Luxe Women – Deluxe Not Just for Women

My body was sore from all the Physical Abuse I received from my personal training. It was god-sent when I was invited to Luxe Women’s Blogger Party. After all my body could do with some tender-loving care and pampering being offered by the award-winning nail-trending salon.

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In this present age, manicure and pedicure are no longer the exclusive right of women. More men are jumping into this business of personal grooming to get professional assistance in taking care of their nails. But if you’re an Alpha male and nails treatment is not your kind of pampering, fear not, because Luxe Women’s new outlet at Sembawang offers integrated services for both men and women to enjoy.

Conveniently located at Sembawang MRT, this shop within shop inside Station33 is an one-stop service centre that combines spa, nail care, eye brown services, waxing (for women only), hair styling and massage all in one unisex salon. It is an ideal place for couple living in the north to spend half a day pampering their body and soul together.

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Last week, together with male bloggers, Damien and Don, we had the chance to experience i-SPA – soaking our feet in the 7 colour LED Jacuzzi Foot Bath Therapy while our body relax to the tune of the massage chair. The treatment was completed with Aroma-scrub and Mask with comfort and relaxation of a tablet with a range of movies to keep us entertain while the therapist worked on removing dead skin from our feet.

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After a quality feet treatment, we were ushered to ZuYue Foot Reflexology where our feet were kneaded by trained therapists who ensured that the pressure on our feet were just right. There is also a tablet attached to every chair and I was watching Captain America while getting the reflexology done. The session was completed with a head and shoulder massage for a holistic relaxation experience.

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For a limited period only, ZuYue Foot Reflexology is offering 60-minute foot massage at $25nett. Normal rate for foot massage is $28 for 40 minutes and body massage is $28 for 30 minutes. To avoid disappointment, call 6758 6519 to book an appointment today. The outlet at Sembawang MRT Station (inside Station33) is usually crowded from late afternoon onwards.

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To celebrate the opening of this new branch, Luxe Women is giving free nail art (worth $20) with every spa nail service. Luxe Women is the first nail-trending salon and their specialities include Bridal Nails, Nail Arts, Art-Pro Nail Printing, Gel Polish, Embroidery Services and many more.

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Many thanks to Jac and the staff from Luxe Women and ZuYue Foot Reflexology for hosting us at the Blogger Party and special thanks to Mag Chow for the recommendation.

Branches and details

Sembawang MRT #01-02 (inside Station33) | Tel: 6755 5586

418 Yishun Ave 11, #01-413 | Tel: 6755 5539

347 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-2130 | Tel: 6452 1210

Opening hours: 11.00am to 9.00pm daily

Website: www.luxewomen.com.sg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luxewomen

Buoy Up with Airs & Graces at Millenia Walk

Defying the conventional expectations of private art exhibitions, Art Stage Singapore transforms Millenia Walk into an instant contemporary public art museum, offering a unique shopping experience to buoy up the much-awaited holiday and shopping season.

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Last Thursday, I attended the VIP reception of the Airs and Graces exhibition at Millenia Walk. This special art exhibition, which runs from 1 June to 7 July, is co-presented by Art Stage Singapore and Millenia Walk, featuring an impressive cast of renowned international and regional artists, including Singapore artist Sai Hua Kua.

Graced by Dick Lee as the guest-of-honour, attendees at the cocktail reception were treated to ‘live’ art exhibition, sand art performance and lots of ‘bubbles’.

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“We are delighted to partner the Art Stage Singapore in the ‘Airs & Graces’ exhibition. This engaging exhibition demonstrates our continued support towards developing a vibrant contemporary art scene here in Singapore. We certainly look forward to sharing and celebrating the inspiring experience with all our visitors at Millenia Walk,” said Mr Tan Boon Tuck, Senior Vice-President of Millenia Private Limited.

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“Designed by Pritzker Architectural Prize Laureate Philip Johnson, the inviting and spacious interior of Millenia Walk is ideal for a wide range of creative interactions and installations. This enables us to create a truly enriching experience for our visitors to enhance the premier lifestyle experience as opposed to just another sales promotion,” added Ms Esther Teo, Vice-President, Advertising and Promotions of Millenia Private Limited.

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“It is our great pleasure to work with Millenia Walk to deliver an art project which can extend our reach to the local audience and transform the space into an instant museum for fun and discovery,” commented Mr Lorenzo Rudol, Fair Director of Art Stage Singapore.

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Sai Hua Kuan’s Going Somewhere 01, Yavuz Fine Art Singapore

Sai Hua Kuan works in a diverse range of media, including installation, sculpture, film, photography and performance. He graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2007, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally, including in the UK, Canada, Germany, France and Singapore. He lives and works in Singapore and the UK.

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Max Streicher’s Floating Giants, Gallery Maskara Mumbai

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, Canada. SInce 1989 he has worked extensively with inflatable technology in kinetic sculptures and installation works. He is known for his large and imposing inflatable sculptures which have been described as being distressing and enchanting, disruptive and playful. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Sri Astari’s Armors for the Soul #2/3

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Sri Astari’s Love-Fear Bag #2/3 and Lochan Upadhyay’s Wedding Chair, Art Plural Gallery Singapore

Sri Astari is a painter, sculptor and installation artist. She studied painting at the University of Minnesota, USA and at the Royal College of Art, UK. Her work explores traditional Javanese values and social norms and how they relate to the status of women and gender roles in modern Indonesian society. Sri Astari lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lochan Upadhyay graduated from the M.S University of Baroda where he is presently reading for this MFA. Influenced by various mediums, his work playfully blends tradition with modernity. He is known for using pieces of sari fabric given to him by the women of a rural village for his large wedding chairs, like a symbolic dowry. Upadhyay has showcased his work across India, New York and Paris. He lives and works in Baroda, India.

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Navin Rawanchaikul’s Mission Navinland, Yavuz Fine Art Singapore

Navin Rawanchaikul is best known for dynamic art pieces that involve direct public interventions, social commentary, and eccentric fictional tales featuring recurring characters. His oeuvre has grown to encompass a broad array of media including performances, billboards, films, comics, games, and cocktails. He has been exhibited widely across Asia, Europe and the USA. Navin Rawanchaikul lives and works in Fukuoka, Japan and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Entang Wiharso’s Feast Table: Undeclared Perceptions, Arndt Berlin/Singapore

Entang Wiharso majored in painting at the Insitut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta and is considered one of the Indonesia’s foremost contemporary artist. He is known for his unique and hyper-detailed style inspired by Indonesian mytholog, contemporary global culture, public memory and personal experience. Entang juxtaposes the past with the present, and the absurd with the real, to cast a critical eye on the state of the world. He lives and works in Rhode Island, USA and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Chen Wen Ling’s Humanities Landscape, Linda Gallery Singapore

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Chen Wen Ling’s Illusory Realm, Linda Gallery Singapore

Chen Wen Ling graduated from Xiamen Academy of Art and Design in 1991. He is known for his provoking and interesting sculptural works that often invoke metaphors and symbols related to Chinese culture. He has been exhibited widely around the world. Chen Wen Ling lives and works in Beijing, China.

MUSE: Airs & Graces Art Exhibition runs from 1 June to 7 July 2013 at Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596

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In conjunction with the art exhibition, Millenia Walk is having the following promotions:

Buoy Up The Finer Side Rewards (1 to 30 June 2013)

Spend $300* and enjoy a Patisserie G’s special-edition art-palette artisan cookie. Top up the spending to $500 and receive an additional jar of gourmet homemade Apricot Confiture with Fresh Thyme from The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore and an art jamming session with Gallery 798. Other spending perks include complimentary 1st hour parking on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends and complimentary gift wrapping with a minimum spending of $50 from the outlets.

*maximum 3 same-day receipts from Millenia Walk. Other conditions apply.

A Life Inspired – Shop, Dine & Revel in the Finer Side (1 to 30 June 2013)

Indulge in guilt-free shopping and dining experience this Great Sale Season at Millenia Walk, select from masterfully crafted timepieces to bespoke tailoring, designer fashion and eclectic cuisines, everyone will surely find something to suit the sartorial bent and excite the palate.

Brunei: Charming Night Glow of Bandar Seri Begawan

To many Singaporeans, simply mention Brunei and their instantaneous response would be, “It sounds boring. Is there anything to do there?” In this travel series, Malcolm explored the Abode of Peace and shares the hidden treasures from the last sovereign Malay Sultanate in the world.

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My alarm  woke me up. It was four o’clock in the afternoon. I made a quick trip to the bathroom to freshen up before making my way to the hotel lobby. I had two hours to shop and explore downtown before the agreed time to meet up with our tour guide. It was my first day at Brunei and I was curious to find out more.

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We were hosted in Rizqun International Hotel. Conveniently located  in the central business zone of Bandar Seri Begawan and connected to The Mall – one of the main shopping venues in the capital of Brunei. This four-star hotel welcomes travelers with its elaborated glass art decorations in the lobby. The swimming pool complements the needs of family with young children. Published rate for this hotel goes from B$320.00 but they run promotions from time to time with room rates starting from B$145.00 per night.

If you find the hotel’s wifi service pricy, simply hop over to The Mall to purchase a 3G SIM card. There are many shops selling mobile phones and related services. 3G SIM card are available at B$30, comes with a value of B$5. We also got a top up card of B$10, which last us through our 4 days 3 nights trip in Brunei. Special thanks to our friends at Royal Brunei Airlines who understood the needs of social media addicts like us, who cannot live without updating our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and included the 3G SIM cards in our welcome package.

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Surprisingly, The Mall and the surrounding areas of the town have every brand we have in Singapore. But instead of a spam of cookie cutter outlets in the malls of Singapore, most of the common brands have only a single shop in Brunei, at least that is true for McDonald’s.

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I was able to spot Giordano, Pizza Hut, KFC and even Jollibee in Brunei. And Sushi Tei has recently opened an outlet in Bandar Seri Begawan. I also spotted a number of men in their traditional costumes. In Brunei, it is not uncommon to see men wearing Baju Melayu as an alternative dress code for work. Unlike Singapore, our Malay men normally only wear it during major celebrations like Hari Raya Puasa.

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A chat with my tour guide, Tom from Sunshine Borneo Tours, I found that there is no goods and services tax (GST) in Brunei and Bruneians do not need to pay any income tax. Basically,they get to keep what they earn! Education is free up to university-level. Also medical and petrol are heavily subsidized as well. Bruneians only need to pay a token fee of B$1 per consultation for healthcare and if the medical assistance is not available in the country, they are sent overseas at the government’s expenses.

Another interesting fact is that Brunei practises ‘No Plastic Bags’ days  from Friday to Sunday. I was rather surprised and certainly impressed with this oil-producing country. Our thoughtful tour guide also made it a point to remind us to bring a reusable shopping bag with us.

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We began our Brunei by Night by first filling up our tummies at Portview Seafood Restaurant, a popular spot for locals. It is extremely busy at the end/beginning of the month when people received their paycheck. The restaurant offers an unobscured view of the water village at the opposite site of the bank.

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Dinner that night consists of a sumptuous seafood steamboat. Fresh prawns, fish and crab caught locally were arranged neatly together with fishballs and crab sticks on a bed of cabbage and greens waiting for us to drop them into our choice of tom yum soup or chicken both.

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After dinner, we took a stroll towards the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin (SOAS) Mosque. We froze in awe and paused for photographs as the view of the gigantic honeycomb of gold came into our view. I had seen many mosques in Singapore and Malaysia but seeing the SOAS Mosque glowing at night was a very special experience.

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Do you know that there is an International Quran Reading Competition? The national Quran reading competition in Brunei is held annually at SOAS Mosque and I heard that the winner of the Quran reading competition will be rewarded with a lifetime monthly stipend of B$2,000 courtesy of the government.

Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, or JAME Mosque for short, is the largest mosque in Brunei and is considered one of the grandest monuments in Islamic culture.  It was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sultan’s reign. We managed to make it in time to snap a few postcard worthy photographs before the mosque closed for the night.

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By the request of TIffany, we made a side trip to Fitness Zone Health Club. This gym is opened by Brunei-born Taiwanese celebrity, Wu Zun (formerly) of Fahrenheit. We heard that sometimes overseas fans of this popular singer/actor will travel to Brunei and camp outside the gym in hope of catching a glimpse of their idol. At least, Tiffany didn’t have to sleep outside Fitness Zone that night.

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The final highlight of the evening was the trip to the night market at Gadong shopping area, located 5-10 minutes walk away from Rizqun International Hotel where we were staying. It offers a glimpse into the local cuisine culture and as bloggers, we entertained ourselves that night by making funny poses and engaging in food photography, much to the amusement of the locals.

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We spotted a stall selling B$1.00 Nasi Katok, a dish of hot rice served with a side of spicy sambal, and a piece of chicken or beef or pusu (anchovies). Nasi means rice in the Malay language and Katok means knock. Back in the old days, there was no 24-hour eateries, so the only way for a hungry person to get a midnight fix was to knock on the doors of a food outlet and get the owner out of bed. The sleepy owner will then prepare a simple dish which evolves into the present day Nasi Katok. (Click here to read more about the story of Nasi Katok.)

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After having some snacks from Gadong night market and tea in my hotel room, it was time for us to turn in for the night. I will be sharing about Ulu Ulu Resort and Ulu Temburong National Park tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Thank you Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei Tourism and Omy.sg for sending me to Brunei. And blogger friends Andy Storm, Deenise Glitz, Karen “Renzze” Ashley and Tiffany Yong for sharing their travel photos.

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For more information about Royal Brunei Airlines and their fares, please visit their website www.royalbruneiair.com or check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/royalbruneiairlinessingapore

P.S. – There are no public bus or train service in Brunei. You may take a taxi to an attraction but it will be difficult to find a cab back to your hotel. The best way to explore Brunei is to book a tour package.

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kapok TOOLS landed in Singapore!

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kapok TOOLS showcase its first appearance in Singapore with a chic corner at PlayLab, Tangs Orchard level 4. After 7 years of success, this label which is ranked top 5 “fashion insider” in Hong Kong, has finally arrived at our shore.

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The launch was graced by kapok TOOLS founder, Arnault Castel together with friends of the brand and media. After a casual opening speech, he elucidated the philosophy behind kapok TOOLS and the brand’s entrance into Singapore market. Arnault also gave some insights on the brand selection at kapok TOOLS, as every single brand at the store was personally picked from all over the world, because of their exclusivity and also unique and care about the quality and design.

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CNN selected kapok as a “Top 5 “fashion insiders” shopping destination in Hong Kong”. Known for it focus on designer and brands that reflects an attitude towards quality craftsmanship and creativity in design,kapok TOOLS corner at the PlayLab presents a well-curatred selection, housed in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
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kapok is actually not a brand, but an umbrella that brings together the essential style “tools” and accessories to complement your daily look. Be it chic, cool or casual, kapok TOOLS have something for the fashion conscious individual. What’s more, this brand regularly brings in new shipment to give you a different shopping experience every time you check out their corner at PlayLab.
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kapok TOOLS brand selection includes emerging brands such as Uniform Wares, Sandqvist, Teddyfish, Mismo, Andrea Garland, IZOLA, Red brick and Mischa among many others and guests could experience the unique materials and craftsmanship.
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kapok derives from the majestic emergent trees of the same name. The trees grow tall in their ecosystem, branching out to provide a home for plants and animals dependent on nourishment and exposure. kapok also provides a unique roof under which people in the community can meet and find inspiring quality goods concept further extending to Southeast Asia.
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kapok TOOLS  brand selections are available at PlayLab, Tangs Orchard level 4
For more information, please visit their website: www.ka-pok.com 

FairPrice walks with U

NTUC FairPrice promotes healthy lifestyle and family bonding through inaugural walking event that pledges to donate $100 vouchers to needy families for every participant who signs up.

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On Friday, I was invited by the team at NTUC FairPrice for a breakfast session before proceeding to FairPriceXtra @ Ang Mo Kio Hub to witness the launch of FairPrice Walks with U (to be held on 29 June 2013 at Marine Barrage). FairPrice is expecting 5,000 participants to join them on the scenic 4km route from Marina Barrage to Gardens by the Bay (East), next to MArina Bay Golf Course, against a backdrop of iconic landmarks like the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the famous Cloud Forest and Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

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For every registered participant, NTUC FairPrice will be donating $100 towards FairPrice Food Voucher Scheme, which provides vouchers for families who have qualified for assistance schemes to purchase daily essentials through grassroots organisations (GROs) of all 87 constituencies in Singapore.

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Mr Lum Hon Fye, General Manager for NTUC FairPrice Foundation, said, “In support of NTUC FairPrice’s inaugural walking event, we are happy to donate FairPrice vouchers through the Food Vouchers Scheme again this year. We hope that the participants will join us in doing good for the community while enjoying a fun and healthy morning walk with their families. Together, we can create a much bigger impact in making a difference for Singapore.”

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To sign up for NTUC Walks with U, please visit: whatsupatfairprice.com.sg/walk

Early Bird registration starts from $12 per participants, special discount for NTUC members or when you sign up in group of 4. Hurry and do your part for charity, sign up today!  

Escapade to KL

With fare as cheap as a bus ticket, a flight on budget airplane takes only 45 minutes to bring us to a rewarding weekend escape to Kuala Lumpur.

I always booked my flights on Tiger Airways half a year in advance to take advantage of their wonderful sales fare.

Touching down at KL’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), I was welcomed by this scenic sunset.

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After a restful sleep at my friend’s place, I was all ready to meet up with Arran Fong. He’s a famous fashion blogger in Malaysia and has done numerous reviews on labels.

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Since I was early, I headed to Starbucks for my breakfast but to my horror, I realised that they do not have Breakfast Pairing at Starbucks Malaysia. I order a yucky multi-grain apple muffin which I didn’t manage to finished.

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While waiting for him to dress up, I grew bored and entertained myself by camwhoring.

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We spent a full day shuttling between KLCC and Pavilion shopping mall. Thank goodness for the newly built link bridge between the two malls, we were sheltered from hot sun at noon and shielded from the heavy downpour in the evening.

We dropped by the “atas” (ah-tahs) fashion mall, Starhill. Arran immediately fell in love with the Alexander McQueen boutique. He spent an entire hour trying and deciding which Kenko loafers to add to his private collection.

 

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After shopping at Starhill, we headed back to Pavilion to have lunch at Wang Kok cafe. It’s a Hong Kong style cafe serving a fusion of Malaysia-Hong Kong dishes.

With a strong currency exchange rate of 1 Singapore dollar to 2.48 Malaysia Ringgit, I was smiling from ear to ear as I order my value lunch meal for only RM9.90. The meal will cost the same in Singapore but it will be in Singapore dollara. How can we not fall in love with KL?

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Feeling full from our lunch, we went to watch The Amazing Spiderman as our stomach took time to digest. The seats in the theatre was really comfy. I felt that I had paid RM9 (student price) for premium GV Gold Class seats.

Dessert followed after. I order a fresh papaya with harsmar and coconut milk while Arran had a Mango Romance.

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We planned to run around KLCC park but it was raining heavily as we exited out from Pavilion.

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Despite a whole day of shopping, my bag was empty. Determined to walk back with new clothing for my wardrode, I pulled Arran into Zara store with me.

I was happy that I bought a sleek shirt for work. 🙂

$78 Getaway to Batam

Alright, I confess. I am a converted now. Groupon deals are great!

For only $78 per person, our package includes return ferry tickets to Batam, one night stay at Planet Holiday Hotel & Residence with breakfast, seafood lunch plus bonus one-hour massage. Now, say wow!

 

The deal also includes a half day city tour. It’s not all just about visiting factory outlets, we also get up close with some local cultural attractions like Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple (one of the biggest Chinese temple in Batam) and Thoa Pek Kong Temple.

Of cos, no trip to Batam is not complete without getting souvenirs from the Chocolate Factory Outlet and local dry goods shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch at Golden Prawn 555, we were treated to a cultural show with fire-swallowing and glass-chewing shaman. But we also witnessed a cruel monkey show. To me, capturing animal to perform for entertainment is cruel. I don’t support such animal trade. The poor monkey was hugging the audience and begging us for help.

 

After a tiring day of traveling and shopping, we were treated to a relaxing body massage. For additional $8, we could extend the massage for 30 min or change to one hour aromatherapy massage or body scrub. I paid extra $10 to upgrade to aromatherapy massage for 90 min.

We checked in to the hotel around 7.30 pm. Planet Holiday was an awesome hotel with a fabulous view and pool. We had our dinner at MacDonald’s being chilling in the jacuzzi to end the night 🙂