There is an allure to Christmas which puts a smile on my face more than any other time of the year. When I was younger, my parents would sneak into my bedroom and stuff the Christmas stocking with a gift I love. Fast forward many years now, I still remember the excitement leading up to Christmas and the joy I experience whenever I receive a present. But as I grow older, I look forward to this festive season not because of the gifts I would get, but by the thrill that I can handpick gifts for the ones I love.Continue reading Best Christmas Gift Ideas– OSIM Gift Sets from $68 for TWO items
Known to many, The ENTERTAINER has been raved as one of the best brands that bring mega savings and awesome 1-for-1 deals. In Singapore 2018,the enhanced version is packed with good offerings from customer favourites such as Fat Cow (I’ve been dying to go there!), Jamie’s Italian (one of the restaurants I frequently visit), Toby’s Estate and many new dining choices. See all participating merchants here.
A very short blog post revealing my go-to places for good desserts (plus these are all stunning cafes worthy of your instagram feed) that you won’t regret going.
ONE.Paddy Hills – for the BEST Pancake in Singapore
I don’t know if I would regret publicizing this place because this is my ULTRA FAVORITE café. Everything I tried (mains, desserts and even drinks) at Paddy Hills are all SO GOOD and photogenic-looking so far. The Berry Ricotta pancake is crispy on the outside and buttery soft in the inside; it melts in your mouth and has a generous serving of berries! Freshly made upon ordering, there are only limited pieces per day. Curious Palette has a similar version but Paddy Hill’s version wins hand down. To date, I think this is really my NUMBER ONE favourite dessert in Singapore (not joking).
Visit them at 38 South Buona Vista Road Singapore 118164
TWO.The Plain Jane & Rich & Good Cake Shop – for Swiss Roll
Located within Serangoon heartlands lie a small cosy café which specializes in a handful of different flavours of Swiss Rolls (Earl Grey, Matcha, Strawberry Yogurt, Thai Milk Tea, etc). And on an usual basis, you will get to meet Jane, the lady boss, whom is a passionate entrepreneur who shares about her bakes with a lot of enthusiasm. On my second visit, she nicely offered 2 new flavours for our table to try (all thanks to K whom is a regular at The Plain Jane!). All the flavours were good, but I only have eyes on the original flavour of their Swiss Roll. Each swiss roll is pillow soft and the inner filling is smooth and creamy (not jiat-lat at all)! A pity that The Plain Jane doesn’t have Durian flavoured Swiss Roll; so if you are a fan of Durian (like me!), you can also try Rich & Good Cake Shop for your durian fix.
Visit The Plain Jane at Block 211 Serangoon Ave 4 #01-10 Singapore 550211 and Rich & Good Cake Shop at 24 Kandahar Street Singapore 198887.
Many cafes dot along Joo Chiat Road, as I was there walking towards Awfully Chocolate wanting to get my favourite HEI ice cream, my friends and I stumbled upon Sinpopo Brand Café and was drawn in. There were many seats available on a weekend night, and we decided to give it a try. We ordered the Frisee Salad with Crispy Muah Chee, Orange Kaya Pisang Crème Brulee (too sweet to my liking L), Pandan Tart, Katong Jelly drink and Sng Muay Pop. Everything we tried was ordinary but the PANDAN TART was da bomb! (Not sure if my review is bias because I love everything pandan flavoured) The pandan tart has a light pandan frangrant and it has a velvety smooth and soft texture which balances out nicely with the tart pastry.
Slightly over-priced, but I am planning a second trip to try their Pandan soufflé and Durian Pengat which were both sold out that night. If any of you have tried, please write me your reviews too heh.
Visit them at 458 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427671
I am looking forward to more sweet adventures this year, talk to me and write to me at email@example.com about your favourite dessert haunts as well!
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.
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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
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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!
If you are still looking for staycation options for year-end parties with your significant other or your bffs, give Studio M a try!
Located at No 3 Nanson Road (nearest MRT: Clarke Quay), Studio M is the first hotel in Singapore to feature loft-style rooms. Expect full-length windows and lots of natural sunlight for great OOTD shots (perfect for me!). Why Studio M? Simply because I saw so many nice photos of it on Instagram and the price is reasonable!
Two weeks ago, I booked a 2D1N stay for a short stay at the Studio Loft (cheapest option!) for $198/night and was surprised with an upgrade to Premier Loft (around $280/night) when checking-in. Check in was smooth on a Friday afternoon and we were granted a later check out time (1.30pm) upon request.
The package includes unlimited Internet access, complimentary breakfast for 2 and complimentary car parking (warning: car park spaces are limited, whenever I return from shopping, there are only 1 or 2 slots available. So make sure you are not staying out too late!).
Premier loft has the bed on the upper floor and a working table on level one. Making it a great option for business travellers too! Oh, don’t expect nice view out from the window, as there are no other things than tall buildings.
Studio M offers a minimalist interior and a decent comfort level for a short stay. The downside however is that… the shower area and the toilet cubicle are really awfully small. I am not fat, and I find the space rather restrictive, so imagine how small it is.
(Image Source: Studio M Website)
Breakfast had a variety of options like bacon, sausages, hash browns, salad, porridge, bread, and an egg cooking station. I liked that breakfast was in an al fresco setting, allowing me to soak in some sunlight (my favorite activity ever since my bone fracture because the doctor says I have insufficient Vitamin D level).
The egg cooking station was a distance away from the main area serving food so both me and my friend didn’t even notice the station until it was closed 🙁
(Image Source: Studio M Website)
Had a lot of errands that weekend so I didn’t get to enjoy the amenities (swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym) but the deck at level 2 is worth checking out! It has multiple seating areas and spacious cabanas that are good for you and your friends to chill.
Opposite the hotel was the The Book Café which I fell in love with! For individuals who love to read, this is the perfect place for you as The Book Café has several hundred books and magazines that are free for browsing. The sofas are so comfy that I stayed the whole afternoon in the café to get some work done. Oh, not forgetting that they have free wireless internet access and also offer printing services. P.S. Studio M residents get a 20% discount; you only have to show your hotel’s access card!
Overall, I did thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Studio M. Staff were friendly and helpful; and if you are just looking for a short getaway to rest and recharge, or even spending some me-time over a weekend, I highly recommend a staycation at Studio M Hotel.
I am always on a lookout for good staycation options; if you have other places you would recommend, write to me!