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SHORT GETAWAY TO SINGAPORE

It's been 3 or 4 years since I last visited Singapore and I believe many things have changed over the year! Just last week, I was stoked to have the opportunity to visit Singapore again for a 4D3N FAM trip with Klook


Basically, Klook organised this FAM trip with Resorts World Singapore and they invited influencers all around Asia, including Malaysia (and I am the lucky representative from Malaysia hehe), Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea!

In this trip, we went to a few attractions in Singapore such as Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Trick Eye Museum and Night Safari with Klook. And during my free & easy period, I got to visit Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown, Singapore Botanical Garden and a few cafes! 

On the first day in Singapore, Klook brought us to Tiong Bahru Bakery to have our tea-time. They make really great croissants and all their ingredients (such as sugar and flour) are imported directly from France! If you love croissants, you really have to try out this cafe! You can also book your meal vouchers from Klook prior your visit!

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On the second day, we spent a full day in Universal Studios Singapore (which is literally my favourite activity to do because I am a freaking themed park girl hahaha). Although I've been to USS a few years ago, I still felt a rush of adrenaline and a kick of excitement! Also, I felt like my dream came true when I got to experience all the roller coaster rides in USS (without having to queue)!! My favourite rides have got to be Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™. Super exhilarating!
Don't forget to purchase your entrance tickets from Klook in advance to avoid queue!

Oh yes, you have to try this super fun Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster as well! It's an indoor roller coaster which brings you to the dark side hehehehe and I shall not spoil the fun for you. 😛

Channeling the fake LA vibes in Mel's Drive-In™hahahha! This restaurant is super IG-worthy!!!
A mandatory shot in front of the castle! 💓
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On the third day, we explored the marine realm of S.E.A Aquarium which houses more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats. As South East Asia's largest aquarium, an unforgettable experience awaits as you unfold the endless wonders of the blue planet. Get your S.E.A. Aquarium tickets at a discounted rate from Klook

Feeling so surreal and unusually relaxed seeing nurse sharks swimming right in front of me. 


You can also bring home some cute souvenirs as well from the gift shop!
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Trick Eye Museum, located in RWS is also a fun and interactive place that you can visit! There are more than 80 optical illusion paintings and installations, and they even have their own mobile app which you can play with the AR effects and experience the extraordinary!




Here are also some other places that I visited in Singapore with my Singaporean buddy, Zippy:

The colourful houses of Tan Teng Niah have become a famous IG-worthy spot in Singapore!
Stumbled upon this picturesque mosque around Little India.


Petain Road


Singapore Botanical Garden 
Orchid Garden

Garden by the Bay. Unfortunately, due to time constraint, we did not get to enter the Cloud of Dome. :(

Potato Head (Restaurant and bar) in Keong Saik Rd. 


Chinatown
So that's basically all I wanna share about my short yet sweet Singapore trip. Thank you once again to Klook and RWS for the invitation! Can't wait to be back! x 







SUMMER OUTFITS X THE JEM LABEL

Gosh, the weather in K.L recently has been insanely hot. Forget about wearing your jackets and sweaters...it's time to dig out your cropped tops and denim shorts to beat the heat.

Here are my recent outfits that keep me cool in the heat.


The 38 degree celsius weather definitely calls for flowy tops like this! 

This top is such a head-turner. Love the unusual cut-out design!

Been pretty obsessed with military-inspired looks!

Going sleeveless as much as I can hahahah so you can definitely find a lot of sleeveless tops in my wardrobe for the humid weather.

Added a sporty appeal to this outfit by wearing a pair of joggers! Feel free to switch it up and wear a pair of denim shorts or skirt with this bandage top! In my opinion, this gingham print is really easy to style and is perfect for the summer as well.

OK if you are not a fan of sleeveless tops, just go for basic statement tees like this!


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REVIEW: DR.WU HYALUCOMPLEX HYDRATING SKIN CARE RANGE



Hello all!!! Today I am finally going to be reviewing DR.WU's skin care products (as promised)!!

Here's a little background about DR.WU (just in case you guys haven't heard of this brand): 

Founded in 2003 by the renowned dermatologist Dr. Ying-Chin Wu along with his eldest son Eric Wu, DR.WU is the leading medical skincare brand in Taiwan. With 40 years of vast clinical experiences and extensive research on skin tissue structure, and a formula based on doctor's prescription, DR.WU has created a technologically-advanced skincare line of high potency products for the sensitive skin. With these products, customers are able to enjoy skincare just like having a doctor perform medical treatments at home, maintaining a perfect complexion through the most simple yet effective ways.
Currently, there are more than 10 product range in DR.WU and each product range caters to different people with different skin concerns. So today I will be reviewing their signature HYALUCOMPLEX HYDRATING range, which is designed specifically for dehydrated and sensitive skin! All the products under this range are alcohol-free and fragrance-free!!

Step 1: Toner
Alcohol-free and fragrance free, this toner has a unique gel/essence texture that attracts, retains and creates hydration and moisture all through skin layers. Although the texture is gel/essence-like, fret not, it doesn't feel sticky or oily at all on skin. 

Personally, I love using a cotton pad to apply this kind of toner (I only use Silcot Cotton Pad because it won't absorb the product as much as the conventional cotton pads). It feels absolutely comfortable after applying the toner as it gets absorbed really quick despite its essence-like texture!

Step 2: Serum 
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, active yeast extract and other key ingredients, this serum promises to lock in, replenish, retain and activate moisture in your skin. It penetrates deeply into your skin to achieve long-lasting hydrating effect. And do you know that continuous application of serum can help to reduce wrinkles and create softer, smoother skin?! 
The texture is surprisingly very lightweight and quite runny, which feels extremely comfortable on the skin!


Step 3: Hydrating Lotion / Hydrating Gel
Your third step could be applying hydrating lotion or hydrating gel! In the morning, I would usually apply the hydrating gel for a more refreshing texture. For my nighttime skincare regime, I would use the hydrating lotion - which is thicker in texture - to lock in my moisture. 
This is how the hydrating lotion looks like! As you can see, it smoothens the appearance of my skin and enhances its radiance! (Both the hydrating lotion and hydrating gel are non-sticky and non-oily at all!!)
HYDRATING MASK
As someone who applies makeup frequently, I will never forget to pamper my skin with all sorts of masks. And I LOVE DR.WU's hydrating sheet masks! Never underestimate the power of this sheet mask - it delivers intensive hydration, active ingredients and all that goodness to your skin in just 10 mins. 
My skin feels softer, smoother, firmer, more radiant and soothing after applying the mask. And I also find that it makes my makeup application easier and smoother!

Last but not least, for those who can't live without hydrating mist (like me), you will love the DR.WU Glacier Water. You can practically use this anytime you want!

Use this to
- Prep your skin before makeup application
- Set your makeup
- Refresh your skin/makeup 


They also have a travel size, which I am totally going to get it because I always make sure I bring a hydrating mist whenever I travel to countries with tropical weather hehehe.
SKIN CARE ROUTINE IS COMPLETE! TIME TO SLEEP BYE! 
Remember, when it comes to having great skin, consistency is key. Shower your skin with love every day and it will love you back. 

DR.WU products are available in Watsons, Sasa, Hermo, Zalora, etc. 

HOW I STYLE MY NIKE EPIC REACT


You guys know I am always a sneaker girl and I always love a good pair of sneakers that can be worn not only for sports but for daily casual wear as well. And guess what? I have found my new love - the Nike Epic React. 


Why Nike Epic React wins my heart?
- Lightweight and soft
- Feels incredibly bouncy (the first time I wore this pair of shoes, I felt like I am flying)
- Comfortable-wearing (Due to the Flyknit material, it contours to the shape of your foot, creating a snug, hug-like feel)

The Nike Epic React features a revolutionary foam cushioning that has been designed specifically to amplify performance. It is 11% softer than the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 and also 13% bouncier, giving you higher energy return. 



I also styled the Nike Epic React with my usual tee shirt and denim skirt style. I love how it matches my casual ensembles effortlessly yet without compromising style. And the blue glow colour definitely steals the limelight!

If you are looking for a pair of comfortable yet fashionable shoes without having to sacrifice your sense for style, I think this is the one! 



SEOUL TRAVEL ITINERARY | 2018

Fun fact: I had travelled to Seoul for 3 consecutive years.

2016 - First time travelling to Seoul with my mom and Joanne. 
2017 - Second time with my brother to my boyfriend in Seoul
2018 April - Impromptu trip with my girlfriend, Joanne again woohoo 

Am I not bored with Seoul? Nope, I guess not yet! 🙈

I love travelling to Seoul because of the shopping, to be honest. Shopping in Seoul is really exciting and relatively cheap as compared to shopping in Tokyo. There are really a lot of things that you can buy (if you are a makeup and fashion junkie, like me).



So in this post, I will be sharing with you:

- How to go to our Airbnb from Incheon Airport
- Our Airbnb in Seoul 
- How to stay connected in Seoul with UNLIMITED internet data 
- Where to shop in Seoul 
- Pink cafes in Seoul 
- My fav cherry blossom spot in Seoul 
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HOW TO GO TO OUR AIRBNB FROM INCHEON AIRPORT:
With our heavy luggage, we opted for a private airport pick-up service from KLOOK. The driver will meet you at the airport and drive you straight to your Airbnb / hotel. For us, it was really convenient and safe. We can just sit back and relax, and even take a small nap in the car after a long flight.

We also booked the airport drop-off service from KLOOK as well and the driver picked us up from our Airbnb directly and drove us to the airport. What a hassle-free way to wrap up our trip, phew!

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OUR AIRBNB IN SEOUL:


We booked this little, clean studio-concept airbnb which is located in Gangnam area. 2 years ago when we were in Seoul, we booked from the exact same owner (her name is Lucy) as well, but it was a different unit with 2 beds. This time around, we booked a smaller unit which consists of 1 double-bed only, but it was enough for Joanne and I. 

Reasons why I chose Lucy's airbnb:
- The room is super clean (which is the main reason why I love staying with Lucy's place) 
- There are a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants nearby this airbnb (Kyochon Chicken is just 5 mins walk away)
- There is also a supermarket, literally 1 min away from the airbnb 
- Location is in Gangnam, which means Gangnam Underground Shopping Street is reachable at walking distance 
- There's free WiFi in Lucy's airbnb! 
If you would like to book Lucy's airbnb, 
(Remember to sign up using my link to get RM120 in travel credit)

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HOW TO STAY CONNECTED IN SEOUL:

Highly-recommend you guys to get this SIM card that gives you UNLIMITED 4G LTE data (with no reduced speed) from KLOOK. This unlimited data sim card really helps us A LOT during our trip! 

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So here's a list of places that we went for shopping and cafe-hopping (If you are travelling to Seoul for the first time, I suggest you to read my Seoul Travel Itinerary for first-timers):

WHERE TO SHOP IN SEOUL:

○ Gangnam Underground Shopping Street
This is one of my favourite shopping places! Besides makeup, you can definitely find a lot cheap clothes and accessories here. 

How to go: 
[Subway] Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Sinbundang Line), Exit 1 or 12.



○ Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Street
Something similar to Gangnam Underground Shopping Street, but it is apparently the LARGEST underground shopping street in Seoul consisting of about 600 shops. Personally, I prefer to shop at Gangnam Underground Shopping Street because EBT is too big and a lot of shops are actually selling repetitive items. And EBT also carries more fashion items for elder women (if you wanna shop for your grandma, you should come here!!)

How to go: 
Subway: Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, 9), Exit 8

○ Myeongdong




How can you NOT visit Myeondong when you are in Seoul? If you are looking for K-beauty stuffs, this is the place to go. Myeongdong houses a lot of Korean beauty brands and some people even come here with their "luggage" lol. If you are planning to shop for skin care products (which might be a lil heavy), I suggest you to come with a small luggage as well to carry your purchases hahah!

How to go:
Subway: Myeongdong Station


○ Hongdae


 Of course, Hongdae is a must-visit when you are in Korea (not only for shopping, but pretty much for the vibe). There are street performances where people perform singing and dancing as well as a lot of cafes, restaurants and pubs around this area. Shopping wise - pricing may be a bit pricey in this area but you can definitely find a lot of unique fashion boutiques here! Oh, by the way, the famous STYLENANDA shop is also located in this area!
How to go:
Subway: Hongik University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

○ Ewha Women's University Shopping Street



Only 1 station away from Hongdae, Ewha Women University Shopping Street is also my favourite shopping street! You can find really affordable K-fashion items here: cute T-shirts, dresses, blouses, shoes, etc. When you are here, don't forget to check out Ewha Women's University as it's really beautiful and magnificent!!

How to go:
Subway: Ewha Women's University Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)

○ Garosugil

Me @ Gentle Monster trying out their quirky designs



In contrast to the affordable shopping streets that I recommended earlier, Garosugil focuses more on  designer boutiques (such as Gentle Monster) and rather expensive cafes! There are also a lot of BBQ restaurants in this area, and one of our favourite BBQ restaurants is also located in this area!!
How to go:
Subway: Sinsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8

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PINK CAFES IN SEOUL:
I always find myself discovering and visiting new cafes whenever I travel to Seoul! This time around, we visited 3 PINK-themed cafes and would like to share our list with you:

○ Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe
Located in the highest floor of the Stylenanda flagship store in Hongdae (not the one in Myeongdong ok!), the Stylenanda Pink Pool Cafe is a must-visit if you love pink cafes. Every corner is literally a photo spot! It's also a pretty nice place to lounge after a long day of shopping.





How to go:
Subway: Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2 or Airport Line), Exit 8.


Dore Dore
The pink craze is not over yet guys. Dore Dore is a dessert cafe located in Garosugil, Sinsa-dong. Honestly, the pricing is slightly higher and the cakes are too sweet for our liking. But we came here for the photos anyway lol.




How to go:
Subway: Sinsa Station (Line 3), Exit 8 -
544-4 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea

○ Zapangi


The cafe that features a famous "vending-machine" entrance door, which became everyone's instaworthy's spot. Super brilliant idea right?! 

This is not Zapangi, but it's also another pink-themed cafe nearby Zapangi lolol (only a few steps away). 
 How to go: 
Subway: Mangwon Station exit 2 (it's located in a quiet neighbourhood street lol, so I would suggest you to use Google Maps to navigate around)

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CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOT IN SEOUL 

We chose to visit Seoul in April because of the cherry blossom season! Here are some photos that we took at Seokchon Lake, which is my favourite place to watch cherry blossoms in Seoul!





I hope you guys enjoyed my sharing this time! Don't forget to check out my Korea vlogs!















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