Sunday, 19 November 2017

[REVIEW] Beautiq - Batik


Recently during October 2017, I was given a Batik from BeautiQ to review which you can see from the picture above. Was pretty excited as this is my first time reviewing it.

Background of BeautiQ

BeautiQ is actually a new online shop based in Indonesia with distributor in Johor Bahru. The founders created a mobile online shop by operating their business through e-commerce using platform like Lazada and Instagram as a marketing platform. In additional, their main products are batik clothing material and cosmetics. 

With the online platform, they aim to introduce the business to socialise Indonesian batik within the region. 


What is Batik?

Batik is a technique of wax resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. It is made either by drawing dots and lines with a spouted tool which you can see from the picture. Do you know that many Indonesian batik patterns are symbolic? There are certain batik designs are specially reserved for brides and bridegrooms an also symbols designed to carry infants in batik slings to bring the child good luck. 

In order to make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax which the cloth is then dyed. The cloth will then ready to wear after the final dyeing of the wax is removed. 

Ways of wearing Batik?

Batik can transform into many ways such as tube dress , sarong , scraf which you can simply google it to find out more. I love the blue colour and details of the Batik which was given to me. 

Below are examples of 2 different ways you can wear the Batik, thanks to Elgena's for helping me out. 


Batik Skirt / Sarong 

You can sew a pretty batik skirt or simply wrap the cloth around your waist , twist it on the side or simply tie a cute ribbon as shown above. There are simply many ways you can try with the batik cloth on your waist ; experiment it with different lengths , layers , knots location. 


Batik Shawl

Batik can also use it as a shawl by wrapping the fabric over a plain dress or top to add colours and patterns. This will then instantly transform a simple outfit to a different feel. How can you do it ? Just wrap the cloth on your back and tie the ends in front of your chest / stomach. 

BeautiQ - South East Asia
Empowering ASEAN Beauties through Batik and Cosmetics
E-mail: beautiq.sea@mail.com
WhatsApp: +62 823 7684 1773
Line: @beautiq
Instagram: @beautiq.sea | ID @beautiq.id | MY @beautiq.my | SG @beautiq.sg

Saturday, 9 September 2017

WHAT TO PLAN ON A WEDDING DAY? #RYZDWED


Time flies ..... about 1 month from our wedding.  I can finally release this big rock of mine . Phew ! As there any many people asking me what to prepare before for my wedding , I then decided to write a post to share to everyone of our planning.

I would also like to use this chance to thanks all the Bridesmaid and Groomsmen. Without you guys to help, the wedding will not be that perfect.

#RYZDWED


CHOOSE A DATE 

Some of them might not require to choose an auspicious day and they will just pick the simple by choosing anniversary date , birthday of either parties or just a random Saturday/ Sunday since most of the people do not work during the weekends. 

As for us, we use a simple app by keying out birthday and time of birth to see which date will be best for marriage by choosing the months we want. You just have to key --> Chinese Wedding date or best is to seek parents help to pick a good date. We used the app and then decided on 16 Dec 2017, however my husband might have something on during December we then chose another date and settled on 30 July 2017 (Saturday).

WEDDING VENUE 

Once you settled with the date, do look for a venue because popular dates such as 9 September (representing everlasting love) can be quite popular. Recommended to book within 9 to 12 months. 

After much thinking, husband and I decided to settle on restaurant instead of hotel because we don't intend to spend a bomb and we also know our limit after settling with our new house. We chose Qian Xi Restaurant. The manager in-charge is very friendly and happy to work with. 

Qian Xi (Bliss Garden Restaurant)
1 Expo Drive, #02-03 Singapore Expo, 486150
http://www.qianxi.com.sg/

PRE-WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT 

We had our pre-wedding photoshoot package signed 2 years ago during a roadshow at Jurong point. Without much research , we decided to sign a package to Taiwan (approx $3900) comprises of 5 gown, 2 suits, free 2 hotel stays , 50 photos and etc.

The reason why I was kind of regret because they are actually based in Taiwan which means the gown that I wore will not be able to use for my actual wedding day. I will have to spend extra money to source for it. Therefore, I would highly recommend to take those package that include pre-wedding as well as actual wedding day to save cost.

Overall, I did enjoy the shoot as the photographer will instruct us on how to pose. I am also highly impressed of their service.


GUEST LIST 

Before one day of wedding, I then completed the guest list seating because there will be bound to have people with last minute changes. I started to plan our my seating arrangement once I receive confirmation from my friends and consulted both our parents .

For myself, I used Excel sheet to organize the seating arrangement as shown above.

WEDDING FAVORS 

I bought rose soap from EZBUY with the price of $0.56 per soap. There are purple and pink colour. I heard from people that Malaysia are also selling very cheap as well.
You can join Facebook Group "Budget Brides (Singapore)" --> This group will share with you on the decorations , tips and also what to look out for.

EZBUY SHOP
Link: https://ezbuy.sg/product/buyforme.html?url=https%3a%2f%2fdetail.tmall.com%2fitem.htm%3fid%3d37706342911&src=10006

PHOTO BOOTH 

Instead of the common photo booth where you can see during the wedding , why not take you event to another level ,with the first GIF printing photo booth. My guests are really egg-cited and happy to enjoy with their loved ones and friends because they never try it before.

What you need to do is to move and prints are also GIF.

Ubersnap (Singapore)
Link: http://ubersnap.com/
Contact: +65 9012 8537
Blog Link: http://rygohxx.blogspot.sg/2017/08/memories-made-alive-with-ubersnap.html
I'm so proud of myself because I did the wedding flow by myself using Microsoft word and later sent it to my Groomsmen and Bridesmaid.

What is needed :
1. Groom's and Bride's contact number and address
2. Important contact - photographer, groomsmen , bridesmaid , photo booth in charge
3. Timeline for Morning and evening - PIC , action to be taken and time
4. Checklist - A list of checklist to make sure nothing is missing especially the couples are moving around.

** If you require a sample , you can email me to get one.

DECORATION FOR THE WEDDING BOOTH 

I've bought some of the wedding decorations from Ezbuy such as the flower petal, I love You decoration, lights and etc...

Items from Ezbuy: 
LED lights ball flashing lights           : https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000005372929.html
Decorative European style Birdcage  : https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000000080114.html
White colour candles                          : https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000002933070.html 
Rose petal                                           : https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000005236144.html                         / https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000003197499.html
Chalk board                                         : https://ezbuy.sg/product/20000000957303.html

Monday, 28 August 2017

THE PERANAKAN @ ORCHARD HOTEL



WHAT A SPREAD ! That's my first thought when the food served to us. 


Had a chance to go to THE PERANAKAN restaurant located at Claymore Connect for food tasting last week. I was pretty excited because Peranakan food is pretty rare in Singapore and if you happened to see it, they mostly serve fusion food and not the traditional kind. 



As you can see from the picture above, the dish is known as Tok Panjang ("Tok" means table in Hokkien and "Panjang" means long in Malay)- refering to a long table of feast that is usually prepared for special guests or occasion


Before I begin sharing their food, let us look at their interior design.... 






As you can see the overall presentation of the restaurant showcase the Peranakan heritage. I just feel that they really make an effort to design the whole restaurant. 




Snacks (Hae Bee Hiam: Spicy dried shrimp) are served individually before the main. The snack is really good and I can't stop eating because it's totally not oily at all. This is because after deep fry, they simply add another step to bake it to reduce the oil.



The Peranakan Pot of Melacca Milk Tea - a good start to enjoy this thick silky smooth milk tea with the snack (Hae Bee Hiam). 


Before eating the Tok Panjang set, Bak Wan Kepiting and Itek Tim were served to us. Out of the 2 choices , I will very much prefer to Bak Wan Kepiting (Crabmeat ball soup). The soup contains huge meatballs packed full of meaty goodness made from crab, pork and prawn in a rich clear both with bamboo shoots. Executive chef Raymond told us that the soup is cloudy at first and in order to get this clear broth they required to strain for several times.




And here you go .. our  Tok Panjang set which comprises of LKY set for $90++ set and WKW set for $130. One set for 2 person sharing. 

LKY Set comprises of : 
1. Soup : Bak Wan Kepiting or Itek Tim
2. Kueh Pai Tee 
3. Nasi Ulam 
4. Prawn Ngoh Hiang
5. Ikan Goreng Sambal Tau Cheo
6. Ikan Goreng w/ kichap Manis
7. Ayam Buah Keluah
8. Satay Babi
9. Beef Rendang
10. Chap Chye
11. Chef's Dessert Platter 
12. Coffee /Tea 

WKW Set comprises of : 
(In addition to the above)
1. Sambal Udang
2. Sotong Masak Asam
3. Ayam Goreng Ketumbar 
4. Terung Chinchalok
5  Durian Pengat

Magnified some of the food picture under Tok Panjang set as shown below: 

Nasi Ulam - salad rice at room temperature. This is a traditional dish of rice mixed with raw herbs, vegetables. One mouthful of Nasi Ulam in my mouth I can already feel the aromatic and freshness of the herbs flavour. According to Chef Khoo, the herbs are tossed with the rice at room temperature is to retain the original flavour of the herbs. This is because the herbs are finely chopped and if the rice is too hot it will then alter the entire flavour and may become bitter. 


Chap Chye - It comprises of crunchy cabbage, mushroom and tang hoon.


Satay Babi - This dish takes more than an hour to cook such a tender and succulent meat. The sweetness of this dish is not sugar sweetness but actually from the rendering of pork belly fat. 



Prawn Ngoh Hiang - This is quite different from the Chinese version that we used to eat. However, the Ngoh Hiang is very fragrant and fried well with exterior being crispy and juicy in the inside. 

Not forgetting the Durian Pengat that we have been waiting for... 

The durian is good. It is rich, smooth and have a slight bitter sweetness aftertaste. You can enjoy this  all year round. 


Not forgetting the pineapple tart , I definitely enjoy it because the sweetness of the filling is just right. Do take note: Enjoy the pineapple tart before indulge on the durian. 



There are 2 different dessert served cooked by glutinous rice with blue pea flower. Right at the front - Glutinous rice with blue pea flower with mixed of glua melaka and coconut shavings. As for the second one is the combination with durian. Love the 2 different combination :) 

Overall, I really enjoy myself that night. To be honest, their service is superb and the environment is perfect.As Peranakan food contains many different herbs and spices as well as large amount of time to prepare the dish out, the price of the food will be slightly expensive as compared with the other cuisine. 

The Peranakan
442 Orchard Road 
#02-01 Claymore Connect @ Orchard Hotel
Singapore 238879
Nearest Mrt: Orchard station

Tel: +65 6262 4428 
Opening hours: 11:00 - 22:00

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

7 HDB Renovations Under $30,000 That Look Like Million-Dollar Homes

Source: Home and Decor
We understand how hard it is to achieve your dream home look, especially when you are on a tight budget. Getting a home renovation done under $30,000 might sound like an impossible challenge, but hey, anything is possible! Read on and be awed by some of these beautiful HDB home renovations done under $30,000!

1. Scandinavian
Source: Zidane Design Associates
Total cost: $25,000
We love how clean and spacious this space looks with the use of simple furnishings, ample natural lighting and white walls. The home decor is kept to its minimum to allow for ample sunlight. The simple white walls of the space is well elevated with chic furnishings like the light coloured wooden television console. The bar top dining counter also serves as a working table for the owners. The use of oversized furnishings like a plush sofa and rug helps to create a cosy and inviting environment.

2. Industrial Chic
Source:Home; Decor
Total cost: $25,000
This whole space is filled with industrial chic goodness! Unlike the usual dull looking industrial themed apartments, this apartment is tastefully decorated with a wide range of mismatched furnishings of vibrant colour and also rows of hanging light bulbs. The elongated chalkboard décor of the kitchen and red lamp shades acts as a fun element and helps to liven up the whole space.


3. Modern Chic
Source:Home & Decor
Total cost: Under $30,000
This apartment looks like an apartment from the movies! The clean, white spaces are well defined by black glass frames which also adds a modern and chic touch to the space. We love how the owner had customized the bed platform with built-in storage spaces to fully utilize the space. Talk about space saving!

4. Bachelor Pad
Source:Home & Decor
Total cost: $30,000
Who says that a bachelor pad must be of a dark colour palette? We love how the owner had chose to jump onto the industrial chic bandwagon and decorated his own personal paradise to his liking. To make the apartment look more spacious, black frame glass panels are used to divide the bedroom from the living and kitchen space, instead of solid walls. One of the rooms were also knocked down to make space for a bigger bedroom.


5. Classic
Source:The Upper Room Design Studio
Total cost: $25, 000
This apartment will make you feel like you are living in a palace! With luxurious looking furnishings coupled along with chandeliers and royal drapes, there's nothing NOT to love about this space. Who knew that a $25,000 renovation can make a home feel so luxurious?

6. Contemporary
Source:Space Factor
Total cost: $30, 000
Contemporary interior is all about what's trending now. We love how the owner had managed to combine Scandinavian design and rustic interior together with furnishings of muted colours and two walls of different finishing to make the space stand out.

7. Country Vibes

Source:Renozone Interior Design House
Total cost: $25,000
Colours and textures are a great way to make your space stand out. This apartment gives off a laid-back country side vibes by using textures like wooden planks and brick walls of contrasting tones. The splash of cobalt blue used in the living room also adds a refreshing twist to the space.

This is a guest post by HipVan, an online store that carries a wide range of furniture and décor products to fulfil all furnishing needs! Visit them at www.hipvan.com.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

IMPACT MINTS MEDIA EVENT


IMPACT MINTS has been around in Asia for many years. If you are a sweet tooth person, this will not be unfamiliar to you. About 2 weeks ago, I've the privileged to join the media event at Bread Yard to know more about their products.


There are total 5 flavours such as Blackcurrant(purple in colour), Fresh mint (black in colour), Strawberry (red in colour), Peach (pink in colour) and the latest addition - Mango (Yellow in colour). 



When I entered into Bread Yard, I got so excited because colours attracted me as you can seen above. The lovely cupcakes and macaroons are with different colour to suit the theme of the IMPACT MINTS packaging. They are also very creative by sprinkled some of the chopped mints on top of the macaroons. To add on, the drinks provided are also with their blended with the sweets. 


On that night, I got to enjoy a nice dinner while they presented about IMPACT MINTS.


After the dinner, we had a surprised activities. The ingredients provided on the table for us to make our own parfait. We had a fun time creating our own mixture by carefully placing it on the glass bottles provided. 



IMPACT MINTS (Retail Price: $2.60/100g each) 

IMPACT Mints can be found in selected NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, Giant,
 Sheng Shiong, SPC, Caltex 7- Eleven & Cheers outlets. 

For more information: www.impactmints.com

Giveaway at my instagram