Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thank You, Rest In Peace and Farewell LKY!



This post is dedicated to Singapore's Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew a.k.a. LKY.

With Great respect to our founding father, a Great leader and a World's Legend, Thanks for all your sacrifices, hard work and never ending thoughts and contributions to make Singapore a better, safer and awesome place for us to call our home. Your faithfulness, devotion and love for this country and for your beloved wife is something we as Singaporean should learn from, to continue to make this country a better place even when you're gone to a better place. Although I don't always agree with each and every thing that was done, but I must agree that whatever you had done, you had done them with the thought of making Singapore better and I truly respect that! Your great legacy will always be remembered and shared from generations to generations! THANK YOU and you will truly be remembered by each and everyone of us! *Salute!* ‪

 Rest In Peace Mr Lee!
 May you be reunited with your beloved Wife in Heaven with God!




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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Our Wedding Checklist

Preparing a checklist for your wedding would be really helpful especially when you have to work and have so much other things in mind to think and worry about. For me, I had so much in mind to remember, and I was worrying that I would forget something important til I couldn't sleep well for a week and had nightmares about a disastrous wedding or solemnization. Therefore I decided to do my own wedding checklist! You could use something like mine as a guideline if you want! =) Just something simple that's customized to your own needs.



[Updated as of 24 March 2015]
(I'll be updating this same post every now and then as I don't want to flood my blog with the constant updates)




Check Out My Other Post For a Continuation of My Journey Of Our Wedding Preparations!
(Links Below)

Journey of Our Wedding Preparations Part 1
- Choosing the Dates
- Preparing the Guestlist
- Choosing Our SolemnizationVenue
- Choosing Wedding Banquet Venue
- Choosing Bridal Studio

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 2
- Choosing my Wedding Gown and his Suit

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 3
- Wedding Photoshoot Location
- Props for photoshoot & DIY decor / props
- Solemnizer & ROM filing notice of marriage

Journey of Our Wedding Preparation Part 4
- Choosing Your Wedding Band

Wedding Banquet & Solemnization Venue Finalized

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Valentine 2o15

Our first Valentines Day as a newly wed. Honestly, no different from other years or rather no different from any other normal days, cause everyday can be Valentines Day!



In fact, this year, we didnt even have any gift exchange, nor flowers, nor chocolates. Just a simply candlelight dinner at a very humble restaurant as we are both very very very very broke after we came back from our recent Bangkok Trip and we are both tight up with our upcoming wedding preparations and Chinese New Year!









Started off our date with some camwhoring in the car while on the way for our dinner! =)

This year, we had dinner at his previous internship training workplace, Recipes, A bistro by Shatec.We had a lunch buffet there before and the food is really not bad, thus we decided to go there for our Valentines Dinner as they have a Valentines Day Special Set Dinner.







The ambiance is not bad as the lights were dimmed and they had placed a candle light on every table with the printed set menu rolled up and tied with a ribbon. As the servers were all training students, you can expect better service since they were monitored and have to be at their best at all times, which is also one of the reason why I like the place as I can always expect good service! Although some of them were stammering and had a hard time pronouncing certain words or memorize certain lines they had to say, or we simply have a hard time understanding what some of them were saying, but they were always smiling and courteous that I didnt mind all these and just smile is off which is what made my dinner so pleasant!~ :)

Can you imagine going to a restaurant expecting a wonderful pleasant and romantic experience, but because of bad service it just simply spoils your day!!! I certainly dread it alot!

So back to the food. Our Valentines Day Special Set consist of:

Appetiser
Scalllop with Confit Egg Yolk, Asparagus & Hollandaise and Mushroom Duxulles



Soup
Cauliflower Soup



Main Course
24hr Braised Beef Short-ribs in Veal Stock, Hay Scented Chicken with Pineapple Cranberry Chutney, Lemon Sole & Truffle Barley Risotto and Glazed Baby Vegetables



Dessert
Cherry-Vanilla 'Duet' which is actually Chilled Cherry Marshmellow, Raspberry Sorbet, Vanilla Bubble and Pink Peppercorn Meringue)



Tea or Coffee

I must say, the cauliflower soup actually taste quite good! The appetiser is not bad as the combination of the taste is pretty fitting. The main course was a little disappointing though, the beef as my hubby says was too soft and mushy and seems like something out of the canned food but it seems fine for me since I prefer soft food over tougher food, and I think the Barley Risotto was a little too hard and not very tasty. The dessert was alright, as I like sorbet and meringue, but honestly a little too sour! Thank God for the Tea that ease my stomach well!






When we called for the bill, I was pleasantly surprised by a beautiful stalk of pink rose that they give to their female patrons who came for the Valentines Special Set as a Couple! :) Thanks for that! Totally made my day!









Overall I would say this Valentine's is pleasant. Peaceful, sweet and simple! =)




Ending my day with some more love from my precious Little Valentine! :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wanna earn some EXTRA MONEY or INCOME during your free time? Its SIMPLE!

After trying and tested and checking out many online sites which claims to allow us to earn extra income just by working from home, I had already totally given up on it and decided its all a fraud and a waste of my time!

UNTIL.......a friend of mine told me that he had REALLY earn some extra grocery money out of it and introduced me to it! He showed me photos of his cheques and cash vouchers that he had received, and I decided to try it for myself! 

Well why not??

Its ABSOLUTELY FREE!! There is no sign up fee and does not require you to buy any programs or seminars.
It DOES NOT take up too much of your time. Just a couple of minutes during your free time, lunch time after before you head to bed.

Its FREE MONEY!! WHY NOT??

Just a few clicks and you're done! Simply do some online surveys, give some honest reviews, feedbacks and opinions!! (It DOES NOT require your personal information such as your name nor identification number, except when registering an account for payout purposes)

I've tried a couple of different online survey websites, some takes toooo long to earn enough points to cash up or pay out. Some are simply a waste of time, Some did not pay out at all!

Of course, DONT expect alot. DONT expect to earn hundreds of dollars in just a day.

HOW IT WORKS?

Some sites send you email invites to complete surveys that they map out to be suitable for you, some requires you to log in to their site to check if there is any surveys for you to do~

These survey companies usually calculate your payout base on their point systems. Each survey you do and complete would earn you a certain amount of points depending on how long the survey will take and it really depends on the type of surveys. Some short survey earns you more points too. You make not be able to earn the full points if you get screened out of the surveys or if you dont complete it, but some may still award you with some minimal points for attempting to do the surveys.

Some surveys are fun, some are boring. But when there is money to earn, who cares about boring!

Some site award you with cash vouchers (there are many type you can choose from), some award you with actual cash via cheque payment, and some rewards you with cash payment to your paypal accounts!


MY TRUE EXPERIENCE & AWARDS

I am registered with 4 survey companies right now, and 2 have proven to be better!

So far, In just 6 months, with just a couple of minutes a week, (I dont do it everyday as I am pretty busy at times, and I seldom turn on my laptop on weekends, just a while in the day or night after work), I've already made 2 x USD50 cheque redemptions & 2 x $20 voucher redemptions (I chose NTUC vouchers for my grocery) from 2 of the site that I would highly recommend you to try!

If i do get rewarded by the other 2 companies, I will definitely share it with you all too! Let me test it out first! :)

Here are my rewards!! Now waiting for my 2nd USD cheque to arrive!! :)



Wanna earn these FREE extra income?? SIMPLY drop me a comment or email me at yuriko.baby@gmail.com with your email address, and I will send 2 invitations to your email for you to JOIN ME on the 2 platforms that I highly recommend!!


Be FAST!! Dont waste this precious opportunity and let these precious minutes hesitating go to waste, when you could be clicking away right NOW and earning these extra money for FREE!! =)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hair Product Review: Asience Nature Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner

Have Dry, frizzy, unmanageable hair? OR Oily scalp with tangled ends?
Asience just introduce a new range of haircare products just for you!!




Thanks to Sample Store and Asience, I've gotten my hands on the Asience Nature Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner to try! As mentioned in all my other hair care reviews, I have oily scalp and dry tangled ends, so I was given then Nature Smooth Range to suit my hair!

 My Asience Nature Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner!!

Look at the rich creamy shampoo!!

It smells great but yet the smell and fragrance is not too overwhelming. Soft and light and pleasant! To make a fair review as always I stopped all other hair serum or hair mask products, just used normal shampoo and conditioner. After using Asience for a week, my hair felt smoother and softer and lighter! It is less oily on my scalp and unlike normal shampoo & conditioner that last only a day or less before my hair starts feeling oily, sticky, and heavy by night or the next morning, Asience shampoo & conditioner left my hair feeling softer, lighter and does not have the oily feel for a much longer period of time! Totally love it! Also my hair is less tangled and I can easily comb through after wash without much hassle or effort! Totally LOVE it!

Here is my Before & After Photo!! Seeing is believing!
 Before (Left) & After (Right)
Look at how glossy and smooth and luxurious my hair ends look after using Asience Nature Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner! Just 1 use and I can already see and feel the difference!! Soooo AWESOME!





Nature Smooth – For oily scalp and tangled ends The Asience Nature Smooth range resolves your hair issues of having an oily scalp and yet dry and tangled hair ends. The rich formula cleanses and repairs from deep within, hydrating your hair for a light and smooth finish.



Inner Rich – For dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair Dryness is often found to be one of the main causes of frizzy hair. Combat those frizzy hair troubles with the Asience Inner Rich shampoo, conditioner and treatment care range that gives you all-day moisture that your hair needs.

Shampoo and conditioner:
+ Contains Beauty Serum formula
+ Massage shampoo onto wet hair to lather. Rinse off completely before applying conditioner evenly on hair. Rinse off completely. Suitable for daily use. Treatment:
+ Contains highly concentrated Beauty Serum formula
+ After shampooing, apply evenly on hair. Leave on for 3 minutes. Rinse off completely.



WHERE TO BUY?

The new and improved Asience haircare range is available at leading supermarkets, western pharmacies and personal care stores from January 2015!


PRICE

Asience Inner Rich Shampoo & Conditioner
S$ 14.90 (480ml)
S$ 7.95 (200ml)
Asience Inner Rich Treatment Care
S$ 12.90 (180ml)

Asience Nature Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner
S$ 14.90 (480ml)
S$ 7.95 (200ml)
Asience Nature Smooth Treatment Care
S$ 12.90 (180ml)



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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Travelogue: Bangkok Thailand - To the Land of Smiles with the People who truly makes me Smile ♡


 Our 4 Days 3 Nights Escapade from 31st Jan 2015 to 3rd Feb 2015 to the Land of Smiles with the People who truly makes me Smile!

Or rather....to the Land of Mango Sticky Rice~!~
Seriously, I LOVE Mango Sticky Rice sooooo much I placed it on everyday's planned itinerary! =p Its a MUST HAVE at Bangkok! If not, you've not been to Bangkok at all~

Total Cost Breakdown of Entire Trip:
Singapore Airline Round Trip Ticket (2 pax): $640.60 (Includes travel insurance + fuel charges + tax)
Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam (3 Nghts)(Superior Double Room): $429.60
Total Amount Spend (For myself): $858 (Excluding Air Tix & Hotel)

My Total Damage for this Trip: $1393

Been anticipating for this trip for what feels like forever! Finally our Party of 5, Rain 大姐 (Da Jie), Adrian 大哥 (Da Ge), Chloe 三姐 (San Jie), Hubby and Me met up at Singapore Changi Airport T2 McDonalds on the 31st Jan (Saturday) morning at 7.30am for breakfast before we check in and went on our short trip!

BUT, sooooooo unfortunately, I sprained my ankle in the early hours of the morning while I was flagging for a Taxi to the airport. Was still kinda sleepy and as the sky was still dark I didnt see a slight depression on the ground and stepped right in and fell on my butt! Totally in shock and I just sat in the middle of the road not knowing what to do. My husband had to leave his luggage aside and rush to pick me up from the ground. :( *MAJOR SULKS*

And so I limped my way to BKK! Was quite saddening cause I was hoping to rush around BKK and shop like a crazy women, literally! But I ended up slowing everyone down because of my foot and we ended up not going to watch the Thai Girl as it was said to be dangerous if I'm not able to run (for some reasons)!

At Singapore Changi Airport waiting to fly to Bangkok~


1st day Itinerary includes checking in to our super comfortable hotel stay at Novotel Bangkok Platinum, before we splitted up into 2 groups, the guys with 大姐 went in search of their Tailor Made Shirts, while 三姐 and I begin our day with the MOST important thing to us at that time. First, to the Money Changer for 三姐 who literally visit it everyday at least once or twice! haha! Second to Boots (a pharmacy) at Grand Diamond Hotel to look for an ankle guard for my swollen foot so that I can walk slightly better and help ease the pain a little~ After which, we started our actual shopping at Platinum Mall and had a yummy meal to start off our trip at A&W (Pantip Plaza) with Chicken Waffles, Curly Fries and our Must Have Root Beer Float! After about 2 to 3 hours, receive the signal from 大姐 to meet up at our standard meeting point of our entire trip, Starbucks. Unloaded our shopping bags in our hotel rooms and took the hotel free 'TukTuk' ride to Siam Square and we walked over to MBK for more shopping! Along the way we bought some finger food and there is a chicken patty that we ate which was SUPER good! Like seriously! But it was soooo good we finish eating it before we remember that we have not snapped a photo of it! After shopping we head back to a roadside seafood stall (I dont recall the stall name though) for our dinner which was one of the better dinner we had throughout the trip I guess. The BBQ fish was really tasty! After dinner bought some Mango Sticky Rice back to the hotel to eat (but we were too tired and full to eat it til 2nd day). Walked out in search of Thai Massages nearby the Pratunam area and we ended up stopping at an open area with many roadside stalls selling clothes, accessories, handmade items etc. Spend at least an hour there shopping and customizing some items before we eventually head for our well deserved Thai Massage which was super super goood!!! As Singaporean like to say, "SHIOK"!! After the relaxing massage, went back to hotel for a nice hot shower before turning in for the night to recharge ourselves for the next full day of CRAZY SHOPPING!
 
My new Ankle Guard for my sprained amke that accompanied me throughout my entire trip!
1 of the most worthy buy of my entire trip! You've served me well!

 Our first meal of the trip, A&W at Pantip Plaza
Curly Fries, Chicken Waffles & A&W Root Beer Float! Super Yums!

The guys and 大姐 at the Tailor
Choosing their fabric and design, and taking measurements for their tailor made shirts!

Hotel provided free 'TukTuk' ride to Siam Square!

Shopping at MBK! All of us ended up buying a pair of shades from the same shop!

 Our first dinner. Roadside seafood stall~ The fish taste pretty good!

 First Mango Sticky Rice of the Trip!

Random roadside stall selling really pretty customized phone casing! Soooo cute and pretty right?! But only 三姐 bought it as 大姐 and myself are toooo rough with our belongings as we dont really take good care of our stuff so we felt like it would go to waste since its not gonna last more than a week intact! haha!


2nd day Hubby and I OVERSLEPT! Oops~ Was suppose to meet the rest at 8.30am, had set alarm to ring at 7.45am, but somehow both of us didnt hear our alarms and slept right through til 8.30am exactly I suddenly jumped up, checked my phone and panicked! Somehow hotel beds are always sooo comfy that I don't wish to get up! Called them up and told them to give us half an hour, and we immediately rushed to wash up and prepare ourselves for the day! Met up with them and we headed straight for 大姐's MUST HAVE Wanton Noodles and Pig Trotters at Soi 19 at Pratunam for our breakfast! Queue was crazy long but we decided to wait anyway since it was really worth the wait! Each of us ended up eating 2 bowls of Wanton Noodles each and a big plate of Pig trotters and intestines. Yummy! 10plates accomplished! After which we took a cab to Chatuchak Weekend Market which was a MUST GO in our Itinerary. We splitted up into 2 groups again, with Hubby and Myself in search of the pets section to shop for our dearest Muffin, while the rest headed in search of the clothes section! We met up a few hours later at our initial starting point and then splitted up again with 大姐 & 三姐 going for their relaxation & self-pampering spa session, 大哥 went for his foot massage while Hubby and myself went back to the hotel for a dip in the 'fake' infinity swimming pool~ Reason why I say its fake cause its trying to achieve the feel of the inifinity pool, but its not totally an infinity poo. We went to the edge and look down to realize the water is just flowing down to a little walk way which can be access by both sides of the poolside with staircase. And honestly it looks like the place is flooded as the water has overflowed out. Kinda weird if you ask me, and the water around the area seems a little dirty and filled with leaves that had fallen off the tree. Well other than that the view from the swimming pool is pretty good as you can see the city. After our relaxing swim, met up with 大哥 to go to the Tailor shop for fitting before their actual collection the next day. Later at night, all of us washed up and gathered at our meeting point and we head out to Chinatown for out seafood dinner at T&K seafood restaurant that we swore never to eat again cause the standard dropped like no tomorrow. The 'sotong' was sooooo mushy and gross, not like the usual chewy and fresh. After dinner, we walked a few shops down to Nam Sing Bird Nest to buy ourselves some nourishing goodness to gargle our mouth with the first thing in the morning! (Its an inside joke). Went back to the hotel to put the bird nest, and 三姐 went to rest early as she was not feeling too well. We were suppose to go out clubbing, but were all too tired we decided to just have a chillax session at the rooftop bar at our hotel, Bar 9! Had our beer and booze and played some games and I was literally a mosquito feed for the night! Just a 1 hour session there and I had at least minimum 16 mosquito bites on my arms and legs and feet!!! Horrible experience for me although the place looks really good with a mesmerizing night view of the Bangkok City all well lighted up!~ :( Went back to our rooms and Hubby and I decided to pamper ourselves with a foot mask as well as a facial mask to end the night!

Waiting at our usual meeting point for the rest before we head out for our breakfast!

 Starbucks! Our standard meeting point!

 Wanton Mee at Soi 19 @ Pratunam! Its soooo good, the queue is sooo long! And we all ate 10bowls of wanton noodles with a big plate of pig trotter!
 
 Yummy yum yum Wanton Mee!

 Shopping at Chatuchak!! Had my favourite strawberry yoghurt and my usual raspberry ice popsicles! And thanks to my dearest 大姐 for the very cute Hello Kitty Make Up bag! =)

 They had yummy desserts at Chatuchak too!

 The 姐姐s enjoying their relaxing spa like princesses! :)

 
 While hubby and myself went for a relaxing swim at the hotel rooftop swimming pool~

 Our dinner at T&K seafood restaurant at Chinatown

Nam Sing Birdnest!

 Chilling out at Bar 9, the hotel rooftop bar!

Pampering ourselves with face mask and foot mask session before we rest for the night!

3rd day woke up washed up and gargled our mouth with our nicely chilled nourishing bird nest!! Super yums! After which we met up and head over to A&W at Pantip Plaza for our breakfast before we started our full day of shopping at Platinum Mall! In between, we met up for lunch at Fuji Restaurant located on the top level of Platinum Mall. The scallop sashimi is to die for! Seriously! Its sooooo good it literally melt away in your mouth! Super fresh! After lunch, continue our shopping and grab a couple more things before we went back to our hotel to offload and headed out to Siam Square by our hotel 'TukTuk' for more Mango Sticky Rice at Fai Sor Kam located at Siam Square, followed by a visit to the SUPER CUTE Hello Kitty House Cafe!! We took a group photo outside of the cafe, after which the guys and 大姐 head off to the tailor to collect their shirts, while 三姐 and myself stayed out to have a cuppa nice Ice Coffee in a VERY nice and cute Hello Kitty Tumbler and a yummylicious Hello Kitty Cream Cake which really taste sooooo good!! We took lots and lots of photos at the cafe including many selfies before we finally decided its time to leave the place and we slowly headed back to our hotel via BTS. Along the way, we stopped by Naraya at Central World, and some roadside stalls to do some more shopping before we return to our hotel to wash up and waited for the rest to return~ After everyone had returned and washed up, we took a cab out to have Authentic Mookata dinner at Plathong which was pretty disappointing as we all actually prefer the Mookata we have in Singapore instead! :p After our dinner, its FINALLY PARTAYE TIME!! Had wanted to try Demo Club, but it was close on Monday, so we ended up hopping over to RCA to check out the clubs around the area. Had wanted to go to Route 66, but for some reasons, we ended up at ONYX instead!! Which was pretty much as good!! Awesome music, good crowd and we made some new acquaintance for the night with some Malaysian Tourist! After a night of Johnny Walker Red Label, we concluded that the ladies actually drinks MUCH better than the guys! Hahahahaa~ As the guys were pretty high and were outside the club resting, the ladies decided to party hard and had our rounds of 2-3 seconds hard liquor spamming and dancing like no tomorrow, before we finally decided its time to end the night and brought the guys back to the hotel to rest! The guys went to sleep while the ladies decided to continue with our ladies heart to heart sharing session til 4am before we all went to rest for the night!

 First thing in the morning! Gargling our mouth with the super nourishing bird nest! Yums!!

L.O.V.E

Breakfast at A&W (again for me)!

Lunch at Fuji Restaurant at Platinum Mall! Look at all the super fresh and yummy sashimi! Especially the Scallop!!

The thinking men. Discussing and debating on where was the exact location of the shop they wanted to bring us to as they couldnt seem to find it after going many rounds!~

Mango Sticky Rice at Fai Sor Kam located at Siam SQ

 With our new love, Baymax!

 Photo and selfie spamming at the Super Cute Hello Kitty House Cafe!
And enjoying our ice coffee in the super cute tumbler with a yumylicious hello kitty cream cake!

Took the BTS back to Central World

The happy men went to collect their tailor made shirts!

 Authentic Mookata Buffet Dinner at Plathong. Super cheap ($8 per pax or so), BUT we all feel that it is not as good as the ones in Singapore!

PARTAYE NIGHT! Booze, Dance, Party at ONYX located at RCA


4th and last day in Bangkok. ALL of us overslept except 三姐 who woke up early and went out to the money changer again alone, and did some last minute shopping alone! Hubby and myself were 2nd to wake up and we head out after washing and packing up for our last minute grabs and shopping at Platinum Mall since its the nearest to us. After which 大姐, 三姐 & 大哥 met up and went out for their last minute grabs and had a light breakfast before we all finally check out of our hotel before we met up at our usual meeting point for the last time and waited for our cab back to the airport and return to Singapore. :(
With all our new passport holders! Soooo pretty right!~ =)


Conclusion: 4d3n is NOT sufficient!! We need to plan next trip again soooooon!!!

Summary of our 4d3n Itinerary includes: Super comfortable Hotel stay at Novotel Bangkok Platinum, SUPER lots of Shopping at Platinum Mall, MBK, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Thai Massages, Lots of Mango Sticky Rice, Roadside stall seafood dinner, Fuji Restaurant Lunch with Super Yummy Scallop Sashimi, T&K seafood dinner that we swore never to eat again, Nourishing Nam Sing Bird Nest to gargle mouth first thing in the morning, Tailormade shirts for the handsome men, Spa for the jiejies, Mouth watering roadside stall Chicken patty, Fresh Pomegranate juice & Thai Ice Milk Tea, Swimming at the hotel 'fake' infinity pool lookalike, Crazy Night of Partying at Onyx RCA, Chillout at the outdoor rooftop Bar9 that is mosquito filled, Authentic Mookata dinner which isnt as nice as the ones in Singapore, Super CUTE Hello Kitty House Cafe and lots of fun, laughter and bonding!

Can't wait for our next trip!! ♡
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