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July 2014

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Indonesian food @ Cumi Bali!

July 19, 2014
Prior to my Bali trip, my friend Alan invited me to his aunt’s Indonesian restaurant, Cumi Bali, for lunch. After tasting the food at Cumi Bali, I had high expectations for Bali and was so excited to feast on all the Indonesian good food like babi kuning and nasi campur!
Here are some dishes I had at Cumi Bali
Daniel and I really liked this! Super savory and tender!
This tasted rather unique!
And this famous chilli!
Cumi Bali is currently having 2 promotions so this is the best time to eat there if you wna try good and authentic Indonesian food.

Vote for us on Weekender Foodmania App or bring along your copy of the Foodmania Advertisement to enjoy 10% discount when you dine in at the restaurant!

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Thank you Cumi Bali and Alan for having Daniel and I!
Quote “Sophia” and get 10% off (pay by cash only)! Hurry catch the weekender and saf promo before it ends!
Cumi Bali
66 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel : 6220 6619
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Featured Travel

BALI DAY 1 & 2!

July 7, 2014
Hi, I’m so excited to blog about Bali cos it was such a good long break from Singapore and I love Bali hehe. So happy to be back after 2 long years! The last time I went was a Gushcloud bloggers trip which you can read here and here.
It’s really great that Bali is only 2.5 hours away from Singapore, and it’s filled with…Aussies. LOL. I love Aussie boys they are so cool and good-looking slurppppsss~~
SO, it was kinda like a 1/4 work 3/4 play trip with Daniel. We went there to shoot for JUICESEA upcoming launch (which I’ll reveal really soon!!!) and spent the rest of the days chilling and exploring a little. Bali is sooooo big I wish I had more time to explore.
We flew by Jetstar Asia cos we managed to get a good deal a month before the trip. Paid $120 per person after tax for a 5 day trip, but paid additional $87 two weeks later to extend it for another 2 days. Glad we did that cos 5 days wouldn’t have been enough.
Our flight to Bali was at 10.40am and landed at about 1.30pm. By the time we picked up our luggage (which was a nightmare cos they put 3 flights’ worth of baggages on one small conveyor belt and I swear we were all sandwiched between eager tourists), squeezed through the crowd in the airport to find our hotel driver, we reached the hotel at 3.30pm?
The drive from the airport to our hotel in Legian was barely 20 mins without jam so it was all good.
We stayed in 3 different hotels and villas this trip but I’ll just talk about the first hotel we stayed in first (: We stayed in Ossotel for the first 2 nights, which is located right in front of Legian beach. There’s direct access from the hotel to the beach and the hotel has its own deckchairs and towels provided at the beach. So convenient and awesome, cos you have to pay to use the deckchairs in Bali!
Ossotel Legian Hotel is a boutique lifestyle hotel suited for the beach lovers who are on a budget. Ossotel is approximately $100/night per room which is really very reasonable for a hotel located on the beach, with breakfast provided.
Long stretch of pool. You can pay a bit more for the ground floor pool access rooms but Daniel and I prefer the ones on the upper floor cos it has more privacy.
Quaint hotel lobby. Love the zebra carpet!!!
The street outside our hotel. There were 2 convenience stores, massage parlours and some indonesian bars.
Airport outfit and my tired face. Love my new denim jacket from Topshop!
I quite like the whole peekaboo frosted glass for the toilet.
Toilet amenities. I love the toothpaste that aunty me brought home some wahahaha.
Our balcony which Daniel spent 1/4 of his time at.
And the really nice hotel restaurant/bar.
It’s a pretty nice quaint boutique hotel so do consider it if you’re looking for something budget and has direct access to the beach!
After check-in, we headed out for a quick lunch and checked out Legian beach. Just in time for sunset (:
Love this picture!
Daniel’s friends happened to be in Bali as well so we met them for dinner. Tried out the famous Made’s Warung and I was pleased (: Ordered Nasi Campur which is a indonesian version of our chinese mixed rice. Soooo yummy and it’s very reasonably priced!
Made’s Warung
Br. Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia


Chilled at our friend’s villa for awhile and had an early night.


Second day was spent at Waterbom themepark which I was pretty excited about but hotel breakfast first!
Free flow bread and fruits!
Breakfast menu!
I love hotel breakfast. There’s just something so magical about it ^^
All the above day 2 pictures were taken with my new camera, Sony QX100, which I will further talk about soon. But don’t you just love the image quality already??
Off we went to waterbom (lol typed photobomb initially) theme park! It’s a water theme park and it’s HUGE! And their rides are pretty amazing. Entrance fee is USD$33 which is about SGD$42. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it cos they have a wide variety of rides. You’d probably need 4-5 hours to complete all the rides. There are also lockers for rent in the themepark for you to dump your bags. They operate with a cashless system so it’s really convenient!
Remember to bring your own towels!
That’s all the pictures we took before we left off to play.
I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would BUT it isn’t because the rides weren’t fun. It was really breezy that day and I was freezing the whole time so I couldn’t really enjoy it. Not gonna wear a full piece swimsuit to water parks next time cos the wetness sticks onto your whole body. Really wish I didn’t feel that cold so I could fully enjoy the rides. Would love to go back there again!
Waterbom Bali
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 755676 left around 4ish and took a slow walk to Kuta beach. Kuta beach is the main beach in Bali, also known as the surfer’s beach.
More beach photos (:
Sat down on the beach to watch the sunset and long talks with Daniel. Wish I could replay it now.
After that, we took a cab back to wash up and headed to Seminyak main area for dinner! Cabs there are pretty cheap anyways. Most of our cab fares are around $2-$4!
Streets of Seminyak at night
Ate at Cafe Bali which was pretty average. Explored around Seminyak a bit and headed back to sleep hehe. Will be back with day 3 and 4 soon!
Prior to my Bali trip, I had my eyelash extension done at the trusty Amy Beauty Link where I had my brow embroidery done as well. I love working with Amy cos she’s super nice. Until today, I’m still very happy especially with brow embroidery.
Here are some after pics!
I wanted something more obvious and sturdy to withstand the wind and waves in Bali so I asked for a mixed instead of my usual single lash extensions. This time I mixed both single lashes and 3-in-1 lashes! It’s a bit uncomfortable for the first few days but I got used to it after 2 days? The good part about mixed lashes is that it doesn’t look too over the top and it lasts longer as well.
Single lash extension – $90 (U.P. $120)
Cluster – $68 (U.P. $80)
Quote my name when booking appointment to enjoy the above discounts!
I can’t live without lash extensions hehe.
AMY Beauty-Link International
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza
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Featured Lifestyle

TRINITY : Dysport & ST Aqua facial

July 7, 2014
A month ago, I took a leap of faith and after what say almost a year of consideration, I decided to try Dysport at Trinity Medical Centre. Dysport, a cheaper alternative to Botox, is an injection containing Botulinum toxin type A which causes a temporary reduction to muscle activity. Basically, it’s to give me a softer jaw line.
Why did I do it?
I’m not someone very big on aesthetic enhancement. You can call me conservative or whatever but I really do think imperfections make perfection. And also I think society has set a universal standard of pretty that it makes everyone want to achieve the same features altogether. It kills uniqueness.
So, why did I of all people do it?
It’s not that I think I got no flaws. I do, a lot. But they aren’t bad (for now) enough a reason for me to undergo a surgery or do fillers. I wouldn’t do anything if I could but my jawlines in TJM photos were driving me crazy. I’m born with a broader jawline and it’s fine, but it’s particularly prominent in TJM photos only. I don’t understand why honestly. It only appears extra broad in studio photoshoot pictures -.- normal pictures are fine.
And it’s damn important that I, as the face of TJM to look best and bring out the best of TJM (I don’t know how to use photoshop so I can’t liquify). Therefore, after much hesitation, I decided to try out Dysport to see if it solves my problem. Another reason why I was willing to try is cos it’s non-invasive and the result lasts for only about 3 months. Then I can decide if I wanna do it again.
Here are before and after dysport pictures.
I’ve used TJM photoshoot pics so you know what I’m talking about.
 (After picture taken 2 weeks after injection)
Front view
The difference is quite subtle for front view and that’s great cos I didn’t want anything too extreme.
 (After picture taken 2 weeks after injection)
Side view
The side profile difference is very big! Can you tell my “after face” is way more defined?
And best part? Sales for TJM in May (the month I did dysport) was sooooo much better than other previous months. See, customers might be buying clothes but sometimes it’s also the face that’s selling it.
It takes about 1 month for the full result to show and you can tell from my selfies that my face indeed look more defined and I now have a softer jawline.
I like that the result/difference is very subtle and not over the top. I still look like myself, just with softer jawlines which make me look more feminine. Numbing cream was applied before jab so pain level was 2 out of 10? Downtime was just a bit of bruising for 2-3 days. Not sure if I would do again cos I’mma go learn photoshop from Donna so I might not need dysport for now. But for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative to Botox, you can try out Dysport at Trinity Medical Centre.
I get my facial and laser treatments done there as well so there are a whole lot of treatments you can do other than dysport or fillers!
Speaking of facial, I just did Aqua ST treatment a few weeks back and I love it! My skin feels so supple and hydrated till now, and it keeps blemishes from coming back. You can read more about it here.
Hope you enjoyed my honest take on Dysport (:
Trinity Medical Centre
87 Marine Parade Central (Beside Parkway Parade)
Level 2, #02-500A
Singapore 440087
Tel : 6344 0027
Digressing a bit, I just wanna recommend this yong tau foo stall to you girls!

Fried beancurd skin slurpssss~~~


It doesn’t really look very appealing in photos but it’s really nice! It’s very near Daniel’s house and I got hooked onto it the first time I tried it 5 years ago! The gravy is soooo good! It’s hakka ampang yong tau foo so it’s different from the usual soupy kind. There are two ampang yong tau foo stalls, make sure you go to the right one! It’s in the smaller shop sharing the space with a chicken rice stall.
Ngee Fou restaurant, 928 upper thomson road.
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