T.P.O

Now that my exams are over, I have been catching up with life. This means hanging out with friends, binging on dramas, readings my books (oops, I seem to be spending more time on social media), working on my blog (Yes, I have a lot of posts due) and planning for an impending wedding.

Basically, I just mean I have been busy. But now, I actually have some time to pamper myself. For now, my body care has been a routine. I can't say the same for my skin routine. However, I have been lucky and there hasn't been much of a break-out.

I have tried this collection already and it is so good. Firstly, I have to say the mask was very generous for the serum, so I used the rest all over my body. Secondly, the effect was visible. My skin felt more supple and I had a nice natural glow. And thirdly, the mask fit snuggly on my face. (It was so comfy I fell asleep!)

One slight disappointment I had (#FirstWorldProblem), I thought it would morph me to a cute Line Friend, which it obviously didn't. But you don't really put on a facemask to have a cute instagram photo right, hahah. Apart from this, this is possibly one of my favourite facemask to date!

I was really excited to try this cos I have tried Biore Nose Pack before (which is said to be pretty good) but it has barely any effect on me. (Either that my nose is too clean. Note: It did pull out a huge amount of gunk from the BF Nose.)

This didn't come with any instructions in English but it was quite intuitive except for the part on the number of minutes of each step. I pretty much went on the 8 minutes golden rule for each step. :D

Comparatively, it takes a bit more time than the Biore Nose Pack cos of the additional steps. The Nose patch for step 2 was definitely so adorable. And don't estimate it cos of its cutes exterior cos it took out a lot more gunk of bigger sized from my nose. (Frankly it did gross me out a little! How can something so cute pull out something so disgusting. >.<)

T.P.O is generally very generous with its serum. Step 3 does help to make the nose feel smoother. But when I look at my nose in the mirror, I feel that the pores did not grow smaller in their size. Frankly, I think I would use it again but definitely not when I am in a rush.

This is much cheaper than the line series, so I am curious whether it would work better than the Line Series. But one thing I am certain, this make very good gifts because of the message at the packaging. (I will be reviewing this collection soon, so stay tune!)

I am sure many of you are also excited to try. So guess what I will splitting this separate set to a few of you. (Wheee~!~) But I will only be doing the giveaway next month after I am done with all the masks so that the review will be complete. And also partially because there are so many giveaways going on.

From the looks of it, we may have 1 a month. :D If you can't wait for the giveaway, you may want to get them from Florray. That's where all my masks came from by the way. Apart from T.P.O., they hold other brands such as Bourjois, Pupa and Lapothicell! And it comes with free shipping for purchases above S$60!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Starting Christmas at ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road

Christmas seems to be coming a little slower this year. Apart from me spending a lot more money (which is kinda of normal), there is barely any festive mood. So it was really cool, when we got to see the light-up of the Christmas Tree (made of up Recycled Bottles, cool right!) at the lobby of ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road.

It was so magical. And with the singing of some Christmas carols along with the their staff, you know what, I am pretty sure someone has sprinkled the the festive mood all over me! Hohoho.

There's no better way to stay merry with food and drinks. Usually, I am quite a herbivore, attacking the fruits and salad section. But during Christmas, the carving section excites me tremendously. And let me tell you a little secret, the meat I had at ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road is the best I had to date.

The side salad beside the Roasted Turkey was so good too! The portions were very generous such that you could try out with different sauces. I didn't have a second serving because I wanted to try everything there (which I didn't) cos the selection was quite plentiful!

And if you are hoping to get to taste our local delights, you are at the right place cos the Chilli Crab and buns were absolutely delish. I would have drank down the gravy as soup if it wasn't for the calories. *Sheepish Face*

I was pretty glad I positioned myself near the laksa booth too cos there was always a long queue. The laksa is a little bit different from the usual cos it doesn't have bean spouts. It was replaced with cucumber which gave it a more refreshing taste. It was unusual but interesting!

Saving the best section for the last - the desserts. I guess apart from the carving section, the Christmas desserts especially the logcakes are always highlights to look out for. Most of the time, I don't usually like everything on the Dessert Table. But this was quite an exception for me! I pretty much love everything.

The chocolate cakes were thick and flavorful. The other Christmas White Chocolate and
Lemon Curd Log Cake had a taste of zest which gave our palettes some variety. I had a slice of each and was happy to see there was nothing overly surfeiting. It was a good mix of sweetness. I will be reviewing their log cake separately so stay tune for that! :D

Overall, the Christmas menu at ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road is surprisingly satisfying. At first glance, it isn't the most fanciful layout, but food-wise there was nothing sub-par. Makes me wonder why their Christmas menu isn't raved in town. It is really one of the best I have had and their price is really affordable too! (It is less than S$50 if you are not having on the eve or the actual day itself! And there is even up to an additional 15% card discount!)

Ending the post wishing you readers an early Merry Christmas. :D I will try to bring the mood up by doing more giveaways the following year. What do you think? HOHOHO, guess the Christmas spirit is always infectious.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Free Drinks at Mr. Coconut

Remember in my last post, I claimed that coconuts were the next hype that were taking over the world. I am pretty sure that my prophecy is coming true cos check this out, they are now bubble tea alternatives. And I am sure liking them as thirst quenchers because they are a lot healthier.

So some fast facts about Mr. Coconut, it is made up of all-natural coconut water. The young coconuts are imported freshly from Thailand, thus the juice are guaranteed to be sweet and the flesh soft. You have the options to up the sugar level for some of the drinks. But why do it when coconuts come with natural sweetness :D

And just in case you think they can't be insta-worthy, check out the Bubble Dragonfruit Coconut! I love the colour swirls. Pretty. Just in case you are wondering, what is my favourite drink at Mr. Coconut, it is the Coconut Oreo Shake. (I never knew the 2 of them were such great combination!)

To be fair, I have quite a number of favourites, and it also depends on whether I want something thicker (with the coconut flesh blended) i.e. shakes or just a simple coconut juice. Psss, you can even add on the bubble tea toppings i.e. pearls, aloe vera (about 50 cents each) to make your drink even more satisfying.

Since I have started with the juices, let me go into the few I have tried. (I prefer shakes by the way!)

Coconut Starfruit Juice (Top left): We definitely do not Starfruit Bubble Tea in town. It is a combination of 2 refreshing fruits together without one overpowering the other.

Bubble Honeydew Coconut (Top right): It was great when I tried it, until I had the rest. I guess for me it is something impressive by itself but less so with the rest.

Bubble Dragonfruit Coconut (Bottom): This is undoubtedly my favourite among the drinks/ juices simply because it is pretty and you can taste 2 distinct flavours if you don't swirl it. I highly recommend this cos it comes with complimentary a fun experience. :P

As mentioned earlier, I actually prefer the shakes (wriggles in joy just thinking about it). So here's a fast overview from left to right:-

Coconut Shake: This is the crowd's favourite. And I think I can understand why. I like it cos you can taste every part of the coconut. Great for coconut lovers.

Coconut Avacado Shake: For you guys who want something that is creamier and thicker, go for this option instead.

Coconut Mango Shake: I like this the least. Cos I thought the mango taste was too mild. The owners explained that this was to have a balance so that the consumers can still taste the Coconuts. Guess that makes sense.

Price wise they are around the S$4 - S$5 range. Currently Mr. Coconut has 3 outlets, I can't wait for them to sprout all over Singapore. As an introduction to the newest coconut drinks, Mr Coconut will be giving out free drinks from the new menu on 9 December 2017, Saturday, at all three of its outlets in Singapore located at Far East Plaza, North Point, and V Hotel Lavender, from 12-2pm, 3-5pm and 6-8pm respectively.

Here's their address. Don't miss it!
1) Far East Plaza 14 Scotts Road #01-14C S(228213)
2) V Hotel Lavender 70 Jellicoe Road #01-15 S(208767)
3) Northpoint City 930 Yishun Avenue 2,#B1-42 S(769098)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fan of Fancy Handfans

You may have seen on my Instagram story this gorgeous fan, which consist a fusion of the East and the West (中西合拼). Since it generated quite a little buzz on Instagram among my friends, I thought I should do a full post here to share with you a little more about this beauty.

Don't be too surprised but this fan is totally handmade. In fact all the fans at Fancy Handfans! "Stay Cool, Look Hot!" this is a super dupe apt quote for people living on a sunny island.

The weather in Singapore has been pretty uncooperative lately. So instead of being caught with beads of perspiration around my forehead, I now put a fan in my bag to keep myself cool. It is a lot better than an electronic fan because (i) it is more eco-friendly, (ii) thanks to its chic design, it really looks more like a fashion accessory upping my style of the day and (iii) it provides me some exercise. Hehe.

If you are from the same part of the world as me, fans are pretty common and part of our culture. But sometimes are always very tradition and may not blend in with our modern outlook. Which is partially why I wanted to share with you guys on Fancy Handfans!

We all know what you wear can either make or break a look. But now I know that a good well-designed can give the look the "oopmh". At Fancy Handfans, there are many designs available for each occasion. Psst, even Christina Aguilera wore one of their fans to The Voice USA!

I, myself had a difficult time picking the designs. From quirky, goth, retro, striking, you name it, they pretty much have it all. These are some of the designs that caught my eye. Go click on the link and you can check out the others!

Before anyone condemn this collage as narcissistic selfies, these are actually me imitating some of the flirtatious fan signs. Just so you know, you can actually use your fans to tell your suitors your availability and your level of passion towards them. Hehe.

Here's where I got my inspiration from, try them out yourself! If you going to take photos like me, tag Fancy Handfans when posting them on Instagram. I only tried 4, but there are a whole list of language! Let me know if you can guess what I am doing :D

And just to make it more interesting, if you can successfully guess my actions, I will be giving away a fan to a lucky reader who got 4 signs right! I did try to choose a fan which was more classy and mainstream so that it will appeal to most of you :D

Have fun! Will try to close the giveaway before 2018 so that you can keep cool in the hot 2018! :D By the way, I will be using my fan for a photoshoot soon, so do keep a lookout for it!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Homemade Luxury Spa with Tanamera

Apart from X'mas lunch photos, I realised I lost even more photos. One of them was my self-made spa T.T. (Hence, the photos that doesn't look like my photography!) Fortunately, I didn't lost the whole series but just a portion of it. And good news I have changed my phone so there won't be such hiccups moving forward :D

I was really excited to share this find with you because it is just too good to stay under-rated. Presenting to you, Tanamera, a Malaysian Brand. After my exams, I pampered myself using some DIY self-spa remedy from Tanamera. And I am very satisfied with the results!

This product is supposed to help to reduce cellulite and flabby skin. Personally, I don't really see much of the slimming effect. But this product worked really good as a scrub, my skin was deeply moisturised and silky smooth like a baby!

And I really enjoyed the fragrance of it (Generally, all the products from Tanamera had this therapeutic herb like smell that reminds you of a spa salon). And the best thing is that this smell actually lingers after you bathe. It is super luxurious for the price!

I will be reviewing 3 products from Tanamera and guess what the soap was my favourite. Firstly, it is really affordable. (We all know how long a soap can last!) Plus, it had this rough bits that acted as a good scrub. The product also foamed very well and I love the scent. (It smelt so good that I caught my Mum using it! Could totally smell it!)

Not only that, it act as a pretty good toilet freshener because its scent can fill the entire bathroom! The only grouse I have with soaps is that they sometime let me feel it is quite unhygienic cos they can be quite hard to store. What I did to overcome this was to put it in a spare container! :D Try it too, if you have the same problems as me!

Compared to the scrubs I am used to, I feel that the rice powder was a lot finer and in greater concentration. I could feel work being done as I am scrubbing my face. The fine texture gave me the impression it was less damagig to my skin and could even scrub within the pores. Each sachet has quite a generous portion so I actually use it 3 times before emptying it fully. Hehe! For better effects, use it with a face mask after!

As you can see, all their products are priced very affordably for their quality. Why didn't I know of this earlier! T.T I could have saved myself a bomb and enjoyed a pampering spa in the comfort of my home. And I could have shared with you guys earlier.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email or let me know whether I should do a Couple Spa Products Review next! Hehe! I wish you a spa-ly good time. After exams are soo good, what am I going to do when school starts!!!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Bags for all: Bromin Emporter

I just found a really nice bag and thought I should really rave about it. Actually, the whole point of the review isn't really this bag. But since I am using this bag, I thought I would talk about it first. Hahaha~!

My favourite in the ladies collection was the Mis Zapatos collection because the designs were so cute. The other bags in the collection were also very atheistically pleasing but I felt they were a lot more common. It is not  every day you see heels/shoes on your bags right! Haha

For me, I picked something more in line with my personality. So I went for something that was more subdued and plain. I actually like heels a lot more than flats. But the heels fabric at the back of the bag was a lot more loud. (Eeeks) And I wanted a 3D ribbon so I eventually settled on this.

I realise after using it for a while that the bucket design/ size was perfect for a day out. It was just nice to throw an umbrella, bottle, cosmetic pouch and wallet etc. And you could fit A4 size stuff in it if you have a file or something. The only bad part was there is no zipper and no separator, if you wanted to split your stuff up.

And this is me using the bag. You have option of slinging it or holding it like a normal handbag. I personally prefer holding it. Also you can either show the cuter side - with the 3D ribbons and all or flaunt the plain white side if you want to go for a more serious look. Both look chic!

Apart from bags for females, we also have bags for the males and even the little ones. Since school is starting soon, I decided to do a review on the kid's ergonomic school bag - Bromin as well. It it is so well-made, I can't help but wonder why isn't there an ergonomic version for the adults as well. My books are also very heavy leh!

As you can see, the design is "little adult" 小大人. The bag is very spacious (expandable) but surprisingly light woa. The bag is a very vibrant blue but in photos it doesn't turn out very bright. (There is also a pink version by the way for the girls!) As you can notice, the bag has a few ergonomic designs.

  • Back Support with Plush Cushions - This is really important for the bag cos it helps to support their spine and the cushion helps to soften the impact. 
  • G Hook - I guess it is supposed to make it easier for the younger kids, but when the bags get too full, it is actually quite difficult to fasten it.
  • Side Net Pockets - Very useful for putting a bottle and brolly for the older kids. 
  • Reflective Stripes - Good to have but the little ones are using the bag for school so probably won' use much of it at night.
  • Suction Pads at the bottom - Not sure what their function is. Elevate the bag from the dirty ground?
  • Lifetime warranty - BEST DEAL EVER!

If you want to buy them in stores, the Bromin lightweight ergo backpacks are available at Tom & Stefanie outlets in Singapore! You can go to Eastpoint Mall Simei, Westmall Bukit Batok or One KM Mall to purchase the bags. The promotional prices are same as online until end of 2017: If you get them this year, you get enjoy the launch price - Bromin Tech (SRP S$88; current launch price of S$68) and Bromin Lite (SRP S$108; current launch price of S$88). 

If your kids happen to be like those around us, they may want to pick gai gai bag over school bags. Guess cos it is cuter and also because it reminds them less of school. If they haven't start schooling, you may check out the Momentum Kids, it is freaking cute.

Of course, it probably can't put a lot of books, but it can definitely fit in the things you want the kid to carry himself. Wahahaha. :P Happy shopping for back to school stuff, I will probably do a post on stationary as well. (P.S. my Mum just told me she like this store, got bags for Papa, Mama and Baby :P)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Delightful Desserts with Cake Avenue

Hi guys, if you are wondering how come the photos look really different for this post, it is because I lost all the photos I took on the event itself (T.T) I hope you guys have been following my instagram cos I did at least posted them up there.

But fortunately, I do remember the taste of each and everything. You may have heard of Cake Avenue for their designer cakes, but not be familiar with their dessert menu and their savory Christmas set. (includes free delivery)

I thought I should start off with the Christmas set first since X'mas is coming and you guys may be sourcing for vendors to buy your x'mas party goodies!

Set A (4-6pax) - $72.00
Braised Lamb Shank (2x 450g)
Assorted Canapés 16pc (Salmon, Tuna and Egg Mayo)
Roasted Vegetables
+ Complimentary Nacho chips and sauces (early bird freebie for bookings before 9 Dec)

Set B (4-6pax) - $67.00
Chicken Lasagna
Assorted Canapés 16pc (Smoked Salmon, Tuna and Egg
Roasted Vegetables
+ Complimentary Nacho chips and sauces (early bird freebie for bookings before 9 Dec)

The main difference between the 2 sets are the Chicken Lasagna (Ala-Carte Price: S$32) and Braised Lamb Shank(Ala-Carte Price: S$38). In fact, for my own party, I would have topped up with a separate Chicken Lasagna so that my guests can try both. But my mum made a pretty good point that Chicken Lasagna was more universal. :)

For an additional $100, you could add on a Reindeer cake (Ala-Carte Price: S$112.50), which is absolutely Instagram worthy! If you are on a tighter budged, you might want to get the Chocolate Fudge Yule Log ($45 for 1 Kg). My Mum absolutely loved its thick chocolate. If your guests is into tiny bite sampling, you can get them as Entremets at $5.90 each. Trust me, like everything tiny, they look incredibly adorable.

If your guests have a sweet tooth, there are additional desserts they may get. I think that the cakes are more impressive. But I would make special shout-outs to the jelly-cups and Macarons.

  • Jelly Cups (9pcs)- $45.00
  • Mini Brownies (12pcs)- $18.00
  • Mini Fruit Tarts (12pcs)- $18.00
  • Mini Chocolate Tarts (12pcs)- $18.00
  • Macarons (12pcs)- $24.00

If you missed their Christmas set, fret not cos they have a series of creations on their dessert menu that mimics main entries like burgers, fries, soup etc. Because they look so real, it actually got my brain a little confused. My tongue was expecting savoury but the food were sweet. Hahaha.

I tried everything on the dessert menu apart from the drinks. (Yes, I am probably diabetic cos of you guys T.T) They are very, very instagram worthy, cos they are realistically cute. If you come with a group of friend, you probably can give everything a try. Otherwise, you may follow my recommendations. :D

If you only have space for 2, try the Diner Sliders and Fries (S$15.90). I love it cos the beef patty is actually chocolate. One thing I note about Cake Avenue, their chocolate is super thick and yummy. For me, I like it without the sauce. But it is kinda of fun to squeeze them on.

The Nachos Dulces (S$12.90) are highly irresistible. I never knew they tasted so good with Chocolate. In fact, I think it might be even better than Cheese. It comes with ice-cream on top. But, I preferred it with a drizzle of chocolate a lot. mmm...yum...good orgasm. :P

If you prefer something warmer and pops in your mouth, I would suggest the Lava Pops (S$8.90). It is an interesting sweet potato taste (not sweet potato by the way), with cheesy vanilla filling. You would need to eat it when it is hot to enjoy its full flavour. The Great Con Dog (S$8.90) is a good dessert if you like custard and want some ice-cream to go along.

Just in case, you think I love everything on the menu, I actually don't. I had very high expectations on the Alphabet Soup (S$8.90). But it just didn't work for me. It was just too sweet. With a bit of modification, it may become a "hot favourite" (no pun intended.)

So I missed out the drinks totally, and it was sad cos I love unicorns T.T Guess that's a reason for me to go there again. Hahaha. The drinks are all at S$7.90 each. Pretty affordable huh. For a specialty cake shop, their savoury food was actually very good. I also noticed on the menu, they had normal mains such as salad, pasta etc.

I haven't try them yet, but do tell me if it is really good. Cake Avenue is a lot more convenient who live in the west. But fret not, cos they do provide deleiery service if you live in the east and need some party snacks and pastry! :D

Cake Avenue is located at
33 Lor Kilat #01-01/02
Kilat Centre Singapore 598132
(65) 6877 9008

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Hype: Maprow Coconut Chips

I am pretty sure I found the next big thing after Salted Egg Yolk Chips, (drum roll please.) Presenting coconut chips!!! What is impressive is that every munch, you can taste the flesh in each bite. To the extent, I am wondering, what don't they exist in bigger packets.

Fortunately for us all, despite Maprow being a Thai Brand, it is retailing in the shelves of Naiise, Megafash, Fresh Plus, Thai Supermarket @ Golden Mile Complex, I-Trade Healthcare and That Health Shop @Arcade. We don't really have to wait that long before sinking our fangs to these goodies. If you love the taste of Coconut, I am very sure this is going to be your favourite snack.

There are 5 flavours in total and I did a taste test on them all. All the chips have a pale, white exterior except for the spicy Tom Yum and  (You can totally see the flaming red in them. From Anti-clockwise:-
  1. Original - You can totally taste the fragrance in each piece of the coconut chips. Best for those who love the authentic taste of Coconut.
  2. Honey - Initially, I couldn't really taste the different between that of the Original. The sweet honey only strikes as an after-taste. I think it sorts of dilute the taste of coconut. Good for people who like a light, mild coconut taste.
  3. Tom Yum - Anything that Thai can go with Tom Yum. It is kinda of spicy so it mask the whole taste of the Coconut. (I thought it was a pity, cos I love the coconut taste!)
  4. Wasabi - I had high expectations for this. But I think this doesn't go too well with coconut. At first taste, you would think it is a harmless origninal, until it shoots right through your nose with a vengeance. Shiok!
Different people obviously have different taste preference. But I am not going to hide behind this excuse and not give you top choices. I don't really think that this comes as a surprise but my favourite is the original. (Guess I like my coconut authentic.)

They are retailed at $2.80 per pack with a decent amount. So try it (before they become a hype and we have to queue), and challenge my rankings if you think your favourite flavour deserve to be ranked higher. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hotel Jen: Meet Jeno and Jena

I am sure some of you have already heard of this Hotel - Hotel Jen Tanglin. Personally, I love their interior deco, cos it has this modern retro feel that really appeals to me. This is not the first time I am there. In fact, we didn't went there to survey for our wedding. Tang Tang Tang...but we are not revealing the location now. Naughty. Hahaha.

Much as I wished I was here for a staycation (Not lucky,fast and catching enough to be picked to answer the Q&A T.T), I was here for their X'mas Feast and the launch of something very, very savvy. <3

I am going to start off with the food first, because their seafood buffet is quite highly raved in the social media. What I sampled that day was not the seafood buffet, but one thing I am quite certain is the hype was not just because of great marketing effort but because of the good quality.

I had at least 2 servings for the food and even more for some because it was so good. The meat selection was really yummy and it literally melts in your mouth. Special mention to the osmanthus jelly dessert. (It was that good I had 4.) For the mains, I loved the prawn and lagasane. Mmm. And guess what's Jeno and Jena.

Alright, alright, I shall not keep you guys in suspense. The real reason why we are there today is to welcome the new colleagues of Hotel Jen - Relay Robots Jeno and Jena. Yes, please scream in excitement. We are really going to witness IA integration this lifetime.

Jeno is the male robot. He is located at Hotel Jen - Orchard and you can identify him in his turquoise suit. In terms of functionality, there is really not much difference between him and Jena.

Jena is the female robot and is dressed in pink. If you are into a robot romantic tale, she is also the wife of Jena. Like a Romeo and Juliet, they are separated. She works in Hotel Jen - Tanglin.

So in a sense, it is quite good for the guests because you will get to meet them whichever hotel you go to. If they are not busy serving you, you can see them lepaking in the hotel lobby, ready to welcome you.

Please don't tell them I told you this, but if you really want to meet them, you can keep requesting for amenities or call for food delivery. Yes, they can deliver you food. Although they can't really talk, your doorbell will ring when they arrive. And then you can have them all for yourself to take photos!

So if you want to experience this guest enhancement and have that close-up contact with robot "butlers", it is not too late to book yourself a stay. :D Otherwise, you could always camp and enjoy their buffet (which is beside the lobby), you will be sure to catch sight of these cuties!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Eulogy to my Pet Tortoise: Rest in Peace, Little D

Today my tortoise, Little D left us. My Dad and brother tried to let the news gently to me, but still I was devastated. I cried silently as I was bathing till my eyes were red and sore. My Dad said it was of old age (not of negligence since he bathed and fed him regularly.) But don't tortoises live to a hundred years?!?

I never really took death well. Every time, someone left, I felt as though a part of me was gnawed away and my soul would never be complete. Ever since my Grandma passed away, I had been kindly excused from wakes and funerals. And now this ball of negative emotions is back - anger, guilt, remorse, devastation and pain.

I am angry at my Dad for not informing us when Little D was acting out of sorts and more legathic than usual. I was furious that I didn't bring him to the doctor to cure his moldy shell (even when every one told me it was healthy fungi). I was infuriated that he did not show me signs that he was leaving and left so unexpectedly. Ingrate!

I am guilty for not being a better owner. Despite 16 years of thick and thin, we have not a single photo together, partially because he was always there, albeit silently but still very present. And also partially because my tortoise had this default sian face when he took photos. He always smiled when we splashed water at him though.

--- Chatted to my BF and is feeling better after googling about Little D's species. I am now very sure he led a happy, blissful life during his 16 years with us. I decided to write 10 facts of Little D for his Eulogy instead to remember him by instead of negative, nasty feelings. ---
  1. I actually don't know how old Little D is. Little D came into out life (literally crawl to our door one day). And he came around the time my hamster ran away. So we always thought Little D was God's compensation to me. (And he accompanied me for 16 years.)
  2. Little D is very mild-tempered and kind. Unlike many other red-eared sliders who bite and show aggression, Little D never once bit me even when I played with his paws. I always tot we should have got him a friend so he won't be lonely, but apparently his species are territorial and are happier alone.
  3. Little D has a chip on the back of his shell. It is because I was playing with him on a table one day when I was still in my early teens and he fell off. Initially, I was afraid he would die from shocked (My bro's tortoise died because of that.) But thankfully apart from that chip that never grew back, he lived till quite a ripe old age.
  4. Little D doesn't eat pet feed. He is quite picky, preferring Kang Kong and fresh fruits. We even grow his own little pot of vegetables. But I did make him eat pet feed for protein when his shell was a bit mouldy. Can't say he enjoyed it but he ate it nonetheless.
  5. Little D can really run. During his bathe time, it is usually a case of him crawling about as we chase after him. He can hop too! (Bouncing around on his shell). He is one hell of a weird fellow.
  6. Little D enjoys having water being splashed on his face like a waterfall. You can literally see him smiling when you put him under the running tap (slow stream of water). He would stick out his tail and sometimes even pretend he is swimming. Doofus. 
  7. Little D is quite smart. He knows who feeds him or will feed him. Usually he will knock on his aquarium when my Dad or me come home or is about to leave the house. He ignores the rest of the family.
  8. Like I say, Little D has this default glazed, sian face. I used to talk to him when I was younger and he seemed to be quite a good listener.
  9. When Little D is not in shy mood, he may let you stroke his head and play with his claws and paws. And sometimes even his tail too. 
  10. Little D hated scrubs. We had to do that when his shell was mouldy. But he really disliked it and would let his head out to do a snap. Sometimes he would snap at the brush too. :)
We love you Little D. You will be missed.
Maybe one day I will have another Little D2 for little ones but they will never be like you. Cute and gentle. <3

Treasure the things you love before they become a memory

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A whimsical good time with thepuffyfluffy

Usually for overseas collaborations, I rarely get tot meet up with the people I work with for obvious geographical distances. So it was really cool when I got to meet Pink, one of the owners from thepuffyfluffy.

Instead of receiving my products via air, I got them from her personally. And I even got a chance to introduce to her some of the best food and attractions we have in Singapore! Sometimes I wonder why am I not SG Ambassador?!?

You may have already seen the sneak peak on my Instastory. Here's the whole full blown whimsical delight! If you are like me, a fan of anything mystical and reeks fantasy, you really need to hop over to thepuffyfluffy to have a look at their produce.

Mermaids, unicorns, you have them all in pastel rainbow colour and a variety of merchandise. I am only wearing the sleep mask and the PJs. But there are tote bags, cushions, cover-ups, accessories and even blankets!! (And, psst they might be selling all of these in Singapore soon. Will update you then <3)

Here's me decked in my happy colours. I guess I haven't been looking so young for a really long time considering I don't have much proper rest. I look like a cheerful little girl. Now I think I really understand why PJs should always be silly and gay, cos it attracts pretty dreams!

Usually I am always decked in duller PJs but I guess it is time for a change. I like the fact the PJs are loose and airy for our warm weather. One interesting fact about the eye mask was they are tied on, and thus fits comfortably on top of your eyes. It even have soft furry fabric on the inner side to keep your eyes warm and snug.

Because the PJs shorts reminded me of surfer's shots and I thought maybe we can wear them out if we match them differently. So I slipped on a black tight clubbing top and hey, I think with this look, you can walk at least to your nearest NTUC to grab supper liao! :D

I hope you guys enjoyed the review. Meanwhile, you can hop over to thepuffyfluffy to make a list of your wants so that you can snag them all up when they arrive on our shores or when you go to Bangkok for a visit. By the way, do you know thepuffyfluffy occassionally hold interesting workshops for you to make the merchandise yourself :D You can also try that out when you are in Bangkok the next time round.

I think I may be dropping by Bangkok next year, with a new list of interesting activities to try out. (Psst, out last itinerary (Read them here and here!) was featured on 世界正美丽 Wonderful World Series 13!  So, stay tune for more interesting updates!