Saturday, June 30, 2018

Spa Central Batam

When Spa Central Batam sent an invitation to experience their new branch at Nagoya Hill, I thought it'd be a good chance for me to go on a besties trip with Fiona since we have been talking about it for some time!

Did some research online about Spa Central Batam before we went. The original branch in Sukajadi has been around for years and maintained a good reputation especially for the warm and professional service. The branch we are going to was newly opened in May 2018 and conveniently located just behind Nagoya Hill Mall.

Checked into Grands I Hotel, which was walking distance to the spa.





Did some shopping and upon recommendation, we visited this cozy cafe located near the spa to relax while waiting for our appointment time!



Finally time for massage!!


Friendly spa staff!


Love the waiting area, so nicely done up~



We did the Half-Day Spa, which includes:

- Foot Bath
- Choice of 3x 60-minute treatments from the spa menu including massage, reflexology, body care, facial, hair care, nail care, or waxing)
- Pickup and Drop off from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal

For more information, visit https://spacentralbatam.com/spa-packages/


I chose to do a full Swedish massage, head and back massage, and body scrub. There were various scrubs to choose from, including Chocolate, Candle, Green Tea, Milk Body, Turmeric, Coffee. We both chose Turmeric for its healing and cleansing properties. It was highly recommended by our therapies.





After our foot bath, we were ushered into individual massage rooms for our relaxing session. I was amazed at how my petite therapist had so much strength in her strokes! She was courteous and friendly throughout.



We got to know that the people behind Spa Central Batam are very passionate about giving back to society and has been actively employing single mums. Most importantly, some were paid better salaries than market rate, so you can be sure that the therapist here are best of the crop.

After the massage and scrub, I showered and wandered around the spa. This is the "salon", where they provide hair and nail services too.





Afterwards we had dinner at Hociak!




One thing I love about Spa Central is that they provide FREE transport services between the ferry terminal and the Spa. I think it's really good for people like me, because I have no idea how to navigate around Batam. This makes everything much easier and fuss-free! On top of this, I also love the location of the new outlet as it's conveniently in the city center and buzzing with activity. I am already thinking of arranging a day trip with my mum and sister! I have been looking around for an accessible spa with quality massage at affordable prices... and I think Spa Central Batam is a good choice! Best thing is there is online booking.... so much easier!


The next morning, we went back to Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall to buy some kueh back for our families and I was so attracted to the fragrance of this coffee bakery and bought one even though we just had breakfast at the hotel. NO REGRETS. It was super yummy!! The exterior was crispy and the coffee flavour was intense. Inside, the bread was soft and buttery. Could be the nicest coffee bun I ever had.... the ones I had in Singapore were just so underwhelming sometimes.


Wanted to visit the cafe again but on the way we saw a KTV room and spent our afternoon singing songs!

Back to the Ferry Terminal after a good short trip. Can't wait to return!


Find out more: https://spacentralbatam.com/

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ruoxuan said yes!

Hello all!

It's been a long time since I last updated here. In fact, I was so busy this year that I hardly posted on the other platforms too.

We recently moved into our new home and weekends have been spent hosting family and friends. I'd post photos once I have the time to do so!

So yesterday, I was part of a surprise proposal that Dixon planned for Ruoxuan! Here are some photos for memories sake :)



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Melbourne Day 3-4

Took the chance to travel out of Melbourne CBD on Day 3 and 4, before S returns back to SG. We spent an entire day on Great Ocean Road and another day at Werribee Open Range Zoo, which was a significantly shorter drive.

Started the day with McDonald's breakfast!



And because the parking in Melbourne is very expensive and we wanted to offset the parking fee, we bought these huge macarons to qualify for the free parking promo hahaha. Better to pay for expensive macarons than expensive parking!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wrapping up 2017 Q2 Q3 Q4

I'm reluctant for 2017 to go, because it is probably one of the best years I had in recent times.

2017 was FANTASTIC.

As you can probably tell by my lack of update, I have been super busy this year.

Highlights would probably be,
- Getting Married
- Honeymoon in Europe
- Maldives surprise trip
- New Job
- Getting the keys to our new home!

Besides Europe and Maldives, we also made several short trips to neighboring countries in Asia as well~ Hong Kong, Hokkaido, Malaysia Genting and Tioman. My travel backlog is piling up so much that I've decided to post everything else that is non-travel related in this single blog post.

For my convenience, I shall be really random with this! No time to sequence the photos. Haha.

So we got married in March, and our wedding was featured on Blissful Brides magazine!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

FoodLine Chinese New Year Catering

Chinese New Year is coming soon!



I thought that we'd be able to move into our new home before Chinese New Year but I guess that's impossible now, because we are still considering our renovation options.

I definitely want to host Chinese New Year gatherings at my new home the next year though! However, as I'm planning to have an open-concept kitchen, it's unlikely that I will do much cooking... But a big feast for Chinese New Year is still a must! Thankfully, Foodline.sg has a listing of CNY menus (party sets for small group of 5-10 pax to full buffets for 20-100 pax), complete with the necessities like Yusheng and Pencai. How convenient is that?! I am able to compare the menus and see which one I prefer, all on a single platform. With the best price guarantee, I can also be sure that I'm getting the best deal! Sometimes there are even free dishes/ discounts up to 50% off that is exclusive on Foodline.sg which I can't get even if I order directly from the caterer!

I think that some of you may also consider getting caterers to prepare the reunion dinner, especially for those who can't cook. The prices are definitely also more value for money compared to booking a restaurant outside!




Use my coupon code ESTHERCNY38 for $38 off (valid for all orders till 31 Dec 2018, min $350 spending) - Doesn't have to be CNY menu because the code is valid for the entire year! Just remember to use it for any events you require catering for - baby first month, housewarming (i'm already checking out the menus for myself!), birthdays, etc.


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

FoodLine Christmas Catering

It's nearing Christmas again!

I'd be celebrating it with the family this year and I've been trying to order a log cake and other festive goodies online. The first site I went to is of course FoodLine.sg! I've been recommending them ever since I used them during my Guo Da Li earlier this year. I like how convenient it is to search and compare a wide variety of vendors on one platform.




If you are also looking to order catering for Christmas parties or platters for small gatherings, you can check out the Christmas tab on FoodLine.sg. You can easily filter your search to party sets for small group of 5-10 pax to full buffets for 20-100 pax. There are a number of menus available depending on your budget. FoodLine.sg has a Best Price Guarantee and some vendors give exclusive Catering discounts up to 50% off if you order it through FoodLine.sg!






For additional discount, you get $38 off all orders if you input my exclusive coupon code ESTHER38 (min $350 order, valid for all orders till 31 Dec 2017)!


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Monday, December 11, 2017

Melbourne: Great Ocean Road

We allocated time for a one-day road trip along Great Ocean Road and it was the most memorable part of my trip to Melbourne... The spectacular scenery is extremely worth the long drive out! As we had limited time, I researched in advance on the highlights along the route and decided on some key stops.