Coach buys over Kate Spade for US$2.4 Billion


When news of Kate Spade starting to close its Saturday stores in Singapore hit, I thought that the designer label was in troubled waters. Never mind that they said it was a move to concentrate more on their Kate Spade New York brand. But I guess things are looking better for them after Coach, another designer handbag maker, said it would buy Kate Spade & Co for a whooping $2.4 billion (S$3.4 billion).


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Splash Park Playground at Sembawang Shopping Centre


We have been to the Sembawang Shopping Centre playground several times but today we decided to try out the splash park instead. The splash park is in operation on weekdays from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm. While on the weekends, it is in operation during 11 am to 8 pm. We went on a weekday afternoon and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves :)

Sembawang Shopping Centre Splash Park

The splash park is packed with these water play equipment that features different water movements such as flowing, misting, and jetting.

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Yishun Safra’s Pirate Themed Pool For Kids


Safra Yishun unveiled a pirate themed kids’ pool recently. It has added a nice touch to the previously bare swimming pool. The play area however is rather small but I doubt that the kids would mind at all.

Yishun Safra Children Swimming Pool

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We Went To Art-Zoo!


My son is a big fan of bouncy castles so when I spotted this event online, I wasted no time in buying the tickets way before the launch. Thanks to Passion card, we managed to get 20% off which was cheaper than the group discount too. So the countdown begun and finally it was our excursion day! We were blessed with great weather today and had so much fun under the sun.

Art Zoo 2017 Singapore

Art-Zoo Inflatable Park, a ticketed festival hub under i Light Marina Bay 2017, is a culmination of an experiential inflatable playground and art installation in the setting of a zoological garden. From plants, animals, to ecosystems, Art-Zoo is a fun and immersive world that explores nature through the perspective of art, creating an imaginative landscape that explores alphabets and animals. Art-Zoo stirs up wonder and curiosity in all of us through a very visual and interactive adventure. (Introduction taken from the website)

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#NoMakeUp #NoFilter Like It Is A Bad Thing To Wear Makeup?


Today I am going to write about a topic that has been bugging me for quite sometime; women acting like makeup or even filtering your pictures is such a bad thing. Like it makes you any less beautiful or adequate just because you choose not to go around bare-faced. Now, if you are perfectly fine being au naturale like Alicia Keys, then by all means go ahead. Alicia Keys did also state that her wanting to be makeup-free does not mean that she is anti-makeup. She is not saying that wearing makeup is bad. She is not implying that women who choose to do so, do that to make up for their low self-esteem or whatever other issues you think they have. Alicia Keys just feels better being makeup free and it is her choice. Why should we be persecuting others who choose not to go makeup free?

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Today happens to be International Women’s Day, where we celebrate women, their strength, unity and sisterhood. You would expect women to be more supportive of one another but yet ironically, women also tend to be harsh critics of each other. I won’t be surprised if any female on my Facebook list had actually rolled their eyes at my photos such as the one above and bitched about how much makeup I had on or how heavily filtered the picture is, not that I care.

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My Latest Hobby – Crystals


I was first introduced to crystals by a friend and yes, I have seen them around shops. I recall that my dad has an amethyst geode at home. From my limited knowledge of crystals, I used to think of crystal usage in primarily Feng Shui functions. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. Likewise, many New Age practitioners also use crystals for similar functions as Feng Shui practitioners.

There are two types of crystal collectors, the ones that keep them for their beauty and use them as decorative purposes. And there are the ones who believe that crystals have healing properties and use them in their various mediation or healing processes.

Crystals are thought to possess different levels of energy and have a vibration which can be measured, and according to the level of the vibration can be effective healers of individual chakras. The Sanskrit word Chakra literally Translate to wheel or disk. It is believed that the human body has seven centres of spiritual power,of which these are referred to as the chakra. I could go on more about this but let’s keep things simple and talk about my crystals first.

Crystal healing is an ancient art that dates back many years and I understand that there are studies claiming crystal healing to be pseudoscience. Some believe that it is just a placebo effect that people who had positive encounters with crystal healing. Personally, I would suggest going with your intuition. If you think that crystals are just a bunch of hogwash then it would remain what it is and never work for you. But if you have an open mind when it comes to crystals, then you might be surprised at what you would discover and experience.


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The 5 Languages of Love… What is yours?


I was going through old emails when I chanced upon one displaying results from an interesting quiz which I had taken. It was the Love Language quiz by Dr Gary Chapman. According to his theory, there are these five main love languages in which we express and experience love and that each person has one primary and one secondary love language. Dr Chapman suggests that to discover another person’s love language, one must observe the way they express love to others, and analyze what they complain about most often and what they request from their significant other most often. He theorizes that people tend to naturally give love in the way that they prefer to receive love.
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A Shift In Perspective


Just months back, I was in such a low state that you could feel my negative vibes just miles away. It got so bad that there were occasions where I would just break down whenever I spoke to a close friend about the issues I was facing. This has never happened to me before! I guess there is a first time for everything. Fortunately, I am in a better state of mind now.

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However, looking back, things were pretty ugly then and a concerned friend warned me, that if I did not snap out of it, I would hit rock bottom. And should I hit rock bottom, it was going to be much more tougher to get out of that sinking hole. She advised that I should stop all the negativity and get out of the pit while I can. One of the first steps I had to take was to change my perspective. Continue reading

Day 1 As A Stay Home Mummy Again


Home-maker and stay home mother are just a better term for my current jobless status. It is officially Day 1 of my freedom and I am totally enjoying it. This could not have come at a better timing, with the Lunar new year just right round the corner, for once, I am starting to soak up the festive cheer.

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