Friday, February 05, 2016

Bra problems & fixes we wish we knew earlier

Let's face it ladies, I'm sure all of us have our fair share of bra-problems (Bra-blems) and embarrassing stories that we could relate on some levels.

Bras of a bad fit 

When I was younger, I dreaded bra shopping and because of that I always got a bra that wasn't a right fit. I had the misconception that the tighter the strap, the more support the bra has to offer. That was a time when I constantly have burns on my shoulder which were caused by the straps digging in and was stuck with ill-fitting bra that gave me boob spillage and unflattering back bulges.

That was a long time ago, eventually after a bra shopping trip with my mom, my greatest takeaway from her would be to always go for the one that gives you a full coverage if you're a busty gal. Definitely a plus if the bra has a wide band which gives you better support. Even though designs are less than cute, it's still better than being stuck with a ill fitted bra which gives you a quad-boob.

Caring for your Intimates

In my early years of owning a bra I had zero knowledge about caring for my intimates, cleaning means tossing them in the washer alongside with the pile of laundry. Clearly the spinning and drying happening in the washer did no harm to my laundry but destructed the cups of my bras. Long gone were the smooth surface, instead all I got were harsh creases and dents that I longed to get rid. After some time, my bras went through some serious wear and tear. That was when I realize machine washing is never an option for my delicate undergarments.

A simple solution for caring for your delicates would be to hand-wash it . It may be a hassle but it lasts long enough for you to invest in another new one. The last thing you want is to have the dents and bumps obvious under a fitted tee. My best advise for time saving efforts, consider washing them while taking a shower.

Below are some common bra fitting problems and quick fixes for you created by ThirdLove. (Thirdlove is a bra company that made their bras fit real women.) 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

[T R A V E L] Khao Yai, Thailand

I'm back, I'm back! I hope everyone is well and is having a good start into the new year. Even though I'm late in greetings, here's to wishing you a to have a fulfilling & happy year. At the beginning to 2016, I kick-started the year with a trip to Thailand (Bangkok). Instead of the usual route, we added a road trip to Khao Yai to the itinerary before settling in Bangkok for the remaining days. 

Most people are familiar with Bangkok for its vibrant metropolis, while at Khao Yai it's an entirely different place to explore. It's a door to its best kept secret of the great nature and luscious greens.

When directions & driving is your forte, getting to Khao Yai is a piece of cake. If that's not the case then there are other options of bus or train that would get you there. Lucky for me, my dad is great at both and my uncle is an ace of his own. Knowing that I'm in safe hands with the perfect road trip pair means I could comfortably take naps en-route. (I'm either jamming away to songs or I'm just snoozing at the back of the car.)

Sunflower field

Where: Saraburi, Lopburi, Suphanburi
Blossom months: November to Janurary
Entrance fees: 10 baht per pax

Basking in sunshine with a backdrop full of cheery sunflowers is my dream come true! That was the leading motivation for taking two days in Khao Yai. For that to happen, our travel dates coincides the peak period (New Year's Day) which means crowds are anticipated. As Singaporeans, we're endowed with kiasu spirit, we drove out as early as 8 in the morning to reach the destination an hour later.

By 9am, we've paid for our 10 baht entrance fee and all set to snap away. By the way, we were the first in the field and it definitely pays off to get up and be there early, see how I don't have random photo bombers in my photos. Totally, worth it.

Khao Yai National Park

Entrance fee: 40 baht per pax
Vehicle fee: 50 baht

Before embarking on this trip my dad sent me videos on incidences of elephants attacking vehicles at the national park, not sure if he found it amusing or did he do it just to terrorize me. But it ain't gonna stop me from visiting this UNESCO World heritage site! From the influx of traffic going into the park, it's probably gonna spook the wildlife that wanted to make an appearance. No elephants or tigers were in sight, much to our surprise we spotted a couple of monkeys and a wild deer while making our way back.

Palio Village

For someone who has yet to set foot into Italy, inspired themed shopping places becomes a novelty. Roaming on the streets and alleyways while I dream away about getting lost and exploring in a Tuscan village.

Primo Piazza 

Entrance fee: 100 baht

Just like Palio Village, Primo Piazza is designed and themed to resemble Tuscany. This one has more photo spots set up in little corners for you, definitely the place for all of you fashionistas to get your outfit shots taken. The farm on the property is where the merinos, alpacas and donkeys can be found.

The Chocolate Factory

It is by chance that I found this restaurant for our dinner on the first night. When you travel with your parents you got to always be well-planned and know where to head to next (even if you don't at least just pretend that you've got everything together).

I mentioned that I found this by chance, true enough this place came to my knowledge when I was scrolling Instagram. So I just brought my family here without even reading reviews, but it turns out that all of us loved the food there and there were no complains. It takes

As the sun sets, the temperature took a dip which makes it perfect for alfresco dining. What's great ambiance without a good live band right? The sound of acoustic guitar accompanied by soothing vocals singing to classics like "Right Here Waiting " sets the mood. \

Years of visiting Thailand, surprises never cease and there are just too many places to explore. It came to my discovery that it's more than a shopping haven, a sun and sea holiday or a religious worship site. Every country has a charm on its own, you'll have to have a curious heart to discover and a fresh eye to see it in your unique point of view.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Wonderland

Outfit details: 

Laced up flats// Zalora 
Tweed Skirt// Topshop 
Top//Dorothy Perkins Petite

On my face: 

 Nars Lipstick Grace
Melted Strawberry 

Too Faced The Return of SEXY Palette

~It's the most wonderful time of the year~ 

December, the last month of 2015! The city has never been more ready for Christmas, shopping malls in town are all dressed in sparkly fairy lights and you can almost hear Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You everywhere. This year, I decided to head down to Garden by the Bay-Christmas Wonderland to soak up the festive mood. 

The amazing light sculptures were at its best after sunset and the cylindrical light display (Spalliera) was magnificent! There were also some fun & games like ice-skating rink, carousal, good ole carnival games which you can win plush toys. There's a price tag that comes with the fun, a carousal ride would cost you 10 bucks! I mean, if you're into riding stationary horse then go ahead! Oh, I later found out that there's a Santa meet-and-greet which we missed! We'll never get the chance to sit on Santa's lap and whisper him our wishlist. 

Now, allow me to resume the movie that I've put on pause since this afternoon. It's compelling to watch romance movies this time of the year, so for now I have Channing Tatum in The Vow to look at. I'll probably throw in some good classic Christmas movies like Home Alone or The Grinch later this week. 

To my friends from all over the world, have a merry & joyous Christmas celebration and see you in the New Year! 

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

T A I P E I C I T Y 'N O V 1 5 [P A R T I]

Hello lovely space-watchers~ At last, I have the time to sit and tell you about some highlights of my Taipei trip that happened earlier in November.  

Tam Shui Old Street 

On that day of arrival in Taipei, I've planned to spend the day at Tam Shui - Bei Tou Hotspring. A little heads up for you if you're in the midst of planning your itinerary - since both places are situated at the northern part of the city, it would be wise to plan these two places on the same day to cut down travelling time. 

What to buy at Tam Shui? 

While strolling the streets of Tam Shui and enjoying the sea breeze, besides getting a glimpse of the past and stuffing yourself with all street food, here are some that you can bring back to bribe your family and friends (you can thank me later). 

1) Fish Cracker 

Posted this on Instagram awhile back and I am still obsessed with this snack. I should have brought home more so that I can share it with everyone around me. Trust me on this, when you bring home a good snack you'd most likely be popular, maybe for awhile. 

Address : 新北市淡水區中正路186號

2) Almond Drink/Powder

The granny in me loves Chinese almond tea and I knew I couldn't give it a miss when I walked past it. This has got to be the best almond drink that I've ever tasted! Knowing that my dad loves a good almond drink, I decided to lug home a huge tin just for him. 

3) Grandma's Sour Plum Soup (阿妈的酸梅汤)

When I first heard about sour plum soup, I imagined it to come in an ancient porcelain bowl (y'know the usual way soups are served)  but in reality it's packaged in a disposable cup. well I guess it's more modern than I thought. The sour plum drink made to my list of best beverage there, coming close to topping the almod drink. The sweet-and-sour taste surely made a sunny afternoon a little more bearable.

4) Deep fried squid 

5) Jumbo ice cream 

My main aim at Tam Shui was to have this. Since friends who have been there told me that they missed their chance to have it as shops were closed when they visited, I made it a point to plan my day on a weekend so that shops would be operating full force to cater to the weekend crowd. True enough, I wasn't disappointed.

Bo Pi Liao Historical Street (剝皮寮歷史街區)

Bo Pi Liao street came to my knowledge through the Taiwanese movie- Monga and it's also one of the attractions that I was eager to check out. Being a fan of historical sites, places that has rich culture and history would spark my interest. The well-preserved street is full of character, the red brick walls and faded drawings as well as old wooden sign boards allows you to have an idea of what Taiwan was like back in the days. It's been such a pity that we're unable to stroll and take in everything this street has to offer because there was filming in progress and we were asked to clear the compound asap. 

Jiu Fen (九份)& Shi Fen (十分)

Jiu Fen Old Street has a reputation for being Taiwan's Santorini - similarly houses are seated on the cliff with a sea view front. The skies were grey, I pray so hard hoping that it doesn't rain but the moment we reached the train station, our suffering from bad weather starts. The rain ascended from a mere drizzle to a heavy downpour. Out of all days, the only time that I decided not to bring my umbrella, it rained. Well, but it sure didn't hinder with my determine heart to hunt for popular delicacies like the peanut icecream, taro balls and fish ball vermicelli. 

Peanut Ice Cream, Taro balls

Fish ball vermicelli

Flavoured teas in the form of cubes.

We then set off on a 40 minute journey to Shi Fen for the most important part of the trip - releasing sky lanterns. Every color on the lantern symbolizes a different meaning, we selected the a multi-colored one only because I thought that we're gonna be sending a message to the sky, might as well have more options and be more well rounded to get everything blessed. 

After the completion of your masterpiece, the staff member would then guide you to the railway track and light it up for you. One of the staff members would assist you in turning the lantern and the another would be taking photos of you using your camera for each side.  

Well that's all for now, Part II of my trip would be posted soon! So stay tuned for future updates. 

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