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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More snippets of CNY + Spa Archipelago!

whoa, can't believe CNY is almost exactly 1 month ago already, cos it seems like yesterday we were all just feasting and celebrating away!! :( i still have pictures from CNY haha so i thought i'd put up more of them before they end up forgotten in the dusty recesses of my computer hard disk!

on CNY day three: i joined YZ's family for the day, we had planned on going to Resorts World Sentosa for the Malaysian Food Street (some new food attraction there) but when we got there, the queue was so insanely long, YZ's family decided to give it a miss, and we ended up traveling all the way to Changi, to Ramen Champion at T3 for lunch instead!
all we did at RWS was to take pictures :X YZ and i! he's wearing one of my favorite polo tees from and i'm wearing the new Luxe Floral Romper in Lavender (i wear a size M) that i'm absolutely in love with ^__^
another picture! i really like the collar/hem contrast for YZ's polo tee, and the fit is uber good too!
drove like 20-30 minutes from RWS to end up at Ramen Champion... which is a restaurant housing a few different stalls/brands/styles of ramen, and you order with a card (like Marche) and pay upon leaving the restaurant.
that cute beeper thing that beeps when your order is ready.
and here's my ramen! it looks delish, but in actual fact i'll only rate it about 6.5/10, the noodles were too soggy and the broth was so thick and salty it was hard to finish.. the saving grace was the egg and pork slices! dunno how all these japanese ramen places do their egg with that half boiled melty egg yolk thing.
loved the pork cos it was really tender and melts in the mouth! :D
prawn tempura that was decent. we ordered gyoza and it was terrible, especially by japanese standards. the dumpling skin was so thick and tough you couldn't even bite through it properly. soggy, too. yucks. didn't even bother to take a picture of it.
it isn't very expensive but not very cheap either, about 15 dollars for a bowl of ramen so with some side dishes, probably cost 25 per pax inclusive GST and all that. wouldn't go back again, there are so many places with much better ramen and japanese food in singapore!

in the evening, went 拜年-ing at the Poh family residence! :D
a shot of my full outfit, including my knit shrug that i got from Miss Selfridge :D YZ's doing strange things behind me =_=
YZ with cuz Edwin!
one table of happy people all ready to tuck into Auntie Poh's superb home-cooked dishes!
i can never get enough of her curry :D
so we spent the whole night gambling... what's new???

halfway through, we decided to change the game to "In-Between", i don't know if you've played it before but it's damn exciting and super gan cheong!!! basically everyone contributes the same amount into a pool of money, from which the players can either win/lose money from/to, and the game is really simple, each player is dealt two cards, after which you can call an amount from the money pool to bet: like you can bet $4, and if your 3rd card falls in between the 1st and 2nd card, you win $4 from the pool! so if your number falls outside of the 1st and 2nd card, you have to contribute $4.

however, if you suay suay happen to kena the SAME number of either your 1st or 2nd card, you have to pay up double to the pool! KNN..... i drew a 3 and a K, and the probability of winning was pretty high, so i decided i wouldn't be too greedy and said $50.

WADDAFUQ i kena the same number so i had to pay $100 to the pool!!! $(*@#*@(&#*$@$@!!!
sibei suay. of all the cards i could have kena-ed. and this happened like twice??? this game is seriously jinxed! but it's really very exciting hahahaa. thankfully, in the end i won back a little and YZ won some of my money too lol so at least i can make him treat me dinner with the money he won :X

on 人日, we went back too cos my 干妈干爹 Auntie and Uncle Poh invited us to lou hei together!!!
Auntie Poh and her painstakingly made lou hei. all handmade one!!!
adding the peanuts in...
there's abalone and bak kua in this lou hei! 好料!!!
HUAT AHHH!!!!!!!!! i swear it was the yummiest lou hei i've had this year!!! home made is still the best ^_^
and yet another spread of home cooked food! gosh... 不肥才怪! really!!
so much good food!
Auntie Poh says must eat 算盘子, 吃了才有钱算!!! i kiasu, eat two. let me have lots and lots of money to count please. lol
spent the afternoon there... changed to Grainy Film mode on my EP3 for fun. watching them play mahjong while we entertained ourselves too! singing KTV. ahahaha. sang all kinds of old school songs especially for Uncle and Auntie Poh. Theresa Teng la, and all the old Hokkien songs! with my half past six Hokkien. did you notice something funny hahaha Collin and YZ turned up in the exact same shirt, from once again!!! (PS. i am not advertising for MerryMen ok, all the items YZ got from MerryMen are all bought!)

can't believe after all the food i ate (lou hei, lunch, and various assorted CNY goodies while at the Poh residence) i still went for one last lou hei and dinner with my family at night! *faints* how to diet you tell me. no peektures from dinner cos my battery ran flat! but we went to a damn nice zhi char place at Toa Payoh, it's one of my family's favorite dinner places! shiokkkkkkkazoids.


anyway, for the past few collections, TVD has been giving out Spa Archipelago vouchers, and some of you customers who may have won yourself one of these vouchers might be interested to find out more about Spa Archipelago! i went down to Spa Archipelago to experience the treatment for myself, as i wouldn't want customers to experience a lousy spa treatment!

i went to the Spa Archipelago located at 61 Stamford Road, which is pretty near Cityhall.
it's a two-storey establishment within a building, and the place is done up really nice and posh! went upstairs, where most of the treatment rooms, and also the bathing/shower facilities are located, for my treatment.

very cozy interior that doesn't look clinical and scary like some facial places/spas do D:

my treatment room! unfortunately, wasn't able to take any pictures during my treatment ( i went for the facial one!) but as all facials go, i felt it was very relaxing and comfortable, except for the extraction bit :X i always enjoy going for facial treatments with all the head and shoulder massaging cos it helps to relieve all that extra tension and stress from our hectic lifestyles! the therapist attending to me was very attentive, and i had a very good experience!

my facial spa started with cleansing, (which i'm sure you know is the most important step of your skincare regime!) followed by a gentle seaweed peeling gel to exfoliate (essential for whitening purposes and for overall skin renewal), extraction, then a massage and mask! they use their own in-house specially formulated products which won't be too harsh on your skin, and even finish off with application of their special sunblock so your skin is still protected from harmful UV rays after the facial!

and after your treatment, you can even make use of the facilities within the spa to shower, or enjoy a soak in the bathtub! they even have a sauna room that's available for all customers to use!

nice big toilet facilities, with built-in blowdryers, i'm sure you know how convenient those are :D

one of the shower cubicles!

or if you prefer it.. there are bathrooms available! you can take a nice long bath and enjoy your soak after your complimentary treatment!

aaand the sauna room!
back downstairs after my treatment, and served a cup of nice, hot, tea ^_^

there are two complimentary treatments you can choose from, and the one that i did was the WHITENING EXFOLIANTÉ FACE SPA, but you can also choose the BODY CONTEUR SPA, both worth $160! both treatments will also entitle you to a complimentary bath!

Spa Archipelago
Stamford Court, 61 Stamford Road #01-08

Tel: 6333 0339

we're still giving away vouchers for the next couple of collections, so i really hope you customers actually do utilize the vouchers to enjoy and try out these two spa treatments! give yourselves a break from work/school and take some time out to indulge in a spa session to pamper yourself!!! take it as our way of saying THANK YOU for shopping with us at TVD ^_^

alright... enough typing already! i need to sleep so i can wake up early to get more work done! have a great week, everyone!

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