Cheryl Wee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Family: Mother's Day

It goes without saying that being a mom is the toughest job in the world.
To bring life into this world,
Be responsible for raising another person with the right values,
To love someone unconditionally.
Mother's Day may not necessarily be just for our biological mothers out there,
it may be an aunt, grandma, mentor, or even your dad, and of course your most beloved mama,
someone who has the heart and strength of a mama deserves a big hug.

My mama is my SHERO,
all that I am and hope to be,
I owe it to this lady.
And by God's grace, 
our family has been blessed by being close knitted,
my aunts and popo are like my mama too.
Since Aunty Dawn isn't in town, and popo's mobility isn't convenient of late,
I dated mama and Aunty Pai Hong out to a Mother's Day lunch.

We went to Ding Dong for lunch and Mad About Sucre for desserts.
Which I shall blog about separately.
This post shall be for all the mamas and wonderful woman out there.

I posted a pic on insta of my mama and aunt,
and received a comment about my mama and aunt,
curious why aren't they using their own slimming treatments,
and since we're in this business,
they could do it everyday.

It was hurtful on so many levels,
especially because it was hurtful to my family and loved ones.
But what hurt me most was when my aunt saw me upset,
she said "It's ok don't post of us next time".

Beauty and slimness have been defined by the media which celebrates 'stick thinness'.
But is this really healthy and/or beautiful?
We all come in different shapes and sizes,
and boy, our family loves our food and foodie haunts together.
Yes, we may not be the skinniest people,
and some may wonder why don't they use their slimming treatments daily and get thin.

A very important understanding to have is that at our slimming centres,
we advocate weight management and being healthy as our priority.
And at different ages, and body types, metabolism, sizes and weights differ. 
though we may not be the society's ideal of being slim,
we are all very healthy and happy :)
 Perhaps that counts more than merely being a size 0 or 2.
My mama is a mother of 3, and my aunt a mother of 2.
They're in their 50s.
They go for treatments every now and then, for maintenance and health mainly.
And they're super duper hardworking moms who are very hands-on the business's daily operation, hence unfortunately they don't have the luxury of time to focus on going to the slimming centre everyday. (which is not recommended either, lest it becomes an obsession).
And most of all, they are beautiful, confident ladies.
That's the spirit of our slimming centre, more so than anything.
If my mom and aunt buckles down and does an intensive treatment, sure they'll be slim in no time,
but we think they're perfect they way they are.
Once, mama was accompanying me at a fitting, 
and she said she felt too fat to wear an outfit, 
but this designer said something sweet,
"You are the normal perfect size of how a woman should look like,
make the dress fit you not the other way around."

I'm proud of how my family looks like,
Our family business advocates being healthy and beautifying the world with beautiful people, inside and out. 
What is thinness?
What is considered beautiful?
I hope we will all have the heart like all mothers out there,
to see beauty in every child.
To feed a child with love,
and hope for their child to be happy and healthy.
We don't hear mothers saying,
"I wish my child would be born thin".
Neither would we say,
"I wish mama thinness"
Instead let's wish all ladies out there to be happy and healthy mamas :)
Let us humbly thank you for being the strong beautiful woman that you are. 
Happy Mamas Day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NIVEA In-Shower Skin Conditioner

Remember last year when I shared one of my favourite Whitening Serum by 
I'm back with more NIVEA goodies again!
I'm such a huge fan of NIVEA's quality yet reasonably priced products, and products that really work.

NIVEA's quite the genius on keeping us ladies soft and supple,
they've taken it up a notch, not just moiturizing after baths but DURING as well.

Introducing the best way to attain supple and silky smooth skin:
NIVEA's In-Shower Skin Conditioner 

There's nothing more attractive than soft and smooth skin, not just on your face, but the rest of arms and legs, especially since denim shorts and cropped tops are invading our wardrobes, it'll be nice to strut those legs confidently, and not worry about scaly snake skin legs.

Plagued with eczema since I was a kid, I'm always huge on moisturizers and anything that'll keep my skin hydrated and lock in as much moisture. Plus dealing with eczema skin is kinda like a double edged sword, trying to stay cool in air conditioned rooms, yet the AC just dries up our skin and "gulps" our every bit of moisture like a hungry hippo. Counteracting with this dry spell calls for intensive moisturizing and now with the 1st ever!! NIVEA's In-Shower Skin Conditioner, they've got me protected on an extra level. 

When I first chance upon this skin conditioner, it caught my attention since I've never heard off or thought a skin conditioner was even necessary. Curious to find out how this works and its efficacy, I tried out a whole new shower routine:

Liquid shower gel (Cleanse)
NIVEA's In-Shower Skin conditioner (Apply)
Rinse off.

Good Lord my skin has never felt so refreshed and hydrated!!
And if feeling silky smooth isn't enough to prove this skin conditioner works, 
I tested a before and after with a moisture device pen.....

Truth be told,
Science and technology has proven that it works!!

The numbers reflect the changes and increment in my skin hydration level. And my skin stayed hydrated throughout the day.

I tried all 3 variants:

In-Shower for normal skin,
In-Shower Intensive for dry skin,
In-Shower Whitening for dull skin. 

And I found the Intensive skin conditioner to be the one I like the most. It is enriched with almond oil that is quickly absorbed when your skin in wet and deeply replenishes moisture without the sticky or oily feeling.
Studies have showed that 43% of women are occasional/non-users of body lotions! Their lack of time and stickiness of body lotions were reasons for lack of compliance, but ladies, I'm pretty sure you would like to keep you skin looking soft and supple like a 20year old skin and not some dry wrinkly old granny skin. So I'm definitely gonna be diligent on this one and condition my skin regularly.

It's convenient and most importantly proven to work!
No room for dry skin.
Cause with this In-shower rinse off skin conditioner,
you're gonna bring baby skin back!!

Each moisturizer comes in 2 sizes, 250ml and 400ml!

Intensive range - 250ml ($7.90) & 400ml ($10.90)
Whitening - 250ml ($10.90) & 400ml ($14.90)
Normal Skin range - 250ml ($7.90) & 400ml ($10.90)

To read other real reviews of In-shower, check out this page and be updated on upcoming promotions!

Friday, March 27, 2015


Everyone loooovvveeess presents,
well I assume they do.....
cause if you know of anyone who doesn't I wouldn't mind taking theirs ;P

But sometimes when you're on the giving end, and you wholeheartedly want to give someone special a thoughtful personalized gift and you crack your brains through and through and still can't get past any ideas except for a photobook you have in mind but can't find the time to do...ever been in that situation??
I've got the perfect gift idea for you.


 PANDORA ESSENCE collection is an expression of inner values, hopes and desires that is beautifully conveyed through hand finished semi-precious stone charms designed to stay in place on slender sterling silver bracelets and necklace.

A whole range of exquisite charms that represent significant life values such as belief, generosity, optimism, dedication and dignity are included in the PANDORA ESSENCE collection to act as symbols and heartfelt desires of the wearer. Each bracelet is unique as each wearer would choose their very own story and values through the intricately designed charms on their bracelet.

I chose Patience, Faith and Belief. The series of up and downs left me kinda battered but there's no need to be afraid cos we all fall, we just gotta remember to get back on our feet and start again. When things get you down, just wanna keep in mind and believe that you can make it from a breakdown to a breakthrough. Hence I chose Belief. Next, I chose Faith, many times we cannot see whats ahead, and when what's in front looks cloudy and grey, keep the faith alive and see the light with your heart even if your eyes can only see the darkness. And last but not least, when you give your best in all you do, don't rush and expect immediate results cos haste isn't going to get you there faster, but might bring you 2 steps back. Be patient, practice and all is coming.

Last year was a challenging year for me, with setbacks, disappointments and uncertainties, so much so that I took a toll on my own health.
One of them was facing weight issues and succumbing to others' perception of beauty.
Being impatient and not having the courage to love and accept my physical appearance,
I subjected my body to extreme diets. You name it, I probably did it all and brought it to the extreme.
Say for example the 5:2 diet.
I would extend the 500cal per day diet to 4 days per week, or add on a juice cleanse.
I just wanted to lose weight fast, thinking I'd be happier.
But it only snowballed into yo-yo dieting, bingeing, starving and mentally draining.

The burden to hold on tight to me and walk me through it was on my family and God.
Thankful for their unconditional love,
bit by bit,
I learn to believe in your true inner self.
To believe that you are more than just the numbers on the scale or how sharp your face looks.

To believe that you have the strength to overcome challenges, take it in your stride and climb every mountain.
And to have faith in love and goodness,
to have faith that in trying times,
be not afraid to take the first steps even if you can't see where this stairs would take you too.
And most of all,
all good things can't be rushed.
Practice and all is coming,
to have patience with yourself and your body.
And your body will love you back.
Thus, I'm so grateful to receive this PANDORA ESSENCE bracelet that "Express the Essence of You[me]" with significant meanings and reminders with each and every charm. It's not just an accessory without a purpose, but an accessory with a story behind it. It's a perfect gift to share with your loved ones and make them know you care with this personalized gift. Plus of course, for all the ladies out there, receiving jewellery and accessories can never go wrong. A simple yet classy piece that'll go perfect with a casual weekend flowy maxi dress outfit to a little black cocktail dress look for dressy evening dates. You wouldn't need to hassle over what accessory to change from a day to night look, this slender PANDORA ESSENCE bracelet has got you covered.

And the highlight of this PANDORA ESSENCE collection is to get it now!
Customers will receive a complimentary PANDORA silver bracelet with a minimum spend of $250nett. Valid till 29 March 2015 across PANDORA stores in Singapore, excluding Changi Airport Terminals. Enquire in store for more details.

Find out more about PANDORA and the ESSENCE collection at their website or their facebook page and create your story with PANDORA today!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Makeup Toolbox: VDL GIVEAWAYS!!!!!

Few things in life are sweeter than waking up to a homemade sea salt caramel chocolate tart for breakfast. Combine that with receiving a surprise in the mail, a bag full of lipsticks in the richest Christmasy colours.

This was one of those days I was pretty much in heaven and warming up my homesick heart in the cold wet and windy taipei mornings. 

Speaking for most girls, there's nothing we love more than desserts and pretty surprises!!
So touched that VDL sent over their latest Expert Lip Cube OneClickWonder, and the colours are all so pretty. Perfect to kickstart the holidays this season. 

I've always admired ladies who are able to execute a perfectly lined red lips that are supple and moist. Especially ever since I been in Taiwan these past months, and with the temperatures getting colder and windier, I find my lips getting chapped and dry more often. When I first applied the Lip Cube Expert, I fell in love with its moist and creamy but not sticky texture. Application was really easy with just one twist of the dial. No wastage. Not too little leaving patchy red blots like you've just walked out of a vampire diaries novel. With it's thoughtful cube-like sleek pen shape, executing a perfect lip shape is easy without all that hassle to "stay within the line". 

Edge Fire 501

This Expert Lip Cube series is definitely gonna add on to my list of beauty essentials. I even thinking of getting 2 of each in my favourite shades, the Edge Fire 501, Miss Right 102, Hello stranger 502, Attitude 301 and the Tribeca 101, before the run out. If you're thinking of getting your Christmas shopping done this week, this Lip Cube Expert would be a perfect gift for your girlfriends, colleagues, aunts and mamas.

It's GIVEAWAY time!
One lucky winner will have a chance to win VDL's Expert Colour Lip Cube EX.
To enter, just comment on my blog:

What are 3 of my favourite Lip Cube Expert EX colours?

Alongside your email, so we can contact you :)
Winners will be chosen at random and contest ends 14th Dec 2014 2359hr.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Makeup Toolbox: VDL's One Click Wonder

When I think of make up, science and technology isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
But ever since VDL found its way to us, I've come to appreciate the importance of technology to enhance beauty.

You guys are probably familiar with VDL's uniquely shaped moisture lip cube by now,
and who'd think it could get any better so quickly??
Because VDL's expert colour lip cube has now upped its game into a

No more wastage, messy lipstick covers, too much too little,
cos now,
1 CLICK of the dial is all you need for a single full application.

This new range comes in 8 new colours and of course its signature sleek minimalist design, and here are 4 of my favourite shades (clockwise from top left to bottom left: 101 Tribeca, 301 Attitude, 502 Hello Stranger, 102 Miss Right)

Why I Love VDL's Expert Colour Cube EX:
  • Soft glossy finish without having to lather on extra lip gloss.
  • Creamy and Moisturizing even for chapped dry lips.
  • Super easy and handy application.
  • Sleek minimalist design, which I can slip it into those mini clutches without having to force and close my clutch with a lipstick buldge.
  • Smashing and sexy colour palatte.
  • Super long lasting.
  • It has SPF!!

Last but not least, this November, get to experience the new Expert Color Lip Cube EX at an introductory price of 10% off with a minimum purchase of $30 at VDL

Stay tuned cos we're gonna do some give aways real soon!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sinful Sundays: White Chocolate Matcha Cake Recipe


I absolutely adore all Japanese desserts especially all things MATCHA!!!
For today's Sinful Sunday installment, I'm gonna share a green tea cake recipe I tried out a couple of days ago. 
I went through a couple of recipes and came up with my own concoction of
White Chocolate Matcha Cake.

Ingredients :
250g of butter (soften)
150g of white chocolate chunks
30g of white chocolate chips
100g of sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon of matcha
3 eggs separated
2 tsp of vanilla 
65g all purpose flour 

Preheat your oven to 170degrees celsius.
Line the pan with parchment paper. 
Over a double boil, melt white chocolate chunks and butter and whisk until smooth.
Leave it to cool slightly. 
Whisk eggs yolks and half the sugar. 
Add vanilla to egg yolk mixture.
Then combine into chocolate mixture. 
Sift matcha powder and flour into the chocolate mixture. Whisk until smooth. 
In a separate bowl, whisk egg white with remaining half of the sugar until soft peaks form. 
Fold in egg white into the chocolate mixture.
Fold in white chocolate chips. 
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 45mins.

Cool and dust with matcha powder and serve it with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
Happy baking :)

(photo credits: rachel wee) 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sinful Sundays at The Diner

Hey guys! 
Ever since I came to Taipei, I've realized that their breakfast culture is a must. You can easily spot breakfast bars everywhere, serving every kind of toast, sandwiches, mantou/steam buns, eggrolls, and prata-like scallion pancakes 葱抓饼. But these breakfast bars serve only during the AM, and with the Sunday Brunch culture taking over our world one eggs benny at a time, Taipei is definitely heading windwards, and now, there are loads of places you can have ALL-DAY breakkies EVERYDAY! 


One of the widely recommended brunch places on tv, blogs and friends was The Diner. 
And in celebration of N's birthday, we decided to celebrate with Brunch!

Thankfully we've been rather active at the gym, which means we can eat whatever we want! I started off our pig out session with Smoked Salmon and Spinach Frittata (420NTD) and had it changed to an egg-white frittata with an extra topping of avocados. You might be wondering if these healthy swops would compromise on the taste, but believe me, it was just as good! Though the whole dish was slightly on the salty side, the crisp flax seed toast complemented well with the frittata. The portions here are huge! Standard american size. You might wanna share your orders. And each order comes with an orange juice and a refillable coffee or tea.

Another dish we ordered was the Baked Eggs with Oxtail Sugo Breakfast (460NTD). This dish reminded me of a Russian Borscht Soup and Wild Honey's Shakshuka baked eggs. It's like a breakfast pan from all around the world. Though it was heavy but delicious.

Since breakfast is the most important meal, we had to complete it with some sweets. The greedy pig in me kept a watchful eye on the servers while we were having our mains, and most of them were walking around with this thick fluffy stuffed french toast. The Strawberry and cream cheese French Toast (370 NTD)

Thick brioche bread stuffed with strawberries and cream, coated with a golden brown eggs mixture, topped with fresh berries, dusted with some icing powder and drizzled with maple syrup. Sounds good?  Can you imagine the taste already? But sadly, it tasted way better in my head and the looks of it. It was dry and the flavours weren't as robust as we expected it to be.

Unsatisfied with one dessert = order another!!
This is what I call a blessing in disguise.
We ordered the Cinnamon Roll drenched in cream which tasted kinda like a marshmallow sauce. 
The sweets kinda fell short of what we were expecting. Felt this was a tad dry and the cinnamon flavour wasn't soaked into the bun well enough.

All in all, The Diner is a decent brunch spot, but perhaps go for the savories instead.
Be sure to get here early or make a reservation cos it gets crowded especially during the weekends.

The Diner
No. 12 Song Shou Road
Tel: 02-7737-5055