Trick Eye Museum opens in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa!

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Korea’s top tourist attraction in Hongdae, the Trick Eye Museum has finally opened their first overseas branch in Singapore, at RWS! Whoop!


My husband usually doesn’t like to attend media events/previews with me but for this one, he was super game to go, which makes it super fun because you have an obliging partner! *yay* And thus our Sunday morning was spent taking pictures in various positions and having a ball of a time!

It can be quite confusing getting around RWS (especially if you’re driving and don’t know where to park), but thankfully the museum kindly offered us a map and directions – The Trick Eye Museum is located just behind the Malaysian Food Street!


(Please just park somewhere near the middle at either the blue or orange area (where you get up to the circle aka the Red Ring)
I parked at the green side and took a loooong walk to the middle!)

A reader asked how much time I would allocate for the latest attraction at RWS and I would say… at least 1 hour, but it can go up to 1.5 or even 2 if it’s a little crowded as you wait for your turn to take pictures and especially if you want to spend time at all the stations.

Luckily, they only allow a certain number of people in at any one time so there’s crowd control and doesn’t get too overly crowded in there. Expect kids though, and bring your best cameras! (Although I wouldn’t recommend that you bring a 20mm lens like me because the proximity of the 3D images aren’t that far, and you may end up crossing into one 3D image to take a picture of another (which means, you block people lah!).

I went at around 11 and there was no queue yet – but when I exited there was a queue (thankfully not too long) to get in!

There’s currently a promotion from now till 22nd June for the Trick eye Museum entrance fees – 50% off all price categories!

That means $12.50 for adults, and just $10 for children and senior citizens till 22nd June 2014!

That means $12.50 for adults, and just $10 for children and senior citizens till 22nd June 2014!

Here's what you see when you enter the place - the giant baby! The exhibits are sturdy and some are meant to be sat on, like the giant baby - and from this photo you can gauge the proximity of the 3D exhibits.

Here’s what you see when you enter the place – the giant baby! The exhibits are sturdy and some are meant to be sat on, like the giant baby – and from this photo you can gauge the proximity of the 3D exhibits.

There are photo points which tell you where to stand for the best effect.

There are photo points which tell you where to stand for the best effect, but it also really depends on your camera’s focal length – sometimes you gotta walk a little further just to get it all in or at a certain angle.

My husband made a beeline for Van Gogh's Starry Night. It's now his cover photo -_-"

My husband made a beeline for Van Gogh’s Starry Night. It’s now his cover photo -_-“

I'm actually sitting on the floor!

The magic of trick eye 3D exhibits – I’m actually sitting on the floor!

On hindsight, I should have done a "tripping over" shot instead of just posing! Heh heh.

On hindsight, I should have done a “tripping over” shot instead of just posing! Heh heh.

One of the optical illusions - mirrors on the floor creates the impression of a never ending drop... D:

One of the optical illusions – mirrors on the floor creates the impression of a never ending drop… D:

This is quite possibly one of the most famous and well known exhibits! I had to climb into a box to get this shot. Thank you Mandy for helping us capture some precious moments!

This is quite possibly one of the most famous and well known exhibits! I had to climb into a box to get this shot. Thank you Mandy for helping us capture some precious moments!

This one took a little bit of time to get right. I decided to tie my hair and pouf it up so that it wouldn't look weird - this photo is upside down to look like as if we're hanging on the beams but we're actually sitting down/hugging the beam!

This one took a little bit of time to get right. I decided to tie my hair and pouf it up so that it wouldn’t look weird – this photo is upside down to look like as if we’re hanging on the beams but we’re actually sitting down/hugging the beam!

This is one of my favorite, right after the sleeping on the moon one! It's just so bright cheery and colorful and requires very little skill to take, haha.

This is one of my favorite, right after the sleeping on the moon one! It’s just so bright cheery and colorful and requires very little skill to take, haha.

Do try to wear something comfortable that would allow you to climb all over the exhibits and not zao geng – my shorts were admittedly a little too short and I had to take extra care not to flash at anyone! Ooops if I did.

For example, I had to climb in and sit on the lady's lap as suggested by Mandy (from Trick Eye Museum) and it was some tough challenge climbing in, man! Or maybe I just didn't do it properly.

For example, I had to climb in and sit on the lady’s lap as suggested by Mandy (from Trick Eye Museum) and it was some tough challenge climbing in, man! Or maybe I just didn’t do it properly.

I would love to show you everything in one post but I’m afraid that I’ll spoil the joy for you! If you are keen to view more, please click read more below!

(wah, feels like livejournal days suddenly)

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Write for yourself.

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A few weeks ago while having lunch at a quaint little cafe in San Francisco, Emily D, Benefit USA’s Digital Marketing girl asked me what I had in mind for my blog down the road. Vlogging? (It’s big in the USA)

I had no proper answer for her. I don’t know where I’m going with this or where it’s taking me. But it kept me thinking throughout the entire trip.

In the past, blogging was a way to update people and make new friends online – people still kept hits (little stat counters, how cute) and all and we shared the love by linking back to the blogs we love (and also for convenience as I haven’t discovered RSS feeds yet). Back then there was no WordPress, just Geocities where you built your own site – then blogger came along, and b2, movable type. Back then, you wrote mainly for yourself and your friends (whether online or offline).

These days, we talk about stats related to money, we talk about OOTDs by professional photographers (some people even hire), we talk about agencies (are you from Nuffnang, or XX, YY, ZZ?), and also we talk about the rude bloggers online (who threaten to blog bad reviews about a shop if they don’t reply her) – not that making money from blogging is a bad thing, but it’s like everyone who starts a blog these days just wants to make some money or get some free things. It’s… ugly. Let’s not forget that we have to take a picture of everything before we eat / swatch / use it!

I took a slightly different turn when I started out this blog – it wasn’t an avenue to make money, it was a place for me to share what I’ve purchased and also to show people the things I like – because it is what I like to see on blogs – swatches and reviews to help me make decisions, information about new stuff because all girls love shopping, friend’s opinions especially. Before Benefit and Clarisonic even came into Singapore, people were already buying them off the internet and shipping at exorbitant prices to Singapore just because it is good – not from a sponsored post, but real person reviews.

It seems like my blog has gone down another different path – and these days I’ve been thinking about what to say to avoid offending people (I can be quite rude and too straightforward for most people), how to categorize posts (if I do it the lifestyle way, I’ll be reviewing hauls and not by the item / brands), how to lay out images to make it easier for people to read, how to arrange things, tone of post… etc.

It’s so difficult.

I’m not even sure if I can call myself a beauty blogger if I go down the lifestyle road. There are so many judgmental people out there – “oh you not true blue beauty lover” (but why do I need 10 lipsticks in one color!? After I get 10 lipsticks in that one color I feel like I’m being too 浪费) “she’s not a dedicated beauty blogger” “shes too vain” But you know, a beauty blogger has to eat, wear some clothes, and has a life outside of lipsticks and mascara too. Why can’t I talk about everything? Do I have to have a niche? Will people stop reading my blog just because I don’t just talk beauty? (Admittedly, I get annoyed when the bloggers I follow for beauty/polish start blogging about their pets and skip those posts altogether). Do I write about everything I am sent? Where do I find the time, 6 hands and 3 faces to try everything? How do I reject events and people nicely without sounding like an arrogant b**ch, because I have NO time, and have to spend money on petrol and parking? My computer is barely 2 years old and my hard disk space is already half gone from all the photos I’ve taken!

I was asking the husband on the cab ride back at 4+am yesterday morning:

“How do you think I should write the posts about this trip? By tips on things to do in each city, or by that day’s timeline?”

“It’s very easy, dear. Write for yourself. Many years later when you look back at the blog, it should remind you of how you felt then, or bring you back to the moment when you were there.” (not verbatim, but this is the gist of it)

I don’t write to impress; I write to share. I write to jot down memories for myself because I am seriously forgetful. It’s nice to be given things that I would have otherwise bought for myself, but I still want to be myself and keep my own flavor in the posts. I’ve been so burnt out by my obligations that I’ve been on a semi-hiatus – but the trip has given me many happy memories, which I want to “pen” down before I forget everything. That’s for myself.

Let me go get enough sleep first!!! It’s so good to be home, too.

Last day in Tokyo

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It’s 5:45am right now and I’ve just finished my newfound Nissin Cup Noodle in… Spicy Seafood (Japanese one), along with oden items of radish, konbu (seaweed) and an egg. IT IZ DELICIOUS!

I found the flavor in Don Quijote (also known as Donki, or referred by me as the Mustafa of Japan because it sells practically EVERYTHING) and it was only 158 Japanese Yen – that’s around $2 SGD? Okay what! Carted two and wanted to try one tonight so that I could get more if it’s nice. I’M NEED MOAR.

Anyway, it’s also my last day in Tokyo. We’re gonna take a quick hop to Ueno for omiyage shopping, then to Harajuku to Oz Abstract, the silverware shop Yang loves going to. It’s where he got his rings and I think it’s time for an update so I hope he finds something later on!

I wanted to update my blog but I’ve been so busy trying to get some decent sleep – We’ve changed 4 hotels in 3 cities, gone through 5 different airports (not including Singapore) and been walking everyday for the past 14 days. If not for the Lush bathbombs I’ve brought over I might have had even more sore muscles. Seriously. When I get back to Singapore I’m just gonna pi (collapse in hokkien).

Save for a 2 hour flight delay at SFO, there were no other major mishaps, thank god. I think the smartest thing we’ve done is to not drive in San Francisco, after witnessing how steep the hills were, yikes. You wanna complain about parking in Singapore? It’s $40 to park in SFO for a day! And the

taxi rental is $6000 a month for cabs in SFO. *omg* I was surprised many times on this holiday!


I even wanted to blog while I was on the plane – while I did manage to type out something, I’m not happy with it and my thought process relies quite a bit on the images I work with for the post and I couldn’t install the software I needed on my dinosaur laptop because it’s still running on OS 10.5.8. I can’t believe this laptop is already 5 years old… and still working rather well I must say. I just really need to update the OS because it’s limiting the apps I want to install! Bah, failed by technology.

My trip has been amazing so far – Meeting new people, meeting friends on my trips to practically EACH city, and exploring new places – even though I didn’t really like Las Vegas, I still enjoyed exploring some place new. I would have whined about being in the states previously because I was so carbo reliant but I really enjoyed SFO’s diverse food offerings! The prices of food on the Strip’s so expensive that I found Tokyo really cheap in comparison. I got a 2l bottle of water for 98 yen. THAT’S $1.28. Evian is also just $1.28. It’s freaking $5 USD for a bottle of water in YOUR HOTEL ROOM. Fiji is $6 USD FROM THE HOTEL ROOM. No complimentary water whatsoever (spoilt rotten by Singapore hotels) and the cheapest? Vending machine, $4 USD. WHAT. The minute we saw $0.99 USD for a bottle of water on the strip, we GRABBED IT even though we had to walk a ridiculous distance lugging the bottle of water after that.

Oh before I forget, There is no water kettle like in Japan – and Vegas charges you $2 for HOT WATER. Yes, you also have to tip the server – in fact, it’s included in the bill for you already. 18% Gratuity. I know a lot of people think it’s acceptable, but I think I’m just really not used to the culture and I think it makes things so inconvenient for us.

Spent the bulk of yesterday night/today morning packing the luggage and then taking my last relaxing bath for this holiday. *cracks back*

I’m so worn out I don’t even have the energy to blow dry my hair anymore. Just completed transferring my pictures (16gb x 3 times) and it’s really time to sleep – Did I mention that I’m supposed to wake up at 10am?! GAWD I CAN SEE THE SUN RISING NOW. I need to sleep.

Goodbye, and I’ll be updating this space once I get enough sleep! In the meantime, I’m updating a fair bit (controlling myself so that I won’t flood timelines) on Instagram! ; )

K.O. for now!

August Weekend Randoms

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I haven’t even finished editing July’s randoms but it seems like August is off to a great start already!

Last week, Tricia, Eve & I attended the Elle x Canon Beauty Journal event and we had a great time chatting away and making our scrapbook pages! To be honest, I think my scrap-booking skills need more brushing up… but whoa, look at Tricia’s!


this charbor gleefully snipping away and also using my tapes lol

this charbor gleefully snipping away and also using my tapes lol

the lovely scrapbook page she made for Yina's birthday!

the lovely scrapbook page she made for Yina’s birthday!

Other than Tricia’s beautiful scrapbook page (which was more like a gigantic birthday card for Yina), there were a lot of talented people hard at work in the room, man! We were all provided pages and materials and a crash course on scrapbooking – there were girls from PaperMarket giving us advice and tips – and there was also a lucky draw for the participants!

Judges deliberating on which piece to pick as the winner... the one on top won! Congrats, Priscillia! (I think that's how it's spelt?)

Judges deliberating on which piece to pick as the winner… the one on top won! Congrats, Priscillia! (I think that’s how it’s spelt?) The lucky girl walked away with a Canon Pixma printer!

Looking forward to more events by our local magazines – I was seriously impressed by the beautiful art pieces and also enjoyed the talks Larry gave. Thank you to the girls who participated in my ticket giveaway and also attended the event! Packed a little personal goodie bag for each winner from my giveaway and I hope you girls enjoyed them!

And guess what happened that very night? Yes.. a proposal rolled out for my dearest fellow blogger-in-crime Yina Goh!


She had a gig at switch and invited all her friends over – being the supportive friends we were, we all turned up and… boom! SURPRISE OF THE YEAR! hehehe. You can read all about it on her blog and it’s been a week now but she’s obviously still basking in the after-proposal / newly-engaged glow. That woman’s high on 爱~爱~爱~爱~ man. hahaha.

Check out her beautiful cake baked by Jess (Shiberty)! I didn’t get to taste it, but it’s red velvet x salted caramel flavored – sounds super yums!


I had quite a good long weekend, too! For the first time I took some time off and enjoyed my weekend loads with the husband. We stayed home on the holidays and cleared our room! Felt so good wrapping up my many toys (I collect dolls, blythe and nendoroids) and also clearing out all the useless schtuff lying around. More to clear though…

Started off Saturday with what I thought would be great brunch – headed to P.S. Cafe at Palais Renaissance with some pals but the food was so bad that I don’t wanna post up pictures (obviously I took pictures before I tried the food) at all. Soup was chunky but tasteless, eggs were okay, the breakfast set was meh and even the truffle fries disappointed. I could barely taste the truffle. It was like mcdees’ fries but saltier! Fortunately, their service was top notch – they were attentive and responded well to our feedback.

Did some light shopping (anyone missed H&M’s Spend-$70-get-$10-gift-card promotion?) and picked up 2 dresses! I must say, this H&M is giving some online shops quite a run for their money with nice dresses at just $24.90! Swung by ION and visited mt expo before they close the exhibition – it was their last day and I spent some money on the gacha balls – and got lucky! 2 LE tapes score, and also a special uniqlo x mt tape (the only one left in the machine) for Trisha! Hahaha I jokingly asked this woman if she wanted to put $ with me like how some people would put money with gamblers at the casino for luck lol. And oh yeah baby, we got lucky!

Thank goodness for dinner – it saved me from the horrible food that afternoon!

Headed over to a new friend’s place for a homecooked meal with some pals and web acquaintances – it was funny – the host works at the hosting company is hosted on, the host’s wife used to be colleagues with a good friend (Estrella) and my good friend’s ex boss (Nick) at said company is an old online acquaintance (I’ve been following since his first daughter, hahaha) and here’s the kicker, if you’re still following me – I used to INTERN at that company. *phew* So yeah, Singapore is that small. And the hosts are not even Singaporeans to begin with! Congrats on the PR, Au Yong TC! It was nice meeting nick’s wife for the first time too. Hello, Pearl!


Dinner is served. Bah Kut Teh, M’sia style! (Herbal)


Thank you for the gigantic pork ribs, the pig’s stomach, and the other delicious 配菜 on the table! All home-cooked (er, except the 油条) and super yums!


After dinner, we had some champagne from The Cellier, a local wine distributor!


The bubbly was just nice after BKT! I’m no champagne drinker but I’ve been craving alcohol for quite some time now. I’m still salivating whenever I see kronenbourg blanc on menus.


Thanks for the champagne and food, and the wonderful company guys!

I ended my weekend with some delicious red velvet pancakes (I kid you not!) for brunch over at Little Diner in Bukit Timah, but that’ a blog post for another day, separated for archival purposes!

Random Weekends

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The month passed by in a flash… O_O;

{ Bro’s birthday at Jumbo Seafood, East Coast }

Shark's fin with crab meat, yum!

Shark’s fin with crab meat, yum!

Bamboo Clams :p

Bamboo Clams, my fave!

Jumbo's Mee Goreng - this was alright.

Jumbo’s Mee Goreng – this was alright.

Cod fish, Baby Kailan

Cod fish, Baby Kailan

Deer Venison. I didn't like this one at all.

Deer Venison. I didn’t like this one at all. Tasted really gamey… pass.

Boiled Prawns!

Boiled Prawns!

Jumbo's Chilli Crab & Mantou - yeah I know about them losing to Gordon Ramsay hahaha. But that's okay, I still enjoy it! I have an insane love for seafood. Seafood over poultry anytime please.

Jumbo’s Chilli Crab & Mantou – yeah I know about them losing to Gordon Ramsay hahaha. But that’s okay, I still enjoy it! I have an insane love for seafood. Seafood over poultry anytime please.

Dad & Mum <3

Dad & Mum <3

The little bro turns 23, and that's my grandma between me and my mum!

The little bro turns 23, and that’s my grandma between me and my mum!

{ i-Weekly’s Beauty HQ at Hotel Re! }

Had the honor of being Larry’s demo model for i-Weekly’s Beauty HQ event, where he was also the speaker and spoke about taking care of your skin for all ages. And and and… Ann Kok was a guest speaker too!! Guess who had the privilege of meeting her?! XD


Sadly the pic’s a little pixelated cos it was kindda dark (backlight bah). Still. That woman doesn’t look like she’s aged in any bit. Sometimes I don’t know what to say to them… “I’ve watched your shows when I was young!” – sounds like I’m saying they’re old. But really, to look like this at her age, wah!


{ Benefit’s Porefessional Summit }

Yina and I were invited to become Spygals for Benefit’s Porefessional Summit, and to also perform makeovers on 2 fans! This was my second time putting on makeup for someone and I was feeling really lost… for all of 5 minutes. Thankfully my makeover model had great skin, was young and nice features to begin with XD



Gosh I can’t believe Phoebe is 10 WHOLE YEARS younger than I am. Please vote for #TeamEvonneandYina!!!

There were also 2 flash mob performances right outside Tangs…


And part of the flash mob were these really adorable Vespa scooters with sidecars, decorated with Benefit’s stickers! They came rolling in fetching the (model) spy gals in the side cars!


Couldn’t pass up the opportunity to act pretty on the scooter, along with the SpyGal’s Porefessional Kit!


{ Special Purchase Offer – COMPLIMENTARY BROW WAXING! }

If you’ve missed out the chance to take part in the event, fret not!

Benefit’s giving our readers special benefits – For the month of August, with the purchase of any Benefit Products from either Sephora Ngee Ann City (Taka) or Robinson’s at Raffles City, you’ll be entitled to a complimentary brow waxing service/voucher!

Terms & Conditions apply:

  • Complimentary brow vouchers are redeemable with any purchase of Benefit product (no minimum purchase)
  • Readers need to quote your respective names to our Beauty Advisors on duty, i.e., “SpyGal Renee” or “SpyGal Evonne”, etc, to redeem the voucher
  • Appointment booking for the complimentary brow service is necessary, and only valid at Robinsons Raffles City or Sephora Ngee Ann City
  • Voucher redemption is valid from 1 August 2013 onwards at selected counters only
  • While stocks last only

And right after the event, I rushed off to attend a wedding dinner – congrats on your matrimonial union, Wendy & Vincent! Many happy travels ahead for you guys as Mr & Mrs Ow! ; D

It was one of the funnest wedding I’ve ever been to – the entire table kept ourselves entertained so well, and I’m grateful for the friendships made during my time on LiveJournal – I love all of you!


And thanks to my photographer friends on the same table too, hahaha. Especially Ron for this OOTD shot – I’m wearing H&M (dress), Jeffrey Campbell (Heels) & TheVelvetDolls (Box Clutch Bag).

{ Love Bonito’s Sale @ Novotel Clarke Quay }


The girls and I trooped down to LB’s sale at Novotel and shopped to our hearts’ delight! Wished I went on the first day though, all the nicer designs were all snapped up : ( I left with 2 dresses which fit me very well, whee! Thanks Rach for the invite ; D And also to my girls for such a fun day out!

I’m missing the the fruit loaf from Linger Fingers which was free for us to sample over at the LB sale! *hungry now*


The initial plan was to head over to TFBB for brunch, but alas, it was full and SO VERY HOT that afternoon, so we shelved that crazy idea (TFBB only has outdoor dining tables, no air-conditoning and the heat was unbearable) and headed over to Marutama instead!


Yum, that was Estrella’s Teriyaki Chicken don for just $9 SGD!


The rest of us ordered the Zenbu Nose, which was everything in a bowl – Char Siew, Kakuni, Tamago (they make the best!), Seaweed & Spring Onion! Obviously my order was done without spring onions, haha but it tasted really really good.

I must say, Marutama’s standards have improved by leap and bounds – I’ve stopped coming for quite a while because it was just too salty and gave me a headache whenever I ate it. But I actually went there twice in a week because it was just so delicious again suddenly! I think it was even better than my first time to Marutama.

Random Rambling…

My weekends have been getting progressively happier because… my skin is finally turning better! I have plagued by pimply skin again recently, it was the worst in my few years – the pimples just.. popped out. and wouldn’t stop popping all over my face! I had no idea why this happened and it was really depressing (Yes Yina, I finally know how you feel!) It was so bad that the make up artists (Larry Yeo, and Karen from Shiseido) who had worked on me previously when my skin was better all commented “以前不是这样的…” T________T I know, I tell that to myself too.

After a few weeks of trying to let it heal by itself (to no avail, obviously), I went to an aesthetic doctor I trust (from word of mouth, not sponsored or anything), and was prescribed some antibiotics instead of hormone pills as I have plans to conceive, and also went for a facial at his clinic. Main reason I went to him was because he’s a doctor – I feel… safer. That, and the fact that he has two dips in Dermatology! After reading Bunbun’s article I’m sure everyone’s a little warier of where they go to for facials. I must admit, extraction was never been this painful before.. but that’s also because my face was really clogged up this time round, nothing to do with the therapist’s skills (they are wonderful, by the way!) :'( owch! But the pain was worth it, as within 2 weeks of medication + after that facial, my skin’s condition really took a turn for the better! My friends could tell, and I was SO happy. It was much less oilier, my pimples flattened, reduced, and I’m just left with pigmentation to fight – no problem there with great concealers!

I’m now on a second round of antibiotics, as the doctor thinks my skin can be even better… and I’m really hoping that I’ll have Jayne Tham / Shiberty kind of flawless skin soon! *sparkles all around* I’ve reduced my skincare as well, to simple stuff – still using bifesta make up remover / shu uemura for heavier make up, fancl washing powder, kiehl’s calendula toner, and endocare gelcream. Plus eye cream from Lancome! ; ) I’m looking forward to testing out new products when my skin problems are much more settled.

The condition of your skin can really affect you in so many ways. I was feeling down for quite a while as I didn’t really enjoy taking FOTDs and then having to filter or edit the pimples out massively… and also with such clogged skin the makeup just didn’t sit right on my skin anymore and I felt like my reviews were all affected – sometimes it wasn’t the product not working, but my skin acting up. So now that my skin is better… Beware guys, incoming face parade! XD

Okay sorry for the looooong rambling. It just feels good to have better skin and know what it’s recovering, you know?!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! ; ) I’m gonna have a great week ahead, with lotsa time for myself as there are lesser events these 2 weeks. I’m really psyched to get the chance to meet Anna Sui in person later on!


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