Beatrice Tan - Part 39
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September

TWENTYTWELVE

1209 HRS

Chemical Peel

Spent yesterday morning catching up with Lister & Crystal over brunch at Arbite and so glad to see them both. Understand that weekends are exceptionally precious especially when one is working five days a week and have a family to tend to. Really appreciate them taking time out to meet despite having two 5-months twin kiddos at home.

So we headed over to Arbite, partly because it's convenient for all of us (near our cribs actually) and also because I've been raving about it to them – I personally love Arbite's all-day breakfast sets as well as desserts. Not the first time I blogged about this place and I guess you have probably read this a couple of times.


V-low back coral dress from Fash Mob.


Sea Salt Caramel Banana Pancakes – I love. ;)


Love their Signature Breakfast set too. Crystal said the scrambled eggs (watery kind) was good.


Ethan and I each ordered Eggs Benny. They used to serve this dish on muffin tops but it was changed to Focaccia bread when I was there yesterday. First time seeing this combination, and it has a sweeter overall flavour plus a softer texture too. Tasted pretty good as well.


My Wfie's Chocolate Cake – Love this!


Thanks for the Picture, Lister!

ARBITE

66A Serangoon Garden Way,
Singapore 555962
Tel: 62870430 
OPENING HOURS:
Tue – Fri, 1130 am – 10.30 pm
Sat – Sun 1100 am – 10.30 pm

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Thanks to Rachel from Ocean Health – Therapeutic Dematologic Formula, a couple of us together with our plus-one(s) were invited to do a Chemical Peel at an aesthetic clinic. Visited one of the partnering clinics, Calvin Chan Aesthetic Clinic, on an afternoon last weekday and got Gabby along as my plus-one to try out the treatment.

Here's a shot Gabby experiencing the treatment. Realised I didn't have any pictures taken because Gabby was whisked away to do her mask and the rest of us got so carried away talking to the doctor. Heh

I always thought that both Chemical Peel and Laser treat the same problem/have the same fix – brightening up dull skin, minimizing pores but until recently, I clarified with another aesthetic doctor and realised the difference in the end results.

Laser (which I previously blogged about) is for brightening of dull skin, minimizing pores. Usually you repeat 4-6 times of the Laser treatment to see optimal results but maybe because machines are involved, results are pretty distinctive after every session. Whereas for Chemical Peel, it aims to sooth out those lil bumps on the face by causing the dead skin to slough off. For this, they will increase the percentage of chemical as each session passes, (we tried the minimal chemical percentage on this session- 20%, and if we continue, they will increase the dosage along the way, and gradually increase to a maximum of 70% chemical content).

Anyway, for this particular treatment, my face did feel slightly smoother after the session although result wasn't exactly apparent. Was told that we should see skin flaking out after a day or two- which means the chemical peel is working on the skin, but for this time, I didn't experience any flaking though. Not too sure why again, but perhaps I need a slightly higher dosage of chemical content for it to work on my skin. Based on my understanding, it's normal (given that numbing cream isn't used nor is it using any machine) and perhaps only after a few sessions before we can see a noticeable difference. Will probably share more if I do it again and if I think it's effective. ;)


With Dr Calvin Chan & Rachel ;)

Was told that it was perfectly fine to apply Make-up after and I tidied up a bit before meeting Linny for dinner.


Flora overlapped skirt from Fash Mob.


We kept the night simple and went the newly renovated Hong Kong Cafe at Plaza Singapura. We ordered this Papaya Soup Bee Hoon which Linny was pretty sold the previous time she went and it was so good! The soup was sweet and tasty, definitely a must-have if you are craving for something soupy. ;)

 

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September

TWENTYTWELVE

0309 HRS

Nespresso 2% Party & Brand New Clarisonic Plus

Another jam-packed week but it has been going well so far.

Just bought new studio lights, backdrop for Klarra's shoots and was initially contemplating between one which was from a Chinese Brand and another which was from a Swiss Brand. Decided on the latter in the end albeit the somewhat hefty price as reviews did mention that it's one of better brands. Definitely would also prefer quality pictures for our website moving forward and to do more justice to the clothes as well as to the customers.

So everything arrived not long ago and my dad helped to set it all up which unexpectedly, took up more space than I thought. After much consideration, we have decided to get an office space, which will constitute our studio, a small workspace and as well as a mini warehouse for our goods. Dad has been really kind to help source for ideal office venue/space these few days and we have been to a couple to take a look but none suitable. Still on the lookout for now and hope we will manage to find one soon. ;)

On a side note, I do have to give thanks to my parents. They have been nothing but very supportive of everything which makes me somehow guilty (not sure if you get what I'm trying to say) and makes me feel the need to work ever harder. My only younger sister is still schooling, and the sense of responsibility gearing towards the family is definitely getting more apparent as time goes by. Worrying and feeling all up with the guilt because afterall, I'm not too sure if the folks/relatives can comprehend what exactly am I doing now and instead, I could sense their worry given that I steered apart from the usual route, ahh. That's probably the last thing I would want them to be concerned of and I guess I do really need to focus, having something even more quantifiable for myself at the end of the day, and to somehow ease their minds.. #growingupworries

OK, nuff said for tonight. Moving on to some updates!

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Had the privilege to attend Nespresso's 2% Party which showcased a spectrum of Nespresso's machines and their capsules etc. How thrilled am I to be there given that I'm a huge fan of coffee, and of course, I'm impressed by ingenious idea of coffee machines as well as the convenience and technology advancement of them. Attended the event with Vel, Valerie together with a few others too, and it didn't take much to get Ethan along, given that he's a big fan of Nespresso too! Anyway, more pictures below ;)


Had a splendid night spent with the friends over great coffee and Nespresso Cocktails. Thanks for the invite, Dixie & Crowd!

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Thanks to a lovely new friend, Acelyn, she was really kind to help to purchase a set of Clarisonic Plus on my behalf from the States and I just collected from her recently. Have heard so much about it from Vel and Selene, and they said it works pretty well and that it helps to cleanse the skin better for sure. Will see how this goes, and if it's worth a share, I will! ;)

If you are wondering how much I got the Clarisonic Plus for, it's SGD$298 and I think Singapore sells it slightly more expensive. You can check out Sephora for purchase and I was told that the Mia (the most basic set and costs about SGD$100 odd) is good enough in fact.

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September

TWENTYTWELVE

1009 HRS

IPL Laser Underarm

Went Pink Parlour just last week for my much-needed grooming session and I had my IPL Underarm done. Did it thrice previously but stopped for a few months because it was pretty effective after those sessions- hair grew out at a much slower rate and much finer. Until recently, I realised that the hair was growing out quicker and decided to get them fixed. Should have just done it for consecutively 6 times (every month for 6 months) in a row for optimal results back then – which I was told I can go without shaving for probably half to a year.


Cool sunglasses that I had to wear to avoid the laser beams to my eyes.


The after. You can see a few strains of hair, but that was because I shaved it a day back before I decided to go for my IPL.

Would consider it to be somehow painless and the only part that probably would hurt a lil was when the staff used the ice pack to numb the underarm. (How I would describe it would probably be the sort of 'pain & numb' sensation you get when you hold an ice-cube too long in your palm) Immediately after the area was numb, they used the machine and zapped a couple of times whereby the laser beams will actually help to burn off the hair roots.

For optimal results after, the recommended way is that you don't pluck the hair out after your IPL session, and let them naturally fall off. Was told that the most we should do is to shave the hair off.


Had my manicure done right after the IPL session. That's what I like about Pink Parlour, they have almost all grooming services!


The two friendly staff who did my treatments for the afternoon. Thank you both! ;)

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Past weekend was spent bringing Trigger out to the pool. This lil boy is not that little anymore, and look at how suave he is now.


Being all up goofy with Trigger and pardon the bare face ;)


Just 4 months plus old, look at how big he is!


Shall end off with this picture of Trigger and me. Not one of the best pictures, but I thought he looks really funny and cute here. ;p

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Last but not least, Woohoo! Gonna give myself some credits shamelessly (hee) because i'm proud of this banner I did for our Klarra x Maybelline Launch today. Spent one half to two whole hours doing it and yes, no doubt it can still be betterl but least this is one of the most satisfied banners I did for Klarra.  *Jumps*

Don't miss out our latest launch by the way! For this collection and the next two, we will be giving away a total of 65 Beauty Bags to customers. For more details, hop over to our facebook ;)

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September

TWENTYTWELVE

1009 HRS

Oh That Shop

I'm a huge fan of Thai Cuisine and for today, I thought i'll share with you guys my favourite Thai food place by far. Thanks to Ethan, I got to know this place since last year and have been introducing it to my friends whenever we are all up for a good Thai meal. So this time was no exception, and I gathered my Poly mates for a dinner there and yay, they loved it!

This place is called Thai-Tantric, and it's located at Orchard Towers. Not one of the best places to be located at (guys should know why), but it's probably one of the most authentic Thai food places I can find in Singapore. Prices are pretty reasonable there and they do have a wide range of Thai dishes available on their menu. Wouldn't want to put your hopes up too high, but from the past visits, standard of the food wasn't that consistent (very much depending on the cook) albeit food was pretty good most of the time. Another thing I like about this place is that they operate till pretty late hours as well (till 3AM), so it will be a perfect place for late night dinners or even supper. ;)

My usual favourites at Thai-Tantric would be the Honey Chicken Wings/Drumlets, Tom Yum Fried Rice, Minced Pork with Basil Leaves, Green Curry and Tom Yum Goong. These are definitely the MUST-TRY there. Unfortunately, they don't have desserts available and it would be awesome if they had the usual Mango Sticky Rice dessert – my meal would be totally complete.

THAI TANTRIC

#03-23 Orchard Towers,
400 Orchard Road
Opening hours:
11-3pm, 6pm-3am

The Poly mates and I then hopped over to Robert Timms for some desserts but we decided to skip desserts and spend the night over a cuppa coffee each instead (since the place is known for its coffee). Was hoping to receive my Latte with the cute bear doodling on the froth (as seen on the menu), but mine came without and Sharon told me later on that it must be requested before they will do it. Remember to get yours in their Signature Bear froth the next time you are there ;)


With Sharon dear <3


My old pals from Poly. Those were the days ;)


Wearing Apparelize's Blousen and I love the minimalist design of this piece. The unique sheer sleeves definitely put a sweet touch to this lovely off-white blousen. ;)

And guess what I brought home that night?


Sharon went on a holiday to Hong Kong a few weeks back and she was asking if I wanted to get anything from there – in particularly the luxury goods. So I have been eyeing on this particular pair of classic Chanel earrings for the longest time (it was supposed to be a reward for myself when I got my first job back then but kept putting off the thought to buy it) and such a coincidence, she was already planning to make a trip to the store to get the same pair as well. Lucky me, saved a bit as there was a slight difference in Hong Kong and Singapore's pricing. Thank you Sharon dear! ;)

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Went Habitat Coffee today to support Ryan as Habitat Coffee turns one today ;) In celebration for its birthday, there was 1-for-1 coffee and both Selene and myself love Habitat's Hazelnut Latte. We did a lil food tasting there and Ryan was really kind to prepare a set of his recent creation – Truffle Egg Toast for us to try. It was absolutely delicious but unfortunately, it is not on the menu yet as he mentioned that he was still trying to perfect it. Hope it will be available soon and I'll definitely be heading back for that. ;)


Donning on my new dainty flora top from Apparelize. Simple, versatile and definitely easy to match. Wanted to wear a blazer over it but weather was a total killer.


Accessories of the day, love my new arm candy and ring ;)


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SPONSORED POST

Did a lil foot care shopping with Oh That Shop recently and how thankful am I to have found that shop!

It is a lifestyle shopping store, but it's probably one of the few that has a wide series of foot care products. I love wearing heels although it might be incredibly painful at the end of the day especially when it's a brand new pair of heels (or even flats). I shop for shoes almost everywhere and I'm a great fan of high stilettos (the 5-inches type, the higher the better), so naturally my feet will ache within a couple of hours which can be pretty embarrassing sometimes – I will either walk really slowly, or my walk will turn really awkward (as told by my friends, boohoo). Well, we have to admit that those killer heels (or rather, aching feet) do affect our posture, followed by our mood when we are outside, don't they? Those aching feet never fail to just drain me out of energy though I might have ample rest prior to the outing. And many a time, I'd just want to head back home quick.

So I personally will spend quite an amount on foot care all the time and I think it's important because I wouldn't want my feet to be filled with scars due to blisters etc! Great thanks for Oh That Shop to reach out to me because they have almost every kind of foot care products I need. Best of all, prices are very reasonable and glad to have it conveniently available at the one-stop online.


Here are what I've received.


These Gel Shoe Lifts are such great help in elevating the heel part of my feet. You know how sometimes we stick plasters on the back of our feet, hoping to prevent blisters but in the end, the plasters will be rubbed out untidily as we walk? This Gel Shoe Lifts help to increase at least about 0.5 to 0.8 cm on the heel part, and the extra height is extremely helpful in preventing the blisters (plus it makes us comfortably taller hee). Did I mention guys can get this as well? The Gel Pads are definitely well hidden in the shoes.


To be honest, it's my first time seeing/having a pair of Gel Bunion Toe Separators and oh boy, they are SO comfortable. A wonderful invention and the only thing is that only specific pumps, or covered shoes suit these.


This is what I ALWAYS look for when I buy my foot care products – Gel Heel Cushion. They help to elevate the heel part slightly, maybe about 0.2 cm, but that little height does wonders for my feet, helping to prevent blisters, to tighten and provide cushion for my feet in those heels.



Never tried these before and now I know what I've been missing out. These stick-on Silicon Gel Arch Support pads are ingenious! Perfect tools to make sure we are walking comfortable on cushions. My new found best-friend for my feet.

 


Last but not least, say hello to Woody the shoe stretcher! Great tool for the family ;)
You know how sometimes you just HAVE to get that pair of shoes though it might be one/half size too small or too big for you? Well, the above products are all the perfect aid tools for your bigger sized shoes, but THIS is the perfect tool for your squeezy sized shoes. With minimal effort, it works. ;)

Time to care for your feet with Oh That Shop. Blisters and scars aren't the more beautiful things on our manicured feet. ;)

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August

TWENTYTWELVE

0908 HRS

Mercedez-Benz Driving Experience 2012

Ethan and myself participated in the Mercedez-Benz Driving Experience a week back and it was our first time joining one. The entire event took place from 8.30am all the way to 5.30pm and we had about 7-8 activities lined up for us on that very day.

The experience was amazing and I had such a great time test driving those cars! Still feeling awed about the experience after the event. If I'm not wrong, they had the complete series of Mercedez-Benz cars for us to test drive on the day itself, except for the SLS (The car which Rosie Huntington drove in transformers) and I was actually hoping to get my hands on its steering wheel! But no complaints because we had the chance to drive every other car and learn awesome stunts (which I was pretty worried for the cars back then because there were stunts that involved sharp turning, excessive braking, eg drifting etc). With that said, the instructors did mention that there shouldn't be any cause for concern at all because of the robustness of the Mercs – their cars will handle anything thrown their way. And true enough, I was very impressed with the cars and their performances.

Also, I would think that the driving experience is a brilliant marketing/sales approach- persuasive. I could see Ethan was pretty sold after the event!


Greeted by this beautiful red car upon arrival -  The SLS Convertible.


Itinerary for the day.


Attended a briefing before the activities started.


The SLK350!


Instructors were flown in all the way from Australia to guide us.



I like the colour combination of the interior – The SLK350.


The awesome car from The Transformer's movie.

 


We each had to do a final test to see if we remembered what we were taught for the day.


A BIG thank you to Mercedez-Benz and to the wonderful Aussie Instructors!