Birthday month! April is my favourite time of year for obvious reasons.
Watching this makes me feel so incredibly grateful to be alive and even more thankful for all the wonderful people I’ve been blessed with in this short life. Thank you each and every one of you who took the time to celebrate my birthday with me – whether over a meal, drinks, an activity (extra love!) or even if just to drop me a line to wish me. My nearest and dearest, you know who you are.
So many cakes, so many birthday songs and even more precious memories.
On top of all the cake-cutting, I managed to drag the girls ice-skating with me (pulled the birthday card), made it to Johor Bahru (JB) old town for a spot of shopping, cafe hopping and “kuay chap” (they call it “kway tiao kia” across the Causeway though!), finally walked to Hong Lim for lunch and caught Tropicana The Musical.
Also braved the crazy crowds at Art Box, against my better judgement, checked out Muchachos and got a haircut (back to bangs!)!
It’s been a really busy time. I know I say that all the time, but it still amazes me how life can actually get busier from not-so-long-ago states of busyness. (That’s a mouthful! But I know you get what I mean. =))
Other than hosting jobs and producing content for my YouTube channel, the past few months have also kept me busy coming up with fresh content for DELLAA (check out our Facebook for all the goodies; website to be up soon!). We also just moved to a new office, which took up more time, and I have been actively interviewing people to join the team (hit me up on DELLAA’s Facebook if you’re keen!).
On top of that, I try to keep up with the few things I prioritise: fitness, family and spiritual time. If you’ve been following me, you know that I prefer morning workouts as it starts the day right, energises me and also makes me feel like I haven’t “eaten” into my busy day by starting at a time when many are still asleep.
However, netball season has started and I train two nights a week with two different teams – that means only five free nights left. Slot in family time (both for my own family as well as for my in-laws), time with my girlfriends (I need girl talk to keep me sane!), time for religion (to keep me centred) and time for voluntary work (I have been committed to the same group for over 10 years now) and there really isn’t a lot of time left with the person who keeps me the happiest, most centred and most grounded.
The husband is as busy as I am with a coporate job and many interests that also include team sports, family time as well as time on his drums. In all this busyness, we don’t get a whole lot of time together, so when I was offered a full day of food and fun for two at The Centrepoint Mall, I jumped at the chance!
I was booked in for a hair styling session at Hair-Mori Salon to start – to pretty me up for the date! This is a Korean salon and my Korean stylist, Joel, gave me very K-pop-esque bouncy curls, which I love.
A little peckish by then, but didn’t feel like anything too heavy (we knew there was a massage next, and it is really uncomfortable getting a massage when overly full), so decided to grab a light snack and a juice boost at The Café by HIIC.
They have such pretty acai bowls, that we even packed some home for brekkie the next day!
I felt very healthy after having one. Is this how people who make the choice to “eat clean” feel?
Vitamins for the day, sorted and then some!
Next stop was to Elements Wellness to relax with a couples massage session. My therapist, Jess, was very friendly, and I felt very comfortable and relaxed with her soothing voice and experienced hands.
Way to start the day on the right note!
We stopped next at dal.komm COFFEE so he could get his java fix – and I could get a drink as well.
Fans of Korean television drama series would know that this Korean café chain was featured in the popular show, “Descendents of the Sun (D.O.T.S)“ (I unfortunately still have not made the time to watch this or any other Korean series!). This café at The Centrepoint Mall is its first flagship outlet.
I like how they have a good variety of non-coffee drinks for non-coffee people like me! I got the very refreshing iced Honey Grapefruit – admittedly because I love honey (the grapefruit was more a way for me to act healthy, lol). It was a good balance of sweet with just a touch of tanginess, which is the way I like it. The honey is apparently harvested in-house, and each cup is topped with diced fresh grapefruit. Yums!
Just outside the café is Origins, a skincare brand the husband introduced me to when we first started dating years ago (okay more like, a skincare line I discovered when I found it in his bathroom and helped myself to, LOL). The products I found then were the frothy facial wash and the charcoal mask, and I liked how both were gentle on my sensitive skin, yet worked to cleanse well. We stocked up on these and a few more items while there!
I prefer to shop for clothes on my own (I’m one of those fussy shoppers who takes ages trying and deciding), so the final shop stop was Metro, where we had to pick up a few essentials like towels (ours are looking a little worse for wear). Homeware shopping is also something T enjoys very much – most of the rugs, candles, plants etc. in our home were bought by him!
Finally, we rounded up our fun day out together with a dinner date at Kyoaji.
We both loved the freshness of the produce – check out that sashimi platter brimming with goodness from the sea!
We also enjoyed the creative dishes prepared for us by chef John Phua, like this Kani Tofu (crabmeat beancurd) dish. The tofu is made in-house and is soft yet savoury. It gives way to the sweetness of crabmeat within, and is drizzled with a foie gras-tasting sauce on top. Sounds strange, but totally works!
Another favourite was this Gyuniku Fagura Sauce (grilled beef with goose liver sauce). The beef was done to perfection, juicy, with the right mix of fat, and the foie gras sauce proved a very umami and decadent pair to the meat.
The last of the March vlogs! Warning: a lot of eating and good food in this last one.
Took a quick trip across the Causeway to Johor Bahru for lok lok and more yummy Malaysian eats, indulged in one of my staples, ma la xiang guo at Chinatown, and checked out a hotpot place I haven’t yet gone to – Hua Ting at Claymore Connect.
Also come and ‘kaypoh’ my date nights with the husband – we do very boring things like book shopping, and dinner – if I had my way, it’d be Chinese (Shanghainese or Szechuan!) food always! This time it was at one of my favourite Chinese restaurants, Imperial Treausre Shanghai.
Found time to squeeze in a night skate and checked out iLight festival at Marina Bay as well, then rounded off the month with friends coming to visit me at the new office building, some bad badminton (I am still rubbish at this sport!), and the famous Seng Kee minced pork noodles with kakis Jaime Teo and Michelle Chong – watch for fun videos with these two soon!
March continues to play out, and it got even busier with almost a week of shooting for Make the Future Singapore – I interviewed Pixie Lott and Nathan Hartono! Full interview videos out soon.
Come behind the scenes of a lingerie shoot with me (for Style X Style), enjoy a jazz champagne brunch and check out the awesome Singapore skyline atop a skyscraper. Also suffer a TCM traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) session with me when I saw a sinseh for my twisted ankle and catch snippets of Pixie Lott performing live in Singapore – with antics from Rozzie and I attempting to sing along as she did!