Monday, September 16, 2019

[Review] Bee Choo Origin Ladies

Bee Choo is not uncommon if you have read my review on Herbal Hair Treatment with Bee Choo Origin. This time, I am going to share with you Bee Choo Origin Ladies, it is offering the same service as Bee Choo Origin, to help their clients with hair loss, oily or sensitive hair scalp, greying hair as well as dandruff problems. What is special about this outlet is, this outlet is for ladies only, the concept is good for especially Muslim ladies who want more privacy.


The ambience was totally different from the rest of the Bee Choo Origin outlets1 The ambience at Bee Choo Origin Ladies was totally feminine and beautiful! With floral design wallpaper plastered onto the wall, beautifully matched with Victorian style mirrors and the warm lightings. I fell in love with this place and I seriously, will not mind travelling a little further to get some aesthetic satisfaction.


I noticed my mum's silver strands have been increasing over the past 6 months. Hence, I asked her out for a date to Bee Choo Origin Ladies! The perk about going in the morning was, we could get the Microscopic Scalp Analysis done during the off-peak hours.


This time, my scalp analysis was bad. Refer to the picture below:
top photo: scalp could be a little dry as the pore seemed to be surrounded with a flake.
middle photo: a blocked follicle was shown, which was a result of an oily scalp.
bottom photo: showed a reddened part which was irritated badly two weeks ago. I thought that since the itch was gone, the scalp should be back to normal but not in this case.


It seemed like the reddened part of the scalp was sensitive certain chemicals, it could be the colouring I did in late July that aggravated the scalp, as a result causing irritation as well as mild inflammation that did not go away!

The procedure at Bee Choo Origin Ladies was no different from the previous review. After massaging ginger wine onto the scalp to help promote better blood circulation and stimulate the opening of the pores to help with better absorption of nutrients from the herbal paste. This was another special request which could only be done at Bee Choo Origin Ladies, 'colourless' herbal paste so that it would not cover my current hair colour and highlights. 



All done with the herbal paste coupled with a really good shoulder massage to loosen those tight knots!


The staff were really warm and friendly and I could hear my mom chatting with them happily!

Enjoying the treatment! 

Happily selfie-ing away because of the pretty wallpaper and mirror!

The steaming took about 45mins, in between I got some posts done too while waiting via the see-through hair-cutting cape.


We could either shut and rest our eyes or enjoy the beautiful painting on the wall right in front of the beds. My scalp was being pampered by the minty shampoo and felt instantly refresh and clean!


The treatment was done with the completion of blowing dry the hair for the last step. The staff would usually inform us what she would be applying on our hair to keep it soft and manageable. You could also purchase the full-sized product from the shop to accompany home-care maintenance for treatment to be more effective.


I bought the  Damaged Hair Rebuilder for both Xavier and Vera. Their hair has been exposed to chlorine weekly and in Xav's case, almost daily. His hair has become so dry and hard to manage. Just rub onto wet hair and blow-dry, I get soft to touch hair after use!



The orangy part on my mum was the part where most of the silver strands were sprouted out while my hair colour remains unchanged. Here, we are done and I had a happy and satisfied mum who said that she is going to bring her friend here the next visit and as for me, I had a clean, happy scalp again! Thanks, Bee Choo Origin Ladies for pampering our scalps!


Bee Choo Origin Ladies
5 Pahang Street
Singapore 198606 
Phone: +65 62915354

Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am to 8pm 
Sat, Sun and PH: 10am t0 8pm 

For more information, you can also check out Bee Choo Ladies' 
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

[Review + Giveaway] Shepherd's Pie Singapore

Established in 2011, the humble beginning of Singapore's tastiest Shepherd's Pie began with baking their own shepherd's pie for Christmas! Recipe had gone through rounds of research and fine tuned over the years until the perfect recipe was born!

From passion to businness, here is what Shepherd's Pie Singapore has to offer! Simply just order one day in advance for a next day delivery, what you will receive at your door will be freshly baked pies!

I ordered one Massive Chicken Shepherd's Pie and some Mini Beef Shepherd's Pie for our family of 3 adults and 2 kids. When the delivery reached me, the bottom of the box was warm to touch, meaning to say that the pies were still warm and can be eaten anytime!


I was stepping into the walkway from my bedroom and I could smell the buttery fragrane of the pie from the living room!


Massive Chicken Shephard's Pie comes in 9 by 9 inch and is good to cater for 4 person. A few of this size is good for potluck with family and friends!


Each of us liked a different part, Vera 'fought' with me over the crispy crust that surrounded the pie while I loved the fillings for the chicken shepherd's pie. Mine did not seemed to be as creamy as I saw from others' posting but it was still nice!


The filling was a mixture of minced onions, chicken and mushrooms as to what I could made out. I liked the slightly tangy and mildly sweet taste and I thought I tasted tomato content in it, which probably made the pies appetizing!

For the Mini Beef Shepherd Pies, I love them in a mini cupcake size! Perfect and easy enough for the kids to handle and each is held using a mini aluminium tray. Totally good for parties and gatherings.


Xav told me both the chicken and beef pies were nice but being a beef-lover, he would cast his vote for the mini beef pies.


And if you do not want something too heavy, they are just the right amount for an afternoon tea break or just simply pack them in a lunch box and bring it to school. Depending on what kind of lunch box you are using, I am using Yum Box but can only fit one mini pie fully. The second piece would have to be halved and place it in another compartment.

 

[INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY]

Wish to try these yummy shepherd's pie? With thanks to Shepherd's Pie Singapore, I am giving away one MEDIUM Shepherd's Pie worth, $25.90!

Simply following the following steps:
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4. Contest starts from 11- 15th September 2019 @2359 hours.
5. Contest is open for residents residing in Singapore only.
6. Winner is to respond within 48 hours, otherwise I reserve the right to choose another winner.

Lastly, should you been keen to shop for the pies, do go to Shepherd's Pie Singapore website: https://shepherdspie.sg/ and cart in. Psssst, they are now having the shepherd's pies at a discount! Don't miss the chance to indulge and make some savings! 

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Walking with Dinosaurs - The Live Experience


WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE LIVE EXPERIENCE,  is based on award-winning BBC Television Series, watched by more than 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world!

Photo credit: Lian He Zhao Bao 



The kids have always read about dinosaurs in books, watched them on the big screens and it was until the WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - THE LIVE EXPERIENCE Premiere, they had an most extraordinary experience that evening to watch 18 life-size dinosaurs (the tallest at 11 metres tall and 17m long) roamed, roared and fought just like the real thing!

18 dinosaurs in all, 9 seperate species presented. This production took a team of 50 - including engineers, fabricators, skin makers (yes so real and so 'fierce' that I actually was a little scared of it when I went up to take a picture with Baby T-Rex during the media call) , artists, painters and animatronic experts - a year to build up the production .


This theoretical story was hosted and narrated by Huxley, the Paleontologist for the shows, brought us back to the Triassic, Jurrasic to late-Jurrasic and Cretaceous period. Boys being boys, Xav actually read up all these in books and corrected me when I got it wrong. His eyes remained fixated on the stage even though the second part of the show had a longer narration, that did not bore him. Instead, he had his eyes on those amazing creatures while he listened attentively!

Vera went was WOWED each time the dinosaurs appeared bigger, taller and magnificent, so was the audience! Surprisingly, she remained seated throughout the whole show and looked on with anticipation of the appearance of the next dinosaur, even though 2/3 of the show, she was covering her ears from the deafening roars.

I am not a dino fan and my knowledge on them is limited! I actually learnt to know of some of them which did not exist in my knowledge.

Ankylosaurus and Torosaurus

If you have hardcore dinosaurs lovers at home and would love to be upclose and get a closer interaction with the dinosaurs, go get the front seats! You get their heads hover right over you! 

Taken from Section 216, Row 26

Mummy Tyrannosaurus gave her RAWR after saving Baby T-Rex, 

Taken from Section 216, Row 26

ferocious creatures they are but they do have heart-warming moments like this.

Mummy and Baby Tyrannosaurus (Taken from Section 216, Row 26)

Brachiosaurus

We mistook Allosaurus for T-Rex! They both looked kind of similar! So here it is on the right with steogosarus on the left. 



Stegosaurus + Allosaurus 

These Utahraptors are standing at 2m tall and 4m long. 

Utahraptors

Below shows two Torosaurus in a fight.

Torosaurus fight!

Broken horn!

Do you know that based on the construction of a Torosaur, each large dinosaur contains the following: 
- 145 meters of hydraulic hose
- 29.5 square meters of fabric
- 13.2 cubic meters of foam
- 20 litres of paint
- 180 meters of cabling in each body
- 24 microprocessors control movement along with 18 hydraulic cylinders and 1 DC motor producing 130 kilowatts of power from 12 car batteries to drive the hydraulic pump. 

Each large dinosaur actually weighs 2100 kilograms in show mode (medium family car) and runs on 3 x 150 mm steerable polyurethane wheels!!


I was seated at Section 213, Row 26, Seat 1-4, the view was great, overlooking the area. We watched in awe when the beautiful and tall-standing Brachiosaurus appeared. They stood at 11m tall and 17m long while the young stood at 9m tall and 15m long! In my personal opinion, regardless of where your seat is, you will still get a good view of the dinosaurs as they would be moving around the arena most of the time. But having said that, front seats will still be the best to get upclose to these creatures!







Do you know that the dinosaurs are operated by world class performers using a series of animatronics and physical puppetry? This is how they bring the 18 life-size dinosaurs to roam, roar and fight just like the real thing, check out the clip below!



Show will run till 8 September 2019. Get your tickets from @sgsportshub, tickets start from $78. https://www.sportshub.com.sg/WWD2019


Aren't we honoured to be 'photobombed" by Walking with Dinosaurs' Touring Director, Ian Waller! We did not realised that he was behind us when we took the photos and only realised it when we were scrolling and checking how the photos turned out. Thanks for adding fun into this shot, Ian!

Top row: Ian Waller 
Bottom Row (from left): Me, Karen, Lup Wai 

Thank you Sliding Doors Entertainment and Unusual Entertainment Pte Ltd for the invitation last evening, it was a great experience, it was spectacular! We went home with new knowledge about these amazing creatures! 🦕

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

[Review + Giveaway] Bing Liang Bakery Mooncakes [Low Sugar]

It is time of the year to indulge in Mooncakes, if you are looking for a brand, assured with good quality at a reasonable price, to gift to your corporate staff, vendors, friends, extended families, here I share with you my review for Bing Liang Bakery Mooncakes and why you should put this brand into your list to consider if you would like to purchase as gifts to your bosses, corporate partners, friends and even extended family members!

1. Packaging - The mooncakes are individually packed and seal and contained in a sweet pink, floral design with two-tier, pull-out drawers type of packaging and with magnetic flaps for closure by the sides. The structure of the box is very sturdy which makes it recycable as a stationery box or small sized items. I will definitely use it to contain my craft materials like washi tapes, markers or even my essential oils. It comes in a matching sweet pink paper bag too!


2. Taste - Truthfully, it looks just like the typical type of traditional baked mooncakes. As I am trying to cut down my sugar intake recently, I opted for Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolks低糖】.

You have to agree with me that if you decided to go for heathier choice, the texture of the food may not be as nice as the usual. Crust seemed a little dry for The Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolks. It was less oily as compared to other baked mooncakes which I have tried before, I saw minimal trace of oil on my fingers.


Mooncakes with yolks are preferred when it comes to traditional baked mooncakes and I love double yolks! Some of the yolks I have tried at mooncake fairs tasted bland but I loved the taste of the yolks Bing Liang Bakery used to bake. The yolks had a layer of oil emitted from the yolk itself which I felt that it balanced up with the paste. Simply delectable!

The paste was good, not oily and it was indeed less sweet and I quite like it. I actually savoured one big mooncake by myself while working on this post without feeling cloying. This makes a good choice for kids and elderly, I am getting the Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes for the Mid-Autmn Festival Celebration at her school! 


As shown below, the crust of the pastry has the flavours molded on it which made it easy to differentiate when we are looking for the flavour and type. If you browse online, there are other flavours like Durian Mooncake, Green Tea Mooncake, Pandan Mooncake, Red Bean Mooncake for you to choose to suit your tastebud!


3. Afforable pricing - If you have made your rounds at Mooncake Fairs, most of the pricing I saw for mooncakes are at least $52 onwards. It is even more expensive if you want to go for the healthier choice or with double yolks. Bing Liang's Mooncakes is more pocket friendly, it is $50 for a box of 4 Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolks! Bing Liang Bakery does offer discount for bulk purchases, be sure to click on the PROMOTION tab.

4. Delivery - It is $8 for delivery but you get it free with orders more than $88! The best part of it is, you can opt to get the mooncakes delivered within 60 minutes upon making your purchase online! This indeed helps busy consumers in saving time in delivering to the recipients. You get to opt for the delivery date and time slot with just a click away!


You can also go for tasting or opt for self collection between 2-7pm at: 
39A Jalan Pemimpin 
#03-01C
Singapore 577183 
(Nearest station: Marymount MRT, 5 mins walk away) 

For enquiries:
Watsapp to +65 96183746 (For sales)
Watsapp to +65 93844885 (For order)
Email: hello@bingliang.com.sg

[Discount code + Giveaway] 
Bing Liang Bakery has generously sponsored 3 boxes of their traditional mooncakes for a giveaway to celebrate this Mid-Autumn Festival as well as a 10% off  your total purchase. Simply enter XAVVYLICIOUS10 under the promo code before checking out. You can indicate your choice of Mooncake out of these three flavors: Durian Mooncake, White Lotus Paste with Single Yolk (Normal or Low Sugar) and Green Tea Mooncake.

Simply follow the following steps:
1. Follow @CNYgoodies on Instagram and on Facebook .
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3. Indicate your choice of mooncakes under the comments of the post.
4. Tag your friends whom you would like to share with! One name per comment and multiple entries are welcome!
5. Contest runs from 29 August to 4 September 2019, 2359 hours.
6. Contest is open for contestants residing in Sinapore only.
7. All winners are to collect their prize at the showroom.
7. Winners will be contacted via DM/PM and to respond to the notification within 48 hours. Otherwise, I reserve the right to choose a new winner.

For additional chances of winning, follow @3dimsummoms on Instagram too!

Thank you for participating and good luck!

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Thanks again Masons Home Decor and Bing Liang Bakery for sending the delectable mooncakes over!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Melodious Cove After School Care (Primary Schools)

Being a Stay-at-home mum does not mean that I have the ability to look after and give both Xav and Vera my 101% attention. That is why Vera is being placed in a childcare centre while I can still coach and revise with Xav in the afternoon.

On the other hand, some of my friends who are full-time working mums, shared that their kids are either looked after by their parents, parents-in-law or enrolled into a student care centre, where the children will only be picked up after the parents knock off.

To me, sourcing for an after-school care centre is similar to looking for a childcare centre. Here, I share the factors which will determine where I enrol my kids in if I ever need the service one day.

When I am on a search for a suitable childcare or schools for Xav and Vera, these are the factors I will usually take into consideration; 
- Fee (must be reasonable and whether if it is worth the price I am paying) 
- Environment (must be bright and airy) 
- Enrichment (not a must but it is a bonus to have)
- Distance (preferably to be near to home)

I had the chance to visit Melodious Cove at The GrandStand.


The magnificent, vast and well-lit space by both natural sunlight and bulbs, made my brain shout "WOW!" The first impression counts and is always important. The first impression of the centre had won a vote from me.

The vast space at Melodious Cove made me feel totally comfortable and free, nothing sort of feeling constrained at all. The reception was right at the middle and on the extreme right, stood a stage. Where else can you find a stage in a student care? Let me share more about my tour experience in the later part of the post.

Right beside the stage is where natural lighting poured in and with the windows overlooking the green fields, I thought it would be ideal for giving those tired eyes a break.



A cosy corner on the extreme left was set up for students who would love to wind down and grab a read.

Reading corner

This is my first experience visiting a student care and I was impressed that Melodious Cove had thoughtfully engaged reputable education centres to provide and expose the students to different types of learning on a weekly basis. 

The impressive part was, Melodious Cove has enrichment courses to impart academic knowledge and at the same time, equip their students with soft skills, which is essential for everyone to have it for life. Let me bring you through the activities on a typical Tuesday afternoon for Primary 1 & 2 students.  

Students will come in for lunch, followed by an afternoon nap in gender dedicated rooms. 



Personally, I feel the need to have the confidence to speak in public, is very important. In any society, being able to communicate well is key. Communication allows one to form connection, to influence decision and Public Speaking classes help greatly for one who is afraid of presenting in public as these classes help to train their confidence where they learn how to present themselves confidently!

Melodious Cove also conducts a Public Speaking Course for their students. In this one-hour session, the trainer first warmed up the children with some Movement activities. The children needed to learn to listen, move and respond. Subsequently, trainer recapped what had been taught from the last lesson to ensure reinforcement for better learning.


Crafting a speech for self presentation about MYSELF.


The children were then tasked to share how their typical morning was like through actions or movements, and then took turns to go up to the front and act out whilst the rest made their guesses based on the actions. Pretty engaging and I love how Vera coud relate to the words better with actions!


That was not all, the "challenging" part came when they were told to go to the stage and gave a small introduction about themselves based on their crafted speech. One of the students was actually quite reserved, and upon hearing that she needed to present her speech on stage, she hid under the table and refused to budge. However, the trainer was really patient and professional where she gave the student space and assurance to take part when she was ready. Eventually, all students presented on the stage.


It was certainly very heartening to witness the change in the little girl within that short span of time! 

Vera was diagnosed with slight speech delay and this public speaking session somehow exposed her to more words and through the actions, she was able to relate to the words more effectively.  Vera also had a turn to present her introduction on stage which, I believed, gave her a boost of self confidence, regardless if she could present it fluently or not. To be able to stand in front of everyone with confidence, that was already a huge step out of her comfort zone. 

Apart from academic results which most parents go after in the highly competitive rat-race, how many of us have taken a step back and think about "emotional health"?

Having worked in the mental health sector, it is helpful to be reminded that mental health should be highlighted and groomed when one is at a young age. Besides the academics, stress for the younger generations tends to stem from a trying effort to fit into an ever-changing environment, the seemingly important need to establish new friendships while having to meet the sky-high expectations from teachers in school. Even tasks like buying food from the counter could be a stress factor for young students. In addition, when students lack the practice to feel and practice emotions, it is not easy for them to express themselves in front of their parents.

With both parents working hard to bring home the "bread and butter", they may not have the luxury of time to sit down and listen to their kids. Here is what makes Melodious Cove unique. On a bi-weekly basis, a trainer conducts Social Emotional Learning (SEL with Our Journey) for their students.

There, students are taught to reflect on their personal experience. During the session which I attended with Vera, the students were taught what empathy is and what perspective taking is all about. Being able to recognize and see things in a different perspective are important skills to help one adapt to a changing situation. Initially, I thought it seemed to be a little too deep and profound for the young ones but I was surprised that the kids were actually listening to what the trainer was sharing!

Students can also confide in the trainer when they feel "safe" enough to share about their challenges and feelings, should they find it difficult to share with their teachers. I personally feel it is always good to have a mentor to confide in. Infact, this is my first time hearing about a SEL programme being conducted in a student care setting. Pretty unique, and I must say the founders of the centre are really thoughtful to engage a consultant to embed this programme in students' learning. 


For Chinese Enrichment, Melodious Cove has engaged the service of Hua Cheng Education Centre (Bukit Timah Branch).


Chinese is one of the subjects which many parents face challenges in, for many do not speak Mother Tongue at home. As a result, the child is under-exposed to the language and due to lack of practice and exposure, learning Mother Tongue then becomes a real challenge for some kids.

During the two hours (with a break in between), the teacher covered all aspects of what should be taught in terms of the scheme of work. From going through the list of new vocabulary with the students (she got them to read out loud to build up their oracy skills and word recognition), to the formation of new words with a particular character, Chinese spelling (aka Ting Xie), comprehension; the teacher also led and guided the students to form ideas and sentences for Chinese composition.

Lastly, the teacher wrote a sample of a model composition on the board and got the students to copy down on their worksheets. In my opinion of what had been gone through, it was almost similar to what I would have covered with Xav, with all elements of a typical "test" covered.



Time is never enough for working parents, imagine having precious weekends being taken up by back-to-back enrichment classes? Instead, at Melodious Cove, the enrichment classes are all conducted during weekday afternoons where it gives parents the flexibility of continuing with supporting their children's interest outside of school and develop their potential in non-academic areas. 

So why rush to and fro to pick up the child for a 2 hours lesson? Parents can simply sign up at Melodious Cove which includes daily care, homework guidance, enrichment classes, life skills and lunch. This indeed is a perfect plan for working parents with Melodious Cove being the one-stop enrichment provider, saving parents precious time and money. 

Refer to the table below, the left column is a cost estimate if it were to be a regular basic care + average enrichment provider. The right column is a cost comparison where it is basic care + high end enrichment provider. Do enquire at Melodious Cove, I am sure you will find their fees substantially cheaper.




Background
Melodious Cove is a premium after school care birthed and cradled by three passionate, loving mothers who desire to create a safe learning haven. Holding steadfast to "family-oriented-ness", the founders believed that weekends should be enjoyed together as a family and that children can have the time to pursue their interests and develop their talents. Hence, Melodious Cove aims to support families in preserving family time through injecting a "Daily Dose of Fun Learning" in their after-school care programme.

[GIVEAWAY] 
I am pleased to share that I have 3 passes of a 3-Day free trial on basic care and homework guidance at Melodious Cove to 3 followers! 

Simply follow the following steps: 
- Follow @MelodiousCove on Instagram and Facebook
- Follow @Xavvylicious on Instagram and Facebook
 Tag your friends, one name per comment in the posts, multiple entries are welcome. 
-  Contest runs from 22 Aug - 28 Aug 2019, 2359 hours 

Terms and conditions
- The pass is not transferable or exchangable for cash.
- Winners are to redeem the pass by 30 September 2019.
- By taking part, you agree to share your details with Melodious Cove and be contacted for free trial.  

Should you need more information, these are the social media sites you can pay a visit to: 
Instagram: @MelodiousCove

Address: 
200 Turf Club Road
#03-12 
The Grandstand 
Singapore 287994

Tel: 6767 0388

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