Uchino Towels and Embroidery Service

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Have you ever wondered how a towel can make or break your day? I have had my fair share of having to deal with mediocre quality towels that either do not absorb water very well or they shed fluff onto my skin. And this is not the worst part. I once committed a horrible mistake of throwing our clothes and towels into the washing machine, instead of washing them separately and ended up with our clothes all covered in fluff. GASP! I have since learned my lesson but was also bent on investing in better quality towels for the entire household. I’m so glad that I found Uchino because it certainly changed our lives for the better!

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Uchino is a Japanese brand that is known for its dedication in its desire to create the world’s finest towels and towel wear with quality materials according to Uchino quality standard. Uchino believes that quality towels should begin with the start of life. Great emphasis has been placed on the manufacturing process, and the towels have acquired Oeko-Tex® Class 1 (for infants) Certification, which is the most stringent quality standard for the towel industry. This means that the items are pleasant to use and can be trusted even when coming into contact with babies’ mouths.

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My husband and I got our hands on the Uchino Air Waffle towels in pink for me and blue for him. Like its name suggests, the texture of the towel is pleasantly light and airy, with a unique waffle weave design. I’m not sure about you but it is definitely my first time coming across such a towel! The material is 100% cotton and made of hollow fibre. It is now my favorite towel of the lot because it is soft, breathable, absorbent and light weight! I have bad experiences with towels getting ridiculously damp after just one use but the Uchino Air Waffle dries in no time! Super like!

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Uchino also has a wide range of towel products that cater to babies and young children.

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The Accototo range features really adorable designs like marine life, safari animals and farm animals!

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Besides sleep wear and towels, there are also small handkerchiefs and bibs.

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Apart from the Accototo kids range, Uchino also has Hello Kitty and Disney themed towels. I really had a hard time choosing and finally decided on the Minnie Mouse towels for Little misschewy! I’m sure she loves her new towels as she excitedly went, “Mao! Mao!” (Which means ‘mouse’. LOL), and also “Chanelle 的!” Yes, that’s Chanelle’s names being embroidered on all her towels!

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If you like personalizing your stuff, you would be glad that Uchino provides this awesome embroidery service! However, embroidery service is not available for the Uchino Air Waffle range as it is too thin to be embroidered. I selected the cursive fonts B in 2cm for Little misschewy’s bath towel and 1cm for her face and hand towels.

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These are just some of the many icons that are available and they are optional.

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The Uchino staff at the store let me have a preview of the final artwork before the real work began!

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I was impressed by this embroidery machine. It is very high tech and Chanelle’s towels were all embroidered at lightning speed! I would say it took only about 10 minutes per towel!

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Fresh out of the embroidery machine!

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The embroidery adds a nice personalized touch to the towels and I reckon it makes a really great gift!

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Don’t you think that this is really cool? You can even turn your drawings into embroidery on towels!

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Getting all warm and snuggly in her new towel after her bath!

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Join us as one of Uchino’s satisfied consumers today! Uchino products are available at major departmental stores such as Takashimaya, Isetan, and Tangs.

Celevenus Aesthetic and Wellness Clinic

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Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and while I do consider myself rather lucky for being married to a man who firmly believes he snagged a beautiful wife, I think he needs to get his eyes checked. Hahaha jokes aside, I was never confident about my appearance. Even though I had lost some weight after my pregnancy, I still look plump because of my perpetually round face. This photo was taken during our Phuket trip in January 2015. This was my face at its roundest! :O

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Photo taken during our Hong Kong trip in March 2015.

Apart from my round face, I really dislike how flat my nose was. My nose bridge is totally non-existent! The hubs used to tease me endlessly about my ‘cute’ nose and about how funny my side profile looked because I don’t have a nose bridge.

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Many a time I found myself contemplating going under the knife to enhance my nose but I just didn’t have the guts to do so. I sounded my parents and misterchewy out by casually lamenting about my flat nose and how a nose job would solve my problem, only to have poor Michael Jackson dragged into the picture. Lol.

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Photo taken during our Bangkok trip in July 2015.

Hahaha ok this is not the most glamorous photo of us but can you see my nose bridge! Yes I finally have one! 😀

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Like WHOA. Suddenly my nose is as sharp as misterchewy’s! No teasing from him anymore! I didn’t go for any plastic surgery but chose to undergo an aesthetic procedure that is extremely safe and non-invasive!

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I visited Celevenus Wellness & Aesthetic Clinic sometime around end May last year. Celevenus is Singapore’s premier aesthetic clinic which offers an extensive range of the latest cosmetic technologies and professional treatments, targeting various parts of the body such as face, neck, eye, hair and scalp.

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During my first visit, I had a thorough consultation with Dr Dylan Chau, one of the leaders in his field and also a Sculptra trainer for doctors. Needless to say, the first thing Dr Chau pointed out was my nose. He then went on to discuss about working on my other imperfections like round lower face contour, square jaw, and hollow tear troughs. Sounds like a plan!

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My first session took place about two weeks after my consultation with Dr Chau and I was nervous as I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, yet excited about the prospect of finally having a nose bridge. Dr Chau shared with me that PDO (polydioxanone) Thread Lifting is an effective facial augmenting and skin tightening procedure that has been very popular in Korea due to its safe, fast and effective results. When the PDO threads are inserted into the skin, they act as a structure in supporting, shaping and lifting the face. At the same time, the threads will also stimulate skin tissue to create new tissue fibroblasts and collagen, which produces a tightening effect from inside out. As these threads are biodegradable, they are gradually absorbed by the body, leaving nothing behind but only the integrated tissue structure under the skin due to collagen synthesis, and it will continue to hold for up to 24 months.

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PDO Thread Lift can be applied to anywhere on the body, including the face, eye corners, cheeks, double chin, neck, forehead, laugh lines, forearm and abdomen. The PDO threads are so versatile that they can also be used to heighten the nose bridge, giving it a natural elevated look. The latest PDO threads can even used to enhance the nose tip! This is something that cannot be done with dermal filler injection. It can potentially last 2 years as compared to fillers which only last for 6 to 12 months. What I feel is most important is that the result is a more natural-looking, structured nose!

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The husband was with me throughout the procedure and immediately after the PDO threads were inserted through my nose, he expressed his bewilderment with the instant results right before his very eyes. Looking at this photo, I’m amazed too!

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Like I mentioned earlier, PDO threads are very versatile and they were also used to sharpen my lower face contour for that highly sought after ‘V-shaped’ face. Apart from my nose and lower face contour, Dr Chau injected Sculptra into my hollow tear troughs to create volume to those sunken areas. Hollow tear troughs worsen the appearance of my dark eye circles, making me look tired and older than I really am. Sculptra was also injected into my cheeks to give them more volume. Fuller cheeks make one look so much younger! Sculptra is a kind of liquid face lift which boosts the skin’s own collagen production for facial volume at desired areas, creating a more natural look as the results are gradual and improve with time.

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I think I was quite garang to have so many procedures done all at once to my face because my face swelled up like a chipmunk’s that night! However, I didn’t regret my decision because I wanted to see the vast effects clearly. This selfie was taken about two weeks after my face had completely recovered and when there was no more swelling.

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A few weeks later, I went back to Dr Chau for my square jaw reduction procedure. Even though PDO threads had been inserted to create a sharper lower face contour, Dr Chau suggested enhancing it by injecting Dysport (Botulinum toxin) to relax the jaw muscles, making them exercise less. To top it all off, Dr Chau even went a step further to inject dermal filler to my chin to make it more prominent, resulting in an even sharper V shaped face!

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I didn’t know how different I look until I compared my Before and After photos. Many friends actually came up to me and complimented that I look really good now but so far, I haven’t been asked if I did anything to my face. I only shared about the above non-invasive aesthetic procedures with a group of friends when one of them asked which photo editing app do I use to enhance my features! This blog post is for all the ladies (and gentlemen) who would love to enhance their facial features and achieving that natural, soft look! If you are keen to know more, head over to http://www.celevenus.com.sg/ or schedule a consultation with Dr Chau soon!

Be At Your Best with Anlene Concentrate!

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As I’m fast approaching my 30s, I find myself worrying about my bone health and running the risk of Osteoporosis due to insufficient calcium intake and poor absorption. Although we may be agile and physically mobile in our youth, we should not take our bone health for granted. It is only a matter of time that our everyday mobility will be compromised in the later stages of our lives if we do not take in enough calcium in our younger days.

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I like to get my calcium from milk and with so many types of milk in the market, the first brand that comes to my mind is Anlene, the Number #1 Adult Milk Powder brand in Singapore. I first got acquainted with the brand during my primary school days as I had seen my grandmother consuming powdered Anlene. In fact, Anlene has an impressive 20-year track record as the leading bone health product in Asia, with a mission to raise awareness of the importance of bone health to retain our mobility, in order to pursue our passions and live life to the fullest! Anlene is not just available in the powder form and a brand for the elderly. It is available in a convenient ready-to-drink form for all adults, especially for busy full time working mothers like me!

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Not many people are aware that besides the consumption of sufficient calcium, it is equally crucial that our bones are able to absorb the calcium we consume. If our bones’ ability to absorb calcium is poor, we need to take in an even greater amount of calcium to compensate what is not being absorbed. Of course, there’s only this much calcium that one can consume on a daily basis! Now here’s the good news. Anlene products are enriched with a scientifically-formulated mix of calcium and other essential bone nutrients which include vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium to ensure enhanced calcium absorption and bone strength!

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Out of all the Anlene products, I would personally recommend Anlene Concentrate as it contains 4 times the amount of calcium of regular fresh milk. Simply put, instead of having to gulp down 4 glasses of fresh milk, you only need to drink 1 packet of Anlene Concentrate for the same calcium intake! Based on Health Promotion Board Food Composition Guide Singapore, we need to consume about 800mg to 1000mg of calcium daily. That’s 8 glasses of fresh milk a day! Since each pack of Anlene Concentrate provides 500mg of calcium per pack, consuming 2 packs of Anlene Concentrate will help meet our bodies’ daily calcium needs!

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So much goodness in a small packet of Anlene Concentrate milk, so full of win! I cannot imagine having to lug a carton of fresh milk with me everywhere I go, just to make sure I meet my daily calcium needs. Anlene Concentrate is compact and fits nicely into my bag, and all I need is only two packs a day! Anlene Concentrate is available in 4 delicious flavours at all leading supermarkets islandwide – Black Sesame, Chocolate, Fat Free with Collagen and Vanilla! I have a strong preference towards anything black sesame in general; think I’m going to enjoy the black sesame one too!

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Remember, our bones start to deteriorate from 30 years old, so don’t neglect your daily calcium intake and put your future mobility at risk until it is too late! Milk up, and your bones will thank you later. Bone health is wealth!

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On 22nd March 2016, from 12pm to 2pm, experience being At Your Best with Anlene Concentrate at Chevron House Stage Area and also find out more about Anlene products!
Check out www.anlene.com.sg for more info!

Mucota Dyna C-Curl by Headlines Hairdressing

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Hello! Haha I don’t mean to be rude by showing you the back of my head at the start of this blog post but I just wanted to share that my tresses were in pretty bad shape after more than half a year of not managing it well. My hair felt dry and limp, the ends were damaged and black roots were showing. Yikes! And with Chinese New Year just around the corner, I knew I had to visit my trusted hairstylist (who is a hair lifesaver btw), Charles of Headlines Hairdressing Salon!

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Charles looked on disapprovingly at my pathetic hair while ideas started to run through his head. First things first, to touch up those roots!

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I definitely swear by the Mucota Dyna Argan Oil hair treatment which I had raved about in my earlier blog posts. You may read about it here and here.

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It helps to reduce frizzy hair and injects new life into dull, damaged hair. The effects are quite lasting, which is also the reason why I can tahan not having to visit the salon for more than half a year before things get really out of hand. LOL.

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Treatment done! Time for a hair cut! I didn’t realize my hair was that long until one of my colleagues remarked, “Wah your hair very long liao hor! Going to touch your hips already!” OMG. So instead of the standard one or two inches that I would normally ask for my hair to be trimmed, I 敢敢 told Charles I wanted medium length hair this time for a refreshing change!

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Final touching up after my hair was blown dry and I also requested Charles to trim my fringe for me.

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Ok la I know I got b*tcy resting face. Even the husband says so.

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Yayyyy! So happy that my hair is smooth and bouncy again! And I love how naturally the ends curl in :)

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A big THANK YOU to Charles and the rest of the amazing team at Headlines Hairdressing! Look for Charles and quote ‘Charlene Missuschewy’ to enjoy special discounts off all regular-priced hair services and treatment at Headlines Hairdressing! Happy CNY to all! 😀

Headlines Hairdressing
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Telephone: +65 6221 6866

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Share Your Special #MyMandai Moments and WIN Vouchers!

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Through my growing up years, I had made numerous trips to the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park. There is always so much to see and do at these nature attractions that it really never gets old! Apart from the occasional trips with my parents and younger brother, excursions organized by my primary school teachers were equally fun-filled. One of #MyMandai moments is riding on this adorable little pony at the Singapore Zoo when I was about 5 or 6 years old! I was excited yet nervous at the same time, hence the slightly awkward smile. Hehe. Check out the full story behind this picture here!

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When misterchewy and I started dating in mid 2010, I was a little surprised when he suggested a trip to the Singapore Zoo so that we could both relive our childhood memories together. Haha I guess that is what most newly dating couples like to do! Look, we even brought Sally and John along!

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It was during our zoo trip that we discovered our common passion for photography. I also vividly remember that it started to pour midway and we ran to the nearest cafe to seek shelter. It was when we chatted endlessly and took random selfies while waiting for the rain to stop. This has got to be our unforgettable #MyMandai moment!

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I’m glad our relationship took off from there and now that we are parents, it is only natural that we want Little misschewy to experience the same joy and excitement as we did visiting Mandai’s wildlife parks during our younger days. Since one of her first words is “bird”, we decided to take her to Jurong Bird Park where she could be charmed by a plethora of birds! She was 16 months old at that time and it has been a good six months since our last visit!

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I bet she didn’t know that penguins are not like all the other birds; they can’t fly but they can swim. Just look at her face. She’s probably thinking, “You guys gotta be kidding me right? Are those birds or fishes?!” LOL. Marvelling at the penguins swimming gracefully could be Little misschewy’s #MyMandai moment!

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Looking back, the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park certainly played a special and significant role in my life. I’m proud to say that I’m one of the many Singaporeans who grew up with these nature attractions and it was nostalgic recollecting #MyMandai moments. In January 2015, it was announced that the Mandai area will be rejuvenated into a nature precinct. There are also plans to add more nature attractions in the Mandai area which is really an exciting piece of news for us!

Do you have a special #MyMandai moment too? It’s time to start digging out old photo albums and take a trip down memory lane!

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The Mandai Team has launched a photosourcing campaign last December to call for the public to send in their earliest or best memories of Mandai’s wildlife parks. I had a great time browsing memories from other contributors too.

Share your personal special #MyMandai moment at mymandai.com! By sending in your best #MyMandai moments, you can see your memories being brought to life in the growing digital mural over the next two months. See the grand reveal at the Singapore Zoo entrance from 29 January 2016 onwards or check here to see the digital mural grow! It could be at any of these wildlife parks — Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Night Safari. Receive a $10 F&B voucher from Wildlife Reserves Singapore for the first 1000 memories submitted and $100 F&B voucher from Wildlife Reserves Singapore for the most moving memory of the week!

Give Your Loved Ones That Dentist Clean Feeling with Oral B This Christmas!

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The husband and I, we have been married for a few years now. Every year, we agree not to spend money buying Christmas presents for each other but we still end up hunting for a practical gift for the other party. I suppose misterchewy knows that giving and receiving gifts is my primary love language. Hehehe. This year is no different and I have already prepared the perfect Christmas gift for him! It is none other than the Oral B Power Toothbrush – Professional Care 3000!

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Oral B Power Toothbrush – Professional Care 3000’s unique and outstanding features include:

– 3D Technology: Oscillating / Rotating + Pulsating
– 8,800 Oscillations Per Minute
– 40,000 Pulsations Per Minute
– Visual Pressure Sensor help reduce brushing force when you are pressing too hard!
– 3 Brushing Modes – Daily Clean, Sensitive, Polish

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Do you know that Oral-B’s Professional Care 3000 removes 100% more plague than manual toothbrushes? They do so by its cupping each tooth, oscillating, rotating and pulsating (AKA. 3D technology) to give a dentist clean feeling every day at home! The Oral B Professional Care 3000 also features a pressure sensor that helps reduce unnecessary brushing force that is exerted on your teeth and gums!

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The hubs has been using manual toothbrushes his entire life and was thrilled when I surprised him with this Oral-B power brush. Ok I know it’s not Christmas yet, but I couldn’t contain my excitement and I also didn’t know where I should hide such a big box. LOL! Needless to say, misterchewy adores the Oral-B power brush! According to him, he is addicted to how ridiculously slick and smooth his tooth surfaces feel, plus that refreshed squeaky clean feeling in his mouth makes him feel like he’s stepped out of the dentist’s! Yes, Oral-B’s power brushes give you that dentist clean feeling everyday!

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This Christmas, surprise your loved ones with a dentist clean feeling everyday with Oral-B power brush! For the best deals, shop away at Qoo10! http://list.qoo10.sg/s/ORAL-B-ELECTRIC-TOOTHBRUSH?keyword=oral+b+electric+toothbrush&keyword_auto_change You could also purchase from the stores now and receive free gift-wrapping & delivery services! To find out more about this limited-time offer, click here.

iSnap The Selfie Place

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Why do we take photos? This is a question that I ask myself time and again, and the answer is always the same. I shoot just about anything under the sun but taking photos of my husband and daughter is something that I find so much joy in doing. Of course, I would want to be in the frame too and my fondest memory is when misterchewy and I lugged a tripod around during our three-week long honeymoon in Europe just so that we could capture precious moments for safekeeping. Things became different after Little misschewy came along. It was too much of a hassle, so we chucked the tripod in the store room and resorted mostly to taking selfies with our mobile phones. However, sometimes I feel that even with all the photo editing apps available, the photos taken with our mobile phones just don’t cut it.

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Imagine our excitement when we found out about this really cool place called iSnap The Selfie Place! iSnap is the first photography company in Singapore that offers professionally equipped personal studio rooms for taking photos without the need of a photographer. It kinda reminded me of the neoprint booths during my secondary school days except that iSnap is so much more sophisticated of course!

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After lunch on Sunday, we headed down to Bugis Village where iSnap is located. Wah seriously I feel so old. I can’t remember when was the last time I shopped for clothes at Bugis Village! It’s conveniently located just across Bugis MRT Station and Bugis Junction shopping mall so I still remember how to go there. Hahaha. iSnap is not difficult to find too. It’s right above Bee Cheng Hiang store, which is near the bus stop.

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iSnap has 6 individual studio rooms with a total of 24 themes. Before we went into each room, we had a preview of the backdrops using one of these computers. Basically, the six rooms are Aries, Aquarius, Capricon, Leo, Pisces and Virgo. The variety of backdrops are very fun and colorful, which is definitely suitable for people of all ages!

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Our first stop was Aries room which comes with a physical swing and a green backdrop. Doesn’t this look like a professional studio for photoshoot? The difference is that you are now your own photographer and you call take the shots. How? Very simple! Just hold the camera remote in your hand and adjust your pose by checking the huge screen in front of you. Satisfied? Simply press the remote and your shot will be captured! The good thing is that there is no limit to the number of photos taken so you can just fire away and be trigger-happy, which was exactly what happened for us because misterchewy was amused by all the candid and unglam shots of me. LOL.

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There are costumes and props but let’s not get too excited first ya! Anyway, we also didn’t want to frighten Little misschewy so we had to make her feel at home by allowing her to roam around and play with the soft toys. I’m sure iSnap has child-friendly vibes because in less than 5 minutes, Little misschewy was smiling and pointing at the swing, going “Kiki! Kiki!” Yes, she likes Hello Kitty too!

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Does this even look like a SELFIE to you? I whatsapped this photo to my mum and she instantly replied, “Photoshoot again? Where?” Hahaha. Usually for photoshoot sessions, the photographer will give you instructions on how to pose but at iSnap, we are allowed to unleash our own creativity! The hubs and I are the more conservative type, so for most of the shots, we just stand there and smile. HAHA.

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Let your imagination run wild with over 500 costumes and props! Not only do they have costumes for adults, the children costumes are crazy adorable!

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See what I mean?! LOL. I believe this is Alice in Wonderland? This Alice looks a bit blur blur hor?

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Most of the costumes are quite big for Little misschewy but customers are more than welcome to bring their own costumes and props to the studio!

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Love the range of couple wear! It’s not everyday that you get to dress like a Korean and call your hubby OPPA!!

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Room Virgo! The hubs’ horoscope! Haha. Oh in case you are wondering.. The milk bottle is not a prop! The little one was asking for her milk so we had no choice but to let her drink while we continue taking our selfies.

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Little misschewy was taking quite long to finish her milk so I told her to hold up her bottle and say, “CHEERS!” just so that we could capture a smiling shot of her.

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Haiyo.. Little misschewy’s attention span is too short. The little pumpkin was more interested in walking around the studio room! But it’s ok! The hubs and I had fun posing in our silly animal costumes!

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Moving on to Room Leo! We decided to go au naturel and by that I meant no costumes la! This is one of my favorite backdrops! It looks like some scene straight out from a fairytale.

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Holding a bunch of balloons so that we can go UP.. UP.. and AWAY!

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At the end of the day, we got to keep ALL the digital copies of the photos taken. Just remember to bring your thumbdrive along! In addition, iSnap also provides 5 4R photos FREE! Definitely saves you the hassle of having to print your favorite photos elsewhere!

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As you can see, the studio rooms are clean and spacious, which provides a very conducive environment for corporate and private events!

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Currently, there is an SG50 promotion so all personal photography packages are going for half the usual price!

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For more information on iSnap, do head over to http://www.isnap/sg or iSnap’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/iSNAP-The-Selfie-Place/781321901984024?fref=ts :)