On the way…

I’m getting ready to launch my new layout really really soon! Doing the final touch-up’s!!!!! Also trying to get my preloved page up (i.e. my selling post!)! Look forward to that k!

I’m estimating tomorrow night at 10PM! :)

 

Visit back again soon, and have a great weekend! 

In the meantime, Im open for any questions/suggestions/comments! Ask me on formspring!

Celebrate this Christmas with Jipaban!

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Take a look at my very own Christmas wishlist which I have put together for myself from Jipaban’s website.

As unwomanly/anti-housewife-material I may appear, I actually secretly enjoy shopping for household items and so in-coincidentally (I don’t mean to be sarcastic), all these items which were categorized under the Mom’s category caught my attention.

1. FRENCH TOAST BREAD STAMP– Would love to prepare a nice hearty breakfast for the house in future and of cos reinforce the family every morning as to how much I love paris. BONJOUR!

2. Foot In The Door (Door Stop)– Just thought that this was super cute.

3. Coco Chanel: A Biography– Really in need of a good read! Think this has some potential.

And for the more girly me, I’m adding these two items to my list as well!

3. Aurelie Leather Gold Tips in Lemon Yellow for only 26 BUCKS! It’s such a great price for a gift, don’t you think?

4. Laine Faux Ostrich Shoulder Bag for only 24 BUCKS! What a steal!

In my opinion it’s always the DAD that’s the hardest to get a gift for..
Thought these are some great ideas..

Fisticup– I think this is pretty cool. For the home or office.

Shaolin (Blu-ray)– Think my dad may appreciate this!

And you know what? If you can’t decide what to get, there’s always the comfort of getting a voucher!
I mean, I don’t condone the act of giving people RED PACKETS a.k.a. ang bao’s at Christmas!!!!! Vouchers are still kinda acceptable, but I personally love physical gifts. It’s more meaningful opening presents, and going through the thought and trouble to think about what to buy for someone special.

Check out these last minute resorts to your rescue if need be! Plus, when choosing vouchers, it’s essential to note that there must be some good variety of what the voucher can possibly convert itself to. No point giving a voucher if the scope of choice is limited right? Jipaban has so many different categories of products/designs/types, I think a voucher will be haven for an online-shopperholic (like me). :) Can I add this in to my wishlist too?

But hey, wait no longer! It’s really time to kickstart your Christmas shopping! Jipaban has her very own Christmas Gift Guide which can solve your woes/severe brain-cracking ideas as to what to get for who!

Simply check out their website and facebook for more details! Remember to start early! The early birds catches the worm. : )

To participate in Jipaban‘s Christmas giveaway, simply share your Christmas wishlist on Jipaban’s facebook page.

Jipaban will pick one lucky shopper every week and fulfill your wishes by giving you an item in your wishlist!

Loving the generous spirit of giving this Christmas!
Do share the love with your family and friends :)

Love,
Mel

Just live.

In life we do things. Some we wish we had never done. Some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads. but they all make us who we are. And in the end they shape every detail about us. If we were to reverse any of them we wouldn’t be the person we are. So just live. Make mistakes. Have wonderful memories. But never ever second guess who you are. Where you have been. and most importantly where it is you’re going.

HAIR.

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Here’s finally the long-awaited blog post about my hair and whatever I’ve done to it recently.
Got quite a few requests on formspring to share the salon I visit and what I tell my stylist each time I visit the salon.
Well, the answer is that I usually leave it to them! I am quite terribly fickle so it gets quite challenging staying fixed on what I intend to do with my hair.

In the recent months, I’ve been religiously visiting SHUNJI MATSUO ICON @ SOMERSET 313 and I’m so happy that they revived my dying hair.

This is the BEFORE– limp hair!
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My inspiration! I was flipping through the magazine to find something I’d like my hair to be like. Was thinking NO FLAT IRON STRAIGHT hair because that would be really boring and just… FLAT! I wanted something voluminous but at the same time, I didn’t want BIG hair. i.e. huge curls. I wanted something with a subtle but noticeable change. So I thought curling in the ends would be a good idea because I am pretty OCD about sleeping and waking up on the wrong side of bed resulting in hair that would “qiao” in the morning.
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This is what I mean by QIAO!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Done with the first part! :)
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The ends of my hair are soooo dry, I was tempted to trim those away but I took quite great pain trying to keep the length. Maybe I will in a couple of months down the road when it gets too unbearable.
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This is my super patient stylist, Jerry, who did a great job with his recommendations and with my hair as a whole!
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Get a 10% off on all chemical services (color, treatment, perm, straightening services,) by quoting “MELISSA CELESTINE KOH”! (Haircut excluded) :)

Shunji Matsuo Hair Salon @ 313
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My lovely girlfriends who were waiting for me to finish!
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Love my GFD girls forever! :)

And here are some pictures of my hair in the weeks after…
Not that difficult to maintain afterall (or so I thought):
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So the above was good hair day, where I took some effort to blow my hair dry with a hairdryer after washing.

Below pictures were on a somewhat bad hair day. I slept with wet hair and didn’t bother with my curls.
TTR photoshoot on a weekend:
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My super cute bb shunning away from the sun!
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Another weekend getaway! This is life.

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MY GENTING TRIP– So here I am, blogging about my 2D1N vacation at Genting Highlands. It has been a familiar holiday destination for me since I was young. My mom used to take me there every alternate weekend as a reward for performing well in school because I used to love playing at the theme parks and my grandmother used to stay in the casino all-day-all-night. It was a haven for her.
At that time, Genting was really simple– theme parks and casino, but the air was nice and cool. That was a big draw for the entire family. The closest place away from home that is at a perfect temperature.

In the recent years, I had mini trips there with my family (plus Jon), and with a group of my Steppers friends. It’s always been a perfect weekend getaway because it’s kind to your pockets and not too faraway from home! :)

Here are some photos, for memory sake!

STEPPERS HOLIDAY. Still hold those memories to close my heart.


Click Here to refer back to my Genting getaway with Jon & Family :)

But before I go on and on reminiscing about my past trips, let me share about my most current one, because I did something very different this time. Read on!

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Felt like I accomplished a lot within the very short time I spent in Genting. Guess from the pictures, you wouldn’t be able to tell that it was only a 2D1N trip. But yes, I think the time there spent was too short. Wish it was more.

The video above sums up the wonderful time I had during that short span of time. The highlight of this trip :)

DAY 1
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Boarded the coach at 6.30AM in the morning! Way to early for a night bird like me.
In fact, I hardly caught any sleep at all the night before I left. Only started putting my luggage together at around 3 or 4AM! But thank goodness the bus ride up was comfy and restful. Kill two birds with one stone! :)
I always take the opportunity to catch up on my sleep when traveling. Brought some sleeping pills and motion sickness pills along but I dozed off even before remembering that I had them with me. Just check out my seat! Like a boss.
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Only arose when we arrived in Genting. Was awaken up by the fresh gush of cold air in my face. I still remember that feeling, and it is the same feeling every single time I arrive there. It’s a beautiful feeling.
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All the bloggers congregating before heading to our hotel.
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Our rooms were not ready yet so we headed for lunch first. And check out what happens when a whole bunch of bloggers come together? MASSIVE PHOTO-TAKING SESSION!!!! :/ Just before entering the restaurant, everyone stopped outside to get a picture. I decided to walk in and take a picture of them taking a picture! Was kinda intrigued that I see my own kind in so many people.
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More photo-taking of the food :)
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These were some of the dishes we had for lunch. Gorged it because I was starving.
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The afternoon was free and easy, so Sophie (my roomie) and I headed back to the hotel for a nap. I was desperately trying to look for wifi/ways to activate my data roaming. I swear I live by the internet. Felt completely lost and hopeless without it.
Anyway, dinner was at Ming Ren, quite an atas restaurant.
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The answer to the above is that one pair is for common use. i.e. to pick food from shared dishes, while the other is for self-use. I didn’t know that. HAHAHA.
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Gabby! Love all her arm candies, and also b’cos I’m selling them on ladymojo soon!:)
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Necklace upcoming on ladymojo! :)
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What a super sumptuous meal!
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And this is my first time trying LAMB PISTACHIO ICE CREAM! I think it was a combination of sweet and salty. Quite interesting.
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Nuffnang Bloggers being briefed about the programme for the next day while Sophie, Randy, Ben and I were cam-whoring away.
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There’s this place called “The Bakery” nearby and the bunch of us went in to take pictures of the super pretty looking scones/cupcakes/macarons and pastries. We were commenting on how we wanted to act yi ge ladyironchef! HAHA :)
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Looks super tempting, I think I will definitely patronize this store on my next trip to Genting.
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We walked around First World and the indoor theme park! It was quite a picturesque sight even though pretty late at night. I love how the whole place is so happening. Bars opened, rides still in operation, shops still opened as well! Oh what bliss!
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DAY 2
My very first picture taken on Day 2. Sophie woke me up cos I slept through my alarm. :/
Simple make up for the day, and no contacts cos I was just too lazy and we were running late.
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But I’m getting better with my fishtail braids. Managed to get it up in less than 3 minutes! Pro anot?
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Okay I shan’t claim all the credit. I just did a treatment at Shunji Matsuo @ Somerset 313 on the day before my departure. Hence, the nice shine and smooth texture to my hair! It even shows in braids. ♥
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Our first stop of the day was SNOW WORLD! And this is basically the highlight of my trip this time!
Despite frequent visits over the donkey years of my life, it was actually my virgin experience at Snow World, Genting.

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And these are my winter essentials: 1) Boots 2) Gloves 3) A super thick and waterproof jacket!
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Love that everything is provided by Snow World. :)
I brought my own ear muffs and scarf to keep warm! Those are probably the next two most important items you wanna ensure you have with you in winter.
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There you have Sophie, myself, Randy and Typicalben. (l-r)
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More and more bloggers photobombed. Check out my stunned face! Epic.
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And another blogger, Silver!
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Another picture of Sophie and I. She was my junior in SAJC. Both of us were in Rhythmic Gym! :)
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And here’s Gabby the super brave girl who went in with shorts! I really didn’t know how she survived.
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Finally, our first group photo!! :)
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The two nuffnang managers that were swamped with MANY MANY cameras from all the bloggers. Thank you both!!!!
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Decided to zi pai halfway during the mass phototaking.
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And the two people next to me, if you notice the group photo above!
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Yes, it was this cold! :/
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Ben and I:)
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It was GAME TIME :)
Each of the 5 bloggers (Ben, Randy, Silver, Sophie and myself) were each given a group to lead. There were 3 games that we played in total. The first one was one whereby we were given 4 different tasks. The second game was a treasure hunt. And the third was a snow fight.

I’ll let my pictures speak for itself. We started with the “TASK” game. Out of the four tasks, one of it was to get carried by a worker/staff there. I quickly jumped onto someone whom I spotted as a staff!! He’s looks extremely disinterested and shocked in the photo. HAHAHHA :) Quite paiseh but all we needed was a photo, so after that I kept apologizing.
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Scrambling to read those task-cards and take pictures in the cold.
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The next picture we needed was with some stranger in glasses. That was easy peasy! But everyone was terrorizing those people with glasses on!
P.S. in case the picture isn’t clear enough, he’s the one with the hoodie on. The rest are my team members!
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Another relatively easy one! Getting a little kid to give a kiss on the cheek. SO CUTE, I wish I could take him home.
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Next, we were asked to build a snow man. I bribed the little kids around to help us with it. Hehe okay, bad photo because our snowman is almost inexistent in there. But we managed to get the shape of a snowman out in a really short time, I think it’s worthy of some praise! HAHA.
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My group won the first game! Here’s all of us and our prize.
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We had a quick lunch at the cafe in my hotel lobby. They serve the best Roti Canai there. It’s a definite must try!!!!! That’s not all, there’s a wide range of deserts that left me salivating even upon arrival. I’m so glad we got to try them eventually.
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And so this actually marked the end of my 2D1N quickie vacataion at Genting Highlands.
It was such a teaser in my opinion because I got to see so much at a quick glance. Definitely motivated to make a return trip soon. Perhaps when my favourite boy returns to Singapore! :) I think he really wants to go as well cos I kept texting him what I was doing and my whereabouts during the trip.

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Once again, my super comfy seats that left me asleep for more than half the trip. :)
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Okay, so here’s what I have in mind for my next trip up: I wanna go for a spa, get some shopping done, hang out slightly longer at the casino (even if I don’t gamble), head to the theme parks, karaoke and bowl and maybe even catch a movie. Perhaps a good idea if I were to book a trip there with my girlfriends even.

Girls/Boyfriend, let’s start planning :)

50 days to NYC!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s indisputably true that Singapore Changi Airport is one of the

1) Best airport to sleep in
2) Best airport to get lost in
3) Best airport for a long haul layover
4) Best service
5) Best facilities
6) Best everything!

Okay la, all the above are just out of my head. But honestly speaking, they’ve more than 400 awards under their belt, and therefore also the world’s most awarded airport.

Was googling randomly to find out the most recent awards won but after which decided it was too much of a mouthful to share them.

http://www.changiairport.com/our-business/awards

Check out this link, really quite kua zhang! It’s a never ending plethora of awards.
So anyway, I was invited to visit the airport on a mini tour to learn more about all the stuff they had which I never knew of before and I was so excited to share the minute I got to it, I started texting Jon right away.

The very first greeting I had when I stepped into T1 was the Kinetic Rain. Actually stopped by it for a good 10 minute stare right before flying off to Bali.
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Can you actually figure out the different shapes that are forming?
I didn’t actually notice that these shapes had a meaning at first glance. Only upon a second closer more deliberate look, I noticed that these 604 droplets moved collectively to form images such as an aeroplane departing and landing, a hot air balloon and the wing of an aeroplane. It was truly awe-inspiring.

So the next time you step foot into T1, you must definitely spend some good time observing this arty farty structure. Can’t imagine how much thought/brain must have gone into this. Very very impressive.

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I usually use the toilets as a benchmark to dictate how well-kept/maintained a place is. Whether it is for a home, or a restaurant or a shopping mall, lest an airport, I think a clean toilet usually unintentionally gives one a better opinion of the place. What’s so cool about this is that it’s automated!! Not just to rate the staff on duty at that point in time but also provide immediate feedback if the toilet is in an undesirable condition (i.e. no toilet paper/flooding/wet sinks). Messages will be sent electronically and the cleaner will be notified immediately. So awesome!
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Okay but it’s just not about toilets. I think my favouritest of all is the DUTY FREE SHOPPING a.k.a DFS! I bet a large majority of people will check in early just to stock up on cosmetics and perfumes! I’m one of them. I get my cosmetics there because it really saves me big bucks. In my most recent trip, I actually got all my facial products there and the bobbi brown BB cream and eyebrow shaper too! Got it in double the qty. KIA SU right? But I’m actually gonna be stepping back in there in less than 2 months from now.
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So anyway, the below pictures I took capture the other aspects of Singapore Changi Airport which I didn’t know of. And I’m really happy to be sharing these, so please read on!

A winebar at the Cactus Gardens! It was a pity that it was raining that day but I bet this would be a pretty amazing spot at night. A great way to relax over a drink before the flight.
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I’m someone that takes greenery for granted sometimes. Guess I’ve been spoilt all my life since I’ve been brought up in a Garden City! But at first sight of all these, I knew immediately that Dorothy (Jon’s mom) and probably Jon would have a great time looking at all these horticulture.

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After the touring, we stopped by for a quickie-SPA. I don’t mean to sound drama but it was a life-changing moment for me. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before but I had bad experiences with fish when I was a kid, and to date, I really hate fish. Like I swear I’d never put my hand in a fish pond but GUESS WHAT I DID??????

FISH SPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Holy crap!!!!!!! Thankfully I had some adventurous spirit going on within me that day, I decided to give it a shot.
We started with a foot massage. I’m a huge sucker for foot massages. SUPER DUPER SHIOK!
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And this is the moment. I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (okay, sorry for sounding so drama but its really a biggie to me!)
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Okay after a few minutes I couldn’t take it. HAHA IT WAS DAMN TICKLISH!
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Then I realized I have no picture of me with my feat in. So just for the photo, I put it back again. AND CHECK OUT MY FACE. Hahahahaha.
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Anyway, we were taken to the entertainment zone! A side of Changi Airport that I haven’t really explored before.
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Localized M&M’s! So cute!
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The first Hard Rock to open in an airport ever!
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Omg I’m so jealous of people that have long layovers in Singapore. They have a good option of taking a cab out to the city (which isn’t too far away) or even staying at the airport.
There are so many things to do there! I myself, spent 3-4 hours exploring briefly all the facilities they offer, and the many many gardens set up. I think I’m going to check in super early for my next trip!
Things I already have in mind are:
1) A nice cuppa tea at Cedele (maybe some pastries to go along if I’m hungry then)
2) An easy stroll along one of the parks. Maybe find a spot there to sit and blog/get some work online done.
3) DFS! How can I exclude this right?

If my siblings are with me, I’d gladly dump them at the Entertainment zone. I’m sure those lan games/wii will keep them occupied for hours. Wondermama can relax in one of the movie theatres while enjoying a movie.

Okay, counting down…

50 days to NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!