THROUGH THE LENS: Happy FIRST Birthday, SkinnyMint!

Hey everyone!

If you recall, I underwent a 28-day teatox programme earlier this year courtesy of SkinnyMint which saw me lose a total of 3kg by the end of it. I had never lost so much weight in such a short time (despite exercising regularly) and I am indebted to SkinnyMint for steering me towards leading a healthier lifestyle. Having gone below the 60kg mark, I am now more determined to maintain my lifestyle changes like consuming less refined grains such as rice and bread even after the completion of the programme. Judging from the reviews on Instagram (#skinnymint), the tea seems to be working remarkably well on many people! My boyfriend who witnessed my transformation was also convinced to try SkinnyMint 😀 And he’ll probably start teatoxing during his semester break.

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Yay my chubby face

It has been a year since SkinnyMint set foot in the Singapore market and I was very honoured to be invited to their birthday party at Lantern@Fullerton Bay on 25 March 2015. It was cosy event graced by a few popular bloggers like Yan Kay Kay, who is also one of their ambassadors. I shall let the pictures take you through the party 🙂 Enjoy!

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Makeup of the day. Toned it down a little out of respect for the passing of Singapore’s founding father, whose lying-in-state happened in the same week.

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Fullerton Bay

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Our view from Lantern!

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The floating platform

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We were the first to arrive!

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Our door gifts! Thanks SkinnyMint 🙂

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Cocktail tables

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Venue lined with SkinnyMint-themed balloons

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Lovely cake pops!

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They had great cocktails and mocktails!

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Red Lantern (Tequila, Watermelon & Cucumber Lemon) and SkinnyMint Special (Gin, Cucumber, Herbs Liqueur, Apple Liqueur, Blue Curacao Liqueur, Apple Juice and Fresh Lime) cocktails

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Hahaha us having fun taking pictures of the food.

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Nuts

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The appetisers served were really goooood although I felt a little queasy after downing a cup of cocktail (note to self: never drink alcohol on an empty stomach).

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Preparing Crêpe Suzette

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And the condiments to go with.

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More of the appetisers!

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One of my favourite couple pictures that night, photographed by SkinnyMint’s professional photographer hehehe.

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Chocolate mousse for dessert!

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With the amazing Dee, Relationship Exec of SkinnyMint 🙂 The dress on me was an inspired Prabal Gurung piece (the one Kate Middleton wore for her Singapore visit in 2012) from Taobao! Cheap and good. Haha.

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And of course, with the babes of the night! Audrey of WahBanana and blogger Yan Kay Kay.

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What’s in the goodie bag 😉 The one tied with ribbon is a pair of LuluLemon Wunder underpants – perfect for yoga and gym sessions! And I guess it’s about time I start teatoxing again. Woohoo thanks SkinnyMint for keeping me in shape. 😀

I’m not exactly the most sociable person around and I was very glad to have met so many amazing and friendly people at the party, especially those working for SkinnyMint, because they made me feel so much at ease. 😀 Of course, I also have to thank my boyfriend for networking on my behalf when I was trying to recover from the queasiness.

Those interested to try the 28-day Teatox programme may find out more about SkinnyMint here.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more updates comin’ up 🙂

Love, Bonito Year-End-Sale 2014

Hey everyone!

It’s been such a long time since I wrote anything about apparel shopping so let’s take a short break from food posts, shall we? 🙂

Before that, I have a small confession as a shopaholic. I’m a compulsive shopper – that’s a known fact. Before I got obsessed with makeup, I used to go crazy on online shopping and would spend hundreds of dollars a week on clothes. My spendthrift ways became apparent when I was awarded the “VIP” status at Love, Bonito for being one of their top spenders in 2012. For that, I (together with a few other VIPs) was given priority over the rest in The Great Love, Bonito Sale in 2013 and was allowed to enter the room an hour ahead of everyone. No doubt it was such a rewarding experience and the privilege made me feel that all the spending was worthwhile.

Then, I had to return to school. I was forced to leave my full-time job and gradually, I started spending lesser on clothes (also because my wardrobes couldn’t take in anymore clothes and Bf was nagging incessantly at me for that) and of course, I also lost my “VIP” status on Love, Bonito.

Fast forward to October last year, I was given the opportunity to work at Love, Bonito after responding to their recruitment ad and successfully getting through the interview. I was their Photo Editor but because of school commitments, I had to leave the company after close to 4 months with them. It was one of my best working experiences and it kinda healed most of my scars from my previous long-term employment (which was beyond terrible. Read here). A few months had passed since I stepped foot into Love, Bonito office and I really missed working with the wonderful people there.

Just then, I received a text from one of my Love, Bonito ex-colleagues asking me if I was available to work during their warehouse sale in November. Without hesitation, I gave a positive reply. They must’ve heard me! Haha.

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So yes, that’s just a short background story on how I got to work at the Year-End-Sale. It was a two-day event. Only two days and I felt like my legs were going to break. For days I couldn’t walk like a human being and I had to forgo my morning runs because my soles were hurting like crazy from running around non-stop at the event to replenish stocks at the racks. But that’s fine, because I really enjoyed myself! Met quite a number of great people, and of course, shopping at the sale also plays a great part in making the experience memorable 😀

Okay enough of rambles. Here are some of the event highlights!

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We got to shop! Here are 2 bags full of my purchases! Not everything was for myself, of course 🙂

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Day 2!

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Good deals in the wagon! Quite a number of stuff I bought were from the wagon 🙂

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The pixies were all treated to a sumptuous (to me lah) breakfast on Day 2, courtesy of Kith Cafe!

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Here’s my cup of hot chocolate! What a way to start your morning. It definitely gave me a boost and made me more energised for Day 2!

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Great companions at the event! Here’s me with 2 Jocelyns. Haha!

Are you ready to see my loots?

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These are bags for shopaholics. Haha. Lugged back 2 of this!

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What I bought! I’ve got to agree that I managed to snatch up some great deals! 😉

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Featuring some of my star buys, here are my favourite tops and dresses (especially the maxi dress at the bottom which I had forgotten what it’s called) from the sale.

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Some more dresses and tops, and also the bottoms I bought!

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These are sample pieces (no tag) which I bought on impulse. Way too snug and small on me. 😦

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The very popular furry pullover which was gone before sunset on day 1!

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Love touching the material haha.

I didn’t have time to try out everything I bought but I managed to wear out a few of my purchases 🙂

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The top is loose-fitting which kinda made me look preggers so I tucked it in (but it’s so short, it kept coming off my shorts). I like the colour and the intricate design on the sleeves.

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Got this from the wagon 🙂 It’s a very unique design for a shorts.

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White romper which was launched during the Chinese New Year period this year. I actually have the same piece in Navy and love it so much that I decided to get another one in different colour! I was lucky enough to have seen it at the sale 🙂

Okay that’s about it! Will resume my food reviews shortly 😛

Please note that I will not be answering any questions relating to employment at Love, Bonito.

Concerts and Live Shows from 2012

Hey guys!

Today’s post can be considered quite outdated because I’m going to recount all my concert and live show experiences that I’ve attended since 2012 (which is not really long ago right? Hehe). I didn’t do so then coz Uni (or college) had just begun for me and I kept procrastinating until I totally forgot about it. Since this blog would be the first thing I’d refer to in the future when I reminisce about old times, I HAVE to write about them. So here goes! Hope my memory serves me well.

I’m not really a concert-goer to begin with as I dislike crowds. I HATE rowdy ones so I tend to avoid modern rock and mainstream concerts where there’s a mosh pit. My first concert ticket was gifted to me by my cousins who happened to be acquainted with an employee of the organising company and it was for My Chemical Romance (disbanded) in end 2007. It was horrible! I remember getting pushed from the back with crazy girls jumping in front and smacking my face with their sweaty hair. The stage lights were so bright and strong, my eyes went momentarily blind after being constantly shone in! I could only see pitch black for 5 minutes. Luckily I slowly regained my vision but my cousins were worried shit lol. That’s when I decided NEVER to go to any of such concerts unless I get to be seated.. but where’s the fun in that right?

Anyway I digressed. I went to my second concert in 2012 with boyfriend and mind you, tickets were paid for haha. If you don’t know me, you’d never be able to guess who I saw. It was for Chicago! Yes, the oldie rock band that produced the hit singles “If You Leave Me Now” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” back then in the 1980s. Friends all know that I’m a complete oldie lover. Instead of tuning in to hits radio stations like 987fm, I listen to Gold 90.5fm most of the time. But having said that, I am still in the know about the latest songs… thanks to Youtube and Class 95fm which occasionally plays old melodies as well.

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BUT I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT CHICAGO! I literally went OMGOMG THEY’RE FINALLY COMING when I heard about the news on radio and immediately bought the tickets. Poor boyfriend who isn’t really a huge fan of Chicago was forced to tag along hahaha.

Fast forward to the day of the concert, it was at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 29 October 2012. Boyfriend and I were one of the very few youngsters in the audience as I had expected. Majority were already in their fifties but I didn’t really care. Music is after all a universal language for all ages! 🙂

Pardon the terribly poor quality images as they were taken with my iPhone 4/crappy camera back then!

Getting a bottle of water before entering the stadium

While others were drinking beer, we had mineral water lol.

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Before the concert. Audience filling their seats.

2 years ago.. we looked like that.

2 years ago.. we looked like that.

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Concert began! Big screen showing the flautist.

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They may be old, but they were as energetic as any younger artistes!

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Hyping up the crowd

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Trumpeter

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Drummer.

Mega enjoyed the concert. They sounded great live, as good as in their studio albums. I was so elated that my favourites were sung and there was even an encore. So it was money very well-spent.We even went to purchase some merchandise: 2 Chicago albums containing all their greatest hits, one with Peter Cetera and the other with their newest lineup. My only complain about the concert was the absence of Peter Cetera, whom I regard as the true voice of Chicago. I was a little disappointed even though I already knew that he wouldn’t be performing since he had long broken away from the band. But it’s alright! The new voices sounded equally awesome!

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In the same year, Russell Peters (a stand-up comedian if you don’t know – wait, how can you not know him?! Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad) also came to Singapore for his Notorious World Tour on May 5 and 6! His live show was way before Chicago but we bought the tickets later as we were too slow to get tickets to the first show, hence the classification. They were sold out so quickly! The organisers were aware that many people couldn’t get the tickets thus they opened a second show. Boyfriend was dying to see him and he wanted me to return the favour of accompanying me to Chicago’s concert so.. I did.

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But in Singapore dollars lol.

We were so broke!! But I was glad to have agreed to go, coz Russell Peters was EXTREMELY hilarious HAHAHA. Even before he started his first joke I was already in (happy) tears. I could still laugh to myself now as I recall them. People who bought tickets to the front rows were constantly picked on and used as the subjects of his jokes but they were not offended. Well, they probably were but this is the kind of topic you’d expect to hear at his show so I guess they were already mentally prepared.

So if he ever comes back again (I hope he will), be warned. NEVER buy tickets to the front row if you don’t want to be in the limelight. Or else, be prepared to be ridiculed face the consequences.

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Us.. looking so cui back then haha.

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Before the show

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DJ playing what seemed to be an hour-long music lol.

Sadly, I have no pictures of Russell Peters in action because of the show’s super strict “no recording” rule. An audio recording which warned the audience not to use any recording devices or face ejection from their seats could be heard repeating over and over again before the show. They seemed really serious about it, so I better not try to do anything stupid! (yeah I sibei humji (very gutless) as you can see)

But if you guys really want to watch his performance but couldn’t be there, I believe there are videos that were shot secretly uploaded on YouTube. 🙂

In 2013.. concert organisers probably heard my plea and brought PETER CETERA to Singapore! 不会那么巧吧?LOL. It was too much of a coincidence, really. But I was twice as excited as the band! THE VOICE OF CHICAGO WAS FINALLY HERE!!! However I knew about the concert late. I was still as broke as a church mouse and I needed more time to save up. I was very determined to get the tickets coz you never know when Peter Cetera would be back again. Furthermore he’s not very young already hor, if you get what I mean.

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By the time I had the money, the good seats were all gone 😦 So I resorted to buying from Gumtree. It was a blessing in disguise coz I ended up saving quite a lot of money hehehe. Collected the tickets from the seller 3 hours before the concert and then met boyfriend at The Star Performing Arts Centre (where the concert was held) to have our dinner. Thereafter, we took the lift up to the theatre entrance. Oh, I think it’s also worth mentioning that we shared the same lift as Glenn Ong. Haha.

I was told by the seller that The Star Theatre has one of the best sound systems in Singapore. I thought that’s pretty accurate!

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Waiting for the concert to begin… We were once again surrounded by people way older than us.

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Our tickets!!

Peter Cetera and his back-up female singer who has voice so freakin' powerful.

Peter Cetera and his back-up female singer who has a voice so freakin’ powerful. She sang Amy Grunt and Cher’s parts in “The Next Time I Fall” and “After All”

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Peter Cetera not looking like his age (he was 68). I’m honestly mesmerised by his mature looks lol oops did I just let the cat out of bag about my unusual fetish hahahaha

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Have to buy something at every concert lol

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So we bought a concert-only audio CD which includes Chicago pieces as well! It also has Peter Cetera’s golden signature!! 😀 (But this means I have 2 CDs of the same songs now lol).

Peter Cetera’s voice was still as good and crisp as 20 years ago WOW I wonder what his secret is. He was never out of breath even after singing for close to 2 hours! And listening to him sing live is like a dream come true please. It was BETTER than on studio album! He’s truly a legend. I wouldn’t mind paying to watch him again honestly.

Now comes the complaint.. why didn’t he sing this? WHY!? I was looking forward to this lor..

He could have sung this instead of the duet with Cher, argh. 😦

Last but not least, the live show we attended just recently this year was Cesar Millan‘s, also at The Star Theatre. I love that place coz it’s new and quite near to where I stay unlike the Singapore Indoor Stadium hahaha. Concert organisers, if you are reading this, please hold more concerts there okay!!

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I wasn’t very keen on Cesar Millan at first coz seriously, what could a dog whisperer talk about in 2 hours? I definitely don’t want a lecture on dog discipline please. So I was very reluctant to spend the money even though our ticket prices were discounted. But once again… because boyfriend went to see Peter Cetera with me, I had to give in to his request this time around. Lol so calculative this person.

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Waiting for the leader of the pack.. (And finally among a pool of younger audience hahaha)

Waiting for the leader of the pack.. (And finally among a pool of younger audience hahaha)

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Sorry, camera not good enough to capture his face!

Sorry, camera not good enough to capture his face!

One of his "lecture" slides lol. If you can understand it then good for you.

One of his “lecture” slides lol. You won’t be able to understand it just by looking at it alone. Chim hor!?

But Cesar Millan proved to be more entertaining than I thought! I didn’t expect him to be so funny too haha. He showed us how to manage the dog in public, how we should hold the leash and how to prevent our dogs from causing a wreck at home when the owners are not around. Other than that, I didn’t learn much from him (maybe coz I knew it wouldn’t work for me) but I don’t regret my purchase as boyfriend seemed to enjoy his talk. He happy can already la 😀

At the end of the show, Cesar Millan stayed on stage to give his autograph to eager fans on the floor – how nice of him! It was very crowded on the floor though so I didn’t bother getting his autograph and left. But yup, I can vouch for his down-to-earth character! He seemed to me as really nice, humble person.

Okay that’s about it! Actually Michael Learns To Rock recently also came to Singapore but I was too broke to go 😦 I hope I don’t regret this.

Thanks for reading y’all 😉