Friday, February 14, 2020

Bangkok: Lhong Tau Dim Sum Cafe

Bangkok is hardly the best place to go for authentic dim sum, but Lhong Tau cafe in Yaowarat is a good place to visit for those Instagrammable travel moments. Climbing the steps to my booth seats was one of the most exciting dining moments on this trip. =P


Thankfully, when we reached in the mid afternoon, there was not much of a queue. We only had to wait about 10mins for an upper deck booth seat to be available. Totally worth the wait because I wouldn't want to take a normal lower booth seat when I come to this cafe, would I? Take the waiting time to browse through their menu and we decided to go for their dim sum set since it's our first visit, and would like to try a little of everything. Pretty affordable for two pax, I say.


First look at the interior - Cheena - European fusion feels. As you can see, the cafe has upper and lower booth seats, as well as the normal round tables. The cheap thrill is of course climbing up to the upper booth seats and seeing how the servers effortlessly climb up and down with trays of food & drinks in hand.


There are different drawings on the walls and our booth comes with rabbits. A little whimsical and totally irrelevant to dim sum, if I might add.


Chose this tea because of the colour, obviously. Butterfly pea flower tea served in modern tea pot mixed with traditional chinese tea cups and tray. Fusion at its best! 


The dim sum set came in an impressive gigantic bamboo steamer basket - 100 points for presentation!


I wouldn't say these are the best dim sum I've tasted, but they are decent, and there is a fine artisan feel about the whole setup. Every dish of dim sum seems to be carefully handmade, so it made me feel like the 299 baht was totally worth it.





Definitely worth a visit if you are in Bangkok Yaowarat area for the novelty factor. Otherwise, if you are in Pratunum area, you will be happy to know that there is another Lhong Tau outlet inside the newly opened Market shopping mall. The interior looks pretty similar, but when you look out, you'll see a modern shopping mall rather than the old streets of Yaowarat, which is what makes this particular outlet more interesting.


Lhong Tau Dim Sum Cafe
Address: 538 Yaowarat Rd, Khwaeng Samphanthawong
Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Paul Immigrations Reviews: Apply for Singapore PR Effortlessly

Many of you might not know, but I was not born a Singaporean. I was born in Malaysia and moved to Singapore when I was three years old. I received my citizenship after holding a Permanent Resident (PR) status for many years, together with the rest of my family. Among my non-Singaporean friends, there are some who have not received their PR status after many failed attempts and others who received it after trying for many years. Because of that, I have always had the impression that this PR journey is tedious and difficult, but when I recently got to hear about Paul Immigrations and the services they offer, I was pleasantly surprised that such services exist! If I had known this earlier, I would have recommended them to my friends!


Paul Immigrations is an immigration consultancy firm based in Singapore and because they specialize in helping people apply to be PRs here, they have managed to maintain a high success rate over the years. You will be happy to know that their mission is to be trusted professionals who can help you achieve your dreams in the Lion City. Becoming a Singapore PR is the first step towards obtaining the Singapore citizenship for many people because the citizenship comes with all the wonderful benefits for education, housing, retirement, etc. For a consultancy to be so committed to this cause, you can be assured that you will be making a worthwhile investment.

Now, you may be wondering how they can help you in your PR journey and whether it is necessary to engage their services at all. After reading through their company profile and the value-added services that they provide, my personal feel is that it will certainly make a big difference. The entire process will be made smoother and easier, with lesser heartaches and headaches. Best of all, it will greatly raise your success rate effortlessly (which is the end result that everyone wants). With professional assessment done on your success rate before you decide whether to embark on this journey, you can also avoid unrealistic expectations.


What this consultancy does is to help simplify the entire application process by offering key insights which of course, came out of their many years of experience in this field. This is extremely crucial because the whole process is very tedious and complicated, especially for those of us who may not be as meticulous and detailed by nature. They also help you to organize all your necessary documents for submission via the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) online portal so that nothing is missed out. With professionals helping you for the process, it becomes totally stress-free and also prevents unfortunate scenarios of your submission being rejected due to incomplete documentation. I think that's pretty awesome!

On top of that, they will also prepare additional documents detailing your qualities and contributions, including a letter of recommendation from your employer, which will set you above the rest of the applicants. With a professionally-drafted cover page for your application as well, it will help to increase your success rate. They are the people who know what works best. Among thousands of applications every year, you want to be confident that yours will stand out from the rest, am I right?



The process they undertake is structured and straightforward. A sales representative will contact you over the phone to assess your PR application eligibility. Thereafter, a profile assessment will be done involving your age, length of stay, salary etc. Once all these basic information has been ascertained, you will be invited for an in-person appointment and you will be briefed on your chances of obtaining a Singapore PR based on your profile. Thereafter, you can decide if you wish to engage their services to assist in your application. Should you decide to engage their services, you will be required to submit all the necessary documents as advised. That's just about all that you would need to do in preparation for your PR application because the consultancy will take over from there to furnish the rest of the paperwork. They can also guide you through the final step when you are ready to submit the application online through a one-on-one appointment. Typically, it takes 4 to 6 months for ICA to assess each PR application. Depending on the outcome of the application, the consultancy will advise on the next best course of action to take.

If you are wondering whether you should engage their services, let me outline a few benefits of you doing so:

Case-Specific Advice

The consultants will be able to study your case and give relevant advice on how to increase your chances of becoming a PR. This will help you to obtain your PR status in the shortest time possible.

Less Time Wastage

Trying to figure out complicated procedures and documentation requirements on your own can be a headache. Getting the professionals to handle that part for you will save you time and unnecessary frustrations. You can then focus your time and energy on other important matters in life.

Personalized Cover Letter

The professional writers will interview you and draft your personalized cover letter based on your background, so that the officers assessing your case will understand you better as a candidate. Again, all for the sake of the best possible outcome.

Paul Immigrations Reviews

Reading through the various reviews given by past clients, I can tell that the services provided by the company are prompt, professional and reliable. Such honest feedback and reviews are useful and give a clear indication of the quality of service provided by them. In fact, they have served more than 15,000 clients so far! That alone speaks volumes.

With such a structured process in place, you can be assured that proper guidance is provided every step of the way to your PR status. Not only will you be able to avoid the hassle of handling everything yourself, you also save on time spent trying to figure out everything on your own. If you are considering applying for the Singapore PR, I suggest you check out Paul Immigrations right away. It will be your best decision yet. :)

Paul Immigrations Pte Ltd
Address: Suntec Tower Two, 9 Temasek Boulevard #13-01/02/03, Singapore 038989
Tel: 6206 6390
(By appointment only)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sudio Fem Wireless Earphones (Review & Giveaway!)

It's an open secret that I am a big fan of Sudio earphones. I've used their different models through the years and my current pair of Sudio Tolv is my most favorite one to-date. So, when Sudio contacted me to review their latest model - Sudio Fem, I said 'Yes!' without any hesitation! It was perfect too that my husband was looking around for a new pair of wireless earphones, so I roped him in to do the review this time round, since my Sudio Tolv is still working perfectly for me. :)


There are so many reasons why I love Sudio earphones and why you should totally order a pair for yourself, if you have not done so (I don't know what are you waiting for, though), so just a quick run-through of our user experience so far:


Sleek & Snug

As always, the delivery was fast and this beautiful and sleek box arrived in my house within a few days. I always love unboxing Sudio products - So sleek and pretty, I cannot! I love how everything has a compartment of its own and everything's tucked neatly together. Sudio makes for a perfect gift - The receiver will be so delighted!


The Sudio Fem is available in white, black, pink and blue and seriously, every colour is nice so in the end, I just went for the most classic and timeless black. The Sudio Fem looks pretty similar to my Tolv except that it comes with slightly longish body. The husband loves how snug the earphones fit into his ears and that's saying a lot because he has tried many other brands before and some just don't fit nicely and would fall out easily.



Superior Sound Quality

The sound quality is incomparable - The Sudio Fem comes fitted with 4 environmental noise-canceling microphones, is sweat and rain-proof and weighs just 5.5g per earbud. I watch Korean dramas while travelling on public transport and the sound-canceling feature is perfect for me. In fact, I look forward to catching up on my entertainment experience on-the-go everyday!



Long Play Time & Charging On-The-Go

I've been most impressed with the long play time that Sudio products give. The Sudio Fem provides a total of 20 hours of playtime or 6 hours on each full charge! That means you can literally enjoy your music experience without having to charge them so often! Charging is not even that difficult to begin with. Every pair of Sudio Fem comes with a carrying case, which is also the portable charging port - Just return the earbuds to the case for charging after listening for a period of time, and you get fully-charged earphones on-the-go! That is probably the top reason why I have been using Sudio earphones all these years and will continue to do so. I love hassle-free products because I am such a scatterbrain that I would leave the house with gadgets that I had forgotten to charge. I hope some of you reading this can relate. =X


Free Worldwide Delivery & 
18-Month International Warranty

Yes, you read that right. 'Nuff said. =D


Discount Code

The J Babies' readers will receive a special 15% discount when you quote KLESSFEM upon checkout. 


CNY Promo

Now, if you are thinking of making your purchase soon, don't procrastinate anymore because Sudio is currently running their CNY promotion! From now till 14 Feb 2020, order your earphones from https://www.sudio.com/sg/ and get a free special edition CNY gift packaging and crossbody pouch! Plus, buy any 2 earphones and get 25% off  (15% from code + additional 10%)!



Giveaway!

Sudio has kindly sponsored a pair of Sudio Fem (Worth S$219) to be given away to one reader of The J Babies! Follow the steps in the Rafflecopter and participate now! Giveaway ends on 6 Feb 2359hrs. :)


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Get Bak Kwa Delivered To Your Doorstep! (Flash Giveaway!)

The Lunar New Year is in less than a week's time - Have you gotten your bak kwa?! =P

Don't fret if you have not, because I've got a great solution for you - Order your bak kwa online from https://bakkwadelivery.sg/ and get your bak kwa as fast as within 2 hours! No need to queue for hours under the hot sun and limited purchase quantities at certain famous brands, and you can enjoy delicious bak kwa in the comfort of your home. Sounds too good to be true? Well, I did just that!

Queuing for food has never been my thing. I don't enjoy queuing and I'd rather not eat it if I have to spend hours waiting for it. Truth be told - I love bak kwa but I have always been turned off by the long snaking queues! Thankfully, there's no need to queue this year because https://bakkwadelivery.sg/ sent a packet over for my family!


Both my kids are big fans of bak kwa, so naturally, they were super thrilled. The bak kwa was delivered a day before I left for an overseas trip with my husband and as I am writing this, everything has already been completely wiped out by my kids while we were away! I could only take comfort in the fact that I had a slice when it was delivered. That was how good it was!




The main reason, I believe, is because Bak Kwa Delivery still does their bak kwa the traditional way - Charcoal roasted and bamboo sieved - which results in a unique fragrance and taste. In fact, just for kicks, you can even read about their production process here: https://bakkwadelivery.sg/about-our-premium-bak-kwa/ Learn how these delicious bak kwa are made and savor every slice in the comfort of your home! I think this makes a super good gift idea as well - Just order online and have them delivered to your family & friends!



1kg of traditional pork bak kwa costs just $55.90, and if you are a fan of spicy food, go for their spicy bak kwa! Waste no time and shop here now: https://bakkwadelivery.sg/shop/


FLASH GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Bak Kwa Delivery for spreading the cheer this festive season! Three readers of The J Babies will walk away with 1kg of bak kwa each (Worth $55.90). Quickly participate via Rafflecopter and the winner will be chosen by 23 Jan, Thur 12pm!


Thursday, January 09, 2020

Great Results From CoolSculpting with Halley Body Slimming Clinic

And so, it’s been about 2 months since my first CoolSculpting session with Halley Body Slimming Clinic in October, and I went back for a review last month and to continue the second phase of my treatment. Quite frankly, I didn’t know what to expect for the review because even though some clothes felt looser at my waistline, I was feasting most of the time because of the festive season and I didn’t dare to weigh myself in the interim. =X So, when I saw the results during the review, I was elated!

What CoolSculpting basically do is to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells, which are then disposed from the body naturally. The treatment removes 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated area each time, and those fats are removed permanently. Because our bodies do not produce new fat cells after the age of five, the disposed fats are really gone forever. You can read the details from my first treatment here. So, what do the results look like?

Results From CoolSculpting


The review showed that my waist circumference reduced by 4.5cm from 84.5cm to 80cm, and percentage of body fat reduced by 2.3% from 35.9% to 33.6%. How awesome is that?! If you take a look at the following photo comparisons, the results are quite obvious!

                                     Before CoolSculpting                                                        After CoolSculpting



Quite frankly, I am personally not so concerned about my weight – I am more concerned about how to look nicer in my clothes with a better figure. The saddest thing to me was losing my waistline! I want to get my waistline back and I think I am progressing well towards my goal with CoolSculpting! *happy dance*

A second treatment was then arranged to further optimise the results attained. There are still many areas especially the love handles and abdomen area that need help! So a second CoolSculpting session was planned and I seriously cannot wait to see the final results after 3 months!

To prepare for the treatment, Dr. Terence Tan first used the CoolAdvantage templates to mark out the areas that required treatment. The clinic assistant then applied gel pads onto the treatment area to protect the skin during treatment. This 12-applicator session took 7 hr to complete compared to the 12 hr it would have taken if the legacy applicators were used. That’s definitely good news for someone impatient like me!



After each treatment cycle, the clinic assistant removed the applicator and massaged the treated area. This helps to speed up the break down of the crystallized dead fat cells, which will be passed out by the body naturally. To be honest, this is the only part of the treatment I don't look forward to, because even though the treatment areas were numb, it was uncomfortable when the clinic assistant massaged really hard. Yet, this is an absolutely necessary part of the process. No pain, no gain though – The better the fat cells are broken down, the faster they can be disposed from the body naturally.


The whole treatment was mostly comfortable even though it took many hours, and the clinic assistant tried to make the whole process as comfortable for me as possible. I’m so thankful for that!


Can’t wait to show you guys what the final results are. It takes about 3 months for the whole process to be completed, so stay tuned and I’ll be back to give a final report after my final review! =D

Halley Body Slimming Clinic
277 Orchard Road
orchardgateway #03-16
Singapore 238858
T: 6246 8806 | F: 6246 8807



Monday, December 23, 2019

CATS: Award-winning musical wows Singapore again!

Media Review

To be honest, CATS has performed in Singapore a number of times, but I didn't feel like going for it because I thought I wouldn't be enticed by the theme of cats. I knew it was a renowned international production, but there was not much draw factor for me until the husband told me that he was interested to catch it. Thankfully, the production came back to Singapore again this Christmas season and I was able to catch it with the husband and a couple of friends. Turned out, Cats was way beyond my expectation and there were so many WOW factors about the production that I was super glad I went to catch the Gala Night performance last week! Here are 3 things I absolutely loved about Cats musical:

1. The COSTUMES & MAKE-UP were mega on-point.

With cats as the theme of the production, I was already expecting a lot more elaborate make-up as compared to other musicals I've watched, but even so, I was amazed! Upon reaching Sands Theatre, there were cast members around to take photos with the audience and I had a chance to look at them up, close and personal. From costumes to make-up, movements and facial expressions - everything was on-point!




2. The CHOREOGRAPHY was perfect.

Every role in the musical was a cat and every cast member behaved so much like cats! There were really difficult dance moves that only the best ballerinas can pull off. It was like watching a ballet dance-off and every dance scene was exciting to watch!



3. The AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT was good.

I love musicals that made the audience feel involved in some way or another, and Cats did just that. There were cats moving in from the back of the theatre all the way to the stage, while interacting with the audience along the way. One of the dancers even picked an audience from the front row to do a dance with him! It was fun!


And of course, my favorite song has got to be "Memory", which was sang at several parts of the musical. Every time it was sung, I was so touched by the voices as well as the melody. It was such a sad song, but it totally brought the mood to another level. On the whole, the musical had a good mix of funny and touching parts, and it captivated me from beginning until the end with the spectacular choreography and powerful vocals. It is definitely a treat for your eyes & ears! I was so happy to catch it with good friends!


Quick get your tickets before the run ends! Thank you Base Entertainment for the media tickets!

PERFORMANCE TIMES
Tuesday to Friday: 8:00pm
Saturday: 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm and 6:00pm

TICKET PRICE
From 50 SGD*
*Excludes the booking fee of 4 SGD per ticket

BOOKINGS
Internet:
www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing
or www.sistic.com.sg

Phone:
+65 6688 8826

In Person At:
Marina Bay Sands Box Offices
(Museum, Theatre, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby)
For more information please log onto www.MarinaBaySands.com

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Gift That Lasts–Flowers In A Dome (Review & Giveaway!)

Media Review
I do love flowers, but I don’t like it that they don’t last very long. So while I love receiving flowers because they cheer me up, I sometimes feel it’s not a worthwhile investment because they wilt just after a few days. When Bloom Studio Singapore approached me with their preserved flower domes, I thought that was a really neat idea! I would totally love to see my flowers last longer than fresh flowers and see them displayed beautifully in my house! Check out what they offer on their website, and you will be spoilt for choice, just like me! Every dome looks so pretty. =D



You’ll be happy to know that Bloom Studio Singapore offers free same day delivery for all purchases! How awesome is that, especially if you need to urgently get a gift last minute?! Plus, all animal lovers would be happy to know that Bloom Studio Singapore commits themselves to donating a percentage of their sales profits to local animal shelters which they believe is what often goes unnoticed. You can read more about it at:
https://bloomstudiosg.com/giving-second-chances/


And so, after deliberating and contemplating, I finally made my choice and look what got delivered to me:

Whitney!



I chose it because I super love cotton flowers and this combination is so sweet, unassuming and timeless. I absolutely loved it the moment I set my eyes on it! On their website, you can also search for flower domes based on colour themes – pink, blue, white.. etc. Frankly, every piece looks good and I imagine the receivers will be delighted.




Opened the glass dome in the right photo so that you can see the flower arrangements clearer. =D These are preserved flowers but they look so fresh & good!



I say these domes make perfect Christmas presents for your loved ones! Best of all, these will definitely last well past Christmas (and actually possibly the next Christmas too!).



Hop by to bloomstudiosg.com/shop to check them out today. You’ll be sure to find something for that special someone. :) Use this discount code - KLESS10 to get 10% off all your purchases!

Flash Giveaway!

Thanks to our kind sponsor, we have one flower dome to give away to one special reader of The J Babies! The winner will walk away with a flower dome of his/her choice and the delivery will be before Christmas, as much as possible! Join via Rafflecopter now:


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