Friday, November 20, 2015

Launch of Freywille Les Parfums

Thanks Freywille for the kind invitation to their launch of their new Freywille Les Parfums at Capitol Piazza. Was really glad to attend this beautiful garden party.

 Such a beautiful bottle packaging of the new Freywille Les Parfums

The 4 new Freywille Les Parfums

Presentation of the new fragrances

 One can choose the wrapping design for the fragrance

The first floral arrangement by the Japanese master

 The second floral arrangement by the master

 The third floral arrangement by the master

 Check out my floral arrangement ;p

Love these beautiful and fresh flowers. Someone commented that these blue or violet roses are rare =)

Selfie with the beautiful flowers

Thursday, November 19, 2015

2016 Prom Dresses Collection From Aisle Style UK

It's that busy time of the year whereby most ladies' calendars are filled with some form of party invitations. But we urbanites are so hard-pressed for time with our busy daily lives that shopping at the crowded malls during the weekends could be considered some form of luxury for some ladies? Well, check out this great alternative with beautiful dress options of superior quality at attractive prices:

An awesome range of 2016 prom dresses collection is available on this UK based website. The sizes range from UK 4-28 so it's easy to find a size that fits you. Some designs are really gorgeous and I spotted some pretty options that I would like to share with you:

Halter Neck Lace Embellished Crystal Detailling Mermaid Black Designer Prom Dress

This elegant halter neck mermaid style black number simply took my breath away...check out the charming crystal embellishments details on the neck. The embroidery lace on the 2 sides as well as the tulle skirt helps to accentuate your figure. 

The back of the dress is sexy yet classy. See how the embroidery lace also extends to the back of the dress? The cool thing is there are a total of 38 different colour options for you to choose from although my personal preference is black. 

Jewel Neck Sparkling Pattern Split Long Jersey Prom Dress

Make the red carpet entrance with this stunning design and watch all the heads turn...I simply love the jewel sparkling details on the bodice of the dress!

And the jewel sparkling design extends to the back of the dress for a sexy yet elegant look.

The dress is made of comfortable jersey material which helps to show off your curves and that slit in the front starting from the thigh area allows you to flaunt your lanky legs. A total of 33 colour choices are available for selection.

Two Piece High Neck Beads Pattern all over Column Short Sparkling Prom Dress

The intricate crystal beading details all over this 2 piece outfit is simply gorgeous! The cap-sleeved cropped top allows you to flaunt your mid-drift and abs.

The material used for this chic ensemble is polyester and a total of 43 colour options are available.
Shoulder Straps Sparkle Beaded Long Chiffon Prom Dress with Open Back

Check out the beautiful crystal beading on the bodice of this A-line chiffon prom dress. The flattering cut-in detail along the waistline allows you to reveal your figure.

Check out the interesting criss-cross open back design. There are 31 color options for this elegant design.

Halter Neck Sequin Beaded Long A-line Satin Backless Sparkling Prom Dress

This halter neck sequinned satin prom dress gives a modern yet luxe feel. This A-line design is perfect for those who are looking for a more forgiving cut which is flattering.

Check out the sexy back of this structured elegant gown.

The standard order from this website takes approximately 20-25 days but there are 2 other options of faster delivery for those who need the dresses urgently in time for their year end parties.

For those brides-to-be, do check out 2016 wedding dresses collection here: 
There is also an interesting range of 2016 bridesmaid dresses collection here: 

Have fun shopping!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Media Invite: Launch of Cultlinary

Thanks Firdaus for this lovely invite to the launch of Cultlinary, which is the brainchild of Chef Alvin Lee. It was my first private dining experience, made special in the company of other food enthusiasts and home cooks. This event was held at a nice, cozy space in the eastern part of Singapore. 

This launch event showcased live cooking demonstrations from home-chefs and food aficionados. It's really nice to taste the various interesting dishes prepared by home-chefs and food aficionados and to be able to meet and chat with fellow food-lovers. Three home-cooks and aspiring chefs presented dishes from various cuisines: Thai Pork Neck Curry, Three Cups of Wine Chicken and Mussels with Spicy Tomato Broth & Coconut Flakes.

Guests were treated to a sneak preview of Cultlinary’s first and second episodes which premiered on Cultlinary’s YouTube channel on Thursday, 12th November 2015. For the first two episodes, Chef Alvin Lee partnered with local female band; Cha Ban Seng consisting of former contestants from Project Superstar II, Mediacorp's nation-wide singing talent search competition, Chen Diya and Carrie Yeo who emerged as the top two winners of the female category. The second episode featured Chen’s recipe of Mak & Cheese that was prepared shortly after the episode preview during Lee’s live cooking demonstration.

Chef Alvin Lee and Home Cook Yan Ping busy at work during the live cooking event

Home Educator, Yan Ping, at the live demo cooking session preparing "Three Cups of Wine Chicken". I had a quick chat with her and learnt that she developed her interest in cooking at an early age in her teens and has been trying out different recipes since but her specialty is in Chinese cuisine. Someone asked her the reason why she poured wine onto the lid of the wok and she explained that the wine would have evaporated during the cooking process and pouring wine on the lid would help in the flavouring when the lid is lifted and the aroma would enter the nose.

Vasellia, who's a writer, at her live cooking demo session preparing Fusion cuisine dish of Mussels with Spicy Tomato Broth & Coconut Flakes.

Yan Ping also prepared some chocolate and soya tarts as shown in the photo. I tried the soya tarts, which are a healthier yet tasty alternative to the usual egg tarts

Table situation: a quick look at some of the other dishes that the other home cooks prepared for the tasting session

Yummy small bites

Glad that I had the chance to taste this super yummy dish cooked by Chef Alvin Lee. Learnt that this dish "Coq Au Vin" is one of his specialty dishes. Thumbs up for this flavorful dish!

I feel that it's really nice for Chef Alvin to set up this support network for home-cooks, some of whom may feel that they are on a lonely route? Love the slogan that he used: " Never Wok Alone"! Thanks for having me at the historical moment of Cultlinary. I certainly had fun watching the live cooking demos of the home cooks as well as chatting with the other food lovers.

Chef Alvin Lee’s Vision:
Spearheaded by Lee in early 2015, Cultlinary focuses on building a network for aspiring chefs and home-cooks to promote and share the joys of cooking. Cultlinary envisions itself as an advocator of home-cooking and recognises it as a culinary art form. Heading a strong belief, Lee aspires to grow the interest of home-cooking, and shape-shift the future of home-cooks in Singapore.

Do check out Cultlinary Online Channels:

Instagram: @cultlinary

About Cultlinary:

Fusing culture and culinary, Cultlinary is an online channel that aims to build a community of aspiring chefs and home-cooks, providing a social avenue for like-minded people to connect, discuss and inspire. Showcasing live cooking programmes, Culitnary aspires to make each cooking experience fun and easy, and serves as a platform to discover, read and share content, from recipes to cooking tips. Other programmes include hosting food gatherings, charity events or even workshops for aspiring cooks who would like to be a step ahead towards achieving their culinary goals.

About The Founder, Alvin Lee:

Alvin draws inspiration from his experience as a cabin crew when he was exposed to many different countries and cultures. Through an array of taste and flavours, Lee recognised how food can be shaped by culture, and discovered a distinct line of thread amongst people from all walks of life; their love of food. Together, and through food, strangers can learn more about each other’s culture than any given notion. Following his passion for food, Lee shares his happiness through cooking for friends and family, experimenting on new recipes and cuisines during many weekend gatherings, abbreviated as ‘ACS’ (Alvin Cooks Saturday) amongst his peers. As a home-cook with almost no professional experience, Lee’s sheer dedication for cooking translates in his food. Lee’s inquisitive nature and love for cooking has sparked the initial concept of Cultlinary.

(Source: Press Release)

Monday, November 9, 2015

MEDIA INVITE: Unveiling of The Latest LPG® Endermologie® Cosmétiques by Nelson Philippe

Mr. Nelson Philippe, grandson of Louis Paul Guitay, the inventor of LPG® Endermologie® technique, was in town recently to officiate the launch of the latest line, LPG® Endermologie® Cosmétiques, a full array of facial and body care solutions at LPG® Endermospa Ngee Ann City. Hailing from France, LPG® is the leading company in the beauty industry. During this official launch, LPG® Endermospa showcased its flagship solutions: Intense Hydrating Smoothing Serum; LPG® 10% Peeling Procedure; as well as LPG® Gynoid Body Endermologie®.

Mr. Nelson Philippe was a former IndyCar race car driver who started racing at a tender age of 17 and won his first IndyCar race in Australia at just 20 years old. However, his car-racing career was brought to an abrupt halt in 2009 after a serious injury during a race accident. Nelson then underwent the Endermologie® therapy for a full recovery. Since then, he decided to be fully involved with LPG® Systems to help people have access to and benefit from this unique cell stimulating technique. 

I had the opportunity to speak to the Mr. Nelson Philippe during the launch event and learnt that he underwent Endermologie® therapy treatment about once a week after the accident and these treatments helped in the mobility of his limbs (he was in a wheelchair then). The treatments also helped in improving the appearance of his scars as he had a lot of fibroblast scar tissues then. It's really nice to personally learn from him how Endermologie® therapy treatments have benefited him. It certainly has piqued my curiosity in Endermologie® therapy treatments.

Selfie opportunity with Mr. Nelson Philippe

We then witnessed the live demostration of LPG® 10% Peeling Procedure which combines the LPG® Peel and Face Endermologie for maximum results. The LPG® Peel works its magic by exfoliating the skin and boosting cellular regeneration. This superficial peel formula contains 10% acid and is a synergistic blend of glycolic and mandelic acids for optimal anti-ageing results while reducing skin damage risks. Face Endermologie is the only technology capable of natural reactivation of production of skin essentials necessary for youthful-looking skin based on a 2013 Humbert Study: collagen for firmness (+23%*), elastin (+46%*) for suppleness and hyaluronic acid (+80%*) for hydration and re-plumping action. The procedure certainly looks very promising and I'm excited to try it out.

Asean sales manager for LPG systems, Caroline Lucas, explaining more about LPG® 10% Peeling Procedure.

The new range of LPG® Face Endermologie® Cosmétiques products. I will be trying out the Intense Hydrating Smoothing Serum which comprises 7% high-molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid Complex. 

LPG® Gynoid Body Endermologie® is a body-shaping procedure which combines three treatments: Glowing Revitalising Cream; Body Endermologie®; and Smoothing Anti-dimple Complex. The Glowing Revitalising Cream facilitates micro-peeling action for skin rejuvenation and reduction of stretch marks appearance. The Body Endermologie® reactivates cellular activity via mechanical stimulation of the skin to send signal deep down to the fat cells and fibroblasts to provoke physiological response to activate collagen and elastin production as well as lipolysis. The Smoothing Anti-dimple Complex is to reduce stored fat and smooth cellulite.

About LPG®

Present in more than 110 countries, LPG® is the world leader in cellular stimulation with the CELLU M6 with its exclusive and 100% natural slimming and anti-ageing technology (LPG® patents).

About LPG® Endermospa

In 2009, LPG® launched the “LPG® Endermospa” Day Spa concept: centres dedicated to delivering the perfect performance of LPG®’s patented treatments. These centres remain true to LPG®’s philosophy of natural healing, natural beauty and natural wellness. Today, over 50 LPG® Endermospa centres worldwide offer non-aggressive and non-invasive ultra-customised programmes for those seeking a slender body and radiant face.

These expert centres are equipped with the latest Cellu M6® innovations. LPG® Endermospa is synonymous with professionally trained personnel and offers an exclusively developed treatment menu and treatment protocols by LPG®’s expert specialists.

First-ever LPG® Endermospa in Singapore

Mary Chia Holdings is behind the first LPG® Endermospa in Singapore. Customers can be assured that every treatment is developed and designed by LPG® treatment master specialists. An elite and handpicked team of dedicated LPG® therapists perform these exclusive treatments, ensuring poduct knowledge and skill for every treatment solution.

LPG® Endermospa Singapore is located at 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, Tower B #05-22A Singapore 238872.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm

For appointments or more information, call 6734 6626

(Source: Press Release)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tour of Ronald McDonald House Charity at National University Hospital

Thanks Omy Blog Club for the kind invitation to tour Ronald McDonald House Charity facilities at National University Hospital. This was my first time there and I learnt from Ms Judy Chun, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities, that this is the only Ronald McDonald House in Singapore. 

With Ronald McDonald and other bloggers at the tour

I have noticed the Ronald McDonald House Charity box present at McDonald's outlets but it has never occurred to me where my donations would go and who the beneficiaries are. So really appreciate this arrangement whereby we could meet one of the families that had benefited under this charity scheme and to have them to speak to us in person. Madam Kartini's youngest daughter Syasya Dalili had to undergo the transplant operation and her husband was the donor and she had to take care of both of them as well as her elder daughter Umairah Syafiqah during the hospitalization period. So Madam Kartini was very thankful that she was allowed to stay at one of the rooms at Ronald McDonald House which has a bathroom attached and she could be so near to both her husband and daughter. 

During the sharing session

Tears started to well up in my eyes as I listened to Madam Kartini share her experience. I feel that sometimes we have been living in such a blessed yet busy environment that perhaps we didn't notice the needy families around us? Ronald McDonald House Charity always welcome volunteers. Do check out this link to find out more about how you can volunteer here:

Mdm Kartini with her youngest daughter Syasya Dalili (who underwent the transplant), and elder daughter Umairah Syafiqah

There are 4 rooms at the Ronald MacDonald House at NUH and priority is given to the most needy family based on a points system. The maximum period for each stay is 14 days subjected to review based on a case by case needs basis. These needy families have benefited from the use of Ronald McDonald House while their young children had to undergo hospitalization and the best part is the stay is at no charge to them! There are also meals catered too and the families have benefited from the meals voucher system too. 

Apart from providing a temporary, yet very special “home away from home” for families of ill children undergoing treatment at NUH, Ronald McDonald House also provide wholesome meals for these families staying here. This platform allows families to provide and receive peer support, as well as bonding between staff and volunteers with the families. Do check out this link to find out how you can contribute towards this meaningful scheme:

Gifts in-kind are always welcome at Ronald McDonald House and some suggestions are as follow:

Food Items*:
Snacks (e.g. nuts, dried fruits, cookies, crackers, ice-cream, chocolates)
Fresh whole fruit (e.g. apples, oranges and bananas)
Rice / instant noodles
Canned food (e.g. soup and tuna)
Convenient packed food (suitable for microwave)
Spread (e.g. margarine, peanut butter, Nutella, jam)
Bread, pastries, breakfast cereals
Tea, coffee, Milo in sachets and soft drinks
Gift Certificates from Cold Storage, NTUC, Sheng Siong and Giant Supermarkets
*In order to prevent cross contamination, food items must be individually packed.

Kitchen and Bath Necessities:
Facial tissue
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion
Toilet rolls and kitchen paper towels
Disposable shower caps
Toothbrushes and toothpaste (travel-size)
Linens: (white)
Queen size sheet sets (with fitted bottom sheet)
Single size sheet sets (with fitted bottom sheet)
Bath towels and hand towels (white)
Mattress pads for single and queen mattresses
Other Items:

Toys for children of all ages including Gift Certificates from Toys”R”Us and Apple Store

Do contact or 6778 1934 if you would like to donate other items or for more information.

There's also a play room with books, toys and boardgames for the beneficiaries at Ronald McDonald House

A brand new Ronald McDonald Family Room adjacent to Ronald McDonald House is currently undergoing renovation and will be launched in January 2016 to benefit more needy families! 

I understand from Ms Tan Shu Yan, Manager, Corporate Communications & Customer Care, McDonald's Restaurants Pte Ltd, that as part of McDonald’s McHappy Day efforts this year, S$1 will be donated from every purchase of a Strawberry Sundae from 1 to 15 November to help raise funds and to bring love, hope & courage to children and families supported by Ronald McDonald House Charity Singapore. 

Please let us do our part and support this meaningful cause and benefit more needy families by purchasing more strawberry sundaes from McDonalds! 

Please help to spread the word and encourage your friends to do likewise and also remember to tag photos of your Strawberry Sundaes with #mchappydaysg and #lovehopecourage!

Thanks Omy Blog Club, Ronald McDonald House Charity and McDonald's Restaurants for involving me in this meaningful and charitable cause.