Erhem Yes, its has been awhile I know. :p So I randomly create this look for the holidays using my new palette from Colourpop and my old palette from Urban Decay.
It’s not the usual colours that I would use but I think it’s fun to venture into new things every now and then. and I really love love love doing videos it’s like my favourite thing to do in this world other than travelling. 😀
Maybe whatever happened was a good thing because now I have more time for videos. :p
So here’s the products I used for my face.
Cushion Foundation from ISA KNOX sponsored by the face shop. Major love for this product.
My usual Maybelline instant age rewind
Canmake eyeliner – by the way you should totally get Canmake products from Japan, it is so much cheaper. If you need my help just let me know I’m going there in March again.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Moonstone for highlighting
My usual Curl Fix mascara from Etude House.
Yojiya Powder foundation
Etude House drawing eyebrow duo 01
Catrice Camouflage cream – very good if you want to cover moles and acne scars.
Loreal Paris Infallible lip liner – nude
Loreal Paris Infallible Lipstick – Perpetual Peach
And the palette I’m using is the My little pony palette from Colourpop. I am abit crazy with Colourpop lately.
Here’s the colours as follows:
Butterscotch – Blossom – Starshine – Bluebell
Applejack – Skydancer – Minty – Flutterbye
Twilight – Firefly – Snuzzle – Princess Sparkle
And for my cheeks, I used Easy from my Gwen Stefani x urban decay blush palette. I think I bought this for close to 70 bucks. I just really love the colours. And it acts as a contour palette for me as well so why not right. hehe.
And for my browbone and inner corner of the eyes, I used my e.l.f palette.
Go watch the video and you will understand what I mean on the above. :p
As the sun sets and the sky turns a deep blue, the street lights turns on in batches, and my wife gets ready for the night…
She dressed up for the occasion, because we are going out to our romantic dinner by the pool in celebration of our 2nd Marriage Anniversary (belated). Well what can I say, anyways I kinda screw up because I didn’t bring anything nice for the night. We’re going to a resort right? So I packed T-shirts and shorts loh!
The dinner though, it’s got to be the highlight of this trip. Look at the table people.
Isn’t this amazing??
Its like overkill for an average blue collar worker like me… But what the heck, since I’m here I might as well enjoy it. So off we go along the little boardwalk to our candle lit table!
We have the whole ‘island’ to ourselves, with a personal waiter attending to us only. If this isn’t ‘atas’ then what is?
The lanterns frame my lovely wife nicely, but as usual.. she’s on social media.. Well nevermind, let’s move on to the food. We chose the Indonesian set dinner ‘D’ which includes the following:
1. Indonesian Trio Sampler
2. Soup Iga Sapi
3. Ikan Kakap Gulai
4. Ayam Panggang Taliwang
5. Black Sticky Rice Pudding
The food were good, atas food are always good. And with such romantic setting, what can we ask for more? For most part, our waiter made us feel at ease and we have enough privacy to engage in meaningful communication. The environment is conducive enough for that. We were really full and satisfied, but the staff here had other plans…
Tadd’s Restaurant surprised us with a generous serving of rich brownie cake to commemorate our anniversary! We were really touched by the thought and effort of the staff at Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in letting us fully enjoy our time here. This is going the extra mile, where else can you find such service?
We couldn’t finish the cake because we just had our 4 course meal, and they offered to send the cake to our villa. Awesomeness.
And with that, we retired for the night.
THE VILLA POOL
We woke up early the next morning and decided to skip breakfast so we can enjoy the dipping pool in our villa.
The pool was plenty big for 2 person, I’m sure its big enough for a 4 person pool party. But I am anti-social so I’d rather it be just me and Claire. We spent some time playing a fool and doing some pool exercises because well its gentle on my bad knees. You guys can check the vlog Claire made to see what we were up to…
Next we hit the bath because we’ve got another activity coming up. And I haven’t show you the bathroom yet. I think. So here goes.
The tub is big enough to easily fit 2 person in there, but that also mean it will need a massive amount of water to fill. Not exactly economical, environmentally speaking.
Its huge. But I guess you’ll need to watch the vlog to actually appreciate how big the bathroom is..
And here’s our huge poster bed again, one last look before we leave the villa for good.
And so, its good bye to our villa. It was awesome. While it lasted.
COUPLE CHEF EXPERIENCE COOKING CLASS
This is great, we went to the The TIIGO bar to find a large table set up for our cooking class. Our chef/instructor is there to guide us through every step. It feels really atas because we have one instructor to just 2 trainees.. And I don’t work well being so closely supervised.. LOL.
Anyways heres the list of what we’re gonna prepare today.
Gangan Fish Fillet
Baked Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf
This will also be our lunch today. Sounds great eh? Lets get on with it.
First, chef ask Claire to boil the vegetables for the Gado-Gado while I fry the tempe. Feel so good to be frying stuff because I can’t do it at our home due to not having a hood installed over our stove..
Then Claire squeeze the moisture out of the vegetables and set our dish. The special sauce was not prepared from scratch because its a closely guarded secret…nah I’m joking. Maybe because it will take too much time so the chef prepared them before this.
Watch her haolian her plate. Who cares right? I’m next anyways.
Mine’s messy, but well it reflects my character what. So its really unique… I think.
And then we eat it.. It was… ok.. I didn’t have much faith in our cooking so… yeah..
Next we’re going to prepare the baked fish in banana leaf.
Seasoned fish fillets ready for wrapping. Chef said that the bay leaves are one of the most important seasoning here, I think the turmeric too, a lot of the tasty dishes we had here are seasoned in turmeric. We heat it in a pot first before chef brought it to the back kitchen and stuff the packages into an oven.
Next we prepare of last dish: Gangan Fish Fillet, which is by far the easiest because all the ingredients were prepared for us, so we just had to assemble them. In this case, we just throw them into a pot and boil them till they’re cooked.
There you have it, we cooked our own fishy 3 course meal sans all the preparations needed. I guess, when you’re out on a holiday, you just want to do all the fun parts right? Preparation can be really tedious. LOL.
And so we have come to the end of our trip. It was jammed packed with activities that will keep you entertained for sure. We did all the things that a couple would be doing together and more, with our couple spa, cooking class and that awesome middle-of-the-pool candlelight dinner. Well what more can we ask for? With a weekend getaway like this, we don’t even need to walk because there will always be a buggy nearby, ready for you.
There was still time on our schedule before we have to get to the ferry terminal. So we did some exploring around the TIIGO bar area. This beach with those lanterns hanging overhead must be meant for a beach party.
And the jetty, not sure what its used for, maybe Montigo Resorts host fishing trips?
Maybe its meant for our elopement. But we’re married anyways, there’s no need to elope right?
And with a pic of all the different keripik or kerupuk. Considered dirt cheap compared to the prices in any of our supermarkets back home. So I bought a huge bag of them back to feed my friends. LOL.
Do consider Montigo Resorts, Nongsa when you have a mind to go on a short getaway. Its the best resort/hotel I ever been to in all my 32 years, and its just ‘next door’. Easy easy!
Hi girls! I realized it has been awhile since I’ve done a giveaway and I thought it would be nice to hold it this December! I have one ongoing giveaway now at my youtube channel where I’m giving away the following items:
Colourpop eyeshadow palette – You had me at Hello palette
Charles and keith cardholder/coin purse
Kat Von D liquid lipstick – colour of your choice!
It’s easy to join! Just pop by my channel and the details are all in the description box. 🙂 The contest ends 20th December. 🙂
I will also be doing a giveaway on my instagram – @claireaudreylim probably within this few days so yay!!
Watch the full video here! *pls note that my voice is different because I tune to reduce the background noise*
Claire and I went to the Montigo Resorts, Nongsa for a overseas weekend staycation.
We took the Batam Fast ferry from Tanah Merah, Singapore to Nongsapura, Batam Indonesia.
We of course have some snacks first before boarding, we got here a little too early and the customs officer didn’t let us go to the departure area. Killiney Coffee, but I think its not managed by Singaporean side though…
It only took like 45 mins for the ferry to carry us there, but its enough to make me sick. I’m weak with boats..
The resort staff was already there at the Ferry Terminal waiting for us and he drove us to Montigo Resorts, Nongsa in about 10 mins. From one country to a resort in another country all within an hour. Super easy. There are regular shuttle buses from Montigo Resorts between Nongsapura Ferry Terminal and the resort, so transfer is never an issue here.
Check those awards on the wall, sure gave us a peace of mind knowing we are in good hands.
LUNCH TIME AND AFTERNOON MOCKTAILS
Because our room wasn’t ready, the staff suggest we go for our lunch first. So I went to check the map of the resorts trying to get an idea how to walk to the restaurant. But to our surprise, there’s no walking needed here at Montigo Resorts, Nongsa. Not that you are restricted from walking, but there are so many buggies around ready to pick you up and bring you to wherever you wanna go! The convenience.. I feel like a king during my stay here. Please bear with me, for I will keep repeating the ‘king’ word in this post.
Lunch was at this nice resort themed restaurant Tadd’s Restaurant. They offered generic Western and Indonesian cuisine, I of course chose to have Indonesian, so the staff there recommended the Rijsttafel set, which means ‘rice table’ in dutch. I guess its due to the Dutch influence long ago when those ang mo colonized Indonesia. Its basically a sampling of 7 different dishes served with rice.
It was ok, I think I had really really high expectations because my Indonesian colleague at work sometimes bring her mom’s home-cooked food and even though they were cold by lunch time, it tastes super awesome! She will be very popular if she decides to open a restaurant I’m sure. But for these, we liked the chicken stew in coconut yellow broth but would really love to have more broth in the stew.
Then next we went on to TIIGO Beach Club for our ‘welcome mocktails’. What smitten me was the view from the bar. Above you see Claire slacking on one of the poolside pavilions, this place looks awesome by itself already. Then look below…
…this is essentially what you will see during your time here, enjoying the mocktails or cocktails conjured up by the resident bartender. There was even a DJ doing her soundcheck here, meaning there’ll be a party tonight. Well too bad we aren’t really party animals.
These are the 2 mocktails they made for us. Don’t they look pretty darn instagrammable? The ang mo guy’s face in the background bokeh though, that’s a big spoiler for me and Claire. That guy was an unreasonable jerk who was really rude to the staff here because of a cheese issue. Well deal with it bro, this ain’t your house.
I guess the bartender liked us, so he made us another mocktail and I thought this one suits my taste buds better, Claire was too darn full to stomach anything by now. And its also similarly instagrammable. Feeling awesome already, being treated like kings and queens here.
COUPLE SPA EXPERIENCE AT MONTIGO SPA
Due to us enjoying ourselves too much at the bar, we didn’t have time left to check out our room before our Couple Spa Experience at Montigo Spa. I was a little worried because I’m not a fan of massages you see. I am also very shy with taking my clothes off in front of strangers. The only consolation here was that my wife will be with me all the time so I won’t feel too awkward.
The buggy drove us there and we were ushered into the premise so we had no chance to snap a shot of the exterior. But its all very spa like with the attap huts and bamboo board walks. Herbal tea was served immediately and we have to fill up a questionnaire to make sure we don’t have any medical condition that might be affected by the spa treatment. Like allergies etc, everyone here was really professional.
We also had a choice of the essential oil type that we prefer.
In the hut, we were sent into the ensuite bathroom and were told to change. Well I’m really nervous by now, nobody believe me when I said I was shy, I really am shy. So for the next 1 hour plus, both me and Claire had our bodies rubbed and cleansed by 2 professional masseuse. I think they were very experienced because the amount of strength and the stamina to consistently massage us at that level of force is inhuman! After that though, I didn’t have any aches or pain so I must say they sure know their stuff.
After the spa, we took a shower and were escorted to a small room to chill. The room was decorated like a hipster cafe, but we were served herbal tea with honey. Well its a spa, so herbal tea is the norm.
This must have been the biggest lodging we ever stayed in. The villa has 3 storeys high: 1st floor we have the very large living room with a kitchenette and outdoor porch area with a dining area and our own infinity pool, because all the villas were sitting on a hill side slope, the 1st floor is overlooking a road below so you can enjoy your own privacy here in the pool. There is a bathroom on this floor too, fully furnished with a sink, rain shower and toilet.
On the 2nd floor, we have the guest room with ensuite bathroom, fully fitted of course. Then we have the master bedroom with this king size four-poster bed, a day bed, full height windows, a dresser and an extra large bathroom with a large bathtub that can easily fit 2 adults. Every thing is large here.
And the 3rd floor is the rooftop space. What luxury! If this is my house, this will be my favourite place to hang out. FIx this place with a few beach umbrellas and this place is perfection!
Here comes the last day of our trip to Japan. Its the last day, so its gotta be the most boring day of this trip. We were already feeling the ache of leaving a place we liked so much but have no choice because we belonged somewhere else. Sad truth.
Anyways, we check out of the hotel early, took us some time to drag our luggage in light rain and find that elusive XL locker at the nearby train station. After that, we only have half a day left before we have to be at the boarding gate for our flight home to Singapore. Depressing.
HARAJUKU – SHIBUYA
We went to Harajuku and just started wandering around that neighbourhood.
After walking pass some hipsters and hipster shops, we saw these happy wall plugs…
…in this coffee place. This photo is bad at representing the coffee place, well I didn’t have the right lens on my camera at the time and the cafe was crowded inside, so we only took pictures outside. Its called ‘The Roastery’ by Nozy Coffee and its the best flat white I had during this entire trip.
Then I thought this industrial warehouse was a nice backdrop and made Claire go up to pose for a photo, in full view of the crowd plying the streets below. #YOLO
Then as we went on walking, we realize we were quite close to Meiji Jingu. So might as well have our lunch on-the-go there.
YOYOGI PARK – MEIJI JINGU
We’ve been here before the last time we visited Tokyo, and this time is not unlike the first time to me. Walking under this giant Torii Gate into the sacred grounds of Yoyogi park is like entering a different world..
the paths were all shaded under ancient trees and often shrouded in mist adds a deep sense of mystery as we make our way to the Shrine complex..
Before we enter the shrine, we’ll have to cleanse ourselves. Well I didn’t change my religion to Shinto, but we just thought we’re guests in the country so we should show our respects to the Gods they believed in. Basically I just wanna blend in and stay invisible.
Didn’t manage to take any amazing photos here, well I’ll just take a shot of us writing an “Ema”, just like what we did back in 2013.
We’re basically retracing what we did in Tokyo a few years back. It was kinda my thing, I’m emo this way. A lot of things happened after that trip and now everything is as stable as it can be, with annoying Claire beside me all the time. I am content.
Is that olive? I’ve no idea.
Then we took a quick wefie when no one is looking along this secluded path, and went off to more random places this city has to offer. Night is closing in real soon.
We walked all the way to Shinjuku, took a bit of time. We found Blue Bottle Coffee, one of the more popular cafe chains here, I remember my fellow coffee-loving-colleague bought me a bag of beans from the US, that was really nice. Oh but that was after this trip, if not I would have done the same. Such a nice gesture.
Well, I was getting really tired so I didn’t take much photos now. We just kinda walk around aimlessly, then take the spanking airport train to Haneda Airport..
See what’s written on our faces? The unwillingness to leave.. and go home..
Here’s our last shot, after buying some souvenirs from the airport retail areas, right before they close.. Some display commemorating something I don’t know what. At this point we were just simply depressed. Japan has to be my top travel destination. I haven’t been to any European or American places but I always wanted to visit Japan, and visit again, and again and again and again..
The rest of the night was spent on the plane, then arrive is scalding hot Singapore, went home, washed up, on the air-con and went to bed.
Good night people. Farewell Japan, till we see you again.
Recently I went to Estetica Beauty Salon for a customized facial! My face has been pretty oily and dull lately due to my busy schedule and I really wanted a good facial to help me get my skin back on track.
I had a consultation with the manager and also my beautician and she could also see that my skin is not very good too. During our consultation I mentioned that I would like to skip extraction if possible because I’m really scared that it will hurt.
She advised that extraction is essential and it will really help my skin to become better. And she also assure me that it will not be so painful because she won’t apply force during the extraction.
She also informed me that the extraction will definitely help in my skin condition and will help to refine my skin.
Go watch the video and see how I felt about the treamtment! I can only tell you I had a good time and my skin feels so smooth, clean and refreshed after that! There is no significant redness after the extraction too!
If you are interested, Estetica is running a 1st trial promo right now where you will get a Customized Facial at $68. (U.P. $200!) Go watch my video 🙂
So here’s the clip for Day 1, we bought limited express tickets to Hakone Yumoto, then went to our Airbnb at Miyagino, and then Odawara to visit the Odawara castle and had dinner at Odawara Fish Market Den! I highly recommend this place for dinner!
During the journey to Hakone, we also laughed alot in the train. Videos allow you to know more about us and how lame we are LOL! So pls watch it! haha.
We went to Stellar at 1-Altitude a while back, and here’s what I have to say about the experience…
Well to be fair, 1-Altitude is an awesome place. Stellar is on the 62nd floor and the view is breath-taking, obviously. We made our reservation a week ago and when we arrive, we were ushered to a table by the window. The view can keep my eyes plastered to the glass all night. But its a restaurant we’re in so I should be focusing on the food..
It was a voucher Claire gotten from I don’t know where but we had it so we utilized it. The waiter was a friendly Pak Cik and he made us feel comfortable in this atas venue that I, with my peasant mindset, am having trouble fitting in. He even offered to take a photo of us before the night fall as he said it himself.
It was a quiet evening and there wasn’t many guests around, so we were really enjoying the ambiance of the place.
Before we ordered anything, we were served… Vegemite crackers… See the empty jar? I think they stuffed the contents into that biscuit on it… Vegemite you know? Vegemite. I honestly am not a fan of Vegemite but it was okay.
Starters to start our date night
We took the 3-course meal worth $110++ per pax, but we get to choose from a list of dishes.
Let’s start with with the starters. Claire chose a seemingly harmless Mushroom Consommé made with stock poured over a slab of truffle and a stalk of pickled leek i think? And a single tortelli.
The stock was ok, but Claire was slightly surprised by how ‘harmless’ this dish tastes. I think we were thinking: priced at $110+ per pax, we expected everything to taste divine you see. In my opinion, this is one of the better tasting dishes. I on the other hand, had Seared Hokkaido Scallop.
The description had some fancy name for an oyster and some foreign name for some kind of puree. See that maroon colour sauce? It taste like its made of blood.
A maroon colour puree I would’ve love it if it tasted fruity like grapes or something, but it tasted like boiled blood… I know because I had pig’s blood when I was young and it tasted like that, that iron taste.. That’s why I feel the need for some booze, to muddle my brain and hopefully my taste buds. And here comes the best item of the night, an old school dessert wine, a glass of Taylor’s Tawny Port.
And Claire chose Mojito because she can only stomach mojitos.
In come the Mains
Claire’s main dish came first, and it was a pasta dish, or supposed to be a pasta dish.. Its Truffle Gnocchi with summer greens. Gnocchi are just small dough pieces but we had a hard time differentiating them in the greenish-oily paste/sauce.
After her first mouth, she told me it wasn’t bad, but got a little nauseated by that cloyingly thick sauce after that.
I picked the Braised Tajima Wagyu Chuck Rib in MB 7-8 in Stout. I have no idea what the MB thingy means, but when I see the dish, I thought mine is going to be good. It actually turn out to be good, but not great. I guess you can go horribly wrong with a good slab of wagyu beef unless you burnt the shit.
After half the piece of wagyu, I too got a little nauseated thanks to the oily meat. I am thinking why food this expensive made us feel like puking.
Sweet Wood Fired Nagasaki Corn for Claire, with that roasted corn ice cream with bits of corn, honey comb and erm.. salty fingers? Well I don’t know.. According to Claire, the ice cream was alright only.
Volcanic Pavlova for me, what’s this grey meringue with lots of chamomile ice cream and strawberries with a fancy name?? Well, mine was better because I got the ice cream, fruits and stuff, Claire only had that scoop of ice cream.
All these food stuffs were all so foreign to us we really cannot link the individual components inside each dish compliments each other. It might be an abstract art form that’s lost within us.. Well at least they keep trying to keep us entertained, we were given this sampler of Styles of Citron, really refreshing..
Well, maybe the problem lies with me and not the food. Imagine me, with my peasant mindset, peasant taste buds and peasant soul. I will never understand the deep thoughts of the chef that conjured up these series of innovative, imaginative fusion cuisine that will most certainly delight the selected privileged minority who would frequent this establishment. If this restaurant can stay open for so long, in a location that would probably cost a few limbs to rent, this must serve as a testament that there are others who can appreciate the food here.
Hi hi people we are off to our favourite place again! This will probably be my last trip to Japan until 2019 because I have other plans for 2018. First in Feb would be korea! 😀
For the trip, we are traveling from Osaka to Nara, then Kyoto and back to Osaka again. This will be my longest trip thus far I guess, about 8days! Will be taking about 2 weeks leave next year November too so that would be the longest trip ever wahahha. Btw I can’t wait to see the autumn leaves. The autumn leaves in Japan are the best!
Remember to follow me on @claireaudreylim to watch my IG stories and @travelfarenough_ to see more travel photos! 😀