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Friday, March 27, 2015

Music for the soul

Hello there!

I haven't been able to document many of my thoughts recently since well, I have been caught up with school work quite a bit! The week is finally coming to an end, and so are the impending assignments and presentations. My blog has recently been an outlet for me to post reviews and advertorials, not much of personal updates so do bear with me for a bit! 2015 started off with a bang, and it's still going really well for me (if you don't count the  financial crisis sigh). Okay, I shall tread on this topic with discretion like what I've promised myself from the start because there. are. consequences. But yes yes yes it's like all the love quotes and songs now make sense and I can't help but wake up feeling really loved and blessed every day. :> :> :>

Ok moving on. 

I don't think I have done this before, but I have recently been hooked on certain songs which I wanna shareeeee! I don't think I have addressed this particular topic on my blog before, not because I find that it is irrelevant but more like it has never crossed my mind. I think music really speaks to one's soul, and I am a strong believer of how one's playlist can tell a lot about a person's personality too. I'm going to share with y'all 5 of my "most-played" or favorite songs recently and I hope that some of them catches onto you!

1) The One - Kodaline



What happened to be a chanced encounter turned out to be one of the most played songs in my playlist. Yes, I think everything in the song makes total sense because I am a hopeless romantic like that. But I mean, it's Kodaline!!!! How can anyone not love Kodaline?!

2) Promises - Ryn Weaver



 I know the starting part of the song but seem a little technoish or irritating but do listen on! This is my no.1 played song on ITunes with a record of 966 times (967 now). I think I have sent this to anyone who asked me to recommend them a song.

Definitely underrated. 

3) Reflections - Misterwives





I first chanced upon this song in H&M (Their playlist was good!) and got hooked ever since. This was a song that I thought no one ever listened to, until one day I found out that my significant other also did and I was like say whaaaaaat are you fo real. But really. the female lead's vocals are reaaaaaaally good.

Oh, I slotted Coffins under Reflections because Taylor Swift recommended this song to one of her broken-hearted fans and one simply does not ignore music recommendations from TSwizzle. It's one of my favorites too.

4) Love Lost - The Temper Trap



I was hooked onto this song for a period of time, stopped, and got back on after hearing snippets of it on No Strings Attached. For those who have not watched the movie, please please please please do! It's one of the better romantic comedies around.

5) Stolen - Dashboard Confessionals



This has been in my playlist since I was in Secondary 3, and I don't think any other song has been on the list for so long. There's just something about the beats that make it so addictive.

These are just my top few choices, but I'm also a sucker for songs from bands like One Republic, The Script, Monsters and Men etc etc etc. Oh and TSwizzle and Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and many other main-stream artists. I think my music preferences have changed quite a little as age catches on (Omg I need to stop making myself sound so old).

I love how some songs are able to document a phase of  a person's life, just like how these 5 did.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil

Thanks to the people at Sample Store, I got to review the Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil that is suited for both neck and the face!




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Background Story:
Palmer's was found in America in 1840 and has become one of the world's leading names in skincare. Generations of families have loved the fantastic moisturizing qualities of Palmer’s skin care range, and millions of women around the world agree, making it one of the popular skin care brand.

Their #1 formula, Cocoa Butter Formula, is one of Palmer’s key offering in its wide range of skin care. Palmer’s provides product for every skincare need: hand and body care, facial care, stretch mark care, hair care, body care and personal care using nature’s richest, most luxurious ingredients, Palmer’s key ingredients.

Palmer’s is against animal testing and all of the products are cruelty-free. Majority of Palmer’s products are free of parabens, phthalates and sulphates.


Here are some of the benefits mentioned!
- Reduces Lines and Wrinkles 
- Lightens Dark Spots 
- Moisturizes Dry, Ageing Skin 
- Brightens Skin Tone 
- Evens Skin Tone

This product is best suited for women after age 35, but even so, it's never too late to start protecting your skin! It really helps to moisturize your skin too, so it's suitable for women of any age groups! 





Here's a before and after shot of me using the product. I haven't been using it very long so I'm not able to witness the other benefits, but I do know that it does moisturize the dry areas of my skin and brightens up my skin tone a little! Even though it's a therapy "oil", it does not make my skin greasy after applying it!

It retails for $29.90 and you can get it from Watsons or other leading health care or beauty stores!

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And guess what?
There is also a contest happening for Palmer's Oil now!
Here's what you have to do:

 Purchase a retail size Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil from Watson's online store 

After which, pose for a selfie with their retail-sized Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil and post on Instagram with the hashtags #Palmers #PalmersSg #PalmersSTOFace.

Contest runs from now to 25th April 2015! 
Winners to be announced on 30th April 2015.

Grand Prize: 
$150 cash + $80 Palmer's hamper 

Consolation prize:
$100 cash + $80 Palmer's hamper 

(Prize collections at Bugis)

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You can also try out your free samples at:

Hope this helped! :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

[Adv] Free International Shipping with 65Daigou (9-29th March)

Hello guys!

For those of you who don't already know, I have been an avid patron of Taobao and I always trust the services of 65 Daigou to deliver my loots to me! I've been using their shipping service ever since 2 years ago, and I am still a huge supporter till today.

You can check out the links of the 65Daigou tutorial at the right-hand column of my blog under the "Advertorials" tab! 

So today, I'm going to share this great news with you! 
65 Daigou is having FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING for their Exclusive Taobao Partner Shops till 29th March when you spent 2kg and less!

Also, from now till 29th Mar, get 10% shipping fee off for orders, from China, Taiwan, USA too! This is applicable to all shops! 
More details about that here:

So......here's how you can shoppppp!

1) Head to www.65daigou.com, click on the "China" tab and "Partner Shops".


2) You will then be directed to this page with the list of all their partner shops which are really extensive! They even have up till 20% cash rebates! 



3) I clicked on the first link which happens to be a shop called Haoduoyi. I've been purchasing clothes from them for some time now and their quality and workmanship never fails to imrpess  me. They also sell pieces similar to those you can find on ASOS and other American websites! 


4) Found a skirt I liked, clicked on it and was directed to this page.
Here, you are able to choose the color, size, shipping warehouse (before they are shipped to Singapore again) and the Shipping method!

I chose Express Shipping because it's the fastest shipping method (Around 1-2 days to reach Singapore's warehouse) and it's freeeeeeeeee!


5) Proceeding with the payment


6) So here at 65Daigou, you are given a choice of various payment methods from IBanking, ATM Transfer, Credit Card, Paypal etc and they are all really safe. I usually stick with IBanking!



After they have confirmed your payment (Which you can check), they will proceed to buy your items. You will be then notified (by email/phone) when the items reach the warehouse of your choice (that you have chosen in Step 4).

You can then arrange for them to be delivered to Singapore!


I usually "Hold" my items so that they can all be shipped to SG together. They is actually an option for you to choose at the "My Shipment" tab. Just turn "EZ-Shipping off", and you can manually submit all your items to be ship to Sngapore. 


 And so here were the items I bought with the Free International Shipping promotion! 
I didn't exactly splurge a lot even though I was really tempted to!


1) Black Sling 

I've always wanted to get a small black sling bag and I finally found it after rounds and rounds of browsing through the pages. Gonna save you the trouble and give you the link here if you're interested!


It's my go-to bag at the moment, and yessss the quality is superb. It's less than SGD $10!


2) Floral Midi 

The skirt from Haoduoyi which I showed! As usual, I was in awe with its quality. The colors of the skirt are very vibrant in real life, and I am definitely going to re-wear this over and over again when I can. 



3) Peal choker


Another necklace which I haven't worn out yet but you can get it here!



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I really hope that you found this post of help! 
If not, you can always drop me your questions at:
cforcassan@gmail.com 

or a comment here / question at ask.fm on the right hand corner! :)

Happy Shopping!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Food Review: Tanuki Raw Bar & Restaurant


Address:
181 Orchard Road
#02-03 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896



Nearest MRT Station:
Somerset MRT Station 

What they are famous for:
Aburi Sushi, Sashimi Don, Truffle Yakiniku Don, Alcoholic Beverages 

Opening hours:
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM daily
11:30 AM - 3 PM Lunch Sets daily
5 PM - 8 PM Happy Hour daily
Last order of food at 9:45 PM and
drinks at 10:15 PM

Atmosphere: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Food: 6/10

Service: 6/10
 Lunch Specials 
 Interior 


 Menu
 Lunch Menu
 Beverage Menu

We had:

 Salmon Skin - $5
(Fried salmon skin with garlic lime chili sauce)

A pretty unique dish! I loved how they added the Singapore flavor to this by adding the garlic lime chili sauce. It was pretty addictive too!

 Garlic Fries - $7
(Golden fries tossed with Garlic)

The fries were overcooked and we couldn't taste the Garlic in it. We did though, find a handful of diced garlic at the bottom of the basket. So no, definitely would not order this again.

 Lunch sets that comes with Salad, Miso Soup and Green tea at an additional $2

I think they used wasabi vinaigrette dressing for the salad! Wasn't really my kinda thing but if you love wasabi, then why not give it a try! $2 is pretty reasonable for these add-ons!


 Salmon Don - $12 (Lunch promo)
(Fresh sliced salmon, lightly seared aburi, plump ikura served with their housemade spicy mayo and yakiniku sauce) 

I didn't know that Tanuki Raw was opened by the same owner behind Standing Sushi Bar till the very day I visited it. Well, I have never liked the salmon at SSB because I have always felt that it lacked freshness. Decided to skip this thought and still give Tanuki Raw Bar a try but..... I was disappointed. I've had my fair share of good salmon sashimi in 22 years of my life and this was nowhere near. 

Oh anyway, all their Donburis are served with Onigiri rice!


Chirashi Don - $17.80 (Lunch promo)
(A mix of seasonal and staple sashimi including scallop, sea bream, tuna, swordfish, salmon, striped jack and salmon roe, seasoned with our signature sauce served with tamago on sushi rice)

Oh the to-die-for Chirashi Don! To be fair, I didn't try this, but to me, paying $17.80 for this might have been a little pricey, if say the standard of their sashimi was similar to that of the Salmon Don. The ones at Sushi Tei costs only $9.90 with equal portions of Sashimi. 

There's also an option for Bara Chirashi Don and the sashimi comes in cubes! 


Truffle Yakiniku Don - $14.80 (Lunch promo)
(Break the runny yolk of the onsen tomago egg over the black angus short rib that has been pan seared with a dollop of truffle soy sauce) 

Probably their only saving grace! I savored this bowl on my own but the truffle got a little too gelat for me towards the end. Still, $14.80 for this is pretty affordable! I would prolly stick to their cooked Donburis next time if I ever do visit them again! This was served with Onigiri rice as well! Would have preferred the fragrant Japanese rice instead!


Atmosphere:
The restaurant had a modern take on the traditional Japanese restaurant with bar counters, dimmed lights and an open kitchen. They even have an outdoor seating!

Service:
Service was pretty slow that day, and the fries were the last to be served (And they were overcooked). It was a unconventional when we got our Donburis first before we got our salad and miso soup when they were supposed to be the appetizers.


Hope this helped!
Toodles!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Other half of your soul


I used to be really baffled by this preconceived notion of how there's always someone out there who's meant for you. How this person would fit you like a missing puzzle piece, and could possibly by the other half of your soul. Or what they call - your better half.

In this life, when you meet Him, you'll know it. There comes a point when you two share a connection so strong that you begin to feel not for, but with one another. 

Hello there, Soulmate.
It's nice to finally meet you.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

#ootdcompilation

 Dress: Bugis
Shoes: BKK
Bag: H&M
 Dress: ASOS 
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Top: Cotton On
Pants: c/o Space Invasion SG
Vest: c/o Stapleground 
Shoes: H&M
Bag: Gifted 
Top: Her Velvet Vase
Skirt: Online

Shoes: BKK
Bag: Taobao

Dress: Love, Bonito
Bag: Charles & Keith
Shoes: Gifted 
Top: The Tinsel Rack 
Skirt: Bugis
Shoes: Minnetonkas
Bag: H&M
Top: c/o Space Invasion SG
Skirt: Taobao
Bag: Taobao
Shoes: Gifted 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Food Review: Boufe Boutique Cafe



Address:
308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park
#01-01
Singapore 247974

Nearest MRT Station:
Redhill MRT Station 

What they are famous for:
All day breakfast, Pretty ambiance 

Opening hours:
Tuesdays - Fridays: 8am - 10pm
Saturdays - Sundays: 10am - 10pm
Closed on Mondays

Atmosphere: 9/10
Price: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10


 Cafe Interior 
 Desserts and pastries available
 Outdoor Seating
 Breakfast menu (Last order for Brunch at 3pm)
 Dinner Menu (Last order for Dinner at 9pm)


We had:

Turkish Apple Tea - $5

The tea was fragrant and infused with Apple slices which was a refreshing change. 


 Smoked Salmon Croissant - $19
(Freshly baked croissant with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and capers and fresh greens)

I loved how the croissant came in smaller pieces, and I could savor each piece with the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon that accompanied it. The eggs here at Boufe came in a drier consistency, slightly different from the usual scrambled eggs you get but still tasty. They were really generous with the smoked salmon too! 


 Eggs Benedict - $16
(Homemade brioche with honey baked ham, poached eggs, homemade hollandaise sauce and fresh greens)

I'm a sucker for eggs benny on brioche, because I'm a fan of having my hollandaise drizzled over thick fluffy bread. However, the sauce might have been a little too creamy for my liking. Still, cheers to the perfectly poached eggs! 


Atmosphere:
I loved the white washed concept of the  cafe, which somewhat reminded me of Blisshouse Cafe with all the swing and pretty vines going on. It's a really romantic cafe, so you might wanna consider bringing your other halves there! 

You might find that it'll be quite a chore to head in, but we got buggy rides in from the friendly security guards, so maybe you can try requesting for it too! *winks*

Hope this helped!
Toodles!! 

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