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LED teeth whitening at Mirage Aesthetic? Nah

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February 23rd, 2017 Posted 8:55 pm

Blogging from a capsule hotel in Singapore!! But that’s for another post.

This is not a sponsored post or ad. Just to clarify, I have no issues with the treatment or its results, but rather, the experience was very unsatisfactory as compared to my expectations.

Recently, I came across an article on The Smart Local about non-invasive LED teeth whitening at Mirage Aesthetic. You can read all the nitty gritty there but basically it’s a 40-minute procedure to give you whiter teeth. Here’s a before-and-after photo from TSL:

Mirage Aesthetic teeth whitening

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It usually costs $480 per procedure but the current promo price is $180, so Farah and I decided to give it a try since we had dental subsidy. We left our names on Mirage Aesthetic’s website and I was rather impressed by their efficiency because they called us back very quickly to confirm our appointment.

So on Monday (Feb 20), we went down for the procedure. We were given a nice glass of detox tea and hot towels to wipe our hands while we filled in our details (e.g. dental history e.g. my crown after I broke my tooth, how heavy is our intake of sugary drinks / alcohol / coffee etc) and signed the consent forms.

Mirage Aesthetic review

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After that, we had a consultation session with two aestheticians, L and G, where they went through details of the procedure and the condition of our teeth. They also told us about the more advanced teeth whitening treatment that is supposedly more effective, which normally costs $780 per session but we can get it for $500 since it’s our first visit.

L, who ‘took charge’ of Farah was very nice, friendly and patient. She’s the one in most of the online reviews I’ve read, including  TSL’s. Although they did try to sell us the more expensive treatment (all of four of us were in one room together), L kept saying “no obligations” and that they do not hard sell.

G on the other hand, and who I was paired with, was a lot more persistent and not in a nice way either. She was very pushy and her way of selling was to repeatedly harp on the problems with my teeth to explain why only the advanced treatment would work for me.

According to her, I have:

  • Translucent teeth
  • Coffee stains
  • White spots

Fair enough. I know I don’t have perfect teeth… and I’m not giving a negative review because she hurt my feelings or anything. I just feel that her methods ruined an otherwise okay experience. You wouldn’t believe the number of times G kept pointing out what’s wrong with my teeth while L didn’t do anything of the sort to me or Farah.

For instance, G kept saying the basic treatment would make the white spots on my teeth even more obvious and prominent. She repeated this at least two or three times during the consultation. Which is like criticising your own service to sell another more expensive one? So is the basic treatment that good after all? Hmmm.

However, L would keep reassuring me that the white spots would fade and blend in with my teeth’s base colour the next day. She also answered a lot of my questions patiently. See the difference between both aestheticians?

Anyway, Farah and I decided to stick to the basic teeth whitening (cue more unnecessary comments from G about how it won’t be effective enough for my teeth) and we were shown to individual rooms.

You would have thought that G would have given up by now but nope, even as I lay down on the bed, she continued warning me about how I would not be happy with the basic treatment’s results because “你的真的很很很很很多 (your white spots reallyyyyyy a lot)”. And ya she really dragged out the “really” in Mandarin for emphasis.

It got quite irritating because when I pay for a service, it’s to make myself feel good e.g. holidays, shopping, manicures etc, but at Mirage Aesthetic, you get the opposite.

Anyway back to the treatment. After G applied gel and stuff onto my teeth, I had to lie down alone in the room for 20 minutes as the LED light was placed above my teeth. After that, she came back to reapply and I lay down for another 20 minutes.

Both times, I didn’t feel very safe till the point where I wanted to sleep but didn’t dare to, because I was worried that the LED light would drop onto my face and burn me. Maybe it’s an irrational thought but there’s a reason why movies like the Final Destination movies exist.

I got even more worried because the two times when G was puting the LED light over my mouth, she seemed to have dfficulty getting it in the right position and kept trying to adjust it here and there. So forgive me if I couldn’t help imagining the worst and having horror movie scenes play out in my mind.

I also started questioning just how safe it is to expose your face to the LED light like this, especially if you are coming back for multiple treatments, because my mouth area felt quite warm the whole time. Like will I get cancer? I’m not sure because I didn’t do any prior research before coming to Mirage Aesthetic and I forgot to ask, but I feel that its staff should include a section about safety during the consultation to set our minds at ease.

Thankfully, 40 minutes passed by quickly and I didn’t die or get disfigured.

I went into another room with G to check on the results and make payment. I was told that my teeth went four to five shades whiter, which I was content with. My teeth really did look whiter and I didn’t see any greatly contrasting white spots *rolls eyes*.

But guess what G did!? Yes, she continued trying to push the more expensive treatment to me by saying that she’ll charge me the first-time $500 price so it will only cost $1,000 for two sessions. I said maybe next time. Her response was that next time it’ll cost $780 per session so I might as well save $280 x 2 = $560 now.

All the while frowning and telling me that my teeth really has a lot of white spots (I got the idea the first time, lady).

The funny thing is, I noticed that G’s teeth were not very white themselves. L, who said she has done the treatment before, had whiter teeth and showed us her before-and-after pictures. So this observation made me wonder if it’s because it isn’t that healthy to keep coming back for repeated treatments until your teeth is sparkling white or something else.

Also, this is a very long post with no photos because I didn’t bother to take any. G promised to send me the before-and-after photos she took of my teeth, which she didn’t even though it has been days. Maybe it’s because although you do see results, they are not WOW so maybe she doesn’t want me spreading them around.

Not that it matters because when I woke up the next day, I felt like my teeth have actually gone back to their original colour. But never mind, I only wanted to try LED teeth whitening for the experience and see if it was really as effective as the online (paid/sponsored?) reviews. I repeat – I have no issues with my results from the treatment.

Here are some unedited selfies that I took in the sun two days after the treatment:

LED teeth whitening

New rose gold shades and rose gold watch hehehehe

LED teeth whitening review

I think I look fine even though my teeth are not perfectly straight or sparkly white. Anyway this session also made me realise that like with everything in life, there is really no shortcut to looking good and it’s all about effort.

Want good results? Study or work hard.
Want lose weight? Eat well and exercise often.
Want perfect teeth? Floss, brush your teeth, avoid sugary or alocholic drinks and dark coloured foods like coffee and tom yum unless you can brush your teeth right after etc.

Although the advanced treatment sounded really tempting during the consultation, I’m very glad I didn’t do it (and saved myself money in the process) because this is not a place I’ll feel thrilled about coming back to. This coming from someone who is willing to pay for quality and can be a very loyal customer.

7 must-go cafes with heavenly food at hawker prices in Bandung

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February 20th, 2017 Posted 4:58 pm

Did not blog at all for the past three months but I haven’t really been using social media much either. Anyway it’s been 1.5 months since Farah and I went to Bandung! 4D3N of eat shop sleep repeat and it was the most relaxing holiday I ever had because I’m usually trying to see/do/try as many things as possible.

Tangkuban Perahu

Everything is so cheap and scenic but what really stuck out to me for this trip was the food. Farah looked up quite a number of must-go cafes and we loved every one of them. Every meal dish we ordered was SO tasty!!! I didn’t know Bandung’s cafe scene is so… up there.

Here are all the cafes we visited in chronological order. Highly recommend them all! #triedandtested The food photos are all mine, but I didn’t take any exterior/interior/decor pics so those are from other websites.

1. Warung Sangrai Bandung

Warung Sangrai Bandung

First meal in Bandung! We were starving after landing and checking in. Was walking around and saw this nondescript eatery so we decided to just eat here because HUNGRY. Best decision ever because even now, I’m still thinking about the sambal chicken I ate.

One of the spiciest things I have ever eaten and the chilli is so freaking delicious that I’m having cravings. Comes with white rice aka another of my favourites. Omg why is this simple dish so goooood???

Warung Sangrai Bandung food

They have a lot of different flavours on the menu and you can choose if you want quail (their specialty – I regret not trying this because I saw other people eating and it looks damn fat plus juicy) or chicken.

Warung Sangrai Bandung menu

Kangkong to share and a big glass of iced sweet tea for only 50 cents wtf… damn refreshing after all the walking around in the sun.

Bandung coffee

Chilling with coffee on the third storey of a very cute hut-type cafe later in the afternoon, after hours of shopping. $3 for this awesomeness!!!

2. EatBoss cafe

EatBoss Bandung

Another place that makes me wanna faint with its unbelievably cheap prices. You can get pasta that costs less than a dollar here! Sadly too much food and too little stomach space.

EatBoss appetiser

Chicken fingers to share

EatBoss rice

There are pieces of beef in this!!! Have I ever told you guys how much I love rice?

EatBoss food  Eatboss dessert

Some banana + cheese + chocolate + milk for dessert. Yum!

EatBoss lychee mojito

A very epic thing happened here. I ordered a lychee mojito priced at 30,000 rupiah ($3) thinking it was just one glass. When the server came with one whole pitcher, I thought he was going to pour a glass for me and the rest was for others who ordered the same.

But he put the whole pitcher on my table and I looked at it with a very stunned expression, which Farah saw. Then we looked at each other at burst out laughing.

$3 for this whole thing with lychee inside… Are you kidding me.

EatBoss menu

So we had a full course meal (appetiser, two sets of rice, dessert, my gigantic drink and Farah’s milkshake) for a whopping $14. Can you see why I didn’t want to leave Bandung?

3. Gubug Mang Engking

Gubug Mang Engking

On Day 2, we hired a driver to bring us to Mount Tangkuban Perahu and around Lembang. He brought us to this very quaint, tranquil and gorgeous floating restaurant for lunch.

P.S. This is not within the famous Lembang Floating Market, where there are lots of individual floating food stalls at even cheaper prices.

Teh Botol Bandung

Teh botol!

Bandung floating restaurant

We ordered this set meal for two (drinks included) and the total amounted to less than $25.

Lembang seafood

Super fresh and nice fish! Our driver said the restaurant only catches the fish from the lake when someone orders it, though I’m not sure if he’s serious.

Lembang floating restaurant

Everything is damn good la. I don’t even like tempeh normally but this one was so crispy.

4. The Stone Cafe

The Stone Cafe

Here for dinner at the recommendation of our driver after a whole day out. We were sooo tired!! After the garden and mountain and lunch, we went to Lembang Floating Market, then the Farmhouse followed by loads of shopping.

Prices here are slightly steeper than the rest of the cafes on this list but it’s still very affordable and you get a very pretty view of the city lights. Based on photos that I Googled, you can see very gorgeous sunsets if you come at the right hour too.

Bandung Stone Cafe

We were in an enclosed space but I think you can ask for an outdoor hut if you want.

Stone Cafe food

Neither of us were very hungry so we decided to share, so everything was just nice.

Stone Cafe menu

The Stone Cafe Bandung

5. Dakken

Dakken Bandung

Day 3 and ya I cannot believe this colonial-like building is a cafe either. It’s damn spacious and comfy inside plus they have so much variety on their menu!

Dakken pasta

Aglio Olio for only 30,000 rupiah aka 3 bucks!! And it looks plain but tastes like heaven.

Dakken food

Delicious buffalo wings for 37,500 rupiah and soup (with crab meat, asparagus and egg drops) for 22,000 rupiah… #letmedie

Dakken menu

We also had mushroom fritters (the juiciest mushrooms and cheese stuffed in those balls) that went very well with the garlic cream sauce, a smoothie and a milkshake. Damn full despite sharing but no regrets.

Dakken drinks

6. Hummingbird Eatery

Hummingbird Eatery Bandung

Hands down the prettiest cafe on this list. The outdoor sitting area really looks like this!!! True to its name, the decor is entirely hummingbird-themed. This applies to the freaking extensive menu where every item has a super nice name too.

Hummingbird Cafe Bandung

Farah said she feels like now she knows everything about hummingbirds thanks to the doodles and facts on the wall. Another thing I love about Bandung’s cafes is that many of them have plush sofa seats.

Escargots in garlic butter for $4 (there’s even bread)!!!

They have loadssss of crepes, waffles and pancakes for you to choose from, in addition to the appetisers and mains, and the drinks menu is even crazier.

Super refreshing lychee and elderflower drinks. I wish we had more stomach space because everything sounded so good. We had wanted to pop by a third cafe but were sadly too full and didn’t even try the mains here.

7. Nanny’s Pavillon

Nanny's Pavillon Bandung

Last day and final meal in Bandung! 🙁 Another of my favourite places…

Nanny's Pavillon

Prawn fettuccine that’s to die for…

Meatballs suffed with mushrooms in a cheese pan. PURE HEAVEN. If you saw my IG stories, you would have seen how stretchy the cheese was hahaha.

Never had such fragrant and aromatic fruit tea before.

Here’s the Nanny that I was rying to imitate hahaha.

So in a nutshell, Bandung’s cafes are the bomb because:

  • Unbelievably cheap
  • Everything tastes good and I really mean everything that we ordered
  • Crazy extensive menus (Appetisers, sides, soups, Asian mains, local mains, western mains of steaks and pastas, all-day breakfasts or desserts of waffles and pancakes, zillions of drinks from tea and coffee to mojitos and refreshers to smoothies and milkshakes… you get the idea
  • Spacious with comfortable seating e.g. couches and sofas of your choice (Don’t know why most cafes in Singapore have such stiff seating… maybe cos they don’t want you to stay long so it’s damn hard to find a chill spot where I can do my reading)

Anyway we stayed at Amaroossa Hotel in Bandung which I totally loved too. We paid about S$114 each for 3 nights so that’s S$38 per night per person in a 4-star hotel! Super value for money and comes with free buffet breakfast too. There’s a pool too!

Amaroossa Hotel Bandung

Amaroossa Hotel breakfast

So each day basically consisted of us pigging out once we woke up and then cafe-hopping and shopping till we dropped. Ultraaaa relaxing!

Amaroossa Hotel pool

Amaroossa Hotel Bandung

Sigh I need to go back!!! We didn’t manage to visit Kawah Putih this time 🙁 Bandung is an ideal destination for budget travellers looking for a short getaway… unless you tend to go mad when shopping.

Actually I don’t know how it happened because besides spending the rupiah that I changed, I also swiped my credit card three times during our shopping sprees and it all amounted to $200 LOL but ya it happens.