Showing posts with label Reviews n Recommendations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reviews n Recommendations. Show all posts

Friday, July 3, 2020

YOGA SEEDS - my First Yoga lesson!

Since the beginning of this new decade, I resigned from my long-time employment as a nurse in KK Hospital.
It would have been my ninth year there, it was a love-hate relationship I had with my work.
I used to enjoy what I did, until there came a point where I was constantly asking myself if that was what I would be doing for the rest of my life. My answer was No.
If I didn't need the money, would I still be working there? No.
In ten years, do I see myself still working there? No.

I decided to resign. With no plans.
I was scared, terrified. But I knew I had to do it for goodness' sake. LOL
I needed to take a break to find my feet again, to find my directions.

My farewell party on my last day:

Sad to leave my colleagues behind but there, I am finally free!

There were many things I always wanted to try but couldn't find the time when I was working full-time.
One of them is YOGA.
Even though I held an 8-to-5 job in KKH, evenings were a mad rush for me to rush home, make sure my kids have dinner, playground time, shower, finish up any pending homework which they need help in, prepare for the next day's school / CCA/ tuition if any etc etc, it was like learning how to fly a plane in 2 hours.
My day-to-day life was so mad hectic/ mundane/stressful/rushed and I absolutely RESENTED it.

SO NOW, I can finally start on learning something new - learning Yoga at YOGA SEEDS.

Yay to Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker~!

Located at Bishan Park, a north-central location, it was quite easy for us to get there.

: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569932.
Head to Bishan Park CARPARK A.
Once you are in the carpark, head left all the way past Aramsa Garden Spa and The Bund and you will find Yoga Seeds.

Welcome to the Shala :)
The class was live-streamed for members who wanted to practice in the comfort of their own homes.

Our cui faces after class :P

If you're new to yoga like me, here's a chart for easy reference on which types of Yoga is beginner-friendly.
Some house rules in Phase 2 of Circuit Breaker:

Our instructor for today's Hatha class, Melody, was very friendly and helpful in teaching us how to adjust our postures.
She also gave alternative poses if we could not achieve what the advanced yogis could.
It made newbies like hubby & me felt at ease and not at a loss of what to do like when I did Zumba for the first time - my hands-feet-eye-coordination was all over the place!

If you're unsure where / how to start with your Yoga journey, Yoga Seeds has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for newcomers.
I highly recommend you to check out Yoga Seeds on their website!
Class schedules can be found here.

We will be back for more lessons for sure!
Thank you Melody, Wendy and Vic from Yoga Seeds for this wonderful opportunity :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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When it comes to CNY shopping this year, I just want everything to be fast and easy.
I can't be in a busier time in my life right now - Adam just started P5 (his last year before PSLE), and Ashton has started P2 (bye bye honeymoon year).
Come February, my days will be spent sending and fetching them around their school/ enrichment/ tuition.

When contacted me to collaborate, I jumped for joy.
I was gonna have 1kg of charcoal-roasted goodness delivered right to my doorstep!

Let's check out the food stuff:

What website says:
"At Bak Kwa Delivery, we are highly invested in the quality of our Bak Kwa. Unlike other Bak Kwa shops who have given up the traditional methods of roasting Bak Kwa in favour of newer methods, we are still roasting Bak Kwa the same way it has been done since the 20th Century.
Charcoal roasted and bamboo sieved, our Bak Kwa gives off a mind-blowing unique fragrance and taste you’ll not find anywhere else."
 To order, simply click on SHOP.
Currently, as of 14/01/2020, the Spicy Bak Kwa option is out-of-stock, they are only left with their classic Traditional pork slices, going for $55.90 per KG (that's about 12 huge slices with each slice bigger than a piece of Gardenia bread).

There is a flat rate delivery fee of $12.90, regardless of your amount of order.
I feel the delivery fee is a wee bit pricey, but it beats having to pay for parking and queuing for hours even before opening hours to get your hands on another competitor brand.

Their website also claimed that speedy delivery can be done in 2 hours, depending on availability. 
Simply put, it was Charcoal-roasted, Bamboo-sieved goodness.
They also make great gifts for family and relatives without you having to purchase them physically at stores.
Do check out for your last minute CNY shopping!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Roses are red, violets are blue.

Someone other than my husband sent me flowers.

Long-stemmed red roses with baby's breath that absolutely swept me off my feet and took my breath away.

Only this secret lover will know what are the right buttons to push.
You see, I am an old soul who derives pleasure from things like good books, movies in bed, and gardening during my free time. 

Black dress: ASOS
Strappy heels: Stuart Weitzman

Sunset, roses and champagne - what a deadly combination.

"She is a mystery, but allow me to uncomplicate her for you. She isn't impressed by material things.
She's a romantic; all she wants is love, conversation, and wine."
- Jonny Ox

The secret lover I was referring to is Floral Garage Singapore.

Floral Garage is a local florist that caters to every kind of events, ranging from parties to corporate events.
Also, when I was browsing through the catalogue, there were Sooooo many pages to choose from and in the end I decided that I shall just stick to good ol' roses instead.

If you're fickle-minded like me and cannot decide which bouquet to choose for your spouse/ partner/ friend/ loved ones, you can always count on Floral Garage's "Freestyle service" which is their signature service.
Just tell them what are your preference of colours/ types of flowers, what to avoid, occasion, and leave the rest to them.

Floral Garage also offers same day delivery so you can be sure your loved ones can receive top speed service.
Thank you Chesna and Floral Garage for the partnership. The roses brightened up my day and brought a smile to my face!
I am sure you guys will continue to dazzle other deserving recipients with your lovely bouquets!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Better Florist: flower-sending made easy and affordable.

I received flowers today!
It's been quite awhile since I did.
But not from my husband obviously. Cos when I told him I received flowers, he asked if they are from my admirer #rollmyeyes.

Nonetheless, it is such a lovely bouquet :)

Buddy is thinking "Which is nicer Mummy? My crest or these petals?"

Thank you A Better Florist for this special delivery. They really brighten up my home and my mood!

There are, without a doubt, many floral shops in Singapore. But why should you choose A Better Florist? 

If you haven't heard of A Better Florist, here's a bit of information about them:

A Better Florist in Singapore believes that there's a story behind every bouquet they send out, whether it's for a birthday, an anniverary, a wedding, or even just something for yourself.
A Better Florist offer express delivery and makes the whole affair of sending and receiving flowers easy, affordable, and fuss-free.

Their flowers are sourced directly from flower farms in Cameron Highlands and as a result, only the freshest flora are used while keeping prices affordable.

Their intuitive website means that in just a few clicks, you can send an arrangement of flowers to anyone, anywhere in Singapore on the same day.
Free same-day delivery service is available between 9am - 6pm.

As if Singapore isn't enough, A Better Florist recently expanded into Hong Kong's and Dubai's markets as well!

For the green-fingered, besides ordering flowers, did you know that you can also sign up for floral arrangement courses at A Better Florist

Do check out A Better Florist for your dose of fresh flowers today.

P.S. With flower-sending so easy, there's no excuse for the husband now :P
Thank you A Better Florist for sending me this beautiful bouquet called The Josephine. 
I really adore the fragrance of fresh flowers that greet me every morning in my balcony.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

POSB Smart Buddy smart watch.

Hi, my name is Veron and I am not a tech-savvy person, period.
I still prefer to receive hardcopy bills and bank statements, and for the same reason, I never, ever pay my bills online.
Once, my Hubby chided me for being kayu, but he stopped after he accidentally paid the same bill TWICE because the screen hung and he clicked "Pay" again.
This further convinced me that technology can be evil.

I first heard about POSB's Smart Buddy watch on Kiss 92 FM while driving to work, and as expected, I had mixed reactions.

Firstly, for P1 and P2 Math, there are money components which require students to count, subtract and add money.
To prep Adam for recess, I spent a considerable amount of time letting him handle physical money and let him buy food at the foodcourts.
I am not sure how cashless is going to help the children in this Math topic.

But like it or not, CASHLESS is here to stay and will be the way to go.
source: SGAG

Have you guys seen this meme already? LOL

I was caught by surprise when I found out how advanced China is in terms of Cashless payments.
Did you know you can pay for anything in China simply by scanning the QR code and paying through Wechat or Alipay
Customer using cashless payment by scanning QR code and paying through Wechat.

This was further confirmed by my colleague who shared a video on Facebook about a roadside peddler allowing customers to pay via Wechat (picture above).
Holy macoroni are they serious?! Where in the world have I been?!!!
Introducing the POSB Smart Buddy (aka my-son-is-savvier-than-me) watch:

Smart Buddy is the world's first in-school savings & payments device wearable on your child's wrist.
Currently, there are 24 schools participating in this Smart Buddy program and you can find the list of schools HERE, or if your child's school isn't one of the participating schools, you may REQUEST for his/her school to participate via HERE (because that's the only way you can get this watch, you can't buy it from POSB branches).

The Smart Buddy watch is linked to an App on your mobile device, and you can track his or her expenditure, set the allowance limit, and see what he or she has bought during the day.
Sometimes, kids tend to overspend on stationery.

Features of Smart Buddy Watch:
- Manage your child's daily allowance limit
- Monitor your child's expenses
- Set savings goals
- Track the amount your child has saved
- Track whether your child has boarded the bus home or to school
- Track your child's location within the school
- Can be used at selected merchants like Sheng Siong, Popular, Pizza Hut, Comfort Delgro etc.

Adam's school is currently not one of the participating schools for Smart Buddy program but  here are some feedback from students/ parents whose kids are:
- No more worrying about forgetting to put money into kids' wallets.
- Don't have to worry if child loses his or her wallet in school/ bus.
- Do not have to worry about extortion of money from bullies.
- If your child suddenly needs to purchase eg. a file/ exercise book and you didn't give him/ her extra pocket money, he/she can purchase using the Smart Buddy watch (if the expenditure exceeds the daily allowance limit, he/she can call the parent to increase the limit)

So yeap, if you wish your child can use this smart watch, you may request for his/her school to participate in this program, it won't replace cash, it is merely an alternative payment method for the kids! And psst, I heard there are separate (ie. faster) queues in the canteens if you choose to tap & pay.

*Thank you POSB for the opportunity to attend your media briefing, you guys are fabulous!
You've absolutely changed my mind about going cashless, so much so that I'm tempted to use the watch for myself, linked to my hubby's bank account of course :P

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Restaurant reccomendation: Sa Yum Thai restaurant @ Club Street

Few things make my day as much as spending time over a hearty meal with family and loved ones.
Thanks to fellow mummy-blogger Ju Ann, Andy & I got the chance to be invited to a new eatery in town.

When you think of Club Street, mental images of bars and alcohol come to mind, but right smack in the middle of it sits a newly opened Thai restaurant called Sa Yum. 

Sa Yum is located near the public car park, in fact it is not difficult to locate it if you just walk up-slope from the car park.

I spot Sa Yum's yellow canopy!

Sa Yum Dining Room
42 Club Street, Singapore 069420.
Tel: 62211180

I really like the small, intimate setting in the restaurant.

The brightly lit interior adds a cheerful touch.

Click on the image for the full sized menu and prices.

This Thai iced milk tea is a staple beverage for me whenever I order Thai food :)
Hubby is drinking their iced coffee.

Introducing the first dish on our set menu: Grilled Issarn Sausage, a traditional Thai pork sausage served with sweet chilli dip and pickled vegetables.

Chicken Tom Kha soup - Thai coconut soup with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and galangal (a type of underground shoot which resembles ginger)

It is not spicy yet very flavourful so Adam and Ashton both slurped it up as well.

Larb Gai - A Northern Thai staple minced chicken salad, $15.
This is slightly spicy with chopped chilli padi inside, but when eaten together with the mint leaves it gives a refreshing lingering taste in the mouth.
It's my first time trying this and I'm glad I did (I usually stick to conservative dishes which I already know whenever I eat out).

Prawn Pad Thai fried noodle - thin rice noodles stir-fried with egg, Chinese pickles in a tangy tamarind sauce, $12/ $15.
I like their generous servings of bean sprouts and prawns, especially when mixed with the ground peanuts and sprinkled with green lime.

Mango sticky rice - $10.
Who doesn't love the sticky glutinous rice with coconut milk and sweet/sourish mango? I know I do!
Even though this came as the last dish (dessert), we had no problems polishing it off the plate.

For the kids - American fried rice with Spam and deep fried chicken skin, $12.
Warning! This is easily an adult-portion!
We had to pack 1 plate of this because our boys shared this enormous serving.

Here's what Adam had to say about his meal:

Sa Yum's motto is - Good food, good mood!

With the chef Wanida, and Amanda :) and of course my Ashton who forever sticky to me but doesn't like to smile properly at the camera *facepalm*

Thank you for your generosity and hospitality, Sa Yum!
We are humbled by your graciousness and the food is truthfully very Yum-my!
I took 2 days to look through the menu before getting back to Amanda because I couldn't decide what to order! LOL.
I love pineapple fried rice with the meat floss on top but also want to try new stuff I've yet to taste.
Arghhh tough decisions! Hehee..
Sa Yum also has alcoholic beverages, so this is a great joint for those looking for a great meal and waterhole.

Will be back to try other items which we have not eaten last week :)

** Sa Yum is pleased to offer all MUMZILLA's readers a 15% off your bill (excluding alcohol), valid until 18 April 2017, just quote "MUMZILLA2017" when you pick the tab :)
Please call +65 62211180 for reservations today.