Saturday, 24 September 2016

My First Visit to Nails & Relax

Gosh, it has been months since I last did my nails.. I think the last time was for Chinese New Year? Last weekend, I spent an afternoon at Nails & Relax to get my nails done! As you can tell from their name, Nails & Relax aims to provide a relaxing environment for us girls to have our nails done, and they take pride in providing the highest level of hygiene for their services. They are a new shop located at Balestier, which is about 2 bus stops away from Novena MRT station. They are located at One Dunsun Shoppes, which is a new mall in the area. If I am not wrong, they are the first shop that started operating there. The shop is pretty cozy and I love those full length windows!! Their selection of high quality gel nail polish from korea.. The manicure area.. I was given this tea menu once I was seated, and my choice was Camomile, Lime Flowers & Lavendar. ;) It is so sweet of them to provide these beverage options; I believe that these teas can help with relaxation and I definitely don't mind having a drink since doing manicure or pedicure will take minimally an hour. *bonus point even before they start on my nails* Looking through some of their nail designs.. They started doing my nails as I took time to decide on the color and design that I want. I know that some girls are afraid to cut your cuticles, but my manicurist was really gentle and there was no pain at all. Anyway, my manicurist was Yana, (although Nails & Relax is new) this is not my first time doing my nails with her! To be honest, she is one of the best manicurist that I have met so far. She remembers my preferences even though it has been some time since I did my nails with her. I decided on a pastel color japanese nail design that I found online and Yana did a little customisation for me because my nails size should not be overloaded with blings. TADA~~ I LOVE THE RESULTS! I have received quite a lot of compliments for my nails, thank you Nails & Relax! Just to add on, it is really important for a nail saloon to have experienced staffs. I have experienced doing my nails with unexperienced manicurists who can't deliver the design that I want. Imagine sitting there for 1.5 to 2 hours and paying over $50 to get badly done nails... And imagine living with that set of gel manicure for a month... (or nails peeling off in less than 3 weeks...) I am really pleased that Yana can deliver and customise my nails design! Look at this set, so sweet looking right? A few more shots of my pretty nails against other backgrounds...

Monday, 19 September 2016

Ah Bong's Italian

If you don't know, one of our hobby is to explore cafes and new eateries! So a mini update about somewhere that we've explored recently.. Pssst, I finally got a new phone so I can finally take more proper photos to update my blog and instagram more. I've just gotten my 7th Samsung phone ever - Samsung Galaxy S7 in pink gold - last month! :) :) Decided to visit Ah Bong's Italian last Sunday because I am a pasta lover and I have been following them on instagram for quite some time.. They are pretty cool in a way because their menu vary everyday and you can check their menu on instagram before heading down if you wish... Oh, I found out that they have 2 outlets, and the new outlet is pretty convenient for me, it is located near Bugis! The Bugis outlet is open daily while the other outlet (at Tiong Bahru I think?) is closed on Sundays.. Since it was a Sunday (and even if it was not a Sunday haha), we headed down to the outlet at Bugis aka Tan Quee Lan street! It is actually less than 5 mins away from Bugis MRT Downtown line's exit, but we exited at Bugis Junction so we took a little more time to find our way. I expected a crowd when I arrived at 12.30pm but there were only two groups of people there... (More groups of people came in as I was having my food, maybe people wake up later on Sundays...)The staff were pretty friendly, they will try to allocate you a seat and you can place your order and make payment at the counter when you have decided on the food. This was the menu for the day.. There were some other sides like chicken wings, truffle fries, baked eggs and creme brulee if I didn't remember wrongly.. To be honest, I was a little disappointed because I was attracted to their truffle and cream based pasta which were on the menu for other days. It is okay, I love prawns and crab too.. So we ordered both spicy prawn and crabby aglio olio, as well as duck fat truffle fries and we got a free canned drink. As we can't really take spicy food, we asked for both pastas to be non-spicy and they accomodated to our request readily. The food took quite some time to be ready, over 10 minutes I think, despite the fact that only a couple was waiting for their food before us. Close up of the food... Oh ya, the pastas are served in the traditional chicken plates, which are kind of cute haha... Personally, I find that this gives off a very homely feel! Duck fat truffle fries: I can't taste the 'duck fat' so it tasted pretty much like any other french fries.. (I believe we are not supposed to taste any ducky-ness right, if not that might be weird...) I could taste a hint of truffle but it was not too strong, would prefer it to have more truffle flavour... Spicy prawn (non-spicy version): This non-spicy version tasted pretty plain, I guess it is because of my 'special request' so I can't judge this dish well. The prawns tasted quite fresh and they weren't stingy with the seafood, yay for that! Crabby aglio olio (non-spicy version): This tasted pretty plain as well, just like the above but with a hint of garlic. They used fresh crab (not crabsticks) and were pretty generous with the crab, double yay! If you look closely, you can see that there is a full crab leg inside FYI.. Overall, the food at ABT was not too bad but I had very high expectations after reading all the good reviews online so I was a teeny bit disappointed. To be fair, the food might have tasted plain since we asked for the mains to be non-spicy.. Nevertheless, I will be heading back again and I will check the menu before heading down next time! I am targetting the truffle dishes or the mac and cheese heh heh.. AH BONG'S ITALIAN Instagram : @ahbongsitalian 103 beach road, #01-02

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Floral Box by Floral Garage

This sounds like a really girly post, but you guys should read this... Don't say I never share... I have an awesome gift idea for your girlfriend or wife, plus a 15% discount code right at the end of this post! One week back, I received the loveliest thing ever at my doorstep... This Floral Box was sent to me by the girls from Floral Box Singapore. A box of flowers, so interesting and refreshing right??? And yes, that bottle of fragrance in the midst of those fresh flowers are part of the package, such a genius combination! ;) Floral Garage Singapore is a two year old florist company that aims to bring quality yet affordable products to their customers. The Floral Box which I have featured is actually their newly launched product on the site. What you'll get for S$170 (usual price: S$200) is a box of fresh flowers in a see-through box plus a bottle of surprise! My Floral Box came with many white roses and a bottle of Burberry Brit Sheer Eau De Toilette (EDT) 100ml! I believe most of us girls will not be able to decide if we love the flowers or fragrance more. I am usually not a flower person because I don't like to see them wilter, but I can't help adoring this perfect combination put together by Floral Garage. Guess what, these roses are pretty long lasting as well! These photos was taken two and three days after I received this Floral Box, and they still look pretty fresh effortlessly.. If you are looking for a gift for "her", you might want to take this into consideration. She'll definitely love it, and it is really value-for-money! Let me do the maths for you.... The retail price of the Burberry Sheer Brit EDT (100ml) which I have received is already S$145. In addition, a decent sized bouquet should cost at least S$30 (estimated), not considering the fact that the Floral Box comes in a clear acrylic box instead of papers like your normal bouquets.. What you'll be getting is actually worth over S$170 already! Besides the Floral Box, Floral Garage carries a wide range of products from bouquets to flower stands to hampers, as well as new categories such as Terrarium and Party Supplies. Prices of fresh bouquets starts from S$34.90 (don't forget you can get an additional 15% off with my discount code), and pssst, the freestyle bouquet looks really promising! :) Considering to get a gift or something sweet for your loved ones? Check our Floral Garage's site, and remember to enter YINGJIE15 during checkout to enjoy 15% off all normal price items!