Wednesday, December 28, 2016





There are tons of cafes around Singapore, and I am sure there are more popping up over the next few years. To me, a good café needs to serve good coffee and of course, the ambience must be comfortable and relaxing! After all, most of the time, we are paying for the ambience rather than the food itself, isn't it?

What really attracts me to a café is also the way it is being operated and I must say that I am truly impressed by how Jess manages her café - Shiberty Bakes!
I am sure that many of you would be familiar with Jess, or her online presence (Shiberty). It is amazing how this gorgeous lady, whom I got to finally meet recently at an event, managed to open a café at such a young age after selling her gorgeous cakes through her blog few years back! Not to mention how she puts in effort and love in everything she bakes and serve to all her customers.
Thanks to Jess and Nicholas, I had the honor of going down to the café to try out their new menu! I have to clarify that I am not paid to write this post, and I am just sharing my experience with you guys :)



Located just beneath a HDB estate, lies this humble and cosy café. Nothing too extravagant, yet totally Instagrammable one. I brought one of my close friends along with me, given that he is the only one who doesn't need to work, well who else fits the bill right? Haha.

We started off with ordering our drinks and we had the Hazlenut Ice Blended Coffee and a Strawberry Cheesecake Loaded Smoothie. I had the former, and I really love the taste of it! It is thick and not too water, as most cafes tend to over dilute the ice blended beverage, and the aroma of the hazelnut and coffee is very pleasant.

My friend had the smoothie, and I had a few mouthfuls. I would say that it is not too sweet, which I prefer. That implies that it is not too overwhelming in taste that you get sick of it easily. Not to mention that their beverages came in huge portion! If you are ordering the smoothie, maybe you can share it with your buddy, so that you can have more tummy space for their extensive menu of yummy food. 




For appetisers, we had House Wings, one of the new menu items, and isn't that like the most brainless appetisers to have in all meals? Definitely won't go wrong and I must say that Shiberty Bakes does not disappoint you even with such a simple dish. I love them because they are not too oily, yet the taste of the wings are not compromised. Also, it is sprinkled with seaweed, which Jess sits down and cuts them into strip herself! I witnessed it hahahaha!  


Next up, we had another new item - Kimchi Pizza. I got to be honest that I was quite sceptical about having dishes like kimchi pizza or kimchi pancake, because they tend to be very dry and it seems as though they poured in the whole packet of flour to create the dish. AND this applies to authentic Korean restaurants that I've visited thus far.
However, when I plunged my teeth into this Kimchi Pizza, I was more than surprised! It was really moist and yummy! I got to say that this was my favourite dish for the whole meal, no kidding! It seems like they managed to strike a balance between the spiciness and sourness of the kimchi, and the texture of how a pizza should taste like.
THIS IS A MUST TRY!!! REALLY.


The next dish is what my friend and I named as "Ultimate Comfort Food" - Shepherd's Pie. I don't really fancy shepherds pie usually mainly because they tend to be very dry. When they are not moist, it can be rather tough to finish the whole dish, not to mention how filling it could actually be.

The way Shiberty Bakes did it, was quite amazing. The dish was piping hot when it was served and after 15 minutes or so of me trying to take photos of the food, the dish (of course), got cold. BUT that did not drain the moisture (not sure if this is the word to use, am no food blogger) from it. To put it in simpler term, the pie has a very smooth texture and with the meat in it, it really melts in the mouth, totally different from the pies I had last time!

And my friend and I concluded that this is the best dish to have from Shiberty Bakes if you are stuck at home on a rainy day. Wooohoo! Best combo haha.



Remember how famous curry pillows were in Singapore few years back? Basically it is a big loaf of break and the centre is filled with curry chicken! Well, Shiberty Bakes has brought it back, in the form of Chicken Curry Toast

Yumz! Just look at how the curry sauce trickles down the toast. And it is really yummy, especially when you get to the centre of the toast, where the treasure awaits you - ok, they are curry chicken. This is indeed special and nostalgic, at least to me! I think it will be a great dish to have if you are bringing your folks along with you. 


As with veery meal, desserts are the best way to end a meal. We were served 2 different deserts, and indeed, we felt like were challenging our food intake tolerance! They were so nice to serve us a whole load of food for just 2 of us. 

We had the Sticky Date Pudding and Charcoal French Toast and we love the latter!


The toast was so so so so yummy!! There is really no other better words to describe because it is really yummy. The toast was warm and soft, served with ice cream and caramel sauce. Trust me, most people think that with caramel sauce, this dessert must be VERY sweet, well that's what I thought too!

But it is not really that sweet and we really love this dessert a lot. I think that it is very smart of them to use charcoal toast instead of waffles, because to me, it seems to complement better. The only thing I feedback to them was to change the vanilla ice cream to other flavours to enrich the flavour. It could be slightly bias too, because I don't really like vanilla as they seem to taste normal. If I am already increasing my calorie intake, might as well make it worth it right? Haha.


With this, I am concluding my fabulous time spent at Shiberty Bakes! Thank you Jessica and Nicholas for the invite once again. For those who are interested in visiting them, and I do urge you to do so, here is the address:


#01-277, 46 Owen Rd, Singapore 210046


Monday, December 5, 2016


I am sure that a lot of you guys have always wondered how nice it is to always get sponsored stuff as an influencer. Or, have always envied at the amount of opportunities and privilege those influencers get to enjoy.

But, behind those glamorous moments that you’ve witnessed, captured through the camera lens, a lot of hard work has been placed in by these influencers before they are able to get to where they are today. You do know that visually appealing photos and interesting contents do not just pop up in the air for them to pluck, right? Haha.

Now, what about celebrities? My favourite Korean Girl group has got to be Girl’s Generation, who always look so chic and captivating on stage.


But, as the saying goes “ Rome was not built in a day”. A minute of performance on stage, might take years of practice. The K-POP industry has always been a big question mark for us, how do they produce such top-notch artiste groups?

My friend introduced me to this Korean remake of the American hit series called “Entourage”, which enlightens you how the Korean entertainment industry functions, on this app call VIU. In this remake, Lee Kwang Soon from running Man, is one of the main leads, and I am sure it will be damn hilarious!

I always have issue finding a good platform for Korean dramas and I am glad my friend introduced VIU to me because it is entirely FUSS-FREE and FREE! VIU is a freemium service that gives viewers the option of accessing the content for FREE or through a paid subscription, with exclusive privileges at a very affordable price.

As a casual viewer, I am very satisfied with my free access to the contents on VIU!


Not only do you get to watch all the exciting shows for FREE, starting from this week to 11 Dec, the #ViuStarEntourage contest is ongoing. You will stand a chance to win the above luxurious prizes JUST BY BINGE-WATCHING ON VIU!


I am definitely looking forward to watching the Korean remake of Entourage, every Fri & Sat 11pm. If you are interested, you may watch it here too: https://www.viu.com/ott/sg/en-us/vod/31616/Entourage

Once I am done with that, I will be ready to explore Viu’s extensive collections of shows! Hope you will enjoy watching your beloved shows on VIU at home and on-the-go on your mobile devices or tablets! 





Sunday, November 27, 2016


I believe that everyone has their own preferred choice of skincare products, and personally, I do so too. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. For me, I am a total sucker for product packaging and would totally dive into a product purely based on that. 

But that may not necessarily bring the results that I am looking for. 


 I was introduced to BSKIN recently, who educated men looking past marketing hype and gimmicky pack or ads (oh mannn) that promises outstanding results in very short period of time. Because more than often not, they do not.

I have heard of BSKIN before but have yet to try their products as I am quite reluctant to change my skincare products once I've gotten used to them. Long story short, I gave it a shot because I was properly 'educated' on the product's nature and how they infuse technology, with perfect harmony with the most natural antioxidant ingredients. 

Due to sensitive skin, I guess trying out products made from natural ingredients would be worth a try!


BSKIN was very generous and offered me several products from their series of skincare products. I would like to emphasise that BSKIN focuses a lot on their Anti-Oxidant System, which they are very proud of, as it was formulated with a combined 50 years of experience to bring revolution in beauty.

I shall not bore you with all the technical aspects, but below is a chart showing what are the 6Core Anti-Oxidant System that BSKIN focuses on (find out more in detail HERE):


Also, to give you guys a brief introduction on the different products that BSKIN offers, it could be categorised into the following 3 categories



V LINE - VITA ADVANCED


If you have the following skin concern, the V Line series will provide the solution for you:
  • Reduced skin elasticity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Dull skin
  • Uneven skin texture


From the V Line series, I received the V3. Intense PAF Concentrate. This amazing product actually helps to boost collagen production, which is responsible for skin strength and elasticity, and stimulates cell repair. Due to our hectic schedules and busy lifestyle in Singapore, our skin tends to age faster and gets dull easily. This concentrate provides anti-oxidant protection that helps to revitalised sagging skin!

Some of you may think that people of my age group or those below 30, do not need any facial products on anti-aging or even prevention against sagging. But then, it is never too early because if you were to start taking care of your skin when they display signs of imperfection. 

Application of this product is relatively easy as it is applied with a dropper applicator and you don't have to apply a lot of the product. This concentrate is the perfect product for women (men are able to use them as well). 

*Do also note that your skin will experience stingy feeling upon application, and that is normal as the product is much more concentrated compared to other formulas. Thus, do not worry that your skin is reacting negatively to the product :)


W LINE - WHITE GLOW


I am not trying to make a sweeping statement, but a majority of girl or women do want to have fair  and even skin tone. That's why as with any skincare brands, BSKIN has formulated their own skin brightening products. 

The W Line aims to correct:
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Skin pigmentation and dark spots
  • Dehydrated and tired looking skin

With the W3 Enriched Brightening Serum,, I actually asked my mum to try it out as she has always been facing dark spots issues and dehydrated and tired looking skin. It was such a great timing as this product pops by!

To set your expectations, you cannot expect your skin to glow just after a day of applying it haha. The effect will set in gradually, but surely. I would not claim that all the dark spots on my mum's face has been fixed or removed. However, if anything, they were greatly lightened, which brightens her overall facial tone. 

Due to my mum's hectic work schedule, she has to wake up early before the sun rises to head to work and even when she is home, she has to continue staying up late to complete her work. With insufficient rest, of course her skin is bound to suffer a toll. That results in her skin looking very tired and dull. 

With this brightening serum, she does seem less tired, with brightened skin ton. Of course, that also comes with constant hydration and adequate amount of rest. 



M LINE - MATTE BLACK

For my male followers, do not worry! Of course, there are some good stuff in store for you guys, like myself, too! BSKIN has formulated a series of men's product under the M Line

One fun fact here that I have: Do you know that guys' skin is actually 25%t thicker than ladies'? 

Now I finally understood why girls always say that guys are very thick skinned. Because...it is a FACT! This is because tester testerones increases the thickness of collagen and elastin in the epidermis, which leads to tougher and rougher skin.  

Men also have larger, more numerous and more active oil glands than women, which explains why men tend to be more prone to acne, blackheads and clogged pores. Men also have a tendency to have more dehydrated skin, which may be aggravated by after-shave products with high alcohol content.

If you do face oily skin problems like myself, the M LINE will get to the root of these issues:
  • Enlarged and clogged pores
  • Oily and shiny skin
  • Dry and irritated skin



With any facial routine, I would love to start off mine with a good facial wash. BSKIN offers the M1 Energizing Carbon Wash, which is a carbon-infused face wash removes impurities and controls sebum production, leaving skin feeling cool, clean and energised. 

Wonder if you all remember, I love to have 'squeaky' clean skin after my face wash. Those where your hand gets to create 'squeaky' sound when you run through your face haha. I think that this carbon wash is light and not too rough for the skin, as you know that some facial wash actually has particles in it that might cause discomfort to the skin. 

Generally, I have nothing negative to speak of this facial wash. 


It is never good to have anything in excess. Not even when it benefits you. Our skin actually produces this oily substance call Sebum, when in the right amount actually helps to protect and strengthen our skin. Having too little of it could result in dry and cracked skin and too much of it might result you in battling against acne. 

The M2 Sebum Control Gel helps to control the excessive sebum, without drying out the skin. As promised, the gel is indeed lightweight, non-stick and is easily absorbed by the skin, which makes application a relative joy. However, I do find the consistency to be on the watery side, which I would preferred it to be thicker. 

That could just be my personal preference, which does not reflect the true effectiveness and nature of the product! 


To end of the day, I have tried on this product for nearly month, and it is quite amazing I must say. I am going to introduce to you the M3 Recharge Night Pack!

I will apply it onto my face and leave it overnight to keep my skin hydrated and recharged. My skin does not feel as oily as before and that is because when your skin is well-hydrated, there is no need for your skin to secrete oil substance to compensate for the lack of hydration. This itself, makes me believe in this product. 

I think that overall, products from the M Line should be used together as they do deliver significant results over long period of use, especially so for the carbon wash and the recharge night pack. 



VERDICT

Overall, I must really say that BSKIN's products are quite amazing and works well for me. I have used them for nearly a month now, and I have yet to experience any negative side effects from it, so am sure your guinea pig's test has been carried out haha. I would not comment much about the products from V and W Line as I am reviewing them based on what my mother experienced (mostly). 

However, if you are interested in trying out the M Line, I can assure you that they are really decent products for you to try out, especially if you have sensitive skin! 

You may also apply my code for enjoy a 10% discount off your purchase: BEN03

This could be a very great Christmas present for your love ones around you. Enjoy shopping people! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Christmas has never been so fun like this year! Of course, Christmas is my favourite festival of the year because everyone is so happy and simply just basking in the festive atmosphere. But, this year, Starbucks has made it such a sweet one for me. 

I guess a lot of you would have known by now that I am a HUGE FAN of Starbucks' Teavana series, in particular the Iced Match & Espresso Fusion. Not to forget the festive drink - Iced Peppermint Mocha, which I seriously think they should consider converting it into a fixed menu item. 

ANYWAY, the folks from Starbucks and Edelman Singapore was kind enough me to send me this mega huge red parcel with lots of festive goodies in it! I was honestly thrilled to receive it. Just a disclaimer, I am not in any way sponsored or paid to advertise for Starbucks, so this blog post is written because I am just so excited to share with you guys what I've received!


By now, majority of us would know that whenever it is near Christmas, Starbucks would launch their festive red holiday cups for their hot beverages. And that is something that many Starbucks lovers look forward to. Now, what if I tell you that Starbucks have decided to made them into ceramic versions for your drinking pleasure?!

No kidding, they did just that. 


What is so special this year is not only the launch of red holiday cups in ceramic, but let's also pay some attention to the design. There will be a total of 13 designs this year AND they are designed by some of you guys out there around the world! Starbucks has handpicked 13 designed from a pool of submissions and turn them into the red holiday cups' designs this year. 

So, now you can start looking forward to collecting all 13 of them. They are great for gifts as well! With this mug, you can sip from the holiday cup everyday throughout the year haha. Merry Christmas everyday! 

These ceramic red holiday cups would be available in stores from 21 November, and I would advise you to start collecting them as soon as they release as I am sure they would be swept off the shelves very fast! 


Starbucks was kind to throw in this candy cane handle cup, with a polar bear lid for me. It is so so so cute and adorable! I have started using it and I feel so silly for always smiling while drinking from the cup HAHA. No joke. 

Also, the Christmas Starbucks Bear! It is so cute because it is dressed up in clothes, getting ready for Christmas too. Awwww, and they come in male and female versions too. Talk about diversity. Now, I am looking forward to making some great coffee with the packet that they've sent to me as well. Will let you guys know how it taste like!


With that, I wish you all an advance Merry Christmas and I really can't wait for December to come because it will imply the end of all my exams and time for me to party and have festive meals and celebrations with my love ones.

Look forward to my posts on Instagram as I unveil more Starbucks' offer! LOVE YOU GUYS! And I am feeling real bless to be where I am today, thank you for trusting me and BenVoda :)

Love you all!