How I celebrated my birthday with a Faber Licence Membership

Among all the birthdays I had, this year has been the most fruitful! I must say it was soooo fruitful that I slept a full 10 hours straight like a long after the whole day of activities!

To give you guys a short context of the happenings, I actually spent more than 24 hours in Sentosa doing a myriad of physical activities, which I have never done it. I felt slightly ashamed as well; being a Singaporean, I have never done these activities before! Like what many would deem, these activities were “so near yet so far” from me!

It is easy to plan what to do or discover discounts with the new digital Faber Licence Membership! Explore the app and find discounts for various restaurants and enjoy unlimited cable car rides onboard Singapore Cable Car Sky Network!


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This is how the digital membership card looks like. At $39, the 1-year Faber Licence offers a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment benefits and discounted staycations all-year round. It also provides one of the most generous privileges for diners, with members enjoying 20% off at F&B outlets at Faber Peak Singapore, including Dusk Restaurant & Bar and Arbora as well as Good Old Days located on Sentosa.

Psst: You can buy Singapore Cable Car tickets for your family members at 50% off! Actually, it is 50% off for Sentosa Merlion, Wings of Time and a lot more!

Registration and payment can be easily done on your phone at member.onefabergroup.com. You can view all the membership privileges in the web app too!





After registering for the membership, we checked in to Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, the room wasn’t the only item that I was pleasantly surprised with. They went the extra mile to prepare a birthday cake! It’s my favourite flavor somemore! I couldn’t feel more pampered with their services. Nice one nailing my very first birthday cake of the year, lovely people from the team of Amara Sanctuary! *kisses*


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I knew time was tight so I spare no time checking out the room and facilities before shooting out of the hotel to catch the planned activities.

Nonetheless, a quick word for the room: Apart from the captivating white colonial architecture, the room is extremely huge. As you walk past the bed, you will be invited with a pleasing view of the bathtub that promises a comforting night after a lethargic day. Both James & I took turns to soak ourselves in the tub for a one good hour at night. Not that the tub wasn’t enough to accommodate the size of two adults, we just selfishly wanted some private time with the bathtubs ourselves!

Another favourite location of the room would be the balcony. It overlooks over to the infinity lap pool, which span right next to Mother Nature! The room just gives us layers and layers of comfort close to not only nature but also our heart!


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To stop us from becoming HANGRY, we took Bus A from the hotel to ‘Imbiah Lookout Station’ where we have to take a short cable car ride over to Arbora Restaurant, which is located at Faber Peak. Do note that if you are traveling to Faber Peak, you will have to travel by the Mount Faber Line. Rest assured that the instructions are pretty intuitive as long as you keep a lookout for the signboards.


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The Singapore Cable Car brought back much memories as James and I dined in one before during one of our Valentine’s! Maybe even more memories for him as he did a shoot for them before as a talent to promote Cable Car Sky Dining. Lol. I love Cable Car rides as it never fails to disconnect me from reality!


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It was a quick 7-10 minutes ride to Arbora (previously known as Spuds & Aprons). They rebranded themselves on October this year.


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The food & services were on par. Par as in GOOD! I wished I had another stomach to try a few more of their mains. I am a super avid pasta lover and it is no surprise I would order their pasta without much consideration. But that also means that my expectation of pasta are super high! Nonetheless, they did not disappoint as the texture of the noodle was to my liking; chewy yet not being too hard.

Best part, the food was not too expensive; we had 3 mains & 1 side for $103 in total and what’s more, you can enjoy 20% off the total bill with Faber Licence! If you are looking for somewhere romantic to bring your date to, I would strongly recommend Arbora. You do not have to travel into Sentosa for them. Just drive up to Faber Peak on Mount Faber and for those that do not drive, you can take the Singapore Cable Car up from Harbourfront Tower 2. With Faber Licence, you can enjoy unlimited cable car rides year-long!


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When we were done settling our bills, the restaurant surprised me with more cakes! To be more exact, four different flavor of cakes! Sinful but all I can feel is bliss! Not only do they have good services, they are constantly smiling. That is how service should be done! Kudos to the team of Arbora!


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After filling our stomach, we went back to Sentosa via the Sentosa Cable Car Line and took the Sentosa Express to Beach Station. All ready for our Skyline Luge and Gogreen Segway! Two of the activities I wanted to try but never got to do so till that day!

Don’t you think we look cute here? We look like real life version of SuperMario Kart! Kids can also join in the Luge as there were quite a few kids who zoom past us with excitement even before we sat down on our Luge. However, you have to carry your things while you are on the Luge. So, my recommendation is not to bring too much things along with you when you are heading for the Luge! Good thing is the Luge is a fairly easy to learn activity; anyone can pick it up within matter of minutes! You are off to the roads before you even know it! Ha!


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Just when I thought we have to walk all the way up for another round of Luge, the guy told us that we could actually take the Skyline up. Phew!

So we had 2 rounds of Skyline & Luge in total! Here is a snapshot of us on the Skyline! We certainly look anything but tired, don’t we?!


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Moving on to Segway, I was initially quite scared as I can’t balance well. However, trainings were conducted before the actual activity to ensure that we know how to operate it. One round of Segway is approximately 800m and I am super proud to say that I did not fall nor even stop a minute on it! Only regret is that 800m is so short! I want it to be loooooonger!!!


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Right before the sunset, we went over to the Sentosa Merlion. Even though I visit Sentosa on a frequent basis, I have never once gone up the Sentosa Merlion. I would say that it was quite an experience for me!

We were greeted with a 5-minute show, followed by a learning journey and then, up the lift to the Merlion’s mouth & head gallery! We attempted some jumping shots there with the beautiful coastline of Singapore straits but we failed. Lol! But what was successful was my patriotism towards Singapore after the session! So proud to be a Singaporean!


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Everyone who enters is also given a little GOLD souvenir (below).


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Singapore Merlion Prosperity Coins! Keep one in your wallet so that your lady luck will follow you all the way! I must say they were pretty well made. So much so I would really keep one in a safety deposit box just to always remember this day!


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For dinner, we had ‘Good Old Days’ as it was right beside the show “Wings of Time”. We went over for the 7.40pm show. Do not worry if you miss the 7.40pm show as there will be another show at 8.40pm 🙂

Sit back and relax while you enjoy the show that comprises of beautiful lights, sound, lasers and even fireworks! To be honest, there are just so many thrilling stuff that even though my body was exhausted but my mind was still as awake as the start of the day!


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We concluded our day with a good meal at Good Old Days where local delights like Chicken Rice, Laksa and double boiled soup were served. The restaurant is located beside Wings of Time, and right infant of iFly!


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If you have a day to spare, you can follow my itinerary and be a tourist in Sentosa for a day. Just make sure you sign up for your Faber License Membership before you go in!

Enjoy 20% off membership fees with the following promo codes
Individual Membership @ $31.20/year (U.P. $39): MAYBELINE20IND
Family Membership @ $108/year (U.P. $135): MAYBELINE20FAM
Valid until 31 Dec 2018.

New Detailing Product at Supremo Car Detailer – CQUARTZ Finest Reserve

Author: James AwyonhPost-CQUARTZ Treatment Package (3 Years) Review

Still remember my last post on Supremo Car Detailer? That was almost 3 years back when I first got my new car (Mazda 6 White – Executive).

Being a shrewd car owner who is extremely particular about my car’s exterior, I immediately sent it down for their signature <CQUARTZ Treatment Package>.

Do you guys agree that time is required for us to review how the product would hold up for at least 2-3 years before I can pen a fair and objective assessment?

Now, I can be super confident in claiming that their CQUARTZ Treatment Package does hold up to its promise of keeping my car dust- & water- resistant! During this period of 3 years, I only went down 2 times as the product was able to hold so well.

In fact, after these 3 years, I still get occasional comments from friends & acquaintances that giving a shock look when I say that “it is already 3 years old”, proving that the exterior has been well maintained by the products.

New Product – 2018 CQUARTZ Finest Reserve

This time around, Wayne (the Boss) called me up and shared with me excitedly that there is a new and even more advanced product : <CQUARTZ Finest Reserve>.

I went down without second thoughts; all ready to put my car in the confident hands of Wayne again.

Process

The process started off with Application of <CarPro IronX Decontamination> spray on rims and entire exterior body of the car.


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For added decontamination, they sprayed TriX to further ensure that no residual contaminants are left, at the same time removing any and all road Tars from the car body.

Blending the iron removing power of Iron-X with the tar-dissolving capabilities of Tar-X. CarPro TRIX ensure total vehicle decontamination.

Perfect for time-pressed DIY or professional detailers, TRIX’s pH-balanced (pH-7) formula safely dissolves both organic and inorganic fallout in 1-step; thus streamlining the detailing process and saving time and money on full details.


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The purple colouration (below image) is due to the presence of those iron fillings and contaminants.





Next, I would say this is as close as your car getting winter in Singapore with a <Full Snow foam wash> using <CarPro Reset Shampoo>.

Reset Shampoo was developed as the perfect partner to nanotechnology sealants and coatings with cleaning properties tailored to their unique needs.

Reset utilizes Intelligent pH Surfactants, which feature the strength of an alkaline cleaner whilst remaining pH-neutral in solution, and helps to break down dirt and traffic films in order to maintain the coating’s hydrophobicity.





Following on, a 4-Step paint Correction to remove Fine Scratches, Swirls, marks and stains.

The polishing compounds used are namely Scholl concepts, Menzerna, Carpro Essence (image below).





After paint correction is completed, another wash was given before CarPro Eraser Wipe
down before applying Paint Protection products.





CarPro Eraser is an intensive cleaner to remove oils, silicones, and polishing dust from all hard vehicle surfaces to ensure maximum bonding performance of protection products, including the CQuartz line of Nanotechnology coatings.

Paint Protection Products on the exterior body used: [NEW 2018 Cquartz Finest Reserve + Gliss]

Backed by a 3-Year CarPro Certified Warranty, CQuartz Finest Reserve is an extremely complex hybrid blend of Silicon oxide-infused epoxy nano particles.

This Next-Gen technology utilizes an advanced hybrid nano structural composition, which bridges the gap between ceramic and organic materials creating an extremely high gloss, dense nano-coat! Additionally, this results in an extremely durable, thick coating with advances in a variety of attributes and unlike anything that has come before it.

With GLISS, CarPro brought new advances in nanotechnology to bare and designed an all-new hyper-smooth, hyper-glossy, and easy to apply ceramic nano coating that excels as a top-coat for all CQuartz coatings! This incredible next-gen coating serves multiple purposes and even excels as a stand-alone paint protection and enhancement system with a HYPER slick surface that will make your jaw drop!


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One of the reason why I still stick on religiously with Supremo Detailing is their rigorous attention to detail ; they would go the extra mile to tailor-fit various top notch products for respective part of the car. For instances, for the Glasses / Windows (they utilizes the FlyBy Forte), Rims (they uses Cquartz dLux) & Interior Leather (they uses the Cquartz leather).

Just to give you a glimpse on what I mean. Even for those areas which are too minute to take notice…








See the effect post CQUARTZ Dlux on the rims!





After all applications are done, an IR curing lamp is used to cure and set the coating in. Voila!


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My 3 year old car looking even better than I first bought it! Don’t you think so?





If you are keen to find out more, feel free to go down and look for Wayne! Additional information as stated below.

Location:

Supremo Car Detailer Pte Ltd
7 Soon Lee Street
#02-01
S627608

Website & IG:
www.supremocar.com
www.facebook.com/supremocar
http://www.sgcarmart.com/directory/merchant_reviews.php?MID=15155
IG: supremocar

This post also appeared on jamesawyong.com

Refinancing House Loan in Singapore with MoneySmart

Today, I will be sharing something very useful for people who are going to get a new flat or calling the banks one by one just to check up on their housing loan packages. I promise this is going to be useful for you as it has been a great help to me.


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As all of you know, I have recently gotten my flat before my wedding and this means that I can reprice my property right now.

I was so desperate that I even went online to ask for recommendations.


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Truth to be told, James and I went ahead with the bank recommendation for our housing loan from our property agent as she is a friend of ours. She actually gave us the commission and did not keep a single cent. Honestly, we were also quite lazy to call all the banks in Singapore and compare their interest rates one by one.

We had quite good rates when we signed the package but even before any sum was disbursed to the developer, the interest rate increased! We felt extremely pissed off but well, we did not sign up for a fixed interest rate to being with so we only have ourselves to blame for wanting the easy way out.

Don’t be alarm when I tell you that our current interest rate is more than 2%! The only way to console myself is that I am not paying 2.6% for the HDB Loan right now. I went around asking and our interest rate was the highest among my friends.

Having said that, I wished I knew MoneySmart earlier.

MoneySmart.sg is one of the largest financial portals in Southeast Asia region and it allows me to compare financial products like credit cards and housing loans from different banks in a single platform.

If I knew this portal earlier, I might have been able to save some money for the wedding by using the right cards.


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Did you see the picture above? Take a look at the bottom left corner of the screenshot. The current lowest floating is 1.48% and fixed is 1.99%. I thought the fixed rate is still on the high side…

Nonetheless, let’s go in deeper.

You will be need to answer some questions so that MoneySmart can understand you better.


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After answering the questionnaire which will probably take you less than a minute, you will be required to create an account. I chose the easiest option of signing in with Facebook and….

They did my work for me!


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There were 27 results for me to compare. Prior to sharing about MoneySmart here, I actually did check out the rates from 3 different banks 1 by 1 as I have to reprice or refinance my housing loan by August 2018.

The interest rates for the 3 banks that I called were exactly the same so I can safely say that the information on the site is up to date. I have also just made my decision on which bank and which package to go for.

If you are as lost as me or if you need more help on these refinancing loans packages, you can visit www.moneysmart.sg/home-loan. Alternatively, if you prefer a more human touch, you can opt to speak to their mortgage specialist after completing the comparison process. 🙂

OSIM uLove 2 – The Chair to fall in love with

As you know, James and I are going to move into our new place soon and I thought that we can add something which I saw recently into our cosy nest. Not to mention, like many executives out there, both of us lead a hectic lifestyle. Hence, we are always on a lookout for items that would extract those cumulative deep-seated knots in our body!

Recently, I boarded the ‘OSIM Airlines’ and flew to paradise with their new OSIM uLove 2 (4手天王) massage chair; I was sold instantly! Instead of the usual 2-hand massage, it has been upgraded to a 4-hand massage. This means that both your upper and lower body get massage concurrently! This is almost like you have two masseuses working on your body at one go.
Doesn’t it sound luxurious?

When the ‘hands’ are doubled, you can expect nothing but – double the effectiveness, double the results, & double the pampering.

You can see me happily nestled within it here!


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The luxurious chair doesn’t just end here. We were greeted with 2 different programs during the flight – One for the Head & Neck while the other one for the Neck & Shoulders.

There are different massage programs depending on your needs. For example, if your legs are constantly tired, you can opt for the Butt & Thighs program. For James, the sports program fits him most as it facilitates the recovery of muscles used in sports. Whereas for me, I love the V-Hand™ Massage for the head, neck & shoulders the most as it gives a realistic grip (that of a masseuse) to relieve those tension in these stress-prone areas!

To make your massage program even more robust, you can download new massage programs and music from the OSIM uLove 2 Mobile app. Just pair it with your smart phone and select the massage programs that you want. It is basically a head-to-toe massage and you can have it any time you want at your own comfort zone.


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Who doesn’t like a soothing music during their massage? Similarly, James and I couldn’t get enough of the 3D Surround Sound feature as we fully immerse in the auditory pleasure during the massage.

And this is not all for the entertainment department; you can complete your whole package of entertainment with an Entertainment stand and USB Charging Function. With this additional function, you can watch movies on your smart device using the Entertainment stand for as long as you are charging the device via the uLove 2 USB port.

Imagine having a personal Gold Class movie seat with an add-on massage function in your living space? Just how cool is that!


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PSST: If you think that your tired arms are forgotten, there is an intense airbag massage for your arms too!

You are probably thinking… James and I are of different built. How can the chair ‘recognize’ us?

Well, it comes with an Intelligent Auto Shoulder Detection feature such that it will assess our unique built at the start of every program for a thorough, personalized massage.


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Fitting to our body is one thing, but how about fitting into our house?

Fret not! The uLove 2 comes in 4 elegant shades of Brown, Blue, Green and Purple. Other than having floral designs on the outer part of the chair, the inner seat is covered with quilted leatherette that guarantees comfort that promises to fit into any contemporary living space. Upon reclining, the chair spans a length of 180cm; I would think most living space in Singapore could easily accommodate this amount of space in the living room.





OSIM uLove 2 (4手天王) is now available both online and in retail stores.

Quote “MAYSIM” to enjoy the massage chair at $5499 instead of its usual price tag of $6699 from now till 30th Sept!

For more information, please visit https://sg.osim.com/ulove2-massage-chair.html.

Tsumtastic Night with Disney Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn Lantern Installations @ VivoCity

Author: Alex Chua

Here’s a cooler, more magical destination to bring your young kids around to enjoy Mid-Autumn Festival (and save those trees from burning at the Botanic Gardens!). Mega-shopping mall VivoCity has teamed up with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia to create the largest Asian record-setting lantern sculpture light up. Dubbed Disney Tsum Tsum: A celebration of Love, over 2000 Tsum Tsum lanterns will be lighted up at VivoCity Sky Park for fanboy to ogle and your selfie galore.


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Derived from the Japanese term meaning ‘to stack’, Disney Tsum Tsum is beloved for its range of collectable stuffed toys and mobile games based upon the popular Disney characters. This Mid-Autumn event will showcase Disney Tsum Tsum themed Mid-Autumn lantern installations in four different zones to reflect the different forms and expressions of love.

There is the Fairytale Garden, which is set in a magical and romantic garden with iconic scenes from Snow White, Aladdin, Mulan and Beauty and the Beast. This is the definite must-go for those who love to pose at Madame Tussauds @ Sentosa.


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Perhaps the biggest highlight of the event is the Tunnel of Love. Stretching 40m long, the kaleidoscope-like tunnel features Disney Tsum Tsum lanterns of over 30 different Disney and Pixar characters. Once you step inside you would literally feel like being transported to another world, and you would be overwhelmed by kawaii-ness. Try spotting your favourite best pals floating in the midst like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Nemo and Dory.


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Once out of the Tunnel of Love, you’ve reached the Wishing Wonderland. Featuring the Ice Palace and the beloved sisters form Disney’s Frozen, Anna and Elsa as well as their friends Sven and Olaf.


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For the do-gooders, here you can release a Mid-Autumn Disney Tsum Tsum themed floating lantern wishes for a worthy cause. Simply purchase a wishing card at $2 @ TANGS Customer Service Counter at level 1. 100% of the gross proceeds will be donated to Children’s Cancer Foundation.


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Which Disney character has the longest ever-lasting love? Its Mickey and Minnie of course, its everyone’s #CoupleGoals. Standing at 10m tall and made out of 1500 lanterns, this larger-than-life centrepiece is an ode to the most loved Disney couple. Celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, this is truly a love for the ages. This installation also holds a new record in Asia Book of Records as the largest Lantern Sculpture.

Disney Tsum Tsum Installation is available from 30 August till 30 September 2018. Don’t missed out on this opportunity, so do bring your loved ones and family members to enjoy this magical moment.

What’s more, when you spend a minimum of $250 in VivoCity, you get to redeem a limited-edition Disney Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn-themed ezlink card. VivoCity will launch a different design each week with a total of four to complete the collection. For those who are too excited to wait, the first 200 shoppers who spend a minimum of $800* will receive a special commemorative set comprising all 4 card designs.

*Terms & Conditions apply.

Bespoke Wedding Gowns at Bridal Veil by MichelleHuiMin (Part 1)

This is going to be a lengthly post as I would like to pen down our gowns and suits journey for #AwMayzingJourney.

Some couples fly overseas to get their suits and gowns down and some fly over specially for Bridal Veil. Lucky for us, both Bridal Veil and The Mens Club are located in Singapore, and conveniently, right in Orchard – Delfi Orchard – 402 Orchard Road.

When James first proposed, we were lost and since I was totally caught off guard, we had no idea where or what the next step was. Other than booking of the hotel, people often tells us to book my gowns early as the design that I want may be booked by other brides-to-be already. However, I wasn’t sure if I want my gowns to be rented or bespoke then. I also dislike the idea of wearing the same gowns as other brides so I was surely leaning towards bespoke more.

It didn’t take me long to make a decision. I made an appointment with Michelle from Bridal Veil and my mind and heart already knew what I wanted when I stood outside Bridal Veil for the first time – even before I entered the shop. The gowns and suits that were showcased behind the glass panels caught my attention. All of them look edgy yet elegant and classy.

I remember telling Michelle this “I want something that still speaks me and I can still look like myself at the end of the day.” The bottom line is – I don’t need anything too fanciful. I just want to be myself.

I was also given different fabrics and colors to choose from and I ended up with Satin and The Great Gatsby – Black, White and Champagne. I love satins because of the simplicity and shine.

Michelle knew exactly what I wanted and showed me sketches of the gowns that she had specially designed for me. To be honest, it was such a difficult decision because all of them were so beautifully drawn. How do I even settle with 1 out of the few? One point that she was spot on was that James is more daring than me in terms of dressing. My head turned to her when she said that and I went “wow.. she really took the time and effort to study our styles and characteristics.” Boy.. I was so touched.

After we are done with the designs selection, Michelle arranged for more appointments for me – from the skeleton fitting to the finalized measurements. If there is one thing that I do not have to worry about for my wedding, it would be our suits & gowns because I went to the right designer and team (Yi Xia & Cherie), the right friends.

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Trust me when I said I do not have to worry a single bit about my Gowns. Michelle is a perfectionist. She thought of everything for me from my theme, to the designs and everything that you can think of.

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My gowns are not exactly simple. Take a look at the picture below. The layerings were so perfect. I could almost feel their hardworking in putting the different layers together.

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James had his suits designed by Colin from The Mens Club and it was always a joy having Colin around because he loves to joke around. Both Michelle and Colin are so nice that they treat every bride & groom as friends. By the way, The Mens Club also designs bespoke suits for the ladies if you ever need one.

James had 2 different suits designed by Colin, which I will not be revealing them at this post for now. Stay tuned for the second post.

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Now, back to my gowns. I think everyone’s favourite has got to be the Pink Cheongsam I wore for my tea ceremony and sending off of the guests at night. Each flower was painstakingly hand cutout by Michelle and her girls from a Kimono fabric that Michelle had sourced from Japan. My mother-in-law even asked me to buy over the cheongsam so that I can wear it for future dinner(s).

One little issue I had was my tummy. I couldn’t bring myself to cut down on carbs during the fittings. Michelle kindly shared tips with me on the cutting down on cuts and how to walk in a cheongsam gracefully. I hope I didn’t disappoint her on my wedding night.

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What can I conclude from my first post?

It is important to choose the correct people for your wedding. They literally strike off an item from your To-Worry-About list. We were very very fortunate to walk down the aisle in gowns and suits from Bridal Veil and The Mens Club. No words can describe how proud we feel to be dressed in them.

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Stay tuned as I pen down the final designs and our feelings as we march down the aisle in them on my second post 🙂

Is Si Dian Jin (四点金) still important during 过大礼?

Nowadays, a lot of youngsters would conveniently make do without all the traditions. The bottom line is as long as you are happy, that is all that matters right?

However, as the elder daughter of a traditional family, some traditions are still very important to me. For example, I feel that Si Dian Jin (四点金) is a must for my wedding as I value the meaning behind this set of jewellery. Generally, it means acceptance into the groom’s family in short.

“Translated to mean “four touches of gold”, Si Dian Jin represents the four corners of a roof — the groom’s family’s assurance to the bride that she will always have a roof over her head, and will be taken care of throughout her marriage. This betrothal gift from the groom’s mother to the bride usually consists of a necklace, a ring, a bangle and a pair of earrings.” – you can read more here: http://www.goldheart.com/weddingblog/breaking-down-traditions.html

Although a typical set of Si Dian Jin (四点金) consists of a Necklace, a Ring, a pair of Earrings and a Bangle but it is really up to one’s preference. Some may prefer to pick an additional pair of earrings instead of a bangle. For me, I still went ahead with the 4 typical pieces.

However, I do not want the usual 四点金 with the piglets on the necklace because I want it to still fit my daily life after the wedding instead of tucking them into a safety box. Almost all my friends kept their 四点金 away because they find the designs undesirable.

I specifically told my parents-in-law and my parents that I prefer Goldheart MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin designs.

Yeah, I received 2 sets of them because my parents got me a set of 四点金 for my bridal gift too.


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To be honest, I was also quite afraid that my Mother-in-law would buy me jewellery with piglets so I chose the designs myself. James helped me with the decision of course.

Choosing from the Goldheart Jewelry Mode Gold 916 Si Dian was enjoyable for me as the designs are beautifully crafted to complement bridal gowns, while also versatile enough for to be worn “à la carte” for daily styling. I found out Goldheart actually use European state-of-the-art technology to create their Si Dian Jin, such that the designs are stylish and modern, and yet able to retain the values and symbolism of Si Dian Jin gift.


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Instead of just simply choosing one set, I customized my own set from the plethora of exquisite designs from different MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin collections. One that fits my character and individuality.

I love the geometric sets because of how the shapes played out. The set in the picture below was the first one that caught my attention.


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James, on the other hand, preferred the leaves set. My other half always love designs that are slightly more complicated yet classy while I always opt for the simpler designs.


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As for the bangle, my wrist is quite small so I went for a bracelet instead. Isn’t the one below simple yet pretty? I love how the spiral designs are played so…


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sooooo.. I went for this set! Except for the ring, which was picked out from another collection, the rest remains. James gave me nods of approval too.


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I would strongly advise you to do the Si Dian Jin shopping with your mother‑in‑law. Pick something that you can see yourself wearing even after the wedding, and on a regular basis! Since it’s a gift of love and acceptance from her, it will make her happy to see you wear them everyday too. :p

FYI, these MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin designs you see here can be bought individually too – don’t you think these lovelies make wonderful, thoughtful gifts to your girlfriend, wife, mother and even in -laws too 🙂

It only took us less than a week to shop for our wedding bands!

If you look at the outfits I put on everyday, it is not hard to imagine that I tend to go for things that are minimalist yet classy.

The same for my wedding which is happening in a few weeks time! For my wedding gown, I am extremely thankful and privileged to have Michelle HuiMin from Bridal Veil to dress me up for that!

What is another big task to settle? Our wedding bands! The top of the mind brand for both James and I was Goldheart Jewelry (www.goldheartjewelry.com) because of the huge selection they have.

Furthermore, we have long heard of the highly raved Celestial Star Diamond collection from friends around us who have entered into their next phase of married life before us. Hence we have decided to check them out ourselves!


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Don’t you feel that humans are just like stars?

The couple shines the brightest when their thoughts align.

Similarly for stars, they form one of the brightest constellations when they are aligned. This is the inspiration of their premium collection known as the Celestial Orion Collection.

Let me share with you some of their exquisite selection of engagement rings, eternity rings & wedding bands before revealing our pick! 😀


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This premium collection is a tribute to the modern minimalist trend, and this is exactly how I would like my marriage to embody.

It is simple & elegant with two distinct features : the Celestial Star Diamond is the world’s first 73-faceted starburst diamond that scintillates with supreme luminosity of the brightest star.

Using the blue diamond scope, I viewed the Celestial diamond up close and my eyes were greeted with the most beautiful thing I have ever seen on earth: a spectacular eight-point starburst pattern that glittered so brilliantly due to the  more reflective environment inside the diamond that allow for more light to pass through. It is this patented design that a Celestial diamond possesses a superlative, brilliant scintillation and more “fire” than any other diamond.

Look closely at this design: the Celestial diamond is nestled in a 8-point star motif made of rose gold, which works like a charming tribute to the eight pointed starburst pattern found in the Celestial diamond.  Elegant, minimalist and with a touch of storied significance – needless to say, it was simply our dream choice.

True to its reputation as a “star” diamond, the iconic Celestial promises 5 Guarantees: 1) superior cut, 2) light symmetry, 3) brilliance, 4) fire and 5) sparkle performance. Watch video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhliwkOGfq0

Celestial diamonds are graded with very strict standards and every Celestial diamond from 0.5ct is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) attesting to its premium diamond quality. So guys and gals, if you are buying diamonds for an important event in your life such as your wedding, make sure you are getting the real stuff.

If you need further proof of the value of Celestial diamonds, you would be impressed to know that it scored distinction in all four categories in the Sarine Technologiesgrading system, which measures the brilliance, fire, sparkle and light symmetry of diamonds.

The Sarine Technologies grading is separate from GIA, so this means Celestial diamonds are certified by TWO independent institutions on its quality, which makes it a truly valuable diamond.

What’s more, each Celestial diamond comes with its own unique Sarine digital light performance report detailing its light performance and a 360-degree view of the diamond which can be access anytime. Here’s a sample of how it looks: http://tinyurl.com/ydckzkaa

However, do note that the grading is performed for Celestial diamonds with 0.3 carat and above. So you can expect all Celestial diamonds in proposal rings to come with a Sarine Certification.


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For Goldheart, the design continues beyond what you can see on the exterior of the ring. Like the icing to a cake (or inside the cake in this case!), there is a blue sapphire in the inner band. In fact, this is a unique concept called “Pure Blue” introduced by Goldheart since 2011! The blue sapphire symbolizes purity, fidelity and true love between a couple.

Initially, we thought having a blue sapphire on the inside as a design looks cute but after finding out the real reason behind the sapphire stone, we cannot help but be impressed by Goldheart’s commitment to telling every couple’s romance and love story. The blue sapphire is like a promise, or a secret, that is shared only between a couple in love (which is why it cannot be seen by from the outside… get it?). And because it is always in contact with your skin, it is like gentle touch from your S.O to remind you on the promise you’ve made together.


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Don’t leave just yet because the Celestial range is not the only pretty range that caught our eyes that day.

If you belong to the cool and edgy crowd, the stylish Felicite Collection would fit you and your spouse perfectly.


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Just look at the wide variety. I could spend all day trying on every single one of them!


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Look at the detailings and how Goldheart play with the various gold e.g. rose, white and black gold on their rings here.


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Another range that I was considering very seriously was the Intimo range.

Truth be told, Intimo was our first choice because I wanted to match the ring with my solitaire proposal ring. We discovered that the Intimo wedding bands also comes with a Pure Blue Sapphire in the inner band. It was a tough choice having to choose between these gorgeous designs but eventually we leaned towards the Orion Celestial range because James was besotted with the eight-pointed star motif. For me, seeing James happy made the call for me!


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Ever wanted to become a goldsmith? Now, you can do that – without even sweating a single drop – with Goldheart’s Create-Your-Ring service. I thought that this idea was so cool and fun when the staff told me about it and you know what, the whole process takes place on a computer! It is a step by step procedure that lets you (go wild and) express your creativity/personality through your choice of ring design, band width, gold type, texture, gem setting, as well as engraving – both on the outside and insideof the ring! You have to take a look here to see what it is all about!: ww.goldheart.com/love_wedding


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If you fancy having premium materials on your love bands, you can consider the Le Pure Platinum collection.

To me, this collection signifies “strength” as we know that platinum is one of the strongest metal on earth! (It is 60 times tougher than gold!) It is also very rare. Hence, would you agree that finding a soulmate who you are able to form strong emotional connection is like finding platinum?


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I have to admit that I am not a girl who chases after fairytales. But even for me, it was love at first sight with their Enchantine collection. The details are delicate and feminine, featuring inspirations captured from fairytales that we are familiar with, such as dove wings, fairy lights, blooming roses and laurel wreaths.

I have a soft spot for whimsical designs so I think I will probably come back for a ring from this collection after the wedding. This is the part where I wish I had more than 10 fingers to fit on all these lovelies!


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Look at the fine detailing, it is hard to resist being enchanted by it, don’t you think so?


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Now, let’s recap some of the considerations before we make our final choice for our wedding bands? They are:

  1. Design
  2. Weight
  3. Feel
  4. The meaning behind each collection

I believe I speak for to-be-married couples that sometimes we experience difficulty in picking out the perfect ring and need to consult someone who knows jewellery more than you do. And I think you can relate when I say that the desire to know certain information strikes you at the most random moments, such as when you are on the train to work, in the middle of a meal or when you are lying in bed getting ready to sleep. The desire to get an answer NOW can make most of us anxious!

So I found out that Goldheart had created a FB chatbot called – would you guess it – “Bling”. This A-I enabled virtual assistant is designed to answer questions related to wedding jewellery, and is scripted to “talk” like a human. I must say that I was delighted chatting with Bling, like I just found a new friend!  May I have the pleasure of introducing Bling to you: : https://www.facebook.com/GoldheartJewelry/

To prove my point, take a look at my conversation with Bling below:


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The marvelous thing about Bling is that it REMEMBERS from our conversations on important dates leading up to my wedding day. After some time, Bling will remind me of the list of things I have to clear, which is really REALLY helpful now that the wedding is just a month away. I’m sure most of us have our ways of tracking, and if you are a heavy Facebook user, it wouldn’t hurt to have a friend to catch you just in case!

Besides weddings, Bling also keep track of other important dates in your life – such as birthdays to anniversaries – and alert you in a timely manner so that you have the time to shop for the perfect gift!

Guys will definitely find a friend in Bling, especially when you are planning to propose. Bling is capable of recommending the perfect proposal ring taking into consideration your budget and preferences. Shop on your phone or computer, shortlist and then visit a Goldheart boutique to examine it closer.

(Doesn’t this bring to mind J.A.R.V.I.S from the Iron Man movie series? Well, Bling was born less than 1 year ago in July 2017, so voice capabilities are still undeveloped!)

As I have shared extensively above, there is no lack of choices at Goldheart, who had taken great effort to offer modern, well-crafted designs that cater to different styles and sensibilities of couples.Where does one even begin?!

Well, my advice is that planning a wedding is like going on marathon – you need to build up your stamina and strength before you even start to run. As a leader in the love and romance category in Singapore, Goldheart had certainly walked the talk by being super generous with offering bridal resources and references. Besides chatting with Bling, you must check out their wedding blog (www.goldheart.com/weddingblog), which offers tips and advice for wedding.

One other thing that impressed me was how Goldheart had expanded their customer touchpoints, from the boutiques located islandwide, online website, social media and, of course, chatbot Bling. It doesn’t take long for Goldheart to feel like a friend that I can turn to and check in regularly for gift ideas or inspirations – no matter when or what time.

For couples who are getting married, I hope my experience in this blog had given you (new) ideas and inspirations for your big day!

Benefits of drinking Ginger Tea – Dr Ginger

It is no secret that I suffer from very bad cramps every month because it has become a norm for me to whine on my Instagram Story every month!

Last month, I was whining non-stop and I was asking for remedies in my Instagram and what shocked me was the overwhelming responses you guys gave! One of it was to drink Ginger Tea to help with the pain but my reply was “I hate the taste of ginger tea because the ginger smell is too strong :(“.

I am fine with food that contains Ginger but not the tea because unlike the food dishes, it doesn’t come with accompanying sauces or flavors.

However, I decided to give Health Domain Dr Ginger a try because I know the brand well. Hands up if you are drinking their Dr Oatcare too! Haha.


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I was initially very reluctant to try because I was still quite scared of the ginger taste. However, the tea turned out to be mildly sweet and nice because contains brown sugar! Oh yay, finally found a Ginger Tea brand that I won’t say no to. If you are wondering, the tea is free from artificial flavourings, so the truth is, you are enjoying the aroma of a real aged ginger.

I am currently drinking the tea to help me cope with my monthly menstrual cramps. After a cup of Dr Ginger, you can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy at the tummy area. Sometimes I will still couple it with a heat pack at the tummy area when the cramps get TOOOOO bad.


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Having said all these, it doesn’t mean that Dr Ginger is only for the ladies. In fact, anyone can drink Dr Ginger as it can aid to improve digestion, blood circulation, relieve nausea and something I hate….. Motion sickness. I personally suffer from motion sickness & I hate that feeling a lot.

I also tend to overeat on some days and my stomach gets kind of bloated on days like these so I will take a sachet of Dr Ginger after my meals to help with the bloatedness. Seems like a very good tea to drink hor? It helps me with so many problems that I am currently facing in reality.

Ideally, you have to mix 1 sachet into 160ml of water for the best Dr Ginger taste but you can play around with the volume to suit your tastebuds.


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Here’s a fun fact for you. Do you know that tea made from Ginger has high levels of Amino acids and Vitamin C which are beneficial to our body?
If you are like me, a troublesome woman, you can enjoy benefits like these:
– Relieve nausea from motion sickness
– Relieve morning sickness from pregnancy
– Relieves menstrual cramps

However, if those benefits are not your main concerns, you can also take it for other purposes like those below:
– Facilitates better digestion
– Improve and stimulate appetite
– Relieves stress and migraines
– Reduces Bloatedness
– Dispels coldness from body that causes cold and flu
This tea kills a lot of birds with one stone! Haha. Like I said, I am quite scared of the ginger taste but Dr Ginger taste fine for me so do give them a try.


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If you are already convinced, you can buy Dr Ginger at http://healthdomain.com.sg/products/. Do also check out their other products that they carry (I personally like Dr Oatcare alot!)

Reflections on 2017

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So many things happened this year and as usual, change is the only constant (k).

There were a lot of ups and downs this year but thankfully, there were more happy moments than bad ones. One of the biggest change is probably my status, going from attached to engaged.


You can watch the video below if you haven’t:



They say that a girl can get all insecure after the proposal / marriage planning and that is certainly true. I have seen so many cases of separation and they kind of bring down my confidence in marriage a little. I guess all I can do is to believe in my other half, and make things work out from there.

In fact, I am only left with 6 months before the actual day and people have been asking me if I am done with my wedding planning but the truth is, THE ONLY THING WE DID WAS THE BOOKING OF OUR HOTEL. Holy!!

I went round asking for recommendations for a videographer and photographer and received a lot of recommendations to the extent where I don’t know where to start. I thank god for all your help though!! I think I should just settle our outfits first before worry about the others. Haha.

James already had his list of brothers and I had none. I actually had a list of 6 (whom I have yet to approach) but I need to reconsider the list because I came to a conclusion that I needed only real friends who live close to my heart.


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Moving on, our flat will actually come before the wedding and we have issues with the key collection which was/is supposed to happen in Dec 2017/ Jan 2018. That is because of some inheritance issues from James’ end. This is the first time that I am sharing this online.

Do you know that there is no such thing as TRANSFERRING of property from one’s name to another? Both you and/or your family member will have to bear the seller and/or buyer stamp duty! It was quite a HUGE sum that the AwYong family had to fork out to do a transfer so as to ensure that we get to keep our property. We could use that money to pay for 30-50% of a 3-bedroom HDB flat.

I must say that I am quite disappointed with how our system works and how inflexible they can get. Talk about inheritance… They probably see it as another way to milk money out of the citizens.

And then… my sister’s case. My parents have been going to our MP almost every month at the start of the case to now, once every 3-4 months and was promised countless emails of updates but to no avail or sound. It was all empty promises each visit. I shall not touch on this topic further before I get all emotional.

One of the best decisions made other than saying yes to the proposal is my lasik surgery done at Shinagawa with Dr.Lee! I have been / am still getting a lot of emails and questions on the surgery and some of you even messaged me to ask for my full details so as to get a discount. I don’t have any discount codes for you guys but they did tell me that they have this referral system where by friends and family of the patient can get a $XXX of their lasik by quoting the name of the patient. I guess you guys can try quoting mine? HAHA.


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And more good stuffs? I must admit that I have been quite LUCKY this year! A lot of people kept commenting that I kept winning at lucky draws which is not entirely false. I think I won 3 out of 5 draws this year?

Hahaha. I have yet to redeem my hotel staycations from Magnum and another one at a Food tasting! I also recently won an iPad Mini 4 from my workplace’s annual Christmas party this year! Actually… other than that, I don’t remember winning any other stuffs but I am feeling very blessed already! I don’t ask for luck but health for my family and I. I have been falling sick like crazy this year, especially this year end. May 2018 be better, and healthier for me and every one reading this post!

Till then!