Thursday, October 30, 2014

Just Tangy : Yosi Samra in Singapore!

HEELS or FLATS... flats or heels?

Tough choice. I can't do without both and on long days especially after gym, I wish I had a pair of flats with me to change into. Yes, a pair of slippers will do the job but you just want to look not so sloppy and match your work outfit sometimes!

And guess what, now we can have the best out of both worlds with YOSI SAMRA! ;)


Hello to foldable LEATHER flats! 

The best part? It is so light that you can fit it into your tiny bag of yours! I carried the flats which comes along with a black drawstring bag inside my Proenza Schouler Bag the whole of last week. Just the size of your make-up pouch!

A quick introduction on the brand, Yosi Samra hails from New York, USA and is the creator behind the foldable flat revolution.

And now, you can get your pair exclusively at JUST TANGY Singapore, being the only store retailing it locally!



 


There are many yummy colours to pick from and I decided to pick my first pair in SAMRA ROSE PEWTER. Nude can never go wrong and the cap-toe pewter contrast is too cute! 

Every pair comes with a box and cloth bag for easy travels. And there's the subtle logo at the back of every flats!

 




 

Every girl needs a pair of ballet flats and comfort IS the key. No blisters and you can run your errands in your leather baby on your feet. Fold it, slip into the black bag and change into a fancier pair for your next appointment! Trust me, your feet will thank you.

YOSI SAMRA series have already been launched on Just Tangy HERE. They will be launching more colours in December and meanwhile, don't miss the classic colours! ;)

  


Say yay to comfty ballet flats! ;)
Key in "YSFREESHIP" for FREE SHIPPING on Yosi Samra Shoes till 4th Nov!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay with #TeamVirginActive

When was your last relay? For me, it was a fuzzy sports day memory during the school days where each person had to run around the tracks holding a baton. So much fun I could faintly recall as we gripped the baton like it's our life and sprinted as fast as we could.

All thanks to Virgin Active Singapore (& its PR Agency, Waggener Edstrom Communications) which was one of the Official Fitness Club for Bloomberg Square Mile 2014 (BBSMR), I had the opportunity of reviving those memories back again!

After last year's sold out race, the most iconic corporate run Bloomberg Square Mile Relay was back! 

TRAINING SESSIONS

This year, Virgin Active formed four teams to compete in the race, mainly made up of trainers and members. I belong to neither category and didn't considered myself a blogger even haha.To better prep the runners for the relay, they put together a whole "Fun Running" programme which includes group classes and more, as well as THREE Saturday training sessions led by the Virgin Active trainers!

As my Saturday mornings are usually packed with the Great Eastern pacer trainings, I could only make it for the final session at the gym and to meet my fellow team mates. :( During the first few sessions, the trainers taught them core exercise, running tactics, interval runs on treadmills and more!



In our final training, the trainer led us to do some warming up exercises and finally, a 1 mile run around Raffles Place. Afterwhich, we were on our own to do our SOLO run for a trial for the race. My legs were sore after the 7 minutes interval training and double workout that morning.



Cool down exercise and we are done!



With some of the team mates for Virgin Active Team 4 and our dearest trainer, Jeff (extreme right!)

BLOOMBERG SQUARE MILE RELAY RACE DAY

There were similar relay races like SCM or Sundown but it's usually formed by a team of four max. For BBSMR, it comprised of 10 runners and each person has to run ONE MILE (1.6km) course from The Promontory at Marina Bay to clock the fastest time! Which means it's a total of 16km clocked for a team and the fastest team wins!








Here is our team of 10 and we were given Virgin Active black tanks prior to the race! Had lots of fun mingling at the race site on a breezy weekday evening and doing our warm-ups with the Virgin trainers on stage.
Credits of pictures to Virgin Active Singapore





Team 196 and I am the second runner to run! 







Final group picture before we RACE!


And we are off!!

Credits of pictures to Virgin Active Singapore


Credits of pictures to Virgin Active Singapore
 

My team leader (the only guy) was the first to line while we were staring at the live screen and waiting inside the pen. In less than 6 minutes, he was back and all I remembered was grabbing the baton over and telling myself "It's my turn. Just whack!".

It was such an experience! The race was much more competitive than I thought and I was surrounded by mainly guys who were all trying to over-take each other during the narrow path. And really, the 1.6km wasn't as easy as I thought but the distance felt much shorter with everyone cheering us along the route! 

After a couple of going up and down stairs, u-turns and whatnots around the Promontory, I was back at the starting line to pass the baton to the third runner! Yay. My ONE MILE is over and really, I SWEATED so much more than a 10km run due to its intensity level. The shorter the distance, the harder the heart worked. Cheered the other team-mates on before heading to the pen for our FREE beer and yummy dinner!

Congratulations to the winning team from MACQUARIE BANK who were the champions of the night and finished 16km at a lighting speed in 51 MINUTES 11 SECONDS! They get to receive a cheque of $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. Individually, Melvin Wong from Bloomberg was the fastest runner with a time of 4 minutes 34 seconds.



Our team results are out! Our team was ranked #93 out of a total of 166 corporate teams. I clocked 6:34 minutes for 1.6km, not too bad for a first try haha!



It was definitely an evening well spent trying something new and most importantly, we all had FUN! And really, what better way to bond than to run and cheer each other along the way?

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Virgin Active Fitness Club
 Level 6 Tower 2 One Raffles Place Singapore 048616
Phone: 6908 7878

I will be blogging more about my gym experience with Virgin along the way. Meanwhile, here's ending this blog post with some visuals of this Fitness Club that is more than a gym.

Apart from the hundreds of group exercise class per week, the facilities set it apart from other gym centres. The facilities include spas, steam rooms, experience showers and large spacious workout areas and heaps of the very latest equipment. My favourite is its Rest & Recovery Zone for lots of pampering as well as the sleeping pods for a quick snooze!

Besides the free-flow fruits and drinks in the gym, there's also a cafe that is well-stocked with healthy and delicious snacks. Spotted a salad bowl from Saladstop as well for the convenience for its members!




Himalayan Rock Salt inhalation room with relaxing comfortable day beds for some solo relaxing time as you breathe in the rejuvenating ionised air.


Exercise gears, towels to sweat as well as bath robes for some pampering time!


The juice area for members to charge their phones. Wish my gym has this!


Couldn't resist drinking a cup of TWG tea while waiting for my foot massage ;)


Now, you can experience it for yourself by booking a visit HERE for your free trial at this amazing Virgin Active gym! 

As quoted, "No obligations, just lots of smiles!" ;)

Once again, thanks to Virgin Active for the awesome race experience and membership.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Never tired of Bangkok - Aug 2014


Back to Bangkok again and this time round, it was a triple f (fun +food + friendship) trip with the best buddies to mark our 15 years of friendship!

The 6 days were filled with lots of fun and flew by in a wink as we cafe-hopped from one place to another instead of having the energy to cheong all the shopping place (somehow the fashion didn't really suit us despite the relatively cheap price). All thanks to our dear Mel for planning the long food list for us despite our stomachs not being able to take it haha!

Will keep this short and sweet while adding in some info that were not included in the last few BKK entries! :) [2013 BKK entry here]

And so, we started the trip with Rene feeding us chocolate cake while we candy-crushed on the plane after doing our beer & DFS shopping. Yums!



  

And here we are at the hotel lobby before noon. Yay to early morning flights and late return flights to maximise the trip (wherever possible).

It was my second stay at Glow Pratunam Hotel and the experience was as awesome, if not BETTER than the last. Clean rooms, excellent service and just a stone throw away from the shopping areas. Guess I will just keep returning until there's a new hotel that can match it haha. We also upgraded our room since there were three of us and it was SO spacious that we could do whatever we wanted!


This was super cute. We returned on the third day to find a note on our bed with a dog made from towels. And yes, it's my shades hahaha! All thanks to Mr Dodo, the hotel staff who tidied our room!




The toilet was so huge as well.

Wefies with the self-timer (thanks to the ledge - every hotel should have this!) before filling our stomachs with thai food!




FOOD HUNTS

The USUAL FAVS that all BKK fans already knows about:-

Sabx2 Wanton Noodle Soi 19 Petchburi Road, Pratunam, Bangkok.




been here SO many times but this sinful dish is still as delish as my first try!

Street food & food court at Pratunam Foodcourt that has almost everything!





Roast (Bangkok, Thailand) 2/F Seenspace
Thong Lor Soi 13 
BTS Thong Lo

The crowded cafe to visit for its ambience and relatively-cheap branches. This place is even more packed than the last so I guess it's really getting more popular (good and bad). On that day, I even bumped into an instagram follower who was on a holiday too!

This time round, I think we completely over-ordered but we were famished so it's alright! We ordered four main sets (some came with drinks), two sides to share, drinks and three desserts. Bill came up to about just SGD$30-35 per pax only which could easily be twice the amount locally.



outfits details and everything bought in bangkok yay. crop top from pratunam mall, necklace & bangle from terminal 21 and skirt from siam square!













Greyhound Cafe
1F J Avenue Lifestyle Mall
Thonglor Soi 15

We tried the THONGLOR branch this time round and made reservations! Would STRONGLY recommend this outlet instead of the Siam square for its alfresco ambience and cafe deco. A place that you can just chill there forever.

It was a very happy day because we reunited with our dear @shaunchoh who flew in that day for us. And so, we gifted him with some tees that we brought earlier on!






cheers!





We went back to Som Tom Nua like three times just for its chicken wings. LOL.




And we checked out some of the new places that were in our itinerary as well:-

Karmakamet Diner
30/1 Sukhumvit Soi 24 Bangkok
 Daily: 9am – 11pm 
(enter via a small road beside Emporium Suites.)

It was our first time to this place and we really love it despite being rather out of the way. I could still recall us using the Google map and trying to navigate the place covered with sweat despite showering after gym.

Still, it's a MUST VISIT for the ambience! Every part of the cafe makes a good photo opportunity. Food is slightly pricier than the usual though.












One Ounce for Onion
Ekkamai 19/12 Ekamai Soi 12 Bangkok
 Thailand Nearest BTS: Ekkamai 
Contact: 080-046-6885



One of the cafes in our list but we were too full to eat anything except for cafe-hopping! :)

W Hotel
The Kitchen Table
106 North Sathorn Road,
Silom Bangrak, Bangkok 10500


The dinner venue for our "atas" dinner that National Day where we made reservations, dressed up in our fancier outfits and watched the parade from the screens before hijacking Shaun's W Hotel room. Such fun!

The food at The Kitchen Table was good especially for big eaters. Service was excellent as well with the waiters checking on your constantly. I would definitely recommend this dinner place for anniversaries or birthday celebrations where you won't be pressurized to rush your meals at all!





never too over-dressed, even for bangkok!





Tada.. our mains with sides!


the birthday cupcakes for our 15th year. one each!










Gramercy Park
 35/F, Fraser Suites, Sukhumvit Soi 11
 Bangkok, Thailand

Next up was drinks time! Made reservations in advance for this cosy rooftop bar for drinks which was located on level 35. A really charming place that serves sushi and drinks, with the world under your feet.



 



 And these are some other cafes that we missed out this time round due to the limited stomach space:-

Hyde and Seek
 65/1 Athenee Residence
Soi Ruamrudee Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan,
Bangkok 10330 
Nearest BTS: Phloen Chit

Isao Sushi Bar 5 Sukhumvit 31
Watthana Tel: +66 2 258 0645 
Daily: 11am – 2am 
Nearest BTS: Asok

Cafe Tartine (French for desserts and brunch)
Soi Ruamrudee at the Athenee Residence
 65 Wireless Road. Pathumwan. 
Bangkok 10330

SHOPPING


Again, the usuals like Pratunam Mall, Pratunam Market, Siam area, Chachuchak Night Market, Terminal 21 and Rot Fai Night Market (gem for its vintage buys).

I didn't buy alot this time round as the main bulk of the luggages were for lugging the Melissa Shoes (60% sale woohoo!) and Geraffee shoes (new found shop). No Madame Flamingo shoes this time round coz the stocks were pretty much the same like the previous year. 





The GEM we found - Geraffee Shoes that is located at Terminal 1, JJ Market, Siam Square. So glad I found this place but my only regrets was just getting ONE pair. It was such a tough decision having to choose among the printed shoes hai. Very comfty and they have lower heels as compared to Madame Flamingo. Stocks in flats as well. Each pair is priced at just $40-$50, very affordable for its quality!







(have to make sure i wore something before taking this lol)


all mine!


For those who are looking for customized passport covers, you can find them at Siam square and Pratunam Mall (just outside and also inside). Would very much recommend the former as the leather of the covers were so much thicker than what I did at Prat. 



Happy times at Asiatique & JJ Market!













It happened to be the opening ceremony of the HELLO KITTY shop at Siam so there were lots of celebrities gracing the event! Didn't enter coz the queue was crazy.







Allocated two mornings for gym as well to maximise our memberships and to sweat. Never, never underestimate how ONE HOUR of morning workout can change your entire day! :) 

Bikram Yoga at Centralworld which was just a 5-8 minutes walk from the hotel. The classes are all conducted in English and the yogis were super attentive + encouraging throughout the 1.5 hours!


Went with the girls to Fitness First located at Terminal 21 and dressed in our exercise gears!


They went for their jam class while I did a 10k on the treadmill that morning. View was good as well!










The striped dress with the most flattering back that I got for 4 bucks (w/o bargaining!)


Supermarket therapy for our room picnic and pillow fight!







Pillow fights begins in our sashimi tees!









Priceless friendship and photos that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world. Here's to another trip next year together whee.

Bangkok will always have a special place in my heart. Till the next!