Friday, 15 August 2014

My favorite food places in Singapore

People don't usually associate me with food (That's one of the reasons why I can't be a food blogger. LOL) as my petite size is always giving them the impression that I dislike eating.
Oh well.
Nonetheless, I do still enjoy going around different parts of Singapore and trying out inexpensive BUT delicious food.
I am going to share a few of my favorite food stalls that I patronized here in this post - Some of the photos pictured here are not taken by me (Credits to Google images); so they are for illustration purposes only.

It's coincidental that the food below are international-  Thailand, Italy, Philippines and Indonesia *laughs*


Disclaimer: The below opinions are based on my personal views and opinions. Trust me at your own risk! 

1) I LOVE Thai Food (Think Tom Yum and green curry. Mmmm... ...) It is not easy to find delicious ones in Singapore; but I managed to find a few that are to my ultimate liking!

Meet Mae Noi Thai Food.


Their chicken wings are superb! Piping hot and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy meat on the inside. You will find yourself yearning for more after every bite!


My recommended ones are definitely their Tom Yum and Green Curry. I have since introduced many friends and colleagues as well; and they are loving its authentic taste too! Prices are very much economical - less than SGD 5. 

Mae Noi Thai Food is located at Bugis Street, 3rd Storey. (It is situated in a very convenient location as well for shoppers!)

2) Italian Food - Saizeriya
I am actually quite surprised when I heard that not many people heard of this restaurant. High quality Italian food, cheap prices and atas ambiance - It is definitely a good find!
Prices start from $3.90 onwards. You will be surprised.



My personal favorites: Mushroom soup , Chicken Doria.



Address: 177 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179030


3) Indonesian Food - Ayam Penyet RIA


I have tasted Ayam Penyet RIA while I was in Johor and Singapore; and I have to admit that their Ayam Penyet tastes as good as it looks!
Bear in mind that the chilli is quite spicy though. (My favorite!) What's a good Ayam Penyet without real spicy chilli to go along with it?

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-26/26A Far East Plaza


4) Philippines food  - Jollibee

Initially, I thought this would be just another typical KFC. I mean, it did SMELL like KFC when I first stepped in. It was not until I tasted their chicken that I changed my mind almost immediately. Crunchy on the outside; SUPER tender and juicy meat that are undoubtedly well-cooked on the inside.
I am quite particular when it comes to chicken meat, and I have to say that this is on my Favorite list now!

Address: #06-048A, Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

10 Years Ago.. ...

I was reminiscing my childhood memories - for no whatsoever reason- one fine night and took a short trip down memory lane.

Somehow, it became a thought-provoking one as I realized how much the culture and behavior of humans have changed.
I have came up with a list of those that I could remember based on the generation I was from. No offence to anyone in particular, but I just thought some were pretty funny!
How much can you relate to the below points?

1) I make sure you pay!
10 Years Ago: Parents would tell the school/tuition teachers "Feel free to teach my kid a lesson if he/she does not pay attention! You can cane him/her ah!"




Now: "*screams* YOU DARE TO LAY A FINGER ON MY KID, I'LL MAKE SURE YOU PAY FOR IT! #*($#(*&$#!! *lodges a complaint to MOE*



2) I STOMP YOU!
10 Years Ago: *Teacher threw chalk, markers, ruler, whiteboard dusters at student who wasn't paying attention*



Now: *Student takes out camera phone secretly from pocket and records a video/take a snapshot of the teacher to post on STOMP*



3) When being Anti-Social becomes a trend... ...
10 Years Ago: *Students laughed and played gleefully with five stones, zero-points and hop-scotch (probably the better ones would be found playing with board games such as Snake & Ladder) during recess hours* Ah, such luxury of life... ...



Now: *Students take out iPhone, iPad, tablets and gets engrossed in their own virtual world while updating their Facebook statuses*



4) Let's go steady!
10 Years Ago: 
*Guy A is interested in Girl A*
Guy A: Eh, want to go steady or not?
Girl A: *smiles shyly* So you want to be my stead ah?
Guy A: Steady, lah!
-And they are official-



Now:
*Guy A sends relationship request to Girl A*
*Girl A accepts relationship request*
*Latest Facebook update: Guy A is in a relationship with Girl A*
-And they are official-



5) When long letters become an instant message
10 Years Ago:
*Students wrote long letters on fanciful-looking papers and passed them to each other during available hours* Oh! The thrill of receiving letters and the anticipation to read them!


Now: *Students take out mobile phones and send instant messages using Chat applications*



6) My World and Yours are Different

10 Years Ago:
*Students talked their hearts out and gave full attention to one another while treasuring every moment they could*


Now: *Students take out their mobile phones and get engrossed in each of their separate world while still seated together*


7) Friends Forever!
10 Years Ago:
*Students bought different colored strings/threads to sell and made friendship bands* Aww, the sweetness of friendship...


Now: Let's have some Rainbow loom fun!


8) Write my diary!
10 Years Ago:
*Students passed a diary book to one another and requested friends to write in their diary using different colored pens*


Now: 
*Anticipates a Facebook Wall post*


9) It's music!
10 Years Ago:
*Students showed off their Discman and listened to music with a CD loaded in it*

Now:  *Students log onto Youtube using their mobile phones and start surfing away*
 

10) Growing up...
10 Years Ago: (Okay, not really 10 years ago)

Now:  

Okay, just to end this entry on a funny note. 
*shrugs*
Happy Holiday, folks!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

RIP MH17...

After reading and knowing so much about the recent Malaysia Airlines (MH17) crash, I can't help but feel emotional over the fragility of life. 


Who would have thought, one who was so much alive a day before would have his/her life taken away just like this...

I came across different online reports that showed the social media accounts belonging to MH17 passengers. I had mixed feelings while looking at those images that became so haunting... ...
(Yes, the fact that THAT particular image is the last photograph ever taken...)



And there's even a video taken before plane departure:



Imagine those loved ones whom the victims left behind; I am sure the emotional pain is beyond any imagination.

This may sound silly, but I do have slight phobia of taking planes (especially after the MH370 incident) and I'm afraid that this phobia isn't going away anytime for now.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Unleashing the Shopaholic in me at Zalora!

Gaaah... ...I have been so busy lately that I just couldn't find the time to do some physical shopping!
That is when I truly appreciate the invention of internet; the virtual world where online shopping never fails to satisfy the craving in me!

Coincidentally, I have been receiving alot of discount codes from ZALORA lately; (I believe many of you have received them through different platforms as well; as what I heard from my friends and colleagues!) and YES - It's definitely one of the best period to do some shopping with... lesser damage to your wallet!

(Sometimes, I do not know whether to hate or love ZALORA! I always have to resist the temptation to add everything I see to the cart. *growls*)
Just today, I went to the site again and was greeted with a message:


AAAHH.. Should I click? Should I click?
YES PLEASE!!

There are so many new additions to the site - and the kiasu me will always check out the SALE corner. Some of the prices are slashed at more than 50% - 80% off! Crazy or what?!!

*inserts appalled expression here*

(Believe me, I have to spend more than one hour on the site just to browse and choose my desired apparel! There are simply TOO many choices. Don't say I didn't warn you.)




Even though I am no Malay, I am totally loving the Hari Raya category on the site. I have to admit, every single piece screams Elegance!
(Not to mention that the prices are reasonable, too.)


Having shopped at Zalora before and having a positive experience with them, I can totally place my trust on their items. 

I have friends asking me, "Why Zalora? Really that good meh?!"

And one of the reasons would be that Zalora offers many designs that are NEVER seen before in physical stores - Yet at reasonable prices.
I regard it as a virtual place to shop for ANY clothing for ANY occasion. And I am not exaggerating on that one. It seems to be a one-stop site for unexpected finds!
Definitely highly recommended by me - The SG Complain Queen*inserts proud expression here*


Well... Ultimately, actions speak louder than words.
Hop on over to ZALORA SINGAPORE to take a look if you haven't!(Don't forget to subscribe to them for their discount voucher!!!)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

My Chemical Peeling Journey - 2nd session with Dr Tyng Tan

After my first Chemical Peeling session (click here to read about it), I have returned for my 2nd one last week!
I know there are readers who have inquired about the prices, etc, so do read on if you would like to find out more at the end of this post!

There are more *juicy* photographs for you readers out there this time as I have brought a kind friend along who agreed to be my photographer of the day (Thank you!)

So here I am again for my 2nd visit to Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetic and Hair Clinic located at Ngee Ann City!


I hope I don't scare any of you off with my makeup-less face; but here goes - Yours truly getting ready for the Chemical Peeling session.


Dr Tyng Tan commented that my skin complexion has gotten better since my first treatment. I was showered with positive compliments from friends too so I am really thankful that Chemical Peeling works well for me!
*happy*
Of course - I still have to go through a few more sessions to achieve the desired results.
Yes, I experienced stress for a short period and had mild outbreak since my first session.



Here's how the process actually looked like; which was not featured earlier in my first post as I went alone.
And this is Dr Tyng Tan's lovely assistant, Vivian (I love chatting with her! She's so friendly :)) , helping out with the basic cleansing of my face before the procedure:

Look at how focused she was! Haha.
(And I think I looked like I was in a damn relaxed state)


*cleanse* *cleanse*
Seriously, it indeed felt kinda' relaxing - as though I am in the midst of a facial session!



It was a speedy cleansing phase - and Dr Tyng Tan came into the room next to proceed on with my Chemical Peeling session!


Yes - Here's the professional Dr Tyng Tan at work! :)

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Nope - The session hasn't begun yet.
It's just the preparatory stage.


LOL - The thought of having a smoother and brighter complexion again made me happy.


OK... Now it's starting...
(As it was my 2nd time, I was not feeling as nervous as my first since I somehow knew what to expect.)


I know this may probably look like a painful procedure, but trust me - It is not AT ALL from my personal perspective. 
Dr Tyng Tan was very thoughtful and cautious throughout the process ; and was continuously checking if I would experience any discomfort.



And yep - the whole Chemical Peeling process only lasted for a standard 2 minutes (Yes, there's not even enough time for you to fear or worry about!)
Before you know it, you are done with the session!

So what is my 2nd experience like?
I would say that I did feel itchiness on certain parts of my face after the procedure but they went away pretty quickly. (Around 5 - 10 minutes!)

Here's my face being "cleaned" up - Totally unedited:


And this photo is specially taken to show you how my face looked like immediately after the procedure - There was slight redness (especially on my forehead area) as pictured.
But I think it wasn't too bad, was it?


My friend caught a nice moment pic of Dr Tyng Tan and I in the midst of a chat!
Yeah, she's a very friendly lady!



Vivian was soon back to pat some sunblock on my face as I was heading out that day after the chemical peeling session.
(A tip that I learned from her: Never RUB sunblock on your face. Just pat gently on the surface area of your face so that it will remain as a protective layer instead of letting it ABSORB into your skin; which is wrong)

Yes, one thing about chemical peeling is that one cannot be exposed to the sun as much as possible! Other than that, I was able to resume to normal activities. *smiles in glee*
My friend commented that I didn't look disastrous or anything after the chemical peeling session too - so that was a plus point!


Now I'm officially done with my 2nd session!



So you might be wondering how my skin complexion looks like currently at Day 7 - Which I have just taken today!
Here's a close-up, totally unedited with only brightness enhancement due to the dim lighting.
Similarly like my previous session, it's not 100% flawless - but definitely a GREAT improvement to my skin complexion.
Somehow, I feel more confident going out with a naked face after my 2 Chemical Peeling sessions. Unlike the past, I was ALWAYS paranoid after being photographed without any make-up on. My skin would look so disastrous that I had to to some filtering  or editing to make it look look...erm..better.




Not exactly 100% obvious changes, but acne scars became apparently lighter and skin has a smoother complexion.   

So hey - I am really thankful to witness my skin coming to life again after those amazing chemical sessions. 
My skin did not experience much visible peeling (I guess that's a good thing throughout the downtime period of 5 days. However, I had to practice caution when going out (I purchased a sunblock of SPF 50+!) and carry an umbrella at all times. It sure doesn't help having such a super HOT weather (so HOT that it's bizarre) nowadays and I felt as though my skin is going to burn anytime. *paranoid*

And YES - I'll be answering questions that some of you have asked after I posted my first entry with regards to Chemical Peeling, which is the PRICE.
It's $150 per session, and there is no FIXED number of sessions that you must "sign up" for. (There are readers asking me if there are any special rates for packages as well. For that, you'll have to call the clinic at +65 62350010 to enquire more details about it if you are really determined to find out more!)

Different individuals experience different results - Some may be just contented with one session.
Of course, the most ideal option is to have Dr Tyng Tan access your skin condition before deciding on the number of sessions that your skin will require.

I'll be going for 5 sessions in total - So yeah, 3 more to go and I'm really excited about the results!
Of course, I will be blogging all of my sessions down on here.. So do check back my blog for my 3rd session! :)

If you would like to check out more on Chemical Peeling, do feel free to log on to:
http://aestheticsandhairclinic.com/service/chemical-peel-singapore