Friday, October 24, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Cobalt Blue x ClubCouture

Amidst the sea of black dresses in my work wardrobe lies a growing collection of cobalt blue dresses. To me, other than nude dresses (read my previous post here), cobalt blue is the next best alternative to black. The colour is strikingly beautiful and it really stands out from the crowd, but even then, it looks professional enough for work. 

Honestly, I find it difficult to find another colour that fits the above criteria.

One of my latest cobalt blue dresses hails from ClubCouture. A design inspired by Three Floor, it is surprisingly well-made given its pocket-friendly price.

 Dress c/o ClubCouture
Shoes from Pazzion
Bag from Givenchy
Earrings from Chanel

I got mine in UK size 4 and it fits me perfectly, which is a dream come true because Three Floor's sizing tends to run a little larger and I would usually have to get them altered to fit my petite frame.

I'll be heading to Maldives this weekend but I've been ill for some time now. I've been coughing for weeks (hello sleepless nights) and I was just diagnosed with conjunctivitis earlier this week. Yes, bad things do come in threes - cough, sleepless nights and conjunctivitis. 

The only positive thing that came out of this is that I have miraculously developed abs as a byproduct of prolonged coughing. Oh yes, every cloud has a silver lining. A flat and toned tummy is exactly what I need for a beach getaway.
Thankfully, my eyes seemed to have recovered and my cough subsided a little this morning, just as my excitement is building up. Now, let's hope it stays this way so I can recover quickly.

More updates from Maldives soon!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yun Nam Hair Care Review

After my 7th session at Yun Nam Hair Care

In the blink of an eye, I have since completed 3/4 of my treatment package with Yun Nam Hair Care. Time flies, and under the meticulous care of my hair care consultant, my scalp condition has improved by leaps and bounds. My scalp feels squeaky clean and less oily, and the occasional itch that I used to experience has gone away completely. Hair fall had greatly reduced too. More importantly, I have scan results to prove that I am on the right track!

Just take a look at my recent scalp scan results below. A comparison of my 'before' (13 Aug 2014) and 'after' (17 Oct 2014) scan results shows a marked improvement. My hair follicles are now clearly visible and there are less cloudy particles surrounding my follicles, which means that I have less dead cells and my scalp is much cleaner. 


Evidently, the past 6 sessions of deep cleansing treatments at Yun Nam Hair Care worked really well on me. My scalp is now ready for the next phase of treatments which focuses on nutrition to further enhance my overall scalp health.

Here's the herbal formula used in the course of the nutrition treatment. The main ingredients are ginseng and Polygonum Multiflorum (commonly known as He Shou Wu in Chinese).


This herbal mixture was applied to my scalp and the roots of my hair with a brush. After a gentle massage, a red cap was then placed over my head before the steaming process began. I was told that this red cap helps my scalp to effectively absorb all the nutrients and goodness from the herbs.

As always, I left Yun Nam Hair Care with beautiful, shiny hair. Every session feels so incredibly pampering and relaxing, I always end up looking forward to my next session. The best part is, the treatments do wonders for my scalp.

Nonetheless, I am not one who rests on my laurels. To prolong the efficacy of the hair treatments between sessions, I use Yun Nam Hair Care's home care products for daily maintenance. I have shared at length about Yun Nam Hair Care's shampoo, conditioner, cleansing lotion and renewal lotion here previously, but I have yet to shed some light on the leave-in treatments that I use everyday.

The Hair Nutritional Lotion is formulated from traditional herbs (primarily ginseng) and is fortified with nutrients to revitalize your scalp and hair. It works like a scalp tonic, hence I typically spray this directly onto my scalp after I get out of the shower.

After spraying this evenly onto my scalp, I proceed to give my scalp a gentle massage. This helps the nutrients to penetrate deeply.


The other leave-in product that I use on a daily basis is Yun Nam Hair Care's Protein Essence, which works just like a leave-in conditioner. It is specially formulated to repair and restore moisture to dry and damaged hair due to high heat treatment.


I spray this product directly to the middle section of my hair all the way to the hair ends after showering, when it is still a little damp. I love the refreshing apple scent and the glorious shine that it imparts to my hair.

  Thank you once again to Yun Nam Hair Care for giving me beautiful, healthy hair!


Free Consultation at Yun Nam Hair Care
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Monday, October 20, 2014

100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo in JB City Square Mall (Now till 4th Jan 2015)

Not sure where to head to during the weekend? Perhaps you could head across the Causeway to JB City Square Mall Level 1 for the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo.

On from now till 4th Jan 2015, the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo showcases 100 life-sized Doraemon figurines, 100 iconic gadgets and memorable scenes in Doraemon stories. Even if you're not a Doraemon fan, the photo opportunities and interesting gadgets will certainly blow your mind. If you have kids in tow, I'm sure they'll be just as, if not more entertained!

Tickets are affordably priced at RM25 for adults (aged 13 and above) and RM15 for kids (aged 4 - 12). Senior citizens and very young children (below 90cm) can enter for free too.

You can literally find a Doraemon in every nook and corner, and if you follow the comic series, you can probably identify most, if not all of the gadgets. For Doraemon lovers, this is definitely a feast for the eyes.  

Karen, Janice, Raphael and I headed to the expo on a Saturday afternoon. We had so much fun goofing around with the Doraemon figurines, toying with all the fanciful gadgets and discovering new, fascinating facts about Doraemon.


Fun Facts about Doraemon

Did you know that Doraemon is a cat with ears that used to be yellow? I had absolutely no idea!

An unexpected twist of events led to Doraemon losing its ears to a mouse. This incident scarred him for life and caused him to fear mice. 

How did Doraemon become blue then? Poor Doraemon tried to cheer himself up when his girlfriend Noramyako laughed at his missing ears, but instead of drinking a cheer-up potion, he drank a sorrow potion that made him cry for 3 days till he eventually turned blue!

Popular Doraemon Gadgets

At the entrance of the expo, you will find the "Dokodemo Door", which allows you to travel anywhere simply by walking through the door. 

Dokodemo Door

The "Time Machine" is another popular gadget at the expo. I love how the psychedelic lights create the illusion that you are travelling through time and space.

Time Machine

 Anyone who has caught an episode of the Doraemon cartoon would find the "Hopter" familiar. 

I used to wake up early every Sunday morning just to catch Doraemon at 9.30 a.m. and the "Hopter" is one gadget that left the deepest impression on me. This bamboo propeller is meant to airlift you to safety but it looks more fun to me than anything else. I would love to be able to fly from one destination to the next just by attaching the "Hopter" to my head!


Want to take a peek at what everything looks like in a 100 years' time?  Place the "Future Glasses" in front of your eyes for a sneak preview!

Future Glasses

The "Air Cannon" creates a powerful burst of air that can easily knock out your enemy. All you have to do is attach it to your hand and say "Bang". Finally, here's a weapon that doesn't run out of bullets because it doesn't require any!

Air Cannon

Having difficulties memorizing your notes for tomorrow's exam or your speech for an important event? Here comes the "Memory Bread" to the rescue! Place the bread against whatever you need to memorize, and a special mechanism in the bread will store all the information required. Thereafter, eat up the bread and everything's stored in your memory! 

If only this exists in reality.  I would buy a loaf of this bread everyday.

Memory Bread

Want to experience a day in the life of a Lilliputian (for those of you who've read Gulliver's Travels)? You could jolly well fulfill your dream with the "Small Light", a device that shrinks people and objects.

The Small Light

Besides these popular gadgets, there many other interesting gadgets that double up as great photo backdrops.

Iconic Doraemon Scenes

Gadgets aside, a Doraemon expo will not be complete without iconic scenes from the anime. Here are some of the most unforgettable scenes in Doraemon:

1. The First Appearance of Doraemon

Doraemon first popped out of a drawer in Nobita's bedroom, catching him by surprise.

2. Nobita's Wedding

Doraemon fans would know that Nobita always had a thing for Shizuka. The pair did eventually end up together.

3. Nobita's Grandmother

The teddy bear in the photo below was a precious gift from Nobita's grandmother. Nobita found the teddy bear in his stash of old belongings and it reminded him of how much he missed his grandmother, hence he asked Doraemon to take him back to three years ago when his grandmother was still alive. 

4. Farewell between Doraemon and Nobita

5. Nobita's classroom

A new scene at the Doraemon expo, fans can expect to sit in Nobita's class, which comes complete with a teacher and blackboard.

Nobita's Friends

You'll also get to meet many of Nobita's friends during the expo.


The numerous photo-taking opportunities made the entire experience an engaging and interactive one. Suitable for all ages, the Doraemon expo provides a great opportunity for family bonding and for friends to get together. It was a fun-filled afternoon for all of us and we had a marvelous time snapping away. 

Much thanks and love also goes out to Janice for being my personal photographer this time!

Doraemon Cafe

And if you still haven't had enough of Doraemon, you can pop by the Doraemon Cafe located on Level 1 (Atrium) and Level 5 to try out Doraemon's favourite snacks!

 Many thanks to Alvin for sharing the cafe photos with us!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fashion Fridays: The Little Nude Dress

The little black dress has and always will be a wardrobe staple, but the often neglected little nude dress is just as timeless, don't you think? The personification of grace and sophistication, the little nude dress has a softer, gentler side that allows you to make a statement with understated elegance.

One wonderful aspect about this subtle hue is that it gives you free rein to play around with textures and layers. In this case, cascading ruffles are the main focal point of my little nude dress. Details like ruffles lend an inexplicably girly appeal to nude dresses.  On the contrary, imagine if the dress was in a darker shade like black. The striking colour coupled with ruffles would give the dress a more garish persona. If gaudy and overdone are adjectives that you would like to avoid, sticking to subtler shades would be your best bet.

To jazz up the plain colour palette, I threw on a pair of fierce animal print lace-up heels from Zara in a similar hue no less. Lace-up heels never fail to add a dose of edginess without compromising on femininity. 

To balance out the edginess, a touch of pearls in the form of earrings and an arm cuff were added to complete the ensemble.

Dress from Yuan (Far East Plaza)
Shoes from Zara
Clutch from Saint Laurent
Accessories from Chanel

This series of photographs was taken at Quayside Isle, one of only places in Singapore that reminds me of Sydney and instantly puts me in a holiday mood. Quality couple time, fresh air and outdoor activities that do not involve shopping malls, sprawling beaches and the beautiful harbour - these are just some of the things I miss. On a totally unrelated note, the one year we spent in Sydney created so many wondrous memories and personal development opportunities, both for us as a couple and for each of us as an individual.

What struck me the hardest was that work-life balance, an important aspect that Singaporeans value but strive so hard to achieve, seemed to come so naturally to those who live in Australia.  The one year in Sydney led me to realize that there is more to life than making a living.

Life used to be all about work for me. I used to be more negative and cynical, frequently complaining about how badly life was treating me. We all need to make a living, but more importantly, we need to create a life worth living for. That nagging thought gave me the impetus to pursue my passion for writing relentlessly, through blogging. 

I write a lot in the course of my work, but creative writing is a different ballgame altogether. Your vocabulary is wider, your sentence structures less restricted, and your thoughts are allowed to run wild, no holds barred. It excites my senses and stimulates every cell in my body. It makes me feel alive. And this is what keeps me going, day after day. 

I might write about fashion today, my travel escapades tomorrow and beauty products the following day, but every single word that is printed on this humble space comes straight from my heart. You cannot believe how thankful I am to each and every one of you out there who continue to read my ramblings, and I hope today's Fashion Fridays post would serve as a source of inspiration to you, beyond just fashion, to pursue your passion, live your dreams and bring meaning to your lives.

Have a great weekend ahead!


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