Sunday, July 23, 2017

Carrying style with Gaston Luga

Hello there! I'm really so excited to introduce everyone to my new found love! A bag pack!! 
You must be thinking that it's just a backpack. Everyone carries it. It's no biggie. Why is she making a fuss or so excited over it? Well you will never know the excitement if you are someone who carries backpack all the time. I have never really like carrying backpack since school time. Even during school time, I uses sling bag or shoulder bag. I don't like the idea of carrying baggy, ugly or plain looking backpack.

Yes ugly. I think most of the backpack that are designed for schools or even outing don't look really appealing or they are too plain!


Enough said? To see more "uncensored backpacks" refer to this article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/Ugliest 90s bags

I saw Gaston Luga around for sometimes and I'm so excited when they approached me for a collaboration. 

Who's Gaston Luga?





Gaston Luga, a Swedish backpack retailer located in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden and have recently entered the Singapore and Malaysia markets.

How it started?

Founder Carl Sundqvist met an interesting Frenchman with an elegant and casual style. Gaston told Carl he believed a backpack is the optimal companion when discovering the world. Since he was a person keen of his style, he had put time and effort into finding something different from the regular school style.
Finally he found himself an elegant Louis Vuitton, to which he had several modifications made. Making it more personal, functional and unique. Inspired after the meeting, Carl decided a few months later to create his own backpack brand with classic elegant style and practical details. Hopefully these would get to travel the world, just like Gaston. 

The backpacks are uniquely designed to fit any setting, no matter where you would go. The minimalistic and elegant exterior, functional features such as a pocket specially designed for things needed to be easily accessible yet kept safe (i.e. passport, cash) are also details that make the backpacks extremely practical. 


Each backpack is also equipped with an inner compartment which can hold your 13-15" laptop with ease, making it a good choice for work and travel.
  
They have lots and lots of colors and design to fit individual needs and taste. So now let me briefly introduce to you 3 collections. 


CLÄSSIC

Image credit: Gaston Luga

This is a rather elegant and timeless design which can suits any occasion. You can also make it more unique and match your style with their beautifully colored leather address tag. It also has a passport & ticket pocket. 
Bullen features an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, foldable handles and a convenient outer pocket for small necessities. The 2-way metallic zippers allow for flexible opening of the bag, making it easier to insert and retrieve items into and from the bag. Inside the bag are a large main compartment, one zippered pocket and one open pocket. It is made of leather and strong durable canvas. 

Price: $299 (Comes in 6 colors)

- Adjustable and removable shoulder strap
- Metallic feet
- Strong durable canvas
- 2-way metallic zippers
- 1 large main compartment
- 2 inner pockets
- 1 outer pocket
- Soft linen interior

Dimensions (cm): 
47 (Length) x 26 (Height) x 20 (Depth)

Pråper



The Pråper Collection is one of the design which I actually wanted initially especially the pink. But since I'm a very "Pink Lady" with everything almost pink, I decided to choose something unique. This is a bold and elegant design, with details designed to give it that little something extra. Made of thick and strong cotton fabric for durability. Hard metal hooks close the main compartment, which contains a 13-15” laptop pocket and four smaller pockets for your phone, wallet etc. On the back, the unique Gaston Luga pocket can hold your passport, flight and train tickets, making them safe yet easily accessible. The inside is dressed with a 100% cotton fabric. Your valuables are therefore held in a soft and elegant looking compartment. Under the backpack are four metallic feet, giving your backpack extra protection and a cooler look. Carrying it makes one looks sophisticated with every outfit.

Make your bag unique and match up your personal style with a colored leather address tag.
Price: $309 (Comes in 4 color combination)


- Highly durable canvas

 - Expandable metal hook closure

 - Inner 13-15" laptop sleeve and two pockets

 - Passport & ticket pocket

 - Adjustable shoulder straps
 - Key ring holder for Leather Address Tag (to be purchased separately)



  Dimensions



  30 x 42 x 15cm, 18L

Clässy


The Clässy: Scandinavian minimalism mixed with elegance, with sleeker shoulder straps and shape for a more feminine look. Bullen features an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, foldable handles and a convenient outer pocket for small necessities. The 2-way metallic zippers allow for flexible opening of the bag, making it easier to insert and retrieve items into and from the bag. Inside the bag is a large main compartment, one zippered pocket and one open pocket. Bullen is made of leather and strong durable canvas. 

Price: $269 (Comes in 4 color combination)

- Adjustable and removable shoulder strap 
- Metallic feet - Strong durable canvas 
- 2-way metallic zippers 
- 1 large main compartment 
- 2 inner pockets 
- 1 outer pocket 
- Soft linen interior

Dimensions (cm): 47 (Length) x 26 (Height) x 20 (Depth) 

As mentioned earlier on, I'm known to be a everything pink person, this time I chose sometime totally unique and I glad I made the right choice I can't wait to bring it along with me to my Bali trip this Sept!

The backpack arrived really quickly via DHL. It came well packed in a carton box.


I just love how compact and spacious it is especially when I wanna bring my son out, I no longer need to bring big bulky baby bag!





Even the front pocket storage are so huge! There's actually 2 bottles of mineral in here!







Do you like this collection as much as I do? How do I look? 💓😜 It's really too nice that when I bring it out, it attracted lots of attention! Even my brother love it so much that he even ask me to get him one! 😆

Apart from bags, they sells accessories (leather address tag) to match with your beautiful backpack to be more trendy.
Are you as excited as me to own one of your signature backpack now??? Goodnews!
The kind people at Gaston Luga are extending a 15% off just for my reader/follower if you enter "ivia15" at checkout.
 Also it is always free shipping + 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country) + 15% off with my unique code on the remaining price after tax rebate!! That's more than a hundred dollar off!!!!😍



To see more design and lookbook, please visit them at the following places:

Official Website http://gastonluga.com /sg/ 


Disclaimer: Backpack was provided for personal review purposes only. All reviews are 100% honest and based on my personal experience. No monetary compensation of any kind was given or received for this review.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Enjoy Great Bargains Galore With Over 90 Merchant Promotions In The National Day Parade 2017 Discount Booklet!

Image credit: https://www.dreamstime.com


It's our national birthday soon! As the nation gears up for its 52nd birthday, Greendot Media Pte Ltd joins in the celebration with the circulation of its annual National Day Parade (NDP) Discount Booklet. The only coupon booklet of its kind officially distributed in all the NDP Funpacks, the 2017 edition features over 90 reputable merchant brands offering promotions for the National Day period.

Deals, Bargains and More 

You can look forward to indulge in Singapore’s favourite past-times, such as dining and shopping, while enjoying good savings with the NDP coupons. Whet your appetites on 1-for-1 meals at Manhattan Fish Market and Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre; satisfy your munchies with offers from Polar Puffs, Old Chang Kee, LiHo, Delifrance, Popeyes and more.

For those who are always looking for a fun day out or a staycation, remember to check out the offers from Expedia, Downtown East, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Sentosa and other attractions. Especially for armchair shopaholics, several online retailers have also come onboard to offer special discounts, including Zalora, Lazada, Redmart, honestbee and Choo Choo Love.

Furthermore, pampering treats await from a host of spa and beauty merchants, as well as health, fitness, living and lifestyle brands. I'm sensing a great month of enjoyment!

Coupons are available in Print, Online and Mobile versions





This year, a total of 170,000 printed NDP Discount Booklets are distributed during six NDP shows held at the Float@Marina Bay, starting from the first National Education Show on 2 July 2017 to the grand parade on 9 August 2017.

But for the benefit of those who do not get to attend the parades (like me :D), or those who want an extra copy of their favourite NDP coupons, Greendot Media has made available a majority of the coupons online as well as in a mobile app.

1) eCoupons can be printed out from http://www.greendotmedia.com.sg/ndp2017.
The link to the eCoupons is also available on the official NDP website at https://www.ndp.org.sg/news-blog

2) Flash the mCoupons in the official NDP mobile app, NDPeepsApp, available on both iOS and Andriod platforms and enjoy the same offers.

Win NDP Tickets! 

Greendot Media is sweetening the deal by offering those who use the NDP coupons (in any format – print, eCoupon or mCoupon), an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to watch the 9 Aug NDP. 

Simply go to Greendot Media’s Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/Greendotmedia2008/ and do the following to win:

1. Make a purchase at any participating merchant outlet using the NDP discount coupon, with any amount spent.
2. Private Message an image of the receipt as proof of purchase.
3. Like the post and share it on your social media publicly with the hashtags #NDPDiscountBooklet and #GreendotMedia.

The contest closes on 31 July 2017 and winners will be notified by Facebook private message.


More about Greendot Media Pte Ltd

Greendot Media Pte Ltd is the long-standing official marketing agency of the NDP Discount Booklet and Major Partner of NDP 2017. As a media marketing agency, it leverages on media platforms to help brands deliver advertising results. Besides the NDP Discount Booklet, other media that it markets include KiasuParents.com- Singapore’s top parenting website, Monster.com.sg, Foodline.sg and more.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Greendotmedia2008/

Website: http://www.greendotmedia.com.sg/

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Perfect Hi-tea moment with The Peranakan


Happy Wednesday everyone! Le mummy queen birthday just over recently and we haven't bring her out to have a decent meal.
Since I'm on my day off on a Sunday and le daddy king is available as well, I thought of bringing her for a Peranakan hi-tea at the renowned restaurant " The Peranakan" I'm happy to be back since my last tasting there was during this year CNY. I'm impressed with the authenticity of the Peranakan food and also met the most friendliest boss aka chief "Raymond". My Lou Hei session there was really so fancy and fun! The taste are also unique compare to those traditional Lou Hei.

My mummy is a really picky eater which we always have hard time planning on where to bring her to eat.😂  But I'm really confident that le queen and king will love the food there as my daddy has Peranakan blood too.

Actually what's Peranakan? The word "Peranakan" in Malay describes those who were locally born of any race, but over the years, the term has come to mean the locally born Chinese and they are called "Baba" and "Nonya" to distinguish them from those born in mainland China. Over time, Straits-born Chinese are used synonymously with Babas.  To read more about Peranakan, do refer to Wikipedia.

Who is The Peranakan? 



The Peranakan is an authentic Straits cuisine restaurant with NO MSG in Singapore. Executive Chef Raymond Khoo and his team serve three generations of delicious ‘mesti-cuba’ (must-try) Peranakan recipes, lovingly handed down by the Nonyas and Babas in his family.
They are currently, the only Peranakan restaurant along the Orchard road belt in Singapore and the only restaurant to serve a ‘Tok Panjang’ – a grand Peranakan feast, once served at the turn of the century, by wealthy Straits families to mark special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and important birthdays. Even the decorations and the staff are all dressed in Peranakan.
Over here you will learn more about Peranakan culture with their display from furnitures, cutlery, jewelry to even the traditional clothing. I shall let image do the talking :)











This table setting with the Peranakan as table cloth are really beautiful!


The history of the Peranakan Chinese Porcelain

We went for the Hi-tea which is at $24/ pax (weekday) $28/ pax (weekends) with minimum of 2 pax to share.

Some of the dishes included in the Hi-tea set are:
AYAM GORENG KETUMBAR
Deep fried chicken with turmeric and coriander

NGOH HIANG
Mouthwatering meat rolls hand made with diced water chestnut, prawns, minced pork and condiments.
-Prawn
-Liver

SATAY BABI KONG BAK PAU

NASI ULAM ISTIMEWA
A spectacular dish of rice with raw herbs, vegetables, minced fish and salted fish. Only the gourmets will enjoy this.

KUEH PIE TI
Delicate crisp Top Hats filled with stewed julienned turnip and condiments, topped with prawn. 

APOM BOKWA

Durian Pengat with gula melaka

Durian puree with thick toast

Pineapple Tarts

Apart from the Hi-tea, mum wanted to try this Ayam Goreng Ketumbar. It's a deep fried chicken with turmeric and coriander. P.s: It's about 5 pieces. I just realized I didn't take photo after 2 pieces is gone 😂

The special lemongrass drink serving each pot per person. It's also good to clear your palate after a heavy meal.

Next up is something savoury. The King of Fruit (DURIAN) Luckily you can't see me salivating 😋

If you are a durian lover and prefer to eat this rather than food, I recommend you to try the Gila Durian which include Appetizers, Starters, Main Course and Dessert at $38++ / Pax with minimum of 2 pax to share.

Pulot Enti Durian and Mao Shan Wang Durian with fragrance rice. This is really 👍👍👍👍👍

Toasties with durian, Durian Pengat and Pandan Chiffon cake with Durian. My favorite will have to be the Pandan Chiffon cake with Durian from this 3. 

The Durian Chendol is overflowing with yummlicious durian!

They also offer a 6 course degustation menu and a Chef’s Table Set Menu alongside their regular ala-carte menu.


And if you like to bring the experience home, you can even take away some of the celebrated nonya cakes and desserts that they will have available at their Takeaway Counter!
My King and Queen enjoying their Lemongrass drink.

My little boy enjoyed the food especially the Ngoh Hiang
My ootd to the tasting! Wearing something flowery to fit in 😗
 Good news for all of you who wanna try! From now till 31st August. There's a national day special of 1 for 1 Peranakan Hi-tea set. In additional, dress up in red and white to get a special gift!
Do note that it's only available for Mon-Fri 2:30pm - 5:30pm only. Reservation is recommended


Visit The Peranakan website for more menu and also to make a reservation.

Find them at:



Email:
Contact:
+65 6262 4428
Location:
442 Orchard Road
Level 2 Claymore Connect
Singapore 238879






Disclaimer: Food tasting was provided for personal review purposes only. All reviews are 100% honest and based on my personal experience. No monetary compensation of any kind was given or received for this review. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Want ultimate zero pain face lifting?



Yes as per my article title, are you looking for a ultimate face-lifting without the need of feeling pain at all? You have come to the right place! If you are my reader for sometime, you will know that I went to Korea last December and I did a non-invasive face-lift with Santa Hong clinic called Newthera but the result only last me for 6 months as I didn't do a follow-up treatment. Now I have found the upgraded version of Newthera here in Singapore! It's called "Sygma Lift". Thanks to TCS Medical, after doing the V-lift nose thread with them, I felt confident to have my face handle by them.

I brought my little one along this time! He enjoyed the company of the friendly staff and their playroom!
Anyway if you would like to read about TCS Medical Aesthetics and the V-lift nose thread, please click here to read more.


What's Sygmalift and what are the benefits?

TCS Medical is one of the first aesthetics clinics in Singapore to offer one of the latest HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) technology aka the Sygmalift. I'm proud to be the first few to experience a Non-InvasiveNo Downtime & Painless HIFU treatment in Singapore! The SygmaLift treatment is ideal for patients desiring a more accentuated definition of the neck and jawline, eye contouring and brow lifting, as well as a tighter and more youthful appearance of the skin.
The SygmaLift treatment is suitable for 25 and 60 years of age, whether used to correct the signs of skin aging or for prevention of fine lines and laxity around the eyes, mouth, lips and jawline. It is an alternative option for patients who do not want, or are contraindicated for surgical rejuvenation approaches, neurotoxin injections or dermal fillers.
It is perfect for promoting:
– Reduction of Wrinkles
– Facial Rejuvenation
– Melting of Fats





Sygmalift machine


The treatment are very safe as the ultrasound energy bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver at depths of up to 5mm. This is unlike other ultrasound treatment or treatments for face lifting, SygmaLift is painless as the ultrasound energy is emitted in a fractionated mode. It gives great comfort to me and there is no need for painkillers or application of numbing cream. I almost fall asleep during the 1.5hrs duration of treatment for my entire face! Duration of the treatment can go from 15mins to 1.5hrs depend on the area of treatment.

What's even better is there isn't any downtime for this treatment. This is an in-office procedure, allowing you to return to your normal routine immediately after treatment. No special aftercare is required. 




Before treatment
Start of the treatment

Look at my chubby cheek!


Face gel will be applied on first and start with the jaw area

Slowly working the way up to the forehead
After Sygma lift is done, a mild laser will be carried out for brightening effect.

After doing half of my face, I notice immediate visible skin tightening and lifting.


After everything is done, the nurse will apply skincare and sunblock to complete.
Look at the difference just after one treatment!

My Jaw line are more visible too!
My face immediately felt more smaller and firmer.



How long will the results last?

For a start, it is recommended to have one treatment per week, in the span of 3-6 weeks, depending on your age and skin condition. Their doctors will be able to advise you after the consultation with you. After the first course of treatment, the results can be seen progressively within 40 days and will continue to improve and effects can last up to 12 months. For best results, you can go back to them after 6 months for maintenance
My 2nd treatment after 1 week.
3rd session!!

By the time 3rd treatment is completed, I can literally see my V-chin! Can you?

Even my facial therapist whom haven't see me for a month since my last facial exclaim that I have slim down a lot.
But truth is my face is slimmer but m=I'm still weighing the same. I told her that I actually went for face lifting and she's really impressed with the result as much as I do!


Look at the difference from before to 3times treatment.
P.s: Please excuse my eyes getting smaller and smaller as I got bad eye bags due to being too tired :(

Side view

I'm told that the result will become more obvious progressively within 40 days as our skin continues to generate collagen. True be told I really see the difference daily!

How long will the results last?

For a start, it is recommended to have one treatment per week, in the span of 3-6 weeks, depending on your age and skin condition. Their doctors will be able to advise you after the consultation with you. After the first course of treatment, the results can be seen progressively within 40 days and will continue to improve and effects can last up to 12 months. For best results, you can go back to them after 6 months for maintenance.


*Note: As this is a medical procedure, results & outcomes are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.


Other than HIFU Sygmalift, they have some other various type of treatment available.




















For more information you should contact TCS directly. Or if you have some queries about the Hifu Sygma facelift, you can also leave me a comment and I will be glad to answer you to my best knowledge.

Where to find them?

They are situated in the premium Office Tower 1 above The Central (Chinese: 中央广场), a commercial and residential building located on Eu Tong Sen Street, opposite Clarke Quay along the Singapore River in Central Area, Singapore.


8 Eu Tong Sen Street
#11-90 The Central Office One,
Singapore 059818
Contact details:
Tel: 6221 8221  (5 lines) , or 6323 3546  (2nd line)
SMS / Whatsapp 8448 8636

Opening Hours:

10 am to 8 pm (Mondays to Fridays)
10 am to 3 pm (Saturdays)
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Website: 
http://www.cosmeticsurgery.sg/face/hifu-sygmalift

Disclaimer: Treatment was provided for personal review purposes only. All reviews are 100% honest and based on my personal experience. No monetary compensation of any kind was given or received for this review.