3D2N Penang Cultural & Food Trail | #ThrowbackThursday

Another #ThrowbackThursday post. Thankfully unlike last week’s post which was 2 years ago, this post’s entry dates back less than a year ago, hehe. My family and I headed down to Penang for a family trip which coincided with my Dad’s birthday weekend. We were very blessed that his friend’s wife and children hosted us for the 3D2N that we were there, and we took in a lot of beautiful cultural and heritage sites and sights of Penang, as well as a lot and I mean a lot of yummy food! I love Malaysia not only for its close proximity to Singapore and yummy food but also how affordable it is compared to Singapore’s high expenses. This is an ultra image heavy post with 222 (purely coincidental number) photos and I’ll be adding captions and explanations along the way.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0001Always love plane rides and enjoying the view from above! <3Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0000With Daddy on the plane!

[ Penang Day 1 – George Town Cultural & Food Trail ]

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0002You’ll see a lot of pretty peranakan-style shophouses in Penang, similar to those along Katong in Singapore. I love the relief designs and the exterior of shophouses in general, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them in my post today! Lol!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0003Took a photo of this building exterior because it’s interesting. I’d admit it’s not pretty, but definitely unique!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0004Dad’s friend’s wife and children (in case you’re wondering, Dad’s friend was away on a photography trip as he is a photography enthusiast) came to pick us up from the airport and drove us to Jalan Penang for brunch.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0005Took a photo so I can figure out later where this kopitiam is located at, but I can’t find it online, except that it’s along Jalan Penang, rofl.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0006 Penang style iced kopi and beef noodles!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0007Beef tendon noodles. I find that Penang food has its own unique flavours, unlike anything I’ve tried in Singapore.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0008With everyone at lunch table and mummy not looking in the camera, LOL.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0009Shophouse exhibit 2. Told you I have a thing for shophouse exteriors. My dream house is a Notting Hill style house, which is extremely rare in Singapore, the closest examples would be Everton Road and Blair Road houses. There are also some nice shophouse style houses at Katong and Joo Chiat area.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0010Shophouse exhibits 3.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0011Shophouse exhibits 4. More really old looking shophouses which are a dime a dozen in Penang.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0012 A relic looking building hoarded up possible for works. Reminds me of Malacca. After visiting Penang, I came to realize that Penang has a lot of similarities to Malacca, with the strong cafe culture, a heritage centric zone, Peranakan influence, relics and a lot of awesome local food. The main few differences at the top of my mind is that Penang is much further from Singapore and also famous for Penang beach. Malacca also has a seaside, but not as famous as Penang.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0013After lunch, we arrive at Georgetown Penang which is the cultural center and hub of Penang and also where a lot of cafe action is located at. Ok, maybe “cafe action” is an awkward phrasing. I mean there’s a lot of cafes here and where you can cafe hop conveniently! 😉

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0014Like this rustic looking cafe with industrial style decor and an open roof concept for natural light streaming in. Love.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0015I love the industrial chic interior style, which is all the rage in interior design lately. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0016Greenery providing a nice contrast with the industrial vibes.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0017 Different seats thrown together for an eclectic style.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0018 Lots of interesting artworks pepper the streets. It would be really nice if Singapore had a street like that, don’t you think?
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0019 Cute sand art featuring animals.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0020 In front of an artsy souvenir store, ottokedal.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0021We continued our cafe window shopping trail and came across this mural.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0022Another shot of the mural. Love the colours!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0023Another interesting feature, decorated door. It would be super pretty if its repainted! Oh the possibilities of reworking relic / antique pieces. I am not a fan of vintage, but I do love refreshed, modern takes with vintage elements. 🙂

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0024 This cafe we passed by had a pond in its courtyard.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0025And a “福” which is missing a stroke… which makes for a photo opportunity/wall!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0026Told Dad to get into position. HA.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0027And here’s my take. 😛
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0028After crossing the courtyard, we made way into a cafe abounding with cat drawings. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0029 They provide paper and drawing materials on the table for customers to doodle, draw and colour! What a fun idea.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0030Basically The Canteen at Chinatown is a traditional compound of 3 heritage buildings, linked by an open air courtyard and converted into 14 spaces comprising shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, live music and bakery. Visit their website here for more information.

153 & 155 Beach Street
183B Victoria Street
10300 George Town, Penang
Tel: +604 – 263 7299
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0031We also popped by this coffee shop selling coffee beans.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0032And walked through another coffeeshop with quirky interiors, to say the least.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0033Like these Snow White and Seven Dwarfs statues.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0034And a really pretty courtyard. Except it was really too hot to to be out.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0035Sis and I popped inside a space for a photo. HAHA. Spot the little birdy on the frame?Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0036

Then we came by this Mama-Miya Coconut Ice Cream stall for a ice cream break! They’re so cool (pun fully intended), they have their own IG page and geo-tagPenang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0037 Casually seated right by the stall.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0038 With our ice creams!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0039Paired with nata de coco, jelly and corn. Yums!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0040After ice cream, we continued on the Penang heritage trail. Here’s my next fascination with Penang, mural art. Mural Art exhibit 1.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0041Came by this spot with a cute upside down baby.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0042Dad posing for a photo with the baby, LOL.
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And then dancing with a live one man show on the streets, no kidding, LOL.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0044 Uncle one-live-band! I totally made that up, but that’s exactly what he is. Which reminds me that I should totally do a vlog the next time I travel, because you can’t hear the music through a blog post.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0045 We came by this building and I love the palace like details that goes into that exterior!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0046 Look at that. I wonder if its real gold plated or gold paint.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0047 Mural art exhibit 2. Twist.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0048Shophouse exhibit 5. Dad’s got the swag in this pose, lol!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0049 Want a beach experience right in the middle of Penang? Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0050Ta-da! HAHAHAHA. You must be thinking, “Like that also can?”.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0051Mural exhibit 3. And another really random wall mural / artistic feature. Gotta love the purple wall, so pretty!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0052 And then we came to visit this temple which is famous for this secret passageway.  For more backstory and temple interior, you can visit this website.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0053Love the broody mood evoked by the shadows on the wall.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0054 And the contrast of the light and shadows.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0055 Travel trips are all about finding the beauty in the environment and taking artistic shots, hahaha. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0056The beauty of travel is finding the otherwise mundane lives of the locals, fascinating.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0057 Buildings that might be otherwise overlooked by locals become outstanding. Look at those dragon statues on the rooftop! I didn’t edit the colours of of my photos (trust me when I say it will take forever to edit 222 photos, maybe you will only see it in 4 years if I do, lol) but if I did, this building will look even more remarkable. 🙂
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0058When I’ve earned enough money from making a living, I’d love to travel the world, take photos for inspiration and design collections be it fashion, beauty or interior design from each travel! That’s my dream. 🙂 I don’t always write so much and share so much of my thoughts on my blog, but I’m feeling particularly verbose for this post. So do let me know if you enjoy reading these thoughts! 🙂

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0063For lunch, we came by this Jawa House Cafe Gallery, an award winning local cafe/restaurant.

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Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0059Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0060A particularly interesting menu which included a lot of articles and text too!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0061And thissss. Omg. The food is so yummy, yummy is an understatement. We ordered Jawi Herbal Lemuni Rice, Jawi Briyani, Prawn Briyani and more but I cannot recall the names now, oops. You can check out their menu online here. Initially I thought that maybe 5 dishes won’t be enough for 7 pax but we were so full. Perhaps also because we had a filling brunch from earlier as well. The ambience of the cafe is also really quiet and nice. When we were there, there was also a TV crew filming at the backyard. I’d highly recommended Jawa House Cafe Gallery!

Visit Jawa House Cafe Gallery:
85, Armenian Street, George Town 10200 Penang, Malaysia
+604 – 261 3680
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0062After lunch, we continued the walk around Georgetown from before.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0065Sign of no street food stalls allowed.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0066Mural exhibit 4, of a rickshaw uncle taking a break on the rickshaw.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0067Time to check in! We stayed at Red Rock Hotel, having stayed here previously, Dad recommended this hotel for its affordable rates and convenient location with food stalls easily accessible from the hotel. However after staying here, sis and I realized we should try Glow Penang if we visit again because their wifi there is much stronger, lol! And it also looks much newer and swankier.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0068Parent’s room in the Red Rock Hotel. Damn big, I know.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0069 Photos of a hat I bought for Christabelle as she was looking for something similar for her D&D event. 🙂
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0070 After checking in, we headed out again for some seaside sightseeing. And then omg… I had to walk down this rickety wooden bridge. It was scary!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0071The view however, was so pleasant. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0072 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0073 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0074 Dad and mum looking so chill by the seaside.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0075 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0076 We met an uncle who was showing us his fishing loots. Don’t really know what this is either, but it was like the size of my fist.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0077 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0078Afternoon sun. Looking back at this post, it does feel that we had a super long day, isn’t it?
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0079 We passed by this house which seemed to be rearing bulldogs. This puppy is cuteee. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0080Then we headed for desserts!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0081 I had Aiyu jelly, which was yums. Gotta admit though, the street stall didn’t seem very hygienic.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0082We also passed by this Georgetown Wines, which seems like a really pretty and laidback evening spot.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0083And then we came to Kedai Kasut, where world famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo started his apprenticeship!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0084 Can’t miss a photo with Jimmy Choo, can I? HAHA.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0085 This is presumably the exact spot/shop where Jimmy Choo has his apprenticeship.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0086 Gotta love these cute and informative metal artworks! Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0087 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0088 More really pretty dining spots.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0089Mural exhibit 5 of a man with a long white beard and sis posing below.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0090Shophouse exhibits 6.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0091Shophouse exhibit 7.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0092Shophouse exhibit 8.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0093A cat cafe! But sadly we didn’t go in.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0094So cute though!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0095 And a camera museum, which you can visit if you’re keen! 🙂Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0096Mural exhibit 6, a little scary, this one. Of a little girl balancing on/between two windows.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0097 A cute beer place.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0098Love little details like this.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0099Shophouse exhibits 9.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0100 Mural exhibit 7.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0101Not a shophouse exhibit per se. look at the name of the street, “Love Lane”. LOL.

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0102Yunno, just posing with the fam outside a cute door.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0103Mural exhibit 8, riding on Uncle’s sampan.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0104 Yes, you could totally do a Penang Food Trail cause there’s so much yummy food here.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0105Like this restaurant where we had our dinner, Shing Keang Aun Restaurant which is famous for its authentic Hainanese food.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0106UNFORTUNATELY I was too hungry and forgot to take photos of our delicious dinner. T_T Visit their foursquare page here for photos and food reviews! 🙂
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0107After dinner, we headed back to rest. And then mum, sis and I headed out for supper. HAHAHAHA. I know. I too, am surprised that we had the stomach for supper. XD We just walked down on the further left side of Red Rock Hotel where there’s a lot of hawker and coffeeshops and we opted for one that seemed cleaner and more spacious. 🙂
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0108 They have a lot of ingredients displayed, customers order and the chef cooks on the spot.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0109 We ordered cockles! Although I prefer clams.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0110 A lot of vegetables on display too.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0111 This is the shop we visited. 东京海鲜饭档. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0112Tbh, supper was not spectacular. It was a tad too oily. I think the experience of having supper was more fun than the supper taste itself.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0113 We also ordered oyster omelette – which is one of my fave! 😀Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0114 Fruit stall by the road. We bought some fresh fruits to bring back to the hotel.

[ Penang Day 2 – Church, HK lunch, Shopping and Tree Monkey Cafe Dinner ]

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We had breakfast at the hotel before heading to church.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0116We arrived early.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0117 A cute wall decor at the church.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0118 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0119My dad is a retired Hokkien pastor, so he was the invited speaker that day. 🙂
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0139With a sweetheart and her mum after church service!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0128For lunch, we visited this Zhong Hua restaurant nearby.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0120Crispy noodles.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0121 Fried noodles.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0122 Egg tarts!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0123 Vegetables dim sum.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0124Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0125 Dim sum galore. Think we over-ordered.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0126 Parents with aunty.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0129 After lunch, we took a cab down to shop! The cab has this cute hand drawn map on his car.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0130 We came to Gurney Paragon to shop. It’s rated number 1 among the top 10 shopping malls in Penang and was recommended by our Penang friends.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0131Gurney Plaza is just next doors. But Gurney Paragon is so big, we didn’t even have time to finish shopping the mall alone in 2 hours.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0132 Came by this cute The Zakka store that sells a lot of cute accessories.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0133 We bought a lot of snacks from Ban Heang which was just next doors to our hotel, haha.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0134 We didn’t shop a lot, bought a few clothings and masks.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0135 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0136 Random poses right outside the hotel.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0137 The Ban Heang shop with yummy and affordable local treats.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0138We tried this Hello Kitty chocolate mooncake, which was TOO SWEET. Sugar overload.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0140 For dinner, our parents and us went separate ways. Our penang friends Shaw Wooi and Wan Lin brought us towards Penang beach side for drinks and dinner.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0141 We came to Hard Rock Hotel for drinks. The live band was really pretty good! I really enjoyed the songs they sang. Again, another reminder I should do vlogs for my next trip. 🙂

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0144After the rain stopped, we headed to Tree Monkey. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0142Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0143 We opted for this Asian Tapas set.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0145Unfortunately we missed the sunset, the owner recommends coming in the early evening for a beautiful sunset view.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0146 Pineapple rice.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0147 Calamari Rings.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0148Curry.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0149 Tom Yum Soup.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0150 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0151 My favourite would be this Asian Tapas.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0152 Group shot!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0153We really enjoyed the ambient and service by the humourous team as well.

Visit Tree Monkey 
Tree Monkey @ Tropical Spice Garden Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2. Jalan Teluk Bahang 11100 Penang. Tel: 604-881 3493/4. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0154 Post dinner, we came by Starbucks for drinks.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0155 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0156 Walked by all the street side stalls. Located near Holiday Inn Resort.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0157 They even have Starbucks Gear, which is unheard of in Singapore.

[ Penang Day 3 – Coffeeshop Breakfasts, George Town Cultural Trail Part 2, Maple Palace Lunch ]

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0158For Day 3 breakfast, we decided we’re gonna try more local delights instead of hotel fare. So sis and I randomly chance upon this stall opposite the hotel.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0159Slathered on Lip Hop’s sunblock, ready for the day’s sun.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0160 We ordered kopi, teh and char kway teow.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0161I really wanted to try the famous salted egg yolk char kway teow but didn’t have a chance. This was a regular one.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0162 The fishball noodles. The dishes were average. I liked the fried fish!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0163After breakfast round 1 (yes, breakfast round 2 coming right up, LOL). We headed to walk about/around. We did so randomly and came by this pretty spot.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0164 Which thus called for a photo. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0165 There’s a 小娘惹 shop that sells beancurd. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0166 Mural exhibit 9, le smoking lady (made that up myself).Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0167Trying my best to strike up a conversation with her.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0168 Mural exhibit 10. Sister approves of this barrel full of likes. #ThumbsUpPenang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0169Mural exhibit 11. Angel with graffiti wings.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0170 And an angel wannabe. 😉
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0171 Mural exhibit 12. Food machine. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0172 Located close to this Nagore Square sign.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0173 Shophouse exhibits 10.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0174So pretty. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0175 Mural exhibit 13. Red nose man.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0176 Mural exhibit 14. Another red nose man.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0177 Shophouse exhibits 11.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0178 Don’t have a series to go with this, but I found this row of pillars very intriguing.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0179 I imagine the relics on the pillars were chipped away by people moving goods along this corridor.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0180 Not a shophouse exhibit per se,  but just found this window above the pillars fascinating. Old buildings and exteriors just seem to have so much untold stories, don’t they?Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0181 Another and final series for this Penang trip, tiles exhibit 1.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0182 Shophouse exhibits 12.  Love the colours!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0183 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0184 Not a shophouse exhibit per se, again. Just love the cute doodles on the door!
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0185 Shophouse exhibit 13.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0186Unfortunately that street pole blocks it. It’s so pretty with a cute balcony. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0188Even the side of the shophouse is pretty too.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0187 Shophouse exhibit 14. Cute red canopy.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0189 Mural exhibit 15. Blue couple.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0190 Mural exhibit 16. Short hair girl.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0191 CHIME Heritage architecture explained.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0192 Tile exhibit 2.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0193 We passed by this very promising looking hawker spot.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0194 Shophouse exhibits 15.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0195This row of shophouses houses a lot of quirky shops, like this Caffeine Chemistry. Obviously 3D2N was not enough to explore Penang with. T_T;Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0196 Tile exhibit 3.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0197 This Lim Brother mansion also caught my eye,
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0198 So did this LX Leather Spa.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0199 And this Taiwei Village Restaurant, because my BIL’s name is Tai Wei, hahaha.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0200 We headed back to the hotel to pack up, and here’s a look at the Lip Hop products I brought along for the Penang trip!

Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0204We had breakfast round 2 at Yummy Cottage.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0201Carrot cake.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0202And finally got to try duck egg char kway teow. It does tastes more flavourful than the regular egg. How come we don’t have this in Singapore?! Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0203 Penang Char Kway Teow stall. For a list of must try stalls, visit here.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0205Then we visited Leong Chee Kee for damn good pastries. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0206 Very famous with a lot of press clippings.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0207 Their mooncakes were totally yums.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0208Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0209Close up of the clippings. Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0210 Super cute old school stickers and labels.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0211 Old school interior as well.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0213The shop owner, his son and family helping him with the business. He was also very friendly chatting about Malaysia, Singapore the similarities and differences, with us.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0212 Located amidst local housing. Again, these buildings seem to have so much stories within them. 🙂 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0214 For lunch we came to Maple Palace, an award winning restaurant in Penang. The food, ambience and service here is undoubtedly great!Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0215 Fresh juices.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0216 Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0217 Picked mango appetisers.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0218 With aunt and familyPenang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0219Beef and ginger.Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0220Crispy Peking Duck.
Penang Food Trail Ena Teo Enabalista_0221Fish Steamboat with amazing stock. Very yums!

Took me 3 hours to prepare and write this post! Hope you enjoyed it and find it useful in planning your itinerary for your Penang trip! 😉

x

Ena

Chasing Sunset

I’ve always thought that sunsets at the Stadium are remarkable. So I’m sure glad that I can show you a glimpse of the sunset which formed a beautiful backdrop to these outfit photos when Fenny and I were there last Thursday.The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone 1 Ena Teo Enabalista_0000 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone 1 Ena Teo Enabalista_0001 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0004 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0005 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0001The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0006 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0007 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0002The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0000The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0008 The Out Net Iris and Ink Rag and Bone Ena Teo Enabalista_0003

Outfit details:
Rag & Bone Dress, sold out on site, similar here. For Rag & Bone pieces on The OutNet, here.
Iris And Ink Leather Shoulder Bag here, for full collection here.
Michael Kors Sunglasses available at Optic Butler‘s store at Paragon.

If you haven’t, you most definitely have to check out The Out Net, sister website of Net-a-porter, a fashion outlet site that sells designer pieces up to 75% off.

Thank you Melissa, Minyee & Directions Group Inc for making this featured post possible.

x

Ena

Yellow Cup Coffee Date with Belles | #ThrowbackThursday

Sometimes I surprise myself. These days the blogging mojo has been so strong, I’m back to publishing 2-3 posts a week. And that means I’m finally down to blogging about really old backlog and in this case, a coffee date with my belles, aka Christabelle and Clarabelle from 2 years ago. I did a quick check, while fortunately Yellow Cup Coffee still exists (kudos to them and also a testament to their staying power), I can’t promise that the interior and menu is still the same. While prepping for this post, I recall the fun times with belles at this quirky cafe and the food and coffee are fairly decent and reasonably priced (still so, see their menu here) for a cafe brunch. Visit their website for more information here. Maybe it’s time for a revisit to this under the radar cafe soon!
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Yellow Cup Coffee Ena Teo Enabalista_0016Yellow Cup Coffee Ena Teo Enabalista_0019Some things never change, like how I still love greys and monochromatic colours, high socks and black boots, yes really. 

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How times flies, really. Clarabelle and I are both July babies, so we’ll be meeting up to celebrate our birthdays this month, hopefully I won’t be taking another 2 years to post up this year’s celebration photos. 😛

Can’t wait to clear all the back log posts, really! I’ll be moving to a new blog update system where I’ll post up events, reviews, thoughts and what-nots on a weekly or monthly schedule rather than breaking them down on a singular event/review basis because I simply don’t have the luxury of time for those and simply have too much inertia when I think of how tedious / much work / time it takes to do so. I’ll definitely be posting up weekly vlogs on my Youtube channel here – check it out if you haven’t! Let me know if you have any thoughts on the upcoming changes! 😉

x

Ena

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Cantonese Fine Dining at Kai Garden @ Marina Square

I’m a huge fan of Asian, especially Cantonese cuisine. Kai Garden open its doors early this year and you’ll be happy to know that they serve up a mean course. Here’s what I’ve tried, read on to find out which ones are highly recommended! 😉
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Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0003This is not on the menu, its scallop over fruits, and it’s great.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0004 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0005The Chilled Mini Tomatoes with Sour Plum. I guess if you’re a fan of sour plums, you’d like this!
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0007We had a choice of Double-boiled Japanese Matsutake (mushrooms) Served in Hot Pot or Shark’s Fin in Supreme Collagen Stock. I picked the former. This soup is boiled with pork and it tastes great. The manner of serving is also very unique, as it came in a teapot and pours out to a small tea cup.

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0014Leanne opted for Shark’s Fin in Supreme Collagen Stock. I do wish restaurants would stop serving Shark’s Fin. Fish collagen is great, but we don’t need to eat Shark’s Fin.

Next we have Signature Crispy Peking Duck!Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0008The many coloured skins/wraps that comes along to serve up the Peking Duck.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0009 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0011The staff slicing the crispy Peking Duck.

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0010I love this. The 5 types of serving sauces. I like the Traditional Sauce.

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0015 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0016 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0017 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0018Each skin wrap has a different flavour, the taste of which isn’t remarkable but I do like the various colours. 

And then we have Garoupa in Lobster Soup!Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0019 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0020The staff brings out the Garoupa and serves up the dish bowl by bowl, as the fresh fish is blanched before placing into the soup bowl. Don’t you agree that the presentation of the Garoupa is spectacular?

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0021Ingredients placed into the bowl.

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0022Blanched fresh fish slices served in the lobster soup. Unfortunately I am allergic to lobster, so I cannot comment on the taste of this. But it looks amazing.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0023Next we have Sweet and Sour Pork on the Rocks.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0024I highly recommend this dish. It’s hot on the inside and crispy and cold on the outside.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0025 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0026 Deep Fried Vegetarian Roll.Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0027Love the generous serving of the ingredients and the pumpkin puree.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0028Another highly recommended dish: Pan Fried Charcoal Pork Bun. This is amazing. We were already so full by this dish, but it still tastes amazing.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0029For desserts we had Chilled Fresh Coconut Puree. I am not a fan of coconut but this tastes like Birds Nest (it is not) but it does and I love this.
Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0031With Kai Garden‘s owner and executive chef, Fung Chi Keung and Leanne. Chef Fung was previous Group Executive Chef for Paradise Group.

Take a look at the pretty restaurant:Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0037

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0032Private room.

Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0033Another private room.

Gorgeous city skyline view in the night:Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0034 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0035 Kai Garden Cantonese Cuisine Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0036

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I’d highly recommend Kai Garden for family dinners and dim sums, whilst the price per pax averages $60 (or more, depending on what you order), it undoubtedly serves superb Cantonese dishes with a twist that will delight both the young and old.

Check out my Youtube video of Kai Garden here:

Visit Kai Garden:
#03-128A/B, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, 039594
+65 6250 4826

Thank you Kai Garden Singapore and Sharon Vu for the media tasting invite.

x

Ena

Get Your Eyewear Profiling with Silhouette at W Optics

Have you heard of Eyewear Profiling? Like fragrance profiling, it is about finding what your preferences are and narrowing down the various options to a few picks that would be suitable for you. I had the pleasure to go through an Eyewear Profiling session with Silhouette eyewear brand at W Optics (Suntec) and here’s what went down and my thoughts of Silhouette eyewear. 🙂

In case you have not heard of the brand, Silhouette is an Austrian brand of sunglasses and eyeglasses, founded in 1964. Its headquarters and main production site are located in Linz, Austria.

The Eyewear Profiling session started with answering a questionnaire about lifestyle and preferences. You can find the online style test here.

Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0034Do you need eyewear for work or everyday use?

Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0036What type of eyes  and face do you have?
Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0035There is also a paper version of the style test.

Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0037A quick overview.
Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0038And then comes the colour preference!

Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0033 These were the few options that we narrowed down.Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0041Trying on the rimless eyewear.

Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0040Side profile.
Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0039I reallyyy like this geeky tortoise shell frame. Its lightweight titanium frame makes it very comfortable while wearing it!

Silhouette Eyewear Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0042Thank you Peggy Cheng of Silhouette for providing the profiling advice to Sydney and I. 🙂

Visit W Optics at Suntec to get your Silhouette eyewear profiling:
Suntec City Mall (Tower 5), #01-400, 3 Temasek Blvd, 038983.
Call in 6736 1303 to book an appointment with the Silhouette eyewear specialist!

Thank you Silhouette Eyewear and Pei Jin of Opticsflair Vision for arranging this session!

x

Ena

Flawless Selfies with Casio TR60

Have you ever wondered why some girls always have flawless selfies on their IG / social medias? Apart from the Mei Tu Xiu Xiu app, it’s no secret that the Casio TR60 is the perfect selfie camera with its built in beauty filter function! I had the chance to review the camera and here are the photos and my take! 😉
Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0025Casio Exilim TR60

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0024Petite in size and pretty in purple.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0028Extendable frame which forms a good grip for selfies.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0027Extendable frame also forms as a good stand for wireless/”shoot with phone” photo taking function.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0026The two dots on the side of the camera indicates the “selfie pad” which allows you to toggle between beauty filters and modes.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0021The menu page with the few options which allows wireless download to phone and

shooting with phone.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0022The camera album allows storage of about 100 photos, which isn’t a lot. You will need to transfer the photos to the phone and delete the photos on the camera regularly. P.S. These are the photos I took during my Genting trip, you can check it out my blog post of the trip here! 😉
Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0023Send to phone function, will need to download the Exilim Connect app on your phone and then link the camera to the phone wirelessly.Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0030Connect the phone to the camera’s wifi.
Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0031Then open the Exilim connect app on your phone. In this case, I am using an IPhone. Once the phone is connected, you can view photos on phone or use remote capture – allows you to use your phone as a remote and click to capture photos on the Casio TR60.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0020Casio TR60 Makeup mode allows you to adjust the skin tone and smooth skin filters.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0019The screen displays the few modes at the top which you can click to use accordingly: makeup, mirror, wireless, modes, menu.

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0014Under modes, you can pick from various options!

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0015More options under “Art shot”.Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0016Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0017Including a nails option!

Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0018Here’s how the photo taken with the nails mode option looks like! 
Casio TR60 Camera Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0029And here’s a photo taken using my phone as a remote control. 🙂

More photos taken with the built in beauty filter, no further editing required! ^^V

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I do love the Casio TR60 camera very much for the flawless selfie functions and how pretty and petite the camera is. However at $1400+, it is a huge amount to shell out for a selfie camera, which is why I didn’t purchase after the review.

Thank you Casio Singapore, Nicole and Oglivy PR for providing the Casio TR60 camera for the review!

Will be posting about the launch of Casio’s newer selfie camera model, Casio TR70 in another post soon! 😉

x

Ena

Parents Will Love Gu Ma Jia’s!

What kind of dishes do your parents like? My parents, being traditional chinese love their chinese dishes. For special occasions family dinners we will usually order stir fry dishes or go to chinese restaurants. Writing this blog post reminds me that I should bring them down to Gu Ma Jia’s, my sister and I both agree that they will love the dishes there.

Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0013 Let’s just dive straight into the dishes we had from Gu Ma Jia’s food tasting! 🙂
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0000We started the dinner with Gu Ma Jia’s Vinegar Enzyme drink.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0001We had Gu Ma Jia’s Signature Beancurd, Crispy on the outside and soft inside, with a tasty dipping sauce.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0002Kyoto Pork Ribs – a feast for the eyes as well with the fire show!
I will be including a video at the end of the post, so you can watch the fire in action too, heh!
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0003Kyoto Pork Ribs is sooo delicious and tender – highly recommended!
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0004Another top favourite, Kai Lan Yuan Yang – it is fried till it is crispy.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0005Prawn and Salted Egg Yoke. I’m allergic to prawns so I didn’t try the prawn but the egg yolk sauce/gravy is delicious! I love salted egg yolk dishes so much!
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0006Claypot Wine Chicken with Ginger and Sesame Oil is another hot favourite dish. Frankly, I don’t know how we managed to eat so much that night, hahaha.

Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0007Gu Ma Jia’s Award Winning Assam Fish Head, is sweet and sour and hits all the right spots! I know my mum will love this.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0008Ooohhhh… This is one of my personal favourites – Ubin Lala Beehoon. I love clams and the sweetness of it. This dish is super generous with all the lala(clams) and egg ingredients! 

Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0009Another special occasion top picks, White Pepper Crab. The white pepper has the kick!
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0010Glutinous rice with vanilla ice cream, I really like this dessert! A blend of hot and cold, savoury and sweet.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0011More desserts, Mango pudding, White Fungus and Vinegar Enzyme Jelly.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0012The vinegar enzyme jars kept in store!
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0014Since 2009.
Gu Ma Jia Blogger Review Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0015Thank you Gu Ma, Agnes ATMC PR for the media invite!

Watch a short video compilation here:

 

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Thank you Gu Ma & ATMC PR For the delicious dishes!

Visit Gu Ma Jia:
45 Tai Thong Crescent Sennett Estate Singapore 347866
Phone: +6285 2023
http://gumajia.com.sg

x

Ena

3 Highlights for upcoming #NDP2016

You might have already seen my sneak peak update on IG and Dayre (@ena_teo) after NDP 2016 media preview last week.

And here’s the full post of what we can expect for the upcoming NDP 2016! Isn’t it awesome how much lead time there is for our Nation’s birthday that’s coming up on 9 August? Preparations usually start about a year in advance, from idea creation to logistics preparations.

Will jump straight into the initiatives and engagements for this NDP and talk about the 3 highlights along the way in this post! 🙂

3 Highlights for this #NDP2016 Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0000We (Nuffnang bloggers and managers) arrived about 20 minutes early for the preview and we had time to settle down, pick the colour of our Fun Pack and head outside for the breakfast items before heading back in. I haven’t attended NDP in a while, and forgot that a lot of Army/NSAF men are involved, so it was quite a culture shock to suddenly see so many men/guys at a media preview. Haha!

3 Highlights for this #NDP2016 Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0001Col (NS) Fong Khai Seck, this year’s Chairman Engagement, sharing the NDP Committee’s intentions behind the engagement  efforts of the NDP 2016, anchored by the idea of encouraging collective ownership and promoting inclusiveness. 

The theme of this year’s NDP is:
Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow

Highlight 1:
Our Collective Dreams and Aspirations –
a large mosaic consisting of 50,000 individual paintings digitally stitched together. 

3 Highlights for this #NDP2016 Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0002Our Collective Dreams and Aspirations encourage students and youths to share their dreams and aspirations for Singapore’s future through painting. It aims to stretch the imagination of Singaporeans in dreaming of a better future for Singapore. This stitching of the individual paintings together symbolises the need for collective ownership in charting Singapore’s future. Renowned Singaporean artist, Mr Sun Yu-Li, will create abstract designs based on each of the 51 years of Singapore’s nation building and overlay them atop the mosaic. The resulting Our Collective Dreams and Aspirations thus represent the collective journey of our nation over 51 years. 

I love how meaningful and layered this initiative and artwork is. I fondly recall the times when I was in primary school and we were encouraged to draw and paint our vision of a future Singapore. There is so much power in a child’s imagination and vision for the future as it will captivate and motivate them to realise these visions and goals. This reminds me to not give up that child-like wonderment, belief and vision for a better tomorrow, a better society and a better Singapore – even though so often we are touted to already be the city of the future – there is still much we can improve and progress on.

Another creative initiative this year is Our Pledge to Singapore card, a collaborative effort by former TV artiste, Mr Edmund Chen and children with special needs from Pathlight School as they co-design this year’s Pledge Card. The public can participate in this initiative by making our pledge to Singapore in two ways: 1. through the e-version of the Pledge Card which will be available on the NDPeeps App from 7 July 2016 onwards or 2. by completing a hardcopy Pledge Card which will be distributed to the general public at the National Stadium during Previews 1 and 2 and on National Day. Completed Pledge Cards can be shared on individual social media platforms as well as official platforms such as NDPeep FB, Instagram (@ndpeeps_2016) and Twitter (@NDPeeps) with hashtags #NDP2016, #NDP2016theme, #NDP16, #NDP and #NDP2015Pledgecard.

Highlight 2:
AR Technology in the NDP Souvenir Magazine

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The souvenir magazine is embedded with digital content that aims to engage readers in an interactive way. With the use of augmented reality, readers can access additional content – images and videos – using the NDPeeps App on their mobile devices. Readers will be able to view a 3D time-lapse video of the National Stadium’s evolution by focusing the camera on the picture of the National Stadium in the magazine, users can even pan and zoom during the video to appreciate different perspectives of the transformation of the National Stadium.

Well, this  technology certainly isn’t new as we’ve seen it on IKEA catalogues but to have this technology applied on our NDP souvenir magazine? I don’t know about you guys, but I’m feeling like we’re the cool kids on the block.

Highlight3:
LED Wristband in the Funpack

3 Highlights for this #NDP2016 Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0004The LED wristband is programmable and can be wirelessly synchronized with the show’s lights and sounds. It is capable of emitting lights with varying intensity and in 16 (!) different colours and modes. In wearing this LED wristband, every spectator becomes an integral part of the show, collectively contributing to massive visual displays and enjoy a truly immersive experience.

This year’s Funpack comes in 2 colours, red and white which are the representative colours of Singapore, in our State flag and serves as a reminder to be rooted to the values that define our collective strength and harmony.  It is lightweight, multifunctional, waterproof and durable.

I love how versatile this bag is, as it can be used as a sling bag, hand bag or haversack/bagpack. To ensure that it would be enjoyable bag, the NDP 2016 Logistics and Finance Committee even gathered and incorporated feedback from students from over 10 schools!

Check out this video to find out more about the Funpack!

3 Highlights for this #NDP2016 Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0007The bloggers and I caught a photos with Edmund Chen!
3 Highlights for this #NDP2016 Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0006Before we headed to the National Stadium for a quick photo taking with our bags.
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Thank you NDP 2016 and Nuffnang for the media preview invite!

x

Ena

What’s good at Coco Ichibanya?

I’m a huge fan of Japanese curry rice because the curry is tasty without being too spicy and I love the crispy cutlets in the curry rice, hence I’m a fan of Coco Ichibanya and have dined at their Somerset and Star Vista outlets before attending the launch preview at Plaza Singapura. Another really belated review/post but presumably all the items are still on the menu! 🙂Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0006 Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0008You can choose from an array of 5 spicy levels! I usually opt for level 1 cause I like my Japanese curry without much spice, lol. And the max I’d go is level 3.
Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0003Their steak is pretty good too!

Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0005I love this BBQ squid.

Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0004I’m allergic to prawns, but you can have your share if you’re a seafood lover!

Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0009Shishamo, which is fried fish with a lot of roe in them. I used to be afraid of eating these but they are kinda tasty.
Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0007Gyoza, not a fan of Gyoza in generally, and didn’t think they were very spectacular.

Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0001Desserts were meh – the only decent one is the layered chocolate cake.

Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0000I am a fan of croquettes but these weren’t particularly remarkable.
Coco Ichibanya Review and RecommendationsBlogger Ena Teo Enabalista_0010This salad is nice! If you are a salad lover, I’d recommend this, not filling for sure, but nice.

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Thank you Coco Ichibanya and ATMC PR for the tasting invite~!

x

Ena

Most Impressive Drugstore Eyeshadow? | Makeup Review & Brush Care

Today I’ll be reviewing eyes and brow makeup from two drugstore brands Kate Tokyo and Clio, followed by sharing about a beauty and brush care package from the lovely folks from Sigma!

I’ve been using Kate Tokyo’s new and latest Forming Edge eyeshadow palettes a lot lately and am very impressed by its superb pigmentation, beautiful colours and comfortable and long wearing formula. My favourite colour is PK-01 which I incidentally dropped from my makeup shelve today after applying it T_T so I will be purchasing a replacement from Watsons.

Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0002 Kate Tokyo’s new and latest Forming Edge eyeshadow palettes and BB Powder Changing Mousse ($23.50 each).

Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0007 Kate Tokyo’s new and latest Forming Edge eyeshadow palettes in BR-3 (brown), PK-1 (pink), BU-1(blue) and GD-1 (green). Check out all eight shades on their site here.Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0003 Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in PK-1, my favourite of the 4 shades. The colour in the middle is actually more peach (pinkish orange) than pink, nonetheless the colours in the palette complements very well for a sweet and romantic look that’s wearable on a daily basis too. Super love!

BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0029Wearing Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in PK-1 in this look.

Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0004 Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in BR-3 is my second favourite colour of choice and I pick this colour on days when I want to go for a more understated glam look, like this:

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Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0005 Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in BU-1 is a colour I have yet to try but when I do, I’d likely match it with gold or orange to create a more friendly look rather than just full blue, which is a tricky look to wear on its own on a regular day.

Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0006 Kate Tokyo’s Forming Edge eyeshadow palette in GD-1, unfortunately the powder came cracked when I received it, which goes to show how fragile it is, so do be careful when you handle them. Though the pigment and formula is great, and the fancy diamond packaging looks pretty, it does make it more fragile.

Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000 Kate Tokyo Forming Edge Eyeshadow BB Mousse Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0001 KATE Powdery Mousse BB.  I have yet to try this out.
This lightweight mousse promises to: transform into powder upon application for excellent shine-free coverage that lasts all day! What’s more, your skin is pampered with all the nourishing goodness of BB cream for perfect skin from the inside out. Comes in 2 shades, 01 Bright colour and 02 Natural colour.

Older launches which I have yet to review on the blog!

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Kate Virtual Lash Liner (Mascara) $25.50 promises to amp up the drama with voluminous and lush lashes with the new KATE VIRTUAL LASH LINER. The new Hard Black Formula and refined wax-polymer-pigment ratio unfailingly creates intense, long-lasting black colouration. The formula also features straight and curled fibres to simultaneously curl and lengthen your lashes, lifting them up and fixing them in place for curves that last. The KATE VIRTUAL LASH LINER also features a compact applicator wand that can pack on the long-wearing formula. Precisely positioned bristles spread lashes apart, coating every last one for maximum impact.

I’ve had it for a while, but as I am crafting this post, I can’t recall my review of this mascara. Oops! I will be wearing and testing it again and share my update on IG. Based on the promise of the product, I do think it will suit my short and sparse eye lashes. I don’t wear mascaras often and when I do, I tend to go back to the few that I’ve tried and like, which are currently KPalette’s Lash Perm Volume Mascara (Purple) and Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara. Previously I was using and loving Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara and Maybelline’s Cat Eye (quick some time back). It is very important for me that a mascara has an easy to remove formula, dries fast, is lightweight, doesn’t smudge and somehow still magically extends my eyelashes and gives some volume. Very demanding, I know. 

Define your eyes in brilliant black with the new KATE Digital Memory Liner ($20.50). Intense, all-day colouration emphasises your eyes in a single stroke of the super-fine flat brush.  The KATE DIGITAL MEMORY LINER features two types of polymers to ensure all-day resistance to smudging, fading, sebum, sweat and water. These polymers have been carefully arranged for fuss-free removal of the formula with warm water.

KATE Digital Memory Liner is a new eyeliner favourite. I use eyeliner on a daily basis, before this, my holy grail favourite is Clio’s Kill Black and Brown brush liner for it’s smudge proof formula which cleans easily with no stains or marks. By comparison Kate Digital Memory Liner is more intense, equally smudge proof and while it cleans with no mark/stains, it does require more makeup remover to clean off.

Kate Tokyo Brow Set Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000Rounding off my Kate Tokyo review with their Eyebrow Set, which comes with the brow palette, brush and comb, was retailing at $20.50, in December 2015. Not sure if you can still find the same promotion now. My Japanese friend commenting on IG (the same pic as above) that Kate is a very popular brand in Japan and that she has bought the same brow palette 10 times! Wow. However I am more of a eyebrow pencil kinda gal… I tried to apply and like this product but I am just not as efficient with this eyebrow palette as I am with the eyebrow pencil… oops.

Clio Singapore KillBrow Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000 That is why we need more than one brand in the market, such as Clio which caters to girls like me who prefers eyebrow pencil rather than eyebrow palette, although you an also spot their version above. They also have their Kill Brow All Day Tattoo (which sold out in Korean when they first launched), which is the  K version of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, Gel Brow Pencil and waterproof eyeliners! Have actually yet to break into all of them yet, but do check them out in Watsons stores. As mentioned above, I highly recommend Clio’s Kill Black and Brown brush eyeliner and lately am also really loving their Gradation Dual Eyebrow pencil which is their new summer 2016 collection, which I will review in another post! 🙂

Sigma Brushes & Brush Care Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000 Sometime back, the kind folks of Sigma sent me this very lovely beauty and brush care set.Sigma Brushes & Brush Care Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0001

Containing brushes, makeup and a brush cleaning glove! Looking for brush cleaning tools and options? Check out their Sigma Spa page here!

Where do you shop for your brush cleansing tools? Let me know in the comments!

x

Ena

How I carry my IPhone6 during my runs

A quick post today. If you’ve been following my IG, you might know that I’ve been actively taking part in my company’s ERA Running Club which I try to attend every Monday night and joined my first race sometime last year. So it was only proper for me to get a sports armband for my Iphone6 which I always run with, not only for the music but also because I use Runkeeper to keep track of my stats during each run! Monocozzi  IPhone6 ArmBand Holder Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000

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I like this armband because it’s in a pretty pink and grey combination, it’s lightweight and the neoprene waterproof material keeps my phone secure and dry, attached to my upper arm while I am running. You can purchase the same cover on Monocozzi website here for USD 11.95 (now on offer!). It ships from Hong Kong and whilst their Powerbanks are super pretty, it doesn’t ship internationally, unfortunately.

Where do you shop your gadget accessories from? Let me know in the comments! 😉

Thank you Felicia and Monocozzi for sending me this functional yet pretty product!

x

Ena

Medtrinia Ageless Herbal Cream and NewBornLash Serum? | Beauty Reviews

Today I’ll be reviewing two body creams and one eyelash growth serum. I’ve been using these products on and off for a few months and I have to confess that I’ve not used them for consecutive days, sufficient to see a remarkable result. And that’s also a reason why I’ve been hesitant to review these products on the blog  as it’s hard to attest to the results. Nonetheless, I’ll be including details of the products, so if you find them useful, you might want to give them a try! 😉
Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream NewbornLash Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0001Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream with Chasteberry Extract, Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream & NewbornLash Eyelash & Brow Serum
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Do you experience very bad period cramps? Then you might find this cream useful! Starting off the review with Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream with Chasteberry Extract that is highly recommended by fellow blogger Herine, who also sent this product over to me for review.

Specifically developed to alleviate hormone imbalance symptoms and beauty problems related to hormonal imbalances, Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream with Chasteberry extract contains the exclusive Phyto-hormone Triactive Complex of Chasteberry, Fenugreek and Rapeseed Extract, clinically proven to mimic the positive effects of your hormones on your body and skin. This Triactive Complex designed for skin delivery system to maximize its efficacy on restoring you to optimal youthful levels and improving your health and vitality. It contains 100% natural botanical ingredients, no animal substances or synthetic hormones are used in the formulation of Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream. 

Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream helps to regulate hormone production, maintains optimal hormone levels and is a great massage complement for holistic healing.

Chasteberry (Vitex) is a plant found in the Mediterranean region. It has the ability to effect the pituitary gland’s regulatory and balancing influence on progesterone, estrogen and prolactin hormone production. Its preparations are used to help treat irregularities of the menstrual cycles, premenstrual complaints and mastodynia (breast pain). It is also an effective remedy for menopausal disorders & PMS.

Fenugreek acts as an emollient (softens and soothes the skin). It also reduces blood sugar and is a potential raw material for the production of sex hormones. It is commonly used in Chinese Medicine to treat cold pain in the lower abdomen, impotence, and hernia (said to be due to cold “Chi”).

Dioscorea (Wild Yam) root is used as a precursor for manufacturing progesterone and estrogen. It is used to help ease dysmenorrhea and cramps.

Grape Seed Extract is a powerful anti-oxidant. The anti-oxidant activity provides a strong rationale for using it in the therapeutic management of microvascular disorders. It may also support collagen stabilization.

Geranium Oil keeps the skin supple and opens its pores to allow
better absorption. Its properties for balancing the mind and emotions helps relief anxiety, stress etc.

Benefits of Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream

1. Improve osteoporosis symptoms
2. Improves decreased libido
3. Alleviates moodswings and hotflushes
4. Reduces vaginal dryness
5. Retards aging
6. Firms the breasts
7. Reduces menstrual cramps/PMS
8. Reduce water retention
9. Hydrates skin and improve skin elasticity
10. Promotes a stronger immune system

I have used this Meditrina Ageless Herbal Cream with Chasteberry Extract on multiple occasions focusing on the breasts and stomach area where Herine recommended as it will firm the area while keeping the skin supple. It will give a warm sensation after applied. As it includes Chasteberry and Wild Yam root which helps the body to balance hormones, it is recommended if you experience irregular periods or physical discomfort brought by hormonal imbalance. Based on the stated benefits of the cream, it would also be suitable for women going through menopause. Retails at $178, purchase online here. For more information visit the fact sheet link here.

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000If stretch marks are your concerns, why not give Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream a shot? I confess that I don’t have visible stretch marks to attest to the effects of this cream, but I love applying this to my legs and thighs because of the lovely botanical scent and its moisturizing effects from the hyaluronic acid.  In case you haven’t, read my review of Mederma Proactive Gel, a scar removal gel here. For more information, visit the Mederma website here.NewbornLash Blogger Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000

Last but not the last, we have NewbornLash Eyelash and Brow Serum for review. I really want to like this product and see its effects on my eyelashes because I have the typical sparse, short and straight asian eyelashes. HOWEVER I have never managed to go past 3 consecutive days/nights of applying this serum. Sorry guys. I usually apply this at night before I sleep, it has a tiny brush tip applicator which makes it easy to apply the serum at your eyelash roots. I also confess that this is a very late review because I received this product last year. The product is brought in by BeaulabSEA but I can’t find any product information on its site at the moment. Let me know if you’ve any eyelash growth serum to recommend and tips to stick to the regime? 🙂

x

Ena

What to order at Arteastiq Plaza Singapura

A way overdue post considering Arteastiq at Plaza Singapura launched last year, but it’s still relevant and I’ll be highlighting which are the dishes I’d recommend and have gone back for since it’s opening! 😉
Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0000Arteastiq started out at Mandarin Gallery and it’s known to be a place where you can spend hours painting and/or having tea with friends, so it’s also only appropriate to dress up a little for it (not that I need any excuse to dress up, really). 😉
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Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0003Already loving the very French-esque (read: style) shop front with the black and white canopy and old school bike prop.Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0004 Have I mentioned how much I love an updated, modern yet classic interior? Loving the gold accents amidst the black and white colours.Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0021The interior decor and furnishing is eclectic yet classy and comfortable.
Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0020 Green plants and candles set a cosy ambience.Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0016You could also choose to lounge in these green sofas.
Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0009 You’re getting a very soothing open skies and greenery view if you’re seating by the windows. Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0001 Longan tea is an Arteastiq special and many have asked where to get the tea from but it’s a trade secret! My friends and I love it iced as it’s refreshing and perfect for Singapore’s sunny weather.Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0002You can opt for biscuits and biscotti to go with the tea too!

We had a lot of dishes to share at the food tasting, but here are my top 3 dish picks! 🙂

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0019Aphrodiate Crabmeat Benedict ($25) is a store recommended dish, the crabmeat was a little dry.

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0011I super love this Tuscan Sun Porcine et Polenta ($20) which is eggs over mashed potatos and mushrooms, basically all my favourites on a plate!

I have yet to try Summer in Provence – Foiegras ($28) which is seared foie gras with lightly baked eggs but it’s definitely next on my list when I’m back.

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We were basically too full to properly appreciate the desserts…

Arteastiq Plaza Singapura Ena Teo Enabalista Blogger Review _0018Mount Etna’s Peak ($13) Crisp chocolate triangle filled with Valrhona chocolate mousse, yuzu gelato and berries coulis – I don’t know about you, but this is basically all my favourite desserts on a platter!

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With fellow ladies at our table, Karen the founder and Agnes!

Arteastiq Boutique Tea House
Plaza Singapura
#03-70/72
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839
Tel: 6336 0951 (Dining)
Tel: 6336 0952 (Social Painting)

Opening Hours:
Daily 10am – 10pm

Writing this post reminds me that it’s time for me to invite my friends for a session of art jamming and lunch at Arteastiq! 🙂

Thank you Agnes and Arteastiq for the invite!

x

Ena

Get Summer Ready | Personal Care Beauty Reviews

As we enter into the month of June, this means Summer is fast upon us… And in the thick of summer, it’s important for us to care for our skin and hair to make sure we’re prepared for and protected from the heat and humidity!

As you would know by now, if you’ve been reading my past few blog posts and following me on my IG,  I’ve literally got tons of beauty products for review and it would take me too much time and inertia to review them singly / per range on a dedicated blog post, so I’ve decided to compile relevant products together in a multi-review post! So here goes the first of such posts to come. 😉

V-Mina Personal Care Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000I was sent this V-Mina Feminine Hygiene Trial Pack some time end last year and I particularly like the Cleansing Mousse. I am not a daily user of female personal hygiene care because I feel that normal body care products are sufficient for me. However during “that time of the month” aka periods, using personal hygiene care feels extra nice. Read more about V-Mina on their site here and purchase their products online here.

OKDGG Beauty Products Ena Teo Enabalista_0000 OKDGG Beauty Products Ena Teo Enabalista_0001So many Korean beauty products, so little time to try and buy them. If you’re a huge Korean skincare, makeup and fashion lover like I am, you might be happy to know of OKDGG which is a mega online shopping mall that houses 1,300 brands under one site and they are currently offering free shipping for purchases over $100(usd) and below 10kg!  I have tried the Jeju Aloe Vera gel which is a very refreshing and moisturizing water gel based cream, I’d recommend this for days after a day at the beach. The Too School For Cool Milk Tint red is a pastel red lip tint with a glossy effect.  Still haven’t tried the Wonder Patch Belly Wing, but if you have, leave a comment and share your views! For more makeup and skincare products on OKDGG, visit here.  And I do love a pretty pink delivery box. 🙂

Dove Volume Nourishment Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000If you’re looking for a lightweight Volume enhancing and nourishing hair care, try Dove’s Volume Nourishment range consisting of Shampoo, Conditioner and Root Lift Spray. I personally have rather thick hair so I can’t really attest to the effects of this range in a sense that its effects aren’t that remarkable for me. But when I tried the range for review, I liked that it was lightweight and effective in cleansing and didn’t leave any greasy residue on the hair. Also, my friend Fion says the Root Lift Spray really works for her. 

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Another haircare range I’ve tried is Rich Pure Luxury Miracle Renew CC Shampoo and Cream. Honestly I thought the product packaging was so ordinary despite the impressive name “Rich Pure Luxury Miracle Renew CC Shampoo”. However after using it, I was impressed by it and also really like the grape scent. I also saw it being on featured on one of the local magazines’ beauty awards (sorry can’t recall  now which magazine it is).

A quick research online shows the write up on the official US site as;
Infused with wine extract, the shampoo actively brighten hair colour and protects hair from environmental damage. It also moisturises hair and scalp thanks to an algae extract derived from seaweed that’s rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. The shampoo contains a beautiful blend of argan oil and hydrolyzed wheat, soy and corn proteins to create soft, shiny hair that’s smooth and free of frizz.
Instructions: Apply to damp hair, massage into a lather then rinse. Repeat if necessary. For optimum results use with RICH Pure Luxury MIracle Renew CC Conditioner.

I also used the CC cream after wash and before blow dry and it’s a non greasy and moisturizing formula. Would definitely recommend this moisturizing and nourishing hair care range for dry hair. You can purchase the product on SuzanniBeaute here for $13.50 for 250ml, which is cheaper than Guardian retailing at $17.90. 😉 The CC Cream retails at $16.50 on SuzanniBeaute.

Have previously posted about DCS Nutriderm here. As for the Stenders skincare, I like the moisturizing toner but find the Hydrating Facial Gel a tad too concentrated for my skin, but my friend Christabelle likes them just fine. What’s your current skincare favourites?

Lip Hop Sunblocks Review Ena Teo Enabalista_0000Last but not the least, if you’re looking for an affordable sun screen range, consider LipHop, a made in Korea sun care line with products Ultra Whitening Sun Protection Lotion, Kids Hypoallergenic Sun Protection Lotion, Super Defence Ex Sun Protection Milk, Moisturizing Weightless Sun Protection Spray and Soothing Aloe Vera Gel. With all of the variety, you’re bound to find a type of sun block that suits your preference and needs this summer. I’d brought these along with me on my trip to Penang a while back and I like the lightweight Ultra Whitening Sun Protection Lotion. 🙂

What’s your summer plans? I’m definitely planning for a day in my white Kaftan and sipping mojito by the beach. 😉

x

Ena

Stay Hip & Chic with BIG Hotel Singapore

Over the recent labour day holiday, Christabelle and I enjoyed our extended weekend at boutique hotel, BIG Hotel Singapore. Super love the chic, grey textured walls and its Pinterest-worthy minimalistic interior. <3

Belle and I made full use of our 1D1N with girly activities such as playing with new make up, photo taking at the alley ways/spots near by the hotel, thai food at Aroy Dee for dinner, The Daily Scoop (at School of the Arts) for desserts and masks (mutiple, yes, haha) time before we called it a night. During our fruitful staycation, we were also appropriately (mostly me, haha since Belle doesn’t really drinks coffee) with Nespresso and Cafedirect coffee, it’s sweet that BIG Hotel has a Nespresso machine in the room. Have I mentioned how much I love the chic coffee corner? 😉BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0003 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0008 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0010 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0009 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0006 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0007 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0004 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0005BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0013BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0012 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0011 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0014New cosmetics from Etude House Play 101 Sticks / cushion concealers, Laneige BB Cushion, K-Palette Rose Eyeliner, Kate Tokyo Eyeshadow Palettes, Stenders Handcream and Lipbalm.
BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0016Swatches of Etude House Play 101 sticks, creamy and pigmented.BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0015My picks for the day. Caption as posted on my IG; Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ PA+++ is my recent go to foundation, a new and improved formula with 3D skin fit technology and higher coverage than before! 😊✨👌 Etude House’s BIG cover concealer tip to cover my dark eye circles and Concealer Cushion in beige as a highlighting pen! As well as the Play 101 Stick in jumbo size with a creamy formula,#10 as highlighter below the brows and #13 a light shimmer pink for blusher~ ☺️💕Kate Tokyo newest SS16 collection, Forming Edge Eyes in BR-3($23.90 at Watsons), a beautiful and highly pigmented shimmery brown eyeshadow palette with 3 hues for a mesmerizing look with depth. 👁😉 Completing my eye look with Etude‘s Play 101 Pencil in black, K Palette’s latest Bulgarian Rose Eyeliner for a sharp and smudge-free liquid eyeline. My current go to mascara is also from K Palette, 1 Day Lash Perm c/o of Beauty Carousel. ✍🏻🌹 Finishing the look by prepping my lips with Stender‘s cranberry lip balm – it comes with 60% natural shea butter so it legit keeps the lips moisturized! Lastly Australis’ Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Doobai – a dark red lip colour which you can find from Watsons!

See the look below:
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BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0017Coffee break with Cafedirect (available at Fairprice Finest & Fairprice Xtra) before heading out.
BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0019Made up and ready to head out!

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Post dinner ice cream indulgence:

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BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0023 BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0024Headed back and washed up with Estee Lauder’s new micro cleansing foam and if you don’t already know about Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum, this stuff is the magic potion of the beauty world! I use it on nights when I need to calm redness/irritation/clear up blemishes on my skin, and it always works like a charm!

I brought along Origin’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores, and found out that Christabelle is a huge fan of this brand and been using this mask regularly which helps with her oily skin type, once a week. Origins is an au natural skin care brand, for all you nature loving skincare fanatics! 😉

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And post Origins charcoal mask, we nourished our skin with The Face Shop animal masks which I got last year and they don’t seem to be retailing any more now, but man, these smell of peaches, soooo good and its also pretty hydrating, love! Check out other The Face Shop masks currently available on their site here.

The next morning, a wake up coffee is in order…
BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0027We were well fuelled by Nespresso’s  limited edition coffee Tanim De Chiapas from Mexico.

BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0034 *satisfied grin*
BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0028And YES I had also lugged over the new ranges of skincare goodies; shower gel, scrub, body creams from The Body Shop to try out during the staycation, best decision ever! Our bathroom and room were filled and smelled so good of summer fragrances from the Pinita Colada (Pineapple and Coconut) to Polynesian Tiare (island flowers), they’ll all launch by June 9. 😉

BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0029Lovin’ the soft morning sunrays~
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BIG Hotel Singapore Review Lifestyle Blogger Ena Teo Enabalista _0033A very cosy and bubbly lobby atmosphere when we left, ideal for friends or family to gather before heading out.

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The comfy bed and sheets made for a great night’s rest. All in, BIG Hotel is an affordable, chic option that I’d recommend whether you’re considering for a local stay-cation or visiting from abroad. Staff we met at the hotel were also very pleasant and courteous – they definitely made our stay that much sweeter. Plus, it’s located conveniently close to Bugis MRT (if you’re taking the train down from Changi Airport, from the green line) and walking distance to Dhoby Ghaut and Little India where you can explore more of Singapore whether for shopping, dining or cultural spots. If you’re keen, you can also check out my alma-mater LASALLE College of the Arts which is literally behind BIG hotel, if you’re in luck you might coincide your stay with graduating students’ exhibitions. happening from now, 20th May to 1st June!

Thank you BIG Hotel & Chelsea for arranging the stay for review!

Be sure to follow me on IG @ena_teo for daily updates! 😉

x

Ena

Safe & Refreshing Home Based Teeth Whitening Products

Hi Loves!

A while back I was introduced to iWhite, a teeth whitening brand that promises “instant teeth whitening” effects which are also clinically proven and tested safe. I know you are skeptical, so read on about how the products work.

Instead of rephrasing, I will simply borrow from the horses’ mouth. iWhite’s founder Robin List puts it across this way:

( iWhite products ) contains a few active ingredients, one of them being a cleaning agent, which helps to break down the stains in your teeth – turning them from double bonds to single bonds, so your teeth actually look lighter. A lot of our products also have a film-forming agent, which is loaded with bioactive crystals. They moment they hit your teeth, they become instantly whiter.

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iWhite range of whitening products consists of a toothpaste, mouthwash and whitening kit. I’ve been using the toothpaste and mouthwash and they both have a refreshing taste. They are also affordably priced at $9.90 and $10.90 respectively.

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For the whitening kit, it costs $49.90 and consists of 10 trays which you can use consistently for 5 days (upper and lower teeth) and these can potentially whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter/lighter. You can choose to whiten both upper and lower teeth together (which is what I’d do) or select only upper/lower, whichever is your preference. I’ve not tried it for 5 consecutive days, but for the sake of this blog review, I have tried it once and I think it’s a very fuss-free experience. Basically you are advised to use this after brushing your teeth and sleeping, pop this into your mouth for 20 minutes and then when the time’s up, remove it and go to sleep without rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth. This is so that the ingredients can continue to work their effect on your teeth through the night.  It does get a little uncomfortable after putting the guards/kit in for a while and you will salivate more than usual, but there is no pain or discomfort otherwise. The only problem I have in using this kit, is with reference to my lifestyle and no fault of the kit – I always drink a cup of green tea before I sleep, so it’s hard for me to skip the green tea or to drink it, rinse my teeth, use this kit and then sleep. Oops.

If you’re looking for an affordably priced and safe, home based whitening range/kit, you can definitely consider iWhite. You will find them at Guardian and Watsons stores islandwide.

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Thank you iWhite Singapore and WOM PR for having me at the media preview and these products for review! 🙂

x

Ena

Where to find Below Valuation properties in Singapore?

Hi Loves!

Want to make a guess what is the common thread among the three properties in the following photos below?Below Val Properties Below Valuation Listings Portal Website Singapore_0003Below Val Properties Below Valuation Listings Portal Website Singapore_0001 Below Val Properties Below Valuation Listings Portal Website Singapore_0002(Above photos are taken from BelowVal.Sg.)

Well, the answer is they are all sold below valuation on BelowVal.sg!

For the uninitiated, valuation is what the bank will value the price of the property for, and below valuation basically means the seller is selling the property below what the property is actually worth in the current market! To verify if the property is really below valuation, all you need to do is to send the information to a local residential banker to double check the valuation, which will be indicative, as they can only give an accurate figure if they send a valuer down to the house. 😉

There are four main reasons why sellers sell their properties below valuation; migrating, foreclosure, family change and relocation. And what this means is that there can be a happy buyer who can get a property at a lower price!

Check out this informative video to find out more about the Below Val website:

So if you’re keen to find value buy properties do check out the site BelowVal.sg!

Thanks to the good folks behind Below Val and The Influencer Network for sharing the news of Below Val with us over dinner at Monochrome Bistro located at 291 South Beach Road. I had a squid ink risotto which was pretty good and a carrot cake for desserts! I also really like the chic black and white interior, which is perfect for IG snaps.

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x

Ena

Of Florals & Garden Inspired Nails

Hi Loves!

I hope your week is coming along well? 🙂

Today I’d like to share about a recent set of gelish nails I’ve done at De Artistique Nails, along with a beautiful bouquet I’ve received from A Better Florist.
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Visit De Artistique Nails which is located conveniently at Serangoon Central, about 8 minutes walk from Serangoon MRT station!

You’ll love your trip to this lovely nail salon, not only because of the lovely ambience, and also because Serene is a skilled nail artist with 8 years of experience, despite her young age because she started nail art when she was very young! 🙂

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Singapore 550263

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You’ve seen the snippets of the blue roses bouquet, and they’re from A Better Florist… and I super love the blue bouquet?! I don’t really know exactly why, they’re just so special… Maybe because I associate blue to loyalty and friendship, so I feel its a very appropriate bouquet for me! Plus these blooms stay fresh for 7 days! 🙂 A similar bouquet, Sophia (different colours) retails online at $88 with free delivery, a great & fuss free way to tell her that you’re thinking of her, I say!

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Thank you A Better Florist (& Valentia for the link up~) and Serene from DAN for the nails~! ^^

Visit their IG:
De Artistique Nails
A Better Florist 
& follow mine @ena_teo for regular updates!

x

Ena

Soothe your muscles & firm skin with MTG ReFa Body

Hi Loves!

I don’t know about you, but my calves and shoulders are the two muscles/areas that ache the most after a long day of work and attending events. And I’m sincerely glad to have my MTG ReFa Body massage roller to knead and soothe my tired and aching calves and shoulders! I feel that it helps reduce water retention in my calves, relaxes and soothes my muscles. Most of the times I apply slimming cream and / or body lotion to my skin before I massage it using MTG ReFa. Scroll down below for more information and how I use the MTG ReFa Body massage roller as well as for a massive discount code at the end! 😉

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MTG ReFa Body Massage Roller Ena Teo Blogger Review_0002You’ll find the MTG ReFa Body massager roller and a soft cloth to clean after each use.
MTG ReFa Body Massage Roller Ena Teo Blogger Review_0003This is the default position for the MTG ReFa Body Massage.

MTG ReFa Body Massage Roller Ena Teo Blogger Review_0004This is another position that you can adjust for the MTG ReFa Body Massage, so you can cover a larger body part, such as thighs or tummy!

More about ReFa massagers:

Over five million units of beauty devices from the ‘ReFa’ series have been sold to date. ReFa Beauty Roller uses micro current technology which is known to be an effective non-surgical method to restore youthful appearance. ReFa Beauty Roller borrow the body’s natural current to stimulate the lymphatic system, promote skin regeneration and provide a number of cosmetic benefits including skin firming and facial lifting. ReFa devices are coated in platinum, a material durable against acid and sweat which eliminates the risk of metallic allergies on your skin.

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

Skin care:
For a clearer complexion and to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in facial tissue, as well as to reduce puffiness around the eyes.

Old scar tissue:
can be reduced while the appearance of new scars can be minimized

Detox:
the body will benefit from lymphatic drainage to reduce the sluggishness brought on by too many starchy, high fat foods and too little exercise

Water Retention:
There is often fluid retention in pregnant women and lymphatic drainage can improve comfort especially in legs and feet

Reduce swelling:
After long periods of immobility such as air travel or lessen mobility, fluid tends to stagnate in the tissue making it puffy and tender.

Relaxation:
one of the most relaxing way to relieve stress and it enhance the cleansing and rejuvenating effect

Benefits of Micro Current:
Reduce the appearance of stretch marks, cellulite and any scars on legs and buttocks.

It tightens and tones the stomach and love handles. It trims down the waist lines especially in post pregnancy cases.

 It reduces the fat in flabby arms, toning and tightening the loose and sagging skin.

It lifts slack areas of the skin, tones muscles, hydrates and improves overall appearance of the skin.

It aids in natural lifting of breasts.
It is used by the sport person as part of their fitness regimen.

It provides relaxation, relief, and rejuvenation to your body

Here’s a video to show you how to use the MTG ReFa Body to massage & firm the various parts of your body and skin:

If it’s not convenient for you to load the video, check out these easy pictorial demonstrations taken form MTG SG’s website here.

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My favourite uses are referred to in the first and last photos! 😀

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1. Meditrina’s Ageless Herbal Cream which is particularly good for the stomach and bust area for softening and firming the skin.

2. Mary Cohr Paris Pure Slimmer Quick Action body gel cream that Valerie from Nouri Body Spa highly recommends for effective slimming effect. She recommends me to apply this to my tummy before I exercise and it will double the burning action.

3. Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Cream which has a very nice and light botanical scent and hyaluronic acid which will help not only to reduce stretch marks but also keep the skin supple.

4. Marie France Bodyline’s BodyTech Activ-PPC Cream, which touts itself to be a highly effective cream that aids in the reduction of fat and cellulite. Take from their official release:
If you have been exercising and watching your diet diligently but are still unable to lose the final stubborn few inches, then this miracle cream might just be the solution for you. Fuss free and effective, the BodyTech Activ-PPC Cream contains phosphatidylcholine (also known as PPC), which has been shown to play a vital role in fat metabolism and the breaking down of fat deposits. Other than reducing fat deposits, the BodyTech Activ-PPC Cream also maintains the skin quality by increasing moisture and elasticity.

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5. Expression Wellness’s Gold Fitness Cryo Thermo Slimming Gel which I’ve used on a few occasions on my calves and I like how it leave my skin moisturized, smooth and I really like how well it pairs with my MTG ReFa Body Massage Roller experience.

The MTG ReFa Body retails online here for $399,
but use my code ” ReFa100Ena” for $100 off! 

In addition to the ReFa Body, you might also want to consider these!

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MTG ReFa Carat, MTG ReFa S Carat & MTG ReFa Body.

MTG ReFa Body Massage Roller Ena Teo Blogger Review_0008MTG ReFa Carat is a smaller version compared to the ReFa Body and is catered for the face, head and the more delicate and smaller parts of the body.

Roll your way to beautifully conditioned skin

ReFa CARAT is inspired by the kneading techniques of professional aestheticians. The double spherical drainage rollers imitates the motions of manual lymphatic drainage by firmly pulling up and gently releasing the skin to make it firmer.

Use on the face and entire body in the bath or after bathing, when the skin is most relaxed.

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MTG ReFa S Carat is the smaller version of the ReFa Carat and helps to massage the parts where the latter cannot, such as the nose, eyes and mouth area.

ROLL YOUR WAY TO A BEAUTIFUL FIRM SKIN

ReFa S CARAT is inspired by the kneading techniques of professional estheticians. It is sleek, portable and can be used on specific eye and face areas.

The double spherical drainage rollers imitates the motions of manual lymphatic drainage by gently lifting and firming the eyes and mouth areas with soft-touch pinpoint kneading.

In case you’re scrolling through to the end just for the discount code, it’s ” ReFa100Ena” for $100 off.
Simply add product to cart, enter the code into “Vouchers” and you will see the $100 discount at check out. 😉

Thank you MTG Singapore and Colleene for the MTG Refa Body for review!

Cheers to beautiful & firmer skin!

x

Ena

Weekend Getaway to Genting Highlands!

Hi Loves!

I’m back again! 😀

Yesterday I posted about my review of Aaron Crow’s Fearless Magic show, the highlight of my recent weekend trip to Genting Highlands. Today I’ll be posting about the rest of the trip and cover everything else we did! It’s gonna be super image heavy! 😛Enabalista Media Review Resorts World Genting March 2016_0000Traveling with my sis for this trip! On the coach~
Enabalista Media Review Resorts World Genting March 2016_0001My cute personalized passport cover thanks to Tiffy!

We reached the hotel early in the morning around 5am, caught some sleep before we headed out around 10+am~

Checked out Terminal 2 cafe just at the lobby of  XYZ wing.

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Enabalista Media Review Resorts World Genting March 2016_0004They had nice bread, but servings were huge. We didn’t want to be too full as we were expecting a buffet lunch at Coffee Terrace~

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Like 1 Meter Teh!
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The porridge smelled amazing, so we decided to get a bowl to share…Enabalista Media Review Resorts World Genting March 2016_0007Teh & Chicken Porridge. Honestly the porridge was so-so, it was the fried onion that made it smell heavenly and taste good! 

Then it was time for buffet lunch!!!

Enabalista Media Review Resorts World Genting March 2016_0008Once again, our SOP – array of cuisine on our table! 😀

Close ups of the delicious food… Once again, the buffet did not disappoint, both in quality and quantity. 😛

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This time round, I explored the Coffee Terrace place with Chiu Yen and sis and found this sightseeing spot:

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Then I was trying to practise selfies/wefies on my new Canon G7 camera…

Enabalista Resorts World Genting Review_0000Apparently my sis is a pro at it! 😛
Enabalista Resorts World Genting Review_0001Here’s one of me after a few takes. But as you can see, I can’t seem to take on with one hand only… I need more practice. Haha.

Next we headed to Snow World!!! I know I sound super excited now, when I was initially not. But I unexpectedly had a lot of fun for what was supposed to be for kids/children, hahaha. All you need to have fun, is to have a child’s heart! 😛
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Snow World Resorts World Genting Review March 2016_0002The Dress Up Corner where we changed into our jackets and shoes.

Snow World Resorts World Genting Review March 2016_0003Here’s one with the group before going in! The plan was to take 5-10 min before it was open to public, to snap some photos before we can have fun after! Photos and cameras are not allowed (except for media) inside Snow World as they have professional photographers inside and will charge you for photos, should you want.
Snow World Resorts World Genting Review March 2016_0004Super cute Easter eggs and sweets decor~
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After this we couldn’t snap photos when the Snow World opened to public and we kept our cameras away, but I did get to seat the slide which is only for people before 65kg, and we also played with the red sledges and it was a lot of fun! It’s those kiddy level kind of intensity which is just perfect for me because I don’t like scary rides, hahaha.Snow World Resorts World Genting Review March 2016_0010Group we-fie outside Snow World~

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After Snow World, we went to catch the Fearless Magic Show, which I’ve already covered in the previous post. After the show, we had dinner at Bubbles & Bites!

The name Bubbles & Bites originates from the fact that the restaurant serves simple western food with an exquisite list of drinks―including sparkling wines imported from such countries as Italy, Spain and France. Hence the word“Bubbles.”  True to its name, Bubbles & Bites makes the perfect chillout place for effervescent young people, families and all others who believe great food and good ambience go hand in hand.

Let’s check out the place!

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Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0003A lovely feature wall, with presumably names of Italian dishes.

Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0004Our VIP and private spot at Bubbles & Bites!

Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0005We-fie with dinner group~

Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0006The menu, sorry it’s a little dark, basically you have choices from Pizzas, Pasta and Meat.
Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0007Aglio Olio.
Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0008Refreshing Blackcurrent with apple base juice.
Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0009The dancers from Fearless show were having dinner, salad! That’s how they stay so slim…

Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0010Chicken wings!

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Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0012Slow braised lamb shank.

Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0013My favourite dish, Chicken Schnitzel, it’s crispy on the outside and tender inside. Love!

Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0014Spaghetti Bolognese.Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0015Carbonara Pizza.Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0016Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0017Lam Lee Burger, tastes like a restaurant version of Ramly burger.Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0018Ethiopian Chicken, as its name goes, it tastes like curry chicken from Africa. One of the recommended / popular dishes.

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Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0020Oblong Margherita Pizza.Bubbles & Bites @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0021Kampung Chicken.Bubbles & BItes Enabalista Resorts World Genting Review 1_0000Old Angus Beef T-Bone Steak.Bubbles & BItes Enabalista Resorts World Genting Review 1_0001Old Angus Beef T-Bone Steak. This was pretty good! Overall the food at Bubbles & Bites were of great value with prices from RM29 for Ethiopian Chicken to RM75 for the Old Angus Beef Steak. I highly recommend the Grilled Salmon Tagliatelle & Cremosa Pesto (RM33) & Chicken Schnitzel (RM29).

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After dinner, Eric arranged for us to feast on Gelatos! The server reallyyy packed in a ton of Gelatos for us in this bowl. We went with Hazenut, Mango, Chocolate and Blood Orange flavors.

After desserts, we had free and easy time… My sis and went walking around the Plaza Square, there was a Japanese fair going on… It was inspired by the hanami/pink blossoms season.Enabalista Genting Highlands Blog Review March 2016_0001 Enabalista Genting Highlands Blog Review March 2016_0002 Enabalista Genting Highlands Blog Review March 2016_0004

After some shopping, we joined William, Leong, Gerald, Lenice and Jocelyn at K Studio for some Karaoke!

It’s located at level 4, above Nike Factory Store:Enabalista Studio K Genting Highlands Review_0004 Enabalista Studio K Genting Highlands Review_0003 Enabalista Studio K Genting Highlands Review_0002 Enabalista Studio K Genting Highlands Review_0001Oops, I didn’t snap a pic of the room / hour rates HAHA. I thought this was it. T_T I think it’s about RM80 per hour.

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We all had a lot of fun singing both chinese and english songs, I did wish the walls weren’t so thin / better cushioned as we could totally hear what the next room was singing! LOL.

After the K-session, sis and I headed back to our room to rest! It was 3am by the time we prepped for bed and slept.

The next morning we checked out some of the art at the lobby and I took shots for my OOTDS before we headed for breakfast at Food Factory! 🙂

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Striped Top / Dress from Motel Rocks, Revolve. Skirt from Stradivarius, Bag and Shoes from Steve Madden.

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My sis looking all fine and grand with her Starbucks coffee fix! HAHA.

The Food Factory is a brand new dining concept located at 3rd Floor First World Plaza. It is a 23,568 sq ft opened kitchen concept restaurant that can accommodate 1300 diners. The restaurant serves a delightful range of breakfast offering from 4 different counters ie: West Asian, East Asian, Western and pastry from 6.00am to 11.00am daily at only RM 29.00 nett (adult) and RM 14.50 nett (child).

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Fascinating pancake making machine!

The chef says the machines make it possible to serve up to 2,000 people at one time. The pancake machine, for instance, can make up to 200 pieces of pancakes in approximately 30 minutes. Using the machine saves time and energy. More interesting fun facts: Making pancakes for 2,000 people requires 7.2 kg of flour, 13 eggs and 7.2 liter of milk!

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Among other choices offered are varieties of freshly Baked Breads and Local Buns, Danishes, Pancakes, Cereals, Nasi Lemak, Idli, Dhokla, Putu Mayam, Pita Bread, Paratha, Congee and Condiments, assorted pau, Juice, Coffee & Tea. Pizza lovers will also enjoy freshly baked pizza from our large pizza conveyor such as Pizza with Tomato Sauce and Cheese and Vegetarian Pizza with Mushroom.

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Lots of freshly baked bread!!! <3

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At East Asian Counter, you may find favourite local delicacies such as Fish Ball Noodle Soup or Curry Noodle Soup, Fried Carrot with XO Sauce, Grilled or Deep-fried Yam Roll, Deep-fried Cheese Roll or Chee Cheong Fun, Fried Loh See Fun or Fried Yee Mee, Chinese Soup and Dim Sum too.

At West Asian Counter, wide varieties of local cuisines such as assorted Malay and Nyonya Kuih, Nasi Lemak with condiments, Potatoes Samosa, Vegetables Pakoras, Tandoori Chicken, Fish Head Curry, Ayam Masak Merah, Chicken and Lamb Skewer to Roti Jala or Grill Seafood.

For light snackers, you may also want to enjoy some finger food such as Margherita Pizza, Chicken Ham Pizza, Toasted Bread with Kaya and Butter or even Fried Banana or Sweet Potatoes.

Food Factory @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0005Leong looking so happy with his food! 🙂Food Factory @ Resorts World Genting Enabalista Media Review_0002My sis took prata for our round 2! By now I was really full already. 😛
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Last shot with our hosts Eric and Jia Yi before we get back on the road home~

Do check out my previous trip post here if you haven’t, I’d love to go back and visit the scenic temple surroundings, they do have the best view in Genting after all!

Thank you Resorts World Genting once again for the kind generosity in hosting and preparing such a fun trip for us! ^^

x

Ena

Singapore's Lifestyle Blogger ☀

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