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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Collaboration with Escentials at Paragon

Date: 10.09.2014


I do have not a stationery office, my work place of the day was at Escentials in Paragon.

It's boring, but almost all companies I worked with required full black attire.

Spacious and big, Escentials carries Europe beauty brands.

Got to work with Covet London nail lacquers.



A mini manicure bar was set up for invited media to have express manicure with Covet London nail lacquers.

Some of the colors we had tried on.

Each job opportunity gained me more experience and more exposure to different brands of lacquers.  The list of corporate events I worked with are HERE.

If your brand needs professional manicurist, please contact Precious Nail Services at ~
preciousnail@rocketmail.com

Updates at Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/precious.nail.5





Monday, 15 September 2014

Melissa Shoes at Zalora



They looks like jelly.  Weighs like feather.  They are friendly and they don't bite -
Don't you love Melissa Shoes!!

Now you can get them cheaper online at Zalora!

Here's some GREAT DSCOUNT I found
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Campana Fitas Flats
U.P: S$125  Now: S$100
Abstract rose design, airy, with basic colors for easy matching with attires.


Heart + Salinas Flip Flops
U.P: S$75   Now: S$60


Ultragirl Patent Heels
U.P: S$195  Now: S$156

The following new stocks are irresistible too!
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Queen Ballerinas
S$125
Tiny peep toe and bow ribbons are so cute!  The trimming at the back adds interest too!


Harmonic Garden Flora Flip Flops
S$95

So flora and girlish, me like!

Ordering with Zalora is really easy with various methods of payment including -
* Cash on delivery
* Debit cards
* Paypal
* E-Gift Card/Store Credit
* eNETS

FREE local courier for purchases of S$40 and above.
Collection of parcels available at POPStations and 7-Eleven store too!

Need new and comfy shoes?




Friday, 12 September 2014

Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee - in Singapore

Date of visit: 28.07.2014



I was google-ing for Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee at Pratunam Market (Bangkok).  Founded, but at the same time, discovered that there's also a Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee in Singapore.

Not taking much attention to the local Soi 19 cos' I was about fly off to Bangkok.

SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam Bangkok Thailand
Tel: 66 2 653 9618
Opening Hours: 9am - 4pm daily
It's so famous that I believe it's already a MUST-EAT if one goes to Bangkok.

It's a simple and humble street food, "sauce-less" springy QQ noodles has a charm.  The taste wasn't wow but very unforgettable.
Pratunam Soi 19
It's like sometimes we just want plain porridge and braised peanuts (or AAA小菜心)  for a meal.  It's nothing fantastic but we absolutely love such comfort food.   You may read the rest of my Bangkok story HERE.

思思念念 thai wanton mee, but we are a distance apart....
and that was when I remembered there's a Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee in Singapore.

Visiting this local version of Soi 19 was really difficult.

They open occasionally on Wednesdays, quite often on Thursdays, normally on Fridays to Sundays.  Most of the time, they are close from Mondays to Wednesdays.  In another words, they are close when I am free, open when I am working round the clock -___-

To make it even more difficult, their opening hours is from 8.00am to around 3.00pm only.
Rage face with saliva dripping, oh man...


Open certain days in a week, they update their operation days and time on their Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Soi-19-Thai-Wanton-Mee
 I strongly advise you guys to check their Facebook before dropping by, else you may risk a wasted trip.

This day, we managed to rush down at around 1.30pm.  Saw the snake queue, we knew we found it.
Soi 19 is inside a coffee shop within Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood.




The queue was more than half an hour before we gotten these on our table.
To "revenge" (吃报仇), we ordered 2 big bowls of wanton mee for each of us and a wanton soup to share.
Eat until burst lolxx...

Wanton Soup S$4.00
Soup was flavourful with fried garlic sprinkled on top, generous loads of chay sim and wantons sligtly bigger than the normal.

Thai wanton noodles (big) S$4
Huge roaster bowl (公鸡碗) of thai wanton mee overdosed with fried pork lard added in by hubby.  Every single day, he will tell me I am fat, but every single day, he will feed and feed me, I know I married the right guy lolxx...  Besides fried wanton and char siew that you can see from the pic, there's also 2 chunky pieces of chinese sausage.  Same as the authentic one in Bangkok, no sauce beneath, we add in chilli flakes and fish sauce.

 Springy QQ egg noodles bounced as I bite in and that send me back to Bangkok.

Both Soi 19 are not related but we can't help to compare them.

I would say, ours is an up-sized version of Bangkok's.  Bangkok's version is slightly drier and oiler.  Both noodles are equally good but I prefer the big wantons here ^.^

Missing Pratunam's wanton mee?  The closest taste we can get here is at ~


Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee
151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
www.facebook.com/pages/Soi-19-Thai-Wanton-Mee



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Catalunya - Northeastern Spanish cusine

Date of visit: 05.08.2014


My sisters and I did a fun thing by wearing Indian costume to a Spanish fine dining restaurant, epic lolxx..
OOTD:  Punjabi suit (sis bought from Sri Lanka)
Straw tote bag (Bangkok)
Red wedges (Payless Shoe Source)

I complete the look with stick on Indian decals, heehee...

Catalunya is in this silver dome - The Fullerton Pavilion.

Image from www.facebook.com/CatalunyaSingapore
We made a grand entrance, beautifully, heehee...

The dome is glass-cased from ceiling, show casing a nice city view of our Marina Bay.

The exquisite interior gave me a high expectation (on food).

We had a table near the glass panel.

Outdoor seatings by the river, which became crowded after 8pm.

"到此一游" photo taken by the manager.
He saw me selfie half day also cannot capture a view, came over and offer to help.  So nice right?  My sis was seated inside in zombie mode lolxx...

I shook her up to take selfies with me, make-up already, if don't take pics "wasted" heehee...
Not sure if my sis mind to appear in my blog, so put sunglasses on her >.<

The view is stunning, suddenly, I fell in love with Singapore.
 Holding a unknown red wine, S$22 per serving. That glass bottle on the table is Aqua Panna spring water, S$11.00.  It taste like water, just water.

Let dinner begin....
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Jamon Iberico Croquettes (4pcs) S$15.00
Breaded and deep fried to crisp, within was creamy, milky and cheesy with spanish ham.  The goodness flooded my entire mouth, it's difficult to stop at one.

Bikini S$20.00
Sounded sexy, presentation was neat.  It's ham, cheese and truffle (I call it the ang mo seaweed, lolxx) sandwich.

Oysters S$36.00
Seasonal, not in menu.  Too much salt was sprinkled, sad.

Octopus A Feira S$24.00
Some roasted pork belly, together with octopus chunks in smooth spicy galician tapa (boiled potatoes).  It's so difficult to get to eat octopus in Singapore (I fell in love with octopus when I first ate them in Greece).   I wished there were more octopus instead of pork in it.

Lobster Rice S$80.00
Each grain of rice was fully soaked with rich flavour of lobster, never know that rice could be so incredibly delicious.  It comes with a price tag though.  To find a minor flaw, if the rice could be a little softer, it will be perfect.  Still, it's a MUST ORDER!

Now, Catalunya's the signature dish -
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Segovian Style Suckling Pig S$135.00
I had seen reviews on this before hand, so I was mentally prepared to see this half piglet.  But my second sis wasn't taking this too well >.<   Although the piglet was small, the menu suggested it for 2-3pax but I find that it's enough even for 4-5pax.  The meat was so tender that it could be cut up with a ceramic plate effortlessly.

I was so busy looking, only remembered to take a video at the later part where the cutting plate was thrown on the floor.  Was told that it was a spanish tradition, which symbolise throwing away bad luck or something.



Star Anise Grilled Pineapples S$12.00
This was served together with the suckling pig, the pineapple went very well with the meat.  It's over priced though.

Full to the brim, but die die need to have dessert, so we ordered one to share.

Torrija S$14.00
Bread slightly charred with caramelized skin.  Could tell it's soaked with egg and milk.  It became a nice dessert with ice-cream.  Love it to the max, can I have this in bigger portion as a main dish instead?  Yum yum...

Dining with this beautiful backdrop of Singapore's night lights was more than awesome...

All dishes were pleasing to my picky taste buds although I may not be able to compare them with other spanish restaurants since this was my first time trying spanish food.

Have to apologise that the above photos weren't too well taken due to the romantic dark lightings.

There were mix reviews regards to the service, but our experience was great and we were treated like queens.  My second sis who arrived later was usher to our table even before she asked.  Perhaps they notice we were wearing similar outfits, that's meticulous.  Towards the end of the meal, the manager (who helped me with a photo earlier on) came to our table for short chat.  He is a cute looking caucasian, witty and charming, heehee....

After dinner we walked up the viewing deck of The Fullerton Pavilion.
My little sisters' back view.
The 3 of us are very different in many aspects, but we bonded closely together with love.  It's my blessing to have them as my sisters.


Catalunya
82 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049327
www.catalunya.sg
www.facebook.com/CatalunyaSingapore



Thursday, 4 September 2014

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Date of visit: 16.08.2014



Hubby works a normal office routine on weekdays, while I work on Fridays to Sundays.
It's difficult to compromise but we finally make it to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve before it closes on September 2014 to March 2015.

Although we couldn't cover the entire place due to time constrain, that little area was quite a tedious hike for our old bones. 
We parked at Dairy Farm Nature Park Carpark B (as seen on the top middle in red square).
We explored Wallace Trail (small loop in purple) and
Route 4 (in yellow, which was the most difficult trail)

We reached  Dairy Farm Nature Park at around 8.15am.

Carpark B is not exactly big, luckily found a slot.

Favourable weather without strong sun, the sky was specially blue.
Most of the time, our sky has a hue of grey, seldom this nice blue.

A notice board at the entrance.

Next, it looked more "interesting" at the right, so we went for that direction.

Hubby looked like school boy from the back.

We saw the one of the entrance of Wallace Trail, but we did not walk in as we know from the map that the distant is very short.


The greens are always soothing to my eyes, twigs are natural artwork to me.

A tree of pink blooms.  And yes, natural reserves is a heaven for photography lovers.


The flowers have wispy petals.....

...and they look like my nail brush, heehee....

Tiger Orchid spotted outside Wallace Education Centre.

Obviously, it gotten it's name cos' the brown prints on the orchids resembles tiger spots.
Tiger Orchid

Big and beautiful!
Tiger Orchid

Wallace Education Centre.
Wallace Education Centre

A big moo moo outside is a prominent landmark.

Not too big a place with exhibits of Bukit Timah Natural Reserve's history.

Calf is cute, almost everybody who walked in will take a photo with it lolxx...
Wallace Education Centre

Eco-Link @BKE is literally an overhead bridge for the animals!
Amazing!  I wonder animals really cross the bridge..


I wasn't allowed to go near, they were taking photos and measuring the size of a bird.


Just a few more step farther down is an abandon hut.
Spooky looking lolxx..

Unknown plant, but I will find it's name one day...

It's muddy due to the down pour a day before.

Walked further up, there was this small mud path which I thought we could spot some wild life, my instinct was accurate.

Saw a pair of big snails, about 2" in length.

I thought they could be making out but got disturbed by us >.<

Lovey dovey to me anyway.

Couldn't help feeling a little upset, my sneakers were going for a mud make-over :(

Nearly stepped on it  -__-|||

So, partial work has begin before Sep.


A huge fallen tree.


Could see that the branches had been saw off else will obstruct the pathway.

Slight up slope..
He's always in front of me, cos I was lag behind taking photos.

He finally "remembered" I was behind, turned his head back and took a snap of me, heehee...

Looks like a Tapeinochilos (wax ginger plant), but I am not too sure, cos normally it's red and this is green.

I am always amazed by Strangler Figs.  They are veins that finds a tree "strangle" and  live on it.
Strangler Figs eventually covers the entire tree, kill it and live with the support of the dead tree.

Saw a very thin mesh net spread across.
 It caught a few hornet bees which I am really scared of, and 2 birds.

Scared that the bees might struggled free and sting us, asked hubby to quickly take a few pics.  Quick enough, but blur enough too.  All pics were blurred except this-
Small black bird.

Beyond the mesh net, the pathway was being blocked, meaning we had to turn back to get out -____-

On our way back, spotted ginger plant with a bloom, but not able to identify the species.

But I am getting a hang of the names of tropical plants now, heeheehee....

Wild bamboos..


Finally out, and we realised we had just covered half of the Wallace Trail unknowingly.  It's about 500m, relatively easy, suitable for children as well.

Zen style looking public wash room.

 Outside the washroom were 2 water taps and a few brushes ^.^
Wash shoes!  But then hor, after washing, we went for another trail and the shoes were back to before again
--_______--   stupid.

We looked at the other people walking up the trail ignoring this board.....
We decided to ignore it as well, waaahaahaaa......

I don't understand, how can this be a bicycle trail??
How to cycle on paths full of protruding roots and stones??

Bracket fungus and mushrooms on a log.

My 1st encounter with giant forest ants (Camponotus gigas).  They are about 2 to 3cm.
Did a bit of read up, they are only found in South East Asia and are one of the largest in species.  Photo blur cos I wanted to get as close as possible, but scared it might crawl up onto me >.<

It was only when we were half way through, we realised from maps in resting huts that we were on the Yellow Route, which is the most challenging route at this reserve.   It was too late to turn back, we moved on...
Some paths needed climbing, like this, but the worst was ahead...

We saw a bit of Hindhede Quarry obstructed by bushes.  There was a danger sign there so we couldn't walk closer for a good pic.

This was one of the flight of stairs, there were many many, god damn many flights of such.
Climbing on the mud slopes at the 2 sides of the stairs was less strenuous, but some were too narrow obstructed by plants.  The climbing reminded me of The Great Wall of China -__-

Maybe some one had counted the number of stairs, not sure.

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Yeah, massive fat burning workout indeed.

Down stream from no where.

We climbed and walked forever till we saw this-
Cement pavement  =  End of Yellow Route 4 of approx. 1.8km (with numerous stairs)

This leads to Bukit Timah Natural Reserve's Visitor Centre.  The path got steeper as we moved on.  Along with gravity, we were half rolling running down.  Good luck to those who were walking up lolxx..

At last!

Exhibition Hall at the second level.


Some students having exhibits.


We were dead beat and no disputes, flagged a cab to drive us back to Dairy Farm to get back our vehicle.

There are many more areas of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which we did not cover, but we will have to wait till March 2015.   I hoped by then, the sign and direction boards can be made clearer.