[Review] The Benefits Of Bust & Womb Care Massage At Chrysalis Spa


I am no stranger to massages but getting a Bust Lymphatic Drainage & Tummy Anti-Wind Relief Therapy (Womb Care) massage was a first for me. I arrived at the Chrysalis Spa at Ang Mo Kio Hub level 3, one of the 5 outlets which they have islandwide. And I was warmly greeted by the spa manager who served me some red dates tea promptly after I settled down. I had initially thought of getting a full body massage but decided on the Bust Lymphatic Drainage & Tummy Anti-Wind Relief Therapy (Womb Care) massage eventually because I had not tried anything like this before and I was looking forward to see what benefits I could reap from it.


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Méthode Jeanne Piaubert Slimface Lymphatic Drainage Treatment

Nestled in a bustling city area, is a cosy spa place that offers cutting-edge technology fused with high quality skincare along with skillfully trained therapists that give your skin and body the pampering which you truly deserve. Decked in sophisticated decor that showcase elements of the rich french culture with a modern twist, this place makes you feel like royalty. TaraBliss Spa has been around for more than a decade, having garnered a loyal following of customers for their body massages and skin treatments.


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My Short Getaway!

Over the weekend, I took a short getaway to Batam with the hubs. It was quite impromptu & booked late Dec. Anyway, I guess it could be sort of like an advance birthday celebration since it’s just round the corner. I’d booked a hotel at Harris Waterfront for around S$70+ but silly me went to book ferry tickets to Batam Centre terminal instead of the Waterfront terminal. It made no sense to have to travel another 30mins from Batam centre ferry terminal to the Waterfront hotel. So I had to waste an additional S$50+ more to cancel the Waterfront hotel and book the one at Harris Batam Centre instead.


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[Review] Facial & Massage at Passage New York

Nestled in the bustling Central Business District area is a spa boutique called Passage New York. A perfect haven for office workers in the area to come by for a quick lunch time treat or to simply unwind after work with an indulging spa session.


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Help For Mummies Who Want To Get Back In Shape

Congratulations, you are now a mother to a beautiful baby. You check out your reflection in the mirror and is rudely shocked by what you see. Many women expect to magically shrink back into their pre-pregnancy size soon after delivery. Blame those celebrity new mums for strutting around in their bikini-ready bodies.

But unfortunately for most of us, things are not that simple. So now, all you see peering back at you are a bulging tummy that still looks five months pregnant. The flabby skin hanging out in areas of your body which you have never seen before. And as if to add injury to insult, cellulite marks adorn your stomach, butt and thighs. Oh the horrors!


Being able to get back in shape is what most women worry about. Even for myself, staying in shape is a tough call given that I am so busy juggling family life, work and the baby. I must admit that the last time I did any exercise was prenatal yoga (if you even consider that exercise). All of my time has been devoted to nurturing baby Asher. And I do not exactly watch what I eat, couple that with no exercise at all, it is no surprise that I have developed a small tummy. Furthermore, if you are a new mother, your doctor would warn you against subjecting your body to vigorous exercise. So this is where The Body Firm comes in to help mothers like you & me.


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[Review] Prenatal Massage at Knead Holland Village

So recently, I have been experiencing quite a bit of aches due to all the shopping for the little one. And I decided to just give Knead a shot for my first prenatal massage. My therapist was Doris and according to the receptionist, an experienced lady with prenatal massages.

Anyway, this is my first visit to Knead, as well as my first prenatal massage. I’ve long wanted to get a massage because of all the aches I had been getting. Pre-natal massage relieves muscle aches on the back, neck, shoulders, and abdomen, it can also significantly reduce anxiety and stress. It also helps to reduce water retention especially for mommies in the third trimester.

Knead does not have individual rooms for the massages but curtains which separates you from the other patron. The room which I was in had three beds in there, I was a little disappointed initially. However, my session went on without much disturbance because the other patron & her therapist in the same room were pretty quiet. Some places have individual rooms but you still can hear the conversation going on and it can mess up with your relaxation.

The massage started off with a foot massage, followed by the arm massage. My therapist mentioned that the foot rub would mean a good night’s sleep later on. After the arm massage, Doris proceeded to give me a shoulder and neck massage. I have very knotty and tensed neck muscles due to facing a computer most of the time. She also gave me a facial massage before proceeding to doing my back. So it was a whole full body massage which I had received, toes, feet, thighs, arms, hands, shoulders, neck and back. Just no massage on the tummy obviously and the boobs.

All these for 90 minutes at S$100 nett. It’s really worth it and affordable. I also slept well that night cause usually I have trouble sleeping at night ever since my tummy grew. My body no longer ached after the massage session and I definitely felt more relaxed. You could also opt for the 60 minutes at S$70.

Knead HV is located conveniently in Holland Village, just opposite Wala Wala. Not many places offer pre-natal massages, but there are a few in Holland Village which I’ve just found out. For example, you can check out QiMantra and Afond Spa too.

2012 DIY Beauty Routine: How I prepared for my 1st day of work

Blessed with a public holiday on the much dreaded Monday, I had so much time on my hands I didn’t know what to do. Till it hit me, I should do a little DIY ‘spa’ preparation for the 1st work day of 2012. Not that I was looking forward to the end of a long weekend but at least, I could indulge in some self-pampering.

First & foremost, I indulged in a DIY Scrub + massage using the Aqua Rine Aroma Bath Sea Salt.

A scrub helps in exfoliating and ridding the dead skin cells which causes dry skin; something I’d noticed on my lower legs. Furthermore, the scrub would also help with removing ingrown hairs, this comes in handy for those who shave/wax/epilate. After the indulging scrub, you get skin so soft and baby smooth, you would just wanna roll around on your bed bare naked.

For those who prefer the convenience of hair removal at home, you may try an epilator. This handheld gadget is like a bunch of tweezers that pluck out hair as you maneuver it over your skin. With all ingrown hair loosen by the scrub, this is a perfect opportunity for some maintenance.

Check out the latest ones from Philips, they do come in really pretty designs and are affordably tagged below S$200.

Once you are done, soothe the skin with some ice pack if necessary. Else it times to lather up with body butter. I chose the rich Martha Tilaar Dewi Sri body butter in Citrus Paradisi.

The rich, creamy body butter feels luxurious on the skin and is great for those of you who sleep in air-conditioned rooms. The sweet citrus scent is also pleasant and light on the nose.

Following that, I pampered my feet with this Tony Moly Shiny Foot Peeling Liquid. I guess it works the same as the Baby Foot Easy Pack which softens the dead skin on the back of your feet and causes them to peel so that you would get soft, baby smooth feet.

I can’t wait to try it out and post the review soon, so do stay tuned. I’ll tuck in bed later on tonight with the Laneige Multiberry Sleeping Pack for perky, hydrated skin when I wake up. :)

Another rant on Bella Luna’s Spa Service

Sometime back I had blogged about my experience at Bella Luna’s Spa and it didn’t receive a good review. The manager was unhappy with my blog entry and instead of finding out why I was a dissatisfied customer, she tried to force me to remove my blog entry. You can check out my blog review HERE and also read about the ridiculous email exchanges I had with their manager HERE.

I had urged readers to share their experience and some did too in the comments section of my blog review HERE. And recently, I had received an email from another dissatisfied customer who had given me the permission to republish her experience here.


Hi Ashlene

How I wish I could chance upon your website earlier. Too bad I went to BellaLuna and got a massage from hell. Here is my story to share..

Bellaluna vivocity

Bought a voucher from groupon on  “$23 for 60 min Botanical Fusion Oil Full Body Massage with Back Scrub at Bella Luna (Worth $180)”

I was late. My apologies. The minute I stepped in, I felt that the place is quite quiet. The receptionist Iris attended to me. I am not a person who frequents massages but I do know how to differentiate a good massage parlor or a slipshod one. I had been to the Thai odyssey, massage hut and the latest one from Spa Elements at The Cathay.
She poured me a cup of warm (I expected green tea) water. She asked me to fill up the form, which is not as detailed as Spa Element. They did not ask whether which part of the back should they pay attention to or where my back is aching. When you go to the massage parlor, you are expected to be relaxed. I was asked about my tattoos. I felt that it’s inappropriate. And she went on asking where’s my workplace, how’s the crowd, what are the favorite designs, why I chose this line, bla bla bla.. It’s my off day and I’m talking abt work. That’s a minus point.

Proceeding to the masseuse, she led me to the room to get ready my massage. I had the paper undies and shower cap on and on the bed getting ready. Then I heard the drilling works next door. Damned. As I came in, all the five rooms were empty except for one. Why was I on the very last room where it’s closest to the renovation works? Another minus point.
The masseuse apologized on the renovation going on and went on starting massaging on my feet up. It was not too bad. When it came to my back, her sequence were off. It was suppose to be section by section. She rolled up my spine and started on the neck and shoulders. She went down to my lower back and then up my neck and shoulders again. I guessed she had used up all her mediocre skills and decided to use her hands to run a big X on my back. This is the first time i encountered this stance. I also suspected she had corn on her finger as I felt it scratching on my back. Minus point.

So, it’s time to turn to the front massage. Again she started on the feet which is good. Then she did the stomach. I always believe the massage should be one way, clockwise or anti clockwise. There should be a procedure to it. So she massaged my stomach, clockwise and then anti clockwise. ??? Another first. Then the chest. Nothing much.. Then came the head. As I was wearing the PLASTIC showercap, when she massage my head with the cap on, the rustling of the plastic was bloody annoying. She was at it for 10 mins. Maybe she was a shampoo girl previously. So I tot finally it was over, she went to my chest again, not kneading but putting pressure from her palms.
And off she went to take the scrub. So I tot it will be lying on my front again to get a good scrub, finally. Turns out I have to sit up. Again ??? She put the scrub on my back and began rubbing, for like 5 mins? I tot it’s suppose to be 15mins? Fine. The masseuse then asked me to use the portable shower to clean myself up when she was done. So that’s it. I cleaned myself and went out. Sorry, no tips for the masseuse because I dun think she did a good job, compared to Spa Elements. I did gave the masseuse a tip at Spa Elements.

So I was in the cubicle, waiting for Iris to tell me her packages, she asked me how was the massage, I said it was ok. No point telling her so much, the massage was over anyway. She then proceed to recommend me a promotion only for that day at $50 for an hour massage. I told her I wanted to try other parlors before deciding and she insisted me to get a five hour package first that would cost $250. Why would I want to get a $250 package when I dun even enjoy the massage and was hounded abt my job when I first step in? I will not even get it even if it’s free. It’s not how cheap it is cos I know even if I were to get a package, it will be with spa elements. Of cos, it will be way more expensive than Bellaluna. If the service is good, I enjoy my quiet time and a good massage, why not?

I told her no, I wouldn’t want to commit myself at this time. She finally let it go and as we went out of the cubicle, she told me not to buy the voucher again as it is for one time trial only. How rude can she be? She thinks I can’t read the terms and conditions? Or just because I did not buy the package from her? But then again, there won’t be a next time for sure.
The massage experience from hell.

Verdict: 0.5 / 5
0.5 for the cup of ginger tea after the massage.

Cheers & Thanks.


I guess I need not say more.

By the way, can someone teach me how to perform a print screen using Mac?

All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl

Lately, it has been a routine of work, eat, sleep and then all over again the next day. I have been so busy with my new pad that I even had to skip quite a number of beauty events.

And now, I’m getting really lethargic daily and I was just wondering what could I do to perk myself up?

So here’s a list of stuff I thought of randomly…

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[REVIEW] Lava Stones Detox and Relaxing Massage at One Beauty Spa

Thanks to Sample Store One Beauty Spa , I was treated to a lovely Hot Lava Stone Massage at the One Beauty Spa premises down at Liang Seah Street. 


A little introduction on One Beauty Spa

One Beauty Spa was started with a passion of providing premier yet affordable luxury spa services.

We strive to leave a beautiful and lasting experience for our customers. Each will be treated accordingly to the individual’s unique need for overall well-being, relaxation and rejuvenation. Our mission is to combine our experience with the most advanced products, training and technologies in skin care to provide our customers with a lasting, positive glow on their mental and physical being. We specialise in all skin conditions and problems.”

Located conveniently near Bugis MRT, it was a short walk from Bugis Junction down to 14 Liang Seah Street where this little spa hideout is at. Upon arrival, I was greeted by their friendly staff and given some hot Jasmine tea to relax with before my massage. 

One Beauty Spa has a simplistic & pleasant decor that gives me a soothing & welcoming feel as I stepped into it.
They also had this wonderful aromatherapy scent that soothes and calms one down.


My choice of pampering treat was the Lava Stones Detox and Relaxing Massage:

“Lava Stone Detox and Relaxing Massage (45mins)
Feel tension and tightness melt away as skilful hands relieve you of your muscular aches and pains. Real Lava stones from the most active volcano near Italy, are also used to aid detoxification and to absorb the body’s negative energy resulting in improved blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.”


The consultation room and counter are located downstairs while there is 2 levels of treatment rooms above.
Before I proceeded up the stairs, I got to change into slippers which were relatively brand new.
However, I would still prefer disposable slippers like the ones hotels provide.
But still, no issues with this as the ones I got were pretty new & most importantly, clean.

Next, I was brought to my treatment room which was a little small, however, it did not bother me much as I am not claustrophobic. However, one drawback of their rooms was that some shared the air-conditioning facility as another room, hence, there was an opening near the ceiling. And I happened to be allocated to one such treatment room, this meant that I could hear what was going on in the other room. And unfortunately for me, it was occupied with a rather chatty customer & therapist.

However, the relaxing music and dimly-lit room soon managed to distract me off their conversation. And as the masseur worked her magic on me, I was almost off to la-la land. Just when I was about to fall into deep slumber, I was told the massage was completed. Awww…so sad that my indulging treat has come to an end. My masseur was a very polite and considerate lady who constantly asked if the strength used was just right for me or if the lava stones were too hot.

What I thought of it?

Environment: 4/5 Place looks spacious, clean and welcoming.
Facilities: 3/5 Not bad, however, the chattering from the next room was disturbing. This is due to the hole in the wall caused by the shared air-conditioning unit.
Treatment: 3.5/5 – Therapist was not bad, she talked only when required so that I could relax. Her massage was firm.

Value for money: 5/5

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I learnt that there was a difference between hot stone massages & lava stone massages.
To me, stones are stones and these 2 different types of stones do look alike. However, the lava stone used at One Beauty Spa are specially imported from the volcanic regions of Italy and they have minerals embedded within that are helpful in detoxifying the body and improving one’s blood circulation. However, results would only be more obvious if one were to experience this massage over the long run.

Usual price for this treatment is S$128.00. However, if you’re keen to try it out, first trial for this treatment is now available at SPECIAL PRICE of S$28.80, with optional S$8.80 each for any of the following items:  Organic Essential Oils, Detox Back Scrub, Hand Paraffin, Foot Paraffin!

One Beauty Spa also offers a full range of pampering services using the latest and the most advanced equipment, targeted at showing results and providing a personal and lasting experience.

Radiance and Glow: RF Face Lift, IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Wide range of maintenance and therapeutics
Facials, Eye / Neck / Back Treatments.
Slimming, Cellulite Treatments, Firming and Toning: Radio Frequency Slimming, Cellulite Treatment and
Toning for Body, Bust Lifting and Firming.
Body Rejuvenation: Body Scrubs / Polish, Body Massages, Lava Stone Body Treatment, Hand / Foot
Reflexology, Body Wraps, Parafango.
Complete Beauty: Paraffin, Manicure & Pedicure, Waxing, IPL Permanent Hair Reduction.
For their full menu, please visit: One Beauty Spa 


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