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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Trip to IDS Clinic

When people asked me, "How do you take good care of your skin? It looks flawless!" I will disagree with their statement. When I disagree with them and laugh it off, they think that I am acting humble but the truth is, I try to brush it off. In actual fact, my skin doesn't look smooth and flawless in real life. Like they say, photos does wonders. By adjusting the lighting effects and adding filters to your photo, you can actually cover up all the flaws that can be found on your face. Brilliant apps! I feel REALLY bad for lying to people about how I really look like behind those make up and filters because I try to be as real as possible. Being a girl by nature, you just can't help but to look as good as you can be. At least in photos if not in real life. I sound like a typical bimbo. I had to resort to such thinking because I've never felt this horrible (about my face) before! Note that sometimes, even filters can't help! That's how bad my skin condition was. Concealers can't help either. It was a major nightmare for me. 

It started around November-December 2013 when I was going through a bad break out. I didn't know what went wrong. I was figuring out, maybe it was my food intake, or the facial cleansers that I was using at that point of time because I remembered I kept switching it around, or maybe it was because of my hormones. I got no clue at all. I woke up every day feeling unmotivated. My confidence level hit rock bottom.

I felt that way because it has never happened to me before. I was clueless, I didn't know how to resolve it. I was shocked at how badly it turned out to be. I've always thought that as long as I stick to my usual facial routine, every thing is going to be fine. But, it was nothing like I visioned it to be. 

I may sound like looks is everything to me. But, really, it's not about that. What I was mainly concerned about was my hygiene. I am very particular about my cleanliness; how I take care of myself. I've been taking care of my face for so long and to know that it was out of control, it got me so upset! Like, I questioned myself, "What went wrong?"

Maybe it's just one of those moments where you have to go through a major break out at least once in your life time.

It affected my self-esteem a lot ever since then. I rarely take selfies and post it up on Instagram or Twitter. I rarely post pictures of myself even. It was mainly about food, clothes, throwback photos and other random things. It came to a point where I dread waking up every day and avoid looking in the mirror. The pimples, the scars, everything; just the sight of it makes me cringe.

I got so desperate that I went online to search on different ways to get rid of pimples and scars. Tried a few cheap tricks and nothing worked for me! I invested money on pricey facial cleansers, thinking that it will work on me but unfortunately, it got worst. I felt like chopping my itchy hands off. It was a wrong move for me to buy it on impulse because I should have known that it wasn't suitable for my face condition. I got so pissed off with myself. Everything was in a complete mess. I easily get agitated when things doesn't go my way.

I couldn't emphasised how badly it has affected my self-esteem. I had no mood to dress up because I felt that despite putting in a great amount of effort in looking good or presentable, I will still look horrible anyway. My glam season was officially over for me. I don't even want to leave my house. 

Good thing was, my boyfriend didn't leave me. Hahahaha! A keeper indeed.

I had to go through this phase for a 'good' six months. I was completely lost. It was until in May 2014, Freda told me about IDS Clinic which was worth trying. I heard that it was well known among the tai-tais, both local and foreign. They would visit IDS Clinic regularly to maintain their healthy, glowing skin. I was pretty excited about it. Made an appointment with IDS Clinic that month itself for a consultation.

It's free for every first consultation. So, why not right? I went to IDS Clinic for the first time wearing a mask over my mouth, covering about 70% of my face. I didn't had the courage to go out bare face in public. Afraid that people might think that Halloween came too early? Hahaha! Lame. I didn't want to scare anyone. I met Chester who was there to help and guide me along with the process. I knew he was giving me the "WHAT???" look when I met him for the first time. I knew the mask was not needed in the first place but it made me feel less weird I find. Hahaha but anyway, I did took it off shortly after because they had to check the condition of my skin. They took "snapshots" of my affected areas using this scary looking machine to keep as a record. 




Came into a room with two doctors and one of them is a well renowned doctor, Dr S K Tan. He is the one that set up IDS Clinic with products that are specially created by him.  He had quite a number of awards hanging outside his office wall and I was impressed with every of his achievements. It was an honour to meet him personally because I felt that he must be the right person to go to. I felt anxious, excited and nervous all at once because FINALLY I am doing something to my face. Do you know how sucky it feels like to always be made fun of? Ugh.

Dr S K Tan said that it can be treated and that I will be happy with the results at the end of the day. I admit, I teared a bit because I was just too happy. Overwhelmed with joy. Finally, this nightmare is going to be over soon!


(The two doctors I met during my first visit. Dr S K Tan is on the right side)


The range of products 



If you guys are wondering how bad my face used to be, scroll down to have a quick look of it.

Scroll at your own risk hahahaha!

Maybe it's not that bad to some of you, but to me, I think it's bad enough.

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TADA!

Not that flawless as you think, huh?
*cheeky smile*




I was told that I had acne and I freaked out. Acne........ everyone's nightmare.

The doctor suggested a few range of products for me to purchase and try it out for a period of time. You have to be hardworking enough to carry out this routine twice a day every day in order to see the changes. I did. Of course. I was so desperate to get rid of all the pimples, small bumps and scars. Why wouldn't I be hardworking right??!!!


The first set of products I received




Through out the follow up(s) I had every month, I would be given additional products to use in order to help me improve my skin condition further.


C1 Cleanser
Helps to remove all impurities and dirt on your face



T1 Toner
Spray twice on your clean face and gently dab



Pore
Apply it on areas which you think it's oily such as your T-Zone

By applying this, it will be easier for you to remove blackheads and whiteheads on your face.



C+ C-Plus
 Helps to reduce the redness and marks on your face



Clear-Plus 
(also known as the Voodoo Cream because it works wonder!)

Apply a small amount of this on small bumps and/or pimples on your face.
Wait for a few days and it will be gone. Magic!



S2 Sunscreen SPF 50
Apply this on your face before heading out (in the day) to avoid the sun from damaging your skin




Probiotic Mask
 Use this once a week so as to reduce the oily-ness on your face

Note: If you use it too often, it might dry up your skin.




It seems like there are too many products that I have/need to use all at once but not really. The important ones are the cleanser, toner, pore and C+ Plus. The rest depend on my skin condition at the point of time. For example, if I have a pimple that is about to grow bigger or small bumps that decides to appear out of nowhere, then I will apply the Clear Plus. When I feel that my face is too oily, I will then apply the mask. It varies.

I was given pills as well to help reduce the small bumps because I was told that I had stubborn ones and it was hard to get rid of it. Good thing was, there weren't any side effects and it did work on me! 

I was given about three months to use the above products to see how far it can help to improve my skin. I would be lying if I told you that all my imperfections vanished immediately. It did improve my skin condition to a certain extend. The marks on my face have lightened and the number of small bumps have been reduced. I was delighted with the results but there's definitely room for improvement.

I went back to IDS Clinic for my 4th follow up and I was recommended to do the AAT+ treatment which is the Advanced Acne Treatment Plus. First timers are entitled 50% off (for any facial treatment) which I thought would be good for me to try it out. I was told that it includes cleansing, ultrasound and extracting. I am not going to lie, it was a painful experience for me. Beauty is pain they say. My tolerance level isn't that high. I teared a bit. A BIT only. Hahaha!!!

The treatment started off by cleansing my face, making sure my face is dirt-free. Once done, they used the ultrasound method to loosen up my pores so as it will be easier for them to do the extraction. It looks like a tiny metal wand. A cute yet scary one.

Afterwards, it was time for extraction. I'm glad that I survived and went through it. It's like once and for all and I don't have to go through it again (IF I take good care of my skin). They started to pinch my face in order for the black and whiteheads to come out. However, the stubborn ones remain untouched.

My face turned red after the extraction was completed. My face felt swollen but it wasn't that bad as I pictured it to be. I thought that I would leave the room with a red face but I was wrong. They applied a cold mask to reduce the redness on my face before I could leave the room.


My happy face before extraction





The mask that I had to put on to reduce the redness



My black and white heads. Blergh~



Finally it's time for the transformation! Before and after photos!
(I sounded like as if I went for plastic surgery hahahaha...)


THE TRANSFORMATION


Right cheek:

BEFORE 
Small bumps/ugly marks (and my beautiful freckles hehehe)



AFTER
No more small bumps due to extraction. Smooth complexion.



Left cheek:

BEFORE 
Small bumps



AFTER
Gone!



Forehead:

BEFORE 
Stubborn bumps and marks



AFTER
Big difference!



Overall Face:

BEFORE 
Even when wearing make up, you can't hide the bumps. If you have bad complexion, means bad complexion.



AFTER
Smooth and glowing!



My skin up to date:

This was taken from a make up tutorial I did one week ago.

After the treatment, I carried on with my daily facial routine and it continued to improve my skin condition. Even though my face is not as flawless as a baby's butt, I am MORE THAN HAPPY at how far I've come. Please save all the negative comments to yourself and let me have my moment. Hehehe :)

Now that my face has improved, I can now do make up tutorials and show off my bare face.
(WHICH I WASN'T ALLOWED TO DO FOR 6 MONTHS!!! TORTURE AH!)



My first ever make up tutorial video is going live in the next post.

HANG IN THERE!!!


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IDS Clinic is located at 
8 Sinaran Drive, #05-07 to 10
NOVENA SPECIALIST CENTER 
SINGAPORE 307470 

T: +65 6568 3555 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Decked in Marble


Wednesday; up and running. Woke up early in the morning to send emails in my night gown from yesternight. Quick shower and got ready. Mum cooked beef soup for lunch and so, I filled my stomach with it. Managed to catch one episode of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills before heading out to Gushcloud office to collect a few stuff. Took photo of my outfit today, and here I am posting them up! How efficient! Hahaha.... It's 7pm here in Singapore and I am patiently waiting for boyfriend to be done with his training.

Today I woke up with an image in my mind that I would like to dress in comfy, casual marble theme. Mix with black, grey and white. Thus, my outfit of the day! My outfit today consist 75% of Shesprees apparels and I can't wait to show you guys! 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

9 Halal Food Places

I have created an AskFm account years ago as a platform to interact with my readers, sharing their ideas on what kind of topic I should touch on when it comes to blogging. Of all the entries I received, believe or not, till today it got me thinking that I should do it. The famous question I got from my readers was, "Do you have any recommendations on any good Halal food places?". I didn't reply to those questions because my knowledge was very limited I have to admit. I could only think of less than five halal food places and that was it. 

I could easily just google "Halal food places in Singapore", grab a few photos here and there, consolidate them and create a blog post with reviews that I can easily steal from anybody. I could do that but I feel that it wouldn't be a true blog post. I mean, ANYONE can go on Google and search for themselves. The reason why people are asking me is because they want my OWN opinion on things instead of what others say or think. Thank you for those who came up with the idea!

It was a great experience, being able to try different varieties of food from different halal food places. I am always into steaks and sushi(s). I love them so much! What more if you can have them in places that Muslims like myself can enjoy!

To be clear, I have tried ALL the food listed below and reviews are solely written by me. Photos are taken by me as well. Nothing is extracted from the internet. Please appreciate okay. Hahaha!


Badoque Cafe

298 Bedok Road
Singapore 469454

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Phone
6446 6928


I was craving for a good steak and a close friend of mine recommended me this place called, "Badoque Cafe". I gave her the clueless look because I never heard of such cafes before. When she said it was located somewhere at Simpang Bedok, I was confused. I'm always around Simpang Bedok for supper and it was weird that I have yet to know of its existence.

Now I know why I've never seen it before. It was located behind a building where no one would ever pass by unless they have a specific food place in mind that they would want to go. 

I ordered two different steaks for both Sahil and I and we were quite surprised! Just one steak, it was already super huge! You can actually share with another person for just one! Unless you haven't eaten for one whole day, then maybe you can finish up the whole thing. 

As for me, I am a meat lover. I always want my steak to be medium rare. The taste was so good... I am thinking of it while typing it.

I was able to finish the whole portion and so did my boyfriend. With the price that cost nothing like the outcome, it was totally worth it. I am sure your tummy will be full especially when they have sides to go along with it. 

You would want to ask for extra sauce if it's not enough for you :)





Eazy Eazy Kitchen

29 Bussorah Street

Opening Hours

Mon - Thu12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun10:00 am - 10:00 pm


Phone
9230 2374
9126 0347


Next, is my favourite hot spot. Whenever I go Eazy Eazy Kitchen for dinner, I never failed to order my salmon. The carrot was awful though since it's raw hahaha but the salmon itself was delicious. I will always pair it up with ice chocolate! Yummy!

You should also try their sambal chicken wings if you are a fan of spicy food (like me). Something different I must say. Worth trying!

Last but not least, love the ambience; very chill and relaxing. 





East Coast Lagoon Food Village


1220 East Coast Parkway
Singapore 468960

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm



This one is a little bit catchy. For those who have been to East Coast Lagoon Food Village, you would know that they have wide range of food from different stalls. Gentle reminder, not all food stalls are halal. Pick your food choice wisely!

If you would like to have seafood dinner with a large group of people like your family or friends, this would be a great place. Sambal Stingray, cereal prawn, satay, cockles, rojak, tom yam soup, you name it. They have almost everything! I can salivate just by looking at the photos. This is seafood paradise!

Another alternative for a casual dinner would be Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe at Bedok. They serve good dim sum and buns. Their wanton soup is perfect when still hot. Depends on what spread you are looking for!


I had to go rounds of ordering the exact same food from different stalls just to get the good ones. Not joking.










Sakura Charcoal Grilled & Shabu Shabu

600 Punggol Seventeenth  Avenue
Singapore 829734

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Phone
6385 8197



It's a buffet spread of different kinds of food. Seafood, japanese food, local delicacies, desserts, everything. I went here with my family and I'm sure the older people would love it. Unfortunately, I didn't quite enjoy the food there. Maybe it's the setting and the quality of the food. It wasn't working for me. My family loves going here though. I am still figuring out why. Hahaha!






AquaMarine

6 Raffles Boulevard
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Hotel

Opening Hours
Breakfast: 6.30am - 10.30am (Daily)
Lunch: 12.00pm - 2.30pm (Daily)
Tunch: 12.00pm - 4.00pm (available only on Sat, Sun and PH)
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.00pm (Daily) 

Phone
6845 1111



Something much more fancy perhaps? You would want to try a buffet spread at AquaMarine. It's said that hotel food is always expensive. As for me, AquaMarine is probably one of the most affordable ones compared to Mandarin Orchard Hotel (so much regret hahaha!) 

Of course, I am always looking out for sushi(s) whenever there's a buffet spread. Secondly, would be Mee Soto (if they have it). I am very fussy and picky when it comes to dessert and the desserts there weren't appealing enough for me. Hahaha! 

It's a good place for those people who know how to eat raw seafood like oysters, lobsters and crabs. I don't know how to eat those. So, it's not something I would go for. Once in a while probably yes? All the time, not really.

Another alternative would be Carousel! I guess it's much better! 






So Pho 

Serangoon NEX, 23 Serangoon Central
#B1-15

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone
6636 8195


I was hesistant to try So Pho in the first place because I couldn't imagine what Vietnamese cuisine would taste like. Probably because I've never tried it before. I was scared that it would destroy my taste buds but I was totally wrong!

I fell in love with it. It's a whole new different flavour and taste. I don't mind going there again!

IndoChili would be a great choice as well if you are into Indonesian cuisine. Been there once because both boyfriend and I, we were very willing to travel all the way to the west for it. Once in a while hahaha... Heard so many good reviews about it. That's why we were both curious to try it for ourselves. 






Garuda Padang


Changi Village 
Blk 4 Changi Village Road, #01-2086
Singapore 500004

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone
6585 0220



I've been to Garuda a few years ago at Vivo City (now no longer exist) and it was way better last time in terms of the restaurant setting. It was much more "atas" in a way because it looks like a dine in restaurant with marble table and comfy chairs. Now, it looks so horrible. I am sorry but I was shocked at how Garuda has now turn out to be. It feels like eating in a normal nasi padang place. 

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN PUT ASIDE.

What I love most about the food is that, there is the 'home cook food' kind of taste/feel. Nothing fancy but there's just something about the food that makes you just want to add in more rice and eat again. You need to learn how to eat food such as jackfruit and brinjal in order to love the food. It's very traditional.

The green chili chicken is my favourite :)




Le Steak By Chef Amri

248 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799472

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri & Eve of PH: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Phone
6556 3588



The steak was fairly okay. There's actually nothing much to say? Hahahaha! 





ButterScotch Cafe

Blk 164 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3625
Singapore 150164

Opening Hours
Tue - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone
6271 1164


Boyfriend brought me to this place for our 'date'. He told me that the photos he saw online was appealing and so, he wanted to try it for himself. I was excited to see what this cafe has to offer. He said the churros looks nice, and coincidentally I was craving for it, so why not?

After tasting what I have ordered, I felt so cheated. The chicken chop was good, the salmon egg benedict was alright, but the truffle fries and churros was disappointing? The fries came first, so it IS important for the first food to taste good so that I know that the rest of the food that I ordered would be equally as good or even better. I don't know how to describe the taste. One bite, and that was it. Left untouched.

On a positive note, the main dish was fine. As for my chicken chop, it would have been better if it was served with black pepper sauce instead? My mushroom sauce kept drying up. 









Don't take my reviews to heart. It's just based on my experience at that moment. Maybe wrong timing, maybe right timing? Hahaha! No harm trying it for yourself and tell me what you think of the food by dropping a comment below! The address mentioned in this post is the address that I went to. For some, there are more than just one outlet. So you would want to google.

That's all for now! Happy eating!!!