Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travelogue - Relaxation Trip to Montigo Resorts Nongsa with My Girls



Its an awesome getaway with my girls!

We've been planning this for quite awhile but due to busy schedules, we postpone a couple of times, until finally a month before our planned dates, we booked everything and await for the day to come!

Heard alot about Montigo Resorts Nongsa, saw photos and many friends checking into the place in Facebook and been longing to go there to see it for myself! Its truly a nice relaxing place with a really nice villa! Great for couples, family, and also groups of friends~ A good place for birthday celebrations, anniversaries, hen's party, a relaxation trip, a getaway from hectic Singapore, or simply a crazy pool party with your friends and love ones!

You get to cook in the kitchen which is well equipped, dip in the private pool all day, soak in the huge bath tub with a glass top open view toilet, or simply laze around all day! The whole area except the Spa is Wifi-friendly, and you can play pool, dip in the outdoor pool, have some finger food and enjoy a cocktail or an ice cold beer!

Only down side of the place would be the mosquitos in the room which bitten me quite badly and I end up waking up a couple of times in the middle of the night as its way too itchy! When I checked out and told the staff, they said there was actually some mosquito repellants in the wardrobe which we did not open to see. So next time you are there, explore the wardrobe, you will find the hair dryer (which I couldnt find and thus did not use at all), mosquito repellant in there. They also provide a tube of aloe vera gel in the living room which I thought is really nice and thoughtful of them, but again I totally forgotten to use it even after getting sunburns!

The weather there is really really really VERY HOT and HUMID! Not sure if its just this time of the year (JUNE) that the place is really warm, or its the same whole year round! So anyway, do prepare to bring along SUNBLOCK, and switch on every possible aircon in the villa to its lowest temperature and strongest fan, close any doors in the villa so the rooms will be kept cold throughout! And because the weather is so cold, you guys will probably end up like us, dipping in both the private and outdoor pool all day!

This getaway, I went without my hubby, just with my girls, Rain & Chloe and Rain's son. The trip is really enjoyable and we all wished we could spend more time there! We only went for a 2days1night stay as both of them did not have any more annual leave left for this year after all the longer holidays they went earlier this year and had already planned for later this year. Took many photos since it was my first time there!


At Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal & Onboard the Ferry towards Montigo!



At the Lobby & Near the Restaurant, Pool & Bar of Montigo Resorts Nongsa!





First thing we did was to grab some lunch at Tadd's Restaurant upon arrival while waiting to check in. The good thing about the place was we could call for a buggy to bring us everywhere around the resort 24/7, thus we need not walk out in the hot sun! After lunch, we went to check-in to our villa and immediately went straight for the private pool in our villa! Super awesome!


Loving the beautiful view!





On the 24/7 Buggy that brings us everywhere around the resort!



Our Villa - 1st Storey - Living Room, Kitchen, Toilet, Main Door, Balcony, Private Pool


Our Villa - 2nd Storey - Master Bedroom



Our Villa - 2nd Storey - Master Bedroom Glass Top Toilet, Bathtub, the other bedroom and its toilet

Our Villa - Rooftop - Beautiful scenic seaview 



 Camwhoring before going into the pool~



More camwhoring with my girls before messing up my hair and going into the pool!


Having lots of fun in the pool, taking underwater photos!
(Pardon my girls as Chloe has her contact lens on and she is unable to open her eyes underwater, and both of them cant really swim so that explains why the were not really able to stay under water for long to take a proper photo!)

After a nice dip in the pool, we washed up and took a taxi out to Rezeki Seafood for dinner! Yums! Dinner was not bad especially the Nestum (Cereal) Prawns and more Bintang Beer!


We ordered chilla crab, butter crab, nestum prawns, gong gong, sambal kang kong, fried chicken, teh botol & bintang beer!









After dinner went back to our Resort took a nice stroll to snap some night shot photos before we headed back to our Villa to Chill and have our Girl's Talk! The night was pretty funny have hiccups with our room service that got us angry frustrated impatient yet so funny we ended up laughing all the unhappiness away~

We had called room service for a bucket of ice to chill our bottle of wine while we chit chat.

First Call by Rain - Waited 30mins nothing came
Second Call by Chloe - Waited 10-15mins still nothing came
Third Call by Me - Conversation goes: Hello this is our third time calling in since 45mins ago, we ordered a bucket of ice but still nothing came. Reply: Oh I'm so sorry Mam, we will send it to you right away. Me: How long must I wait this time. Reply: 10mins. Oh no no 5 mins. Promise we will send it to you. Me: Ok then thanks.

"Ding Dong"
Me: OH YAY~ Our ICE is HERE! - Hops around and ran to the door! Grab the bucket said thanks close the door and ran in to my girls. Felt that the bucket was a little light and not cold at all. Open the bucket. WIDE BLANK EYES. Stare at the bucket for awhile thinking "did i see wrongly?"........
Face immediately change. WHATTTTT??!?!?!! Where is the ICE???!!!!
"My girls burst out laughing"

Rain decided to call room service again.
Rain: Hello we called earlier for a bucket of ICE. But where is the ICE?
Reply: Yes we already send the bucket it is still not there?
Rain: Yes the bucket came. But where is the ICE? We want the ICE! We already have a bucket in the villa, but no ice maker. Where can we find the ICE?
Reply: Oh so sorry Mam. We will make sure to send the ICE with no bucket.

Within 5mins. "Ding Dong"
YAY the ICE came!! In a plastic bag! They seriously send the ICE with NO bucket!

Hahahhaha~ EPIC!

Subsequently we realize there is no wine bottle opener in the villa, so again we called room service to request for a bottle opener and an additional wine glass.

ONLY the Wine Glass Came.

We called yet again. This time, I guess they know that we are already very frustrated, and so, the person came into our villa, came up stairs to our room where we are chilling, and helped us open the bottle on the spot with a big bag filled with ICE. (just in case I guess since we were already waiting very long)

But end up the wine bottle opener that he brought along was a pretty lousy one and after attempting to open the bottle for about 5mins, he gave up and told us he will be bringing the bottle back with him to the kitchen to use a better wine opener to open the bottle for us.

About 5 to 7mins later he came back with our bottle, opened and sealed with the transparent shrink wrap. And so, FINALLY after more than an hour of waiting and waiting, we get to enjoy the super awesome bottle of moscato wine that we got. Well THANK GOD its really nice and worth all the trouble and time waiting just to drink it!



Chatted, ate our chips and drank our moscato til I have no idea what time since I did not really keep track of time while we were there. Went to sleep in the comfy bed, though Chloe and myself both woke up a couple of time in the middle of the night due to the itchy mosquito bites all over us and we felt kinda warm as well.




Woke up next morning, washed up and went for breakfast before we went back to our Villa to pack up and check out and went for our relaxing massage session! Yay! I LOVE MASSAGES!
After the SHIOK massage, as it was still early, we headed to the public pool located in front of the bistro bar to have a swim and chill~









Finally it was time to wash up and head back to Singapore. Trip was really short, but still really enjoyable! I'm definitely going back there again soon! Next time we are there, gonna go on weekdays because they can cater for a private Rooftop BBQ on weekdays ONLY! =)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Skin Care Product Review - Bioré Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover



Think is a hassle to remove make up? Here's a efficient, easy and quick solution!

Previously I had used the Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my make up! I loved it as it does not leave a sticky feeling after removing my make up. Since then I've loved Bioré's range of make up removers as its just so good!

And now, Bioré has introduced their new improved Aqua Jelly Make Up Remover and I just cant wait to give it a try!!





Its a Clear Jelly Like Solution which is really smooth and gentle on the skin. You need not rub very hard on your face to remove your makeup at all! Just 2-3 pumps onto your palm, and apply the solution on your face and a gentle circular massage around your face to dissolve your makeup, and wash it off with water! Wa-La~

Just like their Micellar Cleansing Water, it is very lightweight and leaves a nice dewy moisturized feeling and does not leave any sticky greasy after feel which I dislike! In fact after applying, I feel my skin being hydrated and moisturized while it works its magic to remove my make up! Whats better? Its smells really good too!! It has a very pleasant sweet fruity scent to it which makes the whole experience relaxing and comfortable! =)

As it is really smooth and very effectively dissolve and remove your make up, you will not hurt your skin and cause any unsightly wrinkles especially on your eye area where the make up such as Mascara, Eye Liner and Glittery Eye Shadows are usually more difficult to remove. With the Bioré Aqua Jelly Make Up Remover, my eye make up comes off sooooo easily now!! I can now apply thick make up and more eye makeup without worrying about having to injure my skin when I rub too hard just to get stubborn make up off my face and worsen my fine lines and wrinkles! Yay!

Thanks to Bioré, I can now happily apply more makeup and make myself prettier~! =p


Here's the BEFORE & AFTER photo of my face! I intentionally applied on half my face to see the effect of the Bioré Aqua Jelly Make Up Remover! As you can see, all my make up which consist of bb cream, foundation, eyebrow pencil, eye shadow, concealer came off leaving my face looking bare and some post acne scars can be seen in the photo as compared to the other half of my face which still had make up on!


BENEFITS
•Smoother jelly-like texture is gentle on skin and rinses off easily and quickly without any harsh tugging or pulling action on skin.
•High cleansing ability dissolves and lifts off all traces of makeup effortlessly.
•Made with 40% more moisturising essence nourishes and hydrates skin for a dewy moisturised finish.
•Lightweight formula leaves skin feeling refreshed, with no sticky or greasy after-feel.
•Suitable for all skin type

USAGE DIRECTION
1. Pump an appropriate amount (2-3 pumps) onto hands and spread evenly over face and eye area.
2. Massage gently to dissolve makeup.
3. Rinse thoroughly with water. It is not necessary to remove cleansing liquid with cotton pad or tissue.
4. For best results, apply on dry face and hands. Do not use facial cotton pad or tissue.

RETAIL PRICE
S$24.90

WHERE TO BUY?
All leading suprmakrets, personal care stores, wstern pharmacies and departmental stores from April 2015 


Friday, July 10, 2015

Skin Care Product Review: Hiruscar Post Acne - No More Ugly Scars!


Whats more frustrating than having acnes that last for a couple of days on your face??
Post Acne Marks that last for weeks!

The latest addition to Hiruscar, the Scar Care Expert Brand, Hiruscar Post Acne comes in a clear gel form that provides fast and deep absorption for a no hassle application! Hirusar Post Acne is an anti-bacterial formulation catered for oily, acne prone skin sufferers like myself!

YAY!!



Acne has always been something I suffer with since puberty stage. And unlike most people who stop having frequent acnes outbreaks after puberty, mine stayed on with me til date! *URGH*

And although my acnes only stay for a couple of days and go away, its scars are something I always had to deal with and other than using concealer and make up to cover up, I didnt have much solutions to get rid of them faster~ And so when I was introduce to Hiruscar Post Acne, oh boy, you can bet I was SUPER ELATED!!

Its like my SAVIOR! Now I need not worry about having to cover my face up with concealer and makeup to hide my post acne scars! I can choose to head out barefaced or simply with a light coat of make up to freshen my face a little!


This is a BEFORE picture of my right cheek that had some post acne scars! =(

This is a AFTER picture of my right cheek after just 5 days of application! Lighting is a little different from the first photo, but the scars as you can see have improve tremendously!



KEY FEATURES
- Clinically proven 3-in-1 formulation
- Non-Comedogenic [does not clog pores]
- Hypoallergenic [does not irritate your skin]
- Fast absorbing clear scar gel [can be used under make-up]
- Contains anti-bacterial agent [Pionin] to help prevent acne recurrence
- For Oily and Acne Prone Skin

KEY BENEFITS
- Improves appearance of sunken scars
- Lighten dark marks
- Prevents acne recurrence due to its anti-bacterial formulation.

HOW TO USE?
Apply 2-3 times a day, in the morning and before bedtime.
Use after toner/softener and before moisturiser.
Always wash hands before and after use.

TARGET AGE
15-24 years old male and female as this is the time where acne are the most active and prone to popping up! But if you also have acne prone skin like mine, and I am already pass the age of 24, you can definitely still apply this product as its main purpose is still to get rid of post acne scars!! Age is just a number! =p 

Where To Buy
Watsons, Guardian, Unity, Independent Pharmacies, Polyclinics

Retail Price
$22.90/10m 



Saturday, June 20, 2015

A dreadful year in a hell hole



Hopping from 1 hell hole to another, my career life really hasn't been a smooth journey at all. As much as I would like to meet nice colleagues who I could call my friends, meet nice bosses to learn from, and to contribute my best effort to grow with the company, and really stay long with just 1 company, this simple thought seems impossible for me.

My resume isnt all that beautiful. As a recruiter and HR personnel myself, I would look at my resume and go "oh wow, this is 1 hell of a job hopper!". This isnt my choice. Its not my fault that my career life has been pretty unlucky. Either finding a job that offers me a contract position, or getting played out by the company to help with start up and then tells me that they do not need my services any more as they find my position redundant, or being hired by a nice boss who leaves the company shortly after I join and I was pass on to another lousy boss who decided that my position is not required cause she wanted to hire someone she knows and gave them another job title to replacement my headcount instead, or really lousy jobs that has no room for growth, learning or progression, or a boss who is a scary micro-manager who gives me nightmares about work at night and over the weekends, or simply having colleagues whom I had thought were nice people who share common thoughts and we can get along well, but turns out to be backstabbers who stabs you sooooo badly that your boss believe their every word since they are such bootlickers, and make your life in office a living hell.

Just when I thought I found a nice place where I would like to grow my career, I find myself back in another hell hole yet again.



BACKSTABBERS
FAVORITISM
BIASNESS
UNFAIRNESS

You name it, I've got it all.


Some of the situations I got caught in.

(Names and company not mentioned, as I see a need to. The guilty people involve will know who they are, and the people who saw it for yourselves or work with me will know who they are too.)

1) Uneven work load distribution
 ~I took it all in and tried my best to manage them.

2) Unhelpful team mates
 ~Refusal to help out when I am swamped and overwhelmed with work even when they are so free with nothing to do, just sourcing online for photos to do some photos for company events or simply chatting away about non work related stuff

3) Effort and hardwork not appreciated
 ~While the rest of my team mates who have lesser work on hand, could go around chatting with people, gets rewards, recognition, bonuses, high increments, better performance ratings and appraisals, public appreciation of the little work they done

4) Other colleague was not able to handle certain task (too slow, nv follow up, complains from others), and so those task were all added onto my plate.
 ~Instead of appreciating the effort i put in to take on the roles, and understanding that I do have alot to do, I was not thanked or rewarded, but instead put down for certain little things that i took a slightly longer time to do. Whereas the previous person who has so much task on hand taken off her, and has the luxury of more time and brain cells to concentrate on the few task she has gets rewarded and recognize for doing those little task well.

5) A management that is a friend of that colleague and so she gets the luxury of more chances when task are done wrongly, help to cover up for her wrong doings and blame pushed onto me, getting a high increment when her salary is already the highest in the team, and mine the lowest, yet I also have the lowest increment which amount to almost nothing much, and the lowest bonus payout to me that makes me feel like a begger.

These are just a few of my experience. Its been a year here, there are way more encounters, but there is not point in wasting my time further to talk about it. You judge for yourself. Is this fair?


I wonder if the problem truly lies with me, but time and again i think and rethink about it, discussed with people around me, and realize the problem does not lie with me at all. Cause apparently my predecessors in my roles face the same issues. I am just pure UNLUCKY. No two ways about it.

I wonder if God place me in such situations for reasons such as to make me a stronger better person. And I guess I just have to stay faithful and not let these negativity affect my faith and bring me down.

Of cause I am not saint. I dread it. I keep wondering why. Why am I always put through such situations. Many a times I want to give up. I want to just kill them all. (not literally. just in my mind)

And so I thank God for creating such a thing as a Blog. A place I can rant and share my story with so my readers can learn something from it, be stronger and know that their life is better off than me.

And so, I am jobless now. Not sure whats the next step gonna be. Will update soon =)

Thanks for reading if this post hasnt bore you too much to be able to read this this sentence! =p









Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Baking Diary: Yummylicious Donuts Made Easy!

Yummylicious Donuts~


Having a party or gathering and would like to prepare some nice snacks for your guest, here's something easy to make, taste yummy (just like those sold at the bakery), and looks really pretty! (you can customize to your own liking!) =)
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