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 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.
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!
So what really makes my skin glow? I believe most of you are tired of hearing skincare reviews as they all sound the same BUT trust me when I say, this post will reveal to you a revolutionary serum that is probably one of the best in the market, well at least for me that is.
I was hesitant when I first heard of ASTALIFT but decided to give it a try anyway and to my pleasant surprise, their products actually worked well for my skin. I found out during my consultation that all along I have been missing one step in my skincare regime which shockingly to say, is a serum! So all along my skincare regime which comprises of Cleanser, Toner and Moisturiser, Sunblock daily isn’t enough. According to the trainer, I should add Serum before Moisturiser to allow better penetration of the nutrients from the product while Moisturiser acts as a protective layer to hydrate your skin.
Most people do not know this but ASTALIFT is developed by FUJIFILM. FUJIFILM Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, in Japan, is best known for all FUJIFILM products such as photo imaging and digital products, data storage media, graphic arts, medical and life science products for more than 20 years in Singapore.
Applying its propriety knowledge of nanotechnology for exposing and colour developing in film making, FUJIFILM created ASTALIFT, an award-winning brand that offers carefully-researched skincare and supplement products with proven efficacy.
I recently visited the newly opened third and largest boutique in NEX, the largest mall in the Northeast region of Singapore. Spanning 688 square feet, this shop features the brand’s signature red hue to signify the vibrancy and richness of ASTALIFT.
A highlight of this retail outlet includes a skin analyser machine, where customers’ skin condition is analysed, so that suitable products can be recommended accordingly. I was fortunate enough to be given a try at their skin analyser during their roadshow. It was truly an educational experience where I got to learnt my skin’s age, and also the areas my skin was lacking in. My skin was severely lacking in hydration and drowning in oiliness. I was recommended a simple skincare regime to follow by the trainer.
Astalift In-Focus Cellactive Serum
One of the products recommended to me during the analysis was the NEW ASTALIFT In-Focus Cellactive Serum. This serum contains Nano-Astaxanthin CP+ for stem cell anti-oxidation protection and Boswellia Serrata for existing stem cells activation. Stem Cells are re-energised to combat skin ageing like wrinkles and loss of elasticity while improving skin tone, radiance and softness. Stem Cells are additionally protected from stresses that cause skin damage. This results in delayed ageing and restoration of skin elasticity and youth through Stem Cell Rejuvenation.
ASTALIFT White Perfect Clear UV Solution SPF50+ PA+++
The serum’s texture was an intriguing film-like orangey gel texture . The Ion Sensing Technology allows immediate penetration of serum as it glides on the skin. Skin feels fresher and well-protected with a lightweight film-like texture over my face. The therapeutic scent of Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine & Sandalwood lifted my moods instantly preparing me for a good night’s sleep. Plus, I love that it comes with a hygienic pump mechanism.
Here’s my before and after pictures:
Skin is more hydrated and lines, pores, pimples are lesser.
In addition to the In-Focus Cellactive Serum, the trainer also mentioned two other products to use in conjunction with the serum as a daily beauty regime. The two other products are the Jelly Aquarysta and Perfect UV Clear Solution SPF50P PA++++.
ASTALIFT Jelly Aquarysta
ASTALIFT Jelly Aquarysta is their signature product. This is a jelly-type beauty essence from their aging range. The product contains “human-type nano acyl ceramide”, moisturizing ingredient stably dispersed at the world’s smallest 20nm-level, in addition to proprietary moisturizing ingredient “human-type nano ceramide”, thereby enhancing moisturizing function that moisturizes every corner of skin. This product is used straight after cleansing to enhance absorption of my other products, such as the In-Focus Cellactive Serum.
ASTALIFT Perfect UV
The most essential skincare step for me would be sufficient sun protection and what better way to achieve that is to apply loads of sunblock! Under the ASTALIFT White skincare series, this tube offers enhanced UV protection with signature ingredients to promote smoother, brighter-looking skin.
White Perfect Clear UV Solutionis a multi-functional beauty essence and make-up base offering five-way protection against the sun. Besides containing D-UV Guard, the proprietary UV protecting agent that offers advanced UV protection against Deep UVA to prevent “incidental sunburn”, the new product also features the UV Action Capsule that bursts when exposed to UV rays to release a generous amount of beauty ingredients including the Vitamin C derivative.
It also has a sensor cap which changes colour to purple when it is exposed to deep UVA, to alert me that it is time to top up my sunblock. It can be applied on top of my makeup too, without worries of smudging.
Besides the range of skincare products, they have makeup too also! Which received recognition from CLEO and Her World beauty awards!
FUJIFILM’s strengths lies in image analyzing technologies, gleaned from its vast experience in the photogenic and medical fields, have also been used in skin tone reproduction technology to enhance one’s looks in the cosmetics field.
ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!
Wish to try the In-Focus Cellactive Serum? ASTALIFT is giving away a 3-day sample at any of the following outlets, all you have to do is quote my name “SYDNEY” when you visit the outlets
ASTALIFT @ Wisma Atria
Telephone Number: (+65) 6238-6386 Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
ASTALIFT @ JEM
Telephone Number: (+65) 6734-8860 Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
ASTALIFT @ NEX
Telephone Number: (+65) 6481-3937 Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
As we all know, the MRT’s are not very reliable due to the breakdowns and now most Singaporeans like myself are relying more on buses which is why SGBusLeh app comes in handy!
I believe for most singaporeans we have more or less ran after a bus before and of course that includes myself! Previously when I used to take the bus to work, I would either miss the bus, or have to wait for a long time before the buses arrive and worse, I remember chasing after buses!
Good news for those who hate chasing, missing or waiting for buses as the SG BusLeh app is here to rid us of the agony.
Firstly, it is Free Of Charge (FOC) so it doesn’t keep you from downloading it for free and trying it out to see if it works for you.
You don’t have to sign up an account to use it which I like because most apps these days require you to sign up before you can start using the app.
And not to mention the app really stands out when I am using my phone because the app is RED in color.
Very clear labelling of bus stops so you know exactly which bus stop are they referring to and which bus stop are you at. You will never need to ask strangers awkwardly which bus you got to take to arrive at your destinations.
It tells you which buses each bus stop has, the exact waiting time of each bus and which buses are handicap friendly. It also indicates if the arriving buses are double deck or bendy plus, LOST? You can search for nearby buses and bus stops.
It brings on the singlish jokes while you can ‘stalk’ physical location of upcoming buses on a map (instead of relying on just bus timing).
You can search for buses by the place, bus stops or best, bus numbers!
And who doesn’t like freebies? Get freebies under their ‘LOBANG’ tab.
Oh and you can tap your EZ-Link card to check balance using SG BusLeh (on supported devices) so you no longer need to awkwardly exchange coins with strangers to take the buses.
If you are on a bus, Busleh can notify you when your are arriving at your destination stop so you can inform your friends of your Estimated Time Of Arrival (ETA).
You can also favoritise your buses according to the frequent buses you take
Last but not least, they have SMRT train timings too so that you can organize your trip better if you need to change to trains during your journey. Oh and even better for NTU & NUS students because they have your internal bus timings available too but sadly it is currently ONLY available on Android. Hopefully they release it on iPhones soon!
Honestly everyone should get this app because it is useful for commuters like us who hate running after buses. You can download this amazing app over at google play store or Apple store!