Phase 2 has just started and I am so excited about it! Can’t wait to head out and dine. During the entire circuit breaker, I have been having takeaways and the food rarely tastes as good as the restaurant itself. So when I came across 8 Crabs and its good reviews, I was in disbelief. However as it sounded so good, I decided to try it out to see for myself!
8 Crabs Seafood Restaurant offers Crab and Seafood Delivery and are the only company in Singapore using grade AAA premium Sri Lankan sourced wild crabs. This means that their crabs are meatier, tastier, bigger, and less watery. To ensure freshness, these crabs are caught, flown, prepared and delivered to you within 12 hours.
Using $120, I managed to get a scrumptious crab feast for my family. I order their Award-Winning Salted Egg Crab in Extra Large (about 1 kg) at $88 and ordered another Curry Fish Head cooked in nyonya style. This is great for 4-5 pax.
The crabs are indeed fresher and meatier. I love how meaty and fresh the crab flesh is. My family love the Curry Fish Head sauce as well. Also, they gave a large packet of deep-fried tofu skin to go along with the curry fish head. A pity I forgot to buy mantou otherwise we could enjoy with the salted egg sauce. I am looking forward to trying out their Black Pepper and Chill Crab which are also Award-Winning.
Why choose 8 Crabs? Besides the food, I like their policy as well. They offer a full refund via store credits for all late deliveries and deliver within 1 hour earliest.
With Father’s Day approaching, why not order a crab feast for your dad too? I am sure that would not only excite your father but the whole family too! To order, visit here.
This is an unexpected year with the pandemic. This is the year where most of us won’t be able to travel and the way we live and go about our daily life will be changed forever.
Social distancing will be the new norm I believe. This is also the first year where it is so difficult to purchase flowers or cake for Mother’s Day but I am glad I managed to get flowers for my mom on Mother’s Day, in advance.
Thank you FARM Florist for this beautiful bouquet of flowers. They are one of the few florists still available for Mother’s Day celebrations. I love how they decorate the flowers and each stalk is freshly cut before packing.
This is the first time I learnt about them and even though I am new to them, they have been in this industry for 20 years! They pride themselves in providing beautiful bouquets designed by their experienced florists at cheap prices. They have a wide range of variety and a simple ordering process. This is what makes them unique and different from other florists.
One unique offering of theirs that caught my eye would be the Surprise Bouquet that starts from 34 SGD with free delivery. Clueless customers who cannot decide on what to get for their recipient can just fill in the drop down boxes with some details such as the age and gender of the recipient, along with the type of occasion, and Farm Florist will use their creative sense to curate the most applicable arrangement. This is very popular and most of Farm Florist’s customers are buying flowers for every thinkable occasion now. Wish I knew about them sooner! I could do with the free delivery.
Most importantly, they love what they do and we will not even settle for being the best. They sincerely want to be better each day and make sure that flower ordering is super simple and not stressful at all for their customers. If you wish to order a beautiful bouquet for that special one, you may visit their website here.
I believe every woman wish to improve their looks as they age and of course I am one of them too. So when I found out about Juvéderm Volite, an injectable treatment that can help to improve skin quality for up to 9 months minimum, I was keen to try it out. I went to Skin Lab Aesthetics Clinic Dr Kelvin Chua at Wheelock Place. I have previously reviewed about him. I like the way he consults with his patients. He’s always very patient and always answer the many questions I have.
Most of us probably know what are fillers but do note that this procedure is not a dermal filler, it’s using a skin conditioning Hyaluronic acid (HA) gel and it is suitable for all ages and skin types.
Given that hydrated skin means plumper skin, losses in hyaluronic acid contribute to visible ageing – which is where treatments come in.
Throughout the procedure, the doctor will administer a series of tiny injections that works to plump and hydrate skin, smoothing out roughness and evening out depressions.
The entire procedure took about 10 to 15 minutes. I am not going to lie, the procedure was rather painful but still bearable – probably 7 out of 10 for the pain level. The time went by quickly as the Dr Chua tried to keep me at ease by chatting with me and checking in time to time again how I was doing.
This could be the perfect choice for those who want to improve their overall skin quality. The end result is improved elasticity and hydration which I found no other procedure could achieve that sort of good results and overall, I thought this procedure was worth the cost and pain.
I have done a couple of hair and scalp treatments before like those that promises to get rid of the itchiness in my scalp, promote hair growth and also smoothen the hair and yes it does fulfil it’s promise immediately but the day after the treatment, my hair would go back to it’s original shape and texture. It’s quite disappointing especially when the treatments are expensive and I feel like I have wasted my time staying in the salon. Being a working mom, we can be so busy that we might not even have time to eat or sleep and to me, those few hours matter and I believe this is the same with most moms too. Seeing that we are on the same page and do not wish to be time wasters, I want to introduce Beijing 101 hair treatments to you. Since 1974, Beijing 101 has been dedicated to treating common hair issues such as scalp concerns, hair loss, oily scalp, greying hair, premature or excessive white hair and various patterns of hair loss, in more than 60 countries worldwide. All their treatments use premium-grade Chinese herbs that help to solve hair problems in an integrative and harmonious way, which in line with their certified hair consultants and TCM Physicians. Being a first-time customer, I went through a short survey form so that the consultant can narrow down to the hair concerns and decided on the right treatment. I was treated to herbal flower tea with Goji Berries while the consultant brought me through a fuss-free Hair and Scalp analysis where she showed the visible issues with my hair and scalp.
I had a bad scare because my scalp is more sensitive than before and my hair was not growing according to the scan. I was so afraid that I rushed to the pharmacy to buy hair supplements and multi vitamins after. She told me the reason for my condition was due to lack of sleep and a good diet. I am certainly guilty of sleeping at 2am and eating all those fried and unhealthy foods. Can you see the flakes surrounding my hair follicles and also the visible redness on the scalp?
After the scare, I experienced the 101 Signature Meridian Scalp Treatment. A scalp detoxification mask treatment is applied to unclog the pores of any impurities and deep cleansing after that.Next, the 101 hair consultant applied the Scalp Strengthening Essence together with a relaxing sea salt neck wrap to soothe the senses and prep for the relaxing head and scalp massage.A stimulating yet soothing 15-minute head massage is done to work the hair-loving ingredients into the follicles. To encourage better blood circulation and improve the regeneration of hair growth, the latest Alpha Hair Beam light therapy is used to increase hair density and encourage vital absorption of nutrients into the roots.
When I first heard of 101, I thought the storefront would be more traditional looking because they have been around for many years but the store at Funan is modernized and feels cozy. It has the Korean minimalist vibe with the individual hair stations. You are unable to see the person next to you and everyone has their own privacy despite being in a public space. They also have VIP rooms available. After the treatment, they brought me to do another scan and this time, I was very pleased with the results! My scalp looks cleaner and healthier. They gave me some home-care products to try and these are the BEST shampoo and treatments I have gotten from a treatment-based salon. The consultant told me I will love the Essence – Vitalizing Gliss and true enough I did! The shampoo is not overpowering and the Essence is rich enough to smooth my hair ends without being too heavy. Usually the products from treatment-based salons would leave my hair very dry after using their products. The smell isn’t overpowering and it has a slight herbal smell which I like. The best part? My hair stayed as soft and clean for at least 2 weeks. You have to try their treatments to believe it. The lovely team at Beijing 101 is giving to my readers a trial and you can redeem it here: https://beijing101hair.com/samplestoreexclusiveSydney. For only $40, you will experience the Intensive Scalp Cleansing Treatment and bring home a hair care kit and a pair of movie tickets that is worth $616 in total!
P.s Giveaway happening at the end of this post so read on!
As a woman, I love receiving roses. There is nothing sweeter than receiving a bouquet of roses. Roses are a great way to express love, congratulations, get well soon and gratitude. However with the different types and colours of roses in the market, do you know what you are buying? I will share with you my favourite brand of roses in a bit as well!
First, let’s talk about the meaning associated to different rose colours. This Rose Colour Meanings guide provides insight on the varying meanings associated with each rose colour so you know how to make a better choice the next time.
Long associated with beauty and perfection, red roses are a way to say “I love you”. There is no symbol of passionate affection that is more prevalent or enduring than the red rose.
Pastel pink roses can express sympathy just as easily as it can communicate admiration or joy. A bright pink rose would say thank you and congratulations in the same breath.
White Roses are a representation of purity, loyalty, and innocence. It communicates new beginnings, hope or a shared secret.
Purple Roses are an indicative of opulence, perhaps stemming from purples association to royalty and elegance.
Cherry Brandy Roses convey enthusiasm, gratitude and fiery passion of the orange rose, while also symbolising friendship and joy.
When it comes to sending a joyful message, Yellow Roses are the way to go. A bouquet of yellow roses are great for saying thanks, get well and congratulations. Now that we have covered the meanings associated with the various rose colours there is, you must be wondering what’s my favourite brand of roses? There are many florists selling roses but have you seen a company that sells only Roses? I have found the best roses and they are from Roses Only.
Nurtured by the worlds best growers in the Ecuadorian mountains, each Roses Only rose reaches an impressive 65cm in length. The have sourced the globe for the best roses which will be sure to WOW your recipient. I was definitely wowed over when I received the huge box of roses. It was by far the most impressive bouquet of roses I have received.
They finish each rose by hand, de-thorning, and carefully plucking its guard petals away to make sure it looks its best from the moment it is unpacked. For its longest life they cut the stem at an angle for extra water absorption and each individual stem even has its own water sachet (with pure New Zealand water) and flower food is provided, ensuring optimal life span and condition. Nothing can prepare you for the moment you receive these long stemmed roses, it is truly breathtaking.
Famous for the quality of their roses and signature gift box, you can be sure of one thing: you are giving an unforgettable first impression.
So the kind people at Roses Only are giving away their beautiful long-stemmed Ecuadorian Roses in their signature box to one lucky reader of mine! Hop over to my Instagram post to find out how you can win.
You have probably heard, sheet masking everyday have great benefits to the skin but how many of us are lazy to do it and do not believe in it? It is said that using a sheet mask daily can boost your skin’s hydration levels and you enjoy the same result as using a super powered moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, using sheet masks will lessen the chance of skin irritation as they contain fewer preservatives. I used to try sheet masking twice a week and found it incredibly hard to keep up with this habit but this time I decided to try for 7 days and guess what, I think it was actually manageable. What’s so different this time and why did I managed to go through with it? The DR. JOU Six Essence sheet masks has 5-in-1 benefits. This product acts as a toner, serum, lotion, facial mask and eye mask! Besides these benefits, I thought it works perfectly as a neck cream or serum too. There’s always excess in the package and many people simply throw it away but no! You can apply the excess over the neck too. It is essential to take care of the neck area as well as the signs of ageing shows up there first! Everyday, I woke up with glowy smooth skin the next day without using any toner, serum, lotion or eye cream! Honestly, if you take 20 mins to apply these skincare essentials everyday, what’s 20 minutes of masking to you? In the past, I had to apply the products after masking but as this is a 5-in-1 mask, I can skip all that application and stick with my usual 20 minutes self-love time. Besides, you can also mask on the go if you are really busy. I mask even during mom duties.
The range comprises of 6 different types of masks specifically for Luminosity, Whitening, Hydration, Brightening, Revitalising and Soothing purposes. Honestly, I hate trying new products especially masks as I sometimes have breakouts due to my sensitive skin but I decided to try because this had so many wonderful reviews.
As pioneers in integrating the synergy of 6 various Hyaluroic Acid essences in 1 mask sheet, it is no surprise their DR. JOU Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Mask is an award winning sheet mask. They were accredited by the International Quality Institute of Belgium, @cosme, Taiwan Watson’s for 2 years and HK Watson’s too! All the masks have very good effects on my skin but my holy grail definitely goes to DR. JOU Six Essence Hyaluronic Acid Soothing Mask as this mask helps in my eczema situation. To be honest, you can’t see obvious results under makeup or even in photos. The texture of my skin feels smoother and I found my face was producing lesser oil at the end of the challenge. Acne has stopped popping out as frequent. Acne scars have also significantly lightened.
Already #30weeks pregnant, I find myself being so tired to attend baby fairs or shop offline. It’s just so difficult and exhausting to walk around all day. There’s hardly any time too. This is when I realised I need to shop smarter. When I was shopping for baby stuff during the baby fairs previously, I realised that there were many online outlets selling way cheaper than the price at fairs. After scouting around for the best deals, I came across Shopee and it’s actually a great one-stop platform for mummies to get all their parenting essentials at the best prices! Not only do I save on the time and effort of sourcing for things offline, I also save on the effort of carrying my things to my car.
With a shopping budget of only $200 (inclusive of shipping fee), I will curate the perfect Baby Kit where I will select items within this budget and purchase from Shopee myself. This Baby Kit is perfect for newborn babies.
So what’s the perfect Baby Kit you ask? Being a new mom, there are a lot of things to purchase. Check out the items I have picked out below.
I got a set of Bamboo Muslin Swaddling Wraps which is of ultra good quality! It’s so comfy and soft. This is necessary as infants are usually wrapped around in a swaddle for comfort and when they are just released from the hospital. This costs $43.90 with shipping. So sometimes, you might see swaddles selling cheaper outside but make sure you check the quality first. Sometimes the material aren’t as soft and it isn’t very comfortable for the baby to wear. My husband usually makes sure to go through all the clothes and blankets we buy for the baby so that the baby will be comfortable and happy. It makes a difference when the baby is uncomfortable as he would be cranky and cry.Search for Shopee’s baby and kids toys if you need more options to keep your baby happy and smiley!.
I also got a packet of RealBubee 100 pcs Breathable Disposable Breast Nursing Pads from here. For new mums-to-be, this might all sound so new to you! Trust me, I feel the same way as you do! I read up on pregnancy quite a bit and also on post pregnancy. I realise that it’s important to have breast nursing pads so that you do not leak over your clothes. Initially, I wanted to go with reusable pads as it’s eco-friendly and cost efficient but my friend strongly discouraged me from getting them as coming from experience, she said I won’t have time to wash them.For more nursing options, check out Shopee’s nursing necessities.
I also got a sexy Maternity Front Closure Seamless Nursing Bra! I’m pretty sure most mummies are damn conscious about how their body looks and need the right support for their growing assets hence nursing/maternity bras would come into good use. They are comfortable and gives the right support. Many women face sagging breasts and other body parts, so it’s important to get the right support if you want to look good underneath as well. I make sure to take good care of myself even when I am pregnant so I won’t regret.
I also got another bra in a different design as I wanted to have some variety in the underwear I would be wearing so I don’t get bored. I used to love wearing pretty lingerie and I don’t think it should be any different when I am pregnant. It can get rather boring when you are pregnant, you won’t feel the urge to buy so many pregnant clothes or underwear since it’s only a few months before you don’t need them. I used to think like that too but then after that I realised, I will have to look ugly for 9 months and I don’t want that.
Lastly, I also bought this highly raved about Electric Portable Breast Feeding Pump from Spectra. I have heard many good things about this feeding pump. It is also cheaper on Shopee than the price at fairs. This pump is widely used by mummies due to the portability and also the efficiency.
I actually went to a local store before wanting to purchase this pump but they were selling it at S$328 which is twice as much as what I could have gotten at Shopee. This is indeed a steal for me.
If you are a first time mummy like me, you might find yourself panicking over what to get on your trip to baby fairs, do know it’snot necessary to head to baby fairs! You can find a wide variety of baby/parenting products at affordable prices on Shopee. I feel that most mothers are as anxious like I am and would attend a couple of fairs here and think the promotions are really good, I feel a need to let all mums-to-be know that not all promotions at fairs are as good. They sometimes jack up the original prices and then give a pretend promotional price and from my experience at fairs, I find that fairs often require me to carry all the items I have bought back to the car. It is way better to have the items shipped to you.
Some other items I would also recommend new mothers to purchase online from Shopee, would be like diapers, napkins, burp clothes, face towels, bath towels, swaddles, blankets, diaper cream, nipple cream, baby wipes, baby clothes, pacifiers, cotton wool, detergent, body and hair wash etc. I have tons of things that I have yet to purchase but I guess I will have to go back to Shopee to buy again after I make a list of what to buy. I have yet to prepare my Hospital Bag too! I will need to buy stuff for the period I am in the hospital. They also have cute gift sets available for your pregnant mummy friends! Findall of these and more with Shopee’s large selection of gift sets.
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The way to a woman’s heart would always be chocolates, diamonds and flowers. I love to surprise my girl friends with flowers and you can never imagine their beautiful happy faces when they receive them!
So it was my beautiful best friend, Sindy birthday next week and because she will be out of town, we celebrated much earlier! I wanted to surprise her with Omakase at Sushi Jin but she was rather full from all her birthday dinners that she wanted something light so I brought her to Publico Deli – a quaint cafe across Robertson Quay.
I got her beautiful flowers from Floral Garage Singapore, where I always purchase my bouquets from. I could even show you receipts of all the flowers I have bought from them! I like them because they are prompt with delivery and they sell the most gorgeous bouquets at affordable prices.
Oh hi hi! I think because of my work, I have turned lazy and rarely dress up or even tidy up. However recently, I finally got moving and visited my favourite hair salon – Chez Vous hair.
I went to them for HELP this time because my hair was in desperate need of treatment and a new cut & color and that’s where they introduced me their new services for Asian women!
Being Singapore’s most innovative hair salon, Chez Vous teams up with professional hair brand Goldwell to create three unique new services to help Asian women achieve their ultimate dream tresses! The three groundbreaking services, #GlassHair, #RightColourMatters and #FakeAsh was created so that Asian women can finally achieve their dream, Instagram-worthy hair and discover the hair colour that truly suits their unique skin tone, facial features and shape.
Basically Asian women have three main issues when it comes to hair, allow me to diagnose the issues one by one.
The Problem: Choosing a hair colour is not easy for Asians. Most online beauty guides and techniques are not applicable as they focus on Caucasians and Hispanics and end up confusing or even misleading Asian women into selecting hair colours based on trends, instead of what enhances their look best.
The Solution: #RightColourMatters Diagnosis. A simple yet accurate methodology created to determine the right hair colour for each and every Asian woman — it assesses how our skin and facial imperfections alter with different hair undertones and recommends corrective hair colours that will best complement our features.
The Problem: S.E. Asia’s sweltering heat and humid climate causes our hair to be unruly, unmanageable and frizzy.
The Solution: #GlassHair. Inspired by the famous Korean trend of achieving flawless and smooth “glass skin”, a programme (inclusive of a treatment and Goldwell Kerasilk premium homecare) was developed to achieve the same effect for your hair. The result: hair with long-lasting, heat-activated glass-like smoothness.
The Problem: Ashy and dusty hair is trending among Asian women in 2018. But with more than two rounds of pre-lightening required to achieve these shades, they are not confident of achieving the look without severely damaging their hair.
The Solution: #FakeAsh Colour Service. A brand new approach to hair colouring, #FakeAsh uses just one session of pre-lightening and combines two to three “easily achievable” hair colours to create an optical illusion of Instagram-worthy ash tones. This service is designed with Asians’ natural hair in mind.
I tried out the #RightColourMatters Diagnosis and here are my thoughts about it. Honestly I have always admired fair girls who can pull off black hair and never knew why I couldn’t! I also realised I couldn’t pull off certain colours too (besides black). For people who like trying colours (I have tried purple, blue, pink, green, grey, ash, blonde etc. just to name a few), you might notice some colours look better on you and some don’t. Someone with an equally fair skin tone could look good with black but not me as our skin tone is still slightly different. I was given various color charts to play with and at the end of the session, I understood blue and green colours were more suitable for my skin tone. This is equally true for my choice of colours for my wardrobe. A lighter blue made my face look sharper, and more radiant as compared to a darker blue. However as I am still young, a sharper look would be more ideal but if the customer is an older lady, red which gives a more plumped up look would probably be more suitable.
Next, I tried the #GlassHair treatment. I was asked to leave it on for at least 48 hours. The end result is glossy and softer hair. It is so much so much easier to manage now. Drying time is also much shorter. As usual, a treatment isn’t complete without Goldwell Kerasilk premium homecare! The 4-step DIY home practice is 1. Shampoo 2. Condition 3. Mask 4. Control. This comes with all #GlassHair treatments.
Oh and I almost forgot. Besides all these services, we need a hair cut that complements your face shape. I mostly walk out of salons regretting my hair cut but this time, I loved it! Victor is really talented I must say! He gave me shorter hair as requested but when I wanted to go shorter he kindly advised me not to because any shorter would curl at the ends and I would have trouble with styling it! He also taught me that layering at the ends would make my hair look frizzy hence he only layered slightly at the top to give my hair volume.
Here are the immediate results! Hubby commented he loves how classy and soft my hair is as compared to all the previous dye jobs I had! Teehee styling is also much easier because its so soft. All I need to do is blow dry and use a curling tong to curl the ends slightly. This can be done in 10 mins unlike the past when I needed at least 30 mins.
In conjunction with Women’s Day, Taobao is having a Women’s Day sale this 7 to 9 March 2018! Stay tune to the end of the post for a special promotion! I recently got to try some skincare beauty tools from one of their merchants, Momoup and boy am I in love. These skincare tools are must-haves for anyone who hates wastage of products and loves to travel. They have a wide range of beauty tools available however as I do not want this post to be too draggy and the some products are really quite straightforward, I shall just share with you a few star favourites.
First up, would be the travel friendly box of Syringe Cosmetic Tubes. Perfect for traveling, the box comes equipped with four individual tubes.
Tried and tested, they are leak proof, reusable and best of all compact and portable. How to use? Check out my usage directions below:
This beauty tool is suitable for storing serum, toner, moisturiser and liquid foundation.
This beauty tool comes with a soft foaming brush applicator that helps to massage the skin, removes impurities and cleanses pores.
The brush can also be removed easily for cleaning and comes with a lock to prevent leakage during travel. Quick tip: only use cleanser which is soluble for best foaming effect to prevent blockage of the pump.
Makeup enthusiasts would know how troublesome it is to clean and dry brushes. The process of cleaning brushes is quite a time-waster. This product makes cleaning brushes a breeze as it is effective and requires no drying time!
The cover is made of tin, which is durable and protects the sponges. I love that its compact design is great for travelling. Each set comes with 2 sets of sponges.
Black portion is made of activated carbon filter sponge for easy cleaning and removing of unwanted residue while the white portion can be used to tidy the brush.
Find out the usage directions below:
Of course, these are not the only products Momoup has! They have other beauty tools available which I have not mentioned. Usage is pretty straightforward hence I did not elaborate much on them.
Visit HERE for more great deals and remember to stay tune to their GREAT Taobao Women’s Day sale this 7-9 March 2018! 女王节 Special: from 7th – 9th March 2018 get 5%, 10% or 25% off when you buy 3,5 or 7 momoup products respectively. So hurry!