Beatrice Tan - Part 39
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October

TWENTYTWELVE

1210 HRS

Myanmar Yangon (Part Two)

Hi from Koh Samui!

 it's a surprise birthday trip planned by the Mister & I only found out about the destination this morning at the Airport.  It's probably my first time spending a birthday overseas, feeling thankful, blessed and very loved indeed *smiles* This place is beautiful and the villa we are staying at currently is insanely gorgeous. Snapped gazillion photos for the first day already, and two more days to go.

Am currently blogging at 12am Thailand time and I'm officially 24 now. Age is catching up way too fast and the years after the 21st celebration basically zoom-passed, don't you think? Can't believe I'll be in the mid-twenties category next year already. Anyway, shall maximize our time here and shall do a quick update below.

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[Continuing from the previous entry]


Nang brought the entire crew to this popular restaurant for lunch and i was told that they serve pretty good Burmese food.


These are basically what the Burmese people eat. A wide array of dishes with white rice, was told that they are known for curry and spices.


Was also told that this is the traditional common food in Burma – assorted raw vegetables. They will usually dip each slice into a bowl of hot water (brown bowl behind) and followed by dipping the semi-cooked slice into the green sauce before consuming it. The green sauce is their traditional home-made fish sauce by the way, tasted pretty good in my opinion.


Nang calls this the Burma Bubble Tea, just that it was served in a bowl with white pearls. Our dessert for the meal.

Didn't manage to capture many shots for the remaining day as it was an entire 'work' afternoon till evening. Nang and I went back to freshen up before she brought me out for some Japanese food. Was craving for Japanese cuisine and Nang recommended this restaurant called Fuji. which she frequents with her friends. Always trusting my dear friend's taste buds and true enough, food was better than I expected.  Love this place!


We had such a feast there and if I were to recommend a dish there, you have to try their Agedashi Tofu Salad, too good.


Outfit for the night. A skater dress from ChaceyLove, i bet you'll love the unique neckline and the flare bottom, very flattering upon wearing. ;)

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DAY THREE


Yogurt to kick start the day.


Nang with her traditional Burma costume. Had my hair and make up done but the hair wasn't exactly flattering due to the instant curls. Had to wait for it to set down as my shoot scene was only an hour later.


Burmese snacks.


One of the shoot scenes.


Lunch was at Junction Square.


Patronized Y K Ko. Nang mentioned that it's a famous chain in Yangon and they are known for their burmese noodles.


Soup version.


Dry version. Both are pork noodles but I prefer the dry version, much tastier.

The return flight timing was changed last minute and I had to leave Yangon a day earlier. Suppose to visit the famous Pagoda but I guess I'll leave this to the next time. Thank you Nang for hosting me with such great hospitality, you were such an awesome host! ;)

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Had an early birthday celebration just last week with the entire gang and very kind of them (in particular Selene) to organize it for the October Babies. ;) We went for a sumptuous dinner at Watami @ Central, and it was very kind of the restaurant to arrange a private room for us. As usual, Japanese food is my favourite cuisine of all so no complains even though service at Watami that night was unfortunately, terrible. Anyway, the highlight of the night was the birthday cake baked by Selene and requested by yours truly teehee. I requested for a Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and if you know me well, you would know I'm a great, great fan of Red Velvet Cakes/Cupcakes and Cheese. Love anything with these two!


Took some pictures with the girls while waiting for the rest to arrive


<3


Outfit of the day, top by ChaceyLove & Bottom by Klarra.


Was amused by Vincent's Lego organizer which he bought it from the newly opened Lego Lang in Johor Bahru and had to snap a shot of it


Finally, the highlight of the night, the red velvet cheesecake! I requested for the rose design too heh, thank you Zhang, for acceding to my request ;D


Girls and anything pretty. ;p


Thank you Guys! And Happy Birthday to Joseph & Yixiong too ;)

We ended the night catching a movie – Premium Rush together and it was such a bad movie in my opinion. Not much of a story line and didn't think it was worth watching.

 



Love the pastel floral prints and the peplum design of this top by ChaceyLove. Received compliments and my friends love this piece as well ;)

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A few of you guys enquired about this red bag, and it's from Yventually. Very practical piece and I'm able to store a lot of my 'barangs barangs' in this bag. Love the shade of red too ;) It comes in a gorgeous musturd/orange shade as well if you are fan of bold colours!


Another of my favourite from Yventually. This cobalt blue envelope clutch is simply versatile and i love the texture/design. Great piece!


Last but not least, I'll end of with two 'outfit of the day'.
You probably have spotted this dress in my previous entry, and it's a gorgeous lace dress from My Little bow with unique puffed-sleeves that I brought for one of the shoot scenes. Am in love with the soft lace and the neckline actually, great for dinner/outdoor or even work ;)


And a simple pink colourblock dress from My Little Bow which is perfect for work, weekends, or a getaway. My favourite part of this dress is the neckline & the sides of the neckline, the entire cut just makes the shoulders look more flattering.

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October

TWENTYTWELVE

0110 HRS

Myanmar – Yangon (Part One)

I finally got down to transfer and arrange my pictures that I took on my trip to Yangon last week. Not surprising that I always end up with hundreds and hundreds of pictures just within a short period of time and not joking when I say that I would spend hours filtering/editing pictures for an entry which I know is often read finished in just 5-10 minutes. Nonetheless, it's always a joy to look through those shots & I am aware that there's a faithful group of you guys checking in, so it's definitely worth the time spent. ;)

 Anyway, here's the 'Part One' pictorial update on my trip to Yangon for a commercial shoot. Do enjoy the massive amount of pictures below!

DAY ONE


Flew via Myanmar Airline International (MAI). Thumbs up for the service and ride was surprisingly smooth. ;)

Arrived around noon and thankful to be received by my dearest friend, Nang, whom helped me truckloads with my VISA, making sure I got through customs without any hiccup. Spent the rest of the afternoon checking out this new shopping mall called Junction Square which is known to be one of the popular hang-out areas for young adults.

Some sort like Far East Plaza in Singapore, you will see shops selling fashion apparels, accessories etc.


Artists doing caricature sketching along the walkway.


They have a level that is dedicated entirely to food.


Spotted a CP bistro. I love CP – especially their frozen food for steamboat (the must have CP Wanton or Spicy Drumlets) which we can easily buy at our local supermarkets. They have really good tasting products and am surprised to know that they have bistros.


Decided to grab a cuppa ice cream by Scoop to share, recommended by Nang. One of the popular ice cream chains there.


Hello Nang ;)


Took a leisure walk in their supermarket, and how i love checking out grocery stores when i'm overseas. You get to see really amazing/unique products and Nang showed me this – coconut yogurt freshly prepared every day, and those brown bowls you see above are filled coconut yogurt too. Wanted to head back to the grocery store to purchase one to try after dinner but didn't get the chance to do so (for the remaining days too), was told that it's a must-try! Boo ;(


Coconut yogurt in smaller packaging.


Dinner on the first day was at Acacia Tea Salon. Love this place- their parisian interior, the atmosphere. I bet you will love it too.


Nang insisted that I do some touristy shots. Which is nothing new because I take snap shots like this ALL the time in Singapore too. Heh


We had our own little private cozy room for dining ;)


Always trusting the local expert to order ;)


DAY TWO

Day started at 8am and it was the first day of the two-day shoot. We had about 4 scenes for this day, and the first two took place at a gorgeous mansion.


Way huge and luxurious.


Outfits that I brought along for the shoot. All in different shades of blue and according to the bank's main colour.


With the cute lil boy I met on shoot set. His entire family was involved in the family shoot scene except him in fact, so he was roaming around mischievously and I managed to catch him for a quick snap.


Hair and make up done!


The bank i was shooting for – KBZ Bank. The birthday scene.


With the make up artist. Donning on the classic white blazer by Frockettes as seen in the previous entry. Love how versatile it is. ;)


A cup of freshly-brewed coffee to perk us up in the morning. Was told that Coffee Circles is a famous coffee chain in Yangon.


The sister of the mischievous little boy. How adorable!


The Burmese wooden doll, Nang and I thought it resembles the lil girl very much. heh


On set.


And a change of outfit for the next scene.

Will continue the update in the next entry. ;)

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October

TWENTYTWELVE

0210 HRS

A date with mommykins

Had a dinner date earlier on with my best-est friend in the whole wide world, whom is none other than my beloved mommykins.

We were around Toa Payoh area looking for a place to dine in and the first place that surfaced on my mind was this 泡泡茶馆 (Bubble Tea House) which I used to frequent when I was in Primary School. Wasn't too sure if it still there initially (the last visit was about 10 years ago, no kidding) but we decided to try our luck and can't believe it IS! This place has been there for at least 14 years and still counting and I was only 10 years old when I first went there. Was completely thrilled to be visiting that place again and once we got seated, oops, I think I went on and on non-stop to mommykins on what's good there, what I used to eat etc, as though I worked there before.


Simple hairdo & Light Make up for today.


Found it! ;) They renovated the place a bit and apart from the furnishing looking newer, the entire place looks about the same.


Can't believe they still have everything the same way, and I'm even more surprised to know that the prices are still the same! No inflated rates despite the years/economy, goodness!


<3


Set (B) Scissors Cut Curry Rice + Red Pearl Tea.
This set costs $5.90 NETT (another plus point for this place, no GST!) and is greatly missed by me. Tasted pretty much the same and it's my favourite set meal amongst all. Don't pin your hopes up too high because the vegetables can be under-cooked sometimes, and the fried egg can be over-fried sometimes. But overall, I personally think it's tasty enough and I think it's very decent. Love the crispy salted chicken and the curry taste!


My second choice of mains. This would be another set that I'd order last time, especially on rainy days, just the perfect meal to keep warm.. This entire set costs just $3.90. Very very decent ;)

This place holds a lot of memories for me, and I'm definitely heading back for more. Gonna bring my friends and Mr Ethanboo to have a feast there too.

Not sure why is this place not listed under one of the restaurants on hungrygowhere's website but nonetheless, I do think this place is worth a try. ;)

MUN TING XIANG TEA HOUSE

450 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-03/04
Toa Payoh Entertainment Centre Singapore 319394
Tel:+65 63522022


Outfit of the day – a blue skater dress with cute dotted sleeve ends by Frockettes. ;)


And matching the dress with the gorgeous cut blazer from Frockettes too, previously well-received and this time it encompasses studded sleeve ends!

 

 

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September

TWENTYTWELVE

1209 HRS

Red Bull x Infiniti Fashion Show

Just a day before the F1 Weekend, Z and I did a fashion show for Red Bull x Infiniti (the luxury division of Nissan). We were tasked to strut off the stage, showcasing Red Bull Racing Apparels, their latest designs of Eyewear and a few other participating partners such as Casio, Geox etc.

The fashion show didn't take long, probably as usual around 15 minutes but we spent hours in the afternoon rehearsing for the night. In fact, am glad we had the full-dress rehearsal as we each had 3 sets of outfits to change and it was definitely a rush to change into those outfits within that 15 minutes of show. But somehow I enjoyed the adrenaline rush when we were in the midst of changing- panicking but exciting, and quite a sight to see everybody moving triple speed (including myself) when I headed back to the backstage! Hardwork definitely goes to them too, for helping to arrange our outfits in ways that we can easily change into, and for helping us to dress within seconds. ;)

Pictures behind the scenes:

Taken during our fittings.


Make up for that night – pony tail, red lips, dark eyes.


With Z <3


The other 3 models, Hiren, AnMari & Errol (They commented that Errol resembles a bit like Nat Ho or Andy Lau, probably a lil)


Hello you favourite Z.


All ready for our first walk. These Red Bull eyewear we were wearing cost about $400- $600 per pair! But they were frigging light… like 14grams?

The only thing that I missed out that night was to take a snap shot with Mark Webber! Both Z, myself and Mark Webber were in such close proximity at the backstage (as we had to assist him in some stuff) and she was asking if we should grab a quick photo with him, and I suggested later because he was walking too fast. Didn't know the fast walking meant leaving the place.


Self-trimmed my fringe and I like the length of my fringe here – just nice above my eye lids.. The only thing is that I'd need to trim it probably 3-5 days later ;\

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Prior to the fashion show, Z and I had to head down for a fitting as mentioned, as we decided to squeeze in a quick lunch together albeit having a packed day ahead. We headed to our favourite chicken rice place and I'm sure most people are aware of this amazing Malay Chicken Rice stall at Lucky Plaza, think it's located at 6th level or something (near the lift). Z and I always plan to go there for lunch whenever we meet, and we will try to skip the peak lunch hour because the queue can be awfully insane. We went around 1pm and the queue was pretty long too – I never fail to see people taking away 10-15 packs at one go!


Outfit of the day. Got myself a studded dress by Fash Mob. I'm quite a fan of shimmer, studs and spikes!


Z enjoying her chicken rice much.

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Despite the packed week, Ethan and I arranged for a date night and we had our favourite Thai Food at Orchard Towers followed by catching the movie TED. It was certainly light-hearted and hilarious which I think it was perfect for a Monday night. ;)


Outfit of the day. Another studded dress from Fash Mob, love the sea green shade, the shoulder padded design and the back design of this piece. Goes well with my tweed blazer and somehow it looks ideal for work too. ;)

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September

TWENTYTWELVE

0209 HRS

skoob…books!

*WAVES*

I'm back from Myanmar yesterday and was there for a good whole 4 days.

Went there for a shoot and it was a commercial shoot for one of the banks there – KBZ Bank. Was told that the shots will be on posters, brochures etc and I seriously can't wait to see how the pictures will turn out. Kudos to the professional photographer, Lin Tun from Leopard Photography and the crew from KBZ Bank, the photoshoot was a breeze. Of course, not forgetting dearest Nang for giving me the opportunity ;)

It was my first overseas photoshoot and definitely one to be remembered. It's a pity I couldn't stay there longer to tour around Burma, and I'm hoping to head back sometime in the near future to tour around and visit their famous Pagoda at least heh. Anyway, sneak pictures for now and will be back for more ;)


Flew up on Sunday via Myanmar Airline International (MAI) and so glad to finally met up with Nang. Haven't seen her since our Uni graduation!


On set.

Some pictures taken from Nang.


Goofing around during shoot. Heh


First time trying Burmese food and am in love with it! Anyone knows where has good Burmese food in Singapore?



Wore a white classic lace dress from Pearlavish for one of the shoot scenes.


A bohemian styled flare dress from Pearlavish, love the sew-on details ;)

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SPONSORED POST

skoob, skoob…. skoob. I like the name, the way it sounds (I pronounced it as 'scoop'), the wordings and I thought it was brilliant that it's named skoob.

skoob is basically 'books' spelled backwards and I personally thought it's simple (written & sounding), clear cut and creative at the same time. No prizes for guessing what does skoob do, because it's pretty self-explanatory with their logo shown above and yeapado, it's a dedicated website that makes available e-books for people like you and me.

As much as I love owning/reading the physical book, it can be pretty inconvenient at times to bring along books especially when I'm out with small bags like a clutch or just a pouch. Furthermore, most books are available in probably one size/cover and it can be pretty bulky (imagine those hard cover big ones) to bring along for outings given that one of the best times to read is when we are on our way travelling.

I've grown to love reading e-books since a couple of months back, all thanks to the the big toys like IPad, Blackberry Playbook and of course, not forgetting IPhone / Samsung S3 which most people are carrying these days. The e-books are simply easy to access, no need to cater for an extra space in our bags (And especially for guys who love to read! You guys don't exactly carry bags, and you have to admit that the phone is your best library.) and what I like most is that you can easily bookmark those pages, highlight words that you don't know (and check them up) etc. All these simply make reading/learning fuss-free and the only fallback I could think of is the draining of battery of the devices (but that can be easily solved with a portable charger – still lighter than a physical book).

So talking about e-books, you might be wondering where are the sources, OR you might already have your own sources but I think our very own local e-book store, skoob, is worth sharing. To make things easier to read, I've summed in up in point forms why skoob is a good choice for e-books.


1. CLEAR CATEGORIZATION OF E-BOOKS

Once I entered skoob's website, I was immediately brought to attention the different categories of the e-books – Bestsellers, New Releases, In the Limelight, Hot Picks. Thoughtful of them to segment the e-books accordingly, and these are just the categories that we would love to visit for a person browsing for books to buy, don't we?!

So instinctively, I checked out the Bestsellers first and it was pretty obvious to me which is the most talk-about book in the market right now. Once again, no prizes for guessing it right!



Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. I've heard SO much about this book from random friends (and even friends who don't usually read at all) and there must be something really interesting about book.  So it being the best-selling book in the market right now, it took only seconds to find the triology books (Fifty Shades of Grey/Darker/Freed) on skoob when I first visited the website. Having no clue what the book is about, I was surprised to find out that I managed to get a good preview of the first book. Realised later on that skoob has this 10% preview for ALL its books and that's a really generous move I must say. Cheers to skoob for that.

Anyway, It didn't take too long to discover what's different about this novel and I hope I'm not too slow because I've just downloaded the triology via skoob's website , and I'm going to start reading the first book later!  *grin* Based on Wiki, this series sets the record of the fastest selling book of all time, surpassing JK Rowling which is certainly quite a deal, and definitely a book that should not be missed. Download the free sample on skoob for a sneak preview, and then if you are hooked, purchase it! It is so much cheaper (up to more than 50% savings) to buy on skoob than other channels.

I did a lil googling around because I heard that various celebrities tried reading out loud the book's content and it was way hilarious. One such was Ellen DeGeneres's version – totally cracked me up!

On the other hand, skoob has a way extensive collection of e-books and here're some that you might be interested in:

If you find The Secret by Rhonda Byrne familiar, you probably have read Xiaxue aka Wendy's entry.

Not just novels, you can get all kinds of e-books at skoob as well.

2) GENERALLY CHEAPER
Yes, one of the important points that you might be enquiring next. I actually got hold of a chart in terms of price comparison and to keep it friendly, I blurred the competitors' name out and you just have to take note of the main part – skoob is generally cheaper than the rest of the e-books retailers. Based on the bestseller and especially for those who are keen to read Fifty Shades of Grey too, you might be interested to know this:

3. FREE BOOKS
One great thing about being a member with skoob is that you get to enjoy the complete free e-books! They do have some that are pretty up-to-date like 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' or 'Eat Pray Love' which I have just downloaded as well. Member is free anyway.

4. READ & WIN
How cool of them to name a member 'skoober'. And guess what's brewing for the top spendng skoober?  A SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE WORTH $848…. COMPLIMENTARY EVERY WEEK!

I've to emphasize, it's a weekly contest! If you are a bookworm, this is a very good chance for you because you simply just do what you like, spend less and read more books, yet you get the chance to walk away with the Samsung Galaxy Note that aids you in your reading even better after.  From internal sources, people generally spend about $300 – $400, top skoobers so far spent about $400 average. What's best about this is that it's a fair and transparent contest – you can just enter skoob's website everyday to take a look at the current top skoober's spending (see above)! Tactics or no tactics, you can easily replace the top skoober and be the one.

Another note – Contest cycle starts and end every Saturday, so be sure to make all your purchases before Saturday! To show you how true it is, here are the top spending skoobers for the past weeks.

5. 10% FREE PREVIEW OF BOOKS
Mentioned earlier on but going to list this down here again. Most places have a standardized book preview of the first chapter only, but for skoob, you get to preview the first 10% of the book – which can be about one chapter or slightly more. I thought this is a great aspect of skoob. You know how we always visit the physical bookstore and we wish that we can read more of the book than just the synopsis? And furthermore, some of the books are tightly sealed with plastic wrappers which completely do not allow us to take a read. With skoob, we can conveniently sample all the books that we want anytime. Definitely a highlight of skoob!

6. JUST FOR YOU – $5 E-BOOK VOUCHER
Very kind of skoob to give me this $5 e-book voucher to give to you guys, and you can actually buy a book (and have 'change' even) as I did spot a few which are a mere S$3- S4! With this $5 e-book voucher, you can save quite a bit if you are thinking of purchasing some new releases or bestsellers. No minimum purchase is required for voucher usage too ;)

Do note for this $5 e-book voucher:
Scan this QR code or access www.skoobvoucher.com to get your $5 eBook voucher. Upon successful registration vouchers will be sent to your email within 7 days.

7) 10% DISCOUNT FOR SINGTEL USERS
Fortunately, this discount applies to SingTel users only. If you are one, you can pay via an alternative method through their phone bill and enjoy a 10% discount off all purchases.

8 )READ IT ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.
E-books are absolutely convenient and easy to access and anywhere we go (especially on the way to work/meeting/school etc), we can just read it via our phone, tablet etc. What I really like about the idea of e-books is that we don't have to bring those physical (huge) books out, and at anytime, we can choose to read different books – you know how sometimes we read two different books in the same period) etc. Or if you are home and surfing, you can read them on your laptop/desktop too. Just perfect!

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For starters, I'll definitely urge you to join a skoob member since you get to enjoy Complimentary e-books regardless! You can just feel free to try it out by reading those or just use the sure-receive $5 voucher to get a book you like which costs around that amount. It's only for a limited period, so don't miss this special collaboration skoob has partnered here ;)

On how you can be a skoober, just follow the simple steps below:
1. Register for a FREE skoob account on www.skoob.com.sg. (via computer)
2. Download Free Books/Free Previews or purchase a book on the website. (via computer)
3. Download skoob FREE app on your iOS or Andriod devices, sync your books and you can start reading straight away! (anywhere)

Enjoy, you bookworms! ;)