Archive | April 2014

Onzie Yoga Pants

I’ve been following some of the popular US yoga guru on their Instagram and it keeps me motivated to work harder. But I realized one thing, all of these yoga gurus wear really nice yoga outfit and that must be one reason which makes them look good. Haha. My delusional self is acting up again.

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Look at Laura Sykora with those beautiful yoga pants! Even her little girl has matching pretty pants!

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While I was on the hunt for these pants, Stephanie recommended Onzie, a US brand which is sold by a local blog shop, My Spring Fling. Our local sports shops which carry major sporting brands do not have such beautiful prints, and in Singapore, it is kind of hard to come by affordable ones. Onzie long yoga pants are sold at US65 on Onzie page, which is approximately SGD 81, but I got mine from My Spring Fling for SGD 79 (excluding shipping) which wasn’t that bad a deal! The yoga pants are often out of stock on My Spring Fling and I am just lucky to order in time during their backorder period!

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Received my Onzie and tried it during Hot Core class yesterday and gosh, I think beautiful prints does make me does yoga better. I feel oh so powerful in those pants! Haha. These pants however is not as breathable and cooling compared to my Adidas pants but those prints are just beautiful!

Any other brands to recommend for beautiful Yoga pants? I really need to stop shopping and start working out more often. Haha.

Send Ice Cream from The Inspired Chef

Are you running out of ideas to surprise your love ones? You may want to try sending them ice creams! Yes, you heard me, you can order ice cream online and get them to deliver straight to you or your love ones door step! The best of all, it is not the regular ice cream, it is ice cream created by famous local chefs!

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At The Inspired Chef, you can enjoy first-of-its-kind experience of signature ice cream flavours, lovingly handcrafted with local and international quality ingredients, by locally renowned chefs.

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The minimum order is 2 tubs of ice cream and they lovingly throw in a pair of engraved The Inspired Chefs metal spoon and some serviettes. If it is meant for gifts, they can even assist to put up a gift card with your personalized message. Best of all, all you need to do is order online and get them to send over, so even if you are overseas, you can surprise your love ones in Singapore!

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I get to try the ice cream after I sent them over to a family who took care of my needs for 2 weeks plus, and it was really good. Very smooth and the flavours were fragrant and rather unique. Love the raspberry cheesecake creation by Pang, the cheese flavour plus the cheesecake crumble is just perfect. Yums. It is the best gifts for ice cream lovers!

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For my peanut butter lover!

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Oh so smooth!

The only thing that irks me was during the ordering process, as the website do not support Safari browser during payment, I can only order them through my laptop instead of my phone. The payment was via paypal and I had to register myself as a member. Not that I mind as I will most likely order again. You also got to remind them on the delivery window you prefer as it was not indicated in the payment screen. Other than that, the entire process was hassle free. The service was impeccable and the email reply was prompt. After payment, there will be an email confirmation and on the day of delivery, they will also send you a reminder SMS on your delivery window. Read up more at their FAQs page for more details!

Dinner at Bistro One Zero Three

20 Apr, 2014 12:10 pm

Bistro One Zero Three
103 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore 119531
Tel: 6476 6373

I’m introducing another restaurant which serves really good food! Steph Sun, his SMU friend, got promoted recently and wanted to treat us to a meal. She picked her favourite restaurant – Bistro 103 and in her words, “It’s unpretentious and they serve good and affordable food.” I love unpretentious food and in my opinion, it can well be a place which serves comfort food! Love their homely and cosy setting.

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Their most popular dish is their Crispy Duck Leg (SGD 24.90), it is kind of like Duck Confit (also my favourite) except that it is less sinful, less oily and not as salty. It is really good, crispy on the outside, and juicer and tender meat on the inside. It is making me salivate just thinking about it.

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We also tried their Beef Stroganoff with tomato rice (SGD 27.90). The rice is very fragrant and flavourful and the beef is tender. Yums.

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The other dish that one of us tried is the Parmasen Crusted Dory Fish (SGD 23.90) which is good as well! Cheesy crust is hard to go wrong.

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If you were to ask me, the best is still their Crispy Duck Leg! Here’s their full menu!

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Recent Shopping Loots!

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In my previous post, I was saying I shopped a lot this week and broke the bank, and I wasn’t even kidding. Here are the rumbles and a random post. Guys, stay away from this post, it’s all about shopping. Thankfully my mum don’t read blogs, otherwise she will nag again.  Sister, shhhh.

After spending close to SGD 150 on my yoga outfit, I bought 2 tops on sale at Springfield, another SGD 40, a brand new pair of Owndays sunnies was SGD 69 but got a SGD 20 discount, a new pair of specs from Owndays(which deserves another review post on its own) was SGD 179 but got yet again another SGD 20 discount, 2 sets of Bikini from H&M at SGD 85 and lastly a new backpack from Timbreland, was SGD 109 but got some credit card discount plus 313 somerset vouchers and was reduced to SGD 76. And that is my friend, how I set myself back by SGD 560 this week. BOO.

In my defense, it was all a need and not a want for all my purchases. Plus, I hardly go shopping!  There are often many valid reasons for our purchases isn’t it? Haha

Yoga Outfit: Obviously for the need to workout and I always need more Yoga Outfit in case they don’t dry in time. Especially

Springfield Tops: I need more tops for my after yoga outfit. I am now almost always spotted in tops and shorts after my classes.

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Owndays Sunnies: I need a new sunnies which actually fit my lack of nose bridge! My Rayban sunnies is an impulsive purchase which can’t stay on my face. I can’t take it on a speedboat ride! Haha and my vintage sunnies I bought at Brooklyn Flea market has tons of scratches on the lens!

Owndays Specs: Come on! The pair of specs I own has been with me since school days and again, has tons of scratches on it. I only spent SGD 70 on that.

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H&M Bikinis: Ok, why would I need 2 sets on top of the current 2 sets I own. I love H&M Bikinis because it’s affordable and good enough for me. It is only available once a year when they release their Spring/Summer collection! I need to grab them before it is out! I wish I can own one or two Zimmermann pieces but frankly speaking, I don’t have the boobs or the abs for that. So don’t waste it! Haha. I love the push up range from H&M and yes, I got a little wild in picking the Leopard print one. They have many others colourful printed ones they are not from the push up range and can only accentuate my flat chested self. The other classic blue bandeau one is pretty too! It comes with removable straps which is perfect for a swim.

Timbreland Backpack: This is a little pricey in my opinion for a backpack which I hardly use, but I need one for the impending holiday to Taiwan and Hanoi and hopefully Sapa trip! If it’s a trip which requires a lot of walking, my usual sling bag or Longchamp can’t get me anyway.

I’m almost ready for my holiday, except that I need a good pair of walking shoes! Any recommendations?

Latest Adidas ClimaChill!

I went a little shopping crazy this week and probably busted SGD 500 of purchases accumulated this week, will share the rest of my loot in another post! It all started with this set of yoga clothes and I have a story to tell.

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I left my office on time on one of the weekdays this week to Orchard for my workout. Reaching the destination an hour before my class, I had some time to shop around. Was browsing through clothes but resisted to save some money. When I reach Centrepoint, where my Yoga studio is, a sudden realization struck me. I left my Yoga Bag at work. It is a choice of going home or buying new workout clothes! As it was pouring outside, I chose the latter. Went to Sportslink at Centrepoint, picked out a top, a bottom and a sports bra and broke my bank which set me back approximately SGD 150. RAWR! After I bought the clothes it was around 7.12pm, thinking that my class starts at 7.15pm, I quickly rushed to class before realizing that it starts at 7pm! OH MY! I’m unmistakably the blurrest person ever known to mankind. So off I went to the 8.30pm class instead.

On a good note, I stumbled across Adidas latest outfit! Bought their latest range with a new technology, their ClimaChilll range! Did I tell you I love Adidas outfit? It is often always flattering and so comfortable! And I got the addiction from Chengwei, I am loving and unknowingly collecting purple workout outfits! Haha.

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To cut the long story short, this latest technology which was launched in March 2014 features “ … innovative fabric woven with titanium and industry-first 3D aluminium cooling spheres. The technology provides an instant chilling sensation to help athletes’ performance in warm conditions – lowering their body temperature so they can train harder, run longer, retain their focus and compete at the highest level. “ Source: Here

It is the perfect outfit for my hot classes! When I stepped out of the Hot room, I literally felt the chill! I’m not sure if it is a good thing, but I actually felt cold and chilled out after the class. Strange heh? Wore it twice to my hot class and am loving it and really proud of my purchase! Can’t wait to share my purchase! Convinced my hot man (literally and figuratively, he has a strangely high temperature and perspire immediately in room temperature) to buy one and hopeful that he will love em.


By the way, this is not a paid advertorial/write up. I’m just too excited and am the biggest fan of Adidas, plus David Beckham is hot. Haha.

 

Brunch at The Wheeler’s Yard

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The Wheeler’s Yard

28 Lorong Ampas Singapore 328781

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Love the huge communal tables which reminded me of libraries.

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Their semi outdoor seat is comfortable too because of their high ceiling and a giant ceiling fan (like those you see on our train station).

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The Robin Blue colour ladies bike looks too good!

Finally visited one of the latest hippie cafe The Wheeler’s Yard and took the obligatory picture in front of the blue metal panel! We managed to speak to the owner and he actually bought a factory and converted to a bicycle shop/cafe. After reading the online reviews of their food, we had really low expectation of the food. Most of the reviews indicated that the food is either average or really bad. But with a low expectation we went in with an open mind and the food wasn’t that bad.

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Big breakfast (SGD 16.90)  was disappointing though.

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Mushroom soup (SGD 8) is great! Didn’t taste like it’s out of a can and love the mushroom bits!

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Smoked salmon salad (SGD 9.90) was on offer that day! I don’t take smoked salmon but he claims that it’s good. The sauce which is a little fruity/citrus like is good.

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Pan Seared Salmon (SGD 22.90) was great as well! Wasn’t mind blowing but was good.

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Strolling around their backyard which connects to a park connector.

The good thing about this place is the relaxing mood, great decor (even though it cannot be eaten) and it doesn’t come with service tax or GST.

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The bad comes from self serve concept too. Haha. We ordered 4 dishes and a tea, and we walked up and door to pick up our food 5 times. It is extremely interrupting as we can’t sit and wait to be served. The tea is also overpriced, Dilmah tea is just bad, they should at least served Twinings!

Celebrating the Centenary of the Most Beloved Tramp

Apologize for not blogging for a while as I was busy being out and about. Heh. But don’t worry, I’m back!

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My sister’s boyfriend, Hong Yi had an extra pair of tickets to a fundraising film screening event – Celebrating the Centenary of the Most Beloved Tramp: Charlie Chaplin! It was an enjoyable evening with the company of Lydia babe!
Even though I’ve heard so much about Charlie Chaplin, I’ve never seen his film before!

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This event gave us a chance to enjoy his film in a magical way. Three short silent films were shown, yes silent films and initially I was really worried that I will fall asleep but my fear was unfounded as there was a live music performance accompanying the film.

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The music brought out the spirit of the film and Charlie Chaplin film is indeed hilarious! No wonder he got so popular back in the 1920’s! There isn’t much entertainment back then even during the Roaring Twenties and these black and white short films must be a breath of fresh air for them!

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Check out the old school seats at Alliance Francaise de Singapour

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Here are the three films that we watched

  • The Kid Auto Race at Venice (1914) – Est. Screening time – 6 min
  • The Vagabond (1916) – Est. Screening Time – 24 min 45 sec
  • The Immigrant (1917) – Est. Screening time – 20 min

The first film is my favourite! Unpretentious and super hilarious! Charlie Chaplin crashed an actual race by being a nuisance and getting in the way of camera and interferes with the race. This caused great frustration to the public and photographer who are unknowingly featured in his film. Through his various films, I can only conclude on one thing, people in the 1920s were really violent! The way they shoved Charlie Chaplin is shocking. Haha.

Thank you Hong Yi for the tickets and thank you Lydia for accompany me to the show!

Tosokchon Samgyetang, Joo Chiat Singapore (Closed)

6 Apr, 2014 8:16 am

Tosokchon Samgyetang

283 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427537
Tel: 6348 8039

My little sister got her first bonus (even thought it’s prorated and wasn’t much!) and treated us to yummy Korean food! She found Tosokchon Samgyetang which is apparently the same famous Tosokchon Samgyetang in Seoul, Korean near Gyeongbok Palace!

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They have a very limited menu as most people will just order their famous Ginseng chicken soup, but we did ordered other food in their menu which is also yummy! I enjoyed the food a lot but my sister thought the one in Korea is much better. Haha.

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The famous chicken which I love and my sister not so. The free flow of sides!

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My favourite! Bibimbap in hot pot! Really nice!

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We thought this is some sort of pancakes when we ordered, turns out, it is a meat and potato ball which is really good! Taste like homecook meal!

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The only non chicken dish in the menu! Saba fish. Didn’t managed to try it!

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We saw the other group who was given a pancake which was not in the menu, so when we asked, he said that was complimentary to the group. We shamelessly asked for one too and the waitress readily agreed! Haha.

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Thank you sister! He is so going to roll his eyes when he sees this. Haha.

Haw Par Villa: Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger Tour, Singapore

6 Apr, 2014 8:15 am

A few weeks back, Singapore Tourism Board organized some free heritage walk in Haw Park Villa for the public and a friend of the bride I met at Langkawi asked me out to this tour! I said yes and never regretted it! Even though the sun was blazing hot, it was an interesting and informative tour! They now have the same tour for a fee here. At SGD 35 per adult and SG 15 per child, I’m glad I enjoyed the tour free! But if you just want a walk in the park, the entrance is free! So if you have a lazy weekend afternoon with no way to go, drop by for an interesting sight!

Haw Par Villa is a park created by the Aw Family behind the famous Tiger Balm Ointment. It is a park in front of their residential villa (which was destroyed during World War II) and what is left are all the figurines of various Confusion teaching and Chinese fables. Through the tour, we learnt the story between the Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Paw, the two brothers who created this garden. Boon Par is the brainy one, who has pharmaceutical knowledge and is well educated. He created figurines to share with his brother on the importance of filial piety and dangers of temptation etc. Boon Haw on the other hand is the marketing genius and the entrepreneur, though he has a huge love for women (he has got 4 wives), himself (ego) and enjoyment, his love for his brother is strong as well. Together, they created this park and successfully expanded their business across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and China in the early 1920s.

It is interesting to learn the story about the two brothers through the walking tour, as most tourist walking around the park will not learn about the two brothers. Instead, they will be wowed by the Chinese fables and the figurines which looks like the Eastern Alice in the Wonderland. The tours will be available soon

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The entrance to the rabbit hole.

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The children enjoyed the tour most as the guide is engaging with quizzes and gifts for the little ones.

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Go To HELL! Haha, yes, that’s the entrance to hell – The Ten Courts of Hell!

In traditional Chinese belief (or rather a mixture of Buddhism, Confucianist and Taoism beliefs), the realm of the dead is a state of limbo or purgatory and is believed to last three long years. Souls are dragged by the fearsome pair of underwater guardians – Ox Head and Horse Face – to purgatory after death, to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive. – Extracted from the memorabilia book given to participants of the tour.