My Valentine’s 2014

I know this blog entry is kinda backdated but nevertheless, I’m itching to blog so…here goes!

As mentioned previously, we ‘celebrated’ our Valentine’s Day together like most couples. I inserted the inverted commas because it was merely a simple dinner at East Coast Park Lagoon where we stuffed ourselves silly and had a romantic chillax session by the beach shore.

Before we decided where to head down to on 14th Feb, I already had this idea of dining at ECP and then sitting by the beach, enjoying the cool sea breeze and romantic ambience with the man.

Boy, was I really surprised that he was the one who suggested this idea without any slightest hint! I really love times like this where the man knows what’s on my mind and what I want. This unexplainable telepathy simply swoons me and melts my heart! ❤

Whenever we patronise ECP Lagoon, we will always choose this stall which sells yummy salted veg and duck soup! I recall the times when my family often dine there too when I was young and they are still operating until now! It’s more than a decade old!

Our simple vday dinner of the night :

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This salted veg duck soup is a must have! The most delicious one I’ve ever tasted! It even includes chillies for the spicy taste!

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The man chose chilli crab and as I was feeling adventurous, I agreed but only regretted after that. It was too spicy for me to take, but overall the meat was satisfactory.

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The sambal stingray dipped a little in its standard and towards to end, it become a little dry.

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This ‘orh lua’ was from another stall and as it was our first dish to arrive, while waiting for the other dishes, our grumbling tummies took every bit with nothing to spare on the plate. Oysters were pretty decent in its size, but if you can’t take on its strong taste, do dip into the chilli to ward off the smell and taste.

I didn’t get the man any pressie because we had an agreement that it would just be a simple vday since our anni is nearing (more on that soon! can’t wait!), however this silly boy went the extra mile to brighten up my vday by sneakily getting these pressies for me!

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When he presented the 1st pressie which was the musical box, I was already surprised. So you could imagine my feelings and expressions when he told me he had a 2nd pressie for me. OMG.

We actually chanced upon this musical box on one of the weekend afternoons and while I was as curious as a cat, trying to figure out how it operates and was impressed by this little innovation, the man had something else in mind, of which did not even cross my mind until he told me.

It may be a simple musical box standing on one of the push carts in a mall, trying its best to impress potential customers (well it sure did for me!) with its sentimental midi song, but what melted my heart was what my bf said to me.

He simply said in a sweet one, “It reminds me of us.”

:’)))

Immediately, tears welled up in my eyes which even he doesn’t know. You know the feeling whereby your mind is off somewhere, like in my case, trying to figure out the technicalities of this little machine and then boom, in comes sweet words from your loved one.

I was a little taken aback and not knowing what to do, I just smiled and laughed along, and I never thought much about it from then on.

And fast forward 5 days later, this musical box belongs to me. :’)

Descriptive words can do no justice to showcase how sweet this musical box is, so here’s a little video recording to better and accurately illustrate what I’m describing :

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And I on the other hand, sticking to the ‘simple vday’ principle, trying to save up for better presents for our upcoming anni, merely made a ‘cookie cake’ for him.

I called it a ‘cookie cake’ because firstly, it was supposed to be a cookie but I used a heart-shaped baking tray so…it become a huge thick cookie like a cake.

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In all honesty, I am not a great cook. It was only recently I picked up the interest in cooking and even more recently, baking (I’ll be baking my 1st cake tonight with my new toy! Fill u guys in on this later~!) and so this little ‘cookie cake’ which I air-fried using Philips Airfryer (after few trial and error attempts) is somewhat a little achievement to me, even though it may not be of any value in your eyes.

But when the bf presented to me 2 pressies, the value of this ‘cookie cake’ suddenly dipped while the guilt skyrocketed like nobody’s business.

I know it’s the thoughts that count but still…..

I was really really guilt-strickened and till now, we havent had the time to go shopping for his vday pressie! And I’ve some plans on my mind for our anni apart from our Phuket trip! 😀

Speaking of that, back to planning for our short getaway! ❤

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I was invited to try out the food at TOBY’s which is located at Parkway Parade awhile ago and only managed to head down just few days ago.

I brought my bf as my plus one and boy, were we both stuffed with delicious food!

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TOBY’s is easy to spotted from far due to the spacious area as well as colourful ambience.

The cafe is clean and neat, with loads of beautiful decorations and furniture but yet nothing over the top. Happy colours psychologically cheers one up! 🙂

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These were what we ordered :

For starters, we were highly recommended by one of their staff to try out their Spicy Hot Wings.

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You can see how the wings are fried to perfect golden brown and every bite you sink your teeth into, you will sure to savour every crunch. They are not too oily so it eases some guilt for the health-conscious people. They were really addictive and very yummy! I highly recommend this dish too! 🙂

My bf ordered German and Cheese Bratwurst Dawgs Combi which was served sizzling hot. Creamy cheese oozes out with every bite of the Bratwurst and they literally just melt in your mouth! Another must-try too!

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As I was craving for some breakfast meal, I opted for good ol’  MOB Omelette from their breakfast menu!

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Bf had another energizing and rejuvenating drink called Pear-adise. I really like how TOBY’s pays meticulous attention to the names of their dishes and how entertaining they are!

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And last but not least, how can you walk out of TOBY’s without trying their desserts? They are a dessert asylum for god’s sake!

Bf and I settled with To-By Or Not To-By Mudpie that embraces rum and raisin ice cream, rich double choc ice cream filled with truckloads of chocolate chips and crispy waffle bits!

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Personal musings

Apart from all those reviews and advertorials, I like to think that I own this little blogosphere of mine too and that my ardent readers would like to get to know me a little more…ahem. So here’s a personal blog post for y’all!

What I want to touch upon today will be a topic on most’s lips at the moment… VALENTINE’S DAY!

Yes, V-day is just around the corner, like what, 2 days later?

And if anyone of you would like to know what plans I have in mind?

The answer is NO, I don’t.

The same goes for bf.

We don’t have any idea what to do or eat or to give each other for V-day.

But I honestly don’t mind because it’s the next month that we are both looking forward to!

We are reaching 6 next month and every anniversary, be it a monthsary, couple anniversary, wedding anniversary, bitrhdays (well, it’s still kinda an anniversary since it commemorates one’s birth annually, isn’t it?) will always be special to the parties involved.

V-day is really just like any other day and somehow, the pressure to ‘celebrate’ V-day is often caused by peer pressure, social media influence and basically, overrated and commercialised.

Prices for dining places, gifts and flowers will skyrocket like nobody’s business.

But that aside, don’t say that I’m sucha spoil sport or a lousy gf, I do have something in mind that I wanna give my bf too. I’m leaving the choice of restaurant up to him though 😉

I’m really looking forward to what’s welcoming us next month and our plans for our 6th! Totally can’t wait! ❤

Okay, lovey-dovey stuffs aside.

The next topic I wanna talk about yet keeping it kinda discreet is that…I will be venturing into a new adventure and environment soon. It will be another milestone for me to achieve and naturally, closes yet another chapter of my life. It would definitely play a major role in my life as I embark on this journey. I shall remain positive and embrace any inevitable difficulties encountered, and use them as a learning experience for me. I’m a person who loves challenges and am a motivated individual, so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed!

Till then, I will keep this as it is right now.

The last topic would be on health.

2012 was not exactly a fantastic year for my health. I fell sick quite often, recalling an incident where I suffered from high fever for 5 days during this same period of the year and every other day, I would be stuffing my nose away with loads of tissues.

2013 was a better year for my health. I still do fall sick but not as frequent and I recover faster than 2012.

However, it’s only been about 2.5 months since the new year started and I’ve been falling sick quite often.

I had bouts of runny nose, sore throat and currently am coughing my lungs out, and of course, I do know what’s the cause behind all these sickness – lack of sleep.

I haven’t been sleeping enough recently especially during the CNY period or either that, my brain chooses to be super active during the night which keeps me awake for few hours or either that auto awakes my body in the middle of the night.

Also, I have had stomach flu the day after my bday, after recovering from a terrible flu. I had to be on mc for 2 days and almost fainted at the clinic after I was jabbed to stop the nauseating moments. I never had such reaction before to injection and thank god for my bf, he rushed down to pick me up and send me home. If not, I would have most probably fainted if I went home by myself. The doctor saw that I was still sticking around the clinic even after the consultation and that I have already collected my prescribed medicine, and so he asked to check if I was okay. He scared the shit outta me when he told me if this continues, I would have to be placed on drip.

I have since replenished my vitamin c pills and hopefully, I will get back on track on a healthier lifestyle. I’ve stopped running for about a month now and each time I have the free time to do so, I can’t because I’m sick. It’s definitely not recommended to exercise if you’re sick. But thank god, I will be participating in the Safari Zoo Run – 12km this coming Sunday. It will be my furthest distance thus far and I guess the route is a little more hilly and difficult than the usual marathon runs.

I just hope that I would recover on time… 😦

My first birthmark removal treatment session

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In my previous post, I talked about how my birth marks have affected my self-esteem and reduced my self-confidence, so much so that I avoided wearing shorts for some time. Even when I do wear them now, I am still very conscious about its presence.

Getting rid of my unsightly birthmarks has been what I have yearning for, and I am excited about my treatment at Astique Clinic!

I made some enquiries, and found out that for birth mark removals or other pigmentation problems, Astique Clinic offer laser treatment for hyperpigmentation, via the Medlite C6 laser from HOYA ConBio®, the latest in Q-switched laser technology. The Medlite has been studied in many clinical trials and is approved by the FDA for the successful treatment of pigmentation disorders including birthmarks.

Depending on the size and extent of your birthmark pigmentation and the treatment level of your sessions, you may need anywhere from 2 to 6 sessions. The treatment may be repeated every 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the type, extent and severity of the pigmentation. After the procedure, there will be mild redness at the treated area which usually resolves after a few hours. More obvious localised redness lasting a few days may occur with intensive spot treatments for more resistant pigmentation.

Before the treatment began, I had a further consultation with Dr Matthew Yap to further clarify my doubts.

Here are some useful tips and questions which you may wish to consider during the consultation process :

  • What type of birthmark is yours? (Assuming you are removing your birthmarks)
  • Is it 100% safe?
  • What is the downtime for recovery?
  • Can you resume your normal activities after treatment?
  • What food/drinks to avoid?
  • Will it recur?
  • What is the pain factor?
  • How many treatment sessions are required?
  • Is there a need to apply any lotion aftermath?
  • How long will it take to peel/scab?

I did my own research and read up more on my type of birthmark which is Cafe-au-lait spots. These birthmarks are brown and flat, and also I had to confirm with Dr Yap on the recurrence as I have read about it online too. It is difficult to gauge the possibility of recurrence and depending on a case-by-case basis, it is possible that these Cafe-au-lait spots recur.

So I am really crossing my fingers here.

There will be peeling and scabbing occurring and during 2 weeks post-treatment, and some itchiness will be felt which is normal. Scratch the areas around the treated area if you really need to scratch. I was also prescribed antiseptic cream to apply twice a day after the treatment. The area might also be sensitive especially after treatment, so do take extra pre-caution. You may avoid wearing tight fitting clothes, like how I wore shorts for the next few days to prevent any abrasion and it is highly recommendable that you moisturise the area with your usual body moisturiser as the area would dry out when the skin is preparing to scab.

Most importantly, AVOID any direct contact with the sun and slap on your usual sunblock lotion as tanning might cause these areas to darken further.

I am very pleased with the results thus far although I know that the biggest birth mark would still require further treatment sessions to completely reduce/remove it.

I am really looking forward to flawless skin with this laser treatment!

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