I had my previous set of nails done at Plush Nails and received endless compliments wherever I went.

Plush already had the thumbs up from local popular beauty forum CozyCot and I just had to see if they lived up to the reputation. Tucked in the heartlands of Bedok Central, I loved that it was really convenient for me to head there since it is located in the east.


The place was cosy and comfortable and the manicurist were all very chatty and nice. My manicurist is also (coincidentally) called Karen and it turns out that she was the classmate of my good friend Clara when they were studying nails at Pink Room. She is very experience and even taught at a nail academy for a while before working at Plush.

There were a huge selection of colours including brands like  OPI, Harmony Gelish, Poshe, Odyssey Nail Systems, Biotone. I had a difficult time deciding on which one but narrowed the selection down to their organic nail polishes. Finally, I choose a glittery matte textured Deborah Lippmann nail polish for my toes.

Fingernails were always trickier because I usually love to incorporate some form of nail art. The girls at Plush nails are all really talented! Just look at some their sample work!





In many nail salons, there are usually only one or two capable nail artist that have a higher dexterity for nail art because painting complicated designs on tiny nail canvas is not easy at all. But at Plush, all the manicurist there are able to produce outstanding nail designs. These photos are taken from each of the different manicurist personal portfolios.


The minion and line characters were super cute!

Some Chinese New Year designs that I can consider for next year.



I almost decided on this silent night nails with shadow buildings, ombre blue nails and stars.



If these designs (which I posted only a fraction of) are not enough to inspire you, they have lots of Japanese Nail magazines you can browse through as well.


I was feeling rather whimsical that day and was looking for something cartoon theme (which is all the rage these days) but I didn’t want to do Mickey Mouse or Snoopy as they were too common. In the end, I decided to fall back on one of my all time favourite Disney Animation Movie, “The Little Mermaid”. With my reddish hair modelled after Ariel, I figured I should pay her tribute on my nails as well.


I googled some photos of my little mermaid characters and showed it to Karen. I was actually worried that it may be too tall an order with my tiny hands and tiny nails (a nail artist’s worst nightmare). Karen said I had tiny nails but also said it was entirely possible!  Without even blinking twice, she set off to work.

I was lovingly treated with SPARITUAL products that contain vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are Certified Organic and Fair Trade. What I loved most about it was that it had a gorgeous scent that made me feel relaxed immediately.

Hygiene is of utmost priority at Plush so sanitation and sterilisation standards far exceed the guidelines established. The instruments are sterilised immediately after use. Plush’s 3 steps sanitisation process uses heat and chemical sterilisation system, which is a hospital disinfectant, provides broad spectrum protection and prevents cross contamination from all metal salon instruments. Their spa tubs are cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner after every client and again nightly. I think this is one of the most important aspects that determines the quality of a good spa.

Plush strongly believes in the well being of their  customers. Each customer service is done with a new nail file, a new buffer and a new toe separator . As these implements cannot be sterilised, I was told that it was mine to take with home after every visit.

Seeing her paint those characters on my nails was amazing! I was was totally mesmerised by the professional artist at work. Karen is extremely talented and had a flair for the tiniest details. Each design you see here is fully hand painted and I was glad I chose to do gel nails so I could keep this gorgeous set of nails for a longer period.

Everywhere I went my nails was a topic of conversation with many strangers exclaiming delight at the designs followed by wonder after finding out that these were hand painted and not stickers. It was like having commission a portable work of art.

In fact, after a body spa session I enjoyed the day after these nails were done, the spa manager and the therapists cordon me off to ask about my nails. They even insist that I write down the name of the nail salon and the address for them because they couldn’t wait to get their nails done.

For the record, here’s where I did my nails.

Plush Nails

213 Bedok North Street 1
#01-101
Singapore 460213
Tel:62416996

Below you’ll see an outfit shot I took a few days after getting my nails done. Even thought it’s cartoon themed nails, I was still able to pair it with work wear for the office as it was in a deep blue shade.

These photos were taken in Chinatown after the Yum Cha Restaurant food tasting.

Dress: Escada Sports

Earrings: Chanel

Cuff: Hermes

Bag: Hermes

Bag Charm: Sanrio My Little Twin Star Unicorn *super love*

Nails: Plush Nails

Heels: Fendi

I’m going to end this photo with an amazing sun ray photo that was captured while I was driving home that day to wish you a beautiful weekend ahead.


Here’s a short recap of February 2014. It’s just last month but feels so long ago already!

I can’t believe I was still celebrating Chinese New Year just a month ago. Here I am with my favourite my little pony character, Rainbow Dash!

I finally made my first trip to Singapore River Safari to see the super cute giant pandas. It was a nice day out with my out of town pals – Clara and Celeste (and her whole family).

 

Yes I had more yusheng than I can remember during CNY. This one was a mini celebration dinner with dear friends Sushi and Regina.

I felt so sluggish after just gorging non-stop the whole festive season that I just had to find time to head down to my favourite hot yoga place, Updog Studio.

I also took up lessons in Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board and it was incredibly fun but also left me 2-3 shades darker in one afternoon.

I attended the Silk Air launch and had fun with Rachie and Lavina. I take SIA or SilkAir pretty often and always love their services on board.

Found a little opening in my schedule just long enough for me to sneak off to Maldives to chill. I love doing nothing and walking up to the sea.

Nights are spent at the bar, chatting and enjoying the skies with the sound of the waves rushing to shore.

Maldives is so gorgeous, no filter is needed at all! The waters are that clear, blue and magical. I also loved the super red head of hair I had then, courtesy of my stylist Masa of Naoki Yoshihara by Ash Salon.

I was seriously tiny next to this freshly caught 80kg yellowfin tuna and it wasn’t even the largest of the lot.

I was just playing with water and acting all goofy when I got caught on camera. I guess Maldives brings out the free spirit in me.

I bought this black L*Space swimwear eons ago on my shopping trip with Sushi in Japan and it’s still one of my favourite go-to swimwear for vacations.

I have such a soft spot for monokinis. Took one last pic before heading for buffet breakfast and creating curves in all the wrong places.

Loved the low slinky back of this ClubCouture dress! It’s just holiday casual perfect and takes me from romantic walks by the beach to fine dining under the stars at the clubhouse.

This was taken on my last evening in Maldives when I was completely spent after snorkelling the whole day and I fell asleep on the beach.

Here’s a simple healthy home cooked meal I did on my first weekend back in Singapore. Doesn’t look like much but I loved every last bit of it.

Headed to Updog Studio for more yoga! I always try to make it for class to make up for not exercising when I travel.

Attended the NE8 Awards ceremony and celebrated the achievements of my teams.

Off again I go! This time to KL to meet friends and catch up on more delicious eats.

Had the most awesome breakfast spread at KL City Market with friends. Everything was so sumptuous that I couldn’t help over eating. What you see in the photo wasn’t even everything cause the food came in batches. The old school coffee was to-die-for.

Went for an art jamming session and learnt to paint on silk. I’m not much of an artist but here’s sharing my art piece.

Had home cooked Yong Tao Fu with friends at my place in KL.

SO. DAMN. GOOD.

Darmi and Aikee are geniuses in the kitchen and always whipping out yummy dishes. There was even buffalo curry and other dishes not shown in the picture as well.

Loving Spuds & Aprons at Mount Faber. Great for a romantic date. Look out for my post on them coming Monday!

Spending my mornings or afternoon having Yum Cha “drinking tea” with friends is one of my favourite ways to spend the day and there is no better way to enjoy Yum Cha than to have dim sum. Aptly named, the Yum Cha restaurant is located (as it has been for generations) on the 2nd floor of the historically and cultural rich Chinatown streets. You will find it at the junction of Trengganu Street and Temple Street.



Even along the way up to the restaurant, I’m immediately drawn to its’ old school vibes with these photos of old Singapore taken around the time Yum Cha Restaurant was founded.



These photos are not only added to entire nostalgic ambience but are a wonderful reminder of how Singapore has changed so much in the last 60 years. We have come so far but we should always remember our roots.



Having dim sum in the heart of Chinatown might seem a little kitschy and touristy but I was surprised to see a large crowd of locals gathering for dim sum on a weekday afternoon at this award winning restaurant as well.


The interior was oriental but simple and the air was bustling with a busyness as servers went around pushing dim sum carts from table to table for the customers to make their selections. I love the wooden chairs and round marble tables that reminded me of my childhood days where I used to wake up early just to have breakfast with my grandfather.



The choices available at Yum Cha are incredible! There are 80 over types of dim sum to choose from making Yum Cha a renown dim sum specialist in Singapore.



Thankfully we had a full table of people to help share the various dishes so we could try even more. Dim Sum is definitely a communal activity that is best enjoyed when there are at least 3-4 in a group.

Beancurd Roll with Superior Sauce (S$3.00)

Fresh Prawn Rice Prawn Roll (S$4.00)

Deep Fried Wanton (S$2.80)

Seafood Dumpling (S$4.00)

BBQ Pork Bun (S$2.80)

If you are drooling from looking at these photos, you are not the only one. The food tastes as good as it looks and I’m already planning my next trip to Yum Cha as I write this post. Be prepared for food porn as you scroll through the photos and if you are wondering, I did try them all!

Prawn Wanton Crisps (S$4.00)

Steam Carrot Cake with Cai Pog (S$4.00)

Chicken Yam Puff (S$3.80)

Deep Fried Shrimp Beancurd Roll (S$4.00)

Fish Meat Stuffed Beancurd (S$3.80)

There are honestly too many of them to describe their exquisite tastes individually but  you must try their Signature Dim Sum Dishes (as seen in the series of photos below) which includes Xiao Long Bao, Prawn Dumplings, Shark’s Fin with Meat Dumpling, Fish Roe Siew Mai, Phoenix Claw, Paper Chicken Wings, Prawn & Mango Sesame Fritters, Baked Mini Egg Tarts, and Crispy Red Bean with Banana.

Xiao Long Bao (S$4.20)

Yum Cha Prawn Dumpling (S$4.60)

Shark’s Fin with Meat Dumpling (S$3.80)

Fish Roe Siew Mai (S$3.80)

Phoenix Claw (S$4.00)


Paper Chicken Wings (S$4.60)

 Prawn & Mango Sesame Fritters (S$4.00)

Baked Mini Egg Tarts (S$2.80)

Crispy Red Bean with Banana (S$3.50)

Some unique items that are more contemporary but just as delicious includes Squid Ink Dumplings, Crispy Silver Fish, Yum Cha Crabmeat ‘Sea Treasure’ Soup Dumpling, Oyster Siew Mai and the Filo Scallop Rolls.

Squid Ink Dumplings (S$4.80)

Crispy Silver Fish (S$8.00)

Yum Cha Crabmeat ‘Sea Treasure’ Soup Dumpling (S$7.80)

Oyster Siew Mai (S$4.80)

Filo Scallop Rolls (S$4.60)

There are a couple of standard items I will always order when I have Dim Sum. Other than Siew Mai and Xiao Long Bao, I must have my Congee, Steam Pork Ribs, Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun, Fried Carrot Cake and Custard Bun. Dim Sum just wouldn’t feel complete without these dishes.

Century Egg and Lean Meat Congee (S$2.80)

Steam Pork Ribs with Sour Plum (S$4.80)

BBQ Rice Flour Roll (S$3.60)

Fried Carrot Cake (S$3.80)


Custard Buns (S$2.20)

As you can tell, it was an incredibly sinful afternoon. Many have complimented that the seafood used in the dim sum at Yum Cha is very fresh. The dim sum is so good that I’ll gladly do it all over again! Some people eat to live, I am definitely on the other end of the spectrum and I always savour each delicious food creation I can get my hands on.

Scallop Pea-shoot Dumpling (S$4.60)

Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice (S$4.20)

Crispy Vegetarian Spring Rolls (S$3.00)

Pan Fried Pork Pancake (S$6.00)

As I show you the photos of my desserts and finish sharing (visually) my super satisfying meal with you, I’ll also share with you how you can have such an awesome meal for just a fraction of the cost.

Osmanthus Cake (S$3.60) 

Chilled Mango Pudding (S$3.60)

Lemongrass Jelly with Fruits (S$4.60)

Double Boiled Hashima with Red Dates (S$8.00)

Head down to Yum Cha Restaurant in Chinatown on a weekday afternoon between 3pm to 6pm and you can enjoy an Ala Carte Hi-Tea buffet session with more than 60 over delicious traditional Cantonese Dim Sum dishes!

60+ dishes out of their 80+ Dim Sum dishes at that price is really incredible so don’t miss out and gather your family and friends now!

For more information, join in the conversations on Yum Cha’s Facebook or check out their website for more details.

YUM CHA RESTAURANT

20 Trengganu Street (Off Temple Street)
#02-01
Singapore 058479
Tel : 6372 1717  
chinatown@yumcha.com.sg
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am – 11pm Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 9am – 11pm

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you some insta-prints I ordered from Printic. Basically, you install an app that allows you to choose photos from your phone or your social media uploads. You can crop, edit, add messages and order the print all through your phone! Amazingly fast and convenient. With free worldwide delivery, you can even get them to send the photos to your friends all over the world.


I decided to print some photos of my travels last year, both for myself as well as for friends and family. These photos were taken in Japan awhile ago but I never got around to sharing them with you till now.



A quick recap of my travels is definitely a beautiful way to inspire myself to do more. Although I have these photos on my mobile, nothing beats having them printed out.



Each Printic photo is 3″ X 4″ and checked before being sent out. Quality is ensured and the labs that print these photos have served legendary photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastiao Salgado.




Can you recognise the different countries and places of the photos I  chose to print? I mainly used photos from my Instagram account.



Printic is so confident of their services and quality that they have a 30 day return policy.



I printed way more photos than what you see here! There are just too many to share them all and I’m thankful for all the experiences and opportunities life has thrown my way.

To learn more about Printic so you can print your own photos, download the Printic app on your smartphone or visit their website.

I came back from an overseas trip to find a gorgeous flower with White Label Premium Placenta Essence waiting for me. Much love and thanks goes out to Beauty Direct!

I’m not new using placenta as a skin care ingredient and have long heard raves and praise from many Japanese. The makeup artist at my Japanese salon also told me how popular placenta skin care and make up is in Japan and how she totally swears by it. The range she carries, however, is on the high side and I’m so glad that Beauty Direct has brought in White Label. A range that focuses on using 100% Japanese-made placenta extract at a way more affordable price point.

The essence is a luxury lotion that combines both toner and essence into one so it is more convenient for use. I love how the texture is moisturising and yet non-sticky. I find that it works really well with the Hitachi Hada Cirie Cool as well.

As you probably already know, I have sensitive skin so I love that this product contains zero additives. There is no scent, no mineral oil content and paraben free. As you can see from the photo, the lotion is colourless and light. It does contain alcohol but so far my skin has been able to tolerate it.

Pour a decent amount of the lotion on a cotton pad or on your hands. I normally prefer to pour it directly on my hands and tap it into my face unless I’m using it with the Hitachi Hada Crie Cool beauty gadget. You can use it all over your face and all over your neck where the first signs of ageing tends to show.

The White Label Premium Placenta Essence is retailing on Beauty Direct at an affordable $14.90 . It made my skin feel moisturised and glowing after a week’s use and I’m tempted to try out the BB Cream and Mask from the White Label range now.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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