Friday, January 30, 2015

{Review} Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File

I have been annoyed with how tough the skin on the heels of my feet have become lately, so I decided to buy the much hyped about Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File at Watsons.

It normally costs S$49.90 but there happened to be a storewide 22% discount that day, which was what pushed me to finally go for it after just longingly staring at it for several weeks.

I definitely do not regret that decision because it really does work! Warning: extremely graphic and disturbing images of my ugly feet about to follow.

See how it got rid of the thick callous on my heel? I am sold, you guys!

It's very simple to use, instructions are below. It's also very safe, as the machine automatically stops if you push it too hard into your skin. It turns slightly warm and it's ticklish sometimes, but there is no discomfort or pain at all.

1. Remove the protective roller cover
2. Ensure that the roller head is securely inserted into the unit. Do not use without the roller head attached
3. Turn on the unit by twisting the silver ring to the left and gently glide the roller head over hard skin and the dead skin will gradually exfoliate. Use only on dry skin. Do not press too hard or the unit will stop.
4. Turn off and check if you have achieved the softness you desire. If not, turn on and repeat until the level of smoothness is obtained. WARNING: Do not use at same area for more than 3 – 4 sec at a time. Stop if skin becomes sore or inflamed.
5. Once your feet are starting to resemble smooth, happy feet again, breathe a sign of relief.
6. Turn off by twisting the silver ring to the right
7. Wipe or rinse feet to remove excess dead skin particles
8. Thoroughly dry feet
9. Apply moisturiser and massage into your fabulously smooth feet

You can buy this at Watsons or their website.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Creative Sushi Art Workshop by Maki-San and Foodpanda

I was invited to attend a creative sushi art workshop, jointly hosted by Foodpanda and Maki-san.

I showed up at Maki-san with my friend Dred in tow, and after registering, we had a fab time taking pictures with the cute Foodpanda mascot.

We were then ushered into Maki-san, which had been closed off exclusively for the event.

It was my first time in Maki-san, actually, and I was pleasantly surprised to see their "3d menu" on the wall. Maki-san is a design your own sushi and salad restaurant, and it's something that I had never heard of before. How innovative!

There was a spot for each blogger guest, with a name card to let us know where we were to sit.

Then we had each had a set of ingredients, utensils, and an instruction leaflet to make ourselves some panda sushis.

Here is a closer look at that leaflet, so you can do it yourself too!

But before we started, the founders of both Foodpanda and Maki-san gave their respective speeches, which was very interesting to hear. While Maki-san is the sushi restaurant we were in, Foodpanda is the online ordering website or app where you can order food from Maki-san and a bunch of other restaurants for delivery. I am a fan of both companies now, and I feel so honoured that I got to meet their founders in the flesh.

Then finally, Maki-san's chef demonstrated how to make panda sushi.

Yes, that is what a media event looks like behind the scenes haha! Cameras everywhere!

I discovered that making sushi is a lot harder than it looks! I suddenly have a lot more respect for the sushi chefs out there!

Luckily Dred was around to help, so while I rolled the panda face, she worked on the ears.

And the end result? Tada!

Not bad, right? I was actually surprised that they did look like pandas! 

Or kinda like ewoks, too.

Dred was just frustrated that the panda wasn't smiling. So she tried to make it smile, to no avail. LOL.

Oh well, we'll just smile ourselves!

Yay, a pic with fellow bloggers and Foodpanda CEO

But that wasn't the end of it! 

After that, we were divided into small groups and given the chance to step behind Maki-san's counter

We designed our own sushi! This was not as difficult as the panda one. First of all, there was a machine that just required pushing a couple of buttons to make an entire sheet of sushi rice in one go! How amazing is that? I chose brown rice because I had never had brown rice sushi before. How wonderful to have healthy options, right?

And then the hard part was deciding what to put inside our sushi. There were just so many ingredients to choose from! I ended up putting in avocado, broccoli, japanese egg, cheddar cheese, sashimi salmon, salmon roe, carrot strips, smoked turkey, and I forgot which sauce I used, there was also a lot of different sauce options. I know, it sounds like a very weird combination. I just took whatever appealed to me individually with little regard to how they would taste together. LOL.

After I was done putting ingredients and sauces, one of the chefs helped me roll my sushi, then it was put into this machine where it was cut into pieces in one go (again, so efficient!), before it was put into a pretty box whose design I chose. I love the packaging so much! What a brilliant idea! :D

And the sushi itself was very delicious too! Yes, despite the weird combination of ingredients LOL.

I'm so grateful to Publicis PR Consultants for inviting me! They were so nice too, they even took pictures of me using my camera! :D

But I'm not the only one who gets a freebie, you do too! 

You can use that special offer at Foodpanda for the whole year! They have an app too, which you can download for iPhone here or Android here.

They have a lot of restaurants and the really great thing is, you just key in your postal code and it shows you the restaurants that delivers to your location! So no more wondering if a particular restaurant would deliver to your far flung location or not.

Also, Foodpanda is running the "Meals that Heal" charity campaign to aid children with cancer. From 1st to 31st March 2015, foodpanda will be pledging $1 for every order placed via their app or website. 

When ordering food online, all customers need to do to participate in the campaign, is to enter the code “MEALSHEAL15” upon checkout on or the mobile application. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. The Children’s Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being. 

So there you go, one more reason to order!

And one last reason? The fact that the CEO is a funny guy who does this:

So cute, right? :P
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keep Looking, Don't Settle

Last week I found out that one of my former teammates had resigned.

So I chatted to him about it, jokingly asking if he was leaving because of specific funds which are notorious for being difficult, naming them one after the other.

"It's not due to any particular fund," he explained. "I just feel that I want to try something different, because this is my first job after graduation."

"So work is fine, people are awesome," he said reassuringly, "but I'm feeling adventurous."

"Ah well, you're right," I nodded in assent. "You should try something else if you think you haven't found 'the one' yet."

"Yup!" He laughed. "Reconciliations is definitely not 'the one.' We get along fine but I feel something is missing between us."

"There is no chemistry, huh?" I added with a smirk. 

"Yeah," he confirmed. "The spark just disappeared after a while."

This conversation reminded me of a recent episode of Parks and Recreation.

Joan Callamezo, a Pawnee local celebrity, gives a speech and says: "People often ask me, Joan, how do you do it? It's simple. I love being on TV.  I've known what I have wanted to do since I was 10 years old. That is the key to living a good life. If you don't absolutely love what you do with a true passion, then what's the point in doing it at all?"

This makes April Ludgate suddenly come up with this realisation: "Do I even like my job?"

She talks about her turmoil to Benjamin Wyatt, who then helps her try to find her dream job. They try going to a funeral parlour (because she apparently likes dead people), and lots of funny things happen, but at the end of the day April still doesn't know what her dream job is.

Ben says she shouldn't give up, that he would help her.

"Why are you so into helping me right now?" she asks suspiciously.

"Because I'm finally doing what I love and I know how hard it is to get to that place," he explains. "And I want you to be happy, because you're my friend."

I feel like my former teammate is April, and Ben is me. It really is hard to get to that place, and once you do, it really is a happy place, and you wish that everyone you cared about would experience it too.

So as Steve Jobs said, if you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.

The same applies for love, too.

You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle. - Steve Jobs

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