For all coffee lovers, rejoice as Singapore Coffee Festival is back for its second year, this time at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. The event is presented by DBS and organized by The Straits Times; you’ll get to sample and enjoy your drinks (there is a variety of coffee, tea, juices) with a waterfront view.
I visited the place on 3rd August all thanks to Alvinologyand got to learn a bit more about coffee while talking to the different vendors and treating myself to some retail therapy.
The festival isn’t all about coffee, there are a couple of lifestyle related vendors whom are selling interesting books, healthy snacks and I’ll let the photos do the talking.
In general, be prepared to drink up and get yourself some discounts from regular priced items from the participating vendors.
For interested parties, get your tickets here; and each ticket comes with a goodie bag, 2 sampling drinks and a discount card to get promotional rates at participating cafes.
P.S. There are many good OOTD spots around the Marina Bay Cruise Centre , so have fun exploring the area after being spoilt for choice with all these good beverage choices! Have a good weekend <3
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As a guest speaker for many wedding events, here’s sharing 5 biggest money-saving tips for wedding couples before planning your wedding or attending wedding fairs.
(1)On getting a good deal from the Venue
Wedding Shows really have the BEST and MOST WORTH IT packages! Besides, expecting discounts from the respective hotels or restaurants, it is also a one-stop location for your wedding needs as they bring related vendors to YOU. For instance, Le Queenz, a facial specialty salon, provides exclusive prices for their Bridal Illuminating Facial for the Brides and Deep Cleansing Facial for the Grooms only during wedding fairs. On top of it, for any sign up with the venue, you will stand to win EXTRA lucky draw items sponsored by participating vendors (you won’t get these goodies on normal sign-up days)! The lucky draw items are usually items or services that you will need for your big day, so that’s more cost savings gained.
When choosing a venue, one extra thing to highlight is… never dismiss any venues based on your subjective preconceived notion if you have never been there! Many hotels have ballrooms that are surprisingly SO BEAUTIFUL!! Some of my friends dismissed certain hotel options because they are less convenient, or have an exterior that doesn’t look very new. However, these hotels are often the ones that put in A LOT of effort in decorating the interior space to make up for the inaccessibility. One example would be Furama Riverfront Hotel, if you are holding less than 20 tables, take the Waterfall Lounge area and you have a backdrop of a 20ft waterfall with lush tropical surroundings. I love the idea of having natural sunlight that lights the whole area which makes the area so INSTAGRAM-WORTHY!
(2) You need a PROFESSIONAL Wedding Emcee
It is recommended to let your best friends enjoy and be a guest to witness your union (unless your friend is really damn zai). A professional wedding emcee is a better candidate to help you take care of your wedding, especially, dealing with unexpected happenings/time control and entertaining your audiences; they make sure the event runs smoothly because they have EXPERIENCES in managing crisis.
I have attended a wedding where the emcees shamelessly ‘sell’ themselves, taking the limelight off the wedding couples. Emcee A actually announced that Emcee B is single, and is up for grab if anyone’s interested. They constantly make jokes that weren’t funny and even tried recruiting people for their businesses. Seriously, it is not funny.
Highly recommend Emcee Sylvia (she can sing super well too!) and Emcee Cyrus as your wedding emcees for any friends who are tying the knot. I’ve worked with them several times and they make any event so light-hearted, happy and entertaining.
(3) Glowing Skin does not happen OVERNIGHT
All brides want flawless and radiant skin, but if you have horrible skin, no amount of makeup or no matter how wonderful the products is, those can’t save you. Glowing skin does not happen overnight.
Honestly, getting good skin and looking radiant boils down to regular maintenance. Just like frequent exercises and haircuts, to keep your body toned and your hair healthy, your face also needs regular maintenance and massage to stay in tip top condition! 6 months before your big day, you should schedule monthly facials.
Le Queenz’s most popular V-Lift Facial is a 90 minutes treatment session to give dry skin a hydration boost and deep cleanse acne-prone skin to help prevent fewer breakouts. Don’t under-estimate how a relaxing facial session can help you unwind and have skin that glow from within. Call 6244 0228 or SMS 8533 2336 and quote “Jacelyn’s Blog X Le Queenz’s V-LiftFacial” to enjoy this Bridal facial for $68 Nett, valid till 31 Dec 2017.
Daily maintenance is equally important; at home, no matter how tired I am, I insist on applying at least a daily mask to meet my skin needs.
(4) An Auspicious Date for your Wedding Ceremony is NECESSARY
A majority of the couples (especially younger couples) rely on Tong Shu to calculate the auspicious date. However, the dates from the Tong Shu are very generic. The reason being that in the Tong Shu, only the zodiac sign are taken into consideration for the calculation of the dates. Instead, the usage of the couple’s Ba Zi (i.e. date, time, month and year of birth) is needed when choosing a suitable date.
Every date is represented by a specific element through the 5 elements theory. Through the years, many scientists and astrologists have computed past trends to come out with known auspicious timings, dates, humidity and even precipitation level for each date. These information help farmers’ plant seeds during Spring, grow plants during Summer, harvest during Autumn and let the land rest during Winter. And choosing a bad time is equivalent to planting seeds during Winter Time; without a good timing, it is hard for the marriage to have a good union.
Selection of an auspicious wedding date is ideal to lead you to happiness, harmony and wealth for you and your partner for the rest of the life. Yuan Zhong Siu’s Selection of Auspicious Date package is the most comprehensive in the market. It includes 2 sets of wedding dates for your consideration, which includes the date & time for your 过大礼，安床，迎接新娘，过门 and 回门 activities. It takes into account the Ba Zi of the couple as well as the zodiac signs of each of the parents-in-law. Service is priced at SGD188 and you can walk-in to any of their outlets – JEM, Chinatown Point, NEX or Fortune Centre or email email@example.com to enquire for the service.
(5) FREE lunch
Most wedding fairs offer food sampling services for the attendees, so skip your lunch and turn up for the event! You get to enjoy interesting shows and engaging activities put up by the hotel – usually they would have live band performances, bridal fashion show and of course engaging lifestyle talk show with me to share more about useful Feng Shui and/or Bridal Beauty Tips!
Last but not least, go to AS MANY wedding showcases as possible, you will be surprised how much goodies the hotels and wedding vendors will provide just to entice you to take on their services and/or products.
With that, here’s wishing all lovely couples everlasting love and a blessed marriage!
All thanks to Singapore Women Association, I had the privilege to be invited to participate in Women Sports Festival 2017! Organized by Macau Sports Council and the Women General Association of Macau, I had the opportunity to gather with many wonderful women all around South East Asia region for a healthy cause.
The Singapore team had great fun performing at Senado Square and attending the Macau Sports Festival Health Seminar which focused on an interesting discussion on the topic of Aerobic Exercises.
And of course I took time to visit several good places which I would love to recommend! Here’s 5 recommended things to do in Macau.
NUMBER ONE. Portuguese Egg Tart
I am the biggest egg tart fan so Portuguese egg tarts are a must have for me! A sinful treat, you’ll not be disappointed with Lord Stow Bakery’s version of the edible icon for Macau. The most convenient for you to get your egg tart fix is at The Venetian Hotel, where you get to make your rounds for your shopping too. Their Ice Milk Tea is also one of the best that I had in Macau; you will regret not trying it! Lord Stow has a couple of outlets in the city, click here for the list of their outlets. P.S. I thought the egg tart at Koi Kei Bakery was very ordinary though.
NUMBER TWO. Casino Hop
I visit Macau regularly but I haven’t gotten bored of it because the new hotels spring out so fast! This year I visited The Parisian and Wynn Palace both of which are really beautiful especially the latter.
Photo Credit: TripAdvisor
For an exceptional dinner experience, I had dinner at Wing Lei Palace at Wynn Palace. Serving Cantonese fine-dining, I enjoyed their roast meat selection the best! Every details count at this restaurant, I loved that their flower pieces on each table are all fresh blooms and every item in the restaurant are coordinated to match their theme colors. You also get to see the Performance Lake water show every 20 minutes, dining there is definitely a feast for all your senses. Not forgetting that service was exceptional as well (FYI, I am not paid to say this haha). Super romantic if you want to impress your date! 😉
The Venetian and The Galaxy have elaborate decorations, if you haven’t been to Macau; they are worth a visit too!
NUMBER THREE. Drinks & Party
I visited SKY 21 for a rooftop bar experience and Club Cubic @ Hard Rock Hotel this trip.
SKY 21 bar is a cosy place which suits couples and love birds. With a lot of sofa seats, it is not too noisy and really comfortable to chill at. There weren’t anything spectacular as you can’t see most of the view unless you step out to the alfresco area where most patrons use it as the smoking area. Service was slightly below expectations but the cocktails like Victoria Secret and Angel were quite pleasant.
To party your night away, I recommend Club Cubic; Macau’s biggest club in both hype and space. The party starts after 12am; enjoy Ladies Night on Friday nights and DJ acts on most Saturdays. Entry fee was 250 Macau dollars inclusive of a drink. My greatest catch that night was seeing TVB actor Lawrence Ng!!
NUMBER FOUR. Seafood!
Don’t miss feasting on seafood treats when in Macau. My must-haves are steamboat, huge oysters, Angus Beef and Canadian Geoduck!
NUMBER FIVE – The House of Dancing Water
Photo Credit: Pinterest
The House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest water-based show that is so breathtaking and spectacular! The story depicts a love story of a survivor of a shipwreck falling in love with a beautiful princess; but like any fairy tale story, the happily ever after ending never comes easily. The duo was cruelly separated and their love were tested by the Princess’s evil stepmother, the Dark Queen. Filled with heart-stopping stunts, I think this is really one of the best performances I’ve watched in recent years!
Last tip to share, purchase SIM card with data plan from the vending machine in the airport instead of from touting individuals in those car rental booths. For some petty cost savings, the SIM card that I got from the airport counters doesn’t work well. It taps on 3G network, can be used to send messages but connection to Instagram and Facebook is pathetically limited 🙁 My other girl friends whom had bought the cards from the vending machine has high speed 4G instead!
If you are in Macau to try your luck, here’s wishing you the best too!
“A picture says a thousand words; blog shops provide a platform to list all their items at one glance. Pictorial representation works so much better as it comes along with styling tips; and here’s my a list of my favourite blog shops.” – MFP Blogger Jacelyn Phang
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Visited The Local People Art Flea to support local designers and entrepreneurs last Friday and was pleasantly surprised by the huge turnout for the event! Tanjong Pagar Railway track was massively packed from the entrance and I could barely moved from stalls to stalls inside.
As someone who has always been interested in entrepreneurial activities, I am really happy to see Singaporeans supporting local businesses. I considered myself extremely blessed to have been able to be on the prestigious NUS Overseas College (NOC) program where I had the opportunity to study in Fudan University and interned in a start up company of my choice in Shanghai for a year. The overseas and internship experience in a start-up was enriching and life-changing. It changed my perspective of life, and I am so glad I get to live my entrepreneurial dreams now that I am managing Le Queenz too! #supportlocal
Anyway, the flea had many handmade items and if you would like unique accessories, quirky items and indie products, you will definitely love the flea! More importantly, you will also get to support local entrepreneurs with dreams together with the courage to pursue their dreams 🙂 To find out more about the local people’s upcoming flea, follow them on @thelocalpeoplesg on IG or follow their Facebook account here. (P.S. I do not get paid for saying these and this is not a sponsored advertisement)
Outfit of the day is my first denim overalls from PurPur that is so casual and chic. For the month of March, they are also having a 10% storewide discount + additional 10% off if you purchase a minimum of 2 pieces; so shop away!
ilight marina bay is Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival; happening from 4 -27 March (admission is completely free), you can expect to see kaleidoscopic display of light installations and be serenaded by live music performances along marina bay.
This is the forth edition of the light art festival, but my very first visit. I started my walk from Marina Bay Sands, and am pleasantly surprised by the number of people I see at the pop up stalls of Pasar Bella and how happening the area is! You can expect to see flea market vendors at the Marina Waterfront Bazaar, musical acts at the festival stage and Uncle Ringo’s carnival games! There’s basically something to see and play for people of all ages to enjoy.
For a person who loves taking photo, there are a couple of places for you to grab images. and this is my favorite photo of the night!
I had a lot of fun looking at the different installations while keeping my tummy happy by getting food options from pop-up store of Haagen Dazs and food truck like Old Chang Kee. P.S. this is usually how I look because I love stuffing my face silly with food!
Lastly, I really like that the participating artists make use of recyclable materials and adopted energy-efficient lighting technology for some of their installations. As Leonardo DiCarprio said, “Let’s not take this planet for granted”, so let us collectively actively promote and remind each other to practice an environmentally responsible behavior for a sustainable future.
The start of the year has been nothing but grey and sadness for me. For everyone who’s slightly close to me, they would have known how much I love my baby maltese (Mickey). Unfortunately, he has passed on just before Chinese New Year and that is why I haven’t been active here.
Do forgive me for the late of updates, but read my recent articles for My Fat Pocket below instead (Remember to click “sign in via Facebook” in order for you to read the articles 🙂 )
If you didn’t catch Cinderella: A Fairly True Story, you really haven’t missed out.
Told from the point of a view of a reporter (the narrator of the story), Cinderella: A Fairly True Story features a great cast of talents singing, acting and dancing beautifully by the huge RWS Theatre stage. This production from Belgium directed by Karina Mertens features the classical Cinderella fairytale, with the focus on Cinderella’s relationship to her Mother (Deborah de Ridder).
I enjoyed myself immensely whenever the nanny of the prince (Wanda Joosten) and the Stepmother (Sara de Smedt) sang. Their energy was contagious and it was the most enjoyable highlights of the show for me.
You also get surprises in between the show like when Cinderella’s dress turned from rags to a beautiful blue gown and also when the pumpkin turned into a shiny golden carriage!
I was expecting an enchanting and magical performance, but to be frank, I was fairly disappointed at many points of the production. Firstly, the prince (Caleb Vines) was less charming and tall as I would like him to be. I would think he’s more cute than suave. Which is a total letdown for a diehard disney fan when I saw him. He’s also a nanny-boy by the way.
I wished that Cinderella (Charlotte Campion) had sang more than she did in the production too. She has a crystal clear voice that lit up the whole theatre whenever she sang. But there were little of her dialogues and singing.
Featuring a mix of original music and popular radio hits (like “I Gotta Feeling”, “Everything I Do, I Do It For You”), I didn’t like the fusion of songs played.
Overall, they were a few light hearted moments, good comic actic and great singing, but I think the show is more catered for kids than for adults (i.e. more gimmicks that real solid content). Not complaining because it is decently worth its price; I got the cheapest ticket for only $58.50 (after a 25% discount) per pax and the Resort World Theatre is pretty comfortable (you can get relatively near the stage even with the cheapest ticket price category!).
P.S. The show is not worth recommending so my review came in so late.