My Destination Wedding: Bali (Vendors & Tips!)

Wedding: September 2017

Starting Budget: SGD $20,000
Ending Budget: approx. $27,000 (incl. accommodations for guests, our own flight tickets and extension at the wedding villa)


As most of you may know, I have just recently held the wedding of my dreams in the Island of the Gods – Bali. Looking back, it was the most amazing night of my life so far, and everything turned out like a fairy-tale. I’ve decided to finally get down to sharing contacts, vendors & tips (sorry it took so long… i got lazy haha).



Having a destination wedding is the perfect reason to keep it small, and the closest of the closest who REALLY WANT TO BE THERE will fly overseas to be there. People also wouldn’t be offended if we didn’t invite them. yasssss!

Location-wise, Bali is only a couple of hours away and quite affordable to fly to. It also has a wide variety of affordable villas and hotels away from the main touristy areas. Plus, who wouldn’t mind an excuse to take a short vacay in Bali?

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Having a Wedding Planner

Before looking for wedding venues and all that jazz, it was essential for us to find the right wedding planner. Let’s face it, it’s not impossible to pull off the entire wedding on your own but having a local wedding planner would be able to bring costs down a little (as they have local contacts), save you tons of stress (non-stop skype calls, emails and flights) and let you enjoy the process a little more. Having a good wedding planner was ESSENTIAL to this whole event.

My wedding planner Amor (Amor Eternal Weddings) was referred by my husband’s colleague so we were assured with her experience and portfolio. From venue searching, decor to catering – she took care of it all extremely well. In addition, she provided unlimited calls/emails before the wedding and a team of coordinators for the actual day. For couples thinking of a destination wedding – I’d suggest to focus on a good wedding planner first. It’s worth every single penny.

For those who are interested, you can contact here via email. (Don’t forget to say hi for me!)


#1. Venue Hunting

With a smaller budget, we skipped over hotels (although the hotels are gorgeous) as the dreamy ones were way too costly. We decided to go for a villa in a quieter area so that everything could be more intimate, customised and we could even book the whole villa for 4-5 days to relax and enjoy after. Trust me, you are gonna need that time to relax.

We viewed 3-4 villas (as well as hotels nearby for the guests) and fortunately, found the one that we liked. Only then did we place deposits to confirm the wedding planner AND the venue. Yay!


Literally my dream come true.


Gorgeous set up for dinner!

#2. Moodboards and references

With 6-7 months to go, the planning process began with moodboards. I used Pinterest to look for references, from colour schemes to decorations I liked. It was then a back and forth process with Amor to talk about what was possible (within budget) and what was not.

#3. Confirmations

3 months before the wedding, we made another trip to confirm vendors and caterers. We met with the shortlisted caterers for a tasting (with a fee, of course) to decide which caterer to book, and which items to have on the menu. This was probably the trip with most negotiations and decision-makings – not to mention deposits.br0ke.gif

#4. Saving Money

With a limited budget, we had to get handy and do what we can to save. We ended up designing our own invitations, getting them printed in JB (T&T Printing @ Citysquare Mall) and DIY-ing our own invite folder with paper bought from Fancy Papers. Luckily I had talented friends and a decent score in Art.. lol!GUN_7396.jpg

Even for the wedding gifts, we decided to do customised sunglasses (Alibaba) and dreamcatchers (Bali) – buying the paper bag, stickers and stuffing separately.

For alcohol, instead of purchasing the package from the caterers (who were charging $60/pax for house wines & beer), we decided to purchase them externally from their local brand Hatten Wines which were good (and less than $20 a bottle), and of course, many crates of Bintang beer & Radler.

We also bought quite a number of items from Taobao/Ezbuy to save costs – which you can check out in my previous blogpost here.


#1. Wedding Planner (Bali) – Amor Eternal Wedding

As mentioned above, our wedding planner sourced for everything (caterers, cake, décor) and put everything together, giving us the peace of mind to fully enjoy our big day. There was not an ounce of stress and to me on my big day, that’s the best I could have wished for!

#2. Pre-Wedding Photography (Bali) – FIRE, WOOD & EARTH

I found Andre (@firewoodandearth) on Instagram, loving his style of photography and vibes. Even though his rates are not the lowest in the local market, but I believe that the quality of work is worth it. He specialises in capturing candid, raw moments beautifully, instead of posed studio shots. Here are some shots below.

#3.Wedding Gowns (Singapore) – Bqueens

One of the most important decisions I made! Bqueens allowed me the flexibility to rent a total of 3 gowns for both my pre-wedding photoshoot and actual day wedding, both held overseas. The package included grooms suit, father’s suit as well as a dress for my sister-in-law. Unlike other places which limit the gowns you can pick to bring overseas, I was given the freedom to choose any I liked (and even to choose again when new gowns came in)!

Valent was super nice and helpful, and made the whole experience very delightful!


My midnight blue gown


Gorgeous white lace ball gown

#4. Actual Day Photography & Videography (Bali) – Sal Photography & Maxtu Photography

Our photographers and videographers for the day were very talented and friendly. They put in the extra effort to make us feel at ease. In terms of output, both delivered above expectation. Sal Photography gave us a ton of edited photos to choose from (so much so that we were spoilt for choice on which to upload and print) and Maxtu gave us both a highlight video (which even made us a little teary while watching it) and a long compilation video of whatever that went on during the day (this we didn’t really ask for, but it was a nice bonus).

Here’s some photos below & you can find the link to the video on Facebook here.

#5. Makeup Artist (Bali) – @jl_makeupart

I found Jen on Instagram (as well as with a recommendation by the pre-wedding photographer) and used her for both the pre-wedding photoshoot AND the actual day.

Her rates are highly competitive and her skills are great. During the pre-wedding photoshoot, she followed us throughout and went above and beyond to make sure I look my best, from consistently touching up my makeup to helping me change my gowns. I was so happy with her service that I decided to engage her (and a team) for my actual day wedding!


#6. Other vendors

Here are a few other vendors we used as well – hopefully these help!
*Gorgeous bridal nails (SG): 3D Nails 


Gorgeous acrylic extensions with blings to match my dresses!


*Customised Aisle Runner (SG): @nehohmee (on Instagram) / website

She does wonderful customised calligraphy works – perfect for many wedding items!


so chio right?


*Customised shoes for J (SG): Custom Made SG


*Tailored Suits for J (Thailand): Jesse & Son 


Tailored suits & shirts (with our initials on them hehe)

So that’s it for today – here’s all the contacts I can think of! If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me via email or leave a comment, and I’ll do my best! If you like this post, remember to share and spread the word!

May your dream wedding come true ❤



5 Things I’ve Learnt from an Ex-Best Friend.

So even though this is super different from my usual posts (which are full of pictures, memes and funny gifs – so you should definitely read them ha), I felt the need to write about it at some point of time as a step towards letting go. I’m also hoping that if anyone reads this, it might be relatable and possibly even reassuring in some way.

Like everyone else, I’ve experienced being hurt by someone close. Last year, I had an encounter with a close friend of mine which left me deeply hurt. I felt used, manipulated and very angry. Was it me? Was I imagining things? Despite these thoughts haunting me, I chose not to confront.  I was afraid of confrontation and escalation, and feared damaging more friendships.

A year later, and hopefully wiser, these are some things I’ve learnt.

Don’t count on Closure

Everyone uses “closure” as the ideal way of wrapping up things. But more often than not, this never happens. As humans, we justify our actions in every way possible. For most people, it’s not easy to look through someone else’s perspective of yourself – especially if it doesn’t portray yourself as a good person. Perhaps ten years down the road when all the emotions have faded, two people can sit down objectively to discuss about what happened. Then again, maybe not, so don’t count on it being the “only solution” to feeling better.

Don’t pull others into your fight

Why didn’t so and so stand up for me? Why didn’t someone take my side? These are thoughts that went through my head as it was all going on. It’s probably natural human psychology to want to feel accepted and supported. However, as shitty as this sounds, it’s just not their fight.

Don’t pull friends or family into it, and make them choose sides or fight with you. More feelings are going to be hurt, and you will be responsible for it. Yes, you might feel alone now, but don’t be selfish and put all your other relationships on the line by asking them to choose.

You’re not a bad person for not wishing them well

Even though some time has passed, it’s perfectly normal that you aren’t going to want to hear about how fabulously that person is doing – be it your ex moving on with someone better, or that friend doing oh-so-well somewhere. That’s okay, you’re not an evil person.

Healing takes time, so don’t fight with yourself. Instead, try to refocus that energy on improving yourself and making you proud.

Take whatever baby steps you need

Time won’t magically heal all wounds and make it sparkly again, so it’s up to you to take baby steps to empower yourself. If you feel like cutting off all points of contact or blocking someone on social media is going to help you feel better, then do it. Just be sure that you are not doing it out of maliciousness or impulse.

If you ask “What’s the point? Will he or she even care?”, you’re doing it for the wrong intentions. It shouldn’t matter whether he or she cares, or if it even impacts that person. You aren’t doing it to prove a point – you are doing it to help yourself heal and gain back a little control of your feelings.

It’s okay to not be okay

Chances are, you aren’t going to be okay for a long time. Life goes on as usual, and suddenly the emotions hit you all over again. That’s just how it’s going to be, and you have to learn to be okay about not feeling okay.

Accept your feelings as an opportunity to prove how far you’ve come and talk about it if you need to. Remember that you’re not alone – everyone around you has felt this way at some point of time, or they might even be going through their own personal struggle at the moment. So be kind and sensitive, to yourself and others.

When you talk about it over time, you’ll feel that it carries lesser pain than the previous time, and one day it’ll be bearable. This too shall pass.

15% OFF Sudio Tre for your #2018 Fitness Resolutions

Happy 2018 to everyone! Although I’m still super jetlagged from my recent 3-week trip to Europe, I decided to do up a quick post because… there’s a good deal to share!


One of my 2018 resolutions (yes, don’t roll your eyes, we are going through the same sh*t every year) is to get fitter, or fit-ish again. Because I’ve been so blessed in 2017 with great food, great foodie friends and a lovely hubby to eat with, it was inevitable that I indulged a little too much. Plus, I got lazy.


So yeah, this getting fit-ish goal of mine entails me trying to whip some discipline back into my life too! But let’s not digress from the main star of this post – SUDIO!

I’ve previously done a post on Sudio’s Vasa Bla Wireless earphones, which are oh-so sleek and gorgeous (and which still accompanies me wherever I go). You can click here to read more about it.

Since it is the start of a new year, and tons of people (like me) probably have a fitness resolution in mind, Sudio released a gorgeous pair of TRE earphones – their first wireless earphones designed for an active lifestyle!

Here’s my thoughts on them after trying it out!


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so chio right?


It looks very similar to the Vasa Bla – equally sleek, minimalistic and sooo grammable. I don’t think there’s anyone who can actually dislike it. I got the colour combination of white and rose gold again, just because I’m totally obsessed, lol! But for variety sake, it also comes in black, classic blue and pink!

The biggest difference in looks is actually its wing tips, which is there to ensure a perfect fit during sports, or when you are running about.



Testing it out at the gym too!


Battery Life / Designed for active wear, the TRE sure doesn’t disappoint! Their battery life is improved to 9 hours active use (and 10 days on standby), and is supposed to take only 10 minutes for a quick charge, and 120 minutes for a full charge. So you know, when you finally decide to drag your arse out for a workout, low battery on your earphones will not be an excuse you use to skip it.


I did test out the quick charge by plugging it in to my portable charger for about 10 minutes before bringing it out for a 2 hour workout session – and it worked great!

Wing Tips / They send you 3 different-sized wing tips so you can pick your perfect fit, and even when I tried bouncing my head ridiculously during my run, it still fit snuggly. Plus points!

Finishing / It’s also sweat and water resistant with a matte finishing – everything you need when you are trying to shed those calories.

Overall, mega plus points in functionality for workout use!


For those looking for some specs, apparently it has Bluetooth aptX for better sound quality in this series as well!

  • Type: 15,2 mm dynamic speaker
  • Sensitivity: 103 ± 3dB SPL @ 1 kHz 178mV
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm ± 15% @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz



The TRE series come at an affordable price of $139 on their website, which is super reasonable for its improved functions AND design.


I know, I know

And hold up, there’s extra goodies! Other than free international shipping, Sudio is giving a complimentary armband for every TRE purchase in January, just so you can really step up your fitness game.

PLUS, use my code <evannsee> for 15% OFF so you only have to spend about $118 instead! Whoo!

15% discount + free international shipping + free armband = WHUUUT. 


Happy shopping guys!

5 Taobao Links Every Budget Bride Should Know!

Wedding Date: September 2017


So I’ve just “graduated” from a successful wedding of my dreams in Bali, 16 September 2017 and I thought it would be nice to share some of my budget purchases. This blog post is NOT SPONSORED in any way (I wish though, Ezbuy or Taobao, sponsor me ya?)


I was lucky enough to have a wedding planner based in Bali to settle all my logistics including decoration (more on the actual wedding planning process next time, for brides-to-be interested in holding a destination wedding), but there were still TONS on my end to do, and buy.

 Literally, it was never-ending. Although I wished I could say that budget was not a concern and splurge on Jimmy Choo shoes, diamonds and gorgeous things, I was also (a little) practical and didn’t have the unlimited credit limit to spend on things I would only use once. LUCKILY, there is Taobao & Ezbuy!

So here’s 5 links that I hope you’ll find as useful as I did.

#1. Shoes

Every bride needs beautiful shoes to complete the look (even though the gown covers the heels most of the time), especially since most wedding photographers do take photos of the shoes with your bridal gown.

However, wedding shoes in Singapore are quite expensive. When I was searching on websites for shoes, I saw many costing over $100- $200. Yes, I know it’s important to get quality shoes for your special day, but I couldn’t come to terms with spending over $200 for a pair of shoes I’d most likely use once (and then try to sell off heh).

I found a gorgeous pair on taobao which looked AMAZING, matched my dress, and cost only $30! So I decided to take the plunge and buy it, even though I was worried that it might not fit OR look completely different from the picture. Guess what? It was my star buy.


It fit like a glove AND looked like the picture. Best of all, it was padded well so that it was comfortable enough for the whole night. Obviously with heels that high it was going to make my feet sore, but nothing was cutting into my heel/feet and I lasted the whole night without being in pain. The seller also sent over extra bling to stick on just in case any falls off. 10/10 ladies.

Tip: Buy gel insoles just in case you are worried – I didn’t need mine though.

Shoes TB Link ($30) : here
Gel insoles TB Link: here

#2. Tiara

I wanted to complete my look with a tiara (because when else am I going to get a chance to wear one?) so I shopped online and sieved through so many options till I finally settled on one that looked really pretty but was still subtle and elegant. Super pleased when it arrived because all the bling was still intact, and it was not flimsy at all. Plus, it costs under $10!


IMG_0487.JPGIt’s pinned on with bobby pins (so please do get some) and looked super good!

Tiara Link ($8.70) : here
Other designs from the same seller: here
Currently it’s sold out, but here’s another link with pretty designs and good reviews

#3. Shapewear

Being in a tight bridal gown has its pressure, and I sure didn’t want my tummy to be bulging out on my wedding day – so I started looking around for shapewear!


There are tons of sellers selling different sorts of shapewear, so it’s really up to you which kind you prefer, as well as how your gown is like. Eg if you have a bareback gown, you shouldn’t be getting the kind that covers your waist & back.


Still no idea what the chinese words say tbh. haha!

Although this seller was slightly more expensive than the others, it had quite good reviews. The shapewear was made of a thicker material (while still allowing you to breathe, which is so important) and was of a good quality. Thumbs up!!
Shapewear Link ($15) : here

#4. Bridal Sticky Bra

I’m sure every girl has sticky bras, but do you have a bridal sticky bra? I must admit that this was probably out of vanity and not a necessity, because who is gonna see your bra anyway? Of course I’m talking about the guests, not your husband, duh.


This sticky bra caught my eye, because it was all bridal looking and fancy. Don’t you think so?

Quality-wise, it was sticky (but not painful to remove) and very satisfactory. Since the wedding I’ve never worn it again, so I’m not too sure how long it will stay sticky for. Still worth it to feel like a bride from head-to-toe! #excusestospend
Bridal Sticky Bra Link ($15.68) : here

#5. Cute Bows/Suspenders for the Groomsmen

I wanted the boys to look cute for the gatecrash and daytime activities, so I decided to set the dress code as bowties and suspenders for the brothers. Since I had 6 of them, there was no other option than to source one from Taobao so I could limit my spending.


Don’t they look super cute?

These were what I found and they worked very well! I even found a different variation for my husband, so he could stand out as the cute groom 😀

Groomsmen Suspenders Link ($3.80) : here
Bow-ties Link ($1.77) : here
Groom Suspenders Link ($4.05): here

#6. Wooden Hangers (Bonus)

For that money shot of your gown, you might want to look at wooden hangers and even customize them too! I found wooden hangers online for my bridesmaids and myself, and I customized them using heat embossing (there’s many online Youtube tutorials for that).


Wooden Hangers Link ($6.32 for 10 hangers) : here
Heat Embossing Tools Links : Pen & Powder (1 / 2)
*I bought the heat gun off Carousell.

So that’s some of my satisfied budget purchases from Taobao for my big day! I have done a previous post on Taobao links that I bought from for my ROM celebrations a year ago here : you can find links to my dress & decorations!

I will be doing more posts on my planning process and my non-Taobao purchases, so stay tuned! For all brides-to-be, I wish you an amazing wedding celebration and a happy marriage ❤ Remember to savour every single moment of your special day!


Evannsee x Sudio Sweden | 15% + 20% off!


Sudio VASA BLA + Tote

Ever since I got my IPhone 7+ (without its precious audio jack), I’ve stopped listening to music on the go, which was something I did on a daily basis, and a LIFESAVER on longer journeys and flights.





It became just too complicated for me – buying the audio adapter, losing the audio adapter (haha!), not being able to charge while listening using the audio adapter…. You get what I mean. So I can’t tell you how excited I was to be able to try out the VASA BLA wireless earphones from Sudio.

Here’s my non-technical thoughts on them (sorry techies!)



First thought – whoa. It literally made my girly heart melt into a puddle. Flat-wired (no more tangles), sleek af and that colour combination of white and rose gold had the basic-b**** in me screaming. It also comes with  a leather pouch to match!


Chill vibes for my wedding prep!

If you are not into white and rose gold (why wouldn’t you be?), there are other colours available too – blue, black and pink.

The minimalistic design gives it a class on it own, and the metallic rose gold touches are very lux. No matter what your style is, I don’t think you’ll find a problem with these. Plus, they are perfect for Instagram photos, just saying.




For those who are curious, these are the specs:

  • Type: 10,2 mm Dynamic Speaker
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 18 Hz – 23 kHz

On their website, they also promise a carefully tuned driver and amplifier – which “separates the sound of each instruments in every song – delivering a true studio experience”

Although they obviously not heavy-duty noise cancelling earphones – (those will cost you A BOMB), I have to say these are pretty good. Without having to blast music, they block out noise around me when I go about daily errands. That keeps me from getting distracted or annoyed at things going on around me!


I am super impressed with the distinct sound quality (and so are some of my nitpicky friends, when I let them test it out), especially with songs which have more bass.


Most importantly, their battery is supposed to last 8 full hours (and 10 days on standby). Although I did not use it for 8 full hours non-stop, I used it on a daily basis and I could go about 3 – 4 days before needing a charge. Plus, it charges with a micro-usb so you can plug it into your powerbank for emergency charging. Brownie points!

At 14g, it’s super light and convenient to carry around. I even stash it into my pockets when I’m on the go and it doesn’t look bulky at all.

Lastly, it comes with a metal clip (rose gold too yas!) in case you’d like to clip it to your clothes. This is actually quite handy for me, especially if I’m lazy to take it off and keep between usage during a day. I also don’t have to worry about losing it if it’s clipped on to me – another plus point!


The VASA BLA retails at SGD $165 on their website, which is a fair price for the quality you are getting.

But waitttt – we Singaporeans love discounts and deals don’t we? 😀


Literally me, all the time

Use the discount code <evannsee> upon checkout to receive 15% off PLUS 20% Tax Rebate – bringing the total damage down to $112.2! WHUTTT!

PLUS!! It comes with free DHL express shipping and a FREE chic tote (while promos last) so you literally get your goodies in a few days.


Happy Shopping!

CulinaryOn: Your Next Couple Bonding / Team Bonding Activity in SG!


Forget testing your relationship with another Ikea Project – CulinaryOn’s Cooking Academy is the next date idea which will teach you both life skills AND teamwork skills. Lucky for me, (and unlucky for J) we got to experience an awesome session with the CulinaryOn team learning how to cook various fancy dishes with cheese!


Ever since moving in together, I’ve taken cooking more seriously. After all, it is a way of making sure my man is well-fed, content and still healthy (omg, i feel so domesticated now). That means lesser nights of one-pot pasta with sausages as the main ingredient and more attempts at 三菜一汤 (3 veg 1 soup). Once in a while the rice ends up undercooked and crunchy and the sambal veggies a tad too salty, but overall it’s been a great experience. So when we had the opportunity to attend a class at CulinaryOn, I did not hesitate at all! Experimenting at home in the kitchen is one thing, but learning technical skills from experienced chefs (not just YouTube chefs) is definitely not to be missed! Here’s why you should definitely check it out:


Maybe I should get some cute aprons for my home…yes?



CulinaryOn prides itself on the whole experience, including the environment and equipment. I was super impressed with all the equipment they had! Each “station” had an induction stove, drawers with all the tools we needed as well as a legit mixer. As each station had only 4 people, all of us had plenty of opportunities to be hands-on and complete the tasks while still having fun.


My station!!

The spacious studio also had a central area with large stoves, ovens and basins to wash your hands clean! The place was comfortable and well air-conditioned (so it never got too hot) – perfect for classes and corporate events. Thumbs up to not sweating in front of your date!!


Chefs & Crew

Chef Carmen (the main chef) was awesome! She was funny, engaging and super thorough. Even though there are a few stations working at the same time, she and her team constantly came around to check (if our risotto was cooking well) and explain to us more about the techniques.


Pretty Chef Carmen 😀

The staff were super efficient at helping us clear away used bowls, ensuring that our tables were clean and safe at all times. They also encouraged us to mingle and engage with each other, resulting in a really fun workshop.


Our Risotto in progress


Learning Experience

What I loved the most was how much I learnt during the workshop. We made Risotto from scratch, which became Sicilian Arancini (we rolled the risotto into balls what were deep fried – YUM), Pizza Quattro Formaggi (pizza topped with 4 cheeses) and Chocolate Cake with Mango & Ricotta!

These are things that I would not attempt at home, just because of how difficult it sounds (and how long it takes haha). But I was amazed at how we managed to cook risotto and even make pizza dough from scratch! At the same time, it was not too technical or stressful – the team made our lives simpler by providing us ingredients which are already measured out and did the heavy-duty steps like deep-frying and baking the pizza in the oven.


Our Arancini balls ready to be fried



Haha guess which pizza is mine and which is J’s


Am i Cheese-Bae yet?

By the end of the class, we were all hungry af, and couldn’t wait to dig in into our creations! Trust me, the food tastes so much better because of the hard work we put in. Just look at the finished products!


Sicilian Arancini


Pizza Quattro Formaggio


Chocolate Cake with Mango & Ricotta!


Conclusion: 4 words – Check it out today!

At the end of the day, it was a super meaningful experience for both J and I to work together and learn together. Even though he made an ugly pizza, I was really proud of him for being willing to learn and try new things. lol! Through this experience, he also acknowledged my hard work in cooking dinner for him (awwwwww).

For couples looking for a meaningful date activity, or colleagues looking for a fun team bonding timethis is definitely the place to visit. Your stomachs will also surely not be disappointed!

P.S. You also get certificates after 😀



Check out their classes and book here 


Hope you enjoyed this post, spread the love and share please!! 😀

XOXO discounts, cashback and travel deals galore at ShopBack!

Ever since I’ve gotten a place of my own, money has been flowing out like water on renovation, appliances, furniture and cute things I probably don’t need but may look amazing in the house. Sounds familiar? Lol! This is probably why I’ve been trying my hardest to find cheaper alternatives, and save more.


This means going to the wet market for groceries, comparing prices before I buy things and asking “Do I REALLY need that?”. Omg, adulting is TOUGH.

So anyway, recently I’ve tried out and learnt the joys of Shopback. Even though I’ve heard about it from way back, I never got around to trying it out because I thought it would be too complicated. But now that I have – there’s no turning back! Let me tell you more.

How it works


Landing Page

Basically, Shopback gives you cashback when you shop THROUGH them. So all you have to do is to head over to their website, find the merchant you want to buy from and click on it. You will be redirected to the merchant’s website and when you make your purchase, you will get cashback!


Practically me – every part of the month

Travelholics – REJOICE!

If you are a travel-holic (on a budget) like me, this is definitely one platform to get familiar with. I usually book my hotels from to get the rewards and better prices. This time, I tried using Shopback too!


This means, in addition to my rewards on, Shopback gives me 6% cashback! And sometimes there is even promo codes for me to use. Free discount why not take right?

Did it work? Yes it did!


I did it! Yessss

After I made my booking (one night’s stay in Bali), it took a few days before the pending cashback showed up! It’ll only be redeemable after you complete your travels.

Not bad right? They also have attractive cashback for popular travel sites like, Expedia, Jetstar and more.In addition to that, they have cashback promos every now and then here, with special increased cashback rates for a certain period of time! So make sure to look out for those.

Click here for the latest travel deals.

Shopaholic? That’s cool too!

If you look at the screenshot above again, you’d realized I decided to shop too. Since I was looking for a birthday present for a girlfriend, I decided to use Shopback too. 5% cashback – why not (:

They have cool cashback deals for Lazada, Asos and Shopee, and if buying your groceries online are your thing, they have cashback for Honestbee too!


Now that I’ve used it, I must admit it’s pretty idiot-proof and simple. If clicking a couple more times will save me 5%, I’d do it – wouldn’t you? Try it for yourself and tell me which are your favourite merchants on Shopback!!

Club Room Stay at Oasia Novena – Worth It? Read and decide!

Date of stay: March 2017

Since it was J’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with a luxurious-ish pampering staycay, to get his mind off work and away from all the crazy house reno, wedding, planning stuff.

I decided then on Oasia Novena because it looked peaceful and quite luxurious, and had a good location (near food, yay!) without an exorbitant price tag. At the very last minute, I decided to get the Club Room (for the first time) for extra pampering.

With the club room, we were to have Club Lounge access – a private lounge and pool area with refreshments and snacks, as well as a nice room with a bathtub!

Did we enjoy the staycay? Yes.

Was it worth it? Hmm.

Let me share more and you can decide on your own.


The room was slightly on the small side at 25sq-meter. No complaints there though, as it looked really good and was comfortable, just a little less walking space than we expected.


Pretty much the view of the room from the entrance (toilet to my right, TV and table in front of the bed)

Although there were some reviews of people not getting a bathtub, I’m glad we got a room with one!



Club Room Perk: Complimentary in-room selection of healthy beverages.

This was actually 2 packets of coconut water, 2 sparkling water and 2 bottles of normal mineral water in fridge. Really? We were hoping for a little minibar or even free chips, but I guess that’s not counted as healthy at all. Haha.

Other Club Room Perks: Cable TV Channels (yes, loads of Harry Potter movies to keep us entertained), Nespresso coffee, premium bath amenities… so this was alright, and while really nice, nothing much to be wowed over as well.


This was actually the only reason why I would consider getting a Club Rooms again. The club lounge is on the 22nd floor with indoor seating and an outdoor pool area with more seating options.


Even coffee and chips can look instagrammable!

I loved that we could chill there with unlimited coffee/tea and some snacks (peanuts, tapioca chips..). It made me wonder if this was what I had been missing out all my life. Lol. Okay, but seriously, it was quite good. The staff there are attentive, and don’t judge when you pig out on a bowl of chips. Plus the coffee they make is quite good.



Mini burgers

They also had cocktail hours from 6pm – 8pm where you can get free flow cocktails, red and white wine along with some light bites.



The light bites were even quite fancy, and we had that for dinner (not really because we were cheap, but because of such a late check-in, more on that later!).

The other thing I really loved was the pool area – a pool and heated Jacuzzi without the massive crowd. Yes.


Jacuzzi View


The cold pool


Of course I had to take some pictures… lol

Because of the cold weather (it was pouring), we stayed mostly in the heated Jacuzzi, which was heavenly, and amazing at night! Love love love.




Okay, so on the website it stated that a Club Room perk was “priority check-in”. In my mind, that’s pretty awesome itself, because what better way to start a relaxing staycay than to skip the long queues of people checking in and out and having a expedited check-in?

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Screenshot from their website

When we arrived, we asked around for the priority check-in, only to be told that it doesn’t exist anymore. Whut. 

We were ushered to join in the queue and I was a little annoyed. When it finally got to our turn, I asked again about the priority check-in and the concierge said as well “Oh, we don’t have that anymore. That recently changed.”

While she was saying that (I kid you not, WHILE she was saying that), there was an Ipad displayed right next to me encouraging guests to upgrade to a Club Room with one of the perks being “priority check-in”. Okay.

To this date, it’s still featured on the website as a benefit of getting a club room. Now looking back, it’s probably not THAT big of a deal, but it was rather disappointing to have the expectation of a fuss-free priority check-in but being told to join the crowd.

*Another perk of Club Room – guaranteed either early check-in or late check-out. (Being Singaporean, I requested for both, lol)

But the thing that happened was that our room wasn’t ready, and would only be ready at 5pm. It was around 2.30pm at that point of time, so that meant at least 2 hours of waiting.


However, they agreed to let us have a late checkout at 5pm the next day, and we could wait it out in the club lounge with coffee and snacks. Pros and cons, I guess? There were also quite a few guests waiting impatiently there, and occasionally going to check with the staff whether their room was ready. Again not a big deal,, but a rather disappointing start.


So was it worth it? I guess it boils down to the price.

The Club Room on (which I do almost all my bookings on) was originally $340, but had a discount at that time of booking to about $280. I’m not sure about you, but that’s on the higher side for us, as we don’t usually spend that much on a staycation.


I am still quite undecided if it was worth it, to be honest. Spending that much (for me), I was expecting the weekend to be a little smoother, from a priority fuss-free check-in (that was promised) to a comfortable-slightly luxurious stay.

So it started off shaky with the definitely-not priority check-in, super late delay, but it got slightly smoothened by the late check-out and club lounge perks. So I guess it’s like GPA – once your first semester kind of screws up, even though your subsequent semesters’ GPAs are good, you probably won’t get a stellar cGPA at the end.

Maybe I’ll just stick to normal rooms from now?


What do you think? Was it worth it or not?




Farm To Table (Tanjong Pagar Centre) – Fresh Produce at Damn Good Prices!

Did you know that Tanjong Pagar has a new shopping mall right at the MRT called Tanjong Pagar Centre?

There are quite a few cool F&B places there (plus retail too!) like Cocorica Plus, Food Anatomy, Japan Rail Café and Seattle Pike Chowder– perfect for people who work in the CBD area looking for lunch options!

However, what really impressed me the most was this marketplace called Farm To Table – a place specialising in fresh Australian produce, which are air-flown to Singapore.


Love the vibes!

When I think about quality Australian meat and fruits, I normally associate it with a hefty price tag. I mean, quality is very important, but cannot be pay $20 for premium apples right? Even if my stomach feel shiok, my pocket will cry.


To be frank, what drew me into the store was this sign.



Like any bargain-hunting auntie, my bargain-radar was alerted quickly and I automatically went in to join the fray. Oh my, juicy BIG red strawberries and delicious blueberries at only $10 for 3 boxes? Yes please.


These babies are clearly on another level than what I’m used to.

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Other than strawberries, they have many types of produce – both organic and non-organic. Whether you are looking for quality Angus beef or wood-roasted salmon, they have it all!


Omg. Meat.

In addition to those, they also have specialty produce like these gorgeous Australian Mangoes and Rock Melons, as well as a wide variety of vegetables (even Kale!) and herbs to choose from.


These look unbelievably good!


Literally your dream pantry!

I also noticed that they have set up a little corner with samples for customers to try new produce daily- what a great idea!

This place is definitely an absolute gem in my opinion – with really affordable fresh produce (especially with the promotions) that are of great quality. Share it with your friends and family, don’t forget to stop by and indulge in some strawberries!



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!



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.

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

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!)

#1. My Dress!bwp_1848


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:
Cost:  $65

#2. Photobooth


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:
Cost: $27.83 (Background Frame only)

Streamers TB Link:
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


Rose petals on the floor!


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:
Cost: $5.46
I bought 4 packets of White petals & 2 packets of Light Blue petals.

#4. Paper Tassels!


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

TB Link:
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


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

TB Link:
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


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.

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!