Cheryl Wee

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Funtastic Family

Can't believe it's July is ending, and that's how late I am with this post! T'was sitting as my draft for like a month and since I couldn't get it out early July, shall wrap this July up on a colourful note :)
Our family always greet the month of July with a gastronomic affair coz it's Aunty Dawn's birthday, she's a food connoisseur, funnest aunt ever and THE most talented singer!! 


Theme for the night was Colourful!! With the prettiest and most colourful dessert spread that we were all lurking around the WHOLE entire night. No kidding man....was like a lion preying over the sweetest and most tempting macaroons, chocolates, cakepops, luscious creamy birthday cakes (so lions probably couldn't care less about dessets, but you get the idea). It was such a dilemma, can't wait for dinner to be over so we can feast on desserts, BUT,  Chef Mama's homemade Japanese omakase menu was simply too amazing and we just wanted more of it. HOW?!?!? Calories and being full wasn't the issue here, we wanted both the food and were preying over the desserts in between courses. Greedy right!! but how not to be greedy when everything is so good?? 

Presenting to you, Chef Mama's very own omakase dinner. Here's only some of the courses, greedy me ate up the rest. Mama's really creative and meticulous and SUPERWOMAN. She designed the menu, went to the market, cooked, and individually plated each course for 50 over peeps!! 

 And if you think the food and desserts are overwhelming enough. There's still games and dress up!!
Haha dressed papa and several other guys in Chinese Princess costumes and laugh all our calories away!! Papa attempting to be Chang er.....errrrrrrrrrrr


Thanks for always cracking us up papa but we prefer you like this... your beard didn't go too well with your Princess ootd. But no matter what you're always #onfleek

On a side note, had to post this last pic cos I'm loving this dress from Reformation so much. They're eco-friendly clothes that don't kill the environment. Their dresses are always perfectly feminine, with a subtle sexy touch. 

See you guys in August :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fashion: On Pedder feat. Sara Battaglia

Earlier this month On Pedder welcomed bag designer Sara Battaglia to grace the launch of her latest collection in Singapore. And I was so stoked to be handpicked and gifted a limited edition clutch by Sara herself and the On Pedder peeps!! YIIIPPPEEEEEE 

Keeping the fashion guru Keith Png's advice, he said "Invest in all things fringe this year!" If there's one thing we got have in our wardrobe this season, it has gotta be FRINGE!
Sara Battaglia's latest collection features fringes from her bucket bag, to glammed up back packs, and lady like clutches. Perfect for dawn to dusk, office to dinner date looks. 

Top: Zara
Skirt: Premonition
Sunnies: Le Specs
Heels: Steve Madden
Bag: Sara Battaglia

First time getting a bag signed by a bag designer herself!! Making it even more of a limited ed!! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Travel to spread the love

When we talk about travelling, it's no doubt that most of us will agree that it's an eye opener and the greatest textbook you'll encounter.
Be it a memorable happy one or bumpy eventful one, it's always a take away lesson.
You'll get to see a different side of the world, learn a new culture, enjoy various cuisines and meet new people along the way.

Travelling these days has been made easy, a lot more cost effective, almost everyone especially in cosmopolitan Singapore can and has travelled. Most of which are makan or shopping trips to cities. Although it's a 'self-fulfilled' one, they might not be the most meaningful one. I myself am guilty of such. It's been awhile since our family took one of those 'off the beaten track' trips, and it's high time we take one together, give back to society and remind us how lucky and blessed we are, and share the love.

One of the most memorable trips was actually a work trip to Pattaya in 2012. It was the Pattaya International Music Festival, and I was very fortunate to represent Singapore with my songs and dance performance. It was very very touching and encouraging performing to a group of Thais who didn't understand Mandarin but we were supportive to dance along and scream and shout. They didn't know who this Chinese girl prancing on stage was, nor what she was singing, but there were no barriers. 

After the performance, we stayed a couple of days in Bangkok, and met this girl along the streets. A young girl, helping her mom sells flowers to cars that stopped along the roads under the blazing hot Bangkok sun. Most kids in developed countries might falter at the thought of spending their weekends in the sun selling things to make ends meet. But this girl had the brightest smile and warmest heart. She happily pranced from car to car asking drivers to buy flowers. Along the pavements, was a pasar malam of sorts that had simple games and clothes for sale. When she's not selling flowers, she would chat with the other stall sellers, and we bought her a fishing game. We saw the brightest and sweetest smile. She was filled with happiness and gratitude. A simple pasar malam game could make her day. The joy in the simplest things is a rare and treasure happiness we ought to learn from this young girl.

Travelling is indeed the best teacher, and ZUJI, an online travel agent that provides extensive booking services is not only an ambassador for seeing the world, but a company with a heart and cause. ZUJI believes the joy of traveling is for everyone. They are in partnership with MasterCard and would like to invite everyone in creating a bright possibility for students in need. All you gotta do is LIKE ZUJI on Facebook from now till 1 Nov 2015 to contribute a $0.50 donation for beneficiaries from The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Travelling should be for everyone :)

One of our rockstar beneficiaries, whom you may play a part in contributing to his education and lifestory, is the adorable Eq'man. We're so blessed to grow up having parents by our side, but as for cheeky 9 year old Muhammad Eq’man Mutiara Bin Juraimi and his sister, their 65 year old grandfather took on the role as the sole breadwinner and father figure in their family. It's heartbreaking that his elderly grandad has to take on night shifts as a taxi driver in spite of his poor health, bringing home approximately S$1000 monthly.Yet, they're happy peeps with the simple pleasures in life: evening strolls and skateboarding sessions. Eq'man is such a sensible kid, all he wants is a simple trip across the causeway where he can spend uninterrupted quality time with his beloved datuk and nenek is all he wants.

Click to watch a video on Eq'man and he's bound to brighten your day :)

Check out ZUJI website for more info and their Facebook page for on your next travel destination!

If you would like to know how you can show your support, head over here!

ZUJI is also generously giving away $100 ZUJI travel vouchers by simple answering this question:
"Where would you like to take your parents to and why?"

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!