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Showing posts with label Singapore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Singapore. Show all posts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aeroline Buses: Bridging the Distance with a Smile

Found the following on my Drafts. It's a quick review of the coach company called Aeroline and how it was always such a pleasant experience traveling with them whenever I go from Singapore to Malaysia, or vice versa.

Whenever I travel from Singapore to Malaysia and vice versa, it has become a habit to travel with Aeroline

I first learned about them from my friend, Mary Jane (you may read about her review of the travel experience with Aeroline here) who is based in Kuala Lumpur with her family. She was singing praises about them so when I first tried it, I was extremely pleased with how easy going the staff both in the office and the bus. As I keep traveling with them, I’ve been seeing patterns which I didn’t see whenever I travel with other buses. Their staffs serve you with that delightful enthusiasm and welcoming smile every step of the way. 

One particular experience which truly caught me by surprise was when I was traveling from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. The usual expectations of comfort travel was consistently there but what truly made the experience exceptional was that the staff who inspects the tickets was really polite and tried to help all the passengers with their baggage to ensure that every one is on board on time and have a convenient travel. You're definitely doing it right, Aeroline. Looking forward to traveling with you again!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Walkabout Singapore: Exploring Offices of some of the Hottest Startups in Singapore

Walkabout Singapore: Best Way to Get to Know the Best Startups in Singapore

This upcoming June 13th, Walkabout Singapore 2014 is going to have another a city-wide open house event for technology startups and participants will get a chance to see behind the scenes of some of the most successful and interesting offices in Singapore see how the companies work and learn about their stories right from their employees. 

Last year, I've explored 3 offices together with 3 of my would-be entrepreneur friends. We started with Airbnb - the revolutionary lodging where you can rent out places (an entire house, villa) when you travel instead of going for hotels, Roomarama then Zalora. 

Their logo is made up of different things which aims to represent the region where they are in so in the photo below is a logo made of rice since most countries in the Asia Pacific have rice as their staple food (my country, Philippines, perhaps tops that list) 

Behind me is the Airbnb logo made up of rice, a staple food in Asia Pacific

Airbnb encourages an environment of creativity as shown in its graffiti-filled walls 

Together with 3 would-be entrepreneurs, we've explored offices of some of the hottest startups in Singapore

Funny reminds at the Roomarama office about netiquette 

Zalora threw a mini pizza party during the Walkabout where we stayed most of the time before the after-party. They've also prepared a fun photo booth so the participants visiting their office could take bunch of photos
Awesome after-party. 

How to Join Walkabout 2014: June 13

If you're in Singapore and interested in the startup scene, I would totally recommend joining this year's Walkabout in Singapore 2014. Visit their site for schedule, companies that are opening their office and more details. For more photos taken during last year's Walkabout, click here

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Things You Miss Out When You Complain

 Dear Singapore: Please Stop Complaining

Today I am complaining about the excessive habit of complaining by most Singaporeans (talking about irony ;). Since I came from a country which has a lot of complain about but most people choose not to, I was really surprised at how easy for most Singaporeans to find fault on just about anything and complain on almost everything. 

Singapore has some of the most efficient transportation system, one of the most advanced telecommunication services and yet you see many complaints on brand pages on how the service sucks, how they've waited for like 15 minutes for the bus, why they've waited for this and that. There's so many things that we miss out when we complain. 

1. You miss out the chance to smile
Smile is probably the cheapest way anti-aging potion and by trying to complain, we'd be missing out the opportunity to actually take advantage of such potion. I posted a complaint on the M1 page and someone responded that I was unlucky. I felt that while it was such an unfortunate event to get my service disrupted for a day, I didn't consider myself to be totally unlucky. 

2. You miss out the chance to be thankful
Being grateful is such a blessing to those we give thanks to and blessing for us once we do thank and appreciate other people's efforts. It lifts up their spirit and ours in the process. 

3. You miss out the chance to see opportunity
Oftentimes when we focus on the negative side of things, we don't see the great opportunities that lie ahead as all our efforts and attentions are focused on the least essential things. 

Those are just some of the thing which I think we miss out when we complain. Feel free to share yours in the comments section!

Monday, February 25, 2013

pureDKNY: Drop of rose, a Drop of Goodwill

pureDKNY A Drop of Rose Eau de Parfum: Cause for Women

More than a fragrance, through DKNY's partnership with CARE International, pureDKNY is helping to make an impact on improving the financial future for women in Africa, one drop at a time.
pureDKNY: A Drop of Rose, Drop of Goodwill

Earlier today me and my roommate went to TANGS Orchard to check out some perfumes as I love her DKNY perfume. It's soft, light and simply delightful. However, I decided to check out other brands such as PRADA, Dior, Estee Lauder and many others. 

For someone who isn't used to wearing perfumes, I was told by one of the sales clerks that I need to start with something light and that he told me the trick to truly appreciate the fragrances is to wave the paper where I prayed the eu de parfum on and not directly smell it because I would need to allow it to be absorbed. I also learned that the smell of coffee bean helps refresh my nostrils and be able to appreciate the other fragrances.

We scoured the TANGS Orchard for the light, feminine and perfect perfume. Most of the perfumes I've tried were too strong and I immediately needed to go to the next perfume. Then we saw the pureDKNY perfume.  

The DKNY stall was decorated with light pink roses. The message caught my attention: a drop of rose, a drop of goodwill

As part of the pureDKNY fragrance family, ‘a drop of rose’ continues DKNY’s on-going partnership with humanitarian organisation CARE International, to help women in poorer communities pull themselves out of poverty, one drop at a time.
After Vanilla from Uganda (A Drop of Vanilla, 2010), Verbena from Togo (A Drop of Verbena, 2011), pureDKNY A Drop of Rose (2012)’s main ingredient, roses, are harvested from local farmers in Turkey, the majority of whom are female. This helps secure long-term production of roses in Isparta.

For someone who is an advocate for women empowerment, I really appreciate companies who fulfill their social responsibility. I knew that pureDKNY was the perfect scent for me. It's clean, light and the fact that they help provide livelihood to women truly caught my attention. I ended up buying not just the pureDKNY but also the DKNY Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau So Intense.

I totally love DKNY now. It's not everyday that I buy perfume but when I do, I make sure that what I purchase truly reflects me and the advocacy I support. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Places for Team Building in Singapore

Must-Visit Places in Singapore for Team Building

Are you planning to have a team building for your company? Below is a list of must-visit places that are perfect for bonding and team building. Depending on which activities you have in mind, these places allow you to have ample to space and sets of fun activities that you and your colleagues can share. 

While Singapore may be small, it's blessed with several interesting historic and fun places to go on your leisure time and for team building activities. Below are just some of my recommended places. 

1. Sentosa Island 
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
3. Singapore Zoo
4. MacRitchie Nature Trail
5. MegaZip Adventure Park
6. Adventure Cove Water Park
7. G-MAX Reverse Bungy
8. Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
9. Ubin
10. Jurong Frog Farm

Do you have any other recommended places for team building that we've missed out? Share them with us through the comments below!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Leo Burnett Singapore Office

Leo Burnett Singapore Office 

My journey with the Leo Burnett Singapore office is about to come to an end and the time has come to start another challenge. There had been tremendous lessons and experiences that I've learned from my colleagues which I will cherish forever. There had been several people who have made the journey so colourful and magical and I would forever be grateful for your welcoming arms when a girl from a small-town in the Philippines felt like a cartoon character that came to life when I stepped into the magical land of Singapore and join the mad world of advertising. Couldn't thank you all enough for the kindness and mentoring me. 

The ever famous Black Pencil, Leo Burnett Singapore 

Everyone get to design our own apple

The big green board room

The pantry

The famous apples 

One of the many memorable quotes by Leo Burnett

Neil Hudspeth, Chief Digital Officer, Asia Pacific at Leo Burnett during the Digital Day

Reach for the stars ***

Thanks for sticking with me. Till the next steps of the journey! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dove Hair Therapy: Perhaps The Best Conditioner EVER

Dove Hair Therapy: Hair Fall Rescue

I've previously wrote a review of the top 3 leading shampoos in the market: L'Oreal, Dove and Pantene. When you purchase shampoos here in Singapore, they are come in large bottles and usually come with paired conditioners. I'm not easily impressed with beauty products..but once I'm overly impressed I got crazy and wish to shout it to the world. Like I did here

I love the scent of the Dove shampoo. I love how my hair TRULY got so soft afterwards. No bullshit. No overrating. But their conditioner was a revelation.

I started using it last night and I was quite surprised with the yellow streak when I opened it. It's gotta be Trichazole Actives (Alien term I know! A fellow blogger brought some light as to what it does here

Basically it helps strengthen my already falling hair and prevent more hair from falling. I hate hate hate how I have to constantly clean my room because of this!

I'm not a fan of conditioners before because I don't think they really make your hair smooth and all those crazy claims they give on the advertisements but jeez, I'm converted! Right after I wash it off, my hair got dang smooth. I've previously seen the good remarks and reviews about how good the Dove Hair Therapy shampoos and conditioners are..but I guess you wouldn't really feel the magic until you try it for yourself.

Did I mention it smells so dang great too?! 

Friday, January 11, 2013

24 And Couldn't Ask For More

10 Things I'm Grateful for 2012

Another year has gone by and instead of making resolutions, I've developed a habit of being grateful instead. Last year, I've shared a round up of the things that I'm so grateful for the year 2011 and this year, I would like to thank God for the many things that I have received (without even asking for it).

1. Friends I've met when I moved here in Singapore. Moving to another country and meeting new challenges wouldn't have been easy and fun ride had it not been for the many friends who made it all worthwhile.
2. My job that has helped me work and meet with really talented and amazing people in the advertising industry.
3. Meet ups and events that have helped me better understand concepts and for the many collaboration that constantly inspire and challenge me.
4. Chocolates that keep me company when I have a deadline to meet. 
5. Jelly shoes that keep me walking comfortably (especially with Singapore's weird climate)
6. Katherine Liew and Shailesh Iyer. You are both beyond awesome and would forever be thankful for both your support and trust. 
7. Top Mind Mappers. You're the most talented, most innovative group of people I've met here in Singapore. Fellow community builders and bloggers who inspire me with your posts.
8. Longan, lychee, chicken rice. Yes, anything with rice. 
9. Thankful to have traveled in Indonesia and Malaysia where the people have been extra nice and almost everything's double the size, half the price (compared to Singapore).  
10. Life. 

There are so many things that I'm so thankful for 2012 and I look forward to a much more exciting 2013. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

PSY Concert at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Reaction

Reaction to PSY's Concert: Was Singapore That Emotionless?

South Korean rapper, PSY, best known for his single "Oppa Gangnam Style", performed at the Events Plaza of the Marina Bay Sands. 

PSY performing Oppa Gangnam Style at the Marina Bay Sands  Event Plaza 
(Photo from Marina Bay Sands Facebook page) 

PSY is known for his energetic "invisible-horse" style dancing and last night, December 1, Singapore was to lucky to see him perform his epic dancing moves with the Marina Bay Sands goes "Gangnam Style" at 'Get PSYched at Sands!'

Below is a video of the event from the Marina Bay Sands YouTube channel with somewhat ironic description because that's not exactly what you see on the video.

Thousands of fans danced in rhythm with global sensation PSY, as he performed his hit song "Gangnam Style" live on 1 December at a special Marina Bay Sands "Give back to Singapore" public showcase at the Event Plaza.

Was Singapore Really Unimpressed and Quiet, or was it Bad Sound Mixing?

True, there were thousands of fans who were at the said exPSYting event, yet, it's a little odd that the crowd was so quiet. Was it just bad mixing or Singapore is living up to the articles circulating on the internet that it's the most emotionless country

Were the people more busy filming, Instagramming, Facebooking, Tweeting instead of simply enjoying? Is Singapore becoming overly sharing and too tech savvy that it forgets to savour some of the precious moments like these? 

I wasn't in PSY's concert so I couldn't tell. Yet some people who were there thinks that it's frustrating that the audience wasn't easily psyched..nor excited. 

I really hope it's just bad sound mixing..because it's really saddening to know that we've become so caught up with trying to preserve memories and not actually live the moment. That we've been so busy trying to think of the most "like-able" and retweetable captions that would garners lots of social media attention and affirmation from our friends than actually enjoy the moment as they happen. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

3 Must-Visit Cafes Near Tanjong Pagar

Best Cafes Near Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore

Since the temporary closure of the Maxwell Foodcourt, we were forced to look out for various places to eat during lunch. We've tried Capricci, Moo's Bar & Grill and many other restaurants near Tajong Pagar road. 

Then there are some days when we just want to eat at cafes. Below are must-visit cafes near the Tanjong Pagar area.

Located at 30 Penhas Road, it's a haven for people who enjoy pastries and desserts. Aside from their heavenly desserts, their pasta are pretty good too! One couldn't help but marvel at their cozy chairs. Read my full review of the place and their foods here

Antoinette at 30 Penhas Road 

Seafood Alio Olio at $28
Pasta with mussels, scallops, squids, prawns cooked in white wine sauce with olive oil, chili and Italian parsley

Cafe Viennois at $6 
Antoinette Coffee served with creme Chantilly on the side

Le Macaron D'Antoinette

30 Penhas Road
Tel :  +65 6293 3121
Opening Hours :
Mon~ Thu 11am - 10pm
Fri and eve of public holidays 11am - 11pm
Sat 10am - 11pm
Sun and public holidays 10am = 10pm

2. The Muffinry Bakery & Cafe 
The ministry of muffins! They sell the freshestly (I don't care if that word doesn't exist) baked muffins in town.  They serve several types of muffins, loaf cakes, banana bread and many many more!

The Muffinry Bakery & Cafe, The Ministry of Muffins at 112 Telok Ayer Street, 068581

Tried their Blueberry muffins and it smells really fresh and tastes way good. 

The Muffinry
112 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore, Singapore 068581
Phone 6509 6462

3. Talent Cafe

Talent Cafe is the closest cafe to our office that's why it would make it to my weekly must-go place. Living up to their name, they have simple yet unique creative decorations. 

Talent Cafe at 34 Tras Street  079026 6536 7077

I love everything Blueberry so I tried their Blueberry cheesecake. Just the right amount of sweetness!

Talent Cafe 
 34 Tras Street, 079026 6536 7077

Those are just some of my favourite cafes near the Tanjong Pagar area. Feel free to share through the comments section as to what your favourite cafes are!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Flying Hog Cafe and Bar

Flying Hog Cafe and Bar: Great Place to Chill 

Singapore has got some really interesting restaurants and I officially declare my friend, Anastasia Ong as a human HungryGoWhere! The last couple of restaurants that we went to, (both chosen from her recommendation) were quite good! Here's the review for those restaurants: Antoinette and Moo Bar & Grill

We both don't want to spend a lot of money (Read: over $30 is a lot) on food but we're always on the quest for great good and best service.

Our feet brought us to Flying Hog Cafe & Bar at Duxton Road. It is a place where everyone can go to and have a good time whether you're looking to simply hangout during lunch or enjoy a Friday night. 

We've ordered their set lunch which has free flowing drinks. One of their most popular dishes is the Chicken and Chips so we ordered that and since their waiter recommended the Chicken Chop, we went and ordered that as well. The latter proved to be ridiculously delicious and superb. The combination of mashed potato and grilled chicken was simply irresistibly great! 

Flying Hog Cafe and Bar at Duxton Road 

Chicken Chop: Highly recommended. Grilled chicken with mashed potato. I'm not a fan of mashed potato but their combination for their dish is just superb! 

Chicken and Chips: Considered to be one of their Most Popular dishes but I think the Chicken Chop was so much better! 

My friend, Anastasia Ong, I completely trust all her restaurant recommendations!

Well said. 

Well played ;)

How to Get to Flying Hog Cafe and Bar
Phone 63271518/96484828

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why Every Lady Should Wear Corset

Benefits of Wearing Corset - Why Every Woman Should Wear It

Since I moved here in Singapore, I've started wearing dresses since almost everyone I bump into wear one. Whether it be in the MRT, in restaurants, at the office or at the mall. Doning my usual get up which is conspired of jeans and t-shirt simply seem to put me out of place. 

However, since most dresses were designed for petite women, I struggle in finding a dress that will complement my curves (because I refuse to call myself fat ;) and most of the dresses available are either too short or too tight for my body type. 

No, I don't want to undergo any physical hardships and programs to lose weight simply because I don't have the time to and don't feel the need to. So I thought I'd turn to corsets. 

Corsets have long been used as an accessory for aesthetic purpose in the fashion world.  They were designed to give women an instant feminine hour glass figure, to emphasize certain areas of the body, and to distribute the weight of heavy dresses. 

So while I was at Ang Mo Kio Hub yesterday, I dropped by Triumph, a trusted name and the leading manufacturer of women's underwear, lingerie, sports bras, swimwear and night clothes. 

The saleslady named Coco immediately approached me and asked if how she could help me. Of course she can! I asked her to direct me to their shaping collection and she then proceeded to get my measurements. I tried several items before deciding on a black corset.

After a whole day of wearing it yesterday, I feel that every woman should own one. Below are just some reasons why:

Benefits of Wearing Corset

1. Corrects Posture

Corsets help minimize back pain and correct posture, to help those with past injuries (e.g. car accidents, slipped discs), neurological disorders (e.g. tics, ataxia) and autoimmune disorders (e.g. osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia).

2. Control your diet

Converse to the previous point, many women have been able to overcome their eating disorders and learn to embrace and celebrate their curves by wearing a corset. Many have gained and maintained a healthy weight, since their girth and eating habits are “controlled” by the corset.

Corsets can boost the self-image of those with low self esteem, and encourage a greater notion of self-worth – this can apply to those with poor body image and those who have been emotionally abused.

3. Confidence 

Corsets improve a person’s carriage and give the wearer a certain poise –  the air of confidence, high self-esteem and assertiveness, whether or not they may feel confident that day. This body language – straight posture, chest high, shoulders back – silently demands respect from others. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Moo Bar and Grill: Great Food, Excellent Service

Inspired by the great Australian barbecues or the “Bar-B” as it is known Down Under, Moo Bar & Grill's menu revolves around the grill. But they're not just about grilled foods. Moo Bar and Grill serves a wide selection of salads, soups, pasta, burgers, steaks, tapas, gourmet meals and desserts. 

As my colleague calls it, "It's like an all-in-one one-for-one" because for every meal you order, the next meal is for free (they will only charge you the higher amount).

There's so many things I really like about Moo Bar and Grill like for one they provide complimentary garden salad or soup (which tastes really good) with every main course ordered. The other thing which I really appreciate about this restaurant is that the waiters are so nice and helpful (unlike the other restaurants where their servers will roll their eyes) even if they're too busy. The complete opposite of the treatment we've had at Capricci

Linguine Aglio Olio Peperoncino at $18
With grilled pacific prawn skewer 

Hawaiian Chicken Onion Ring Buger at $22
Jamaican pineapples, chicken thigh, onion rings, cheddar, steak fries

Linguine Seafood Marinara at $22
Prawns, squid, mussles, tomato herb sauce

Moo Bar and Grill has a  very nice ambiance, excellent service (read: waiters are so nice even if they're so busy) and great food. They're even playing the music by Boyce Avenue (brownie points for that!)

Wild Mushroom Linguine at $20
Forest mushrooms, white wine cream sauce

So if you're looking for a nice place to eat, Moo Bar and Grill is a must-try! It's the kind of restaurant that I would want to eat every day because of the great service, great food plus best deal with their One-for-One promo during lunch. When we were about to leave, one of the waiters approached us with this Privilege Card which would allow us to have the same deal they have for lunch in case we decide to eat there for dinner. How cool is that?! 

How to go to Moo Bar & Grill

21 McCallum Street
#01-03 to 06 The Clift
Singapore 069047
Tel: +65 6634 2662

Photos by Zoe Ong 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Antoinette: Indulge Yourself in Parisien Patisserie

Antoinette: Indulge Yourself in Parisien Patisserie

In search for a nearby cafe with a cozy ambiance nearby our office at Maxwell Road, our feet brought us to Antoinette. It is a quintessential Parisian pâtisserie and salon de thĂ© will set the benchmark for the pastry and dessert scene not only in Singapore, but also in the region with her takes on time-honoured French classic desserts. 

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Seafood Alio Olio at $28
Pasta with mussels, scallops, squids, prawns cooked in white wine sauce with olive oil, chili and Italian parsley

Cafe Viennois at $6 
Antoinette Coffee served with creme Chantilly on the side

Le Macaron D'Antoinette

Address: 30 Penhas Road
Tel :  +65 6293 3121
Opening Hours :
Mon~ Thu 11am - 10pm
Fri and eve of public holidays 11am - 11pm
Sat 10am - 11pm
Sun and public holidays 10am = 10pm