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Shu Uemura Signature Service – 3D Brow Styling!

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Hehehe you might have seen the teaser video Yina and I posted recently on our Instagram and some snippets on our snapchat (username: evonnz.com)!

We went around scouting and trying to convince people to get a brow makeover done – but erm, I never would have guessed that it was that hard! Given that I have friends who would jump at such an opportunity!

But anyway, here’s the video we did, to tell you more about Shu Uemura’s 3D Brow Styling and show casing the before / after on 2 strangers we picked up along Orchard Red!

I must thank these 2 kind souls for being so sporting, haha. If I were approached I wouldn’t know if I should be feeling upset that I’ve been singled out to do my eyebrows… like, are they that bad? XD

(Although we did meet some that refused to do their brows because Cara Delevingne.)

So when you see a girlfriend with sad looking eyebrows, what do you do?

1) Be blunt about it and say she needs a brow makeover, risk losing a friend in the process

2) Show her 武媚娘’s brows and exclaim about how perfect it is, hoping she’ll get the hint

FBB, why are your brows so perfect in the show!?

FBB, why are your brows so perfect in the show!?

True Story:
Back in the days when we started putting on makeup, I sort of pointed out to a friend that her brows looked bad (she got it trimmed by someone else) and I got ignored for the next few months. D:

Oh yeah being blunt’s one of the things that’ll kill me one day, haha. So, try this option:

3) Tell her about Shu Uemura’s brow styling service, and convince her to try it out together with you! You know, BFF activity! ;D

Okay la my BFFs all have very nice eyebrows or can take my bluntness, so I don’t really need to do that haha.

I’ve been using Shu Uemura’s brown pencil for a long time, but have never really gotten it done by their stylist (except for Sophia!), and when I saw the 4 looks they’ve conjured up, I immediately told my girlfriend who works in Shu Uemura that I wanted to try it out with a professional to do it for me!

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(I think I wanted to look like this model more than anything hahaha)

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Over at Shu Uemura Singapore’s website, you can book yourself a Shu Signature service online – from brow styling (30 minutes, $15) to a full professional makeover (45 minutes, $45 for members) or even a 90-minute learning atelier lesson ($150, fully redeemable for products), where a shu uemura accredited make up artist will teach you the abcs of make up from the very basics of skincare, to creating certain look you want to master!

(Sessions are by appointment only to avoid disappointment – I was at the store when some people tried walking in during lunch, but the stylists were all fully booked!)

“your eyebrows doesn’t just frame your face –
it also has the power to express different styles”

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Shu Uemura has a myriad of Eyebrow tools –  powder, pencils, sword cut pencils, sword cut retractable eyebrow pencils, brow mascaras – you’d definitely feel lost should you browse at the products in-store without any assistance!

Which is why it’s always nicer to have someone (or a makeup artist) recommend a product suitable for you.

So what do I recommend?

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Take it from me, you’ll LOVE the hard 9 pencil just like every other person I’ve known! (from beauty bloggers, to editors and friends!) But it has a high learning curve, and it also needs to be sharpened at Shu Uemura counters by their trained BAs, who, as part of their training, have to spend an entire day practicing shaping pencils! Thankfully for us, there are just about Shu Uemura counters at every part of this little island.

Other than the Hard 9 pencil, Shu Uemura has also recently released a new brow product which I was quite excited about and liked it very much, but more for traveling purposes – this nifty retractable pencil not only comes with a brush at the back – it also has a sharpener, which restores the tip to its sharp, angular shape which allows you to draw on your brows finely, stroke by stroke! It’s also much more pigmented than the Hard9 pencil, which explains why there’s a brush at the end to help lighten it for a more natural look should you need to.

It’s also just as important that you get to try out the products yourself to assess which ones (and format) you’re most comfortable with. Powders? or Pencils? That’s why you should book a 3D brow styling session and get hands-on experience to find what you’ll love using!

How does the 3D brow styling differ from my usual drawing style?

I know right? That was my first thought. I’m no make up artist, but I can accept my own brows, haha. But I decided to leave my brows in the hands of Huili, who was supposed to give me 4 different looks!

Before & After: Left side done by Shu Uemura, right side undone!

Before & After: Left side done by Shu Uemura, right side undone!

Through the process, I realized that she used a minimum of 3 brow products on my brows! She explained that there’s a reason why they start in the middle first, and use this many products – a base, hard 9 to color and the brow mascara to highlight – this is so that the brows will “pop”, giving a more defined look instead of stencilled in brows!

I decided to test it out by having her do one brow, then I did the other the usual way I would do it to see the difference.

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Could you tell even without looking at the text?! It’s pretty obvious isn’t it?! (okay I might have forgotten to fill in one part of my brows but it definitely looked fine when I was at the shop)

The colors match my hair perfectly, and it definitely looked much more define than the method I used on myself.

Alrightyyy let’s move on to the 4 looks, namely Natural, Sweet, Sharp & Glamorous!

Note: I did not just get the 3D brow styling services, in this series of images, I also had my makeup done to bring out the different looks achievable with different brow shapes! 

Also at this point I realized that I should go sit at an area where there wasn’t backlight so that my camera colors would turn out nicer, so the lighting from here on would be a little different! :D 

Huili explained that we will be going from the Natural look, onwards to the sweet, sharp, then glamorous! How they usually do it, is to show you a natural look first, then refine from there on depending on which look the you’d prefer!

Shu Uemura 3D Brow Styling – The Natural Look

We first started off with base make up – Lightbulb foundation, powder to set, concealr on the under eye, a dab of lip balm to moisturize and we’re ready to rock and roll with them brows!

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The natural look is pretty much like what I draw on everyday! I love this already and was ready to call it a day, haha.

But Huili did a fantastic job, and make it look much more natural than I would normally do it. She started shading in my brows with Brow:ink, which was to act as a base color, leaving a tint of color on your brows to fill up the gaps showing skin. She then used the hard 9 formula pencil for some definition – drawing on stroke by stroke, to mimic real hair. To match my hair color, she used eyebrow manicure – basically mascara for your eyebrows to coat on some color so that your black hairs wouldn’t look too harsh if you have lighter-colored hair!

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The tip here (which I know but never practiced) is to start from the middle, and don’t make the head of the brows too defined! I feel like a drag queen now that I look back at my own brows on my instagram D:

Products used for the Natural Look: 

  • Eyebrows: Brow Ink in Honey Glaze | Hard9 Formula Pencil in Seal Brown | Brow manicure in Honey Glaze
  • Eyeshadows: P121, M814
  • Eyeliner: Pencil Gel Liner in Brown
  • Lips: Rouge unlimited in 780 (pinky mauve) & 921 (nude)
  • Blush: P521

Shu Uemura 3D Brow Styling – The Sweet Look

The thing about me, is that my brow bone arch is naturally high. Some people have a face that’s quite versatile and is able to change from 1 look to another with drastic difference. That was not me, haha.

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Huili expertly changed the look from Natural to sweet by rounding off my prominent arch – resulting in a gentler curve, giving me a rounder look. 有没有好媳妇的相? (translation: do i look like a good daughter-in-law? LOL)

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Products used for the Sweet Look:

  • Eyebrows: Brow Ink in Tawny Gold | Hard9 Formula Pencil in Seal Brown | Brow Manicure in Honey Glaze
  • Eyeshadows: ME166 + ME155 + M813 + M851
  • Eyeliner: Pencil Gel Liner in Brown + P861
  • Blush: P324

Shu Uemura 3D Brow Styling – The Sharp Look

The last time I had this look on, I LOVED it! Everyone actually thought that it was a nice change of look… till my husband looked at me and asked if this was “just for today” and if I would be “returning back to my old brows”. I’m amazed he even noticed!

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I really like this look though, and I think I’ll be trying to replicate this if I can more often!

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For the makeup, we went with a sharper look – winged eyeliner! I approve, haha. We also changed the Hard9 Formula Pencil color so that it’ll be darker and pop up better against my skin.

Products used for the Sharp Look:

  • Eyebrows: Brow Ink in Tawny Gold | Hard9 Formula Pencil in Stone Grey | Brow Manicure in Honey Glaze
  • Eyeshadows: P861 + M851
  • Eyeliner: Calligraph:ink in Black + M895
  • Lip: Rouge Unlimited in 950
  • Blush: P740 + M750 as a contour color

Shu Uemura 3D Brow Styling – The Glamorous Look

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For this look, the brows are much more dramatic – higher arch, and longer as well at the end to match the smokey eyeshadow! It’s definitely more glamorous than the other two looks, but it doesn’t shout drag queen!

Products used for the Sharp Look:

  • Eyebrows: Brow Ink in Ash Brown | Hard9 Formula Pencil in Seal Brown | Brow Manicure in Tawny Beige
  • Eyeshadows: P861 + M851
  • Eyeliner: Calligraph:ink in Black + M895
  • Lip: Lip Lacque Supreme in Wine
  • Blush: M521 + M750

So out of these 4 looks, which one do you like the best? I think I’ll be changing my brow looks a bit more often now, I love the sharp look the most!

I hope it has sparked your interest in making an appointment for 3D brow styling! Simply make an appointment online at Shu Uemura Singapore’s website! ; D


Thank you so much, Huili, for morphing me 4 times in a few hours!

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Find The One with Triumph

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Let me tell you a story of my bras.

I have amassed a huge number of them (probably… 30? 50? Some are at my parent’s place) but the real number of bras that actually get used (on a rotation basis)… comes up to a grand total of….

3. THREE. 

*sheepish smile* 

That’s like less than 10% of the bras I own. I don’t even know why I have so many in the first place when only 3 of them actually fit me properly and are comfortable enough to be worn the entire day.

(Here’s a bonus funny comic which got me laughing – about the 10 types of bras you will have in your wardrobe!)

And the last time I got fitted?

I don’t remember!
*another sheepish smile*

So just how often should you change your bras, and how often should you get refitted?

For me, I usually change it once it feels uncomfortable (P.S. hand wash your bras!) and as for a fitting, you should get it done by the professionals (also known as the very reassuring aunties hehe) at least once a year – and especially if you’ve lost or gained weight in the recent months (I swear, all that extra weight crept up on me over the span of 5 happy years with the husband)!

I mean, if your bras are leaving behind an unsightly, angry red mark on your body, and if the best thing at the end of a long day is the moment when you whip your bra off, it’s time to reassess your bra size and find the one that fits you best!

And what’s a better time to do it than at Triumph’s pop-up store, located right outside Robinsons Orchard, Heerens?

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The pop up store is air conditioned and has 3 well-built changing rooms for your utmost privacy when you’re trying out bras in-stores – it runs till 12th July, and there’s many deals in-store worth checking out!

From now till 12th July (which is when the pop-up store closes), every woman who drops by will be entitled to a free and detailed fitting consultation by Triumph professional fit experts. On top of that, stand to win $1000* worth of Triumph vouchers when you get fitted at the pop-up store!

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It’s quite the bra heaven, especially for me. I have this thing about lingerie – I love looking and touching them and checking out the designs available.

This lace pattern quite chio ah

This lace pattern quite chio ah

Every so often, I’ll get amazed by the new things brands come up with. For example, wireless bras… and then these aqua touch bras offered by Triumph. I was just feeling around and then I realized that this padding wasn’t just foam or cloth – instead, it is…

The soft aqua padding's made of baby oil!

The soft aqua padding’s made of baby oil! : O

There’s nothing more annoying than a bra that can’t fit right, if you know what I mean. And that’s why when we find a bra that fits us perfectly or gives us the support we desire, we get all excited and want to get the same bra in 10 different colors! XD

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Meiting, Yina and I were invited by Triumph to drop by their pop-up store, take a look, get fitted, and… get our old bras exchanged for a really good deal!

We were really impressed by the animation Triumph came up with, which was a really well done production I must say!

And there was a little dance performance by girls who resembled the ladies in the video so much too! Right down to the perfectly matched shade of mint green top the main character was wearing!

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I don’t know why but I seem to always be going bra shopping with Yina! It’s nice to shop with a girlfriend you can bare yourself to (literally, you know) because she can share the costs with you as well when there are good deals like the “Buy 3 get 1 Free, Buy 5 get 2 Free, and Buy 6 get 3 Free” promotion at the Triumph Pop-up store!

But here’s the best deal of them all –

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Meet the Body Make-Up Jacquard Bra – which you get to bring home for just S$20 (U.P. $89.90) and also matching underwear to complete a set for just $10, as long as you bring along and trade-in an old bra of yours!

I’ve tried this bra set and it’s reallllly comfortable! There’s a limit of 2 transactions per customer though! I forgot to bring along my old one (man I wish I can exchange all the bras I don’t use anymore) and you can bet your 2 cents that I’ll be heading down again to enjoy this sweet deal!

But before I go bra browsing, I have to get fitted first by this lovely fit expert from Triumph!

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Do you know how to measure your own statistics? I can’t really recall it without googling for it myself – but the fit experts have the measurement at the back of their mind, and even have an app to double confirm your fit!

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We all have different body shapes. And here at Triumph, they’ve defined our shapes into letters..

S – for curvy (you’re proportionate!)
A – for the bottom heavy
I – for the skinny ladies
O – for the voluptuous
Y – for the ones with wider shoulders, and smaller hips

And I happen to be an S! I’ve always thought of myself as top heavy, but I guess all the extra weight finally went somewhere more useful : p

And with my measurements, I can finally go bra shopping and testing!

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I was actually matched to a 70D (WHAT) and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if that was the right size still. The app’s probably really close, but I know that I should try a few more different sizes just to be sure, as different bras can have different size fits!

I'm on my mission to find the one.

I’m on my mission to find the one!

And as it turns out… my confirmed size and fit turns out to be 75C!

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For the unaware – this is how you should measure your bra / bottoms, and also how you should put on a bra, as displayed in the changing room! And yes, it’s worth a read – I was wearing my bra wrongly for a good 20+ years before I finally got enlightened on the right way to put it on.

I swear, there’s this magical thing about finding the bra that fits you ever so well. I can’t quite tell why, but I suspect it’s the long column on the side of the bra that made me so enthralled by it – it doesn’t cut into your ribcage uncomfortably, and I’m thankful for that! THIS ALSO MEANS NO BULGING FATS, which to me is the MOST important criteria of a good bra!

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And after I’ve found the one that fits the best, it’s time to make the hardest decision – choosing a favorite color and deciding if just one is enough! XD (That’s why I say it’s always best to have a girlfriend to share good deals with you!)

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I love the bra that I chose – and in fact, it was similar to the one that Yina chose too! Told you that bra’s really comfortable. I was just catching up on Asia’s Next Top Model too over the weekend, and I was excited to see them being featured on an ANTM segment too! You should really catch the episode they were in here – episode 12 (to be linked)!

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Before I go carry on watching ANTM, here’s one last reminder to drop by the Triumph Pop-up store before 12th July to get fitted, and enjoy the fabulous deals they have for you!

I’m quite sure you’ll find the one for you there, just like I did! ; )

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mt ex YOKOHAMA (横浜)

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Actually, how my (somewhat) impromptu trip to Japan back in April came about was all because of MT tapes.

The initial plan was to tag along and visit the MT Tape Factory, but we later realized that tickets all snapped up so we scrapped the factory visit idea… and somehow it became a girls’ trip. THEN, – JENG JENG JENG – MT suddenly announced MT EX Yokohama, which happened right smack during our trip, and it was like a fairy god mother had waved her wand and granted us our wish!

Well, it really was like a dream come true, to be able to visit an overseas expo!

For the unfamiliar – MT stands for Masking Tape, also known was Washi Tapes – which is made with a special kind of rice paper, and has a certain kind of stickiness unlike your conventional tapes which allows it to be peeled off without damaging (much) of whatever you’re sticking it to – and also, all the cute patterns and of course, the limited edition prints which mostly are only available during special events or expos (like this one in Yokohama)!

mt ex Yokohama at Osanbashi Pier!

mt ex Yokohama at Osanbashi Pier! The blue striped lines are tapes, specially stuck on to the floor for the mt expo!

The expo was held at Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama – breezy, scenic and an absolutely beautiful place to take a short walk to from the Nihon-odori station.

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There are various ways to get around to Nihon-odori station – we could either take the JR from Shinjuku to Yokohama then switch to the private line, or take the private Minatomirai line straight if it’s available. The best way to find out is to use Hyperdia – it’s a web app which allows you to find the best ways possible (with prices, and train time schedules) to get to wherever you want to in Japan.

Plenty of cloud cover on the day of the visit!

Plenty of cloud cover on the day of the visit!

One of the entrances to the  mt Expo Hall! The Osanbashi Pier is actually really huge and scenic, and worth talking a stroll along with your loved one.

One of the entrances to the mt Expo Hall! The Osanbashi Pier is actually really huge and scenic, and worth talking a stroll along with your loved one.

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There were various segmented sections (tables) for the different tapes on display – the mt ex YOKOHAMA limited edition tapes was the first one I zoomed in on!

mt ex YOKOHAMA limited edition tapes!

mt ex YOKOHAMA limited edition tapes!

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I love map tapes - we were each limited to 3 tapes per person per design!

I love map tapes and this was beautiful – we were each limited to 3 tapes per person per design!

These were also limited edition pattern tapes - stripes, polkadots and single colored ones in unreleased hues and unavailable in stores, only at expos and special events. You should have seen us swiping them into our baskets at top speeds. I now regret not taking an extra set for the pastel colored ones!

These were also limited edition pattern tapes – stripes, polka dots and single colored ones in unreleased hues and unavailable in stores, only at expos and special events. You should have seen us swiping them into our baskets at top speeds. I now regret not taking an extra set for the pastel colored ones!

mt WRAP - If you love gifting omiyages (the Japanese love gifting and receiving omiyage!) this would be really nice to wrap your gifts in before giving them to your friends! And yes that's what I bought them for, haha. The mt WRAP comes in 2 sizes and in a box with a jagged edge much like your cling wrap box, and you can tear off the length you need - the wraps have tapes on either ends so you can simply stick the ends to themselves and form a little baggie. ERH my instructions not very clear hor? Just follow this link for an example!

mt WRAP – If you love gifting omiyages (the Japanese love gifting and receiving omiyage!) this would be really nice to wrap your gifts in before giving them to your friends! And yes that’s what I bought them for, haha. The mt WRAP comes in 2 sizes and in a box with a jagged edge much like your cling wrap box, and you can tear off the length you need – the wraps have tapes on either ends so you can simply stick the ends to themselves and form a little baggie. ERH my instructions not very clear hor? Just follow this link for an example!

At every mt expo event, you'll find a table with tapes for you to play and decorate with - be it to decorate your notebooks, your paper bags, your phones etc.. it's free play! Yes you don't have to pay for it either. Of course this is Japan where every one is polite and nobody steals the entire roll of tape. They just sit around and quietly decorate their belongings haha.

At every mt expo event, you’ll find a table with tapes for you to play and decorate with – be it to decorate your notebooks, your paper bags, your phones etc.. it’s free play! Yes you don’t have to pay for it either. Of course this is Japan where every one is polite and nobody steals the entire roll of tape. They just sit around and quietly decorate their belongings haha.

This lady was very serious about her paper bag decorating!

This lady was very serious about her paper bag decorating!

even kids had fun too!

even kids had fun too!

There was also a table which let you fit all the tape you can into a container, for a fixed amount of yen. But the queue for that was so crazy long that we didn't do it at all.

There was also a table which let you fit all the tape you can into a container, for a fixed amount of yen. But the queue for that was so crazy long that we didn’t do it at all.

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They have a stamp section too - this stamping culture is across the entire Japan - you can actually go around Japan with a notebook and just collect the special stamps - at train stations, certain check points, and yes at events they have stamps too! Every mt ex will have their own specially designed stamps and they provide paper for you to stamp it with to bring home.

They have a stamp section too – this stamping culture is across the entire Japan – you can actually go around Japan with a notebook and just collect the special stamps – at train stations, certain check points, and yes at events they have stamps too! Every mt ex will have their own specially designed stamps and they provide paper for you to stamp it with to bring home.

I tried a few and failed miserably (apparently ,it is that hard to get an even stamp lol) so in the end I just took some ready stamped ones on the table. Whoops.

I tried a few and failed miserably (apparently ,it is that hard to get an even stamp lol) so in the end I just took some ready stamped ones on the table. Whoops.

There was a special black room where they showcased some very special tapes...

There was a special dark room which had to be absolutely dark in order to showcase some very special tapes…

GLOW IN THE DARK TAPES

GLOW IN THE DARK TAPES

And the very same tape, which also reacts to BLACK LIGHT!

And the very same tape, which also reacts to BLACK LIGHT! *cue fangirl screaming and running out to get more of these tapes*

And then we come to my favorite part of the expo. Look at how happy these girls are. THIS WAS MY FACE WHENEVER I GOT LUCKY.

And then we come to my favorite part of the expo. Look at how happy these girls are. THIS WAS MY FACE WHENEVER I GOT LUCKY.

Jeng jeng jeng!!! Presenting... THE LUCKY CHANCE MACHINE. Hahaha. I know it's so typically Japanese isn't it? But gacha machines bring us so much joy!

Jeng jeng jeng!!! Presenting… THE LUCKY CHANCE MACHINE. Hahaha. I know it’s so typically Japanese isn’t it? But gacha machines bring us so much joy!

It costs just 100 yen for a turn, and for 100 yen, you get a mini tape roll AND a chance to redeem a LIMITED EDITION TAPE that CANNOT be BOUGHT - only if you get the lucky ticket from spinning!

It costs just 100 yen for a turn, and for 100 yen, you get a mini tape roll AND a chance to redeem a LIMITED EDITION TAPE that CANNOT be BOUGHT – only if you get the lucky ticket from spinning!

Not enough coins? Don't worry there's a automated machine for you to change your notes into coins.

Not enough coins? Don’t worry there’s a automated machine for you to change your notes into coins.

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And when you get a winning ticket, you'll be able to exchange it for one of the limited edition tapes that are not sold anywhere. NOT. SOLD. ANYWHERE (officially that is).

And when you get a winning ticket, you’ll be able to exchange it for one of the limited edition tapes that are not sold anywhere. NOT. SOLD. ANYWHERE (officially that is).

No prizes for guessing which tapes I chose XD A lot of time, sweat and money were spent at these machines!

No prizes for guessing which tapes I chose XD A lot of time, sweat and money were spent at these machines!

You can imagine the speed  the machines were emptied and refilled. I didn't buy the entire place down la but I did manage to get a sizeable amount of lucky loot. HEHEHEHE.

You can imagine the speed the machines were emptied and refilled. I didn’t buy the entire place down la but I did manage to get a sizeable amount of lucky loot. HEHEHEHE.

TWO VERY HAPPY FACES AFTER HALF A DAY SPENT HERE! Thank you Yina for accompanying your two MT Tape-aholics to this place and event and patiently waiting for us to finish spinning!

TWO VERY HAPPY FACES AFTER HALF A DAY SPENT HERE! Thank you Yina for accompanying your two MT Tape-aholics to this place and event and patiently waiting for us to finish spinning!

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It was really the highlight of our trip, I must say! SO LUCKY to have this expo happen during our trip and even luckier to be on a trip to Japan with my Mt Tape buddy! (Enabling each other… not sure if that’s a good thing haha). Our bags were soooo heavy and hearts so full from this shopping trip. Yay Bucket list checked! I wouldn’t discount a visit to the factory still though, perhaps somewhen in the future. : p

If you’re interested in buying mt ex YOKOHAMA tapes, my girlfriend has brought in some of them and it’s available on her website at LiveLoveHoard here! ; )

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Mummy’s 51st Birthday Celebration at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (Marriott Hotel)

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It’s hard for me to come to reality with this but my mum just turned 51 in May this year.

FIFTY. ONE.

10 years ago, the 20-year old me very much wanted to just move out and get her out of my hair hahaha. (Don’t we all!)

But fast-foward ten years, after the younger, rebellious me have grown up and gotten married and moved super far away, I wish my parents stayed closer to me (or me to them) so that I could spend more time with them. The weekly dinners we’d have before my brother enlisted in the army have become lesser and lesser, but my heart is always in Eunos Crescent.

I miss my mum’s cooking loads (all mums should cook because there’s no food like home cooked food) but it just isn’t fair to make her slave over the stove on her birthday, so we made plans to head out for a little family dinner with her loved ones, and we chose the famed Wan Hao restaurant in Marriott Hotel, Singapore!

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{ Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant } 
320 Orchard Road | Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
Website | TripAdvisor | Tel: +65 6831 4605

Wan Hao serves excellent Cantonese cuisine (you know it’s famous when your mum makes a remark about how nice the food is etc etc when you mention that you’ve made a booking at Wan Hao) and has been around since 1995 – that’s 20 years this 2015, and to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, they’ve specially put together a menu featuring the best Signature dishes of all time, with 20 of the most popular and award-winning a la carte dishes from 1995!

We got ourselves a little room so that we could get some privacy!

:D that's part of my chinese name!

:D that’s part of my Chinese name!

寿桃! The folks at Wan Hao realized that it was a birthday celebration and we were all treated to a round of longevity buns!

寿桃!
The kind staff at Wan Hao realized that it was a birthday celebration and we were all treated to a round of longevity buns!

I don’t know about you, but it’s my family thing to make everyone at the table have at least a bite of it for good luck. I love 寿桃s and can finish the entire plate by myself no problem! Hahaha.

The first dish, was Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste ($30). The sweet sauce dip it came with was perfect pairing with the crispy pig's skin and savoury prawn paste which was cooked as one.

The first proper dish, was Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste ($30).

One would have thought that this dish of Crispy Suckling Pig would be frightfully oily, but it was not – instead, it was an extremely well balanced dish, with skin and a bit of fat atop prawn paste which was melded together as a bite sized piece.

The sweet sauce dip it came with was perfect pairing with the crispy pig's skin, which was cooked together with the savoury prwan paste.

The sweet sauce dip it came with went absolutely well with it – it was so good, I couldn’t stop popping piece after piece into my mouth!

Then came the Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, which won compliments from everyone at the table!

Then came the Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, which won compliments from everyone at the table!

My entire family LOVES soup – every lunch or dinner will definitely have a soup dish and this was hands down the best soup we’ve had in a very long time! The light yet flavourful broth almost had me asking for seconds – the winter melon and seafood were cut up to bite-sized portions (very welcomed as we had a kid in our group) and it was DELICIOUS.

Yum - Pan-Fried Fresh Scallop, Shrimp Paste & Broccoli with Spicy Szechuan Sauce!

Yum – Pan-Fried Fresh Scallop, Shrimp Paste & Broccoli with Spicy
Szechuan Sauce came with huge, WHOLE scallops and was one of the star dishes of the night!

The spicy Szechuan sauce complemented the fresh scallops really well, and the generous portions kept my parents (and I) happy!

Braised Asparagus, Fresh Crab Meat & Crab Roe with Egg White Sauce

Braised Asparagus, Fresh Crab Meat & Crab Roe with Egg White Sauce

If I had a plate of white rice, I would be scooping this onto my plate and finishing every morsel of rice with this! I love crabs, and the accompanying asparagus was the perfect companion to balance out this very savoury mix with crab roe!

This last dish was so adorable that I couldn't stop taking pictures of it!

This last dish was so adorable that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it!

This beauty that came wrapped in a lotus leaf was none other than the Wok-Fried Lotus Leaf Rice & Waxed Meat!

This beauty that came wrapped in a lotus leaf was none other than the Wok-Fried Lotus Leaf Rice & Waxed Meat!

My aunt was asking me why I chose this dish because we were really full towards the end of the 5-course dinner – but my parents took a bite and no one had questions anymore. Even I was rendered speechless by how good this dish tasted! It’s really just simple fried rice with waxed meat – but the aromatic fragrance emitting from every bite just makes you want to dig in for more. The portion was really just right for us to finish the meal with, and I would really recommend that you try this at least once! It’s really different from all the wok-fried lotus leaf rice I’ve had!

Happy, fully faces after our meal! I'm so glad that my parents loved the dinner and agreed with my choice of restaurant! It's really hard to impress my dad and thankfully Wan Hao's dishes more than met his standards!

Happy, fully faces after our meal! I’m so glad that my parents loved the dinner and agreed with my choice of restaurant! It’s really hard to impress my dad and thankfully Wan Hao’s dishes more than met his standards!

The 3 generations of ladies in the family! Missing my other 2 baby cousins who had school the next day and had to miss this wonderful meal.

The 3 generations of ladies in the family! Missing my other 2 baby cousins who had school the next day and had to miss this wonderful meal.

LOVE.  Missing my little brother who unfortunately had to fulfil his duty as a soldier.

LOVE.
Missing my little brother who unfortunately had to fulfil his duty as a soldier.

Happy birthday Mummy!!!! We love you!!!

Happy birthday Mummy!!!! We love you!!!

Psst, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s having their 20th Anniversary celebrations till 31st July 2015, and you can still try out the dishes I’ve mentioned in this post! Plus, dine on Mondays and enjoy special prices! Please call Wan Hao at +65 6831 4605 to check for promotions and for reservations! 

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty I had to spam more shots!

Unexpected finds in Marina Square

By | Clothes, Fashion, OOTD, Shoes, Shopping | No Comments

It’s June. You know that that means?
(Other than June holidays for the kids in Singapore)

It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year  – THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE!

I think at one period of my time I was really thinking of just not shopping the entire year and spending all my money in June. But obviously that did not happen – I simply spent more every June because of all the irresistible deals. T_T

With all the online shopping making things so convenient, I think people go out lesser these days, right?

I enjoy going out and shopping actually – because my work is home-based, this gives me a chance to put on some makeup, get human interaction and actually have some physical exercise! The beauty of shopping (physically) – uncovering the good deals and bringing them home physically (and immediately) gives me a great sense of satisfaction! You can definitely find treasure if you look hard enough (or know where to look) and I just did that at Marina Square – and boy did I go home with a huge smile on my face :D (my friends and hubby can attest to that haha)

My mission was to find OOTD worthy apparel in Marina Square. MS was really, really popular back in the days. In fact… I have an OOTD taken in Marina Square. ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE 1990’S!

Hehehehe check out my ridiculously green outfit. I even have a matching ribbon okay. And that flower. Obviously I was better at posing when I was young!  The iconic MS steps are no longer around, as they're further developing and adding new wings to the mall. Memories!

Hehehehe check out my ridiculously green outfit. I even have a matching ribbon okay. And that flower. Obviously I was better at posing when I was young!
The iconic MS steps are no longer around, as they’re further developing and adding new wings to the mall. Memories!

Okay back to the main topic. So what can you expect, or should look out for in Marina Square for GSS this year?

 

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The first label I stepped into was naturally something I couldn’t resist – SHOES.

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{ Pazzion Shoes, Marina Square #02-301 } 

Shoes up to 70% off!

Shoes up to 70% off!

I’ve always liked Pazzion shoes, and even more so when they launched the mommy and kids matching shoes!

Glittery diamante pumps $86, Matching baby flats $63

Glittery diamante pumps S$86, Matching baby flats S$63

I didn't have too hard a time picking out shoes that I like - the hard one was choosing which ones to go home with me!

I didn’t have too hard a time picking out shoes that I like – the hard one was choosing which ones to go home with me!

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This pair won points for the pretty shade of pink, and BONUS - it's REALLY VERY COMFORTABLE for shoes of this height! I wore it through 2 shows during SG Fashion Week!

This pair (S$96) won points for the pretty shade of pink, and BONUS – it’s REALLY VERY COMFORTABLE for shoes of this height! I wore it through 2 shows during SG Fashion Week!

This gradient glitter pair was a real beauty - check out the heel too! It was shaped like melting metal and extremely gorgeous. In fact, two other ladies were trying this pair out in stores while I was too...

This gradient glitter pair was a real beauty – check out the heel too! It was shaped like melting metal and extremely gorgeous. In fact, two other ladies were trying this pair out in stores while I was too…

Ballet flat with laser cut details! This one won points for comfort and beauty! It's a really pale shade of gold which goes well with a lot of outfit - in fact, it gives a casual outfit a bit more jazz than normal flats would!

Ballet flat with laser cut details (S$73)! This one won points for comfort and beauty! It’s a really pale shade of gold which goes well with a lot of outfit – in fact, it gives a casual outfit a bit more jazz than normal flats would!

Good news for all! Pazzion is extending an additional 10% off on sales items when you quote “EVONNZXMARINASQUARE” at the Marina Square outlet!

Thank you to the 2 friendly ladies in Pazzion who attended to me that day and patiently fulfilled all my shoe sizing requests!

Thank you to the 2 friendly ladies in Pazzion who attended to me that day and patiently fulfilled all my shoe sizing requests!

The other shop which I went to, was one that has been on my radar for the longest time but not usually checked out. You’ll be surprised with what they have, cos I definitely was.

and it is… GEOX! Known for their comfort and breathable shoes – with a patented technology which places  comfort before aesthetics, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and free from odours! I can’t seem to stop myself from looking at loafers. And THIS PAIR looks so good doesn’t it?! This is from the  Drive Mox line, at $213! Was drawn to the fluoro ribbons instantly hahaha.

and it is… GEOX! Known for their comfort and breathable shoes – with a patented technology which places
comfort before aesthetics, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and free from odours!
I can’t seem to stop myself from looking at loafers. And THIS PAIR looks so good doesn’t it?! This is from the
Drive Mox line, at S$213! Was drawn to the fluoro ribbons instantly hahaha.

{ GEOX, Marina Square #02-127/128 }

Other than footwear, GEOX also has winter wear!

Other than footwear, GEOX also has winter wear!

GEOX is also having their mid-year sale! Enjoy up to 50% off sale + additional discount for multiple purchases! Visit in-store for more details. T&C apply.

Top, Shorts & Bag from IORA, shoes from Pazzion!

Top (S$39), Shorts (S$39) & Bag (S$33) from IORA, shoes from Pazzion!

Iora is located just beside Pazzion – they have some really nice tops and bottoms! This airy white one I picked was really comfortable for our weather, plus it has an inner lining (usually white tops are really sheer).

I have a thing for white tops (which is what you'll notice in a bit) cos white reflects light and makes my face look better hehehe.

I have a thing for white tops (which is what you’ll notice in a bit) cos white reflects light and makes my face look better hehehe.

The next unexpected shop I visited was... Desigual. Actually from time to time, I would pop into desigual - the prints are not my usual style, but from time to time I would see something I like!

The next unexpected shop I visited was… Desigual. Actually from time to time, I would pop into desigual – the prints are not my usual style, but from time to time I would see something I like!

Very friendly shop staff who obligingly posed for a picture for me. The store's colourful interior worked as a really nice backdrop!

Very friendly shop staff who obligingly posed for a picture for me. The store’s colourful interior worked as a really nice backdrop!

This is a men's jacket but I love the navy - grey color combi!

This is a men’s jacket but I love the navy – grey colour combi!

In the end, I picked out a men's striped shirt with a mandarin collar (I love big shirts!) and also the cutest bag ever! It's really spacious and so beach worthy I'm kicking myself for not bringing it to Phuket.

In the end, I picked out a men’s striped shirt with a mandarin collar (I love big shirts!) and also the cutest bag ever! It’s really spacious and so beach worthy I’m kicking myself for not bringing it to Phuket.

Bag (S$134), Top (S$89) both from Desigual. Shorts from Zara and flats from Pazzion!

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I've always passed by this store but this marks the FIRST TIME I actually stepped into Promod to check things out. And boy did I fall in love with them!!! Promod is a french label if you didn't know.

I’ve always passed by this store but this marks the FIRST TIME I actually stepped into Promod to check things out. And boy did I fall in love with them!!! Promod is a french label if you didn’t know.

{ Promod, Marina Square #02-153/154 }

I think it might be because of the season, but the clothes are really light and comfortable - I returned a second time and spent some more!

I think it might be because of the season, but the clothes are really light and comfortable – I returned a second time and spent some more!

Their accessories are really pretty too! I would think that if you love Zara, this is a place to be checked out too.

Their accessories are really pretty too! I would think that if you love Zara, this is a place to be checked out too.

Top, Jeans, Bag from Promod - shoes from Pazzion!

Top (S$79.90), Jeans (S$79.90), Bag ($39.90) from Promod – shoes from Pazzion!

This mint bag stole my heart <3 and it's so so so soft too!

This mint bag stole my heart

I love the little tie-bow at the sleeves!

I love the little tie-bow at the sleeves!

Hands up if you're an 80's kid and had Levi's dominate your teenage life. Hahaha!

Hands up if you’re an 80’s kid and had Levi’s dominate your teenage life. Hahaha!

{ Levi’s, Marina Square #02-311 }

It's still very much a well loved brand and they still make really great jeans! I used to fit into their 24" but now... well let's just say its been ten years!

It’s still very much a well loved brand and they still make really great jeans! I used to fit into their 24″ but now… well let’s just say its been ten years!

I grabbed a denim shirt with lovely aztec detailing at the shoulders... It was love at first sight!

I grabbed a denim shirt (S$119.90) with lovely aztec detailing at the shoulders… It was love at first sight!

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Paired it with a denim skirt (hahaha so 2000's) and it turned out surprisingly matchy! Denim on denim, why not?

Paired it with a denim skirt (S$69.90, hahaha I know that’s so 2000’s) and it turned out surprisingly matchy! Denim on denim, why not?

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty I had to spam more shots!

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty a backdrop that I had to spam more shots!

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This was my initial pairing for the outfit but I decided on an edgier look later. But to keep it more casual,  the flats from GEOX would have complimented this outfit really well!

This was my initial pairing for the outfit but I decided on an edgier look later. But to keep it more casual, the flats from GEOX would have complimented this outfit really well!

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I paired the skirt with a white top ($23) on a different day for a different look! You need a white shirt that has just the right amount of crisp – too soft and it’ll look overly casual. Levi’s has a lot of nice white shirts!

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Love how elastic this skirt was! And the length was just right too.

Love how elastic this skirt was! And the length was just right too.

Paired it with a more structured bag so that it doesn't look overly casual!

Paired it with a more structured bag so that it doesn’t look overly casual!

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{ Sans & Sans Marina Square #02-342/343 }

Sans & Sans was a pleasant discovery for me too. They had plenty of soft silhouettes, dresses and work appropriate clothes which would definitely be a hit with the ladies! I love their shirts and the soft material used in many of their clothes, and the pleasing flowing lines of their skirts.

I didn't have enough time to try out the clothes for a fit, but I did pick out this set of accessories (THAT NECKLACE!) and later bagged home a gorgeous felt hat from Sans & Sans too!

I didn’t have enough time to try out the clothes for a fit, but I did pick out this set of accessories (Bracelet, S$49; AND THAT Necklace (LOVE) at S$49) and later bagged home a gorgeous felt hat from Sans & Sans too!

This bag caught my eye too! The leather looks so soft and inviting *extends hand to caress*

This bag (S$199) caught my eye too! The leather looks so soft and inviting *extends hand to caress*

They even have an tablet in-store for you to browse through the looks for the season!

They even have a tablet in-store for you to browse through the looks for the season!

Hat from Sans & Sans, accessories and top from Promod!

Hat from Sans & Sans (S$79), accessories and top from Promod!

Super love this pair of white casual pants from Promod, S$49.90 that I bought it too! Been looking all over for a pair of pants like this and was surprised to find them here. This just shows that you really need to look around cos you'll never know where you'll find surprises!

Super love this pair of white casual pants from Promod, S$49.90 that I bought it too! Been looking all over for a pair of pants like this and was surprised to find them here. This just shows that you really need to look around cos you’ll never know where you’ll find surprises!

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I had a great time picking and shooting all these outfits! Thank you for the variety of brands you bring in, Marina Square!

{ Marina Square specials from 29 May – 26 July, while stocks last! } 

Redeem a zipper pouch with minimum spend of $80* and personalise it with Marina Square’s customised SG50 stamps!

Spend minimum $150* and receive a $10 Marina Square Gift Voucher. 

*Maximum 3 same-day combined receipts. Limited to 1 redemption per shopper per day.

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