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Checklist for Le Diner en Blanc First Timers

Hi Loves!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading to my first Le Diner en Blanc this coming 3rd June! I’ve compiled a quick and simple checklist to get you prepared for your first Le Diner en Blanc experience. 😉

If you already know what Le Diner en Blanc is all about and want to get invited, head over the registration page here to get your invite!

What is Le Diner en Blanc (DEB) about?

Le Dîner en Blanc – Singapore returns for its fifth edition on 3rd June 2017 with a brand new team of dedicated hosts: Alexis Lhoyer, Guillaume Chabrières, and Jasmine Tuan

Le Dîner en Blanc is an international viral picnic event celebrated in over 60 cities in 25 countries where guests gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most unexpected public spaces. The Singapore edition began in 2012, and has been gaining traction ever since. The last edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Singapore was in 2015, held at the Old Kallang Airport with 1,500 invited members and friends.  

Invites are open in 3 phases:

Phase 1 – For those who have attended the last edition of Le Diner en Blanc (Opened 27th April, 9am)

Phase 2 – For the invited guests of Phase 1 to invite their friends
(Opened 3rd May, 9am)

Phase 3 – Those who are new to Le Diner en Blanc – Singapore
(Opened 9th May, 9am)

All Phases will be closed by 19th May 2017 <—– Extended to 24th May, 11.30pm

Simply put, the event started in France about 30 years ago and has now spread to major cities globally. It’s a strictly by invite event, where the venue is kept completely secret and everyone who registers comes dressed in all chic formal white outfits and also prepared with an all white dinner setting (yes tables, chairs and 3 course food!). Registration allows you to sign up for bus seats which will pick you up hours ahead of the event and then take you to the secret venue. For that special evening, hundreds other Le Diner en Blanc guests will gather and dinner together, befitting the name “Dinner in White”!

Now let’s get started with the Checklist! 

1. Read Up and Get To Know Le Diner en Blanc Better.

If you’re new to a topic or subject then the right thing to do to get to know it better is to read up about it. So head over DEB’s Singapore Official Website’s FAQ to know more. From what to wear to what to bring, the answers are all there.

2. Tables, Table Cloth, Chairs & All White Cutleries

Image Credit: Pinterest

It is recommended to get square folding tables however the closest I can find online in Singapore are these 70×50 tables, so they’ll have to do! For foldable chairs you can get them here, and throw on a white lace cloth to cover it up. For affordable cutlery, make a trip down to IKEA for plates that start from $0.90!

3. 3 Course Dinner Menu Ideas

Most guests go with their Significant Other, for me I’ll be going with my bestie Christabelle and here are some very useful websites that I will refer to get inspiration for our 3 course dinner menu! Jamie Oliver’s Romantic Recipes are a great start if you’re planning to cook and pack a romantic dinner menu, they even have the level of difficulty and time taken for each meal item suggested. Another useful link is BBC’s Good Food site, they offer recipes from starters, to mains to desserts, win! One special note is that you can’t bring your own alcohol cause apparently that’s not allowed, so if you must, order from DEB’s E-Store (accessible only after registration) before closing date on 24th May and pick up at the event. Alternatively, bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. 🙂

If you want to join in the fun but have absolutely no time or skills to prepare a cooked dinner, then I suggest getting and packing these from the supermarket or convenience store:

1) Starters: Biscuits and cheese cubes

Image Credit: 2ufood.co.uk

2) Mains: Chicken with Salad

Image Credit: BBC Good Food

3) Chocolate Cake Slices

Image Credit: StayAtHomeChef.com

4. All White Outfit Ideas & Inspiration

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It’s not hard to look good in all white, neither is it hard to shop for it! Probably the toughest part of this is getting the right fit for the various pieces. If you need more inspiration, head over to the results for “All White Outfit” on Pinterest! Bearing in mind that the weather in Singapore can be humid but windy at night, don’t prepare jackets or outerwear that’s too thick, but be prepared with a shawl or thin coat!

5. Be prepared for Wet Weather

Last but not the least, it can get rainy in Singapore and rather unexpectedly too. So come prepared with umbrellas and raincoats -in white if possible, if not transparent will do too!

That is all for my blog post, I do hope you’ve found this quick and simple checklist helpful – see you at the event, be sure to say hi if you see me! 😉

x

Ena

The Body Shop Expert Masks Dinner @ Joie & More | August Recap

Hi Loves!

It’s sure been a long time since my last monthly recap! Hopefully my next recap won’t be 3 months away, LOL. Let’s dive straight in, shall we?

TheBodyShop’s Expert Mask series has been great! My faves of the 5 are Himalayan Charcoal Purifiying Mask which not only de-clog pores but also smoothens skin texture as well as British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask which leaves my skin hydrated, refresh and I always love a rose scent!

Lunch at Toa Payoh’s Mr Bean, this laksa is really good! Also, this stirrer is really cute, didn’t buy it tho! I always like to see new nail trends online for inspiration for when I do visit a nail parlour to get my nails done, which frankly, isn’t often nowadays, haha.Was in Toa Payoh for a CPD course, speaking of which it’s time for me to attend my yearly courses again. The duties of a working adult are endless. And I love my ERA office at Toa Payoh because they offer free coffee and desserts! I wish they had this at our main Mountbatten office! Some of the informative slides about landed housing during the CPD class. Lunch with Shirley at the White Bee Hoon restaurant!Got a Pineapple for a client who was collecting keys for their resale home! It’s meant to roll on the floor for prosperity and you can enjoy the sweetness of the fruit after!  Coincidentally chancing about Mark at the office!  On the same early August day after a busy day, I met up with my gfs Smita and Leanne at The Library for bites and drinks!  The drinks are conceptualized around interesting personalities, such as Marilyn Monroe menu offers sweet flavours. I opted for Sun of Fuji which is great and as I’m typing this, I’d like to revisit this place again! Actually there are a lot of cool bars around Singapore which I haven’t yet explore, so maybe I’ll check those out first, LOL.Our drinks! Wine, Sun of Fuji and Gin and Tonic.With Smita and Leanne. <3 It was a belated birthday gathering for us as we’re all July babies! I know I know, I’m taking almost an entire year to update. Blog procrastination has been real, and I’ve said many times that I will step on it, LOL. I will really try! 😛Our bites! These are delicious too!

Was invited for Aldo’s FW launch at Paragon and I got myself these pair of lovely blush pink heels which I’ve been loving and gotten many many compliments! Yes, their SS2017 is now out, you can check them out in stores. 🙂

Also checked out Uniqlo’s LifeWear exhibition at Dempsey and saw many beautiful collaborations such as the Carine Roitfeld one above. They also opened their new flagship at Orchard Central which is awesome because you literally can find everything to suit your fashion needs! If you’ve been following me on my IG, you’ll know that I’ve been checking out their recent Minnie Mouse collection and got a few pieces for myself!

If you’re searching for comfy and trendy casual shoes, be sure to check out FitFlop at Wisma!

I really love these traditional flaky skin Teo Chew style mooncakes from Thye Moh Chan soooo much! I was actually sad that they only sell these for a limited time only and couldn’t purchase after the season. Be sure to check them out for this year’s Mooncake festival, they’re actually quite affordable at $25.80/box for a set of 4 which you can mix different flavours!

Was quite obsessed with my Bitmoji and here are some that made me smile!

My sister joined the Pokemon Go craze and here’s a pic of me with her Charmander. LOL.

Another day at Toa Payoh and here’s one of my fave dish Lei Cha at the HDB Hub basement food court. Also got my nails done in Watermelon style!Had a CG gathering, although we’ve multiplied now, those were fun times! <3Dinner with le sis, we love this Chic-a-boo outlet that’s newly opened near our place!Coffee Frappe at The Coffee Bean at Marina Square while waiting for clients to arrive or a meeting.
Not quite sure what this was doing in my August photos record but anyway he’s too cute not to post, in case you’re wondering where this is from, it’s from A Bug’s Life, one my favourite Disney animations! OOTD, in my silver slip ons from Fit-flop.Dinner with my friend Royce, we had Teo Chew porridge at Beauty World.

 I had the privilege to attend Anna Sui’s FW event at Sentosa and the event space was SO LOVELY. The bloggers and I in attendance couldn’t stop snapping away not only at the products but at the entire set up! One of my all time fave perfume is Anna Sui’s Lucky Wish, it’s a lovely powdery floral scent that’s neither too light nor strong. I recommend you checking it out!

Attending DFS Beauty Class at DFS Orchard and tried the Lancome Energie De Vie which was very refreshing and saw this really cute Michael Kors mini bagpack which was not cheap tho, it was around $700? You could get a bigger work tote with this price, but I guess it’s a really cute colour and design. Also got a fun goodie bag with HR mascara and IOPE blush, tried both out and they’re pretty good, you can buy these from DFS! 🙂

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Attended Clozette’s Diva event at Bugis+ and got a cute metallic tattoo and grabbed dinner with Fenny and her BF after!

Met up with Fenny for dinner and thanks to her friend, we got a 1for1 deal via his Entertainer App at ARC Cafe! The duck confit is not as good at Saveur but the beef dish was not bad!

Attended Bottega Verde’s event of the launch of their Custom Moisturizer, simply get your skin reading done at their Suntec outlet and an order will be made in Italy before sending it over to Singapore for your collection. I’ve used mine as a day moisturizer as it contains SPF and while it’s cream base it is lightweight for Singapore’s weather.  The same evening, Fenny and I visited Woow’s new store at Plaza Singapore, have you tried this refreshing rainbow dessert ice yet? 😉

Thanks to Base Asia Entertainment and Nuffnang, my sister and I attended the Premiere night of Annie the Musical which I enjoyed very much!

Went for a long overdue facial session at Atlas Medispa, always enjoy my sessions there. 🙂

Saw some kids playing at the fountain close to home and kinda wish I was a kid and able to do something like this!

Had dinner at home with the family consisting of takeaway and we kinda over did it with too many items! 😛

Celebrated Netccentric’s 10th Anniversary at Red Dot Museum with some fellow influencers! Last picture with my manager Christina who’ve left, wishing you all the best babe!  Joined Leanne’s Mac Masterclass and Robinsons styling event at Robinsons at Heeren and it was great fun with the girls, Fenny and Raa!

Funny story to tell, I use to be able to take every bus back home from the closest MRT station but then this bus 26 changed route and I would end up taking it multiple times and alight at a bus stop further away and end up walking the longer way home and it almost always happened to be on my heels! >.< After about 3 times, I would carefully avoid 26. 😛

Ending off this month’s recap with some of the beauty goodies sent my way!

TheBodyShop TeaTree Duo is great for battling acne outbreak. Recently, I had a skincare outbreak because of a product I used which was too oily for me, and I immediately use the 3in1 TeaTree as Mask and my skin improved rapidly the next morning.L’Oreal constantly comes out with new hair innovations and range, this OleoTherapy consists of Oil Infused hair products, made with Oils from 6 flowers which boasts to restore dull, dry and damaged hair. For more information check out hereThanks to my friend Sybs who went to Korea, I got a stash of Innisfree products, and she highly recommended this Sebum Oil Free Primer which really does keep skin matte all day. Thanks to my gfs who got this set of Furla pouches or my birthday I’ve found these to be so handy and useful!

Some of my favourite products for August, and the silver tube is the body gel that goes with Refa massager to keep skin moisturized and taut.

That’s all for August’s recap, hope you enjoyed it! Leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions and I’ll get back as soon as I can! <3

X

Ena

Check out my Delicious and Healthy Lunch with Vaya Tyffyn Lunchbox | Ena Lifestyle Review

Do you pack lunch to work? Cause if you do, this post is for you!

The other day, I packed a home cooked meal and I’m so happy with my new Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox that I’d like to share more about my experience with you…

My home is never lacking of food because my Mum loves to cook, has lots of ingredients and food in the kitchen and my married sister loves to buy me desserts whenever she visits weekly! I know, I know, lucky me! 😀

So it was perfect to have my Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox so I can pack all of these goodies, home-cooked noodles and salad, fresh tomatoes and Japanese desserts~

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What’s great about this lunch box is that it is a Heat Retaining, Vaccum Insulated Lunchbox, with a Sleek design and Stainless steel, High Copper finishing containers – more of these in the visuals below! 😉

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Isn’t she a beauty? A sight to behold, sure to inspire envious “awws” and “ahs” from classmates or colleagues!

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I chose to put my noodles with dumpling and soup on the base layer, my potato and fruit salad with fresh tomatoes on the second layer, separated with one of the 3 handy dividers also provided in the set, and lastly but definitely not the least, topping it up with a strawberry puff as dessert!

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Packing Lunch with Vaya Tyffyn | Enabalista Blog Review_0006Top down view, each container comes with a handy cover with a small hold for you to easier pop them out with your finger. I love it!

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Last but not the least, the lunchbox come with a waterproof and heat-retaining “Bag Mat” which you can use as a sling bag in carrying your meal and double up as a meal mat to keep any food spillage in. SO INGENIOUS!

Packing Lunch with Vaya Tyffyn | Enabalista Blog Review_0008Thanks Vaya Tyffyn for creating this super stylish lunch box!

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Here’s my meal that I’m having with my friends, they were so intrigued by my pretty lunch box, and I’m definitely going to prepare more such meals out with my Vaya Tyffyn!

If you’d like one of your very own stylish lunch box, visit their website here and get your 1000ml or 600ml lunch box! 😉

Thanks Vaya Tyffyn for sponsoring this blog post!

x

Ena

Beauty Review: Naka Kirei Enzymes From Japan

UPDATE:
I've been getting a lot of questions via comments and emails and my sincere apologies in advance that I am unable to attend to them because they are repeated questions which I will attempt to answer here.
1.If you're planning to purchase in Malaysia, you can do so via this website: http://my.nakakirei.com/
2. Any questions pertaining to how I find the product is in the last paragraph of this post, additionally there are 30 capsules in each bag, I completed the entire bag in a month and I found it helped me to maintain a flat tummy. However I cannot guarantee it will work for you and I cannot attest how effective it is compared to other fat burning products because I have not tried the others before.
3. Last but not the least, if you have any more questions pertaining to the product and purchase of the product, you can email to: tw@nakakirei.com. Many thanks for coming by my blog and good luck! <3

In case you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of beauty and health supplements. I started taking them for better skin since I was 18 and I’ve never looked back. As I grow older I find that I would take different health supplements to tackle whatever health issues I was more concerned at the particular point in time.

So recently I was introduced to Naka Kiri Enzymes from Japan and as a beauty/health supplement enthusiast, I was naturally very intrigued by it!

Let me break down the information I’ve obtained for your easy consumption:

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Why Take Naka Kirei Enzymes?

  • Naka Kirei Enzymes is effective for regular constipation, weight loss, body detox and for losing fat belly.

 

 

What is Naka Kirei Enzymes?

  • Naka Kirei Enzymes is supplemental enzymes made of all natural ingredients. The enzymes is fermented with soybeans, grain, and lactic acid bacteri.
  • There is no preservatives used.
  • Naka Kirei Enzymes is made in Japan, and is shipped from Japan directly to Singapore.
  • Naka Kirei Enzymes is featured in many Japanese women magazines such as Miss and ST
  • 92% of women (testimonials) said they want to continue using Naka Kirei Enzymes

 

 

Who is behind Naka Kirei Enzymes?

  • Hakko Seikatsu Co.,Ltd. was founded in 2010 to promote healthy lifestyle using Japanese traditional fermentation technology
  • They have been selling Naka Kirei Enzymes in Japan, and recently started selling in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand as well

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So How Do I take my Naka Kirei Enzymes?

  • Take 1 to 3 tablets per day with water or warm water
  • Can be taken before meal, after meal, or after drinking.

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My Thoughts:

I find that taking Naka Kirei Enzymes after my meal has helped me to maintain a toned tummy despite having a full dinner the night before. I like that it is super fuss free in a capsule, easily taken with a cup of water. Also the packet is convenient to carry around with me, in my bag. Last but not the least, it is made with all natural ingredients so I can take it with an ease of mind!

Are you suffering from regular constipation or looking for a weight loss health supplement? Why not give Naka Kiri Enzymes a try? Made of all natural ingredients in Japan, I like to take mine after dinner at night and I find it helps me digest my food better!

You can buy them from here: http://bit.ly/nakakireixena
Directly shipped from Japan!

This is a sponsored post. Thank you for reading!

x

Ena













Birthday Celebrations & Batam Trip! | July Recap

Continuing on my blog recaps, let’s dive into July, my birthday month! (Check out my June post here if you haven’t)  I’ve also travelled to Bali with friends for Jac’s during the same month and will be posting about the trip in a separate blog post cause otherwise this post would be too long. Once again, tons of food posts below, don’t read on an empty stomach! 😛
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_093Started my month with a homemade sandwich – a regular combination consists of ham, lettuce, cheese & tomatoes – sometimes I cook eggs and add them in too. Easy peasy!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_000Headed down to Wandervale EC for a client meeting.

LAKSA STEAMBOAT SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Laksa Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 404 Telok Blangah Road Singapore 098840. Tel: 62757069

This is really good, about $30-40/pax but fresh ingredients and really yummy Laksa soup base, recommended! 😀
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HokaOneOne Launch

Marina Square 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-26. Singapore 039594. Telephone: +(65) 6255 0491.

Attended the media preview/launch of HokaOneOne, shoes for running professionals – “crazy” people who go on 500km races!
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Couldn’t resist trying McDonald’s Salted Egg Chicken Burger – I was lucky that I tried one after the complains that the salted egg was too little – so I got one with quite liberal amount, yay! Would most definitely eat one again except it was only on the menu for a limited time.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_006

Birthday Celebration @ Sumiya

181 Orchard Rd, #12-02 Orchard Central, Orchard Central, 238896

It was my first time going to Sumiya at Orchard Central and I enjoyed it! Only except we over ordered and couldn’t finish, hahaha. Also chanced upon really nice photo-taking spots on the rooftop! Always thankful for my friendship with Christabelle and Clarabelle. <3
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BAD CAFE THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED

Not even gonna name the cafe, both Belles recommended this cafe but that day we went, it served up lousy lemonade – granted they replaced it but their service still sucked nonetheless. You’d notice I usually don’t complain about stuff on my blog cause I don’t like to give air time to shitty things but man – this cafe is crap and if you know which it is, don’t ever go back again and I can’t wait to pop a champagne on the day they close. Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_017 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_018

Estee Lauder Global Makeup Artist FW Show

Attended the Estee Lauder’s makeup show and got introduced to a ton of new makeup!

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Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_027Some of my favourite lipstick swatches!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_028 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_029Estee Lauder is also on board the duo lipstick! My favourite combi of the lot!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_030 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_031 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_0323 different looks; work, date & casual weekends.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_033Some of my faves!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_034A engraving machine engraving our lipsticks at the event! Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_046

Sunday @ PunggolBirthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_035Attended Xiao Kai Lao Shi’s event thanks to Starhub! He’s really handsome irl and I remember him sharing about that glow which is really popular on Korean actresses – add that highlight on your cheekbones!

Headed out for a meet up with Fenny at Punggol Pond (which is actually at Hougang).
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Skincare goodies!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_041Was sent over some products from Gobigoun (Korea), This Placenta Power mask is super good… and under the rader… When I saw a store stocking it at Myeong Dong it was selling a piece for like $10/piece! Is it worth it? $10 is too much for me to shell out for a piece, but it definitely hydrates my skin intensely.
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_042They also have a Placenta Power moisturizer, but haven’t put this to the test yet.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_043TheFaceShop’s The Therapy lotion and moisturizer.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_044And TFS Make My Sexy Back mist spray (replacing my powder), cute nail polish and free masks and samples cause I signed up as a member, yay!
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_019Another pic of skincare + nail care; been really loving the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion – one of my favourite toners I’ve used in 2016!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_045Breadtalk sent this over – super cute electronic fan I must say!
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_047Also got sent over these Nivea goodies – Micellar Water is a marked improvement from the previous version and used the lotions for Batam trip!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_048Kiehl’s New Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate.
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_049What I packed for my Batam / Batam trips! Head over to my post about Zaful loots here.

Dream // Soup Spoon x Brazil Food Tasting

Met up with Fenny again for Soup Spoon tasting and took some OOTDs before that!
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Clio Korean Morning Beauty Booster Recipe @ Boufe Cafe

Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_056This was so good! Not usually a fan of granola but this is so good.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_057Amazing drink that changes colour!
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Kanshoku Ramen Bar w Family 

277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway #01-06, 238858

We tried a bit of everything, truffle soup ramen was good, but for the other times I went back after this, I opted for their regular ramen! 🙂 The cold veg was surprisingly good, the chicken was not good – don’t order it!

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Batam Trip @ Nongsa Point Marina & Resort with AyersBirthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_062lol pls ignore my obvious double eye lid sticker here.

We were really hungry and had a late dinner around 9+ at the resort. It’s about SGD$10 so it’s not cheap for Batam standards but ok for restaurant standard.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_109 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_110 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_111This was so good, we had it again for lunch before we left. <3Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_112Brought Auolive skincare for the trip! Very fuss free indeed.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_113Added in hair care from Phil Smith (fave hair oil) and Nivea sunblocks.Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_063Love buffet breakfast at the resort!

Enjoy the views!
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Lunch at Panties Pizza @ Batam Plaza

This was cheap and good! Go with a huge group and try tons of different flavours!
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Dinner at 555(?)

Ok, so the mistake we made was to take up the resort’s driver’s offer to go on a “day trip intinerary” with him and he gave us ALL THE SHITTY RECOMMENDATIONS. 🙁 So other than our Batam Plaza choice, he brought us to a bad massage place and this terrible dinner place, urgh.
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_073The coconuts were NOT FRESH. 🙁Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_074I don’t eat prawns but I didn’t miss out on anything.
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_075 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_076Lunch before we left! Love how happy and vibrant this photo is! <3Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_080Thanks Jie Jie for getting me this strawberry shortcake! <3Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_081NDP Preview which I wrote about on my Dayre here.

Michael Trio Event // Birthday Celebration at Chicken Up

Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_082Wore my Kapten & Son watch out, loving the black face and rosegold band!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_083 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_084With fellow bloggers at Michael trio event!

Dinner at Chicken Up, my first time there!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_085 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_086 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_087 Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_089Everything was really good but we ate so little of it cause we were all so health conscious LOL should opt for health food next time!Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_090 Lisa, Tiffy & Ethel <3
Birthday Celebrations & Batam trip | Enabalista July 2016 Blog Recap_091Thanks girls! <3
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Dinner with bestie Fion

Bestie’s treat to Korean good at Manna Story at Plaza Singapura. Food was so-so in my opinion. Nothing to shout about. Would go again only if I was craving Korean food and in the area. Would prefer Seoul Yummy at Bugis+ over this option!

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I have some more photos from a Jap food / ramen dinner with my family and korean dinner with bestie Fion but those won’t load. 🙁 Will have to skip then! *Edit: I manage to load them, yay!

Thank you for reading! Till the next one! <3

X

Ena

Lunch at Whitegrass @ Chijmes is Bomb | June Recap

Hey hey!

The months have been kinda crazy, to say the least and I’ve most definitely neglected my blog. 🙁 Now that crazy January is over, and I’m slowing easing back to a somewhat more normal schedule and quitting on Korean dramas and Youtube binge watching, I’ll be compiling each month’s happening into one post each, so we’ve got 8 to go considering this is June 2016’s recap! XD Just compiling the photos for June into this post and looking back at the fond memories made me smile, I hope you’ll enjoy this post and come to enjoy the upcoming months’ updates as much as I enjoy looking back at them! Also, I’m more convinced to get active on Youtube moving forward (promise I will once I clear these 8 posts!) because it will be way more fun looking back via videos! I won’t be linking to brands and websites as I’d usually do (to save time, really) – but if you see any brands / products / whatever that a quick google doesn’t answer, let me know in comments below and I will do my best to get back to you. X

Fashion Show @ Orchard Gateway Featuring Local Designer Brand Revasseur

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With friends during a flea @ Suntec!Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0004

The Face Shop @ Tampines One Opening
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The Therapy is an update on their popular SMIM range!Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0045

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Sally Hansen’s Complete Care 7in1Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0013

Tact.Sg Media Preview
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Back at ERA Monday Runs <3 
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Sandro FW 2016

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Watch the vlog here!:

Lunch @ Hob Nob Fish & ChipsFashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0023Met up with Gabby and Seb for discussions about videos, wishing them all the best in their endeavours while I will embark and venture into creating my own Youtube content! Definitely challenging but what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger!

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Was totes obsessed with Kdrama Lucky Romance
Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0025Can’t get over how hot Lee Soo Hyuk is even when he’s frustrated and brooding… #SoHot #Swoons

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Auolive Media Lunch @ Whitegrass 
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Nails done @ De Arteastiq Nails. Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0042 Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0043

I was exactly the 100,000th follower of Dayre @blog! #cheapthrill, lol. Follow me on my micro-blog Dayre if you haven’t already! >>Here<<Fashion, Beauty, Fancy Food June 2016 Recap| Enabalista_0044Sometimes the sunset from my house can be really pretty. <3

GHD Styler Blogger Event 
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Dinner at Bridge @ 31 Seah Street

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Watch my vlog here!

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If you’d like to send me love notes, invite me for events or send me stuff, email me >> enabalista@gmail.com! Be sure to follow me on IG @ena_teo where I update regularly and sub to my YT channel where I WILL bribe you with goodies and silly faces, I promise.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Comment or DM me on IG if you did ya! <3

x

Ena

6 Bags Every Lady Needs

We don’t wear the same pair of shoes for every occasion in life. There are work flats, event heels and sports shoes. Similarly, in my opinion every modern lady should have these 6 bags in her wardrobe to carry her through the week.

(1) The Everyday Work Bag

(1) Work Bag

A roomy black Boston bag like this is perfect as an everyday and work bag because it can carry most essentials like wallet, diary and water bottle. Black is also a colour that goes well with all outfits and suitable for most (if not all) occasions.

(2) Day Clutch

(2) Day Clutch

If you’re planning to head out for a quick lunch appointment or coffee run, it’s not always necessary to carry your entire bag – a handy day clutch is perfect for some cash and tissues. Also, don’t you think that this sweet floral design is really apt for the Lunar New Year period and Spring season that’s coming right up?

(3) The Weekender

(3) Weekender 2

The Weekender is my favourite type of bags – maybe it’s because I like spacious bags that allows me to carry lots of things without having to separate them into 2 bags and it’s definitely also because these bags are great for staycations and as on-flight bag.

(4) The Crossbody Bag

(4) Crossbody

For off-work and weekends, it’s recommended to switch out the everyday work bag for something more casual, laidback and pretty – to suit the mood! Bucket bags have totally been making a come back – it’s the perfect cute and trendy crossbody right now.

(5) Cosmetic Bag

(6) Cosmetic Pouch

This bag maybe small but it’s definitely essential. Instead of rummaging your bag for your lipstick and blusher, store them in this square pouch. You can also grab the entire pouch and make a quick trip to the toilet before leaving work instead of awkwardly holding them in your hands. You can even pick from multiple cute prints for this pouch!

(6) The Tote

(5) Tote

The Tote is probably the most practical bag of the lot – it’s roomy without being too bulky, it can double up as a work bag and if you pick a soft colour like beige, you can carry it for both formal and casual events.

Lately I’ve been able to go out in style on the weekends with these 2 cute clutch sling bags.

6 Bags Every Lady Needs | Enabalista_0000Each bag came with stuffing and wrapped in paper to keep the bag in shape and protected.
6 Bags Every Lady Needs | Enabalista_0001The cosmetic pouch can store quite a fair bit of items! Here’s a vintage looking clutch bag.6 Bags Every Lady Needs | Enabalista_00036 Bags Every Lady Needs | Enabalista_0002 And this is the other cute pink clutch sling, which matches well with white or pastel outfits, it also comes in other colours if you’re keen!

Thanks Que Du Bon for sending these bags over, be sure to head over to their Facebook shop if you’re keen in any of the bags above. Be sure to use code “Ena” for 30% off with min. $20 purchase online! Valid until 31st March 2017.

x

Ena

Last Minute Christmas Gifts Starting from $5 to $50

Yes it’s Christmas Eve, and if you’re still looking for gifts for friends and families at the last minute (tonight or tomorrow), here are a few recommendations!

More information about the brands and gifts in the links below! 😉

Shop QueDuBon bags
Quote “Ena” for 30% off, min. $20 and online purchase only. Until March 2017.
Shop Nivea Oil in Body Milk online here. Also available at Watsons.
The Body Shop SG Christmas
Sally Hansen SG available at Watsons
1872 Clipper Tea Co 
Origins SG
Kiehls SG
Anna Sui SG on Zalora (Use ZBAPQGVB for 15% first time purchase)
Estee Lauder on Sephora

Thanks to all the brands for sending me the gifts and press kits!<3

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5D4N Best of Korean Beauty, Food & Culture!

Hi guys!!!

You might have already seen my first blog post for my Korea trip, if you haven’t, check it out here -> 7 Recommended Beauty & Wellness Spots in Korea!

As mentioned at the end of the previous Korea trip post, I want to follow up with another blog post featuring the Korean Cultural and Food spots… But after some deliberation, I decided I’d do this massive blog post detailing pretty much the entire trip, well cus’ there’s so much information and random bits and pieces of my trip that won’t quite fall into “Cultural and Food” features. So here’s my recent 5D4N Korea trip blog post and photo diary! It definitely took me a long long while (>6 hours and counting, broke up in a few sittings) to get this post up and frankly a lot of inertia on my part to get into it – nonetheless, I’m just glad it’s finally up! 😀 I’m gonna try to follow up with a video compilation of snippets of the trip as well – so you can look out for that too! 🙂

Okayyy so let’s just get right into it! 😉

Pre Korea Trip

Bid my sister good bye as she would be leaving for her Phd studies in London while I am in Korea. We took Asiana airline with pretty good service and food! Definitely no qualms flying with them again. Sat next to Carolyn our friendly KTO Singapore personnel for both to & fro trips, glad to have someone familiar next to me to chat and enjoy meals with instead of being alone! 😀 Carolyn had the Bibimbap meal while I chose a fish option… which smelled a lot more appetising than it tasted, hence I opted for the Bibimbap meal on the trip back to Singapore, heh!

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Asiana airlines midnight flight to Korea!
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Korea Day 1:
Udong Noodles at Chungha
Incheon Songwol-dong Fairytale Village
Pocheon Herb Island
Dinner at Gogung
Lotte City Myeong Dong
Chimac Dinner at Myeong Dong

Udong Noodles at Chungha

We had Udong noodles at Chungha for our first breakfast in Korea. Before that, we had about 20 min to freshen up at at the airport toilet – makeup and change of outfit to be ready for our first day! I’m not a Udon noodles fan – but after this meal, I have a renewed appreciation for Udon noodles! The way Koreans do Udon is so tasty and the little puffs you see are fried crispies (is that how you spell it, lol). It’s not life changing, but if you’ll be passing by this restaurant I’d definitely recommend trying the Udon here. 🙂

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Incheon Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village

After getting filled up, we headed for Incheon’s Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village – it’s a fusion fairy tale village where it combines both Disney and local Korean fair tales! Very whimsical and cute, definitely recommended for fairy tale lovers to come by and check out this place that’s like a story book (or many fairytales) coming alive! I highly recommend planning a trip here the first thing in the morning from 9-10am to avoid the crowd which will start swarming in after 10am  and it’d be hard to take pictures.

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And of course, a more age appropriate group on what seems like a class outing. 🙂
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Lunch At Pocheon Herb Island

For lunch, we headed to Pocheon Herb Island for a western chicken chop meal which was huge – I only finished 1.5 pieces. They also served up edible flowers which was interesting. Pocheon Herb Island isn’t an island but a european style day resort with flower and herb gardens, herb healing center, bakery, shops, restaurant – mostly boasting with natural ingredients harvested from the “island” itself. I super love the essential oils and teas and regret not stocking up more while I was there – they were very reasonably priced and I highly recommend getting more if you’re planning a trip there. Also, it’s recommended to stay until the night to watch the lights in the night which gets pretty enchanting and magical! Unfortunately we left before dusk as we had to head off for our dinner. Entry to the island is ticketed and additional costs for meals and spa. For more about Herb Healing Center Spa and Herb Island photos and review, head over to my previous post. For more information, visit official website here and Visit Korea english website here.

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Bibimbap Dinner at Gogung

For our first dinner, we had Korea’s famous Bibimbap (mixed rice) at a local’s favourite brand – Gogung restaurant – apparently they have a few outlets throughout Korea so you can easily locate one when you’re in Korea – Koreans have Bibimbap in a steel bowl during summer and stone bowl during winter. The bowl was however too huge for most of us bloggers – I recommend sharing a bowl if you don’t eat a lot of rice and ordering more sides for sharing!

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Chimac Dinner Round 2 with Livia

After dinner, I met up with my local friend Livia for Chimac – which is chicken and beer, a trending favourite supper meal among locals, before street shopping. It was my first Chimac experience and 678 Chimac store at Myeong Dong is a great choice – I’ve had my fair share of Korean fried chicken/equivalent in Singapore – 4 Fingers, Bonchon, WingStop but seriously the Korean one takes the cake – idk why the chicken is SOO soft and tender on the inside?! Must be some kind of special recipe – unfortunately the servings were hugeee and we couldn’t finish both the fish udon soup and chicken. Both items were amazing I would most definitely go back and order both items again. chimac-dinner-myeong-dong-streets-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0007A short stroll from Lotte City Myeong Dong Hotel where I stayed.

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Korea Day 2:
K-Makeover at Beaute 101
Lunch at Duggi Tteok-bokki
Garosu-gil Simone Handbag Museum
Spa Lei
Dinner at Black Pig Korea
Seokchon Lake Super Moon Exhibition

Decided to gym twice during my trip and made it on day 2. Both times it was around 15 min but it was nonetheless great to kick start the day with – I don’t have a gym to go to back home and after this trip I realize how great it is to have one. The good news is that the gym right next door to my place (ok, 5 min walk) is opening soon and I’ve already signed up. My tip is to wear gym clothes to sleep and wake up and go down to gym, so less inertia and more motivation, since you’re already dressed for it!  HA. 😉day-2-morning-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0000

Had Angel in US coffee to go more for most of our mornings. <3

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K-Makeover at Beaute 101

Have shared quite a fair bit about this in my previous post!

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Lunch at Duggi Tteok-bokki

We had lunch at Duggi Tteok-bokki, for 9000-10,000won it’s all you can eat and a lot of instant and fried food choices – not a big fan but after speaking to a Korean friend, he was telling me that it was probably because we didn’t know how to prepare the food properly? – I’m not sure if you know how to – perhaps this is a place best visited with locals who can serve up a mean meal with the ingredients! 🙂 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0013 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0000 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0001 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0002 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0003 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0004 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0005 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0006 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0007 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0009 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0008 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0010 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0011 duggi-dokbokki-lunch-review-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0012

Simone Handbag Museum at Garosu-gil 

After lunch we headed to check out branded and exquisite handbags from past and present at Simone Handbag Museum – this really reminded me of my LASALLE days and especially our fashion exposure industry trip to Hong Kong. If you’re a fashion student. fashion or history lover – I recommend dropping by and catering at least 30-60 min and opt for a guided tour cause the guide shed so much more valuable insights to the bags on display then we would have gained if we were just looking at it by ourselves – it’s best to call in to make an appointment and the guide/curator can speak pretty decent english – way better than she’s willing to take credit for. 🙂 There’s a really impressive bag studio at the basement and if you’re based in Korea – you can sign up for a class of 4 lessons to learn how to DIY/custom make your own bag. P.S. Photos are technically not allowed in the museum displays, but I sneaked these, lol.
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Garosugil Gangnam Streets

After checking out the museum, we had a short interval to walk and shop the streets of Garosugil Gangnam – which is a great place to people watch – the people along Gangnam streets are very stylish and chic – if I had the chance, I’d like to spend hours just people watching while enjoying a cuppa coffee at Coffeesmith cafe.garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0000 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0002 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0003 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0004 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0006 garosugil-gangnam-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0007

Spa Lei

We headed for Spa Lei with a short 1 hour interval so we didn’t manage to get to do much except touring the space and soaking our feet in the hot spa towards the end – photos are strictly not allowed but we had the manager’s supervision to take these while we were inside, specially for our review. For more info., visit my previous post here.

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BBQ Dinner at Black Pig Korea

If you’re fan of BBQ pork then this is where you’ll be right at home, hahaha. I don’t think I’ve seen any BBQ shops quite as good as this one – on hindsight the smoke suction and the entire shop and service was incredible – I don’t recall smelling like BBQ when I left the shop. Am personally not a huge fan of pork or BBQ in general but definitely appreciate the experience here.

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Super Moon Installation at Seokchon Lake

Can I just say I really enjoyed and appreciate the Super Moon? Super Moon is an installation at Seokchon which coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival when the Moon is the rounded and brightest – so a lot of locals – young and old, couples and in groups were out to admire both the Super Moon and real moon. It was very nice and heartwarming to see grandpas, couples, families with young kids out in the park admiring the installation. And I super love how restful and super cute the Super Moon is!

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Myeong Dong Street Shopping (2nd Night)

For our 2nd night, Joyce, Siaw Ee and I proceeded to Myeong Dong for street snacks and shopping! Shall let the photos do the talking~

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 Korea Day 3:
Breakfast
Kwangdong Oriental Hospital “Oriental Relax Treatment”
Lunch @ Nonhyeon Ginseng Chicken Soup
Site Inspection @ S Class Spa
Barista Experience @ Cafe Teh Bean
Hongdae
King Crab Dinner @ Kim & Kim

After a quick hotel breakfast, Joyce and I came down to Angel in Us for our morning coffee. 🙂

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Kwangdong Oriental Hospital  “Oriental Relax Treatment”

And then we headed for our first visit of the day – where we experienced various treatments – I had my very first acupuncture session! More photos and information over here.

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Lunch @ Nonhyeon Ginseng Chicken Soup

Definitely recommend spot for traditional Korean ginseng chicken soup and porridges! I’m a fan of both and I would like to come back here again! As usual, the servings are huge – I recommend sharing.

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Site Inspection @ S Class Spa

We visited this luxe S Class Spa – they have this really interesting couple suite that has 2 beds for couple massage and even a love tub for soaking and it looks like a hotel suite. Will post up a picture of it below. Prices are about 200,000 won / ~S$250upwards per pax. For more information, visit their website heres-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0003 s-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0000 s-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0001 s-class-spa-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0002

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Yup, this is the interesting couple room that looks like a hotel suite.

Hongdae, Barista Class @ Cafe The Bean

We had a really interesting Cafe Barista Class at Cafe the Bean located close to Hongdae. So some pictures of the neighbourhood before the class!

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King Crab Dinner @ Kim & Kim

It’s honestly hard to pick a favourite meal in Korea cause I have a few – but I can say this was my favourite dinner! The King Crab, the soup base, the seafood – top shell, salmon, the rice – everything was SO GOOD. The only issue would be having too much of a good thing(s) in one meal? LOL. So the idea is to come here with a sizable group (at least 4-5) and order to share!

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Hongdae Shopping & Night Out

After Kim & Kim, we walked back to contine shopping at Hongdae! And then Siaw Ee and Brenda left to meet their friends respectively. So Joyce and I continued shopping and had desserts before I met my friend Taeseong; for supper and a walk around Hongdae club scene before heading back to the hotel!

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Korea Day 4:
Angel in Us Cafe Breakfast
K-Style Hub
Grevin Museum
Lunch @ Insadong Chon Restaurant
Sulwhasoo Flagship Store
Myeong Dong Osulloc Tea House
Dinner @ Top Cloud

Joyce and I wanted to try a different breakfast so we headed out of our hotel on the Saturday morning… but our hotel is in a CBD area so there wasn’t many choices available. So we headed back to the Angel In Us cafe where we have our usual coffees. HA.

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K-Style Hub

K-Style Hub is a tourist information and experience center for tourists to learn more about all things Korean – culture, food, technology. We had the most fun with the Virtual Reality booths where we tried on goggles and experienced virtual skiing and taking wefies with popular Kpop stars, in our case we chose Big Bang members! We had about an hour here, but you can probably spend half a day here and still not be bored!

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Grevin Museum

Grevin Museum is a wax museum from Paris. It’s not as famous as Madame Tussauds’s from London but it’s equally as good or even more innovative than the latter. I DID NOT EXPECT TO HAVE SO MUCH FUN. I definitely recommend it. For 18,000 won / S$21 is WORTH IT.  I don’t want to raise your expectations too high cause obviously we went without expectations and were floored – from interactive games to hob-nobbing with notable figures past and present to getting cosy with celebrities from Hollywood to Hallyu fame – you’re bound to enjoy one, if not many elements of this museum. Also, they have a “make your own wax figure” experience which is pretty cool and a fun activity for families with children to experience. Again, will let the photos do the talking! grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0000 grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0006

MOST ENTERTAINING – no kidding! grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0001 grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0007 grevin-museum-visit-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista_0010 How many of these notable figures can you name? 😉
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Lunch @ Insadong Chon

Taking a breather to stock take how long this post is, LOL. And I am more than half way through – I can do this. HAHA.

Lunch here IS FREAKING AWESOME. If you’re like me and you like traditional Korean meals then this is highly recommended – I tried to look for the address (thanks to Linda!), and I THINK it’s this one, hopefully the numbers still work!

INSADONG CHON
Insadong Sam Gil, Seoul, Korea
Phone: 02 720 4888 | mobile: 011 9875 4349

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Sulwhasoo Flagship Store

Another beauty feature you can find in my previous post here. 🙂

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Osulloc Tea House @ Myeong Dong

I love green tea, in case you don’t already know – I drink a cup of sugar free green tea each night before I sleep for the calming and detox benefits. And I love the flavour! So it was perfect to enjoy a cup of matcha latte and caramel/chestnut (we didn’t figure out what the brown cake flavour was, but it tastes better than the matcha cake, lol) here! They even have drip green tea here – didn’t get to try that, maybe next time! Highly recommend purchases to make include Osulloc green tea satchets, green tea powder and green tea spread! Also a tip to check out level 2 for more seats with nice decor as well!

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Dinner @ Top Cloud

I know I mentioned Kim and Kim was my favourite dinner – that’s in terms of taste – but for ambience, Top Cloud’s the top choice. High up on a building – with live band music in the background, beautiful city skyline in the night, a discerning crowd, enjoyable company – and have I mentioned a really cute waitery(?!! Sorry no photos but he looks like a skinny version of Hyun Bin) Top Cloud is the place to bring your date. enjoy the time there and make beautiful memories together. 🙂

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Day 5 (Last Day)
Hotel Check Out
Heyri Art Village: Alive Museum
Lunch @ Chaesundang
Airport
Back to Singapore!

I wasn’t planning to get up earlier for gym but a very kind friend *coughs* reminded me the night before so I kept to my promise and got up early on Sunday, pulled my weary self and went down to gym and pretty much walked and jogged for the 15 min there. Is it weird that I really enjoyed or came to appreciate my view at the gym? Like every morning I’d wake up and watch people stroll and walk to work (my room view is the same as the gym’s). And well, on Sundays there weren’t any but it just made me reflect – it’s funny how easily humans can become attached to things and surroundings. 🙂
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Joyce left a bag in the room so we sneaked a pic while waiting for her before we went down to catch our mini van. 🙂 We missed a picture with my super friendly and helpful Ajusshi driver – he, along with Heather our tour guide and interpreter (far left below!) – they are the epitome of taking pride in their work – so joyful and professional – and it’s such a pleasure to be in their presence. 🙂last-day-check-out-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalistah-campina-watch-review-enabalista1-jpg-best-of-seoul-korea-food-and-culture-enabalista_0002

Heyri Art Village

For our last cultural spot we checked out Heyri Art Village – which would be a great family spot – dads can chill at cafe (if they don’t want to join the kids – and mums and children can visit the children’s fairytale museums and exhibitions. Well, we spotted an “Erotic art” museum so i guess that’s for adults only? HAHA. Seriously though,  I think this is a great place to enjoy lunch, cafe hope, check out the museum and the flowers here are very pretty too. 🙂

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Next we checked out Alive museum – after getting spoiled by Grevin Museum – it’s hard to be impressed , but we still had fun! 🙂
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Our Siaw Ee gamed for some interesting photo moments at Alive Museum! 🙂

Lunch @ Chaesundang

Chaesundang was my favourite lunch spot while in Korea – the seafood was SO FRESH and the seafood porridge was REALLY good, as you can probably tell I tried to control myself but I still ate a lot and gained about 2 kg during the trip. #NoRegrets though! HAHAHA.

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Airport!

We had a very easy and smooth process of getting our tax refunds – i had about 8,000 won back which was more than enough for a cup of green tea latte and melon ice cream at Paris Baguette –  I wanted to chill so I missed out on last minute duty free shopping at Korea which stocks all your popular Korean skincare and makeup brands like Laneige, Sulwhasoo and Hera, to name a few!

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Back home in SG!

Special and big thanks to Carolyn and KTO Singapore (be sure to follow them on FB for exciting KR-SG updates!) for making this trip possible! Also thanks to Heather and driver Ajusshi for taking such good care of us while we were there. Shoutout to my fellow travel mates, Joyce, Brenda and Siaw Ee – the entire trip was extra sweet with you girls around! <3

About 8 hours in the making for this blog post! Hope you found it interesting, inspiring and helpful for planning your next trip to Korea! 😉

x

Ena

Kapten & Son; for the adventurers and global citizens

How we dress is a way of self-expression and how we want others to perceive us. I’ve always worn a watch since I started going to school and I’ve always picked watches that express who I am. When I was younger, pink and white were colours of choice, they were colourful, cute and fun. But as I grew older, I gravitated to black colour as it’s not only easy to match but suitable for all occasions, totally practical. However recently I’ve taken a strong liking to rose gold as it’s not only a lovely but trending and fashionable colour.

My recent favourite watch of choice is from Kapten & Son’s in Campina with a Mesh band, black face and in rose gold colour. I love how the brand is designed for the adventurers and global citizens, folks who revel in freedom and enjoy travelling.  I also love how my watch is perfect for work appointments but also looks chic for casual events.

Grab your Kapten & Son watch of choice on their website here.

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Thank you Kapten & Son for sending my watch of choice over! <3

10 Practical Advice If You’re 26 and Single (like me)

It’s been a while since I blogged about something personal… 1 year and coming 10 months, to be exact. HA. And yes, if you’re reading this, you probably came because you’ve read the title and clicked – and yes, I will get to that. But before I do, a little back story is in order.  (Or you can skip and go straight to the main content below.) Why I say 1 year and 10 months, is because back in January 2015, I wrote this article <9 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be The Third Party In A Relationship>. And if you’re lazy to read it, the TL;DR version reads: it won’t end well. And the funny thing is, this article has recently been attracting a lot of views, like consistently 20-30+ page views a day, so much so that I was intrigued and then I found out… If you google “third party relationship advice” my blog article comes out top. Not second, not third, but freaking number 1. Case in point:

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No kidding.

And a blogger friend (hi Tay ying!)  recently commented in a group chat how she was casually reading our blogs and she came across that post and how it was really good. And occasionally I go back to read the article and am also quite impressed (#noshame) how I actually formulated all of that post in one seating,  with no prior planning. I guess that’s why they say experience is King because that’s really all you need to actually give credible advice. And so, this recent development of that post really got me thinking – people are searching for relationship/life advice, and I do have a knack in giving them – even if I’ve never had a proper/official relationship and am single right now. And looking back, I was really frustrated with why I was “attracting” all of these attached guys when I just wanted to date a single guy and be in a proper relationship. And it really just dawned on me as I was reflecting / mentally preparing for this post earlier that maybe God intended for me to experience all of those frustrations (nonsense, really) so that I could craft that sincere and heartfelt message and that it would impact 8355 people who viewed the article, as of writing. To give you an idea of how many people 8355 is, it would seat 1.5x of The Star Auditorium which houses only 5000 seats. Additionally, in my recent conversation with a friend (Hi Larry!), I also realized that even though I’m single; I’m not apologetic for that, I’m happy being single. Even without being attached, I’ve had my fair share of dating experiences to share with both guys and girls alike on how to be happily single but still be open to relationships. And that’s what this post is about.

Ok, that was a long introduction, now let’s just dive straight into this post’s main content proper!

10 Practical Advice If You’re 26 and Single (like me)

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1.Face up to reality.
Let’s face it, at 26 years old, we’re no longer young, wide-eyed and innocent – as much as we might want to be. For girls, you’ve probably starting working full time at least a good 3 years and for guys, at least 1+ year. Some of my peers who had kids at 21 years old, their baby is no longer a baby, but a fully grown, walking 5 year old kindergarten-going child ,some even already had their 2nd and/or planning/expecting their second. (I know, at this point, you might be wondering what we’re doing with our lives, huh). I realized that before 25, to have a friend who’s married or pregnant really was the minority and a huge Whatsapp chat topic – but past 25, it begins to be a norm. “Oh another one” is what I think when I see another wedding announcement on Facebook, and no longer Whatsapp hot topic worthy. SO, to say that “Aiya, I’m still young.” ain’t that true anymore, we really could be parents at this age. But the silver lining is that we’ve only passed the mid 20s – we’re still 4 years shy before we hit the big 3. So yes, we’ve got time, but now ain’t the time to be shy – if you’re single, you shouldn’t be desperate to be married (really) but you should start to be concerned especially if marriage is something you’re planning for – because you know, finding the right person and dating is required before marriage, right?

2.Be open to meeting new people of the opposite gender in your life – and actually show interest.
I know this sounds like a freaking “duh” statement. But you know how some people are so absorbed with the issue/problem at hand that they don’t see anything else? If you’ve been single all your life and you’ve never or really rarely go on dates, how do you expect yourself to be attached if you let your life just remain status quo? People you’ve known all your life should/would have asked you out if they were keen. It’s true that it’s hard to make close friends with old friends. Please don’t tell me that you expect God to drop you The One from the skies. Or that you hope to knock into him/her on the way to work (speaking of which, there’s this dating app Happn (not linking them cause this is not a sponsored post, lol – but if you find The One from said app, please come back and report). BUT the probability of those are low to non-existent, so please don’t bank on them. Whether it’s joining and attending a cell group in church, volunteering for a charity or the Resident’s Committee (RC) in your neighbourhood, picking up a new hobby like taking up guitar or dance classes – you’ve got to put yourself out there, and why not choose to also spend your time meaningfully while at it? And the “actually show interest” part – I’ve got to address the girls and guys separately for this one. Girls, guys can be really quite dense and/or shy – so if you like him, and in any of the setting I’ve described above (cell group, volunteer work, classes) there WILL be opportunities where you can send a smile/sweet/tissues his way. I’m not saying that you should buy a bag of sweets and store packs of tissues in your bag and start giving them out to all the potential bfs you meet – but if you’re really interested in the guy, you’ve got to actually interact with him, so he can 1. realize that you exist 2. feel your presence 3. have the chance to talk to you, to get to know you better. Now for the guys – Guys, girls are supposedly the more sensitive gender, I know. But girls can also be very shy – and rightly so, especially when it comes to the guy they actually like. So try to engage conversation with the girl in a group setting where possible, to break the ice and if she shows positive interest, then take and continue the conversation to a private setting.

3.Know your worth.
I know this sounds like it’s more for the girls – but it’s really for both girls and guys. It’s easy to tell the girls/easier for girls to relate about knowing your worth because we tend to think that girls are more insecure and less assertive. But the truth is that insecurity hits both genders, isn’t it?

For the girls, I want you to know that you’re a woman of value – God thinks so and your parents think so. If you don’t realize and acknowledge your own worth, you can’t make others realize that  – and when they don’t, they will not value you. Hence it’s important that you first know your worth – and act like it. What is your worth, you ask? It’s your time, your words (speech, texts, messages), your actions, your body. Everything that’s got to do with you – it doesn’t define you, but rather you define your worth. It’s when you know you are a woman of value that you behave like it, and everything about you becomes valuable and precious – people want to spend time with you, they want to hear you speak, they appreciate your actions and your being/existence. Humans love what’s limited edition and exclusive – it’s a lie that the world tells when it tells you to give in easily because “true love” is about passion and physical expression – let me lay it down for you, it’s not. Love is more than words, actions and physical touch – it’s about being committed – it’s a conscious decision to remain loyal to another, despite time and aging, all odds and temptations, which WILL come.

If you’re the type that always responds to a late night date/ rendezvous after one message or call and finds it hard to be attached – it’s because people don’t appreciate you. I’m NOT saying you should play hard to get. But if you’re always readily available at 26 when one naturally has to balance work, family and friends, people might think maybe you’re just too free (read: your time is not very valuable, it’s easy to date you out.) Hence, you’ve got to explain to them that you don’t do things and spend time with just anyone – you’re making time, only because and for him/her – then they will start to see you in a different light and treat you better, try it.

For guys, if you’re 26, maybe you’re not anxious – because you’re focused on your career. BUT if you’re actively looking and getting anxious – let me explain that girls always fall for the cool guy. If you’re chatting/WApping this cute girl and she friendzoned you or if you asked a girl out and she rejected you, pls don’t swear off all girls and vow to never speak to said girl again. Firstly, you’ve got to know your worth as a man – nothing oozes more confidence than a man (same for girls) who is confident in his own skin, really.  Know that if a girl rejects you, it’s nothing personal. It’s the same if you got rejected for the job, it’s just not a good fit, nothing’s wrong with you. BUT there are ways to make yourself shine – if you know what the girl likes/sees in a partner, find ways to highlight your strengths to her so that she can see those traits in you. Know that if you’ve tried asking the girl you liked out (and hopefully gone on dates with her), it’s all that matters, at least you’ve tried! She’s not the only girl in the world, if she passes you on, know that you’ve got a better girl coming your way (don’t trust me on this, trust yourself on this!). And here’s a piece of more radical (not for the fainthearted) advice – most girls can be won with perseverance – the truth is guys these days give up too easily (you can quote me on this). IF you legit like this girl, and you think that here’s no one but her for you, without bordering on being a psycho/stalker/harassing her, there are ways to continue to show interest as friends until the day when she is finally touched and you’ll have won her heart. I can’t give you exact details or tips on this, but I’m pretty sure there’s a part of the internet that will expound on this topic – found it, it’s here (caveat: I only skimmed through it, but trust that it will be helpful).

4.Don’t settle.
Which leads me to this topic, if you know your worth, you won’t settle. We settle for something/someone when we worry that we won’t find something/someone better. Because we feel we are not good enough. But please, don’t settle. I’d rather be single in life than to be attached and have to seat through dinner with someone I have no feelings for (I’d rather be watching drama at home). Don’t, don’t settle. I recently met a friend who broke up with her bf of 9 years (they were slated to marry next year when their BTO is ready). But because she couldn’t foresee a future with then bf, she initiated the breakup. The good news is that she’s now happily attached to someone new. Don’t take my word for it and break up for the sake of breaking up – what I’m saying is, you determine your decisions, consequences and life. So take charge of your life, take charge of your relationships, take charge of your life and don’t settle.

5.Be ready for the one.
So many times we hear people saying “when will I meet Mr/Ms Right?” but have you every stopped to ponder if you will be that Mr/Ms Right for that someone? Well, I have and that’s why I’ve intentionally chose not to rush into relationship. The best “record” I’ve had was having a “friend” asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend after a grand time of one week when I was 16. Spoiler: I said no. And yes, he scared me away. And also, he threatened to jump down the building when I wanted to stop a phone conversation with him the day before Chinese O levels – I was so scared, I continued that conversation for over an hour. Looking back, it certainly wasn’t fun then, but now it brings me and my bff much laughter. And since him, suicide threats by guys have no effect on me. “You want to commit suicide? You’re kidding me.” Digressing aside, perhaps at this age we are already emotionally and mentally mature (I certainly hope you are) to be in a committed relationship sans drama and suicidal threats. Maybe you’ve got a bad temper or a bad habit, now’s a good time to work on it before meeting Mr/Ms Right. That said, ultimately, we got to know that we’re not perfect – so we’re not going to find Mr/Ms Perfect, but we can still be the right one for that right person. 🙂

6.Have a check/prayer list.
This might be debatable, but I subscribe to it and let me explain why. Like finding a house, you need to know what to look out for before house viewing and then signing the contract. If you have NO IDEA what to look for, then you may never know where to start looking, never find a place or the right one. (Unless you end up in an arranged marriage, it’s like moving in a house your parents bought for you, I guess.) And like buying a house – there is no perfect house. But if you can find someone that matches 70% of what you look for, it’s a green light! Also, if you have no idea what to look for, you won’t even know it if your Mr/Ms Right walks right by you! But if you do, it opens your eyes to know if someone potential is near you as he/she will check the boxes on your list!  It’s also helpful to pray about the list you might have – like, “dear God, I hope my significant other (SO) is good with managing finances because I’m bad at it.” – not only because God hears our prayers, but also because what our mind asks for, we receive. My friend Su once said, after salvation prayer, our prayer for our SO is the second most important decision in our life, because the person will be the one whom we will spend the rest of our life with. Also, pray for favour! That when others see you, they will naturally like you. 🙂

7.Go on dates.
And yes I mean it – try Tinder, OKCupid, CoffeeMeetsBagel – because, why not? Fun fact: I tried Tinder and OKCupid for the first time in March this year. I deleted both within 3 weeks. Went on 1 date from Tinder who picked me up in a Maserati (dude got married in June, LOL, obviously he wasn’t single in March, tsk), 5 dates from OKCupid and still friends (good friends in fact) with 1 guy. If it’s your first time trying online dating apps – it may be a little overwhelming and definitely time consuming. Tips: fill in your profile with nice photos of yourself and a descriptive profile (get a friend to help if need). For girls, go ahead and ignore, block and delete all sexual related messages. OKCupid is a lot more specific in match pairing then Tinder (swipe left or right). I have a friend who met her fiance on OKCupid and they’re getting married next March, so dating apps definitely work. I’m not recommending dating apps because I think you will definitely find your happily ever after there – but rather I think it’s an effective way of matching busy working adults who have no other avenues of meeting new people if they are too busy for social activities. And also, I think it’s a great way to figure out who you are (if you haven’t already realized this) and what you’re looking for in your SO. Also, the motivation of looking for a SO on these apps can be both a boon and a bane – on one hand, singles are motivated to find someone, which is great. But on the other hand, it might be a challenge to develop a strong friendship (which I think is really important) before jumping into a relationship. For girls, please practice safety and always be the one to decide a safe place and time to meet up with a guy – brunch, lunch. tea time coffee sessions are recommended – avoid night time and alcohol lest said guy becomes frisky and you have a hard time getting away.

8.Read up about dating, relationships and pick up helpful life skills (where time allows, lol).
So much talk about finding Mr/Ms Right and being Mr/Ms Right, there are practical ways to improve and becoming more of a Mr/Ms Right. I’m starting to feel that a guy is really attractive when he shows traits of potentially being a good husband and father, like leadership skills and being good with kids. In the same way, I reckon a guy who wants to settle down and have a family, would look for a girl who enjoys spending time with her family and likes kids. Although my cooking skills are very basic, I’m pretty sure cooking skills are much appreciated, both from guys and girls. So don’t fret if you’re single! Instead of whining and worrying, start investing your time to pick up life skills like doing house chores, cooking and taking care of kids (practise with other people’s kids, LOL). While you’re at it, it doesn’t harm to post about your experiences on FB, maybe your potential SO will notice these positive traits/posts and initiate conversation naturally. 😉

9.Talk to friends from both genders and learn from their experiences.
Again, this might seem like a very “duh” thing again. But either we’re too shy about asking for relationship advice or we don’t have the habit to ask about this kind of personal stuff. (Or maybe it’s just me, I stick to my very small social circle of super close friends that I share my personal life with, lol) The thing is, you’ll be surprised by how much people are willing to share over coffee/meal! It’s good to speak to friends from all spectrum; single, attached, married and just pick up and KIV tips as and where relevant. And also, it’s good to ask for relationship tips from a platonic friend of the opposite gender who will shed insights that a friend of the same gender doesn’t have/can’t give! 😉

10.RELAX and just be yourself.
There’s a phrase that goes “Love comes to those who least expect it. For those of you still waiting, just be a little more patient.” There’s nothing more attractive than a person who’s comfortable in his/her skin doing what he/she’s best at. So continue to work hard in your career and give your best in the things you do and do what you do best – you’re bound to attract your special someone your way! 😉

In case you’re wondering, yes I am single and available. Recently I’ve been texting and went on dinners with a particular guy which I have positive feelings for – not gonna share more on this cause it’s private and will just let nature that it’s course. As to why I’m still single, well in a nutshell, just haven’t met the right guy – maybe I have now, but I’m really not sure about that at this stage… I prefer guys who take the initiative. Thanks for reading the post, just sharing from the heart… hope it’s been helpful! 🙂

x

Ena

Live life Fresh and in Style with COLAB™ Dry Shampoos

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. So much so that after hearing me sing praises for dry shampoo, my friend calls me “an advocate for dry shampoo”!

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I’ve discovered the wonders of dry shampoo only about a year ago and I’ve never looked back since! There are many reasons why I love dry shampoo but in short, dry shampoo helps keep my scalp and hair fresher for longer, it even keeps my hair looking chio-er with more volume and smelling good!

  1. Dry Shampoo keeps hair fresher for longer

My preferred dry shampoo of choice is COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible’s Monaco Fresh Fragrance with lemon, mandarin and light amber scents. Even when I don’t wash my hair in the morning and I need to get ready and out of home in a jiffy, a spritz of COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible Range’s Monaco Fresh Fragrance in my hair makes my hair smell fresh, like I just came out of the shower and I love it!

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2. Dry Shampoo adds volume to limp hair

Another reason why I love dry shampoo is because it dries up any oil in my scalp and it adds volume to my hair at the same time! So any limp hair is revived and got me looking like I stepped out of a salon after a blow out. If you’re all about adding volume to your hair, I recommend COLAB™ Extreme Volume, here I’ve got it in the London Classic Fragrance with rose, magnolia and woody musk scents.

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3. Dry Shampoo makes hair smell fresh and good

Last but not the least, dry shampoo removes any hair odours and adds a fresh fragrance to my hair! Just like how I pick my perfumes, depending on my mood, I like to pick COLAB™ Sheer+Invisible in New York in  Fruity Fragrance with citrusy, rose and violet notes on sunny days and Tokyo Oriental Fragrance with Mandarin, Jasmine notes when I’m feeling a little more feminine.

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<1. Spray 20cm away from scalp>

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<2. Comb through hair and style>

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<3. Voila~ Looking fresh and smelling good!>

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Some days when I’m out and about for work and blogging activities the whole day and want to keep my hair looking fresh and smelling good, I bring my COLAB™ Dry Shampoo out with me! Other beauty babies I bring with me to keep me looking and feeling good includes a facial mist to keep my skin hydrated, hand cream to keep my hand moisturised and lipstick to keep my lips always looking on point! 😉

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I also know girlfriends who place their dry shampoo at their work desk, so after going out for lunch,  they will use the dry shampoo to remove any “odours” and greasiness from lunch!

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And that’s me on a regular day, out and about for work, blogging and personal appointments! Gotta thank COLAB™ for hair that’s tamed, oil free and though you can’t tell, smelling good.

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7 Recommended Beauty & Wellness Spots in Korea!

Are you planning for a pampering  trip with your girlfriends / mum or sisters soon?  I was just in Korea last month for a Beauty and Wellness trip and had the privilege to experience the best of Beauty and Wellness that Korea has to offer. Today’s post will cover 7 beauty spots and services that we visited which I highly recommend! Maybe you can KIV some spots for your next trip! 😉

(1) K-Beauty Makeover at Beauté 101

Beauté 101 is one of Korea’s top 1-stop shop for all your beauty needs; hair, makeup and nails. Need to prep for a night out in Korea? Fret not – just be in your outfit for the night, factor 2-3 hours with them and you’ll be ready to rock and roll in style, with your tresses, makeup and nails done. I also recommend checking out the nearby alleyways for cute spots for OOTDs like we did! For a basic hair styling, makeup and nails package like I did, it costs 242,000 won (S$298), add another 100,000 won (S$122) to upgrade to a party/special package. Located in Gangam, check out their Facebook page here and be sure to reserve in advance for your slot.

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(2) Luxe Facial Spa at Sulwhasoo Flagship Store

If you’re travelling with your mum or favourite aunt, may I suggest and recommend booking a luxe Facial Spa at Sulwhasoo Flagship Store – Korea’s equivalent of La Mer, whether it’s products, place or service, it won’t disappoint. On the ground floor, you’ll find exhibitions of past and present products and packaging. If you think that the ground floor is astounding, you’ll be further impressed by their second level where #interiorgoals abound. You’ll find a gift wrapping segment followed by an array of current ranges of products which are free for testing followed by a private lounge area where you can sip tea and enjoy testing out the products one by one, including the famed Sulwhasoo – Harmonizen Regenerating Cream which costs 650,000 (S$800). Yes that’s right you didn’t read wrong. After shopping (according to the local staff, the store is very generous with their samples and price after discounts for tourists is even better than airport). Before you’re ushered off for your spa, enjoy a vial of ginseng ampoule (drank, not applied), complemented with a cuppa green tea to balance the bitterness of the ginseng. Following which, you can proceed to their spa level and then into individual rooms which are designed like hotel rooms, with individual shower room. The facial spa begins with a foot soak followed by scrub with their special ginseng body scrub that’s not for sale and only available at the spa – talk about exclusivity! There’s even an iPhone cable charge in the spa room, super thoughtful. After the facial, which ends off with Sulwhasoo’s very thorough skincare regime, you can prep your tresses and apply their in house Sulwhasoo makeup foundation and blusher at the private makeup room. I also love that their staff speak basic conversational english pretty well. Visit them at 650, Sinsadong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

In case you’re wondering what’s in the Sulwhasoo facial, these are my notes – I can’t recall the entire skincare regime at the end as it was too extensive!:

Hot feet soak
Ginseng scrub
Facial portion:
Remove makeup
Cleansing oil
Hot towel
White ginseng scrub
Sleeping mask
Rest
After facial skincare:
First treatment essence
Lotion
Moisturizer
Serum
Sunblock

(Visit their site if you’d like to find out more about their Beauty Ritual)

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(3) Soak, spa & massage at women’s only Spa Lei

Lei Spa is a popular women’s only spa, and rated #7 out of 230 spas and wellness places in Seoul on TripAdvisor. As we were fully made-over after our Beaute101 experience and we were a little short of time during our visit to Spa Lei, we didn’t (want to) experience a full soak, sauna and massage which will ruin our hair and makeup, lol. We did however enjoy a drink and hot feet soak at both their outdoor and indoor foot spa. While their staff speak very limited english, I was very impressed with their 3 floors of facilities ranging from saunas, spa, massage, sleeping rooms, TV rooms, outdoor terrace, cafe, nails services and more – I can imagine it’s a place to hang out with my girlfriends for a whole day just doing sauna, spa, massage, meals, nails and more. For as little as 2000won an hour, it’s no wonder Spa Lei is a hit with both local and tourists alike. Do note that privacy is a huge concern, so you will need to keep your phones in the locker as no phones are allowed in the spa.spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0000 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0001 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0002 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0003 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0004 spa-lei-women-only-spa-in-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0006

(4) Skincare and Makeup Shopping at Myeong Dong

If you count yourself a K-beauty lover, no trip to Korea would be complete without visiting Myeong Dong where there’s an endless supply and promotion of all things Korean skincare and makeup. If you’re a fan of new skincare brands, then you must pay a visit to Olive Young who stocks brands that are more under the radar before they are established enough to have their owns stores, such as CNP, WakeWake and ElishaCoy. If you’re like me and a fan of established skincare and makeup brands such as Laneige, EtudeHouse, Clio & TheFaceshop, then it’s best to plan your trip to coincide with Korea’s sales season which is start of October and the next one would be early next year, visit Visit Korea website or Korea Grand Sale website for updates. If you’re planning to buy in bulk, my local friend suggests visiting Duty Free at Lotte Mall for really awesome bulk discounts.

Also, no street shopping is complete without street snacks!I will be writing a separate article on recommended Korean food spots, but thought I should add this in as well. Speaking of street snacks, On my first night in Korea, I’d met up with my friend, Livia for Chimac dinner. Livia works at Charis and she gifted me with a Klairs Mochi Bb cushion, a lightweight foundation – you can get it from my Charis online store here~  Also, I have to mention that you can get lots of awesome Korean snacks at Big Mart at Myeong Dong, opens till 12am!

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Second night at Myeong Dong (we were there most nights since it was a stone throw away from our hotel!):myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0005 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0006 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0007 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0008 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0010 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0011 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0012 myeong-dong-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0013

I also recommend staying at Lotte City Myeongdong Hotel which is a 10 minutes walk away from Myeong Dong shopping streets. A relatively new hotel with impeccable and friendly staff service, good breakfast spread, comfortable bedroom and great housekeeping service.

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Apart from Myeong Dong, I also recommend paying a visit to Gangnam where you’ll find Style Nanda and many shop fronts with lovely visual merchandising in their windows and having a cuppa coffee at Coffeesmith, just to people watch – the dudes are particularly handsome there, haha.

Style Nanda store:

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Club Clio, got the colour I wanted in Celeb Rose which ran out at Olive Young!:gangnam-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0006 gangnam-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0007 gangnam-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0008

If you have more time, you should also check out Hongdae where there’s more Korean makeup and skincare shops (no surprises, LOL) and more street fashion!

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Walked into Labiotte for their wine lipsticks!
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Got one of these lipsticks, which is a lovely coral and hydrating formula:hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0004

Burnt orange and browns colours are all the rage this fall!:
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Love these new 3CE liquid lips shades in Lazy, Obsessed & New me, except I’d already bought like 8 lipsticks by this time, so I didn’t purchase any, lol! #onemouthonlyhongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0008

Was super tempted to get this, but would be too creamy/shimmery/oily for SG’s humid weather, so I did not – but if I was staying in Korea would go for this!:hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0007 hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0011Also, Chuu official has nice lip tints!hongdae-street-shopping-korea-beauty-wellness-must-go-review-enabalista_0010

(5) Wellness Treatment at KwangDong Oriental Hospital

Have I mentioned that we’ve been treated to only the best in Korea during our trip? The same can be said of our visit to KwangDong Oriental Hospital – we were there on a Friday morning at 9.30am and there were already customers at the counters paying for their oriental medicine dosage/satchets after their check ups. My wellness session with KwangDong Oriental Hospital started with registration, followed by consultation with the doctor, interpreted by a very eloquent lady named Jenny – the doctor then administered my virgin acupuncture experience (pretty painless in fact) on my stiff shoulders and aching calves followed by a cold stone facial spa and hot herbal foot pack – it was an incredible and unique experience to have a cold and hot sensation simultaneously on the opposing ends of my body. I love my experience at KwangDong Oriental Hospital and hope to bring my parents there some day.

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(6) Relaxing Spa Session at Herb Island

Last but not the least, if you’re a fan of whimsical European style, I recommend visiting Herb Island and experiencing the Spa session after lunch and staying until the evening when the place is lit in the night. The Spa session starts off with tea and registration followed by a foot soak, a hot pack experience while laying on a cloth over dried hay (I imagine that’s how Jesus felt when he was a baby in a manger, lol) and ending off with massage (choice of back or feet, I picked feet). Also, the shops are super pretty, if you’re a fan of aromatic oil, scents and tea, it’s a place you can stock up on supplies!

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If you enjoyed reading my Beauty and Wellness recommendations, stay tuned to my next post on Korean Food recommendations in Seoul! 😉

If you’d like a chronological update to my Beauty and Wellness Korean Trip visit my Dayre days 272-278 starting here.

Thank you Carolyn and Korean Tourism Organisation Singapore for making the trip to Korea possible!

Camo Corset

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve posted!

Today’s series of photos are featuring D’Corselet’s camo corset, one of my favourite piece from their store. If you’re looking for corsets, D’corselet with the largest collection of corsets in Singapore, stocking even sizes up to 6XL will not disappoint!

I’m really into camo print recently. I think that the camo print trend from the 90s revival is really back – and I particularly like it when brands have a new twist to the camo print, like a unique print or updated mixture or varying camo colours. You’ll be sure to see me sporting more camo in my IG updates. 🙂

Coming back to this particular camo corset that I’m sporting in this post, I’m wearing a S, although a M size would fit better. The difference isn’t huge, except when you see the adjustable ribbons at the back, the gap is bigger for S size whereas for M it’s smaller – however as I pair my camo corset with a white top, it’s ok to have bigger gaps behind.

Wearing a corset really does accentuates a woman’s curves, which is why some girls love wearing it for special events and halloween. But boy, is a corset tight. The honest truth is that I wore this out for pre-dinner photo-taking and I took it off for dinner. I’m obviously new to corset-wearing, so perhaps I’ll fare better and last longer in a corset the next round! 😉

Would like to mention Shermaine who was very helpful, informative and attentive while assisting me in trying out the corsets and deciding my picks in store! If you’re new to wearing corsets like I was, I highly recommend factoring 30-60 min during non-peak hours to try out the corsets in store! 🙂

Special thanks to D’corselet and D’corselet’s ladyboss for the camo print corset – be sure to order yours on their website online before 20th October if you’re planning to get one for Halloween – or you’ll have to visit their physical store at #02-54 Far East Plaza.

Check out D’Corselet’s socials:
D’Corselet Facebook
D’Corselet Instagram

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Ena

Browtisan Creative Eyebrow Embroidery Review

Hi Loves~

A while back, I popped by Browtisan’s Pop Up Booth at ION Orchard Atrium for a quick Browtisan Creative Eyebrow Embroidery session. Eyebrow artisan and Browtisan founder Coco designed and did a Gradient Eyebrow Embroidery for me and I love it!!! Check out what went down in the photos below! 😉
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And the embroidery session began after Coco drew on the eyebrows for me using pencil first~

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I was given an after embroidery care package, which as definitely levelled up since my first embroidery session with them in March 2015! It’s SO PRETTY NOW!browtisan-creative-eyebrow-embroidery-review-enabalista_0009 browtisan-creative-eyebrow-embroidery-review-enabalista_0010 browtisan-creative-eyebrow-embroidery-review-enabalista_0011 browtisan-creative-eyebrow-embroidery-review-enabalista_0012 So so thoughtful. <3browtisan-creative-eyebrow-embroidery-review-enabalista_0013 This is a balm that helps speed up recovery.browtisan-creative-eyebrow-embroidery-review-pics-enabalista_0003

How my eyebrows looks after the session~

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Thank you Browtisan & Yi Yun for inviting me down for the the ION Orchard Pop Up and Coco for my beautiful new brows! <3

If you’re wondering, the entire session is painless especially since they apply on anaesthetic cream first. I love how beautiful, feminine, demure and on trend the eyebrow embroidery design and I’ve gotten so much compliments from family and friends, I highly recommend Browtisan not only for their beautiful designs but also for their top notch, professional and friendly service!

Visit their website for more information and follow them on  Facebook for their updates and promotions! 😉

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Ena

Ena’s Beauty Talk | 10 New Beauty Reviews & Recommendations!

I’ve just uploaded a 2 part beauty review video on Youtube and here’s a blog post where I’ll include more photos and brief information and review of the products! 🙂

If you haven’t you can watch my Ena’s Beauty Talk – 10 New Beauty Reviews & Recommendations Part 1 on hair & skincare here!:

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Playback Organic Shampoo and Treatment, Ajuste UV Spray, Shinsui Uruhada Yuzu Lotion and Dr.Ben – Nano Hyaluronic Acid Serum. In the video I only reviewed the Playback Shampoo and Treatment as I started on these earlier and haven’t had the change to use the rest enough for a proper review, but will include information and details of the other products below as well! 🙂

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Playback Organic Shampoo & Treatment

I’ve been using this Playback Organic Shampoo & Treatment set for a few weeks now and I like how the shampoo gently cleanses my scalp, keeping it fresh and moisturized. I use the treatment first before washing it out and then shampoo, followed by mask after. I love the refreshing scent of the shampoo and definitely recommend this set! 🙂

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The Wet Brush Pop Fold

This is my new favourite hair brush! My hair ends have become very dry and damaged from multiple bleaching and dyeing and this detangling brush is super awesome! With other hair comb/brush I have issues combing through my hair ends while it’s wet but with the wet brush, combing my hair is a breeze! <3
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Highly recommended detangling brush! You can get yours from here!

The Body Shop Tea Tree 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask & Anti Imperfection Daily Solution

The Body Shop has added 2 new products to their Tea Tree range, the first being an innovative 3 in 1 facial wash, scrub and mask and the second being a anti imperfection daily solution serum. I’ve also been using the facial cleansing gel from the same range as a body cleanser for my back acne and it’s been great thus far. Definitely recommended for you to try if you experience acne issues like I do. For more information visit here.The Body Shop Tea Tree Wash Scrub Mask and Daily Solution Review Enabalista_0000 The Body Shop Tea Tree Wash Scrub Mask and Daily Solution Review Enabalista_0001 The Body Shop Tea Tree Wash Scrub Mask and Daily Solution Review Enabalista_0002 The Body Shop Tea Tree Wash Scrub Mask and Daily Solution Review Enabalista_0003 The Body Shop Tea Tree Wash Scrub Mask and Daily Solution Review Enabalista_0004 The Body Shop Tea Tree Wash Scrub Mask and Daily Solution Review Enabalista_0005You can also find the Tea Tree oil as part of the range which is recommended for acne spot treatments as well as for small cuts and insect bites.

Another Tea Tree acne battling product I’d review in the video but don’t have a photo to include here is the Face Shop Make Me Sexy Body Mist with Tea Tree oil and Aloe Vera leaf juice extract! I’ve been using it for a month now and am half bottle through, I use it after I shower and towel dry – I’ve used the above tea tree cleansers and this body mist to completely replace powder talc. 🙂 If you haven’t read, Johnson and Johnson recently paid out $55M in a second lawsuit that claims their talcum powder causes Ovarian cancer – whether or not there are conclusive evidence of Talcum powder causing cancer, it is best to be safe than sorry! Previously I have used Dettol/J&J body talc powders on my back to keep my skin fresh and dry, but I have since stopped after reading about the online news article that says talc causes cancer.

Morilins Masks

I’m very excited to share about the Morilins Masks that I’ve recently received and tried, the one I have tried is the Morilins Soothing Restoring mask and I super love the Diamond Plaid thick mask sheet which feels very luxurious and it promises 5-10 times effect of your daily skin care routine (essence, serum + moisturizer) so hence i infer that it is recommended as a weekly mask. Priced at $34.90 for 5 pieces, each piece is $6.98. It might be a little pricey compared to other masks, but it’s definitely worth it considering the superior quality. The only gripe I have would be the packaging, because at $6.98/piece, the packaging can do much better. Perhaps an all silver or all gold foil packaging with a luxe feel would be more compatible for this amazing mask! For more information and purchase, visit here.

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Refa for Body Massage Gel

I’ve been using Refa for Body Massage Roller for a while now, you can read about my blog post about it here. Recently I received the Refa for Body Massage Gel which is an excellent product to complement the massage roller as the massage gel has slimming, lifting and hydrating effects! I apply it generously on my calves (or wherever you would like to massage) before massaging. I’d definitely recommend this massage gel! The good news is that you get it free with any Refa massage product purchased at the Pop Up counter at Robinsons, the bad news is that it’s not available for sale, though it really should be, hopefully they will release it for sale in the future! 🙂 For more information, visit here.Refa For Body Gel Review Enabalista_0000 Refa For Body Gel Review Enabalista_0001 Refa For Body Gel Review Enabalista_0002 Refa For Body Gel Review Enabalista_0003

Watch my Ena’s Beauty Talk – 10 New Beauty Reviews & Recommendations Part 2 on makeup products here!:

ZA Lip Crayons & Vibrant Moist Lip Lacquers

My favourite of the 5 is lip crayon in Magenta 232 (most left) a bright pink that glides on smoothly and feels like a lip balm! Lip crayons available from 1st Sep, lip lacquers already available in stores, exclusively at Watsons. For more colours and information visit here.

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Estee Lauder BB Cushion Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Wear BB Cushion delivers just what it promises in its name, the well loved Double Wear all day formula is now in BB Cushion form, which is why I love it! I have recommended this BB Cushion to many of my colleagues and friends because the foundation stays fresh on my skin all day.  Visit here for more information under the Estee Lauder foundations page.
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Estee Lauder Foundation Cushion Stick and New Pure Colour Envy Hi Lustre Lipsticks.

Estee Lauder has recently launched their Double Wear Nude Foundation Cushion Stick which makes for convenient touch up on the go and in my videos above, I am wearing the new lipstick colour 330 Bad Angel, a sweet coral red colour. Check out the new lipsticks online here.Estee Lauder Cushion Stick and New Envy Lipsticks Enabalista_0000

Laneige New BB Cushion Pore Control

For long days, I opt for Estee Lauder’s Double Wear All Day Wear Cushion foundation but for daily wear, Laneige’s New BB Cushion Pore Control is one of my preferred options. An upgrade from the well loved BB Cushion, the new cushion now comes with the 3D Skin Fit cushion (diamond embossing) so that the right amount of product is optimally picked up. Also major loving the cool new holographic cushion exterior!

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Clio Kill Cover Stamping Foundation

Last but not the least, Clio is jumping on the stamping foundation trend wagon with their new Clio Kill Cover Stamping Foundation and along with it they have launched a really cute concept “the Korean Morning Beauty Booster Recipe” to teach users how to apply their morning makeup! It goes 1. Smoothen with Kill Cover Egg Pore Primer + 2. Empower with Kill Cover Stamping Foundation + 3. Optimize with Kill Cover Airwear Skin Smoother Pact and lastly 4. Refresh with Micro Fine Oil Control Fix Mist.

I’ve tried all the products and my first impressions are, the Kill Cover Egg Pore Primer is a primer that creates an ultra smooth surface, pretty true to its name. The Kill Cover Stamping Foundation has great coverage and the best formula I’ve tried out of all the Clio Kill Cover foundations thus far. Kill Cover Airwear Skin Smoother Pact will create a very matte look, if you want the dewy look then I’d recommend avoiding the cheeks while applying this but otherwise you can use this as a finishing powder for a matte look. Last but not the least, be sure to spray the fix mist a good 15cm away for fine mist application on the face, definitely feels more refreshing than sticky (compared to say Urban Decay makeup fix spray).

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Clio Kill Cover Stamping Foundation
Clio Kill Cover Egg Pore Primer
Clio Kill Cover Air Wear Skin Smoother Pact
Clio Micro Fine Oil Control Mist: Not available online, you can find them in stores.

Let me know how you find my video reviews and also if there’s any video skincare, makeup review, tutorial or challenge you’d like to see from me! 😉

Big thanks and much love to the various brands & PR for sending the products for review! All reviews & opinions are my own.

x

 Ena

Shine Bright Like a Diamond with these Whitening & Brightening Skincare Products

If you’re obsessed about whitening and brightening your skin, this post’s for you. Today’s skincare compilation consists of 4 skincare brands, each with at least one whitening / brightening skincare product / range that apparently we Asians are obsessed over.

If Google brought you here while you’re searching for a specific product review, I hope you’ll also enjoy reading up about other products featured in this post as well! 😉

The Body Shop Drops of Light & Enrich Not Exploit Campaign

The Body Shop’s Drop of Light promises to:
reveal your most luminous complexion yet with our complete skin‑brightening regime. Suitable for sensitive skin with an array of sensorial textures, each product in this range gives you another dose of brighter skin, day after day.
The Body Shop Drops of Light & Enrich Hand Cream Enabalista_0001The collection consists of Pure Clarifying Foam Wash (not pictured), Pure Translucency Essence Lotion, Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream & Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence. For more product features, information and prices here. The key ingredient in this range is atlantic red algae extract that is rich in minerals, nutrients and vitamin C which gives its brightening effect. What I love about the range is the scent and how light it feels on the skin. I really enjoy using the Facial Foam Wash. Another key product to highlight is the Skin Defence Multi Protection Essence which boasts to be The Body Shop’s highest protection sun block with the lightest weight texture. And it definitely feels like it… as a plus, it smells great too!
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are committed to working fairly with our farmers and suppliers and helping communities to thrive. Our products enrich, but never make false promises and are never tested on animals. For more information about the campaign visit here.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth

Body Shop Drops of Youth range helps to revitalise anti-aging skin by kick-starting the cell repair process and delivering a much-needed hit of supple hydration.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Enabalista_0000Drops of Youth Cream, Youth Essence Lotion & Youth Concentrate, for full range see here.

Having tried the above three products, I can attest that the range is remarkable light for an anti-aging range. A user-pro tip that I’ve seen from The Body Shop’s Facebook post/advertisement is using both the Drops of Light and Drops of Youth serums together for a double packed brightening and hydrating effect!

Thank you The Body Shop Singapore and WOM PR for sending over the products over for review! <3

Eucerin White Therapy Range

Sun exposure, hormonal changes, skin inflammation, and acne scarring can all lead to problems of hyperpigmentation – a key concern for many Asian women. Specially formulated for Asian skin, Eucerin® White Therapy is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark spots to give you visibly brighter skin in just over 12 weeks.

Eucerin® White Therapy acts at the root of the problem – where melanin synthesis occurs. The products are formulated with key ingredients B-Resorcinol and Glycyrrhetinic Acid to prevent excessive melanin production and work to continuously reduce pigmentation. Beyond its melanin-suppressive capabilities, the formula also supports and stimulates the skin’s natural ability to repair damage and helps to prevent signs of premature ageing. 

This range works on dark spots, age spots, melasma, freckles, post-inflammatory stress, and acne scarring to give you a brighter and more even skin tone. Overtime, Eucerin® White Therapy also helps to prevent the reappearance of pigmentation.

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Eucerin is a dermatologist recommended skincare that you’ll find readily available at drug store so it’s no surprise when I adopted this range of skincare for a week that it’s fragrance free and very gentle on my skin. If you’ve got sensitive skin and you’re looking for a range of skincare to help you regain your skin’s fairness without any harsh ingredients, I’d definitely recommend this range! For more information about the range, visit here.

Eucerin & Nivea’s Top 10 Best Selling Products

I don’t even know where to start for this. Here are the top 10 best selling Eucerin, Nivea and Nivea Men’s products!

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From left to right: Eucerin Volume Filler Day Cream, Eucerin pH5 Skin Protecting Shower Oil, Nivea Men Oil Control Brightening Mud Serum Foam, Nivea Men Cool Kick Anti Perspirant Spray, Nivea Lip Balm, Nivea Sun Block, Nivea Firming Body Serum, Nivea Makeup Clear Micellar Water

Obviously I can’t attest to the men’s products, but I can say that even before Nivea sent these over to me, I’ve been using Nivea’s Body Milk Night Whitening Lotion at night, because you know, I also want fairer skin and Nivea products smell so good and are so affordable. Sometimes when I’m not too lazy, I also use the above Firming Body Serum with SPF33 as a day body sun block. I’m also almost finishing the Nivea Micellar Water, and they’ve just me the new updated version which is even better! More on the new products in another separate post! 🙂

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Nivea has also launched Extra White Serum Deodorant and Anti Perspirant spray. The key ingredients are 10x Vitamin C and Avocado Oil to smoothen and whiten under arms while keeping them fresh for longer. For Nivea’s whitening deodorant, see here.

Thank you Eucerin, Nivea & The PR People for sending the products over for review! <3

CNP White Peel Home Set

A home-based whitening treatment program that is used in dermatology clinics, it uses the latest Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA) principle. The formula removes dead skin cells and brightens skin tone resulting in clear radiant skin.CNP White Peel Enabalista_0000

For more information, visit their site here. I’ve yet to review this set yet, do look out for my review update on my IG. 🙂

Kiehls’ Nature Powered Masks

Kiehls’ launched two new masks early this year, the TURMERIC & CRANBERRY SEED ENERGIZING RADIANCE MASQUE and CILANTRO & ORANGE EXTRACT POLLUTANT DEFENDING MASQUEKiehls Nature Powered Masks Enabalista_0000 Kiehls Nature Powered Masks Enabalista_0001I love that this is a quick 10 min mask, the cranberry seeds exfoliates the skin in a gentle and natural manner, revealing clean and rejuvenated skin~

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

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It seems that I might have just reserved the best for the last, in this case. I don’t think I need to say anything else except that this is a truly remarkable blemish clearing product and it delivers the very promise it makes on its product name; Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. I’ve used it on my acne spots on multiple nights and I always find that I wake up to clearer skin and lightened blemish spots… highly recommended!

Thank you Wei-Lin of Kiehls for sending the products over for review! <3

Is there any whitening and/or brightening skincare product that you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

x

Ena

Ena’s Beauty Talk | SG National Day Makeup Tutorial

National Day is coming right up in just a few days! I saw makeup artist Clarence Lee’s makeup demonstration on Lady First SG show and decided to have my own take on the look:

Products used:
Starting with Etude House Play 101 Pencil in a Pinkish Red Colour (choose one that you like from the many colours available)
Kate Digital Liner Eye Liner
Elizabeth Arden Eye Lash Curler
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Maybelline Baby Lips Balm
ZA Cosmetic Lip Crayon (New, available in Watsons in September) in Magenta 232
Milani Rose Blush in Tea Rose

How do you find the video? Let me know your comments and thoughts and if you’d like me to create another look soon!

In case you’re wondering, Lady First Singapore is showing every Tue 8pm on StarHub E City Channel where the experts are always sharing cool makeup and fashion tips!

x

Ena

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.