Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Buck Tile St Cafe


Buck Tile St Cafe is a new cafe that we stumbled upon in our neighbourhood in the Western part of Singapore. I cannot express how delighted I was with this new discovery because sipping on a piping hot cup of cafe latte (or chai latte) while savouring delectable desserts in rainbow colours in a cafe that is situated just a stone's throw away from where we live is right up my alley. 

I love the cozy, non-pretentious vibe of the cafe. What stood out the most for me was this row of clocks that adorned the main wall. I've seen this decor in another cafe in town and to my amusement, the time in Pulau Tekong at that cafe was intentionally adjusted backwards. I'm sure all the men who have served National Service can relate to this as the first three months in Pulau Tekong would have felt like an eternity.  

The time in Tekong at this cafe however, remains the same, though both of us felt that the time in West Coast could be slower here to depict a slower, more leisurely pace of life that you'll get to experience the moment you step into Buck Tile Cafe, which was exactly what we felt. 


 
I also love the sense of humour here. Anywhere with free wifi is a plus, especially if it is very wavy.


Did you know that the name Buck Tile St. Cafe came from the term Bucket List? At the back of the cafe, you will see little squares of colourful handwritten notes and wishes on a board titled "Bucket List".

 
I personally think that the main highlight at this cafe is their interesting selection of cakes and desserts. I was tempted to order a slice of every cake just to have a taste, but the JW wasted no time in turning down my suggestion. Only two servings of dessert please, he said.



I had to order their Tiramisu dessert because it comes in a really cute flower pot with a wooden spade that doubles up as a spoon! Let me assure you that not only is this dessert aesthetically pleasing, it fares very well in the taste department too. It is light, moist and has just the right balance of bitter chocolate powder to complement the creamy filling.



I also ordered the very peculiar blue velvet cake. JW was skeptical about my decision at first, but the cake's extremely light and fluffy consistency won him over. Moist and soft on the inside, every mouthful was a delight. This is easily one of the best cakes we have tried in a long time. 

Did I mention that I really adore the colourful confetti balls too?




I was craving for fries too as I've been abstaining from them for a long time due to a cough that wouldn't go away. I needed that plate of spam fries. 

It was a little salty, which was to be expected since you're really munching on luncheon meat, but we thought it could have been fried a little more to make the edges crispier. Even then, it is hard to go wrong with spam fries and they were nonetheless a satisfying addition to our meal.



 What about the drinks, especially the coffee? Coffee addicts would be happy to know that the coffee beans here are from Toby's Estate. The cafe latte may not be mind-blowing, but it was definitely good enough to meet my hubby's requirements whenever he needs a coffee fix.



I had the chai latte, my default comfort drink if I can find it on the menu in any cafe, and I am very happy to report that Buck Tile St Cafe serves up one of the better chai lattes in Singapore.

 Many cafes that offer chai lattes make the mistake of adding too much milk, which drastically waters down the flavour and takes away the essence of the drink.  Here however, the milk takes a back seat while the distinctive flavour of the chai spice blend takes centre stage and really shines through. I love it.



 So yes, we will definitely be coming back for our cafe latte and chai latte fix. I can't wait to try the other desserts that we missed out this time too! 


Buck Tile St Cafe 
Address:
104 Faber Drive

Opening Hours:
12pm – 11pm daily

Nearest MRT Station:
Clementi

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jamco Optical: Crizal Prevencia Lenses for Protection Against UV Light

Rocco eyewear with Crizal Prevencia lenses


Karen and I were both part of the Rocco eyewear campaign and we each received a pair of designer Rocco frames. I picked a purple pair that's a little more feminine (as featured in the photos above and below) while Karen got herself a preppy navy one. 


Just as we were thinking of getting lenses for our eyewear, Bryan from Jamco Optical at Katong Shopping Centre kindly offered to sponsor our Crizal Prevencia lenses.  



What's special about Crizal Prevencia lenses?

These lenses are the only clear lenses in the market that selectively filter light to protect the eye against harmful blue-violet and UV rays while maximizing the benefits of essential light.

 Crizal Prevencia lenses have an eye-sun protection factor of 25 (E-SPF 25), which means that your eyes are 25 times more protected than without any lenses. Unlike standard UV lenses, Crizal Prevencia's unique patented technology ensures that its lenses are able to effectively protect your eyes from front and back UV rays.

What's the difference between blue-violet light, UV light and essential light?

 


 

In addition to UV light, why do we have to protect our eyes from blue light too?



I usually wear contact lenses on a daily basis, hence I can easily protect my eyes from UV rays by putting on my sunnies. However, on days when I decide to put on my spectacles just to give my eyes a break, that's when I worry about exposure to harmful UV rays. 

With Crizal Prevencia lenses, I never have to worry again because my eyes are automatically protected from both UV light and blue-violet light.

Watch the video below for more details on Crizal Prevencia Lenses:
 
 
Aside from spectacle frames and lenses, Jamco Optical also boasts an extensive collection of sunglasses, including classic brands such as Ray Ban and highly coveted designer brands such as Victoria Beckham.

Ray Ban
Ray Ban Aviators

Ray Ban

Here's what I ended up purchasing eventually. Karen bought the same pair in a darker shade. Great minds certainly think alike!



I was really tempted to purchase the Victoria Beckham aviators from Jamco because they are so incredibly light and stylish.  
 
The prices at Jamco are also generally below market rates, hence you can rest assured that you're getting a good deal. The warm yet professional service provided by Bryan and team also made the entire shopping experience a very pleasant one. I would definitely recommend Jamco for all your eyewear needs.


Victoria Beckham Aviators
Victoria Beckham Aviators

Victoria Beckham Aviators



For more details on Jamco Optical, do visit their website here.

Remember to follow Jamco Optical on Facebook for latest updates and promotions too!




Jamco Optical & Trading Co.

Address:
B1-15 Katong Shopping Centre
Singapore 437844

Tel / Fax: 
63459519

Email: 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fashion: Of Cape Blazers, Superheroes & Counting My Blessings



Want to look like a superhero without compromising on style? I came to realize that the cape blazer will easily do the trick for mere mortals like you and me. It's chic, stylish and can take you from work to play depending on how you pair it. 

The cape blazer design is also perfect for our humid weather. I hardly ever wear blazers in Singapore but I really like how the cape design keeps you warm when you step into an air-conditioned room while the slit sleeves help you to look and feel cool when you step outdoors under the blazing sun.

I've worn this cape blazer with a formal pencil dress for work, but for weekends, shorts are my staple. Of late, I find myself favouring shades of black, white and grey. I have also started to gravitate towards simple, minimalist pieces with clean lines. That was how I came up with this ensemble. A simple leatherette cropped top, a pair of embossed shorts and a cape blazer all in the same shade, accented with touches of gold. Sometimes, the beauty of an outfit lies in its simplicity and I'm surprised it took me so long to discover this.
 







Cape Blazer from Love Bonito
Cropped Top from MDS
Shoes from Charles & Keith
Cuff from Hermes
Clock Bag from Taobao




I have been back in Singapore for some time now, and while it is great to be back with family and friends, I haven't been doing so well in the health department. In times like this, I really wish I was a superhero with immediate self-healing powers. If only I could be a female version of Wolverine and Superman with my cape blazer!

 I pulled a muscle due to a persistent cough, which recently led to a painful inflammation of the membrane protecting my lungs (also known as pleurisy). The bad news - I was in so much pain I could barely walk or lie down. Even talking, breathing or laughing hurt and I could not move my right waist for days. The good news is, Arcoxia (a strong painkiller) helped a lot and I'm much better now. I have to minimize any movement as it adds pressure to my waist and back area but thankfully, my cough has faded into oblivion.

In spite of all the pain and inconvenience, this episode serves as reminder that I shouldn't focus on how stressed I am and instead remember how blessed I am. 

The hubby is on an important course this month hence my parents have been taking me to the doctor and going out of the way to make sure my 3 meals are settled. My dad also makes it a point to drive me to important meetings that I cannot miss despite my condition. 

Every cloud has a silver lining and there's so much to be grateful for.  
 
The early-morning text messages from my mum just to check that I'm fine, the cozy lunches with my dad every afternoon since the mishap happened, their silly antics that made me laugh even though they cracked me up so bad my injury hurt, the hubby's attempts at placating me with comfort food (i.e. unhealthy food) as I'm sick of plain food, and even text messages from the colleagues persuading me not to go for less important meetings lest I hurt myself again. It warms my heart from inside out and I honestly cannot be more appreciative for everyone and everything. 
 
Thank you, all of you are my superheroes.
 
I'll be back in the pink of health soon, I promise. :)
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Maldives Resort Wear & Beach Essentials




It was an incredible feeling to have paradise right at my footsteps for a week. Maldives felt like a dream and heaven on earth is perhaps the only description that does any justice to its natural beauty.

I will be sharing more about my trip to Maldives in a separate post as the focus of today's Fashion Fridays post will be on resort wear and beach essentials. If you follow me on instagram (@reginachow_sg), you might find some of these photos familiar.

Breezy Chiffon Outfits

I bought this purple cropped top and shorts set from Theory of Seven a while ago but never found the right opportunity to wear it until Maldives came along. 

The devil lies in the details and in this case, the cape-like chiffon layer attached to the shorts made this set absolutely irresistible. I love how it moves with the wind, as if it is performing a little dance accompanied by the peaceful waves gently lapping onto the shore.




Swimwear

Swimwear naturally comes to mind when you think about resort wear and beach essentials. This time, I packed enough swimwear to last me an entire week in Maldives. Here are just two of my favourite bikinis. They're exceptionally well-made and fit petite ladies really well.




 3-piece Swimwear Set from Liz Lisa, Japan



Bikini from Victoria's Secret

Crochet Cover-ups

I personally have a soft spot for crochet cover-ups and over the years, I have added more than a handful of these to my beachwear collection. This lovely crochet dress from Australian label Bardot is the perfect cover-up.

I didn't actually get a tan as I kept spraying SPF50 sunblock regularly throughout the day, but this crochet piece must have been sprinkled with some magic dust. I was initially a little doubtful about the colour, but when I put it on, I realised it complemented my skin tone and even gave it a healthy tan and glow.






 Beach Essentials
Swimwear and beach coverups aside, here are some of the beach essentials that I cannot live without. If I were to choose one item to take with me on a beach vacation, sunblock would definitely rank first.

On this trip alone, I brought along two SPF50 sunblock sprays from Japan, two SPF50 sunblock gels for my face (from Kose and Clarins), and an SPF30 sunblock powder from Jane Iredale. I even brought along a lavender scented facial mist with SPF30 which I bought from Hokkaido in June!

The beauty about beach holidays is you don't have to wear much make-up. The only make-up items I packed were my trusty Benefit Dandelion blusher, my favourite lipstick from Laneige in Spangle and Paw Paw Ointment (which I use as a lip balm). 
 
What about you? What are some of your beach essentials?

For more resort wear inspirations, do check out my previous post in the link below:



Have a great weekend ahead!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Paragliding in New Zealand (Queenstown)


I was just opining on instagram that I ought to give my travel photos more limelight on my blog, so today, I decided that it's about time I gave some air time to my New Zealand holiday, which took place way back in December 2012.

If you are interested, you could also read about Lake Tekapo, my first stop in New Zealand in the following posts:




Paragliding was one of the activities that I did in Queenstown. It took me a while to take the plunge, quite literally, because I have always been relatively risk averse.

But I am glad I did it eventually, because New Zealand, especially Queenstown, is probably one of the best places to do this. The adventure companies here are very experienced, the scenery is amazing and the atmosphere just feels right. I mean, everyone does adventure activities here!


After a great deal of online research, I signed up with Skytrek, which has flown over 60,000 customers since 1992. The co-owner is also the most experienced paragliding instructor in New Zealand. That really put my mind at ease.


I signed up for the paragliding session in the afternoon and was surprised to see that there was nobody else but me. 

Amidst all the excitement, it was a little nerve-wrecking as I got all suited up for the experience.

  All ready to go!




I was told to run down a slope, but after just a few steps, I miraculously floated off the ground and drifted into the sky.


It was a beautiful day.The picturesque view of Queenstown was a welcome distraction as it immediately cast my fears away. I marveled at the sprawling pastures against the backdrop of majestic mountains surrounded by meandering rivers, while furry blankets of clouds dotted the bright blue sky. 






The ride was very smooth and comfortable, to the extent that I almost forgot about being so high up in the sky with the blinding sun and strong winds battering down on my face.  Well, that was until my instructor decided to throw me off-guard with a few acrobatic twists and spirals, with his GoPro camera in tow.








As the ride got a little more exhilarating, I shrieked a little and my eyes shut tight whenever I felt the G-force as we continued spiraling downwards.




The funny thing about me is that I get really hungry when there is too much motion, and by the end of my 25-minute ride, I was feeling weak and famished! 

"How was it?", my instructor asked upon landing. 

"I am very hungry now!!", came my reply.

I think he was more amused than anything else. After a hearty laugh and an exchange of goodbyes, I made a dash to the nearest cafe across the field and ordered myself a warm bowl of soup.



Discovering new lands and experiences never fails to give me a deep sense of satisfaction. This time, my virgin paragliding experience awakened my sense of adventure, an element that has been lying dormant deep inside me for what seems like an eternity. 

And so, would I do it again? Yes, I would, in a heartbeat.

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