Soufeel the next in trend

Sorry! I couldn’t find time to blog about this amazing brand I know of last month. Fret not, I’m back for now.

Have you heard of Soufeel?

Soufeel creates beautiful charms, beads, bracelets and other accessories. Bracelets are made of 100% 925 Stirling Silver or 100% Leather. Not forgetting the gems they use, including Swarovski Crystals in their Birthstone Charm Collection.

Here’s a few of their Popular Charm Sets:

(Travel Memories)
soufeel charms bracelet

(Lock Your Heart)
lock your heart soufeel

Here’s how my Set look like:

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I was already a Soufeel Customer before they very kindly agreed to Sponsor me and 2 lucky readers! Like everyone else, I do get Charms that represents me or are part of my life.

soufeel charms

soufeel charms review

Best thing about Soufeel is definitely their very very affordable Price yet compatible quality with leading brands. They’re definitely stepping up in this!

soufeel bracelet

But why is Soufeel so affordable?

You’ll be buying directly from the manufacturer! By cutting down on labour and rental costs, we’ll all benefit from it!

Is it safe/ quality assured?

Definitely, Soufeel offers 365 days free returns & exchanges! 100% customer satisfactory is their upmost priority.

Do they ship worldwide?

Yes! They provide FREE worldwide shipping to all customers! But do take note they’ll take longer than the express one of course.

soufeel bracelets

Here’s a tip:
Soufeel constantly has flash sales for a day or so. Do sign up for an account so they’ll email you whenever there is a flash sale coming up. Do buy whatever you like as once it is sold out, Soufeel might not make new batches anymore. There was one charm I really like and wanted to buy another set. It was sold out and not sold again.

soufeel flash sale

 

Soufeel also gives freebies once you spend a certain amount in an order! I chose a 925 Stirling Silver Necklace and have been wearing it since I received it !

mummymaine

 

Am totally In love with the Maruno Charm I bought too and it’s my birthstone charm which makes it more meaningful!

mummymaine

 

Here’s a 5% discount for all my readers!
simply key in : shermaine5
* valid till end of this year, 2015.

Lastly, I have 2 bracelets kindly Sponsored by Soufeel for 2 readers!
they are 20-21cm diameter each.

soufeel

 

How to win a Soufeel Bracelet?
1) Simply follow soufeeljewelry on Instagram and don’t forget to tag me and Soufeel with a picture of you wearing it on Instagram! (:

2) Email me at: germaine368@hotmail.com
why you should win this! I’ll reply your email if you’re selected!

soufeel

 

Christmas is coming and Soufeel has some super cute charms available! These designs are definitely not coming back once it’s sold out! So do get them before they are gone!

soufeel christmas charms

You’re Welcome (:

First Bangkok trip with Josaeus

So last July, I started searching for the cheapest flights to BKK. I settled for Airasia as it has the cheapest deals at that time( before the airasia disaster). The only con was that Josaeus’s ticket was considered adult! In total we paid about 187SGD per person, 2-way with 20kg check in baggage,insurance & seat selection.

airasia thailand

Everything went smoothly through out and I’m happy to say the locals are very friendly and helpful! At the airport, they have priority queue catered for elderly/parents with kids/disabled at the arrival/departure hall so we won’t have to wait too long.

jo plane

 

My mom bought Jo a airasia plushie! it’s very cute but alittle pricey. 350 Baht. Jo loves it! I’m glad Jo sat thru the flight alright, no crying or was he in any discomfort.

jo in the plane

 

However, do book a flight that lands in  Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) instead of Don Muang Airport (DMK) Bangkok. As Suvarnabhumi airport rail link is directly connected to the airport, this way you don’t have to get stuck in the traffic by bus or taxi.

Here’s the map:
Bangkok-transit-map

 

We had to take a bus to the Bang Sue BTS station and Train down to Mo chit Station and change to Green Line as my hotel is located beside Ratchaprarop Station. Very Troublesome especially with our huge lugguages! A kind citizen guided us all the way from Bang Sue to Phaya Thai Station when he is going the other way. Really sweet of him, wish I could Thank him again personally! Well anyway, Thank You kind Man!

thailand train vending machine

bts tickets

train token thailand

 

Hotel wise, I booked KC place thru Agoda. It’s a 3 star and I paid about $42SGD per night. It’s affordable and clean. If you’re not planning to stay in the hotel too much except for sleeping, KC place is good.

kc place exterior

 

Benefits of KC place
. It’s just beside Ratchaprarop station
. 2 bottles of complimentary water daily
. free Wifi ( not too stable thou)
.in room safe
.good water pressure in the toilet
.small freezing compartment in fridge
.5 mins walk to Pratunam nightmarket & wholesale market
.10mins walk to platinum fashion mall
.Restaurant and massage parlor just down stairs
. There’s also a 24hour restaurant mins away

kc place room

 

*Do note there’s a 1000Baht refundable deposit upon check in per room.

 

kc place map

 

Tip before booking:
you can leave a remark to the hotel for large bed,higher floors,non smoking & quiet rooms. The hotel will try to fulfill your requests whenever they can.

For my case, I noted that I wanted a quiet room with large bed and I’m glad KC place made it possible! Also I very much needed the freezing compartment in the mini fridge as I bought chicken meat from Big C to cook for Josaeus’s porridge/soup.


As expected, Pratunum Wholesale market was extremely crowded in the morning. I went at 5/6am with my mom and its impossible for me to bring Josaeus along! Lots of locals buying in bulks at super cheap prices to sell at platinum or night markets! So do walk around the morning wholesale markets before going to Platinum Mall. You’ll definitely find what you want here at a fraction of the price.

sorry for the blurry photos. I was pushed all the time and can hardly stand still to take a picture.

Best time to go Pratunam Morning wholesale market: 6am
The morning wholesale market closes as early as 8am! so do make sure to wake up early.

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I got 2 shirts at 80Baht(less than $4 SGD) each here! Mom got 6 pouches at 100Baht($4SGD)

pratunum

pratunum market

outside big C

 

Oyes, I managed to try the Famous Wonton Mee everyone was raving about in Pratunam. The shop was filled with Singaporeans, left and right haha.

famous wonton mee thailand

The same stall that sells this Wonton Mee, has this very yummy dish * I forgot the name. Maybe you can just show them the picture?

Very unhealthy but very very delicious! extremely tender and savoury. Oh my I want to go back.

famous wonton mee Pratunam

Tourists favourite mall

platinum

I only got 1 shirt(100Baht),2 shorts(180 baht each),3 sets of lingerie(300baht) from here. It’s alot pricier so I prefer the wholesale market or night markets.

I tried the desserts at level 5/6 food court. It sucks. Those roadside ones are so much yummier and cheaper. There’s also a downside to buy at the food court here, we had to buy a card and deposit money inside to buy with that card. I find it really troublesome and time wasting..

bangkok platinum mall food court

food

foods

waffles

bangkok snacks

bangkok dumplings

 


The next few days we went to Chatuchak, Chinatown, Big C Supermarket, Paragon & Central World.

I love chatuchak but it’s so freaking hot there! Super crowded too! Not surprised thou. Chatuchak has everything you need from pottery to animals!

Here’s the map of Chatuchak. It doesn’t look as neat as the maps thou. I was going round in small circles and couldn’t find the popular coconut ice cream everyone was raving about :( I’ll be back soon!!

chatuchak map

Chatuchak has really nice and cheap Children’s apparels compared to Platinum. I didn’t buy any for Jo at Platinum but bought lots of stuffs here for Jo. When you buy more you can bargain more! There’s one shop where I bought 3 shirts for Jo at only 250 Baht. Quality,Prints and Stitches are fantastic. Even better than Cotton on’s.

Shoes were from Chinatown at 80 Baht.
Jo's haul from Chatuchak

Chatuchak Market
(Photo: Google)

I also bought 2 inspired Haivanas Slippers for my mother in law and myself. One of the shops was selling them at only 80 Baht while the other shops was 120 Baht! I’d window shop for a round first to compare prices then buy on my second round. I saved alot and get to focus on what I was looking for.

havaianas
(Photo: Elle)

The Jeans at Chatuchak is only slightly cheaper around 200 Baht while Platinum sells at 250 Baht. I bought from Platinum due to difference in Quality. If you’re looking for denim shorts, buy from Pratunam Morning Wholesale market! I bought 3 for 400 Baht. Those that is commonly seen in Blog shops that sells for $24.90 SGD each!

Then we went Central World for Naraya!

central world
(Photo: Google)

There was a Snoopy Heaven outside!

Bangkok - Nov 30: Front of Central World, shopping mall with Snoopy world and Christmas decoration on November 30, 2014 at Bangkok Thailand.

(Photo:Google)

josaeus central world snoopy

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jo and snoopy bangkok

jo snoopy bangkok

 

Naraya was filled with Chinese Tourists. They filled their baskets as thou the items was free. OMG. My mom and I went there for 2 consecutive days. On the first day we went to shop for our own stuff and second day for her friends.

naraya thailand central world

 

I bought a Sun hat for SGD $9.90? But It was very useful even in Singapore! Money worth for the Quality!

We had dinner at Coca which was very yummy nor cheap..

coca central world thailand

Further down you’ll reach Big C across the road!

big C thailand

big c

big c

 

It’s just like NTUC, Cold Storage or Giant in Singapore. I went crazy with the instant noodles and Bento Cuttlefish. Wanted to buy more but my lugguage doesn’t have enough space :'(

big c haul

There’s street stall everywhere in Bangkok! This is the kind of sight I see every single day. Ah I miss Bangkok.. Wanted to go back again this month but there’s bombing in bangkok area.. so to be save.. I’ve decided to save up more for next years trip to Taiwan!

outside big C

 

Walk over to Siam Paragon for Krispy Kreme! We bought a dozen of Glazed! Ate too much and felt sooooo Gelat! But it was super yummy! I’ve always loved  sugar donuts since young. It was so much cheaper in Thailand compared to Singapore! If I remember correctly it’s 4 Baht for 1 glazed while in Singapore it’s $2.70 for 1 glazed? Crazy huge difference! That’s why we bought a dozen. haha!

krispy creme donuts siam paragon

krispy kreme glazed

 

For Chinatown Bangkok, there isn’t any train station nearby yet. you have to cab over. From my hotel it was about 90 Baht by meter.

bangkok-chinatown
(photo: Google)

Best time to go Chinatown: 4pm onwards.
Things to buy there: wholesale kids shoes, toys, wholesale blankets, wholesale hair accessorize and fresh fruits and dried goods!

The food there is said to be yummy too! I was so lazy to cab down at the end of the day so didn’t get to try..

I bought 6 brushes for 80 Baht only! There’s a provision shop that sells super cheap kids toys. those kind of mini cars and lego blocks! 1 for 5 Baht and I bought 200Baht worth of toys there. The quality isn’t very good thou, you pay for what you’ll get.

Had lunch at this Wonton Mee stall. I personally prefer this than the famous one at Pratunam. Due to the location, it isn’t known by many tourists.

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wonton noodle cards


 

Foods to try when you’re in Bangkok:

1)Mangoes

These are found everywhere! Really sweet! I ate 1 pack everyday for 5 days straight! I even bought some freshly harvested one back to Singapore. Price wise isn’t much cheaper than Singapore’s but a lot sweeter!

thailand mango

2) Grilled Pork with Glutinous Rice.

Street stalls around Pratunam sells them! Really yummy!

thailand grilled pork with glutinous rice

3) Steamed sweet corn!

OMG! this is super delicious.. so much better than Singapore’s cup corn( those bought from Pasar Malam is nothing compared to these)

thailand Corn

4)Seafood Kway Tiao?

I’m not too sure about the name thou. This was bought from the restaurant below my hotel. I love this! Ate it as dinner for 2 nights.

seafood kway tiao thailand

5)Bento Cuttlefish!

I bought 5 packs of 12s and it isn’t enough!

bento cuttlefish

6) Preserved Radish.

I bought them from Chinatown. Tasted very good when fried with egg or porridge. It’s Crunchy and salty!

preserved radish

7) Water Zong Zi.

It’s made on Glutinous Rice. Tasteless and chewy. Tastes great with Sugar or Kaya. I bought 2 bundles back!

water dumpling
(Photo: Google)

7) Pad Thai.

It’s stir fried noodles. Available through out Bangkok. I love it with lots of tao geh.

pad thai

There was so much more I wished to share but I kinda forgot some of them. These are all I could remember.. Sorry! I did my best to remember..

3 Step Mucota Scena Treatment – Headlines Hair Dressing

headlines hairdressing

Hello! I’m sorry for not blogging in such a long time unless I have to..

Anyway, I haven’t had my hair pampered since late March this year. My mom was free to help me toddler-sit Josaeus so I had a chance to visit Headlines!

Even thou I haven’t had anything done since the Dyna treatment in March, my hair condition isn’t as bad as before. So this time, I’m back to get my hair dyed and trimmed.

Told Linus, my stylist this round to decide on the colour and cut. I’m not too sure what suits me so I’ll leave it to him.

Here’s what my hair looks like Before anything was done(July 2015):

headlines hair dressing

I personally felt it was so much better than this(March 2015):

headlines hair dressing

If you’ve severely damaged hair, I would highly recommend Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment at Headlines Hair Dressing. For 4 months, I did not change my usual hair routine(which is basically no routine to care for my hair) yet my hair still seem to be healthier than before.

Unfortunately, you’ve missed headline’s bring a friend and get to try Dyna Argan Oil Treatment at $198 each promo.

*Fret not, you can still mention my name “Maine” to get 10-30% discount off all services~

I chopped off at least 10cm off my mane and Linus chose Ash Brown for me.
[Ps the spideman sticker on the back of my phone belongs to Josaeus! A very sweet Lady from Jcube’s KFC gave it to him and he stuck it there.]

headlines hair dressing

Linus noticed that my hair was still dry so he pampered my hair with 3 Step Mucota Scena Treatment. This treatment is a lot faster than Dyna But it obviously isn’t as intensive as Dyna. I didn’t have the luxury of time so 3 step Mucota Scena Treatment will do.

Here are the details and steps on the 3 Step Mucota Treatment:

Moisture base for treatment  (Adel)

Adel contains 4 kinds of ceramides, cholesterol and phytosphingosine included in natural ceramide to recreate same structure of hair’s intercellular lipid and improves the repair function.

Maltose-based, millet jelly (starch syrup element) and ceramide 1. 2. 3 6ll improves hair condition for treatment. With its internal permeation typed moisture holding elements, make hair soft and moist before next treatment.

Step 1

After shampooing, apply Adel focusing on med to hair ends and massage into it.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water

Hair repair (Brava)

Brava contains matrix keratin and fibril keratin which make up hair’s cortex as repair components for severe damage and amino acid which is CMC component for mild damage. Also, with mixing silk PPT which has cuticle repairing effect and pearl proteins (hydrolyzed conchiolin) handles various damages.

Contains amphiphilic reactive ceramide- like substance and 18 MEA-like active agent to penetrate ingredients of “Adel” and “Brava” into hair with these affinity. Also, penetrated reactive ceramide acts by binding to net-like structure to prevent repair component from flowing, then set it inside hair.

Step 2

After step 1, apply Brava to the entire damp hair focusing on med area to hair ends.

Comb it through hair


Protection of cuticle (Calore)

These 3 main elements of CMC reinforce CMC layer which consist of hydrophilic layer and lipophilic layer and improve damaged cuticle, control light defuse reflection and create lustrous hair base.

Superlipidure ( phospholipid polymer Nanosphere) makes 7 layered lamellar liquid crystal structure and pseudo-cuticle to protect the hair and regenerate hydrophobic surface to make hair smooth, silky and lusterous.

Step 3

with Brava on the hair, apply Calore to the entire hair focusing on med hair area to hair ends.

After applying, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

I love hair washes as there will definitely be head massages between the washes. Linus did a fantastic job! Thou I do get really ticklish behind the ears when he washes away the shampoo/treatment.

I’m done!

headlines hair dressing

After:

headlines hair dressing

The length doesn’t look too different as they are taken from different height and angle. Linus did a great job on shaping my hair and I love the colour! It’s hard to capture the actual photo due to different lighting. I tried adding filters to the after photo to get the actual colour.

How do you find it?

After-Before

headlines hair dressing

I’ll be back for Dyna for my next appointment! Once again Thank you Jerry, Linus and of course Headlines Hair Dressing for Pampering my Hair!

headlines hair dressing

In the mean time, I’ve taken afew different selfie since then. Different lighting makes my hair colour looks different.

headlines hair dressing

headlines hair dressing

headlines hair dressing

*Do remember to quote my name “Maine” to get 10-30% off all services!

Headlines dressing
10 anson road
#03-32
International Plaza
contact: 62233133

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 10.30am-8.30pm
Sat: 10.30am-7.00pm
Closed on Sundays

New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Powder



Hello! Remember late April this year I blogged about New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Drink? This time I’m back with New Moon’s Collagen Powder.

new moon collagen powder

What’s the difference between New Moon’s Collagen drink and Powder?

DRINK
.Has Maqui Berry extracts that has high Anti-Oxidant Properties and also helps with Anti-Aging

.Great Taste of Tropical Fruits Flavour

. Has one of the highest Collagen Dosage in the market- 13000mg

POWDER
.Contains Ceramide & Hyaluronic Acid that has Anti-Aging and Moisturising effect

.Has Lactobacillus also known as Probiotics that Rejuvenates skin (How? Find out further down the post)

. Low Calories

 

 

Both New Moon’s Collagen Drink and Powder contains: Glutathione

As stated in my previous post for New Moon’s Collagen Drink, Glutathione is naturally presented and needed by the body. It should be present in each and every cell in the body. It plays a vital role in detoxifying our cells, removing heavy metals, toxins and free radicals. All of which can damage our cells and significantly damage the quality of our cells, including skin cells. Glutathione can help to improve the health of every cell in the body, particularly apparent in the skin, hair and nails. Giving people a radiant glow which is caused by healthy cells and reduced toxicity in the body. Age spots can also be minimized and prevented by enhancing Glutathione levels in the body.

Other ingredients such as:
Lactobacillus aka Probiotics aid in digestion of food and absorption of nutrients and minerals, which contribute to glowing and beautiful skin by permitting the body to assimilate skin friendly nutrients and fats. Probiotics strengthen our immune system by protecting against infectious and inflammatory disease. They contribute to our overall wellness, including skin health.

In additional to overall health benefits, probiotics provide specific benefits for skin disorders.  It is already been shown scientifically that probiotics play a role in skin heath, such as improving atopic dermatitis,  promoting the healing of scars and burns, rejuvenating the skin and strengthening the skin’s innate immunity.  For those acne sufferers who have unhealthy guts, supplementing with probiotics, particularly Lactobacillus acidophilus and the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, will often improve their acne.
Source: http://www.healthygutbugs.com/probiotics-best-anti-aging-elixir-for-your-skin/

Ceramides are a major component of our skin’s surface. They protect against moisture loss to keep skin youthful and supple.4 Functionally, ceramides support the skin’s matrix, keeping it firm.

However, with age, ceramide production declines, and skin begins to sag and wrinkle.

Scientists have found a way to extract ceramides from whole grain wheat that allows aging humans to nourish their skin’s structure from within. Research has shown that ceramides derived from wheat inhibit the elastase enzymes that destroy the skin’s elastin, which results in loss of flexibility and increased wrinkling.5 Natural ceramides provide continuous maintenance for skin and allow it to sustain its healthy protective function and vital moisture.
Source: http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2013/1/Ceramides-Nourish-Skin-From-Within/Page-01


Hyaluronic Acid benefits soft tissue function, such as joint support, and combatting osteoarthritis. HA is responsible, in part, for the resilience of cartilage and its ability to resist compression. As one of the chief components of the extra-cellular matrix, Hyaluronan is an important component of articular cartilage1, where it is present as a coat around each cell (chondrocyte).

As we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture (1000 ml of water per gram of hyaluronic acid).

Hyaluronic acid is also a “smart nutrient” as it can adjust its moisture absorption rate based on the humidity—relative to the season and the climate.
Source: http://organicbeautyandskin.com/what-is-my-skin-type/benefits-of-hyaluronic-acid.html

new moon collagen powder

All in all, I believe we should care for our skin from young age. Sadly for me, I only started really caring for my skin when I was in my late teens. I used to cycle a lot during 4-5pm without applying any sunscreen! That explains my pigmentations and aging skin.

new moon collagen powder

A simple bottle/sachet of Collagen drink/powder could help maintain your skin health in so many ways! Of course, you must also keep a balanced diet, exercise regularly and take good care of your skin( keep in clean,moisturise,apply sunscreen etc).

For convenience and taste wise, I definitely prefer the New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Drink. It’s sweet, ready to drink and has super high dosage of collagen. On the other hand, I would choose New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Powder for their benefits. As I have a combination/dry skin, the collagen powder has ceramide & hyaluronic acid which nourish and rejuvenates our skin/body from within.

Both New Moon Collagen drink and powder are equally good in their own ways. It depends on what your skin needs.

Since this post is focused on the collagen powder, I’ll share some of my personal experience. IMO, the powder cannot be taken with just plain water. The taste is just not right. I like to add it to a cup of chilled Ribena. I’ll usually take them straight after dinner as I didn’t want to brush my teeth again before I turn in. After taking the collagen powder for 5 nights consecutively, my face seems less oily. Moisture wise, no obvious changes yet. Firmness on my under eye area has very slight improvements. My nails feels harder, I’m serious! I have very thin and frail nails especially when their soaks in water for too long they tend to break. Not anymore, I can grow them to my desired length now.

*Do note that the collagen powder contains high amount of vitamin C, so avoid mixing them in hot >75˚C water/beverages.

If you’re keen to try out New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Powder, good timing! It’s GSS now and I saw Watsons having discounts for it!

It’s available in all leading supermarkets, pharmacies and selected departmental stores thou.

new moon collagen powder

A summary on New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Powder:

>Collagen Dosage 5460mg

>Contains Glutathione for whitening

>Contains Ceramide & Hyaluronic acid for anti-aging and moisturing effect

>has Lactobacillus aka Probiotics that helps rejuvenates skin by enhancing growth of the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. A balanced microflora in the intestines will clear up break out for a radiant skin.

> Made in Japan , Certified Radiation free


> Lightweight for no-fuss carrying while travelling

 

 

Finally to Bukit Batok Nature Park

Instead of watching cartoons or playing ipad games etc.. I want Josaeus to have more exposure to Nature and real games instead of those you play thru the screens.

I’ve brought him to these places and the list will keep growing!
East Coast Park (free)
Singapore Zoo
River Safari
Jurong Bird Park
Labrador Park
West Coast Park (free)
Sea Aquarium
Universal Studio Singapore
Alive Museum
Woodlands waterfront (free)
Farm mart (free)
Qian Hu Fish Farm (free)
Wild Wild Wet
Sentosa (free if you walk in)
Jurong East Swimming Complex
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
Bukit Batok Swimming Complex
Safra at Mount Faber
Changi Airport
Bukit batok nature reserve (free)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (soon)
Jurong West Swimming Complex (soon)
Port of lost wonder(soon)

I didn’t realise the list was this long till I typed them out! Didn’t manage to blog about them as I was either playing with Jo, have too many stuff to carry or simply just lazy to snap pictures.

With Jo being in Pre nursery now, I’ll be even busier as the school isn’t near our place and I’ve also recently found a job that allows me to bring Jo to work and it’s immediately after Jo ends school! Not forgetting that I still have laundry to wash and room to pack (whoops, haven’t had the mood or time to pack the room for sometime already. it looks like junk now) Busy Busy!

Back to topic > Bukit Batok Nature Reserve <

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Always wanted to bring Jo there so last week I finally did! Parked at meeting point 1 carpark and walked/hiked all the way to meeting point 3! Not much people in the afternoons so try to go in pairs.

bukit batok nature park

 

At one point, I was all alone with Jo for at least 30mins as we hiked thru the trials. I was feeding tons of Mozzies despite spraying repellent! Jo was initially a little freaked out from the silence so I kept singing songs for him.

bukit batok nature reserve

 

Walked our way to the Pond Plaza and Hiked up to War Memorial 3. Beware of Stairs stairs stairs and super steep slopes if you’re hiking up the War Memorial from meeting point 1. I was pushing Jo in his mini tricycle that’s slightly rusted and wearing slippers WTF stupid or what.

pond plaza


pond plaza

 

bukit batok nature reserve

 

war memorial bukit batok nature park

war memorial

 

war memorial

 

However, the place is pretty photographic I’d say and the sense of accomplishment you felt when you reached the top of the memorial is FANTASTIC!

Things to bring:
Water
mosquito repellent
tissue
wet wipes
a medium size towel (can be used to wipe your perspiration or emergencies)
camera/phone
snacks (bread fruits)
mini first aid kit( you can diy, alcohol wipes,plasters,band aid)
portable fan
cap

Activities you can do there:
-there’s a fitness corner so if you’re tired from all that hiking, you can rest around the fitness corner and do some low impact workouts.
-Feed the fishes/tortoises at Pond Plaza
-Spot different types of birds there
-find monitor lizards! those there are pretty small and nice. we were so close to one that was digging for food. *close as in 1 meter away!
-find squirrels and monkies!
-talk to pet owners. I couldn’t resist walking towards a dog so I ended up talk to its owner while Jo plays with the dog! the sweet lady adopted the dog that was going to be euthanize the next day! thank goodness!
-picnic * I don’t really encourage this unless you don’t mind feeding the mozzies
-typical jogging
-tai ji

pond plaza

bukit batok nature reserve

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bukit batok nature reserve

 

You’ll spend at least half a day there! So much to admire and appreciate when you look.

More to come!

bye!

Find Part Time Jobs & Internships in Singapore with Stroff.com


When technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today, I used to buy newpapers during school holidays to look for part time jobs. The papers were usually sold out fast and most jobs offered were for Adults with working experiences. It was hard looking for a temporary job or part time jobs for students.

Good news for Polytechnic students who are graduating this May, University students who are having their Summer Vacation right now, and Secondary students having school holidays in June!

Stroff.com, is a new portal for Jobseekers and Employers/Recruiters in Singapore.

stroff portal

Just sign in with your Facebook account, fill up a few more details and you’re ready!

stroff jobs

 

Not only you can minimise your area of search (location, profession, date to start). Stroff.com even has a “General Career Guidance” section to help you with writing your Cover letter and Resume, and also provide you with interview tips.  Other Job portals don’t provide these essentials which is the key to help us ace the interviews and job application process. Thank you Stroff.com, I’m already in search for part time jobs singapore opportunities thru the portal when Josaeus goes to Nursery next year.

stroff interview tips

 

 

stroff resume helper

 

After perfecting your Resume, you can upload it directly onto Stroff.com. Whenever you apply for a Job thru the portal, the employers will receive your Resume thru Stroff.com’s system. It is that simple and super convenient.

profile stroff

 

You can track your Jobs applications, shortlists and job alerts conveniently sorted for you by the portal. Also, you can keep your profile up to date constantly without much hassle.

You no longer have to go back to the student intern job where you did basic and irrelevant tasks during final year assessment. Finding another internship singapore job opportunity isn’t so hard anymore!

If a singapore internship job isn’t for you, you can try a few part time, freelance, temp/ad hoc or contract jobs before settling on the one you really like!

All these helps you build up your portfolio and also increases your job experiences!

Happy searching with Stroff.com!

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New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink

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I believe almost everyone heard of the brand ‘New Moon’ from their popular health products such as Essence of Chicken & Bird’s Nest.

During exam periods, my parents would often buy boxes of Essence of Chicken for my brother and me to take before school. I must admit, the taste isn’t very yummy but it really did help to keep me alert and less restless especially when my exams were in the morning.

New Moon has launched their latest product, ‘New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink’. The first collagen drink to be formulated and manufactured in Japan with one of the highest collagen content at 13,000mg with active whitening Properties! It’s also certified radiation free..

A few other bloggers and I were involved in some research & development process for New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Drink last year.

We were given a skin analysis and a few cups of different flavoured collagen drink to taste test. At the end of our tasting, we got to pick our favourite flavour and was also given 1 month supply of collagen drink to try and see if there’s any improvement to our skin.

A month later, we had our after skin analysis and also got to choose the packaging design for the New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink!

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Here are my results:

Before                        After 1 month
Elasticity 36               Elasticity 36

Collagen 25             Collagen 51

Moisture 41               Moisture 51

As seen, my Collagen level increased more than 50%. My skin did brighten up and also my pores seems smaller around the nose (not too sure if it’s the collagen drink though).

Moisture wise, I have always made sure my face is not dehydrated as dehydration leads to flaky skin, oily face and more pimples!  Applying moisturiser daily does maintain the skin moisture. As for those who hates the feeling of having a layer of moisturiser on top your face. A bottle of New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink helps to boost skin hydration as well!

My skin Elasticity remained the same throughout my one month trial. Perhaps the elasticity of my face needs  a longer time to see improvements. However, everyone has benefitted differently from the collagen drink. For me, my collagen increases the most. While a fellow blogger Ju Ann’s Elasticity went from 15 to a whooping 41 and another fellow blogger Claire’s Moisture level went from 23 to 57!!

I used to think, why bother spending so much on beauty health products, I’m still young and my face seems alright. A few years down the road and I started to notice my face more. Large Pores, Pigmentations, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dull skin and pimples! All on my face.. Bamb! I’m anxious, insecure and became very conscious about my look.

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I did try other collagen products previously and they work pretty fine for me. It’s just that I really hate that fishy AND milky taste. The combination is just so wrong and also it was in powder form so after a few days of ‘making’ it. I was just lazy to go thru all that hassle. Lastly, it’s not very cheap and doesn’t have anti aging/whitening properties. Who doesn’t want a better product right?

I’m only 22 and I have wrinkles? Gosh. My dark circles and eye bags are inherited so that couldn’t be saved unless I go for regular laser treatments which I obviously can’t afford. Oh well. Got to save those that can be saved then.

So what makes New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink so different from other Collagen Products in the Market?

1. It’s ready to drink straight from the bottle, chilled or at room temp.

2. It has one of the highest collagen content at 13,000mg!

3. It promotes whitening with Glutathione.

4. Has Anti Aging properties from Maqui Berries (firms, renew and brightens)

5. Tropical Fruits taste, no fishy smell!

6. Formulated, Manufactured and Packed in Japan

7. Certified radiation free!

Glutathione is naturally presented and needed by the body. It should be present in each and every cell in the body. It plays a vital role in detoxifying our cells, removing heavy metals, toxins and free radicals. All of which can damage our cells and significantly damage the quality of our cells, including skin cells. Glutathione can help to improve the health of every cell in the body, particularly apparent in the skin, hair and nails. Giving people a radiant glow which is caused by healthy cells and reduced toxicity in the body. Age spots can also be minimized and prevented by enhancing Glutathione levels in the body.

Maqui Berry has the highest anti-oxidant properties based on ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities in biological samples in vitro) value.

“Antioxidant compounds, such as the anthocyanins found in fresh maqui berries and maqui powder made from the dried berries, help protect your body from the toxic effects of free radicals, unstable atoms that are generated by things like cigarette smoke and pollution. Free radicals can cause DNA damage that can lead to age-related diseases and health problems.”

Source: http://www.healwithfood.org/superfoods/wild-maqui-berry-health-benefits.php#ixzz3X2zZlC7o

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Once we hit 20 years old, our skin starts to age even faster! It is important to take care of our skin in different ways to delay the aging process.

If you wish to find out more about New Moon’s Inner Radiance Collagen Drink. Do check out their website here. Who knows, they might be giving away a free bottle of Inner Radiance Collagen Drink again!

Can’t wait to try? No worries.

New Moon is currently having a SG50 promo for all

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Instead of $69 for 10 x 50ml (retail price)
New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Drink is going for only $34.50! (50% off) Promotion ends 31 May 2015.
Available at leading supermarket, pharmacies, petrol kiosks and selected departmental store.

**1st April – 31st May, with every purchase of 1 box of New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen, entitled to participate in a lucky draw. 5 lucky winners with their plus 1 are able to choose between 5 pairs of return ticket to Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka)

For more info, click here http://goo.gl/vgp9B3

Do try it out and let me know your thoughts (:
Stay Beautiful, inside & out!

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Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Hair Treatment at Headline Hairdressing

I tried bleaching my hair on my own using cheap hair bleach bought online which ends up causing my hair to be crispy and super fizzy.

During my first visit to Headlines hair dressing. Jerry my hair stylist, wanted to fix my hair thru Mucota Dyna Argon Oil Hair Treatment.

However, I wanted to get my hair dyed for the new year. So this second visit, I’m back to give my hair some pampering!

What is Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Hair Treatment?

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Originating from Japan, Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Hair Treatment helps to improve fizzy hair situations. Leaving hair soft, light and naturally straight.

-There’s 100% no formaldehyde, a cancer causing substance commonly found in most hair straighteners.

-It is also Ammonia free & completely safe for pregnant mummies to be!

-It is made mainly from Argan Oil, Omega-3, Omega-6, Jojoba, Castor, Honey, Shea Butter & Collagen.

Benefits of Argan Oil is known throughout history!
It so rich and nourishing that it treats anything from skin infections to beauty regimes.
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“ One of the main reasons that argan oil is so healing, is that it is rich with vitamin A and vitamin E. However, argan oil is also packed with anti-oxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid. Research shows that when applied to skin, it eases inflammation while moisturizing the skin.

When applied externally, trocopherol from the vitamin E, helps to boost cell production while promoting healthy skin and hair. This is why cosmetic companies are including it in their high-end anti-aging, hair, and skin care products.”
Source: Dr Axe.com

Benefits of Jojoba & Castor Oil
-increase hair cell growth
– deeply conditions and moisturises like argan oil
-makes hair look fuller and shinier

No doubt my hair needs the treatment real bad.

here’s a before picture of my hair

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Look at my ends
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Super frizzy, crispy ends, split ends, curls from clipping my hair most of the time.
I swear I did not purposely make my hair look so crappy. It was like this naturally, that’s why I clipped my hair most of the time and also because Jo tends to pull my hair when he’s younger so it sort of became a habit for me.

The whole treatment took about 3hours for me on a weekday though.

There’s basically 3 main parts of the treatment:

1st part
A hair wash to remove all the excess oil excreted & to apply the step 1 Dyna cream.
Leave it on for 30mins.

2nd part
Wash and blow
after, using a flat iron to seal the nourishment from the treatment cream deep into the cuticles.

3rd part
Apply after treatment cream, leave it on for another 20mins to further moisturise the hair.

Wash and blow

Another final round of flat ironing.

There you have it, a smooth, super light and naturally straight yet not too flat hair.

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It has been slightly over 2 weeks since I had this treatment & my hair is still soft, tangle-free! Best of all, I didn’t even bother to blow dry/ comb my hair all the time!

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I honestly highly recommend this Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment.
It’s good to pamper your hair once in awhile.

For those who wishes to try this treatment after all that reading, Great News for you!

headlines hairdressing

Headlines Hairdressing is currently having a promo for this treatment!

Simply bring a friend (can be your relatives too) to have the treatment with you and get to enjoy the treatment at only $198* each! Usual: $350 each.
Promo till 15th May 2015

* your friend must not be a existing customer.

Do remember to book an appointment with Jerry(:
he’s fantastic and super friendly.

Do quote my name “Shermaine” for 10-30% off all services.

Headlines dressing
10 anson road
#03-32
International Plaza
contact: 62233133

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 10.30am-8.30pm
Sat: 10.30am-7.00pm
Closed on Sundays

Domino’s all new Golden Chicken Tenders

Ah super late back-blog..

I’ve been super occupied with my son. He just started school and have yet to adapt. Now both Josaeus and I have separation anxiety!! :'(

So back to topic.
I was invited by my babe Jerlinda for another round of Domino’s Food Tasting event last month.

DOMINO’S GOLDEN CHICKEN
Deliciously baked chicken tenders covered in different sauces and cheese!

These Golden Chicken Tenders are new on the menu!
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4 different flavors to choose from:

Golden Mexican Chicken
Oven baked spicy chicken tenders covered in salsa sauce,pineapples,green capsicums,olives and cherry tomatoes

Golden Mediterranean Chicken
Oven baked chicken tenders covered in Napolitana sauce,cherry tomatoes, olives and feta cheese

Golden Outback Chicken
Oven baked chicken tenders covered in BBQ sauce, olives, green and red capsicums

Golden Italian Chicken
Oven baked spicy chicken tenders covered in Pesto sauce,pineapples,tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

‘I personally prefer the outback chicken tenders as i love BBQ sauces and also capsicum. I don’t usually take olive BUT I love domino’s olive!’ The chicken tenders are oven baked so it’s healthier and of course less oil. Not over or under baked leaving the chicken tenders “tender” and not too dry.
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There’s this super attractive offer going on:

For $5.50, you’ll get a personal pizza and a soft drink!

Or if you wish to try a Golden Chicken Tender. Simply +$1 to swap your personal pizza for a chicken Tender!

*This offer is valid from 12pm-5pm daily. Surcharge applies for Cheese Burst,Cheezy Crust, Classics, First Class Pizza, First Class flat bread and Cheese sauce upgrade.

-I’d recommend you to try their Smoky Pepperoni & mushroom pizza. My all time favourite.

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Lastly, Domino’s is having a #mygoldenmoment instagram contest!

prize winners

Share your golden moments and stand to win prizes!
It can be any moment you feel is precious and you wish to remember.
* There will be bonus points if your photo consist of anything Domino’s Pizza related.

How to participate
1) follow @DominosSG on Instagram
2) Upload your Golden Moment photos on your instagram
3) Tag @DominosSG and #MyGoldenMoment #DominosSG

Winners will be chosen based on 60% creativity 40% likes for the photo

Contest period: Till 15 April 2015

1st prize (1 winner)
$500 Golden Shopping spree
(minimum 500 likes on the photo to qualify)

2nd prize (3 winners)
Pizza Party for 20 of your friends( worth $200)
(minimum 200 likes on the photo to qualify)

Consolation prize (50 winners!)
$100 worth of free pizzas
(minimum 100 likes on photos to qualify)

So hurry! post up your golden moment photo and get your friends and family to like your photo!

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Once again, Thank you Domino’s for the fantastic food,William for the hospitality and Jerlinda babe for the Invite!

Overview of my thoughts and experience with Atastic Nails [Ad]

So my 6 sponsored session with Atastic Manicure ends here(: Even though some things wasn’t as expected. I’m still glad I got to experience gelish for the first time with Atastic.

I tried almost all kinds of Manicure from normal gelish, gel extension, 3D acrylic, nail stickers & charms, hand drawn nail art. I also got to try different length and shapes for my nails.

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Even though I was sponsored, I would try to put myself in a paying customers’ point of view. For me, price, quality and location of the salon is very important. I wouldn’t want to pay so much just to travel all the way to the other side of Singapore just to get a lousy Manicure done.

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I admit Atastic Manicure’s location isn’t exactly convenient when it’s raining. There isn’t a completely sheltered way to reach Blair house from the train station. However, the ambiance of the place made me ‘close an eye’. I love the comfy sofa chairs and the full drop glass windows.  The whole place was meant to be simple yet comfortable for customers themselves and their pockets.
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So this explains why the prices at Atastic is affordable. Less capital for renovations = more affordability for customers! However, low prices at Atastic doesn’t mean they cut back on the quality of their products.

Atastic only uses AngelPro products which are:
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It isn’t as damanging to the nails and doesn’t turn the nails yellow! However, it depends alot on the skill of your Manicurist. Some might file your nails too thinly that might cause your nail to break easily or even bleed from inside.

I personally recommend you to ask for Lina when you visit Atastic. She’s very serious about her work and make sure my nails are in good condition. My nails done by her lasts longer too! She’s also very creative in designs. 

This particular design was on Lina’s fingers when I saw it! She designed it herself (: The roses are hand drawn by her too!
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All in all, Atastic is worth a try! They have very attractive packages that doesn’t cost a thousand for 10 sessions etc. Atastic’s packages are short, 3/5/10 sessions.

Thank you Atastic for this Amazing opportunity!

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mummymaine atastic both hands

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Here’s the pricelist I got of their website:

price list atastic

*Do follow atastics facebook page for the lastest promotions! There’s always new promotions through out the year!

Atastic Manicure
23 Kampong Bahru Road
Blair House #03-02
Singapore 169349

Enquiry hotline: 9750 6660

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10am – 9pm

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