Cheryl Wee

Friday, June 27, 2014

SeoulYummy!!!!!


One thing that always makes me happy is Food!! Which you probably figured out by now. And whenever I'm traveling, first things first is to check out foodie recommendations.. if you guys have any good recommends anywhere around the world, please share your love and leave a comment yeah :) 

So, currently Seoul is the destination of my soul, and BELLY. (every pun intended)


I shall start of with breakfast. Thick cinnamon toast drizzled with maple syrup and thyme, powdered with icing sugar and doused with a side of freshly creamy whipped cream. Now that's the reason why I wake up. Cafe Arriate is a really cute looking greenhouse cafe that looks like a floral boutique on the outside. Dining in this garden of eden is like a having a posh picnic indoors. I don't have the english address but this original korean version should be most helpful.


Next toasty recommendation is Isaac Toast!!
This picture doesn't do justice to how awesome this is. my bad. 
The eggy toast with eggs, ham, pickles, cabbage and cheese may sound like much, but trust me, this combi blends like it was made for each other. 
You can find Isaac toast in qt a few places, I got mine at Hongdae, and spotted another at Myeongdong.
Look out for a big red round signboard and welcome to sandwich heaven!!


*bells ringing*
And now's recess time which means lunch!!!
Modern korean food from squid ink gimbaps, to carbonara tteobokki to fried mandu.
Find old school food reinvented into dope unconventional deliciousness at reasonable "school food price"!! ok probably not that cheap..but its around S$10 per item.
How I wish we were fed like this in school....
before I hop on to the next place,
you can find school food at

School Food
541-15 Sinsadong, Gangnum-gu
(spotted another at Myeongdong too)


Time for a break from all that eating..


And the best way to take a break is to break for tea...
Deux Cremes Tarts are probably the the nicest tasting hybrids in Seoul.
A light puff pastry like crust topped with fresh cream or pistachio mousse, layered with berries or banana with another layer of mascarpone and another layer of whipped cream.
Add a little sweetness to your afternoon and rest your legs from all that shopping at this 3-storey cafe and indulge in some fruit tarts. 

Deux Cremes Tart Cafe
53-11 Sinsadong, Gangnam-gu


Now we should be around dinner time. 
Head over to Myeongdong for the famous Jimdak.
This dish isn't very photogenic, but you know they say "don't judge a chicken by its feathers."
Like how black chicken doesn't taste any different from a white one.
or how sometimes we can't decipher between a really really, I mean really well cooked and tender turkey from chicken.
or....
yeah you get me doncha.
this soy-sauce based concoction of potato noodles/tanghoon, super duper tender meaty chicken, stewed till they absorb very bit of sauce potatoes and carrots is comfort food for the soul.  

apparently people are into eating crap these days?!?!? but i didn't know that crap could taste so good. ok wait that sounds wrong.

Are you full already?
NO rest for the hungry!!!
You shall not be stop here but continue into the night with street food supper all in Myeongdong.
You'll find your regular indulgences, like tteobokki, tornado potato, ice creams, but this time round I found my ultimate favourite. 
Love it soooooo much I ate.... 2!!!! yes 2!!! 
Before you go on a revolt, I know I know, it's no biggie but *please give me some credit*
What is this that got me head over heels searching for the best?
Egg Bread!!!
It's no ordinary, yet quite ordinary combi.
A fluffy cake like pancake bread, that is steamed and baked with a sunny side up egg on top.
The perfect sweet and salty blend. The bread reminds me of the sweet aroma of McDonald's hot cakes with a pipping hot egg....
But please walk around to find one that looks like the picture above,
cos I was cheated with my 1st egg bread that looked pale and flat and didn't have that baked charred taste.


Proof I ate all these and MORE.
In case you were wondering if I just took pictures with food and look like I ate and then pass it on to someone else...
No Way in Foodie Heaven's Name I will ever do that.
Food is meant to be eaten. Period. 



Most important of all,
when traveling, especially when traveling to eat,
grab a bunch of your loveliest ladies and friends to pig out with.
Cos food is best when shared with good friends and family.
*And cos you can order a whole lot more*
















Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Korean makeup tutorial brought to you by VDL

Annyeonghaseyo!!!

I miss Korea, the land of Kimchi and Soul <insert pun> !!!
Being a huge huge HUGE fan of KIMCHI, my recent trip to Korea was like kimchi wonderland overload.
Kamsahanmida VDL for taking us on a #seoulbeautyvacay :)
We were jam packed with relaxing facials, cosmetic shopping sprees, makeup workshops, loads and loads of yummylicious foodie outings and not forgetting kimchi..... 
This was one extremely enjoyable work vacay.
can we do it again soon???

Lemme share with you my very enjoyable SeoulBeautyVacay brought to you by VDL and Belief:



One of the most memorable workshops we attended was VDL's makeup tutorial by Korean makeup artist, Byul La Kim.


We all covert those korean BB cushion foundations, Cheong Song Yi's coral lips, and super moist "chok chok" (learnt a new korean word cos it was probably said the most number of times in this trip) look. Stashing all these korean products is just the 1st step, learning how to achieve it was a useful lesson for us.


Some useful makeup tips:
  • First things first, use a good makeup base to illuminate and hydrate your skin 
  • After applying the base, start with the eye make up. BEFORE foundation is applied.

  • Foundation is applied only after eye make up is done, and residue eye shadow powder/eyeliner is cleaned off from the under eye area
  • Apply teardrop line under the inner side of your eye with a light shimmery liner to brighten your eyes.

  • Loose powder or 2way cakes are barely used. Hence the dewy flawless chok chok effect.
  • Stay away from perfectly manicured lips to avoid looking too mature. Perhaps go for a lip tint, and VDL's triple shot lip tint gives an ombre lip effect too!




Big love and thanks to the Singapore and Korean team from VDL and Belief for organizing a fruitful workshop. And hugs and kisses to our pretty companions on this trip, Beatrice, Melissa and Jean and the eds of Nuyou, Cosmo, and Her World. 

*stay tuned for more updates on where to shop and eat in Seoul*

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MUST HAVE eyewear for the season


If you can only bring ONE accessory on an island, what would you take?? Necklace? Hat?? Mascara?? Tough choice right? Guess what will I bring??
My Shades. It's an all-in-one "Bao ga liao" accessory-Sun protection, hairband, necklace, plus you won't need make up on with those shades, and above all, still look like you just walked out of a movie set. Right?!?! I think it's worth every cent to invest in a good pair of sunnies so in any case if I'm gonna be stuck on an island alone or full of pple or come what may, don't ya think sunglasses are gonna come in handy somehow.

Guys and girls lemme then introduce you the most unisex, stylish MUST HAVE sunnies this summer. The Police Rock Collection Aviator Shades S8299. 


These polarized mirror lens sunnies come in a variety of colours, starting from S$250, with a lightweight metal frame that combines fashion with function. What I love about aviator shades is that they go with ANY face shape and you can wear it with ANYTHING , and since they never go out of style, all the more reason for you to invest in a good pair. On dress down brunchy weekends, match it with a casual outfit, a simple white dress or a lazy boyfriend tee and jeans with your hair loosely tousled for that model off duty look. And if you're gonna go for something more edgy, these mirror shades are gonna make a statement to complete your look. Even wear it to the gym and look amazing werking out a sweat.

Daddy is a huge fan of the mirror sunnies

 

 Police is renowned for it quality lifestyle products and of course eyewear, especially their signature blue mirror shades since 1990. Police Eyewear is the label to look to with their forward trend setting rules and oh so hot model *drools*. And did you know that Brazilian soccer hottie Neymar Jr is also the current face for Police 2014 *drools some more*. And girls if you're not into soccer, this eye candy is an international soccer star and the one to root for this World Cup.



Best part is... The part you've all been waiting for, and our reward to you for patiently reading this is another round of GIVEAWAYS!!!!!! Stand a chance to win a pair of S1238 shades by simply being a part of Police Eyewear's My Games My Rules campaign. From 2June till July, upload a pic of yourself in an ootd with your Police shades on facebook and instagram and #skpoliceneymar,  every week till 13 July, the best ootd will be selected weekly..that's like 6 winners in total!! And if that's not enough, stand to win prizes with every purchase of Police eyewear in their lucky draw contest till 13July. Check out the Police Eyewear site now to find out more



S1238
















Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bridal Dreams

By a show of hands, how many of you ladies out there have spent years/months/days dreaming of your perfect wedding? The angelic white Vera Wang gown, floral garlands, and looking flawlessly radiant with an au natural make up. Ok I realize I can't see your hands, but I'm getting the vibe you've been dreaming about this day since you were 5??? Anyways point is...The makeup gurus of VDL (Violet Dream Luminous) have answered the prayers of all you brides-to-be with their limited edition Bridal Collection. 


If you're new to VDL, this international cosmetic brand made its way to Singapore last year after having won the hearts of many K-beauty fanatics in Korea/internationally. And what's cooler is their collaborations with renown makeup artiste Wendy Rowe, who has been selected as the top5 makeup artiste by Allure magazine! VDL products have successfully incorporated technology with beauty and fun to bring out the best in every lady and this season is especially dedicated to all brides-to-be. But, that ain't stopping the rest of us from looking radiant until that special day...right ladies!


Part of feeling beautiful on your wedding day is to know your make up is gonna stay perfect throughout the day. But our heat and humidity isn't the most helpful for keeping make up on. So first thing's first is to have a good base to build your make up on. Introducing VDL's best seller, Luminous Primer. Embedded with the Violet Lightflects™ technology, this primer contains a Violet Lightflects™ pigment which evens out the skin tone while creating a clear, radiant and healthy skin for the next step of makeup. 


Another essential to score that au natural look is kissable lips. This Festival Lipstick Creamy Tinted Balm is formulated with Safflower Seed Oil which contains beneficial fatty acid that can help to protect and repair the skin barrier, reducing the effects of dry and chapped lips. What I love is that it comes in a natural pink shade which is so wearable on an everyday basis or burgundy for date nights. 


The conscientious peeps of VDL also ensure that every bit of you would be well taken care of on your wedding day. When you're going to greet your guests, and shake hands with a ton of people, you want the confidence to know that you have hydrated and supple hands, and leaving them with a frangrance that says "I'm beautiful from top to toe!" VDL's Lumilayer Hand Essence contains Hyaluronic Acid that helps to brighten and lighten too! And it comes in 2 scents, gardenia and white musk or jasmine flower and cassia rose.

A big thank you to VDL for letting me share these lovely products with you ladies and future brides-to-be :) 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ahhhhMAYzing weekend with Cozzecloset


This is an ahhhhhhhhMAYzing month =) 
Cos it's a monthful of long weekends and public holidays!!
So you know what happens when I get the day off...


Went down to Quayside Isle, and lazed at Sabio by the Sea.
Sipping my juice in my shades with my silver necklace and thick silver bracelet like a total gangster with swagger. (hey wait, juice don't sound too "gangsterish"...yeah I was sipping on alcohol yo!) 

But don't mess around with me y'all. 
Got my bling and my game face on.
*Gosh I must have scared the waiters,  maybe that's why the food was good and the portions were right*
I should really reconsider snagging this look more often. 
Get more bang for my buck!

ehhhhhh hold it.
You must be thinking what the hell just got into this girl?!?!
random ramblings that went through my head for a minute there. 
*gangster ego dark side slipping out* (evil face rubbing hands together)
So anyways, what I wanted to share with you was my lovely weekend by the Isle, and some pictures I took of my hands, fingers and neck.
Well no, I'm not some crazy narcissist who's into my body parts,
I wanna share with you this ahhhMAYzing accessories store 

Note: the focus is on the bracelet, not on what I'm gonna eat. But hell yeah I was going in for the kill with that choco croissant
This isn't part of the accessories, BUT, now you can focus on what I was eating. You cant see the steak, yeah there was quite a substantial portion in there.


I make quite a good hand model don't ya think


Thank you Cozzecloset for your accessories. 
Click and shop now! 
Or else....
Don't say I didn't warn you about my dark side muahahaha


Disclaimer: you must be thinking "this girl is off or bipolar or something". I'm good :) holidays just crank me up.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Whiten and protect your skin all at once

Being a lady in today's day and age makes for a whole bunch of things to worry about. From the perpetual 2kg we need to shred, to never being able to find anything to wear (despite having a wardrobe that's bursting), to wrinkles and how some ladies would rather be caught wrapped up like a walking mummy than to even bare 1 inch of skin in the sun.

 I'm kinda "bochap" when it comes to taking such extreme measures to wrap myself and cook me under all those layers of long sleeved UV jackets especially in scorching Singapore. Neither is it possible to layer myself like a mummy when we're on outdoor shoots. Most of the time we're pretty much running out and about in the sun. When we were shooting a month long in Batam last year for Mata Mata, the prolonged exposure to the sun left me with drier, patchy uneven skin tone. That seemed to leave my manager in quite a frenzy.


Hence, they suggested I bathe in sunscreen or milk or whatever that'll bring my skin tone back to normal at least. Thing is, I like my daily beauty regime fuss free, my moisturizer is a MUST, and sometimes, with all that lotion on, I tend to forget to slather on sunscreen. Especially because most sunscreens leave you feeling thick and creamy, and I'll look like I'm perspiring white glue in a couple of hours. 

Thankfully I was sent some of Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum. We're usually told to be cautious of whitening products cos under exposure to sun, it might even reverse the effects!! eekkkss!! Thankfully for Nivea's breakthrough technology, this whitening serum not only WHITENS, but also PROTECTS, with SPF 25PA++. Perfect for people like me, who can't keep up with a complex regime.  It's all-in-1! Enriched with Vit C from Camu Camu (fruit that looks kinda like a grape that contains more Vit C than any other known plant in the world), which naturally helps to lightens skin tone.


Best thing is, you know that sticky gooey texture I fear most about sunscreen, and how I'll be perspiring white sweat in a few hours. Good news is, you'll get NONE of these with this Nivea Whitening Serum. It's lightweight in texture, just like your usual moisturizers, and quickly absorbed into the skin. And since it whitens and protects at the same time, it's simple and easy as a daily regime. Not only I can consolidate my skin care regime all into 1, but also, instead of packing in bottles and tubes of moisturizer and sunscreen, all I have carry around is 1 bottle of serum when we're on outdoor shoots. Overall, it's a pretty damn decent product that is affordable at only S$10.90 and available island wide, and did I mention that it only takes 14 days to see visible results too!!
And last but not least, I'm ending with a round of GIVEAWAYS!! 
All you gotta do is share your best kept whitening secrets here on my blog to win S$50 worth of Nivea products :) 


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Clean Eating Recommends

Ever Since my juice cleanse, I've been trying to keep up with a healthier lifestyle, well, at least on mondays-fridays *cheat days still applies on weekends yeah >< *

You must be thinking healthy food... yuck. bland. rabbit food. boring.
It isn't!
Plus, our F&B scene seems to be moving towards a healthier appetite  too, even Macs now has wholegrain options.

I've tried a couple of these healthy joints recently and was really impressed. By their food, atmosphere and the whole vibe. Just wanna share with you if you're ever in the mood for a detox or just wanna get healthier, here are a few options you could try.


The mushroom wanton brown rice bee noodles (S$8.80) had a sweet kombu broth and it tasted like any homemade beehoon soup. The wantons were succulent and juicy with meaty mushroom bursting with flavours. Go for the dry wanton noodles if you're looking for something stronger on taste.

The pumpkin pancakes (S$10.90) didn't feel as guilt free, cos it was so dense and drizzled with organic maple syrup just felt like you would in any pancakes but alot heavier. But it's wheat/gluten free. This one was well worth my calories and perfect to satisfy the sweet tooth in me.

Various outlets


Raw Zucchini Linguini (S$16)

Afterglow is the only place I've consistently been visiting weekly in the past month. Although the food served here is raw vegan food, it doesn't fall short on taste and creativity. A must try snack is the kimchi nori rolls (S$12 for 6 rolls). It has no carbs, but stuffed with chopped carrots and almonds, homemade kimchi. Taste pretty unique and has a good bite to it. 

Another recommend is the deconstructed sushi bowl (S$16), which is black rice bowl with mushrooms, edamamae, pickled cucumber, nori, mixed with a wasabi dressing giving it a good kick. This one is pretty filling and substantial. 

What I love about Afterglow is the raw yet cosy atmosphere, slightly dim, and earthy. The food here aims to reach out to non-vegans and I would say that it has scored a number of rave reviews from my carnivorous friends. However, I do feel it's rather pricey for just raw veges and that's perhaps one factor that most healthy/organic places share that deters us from going back. But the food here is definitely worth a try!!

Afterglow
24 Keong Siak Street
62248921