Friday, 24 April 2015

I waited so long for this Macaron Collection from Haagen Dazs

I was so damn happy when I finally got my hands on this Macaron Collection from Haagen Dazs. Like seriously. Okay, and maybe partly because I was pretty anxious that I won't get to eat this before the Birthday promotion ends. :0 (Members get 30% off during their birthday month!) I actually visited the Tampines outlet a day before my actual birthday with bf.

I honestly thought that I would settle for maybe a scoop, maybe double scoop with toppings. But then when I saw this Macaron Set, so pinkishly pretty with my favourite macarons, I was instantly attracted to it. But my indecisive character is always there to hinder my choosing process, because I turn to my bf and ask him, "Which should I pick, help me see leh."

He ended up telling me, "Just choose this one la, the rest you confirm won't like. Banana Split you won't like, so much chocolate you also don't like, then you think you will settle with the plain scoops of ice cream?"

Best decision maker, ever.

But they just had to tell me that all macarons are sold out. OMG ))):

Today, I managed to reserve one for myself! Like finally! (At the start, they didn't have stocks, but the stocks managed to arrive just in time!!)


I'M SO HAPPY!!!! 

Anyway, the staff was really helpful in trying to reserve the macarons for me. He even offered to help me check on the other outlets previously! Super good service which adds on to my comfort dining at Haagen Dazs, even wished me Happy Birthday (I was using the birthday promo), even when it's already past so many days!!!

Isn't the dish so pretty and insta-worthy?!

But actually, I was a tad disappointed with the size and the texture of the macarons. The quality of the ice-cream was no doubt awesome like usual, but for the original price of $29? I don't think so.. I particularly enjoyed the biscuits, it tasted a little like strawberry wafers, but slightly different with a bit of a chewy texture. Macarons were so-so, tasted those that are worth maybe $2+ at the max. I honestly thought that there will be ice-cream sandwiched in between! ): Not sure if it's due to the high expectations I was holding. Well, at least it has a really nice plating!




Bf playing around with my selfie camera. But actually I help him take this "Selfie" photo! HAHA
& I had too much Ice-cream this month. Way too much as compared to my usual intake. I think I have to stop, I hope I can. Heh. And I also think that I haven't claimed my MOF free dessert for birthday month yet. Hmmmmm... 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sweet 22

Blogging can be really enjoyable and fun, but sometimes it's just hard to commit. I know I have been neglecting this little space lately because of my other commitments. It's not that I couldn't spare an hour or two churning a decent post. But I barely have any inspiration or energy left when I finish my assignments. If I had any spare time, it's really all about, "I need a rest". 

That being said, I had a really enjoyable simple birthday celebration with my closest ones few days back. Alive Museum, buffet and prawning with bf, then back home for steamboat dinner and a cake-cutting session. It's almost the same every year with my family, either BBQ or steamboat, but no matter what, I have to admit that it's also one of the most exciting day of the entire year for me. And I'm really thankful for everything.

For those who wished me personally, on Fb, Instagram or Whatsapp, I really appreciate each and every of your messages. I even saved some of the sweeter ones, or those from my closest friends into my phone. And thank you to those who passed me gifts, whatever it is, I like every single one and thank you so much <3

Anyway, I will be back blogging more regularly in May when my 1 month holiday is here! I probably have quite a lot of overdue posts waiting for me to share them with you guys! 

Just some random pics from my birthday celebration~




The cake may be childish, but that's how I like it!





So much love <3 Sorry if your gift isn't in this photo as I haven't take photo yet! 


I call this "Birthday luck"


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Dinosaurs and Balloons @ Marina Square

I was walking along Marina Square randomly on one of the days when I spotted something so majestic which made me totally went WOW. I am not really a fan of dinosaurs, not so much to balloons as well. But when dinosaurs and balloons combine together, it's an eye-opening effect that I have learnt to appreciate. Almost every part of the dinosaur was taken into account and I could just stop at every exhibit to appreciate the tiny little details if there weren't so many people that day. 

It's really impressive how so many balloon artists can work together to complete such a masterpiece. Just look at this T-rex. It's so massive, detailed, and made out of balloons. 


Anyway, I was wondering why they did not put up some fences around the balloons because some people can be really inconsiderate. And I would not be surprised if some kid choose to dive into the pool of colourful balloons. 




And I was wearing my new wooly ombre blue pullover - which I super love! I swear it's so comfortable and snuggly. I should have gotten it in more colours! 




You spot any familiarity in this photo? 


Don't you think it resembles Barney?? A fiercer version, apparently. 





SAY CHEESE!!! (Bf says that this is his favourite dinosaur) SO BIMBOTIC. 

And he likes the man-eating plant, such weird taste huh?





I think I will go for the cuter ones, especially those with big eyes or bobby head. 



The colourful ones are so appealing to my eyes as well! It feels like I stepped into a world of fantasy land filled with colourful and friendly dinosaurs. Adults can love balloons too (:

And check out this humongous dinosaur waiting to swallow you in. 



Have you seen a balloon dinosaur mascot before?? 


It was a very interesting balloon exhibition! Hope to see more coming! Such colourful and cute stuff makes me happy!  


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

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To be a successful blogger, writing good quality posts on your blog may not be sufficient. It might be an advantage if you are able to uphold a certain amount of social media influence. And this is usually measured by the level of interaction activity such as likes and comments. But you could be asking yourself over and over again, how do I maximize the potential of my social media accounts? 

Let me introduce to you - ThoughtBuzz



About ThoughtBuzz


"Social Media Intelligence in a Click"


ThoughtBuzz was established in 2008 to provide organisations with actionable insights, through big data and business analytics. Headquartered in Singapore, ThoughtBuzz has a network of offices in India, Manila, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, providing leading technology and methodology for businesses worldwide. We serve clients ranging from small enterprises to government bodies, from risk management to marketing management.

While ThoughtBuzz seem like an all-in-one social media tool tailored for bloggers, it is actually a potential platform for any other users or businesses, especially those who are extremely particular about their social media influence. 

Dashboard

With this social media tool, you can now integrate all your social media platforms into one for convenience, and even track your activities and interactions with a click. Talk about convenience!

I have added my 3 social media accounts into the dashboard - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This allows you to view a few accounts on a single platform without having to scroll through each one several times. 


You can even check your notifications all at one go to save time. 



The dashboard can be customized to your own liking and allows you to view both Twitter and Instagram feed at the same time. You can even post, comment and reply on multiple social media accounts on the same dashboard! 


Interaction Activity 

Posting on Instagram is no longer just about taking good quality photos and choosing the best filters anymore. People are now doing much more to maximize the interaction by trying to get more likes or comments from their photos.

Knowing what your audience likes is the first step, and knowing when is the best time to post is second. Not only bloggers do that, I have people around me who are doing the same as well. Instead of making a guess, why not let ThoughtBuzz do all the job for you?


Some of the significant features of ThoughtBuzz:

  • Followers/comments/likes count
  • Total followers
  • Followers change/ change rate
  • Average interactions per post
  • Interaction rate (hour/weekday)
  • Average likes/comments per post

With these various features, you can better understand what exactly is driving followers to your page.

I noticed that in my case, my #OOTDs and #monicebakes are getting the highest likes/comments compared to other pictures! 



From this diagram, you can immediately tell that my Instagram page has the most interaction rate at 10am, 2pm and 3pm. Of course, this varies from day to day. And you can check when is it the best day to post by checking your interaction rate by weekday. In my case, the interaction rate is quite balanced throughout the entire week. What about yours?


Average likes/comments per post may not be able to provide a clear picture of which photo is attracting the highest amount of likes/comments, but it does give a rough estimate of the amount of interaction in your Instagram, and tells you where you are standing. 


What's in the Trend?

If you are getting bored of your friends' newsfeed, you might want to check out the latest trends on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

In order to establish a better standing in social media or to increase readership, it is crucial to be aware of the latest trends. While it is important not to blindly follow these trends and post something irrelevant on your page, there is no harm learning more about the trending topics. 

There's always a reason why these photos are getting so much likes! 



The web interface is not only easy to navigate around, the steps are pretty much self-explanatory as well. I like how ThoughtBuzz is able to track and monitor my social media activity, which allows me to know what to improve on. I think it's the solution to common Instagram (Or any other social media that you are using) woes!


Go and give it a try! The basic plan is FREE (: