Sunday, June 29, 2014

Phuket 2014: Beauty and Food Diary (Picture Heavy)

You know two things Singaporeans are good at doing are shopping and eating. I am a self professed expert at these two things. Heh! I love love Thai food. So Phuket was heaven for me. I get to eat all the Phad Thai, Tom Yum and mango sticky rice I want.

I am going to share with you stuff we ate and saw during our Phuket trip and get those napkins ready and prepare to drool.

Phad Thai
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Since it is the low season many restaurants around Bang Tao area are quite deserted. We visited Chaba restaurant which was located just outside Laguna Phuket. They even often free transfers once you have eaten back to our resort. The food was decent. 

Chaba Restaurant

Stir fried beef
Crabmeat omelette
Fried morning glory aka fried kang kong for Singaporeans
Non spicy seafood soup
Pineapple rice
Battered calamari and assorted vegetables
It is embarrassing to admit but when I go to Thailand I home in on the nearest Fuji Restaurant that sells fantastic Japanese food at very reasonable prices. I gorge on salmon sashimi which is always served in thick juicy slices. But no salmon sashimi pictures today, I think you are sick of seeing those right? I love the california rolls too. Just heavenly! Silly hubs had to take a picture of me gorging on food, it is not pretty, you have been warned.

Not a usual sighting, the Samurai Pork burger from Mcdonalds. Sold in Singapore for a very brief period before it went halal. It was just so so.

Finally, the king of fruits! It was in season and the supermarket Big C was selling them. I was drooling away when I saw them. I gave in and bought two packets back. On hindsight it was terribly inconsiderate of us cos Mr. A's car smelled of durians afterwards. I felt kinda bad. We didn't manage to sneak it into our resort because even with saran wrap, the durian gave itself away. We promised not to eat them inside our room and thankfully the people at the hotel let us have our durian. Bless you! We sat on our roof top balcony and had the best durian ever! The seed was very small so it was all sweet creamy flesh. I developed such a hankering for it that when I got back home I hunted for more durians to eat. I can't stop thinking about the durians shown here though. So so good.

Finally my non eventful beauty haul from Changi and Phuket DFS. I picked up on some SKII to try and gave in and bought more Dior Fluid Sticks. I had my eye on Rieuse but was out of stock in Changi but I managed to find it in Phuket.

These are some of the items I used regular for makeup while I was in Phuket. The weather was warm and humid just like Singapore so I kept my makeup light and I used stuff that were basically bullet proof in warm weather. Gone were days where I literally packed everything I had only to realise that I use less than one quarter of the stuff. I was slightly smarter about packing makeup items.

My tools
I left all my eye shadow brushes at home because I mainly used my fingers to blend my eye shadows. I brought my trusty Sigma foundation brush because if anything happens to it I won't feel as bad as if I brought my Tom Ford or Koyudo. My Make Up For Ever blush brush (I love how easy it is to blend my blushes with it), my portable Hakuhodo brush for face powder application and my eye brow brush (totally essential). Well groomed eyebrows are a must for me.

Face and Cheeks
Because of the humid weather there, everything must be able to withstand longs hours, heat and sweat. These got me through everyday still looking fresh.

I brought long wearing, budge proof eye makeup. 

And finally my lipsticks. I only used half of what I brought with me. My staples were the Shiseido lipstick which was a very flattering natural lipstick on me and for a pop of colour my Guerlain Rouge G in Gracy and Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Sigh. Most the lipsticks I chose were emollient and sheer in formula (except for the Guerlain and NARS) which worked well on my parched lips.

So what makeup items do you never fail to bring along with you? If you had to pick just 5 items what would you bring?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Phuket 2014: Travel Diary (Picture heavy)

Don't you just love travelling. I always get so excited. As a child I rarely got a chance to travel so now as an adult, I'm making up for lost time. This time round we decided to head for Phuket, somewhere nearby. Hubs wanted to dive and I thought I would give mom a treat.

We stayed at Angsana Laguna which is near Bang Tao beach. Its about 30 minutes from the airport but also far from everywhere else. The reason why we chose this resort was because we wanted plenty of space. We were able to find a two bedroom loft for all of us to stay comfortably in. 

Roof top balcony
Mom and DS's room for the next few days
I love huge bathtubs, don't you?
Living area

The whole resort was spacious and lovely. There was a long snaking pool that DS had a great time swimming in. The various parts of the resort could be accessed via ferry.

Waiting for the ferry

A sweet baby elephants visits the resort twice a day and we got a chance to get up close and personal. I'm jealous of its long lashes!

The only 'shopping village' which was just a gaggle of shops. They do have a minimart though. Since it was low season, it was like a ghost town.

Low season is June. It did rain but only for short periods of time, the seas are however very rough and the sky cloudy. Because of the low season many of the shops on the beach were either closed or very quiet. But you know what, I like it like that. The weather was much more pleasant and less people meant less queues at the buffet line.

Being a Singaporean, my whole family is very used to short travel distances. From Angsana Laguna to Patong, it took about 30 to 40 minutes on a long and windy road which left my mom and son motion sick. So to counter that, I gave them ginger pills to calm their travel sickness. Transport can be an issue. It costs about 700 baht for a single trip to Patong on a cab. The licensed cabs have a green license plate. We were lucky to have met a driver who took us around and didn't mind waiting for us while we shopped or did our things. Through our driver, we learned about taxi mafias which operated out from Kata beach and Patong. Other drivers were not able to pick up passengers from Kata or Patong.

Since pole is my hobby, I took the opportunity to visit Pole Dance School Phuket. I took private classes with the wonderful instructor Jenny Liebert and also met May. The school was quite hard to find so I was ever thankful to my dear driver Mr. A who took the trouble to call them to find out exactly how to get there and wait for me to make sure I was safe.

With the lovely instructor Jenny Liebert
With May
Jenny was wonderfully patient especially with a noob like me. I'll be honest that I was out of my comfort zone but she challenged me and now I have a few new tricks in my repertoire. I have not mastered them yet but I will keep practicing. The above pictures were us fooling around on their newly acquired aerial hoop.

After class, we headed down to Jungceylon in Patong. It is a huge shopping centre chock full of eateries. We stocked up on groceries.

I wanted my family to experience new stuff so I thought it was a good idea to charter a boat to travel around the islands for some snorkelling. Unfortunately I forgot to take account that the seas during this time were still rough and being land bound Singaporeans, we were not prepared. The day started out fine but the moment we headed out to the big sea, the water was rough. My poor mom and son suffered sea sickness throughout the entire trip and we had to cut our trip short and turn back before they got any worse.

Catamaran 48

The calm before the storm so to speak
Note to myself, no more boat trips!

DS was interested in horseback riding so we did that. My poor butt! One hour and I had bruises on my butt. I couldn't sit properly the whole night!

I love Phuket! It has a very relaxed vibe to it. I do hope I'll be able to visit again and this time round during the high season where the sea is calmer. Have you been to Phuket? How was your experience like?

I'll talk about food and beauty in my next post. Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sponsored Post: For the lazy shopper, try Zalora.

I am more of an online shopper than an actual shopper. Much as I would love to hit the malls as much as I can, I don't have the time for it. I work away from the orchard area and usually am too pooped out to even think about heading downtown. My Saturdays are filled my dance and pole classes which leaves Sundays. Sundays are my family time with the 'boys'. If we go for a show a Vivocity, I am able to shop quickly while the 'boys' hang out at Toys R Us.

I miss spending late morning window shopping where the malls are generally quieter and where I can pop by a cafe and sip some tea while I while away my time.

These days I'm an obsessive online shopper. I have a few favourite online sites I shop from and each one has a wish list which I keep for fun. When the urge hits, I click the checkout button and anxiously wait for my spoils to arrive in boxes. (I get thrills seeing boxes, yup I'm sick!) The long wait time can be quite a chore for an instant gratification girl like me. I hate having to wait at least 2 weeks for my items to arrive.

Zalora for me is the best of both worlds. I get to shop from my home and I get to get my items quickly.

My first shopping experience with Zalora has been great. I was having a bit of trouble with my promo code and I was totally happy with the over the phone customer service. I was able to get a new working code in less than 10 minutes and have my goodies coming my way. Guess how long it took for my goodies to reach me? Half a day! I was so surprised. I ordered my stuff in the morning and by late afternoon it was hand delivered to my address.

I also love the fact that they offer free delivery for over $40 spent. I think it is really easy to hit $40.

So what are the things I bought?

Well I'm crazy about boy shorts for my pole class. I have amassed quite a few of them and can't help buying more. These Migo hipsters are going for SGD $16.90. How cute are these? Super duper comfortable and perfect for my pole classes. I need to have more.

My face feels tight and dry lately so I wanted something to pamper my face. I have been curious of the brand Skin Inc so  I decided to try the Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask. I'll let you know how I like it after I have tried it.

In fact when I looked at the Women Beauty section, I see some things I would like to get my hands in the near future. For one, I'm glad to see SKII products, I am just recently getting acquainted with SKII and I have been loving their products so far.

I am not sure about how competitive the prices are as compared to the physical counters but I managed to get a 10% when I used to order my items with Mastercard on a Thursday. How cool is that? They do charge GST though.

I signed up for their newsletter and I have noticed that they do send out promo codes and discounts quite regularly.

Shopping tip: After purchasing my first item, I received a 20% discount code via email that was only valid for a day. This is how you can maximise your dollar. Put through your first order and keep your purchase close to $40 to enjoy the free shipping. Wait for your 20% promo code to come in and order more items! If you are a lover of SKII this would be the best time to stock up. There are terms and conditions so read those carefully.

Have you bought things from Zalora before? How was your experience like?