I Got My Thigh Gap Back with Expression's Detonix

If you zoom my lower limb on the photo above, you can spot unsightly traces of cellulite in my thigh area. I have always been upfront about having huge thighs but many people won't believe me because when I post photos in any of my social media accounts, I carefully pick the ones that doesn't show how big they are. To be honest, I've sort of become an expert when in comes to angle play and also strategically placing my bag/hand/throw pillow or anything in my thigh area during photo opp. Case in point: In the photo above, I used my other hand to cover my thigh.

Want me to show you how huge my thighs actually are?

This! I did not post it in my Facebook or Instagram mainly because it shows how big my thighs are. If G wasn't with me, I would have placed my hand somewhere to hide my big thighs but I had to hold his hand to make sure he won't fall down. Safety comes before vanity, my husband always remind me. Of course I won't compromise my son's safety too and truth be told, I am not THAT vain.

My huge thighs don't bother me that much but I do start panicking whenever I lose my thigh gap. I would do all sorts of slimming secrets like giving up rice entirely and going for a few days detox. Recently though, my overall health deteriorated significantly that whenever I start eating less carbohydrate and try to detox, I get really sick. Sign of ageing? I guess so but I am still in denial.

My motto lately was, "I rather get fat than get sick". Oh the irony! Isn't it unhealthy to get fat too? Sigh! Thankfully, Expressions Wellness Centre came to the rescue and offered me to get a Detonix done to help me get rid some of the stubborn cellulite around my thigh area.

How does Detonix work?

Detonix use a patented formula cream which is activated by the multi-polar Thermal Blanket to provide you a safe, pleasant, and relaxing experience to achieve the curve and contour you desire.

Here's how my experience went:

1) Taking of BEFORE measurement

2) Application of patented formula cream all over my body

3) Body wrap

4) Thermal body wrap for 30 minutes.

5) Taking of AFTER measurement

I had a pleasant and relaxing 30 minutes because even though it felt very hot being wrapped in a Thermal Blanket, they made sure I won't get dehydrated by letting me sip on detox water during the treatment.

Please don't be grossed out but I just had to show you the following photos as an evidence on how effective my treatment was:
In just half-an-hour, I got my thigh gap back! How awesome is that?

My before and after measurements shows:
  • I lost 4.5cm on my waist
  • I lost 2cm on my adomen
  • I lost 6cm on my hip
  • I lost 1.5cm on my right thigh
  • I lost 2cm on my left thigh
Imagine if I go for the treatment regularly? I'd probably be able to wear bikini with greater confidence.

Detonix-S System treats excessive cellulite around your body by removing toxicity from fat cells. This detoxification process is safe and painless and leaves the skin looking toned, firm and tight, contributing to a natural contoured body and an improvement in overall appearance.

Main benefits:
  • dramatically reduce cellulite and detoxified body
  • takes off inches away from waist, hips and thighs
  • lowered fat contents and improved circulation that leads to overall healthier body
I was invited to try the Detonix-S treatment with complimentary body wrap. Results may vary individually, try at your own risk and do remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping fit and fab.
EXPRESSIONS ~ Wellness Redefined
121 Penang Road
#01-02 Regency House
Singapore 238464
Contact no: +65 6235 9890
Email: orchard@expressions.co
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Simply Cherrific Filipino-Style Spaghetti

Cooking for my family is one of my greatest joys. Although I don't get to do it very often because I am a full-time working mom, I cherish weekends when the kids request that I cook their favourite food. With all honesty, I am not good at kitchen but I pour all my effort and heart in every opportunity I get to come up with a nutritious and delicious food for my family.

This Filipino-style spaghetti recipe that I am going to share with you today is husband/kids/friends-approved. I cook it during special occasions, whenever my friends visit us at home or when my hubby and the kids simply crave for it. I added Simply Cherrific in its title because my first name is Cherry and I tweaked the most common Filipino-style spaghetti recipe to make it my own signature. Instead of the usual hotdogs, I added meatballs instead.

  • 500g Fairprice Spaghetti 
  • 2 tablespoons Fairprice Grapeseed Oil
  • ground pork
  • meat balls
  • sweet-style spaghetti sauce
  • tomato ketchup
  • 1 white onion, minced
  • 1 ripe tomato, minced
  • 1 baby carrot, minced
  • salt and pepper 
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • parsley leaves for garnishing

1) Cook the spaghetti pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. 

TIP: Don't forget to add oil to the boiling water to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other. Since I don't add too much salt in my spaghetti sauce, I also make it a point to add a pinch of salt to the boiling water when cooking the pasta. This particular FairPrice Spaghetti Pasta I used is also from Italy like most of the pasta variety we get from supermarkets. I have to say it did not disappoint my expectations of a premium quality pasta.

2) Heat the 2 tablespoons of FairPrice Grapeseed Oil in a cooking pot. Make sure not to overheat. I don't normally use grapeseed oil in cooking, it's my first time using it last Children's Day to cook the kids' favourite spaghetti and fortunately it didn't change the taste of my usual recipe at all. It has clean, light and neutral flavour which retains the natural taste of ingredients. It is suitable for wide variety of cooking needs such as baking, sauteing, frying or in marinades and salad dressings. It originates from Italy.

3) Saute the onion (and garlic, optional). I don't usually add garlic to suit my family's taste and preference. 

4) Add the ground pork. Cook for 3-5 minutes.

5) Pour the sweet-style spaghetti sauce. Stir and let it boil. Simmer for 60 minutes.

6) Add the meatballs, minced carrots & tomato and 2 spoonfuls of tomato ketchup (optional). Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens. 

7) Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

8) Arrange the spaghetti pasta in a serving dish, pour the meat sauce over the pasta, top with shredded cheese and garnish with parsley.

Serve with love and bon app├ętit!

You are welcome to tweak my recipe according to your own liking. You may opt to use other pasta like Fusilli, Penne or Elbow Macaroni which are all available at FairPrice Housebrand as well. Adding minced tomato and carrots is also optional. I prefer adding it because the kids dislike eating tomato and carrots on its own. When mixed with the meat sauce, they cannot really taste and tell there are camouflaged veggies in it. 

This post is brought to you by Sweet Memoirs x FairPrice collaboration. We were provided with a bagful of FairPrice housebrand products in exchange of this post. No other monetary compensation was received and all photos are my own. 

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Quan Fa Organic Farm

I grew up in a family house with a very spacious front and backyard full of flowering plants, vegetables and fruit trees. According to my mom, my dad diligently planted all of them the moment they bought the land. He grew them organically using animal dung and soil from his own compost pit and by the time our house was erected, they are already flourishing.

Growing up, I had the privilege to harvest my dad's homegrown vegetables and fruits. I can still vividly remember how I would climb trees with my older siblings to harvest its fruits. We have all sort of fruit-bearing trees/shrubs like star apple, custard apple, calamondin, mango, avocado, Spanish plum, jackfruit, cottonfruit, papaya, banana and more.

We don't have a variety of vegetables as many as the trees I mentioned above but I remember harvesting sweet potato baby leaves from my dad's vegetable garden. We also have moringa trees which nutrition-packed leaves are commonly mixed in a chicken soup or vegetable soup with anchovies.

My recent visit at Quan Fa Organic Farm made me reminisce my precious childhood memories back home. It made me miss my dad and our family house so bad. Before I start tearing, here are top three reasons why you should visit Quan Fa Organic Farm.

1) It's an eye-opening educational experience.
You probably have tasted white radish from your mom's home-cooked soup, sun flower sprout in a salad you had in a cafe, or wheatgrass juice from a fruit juice stall but do you actually know how they are grown organically and how many days it takes them to grow?

Do you know that not all vegetable leaves with whitish coating meant they aren't grown organically? 

Can you identify how many varieties of vegetables you see inside the green house? Do you know what are those yellow sticky "flags" are for?

You probably know that papaya's ripe fruit can be eaten on its own or its raw fruit can be mixed in a meat or vegetable soup but do you actually know the many uses of its leaves?

Do you know how many varieties of bananas are there in the whole world?

JJ, the young farm boss who toured us around the farm is very hands-on and knowledgeable hence he was able to share many things about all the vegetables and trees they grow and how they do it. Like I mentioned above, it's an eye-opening experience and you shouldn't miss it.

2) It's an amazing sensory experience.
Visiting the farm activated my five senses. I got to smell basil, parsley and mint leaves, taste a freshly plucked ladyfinger and parsley leaves, touch and smell a warm organic fertilizer, see so many things in a totally different light and revel in the sound of noisy chicken coming from the neighboring poultry.

3) Get your organic and freshest herb, fruit and vegetable stash straight from the farm.
Ever heard of "From Farm to Table" concept? When you visit Quan Fa Organic Farm, you get to bring home freshly harvested vegetables and cook it straight from the farm. How awesome does that sound? Guaranteed 100% freshness, no pesticide, no chemical fertilizer and organically grown. The fruits, vegetables, herbs taste so much sweeter than the ones you buy from the supermarket. Simply quote "QuanFaOrganicFarm" (one time use per costumer) to enjoy 10% off your shop. *Not valid for promotional items and dried goods.


Haven't been to any farm once in your life? I highly recommend that you include it in your bucketlist and tick it off soonest. Promise, you will thank me for it! I brought my teenager with me and she tremendously enjoyed the farm tour. 

Quan Fa Organic Farm subscribes to ecological agrarian methods of farming, abstaining from the use of pesticides and harmful fertilisers, to produce only the freshest food crops that are both nutritious and healthy. Since 1999, Quan Fa has been cultivating all sorts of organically grown vegetables and fruits. Over the years, it has grown from humble beginnings of a small organic vegetable retailer to one of the leading distributors in Singapore today. To ensure the freshness of its produce, Quan Fa ensures that all harvesting and packaging are done in the morning.
35 Murai Farmway
Singapore 709145
Contact no: +65 6793 7693
Email: info@quanfa.com.sg

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My Top 10 Personal Favourites from Cha Thai

The distinctive taste of the food we sampled at Cha Thai last Friday night lingered in my taste buds. As I am typing this blog entry, I can't help but drool all over again. I have to warn you ahead that as you scroll down and look at my resized but unedited food photographs (thank God for DSLR's), you may feel a sudden surge of hunger pang so hurry up, go grab something to eat before you continue reading. 

As I always disclose, I am no connoisseur when it comes to food. I do wish at times that I have the gift of tongue which most professional food bloggers have. They never fail to make me drool not just by their lickable hashtagged foodporn but by how they intricately describe in food expert lingo each item on the menu that they tried.

As a lifestyle-slash-mommy blogger here, I completely rely on my quite-easy-to-please taste buds to come up with a food related feature so please bear with my blabbering a.k.a lame food descriptions and concentrate on my drool-worthy photos. I won't dig into details about the food's taste, texture and so on but I am going to rate the food according to my own liking, and some, my kids' and the hubby's preference. 

The food spread laid on our table that night were way too generous and glorious. Luckily, I was wearing something stretchable. Yes you guessed it right, I was well prepared to indulge! Haha. But let me tell you this. I am not exaggerating when I say all the food we had the pleasure devouring spelled D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S, but if you ask me which ones are my favourites, here's my top 10 list: 

This green mango salad brought back fond memories from my childhood. As a kid, I used to devour green mangoes in all its sour glory. At times, I pick them fresh from our very own mango trees in our backyard and munch on them right after washing and peeling. Apologies if I just made you drool but before I mislead you, this dish isn't too sour yet I still loved it because the slightly sweet dressing made it even more palatable.

I have to warn you though that its spiciness level is 4 out of 5, 5 being the spiciest. If you cannot tolerate spicy food, you may skip this. Having said that, my spicy food tolerance is not that high too but I was able to have 2 spoonfuls of it. All thanks to my dad who familiarized my taste buds with spicy chili since young. I'd recommend that you start your meal with this as it guarantees to whet your huge appetite.

2) Signature Tiger Prawn 'Panang' Curry
Just look at those big fat tiger prawns (insert triple heart-eyed emoticon here) bathed in that rich, creamy and oh so sinful curry sauce!!! (Is there a drooling emoticon yet?) Need I say more why it made to my top hits?

3) Thai Curry Soft Shell Crab
I have a thing for soft shell crab, and so are my husband and my teenager. I may have helped myself with huge serving of this one. I just couldn't stop devouring it!

Let me sidetrack again a bit and tell you a funny story why I don't have a photo of the Thai curry soft shell crab by itself from my big camera. I kept shooting the moment we arrived at Cha Thai premises around 7pm. Few drinks and dishes served later, to my horror, I realized don't have a memory card inserted in the camera. Laugh die forgetful me!!! Hahaha! The camera did "remind me" every single time I clicked BUT I only noticed it around 20 clicks later. #epicfail

4) Crispy Prawn Cake
I enjoyed this one way too much too because I keep giving myself an excuse that I am eating on behalf of my teenager who loves anything crispy! I would have enjoyed it more dipped in sweet and spicy sauce but it made to my top 10 list because the crispy prawn cake was so good even when eaten on its own. I bet even my fussy-eater pre-school boy would love devouring it without dipping in the sauce.

5) Creamy Crab Roll
I have a hunch my teenager and I would fight to polish the whole serving of this in 60 seconds! Okay, that was pure exaggeration but you get the drift. (Insert tongue licking emoticon here.)

6) Premium Giant Tiger Prawns Claypot Glass Noodles
#iPhoneOnly because the ones I took from my big camera turned out crappy
I could have eaten more of the juicy tiger prawns and flavourful glass noodles if this was served to us earlier. I may have not divulge here yet but I am a huge fan of glass nooodle dishes especially the ones with seafood.

7) Tom Yum Vegetarian Dumplings
Tom yum has got to be my all-time favourite Thai dish. I used to complain how it is too spicy for my liking but after starting to request less spicy version, I have grown to love it and my spicy tolerance ha gone up quite a bit too. It came to the point where I was like a pregnant mama who drags her hubby to a Thai restaurant just to satisfy her craving for spicy tom yum soup.

8) Saute Eggplant with Basil
I love eggplant be it mixed in a salad, grilled, fried, steamed or sauteed like this dish. I've never had an eggplant dish with basil before and was surprised that basil actually goes well with eggplant.

9) Charcoal Toast
This is the typical example of: "Don't judge the food by its appearance". I've never expected myself to enjoy and appreciate this. The charcoal toast is so crisp, you won't realize how you keep popping a cube dipped in either the Thai milk tea or pandan sauce (my personal preference) into your mouth. You know what they say, "Once you pop, you can't stop?" If my tummy wasn't about to explode from all the generous serving of food we tried, I could have popped 5 cubes or more into my mouth! It's that addicting!

10) Mountain Milo
It's more like a volcano complete with its crater but this actually supposed to mimic Mt Everest. Look at that dripping milk and generous Milo powder sprinkled all over the shaved ice mountain! It deserves a triple heart eyes and tongue licking emoticon!

Here are the other dishes we tried which were equally delicious but did not make it to my Top 10 list:

Lemongrass Prawn Salad
Garlic Chicken with Bird's Chili
Crab Roe Paste with Crispy/Fresh Vegetable
Green and Red Ruby
Sweet Corn Herbal Jelly, Melon Sago, Summer Potato

If you are willing to pay more for quality Thai food and unforgettable gastronomic experience, I highly recommend Cha Thai which is conveniently located right across Telok Ayer MRT Station exit B. Their food's price tag were brought about by great quality ingredients and seafood that are sourced locally from kelong for freshness. Meat is sous vide to achieve  tenderness, dips, curries, pastes, sauces, gravy, milk teas, refreshing drinks, and all are made from scratch. Moreover, their portions are really HUGE, it's meant to be shared with family and friends. 

About Cha Thai's founder and Chief Chef:
Leah's strong culinary passion got her admitted to schools in France and Thailand, which explaines why she is able to marry the best of East and West, adapting the West's technology while keeping to the East's traditions, to bring Thai food to another level. 

The bubbly founder had no qualms about sharing the real definition of 'authentic'. "Historically, authentic Thai food was really just cooking with palm or coconut sugar and coconut milk, and this was dated few hundreds years ago, the true blue authentic Thai food.

Times have changed and food evolved, if we continue to cook Thai food this way, no one will want to eat Thai food . Therefore, the Thais have to change with times, fine tune their cooking methods to suit the modern palate", shared Leah.

"The quality of Cha Thai's food is the result of premium quality ingredients along with traditional (not authentic) recipes cooked with modern techniques, to bring out another dimension in the taste of Thai, so our customers experience the best of Fine Thai Food", Leah continued.
80 Telok Ayer Street
#01-01 Far East Square
Singapore 048466
Call +65 6636 3696
Email: info@chathaisg.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chathaisgInstagram: @chathaisg
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