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Thursday, December 29, 2016

FoodLine Chinese New Year Catering

Chinese New Year is coming soon!

So excited for all the feasting. My favourite thing about Chinese New Year besides an excuse to buy new clothes, is definitely the food - Reunion dinner, Yusheng, Bakkwa, etc.

Can't wait to start hosting gatherings at our new home! I know many people don't like to host because cooking and cleaning up is too much trouble. I definitely agree with that and I think I'd just order catering food next time! Catered food has improved by heaps and bounds over the years and for special occasions like CNY, there's always the premium menus to choose from if you wanna pamper yourself!



Catering food is not just for big parties... Nowadays, there are plenty of small group buffet delivery! Just go to FoodLine.sg and filter search for 5-10 pax menus!

Foodline has a Best Price Guarantee so you can be ensured that you have the best deal! I did a quick search and saw some companies offering an additional free course, while others are giving exclusive discounts up to 50% off! If you are inviting the entire village over, there are also value-for-money full buffets for 20-100 pax.

Most of the CNY menus have yusheng included, so that saves you time from having to make another trip to the supermarket!



Best thing is, get $38 off all orders by using Foodline Discount Code FLEXCNY17 (Valid for all orders submitted before 31 Jan 2017, doesn't have to be CNY menu!)

Chinese New Year Catering: https://www.foodline.sg/



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- Photos from Xin Yi Pin Catering

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Suddenly Seventeen

Few days back, we filed our notice of marriage while having dinner in a Hong Kong cafe!



Less than three months to the wedding but it still feels so far away.

Watched "Suddenly Seventeen" after that and the lead actress Nini is SO PRETTY in the movie! Totally fell in love with her. I feel that she looks like a mix between Shu Qi and Rebecca Lim.








Best thing about the movie is that Wang Da Lu is in it too. Hehe.

Good looks aside, I really like this movie! Helps that the cinematography is so beautiful too.

Enjoyed the storyline very much. Reminds me of how beautiful youth is. Really miss being young and carefree, being fearless in chasing after what we love.

And that's why I love movies. It lets me immerse myself in another world and experience magical moments all over again ❤️

Friday, December 23, 2016

Staycation at Festive Hotel

Few months back, we had a family staycation again at Sentosa, this time at Festive Hotel.

Beautiful view from our balcony! This villa opposite looks really pretty!



Monday, December 19, 2016

New Makeup

Parcels resulting from my Black Friday/ Cyber Monday craze came last week and I had a great time unwrapping gifts from myself! Hehe. So happy!!! Here to share my joy with photos!

The best box was my Tarte purchases! I'm crazy over Tarte these days.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Seoul Vlog

Finally finished combining the random video clips we took in Seoul! Some snippets of our prewedding shoot inside too!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Shopping In Seoul

If you ask me what I enjoyed most in Seoul, it'd definitely be the shopping! Here are some of the main shopping areas in Seoul, easily accessible by train!

Myeong Dong



Friday, December 2, 2016

Seoul, Korea - Gangnam Style

Right after the pre-wedding shoot, we took the train to Gangnam!




Monday, November 28, 2016

Plentyfull




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Q3 Q4 2016

It's nearing the end of 2016!!

I did Q1 and Q2 updates separately earlier this year but I was too busy to compile the photos for Q3 and now it's already almost the end of Q4 so I might as well join them together. Haha.



Saturday, November 19, 2016

$15/day Challenge

*Original entry on Dayre 28 Oct 2016*


Friday, November 18, 2016

Taobao and colourpop

*Original entry on dayre 12 Oct 2016*

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Wedding Preparations - Wedding Rings

We purchased our wedding rings last month!

I have always felt that the significance of a wedding ring is purely symbolic. The design should be suitable for daily wear and preferably simple. Luckily for me, bf shared the same view and we agreed to get classic gold bands :)

I do not intend to continue wearing my engagement ring everyday after marriage as it'd be replaced with the wedding ring. Hence, I don't need both to match.

At the start, we thought it was going to be a fairly easy search since we weren't looking for fancy designs - every shop should have plain rings right? We were so wrong! We went to so many well-known jewellery shops like Goldheart, Sookee, Leehwa, etc but their wedding rings are mostly only 18K white gold / rose gold / platinum, whereas we were looking for 916 gold. Even if they have 916 gold, all of them had some lines or slight design, which I didn't like.

In the end, we went to a highly-recommended traditional gold shop and found our gold rings there. Again, I thought it will be a quick buy but I spent a long time in the shop deciding on the various factors. For example, the design. Even plain ones got flat / round ones. I initially wanted flat ones but bf preferred the round ones. After settling on round, we gotta consider the broadness/width, the thickness, and finally, size. Should I get it slightly tight or slightly loose? I will definitely get fatter with age right? But I am afraid of losing the ring if it's not tight enough... Decisions decisions.

And we finally decided on THE PAIR.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sightseeing In Seoul

As it was our first time in Seoul, I wanted to include some sightseeing in our itinerary. After some research online, we decided to visit these four major attractions!



Friday, November 4, 2016

Line Friends Cafe & Store in Seoul, Korea

The most important thing on my itinerary for Seoul, besides the prewedding shoot, was this.

There are quite a number of Line Stores in Seoul but not all have the cafe. We wanted the full package so we went to the Garosu-gil branch, located at Sinsa-dong, Gangnam.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

FoodLine Christmas Catering

Just around a month more before the Christmas parties start!

When I was younger, my parents always bring us along to home parties hosted by their friends for Christmas and it was so much fun. These parties greatly reduced as we grew older. Partly because it's really tiring to cook up a feast and clean up after the party ends, most people just give hosting a miss.

Actually, catering is a very good solution to this problem because no need to cook and no need to clear or wash dishes! Even for small parties! Most people don't know this but there are caterers in Singapore that take in orders for small group of 5-10 pax!

Where to find good caterers in Singapore? Hop over to Foodline.sg to check out the directory of caterers in Singapore and their Christmas menus - party sets for small group of 5-10 pax to full buffets for 20-100 pax. There are exclusive catering discounts up to 50% off! With their Best Price Guarantee, rest assure that you always get the best deal on Foodline.sg! I especially like to use Foodline.sg for my catering needs because I can find so many caterers on a single platform and it's so easy to filter for caterers according to my needs! So convenient compared to visiting individual websites.

And, for being my lovely blog readers, you get $30 off all orders submitted before 31 Dec 2016 by using this exclusive Foodline discount code: FLEXXMAS16

You may use it for Birthday catering, Wedding catering, Baby Full Month catering as well!



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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pompompurin Cafe

We were at Orchard Central awhile back for Tanuki Raw when we spotted this cute place called Pompompurin Cafe so we came back again another day to dine here for lunch!



Friday, October 28, 2016

Lloyd's Inn Visuals

Just some photos taken at Lloyd's Inn.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Turning 26

For my birthday this year, it was a simple affair which started with a family dinner the night before at the zhichar place near our house.

The next morning, I entered the office and saw this bunch of rainbow flowers on my desk without any card. I immediately asked bf "you gave me flowers ah". He said "Uh... What flowers?" -_- Afterwards I told him about needing to repair my phone because the screen broke and we discussed about where to repair. Then 2 minutes later he say, "Ya, flowers I send de" Hahaha.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Prewedding Shoot in Korea - Behind the Scenes



Last month, we went to Korea for our pre-wedding photoshoot and I have some behind-the-scenes photos to share before we get the official ones!

I had never intended to go overseas for our pre-wedding shoot. I am not particular about the scenery or whatever. I just needed my face to look good, the background doesn't matter. Haha.

I was all ready to just have it done locally but bf suggested for us to go to Australia, since he is familiar with Perth. So we sort of decided on Perth but soon after, my family made plans to head to Melbourne in November. So I thought, why not just make it one trip, do the photoshoot in Melbourne instead of Perth.

Then, the opportunity came up to have our shoot done in Seoul instead and we decided to just go and at the same time, visit Korea! Although it's getting quite common for couples to have prewedding shoot done in Korea nowadays because of the recent trend, I'm very assured about the quality of their pictures! Within days, we got our air tickets and accommodation booked.

Along the way, we decided to also have an indoor shoot done in Singapore and another outdoor shoot done in Melbourne - like what the original plan was supposed to be. I guess the style will be very different for all three shoots!

You know what's the best thing about having our outdoor shoots done overseas? THE WEATHER. I am so glad we didn't have to bother about sweating buckets under the hot sun in Singapore. Because of the cool temperature in Korea, it wasn't as tiring as it would be if we had to deal with the heat. Glad that the weather is also going to be cooling when we have our shoot in Melbourne too!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hana Flying Noodles

One random day bf sent me a link of a Japanese restaurant in Singapore that serves Flying Noodles! Although we both knew the trick behind it, we still thought it was quite interesting and decided to check it out the next day.

We didn't have much to do that day so we got to Forum Shopping Centre quite early, around 5-ish. The restaurant was dark, empty, and had no queue so we asked one of the waitress and we were told to come back at 6pm. By the time we came back at 6pm, there was already a long queue! Do make reservations if you can, because the allocation of seats took quite awhile and the queue moved very slowly.

The flying udon was quite disappointing as it was a little too bland for my liking. Also, I'm not fond of cold noodles so it was quite meh for me.



But the rest of the dishes we had were very nice! Here are some recommended dishes to order if you visit Hana.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Craving for BAKE Cheese Tarts?



I've always wanted to try the highly-raved BAKE cheese tarts but never had the chance to because every time I'm at Ion, the average waiting time in the queue is 2-3 hours. Nope, I'm not gonna queue that long for some tarts. Haha.

So how excited I was when I suddenly remember I can use LaborMe app to get someone to queue for me! Previously I used the app to get Rich and Good Swissrolls because I was craving for it and the shop close before I end work.

This easy to use app allows users to pay someone to run errands, do your chores, queue for tarts, etc. Basically, it's a perfect app for people like me who rather pay for convenience and save precious time. Alternatively, people who have some free time can sign up as a tasker to earn some extra cash in their free time!

I keyed in my details and within 2-3 hours, I got two boxes delivered to me - One for my family and another for bf. We had it for supper and IT WAS SO GOOD, I regretted getting only 6 pieces. I now know why the queue is so long. The tarts are fragrant and the cheese is so smooth. It wins all the other cheese tarts I ever had in my life.

Still, I probably wouldn't queue 2-3 hours for it so I recommend to use the app instead. So far the LaborMe app has been nothing but awesome! There is a list of featured food delivery options (including Tai Cheong Egg Tarts, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, etc) so you can look out for some recommendations, or just create a task and order from your favourite stall anywhere!

Check it out: http://labormeapp.com/


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Braces - Result



Got my braces removed just in time before my pre-wedding photoshoot!

It has been two years since I first had braces, and I'm glad to finally have them off! Except for times when I had to have rubber bands on, most months were painless so it was a breeze. I could still eat all my favorite food within two days after each time I get my braces tightened.

Best thing is, ceramic braces aren't very obvious in photos unless they are close up selfies.

And you know what? IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!!!

I didn't have very crooked teeth at first but because it was protruding, I had a very ugly side profile which made all my candid photos look horrible. Also, I was unable to smile without showing my teeth. Can you imagine how ridiculous that was? I could only "not smile" or "smile brightly". No in-between. You know how sometimes in the office you pass by your colleague and you give a polite tiny smile? I wasn't able to do that without looking like some ahsiao ready to take a photo. Haha. I can do that now!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Seoul, Korea - My First Airbnb Experience

I've always opted to stay in hotels on my previous travels and last month, I finally had my first airbnb experience while on a trip to Korea with bf and my mum!

The exciting part was looking through the listings. So many pretty apartments in Seoul!

If you are new to airbnb like me, there are mainly three types of airbnb you can book.

Entire home
Listings where you have the whole place to yourself.

Private room
Listings where you have your own room but share some common spaces.

Shared room
Listings where you'll share your room or your room may be a common space.

We chose the first option mainly because we didn't want to compromise on having our own space or feel obliged to interact with the host and other guests.

For privacy, we booked a two-bedroom apartment, so that me and my mum can stay in one room while bf stays in the other. There are also many other 3-bedded studio apartments at better prices, quite suitable for all-girls entourage or families!

The apartment we chose is located at Gangnam area, within walking distance to Hak-dong Station.

Before booking, remember to check the description, reviews, and ask some questions. Our host happened to have three similar listings in the same area and we almost booked the one on 5th storey before we got to know that the building had no lifts. In the end, we booked this one which was supposedly at the first level but she told us there are some stairs leading up to the apartment. So we thought, how high can it be right, since the apartment is on the first level.... We were so wrong.... The night we arrived, bf had to lug our heavy luggage up a long flight of staircase, and then down another short one to our apartment. It was definitely a longer climb than our usual HDB staircase... probably equivalent to 2.5 storeys worth of stairs? haha. And the staircase has no railings for support.... I wonder how the elderly in Korea do it.

Anyway, when we arrived at Incheon Airport, we got approached by some guys who offered to drive us and quoted us 120,000 won. That's almost SGD150!!! We were shocked but they pointed to a brochure which had "fare to Gangnam: 110,000 won" printed on it, so we thought it was market price and took it. Afterwards on the way to our apartment, I messaged my friends and they all say it's too expensive. Usual rate should be around SGD70. Aiya too late. No wonder the driver looked at the money and laughed to himself when my bf paid him. Oh well, at least we got to our destination!

It was night time when we reached and the building was pitch-black. The sensor light in the corridor would only lit up upon vigorous movement, so we fumbled with the lock using our phones as torchlight. We took quite awhile because we kept pushing the door when it's supposed to be pulled. Hahaha.

(I took these photos the next day in the morning so it's brighter.)

Upon entering, you see the living room with dining table for three, bf's room on the left and mine on the right.


Shared this room with my mum! I liked how the furnishings are simple and modern.



Sunday, October 2, 2016

KL - Sunway Pyramid

We were at KL earlier this year and visited Sunway Pyramid because we've never been there!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hollyhoque

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Hollyhoque at their store in Orchard Gateway!

Hollyhoque needs no introduction. They have been around since few years back and is quite a well-known brand in Singapore. With weekly themed launches at wallet-friendly prices, it's no wonder they have such a huge following!

The shop carries an extensive range of trendy apparels - sourced from all over the world and some manufactured by their own in-house label. I'd say that the Hollyhoque style is very wearable for most young ladies. If you are looking for staple pieces that you can wear again and again, Hollyhoque is definitely the place to go.



Friday, September 23, 2016

New Lippies!

Went into Sephora after lunch few days back and came out with three new lippies because I couldn't decide between the shades!

1. NYX Full Throttle Lipstick 01 Con Artist
2. NYX Full Throttle Lipstick 10 Locked
3. Urbandecay Vice Crisis



I went in with the intention to get a dark lippie for a change, since most of my lipsticks are pink. Venturing to the dark side is something new for me!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wedding Preparations: Gown Selections at Seletar Broadway

It's been awhile since my last wedding prep update!

Almost two months back, we went to Seletar Broadway Bridal Studio to select gowns for our prewedding shoot in Korea. My sister came along to give her opinion and also to help me take photos!



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Japan: Vlog

Not my vlog. Dad was in charge of videoing our family trip to Japan. Halfway through it, his selfie-stick dropped and broke. Hahaha.



Click to read other Japan blog entries!





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Japan - Tokyo

Getting the Japan travelogues over and done with so that we can finally move on to other things. Haha. We went to several areas in Tokyo so I shall sum up our time in each with some photos!

Shinjuku

Lets start with Shinjuku!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fiona's Wedding

Was bridesmaids for bestie's wedding almost two months back!




Thursday, September 8, 2016

Larimar Bliss

I just spent some hours checking out lippie swatches online... So difficult to decide when it seems like every shade is nice!

Another weekend playing badminton with BF and his friends! Great fun excuse to exercise. I really need to tone those flabby arms! Any exercise for double chins though? Mine keeps coming out to say hi.

It was one of those rare days that I have makeup on before I get into his car, only because he went to fetch his friend first and he is inside haha. Otherwise I'd usually be barefaced and put makeup on the way.

For lunch we went back to Tanuki Raw!





Am wearing earrings which Larimar Bliss sent over! I liked it so much that I wore it multiple times already - it's so versatile, it's easy to match for everyday wear. Pretty blue stones hanging on a piece of patterned 925 Sterling Silver - though simple, I felt that the design is actually quite unique. Search for 'Stretched Dazzle' on the site if you are keen!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Jay Chou Concert!



Redemption of the proposal bribe - Jay chou's concert!


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Japan - Shibuya

Me and my sister did our research only one night before we ventured into Shibuya on our own. This was our first time navigating around in Japan all by ourselves! Thankfully we had the internet to gather our information from, as well as friends who answered our never ending questions. They all claimed that it's very simple but I just wanted to be very sure. I didn't want to be lost in Tokyo, especially not when we're responsible for leading the rest of our family including the grandparents.. Later kena scold ah! Haha.

Shibuya was one of the top must-go places for me in Tokyo and I had a really fun time!




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

城寨英雄

My top 5 TVB drama of 2016 (till date), according to sequence. Technically, the year hasn't end so I can't really say top 5 but I couldn't wait to share this! Haha. Do watch these dramas if you are free! 

I am a huge fan of most TVB dramas, but I just found a new favourite, 城寨英雄 Fist Within Four Walls. I took an interest to the Kowloon Walled City while researching for my Hong Kong trip few years back, and this story takes place in Kowloon Walled City in the early 1960s.

This period drama is part martial arts part comedy. I especially like the love story between 拳佬 ~ 刁蘭 and 龍成虎 ~ 柯德莉! This is the 2nd drama that made me like Ruco Chan alot, after Brother's Keeper in 2013. (Oh ya he was also quite cool in the finale scene of Captain of Destiny.)





Also a favourite, EU超時任務 Over Run Over. "The show centers on a police officer who, after traveling back in time to prevent her father's death, experiences severe repercussions of the butterfly effect." It was interesting to watch how everything affects everything and the conclusion that sometimes turning back time may make situations worse. The awesome thing is, it's not just a straightforward turn-back-time story, it's actually quite complicating with all the plots connected in one huge cycle. I liked Vincent Wong's performance here, especially towards the end. 


Before that I watched 潮流教主 Fashion War, which is mainly office politics in a magazine editorial setting. Quite interesting and fast paced. Another worth mentioning is 殭 Blue Veins, a modern vampire drama. It was a little slow and boring at first but the concept is unique.

I also enjoyed  鐵馬戰車 Speed of Life, mainly because of Benjamin Yuen's funny antics and his relationship with Natalie Tong in the drama. 

Don't mind re-watching all of the above!

Update:  幕後玩家 Two Steps From Heaven is quite interesting too!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Seng Kang Food Vending Machine



Some time back when the news about the Seng Kang void deck food vending machines came out, Bf suggested to go visit and try it. But because of the reported hour-long queue due to its novelty, we decided to wait. After all, it's just vending machine lah, not worth queuing so long for!

Then yesterday, we were around the area to pick up my taobao shopping so we went to check it out lor! Luckily, there were only 1-2 people infront of us so the wait wasn't very long.

After choosing from either the Asian or Western menu, "cooking time" takes 3 mins (no wonder the wait was an hour for those who came during the first few days). After that, the microwaved bento comes out from the machine piping hot! There was even a cutlery box with serviette provided. We also ordered drinks from the other machines. There were snacks too, but it's even better if they serve fried chicken chunks, fries, etc for dull peckish afternoons at home!

I was initially quite skeptical about the taste but I was slightly relieved when I read some online reviews that the food tasted okay, something like airline food. Afterall, I'm used to eating microwaved food from 7-11 so it shouldn't be too bad for me. Bf's salted egg yolk shrimp pasta tasted abit fake, but my sambal ikan goreng rice was quite yummy. The chili is good! If only there's something like that at my void deck too... the nearest coffee shop is a distance away and sometimes I'm too lazy to walk that far!

VendCafe is located at Block 320C Anchorvale Drive.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Japan - Disneysea

We had time for either Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea. After some research online, we decided on the latter, mainly because we have already visited Disneyland in Hong Kong before and there's no other country in the world with Disneysea except Japan.

Most reviews describe Disneyland as more suitable for kids, while adults usually prefer Disneysea.



Got our entrance tickets! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Courtship before our era

I'm feeling all sweet inside now because today's episode of the drama is so touching. Wah if got guy say those words to me, I will melt please!

I really like how the guy is so honest and direct about his feelings towards the girl even though he knows she doesn't feel the same towards him. It's so refreshing! I really dislike guys who are 吞吞吐吐,婆婆妈妈,拖拖拉拉. Come on be a man!

And his 深情的眼神. It's been a long time since someone looked at me that way sia.

While brushing my teeth before going to bed and reminiscing the scenes, I suddenly realise, I never ever had a guy confess to me face to face before leh. Of course they did sweet talk infront of me afterwards, what I meant was, the "first" time they expressed interest.

If I didn't remember wrongly, ever since my first suitor, all said they liked me via TEXT??? At most also through a phone call? Woes of living in this generation :(

The guys have it too easy now!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

日久生情

Let's talk about courtship!

Everytime I watch a drama, there's bound to be some love story in it and those scenes are my favourite part. After watching I would lay in bed, heart melting, dreaming....

I even went to search for idol drama confession scenes on YouTube before. Cos I wanted that feeling, but wasn't watching any show at the moment. Lol. So shortcut lor haha but it's not easy to find lah. Most of the time still need to watch the entire drama just to catch those few scenes.

My favourite type of "love story" are those 日久生情 type. I cannot understand love at first sight. For me first sight at most attraction only lor, where will feel so much? At most I'd go "omg so cute I wanna marry him" but I wouldn't really marry him cos his looks are the only thing I feel about him?

I don't believe those that say "Love" when they haven't even had enough conversations or experiences together.

Whereas in 日久生情 type of love, usually the pair will start off as friends, then start having feelings for each other without knowing, progress to some 暧昧, then confession. Wah this one then sweet please. I like!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Stagnant

Inner Thoughts.


Cute iphone cases

Selling these impulse purchases at $15 each, inclusive of registered postage. Suitable for Iphone 6/6s plus :) Price negotiable for fast deals! Email to the-ice-angel@hotmail.com if interested.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Train to Busan

Few days back I came home to a sweet surprise from BF! Some desserts from Grin Affair again :)




Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pokemon Go Nails

Met up with Nadia yesterday to do our nails together at Milly's!

We spent the past few weeks bouncing nail design ideas to and fro but couldn't come to a decision. Then last weekend, Pokemon Go arrived at our shore and we decided to do Pokemon Go nails in conjunction with the hype!

Check out how cute they are! *squeals in delight*