Beatrice Tan - Part 39
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Been told that I have really uneven skin tone, and the my skin has patches of dark spots here and there. Feel pretty frustrated at times because I try not to put full on make up as often as I can, but many a time, foundation might be needed to cover the unevenness of the skin.  I suppose there’s only one solution to this and it is to diligently put on Sunblock and use Whitening products – Eg. Shiseido White Lucent Range, results will probably show after a couple of months at least.   

But if you aren’t too concerned about whitening but more on correcting the uneven patches or spots, you might want to consider getting these two items will do instead! 

Was told that using these two products together will make the serum work better for your skin because it prevents new dark spots from forming. Will personally try it and let’s hope within a few months down the road, you can spot me with clearer, brighter skin! Hee ;)

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Recently I had a meet up with my Uni mates and we planned for a bowling session to spice things up a lil. The last time I bowl-ed must be eons ago because I seriously can't remember when was it and am pretty sure it wasn't within the recent few years.

We had dinner at Sunset Grill & Pub and you probably find it very familiar because it's known for it's Spicy Buffalo Wings – which you can request on the level of spicyness. Went googling for my first visit and realised that my first visit there was a good 2 years back. I remember that I didn't find the food good and after going back this time, I still feel the same way. Everything was still the same (No GST charged). except that they shifted to a new location now.

Nothing fanciful about the place there apart from the customizable degree of spicyness for its buffalo wings. But in my personal opinion, spicyness is one thing, but seasoning cum taste is another. Well, wouldn't go back anytime soon for food unless it's for a spicy-intake challenge – Which I guess that's one the reasons why people are interested to visit the place too!


#OOTD: Wore a reversible skirt from FlyMeToParis and on the polka dot prints side. The other side is in a pretty coral shade, and quality is excellent for this piece ;)


The cutest couple, they even wore couple shirts out!


One of the joy bringers ;)


The Uni mates who I really enjoy hanging out with. It's ALWAYS full of laughter and fun. <3



We tried Level One & Level 5 (the higher the number, the more spicy they are). But we all agreed that there wasn't much difference in the spicyness during this visit.

SUNSET GRILL & PUB

259 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799488
Tel: 64820244

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Can't believe Eugene & Sandy (the couple in red) came out with a friendly 'betting' system. They suggested that with money involve, we will unleash our potential (and competitiveness) and it will make things exciting. Geez.

So we divided the entire group into two by drawing lots and named the teams  "Cherry" & "Blossom" respectively. Came out with a first bet of $5 each and placed into a box, where the teams battled against each other to see which is the winning team. And rather amused by the 'longkang' penalty rule – which we had to donate a $1 into the box if the ball rolls into the 'drain' twice in a row. Pretty exciting and hilarious I must say, but it was all fair and square for sure.

Had two whole games and both team won so we were quits. I even received back $7 at the end of the day as winnings!


The cutest couple even brought matching socks to go along with their shoes!

You can guess which team is Cherry and which is Blossom below:

Oh yes, I brought along some desserts for the bowling night too. ;)

Got to know about an online bakery named FluffyBakes that sells cupcakes & brownies, and they were so generous to send me 3 boxes of delights – Mocha Chocolate Cupcakes, Double Chocolate with Cream Cheese Frosting & Fudgy Chewy Brownies. I'm actually quite particular about cupcakes because I'm a huge fan of them, never enough and always on the lookout for tasty ones (especially Red Velvet Cupcakes, still on the lookout for good ones. Please introduce if you have any!). And I do think that these cupcakes from FluffyBakes were truly delicious! Not just my personal opinion, the girls love them too.

What's even more surprising was that a couple of the guys couldn't stop munching on them, and I still vividly remember Kevin's reaction (the guy in white shirt in the group's photo) when he bit into the brownie. There was an immediate 'oh-i'm-in-heaven'' look and it was SO convincing already. Hee.


My favourite would be this, the Double Chocolate with Cream Cheese, partly because I love Chocolate and I love anything-Cheese. In fact, the two other flavours are on par and equally good, especially the brownies.

Just take a look at the inside of the cupcake below. It comes with double chocolate fillings, and every mouth is soft, moist and incredibly rich in cocoa taste. Like it that it's not overly sweet too. What's really awesome about their chocolate cupcakes is that they are indeed moist and 'black'. Reason why I'm using the word 'black' because they are literally black and that shows they are extremely generous with the chocolate! In fact, I love my chocolate desserts as dark as shade as possible and it seems to hit the spot ALL the time – Ultra Chocolately, me likey.  <3


Everyone loves the brownies except for Selene, whom thinks that it's a tad too sweet. I personally thought they were heavenly and would recommend that you try this too. Chewy, fudgy and very rich in cocoa taste. Am craving for it just by looking at it now!


Thank you FluffyBakes for the tasty cupcakes & brownies. They were absolutely delectable and I'll be back to order more in the near future (their Nutty Choco & Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes will be next). Would be an ideal snack to bring for potluck, events, birthdays or even for personal consumption. Do contact them at fluffybakes@gmail.com or +65 96262383 for orders if you are interested to give them a try. ;)

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Met up with the girlfriends last week once again for an afternoon out last Friday. Quite amazing how the years of friendship flew by and these two girls are also part of my treasured gang.  And guess what? We actually named ourselves the STB (not Singapore Tourism Board but it's Selene, Tricia & Beatrice) back in the Polytechnic Days and it's amusing yet very heartwarming each time I hear it. Love you girls!


Tea-break at the newly opened Cedele @ Serangoon Gardens.


#OOTD: A sweet pink dress from FlyMeToParis for the afternoon. A dress specially designed for the bridesmaid series but can be worn for work or outdoors too!  If you like dresses with unique designs, you might want to check this out, especially with its unique layered-scallop details. (;


My favourite cake from Cedele at the bottom right – The banana chocolate cake. I'll never get enough of this!


The blueberry pancakes was so disappointing though. );


Cesear salad was average, except that it's more on the healthy side with healthy ingredients & minimal sauce.

CEDELE
4 Maju Avenue
Tel: (65) 6281 4283
Fax: (65) 6281 4809 
Opening hours:
Sun – Thur & PH: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Fri – Sat & Eve of PH: 8:00am – 10:30pm

23

July

TWENTYTWELVE

0107 HRS

Girlfriends Loving

Weekends just flew by again, and I'm feeling really sleepy while typing away. But I'm trying to make it a point to do my updates more regularly, so that entries are up-to-date too. In fact, time to time i'll actually read my archives and it can be quite an amusing sometimes yet heartfelt to see my past entries. Didn't expect myself to blog about certain things, or many a time, it will trigger various memories which I suppose they serve as good reflective moments. For all it's worth, this little space proves to be a very good diary to me all these years, and it will always be.

A quick update is still better than no update, so here am I. ;)


Did a shoot a few days back and had my makeup cum hair done at the studio. I thought I look quite different with this set of makeup techniques and it was done by a makeup artist who specializes in Japanese looks. Unfortunately, I didn't get her card nor name though (supposed to, but forgot all about it). Love how she shaded my nose, drew my eyes and curled my hair!

Went on for my dinner date at night to meet my dear darling, Linny, for her belated birthday dinner. As you guys know, she's a mom of a lil adorable kiddo, Evangeline, whom is 6 months old now. Can't believe how time flies, and lil Evan does take over her mom's sweet genes. Love them both!

Wanted to head to Dean and Deluca, but it seems like they serve only breakfast sets and choices were pretty limited. Reckoned they have pastas or so but food on the current menu consisted of mainly just salads breakfast sets or sandwiches. So we skipped the place and settled down at Spageddies after much walking.



Portion was huge but food didn't look appealing at all. To be honest, I personally think they tasted the same as they look, and food standard was just mediocre.

Went Spageddies years back once at the outlet at Paragon (it's closed down now, am I right?) and it was SO good. Thus, I actually convinced Linny to give it a try and disappointingly, we both didn't feel satisfied with the food. Decided to grab desserts at Cold Stone Creamery, which was just downstairs, after the meal to satisfy our tummies.


Cute Kids Viewing area!


Our Strawberry Banana Sundae. Love it that they used fresh bananas, not sure about the strawberries though.


Second time there, but I thought they have pretty good flavours. I wish they have waffles though!


#OOTD: Matched a simple black shirt with my new skirt from FlauntLabel.
This is in fact a Barbie skirt and you can glam it up or keep it simple with its peplum flap. Click HERE for more pictures of this unique design!
Love this skirt and its shade and I wore it the tone-down way for this particular day.


Love every moment spent with you, my dear girlfriend ♥ We will grow old together

SPAGEDDIES
181 Orchard Road, #04-01 Orchard Central, Singapore     
Tel: +65 6738 7798   
Opening Hours:
Sun–Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri–Sat: 11am – 11pm

COLD STONE CREAMERY

181 Orchard Road, #01-10 Orchard Central, Singapore     
Tel: +65 6238 9060
Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am – 11pm

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The past week was also a week of feasting with my dear friends. Met up with my NZ travel mates, June & Kenneth (Finally he's back in town, he is based in ChiangMai for work.) and we decided to go for some Chinese fare. Decided on Dian Xiao Er and I vividly remember that they have absolutely tasty roasted duck even though I went only once, which was 5 years ago on my 19th birthday. No bonus for knowing my age. Heh ;)


As much as I'm not a big fan of herbal stuff- eg, herbal drink, herbal bakuteh, herbal chicken etc. But I'm swooned on this Signature Herbal Roasted Duck of theirs! The herbal taste was not overpowering and I loved the black sauce that drenched the perfectly roasted duck. This dish is probably not something new to you guys, but to those who haven't tried this, It's a must try if you love roasted duck.

Not just that, their Mongolian Spare Ribs are to-die-for! The ones we had were ABSOLUTELY delicious. Love that each and every piece was crispy yet soft, accompanied with the totally delectable brown creamy sauce. The sauce and my rice would suffice even and that shows just how tasty it is. Tooooo gooood, please try it. ;)

We ordered the set meal, which consists of 5-6 dishes (if I'm not wrong), which was pretty affordable and very filling. Dian Xiao Er, I'm definitely going back!


#OOTD: Donning on a floral corset from FlauntLabel. You can wear it as a tube too, comes with removable straps.
One of their latest manufactured items and i love the prints and its colours. Versatile and definitely great for both work and casual.


Another of my treasured friend, Ms June Low



DIAN XIAO ER
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-203/204 Marina Square, Singapore     
Tel: +65 6337 1928
Opening Hours: 
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10pm (last order 9:30pm).
Takeaway duck orders runs from 11.30am – 9.30pm (while stocks last)

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I understand that a few of you guys encountered issues here, and mentioned that the visuals do not tally with the words. I face that problem too sometimes when I view my blog on Ethan's Ipad or my phone. Realised that it was due to the Cache, and here are a few ways to help you clear them and make sure that the blog or other websites as well, load properly. You can use these links below as and when appropriate, hope it helps. Thank you for letting me know, you helpful readers! ;)

FOR IPhone  (IPad should be the same):
 

For Mozilla Firefox browser on computer, please click HERE.
For Safari browser on computer: please click HERE.
For Google Chrome on computer, please click HERE.

21

July

TWENTYTWELVE

1207 HRS

Addictions Cafe

IT'S THE WEEKENDS!

Not sure if you are looking for a brunch place, but I do have a new place to introduce. It's probably one of the newest places in town but unfortunately, I didn't think the food standard was recommendable. ;( Though i'm sure I won't be going back anytime soon, but it seems like they do have quite a few other appealing choice on the menu, so I might just give it a second try one day (for their mains & desserts).

The brunch place is called Addictions Cafe, and it's located at 22 Dempsey.

I heard about 22 Dempsey from Daphne (LB's Stylist) last week when she asked me if I've tried it. She mentioned that she was going to try it in a week's time and just nice, I was looking for a place for brunch with my Uni friends, so I told her I'll try and feedback to her before she goes. It was pretty hilarious how our conversation went during one of the shoots last week which happened to be on a Thursday,

D: Bea, have you tried 22 Dempsey?
Me: Nope, is it nice?
D: I haven't tried it, but I made a booking with my friends to go next week. I thought you might have visited it, so gonna ask you how was it.
Me: Oh I see, I shall try and let you know.
D: Huh? How are you going to? I'm going next week already.
Me: Yeah, I know. I'll try it this week then!


Then we burst out laughing, hard. Like… 'Hahahahahah' literally, (Daphne, I can still recall your laughter in my head!)

I find it very enjoyable to explore new places and true enough, the next moment I changed my initial arranged brunch place to 22 Dempsey without much thoughts and made a booking. So I realised that 22 Dempsey is actually an entire area called Tanglin Village (like Holland Village), and Additions Cafe is one of their outlets/restaurants (Like Wala Wala @ Holland Village). So when I made a booking with 22 Dempsey, I found it weird that they didn't ask me for the reservation time until I questioned on that. Turned out it was because 22 Dempsey is the name of their bar too, and it opens form 6pm onwards, so I suppose people who book will just head there at 6pm (still puzzled why they didn't ask for the timing, what if my schedule permits me to reach there only at 7pm?)

Anyhoots, back to Addictions Cafe.

In sequence:
Addictions BIG Breakfast (S$16) – which we thought the plate was huge, but doesn't look very presentable with food unfilled,
Eggs Benedict (S$16) - Eggs were a lil overcooked, and too little hollandaise Sauce :(,
Truffle Fries (S$14) – Truffle taste wasn't strong and,
French Toast with Berries (S$15) - The best outta the lot.


#OOTD, in Klarra's Arianna Dress. Totally in love with this piece, its prints and its neckline
Currently on backorders HERE, don't miss it (;
 

ADDICTIONS CAFE
22 Dempsey Road, Tanglin Village, Singapore 
Tel: +65 6476 5961
Opening Hours  Daily: 11.30am – 11pm

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A group of readers have been asking me about the facial place that I visit. And I guess to save you guys from the hassle of emailing, I shall share it here ;)

The facial place I go to is called LifeSpa, and I've been with them for a good 2 years or even more (Renewed my package like thrice or so). I like their service very much, actually, in particularly, my beautician's service. In fact, my package was based in Carlton Hotel but my beautician moved to the other outlet, which I followed suit after – that's how much I adore her service! They have two outlets, one at Carlton Hotel and another newly opened at TripleOne Somerset (You might still see the Pacific Plaza Outlet on their website, but it has recently closed down and shifted to TripleOne Somerset.).

My package enables me to switch between Massage or Facial, though I usually just use the facial side. The package consists of different facial treatments depending on your skin condition on the particular day and I love it that they always do Diamond Peel for me. And each of my sessions comes with an additional eye treatment or ampoule too. 

This by all means, is not paid to write, but just a random share ;) If you are really interested, I can refer you to them if you need me to, just drop me an email at tan.beatrice@gmail.com.

I think I'll be rewarded an additional facial treatment if I refer someone, but not sure if you are comfortable with me referring you or you prefer going straight, it's entirely up to you. Haven't exactly shared about this before nor referred anybody else before except for my girlfriend, Applepie, a year plus ago, but if you wish to let me benefit in some ways, I can refer you and hope to make sure they don't charge you an exorbitant price as compared to my package (that's if you are looking at the same thing)! Hee.



This was at the old outlet at Pacific Plaza (shifted to TripleOne Somerset now). Was surprised to find out that this particular branch serves Chinese desserts after facial too (the branch at Carlton doesn't). ;)

LIFESPA
Lifespa Prestige at Carlton Hotel 
76 Bras Basah Road (near City Hall MRT)
Level 5 Carlton Hotel Singapore 189558
TEL: 6339 6966

Lifespa at TripleOne Somerset
TEL : 6737 6766

19

July

TWENTYTWELVE

0107 HRS

Shiseido White Lucent Starter Kit

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I previously shared about Shiseido White Lucent Range HERE and this range is perfectly suited to my needs – keeping fair & brightening the skin. Used to tan a lot but for some reasons, my perception changed these couple of years, and I think having a fair skin looks clean. Besides that, I think a fairer face looks much better when appearing on pictures as well, proven by the LB’s shoot I did over the years!


It’s never ‘fair’ enough and I suppose it’s really important to constantly take measures to maintain or lighten the skin because we are exposed to harmful sunrays every single day. If you have the same needs and concerns like me, you will be thrilled to know Shiseido White Lucent Range comes in a Starter Kit for you to kick start your whitening regime and try the complete range of basic skincare.

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I did a detailed review previously HERE and you can pop over to take a read if you are keen ;)

For purchasing, you can actually visit any of the Shiseido Counters, they can do a complimentary skin check for you to recommend suitable products.

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Ethan sent an email to me yesterday's morning and told me that there's a good message in it. I read it the next moment and thought it's really meaningful, helped me to put some thoughts into perspective and I decided to share here. Hope it helps you in some ways or another! ;)


"Michael Leung, a famous TV Host and MC/DJ in Hong Kong , is also a child psychotherapist.  The a letter that he had for his son is quite moving. It would not only provide a guideline for children, but also benefit for all ages. 

My Son, I’m writing this list based on three fundamentals: 
- Life is unpredictable. No one knows how long we’re going to live, so some things are better said earlier than later. 
- I’m your father. I’d be the only one to tell you these things. 
- Everything on this list came from my own experience. I learnt them the hard way, and hopefully that’ll save some unnecessary steps in your life.  . 


1. To people who are unkind to you, don’t sweat it.

Through your lifetime, no one is obligated to be nice to you, besides your mom and me.  As for the people who are kind to you, treasure them, be grateful, but at the same time, be extra cautious. Everyone does everything for a reason. When someone is nice to you, it doesn’t mean they like you. You need to be able to see through the surface, instead of making them your true friends immediately.   (

2. No one is irreplaceable, and nothing is indispensable.
With that in mind, even when you lose the people or things that you love and treasure the most, in the future, you need to understand that it’s not that big of a deal.  

3. Life is short.
While you’re wasting it today, you’ll realize you’re at the end of it tomorrow. So the earlier you start to treasure your life, the earlier you can enjoy it. Instead of hoping for longevity, start to live life fully early. 


4. The thing called “The Best Love”, or “The One”, doesn’t exist.

Love is a feeling of moments. It will definitely changes over time and moods. If your so-called “Best Love” left you, please be patient and let time heals your wounds. Through time, your heart will come to peace and your pain will ease. Don’t over expect the beauty of Love, nor over exaggerate the pain when you lose it.  

5.
You can start from nothing to your name, but you can go nowhere if you are not fully prepared.
Although a lot of successful people received high education, you might not be successful if you don't study hard.  The knowledge you consume will become your weapon. You can start from nothing to your name, but you can go nowhere if you are not fully prepared. Never forget that!  


6. I don’t expect you to support me for rest of my life, so I’m not going to do the same for you either.

When you’re grown enough to be independent, it will be the end of my responsibilities to you. From that point, it’s completely your own responsibilities and decisions, whether to take the bus or drive a Benz, or whether to eat shark fins or rice noodle.

7.
When ever you decide to treat others, remember they won’t necessary do the same in return.
You can require yourself to be accountable to others, but don’t expect accountability from others to you. You can require yourself to be nice to other, but don’t expect the same from others to you. When ever you decide to treat others, remember they won’t necessary do the same in return. You must be very clear on this, or you’ll be very disappointed unnecessarily.   


8. There’s no free lunch in the world.  
I’ve been buying the Lotto for almost twenty years, but still poor. I had never got the third prize even once. So remember, you have to work hard to be successful.  There’s no free lunch in the world.  


9. You got your family by karma and it happens only once.
Please treasure every moment we spend together, because we don’t know how long it will last. After this lifetime, we won’t see each other anymore.   

Your Father"


18

July

TWENTYTWELVE

0207 HRS

Weekend in Malaysia

My East-ie friends always love patronizing bugis area for two reasons, one which is the convenience of MRT Green Line, next which is the wide range of food outlets!

So the girls organized a belated but cozy celebration for dear Linny just last week and we visited one of the newly (re)opened malls – Bugis+.  Thumbs up to Capitaland for doing a great job after acquiring the now-defunct Iluma Mall, followed by renovating and rebranding the entire shopping centre. Personally feel that the shops' layout is much better now, and the mall does have quite a few prominent brands cum food outlets there.



#OOTD: Wore this Scallop Mini Skirt that I got from Struttt, which is one of their exclusive manufactured pieces.
Love the scallop designs at the bottom and if you are interested, you can find it under "Made with Love"! ;)

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Dinner at Aloha Ma Maison.

We have completely no idea why this restaurant is named Aloha Ma Maison (apart from the Hawaiian-Decorations) because the type of food served is simply what you usually get in Ma Maison- Tonkatsu, Japanese rice with beef etc. We were expecting a fusion of Japanese cum Italian food (actually, more of the latter) but there weren't exactly many choices on that. The page on the menu that was most in line with the concept was probably the pancakes and salad segments, which we gave them both a try too.

Out of all the food we had, I think the best was the Cobb Salad (if I'm not wrong). Love the ingredients and condiments – the sauce was absolutely tasty! The Strawberry Banana Pancakes we had were good too albeit you can find it almost everywhere. The fruit tarts we had for dessert were equally good too, but it's the same as those you can get in Fruits Paradise or Ma Maison outlets.

The rest we had was of mediocre standard, and we all shared the same sentiments too.



Bumped into dear poots on the night and we just had to get a shot. ;)

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Last weekend was pretty packed. Sandy, Eugene (my Uni friends), Ethan and myself arranged for an impromtu trip to Malaysia for golf on Sunday. It was arranged just hours before we set off at 6.30am in the morning, and love how spontaneous the both of them are always!



Keeping bare under the hot sun

We went to this place called Orchard Golf, and it was my first time playing 18-hole at a golf course in Malaysia. Heard the weekend golfing rate is RM150 per pax (18-hole) but they had some problems with the Buggy which caused us to wait for almost 2 hours, so we had a discounted rate of RM99!

For Golfers, here's the address if you need it. You can easily reach there via GPS and journey takes about 2 hours or less from Singapore. (:

ORCHARD GOLF
KM 17, Jalan Kuali/Kota Tinggi, KB510, Kota Tinggi, 81900, Kota Tinggi,
Johor  Malaysia 07-8977934
Website

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Two things I enjoy heading into Malaysia for a day's trip are to enjoy Massage (at much better rates as compared to Singapore) and the Seafood Feast. This trip was no exception!


#OOTD: Donning on Struttt's manufactured polka dress. Made of a thicker cotton material with a flattering cut.
Versatile for sure – heels for days when I'm feeling dressier, or shoes like the pictures above to casual it up. ;)


First time trying Balonglong and i love this drink! Anyone knows if we can find this in Singapore?

Love the barbeque sticks! Can't believe we had almost 10-15 sticks each apart from the main dishes we ordered. Ethan has been raving about this place for seafood dinner for the longest time, but he was disappointed with the standard when we had it this time. The highlight was the Salted Egg Crayfish but perhaps it was too crowded, the sauce was pretty diluted and wasn't exactly satisfying.  Another of my all-time favourite would be the Cereal Prawns but the ones we had here was not too good as well, the cereal bits were a bit flat. ;(

Nonetheless, the food was good overall and i'll definitely give it a second try. If this restaurant is packed (most Singaporeans go there), you might want to hop over to the one beside it named "101". They have reasonably priced yet good seafood dinner too!

KIM DO RESTAURANT
No.27 & 28 Jalan Sutera , Taman Sentosa,
Johor Bahru (Opposite The Store Shopping Complex)