Sponsored Post - How to get Bikini Body Ready

posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2017

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It's the Chinese New Year long weekend soon - meaning it's time to jet off for another quick beach getaway.

Sharing some images shot in the beginning of this year during my first long cruise to Langkawi and Penang. A lot of us has body insecurities and for me it's my stretch marks on my butt (due to growth spurts when I was young), and also some cellulite on my upper things, which is especially pronounced when I seat.

How it works
I recently came across Elancyl, which is a France-based company that specializes in anti-cellulite products. The new Elancyl Slim Design contains Caffeine Complex, which claims to target skin tissue rigidification, which is one of the primary reasons causing the dimpled skin effect. Caffeine Complex is made up of caffeine, ivy and salacia (a root herb), to collectively fight against cellulite to prevent lipid depletion, detox, and de-structure collagen fibres holding skin tissues together.

The Experience
I've been using it consistently in the morning using the prescribed massage technique developed by Elancyl here. I love that the lotion is non-sticky or greasy, and is quickly absorbed into the skin, making application in the morning very fuss free. I would definitely recommend this as a body massage ritual in the morning - but in terms of destroying stubborn cellulite, more time is necessary before I make a conclusion!

This post has been presented by Elancyl but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sun, Sea and Flip Flops

posted on: Saturday, December 10, 2016

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On my recent trip to Bali, I packed on my flip flops but this time, these ones were able to last me throughout my trip no matter how long I walked the whole day. The usual plastic flip flops would always hurt my feet with the plastic in between my toes after working with it the whole day, but this pair from Ozify were seriously the most comfortable ones I've worn.

Ozify is an Australian beach footwear brand which specialises in very comfortable beach sandals and flip flops. I know you might go - on it's just flip flops - but these ones from Ozify come with a leather strap toe piece that is shaped with memory foam to eliminate all pain between the toes. And leather only ensures that it softens and gets more comfortable with time.

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Flip flops are usually associated with bad walking postures as the usual plastic ones don't follow the strides of you foot. But Ozify works with podiatrists to come up with an anatomical arch to ensure better alignment of posture. This pair of flip flops is not plastic but rather foam like, with cushioning on the pressure areas of the foot as well to ensure a comfortable wear for the whole day. And, best of all, it's non-skid.

I tested it out on almost my entire trip and brought it out walking on the streets, to the beach, everywhere.

It passed the test. You can find my pair here.

Janice Wong - Whimsical Lunch Menu Review

posted on: Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Janice Wong has always been someone whom I have admired, not just for her craft and creativeness - This woman can make anything out from chocolate. But I also admire her for her determination and capacity to take risks, such as starting out her own restaurant, after 10 years of operations of 2am: dessert bar.

Located at National Museum, Janice Wong's restaurant operates as both a dining space, as well as retail, where customers can pick out her artisanal chocolates and famous chocolate paint. There's also a gelato bar.

What's really special about this restaurant is that all of the paintings and tables are made out from chocolate. Yes, you heard that right - It's like Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. The paintings are made by dripping Janice Wong's signature chocolate paint and then encased in resin. The tables are basically giant blocks of chocolate and encased in glass - they are shaped like jigsaw pieces, that allows the staff to easily move them around to form bigger tables if needed.
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For lunch, Janice Wong has a 3 Course Degustation Lunch Menu priced at $28.

Starters

Hot Explosion XLB (Whisky Pork or Truffle Cheese Chicken)
or
Whimsical Buns (Liquid Egg or Minced Veg)

I enjoyed the Xiao Long Baos more - Besides Whisky Pork and Truffle Cheese Chicken, there's also Foie Grass Pork Cherry and Shrimp Ebi Kombu. I especially enjoyed the Truffle Cheese Chicken one - the taste of truffle was strong yet not overpowering and went very well with the juices of the chicken.

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Mains

Corn Noodles (not pictured)
or
BlackRed Duple Noodles

The noodles were the highlight of the savouries for me. We tried the Crispy Charcoal Nest and BlackRed Duple Noodles. 

The Crispy Charcoal Nest featured high gluten flour noodles made black by charcoal powder, collagen broth, pork belly and mushroom poem paper. The noodles are served hard but the chef will pour the collagen broth over it, which will gradually soak the noodles and change their texture depending on how long they are soaked for. The high gluten flour made the noodles very chewy and delicious when paired with the flavorful broth. It is finished off with a poem which Janice personally likes (you can read it when you order this dish), that is made out from mushroom. 

The BlackRed Duple Noodles were made from medium gluten, making them less chewy but still as springy. These are toped off with braised beef and a clear broth to enhance its overall flavour.
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We were also served this beautiful platter of Ratatouille Siew Mai with shrimp roe. These were almost too pretty to eat.

The meal is finished off with Janice's now infamous desserts from 2am: dessert bar.

Sweet Endings

Tiramisu
or 
Chocolate Praline Cake
or 
Chocolate Lui Da Gun (a type of Chinese mochi)

The Tiramisu was served deconstructed in a bowl, and I especially enjoyed the Espresso Ice Cream that came with it - The espresso taste really shined through.

I would recommend anyone to experience dining at Janice Wong once and experience the playfulness in her food and immerse yourself in her edible artworks. By combining different textures and flavours, Janice Wong reimagines what dim sum can taste like. Alternatively, you can also just go in for a tipple and dessert after a long day.

Lunch 3 Course Degustation - 28
Dinner 5 Course Degustation - 68

You can find her menu here. Enjoy!
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