Dec 30 2015

Skin Updates!

So Mel and I have been to New York Skin Solutions for my facial treatments for about 5 times already and here’s to share with you guys on our skin progress!

After our last treatment recently, we did a skin analysis using New York Skin Solutions’s scanning equipment.

Here’s some before and after shots of my skin condition:

Less clogged, and you can see that my skin has more collagen now (the zig zag lines are collagen within the skin). With more collagen my skin will become naturally more hydrated and hence less oily. Those black spots you see are very stubborn “dirt” that has accumulated within my skin for a long time due to lack of proper extractions and they can only be improved after a few more rounds of treatment.

My skin used to have random acne popping out here and there and that causes alot of scarring. Ever since I’ve started my skin treatments here, I find that my skin is less clogged and more radiant looking. It also feels smoother and more supple thanks to the collagen treatment!

You can see that my skin is smoother and more radiant now!

I also see significant improvement on my chin area which used to be soooo clogged!!

For Mel, his face feels less oily as compared to the past and one drastic difference is that his face is so much brighter.

If you’ve remembered, this was his ‘before’ scans:

Which was super dull, clogged and really dirty. I get goosebumps whenever I see this.

This was his most recent scan:

His face doesn’t absorb the collagen as well as mine but it’s now much brighter and less clogged.


Thank you New York Skin Solutions for taking such good care of our faces!!

I cannot stress the importance of facial treatments enough, which I’ve mentioned in my previous post.

If you’ve not redeemed your FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! Hop over to this link (http://goo.gl/SOl4sm) to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time!
(*Note that promotion is only for first-time customers!)

You can also visit New York Skin Solutions’s website here for more information:
http://newyorkskinsolutions.com.sg

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Dec 2 2015

Skincare Routine!

Many people tend to use over-the-counter products and some don’t even know that they are using the wrong types of products on their face. Like me for example.. Previously I was using facial cleanser meant for acne skin. But in fact my skin is not suitable for such products because acne products tend to be drying which causes my skin to become dry on the outside but oily on the inside!

So ever since I’ve started my facial treatments with New York Skin Solutions and found out what are my skin conditions, I’ve also changed my skincare regimen completely. Here’s what I’m currently using:

From left: 2 kinds of cleansers, moisturiser, toner and sunblock


1 of the cleanser is to ensure that makeup is removed completely, while the other is for deep cleansing. I used to use a cleanser day and night but now I’m only using these at night. In the morning I just simply wash my face with water followed by Toner and my moituriser. According to Joanne (my consultant), when we wake up, there are good nutrients left from the products we apply the night before so just washing the face with water is enough.


I really love the moisturiser (mine is for dry skin) because it’s super lightweight, doesn’t feel oily at all and is easily absorbed into the skin. The sunblock is not greasy too compared to others I’ve tried before. And most importantly, it doesn’t feel like it clogs my skin. My skincare routine has become so simple I’m loving it!

Above is Mel’s skincare products that he’s using. His cleanser is the same as mine but he’s using a soothing cream (which acts as a moituriser) and a serum (for oil control)

Previously he was also using products meant for acne skin which drys out his skin and makes it even more oily as well!

I tried this soothing cream and it’s so nice! Has this cooling effect on the face and also very lightweight.

I like that all New York Skin Solution’s products come with a pump dispenser which is more hygienic.


Mel’s skin has become so much brighter after his treatments.. And this was taken after only the 2nd treatment! The other day I looked at him and I was like:”Wa why you suddenly become more handsome” Lolol.


I’ve also skipped putting makeup when I go out to let my skin breathe and recover and also because I’m confident with how my skin looks now. You can still see some scars left from my acne previously but overall my skin is less bumpy and so much less clogged. The other day someone even commented that she thought I had light foundation on when I wasn’t wearing any makeup!

Just for my readers, you can also try out New York Skin Solutions yourself! New York Skin Solutions is giving away 1 FREE HYDROCOLLAGEN TREATMENT (Worth $300)! All you have to do is use this link to fill in a very short form stating your particulars + preferred appointment time: http://goo.gl/SOl4sm
(*Note that promotion is only for first-time customers!)

Also, hop over to New York Skin Solutions’s website here for more information:
http://newyorkskinsolutions.com.sg

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Oct 25 2015

Singapore Restaurant Week: Salt Tapas & Bar

Singapore Restaurant Week is back again  (23 Oct to 1st Nov 2015) and this is my 2nd time trying!! For those who are unaware, Restaurant week is when you can get 3 course lunch (25++) or dinner ($35++) at top restaurants that are participating! (Do note that there are extra charges for restaurants with the dining star award!)

Reservations were filling up fast and I decided to book a dinner for 2 at Salt Tapas & Bar since we’ve not tried it yet!


Nice ambiance and there were alot of people chilling on a Saturday evening when we were there.

For $35++, here’s what we got:

Assorted bread basket

For the Tapas there was a choice of Bone marrow with shitake duxelle, holland potato.

Or Foie gras mousse with truffle dressing. Which we ordered both to try.


For mains, it comes in a sharing platter and we chose: BBQ pork ribs, that comes with mash potato and pickle + Sirloin with assorted vegs

The ribs was really tender and easy to eat and the sirloin was cooked to perfection like how we wanted it to be! Yummy!

Lastly, there was Chocolate ganche, marshmallow and rhubarb rose tart for desserts.

I’ve a sweet tooth so I really enjoyed the desserts!!

The staffs were really nice and service was good even though the restaurant was reasonable packed! Thanks for making our evening a memorable one. :)

Salt Tapas & Bar by Luke Mangan
252 North Bridge Road,
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre

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Since we were in the area, we went over to the Singapore River Festival to take a look!

The light show was so pretty!


Ending off the post with my outfit of the day!! Very casual outfit and the weather’s seriously too hot these few days! Loving my top from TVD which I stashed it away in the cupboard for a long time! Why didn’t I wear this sooner!!

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Oct 11 2015

Taiwan 2015 Day 1: Taichung

Just came back from my 8 days Taiwan trip! Took almost 1000 photos so I better quickly blog before I forget about it!

Visited Taiwan back in 2013 and I love the country so I decided to bring Mel there since it was his first time there. This time I visited even more places and I’ll be putting up a series of blog posts of the places we visited so that people who’s planning their itinerary can find out more places to go and how to get to those places!

We spent 4 nights in Taichung (visited Cingjing, Sun Moon Lake, Xinshe area) and 3 nights in Taipei (visited Danshui, Jiufen, Taipei 101, Shilin, Ximending, Shida Night Market & did some cafe hopping) which I’ll be sharing in separate blog posts!

We took Scoot. They have one of the best timings for Taiwan among the budget airlines (to Taoyuan International Airport). I like late night flights cos we’ll have the whole full day there when we arrive!

Initial plan was to get a sim card right when we reach the airport. But the counter wasn’t open till 8am! (I think)

Oh and also here’s a tip.. Change your currency when you reach Taiwan’s airport.. The rates are much better compared to SG’s money changer. We exchanged ours at 22.4 when SG only offered 22.0. But the only 24hr money changer is right before you exit the transit area.. The rest of the money changers outside is not 24hr.

So we planned to head to Taichung directly first. How to get from Taoyuan Airport to Taichung? There’s actually 2 options:

Option 1: Take a direct bus from Taoyuan International Airport to various bus stops in Taichung (they have the map at the airport for you to see). Timing is about 2hrs+, tix at about 240NT per person. There are many bus services at the basement so you can check with the counter.

Option 2: Take a shuttle bus (About 20mins, 30NT per person) to Taoyuan High Speed Rail (HSR), then take the HSR to Taichung HSR station. (30mins, 590NT per person)

Option 2 is definitely the faster way but you have to change here and there, whereas if you have time to spare you can always take the cheaper option 1! The direct bus is very comfortable and big too so you can sleep comfortably on board.

We chose option 2 this time round since we wanted to save time!

Get the bus ticket to the HSR station from UBus counter. Bus frequency is quite high.


There’s a space for all the luggage too! And the bus captain was so helpful in helping people to carry up their luggage. They don’t allow standing on the buses so you’ll have to queue if the queue is too long. But the buses come pretty quickly and we waited only about 10mins to get on board.


There’s 2 kinds of tickets for the HSR: One with a designated seat, another which you can sit freely on empty seats. The difference in price is 20NT if I’m not wrong. We got the one with a fixed seating cos we didn’t want to risk seating apart from each other and we also don’t have to waste time hunting for seats.

Grabbed something light to eat along the way! This pork rice ball is damn nice. There was also sea salt sprinkled on the seaweed. Could only find it in Taichung/Taoyuan area and not Taipei!


My first time taking the HSR!!


Pretty spacious and comfortable! There are toliets on board too.

Once we reached the station, we took a cab to our minsu (which was located in Fengjia Night Market). The journey was about 15mins and cost 250NT.


First proper breakfast in Taiwan!


Get ready to use alot of these in Taiwan.. And your mandarin will be improved after awhile. Lolol. We don’t know what’s most of the items on the menu btw. They all sound the same to me.


Fell in love with these the last time I went Taiwan. These are called 蛋饼 and I think it’s their traditional breakfast cos we see many locals eating this.


Took a cab and headed to Yizhong Street! (一中街) It’s like a bugis street of SG and it’s where all the youngsters hang out.


Oh we also got our sim card settled at this 台湾大哥大 shop. We got the 800NT package which consisted of 400NT phone credits + unlimited data for 8 days. Used the sim card on Mel’s phone and he just switched on his hotspot for me to use. Pretty worth it compared to those portable Wifi device since we had to dial local numbers too.

Huge ass bubble tea which only cost less than S$2. We spammed bubble tea like free there.

Yizhong Street has a fair mixture of shopping + food!


Then we stumbled upon this drink stall which has long queue so we decided to queue too.


We see most locals infront of us ordering this green bean ice with milk so we got it too.

Wa it was damn good! Mel fell in love with it and kept looking out for such stuffs but this stall was the best haha. The milk was very fresh and different from what we have in SG too!


Interesting egg snack.


Took another cab to this place near the Taichung National Museum of Fine Arts where there are quirky looking buildings around. Seriously, be prepared to cab alot within Taichung cos the public buses are a little confusing and there are no trains around.


So pretty right this place!


Found this hidden gem by chance and decided to visit the area.

My OOTD! Love my hoodie dress :)

Visited this supermarket in the area too.

Interesting drinks.


They also sell Ding Tai Fung frozen stuff!

They were having this ice cream at promotional price at like 2 for 35NT. And it was ginormous I couldn’t finish it.

Headed back to Fengjia Night Market in the evening!! First snack was this fried mushroom thingy.

Have to try this at Fengjia Night Market!! One slab of ribeye beef for 100NT only.


AND THIS IS MY ULTIMATE FAVOURITE OF ALL THE FOOD IN THE ALL THE NIGHT MARKETS WE’VE TRIED!!

Grilled scallops sprinkled with sea salt (there’s other flavours to choose from too but the original flavour is the best)

My mouth is watering now.. Mel and I loved this so much we had this for all the 4 nights we were there. 3 sticks of 4 scallops for 100NT. I want this now!!!!

Grilled oysters which Mel gobbled up before I could take a photo of lolol.

All these for 100NT.


2 years ago when I was there, this Yakitori stall called Gekiuma Yakitori was only a small little stall on its own in Fengjia Night Market. 2 years later, is has transformed into a mega stall with tables and chairs and live band for people to chill at. AND IT’S SO CROWDED!!! Even at 12am. O_O

Still tasted so good. I remember eating this every night when I was there 2 years ago.. But now the queue is crazy.

So this concludes my Day 1 in Taichung! In case you’re wondering, other places to visit in Taichung that was initially in my list are places like Fantasy Story (范特喜), 宮原眼科 Miyahara, Tunghai University.. We spent another 3 nights in Taichung but we went out of Taichung to places like Cingjing, Sun Moon Lake, etc., which will be in another posts cos it’s too image heavy!! So stay tune for them!

Ending this post with a fat sausage dog we saw at the night market LOL!

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Read my other Taiwan 2015 posts:>
Taiwan 2015 Day 1: Taichung
Taiwan 2015 Day 2: Cingjing Farm, Little Swiss Garden, Old English Manor

Read about my Japan travelogue here:
Japan Day 1 & 2: Nikko
Japan Day 3: Tokyo (Asakusa)

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