Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy 4 Years Anniversary ♡

Photographer: Wilson from Android in Boots

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to love an imperfect person perfectly. 
Never knew craziness and stone-ness could go hand-in-hand till I met you. 
You are my favourite travel companion, personal trainer, best friend, confidant, glutton, playmate and lover all-in-one.

Happy 4th year anniversary love till our tummies bulge and hair turn grey ♡

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sponsored Review - Bio-essence Royal Jelly + ATP Shape V Face series

 

I'm sure every girl would want to have a small V face, me included! I have an oval face since young and probably need to saw the sides to make it a V :(

A month ago, Bio-essence has kindly sent me the 3 treasures from the Bio-Essence newly launched Royal Jelly + ATP Shape V-face series which includes:-

1) Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly + ATP
2) Radiant Youth Essence with Royal Jelly + ATP 
3) Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly + ATP.

Bio-Essence is a popular brand in the market due to its highly-raved Face Lifting Cream.

This time round, Bio-essence has innovatively blended Bio Energy Fluid, Bio Mineral Amino Acid Essence, Royal Jelly, ATP and precious herbal extracts like Ginseng, Aloe Vera and Angelica to enhance cell energy and skin metabolism. The Shape V Face Series provide minerals, trace minerals and herbal nutrients to lift and firm sagging skin to restore a V-shaped facial contour. 

ATP - Adenosine Triphosphate 
1) Supply and communicate energy to skin cells
2) Improve micro-circulation effectively to renew and repair skin.

Royal  Jelly -

1) Contains proteins and 17 types of amino acids, vitamins, abundant minerals and trace amount of carbohydrates and fats. 
2) Deeply nourishes skin, improve skin's radiance leaving skin smooth, soft, fair and glowing with a feminine charm. 
3) Excellent anti-bacterial property which helps to disinfect pimples or even acne skin.


Okay it's review time on the three products!


1) Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly + ATP

This exfoliating gel is gentle on my skin and claims to exfoliate both blackheads and white-heads. We all know that exfoliation is extremely important at least once a week to remove away dead skin for better absorption of subsequent skincare products. The product also claims to help to prevent pimples and lighten scars.

Instructions - Massage the exfoliation gel in circular motions and small flakes of dead skin will appear. Wash it off and then cleanse your face and using toner.

After using it for 3 weeks, my skin looks brighter and less dry. There was no irritation nor redness on my dry skin. However for my stubborn blackheads, it didn't remove all as I have to continue using my holygrail Off with those blackheads to remove them fully. I do not really have acne marks but true enough, I didn't get any bumps for the last 3 weeks.  This product has to be used with dry hands so do not use when they are wet! :)

Did it work? Yes, but only gripe was that my stubborn blackheads are still there.

2) Radiant Youth Essence with Royal Jelly + ATP 

The Radiant Youth Essence intensively nourishes skin and locks in moisture, keeping skin smooth and supple. 

Instructions - Recommended to apply twice daily. Massage gently in circular motion and can also be applied to hands and legs for a fairer and more radiant skin. 

I tried it after my SKII Facial Treatment Essence. Once pumped out, the essence is transparent and very runny. It is rapidly absorbed on my face and can be oily upon first application and will be absorbed after 1 minute. However sad to say, it didn't get absorbed fully into my skin and is rather rich for my skin so I didn't continue.

Did it work? No, it didn't suit my skin that much.

3) Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly + ATP.



There are 8 benefits to using this cream:
- Lifts facial contours
- Firms sagging skin
- Reduces double chin 
- Contracts pores and refines skin 
- Reduces appearance of ageing lines
- Deeply nourishes and moisturise skin
- Reduces visible fine lines and wrinkles
- Shapes V face, enhancing feminine charm

Instructions - Recommended for daily usage and replaces your daily moisturizer. After cleansing & toning, apply to your fingertips and gently massage in upward lifting motion. To achieve a firm V-shaped face for a youthful look, recommended to use together with the 3 treasures of the V face series.

 

Okay, this was my favourite out of the three and I was excited to try after seeing it on TV ads where people measured their faces after applying the cream. This product will NOT shave cm off your face but it will firm it up, making it look smaller instead. 

After application, my skin felt firmer and the jawline didn't looked that fleshy after three weeks. You will have to use it continuously for best results! 

Did it work? Yes, firmer and more moisturized skin!

Still, I've a long way to go before reaching the V face but I'm glad for nourished skin that the cream has given me, when combined with sleep and exercise. Still trying to drink more water! ;)
 

You can get the above products at the price below!

Deep Exfoliating Gel with Royal Jelly + ATP (Retails at $32.90)
Radiant Youth Essence with Royal Jelly + ATP  (Retails at $38.90)
Face Lifting Cream with Royal Jelly + ATP (Retails at $49.90)
Over 6 million bottles have been sold across Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong! 

The full range (inclusive of cleanser) is priced between $11.90 to $49.90, and is available for purchase at Watsons, Guardian, SaSa, John Little, Robinsons, BHG, OG, NTUC and Giant.

P/S; Stand a chance to win daily prizes by playing the UNLOCK YOUR FEMININE CHARM Facebook game at the Bio-Essence Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Taiwan Travelogue I

An entry on Taiwan before I procrastinate any further ;)
 

In summary, it was just food, shopping for skin-care and lots of fun! Gained weight but it was worth every gram and kg I swear. We ate like every hour and my appetite got huge because of that. On the last day, I insisted on another crispy chicken from Shihlin Night Market and he pointed to my hips and said "You sure? Don't want la ahems -nudge-". LOL. I insisted on buying anyway and had the whole piece to myself. Super shiok!! 

I didn't do any shopping at all except a whole luggage of skincare products and food. Even brought back two big bottles of yakult! Yummy. The fashion there is not exactly my style as it is rather kawaii and korean, with apparel of thin material and no lining (how can?!). I still prefer Hong Kong for shopping and Taiwan for food & sight-seeing. TC on the other hand did so much shopping (clothes, bottoms, bags, accessories etc) that I gave him my cash since I have too much. I only brought one pair of shoes on the last day as well so yes, achievement unlocked! -peace sign-
Stocked up on my fav Biore sunblock and got them for my friends because the offer price was just $11.20 each! Most masks were going for 1-for-1 as well! 

Night markets are our favourites and we spent our nights at Shi Da / Shih Lin / Rou He/ Kee Long / Wu Fen Pu hunting for food and to soak in the atmosphere. The locals there are really very friendly and not pushy at all!

Flight : Scoot Airways. 
The trip was super last minute so most of the timings we wanted on other airlines were not available. We paid about $490 per ticket inclusive of tax and baggage. It was the best option and the flight turned out to be not bad for a budget airline. TC had enough room space for his long legs so extra brownie points to it! However on our return flight, it got delayed for a few hours due to the haze and we were rotting in the airport just waiting. Oh wells.

Hotel: Won Star Hotel
Ximen No.105, Xining S. Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108, Taiwan (Ximen station exit No.6 walk about 4 minutes)
Price - $116 per night




To be honest, this wasn't my first choice. I was searching frantically for available hotels online located at Xi Men Ding (just a preference for hotels at this location) and there were just 5 from agoda/zuji etc. My first choice, Amba Hotel was fully sold out and I've heard plenty of good reviews on this hotel. Managed to book Just Sleep Hotel in the end which my Taiwan-pro buddy stayed in his last trip. Was super happy to book the LAST room available since the reviews are too awesome.. but I received an email two days before the trip that it was SOLD OUT.
So, I booked Won Star Hotel at $116/night since it has the highest rating out of the 4 hotels available.

Pros
1) The rooms were quite big, cosy and clean. At least bigger than the tiny Rainbow hotel rooms we stayed last time that gave me nightmares. There's a balcony to you to do yoga even.
2) House-keeping was good and they tidied up our messy rooms really well.
3) Polite Staff
4) 5 minutes from XMD Train station

Cons

1) No bath-tub
2) Complimentary breakfast were really sucky (we ate the first day and went out to eat on the next 4 days)

Verdict- Not bad and quite worth the bucks I thought. Would loved to try in the other two hotels next time though!!

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Early flight and we reached TW close to 6am.
 



From Tao Yuan Airport, proceed to Bus Company 国光客运(Bus 1819) which costs NT125 to Taiwan Main Station & Change Train to XMD (just one stop!). Otherwise, you can take the direct bus at 飞狗机场巴士 which costs NT 140 to your hotel directly.  To return from city back to the Airport: Go Taipei Bus Station A  国光客运 to get the tickets back to the airport.

We took Bus 1819 instead as the bus interval was just minutes as compared to the direct bus which was 2 hours. It was a comfty bus ride and we took just 40 minutes to town.

  



Feels good to see the familiar Starbucks and I super like the rustic design in contrast to the modern layout in Singapore. I can spend hours scrutinising the shop front, ceiling design, roller shutters and floor tiles hahaha. (职业病!)
  

First thing we did was to proceed to the 7-11 to get our drinks! Super love their 7-11 there and the milk teas, sandwich, yakults etc.. heaven.

 

 


Happy with my drinks early in the morning with just 4 hours of sleep! Didn't really dress up in Taiwan as I brought a few outfits there with the intention of buying there haha.

 
H&M Top // Bysi Shorts // Glitter Flats // LC Bag

We caught Man of Steel over there to pass time and we could still remember watching at the exact same theatre four years back. Tickets cost SGD8 and they gave us a coupon to redeem our popcorn & milktea for just SGD1!!! :D

 
 



Familiar scene that repeats in the next few days - he shops while I wait. We must have switched souls!

 

 


 


 


The trip is never complete without a bowl of Ah Zhong Mian Sian.

 



 


Night Market 1 - Shih Lin Night Market (Alight at Jiantan MRT)


Two of our favourite snacks that night - crispy chicken & black pepper bun!


 


  


 


 


 


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One of the shopfront doors along the streets I scrutinised as well. Perfect backdrop for an OOTD shot!



 


 
Taobao tunic // Lace Skirt // PS1 Bag // Miumiu bracelet // Glitter Flats

Does this count as an OOTD shot too?

 

 


Off to Bei Tou for our hot spring in the morning! Just take a train there and then change to a smaller train (like our LRT) to Xin Bei Tou!

 

 


Bei Tou - Hot Spring







Previously, we did not bring our swim wear so this time round, we were smart to bring our own! We tried the public pool at Millennium Hot Spring this time instead of the private pool (which costs us 1000NT there previously). It was at just 50 NT and very cheap! Just walk out from the station after crossing the road (pic above) and you should be able to see the big signboard after 15 minutes. There's a hot spring museum there too!


The locals there were extremely friendly and chatted with us in the pools. They taught us how to alternate between the different temperature of water and chatted with us about the culture in Singapore. Initially, I was shy but after warming up abit, I was abit reluctant to leave the pool and say my goodbyes.  

 

Into the pool!





 


 


 


We decided to head to Sushi Express for lunch like the previous trip. Same same but different feeling.

 

  




Eslite Bookstore is a must go as well for bookworms!

Xinyi Branch (newer and bigger & located in the tall grey building outside Taipei City Hall Station) OR Dunhua South Rd branch which is opened 24 hours. Use Zhongxiao Dunhua Station exit 6 (3 blocks away).
  

  


In love with the random brickwalls on the streets!
  

Hopping into every Watsons though they are mostly the same for their skincare!
 

Accompanied the boy to hunt for his shopping destination so we ended up walking close to 4 MRT stations. Good exercise and to sight-see as well and he got what he wanted!
 

 

Wanted to go to the TY to fully utilize my membership as well but I decided not to bring any exercise clothes this time round :(
 

 

 

Night Market 2- Wu Fen Pu

Wu Fen Pu - Take Metro to Hou Shan Pi Station, Exit 1. Walk straight along Jhongpo N. Rd. to the intersection of Jhongpo N. Rd. and Yongji Rd. Wufenpu starts on the left.

 

Night Market  3 - Rao He Market 
Rao He - From Wufenpu, walk to Songshan Railway Station (not metro) and look out for signs pointing to Raohe Night Market. 

Left shortly for Rao He as we didn't see anything we like in Wu Fen Pu. No regrets as we had so much fun checking out each food stall, buying and sharing it before eating our steamboat!

 

Okonmiyaki for just SGD2 which we shared
 

Kinda over-ordered but so shiok!
 

More shopping for him!
 

 



Will continue the last bit of the trip in the next post ;)