2

February

TWENTYTEN

1202 HRS

TRESemmé Expert Selection

SPONSORED POST

 

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When it comes to physical appearance, I personally rank having healthy looking skin & hair very important. I remember reading it somewhere before that says, 'We often see our hair as a reflection of our identity because it is both personal and public. Many women feel that a bad hair day equals a bad day'. I do remember waking up on some days with a bad hair day no matter how much I tried to use tools to salvage etc and it does feel as though my day got off to a bad start. It somehow made me feel like I looked un-groomed, untidy and unpresentable. On worst days, I very much prefer to head home than to head out due to the bad hair day. 
 

Therefore, hair care at home is also extremely important apart from regular trips to the salon. 

 

I've recently embarked on a campaign with TRESemmé and this brand, in fact, was a brand that my family used many years ago and it was our usual household shampoo for a while. We liked it very much and have always restocked them for the family. We stopped for a while as we shifted house, had separate bathrooms – and so we got our own set of hair care products. For my hair care, I've to use a mixture of shampoo – one for dry hair and one for oily scalp. My hair condition is quite unfortunate and it requires a lot more care for the past few years – I've an extremely oily scalp (you wouldn't believe how oily it is) but my hair is extremely frizzy and dry. Hence, I would need a specific type of shampoo to mix in with my regular shampoo to control the oil and maintain the condition of my hair. Since I've started on the campaign, I've replaced my dry hair shampoo with TRESemmé to see how it works for my hair.

 

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In fact, you might be interested to know that TRESemmé's latest range of products are quite special.

This range is called the TRESemmé Expert Selection. Let me share with you what's special about this range:

TRESemmé EXPECT SELECTION: PLATINUM STRENGTH


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I believe we all ladies use tools to tame or style our hair very frequently. For me, I use the hair dryer and hair straightener every single day because if I don't and leave the hair to dry by itself – I'll get tangled and unkempt hair, making me look dishevelled.  TRESemmé Platinum Strength series is designed to help fortify and strengthen hair – especially for hair that is exposed to styling, heat and chemical processing. This range will be suitable for people like you and me who would like to achieve impeccably coiffed hair all day. To summarize:

- TRESemmé Platinum Strength is suitable for damaged and thin hair 

- TRESemmé Platinum Strength series has been tested and proven to repair up to 2 years of damage in just five washes.
- The Advanced Renewing Complex strengthens hair’s natural protective barrier and protects against future breakage, giving you strong and healthy hair that does not break. 

 

 

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TRESemmé EXPECT SELECTION: KERATIN SMOOTH

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TRESemmé Keratin Smooth’s gentle formulation is slightly different. It is infused with Keratin that reduces frizz and leaves your hair gorgeously sleek and manageable. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo is specially formulated with lower sulfates to restore protein and gently, thoroughly cleanses the hair/scalp. Whereas the conditioner helps restore protein and nourishes each strand, making the hair smooth and shiny. For people who have very frizzy hair, you will be happy to know that both products when used together, it can control frizz for up to 48hrs. This range is also suitable for colour-treated hair to maintain long lastingness of hair colour yet having tame hair. To summarize:

- T formulation is infused with Keratin that reduces frizz and leaves your hair gorgeously sleek and manageable
- The selection series can control frizz for up to 48hrs

In a nutshell, this TRESemmé expert selection is created with professional quality and is inspired by salon Keratin treatments. This range aims to help user to achieve salon gorgeous hair at home.

These products are exclusively at Guardian if you would like to try them. Do find out more via the video below:


 

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January

TWENTYTEN

1101 HRS

Winter in New York

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This was taken around the same time last year in New York City. A few of my favourite things of the city:

 

- Soho
- Central Park 
- Loef Boathouse
 - Empire state tower
- The Mark
- Momofuku cereal ice cream
- Tompkins square bagels: Everything bagel with egg and avocado
- East Village
- West Village
- The little owl
- Peter Luger 

 

How I miss this city. 
 

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June

TWENTYTEN

1206 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #7 | The Westin (Final)

 

 

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Outfit: A comfy strip set from Klarra 

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This entry marks the last of Fiji Travel. 

We started the day having a hearty breakfast at Outrigger's Sundowner Cafe, where we dined by the white sand beach. The beach was beautiful – wished we had more time to explore the resort but we had to check out that very morning to head to another location for our last night's stay.

Our last stay was at The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji. another luxury resort with a private beach and an 18-hole golf course located right by the hotel. 

We left the hotel and went for lunch at Cardos's steakhouse and cocktail bar at Port Denaru. We were craving for Asian food and decided to go for Singapore Seafood (surprised to see this on the menu) – which was sort of like stir-fried meat with rice. Portions were generally quite huge for the meals we ordered in Fiji.

Spent the afternoon back at The Westin. The resort also houses a Spa house named Heavenly Spa -  where it was situated in a lush green environment and offers a comprehensive spa menu. I had a body massage and II thought the pressure was good. The only thing was that the spa beds were located outdoor and the weather was a little warm for comfort. But overall, the service was great.
 
We ended the night with a wonderful dinner with peeps from The Starwood Group, Xavier and Shristi, for the night. Dinner by the beach at The Kitchen @ Westin was a good idea – we had lobster (definitely not missing the seafood at Fiji) and we enjoyed the meal very much, thanks to great company too x

Thank you once again, to tourism Fiji and Fly Fijiairways for this lovely summer getaway <3
 

8

June

TWENTYTEN

0206 HRS

Fiji #5 | Bebe Spa at Outrigger Fiji

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Wearing the back cut out maxi dress from Klarra.

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And the stay continues at Outrigger Resort..

Outrigger is also known for its spa and the spa is located in a separate location at a hill top. The spa is called Bebe Spa and to quote their exact words, ' Bebe spa floats majestically above Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on a plateau known to local villagers as Vakalomalagi Hill – Heavenly Hill. Surrounded by deliciously lush, undulating landscape, this location is at a breathtaking altitude offering the purest ocean views.' I certainly agree – the view I had from above was spectacular.

One could possibly walk up to the spa but I reckon that would probably take almost 15 minutes, whereas the hotel provides buggy service to bring you up to the hill.

We were invited to the cocktail evening on that very day we arrived, and it was located right beside Bebe Spa at their members' area. There were tapas and champagne served – it was really lovely. We spent the evening enjoying them amidst the lush scenery while getting to know Fiji better. Thank you very much for the kind hospitality, Outrigger Resort ;)

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April

TWENTYTEN

1204 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #2 | Taveuni

Tourism Fiji has planned an itinerary which covered two main areas of Fiji, the earlier one was Nadi (where the international airport is located at) and the other was Tavenui.

Tavenui is the third largest island in Fiji, and is known to the the 'garden' of Fiji. Because of the islands’ tropical South Pacific location, Fiji consists of various rich natural resources, rainforests and mineral resources. Many crops and plants can only grow there due to the soil being volcanic in origin and central parts of the island receive very high rainfall rates too. With that said, that has supported the island's agriculture very much. This island is also popular with tourists, reasons being that it has great diving spots, bush walks and waterfalls.

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The domestic flight from Nadi to Tavenui took about an hour half and we sat in a propeller plane. The plane was small and could sit approximately 18 people and I probably had the best (and most exciting) seat – just right behind the driver. The crew had to take our weight as well as the luggage's weight and everything was measured rather accurately. It was a cozy ride and you wouldn't miss any of your flight mates. It was also quite an experience that we arrived at the airport early and we could just hop on to the earlier flight to our destination.

Tavenui only has one airport named Matei Airport. Very interesting airport that has a little canteen there with limited assortments, some classic and essential accessories as well as homemade tea snacks.

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We were picked up by the resort's driver and together with a group of new friends (who happened to be staying in the same resort as we were), we were to Bouma waterfall next.

Bourma waterfalls, also known as Tavoro Waterfalls, are a spectacular series of three waterfalls nestled within the Bouma National Heritage Park. They epitomise the 'garden island', where Taveuni is famous for. The first waterfall was an easy stroll, which took us about 15 minutes to get there. The challenge came when we continued to the second one – which took us about 45 minutes. We had to cross a river to get there and the paths could be rather rocky. But we had a good view of the park and sea as we went, so definitely no complains for that. We didn't carry on to the third as it was getting quite challenging in terms of strength and stamina.

We took about 2 hours to complete the hike and I enjoyed it very much. I would definitely recommend this as part of itinerary if you are visiting Taveuni.

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Meet Jon, our new friend from California.

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Our stay destination was at Sau Bay Fiji Retreat – a beautiful private resort which we stayed for three nights. I'm excited to share with you visuals of this resort and how the stay went. Will be back in the next post for more!

17

April

TWENTYTEN

0404 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #1 | Nadi

Bula ;)
 
This was the first word I heard when I arrived in Fiji and it was said in an enthusiastic way by everyone we met along the way.

The word 'Bula' actually means 'Life' and it's used as a greeting for hello as well as to imply wishes for continued good health and happiness. The Fijian people are extremely warm, friendly and I'm very surprised by their genuine hospitality and enthusiasm. Almost everyone waved and smiled without hesitation as we travelled on the roads and we definitely felt very welcomed.

Anyway, mummykins and I had the opportunity to embark on a travel journey arranged by Tourism Fiji with the help of Nuffnang, and we were happily whisked away to this beautiful place. Just to give some background of the place, Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, an archipelago of more than 330 islands with capital being, Suva. (taken from Wikipedia).  If I were to associate any popular travel neighbours, they would be Australia and New Zealand.

Population of the country is approximately 800,000 and people in Fiji speak Fijian and also speak English language very well. Currency is Fijian dollars and if you are curious about the exchange rate, as of now, SGD1 = FJD1.53.

Our flight to Fiji was long. We took a flight to Hong Kong for 4 hours, had a 5-hour transit and followed by a 10-hour flight to Fiji, Nadi International Airport. So all in, we took about 20 hours to arrive in Fiji but I must say we were very well-taken care of during the transits (thanks Tourism Fiji!).

And part of the reason why I'm excited to share the travel posts of Fiji is because Fiji Airways has just been launched (on April 6) in Singapore! You will be happy to know that going to Fiji from Singapore is a breeze now – it's a direct 8-hour flight.  

I'm very glad to know of this because after being in Fiji, I really think Fiji has a lot to offer. Shan't go on too much in words and will let the pictures do the talking ;)

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'Rosie Holidays' is one of the best travel agencies to contact if you would like someone to plan your trips for you. I've to say their service was amazing and for each car ride, wifi was available too.

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Our first stop was breakfast at 'Taste Fiji'. Gotta love freshly baked breads and always love having eggs + toast for breakfast. Service was great – people we met were absolutely friendly. And if you take a closer look at the above picture, what is uniquely Fiji are the crunchy chips. They seem like Yam chips but they aren't – they are sliced and fried breadfruit (do try this if you are there!). Breadfruit is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family (Moraceae) originating in the South Pacific and is as a staple food in Fiji as well asmany cultures. From my understanding, boiled breadfruit is a famous main meal in Fiji.

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Wearing Klarra's Asymmetrical T-back dress. I do like the high neck cut in front and I always think Asymmetrical dresses help to give the illusion of longer legs ;)

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Tourism Fiji had arranged an itinerary which allowed us to experience different stays during our trip and so we had our first stay at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.

Sofitel Fiji is located beachfront on Denarau Island with all rooms overlooking the South Pacific sea. True enough, we had a room with an unblocked view of the sea and a great view of one of the main (gorgeous) pools. We also had a pampering spa session arranged by the hotel at So SPA right after check in. Our stay at Sofitel was just one night and it was a pity that we couldn't experience the pool because it was pouring shortly after our Spa session. But the good thing was the resort has restaurants and bars for us to enjoy as we explore the compound. They had seats in the lobby by the bookshelves with books for you to read as well.

In anycase, we had a lovely dinner hosted by Michael Bell from Sofitel Fiji. Dinner was at V Restaurant, the fine-dining restaurant located in the hotel compound. The quality of our meal and the service were great, and if were to look at the last picture above, that's Mahi Mahi -  a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide (source: Wikipedia) and is a popular fish in Fiji.

It was definitely our pleasure to have met Michael on our first day of the trip because he shared so much with us on the interesting things of Fiji – especially the culture. Looking forward to share more in this space, and for now, I'll end it off here x

19

February

TWENTYTEN

1102 HRS

Let’s Save the Queen

Sponsored Post

Am happy to embark on a new campaign with STRIP recently.

STRIP has always been my go-to for body beauty services it's IPL Ace is one of my favourite treatments of all times. I've done this treatment for 6 times previously and results were indeed quite amazing. Just started another 6 session package and say hello to cleaner, better skin care routine ;)

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What's interesting recently is that STRIP embarked on a campaign to save the world’s dwindling bee population. I always think it's important for companies and business to carry out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to give back to the society and am really happy to be part of this meaningful campaign of STRIP's!

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Came to understand this campaign more from Sherby when I went for my treatment previously. Thought I'll share a little as it's quite interesting to know:

STRIP being known of its waxing services since 2001 recognizes the importance of bees – not just because that there wouldn’t be wax without bees, but because as keystone pollinators, they are responsible for propagating a third of the world’s food crops.  STRIP has also been sharing videos and visuals on various facts about the importance of bees and I personally feel it's important for us to know so we would know how everyone can play a part. With this in mind, it helps to create a sustainable income for these small-batch beekeepers and in turn, provide them with the resources to build a sustainable environment for the bees.  Just so you know, Strip is buying organic sunflower honey, beeswax candles and other bee-related products from bee farms around the world.

#StripSavesBees 

Here're some items featured as part of the campaign:

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The beeswax candles and tote bags with bee slogans are being sold at $15 each. The jar of honey from South of France would be given to customers if you spend $600 or more in a single receipt in STRIP stores. Do look out for those free fridge magnets and customized tissue packets as they are specially prepared for you in their stores.

Here’s also a special promotion for you if you are reading this! Quote “BeatriceTan” on STRIP's online booking site and you can enjoy the following:
IPL Brazilian at $68 (U.P. $642) or the IPL Boyzilian at $88 (U.P. $963)
*Promotion is valid till 30 March 2016. Other terms and conditions apply. Valid for new Strip customers only.

Hope to see you joining in for this campaign as well and save the bees together!
#StripSavesBees 


Strip Singapore 

Find out more: www.strip.com.sg/sg_en 
Online bookings: ow.ly/VUoPB 
6337 8747

2

February

TWENTYTEN

1102 HRS

London | Restaurants, bistros & Cafes

I'm back for a new update ;)

Here's another list of cafes/bistros that I've visited and there are a few favourites which I went back quite frequently during my stay there. Without further ado, here're they:

1. Cafe Laville
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One of the all time favourite places – an Italian/Mediterranean bistro with you dine in a glass-fronted building overlooking the canal in Little Venice. I've went back quite a few times, some times for food and some times just for coffee.This place has such an amazing view and you will enjoy the tranquility when you're there. Apart from that, they serve pretty decent food as well.

It's a 5-10 minutes walk from Edgware Road tube station so it's quite easy to get to if it's not raining. Would definitely recommend you to visit this place.

Cafe Laville
453 Edgware Rd, London W2 1HT, United Kingdom
+44 20 7706 2620

2. The Muffin Man Tea Shop  

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I was told this is the go-to place for most Singapore airlines cabin crew and it was also recommended by my cabin crew friend, Melissa. Loved the old English vibe of this entire place and I went back too many times. You've to try their scones because they were simply divine. Do opt for the clotted cream and honey, this duo goes the best with the scones in my opinion. They serve breakfast sets as well and I loved their food – very homemade and unpretentious.

The Muffin Man Tea Shop  
12 Wrights Ln, London W8 6TA, United Kingdom

3. Fernandez & Wells
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Located at Soho area, this coffee shop is one of my favourites. I love the window seats and this is a nice place for an afternoon read.

Fernandez & Wells
73 Beak Street London
W1F 9RS United Kingdom

4. Honest Burgers
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My favourite is still shake shack but I remember this to be one of the best burgers I had in London. The rosemary chips are a must try too.

Honest Burgers
4A Meard St, London W1F 0EF, United Kingdom

5. KOYA
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As google says, simple, cafe-style Japanese for udon noodles and small plates served at communal tables. This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants and you've to try the cold udon!

Place is rather small and there's always a queue during peak hour. Best to go slightly earlier or later than dinner time as they don't take in reservations.
50 Frith St, London W1D 4SQ, United Kingdom

6. SAID dal 1923
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If you are a fan of chocolates, you have to visit this place.

SAID dal 1923
41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL, United Kingdom


7. Ottolenghi

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A must try in London. The Salads and desserts are freshly made everyday. They have a few outlets and it's always crowded during peak hours.

Ottolenghi
13 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB, United Kingdom

8. Timberyard
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This is one of the bigger coffee shops around which serves artisan coffees and teas, plus breakfasts, soup and sandwiches. This place is usually filled with people reading and studying. I remember visiting this place on a weekend and it was very crowded. But place is huge and turnover was quite fast so it shouldn't be a problem with seats!

Timberyard
1-67 Old St, London EC1V 9HW, United Kingdom


9. Bone Daddies

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My favourite place for Ramen – very tasty, flavourful soups and a pretty heavy meal I would say. This place also opens till late at night and quite a fair bit of people visit this place for supper.

Bone Daddies
31 Peter St, London W1F 0AR, United Kingdom

10. The Breakfast Club
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One of the most talked-about cafes there between Singaporeans. I love the food there, very unpretentious and homely. I would recommend the pancakes and the breakfast club smoothie. Queue is crazy at peak hours as well so I would suggest you to visit at non-peak hours.

The breakfast Club
33 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8EU, United Kingdom

11. Burgers and Lobsters
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Nuff said ;)

I always had to queue before I get a seat and just before I left to come back to SG, I got to know they opened a new outlet at Oxford street area – which was pretty quiet at that point of time. if You might want to check that outlet out!

Burgers and Lobsters
6 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JE, United Kingdom
 

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January

TWENTYTEN

1201 HRS

London | Duck & Waffle

As promised, I'm back for a detailed update on my trip to Duck & Waffle.

Visited the place twice during my stint in London, first trip was for a dinner but later got to know that they catered a different menu for brunch so I went back again. Duck and Waffle had a spectacular view of the city and with that said, I was definitely interested to check out the place on both day and night.

You will also be surprised to find out that Duck and Waffle opens till 5am.
I was told people tend to visit the place for supper after late night parties etc. Thought it was a pretty cool concept and probably a great spot for pals to come together on Friday, Saturday evenings and enjoy dinner/wine till late ;)

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Duck egg en cocotte / wild mushrooms / Gruyère / truffle / soldiers, £13 (SGD28)
This was mind-blowing. Sha and I had the similar reactions after tasting the first mouthful of this – we would definitely recommend you to this try this. For eggs lovers, this would be the perfect dish to order.

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Duck & waffle / crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup, £17 (SGD36)
I believe you have seen this dish featured around online. I personally think this was alright – maybe because it was literal a piece of duck leg + a waffle, which seemed quite pale in effort as compared to the other dishes. Also, I usually associate waffles as part of a sweet dish, so am not a big fan of a savoury dish that consists waffle.

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Spicy ox cheek doughnut / apricot jam, smoked paprika sugar, £10 (SGD21)
This was really quite unique and tasty I must say. It looked like a cinnamon dessert but in fact, it was savoury and I loved how innovative the presentation was.

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Dark chocolate brownie sundae / peanut crunch, £10 (SGD21)
And a dessert to end of the day – would definitely order it again if I'm back and please try this if you are there!

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This basically sums up the brunch date and moving on, the dinner date.

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Duck and Waffle's dinner menu was a little different but of course, they had the usual signatures such as the duck & waffle dish and the peanut crunch dessert.

I went together with Arya, Merli and Arya (who basically tried all dishes) and recommended a couple of sides/mains he thought were the best.

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Angus beef tartare / pickled onion, mustard, Marmite egg yolk & dripping croutes, £11 (SGD23)
This was really good. A favourite amongst us three.

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Whole roasted chicken / (for 2-3) / roasted potatoes / wild mushroom / truffle, £35 (SGD73)
Arya really liked this and as much as I thought this was pretty good, I didn't think it was worth the price. I have just checked the latest menu and it seemed they had change this dish a little – it was previously infused with truffle but the current one reflected on the menu features a different cooking method.

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Last but not least, do note that there's dress code to adhere too. As quoted from the website:
" Dress Code/ Casual Elegance – We welcome and encourage style, however, we kindly ask that guests refrain from wearing shorts, beachwear, flip flops and sportswear, including athletic trainers. Smart jeans are permitted."

This place is definitely worth a visit in my opinion and do remember to make a reservation before you head down as they can be quite packed ;)

DUCK & WAFFLE
110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
+44 203 640 7310

Hours of operations
Monday – Friday     
Breakfast  6am – 11am    
Lunch 11:30am – 4:30pm    
Dinner 5:30pm – 11:00pm    
Late night 11:30pm – 5am 

Weekends     
Breakfast  6am – 9am    
Brunch 9am – 4:00pm    
Dinner 5:00pm – 11:00pm    
Late night 11:30pm – 5am

Website: https://duckandwaffle.com/

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August

TWENTYTEN

0308 HRS

All Things Klarra

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Was at the pop-up for the past week to ensure things were running properly. Having a taste of retail and I must say I'm definitely very new to the retail industry. Am very thankful to have met kind souls around who gave me valuable advice, guided me through when they didn't even have to and I've definitely learned a lot over the week. People around living in Singapore are actually very kind-hearted, helpful and full of compassion (although most don't show it out directly) if you realised  – at least that's how I feel and am very glad/pround to be living in a country that fosters such a compassionate and bonded community. 

Tending to the business alone can honestly be quite a challenge but it has taught me so much. So much that I'll never exchange it for anything else. I know I've said this many a times, but thank you to my dearest friends and family, customers, social media pals for being there, coming by to support or even dropping words of encouragement. You may think I don't remember them but i actually do – very much actually. I won't forget how you guys made me feel <3

Happy long weekend all!

And happy birthday, my one and only Singapore.

:)