Friday, February 27, 2015

Fashion Fridays: Maxi Dresses for Work

It's tough to find middle ground when it comes to maxi dresses. They tend to fall into either end of a spectrum, either too casual or too formal. 

I have to thank my lucky stars and also Sushi for taking the plunge and placing an order for this lace maxi dress from our supplier because "the one" that I've been looking for finally came along. Its shirt dress structure exudes a no-nonsense vibe while the delicate lace material lends a touch of feminine charm. Finally, a maxi dress that I can wear to work without looking underdressed or overdressed.     

While it is easy to take a dress like this to work, I would suggest you reserve this either for Casual Fridays or evening functions if your office has a very strict dress code. You can choose to dress up the dress with a pair of heels or slip into a comfy pair of wedges to dress it down.

Generally speaking, with a statement dress like this, there's hardly any need for accessorizing. But if you really want to, you could cinch your waist with a skinny belt and put on some stud earrings. I picked out a pearl belt from my mum's wardrobe to accentuate the silhouette and bring out the vintage appeal.

Bag from Hermes
Cuff from Hermes
Shoes from Pazzion
Belt from my mum's wardrobe

I hope you enjoyed reading this week's edition of Fashion Fridays. Have a great weekend ahead! 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015



The Samsung GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ is proof that good things come in small packages. Visually, it stands out from the sea of smartphones with its slim, sleek and stunning exterior. The luxurious shade of Frosted Gold exudes style and sophistication, making it the perfect fashion accessory for style mavens. 

Practically speaking, it is incredibly light, handy, and is so slim that it fits into the tiniest clutches.  At just 6.7mm, The GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ may be Samsung's slimmest and most stylish phone to date, but it also packs a punch thanks to its Octa Core Processor and 4G+ LTE Cat 6 capability. Now, I can surf the internet and stream my favourite dramas at a much faster speed without compromising on the chic factor.

Its Ultra Power Saving Mode is very useful too as I am able to extend my remaining 10% battery life by up to 10 hours' worth of standby time. As a result, I no longer have to carry a portable charger around with me on a daily basis. Additional features include fingerprint security, which gives you the convenience of signing into websites such as Gmail and Zalora as well as paying for your purchases using Paypal with the swipe of a finger. I enjoy online shopping and this feature makes my shopping experience absolutely fuss-free.

In my opinion, the key highlight of the Samsung GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ is its built-in 12MP Advanced Camera which comes with Fast Auto Focus to capture action shots, Selective Focus for shallow depth-of-field (i.e. sharp subject and blurred background) and Real Time HDR to preserve the light and colours to achieve life-like photos. If you enjoy taking photos, you will definitely love this phone.

Here are some unedited photos that I took with the Samsung GALAXY ALPHA 4G+. I was truly impressed by the photo quality as it certainly rivals that of my DSLR camera.

Selective Focus (Sharp Foreground, Blurred Background)

Selective Focus (Blurred Foreground, Sharp Background)

Selective Focus (Sharp Foreground, Blurred Background)

Selective Focus (Sharp Foreground, Blurred Background)

Pretty amazing, isn't it? Perhaps it is about time for my bulky DSLR camera to take a backseat now. 

The Samsung GALAXY ALPHA 4G+ is currently retailing at S$848 at all Samsung Experience Stores. Other than Frosted Gold, it also comes in Dazzling White and Charcoal Black.

For more information on the Samsung GALAXY ALPHA 4G+, click here.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fashion: Chinese New Year 2015 OOTD

One of my favourite outfits for this year's Chinese New Year celebration is this lovely Covet Vionette Flare Dress from Love,Bonito, which you may have already seen in my previous post on Love, Bonito's Popup Store.

I love the oriental floral motifs, reminiscent of Chinese porcelain, although I did wish that the motifs could be even more defined to bring out the intricate design. What I really like about the dress is its cutting and the thick woven jacquard material, which enhances the dress's beautiful fit-and-flare structure. And how could I forget the inner mesh tulle skirting which adds that extra oomph?

I went for a full-on matchy-matchy ensemble with electric blue shoes from Zara and my trusty birkin (just the right size for all the red packets and oranges). Practicality and comfort are of utmost importance to me given that house-to-house visitations often take up the entire day.

We managed to sneak in some time for a coffee break too and as we strolled down one of the back alleys along Little India, JW whipped out our new camera for some quick snaps. It is about time we scouted for some new lenses as we only have one compatible lens at the moment and unfortunately, that isn't enough to maximize the true potential of our new baby.

Dress from Love, Bonito
Shoes from Zara
Bag from Hermes
Earrings from Korea

Singapore's back alleys are one of the most interesting places to check out. They're usually empty but yet there's so much going on. The long alleys add depth and dimension (read: great for photography) while the varying wall textures, colourful pipes, doors of different shapes and sizes, and signature dark green bins lend interest and character to our concrete jungle. Even Sandara Park of 2NE1 has given her stamp of approval

Happy Chinese New Year! 


Triumph In The Skies Movie Review

Triumph in the Skies is one of the most memorable Hong Kong TVB drama series that I have watched to date. I caught both seasons previously and was eagerly anticipating the release of the movie adaptation. You can imagine my delight when Clover Films invited me to the Triumph in the Skies Singapore Gala Premiere, where I had the opportunity to meet the suave Julian Cheung and charming Charmaine Sheh in the flesh.   

Triumph In The Skies Movie Review

Directed by Wilson Yip (Director of Ip Man and Ip Man 2) and Matt Chow (Director of Golden Chicken 3), the movie features some of the original cast from the original series, including Julian Cheung, Francis Ng, Kenneth Ma and Elena Kong, with the addition of new stars such as Louis Koo, Charmaine Sheh, Sammi Cheng and Amber Kuo. 

Star studded cast? Checked.
Beautiful cinematography? Checked.
Romance? Checked.
Humour? Checked.

With all the right ingredients, the movie is geared for success at the box office. In fact, having a star studded cast is already half the battle won.

Diehard fans of the series may beg to differ, as the central theme of the movie hinges entirely on romance instead of the day-to-day challenges faced by pilots and air stewardesses, as depicted in the series. There were also times when Sam (played by Francis Ng) behaved in a way that seemed rather out of character and less relatable if you were to draw comparisons from the series. 

However, given that the film was released during Chinese New Year and shortly after Valentine's Day, I personally found the light-hearted humour and romantic storyline very apt and thoroughly entertaining; not forgetting the beautiful cinematography and breathtaking scenes set in picturesque England. 

Do you need to watch the series to understand the movie? The answer is no, and that to me, is the deal clincher.

Watch it as it is, on a clean slate, without any baggage or comparisons drawn from the series. You would actually find the movie much more enjoyable this way.

Triumph In The Skies Movie Synopsis

Young pilot Branson (Louis Koo) recently takes over Skylette, his father’s aviation empire, only to realize his old flames Cassie (Charmaine Sheh) is a flight attendant there. Several years ago, he was forced to break up with her and move to New York to take care of his father's business. To this day, the two continue to harbor feelings for each other but decide to keep them bottled up.

In an effort to rebrand the airline, Branson invites rock idol TM to star in an upcoming commercial and appoints Sam (Fransic Ng) as her flying consultant. Incongruent in both tastes and experience, this odd couple gets off on the wrong foot. As the shoot progresses, however, they slowly discover each other's merits, developing a strong mutual attraction.

 Jayden (Julien Cheung) has left Skylette Airline to become a pilot for private jets. He meets the young and vivacious Kika (Kuo Tsai Chieh) during a flight and assumes her to be wayward and shallow. But they turn out to have a lot in common and start falling madly in love. At the height of their romance, Jayden realizes almost too late the secret behind her recalcitrance.

Each of the three relationships comes with its own setbacks. As long as one can accept the imperfection of things, finding happiness—however fleetingly—is a blessing in itself.

Watch the trailer here: 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Foodpanda Review: Indian Curry House

There are times when all I want to do is stay at home and take a break from everything as it helps me to recharge. What do I do when it's time for lunch or dinner then? I'd either whip up a simple meal or turn to foodpanda for more food options.

What's foodpanda?

Foodpanda is an online food delivery platform that is available in over 45 countries worldwide. 

All you have to do is key in your postal code to find out which restaurants are near you, browse through their menus, place your orders and your meal will be delivered right to your doorstep. You can even opt for cash on delivery if you prefer not to use credit card payment. 

No access to a laptop or computer? You can also download the foodpanda mobile app and use it place your orders. 

I've been using foodpanda for restaurant food delivery over the past two years, before this review opportunity even came up and it has never failed to deliver (haha!) when it comes to food quality and timeliness.

What did I order this time?

I usually order from Pasta Mania, but this time, I decided to try Indian Curry House. JW and I have been craving for Indian Butter Chicken and the numerous positive reviews online gave us the confidence to place our order with complete peace of mind.

We ordered a few other dishes to complete our meal and everything came within an hour. I was half expecting the food to be lukewarm, but was pleasantly surprised that every dish arrived piping hot.

As the portions were very generous, we invited a friend over to join us for dinner.

Butter Chicken & Kashmiri Rogan Josh

All of us were full of praise for the food as every dish was rich in taste and very flavourful. We initially thought that there would be more curry gravy than meat to fill our tummies, but every spoonful of curry came with slices of chicken or mutton to satiate the inner carnivores in us. We found both the Butter Chicken and Kashmiri Rogan Josh to be authentic and absolutely satisfying. 

Aloo Gobi

The Aloo Gobi is a delightful vegetarian dish to accompany your favourite curries. The mix of potatoes and cauliflowers cooked in a blend of Indian spices is so delicious, we wasted no time in wiping the plate clean.

Chill Honey Potatoes are another addictive snack that would serve well as a side dish too. These are essentially Indian-style french fries. I did wish the fries were crispier but the touch of Indian spices is sure to perk up your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Chilli Honey Garlic Potatoes

Would I order from Indian Curry House again? 

The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, throughout the meal, all three of us couldn't stop nodding our heads in approval. 

Being able to enjoy restaurant food in the comfort of our home is one of the pleasures in life that we truly appreciate and relish. With foodpanda, this wish is easily fulfilled.  

Tired of takeaways, too lazy to eat out or cook? 

Perhaps it is about time you checked out foodpanda too!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sponsored Video: #changedestiny Beyond the Limits of My DNA - Misa Kuranaga

Do you believe that your future is shaped by your DNA? 

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Misa Kuranaga, currently the Principal Ballerina of the world-renowned Boston Ballet, is the perfect example and how she changed her own destiny is featured in the video above.  

 Her rise to the top was fraught with challenges along the way. She was told she did not have the physical attributes of a ballerina. Standing at just 156cm, her critics opined that she was too short to stand out on stage and her hips were too narrow for the art of ballet.

Instead of giving up, she re-learned how to use her body and trained it to move extremely fast so as to stand out. She had to work doubly hard as her peers were much younger, but not once did she give up. Her hard work and perseverance eventually paid off. 

It's all in the mind, they say.  Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right. A positive mind leads to positive results and having a can-do spirit can help us to overcome any obstacles that come our way.  

Indeed, Misa Kuranaga's story serves as an inspiration to all of us. Watch the video to find out how she changed her destiny and how you can change yours too.

**This post is sponsored by SK-II, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fitness: Power Plate at Croyez Studio

I've long heard about the benefits of Power Plate® equipment and how it enhances the effectiveness of your exercise routine to produce optimal results. Friends who have tried Power Plate® classes also shared with me that they could get an extremely thorough and intensive workout in just a short period of time. 

Naturally, my curiosity was piqued and I couldn't help but say yes to a Power Plate® session at Croyez Studio along with Karen and Raphael.

Croyez Studio is the first and only authorized Power Plate® and NARL® studio in Asia that offers both personalized training and group workouts. Located amidst lush greenery within Dempsey, it offers an exclusive studio perfect for individuals seeking a frills-free workout with a view. 

There are classes everyday, 7 days a week, and you'll definitely be able to find a class that fits your schedule and fitness level. 

Unlike most fitness centres which are equipped with only a handful of Power Plate® machines, Croyez boasts a studio filled with these machines.
What are Power Plate® machines and what do they do?

Power Plate® equipment is the premium vibration device powering a new dimension in wellness solutions for all ages, lifestyles and physical abilities. It uses the principles of Acceleration Training™ to stimulate the body's natural response to vibration. These vibrations transmit waves of energy throughout the body, activating muscle contractions between 25 and 50 times per second, enhancing overall performance in sessions as short as 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

Essentially, this means that you don't have to spend as much time exercising to achieve the same results, which is great for our hectic lifestyles. In fact, as a result of the vibrations, you could lose 50% more weight than if you were to use conventional gym equipment.  Now, we have less of an excuse not to exercise! 

Other measurable benefits related to Acceleration Training™ on Power Plate® equipment also include improved blood circulation, better muscle strength and flexibility, less cellulite and faster recovery.   

How does it work?

Getting acquainted with the machines and how they operate is an integral part of the process as the different speed and timing buttons will vary the intensity of your workout. You need to familiarize yourself with all the buttons as you could be standing up at one point and seated at the next.

What types of exercises can you do with Power Plate® machines?

The Power Plate® machine can be easily incorporated into your favourite workout routine, ranging from yoga, kickboxing, muay thai, pilates, body combat or aerobics. These classes are all readily available at Croyez Studio.  

We tried the PBox class, which is the most popular class at Croyez Studio.  PBox includes moves inspired by Muay Thai, Taebo, Body Combat and MMA using 1kg hand weights. 

The adrenalin-pumping cardio and strength building workout was paired with fist-pumping music to keep you fired up as you push your physical limits and unleash your beast mode!

The whole workout took just 40 minutes (including 20 minutes of warm-up and cool-down exercises), but at the end of it, I could feel the intensity of the workout running through every vein of my body as there were no breaks in between.

There were times when thoughts of giving up flooded our minds but the instructors were a huge source of motivation. Bursting with energy throughout, they encouraged every one of us to persevere and keep up with the pace. 

Their positivity definitely rubbed off us as we gritted our teeth and pressed on, in the hope of reaping the fruits of our labour.   

One of my fitness goals is to tone up my arms and surprisingly, I achieved this after just one session! My arms may have ached for days after, but my biceps firmed up immediately and my arms became much toner and muscular. I was impressed.

To reward ourselves for the hard work, we were treated to a round of massage using the Power Plate® machine during the cooling down segment. Massage helps to relieve any muscle soreness and aids in muscle recovery after an intensive workout. 

If you are worried about weight gained after all the feasting during Chinese New Year, there's another machine for weight loss at Croyez Studio which would probably interest you.   

What is NARL®?

NARL®, which stands for NorAdrenalin ReLease, uses a unique, safe and patented combination of ultrasound frequency and intensity that enables a local release of noradrenaline, through a specific stimulation of the sympathetic nerve terminals. This local noradrenaline release will trigger a natural lipolysis from nearby adipocytes.

Local fat loss is observed if the released Free Fat Acids and Glycerol are burned (used as energy). This localised stimulation bypasses our central nervous system, hence there is no fat rebound effect, and long lasting results are guaranteed.Lipolysis is activated by catecholamine (adrenaline and noradrenaline) and it relates to the breakdown of Triglycerides contained in our fat cells (adipocytes) into FFA and Glycerol, source of energy.

Once FFA and Glycerol are released in blood stream, they have to be burned. If not, this energy will be re-synthesized into fat by homeostasis principle.NARL® is clinically proven to be effective locally and on all kinds of fat (cellulite, subcutaneous and visceral). For optimal results, it is recommended that you use NARL® before your workout.

If you are planning to try out the Power Plate®, I would highly recommend that you attend fitness classes at a studio such as Croyez which specializes in the use of these machines. 

This is because Acceleration Training is considered a less conventional form of exercise and you would benefit greatly from a total body workout specially tailored to your needs by a trained professional.  It also helps to have a trainer watching your alignment and motivating you class after class to achieve your desired results.

 As with all forms of exercise, results vary from individual to individual. Nonetheless, most people are able to see visible changes in their body after 3 sessions a week over 3 weeks.

I fall into the category of people who build muscle very quickly and I saw results instantly after just one session.I felt an immense sense of achievement after my Power Plate workout and am looking forward to yet another session after the CNY feasting. My biceps are still rock hard even as I am writing this post many weeks down the road. 

Pretty incredible, isn't it?

Croyez Studio

Blk 8D Dempsey Road #03‐06 Singapore 249672




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Fri: 8am - 7pm
Sat/Sun: 10am - 2pm
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