If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, you’d be surprised to find that there are pockets of serenity amidst the chaos.
About 45 minutes away from Hong Kong island is a peaceful island called Cheng Chau. Meaning long island, this quaint island is a stark contrast to the familiar Causeway Bay or Mong Kok. Here, there are no cars and locals commute via bicycles. We didn’t get to tour the whole of Cheng Chau but if the stretch of seafood restaurants and fishing boats are any indication, fishing is probably the island’s main trade.
We took the ferry from main Hong Kong island (close to Central MTR station) and the ferry route presented us with the most scenic sight of Kowloon and Hong Kong islands.
I’ve never seen Hong Kong like this and I’m so happy I got to experience a different side of Hong Kong.
Faux leather biker jacket: H&M
Pink velour skater skirt: Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Brown booties: Zara
Hong Kong’s low temperatures was amazing for playing dress up. The cold winds meant that I could layer excessively and break out the leggings. I’ve always been particularly fond of layering with jackets and scarves so the cold weather was certainly a refreshing change in comparison to Singapore’s humid weather. I could mix-and-match so many styles!
I went shopping in Central and picked up these amazing House of Holland tights at Topshop. I actually have a pair of their signature suspender tights but somehow couldn’t find them for this trip, which was the perfect excuse to go shopping.
Especially these tights. I knew I had to get them. They were a hoot! They read “Stop staring at my legs” and it was ironic because people HAD to stare at your legs to read the print. They certainly drew a lot of curious stares as passersby tried to make out the words. Many broke out into laughter as they finished the “test” and got “told off” by the stockings.
Hello Hong Kong! Even though you are less than 4 hours away, it’s been a while since we last met.
A lot has changed on my end, but you remain the same exciting city I remember. Since 2011, your never-ending crowds, fashionable make up alleys in bustling Mong Kok and shops bursting with clothing at Tsim Sha Shui have been forever etched in my memories. Oh, and don’t forget to add to that list, the delicious food! I can never get enough of your dim sum, egg tarts, congee, wanton mee and milk tea.
I almost moved a lot closer (right smack into Happy Valley, actually) to get to know you better but decided against it after much deliberation.
It was a difficult decision to make but I’m here again after 2 years, at the end of November and I’m glad we have this chance to get re-acquainted.
Thank you for the moderately warm welcome. I’m loving the low 10-degree temperatures! We never get weather like this in Singapore. Everyone here is bundled up in their jackets and scarves and looking very fashionable. I’m glad that this time I’ll be an active part of the fashion parade because I’ve got my knit clothing and outer wear ready! Keep your eyes peeled for my Instagram outfit posts!
On top of that, I’ll be exploring some new eateries with friends and family. We already started the trip right with a bowl of piping hot beef noodles. I can’t wait for you to unveil your beauty to me.
See (more of) you soon!
I have been very fortunate to be on the receiving end of some of FANCL’s new products.
The kind team sent over the newest FANCL Facial Washing Powder – a star product of this Japanese beauty brand. I have heard so much about the Facial Washing Powder and its effectiveness that I was excited to find out about its new formula.
I remember watching the commercials and seeing the fluffy white sheep star in those commercials. Well, the cheeky lil fella has now paid me a visit at home.
With the FANCL Facial Washing Powder, it is the fluffy white foam which you create that helps clarify and purify skin. On top of removing dirt and sebum from the skin surface, the FANCL Facial Washing Powder‘s Moisture Retaining Cleansing Agent also helps to effectively retain skin’s essential moisture.
The New Advanced Amino Hybrid Formula found in this improved version will give you quality foam which forms easily and quickly. If you’re new to facial washing powders, seeing the fine powder fall into the palm of your hands as you tip the bottle might be confusing at first, but the usage is simple.
Add water to one teaspoon of FANCL Facial Washing Powder and lather until a foam forms. The fine powder disappears immediately and lathers beautifully. The resulting foam should be creamy and dense, much like whipped cream. It is this lather that you will need to cleanse your face with.
There are two different types of FANCL Facial Washing Powders. Facial Washing Powder I is suitable for those with oily skin while the Facial Washing Powder II is dedicated to users with normal, combination and dry skin. I definitely fall under the latter category.
The FANCL Facial Washing Powder is incredibly fine and I was impressed with how smooth the foam feels on my skin. After washing, my skin is visibly brighter and I liked used the foaming ball while cleansing.
But aside from taking care of my skin from the outside, I added to my my vitamin stash some of FANCL’s pills. There are three highly raved about ones: FANCL HTC Collagen DX, FANCL Bright Lift and the FANCL Moist Hyaluronic Acid.
The HTC Collagen DX and Moist Hyaluronic Acid ones are meant to improve skin firmness and moisture while the Bright Lift pills were designed to create radiance.
I’m currently on the FANCL Bright Lift because a friend highly recommended it. She said it worked beautifully for her and cleared up her freckles. I’m looking forward to seeing some results on my skin after the 1 month course. The dosage is 6 tablets a day, but overly-cautious me is only taking 2 a day. The results might not be as obvious as expected. Hee. Once I’m done with the Bright Lift pills, I think I’ll start on the HTC Collagen DX ones.
Have any one of you taken these pills before? What are your thoughts with oral skin enhancements?
What can you do in 60 seconds?
Steal a car? I think we will leave that to the professionals in Gone in 60 seconds.
Eat a footlong sandwich? That’s quite possible… If I was the burger eating champion.
What I can do in 60 seconds is floss and clean my entire mouth! How’s that for speed?
A recent survey from Philips showed that good teeth and a nice smile are on the top of the agenda for 85 percent of Singaporeans. And people always ask me how I keep my smile so bright and beautiful. Aside from having splendid dentists, the Sonicare Airfloss challenged me to do what most people find time-consuming: floss.
You’re not to only one if you always get told by your dentist that you need to floss more. I get reminded by my dentist time after time that I need to clean in between my teeth. Brushing just isn’t enough. But I get lazy and sometimes leave it at just regular brushing because I do find using the regular string floss time-consuming. I wind the string around my fingers, ease the string floss in between my teeth and gently pull the floss back and forth until the barely touches the top of my gums, before I quickly pull it out. Repeat that with all my other teeth.
You see, I take my time with the string floss because I have the idea that if I floss too fast, I might actually cut my own gums. And more than once, I find my gums bleeding when I floss so this reinforces the wrong idea!
The truth is, the more you floss, the better it is for your oral health and the less your gums will bleed! So flossing is good and I really should do it more often. Also because it removes the particles in between your teeth that regular brushing cannot.
With the Philips Sonicare AirFloss, the steps to flossing have all been cut short.
Pick up the Philips Sonicare AirFloss, fill in the reservoir with about a teaspoon of water, turn on the button and floss with the touch of a button! The entire process of air-flossing takes less than 60 seconds; less time it takes for you to actually brush your teeth. Just sit the head of the nozzle in between your teeth and press. Whoooo! After a while it’s like a gum massage.
The innovative technology of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss is one that combines both air and water. This powerful jet of water and air is pushed through the nozzle of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss and through the gaps of your teeth to clean it. Got an annoying piece of food that’s stuck in between your teeth that brushing can’t get to? The Sonicare AirFloss will take care of it!
Look how powerful the microburst of water is!
On your first use of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss, the pressure of jet can be quite shocking. It is quite a powerful jet that reminds me of the ones dentists’ use in the clinic. There is pressure on the gums. For anyone who has never flossed EVER in their entire lives (yes, there are people I know who have NEVER flossed), you may experience some bleeding in the gums. I know I did.
But I pushed on and finished cleaning my teeth with the Sonicare AirFloss because in all truthfulness, it was actually really fun to airfloss. I really enjoyed listening to the sound of the jet and then feeling the water spray through my teeth into my mouth. At the end of the routine, my teeth certainly felt a lot cleaner!
If you think 60 seconds with the Philips Sonicare AirFloss is too good to be true, Philips shows you that it is as good as it says. Just a couple of weeks back, 10 lucky finalists were picked and they demonstrated a life-changing task they could do in 60 seconds.
Go watch their amazing feats with the Philips Sonicare Singapore App!
One ate blueberries, one shuffled, another did a skipping rope trick and yet another did burpees! These entries are working it for the grand prize! But you too, the lucky voter stand to receive one (1) unit of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss when you cast your vote on the videos! Your whole life could improve when you win the Philips Sonicare Airfloss!
Just click onto THIS page and vote for the best 60 second challenge. Ready to improve your health? Have fun voting! You can vote once a day until December 2.
I challenge you to have better and cleaner teeth! Good luck!
After a week away from home taking in the amazing Sydney sights, I came home to a pretty little brown bag sitting on my table from Love Bonito.
Opening it, I was pleasantly surprised to find a delicate scarf with bold graphics from the Julien Fournie x Love Bonito collection! I pulled it out and as I watched it unfold, I actually let out a squeal. Little did I know I was holding my breath at the same time. This is a limited edition scarf that the team created in conjunction with their FIDe Fashion Week runway showcase!
Wow… I feel so blessed and honored to be on the receiving end of this lovely gift. The scarf really is a symbol of this momentous event in the history of Love, Bonito. I’m looking forward to wearing it with my outfits.
The special collaboration collection of Julien Fournie for Love Bonito will be out on their webstore, lovebonito.com the end of this month!