Bejeweled: Shooting Lasers Into My Face For Better Skin And Smaller Pores. Did It Work???

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bejeweled @ Breadtalk IHQ
Tai Seng Street, BreadTalk IHQ, #02-01, Singapore 534013

Nearest MRT: Tai Seng
Contact: (+65) 6443 9789
Email: emailus@bejeweled-nails.com.sg
Website: http://bejeweled.com.sg/

Alright, so I've had laser shot into my armpits and then my boobs and now my face. Technology will never stop advancing, just like a woman's chase for beauty.

I have to be honest and admit that I have never been a believer of facials. I have been told by tons of female friends (and my aunties) that facials are a MUST for us ladies, or we would develop wrinkles really soon and look haggard and old before others do.

Taking up this sponsorship is like an experiment, to see for myself – as well as to show all of you – if going for a monthly facial session would really help to improve our skin condition. Furthermore, everyone knows that facial treatments are pretty pricey and they can easily go up to a half a thousand per session; and we usually sign up for a package that consists of 6-15 sessions.

Henceforth, IS IT WORTH THE BUCK?????

I am here today to show you the benefits from one of Bejeweled's facial treatment programs, "ICED Dynamic Pulse Light (DPL) Skin Treatment" for $288/session.

ICED DPL Skin Treatments...

Are infused with Vagheggi Oligominerals, which have been used since ancient times and are essential to maintain the delicate water equilibrium in our facial skin and to correct skin physiology.

The treatments also contain Maganese Complex (for countering wrinkles), Aluminium Complex and Ferrum Complex (for impure skin) and Magnesium (for dry skin).

The objective of the treatment is to:
  • Tighten Skin
  • Shrink Pores
  • Reverse Sun Damage and Rough Skin
  • Fade Brown Spot and Freckles
  • Heal Acne and Scars
  • Stimulate Collagen Naturally

Now I should highlight to you that Bejeweled's ICED DPL Skin Treatment involves 17 TREATMENTS in total within a single session. The entire session lasts for about 75-90 minutes.

I'd be insane to describe every treatment to you (because there are so many!!!), so I am breaking it down into three parts: 1) face prepping, 2) main treatments, 3) finishing touches



#1| FACE PREPPING

Welcome and Relax: With Lenitive Essential Oil,
Removing Make-up and Cleansing: With Equilibium Cleansing Milk and Equilibrium Phytogel

Exfoliation: With Equilibrium Jojoba Scrub

Light Extraction

Perfect skin after the extraction! (Fuck you blackheads and whiteheads)



#2| MAIN TREATMENTS

Cold Compress: Paper Mask with Soothing Lotion and Vagheggi Toner


Scalp and Shoulder Massage for 5-8 minutes

Prepping Face with Cooling Gel for DPL Machine

Getting lasers shot into my face! Shrink big pores, SHRINK!!!

Scrubber Machine + Serum/Essence: With Oligomineral and Anion Infusion


Face and Eye Massage: With Primula Face & Body Massage Cream



#3| FINISHING TOUCHES

Refresh and balance pH: With Equilibrium Rebalancing Face Lotion


Hydrate and Protect: Concluding the session with Equilibrium Face Cream + Sunblock SPF 30

Went out later that night with Kaiting and her Fiancé, Ken and Wei Kai


My two cents:

As for now, I can conclude with this facial treatment at Bejeweled that I have seen a difference in my skin. I went home looking all glowy – and with my blackheads gone and smaller facial pores, oh yes! – and the shine has lasted me for about 2 weeks.

I put make-up on a daily basis and occasionally, I do a less-than-perfect job at removing the make-up before turning into bed. That has resulted in some minor pimples forming as the cosmetic seeps into my (big) pores and my skin would in turn put up a protest. This occurrence happens about once every month?

It isn't so terrible that my face is utterly destroyed. However it is pretty annoying and does create some inconvenience as more time has to be poured into colour-correcting the problematic areas, so that my face can look as flawless as it can be.

After the facial treatment, I haven't had that problem for two months now. Perhaps I have been doing a better and more careful job at removing my make-up these days... (perhaps!) Nonetheless I would not want to discredit Bejeweled's facial treatment in helping me to minimise my pores and for the glowy skin that lasted for awhile after the facial session.

I am due to go back for my second session and would continue to do so for another 4 more times. This experiment will go on for approximately 6 months, where I will put Bejeweled's facial treatment to the test and give my eventual verdict. Till then, I am loving the facial sessions! More updates soon.

Check out for the latest credit cards (*DBS/POSB/UOB) promotions on Bejeweled's Facebook page or Instagram.

P/S: Bejeweled is also responsible for the pretty nails that I am wearing these days!!

P/S/S: Read here for an update on the progress of this facial treatment




Note: This post was sponsored by Bejeweled.

Laser Bust Enhancement: An Update On The Progress One Month Post-Treatment At Only Aesthetics

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Disclaimer: Pictures shown in this post can be rather graphic. Viewer discretion advised.

O Medical Clinic
Wheelock Place #05-09A, Singapore 238880

Nearest MRT: Orchard
Contact: (+65) 6235 4434
Email: info@onlyclinic.com
Website: http://www.onlyclinic.com


I have been receiving weekly treatment sessions for slightly over a month now. Here I am, back with more updates as promised on the progress of my – pardon me for being so crude – boob growth.

Before I continue, here is a short synopsis of what the treatment is about:

Laser Bust Enhancement is a revolutionising breast enlargement treatment package that utilises non-surgical methods such as drugs, needles or incisions, and it delivers satisfactory results without going under the knife.

All treatments in the package are non-invasive and there is no experience of any downtime; resumption of daily routine can be expected immediately after the treatment session.

(Read more on what Laser Bust Enhancement is and how the procedure works by clicking here)

I have divided this informative review into two parts: photos first, and my summarised thoughts at the end. Do be reminded that the following pictures you see can be rather graphic.


Front profile

*FYI: The tinge of redness that you see around my boobs in the "after" photo is due to Step 3 of the process (Bust Suction Enlargement Pump). As ugly and scary-looking that it is, there was no pain involved.

Left profile

Right profile

Before-After Measurements (taken in inches)

My two cents:

After having gone through a couple of sessions, the pain is indeed more tolerable now (as promised by the director whom I met during my first visit). I've learnt that speaking to the therapist while they do the massage... it helps A LOT. They would distract me from the pain, and I am less likely to be focused on when the next bout of discomfort is going to hit.

I am filling up my bra cups a lot better; that helps with the presentation of my clothes and of course, how I look and feel in general.

Low cut apparels are my favourite clothes to grab these days (oops) and it is only fair to do so since I'm putting up with all that discomfort during the treatment and the fact that a girl has got to flair her assets when she's got them, right – LOL?

I can safely say that there is little to no downside, other than:
  1. Minor Soreness: This happens during the initial two sessions and it can last for 2-3 days, depending on each individual
  2. Slight Bruising: This happens when the suction cup is put on a tad too tight and that causes the tiny capillaries around your breast to burst. It results in a reddish bruise which doesn't hurt and will slowly dissipate, but the bruise is incredibly ugly and will affect your choice of clothes for the week

As you can tell from the measurements, the treatment does work. The gap between my boobs has been narrowed and even more surprisingly, the side of my boobs have gotten a lot curvier (in fact they've grown by an inch) and so has the underside.

So, these are the updates that I have thus far. I will have to check in with you guys again on whether the effects of the treatment would last beyond the sessions, ie. if I stop receiving the treatment, would the results vanish?

More updates again soon! Click here to read my first post on Laser Bust Enhancement if you haven't already.


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If you have any queries, you can click here to be directed to their contact form or just drop them an email at info@onlyclinic.com.

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Note: This post was sponsored by Only Group.

The Quarters: Hidden Gem Bistro Serving Locally-Inspired Food With A Modern Twist At Tanjong Pagar

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Quarters
16 Enggor Street, Icon Village, #01-09 Singapore 079717
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Contact: (+65) 6834 4174
Email: info@thequarters.sg
Website: http://www.thequarters.sg/
Operating hours: Mon-Fri (8am-10pm), Sat (10am-10pm), Sun (10am-6pm)




Satay Burger ($17)
Spiced Chicken Thigh marinated for 24 hours between a crispy and chewy handmade rice patty, pimped with an aromatic peanut sauce


Salted Egg Fries ($9), *Chilli Crab Man Tou ($11), Quarterade ($16)

  • Salted Egg Fries: Crisp Shoestring Fries elevated with their signature handmade Salted Egg Aioli
  • Chilli Crab Man Tou: Deep-fried Man Tou accompanied with their in-house made chilli crab sauce with bits of crab meat (note: this item is not in their menu and only available upon special request)
  • Quarterade: Lemon, Mint and Dill

Durian Can Boleh ($8.50)
Not only an amazing Crème Brûlée, but the ultimate durian dessert made from Mao Shan Wang Durian


Bibik's Brownie ($11.80)
Unadulterated Buah Keluak Ice Cream with an amazing flavour of Chocolate, Nuts with a hint of Berries, made complete with a Brownie

Wonderffle ($12.80)
Handmade Lemongrass Ice Cream and Pandan Ie Cream, topped with a Gula Melaka glaze. Satisfaction guaranteed!



Ratings: 4/5

My two cents:

I discovered The Quarters by word of mouth. Curious as always, I grabbed my best food buddy, Yong Wei Kai, and we made our way there with our tummies directing the compass. Located in Icon Village Shopping Mall, this locally-inspired eatery is but a mere 5 minutes walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT.

It was the first time that I had heard of a Durian Crème Brulee – or better yet known as “Durian Can Boleh?”, a punny joke created by the owner – or even a Satay Burger.

Before sending my first forkful of their famous Durian Crème Brulee into my mouth, I asked the owner, “You sure anot? Durian… and crème brulee????” He confidently replied me, have a try first. And true enough, I became a big fan of it despite my detest for durians.

As for their rendition of Salted Egg Fries, I like it. The highlight of this dish is their signature handmade Salted Egg Aioli. The taste of their salted egg sauce was unlike most that I’ve had as it isn’t rich in flavour and is light on the palate, almost like it just touches and go.

Because of that, it is easy to get addicted to this dish as you can never get sick of the flavour. Their Salted Egg Aioli is so high in demand that it is available for purchase in a bottled form! Each jar of Salted Egg Aioli is selling for $14 and their Power Belacan is going at $12.

Now before I forget, there is a special item that isn't on the menu but definitely worth a try for all man tou lovers – their Chilli Crab Man Tou! This dish is so simple yet the flavours and convenience it brings, makes it my favourite item on the menu!

The Satay Burger is one that I would recommend everyone to try. The spiced chicken thigh is so juicy and well-marinated, and with that sandwiched between two crispy and chewy rice patty, topped with an aromatic peanut sauce… you don’t need to go to Lau Pat Sat to get your fix of Satay. This one here will do the trick, I promise.

The Bibik Brownie was an interesting dessert, for it had your usual chocolatey brownie served with nuts and berries, and a uniquely flavoured dairy dessert, Buah Keluak Ice Cream. The ice cream has its own sort of sourness that is unlike calamansi or lemon; those who fancy Buah Keluak would be better able to appreciate this dish.

The second dessert was Wonderffle, and that left a deep impression on me. I liked the gula melaka glaze as it is so much more fragrant than maple syrup but comparatively less sweet. The pandan ice cream was soooo good, I wish I could have that on its own with a waffle cone. The lemongrass ice cream tasted like lemongrass, and since I am not a big fan of lemongrass, I would say that it has indeed reached its primary goal (LOL)

If you and your friends/family are looking for an interesting meal comprising of local flavours served with a modern twist, then come to The Quarters. Your tastebud will thank you for it.

Here are some of the dishes that you might like to try: Chilli Crab Man Tou, Satay Burger, Ma Jie’s Indulgence (Chilli Crab Pasta), Wonderffle.

For the latest updates on their menu and ongoing promotions, check out their facebook page and Instagram.


Note: This post was sponsored by The Quarters.

House of Roasted Duck: Where I had Some Of The Best Roasted Meats Ever at Sultan Plaza!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

House Of Roasted Duck
100 Jalan Sultan, #01-08
Sultan Plaza, Singapore 199001
Nearest MRT Station: Nicoll Highway Station (CC5)
Tel: (+65) 6297 5490
Operating hours: 11am to 11pm
Website: http://www.gaojifood.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfRoastedDuck

Roasted meats are a traditional Asian delight, passed down over the years and appreciated by many — including both Asians and foreigners.

It isn't hard to find roasted meats in Singapore, what with factories dedicated to churning out several kilograms of these nifty proteins and having them shipped out to the various hawker stalls around the nation.

However with the escalating ease in getting a plate of roasted delights, quality is (more often than not) compromised. So here we have, House of Roasted Duck, one of the many gourmet brands under the Gao Ji Food umbrella.

Read on to find out more about the talented chef behind House of Roasted Duck, as well as the delectable cuisine that he has whipped up just for the restaurant.


Introducing Executive Chef Lau Wai Keung, who is a native Hong Kong-er and roasted delights connoisseur with 40 years of local and overseas experience. He is currently managing all the House of Roasted Duck restaurants, and also holds the previous title of "No. 1 Barbecue Cook" with The Excelsior Hotel & Convention Centre Hong Kong!


More on House of Roasted Duck, this is a traditional Hong Kong restaurant serving authentic Hong Kong style roasted delights such as Signature Peking Duck, Crispy Roasted Pork (and more). They also serve a range of Hong Kong delicacies like their Congee and noodles, paired with an assortment of Cantonese Dim Sum and side dishes.

House of Roasted Duck has its flagship outlet located in Bugis Village. To cope with the increasing demand for their popular roasted delights, they have expanded and opened their second restaurant at Sultan Plaza, which started its operations on June 10, 2016.

Both restaurants will be keeping to the same food menu and are affordably priced!


| Hong Kong Style Roasted Meats


Peking Duck – 2 Styles ($30 for half, $52 for whole)

Roasted Duck and Peking Duck are perennial favourites in Hong Kong and without a doubt, the signature dishes at House of Roasted Duck. (I mean, just look at the name, duh right?)

In consideration for their diners, the restaurant has created this 2-styles plate so that diners may be able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The roasted duck is freshly roasted to crispy perfection everyday, and with its crispy fragrant skin and tender succulent meat, it's really not a wonder why it is a hot favourite among the diners!

Peking Duck

The Peking Duck differs from its sister dish due to the method of cooking, serving and eating.

Peking Duck in general is famous for its crispy skin that has been thinly-sliced, topped with minimal meat. It is recommended to be consumed with a handmade flour crepe, with a few pieces of cucumber and spring onions, drizzled with the accompanying special dipping sauce.


Four Heavenly Kings Platter ($48)

The name of this dish takes after the restaurant's FOUR signature roasted delights — Crispy Roasted Duck, Soy Sauce Chicken, Barbecued Pork and Crispy Roasted Pork.

I'll skip talking about the crispy roasted duck since it is the exact same as what I talked about earlier.

The Soy Sauce Chicken ($36 for whole) is a quintessential Cantonese favourite, braised using a special mix of herbs and spices with premium stewed soy sauce. The tender Soy Sauce Chicken is best to be consumed with their special ginger scallion sauce, so as to bring out the sweet flavour and tender texture of the chicken meat.


Another popular Cantonese dish, the Barbecued Pork ($14 for regular) has a thick and sticky caramelised sauce that is said to be different from the norm. Executed to perfection, the barbecued pork is juicy and tender, with a savoury-sweet flavour from the sauce used.

The Crispy Roasted Pork ($12 for regular) is my FAVOURITE of the four, and possibly the best crispy roasted pork that I have ever had in my life. It has everything you want from roasted pork - the crispiness, the slight amount of fat, tender and succulent meat... omg I'm salivating just at the thought of it! More thoughts on it under 'two cents' later.



| Traditional Hong Kong Delicacies

Shrimp Wanton Soup ($8)

Moving on to traditional Hong Kong delicacies, the Shrimp Wanton Soup will remind you of the wantons that you've had in Hong Kong (if you've been there before). This is one of the restaurant's iconic must-try dishes!

The shrimp wantons are freshly wrapped everyday, and stuffed full of shrimp and pork bits to give a delectable crunch. Boiled for 5 to 6 hours with a mix of premium pork bones and old chicken, the broth is flavourful but still light on the palate. I finished a whole bowl of the soup alone, on my own!


Shrimp Dumpling Noodle ($6.80 for soup version, $7.80 for dry version)

Similar to shrimp wantons, but with more ingredients and of a different shape. The Shrimp Dumplings from House of Roasted Duck has black wood-ear fungus in it, hence giving it an added crunch + smooth texture to it — I know I sound really confusing, so the best way to understand is to go try it yourself! 😁

The wanton noodles on the other hand is springy, and well seasoned with sauce. It is recommended to pair this dish with their in-house chilli, as the spice will bring out further the texture of the noodles and the flavour of the shrimp dumplings!




Congee with Roasted Duck ($7.50)

Congee lovers will relish the piping hot Congee with Roasted Duck! Its perfectly smooth texture is achieved by using premium calrose rice from Australia and slow-cooked over a small fire for over 3 to 4 hours. I have honestly never had congee that is as smooth and finely blended as this.


Fried Rice with Diced Duck & Egg ($14)

Wok-fried to perfection, this is their fragrant Fried Rice with Diced Duck & Egg. It provides an interesting twist for your taste buds as compared with the usual fried rice due to the "wok hei" flavour combined with a distinctive rice grain texture!

If you're looking for a fried rice that is a little different but not too crazy, do try this out!




| Cantonese Dim Sum

Pic credit: sgcafehopping

Steamed Siew Mai With Tobiko ($4.80)

When we talk about Cantonese cuisine, how can we miss out on their Dim Sum?

From House of Roasted Duck, comes their Steamed Siew Mai with Tobiko. This is definitely one of the more premium and flavourful siew mai(s) that I have ever had, due to the addition of Tobiko (meaning: flying fish roe) which gives a tipping edge of texture and flavour to the simple dim sum dish.



Rating: 3.8/5

My two cents:

As usual, let's start with talking about the restaurant's ambience and space. I like the clean and white look given off at the restaurant; it emphasises on how the food is simple (with no funny tricks) but yet head-turning good.

Now for the space, it is definitely bigger than the one at Bugis and the interior of the restaurant has been deliberately designed to fit the targeted crowd — cubicles for the working people in the vicinity, and large tables for families looking to have tasty roasted delights in a cool air-conditioned environment.

Moving onto the food, I can name a few of the dishes that I like (this shows how impressionable they were) and would highly recommend.

The Peking Duck is definitely one of the dishes that you gotta try as the handmade crepe is so evenly thin, and it doesn't turn soggy and break apart easily. The Peking Duck sauce was also amazing, but I can't quite say the same for the Roasted Duck as I was expecting it to be a tad thinner. Nonetheless, I love the crispy duck skin although it would definitely add a few more numbers to my calorie count!

Speaking of duck, most people prefer duck meat over chicken meat due to its unmistakable delectable taste and increased chewy texture. However other than the better treatment for our palate, Duck has several benefits which has it triumphing over chicken, such as:

  • Weight Loss: Vitamin B in duck meat helps to metabolise fatty acids and amino acids, while omega-6 is a poly-unsaturated fatty acid that helps to communicate with our body to burn fat and not store it!
  • Prevents Cancer: Duck is a choice source for antioxidants as it is rich in selenium, a compound that helps to protect cells from free radicals which increases one's risk of herat disease and cancer.
  • Helps Anaemia: This is a commonly known fact as duck meat contains "vitamin B12" which assists in prevention of anaemia, "phosphorous" which helps to convert food into energy and "iron" which aids in the formation of haemoglobin in red blood cells.
  • Boost immune system: Assisted by Zinc and Selenium in duck meat, our immune system receives a boost due to the antioxidant properties of the two minerals.
  • Healthy Skin And Hair: This is super important to the ladies as we must always have silky strong hair and nice glowing skin! Riboflavin in duck meat gives us the 28% of our daily needs in 100mgs of Niacin that is responsible for good skin; while omega 3 and 6 in the fat is also an excellent support to skin and promotion hair growth!

I only picked out 5 of the many benefits to share in-depth, some of the others on the lists included improving physical and mental health, bone health and aiding with the recovery from Rosecea and Eczema!

Coming back to the food, some of the other dishes that took my breath away were the Crispy Roasted Pork as mentioned earlier (my ultimate fave!!), the Shrimp Wanton Soup with its bite-size wanton and flavourful broth, and lastly the Steamed Siew Mai With Tobiko.

For the latest updates on their upcoming promotions, do check out their House of Roasted Duck Facebook page.

House of Roasted Duck is a prestigious restaurant by Gao Ji Food, a popular local heritage brand with 62 years of experience in the F&B industry.


Flagship Restaurant
Bugis Village

233 Victoria Street, Bugis Village S(188026)
Nearest MRT Station: Bugis MRT Station (EW12 / DT14)
Tel: (65) 6339 6817
Operating Hours: 11am to 11pm


Note: This post was sponsored by Gao Ji Food and The Influencer Network.