Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Palm Prints

 Other than leaf prints, palm prints are all the rage this season too. A palm print dress always puts me in a holiday mood. Summery and resort-chic, palm prints are perfect for a beach or weekend getaway. 

These prints have a laid-back, relaxed vibe that make it especially enticing amidst the hustle and bustle that we are so used to in our cosmopolitan city state. 


Like leaf prints, green palm prints are a refreshing change from the usual floral prints. I also like that these prints are a little more abstract, resembling splashes of colours on a white canvas instead of actual palm trees.

Dress from KissJane
Bag from Saint Laurent
Shoes from Pazzion

 If you prefer something edgier, get a palm print dress in darker hues, like the dark blue one I wore here. I love how the unexpected cut-out behind this seemingly prim and proper dress adds an element of surprise.

Whenever I encounter busy prints like these, I usually prefer to go without accessories and just let the prints do the talking. In this case however, I felt that the darker colour scheme of this dress would allow me to play around with a statement necklace and my favourite gladiator heels from Sophia Webster to show you how you can easily transform a casual dress into something that's dressy enough for formal occasions.

I thought I'll also take the opportunity to share a tip on how to wear ankle high heels without looking like you have short legs. Ankle high heels are tricky to pull off, even if you have the slimmest legs. 

The trick is to play with proportions by going for dresses or skirts with shorter hemlines to create the illusion of longer legs. 

 Dress from KissJane
Shoes from Sophia Webster
Bag and Necklace from random stores

 This series of photos were a result of a project that I undertook with Kissjane, and you will probably catch a glimpse of them in a publication soon. 

I hope you enjoyed today's edition of Fashion Fridays. Have a great weekend ahead!




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Samsung GALAXY Tab S


 I just got my hands on the latest Samsung GALAXY Tab S (10.5") and I can't begin to tell you what a world of difference it has made to my lifestyle. 

Let's start with its appearance. Don't be fooled by its size. It is perhaps the thinnest and lightest tablet that I have ever come across, which means I can take it with me wherever I go. It is especially useful for my overseas beach holidays, where all I want to do is chill, laze around and watch a movie or two on my laptop.  Watching movies on tablets isn't usually as enjoyable due to the size of the screen, but with Samsung GALAXY Tab S, it is a different story altogether.  

I am in love with the large screen and more importantly, the Super AMOLED display. The slimness of the Samsung GALAXY Tab S is also largely attributed to the Super AMOLED Screen, which unlike an LCD screen, does not require additional filters or diffusers to create images. Super AMOLED is an emissive technology that displays direct, unimpeded colours and details.  LCD tablets generally have a 70% colour reproduction rate, but the Super AMOLED's colours match up to 90% of Adobe® RGB Colour Gamut. This means that whatever you see on screen is true to life. Honestly, it is such a joy to watch movies and view images on my Samsung GALAXY Tab S as everything comes alive right before my eyes. Even my hubby uses it to watch his favourite rockclimbing videos now!







It probably comes as no surprise to my readers that besides entertainment, fashion has always played an important role in my life. I enjoy browsing through fashion magazines to keep abreast of the latest fashion trends but it is a chore to carry several copies of these heavy magazines around.







Now, I can easily subscribe to a wide selection of magazines on my Samsung GALAXY Tab S through the SPH magazine app under GALAXY Gifts. Every user is entitled to 3 free magazine issues at the onset too!

GALAXY Gifts is the app store equivalent on the Samsung GALAXY Tab S and you'll get to enjoy over $1000 worth of premium apps and services, absolutely free of charge. GALAXY Gifts is a widget that I find particularly useful when it comes to enhancing my lifestyle and improving my quality of life.


Can you tell how vivid the colours are? The softcopy version of the magazine looks just as good as the hardcopy, and thanks to my handy Samsung GALAXY Tab S, I can gain access to a plethora of magazines right at my fingertips.



I wasted no time in downloading the latest issue of my favourite magazine, CLEO. What I like about the SPH magazine app is that you can easily download past issues of your favourite magazines too. That way, I'll never have to worry about missing an issue whenever I head overseas!




I'm sure we all know how heavy and cumbersome hardcopy magazines are. To illustrate my point, the September issue of CLEO which I just downloaded spans a total of 216 pages. Can you imagine having to carry that around with you? 

I always carry a couple of magazines with me when I travel and the weight of my handcarry luggage is nothing short of atrocious. With my Samsung GALAXY Tab S, I can now download and read as many magazines as my heart desires without worrying about the extra weight.  Yes, my handcarry luggage can finally shed a few pounds! 

 Moreover, the GALAXY Tab S delivers excellent true-to-life image quality for your visual enjoyment with its razor sharp clarity and unrivaled readability. I am truly impressed!
 

Did you know that some lifestyle and entertainment content are exclusive only to the GALAXY Tab S? The GigOut! PLUS is one such app that caught my eye. If you are an avid concertgoer, this is the app that you should download. 

My friends and I enjoy attending concerts but keeping track of upcoming concerts and performances is no mean feat, especially when I have to juggle between work, blogging and family. There were many occasions in the past few years when I wanted to catch Jay Chou's concert, but I was often too busy to check out the tickets and by the time I was free, they were all sold out. What a bummer!

GigOut! PLUS allows me to view all the upcoming concerts at a glance and purchase my tickets directly, so I'll never miss another gig by my favourite artiste again!  


I can also find out if any of my friends are attending this concert and rally those who are interested in attending to purchase tickets together. Don't you love how technology makes our world smaller and so much more connected?


As a GALAXY Tab S user, I will also stand to enjoy additional perks from GigOut! PLUS. These include:
  • Special concert ticket packages and discounts
  • Exclusive Meet & Greet opportunities
  • Merchandise and F&B promotions
  • Giveaways and VIP upgrades


Samsung GALAXY Tab S is power-packed with so many goodies and amazing features.  To find out what else it has to offer, do stay tuned to my upcoming post!






Retail Price:
GALAXY Tab S (8.4”) LTE: SGD 698
GALAXY Tab S (8.4”) Wi-Fi®: SGD 598
GALAXY Tab S (10.5”) LTE: SGD 948
GALAXY Tab S (10.5”) Wi-Fi®: SGD 848

Available in Dazzling White & Titanium Bronze 

If you’re interested to find out more about the Samsung GALAXY Tab S and their great deals, visit www.samsung.com/sg/galaxytabs/  
 



Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Perfect Food Manufacturing: Julie's Biscuits Factory Tour

 
 Julie's Biscuits is the brainchild of Perfect Food Manufacturing and being a fan of Julie's Biscuits (I love the Cheese and Peanut Butter varieties!) since young, I was especially excited when I received an invitation to visit their factory in Alor Gajah, a town near Malacca.

The Julie's brand was introduced to the Malaysian market in 1982 and has since become a household name that needs no introduction. The biscuits at Perfect Food Manufacturing are all "baked with love", a motto that all staff abide by and are immensely proud of.

I felt the love immediately upon arrival. We were received by their warm and friendly staff who promptly whisked us off to a cozy reception area where a sumptuous feast awaited.

The desserts that you see here are made using Julie's biscuits. They're pretty amazing, aren't they?




This mission of Perfect Food Manufacturing and Julie's Biscuits is:
 
"We bake with love
We care for the society
We love the earth"
 
True to their company mission, Mr Martin Ang, General Manager of Perfect Food Manufacturing, and his team went the extra mile to ensure that we were well taken care of every step of the way. 
 
Mr Martin Ang, General Manager of Perfect Food Manufacturing
 
While we chomped down on the tasty Malacca dishes thoughtfully prepared by the team, our eyes were met with a dazzling array of Julie's biscuits on display.




I have been eating Julie's Biscuits since young and even my dad is a huge fan of their Peanut Butter biscuits. 

To my surprise, I found out that Julie's Biscuits' range of products extend way beyond their popular Cheese and Peanut Butter biscuits to encompass assorted biscuits and even love letters.


To give us a better understanding of Perfect Food Manufacturing and Julie's Biscuits, we were led to the conference room where Mr Martin Ang and his team gave us a thorough introduction.


I couldn't help but get distracted by the tantalizing biscuits that lay before me and I wasn't alone. In fact, all of us couldn't resist snacking on the biscuits even when our lunch had barely settled. These biscuits are just irresistible.


Photo credit: William
To date, Julie's Biscuits are exported to more than 50 countries around the world. What is the brand's unique selling proposition? To me, its key differentiating factor lies is the company vision and philosophy. 

To quote Mr Martin Ang, they will never sell a product that they themselves would not eat. I have always believed that integrity is of utmost importance in business, even more so for consumer businesses. This succinct statement from Mr Ang really drove home the point that Perfect Food Manufacturing conducts their business with conscience in order to benefit everyone. And for that, I am truly impressed.

 
In a bid to contribute back to society, Julie's Biscuits also started "The Best of You" movement. This movement strives to inspire everyone to take a break from our hectic schedules to reflect on our lives and take stock of our accomplishments. 

The term accomplishments here refer to the seemingly small and often unnoticed gestures or everyday actions that reflect the best of you. These accomplishments, no matter how small they may be, are worth celebrating. 

Who is the best of you?

I think everyone in my life is the best of me. I am very heartened that my husband, family, friends, boss and colleagues have always been supportive and understanding towards me and the decisions that I make. While we may have our differences, the love, trust and camaraderie that we share is something very special and irreplaceable. I am truly blessed to have all of you in my life. 

Every single one of you is the best of me. 



After the heartwarming sharing session, it was time for us to head to the factory for some action. Don't we all look like surgeons?



It was my first time in a biscuit factory and the experience was truly eye-opening. We could literally feel the heat from the baking process.
Cutting

Baking


Oil Spraying


Cooling

Packaging
Quality Control

At the end of the tour, we were rewarded with piping hot peanut butter biscuits fresh from the oven. You could feel the warmth of the biscuits and smell the heavenly aroma of the peanut butter through the packaging. I immediately tore open the packet and savoured the most delicious peanut butter biscuits I've ever had in my life.


Thank you once again to Perfect Food Manufacturing and Julie's Biscuits for their warmth and hospitality!


 
Givenchy Bambi Clutch
Hermes Kelly Dog
Topshop Pants
Charles & Keith Shoes
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses


 For more information on Julie's Biscuits, do check out their website and Facebook Page.



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