Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Scholl: Pretty from top to toe!

I gotta admit one thing: I don't really take good care of my feet!

Apart from foot spa sessions that I get at my manicurist.. Maybe once every six months? I am guilty of neglecting my feet and not caring about their appearance. Mostly because I'm usually so busy with every other part of my body that I need to care for, but also because I've always had a slight phobia of using a foot file, which looks like this:
I just don't dare to use this HAHA. I know many people use a regular ole' foot file on their feet, but it looks scary to me!

Well, there's really no excuse to neglect your feet because we put so much stress on our feet every day, especially the ladies! Calluses and hardened skin on the feet are very common concerns for those of us who are on-the-go on a daily basis. A lot of us ignore it, but I personally feel that it is unsightly, especially when you're all dressed up nicely, but your footwear exposes ugly hardened and cracked skin on your feet. 

This is not my foot, but here is an example of what I mean! My feet aren't as bad as this yet.. but... Prevention is always better than cure, right!

All I can say is, with Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File, there is no excuse to be lazy with taking care of your feet anymore! 

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File is an electronic foot file that gently buffs away hard skin on your feet effortlessly and instantly! It is so ultra-convenient, not to mention easy to use. Way way better than using a regular manual foot file, in my opinion!

The Velvet Smooth Express Pedi has a detachable roller element and an ergonomic form for the easy removal of surplus skin even at small, inaccessible places. The device roller bears microgranulated particles that ensure the gentle and easy removal of calluses without damaging the intact skin layers!

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File is battery-operated (included in starter pack – 4 AA Batteries) and it turns on with just a single switch of a button. See that silver ring there? You just need to twist it, to turn it on!

It's one of the most fuss-free gadgets that is almost too easy to use. 

Just gently roll it over the soles of your feet and watch as the magic happens.. It is actually very fun to use and I take pleasure in seeing all that hardened skin getting buffed off gently from my feet!

You don't need to apply too much pressure, by the way! It's very gentle and easily gets to all areas of your feet with its ergonomic design!

After about half a minute of using Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File on my foot... Just look at the amount of skin that got filed off my foot! 

D: That's just on one foot by the way. I'm sorry if I grossed you out, but it truly truly works!

It's hard to tell with a before/after photo, but you'll definitely see and feel the difference after using Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File! The soles of my feet feel softer and smoother straight away!

What I also like about Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File is that it comes with a washable and replaceable roller head, that's widely available! That's pretty cool because it means that more than one person can share the same gadget, and it's hygienic too because you can remove the roller head and wash it! :D

PS. You can get additional 10% off your Scholl purchases from Redmart if you key in the code "rmyina"! PS. The promo code is only valid until 31st December 2015!

 Now, you can achieve beautiful salon finished feet right at home, without having to step out to get a spa/pedicure! Don't neglect your feet anymore, especially when Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File makes it so easy to take care of your feet!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Japan! Kyoto: That Famous Kichi Kichi Omurice

How many of you have watched the infamous videos of this Japanese chef making the most delicious-looking Omurice on YouTube and slicing open that infamously fluffy egg omelette over a mound of perfectly-shaped rice to create a work of art? It's so famous that this omurice video literally had over millions of people watching it and salivating!

When I found out that this famed Kichi Kichi omurice restaurant was located in Kyoto, I knew I had to make it there for dinner one day, just to experience that incredible-looking omurice in real life!

After checking out some reviews online, I read that it was best to make reservations, because this tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant seats only 8 pax. We managed to make reservations via Kichi Kichi's website for dinner on the day that we arrived in Kyoto.

After we checked into our apartment at Kyoto, we headed straight for Kichi Kichi restaurant! It was within walkable distance, and took us around 30 minutes by foot, while we explored our new surroundings in Kyoto.

Kyoto is beautifully quaint and retains a very olden-day Japanese charm to it.

Did you know:
Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. 

Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.

Kyoto is also home to the most famous geisha district, Gion. I unfortunately didn't catch any maiko or geiko sightings. Though we experienced the next closest thing of dressing up in kimono!

Back to Kichi Kichi, we arrived there right in time for our reservation at 7PM, and met up with our fellow travellers, Woon and family! Kichi Kichi is hidden in a small street along Shijo Kawaramachi, and we had to follow our navi on Google Maps to a T, in order to locate this tiny restaurant.

Hello, Choy sisters! We were all super excited for this meal! The restaurant itself is tiny, with just 8 counter seats right in front of the kitchen.

As there were six of us, we ordered a variety of items from the menu to try. Every customer needs to order at least one dish, even though sharing is allowed.


Beef Cream Croquette

Butter Chicken

Chicken and Cheese Cutlet with Mustard Flavour

I thought that this dish: the Beef Stew was particularly good too, with tender beef chunks in a rich brown sauce.

Of course, the star of the night was none other than the famed Omurice. At the counter seats, you get a great view of the "show" as the chef starting preparing for his signature dish! And trust me, the chef definitely knows how to milk it for the cameras!


Here's the fried rice waiting for its omelette to complete it, and at the same time complete your life

Chef expertly balances the long oval-shaped omelette onto the rice, and then splits it down the middle with a deft slice of his knife.

Followed by two generous ladleful of demi-glace sauce..

And there you have it!!!

I posted this video on Instagram and it went absolutely viral. You have to watch this in motion! That moment when the omelette spills its innards out into a perfect fluffy eggy mess.. It was nothing short of sublime.

Even though I've watched videos of this before online, experiencing it myself in real life was a whole new level, like... watching food porn happen before my eyes. It was such a surreal experience!

A work of art, waiting to be devoured!

Two of us shared one regular-sized Omurice and the portion was just nice, with all the other dishes we tried! It also comes in a mini portion that's good for smaller appetites.

Verdict? I was in love with the crazy fluffy texture of the perfectly looked omelette, and the combination of egg, rice, and demi-glace sauce! My only gripe was that it wasn't salty enough for me lol.

But to Kichi Kichi's credit, all of us finished every single last bit of the Omurice! (Even Choy papa and mama who ordered one regular portion each!)

ふわふわ卵の逆さオムライス Omurice with Fluffy Omelette 2,500 yen
(ハーフサイズ Half-sized / ミニ Mini 1,350 yen)


Price-wise, Kichi Kichi isn't the cheapest, and will set you back around SGD35 per pax. In my opinion, what you're paying for is really that magnificent display of culinary skills and the experience of a lifetime!

Oh, the friendly and charming Chef will be more than happy to take a photo with you!

In fact, YZ and I even asked if we could enter the kitchen area for a photo, and Chef gladly obliged! He's truly a ham for the camera. You'll know what I mean when you see him perform/cook in real life! This meal was certainly one of the most memorable highlights of our trip!

Kichi Kichi
185-4 Zaimokucho,
Sanjo Pontocho-dori Kudaru,
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Operating time: 5pm - 9pm

Kichi Kichi's website for making reservations is here. <

Some other snapshots I took around Kyoto on the same day. We managed to catch the sunset on our way to the restaurant and it was magical.

Loving the rustic charm of the streets right outside our apartment.

Caught this old man that looked like he belonged in a samurai period drama. Hahaha.

There are so many hipster little stores, selling handmade crafts, bags, and knick-knacks all around Kyoto.

And nostalgic old book shops that look like this.

Many people cycle as their main mode of transport in Kyoto.

Low-rise wooden buildings, lined with trees and electrical posts with wires running across haphazardly.

I was speculating that this elegant Japanese lady was a retired geiko. I don't know, but she looked so at ease in her kimono that it was immediately apparent that she wore one on a regular basis.



Yet another beautiful evening in Japan! :)

If you happen to have Kyoto on your itinerary, do pay Kichi Kichi a visit, just for that unreal experience. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Next up, I'll be blogging about our two days spent in Osaka! ;D Stay tuned!

Accommodation - Roomorama
My accommodation in Japan was booked via Roomorama: I loved all the different apartments I stayed in, with the great accessiblity and well-furbished amenities! Featured above is my Tokyo apartment at Ebisu, my favourite of the lot.

Roomorama is giving away US$50 credits so you can get US$50 off your next Roomorama apartment booking!


Wifi Device - VISONDATA
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For my past few overseas trips (to Japan, Phuket and Hong Kong so far), I've been using VISONDATA pocket wifi and it has always worked wonderfully. VISONDATA wifi is available in 50 countries, and one pocket wifi can be connected to up to 5 different devices! 

It's extremely convenient and handy. I was impressed with the battery life of the pocket wifi device too, because it lasts at least a good 8 hours! I'm constantly updating on social media and checking on emails on-the-go, so that is quite a feat.

Quote "VDSGYINA" when you check out on VISONDATA for 20% off your order!

More Japan posts on the way, so if you're planning a trip to Japan soon, remember to check back for updates!


Japan - September 2015 Itinerary

Narita to Osaka
Day 1: Arrived at Narita > Shinkansen to Osaka > Checked into Osaka accommodation > Dotonburi
Day 2: Universal Studios Japan!

Osaka to Kyoto
Day 3: Kuromon Ichiba Market > Owl Cafe > Train to Kyoto > Checked into Kyoto accommodation > Dinner at famous OmuRice restaurant
Day 4: Shinkansen to Takayama > Bus to Shirakawago > Back to Kyoto

Kyoto to Tokyo
Day 6: Shinkansen to Tokyo > Checked into Ebisu accommodation > Shibuya
Day 7: Sensoji, Asakusa > Omotesando > Harajuku > Shinjuku
Day 8: Tsukiji Fish Market > Narita Airport Express from Shibuya > Departure at Narita


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