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)

Delve into a world of luxury at GODIVA Chocolatier Café

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Author: Alex Chua

The ever-graceful Sheila Sim, the GODIVA ambassador, at the ribbon cutting ceremony

As a GODIVA fan, I look forward to the opening of its café similar to the ones in Shanghai, Beijing and Taiwan. And on 29 June, 2017 is the day when the 140 square-meter lifestyle concept dessert cafe debuts at ION Orchard, marking the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Now not only there’s a new hangout spot to chill with friends, I got to enjoy luxurious dessert at the same time.





That said, sitting down to some posh nosh chocolates on this special occasion is a real treat. How wonderful if everyday life is like this Dark Chocolate soft serve – smooth, creamy and sweet?





The elegant yet unpretentious café is a conducive place for intimate, friendly conversations; a good go-to dessert place with friends or date. Encompassing design elements inspired by GODIVA’s signature gold, white and dark chocolates. The interior of the 40-seater café is reflected to ooze rich sophistication, yet not aloof to the point of being intimidating. It is a casual setting with friendly staffers and I simply adores its soft plush velvety red seats.





At the entrance of the café, the new lifestyle-oriented concept features a huge glass display filled with a wide variety of decadent pralines and another display with an array of curated gifting options from Chocolate Carre Collection to Chocolate Gold Collection to G by GODIVA Collection, to extra special seasonal gift items. If you don’t really know what to give to your loved ones, chocolates are the ideal gift and the GODIVA label spells out its special meaning to the receiver.





Paying homage to its 90-year rich brand heritage, GODIVA Chocolatier takes care and pride in using only the finest ingredients. This café will also offer Singapore-exclusive sweet delights like the well-loved Belgium Waffles and to-die-for Chocolate Fondant with Soft Serve. For me I love Chocolate Fondue where I can choose the items – fruits, macarons, marshmallows – to dip into piping hot chocolate melted from GODIVA Carre Chocolates.





Other special items you can look forward to when you visit this lifestyle café would be their exclusive Chocolate Cakes made from quality GODIVA chocolate. Not only are these cakes aesthetically appealing, they are sinfully deluxe with its well-balanced sweetness and intricate layers.





GODIVA Chocolatier Cafe
ION Orchard, #B1-05
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Tel: 6509 8924
Facebook: @Godiva.Asia
Instagram: @godivaasia
Website: www.godiva.com.sg

EYEWEAR: Hirocon Eyewear @ One Raffles Place with James

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Author: James Aw Yong

If the name ‘Hirocon’ rings a bell, it is indeed the same Contact Lens experts shop located at B2 Orchard Gateway!

Many would know Hirocon for its endless variety of contact lens of different brands and prescriptions. However, this is not the reason I am back here for. This time around, I will be making my first pair of spectacles.

So, what attracted me here? Bet you must be guessing it is the the 2 big word “FREE Spectacle” in the below image right! Well, that was at best the second thing that attracted my attention.

The first & most key feature that struck me about this shop was how neat and brightly-litted this shop is!

Very much reflecting the true blue Japanese culture of being neat & tidy to the tiniest detail, don’t you agree?





Even though the shop isn’t as spacious as the one in Orchard Gateway, it houses ample spectacles & contact lens for you to pick from.

What is more important is they have very welcoming optometrist who greeted me the moment I was nearing the shop! I was already half impressed by their right proactive attitude. In addition, the optometrists might look young but they certainly are knowledgeable. I am known to post tough technical questions not to make any shop attendant embarrassed but more of satiating my interminable curiosity. Despite this, she was able to answer all my technical questions patiently!

Unlike other optical shops where the vision testing is a long drawn process, my optometrist went through a very systemtic process. First, I was asked to fill up a card with personal details before showed into the refraction room for my vision testing.





Within the vision testing room, there was an sink and soap for customers to extract & put on their contact lenses. After extracting my contact lens, she led me through a thorough eye test to check the degree of my myopia.

This process of sorting my prescription took approximately 10-15 minutes with absolutely no discomfort. Furthermore, they are technologically-savvy; they uses a electronic screen to project the letters & numbers of varied sizes to test my eyesight instead of a paper chart.





With my prescription degree sorted out, I proceed on to pick the frame of my choice.





The Hirocon frames are stylish and I find them very fitting for Asian face shape.

Every frame has its own unique advantage but all of them has one advantage in common ; all of them are sturdy & light-weighted.



With the Hirocon spectacles, you can look smart, stylish and be relieved of any form of weights around your nose bridge.





So, what do you think? I aren’t wrong to say it fits Asian face shape stylishly right! 🙂





Best of it all, this set of prescription lenses wears a very affordable tag.

One set like mine cost approximately SGD110 (Premium frame + Lenses). The less premium ones cost around SGD70+ and are of good sturdy quality too (Less Premium frame + Lenses).

If you are the kind who wish to enjoy the whole favorable experience of making a pair of affordable & stylish-looking spectacle, look no where further than Hirocon @ One Raffles Place. (More images can be seen on my IG handle: @James_Awyong)!

Address: 1 Raffles Place #03-26. Singapore 048616

Staycation Review: Bay Hotel Singapore [Discount Code]

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Author: James Aw Yong

If you want to stay near one of Singapore’s most iconic beach (Sentosa) comfortably yet affordably , then I would say Bay Hotel Singapore is the BEST option for you!

Why BEST?

Let me just do a simple quick summary for you so that you can always remember this hotel easily! It is simply because Bay Hotel is….

Biggest Executive boutique hotel in Singapore (333-room Bay Hotel Singapore)
Accessibility (Less than 5mins walk to the nearby Harbourfront MRT station)
Yummy local street food favourites in restaurant open from 6am to 3am (new all-day dining menu, weekend buffet lunch and hotpot buffet dinner)
Handy smartphone for use during stay with free IDD calls to selected countries
Opposite Vivocity – the largest shopping mall in Singapore
Technology (complimentary WiFi and technologically savvy check-in perfect for millennials)
Enjoyment of Complimentary Minibar (replenished once daily) and other facilities in an eco-friendly Smoke-free hotel
Located strategically also at the gateway of Sentosa and at the foot of Mount Faber.

Should this short summary not hit the sweet spot for you literally, let me shower you with more details on these aspects according to our own recent experience.

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And so once again #JamesnMaybel is ALL ready for our next Hotel review!

This time falling exactly on the National Day weekend with us all donned in our sponsored Superdry outfits! (In fact, the only Superdry store in Singapore is located in Vivocity. One more perks for the Superdry Fans staying near the hotel!)





Accessibility

Firstly, let me give you some context on how accessible this location is especially for tourists visiting Singapore for the first time.

Let’s just say this hotel is just ONE traffic light away from the Biggest Shopping mall in Singapore, VivoCity (located at Harbourfront MRT Station) and walking distance to Sentosa (Most Iconic Beach in Singapore).

And if you are looking to do some serious shopping, rest assured that this location is a mere 2-3 MRT stops from Orchard Road (Singapore’s Prime Shopping district)

Room’s Interior (Deluxe)

The room given to us for this Hotel review is their ‘Deluxe’ Room.

I like the cosy, simplistic concept & earthly tones within the room which kind of makes you feel rooted to Singapore already. The walk around space is decent for 2-3 person with a comfortable bed large enough to accommodate even 3 sleepers. If not, the ‘unlucky’ odd one out can always take the caterpillar cushion by the side of the window! >< Just kidding!

But trust me, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the super fluffy bed here which is comparable to any 4 to 5 star hotels locally!





However, if you do get the caterpillar cushion ‘bed’, don’t sulk. Because you are in for the best view within the room; One that overlooks Vivocity & Sentosa!

This view (below) getting increasingly beautiful as the sun set.





Moving onto the features within the room. They have all the basic features within a room such as TV and writing table etc.

Nonetheless, one of the tourist-friendly feature resting on the writing table is this Handy smartphone which allows for complimentary IDD calls to selected countries! So you are still connected be it locally or overseas!





One thing I like about this room is the snacks and drinks are ALL complimentary! For the drinks selection, this is not ALL!

Within the refrigerator, there are 7-8 canned drinks such as beers eg Anchor, gassy & non-gassy soft drinks. Also inclusive are 3 packets of snacks eg mixed nuts & potato chips.

Going hungry is definitely the last thing that will happen to you during your stay!





Rain Shower with decent space to accommodate two person bathing at one go. Appreciate the fact that they give a big bottle of shampoo & bathing gel.

I am not sure how many of you would understand the frustration of having to ration for these two items even for a one night stay! I have stayed in hotels which give you those ‘sample’ size bottles which seems only enough for one person usage! Luckily, you do not have to worry on such issues here!





Amenities ( Infinity Pool & Gym)

Getting out of the room, let’s check out their amenities! I am glad they have an Infinity Pool & Gym as these are the two places I will always visit when I stay in a hotel.

Even though the infinity pool here does not offer the picturesque, breathe-taking view of any 5-star hotel, there are two things I absolutely like about it: An undisturbed Nature’s view & glass protection. This allows anyone especially parents to have a peace of mind while enjoying this sanctuary.





While my dear M is indulging in her poolside shots, I get to indulge in my manly business aka Gym! Technically, its for me to burn off all the calories built during the scrumptious food tastings within this hotel (which I will share more below)!





Do not expect an extremely well equipped big gym. Nonetheless, they have all ample equipment for you to sweat it out with!





Complimentary Breakfast

The stay comes with a complimentary breakfast the next day to cure your hungry stomach.

Be sure to come down early especially when the occupancy rate is high during holidays. You are sure to get your seats at the popular ‘ Street50’ restaurant due to its large seating capacity. BUT I cannot guarantee you will get your favorite food if you are late!





The chef consistently ensure that you get hot pipping food served! Yummilicious!





The spread they have for breakfast is also pretty generous! M was totally head over heels with their Chocolate Donut balls which seeks to satisfy the sweet-tooth! For me, it just had to be their hot crunchy nuggets! I had like a 20 piece nugget meal myself!

Other food includes scrambled eggs, Ham, Croissant, yogurt, muesli, waffles, different variety of cheese, hash browns and many more!

A hearty breakfast accomplished!





For all those who are in for shopping spree & beaches, this hotel is a definite must stay! Where else can you get an affordable room in the central which is within a stone’s thrown away from the biggest shopping complex and our iconic beach, Sentosa!

ROOM DISCOUNT when you quote “Maybeline Sim”
Exclusive: 10% Off Best Available Rate plus buffet breakfast for 2 persons
Valid for stay between 21 Aug to 30 Sep 2016 only; subject to room availability
Not applicable for the period of 15 – 18 Sep 2016.


‘SINGAPORE FOOD STORY’ Weekend Buffet Lunch (For those who are Foodies only!)

If you are planing for food venture tour instead of a shopping spree, I will highly urge you to try out their ‘Singapore Food Story’ Weekend Buffet lunch!

Why?

For Foreigners – Unless you are staying for a good one week in Singapore, chances is that you are going to miss out either one or two of our famous local delicacies. With this buffet, you are almost able to capture all our famous local delights across different races eg Malay Satay, Indian Rojak etc.

For Locals – Yes, you guys might already be familiar with the local delicacies since you stayed almost half your life here. It would then be the affordability and quality of the local food!

I would say the new chef makes a good concerted effort with perfecting every local cuisines on the table here especially the Laksa which Maybel had two bowls in a row. For me, it’s their satay as he made it extremely palatable without overly burning it! Especially, I have see really ‘carcinogenic’ ones elsewhere!





Apart from local cuisines, they also have additional ‘Grill’ Stations that prepares Grilled Beef, Chicken and etc. So in totality, their spread is definitely generous and bang for buck!

Additional Details

Every Saturday & Sunday, 12pm to 3pm

(After the special debut on National Day, 9 Aug 2016, 12pm to 3pm)

Adult: $42 ++, Child (6yrs to 12yrs): $20 ++

(Children below 6 yrs dine for free with every paying adult, subject to maximum of 2 children per table)

Bay Hotel is located at 50 Telok Blangah Road Singapore 098828.

Staycation Review: Oasia Hotel Downtown Review

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Oasia Hotel Downtown has a interesting concept that we really love. Even though we are right smack in the middle of the city, it felt as though we were in a resort.

There are two check-in lobbies with one for the normal rooms and the other for Club rooms. We stayed at their Club rooms for the weekend. If you need a getaway from the buzzing Singapore life, I suggest you to do a staycation at Oasia Hotel Downtown because it can really make you feel like you are on a holiday.

Set against an urban landscape of concrete, steel and glass, Oasia Hotel Downtown stands out with a unique silhouette covered by a lush green façade that is a massive vertical garden. This greenery is enhanced by alternating 30-metre tall sky gardens and sleek architectural details to form a tropical skyscraper in the Central Business District.

The 27-storey iconic business hotel is located in the downtown Tanjong Pagar area which is set to be transformed into Singapore’s next waterfront city with a hive of business, commercial and residential activities. With Tanjong Pagar MRT Station right at the hotel’s doorstep, guests are minutes away from Raffles Place, Clarke Quay, Sentosa, Orchard Road and Marina Bay.” – http://www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/oasia-hotel-downtown-singapore

Let us start on the surrounding, if you look at the two pictures below, you will be able to feel what I meant by resort. There is also a lawn right in the middle of the lobby where guests can practice Yoga in the morning. The hotel believes in Refresh, Recharge and Refuel.

Creepers are also seen everywhere on the external structure of the building. In another few years, the creepers will grow all over the outside to give off an even more resort feel!





I love the huts especially. I am not too sure if I have seen it at other hotels yet but this idea is simply amazing! I can spend hours and hours there.





For the Pools & Gym – There are 3 pools in total with 2 mirrored pools located right at the highest level (Level 27) and one at Club Room level (Level 21).

The infinity swimming pool on Level 21 is only exclusively open for guest who are staying in Club Room. Our favourite spot is right at the end of the infinite pool where we can rest and relax while watching the urbanized city from far. We even got some nuts from the Club Lounge while enjoying the serenity at the pool.





Here’s a full view of the infinity pool taken during sunset (image taken from Far East website).





The swimming pools located on Level 27 are extremely pretty as well. We couldn’t help but swim at both pools. They are called mirrored pools because there are two exact looking pool at both ends – one with sunlight and one without.

Isn’t this smart? Me, of course, will only be seen at the pool without sunlight.

The swings made the hotel look less urbanized. It felt like me going back in time too. Back to my younger days where stress was nothing.











James even brought his laptop down to work by the pool.








The Gym is open 24 hours a day. So at any point of time where you can’t sleep or need to work out after a feast, head over for some exercise!





For the room wise, the room is as spacious as expected. Club Room comes with a pool view. Not only that, there is also a small bottle of complimentary pillow mist for the guest. This is to ensure that you will be able to completely relax your mind and have a good night sleep.





Premium Biology amenities from Australia were also provided so you can keep your usual shampoo at home. Oasia Hotel Downtown only give you all the good stuffs. Iron, ironing board, bathrobes and hair dryer are all provided as well.





The wellness drinks in the fridge are also complimentary. James was delighted when he saw Perrier Water and Coconut Water.





All Club Room comes with bathtub. You can choose to close or open the door while soaking. Leave it open and you can enjoy your movie while you soak yourself after a long tiring day. I absolutely love the wood decor because it gives off a very homely yet resort feel.





Breakfast starts from 7am to 10.30am everyday. We chose to have our breakfast at Club Level instead of heading down. I like how we can order our eggs – scrambled, omlette, sunny side up – on the spot. Served hot and fresh!

















Cin Cin is located at Level 1, just right underneath the hotel rooms. Pop over anytime you need a quick drink.








Other services that comes with a stay in the Club:

  • Complimentary evening cocktails and healthy canapés from 6pm to 8pm
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine with Tripod Coffee capsules and TWG Tea
  • Complimentary 13-seater shuttle from 8am to 9.40pm to 77 Robinson Road, Marina Bay Financial Centre and Battery Road (available on Weekdays only, reservation required)
  • Complimentary hop-on hop-off city tour to discover Singapore
  • Two hours of airport lounge access at any Changi Airport Terminal

You can also find The Mamalade Pantry at Level 1. I missed dinner because we were out with some friends.

As for the services, the staffs were very efficient and detailed and so was the complimentary WIFI. You know I get very irritated when the WIFI is laggy because it can affect people who are on work trips.

FYI, there is also an on-going promotion where some rooms are at 50% off! Hop over to http://www.stayfareast.com/en/hotels/oasia-hotel-downtown-singapore for more details!

Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore is located at 100 Peck Seah Street Singapore 079333.

Contact: +65 68126900

Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar.

Places to eat near the hotel: Famous Ramen Keisuke at 1 Tras Link.

NEW! Non Fat Regilait Milk Powder is now in Singapore

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First, if you are wondering where is it made from, Regilait Milk Powder is made in France and it enters Singapore’s market with both healthier choice and Halal certifications.

I am not talking about infant new powder for this post. This milk is suitable for kids from 3 years and up, even both you and I reading this are suitable for Regilait. The milk powders are made from 100% pure french cow milk which is not filtered, has no maltodextrins and are rich in proteins.

As you can see, Regilat has 4 different milk for different function: Calorie Reduced, Calcium Plus, Multi-Vitamins and Low Fat.

If you are a calorie-conscious person, good news for you because one glass of Calorie Reduced only contains 89kcal while Low Fat contains 14% more calcium and 25% lesser saturated fat.

I am quite a fussy eater when it comes to food so Multi-Vitamins will be suitable for me as it contains 8 vitamins – A,, D3, C, B1, B2, B6, B9 and B12.

Calcium Plus will be suitable for any one who is aging or in fact, both you and me! Once we hit the 30 year old mark, we will start losing more calcium and our body finds it harder to absorb calcium normally.





Look at the powder, it is not those fine milk powder you see out there. It has a special granulation process that the powder can be dissolved not just in hot water, it can dissolve in cold water as well! Sounds like a cheaper option for my parents who ALWAYS buy cartons of fresh milk from the supermarkets as each tin retails at $22 only.

You can also use it to replace your usual creamer or condensed milk which are too sweet for diabetic patients. The milk DOES NOT contain sugar. My mom loves cooking curry chicken with fresh milk so this will be suitable for her cooking as well!





I think another healthier option is to add them into deserts. Healthy desserts, who doesn’t love them? It can be used for smoothie or ice creams! How creative!

If you are afraid about the strong milk taste, Regilait is quite delicious! I am quite sure they won’t lose out to the fresh milk sold in cartons!

Regilait Milk Powder is available at selected NTUC FairPrice Finest and Cold Storage at $22/tin.

Triumph – Find the one

Finding the right one isn’t easy. But Triumph can help you find the perfect fitted bra and they are very excited to announce the launch of “Find the One”.








I think this is the cutest video of finding the right bra so far! Do you also know that 7 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra? Fret not now because Triumph have professional fit experts. The experts would take down my measurements every time I visit their store to get a new bra set and with them around the stores, I don’t have to be afraid of wearing the wrong one.

Let Triumph share with you the 7 steps to finding the perfect fit for you.





Not sure if you also know, last 2 weeks, there was a pop-up store outside Robinsons Heeren and shoppers who brought along an old bra could trade in for a new Body Make-up Jacquard Bra at only $20 and a matching undies at $10 only.








Even if you haven’t, be sure to check out their stores as they have experts in the stores as well. Remember, don’t wear a bra too tight or too loose. You don’t want tight chest or any anything saggy.

But if you’re looking for a bra right now, I would recommend Triumph Magic Wire. We like everything to be #wireless don’t we? Haha. Although you don’t see or feel any wire in them, but it is as good as a wired brea and Magic Wire is well received anywhere! I became a fan of it after owning one since 2 months ago.

To date, more than 120,000 women have been fitted by Triumph and what about you? Find your perfect one with them soon!

Do visit their website for some online shopping and promotions as well! 🙂

Visit them at: http://sg.triumph.com

SKECHERS x SISTAR in Singapore

Being fans of sneakers, shoes and more, how can we ever say no to events that are shoes-related like SKECHERS?!

We went to their new outlet opening at Takashimaya #B2-04 (opposite G2000) soooo Congrats SKECHERS!!

Sistar was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for SKECHERS and be prepared to see them in South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and more. The four of them are trendy, active and sport which clearly reflects the brand well.

With Kpop being so popular, who wouldn’t be happy to see pretty faces of Bora, Hyolyn, Soyou and Dasom everywhere?!





I NEVER NEVER NEVER knew how pretty their shoes can get and how comfortable they are. Other than catching SISTAR themselves at the store, it was an eye-opener for me because of the variations of shoes they have.

In conjunction of their new flagship store opening, they are also intro ducting new additions and my favourite is D’LITES Wild Panda! Prices start from $149.





Look carefully can you will realize that it encompasses the current trend of thick outsole and the vintage outlook of animal prints – mainly Zebra and Leopard prints. Although the shoes looked heavy, but when I lifted it up, it is pretty lightweight.








My favourite was the knitted range because of their happy colors. I called them the unicorn range! Hehe. I peeked at their prices and surprisingly, they are not that expensive. The range that I like ranges from $109 to $119 per pair.





Look at the highly durable GORun Ultra Road in green below. This pair is specifically designed for marathoners and multi-terrain runners. Provides maximum cushioning, comfort and added response.





On the adult models below are the latest SKECHERS GOWALK 3 which are available for both men and women ($105) which is said to energize every step with ultimate comfort and deliver high rebound with responsive feedback as you walk. For me, I like SKECHERS shoes because of their Memory Form Fit which makes the shoes very comfortable even after prolonged hours of walking.

Kids shoes are also available and the flashlights found on the shoes are bound to attract all the kids out there.





Right now…..

OPENING SPECIALS, ONLY AT SKECHERSNEW FLAGSHIP STORE AT TAKASHIMAYA S.C.,NGEE ANN CITY

For the month of July2015, customers only need to spend S$150nett in a single receipt to receive the SKECHERS Membership (usual membership is to spend S$250 over three months).

Actually, I am thinking of getting a pair of SKECHERS for my mom and dad because they walk a lot on weekends and a good pair of comfy shoes will do them good and… I am still deciding on the design and color for my own..

Go check out SKECHERS in stores and you will know why am I so fickle-minded! Hehe.

AQUADERM by DCS

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We were greeted by authentic Korean Cuisine in Amara Hotel all thanks to DCS and you are reading this in 2 point of views.








The female and the male. It is easy to find female’s take on beauty/skincare products.

What about the guys? Here, I got it solved for you!





DCS is a new Korean skincare brand that is recently available in Watsons. The current range that is available is the AQUADERM. We are very much looking forward to the release of the two future range, especially POREDERM.





DCS harnesses the the volcanic power of Jeju (the core base of all DCS products)to help us achieve dewy and radiant skin. Rare mineral content like selenium, zinc and iron which plays a vital role to our skin health can all be found in the volcanic seawater.

Selenium: anti-oxidant mineral, responsible for skin elasticity and cell damage prevention

Zinc: alleviates damages caused by acne and reduces excessive sebum production

Iron: improves skin’s ability to repair and regenerate = reduces wrinkle.





From Left to Right:

Super Aqua Foam Cleanser $30.50

Super Aqua Cleansing Water $30.50

Super Aqua Toner $33.50

Super Aqua Ampoule $53

Super Aqua Day Cream $41

Super Aqua Night Cream $41

Maybeline’s take on the toner: The texture is a little soapy at first, which is a little different from other toners that I have tried but it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling. The toner also comes with whitening and anti-wrinkling benefits.

James’s favourite among all was the ampoule: I needed instant effect so I tend to focus more on essence and ampoules. It feels a little sticky when I apply too much but ampoules are usually a little more dewy. Super Aqua Ampoule is said to have moisturizing content 6000x its own weight so I am hoping it can help me with my dry skin after a few months. I also like it because it’s a dropper – fuss free.

Our view for the Foam Cleanser: We don’t like cleansers that makes the skin feel tight and this cleanser fits right.

Now… for the Day (left) and Night Cream (right). We like the fact that the Day cream comes with additional UV blocking function (SPF20/PA+). Texture for the Day cream is lighter than the Night cream even though both keeps the skin moisturized.

The Day cream protects the skin from external elements and has rich moisture and nutrition from lavender and pansy extracts while the Night cream has thews vegetable extracts (lavender, cornflower and pansy) to help restores the skin to the healthy state after an entire day outside.





Texture of Day Cream – smooth and absorbs fast into the skin.





The POREDERM – Pore Tightening Serum is something both of us are very much looking forward to because we wanna kiss goodbye to pores.








And here’s Maybeline, in her DIY work. Check out the Super Aqua Ampoule glowing inside. Let’s glow from within 🙂








For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/dcs.sg.

A Night of Infinite Love, Fun & Laughter @ Magnum INFINITY Launch Party!

Were you there on 21st May 2015 for Magnum Infinity Playground?

It was a night of quality chocolate and ice-cream indulgence as Magnum launched its most pleasure-packed ice-cream experience – the Magnum Infinity which will take the experience of enjoying chocolaty delight to another whole new level. Magnum Infinity is made from a rare source of naturally-rich Tanzanian cocoa that produce intents premium dark chocolate.

If you are still waiting for this widely-raved Magnum Infinity to be made available, then wait no longer! This is because it has already hit our little island in two sizes and flavoures – the ‘Classic-sized Chocolate & Caramel’ and the ‘Chocolate Mini’. Both are covered in crackling dark Chocolate and real cocoa nibs. The only difference lies in the flavour of the swirl within the ice-cream with one containing Caramel swirl (the Classic-sized) while the other is a lush chocolate one(Choc Mini).

I must say Magnum never fails to surprise us with their amazingly-designed press kit every year. And the best part is the surprise does not just stop short at the press kit! They push the limits of surprise element even further during the Magnum Infinity Launch Party this year @ the Esplanade Rooftop Terrace!

On to the night of the event!

As we walked into the event arena, the very first sight that greeted our eyes was this colourfully-litted tunnel which led your imagination run wild on the kind of wonderland lying at the end of the tunnel!

As we walked through the tunnel, smoke machines were even installed to emit a Chocolate-scented smoke!





As we walked through the tunnel, the Dreamland unvealed itself!

Beautiful people donned their pretty colourful clothings peppering the rooftop!





Not forgetting the main lead of the night: Magnum Infinity itself!

The spirit of customization has always been the KEY idea behind Magnum event EVERY year! Guests get to design their own Magnum ice-cream with the variety of ingredients like nuts, fruity-tasting sauces and so on so forth!

What do you get end of the day? A unique ONE & Only Magnum creation in the whole universe that caters to your very own taste buds!

How cool is that?!





Sharing the centrestage with Magnum Infinity were 3 very special things we had been pinning all night for: The 3 Playground installations for guests to make merry at with their friends & loved ones!

Playground No. 1: The Infinity Swing ! Easily the BEST spot for couples to snap pictures!

So which couple do we have here?





J & M! Looped within the Infinity Logo, so does that conclude Love to Infinity for us? 





Speaking of swirls, it doesn’t just reside within the ice-creams but also at the playground!
Here it is at Playground No. 2: the Infinity Slide!





Your one & only chance to be a Human-sized Magnum ice-cream before going in for the slide!





And last but not least…

Playground No. 3: the Infinity Skyline Swings standing at 6m and 4m high. We had the most Fun with this one! Intimidating at first, not forgetting you are swinging in mid air at a rooftop. But as the rush of adrenalin eventually kicks in together with the sugar rush from ingesting those Magnum ice-cream, those worries just swing away & you see happy swingers(Literally)!





The ‘swingers’ were not the only happy ones! With me here: Happy Old friend, New friend & Girlfriend!





William was my personal photographer that night & he never fails to take really great pictures!

I also enjoyed the company of this sweet-looking couple (Shanice & Audi) while M was away! People always say they bond well over booze & beer, I say we bonded EVEN better over Magnum ice-creams! Haha!








One other special place which we visited that night was the Mirror Room with Fairy Lights!





This is where you make INFINITE copies of yourself while drowning in the sparkles of pretty lightings! And so, we snap snap snap away till we get Infinite shots of us together! Lol!




I thought the best way to end an ice-cream blog post was to reserve the SWEETEST part of the story till the very end.

I always say I am very thankful to FATE that has brought both of us together! But ONE secret NO ONE knew (not even M till she read it here!) is the fact that I am even MORE thankful to Magnum because if it wasn’t for the Magnum event EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO where we were still distant strangers (at Avalon), I wouldn’t have met this wonderful girl!

And this is the VERY reason why Magnum will always hold a very special meaning for both of us especially myself to INFINITE time!

Thank you Magnum for this opportunity to bring back the nostalgia of the first moments we met & both of us will always look forward to the annual Magnum event to renew our love for each other …





The special Magnum x Orgo collaboration menu will run from 22 May to 21 August at Orgo, where the low Infinity Swings will also be retained for members of the public to enjoy.

Items which are available are:
Chocolate infinity Apple Crisp $15





The Molten Magnum Infinity $15





The Measure of Pleasure $20



Forest Retreat

….till then again, Magnum!





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