Weekly life update: 12th to 18th February 2018 – 10th year anniversary, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year!

Welcome to my CNY week. 😀

We are also heading to Seoul on Monday so remember to follow me on IG at claireaudreylim to see where I go via IGstories.

I am finally going to Korea hahahhaha. Cant wait to ski! I also got my first timberland boots and it costs me $299, so expensive! The sales associate asked if I want to get a protective spray for my boots, I think it costs around $25-$29. Lucky I never, because Simon managed to get a cheaper spray for me from Kim Able.

So here you go for this week’s updates. 🙂

Monday.

Work day. Nothing much happened. Was pretty distracted cos holiday feel damn strong.

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Had yong tau foo for lunch. No noodles nor rice.

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My craving kicks in again. I think I’m pmsing again zzz. Decided to try the guan yin cheese tea from Liho and I really don’t like it. This made me miss the cheese tea from Partea!!

Today I went home in the evening to find some stuffs and my ahma stared at me when I told her where Im going hahaha. Well whats new right.

I took grab and the return trip cost me 20 bucks. Money fly away again. T.T

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I snacked on love letters when I was at Ahma’s house. I thought this was nice but she don’t think so. Initially I wanted to buy the slim love letters from Olive Bakery but I was late so nothing for me. All sold out already. :/

TODAY IS ALSO OUR 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY! 

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My husband is sick and his eyes is suffering from some condition, I shall wait for his checkup before sharing with you all. 

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Amazing isn’t it. 10 years already. <3 Thank you Simone for loving and taking care of me. 😀

I also wanna thank you all for your wishes, I know some of you have been following me since I was 20 years old, that was WHAT? 8 years ago? Super thankful. 🙂 

We didn’t go out for fancy dinner or whatever. Just stay home and spend time together. 

Tuesday 

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Had porridge for lunch today. I love to eat porridge with chopsticks. Am I weird?

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I was on half day morning leave today and in the afternoon we talked in the office. So we were just talking about our younger times and I shared about how crazy I was into dieting last time. I went to dig out my old photo and thought I was so skinny back then. Limiting myself to 500-800 calories a day, and only eating vegetables. My senior said I should thank god that I am still alive now. 

I thank god everyday for giving what I have now. You have no idea how thankful I am actually. 

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For dinner I had caifan, and I went to buy chilli cuttlefish from Sheng Shiong. wahhaha it was so crispy and shiok lor. I finish the whole packet myself.

Later that night, I went to take photos of the following products. The red cleansing pad is damn good I tell you. You should try it! IMG_5274

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And my daily reminder today. 

Wednesday. Is it Valentine’s Day today? 

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I am on time off today. Going to leave office at 430pm. Not to celebrate valentine’s day but to remove my fake eyelashes and to change money at Raffles Place.

I don’t suit extensions because I have really itchy hands.

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In the morning one of my followers tag me on instagram. OMG she finally received my present. She is one of my supporters from Philippines. She is really supportive and cute!!

I sent her a small christmas gift and it took 2 months to reach her. omg singpost. I am so glad she liked the present. 🙂

I am really thankful that you guys are so supportive. And I really like to talk to you all. <3 IMG_5281

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For lunch I had fish soup from this usual stall at Whampoa Market. I like the soup alot. 

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I told Simon I would like to have a meat bouquet next valentine’s day. A DIY one because if you don’t make yourself you have to pay $60 to $70 to ask other people make for you.

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This bouquet also not bad lah. Got wings and waffle! 

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Guess what? We didn’t plan anything for valentine’s day because we were so busy recently. But I suddenly got the feel to eat out.

I called Prive in the afternoon and almost booked us at Empress. Only after I go and research what is Empress then I know it’s actually chinese food. LOL. I nearly faint please.

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Anyway I cancelled the reservation and we randomly just walked into Brotzeit that evening. IMG_5313

I’ve been wanting to try their pork knuckle since forever and I’m glad we finally tried it!

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And yes I am a timberland member now. 

The skin and meat really damn shiok!!! Toothache also worth it man.

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That night I finally shared about the Halfmoon eyes pink fruity wash off pack with you guys. Go and read my review on my instagram. I seriously love this alot!

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And here’s the present!! Actually we are not supposed to buy anything but he surprised me again! I love this practical present. I think it is about $176 at Sephora?? I would have bought it last year without thinking but this year after having a financial advisor, I am controlling alot now. I can spend la actually but the more money you have the better right??

Simon knows I wouldn’t get it so he got it for me. 🙂 Me loves chloe!

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And thank you b for the baby breath. 😀 

Thursday 

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Yay to half day and CNY reunion dinner! Simon suggested to eat out this year and we went to Soup restaurant for dinner! For 10 pax it was $700+. Expensive hor?

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And let me share my secret to longer lashes! I use the mascara from the face shop and essence to create these lashes. It’s my own lashes okay. Damn happy!

Come follow me on instagram: @claireaudreylim. I share alot of crap on my IG stories too! IMG_5342

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Me love braised peanuts!IMG_5347

Yay lohei time! Look how cute christabel is! IMG_5351

Rice!

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The samsui chicken! My favourite!IMG_5354

Pen Cai! Check those abalone out!IMG_5355

Vegetables!

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Cordycep chicken soup?? IMG_5357

Fish!

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next we went to ahma house. My face looks sad because… toothache… IMG_5365

Soup restaurant gave us 2 fish nian gao and we brought one of them to Ahma’s place. IMG_5367

2nd reunion dinner! Super full i tell you and fat!IMG_5368

Sukiyaki sia.. 

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and my ahma’s famous la si ni chilli. 

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Ootd for today! Dress is from thestagewalk. I’m kinda obsessed with their dresses lately. You must be thinking why I post lesser ootds on instagram now. I’m into makeup and skincare this year!

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Earlier on selfie. ^^v

Friday 

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Had blueberries for breakfast. Nothing to eat in the morning!

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Here’s my makeup for the day! 

Supposed to go in laws place in the morning but we woke up late so we spent the whole day at ahma’s house. 

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Late breakfast at toast box. The floss toast and eggs so damn shiok!

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And here’s my Cny day 1 ootd at northpoint city hahaha. So romantic hor the lights. 

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I told Simon if I work at yishun polyclinic sure very convenient. Near ahma’s and our house.

Saturday. 

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Need to chiong to in laws’ house so I had no time to apply makeup.. faint.. 

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The drumlets and hawaiian pizza are good! 

then our friends came over to our place for gambling session in the evening! I won about $100+ last year and they are determined to ‘kill’ me this year.

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William Chua is a bartender from Hawaii. LOL!!! 

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He mixed Ribena and Gin??

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We had kuek lapis and bak kwas too! Thank you fragrance for the bak kwas! hehe. 

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Actually I hate alcohol. I prefer asahi or tiger radler beer. I like the lemon flavour one. I haven’t tried the ginger and lime flavour but they said not very nice leh..

And if you’re wondering.. Actually I won $78 this year hahaha. Damn funny lor. Hanwen, Kiangmeng and William place their bets with me so they could earn money also. And I told them I only open 2 slots. HAHAHA.

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from my igstory: claireaudreylim 

Oh ya I also want to complain about comfort. I booked a cab using comfort delgro app yesterday from my house to Hougang. When I received the call from the operator I was already in the lift. When I reached the first level, I got another call telling me the driver has left. WALAO U KNOW I EVEN CALL THE DRIVER AND HE REFUSED TO PICK UP MY CALL. I am so angry lor. I always support comfort delgro so I am really disappointed. -_- 

But the fare is good la. During peak hours grab fares always shoot up but comfort is always consistent. sigh.. 

Sunday 

Nothing much. Edit videos, work and blog. That’s pretty much my sunday. 🙂
Crossing my fingers, hope to hear some good news when I’m back next Sunday. 

Till next week. 🙂
@claireaudreylim 

Claire and Simon heading to Seoul – 19 to 24th February 2018!

Yay guys!! Finally we are going to Seoul!!! We booked a one day tour to Elysian Ski Resort too and are going to shop and eat alot hehe.

It is my first time to Seoul and I hope I will like it!

Do remember to follow me on instagram – claireaudreylim and watch my IG stories to see where we go!

@claireaudreylim

Video: The Face Shop new Flat velvet and glossy lipsticks!

IMG_4971Faceshop sent me their new flat velvet and glossy lipsticks for review and I had so much fun playing with these colours.

There are a total of 12 lippies! 6 velvet and 6 glossy. You know I am the velvet matte kind of person but well I wouldnt mind trying glossy too! I used to love glossy but now I just prefer matte even though they are drier.

Watch my video to see the colours clearly!

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They are lightweight hence easy to carry around. Only problem? Easy for me to misplace them too cos they looked too much like a pen.

Velvet:

BE01 Solar Beige

PK01 Rose Pink

PK02 Be my pink

RD01 London Red

RD02 Darjeeling Red

RD03 Cassis Red

Glossy

OR01 Punch Orange

CR01 Gemstone Coral

PK01 Lily Pink

PK02 ROCOCO pink

RD01 New York Red

RD02 Berry Up red

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I’m so sorry because I totally forgot which photo belongs to which shade. But I think for actual colour, you should go to my instagram: claireaudreylim or play the video to watch it. 🙂

You dont need to have fuller looking lips by doing fillers or surgery already! You can achieve the same results by drawing on your lips!

@claireaudreylim

Weekly life update: 5th to 11th February 2018 (CNY goodies, mould at home, beauty products)

I had alot of fun updating my dayre these days, because it was easier, more personal and ‘private’. I don’t need to tell people who I am, I don’t need to work on my english, I don’t need to edit my photos and I don’t need to worry what other people think about what I said. I could tell the whole world I 流口水 while sleeping and nobody would care.

I can just talk to anybody and no one needs to know who I am, if I am a blogger or an influencer or whatever shitname this industry has for us now.

I felt really free at Dayre and I wonder why I feel so uncomfortable with my blog recently. I miss those days where I can just talk shit and rant here without being professional.

So after some thoughts yesterday I decided to update more here. I will blog more on my life, random things and what I do on a daily basis. Due to my hectic schedule it is really hard to update everyday so for now I will provide a weekly update instead to share with you what I have been doing and up to.

Recently I am also working on something new and there are also some decisions I need to make by June.

This is going to be like my personal diary. It might be boring on some weeks but I don’t care. I need a space to help me record all the small little details that are happening in my life.

So ya, here you go. My first update for the week. 🙂

Monday:

As usual I went to work. For lunch I had chicken chop. I wanted to eat from the same stall but they did not open. So I ordered from another stall, the stall is call something Sim Lim one. Usually I have my lunch at either whampoa big or small market and some of the other coffee shops along the neighbourhood. Alot of choices but as usual after 3 months Im bored already., totally have no idea what to eat now. The most sian thing is what you know? No salad!!! I feel so fat after working here even though I didnt gain any weight.

So ya back to my chicken chop it was okay only, chicken was too salty. $5.50. Not too bad.

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During lunch we talked about valentine’s day, shopping for chinese new year and all sorts of lame things.

That evening, I asked Simon to help me collect my pants from refash. I like refash but it’s very troublesome. I bought a few pieces from them and I had to go down several times to collect because once the clothes are ready I had to collect them within 4days. And they are not ready at the same time one leh..

Anyway I had a similar white size S pants from theclosetlover but I sold it away cos white gets dirty easily hence I bought a 2nd hand blue one and thought maybe I should try size M since the S was a little tight on the hips and loose on the waist.

I tried on the pants and got disappointed because it was too loose sigh..

http://www.theclosetlover.com/product/clothing/bottoms/pants/celedia-pants-in-dusty-pink

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I have the above pants in Navy colour. If you are interested. Email me at dreylim1@gmail.com or dm me at instagram: claireaudreylim.

I also brought home the kueh lapis I brought from this shop call – Authentic Baker’s Centre from Indonesia.

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They came to my office and I ordered one for my family. Its big and only $38!! Bengawan solo already sell $60plus lor. The taste also quite good just that cannot be compared to bengawan solo la haha.

After we had our dinner (don’t remember what I ate already) I went to work on my campaigns.

Some blogger friends of mine have been asking why they don’t see me at events or food tasting anymore. Other than just wanting to rest, I have to work. Morning my normal work evening time my ‘influencer’ work. God I really hate this term. And also for many other reasons lah maybe soon I will be able to share with you. 🙂

Tuesday:

Another super busy day.

I had this really strong cravings for pineapple tarts and so far we havent buy any goodies yet. So I went to compassone and almost got pineapple tarts from Tosuta and Bakery Cuisine but suddenly felt bad because I have always been a huge supporter of Olive Bakery.

But anyway Bakery Cuisine’s tarts were a little too sweet. 

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Tosuta’s salted egg potato chips were really good though! And their pineapple tarts got so many different flavours. 

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In the end…. I went to Olive and got one yuan yang love letters and pineapple tarts. Do you remember the salted egg pineapple tarts I tried last year? Yah same shop.

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And then they also made this super cute rice bucket cake. omg. This is the last one already because all sold out!

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Next I went to open letter box and I was so happy to see my package! I bought one dress from carousell and I really like that piece!

However I was disappointed again because there were marks and tears on the dress. Sigh. Not good not good. I talked to the seller and she was nice enough to refund me. Thank god I don’t need to face another carousell fight.

Then I worked on my campaign again. Ya my life.

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Also saw this hello kitty sneakers from Puma. So cute but too kiddy for me la..

Then that night I posted these phone cases on instagram.

It’s really pretty and they are made from real dried flowers. Check this link out if you are interested: https://www.foxideashop.com/?product_cat=mobile

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By the way in case you all are wondering hor, I always do background checks on what I will be advertising before I accept it. Most of the time I accept because I really want to try the products.

Wednesday

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A selfie finally because I havent posted any since my eyelash extensions. I had mine done at skinlashsg and Debbie was such a nice and sweet girl. I really like her alot.

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If you quote my name you will enjoy 20% discount! Go check her out at @skinlashsg on instagram.

Today I had laksa yongtaufoo for lunch. And then I felt bloated for the rest of the day.

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For dinner I had stuff’d. Forever the same chicken kebab.

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And I always look forward to the quotes.

Tonight I don’t need to work on anything and so I watch Netflix. I am finishing drop dead diva already so now I am on Jane the virgin. I stop watching pretty little liars and riverdale because they are too intense.

I had the time to blog today but I just didnt want to ‘work’ again.

Thursday.

I finally set up the thing. Bye USD400.

I was also on MC and I went somewhere then to my usual Olive tree clinic. I really cannot tahan the doctor but its cheap! It was only 20 or 20plus dollars, no wonder so many people go to him. LOL If you know where and who I’m talking about Im sure you can relate.

Then I had dinner at Renjong with Simon. I was distracted because I had alot of things going in my head. Simon was sick and hence he was quite quiet too. I was also worried for his eyes because it had been so red for weeks already.

He went to see doctor for his eyes finally and the GP suspected it might be Pterygium so the doctor referred him to Eye centre. Haiz hope his eyes are okay.

Friday.

Was obviously distracted because the previous day I got ‘slapped’ by someone. I swear my brain was going to explode already but Simon asked me not to think so much. I asked if he would support my decision and he said he will. But I would have to wait for the next intake which is next year 🙁

Anyway tonight is also the day Im having dinner with WP, J and D so I asked myself to relax and just enjoy the night.

We went to Astons at City Square for dinner and I ordered fiery chicken with mac and cheese. It was my first time trying mac and cheese from Astons and it was surprisingly not bad. There are better mac & cheese elsewhere thats why I never say good. Fiery chicken was shiok but caused me to have diarrhea.. 3 times somemore.

Then I went home and saw these products from Eucerin Singapore. Almost worked with them last year but happy to work with them this time round. 🙂

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Fast forward to Saturday.

Met up with Nic my lao peng you. And then Simon came at around 3pm. Chit chat awhile more and Simon went off first and I met him later at Seletar Mall.

Nic gave me pineapple tarts and coffee cookies! I shall share the coffee cookies next time! By the way these pineapple tarts are so mini and cute! Perfect for girls and they are eggless! very nice too! They are from My Mum’s Cookies! 

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see! So damn cute!

Anyway I had lunch at Ayam Penyet Ria. Ordered meatball beehoon cos its healthier and because my stomach was still aching.
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At seletar mall, we went to fairprice to get groceries because Simon won vouchers again.

We had dinner at Kopitiam. I finally tried the chicken rice at the kopitiam outside Fernvale Lrt. The meat was good but the rice was kinda dry.

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Would be even better if got Azhar!! 

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After dinner I came home and change my clothes because it’s time to film. It is the only thing that keeps me sane now.

And I also shared the Labelle Ultrasonic Cleanser on my instagram. I really love this product. It is included in my monthly favorites list so I shall not talk more about it today. But if you are interested to get this product, from now until 12 Feb you will receive a Vitamin C serum for free when you purchase this cleanser!

You will also enjoy additional 15% discount if you quote <claire15> for non event items until 25th Feb.

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FYI I wasnt paid to promote this. For all non paid products, I have the option to not share it if it’s not good for me. And if you really want to know, usually I only put #sp for paid ads and when I say something is good I really meant it. 

Sunday – last day of the week.

Usually its my stay home day or work till death kind of day. Edit video, edit photos, submit work and do housework. I woke up with many fake lashes on my face because I apparently rub my eyes really violently while I was sleeping. Sigh.. Now my right eyes looked botak 🙁 

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Then I had breakfast and start cleaning the house and found alot of angbaos at home! If you want you can take from me. hahaha.

Today is also our fight the freaking mould day. I want to swear but I am learning to be more civilised now.

I am really frustrated with these disgusting stuffs. How you all deal with it man? We either bleach or throw now.

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YOU SEE ALL THOSE BLACK SPOTS??? YEAH MAN SPORES!!

Today we also have to prepare our house for CNY because our friends are coming over on CNY day 3 and we will be away from 19th to 24th Feb. Sian this is the first time I am not excited for holidays.

So this is how my week looks like. Actually quite fun to type everything out.

Can’t wait to share the next weekly update already wahahhaa. Thank you for reading if you are reading. 🙂

Bye!

Claireaudreylim

Vlog, Mylife: 3 things I like and hate about my body. Flabby arms, spider veins, yellow teeth and more.

Okay.. so recently I haven’t been very happy with my body. Actually it’s not my body, it’s just my arms. I remember this feeling. I had this sour feeling when I was unhappy with my thighs.

Maybe my arms got fatter because I was eating alot more lately. You know with CNY coming up and all. But I just don’t like how they look and feel now. And I don’t really want to train them because if I happen to stop training someday they would turn from muscles to fats and this itself already sound damn scary to me.

Maybe after CNY they would look normal again, or maybe my arms are flabbier and bigger than normal now because my period is coming. But whichever the case, I know I’m really upset about it. I don’t know how many times I’ve rant to Simon about this but he just thinks that they look the same. Well you know guys are not observant and they don’t really care about this kind of thing.

I also realised how responsive my arms are to running. It is a good and bad thing and I’m not sure if I enjoy it.

FYI my arms used to be really slim last time. Especially before I had liposuction done on my thighs. Last time when I eat alot, my jeans would become tighter and my inner thighs will brush against each other. Now? If I eat alot, those fats go to my arms instead.

Rant aside, today I decided to do this tag. Actually I did the tag a few weeks ago, but I was finding time to write this post. Someone tagged me to do this a few years ago but I didn’t do it until now. I thought it would be good to do this to remind myself that there are still things i liked about my body and I shouldn’t focus on negative things.

But talk is easy, if you are a woman like me you would understand how I feel.

If you think you want to hear more you can watch the video because usually I talk more in videos then in writing.


I like to start with good things first so I shall start with the good points first.

I really like my collarbones. I am quite lucky that they are quite prominent. Prominent collarbones give the illusion that I am slimmer. I love off shoulder pieces because it can draw attention to my collarbones, I mean what else is there to show since I’m quite small chested right? lol.

I like my waist. Because they are relatively small and flat. Alot of people thought I would have excess skin on my stomach because of my weight loss but I don’t. I have stretch marks though, but only on the hip area. My mother has a small waist too so maybe I got her genes.

Lastly, the length of my arms. I have no explanation for this but I like how they look with long sleeves and bell sleeves.

Overall I am quite happy with my upper body, other than having moles almost everywhere, I am generally happy with them.

And let’s move on to things I dislike.  

I have alot to say but I’m just going to narrow down into 3.

I hate the spider veins on my legs. They are so annoying! And because my skin is rather fair, these veins are so obvious! I don’t think I can embrace them yet. If you have these veins and have already or are looking for treatments then email me at dreylim1@gmail.com or talk to me at @claireaudreylim – instagram I really need some help!

My teeth. I’ve tried whitening kit but it makes me bleed. The beautiful teeth whitening kit actually works but I bleed after almost a week of using and I gave up. (if you want to talk to me about it, I welcome you too!)

Toothpaste works but not to the extent that my teeth will become really white, you know what I mean? And I got really sensitive teeth too. zzz

I also thought of trying teeth whitening procedures but I still want my coffee and tea. And I also thought of veneers but they are so freaking expensive. oh well.

The next would be my stomach again. As much as I like how my stomach looks, there is this weird line on my stomach that I can never remove. You can watch my video to see how I explain it because it’s very difficult to type it out. I guess the line comes from excessive hulahooping? Anyway I am usually with clothes on, so I guess it is really not a big issue unless I wanna go be bikini model la.

Actually I am generally quite okay with my body, only during times like now that I would feel really upset and emotional. I also think that I have reached that stage where these type of things don’t matter as much anymore.

I guess I have become so much better over the years. I don’t get depressed over my body anymore. I used to cry over my body and my legs but as I got older, I’ve learn that there are more important things that require my attention and time.

But of course there are times when I still feel sad and I think it is pretty normal. I give myself time to heal when I feel sad and I don’t force myself to be happy when I’m obviously not.

I think it is important to share with someone when you are sad too. Just like what I do when I am. Every time I feel fat or down I will rant it on the blog or to someone. It helps a lot because I get to say out everything that I have been keeping inside my head and mind.

I don’t usually talk to my friends about my body because they all think I’m slim enough. It’s hard for them to understand because they are not me and they don’t know what I’ve went through.

So I really feel much better today after typing everything out, I can focus on what I should do next. And really thank you for your time in reading this and thank you for always sharing your problems with me too. At least I know I’m not alone.

@claireaudreylim
dreylim1@gmail.com

Travel: 4D3N Hakone and Tokyo (summer) in Summary, it was my birthday! Travel vlogs included!

Hi all, I’m here to write about my Tokyo trip that we went in June 2017. Simon has done his part for the whole trip and today I’m here to share my thoughts on the trip! I did the video and I mentioned that we flew ANA, I want to apologise because we actually flew with Japan Airlines and I totally forgot all about that. So really sorry for the mistake. And I guess I really need to try ANA soon because I wasn’t very pleased with Japan Airlines.

The service was (okay la not bad) but they didn’t serve me food for my return flight which should be included. (holycrap I sound like a brat here lol) Our fares also happened to be on the higher side so I’m really quite frustrated. Nevermind this, I shall continue with my post.

It was a 4D3N trip. You must be thinking Claire must be crazy to go Japan for 4days only!!! I know I thought I was crazy too. But can we get over this already? It’s already 2018.

Today I will only give a summary of the trip and show you the remaining vlogs since Simon has already finished all the blog posts. 🙂

For Simon’s blog posts click the following:

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 1: Arrival in Hakone and Odawara Castle 
[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 2: Exploring Hakone 1/2 – Sengokuhara, le petit prince museum, owakudani black eggs (Image-intensive!)
[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 3: Exploring Hakone 2/2 – Sightseeing boat, Hakone Shrine, baby wishing tree, (Image-intensive and excess words!) 
[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 4: Going back to Tokyo, Ichiran Ramen, Cat Cafe Calico and Sensoji! 
[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 5: Last day in Japan, The Roastery by Nozy Coffee, Yoyogi Park and Blue Bottle Coffee. 

and watch the videos here!

This is new! 

So here we go!

Day 1: 

We travelled to Hakone from Tokyo and stayed 2 nights in this traditional Japanese house.
I think I prefer to stay in a room where the doors can be locked. It was a really good experience but it makes me a little scared. The house is a little too big too and I kept thinking about scary things. lol.

BUT the location is good, very near convenience store and the bus stop. Abit far from the station though, we had to climb up and down a flight of steep stairs with our luggages.

https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/16484277

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On one of the nights, we found ants on the mats. But we managed to kill them la. haha.

Went to convenience store to get food and icecream after unpacking our stuffs. 4648

Bought this icecream from the store, this is my favourite icecream! They used to have this in Singapore!

After that, we went to Hakone Castle. It was June, supposed to be summer but the weather was about 19 degrees. Damn shiok and happy.

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Very quiet here, unlike Osaka Castle. 62

Hydrangeas in full bloom. Pastel and vibrant flowers, they are so beautiful! 7176

and check out the sunset here. sigh..

For dinner we went to Odawara Fish Market Den! I absolutely love the miso soup! The miso soup got fishbones and clam one! It was so nice! The sashimi is super fresh as well. Looking at this makes me wonder if I should go back to Hakone again, I can try to spot Mt Fuji too. Higher chance to spot Mount Fuji during Spring, Autumn and Winter. 94

We went back to our Airbnb that night and Simon gave me my presents! He should have given me on the actual day but I was really happy to see this pair of earrings though. (one of the presents)!

I couldn’t wear them anymore by the way because I’m allergic to nickel so whenever I put them on, my ears just itch and burn like mad. 🙁 100

Recently I find pandora very cute and girly.

Day 2.

We went to Sengokuhara for the Japanese Pampas grass. But there was only a land of greens because it was summer. So.. wrong timing again. 113

stay here for awhile and we took a bus to our next location and decided to stop at Le Petite Prince museum. We didn’t go in because 1. we don’t want to pay for the entrance fees and 2. we were rushing. 124

Fast forward to Sounzan station where I spotted this super cute caravan cafe and I insisted to wait for the people to come out because I want to take photos inside. 143144

Opposite us we spotted this ‘da’ big mountain. 153

After the coffee break, we went on to take the ropeway! This is my first time taking and I was so excited. Word of advice though, don’t look down. It is really scary. 160

So hello Owakudani!!! I thought the black eggs were really cool hahaha, and so I told Simon I want to come here.

They provided us with mask and wet tissues so we can cover our nose and mouth from the smell. Very smelly by the way, and I guess toxic too? 172

and tada our black eggs! Actually they are just normal boiled eggs (not even onsen eggs) with black shell! It was also my first time eating boil eggs with salt. 174

We try to spot Mt Fuji from the Owakudani Valley but we saw nothing. 🙁

Next we went to Togendai via bus because the ropeway was under maintenance. Here we are for the sightseeing cruise! This is so fun! This was the day I truly felt like a tourist!

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The view is priceless! 203

Then we stopped at Hakone Machi, walked the Ancient Cedar avenue and then to Moto Hakone to visit the Hakone Shrine!

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This is the famous baby wishing tree! I don’t even dare to stand close to it.

Day 3. 

Train back To Tokyo, also feeling a little sad that it is Day 3 already. But I was really excited for my Cat Cafe (1st time) and Ichiran Ramen!

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This is the Airbnb we stayed in Tokyo! I tried looking for the listing but I couldn’t find it. Let me try later and I shall update over here. 232

Woohoo Ichiran Ramen!! It is so good!! If you go Japan you must try this! We had this at Shinbashi. 234

And we also had Gindaco!

After this we went to Senso-ji. The last time we were there the giant lanterns were undergoing renovations, but this time we managed to take a photo! Refer to link here.

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Before the trip I did some research and found out that there is a famous melon pan shop – Kagetsudo Honten here. I know Simon likes Melon Pan and so I added this to our itinerary. 😀

We ordered the plain melon pan and I was quite disappointed. Although it was buttery and crispy I felt that it was too sweet for my liking.

I think there was supposed to be good coffee somewhere but we ended up going to this Coffee ‘JinLong’ place. Simon ordered latte and they give him instant latte so you know la hor, I don’t even need to describe the taste. 243244

and I stopped somewhere for some iced cold drink after getting a bad divination stick from the temple. I am glad that there is an option for me to tie it somewhere so that the bad luck won’t follow me home. Anyway ever since I moved into our new house, my luck has been pretty good so I am really grateful for this. 247

Next to Shinjuku for shopping and of course Map Camera for his camera stuffs. I really like leica stuffs, but I don’t think I will know how to use. hahaha.

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and guess where we went next? How can you not eat Yoshinoya?? It is a must eat in Japan! Hahaha. If you hate spring onions then I’m sorry Im a huge fan!

I think Simon wrote that we ate at somewhere else, that is supposed to be the next day. 261

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And finally, cat cafe!! Hehehe. Once again, more photos to visit Simon’s post! I researched and Cat Cafe Calico has quite good reviews hence our visit! Today is also my birthday and I really wanted to play with some cats hehehe.

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the cats whisperer!

IMG_0555IMG_0558IMG_0557IMG_0564IMG_0566IMG_0567After that we went back to our Airbnb and here’s my cheesecake from Starbucks. Simon actually sang for me, you can watch the video hahaha!

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IMG_0568 (1)Day 4, our last day. 288

Gindaco again for our soul! This outlet is better than the one we ate the day before. I think this is the Harajuku outlet. 291

Oh I love this so much, I missed the ones at Ion Orchard. 🙁

Next we went to Kiddyland Harajuku Store to find Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori! Simon got me some cute things and I got him his favourite Kiiroitori! Hahahaha. 298

Then next to The Roastery by Nozy Coffee for good coffee!313

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And then we went to Patagonia and he bought some stickers for our luggage. LOL! 317

And here we are at Meiji Jinggu! This place is so calm and peaceful. Damn zen. 322325

And I got something good this time! I really love this quote, I am very determined one. 339

Then finally toTonkatsu Hamakatsu at Shinjuku for dinner! 342

Generous serving and awesome food!

After our happy dinner we went to Blue Bottle Coffee for another cuppa. 348

The Queue is Crazy.

IMG_0579After this we just walk around aimlessly, took our luggage (thank god for lockers) and went to take a train to the airport. :/ 356Check out these cute kimono earrings. Cute but I won’t wear. haha so no point buying.

It was a wonderful summer, not so hot and the temperature was quite cooling. Not like the previous time where I went for a media trip and it was pretty hot haha. Japan is really fun and fascinating and I am returning in March again! We will not go again this year because honestly how many times I’ve been to Japan the past one year already? I have commitment issues I need a change.

And oh yah we also bought this castella cake from the airport. Soso only, I prefer singapore butter cake lol.

IMG_0628IMG_0634I recently just booked my november trip and I am really excited. I am so proud that I’m going with my own money! 😀

Also I know I haven’t been updating regularly. I’m pretty busy with campaigns, other important stuffs and my full time job lately. I’m not sure if I will be more busy after June, but I will do my best to keep you all updated.

If you want to know what I have been doing then just follow me on instagram at @claireaudreylim 🙂 I’m quite active on instagram stories, posting alot of nonsense and shit.

Anyway I shall stop here, and I’m glad I finally finished this post! And now I can’t wait for February 19th, my first time to Seoul and Skiing!!! 😀

@claireaudreylim

Cooking Towards Great Health & Wealth with HITACHI’s Superheated Steam Microwave Oven!

Aren’t you excited that Lunar New Year is here again?

This year we have a new product from HITACHI Singapore to help us to cook faster with less fat, salt and calories. Forget Airfryer, I have something more powerful. :p

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The new Superheated Steam Microwave Oven delivers quicker and healthier meals. It is innovatively designed with five cooking methods enhanced with Auto Bakery mode;

Microwave
Oven 
Steam 
Bake and 
Superheated Steam and grill. 

In short, you can basically cook WHATEVER you want! This is really the best kitchen helper ever for this new year!

The Superheated Steam Microwave Oven is equipped with 232 recipes and 200 auto modes that employ a combination of five heating methods and enhanced with auto bakery mode to give the best results in the textures, flavours, and presentations of the food.

The Microwave Oven removes excess fat and salt from the food by reheating 100 °C to generate the superheated steam. This ultra fine, high temperature super-heated steam instantly wraps around and penetrates the meat and melt the fat. The high liquid fat is forced it to the meat’s surface where it drips off together with the condensed steam.

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For more info, visit – https://www.hitachiconsumer.com/sg/products/microwave-oven/made-in-japan/mro-nbk5000e.html?productId=mro-nbk5000e

Here’s 3 recipies to kick off your Lunar New Year Celebration! 🙂

Yu Sheng, (Raw Fish) 

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Napa Cabbage with Pacific Clams & Dried Prawn Sauce Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 8.01.00 PM

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Steamed Prime Ribs with Pumpkin Screen Shot 2018-01-20 at 8.01.25 PM

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@claireaudreylim 

And I cook again! Roasted Lemon & Herb Chicken with Asparagus. Easy recipe! (video)


*watch the video to see what Simon says about my cooking*

Remember my resolution for 2018? To cook and bake more. And here you go the first dish for the year – Roasted Lemon & Herb Chicken with Asparagus.

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This is the original recipe but I have made some changes so that it will be easier to make and also less costly. I also change the name of the dish!

https://saltedmint.com/one-pan-lemon-roast-chicken-and-asparagus

So here you go, my version:

Ingredients

  • Thigh meat
  • Baby potatoes (wash and slice them)
  • 2 tablespoons Herbes de Provence
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 50ml Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, half sliced the next half squeezed into juice.
  • Asparagus

Directions

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180c.
  2. Combine Olive oil, lemon juice, honey and herbs in a small bowl. (marinade)
  3. Spread the marinade and leave it to sit where you prepare the potatoes
  4. Drizzle salt, pepper and oil on the baby potatoes and put them in the oven for 10minutes.
  5. After 10minutes, add the chicken and sliced lemons and place back into the oven and continue for another 10minutes.
  6. When this 10minutes is up, add the asparagus (more oil, salt and pepper) and continue to bake for another 10minutes or until the meat is cooked.
  7. Serve dinner

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Well easy isn’t it? Go cook now. Enjoy!!

Thailand’s Stretchiest Cheese Toast ‘SAY CHIIZU’ arrives at our shores!


Last friday I met up with Eunice (omg I KNOW RIGHT) like finally!

Eunice is my advisor/mentor/bestfriend/elder sister, I love her so much. 🙂 We went to the Media preview of ‘Say Chiizu’ together followed by htht at Coasta Coffee.

I’ll talk about our meetup another time since today’s focus is not on us!

Say Chiizu’s famous cheese is made with specially imported Japanese milk, thus resulting in a deliciously premium flavour. It is then mixed with a blend of fresh cheeses such as mozzarella to create the optimum texture for that unmistakable ‘cheese puff’, while staying true to the brand’s emphasis on using ingredients with no addictives or preservatives.

The toast comes in 3 flavours currently and they are Charcoal, Chocolate and Original, each priced at an affordable $3.80.

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We tried the original and charcoal toast and look! Check out the cheese!

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It is so stretchy! 

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Even Eunice decided to play with the cheese too!

If you are a cheese and toast lover you really have to try this! This will definitely satisfy your cravings!

The official opening of the 313 Somerset outlet is on 16th January and there is a 1 for 1 promo on the day itself!

313@Somerset, #B3-49, 313 Orchard Road S238895.
www.saychiizu.com