Sunday, 22 November 2015

Review: The GP F Series Powerbank FN05M

Recently, I got my hands on a new mobile PowerBank by the GP Battery Experts. I never thought about this before, but mobile powerbanks made by the battery people could be the answer to good phone juice savers. No one should know juice more than them, yes?

This model, the FN05M, comes very sleek and in a nice size. I like that it is in a sleek silver colour as well. #nothingtodowithmyname 

Because it lies flat, I don't have to worry about it rolling off the table despite it's roundish shape.

The FN05M uses a Lithium ion battery of 3.7V 5200mAh. The PowerBank's charging input is 1A, whereas the output, which is the one that you use to charge your phone is 2.1A. This means that technically, you can use this to charge your tablets. This also means that charging your phone would be 2x faster as compared to regular mobile power banks.

The GP F Series PowerBanks all comply with the UN38.3 air transport safety standard, so you don't have to worry about bringing them with you when travelling.

Below the output socket, there is a dot. This is the LED indicator for how much juice is still in the PowerBank. Green indicates that battery strength is good, yellow/orange average, and red means it is low on juice and you should probably charge it. The manual states that recharging the FN05M takes about 8 hours, but I think it was full at 5. You may want to charge 8 hours during the first charge. This PowerBank auto cuts off when it is full, or when it senses overheating, so you don't have to worry about overcharging the PowerBank and causing its battery life to weaken over time. 

I used it with my Samsung S5, and I've had problems charging Samsung phones with other PowerBanks, because apparently they need a higher output current as well as more juice to charge. I could charge my S5 from 0% to 100% in 2 hours (with very little usage in between). 

The PowerBank indicator turned from green to orange and red, and when it's full, it just cuts off by itself so I didn't have to worry about over-charging my phone battery, or have my phone overheating from that. 

After I drained my phone again, I tried charging with the PowerBank to see how much juice it could still offer me, and I was pleased that it could still revive my phone from a 0% to approximately 20%. Not bad for a little guy!

The PowerBank comes with its own little cable to use for charging your phone. It is recommended that you use this cable as other cables may be incompatible.

This PowerBank fits nicely in the palm of my hand, and doesn't take up too much space in my handbag either. You know how ladies handbags already have too many things and weigh a ton because we have a big wallet, makeup pouch, tissue, band-aids, keys, phone, and whatever that are important? We don't need a super heavy/big power bank to add to the weight. The FN05M only weighs in at 155grams, and at 99mm(L) x 42mm(W) x 23mm(H), it is really pocket-friendly. even fits in my wristlet clutch bag!

The FN05M retails at S$29, and you can get it from selected Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Newstead and Popular outlets.

They have other *models which are just as awesome, also with very sleek designs, and have the same protection against overcharging. You might want to consider them as well!

*Prices of F series powerbanks: 
- Pocket friendly design 5,200mAh ($29), 
- Flat and Sleek design 5,000mAh ($39), 
- Flat and Sleek design 10,000mAh ($59) 

For more details, do check out their website at


In case you feel lucky and want to win a GP PowerBank for yourself, leave a comment on GP Battery's facebook page on what you think is the most important feature of the GP F Series PowerBanks, and you may just win yourself one! Contest ends 30 November 2015.

Good luck! 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Sponsored: Curtains for My New Home!!!

Heya! Has been a while since I chatted here with my blog. Only really dawned on me when someone left a comment saying she was surprised to find my blog active. Oops. 

For some reason this place which used to be my favourite retreat has lost its appeal to me. Maybe it's time to update the look of this blog, you think? I'm growing out of the pink and flowers. Lol.

Anyway, am blogging in the middle of the night. For some reason this is when I'm most productive. This, and early mornings before 10am. Between 10am-6pm I might as well just be sleeping, because I'm always so drowsy at those times, with the exception of when I'm meeting friends or actually have an appointment happening. Any other freelancer like me? I swear if it isn't for the fact that businesses and events and shoots actually need to happen in the day, I would gladly leave my days for sleeping.

That being said, I am glad to say that I have never been happier with my new curtains!!!!! Because they are almost blackout! Woohoo!!! Blackout curtains are great for people who sleep very late, and do not wish to be awakened by the morning sun, like me. Lol. 

This was while renovations were still going on. There was no way we could move in before curtains were installed, because I was right there on the ground floor, and we had floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Unless I wanted everyone to see me sleeping. 

The kind folks at Curtain Suite helped me with my curtains. They do curtains, window films, wooden blinds, roller blinds, korean blinds...basically anything that helps to shield you from the sun and kaypoh neighbours. Lol. 

I was looking for something kind of almost blackout-ish. Why not totally blackout? Because I still want to wake up in the day and get things done, and I tend to sleep on and on and on and on... Lol. Blackout curtains would be a tad too conducive for that. Even though I was really tempted to get the blackout ones...#sofickleminded #womanshopper #wanttobuyeverything

How do you tell blackout curtains from normal ones? Well, they have this rubber-ish kind of back, so when you hold it up against light, you will barely see light pass through.

I'm more into plain and simple design, but if you love floral and patterned designs, they have those as well.

If you want something that's a little more solid, you can try their wooden blinds. I think these add a little old American flavour to the house.

Of course, the regular roller blinds are available as well, but I want to highlight these interesting blinds they carry, called Korean Blinds.
Basically they work like normal blinds, except that it's 2 sheets of striped fabric with alternating blackout and daylight strips. When you want it dark or just want more privacy, you just align the fabric such that the opaque stripes interlace. Bring up the opaque stripes when you want light to come through. 

Pictures by Curtain Suite Pte Ltd

Needless to say, I was spoilt for choice. Their showroom has like hundreds of different choices for me to shield my house from prying eyes! Even day curtains come in so many different kinds!

We wanted something neutral so we settled for a brown 90% blackout curtain, and a nice flowy day curtain for when I still want light in, but not gazes of peeping neighbours.


I really like them!!! The curtains turned out a little long but when we informed them they fixed it within a week! Very prompt and efficient service!

Now I can sleep in peace while protecting my modesty. (No, I do not want people looking at me sleeping with my mouth/legs wide open.)

Notice how we kept the top of the curtains simple as well. But if you do have any preference, like if you like it draped or more elaborate, they can do it for you as well.

Apart from curtains, Curtain Suite also has a wide selection of wallpapers. I think having wallpaper adds a very nice touch of class to an interior decor. In fact, I am contemplating adding wallpaper to my room next. =D
For the little one's room. LOVE THE CLOUDS!!!

This would make such a statement wall!

And also something for that industrial/woody look that's so in right now.

Instagram-worthy wall, anyone? ^.^

Their service was amazing, and curtains can be installed in the same week as your order. Delivery is free, and their guys are really friendly! If you just got your new place, or if you're thinking of doing some revamping to your current one, do check them out! 

Win a Roll of Korean Wallpaper!
Yeap, just for you guys! One lucky reader will get to bring home a roll of Korean Wallpaper! Just follow these steps:

2. Share this post on Facebook
3. Tag 3 friends whom you think will need curtains, blinds and wallpapers! 

Yup, it's that easy! Contest ends 30 November 2015. 

P.S It's morning now, and I'm going to sleep soundly in my very dark room. No thanks to my fabulous new curtains. Goodnight, and good luck with the contest!

Curtain Suite is located at:
Zervex Building
8 Ubi Road 2
Singapore 408538
Contact No: 64438426 or 97533345

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: What is the Hype about Ka'Fen Hair Products?

Hello my new favourite shampoo and hair care products!!!!
You're probably wondering, like I did, what Ka'Fen is. I never knew about this brand, as I have always been a drugstore brand kind of user. But I think this has become my favourite hair care brand now. You probably might not see results after just one wash, but because this product works to restore and nourish your hair from the inside out, you will feel a difference after about a week or 2. I did after one week!

Ka'Fen is one of the very reputable brands of hair care products that are pretty hot in Taiwan right now. A number of Taiwanese celebrities have been raving about them, including people like Ina Yen, Amber Chen and Queen Wei Ru Yun (you know the song 聽見下雨的聲音?Yah, THAT girl who sang the song). Cao Ge's wife (吳速玲)and daughter, as well as artiste Tina Yen (嚴立婷)are also fans of Ka'Fen products.

Ka'Fen was created in 2010, and is particularly well-known for producing haircare products not containing dimethicone, which is actually a kind of silicon oil. Manufacturers use it because of it's coating property, which gives many drugstore brand shampoo that smooth hair effect after just one wash. 

Dimethicone does form a kind of protective layer over the hair, but when used on the skin, or more specifically your scalp, dimethicone can cause skin irritation. Instead of sinking into the skin and nourishing it from the inside out, it forms a kind of plasticky layer over it, which means it can trap bacteria, sebum and impurities on your scalp. The coating property also prevents your skin from performing its normal activities like sweating and sloughing off dead skin cells. 

Doesn't sound like a good ingredient to have on any products you use on the skin. So dimethicone-free = YES PLEASE!

All Ka'Fen hair care products hydrate, lock in moisture to the hair, as well as keep the scalp clean and healthy, but it is advised to use products specific to your hair needs to achieve best results. 

 These are just some of their bestsellers, and they have good reason to be.

Known as the Absolute/Impression series, this is the first series in the Ka'Fen line of products, which is great for people with specific needs for their hair. They have a floral parfum scent, and the smell lasts, which is pretty good for your crazy humid climate. Most times by the time I walk out into the sun for half an hour, my hair reeks of sweat already, bleah.

The first one is anti-dandruff, followed by the one for permed or/and coloured hair, and the next for general repair and deep moisture. The yellow guy on the right is their best-selling treatment, known as the One Minute Treatment.

The first one is the Anti-dandruff shampoo, also known as the Refresh shampoo. Shane tried this one in a blind test (okay I just poured it out for him to wash his hair and he didn't know what I gave him), and sent me this text the next day "I don't know what shampoo you gave me to wash my hair yesterday but my hair FEELS AMAZING!!!" Haha, you know how most guys can't tell the difference for most things right? And this is one guy like that, and HE RAVED ABOUT IT AFTER ONE WASH! Lol! You get the idea. He didn't have dandruff, and the anti-dandruff one is not just for people with flaky scalps, but great for people with oily scalps. On days when I go too long without a hair wash and my roots look oily (I'd say 2 days, MAX), I reach for this one to fix my tresses. It helps give my hair volume and a certain weightlessness so my hair somehow feels bouncier~

You guys know I have really light coloured hair right? And with light hair I have to go to my hairy godmother Angeline every 1-1.5 months to touch up my roots and freshen up my colour. This little guy is great for chemically treated hair like mine. What it does is help to maintain the colour or perm (or rebonding or whatever you've done to your hair) of your hair whilst keeping it healthy. You know how colours tend to fade and change right? And curls become straighter and straighter and straighter? You get the idea.

It contains active wheat protein and amino acids to help repair the hair, and it also creates an anti-UV mask over the hair to protect it. The sun's rays actually cause hair colour to fade (think swimmers), so sun protection, especially for coloured hair, is recommended. If you want your colour to last longer.

This one is my favourite! I don't know, after using this for a week, I felt my hair a lot smoother and nicer to touch. This is recommended for damaged hair, but because I am super kiasu, I would take this even if my hair is not. I'd like to think it isn't THAT damaged, I've had hair that broke even when my hands ran through them in the past. Now I just colour them every month. Nope, my hair is still healthy. Maybe it's the hair colour they use. Maybe it's Ka'Fen. =)

This fellow also adds sheen and glow to your hair, minimises breakage, and controls frizz, so your hair will look like those Shampoo ads kind that you can flick and have it glide past the face of THE boy of your dreams. (Don't flick too hard. We know how it hurts when hair slaps our faces, at least dancers do lolol!)


THIS. The Snail Series. You know how beauty products have somehow incorporated snail essence and the like into their active ingredient list right? Well for those who fear or have some kind of resistance to use products that have anything to do with some kind of animal extracts or fluids, good news for you. This active ingredient is made to MIMIC what beauty products usually use from snail, so no snails were harmed in the making of these products.

This series is suitable for coloured/permed hair, as well as all severely dry and damaged hair. It works to restore the hair's inner structure and is the most moisturizing series so far as compared to other Ka'Fen products. 

The Restore Shampoo works to restore dry and damaged hair back to health, replenishes moisture and ups manageability. It is formulated with moisture-controlling molecule Polyfluroester to restore the protective layer on dry and damaged hair, and reduces porosity by up to 90%. So if you have previously bleached your hair and it now feels like cotton each time you wash it, please, do your hair a favour and give this a try. Your hair will thank you for it. 

The Restore treatment does everything the Shampoo does, except the cleansing part. It also helps to renew softness and shine on your hair. as well as, get this - increases the hair's resistance to breakage by up to 9 TIMES while healing and protecting the hair!!! Apart from the Repairing shampoo above, this is another one I really like. Plus, it smells fruity floral. I've always liked fruity smells~ Mmm~~~

Apart from Taiwan, Ka'Fen has its presence in Hong Kong, Malaysia and recently, Singapore. Ka'Fen expanded into Singapore May this year and should you want to try their products, Brainman Holdings Pte Ltd is their appointed distributor for Singapore. 

For more information on Brainman Holdings and the other products they carry, you can visit

My hair feels so nice now I can't even~~~

Go visit to get your Ka'Fen now!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Why I Love Singapore

So I was born when Singapore barely turned 20. How young a country that was! And look how far she has come. As a Singaporean who grew up with her nation, I am so, so very proud. I've always been patriotic, even back before our founding father Mr Lee KY passed on. (I somehow have the impression that many people didn't appreciate this land until he left us and enough articles were written to tell of his and the country's achievements.) 

As a kid, I wondered about whether I might emigrate, whether I would want to be a citizen of any other country. And my answer, even as a primary schooler, was no. 

 I love this home, this piece of small land that is an island. I remember passengers asking me where my favourite place in the world is, after having travelled to so many cities, so many countries. My answer was Singapore. It still is. You see, yes, the Big Ben is lovely, and I really like the Portobello Market; the themed parks in the states are great fun, so is the shopping; I love the temperate overseas nice cool weather, and walking around the streets of old towns like Lucerne, and hiking through the Cinque Terre; I miss the cold and snow in Seoul. 

Yet, none of these places gives me that feeling of home. Where there are memories of each street and corner. I remember my first bus ride alone to my secondary school in Nanyang, I also remember climbing that tree in Hwa Chong beside the A11 bench, I spent nights romancing along the Lower Seletar Reservoir, I went for my first date in that cinema, and had chwee kueh and fried carrot cake for breakfast with the family in Chong Pang market. The beaches in Sentosa and East Coast Park left me with many fond memories too, in my school and adult life. That void deck at Bt Panjang was where my great grandmother held her wake. I remember the first year Causeway Point opened. I also remember when I could drive my car onto Palawan Beach and just sit in the car facing the waters, chatting the night away. These, all these, were fond memories no other place could give me. I grew up here, knowing I would be safe just playing with other kids, whether Malay, Indian, or any other race at the playground opposite. I was educated here, such that I was effectively bilingual, taught proper morals, and given what other nations call a 'world class education'. 

I think these are the very reasons why, even after so many years of new NDP songs, "Home" is still the one that resonates with most of us, especially those based overseas. 

Whenever I am feeling low
I look around me and I know
There's a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone
For this is where I know it's home

When there are troubles to go through
We'll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home's about its people too
So we'll build our dreams together
Just like we've done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There'll always be Singapore

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone
For this is where I know it's home

This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone
For this is where I know it's home

For this is where I know it's home
For this is where I know it's home

I'll end off with the best cover I found so far of this special heartfelt song, by the peeps behind The Smart Local SG, where Singaporeans from all walks of life come together to sing this song. Beautifully done guys! Even though many everyday Singaporeans zao sngia in this video, it made me warm inside and cry. :,) Thank you for making this video. 

50 years of independence, Wow. Just wow.
Happy 50th birthday, my motherland.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

$50 Eyelash Extensions!

As you probably know by now, many companies are having SG50 promotions to celebrate the nation's 50th. Some of the deals are actually pretty good I must say. You just need to google whatever you might want to buy, and you might just be able to find an SG50 promotion on the www.

Like for example, Allure Beauty is also doing an SG50 promotion (of course) - what do you think about paying just $50 for eyelash extensions?

Click on the picture to read the fine print.

Offer ends on National Day so please hurry okay. We want you to look astounding on National Day. You know, looking good on her birthday is a way of showing respect to the country. ;)

Lashes done at Allure. I cannot begin to tell you about the compliments I got after doing this.

Of course, if you are interested in more than just lashes, they are doing a roadshow this weekend at Tampines One. Do head down and check out the roadshow for other promotions!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Wisma Atria GSS

GSS was over before I knew it, and I did not buy anything!!! *round of applause* lol. This must be the 3rd year I didn't go crazy over GSS okay. Mainly because the things I want are hardly on sale and those on sale are things I don't need/want.

Nevertheless, I hope you had a happy shopping ending! Here's a video I did for Wisma Atria for their GSS x Citibank promotion, together with the bf:

Thank you OC for the opportunity! 

P.S This was the same dress by Bridgettbelle in my last post. ��


Monday, 3 August 2015

Bridgettbelle x Montigo Resorts

There's just something about convertible dresses, if you know how to wear them properly and fully utilise the many ways you can carry the super versatile dresses off. So far, I've tried 5, and there are still so many ways left. I guess its versatility is why it has recently become the bridesmaid dress of choice, so that all your sisters can wear the dress in a way which flatters them the most. ��

Currently so in love with this one dress from Bridgetbelle. The blue is in my favourite refreshing shade, and the material is heavy enough to fall nicely down my hips without creating unnecessary fluff. 

These pictures were taken in Montigo Resorts, Batam, where Shane, Mint and Colin surprised me with a birthday getaway. The jetty was so beautiful in the evenings that in pictures, they look kind of photoshopped, don't you think? (They aren't.)

Think I'll get this for myself in a few other colours. 

Convertible Dress: Bridgetbelle
Location: Montigo Resorts

Photography by Shane Low