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!

Fancy Luxurious BKK Hotel Under $100 – The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57

Date of Travel: July 2017

So we planned another trip to BKK (rather last-minute, I have to admit) because we needed to get new suits for J – that was actually the main purpose of the trip, so you can imagine how much shopping time I sacrificed.

If anyone is interested, we got them done at Jesse & Sons – they were slightly pricey, but undeniably good. My time waiting at the couch was also made more bearable with free coffee/whiskey – brownie points.

Because I wasn’t going to get much shopping time, I had the full say on our accommodation choice (that’s a lie, I was always going to do the research anyway), so I searched till I found a good pretty one at a reasonable okay price.


Here’s more about it!



One of our concerns – since we wanted to be relatively close to the tailors. Also, we did not have any intention of going into town area like Siam or even Platinum, and preferred to do some cafe-hopping this trip.

The Salil Hotel was conveniently situated at Thonglor, walking distance from the Metro Station. If you are up for a short walk, you can even walk 1.4km to Emporium Shopping Complex and shorter to J Avenue. There were tons of cafes in the area, either walking distance, or super cheap Grab ride away.

At the entrance of the street there’s a minimart (for your late night snacks!) and just below the hotel itself  there are several street vendors selling really good food. We actually bought from them a few times (delicious Tom Yum) and brought it up to the room to eat in comfort.

Overall, super happy with the location and convenience of the place!


Not gonna lie, the pictures on of the rooms were the main reason I booked this hotel. I’m shallow like that.

I even got the slightly better room (Deluxe Suite) because of the pictures, and man… it was worth it.

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Imagine the number of photos J had to take hehehe

The room was very spacious and extremely well designed (in fact, the whole hotel was very pretty). It had everything I wanted – a nice comfortable robe, bathtub which you could watch the TV from (since you could look into the room while soaking in hot water), a lounging area…

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TV while Soaking = awesome

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Plushy lounge corner

I was further impressed with the microwave and availability of bowls, plates and utensils. This made our meals awesome since we could reheat them and place them in proper bowls and plates.

They also gave complimentary snacks and coffee/tea –  mmm!


The only con I would say was the pushiness of the staff. When we were trying to book a transport to our tailor, the hotel staff kept insisting on bringing us to a different tailor (which I am sure they work with to get commission). Despite us saying that we already know our tailor and would just like to go there, they spent a good 15 minutes telling us how their contact was the best, everyone went there, would definitely be better and cheaper etc.



When they relented and got us a car to go to the tailor (despite us wanting a metered taxi), even the driver tried to convince us to go to their tailor instead. We were half afraid he would drive there anyway!

From then on, we booked our transport with Grab. (Grab, you are amazinggggggg) We also did not want to have further interactions with the counter staff from then on!



Despite the ugly-ish service at the start, the rest of our stay was ok, and the beautiful hotel made up for it. Stepping in, we were really wow-ed by the décor – not gaudy at all! On the last day, we even found some time to have a quick coffee at the Hotel Café. Pretty right?

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The Lobby

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Their Secret Garden-style Cafe.

They also had a nice pool and little gym which was nicely maintained! It was a chill place to be at.

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I didn’t go there just for pictures – I swam too! #JustSaying


The most important question – how much did it cost? Under $100!! Yes, even for the deluxe suite. WHUTTTTT. All that luxury sure does not look like it would cost below $100. In fact, it was about SGD $96/night – not bad right?

Even though I’m sure you can get pretty accommodation in BKK for a much lower price, but this level of comfort (plus the hotel is quite new, I believe) for below $100 is worth it.

Tip: When my friends tried to search it up, it cost them about $120 – so I guess if you want it below $100, you’ll need to book in advance.


The Salil Hotel had everything you could want – in style! I’m a sucker for instagrammable places and this hotel really hit the right notes with its design and colours. For the location, comfort, price and pictures, it’s definitely worth a stay. So spread the word and share with your travel kakis!

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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 


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Edge, Pan Pacific Dinner Buffet Review – Must-Go!

Date Visited: May 2017

Buffet: Hooked@Edge Dinner Buffet (Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Mother’s Day was around the corner and celebrations always meant buffets for my family (that’s why my diet plans never worked out). Since it was the choice of my mom, that meant that the buffet needed a good range of Asian food (we always know someone who goes to hotel buffets and only eat stuff like laksa, chicken rice etc right – that’s my mom)

This time, Edge @ Pan Pacific was chosen and it BLEW MY MIND, and my diet too ya.

Here’s my review & items you absolutely must try in this buffet!


Variety was UHMAYZING, ok? Usually buffets tend to be strong in a certain cuisine (eg. Asian) and so-so in the others, or overall not bad, but very few options of each cuisine. Edge was crazy good.




“Flying” Soba


Crab Briyani? YAS.

Western, Italian, Local, Asian, Japanese … all there. And except for one or two dishes (the paella looked very watery and soggy), everything was ON POINT and worth them calories.


The selection of seafood is supposed to be one of the main highlights of this buffet, and for someone who don’t usually enjoy cold seafood, I ate SO MUCH of them. That was how good it was.


The Alaskan King Crab was easily the star of my night – the meat is so naturally sweet that I couldn’t stop eating. They refilled it really fast too – bonus points!

They had a whole selection of seafood – clams, oysters (freshly shucked), crayfish, flower crab – I’m loss for words at how good they were!



Shucking Oysters in front of you!


Just a small section of this area..

This section alone made my night worth it – if you enjoy seafood, this is definitely the place to be. Enjoy more of that Alaskan King Crab!

Local Delights

Another favourite of mine were the elevated local delights available, such as Nyonya King Prawn Laksa and Crab dishes,


Salted Egg Yolk Crab


Manadatory Chilli Crab (with mantou too!)


Service was good, for a place that was fully packed. It was never too difficult to get the attention of a waiter, and they would frequently come by to clear our plates. No piling of plates in the middle necessary.

Live Stations

They had many live stations, with chefs to prepare you the dish right in front of you – from laksa, to grill, to pasta and sashimi, of course! Personally, I love live stations – they add a personal touch to my meal, instead of paying a pretty sum to have all the food mass produced and left out there for me to pick through.

Note: Squid Ink Pasta – must try!


This is also another important factor for me – I’ve got a sweet tooth. So if the dessert section sucks, it’s a no for me. (another reason why my diet fails)

The dessert section at the Edge was good, with local desserts (Kueh Lapis, Kuehs) to cakes and chilled desserts (Creme Brûlée, mousse..).

They also had a fondue station, and a waffle live station with ice cream. Not bad indeed. I even spied some durian dessert (which I regrettably did not try, as J was looking green when I suggested it).





Rainbow Kueh Lapis


Assorted Cakes



Not going to lie, it was a hefty cost at $88++ per pax, which was over $100 after GST. However, that being said, the price was comparable to quite a few other buffets out there, and the spread was immensely better.

Was it expensive? Yes.

Was it worth it? Hell Yes.


If you are looking for a buffet to wow someone, or eat to your heart’s content, this is definitely it. One tip: walk through the whole buffet before you start grabbing food, so you can prioritise. There is simply not enough stomach space to be random here haha!

Please don’t miss out those Alaskan King Crabs – it’ll be your biggest regret.


Spread the love! 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!!

d’Good’s NEW Darn Good Durian & Coconut Skillet Pancakes (Must-Try)

Date visited: March 2017

 Durian lovers, stop whatever you are doing and appreciate this for a moment.


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Durian & Coconut deutsch skillet pancakes

That’s right, d’Good Café has launched new menu items and one of it is this glorious Durian & Coconut Skillet Pancake ($13). Generous amount of D24 pure durian flesh (legit, guys!) with creamy vanilla ice cream and housemade coconut sables (crunchy bites) topped with palm sugar syrup.


The hot skillet pancake goes extremely well with the creamy durian flesh and cold ice cream – together they are super creamy but light, with textures from the pancake and the sables.


Don’t miss this!

 Conclusion: Must-Try. Even J, who doesn’t like durian grudgingly said it was not bad 😀 Score!

Other new items to check out:


Bonito Benedict ($14)


If you are bored of the usual Eggs Benny and Eggs Benny Royale, here’s a new item for you to try. It’s Japanese inspired and reminds me of Takoyaki Balls!

There’s loads of bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, Worcestershire sauce and sesame dressing – super addictive.

Clams with Seaweed & Caviar ($16)


Definitely going back for more of this!

Another of my FAVES! The clams are delicious and savoury, and the pasta tastes super light and addictive. The toppings of seaweed and caviar give it the yummy umami taste. I couldn’t stop eating this dish!


If you are not into seafood, there’s also a new Kimchi & Shabu Shabu pasta ($16) available too! *Kimchi & Shabu Shabu pasta only at Holland V. outlet.


Kimchi & Shabu Shabu Pasta 

Baked Escargots in Shells ($13)

*Only at Taka outlet



Six extra-large escargots from France served with garlic butter and fresh herbs – the seasoning is really delish, remember to eat them with the garlic toast as well!

So many delicious items to try, so little time – head over to d’Good today to check their new menu out! Don’t forget to try their specialty teas and cold brew too! I had this Cold Brew infused with Lavender Earl Grey, and it was great!



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d’Good Cafe

Holland Village – 273 Holland Avenue #02-01/02

Takashimaya S.C. – 391 Orchard Road #B1-56, Takashimaya S.C. Ngee Ann City