Game for Yatagarasu Yakitori

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Author: Alex Chua

Strong, juicy and meaty, just the thought of having yakitori never fails to bring up the joy in me. And Yatagarasu Yakitori is no exception in conjuring this gastronomic pleasure. If you’ve dined at this quaint-essential Japanese yakitori restaurant before, you would’ve noticed a common principle behind the skewers – the uncomplicated simplicity of ordering and food presentation with no shortage of flavour. As a lover of barbecued Japanese skewers, especially authentic ones with beer, I can’t wait to join in for a culinary adventure.


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The 36-seat restaurant in Circular Road is helmed by Chef Kota Tanabe, who has over 12 years of experience, including working at a Japanese izakaya (gastropub where after-work professionals dine and drink sake) in Singapore. Chef Kota is friendly and knowledgeable, and he enjoys interacting with diners, surprising them with nuggets of information on the ingredients and preparation methods. The interior exudes the Japanese izakaya vibe, with its red paper lanterns inscribed in Japanese letters, wooden furnishing and lacquered bamboo tracing along the ceiling.


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Yatagarasu has one of the widest pork wrap skewers selection in Singapore, with our 15 types of pork belly wraps to choose from, each skewer is unique in presentation and taste. The ‘lollipop’ Shiso Leaf Pork Wrap is among the many skewers I craved in this establishment. The light, mellow flavour of the shiso leaf complements the meaty, juicy wraps, barbequed to a perfect whitish pink with glistening grill marks. Chef Kota lets me try the shiso leaf itself and I am surprised how a bland ingredient commonly found in Japan can elevates the meat taste.


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Next, the Enoki Mushroom Pork Wrap gives a texturized bite to the meat. The barbequing process also helps to enhance the enoki mushroom flavour, balancing the meat profile. This is a good skewer companion for a glass of cold, chilled beer.


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Perhaps the most creative/ experimental pork wrap skwer of all, the Yakisoba Pork Wrap is also the most visually arresting. With the yakisoba sauce pouch placed on top of the meat, you have to slightly squeeze the pouch end to emit sweet delicious straight into the sauce.


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Besides the unique pork belly wraps, Yakitori also doles out an array of barbecued skewers featuring chicken and vegetables. Try the popular chicken wings, soft bone and the fillet skewers ($2.50 each) with the restaurant home-made yakitori sauce to kick the indulgence up a notch.


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For lunch, the restaurant has a special meu featuring Oyako-Don (chicken and egg rice bowl). Both chicken and egg are summered in a flavourful dashi sauce. Only 50 bowls will be served each afternoon and the lunch service starts from 11.30am.

Yatagarasu Yakitori
72 Circular Road
#01-01 Singapore 049426

Dual Yellow Laser at Astique Clinic Singapore

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We are just 9 more months into our wedding and we are taking extra care for our face because we want to look our best on our big day. We have been visiting Dr. Celine Leong from Astique Clinic for the last 2 years and we focused too much on enhancements instead of better skin so we have decided to do the otherwise! We have recently embarked on the Dual Yellow Laser journey!

There are a lot of other Laser Treatments which you can find at Astique Clinic but there are just too many people raving about Dual Yellow Laser so we just have to give it a try!

What is Dual Yellow Laser?
“Using a combination of yellow and green lights, the Dual Yellow brightening laser can combat a wide range of skin concerns like dark spots and pigmentation due to aging or sun damage, scars, melasma, stretch marks, acne and bulky lesions (moles, skin tags and other raised lesions). The green light in Dual Yellow targets melanin which causes pigmented lesions like freckles, sun spots and age spots or skin discolouration like melasma.

An immediate change in appearance of dark spots will be noticed and some might appear to darken slightly and gradually fade after a couple of days.

Not only are treatments fast, precise and targeted with reduced skin damage and no down time, the Dual Yellow brightening laser will effectively treat your skin condition while also stimulating collagen generation helping to keep your skin supple and brightened in complexion.”

Why did we go for Dual Yellow Laser instead of other lasers?
James has some scars on his face, and some times breakouts. As for me? Sun spots is something I can’t deny since I am ALWAYS out in the sun everyday. I do not personally have scars or stretch marks but I don’t mind having extra collagen stimulation to help keep my skin glowing!

More importantly, the procedure is pretty fast and painless. As we have to attend events or engagements on a daily basis (almost), we want to avoid down time and Dual Yellow Laser has absolutely no downtime. We can step out of the clinic in 10-15 minutes. I can even apply my makeup right after the laser.

The laser is a quick process and all you need is just two steps.

Step 1: A layer of cooling gel will be applied to your face to help cope with the heat (in fact, I couldn’t even feel any heat!).


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Step 2: Laser!


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We do not have any pain throughout the entire treatment and the skin always feel extra smooth for the next 1 week after the treatment! If you google, some people may experience mild redness after the laser but it works pretty well for us so far. We are currently at our third session and we can’t wait for the fourth! I hope we will have even more radiant skin on our big day next year!

I will strongly recommend you to do the laser once a month for maintenance. You can even skip applying foundation after a few sessions (depending on your skin condition).

Please visit www.astiqueclinic.com.sg for more information on the laser.

You can also visit them at:

350 Orchard Road, Shaw House, Singapore 238868

Step into a World of Flavour at .elia

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There’s nothing in the world that’s one size fits all. But if you’re looking for a restaurant that sells quality sandwiches, handmade pastas and steak while sipping superbly-brewed specialty coffee, then .elia is the right place. Bistro by day, restaurant by night, .elia brings a curated menu where signatures from abroad are delectably assembled with a personal touch. Located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, this new 30-seater restaurant provides diners a modern twist to traditional fare such as tortellini and wagyu steak. Stripping off the bells and whistle, leaving just the essentials on the plate. Helming the culinary direction is founder-and-chef Clint Seah. His casual yet refined menu logs his travels, inspiration and culinary journey – leading to the birth of .elia. Since opening its door on 3rdAugust, this quant restaurant has received nothing but raving reviews. I can’t wait to join in for a gastronomic experience.


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Exuding a quiet charm, walking into .elia gives me an impression of bare monochromatic translucency – you can see all the way to the kitchen the minute you walk in. On the right side sat a long marble top; the drinks section where you can order their specialty coffee, exotic tea, and alcoholic drinks. The interior speaks chic minimalist with a splash of grey, wooden furnishing and natural light.


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Showcasing the best produce of each season, you can expect non-pretentious, honest freshly-made pasta and sandwiches (yes, even the bread is baked fresh!) just like the décor itself. Each type of bread and pasta is paired to its corresponding ingredients, bringing out the best in every dish.

For the weekday lunch menu (available on Mondays to Thursdays), the Panchetta (image above) is the must try. Cooked in brown butter and egg yolk with Italian bacon, you could feel the rich, exquisite flavour carried into the freshly-made trenette. Choose the lunch set to add hot coffee/ tea for just $1 – absolutely value-for-money.


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Come dinner time, elia morphs into a casual dining concept befitting for a place for a place for a romantic date or just hanging out with friends. Simple and elegant, the un-frivolous naming Octopus features a perfect mix of grilled octopus with sauteed kale, caramelised chili and macadamia nuts.

Surprisingly not chewy, I love the firm, crisp bite of the delicious octopus and the visually appealing composition of this dish.


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As a unyielding carnivore, the Wagyu Beef Shortribs is my personal favourite dish within the menu. Sous-vided and seared to a perfect medium-rare, expect an explosion of flavour with each mouthful.

Overall, this cosy restaurant indeed whipped up some interesting, gourmet food. It is a perfect place to organise for a small private functions too. Fun fact: .elia does not stand for perfect. In fact, the name means far from perfect. It recognises that there is more to life than being perfect, one of which is to remain humble and constantly seek improvement. A good principle for us to seek and remind ourselves to abide to, every day in our lives.

.elia
10 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089264

My Lasik Journey With Shinagawa Eye Centre

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Since all of you have been “bugging” me with my lasik surgery. Here you go!

As this is not a sponsored post, please do not expect discount codes from me. So many people have been asking me for discount code but I paid for the surgery myself.

The reason why I have decided to go for lasik is because I have been traveling quite a bit for the past 2 years and of course, that includes staycations. I find it a hassle to pack my spectacles and contact lenses (I wear dailies) everytime I travel/ have a staycay.

More often than not, I find my eyes getting drier and drier after wearing my contact lens for more than 10-11 hours. And what does this means? I have to make my way home before 9pm if not it will get really uncomfortable for my eyes.

I am a super scaredy cat because I am very paranoid about everything that has got to do with knives and anything invasive. I spent a lot of time googling and researching about the clinics in Singapore and I shortlisted two. I even went for pre-lasik assessment at two different clinics before settling on Shinagawa Eye Centre.

In my HONEST opinion, the pre-lasik assessment at Shinagawa is really affordable! Only $22 for the entire assessment! You can also hop by if all you want is just a thorough eye check. And in any case if you are not suitable for lasik, tell yourself, it is only $22. The nurses there are also super friendly and attentive. I kept asking how my results were after every machine check. lol!

I was super happy when Dr. Lee Sao Bing told me that I am suitable for Intralase Lasik at his clinic! You don’t know how many good reviews I have heard about him both online and offline. Some of my friends got their lasik done by him too! I immediately booked my lasik surgery date after the consult and it was only one week apart.

I swear I was freaking nervous the night before the surgery. I woke up at 5am, 6am and 7am and all the way till 9. Lol! I even asked the nurses at the counter if it is going to be painful or anything. They laughed and told me that I worried too much. Their lasik were also done by Dr. Lee and it was painless! Haha.

Yup, Dr. Lee recommended me the Intralase method (with Flap) and boy, I was glad I went ahead with this!

Just in case you need to know more about Intralase Lasik, you can read it here: http://www.shinagawa.com.sg/en/services/lasik-surgery


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Some other methods are just good for people with high or low eye power but Intralase method is good for people with both high and low eye power! My eye power was at -3.50 per eye.

Why do I strongly recommend Intralase Method (speaking from personal experience):
– Quick recovery
– Painless
– Short procedure time

I was still hyperventilating during the procedure but it was so quick that before I could realize that it was done, IT WAS ALREADY DONE. Dr. Lee sure has his ways of making me feel assured and distracted – distracted from the procedure but focused on the lights. Haha.

Believe it or not, I walked myself out of the operating theatre without any assistance! The entire procedure took less than 1 minute per eye. Most of the time were spent on preparation and checks.

The surgery was separated into two parts:

  1. Cutting of flap
  2. Laser

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Dr. Lee told me to head home immediately after the surgery and sleep it off. Me being me, I went to get some food before heading home. Yes, I could walk myself to ION Food Hall from the clinic at Wheelock to get some food right after the surgery. I wasn’t even in pain at all. Pain score? ZEROOOOOOO. (P/S: YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GO HOME STRAIGHT OK. DON’T BE LIKE ME. I WAS JUST TOO HUNGRY.)

I fell asleep once I got home and woke up in the middle of the night to realize that I WAS HAVING CLEAR VISION ALREADY OMG. That feeling was…. indescribable. After wearing spectacles for nearly 13 years…. I can actually wake up to clear vision 7 hours after the surgery.

I was also given 3 days of MC and advised to rest at home but I thought, since I have to go back to the clinic the very next day for the review, I might as well head to work since my vision was super clear already. No one believed me when I said I could go back to work the very next day.

During the review, I told Dr. Lee how amazed I was with the results, I could see the joy in his eyes too. He felt me. He felt how happy I was. You know that feeling? At that very instant, I felt that going Shinagawa Eye Centre for Intralase Lasik was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Both the Dr and Nurses told me that I have to constantly keep my eyes hydrated because dry eyes can cause regression and I finished 1 box of eyedrops in 3 days. That was how paranoid I was. I don’t want my money to go to waste.


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A week later, I went back to the clinic for my review and I was told that my eyesight is perfect! I don’t even have -0.25 (CHOY CHOY CHOY).  Both eyes were 0.00 HEHEHEHE.

Watch my video to find out more!


FOOD: Delight your taste buds with four locally-inspired dishes at Eighteen Chefs

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Author: Alex Chua

Delight your taste buds with four locally-inspired dishes at Eighteen Chefs Chilli Crayfish Pasta There is nothing more Singaporean than Singapore’s food itself. In celebration of National Day this August, Eighteen Chefs elevates the spirit of multi-cultural diversity to a whole new gastronomical level with the introduction of four delectable, locally-inspired dishes. A household name when it comes to quick, affordable Western cuisine, the halal-certified restaurant is well-known for its customizable cheese baked rice and wide variety of freshly-prepared western fare with a local twist. The juxtaposition of local and western ingredients of these four new dishes is on point, and it should gel with the local’s taste buds as well. The surprises truly satisfy!

The first dish, Chilli Crayfish Pasta ($16.80) is served with a mix of succulent crayfish and pan grilled fish atop a toss of pasta. I love the rich, tangy sauce which mixed perfectly with the pasta and the freshness of crayfish.


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Dry Laksa Pasta

For those who adore Singapore’s standard of spiciness would definitely appreciate the Dry Laksa Pasta ($14.80), as it can be quite hot to the tongue. Accompanied with grilled tiger prawns, juicy prawns and eggs, the pasta is best consumed while its hot to retain the succulent laksa taste!


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Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs with Fried Rice

The dish which I would come back for more is the Pineapple & Chicken Satay Kebabs with Fried Rice($13.80). Almost melt-in-the-mouth, thick tender grilled chicken kebab pineapple skewer is drizzled with peanut satay sauce, paired with fragrant friend rice and toss of side salad, making it the perfect composition for a protein-rich meal. The dish tastes delicious, with the nutty richness balanced by the refreshing flavours of the pineapple and meaty punch from the kebabs. There are no charred edges in the skewer.


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Fluffy Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

What better way to end the course with every Singaporean childhood dessert? The colourful Fluffy Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich ($1.80) is just like your everyday cheer-me-up ice cream sandwich from your favourite peddler plus more. Uncompromisingly sinful and localized, you can choose between flavours such as sweet corn, raspberry ripple, red bean, choco mint and durian, wrapped in a visually pleasing unicorn-like colored bread.

There’s no reason not to visit Eighteen Chef’s for a quick, affordable yet tasty meal. Ultimately, Eighteen Chef’s is a place that makes you feel good. As does the food.

FOOD: BURG Kitchen Doles Out Juicy Handmade Hamburgs

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Author: Alex Chua

Are you a Japanese style hamburger fan? If yes then you would surely adore BURG Kitchen. The latest addition to top-rate Japanese restaurants Eat At Seven, BURG Kitchen doles out the juiciest hamburg with up to seven choices of sauces that customers can select from. Ranging from demi-glace, teriyaki with mayo and wasabi, to oroshi ponzu and ponzu spicy chilli, these delectable sauces compliments the robust flavour of the well-marinated meat itself. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Kataoka, who uses only quality blend of minced Australian beef and wagyu fats to boost up the texture and flavour.

Besides the hamburgs are other delectable main courses as well. Comfort food lovers, read on to find out more!


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Nestled deep inside Eat At Seven, this Japanese-French fusion-style restaurant is not prominently positioned unlike the usual makan premises. What it lacks in visibility it gains in privacy and cosiness which I personally enjoy. Tucked within the raw slabs of red and white concrete, wooden floorings and below the orange arch arcs are comfortable sofas and cushioned seats –its like a little enclave where you can coast around for a little breather, away from the peering crowds in the bustling mall. The open kitchen concept and long panel window at the entrance exudes a sort of modern and spaciousness without feeling too exposed. It is basically a dining oasis where family and friends can enjoy intimate chat over sumptuous, comforting food.


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The first dish, Penne Meat Sauce Gratin ($14.50++) comes with a single minced beef ball atop melted cheese. The cheese is stringy and not overpowering the tasty meat and tomato sauce penne. The dish is served with a bowl of rice and miso soup, making it a really satisfying meal.


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I love the presentation and aroma oozing from the Golden Curry with Handmade Creamy Croquet and Beef Meatballs ($15.50++). Aesthetically pleasing with its colour scheme of green, yellow, and red from zucchini, baby corn and red pepper. The curry has a creamy texture, and a runny onsen egg tops it off perfectly. A healthy, nutritious meal without feeling too green (note: bland) to the palette.


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The dish is something that makes me want to come back again with a friend to share. Marinated with pepper, nori and sesame seeds, the Chicken Wings with Spice Blend ($14.50++) gives a uniquely piquant kick and a crisp bite on the well-flavoured meat.


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Saving the best for last, the Cheese Burg ($19.80++) is a 200g patty consists of a blend of quality Australian minced beef with wagyu fats, well-marinated with salt, pepper, miso, sautéed onions, breadcrumbs and milk. Topped with Colby and cheddar cheese torched for a smoky tinge and gooey consistency, giving it a robust, meaty flavour to every bite. If you are a true-blue carnivore, the Original version ($18++) without the cheese topping is gastronomically perfect enough.

Heres 3 words to sum up BURG Kitchen – sumptuous, cosy and value-for-money. Whats more, every main course ordered entitle unlimited servings at the salad and dessert bar! Making this restaurant a steal for the Suntec office dwellers.

Burg Kitchen Address:
Eat at Seven, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-315, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Phone: +65 6266 5338
Opening hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30 – 10pm (daily)

FOOD: Bowled Over By Kogane Yama Customisable Tendon Bowl

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Author: Alex Chua

The owners who introduced Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Masizzim to Singapore have started a chic Japanese restaurant, whose name means ‘Golden Mountain’ in Japanese. Kogane Yama is K Food Holdings’ first original dining concept housed at the hip enclave of Bugis Junction. Launched on 4 June 2017, the 44-seater pays homage to the humble yet satisfying tendon bowl. With each serving features a lavish heap of perfectly fried, golden-brown pieces of tempura atop a mound of sweet Japanese rice. I am definitely bowled over by these crisp, battered tempura bowls. For days that call for a plate of fried food, the tempura here unquestionably delivers.





Walking into the interior you would be immediately transported to traditional Japanese eatery, with light wood tables and concrete walls, accented by hints of royal blue mountain-print noren (Japanese curtains) hanging along the walls and from the ceiling. The minimalistic feel gives a touch of modern sophistication with the addition of Japanese-Scandinavian black leather cushioned chairs and banquet seats.





Kogane Yama puts a creative spin on the traditional tendon bowl selection. First, choose the type of tempura you’d like, from signature items such as the Chicken Bowl ($13.80+), a bowl boasting tender Chicken fillets and select vegetable tempura; Prawn Bowl ($13.80+), featuring juicy prawn tempura with select vegetable tempura; Vegetable Bowl ($13.80+), a bowl loaded with an assortment of perfectly battered veggies such as long beans, carrot, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, sweet potato, green bell pepper and more; as well as the highly recommended Mixed Bowl ($15.80, above+), a mixed of EVERYTHING from the above.





Next, pick your base. You can choose to have the classic Japanese short-grain rice or top up a dollar to enjoy it with either Soba or thin Udon – both steeped in a clear and fragrant dashi broth. I personally adore the Udon here which is thinner and flatter.
Finally, choose the level of spiciness for the tentsuyu sauce – from non-spicy to level one to three. When I tried the level 3 I find it is still palatable, although I knew I could take the heat. You could also top up $2 to make a set, which comes with a bowl of chawanmushi and either miso soup or green tea.





Having a couple of refreshers definitely helped to soothe through the large meal. I have a hard time deciding which one is my preferred drink, either the Calpis Soda ($5.50+) or layered Azuki Matcha Latte ($6.80+), as I adore the taste of both drinks. The Calpis soda is a concoction of fizzy soda and vanilla-flavoured yogurt. The Azuki Matcha is sweet and creamy, and its great as a dessert itself.
Overall, this tempura specialty restaurant is a great, convenient premise for casual, value-for-money dining. What makes Kogane Yama different from other tendon restaurants is the many options available to customise your tempura set without overwhelming us with numerous selections.

Kogane Yama
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188021
Operating Hours:
Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm (last orders at 9.30pm)
Fri and Sat: 11am – 11pm (last orders at 10.30pm)

REVIEW: Tokyo Bust Express – Free Detox Beauty Program

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If you think people like who, who are not exactly busty have no issues with our bust (except being small), then you are so wrong. I knew exactly what the problems were so I went to Tokyo Bust Express to seek treatment.

Tokyo Bust Express is located at 3 different places:

Novena Square 2: 10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111/112 Singapore 307506
Next Mall: 23 Serangoon Central #03-32 Singapore 059300
Regency House: 123 Penang Road, Regency House #07-13 Singapore 238464

I went to the outlet at Novena Square 2 and boy, it was so conveniently located next to the MRT station! I was so so worried about getting lost initially.





You will not miss the welcoming pink when you walk past them. And when I entered the parlor, I was greeted by a group of happy ladies! There is absolutely nothing to feel shy about because all of them were pretty smiley and friendly.





Prior to the treatment, I had a consultation of 20 minutes. I shared my concerns with my therapist and true enough – I knew my bust was a little saggy. What I didn’t know was that my bust was also pretty distant. The therapist told me that it could be due to my lack of knowledge during puberty. Like I did not get the right bra or I wore them too loose 🙁

So make sure you are wearing the right bra, or buy your daughter(s) the right one. Please do not save on bras! Thankfully, she told me that I was not hopeless. Lol. There are treatments to help bring the bust back to the correct shape and place. Instead of focusing on enhancing the bust size, I went for firming instead. She also explained to me the ingredients used for the treatment and that surely put me at ease.





The first thing that came to my mind when I was the room was “ahhhh, time to enjoy and sleep” and I was right. I fell asleep for a good 20 minutes.





We started the treatment with a scrub and hand massage, followed by a machine which sends micro-electric currents onto the bust. The currents are pretty light and there was absolutely NO pain at all. They felt more like a massager instead. It can help in the absorption of all the nutrients that was applied before that.

The massage also can help “push” my boobs inwards to help them get back to the correct place. If you are rather busty and the boobs are not at the right place, they can help you with that can who knows, you may have a deeper cleavage! Hehe.





One more #selfie before I nap away~





It is pretty obvious that I am pretty satisfied with the results because I feel slightly bustier with the boobs in the right place. Of course, I would need maintenance to keep them in place.





Thank you Tokyo Bust Express for the experience!

Redeem your x1 Tokyo Bust Express Detox Beauty Program now by SMS-ing ‘maybelinesim’ to 9108 4276.
This will be limited to 20 ladies daily. It will be available at 3 outlets:
1) 23 Serangoon Cerntral #03-32, Nex, Singapore 556083
2) 10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111/113, Novena (Square 2), Singapore 307506
3) 123 Penang Road #07-13, Regency House, Singapore 238465

REVIEW: MOSCHINO Pink Fresh – A Fruity & Floral Fragrance for every girl

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Last year, I put a bottle of MOSCHINO Fresh Eau De Toilette (Blue) on my shelf for display because it was too cute to be emptied! This year, this summer, MOSCHINO Pink Fresh was gifted to me again. YAYYY! What a cute set of fragrance on display! Aren’t we a fan of MOSCHINO’s accessories and perfume bottles?!

This time round…..

100% MOSCHINO!

100% Fresh!

100% Pink!



MOSCHINO PINK FRESH COUTURE is the new floral fragrance that every girl must have. It is MOSCHINO’s interpretation of the original Fresh perfume – sparkling and feminine notes suited for the everyday lady who wants to have fun. Because of the fruits found at the different notes, be sure to expect a tinge of fun with the scent of the fruits!

Head notes – Pink grapefruit, Casis, Lily of the Valley
Heart notes – Pomegranate, Wild Rose, Pink Jacinth
Base notes – Cedar Wood, Ambrox, Musk





A lot of you may thought that all you have to do is to press the spray lever…. But the actual fact is… You will have to open the cap and spray it like the other fragrances out there. You wouldn’t want to spoil the lever by pressing on it too often because I bet you will keep the bottle after emptying the fragrance! Hehe.





I hope the bottle has brought a smile on your face. You can get MOSCHINO Pink Fresh at Metro Paragon – 290 Orchard Road Singapore 238859.

REVIEW: Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis

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Yes once again I am out for a staycation! I always enjoy a short dose of staycation to help me retain my sanity in this relatively fast pace city. This time around, my short escape from Lion city’s hustle and bustle is Mecure Hotel Singapore Bugis.
Let me share couple of reasons why you should consider Mecure Hotel Singapore Bugis:

1) Ideal Location for Shopaholic
Located within walking distance from Bugis village which is our equivalent of Bangkok’s Chatukchak & Seoul’s Gangnam Underground shopping centre.

A little tips for the foreigners reading this post: Shopping here is considered most affordable in Singapore and usually it can easily take up at least a day to comb the entire shopping compound! So foreigners staying near here have an added advantage of exchanging more commuting time to shopping time!

Don’t worry even if you are done with Bugis Village within a day, there are many other shopping centres within walking distance. Singapore’s biggest and oldest electronic mall (Sim Lim Square) is also a stone’s thrown away from the hotel. If you wish to find cheapest watch deals in Singapore, there is Bencoolen Mall. To satisfy the foodies, there is no lack of local & international cuisines located at the shopping malls peppered around Bugis eg Bugis Plus, Bugis Junction etc.

Now, let’s move on to the hotel.

2) Lots of Instagram-worthy spots with its Quirky-looking furniture & Interior Design

I shall let the pictures do the talking for this point.

Interesting famed up images lining the corridor while you make a beeline for your room.





In this case, we were given the room. It is a double-storey room with the bed located on the second floor which can easily house 5-10 people within the room.

Upon opening the door to the room, you will be greeted with the open concept bathroom.

Well equipped with basic amenities e.g. Bath gel, toothbrush, Shampoo, conditioner etc. Basically, you do not have to bring or buy any of these items. Just bring yourself and many many sets of clothes for taking IG-worthy pictures!











Other practical items within the room include coffee machine, teabags, two TVs (for each floor) with access to movie, documentary & local channels & most importantly a complimentary handy (for calls, SMS & GPS). Which means now you can afford not to bring along your phone as well! Lol!

While I look down from the second floor, I found the best angle to capture the simplicity & artsiness of the whole room!

Glad we brought along a few outfits to do #ootd shots!








There are a myriad of quirky-looking chairs in alfresco settings (Below).

If you are into vintage, you are going to adore this hotel even more as there are a lot of backdrops with old, ubiquitous HDB flats, most recognized internationally as Singapore’s unique landscape.

Just imagine how many pictures you can take with this beautiful contrast here!




Yearning for a city view? Be sure to visit their Infinity Pool (1.2m in height). Do a couple of laps & take a short break to enjoy a good view of the city landscape. If not for a swim, this is a good spot to get some Vitamin D from the sun.








Right next to the swimming pool is a small juccuzi which you can enjoy the city view in another angle.

The Gym (same floor as the swimming pool & Jaccuzi). There are not a lot of equipment in here but there are still the basic ones enough for you to shed some calories eg Treadmill, weights etc.





3. Comfortable beds

The beds and blankets were overly soft and comfortable. We sure had a difficult time getting up in the morning. We requested for late check out because M wanted to sleep in more after breakfast.





4. Nice Decent Restaurants & Bar in the Hotel

If you are keen in exploring the F&B, I will highly recommend the Royale. In fact, the breakfast is also served at this restaurant. For Dinner, you have a choice of Peranakan based Buffet or western Ala Carte cuisines. The Buffet is valid on Fridays and Saturdays only from now till 26 August 2017.




One of my favourite Ala Carte dish in their menu was the Salmon. It may look well cooked on the exterior but the interior is extremely soft and tender.

Nonetheless, the portion isn’t extremely big. Hence, if you are a big eater, you might want to consider going for the Buffet instead.





Breakfast was good with a considerable variety e.g. eggs, hashbrowns, ham, sausages, beans, cereals etc.





Last but not least, know where is my favourite hangout place other than the room itself? The bar counter where they serves drinks till late night.





Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis is located at 122 Middle Rd, Singapore 188973.

For bookings, please visit: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-A0D7-mercure-singapore-bugis/index.shtml