A Vacation Home Right On Your Doorstep?

In an ideal world, we would all jet off for fun in the sun whenever we fancied. If you’re anything like us, that would mean flying someplace new every other week! Of course, work commitments make that impossible. And, then there’s the small issue of how much money it would cost! But, there’s no reason you can’t inject a little holiday spirit into your everyday.Think about why you go on vacation. For most of us, the reason is relaxation. With that in mind, reflect on how you can inject relaxation into the everyday. One thing that’s sure to get you into the holiday mindset is designing a home fit for abroad. But, how do you inject the vacation spirit into your home?


LOOK AT TRADITIONAL STYLES

When you think about your dream holiday destinations, is there a specific style to the houses you picture? Every country has a slightly different style of building and decor. Hints of that style will even shine through in hotels. These are the first things you should consider injecting into your home. What you choose depends on where your inspiration lies. Hot countries generally have tiled floors, to keep houses cool. Some have traditional wooden beams, while others favor bare stone walls. Gain as much inspiration as possible. You could incorporate features from many countries, or stick to a particular one. Think, too, about external features. Window shutters could be a fantastic way to add an exotic look to your home.


KEEP IT LIGHT

While considering a vacation style, keep things bright and airy. Remember how nice it is to sit by open patio doors? Think about how you could incorporate this. Think, too, about painting your walls bright. A dark room is uninviting and can feel cold. Remember that you’re aiming for something warm! Oranges and yellows can be a fantastic way of injecting the sunshine into your home. That way, it doesn't matter if it's shining or not!

TRUST THE PROFESSIONALS

If you don’t feel up to the task of injecting your vacation into your home, why not turn to the professionals? A company like the one found at milliondollarmakeovers.net.au could transform your ideas into the perfect home. And you won’t have to lift a finger! The best part about this is that a professional company should have more of an idea of how to get the look you’re after. Just let them know what you want, and they’ll do the rest for you. It’s a sure way to get an authentic design.


DON’T FORGET THE POOL

Of course, no vacation would be complete without a little pool time. Getting a pool installed in your outside space is a sure way to add that holiday feeling to your home. Turn to a company like http://www.compasspools.com.au/ to get an idea of what’s available. Having a pool will also ensure you spend more time outside, which is sure to add to that holiday vibe. Learn some cocktail recipes and get out on that deck chair!

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The Most Popular Hairstyles in South East Asia

It’s that time of the year again, with 2017 now well underway, things may be going great but you might feel like you need a change in life, perhaps you feel a little jaded, maybe something is missing...

If you feel like re-inventing yourself, there is no need to spend a fortune on a new wardrobe, or home improvements, and if you’re happy in your job then by all means stay with it. There is a much quicker, simpler and cost effective way of rediscovering contentment and inner confidence...Change your hairstyle. Southeast Asian hairstyles are in vogue right now, and you can choose the right one by going through the many styles given below:
See-through bangs

Seen on so many South-East Asian celebrities and with one very good reason; it’s a low maintenance and really stunning look that can transform you effortlessly, if you already have lovely long hair, it’s an easy style to pull off. With thin and wispy bangs partly covering the forehead, softening your looks and creating a wonderful combination of innocence and Bond-girl style that will make you feel amazing.
The sleek and chic Bob
If you’re really feeling like a change (and feeling a little brave,) then why not go for it. An eye-skimming Bob style can be a beautiful, stunning way to frame your features and feel energised, fun and full of life. A little maintenance is needed with this shorter, choppier look, and you’ll really need to keep an eye on the length of your bangs. A good anti-frizz product will keep your style smooth, glossy and chic, rest assured, the maintenance will be well worth it.
Straight, to the point

If you struggle at times, to control your lovely long locks, going for a straight style can make all the difference to how you feel. Straightened hair with long layers looks gorgeous, with surprisingly little fuss, and is easily maintained by simply using a thickening spray before drying your hair to create volume, and a good fortifying spray to prevent those loose ends. By letting your parting happen naturally and tucking your hair behind your ears, the end result will be an easy-going casual look that is indescribably pretty.
Shaggy layers

If you have straight hair, and want something exciting, with real impact, stand out from the crowd with a smouldering and sexy tousled style, easily maintained by rough blow drying your bangs and leaving the rest to air dry, with a little surf spray scrunched in for volume. If you want more volume, simply wrap large handfuls around a curling iron, twisting some portions forwards and some backwards for the ultimate, messy effect, finishing your perfectly shaggy, layered look with a little shine cream on the ends.

Any time is a good time for reinvention, and with a little inspiration added in, that couldn’t be easier. A fresh, new hairstyle can do just that, invigorating and inspiring you to be the person you want to be. Making you feel happier, more confident and ready to take on the rest of 2017 with a smile.
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Getting Rid of Stubborn Fat Deposits with Zimmer

Burning fats. Two of the most challenging words that exist in the universe, especially if you are a mother like me who garnered generous amount of stubborn fat deposits during pregnancy. Add to that binge eating during holidays like Christmas and Chinese New Year and of course, unusual cravings and uncontrollable huge appetite as part and parcel of women's PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).

To be honest, my life is a constant battle between my love for food (both healthy and unhealthy) and not wanting to gain weight. Having said that, I usually "pay for my sins - a.k.a. fatty food indulgence" by trying to eat two or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day plus occasionally treating myself with detox drinks and natural supplements that help flush out anything that isn't good for my body.

As I age though (I can't believe I am finally admitting this reality now), gaining back my ideal weight based on my body mass index (BMI) have become a challenge I can't seem to overcome no matter how I try to discipline myself from over-indulging on food. Thankfully, I am not yet in the desperate stage to the extent of wanting to go for invasive treatments.

Besides, the thought of having tubes inserted in my skin to target those stubborn fat deposits I have accumulated over the years freaks me out. Although I work in the medical field and I studied basic medicine too for my dental degree, I stayed pretty much conservative when it comes to subjecting myself into medical treatments specially when it falls on the vanity category.

All thanks to advance medical technology, non-invasive medical devices are invented. Two of such awesome inventions are Zimmer Aesthetic's Z Lipo and Z Wave which in my opinion are tailor made for women like me who are not keen to undergo invasive treatments to get rid of fat deposits. As you can see from the photo above, I was still very much relaxed during my treatment.

INTRODUCTION:

Last year, Zimmer Z Lipo machine won Best Product of the Year in Aesthetic Dermatology. What exactly is Z Lipo machine for?

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Cryo-Lipolysis by Zimmer Z Lipo targets fat deposits and cools them down in a controlled manner over a prolonged period, leading to the destruction of fat cells. I recently went for the treatment and here's how it went:

ZIMMER Z LIPO

  • A cold gelpad was placed in the target "fatty" area in my tummy as a protection, after which the applicator you see in the above photo was placed on top of the gelpad and the cooling is started. I had two applicators applied on each side of my tummy (right and left) for an even and ideal result.



  • The fat cells in the treatment area as seen in the Z Lipo machine monitor react to the cooling. 
The whole process which is very comfortable and relatively painless takes about an hour. You will feel a pinching sensation as the applicators begin to suction, the intensity gradually reduces as the treatment goes on. I was provided with water for hydration and a huge pillow for extreme comfort. By the end of the treatment, it felt a bit numb on the treatment area but just for clarity, no topical anaesthetic was applied prior to the treatment.

ZIMMER Z WAVE
Studies carried out in 2013 have shown that a shockwave treatment directly after Cryo-Lipolysis by Zimmer Z Lipo and subsequent shockwave treatments once a week for 4 weeks can almost double the treatment effects with regard to fat reduction. Dr Wu treated my problem area with Z Wave after the Cryo-Lipolysis with Zimmer Z Lipo. You can watch how it works here as I didn't get any photos taken during the treatment because it was getting late in the evening already. There was a noisy drilling sound coming from the machine and it basically felt like my fats are being "drilled" albeit on the outer skin surface only (absolutely no penetration of sharp object on the skin). It was sore but not really painful but for those people with very low pain tolerance, it may feel a little painful to them.

After the treatment, there are slight redness and mild bruises on the treatment areas and it felt sore. I did not take a photo of it as I finished my treatment quite late in the evening and I also do not wish the hubby to freak out because he is such a worry wart. The soreness, redness and mild bruises completely disappeared two days after treatment. I expected it to stay longer than that because Dr Wu of iCare Medical and Wellness Centre warned me about possible pigmentation due to my skin type which is generous in melanin pigment. Thankfully, it didn't.

Here are the pre-treatment photos taken at home the night before I went for the treatment.
When I arrived in the clinic, the first thing that Dr Wu told me was, "Where are the fat deposits that need to be treated?" That's mainly because I was wearing my favourite Uniqlo skant which is pretty good at hiding my flaws as evident in the collage above.

Here's my pre-treatment weight taken by the nurse at the clinic. It's a whooping 62kg, 5 kilogram more than my ideal weight and the heaviest I have ever been.

Please excuse my horribly ugly feet, I took my weight after arriving home from the clinic and surprised to see that I lost .4kg instantly despite eating dinner before coming home.

It's now 11 days post treatment as I am writing this and despite explaining to me that I will only see the ideal results in 2.5 to 3 months, I am so happy to have gotten rid significant amount of stubborn fats in my tummy area.

Here are the after photos hubby helped me to take this morning.
You can still spot my love handle but my flabby tummy have improved dramatically. That was due to the effective treatment and self-discipline the past 10 days. I did some detox and did not indulge on fatty foods. All the dead fat cells are expected to be naturally removed from my body through the lymphatic system which takes about 10-12 weeks after treatment.

My weight taken this morning. I have lost 1.7kg in 11 days, isn't that something to celebrate about? I will update you again in three months' time to see how I have progressed.

Disclaimer:
I was invited by Zimmer Aesthetics to try their Cryo-Lipolysis by Z Lipo along with Z Wave for the purpose of this review. All opinions and fat deposits are definitely my own. Do note that results may vary per individual. General health, body type and lifestyle play an important role in the success of the treatment. I have a slim physique since young and only acquired stubborn fat deposits due to pregnancy and occasional binge eating.

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Fusilli Salad Recipe with Homemade Grapeseed Dressing

Every now and then, I come up with my own salad creation based on what fruits and vegetables are available in our fridge and what ingredients I have stocked up in the pantry. You can find my rainbow quinoa salad recipe here, nutrition-packed salad recipe here and another salad recipe with pomegranate here. I love making salad simply because it requires less preparation time and it is nutritious.

Recently, my daughter and I visited Quan Fa Organic Farm and we were given a bagful of leafy vegetables to bring home. I used the organic lettuce they gave us to make a fusilli salad with homemade dressing. Here's the recipe:

Dressing ingredients:


  • 1/4 cup FairPrice Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper 
Salad mix ingredients:
  • 150g FairPrice Fusilli Pasta
  • 10 cups torn lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
Instructions:
1) Make your own salad dressing by mixing 1/4 cup of FairPrice grapeseed oil, minced garlic, 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper.

2) Cooked the FairPrice fusilli pasta following the packaging instruction. Drench and set aside.

3) Tear and wash lettuce leaves, set aside to drench.

4) Wash and slice 1 cup of seedless grapes

5) Wash cherry tomatoes and cut into halves. You may opt not to cut it like I did.

6) Place the cooked fusilli pasta, torn lettuce leaves, sliced seedless grapes and cherry tomatoes in a salad bowl.

7). Pour the salad dressing over the salad mix, mix evenly and serve with freshly squeezed OJ.


*This recipe is brought to you by Sweet Memoirs x FairPrice collaboration. 



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Must-Have Luxury Items for Foodies

Foodies are a special breed of people. They are the type who understand and appreciate the finer things in life, and are willing to go to great lengths to enjoy them. If you’re a foodie, or you happen to know a foodie, then you’re going to want to check out this list of must-have luxury items. These are the kinds of items you didn’t even realize you needed until you get them, and then you’ll wonder how you managed without them!

Fresh Herbs with Ease
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Any foodie will tell you that the secret to great dishes is using fresh and fragrant herbs. Why not make it easy for the foodie to do this with the Chef'n herb stripper. This little gadget allows you to strip the leaves off various herbs and kale in just seconds. The herbs can then be used in dishes or as garnish. It will become the foodie’s favourite gadget in the kitchen.

The Perfect Hot Chocolate Every Time


You don't have to be a foodie to appreciate hot chocolate, but we all know that not every hot chocolate is made equal. If you want to ensure that perfect taste and consistency each and every time, then the Bialettie Hot Chocolate Maker is the way to go. This little device is able to make Italian style hot chocolate that is the right temperature and consistency each time. It can be used with powder or syrup and you'll get the same great results.

Wine Subscription Service for a Year


Subscription boxes are all the rage at the moment, and foodies are taking part in the trend. Wine subscription services allow you to set up delivery for a whole year giving the recipient something new to look forward to each box. This is a great way to discover new favourites and play around with food and wine pairings.

The Ultimate Mushroom Knife


Mushrooms can be found in some of the tastiest dishes, but cleaning and then cutting them up can be a real pain. The Opinel Mushroom Knife is meant to make preparing fresh mushrooms a breeze. The one end features a boar-hair brush, while the other end is a curved blade with a serrated edge on one side and a sharp one on the other side. This means you can clean, peel, and cut the mushrooms with one tool.

Combine Them in a Hamper


If you happen to be looking for gift ideas for the foodie in your life, you can always check out these British Fine Food luxury food hampers. The hampers feature a collection of British artisan products, many of which are award-winning. You can pick from a variety of themes or create your very own basket that will put a smile on the face of the foodie in your life.

Get Imaginative with the Items


Luxury items for foodies are all about being imaginative and thinking outside the box. It’s about providing the foodie with a unique tool, a fabulous new flavour, or something fun to use.


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Why Your Bed Is the Most Important Piece of Furniture in Your Home



You spend one third of your life in bed. Each day you’ll spend more time between the sheets than you’ll spend doing any other single activity, but all too often the importance of a good bed is overlooked. That’s a mistake.
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Sleep and Good Health Are Intricately Linked


Poor quality sleep does more than just leave you tired and grouchy the following day. If you don’t sleep well, you can harm your health.

Research shows that people who get less than six hours of quality sleep per night are at a higher risk of becoming obese and of developing chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression. What’s more, sleep deprivation can affect your ability to drive safely, which puts you, your passengers, and other road users at risk every day. Losing two hours of sleep makes you as dangerous behind the wheel as a drunk driver.

How to Choose the Right Bed Frame


Think about your needs. What size bed is going to give you the best night's sleep?

If you’re planning to have a family, then you’ll benefit from having a larger bed that enables everyone to sleep comfortably without being squashed up. Young children often want to spend at least part of the night in with mum and dad, especially when they don’t feel well or when they’ve had a bad dream, and a standard double is far too small for this. A king-size bed is better, but it's still too small to provide enough space for undisturbed sleep, so (if your bedroom is big enough) choose a super king.

Since kids love to treat beds like an indoor trampoline, make sure that you pick a sturdy bed that won’t collapse. Take a look at Revival Beds super king size wooden beds to get an idea of the beautiful beds on offer in this size.
A quality bed frame will also help your mattress to last longer because good bed frames support the mattress in the right places and alleviate some of the strain that it has to deal with.

Choosing the Right Mattress


Buying a cheap mattress is never a good idea, and buying a mattress that you haven’t had the opportunity to test out is a bad idea, too.

Go along to the mattress store when you have plenty of time to try out the different mattresses. Don’t just sit on the mattress, you should kick off your shoes and lie down. Test the mattress with your sleeping partner in your usual sleeping position; if you normally sleep on your side or on your front, it’s no use lying on your back because you won’t get a true feel for the mattress.

Side sleepers usually find that sprung mattresses offer the best support, as do front sleepers who would end up enveloped by a memory foam mattress. Back sleepers however, will be equally comfortable on memory foam or springs.

A good bed frame and the right mattress work together harmoniously, supporting your body while you sleep and ensuring that you wake up the next day well rested and ready to face whatever the day throws your way.

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Less Mess, More Fun with The EZPZ Happy Mat

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My 5y/o boy, who's traits and personality are quite similar with mine, loves surprises. Sometimes when I come home from work, he'd greet me at the door saying, "Close your eyes, mommy! I have a surprise for you!"

Of course, I always happily oblige. Whilst I close my eyes, he'd say "Not yet, not yet!", a cue that I shouldn't peep yet until he gives me the go signal to finally open my eyes and take a look at his surprise. Oftentimes, his surprise is a drawing that makes me go awwwww and give him my sweetest hugs and kisses instantaneously.

As a token of appreciation for all his sweet gestures, I also make extra effort to surprise him whenever I can. And because I am a full-time working mom, I do so on weekends. There was one weekend I surprised him with a freshly cleaned and reorganized play area and he was so thrilled, he played right away upon waking up whilst I cook his breakfast.

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Speaking of breakfast, I love preparing G's breakfast personally on weekends. Last Sunday, he slept in until 11am so I had plenty of time to prepare him a fancy schmancy breakfast set up. The secret to a successful surprise is keeping in mind what the surprise receiver likes the most. Case in point: Photo below consists of G's current favorites:


  • orange
  • elephant
  • grapes
  • scrambled egg with cheese
  • shadow play
  • word play
  • his new EZPZ Happy Mat in lime from MumsPick
I added the little sprinkler with cactus because G loves plants and the word  B R E A K F A S T because he is also into spelling nowadays. He woke up so happy upon seeing my lovely set up. On other days, you don't even see him smiling when he wakes up because he'd claim he is still sleepy. 

It helped so much that The EZPZ Happy Mat came in a smiley face design and vibrant colour. Instant mood lifter for grumpy "Just-woke-up, I-don't-want-to-eat" type of kids. With it, G had a very happy mealtime experience. Achievement unlocked! 

Apart from the positive and happy mealtime experience, here are more things I love (and all moms out there would surely love too!) about The EZPZ Happy Mat:
  • It is an all-in-one placemat + plate that captures your kids' mess which means less cleaning work for mommies! 
  • It suctions directly to the table, making it nearly impossible for tiny hands to tip over. No more accidentally spilling the food all over the table!
  • The Happy Mat is made of 100% food grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free so you are rest assured it's really safe!
  • It promotes self-feeding and help kids develop fine motor skills. Perfect for infants and toddlers!
  •  It is stackable up to 3-4 mats, easy to store and built to last.
Do look out for the EZPZ brand name as the product is most likely sourced from another manufacturer without the logo. Other manufacturer may not be compliant with regulatory requirements. EZPZ works hard to maintain the highest and most rigorous standards for safety, non-toxic materials and quality.

Now, here's the good news! In collaboration with MumsPick, we are giving away this Berry limited edition of The Happt Mat to one of our lucky readers over at Instagram!

Here's the simple giveaway mechanics:
1) Like MumsPick Facebook Page here.
2) Follow @sweetmemoirs on Instagram and leave your comment in this photo.  
3) Invite your mommy friends to join the giveaway (optional). 

Giveaway closes on Saturday, 25th of February and winner will be drawn the following day - Sunday, the 26th. Best of luck mommies!

No luck in winning giveaways? Fret not! MumsPick is participating at the Baby Land Fair happening on the 24th and 26th of February 2017 at Suntec City, Booth A09. Simply screenshot this post
or my Instagram profile and you'll get a surprise gift from MumsPick! I will be putting up my discount code too so watch out!

UPDATE: 24 February 2017

Quote "SweetMemoirs" and get 15% off your Happy Mat purchase. Discount code expires in two weeks so hurry and find MumsPick at the Baby Land Fair, Booth A09, happening NOW until Sunday at Suntec City!


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Fuel Your Body With These Energizing Foods

Food is our life fuel. All too often, we get wrapped up in the ins and outs of eating - whether we dine in or out, whether a meal is healthy enough, how much it is going to cost us etc. But if we strip back all the excesses that come with food, we get back to the primary reason why we consume it - for energy. In today's modern world, so many people regularly feel 'slumped' and as though they are lacking in vital energy to simply help them get through the day. Usually, this is down to environmental factors: staring at a screen all day, or rushing around after your children 24/7. Food, too, can play part as well. It is becoming the norm to reach for quick and easy convenience food for a short burst of energy, especially when it is the only thing we can fit into our hectic schedule. But as well as the obvious health risks associated with fast food, these kinds of products can often make you feel worse just a short time after. After all, how many times have you packed away a takeout pizza - then about half an hour later felt sluggish and tired? There is, of course, nothing wrong with enjoying these types of treats every once in a while. But if you truly want to nourish and energize your body, you need to be fuelling it with the right things.




Wholegrain carbs

We seem to live in a society where carbs are regarded as public enemy number one. This is partially due to a number of fad diets we now see on the market, and the numerous bloggers and Instagram stars who promote their way of life to millions of followers. While cutting down on carbs could be something to think about if you do honestly eat too many of them, they are certainly not something to be avoided full-stop. Why? Because carbohydrates are the body's primary source of energy and long-lasting energy at that. If you really want to supply your body with enough fuel to see you through the day, make sure you are consuming some whole grain carbohydrates. White carbs, in moderation, won't harm you - but wholegrain carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal pasta, and brown bread - are always a much healthier option.




Fruit and vegetables

Most of us are told from a young age that we need to eat our greens. Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all of which give you an immediate energy boost.  However if you didn't develop a taste for fruit and veg as a child (and let's face it, what child doesn't go through a phase of rejecting anything remotely healthy?), it is fairly likely that you will continue to reject it as an adult too. This is a bad route to go down though, and an equally bad example to set to your children. If munching on an apple or eating spinach sounds like a bit too much for you, why not try using one of the top centrifugal juicers? Juicing your fruit and vegetables (yes, even your vegetables!) is a great way to get those essential vitamins into your diet. A classic green smoothie can even be a great option for breakfast - just don't be put off by the color!




Lean protein

If you keep up with the world of fitness blogging in any way at all, you will know all about the importance of lean protein. As so many of us are now dedicating gym goers and weight-lifters, protein has become more essential than ever. If you are exercising frequently but not taking in enough protein, you probably spend much of your time feeling lethargic. You may even find that you really have to push through your gym sessions, due to feeling so tired in your muscles. This is a direct response to not having enough protein in your body. Every cell in the human body contains protein, and we need to make sure our own supplies are stocked up to ensure our muscles repair themselves after a workout. Lean proteins are not hard to come by either - simply add more lean meats such as turkey and chicken into your diet. Paired with some steamed vegetables and whole grain rice, this is the perfect post-workout meal. Don't fear if you are vegetarian or a vegan - there are still plenty of ways you can up your protein intake. You may choose to do this by eating artificial meats such as Quorn, or by increasing your consumption of beans and pulses.

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Tips on Packing For A Canadian Trip

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Got a holiday to Canada planned? Whether you’re backpacking across states, hitting the ski slopes or seeing the city sights, here’s some useful advice from a friend who lives there on what to bring along in your suitcase so that you’re all prepped and ready.


Cash in some Canadian dollars


The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar. Make sure to take out some notes before you go, or take your debit card. Having a prepaid travel card can help combat the transfer costs – you won’t be charged for paying off this card unlike a regular debit card and it’s safer than carrying a wad of cash. Check out prices for this card at your local post office or bank, or shop online.


Gather your documents


Depending on how long you’re staying and what you’re doing whilst you’re out there, the documents you need to bring will vary. You’ll need a passport to get through border control and possibly a Visa – check out this site https://official-canada-eta.com/ to see if you are eligible.  Travel insurance may be worthwhile in case you get injured or fall in during your travels and need medical care. If you’re driving, you’ll need to be insured and may need an international driving permit (those travelling from English or French speaking countries can use their own country’s license). Print off copies of these insurance documents, plus any other documents that may be useful (hotel bookings, homestay letters, work permits, doctor’s notes for prescription medicine ect.)


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Pack for the weather


Canada is such a huge country with widely varying climates. Go north and you can expect snow and cold weather most the year round, however near the American border it can get very warm, especially in the summer.


Check out the weather forecast and pack clothes accordingly. For winter travel or arctic expeditions, get some thermal clothing, a warm jacket and some decent footwear. If you’re visiting during summer and the weather’s looking warm, you may only need short-sleeved shirts. A lot of the cities, particularly Vancouver, can be pretty unpredictable so bring a raincoat even if the forecast predicts sun.


Check Canadian security requirements


Those that are travelling by air should take into account airport security. Canada prohibits many of the same items that most international airports disallow (weapons, sharp objects, blunt objects ect.) as well as having various laws on liquids and non-solid foods. Keen mountaineers may be allowed to bring an avalanche rescue pack with permission from the airline. If you a CPAP, bringing supporting documentation such as a doctor’s note is recommended. Portable electronic devices are allowed in your personal hand luggage, although you’re not allowed to use these during take-off and landing. Electronic cigarettes are also allowed, but cannot be used during the flight. For a more comprehensive list of what you can bring through airport security, go to https://travel.gc.ca/air/what-to-pack.


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1-for-1 High Tea at Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport


If you are following me on Instagram, you must have seen my Instagram Stories about how we celebrated St. Valentine's Day in advance as a family last Sunday the 12th at Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport. Hubby availed a 1-for-1 High Tea voucher using the massive points he garnered from his company mobile line.

I am not gonna keep you in suspense to see what delectable food was served to us. Basically, we had two sets of everything except the crepes suzette (so sad, because it was so good!).

Our drinks of choice: Latte and Mocha for me and the hubby, fruit punch and orange juice with earl grey for K and G respectively. There are countless variety of Dilmah tea for you to choose from too!

We were first served with the first batch of savories which include:
  • Croque monsieur
  • Scotch egg
  • Tomato and prosciutto bruschetta

Next came the first set of the 3-tier sweets.

First layer came with blackberry marble cheesecake, strawberry and fresh vanilla custard tart, and cranberry financier, on a bed of chocolate mesh along with a small egg-shaped chocolate with the hotel's logo.

Second layer came with Valrhona white chocolate mousse filled with wild berries coulis, blueberry frosting cupcake, and raspberry with grey goose cream macaroon, also on a bed of chocolate mesh.

Third layer came with freshly cut fruits (watermelon, pineapple, honeydew, strawberry, kiwi and peach).

To prevent sugar overload before serving the second tier of sweets, we were served with the second batch of savories which include:

Crystal Mushroom Dumpling 


 Deep Fried Yam Dumpling Stuffed with Roasted Chicken


and Steamed Chili Crabmeat Bun.

Photo credit: www.crowneplazadining.com
Like I said earlier, we were served with 2 servings of each food item (both sweets and savories) as we availed the 1-for-1 deal, except for the freshly cooked crepes suzette from the live cooking station. It was so good I didn't get to photograph it before it was devoured by the kids. K and G had one each so hubby and I basically just had a taste of it after asking them to let us have a small bite. LOL. 

The kids were considered small eaters, savories wise, so imagine how the hubby and I were feeling so stuffed by the end of our Afternoon High Tea family Valentine date. Bringing home the food you are unable to finish is not allowed, so we had to polished off everything before leaving. 

Here're more photos we took to freeze the memories we had there. It's one of those rare occasions I brought the big camera with me and I am mighty pleased I did. Enjoy the visual treat!


We arrived at around 2:15pm and stayed for about 2 and half hours. We planned to enjoy our high tea outdoors but it rained so we stayed indoors instead. Lucky we took some photos outdoors whilst waiting for our food to be served, right before it started to drizzle. And yes, there are lady finger plants too outdoors along with basil and other plants. 

That solo photo of mine was taken by G, my budding photographer. It was a well-spent Sunday which we ended by attending the sunset mass to thank and praise God, whose love is the greatest of all. I hope you had an equally fun St. Valentine's Day celebration with your family.
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL @ CHANGI AIRPORT
LOBBY LOUNGE
75 AIRPORT BOULEVARD
SINGAPORE 819664
*This is not a sponsored post but for inquiries and reservations, please call Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby Lounge at +65 6823 5367. Each high tea set ($48+++) serves 2 pax, available at the hotel Lobby Lounge from 2pm to 5pm daily. 

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