8 reasons why you should visit a hawker centre at least once a week

Hawker centres are places close to the hearts of several heartlanders where you can find scrumptious local food delights which many restaurants and cafes are unable to provide. True enough, there may be food courts or even cafes which offer the same food choices as hawker centres but it is not always the food that matters. The ambience of the location count as well.

Laksa, Fried Kway Teow, Fried Hokkien Mee, Lor Mee, Chicken Rice and so forth are some of the food choices which top Singaporeans’ favourite list. If you would have realized, queues for local delights occur mostly at hawker centres and not food courts. What is the reason behind this? Consider the freshness of the food which are easily detectable such as seafood. Although not absolute, hawker centres are usually situated very close to wet markets where food hawkers get their food supplies from. In comparison to restaurants and cafes, food are usually frozen or kept for a few days. Of course, this is not to say that food hawkers do not resort to similar cost-effective methods, but there is a higher chance that food from hawker centres are fresher.

Compared to most restaurants that do not offer fusion of different cuisines, hawker centres sell a myriad of cuisines, including Malay food, to Thai, Indian, Western, Italian, Korean, Japanese and even Vietnamese food! You get to try out different types of cuisines at one go, that is if your stomach’s space permits. On the same footing, hawker centres are also definitely the best choice if your group of buddies cannot decide on what cuisine to have.

At a promotional price

Undisputedly, one of the main reasons why hawkers centre are ‘for the win’ is due to the obvious price differences. A plate of Fried Kway Teow, on the average, costs $3 while food courts sell them for $5. With a $2 saving, you can even get a decent cold drink from the drink stall at hawker centres and still able to save around 50 cents. Of course, the price differences attribute to the rental differences and environment. Unless you are budget-less, visiting hawker centres should be done at least once a week or even more frequent.

Hawker centres are favourite choices of many heartlanders who grew up in that area since young and who may be loyal and avid customers of their favourite stalls. Some of these stalls stay put in the same area for several years, passing down the ownership and management throughout the generations. Furthermore, the reason for such favoritism may be because certain creative hawker vendors include a different recipe or ingredient which cannot be found in other similar food in other locations.

If you are just looking to settle your dinner after work or may just want to satisfy your hunger with small bites, you need not travel down all the way to shopping malls or specific restaurants to do just that. Convenience is key to many customers and since hawker centres are easily accessible, this is the reason why you should cut your car some slack (saves petrol too!) and visit a nearby hawker centre. With that, why the need to travel down all the way to restaurants just for Hi-Tea sessions when you can now simply just head to the nearest hawker centres in your home clothes and slippers and not receive disapproving stares, and yet get to enjoy your favourite Dim Sum?



As a coffee-addict to another, if you need some good ol’ coffee to keep your awake and satisfy your coffee-addiction, hawker centres is The One. They sell the best coffee and proven to be more effective in keeping one awake than coffee chains and cafes. And of course, it is much cheaper as well. ‘Cheap and good’ – why not? Never reject good offer, they would say.

If you are claustrophobic or simply hate to wait, hawker centres would definitely beat restaurants and cafes hands down due to the lesser crowd. Although there may be some queues at certain popular food stalls, with the variety of food choices, the situation is better than restaurants and cafes.

The last reason is pretty simple, because dining at restaurants and cafés is just too mainstream. Why follow the trend just for the sake of following and at the expense of your pocket? Are our local delights and hawker centres not Instagram-worthy enough? It is high time we show more support towards our local food because this hawker culture may soon vanish before you even know it.

10 annoying questions I get as a Blogger

Inspired by my fellow blogger friends, I decided to pen down 10 annoying questions I get as a Blogger.

1. This product FOC (Free-of-Charge) one ah? People sponsored you ah?

Sigh, even some of the stuffs owned by power bloggers such as Xiaxue, Qiuqiu and Tammy Tay are paid by themselves, what more me.

If I were a power blogger too, then I guess perhaps most of the stuffs I own/blog might be sponsored, but unfortunately, I am not 😦

So yes, contrary to he beliefs of some people, there are products/services which I paid.

2. Wah, you are a Legal Counsel and a blogger? Where you get the time?

I must admit that my recent workload is scaling up and I am OT-ing more often now. My 6-month old job is indeed much more demanding  in terms of stress and workload compared to my previous job which was of the same designation and job scope.

My current job sees me as a Legal Counsel for a public listed company which has several subsidiaries, both local and overseas and my capable CEO, of whom I report to directly (tell me about the stress!) have been aggressively acquiring companies. This simply means that all these companies are under my care for legal work, so…the question is, where do I get the time and energy to blog/attend events?

I used to be able to attend events after work where I was still able to rush down in time. But because of the change of situation, I dare not commit to attending events after work now. It would not be impressive at all to commit and then cancel thereafter, or turn up extremely late. 😦

I hereby sincerely apologise to those I have disappointed 😦

As for blogging, if I hadn’t the time, I wouldn’t be blogging right now. Kidding.

You will just have to find the time or make time for it. This comes in important because if you have the passion to blog (and not just earn buckaroos), you will always have the time for it. It depends on how you manage and juggle your priorities.

Just take a look at Dr. Leslie Tay who is a family doctor and practices at Karri Family Clinic in Tampines.  He is happily married with two young children. If he/others can do it, why can you or me? 😉

Just think, when you were a student or still is, why do you always have the time for fun and not study? The same logic applies.

3. You where will broke one? You are a lawyer + blogger leh

Okay lor, thank you for seeing so highly of me.

A millionaire can still be broke if he/she doesn’t manage his/her finance well ma, if you know what I mean.

Sad truth be told, I do not actually manage my finance. I do not even have a separate bank for savings. I just lump everything into 1 bank account and spend within my means, or at least try to. Because I am not a power blogger, my earnings from my blog/social media platforms are puny. Sometimes, I don’t even earn at all 😦

4. Are you really a lawyer? I have never seen such a ‘cool’/’hip’ lawyer

Because of the content published on my social media platforms which are linked to me being a blogger, I get doubts whenever they read or are told that I am a Legal Counsel.

I am a Legal Counsel, yes, I am not a full-fledged lawyer. I do not represent clients in Court and I do not work in a law firm, although a Legal Counsel may be termed as  “In-House Lawyer” in some countries and are used interchangeably. My client is the company I work for and not individuals or individual companies.

I think it isn’t fair to stereotype a professional as nerdy/geeky.

I like and strive towards having both brains and brawls, although some of you may dispute.

I know of a fellow freelance model friend whom I got to know in my previous freelance modelling fashion show, she is a Doctor but she does freelance modelling (or paid I wouldn’t know?) and acts as a Calefare.

Okay, whether she is moonlighting or not is another question but yeah, this is just to prove that not all professionals are ‘uncool’ okay.

What if I tell you I have a huge ‘ang kong’ (tattoo) on my back? :O

Psst, the Singlish ‘language’ (is it really?) is a constant reminder that I can type and speak in the normal Singaporean language too you know = not a nerd who types and speaks in perfect Queen’s English.

 5. Can you help me get free stuffs?

Because of my full-time profession, it would be quite easy to discredit me on this account if I were to shameless ask for free stuffs.

I wouldn’t say that I earn big bucks but relatively speaking, if a person who earns relatively lesser than a professional asks for free stuffs, the society would start pointing fingers to shame the professional because he/she is relatively richer in terms of income.

Moreover, we bloggers get sponsored stuffs from companies because there is a price to pay (pun unintended).

I know some power bloggers or even celebrities receive tonnes of freebies every other day and they are not obliged to blog/shout out for these companies. But sadly, I am not even half-way of being a power blogger yet, so poor bloggers like us still have to adhere to obligations to return these companies a favour by advertising for them. In which most of the collaborations for sponsorship will clearly spell out these obligations.

The reason why companies engage bloggers is for advertising and marketing purposes, and not for fun. They too have to take into account their profit and loss you know.

6. Can you attend events on (insert a working day/hour on weekdays)?

Okay fine. I don’t receive such direct questions but if I were to receive emails inviting me to attend events that fall on a working day/hour, I would be quite pissed and sad because I cannot attend the event!

By sending out these invitations, it is the same as asking me if I can attend them during work.

What do you think?

I am not a full-time blogger and not ready to be one yet. The last time I checked my bank account, the puny earnings from blogging cannot even match up to my income earned as a Legal Counsel (Again, I must emphaise that I am not saying that I earn big bucks but speaking relatively. Always need to disclaim first because people are easily pissed off nowadays). Read this if you are having qualms of whether or not to switch to a full-time blogger.

I have also done up a post which attracted many views on the absurd invitations from PR/Media companies here, and question 6 on this post falls consistently as 1 of them.

Such companies should first do their homework before engaging, unless they are hoping to throw a big net by mass emailing and hoping to receive as many positive replies as possible.

7. Do you know Xiaxue (or any other bloggers(power or not))? 

I wished I knew too because if you have noticed, Xiaxue, who is Asia-Pacific’s top blogger (as claimed in her Instagram profile) is definitely one of the people you should mingle with, if you even have the opportunity, that is!

Sadly I don’t la, so here I am stuck being a nobody-blogger 😦

8. So what type of blogger are you? Beauty, lifestyle, food, travel, fashion…

You know honestly, I have no idea even when I termed myself as a Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger…

Ridiculous it may sound, but I don’t just want to be known as a ‘beauty blogger’ because I wouldn’t want to come across as a ‘bimbo’ filling her blog with only beauty-related content. Neither do I wish to be termed as ‘food blogger’ because firstly, I am not looking forward to the excess weight gain and neither am I a foodie.

I prefer and like to be known as the ‘chapalang’ blogger (mixture of everything). Sometimes I have the urge to blog about something personal or political, but have always held my reservations.

If I were to blog something too personal (e.g. my relationship, my work etc), then watchful eyes would turn into gossip-mongers. But I guess that is part of the ‘fame’ package right? Haters gonna hate, you know.

And as for controversial and political topics, I scared our ‘gahmen’ catch me lah, plus being a law graduate and a Legal Counsel, life would be even more difficult for me if I were to do just that. Later tio double charge how?

One more thing is that, if you compare all those power bloggers, they are actually a mixture of everything too. This mean that their blog posts are relatable and attractive to even wider target audience. A blog tip from yours truly. 🙂

9. Are you going to blog about this?/You can blog about this

My blog, my topics.

My blog does not consume my whole life. I still have other aspects to attend to you know.

I really have no idea if such query/statement is made genuinely or stained with sarcasm.

10. Your xxx content/information is wrong. Why don’t you know/do research before misleading people?


I’m sorry lah ‘cher.

There are days when my perfectionism is left deactivated sleeping at home and I did not get my facts right.

There are also days when my laziness consume the whole of me and I did not conduct a thorough due diligence to check my information before publishing them on a public platform.

I’m sorry lah, really. 😥

But I am not an encyclopedia/dictionary and even Wikipedia is not 100% accurate and  😦

However, I strive to perfect my blog posts to prevent such embarrassing boo-boos.

Please accept my sincere apology, okay?

[Media Event] Love & Co. – Proposal Rings and Wedding Bands!

Recently, the bf and I were cordially invited by Love&Co. to an exclusive bloggers-only media event and were showcased to their LVCaqueen collection.





We were greeted by warm and friendly staff of Love&Co. 🙂





We were asked to fill up a ‘Couple Personality Test’ which tests each partner’s knowledge on their other half.


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Apart from that, this event provided us a valuable insight as to the price and information on proposal rings and wedding bands, which would be forthcoming in the near future.

I guess this should answer most of your queries. 😉

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Truth be told, I was telling the bf and the sales assistant that I actually prefer a simple looking proposal ring, with no diamonds on the side. Also, because my fingers are quite slim, a hugeass carat is really not required.

I am really not difficult to please, materialistically.

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To be honest, I don’t even think spending an exorbitant sum of money on such stuffs is anywhere near logical and practical. Even spending 5k on a chanel is seems ridiculous to me.

I would prefer to invest such sum on something more investable.  I don’t know about you but I guess may some people are just too rich and have no idea where to spend the rest of their moolahs on, and that is taken into consideration that they have donated a huge sum off to those in need.

Anyhoo, we had our caricature done….in a M18 humour!

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We enjoyed ourselves so much that night 🙂

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And last but not least…



[Lifestyle] Alive Museum Singapore vs Trick Eye Museum Singapore

You have seen your friends flooding your Facebook or Instagram news feeds with them posing with 3D images and sculptures, either from Alive Museum Singapore or Trick Eye Museum Singapore right? Or even better still, have you already been to one of them and wondering which is better?

Let me do the work for you because I have been to both recently! And if you have too as well, let us see if you share the same sentiments as me, alright? 🙂

[ezcol_1third]Museums[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Alive Museum Singapore[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Trick Eye Museum Singapore[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Country of Origin[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Originated from Korea[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Originated from Korea[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Number of Exhibits[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]More than 80 artwork exhibits[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Approx 100 artwork exhibits[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Area size[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]929 sq m (10,000 sq ft)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]800 sq m (8,611 sq ft)[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Ease of Photo taking[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Despite the larger size, we found it extremely difficult to take photos and to pose, without being disrupted by other patronisers or either that, we were always in the way too.Has indications of how to pose for photos as well as positions to stand to capture the best angle[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Although it is smaller in size, but the exhibits were well-laid out and it was so much more spacious than Alive. Has indications of how to pose for photos as well as positions to stand to capture the best angle[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Directions and signage[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]We found it difficult to navigate due to the lack of signage and there were doors which were dangerous placed which could easily hit onto others without warning [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Navigation was easy and we had no problems directing our own way[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Price of Tickets[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Adults : $25, Child : $20[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Adults : $25, Child : $20[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Location[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4) • By MRT • By Car/ Taxi[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa 26 Sentosa Gateway Singapore 098138[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Accessibility[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Centralised area, easily accessible[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Although not centralised, it is still convenient for many by car or public transport[/ezcol_1third_end]

Here is a comparison of some similar photos at the 2 museums :

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alive n trick mermaid


alive n trick sit


alive n trick upsidedown

My verdict :


You guys have to know that the numerical figures you see under its area size is misleading because Trick Eye is SO MUCH MORE SPACIOUS than Alive which easily wins my heart over. I was so annoyed at Alive due to the lack of space! IMHO, Alive may want to restructure their exhibits and make full-use of their bigger space if possible.

Tips while at the the Museums :

  • Ladies are advised to wear pants/leggings as there are mirrored walls and floors, and most importantly you will be required to pose at different positions and angles
  • Refer to the signages on the walls which would have sample poses of that exhibit. Of course, you are welcomed to let your creativity juices flow too!
  • Keep an eye on your belongings and we found that we could easily place our belongings within our sight at Trick Eye due to the larger space

[Lifestyle] ALS Ice Bucket Challenge #icebucketchallenge

So you have seen people dunking themselves with bucket full of icy cold water over their heads and bodies…

From Hollywood celebs such as Justin Bieber (whether you love or hate him, this guy has done it twice), Taylor Swift, Real Madrid footballer Cristiano RonaldoMark Zuckerberg who challenged Bill Gates to do the same to Britney Spears, Lady GaGa and David Beckham (who has done it shirtless!! *GASP*) to our local celebrities like 987fm DJs, George Young (who in my opinion, is rather bold to have challenged our PM Lee Hsien Loong – who had 24 hrs since the challenge was put forth but till now, no news have been heard). President Obama was challenged too who declined but agreed to donate a sum)  and Tosh Zhang  to top celebs from HK such as G.E.M, Jay Chou, Eason Chen and even Andy Lau.

Singapore's 987fm radio deejays doing the ice bucket challenge. (YouTube screengrab)

Image Credits to Yahoo!News

George Young took up the Ice Bucket challenge and tagged Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

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With these videos and snapshots, you may have also seen these hashtags #icebucketchallenge, #alsicebucketchallenge and #strikeoutals accompanied in their captions.

And you may be wondering what does ‘ALS’ stand for?

Extracted from ASLA’s website, ‘ALS’ stands for :

“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

If you want to learn more about this disease, read here.

So why is that if someone wants to donate to charity, they are required to “sacrifice” or “torture” or go to such extend to do so?

This viral challenge was initially for those who either dump themselves silly with the ice cold water or donate $100 to the ALS Association. After soaking themselves wet, they can then challenge others the same.

Honestly, the initial intention (which I don’t suppose anyone really refused to donate and rather get soaked instead) is rather silly.

Perhaps this was the very intention of the charity organisation since most people would donate to charities AND get soaked for the fun of it or just to follow the trend since the combination with the power of social media and influential powers of top-notch celebs, who would first be lashed at should they refuse to do BOTH.

True enough, this viral challenge has actually helped to bring in more ka-ching. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions upon millions of dollars for the ALS Association and has helped to raise awareness about the disorder.

As of the date of writing this post, the ALS Association has raised over $31.5 million thus far and it keeps growing!

Image Credits to reddit.com

However, some burning questions I have collated the back of my mind.

1. Is there really a need to dunk oneself in order to donate?

No, if someone really wants to donate for a good cause, he or she would do it genuinely without having the need to carry out all these silly actions.

Now, before you lash at me, let me qualify my statement first.

On the flip side, this challenge has actually gone viral and has successfully create so much awareness about this charity organisation as well as the existence of the disorder. It has actually gone ‘global’ which originally started out at the West and now even to the East side of the globe! All because of this viral challenge which would not been that successful if people were to just spread the word and say ‘Hey, do you know about this XXX charity organisation? Pls donate’. 

And because people, especially celebs whose pride and reputation are extremely important and more so than us nobodys, it is difficult for them to decline the challenge (except for President Obama and most probably our PM LSH) and refuse to donate as well since they receive huge pay checks!

So, there is really no need to go through all these silly stances just to donate for good causes BUT it must be noted that it has been VERY successful in creating more awareness and driving the donation campaign. It is USEFUL in the marketing perspective just not totally necessary, technically speaking.

2. Should people actually refuse to take up the challenge?

There is no hard or fast rule and it is NOT compulsory to take up the challenge, since the ultimate goal is to donate money to the charity.

So President Obama has refused to take up the challenge but will still donate….and there is still no news from our PM Lee.

It is alright if they don’t take up the challenge but I’m guess that if they join in the trend/fun, it may most probably help to create greater awareness since they are top influential political figures who have loads of watchful eyes cast upon them?

What’s your take?

3. What about other charity organisations?

I know there are tonnes and tonnes of charity organisations and there can never be an absolution donation campaign that caters to all donation organisations.

However, there are also others which face pressing and urgent issues to help increase $$ and the dire need to create awareness of their presence.

I don’t know how successful this would work but perhaps after taking up and completing the challenge, top figures can actually remind the public to not only donate to one charity organisation but donate on a regular basis to others as well, if possible.

But then again, judging at how successful this campaign is, it will be no surprise if other charity organisations start following suit.

Anyhoo, let us salute to those who took up the challenge and successfully completed it and most importantly, donated.


Just in : ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27

Rest in Peace.

[Lifestyle] Why is customer service so terrible in Singapore?

Greeted with a scowl by the immigration officers in the ‘World’s Best Airport’ is probably what most passengers would experience. It may most probably be that ‘Customer Service’ was not one of the considerations taken into account when deciding this international award. Looking at passengers dragging their heavy feet and luggage bags, some taxi drivers do not even bother to assist. Those that actually do, cater mostly to Caucasians.  Why the discrepancy? Are local counterparts or other foreigners less deserving to be served and be provided a better customer service?

Why exactly is Singapore’s customer service so bad?

Is the management of the company to be blamed? It may be true that some bosses do not comprehend the importance of good customer service, which more often than not, matters more than the products they sell. Should customer service be deemed as a ‘luxury’ or an essential necessity? Training should start from the top so that bosses would take the importance of good customer service as priority instead of solely focusing and counting the number figures.

As much as Singaporeans love to complain, if for example, the food is good and cheap but was served by a staff with a sucky attitude and terrible customer service, would one actually make the effort to feedback about this to the management? Or would they merely make do with it so long they get to enjoy and fill their tummies with yummy food?  If so, would this then deter businesses in taking customer service seriously at all?

Most jobs that require customer service are held by foreigners due to the nature of the job and its offers. However, as much as we think that most foreigners such as Filipinos and Thais whom we once had the impression of friendly, courteous and gracious is long gone. Now, it does not even raise brows to encounter rude and unfriendly foreigner staffs. Apart from the lack of training and emphasis by the management of the company, could this also be caused by our local counterparts? It may just be true that these foreigners have been negatively influenced by them and it provides less incentive for these foreigners to be all cheery and friendly when they are not treated the same. Singaporeans have set a standard for the quality of customer service in Singapore, which is not high to begin with. Consequently, foreign staff follow suit.

Are Singaporeans face-conscious and do not like to be treated as ‘inferior’ while serving customers? To self-seeking Singaporeans, a job is merely a job which brings home the dough. It is hardly ever seen as serving customers with graciousness and courtesy.

Because Singaporeans love complaining, should they encounter any staff, especially locals, who provide excellent customer service, they would still treat it as being pretentious or having an ulterior motive behind. Could this be actually true, that the service staffs are only friendly and polite because they want to gain something, mostly financially, out of you? Sales-driven commission-based staffs may be the perfect fit for such categories. Take for example, beauty salons and spas, apart from their pushy attitudes which are more often than not annoying, their obvious displeasure and disappearance of smiles comes to light when a customer rejects their offers to sign on beauty service packages with them. Should good customer service only materialise with commissions and monetary incentives? Staffs do not realise that their basic salary actually attaches responsibility to provide the essential customer service.

On the flipside, commission also relates to tips where a country such as Thailand is infamous for their tipping requirements. It may not be explicitly done but the Thai culture has adopt this tipping approach whereby tipping box are placed at obvious areas such as the cashier counters with huge fonts stating ‘TIPS’.  In fact, where tipping is commonly practised, staffs are more motivated to provide great service as the tips can actually exceed the basic salary by a greater margin. Hence, it could be that in Singapore, we are incentivising the wrong attitude as we provide incentives for sales and not great service, which may actually result in staffs acting naturally this way.

With the standard or the lack of it already set by local counterparts, it does not provide foreign staff any incentives to offer great customer service as well since they may think that this is an over-requirement. Either that, Singaporeans’ expectations may be too high or that they are over-demanding to be treated as superiors.

[Lifestyle] Why do Singaporeans love going to Johor Bahru?

Is it because Singapore is a boring place to be at? Why are Singaporeans commonly seen flocking to JB? What do they have there which we don’t ?

These are just some of the reasons why, which are based on my own experience 🙂

1. Lok Lok


This has got to be one of the most popular reasons why Singaporeans are willing to make the trip down to our neighbour. Sure, Singapore may have set up a store or two here that sells Lok Lok too but we are guessing that the original source is always the best? And eating Lok Lok in JB has the ‘Malaysia feel’, no? Also, the variety of choices can exceed one’s expectations, trigger loads of excitement and thrill, that is if you know where to find such awesome Lok Lok stalls. There are a few that offers myriad of varieties than the rest.


Apart from many other stuffs sold in Malaysia, the movies are much cheaper than Singapore’s prices too! On the average, catching a show on a weekend in JB costs approx. $6 which is almost half of the price of the movie tickets sold here! Thrifty Singaporeans would do almost anything for cheaper alternatives.

3. Pampering sessions

Pampering yourself is a must but not at the expense of your pockets. Your pockets need to be pampered as well. Many girls flock over to JB to have their nails done which is a lot cheaper than the prices offered in Singapore’s nail salons. The prices in JB can amount to almost half price, depending on what type of nail polishes and designs you choose. On top of that, the services provided by the manicurists are not short-changed by the price difference as well and the girls can even be friendlier than the staff in Singapore.

4. Car wash

Most drivers know that it is so much cheaper to have your car washed and cleaned in JB than in Singapore. Cars are given a relaxing and pampering bath known as snow wash and they cost only about S$5?! Where are you going to find such a great deal on our little sunny island? It may not be an absolutely perfect job done but the results are pretty much decent.

5. Petrol

Another car-related reason for Singaporeans to travel down all the way to JB is to fill their petrol because it is also cheaper than the petrol prices in Singapore which can be rather pricey. However, to prevent being caught by the authorities who will check your petrol meter before entering JB, which you should not have less than ¾ tank otherwise you will have to be prepared to pay a few hundred bucks fine.

6. Shopping


This includes some few popular items such as DVDs, game CDs and gadget accessories. Although illegal, many Singaporeans still get pirated ones from JB and sneaking them back in Singapore without getting caught. It is not to say that at Sugar is encouraging such actions though. With the huge discrepancy in prices between JB and Singapore, we can see why Singaporeans being Singaporeans, are willing to take such risks just to save that few bucks.

All pictures are credited to Google Images

[Lifestyle] Shape Run 2014 – What can be improved?

Shape Run 2014

Last Sunday, I took part in the Shape Run 2014 in the Women’s Competitive 10km category. I was supposed to run with my buddy but she fell ill and hence couldn’t join me 😦

But I guess that’s alright because usually when I run during run events (I don’t call them marathons because technically, a marathon is 42.195km), mostly with my bf, we run separately although there are times where he waited for me. Different people run at a different pace due to obvious differences such as stamina, gender and so forth. So I guess running alone is alright with me.

To be honest, this is the first time I am running without my bf who was kinda worried for me as he won’t be there to look after me should anything happen. Heh, so sweet eh. 😛

I slept at around 1.45am and sprung up to action at 5.20am when the bf woke me up as he was gonna turn in (he was mugging for exams till late). I usually don’t have sufficient rest the night before the run which is extremely not advisable, so please don’t do that. 😦

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I gobbled a banana before the run and praying so hard that I wouldn’t face with stitches at my tummy, and thank god I didn’t! 😀

A word of advice, you should NEVER run on an empty stomach. I used to do that but I always felt sick  after running on an empty stomach. Eating after the run doesn’t help either because all I felt was puking which I did once, quite badly. 😦

You should always have something light 1 to 1.5h before running and a banana would suffice.

Unsurprisingly, I reached the event a little late and started off 4mins after the official timing. I guess for all run events, especially when there is a massive crowd, the gun time will never be the same as your real commencement timing because it is just too crowded and so, you will find yourself walking first before you can really start running.

Here is some of my feedback and thoughts on the Shape Run 2014 event in summary, which many other runners concur as well (I know this because I saw many others complaining of the same on Shape Singapore’s Facebook)

  • Lack of manpower – at water points and booths giving out finisher tee and medals
  • Runners using USED cups due to insufficient cups
  • Runners drinking FROM THE huge bottles and PASSING IT around to other runners. I really find this unhygienic but I guess this is based on individual’s perspective. But whatever it is, this should NEVER occur and has NEVER occurred in all the run events I have been to (I have completed over 10 run events to date).
  • Because of the long waiting time and everyone was rushing and pushing, with disgusting sticky bodies rubbing against yours (MAJOR YUCKS), I was so fed up that I gave up and forgo the chance (what chance?) to hydrate myself.
  • After completing the race, there was NO direction as to where runners could receive their medals and prizes. There was no systematic method of organising this event. It was so bad that I actually thought perhaps there was no medals given out because some run events actually do only hand out finisher tees. But Shape Run 2014 does give out BOTH medal and finisher tee however, there was no sign to direct runners after completing the run. I was quite lost and eventually, I found the booth giving out the finisher tee and medal.
  • The queue, unsurprisingly was damnnnnn long. The amount of crowd was madness but thank god, the ‘XS’ size category was the shortest and because I opted for ‘XS’ for my running vest as well, I reckon I should be able to fit the ‘XS’ finisher tee as well. photo 2
  • However, upon reaching the booth after queuing like for 10mins (poor others had to queue even longer for other sizes), I realised that the volunteers were not giving out the medals and finisher tees, it was DRINKS. I was like, huh? but took it anyway and it was only the booth after this drink booth, were the volunteers handing out the medals and finisher tees.
  • The event took place at Nicholl Highway and they had booked the huge grass field to fill their tents with, which was quite a distance from one booth to another, but I guess this is only a minor issue.
  • There were long queues at the photo booths and freebies booth which I guess it’s pretty common
  • During the run, there was a junction where both 10km runners and 5km runners faced an intersection (which means prone to clashing into one another). I think this is pretty silly because I thought the organisers could actually route it properly to avoid this? I don’t know but this as well, has never occurred in other run events I have participated, especially at the same route.
  • Not as many road marshals stationed at the routes but I guess this doesn’t really bother me that much

This pretty sums up the consequences of poor organisation of the event. I am rather awed and taken aback because Shape Run as compared to other run events held by Community Centres or small organisers, is considered as a major event. I guess it can pretty much be on par with Standard Chartered Marathon?

Anyway, thank god for another friend who ran 5km and waited for me to finish my 10km.

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Hate my fat arms 😥

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I know my timing is shit.

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Finisher tee and medal!

Upon completion of the Shape Run 2014, I still have 3 other upcoming run events – Yellow Ribbon, Tampines Run and Great Eastern Women’s Run. Still thinking if I should participate in the Standard Chartered Marathon this year…

On a side note, I really hope to improve my speed and stamina but my knees are getting tighter and tighter… 😦

Any advice or tips from fellow runners? 🙂

Edited with results :

TIME: 1:27:21 (gun) / 1:22:40 (net)

Stay connected to WIFI whenever, wherever with Xcom Global!

Are you a hard-core wifi user?

Do you need to stay connected 24/7 all the time whenever, wherever for work purposes?

Or do you want to make your money worth by paying more affordable rates but provided with a larger data cap compared to those overseas prepaid sim card which often claims to contain unlimited data access? Truth be told, many do not know that there is actually a data cap despite claiming that it is ‘unlimited’ and once it is reached, the connection actually slows down.


And when your connection slows down…. Doesn’t that frustrate you?!

Count yourself lucky because today I will be introducing an awesome device – a portable wifi router from XCom Global SG that connects you to the internet anytime, anywhere, at a cheaper, easier and hassle-free solution than data roaming. It is so much easier than handling SIM cards!

Compared to the usual data roaming, you get to SAVE SO MUCH MORE!

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XCom Global SG has also provided a very detailed and comprehensive table to illustrate why their device and services are better and more worth it than teleco’s!

On top of that, SIM Cards only allow access by one device but with this portable wifi router, you can connect up to F-I-V-E devices!!! No multiple SIM Cards required if you want to connect all your devices such as your smartphone, iPad, laptop all together at once and now, you and your friends can now share wifi access all at the same time!

And just look at their impressive features :


Aren’t you already wow-ed?!

Well, I AM!!



XCom Global SG also offers this device service to several countries comprising of 170+ countries!!

To view the 170+ countries, click here.

So, with such awesome features for such affordable prices, why not consider XCom Global SG?

To order, simply visit XCom Global SG, choose your destination :

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After clicking ‘Order Now’, you will be brought to this page whereby you can choose your device plan :

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The Recommended plan consists of the following which you would receive :



After choosing your preferred plan, key in the number of devices you would like to order.

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Exclusively for my readers only, enter ‘JEANGAN’ into the coupon code box and enjoy a 5% off the price. Spread the word to your friends too! 🙂

Valid till 31st Aug. Promotion is not valid with any other ongoing promotions or discounts. Other terms & conditions apply.

Click ‘Apply’ and the price will be adjusted accordingly for you!

It is really simple to use and trust me when I say that. 😀

Step 1 : Switch on the device

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Step 2 : A red colour signal button would appear

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Step 3 : Wait for it to turn green

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Step 4 : Then wait for the wifi connection button to appear and turn blue

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Step 5 : Sync the wifi device with your device, just like how you usually connect to the wifi network. Search for the Network ID which you can find on your device.

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Step 6 : Input the password as shown on the device and click ‘Join’ on the top right hand corner once you are done

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Step 7 : Ensure you connected by checking the tick on the left hand side beside the Network ID and YOU ARE DONE!

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It’s that simple isn’t it?

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If you are travelling with your colleagues for business purposes, XCom Global SG caters to corporations too.

With XCom Global SG, you can now say goodbye to un-trusty SIM Cards and bid farewell to expensive data-roaming charges!!

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The 7th Cylinder Cafe at Jalan Pisang (near Haji Lane)

Last Saturday, I brought the bf to this awesome cafe called ‘The 7th Cylinder’ which is unlike most cafes, the7C is more masculine-inclined.

How so?

Just take a look at their concept and design, and you would understand what I mean.

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And as for the food…

I got this cuppa of hot cappuccino for only $1!

All thanks to Sugar, and it is also because of Sugar that allowed me to discover more cafes and many other wonders in life…

Read my previous blog post to find out more about this awesome app : http://blog.myfatpocket.com/jeangan/cafe-hopping-drurys-lane-department-of-caffeine-x-sugar-app/


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The bf’s hot latte~


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Don’t you just love their coffee art? It really enthralls coffee addicts like me because it’s so different from the usual ‘leaf’ coffee art design… 🙂

The bf’s Aglio Olio, it’s quite spicy actually so if you can’t take spicy food well, do remember to put in your request for less spicy!

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The formidable ‘Class 2A Breakfast’ – what a cute name, isn’t it?

This has got to be one of the best scrambled eggs I’ve eaten…and everything else tastes so good! 🙂

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And we were pretty much walking around Haji Lane to look out for more cafes to try next time. Initially, we wanted to cafehop but our tummies didn’t barge and we were hoping to catch a movie or something, but didn’t due to availability 😦

Here is our mandatory #OOTD shots at Haji.

Photo: Strolling on a lazy afternoon.<br /><br /><br />
#hajilane #blackandwhite #favouritechillsground

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Weekends fly by when you are having an awesome time, especially with your loved ones.

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