Limited Edition Dyson Supersonic for Mother’s Day

What do you buy the super woman in your life? Well – you buy her the Dyson Supersonic!SG_Supersonic_mothersday_withcopy

Sleek isn’t it.

This special special Mother’s Day edition of the Dyson Supersonic comes with a complimentary pink leather travel case. Pretty nifty !

Available for S$599 at the following stores, while stocks last:

– TANGS (Tang Plaza / Vivocity)

– Takashimaya Department Store (Ngee Ann City)

– Robinsons (The Heeren / JEM)

– Harvey Norman (Millenia Walk / Parkway Parade / Jurong Point)

– Best Denki (Vivocity / Ngee Ann City / Parkway Parade / Great World City)

– Courts (Causeway Point, Courts Megastore, Nex Mall)

What’s highly recomended – is if you’re a TANGS member you can purchase it and earn 6% rebates on a regular day but at times up to 12%. Perhaps so for takashimaya members and robinsons too but since i am not a member of those- i’m not too sure how much rebates you get with those!

LGG6 – The Big Screen that Fits

Ever felt yourself wanting more out of your phone’s camera? I mean we’re so reliant on technology these days’ arent we – yet for most of all ladies, all we ask for is a phone with a good camera lol.

Have you also wondered what goes into each and every phone – frankly it has never crossed my mind, most of the time – it’s always about the camera! But so so much more goes into it, I’m guilty in fact of under utilizing my phone’s functions sometimes but hey it was a personally eye opening experience for me when I was at the launch of the LGG6 last week.

The hardware – such as screens: Whether to be curved or flat, the size of the screen, how it fits in to your palm , how it affects muscle usage levels, and the rate of task completion were some of the things that the R&D team looked into when designing the G6.

Turns out research showed that the perfect phone is one that fits into your palm, has a flat screen and a very specific screen size.

It is also sealed against dust and water resistant up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes – yes! I brought it onto a water street slide and slid into the water with no issues!

LGG6sg lgg6 april qualcomm dual rear cameras

Let’s have a look at the phone – its available in Iced Platinum, Mystic White, Astro Black2017-04-05 22.12.35

I got the iced platinum Korea edition set for a review and first looks which fares well when it comes to being finger print resistant.

It also looks like dual rear cameras are the way to go for mobile phones these days! The LGG6 comes with a groundbreaking18:9 Screen aspect ratio which allows users live review of photos while shooting images.

For selfie fans the phone’s front facing camera has skin tone, lighting and filters to help you get the selfie of your dreams. And the fun thing, you can turn on the gesture or voice shutter and have the phone take photos ever so conveniently for you or shall i say hands free :)


lg g6 selfie skintone light filter

lgg6 voice shutter

For foodies: The G6 has a food mood – that has a white balance slider , and lighting slider that made food noticeable more delicious looking. – here’s a really quick comparison. Even the table looks better already lol.  LG G6foodmodeLGG6 food mode on wagyu

Food mode Lgg6

lgg6 singapore signature

You also have the convenience of adding a watermark to your photos! And several other camera modes.

The LGG6 features 2 x 13MP rear cameras by Sony, and a front facing camera that has 5MP. The wide angle camera is a god sent with its 125 degree field of view which makes it a breeze to capture landscapes, or even big groups of people.wide angle 120degrees g6 wide angle mode

LGG6 wide angle street slide lgg6 landscape

Lgg6 wide angle front camera

Those wide-angle images bump to 125-degree field of view — an increase that works best when capturing things like landmarks and landscapes. The front-facing camera also features a similar wide-angle option capable of 100-degree field of view shots.

The highlights of G6 includes the Snap shot, Match shot, Grid shot and Guide shot features.

Snap shot  Because of the 18:9 ratio, this enables users to splits the screen into two, with the upper half used as the active camera window while the bottom half allows you to preview the photo that you’ve just taken for easy comparison/or just efficiency you know?

Lgg6 snapshot mode

Match shot allows you to get creative by matching disparate photos, such as the wings of a bird to the tail of an airplane.

Grid shot where you can directly form a collage made up of four quadrants with photos and video contents without any third-party apps. Think of it as a moving collage of images heh.

Guide shot {NEW} that act as a guide for the next shot which matches the composition of a chosen image at different settings . AKA the copycat mode lol , this is where you can save an image of a photographer that you really look up too, or just something that you like, lol and then have it on your screen while you try to replicate the  shot for yourself.

lg g6 matchshot

All in all – this phone has worked well for me but photos tend to be a little grainy on both front and rear cameras in certain dark indoor areas or low light conditions. Battery life was good and you get a 50% charge done in just 30minutes, i really welcomed the waterproof function knowing how paranoid I am with having split drinks on my devices such as my laptop before, or just knowing full well that I can take my phone to the beach or for a swim and go trigger happy with it.

I did find the price a little steep – pretty much on par with most of other new phone launches this month.

The LGG6 will be made available 14th April 2017 and will retail for $988 at M1, Singtel, Starhub and authorized retailers. Here are the early bird perks:

  • Get an extended 12 month warranty making it 24months! Nice!
  • And get a free flip case worth $58 with each purchase.
  • M1 customers can enjoy up to S$200 off LG G6 when they sign up for selected Fibre broadband and mobile plans at the same time.
  • Singtel customers can get a Free LG 43″ 4K UHD TV worth $1,388* when they complete their Singtel Circle with a LG G6 purchase (Combo 3 and above plans) and recontract or subscribe to Singtel Fibre Broadband or TV. Simply visit any Singtel Shop or sign up online at
  • StarHub customers who sign up for a 2-year HomeHub Go 1Gbps plan with LG G6 will receive a FREE LG 43” 4K UHD TV worth S$1,388*.

Japan Itinerary – Day 4 of 8

20 March – Day 4 [Asakusa]


  • Quick Breakfast from 7-11 in the morning [sushi to go]
  • Reach Asakusa Sawadaya at 1145am for our Kimono rental
  • Skipped lunch – we just ate street food at nakamise dori street yum yum.
  • Dinner at Isetan Kaikan Kushinobo on the 3rd floor -where a small eatery serving up kushiage – we did it the omakase way and at the smoke free section.
  • The night was still young so Junya took us to the the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building where the observation deck is usually open till 11pm.

kimono rental asakusa

The video pretty much sums up our time in asakusa and what we did there.

I’ve to put in a word the the ladies at Asakusa Sawadaya kimono rental! They were spectacular :)

Their website:
Email them to make a booking at

Also, if you need tips on how to select a kimono rental shop, read this super informative post by blogger Eileen on how to rent a kimono in Asakusa


Pick a kimono rental that includes your hairstyling, as well as has a premium collection or more elaborately designed kimonos as some shops are cheap but give you the bare basics, compare things like the belts, and details!

Bring a huge pot of conditioner or hair mask if you’re going to do this as you’ll need that to remove all the hairspray from your hair at the end of the day.

The dressing starts with your hair being done first, which i must add is beautifully done and nicely set with hairspray to last all day seriously. Next you select a kimono out of the huge collection they have, and then an obi (sash) , i picked turquoise, and then a obijime (i picked a flower cord), and obiage (inner scarf of the belt) and then you put on a hadagi, which is a cotton undergarmen and a nagajuban silk robe. Budget about 10-15minutes for your hair to be done , and another 45mins to be dressed up. I picked some pretty hair accessories to go along =) so fun. Also a pair of tabi socks that had flower motifs on it! Oh yes and i get to pick the colors i wanted for my obi back bow too as there were some shiny organza cloth placed behind. The socks cost 600yen.

Cost: 5400 Yen per person ,or 9800 yen per couple.

What i did before hand was to look at their kimonos via facebook and instagram to kinda shortlist what I liked, i emailed them those i liked so they could pre-prepare during my arrival.

As it takes a long time to dress up and being late will affect other customers, try to be on time! In fact – being late just means less time to dress you up :(

There’s actually a few styles of dress up to choose from,

Kimono, Hakama, Furisode, Oriran etc

Or you can dress up like a Geisha/Maiko too .

Note: Kimono: Thicker and usually made from silk, Yukata: Thiner and usually made from cotton

As we passed through the kaminarimon Gate, a world famous symbol of Asakusa, you will find much to tickle your senses. From the smell of insense burning, to the hordes of tourist , and locals dressed up in kimonos and yukatas, to camera wielding throngs of people and street hawkers amongst other things. Kaminarimon is the entrance to Nakamise-dori, the front of the Senso-ji Temple. This approximately 250 m long street starting from the kaminarimon Gate and stretching to the hozomon Gate is called nakamise dori where by the many shops lined up here all of them old and historical. Get your shopping done here as there are many goods to pick from, from local snacks, to funny trinkets and lucky charms, to earrings, cloth and origami or woodblock print postcards and fans with the scenery of Asakusa in Edo Period. I think the street hawkers might not always be around, but the brick and mortar shops selling local fare and goodies are!

I read that Nakamise Dori is also worth visiting at night, to view the wonderful mural paintings that stretches across all the shutters of each shop. We sighted a few as some shops weren’t open the day we were that as it was apparently a holiday!

We made a beeline to Suzukien – is one of the few shops in Japan where you can enjoy the richest matcha tea flavored gelato in the world. In fact they have 7 levels of matcha icecream to pick from.  Needless to say after queuing up  – I had to have the strongest of the 7.

Asakusa suzukien

The thing about japan is you just can’t foresee how long the queue is. Stores have a habit of keeping the queues inside, so you won’t see how far it stretches on the street. To get our Suzukien fix, we were directed 3 streets down the road to an empty shop which was a holding area to get your ‘passes’ , once done, you sit down and wait for your name to be called, before returning to the main suzukien shop. Again – the husband wasn’t big on this -_- hahahaha but i insisted i needed to have it!

I got a little bored awaiting and decided to snap a photo of my manicure! Done by the awesome Bejeweled Singapore at breadtalk IHQ. One of my go to nail salon actually –

my nailart and manicure done by bejeweled nail salon at taiseng breadtalk ihq

Oh did i mention how beautiful Asakusa is – its one of the oldest streets really in Tokyo and there you can find pretty rickshaws where you can tour on. Perfect for photo ops and to immerse in the feel of the whole area ! Asakusa rickshaw tour

suzukien matcha icecream passes

Suzukien matcha

At 430 or so, we left Asakusa to go meet Junya at 530pm at Isetan Kaikan Kushinobo skewer restaurant . Read more about the food it serves up: as told by another blogger . Personally i didn’t want to be impolite and so I focused my attention on my husband’s friend and didn’t go trigger happy with the food ahahaha.

I think 16 skewers go for 5000yen, the dinner ended up costing some 22000yen I think for the 3 of us *Gasp*. And it was Junya’s treat, so nice of him but we felt bad… With Kushinobo, you get seasonal food – ie: 40 kinds every day.

isetan shinjuku kushinobo restaurant skewers

kushikatsu kushiage oasaka

isetan kushinobo

Dinner ended with a nice dessert of brown sugar jellies, and soy metropolitan government building observatory

We skipped out of Tokyo skytree as we thought it may be a tourist trip but oh well perhaps we’ll go next time. I was told they have good restaurants and decent shopping in the tokyo skytree :) Tip: You can buy an express ticket to save on waiting time . Price ranges from 1500 yen for single floor, or 2000yen for a combo ticket

tokyo at night

So at the tokyo metropolitan government building observatory there’s a gift shop that seems to open till real late too. Nice selection , and in fact they have lots of gifts, but well i found it all pricy and so I didn’t buy anything but i did spy on some cute starwars light saber chopsticks! and the metal model kits.


tokyo lightsaber chopsticks starwars tokyo metropolitan government building


tokyo metropolitan government building

After which we

Somewhere in Shinjuku or Shibuya’s underground malls, i spotted a really beautiful florist!

Bon marche floriste tokyo shinjuku shibuya

She even sold sprigs of sakura which i was soooo tempted to buy!


Japan Itinerary – Day 3 of 8

19 March – Day 3

  • Breakfast: Isomaru Suisan (磯丸水産) a popular izakaya chain that has delicious fresh grilled seafood and chirashi bowls and Miso grilled grab
  • Meiji Jingu where we witness a wedding posession
  • Oreryu Shio Ramen for lunch
  • Tokyu Hands for shopping [ omg i spent many hours inside Shibuya’s tokyu hands]
  • Tempura Tendon Tenya for dinner

So the day started with breakfast at the Isomaru Suisan chain

breakfast at seafood chain in tokyo Isomaru Suisan jpgIsomaru Suisan (磯丸水産)Isomaru Suisan chirashi bowl with crabmeat

I had a chirashi bowl which had crab meat in it omggggg so good. I just found out today that Chirashi just means scattered, it comes from the word 散らす (chi-ra-su) meaning “to scatter”, as in scattering fish bits all over the place. isomaru

We didn’t eat that much because we wanted to get to Meiji shrine quickly. But we did have grilled fish , i think it was mackerel or something, and a grilled potato which seafood on top . They were all good but the mackerel had quite alot of bones.

I think we were the only locals there, which is always a good sign of authentic good jap food lol. To read more about Isomaru Suisan read this blog

After a quick breakfast, we made our way to  shrine and on the way look who we bumped into – the fire dept mascot! lol he looks like an insect hahahhaha tokyo firemen department mascot

Alas we made it to the shrine! Come early if you’ll like to see the wedding couples ceremony, we reached the shrine at about 1015am however there was quite some construction / refurbishment being done to the roof of the shrine and some parts of it .

reaching the meiji jingu

wedding at meiji shrine

Meiji shrine ema wooden plaque

See these wooden plaques? They are called ema and they are small wooden tablets used by worshippers to write down their prayers or wishes. The tablets are left in a designated area at the shrine, a traditional way of sending their prayers to the gods. I think they cost about 500yen each which you can buy from the shine direct. Meiji shrine 2 sake heaven meiji shrine meiji shrine wine barrels

A beautiful place nonetheless. Oh yes forgot to mention , the treasure museum is closed till further notice so you might want to skip out of that, we made a long walk there only to find that it was closed.

Oh yes sake and wine heaven you say? Read about it here on

As for the wine barrels

“The Meiji period was an enlightened period during which a policy of “Japanese spirit and Western Knowledge” was adopted, to learn from best of Western culture and civilization while keeping Japan’s age-old spirit and revered traditions. Emperor Meiji led the way in promoting modernization by embracing many features of western culture in his personal life such as shearing his topknot and donning western attire, and in many other aspects of daily living. Among these departures, His Majesty set an example by taking western food and in particular by enjoying wine with it. The barrels of wine to be consecrated at Meiji Jingu have been offered by the celebrated wineries of Bourgogne in France on the initiative of Mr. Yasuhiko Sata, Representative, House of Burgundy in Tokyo, Honorary citizen of Bourgogne and owner of the Chateau de Chailly Hotel-Golf. Profound gratitude is due to the wine makers who have so generously contributed to this gift to be consecrated here to the spirit of world peace and amity, with the earnest prayer that France and Japan will enjoy many more fruitful years of friendship”


We took a walk to the inner garden of the Meiji shrine as well as yoyogi park after

Kiyomasa well in meiji jingu

meiji inner garden cherry blossoms


And then we went to Shibuya cross! Say hi to Hachiko =)hachiko

Then lunch was at Shibuya’s Oreryu


Afterwhich we spent many hours shopping inside Tokyu hands lolololo , about tape by bande silver clay class in tokyu hands

There were workshops held at tokyu hands – everything from Leather work, to silver clay crafting and more! <3 I wished i came by earlier so i could have participated in that class. darn. axolotl tokyo axolotl on sale in tokyu hands

I also found an axolotl! OMGGGG its super cute, and there were 2 :)

There was also these wonderful felt cat caves i wished i could afford lol. they seem to be priced alot less in places like USA. tokyu hands pet deptcute collars for cats in tokyu hands

Made a pit stop at one of the Daikokuya stores as we weren’t hungry yet – spotted some cheap cartier rings so i bought one for my mom, and another for myself.Cartier rings in Daikokuya Daikokuya cartier

And then it was time for dinner! I was exhausted by then … so we made our way back to Shinkuju, past the izakayas near our hotel and stopped at Tempura Tendon Tenya, a delicious “fast food chain” that serves us cheap and good tempura Real yummy

We didn’t realize the tempura already came with rice beneath and we ordered what we thought was the udon set only to realize we get both rice and udon LLOLOLOL.



tempura tendon tenya copy

WIth our stomachs filled, we called it a night!

More on days 4 to 8 when i find the time to write once again :) Stay tuned!

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Japan Itinerary – Day 2 of 8

17 March – Day 2 [Akihabara]
Hotel: Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
Recommended to me by my aesthetician – Dr Chiam Chiak Teng. Thanks Doc!
The cost: About $180 per night [ rates can fluctuate and sometimes go up to $225]


Tip: I used the UOB code “UOBEXPSG17” to get 10% off and of course my UOB card to pay for it.

Participating “Expedia Rate” hotels refer to hotels labelled “Expedia Rate” and are not on the exclusion list in, see Terms and Conditions below.

Voucher code: UOBEXPSG17

Booking Period : Now – 31 March 2019
Travel Period: Now – 30 June 2019
Minimum stay: 2 nights

There is apparently a mastercard 12% off promotion for expedia as well
How i’ll rate our stay: 4 out of 5 stars i guess.
Address: 1 Chome-2-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
What I loved: They gave us a room of the 14 floor, and also some super delicious pecan chocolate and even folded us some swan towels to welcome us. They also offered free printing and hence we were able to get our disneysea tickets printed.

Not only that, the hotel also helped us to book our lunch at Ginza Ukai Tei which i requested before we even checked in. The washroom was spacious, and although the room was really tiny – typical of tokyo hotels, the toiletries, and amenities were lovely and towels were changed daily, I wore the bathrooms to sleep on most nights.

The toilet was also clean! And so was the room :) There wasn’t much of a view however from the windows. heh

What i didn’t like: The pillows weren’t fluffy, the bed pretty small. Oh and the housekeeping doesn’t wash the plate for you ie: if you’ve eaten snacks in the room etc. There was limited space hence we had to plonk our luggage in front of the door which made it hard to walk but there wasn’t an alternative. Also the hair dryer provided seem faulty, and even after requested for a replacement, the second one was faulty too – it sparks when i power it on after some time which made using it a scary thing!  citadines central shinjuku tokyo

citadines central shinjuku tokyo washroom


We visited and did a 1hr go-kart ride with a guide around Tokyo, making tops near the sky tree and Asakusa.

They open from 10am to 8pm, I booked us for 5pm initially but we were early and so I called the Akiba Kart dude who then managed to change our booking to 4pm for us :) The go-kart is suited for anyone 150cm to 185cm in height.

Costumes are free for use. And you literally drive on the roads, public roads, along with any one road users. You can just drive around yourself, or you can hire a guide to go along with you.

For tourist – an IDP is required. We applied for ours online for $24 bucks.

What to wear for go kart: well pants will be ideal as the site states to refrain from high heels, snow clothes, long skirts and other obstructive clothing.

akiba gokart akibakart akibanavitokyo skytree gokart

ok i feel damn sad my eyes are closed in this photo here nooooooootokyo maricart gokart

Why are my hands on my ears? Well i was actually putting my head gear on lololol.

After we were done with go-karting, we headed to the Akiba Fukurou owl cafe, they take reservations via website and confirm it only over email. There is no number to call apparently.

Please be mindful to book 1-2 weeks ahead of your visit, i checked the calendar today just for the heck of it and they were fully booked till 20th April?
Address: Japan, 〒101-0022 Tokyo, 千代田区Kanda Neribeicho, 67
Its actually really near our go-kart place that’s why we decided to go there.akiba owl 2

akiba fukurou owls2

akiba fukurou sweet potato owl

akiba fukurou owls

While the owls are all well kept and seemingly well rested as the shop as strict rules on how you should handle owls, they also rotate the owls such that each owl gets to sleep after its shift. But the thing with owls is that you can’t pet or stroke them very much and when you carry them they mostly keep really still, which is cute for maybe 10-15minutes and then it becomes a very zen experience which IMO isn’t for everyone lol. It isn’t something that is very interactive you can imagine. Some people bonded real well with the owls they handled, others had the owl shit on them. And me ? My owl decided to perch itself on my head  – clearly i was panic stricken by the fact that i am now at its mercy in case it decides to relief itself on my head LOLOLOLO.

Thankfully – it did not! AHHAHAHA

What it did do however was mess my hair lololl but this is as authentic as it gets.owl on head

The Akiba Fukurou site has very clear instructions on how to get to their cafe

Isn’t the tiny owl cute?

The cafe for one thing handles and maintains the owls very well – the fact that they are strict

  • each guests can only handle 2owls in the 45 min
  • no stroking or petting the owls – only one tap as they said owls do not like being stroked
  • With this i am confident the owls lead a pretty good life there and that the shop is pretty ethical :)

What we really liked? Was that the shop took about 1-2 professional photos of us with their Canon Mark II which they then mailed to us, and also gave us a postcard each as a takeaway.

cute owls

akiba fukurou offical photo

[i think my owl wasn’t too happy to have his photo taken lol]

We ended off the day with dinner at Ichiran ramen at Shinjuku or was it shibuya where we queued for some 30minutes haha! Much to the displeasure of my husband but well didn’t complain when we were eating! Ichiran was nice, but I wouldn’t queue 30minutes for it again because we discovered better Ramen! Namely – Oreryu Shio Ramen which we the next day, The creamy shio ramen left us speechless. I didn’t take much photos of Oreryu so read this blog for a full write up on the ramen they serve up

ichiran red sauceichiran order forminside ichiran

p.s. The shinjuku east branch of Ichiran is a 24hour one!

Address: 3 Chome-34-11 Shinjuku, 新宿区 Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

Read about our Day 1 here

Japan Itinerary – Day 1 of 8

17 March – Day 1 [Lake Kawaguchiko]
Hotel: Asafuji , we booked this via Agoda or Expedia for $374.31 for 1 night, and this included dinner and breakfast which was – we concluded the best meal we had in Japan.

The day started with our arrival at 730am Tokyo Narita Airport.
We bought tickets at the JR office for the round trip Narita Express costing 4000yen
Took the 813 train and expect to arrive at Shinjuku at 9:55am

You can read here for more information or check for the train time tables here. There are NEX trains at every 30minute intervals.

narita express counter at airport ticket office nex narita

The return ticket was an open ticket. All seats on the train are reserved – meaning you’re allocated specific seats.

The train was comfortable  – and you can pack food to eat in it. We were in a huge hurry to get to Shinjuku to catch our highway express bus that sets off at 1030am to Kawaguchiko hence we didn’t have time to pack food. I wasssss by then – pretty hungry. 2017-03-17 08.07.48 copy

The highway express bus tickets can be booked online – and i highly highly recommend you book way in advance, It’s free to book anyway – and your seat once again is assigned

The cost was 7000Yen for 2 pax to and fro Kawaguchiko station. Hence it was about $45 per person for the 2hr journey to and fro per way, we only made the booking about 3 -4days before arrival and there were almost no tickets left!

If the routes and fully booked, you can try booking the same bus however with the pick up at Shibuya instead.

More info via

 Highway express bus

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Then we checked into our lovely Ryokan called Asafuji which overlooked the lake and mount fuji. The ryokan has about 13 rooms, its cozy and the service was immaculate, in-fact it felt really personalized, the staff speak english and are really accomodating too.

And the food – the food was superb.

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More on that later , because upon a quick check at 2pm – off we went to the craft park and kawaguchiko music forest museum to make the full use of our day. I must add the Asafuji staff were very kind as they sent us to the craft park with their shuttle. Amazing service really, as we were going to take the bus there but because we didn’t have small change and our smallest note was 10000yen , they decided to take us there . I’m so touched.

The craft park opens till 5pm daily and not only can you try your hands out at the amazing craft with instructors to guide you, you can also do your shopping there.

Here’s some of the amazing glass art made by the artist there. And then here’s a video of me trying to make my own glass bead lol.
silverclay kawaguchiko craft park glass making kcraft park kawaguchiko glass bead at kcraftpark

We spent an enjoyable 2hrs at the musical forest museum which opens daily year round from 9am to 530pm, the Kawaguchiko Music Forest is a small theme park and museum that is devoted to automatic musical instruments. There’s even a store within it that sells some hefty priced musical boxes for collectors such as the one here which cost over $7362 SGD gasp.


music forest museum

It houses some really really eye-opening grand automatic instruments. Ie:

An organ hall built by Belgium Motiere Company around 1920 Belgium Mortie C.1920

Belgium Motiere Company organ hall lake kawaguchiko music forest museum The Organ Hall is an underground hall that was made around 1920 in Belgium, this dance organ has approximately 800 pipes and an assortment of percussion instruments. There are also 43 dolls holding fully functional instruments strewn around the hall. This dance organ alone is capable of making music equal to that of an orchestra with 30 – 40 people. These dance organs were originally placed in dance halls, hence the name dance organ.

Here’s a snippet of the organ hall magic

1999 German deraika company street organ

In the History Hall, there lies one of the valuable orchestrions in the hall called the philharmonic orchestrion -Titanic model. This orchestrion was supposed to be installed in the Titanic but was cancelled right before the installation and thus was saved from sinking to the bottom of the sea along with the ship itself. Alot of how orchestrions work, are explained during the session. Built by the Welte Company of Germany Welte Company in 1912. It was planned to be placed on the the first class passengers on that British luxury liner “Titanic”, however completion was not in time for departure, so it miraculously avoided that miserable accident . Using 263 pipes and large drums incorporated in the orchestra.

There’s actually lots to do there and you can even rent a princess costume for a photoshoot in the park, or have your wedding photos taken. You can also build your own music box…and watch sand art performance with live music

Address:3077-20 Kawaguchi, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0304, Japan

Entry fee per adult : 1500yen
A little steep but worth it considering how many artefacts they house and the cost of these instruments.
Tip: Entry fee drops to 500yen if you enter at 4pm, last entry at 5pm , as the park closes at 530pm

Closer to home, we have in singapore a music box museum by a mister Orui-san who’s a collector, here’s a detailed write up by another blogger about his visit to the Singapore Musical Box Museum.

The local musical box museum is located at: 168 Telok Ayer Street. Worth a trip too probably :)
We left the music forest museum at closing time – 530pm where it was really really cold. In fact it started to snow while we were there – temperature was perhaps -2? I was soooo glad to be back in our hotel room after. We took a one way bus trip on the red-line of the sightseeing bus , the journey cost i think 280 or was it 360 yen per person,
We took a shower, got changed into our Yukatas and then made it down to the lobby to have our dinner.
 Ume wine asafuji Asafuji ume Asafuji dinner
This was one of the best meals we had in Japan. The food was amazingly fresh. The sweets and everything , even the butter mushroom soup was the best I had in my life lol.
We took a walk outside in the snow too lol
goofing around with snow on our head
Then we headed up and went to the public onsen. Photography was obviously not allowed then so I don’t have a photo of the onsen.

The onsen hot-spring baths tho have views of Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi, and the rooms in Asafuji Inn have Shoji paper screens and a low table with floor cushions. Each room includes a private toilet, and Japanese-style futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor provided.

The wonder onsen opens from 06:00-09:30 and from 15:00-23:30 daily, so for as long as you like, or as many times as you wished! LOL however i reckon 20-30min soak is good, if you don’t want prune skin that is.

The next morning we awoke to an amazing view of mount fuji and of course the best breakfast! We woke at 445am so we could walk to the lake and take photos of Fuji-san lol.

We spent over an hour in this -4 / -5 degree weather LOL! Wondering how to keep our fingers warm hahaha. first cherry blossom blooms in lake kawaguchiko mount fuji casio FR100L beautiful mount fuji mount fuji from the lake

Breakfast is served! We took breakfast at 7am or so :) and then we went to the Onsen for a soak once again lololol , at 10am we bid goodbye to our wonderful hosts at Asafuji, which i gifted some stationery to as appreciation, and I was pleasantly surprised that in return they gave us postcards of Mount Fuji.  With that , we left to Kawaguchiko station once again to take the highway express bus at 1130am back to Shinjuku.

Asafuji breakfast

Japan travels

Earlier in March – I made my maiden trip to Japan and to say the least! Cherry blossoms are now my favorite tree, it’s hard not to fall in love with the sight of it, however as with all beautiful things, such moments are fleeting and the blossoms last some 3 weeks I guess?

It’s really quite an unreal sight to behold  – a tree full of flowers with few or no leaves- wow . JUST WOW. Against the blue skies of spring ….. One_more_shot_of_the_Sakura_and_my_wild_wild_hair__nofilterneeded__FR100L__casiosg__exilimsg__activeSelfie__SelfieIsCasio

Photo taken by my CASIO FR100-L yay.

We were there from 17 – 24 March and were in for a treat with some early blooms in Ueon Park and Shinjuku Gyoen [Entry fee of 200yen per adult],

Frankly speaking – 8 days was barely enough but good time!! Most people I know would dedicate about 10 days at least, and it seems like everyone just keeps going back for more.

We took singapore airlines to Tokyo and these were promotional tickets which cost about $740 per pax. Flight time was about 7hours.

Our flight departed Changi airport at 23:55hr on 16 march and we landed at about 7:30am at Narita airport.

You can also pick from ANA or JAL which flies there daily and i heard at better rates and timings. They probably offer more luggage allowance too.

Our singapore airlines luggage allowance was a good 30KG per person of which between us we used about 45-49kgs only.

Some tips on traveling to Tokyo:

  • Get the changiwifi -the promo price was $5 a day for japan. Book before hand and then pIck up and drop up upon arrival directly at the airport. It was convenient but hey prepare a powerbank as the battery of the wifi device doesn’t last the entire day!
  • Extra perk if you have a NTUCcard, use “NTUCJP” code for $4.65 rate per day – for all other countries check here but be sure to bring your NTUC card when you may payment. You’re welcome. We paid $46.20 for 7days ,breakdown will be $37.20 for 7days rental, and extra $10 for insurance, there’s a $1 off discount as well on top of the ntuc code.
  • I can’t emphasize how important it is to be punctual, and also to prebook most things in Japan. We made plans to ride the Akibacart, as well as visit Akiba Fukuro Owl Cafe and had to prebook to ensure availability. Especially during Mar/Apr months where its cherry blossom season and Tokyo is flooded with people.
  • Bring an extra bag! You’ll need it for shopping, or buy a cheap luggage at Donkihote if you don’t mind the crazy crowd there.
  • Buy all the things such as Tokyo Banana, Pocky, Hiyoko sweets and whatever biscuits and confectionery at the airport – once you are in the transit area, There’s soooo much shopping there and it is all tax free and you also won’t need to produce your passport for the tax free claim/documentation – saves your passport from being stapled here and there with documents.
  • Get a suica/pasmo for easy train transfers and basically it functions like an Ezlink -you  can even use it in 7-11 and family mart and many places to pay for food/purchases etc.
  • If you’re going to view Mount Fuji spend at least 2 days there to increase your chances of seeing Fuji-san – some days cloud cover is thick and your chances of seeing Mount fuji is alot lower. Consider going to Fuji-Q highlands as well to play!! Since i aint big on roller coasters lol , i choose to go to the craft park as well as music forest museum instead. But with just 24hrs that was barely enough!
  • Consider booking you disneysea tickets via klook for discounts, or better yet if you are a risk taker like i am, head to carousell where many tour vendors hawk cheap tickets, we scored 2 tickets to disney sea at $50 each! The same will cost $89 on klook. The only thing was that our uber cheap ticket was only emailed to us a day before our disneysea trip, and we had to get it printed at our hotel but thankfully the hotel offered free printing services!
  • Another tip on cheap tickets: if you’re already in tokyo, then check out the Daikokuya as some branches sell tickets to disneysea for cheap!
  • Oh don’t forget to check the disney crowd calendar and you can download TDRnow This simple website application displays the wait times for both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea in English, which you can check on your smartphone anytime you are in the Parks. Its immensely useful -Features include:
    • Current weather conditions
    • Park Hours
    • Fast passes indicator which tells you what fast passes you can get and what time they will be if you got hold of them now.
    • Wait times for both Parks
    • Quick switch (switch between parks quickly)
    • Refresh times
    • Favourites list [add the rides you want to conquer to this]

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I saw my very first Cherry Blossoms at Lake Kawaguchiko :) Complete with Fuji-san in the background. It was a stunning sight. Unforgettable – did i mention it snowed the night before? Hence the snow capped trees in the background. <3This_view_was_worth_waking_up_at_445am_for_and_also_braving_the_-4_degree_weather___lakekawaguchiko__fujisan__fuji__japan__sunrise

This was us at the AkibaKart – you’ll need an international drivers license for this as you’re driving on the roads , along with cars and buses and can drive up to 60KM/H at top speed. Each cart has their own number plate heh, oh and costumes are provided for free – except their cleanliness is in question *Gasp*. gocart

We liked their facebook page and hence were entitled to discounts!  There was another gokarting company called Mari-cart that offered very precise routes as well as a similar service, they seem good too but prices were higher but their website is alot clearer and in english, compared to Akibakart :)

Extra note about Disney tickets, you can get them at Shibuya’s disney store, or like i mentioned at Daikokuya


Phrase: Disneyland Passport please.

Japanese: ディズニーランドパスポートおください

Romanji: “Disneyland Passporto o kudasai”

Pronounced: “Disneyland Pass-poh-toh oh koo-da-sigh”

Phrase: Disney Sea Passport please.

Japanese: ディズニーシーパスポートおください

Romanji: “Disney Sea Pasporto o kudasai”

Pronounced: “Disney Sea Pass-poh-toh oh koo-da-sigh”

also here’s the hiragana for 2 day, 3 day and 4 day passports.


(2 day passport)


(3 day passport)


(4 day passport)

More details in my next post where i’ll be sharing our itinerary.

Spotlight: Gen K Jewelry

gen k jewelry

Having been a fan of jade since my teenage years (used to wear a jade green bangle which belongs to my grams), I’m happy now that I can afford my own jewelry and add statement pieces to my wardrobe.

If you didn’t already know, I used to work in the jewelry and watch industry, hence the love for jewelry and colored precious and semi-precious gemstones. There’s so much more to discover than just diamonds isn’t it, so while looking for some jade jewelry recently,  I stumbled upon Gen K – a young local brand ran by two sisters, Gen and Kayde and after one of my trips to their store and scoring one of those lovely kingdom rings they sold in green amethyst no less, I was still very much intrigued and hence spoke to Gen about her brand.

I’m not sure if my readers know this but I have sensitive skin and costume jewelry doesn’t sit well with me hence I can only go for gold or minimally 925 silver [not even 916 silver]. It isn’t that I have expensive tastes lol but I guess I naturally am always drawn to gold ! Yellow gold in fact lol. Back when the Nokia 8850 was the IT thing, i had the gold version hahahaha. I do digress so back to the brand that I discovered recently – Gen K jewelry which largely focuses on jadeite jewelry, as well as some stunning pearl and precious stone pieces.

See the founder of the brand Gen has always been working in the corporate world – specifically in the IT industry before Gen.K Jewelry came about. She’s had worked at places like Hewlett Packard and Apple, and life working in such companies was rewarding for sure but one can imagine the stress too. It was fast pace working environment as told by Gen and then it came to a point where Gen , despite the high remuneration , felt that life is more than just dollar and cents. Health she said – is probably more important than anything else. This I strongly agree, and for similar reasons back in 2010 its why i left the corporate world to setup my own company as well.

I reckon Gen and I have some similarities there lol. There she goes then – taking the leap of faith towards creating Gen K
fleur ring and kingdom ring from Gen K jadeite

These rings and their checker board cut gemstones are love.Gen K bangles with hinge beach road

Did I mention how much I love jade bangles and here – the hinge just makes it easy and comfortable to put on and remove <3 , they also carry a number of beautiful lavender colored jade bangles – oh god a girl can dream.Gen K jade bangles  Gen K ring collection

More rings in a myriad of colours. The wonderful thing about Gen K is everything is customizable! From the gem stone, to the color of the ring, the color of the gold plating  and more.  princess crown rings

Heres’ more on how the two sisters got into jewelry designing:

Gen’s sister, Kayde, who is jewelry certified/trained, suggested that Gen could come up with some jewelry crafted with jade. The two ladies were both chatting along and decided to do some handicraft – namely their Purity Ring : which is a Jade ring coiled with 925 sterling silver to give jade ring a brand new look. That’s really the birth of the brand that set the ball rolling for both of them.

purity rings
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Gen and Kayde were invited by Ck Tangs to display their items at their Orchard brand and with so much excitement, the duo came up with 2 special limited edition Brooch made with unique diamonds – like brown diamonds, ruby etc . Those were 2 very unique limited edition to mark their first venture with Tangs hence especially meaningful.
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The brand started with their craft series – where Gen jazzed jade up with a new look by adding 925 sterling silver on the jade ring. It literally gave jade a brand new face-lift. (It is now our Classic piece). With business growing day by day, they sisters thought it will be good to experiment it with some semi precious gemstones. We first came up with Fleur Design, and the designs eventually grew. Now, we have them in various designs like Princess Crown, Dainty Fairy, Kingdom etc. ALL OF WHICH ARE SOOOO LOVELY!
I’m currently super in love with their ‘mother and child’ ring. A piece Gen designed while pregnant with her first child.  Very delicate and kinda cute isn’t it?17630001_1298936350187291_5291975074800985958_n

A typically day at office sees
Netty, their delightful sales associate assisting Gen to serve our lovely customers. However whenever Gen in the boutique, she will also be there to share my ‘stories’ with the customers. Literally sharing how and why she decided to give jade (which was once stigmatised to be a piece of jewelry worn by our grannies/mummies) a new face-lift . That will allow young ladies like us to own a piece of lovely gem which has been polished with a modern touch. In fact, other than sharing her stories with the customers, she will take these opportunities to listen and get inspirations from customers as well.
Here are some of their beatiful ear studs
Gen shares that they frequently are inspired by nature – things like flowers, lady bugs, dragonflies which holds special meaning behind it. Gen personally loves wearing jewelry that holds some form of positive meaning to it – Eg, (Old wives tales) It was believed that when you see a ladybug, make a wish. And if it flies off, it denotes that it is making its way to get your wish come true.  The same goes for the Dragonfly. 
ladybug pendant Gen K
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Check out this honeycomb design bangle! Stunning!
Like wise, for most of her ring collection or in their recent Infinite Bangle, a closer look will reveal the figure of 8 aka the sign of infinity at the base of the ring or on their pieces. Gen came up with this as it denotes “infinite amount of happiness , peace etc”. It is all about having GOOD vibes wearing her jewelry.
On how to brand creates new pieces, Gen says that they draw/sketch everything and literally anything that comes to mind. The sisters will then select the best among the various design that we have shortlisted. Afterwhich they discuss this over with their super skilled craftsman over a personal meeting. A mould will be created before a final YES, Go ahead. Once approved, viola…. a new design will be produced ( i heard in HongKong) and then shipped back ready to be showcase here. There will also be days where they will have to handpick semi precious gemstones and work on new designs base on its shapes and size. Sounds like a lot of work plus a lot of fun doesn’t it?
Now that mother’s day is approaching:
More on:

Gen.K Jewelry / Kaylene Boutique 
38A Seah Street
Singapore 188394
(2nd Level)

Operating hours: Daily from 1pm to 7.30pm.

Knowing how jade has always been a gemstone with unique properties; bringing zen and promoting calmness. gen.K Jewelry incorporate modern chic to her jewelry pieces. Jade pieces are all hand-picked. Avant-garde concepts and contemporary chic style are added into her jewelry pieces to enable the discerning individual to portray a sense of style and originality. gen.K Jewelry believes that every woman is unique and each of them need to bring out their own individual style.

For enquiries, drop them  a mail at :

Instagram- @gen.k.jewelryTel: 8683 848838A Seah Street (Level 2)
Daily: 1pm – 7.30pm

One-Stop Beauty Wellness Centre by Bella Skin Care and Marie France Bodyline comes to Bishan

Bella Skin Care and Marie France Bodyline can now be found under 1 roof at Bishan Street 13! Bella and Marie france bodyline

Combining the new One-Stop Beauty Wellness Centre by Bella Skin Care and Marie France brings you best in beauty and wellness, this new centre also features a nutritionist corner. The one stop beauty and wellness center is conveniently located at Bishan , just a stone throw away from Junction 8.

Wellness as we all know is never a shortcut, it’s a lifestyle. Marie france, since I’ve been introduced to the brand a few years ago was never a branch that advocated any crash diets nor made empty promises. The brand always always has consultants who are responsible and would recommend you your daily in-take to work hand in hand with their treatments. Never believe a brand that says you can lose weight just with a wonderpill or wonder treatment without relooking or paying attention to your health, meals, etc.

One-Stop Beauty Wellness Centre by Bella Skin Care and Marie France bishan central  One-Stop Beauty Wellness Centre by Bella Skin Care and Marie France

One-Stop Beauty Wellness Centre by Bella Skin Care and Marie France:

Bishan Central, Blk 513 Bishan Street 13, #01-502, S 570513

I shared more on my instagram stories at @aletheajane on – about How Silver Ang toned up with the help of Marie France bodyline. Undergoing iLaser Sculpt – the same way Fann wong lost of post postpartum weight me thinks!

The iLaser boosts 34 lasers, 4 pads attached to your body. Use it on your arms, Braline, love handles, tummy or inner /outer thighs – the red light lasers break down the fats to breakdown into fatty acids which then is passed out by your body. In RED light laser lipolysis –  treatment time is usually 30mins and if used in conjuction with exercise will help give you better results.

There are scientific studies to back this treatment up. venus sculpt laser marie france copy

Another popular treatment is the Venus Freeze Face with his highly effective in increasing skin tautness and reducing lines, I have seen numerous demonstrations on Venus and I can saw its easy to see results from the 1 session! The venus treatment can give you a vshape face and significant lifting via electro magnetic field and radio frequency treatment delivered at a constant temperature that stimulates collagen. results might not however be long live hence multiple treatments are needed or this can be used as a booster to look super good before a special event.

As we age, our body produces less collagen, which leads to lax skin, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and other signs of aging. Venus Freeze™ is a non-invasive anti-aging treatment that works to firm up sagging skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles by using heat to boost collagen production. This helps to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

  • IT’S COMFORTABLE WITH NO DOWNTIME: Treatments are painless mostly, with many patients comparing it to a relaxing hot stone massage. You can return to your daily schedule immediately afterward. Any redness if at all will subside real quick.
  • SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TONES: Treatments use radio frequency technology, which is proven safe and effective for all skin tones. :)
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: Sessions usually last around 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. Most treatment providers will recommend a series of 6-8 treatment sessions done weekly in order to see optimal results.

More on venus at


In fact what I think is perfect and will work in conjunction with your treatments is the new CRUNCH app! Crunch_SocialMedia_Instagram_201702_Download


Crunch is a weight management calorie counting companion for everyday people. I really Iike how it introduces users to this concept of a Crunch Moment. A Crunch Moment is the few seconds of hesitation and tension when you have to make an informed choice in favour of your journey towards healthy living. So it made me realize that deciding to drink say herbal tea instead of a coca cola, Or even when I decided to put less sugar into my cuppa tea every morning. Both scenarios are Crunch Moments – since I chose the less sinful option.

Take for example a Chapati is so much healtier than prata! Crunch_SocialMedia_Instagram_201702_Prata Crunch_SocialMedia_Instagram_201702_WantonMee

And that noodle soup is much healthier than your regularly dry wan tan mee.

The Crunch app is has awesome features. The features Crunch In & Crunch Out allow users to track mtheir calorie input and output with a database of over 4,000 local dishes! Crunch also comes with a social sharing function which enables you to share what’s on your plate with others. What’s more, there are health-oriented food and fitness deals through Crunch for everyone to enjoy.

Download Crunch for free now on:

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Chez Vous Hair Botox + Fillers Therapy

Hair botox is now a thing.

chezvous takashimaya Inspired by aesthetic beauty treatments, Chez Vous’ Hair Botox + Fillers Programme works like Botox and hyaluronic fillers for the skin, which effectively smoothen wrinkles and plump sunken facial contours. This new hair therapy fills up the “holes” in the hair cuticles  with long-lasting reparative hair supplements such as micronized amino lipids, natural jojoba and avocado oils…this almost sounds delicious lol, so coupled with keratin concentrates, together they work to strengthen hair and reduce breakage. Stubborn frizz is then smoothed away with silk protein and ceramide, and the hair is saturated with hyaluronic acids for intensive hydration.

Here’s a snapshot of the process which took about 2-3hours.

The 2 hours consisted of the following:

First my hair is cleansed throughly , after which its accessed and then a blend of thermal activated smooth control concentrate, as well as keratin and pro satin silk protein is applied to my hair to combat frizz, repair damage and promote shine.
Next hair boosters are applied to provide a hydrophobic coat that is locked into my hair using a flat iron to seal in the smoothness, radiance and moisturising oils.

Lastly an injection mask is applied to hydrate hair and keep it soft to touch and lastly a serum is applied to seal and protect from heat.

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This was my hair – on the morning of 8th feb, 11am lol, rather frizzy and unruly and kinda wavy.botox and hair fillers chez vous takashimaya

Frankly  – I didn’t realize how bad it was :( I totally needed this …. my hair looks huge hahaha almost like a lion’s mane -_-. And this was my hair after hair botox

Another lady spotting her hair right after her hair botox and fillers session  – what an amazing sheen and healthy hair she has!good hair day

In addition – Chez Vous has developed its own homecare line – Trilogy Bespoke Boosters (BB), designed to be a complete customizable 30-day hair recovery programme, using miniaturized in-salon treatment grade ingredients, focusing on inner care. 1 Booster application is equivalent to 5 ordinary hair mask usage. [Frankly i think 5 hair masks doesn’t do it justice! it’s equivalent to a salon grade hair treatment i would say!lol]  Each booster is hand-poured and tailored according to individual guest’s hair needs:

  • Soothe & Smooth: for unmanageable, unruly and frizzy hair
  • Enrich & Glow: for color-treated hair
  • Repair & Rescue: for overly processed and damaged hair
  • Feed & Fit: for weak, brittle and stressed hair

You’ll be given a set of three , depending on what your needs are and I can say – after having used it that this beats any hair mask there is on the market. It’s so nourishing that I wished i could use it everyday which obviously will place a dent in my wallet heh.

The hair boosters are to be used once every 10 days, or once every 5 days. I definitely recommend using once every 5 days, like i said if my wallet could handle it i’ll be using it daily hahaha.

Here’s my hair and how it looks 46 days post treatment. That’s almost 7 weeks after my hair botox is done, still not “puffy’ and also significantly neater than how my hair was before the hair botox was done,

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Curious to know how it is done? here’s a part of the whole process, i found it most interesting that an airbrush was used to apply miniaturized goodness to my hair! This inspires me to whip our my own airbrush to do so heh.

Now – on most days – especially while i am in singapore, i just let my hair dry naturally without the need to blow it dry. It doesn’t tangle and i just comb thru my hair with my fingers mostly. I’m happy that the treatment has lasted 7 weeks so far and I look forward to seeing if it lives up to the 90day mark! :)

I’ve also became my diligent in masking my hair daily, here’s to #Betterhairdays

Didn’t think you’ll see a syringe of hyaluronic acid in a hair salon? Think again ! hahahyaluronic acid for hair flat iron chez vous flat iron to seal2017-02-08 12.57.52

The treatment on its own without the aftercare cost between $375 to $505 however Chez Vous has a great programme that includes:

  • 1 Hair Botox + FIllers Treatment
  • 1 Express Revitalizing Supreme treatment
  • 1 Goldwell Control Shampoo,
  • 1 Goldwell Control or Reconstruct Treatment,
  • 1 Goldwell Control Smoothing Fluid and
  • 1 Chez Vous Trilogy Bespoke Boosters Set [or 2 sets if you have really long hair]

Get the Express Revitalizing Supreme done within 1 month of Hair Botox + Fillers treatment to lengthen the lifespan of your hair botox. The entire programme is priced is at $599 and up.

Note: Want to colour your hair – well do it before the Hair Botox + Fillers session for optimal results so the treatment doesn’t ‘leak’ from your hair if you were to dye it.

As many of you might know, Chez Vous has been my go to Salon for over a year and I strongly recommend you to try them out,

P.s Enjoy 25% off when you make a reservation through this link from now to 31st May 2017,with code #RefByAlethea05 when you book your appointment.

Here’s to better hair days

391 Orchard Road
#05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium
Singapore 238872

Tel: 6732 9388


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Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri: 1100 – 2030

Sat: 1030 – 1800

Sun: 1100 – 1800