Saturday, 8 June 2019

Trend Creator Furniture Store Singapore - Custom Made Sofa & Curtains

Furniture shopping is surely a fun but tedious task for me, especially when I have huge dilemma issues. "I like this design, but the size is not right.." "Ooo this colour is gorgeous! But it's so not so comfortable.." "The material isn't worth the price.." and the list goes on.. Definitely not easy to find the perfect sofa for our living room.

What's better than to custom made the sofa to our own liking? We chanced upon Trend Creator during a renovation fair and it was a timely opportunity. We were intrigued to find out that the sofa is customisable to every aspect, and that includes fabric material, design, shape, size, colours, sofa legs, firmness. That's pretty much everything!

CUSTOM MADE SOFA



I feel like the sofa is a center-piece in the living room, and comfort is also our priority, that is why we're willing to spend a little bit more as compared to other furniture in the house.

We picked Le Mono Fabric (Polyester Fabric) as I like the texture and look of it. I felt that it match our interior theme better than the rest. There are other choices like half leather, genuine full cow leather, and premium water resistant fabric as well. 



If you are more adventurous, you can also do colour blocking - different colours for the base and sofa. I prefer more neutral colours and grey was the one and only colour I wanted. At least one less dilemma on that!

I think we're pretty lucky in the sense that the design and material we picked is somehow on the cheaper range.


I chose firm density foam cushion (love how it can be customised), as it really determines the comfort level. Guess who fell asleep on the sofa after a satisfying dinner. #foodcoma. Their foam is also brand new, and I was really particular about this as I'm afraid that some companies use recycled foam. 

Cynthia was really nice and super patient in answering our enquiries. You can tell that she's a sincere lady, definitely trustable too! I like how she explained everything in full detail including the source and how the sofa is made.


CURTAINS AND BLINDS

I got curtains/blinds from them as well as I was lazy to source for another vendor and her service was really good anyway. The prices seem reasonable enough even though I didn't really make a proper comparison.


For our dressing room, I actually made a mistake with my colour choice. I wanted something more cool tone (closer to white), but got beige instead. The sample pieces are usually small, and may cause some colour discrepancy to your eyes, so this is something to take note! But after a week or so, my eyes have kind of adjusted to the lighting and I think it actually matches the room pretty well. 



During curtain measurements, the person actually suggested to us to do high ceiling curtains for our master bedroom to create the illusion that the ceiling is higher (which makes the room more spacious). I wouldn't have thought of it until they mentioned it to me! It turned out really nice and we like how the walls reflect some blue hues onto the curtains.
We definitely have no regrets purchasing from Trend Creator, especially the custom made sofa. The only thing we regretted is the size as a longer sofa would actually fit better. I guess this works too! Btw, we paid everything ourselves and this is not a sponsored post! But good things of course must share!

Thanks Trend Creator for the awesome service!! 


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Customised C&C Cage for my Guinea Pigs | Guineathebuilder

Following up on my previous post about getting a "Guinea pig ID" to build a C&C cage for me, I'm so excited to share that it has been completed! My piggies are growing up too fast and the cage is no longer sufficient for them. It was already small to begin with, but I bought the cage from a pet shop and had no idea that it was too small.

Now that I am about to move over to my new house, I can finally provide them with a much bigger space to popcorn and zoom around as they wish! (The cage is 5x their current cage size!)


Like I've mentioned in my previous post, I chanced upon a GP owner who builds super nice cages for his piggies and he posted the pics on POGS (Fb group). I tried my luck and asked if he could do it for a fee. I'm guessing he must have gotten quite a few requests and not long after, he actually created a page (Guinea the Builder) to start his side business on this. It came in so timely because I was honestly troubled over the cage for quite some time.

I submitted a Google form with my requirements and budget, and he came up with a quotation. I won't be sharing the details here but basically I paid about $170 (cost of materials) + $200 (fee). $200 for clothes sounds like a lot to me, but when it is for their beautiful cage, I'm like YASSS JUST TAKE MY MONEY. 

It was a rather simple and fuss-free discussion. I showed Kenneth photos of how I would like the cage to be and we met up to have a final discussion on the design before paying the deposit. I initially wanted darker colours but after browsing for ideas online, I decided to go for white for a cleaner and minimalistic look to match my living room theme. 

BACK TO THE CAGE...


I AM LOVING IT SO MUCH!!!
Trust me when I said that this cage was my most exciting piece of furniture to be delivered. I guess the decision of not doing the platform near the window also gave us the idea to replace it with this masterpiece. The artificial leaves also made it look like a mini garden. And I personalised the cage with their polaroid prints as well.

A 2x4 C&C cage is actually sufficient for 2 piggies, but I wanted to give them something more adventurous, which is why I added the ramp to the 2nd level. (Feels like a mini penthouse) The bottom area beneath the 2nd level also acts as an extra shelter for them. 



In case you're wondering how big is this, a 2x4 C&C cage is about 27" x 54".
Thank god I switched to guineadad liners, I can't imagine the horror of having to spot clean their cage with disposable bedding, and note forgetting the expenses that come along with it! Right now I just have to dump the whole liner into my other washing machine and it's all done! And based on other GP owners' experiences, the liners can last from 4 days to a week before it requires washing. 




And I included 2 water bottles so that they don't "fight" for it. 


Hi there Muffin! Looking for me?


As of now, Muffin & Cookie are still adapting to their new cage. I haven't officially move in yet, which explains why the cage is rather empty without their hideys, hay area, etc.

So glad that they have a cosy home and big space to run around!

One of the best decisions made! 





Monday, 27 May 2019

Little Flower Hut | Online Florist Singapore | Mother's Day Gift

Florists in Singapore are really getting creative nowadays. Bouquets alone may not be able to work the magic anymore. While many would still love to receive a bouquet of fresh roses on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine's Day, what if you could do something more? Just imagine the reaction from your loved one when she receives this sweet-looking flower teddy bear from Little Flower Hut. 

Since it was Mother's Day, I wanted to bless this gift to one of Monice Bakes' lucky followers, together with a set of 3d floral cupcakes. Giveaway has already ended but you can always shop at Little Flower Hut if you are interested in their flower products!


I sent one of the same bears to my MIL's office for a Mother's Day Flower gift surprise and she was thrilled! Who wouldn't be? It's so lovely! 


Little Flower Hut offers a wide range of Flower Teddy Bear Series including Christmas and Graduation designs, and Ms Princess is just one of the many choices! 

The bear is actually quite heavy and big (30cm), adding to the WOW factor for whoever receiving it. They even have options of a life-sized one (1m) if you're up for it! The bear is entirely made of fresh flowers (pom-pom chrysanthemum), and it was impressive how realistic it looks as compared to a stuffed toy bear. 

Some of my other favourite picks are Mr Dedication, Mr Devotion and Mr Appreciation!



The Flower Teddy Bear is not their only creative pick, I was surprised to find other special creations that resembles the looks of a cake! So if you're in a dilemma between cake and flowers, you know what to do ;)

Perfect for Mother's Day Flower



Little Flower Hut is no doubt one of my preferred choices of online florists in Singapore as you can find the finest range of Flower Arrangement, Hand Bouquet, Baby Hamper, Gifts and many more for different occasions such as Birthday, Anniversary, Baby Shower, and Get Well Soon etc! I love how they have really impressive and luxurious designs as well as the classic and more affordable gifts to fit your budget.

If you're urgently looking for flower delivery services, they also offer same day delivery services for your last minute shopping plans!



Thank you Little Flower Hut!


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Instagrammable Fairytale Rooms with 22 Stories

"Another OOTD opportunity!" 

Yep, that's my reaction whenever I stepped into every insta-worthy room at 22 Stories. While kids were excitedly queueing and waiting for the storytelling to commence, I was grasping every single opportunity for photos. 

Suitable for both the young and young at heart (and those who just wants to take photos), 22 Stories provides a brand new immersive theatrical experience from ANDSOFORTH Jr. With 4 lands and 22 unique rooms filled with wonders, families can enjoy an interactive adventure as each classic story comes to life right in front of your eyes. 


It was a free-and-easy experience and you have to queue for the different available showtimes of each individual room. 

We just randomly stepped into an available room (Genie) as we didn't know what to expect. Well, it was underwhelming, sad to say. But to be fair, it was a one-off situation partially due to the lack of participants entering the room. Since it was an interactive experience with minimal photo opportunities, things can get a little awk...ward, especially when there was only ONE kid inside.

BUT WAIT.

Starting the magical adventure with the least interesting room doesn't seem so bad after all, as our excitement level increased each time we visited the next one!


With familiar characters from classical fairytales such as Snow White, Jack & The Beanstalk, Princess & The Pea and many more, every room is bursting with nostalgia as I recalled the storylines that I've read on books as a little kid.

If you're more interested in taking photos for the gram, one tip is to enter the rooms during the breaks between showtimes. We stumbled into one of the rooms to realise that it was completely empty and it was a breeze to take the perfect shot.

My brother actually brought along a DSLR, but we found that certain shots were better with our phone cameras instead.


Without having to travel to another country to visit Disneyland, kids can now come up close with Princesses such as Snow White! Both our ages are definitely off the charts for such exhibitions, but no doubt it is a great bonding family activity for those with young kids. 

I can totally imagine bringing my little kid to such events in the future, and watching him/her with brimming wide smiles as they explore around. (not that it's happening anytime soon though!) 




There are many stunning backgrounds for photo opportunities if you're the elder sister/brother of the family and don't find interest in any of the storytelling tales. Just look at this gorgeous backdrop filled with paper crafted red roses! 


Or how about this Moroccan inspired mosaic printed wall?








And wow, it was so much fun playing in this "Little Mermaid" themed ball pit. Can't miss out on the slow-mo and boomerang actions! 



22 Stories is a magical fun-filled exhibition that retells fairytale stories from a lively perspective. It's a great bonding weekend activity for parents and kids as they are able to experience real-life characters from story classics, which helps to expand kids' imagination beyond their limit.

Thank you 22 Stories for allowing me to relive my childhood once again!

Duration: 1 May - 30 Jun 2019

Friday: 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Weekends: 10am-2pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm

Address:
PeopleUp @ Pandan 
200 Pandan Gardens, Singapore 609336

(Do note that the parking slots are only reserved for private parking so you will have to drive further up to park at the HDB areas)

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Top 8 facial tips to prep my face for my wedding day

As a bride-to-be, there are so much details to lookout for - Wedding gown, photography, flowers, balloons and just many more. When you're too busy preparing for your wedding day, it's not uncommon to neglect other important areas like your face! Being a bride-to-be can be equally blissful yet stressful at the same time. It's not a surprise that zits and pimples pop out at the absolute wrong time, because that happened to me (very unfortunately). And I suspect it's also due to my long haul travel.

It's best to prep your face a few months before your big wedding day. So, don't be a last-minute panicking bride like me! But if you happen to be in my situation, leaving yourself just a bare few weeks to rectify any skin issues, here are 8 facial tips that I use to prep my face before my wedding day.



Bridal Facial at your Favourite Spa

I had my bridal facial treatment at My Cozy Room Spa, also highly reviewed as Best Extraction Facial in Singapore. Their facial treatments are notable for treating clogged pores, acne and pimples (exactly what my concerns are) with a gentle yet thorough extraction. The treatment that I tried was their Premium Anti-acne LED Treatment.



Their treatment is customisable to different skin issues. I like how they really cater to individual needs and not just smack on the same products on every different customer.

Since I have a fair amount of acne scars and clogged pores, they recommended me to try the Anti-acne LED treatment. Containing microsilver with special ions, this painless treatments (blue light in particular) helps to kill existing blemish bacteria, and visibly reduce severe acne. 

Like I've mentioned earlier, best results are shown if you prep a few months in advance. So miracles don't happen overnight. I still have some acne scars on my right cheeks but my scars have reduced considerably, with less clogged pores. I noticed that my face was also more radiant and glowing as compared to my dull skin while I was overseas.

If you want to know more about the treatment process, you may click here : http://mons-diary.blogspot.com/2017/11/best-extraction-facial-singapore-my-cozy-room.html
My Cozy Room has also been awarded Best Pre-Wedding Facial for the past few years! So my face is definitely in good hands. 


Effective Acne Treatment Products

I have been using My Cozy Room's Acne Drying Lotion for a few months and I dumped my previous pimple cream (ha! just kidding, I passed it to my brother as he's using the same brand).


The Acne Drying Lotion is specially formulated to speed up recovery of your acne especially after a facial treatment where there are a few red spots on your face. I also use it as a emergency weapon to deal with sudden outbursts of acne when I don't have the time to go for a facial treatment right away. It usually dries up the active acne and poof! They're gone in a few days or two. 

LED Device

Not everyone has this device at home, but if you do own one, it's really effective in removing blemishes and acne. It definitely comes with a high price tag, but I would say it's a pretty good investment if you're willing to spend. 

Otherwise, you can also go for the Anti-acne LED treatment once in a while to treat specific skin issues.


Hydrating Mask/ Ampoules

It was a rather hectic a day before our wedding as we had to go down to ROM to collect documents, settle last min stuffs and I had to go down to the venue to decorate my reception table. I only reached home at about 11pm and we still had to do the hair combing ceremony. Oh, and I actually had to wake up at 330am the next morning!

But guess what? I still managed to slip in 20-30 minutes for pampering my face. This step must not be missed out! I used a hydrating mask to keep my skin supple and soft overnight, so that it would be easier for the MUA to apply make up the next morning. Ampoules will definitely be more effective if you don't mind spending the extra, and is probably more useful if you require the makeup to last the whole day.

My Cozy Room also offers ampoules for brides-to-be who want to have that perfect glow on their special day! The BABOR Perfect Glow ampoule is effective in skin hydration, while providing a smooth and radiant complexion to your skin. 

Avoid Spicy and Heaty Food

Facial treatments and products are effective solutions but they don't do magic to your face if you can't control what you take in.

As a fried chicken and spicy food lover, it was honestly hard to resist the temptation for junk food. But yes, I resisted somehow and tried avoiding all sorts of food that may contribute to acne and pimples, except for dairy because I can't live without my coffee.

Seriously, this really works. Because when I started eating spicy food right after the wedding. Guess what?

BREAKOUTS. 
(So yep, better control than to regret later on)

Hydrate Yourself 

This is probably the most common and also most legit advice you'll ever hear from anybody. It's essential for your body to be replenished with water regularly to maintain skin hydration and also to flush out any toxins from your body. Water, not sugary drinks, not coffee and definitely NOT bubble tea.

It probably sounds quite strange to have this advice coming from me as I don't usually follow this step. But it still serves as a good self-reminder. 

Sleeping Early

I'm a night owl and my mind works best at night to complete enquiries, blogs, or whatever baking logistics I have to settle. This was honestly a tough rule to fulfil but I tried my best. And I even skipped countdown party and stayed home to rest just because my wedding was in less than 2 weeks after New Year. Sometimes you just gotta make some sacrifices!  

Skincare Regime 

Apart from the 7 tips above, your skincare regime is equally essential to prep your face in advance for the most important day of your life! Come up with a proper skincare routine and please stick to it with self discipline. I actually brought over my skincare devices to my overseas trip, and it was very effective in controlling my breakouts, at least to a successful level of extent despite indulging in really unhealthy food.

It really requires a high level of diligence to maintain your skin, I wouldn't say that I have done a great job on this area, but I hope that the tips I've shared can help you achieve glowing skin on your special day!


Monday, 29 April 2019

Review | Golden Village (GV) Gold Class Experience | Avengers Endgame

The entire Singapore has gotten crazy over Avengers: Endgame, and both of us are not spared too. I started camping on all my devices in the morning on the day the ticket sales started, hoping to get a pair of Endgame tickets at Gold Class Great World City. I thought I had fast fingers as I was able to reserve the seats on my screen, but the system failed me as it crashed upon keying in the OTP.

After an hour of non-stop refresh, we finally got our hands on a pair of tickets (At the seat we want too!) I heard that some people were in the queue of over 30,000 on other cinema platforms? Just wow.

Scalpers on Carousell are also trying to make profits through the ticket sales, ranging from reasonable prices to hundreds of dollars. I just don't get it, this isn't a one-day show, I believe only die-hard fans have a chance of paying a higher price just to watch it first, but otherwise, this group of people usually have their ways to purchase the ticket once it is launched.

Btw this is my very first Gold Glass experience so I was really excited to give it a try with our favourite movie! 

*I won't be reviewing the movie so NO SPOILERS*


We bought the Gold Glass Dining Set that includes a set of Crispy wings, fries, garden salad and soft drink for $62. GV members can enjoy it at $59, but we couldn't log in our membership at the point of time. 


We reached the cinema about an hour before the movie and headed for the Gold Class lounge on the 2nd level. It was indeed quite satisfying to receive exclusive service from the friendly staff. We were greeted and ushered to our preferred seats to order our food.




The Gold Class menu included a variety of choices for appetisers, mains, desserts, snacks and drinks. In order to fully enjoy the Gold Class experience and the lounge (of course), we came with an empty stomach. 





The best way to enjoy the food is to not have much expectations as some of the food are microwaved type of quality. But overall, you're paying for the premium service and not really for the food standards. 

Truffle Mushroom Soup ($10) was quite legit though. I have seen restaurants serving "Campbell texture" soup which I don't fancy. This mushroom soup had bits of mushroom pieces and has texture like the blended type. 

The crispy wings were served piping hot and have a nice crunch. The portion was also very generous and bigger than I've expected. I love the truffle tomato relish with lemon wedge dressing which has a tangy sweet flavour to it. The Meatball Pasta ($15) felt like it was microwaved but I like the taste of the sauce, meatballs were also quite juicy. 




It was my first time entering the theatre, and it is really so spacious! Our seats were 4th row from the front (D3-D4), which was quite perfect for us. The seats were super comfy and we were also provided a cosy blanket, we don't need to worry about the coldness anymore. 

The seats are also adjustable on the back and leg rest to your own comfort. For 100% comfort, I also took out my shoes and hide it under the blanket. Who cares about glam at this point of time!

There is also a service call button on the table if you need to order food.


Special mention to the Oreo milkshake as it was SUPER DELICIOUS. It wasn't too sweet or gelat. Just the right taste for me. I love it so much I wish it was easily accessible for non-gold class movie goers. I was actually deciding between Oreo milkshake and Strawberry mango smoothie. Turns out that these two are the recommended choices from the staff! I thought that oreo milkshake would be a better choice as I can get smoothie from Boost. And I love it!  

Even with a whopping price of $62 per ticket together with the cost of extra food ordered, we had no regrets because it was a one-of-a-kind experience to watch your favourite long-waited movie in the best comforts coupled with exceptional service from the staff.

Watching Endgame at Gold Class theatres is also more worth the price as it is a 3-hour long movie, and I heard from others that the normal cinema was very noisy with kids. No offence but you really wouldn't want to be disturbed by cries and talking while you're fixated at the show.

The food might not be the best, but c'mon, it's not a high-class restaurant, just have less expectations on the food, and you might just get the best out of the whole experience!