Friday, April 24, 2015

New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto: Special Readers Price!

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It's been so busy for me of late that I have hardly any time to go cafe-hopping, sit down at nice hipster places and enjoy cafe-made lattes! Oh man, I can't even remember the last time I sat down at a cafe in Singapore, that's just how hectic life has been! :( But most thankfully, with my brand new NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, I can enjoy my coffees and other beverages straight from the comfort of my own home!

(Well, because I just moved into YZ's home, and I left my old NESCAFE Dolce Gusto machine for my own family members to enjoy! And my new family members were super excited when they spotted this New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto!! They are all huge coffee drinkers!) 

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I've always thought that the previous NESCAFE Dolce Gusto designs were cute and sleek enough already, but the New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto is even cooler!! 

This brand new MINI Limited Edition comes in iconic black and white graphics with a little MINI logo on it, and will look perfectly stylish and chic on any office pantry counter or home coffee table! Well, I've always loved the design of the Mini Cooper, so even though I can't own a Mini Cooper car at the moment, I'm happy enough to admire the New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto sitting on my coffee table right now! :D

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Of course, MINI Limited Edition is as functional as it is good-looking, it is so easy to use this nifty machine to make yourself a cuppa cafe-style beverage, especially when you have 18 different NESCAFE Dolce Gusto beverages to choose from!

The MINI Limited Edition features automatic settings with hot and cold functions, delivering up to 15 bars of pressure to extract the finest aromas and create superb cremas! Perfect for espressos, cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and just about any beverage you're craving!

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If you're wondering which beverages are my favourites, it is the Latte Macchiato, Green Tea Latte, and Milo capsules, those warm and toasty beverages cheer me up even on the gloomiest of days!!

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It's so easy to prepare these beverages too, and what you get is high quality roast and ground coffee beans, not low-grade instant coffee!

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Here's my favourite Latte Macchiato beverage, made with my awesome MINI Limited Edition!

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 Check out those lovely layers of coffee, milk and foam in my Latte Macchiato, you definitely can't get this at home without the help of a trust NESCAFE Dolce Gusto!

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Oh yes, loving my MINI Limited Edition Stainless Steel travel mug too hehe! 

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The New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto is available in major department stores and electrical chains! It's also available on NDG's webshop here!!

So if you purchase the New MINI Limited Edition by NESCAFE Dolce Gusto right now, there is a launch promotion of $259 (UP: $289) plus you get the MINI Limited Edition Stainless Steel travel mug!

But if you key in my exclusive readers' code, you get an additional $30 off, only on NDG's webshop! The code is "MININDGYINAG", and this will entitle you to the special price of $229 for the MINI Limited Edition, with the MINI Limited Edition Stainless Steel travel mug!

Do yourself a favour and get yourself a NESCAFE Dolce Gusto, you'll have so much fun making and drinking beverages with it! :)

xoxo

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Taipei Jan'15: Jin Feng, Best Braised Pork Rice In Taiwan! 金峰, 台北最好吃的卤肉饭!

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Hello hello!

I'm resuming my Taiwan travelogues, and this blog post is one that you have to read if you are visiting Taipei, because one simply does not travel to Taipei without having Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice), at least once!

We did not stumble upon Jin Feng 金峰卤肉饭 by chance: The first time we tried it was when our Taiwanese friends bought take-aways for us, and we were smitten with the deliciousness of this rich pork stew drizzled over fragrant rice. But well, I just did a quick Google for "best lu rou fan in Taipei" and Jin Feng was one of the first few hits on Google!! 

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So now you know, this is legit the best stuff, acclaimed by both locals and foreigners alike! Jin Feng is easy to locate, just exit at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall MRT and take Exit 5.

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Here's the order chit, you have to fill it in yourself and pass it to one of the staff. The prices are super affordable! A large bowl of 卤肉饭 is like $2.20 omg. 便宜到爆炸.

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They also sell a mee sua that looked pretty good, but we didn't order it. Very focused on our 卤肉饭!

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Had this plate of Kong Ba for $1.50 D:

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The magical bowl of 卤肉饭.. Just look at those fatty bits of delicious stewed pork!

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Don't forget to get a couple of 卤蛋 (braised eggs) to go along with your 卤肉饭!

I love the Taiwanese rice, it's a lot more "liap liap" and tastes like Japanese rice! A little more chewy and stickier than our usual sort of rice in Singapore. It's so fragrant too and tastes amazing with the braised pork gravy drizzled over it.

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So yummy! I miss it already.

The other 卤肉饭 you might also want to check out is 胡须张, which has many different branches all over Taipei. 胡须张 also sells the braised pork stew in a take-home pack that you can purchase! Though I very much prefer 金峰's 卤肉饭, which I find has a better texture and flavour than 胡须张.

If you happen to visit Keelung's Miaokou market, look for 天一香肉羹順 (31攤) which has a really good 卤肉饭 too!! (It has a stronger garlicky taste, if you like garlic.) But Jin Feng is for sure a must-try!

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Right across the road from Jin Feng, there is a pretty famous store selling 胡椒饼 as well!

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I have no idea what a 胡椒饼 is but our local friends recommended it so we popped over to buy it. There was a queue forming while waiting for the shop to start selling so I think it must be rather popular!

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Apparently these are 胡椒饼.. It's like a bun with pork filling! The 胡椒饼 is probably cos of the seasoning of the filling, it has a peppery taste! I was so intrigued by the way these are baked in a round circular oven filled with charcoal!

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Here's the name card of the store!

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Happy campers with happy stomachs. The food in Taipei is just fantastic!!

Read the rest of my Taiwan travelogues below (to be updated with more!)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Biore Aqua Jelly is back with a new and improved version!

Heya folks!!

As you might (or maybe you don't) know, I am a huge huge fan of Biore's makeup remover products! They are probably one of my favourite brands when it comes to makeup removers, which is an essential product I use practically everyday.

Pile on whatever makeup you want on your face, but always always remember that make up removing is the one most basic and essential step of skincare, and it's super important that you remove all the makeup and dirt accumulated on your skin after a long day out!

I've tried many brands of makeup remover, and I always find myself coming back to Biore because their makeup removers are really that good! In fact, Biore is the No. 1 Makeup Remover brand in both Japan and Singapore, and what I like best about is that the products are of the highest quality but still at affordable prices.

In fact, one of Biore's star products, Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is now back and even better!

If you already love the existing Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover, I'm sure you'll be delighted to know that the new Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is even more awesome! Women in Singapore love it for its high cleansing ability that removes even the most stubborn of makeup, while leaving the skin soft and supple. Now, Biore has made the Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover even better with a SMOOTHER jelly texture that glides so easily on skin!

Having a gentle yet highly effective makeup remover is very important to me because I want to remove my makeup with minimal tugging and rubbing of the skin, but yet have my makeup come off easily. That's why I really like the texture and viscosity of the new Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover!

Check out the texture of the new Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover compared to the older version, you can tell that it glides on the skin so much more easily than the previous one!

Can you see the difference?

Of course, Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover still retains the same superior cleansing ability that removes even the most stubborn makeup, including waterproof mascara with ease, and leave no sticky feeling. What I also love about it is that it contains 40% moisturising essence that leaves my skin feeling softer and more hydrated!

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Here I am, putting Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover to the test with some of the makeup I frequently use! Foundation, eyeliner, brow liner, lipstick, waterproof mascara and blusher!

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Most of this makeup is waterproof, too! 

To use Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover, you just need 2-3 pumps on dry hands, 
Spread and massage gently on skin to remove makeup,
Then rinse off thoroughly with water!

I used Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover on half of my hand, so you can see how effectively it removes makeup.. :O 
The smoother texture of the new Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover makes it easier to spread on skin to remove makeup, which is awesome!!

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Just some gentle massaging to help the makeup dissolve..

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After rinsing off with water........TADAAA! Every single trace of makeup all gone!!

You know how some cleansers leave a layer of greasiness and oiliness on the skin, or just feel sticky even after rinsing? 
Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover leaves my skin feeling absolutely comfortable, moist and dewy with no sticky or greasy after feel at all! Even when I use an oil absorbing sheet to pat off my skin, there is completely no residue at all. Awesome!!

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The new Biore Aqua Jelly Makeup Remover is priced at $24.90 and is available at all pharmacies, hyper & supermarket, beauty stores, departmental stores and selected minimarts!

If you want to give this a test drive before you purchase it, you can head over to Biore SG's Facebook page here to redeem yourself a free sample too :D :D :D

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Healthy, beautiful and natural skin is easy and affordable, thanks to Biore!! 

xoxo



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bali Mar'15: 6 Things I've Learnt About Bali in 2 Days

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Heya everyone! It's been some time since my last post, and while I'm still working on my Taiwan travelogues, I thought I'd share another Bali post that was first posted on GetKlarity's E-Magazine last week, when I was still having a ball of a time experiencing Bali! Back in Singapore now of course, and I'm ready to carry on energised and revitalised from my short get-away.

Bali is a really fantastic spot for a short and relaxing holiday, and the below six points are just kinda why I'm falling in love with Bali in less than 48 hours. Hope you'll enjoy reading!

1. Beer is cheaper than water in Bali

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A bottle of Bintang (pictured above) costs less than $2. That is cheaper than bottled water in Singapore, people! This is just insane. And for the record, this Bintang Radler Beer and Lemon tastes just like lemonade! I much prefer it over regular beer. In fact, our co-founder Anirbalinese (that's his new name) has not even had a single sip of water for more than two days straight since we touched down in Bali two days ago!   

2. It's way awesome-er to work out of a pool than say, on a regular work desk.

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I really don't know why I've never tried this earlier. OH RIGHT. I don't have a private pool of my own... :( Basically, sitting in a pool while working on the laptop feels like a really relaxing hydro-therapy sort of spa where you get to soak up some Vitamin D but also at the same time you're feeling really good and getting lots of work done because it is just too awesome. Productivity level 200%!  


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Calm blue waters, white sandy beaches with sand so fine it's almost like powder! The sound of the waves lazily crashing against the shores is just hypnotically calming, and the constant sea breeze is amazing. It's not as clean as I'd have liked it to be but you still need to head over to Jimbaran Bay Beach, for the next three points that I really can't rave enough about...


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An entire tableful of grilled seafood and local Balinese cuisine for four pax cost a total of SGD50. Free view of the beautiful blue ocean and complimentary windy sea breeze, thank you very much. The seafood was fresh and well-grilled, and it was a perfect meal to have by the sea-side! Though I recommend that you come to Jimbaran Beach in the evening instead so that you get to admire the beautiful sunset as you dine. What could be better than this?   


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I HAVE NEVER TASTED A COCONUT THIS ENORMOUS, EVER! I swear, the coconut was practically the size of my head. I kid you not!! It was utterly refreshing on a hot sunny afternoon, and the coconut water was just like a never-ending fountain. I also scraped up every single bit of that tender, juicy, white flesh and it was sooooo good! How do the coconuts here actually grow this huge??   


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I'm sorry: I couldn't resist spamming pictures of the beautiful, beautiful, golden yellow grilled corn. We bought these piping hot cobs of grilled corn from an old Balinese uncle hawking his corn by the sea-side, and it was the best thing we've had! I really don't know what magic sauce they've added to this thing, but it was MIND-BLOWING! This cob of corn, freshly grilled, was sweet, buttery, salty, fragrant and juicy, all at the same time. There was this additional dimension of flavour that I couldn't fathom, but sources have suggested to me that the secret ingredient could be.. Peanut Butter?! 

 No matter what it is, you have to try this! Your life will never be the same again.
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Please excuse my sentimentality: Just me having an intense moment with my grilled corn, and the sea. So that's just six things that I've learnt in the last 48 hours.. There's more, which I'll share in time to come! It has been an adventure here thus far and Team GetKlarity is enjoying every bit of it!! Now, it's back to work.. In my pool.

 
Bye for now! For more awesome articles beauty and wellness bites, pop over to GetKlarity's e-magazine!

xoxo


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