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Skin Regime for the Lazy you! Featuring HADA LABO

Before anything, i would like to emphasize that this post is NON SPONSORED nor an Advertorial.

ccHello everybirdy! Happy TGIF`

I waited ages for this day, i guess it is what every 9 – 5 office worker feels when the day has finally arrived. It is like the Holy day of the week. Precious and Magnificent. HAHA. 夸张

Alright. I am excited for Friday because it means i can wake up the next day anytime i want, without having to growl at the alarm clock.
It is also a day i spend more time on my face. Yes, you read it right. I am not super committed and religious when it comes to taking care of my skin thus Friday is like the ritual day for my face, with all the masks. Friday allows me to spend a little more time to be vain.

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I do realise that age is catching up and all the more i should take care of my face (and neck) to prevent lines and etc.
But i am just too lazy. Perhaps i am a little more  blessed, because my skin has all along been quite ok. It is definitely not perfect, but i really thank God that i do not have to face major problems. Again, i say this with thanks and not arrogance.
No offence to anyone, really, i might not have pimples and acne’s issues but my skin can be really sensitive and dry.

There was this time which i bought a mask at $2 at Guardian and overnight, my face went beyond recognition. I hope you have forgotten about this but it is like a scar in me, the phobia stays and since then, i promise myself that i will NEVER risk my skin to any new and foreign products ever again, especially cheap ones that promise to deliver, they never do.

Look HERE.

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And a Collage of Comparison of the skin before and after the cheapo mask:

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For myself, i have NEVER used any products except for a normal face cleanser since puberty till approximately 6 months ago.
If you have to know, that is around 13 years. 13 years of JUST CLEANSING and nothing else. Not to say Facial, i think i only went once.
I used to just grab any cleanser that is on the shelf, bought by the Mother and cleanse twice a day (morning and night) and thats it.

Ok, honestly, I have never taken interest in any facial products, trust me, i find it a hassle to apply these stuff on the face. The real hassle gotta be the steps to applying them. Like, toner before moisturizer and all that stuff. Oh man, i am a man trapped in a woman’s body. I really cudnt be bothered to.

Like what i mentioned earlier in 1 of the previous blog posts, approximately 6 months ago, i was introduced to this popular Japanese product call HADA LABO.

I was just casually mentioning to my Sister that my face is so dry i can feel it is cracking from the tightness and dryness. Sister went to grab a bottle of the HADA LABO lotion and asked me to try. She said that she is trying other products at the moment and thus she rather i use the bottle than wasting it.

And you shall read the rest HERE, HERE &  HERE. I shant bore you  guys by repeating the whole story. Also, please only scroll to the part which i talk about my face, showing the pictures of bare faces. These are long posts which included other stuffs. Of course, if you are keen to read the other miscellaneous stuff, go ahead!

Ok, anyway, today’s post is to update about my skin after this 5 to 6 months of using HADA LABO. I guess i need to dedicate a blog post to the brand, or my face. Also, i feel the need to have a “conclusion post” after these months! Oh my.

oggiano1_905Every woman dreams of having shiny & glowy flawless skin.

Right, my face now is at its BEST condition. It cant be better! ok it might be better but i cant rave enough about how satisfied i am now at its current stage.
As i mentioned, my face was swollen and flaky and was totally beyond recognition around 2 months ago because of the cheap mask.
img-20130502-wa0000 Taken the very next morning after using the damn mask.
Read HERE.

The silky smooth texture was gone overnight and whatever HADA LABO did for me previously, was gone in a night due to that cheap mask.
I was so worried and i totally went bonkas and was so depressed. I even started finding aesthetic doctors for help.

However, i did not go to any doctor because most of my friends were advising me to be patient and that the situation will be over. I did see a GP.
I applied some anti-itch cream and that is all.
Then, i continued with using my HADA LABO lotion, Moisturizing Cream and the Face Firming Cream. I use their Hydrating Face Wash twice daily.

You cant imagine my happiness when my skin returned to its original form after a week, silky smooth and tender soft.  I really thought i ought to give thanks!

IMG_20130527_202640Taken when the skin recovered back then, no edit/no filter.

Just to share with you guys on the list of my Skin Regime. It might not be the best for everyone, but i think it works well for me.
The best part is, it is hassle free and i do not have to remember the sequence of applying different stuff.

1)  HADA LABO Hydrating Face WashHADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion

20100811-hada-labo-face-wash-n-lotionI use the HADA LABO Hydrating Face Wash twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Same goes to the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion.
I usually use thrice a day (of the both) if i am working out in the gym that day.
I can never tolerate not bathing after working out and thus i have to wash every part of myself every time i finish a workout.

The HADA LABO Hydrating Face Wash is a steal. Let me assure you. I bought the 1st tube of HADA LABO Hydrating Face Wash on 3rd Feb 2013 and till date, i still have not finish using it! It has served me for ….ok it is July now, so it has served me for 6months.
I am NOT KIDDING. It indeed is that worthwhile!

I cant remember the exact price but i remember it is around $12. If you are wondering why would i remember the date i bought it, reason is because i bought it on the same day i celebrated my Sister’s bday, her Bday is on 7th and we celebrated in advance and i happen to rem  that it is 3rd Feb!

Amazing isnt it! I don’t know how but a very small amount of it can lather so much foam and it makes the skin feels extremely refreshed after using! So imagine, $12 over a period of 6 months, each month, you are investing only $2 for your face wash.

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As for the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion, it is as good as a Toner. I previously do not know what a Toner does anyway, i called up to ask the HADA LABO consultant.
This bottle of Miracle water, like what i mentioned previously, is so so so much better than (the other brand) the much rave about ‘Miracle water’ that is alot more expensive.
I dont know about others, but it didnt really work for me.
Thus i am sticking to HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Lotion and i doubt i will be changing because it has improved my skin tremendously in this 6months.
I NO LONGER have that flaky problem, i DO NOT HAVE to convince myself that i have to “change skin” monthly.
Crazy right, i actually convince myself in e past that the flaky problem is because i have to change new skin. I can b a retard sometimes.

The toner is watery and it has a  gel-like texture that really quenches your skin’s thirst. Unlike other toners that might dry your skin, this works just the opposite. Skin feels EXTREMELY hydrated and ever since i started using this, i cant stress enough about how soft and tender it makes my skin feels, it makes putting on make up EXTREMELY easier too.

Indeed, it really locks up an ocean with a drop! I usually use 2 tiny drops.

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IMG_20130719_2Pictures taken under normal light, no make up, no filter nor edit

Because i really love the 2, i actually called up HADA LABO to find out more about  their other products. I was  recommended to use the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Cream since i complain of dry skin.

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2) HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Cream. I use this instead of the Hydrating Milk because i was told that the Milk is more suitable for oily skin and since my skin belongs to the dry type, i should choose this instead.
Apply this every night and this cream is light and non-greasy. However, i do feel a tag sticky after applying it. It is bearable though.
I don’t know but it serves me well till date, also bought  this on 3rd Feb and i still have half a tub left. Forgot about the price though.
Skin is more hydrated than ever after using this.
I work in an Air Conditioned environment and i sleep in Air Con w/o fail everynight. Even in Gym, i am doing my workout in a dry environment because it is A/C. Basically, i stay in an A/C room for more than 20hrs a day. Thus, this product is extremely useful for me.

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IMG_20130719_6I find that i m applying lesser and lesser coverage like BB cream/ foundation after using the Hada Labo Products. There is no need to!
Also, as the skin is very smooth, applying make up seems so much easier.
Above pictures are taken under warm lighting, with minimal make up and non edited/ non filtered.

Just to show the comparison between non filtered and a filtered picture, the picture below is the same as the one above, but it is  filtered to make the skin looks exceptionally good. HAHA! 

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Ok…Before you guys fall asleep, i am gona introduce the last product on the list!

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3)  Hada Labo’s latest Retinol Lifting + Firming Cream

I reckon  this as a “Must Have”, especially when you are over your teens. It comes in a light, non-greasy texture that infuses the skin with continuous hydration. Ever since i got this, i use  this every alternate days, on days i am not using this, i will be using the HADA LABO SHA Hydrating Cream.

I was taught by the friendly HADA LABO consultant that it is not wise to combine the 2 as the skin might not be able to take it as it will be extremely hydrating. Thus, i was advised to use it alternatively.

To be fair, i feel that my face was never saggy, thus i do not know how to judge the result for this lifting and firming cream. To be honest, the skin is not loose, but whether it is the result of using the firming cream, i cant be sure.
I will continue using this though, till i decide to try out some others that might really help to slim the face, other than botox.

DO YOU KNOW?

Just in case you are as confused as i am, i thought you would like to know about the differences between the Red and White Series of HADA LABO.

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I was also told that the RED series of Firming products actually has the same Hydrating effects as the White series. However, the RED series are more suitable for ladies age 30 and above and the RED series actually emphasize more on Firming and Lifting.
As for me, i prefer to do prevention now since i am so near the big 3. Thus, i started using the firming cream and i bought the Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Lotion for my Mum.

jhbjSo that is all for now and i hope this blogpost help some of you who are as lazy as me or those who are new to skincare! I dont usually blog much about such stuff as my blog is more random, i blog mostly about what happened in my life and most of the time, they are not really happening events.

Haha, i always feel that sharing is good, and if it is something worth sharing, i definitely would. If it is not, i wont write a bit even if i am paid to. Thus i am not your celebrity blogger nor beauty blogger. Just like you, i am a simple commoner that wants to look good and live good!

Hope you like what you read and before i end this post, i am having good hair day today, and good skin (as always :P) thus i will post some non filtered pictures, under warm lighting. (taken just 5mins ago!) You can judge the skin for yourself but Dont be too hard on me, the skin might not be flawless but i am really thankful for it, especially when i am not spending a bomb or much time and efforts on it!

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Happy Lunar New Year 2013


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Took this collage because of the Good Hair day i had. Quite rare.

Happy Lunar New Year, to all my asian friends! 大地万象更新!身体健康,万事如意!

I hope you enjoyed your holidays as much as i did.

For me, CNY is more like more days to sleep in, and of course, the festival means alot to me because i am a Chinese.

I didnt go visiting with friends, neither did i club/pub hop like the past, i mainly stick to my family this CNY.

Guess it is the age. -_-

Ayte, my Chu 1 wasnt really a happy one, small hicupps at home and arguments on the day 1 of CNY. Kinda disappointed and upset but the next 2 days were alright. We spent the day together and things were cool.

I realise that i get very agitated easily recently, i mean..i am really very quick tempered but am extremely peckish these few weeks.
I do not know whats wrong but there is no peace in my heart.

It has been sometime since i last had this uneasy, not-peaceful feeling in me. I wonder why isit back again.

Guess i need some alone time with God. Dont laugh! Because thats my only way. I myself have no idea where that feeling comes from, i do not know how to address it. I guess He knows well.

Super slack now and honestly do not have much to write, pictures do the talking!


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I love this forever 21 simple top. Wore it for Reunion Dinner.

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IMG_20130209_14slacking with sis and mum watching lotsa shows on some scv cable channels. Major loves. The Mediacorp channels are as usual, disappointing.

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IMG_20130211_231835Red no more. But to make up for it, Red Earrings.
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.IMG_20130211_142436 IMG_20130211_143401Random self-made brunch.

IMG_20130212_005451 IMG_20130212_021205Usual Cny treats that makes 1 loses discipline.
Not the orange thou. The Orange has mould and the Chinese says “发霉”
As The Chinese pronounciation of  发 rhymes with the same 发 as “发财” – Prosperity in wealth.
We say it is a sign of Prosperity. Haha.

IMG_20130211_192006Random Andy Lay Concert on Cable again. 

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Slacking with Mum with the bottle that Sis bought. We love Moscato and we eat Loveletters with it.
For Foreign friends, love letters is as below:

normal_Traditional_Rolled_Love_Letter_BiscuitsDont ask me why isit call Loveletter. I really have no idea.
Perhaps the ‘prints’ on the cookie itself and how it is rolled up like letters?

IMG_20130212_4 IMG_20130212_3Day 3 of Cny. Dress down mode, no visiting at Granny’s because it feels like crappy Sunday.
Back to work the next day. SIGH.

IMG_20130212_9 IMG_20130212_7 IMG_20130212_6With Mum and Sis @ Parkway. Had our usual Indo food at Kartini Indo Rest
(the food there is pretty decent! Quantity is very little, suitable for people who are on diet like me. haha)

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Some updates on my skin after approximately 1 month use of Hada Labo and i guess this is the best it can ever go.
I combined with the Moisturizing cream and till date, the dryness did not really bother me.
Except at times, i still feel tiny bit of dryness. But other than that, is all good. Feedback from friends are good.
Guess that’s enough. I am trying their anti-ageing lifting cream soon. Hopefully better results.
IMG_20130212_1Aiyo, very ugly. haha.
Naked face. But can you see the glow?? They are not oil please. 

This pic is taken right after shower. 
I am going to slp right after this shot, no filter, no edit, totally raw.
So you can see the real result.
I duno if this is good skin but i like it la.  Might not match up with your expectation but i feel is enough for me!

p/s: I also enrolled for a Qigong class at the nearby CC. I decided to be a budget seeker as paying $130 monthly at True Fitness doesnt sound very logical to me. Although the environment, equipments and courses are more in varieties and most probably better and more enriching …But i dont believe in spending to exercise.
Of cos, my Qigong class is Not Free. But it is not as expensive. It is affordable and i hope, it is worth it as well lah.

Starting next Wed! I wanted to take up Zumba and Aerobics but the timing clashes with my schedules. 😦
They have Zumba on Sundays and by right i can make it, but they are already half way tru the lessons, i wil definitely enrol when the next class starts.
As for Aerobics, it is on every Thurs and i have Cell Group on Thurs. 😦  Maybe in the future if there is any chance.
Next class i am interested in is Chanbara! You can read more on Chanbara Here , it is very fun and interesting, i think? I am sure this will be my next class after Qigong.

Ok, so it seems like i am ‘forced’ to choose Qigong. But again, i do not  mind except that i will most probably be the youngest in the class (not a bad thing at all). I might be loved by many uncles and aunties OR they might just brush me aside because i am the odd 1. I dont mind either. haha. I just wana experience the good that Qigong brings.
As far as i know, Qigong is a great sport and it is similar to Chinese Yoga!
Read more about Qigong here.

Credits to http://www.samuraisports.com.sg/home/sports-chanbara and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong.

Excited already! Will update on the class!

Meanwhile, i miss Church already. 2 weeks away from church due to CNY and cant wait to get the fresh words again.
Till the next post!

Pre CNY updates 123

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Hellllo~

I hope i haven’t been away for too long, and i hope my post will not be so long like the previous one this time. haha!

Y is the title Pre Cny updates 123 you ask, it is as it is! 123 is the 123th post of this blog! Hurhur

CNY is coming, i hope you have done the necessary shopping, clothes, food, whatever. I am not gonna do any intro because if you haven’t do any shopping for the above, u r quite screwed. HAHA no lah, kidding!

You can still rush to Chinatown for the food, just that it is more expensive now and it might not taste as good as it is more mass. Dont know about you, i usually do not trust variety in mass quantity.

As for clothes, i don’t know how to help you but pray hard the blogshops or e-commerce shops you patronize do meet-ups. Or, just rush to the infamous Bugis St, Far East, Forever 21, Zara, Mango and ETC lah. Is too last minute already.

For me, i don’t care. As mentioned, CNY is an excuse for my shopping spree, but i can actually shop anytime lah, so i didnt really bother to buy ALOT of clothes this year, mostly office wear or mre formal wear, for work. I don’t think i will be hanging out during CNY because i only have Granny to visit, and friends are all visiting their own families.

BUT, i still look forward to CNY because i like, because i am a Chinese.
As Ps Kong mentioned “alot of people actually ask if Christians celebrate CNY since we seem to be the Westernized batch that worship a ‘Western God’ ?”
I share the same answer as Ps Kong “Yes we do and we LOVE CNY because we are Chinese! It has ntg to do with our beliefs. Also, we believe Jesus isnt just a Western God. He is God. Period”
Thus, we also mean that we will never forget our roots, and in general, we cannot forget our roots, no matter what religion 1 choose to believe in.

Of course i heard of the myth and all about “过年” and the myth about the monster “年” (the monster’s name) and how CNY is related to it (Christians are not supposed to hmm, how do i put it…believe? worship? associate? with such symbolic erm..figure?)

But whatever. Lets be discerning, smart Christians.
Well, i believe it is a myth (that monster story), and it is like any fairytale, so i personally feel it has ntg to do with me being a Christian Chinese, celebrating CNY.
So i am cool and i still love and njoy CNY 🙂

Anw, do allow me to say this, i love Ps Kong. He will never make me feel i am in a rigid and unreasonable place. (thats him, not meaning the place is perfect with perfect ppl. if you get my drift)
I remember going to other churches that forbid this and that.
I mean, cmon, we are all human, as long as we know what we are doing is not harming ourselves or others, y not?
I am glad i do not need to feel restricted and Mummy also appreciates this.

I have ntg much to update basically. I thought i updated quite a bit in the previous entry. Perhaps i can add in some photos this time for the past events.

Mum looks much younger and better now. Omg Mum, pls stop going to the $10 aunty hairdressers. I told her so many times but she just couldn’t be bothered with her looks and thus looking not so pleasant because she always patronize those hairdressers that cant be bothered/dont know how to make 1 look better.

I did a slight wave perm to my hair because the straight hair is pissing me off daily. It looks very nice only on  good-STRAIGHT hair days.
On most of the days, it is not. It curls up and i am tired of blowing the hair straight because it is rather stubborn.
Thus, i just perm it. Koreanish kinda perm, you may beg to differ but is ok, i like it. Haha.

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Mum looks better right!
She looks too cute.
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I do miss my straight hair though 😦

Then i also met up with Zen, my very good friend, we last met up 2 or 3 years ago. Goodness. It was fun, though i do not know his friends prior to that night.

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Spent the weekend celebrating Sis’s bday, some Family time over weekend. Honestly, i haven’t been feeling too good recently. I cant help feeling sad and bad because i seem to be shouting at Mum more often recently. Like a parent that couldn’t control herself, i tend to scold my Mum whenever she forgets stuff, or say something that sounds absurd. Because Mum is a very conservative Chinese woman, she do not know how to express herself. She is not highly educated too, thus she always express herself wrongly and trust me, it can be very frustrating whenever she does  that, especially at the wrong time.

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IMG_20130203_6 Just a note, i lost faith in those food bloggers’ reviews. because despite the much ravings (especially from that famous youknowhofoodblogger), Royal China @ Raffles is so-so only  for their DimSum. 
Dont get me wrong, it is definitely nice and decent. i will give it a 7.5/10 but the ravings were exaggerated, and i expect it to be 8 or 9.

IMG_20130203_25 HAPPY BDAY to my beloved Sister. Stay Healthy, Safe in your coming in and going out, be Blessed by Jesus, and of cos, Pretty lah! 🙂IMG_20130203_26 IMG_20130203_29 Hope Mum loves the gift 🙂 – from sis and meIMG_20130203_30 IMG_20130203_31

@ Royal China@Raffles, Canele-Raffles City

But it is NOT her fault. I should be more understanding, and patient. But i didn’t and i am extremely disappointed with myself. I managed to be nicer to her for a period of time (without all the shouting) but i am back to being mean again.

Of course, i will hug her and apologize and sms her all my apologies and she will stare at me, smile and then say: I keep quiet and let you scold, let you reflect yourself.
Awww. Mum is so so so best, she is the best on earth and no 1 can compare to her. NOBODY.
I love her and sometimes, i will think like a child and hope that she lives forever, and i live forever, not for myself, but to be with her. I love her so much.

I tell myself, i HAVE TO and i WILL BE nice to her from now on and STOP SHOUTING at her. I pray and i pray that i can LOVE her all i can and give her the best of me beside showering her with $ or gifts….:)

Anyway, lemme update on the Face lotion i was talking and raving about previously.

Since it is my own opinion and Review, it is Not paid– i can be blatantly honest! Wee~
It turns out that Hada LaBo is still very effective after approx 1week to 2 weeks of usage.
However, it is not as magical as what i raved about anymore.
On nights that i didn’t really use it, the flaky problem comes back the very next day.

Sometimes, i still feel that my skin is way too dry till it is so tight. I do not know how botox makes 1 feel because i have not try it but i hope it doesn’t feel as tight as i feel (sometimes). The feeling is not comfy nor pleasant. My face was so dry that whenever i yawn or even wen i don’t  i can feel the tightness across the whole face. It is not the feeling of ‘firmness’. It is just…Dry.

Sigh. And i thought i found the savior water that can help my skin…

But to be fair, it does help me to stop my flaky skin problem. Just that, it is not Divine, not permanent. You have to keep using it if you want your result. Actually, every other product works this way too isn’t it? Is there any product that works miraculously, that will give you the perfect smooth skin after just a few apply?
I am just disappointed because during the 1st 3 days, i can expect and i see/feel the  silky smooth skin even if i miss using it for 1 night.  But later on, i realize that i have to apply it day and night in order to ‘retain‘ that silky smooth effect.

As i said, this is normal isn’t it? If a product requires just a few applies and works forever, the company of the product will be darn stupid. haha.
Oh, i heard that S_** is worse, i heard it gives you crazy outbreak the moment you stop using it. Wonder how true it is but i am not ready to spend that amount to risk finding out.

So, i would say,  Hada Labo is still good, i will give it 7.8/10 at this moment.

I recently added the Hydrating cream to the skin regime. I also got the Hada Labo Cleanser (supposed to moisturize as you wash).
The cream is supposed to ‘lock up the ocean’, basically locking the ‘moist and hydrated  condition’.
I just started and today is Day 1. I cant guarantee any results now as it is only 1 day. But at this stage, the face is VERY smooth and nothing else.
It is JUST VERY SMOOTH. Also, the glow is very obvious, before and after putting on cosmetic  it is the same, glowy and i have people complimenting that i appear to be very ‘glowy’ now. (it might also be because that i do not smoke now)

I will post some pictures of me without make up, you can judge yourself. They are not filtered and needless to say, not photoshopped (i dont know for hw many times must i say i dont know PS)

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Alright, tts all for the skin, btw, my FB is back. But i am not checking it regularly and religiously like the past. I reckon i need a FB afterall, to keep myself updated about stuff happening around me, the news and trends (you get the fastest updates in FB than in forums). As i am planning something with Sis, i thought i might as well just retain the FB and since i dont really log in, doesnt matter.

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But i am active in Twitter and Insta! Here also! 😀 Hurhur~

Ok, I guess thats quite enough for a mini update. It turns out that i wrote more than i thought i would. Updated about what i have been doing recently, my family, and some humble opinions of the skin regime. Thats enough, more next time!

An Advance Happy Lunar New Year to all Chinese Readers! May this New Year shower you with Prosperity and Good Health.
Blessed CNY!:)

Lotsa Love,

VallieLesley

Aplenty Updates – (Besides loving others, one has to appreciate herself)

Hi!

I am writing about random stuff today.  (Warning: it is actually VERY wordy)

First and foremost, i would like to talk about the dress i am selling.

Information and pictures as below:

Brand: Love Bonito, CNY Collection Erving Dress – Sold out on Love Bonito Website

Size: M measures 16″ PTP, 12″ to 18″ waist, 23″ hips, 33.5″ down.

Color: Yellow/ Lemon

Price: $30 Brand New, Never worn before. (Original retail price on Love bonito is $32)

 

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Additional description:

Highlight the number’s unique detail with sparkly embellishments, making your chic getup hard to miss! Fully lined; cotton polyester material. Slightly sheer; especially for White (comes with petticoat). Key hole opening at back with button fastening. Elastically banded at waist. Made of crepe chiffon.

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Photos and information courtesy of http://www.lovebonito.com/

The Yellow piece was a gorgeous one. I really like it  alot. But i reckon it was an impulse purchase because the moment i received the physical piece, i realise it is really NOT ME at all.
Chiffon and all, i dont really like it afterall but i still thought it is a very pretty dress, the color is so awww, it just makes anyone feel a tad lighter in this hot weather.

I honestly contemplated for very long, (2days? is long enough for me) before making the decision to sell it.
It is so new and never been worn before.

But anyway,  i have other clothes for CNY and they are mostly working attires (sadness) and honestly, i didnt buy much clothes this year, because CNY has been boring though it is 1 of my fav festivals. I do not have much relatives to visit, friends are mostly bz visiting, so i doubt i m hanging out much, thus CNY is just an excuse for me to shop, n i intend to stop using this excuse to shop so much this time.

As i mentioned above, the original price Love Bonito is selling @ $32 and i am letting it go at $30, it is brand new, no defects, never even tried on before.

If you are interested, leave a comment or email me @ valenciafaithz.z@gmail.com

Next up:

I have been taking care of myself recently. Not that i have been torturing myself in the past (come to think of it, i kinda tortured myself in the past. LOL)

“Like How?” – you ask.

Well, i used to party non stop and my highest record was 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days straight, but i was really young back then, maybe 20 or younger.
I remember during that time, Romance, Fun, Parties, all activities that are not constructive appeal so much to me.
Drinking from the bottle itself is like heaven, smoking non stop is nothing unhealthy in my eyes, it is just for me to catch / absorb more air into the throat and feel damn shiok  (twisted logic and i feel like slapping myself now).
I DONT do drugs though. I was offered drugs since 14year old but i refused to touch it because i know i am quite weak in disciplining myself. Like smoking, some people can control themselves, and not get addicted but i got addicted heavily ever since i started smoking at 14yr old (i am 27 now and  thats 13 years of smoking). I refused to touch drugs because i do not want to get addicted to it, i know there are drugs that will not get you addicted but honestly, i think that ADDICTION DOESNT necessary mean that YOU ARE ADDICTED TO THE PRODUCT ITSELF, ADDICTION CAN BE YOU ARE ADDICTED TO THE HABIT.

Anyway, more on ADDICTION later.

Back to the Unhealthy (old) me. Yea, i lost alot of weight back then and i wonder why, perhaps i was always emo after all the drinking, and the bad relationships i had with the wrong people. It was just Shit lah.
I smoked more than i eat, i think. I love the slim body back then but i seriously look tired and disgusting.
However, because my skin is still Okay as per se, thus i always conceal and hide through cosmetics, not really thick make ups but normal make up.

I forgot for how long have i been leading that kinda life and to be honest, it was tiring. Physically/ Mentally and Spiritually.
So this was around 2000 – 2006? I seriously cant rem!

Then, i got into much stable relationships and i party lesser or infact, i kinda got myself outta the party scene.

But, those r/s didnt last long, sad but true, although i was MORE serious (i am serious all the time but by 24, i am almost thinking of ‘settling dwn’ and marriage might be in consideration)  in the r/s when i was older ( i think i am around 24 then).
It was never 1 party’s fault, i was not suitable for the exes and neither are they worth loving and blahblah.
So you know, i heard this from some1 really successful – the most difficult thing on earth is finding the right person as a lifetime soulmate and partner. Thus, despite my (you may say many) failed relationships, i tried not to blame anyone or myself.
Year 2008??

After ending those r/s, you must be thinking “Valencia must be back to those crazy party days again”
Nope i didnt really return to those party days but i kinda worked with a nightlife company.
People who know me will know which company is it and i am always at Clarke Quay, that is.
Although i market (marketing)  the different F&B outlets and Entertainment Clubs, i am NOT ONLY required to work in the day but i am also required to hang around the clubs at night, sometimes, till wee hours. Needless to say, i have countless nights of spending time entertaining and Drinking is inevitable.
Sometimes my mum would even ask me “what are you wrking exactly, y r u drunk and all?” HAHAHA
And of course, Smoking is inevitable too, especially when you are a smoker and  the business associates smoke too.

That was when i was single, i spent all my time at work and my ex colleagues smoke alot too (most of them). So, what i did besides working hard was Smoking, Partying, Drinking and it repeated for approximately 1 year.
This was in 2009 (approx).

Then, i got attached to the philandering ex bf Adrian and i guess you know what happened after that. I got abused and all for another 1 year.
I was already looking like a zombie by then (according to my mum LOL) I didnt sleep well, didnt eat well, i smoked alot and i have bruises all over me and i really dont recognise myself.
If i were to see Me now – the Valencia 1 year ago , I really will cry for myself.
Year 2010- First half of 2012

So…the above account for the  unhealthy me for the pass…wait, i have to count because it was the longest time and it felt like forever….
Ok, the Unhealthy me for the pass 13 years (i reckon i should start counting from 14 because i started smoking back then).

Let me do a short summary of my health and well being after the 13 years of crazy torture to myself.

Hair – Dry and frankly, i do not know how my lifestyle can affect the hair but i reckon my hair was forever stained with smoke and smelling bad back then.

Face – Worst part of the body. WORST. DRY LIKE CORNFLAKES (dont ask me y cornflakes. i just feel so) The Skin peels like mad, dry to the max and nothing more than just being Dry. SIGH. Now you know what they say about smokers’ skin condition? IT IS SO TRUE. YELLOWISH AND JUST DAMN DRY.

Body – Weight infatuated. Fat, lost weight and then Fat again. Tired of all these.

Mental – Totally Depressed. Severe Depression, because of the stress from work, the miscom in family, the hurtful relationships. I was referred to Shrinks (my family were very very very protective of me, they know that i am not unsound, they know that i was just too stress at that moment)

I am 27 but i already felt like 37 after going through all that  physical and mental torment.

So what now? Yeap, i have been taking care of myself, at least, for the past few mths and esp the recent 1 mth of 2013. haha.
I am not writing about some 2013 resolutions because i mentioned i do not believe in resolutions. If a person wana b better, it can be anytime and not relying on making some resolutions that most cant keep.

After 1 decade of crazy torture to myself, i finally started to Love myself aplenty and be more careful with the way i live.
I know it is kinda late as i am already over mid twenties.
The smart and disciplined ones started maintaining a healthy body since 21 or even teenage.
But BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.
I said that because i still see or know people who party non stop, drinking non stop, smoking and doing whatever that harm the body non stop at late 20s to even 60s. OMG PLS.

But anyway, i got this message nagging me during the end of 2012. Infact, i have this naggy voice telling me to quit smoking since 2011. But i brushed it aside because it was impossible to me back then. I was so heavily addicted, without cigarettes- i cant sleep, i cant do anything and i will feel frustrated.
Previously, I even threw my stuff around, flaring up because i couldnt find a lighter to light the cig.
That was how extreme i was and that was  how much i would do for a cig.
I remember that i was very broke at one point of my life, i only have $ enough for 4 packets of rice (which can last me for 2 days!) OR 1 packet of cigs.
I bought the cigs without thinking at all.  Back then, i can do without food but i cant do without cigs.
Again, thats how much i would do for cigs, and thats how deeply addicted i am.

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So anyway, back to the naggy voice…It was very soft and honestly, the normal Valencia you know – WILL NEVER SAY YES TO QUIT (smoking).
I have discouraged i-cant-rem how many friends from quitting (i was a crap, i noe)
Thus, i do not know who spoke that idea of ‘quitting’ into my heart and brain and it turned into a burden. TOTAL BURDEN.

The voice was getting louder and louder till i cant take it and i just told myself in Dec 2012 that i will STOP COMMITTING MYSLF TO SMOKING. Yeap, Stop smoking lah.

Do you think i can do it? I tell you the truth, it was DIFFICULT AS I DONT KNOW WHAT, for the 1st week. During the first 3 days, i almost wanted to …i didnt know how to not smoke. Really, i do not know how to not smoke, just like you asking a non smoker to smoke, he/she wun know how to smoke or how to light the cig and how to inhale and exhale right?
I really do not know what to do without smoking. The worst parts were after meals, the morning sticks and the sticks before sleep. TERRIBLE.

I can assure you, it is not easy, those that say it is easy are just bullsh*tting because they are proud.
HAHA. Ok lah, my Personal experience was really bad and it was not easy at all.

Those Preachy talks about “if you have determination to do something, you can and will do it”…
But, as cliché as it sound, it really work that way.
NOTHING, and i mean it. NOTHING help if you do not really WANT TO DO IT.

I dont know how i did it, but i can be very frank with you, even up till now, i still have that urge, now and then. ESPECIALLY when i am feeling upset.

Maybe, just maybe, God really knows how to help me. Even if it means, using my weak point.
Why i say that? Because i am super LAZY. I am really super LAZY, i shall not explain but trust me that i am super lazy. (rem i said something about self-discipline?) Ok, 1 eg. I dont like to walk down to the shop to buy food for lunch, so most of the time, i just dont eat or during weekends,  i find food at home to feed myself.  I am lazy to even walk that few steps to the Hawker.

Thus, the moment i finished smoking the last stick i had, i never buy another box of Ciggies.  Because i am lazy. I am lazy to walk to any Mama shop or 7-11 to buy. Not only that, it helps too when i see myself less broke, and i can buy more dresses since i stopped buying ciggies.
I HONESTLY FEEL PROUD OF MYSELF AND NTG ELSE. HAHA

I can’t list the whole list of Pros (of quitting) but you already know the Cons of smoking yea. Everyone will eventually die 1 day, thus many people smoke and enjoy ‘the-moment’ now. These people (i am not being judgemental because i truly understand what a smoker feels and think) have the YOU-ONLY-LiVE-ONCE mentality and smoking seriously is like a “frustration-quencher” (watermelon juice- a thirst- quencher analogy because usually you feel better after smoking if you are upset) I really understand all that from a Smoker’s point of view. But there are def more pros than cons, you knew it.

Health: I dont know about you (if you smoke), but for me, i do not want to risk dying younger than i should because i really really treasure my life now more than b4, i treasure my family alot to die young.

Image: I do not want to die ugly.
Smoking causes stains here and there, teeth and nails and it makes a person smell so bad in and out. Thats enough to cause inferiority.
I also tend to hide in a corner to smoke most of the time because i really hate the smoking image. No matter how pretty a woman can be, the moment she holds a cig, it changes everything. (Tell me it doesnt? Tell me any guy that will feel proud bringing u back to their parents? Tell me you smoke infront of your friends’ parents and expect the parents to like you? )

Mental: I do not want to feel ugly.
Most of the times, i dont even dare to admit to people that i smoke but people usually smell it. I am so embarrassed and ashamed (dont ask me why am i ashamed, i just dont feel proud)

Financial: I want to be richer and i am getting more and more cautious as i am older because my savings now aint the amount i desire to have.
Again, not sure about you but i spend ard hundreds per mth and honestly, with these $, i see myself doing more constructive things. Like- dolling myself up because at my age, i want to maintain looking youthful and i do not want to resort to botox, thus i rather spend on skincare and more clothes.

Yep. I didnt break this news earlier on because i am always a person who speaks after action. I will only announce it after i have succeeded doing it. It holds more weight though i am not trying to convince anyone Nor impress anyone but i just like to do it before saying it.

However, as i confessed, i still have the urge to smoke sometimes, though not often.
I did accepted 2 sticks from a friend who offered (and yea, i gave in to temptation then) after not smoking for a month.
But i am still trying right? So please dont judge! But you can pray for me though. 🙂

I managed to be free from the addiction not only due to my own determination but also, i owe this to God. I prayed to Jesus, so many times during those tough times, i prayed for Him to take away my urge and honestly, i really do not remember having much urges.
Of course, there are people tt commented tt i always use the name of Jesus too often and too much. Well, thats my belief, and i do believe He did help me along because whenever i spend time praying the urge away, i feel i do not need a stick at all. Call it psychological effects but i believe in my heart, it is God that helps me along 🙂 Thank God!

Remember what i said about Addiction? I had very bad flu and all for the 1st 2 to 3 days, i felt sick during that few days of withdrawal symptoms.
But trust me, after  all the so-called after-effects, it is no longer the nicotine nor cig itself that holds u back.
It is your Habit, It is Yourself.

I always believe it is easy to break addiction to a product (Unless you are talking about Heroin) but it is NOT Easy to break a Habit.
Alot of people said that they are addicted but i personally feel that they do not know what they are addicted to. Are they addicted to Cigarettes or are they addicted to Smoking?
Cigarette is a product while Smoking is an action, a habit.
Thus, when you say you are addicted, you must be aware that you are addicted to a Habit and Not the product.
I mean, you seldom hear people say “i am addicted to cigarettes”. All of the time, it is “i am addicted to smoking” Right?
And since it is a habit that you are addicted to, you must be prepared to be strong and much stronger mindset is needed to cut this nasty habit away!

I did not eat those sweets, i did not use any nicotine pad, i never chew on any gums. I just bought a Vicks Inhaler (as below) and inhale if i feel the urge. But i did not want to start another addiction thus i try not to use it so often and yea, i kinda stopped using it. I just used it during the initial difficult stage.
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In conclusion, i make use of everything to break a habit. Vicks inhaler, prayers, etc. Oh, i also try to chat with Mum to distract myself, initially, it was kinda deliberate and whenever u are doing anything deliberately, it is gona remind you of what you are trying to stay distracted from.
But, as time passes, it turned into a new habit and before you know it, your old habit is being replaced, gradually. Sounds easy? But i struggled for around a month. 30days.

It is never easy to quit, but Quoting what Gary told me
never tell yourself you are quitting because it is human nature  that quitting is hard, quitting anything is hard.
Just tell yourself that you are no longer a smoker, you dont smoke.”

Some might think we are playing with words here but the difference is really huge because the word ‘Quitting’ is indeed intimidating.

If you are thinking of cutting this habit, I hope i help abit by penning down my personal experience of cutting cigarettes.

All i can say is, i have stop buying Ciggies (and nope, i dont go around asking for ciggies even though my current colleague smokes too) and
I AM NOT COMMITTED TO SMOKING
(i used to have this commitment, this committed r/s with ciggies, which also means that i will look for it, like how a gf will look for her bf. i will never abandon it and i will smoke wenever i am sad or happy. similar to how a good friend will share her good and bad times with her best friend).
Yep, i am no longer tied to,controlled by or bonded to the Cigarrettes Nor the action – Smoking.
I never never experience such freedom for 13 years, which is estimated 4745 days.
I wont say i am very healthy now but at least i am healthier than before, i get to make the choice of whether to accept an offer from a friend OR NOT accepting. You see, cigarettes CANOT control me anymore, i am so strong that i do not need something deadly to control me anymore. I control my own mind and thinking.
I do not need to be committed to Malborooooo Nor Nex Chill (cigs brands)

Btw, i went Cold Turkey because i personally dont believe in cutting down and etc. I tried cutting down and thats just crap to me, i will never stop smoking if i do not cut it off completely.
You cant say you will not have sex after foreplay right?
You cant say you will not eat the fried chicken after frying the chicken instead of steaming it right?
Point is: You run away from Temptation and Not resisting and coming near contact to it.

“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22 New International Version (NIV)

So, btw, smoking isnt very cool nor in the trend nwadays ar? Dont know why but i realise the trend now has changed. Smoking used to be cool (to some) but not anymore – seriously.

I did not write about what harm will be done to each organ in the body – hearts, lungs, throats, noses and etc… because honestly, as a smoker previously, i dont care about all that, i only know it is bad for myself but i still do it. It is a chore to read abt all those. But i will include this helpline for you although i saved the number but i did not call them because i manged to come out of it before i even call.

Monday to Friday – 8.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday – 8.30am to 1.00pm

QuitLine
Call 1800 438 2000 (Toll-free)

Hmm,  thats 1 thing off my list, 1 burden off my mind.

Next up: The body.
The body needs abit of exercising now even though i managed to get the shape back recently but i am still not as slim as before (when i was way younger, i was so skinny)
I am not Fat now, i lost weight, but i can do better, will blog more on this next time. I ought to do some workout and as usual, i will not be revealing much till after i have done it. But hints: I will prolly sign up classes that allow me to moves around and kicks around or dance around like mad! HAHAAH
Also, it is for fitness purposes lah, besides being trim, i hope i can be fitter too.

Face: I dont do facial because it is expensive and i know it does help but honestly, my skin is really quite good, according to docs, skincare specialists and friends. Thank God for that, and i dont waste $ buying packages for Facials but perhaps is time to do so…
I never put products on my face, not for the past 27 years. I know it is A MUST to slap on toners and moisturizer nightly and daily and religiously.
BUT I HAVE NEVER DONE ALL THAT till recently. Because i realised that i am reaching 30.

I mean, in all honesty, i am not exactly old but i am not teenager nor m i in the early twenties. I want to maintain looking good and even though i might not look 30, i dont want to risk looking 30. Not for anyone this time, not for Men nor friends but i feel good when i look good.
IT IS FOR MYSELF.

Thus, recently i tried SK2, i have 2 bottles of their sample (tell me small sample bottles dont work and i will ask u to talk to my hand because if it doesnt, tell me why they invent sample bottles). Moreover, i used it for around a mth+. More than enough time to tell the effects if any.
It doesnt wrk for me though. I heard alot of good reviews from others but maybe is just not suitable for me.

I tried Bio Essence. It used to work but it doesnt really bring the glow to my face. My face is really dry to an extent. Sigh. Big Sigh.
Yes, although i have no pimples and i can count with 1 hand, hw many times i actually have pimples in my 27 yrs of life. My skin is extremely dry (thus no pimples) and it turns flaky most of the time. My skin peel off itself and i cant even apply make up, i already stopped using powder and choose BB cream instead but it just doesnt sit well on my face and my whole face just look terribly flaky usually.

It is very sad whenever my skin peel off or feels tight and dry. I would try to slap on masks (sis  got them frm TW and i will use them) and usually it works but i guess as time passes, it kinda lost it effects.

Desperate and din know what to do, Sis pass me a bottle of HaDa LaBo. She used it but have stopped since i dont know when. A bottle so big and she only used 1/3 of it. “i shall just give it a try, no harm” i thought. Afterall, they say in their ad that it will : 锁住一个海洋 (lock an ocean) HAHA

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I must say i am amazed by it because my sis told me it is not expensive but the moment i slapped it on, i feel it hydrates my skin instantly.
I have been using it since Sunday, it is the 3rd day today and my skin is so bouncy, so hydrated, so firm (although i dont know why it feels firm because it is supposed to hydrate). I feel so good applying make up or even when i dont apply make up, i feel very good because there is a glow on my face.
Applying make up seems easier and faster, and the skin is so silky smooth. Now that i am typing this, i am feeling & touching my face (sounds psycho again but i am really doing it). It is VERY SMOOTH. If it is not baby skin, it at least has to be a toddler’s skin. Or you can describe as egg shell. glowy and smooth.
– No Flaky Skins
– No weird bumps and ugly pores problem
JUST WHITE SNOW SKIN. Looks so much healthier too!

In Just 3 Days.

I am NOT PAID to do any ad nor reviews for Hada Labo but i sincerely want to share here with readers about my personal experience because i am SO HAPPY that my face is so silky smooth now. I always have good skin as mentioned, but i have never experience the glow nor the flawless smooth skin texture before, never before (please exclude baby and toddler’s times).

Now i am happy that i finally found the right product for me!
Having said that, it works for me but it might not work for you as my Sis didnt like it cos she has oily skin and she feels uncomfy applying this.
So, result varies for individual. I shall browse their website for more products after finishing this post…

S_ ** users, time to ditch that expensive bottle of saliva (smells like it) and you know what is a better alternative! Really!

Above image and information, courtesy of http://www.hadalabo.com.sg

Well, i kinda spent 2 hours on this post. Terrible, i initially wanted to just upload my new picture and do some simple updates… never knew it wud be so long and naggy! If you are still reading, well thanks! Haha. Because i am lazy, i never wana do any review or beauty posts but since i am at this topic of well-being….might as well?

As for the Hair, picture below will do the talking. I personally like it alot, 10 outta 10 people commented tt i look younger than before. I feel  i lost 5 years of age aft the haircut and well, i love it. However, it is pissing me off gradually as i have to blow straight the hairends every morning if not i will look like an Octopus (it curls outwards and it is not right)

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Thus, i am heading over to Bbra’s to get it permed. Yes, i am gona perm it. I am praying that i wont look old because you know how curls can make a person look older.
But i trust Bbra will do a good job for me, fingers crossed!
So before it is permed, take a look at it while it is straight! 4 mre days to perm!

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You may check out the skin’s condition. Both pictures- no make up. Zero make up. However 1st pic was filtered. 2nd pic is Raw.

p/s: i do not have before and after photos for my skin. My hp was faulty for the past 1 week. and i couldnt take any decent photos, moreover, the skin conditions cant be seen on pictures. It is just not obvious because i do not have acnes nor holes to start with, it is just the texture of the skin that has improved tremendously. I also do not have a picture of me before the haircut but i guess you can imagine lah, since i always post long hair pics previously. The phone is looking good, not faulty anymore but not as perfect as before. Sigh, hope it will not disappoint me again.

Managed to retrieve a picture of me having long hair over Insta for comparison (uploaded6.30pm 29/1/13):

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p/s p/s: gonna celebrate Sis’s bday this Sunday and bringing Mum to town to shop this Sat. can’t wait and then it will be CNY already. Happy CNY in advance!

p/s p/s p/s: “Besides loving others, one has to appreciate herself”
this was quoted from Leslie Cheung (my fav artiste and the late HK superstar).
This sentence also sums up the reason for this lengthy post. If you love yourself, you will find yourself being loved by many. If you love yourself, you will feel happy everyday. I have to remind myself that i Love myself, and because i love myself, i do not want to be inferior and i do not need people to label me. I can do things i want to do, i can make myself happier and healthier and i can show myself i can be happy despite situations.
I do not need to rely on anyone.

人除了要懂得怎去爱人,最重要是要懂得怎样去欣赏自己。- Leslie Cheung

Wedding Workshop

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For Couples who are tying the knot soon!

I am not sure who will be reading this space, maybe not alot, maybe not from Singapore. But as long as you can help to sound out to your ‘ready-to-marry’ friends, or just spread this news around, it will be good.

For this Wedding Workshop 2013, it is held at The China Club Singapore. 

$68 PER COUPLE (not per pax) and you get to enjoy 4 Course special luncheon set, you get to see the beautiful gowns ( ft Badgley Mischka) from The Prelude (Google Badgley Mischka if you do not know them), from Laichan (omg Laichan! The top Cheongsam designer!) and a 30 min beauty workshop from Korean Skincare – Sulwhasoo.

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LaiChan ‘s gorgeous cheongsamsExplore_cheongsum

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LaiChan Wedding Cheongsam

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Sulwhasoo – Korean Skincare
See also the review of Sulwhasoo: http://sulwhasoo-sulwhasoo.blogspot.sg/2011/01/anti-aging-line-sulwhasoo-extra.html

Check out also special beautiful weddings decorations by 人情味, Wedding Singing Band Acoustic Tavern (check out the clip below for Acoustic Tavern).

The way i see it, this workshop is an ALL in 1 workshop. All at $68. I swear i will pay that amount FOR 2 PAX (which means, per pax pays only $34!!!) just to go and eat even if i am not getting married! At least, the 30min showcase on Korean skincare is worth more than $68 (for 2 pax) already!

Besides, the venue China Club Singapore is actually not easily accessible, unless you are a member of the club or of certain status.
Check out the Club: www.chinaclub.com.sg

Whats better is, if you sign up any wedding package on event day itself, there will be waiver of 1 table! (thats 10 persons!!!) and also, the early birds who sign up will get a Tissot Watch (worth $280) free! Yes! 1st come 1st serve! Hurhur.

UOB also provide installment plan for your wedding, whats better than not having to worry for tedious payment hassle!

So, if you are interested in the above, you know who to call or msg, you may leave your msg here and i assure you that your comment will be confidential (i will not pulblish of cos, and i will contact you personally)

Official Magazine Partner: Female Brides

P/S  And i hope (i am sure) this workshop help you and your bride/bridegroom in the preparations of your Big Day!

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