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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 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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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 and fully 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 Clydge. 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

Love, everyday. Till next time!
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LunchClick – A Free Dating App!

 LunchClick – A Free Dating App ×

Who believes in finding love online? With such a high mobile penetration rate in our population, and I’m sure many of us spend many hours a day on the internet, connecting to social media – it is not only possible to meet many new friends online, there’s also a chance to encounter The One :) However, although there are already several dating sites and apps out there, many of them cater to guys, and females rarely get a great experience.

Now who says only men should actively look for love?

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Introducing LunchClick. Made for serious daters and singles who are looking to find love. It is the first female-centric dating app in the Singaporean market, and I think women will love the app. Here’s why.

♥ Manual profile approval to screen all applicants.

♥ One match per day system that appeals to serious daters, not men looking to play “the numbers game”.

♥ NRIC verification with Singapore’s Social Development Network to ensure users aren’t married. In fact, LunchClick checks through Facebook profiles and reject users with fake profiles or those whose relationship statuses show that they are attached. Basically, users in LunchClick’s database are genuine singles who are there for the right reasons!

♥  Females don’t get bombarded with tons of messages by “creeps”.

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So I personally went to download the app and tried it out myself. Disclaimer: this is purely an experiment to review this app and I have no intention to be hitched (again) :P To get started, I linked up my Facebook account to the app so that LunchClick can access my profile. Don’t worry – the app never posts to your Facebook page, and no one can see that you’ve downloaded it!

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For the fun of things, I completed some of my personal info such as occupation, education level, birthday and height (incredibly quick and simply to do). These details will be revealed on your main profile and you can go back and edit the info anytime.

I also included my “date idea” to give my “potential date” an idea of what I’d like to do on dates – there’s a “Generate Idea” button that will help you along if you have no clue. Then, I chose the option “Collaboration seeker” out of the others like “Domestic Lover”, “Insider” and “Conversation Connoisseur” as I like to do things together with my partner e.g. cooking, baking, playing musical instruments. Sounds pretty fun eh?

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Don’t forget to include your PROFILE PIC! First impression counts so choose a good picture that clearly shows your facial features. LunchClick also assures that they will never publicly post your photos on the Internet. It will only be viewed by the singles that you are being matched to. Pinky promise.

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You may also join “Groups”, as they are a great way to show your associations. Singles in similar groups will have a higher chance of getting matched to each other ;) I had joined groups such as ‘Movies’ and ‘Travelling’ for obvious reasons. Let’s see what happens!

My profile got approved quickly and the timer started as LunchClick began working on finding that potential date mate!

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The next day, at 12 noon, I promptly received a notification that my match was found! (Not showing his profile for privacy reasons!) It’s pretty fun to wait for the timer to countdown everyday and know in the meantime that LunchClick’s algorithm (crafted based on ten years of matchmaking experience, as well as with the expertise of their parent company, the Lunch Actually Group) is working hard behind the scenes to calculate who will be your best match.

Meanwhile, evaluating the existing dating apps in the market, how many are so targeted and customised such that you actually get to go out on real-life dates? Random online conversations usually do not work, and for those who are really interested to date may be demoralised or discouraged by the lack of success in finding a worthy potential. Are these investments in time, effort and maybe even money worth it?

On the contrary, LunchClick’s built-in “propose a date” function enables you to seamlessly move from connecting online to bringing your date offline. It’s time to stop swiping, and start meeting up. Don’t cha think so?

LunchClick’s 500 Free Dates Campaign

For the first 1000 users who use the “propose a date” feature on the app and go out on a real-life date, LunchClick will sponsor YOUR meals! Imagine a meal on the house with the online mystery person who has made your heart-a-flutter, doesn’t that sound exciting?

Ok even, even if your date really doesn’t turn out as expected or as you had wished (touch wood), at least you didn’t have to pay anything for the meal you just had! bon appetit in advance!

Just a quick summary – LunchClick offers the following:

ONE QUALITY MATCH @ NOON DAILY

More is not always better. The females on LunchClick don’t get inundated with creepy pick up lines, because their database is not searchable by members, and the males on the app don’t get their profile buried amongst the sea of other men, because they guarantee that at least one female is looking at their profile and deciding if they want to match up with them, every single day.

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HUNDREDS OF ENGAGING QUESTIONS

LunchClick’s ‘Q&A’ style of interaction includes topics such as values, opinions, interests and aspirations. This allows you to get to know your match better, rather than wasting time on small chat that usually comes across as awkward, boring and ineffective.

DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE REAL DATES

Ready to meet? Proposing a date takes just 30 secs! Simply pick a location and suggest a date & time to meet.

IN-APP REAL HUMAN LOVE ASSISTANTS

If you need advice, dating tips, or you just want to talk, our friendly in-app Love Assistants are always there for you!

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Yup, that’s my Love Assistant, Kate, talking to me on the app ;)

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Responding to Kate, and she will reply you very soon!

POST-DATE FEEDBACK
This feedback will not be shown to your date. Instead, LunchClick uses this information to continuously fine-tune and they will optimize their matching algorithm to give you better matches.

100% GENUINE LOCAL SINGLES
LunchClick has in place a strict manual approval process to ensure quality profiles. Amongst other things, Singaporean singles are requested to enter their NRIC no. so that LunchClick can ensure that they are indeed single. You don’t want to unwittingly become the third party!

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If you are single, available and all ready to party, urm…date, download LunchClick here if you’re an Android user or here if you’re an iPhone user now! The ball’s now in your court, so go for it! Good luck and may Cupid smile upon you! ×
Love, everyday. Till next time!
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ShopBack: Save while you Shop, guilt-free!

 While I love playing dress-up and am never tired of new clothes, accessories, shoes and all kinds of pretty fashion desirables etc, I’m aware of the significant amount of “investments” that go into efforts to look good and continuing feeding my Instagram account with the #ootds we all love to post. Yes I’m also most blessed and fortunate to have kind partnering brands sponsor apparels to refresh/update my wardrobe and lookbooks. Although I’m never one to be extravagant, I believe there are methods to shop wisely, keeping in mind cost-savings and alternative sites that offer cheaper prices for better deals.

Given such a competitive online retail landscape, it makes sense for consumers like us to maximise our shopping dollars and also enjoy the satisfaction from value-for-money buys. Call me a thrifty and cautious shopper but I hardly check out without utilizing some kind of discount code anymore. Unless I want the stuff that much or urgently, I’d rather wait for the next sale that comes along – which happens quite often anyway.

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Then I discovered this awesome site called ShopBack, which revolutionizes the way we can save while online shopping. I have to share this – If you have heard of coupon code websites that give you extra discounts, ShopBack does more by scouting the best deals and coupon codes and present them to you. Additionally, they give you cashback on whatever that you finally pay! It’s almost like getting paid to shop! ShopBack assures that you’ll be getting the best savings possible on your purchases with them, whether they are on Fashion, Travel, Electronics, Lifestyle, F&B, and more! Leave the sourcing work to ShopBack and lie in the comfort of your couch at home, shopping away!

As you can see, I have already created my account and started browsing from their 500 merchant sites (both local and international merchants/platforms)! To my excitement I see online stores I frequent, such as Zalora, Lazada, Agoda, and even ASOS. Yes, ASOS. OMG. Luxola and RedMart too? Wow!

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So what kind of cashbacks are they talking about? Apparently the best cashback rates in town. Always. ShopBack offers up to 100% of your cashback to you whilst not charging any fees whatsoever – their service is completely free!

This got me excited too! Melissa Shoes and Daniel Wellington!!

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Just to throw in a few case studies – for example the recent NATAS Travel Fair:

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Beyond exciting travel deals, ShopBack also gives you additional incentives to shop during the IT Show 2015 because you know you deserve that extra bit of savings or cashback.

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In a nutshell, why use ShopBack?

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Well come on – I’m sure you spend more than the above amounts a year. Easily about 10x more and even more on groceries and food! That makes at least $2,000 in savings a year – quite substantial!

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And the below relationship shows you how you enjoy the savings! No gimmick!

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Need a video illustration about how it all works? There you have it!

Ready to shop with cashbacks?! It can’t be more timely with the annual Great Singapore Sale (GSS 2015) fast approaching! Check out ShopBack’s GSS page for a greater shopping experience without the insane crowds and long queues. With even more coupons, promo codes and hot deals, do it ONLINE no matter you’re looking for clothes or groceries or travel deals or even home and living products.

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So gonna log on now, start shopping AND cashbacking! I heard Topman’s part of the party too! :P

Love, everyday. Till next time!
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[Pan Pac Singapore] To Mum with LOVE!

 In honour of the most important woman in your life, Pan Pacific Singapore will be presenting an ambrosial presentation of delicacies between 4 and 10 May 2015 for Mother’s Day! Award-winning restaurant, Edge, applauds the unconditional love of mothers with a gastronomic selection of floral inspired delicacies; Pacific Marketplace celebrates the special place mothers have in every child’s heart with a delicate three-tire afternoon tea and Hai Tien Lo presents the flavours of home cooking to commemorate this heart-warming occasion.

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Edge

Mother’s Day at Edge promises to be a vibrant and colourful dining experience with seven live kitchens presenting highlights inspired by garden blooms. Symbolising purity, beauty and life, flowers are commonly presented to express gratitude to mothers, and Executive Chef Vincent Aw has taken this inspiration to pay tribute to all mothers with a dedicated selection, available between 8 and 10 May 2015. Celebrate with highlights including Roasted Margret Duck Breast with Hibiscus Sauce, a combination of robust flavour with a fragrant scent from Hibiscus, and freshly baked Daisies Flower Cake with a subtle floral aroma. In addition, mothers will enjoy a complimentary glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and a carnation when dining at Edge between 8 and 10 May 2015 during dinners and at Sunday Champagne Brunch.

Highlights for Mother’s Day at Edge (8 – 10 May 2015)

♣ Stir-fried Beef with Lily Bud

♣ Fish Head with Ginger Flower

♣ Roasted Margret Duck Breast with Hibiscus Sauce

♣ Chicken Consommé with Chrysanthemum and Wolfberry

♣ Vietnamese Spring Roll with Edible Flowers

♣ Daisies Flower Cake and Pastry

♣ Organic Berries with Sabayon

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Pacific Marketplace

Extend the celebrations at Pacific Marketplace as the gourmet grocery and café presents a delicate three-tier afternoon tea inspired by berries and flowers. For an idyllic afternoon respite, savour pastries including Raspberry Rose Financier with a hint of floral bouquet, Strawberry Yoghurt Scone combining sweet and savoury flavours in a seamless fashion and Lavender Mint Chocolate Tart for a refreshing marriage of flavours. Pacific Marketplace’s Mother’s Day afternoon tea is available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on 9 and 10 May 2015. At S$68 for two guests, the afternoon set includes a selection of tea and coffee.

Guests can pamper their mothers to a more indulgent experience with a flute of Champagne at an additional S$20 per person.

Pacific Marketplace Mother’s Day Three-Tier Afternoon Tea (9 and 10 May 2015)

♣ Pink Velvet Earl Grey Tea

♣ Raspberry Rose Financier

♣ Osmanthus Jelly

♣ Lavender Mint Chocolate Tart

♣ Jasmine Crème Brûlée

♣ Jasmine Triffle Fruit Cake

♣ Green Tea and Peach Tiramisu

♣ Strawberry Yoghurt Scone

♣ Salmon Leek Quiche

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Hai Tien Lo

In recognition of mothers’ gift of love and dedication, Executive Chef Lai Tong Ping (黎东平) from Hai Tien Lo (海天楼) presents two prix fixe menus comprising signature Cantonese delicacies cooked with love. Available from 4 to 10 May 2015 from S$118 per person, the seven-course tasting menu is ideal for mothers who have a penchant for traditional delights. Indulge in a nourishing Double-boiled Sea Cucumber, Bamboo Piths and Fish Maw Soup that brings to mind the nostalgic goodness of home cooked soup and Steamed Sea Perch Fillet with a buttery smooth flavour enhanced by the aroma and texture from Preserved Vegetables. For added indulgence, Stewed Inaniwa Udon with Lobster in Octopus Broth that has been simmered in a flavourful broth will tantalise the palate.

Over Mother’s Day weekend on 9 and 10 May 2015, Hai Tien Lo’s popular Weekend Dim Sum Brunch (S$88 per person) will feature delicate handcrafted snacks that will touch the hearts of all guests. Highlights of the menu include Braised Whole Abalone with Bean Curd in Conpoy Sauce and Double-boiled Mini “Buddha Jump over the Wall” with Cordycep. To sweeten the dining experience, mothers will also enjoy a complimentary Double-boiled Imperial Swiftlet’s Nest.

Hai Tien Lo Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (4 – 10 May 2015)

Pearl Menu – S$118 per guest (minimum of two guests required)

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Barbecued Sliced Beijing Duck and Smoked Duck Salad

♠ 竹笙鱼膘炖海参盅

Double-boiled Sea Cucumber, Bamboo Piths and Fish Maw Soup

♠ 金银菜蒸鲈鱼

Steamed Sea Perch Fillet with Preserved Vegetables

♠ 松露酱百花酿鲜冬菇

Steamed Fresh Mushroom with Prawn Paste in Truffle Sauce

♠ 原粒鲍鱼瑶柱鸡粒炒饭

Fried Rice with Whole Abalone, Diced Chicken and Dried Scallops

♠ 桃胶官燕南瓜露

Double-boiled Pumpkin Cream with Imperial Swiftlet’s Nest and Maltose

♠ 红枣万寿拉糕

Red Date Sticky Cake

Jade Menu – S$168 per guest (minimum of two guests required)

♠ 清酒冻蟹肉伴黄金软壳蟹

Chilled Crab Meat with Japanese Sake Sauce and Deep-fried Soft Shell Crab with Salted Egg Yolk

♠ 虫草苞子鲍鱼海中宝

Double-boiled Abalone with Dried Seafood and Cordycep Flowers

♠ 脆皮乳猪三式拼

Sliced Crispy Barbecued Suckling Pig

♠ 鱼子西京味噌烤鲈鱼

Baked Sea Perch Fillet with Miso Broth and Fish Roe

♠ 墨鱼汁龙虾稻庭面

Stewed Inaniwa Udon with Lobster in Octopus Broth

♠ 桃胶官燕南瓜露

Double-boiled Pumpkin Cream with Imperial Swiftlet’s Nest and Maltose

♠ 红枣万寿拉糕

Red Date Sticky Cake

For dining reservations and enquiries, please call +65 6826 8240, email celebrate.sin@panpacific.com.

This article is a media release specially brought to you by Pan Pacific Singapore. All prices stated are subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.

Love, everyday. Till next time!
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A Shoe-paholic Affair at 313@Somerset’s Fit The Shoe Campaign

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I AM SO EXCITED FOR CINDERELLA coming out in theatres and so thrilled to be part of this Fit The Shoe Challenge! The Disney Princess in me is just screaminggggggg! :D

Channel your inner Cinderella and you could win a $100 shopping voucher from 313@Somerset! Come on down to the Shoe-paholic Affair display at 313@Somerset L1 Atrium (outside Cotton On), grab a shoe that fits, snap a #shoefie and hashtag #313fittheshoe. You could be one of eight lucky winners! Remember to set your Instagram profile to “public” so everyone can see it!

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Heels, flats, sandals, sneakers, slippers and boots of different sizes and styles are already on display, as well as a Cinderella glass slipper and a few limited edition collectors’ sneakers. We are talking about 180 shoes! You’ll have plenty to choose from!

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The coveted glass slipper! Was super quick to snap pictures of it – if only there is a real glass slipper to wear!

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Ash couldn’t resist trying on one of these Timberland’s too!

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Gorgeous Cinderella-inspired gowns on display alongside the shoe selection!

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Quite a few pairs of shoes caught my eyes and I picked them up in delight….

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And I finally found one that fits! And it’s in my favourite big red!

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Yay! Mission accomplished with a shoefie to boot!

Here’s how you can join 313@Somerset’s “Fit The Shoe Challenge” to win $100 each (8 winners):
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When? 8th March 2015 – 15 March 2015 
Where? 313 @ Somerset, L1 Atrium
How? Try on any shoe on display at the 313 @ Somerset L1 Atrium, snap a shoefie, post on Instagram, set your profile to public and remember to #313fittheshoe!
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It’s that simple! Head on down this weekend and have lots of fun!
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The Oriental Spa Chamber: Singapore’s First-ever Late-Night Spa and Facial Regimen

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The Oriental Spa Chamber / Huang Ah Ma introduces Singapore’s First-Ever Late-Night Spa and Facial Regimen for Good Health – the “Imperial Night Beauty Secret Spa & Facial”.

The one-of-a-kind Imperial Night Beauty Secret Spa & Facial promises to help one fully relax after a long day at work, help with insomnia, and aid in promoting good health at the same time. The routine centres around the introduction of special herb blends and crafted massage techniques to enhance cell recovery and rejuvenation, which works best at night.

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Main reception of Huang Ah Ma, at the lobby of the Porcelain Hotel 

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Beautiful interiors of Huang Ah Ma

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The spa is furnished elegantly with a luxurious touch for the comfort of all guests 

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Comfortable arm chairs with back support in one of the chambers 

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The late-night spa and facial routine starts with a foot spa, inspired by a simple but powerful therapy: the bath routine of the Yao Tribe women. The Yao tribe can be found in the mountainous terrains of southwest and south China, and the women are known to lead lives that are free from sickness and ailments. Possessing a strong constitution, the Yao women can go about their daily activities immediately after giving birth! Their secret to longevity and great health lies in their unique bath concoction made of natural herbs. The women bathe and soak their feet in the blend of herbs every day.

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Ginger tea being served during the foot spa to relieve stress and strengthen immunity

The herbs are speranskia, acacia, turmeric and a mix of rare Yunnan herbs. These herbs help with problems such as insomnia. The herbs open pores; in turn the skin can reap the full medicinal benefits of the herbs. They also aid in enhancing blood circulation and overall well-being. The Yao bath can also accelerate sweating —which enables you to expel the toxins from your body.

 Now, at Huang Ah Ma, you can enjoy the health benefits of this concoction of herbs, and more. The eight-step relaxing spa and facial regimen includes the following:

1)      “Yao Yu” Foot Soak (瑶浴), as outlined above

2)      Back Massage to help relax the body

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3)      Artemisia Herbs (艾草) Detox and Ear Candling: Artemisia herbs are placed on the navel, helping you to relax. This step will also detox and clear the meridian. When your body pores are open and the 12 meridian blockages are cleared, harmful materials can be expelled. The multitude of benefits includes skin nourishment, relief of itching as well as prevention and curing of skin and gynaecological diseases. The step will also improve the micro-circulation system, digestion and alleviate problems like fatigue and muscle pain.

4)      Facial Cleanse with Huang Ah Ma’s very own product

2)      Enzyme Facial Peel with Huang Ah Ma’s very own product

3)      Musical Ball Face Massage: This massage will whisk you away to a state of tranquillity. The moving steel balls produce a soft tinkling sound. The therapist will execute four strokes in this order, for the ultimate relaxation:

  1. Effleurage stroke – A soothing, stroking movement used at the beginning of the facial to encourage lymphatic return
  2. Drainage stroke – Lymphatic stimulation and drainage
  3. Soothing stroke – Relax the muscle and skin
  4. Shiatsu pressure – Reduce the pressure stress and mental stress

It was at this step that both Ash and I fell asleep! The comfort we both felt actually built up until the musical ball face massage that we succumbed to slumber. I also liked the scent of the artemisia herbs very much, and found it very soothing and calming to the nerves.

4)      Custom Blended Mask: This soothing chiffon aloe mask is suitable for all skin types. It nourishes and relaxes the skin.

5)      Hand Meridian Massage

This 90-minute treatment, the “Imperial Night Beauty Secret Spa & Facial”, has an introductory price of $88 (UP: $188). It is offered at Huang Ah Ma starting 4 February 2015 onwards.

This treatment is recommended to be experienced from 7pm onwards as the regime is put together to suit one’s skin condition and temperature at night. Due to the herbs and massages, it is not suitable for pregnant ladies and those suffering from cancer.

 Verdict: Overall, the experience was an invigorating one as we both enjoyed the facial with the back massage and other fringe services. It was so relaxing and peaceful to the senses that the process encourages sleep on the comfortable beds. We also emerge out of the session feeling refreshed and recharged, and I did not even put on makeup before leaving for our Valentine’s Day dinner. Although the facial did not include extraction, my face felt smooth, moisturised and healthily clean in a natural way :)

Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber

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Actor Li Nanxing, ambassador of Huang Ah Ma, enjoying his foot spa

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Picture of a beautifully decorated spa chamber taken during a media event and tour of the spa 

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Dimly lit sitting/waiting area outside the chambers for an informal and relaxing ambience during media event

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Invited media and guests introduced to Huang Ah Ma’s new late night spa and facial regimen

Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber, aims to be one of the finest luxurious spas in Singapore. This hotel spa is tastefully decorated in an oriental setting, offering a haven of relaxation and hospitality with modern amenities. It is ideal for those seeking a well-deserved spa break with solutions to their beauty needs.

Address: Huang Ah Ma, The Oriental Spa Chamber (50 Mosque Street, Singapore 059528)

Contact: +65 6536 1661

Opening hours: 11am to 3am

Website: www.huangahma.com

Love, everyday. Till next time!
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