Being diligent! Oomph!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hello!!!

I've decided to be a little bit more diligent by updating this space a tad more often. Which kinda explains why this post is being written right now, and it will be my second upload within a week!

AH-MAZINGGGGGGGG! (I know)

I used to find it a bit of a chore to write a blog post because I was so bent on having every word and picture being really professional and perfect.

But then, I realised that.. it was because of that very reason which started to deter me from blogging so often because the words were not really "mine" anymore. I started to care so much about writing beautifully instead of writing successfully.

Ok, by this point, many of you are confused by the instead of thing. A couple of weeks ago, during an interview, the interviewer asked me a deep question (which was one of my interview questions by the way):

"Tell me, what is the difference between a good writer and a successful writer?"

I was stumped when I heard that question. Like c'mon! It was one of those mind-boggling, philosophy-like questions!!!

But anyway, I managed to answer it and.. MY ANSWER WAS CORRECT!! YAY! \o/


So, my answer for that question is this:

"A good writer has a good mastery of the English language. He/she can write about a product beautifully, like a piece of beautiful artwork.

A successful writer on the other hand, might not have a good grasp of the English language, however he/she is able to describe and write about a product in such a way that after the audience has read his/her piece of writing, the audience would think 'Oh! This product is really damn good! I must get my hands on it!!'. A successful writer is able to engage with his/her audience on an intimate level, to understand the needs of the audience, to be a friend to the audience and to have the audience as his/her friends. A good writer will not focus on having writing perfectly, but will focus on writing successfully. And the success is based on how well the writer has managed to engage with his/her audience."

Now, that is what I want. To be able to engage with my audience (aka, all of you guys) on an intimate level. I don't wanna write perfectly beautiful pieces that will make you guys feel like I am Picasso or Michaelangelo!

I just wanna be a nice and funny friend to all of you!

And hence, enough with my jibber jabber! Here are some pictures to lighten up this post and hopefully make all of you salivate and have your tummy rumbling with hunger (or maybe, greediness?)

Soup of the Day - Cream of Mushroom

I had lunch with le Homie, Adeline, at The Manhatten FISH MARKET yesterday.

(While I waited for my food for about 30 minutes, I was staring at the reflection of the restaurant's signage, and I swear that it is written like that. Caps and all.)

Fried Country Mushroom

They were having a one-for-one starters promotion so obviously, we couldn't miss out on it!

This is Adeline's choice of starters, and I managed to get one bite and oh my god! It was sooooo good!! This is gonna be my choice of starters when I go there the next time! The mushrooms are white buttons mushrooms! If you are a mushroom fan, you don't wanna miss out on this!!

Crispy Whitebait (with cranbery salad)

I am a boring person who prefers to go for the things that I know I already love. I know, I'm not much of an adventurer but I am sometimes! But it is only when I am forced to make a new choice only because the old choice sucked or that.. I am only left with new choices.. :P

Anyhow, although I love crispy whitebait, I find it better with caesar salad and honey mustard sauce. The combo of crispy whitebait and cranberry salad was not only a little weird.. it masked out the delectable taste of the crispy whitebait! A total shame, if I must say.

Therefore if you wanna try crispy whitebait at Manhatten Fish Market, go for the caesar salad, pick honey mustard sauce as your salad dressing and add crispy whitebait as your topping! That combo will blow your mind away and it will be a great start to your meal!

Spicy Baked Fish

Okay, this dish is really really spicy!

I only order it because of my usual tendency to go for the baked fish + butter rice combination.. it is less oily as compared to all the other deep fried dishes.

With that being said, I'm not saying that I hate deep fried stuff! I love Shilin's fried golden string mushroooms (NEW ON THE MENU! Go try if you haven't!! Super awesome!!!) and sweet potato fries (I prefer the old one where the fries are thinner and less chunky)!!

Country-style Fried Chicken

Adeline's order for her main.

According to Adeline, this is bad. Well, I didn't try it but from the looks of it, I would say that they might have over-fried the chicken? I have never tried it before nor have I ordered it before so I am not sure how the fried chicken is suppose to look like... but to me, the bits of blackness here and there looks dubious. Might be just the spices though?

Other than that, the mash potato was alright. It is the usual powder + water mash potato formula. They added garlic though so there is a hint of garlic in it!

Oh and, FYI for the chicken breast meat haters, you might wanna stay away from this dish because the piece of fried chicken is chicken breast meat.

Super festive Xmas nails!

And after all the eating and slight bit of shopping, Adeline came back to my house where I did her nails for her!

I'll admit that this isn't one of my best nail art designs. In fact, it is so far away from "good". But oh well, it is super festive and Christmas-y!

Oh yeah, it is Christmas tomorrow!

So here is a SUPER HAPPY MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone!!!

Remember to hang up all your socks tonight, or no presents from Santa! (Who am I kidding?)


XO,
Soph <3

City Square

Sunday, December 22, 2013

On the first day of my holidays, I went to City Square @ JB for a day trip.

I ate, shopped and pampered myself. I can't remember the last time that I had so much fun in a shopping mall. I guess the reason why I could let myself go and have so much fun was because... everything there was just so much cheaper. Unlike the malls in Singapore where everything is priced at exorbitant prices. It's not a wonder why Singapore is one of the most stressful countries to live in #justsaying

Anyway, here is how my day went:


I got up at 7.30am to prepare because my friends and I agreed to meet at Woodlands MRT station at 8.45am. We were going to take bus 950 (from Woodlands Bus Interchange) into Malaysia. The whole trip into Malaysia lasted for about... 30-35 minutes? Well that is if traffic is light.



So the journey is something like this..

  1. The bus leaves Woodlands Interchange and it takes approximately 15-25 minutes (depends on the traffic) to reach Woodlands Checkpoint
  2. You alight at the checkpoint, get pass the Singapore immigration gates (ie. get your passport stamped by the Singapore immigration officers)
  3. After you get pass the gates, board the bus again and it will bring you to Malaysia's immigration checkpoint
  4. Alight the bus, get pass Malaysia immigration gates and viola! You are now in Malaysia!
  5. Take a short walk of about 5 minutes and you will reach City Square!



You don't have to worry about getting mugged because there is a linked walkway into City Square from the Malaysia checkpoint and there are officers around everywhere! In fact, the walkway is kinda like the bus interchange at Toa Payoh. Lots of stores, fully air-conditioned.. they even have Starbucks there too!


In case you are wondering, this is how City Square looks from the outside.

City Square @ Johor Bahru

To be honest, I never got to see how the megamall looks from outside because I never once stepped foot out of the mall. I took the picture off Google.

I was too chicken (heard too many nasty rumours from my parents and my sister that if I were to be near the roads and not within a shopping mall, I would get robbed and slashed!)(so it might not be true but I doubt I would wanna risk it) to step out of the shopping mall and be exposed to robbers/slashers/bandits/any-dangerous-criminals!

But anyway, it's not a wonder why this is a megamall because it really is.. HUGE!!!!


6 levels full of fun and excitement. Each level had to be categorised using alphabets because the place was just so huge! It was only through that way, then one could understand and find their way when using the directory available in the shopping mall!


My friends and I had Seoul Garden for lunch. It was mad cheap!!!! RM 30 per person!

That is about SGD 12 per pax!! You can't find and get that sorta good deal in Singapore.



After Seoul Garden, I felt icky and smelly because of all the grilling. So.. since I was already in Malaysia and everything was so darn cheap! I decided to get my hair washed.


Ok so this wasn't the salon where I got my hair washed. I went to another one because this place was too atas and I would cry if I spent my money here just to get my hair washed. No money to go shopping if I did :(




This salon was where Rod got his haircut. The name of this salon is eVogue. They focus more on Japanese hairstyles and they really do know their 'thang'!

They transformed Rod into... THIS.



DANG DANG DANG DANG!!!!!

I know, damn amazing right.

When I went off to get my hair washed at another salon, apparently the hairstylist did 2 hairstyles for him with just that one cut.

The first hairstyle was more Japanese style. I didn't get to see it but according to Rod's description, I'm guessing that it looks something like this...


Anyway after we left the salon.. Rod shared with me his reason for choosing that hair salon and it turned out to be because of..

This horse-y.

So white.. So glittery.. So prettttyyyy!!! SO GOOD FOR CAM-WHORING!!

Ok canz. Reason accepted. *spams selfies with le horsey*

But anyway, I do not and cannot deny that they did a spectacular job with Rod's hair!! BRAVO!

The hair salon has several prices for a hair cut:
  • If you chose a Hair Stylist to cut your hair, the price is at RM 48.
  • If you chose a Hair Designer to cut your hair, then the price would be RM 68.
  • If you chose the Director to cut your hair for you, the price is RM 200. (Super huge jump in price range but I am guessing that the director really really really knows his stuff!)


So after Rod's haircut and my hair wash, I met up with my friends again and we went mad at F.O.S! (Or at least, I went mad there!)

Saw this pair of baby shoes!! SO CUTE!!!! I'm so gonna get it for my niece! SOON.

I bought 5 white tees (RM 75) and 2 coloured crop tops (RM 50) for myself, which amounted up to RM 125, which is SGD 50! It's about SGD 7 per top!!

For Rod, I picked out 4 tees (RM 60), 1 varsity jacket (RM 75) and 1 belt (RM 27), which amounted up to RM 162 which is SGD 64.80!! The best buy which was also the one which I am most proud of is his varsity jacket because it cost only SGD 30!!!

In Singapore, with such quality, the varsity jacket would easily cost SGD 70 (cheapest!) to SGD 200????

I GOT THE VARSITY JACKET AT SGD 30!!!! Happy to the max!


After that, my friends went home while Rod and I stayed on for dinner. We had Secret Recipe and omfg.. so cheap. We spent RM 53 (SGD 21)!!


The hairstylist who washed my hair, helped me to blow my hair straight with the ends slightly curled in! I haven't seen myself with long straight hair for a really long time already!

I am usually too lazy to dry my hair with a hair-dryer so after showering, I usually leave it to dry on its own and it would usually turn out looking like how it usually does (ie. CURLED). No complains about it being curled though because most people have to tong their hair to get it curled but mine is just natural, so yeah. Good for a lazy person like moi!


I only took pictures of our drink - Sparkling Grape Juice, because the waitress messed up my order and when I tried to get her to correct it, she messed it up even more.

Okay I blame it on language barrier issues but still.. URRGH!!!! #notthewaitressfault #selfreflect #mustbrushuponmymalay

After dinner, it was shopping time (again) and then it was time for home sweet home!

Disapproving look from Rod. "How can you still take selfies when the place is so stuffy??"

"Because I can." *takes more selfies*

P.S. If anyone decides to go to City Square JB... 'Robin's Portuguese Chicken' (name of eatery) HAS AWESOME PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS!!!

Read Part 2 of my trip to City Square here!

The miracle ingredient...

Monday, December 9, 2013

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Alright, so I am not the best embodiment of a slim and perfect figure but at least I don't look like that:


See, I told you I fared much better.

But anyway if you want a good role model, I think that the following example would be a good one!

SNSD girls

I used SNSD as an example because they are one of the best embodiments of a perfectly shaped (female) body.

I'll admit that I don't have a perfect body and that I am not a fan of exercising.

I hate the feeling of sweating and I don't believe that exercising is going to help me lose more weight because my appetite ends up being doubled after I have exercised.

Also, the stretch marks that I have around my inner thighs? I got them because I exercised. Apparently my muscles grew too quickly for my skin to adapt to it, and hence the stretch marks. FML -_-|||

Because of my dislike for exercising, I thought I was never going to ever get perfectly slim arms and legs like the SNSD girls. =(

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HOT!!!!!


In the lotion, there are circular bits of red and yellow, which I believe is meant to add to the hotness level of the the lotion!




I was sponsored this product by my gracious sponsor, Blogshop Queenie and after having tried it out for 2 months and I could really see the difference in my limbs (thighs and arms)!

Before I started using it 2 months ago, I measured the width of my right thigh (which was 51.5cm) so as to see if the lotion really does work.

Afterall this is what was stated on the packaging of the product..
and I had to see if it does deliver what it says it would!

After 2 months of trying out SHILLS Miracle-Lift Body Control Control (EXTRA HOT), I measured my right thigh again and...
it was 48.5cm!!!

I HAD LOST 3CM!!!


Don't say that I am selfish and that I do not share the good stuff with you girls!

Today I will be sharing my secret nightly regime to..

Obtaining slimmer limbs!


I will apply this lotion every night before I sleep.

What I do is that I turn the bottle upside down, and give it a good 'thump' down on my palm!

Squeeze the bottle a little and the goodness oozes out!

Rub it into my skin by going in circular motions on the desired area

And here is where I add in a personal touch so as to maximise the benefits of the lotion..
I put on my compression stockings!

These stockings are inspired products. I bought them a long time ago, just for fun. I don't think they work because I tried it a couple of times, and I didn't see any effects.

The reasons why I wore the stockings is because I have a low tolerance level for long pants when I sleep in the night and I move and turn a lot in bed when I sleep. The stocking is meant to keep the lotion on my skin so that I can absorb as much of its benefits as possible, and not have it all transferred onto my bedsheets when I move and turn around in the night!

So, 2 for my legs...

And then my arms..

During my impulse buy, I bought fake compression stockings for my arms too.. (I'm an impulsive buyer, I KNOW.)

And by doing that for 2 months, it is how I got...


SLIMMER LIMBS




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