I’m still here

A million apologies to all my ardent readers who regularly check back for updates which I haven’t been doing so since my last entry post on V day.

Several things happened recently, but actually it’s only 1 issue that caused much adversity in my current life.

Just 1 fking issue that brought my whole world crashing down.

I shall not divulge anything but just know that I am dying inside and am at the lowest point of my life, other than death.

Nevertheless, I am still here.

Just that I have nothing happy to blog about.

But will do so soon, I hope.

Valentine’s Day Celebration!

Phew! It has been quite a busy week for me with all the CNY and Valetine’s Day celebrations. So much so that my dark circles are getting the better of me. In actual fact, they are taking over my life. 😦

On a cheery note, let me recap on what’s in for me on V Day 4 days ago! 🙂

Bf reserved a table for two at Beach Cabana (location stated in the menu below) early this Feb during  1 of his friend’s bday celebration.

I would say it’s quite value for money! 🙂

Here’s the menu :

Bf took the steak while I had the fish. 2 reasons for my choice was because firstly, I’m more of a fish over steak person and secondly, I can’t chew well with my braces.

The food tasted acceptably well and satisfactory.

Ambience-wise, it was ok. Located at East Coast Park, you can expect sea breeze and dining in an outdoor experience. Only thing was, it was raining. I mean almost the whole of Feb was pouring and still continuing to do so! It’s really a hassle when you intend to head out during this CNY period as well. And worse is, CABS ARE ALMOST NON-EXISTENT!!!

Back to topic, we witnessed a toad hopping around the cafe, but it was alright because it seemed harmless and it was about 1m away from us.

We were welcomed with a bouquet of roses at the table.

Bf didn’t get me any flowers because not all girls expect them on Vday, you know? Moreover, he did present me a bouquet of blue roses for our V day last year 🙂

We think that it’s such a waste of money because they don’t last and usually, keep dried flowers attract icky insects and eventually they would have to be thrown away. Totally not worth it.

In addition, we merely had this simple V Day dinner together and agreed not to buy any gifts for each other. We would rather spend it on our upcoming 5th Anniversary! 🙂

Guess that’s more private, personal and special to us than the commercialised day on 14th Feb 🙂

I had champagne while bf had white wine. Not really a fan of wine. The white wine tasted like a mixture of beer and liquor together. But since bf said wines are beneficial to health, I took some several sips. Haha!

We were first served with our appetizers. Scallops and cream of mushroom soup! You may refer to the menu above for the actual full name.

Both tasted good. Was satisfied 🙂

Close-up view of the scallops!

The only thing that annoyed me a little was that the shell was broken and a piece of its remnant was hidden with the sauce and scallop meat and I had chewed on it. Other than that, they were fine, though too little in quantity, haha!

And before our mains arrived, we toasted and cheered for our everlasting love! 🙂

Here comes bf’s steak with pepper sauce. The beady balls are pepper. I preferred his mushroom than mine.

The beef was quite chewy and was served as well-done as requested. But I had a little difficulty in chewing it completely before swallowing it down.

Portion was alright but don’t expect those thick slab ones.

And this is my main dish.

It was rather small in portion. The asparagus were alright, not too hard in my opinion. My mushrooms were a tad too little for one’s consumption and they were sauteed and dried, instead of those served with bf’s main.

This was the dessert – named Coffee Panna Cotta. This was the main disappointment I faced. It was quite small, though I didn’t manage to finish it. It tasted like mousse cake sort of texture and softness. The brown seed was a coffee seed. I wasn’t very satisfied by ending my dinner with this.

Realised we didn’t manage to snap a picture of V Day but decorated 1 of our CNY pics anyway 🙂

Thank you for the wonderful Valetine’s Day dinner as well as our quality time well-spent! 🙂

I hope your Valetine’s Day was as fabulous as mine!

For all those singles out there, fret not. Don’t rush into any relationships just because you are feeling lonely or left out.

Take your time to understand the other party before committing to prevent complications.

MyFatPocket – Sex & Love section offers a wide range of related topics in their articles which you may want to read.

Here are some of my picks.

Dont be a Victim of Date Rape Drugs

Is he Good Enough for you? Take the Tests to Find out!

10 Common Relationship Problems Couples Face

How to Survive Valentine’s Day after a Break up

When does a Man LOVE a Woman?

Celebrity Couples Who Stood The Test of Time

Never Say I Love You First

Should a Summer Fling Stay a Summer Fling?

How to Flirt with your Eyes and get his Full Attention

Realist vs Romantic: Dead End Relationships

Enjoy reading! 🙂

Love,

Jean

Beauty Review – CNY Nails!

Before I share my experience on my manicure and pedicure with Sweetie Nails, I would like to say that no, they aren’t my sponsors and neither were they recommended by others. I blame myself for slacking too much in my plans for CNY preps that I didn’t manage to make time to head down to JB to get my nails done. But, it was also because my bf hasn’t been feeling too well recently, as mentioned in my previous post.

So anyway, excuses aside.

I had to painstakingly google for a nail salon at around my bf’s gramps’ house because I was gonna rush down to pamper my nails after work and finally did so last night.

Every single goddamn nail salon ARE FULLY BOOKED.

If you’ve not gotten yours fixed, I’m sorry you might have to source real hard yourself.

Sweetie Nails are fully booked as well and I thank god for offering me an available slot with them last night.

I was just so adamant in getting my nails fixed because CNY eve is just this Saturday and I’ve a last minute invitation from my boss to join the Co’s CNY reunion dinner which is gonna take place tonight. Just a pre-emption, there will be no photos because the nature of my company doesn’t allow cameras and camera phones. I shall not elaborate much.

So I was extremely delighted when Sweetie Nails told me that they have a slot but it’s gonna be at 8.30pm. I hate time lapses seriously because I won’t know what to do in between. And I utterly loathe going home and having to come out again thereafter.

So as planned, bf and I decided to go for a hair cut/trim.

But NO, eventually we had to forgo that idea due to time constraint.

BECAUSE THERE WERE NO CABS AND IT WAS RAINING HEAVILY.

Those who have been cabbing around recently, especially during this festive period would totally comprehend my situation.

CABS ARE ALWAYS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN OR ARE ALWAYS UNAVAILABLE WHEN YOU NEED THEM.

I have no idea why but life is just like that man. UGH.

So yes, Sweetie Nails is located at Tampines area if you are keen. Will share their address later. No, am not doing an advert for them. Just purely sharing my experience I had with them.

Pictures first.

I know I have awfully ugly toes. 😦

Here comes the total bill : $228

FFFFUUUU I know.

Bf jumped at the very moment I disclosed the amt to him, lol. And jumped even more when he saw the simple designs I chose.

I had to pay additional 5$ each for hands and feet due to CNY period (beauty parlors really wanna chop and hack u into million pieces during festive period!) and 30$ for removal of my gellish fingernails (if I’d knew, I would remove on my own such I’ve done it before, read it here for step by step tutorial for the removal of gellish nails – plus it was a removal of my own FAILED DIY gellish nails) and $20 for removal of gellish toenails.

That adds up to 60$ alr and that’s even before I get my nails painted.

With that amt, I could do a simple gellish manicure/pedicure with no nail art.

Goddammit.

So yes, I had nail art on both finger and toe nails and that explains the total bill.

I can’t remember the exact breakdown of the bill, sorry about that.

About their service, I was a little annoyed when they didn’t attend to me when I first entered their salon. I hate it when  it makes you feel like a total dork and invisible. I would certainly be more glad if they had extended their warmth invitation and welcome of my presence and patronisation?

But anyway, their attitude became gradually better after some time and were much friendlier.

I was really entertained during the sessions by other weird customers due to some drama there as well as the huge tv staring at my face. So much so that I often forget which hand to insert under the LED lamp to dry the gellish nail polishes. LOL.

I chose express for both manicure and pedicure.

For my manicure, I actually chose a design which consists of darker and more prominent gold with a greater ratio of red : gold. However, what resulted was a little off what I’d expected. Both bf and I thought it would look a tad better with more red since it’s for CNY.

There were no cutting and much filing done, since I’ve alr done them the day before.

Gold was first painted, with 2 coats, followed by the gold glitter to make it more prominent because the gold is really quite faint. There after the red was painted, followed by the drawing of simple flowers. Next was the application of silver glitter and then the top coat.

I know some nail salons charges additionally for top coats, but I’m pretty sure mine didn’t. But I could be wrong because I was already dumbfounded at the total bill and it was already quite late. Started at 830pm with removing the initial gellish nails, and ended at around 10.45pm.

So far so good, the manicurists were pretty patient as I had accidentally smudged it a few times because of the lack of space between the cushion and the entrance of the LED lamp. Position was rather awkward as well.

For my pedicure, I felt that the nail art on the toes weren’t up to standard and expectations. I chose this design so that I won’t look so CNY-ish and could still carry it off after the festive season. But the white nail polish keep running off and the positions of the dots weren’t that fantastic if you take a look. The pearly ribbon was ok until I took a closer look, some of the pearls had their pearl-ish colour ran off. 😦

It was quite a disappointment, especially for the price paid.

I can’t ask for much since firstly, they don’t have a website. Speaks alot about the company.

Secondly, what I’d gathered info was that this is abt the 3rd changed hands. Previously it was known by other names.

Thirdly, it’s a nail salon at neighbourhood area, so can’t expect much. Esp compared to Lush nails which I took much fancy of 🙂

Fourthly, I just made an appt with any nail salon that had slots during this busy period and didn’t do much due diligence on my part. Even if I did, almost all were fully booked.

On the setting of the nail salon, it seems ok except for the restroom area which is rather slippery and dirty. The air con was quite cold too. Chairs were quite comfy and spacious as well. With cushions for support of the manicure sessions as well as back rest.

So yes, my verdict?

Overall rating :

I think they might be a little more deserving than 3 stars, more like 3.5 stars? 🙂

By the way, I was also told that removal of the gellish nails for the next visit would be free regardless whether or not I continue sessions with them again.

Problem is, hopefully they would remember me if I’m ever going back there again.

Sweetie Nails

Address: 802 Tampines Avenue 4, Singapore 520802
Phone:6782 3477

On a side note, I am looking for nail sponsors urgently as well to pamper my nails every now and then. Preferably in the east.

In addition, I’m looking for other sponsors for beauty, food, travel and clothes as well! 🙂

Please contact me at jeangan@live.com if keen.

Looking forward to receiving replies from interested parties!

Love,

Jean

CNY preparations

Nothing much to update on my life for the past 1 week or 2, no good food either because I’m kinda broke? I’d realised that more you work and slog, the more you spend. True story.

CNY is just around the corner. CNY Eve is actually this Saturday and the 1st day of CNY officially starts on Sunday.

Nothing much for my CNY celebrations for the past 3 years ever since the passing of my gramps. She’s the last grandparent I have and she was gone. Reminiscing these memories and recalling her death just saddens me much. I’ve never seen both my grandfathers before and my paternal gramps passed on when I was around 3. So basically, my last gramps was like the last of everything. 😦

So from then on, my family and I hardly meet up with the maternal side relatives and well, my paternal side relatives ain’t that warm and affectionate as the maternal ones. I’m actually much more comfortable with my maternal side relatives.

And my family would be heading for Aussie for a long vacation without me. Actually, I chose not to go ahead with them because I’M BROKE and another thing is, I’m left with very limited number of leave days, which I’ve to scrimp on due to exams. I would most prolly have to take unpaid leave as well. Saddening I know, but receiving awesome results affirms that my efforts and sacrifices are effort well-paid off! 🙂

So what am I going to do this CNY 2013?

Would prolly be the same as before. Head over the friends’ house to GAMBLE. I’ve grew a liking over the recent years for blackjack, but I ain’t no risk taker and no hard core gambler.

I place small bets, like 2 to 6bucks. 8 to 10bucks is when I feel I’m on a winning streak. If not, no I’m sorry. I’d rather use that for shopping or buy my meals. LOL.

And then I analyse… and analyse… and think alot before placing my bets. Playing with friends is not as bad as gambling at casinos. Pulling in and out at casinos are much more convenient if you know what I mean.

In conclusion, I’m a cautious player. lol.

DIY dyed my hair last night. I’ve people asking me where do I get my hair dyed at. YA I DO IT MYSELF. Using liese bubble foam dyes. I have waist-long hair, so you can imagine how aching my arms were, especially when I bend over to wash my hair, my back almost broke each time I do that.

I regretted not dying prominent reddish maroon before I started working because due to my work nature, I can’t have bright coloured hair. Plus, red dyes ALWAYS fade off and turn into BROWN.

Brown doesn’t look as good as red.

If I were to get my hair dyed at hair salons, I think it’s gonna cost me a bomb due to the length.

But I’m gonna trim my hair and fringe soon one of these days, most prolly on Friday before CNY Eve.

But first thing first, what is more pressing is my horrible nails.

I tried to DIY and paint gelish nail polishes on my own and smarty me tried to paste nail stickers over them as well. It was such as HUGE MESS.

The gelish nail polish was so clumpy, not sure if it’s due to my lack of skills or the product itself and the colours were so uneven. I have a UV lamp at home which I got it from Groupon previously. That too made me felt so cheated because I realised LED lamps are better and there are other cheaper UV lamps which are the same or at least similar out there. 😦

Argh, it’s damn ugly I know. Plus the nails on my pointers easily chip off because they are often used compared to other fingers, so I have uneven nail lengths now. 😦

But everywhere is fully booked! Every single nail salon I called is fully booked!!! 😦

Should have just gone to JB to get my nails done earlier but I didn’t have time and bf isn’t feeling too well recently 😦 Hope he gets well soon though 😦

Anyways, headed to Chinatown last weekend to get some goodies apart from those we bought from Giant.

Saw this sample display and managed to snap a picture of it. 🙂

Hope you are prepped up for CNY this year! 🙂

HUAT AH 😀

Love,

Jean