Yogurtland from USA is here in Singapore! (Must-Try)

Date visited: December 2016

Address: Suntec City Mall #B1-165/166  (Near the fountain of wealth)

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As much as I love a good scoop of homemade ice-cream, frozen yogurt is my go-to treat on a hot day! Light, tart, refreshing and low-fat, what’s there not to like?

In fact, during my one year stay in North Carolina, fro-yo was one of the popular hang-out places for my friends and I. I loved the HUGE fro-yo stores with rows and rows of different flavours that we could mix and match however we liked. There would also be a toppings bar with everything from granola, nuts to sweets and chocolate. In fact, after I came back to Singapore, I often lamented that there was nothing quite like that experience here, since most fro-yo stores serve the yogurt in fixed cup sizes and charge per topping.

So as you can tell, I was pretty excited to be invited to Yogurtland’s opening in Suntec!

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Me with my masterpiece!!

Yogurtland is literally your dream fro-yo shop – they have over 200 unique and customized flavours which they rotate, serving 8 flavours in the shop at any one time. The yogurt base is imported right from California (where they use fresh and pure California milk without antibiotics or added hormones), and they have some really unique flavours sourced from all over the world.

We got to try flavours like Belgian Chocolate (made from delicious chocolates from Belgium), Sumatra Coffee, Dragon Passion Tart and Kiwi Raspberry Sorbet. My personal favourite was the Belgian Chocolate and Original Tart!

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We had to try all 8! 😀

Less yogurt, more toppings? Up to you!

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Toppings GALORE

If you feel like having 10 toppings on your fro-yo, go ahead! They don’t charge by topping, so you can literally put whatever you want on it. #notjudging

Lactose Intolerant? Fussy eater?

Everyone has something here – there are sorbet options for those who are lactose-intolerant, and gluten-free options too.

Affordable!

Having these treats wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket either – they charge by weight and it’s only $3 per 100g! That’s really super reasonable – and a great incentive to indulge.

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What are you waiting for? Hurry head down to check it out and get yourself a large cup of fro-yo! #dontsaybojio

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Bali Sights Part 2 – Hidden Gems You Have To Visit!

Date of Travel: November 2016

It’s been awhile since Part 1, which I wrote about the touristy sights in Bali (Ubud) which I was definitely not impressed with – too much crowd, too high expectations. So I’ve finally gotten around to writing about Part 2 (amidst my crazy renovation planning and ROM shebangs) – the two hidden gems YOU HAVE TO VISIT!

  • Melasti Cliff (Ungasan Cliff)
  • Green Bowl Beach

#1. Melasti Cliff / Ungasan Cliff

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What a breath-taking sight!

After getting super disappointed the day before with all the touristy touch-and-go sights, we spent the night doing some thorough research and digging before we found this spot – and everything seemed too good to be true!

I mean, hidden cliff…gorgeous blue waters… and no one to disrupt your me-time? That’s just too amazing! 

Getting There. This was the only hard part as it was not well-known amongst the drivers. We had to use our google map to navigate the driver – thankfully he was super willing to take the adventure with us!

(We used Mano +62 856 3778 685, who charged us 550,000 IDR for the day and drop-off at airport! Amazing guy, let him know you got the contact from Jeremy!)

Costs: No entrance fees! Nada. nothing! 

It was amazing! Once you arrive there, you will see the cliff overlooking the gorgeous gorgeous blue waters below, and the winding roads on the right.

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Tier 1 of the Cliff view!

If you are feeling more adventurous, there will be a flight of steps which you can climb up to a clearing!

It’s definitely manageable, so don’t worry about the climb! Once you get to the top, you’ll have to go through some shrubs (and rocks) to get out to the clearing. THEN, you’ll have arrived to the top of the cliff.

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Legs dangling over the edge – I was just a tiny little bit scared too haha!

The view here is UH-MAY-ZING. Better than anything you’ve seen.. and the best part? You’ve got it all to yourself. 

On the far right is the Banyan Tree Ungasan Hotel – if you are feeling atas go ahead and drop by there for a meal or stay! If you have extra time, head down to the beaches too, you definitely won’t regret it.

#2. Green Bowl Beach

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From what I’ve heard, this beach used to be a private beach to a resort. But after a natural disaster hit, the resort was never restored and the beach became accessible to the public.

Getting There. Definitely use Google Maps too! You will need a driver, as it’s hard to get there on your own.

Costs: Small entrance fee (5,000 – 15,000 IDR)

*Climbing down: When you arrive, you will need to climb down a long flight of steps (about 300 steps!!) so it will take some effort. I strongly recommend you to get some drinks or ice cream from the shop at the top before you start, and just enjoy the climb down. The climb back up will be more painful, fyi haha!

Tips: The only thing I didn’t like about the beach was the peddlers who WILL harass you. At the top, some old ladies will try to convince you for massages (say no! I’ve read that they are a rip-off) and on the beach itself, quite a few vendors will stalk you and harass you, to the point of not leaving until you buy. Be very firm, don’t give in, and make sure someone stays with your belongings, or if there are any others around, you can politely ask them to help keep a lookout!

Bring beach towels, water and snacks, or you might have to buy some (at a higher price) from the ladies!

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So worth it

Other than that, this place is phenomenal. There are small caves for you to sit under and relax in the shade. The waters are clear and refreshing, and the beach is clean!

What more could you ask for?

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Heading to Bali soon? Don’t forget to check out these places, I hope you’ll love them as much as I did!

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XOXO

Taobao Hacks For Your ROM/Event + Some Tips!

Date: December 2016

BWP_2237.jpgIt is almost a unique Singaporean culture that many couples hold their ROM Solemnisation some time before their fancier wedding celebrations… because of legal purposes. In order to complete housing procedures, most couples have to produce proof of marriage, which is the ROM cert.

Like soooo many couples before me, that’s what I decided to do, especially since i had gotten a resale flat with a shorter turnaround time. (See my resale flat journey here) So with a short lead time and limited budget, I turned to Taobao for some help! Read on below for some tips and links!

Why outdoors ceremony instead of at ROM itself?
It is definitely cheaper to do it at ROM itself, unfortunately ours had to be on a weekend (ROM is closed) since many of our guests would not be able to take leave on the weekday. Also, my uncle was the solemniser, making the preparations slightly easier!

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As with any planning process, I’ve learnt invaluable tips the hard way and I’d like to share them with you before I proceed on with the Taobao Links.

Tip #1. Know what can be saved on, and what should not be.

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This was the hardest struggle for me, since I wanted everything but had a budget. In the end, we had to prioritise what we could spend a little bit more on, and decide what we could save on. After all, there’s also no point saving on everything and ending up really unhappy on the day!

We saved on venue (relative’s condo function room) and decorations (Taobao) and even on my dress (Taobao) as the other options were simply too extravagant. I even did the dessert table on my own to save costs. But we did not save on catering (we chose Neo Garden based on all the recommendations) and we decided to get a photographer for the day.

#2. Don’t try to do everything yourself

Delegate and ask for help! That’s also something I had a hard time doing. I was baking the whole dessert table with a friend for 2-3 days, till the night before the event. Didn’t get much sleep (scolded by the photographer because my eyes looked tired in most of the shots) and was quite stressed out!

Thankfully, on the day itself, when I was trying to run around to do everything, my close friends ordered me to stay put and let them help out. Awwww so much love!

#3. Personalize

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Once you decide to do most of the things on your own, accept that it will never look like one of those glam pinterest pictures – whereby everything is obviously professionally set up and expensive. That doesn’t mean that your special event has to look shoddy or bad! Go from another angle and make everything cozy, intimate and personalised. Hand-drawn signs, handmade door gifts (I baked granola!), pictures and love – that’s your key to a beautiful event.

Don’t be a bridezilla ok? 😀

And now, for the TAOBAO Links! Here are items that i bought from Taobao, and the links. I used Ezbuy because of the Prime Shipping (Only $2.99!)

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Perfect Length!

Yes, my dress was from Taobao! After SO MUCH research, I decided to order this full-length gown. I loved that it was a little sheer at the top and very well fitted.

Tips to buying dresses

  • Reviews. OMG, so important! Go through all the reviews (especially the ones with pictures) and ask yourself if you can accept how it looks like it pictures
  • Made-to-Measure. Preferably go for the dresses which have an option for you to send in your measurements. Mine did, and so it fit really well!
  • Corset back. If it’s not MTM, find those with corset/laced-up backs – this will give you a little leeway for tightening or loosening.
  • Get a back up. I bought 2 dresses (both for under $100) in case one doesn’t turn out well! That was actually the case in the end, so i’m glad i did so!
  • Give it time. This should be the first thing you buy, at least 2 months in advance. Just in case, ya?

TB Link: https://world.taobao.com/item/525317411772.htm?fromSite=main
Cost:  $65

#2. Photobooth

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Nice backdrop!

Photobooths don’t come cheap, and if you can afford it, hire someone to do it for you, along with the instant print-outs! (Aww Snap Photobooth is one such company I’ve worked with, and they are good!)

If not, make your own with a Photostand & gorgeous coloured streamers to suit your theme! You can even reuse them for future events!

Photostand TB Link: https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=45020903534
Cost: $27.83 (Background Frame only)

Streamers TB Link: https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=520560001952
Cost: $18.55
*Use the 20cm width option, you will need about 15 of these
I bought: 5 x  #50(white), 5 x #25 (light blue), 5 x #26(water blue). Tada!!

#3. Rose Petals

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Rose petals on the floor!

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Rose Petals on the table ❤

Rose petals are definitely a good way to get that romantic vibe. Best still, these fake rose petals actually look pretty good (and they won’t turn yellow or rot…). There are plenty of sellers for these kind of rose petals, so be sure to read the reviews.

TB Link: https://world.taobao.com/item/43925444093.htm?fromSite=main
Cost: $5.46
I bought 4 packets of White petals & 2 packets of Light Blue petals.

#4. Paper Tassels!

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Jazz up your dessert tables or photobooth with these pretty tassels! I love love love the colors!

TB Link: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=525962866983
Cost: $13.23
(1 packet has 5 tassels) I bought 3 x White, 2 x Silver, 2 x Light Blue, 2 x Lake Blue.

#5. MR & MRS Sign

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Yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s super cute too! After all, who doesn’t want to announce their newly-wed status (:

TB Link: https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=43649815054
Cost: $14.78 ( I bought the Medium size in Silver Glitter)

Non-Taobao deco items that you should get as well!

#6. Table Cloth

Duh, don’t forget the table cloths! They are super important. If possible, get some other colours to liven up the white.

I got mine at Clementi (those cloth shops selling rolls of fabric!), plenty for only $24.

#7. Wooden Boxes – Dessert Table

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Elevate your treats and decorations with these wooden boxes/racks from DAISO! Only $2 per piece, and it looks good! You can also get a bag of potpourri there for that lovely scent and red hints.

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Ultimately, it should be a day that you look back upon fondly with wonderful memories. Making it pretty shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag, right? I hope these links will come in handy, so spread the love and share!
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