Couture gowns and swim wear that cost more than $6,000. Thirty models from over five countries ‘walking’ on water, over 15,000 glasses of champagne sipped by the city’s most stylish party-goers, as they rocked to the DJ beats by the ocean and under the stars.
Did you have a blast a last year’s FTV Beach Festival? I sure did!
And to be hosting a show broadcast to millions of viewers, with the exuberant crowds (some frolickers literally threw a giant beach ball over my head when I was on stage!) was an exhilarating memory to cherish.
It was the biggest event I’d hosted to date, so some nerves were expected. But it all turned out amazing and the enthusiastic crowd got me rolling with the flow! Big thank you to the organisers FTV, Sony Xperia, and Creative Insurgence for giving me such an incredible and unforgettable opportunity!
More throwback photos:
I’m wearing a dress sponsored by Singapore-Dubai luxury label Zardoze with necklace courtesy of Xevana
Included in the goodie bags were samples of Silky Veil – the best-selling Japanese instant whitening body cream that I endorse.
Try the samples at Nishino Pharmacy in Isetan or Takashimaya to believe it for yourself!
Sizzingly hot catwalks
With the roaring success of last year’s beach festival, of course they had to do a second round this year!
The most glamorous Fashion Beach Festival 2014 will take place this Saturday, on Aug 30, 2014 at Tanjong Beach Club, Sentosa.
15 hours of non-stop partying, as the record for the most bottles of alcohol consumed in one day aims to be set.
The debut of the world’s first trilliant-cut diamond collection from Caraters worth $2,000,000 will take place.
Semi-finals of the Caraters Top Girl Search (dressed by my brand Lexi Lyla!)
Five fashion shows by international 38 models
A Sony Xperia exhibition of an acrobatic artist in a water-filled martini glass towering above the audience
More than 5,000 partygoers
I’m giving away 3 pairs of tickets worth $76 each to my followers!
For a chance to win tickets to this party, simply email me your name, contact number and IC number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject head “FBF GIVEAWAY” and tell me briefly why you want to go.
(The 3 winners picked will be notified via email on how to collect their tickets)
Sun. Skin. Diamonds. Have fun sparkling on Satuday you happy shiny people :)
Fantasìa by Escribà premieres in Singapore, and I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview!
Fantasìa by Escribà, the world’s first confectionery theatre extravaganza will come alive this weekend at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, from Friday, 22 August, to Sunday, 24 August. The three- day wonderland of performance, patisserie and pageantry was unveiled to some of us on Thursday, and I recommend checking it out!
Fantasìa by Escribà is the brainchild of pastry power couple, acclaimed pastry chefs Christian Escribà and Patricia Schmidt, and features dazzling theatrical showcases, towering masterpieces made from confectionery, and an array of delectable sweet and savoury treats.
Starting with the Magical Entrance - visitors will be taken from the real world to the realm of fantasy, there they will be greeted by an array of characters dressed in colourful costumes.
Emerging into Dreamland, visitors will be greeted by Callebaut Falls, (a chocolate waterfall!) the largest masterpiece of the entire showcase, and one of the 23 masterpieces conceptualised and created by Chefs Christian Escribà, Chocovic ambassador, and Patricia Schmidt. Watching over Callebaut Falls is a blinking moon feasting on pastries fed by one of Fantasìa’s many characters, while another will be catching gigantic cakes from a floating four-poster bed.
One of Fantasìa’s most incredible attractions, Callebaut Falls, is on its way to setting a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain. Named after joint-presenting partner, Belgian chocolate purveyor Callebaut and following a collaboration with Chocovic ambassador Christian Escribà, the cascade of luscious liquid dark chocolate is 8.5 metres tall, more than twice the height of a double-decker bus.
The next pavilion, Nature, is an ode to wildlife amidst a jungle-like setting, populated by life-size safari animals made of Massa Ticino sugarpaste by Carma, Callebaut chocolate, meringue and pastries. Fantasìa’s own delicious safari of confectionery animals includes a 5-metre-tall elephant and a 4-metre-tall giraffe called Madelaine, as well as a gorilla, tiger and zebra, among others.
This elephant was my favourite piece.
Imagine the amount of piping that went into this!
As guests leave the Nature pavilion, they will be greeted by the toll of wedding bells, as they emerge into the Tea Room. Here, guests will have the chance to be a part of a larger-than-life wedding procession taking place around a giant, 5-metre-tall, multi- tiered wedding cake.
Moving into the Royal Cake Theatre, guests will be entertained with a host of lavish theatrical performances created by Comediants, showcasing a dizzying array of colourful costumes, spectacular acrobatic feats and emotive displays. Founded by Creative Director Joan Font I Pujol, Comediants were the creative force behind the 1992 Barcelona Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Guests will then learn more about Escribà’s 108-year-old heritage through the History Wall, where they will get a chance to see the family’s achievements throughout the years, dating back to the days of Christian’s grandfather Etienne Tholoniat and his father Antonio Escribà.
View previous creations such as the 3-metre-tall Macaroon Eiffel Tower.
And a giant daisy wedding cake made for a hippie couple.
With their imagination running wild and their passion for pastry aflame, budding pastry chefs will also have the opportunity to realise their potential and create their own pastries and chocolates, at the Escriba Academy @ Fantasìa. World renowned master pastry chefs such as Martin Lippo, Jordi Farres, Jordi Pujol and Mary Rose Sanchez will be conducting masterclasses.
We were treated to some very interesting food and desserts, such as this…. “carved ham tartine”
Nope it’s not Iberico ham. Master pastry chef Jordi Farres artfully created this entire “pork leg” out of chocolate!
These creme brûlées in egg shells were delicious too.
The Fantasìa journey comes to an end in typical Escribà fashion – with surprise and amazement. The event’s final pavilion aims to give visitors a taste of the city of Barcelona itself, with, a rendition of the famous La Ramblas arcade, and a 1:1 faithful replica of the façade of the original Pasteleria Escribà, a world heritage site built in 1820. La Ramblas will also feature the Escribà Boutique, where guests can purchase their own mini masterpieces including caramel rings, chocolate shoes and sugar flowers.
These exquisite chocolate high heels and pretty flowers are not cheap btw, as you can see by the price tag! That’s the price you pay for such intricate craftsmanship.
The latest red lipstick trend is in the form of chocolate ;)
Here are more pictures from the press conference earlier this year.
“Patricia and I are incredibly excited that our dream is now a reality,” said Chef Christian Escribà (pictured above)
“The entire concept of Fantasìa by Escribà began as pure, delicious fantasy and now we will be enthralling children and adults with a world of theatre and confectionery unlike anything ever seen before.”
“Singapore is the stage for the premiere of Escribà Asia, and Fantasìa by Escribà is a showcase of what we can do and what we will bring to the region. As we roll out the Escribà brand with its rich heritage, incredible events, and a world-class Academy, Singapore provides us with the best location for this world-first event,” said Paul Wakefield, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Escribà Asia.
The incorporation of Escribà Asia in Singapore marks the Escribà family’s first international foray outside of Spain with a full-fledged operational set up.
The decision to have its international base in Singapore stems from the unique Singaporean consumer’s ability to integrate a strong street food culture with a sophisticated cosmopolitan dining scene paired with their sense of fashion, design, flair, strong purchasing power and appreciation for things unique and authentic.
Sorry for so many pics of this glazed strawberry, I liked it very much! ;)
Barcelona and Ibiza Combine for a Party in Singapore – Midnight @ Fantasia
After the sun sets on Saturday, 23 August, Fantasìa by Escribà switches from a wonderland of wholesome fun for the family, into a realm of dark titillation for the grown-ups as the best of Barcelona and Ibiza combine for Midnight @ Fantasìa.
Straight from Ibiza, the adults-only late-night show will commence at the bewitching hour of 10.30pm to 2.00am featuring 2 of Ibiza’s best DJs, evocative performances by go-go dancers and potent cocktails from some of Singapore’s best bartenders.
I always look forward to my next Tokyo Bust Express visit – it’s my regular “perk-me-up”, pun intended ;)
Tokyo Bust Express is the leading natural bust enhancement specialist with the most outlets islandwide for your convenience. This time, I was invited to try out their Park Mall branch, which I’ve not been to before. This is one of my favourite locations so far, because it’s in the heart of town, yet situated in a quiet and tranquil mall… and my favourite Kith Cafe is downstairs.
I’ve been a client of Tokyo Bust Express for nearly two years now; regular sessions with them give my bust line the boost they need. Rather than have surgical implants, I prefer to undergo au-natural treatments and consistent maintenance.
As one of their “success stories”, I was made their official ambassador this year!
My ad playing on tv ;)
The cozy and feminine ambience puts you in a suitably girly mood.
And you can have a laugh as well. Here’s to boobs so good we want to grab them ourselves! ;)
In good hands with these award-winning specialists.
While we care for other parts of our bodies for health reasons, we must not neglect our breasts as well. Besides that, a curvier bust line is one of the physical attributes that help us feel more “womanly”. You can be more confident and look better in all the nice clothes (don’t waste all that shopping money!)
Many women face a variety of breast problems, what is yours?
Tokyo Bust Express specialists will help identify the concerns and provide appropriate solutions catered to the individual. They use only 100% natural ingredients such as soy-infused treatments combined with advanced technology from Japan and traditional Japanese massage techniques. Organic soybeans extracts contain phyto-nutrients that stimulate female hormones and aid in optimal bust development.
You don’t have to fly all the way to Japan to attain those beautiful natural curves!
I undergo a consultation with my bust specialist as she reviews my progress so far and plans my treatments for the day. The issues I face are mainly a lack of volume and the need to “push-up”.
Changed into their signature pink robe and took some selfies while waiting.
Getting comfy on the cute bed….
They start with a soothing massage and as tensions melt away I slowly drift off into snooze land.
The treatments I did during this session were:
1. Firming scrub:
Remove dead skin cell around bust area and for better penetration of treatments and products
A bust-care treatment that aids in maintaining shape of breasts (maintenance)
2. TT Push Up Therapy with application of Toning Essence:
Helps in toning and lifting of breasts
Prevents current condition from worsening
3. Bust Up Therapy & Application of Cosmo Gel:
Helps in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage (Detoxifying purposes )
Stimulate on the mammary glands to enhance and firm up the breast
Aids in preventing breast cancer
Application of cosmo gel to repair and stimulate mammary glands
Increase absorption and penetration rate for treatments and maximum effect
Bust Suction Therapy
Helps in shaping for a rounder and fuller breast
Stimulate on the mammary glands to make it much more fuller and for lasting effects
Helps in positioning and “runaways” of the breast, includes ‘mini boob’ between breast and armpit
5.Taka Meru Mask:
Uniquely formulated mask to help in re-shaping of bust, for rounder and perkier breasts
with a fuller contour. At the same time just like masks for our face, it moisturizes the bust
region to keep it soft and supple.
There was no pain felt at any point; rather the entire time felt like a nice spa treatment (with modern technology thrown in!)
We did a before/after measurement of my bust line by marking nipple points against the wall…. and the results were nothing short of astonishing.
!Not only was there an obvious lifting effect, my breasts felt firmer and fuller, skin was smoother and the whole area was rejuvenated and revitalized. I always leave Tokyo Bust feeling great :)
Thank you to Tokyo Bust Express and my very lovely specialist for the day, Pauline, who attended to me. Great caring service with a smile as usual!
What’s in this bag? Special bust lotions and creams I got to take home!
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Who doesn’t like the thrill and satisfaction of being the insider on the latest perks and best privileges in town?
If you do, you’ll love this fantastic new mobile app I found that lets you easily enjoy great discounts all your lifestyle needs :) Best of all, it is FREE.
I had my first taste of their sweet promotions at Cafe Iguana – with Grabz we could get 20% off our final bill!
Cafe Iguana, located at Riverside Point opposite Clark Quay, is a well-loved authentic Mexican restaurant that still packs the crowds since it opened in 2000. I know many a friend who often head there for their Mexican fix, and I was excited to try for myself.
The colourful hippy chic vibes and great view of Clark Quay across the Singapore made it an inviting place to chill and hang out with friends while sipping on margaritas.
We ordered SO MUCH FOOD.
And everything was absolutely delicious!
Burritos, tacos, chimichangas, steak, wings and all that cheesy goodness.
The spicy bbq tequila(!) glaze on the chicken dish was amazing and deserves special mention.
Then of course…. dessert.
Churros and green apple enchiladas for dessert. To. Die. For.
The cherry on top of the meal was getting 20% off the bill with the Grabz app! :)
And there are so many other restaurant and bar offers you can take advantage of with Grabz:
Besides F&B, you’ll also find a wide variety of Grabz promotions for shopping, spas, travel and activities!
Here’s how it works.
Step 1: Download the app, of course.
Step 2: Register for your Grabz basic account (it’s FREE!)
Step 3: Start browsing and Grabz your preferred voucher.
Step 4: Voucher will be saved in your Grabz wallet
Step 5: Go down to the merchant store, redeem the voucher with your Grabz app.
Yes, it’s THAT EASY.
Enjoy more perks when you upgrade your account to the premium account at the introductory price of $4.99 per month!
You will get to redeem vouchers tagged “privilege”. These privilege vouchers let you enjoy special premium offers and greater savings.
The math is easy to work out. For just $4.99 you will get to save potentially $100++ in a month. Grabz Premium has already saved me way more than that on my Cafe Iguana dinner.
Here’s your chance to UPGRADE TO PREMIUM FOR FREE!
After downloading Grabz app, simply hashtag #grabzdawnyang to your Facebook status/photo or Instagram pic.
The Grabz team will message you and give you premium status for 3 months.
This is so unbelievably easy to do, so please don’t miss the free upgrade while it’s available!
Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @GrabzSG to stay up to date on their exclusive contests and giveaways, such as this one for beer lovers:
Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.
Irony aside, just because we have so much water on earth, it doesn’t mean we can rely on it as an endless natural resource for the whole world. It is not.
Water is crucial for life. It is critical for long-term economic development, human health, social welfare and environmental sustainability.
Water scarcity already affects every continent. More than 1.2 billion people, almost 1/5 of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation.
Hey Singaporeans, are you aware that our tiny island has a very limited water supply?
Almost 1/4 of the world’s population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers).
Hey Singaporeans, do you know how blessed we are to have such easy access to DRINKABLE tap water?
DID YOU KNOW?
The UN/Unicef has said that more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
The ancient Romans had better water quality than half the people alive now.
Disease spreads quickly in a village of 1,000 people when 400 of which do not have access to a latrine or water for hygiene.
The world health organization indicates that for every dollar invested in clean drinking water there is a $5 – $50 return on investment (average $12). When people are healthy, they can go to school, work, raise their families, etc.
Young girls are missing school because neither their school or homes have adequate drinking water and sanitation facilities (including separate school latrines for girls and boys), limiting their chances of escaping their families’ poverty.
On average, women in Africa and Asia have to walk 3.7 miles to collect water.
Safe water is especially important for pregnant women in order to protect her and her baby from serious diseases, such as diarrhea, malaria, measles, and hepatitis. Sick children consume a considerable part of a woman’s time, disabling her from performing other activities.
A five minute shower we take will use more water than a person living in a developing slum will use in a whole day.
Am I trying to guilt-trip you? Maybe ;)
I think majority of Singaporeans take our clean water supply for granted and we could use a bit of a jolt to our conscience!
Singapore has little land to collect and store rainwater. We have faced drought, floods and water pollution in the early years of our nation building. Despite our dire lack of water resources in a severely land scarce nation, the PUB (Public Utilities Board) has since done a fantastic job of ensuring 5 million people have their water needs met.
Nonetheless, we need to do our part as well, to help manage the demand-supply. Can you imagine if we one day face a shortage crisis?
Malaysia could simply decide to cut off their water supply to us.
And, we could face a prolonged period of drought.
Just this year, there was little or no rainfall since mid-January. The importance of water conservation was stressed by our leaders as Singapore observed World Water Day. Activities aimed at spreading the water conservation message were held island-wide.
I myself, a self-confessed habitual water-waster, was woken to my senses when I was asked to help in PUB’s water conservation efforts!
With PUB’s mascot, Water Wally
It was a small honour to play a part in bringing across an important social message such as this.
My roadshows were held at Singapore Management University campus grounds. In preparing for and hosting the two day event, I was reminded of all the ways I can conserve water in my daily activities, while passing on tips to the students and public through fun and games! It was lovely meeting my followers too, much love right back at ya!
Kooky selfie with Peggy aka DJ Thy Dowager, who was part of the event organization
TIPS ON SAVING WATER AT HOME
Saving water = saving $$$ too
Use a tumbler when brushing your teeth.
For dual flush flushing cistern, use reduced flush for liquid waste.
Do not thaw food under running water. Let it defrost overnight inside the refrigerator instead.
Wash vegetables and dishes in a sink or container filled with water.
Run the washing machine only on a full load.
Collect rinse water from the washing machine for flushing the toilet or mopping the floor.
Turn off taps tightly to ensure they do not drip.
Check for leaks in flushing cisterns, pipes,taps, etc and repair them immediately to prevent water wastage.
Use a bucket for car washing instead of a running hose.
Water plants by using a watering can instead of a running hose.
As for myself, the biggest change I have made to my habits is…. to my showers!
I used to always leave the tap running while shampooing and scrubbing. Good Lord, how much unnecessary water did I waste? O.O
Now, I make it a point to turn off the shower head.
Look ma, no running water!
Try switching to smart water saving fittings for your taps and baths (like I did), it makes a huge difference in the long run.
Learn how you can install the thimble and save 5% of your water consumption:
These rare photos will surprise you, tickle you, or even reveal relationships and other sides of famous people you’ve never before seen!One thing’s for sure – I love myself some good ole’ history and nostalgia :)
Cameramen recording the lion roar for the MGM logo
Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein
Barack Obama on his high school basketball team
Arnold Schwarzenegger in New York for the first time in 1968
Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer, Ip, in Beverly Hills, CA -1958.
Pablo Picasso & Brigitte Bardot – 1956. Is she pouting because Picasso didn’t make her his new muse?
Bruce Lee dancing
Jimi Hendrix and Mick Jagger – 1969
Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out.
Steven Spielberg sits in the mechanical shark used in JAWS
Ernest Hemingway’s passport photo – 1923
Marathon Runners at the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece – 1896
Norway celebrates the first ever bananas arriving in the country
Construction of Eiffel Tower in 1880
Elton John at the piano bar aboard his private plane – 1976
Diane Keaton and Al Pacino on set for The Godfather 1972
Sean Connery as James Bond, poses with Aston Martin DB5 – 1965
The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was one of the first computer ever made
William Harley and Arthur Davidson, 1914 — The Founders of Harley Davidson Motorcycles
Fidel Castro and Malcolm X discussing politics and family – 1960
Hilter as the best man in Joseph Goebbels wedding
Robert Downey Jr. and Slash
Bill Gates’ mug shot for driving without a license 1977
A young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden during the 1970s. Bin Laden is second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants.
It can be so easy to forget just how much a mother gives, and how much of herself she is willing to give. How much she loves. How much she cares. How much she worries, nurtures and encourages.
A mother’s love is the closest thing to perfect, unconditional love in this stinkin’ world. And when I think of all the huge and little acts of love my mommy has done for me, words cannot express the immense heartfelt gratitude I feel. From making sure that I always have meals to eat (to the point of over-feeding me!), to packing my room when it gets messy and helping out with my business whenever she can, no doubt every single day her love is evident.
We must regularly show our appreciation for our mothers and the *often* thankless job they do. It’s practically a 24/7 all-encompassing, life-dedicating job till they die. It’s only right we honour the most important woman in our lives!
This Mother’s Day, we brought our mom to high tea at the new Westin Hotel Singapore, where I recently had the pleasure of a staycation. I thought the Lobby Lounge looked nice with great floor-to-ceiling views of the bay, and we felt it’d be right up our mom’s alley!
Flowers and present for the VIP
Standard high tea tier set
Rather than the traditional side biscuit, our coffee came with cute mini ice cream cones.
Happy Mother’s Day Mommy! Kisses from your daughters.
After our lovely high tea, we took her to watch The Amazing Spider Man 2 in IMAX 3D. I was thinking, someone seriously really needs to open an IMAX 3D GOLD CLASS theatre – the ultimate movie experience win. You heard the idea here first! ;)
Here’s to the most amazing, strong, kind, determined, wise, inspiring, loving and self-sacrificing Proverbs 31 woman who just got better and better with age…
I love you mommy dearest, the most beautiful woman ever in my eyes! (Love the awesome Farrah Fawcett hair you had too :P)
My mom is a very lucky woman for this year’s Mother’s Day. She’ll celebrate not once but twice ;)
After some noon-time shopping, I took the most important lady in my life to the premium luxury spa in the heart of town for a whole afternoon of indulgence as an early Mother’s Day treat!
A paradise of over 9,000ft, SPA CLUB AT BEACH ROAD combines the talent of leading therapists with the finest brands in the world and a lavishly plush environment, to ensure every client has an unforgettable and luxurious experience.
Mom’s excited because she absolutely lovvveees massages, and sitting on that beautifully soft fur throw? Definitely off to a good start.
SPA CLUB only uses the world’s finest products, such as Aromatherapy Associates.
Mommy picks her massage oil scent.
Tour of the 9000 square feet piece of heaven… every bit stylish, modern and posh. And they scored extra brownie points with me for being extremely, spotlessly clean!
Another high-end line of products carried here is ILA
Every need is considered – free flow water and nuts provided to snack on
Starting off with a shower in the marble bathroom.
Aromatherapy Associates bath products
Next, the suana.
If the suana isn’t hot enough, there’s the gorgeous Amethyst Steam Room that will take your breath away. Figuratively and literally.
It got pretty darn scorching hot in there (for good reason: it cleanses, stimulates circulation and the immune system.) But sitting there in the quiet darkness with healing amethyst rock and the enthralling starry lights above, was quite simply, a surreal and unforgettable first time experience.
Subsequently, cool off with their special ice fountain. It looked like a magical fairytale well and I was expecting some spell casting potion to bubble up or to see a wizard in my reflection or something. But reality is, the ice fountain has a key significance: blood vessels extended by the heat now rapidly contract. The interplay between heat and cold serves as a blood-vessel workout and also furthers the removal of waste products.
Lastly, jump into the pool!
And we’re all relaxed and prepped for our 60 minute massage.
Jacuzzi & romantic candles in our treatment room
Finally, the cherry on top is in the atmospheric “movie room” where we ended with an excellent foot massage (Yes while seated in Eames loungers ;P)
Doesn’t mommy look well-rested and delighted? :)
Many thanks to SPA CLUB for warmly hosting us!
If you’re wondering how to lavish your mom with some love this Mother’s Day, look no further than SPA CLUB AT BEACH ROAD. It will be an unparalleled experience fit for a queen like her.
And you can easily walk over to Purvis Street for a celebratory dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants there!