Sunday, May 28, 2017

Flower arrangement as an activity has always been female-dominated. As a matter of fact, the industry itself is so. Korean dramas may portray a suave and sweet-looking guy as a florist, with many girls swooning over him. In reality? If a guy is a florist, he would most probably be judged. 

That being said, I always have a strong interest for flowers, and how magical they can be, especially so on special occasions such as a wedding. I recently attended a flower arrangement class organised by Floratorie.Co, which is based in both Malaysia and Singapore, and this is their debut class here!

Of course, I attended the beginner's class to find out the mystery behind the art of flower arrangement. We were provided with few selections of flowers such as roses, wax flower (that looks like baby's breath), eucalyptus leaves etc. I was thrilled and can't wait for the lesson to get going. But, must maintain right in public? Haha. 

That's the us after we took turns to handpick the bundle of flowers for our bouquet. In flower arrangement, like any other form of arts, there is no right or wrong. You can pick as many stalks of flowers you want, or as little if you wish, there is nothing wrong with it. But, do bear with mind that sometimes less is more, and you must be clear of how you want your final product to turn out to be like 

This is the bundle of lowers that I've picked out for my creation

Flower arrangement is not as simple as I thought it would be. In fact, it actually involves a lot of attention to be paid to details. At the end of the day, you would really want your end-product to be well loved by many and appreciated, yea? Thus, you gotta constantly ask yourself in the process "Will you be willing to pay for this?" If the answer if yes, then continue to build on what you are doing. If not, just start all over again and make it better! 

What I have learnt from this is, every single time you prepare the arrangement, the results is always different from the previous attempt. 

Different types of flowers have different usage as well. Some would be the main actors and actresses of the whole show - aka the bouquet of flowers - and some others will play the supporting role of enhancing the whole aesthetic. 

Towards the end of the workshop, we learnt how to keep the flowers "hydrated" and how to wrap them up nicely. Of course, we were only imparted the basic skills of wrapping the flowers, but that is good enough for me at this point of time. To be honest, I was really ecstatic to see my final creation! 

Tadah! This was my end product and I really really LOVE IT A LOT! I am not saying it just because it was mine, but I really do see it as something that I would be willing to pay for if I come across it in a shop. 

Would you pay for this bouquet of flowers that I arranged? 

I really can see myself doing this more often in the future, and I cannot wait for the advanced class to commence. In fact, I would love to attend a class on floral boxes arrangements and design class, as I have been seeing friends doing in and posting their creation on Instastory. 

Do keep a look out for Floratorie.Co on their social media platforms as they would be positing regular updates of their dreamy and captivating creations:


I look forward to seeing you guys at the next event! Cheers :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

I know that you guys must be thinking that this is just another sponsored post that I am doing for you guys. Not really, because this time I would be providing you guys with a review of my favourite skincare products! 

Since my teenage days, I have been trying out different kinds of facial products and experimenting with different brands and their effect on my skin. Along the way, I do have some decent bias but it never seems to satisfy me entirely. That is until I took my first trip to Melbourne last May! 

I was just shopping around Myer and other large department stores and I came across this brand, which I thought was Aesop from far. But no, it is this brand call Grown Alchemist. Unique choice of branding I must say, and that got me all curious about the brand and its products. 

The sales assistant was very friendly and introduced every single products to me, and listens to my concerns as well. Very meticulous I must say. But of course, all sales assistants are right? Then came the moment of product-testing! First impression: IT SMELLS SO WONDERFUL!

And I mean ALL. OF. THEM. 

There is this citrusy and floral scent to their products, which I am a sucker for. I love products that have this light scent that lingers around even after hours of applying them. This is especially so for a humid country like Singapore. You wouldn't want something too musky to "blend" with your natural musky body scent (for guys usually). Ewww. 

Now only am I a sucker for the aforementioned, you can easily sell me something just based on the packaging. And I believe that I have mentioned this NUMEROUS times in my social media postings and blog articles as well. My argument is very simple, before you even fall in love with something, the appearance plays a big part and this is especially so for skincare products.

Just think of it as a form of motivation that drives you to use the products diligently. At least that's what my mind go through every single time when I am lazy to carry out my skincare regime. Haha, now you know my little secret. 

And so, I managed to get a lot of their products. And to be honest, Grown Alchemist sent lots of my favourite products over to me as well, just for the fact that I am an AVID LOVER of the products and not because they are looking at influencers' outreach. Trust me on this, 

I was so thrilled about it. Reason being, they are NOT available in Singapore (yet)! Just few months back, the products were launched in Malaysia, which seems so near yet so far. I really do hope that they would penetrate the market in Singapore because this is seriously a gorgeous brand. As a practical boy, the pricing is also cheaper than a certain A brand. 

Starting with the washroom, they do offer hand wash products and body cleansing bar. Do not belittle the body cleansing bar as it is was crowned the official winner of Tatler's Beauty Awards 2015! I love the scent (told you I am a sucker of scent already) of geranium leaf, bergamot and patchouli. It has this herbal essence to it that makes you feel as though you are undergoing some sort of spa treatment. 

The body cleanser comes in a 'concoction' of chamomile, bergamot and rosewood. I am sure that your brain is now trying to piece the different ingredients together leaving your imagination to run and form the smell of the body wash. 

A trip to the toilet or your personal spa sanctuary is never complete without a good hand wash. Grown Alchemist's sweet orange, cedar wood and sage hand wash would leave you sniffling your hands every other minute after you leave the washroom. Haha, as exaggerated as this may sound, but that was what I have been doing every single time. 

It is really not a joke when I say that Grown Alchemist has penetrate most of my life, and taking care of me from top to toe (for a year or so). They do have some products that target parts of your body that you might not even realise that it needed any attention. You'll be surprised, like how I was previously. 

Not sure about you guys, but I do get irritated when people always mention"my daily essentials" for their postings. Seriously, your daily essentials changes every other day. Are you kidding me? Do you even know what that means?

To me, daily essential really embeds the essence of how important the item / task / routine / (even) a person is to your life and how it actually affects yourself. These products are, needless to say, the essentials of my daily routine as I use all of them religiously. 

This has got to be one of my favourites from Grown Alchemist, which is their Hydra-Repair Day Cream, made of camellia and geranium blossom. It is very light in texture and non-greasy too, thus when applied onto your face during the day, it feels very light and natural. For me personally, my skin absorbs the product quite well, so there are no signs of oily residue. 

This is something new that I got on my recent trip to Melbourne as they have special offers for their value packs! I got the package on hand care, which includes and cream, cuticle care oil and a hand wash for less than $60. Totally worth my money! 

To be honest, I have yet to try out these set yet. But I would be bringing them along with me for my upcoming US trip next Monday! With the cold weather there, I ma sure that these would come in handy :)

I am not paid to do this and I am really providing you with my honest feedback and review of the products. I do not have any issues with the products itself as I find that it suits my skin very well. However, we do have to take note that what works for my skin might not be as effective for yours. Thus, it would be good if you guys always check out the ingredients used for the products and find out if your skin is sensitive to it. Or, it is always good to check with your doctor or the sales assistant on the suitability of the products. 

If I have to nit pick on anything, it would be that some of the products are packaged in glass bottles. Do not get me wrong, I absolutely love those sort of packaging. However, it could be quite a hassle for bringing it along during road trips or so, for fear of breaking the product. 

I strongly urge you guys to try out some of their products, and the best would be to start with their hydra-repair day cream. No disappointment! As they are currently not available in Singapore yet, you may purchase them online at 

Also, do follow them on their Instagram page (@grownalchemist) to receive constant updates of their awesome feed! Cheers! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Is that a bitten strawberry? A ladybug? Or, maybe a heart? I’ll tell you later 😉

Today, I want to talk about something important to me. With the abundance of social and dating apps out in the market, we often neglect the fact that human interaction forms the basis of every single relationship. A simple hug, smile or a conversation over a meal could be easily taken for granted today.

And that is why I would like to introduce you guys to this new social app called "Bite"!

I don't really like using dating apps mainly because they can often appear to be very sleazy as people start to 'hook up' with one another. So, when I was first introduced to Bite, I was honestly quite skeptical about it as well. It seems like just another new dating app that is trying to break into the market. BUT NO, I was proven wrong!

What I really love about Bite is that it offers you the convenience of online dating, and helps to arrange your meal with your potential date as well! It establishes the grounds of making genuine connections by encouraging people to start off knowing one another through a classic date over some food.

Now, let me show you the easiest, and my favourite, way to use Bite!

1. Setting Up Your Profile

As with any other social or dating apps, you will definitely need to set up your own profile first. Do try to include as many information about yourself as possible. They have simple options such as "Your Interests", where you may pick options like 'Cafe Hopping', 'Stargazing' and even 'Claw Machines'! So cute right?! Haha. 

Bite is also not discriminatory as you are open to the option of choosing the partners that you're interested in (that means you may choose someone of the same sex as well). 

It functions a little like Facebook as well, because it allows you to state things like your education background, job information and religion. What makes it extra special is the fact that it allows you to set your dietary preferences and preferred meet-up location, so that it makes it easier for potential dates to ask you out!

2. Start Looking Out For Dining Choices

Personally, I find Bite’s Restaurant Feed to be the anchor of the whole app. At least, it was the function that drew me to start exploring it! 

If you tap on the switch icon in the top left, you’ll see that Bite recommends a variety of restaurants for you to have your date. When I say a variety, I really mean a big variety that ranges from cafes, to Italian restaurants and even bars to chill at. All you have to do, is to swipe your finger through the choices and decide on one by tapping the Broadcast button. As simple as that! 

For a coffee lover like myself, I would definitely go for cafes! And, they even have popular choices such as The Lokal, Compound Coffee Co. and A Poke Theory. There is definitely a choice for everyone out there based on your tastes and budget.

3. Start Broadcasting

This, my lovelies, is another unique function of Bite. Once you have decided on the dining location, you may start broadcasting and find a match that would be your date! 

When you start a broadcast, you are basically providing the following information to your fellow Bite users:

- Choice of restaurant 
- Price Range per pax
- Payment

- Date & Time for meet up 

What do I meant by payment? 

Basically, it is to pre-empt others if the meal would be 'My Treat', 'Your Treat' or 'Split Bill'. Of course, if you are a true gentleman, I would highly suggest you to treat your date to the first meal that you're having together. And if you are a lady, you may choose 'Split Bill' if you are afraid of being labelled as materialistic and just cross your fingers on that day, hoping that he would be paying for your meal haha. 

This is great as it allows people to state upfront about sensitive issues such as payments for meals. 

After setting the date and time, your broadcast is good to go! All you have to do after your broadcast goes live, is to wait for someone to respond to it. That simple! 

One issue with a lot of other dating apps is that people tend to cast a wide net in the hope of having higher chances of getting a response. But for Bite, spamming scenarios would not take place as all users are given 10 hearts, which acts like currency within the app. Users will use up one heart whenever they broadcast or respond to other users’ bites. With every 20 minutes, 1 heart would be refilled. 

If you are not patient enough to wait, you may refill your hearts using in-app coins!

You get 300 coins when you sign up, and these can be used to exclusively invite someone you really like out!

What makes Bite a different dating and social app is that fact that it encourages people to forge genuine connections with one another. And what better way is there, but through food? If you think about it, it kind of "forces" people to meet up at a dining location, sit down, have a heart to heart conversation over a meal, before deciding if they are suitable for one another. 

I am sure this beats the "Do you want to come to my house?" scenario, which could be very dangerous especially for the ladies out there.

Most importantly, it is very easy to use and fuss-free! So far, the people that I’ve interacted with through Bite have been very friendly and they are not creepy at all. In fact, I find them to be slightly shy, which makes me realise that this platform could be a very good avenue for those shy-natured people to look out for friends to hang out with. 

Well, nobody mentioned that you have to be looking for a date on Bite right? It is after all about forging genuine connections! 

That being said, there are definitely some areas that Bite may improve on to make the experience a much better one for users. The app is still a little buggy, so sometimes I can’t Broadcast for unknown reasons. And, it’s bothersome to keep logging in and out of the app to refresh it.

Also, being a new social app in the market, there weren’t that many users when I signed up, and the profiles could get repetitive after some time. This is the reason why YOU guys should join in to explore the app and make it the next big social app in Singapore!

If you would like to find out more about Bite, you may drop me a personal message on Instagram and I will answer to the best of my ability! Alternatively, follow the Bite folks on Facebook at and on Instagram at @bite.official! They are constantly spreading love around the city, so do keep your eyes big big!

So, are you ready to take a bite today? Just sink your teeth into it, I would say!