I’m currently in New Zealand and it’s been an adrenaline fuelled whirlwind of fun! I love this beautiful country and you can follow me on Instagram (@renzze) to see what I’m up to.

Meanwhile, here’s some photos of Vanity Trove’s Get, Snap, Blingo Project Launch Party that I attended previously.

Held at Zouk, this massive party was a collaboration by Vanity Trove together with their partners - Reebonz, Quincy by Far East Hospitality, Kwerkee, Nikon, Asia Travel, Benefit Cosmetics, Loreal Professional, Skin Inc, Brands Innershine, Gavio and iFly.




A night filled with ladies in mind, the theme was Modern Hippie Chic and I did my best to channel that vibe with my flowery maxi and flower headband.

The main purpose of this party was to introduce Vanity Trove newest smartphone app which allows you to capture and share all your beauty moments with an international community to help inspire each other.



Congrats to Vanity Trove on their launch and three cheers to fashion, beauty and inspirations.




Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Keeping fit and healthy has been on my new year resolutions for years now yet it wasn’t until the 2nd half of last year that I finally found myself truly integrating a healthier lifestyle and I’m glad that this change has spilled over to some of my close friends, family and love ones. With the high stress levels we face in urbanite Singapore, it is imperative that we don’t lose focus on balancing our body, mind and soul to enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle. In this post, I’ll be sharing 7 things that I’ve been doing to keep healthy.

1. Having a favourite fitness activity.

I first joined Updog Studios for yoga lessons in August last year and I’ve never looked back. Even though I travel so often and practice irregularly, I can see the positive effects on my lifestyle. I’m stronger, more flexible, calmer, more focused and more mindful of my daily activities. Yoga helped to ground my determination to a healthier lifestyle and is an essential part of my fitness goals.

I’ve even tried variations of yoga including the anti-gravity yoga at Virgin Active (pictured above) which was a lot of fun!

2. Try out different sports with friends

Company makes it so much easier to keep healthy. It’s not a chore when it is fun and I started to try out different types of sports and fitness activities with friends. Not only did it expose me to more choices, it also helped me to love and understand my friends and their passions better.

3. Set a goal

It’s hard to keep healthy when you don’t have a goal in mind. Mine is to gain more muscles. I’m quite petite so losing weight  is not a driving force for me. However, I have been told that I lack the adequate amount of muscles needed for someone my size so I’m working out to be stronger and to be more toned. At the moment I need to gain about 5kg more of muscles and being able to have a physical goal helps me to stay focused.

4. Take little steps

Being healthy and staying fit is not about turning yourself into a sports fanatic overnight. It’s about having small little improvements to your current lifestyle that will make a big difference over time. Some simple examples include choosing to eat a healthy breakfast or adding more vegetables and fruits into you diet. Personally, I’m trying to increase my protein intake to help me with my muscle development without losing too much weight.

5. A family that exercise together, stays together

I’m really glad that my family is also starting to appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and taking baby steps towards it. My mum can’t do a lot of activities due to a multitude of health issues but she is still game to do small walks and hikes every weekend. Spending time together on weekend hikes is a great time to catchup on everyone’s week and keep the family ties strong.

6. Don’t forget your pets 

My dogs love being outdoors and plays big part in my life so I’ll try to take them out often for walks, swims or just to cycle around with them. It’s fun for them as well as for me!

7. Be involved with the local sports community

It’s hard to stay fit alone but it can be a lot of fun when there is a community to grow with. Joining community sports programs and activities helps you to play and learn better. I am joining the NTUC Run 350 challenge with JW in April. It’s my first time joining a run and my first time running in more than a decade so naturally I’m quite intimidated. However, after attending a free running clinic, I learnt more about dynamic stretching and how to prevent possible injures from running which greatly help alleviate some of my fears.

A good place to start is with the Community Sports Club and you can join them on Instagram to get inspired to stay healthy and keep fit.  The Community Games (CG) is a multi-sports competition held across Singapore, bringing the Games to the heart of the community and connecting residents of different ages, races and living across estates. CG is organised by the People’s Association, Community Sports Club Council and Community Sports Clubs, with support from the National Sports Associations of the sports to be featured. The seven sports featured under CG are Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Netball, Sepaktakraw and Table Tennis.

If you are already active in sports or are looking to be more active, you can join the Community Sports Festival (CSF) 2014. This is a series of sports festivals organised by the Community Sports Club Council (CSC Council) and Community Sports Clubs (CSCs) in partnership with the various Grassroots Organisations. The sports festivals would be held during the period 16 March to 30 June, at various venues across the island.

You can expect a fun-filled, exciting event that attracts residents to participate in a series of sports, physical activities and other fringe activities that foster interaction and community bonding. One of the highlights for this year’s CSF is the introduction of the Community Sports Challenge, a modified game adapted from the actual sport, to create wider outreach and interest to those who has never participated in a sport which is perfect for someone who is just starting to incorporate a healthy lifestyle like me!

The Community Sports Challenge’s emphasis on teamwork helps promotes bonding and fun in their quest to be the best team in the competition. The challenges include Mini Pong, Archery Tag and Football. Each challenge is further divided into four categories which suit the different age groups: Children, Senior, Parent and Child, and Open categories. The challenger who sets the first record of each Sports Challenge of its’ categories wins the game.

To find out more, visit Red Sports website and the Community Sports Club Facebook.

 

Mount Faber is one of Singapore’s most iconic venues and a place that holds many dear memories for me. I’ve been there with my family, my friends and my love ones countless of times since I was a child and have seen the place evolved through the years. In the past, dining at Mount Faber meant an expensive night out and was reserved only for special occasions. But with the slew of new concepts and restaurants and Mount Faber, it’s now friendlier and more accessible for casual dining. One of the newest in the mix is Spuds & Aprons.



A great place to chill at the end of the work day, Spuds & Aprons have a positively happy vibe about the place. Families, friends and lovers can be seen enjoying the food and the gorgeous view of the Singapore Cable Car line that runs all the way to Sentosa. You can choose to chill out at the air-conditioned Dining Room or relax at the alfresco garden. It was a cool night when I visited and chose to sit at the garden to enjoy the live band better.



I started with a lovely signature drink, the Spuds & Aprons Lychee Soda with Nata de Coco Jello (S$8) while Mystery Man (MM) wanted to chill with a simple bottle of Tiger beer (S$12). My soda was absolutely refreshing and it comes with quite a few flavours including Mango, Passionfruit, Wild Berries, Strawberries and Jackfruit.


Later on, I ordered a Dom Pedro (S$13) alcoholic smoothie which was delish! A mixture of whiskey, bailey, milk, cream, vanilla syrup and ice-cream, it’s as sinful as it is titillating. Alcoholic smoothie lovers, be warned!

After a long day at work, the drink and the upbeat ambience immediately soothed my anxieties of the stressful workday away. Having all the huge heritage trees encapsulated within the restaurant is not only a unique way to preserve the natural beauty of Mount Faber but also serves as a beautiful reminder to  allow nature into our urbanite lives. The whole architecture of the platform was well conceived and I appreciated how they thought out of the box to create curves with the timber without using any nails.


The first dish, Wicked Fries and Gravy (S$8) came highly recommended to me. It’s steakhouse cut spuds with 6 types of cheese and brown gravy. An excellent dish for sharing and a must-try for all cheese lovers. The chef felt that most cafes and restaurants these days tend to stick with safer choices like truffle fries or plain salted ones so he wanted to do something different and unique. It took a lot of research and tasting to finally find the right mix and proportions of cheeses for this dish.

I spent the night trying to figure out which cheeses were used and couldn’t quite guess all 6 of them because they have been beautifully combined and blended to work as one distinctive taste. After a little digging from the kitchen, I learnt that the 6 cheeses used are mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, gruyere, emmental and parmesan.

For something healthier, there is the Crispy Whitebait Salad (S$12). The whitebait was fried till crispy then topped over fresh mushroom, seaweed, cucumber, asian salad before sprinkling toasted sesame seeds. The dressing was a delightful mix of wasabi and yuzu. A delicate asian salad to whet your appetite!

The first main dish that arrived was the Tobiko Crusted Cod Filet (S$28). Popular with most ladies and fish lovers, this Atlantic cod filled with Omega 3 goodness is oven roasted then topped with Tobiko and served with green tea soba noodles and aged Ponzu sauce. I loved the combination of flavours and the asian touch to the dish.

My favourite dish that night is the Grilled Char Siew Lamb Rack (S$38). I’m usually not a big fan of lamb dishes because it’s hard to find good variations of it in Singapore. However, this Murray Bridge lamb rack marinated in Char Siew seasoning blew my mind away. It was perfectly grilled but still tender and moist while the crushed pistachio nuts on the top gave it that extra texture. The additional Hoisen sauce, local veggies and creamy mash was also a nice touch.

Another must try dish is the Crispy Pork Belly (S$26). It’s slow cooked till tender before the chef torches the skin to produce gorgeous crisp crackling. The pineapple pickle was also really good.

Finally we come to desserts. I picked 2 of the must-try desserts and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

 

The Chempedak Bread and Butter Pudding (S$10) was glorious fusion of east and west. The baked croissant paired with creamy custard and chempadak  was served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

If you could only choose one dessert to order, the most recommend one will be the ever-popular Jar of Happiness (S$10).  Aptly named, the mason jar is filled with shortbread biscuits, almond flakes, mixed berries strawberries, Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream and topped with warm berry compote. If you have a bigger group (suggested to have 4 or more) you can even consider the 16 scoop version called Mountain of Happiness(S$48). I was told that if you (just one pax) are able to finish up the Mountain of Happiness within 15 minutes, it’s on the house! What’s more, you’ll receive an apron and have your name up on their wall of fame.


If you are lucky, you might even spot staff wearing some quirky aprons. Keep your eyes peeled because each apron signifies a special flash promotion! I hope I’ll get “Life is uncertain, eat desserts first” the next time I visit.

For those who want to try Spuds & Aprons, don’t miss out on the Singapore Cable Car 40th Anniversary Promotion. You get a free dessert with every $40 spent from 1st March to 4th May 2014.


As if my night couldn’t get any better, right after I took this photo with the large bells, a little girl playing nearby came up to me and said “You are really pretty!”. Super sweet and unexpected. I was both delighted and embarrassed with her candid confession but it made me blush with happiness like a new bride.


This Easter, have an eggie-good-time with your family and friends at Mount Faber’s new dining spot, Spuds & Aprons. Here’s a sneak peek of the exciting Easter activities planned:

1. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT EASTER BUFFET BRUNCH (20 April 2014, from 11.00am to 2:30pm)
Tuck into a delectable and sumptuous array of salmon sashimi, scallops, crabs, mussels, beef striploin, lamb, barbequed chicken, eggs cooked to your liking – fried, scrambled, omelette-style, classic hot-cross buns and more! This buffet brunch is at $55++ for adult and $18++ for child (age 3 to 12).

2. EGG-SIGHTING CONTEST (19 to 27 April 2014, all-day event)
Stand to win $100 dining voucher! Calling all Spuds & Aprons diners to flex your eye power and guess the right number of Easter eggs in the jar to win. Oh yes, it is less competitive outside meal times.

3. BUNNY AWARENESS PROGRAMME (20 April 2014, from 11:00am to 2:30pm)
What’s Easter without bunny friends? Get to meet rabbits and learn to how to love and care for them the right way at the awareness and adoption drive by the House Rabbit Society of Singapore.

4. EASTER EGG HUNT (20 April 2014, from 12.45pm to 1.30pm)
Grab your Easter baskets… It’s hunting time! Hunt for Easter eggs at Spuds & Aprons and exchange them up for delightful prizes. Our egg-stensive prizes include Easter chocolate eggs, complimentary Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream sandwich and more!

5. ROVING MAGICIAN (20 April 2014, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm)
Upping the joyous occasion of Easter, kids can get up close and be amazed by the magic tricks by their roving magician.

Reserve a happy seat at (+65) 6377 9688 or email:customerservice@mountfaber.com.sg now!

FREE VALET PARKING WITH MINIMUM SPEND OF $30!

- Applicable for all diners (Spuds & Aprons and Moonstone)
- Excludes Eve of Public Holidays & Public Holidays

Thanks for reading!

 

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!

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