Tuesday, 21 October 2014

HOW TO DE-STRESS YOURSELF!

As an online shop owner and blogger, I'm usually very busy with work once I wake up till I sleep. Take photos for advertorials, go for photo shoot, draft blog posts, travel overseas to source etc etc. It's really tiring and stressful sometimes and I don't have much time to unwind. I'm sure it's pretty obvious to most of you that the way I unwind is usually to go for beach vacations. On days I don't have time to travel overseas, I'll go for a swim, read a book, have a hearty meal, watch a movie. Or on days I don't even have time to do the above, I'll drink something refreshing to relieve some stress. And my current favorite de-stress drink is................

F&N NUTRITEA Lemongrass with ginger!
Super happy I discovered this Lemongrass with ginger drink from F&N NUTRITEA!!! It's my favorite drink when I wanna freshen up or even relieve my headache from using my laptop too much.



#FUNFACT :
Lemongrass is renowned for its calming and therapeutic effects which is perfect for stressful and busy me. Ginger delivers a soothing warmth from within, restoring harmony and wellness.

Initially, I had my reservations about the drink and if it's another healthy brew off the shelves. Until the effects of Lemongrass and ginger took place! When I took my first sip I thought OMG IT'S SOOOO GOOD. It felt light, refreshing, a tad sweet. Most importantly of all, it's the after-effect of drinking it.

It felt soothing and calming at the same time. Made me feel relaxed as if I had just done an hour massage at a spa or something. I now have a packet with me at my work and study table, whenever I’m working so the drink relaxes me every time I tense up due to stress and tight timelines (y’know, rushing to meet deadlines, meet my launches etc.) It doesn’t just soothe me, but also perks me up instantly cause the taste of Ginger gives a kick!





I started with the small carton and now I'm at my big carton already! I even passed my sister another small carton and asked her to bring to work and drink so she can de-stress at work too. How convenient!


I love the small carton cause I can bring it out and put it in my bag like an aunty. I have it with me when I do my shoots, cause I have a sensitive stomach and gets gastric pain and stomach disorder from time to time. The drink also aids in my headaches and exhaustion -
the usual symptoms I get whenever I get too engrossed with work, especially when I’m traveling.
If you’re dealing with either school or work, please give it a try too! You will feel much much much better after drinking it because the drink soothes!
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SIMPLY TAKE PART IN THE SELFIE CONTEST TO WIN A SOOTH PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES A FREE STAYCATION AND NUTRITEA HAMPERS!

Simply upload a selfie of yourself with a pack of F&N NUTRITEA on Instagram and #nutriteasoothes.
Make sure your caption answers why you think you deserve to win it! Make sure you get your friends to like your picture also!

For more information, head over to www.nutritea.com.sg/lemongrasswithginger/

Here's the picture I'mma upload (:

It's super easy right? Go do it now (: You might just be the lucky winner of a FREE staycation and a F&N NUTRITEA hamper! It's gonna be such a great way to unwind!


GOOD LUCK!

XX
Sophia
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong

Sunday, 19 October 2014

$50 BANGKOK CHALLENGE!

So just last week I made a leisure trip to Bangkok for 3 days and I decided to challenge myself to spend just $50 on food for the entire trip. Well if you've been to BKK before you know it's possible if I just keep eating street food since street food stalls charge $1- $3.50 for a bowl of noodles/rice. But I wanted to have nice food, delectable desserts, brewed coffee all within $50 so let's see how I fared!

Reached Bangkok at 8.30am and went straight to Pratunam market after dropping my luggage at my boutique hotel in Thonglor. Jetted off straight to the famous wanton mee stall, SabX2, that's filled with Singaporeans now.



Maybe I've eaten it for years already that I don't like it as much as before BUT it still makes a decent satisfying meal. And it's one of the only wanton mee stalls that I know of that opens super early in the morning. The other famous ones in Thonglor don't open till like 11am?

SabX2 is famous for their dry wanton mee and pork rice. Their wanton mee is nice mainly because of the super yummy fried pork lard which adds a ton of fragrance to the dish. The wanton albeit a tad small, is quite tasty too. 
The pork rice? It's tender and fat!!! I love the salted vege that comes along with it too.
Both dishes cost 50baht each and I usually order 1 plate of each cos the portion is quite small.
But since it was breakfast and I'm not a big breakfast eater, I only had 1 bowl of wanton mee.

SabX2 damage : 50baht (SGD$2.00)

SabX2
Petchburi soi 19


One of my favorite drinks to sip on in Bangkok's sweltering heat is this bottle of tangerine juice. It might be too sweet for some of you but if you have a sweet tooth like me, you would love this 20 baht bottle of goodness. It's so refreshing and sweet, and it's only 80cents!

Fruit and juice stalls are common sights in BKK so you can find it easily. Pomegranate juice is quite famous too but I prefer the tangerine one!

Spent an hour running some errands then headed back to the hotel for a nap while waiting for Judith and Denise to touch down and join me! We were rushing to meet our other friends so we settled for dinner right outside our hotel which was quite packed during dinner time.

 Tom Yum Goong

Ordered morning glory with garlic, tom yum soup with seafood, and fried pork. 
Niyom Pochana is listed as one of Thonglor's best street food but I'm not too sure about that. The food tasted alright, but not something I would go back for. Maybe their other dishes are nicer?

Dinner (with drinks) damage per person : 150 baht (SGD$6)

Niyom Pochana
125 Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-3911517


This was on day 2 when we headed back to Pratunam area so the girls could shop around. Started my day with my favorite coconut juice from road side stalls. 30baht for a sweet coconut hmmm!

We wanted to have yum-mama noodles for lunch but it was already closed so we settled for omelette rice along Petchburi soi 19. I know it sounds damn simple but somehow it just tasted really good! They added minced pork and spices into the omelette so it tasted really yummy!



Shared a bowl with Denise since we weren't that hungry and it was only 35 baht

Headed back to Thonglor area to chill while the girls continued shopping and decided to check out Boyy cafe alone which I've been wanting to after hearing reviews about their dope croissant.




Nestled in the heart of Thonglor, Boyy cafe has a rustic and welcoming touch to it. I like how some cafes are designed to make people feel comfortable even when they're alone and Boyy is just like that. It's just the ambience and various elements like having books/magazines and round tables. 






Had the plain croissant which was really nice! Crispy crust with a slight salty buttery taste to it. Had a cup of iced blended chocolate banana drink to go with my afternoon of reading and going through Instagram (:

Damage at Boyy Cafe : approx 250 baht (SGD$10)

Boyy cafe
Grass, Thonglor Soi 10


We were heading out to party at Demo (ekkamai area) so we decided to grab dinner nearby. A quick google search led us to this famous Thai eatery that's popular among the locals. Ordered 6 dishes for 3 people heheh. My favorites have got to be the stir-fried vege with egg bits and tom yum goong! They are famous for their chicken but I've tried nicer ones around.

Total damage for 1 person : 250baht (SGD$10) 
So ridiculously cheap for 6 dishes!!! I'd definitely go back again. Nice and cheap!

Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Ekkamai soi 1, opposite Health Land






On the last day of our trip we decided to be a little adventurous with our cafe selection and picked this japanese-italian fusion cafe, Vanilla Bakeshop, tucked in an inconspicuous alley along Ekkamai.

And this, was our first meal. Unregrettably sinful!

The ring is their signature dish which is a hybrid croissant donut topped with vanilla custard top ice cream and caramel grass. SO GLORIOUS I LOVE IT. 280 baht, anytime brah! 




We also ordered the all-day Big Breakfast set (550baht) to share and it left all of us so freaking full. It comes with eggs of your choice (sunny side up, scrambled, omelette), orange juice, coffee, smoked ham, bacon, italian sausage, garlic mushroom with spinach, cheese toast and sauteed potato served with yoghurt with berries and maple puff pancake. That was the biggest and most value for money big breakfast I've ever eaten in my life. $22 for an endless list of food. If you're not a big (no scrap that, make it huge) eater, then make sure you share it with a friend or two.

Vanilla Bakeshop damage w tax per person : 304 baht (SGD$12)

Vanilla Bakeshop
Ekkamai Soi 12








Made a last quick stop at Maewaree for Thonglor's best mango sticky rice (120baht) according to a few friends!
Rice was super fragrant and had a nice texture but mango was a bit too sour that day. Apparently, it's not usually that sour so gotta go back to try again. They also have a choice of white, green and black glutinous rice so we picked white and green. Still prefer the former. Shared this among 3 people and it was sufficient considering the heavy lunch we had.

Maewaree damage per person : 40 baht (SGD$1.60)

Maewaree
Sukhumvit Soi 55.
Walk down towards Thonglor from Thonglor BTS and you will see it on the left side. It's one of the first few stalls along the road.

Before we headed to the airport, we had a quick meal at Thonglor where I spent 90 baht on a plate of pork basil rice. Didn't have time to take pictures cos we were rushing to the airport.

That's all the food I had in BKK for 3 days and I'm a satisfied girl. Had a good mix between roadside stalls and cafe food!

TOTAL DAMAGE FOR 3 DAYS : 1202baht, SGD$48.10!
MISSION POSSIBLE!

Super glad that I passed my own challenge but of course it helped that I went with 2 other friends so we could order more and split the bill. I think it would still be possible to do it alone, but maybe at less fancy cafes. I hope this post helps those of you planning to go BKK with a tight budget. Should I do one with a $30 budget next? Challenge me something, I'll do it if it's interesting (:
sophia.chong@hotmail.com or comment in the comment box below.

Also, you can view my BKK 3 days $50 challenge pictures on Instagram by searching #50bkkchallenge .

It's possible to to live with $50 after all (:

XX
Sophia Chong
Instagram : @sophiachong

Thursday, 16 October 2014

TOKYO BUST EXPRESS : A MORE PROMINENT CLEAVAGE!

Since when I got cleavage one???????!!!




 Hahahah thought that would catch your attention cos I really don't have much to begin with but to answer that question...since I did the TT Push Up Therapy using purifying essence over at Tokyo Bust Express!
Not gonna lie to you and say the results are lasting with only one session of treatment but read on to find out more (:

I was recently invited to Tokyo Bust Express for a session of consultation and therapy for my...boobs. Hahah why does it feel weird just typing that on my blog. I've blogged about my first session with them last year so you can read it here too.

Here's my recent consultation with my specialist, Ellen (:


Listening attentively to the components of breasts and what affects the breast size of a woman. Many people have this misconception that the cup size is largely determined by the fats in the body but that's not true. Which explains why some skinny girls have big boobs and some plus sized ones have small boobs. I always thought I have smaller boobs because I'm skinny but that's not the case.

So what makes it small/big?

Besides fats, the size of the mammary glands determines your boob size! For some girls, it could be the size of a small bean, but for others it could be the size of grapes! And at Tokyo Bust Express, the treatments are formulated in mind to stimulate the mammary glands to achieve natural bust enhancement. 

To some women, breasts and enhanced cleavage are elements of confidence and self-esteem, and I can understand why! I've always wanted slightly bigger/firmer breasts but for now, I don't really wanna go under the knife and go through plastic surgery (yet). So when my specialist told me it's actually possible to make it slightly bigger and firmer with their non-invasive technology, I was actually pretty happy and thankful. My specialist mentioned that I do have breast fats which got pushed up to my pits because of my habit to wear strapless bra most of the time, so I just gotta do a few sessions to push the fats down to my breasts. YAY!

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During the consultation, I also learnt that Tokyo Bust express treatment processes and products are made out of 100% natural ingredients such as soy-infused treatments combined with advanced technology and traditional Japanese massage techniques.

Here's a picture of me in the treatment room in the Parkmall outlet. Extra cookie point for being centralized (:



Couldn't take more pictures of the entire treatment for obvious reasons but it was really comfortable and painless for me. For those who are interested, and are keen to try it out for yourself, these are what I did!

1. Detox Scrub
Remove dead skin cell around bust area and for better penetration of treatments and products

2. TT Push Up Therapy using Purifying Essence
After the scrub an essence is applied onto the bust area.
-Helps in toning and lifting of breasts
-Prevents current condition from worsening
- A bust-care treatment that aids in maintaining shape of breasts (maintenance)

3. Detox Me Massage Therapy
* Helps in blood circulation and lymphatic drainage (Detoxifying purposes )
* Stimulate on the mammary glands to enhance and firm up the breast
* Aids in preventing breast cancer and related illness

4. Bust Suction Therapy
-To help shape for a rounder and fuller bust by stimulating mammary glands
-To re-position your breasts to reduce the "mini boob" or armpit fats between breast and armpit

5. Soft Mask Therapy
-Contain Phyto-nutrients to stimulate bust development
-Moisturizes the bust region just like facial masks on our face
-Increase absorption and penetration rate for treatments and maximum effect

The results were pretty obvious on my first few days. My breasts were firmer and slightly bigger, and as you can see, my cleavage was more prominent. Did a photoshoot a few days after the treatment and I noticed a fuller chest too (:



While there are visible results after one session, it would take generally about 5 to 10 sessions to have significant and lasting results. What I was told was that I probably need more treatments to maintain it. I won't mind trying for another 5-10 sessions to see a more lasting result. After all, it would be awesome to have a fuller bust without undergoing plastic surgery right? (: 
You too can enjoy the treatments that I did and achieve your dream bustline! Simply answer a simple question to be entitled to the promotion below : 

OCTOBER BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH SPECIAL: 

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Sign up for a Bust Analysis + 5x Cleavage-Enhancer Treatments (worth $918) 
1st 20 readers will receive an Intensive Bust Enhancement Trial Kit worth $270.

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PLUS win 3 lucky readers will stand a chance to win a $30 shopping voucher each from The JuiceMarket ! 

Also, don’t be shy to let Tokyo Bust Express know about your main bust concerns :) 


All you have to do is answer a simple question above!! 

Terms and Conditions: 
- Only for females without Eczema or other skin conditions 
- Strictly by appointment only. 
- Promotion valid for 2 months 

Thank you Tokyo Bust Express for taking care of my womanly asset (: 


Location (Tokyo Bust Express) : 
* City Square Mall 
180 Kitchener Road #B2-39 Singapore 208539 
* Park Mall 
9 Penang Road #11-06 Spore 238459 
* Nex Mall 
23 Serangoon Central, #03-32 556083 
* Novena Square 2 
10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111 307506 
For more information you can always visit Tokyo Bust Express or call 6262 6161 to make an enquiry or to book an appointment ! 
Website : http://www.tokyobustexpress.com/ 
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Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TokyoBustExpress 

XX 
Sophia 
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong