Getting The Keys To Our First Home!

Monday, 26 January 2015

HOLA! It's only January but life has been exciting thus far! I've been blessed with amazing opportunities and also have been creating opportunities for myself. So all's excellent! :D Just a few days into 2015, H and I received news that we would be collecting the keys to our home mid this month and we were exhilarated because we waited 3 years for this!

A little background story before I continue - H and I applied for a BTO (Build-To-Order) HDB flat 2 years into our relationship because well, we felt ready to settle down and also, it only costs $10 to apply for one (LOL). But one thing I was very firm on before we paid the deposit and through the dating period was that - we will not allow ourselves to be tied down to this relationship because of this HDB flat. Which means that if we should (unfortunately) decide to go our separate ways, we will. And this flat application or the 5% deposit we paid with our CPF should never be any of the reasons to stop us from separating.

Why a HDB?
I was still flying with SQ then and we went to view show flats of DBSS (Design, Build and Sell Scheme) and EC (Executive Condominiums) and almost decided on applying for one of them... And then I started thinking waaaay ahead like, what if I stop flying (which I did)? Will we still be able to live as comfortably as today (that day)? And what if we have a child? All the numbers were clicking furiously in my head and I want to live comfortably. not having to worry about making ends meet or push myself to build a career on ground which I don't enjoy just to pay for the house. After some discussion with H, we decided to buy a BTO instead, at half the price of what a DBSS/EC would cost.

And today, I am extremely happy we made that choice because H's CPF contribution alone is enough to pay for the monthly instalment, and we will always have a roof above our heads. Thank you Universe! Our goal in 5 years is either to make the move into a private property or be the owners of a second property. We all need something to motivate us, yes? This is one of it.

So anyway, back to keys collection day! After our lunch at HDB Hub (please try the rojak and muah chee at the food court), we went to get our queue number!



Oh yes, I went there earlier for lunch but H reached even earlier so he went to pay for the fire insurance which costs a grand total of... $6.60. For 5 years. Super good deal omg hahaha.

It was also that day we realised that we have to pay Town Council a monthly fee of $65.60 (with immediate effect). That's WHEN I knew who's paying the workers who clear the trash and wash the grounds. All these twenty odd years of my life, my parents never told me. It's like, BAM, I'm finally a grown up with all these financial responsibilities.

Sorry for the digression. So the signing of the many sheets of documents inclusive of the waiting time took us around 1.5 hour and then we can finally head over to our new place to roll pineapple hahaha!


Here we are at our first home! :D

We opted out of everything we could possibly opt out from so our house was bare with no floor, no doors because I was 100% certain I wouldn't like anything provided by the developer as I'm quite particular about the design so it is best to start with a plain canvas!

View from the entrance

Living room

Bedrooms

BR3 is gonna be a guest bedroom

BR2 is gonna house our walk-in wardrobe!

Master bedroom

Both toilets come fully furnished

Kitchen and service yard!

There'll be some hacking of walls to be done (permit approved yay!) and overlaying of tiles because I don't like them glossy haha.


Will share more when we've made progress with the house renovation! ;)

Some fashion update!
I've been obsessed with maxi skirts/dresses and even pants lately as you can see on my Instagram page. My obsession was further piqued after being introduced to epiclogue where you can find a wide selection of trendy, versatile and classy + chic pieces!





The Cut-out Maxi Dress in Black is exclusive to Epiclogue and it is sophisticated with a unique design. I love how there are cut-outs and a peephole but I don't feel like I'm exposing too much skin. Perfect for special occasions such as the upcoming Valentine's Day, functions or wedding dinners!



I love pairing crop tops with maxi skirts and this Checkered Maxi Skirt is an instant stunner. Love the floor length and the thick, quality fabric used for this piece! This skirt is currently sold out but you can check out the Lined Maxi Skirt which is of similar print ;) Matched with the Class-chic Crop Top in Black.

For the lady with a chic and sleek style, follow epiclogue (http://epiclogue-official.com) on Instagram and Facebook for up to date pieces and periodical contests to win attractive prizes! Have fun shopping! :D

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask

Sunday, 18 January 2015

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Sometimes after a long day of staring at the computer screen, I will retreat to my cozy corner in the bedroom, light my aromatic candle, and just relax either with a face or eye mask before prepping for bed.

City dwellers like us go through so much stress on a daily basis (and I'm not just talking about stress at work). Dust, pollution, noise, all these factors unknowingly contribute to the deterioration of our physical body and mental health. That's why I always live by the motto of spending as much time having fun as when you are at work because we need that balance.

The Japanese always leave me in awe with the innovations they come up with, be it a new technology or just making lives easier for everyone using methods that are already available in the market. Whatever new products they introduce, it is always for the good of the society or the wellness of humans in general, and that is something I am impressed with.



Please allow me to introduce you to one of the newest products in the Japanese market - MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask. Yes, steam eye mask! It is the only patented steam eye mask in the market! The way it works is similar to how heat packs produce heat, minus the sand. Which means the steam eye mask is self-warming and heat emits from it almost instantaneously after I opened the packaging. The eye mask warms gradually to a comfortable 40°C the moment you put it on!


The MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask is unlike the usual beauty/skincare eye masks that targets your fine lines or dark eye circles. What it does is to help relieves and relaxes fatigue eyes (especially after facing the computer screen over a long period of time) and it also aids in brightening your eyes in just 10 minutes! Not only that, the steam from the eye mask moistens and soothes the eye area so refrain from using when you have heavy eye makeup as smudges will occur! I personally think the steam mask acts as the perfect perk-me-up in between work, and it is also a good eye retreat just before bedtime by helping to soothe tired eyes (use after eye cream application).
Please take a look at this video to see how it works, so amazing!


With my recent ReLEx SMILE procedure, I wouldn't want to overstrain my eyes so I will usually close my tired eyes to just relax after staring at the computer screen for hours. With the introduction to MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask, I'm just resting with it in the middle of the day or when I'm travelling in the car!


The steam eye mask comes with ear straps so that's one worry less about it being not in place!




I don't see much difference externally after using the mask but my eyes FEEL so rested and relieved. They are like, "I can spend another 5 hours staring at the computer screen!" hahaha. H tried the unscented eye mask before bed and he woke up to well-rested eyes the next day feeling fresh and awake (which he usually doesn't at 8am haha).




The ultra slim packaging makes it easy to pack it into your handbag to bring to work or for flights. If you are wondering how it feels when worn, it is very light on the face/eye area and the steam is surprisingly not too hot to handle, but in fact exudes a very, very comfortable kinda warm on the skin!




On nights when I'm skipping the face mask routine, I'll be seen in the steam eye mask and chatting with H because I can!


The MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask comes in 4 scents which are widely known for their calming and soothing effects that (sometimes) help to induce sleep - Unscented, Lavender, Rose and Chamomile. My favourite is lavender, I love lavender anything. Wearing the smell to bed allows me to sleep better!



Each box comes with 5 sachets and if you are keen to try the eye mask before making purchase at Guardian, Watsons, Unity and Tokyu-Hands, you can head over to MegRhythm's page to request for samples here: http://web.kao.com/sg/megrhythm


MegRhythm Singapore is also giving away prizes worth more than $95 on their Instagram account (@MegRhythmSG) so head over to find out how to win!

5 Tips On How To Prepare For A Winter Holiday

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Hello! With the start of a brand new year, I thought I would work on the content of my blog (and maybe the layout..? I know the current layout looks really bad I'm sorry you guys have to face this every time you log on to this page hahaha). I hope to inject more informational posts that are useful and related to topics close to my heart such as fashion (of course), lifestyle (home furnishing, cooking) and travel (holidays and work-related). You will still see advertorials on products that I've tried and liked but be assured that I mean what I said in all my sponsored posts.

So today I thought I'll start with my first informational post since I just got back not too long ago from my honeymoon which H and I decided many moons ago it was going to be in Europe and in winter. I learnt a little bit about dressing up (not gonna be touching on stylish dressing in this post unfortunately) in subzero temperatures during my flying days by touching the many types of winter fabrics available in stores and also through the hard way - by wearing too little. Once, I went shopping in Seoul when it was -20°C wearing normal winter clothes (which include a layer of Uniqlo thermal, a knitted top and a coat I got from a high street brand). The cold was so unbearable, my ex-colleagues and I were literally hopping from shop to shop hovering around the heater they had in stores, vying for warmth and wondering out loud how exactly do the street vendors survive outdoors for >5 minutes.


What I did learn is that, the clothes/accessories that keep you warm do not necessarily have to be expensive, neither do you have to pile on 6 layers of tops to keep yourself toasty. Here are my 5 tips on how to prepare for winter!

1. Thermal wear
You gotta get the base right! Since I was born and bred in tropical Singapore, you definitely will not see me in thigh-high socks or thin, translucent stockings when it's -2°C out there. I cannot survive without a set of thermal wear. The most common place you can find it is in Uniqlo. The brand recently came out with "extra warm" heat tech which is thicker than its normal heat tech range. Personally, I don't think they work very well but the leggings are good for layering underneath jeans/tight pants because of the thin fabric.

On days when you are wearing skirts/shorts/dresses, you might want to consider this extra thick and extra warm leggings I got off Taobao here. (The shop I bought from is no longer available but I found the exact same pair!) Beware: it might make your legs appear 1/3 bigger than your usual size but your legs will thank you for that because it is never cold again. True story: My legs were suffocating and screaming internally to be out of these leggings on the flight from Stockholm to Reykjavik which seemed to have a lack of cold air.

2. Moisturise, moisturise
Moisturising is so important when it's cold! I made sure every inch of H and my skin are covered with moisturiser before we head out and after shower each day. The Bodyshop body butter (Wild Argan Oil) leave our skin moist and supple and we did not have to worry about dry, itchy skin the entire trip.

For the face, I applied Laneige Water Bank Range day and night. On alternate nights, I put on an additional layer of the Water Sleeping Pack. Oh yes, I removed my makeup with Nivea Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes and cleansed with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. Gentle products wouldn't strip my face of the much needed moisture and I didn't have flaky skin so yay! And of course, for lips, remember your lip balms! I used lip treatments from Fresh, tinted ones for myself and the Advanced Therapy for H. Apply as often as you can to prevent chapped lips! Of course, don't forget to bag a bottle of water as you'll tend to feel more thirsty in the cold!

3. Heat packs
Only on this trip did I realise how precious heat packs are! I ordered mine from Taobao (lol) here. Fairly cheap but shipping was a little more expensive than usual because I did not know how heavy they are since I've never used them before haha. Anyway, you can also find it in Daiso. I'll slip one heat pack into each of my glove every morning and they actually keep my hands warm for up to 12 hours! I was very impressed so I decided to put one into each of my sock. Big mistake because the packs were literally burning my soles I had to remove them when we passed by a park hahaha!

4. Accessories
I have a lot of accessories on me everyday (beanie, scarf, gloves) so it is quite a hassle to
a) remember to bring everything out of the hotel with me
b) take off and wear everything again whenever we visit a cafe/restaurant
I cannot live without my beanies (or earmuffs if you prefer them instead) because I have Dumbo ears so the wind will numb my ears, ears will be frozen and I'll start to get a headache. For scarves, I like long, big knitted/wool ones because those can be wrapped at least 2 rounds around my neck. Those I wore on my recent trip were from H&M, Monki and Uniqlo Heat Tech. For socks, I wore H's from Uniqlo Men which were thicker and warmer compared to women's heat tech range!

5. Layering
Learn how to layer. Wearing 5-6 layers of the wrong kinda material will only make you look bulky and will not keep you warm. Here's a brief idea of what I wore daily:

1st layer - Thermal wear from Uniqlo Heat Tech (extra warm crew neck long sleeve) or this thermal top from Taobao (lined with wool).
2nd layer - Knitted top (from either Primark/H&M/Newlook/wherever) or a wool top will be your best bet. I wore H's wool top (link) on some days and I think I'll need to get a couple for my next winter trip!
3rd layer - Coat. My coats are all from high street labels (cheapest from H&M and I never bought anything that costs more than S$200), many of which I got years ago. H spent many days of our trip in his Uniqlo Down Jacket so I guess their down jackets are worth the money. Not to mention it is pretty affordable too!
4th layer - Accessories which include beanie, scarf, gloves, socks and boots. High boots will be useful if you're gonna be walking on thick snow 'cause you wouldn't want them to get in your shoes and walk around in wet socks the entire day. Also, make sure your boots are lined with fur so you get double the warmth!


I hope these tips and shopping links give you some ideas on where to shop and how to prepare for the cold and in the process, help you make some fashionable decisions! Have a great week ahead and I will be back soon! ;)


p/s: Updated SHOPTIPPYTAPP with some clothes for sale! More to come so do check the page regularly!
 
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