AGNES Treatment to Get Rid of Stubborn Acne and Pimples

Author: Alexius Chua

Being a guy used to be easy. Men were known to keep everything to the basics, just one hard soap is enough to scrub from head to toe, without a care in the world, much less on appearance.

But not now.

I’ve got many skin problems, and one that irks me the most is pesky acne and pimples. It is a skin condition triggered by overactive oil glands. When pores are clogged with too much sebum produced by the oil glands, the pimple pops up.

Have tried a million different things – changing different pimple creams and facial wash, and visited polyclinic for that birth control pill prescription twice, with little or temporary success. What results is dry, sensitive skin and scarring on certain areas. I thought that every option to eradicate this problem has been tried and failed, there is nothing I can do except to watch my diet and hope for the best.

But I was wrong. The solution couldn’t be simpler.

AGNES Treatment for Acne

Thankfully, Dr Ryan Tan at Aesthetics Central Clinic at Clarke Quay Central is here to the rescue. Dr Ryan suggested AGNES Treatment for my first acne treatment. It is a permanent, non-surgical solution to treat my stubborn acne.

Separated to 2 days, on the first day Dr Ryan will use a special device called AGNES to administer radiofrequency energy precisely on specific problem areas. This tiny burst of electrical energy will cause the affected oil gland to shrink and produce less oil.

On the second day, acne extraction by the beautician.

AGNES Treatment for Acne

First, Dr Ryan demarcates the acne areas – an important step as there are 100,000 good, normal functioning pores, and only about 300-500 diseased damaged pores that are always getting inflamed and infected repeatedly. Dr Ryan inspects at every single pores and selectively selects the problem causing ones for treatment.

AGNES Treatment for Acne

Next is the numbing shots, which to me felt like ant bites. Okai to be honest there are jabs on certain areas that woke me up from slumber (Yes I am that tired lol), but his assistant used a vibrator-like thingy to numb area while Dr Ryan administer the injection, making it much less painful.

AGNES Treatment for Acne
The same 1% of the pores on the face are responsible for causing 90% of the acne

Then comes the AGNES treatment, which felt like a breathe of sunshine as compared to the previous numbing shots. Its amazing considering its a special needles but there’s no feeling at all, perhaps partly thanks to the numbing shot taken earlier. Dr Ryan zaps only 1-2% of the thousands of pores, so good thing is I won’t be experiencing any dry skin or flakiness after the treatment as compared to other solutions!

AGNES Treatment for Acne

It is completely pain-free during the AGNES Treatment. Although the machine sound might be somewhat distracting with its constant beeping, it is all in all a pleasant virgin experience for me.

The treatment takes about one and a half hour from arrival to exit, so it is quite fast and, more importantly, painless for me. Although I experience some redness and swelling immediately after the treatment, it doesn’t stop me from going out for dinner. Of course, I must remember to hydrate, moisturize and sunscreen.

AGNES Treatment for pimples

One month after the treatment, the redness has subsided and I am quite pleased with the results. The zapped problematic pimple areas have no recurrence so far and there is no drying or sensitivity. My face also felt much less oilier than before. Understand that, depending on person to person, it may require 1 to 3 treatments or more to prevent new acne from forming from existing healthy pores.

And the best thing of all, it is permanent, so no need to compare between harsh pimple creams or taking medication that is not ideal for kidney again!

 

Aesthetics Central Clinic Address:
8 Eu Tong Sen Street #11-89 The Central Office One, Singapore 059818
For appointment, please call (+65) 6221 8221 or whatsapp (+65) 9726 8856
Email: aestheticscentralclinic@gmail.com
Website: https://www.cosmeticsurgery.sg/

Feed Clean Feed Nutro – Roro’s Transformation Journey

My little baby seal doggo is not a fussy eater and I really appreciate this part of him. He finishes whatever we give him even if he does not like the food. You can tell how much he loves the food from the speed he eats.


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I’ll be honest. I do not feed him every Tom, Dick & Harry brand I come across. I am a fussy fur-mom and I try to give him the best I can. Sometimes, my friends around me commented that I am overly protective.

My little boy was born with skin problems so I tend to opt for kibbles that will give him a soft, shiny coat and one with plenty of nutrients for him so that he can remain extremely cheeky and playful. He is also rarely fed chicken kibbles.

I have recently switched his kibbles to NUTRO as it is made from a clean simple recipe that contains natural ingredients and high-quality protein from real meat. I did a lot of research before deciding to change his diet to NUTRO.

If humans should eat clean and healthy food with quality nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies, our furkid should eat the same too.


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NUTRO is a brand that helps keep his skin healthy, improve his digestion, boost his immune system and gives him stronger teeth and bones.

What I love about the brand is its simple recipe that does not contain wheat, soil protein, artificial preservatives, flavours, or colours. I don’t want to feed Roro with kibbles that contain chemicals or are highly processed. In other words, I was pretty confident with the quality of the kibbles.


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The recipe provides Roro with the energy he needs to remain active and playful. Natural fibres can be found in the kibbles to keep his digestive system healthy. From what I have observed, he has no soft or loose stools recently.

The good thing about NUTRO is that all the essential antioxidants, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are also found in the feed. These nutrients keep his immune system healthy, promote healthy skin, and encourage a soft and shiny coat.


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After eating NUTRO for a few months now, I noticed that Roro is even more active than before. He was already a very active dog but it seems like he is running around more. His tail never stops wagging every time we prepare his NUTRO feed too.

We shave him once every few months and noticed that the new fur is a little softer than before. I believe that if we continue to feed him NUTRO longer, we may see even more results.





When Roro is healthy and happy, I am equally happy too!


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If you love your furkid, try feeding it clean with NUTRO and I hope your furkid loves the kibbles as much as Roro does 🙂

NUTRO is available online in 3 different flavours – Chicken, Lamb and Fish.

Review: Linksys Velop Wifi Router Extends Wifi All the Way to My Bedroom

James and I signed up for a WiFi Broadband four months back when we got our keys
and we were given a free router for the plan we signed up for. We did
not think too much of it and installed the free router at home. Everything was good
until…….

UNTIL I COULD NOT GET ANY WIFI CONNECTION IN THE BEDROOM!

I love browsing YouTube and Instagram before I sleep but it is impossible to do so
when I started having issues with the connectivity. Sometimes there is some weak
connection in the room, but on most days, the connection can’t seem to reach my
bedroom at all..

Long story short, we live in a 3 bedroom apartment and the size is exactly the same as a 4 room HDB flat. As you know, new flats are way smaller so I thought it is impossible to not have any WiFi connection in the room.



I have to scroll through Instagram, YouTube and read emails before I turn in every night and it has become a habit. Not having WiFi connection is a huge issue to me and it doesn’t help when I don’t have unlimited data on my mobile plan.

I started searching for a reliable WiFi router and I was quite concerned about the appearance of techy stuff as I do not want it to ruin my home theme. A few brands came to my mind but Linksys Velop was highly recommended to me by my friends as they know the look and feel of my home. I was still contemplating if I should spend the additional money on a new router but when I saw how Linksys Velop Tri-Band looks, I went for it right away. They are so sleek looking that they do not look like routers at all! I would think that they look like some minimalist looking speakers. Haha.



I absolutely do not mind the minimalist design of Linksys Velop Tri-Band since they come in white and the theme of my place is purely black, cream/white and grey with some elements of gold decorations. I mean, how wrong can you go with white when it is quite a neutral color!

As compared to my previous free router with ugly antennas sticking out, I have no complains for the design of Linksys Velop. Love how simple it looks!



Even the setting up was pretty fuss-free. If a tech-idiot like me can fix it up, so can you.



It is easy to tell if you are having WiFi connection or not. If the light on the node shows blue, everything is working well. However if it shows red, it means that there may be something wrong with your internet connection.



What I love about Linksys Velop is that at any point in time when you feel that you need a stronger signal in another room, you can simply add on another node (the white linksys thing you see in the pictures).

I have 2 nodes at home right now. One sits in the living room, connected to the main cable, while the other one sits in my make up room (next to my bedroom). The connection is way stronger and faster than before too. I can watch movies smoothly on the tv without the sites pausing to load every 20-30 minutes and I can even use my laptop in my bedroom now! (Yay to settling blogposts in the comfort of my own bed hehe).

What’s beautiful about the Linksys Velop is that it is a one-time investment, if you are shifting to a bigger place, you can still bring them along and add on another node to the set. You do not have to chuck them aside and get another brand new set of  WiFi router.



You can also control your Linksys Velop Tri-Band through Linksys mobile app when your device is on.

Some function includes controlling your WiFi from anywhere and parental controls where the parents can manage their kids’ access and usage. Guest Access works the best for me. I can turn on the Guest Access via the mobile whenever I have friends in my house – I don’t have to share my password with them 😛

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Internet security is ensured when you use Linksys as they have automatic firmware updates. You do not have to do anything, the node will update on its own!

I have been using Linksys Velop Tri-Band for a few weeks now and I have no complaints! What can I complain about when everything is so user-friendly, all the way from the set up to controlling the account via a mobile app.

After all, my request is simple, just give me a beautiful set of WiFi Router that grants
me stronger and faster WiFi connection at the comfort of my own home and on my
bed too! 🙂

Stay Secured With A Pet Insurance in Singapore

Do you know how important Roro is to me?

What if I told you that I only wanted a hotel that allows me to bring Roro in, otherwise, I am going with other hotels?

What if I told you that I only feed Roro nothing but the best of the best from his birth till he reached adulthood even though I was only a student at that point in time?


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To even say that he is very important is an understatement. Roro is EXTREMELY important to me. He is family.

When I was in the UK for 5 weeks many years ago, I love how they can bring their furkid into the stores and even into the sub. Flyers about pet insurance were everywhere. Singapore had none of these then.

However, I was recently told that Singapore has Pet Insurance too! My reaction was “What? We can buy Pet Insurance in Singapore?!”

Did someone hear my calling? I did not know such insurances exist here.

Prestige Pets Insurance has insurance for your lovely furkids! Not only do they provide the best recommendation from a wide range of reputable insurers, they also have a personalised end-to-end claim assistance for you. They are
recommending Liberty Pets insurance – currently the only insurer that covers Non- Surgical Vet Treatments, which offer a great overall coverage for your Furkid. From what I have googled, not all pets insurance company covers this aspect.

My previous furbaby died of kidney failure. We spent close to 5 digits on his illness and hospitalization and we had to say goodbye to him still. It was heart-wrenching and mentally draining. If only he was covered under Prestige Pets Insurance….

There are three different insurance plans – Standard, Enhanced and Superior.


Pet Insurance in Singapore


The plans are pretty affordable.


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Touch wood but let’s say if your furkid is down with an illness. Even without undergoing surgery, you could be spending up to $1,000 and above for his treatment already.

When Roro had some issues with his eyes, I spent a few hundred bucks on his consultation, another few hundred bucks on his injections and medications. Each follow up treatment cost me three digits too.

Even if I had the most basic plan, at only $350 a year, I could save HALF the vet fee. Far more than what I could have spent so that I can continue to pamper Roro with more loves.

If your budget permits, I’ll definitely recommend the Enhanced Package. At only $1.25 daily, it offers a higher claim value which will easily cover most accidental injury or Vet treatment when your little ones gotten ear infections, food poisoning, and others Non-Surgical and Surgical treatment.


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To make things easier for you, I’ve taken a screenshot and attached above. If there’s anything youd like to know, do contact them on facebook or instagram. They’re really friendly and professional in answering your questions, which is one of the reasons why people buy from them instead of directly from Liberty Pets Insurance!

Roro is turning 8 next year and thank god he is as fit as me. Unlike humans, the older you are, the more expensive your insurance plans get. This does not apply to your pets.

If you are interested to know more about the insurance plans, you can visit them at https://www.prestigepetsinsurance.com.

Enjoy all the overseas discount and ship them over with Buyandship!

Don’t you get envious when you see HUGE sales going on in other countries but not in Singapore? And most of the time, the shop with those sales do not ship out of their country.

So recently, I came across 6pm.com while shopping for a Juicy Jacket. I have never heard of 6pm.com. Their current sale is really crazy. It was more than 50% off Singapore’s prices. I went to read up on their shipping, sadly, they do not ship to Singapore.


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Look at the prices of these Juicy Jackets!! I think a jacket from them, even with sales, cost at least SGD150?


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Of course, I went to google for shipping platforms that would help ship these items to Singapore. Guess what? I found Buyandship Singapore!

I got to admit that this was my first time giving them a try. I wasn’t sure how things will turn out.

One thing for sure was, their tutorial page gave very clear instructions on how to use the service. For new shoppers like me, you can follow the instructions here:

Step 1:
Sign up for an account

Step 2:
Obtain related overseas warehouse addresses for your intended purchase

Step 3:
Key in the overseas warehouse address as the shipping address, your name and your membership ID as the receiver during check out

Step 4:
Upon receiving the tracking number and shipping courier details, enter them on Buyandship (This is very important. Declare them as soon as you have the information)

Step 5:
Wait for your parcel to reach the warehouse…..

Step 6:
Pay for the shipping fees to Singapore

Step 7:
Wait for your parcel to arrive!!!


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The shipping fee is based on weight and they are very reasonably priced. Even with the additional shipping fees, the stuff you buy are still 50% lesser than what you have to pay for in Singapore.


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One important thing to note other than the shipping fee is the number of delivery days! An impatient person like me will get very anxious and I will countdown till the day the parcel reaches me.

And hey… look, you only need slightly more than 1 week to get your parcel(s) from the states! Need I say more why you should go for Buyandship?!


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They will also update you on all the latest sales that are going on, making sure that you are enjoying the best deals on the globe! Mmmm… sounds like they are trying to save me from spending too much.. but at the same time, encouraging me to shop more (at a cheaper price). I don’t know if this is good or bad. HAHA.

So far, I have had very good experience with shopping with Buyandship and I foresee myself shopping with them again and again.

Thank you Buyandship for literally “shipping” US to Singapore for me. I don’t have to fly there just to shop for good deals anymore! I am more than just satisfied with your service!

Hey shoppers, time to start shopping now! But before you do, remember to checkout what are the latest deals from Buyandship Singapore top picks!

Review: Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washer & Dryer

We have officially moved into our new place for 2 months (I think) now. In terms of house work, we are still trying to get used to them even though our parents are still helping us with some parts of it. HAHA. I know how spoilt this sounds but we are really trying to do everything ourselves now.

I don’t use the washing machine often (because my mom is the one doing the laundry) until I got my own place and I always thought that most washing machines would be very difficult to operate.

Who knows, when Electrolux 10kg/7kg UltimateCare™ 900 Washer Dryer, EWW1042AEWA, arrived at my place, I could operate it without reading the manual.


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This Front Load Washer Dryer comes with its intuitive and intelligent SensorWash™ that detects the soil and detergent levels in the wash water and adjusts the washing time accordingly for a cleaner wash. No additional action required on your end. How smart!

Other than cleanliness, keeping the colour of the clothes intact is very important to me. No one wants to wear their newly bought clothes for 1 to 2 times and the colour starts to fade! Similarly, I want my clothes to look new and vibrant for a long long time!

Electrolux exclusive UltraMix™ technology able to do that! It reduces colour fading by up to 40% by pre-mixing water and detergent before it enters the drum. Not only that, it makes a cold-water wash just as effective as a hot one.


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As both James and my clothes are made of different materials, ‘Mixed’ clothing program is always used. The temperature and other settings will be changed accordingly to the type of wash/dry you choose.

This is a smart washer dryer that it allows me to remotely control the wash/dry program through their Electrolux Life App. You can easily see the progress from the app making the whole process very idiot-proof! If Maybeline can use it, so can you.


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Those who like a SMART home concept, this should top your list when you are searching for a new washing machine!

Do you know that even when your clothes are labelled “hand-wash only”, you can still throw it into Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Washing Machine?!

Yes yes! It has been tested and proven to be as gentle as hand-washing – or even gentler! Basically, it is the gold standard of quality care of woollens.


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Electrolux Vapour Care Technology ends each wash with a gentle whoosh of vapour to reduce wrinkles by 22%. You will come to realize that some of your clothes need no ironing at all. It saves my time and energy! I can spend more time on social media now 😛

And at only 40 degrees Celsius, 99.9% of allergens and germs will be killed! For someone who suffers from Allergic Rhinitis, this is extremely important.

Another program which I love apart from its ease of operation is the Vapour Refresh mode. You can refresh your clothes without any detergent with this function in 35 minutes.

I can throw my clothes in there, proceed to bath and doll myself up and *POOOOFS* change into the clothes which I threw into the machine!


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I hope my review has been helpful so far!

Here’s a summary of Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 features at a glance:


– Electrolux SensorWash™:. The intelligent sensor detects the soiling level in the wash water and automatically adjusts the wash duration.

– UltraMix™ System: Automatically premixes and fully dissolves detergent, even in cold water to improve its effectiveness.

– Vapour Care Technology: Ends each wash with a gentle whoosh of vapour to
reduce wrinkles by up to 22%, giving you probably lesser ironing jobs!

– Vapour Refresh: Quickly freshens and gently revives garments without detergent as clothes are gently tumbled in vapour, so you need not waste time in washing and drying the clothes you need to wear it at the very last minute!

– EcoInverter Motor: Energy efficient, quiet & very reliable over a long service life.

– 3XL Door: A wider door aperture for ease of loading and unloading, day after day.


Lastly, do you love the smell and feeling of fresh and clean clothes?

I DO!! *Happy is Maybeline as I have clean, fresh vibrant colour clothes for OOTD every single day!*

Review: Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed

I am a bad cook and most of the time, I am always seen eating unhealthy stuff. When I crave for any noodles or soup, I will opt for instant options and they are quite bad for health. What’s worst? I suffer from low blood, anemia, and borderline protein level.

However, recently, I was introduced to something instant and more importantly, very nutritious and good for health! It is none other than Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence. The double-boiled chicken essence (滴鸡精) is a traditional health supplement that originated in the south of Taiwan.

The chickens they used for the essence is free-range and they are fed without any chemical and hormone. They are rich in high-quality protein and essential amino acids, and the best part? The flavours are tailor-made with various herbs so that they can meet the different needs of the individuals.

You can check out their website under the products tab to see which chicken essence suits your body best. There are also chicken essences that are suitable for children too.
The packaging is so luxurious that you can even give them to your elderly at home, or someone who has just given birth!



I suffer from very bad monthly menses cramp so I was introduced to Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed.

The addition of vaccaria seed to the chicken essence helps to soothe my body – especially during the time of the month by promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis*, the ripe seeds has properties like soothing the liver and regulate the Qi in our body.

*Blood stasis is a condition used in Chinese medicine, it is described as slowing or pooling of blood, which may cause pain or other symptoms.

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Preparation is very easy. There are 20 packets in a box and you have to keep them in the freezer so that they will not spoil.

Take one packet out of the freezer and put it into a bowl that has a lid.

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You can either choose to boil it again or be like me, use the lazy-but-easy method – microwave it!

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Once the chicken essence is thawed, take it out and enjoy it!

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You know how herb-y some chicken essence smell? Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence smells nothing like them. In fact, it smells & tastes like some yummy homemade double-boiled soup! SLURPS! My husband gave it a try and he is now a fan too!

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After drinking it for a few days, my body feels refreshed and energized. Even the cramps were greatly reduced! I may still have mild cramps as and when but it is definitely a lot better.

We are all too busy fighting the cooperate health, drink Tian Xiang Yuan Chicken Essence as an alternative to boost your health!

You can find Tian Yuan Xiang at:

101 Thomson Road, #B1-24A United Square, Singapore 307591 (Novena MRT)

Tel: +65 6200 6789

Opening Time:

Sundays to Thursdays and public holiday: 10:30am-09:00pm

Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holiday: 10:30am-09:30pm

Official website: www.qchicken.com.sg

Singtel Dash 5th Anniversary Deals

Happy happy birthday Singtel Dash!!

Do you know that Dash was born in 2014? And many of you might not know that you don’t have to be a Singtel user to be able to use Dash! An all-in-one mobile wallet, Dash is a really useful app to have in your phone!

For instance, last year, Dash joined Asia’s first cross-border payment alliance, VIA, allowing Dash users to pay overseas via QR codes with no additional fees, and competitive FX rates!If you love shopping in Bangkok or enjoyingbeach holidays in Phuket, you might want to try it out for yourself. You can simpley scan and pay at over 1.6 million merchants in Thailand with Dash – from restaurants to night markets, or even to buy your BTS tickets in Bangkok! What’s more, Japan will soon be added to the list with more countries coming really soon!

Other handy services include transferring money can be done via Dash too – a quick and easy way to split bills among friends!

Another great feature is being able to shop online with Dash! When you download the app, you automatically get your very own Dash Visa Virtual Account – a Visa, without the card!

What’s best? AMAZING DEALS WHEN DASH CELEBRATES 5!


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I shop online every day…. almost every single day….. Guess how happy I was when I saw these birthday deals on Dash?


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Singtel Dash 5 Deal


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These deals… They help me save a lot of money! Even though it is Dash’s 5th Birthday, it feels like my birthday instead. Shopping at a discounted rate 😀

Dash also makes commuting easier. Scan and pay for your taxi rides with Dash and enjoy up to 5% cash back and pay 0% admin fees. It’s 5% cash back, you know! Do you know how much I spend on taxis every month? I am guilty to say that the amount has been rising non-stop… I need that 5% cash back to make myself feel less guilty.

There is also a $5 off when you make an order via Deliveroo too! Yum Yum. Discounted food order to the doorstep


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I can’t screenshot all the awesome deals so you will have to head over to the www.dash.com.sg/deals to surprise yourself! Work hard, shop smart!

On top of all this, Dash is also offering sure-win gifts with their in-app birthday game! Earn a chance to open a gift box when you shop, remit or top-up prepaid airt ime with Dash and stand to win a Razer Phone 2, Dash credits or cashback at a variety of merchants.

If you aren’t a Dash user yet, what are you waiting for? Download Singtel Dash App on your mobile and enjoy up to $5 off your first purchase!

It’s useful, just Dash!

Cleaning the house with Electrolux Purei9 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Being newly weds, and first time house owners, we do not really know what to expect when we have to stay together except hearing what others have to share and avoid making the same mistakes.

We were told that minor issues like snatching of blankets at night or splitting of household chores can lead to little arguments.

So our way of avoiding arguments is to have someone / something to help us with the little things at home.

One of which is….. having a robot vacuum!

We settled on Electrolux Purei9 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner because of its robotic design. While we were shopping for one, we noticed that most of them were round in shape. Electrolux Purei9 really stood out, as it is a rounded triangle. Unlike the round robots, Purei9’s unique triangular Trinity Shape™ and Powerbrush™ have no issues with the corners.

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It comes with a simple charging stand, which is minimalist enough to fit into any house theme, and it only took me two hours to fully charge it before its first use.

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The instruction manual was straightforward and clear. I had Electrolux Purei9 mobile app downloaded into my phone and connecting the robot cleaner to the phone was fuss-free.

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I named the robot “Awyong” (James’ surname) and he went “You can’t complain that I am not doing any house work when Awyong is constantly sucking up the dirt from the floor!” Haha.

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You can play around with the settings in the app. For example, you can select the energy saving eco mode and mute the robot if you need the house to be silent. If you are too busy to clean up the floor, just schedule cleanings and it will start doing its work automatically.

And when you need it to return to it’s base (the charging stand), just press on the home button and it will make its way back. Isn’t it smart?!

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Pure i9 uses a 3D vision camera (as seen below). It prevents the robot from getting stuck or falling down. I do not have stairs at my new place so I haven’t seen it fall but till today, I have yet to see it bang into any furnitures or walls.

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As it uses AirExtreme Technology and XXL Cleaning path, it can pick up most of the dust of all floor types in one pass. It works well on the carpet in my living room as it is coupled with a large brush at the bottom. I have a very sensitive nose so when things get dusty (even minor dust), my allergic reactions will start acting up but so far.. SO GOOD!

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If your carpets are slightly thicker than usual, the robot can climb up to 2.2cm high of obstacles as it runs on a ClimbForceDrive™ system, which is exclusive to Electrolux.

It auto detects the type of floor surface and changes its suction power accordingly so you can let it do its job without worrying too much.

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Even though Electrolux claims that it has a 40-minute battery life when it is not in the Eco mode, it seems that my little Awyong here can run up to 50 minutes before it has to return to its dock.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my new robot pal and so is James. It has been keeping our place dust-free and comfortable to live in!

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If you are interested in Purei9, you can head over to https://www.electrolux.com.sg/vacuum-and-home/vacuum-cleaners/pi91-5ssm/ to find out more!

Packaged Tour for Honeymoon to Europe – Is It Worth It?

A lot of you have been asking about our honeymoon and all. So here you go! In total, we spent about $8,500 for this trip (excluding our own shopping and food). So is the trip worth every penny we spent on this trip? Read more below!


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To be honest, I have never been on a packaged tour since the age of 7. Sadly, I cannot really recall those before I turned 7.

Like what James always say: “We should enjoy hard after we have worked hard enough!”. Thus, we went straight for a good looooong holiday! This round, we took up a 13-Day, 11-Night Italy, Switzerland, Paris, Germany + 2-Night Dubai Trip with euHolidays.

I was initially very worried & scared but at the same time, excited. Worried & scared because I am more of a conservative person. I kept having thoughts like “What if there are delays”, “What if I get robbed or pickpocketed?” and just many “What ifs”! All these concerns were real because they were shared to me by close friends and relatives around me.

Having been to Europe a couple of years ago, the pickpocket issues there were very real. I went there with my university mates and some of them got ‘preyed’ upon! I almost experienced it first hand when one of my uni mates who was sitting right next to me got preyed upon by them…. I have to admit that I just developed “Euro-phobia” since then. Therefore, this is also simply the reason why we decided to go with a tour group. As much as you would think “bigger group means bigger prey”, it meant more peace of mind for us especially if you have a good mama-san there!

Thankfully, we had a great mama-san during this trip. She is actually the tour manager, Susan. Being a conservative person, she kept reminding and keeping a lookout for us. Must say that the trip wouldn’t have been the same without her!

We flew in with a stop over at Dubai airport. Fortunately, we only have to wait for a short one hour during the stopover; thankfully not much time was wasted during the flying portion! Our first stop was Italy – Rome. We visited the Colosseum and the price of the ticket was included in the trip so we did not have to top up for the entrance.

It was very hard to get a good shot there as the place is crazily packed! Still, this is not to be missed by first timers to Rome! Having been there for countless times, Susan knows where and which angle so she helped us with some photo-taking there! I was even guilty to say she took even better photos than we did! Haha! That was not the only merit of her; Susan is definitely very well read as she knows every location inside out from its rich history, heritage, local practices and so on. For James, this is definitely a plus point as he really love to know a place inside out! He always say that is the point of travelling!

For this, another plus point for euHolidays!


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Picture taken in Rome


We also visited St. Peter’s Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and even visited our first Christmas Market at Piazza Novona! We were very lucky because it was the Christmas season so we had a lot of Christmas markets to shop and experience. Even more lucky as we met the Pope himself! That very day we visited the St Peter’s Cathedral, he was giving his blessing to the visitors! What else can I say, we are blessed to be on this trip LITERALLY!

Personally, I love Siena the most when we were in Italy. I love the peace and the structures of the building! They have the oldest building in whole of Italy. If you know their artistic history, that was the gothic period. From structures to food, everything is good! Even a simple pizza there taste super good! According to Susan, Siena is not somewhere easily accessible without a coach. You can make a day trip there but it will cost you a few hundred bucks to book a cab to and fro.


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Picture taken in Siena


Next up, we went to Florence and Venice. Needless to say, they are very beautiful too!! Beautiful in a different way. Venice was so pretty that I look as though I was photoshopped in all the photos! We also saw how figurines were made by their masters using murano glass there. We wanted to buy wine glasses back but they were so expensive. 2 for SGD300-400 (I can’t remember the exact price)? Nonetheless, we still manage to get a glass horse which is now part of the accessories at James’ drinking corner in the house!

Fun Fact: Do you know that there are no land transport in Venice? You will have to take a water taxi to reach Venice and also when travelling within all the small winding channels of Venice.


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Picture taken in Venice


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Picture taken in Venice


Of course, I love my outlet shopping at The Mall in Italy too 😛 I bought a Gucci and Prada bag there! We were only given 2 hours to shop. I wished we had more time though. Queueing to enter the different boutiques took up 1/3 of the time already 🙁 I also regretted not getting the YSL bag that I saw. It was only $1,800 at the outlet mall and that was nearly 40% off the retail price!!!

The bags were so affordable that I find everything in Milan expensive when we were there 😛

For Germany, it was a 1-Day trip and we only visited the famous Black Forest so not much photos were taken there. It certainly is nice to know that the stuffs at Germany are really cheap. Cheapest in fact, as compared to the other parts of Europe. We bought winter beanies for 5 euros each!

Probably our most favourite activity – ‘Sledding’ in Switzerland. Sledding at Wetterhorn Mountain is only exclusively available to euHolidays so if you are keen to slede there, I would suggest you to give euHoliday a try!


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Picture taken in Switzerland


P/S: Traveling up to the mountain is very expensive. The Cogwheel Mountain Train cost us more than SGD$300-400 (if I didn’t remember wrongly). Do note that the tickets are not included in the package. You will have to top up for this as an optional tour.

If it is your first visit to Switzerland, I would strongly suggest you to go for it. I enjoyed the beautiful view of the mountains and Alps but I wouldn’t spend the money again if I were there for a second visit.


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Picture taken in Switzerland


Sledding was so tedious but fun though!! We did like some training before the actual 2 rounds of sledging. It was freezing like crazy because it was a mad -16 degree celsius. Our ears, fingers and toes almost broke!!! I would still pick the cold than the weather we have right now though! I love layerings!! Good for a different type of OOTD though! Haha!


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Picture taken in Switzerland, Wetterhorn


Food and transportation are VERY VERY expensive in Switzerland. But if you are a Rolex fan, do shop for one here! James was definitely looking out for his sports range Rolex during this trip. They have slightly more designs available in Switzerland but…. not the biggest range. Read on to find out more about Rolex shopping.


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Picture taken in I-Forgot-Where because we were having too much fun


It was my second visit to Paris and I had a very different experience. I was not on a packaged tour so I focused more on shopping the previous round. I felt that my trip to Paris this time round was more thorough – they covered the place with a city tour (We roamed around the city in a coach and in a boat ride). We had a day of free day so we roamed around the places that were introduced to us.

I met another 2 couples in the group who were there for Honeymoon as well so the 6 of us traveled together all the way. We visited Louvre Museum and died after that because we literally walked a few stations and combed the city by foot. These people here are so nice to travel with and I am so glad to have them with us!!


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Picture taken in Paris


P/S: We attempted to take a night train to Zurich when we were in Switzerland, Horgen (where we stayed there for a night). We succeeded but it took us 40 minutes to get our train tickets because we couldn’t understand the language. Nonetheless, thanks to the friendly locals, we still made it! We came to a conclusion why we took up a tour package for our honeymoon. LOL!!

We topped up some euros and took a boat ride around Paris too. The view was fantastic but again, we were freezing like crazy.


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Picture taken in Paris


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Picture taken in Paris


We had a free day in Paris and the entire tour group decided to spend that free day at the outlet mall so all of us chipped in and paid extra for the coach and Susan’s arrangement. As compared to Italy, Paris outlet mall has more brands but lesser variety in a brand. I would pick Italy, The Mall anytime!

After spending 13 Days and 11 Nights in Europe, we flew to Dubai for a 3 Days 2 Nights trip. The change in weather was drastic. Imagine going from a -16 to 34 degree celsius in 2 days. OMG! And you can imagine our luggages, we had to pack both Winter & Summer clothing!

We took a water boat taxi to the Gold Market which they called it a Souk. Not Zouk ok! It was a very different experience and it felt as though I have been to the place before because of the show Running Man where they would played games in the show. The places looked exactly the same!


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As we did not comb Dubai thoroughly, I do not have much to share except the Desert Safari Tour, which the 6 of us booked privately. It was a good experience and if you are planning to travel to Dubai, do head over for an experience too. It is not expensive. We booked the tickets online for $59/2 pax, inclusive of transportation to and from your hotel.


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Like our Garden by the bay, Dubai has their own Miracle Garden too. The Dubai trip was pretty much free and easy except for a half day tour with Susan and the local tour guide. It was very cute in there but the sun was seriously too hot for us to enjoy 🙁


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To our surprise, Dubai has a lot of Rolex models that are always out of stock in Singapore. We went to a few shops in Switzerland and were told that the few models were always out of stock too. The price of the watches (after tax rebate, exchange rate and credit card charges) are almost comparable to the retail prices in Singapore boutiques. Only difference is that you still get a chance to buy a two tone sports model there whereas in Singapore, you could be waiting for a lifetime to get a new one! If you are keen to get a sports model, do visit the biggest mall in the world, Dubai Mall. They have a three storey Rolex there!

We flew back to Singapore after Dubai and there were a lot of hiccups with the airline. Families with kids were separated and so were James and I. My seat was repeated. Another guy and I got the same seat number and the staff at the airport refused to help us rectify it; neither did they accept our request to put us together.

Luckily, Susan was there to manage the situation for us; otherwise, flying back would have been a disaster! I can’t imagine the kids sitting by themselves without their parents :O

All in all, I had a wonderful honeymoon all thanks to euHolidays; there is minimal conflict of interest as we paid for the trip but the trip did meet our expectations and it met our objective of “we just want to relax this honeymoon so let’s leave the itinerary planning to someone else”. For the places that were touched-and-go, we will certainly be back to experience them now that we have a good idea of what to do and where to explore now.