Shopback x VISA!

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What can $100 get you in Singapore?

  • 3 MAC Lipsticks
  • A tank of gas for a Japanese car
  • Set lunch for two at Tatsuya
  • An Instax camera
  • An Apple Magic Mouse
  • 27 rolls of MT Masking Tape
  • Approximately 40 plates of chicken rice

Imagine how much more you could have gotten if you had shopped online via ShopBack – for a merchant with a 10% CashBack, spending $1000 equates to $100!

I would want to think that I’m one of the most “auntie” person in the groups I hang out with – especially when it comes to things like:

  • Shopping (you want what? I have 20% off!)
  • Carpark advice (don’t park here, very narrow – park here after 5, it’s only $3!)
  • Grocery Shopping (xx is cheaper, the pork in yy is more fresh, this place always got discounts)
  • Life Pro Tips (Put this in your car and there will never be cockroaches)

But when it came to online shopping, apparently I’m a dunce, because I don’t use ShopBack as much as my friends do.

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I’ve heard of ShopBack (they keep mentioning it in the chats), but I never really paid attention to it till my recent craze with chia seeds and then only realising that I could get it cheaper online via iHerb, and save even MORE with ShopBack! shopback

What ShopBack does is that it allows you to get back a portion of your shopping expenditure when you buy products through their online shopping aggregator service. With over 500 merchants from around the world, you can always get a great deal online – from clothing on ASOS, to getting electronics via Lazada (I’m looking at household stuff like steam irons and ovens!), booking accommodation and travel tickets with Expedia, and even purchase health food with iHerb!

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And using ShopBack is easy-peasy; simply

  1. Login to ShopBack’s website, and look for the merchants you’re keen on shopping with
  2. Click on the merchant logo, surf, and check out your items!
  3. The cashback will appear in your ShopBack account within 48 hours of payment
  4. Once it’s been validated by the merchant (no exchange/returns within 60 days), it will be redeemable.
  5. And then all you need to do is request for your payout (min $10) and it will be credited into your designated bank or paypal account!

(For more information on how ShopBack works, click here!)

I feel extremely late to the game – the site sees over 120,000 people per month using this service, but I am sooooo doing all my online shopping via ShopBack from now on!

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I shop often on ASOS, and I use Expedia / Hotels.com, as well as redmart for my heavy groceries. On the average in a month, my shopping can amount to approximately $2000, and that is not including holidays which would incur a larger credit card bill. IMAGINE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY I COULD HAVE GOTTEN BACK VIA SHOPBACK for the past YEAR I’ve not been using it, and what I could have done with it. Argh!  

Sweetening the deal is ShopBack’s collaboration with VISA, which allows you get up to 12% + extra 2% back from your online shopping!

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Guess who’s gonna get her groceries on RedMart (11% Cashback!) and watching movies at Cineleisure (4% Cashback) this weekend?!

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But wait… did you know that there are actually SUPERSIZED promotions on top of that? I did not realize it till I checked my email recently and that’s when this mailer was screaming my name, asking me to go shopping online:

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HELLO? It’s an extra Visa cashback perk for all Visa card holders! It’s a no brainer – you’d want to shop with ShopBack. Before I cleared my  chats there was one part where people were just talking about how much they’ve saved from using ShopBack… and I was hitting myself for not booking everything through ShopBack!

That just means that you really need to pay attention to your emails from ShopBack (unless you have friends like mine, who will make public service announcements hahaha)

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My job is done here, sharing this important piece of information with you – so bye for now guys, I’m gonna go get busy shopping (online)!

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Melbourne Cafe Hopping Part 1 (March 2016)

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I have SO many backdated travel logs that it’s not funny. I just get so shutter happy with my cameras and take too long to edit… But since this one’s still relatively fresh (March 2016), I thought I’d get it done first!

To be very honest (please don’t drop me for any future campaigns, Australia), Melbourne’s probably the last travel destination on my list – for some reason I just never had any inclination to visit, but I definitely didn’t mind it. A work trip beckoned and since the exchange rate was favourable ($1 SGD = AUD $1.036)… why not right? The next thing you knew, I was on my way over to one of Australia’s most popular cities!

This trip’s itinerary has gotta be one of my favourites because what we did was cafe hop ALL DAY. *heart in eyes* It was the perfect timing for me to try out my new Olympus PEN-F with the amazing light you’ll get in Australia! For this trip, I had only my Olympus 12-40mm mounted on the Olympus PEN-F – I really think that this is the best travel lens and combination for me, especially for street photography, since the PEN-F’s shutter sound can be silenced! I love the EVF as well, which worked really well against the strong sun lighting conditions in Melbourne.

Less words, more pictures. Enjoy Part 1 of my Melbourne Cafe Hopping post!
(Link to my Google Map of all the places I’ve visited in Melbourne and places YOU should visit at the bottom of my post!)

Day 1 in Melbourne

The Kettle Black, Seven Seeds, I Love Pho

We landed bright and early at around 8am from a red-eye flight – I never knew that it would take 7+ hours to get to Australia! It was a lovely and spacious flight aboard Emirates (A380!!!) and the weather was so pleasant! It was a comfortable 24~ degrees in the day and dropped to about 18 ~ 16 degrees at night.

Our first stop was a popular one - Kettle Black!

Our first stop was a popular one – The Kettle Black!

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Making your own Umeshu

By | DIY, Food, Japanese | One Comment

Everyone knows that Japan’s famous for their almost perfect fruits – the $20 strawberries you see in Cold Storage, to the $89 melons on display in Meidi-ya – don’t tell me that you haven’t been tempted to get one of them before! And the best place to get these fruits… is in Japan itself!

However, this time round the fruits I carried back weren’t for immediate consumption… but for making Umeshu! Yes, they’re Japanese green plums, available for a short period of time in summer! They ripen so fast that Japanese scramble to make umeshu once purchased, and they’re also sadly, not readily available in Singapore – your best bet would be handcarrying back from Japan, or waiting for Meidi-ya to stock them – they do, but at almost twice the cost of what I paid in Japan, at $13.50+ per 420 grams.

So of course I had to grab 2kg of it back right?!

In the Okinawan supermarket over at Aeon mall, it only cost me 1058yen after tax for a kilogram of green, unripen ume. And with the display they had, it was obvious that the green ume was only for making umeshu, umeboshi, ume syrup… in fact it even comes with instructions!

I grabbed 2 bags and I did not realize that they ripened THIS fast. Basically they were super green on 4th of June, smelt great on the 5th of June and when I got back on 6th of June and took a peek at them, THEY WERE THIS SHADE OF YELLOW which had me clutching my head and going “Nooooooo!”

The very next day, I went out to get the ingredients needed to make my own Umeshu!

Now, the recipes online ALL suggeted making umeshu with shochu – but nobody ever specified which type, and shochu comes in many variations – it could be distilled from rice, barley, potato, buckwheat (these 4 are the common ones), and even shiso!

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However, you can also use – Chinese Rice Wine (白酒), which has higher alcohol content or Vodka. In fact, from what a friend told me (and insisted), they usually use Chinese Rice Wine. I don’t mind trying out all the shochus – which is what I did, my only regret was not getting more ume to try another two alcohol options out! You can choose whichever alcohol concentration you like, but the higher the better, as the rock sugar halves the alcohol content.

Part of the extensive shochu selection at Meidi-ya

Part of the extensive shochu selection at Meidi-ya

The best place to get your shochu would be Meidi-ya Liang Court, which offers an extensive selection of shochu AND provides translated tags so that you know what you’re buying! I love that.

Kurokoji Murasaki Imo Shochu!

Kurokoji Murasaki Imo Shochu!

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My New Love – the Olympus PEN-F (2016)!

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On my most recent trip to Melbourne, I was asked “Why do you take pictures of everything? Not tiring ah?” 

That came from a group of people who take the most wonderful pictures with their cameras as well, and would probably be the ones who would understand me most when it comes to picture taking, so I know they’re not mocking me, but really trying to understand why.

I paused for a while, and thought about it.

I don’t really post every single picture I take with my camera on my instagram or blog, but I take plenty of pictures. Scrolling back through my photos from the last trip, I slowly recalled everything that happened during my previous Melbourne trip.

The sights, blue skies, the sound of the tram, the bustling city, the good food, the great weather, and most importantly, how I felt when I was in Melbourne the previous time. Things that I might have forgotten in my short term memory, but not in the back of my mind.

“Memories.”, was my answer.

Taking pictures – it’s my way of making sure that I don’t forget things. Sort of like an extra brain, my SD card contains my precious memories, captured. They just needed to be pulled out of my mind castle with the right jolt. These pictures do the trick, it’s more than just a visual. Be it digital image files or physical prints, they bring back memories and experience. Things you might have forgotten… and things you don’t want to forget.

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Make Up Store Summer Moonshadows – Copper & Mahogany

By | beauty, EOTD, eyeliner, Eyes, Eyeshadow, FOTD, Make Up | 3 Comments

Got reacquainted with a brand I have a lot of love for – Make Up Store. I was first captivated by their eyedust and shimmer back when I just started beauty blogging, and it’s no surprise that I’m updating my cobweb of a blog with some eyeshadows I’ve found lovely to use!

Make Up Store Moonshadows in Copper & Mahogany

Make Up Store Moonshadows in Copper & Mahogany

The two moonshadows I’ve used in this look are from two different summer collections – Enigma, and Mystic.

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Make Up Store Summer 2016 – Mystic

Make Up Store Summer 2016 - Enigma

Make Up Store Summer 2016 – Enigma

The Make Up Store Moonshadow’s a new addition to their already spectacular range of eyeshadows – microshadows, cybershadows, stardust (replacing the eyedust) and it is simply amazing. Moonshadows are pigmented, long lasting and holds a unique design – a base color, with two other colors sprinkled across it. This means that you can mix two or more colors for a customized color, and that you can use one single moonshadow to create a dimensional eyeshadow look if you wished to.

Copper

Copper

Mahogany

Mahogany

The colors you can pull off from just one palette... (Left, Copper. Right, Mahogany)

The colors you can pull off from just one palette… (Left, Copper. Right, Mahogany)

Left, before make up. Right, after using Make Up Store's Ultra Light Foundation in Leche.

Left, before make up. Right, after using Make Up Store’s Ultra Light Foundation in Leche.

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The Moonshadows lasted really well throughout the day (this close up shot was actually after 6 hours and an eyelash extensions outside) – and I had on their eyeliner in Awesome Performance as well, which compliments the orange-copper base I had on. make-up-store-moonshadows-summer-2016-5

I also used a bit of the purple shimmer from the Mahogany palette in the middle of my eyelid, and finished off the look with their Make Up Store Lipstick in Nude Beige, a creamy nude which was perfect for this!

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