If drying your clothes is a pain, read this!

Hello earthlings,

I’m back again, this time to talk about what I am disappointed with the new HDBs.

I’ve reached the age where I would go for my friends’ house warming and I have many friends who purchased BTOs. I must say that the layout of the houses now have improved. There has been improvement in designs such as incorporating the dining area into the living room, which is something I really love because I like to watch the TV while eating my dinner 🙂 The service yard is also further away from the kitchen now so that laundry would not be affected by cooking fumes.  The common toilet has also been relocated from inside the kitchen to a location nearer to the bedrooms for the convenience of the children and also guests coming to the house.

However, what I am really disappointed is the design of the metal bars for the hanging of clothes and the service yard in the HDBs now. Many of my friends do not have a service yard, so they could only hang their clothes on the metal bars outside of their home. They were complaining to me that there were only 3 short metal bars which meant that the hanging of bed sheet was impossible.

Moreover, as they were lined horizontally and parallel to the wall, the clothes that were nearest to the wall did not receive as much sunlight as compared to the clothes that were hanged furthest from the wall, which means that clothes nearest to the wall would take the longest to dry. This problem is similar to the ones with the service yards as well, just that at least they have longer poles to hang more clothes.

While trying to help my newly-wed friends who have just moved into their new BTOs to solve this problem, I got to know about this brand- Steigen, where they came out with an  efficient solution to indoor drying conundrums.

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Now homeowners can dry their clothes without any hassle of worrying that their clothes will not be dried in time for the next day or there is not enough space to dry the big items like bed linens and blanket covers.

I went to the company to check out and test out their products.

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Currently, they have 4 automated laundry system.

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My favourite is the Exalt+ Solar because as you can see from the specs, there is twice the number of fans and heater which shortens the average drying duration to just mere 1-2 hours!

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I think that if you are really considering an indoor automated drying system, it is a MUST to choose one that has the heat technology, if not, the average drying duration is still going to be pretty long!

There is a built-in heating technology to drive heat throughout laundry to allow clothes to dry evenly.

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It is also customizable to fit HDBs with smaller yards. It is elderly friendly as it is very easy to operate and they  no longer have to hang their clothes on a bamboo pole and stretch out of the window to dry the clothes under the sun.

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The remote device is also battery-operated for easy control. It can also be mounted anywhere in the house, even on the fridge!

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It is also obstacle friendly as the system will come to a stop if they detect an obstacle (like hitting my head accidentally).

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Now you might think that how is this different from using a dryer? This Exalt + Solar operates with only 0.9 kWh of energy, which is more energy efficient. Not only that, it eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and prevents musty odour (which always happens to me when I have to dry my clothes indoor during rainy days).

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I have summarized the benefits of the Exalt + Solar system:

  1. Safe and effortless lifting of the laundry with the touch of a button.
  2. Can lift up to 35kg of clothes.
  3. Energy saving and cost efficient (It uses 550-1100 Watts of electricity, which is only $3.60 per month!)
  4. High quality (using German designed motor with reinforced hanger rods)
  5. Average drying time: 1-2 hours only
  6. Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and prevents musty odour.

Who needs this Exalt + Solar system?

  1. People who are economical and environmentally friendly as they is definitely better than a tumble dryer.
  2. Working adults who can only do their laundry at night
  3. Those with aging/ elderly parents or senior citizens who are face issues with lifting heavy laundry
  4. People with a large family as the system can handle heavy weight of the clothes.

For my readers, there is a $50 discount upon checkout if you apply the discount code “STEIGEN50”. I’m definitely going to introduce this to my friends to solve their clothes drying problems! This is a MUST-HAVES for those who are looking to renovate their homes as well, why not incorporate this as part of the interior design?

If you are interest to find out more about this product/ you would like to make a purchase, you can check out the link below:

https://www.steigen.com.sg/products/exalt-solar

This is how it looks like when it’s operated:

For more information about this product on social media:

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

Instagram: @steigensg

With Love,

Veron

 

Sample Store Shoppers’ Paradise

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Hello there!

Last week I had an amazing time Sample Store’s shoppers’ paradise held at Punggol Waterway Point! The finalists for the Sing! China competition were also there and their voices were heavenly 🙂

Check out the event highlights!

I was invited to a gathering at the Party Room in Waterway Point.  When I was there, I was really attracted by the decorations! It was super adorable and child friendly as mothers can find hot and cold water dispenser in the kitchen and there is even a changing room and small chairs for young children! It is definitely a great place to hold function events and birthday parties.

The party room is available for booking and you can check out the rental rates below:

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Beauty Keeper is platform that provides customers with the chance to get their hands on famous Taiwanese beauty brands. I am glad to have gotten my hands on these goodies from Beauty Keeper and I can’t wait to try them out and review them.

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I love the LAMSAMYICK brush so much! 🙂 Don’t you just love the design? With this brush, I don’t have to use my hands to apply those masks that do not provide mask sheets. This brush is really gentle on the skin and it helps to spread my facial products evenly! Now I can keep my hands clean!

I love this Lip stick by STARSUKI! This lipstick is Peachy Loverstruck in shade 10. I like its texture and the sweet pink colour!

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The other shades available:
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I heard this Userism’s DD cream is supper effective!
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To check out more of these goodies: http://www.beauty-keeper.com/
And I also found this new brand- Padeve, that sells Singapore’s first herbal sanitary pads!

 

Can’t wait to try and review it soon… So stay tuned!

 

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Juscool drinks comes with 6 delicious fruity flavours and its the best choice for a gathering! Will share with you guys what’s my favourite drink out of all soon and also my cocktail recipe with these awesome drinks!
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Special shoutout to Sample store for the invite and I can’t wait to attend the next event!

 

With Love,
Veron

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A Goodnight Sleep with Every Thread Count Bed Linen

Review of Every Thread Count

Has anyone tried to purchase bed linen /bed sheets online before? I truly understand that buying a comfortable set of bed sheet is important because I get annoyed when the bed sheet is too rough or when the material of the bed sheet makes you feel warm at night. It makes things worse when you do not own an air-con at home, like me.

I dreamt of having a nautical theme for my room but I wasn’t sure what kind of bed sheet design would complement or bring out this theme. So recently, I came across this brand, Every Thread Count that sells really nice bed sheet designs and I decided to check them out. When I saw the New Nautical theme bed sheet designs, I knew I had to get my hands on that!

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Photo credits: Every Thread Count

Which one do you prefer? I love the Harvey design, so I got that for myself.

Voilà! I have also specially decorated my room to match the theme!

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The bed sheet has deep pockets so the corners won’t slip off your mattress at night if you tend to toss and turn in your sleep.

I really love the texture of the bed sheet because it is really smooth! It’s by far the most comfy bedsheet I have ever purchased.  And because they are made using breathable fabric, I didn’t feel warm at night at all and I have a good sleep every night 🙂

Once you sleep on it, you will know what I mean! I think it was worth every dollar I have spent and the quality is really hard to beat!

They have specially offered a 20% discount to all my readers!

 

Simply key in the Promo Code: CD04 during your check out!

 

You can click on the links below for more details:

Website: http://www.everythreadcount.com/

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

Instagram: http://instagram.com/everythreadcount

Don’t forget to share this good news with your loved ones! 🙂

 

With Love,

Veron

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Smooth skin secrets with Beauty Keeper

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Recently, I received a whole big box of beauty products from the Beauty Keeper and I am SO in love with them!

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I’m gonna show you some of great products I have used thus far!

1. Mdmmd Upra® Age Delay Revive Toner

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If you love to watch korean dramas like me, I sure you would often think about why the koreans look so much younger than their actual age!

And of course it boils down to their skincare routine. I found out that the toner you use for your face is actually very important because it does not only prepare you for your next skincare routine, it also helps to balance your skin’s pH level.

This toner that I have recently tried is THE BEST. After applying for close to 2 weeks consecutively, I could see that an obvious improvement in my skin’s radiance and tone. It doesn’t look as dull as before before makeup. I have also tried it on my mum and I could see a very obvious change in her skin. My mum has fine lines on her forehead which is quite obvious when she doesn’t apply any moisturiser on her face but after adding this step into her daily skincare routine, there were lesser fine fines than before and the skin looks brighter as well! So I am pretty satisfied and amazed by the result thus far!

This product is also largely advertised by the Taiwan celebrities as a skincare product not to be missed.

 

 

2. Crisstar Hydrationist Energy Aqua Essential Gel

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The second product that I have tried thus far is the Crisstar Hydrationist Energy Aqua Essential Gel. Personally, if you realise, I like to go for skincare products that helps to hydrate my skin because by keeping a hydrated skin, it prevents the formation of fine lines and premature ageing of skin. This next product I have tried not only helps to keep my skin moisturised, it also contains Glycosyl trehalose which helps to to whiten and prevent premature ageing of skin.

I would usually apply this gel after my tonner and the last I checked, it was able to keep my skin moisturised for up till roughly 8 hours. If I had to be indoor the whole day with air-con, I would top it up with my Bioderma dermatological water.

All these aforementioned product, you can purchase them from Beauty Keeper:

Mdmmd Upra ® Age Delay Revive Toner: http://www.beautykeeper.com/shop_detail_page.php?category_id=20&product_id=13

CRISSTAR Hydrationist Energy Aqua Essential Gel: http://www.beauty-keeper.com/shop_detail_page.php?category_id=13&product_id=5

The Beauty Keeper has a range of beauty products from Taiwan and all of these products are mostly the top sellers and products that are very well received. So you can’t go wrong with these products!

A good skincare product is important but starting a skincare routine when you are still young is even more important! So start a skincare regime now if you have not started!

Share with me your thoughts and keep me updated with if have tried these products!

With Love,

Veron

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Cash-strapped student’s guide to Penang

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Hello everyone!

I’m back to share with you how I planned my trip to Penang and of course the “MUST-HAVE” food in Penang! I’ve always heard of how Penang is a food heaven to people who live by the “live to eat” philosophy. So I was super excited to plan a 4 days and 3 nights trip to Penang to check this out!

Transport

There are many different ways to get to Penang, you can take a bus, train, car or by the airplane, of course I chose the airplane. Ain’t nobody got time to sit so long just to get to my destination. For such short distance trip, I would usually use Skyscanner and google flights to compare the price of different flights because sometimes skyscanner may not have all the flights compared. In Singapore, after flying with the different budget airlines like Tigerair, Scoot, Jetstar, I would say that they are quite identical, maybe just a slight difference in the kind of service you receive. But as for leg room and seats, they  are just the same. So SQ (although they are super awesome), they are out of the question for a cash-strapped student.

So I booked AirAsia and it costs me like $47 for round tickets! (btw I flew in June) It took me only 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach there.

Accommodations

I stayed at David relative’s place which is in Georgetown, the center of all the hype. But nonetheless, even if I were to go alone, I checked that the hostel in Georgetown is only $22 SGD for 3 nights from bookings.com (WITH FREE BREAKFAST).

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Food

1. Penang Asam Laksa (3.5-4RM)

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Kim’s Laksa @ Balik Pulau

2. Char Kway Teow (RM4-5.50)

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Jalan Siam’s Char Kway Teow

3. Satay

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4. Kway Chap

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5. Nasi Kandar (Unofficial food mascot of Penang)

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Restoran Deen

The gravy is the besttttttt.

Places to go

1. Chew Jetty

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2. Street Art

This is a link that can show you where all the murals are: www.tourismpenang.net.my/pdf/streetart-brochure.pdf

But if you were to rent a bicycle like me(~Rm 8-10), the shop would give you a physical map that would tell you where to head to for these murals! Tip: Go in the early morning to avoid the queue and THE SUNNNNN!!!

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3. Penang Peranakan Mansion

(RM 20 for adults, free for children below 6 years old)

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4. Snake Temple (free)

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But I paid RM 40 to take 2 shots and they would give you a photo frame for it.

I look okay on the outside but deep inside I was FREAKING OUT. So anyway, I took these pictures for me to remember this trip…

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It took me a longgggg while to get the shot above. The pictures below were taken before the above shot.

Photo 1: Bear with it girl… smile…

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Photo 2: The snake could sense my nervousness, so his head tilted and is trying to grip David tighter

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Photo 3: The snake’s tail went below my arm!!! I’m gone…

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The snake keepers kept ensuring me that the snake is kind, and he wouldn’t bite/ his bite wouldn’t kill because they had took out the venom in them. And the snake only feed on cooked meat!? Still, it was a pretty unique experience!

5. Penang Botanical Garden

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A variety of plants here.

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Look at the cute mini cacti of different colours!

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And I managed to see monkeys at such a near distance!

Hope you enjoyed this cash-strapped student’s guide to Penang and share with m your travelling experience to Penang!

With Love,

Veron.

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8 signs you’re dating a guy that is very secure

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It’s past midnight and I am penning some thoughts about my experience of dating my boyfriend for the past 2 years. Entering a relationship is like entering a dense forest, it may leave you perplexed and lost or you can learn to find the peace and tranquillity that the nature offers…

How do you know that you are dating a guy that is very secured?

1. Freedom.

You get all the freedom and space if you are attached. He knows that this relationship is a commitment that both of you have made to one another and he trusts that the both of you will commit to that decision.

2. Trust

He trusts you and he is totally fine with you hanging out with your friends. Even guy friends because he knows that he can trust you and he knows that you know what you are doing.

3. He is independent and confident about his own self-image

He is not someone who would bug you for not texting him at all for the entire day because he understands that you must have been busy with stuff. He dresses well but does not ask for a second opinion from you because he is just confident about the choices he has made.

He knows where he wants to lead you in this relationship and you don’t have to worry whether his feeling for you will suddenly change and whether this relationship will still exist next year.

4. He is very busy carving out his career but doesn’t forget to support yours.

While he is chasing his dreams and working hard for the future with you, he does not forget about you. He is supportive of your visions and dreams and motivates you when you want to give up just because it is not easy. You are both committed to succeed together not just in your relationship but every other aspect of life.

5. He is self-motivated and he doesn’t really need you to be spur him own.

He reads and attends courses to hone his skills and takes pride in the saying that “learning doesn’t stop when you finish university”. You don’t have to motivate him to study or do something about his life because he KNOWS what he is doing.

6. His conversation with you is 70-80% serious stuff.

His conversation with you is either factual/ inspiring/ thought-provoking or motivating. He doesn’t waste time talking about how roses are sweet and violets are blue but motivating you to be better than the old you a year ago.

7. He loves to be a problem-solver.

He loves to help you and give you his opinion on any tricky situation you face.

8. He treats you with respect and not as a possession that he owns.

He doesn’t boss you around and control you like his possession but treats each moment spent with you as a blessing, even if it is just spending an hour train ride home with you, a short run in the morning on weekends or a meal.

Of course there are still times that my boyfriend and I argue over differing viewpoints, but I love how this quote always encourages me to count my blessings and treasure my loved ones, the people that God has specially placed in my life.

“Life is too short to argue and fight. Count your blessings, value your love ones and move on with your head held high.”

Share with me your thoughts and don’t forget to tag or comment about a friend who is just like that!

With Love,

Veron.

Photography: Henzy David Photography

Coat: Love Bonito

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What to buy and NOT to buy from Taobao / Ezbuy

Hello there! It’s been a while since I last blogged. Today I had a fun time opening up all my christmas gifts and I finally had the chance to do a post about my most recent haul from ezbuy 11.11.

The below comments are just for reference.

My shipment took a really long time than usual due to the overwhelming buys from everyone around the world.

I bought:
1. A microphone loudspeaker
2. A bluetooth earpiece
3. 2 bags
4. some stickers
5. a dress

Even though all of them came eventually came in usable and good condition, I learnt to filter what’s best and not so good to buy from Taobao or ezbuy over the years with my purchase.

What NOT to buy:

1. undergarments and bras / diapers

I feel that these are for hygiene purposes, I wouldn’t attempt to purchase them online without touching the material and know which company they come from. As for bras, since some have different cuts, you wouldn’t be sure whether it would be comfortable for you.

2. Electronic appliances

I wouldn’t recommend anyone to purchase electronic appliances like hand phones,cameras, air fryer, computer etc because firstly, if there is something wrong with it, having it shipped back and fro to be sent for repair would have been too bothersome.

Secondly, the standard voltage in Singapore is 220V/240V, 50 Hz whereas countries like Taiwan, Japan etc uses 110V~130V and 100V, 50/60HZ respectively. Thus, if the appliance you purchase is not able to withstand the standard voltage in Singapore, it may potentially cause a fire or electrocution in the event of residual current or leakage on the casing. And to prevent this, you will have to purchase a suitable transformer to step down to the correct RMS voltage which would cost probably another 50-100 USD.

Well, but you can still do so if you have checked that the product uses the same voltage in Singapore 🙂 And of course I bought mine at a risk…because after comparing the opportunity cost, it is worth the risk.

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3. Toys

Well though they seem perfectly normal with our naked eye, a research done on 500 toys and children’s products in 5 Chinese cities showed that almost one in three toys in China contains heavy metals, with one in 10 containing excessive levels of lead. So I think I wouldn’t try and buy them for my niece and nephews.

4. Cosmetics / slimming products or anything edible.

You are not 100% sure of the chemicals used and they are not checked by the relevant agencies in Singapore to prove it safe.

What to buy from Taobao / Ezbuy:

1. Bags

So far I am pretty satisfied with my buys and I purchase them after reading many review on their original site.

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2. Accessories-ear rings, necklaces even cufflinks for men.

They can’t go too far in difference from the images.

3. Blouse / Dress

For me I didn’t have an issue with buying blouses and jackets/ sweaters. The cutting is always quite okay. But that’s not the same for pants and shorts. I have a bigger bum and most of the cutting for pants do not cater for that. If you don’t have a very curvy hip etc, you can still purchase them 🙂

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4. Stickers

I like to purchase stickers from them because they are really very very affordable! This is like the holy grail especially for teachers!

5. Shoes

If you don’t have bunion issues like me 😦 and the size of your feet is pretty consistent and most of the time you can fit a single shoe size, then you can give that a shot! So far my friends have given me positive feedback about their buys for shoes. But I personally wouldn’t really recommend because I think a comfortable shoe is really important! So I would rather buy them at a physical shop where I can try and walk around in them.

These are some of my tips for what to buy and what not to buy from Ezbuy/ Taobao. They are not comprehensible and are just for reference 🙂

Share with me your thoughts about your Taobao / Ezbuy experience!

With Love,

Veron.

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