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Why I Love the Real Techniques Travel Set x The Luxe Nomad!

Ever since I started using brushes for makeup application, I never really went back to sponges. Except when I’m really desperate for touch-ups or I when I just needed a quick dab on a particular spot. Of course, the quality of the makeup brushes really matters – it affects the smoothness of application, the actual results of the makeup, and how you feel when putting on the makeup. Imagine what rough and tough bristles can do to your face?! Ouch!

Luxola, the destination for beauty in Southeast Asia, was so kind to send me the Real Techniques Travel Set (S$39) for my review. I thought it was the perfect tool for my trip to Sydney for makeup on the go, and what timeliness! Indeed, beauty is effortless when you have it at your fingertips.

A little more about Luxola – it was launched in Singapore in 2011 and it now carries over 4000 products and serving customers across the region including Australia, India and the UAE. Easily accessible. Luxola is committed to providing you with outstanding customer service and bringing you the best brands from around the world, under one platform. All of their products are 100% authentic, and they carry over 250 brands, of which over 65 brands across multiple markets are exclusive to Luxola. With each product, Luxola provides ‘how-to’ advice and a review platform, giving customers the power to hear from others with similar skin tones and types. I’m a sucker for value so this free advice thing really gives me the extra push to shop there instead of anywhere else online. At least for beauty products.

And I went a little crazy because the Real Techniques brushes that Luxola sent were so pretty, almost like makeup toys because of their candy colours.

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Pictures were taken at my Airbnb host’s apartment in Sydney.

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Everything you need to create flawless looks at home and away:

The Real Techniques Travel Set includes 3 full-size brushes + case:

  • essential foundation brush: Build flawless custom coverage with liquid foundation or concealer
  • multi task brush: for effortless application of powder, blush, and bronzer
  • domed shadow brush: tapered design smoothly shades and defines eyes
  • panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand

So that you look pixel-perfect even in harsh light! The brushes are made with ultra-plush; synthetic bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free. The extended aluminum handles are light and easy to use.

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I was quite excited about the “high definition results” bit, then I turned the box over to read that these beautiful ladies, Sam & Nic, who are pro makeup artists & YouTube Beauty Gurus, give awesome tips through their video tutorials here. There are many videos posted online, so do check them out for the step-by-step guides on how to use the brushes!

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Such a compact set for easy storage of the brushes, and extremely convenient and lightweight for travel. Now it’s even more effortless to look picture-perfect while traveling! I never believed in packing in 10-brushes sets, in fact I usually just use a few good/important ones but they are heavier than these and often I wonder how to pack them in the best way given hygiene considerations.

Self-standing design so that you can pick up your brushes and doll-up right away, anywhere! Disorganized mess no longer and moving an inch towards looking more like a makeup-pro! :P

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Ultra plush bristles that feel soft and smooth for gentle yet effective swipes on your skin.

$39 for such a great and thoughtful travel essential is a GOD-SEND. To me, this is a quality skincare product that girls like us who love our makeup AND who cherish time/convenience should have. Not necessarily going for branded products (which means splurging) that may not always get the job done. Yes, packed schedules so no time for fuss!

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When I’m on a holiday and I know that I need to shoot for pictures to post on my Instagram account @melissajaneferosha, it matters to get my makeup done, pixel perfect, yet I don’t want to spend extra time at the vanity table piling on the makeup just for that objective. Overseas especially, I want to spend more minutes out there exploring the world, instead, right?

So it makes sense to utilize time on the plane making up and the Real Techniques Travel Set comes in handy again!

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Colours of the brushes that also sync with my outfit and my love for vibrant hues! Yeahhh!

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Can’t wait to get your hands on this value purchase?

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Luxola.com offers free delivery with every minimum purchase of $40.

To top it all off, simply enter this discount code BLX-MELISSAJANE at checkout to enjoy 15% off on all first time orders made by 30 June 2015. This offer is not valid on non-discountable brands as found in the FAQ Page.

Speaking of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), would you rather stay in Singapore for the sale or go overseas during this vacation season?

I say I’ll go abroad anytime! Although some cheap steals are definitely appreciated during GSS!

While Luxola tempted me to check out the Real Techniques Travel Set, they also re-introduced me to The Luxe Nomad (TLN). I’ve heard a lot about TLN and was dying to find out more – they are actually Asia-Pacific’s leading luxury villa and hotel booking portal, and they promote traveling in style while being affordable. Sounds like my cup of tea, and what I’ve always been looking out for!

TLN says “Dream a little. Travel a lot.”

Yes!!! Tell me more!?

here’s TLN’s weekly exclusive “Nomad Picks” has up to 70% off normal rates. You simply need to sign up (for free!) as a member to view and book.

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Fans of celebrity bloggers and supermodels might be happy to know that their idols are also nomads-on-the-go!

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I was just thinking of a nice getaway in a month or two, and what better place to visit than Bali. Was there about two years back, and I can’t wait to experience beaches and villas and the sun clad only in a bikini again. Yoohoo!

No, really. The villas available for booking on The Luxe Nomad? OUT OF THIS WORLD.

The Shanti Residence (Bali, Nusa Dua, Indonesia)

Click to book this heaven on earth.

Mulia Villas (Bali, Nusa Dua, Indonesia)

Click to book this heaven on earth.

Sayang D’Amour (Bali, Seminyak, Indonesia)

Click to book this heaven on earth.

Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa (Bali, Uluwatu, Indonesia)

Click to book this heaven on earth.

So gonna dream of all these jaw-dropping gorgeous villas and hotels in Bali tonight. Hope that the travel essential brush set serves you well if you do wisely get it, and make that booking on The Luxe Nomad now to experience affordable luxury we used to only dream of….


Love, everyday. Till next time!
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Atlas Medical Clinic: Defining Standards, Fulfilling Dreams.

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When Atlas Medical Laser & Aesthetics Clinic (Atlas) first approached me, offering their sponsorship of aesthetic treatments and products, I was absolutely elated to be one of their spokespersons. I have heard of Dr. SM Yuen and how other bloggers have raved about the services they have tried at his clinic.

Atlas’ expertise is in Korean Medical Aesthetics (using both surgical & non-surgical techniques). Dr Yuen’s practice revolves around the use of non-invasive to minimally invasive synergistic treatments to tackle a variety of problems ranging from aesthetic dermatology to cosmetic enhancements. The clinic has kindly offered me a range of treatments including medispa facials as well as fillers and botox to enhance my existing features. If you are keen to try for yourself the services Atlas has to offer, do read on and follow my journey with the clinic, and find out how aesthetic treatments can beautify you and fulfill your dreams.

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The relaxing and tranquil ambience of Dr Yuen’s clinic, with its beautiful decor and plush couches, provides a welcome respite from the stress of and bustle of my busy schedule, while allowing the seamless and effective delivery of medical aesthetic procedures. Dr Yuen’s areas of interests include: pigmentation, subtle and natural cosmetic enhancements for the Asian face, acne scarring, sensitive / troubled skin, non-invasive lipo-reduction, and treatment and reversal of the effects of the aging face.

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The numerous awards and skincare products on display at Atlas Medical. One of which is Atlas’ in-house product, the Rose-2 Clinic Skin Care System, which is specially developed and formulated to dramatically improve the most visible signs of aging, and to tackle a variety of skin conditions including fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, dull skin, and uneven skin textures. These functional formulations work synergistically to deliver active ingredients that act in the cellular level of your skin, giving you optimum and ideal results. Click here for more information and products from the Rose-2 Clinic Skin Care System.

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A thoughtful and comfortable makeup room in the clinic, which provides a conducive and private environment for you to put on/touch-up your makeup after your procedure, before you head out to face the world!

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A pretty room like this naturally calls for a selfie! Which led me to analyse my facial features and wonder how they can be further enhanced so that I look better. Like most girls, I would like a smaller face, sharper jawline, higher and narrower nose, and better complexion (luminous skin like the Koreans)! But really, the wish-list is never ending because we are hardly satisfied with how we look. Aren’t I glad that help is on its way!

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Wish: A more defined chin that evens out irregular bumps like what you see above on my side profile.

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Wish: A narrower and higher nose bridge with a less bulbous nose tip.

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Wish: A more V-shaped and hence smaller face, smoother face contours (jawline) and a more pronounced chin.

I can’t wait to be beautified and enjoy a transformed, prettier me with Dr Yuen’s skills and expertise, and Atlas’ wonderful services! I believe stronger (yet natural-looking) features and a more “3D” face will boost my confidence level, enhance my quality of life and of course, take even nicer pictures!

Quote “Melissa Jane” to enjoy Atlas Medical treatments and products at a discounted rate! :)

DR SM YUEN
ATLAS MEDICAL (LASER & AESTHETICS CLINIC)

Address
391B Orchard Road Ngee Ann City Tower B #24-08/10
Singapore 238874
Tel. : (65) 6556 0829
Fax : (65) 6734 9685

Official Website / Instagram
www.atlasmedicalclinic.com / @AtlasMedicalClinic or www.instagram.com/atlasmedicalclinic

Medispa’s Website / Instagram
www.atlasmedispa.com / @AtlasMediSpa

Official Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/atlasmedicalclinic

Email
General Enquiries: enquiry@atlasmedicalclinic.com

Opening Hours
Mon – Tues: 10:00am to 6.30pm
Wed: 10:00am to 8pm
Thurs – Fri: 10:00am to 8:30pm
Sat: 10:00am to 1.30pm
Sun and Public Holidays: Closed


Love, everyday. Till next time!
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Chez Vous: Beauty is Real.

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Hello friends! What is your perception of “true beauty”? Today, we are slapped with images of beauty that are often digitally enhanced or are altogether unattainable. Models and celebrities present stereotypes of perfection in glossy magazines but the fact is, when you take away their make-up and fancy hairstyles, these same people actually look “ordinary”, normal like you and I! Chez Vous wants to liberate you from trying to live up to the unrealistic standards, and its time to start believing in #therealme.

Chez Vous is excited to launch their Beauty Is Real campaign, celebrating true beauty of real women.

As a leader in Singapore’s beauty salon industry, Chez Vous boldly stands firm on the social media stage against all things digital when it comes to beauty. The forward-thinking salon is tired of women being shackled by unrealistic standards of beauty in an impossible struggle to reach a fabled state of perfection.Chez Vous wants all women to discover their natural beauty and celebrate #chezvousbeautyisreal. The aim of its latest campaign, #chezvousbeautyisreal, is to liberate women from those unrealistic beauty standards and prove that beauty is attainable, tangible and empowering (#therealme).

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Chez Vous’s vision has remained steadfast since its inception: to inspire possibilities, as well as provide 100% reliability and expertise through their accomplished hair maestros, to produce every customer’s true personality and glamour – in other words, keeping it all real. Because today’s digitised world now highlights beauty standards that most of the time are unrealistic – from body shapes to ageless faces and an infinite number of hair trends – Chez Vous, now more than ever, makes it a point to ensure that their approach is holistic, practical, real and always a pampering experience for its customers.

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Is the above image somewhat how you look like at home, with no makeup on, in home clothes and have your food and stuff strewn all over while you flip channels?

I can say it’s no different from me – sometimes I wake up feeling the worst. Or simply, absolutely plain. To “look good” takes effort and it’s really about discovering beauty through a series of positive transformations. Feeling confident recharges and empowers me and to achieve that fabulous look is a process, and a very real experience. Maybe I will even learn to love my flaws. An interesting fact is that sometimes your flaws is a form of beauty in the eyes of others.

In a witty and unapologetic fashion, Chez Vous has created a series of photos using an A-list model to capture how she would look like in real life settings vis-a-vis a fashion photography set. In doing so, Chez Vous would like to highlight that as beautiful a model as she is, she too cannot achieve the “perfect beauty standards” in reality; without all that digital enhancements, carefully-crafted poses, styling, make-up and hair.

More “reality” photos!

CHEZ VOUS Presents

High Fashion Model, Stripped.

hair: chez vous
styling: cary cheng
make-up: peter angel wanneck / school of make-up, using make up store
photography: corneylus tan
model: elena cheurina

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And a totally different side of her after a makeover, styling and digital enhancements….

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A quick recap and juxtaposition: Remember, you don’t have to be a supermodel or top actress to look amazing!

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What Is Your Secret to Feeling Beautiful?

Open Call For Makeover Transformation For All Women in Singapore 

In an unprecedented move, on the 7th June 2015, Chez Vous offers every woman, regardless of age and race, the opportunity to experience a full makeover session when they visit Chez Vous @ Ngee Ann City. Every customer is guaranteed no photoshopping and no digital enhancements, just pure pampering bliss. This will be a journey of positive transformation that is real and will hopefully change how women perceive true beauty. While there are no restrictions on the number of people entering the salon, the sessions will be subject to the availability of beauty consultants.

 

For more information on CHEZ VOUS BEAUTY IS REAL CAMPAIGN, please click here.

#therealme #chezvousbeautyisreal

Love, everyday. Till next time!
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Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2015

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Singaporean finalist Teresa Lim and her pin-up girls collection, 2014

Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award returns this May, for its third consecutive year, with the region’s most promising fashion talents. Hosted by Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, along with its regional counterparts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and new entrant, Vietnam, the Awards will see 10 emerging designers from the five countries vying for the top spot at the regional competition in Singapore.

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First runner-up, Lionel Low, representing Singapore

To be held during Singapore Fashion Week 2015, the winner of the competition will be awarded a scholarship for a Master’s degree in fashion from the prestigious Istituto Marangoni (worth GBP 26,700; about $56,430) in either its Paris, London or Milan campuses. He or she will also have the opportunity to retail their collection to a global market through online retailer, Inverted Edge. Over and above all this, the winner and all 10 finalists’ collections will be showcased in the five sponsoring Asian editions of Harper’s BAZAAR.

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Winner, Silvia Teh, representing Singapore

“Harper’s BAZAAR is always looking to nurture new and emerging designers; it’s part of our DNA,” says Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, Kenneth Goh. “This contest is a great launch pad for young designers looking to achieve commercial and editorial success. With an international platform like Singapore Fashion Week, the talented youth of this region get to showcase their hard work and stunning, curated designs—to editors, buyers and other industry cognoscenti.”

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Winner of last year’s competition, Kok Leong Vee from Malaysia and his checker board-inspired collection

The Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award was launched with one objective: To discover and develop the skills of fashion’s new talents, while leveraging on this exciting project to find the next big designer from each country. Since the inaugural launch of the competition in 2013, the top finalists from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore have received immeasurable publicity and support from the industry: From having their collections featured in the pages of the magazine, to getting the opportunity to showcase them at Fashion Weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and more around the region. For more information via a video presentation on the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2014, please click here.

The five editors from Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam will be on the judging panel in this regional competition. The finalists would be judged on the following criteria to ensure they have what it takes to succeed on a global scale: 1) Imagination and originality 2) Consistency 3) Technical knowledge in garment construction 4) Commercial viability of their designs and 5) Business and marketing acumen.

So save the date, time and place—16 May, 4PM at the tent at Ngee Ann City. See you at Fashion Week! :)

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BAZAAR ASIA NEW GEN AWARD: JUDGING SESSION

Courtesy of www.harpersbazaar.com.sg

 

Two designers were picked to represent Singapore at the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award, with over 50 guests in attendance. Held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, each of the bright stars showcased five key looks from their collection, together with a short Q&A session with the esteemed panel of judges – Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore’s Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Goh, Executive Editor Charmaine Ho, designer Thomas Wee and CEO of Inverted Edge Debra Langley.

To have a look at the best pieces, winner Silvia Teh and first runner-up Lionel Low will be presenting their works on the runway at Singapore Fashion Week on 16 May. A fashion designer installation boasting all 3 designers’ (including second runner-up Benjamin Neo) collection will also be at Scotts Square from 13 April – 3 May. Enjoy the behind-the-scenes short above!

For more information on Singapore Fashion Week, click here.


Love, everyday. Till next time!
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[A Deluxe Dream Castaway] Fun in Koh Samui & Travelling with Bangkok Airways

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In my previous post, I covered the first two days of my fam trip to Koh Samui, courtesy of travel partners SkyscannerBangkok Airways and Renaissance Hotels under the Marriott Hotel Group. Click on each of the below icons to find out more about them and how you can enjoy great holiday deals and offerings like what I had enjoyed!

Day 3 was nothing short of amazing as I began my day soaking in my private whirlpool. It was the perfect time to relax and let the bubbling current massage my back as I had some snacks at the side!

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A pack of mineral bath salts was provided to cook up this luxurious bath. I’m so impressed at the level of detail that the resort had considered to make their guests absolutely comfortable and contented.

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Also check out the essential supplies of aloe vera gel, mosquito repellent (even anti-mosquito wet tissue), snacks, drinks and sunscreen that the resort has lovingly prepared for us!

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After a good 20mins soak, I got up to head to Banana Leaf for a quick meal with Steph and Seth. The below are dishes from the a la carte menu, and trust me that all of them taste really good!

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And right after our meal is the next activity that I’ve been looking forward to though not necessarily good at - On-site R Discovery: Thai Cooking Class!

Available everyday from 1 – 5pm, Cook It Up, Thai Style at Tapas Bar is a programme at Renaissance Koh Samui that allows its guests to explore culinary traditions and learn how to prepare a special Thai meal at home. Their Thai chefs will lead a hands-on session and teach guests 3 signature dishes.

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When we arrived at Tapas Bar, the venue was already set up for Seth and myself for the cooking session :)

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A herb garden just beside the Tapas Bar! So you can pick your chillis and even a garnish for your dish.

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Chef gamely posed for my camera. He has a nice smile!

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I won’t bore you with too much details here, but here we were preparing our first dish – Papaya salad with grilled chicken, or “Som Tam Gai Yang”.

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Here I was adding all the ingredients of the papaya salad and pounding them together.

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Chicken being cooked to perfection under our watchful eyes.

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Served with white lettuce, long beans, and grilled chicken on the side.

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All ready to eat!

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Doesn’t it look delicious? Wanna give it a try? ;)

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We were given a brief break to enjoy our cooking while cool, refreshing drinks were being served to complement our meals.

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Can you guess what we are going to cook next? A Thai dish many of us love!

Spicy and sour river prawns soup with lemon grass, or “Tom Yum Goong”!

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And finally, the Green Curry with Seafood, or “Geang Kieawwan Talay”.

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Mine tasted like a nice balance of sweet and savoury. The seafood ingredients provided were very fresh too! Absolutely yummy!

After the cooking session we had some time to enjoy the resort before our Qi Fusion Massage at Quan Spa. I was still reveling in how beautiful the resort is :)

Ash: wish you were here ♥ !

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Love this concept of having the swimming pool aligned to the beach. Talk about having the best of both soaks :P

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Renaissance’s garden surroundings consistently around the whole resort.

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Time for my massage! I was really looking forward to this to complete my getaway. And got more than what I bargained for.

The relaxing scent of essential oils, soothing music and the comfortable massage actually had me dozing off halfway through! I woke up to the end of the session and felt incredible. I would definitely recommend this!

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Post massage bliss :D

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Then it’s back to our rooms for a shower and on the way there, dropped by the gym to check it out its facilities.

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It’s quite as well equipped as a neighbourhood gym in Singapore!

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Room has been made up with some afternoon tea snacks on my bed. Yay! It looks so inviting, I was tempted to take a short nap….

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TawaNN for dinner. A venue combining fine dining and romantic ambience. This resort signature restaurant offers a menu with delicate taste created from the freshest ingredients!

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Stunning sunsets and views over Lamai Bay.

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And here’s our fine wine and seafood meal!

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The night culminated in a Beach Movie Night with cocktails and red wine ♥

Day 4 – on our last day, I visited the resort’s Gift Shop, Casa Seaside with Steph. I love its nautical decor and charming souvenirs to take home.

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Had the chance to take a few flatlays of the stuff I brought here. All my favourite things in a square, which double up as travel essentials :)

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The Navigator is Renaissance’s take on the hotel concierge, and “going local”. Tipsters can add their favourite haunts to the hotel’s online database of restaurants, services, stores and entertainment culled by hotel-trained ambassadors, who are called navigators, like Aod, in my previous post.

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Having a stroll around the resort before check-out, and some photos of its gorgeous Leelawadee lap pool!

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Will really miss this amazing resort!!!

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#ootd for my returning journey. Top from Thread Theory, Kanny Floral Skorts from Alice and Clyde.

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A last look at the welcoming lobby & reception of the resort.

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And a group photo with the GM, Killian, Steph and Seth before we depart for the airport.

Thank you Renaissance for this marvellous trip, and your excellent hospitality, generosity and services. We are extremely privileged! :)

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Goodbye, and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon! ;)

We were chauffeured to the Samui airport, and quickly checked in, fuss-free and speedily.

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We were also given the opportunity to check out the Blue Ribbon Club Lounge since there was some time before the flight.

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The Samui airport almost had a resort-feel as we made our way to our gate and admired the surroundings of the place. The shops were built like the premium shopping outlets we are familiar with.

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And here we are!

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The lounge was nicely decorated and provided a comfortable environment for passengers to have some light food, reading or simply chilling out and relaxing before their flight. Staff will inform guests when it is time to board.

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The lounge’s snack table! I had definitely helped myself to the lovely assortment of refreshments and got myself a cup of coffee as a perk-me-up.

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Time to board the plane home! For more info on Bangkok Airways’ fleet, click here.

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Last meal of the trip and it tasted as good as ever. Thank you Chef McDang for the “Taste of Asia”!

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This marks the end of the account of my fam trip weekend to Koh Samui ♥ Grateful for opportunities like this and once again, a HUGE THANK YOU AND BIG FAT LOVE to my travel partners/sponsors Skyscanner Singapore, Bangkok Airways and Renaissance Koh Samui Resort and Spa x

Renaissance Koh Samui: 208/1 Moo 4, T. Maret, Lamai Beach  Koh Samui  84310  Thailand | Tel:  +66 77 429 300 | Website

Love, everyday. Till next time!
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[A Deluxe Dream Castaway] Sand, Sea, Food & Adventure at RENAISSANCE KOH SAMUI RESORT!

The year had barely started, and already I was dreaming of a nice, relaxing getaway to a beach resort, a place where I can just relax and unwind. Where there’s sand, sea, sun and great food!

Much to my delight, and it was also my great fortune that the opportunity came knocking; I was whisked to Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, a wonderful getaway destination that overlooks a gorgeous blue sea – modern, luxurious and full of live, and at the same time detached from the stress and bustle of city. I got to experience this sophisticated heaven of a resort thanks to our travel partners Skyscanner, Bangkok Airways and Renaissance Hotels under the Marriott Hotel Group.

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I was so excited for this fam trip, and when the time finally arrived, Ash came to the airport to send me off. I had so wished he could accompany me on this amazing retreat because it’s also such a romantic place for couples!

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I like this shot he took of me because it was such a flattering angle! Anyway I was checking out Skyscanner – a global search engine that enables people to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. The service is free to users and directs you to the airline, hotel, car hire provider or travel agency to complete the booking process!

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Skyscanner Singapore

So referring directly to this trip, you can easily book your flight to Koh Samui by selecting your travel dates and no. of travellers, and effortlessly compare across flight/airline options to your destination. This platform efficiently integrates accommodation booking as well, so the process of planning for your trip (while saving $$) becomes much faster and easier.

You will notice that direct flights to Koh Samui are quite limited, but with boutique airline Bangkok Airways as one of the options, there is hardly much hesitation as I was so impressed with their signature Thai hospitality, comfortable seats and pretty cabin crew!

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Spacious seats and we had lots of leg room!

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The aircraft was full! Most passengers were comfortably seated and cabin crew had very politely attended to requests before take-off.

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And here’s my dinner! The food was honestly good, and I had finished every last bit of this set. Just recalling how it tasted is making me hungry now!

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It was a short 1 hr 45 mins flight to Koh Samui, and we had such a smooth flight, all the way to retrieving my checked-in luggage at the terminal. I barely had to wait before I picked up my trunk. Talk about efficiency even though it was past 10pm!

When we arrived at the resort in an airport shuttle, complete with a friendly chauffeur cum RNavi, it was a quick meet and greet with Steph, a representative of JW Marriott, before she whisked us off to the Tapas Bar for a welcome cocktail and an evening chat. Certainly a great way to start the vacation before it was time for bed. How about a look at the rooms they have prepared for us??

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My Deluxe Garden View Room! It is a huge 51 sqm room (especially for 1 person), with high ceilings, an outdoor balcony, a private whirlpool on the patio/veranda, lighted makeup mirror, large bathroom amenities (Tokyo Milk) and an over-sized bathtub. Check out that king-sized bed and sofa bed at the side! Not to mention fast-speed WIFI, high speed internet, 3 phones and a 37″ flat screen TV with cable channels like ESPN & HBO. Smashing amazing!

My universal adapters were nearly untouched as Renaissance Koh Samui provides universal power outlets in their rooms. This is already starting to feel like a dream vacation come true because whatever I need, they have it all here!

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More bedroom envy here! Love my room so much! Noticed that Renaissance also provides evening turndown service for guests?

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Lots of selfie and #ootd opportunities as mirrors are everywhere at the bathroom and dressing area.

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Lots of references and info kits here for guests to fill up their itinerary and maximize their time in Koh Samui.

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Ended my night with a nice shower and these delicious prawn cakes served hot at my doorstep. Nothing can describe how delicious they are – you HAVE to try them when you’re at Renaissance Koh Samui!

♣ ♣ ♣

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Had a great night’s sleep on the soft featherbed and woke up to this stunning view of the resort and further away, a peek of the calm blue sea. The garden resort is adorned with flora and fauna, blanketed by tranquility.

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My outdoor veranda with the private whirlpool, just tempting me to have a long good soak. But that will have to wait because it’s time for breakfast at Banana Leaf! The restaurant offers casual all day dining, fusing flavours of east and west for a unique dining experience. Delicious buffet breakfast, creative a’ la carte menu, mouth-watering Thai specialties.

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Morning breakfast spread that tastes as good as it looks!

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Fancying some cool tropical R-juices? Help yourself to any of the 6 flavours here!

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The beautiful weather that morning beckoned us to opt for outdoor seating and enjoy the sea view, where many guests were already enjoying their breakfast.

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My customised plate from the buffet! I eat according to my mood so it’s pretty obviously what I had craved for that morning :P And I nodded to yoghurt, fruit and milk too!

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Say hi to my Samui Sunshine Pancake. Yummy yum! To make it extra tropical, top it off with slices of banana, coconut flesh and mango! Pure bliss! ♥

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Seth had one for himself too!

After we had our fill, our R Navigator island tour officially started! Renaissance Navigators are local tour guides who will customise the places resorts guests wish to see, visit and eat, according to their references and profiles. So if it’s a family outing, expect a tour suitable for the young and old so that everyone’s comfortable and happy. For couples, the itinerary may include romantic dinners, walks by the beach and related entertainment. Charges are based on an hourly basis, including chauffeured rides around the island! Talk about a convenient personal tour – R Navigators also speak eloquently as they enthusiastically introduce guests to the sights and sounds of Koh Samui.

The first tourist spot our hospitable R Navigator, Aod, brought us to…Hin Ta and Hin Yai, some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast! They have been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. These rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, respectively, like male and female genitalia. It really is quite an unusual and titillating sight!

I didn’t manage to get a full picture of the Grandma Rock because it was pretty steep going down the slopes so I took the above picture from the web. This juxtaposition just leaves very little to the imagination!

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But honestly, I was more interested in the overall view of the rocky coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon. It was sunny and windy, perfect for taking pictures of the stunning scenery.

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Group shot! With Steph, Seth and Syl ;) I just realized they were triple Ss! Long after the trip!

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Then it was more sightseeing with the group from cafes e.g. Peak Eye View Restaurant perched on hill tops, overlooking the sea, coastlines and a brief perspective of the island.

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Next, we visited THINK & RETRO Cafe, one right by the beach with glorious seafood. So shiok!

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My #oord taken by Syl – lovingly clothed by UnspokenLabel. Love the vibrant color of my Lightblue Floral Mesh Top which rhymed with the brilliance of the sea behind me, and the dusty pink of my comfy Scallop Wave Skorts.

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Can’t get enough of blue, apparently. Enjoying my cocktail to the fullest! Felt so happy I could almost hear the birds singing above me :D

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And the food arrived! We were all preparing to feast!

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Fresh grilled tiger prawns? Checked!

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More prawn cake because we can! There were more food than my camera could keep up with so I shall skip to the desserts!

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If you feel like an outdoor massage by the beach, the cafe offers the service too! The Thais are such pleasure seeking people, and they make sure their guests enjoy the same treatment!

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Next stop: Samui Cultural Center and Fine Art of South East Asia

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The Culture Center is a work in progress, sporting lovely Asian pavilions and intricate sculpture, and embodies a rich historic mix of Thai culture and religion.

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Enjoying my exploration around the site with Steph.

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It is interesting to see how much Thais love dressing themselves up in rich robes, costumes and jewellery, which can weigh a lot for the elaborate pieces with several layers of garments.

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Moving on, the Nam Tok Na Muang Waterfall 1 & 2.

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The first waterfall, Na Muang 1, flows down into a pretty natural pool that provides a cool escape from the heat. Namtok Na Muang, or ‘Purple Waterfalls’, are so named because of the striking purple shade of their rock faces. There are other waterfalls to visit on Koh Samui, but these are considered to be among the most scenic. Na Muang is a popular place for families to relax and swim, and there is an elephant safari camp nearby where you can organise a ride through the jungle. Many Samui tours include a refreshing stop at the Na Muang Waterfalls on their itinerary.

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Yes, we are back at another cafe! The Kalasea Coffeeshop with a nautical theme and very relaxing vibe.

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The popular cafe’s own gift shop with cute little handcrafted merchandise for guests to take home a souvenir or two.

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Just what I need on a hot day by the beach! Iced Thai milk tea!

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One more stop before dinner – Fisherman’s Village in Bophut, offering a tranquil beach setting, cosy guest houses, restaurants & shops. If you’re there on a Friday, don’t miss their popular night market that’s full of color, vibrancy, fragrant food, & sights and sounds!

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My second #ootd (although ironical), is a cute top from H&M and Kanny Floral Skorts from Alice and Clyde. I’m ready for winding down the day with a scrumptious dinner and drinks! Thanks Syl for this shot!

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I must say the restaurants at Fisherman’s Village are all beautifully decorated and so inviting, as most of them are sea-facing with plush seats and posh interiors.

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One of my favourites at Fisherman’s Village. Doesn’t it give off the Santorini feel?

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Boutiques, motels and gift shops at Fisherman’s Village.

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Finally, the venue for dinner revealed! We were brought to Tai by Red Snapper, (Japanese dining with a twist) at Central Festival Samui.

Besides its modern, classy ambience, the food was amazingly good! We ordered so much and still craved for more! I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

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Sweet, delightful dessert to end the awesome Day 1 of this trip. Heading back to the resort and my room, I saw more interesting treats on the console which aroused my interest and curiosity. At Renaissance Koh Samui, you never stop being surprised at the endless discoveries!

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Craving for more of Koh Samui and Renaissance? Stay tuned and don’t go away as the next post is coming right up!

Renaissance Koh Samui: 208/1 Moo 4, T. Maret, Lamai Beach  Koh Samui  84310  Thailand | Tel:  +66 77 429 300 | Website

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