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Christmas is only 2.5 weeks away and it's that time of the month when people are happily (or should I say, stressfully?) shopping for other people. Have you prepared your Christmas gifts for family, friends and colleagues already?
If you're still looking around for gifts, try Sophisca @ Marina Square, a specialty candy store from Taiwan that sells sweet treats in adorable and quirky packaging.
Photo credits to Sophisca.
Because it's Christmas at Sophisca, they have an entire Christmas collection available for you to purchase as gifts for your family, friends, partners, colleagues and whoever that you need to give presents to this festive season.
Best of all, they are very affordable, with majority of the gifts in the $5 to $15 range. They even have cute gifts below $5 which is unbelievable but very well packaged and they certainly do not come off as 'cheap' even when you did not actually pay very much for them.
Let me show you some gifts which you can consider buying, starting with Christmas Piggybanks ($8.30 each) that come as a Reindeer, Santa and a Snowman.
Parents, treat your kids to candy and encourage them to re-use the containers for saving money! The containers are too pretty to be thrown away anyway.
Parents can also get their kids these Christmas Lunchbox Sets ($15.90 each) in various designs.
Your kids will love them and I'll be so jealous! Why don't I get these kind of things during my childhood days?
I love Christmas gift bags! They're the kind of thing which you'll still want to hold on to as a keepsake after emptying the contents in it.
This Christmas Snow-Lambs Bag ($11.90) is one of the top picks among the Christmas gifts available in Sophisca. It contains loads of assorted candy which is bound to bring the recipient lots of glee... that is, unless he or she doesn't like candy.
Among all the variants of gorgeous Christmas gift bags, I spotted this Christmas Surprises Bag ($7.90) with the face of a reindeer.
Come on, who can resist that face?!
If you don't mind paying a bit more, there is a Christmas Wishing Santa Bag ($23.90) that also contains lots of assorted candy, but perhaps a larger portion due to the size of the bag.
I really adore the look and the impressive quality of this mini tote bag and I supposed that justifies the higher price as well. Besides this particular Santa design, there is also a Christmas Wishing Reindeer Bag but I prefer the Santa one because of its vibrant colours.
If you prefer to be creative, you can get Christmas Stockings ($12.30) instead. They have so many designs that you can go crazy trying to sieve out your favourites from the load of irresistibly cute stockings.
They come pre-packed with assorted candy but if the recipient isn't much of a sweet tooth, you can always keep the candy for yourself and store other little goodies instead such as travel-size beauty products, stationery or other gifts. I once gave my Bestie her gift in a Christmas stocking and she ended up liking the stocking more than the gift. LOL!
Did you notice the squarish, colourful boxes behind the Christmas stocking? Those are called Truewords Chocolate and they're one of the highlights of Sophisca, in my opinion.
The gift that I was holding on to is a box of Xmas Truewords Chocolate (Candy Train) and it costs only $2.90. OMG. Seriously can't believe my eyes. It looks more expensive than it costs.
If you're looking to buy small gifts to distribute to your entire department of colleagues, this Xmas Mini Gift Bag ($2.00 each) looks presentable without burning a hole in your pocket.
Another gift that costs under $5 is the Christmas Giftbox ($4.90 each) which comes as a Reindeer, Santa or Bear.
I can totally imagine school teachers distributing these gift boxes to each of their students.
And let's not forget the Christmas candy canes, shall we?
Sophisca sells Xmas Candy Canes ($6.90 each) in 4 flavours, namely Strawberry, Chocolate, Yogurt Ice Cream and Tropical Fruit. I certainly never knew that candy canes can have such exotic flavours.
I'd recommend getting a bunch of these and dropping them in your gift bags to give your loved ones a candy cane surprise. They'll love it!
While exploring Sophisca, I walked by the counter and stopped in my tracks when I saw these lipsticks. You mean Sophisca sells makeup too?!
And then I realized.... OH, Lipstick Chocolate ($15.80 for 2). Totally edible and yummy enough to be in the mouth instead of on the lips. Lipstick Chocolate may not be part of the Christmas collection in Sophisca but hey... if your makeup guru friend likes novelty gifts, who's stopping you?
Photo credits to Shu Qing.
Just doing some touch-ups with our lippies, don't mind us.
My friends are so gonna kill me for putting up this photo but sorry girls, I love this photo even though we very tak glam.
If you're thinking of doing some Christmas shopping at Sophisca, do look out for the following Christmas deals:
1. Marina Square Christmas Atrium
From 5 December to 26 December 16, spend $60 in a single receipt at the Christmas Atrium or the Sophisca store in Marina Square and stand a chance to win a treat which you can pluck from their Christmas tree as well as a $10 voucher.
2. NTU Alumni Merchant Programme
From 1 December to 31 December 16, NTU Alumni can enjoy 15% discount with a minimum spending of $5 at Sophisca Marina Square. WAH NTU! SO LUCKY SIA!
3. DBS/POSB Cardmembers' Special
All DBS/POSB cardholders will also enjoy 10% discount off regular items purchased at all Sophisca outlets.
I guessed Sophisca wants their customers to save while they spend too. Go check them out at their address below or their Facebook Page!
Sophisca @ Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
#02-32 Singapore 039594
Disclaimer: Event feature is based on personal experiences.
Are you looking for a place to gather with family and friends over a nice meal? Why not try some authentic Thai food at Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe?
In March this year, I did a food tasting at this cafe and I really enjoyed the food. Contrary to its name, not every food served in this cafe is spicy. My spice tolerance is terribly low and surprisingly, majority of the food that I have tried were actually not spicy at all or just mildly spicy (but thankfully tolerable). Their menu is also extensive so there is basically something for everyone, whether you are young or old; can take spice or cannot take spice; yaddah yaddah.
Photo credits to Shu Qing.
Recently, my blogger friends and I were invited back to the cafe to try their newly launched dishes so let me introduce them to you!
Thai Style Dishes
Let's start with the Thai style fish dishes, shall we?
This Thai Sambal Sea Bass (Seasonal Price) might be generously coated with sambal but for those who can't take spice, you can simply aim for the flesh and avoid the skin of the fish.
The flesh was mildly spicy and had more of a sweet-sour aftertaste which I like. You also wouldn't get those irritating pieces of bones stuck within the flesh when you eat this so you need not worry about choking on fish bones!
The Thai Fried Chilli Fish Head ($28), on the other hand, was fiery and trying one of this made me down half my Ice Lemongrass Tea. I guessed I really can't take chilli padi. :(
Blogger friend, Pearly who has a higher spice tolerance than me, loved this though.
This pot of boiling vegetable soup is called the Kaeng Som Cha Om ($18) and it contains broccoli and omelette pieces made up of egg and dill.
I love the combination but I wished it wasn't so spicy so I could really indulge in this.
Thai - Chinese Dishes
Now for the Thai - Chinese dishes!
I was glad for this plate of Cold Tofu with Special Thai Seafood Sauce ($15) because it helped to neutralise my tastebuds. I would so totally go for more of this if I wasn't sharing this plate with 9 other bloggers. Ha Ha!
Introducing the veggie dishes such as the Stir-Fry Broccoli with Scallops ($20). A dish like this generally sits well with everyone's tastebuds and you can't really go wrong with it.
It is also a dish I can definitely appreciate since my favourite vegetable in the world is Broccoli.
I also really liked the Stir-Fry Cabbage with Thai Sweet Fish Sauce ($10) because it was very flavourful and the Thai Sweet Fish Sauce really complemented the cabbage very well.
Interestingly, we were told that the cabbage used was from Shanghai. A Thai - Chinese fusion indeed!
If you can only pick 1 dish to eat from the new menu, I will totally recommend this plate of Jade Noodles ($6). Firstly, I was intrigued by the colour and secondly, I just couldn't get enough of the taste!
The Jade Noodles had a chow mien texture without the oiliness and it was superbly tasty. The plate above was actually a combination of 3 portions for tasting purposes so it looked larger than usual. To disclaim, Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe does serve Jade Noodles for 1 size only and it is set at a fixed price of $6.
Signature Dishes from Current Menu
There were some bloggers who have not tried the cafe's dishes in the previous tasting so additional dishes from the current menu were brought out for sampling.
This is the LaLa Bee Hoon ($18),
What I really liked about this dish was how generous the chef was with the clams. It felt like I was eating more clams than Bee Hoon actually but hey, who's complaining? :D
BBQ Pork Belly ($18), as usual, was super yums and rich in taste, particularly when they were coated with delicious BBQ sauce.
When Crispy Kang Kong ($10) was served, my eyes lit up in delight because this was one of my most memorable dishes from the previous tasting. This fried Kang Kong is like a crunchy snack that keeps you wanting
In sum, we had a very satisfying dinner and we thank Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe for feeding us!
If you will like to find out more about Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe, you can check out its Official Website or Facebook Page.
Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe
Blk 115 Aljunied Avenue 2
#01-35 Singapore 380115
Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.
It's the first day of December and I can already smell the Christmas spirit in the air!
Recently, Lady Luck must be on my side because I was one of the 20 winners selected to be part of Changi Airport Group's Latte with Fans 2016 event.
During this event, 20 winners and their plus ones were hosted on a Changi Airport Tour. Besides meeting Changi Airport's Social Media team, we got to check out some exclusive sites from all 3 airport terminals. It was so memorable that I decided to share about my tour on this little space of mine for memories' sake.
We reported at Changi Airport Group's office in the morning and were each issued a visitor pass which will give us access to even the restricted areas of Changi Airport at all 3 terminals.
Doesn't YX look like a staff from there with his lanyard and pass?
The Social Media team gave us an introduction of Changi Airport and I couldn't help feeling impressed by their marketing strategies.
Their plans to develop Changi Airport also sounded promising. I'm looking forward to their development of Terminal 4 as well as new leisure centre, Jewel. :)
Enjoyed my ToffeeNut Latte from Starbucks, courteousy of the Social Media Team.
By the time we were done with the briefing, it was nearing lunch time so we had an early lunch at the pantry of the office. Thank you for pampering us with such a sumptous buffet spread!
After lunch, we were led into the departure hall of Terminal 2 (without the need for our passports, woohoo!). From there, we kickstarted our tour. Read on and let me bring you through the sites we've visited!
Terminal 2 - Orchid Garden
Our first site was the Orchid Garden at Terminal 2 where we were greeted, or rather got distracted, by these 2 cuties at the entrance.
The Orchid Garden is home to more than 700 orchids of 30 species. Many of these orchids were grouped according to various colours and shapes and in all, they represent the 4 elements of nature, namely Earth, Water, Fire and Air.
We certainly couldn't miss a photo opportunity in the garden with such a romantic backdrop! :)
Terminal 2 - Enchanted Garden
Another garden within close proximity was the Enchanted Garden which comprised of 4 large glass bouquets made up of an artistic mosaic of stained glass pieces.
The real flowers and ferns nestled within the glass bouquet made it even more gorgeous. Enchanting, indeed!
Spotted another cutie to take photos with at the Enchanted Garden. I love this photo! :D
Terminal 1 - Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel
We took the skytrain from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 and visited Aerotel Airport Transit Hotel.
As the name suggests, guests can check in to this hotel during transit to rest and relax before their next flight.
The hotel check-in rate is approximately S$17 per pax which is surprisingly affordable.
I guessed this will also be a way more comfortable place to chill in rather than trying to sleep on a cold couch for 6 hours during transit (been there, done that).
When you are exhausted and your body is aching from sitting too much on the airplane, all you want is a comfortable bed to dive into and sleep for a couple of hours. So.... there you go!
Coupled with an awesome view of planes outside your hotel room! What a life!
Guests can also enjoy complimentary hotel facilities during their transit such as taking a dip at the rooftop pool and jacuzzi.
Need a thirst-quencher? Guests can also help themselves to the drinks at the poolside bar.
Aerotel also has gym faciltiies and a cosy lounge area for you to watch TV, read magazines and drink coffee/tea.
Simply sitting down and watching the planes go by can be quite therapeutic for the mind too.
Terminal 3 - Pikachu
We headed straight for Terminal 3 via skytrain thereafter and visited the 7-metre Pikachu, looking adorable with its Santa hat underneath a Pokeball-filled Christmas tree.
This was also the same location for Changi Airport's Pikachu Parade on 18 November!
Terminal 3 - Movie Theatre
Do you know that you can watch movies for free in a theatre at Changi Airport? I supposed it's a far better use of your time than sitting there stoning during transit.
I saw some travellers with their luggage watching movies in this theatre when I went in to take a peek.
Terminal 3 - Butterfly Garden
Next stop, we visited the Butterfly Garden, a garden that was highly raved by other travellers.
Although I don't fancy butterflies fluttering around my head, I do like to see them perched on lovely flowers because their sightings bring out the photographer in me.
This was one of my best shots from the Butterfly Garden.
One of the rare times that I could catch a close-up shot of a still butterfly that looked so gorgeous with its wings widespread among the leaves.
Terminal 3 - Duty Free Shopping (DFS) Wines & Spirits
DFS Wines & Spirits is the place to go if you want to purchase liquor. Personally, I don't drink but I've been to a shop like this within the airport to help family and friends buy alcohol.
What I didn't know was that this is a duplex shop and there are cooler things to see on the 2nd level. So, come on up!
Introducing the finest of the finest Scotch Whiskey from Bowmore which we were told costs as much as a HDB flat.
The price for this bottle was S$210,000. NO KIDDING.
Pretty red wine casks from Glenfiddich for decor and for wine tastings.
There was a Long Bar in DFS Wines & Spirits that was inspired from the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel.
Customers are welcomed to get their alcohol fix from this bar. Just don't get drunk!
YX and I got to try a glass of Singapore Sling and YX loved it!
Since I don't drink, he gets to have the entire glass.
After visiting DFS Wines & Spirits, we went on board a mini bus to our next destination which was around a 10 to 15 minutes ride away.
Changi Airport Emergency Services
We were introduced to the operations in Changi Airport Emergency Services, otherwise known as the Changi Airport Fire Station.
This is hands down the coolest part of the tour and my ultimate favourite so far! You won't get to see something like this unless you work here; are caught in an emergency situation yourself (*touchwood*) or are on an exclusive tour like me.
There was supposed to be a fire simulation but due to the rain, we weren't able to watch it.
Instead, we were brought around indoors and it turned out to be interesting as well. First up, we were shown the cutter and the spreader used during emergency situations.
Both are super heavy tools, by the way. I had a go in lifting one of them and I felt that one time was enough.
Being a firefighter requires lots of strength because not only are you required to lift heavy tools, you also have to protect your body with a heavy and bulky firefighting suit which allows you to withstand high heat.
Oh yes, and you have to carry another mega heavy oxygen tank as well. I learnt that the cost of equipping a firefighter is around $7.5K. EXPENSIVE SIA!
I also learnt that the different coloured helmets denote the rank of the firefighters and allow for easier identification during an emergency situation.
Climbed up a step ladder to check out the view, which overlooked the runway where the planes land or take off.
It was exhilarating (and loud too) to watch a plane take off right before your eyes.
Another highlight of this visit was us taking turns to have a ride on the fire-fighting vehicle. What a memorable experience!
Because there were ony 4 seats available and a couple went up the vehicle before YX and me, I sat at the back while YX had an exclusive view right in the front.
The driver drove us for one round and showed us the water spray.
I've captured the demonstration in video form to show how it looked like from the passenger view.
How it looked from outside the vehicle. OMG, WAY TOO COOL.
We also went up a fire ambulance that looked more like a regular bus than the ambulance that I had in mind.
Supposedly, the fire ambulance is spacious enough to hold multiple stretchers as well as survivors.
Don't you agree that the fire ambulance looks like a regular bus from the outside AS WELL AS from the inside? The only thing that's probably missing from this vehicle is the ez-link card machine, LOL. Just joking!
Photo credits to Changi Airport Group.
Ending this entry with a group photo of the tour participants.
We had an amazing and insightful session and we thank Changi Airport Group for hosting us the whole Saturday. Hopefully, I'll have more opportunities to go on such interesting tours in the future!
Thank you for reading this long entry and till then, my friends!
Disclaimer: Event feature is based on personal experiences.
Remember my blog feature on Yunomori Onsen & Spa when it was launched in Singapore in May this year?
Well, my blogger girls and I were back again to visit Yunomori Onsen for the launch of its first Yuzu Bath!
Photo credits to Meryl.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Yunomori Onsen, it is Singapore's first authentic Japanese onsen which houses a large variety of bath pools.
An all-day general access pass is available at $38+ but from now till 31 December 16, you can enjoy a 1-for-1 Onsen Happy Hour promotion (only valid from Monday to Wednesday, 7pm to 11pm) and enter the onsen at only $19+ per pax!
The Yuzu bath will also be available till 31 December 16 only so you should take the chance to enjoy the Yuzu bath then.
Photo credits to Brand Cellar SG.
Besides soaking yourself in the different types of bath pools seen above, you can also enjoy weekday special massage promotions with a buddy from Mondays to Thursdays (10am to 6pm) only from 1st to 31st December 16. They have 2-To-Go-Massage promotions such as the following:
- 60 minute Thai Massage @ S$138 for 2 pax
- 60 minute Aroma Oil Massage @ S$199 for 2 pax
Boy, I miss the massage sessions so much!
If you are feeling generous and just want to treat someone else to an Onsen experience this Christmas, they also have Christmas Gift Cards for sale till 31 December 16. In fact, if you purchase $500 worth of gift cards, you get two free onsen passes and also a 5% discount. If you purchase $1,000 worth of gift cards, you'll get five free onsen passes and a 10% discount. Good eh?
Photo credits to Brand Cellar SG.
So this is how the Yuzu bath looks like in Yunomori Onsen - basically sachets of Yuzu floating on top of the water while emitting a strong and lovely scent. Doesn't it look inviting?
In Japan, soaking in a Yuzu bath can help to chase away winter colds and flu but that's not all. Yuzu contains citrus acids, Vitamin C and oils which contribute to an extensive number of benefits, including:
- Moisturising and healing chapped skin
- Stimulating circulatory and digestive systems
- Improving blood circulation
- Relieving body aches and back pains
I foresee that this Yuzu bath is gonna be super popular among the visitors.
Besides the Yuzu bath, Yunomori Onsen also launched some Yuzu dishes in its cafe.
We did a tasting that day, starting with a nice, chilling Yuzu Soda ($5+) to cleanse our palates. It was super refreshing and I liked it that it came with blueberries.
If you do not like gassy drinks, you might prefer having a Yuzu Smoothie ($5.50+) instead. We didn't get to try it though but it's an alternative Yuzu drink option from the menu.
Next up, we tucked into this tantalizing bowl of Yuzu Udon ($9.80+) which tasted amazing! The Udon was served chilled and the noodles were so tangy.
The ingredients were aplenty too and tasted even better when you break the onsen egg and allow its yummy goodness to ooze all over the udon.
As a tummy filler, we shared a Japanese Assorted Plate ($17.80+). I absolutely love the well marinated teriyaki chicken and the fish!
Had to remind myself not to eat more than my allocated portion because the plate was meant for sharing.
Chicken Karaage Curry ($13.80+) was sumputous too.
The chicken pieces were crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and tasted so good when dipped in warm Japanese curry. I love it!
We ended our tasting with dessert, Yuzu Sorbet ($4.50). I liked it initially because who doesn't like some good ol' ice-cream but after a while, it became too sweet for my liking.
I guess it's obvious that I prefer the Yuzu drinks and main course instead!
Photo credits to Brand Cellar SG.
Ending this entry with a group photo of me and my fellow blogger friends!
Since it's the Christmas season and there are promotions all over, I'd recommend everyone to visit Yunomori Onsen & Spa, be it to try the latest Yuzu bath or to feast on their Yuzu dishes. It will definitely be a worthwhile experience! :)
For more information on Yunomori Onsen & Spa, you can check out its Official Website and Facebook Page.
Yunomori Onsen & Spa
1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Mall
#02-17/18, Singapore 397628
Disclaimer: Event feature is based on personal experiences.
I never used to care about wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess and any of the issues that are related to ageing skin.
But time passes really quickly and lo and behold, I've reached the age when I have to care about these issues and even start using anti-ageing products. For one, my skin has became dry and tight when I have been oily my entire adolescence. Whenever I get a blemish, it takes way longer for it to heal compared to my younger days because the turnover rate of my skin cells has declined with age. I guessed these are some beauty concerns we ladies have to be prepared to face but it doesn't mean there is no hope.
I was invited by Herine to attend a bSoul Seminar on Age Defence and Skin Lifting 2 weekends ago and I thought, 'Why not? I need to learn anyway.'. It's better late than never, right?
In this seminar, we were taught by bSoul Principal Trainer, Ms Martina Bindi from Tuscany, Italy on how to identify causes of premature ageing as well as how bSoul skincare products and treatments can help to combat against it.
In bSoul, it is believed that a healthy skin is one that can regenerate; retain nutrients as well as protect itself naturally. Their skincare range does not contain plastics, silicones or any chemical additives.
Plastics and silicones, while common in general beauty products in the market and make our complexion APPEAR flawless, are actually harmful in the long run because they suffocate the skin and make it vulnerable to environmental stressors. bSoul's philosophy is to allow the skin to work itself through its normal physiology so that it can become healthier and stronger the same way our body transforms when we work it through exercise.
Besides skincare products, bSoul also has its own makeup product, the bSoul Hydra-Repair which is a BB Cream that can restore the skin's natural moisturizing capacity as well as skin barrier function.
It's actually pretty rare for a BB Cream to have an internal protective action for the skin. I mean, most BB Creams out there will just focus on moisturizing the surface of the skin as well as concealing imperfections. One noteworthy thing about this BB Cream is that it also reinforces the skin's ability to defend itself against UV rays so you need not actually wear a sunscreen undearneath this BB Cream. Apparently, your skin is strong enough to block out those harmful and damaging rays from the sun.
In order to attain a smooth and radiant complexion without the help of makeup, bSoul recommends having a trusty skincare set that contains functional formulas for general maintenance at home.
Nonetheless, relying solely on skincare products isn't suffice to work against the physiological ageing of our skin. We will still need some help from advanced professional treatments that can target the deeper layers of our skin.
We spent some time watching a live facial demonstration and got to learn facial massaging techniques as well as how to apply the skincare products during treatment. It was an interesting session where I witnessed the positive effects of doing professional treatments. When the lady was done with her facial, her skin looked instantaneously fairer and more rejuvenated.
The seminar concluded with a sumputous buffet spread courteousy of Amara Hotel. I took the chance to lunch with fellow blogger friend, Deenise and catch up with her at the same time.
Many thanks to Herine for having me at such an insightful seminar. It reinforces my motivation to make sure that my skin looks healthy in its natural form even while I approach old age. Let that be our beauty goal, shall we?
For more information on bSoul products, you can check out their Official Website.
Thank you for reading, my friends and have a great night!
Disclaimer: Event feature is based on personal experiences.
For someone like me who is usually too lazy to put on makeup, looking good naturally and having that healthy, glowing complexion become very important.
You've probably heard the saying many times, 'We are what we eat'. If you constantly consume processed or even junk food, your health, body and skin will very likely suffer the consequences. That's also why many people are turning to healthy, natural food ingredients lately.
Similarly, we are what we use. Many of our beauty products contain chemicals and additives which aren't that great for our skin in the long run. Fortunately, there are more beauty brands in the market trying to look into healthier product formulations and ensuring that the ingredients used are natural and wholesome. Think about it. If healthy, natural food ingredients are beneficial for the body, won't they also be beneficial for the skin if we incorporate them into beauty products and do away with harmful chemicals?
Recently, I had the honour of being introduced to Restoration Essence, a health and beauty brand founded by Sara Davina Soong.
Sara is the creator of the beauty products in Restoration Essence and she ensures that each ingredient used is meticulously assessed and selected. One of the signature ingredients is Pandan and can be found in a couple of her products.
2 weeks ago, I met up with Sara and brought home some of her best products for review so let me introduce them to you.
First up, we have the Reflections Skin Whitening Neck Firming Cream ($60), which as the name suggests, is a moisturizer for the neck. Yes, we ladies know that moisturizing the face is important but do you know that moisturizing the neck is equally important too?
When we age, our facial skin develops fine lines and wrinkles whereas our neck is just as prone to developing neck lines due to dryness. Although we cannot fight against the effects of ageing, we can minimise its effects and the basic thing to do is to ensure that both face and neck are well hydrated. This neck firming cream has a rich, creamy consistency and smells distinctively of Pandan. Because of its creamy texture, I would recommend it more for body skin rather than facial skin. It doesn't leave behind a sticky residue so you don't have to worry it staining your clothes or pillow. You can use it on your neck twice a day after moisturizing your face.
Restoration Essence also stocks the Ageless Skin Clarity Cream for Hand Protection ($60) which is suitable for people with dry hands. I have an ex-colleague who can't go without hand creams everyday because her hands are naturally crackly and can even bleed when the skin peels off. As for me, I never used to care about hand protection until I started working in an air-conditioned environment which resulted in my hands turning uncomfortably dry.
This Skin Clarity Cream from Restoration Essence has a gel-creme texture that gets absorbed very quickly into the skin. You don't need a lot of this product to give your hands a moisture boost. Like the neck firming cream, it also contains Pandan although the smell of Pandan is not as strong. In my opinion, this is a great product and a little of it goes a long way.
So we moisturize our neck and our hands but what about our face?
Introducing one of Restoration Essence's bestsellers, the Hydro Boost Serum ($40.90) which is an amazeballs serum that can penetrate deep into the dermis of your skin and locks in moisture for the entire day! Being gentle and lightweight, the serum is also suitable for people like me with sensitive skin types.
You can use it to moisturize the body too but as you can tell from the picture, there's not a lot of product to go around the body so I rather reserve it for the face instead. Since it's a serum, you can follow up with a moisturizer but I personally don't find it necessary because the serum, by itself, is already very hydrating for my skin. I also try not to layer too many products on my face in case of potential breakouts.
The serum came in the form of a syringe which may be unique but also strange to some. I guessed it reminded me of some Botox solution or something. It will be great if the product can be stored in an alternative packaging such as a pump bottle or a dropper bottle instead.
The Hydro Boost Serum complements Restoration Essence's scrubs very well so let me share with you some of their bestselling scrubs.
Have you ever exfoliated your face with Pandan Leaves before? Restoration Essence's Pandan Leaves Scrub ($31.50) is made up of naturally dried and pure pandan leaves which promises to whiten your skin while exfoliating. It might look very drying to use leaves as an exfoliator but not to worry.
The product is actually infused with pandan essential oil and lemon essence for a smoother application. While it scrubs the face thoroughly, it doesn't strip the skin from moisture. My only gripe is that it can be a bit messy when you rub a pinch of the leaves on your face for 10 to 15 seconds before rinsing. You might drop leaves in the process so it's best that you are exfoliating your face directly over a wash baisin.
Pandan Chocolate Sugar Scrub ($54.90) sounds delicious and you bet it is but please don't eat it up. This sugar scrub contains real cocoa as well as coconut oils and you can use it to exfoliate your body thoroughly before rinsing off with warm water. I love using scrubs like these after a sweaty day out because you will feel instantaneously refreshed when you get rid of the dirt and grime from your body.
It can also be used as a lip exfoliator to scrub off dead skin cells before applying lip balm or lipstick. I do have dead skin on my lips sometimes, especially when I feel dehydrated and it can look rather unsightly so this sugar scrub is pretty much a godsend. The only thing I have to do is to resist licking the product off my lips.
The balm series from Restoration Essence got me excited because the packaging looks so vibrant and happy!
These mini products are compact enough for carrying on-the-go and they can be used as and when you need them. I particularly like Vitality Rub ($29.90) because it contains Rosemary and Basil essential oils to improve memory and concentration. When I have migraines or mild headaches after an office meeting or a stressful day at work, I'll rub a bit of Vitality Rub on my temples to soothe my head before charging again.
Happy Rub ($24.90), on the other hand is a mood-lifting ointment made of coconut oil, bees' wax, lavender as well as peppermint oils. Similarly, you can rub a bit of ointment on your temples, forehead or vital points when needed. Some customers use this when they are feeling nauseous or uncomfortable due to menstrual cramps. I have friends who always have problems with cramps so I think this product will benefit them very much.
My favourite balm is the Ice Balm ($24.90), largely because I loovvveee the whole menthol, chilly sensation. The Ice Balm is made of pure coconut, peppermint, honey and pandan oils and is immensely hydrating for the lips. I hardly use stick balms because they weren't as moisturizing as those in the squeeze tubes but this totally changed my mind.
Besides using this as a lip balm, you can also rub it under your nose when you have respiratory problems such as runny nose, asthma or bronchitis. For fitness people, you can rub it at your sore points to ease muscle aches. How multi-functional!
Besides healthy food for the skin, Restoration Essence also has nourishing food for the body.
If you're a chronic snacker but want a healthier snack alternative, try these Pandan In a Ball ($8.90) snacks. The balls are actually an assortment of nuts, namely cashew nuts, almonds and hazelnuts, infused with coconut oil, pandan essence and honey before topping off with a sprinkle of sea salt. Although they looked like typical chocolate balls, the brownish colour of the balls is actually from honey and no chocolates are used.
The sweetness is very mild so people with a sweet tooth may not actually like this. For the rest who do not want overly sweet snacks, they can definitely try this. Pandan In a Ball is best eaten with yogurt for an added crunch although I much prefer to just pop them in my mouth. Happy to be sharing this snack with all my loved ones!
If you're interested to purchase beauty products or healthy snacks from Restoration Essence, you can purchase directly from their Official Website. They are having massive discounts at the moment for many of the aforementioned products so do check them out.
Be sure to like their Facebook and follow them on Instagram too!
Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.
So I finally visited Night Safari for the first time last week to check out its latest highlight, Twilight Encounters.
LOL. I know you're totally judging me now but really, I have no idea why I took such a long time in my life to visit Night Safari.
I mean, I've been to Singapore Zoo, River Safari and the zoos in other countries but just never Night Safari. Thus, you can imagine my elation when I was invited by InstaSG and Wildlife Reserves Singapore to check this place out.
It felt like I've returned to my childhood days! WEEHEE!
I wrote in a shoutout for Safari Zoo Run 2017 that I would be running for Team Chawang because I like elephants.
Thus, it was exceptionally exciting for me to be on this tram ride to visit animal icon, Chawang the Asian elephant.
Hello Chawang! I finally got to see you in real life!
Chawang is a male bull elephant and is already middle-aged, which technically makes him an uncle.
But we humans still coo at him like he's a little mischievous kid. Then again, I really can't take him seriously when he's looking so cute trying to balance on two legs instead of four.
Chawang lying lazily on his side upon instruction from his trainer.
Apparently, he only listens to his trainer who speaks to him in Sinhalese and is very obedient in following instructions.
Let's turn our attention to Chawang's daughter Neha, shall we?
Neha is a female baby Asian elephant and is merely 6 months old. Neha means 'love' in Hindi and we just couldn't get enough of her!
She's like this curious little baby who tumbles around and makes high-pitched squeals of excitement. Whenever she needs security and protection, she runs back to hide under her mummy's trunk. Sometimes, she just stands there and stares at the visitors in utter blurness. SO CUTEEE!
After visiting Chawang and his family, we headed back to the entrance of Night Safari to catch some performances.
The performance was clearly more targeted at children, who looked very amused to see these elephants dancing at such a close proximity.
Dancers in animal costumes entertaining the crowd with their highly energetic dance moves and immense enthusiasm.
We also watched an LED light twirling performance and I couldn't take my eyes off the cape. It looked fascinating!
It was dinner time and we enjoyed a sumptuous buffet spread before going on a night walk.
During dinner, we were taught some photography skills on how to take photos in low light.
Although I listened intently, applying the skills I've learnt at the night walk was a real challenge. The pathway was darker than I thought. In fact, it was quite creepy too so I was glad to be walking in a group with my newfound friends. It was also a strain for our eyes to spot the animals in the dark, let alone take photos of them. Many of my photos turned out to be dark and blurred so I'm only sharing the slightly better ones.
Managed to take a photo of the fishing cat after trying my best to spot it among the foliage. I know it looked pretty bright from this photo but that's only because I edited it to make it clearer.
People around were asking whether this is a baby leopard but no, it's a fishing cat, i.e. a wild cat that is very adept at hunting and catching fish.
I could hear these otters from afar because they were so noisy like hungry bawling babies. But they were cute too whenever they stared at us with these confused expressions on their faces.
It was actually really difficult to take photos of otters when they moved so fast so this was my best shot taken in the dark.
Can you spot the tiny mouse deer at the background?
I know it camouflages really well but just squint a little if necesary okay? It's too adorable to be missed!
This photo of pelicans was hands down my best photo from the night walk.
In fact, it could possibly be everyone's best photo because the lighting was the brightest there and the pelicans were awesome top models, seriously. They would stand so still and let you photograph them from the side profile like they're doing some photoshoot. Smize, birds, smize. You're totally working it.
Overall, I had a memorable time at Night Safari Twilight Encounters and I thank InstaSG and Wildlife Reserves Singapore for having me at this event.
Twilight Encounters ends on 10 December 16. I know it's the school holidays now so if you and your kids are looking for a place to check out during this vacation period, this can definitely be one of them.
Tickets to Twilight Encounters are available on WRS Ticketing Website. Go grab your tickets and have an awesome time!
Disclaimer: Event feature is based on personal experiences.
I've been making mental notes to visit Bounce Singapore ever since it opened at Cineleisure months ago and last week, I finally did it!
Shoutout to Weekender Singapore for selecting me as one of the winners for Bounce Singapore's giveaway contest, in which I won a 1-for-1 general access pass. Thus, YX and I went on a fitness date at Bounce last week. We had so much fun that we were like two monkeys on the loose. :D
A general access pass per pax is worth $24 for 1 hour of play time. Any additional hour of play time will be $19.
1 hour may seemed short but it's actually suffice for exploring the entire Bounce Singapore. You will be so exhausted after 1 hour anyway and it's not ideal to be jumping for too long.
Be prepared to pay for other costs such as locker rental ($2 for a locker) and Bounce Singapore Official Grip Socks ($3). The socks is a tad expensive but essential. They are meant to give you a bit of friction at your feet so that you do not slip when you bounce. The staff are strict on this and will restrict your access if you are wearing ordinary socks or similar socks from other trampoline parks. Basically, only Bounce Singapore socks are allowed.
Bounce Singapore is divided into several areas, namely:
1. Free Jumping Arena
2. The Wall
3. Big Bag
4. Trampoline Dodgeball
5. Slam Dunk
6. Performance Trampolines
We skipped Free Jumping Arena, The Wall and Performance Trampolines because these areas were crowded and it was impossible to find a trampoline that was not in use. It's also dangerous to have more than 1 person jumping on the same trampoline so I guessed it's safety over fun first.
Big Bag was interesting and we were basically trying to hurl ourselves from a trampoline towards a gigantic bag in fanciful ways. Trampoline Dodgeball was an area where you and your partner could throw balls at each other while jumping on a trampoline whereas Slam Dunk was where you could play basketball and shoot hoops while bouncing. It was crazy fun even though I kept going out of balance and falling. Evidently, trampoline jumping wasn't my best friend.
Nonetheless, we spent the most time and had the most fun at X-Park, an area involving a challenging Ninja Warrier obstacle course.
For one, we had to put our rock-climbing skills to a test and scale this wall of rocks. It wasn't easy but it was exciting!
In the midst of climbing, YX was like 'turn around and look at meeee!'. Thus... my constipated smile while trying my best to hold on to the rocks with all my strength.
Nonetheless, I was happy to conquer the rock-climbing segment on my first try so yay!
Does this segment look simple to you?
I was fooled when I saw YX leaping from one trampoline to another and I thought I would have it easy. So I followed closely, took a leap and .......... fell flat on my face. Oh yes, I can be so glamorous sometimes.
Meet YX, the rope dancer.
I'm kidding but on a serious note, this was clearly one of YX's favourite segments considering the number of times he tried to swing himself from one area to another.
Unfortunately, I was bad with this and I blame my short legs.
This was one of my favourite segments, mainly because I was able to move swiftly across the rope wall like a natural.
I guessed it's because it reminded me of the playgrounds that I used to play in during my childhood days.
Photo credits to YX.
When you put a pole dancer in a playground with no pole, this is what happens. We find something else to pole on!
To be honest, I have no idea what the rings were meant for in this obstacle course. All I knew was that they were sturdy enough for me to do a chopper pole trick on them.
The zipline was the most fun thing everrrrr!!
I admit that I was quite scared to try the zipline at first and would rather YX go before me (LOL). But when I tried it after him, I was thrilled. It was like an adrenaline rush. You just need to hold on tightly and don't let go of your grip while you are zipping across to the other end. And even if you were to fall, you will be cushioned anyway so no worries!
Interested to check out Bounce Singapore?
You can find out more on their Official Website. You'll also need to register for your general passes online and turn up 20 minutes before your 1 hour slot for a safety briefing. Happy bouncing!
8 Grange Road, Cathay Cineleisure
#09-01 Singapore 239695
Disclaimer: Review is based on personal experiences.
It feels like Christmas has arrived when I received a parcel from Nature's Glory, inviting me to try 4 of Dr. Bronner's latest organic products.
I got to know about Dr.Bronner's during an event at Nature's Glory retail showroom 4 months back and was intrigued by the vintage packaging, particularly on their Castile Organic Liquid Soaps. I've also tried 1 of their liquid soaps and was impressed by the texture.
Thus, I was thrilled to be able to test out more of Dr.Bronner's products recently. Thank you Nature's Glory for the opportunity!
I really adore their products to bits because:
1) They have a unique packaging that reminded me of old school newspaper advertisements
2) They use organic ingredients which are healthier and better for the skin, particularly for sensitive skin types
3) They are more environmentally-friendly; and more importantly
4) They just worked so darn well on me.
Let me introduce you to some of these amazing products!
1) Dr.Bronner's All-One Toothpaste in Peppermint ($11.90)
I'm a fan of minty toothpastes so going for Peppermint is a no-brainer. Dr.Bronner's All-One Toothpaste is made of 70% organic ingredients and does not contain fluorides, synthetics, preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners and other undesirable chemical ingredients.
I've been using this toothpaste for a while now and I realized that it doesn't foam - something which I wasn't used to since my cheap, minty toothpastes generally foam (Opps!). In any case, upon rinsing my mouth, my teeth felt super clean and refreshed and I'm loving it!
If Peppermint isn't your thing, Dr.Bronner's All-One Toothpastes are also available in Cinnamon and Anise. I think Cinnamon looks pretty interesting and I would have tried it if I wasn't so biasedly in love with Peppermint.
2) Dr.Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer in Lavender ($7.95)
This Organic Hand Sanitizer utilises only 4 simple ingredients, namely organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil and organic gylcerin but it works so well that it doesn't lose out to the other conventional hand sanitizers in the market.
Besides spraying onto your hands to cleanse them and kill bacteria, you can also spray it on your children's sticky hands and faces before wiping clean. Parents will be glad because sometimes there are really no facilities nearby to wash up when your kids make a mess.
If you don't have a need for hand sanitizers, you can use it as a deodorant or a room spray. I spray it in the toilet sometimes for obvious reasons. Ha Ha! What's not to love when you have a hand sanitizer that is so multi-functional and smells so amazing?
3) Dr.Bronner's Organic Pump Soap in Lemongrass Lime ($16.90)
I just showered with this a while ago and....I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!
This Organic Pump Soap is possibly one of my favourite products out of the lot. It's 4-in-1 because it is a soap for hands; facial cleanser; shower gel and shampoo combined in 1.
Now, you might think that it's probably as bad as those commercial '4-in-1' products but no.... this is different. The organic ingredients used are generally suitable for both skin and hair. For example, the product uses organic shikakai powder which is ideal for cleansing skin and washing hair. It is accompanied by organic white grape to hydrate the skin and organic coconut olive oil which contributes to its gentle and smooth consistency.
If you're wondering why the colour is brown, that's because it contains organic sugar that gives rise to its rich caramel colour. On top of that, you'll smell as refreshing as a Lemongrass Lime after using it. I just wish the smell would linger longer after I step out of the shower.
Even though this is another multi-purpose product, I still prefer to use it as a shower gel. Besides Lemongrass Lime, there are other flavours such as Unscented Baby Mild, Peppermint, Lavender and Tea Tree. I wanna try them all!
4) Dr.Bronner's Organic Hand & Body Lotion in Lavender Coconut ($17.50)
Another shower complement is Dr.Bronner's Organic Hand & Body Lotion which I've been using to moisturize my body after bathing. My skin has become dry with age so it's not surprising that it feels tight and dehydrated whenever I step out of the shower. Thus... body lotion to the rescue!
What I like about this product is that it has a light and smooth texture and it gets absorbed really quickly into my skin upon application. Unlike some body moisturizers which are really rich and thick, it doesn't leave behind a sticky residue but it still locks moisture within my skin and even nourishes it with goodness.
Some key ingredients which can be found in the product include:
- Organic jojoba oil to heal skin
- Organic coconut oil to hydrate skin
- Organic hemp and avocado oils to smoothen skin
I was told that Lavender Coconut is a best-seller and I'm not surprised because it smells heavenly! You can also choose from Orange Lavender, Peppermint and Patchouli Lime flavours. The scents are created entirely from essential oils so there's no breathing in of artificial smells here!
I think I'm gonna enjoy using this when my hands turn dry in the unforgiving air-conditioned office. :)
So, interested to get your hands on some Dr.Bronner's?
They are available at Nature's Glory retail shop in the address below or on their Official Website.
In fact, you can follow Nature's Glory on Instagram and key in promo code 'NaturesGloryDB' on the e-shop to obtain 15% discount from any Dr.Bronner's products with no minimum purchase.
You can also get a free bottle of Dr. Bronner's Cherry Blossom Castile Soap (8oz) when you purchase $100 or more on Dr. Bronner's products. Happy shopping!
315 Outram Road, Tan Boon Liat Building
#01-09 Singapore 169074
Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.