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Rainbows and flowers

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August 22nd, 2017 Posted 11:05 pm

I miss Guangzhou!!! It was so not what I was expecting and I had such an enjoyable 5 days there 😅 I wish I had booked a longer stay because it’s such a massive city with so many things to see and cheap food to try.

Here’s a gif I made of the iconic Canton Tower where we had a yummy 8-course dinner on the 104th floor 😍😍😍

Canton Tower at night

We also visited:

  • Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street (shopping street)
  • Baiyun World Leather Trading Center (wholesale mall)
  • Chimelong Safari Park (wild animal zoo)
  • Shamian Island (European-style buildings)
  • Orient Express (train restaurant)
  • Guangzhou Restaurant (city’s #1 restaurant)
  • Saizeriya (cheap in SG, dirt cheap in China)

Holiday Inn Shifu Guangzhou view

Here’s the ‘view’ from my hotel room at Holiday Inn Shifu. I didn’t get to visit Beijing Road (another shopping street) where Hai Di Lao is due to a lack of time 😭 Need to go back!!!

Received this very pretty bouquet from A Better Florist over the weekend hehehe.

A Better Florist The Madelene

Got a message in my personal email from them, saying they would like to send me any bouquet of my choice, which excited me as it was complimentary and they didn’t even request anything in return. True to their word, they were at my door the very next day!

Was quite spoiled for choice initially, on whether to get pure tulips for my mum, pure roses (a classic but kinda strange to get roses for myself), or the largest and most expensive bouquet (too much because less is more).

Settled on The Madelene, which was also the very first bouquet to catch my eye with its many bright and vibrant colours! Very me, considering my rainbow sheep (and above gif).

I also love that it has a very pretty mix of roses, daisies, sunflowers and more 💐 Just like my food, I prefer a bit of everything.

The glass jar was a pull factor too, because it’s simple, easy to maintain and I don’t have to transfer the flowers somewhere else.

A Better Florist flowers

Beautiful sunny day (no better lighting) so I got my mum to help me take photos below our block because the flowers are so Instagrammable. My pants 😂

A Better Florist review

A Better Florist

Thank you for the beautiful flowers, card and sweet gesture 😊

From France to Chicago

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February 25th, 2017 Posted 10:49 pm

February has been a blast thanks to a stroke of good luck + Valentine’s Day + Chicago The Musical + a solo staycation, so this post will be about the first three 😁 Sorry if you thought this was going to be a travelogue but I’ve yet to set foot in the States LOL and my original title (still in the url) was too long.

If you are wondering why I’m suddenly blogging so much, it’s because I have time + am feeling it + have always loved taking photos / telling stories through writing / leaving reviews and ratings (109 on TripAdvisor, 200 on Goodreads, 815 on IMDb), that’s all.

1. Crepe Cake from Hasu Confections and Mediacock

Mediacock x Hasu Confections

Thank you @hasuconfections and @mediacocksg for this delicious Red Velvet Cheese Crepe Cake on Valentine’s Day! ❤️ My mum couldn’t stop raving about it and now wants to visit the cafe 😆 #wonthis #lovethis #notanad

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Won a super delicious red velvet cheese crepe cake through a Facebook giveaway, which I arranged to collect on the 14th itself. I kept my promise and went home to give it to my mum first! For the unfamiliar, Hasu is a cafe at PoMo in Dhoby Ghaut.

The cake itself is seriously good and better than the one I had from Lady M last time. Ranking it #2 on my personal list, after the Thai Milk Tea crepe cake I had from Petite Audrey in Bangkok (mum agrees). Please try that if you are ever in Thailand ok?

Hasu Confections crepe cake

2. Valentine’s Day dinner at Bistro du Vin

J made a reservation at this French restaurant at Shaw Centre and I feel like it was the best decision ever. Firstly, I loved the food.

Bistro du Vin steak

Wagyu steak and truffle fries!!! So big and juicy and the best steak I ever had… #ATasteOfHeaven (if Heaven had wine and cattle which I’m sure it does)

Bistro du Vin menu

The actual name on the menu is damn lengthy because the cow was apparently grain-fed 400 days then char-grilled with some sauce and marbling 4… and no I have no idea what any of that means hahaha.

Bistro du Vin lamb shank

Lamb shank in white wine with onions, tomatoes and potatoes.

Here’s where it gets interesting because we got the bill and our waiter returned with a white envelope for us. I can’t remember his exact words but he said that it’s something for selected customers only (I think one criteria is that you have to pay via MasterCard) and we can open it now but don’t let the other diners know about it.

Hmm very mysterious and all. J had to fill in his name on a form where there were only 3 rows for 3 winners so I guess we were really lucky. So we only opened the envelope when we left the restaurant…

3. Chicago The Musical

MasterCard Priceless Surprises

My face was like 😱 😱 😱  because how often do you win musical tickets without even doing anything except enjoy good food??? I nearly jumped for joy… or maybe I did hahaha. We went back to Bistro du Vin to thank our waiter. And this is also why you should always be courteous to your servers hehe.

We were given several timeslots to choose from and make a reservation, then collected the tickets the following week just before the show.

Chicago The Musical

We thought we were going to have crap seats with restricted views since we got them free but we didn’t even get regular seats. We got seats in the freaking VIP section, fourth row from the stage and in the middle section. I could see all the cast’s faces and their pretty costumes and hot bodies and the rhinestones on the sparkly heels 😭😭😭.

I love the show! It’s so funny and different from other musicals I’ve watched e.g. Phantom of the Opera in London and Les Miserables at Esplanade (both hauntingly awesome) which are towards sad / tragic / romantic. Chicago is more of comedy / satire / social commentary. My favourite scene is when the six murderesses sing Cell Block Tango (‘He had it coming’). The lyrics are so brilliant hahaha.

But in terms of precision or how in sync the cast and their dance moves are, it’s about 95% as compared to the 100% from Moulin Rogue in Paris (one of my greatest life experiences ever… I have never seen anything like it).

Chicago The Musical Singapore

Chicago The Musical MBS

Went to ORTO for a late dinner afterwards because Yishun is awesome.

OTRO food

Ok I think people might find this my grossest post to date because the whole thing is basically me gushing about some thing or other. But hey I’m not going to apologise for being lucky and feeling happy! 😝