Crawfurd Medical Centre: Fractional C02 Resurfacing Laser Treatment Review

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As much as I want to be comfortable in my own skin, I find it nearly impossible to step out of the house without applying at least some foundation on my face. I wasn’t blessed with the most fantastic genes and was plagued by acne during my teenage years. Yup, you might have guessed it. My old acne scars just wouldn’t go away despite me having tried various creams that claim to eliminate or smooth out these awful blemishes. I was left feeling dejected each time I did not see any visible results after weeks of diligently applying these creams. Recently, I came across Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser, a form of laser skin renewal, and it certainly piqued my interest as I found out that it’s an effective yet non-invasive procedure that can help to address my concerns.

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Crawfurd Medical Centre is one of the clinics in Singapore that offers Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment and what’s really awesome is that Crawfurd Medical is a one stop facility that provides GP, Health Screening and Aesthetic services! How convenient is that? The clinic is located at Suntec City which is highly accessible by public transport. A few weeks back, I went for a consultation with Dr. Peter Chen to learn more about Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser and of course, to determine if this treatment is suitable for me!

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I was greeted by a very amiable Dr. Chen, who explained Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser to me in layman terms, which definitely made it easy for me to understand. In a nutshell, Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser works by using light energy to penetrate the dermal layer of the skin and remove areas of damage, while at the same time, stimulate collagen growth. It is a treatment used to combat acne scars, uneven skin tone, wrinkles and large pores. Apart from my old acne scars, I also raised another concern of mine, which is some pigmentation which has begun to form on my upper cheeks, probably the result of long sun exposure as I used to play a lot of tennis. Dr. Chen advised that he would rather under treat than to over treat this problem as there is a possibility of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which could worsen the problem. It was certainly a very insightful consultation session for me where I learned about what Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser could do for me! Noticeable results could be seen after the first session but it takes at least a couple of sessions to achieve optimal results, depending on individual skin condition.

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I was ushered into a treatment room and was asked to change into a robe. Elaine, the Head of Aesthetic from Alcove at Crawfurd, started the session by first cleansing my face.

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A good amount of topical numbing cream was applied thereafter.

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Elaine explained that the cellophane cling wrap will aid in better and faster absorption of numbing cream, which took all of 20 minutes to take effect.

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As you can see, these are the old acne scars and pock marks that had prevented me from heading out without any makeup!

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Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Chen first tested the moisture level of my face to determine the suitable level of laser intensity to be administered. Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser works in such a way that laser energy is delivered in tiny dots in a grid formation. I have a pretty low tolerance for pain but found the entire process to be quite tolerable. For the first round, it actually felt like having a rubber band hitting lightly on my face. I wasn’t used to the sensation initially and kept jolting, and Dr. Chen made sure that I was alright before proceeding with the laser treatment for the next targeted area of my face.

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For the second round, there was a very slight burning sensation, but it was still tolerable. The only thing that bothered me was the smell of my burnt skin that filled the room. Apart from that, it was all cool!

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Visible grid marks could be seen after the treatment but not to worry, they will go away in a few days!

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The immediate after-effects of the Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser treatment was a lobster red face and the feeling of getting a sun burn on the face.

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Elaine slathered on some Intensive Hydrating Marine Algae mask on my face, which felt very cooling and soothing to my red-hot skin. I drifted off to lala land for about 20 minutes and Elaine proceeded to peel off the mask for me. My face didn’t feel that hot and was really refreshed! I highly recommend it!

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As you can see in the photos that I have taken on a daily basis following the treatment procedure, my face was the reddest on Day 2. Scratching, scrubbing and sun exposure is not advisable as the skin is very sensitive during this recover period. When I needed to head out, I made sure I applied sunblock of at least SPF30 as advised by Elaine. My face felt itchy and by Day 3, my skin started to scab. I would say that there is very little downtime and I could apply light foundation whenever I wanted to head out of the house. During the recovery phase, it’s best to keep the face cool!

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I was also given some products by Nelly De Vuyst that helped my skin heal faster. Nelly De Vuyst is a premium skin care brand from the United States and its products are exclusively offered through spas and medical spas. It has a longstanding reputation as one of the most effective, anti-aging and corrective skincare line in the market.

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As my skin is slightly on the dry side, Nelly De Vuyst Cleansing Milk Hydrocell works really well for me as it contains ingredients that thoroughly and gently cleanse the skin while respecting the quality of the hydrolipidic film. The cleanser has a light and creamy texture, which helps to remove impurities from the face while leaving the skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. It is very gentle and perfect for dehydrated, sensitive and irritated skin conditions.

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My skin was red and felt raw after the Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser treatment, and Elaine told me to rub a few drops of Nelly De Vuyst Sensitive Skin Serum onto my palms before pressing the serum on my face. It is specially formulated for sensitive skin and visibly reduces any signs of redness. It also soothes inflammatory reactions, itching and irritation. Lastly, Elaine told me to apply the Nelly De Vuyst Sensitive Skin Cream whenever my face felt hot or itchy, as this cream helps comfort, hydration and softness to sensitive skin.

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Currently, there is a promotion code for my readers! Quote “CHARLENECMC15” for 15% off all Nelly De Vuyst and Douglas Laboratories products at Crawfurd Medical! And quote “CHARLENECMC” to try the Laser Skin Renewal @ $300 NETT!

CRAWFURD MEDICAL
3, Temasek Boulevard, #02-482, Suntec City Mall (North Wing between Tower 1 & 2), Singapore 038983
Mondays to Fridays: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Saturdays: 8.30 am to 1.00 pm
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Hokkaido: A Year-Round Paradise

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More than 19.7 million foreigners visited Japan in 2015, but ask any of these tourists and you’ll probably find more people who have visited popular destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto compared to places like Hokkaido. Indeed, many travelers have still not experienced the majestic beauty of Japan’s second-largest island and biggest prefecture. Suffice it to say that they’re missing out on a lot of things!

Separated from the island of Honshu by the Tsugaru straight, Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s prefectures. It is home to numerous national parks, luxury resorts, beautiful port towns, and a bustling capital city that hosts one of the world’s most mesmerizing winter festivals. In this article, you’ll find out just why Hokkaido is a perfect vacation paradise no matter what season of the year it is.

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Winter Wonderland

Hokkaido is probably best known for being a winter destination because of its world-famous powder snow, which is created by the arctic winds blown in from Siberia during the winter season. This dry, weightless snow falls on the island in huge amounts, blanketing its mountains in several meters of snow cover. As a result, many luxurious resorts have been built in the foothills and valleys between these mountains.

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If you visit Hokkaido in winter, consider staying at the Kiroro Resort, which is strategically located just 1.5 hours’ drive away from the prefectural capital, Sapporo. Here, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 21 meters of powder snow, abundant tracks, a modern high-speed lift system, training facilities, and a mountain club program. Families and those who just want to relax won’t feel out of place either, as Kiroro has restaurants, spa facilities, a pool, a karaoke hall, retail shops, indoor children’s activity centers, and a fitness center to keep everyone occupied. Moreover, it is just 30 minutes away from the quaint fishing town of Otaru, where you can order a delicious bowl of kaisen donburi—rice with seafood. The town also hosts the Snow Light Path Festival every February.

If you’re visiting at around that time, you can also check out the Sapporo Snow Festival, in which hundreds of ice sculptures and snow statues are built in parks around Sapporo. Furthermore, make sure to try one of the multitude of onsen (hot spring) baths in the island, where you can settle into after an active day on the slopes.

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Cherry Blossoms in Springtide

After thawing away winter’s chill, the island’s flora awakens in early March to welcome springtime. The best time to visit Hokkaido, though, is between early May and the middle of May, when the island really comes to life with the colors of blooming flowers.

Make sure to visit the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park near Yubetsu, where you can find rows upon rows of millions of colorful tulips. The landscape resembles a Dutch countryside, and the place even has a windmill to complete the look. In Takinoue Park, on the other hand, you’ll be able to see meadows and hills delightfully blanketed in pink moss phlox or shibazakura—truly a feast for the eyes. Finally, how could you visit Japan in spring and not see the cherry blossoms? The sakura is one of the most enduring symbols of Japanese culture, and in Hokkaido, the places to see them best are in the star-shaped Fort Goryokaku in Hakodate and in the parks around the graceful Matsumae Castle in Matsumae.

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Summertime Roaming

Summer is the probably the most popular season in Hokkaido among local Japanese tourists because it is when they try to escape the humidity in the south to take pleasure in the coolness of the island’s summertime weather.

In July, the geographical heart of the island attracts thousands of visitors who want to see the flower fields of Furano and Biei. In particular, the lavender fields here make for really scenic photographs.
Summer is also a great time to visit the island’s national parks. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Shiretoko National Park as well as the Akan National Park, where 3 beautiful lakes can be found. South of Sapporo, you can visit Lake Toya and Noboribetsu, where Hokkaido’s most famous hot springs are located.

Needless to say, you also shouldn’t miss Hokkaido’s urban attractions during summer. The mild and cool weather makes it the perfect time to stroll down the streets of the island’s major cities, including Sapporo, Hakodate, and Asahikawa.

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Fiery Autumn

The season of fall begins in Hokkaido in September. Although this month poses the highest risk for typhoons, October and November by contrast, are generally mild.

In Japan, autumn begins the north—particularly in the highlands of Hokkaido—earlier than it does in the southern island of Honshu. Deciduous trees all over island becomes awash in the red, orange, and yellow colors of fall, a spectacle to match the flower blooms of spring.

If you’re staying in the city of Sapporo, you can view the autumn leaves in places like Hokkaido University, the Nakajima Koen Park, the Ishiyama Open Space, and the Takino Suzuran Hillside National Government Park. Outside of the capital, there are many places where you can enjoy the autumn display. These include the Shiretoko National Park, the hell valley in Noboribetsu, the Lake Onuma Quasi National Park, the spa town of Jozankei, the Daisetsuzan National Park, and the Shiretoko National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Hokkaido is a fantastic holiday destination no matter what the season is. If you’re planning to visit Japan, spend at least a week in this northern wonder to experience the best that the island has to offer.

7 Reasons to Visit Baby Baby December 2016!

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Whoohoo! The end of the year is almost here! I guess we all know what that means. YESSS! Christmas is coming! Regardless of whether you have been naughty or nice, as long as you are a parent or parent-to-be, you really ought to head to Baby Baby Exhibition this December and pamper yourself with some goodies, especially since Christmas is around the corner!

Baby Baby Exhibition is organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd and targets new and expecting parents and parents with infants and toddlers between ages 0 to 2. If you have been to, or at least heard of Baby Baby Exhibition, you would know that it showcases a wide variety of products and services for parents under one roof! It is THE place to be if you wanna snag ultimate deals for yourselves and your little ones! Since 2011, this fun-filled baby event has gathered an average of 70,000 visitors! Heading into its sixth year in 2016, Baby Baby will be taking place from 2nd to 4th December at Singapore Expo Hall 6! Here are 7 reasons why you should not miss Baby Baby December 2016!

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1) Over 500 Brands and Star Buys

I’m a huge fan of Baby Baby Exhibition and ever since I was pregnant with Little misschewy back in 2013, I have always tried to squeeze out some time for this huge event and check out the irresistible offers and promotions, especially on essential items such as diapers, breast pump and milk bottles! This year, expect over 500 brands and Star Buys! It’s time to stock up on milk powder and diapers from MamyPoko, Moony, Huggies, Pampers, GOO.N, Gain IQ, Friso, Enfagrow, Nestle NAN, Similac and more! Plus, enjoy FREE Home Delivery with a minimum purchase of $300 in a single receipt! Cash and major credit cards accepted too!
Expect big brands like Philips Avent, Spectra, Capella, Aveeno, Parklon, Lamaze and more!

And for the very first time, exciting exhibitors and brands such as SweeTooth, Tokidoki, Blackmores, Kalila Organics, Kippins and Young Living will be joining the fair! OMG I can’t wait! At Baby Baby, new and expecting parents will be able to find all the necessities that they will need for a smooth parenting journey following the birth of their babies!

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2) Attractive Star Buys

Here are some of the attractive star buys that you can expect at Baby Baby December 2016:

• Philips Avent 3 in 1 Electric Steam Sterilizer Bundle at $159 (U.P. $206.90)
• Moony Wet Wipes Bundle (Comes with one case and one refill pack (i.e. 80 pcs x 8 pkts) @ $28 (U.P. $32.50)
• NEW in SG: SweeTooth Teether – 25% off usual price (minimum purchase of 2 pieces) U.P. $27.50

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Click here http://starbuy.babybabysg.com for full list of Star Buys and add them to your cart! What’s more, you can even personalise your wishlist to make your shopping easier! Just look at this bouncer! It’s going for $59 now instead of $119! That’s 50% off the usual price!

To prepare yourself better for your mega shopping spree, check out Baby Baby’s e-flyer which contains discount coupons that can be used at the respective booths at this link http://bit.ly/2gJ7wB0!

There’s even bottle trade-in promotions for Philips Avent, 5phases, Simba and Farlin!

3) Super Crazy Deals

At 2pm daily, be the first in line for Baby Baby’s Super Crazy Deals! It’s super crazy because it promises to offer the lowest deals in Singapore on necessities such as breast pumps, car seats, carriers, bouncers and more! There are more than 2,000 items with lowest prices guaranteed, some as low as $5 only! Told you, it IS super crazy!

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4) Bi-hourly Lucky Draws & Goodie Bags

And as if the special promotions are not enough to convince you, there are lucky draws conducted every two hours at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm daily! Prizes worth up to $15,000! Too good to be true! Also, by taking part in the lucky draws, you stand to fantastic prizes such as strollers, toys, a staycation package and more! You might just be the lucky one!

5) Goodie Bags Giveaway

To top it all off, be the first 1,000 visitors daily and redeem a FREE Baby Baby goodie bag worth more than $20! Goodie bags are to be redeemed at the redemption counter at 11am daily.

You can find these items in the goodie bags:
– VS Baby SG Baby Hat
– Kodomo Baby Wipes 10s
– Karihome Growing Up Milk Sachets
– Tendersoft Baby Wipes
– Tendersoft Pocket Tissue
– GOO.N Diaper NB Size Sample
– Tavola Risotto Chips (Assorted flavours)
– Naif $10 Vouchers (They are each $10 and have no minimum spend. They can also be used on the event day itself on non discounted items.)

Also, get exclusive Baby Baby Christmas Gift Wrappers with minimum $30 spent at Baby Baby 2016, while stocks last!

6) Baby Baby Stroller Park

Do you know that there will actually be a Stroller Park at Baby Baby, where you can test drive strollers on actual terrains right at the entrance of the Hall to Baby Baby? How cool is that? It will definitely contribute to your decision making in such a big ticket item! Expect brands such as Lucky Baby, Capella and more.

7) Demo Stage – first time at Baby Baby!

There will also be a Demo Stage if parents are keen on hearing what the renowned experts have to say about important topics such as Infant Massage, Babywearing and health-related topics!

Here are some topics that caught my eye:

• Infant Car Seat Installation by Elise Mawson, certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (Baby Car Seat Specialist)
• Be A 5-Star Safe Road User Today by Terry Tan from Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS)
• Childbirth Odyssey by Kong Choon Yen, HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula and Infant Massage Instructor.

Slots are still available, so register now! Limited seats available.

Fri, 2 Dec Slots: demostage-fri.peatix.com
Sat, 3 Dec Slots: demostage-sat.peatix.com
Sun, 4 Dec Slots: demostage-sun.peatix.com

Plus be among the first 20 to register and come down for the session to receive a limited edition goodie bag (worth over $10)!

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Baby Baby December 2016 is happening from 2nd to 4th December, 11am – 9pm (Fri & Sat) and 11am – 8pm (Sun), at Singapore Expo Hall 6! Mark your calendars! I’m ready for Baby Baby December 2016! Are you? Do say HI if you see me there! For more info:

Baby Baby website

Facebook page

Baby Baby Dec Event Page

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Disclaimer: Please note that photos are from last year’s event, so not all brands shown will necessarily be at this year’s fair. Check out the website for the fully updated list of vendors. Other T&Cs apply.

Combat Hair Loss with Plantur 21 Plus Giveaway!

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Have you wondered why hair is so important to women? Our hair is like an extension of ourselves which gives us our identities, and I would even like to go as far to say that our hair can also give away our age! I’m sure everyone has uttered the words ‘bad hair day’ at some point in their lives, and on a day like this, everything just seem to go downhill.

Yes! Our hair is that important to us! In the “Hair Does Matter” survey conducted in May 2015 initiated by Dr Wolff and carried out by Nielsen in Singapore, the results showed that as many as 90% of Singaporean women agreed that their self-confidence is affected by hair loss, and among those suffering from hair loss, 1 in 2 felt depressed because of it.

I didn’t take part in this survey but the results totally resonate with me. I know because I suffered from slight postpartum depression after giving birth, due to a myriad of reasons such as having to adapt to new additions in the family, and of course hair loss! Imagine having to scoop up a ton of hair after stepping out of the shower! Depressing much?! In fact, most women suffer from hair loss after giving birth due to stress and hormonal changes. From my point of view, it is also a vicious cycle! Stress causes hair loss, and hair loss causes stress! Even though this is a normal phase that most mothers go through, weak hair roots can also prolong or worsen the problem, which can ultimately prove to be a challenge. If you think that hair loss only affects older women, you are so wrong! Hair loss can affect younger women too! Premature hair loss can be triggered by mental or physical stress, and nutrient deficit due to poor diet.

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Of course, I did a simple research online and a few articles suggest that scalp massage and other home remedies such as making a hair mask using eggs and olive oil are some of the methods that can be used to combat hair loss. However, are they really as effective as they claim to be or are these just old wives’ tales? I want something that has been proven to be effective because at the rate that my hair is falling, I’m going to turn bald in no time! *GASP*

It is often overlooked that hair loss problems must be directly tackled at the hair root. Interestingly, Dr Wolff Research found that CAFFEINE is effective in preventing hair loss! I’m not asking you to go grab a cup of coffee right now, watch this short video and you will know why!

Caffeine is a key ingredient that helps to combat poor hair growth and premature hair loss when it is directly applied to the hair roots! Dr Wolff have since developed their own Nutri-Caffeine complex which protects the hair roots from premature exhaustion and providing the hair roots with sufficient energy to grow.

The Plantur 21 series is highly suitable for young women with hair loss problems as the activating Nutri-Caffeine complex penetrates and stimulates the hair roots during hair wash, and helps to recharge the roots by supplying energy to promote hair growth.

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Plantur 21 Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo is made using a unique galenic formula which allows the powerful Nutri-Caffeine complex to penetrate the hair follicles during hair washing, after just 120 seconds of residence time.

The Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo is suitable for all hair types, and is especially for color-treated and stressed hair. The shampoo also contains conditioning agents that repair the externally stressed hair!

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If your hair is frequently subjected to harsh conditions such as bleaching, colourations and heat treatments, you definitely need to treat your hair with the Plantur 21 Nutri Conditioner after shampooing! It is a must for me to use conditioner as it gives a nice silky shine and brilliance to my otherwise dull hair, and brushing is also much easier. The Nutri Conditioner contains fruit acid and active avocado ingredients that strengthen the hair structure and smooth hair surface, apart from micronutrients and caffeine that help combat hair loss.

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I have tried a few types of hair tonic previously but they are all either very greasy or requires thorough blow-drying of the hair before application, which in a way causes stress to the hair. In comparison, I really like Plantur 21 Nutri-Caffeine Elixir for its non-greasy texture and sweet fragrance. It does not make my scalp feel oily or make me look like I didn’t wash my hair for days.

The active ingredient complex in the Nutri-Caffeine Elixir travels along the hair shaft and forms a 24-hour ingredient depot in the scalp thereby providing protection from an energy deficit in the hair roots.

It is important to note that the elixir is a leave-on treatment which should not be rinsed out once it is massaged into the scalp once a day.

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My scalp definitely feels healthier after two weeks of using Plantur 21 products on a daily basis! Of course, I’m not going to stop using them just because my hair loss problem has seen an improvement. It has to be used continuously so that energy can be supplied to the hair roots to prevent hair loss!

The retail prices of the following Plantur 21 products are as follows:

Plantur 21 Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo: $18.90
Plantur 21 Nutri-Caffeine-Elixir $19.90
Plantur 21 Nutri-Conditioner $12.90

Plantur 21 is available in Guardian, selected Watsons, Unity, NTUC FairPrice, Cold Storage, Giant, NHG and independent pharmacies.

Thanks to Plantur 21, we are giving away THREE sets of Plantur 21 Shampoo and Conditioner! Simply share my Plantur post via my Facebook page www.facebook.com/missuschewy and leave a comment to stand a chance to win. Contest ends on 7th December 2016 and is only open to participants Singapore. Good luck! 🙂

$88++ Christmas Omakase at Fort by Maison Ikkoku

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Let me tell you a secret (ok it’s no longer one if you had seen my IG stories). I brought my baby to a bar. Well, not just any bar, but a gastrobar that specializes in bespoke cocktails. Not only that, this place is fast gaining popularity as foodies in Singapore have caught wind of the affordably priced 12-course omakase menu at just $68++ per person. That’s FORT by Maison Ikkoku for you! Located at the top of Fort Canning Hill within Pinacothèque De Paris, FORT is a cosy 30-seater space that takes in two seatings every night, at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. I would love to occupy a seat by the bar counter to watch all the magic unfold, if it wasn’t for the fact that I had to keep an eye on the little one in the stroller.

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The suave and youthful-looking Executive Chef cum Senior Master Mixologist, Ethan Leslie Leong, is also the Executive Director of Maison Ikkoku and FORT. He is renowned for his mixology skills and major brands such as CHANEL, Mont Blanc, Guess, Giorgio Armani, Diesel, Polo Ralph Lauren, Viktor & Rolf, agnès b and Penhaligon’s have chosen to collaborate with him to design bespoke cocktails to showcase during prestigious events.

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I had the pleasure of watching Ethan’s sidekick in action that evening. Matteo Cadeddu is an award winning mixologist from Italy and holds the title of Head Mixologist at FORT, where bespoke cocktails start from $23++. Matteo will come up with something interesting based on your preferences and if the drink is not up to your expectation, you can request to have it changed at no extra cost, although I think it’s unlikely to happen.

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I asked for something sweet, while misterchewy was leaning towards a savory choice. I would say that my Raspberry with Sake is a pretty safe drink; sweet and fruity. What’s not to like? The hubs was clearly impressed by his Earl Grey with Basil and Miso. Definitely very unique!

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If you are not a fan of alcoholic drinks, there’s always mocktails that are equally delicious!

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Without further ado, let’s take a sneak peek at some of the dishes we had as part of the Christmas omakase menu, priced at $88++ per person where more premium ingredients will be featured. Do note that the menu changes on a weekly basis, and is also subjected to availability of fresh, quality ingredients. The first course was Braised “Radish” with Konbo which had a slight tinge of bitterness from the radish, coupled with the kelp’s umami taste. Good start to our 12-course meal!

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Resting in a bed of delicious Asian dressing made up of soy sauce, ginger, coriander and a drizzle of lime, the Seared Tuna Carpaccio in Asian Touch was injected with a multitude of flavors that made it a joy to devour.

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Feast your eyes on this baby sitting atop a cube of ice. For an oyster lover, the Live Irish oyster with Caviar Lime, Salmon Roe, Wasabi Cress, Sake was a real treat! The oyster was plump and meaty, plus the juices packed a wallop!

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As harmless as the Signature Fort Roll might look, it actually turned out to be quite fiery with Chef Ethan’s very own chilli sauce blend! Stuffed with spicy maguro, onion sprouts and cucumber, the maki crunched wonderfully with every bite!

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The Aburi Salmon Sushi with Ikura was nothing short of amazing. Pop the entire piece into your mouth for that foodgasm experience! I love that the aburi-ed salmon had a light smoky flavor which lent an extra dimension to the overall dish.

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It was a brilliant idea to pair truffle with mac and cheese. Both misterchewy and I adored the Truffle Mushroom Mac & Cheese with Black Roe. The pasta was al dente, with just the right amount of creaminess. Our senses were elevated with the addition of truffle!

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I love eggs, especially one that had been submerged in hot water to create softy silky egg white and custardy egg yolk. The Free-range Onsen Egg was a good example that lived up to my expectation and more! You are supposed to beat the yolk and mix it in with the whites and garlic oil before slurping all that goodness!

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The presentation of the Uni Ikura Donburi took my breath away. It looks just like a mini terrarium, doesn’t it? We were told to mash everything together before taking in a spoonful, which was a little difficult. Would be great if there was some kinda sauce dizzled over this dish. Our overall experience at FORT was truly amazing. Loved the atmosphere and the energetic vibe! FORT is a great place for romantic dates and also boys’ or girls’ night out! I can foresee myself returning to FORT, without the kids of course. FORT is now taking in reservations for the month of December! At $88++ for its festive omakase menu, I would say that it’s very affordable and worth every dollar. Don’t miss out on it!

FORT by Maison Ikkoku
5 Cox Terrace
#01-02/03
Fort Canning Arts Centre
Singapore 179620
Tel: 63360507 / 93877197

Opening Hours:
Daily
4pm – 2am

Blend It Up Italian Fusion Restaurant by Celebrity Chef Peter Neo

Chef Peter Neo

A few years back, misterchewy and I had the privilege of meeting Celebrity Chef Peter Neo in person and trying his dishes at another restaurant. Chef Peter has since ventured out on his own and set up a cosy and quaint Italian fusion casual dining restaurant along Upper Paya Lebar Road. With 35 years of cooking experience and numerous awards under his belt, Chef Peter, who was trained in Italy, is highly regarded in the media and F&B industry in Singapore and has garnered numerous fans who are also returning customers over the years.

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Two-month old Blend It Up Italian Fusion Dining Restaurant aims to bring an Asian twist to Italian cuisine, using only the freshest quality ingredients and blending all of them together with their natural goodness to create the restaurant’s handcrafted soups, sauces and mains. Expect only authentic flavors that are free from any preservatives at Blend It Up!

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For starters, we had the Seafood Soup which was rich and tangy, and more importantly, packed with flavors of the ocean. There was also a chockfull of ingredients such as prawns, squid, mussels and clams.

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Using only the freshest mushrooms, the Wild Mushroom Soup had a very nice earthy taste that warmed the cockles of my heart. Great for slurping up on a chilly day!

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The accompany slices of bread are freshly baked in-house and Little misschewy enjoyed it so much.

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What’s the best way to eat a fresh squid? Grill it! The Whole Grilled Squid was first seasoned with homemade blend of mixed herbs, paprika, crushed black pepper, basil, and diced cherry tomatoes. After grilling, it was glazed with extra virgin oil and some lemon. The result was a wholesome piece of squid that was so tender and juicy, with its taste further enhanced by the seasoning.

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The Roasted Pork Belly with Porcini Sauce is our favorite dish at Blend It Up. The pork belly was slow-roasted till tender and was evenly marbled with fat, underneath a layer of crackling which was perfectly crispy. A few steps were involved in the making of this dish, which is Chef Peter’s secret! You wouldn’t believe how crispy the pork crackling was! The homemade Porcini sauce went very well with the roasted pork belly, but I preferred dipping the meat in the refreshing pineapple sauce to tone down the taste of the pork a little.

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The Salted Egg Spaghetti tasted almost like carbonara with a very faint hint of salted egg. Salted egg pizza is available too!

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Blend It Up Pizza is Chef Peter’s favorite pizza. The pizza was thin, doughy and crispy around the edges, topped with feta and mozzarella cheese, honey baked ham, mushroom, rocket leaves and a beautiful sunny side up.

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Little misschewy is quite a fussy eater but let me tell you that she ate at least two slices of pizza. It was that good!

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There is a variety of lava cakes such as chocolate, salted egg, pistachio and durian, at Blend It Up. We had the Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Gelato. The lava cake was moist and warm, and upon slicing, molten black sesame oozed out from it. Eat it together with the vanilla gelato for a taste of heaven!

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Thanks to Blend It Up, we have TEN $10 vouchers to give away! Simply comment on my Instagram and/or Facebook page by telling me what is your favorite Italian dish, and tag 3 friends in the comment, and also ‘Like’ Blend It Up’s Facebook page. Contest closes on 15th November 6pm and winners will be notified accordingly.

Blend It Up
325 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Quemoy Building
Singapore 534946
Tel: +65 6281 2688

Opening Hours:
Daily
11.30am – 3pm (Lunch)
6pm – 10:30pm (Dinner)

Furama RiverFront Singapore Family Staycation Review

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A big HELLO from The Chewys! It’s so difficult to take a proper family photo with two young kids these days and when we checked into Furama RiverFront Singapore for our staycation recently, we just had to pose for one in the gorgeous Family Room that we stayed in. We have made travel plans but it will only take place early next year, so in the meantime, Furama RiverFront promises to create equally memorable moments in their newly launched Family Rooms. Featuring a comfortable space with two queen beds in a colorful setting, The Chewys can attest to that!

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When we tapped the electronic card and entered our room, Little misschewy ran in excitedly before exclaiming, “Wow! So nice!” The colorful wall certainly brightens up the room and we all know how important colors are in our lives!

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The Family Rooms are spacious enough to accommodate up to two adults and two kids. Even though Mini misschewy has her own playpen at home, the four of us always co-sleep in our queen sized bed. It’s also the reason why we didn’t request for a baby cot for our stay at Furama Riverfront. Anyway, two queen sized beds! What luxury! Misterchewy and Little misschewy shared one bed, while I co-slept with Mini misschewy. It was awesome because I didn’t have to push any hand or leg out of my face, if you know what I mean! LOL.

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There was a platter of fruits and some titbits such as iced gem biscuits and peanut candies in the room. Little misschewy was quick to help herself to the biscuits while lounging on the couch watching cartoon. She really knows how to pamper herself la!

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Complimentary bottled water and hot drinks. Ooh there’s Milo too! Instead of using glasses, Furama RiverFront is thoughtful enough to place plastic cups and spoons in the Family Rooms. Don’t have to worry about kids breaking a glass and getting a bad cut from it!

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Look who’s helping herself to a packet of full cream milk from the mini-bar? What you see in there is complimentary!

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Bathrobes and bedroom slippers for adults and the little ones! Adorable!

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Toiletries for children are also included!

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Gotta love the step stool! Little misschewy was able to brush her teeth and wash her hands without having us to carry her.

The Square @ Furama
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After all the excitement, we got really hungry and proceeded to The Square @ Furama for late lunch.

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Children aged 4 years old and below dine for free when ordering from the special ala carte kid’s menu. Apart from that, there is a dedicated kid’s play area within the restaurant – Tykes @ The Square, with interesting and fun activities such as popular cartoon video screenings, activity sheets and free-play toys. Parents can finally eat in peace, but please don’t forget to watch over your kids while you eat ok!

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We ordered some fresh honeydew juice to quench our thirst on this hot day! Totally refreshing!

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We ordered from the a la carte menu and I had the Hainanese chicken rice. The portion was quite generous and it was so delicious that it definitely satisfied my chicken rice craving!

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It took quite a while for the hubs’ lamb shank to arrive but it was totally worth the wait. The meat was cooked till fork-tender and it was still very succulent! Should have paired it with a glass of red!

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As part of Furama RiverFront’s efforts to create a family-friendly environment for guests, they have introduced the Kid’s playroom – PAWS at level 1, for juniors aged 5-11 years old. Children get to jump around on the trampoline, build their dream castle or empire with blocks, LEGO, and practice their drawing skills on the black or white board. The little ones can enjoy cartoon screenings at PAWS as well. Babysitting services are available at a minimal cost, and can be arranged by booking a day in advance. Great for busy parents!

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As it had rained earlier that day, we decided to put off swimming to the next day. Furama RiverFront’s location is really convenient! The hubs and I wore the girls and we walked to Robertson Quay for dinner! It was a really short walk which took about 10 to 15 minutes. Loved the nightlife and variety of food choices there! But if you prefer to stay in the hotel, there’s buffet dinner available at The Square @ Furama!

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Watched a bit of cartoon before calling it a night!

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I didn’t wanna get out of bed the next morning because it was sooo comfy! By the time I woke up, it was already past 10am and the buffet breakfast closes at 10.30am! Misterchewy and Little misschewy went down to grab a quick bite while I continued to snuggle in bed with Mini misschewy.

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It’s time for a dip in the pool! Whoohoo!

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Little misschewy loveeees being in the water and she could hardly contain her excitement!

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We brought our own float along but the hotel also provides pool noodles and styrofoam water guns.

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Apart from the main pool, there is a baby pool which is great for kids to waddle in!

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This is definitely the highlight of our stay! A gigantic inflatable waterslide! Even I got excited!

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Little misschewy was initially a little afraid to go down the slide, but with much encouragement from misterchewy and I, she finally did it! It was so fun that Little misschewy kept asking for “last one” when we told her it was time to go! We will be back next time!

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Starting from $268 only, Furama RiverFront is having a special #FuramaKids staycation bundle which includes the following privileges:

– Complimentary breakfast
– Complimentary wifi
– Kids amenities upon request
– Access to swimming pool and Children’s play room – PAWS
– 50% discount for lunch/ dinner at The Square @ Furama and Kintamani
– Room accommodates 02 adults and up to 02 children (below 12 years old)
– Extra-bed is not allowed
– Enrolment to FURAMAfirst program with Gold status

Applies to bookings till 31 December 2016 and for stays till 31 March 2017.

Furama Riverfront
405 Havelock Road
Singapore 169633

For reservations:
Tel: +65 6739 6464
Email: reservations.riverfront@furama.com