Monthly Archives: November 2012

. green yoga: yoga in the park .

Waking up early on a Saturday morning for an outdoor yoga session in the park isn’t exactly on the top of my list (weekend = sleep in) but it sure sounds like a refreshing way to kick-start the weekend! These days, there’s an increasing number of people who wants to add a new dimension to their yoga practice by immersing in nature and doing it the al-fresco way. After all, why settle for the confines of the 4 walls when you can have the real great outdoors?

While I embraced the new experience of pairing yoga with nature, I think I would stick to indoor studios for my regular yoga practice as it is less of a distraction for me ( all the stares from the public and countless of mosquitoes).

*Join Green Yoga for a free 90-mins session of outdoor yoga at MacRitchie Reservoir every last Sat of the month. The next class will be held on 29th Dec so mark this date down on your calendar! =)

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. kenko fish spa .

There is no better way to end a challenging hot flow class, than with a visit to Kenko for a mini pampering session! 🙂 It has been more than 3 years since my first & last fish spa at Tempat Senang (Batam) and I have been looking forward to getting my feet nibbled by these little but feisty fishes since then. After all, no other pedicure or scrub can do such a fantastic job of getting rid of my dead skin cells! 

Saw a great deal on DEAL that offers a 30-mins fish spa session at Kenko for only $10 and purchased it without any hesitation. Enjoyed dipping my feet into the pond with the bigger fishes as the sensation was stronger albeit more ticklish. The place is very well-maintained and beautifully decorated (like you would expect of a spa) thus making my fish spa experience even more enjoyable. However, the normal price for each session is a tad too expensive ($30/30 -mins) so I’ll probably drop by the popular Qian Hu Fish Farm for a cheap fish spa treatment instead!

. review: green yoga .


I have received a couple of email requests from readers to blog about my yoga experience with Green Yoga so after much procrastination, here’s the promised blog review! 🙂 

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+ points: Due to the small class size, you can rest assured that the instructors are very attentive and will modify the poses based on your level (beginner/advanced). My fav instructor, Suraya, might look petite but she’s one tough cookie! My power yoga classes with her are nothing short of challenging but I love that she really makes us work out (hello abs!). I always love a hardcore class! :p  In fact, it was her who encouraged me to perform my first assisted-headstand!

Class-wise, they do have a moderate range of classes for students to choose from – Basic yoga for the beginners to Power yoga for those who love to push themselves even more. To be fair, I only attended 4 classes as I was on a Groupon package but I really enjoyed the power and detox flow classes with Suraya. Best of all, it only takes me 10 mins to get to the studio from home and this makes it very tempting for me to sign up as a member with them after my membership with Real Yoga expires.

– points: The cost of the membership! I understand that the premium price is due to the personalized training that they provide but I can’t afford paying $85/mth more than what I’m paying at the moment for yoga. Would also prefer them to turn up the temperature for their hot classes as the current temperature is relatively milder than most of the other studios that I have visited.

Class Size: Green Yoga is perfect for those who are looking for a relatively personalized session as each class is kept to a max of 10 students. If you’re lucky, you might even have the instructor all to yourself during an off-peak class!

$$$: Unlike some commercial yoga studios, the class prices are fixed for Green Yoga. $2520/mth for 1 year membership. Interested? Why not swing by their studio for 1 week of unlimited classes at only $30? Alternatively, you may also sign up for their free 2-hrs outdoor yoga session which is held at MacRitchie reservoir every last Sat morning of the month! 🙂

Click here for more details about Green Yoga!

. gardens by the bay at twilight .

The newly-opened Gardens by the Bay is definitely the most talked about attraction as of late although the large crowd is 1 of the reasons why I have yet to visit the garden and its conservatories. Decided to take an impromptu albeit lovely midnight stroll with the boy last Sat to experience the magic of Gardens by the Bay at twilight. 

The garden is absolutely enchanting and stunning as the beautifully illuminated  Supertrees lighted up the night sky! Indeed, it is a breathtaking view not to be missed. In fact, I can’t wait to make a return trip sometime soon to walk the OCBC Skyway and soak in the panoramic views of the garden and city!
* All pics taken using mobile camera









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. staycation: Capri by Fraser .

Although the boy and I love the idea of having a weekend staycation right in Singapore, the relatively high cost of a hotel stay has deterred us from having too many staycations. Thanks to Frasers Hospitality and Dunbar-Jones & Associates, the boy and I were given the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive 3 days & 2 nights full-board stay at the hotel where suite meets apartment.
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Designed to meet the lifestyle needs of the digital and tech-savvy generation, Capri by Fraser cuts through the conformity of typical hotels by offering residents an extensive range of facilities and customisable services together with the comfort and convenience of a full serviced residence.

+ 5 mins walk from EXPO Mrt
+ Urban chic vibe
+High-speed and free Wi-Fi
+ E-services such as an iPad-activated check-in and e-Concierge

+ A kitchenette where you may cook in the comfort of your own room
+ Entertainment in every self-service launderette
+ Contemporary art installations
+ Free steam & sauna facilities

+ Free happy hour for guests (6-7pm)




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A first in Singapore hospitality, the hotel pool even comes with a state-of-the-art-hydro treadmill that’s ideal for those who need a gentle workout.

An interactive eConcierge
Plan your itinerary in Singapore with a touch 


The Pod
A social space for the visitors to lounge and relax

A Quirky Touch To A Business Hotel

Capri by Fraser features an eclectic and stunning mix of art installations throughout the hotel residence that adds to its chic and trendy style. Prominently showcased throughout the hotel residence’s public areas, these abstract forms of art add a delightful variation of colours, shapes and textures that create a sense of style and realism in each distinctive social space, where white spaces converge as a natural canvas to showcase these magnificent art pieces. 

Passing with Flying Colours
Artist David Kracov

Go with the Flow
Artist David Kracov

Blow glass art installation


Jumper, Jori and Then As Now
Artist Rainer Laggerman

Left: The Old Pine Eternity Tree, Artist Lee Gil Rae
Right: Men On The Road, Artist Daisy Boman
* my fav art installation

Although there is no shortage of restaurants and diners for guests living at Capri (lots of food places at Changi City Point which is located next to the hotel), the hotel also offers a range of dining options for those who prefer to stay-in. There’s Caprilicious that offers all day dining, Delite cafe where you can grab a light bite on-the-go and of course, 24/7 in-room dining services! 

Food Quality: *** 1/2 out of 5
Value for your buck: *** 1/2 out of 5

Remember!
Happy Hour for guests: 6-7pm every Mon-Fri





At 32 sq m, the Studio Superior room that we stayed in is relatively bigger than most of the superior hotel rooms available in boutique hotels. A comfortable size for guests who are looking for a short-term accommodation.


Comes with an ergonomic chair that’s great for business travelers

In-room private kitchenette where you may do your own cooking

Complimentary natural-based toiletries from Malin + Goetz (love it!)
* Once again, the first hotel in Singapore to bring this exclusive brand of products.


All utensils, cutlery and pots are provided as part of your stay in this serviced apartment

View of the roof-garden of Changi City Point from our room window

Presenting … The Studio Grand, the biggest room (70 sq m) available in Capri by Fraser. It’s about twice the size of the Studio Superior room and comes with a relatively large outdoor terrace. It even has a day bed for those who would like to enjoy the breeze and sun (I wanna get that for my future house)! At $262 a night, I must say that it is a pretty attractive price and I might just consider making a reservation for special occasions! 🙂

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Want some form of entertainment during your staycation? Well, Capri by Fraser has it all planned out for the guests. Offering the integrated launderettes, guests are now able to either play games or exercise while waiting for their laundry. AWESOME! 🙂

The ‘Spin & Play’ recreation room is actually my fav place in Capri by Fraser! 🙂 The boy had a good workout punching some kick-ass punches (thanks to his Muay Thai workout) while I had a rolling good time trying to keep up with the dance steps on Dance Central! I must confess that I really do have 2 left feet lol.



Types of activities offered in the launderettes across the 12 floors:

+ TRX suspension trainer
+ Cicollette

+ Punching Bag
* the boy’s favourite
+ iPad
+ Wii
+ Xbox 360 Kinect
* my favourite! Dance Central!
+ Foosball


It’s ratings time … Time for my verdict!

Location: **** out of 5
Good for business executives & associates who work in Changi Business Park
Located within a stone’s throw from Expo MRT and Changi City Point

Ambiance: *** 1/2 out of 5
A hotel with a touch of style & quirk

Facilities: *** 1/2 out of 5
The usual facilities aside ( 24/7 dining, swimming pool, gym), I love the fact that Capri by Fraser also offers an in-room kitchenette and a ‘Spin & Play’ recreation room! Having Wii and Xbox games made my hotel stay even more fun than I expected.

Service: **** out of 5
The staff are generally very approachable and friendly without being too fake (you know how some service people tend to be a little too ‘forced’). I also appreciated the fact that the GM, Raymond, made an effort to chat with the boy and me thus adding a personal touch to our staycation.

Once again, I would like to thank Shi Lin & Raymond from Frasers Hospitality and Janice from Dunbar-Jones & Associates for extending the invitation to me! 🙂

Capri by Fraser
3 Changi Business Park, Central 1

Website : http://www.capribyfraser.com

. life in cubes – October .


The last quarter of the year has gotten off to a relatively good start … The boy’s birthday celebration at We’re The Furballs (WTF) cafe & Fright Fest@Singapore Flyer. Lots of Halloween fun – Celebrated Halloween with great company on a yacht (Yay – Enjoying a yacht ride into the sea has always been a lifelong dream!) & USS (Best place in Singapore to enjoy a spooky Halloween)! The boy & I carved our first Jack O Lantern pumpkin together. Went for my first Treat-or-Trick at Woodgrove estate on Halloween night. Lazy weekend brunches with the boy. Enrolled both Archie & Frosty for dog obedience training with Ricky (I must confess that it has been quite an embarrassing experience!).

. halloween: our 1st carved pumpkins .


Traditions have always played a huge part in Halloween – Dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treat around the neighbourhood and of course, pumpkin carving. This year, the boy and I decided to celebrate our first Halloween together by carving our very 1st pumpkins! By the way, these imported baby pumpkins do not come cheap – each costing about $11!

As always, the boy was ambitious and opted a more complicated design while yours truly took the safe route for a first-timer and chose the easy smile design. The verdict is out! Most of our friends prefer the boy’s sinister pumpkin smile! :p

DID YOU KNOW?
Do you know that carving pumpkins are different from your usual cooking pumpkins? There’s basically no meat in the carving pumpkins, only countless of seeds!



The Sinister Smile


The Cheerful Smile


Jack-o’-lanterns



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Trick-or-Treat @ Woodgrove

Want to be part of an authentic traditional Halloween experience? Why not head to the housing estate of Woodgrove (at Woodlands) where thousands of families and children were dressed up in all kinds of costumes (the scary, the sexy, the funny, etc) for trick-or-treat! Houses were decorated with skeletons, cobwebs, pumpkins and all sorts of gruesome stuff, thus making Woodgrove quite the little horror estate!

Anyway, that was exactly where the boy and I found ourselves at on the evening of 31st October … It was truly an experience like no other and we are definitely looking forward to making a return trip next year! 🙂