Been another long while…

Mar 17, 2014 by
in Life as it is, Nothing much

I went on a very long haitus. Lots of happy events have happened and I feel blessed.

I’m not ready to start blogging again yet, because I am thinking of having a revamp, and to settle my apartment-finding before focusing on writing.

I may not write so often even if I restart my engine,  as I have planned several personal projects for the next step of my life.

But reading this blog really brings back memories!

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Happiness is in the air

Jun 10, 2013 by
in Because love ♥, Life as it is

The month June has always been a happy one for me – on top of school holidays (as a student), it’s also the time to celebrate my birthday.

This year, 2013, is a very special year for me. And this June is the best June so far!

Even though I’m not travelling overseas this June and I’m also tied down by a lot of work and wedding preparations, this is a month of a lot of joy, happiness and contentment.

This June, I have:

♥ Tried on a big white dress for the first time in my life.

♥ Been to my own hen’s night, which was fabulous and made me feel so much loved and doted on by my lovely friends.

♥ Watched a movie which made me realise how lucky I am to be marrying the love of my life.

This June, I will be:

♥ Meeting up with some of my loveliest friends whom I don’t always meet up with.

♥ Having a birthday celebration with my fiancé before we become Mr and Mrs.

♥ Going to places in Singapore which I haven’t been to – River Safari, SEA Aquarium, Universal Studios Singapore, etc.

♥ Getting married to the guy I always want to come home to.

I’m so thankful that I’m alive and healthy, so grateful that my grandparents had my parents and my parents brought me to the world. I’m so happy to know that my friends love me so much and I love them a lot too. I’m so content that life has been kind to me. I’m feeling so blessed that I have everything worth having in this world.

Thank you, for everything.

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{Sponsored} Bio-essence Royal Jelly + ATP V-Face Series – 3 Treasures

Jun 2, 2013 by
in Adverts, Oh the things of beauty, Reviews

It has been a long time since I have done any product review, due to a pimple outbreak caused by a product which I have used. My ROM date is drawing near, and I’m glad to be given a chance to review the 3 treasures in the Bio-essence Royal Jelly + ATP V-Face series! Hopefully my face will be sharper on the big day ;)

Bio-essence Skincare regime for younger looking, V-shaped face -

(1) Deep Cleansing Milk with Royal Jelly & ATP

(2) Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly & ATP

(3) Nourishing Deep Cleanser with Royal Jelly & ATP / Nourishing Foamy Cleanser with Royal Jelly & ATP

(4) Deep Nourishing Toner with Royal Jelly & ATP

(5) Radiant Youth Essence with Royal Jelly & ATP

(6) Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly & ATP

Star ingredients - Royal Jelly which has advance anti-ageing effects and ATP (energy source) which helps to improve micro-circulation to renew and repair skin.

I was given the 3 treasures of this new series to try out, and they are the Deep Exfoliating Gel, the Radiant Youth Essence and the Face Lifting Cream.

Deep Exfoliating Gel

This product, on top of the Royal Jelly & ATP, contains Angelica and Wolfberry extracts which provide nutrients and vitamins for nourishing your skin. It is a mild and gentle exfoliator which can be used daily.

The gel reminds me of a certain exfoliating gel I used back in my JC days. It works in the same way – apply to dry skin and massage in a circular motion until small flakes of dead skin and dirt appear. Then, rinse off with water and use a cleanser. I’m pretty charmed by the Bio-essence Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly & ATP because it simply works; my skin feels very smooth and looks refined after using this gel for just a couple of days in a row. After using it for a longer time, I’m convinced that daily usage will reduce the formation of black heads and pimples as the dead skin and dirt will not be able to build up.

Radiant Youth Essence

The essence contains green tea extracts on top of other great ingredients to slow down aging. It claims to help lock in moisture and keep skin soft, smooth and healthy.

When I first tried out this product, I was very shocked at the oily texture. It’s so oily that I consider washing it off. But after reading the directions once more, I decide to massage it into my skin and wait for the essence to be absorbed. Thankfully, the absorption was good, and my face didn’t end up looking like an oil slick. I haven’t used it long enough to experience the anti-aging benefits, but this essence definitely helps in makeup application. Normally, when I use foundation, I will notice that there are drier areas on my face where the foundation cake up, creating a powdery look. I hate it when that happens! But after using the youth essence, I noticed that this problem has lessened, perhaps because of the moisturizing effect it provides. So, kudos to this, my favourite product out of the 3 products I have received.

I also tried using the essence on my arms and legs, especially since I have dry skin at those area and I don’t want to look scaly on my wedding day. On my arms and legs, the essence gets absorbed super fast, so I’m guessing my skin at those areas is really dry and thirsty!

Face Lifting Cream

One interesting ingredient used in this cream is the Bio Rice Fermentation Essence. Doesn’t this remind you of the SK II Piteria, which is also from rice? (In fact, the steam from steamed rice is extremely nourishing for our face, so, do steam your face with that whenever you open up a pot of freshly steamed rice!)

I haven’t actually notice any visible slimming or tightening of my skin after using this lifting cream, but I guess this will not be an overnight process. What I like about this cream is that it’s very easily absorbed by the skin and doesn’t cause any shine. It’s a great moisturizer to be used in the day before makeup application. Hopefully, the V-shape effect will happen over time. :)

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You can find Bio-essence products at pharmacies like Watsons and Guardian. To know more about their products, do visit the Bio-essence Facebook page. There is also an ongoing UNLOCK YOUR FEMININE CHARM Facebook game where participants stand to win daily prizes! Head there now!!

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Hong Kong – December 2012

Mar 13, 2013 by
in Flavours and aromas, Footprints on earth

In December last year, I went with 2 of my very good girlfriends to Hong Kong! The last time I visited Hong Kong was almost a decade ago.

We were there for 4 days 3 nights and it was chilly, tiring but extremely yummy due to the good food we ate. I think I was kind of a wet blanket, as I was having backaches and kept insisting that we sit down to rest (and to play the Logo game).

In Hong Kong, we shopped non-stop. Or rather, XY and I did. ;) They said that I’m the one who always enters a shop and leaves with a new shopping bag. Oh well, I did buy some facial products to try out, and maybe some gifts here and there. Not that much, really. But even I myself couldn’t believe that I managed to buy an aromatherapy diffuser from the airport. That’s totally unexpected.

We ate famous Hong Kong dim sum (Tim Ho Wan; which is coming to Singapore) and roast goose (Yung Kee; which might close its doors soon). We also ate lots of delicious Hong Kong breakfast (think noodle soup, macaroni, toasts) and typical Hong Kong cafe meals (rice, dishes, milk tea). At Harbour City, we also ate Itacho Sushi, though we think Singapore’s outlets do it better.

We cam-whored non-stop, took the scary inclined tram up to Victoria’s Peak, sat on a ferry between islands and stayed in a nice little hotel (next to a cemetery) which provides free shuttle services to Times Square, a shopping haven.

We did sheet masks, lazed around and traded secrets.

It’s fun, and I think I need to have more trips with girlfriends! Good for the soul :)

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Phuket – November 2012

Mar 13, 2013 by
in Because love ♥, Footprints on earth

I have been neglecting this space, and lots of people have been asking me to update my blog. So, since I will be travelling for the first time this year in 2 days’ time, I thought I better post some memories of my previous trips late last year.

In early November last year, J and I went to Phuket for a holiday! It’s not our first time there, but we still managed to gather some new and exciting experiences. Here’s a gallery of some selected  photos:

We stayed in a resort which we have stayed in when we first visited Phuket. It’s clean, centralized and has a very Thai-resort feel, unlike typical hotel rooms. This time round, we ordered a lot of room service, simply because it’s delicious and cheap! Thai food is YUMS!

Our biggest splurge was a full day trip to Coral Island, but it’s super worth the price. The island is so beautiful and serene that we just wanted to stay there for longer. At Coral Island, we tried deep sea walking and parasailing. Deep sea walking involves wearing an astronaut-like helmet to enable you to sink and breathe in water. The fishes we saw were colourful and pretty, just how we imagined it. However, there were too many fishes, and they nibbled at our hands and legs, especially when we held our pieces of bread. It’s kind of scary if you don’t like to be that up-close to marine life. Parasailing was wonderful; I can’t wait to do it again at another location. Initially, while queuing up for it, I was pretty apprehensive as I saw some people being dragged in the sand by the motorboats. Ouch. I was also worried that my technique for landing isn’t good, and I will somehow get cuts and scratches. But whee! My experience was perfect! It’s definitely a less dangerous experience than sky diving, and the view of Coral Island from the parachute was awesome. A top-of-the-world feel.

We also went shopping in Phuket, at the Central Mall and Tesco. The mall was pretty normal, but we ate at Fuji Japanese Restaurant – a cheap Japanese food place. I also bought some body products like massage oil and natural soaps from the mall. Tesco, on the other hand, was a place we found bargains. However, we didn’t manage to find the very soft tees which we bought a couple of years ago. We also bought an insane amount of KFC back to the resort! *Taxis were super hard to get at Tesco, so it’s recommended that you arrange with your resort.*

On other days, we also indulged in massages (went for 2) and lazy swims in the resort’s pool. We watched tv, soaked in the big tub, and drank wine. We also walked around the Kata region and ventured to great and affordable restaurants, such as Two Chefs (at Kata Centre). We also made reservations at the highly recommended Boat House, but unfortunately, we were too tired and lazy to actually go there for a nice dinner. Perhaps the next time!

It’s a super relaxing trip, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely with very little money spent! Phuket really has lots of hidden gems and treasures just waiting to be discovered.

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