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Latest lookbook campaign shot at Montigo Resort in Batam. Sunset at the villa’s rooftop is simply amazing!
Don’t miss out on this amazing special promotion girls :)
Latest lookbook campaign shot at Montigo Resort in Batam. Sunset at the villa’s rooftop is simply amazing!
23rd March 2015. A sad day when I wept for this man.
This was the man who cared so much, he cried when we separated from Malaysia on 9 Aug 1965.
This was the man who had the intelligence, vision, tenacity and drive to modernize a tiny country with nothing in less than 50 years.
This was the man who wasn’t afraid to make tough decisions for what he believed to be for the good of the nation, despite the haters and detractors.
This was the man who led by example in shaping a culture of honesty, hard work and integrity.
This was the man who gave his entire life to making Singapore a safe and prosperous city-state, a miracle exalted the world over for our achievements.
This is the man who will live forever in our hearts and minds.
Thank you Lee Kuan Yew for this place we proudly call home. You sir, will be the inspiration to generations of Singaporeans in continuing the legacy you have left behind.
May you finally rest in peace with your beloved wife in heaven.
A FABLE TO LIVE BY
Unfavorable winds blow the ship off course, and when they do, the sailors spot uncharted islands. They see half a dozen mounds rising out of the blue South Seas waters. The captain orders the men to drop anchor and goes ashore. He is a robust man with a barrel chest, full beard, and curious soul.
On the first island he sees nothing but sadness. Underfed children. Tribes in conflict. No farming or food development, no treatment for the sick, and no schools. Just simple, needy people. The second and following islands reveal more of the same. The captain sighs at what he sees. “This is no life for these people.” But what can he do?
Then he steps onto the last and largest island. The people are healthy and well fed. Irrigation systems nourish their fields, and roads connect the villages. The children have bright eyes and strong bodies. The captain asks the chief for an explanation. How has this island moved so far ahead of the others?
The chief, who is smaller than the captain but every bit his equal in confidence, gives a quick response: “Father Benjamin. He educated us in everything from agriculture to health. He built schools and clinics and dug wells.”
The captain asks, “Can you take me to see him?”
The chief nods and signals for two tribesmen to join him. They guide the captain over a jungle ridge to a simple, expansive medical clinic. It is equipped with clean beds and staffed with trained caretakers. They show the captain the shelves of medicine and introduce him to the staff. The captain, though impressed, sees nothing of Father Benjamin. He repeats his request. “I would like to see Father Benjamin. Can you take me to where he lives?”
The three natives look puzzled. They confer among themselves. After several minutes the chief invites, “Follow us to the other side of the island.” They walk along the shoreline until they reach a series of fishponds. Canals connect the ponds to the ocean. As the tide rises, fish pass from the ocean into the ponds. The islanders then lower canal gates and trap the fish for harvest.
Again the captain is amazed. He meets fishermen and workers, gatekeepers and net casters. But he sees nothing of Father Benjamin. He wonders if he is making himself clear.
“I don’t see Father Benjamin. Please take me to where he lives.”
The trio talks alone again. After some discussion the chief offers, “Let’s go up the mountain.” They lead the captain up a steep, narrow path. After many twists and turns the path deposits them in front of a grass-roofed chapel. The voice of the chief is soft and earnest. “He has taught us about God.”
He escorts the captain inside and shows him the altar, a large wooden cross, several rows of benches, and a Bible.
“Is this where Father Benjamin lives?” the captain asks. The men nod and smile.
“May I talk to him?”
Their faces grow suddenly serious. “Oh, that would be impossible.”
“He died many years ago.”
The bewildered captain stares at the men. “I asked to see him, and you showed me a clinic, some fish farms, and this chapel. You said nothing of his death.”
“You didn’t ask about his death,” the chief explains. “You asked to see where he lives. We showed you.”
- By Max Lucado
Like Father Benjamin in the fable, Lee Kuan Yew lived a life that mattered – he was devoted to making a difference in the lives of people around him. His passing has made me reflect and think about my own fleeting presence in this world. We are each but a vapor in the wind, here today and gone tomorrow. Let Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy continue to be an inspiration to us. Stop complaining, or filling your days with mindless, frivolous pursuits and material pleasures. Instead, may you live a life of love, passion, discipline, integrity, hard work and dedication to a cause much greater than yourself. Live in such a way that the world will be glad you did!
It’s the year of the Goat! Some photos from the festive shenanigans.
Dutiful o’ me paying respects to my parents on the morning of the first day.
Wearing a dress from my shop LEXI LYLA
Lest you forget the importance of wearing red for Chinese New Year, click below to watch a video I did with OCBC Bank :)
A fresh twist of colors on these red packets.
Mom kinda went all out on the decor. Can you feel the luck already?
Life is like a box of chocolates… so make sure you get a biiiggggg one and be spoilt for choice ;) Courtesy of Mezza 9, Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Grandma Anne and her kuey pai ti
House visiting at Estelle’s
Gong xi fa cai from the “羊 & dangerous”!
I’m wearing -Guipure Lace Crop Camisole- and -Leather Pencil Skirt- from LEXI LYLA
Little niece Adeline
Friendly poker session at my place. Buy in and get free whiskey shots ;)
Enjoy poker the most because it’s mentally stimulating and not merely a game of chance.
Best hand for Si Ki Pi…. Double pairs, double the winnings! Hehee we were on a roll that night at the Ong’s annual CNY party. 3000% returns on initial investment is not too shabby I’d say.
Thank you & kisses to X for being a generous host!
You know it’s serious when you’re playing on a professional table. Lol.
Cool surprise to have Elva from Taiwan with us. She’s really hot!
CNY = Food . Fun . Family . Friends :)
Matilda in her lucky purple
Other CNY OOTDs:
Here’s my guest appearance on “My Food Story” – watch me in the kitchen as I make chap chye using my grandma’s traditional recipe.
Chap Chye symbolises the family coming together in Chinese cuisine. Does your family enjoy this dish over Chinese New Year too?
Looking for a beach resort to escape to over upcoming Valentine’s Day or Chinese New Year?
Instead of the usual hot spots like Phuket and Bali – there is another nearby tropical paradise that you can check out.
LANGKAWI – otherwise known known as “the jewel of Kedah” in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Only a one and a half hour plane hop away from Singapore.
I enjoyed a weekend getaway there, thanks to Ombak Villa (Langkawi Lagoon Resort).
The views when I arrived took my breath away!
Have breakfast here in the morning…. sweet!
Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to jump into the gorgeous pool :D
Froclick. Relax. Chill like a mermaid.
The glorious sunset was spectacular. This place has it’s pool facing the perfection direction.
These suites over the water are also available for booking.
Walking back through a serene pathway by the beach, I spotted a mother and child in a quiet moment together, captured in the sun’s loving rays of light.
As a prelude to our dinner, the group was treated to a special cooking demonstration by Malaysia’s top celebrity chef – Chef Wan!
I think everyone was entertained by his funny personality and took away some valuable tips in Southeast Asian cooking.
FYI, he has his own shows on television and a buffet restaurant in Singapore’s Plaza Singapura.
Dinner was delicious and as can be expected of me at buffets, I ate like a pig.
My friend and popular Malaysian host Julie Woon arrived later than us but it was great she managed to join us for our poolside dinner!
There are plenty of other activities you can do in Langkawi, outside of the resort.
First up, I highly recommend an ECOTOUR ADVENTURE!
Experience the wonders of nature at Langkawi’s Kilim Geoforest Park. It is full of amazing flora & fauna, and stunning geological formations like mammoth limestone rocks, fossils, caves, lagoons, beaches and seascapes.
View soaring eagles in their natural habitat. It was such a majestic and incredible sight.
Throughout the morning tour, you can walk through dense tropical mangroves and towering limestone rocks that look like mountains, formed some 500 million years back, and many other interesting flora & fauna. For example, we came across a plant that was growing high above on a rock, that has apparently been around even before dinosaurs!
Explore dark and creepy bat caves!
Stop for lunch in a floating restaurant by the river called “Hole in the Wall“!
There is an adjacent fish farm where you can feed various breeds of fish… and eat them after. Hehee.
What else can you do in Langkawi?
Take a sunset cruise out to sea!
Take a dip in the ocean…
While the crew prepares a freshly grilled dinner for you.
The boat we were on was not like the usual sleek and modern white yachts I’ve always been on. This boat, by Tropical Charters, was very rustic, wooden and bohemian, giving it a fun, reggage-gypsy kind of vibe. Enjoyed it very much!
Of course, there are also the endless white sandy beaches in Langkawi to visit, with a whole host of adrenaline water sports like jet skiing and kite surfing etc.!
At night, the adventurous guys went on board a squid fishing vessel to try their hand at being sotong catchers. It’s apparently quite cold out at night, so I advise those who decide to go to bring a sweater.
At night, there aren’t that many happening clubs or cool bars in Langkawi (not as far as I know of at least). My last suggestion for evening activities?
Play charades with your friends! :)
Here is more information about Ombak Villa and their spacious, very clean suites.
This tranquil resort is perfect for those looking to just relax and get away.
For bookings and more information:
When I last used the Grabz app for perks and privileges, my friends and I enjoyed a huge scrumptious meal at Cafe Iguana with a big discount.
With the Grabz app, users can enjoy the following:
- 4th adult dines free (U.P $70/ adult)
- Free bottle of premium wine with every 4 diners (for premium Grabz members only)
Walking in and seeing the astonishingly extensive spread of culinary delights laid out before me, I couldn’t wait to start attacking the buffet.
Edge offers a theatrical and interactive dining experience with seven open kitchens. Master chefs concoct a range of delectable Singaporean, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai, Japanese and “Pacific Cuisine”.
My favourite food to go for: definitely seafood.
I was counting my lucky stars that night, because every Wednesday and Thursday is “Hooked @ Edge”…. aka SEAFOOD SPECIALS GALORE!
Oceanic highlights included:
Japanese & Thai
Oysters, Oyster Omelette, Prawns, Alaskan King Crab, Scallops
Jumbo Squid, Jumbo River Prawn in Garlic Butter, Scallops
Salt Baked Whole Salmon served with Dill Beurre Blanc Squid Ink Pasta
Baked Blue Shell Mussels
Singapore Chilli Crab White Pepper Crayfish Sambal Stingray
In the end, this hungry monster ended up with all this on her table:
Looks incredible doesn’t it? Besides seafood, we enjoyed everything from pizzas and pastas, to satay, rojak and Thai duck curry (one of the best dishes in the buffet IMO)
Finally, the one section that can make or break a buffet for me.
Durian fans will be delighted to find a free flow of heavenly durian puree, pictured above. I had two bowls of it, topped with a wallop of chocolate for extra kick!
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White is and always will be my favorite color. It gives a sensational feeling of simplistic purity, positivity, lightness and goodness. So imagine a dinner of 3000 guests all dressed in white, with everything else in white to boot — it would thrill me to no end. Like a gathering of angels, all ready to bring heaven’s party down to earth :)
This is Dîner en Blanc, literally French for “Dinner in White”.
It’s really actually a (very) glamorous “pop-up picnic”, a tradition that started years ago in a French park with some friends. Now it is an annual event held in cities across the world.
Here are some of the novel, and challenging, aspects of Dîner en Blanc that make it all the more fun:
– Strictly invitation only
– Volunteer leaders help organize and guide their assigned groups of diners
– Secret location is only revealed on the day itself as groups travel to the venue together
– Everyone must bring (and carry!) their own food, tables, chairs and decorations
– Diners are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and leaving the outdoor location as pristine as before
I was super excited to attend Singapore’s third edition, having missed the previous two years due to other commitments!
Step 1: Get the right outfit and accessories
Step 2: Converge at my group’s meeting point, which was at Marina Bay.
Lugging along white tables, chairs plus plates, cutlery, candles, food proved to be no mean feat…
Thankfully I had my friend Rob help in the heavy lifting! ;)
Step 3: Listen carefully to your leader who is trying hard to get your attention by standing precariously on a chair.
After all, he’s doing everything for you out of the kindness and generosity of his heart.
Step 4: After a long and rowdy bus journey… arrival at Tanjong Beach Sentosa.
I guessed correctly that this would be the venue! Because from clues given to us before — romantic / message in a bottle, it most certainly seemed like a beach, by the ocean. And Tanjong Beach is naturally the prettiest and most “atas” choice, lol.
Step 4: Set up time
Being on inclined sand, made it that much tougher, and messier, compared to previous years I’m sure.
If you’re going to do something, do it the right way, and do it all the way. The Martha Stewart in me is definitely alive and well, as I wanted to make sure we had everything we needed for a gorgeous table setting. Well everything was mostly done the night before to be honest, haha.
Funny story is, we realized at the last minute that our table cloth was more beige than white, and of course that would simply not do. So began a panic drive to Spotlight literally half an hour before our group’s departure time, to purchase a crisp, white table cloth! Mission impossible completed.
I arranged the entire table setting, scattered some flowers here and some candles there, tada! It was my first time and I’m admittedly quite pleased with my effort ^.^
Dinner party at my place anyone?
Finally, sitting down for a rest.
Step 5: Spot the Guest of Honor.
In this case, a pregnant Fann Wong. Always exciting to see her, I was a fan as a young girl.
Step 6: Eat, drink and be merry with sparklers
Rob made delicious seafood pasta and incredible tiramisu that all our friends couldn’t help stealing big bites of too! Thanks buddy for the amazing meal, it’s always nice to have a guy cook for a girl :)
Step 7: Enjoy fireworks. Party & dance the night away on the beach
Tida, Tida… I miss you!
Such a beautiful and happy evening. Such spectacular fun. That memory of a sea of revellers in white will be an unforgetable one.
Watch the official video:
Looking forward to next year’s Dîner en Blanc already.
In 2012 I was Catwoman with my superheroine friends.
This year? Well honestly, I’m not sure either! Lol! I like to think of it as a mash-up of Black Swan / Goth Fairy / Katniss Everdeen.
Getting ready in my room:
I kept the focus on the eye makeup. It consisted of lots of eyeliner, carefully drawn exaggerated wing tips, loads of mascara and I used silver glitter eyeliner for the sparkly under eye accents.
The rest of the face was kept bare with a little bronzer on the cheeks and a light coral-nude shimmer lipstick.
Final look with gloves, feathers and head piece:
The tutu and corset is a luxe costume piece that was handmade with black feathers all over and diamantes from the States. I thought of doing Black Swan when the film was released in 2011, but changed my mind so it lay stored in the back of my closet till now.
What do you think – is it more Black Swan, Goth Fairy, or Katniss Everdeen? :)
We started the night early at bar/restaurant Bacchanalia for the PRESTIGE Fang-tastic Night – a charity party in aid of the Yellow Ribbon Project.
No picture here, but they had the movie “Interview with the Vampire” playing on the wall too. I was transfixed by the handsomeness of a young and very pale Brad Pitt, haha.
With the rest of the fangtastic ghouls of the night:
Take a look at these incredible macabre jewellery & accessories…
The beneficiaries of the Yellow Ribbon Project gave us a special performance, with a nifty Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance.
I truly believe everyone who’s repented from their mistakes deserve a second chance at life, society needs to more loving and accepting. I wish them the very best in their future!
We spookied over to meet other ghouls at The White Rabbit’s WHODUNIT party.
Bedsheets never come in more handy than on Halloween!
Met up with my LA buddy Durjay who was back from San Francisco….
and someone, or something, very scary indeed….. :O
Happy trick-or-treaters at the photobooth.
My turn to go down the rabbit hole with the crazy people!
Till next year. Boo ya!
The night started out first at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Glamorous Italian label Roberto Cavalli opened its flagship store in Singapore and I was there for the launch party!
Known for dressing Hollywood stars such as Beyoncè Knowles, Charlize Theron, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone, Roberto Cavalli’s style is distinguished by for his prints, which are central to his vision and convey his love for nature and his unbridled creativity. Flower motifs, animalier patterns, feline spots and jungle themes are all quintessentially Cavalli.
For the runway show, we saw slinky flapper style dresses with luxurious beadings, plunging necklines, fiery motifs, and exotic furs. It was pure Gatsby meets rock & roll meets boho chic. A stunning fall/winter 2014 collection.
For the menswear, I was reminded of one of favourite comedies – Zoolander. Don’t cha think? ;)
The store features the full range of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, bags and shoes, beginning with the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection.
The modern interior concept remains sleek and clean-cut, allowing the collections to bring out the glamour of the brand.
B1-11, Galleria Level,
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
After a quick gong cha fix, we made a dash to another event….
Sephora Beauty Night Out!
It was a beautiful madness with pumping music, Sephora staff dancing with wild abandon on stage. drinks galore, and women of all ages plying through the aisles buying cosmetics to last a year.
There was an awesome 20% off for invited guests after all!
Making a special guest appearance was Jonte Moaning, renowned for being dance choreographer to the likes of Beyonce and Janet Jackson. In his skin tight flamboyant getup, he was all glitter, air-kisses and total sexy diva-liciousness. It was so fun hanging out with him drinking champagne together!
Adam got some really cool shots of Jonte. Yea, work it sister!
Whenever I step into Sephora, my eyes glaze over and my well stocked dressing table at home suddenly ceases to exist. All I see are are endless aisles of pretty boxes. Gorgeous shades pinks, corals and reds screaming out to me. Gobsmacking palettes of enchanting shimmers and metallics. The promises of alluring eyes, rosy flushes, perfect skin.
Sephora is one big giant Venus trap. And wait till you get to the cashier section. No one escapes that death-maze-of-cute-and-cheap-beauty-steals leader up to the counters. And I mean, NO ONE. While we were haplessly, happily lost in the death-maze throwing mini cans of dry shampoo and tubes of lip gloss into our baskets with every step towards, my friend ended up getting TWO Clarisonic cleansers. I nearly did too. Which is quite befuddling upon looking back because Clarisonic was not even there.
Ah, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
My star buy of the night was the cult favourite, Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette.
It’s my first, and since Emily is one of the million fans who swear by it, I’m excited to give it a shot. But I don’t usually wear eyeshadow so… guess it may be time to experiment with new looks!
Last week, I faced off against other bloggers in a battle of cultural and geographical wits!
We were playing a live gameshow quiz at UOB Plaza, in line with the launch of UOB’s travel insurance promotion.
A savvy traveller is one who knows the importance of having travel insurance to ensure a worry-free and enjoyable holiday.
Besides making necessary preparations or trips, a savvy traveller is also one who expands his horizons with knowledge of the vast and fascinating world around us.
And thus the basis of UOB’s new Travel Savvy online game, where you’re tested on your general knowledge of flags, foods, landmarks and traditional costumes from around the world. It’s not dumb fun but actually very interesting and educational I must say.
Select from 2 choices the correct answer for the picture
My fellow contestants for the game were Brad (ladyironchef) and Christabel (representing thesmartlocal).
In the first round, we each teamed up with one of our followers to play. The winner that I selected from my participating followers was Jeelene, a sweet young graduate. Was lovely to meet her :)
The funny thing was that Brad’s challenges were ALWAYS food photos! Ohhh organizers, make it a bit more difficult for him hey? :P
Jeelene and I were so close to beating Brad’s team; too bad they hit the buzzer faster than us for the last question!
Good fight nonetheless Jeelene ;) Thank you for coming down to participate with me, I hope you had fun with us!
Half an hour later, was our *drum roll* blogger face-off challenge. Just us. All. Alone. With. No. Help.
Indonesia or Cambodia? Germany or Portugal? Things got pretty tricky at some parts.
Once again, I was through to the very final question. But this time it was a tie-breaker with Christabel… and it’s too bad I didn’t hit the buzzer first. Ahhh, total deja vu.
But it’s okay, it was all good fun together! :)
Throughout the day the public also had the opportunity to take part in the game and walk away with many travel prizes.
More photos from the event:
My sister came down to support, muacks.
You too can experience the UOB Travel Savvy fun via the online game here!
Amazing prizes are up for grabs:
* Top 10 highest score with fastest game play wins weekly prizes
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The Travel Savvy game goes on for another 2 weeks, so don’t miss out!
It’s really simple (or not) to play.
**WARNING: Highly addictive
Simply pick the correct answer to the picture shown. Your aim is to get as many questions correct consecutively and in the fastest time possible. Be careful, one mistake and the game ends.
Some questions are really easy, but they do throw a curveball at you once in a while. Which makes it all the more exciting.
Once you’ve proven your travel savvy greatness, remember to register when prompted to qualify for the prizes.
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You can also find Insure & Travel Enhanced on the game’s website, plus there is an ongoing 25% promotional discount now on their variety of plans to suit your every need!
It’s definitely a good idea — you get coverage for your overseas holidays, while getting one step luckier to winning those SQ tickets :)
When I travel I always make sure I have travel insurance – It’s better to be safe than sorry. I really don’t want to deal with the nightmare of lost luggage, flight delays or medical emergencies all by myself and out of my own pocket.
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