TGIF and Food Galore!

Finally… The day we have all been waiting for – FRIDAY!

I find it so amusing that our daily mood is greatly affected by the day of the week. It automatically gets elevated nearing the weekend.

I hate working life seriously but neither do I like a student’s life.

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Did some DIY manicure on my own and it didn’t turn out as disastrous as before. I mixed gelish and normal nail polishes together since I’ve read many reviews that they do work together to help preserve the ‘life’ of the nail polishes.

Removed my previous gelish nails and applied the gelish base coat, normal polish (2 coats) and gelish top coat.

Not sure what brand this is but I reckon it must be from SaSa?

Used the UV lamp behind to dry the gelish nails. Am thinking of getting a LED lamp because the UV rays hurt my nails. Tried some LED lamps before at nail palours, some did sting while some worked perfectly fine for me. And it’s perfect for impatient people like me! It only takes 30secs to dry the nails while UV lamp requires approx 2 mins? Sometimes even longer.

My nails are soft and brittle, not sure if it’s due to genes or poor nutrition and that is why it would hurt under UV lamp.

But LED lamps are cheap as well. Heard that it costs around $300+?

I love art and crafts and designing, basically. But painting on your own nails ain’t easy, especially when you have a retarded left hand. I have shaky hands too. 😦

Used the Acetone remover behind to remove the previous set of gelish nails, together with the aluminium foils behind.

Have done up a step-by-step tutorial on removing gelish nails. You may read it here if keen 🙂

I got the Gelish Harmony nail polishes from D.Y.O.N International at Scape. They have a facebook page too, you may check it out for updates 🙂

I am not paid/sponsored for the nail polishes. Bought them on my own, together with another pinkish-red gelish nail polish and costs $80 in total. Gelish nail polishes ain’t cheap you know. I’ve also gotten my China Glaze nail polishes from DYON too 🙂 Sold quite cheaply. 3 for $20 🙂

Regretted painting the glitter snow globe over because it was kinda dried up and was clumpy. 😦

This was 2 days after application. You may not be able to tell that it has uneven clumpy areas but sadly, they do 😦

By the way, these are my real nails 🙂

The sides of some nails have chipped, but so far so good.

So yes, I guess getting gelish and normal nail polishes applied together do work. But may not turn out as effective and long-lasting than using all gelish nail polishes.

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Had Ajisen Ramen for lunch yesterday and Bak Kut Teh for dinner on the same day.

I’m not really a fan of Ramen because firstly, being a small eater, I usually can’t finish the noodles. I managed to finish about 2/3 yesterday and that was when I’d forced myself to gobbled some more noodles more than I could take. Was extremely stuffed after that. Secondly, Ramen noodles is the same as maggie noodles to me.

But, I do love their soups. I am a soupy kind of person! 🙂

Bf and I had these for dinner yesterday and we ordered one too many dishes. Felt that the cereal chicken was quite pricey – $8 for small and $10 for big portions.

We couldn’t finish much of the dishes.

The bak kut teh soup was so-so only. I preferred those with the pepperish taste.

Saw on a food variety show that bak kut teh with the pepperish taste is the Singaporean style while the non-pepperish with a twist of sweetness taste originates from Malaysia.

I guess I must be a true blue Singaporean then 🙂

We patronised the shop at :

Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh

439 Joo Chiat Road

Tel: 63458754

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Last Saturday, bf and I decided to have our very own home-cooked steamboat for dinner 🙂

Steamboat is easy because there’s not much oil involved, not much cooking to be done (I suck at this!) and it’s rather healthy too! 🙂

Plus, having steamboat for 2 eases the competition of food-snatching!

Bf went to tabao Fried rice as well because he said that rice is essential. :S

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A lazy Sunday tea break at Zam Zam.

No prata was available – totally loathe it when this happens because I usually get pratas if I’m dining at Muslim stores. Unless I’m really famished then I would order fried noodles.

Am not really a fan of other races’ food as well – but no offence, I’m not racist. 🙂

Just that most of their food are spicy and I can’t take spicy well for nuts.

I love how the photo frame is so apt! 🙂

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant

697 North Bridge Road

Tel: 62986320

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Because I didn’t have the mood to blog recently, the following pictures are post-dated.

Birthday presents for mom 🙂

Almost everything was Spicy at Muthu’s Curry.

As mentioned, I’m not a fan of other races’ food and spicy food, so I didn’t really ate much and enjoy the food 😦

This was meant to celebrate my mom’s bday on the actual day. Not to be confused with the upcoming pictures below because sis and I decided to throw her a surprise bday celebration together with her siblings – my uncles and aunties on Sunday.

Mom was a little upset because we usually celebrate bdays on weekends rather than weekdays due to work and time-constraint. However, my family went on a vacation to Aussie the week before the actual bday, so we couldn’t celebrate an advanced bday for her. But did so on 2 days – actual weekday and a belated one on Sunday.

Muthu’s Curry (Race Course)

138 Race Course Road

#06-01

Tel: 66028022Fax: 63921382

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The surprise birthday dinner was held at Pu Tien.

Attended the dinner with a partially-filled tummy, so I didn’t eat much either.

Bro-in-law said that Pu Tien is famous for their mee sua which was not the usual thin noodles. Tasted so-so only. I’d preferred it to be saltier and richer in flavour. A little to bland for me.

The fried yam pieces on the 2nd last picture was my favourite because it was coated with honey and even though it’s wet, the crisp was still well-tasted! 🙂

Didn’t try the bittergourd. I am so not a fan of it!

We bought a bday cake from Rive Gauche!

It was quite nice and had crispy biscuit-like parts! Totally different from the usual bday cakes we have.

Pu tien @ Marina Square 
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-205
Singapore 039594

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Tomorrow marks a very significant and meaningful date for us.

It’s our 5th year anniversary! ❤

We’ve made plans and even booked reservations at a romantic dining area.

I’ve even planned on what to wear which has to accommodate 2 different locations. 🙂

I can’t wait for tomorrow, I’m sure it would be filled with lots of love and laughters! ❤ 😀

Hope the updates are sufficient to compensate whatever lack of posts and personal touch I have on this blog! 🙂

Trying to act cute, act younger, act feminine.

I hardly cam-whore and act cute la, so give me the benefit of the doubt, will you? 😉

By the way, I will be sharing with you guys on where I get my contact lenses from. I’m extremely disappointed with the ones I have gotten from optical shops – Freshkon and Maxi lens. Encore ones are still alright. But the 1st 2 really cannot make it! :@

The $$ I spent on contact lenses I got from optical shops could have been spent better elsewhere or stock up from online shops!

So if you want comfortable lens that are priced reasonably that are safe for usage as well as to allure and enhance your sparkling eyes that melt hearts, do stay tuned! 🙂

Love,

Jean

Metal Teeth!

Finally…!!!

I have put my foot down on this.

My ugly looking teeth and jaw problems have been bothering almost all my life and I have decided to get them solved by wearing braces.

A month ago, I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted out at one go. Yes, I know I’m brave and all, but after this experience, my advice is not to be so silly like me and extract all 4 at one go. Now I finally understand why most people extract 1 side at a time. Simple, reason being is so that you can chew your food on one side at least!

Molars are those that help chew your food while canines are those that help tear your food, especially meat apart. It’s very difficult and troublesome to place your food at the front teeth and chew using them, simply because they are not made to do that. Furthermore, you must take extra pre-caution when chewing with your front teeth for the fear of biting your own tongue in the process. Sounds silly, I know, but it’s all true.

So, as mentioned previously, I suffer from a underbite. Okay, not really a suffering, but it’s used more dramatically and more impactful, no?

My side profile is really like this when I close my mouth and have my teeth bit down together.

Side profile with my underbite. I know it’s damn ugly! 😦
And how I loathe my flat button nose! 😦

I have a Class III jaw malocclusion. which in my opinion, is the most serious out of the 3 classes. Mine being the 3rd class, which must mean it’s the most severe right?

I must say that my decision to put on braces is somewhat flimsy because only a jaw surgery also known as orthognathic surgery/treatment will provide a 100% success rate in solving my jaw structural problems, but with braces, it may or may not, depending on my luck.

As shown above, beside having a Class III jaw malocclusion and an underbite, my top set of teeth faces overcrowding problems. My canines are very distinct. So hopefully with braces on, would help me straighten them out.

But to solve the problem of underbite, I would need to jump the bite so that the top set would be covering over the bottom row as with any other normal looking set of teeth.

I have been very very very bothered by my jaw problems and crooked teeth and very ashamed to smile or laugh with teeth shown. That is also the reason why I usually don’t smile often and in almost all my pictures, you would see I will be smiling with my lips tightly sealed together. Unless you caught me on candid laughing away (which I would kill you if I’d ever find out!), 99.9999% of my pictures will only capture my weak smile.

My visit to the dentist at Q&M Dental Surgery (Bedok Central), yes the one where I extracted my wisdom teeth, assisted in my decision in getting my braces done.

Side profile when my teeth are placed edge to edge. It’s so much better than the one with underbite and hopefully when I’ve managed to jump the bite, my side profile would be much better!

As you can see, my bottom row is quite straight…
And sorry if my pictures scare the hell outta you, but that’s precisely why I’ve decided to fix these ugly teeth right? LOL

I was told that because I could position my teeth edge to edge, which is the maximum my jaw could go, I stand a high chance jumping the bite without undergoing any surgical treatments. I was and still very adamant in NOT seeking surgical treatments for firstly, it costs a WHOOPING 5 DIGIT sum. I was quoted 30k for that previously by another orthodontist. Do note that dentists/orthodontists do not perform the surgery but only qualified surgeons from hospital do so.

A jaw surgery is just like any other surgery, having to lie on the operating theatre and to face aftermath risks.

Secondly, you will have to be hospitalised for about 5 days.

Thirdly, the recovery time take approx 3 months or more. There would be obvious swelling on the whole face. This would also mean to cause much inconvenience to my personal life and work life.

Just take a look at these pictures.

Not sure about you, but by just looking at these pictures already gives me the creeps and I am sub-consciously feeling nauseous. 😦

So yep, no jaw surgery for me.

Though I am a little skeptical that the ‘high chances’ cajoled by the dentist seems more like a sales gimmick and hard selling, I am still getting my hopes up. My cynicism was further aggravated when I told the dentist that I had to consider first before committing, which his face and attitude had a sudden change. I know I was going to do the braces but I wanted to inform my parents and bf first and to schedule a more appropriate timing to wear them. Bf advised to get them done after Christmas in Jan 2013 so that I could enjoy good food with him. Aww, sweet thing you ❤ :’)

Initially, I wanted to get them done asap and almost scheduled for tomorrow’s appointment. Knowing myself best, my past experiences with my impulsiveness didn’t get me very far and often, I regret doing things due to my impulsiveness. Most people who knows me will know that I am quite a kan chiong spider.

By the way, the dentist told me that I need not get any extractions done prior to the braces treatment although my top set of teeth faces overcrowding problems. That’s because he mentioned that my canines are situated at the right places and positions. Not too sure about that.

The only thing I dread is not so much of the pain, but the adjustment in my diet I have to make which reminds me of the nightmares I had after I had my wisdom teeth extracted. Although not a foodie, I now understand the pain one has to go through when you can’t eat normally, don’t even mention about yummy good food! 😦 Eating was a chore and will be again after I put on the braces.

The dentist briefed that he would be putting on the braces for the top set first to expand the upper jaw and followed by the lower set. I would also need to tie on elastic bands at the sides so as to modify my jaw structure in hoping to push back my lower jaw and bring my upper jaw forward.

For those who wonder why isn’t invisalign in my wishlist was because I was told that I cannot wear them due to my underbite. Not sure how true is that but since metal braces is so much cheaper and I’m footing the bill myself, I should be happy right?  I was quoted 7k as the starting price for invisalign.

I doubt I will be getting the ceramic ones since it would cost 1k more. Metal braces for my case starts at 4.2k, which is not inclusive of the $300 retainers which you would have to wear for the rest of your life ($150 each for top and bottom row of teeth) as well as excluding GST charges.

Of course, prior to getting your braces done, you will be required to undergo some X-rays. Initially I’d thought that I could skip this step since I had mine done prior to my wisdom teeth extractions, but I was told that they required other profiles and views of my teeth as well as jaw structure. Ugh.

Also, you will be required to make up a clay model of your teeth to see the positions of your teeth before braces treatment.

I paid $400+ for 2 X-rays, cleaning of teeth, teeth moulds, consultation.. as far as I could remember. Previously spent $500+ on my wisdom teeth extractions and now another $400 less in my bank account. Don’t even mention about the braces $$$. ARGH.

The good thing is Q&M allows instalments to be paid. A deposit of a lump sum, which the dentist insisted that 1/2 of $4.2k is advised but the nurse mentioned that any amount $1-2k is possible. Thereafter, a $150 instalment per month is to be paid. I think they are rather flexible about this so you can make adjustments according to your own financial status. There are other dental clinics which offer such services as well and one of them is iDental.

So come 2nd Jan onwards, I will be having metal teeth! I do hope that it’s not too late…

I’m hoping to achieve that million dollar smile… I’m not as lucky as those who still shine like a star despite having an underbite!

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

Kristen Stewart

Emma Watson

Life is soooo unfair right? 😥

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Anyway, met up with my bestie yesterday for dinner and we had Charly T’s at I12 Katong, but the food sucked and cashier service was rather slow. Didn’t enjoy the food there and being a glutton, I had mac fries thereafter! 😀

Verdict : NOT WORTH IT. 😦

Veg was ok, a little bland. Mac & Cheese wasn’t nice. Butter rice was still ok but overall, I liked the chicken best. Oh yes, iced lemon tea sucked too 😦

One of my secondary sch classmates and we remain good friends till now! She’s one of those who ain’t fake and who hasn’t change a single bit! Can’t say the same for the rest though 😦

By the way, it’s TGIFFFFF today!!!

Hope you guys enjoy yourselves this weekend!

More updates coming up and thanks for reading! 🙂 ❤

Love,

Jean