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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - sky blue floral maxi dress

"We yearn for the beautiful, the unknown, and the mysterious." - Issey Miyake

Sky blue maxi sundress - feminine and pretty, perfect for a date, a weekend out or beach wear.

Dress; MDS (SGD$79.90)
Necklace: Tiffany's & Co
Watch: Rado
Bangle: Hermes
Belt: Ferragamo Salvatore
Bag: Coach

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - black sports jacket over denim shorts

"Fashion is a reflection of the time. "- Anna Wintour

Black sports jacket with pink lining over black satin button-down shirt and mini denim shorts. The perfect travel outfit for Resorts World Genting.

Jacket: Converse
Shirt: Sixties (SGD$69.90)
Denim shorts: Levi's
Shoes: Pazzion

Tackling Thailand - Bangkok Revisit (Asiatique Riverfront, Chao Phraya River)

In furtherance to my past reviews during different visits here and here, we visited again, this time playing tour guide to the Mother-in-Law who has not visited Bangkok, Thailand.  The places we visited for this trip were more touristy, for the purpose of introducing her to the popular spots here in Bangkok City.

Sanabim, Don Mueang, Bangkok International Airport, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
Website: https://www.loungeclub.com/en/our-lounges/lounge-detail/BKK1

Miracle First Class Lounges are available throughout a few concourses of the large Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. We rested there for a while before continuing our journeys, enjoying some light refreshments, charging the phones while relaxing over some magazines and gulped some alcoholic drinks.


We had a hard time deciding between Novotel Hotel, Bangkok Palace Hotel and Pathumwan Princess Hotel - location was key and we wanted a spacious hotel close to a BTS train station, for the convenience of the MIL.

444 MBK Center, Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 2216 3700
Website: http://www.pprincess.com

We settled on Pathumwan Princess Hotel in the end, based on positive reviews and gorgeous photos. Plus, it was located right next (attached to, in fact) to MBK Centre so shopping was a stone's throw away. Service was excellent, as were facilities.

One must find time to shop in Bangkok, whether browsing popular night bazaars or staying in cool comfort of air-conditioned, modern shopping centres.

444 Phayathai Road, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Website: http://www.mbk-center.co.th/en

One of the biggest shopping centers in Bangkok - 8 floors packed with 2000 retail shops of fashion, accessories, mobile phones, and restaurants etc. Be prepared to spend at least half a day here and loading your arms with many shopping bags at the end.

644/3 Phetchaburi Road, Khwaeng Thanon Petchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
Tel: +66 2121 8000
Website: http://www.platinumfashionmall.com

Another iconic shopping mall located in Bangkok City, 4 floors of more than 1300 shops selling fashion apparels and accessories, by way of retail and wholesale.

4,4/ 1-4/ 2,4/4 Ratchadamri Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Website: http://www.centralworld.co.th

A large lifestyle mall in Bangkok, CentralWorld also houses many IT stores so computer parts lovers, this is one place you might definitely want to check out. Once known as "World Trade Center" and once the third largest shopping mall in Asia, check out this place if you are intending to shop for more than fashion and accessories alone.

2194 Charoen Krung Road, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Tel: +66 2108 4488
Website: http://www.asiatiquethailand.com

I love this huge waterfront square so we revisited here for the shops and bazaars, and restaurants. There are also theaters offering performances such as Cabaret shows, Thai Boxing and Muay Thai shows- check for showtimes so you don't make a wasted trip all the way here.

587/10 Khampaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Website: http://www.chatuchak.org

This is a 35-acre bazaar, home to 15,000 market booths divided into 27 sections, selling everything from home accessories to fashion apparels, fashion accessories, collectibles, food items etc. If you are here on a weekend, do not miss out on this bazaar that brings out an important Thai cultural introduction.

2 Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rhek, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Website: http://www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/patpong-night-market.htm

Located in the Silom area, Patpong Night Market has much to offer as well - a flea market with 2 long rows of shops offering souvenirs, imitation bags, collectibles and fashion apparels.  Located on the sides of the bazaar are rows of restaurants and bars if you wish to dine or chill out.

Besides shopping and eating, some of the must-visit attractions in Thailand include the Bangkok Palace, Temple of Dawn, Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Chao Phraya River, Floating Market and Cabaret Performances.

2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakom District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2225 9595
Website: http://www.watpho.com

The Temple of The Reclining Buddha

Website: http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-waterway/chao-phraya-river.htm

The Chao Phraya River is the principal river in Bangkok, a major urban river with low alluvial plains flowing through Bangkok into the Gulf of Thailand. Also known as "The River of Kings", this waterway forms the lifeblood of Bangkok - a riverboat ride on these russet brown waters brought us lovely sights of solemn temples, churches, civic buildings, floating boat markets pedalling their vegetables or snacks, dilapidated houses along the riverfront in contrast to majestic modern buildings, etc.

158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, 10600, Thailand
Tel: +66 2891 2185
Website: https://www.watarun.net

Situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, this Buddhist temple stands tall and magnificent over the river. It is a famous landmark named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. A beautiful place to visit, because of the colourful spires of the structure and the intricate Buddha statue within.

2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2225 9595
Website: http://www.watpho.com

Known as the "Temple of The Reclining Buddha",  this temple is one of the largest temple complexes in the city, famous for its 45-meters long giant reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf. We usually get coins to in metal bowls around the Buddha - they believe that when you have come to the last bowl, say your wishes and they will come true.

2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Rd Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel: +66 2688 1415
Website: http://www.calypsocabaret.com

Having enjoyed the cabaret shows twice before - for the entertaining performance by beautiful ladyboys with their plaintive singing voices and graceful dances, we decided to catch the one at Asiatique Waterfront. Unfortunately, as Calypso was more "broadway" style, it was too lively for my liking - I still preferred the "Tiffany's Show" style, if you get what I mean.

Thai food is a delicacy across the globe currently, especially the spicy tomyum / green curry items and other seafood delights. We definitely had our share of good Thai food here.

2194 Room no.8, Charoen Krung Rd., Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +662 108 4910 11
Website: http://www.baan-khanitha.com

Located by the Asiatique Riverfront, this restaurant garners a romantic waterfront dining vibe, and serves up delicious Thai cuisine. We enjoyed our Pineapple Fried Rice (served in pineapple husk, no less), Lychee Red Curry with Duck, Pad Thai, etc.

Warehouse 1, Charoen Krung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Asiatique, Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 081 7601 469
Website: http://www.mymangotango.com

We also revisited Mango Tango for the interesting variety of lovely mango desserts. This place is so fanatic about their mango that they actually have their own "Mango" song that is actually quite catchy. Business is so good here, you are expected to leave once you finish your desserts as there would be other guests waiting in line.

7 Phayathai Road, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 2836 1000
Website: https://www.mkrestaurant.com/en

We went back to MK Restaurant, but a different branch this time. I still enjoy their very-dry and al-dente textured spinach Wanton Noodles. We thought that though, the food here was not as nice as its outlet at Big C Centre, which we went during our last Bangkok trip.

444 Phayathai Road, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, MBK Center, Pathumwan 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 2611 7176
Website: https://www.yayoirestaurants.com/en

We decided to stray from Thai food for a while, and ate at a Japanese restaurant near to our hotel. Yayoi Japanese Restaurant provided pretty decent Japanese bento set meals, such as grilled fish set, deep-fried oyster set and deep-fried chicken set.

587/10 Khampaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
Website: http://www.chatuchak.org

Street-food for me finally! Due to hygiene fears, we don't usually eat street food, however I could not help myself at Chatuchak area, where everything looked and smelled good. So I tried everything from Coconut Ice-cream to Thai Iced Milk Tea to Fried Squid Eggs to Fried Quail Eggs. No diarrhoea or any discomfort after that, except for a very full and satisfied belly.

46-48 Patpong, Surawong, Bangkok, Thailand
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiptop-Patpong-Silom/246298048744340?nr

This meal was taken before our shopping trip at Patpong area, a spacious restaurant lining the famed Patpong night market. Food was not bad here, really - especially the Thai Fish Cake paired with light Thai beer.

1/F Big C Ratchadamri, Ratchadamri Rd., Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2350 4794
Website: http://www.yumsaap.nl

Southern Thai restaurant with (some say) a Vietnamese touch. I enjoyed the Tom Yum noodles here in this vintage-looking restaurant.

Overall, another enjoyable Thailand visit. We came with 3 luggages but left with 5 - don't ask me what we bought.  Hope the Mother-in-law enjoyed the trip.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - purple Taffeta Peplum Top

"I am the clothes I wear on my back. I am every place and every person and every object I have ever come across." - Macaulay Culkin

The deep purple Taffeta Peplum with multi-length hem, which I fell in love with at first sight and ran around a few stores to hunt down. Perfect for any occasion and suitable for matching with skirts, shorts or pants.

Top:  Lver (A La Nuit) SGD$99.00
Skirt: Topshop
Heels: Guess
Necklace: Tiffany's & Co
Bracelet: Tiffany's & Co

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - Silver Halter Neck dress

“If I’m going dancing, then I wear the highest heels with the shortest dress.” — Kate Moss

My New Year's Eve party dress, paired with black leggings because of the snowy weather in Vancouver. Love this silver halter neck dress with black designs.

Dress: Palazzo @ Novena Square 2 (SGD$89.90)
Necklace: Tiffany's & Co
Pearl Bracelet: Chomel
Leggings : Marks & Spencer

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - black and gold sheath dress

"Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners." - Loretta Young

Black dress with open front skirt portion and an inner gold sheath as well as shoulder pads - sophisticated and sleek, perfect for dinner dates, functions and events.

Dress: Sixties (SGD$99.00)
Necklace: Soo Kee Jewellery
Earrings: Chanel
Watch: Rado
Bangle: Hermes

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Review on Oxygen Rejuvenating Facial at Privilege Boutique @ Star Vista

1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-12 Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Tel: 6258 9203

Lunar New Year is around the corner, and everyone yearns to look their best, especially when visiting with relatives we have not seen for a year.

As such, facials are essential and I was privileged to be invited for an Oxygen Rejuvenating Facial (worth SGD$288.00) by Privilege Boutique. They are specialists in premier skincare products (such as dead sea minerals, plants, and the use of pearl in their skincare range, etc) without using machines.

Location of the beauty salon is near the escalators so it should be easy to find, but the odd structure of the building itself resulted in me having to walk a few rounds before finding Privilege Boutique. Anyway, liked the elegant and clean feel of the glossy white interior, lined with beautiful products but exudes no cluttered feel.

After a short questionnaire, I was brought to the treatment room, tastefully decorated in black and white hues. The blanket was so velvety, so soft; it made me want to cuddle there for a long time.

Anyway, my therapist Claudia started by cleansing my face. Then she applied Geranium-Lavender Oil onto my face beside a soothing, medium-pressured facial massage.

After that, a device was set up to spray jets of cooling, refreshing Oxygen onto my face. The mists were very comfortable, and oxygen is supposed to help hydrate and firm the face, improving its condition.

Next, Claudia spread Almond Mask over my face. This is supposed to help firm and brighten my complexion, and has a soft sweet smell to it.

My skin was noticeably clearer, radiant and moisturized after the hour-long treatment. She finished the session with some toner and sunscreen. I felt so good about my skin I went out bare-faced after that.

Thank you Privilege Boutique for the lovely facial treatment.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - white floral maxi dress

"What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language." —Miuccia Prada

White floral maxi wrap dress that exudes elegance and feminine beauty, perfect for events, dates, functions and even work.

Dress: MDS (SGD$89.90)
Bangle: Hermes
Necklace: Tiffany & Co
Shoes: Pazzion

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Outfit of the Day - Gray Halter Neck Flare Dress

“Clothing doesn't really change a man. But it changes how others react to 
him.” ― Brandon Sanderson

Gray halter-neck dress with flirty flare hem and black details, the perfect dress for a day out at sea, dinner dates or functions.

Dress:  Palazzo @ Novena Square 2
Watch: Rado
Sunglasses: Coach
Pearl Bracelet: Chomel

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Dinner at Paradise Dynasty Restaurant @ Ion Orchard (Revisit)

2 Orchard Turn #04-12A ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Tel: 9116 6487

Having visited Paradise Dynasty @ Ion (review here) and deciding that it is my favorite Chinese restaurant, I decided to bring the Mom for dinner after a shopping session.

The ambience was a sophisticated combination of ancient Chinese imperial-style decor meets modern intricate elegance from ceiling to floor. Service was impeccable and professional, befitting of such a grand setting.

We started with the mandatory must-order signature colorful Xiao Long Baos (SGD$16.80) comprising of 8 different flavours. There was even a proper sequence to eat them- starting with Original to Ginseng Chicken to Foie Gras to Black Truffle; followed by Cheesey, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan. Each flavour was distinct, unique, delicious and pork tender.

We shared some Radish Pastry - delicate, flakey skin cocooning sweet radish strips, served piping hot. The result instilled a craving in me that lasted for days on end.

Some Spinach to balance the meal and provide fibre for us. Moistened and made aromatic with dried garlic, the dish was a hit with us.

Scrambled Eggs with Scallops and Fish (SGD$16.80) was a hearty dish with smooth and springy texture.

Finally, under the large variety of La Mian (noodles) category,  we decided to go for Zha Jiang Mian  炸酱面  (minced pork tossed in sauce and noodles). The noodles had a good springy texture and sauce was palatable, leaning mildly towards the spicier side.

We also packed back the Yangzhou Fried Rice, comprising egg and fresh shrimps in the delelctable, texturized and well-moistened rice.

Overall we enjoyed the dining experience here at Paradise Dynasty and the mom could understand why this is my favorite Chinese restaurant completely. I look forward to being vack for more.