Monday, July 18, 2016

Merrymaker: The online gift marketplace!

Have you ever had a situation where you need to get a last minute gift or you can’t think of what gift to get after walking for hours around the mall or you simply can’t find time to head out to get a gift? Well i have been in such situations a couple of times and i ended up getting last minute typical gifts such as tumbler, mugs or photo frames, LOL 
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Well, i might just have the solution for you. I was recently introduced to an online gift marketplace which helps to find the perfect gift for any occasion, be it birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas etc. With credits given by the kind folks of MerryMaker.com, i got to personally try out out their service and bought some gifts for the people around me (and also something for myself!)

For last minute gift givers, the ultimate solution would definitely be Merrymaker Build-a-box service which is an on-demand service which allows you to put a gift together in seconds. Simply choose the perfect gift from a wide variety of items, the people from Merrymaker will have it wrapped in a beautiful packaging, include a handwritten gift card and have it delivered to your recipient! (Psst. They can even deliver the gift box in under 24 hours! Subject to item availability.) The service cost only $15 on top of the price of your gift(s)! It's considered really cheap with delivery!
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My items came in this huge MerryMaker gift box and the insides was tastefully decorated with dried flowers, paper confetti and even glitter. Imagine the happiness and excitement inside you when opening a gift like that! HAHAHA 
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My mum is a huge fan of scent and so i decided to get her the Peace Candle Gift Box ($38) by The Besotted Things. The gift box contains 2 of their best selling soy candle scent - Ocean and Coriander & white lime. Each tin burns for about 20 to 25 hours. It was packed nicely in a brown box along with some dried plants, perfect for a gift. She loves it btw, hehe
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As for my dad, being constantly outdoor under the sun and also on the road, i got him a pair of Sunglasses by Nectar ($49) in Matt Black frame and black lens. Some of the notable features of the shades include it being lightweight for maximum comfort and UV400 protection. Other than a good meal, this pair of sunglasses would make a good Father’s day gift i guess :) 

One interesting thing among the wide variety of items that MerryMaker.com offers are cakes! They have a range of cakes and food items such as macrons, chocolates and more from established bakeries and brands. I took the chance to order a Rosette Cake ($83 with delivery) from A. Han Bakes and requested for the exterior to be in Ombre Blue to fit the dessert table theme for my BFF - Jiaqi’s birthday party that weekend! What i really like is we can try to request for customization (in my case, change of color, originally it's pink ombre) to make it a perfect gift for your loved ones! 
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Look how pretty the cake turned out! Had the cake delivered on the actual day and the guests were raving at how good the cake was. The interior of the cake is actually Triple chocolate! *drools* A cake can actually be a gift too! 
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Using the remaining credits (which isn’t a lot after i got the previous 3 gifts), i got myself a Starter Granola Gift Set ($9.50) by Proof & Pudding! It comes in 3 individually packed 50g packs and the 3 flavours were Dark chocolate, Cranberry & Turkish Fig and Rock Salt Vanilla. I’m actually munching on chocolate one while typing this post, LOL 
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Instead of browsing the entire Merrymaker catalog for gifts, the items are pre-arranged into several categories such as “Gifts under $30”, “Gifts under $50”, “Gifts for him/ her”, “Personalized gifts”, “Experience gifts” etc so it makes it easier to find the perfect gift. Before i end this post, here’s a couple of pretty interesting and not-so-typical gifts i found after browsing MerryMaker.com:

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Last but not least, if you are considering trying out Merrymaker gift services, do use the gift code - “ANDYMERRY10” to get $10 credits for your purchase! Valid till 31 August 2016.


Happy Shopping!                              

Monday, July 11, 2016

CLASSIC by Tai Wah

Recently i was invited by Tai Wah to try out their hair services at their newly opened hair and beauty salon - CLASSIC by Tai Wah. If the brand Tai Wah rings a bell to you, yes you are right. It's the same Tai Wah which has a rich heritage in the professional hair and beauty industry and has more than 50 years of experience training hairdressers and beauty therapists at using their very own equipment and machinery. CLASSIC by Tai Wah offers the ultimate one-stop hair, face and body pampering experience and it's located at the heart of Raffles Place. Made an appointment at 3 pm that day :)
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The Salon features reception and retail area, 8 seater hairdressing area, barbering corner and 3 cozy beauty rooms
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As i was seated at one of the seats in this spacious salon, i was immediately offered a drink and a wet towel. After a chat with my stylist, i explained that i wanted 3 things. Firstly was to get a haircut (duh!) secondly, i want to get rid of my unsightly white hair and lastly, treatment. No fancy stuff for now, maybe in the future, LOL Always wanted ash grey!
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What i notice throughout the 1.5 hour session is that the team was really committed to provide me with what i require by understanding and customizing the menu based on my personal and lifestyle needs. The staffs were polite and attentive. Simple things like asking if the temperature of the water is alright when washing hair are the little things that count. (I also shamelessly asked for their WIFI password which they offered immediately, lol) Good customer service. I'm quite sure they have no idea i was a blogger and was there to try out their service, and probably write about them.

Sometimes it's not just about the end product (which i was very satisfied btw) but it's also the process. My stylist also explained to me about how i have been cutting my hair shape wrongly which makes it looks flat at the back and immediately rectified it for me. My hair was washed like a total of 3 times that afternoon. LOL I basically dyed my hair like total black so it looks much healthier. I think i would want to go back for the Nioxin scalp treatment next time.
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The Hair, Face and Body services CLASSIC offers include Korean Digital Perms, Creative Hair Coloring, Olaplex Treatment, Nioxin Scalp Treatment, Stem Cell Facial,V-Shaped Lifttox Face Treatment, Precious Gold Eye Treatment, Body Contouring, Body Massage, Gua Sha to Waxing Services. They also provide Manicure and pedicure services upon appointment too. Now that's what you called a one stop salon with face, hair and body pampering experience.
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62 Cecil Street, TPI Building #01-00 Singapore 049710 ( Opposite Capita Green) 

Operating Hours: 
Monday to Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm ( Last appointment at 5:00pm ) 
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm ( Last appointment at 1:00pm ) 

I was really a satisfied customer and i'm not saying this because i was invited but because i felt the customer service as well as i love the end result of the session. Cuts are only priced at $45 for men, $55 for women, and guess what, only $20 for students! Their coloring services, perming/ straightening as well as treatment for hair are pretty affordable too and the good news is, simple quote "andystorm" for 30% all hair services! :D


Till then,                                   

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bangkok: Fly, stay, connect, to go, to eat and to do (Part 2)

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Bake Cheese tarts, EmQuartier

Took the BTS all the way just for the tarts and i think it was quite worth it. There is this huge craze in SG about these tarts and you have to queue at least 2 hours for it at Orchard Ion but as you can see from the photo, no queue at all. I loved the cheese (not too overpowering) and the crust was really nice. Not cheap though.

EmQuartier is basically a quite ATAS mall with international brands like H&M, just like our Orchard Ion. The overall design and concept of the mall is pretty interesting but if you want the whole “bangkok experience” with all the local food, cheap shopping etc, then you can probably give this mall a miss.

I just read online that they have another outlet at Central World, which is so much nearer and within walking distance.

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After you Dessert, Central World

It was Kelvin’s first time to BKK and i told him he must try After you toast so i brought him to the outlet at Central World. Had the Ferrero Rocher toast in baby size and he loved it! It was so good that we kinda regret not paying a bit more for the regular size. It’s not cheap in local context though, one of the more pricey dessert. Wanted to head back for another session but i forgot why we didn’t. Either we didn’t have the time to head back or we finished our money, LOL There are a few other outlets within BKK too.

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Mr. Jones Orphanage, Siam Paragon

Another one of my favourite cafe in BKK. The design of the cafe is so whimsical and they have a huge variety of desserts! Had their signature Kit Kat cake which is one of their more instagram-able dessert. I love their strawberries and cream waffle too!

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MBK Food Court

MBK is like a shopping mall but honestly there is nothing much to shop there. However if you are look for AAA quality of branded items, this is probably where you can find them. I was googling on where to eat in the area and apparently there are a lot of hidden gem inside MBK’s food court! 

Kelvin had their chicken basil rice (55 baht, SGD2.20!) and i had Stewed pork leg rice (60 baht, SGD2.40!) Everything is so cheap and good! Checkout this link on the 12 must eat dish at MBK by Ladyironchef (http://www.ladyironchef.com/2016/02/bangkok-mbk-food-court/) Payment is made via contactless card so remember to get one from the counter before heading to the food stalls. Remaining value can be refunded at the end of the day.

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Coconut Ice Cream, Chatuchak market

I’m not sure about the coconut ice cream sold at other places but nothing beats a cool refreshing coconut ice cream during hot weather. I’m totally not a coconut person but the ones i tried at Chatuchak was really good. It even comes with free flow of toppings like sweet corn, attap seed, red bean etc. It comes in a coconut husk which you can scrape the flesh off after finishing the ice cream!

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Pla Thong Mookata, Victory Monument

Was thinking of what to have for dinner and we thought we should have authentic mookata since we are in BKK so i went to google on where to have mookata and i found out about Pla Thong Mookata which offer Mookata buffet at only 159 baht ($6.40) per person!!! It’s like the ultimate deal!

They offer fried items like french fries, nuggets etc, different types of raw meat and veggies, fruits and even free flow of coconut ice cream! Drinks are charged separately though and they cost almost as much as the buffet though, LOL (One large bottle of coke is about 120 baht) The place is huge and the crowd started to build up as it approaches dinner time. It gets a bit noisy but i guess it’s all about the authentic “mookata experience” in Bangkok, HAHA. Food is average but nothing to complain since it’s already so cheap.

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A&W, Pantip Plaza

Pantip plaza may sound unfamiliar to most of us but it’s basically just a couple malls away from Platinum mall. It’s like BKK’s version of our Sim Lim Square. A&W is not exactly a must eat in BKK but for those who miss their chicken, waffles or signature root beer float, it’s just a stone throw away from Platinum mall so why not?

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Roadside Zi Char Stall

If you walk from platinum mall towards Siam, you will definitely pass by this stretch of road side stalls with locals trying to push their menu into your hands and getting you and your friends to sit down for a meal. You will probably see their signature salt crusted fish and huge grill prawns along the way. Honestly the food is not bad and pretty cheap too.

As you can see from the above photo, we ordered a plate of stir fried kang kong, a plate of pineapple rice, roasted chicken, egg omelette and a plate of grilled prawns just for 2 person (i know we seriously over-ordered...) and the meal cost us about 900 baht, which is about SGD36. Slightly pricey in local context but we can never get the same amount of food in SG with just 36 bucks so i think it’s quite worth it, especially if you are sharing with a group of friends.

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Fitness First, Siam Paragon

I used to laugh at people who goes to the gym even when on holiday and i would comment loudly “where got time to go gym overseas, nothing else better to do meh” and now i’m officially one of those people, FML Anyway, being a local FF member gives you the privilege/ access to overseas FF gyms at countries like Hong Kong and Bangkok. All you have to do is get a “FF passport” which you have to register locally before bringing it overseas. (important!)

Was curiously how the FF gyms overseas are like, and how they conduct their class in thai so we went for a Bodypump class. As expected, classes were conducted in Thai and we had no idea what the trainer was saying but the regime was pretty much the same in SG so we had no issues following. It was honestly quite fun and entertaining, LOL

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No.1 Massage, Petchburi Soi 15 (image from google)

I think this place was recommended by Angie during the Cousin* BKK trip and apparently this massage place is really popular among singaporeans. It’s like Singaporeans will even take the tuk tuk all the way here just for their massage. Did their foot massage for 250 baht ($10) for an hour. After a whole day of walking and shopping, the least you could do is pamper your legs, LOL They provide free WIFI too!

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I used to bring only an empty luggage (and probably my toothbrush and toothpaste) to BKK because everything can be bought there, new apparels can be worn the following day and i will also end up getting another luggage because 1 wouldn’t be enough to fit everything but now, i tend to be more picky when it comes to quality and design. Plus i’m not so much into colourful and “flowery” apparels so it pretty much narrows my wardrobe to monochrome style, LOL This time i didn’t really buy much but i did bought a new luggage though (it’s in this chio gold shade omggg) Alright, that’s all i have to say for my 4 days 3 nights trip to BKK, hope you enjoyed reading this 2 part travelogue! I will definitely be back in the near future, hehe

Till the next post.

Wanderlust,