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2015 Thus Far

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2015 is passing by like a bullet train!

And the first whirlwind event was my best blogger girlfriend getting married, and being involved in it. 4 years ago when I got married, she wasn’t even on the guestlist HAHAHAH but actually we’ve known each other for pretty much a decade, if not more.

ūüíĎūüíē @kenshinjeff thank you for plotting out our #Y3Etaipei trip! Hehehehe ūüôä ūüď∑: @yinagoh with my #olympusepl7 + 45mm! #evonnzinTaiwan

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I finally visited Taiwan for the first time at the beginning of this year. I went back to Japan just 2 weeks ago (oh JOY!) on a whim and it was a girlfriend trip too! Looking forward to Germany and Amsterdam in June with the husband (thank you for bringing me along on your work trip) and then Penang yet again in July with the Huatians.

2015’s been a blast so far and I’m quite sure it’s gonna be good for everyone too. I didn’t notice it today but my feed was really dark and gloomy… and recently it’s becoming brighter and more colorful after the Japan trip. Everyone could use a bit of color in their life.

Colors on my face: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites pressed compact, Make Up Forever Cream Blush, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil, Shu Uemura Hard formula Eyebrow Pencil, M.A.C lipstick in Boca from the Julia Petit Collection!

Colors on my face: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, Guerlain Meteorites pressed compact, Make Up Forever Cream Blush, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil, Shu Uemura Hard formula Eyebrow Pencil, M.A.C lipstick in Boca from the Julia Petit Collection!

Other improvements

I started on my Invisalign¬†last year… or was it last last year? And I’ve finally completed 20 weeks of it!!! I’m on my retainers now. My teeth has really changed even though it was just a little bit, I think it’s really for the better too. I’ll do up a post soon and show you the comparisons after I’ve found all my old photos haha.

I did ReLEX SMILE refractive corrective surgery (a form of LASIK lah) last year, and I just got a 6/6 reading last week! I’ve been taking care of my eyes really well too and resting more often. I also started to wear colored contacts purely for vanity/cosmetic purposes and boy, have I missed that! I don’t miss my glasses though, and I like that I am able to just throw away the contact lenses without going blind ; p

Speaking of rest… I actually cultivated new habits of sleeping early AND waking up early¬†(shocking I know) and making the bed the moment I roll of it. And saving money. (I’m really bad with money)

Some people say that you need 21 days to form a habit. What they didn’t tell you is how fast you’d break it hahaha. I threw my sleeping habits all away after the Japan trip from clearing crazy backlogs, but I do know when I should retire and rest now. Like I’ve said.. I’ve begun to take life slowly and focus on the things that really matter – my work, family and friends!

It’s 1:07am now.
Time to go back into my new habit… and wake up early tomorrow to finish more work!

(I swear I’m really¬†going to go lie on my bed after I publish this post hahaha)

Can’t wait to finish processing all the Taiwan and Japan trip photos and playback all the fun moments as I go through them!¬†

Before every zap, some cooling lotion's applied on my skin and that actually gets all over my face... and into my hair, argh. I'd suggest that you go straight home or to the salon after Thermage!

Thermage¬ģ Total Tip 3.0 – Why, What, & How

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WHY?

Why did you decide to undergo Thermage Total Tip 3.0? 


I used to hear a lot of it, but after I’ve been through it then I knew that it’s true – once you hit 25, the years zoom past you like the wind.¬†It was just yesterday that I had full cheeks which made me look kiddish… and then the next day suddenly I see saggy cheeks in the mirror staring back at me.

*horrified look* 

“Getting older is inevitable, but aging is optional.”

Yes, it is – and you can do something about it! After witnessing the magic of Thermage on my aunt (we share similar facial features like the saggy jowls and cheeks) I decided that I could do with some help. Actually, I did not realize that I need it THAT much until I did it!

I didn’t have this problem previously but somehow after I turned 29, my smile lines AND nasolabial folds made their appearance and¬†I definitely wasn’t happy about that : (

Problems you probably never knew I had, but bugged me for a while by now - the most pronounced problem were my chin/jawline area, as well as my sagging jowls! It runs in the family.

Problems you probably never knew I had, but bugged me for a while by now – the most pronounced problem were my chin/jawline area, as well as my sagging jowls! It runs in the family.

WHAT?

What is Thermage?


Thermage is a non-invasive RF (radiofrequency) treatment which can be treated on 3 areas РEyes, Face, Body Рto improve the appearance of saggy / loose skin. You can see results in just one treatment, and the Thermage treatment can be customised to suit your needs (focusing on certain areas), with little downtime!

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Life Change: My ReLEx SMILE Vision Correction Surgery

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“Why don’t you do LASIK?”

That’s what almost everyone says when they come to know that I am actually 850 degrees short sighted behind my contact lenses.

OF COURSE I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE 6/6. There wasn’t a day when I didn’t wish that I could do without my heavy glasses or wearing / taking out contact lenses!

But just like everyone else, I had my reservations – the price, not being able to wear colored contact lenses anymore (for vanity), possible halos/shadows/imperfect vision still after surgery… but really, was wearing contact lenses and glasses for the rest of my life worth it?

I’ve already spent 21 years wearing glasses, and 18 years wearing contact lenses.¬†

If a box of contact lenses costs me $60 for a month’s wear, and my glasses cost $400 for a pair every year, it should¬†have cost me at least¬†$20,000 so far¬†for me to see clearly. When you compare it with a surgery which can give me perfect vision for the rest of my life (I would like to live another 50 years, please) – $5,000 would seem like a steal, doesn’t it? (And not to mention the costs of seeing doctors whenever I get infections…)

And also, I’m so used to my contact lenses, that I hate the sight of myself without it. I thought I look weird, not normal, and ugly in my glasses. In fact on long flights, I would wear my contact lenses onboard.. and wait till all lights are off before taking¬†them out for a nap. And then wear a fresh new pair before the plane descends. That’s how vain I am!

So imagine my delight when I came to know that there’s a new kind of vision correction surgery¬†– the ReLEx¬ģ SMILE procedure and the fact that it’s a less invasive procedure!

So what is ReLEx¬ģ SMILE?

ReLEx¬ģ SMILE stands for – Refractive Lenticule Extraction, Small Incision Lenticule Extraction.

Conventional LASIK surgery involves a machine creating a flap (either with a blade, or without a blade) in your cornea and then having another machine to shape your cornea to perfection with laser. Close flap, eyes heal, voila Р6/6.

ReLEx ¬ģSMILE, on the other hand, doesn’t create a flap – instead, a femtosecond¬†laser creates a refractive lenticule (a thin lens shaped cornea tissue) in your eye and a 2mm – 4mm incision – the lens is then removed by a surgeon – eyes heal, and voila, 6/6.

Here is a video on how this is achieved:

It is less invasive with just a small 4mm incision as compared to a LASIK flap which is around 20mm. Your cornea’s integrity is maintained, and since it is less invasive, it also means you heal faster than a flap would, and there’s less risk of the flap dislodging as well.

Why do ReLEx¬ģ SMILE now?

Other than the fact that it is less invasive than LASIK, logically, to me, it is an improved version of LASIK.

Also, I am honestly sick of my plane contact-lens-on-contact-lens-off ritual. I would like to wake up and not worry about whether my contact lenses would fit me well today. I would like to go out and not worry about how long I can stay out, or if I can sleepover even if I don’t have my glasses. I would LOVE to not feel my heavy glasses on my nose bridge, and be able to fall asleep without taking out anything from my eye. It’s freedom. It may cost¬†more¬†compared to LASIK, but that amount for the freedom I get to enjoy? WELL WORTH IT, especially since I have better financial capability now as compared to when I was 18!

But first, before I embark on my journey to freedom, I have to make sure that I am eligible for laser surgery. Due to how high my degree was, my cornea had to be thick enough and healthy enough for the surgery. So I made an appointment for a consultation at a renowned eye clinic in Paragon.

Consultation & Tests

16 September 2014

They advised me beforehand that I should set aside about 3 hours for the consultation which involved a number of eye tests.

I was first led into a room with about 7-8 machines inside and had to work my way through station by station Рthere was the typical machine to check your degree of myopia / astigmatism, and also several machines to check cornea thickness, eye pressure and to scan my eyes. One of the machine made me feel like I could see all my veins in the eye ball! The tests usually involved staring into a light for 5 seconds without blinking. Not difficult at all!

My optometrist, Ginette was very helpful in answering all my curious-cat questions, and made me feel at ease. After every single test I would asked her if I passed, if my corneas were thick enough. It felt like I was going through an exam (well, I was!) and I wanted to pass badly!

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Thankfully, even after 2 serious bouts of eye infections about 4-5 years back, my corneas were healthy enough to go for laser vision correction! It was a relief hearing Ginette tell me that my corneas were thick enough.

After I was done with the hypnotic looking machines, she led me to another room where we did the routine eye reading test.

My reading was:

L: -8.50, astig -0.75
R: -8.75, astig -0.25 

Once we were done with the heavy glasses, I was seated down to watch an informational video about laser eye surgery¬†– the do’s and don’ts, what to expect etc, and at the same¬†time, I was also given eye drops to dilate my pupils so that the doctor could take a look at my eyes later on. That stung just a little, and I was told that it might get increasingly uncomfortable – as the pupil dilates, your vision gets a little distorted especially at near distances¬†– this is only temporary, and would go away after a few hours.

My doctor¬†had over 25 years of experience under his belt and clarified everything I wanted to about LASIK¬†vs ReLEx¬ģ SMILE. The doctor looked into my eyes (hahaha, well, literally!) and told me that all was well for me to do either LASIK or ReLEx¬ģ SMILE! You bet I was gonna ask him all the niggling questions I had in my mind, and he answered all of them in detail. Most important questions for me were:

How long do I have to stay off make up? (as a beauty blogger, this was important)

“2 weeks”

Can I wear contact lenses after surgery? (lol I know, I was sort of expecting him to roll his eyes but he didn’t lah)

“After 6 months, we can see if you are suitable to”

Okay, I jest la! And many other burning¬†questions,¬†but this post is getting really long – if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to answer them!

I decided on ReLEx¬ģ SMILE of course, as it was¬†the less invasive surgery – and he pre-empted me that in the case that I do not achieve 6/6 or¬†still have residual degree left to be cleared, I could still get enhancement surgery done – but this time round, it will have to be LASIK (which means cutting a flap, instead of ReLEx SMILE which has no flap). I understood this risk and said I wished to go ahead, and thus, my surgery was set for 20th October, after my trip.

You can get laser surgery done as soon as the very next day after consultation, and go back to your regular activities on day 3 post op, but I decided not to tax my eyes during my vacation. That was my very last trip with my glasses and contact lenses!

Preparation for surgery

20 October 2014

Other than instructions to come with no make up on, not to drive and also to shampoo my hair before the surgery (as I will be unable to shampoo for 2 days after) there was no other special preparations for the surgery РI could eat normally, but I was so excited I forgot to Рluckily, they had milo and biscuits at a snack station.

I had to go through the tests again as it was more than 1 month after my consultation. So yes – try to arrange for your surgery to be done ASAP after your consultation!

You cannot wash your face for the next 24 hours post surgery, and try to not get water into your eyes 48 hours post surgery, so I decided that I would have a hydrafacial (that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates my skin all at the same time) done at the aesthetics clinic on the same floor РI mean, why not? I can make sure that my face is gunk free (esp since I just came back from a trip) as well as relax my nerves just before the operation.

I think it was normal to feel scared! I was getting the jitters when I sat in the waiting room with 2 other patients who were supposed to get it done before me.

Someone then¬†walked¬†out from the operating theatre as the nurse placed scrubs on me and I immediately asked him how he felt. He was tearing and his eyes were red… but what he said really cracked me up. “ŚĆĽÁĒüŤģ≤šļÜšłÄšł™ŚĺąśĄüŚä®ÁöĄśēÖšļčśČÄšĽ•śąĎŚď≠šļÜ” LOL. I could use the joke no matter how cold it was!

Another person went in and when he came out 10 minutes later, I asked him how it was – he said it felt like it was PSI300 hahahaha. And right after laughing at what he said, it was my turn to sign the form and get my surgery done!!! I was so nervous and I grasped my locker key super tight. (You can place your things in a locker if no one’s there to wait or keep your bag for you)

You will be given a post-op care kit to bring home, and this kit contained:

  • ¬†Antibiotic Eye drops¬†
  • Lid care wipes ( you can’t wash your hair or face so this is to clean your eyes for 2nd and 3rd day)¬†
  • A pair of 3M goggles for you to wear immediately upon exit of the waiting area after op¬†
  • 2x eye shields (to protect your eyes from pressure or foreign objects¬†when you sleep)¬†
  • Tape (to tape the shields to your face)¬†

Scrubs, on. Glasses, off. Eyes, wiped clean and sterilised by the nurse. Anaesthetic numbing eye drops dripped!

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I’M ALL READY FOR YOU, PEW PEW LASER!

And oh may I add Рbased on TCM, Chrysanthemum and Wolfberries are purportedly good for the eyes. I had a bottle of that in my bag. ; p 

“SUCTION, ON” – THE SURGERY

I was placed on a bed which was 90 deg to the doctor, and it swung into place beneath the machine.

The doctor told me to relax – he covered the left eye, and then opened my right eye wide with a prong. The machine was activated and it started lowering itself towards my eye… “Focus on the green light”, I was told. And then I heard a female voice from the machine say… “SUCTION ON.”

I think this part is the most scary part of all – for all you people who have itchy hands and went to see exactly how a LASIK¬†procedure would be like, you’ll probably be freaked out and be afraid of 1. pain 2. seeing what’s happening 3. final destination-like happening.

First of all, 3. is not going to happen.

Secondly, no you don’t feel pain. (Anaesthetic numbing eye drops, remember?)

and Thirdly, if you’re as blind as a bat like me, you pretty much CAN’T SEE ANYTHING once you take off your glasses anyway!

The lasering was super fast. There was no burning smell, no sensation, no pressure no nothing. All I could see was a green dot which slowly became blurrier and blurrier by the second because a lenticule was being formed. Removing the lenticule would give me perfect vision – and after a “SUCTION OFF”, it was time for the doctor to perform the manual extraction of the lenticule.

Soon, the lenticule was removed, my eyes were dripped eye drops and wiped over and it was time to perform the laser surgery on the other eye.

Everything was over in less than 15 minutes – I could see immediately after the surgery, but it was hazy and it was glaring.

Was released back into the waiting area where a nurse helped me out of the scrubs and get my belongings. I instantly took a selfie and sent it to the husband who was on the way over to fetch me – and I realized that unlike other LASIK patients, my eyes were not red and did not look like I’ve just been through a surgery… I teared a lot of cos, but it wasn’t irritated and I think that showed¬†how gentle the surgery was!

It got increasingly harder to open my eyes as I went down to the carpark and when I got home, the first thing I did was to put on my eye shields and GO TO SLEEP. If you find it hard to sleep, they actually provide you 1-2 sleeping pills. I was prescribed only one bottle of Antibiotic Eyedrop, and I had to drip it every hour for the 1st day, and for the next 9 days, 4 times a day. It was to be discarded after the 10th day.

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Every time I woke up in-between naps I would have clearer and clearer vision. It was like PSI300, then PSI250, PSI200…

The next day review

21 October 2014

I slept the entire day away, and the next day after the surgery, I was due for a follow-up at the clinic with my doctor.

At this point, I haven’t washed my face for the past 24 hour¬†– except for wiping¬†my face clean with Micellar Water Cleanser and using¬†the sterile wipes provided in the care kit for the eye area. Let me just tell you that I think the hydrafacial was AMAZING because my skin was so clean, free of oil and it stayed that way. I was expecting to sprout some pimples cos I wasn’t allowed to wash my face for the next 2 days but I did NOT!¬†

I only had to go through one simple machine test, which read my vision as:

L: -0.25, -0.50 astig  
R: -0.25, -1.25 astig 

¬†I wasn’t expecting an immediate 6/6 but it bothered me that my right eye was blurrier than my left eye, so I clarified with the doctor.

My doctor told me told me that recovery rate really depends on individual, and that each eye recovers differently. He explained that it is part of the healing process and that my vision will eventually get better!

Review at 2 weeks

3 November 2014

Throughout the entire 2 weeks, it was amazing – everyday you wake up with differing vision because it has yet to stabilise but it was increasingly clearer – although my right eye was still much blurrier than my left eye – my left eye had already achieved 6/6, at least that’s what I believed! I was honestly a little¬†worried – so many people had told me that they could see clearer within a week (and even the very next day) but that was with LASIK, and I guess my degree is much higher to start with and thus took longer to heal.

Took the eye test again, and the readings were:

L: -0.50, -0.25 astig
R: -0.00 , -0.75 astig

On the overall, it was an improvement. Technically I had 6/6 but it would get better in the next few months, and eventually stabilise at 6 months.

1 month later…

My next review was¬†supposed to be in January, but it seems like all my worries were unfounded – at somewhere along the 3 week mark, my right eye cleared up much more and the discomfort went away! And it was then that I suddenly felt really śĄüŚä® that I finally went for this, and how it has changed my life so much. I even posted my feelings on my personal fb about it.

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I have to admit though, recovery wasn’t as quick as I expected it to be. I understand that recovery time is a case by case thing – generally your vision will stabalize around the 3 week mark. It’s best to rest as much as you can, take breaks every 30 minutes, have more sleep, and drip eye drops whenever your eyes feel dry!

After the 3 week mark, I no longer experience dry eyes and I could go one whole day without feeling like I need to drip eye drops. I still have loads of eye drops though so I’ll just keep on dripping nevertheless!

3rd month review at clinic!

Time for my last and final review. 3 months post-surgery, I am seeing 6/6 vision for both eyes! You must remember, it takes quite a while ‚Äď around 6 months or so ‚Äď to stabilise, so these days I‚Äôm just reminding myself to rest more when tired, and stop reading in the dark!

So at my final review, my degree reading was:

L:  -0.00, -0.00 (PERFECT!)
R: -0.00 , -0.75 astig

Post ReLEX SMILE thoughts…

Everyday when I wake up I’m thankful there is such a technology, and I’m amazed by what technology can do (I mean, I went from 800/900+ degrees to almost perfect vision. IT IS A HUGE CHANGE!). I didn’t have to stick to a particular cleansing routine (usually I take off my lenses after removing my make up and mask after and I have to have my contact lenses on so that my specs don’t become grimy). I no longer have to pack my glasses along for trips – I recently went to Taiwan, and I could just sleep without worrying about breaking my glasses or losing them, forgetting them etc. It was just so much more convenient in all aspects for me!

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What’s left now, is to slowly come to terms with the fact that I’m actually asian, with black eyes and dark brown hair hahahaha (if you realized, I dyed my hair dark brown and did my brows so that it’ll match my dark eyes now that I don’t wear colored lenses anymore). Hello, freedom!!!

* It is important to note that there are only 2 eye clinics in Singapore which offers ReLEx SMILE, and this clinic in Paragon has the most comprehensive refractive services available, ranging from LASIK, EPI-LASIK, ReLEX SMILE & LASEK in case you are unable to do ReLEx SMILE.

If you have any questions that are not answered in this post about my experience with ReLEx SMILE, do leave a comment and I’ll try to answer them the best I can! ; )¬†

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Brunch at On The Table Singapore, aka Lola’s Sister Cafe!

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{ On The Table }

118 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118541
Tel: 9780 8094 | Facebook Page | Instagram | email them at onthetablesg@gmail.com
Open from 11am – 10pm (Tues – Fri) and 10am -10pm (Weekends). Closed on Mondays. Last order at 9pm / 930pm respectively.

Cafes in the west are always welcomed Рespecially ones with good food! *cheers* After the success of Lola, which is located in Kovan, the owners decided to open another cafe when they came across a space which carried the vibe they wanted for a cafe!

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And this outlet is just that – like Lola, the shop space is decked out in industrial chic – pretty hanging lights, metal chairs, concrete walls and floorings and plenty of wooden elements in the form of crates, tables and even pallets stacked as tables! After spending an afternoon (3.5 hours to be exact) there, I’ve realized that the place is incredibly photogenic even in the afternoon – the darker ambiance of the place somehow lets you get beautiful bokeh if your camera is capable of shallow depth of field imaging.

It is located along Pasir Panjang, just next to Fat Boys, and if you’re driving – simply turn left into Pepys Road and there’s public parking available – limited lots though! Popped by on a Sunday morning at about 11 – On The Table is about 6 months old (they opened in May!), and business’ reallyyyy good!

For the caffeine addicts - OTT serves coffee from Dutch Colony and Jewel Coffee!

For the caffeine addicts – OTT serves coffee from Dutch Colony and Jewel Coffee!

I’m not coffee connoisseur (I don’t do coffee!), but my kopi addict friends found it pretty pleasant!

Water is free as long as you self-serve!

Water is free as long as you self-serve!

The staff were friendly, smiley and unobtrusive - I had to get sharing plates myself / ask for it, but I didn't mind that.

The staff were friendly, smiley and unobtrusive – I had to get sharing plates myself / ask for it, but I didn’t mind that.

They don't have service charge in the bill, so we gave tips for being so friendly and tolerant with my group! ; )

They don’t have service charge in the bill, so we gave tips for being so friendly with my group! ; )

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They menu had a small selection of food, similar to Lola’s but I think it was enough! There were plenty of hits on the list – you can view their current menu on their facebook page here¬†(food) and here (drinks/desserts).

First up... HONEY GLAZED WINGS!

First up… HONEY GLAZED WINGS!

I haven’t enjoyed wings this much in a long while! I’m no food blogger ah, but oh my god this was delicious, especially with the honey over it! The wings and drumlets were not too greasy and it tasted really nice. I’m super loving it and I’ll be back for just this and the waffles, hahaha.

A couple of our friends were late so 3 of us ordered this to share - Chicken wings, Fries with Truffle Mayo dip, and Bangers & Mash!

A couple of our friends were late so 3 of us ordered this to share – Chicken wings, Fries with Truffle Mayo dip, and Bangers & Mash!

When I uploaded a picture of #OTT onto my Instagram  I was told by a former chef to try their Bangers & Mash - and they were really really good! Both my husband and Ron loved it and they almost finish the entire plate if not for the fact that they had to save some stomach space for later.

When I uploaded a picture of #OTT onto my Instagram I was told by a former chef to try their Bangers & Mash – and they were really really good! Both my husband and Ron loved it and they almost finish the entire plate if not for the fact that they had to save some stomach space for later.

The fries were firm and thick cut - I prefer mine shoestring, but this was delicious! I like that the truffle wasn't on the fries because not everyone liked truffle - instead it was in the mayo dip *eyes with hearts* They were actually sold out on this at night!

The fries were firm and thick cut – I prefer mine shoestring, but this was delicious! I like that the truffle wasn’t on the fries because not everyone liked truffle – instead it was in the mayo dip *eyes with hearts* They were actually sold out on this at night!

Washed my wings down with the Organic Pear & Apple Juice, $6.

Washed the wings down with the Organic Pear & Apple Juice, $6.

And since we were still waiting for our friends, I took more pictures hahaha. I think this was like the best seat in the house - it seats 6 comfortably, and what a great view from across! With the hanging lights it makes for a great photo (you'll see that later!) *eyes with hearts again*

And since we were still waiting for our friends, I took more pictures hahaha. I think this was like the best seat in the house – it seats 6 comfortably, and what a great view from across! With the hanging lights it makes for a great photo (you’ll see that later!) *eyes with hearts again*

A rare picture of Yang and I that's not a selfie. Heng ah got Ron Lee to help us take photos! Eh, this was not staged ok! That's why smile until cannot see my eyes.

A rare picture of Yang and I (ok, mainly me) that’s not a selfie. Heng ah got Ron Lee to help us take photos! Eh, this was not staged ok! That’s why smile until cannot see my eyes.

And the friends arrived! First, the baby. I mean, my friends and their baby. The baby is the most important cos I have a need to molest him weekly. HAHA

And the friends arrived! First, the baby. I mean, my friends and their baby. The baby is the most important cos I have a need to molest him weekly. HAHA

The bff who's also here to molest the baby before she jets off to Norway and take on -15deg weather for 3 whole months while chasing the prettiest sights on earth.

The bff who’s also here to molest the baby before she jets off to Norway and take on -15deg weather for 3 whole months while chasing one of the prettiest sights on earth.

While waiting for the food. Just one week and his expressions have morphed from bewildered to frowny!

While waiting for the food. Just one week and his expressions have morphed from bewildered to frowny! So I frown with him lor haha.

And then the food came! Yes there was a second round for the Honey Glazed Wings : x

And then the food came! Yes there was a second round for the Honey Glazed Wings : x

The Big One, $18 Pork sausage, honey glazed bacon, baked portobello, mixed salad, sunny side eggs!

The Big One, $18
Pork sausage, honey glazed bacon, baked portobello, mixed salad, sunny side eggs!

Ultimate Croissant, $14 Butter Croissant, honey glazed bacon, mayo, honey, scrambed eggs, cheddar cheese, served with salad.

Ultimate Croissant, $14
Butter Croissant, honey glazed bacon, mayo, honey, scrambed eggs, cheddar cheese, served with salad.

Tomato Swimmer Crab Linguine, $16 Garlic, Crabmet, Tomato, Rocket, Tomato Cream Sauce & Linguine

Tomato Swimmer Crab Linguine, $16
Garlic, Crabmet, Tomato, Rocket, Tomato Cream Sauce & Linguine

Prawn Aglio Olio, $18 Jumbo prawns, garlic, chilli, linguine

Prawn Aglio Olio, $18
Jumbo prawns, garlic, chilli, linguine

The food was reasonably priced AND without GST or Service Charge – the Butter Croissant at $14 was super huge and filling! I saw one on every table and on our table itself there were 3 orders for it! It is one of the most popular items at Lola and they’ve brought it over. My Prawn Aglio Olio was a little oily but otherwise it was not too bad – would prefer the Tomato Swimmer Crab¬†pasta though!

Did I already mention that... they serve waffles too?!?!?!

Did I already mention that… they serve waffles too?!?!?!

With ice cream made in-house, too! Without stabilizers and just as creamy as others - I loved their ice cream!

With ice cream made in-house, too! Without stabilizers and just as creamy as others – I loved their ice cream!

While waiting for our order to come we had another round of playing with the baby hehehe.

Caught Big Hero 6 on Saturday and got a plushie too! Thank you, Disney! I brought Baymax out to meet Ardan and it kept him amused for quite a while because my plush could talk!

Caught Big Hero 6 on Saturday and got a plushie too! Thank you, Disney! I brought Baymax out to meet Ardan and it kept him amused for quite a while because my plush could talk!

And if you prefer natural lighting, just sit nearer to the doors - I love this shot Ron took for me with my Olympus EPL7. It was perfect and check out the baby boy's big eyes! *melts*

And if you prefer natural lighting, just sit nearer to the doors – I love this shot Ron took for me with my Olympus EPL7. It was perfect and check out the baby boy’s big eyes! *melts*

Then my waffle arrived after about 10 minutes and I promptly passed him over to Veronica, aka śÄ™ťėŅŚß® number 2 hahaha.

Big boss pose!

Big boss pose!

THE. WAFFLE. IS. SO. GOOD! I don't know about others - some people found that it wasn't buttery or sweet enough but the waffle to me, was just nice - crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - it wasn't too sweet and that meant it didn't overpower the ice cream's taste!  I picked Bailey's Brownie (one of the more popular flavors) and Cookies & Cream to share with Veronica and we practically polished off the entire thing.  This Waffles + double scoop ice cream will set you back just $10. *eyes with hearts again*

THE. WAFFLE. IS. SO. GOOD!
I don’t know about others – some people found that it wasn’t buttery or sweet enough but the waffle to me, was just nice – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – it wasn’t too sweet and that meant it didn’t overpower the ice cream’s taste!
I picked Bailey’s Brownie (one of the more popular flavors) and Cookies & Cream to share with Veronica and we practically polished off the entire thing.
This Waffles + double scoop ice cream will set you back just $10. *eyes with hearts again*

You know what else OTT has? THIS EGG SHAPED STRING CHAIR which was a perfect photography accessory for a toddler or a baby! In fact, founder June told me that it's commonly used for baby photo opps!

You know what else OTT has? THIS EGG SHAPED STRING CHAIR near the entrance which was a perfect photography accessory for a toddler or a baby! In fact, founder June told me that it’s commonly used for baby photo opps! Ardan totally looking #likeaboss in this one hehehe.

And then somewhere near when we were about to leave, Ardan was falling asleep in Veronica's arms... and Veronica, in her own words, "was reduced to a puddle of goo". I think there were 2 puddles there. *melts too*

And then somewhere near when we were about to leave, Ardan was falling asleep in Veronica’s arms… and Veronica, in her own words, “was reduced to a puddle of goo”. I think there were 2 puddles there. *melts too*

The Westies of Huatchat (erm, just people from my chatgroup who stay in the west) with a thorn from Seng Kang (have to give her credit for coming all the way down) haha.

The Westies of Huatchat (erm, just people from my chatgroup who stay in the west) with a thorn from Seng Kang (have to give her credit for coming all the way down) haha.

And us again, with June, one of the founders of the cafe! Thank you for having us over, On The Table!

And us again, with June, one of the founders of the cafe! Thank you for having us over, #onthetablesg!

Till the next molest session, Ardan!

Till the next molest session, Ardan!

Essential’s Haircare range revamped to suit you better!

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technology_img01_slide01After going through my hair posts on Instagram, it seems like there’s an alarming pattern in my hair coloring habits. I went from multicolored for a few years, to blonde, to dark, to bleaching it all out to be blonde again, then going dark again… going by that pattern I should be getting tired of my dark hair soon and going back to blonde? : x

I really ought to show my hair more love, going by the amount of bleaching I’ve done I think my hair has been really strong and if it could speak it would be begging for me to stop bleaching/coloring it!

And of course, with the amount of bleaching I’ve done, I’m always on the lookout for haircare that works for me. If one works, AWESOME –¬†it gets filed under “it works!”.¬†If it doesn’t, it goes straight into the bin and I pick something new again. I’ve tried all sorts of brands, and my bathroom is littered with so much hair care that I’m running out of space to walk!

In this post, I’ll be sharing with this one brand that’s worked for me ever since I started coloring my hair:

  • It’s from Japan
  • It’s affordable
  • and most importantly, It works!

Essential’s Hair Care Range!

Slide1You might have seen their new packaging in stores Рdoes anyone remember their old packaging?! Essential constantly does R&D to improve its formula and to develop a wider range of products to target different consumers’ hair care needs.

I had a good impression of most Japanese brands, and even back in 2010, Essential met the mark too Рit was value for money and the products worked really well for the price РI mean, 200g of hair mask for just $9.90?! I could use this everyday! (*coughs* I really did.)

I know I’ve sung many praises about Essential’s products, but I swear, all opinions are my own and true, because I have¬†high expectations for haircare since I’ve colored my hair – If it doesn’t work, I wouldn’t be using it nor would I be recommending it, and… *whispers* I’m not sure if you understand, but there’s a certain kind of high I get from discovering/using a product that works hahaha. But really,¬†it feels like a silent victory when you try out a new hair care range and it works for you!essential-shampoo-bath Nothing has changed about their affordable price points, but most recently, they’ve revamped their packaging¬†and Essential’s hair care has been reformulated with more goodness, and now comes in 4 different variants to suit more hair types in Asia!

Essential’s Haircare Revamp 2014

5. New Essential Variant Introduction Other than the two new lines –¬†Light Finish Moisturizing (yellow), and Deep Cleansing Care (blue), the newly revamped Essential range¬†are also now formulated with their Microfine All Smooth Essence, which coats each strand evenly with a protective veil to lock in moisture and repair dry, damaged hair ends without causing it to be too heavy; and the new variants contain Sebum Cleansing Technology, which¬†ensures¬†that you do not have to compromise or use two different hair care ranges just because the needs of your roots and hair ends are different. Let’s take you through the 4 basic range, and the extra hair care products available! essential-2014-revamp-weak-and-damaged-orange-range

Essential’s Nourishing Breakage Defense range

… is for weak, and damaged hair. Do you color your hair very often? Or get exposed to the sun a lot? If you get your hair in contact with chemicals very often, be it swimming or bleaching/perming, you’ll need this to build up defense against hair breakage, and the new formulation, with their Microfine All Smooth Essence does that by coating your hair with a protective layer, preventing moisture loss by locking them in and gives you smooth, shiny hair!

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Essential’s Moisturizing Frizz-free range

Maybe you’re just born with rough hair. Or maybe you’re in an extremely dry, air-conditioned environment all day, and/or style/tie your hair a lot! Moisture loss can lead to dull looking hair, and with Singapore’s hot / cold (it’s so hot outside, but in your office, it’s soooo cold!) environment, your hair’s bound to go crazy. Tame your hair with Essential‚Äôs Moisturizing Frizz Free range which gives your hair the shine and smoothness it should have! This is lighter than the Nourishing Breakage range, doesn’t weigh your hair down at all,¬†and¬†that floral fragrance is just heavenly!
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Essential’s Light Finish Volumizing¬†range

My husband has an extremely oily scalp and sometimes I get so annoyed with him and make him try out all kinds of cleansing shampoos. ¬†He has really fine, limp hair and the greasiness doesn’t make it any sexier – even though he doesn’t style his hair, he still needs to care for his scalp as he’s out in the sun a lot and even got sunburnt once on the scalp! Essential’s latest two new ranges both come with Sebum Cleansing Technology, to make sure that your shampoo is balanced – giving you a cleaner scalp and frizz-free, voluminous¬†hair ends at the same time! This shampoo doesn’t weigh down my husband’s hair and once again… I love that scent, haha. His hair smells so nice now!
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Essential’s¬†Deep Cleansing Care Range

Like combination skin, one can also have combination hair! Oily scalp, but dry hair ends? Uh huh, I know how you feel! There was one period of time when my scalp got oily really fast, but I had extremely dry and chemically treated hair so I had to use two different products to manage¬†my tresses! This couldn’t be more welcomed in Asia, especially in Singapore it’s just summer all year round, and your hair gets greasy really fast in such a humid environment.¬†This range is one up the yellow one – it’s for extremely oily scalps and promises to deep cleanse your hair from scalp to root, but at the same time moisturizing it – just make sure that you don’t apply conditioner to your scalp to avoid build up!

For all 4 ranges, both Shampoo & Conditioners come in 2 different sizes (200ml with a open-top cap & 750ml with a pump bottle)
and are priced at S$4.50 (200ml) and S$11.50 (750ml) each respectively.

Essential Intensive Care Products

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Other than the shampoo & conditioners, and the damage care items (sleeping mask & hair serum) I’ve reviewed previously, there’s also the $9.90 Hair mask which I love to spam my hair with very much whenever I wash my hair – It leaves my hair soooo much more managable! But of course, please don’t overdo it like me – for all of you that don’t have super damaged hair like I do, use the hair treatment (in the tube) 2-3 times weekly for instantly moisturized hair in just 30 seconds, and ¬†the hair mask should be used 1-2 times weekly to keep your hair manageable, longer!

The rinse off treatment is pretty good too - all you need is 30 seconds in the shower for happy hair!

The rinse off treatment is pretty good too – all you need is 30 seconds in the shower for happy hair!

Confused? Refer to Essential’s Hair Matrix!

In case you’re still unsure¬†about how to choose, here’s a little chart Essential has come up with to help you make your decision for a complete care range!

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Let’s see… I have:

  • Extremely dry, damaged hair from all the coloring and bleaching I’ve done since I was 17 (even my own friends commented that they’ve not seen my original hair color since they knew me almost 10 years back, hahaha),
  • No oily scalp

so I was matched to the orange range for weak & damaged hair – Nourishing Breakage Defense!

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nice-smellMy personal experience with Essential and what I like about it

I’ve always been a user of the orange range – for weak & damaged hair, but I must admit though, it’s been a while since my last use of this, plus my hair then and now is extremely different – it’s gone through much more bleaching! And after trying it again, I was still pleasantly surprised by how well Essential’s hair care worked for me¬†– from the how clean the shampoo left my scalp, and ridding my hair of (2 day’s worth of) oil and grease fast without further tangling or damaging my hair, to how¬†moisturizing¬†the treatment and mask were! I still use hair masks every time I wash my hair in place of conditioners, but the Breakage Defense conditioner helped to smoothen out my hair a lot, especially through the tangles and in the past month I’ve been using this range, I sometimes I go without it and just use the conditioner only!

And my favorite part other than the detangled and smooth hair Essential gives me? THE FABULOUS SCENT! I know that every shampoo of Essential’s goes through special scent formulation, and this one made me very happy every time I catch a whiff of it, especially when I’m outside – I know that my hair smells good and it’s a great confidence boost!

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TRY IT!

For a limited time only, you can get samples for Essential’s Light Finish range of Haircare!
Simply fill up the form for the sample to be sent to you! Whoopeedoo!

Remember to check out their Facebook page and also @essentialsingapore for more updates and promotions!

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Thank you Kao, for letting me rediscover what a joy Essential can be to use in the bath! 

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