So , i just came back to Rotterdam from Paris , France last night. Back to the land of tall and lean people. Everyone here is soooo tall and lean. It makes me feels like a dwarf. I look so tiny here. Paris is only 2 hours train ride away. Well , i still have to blog about my Prague and Belgium trip before i move on to Paris blog post. My favourite is definitely Belgium. I am not really impressed with Paris after i have been to Ghent and Prague. Paris is a good shopping place and good food but i prefer the architectures in Belgium and Prague. Paris is just too crowded and you get photo-bombed in every photo.

First weekend in Europe.

So , we travelled from Rotterdam ( Netherlands ) to Ghent (Belgium) and on the way back to Rotterdam ,  we stopped by Antwerp (Belgium) for half a day. You can read my blogpost about Ghent here. It is  a pretty small top with beautiful architectures.

I love Belgium !

Antwerp central station is beautiful and i love the architectures. It really has a strong European feel.

You can buy strawberries from the small stalls found in the central station. They sell really nice strawberries. I have strawberries almost once every 2 days here in Europe.

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The city centre and square are just 5 minutes walk from the central station. Everyone in Belgium is really helpful and they speak good English.

The Cathedrals are soo pretty and architectures are soo damn nice. I just wanna find a cafe , sit down to have my cup of coffee, desserts and enjoy the view. Never get sick and tired of it. Shops closed after 6pm and every Sunday. So the town is alittle bit quite on Sundays.

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Check out the staircase edges-shaped roofs in Belgium. You will know that you are in Belgium ( if you travel by train ) by spotting the difference in the shape of the roofs.

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Travelling by bicycle is a good way to explore the city. Or you can walk.

Trust me , you will lose weight. I lost over 3kg over here in Europe. Because i walk alot EVERDAY. At least 4 hours per day non-stop and the maximum was 10 hours a day in Prague and Paris. Even my tights felt so loose now and D commented that i really lost weight. Actually both of us did.

Walking or cycling is the only way to explore the small towns or cities. But becareful when you rent a bike because cases of bicycle thefts are common.

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Having our lunch at an Italian bistro , enjoying the breeze , sunshine and view of the Cathedral. Weather was cool but turned cold when there is occasional wind.

Sometimes hot , sometimes cold ..so it is better to wear in layers and bring a thick jacket along.

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You definitely have to try the street food and the Belgium mussels , waffles, chocolates and ice creams. Everyone knows Belgium is well known for chocolates and waffles.

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One more local food that you have to try is Frites ( fries with several choice of sauces ) . You definitely have to have it when you are in Belgium and Netherlands. Frites are popular local snacks. Go for mayo sauce and with onions if you like it.

So we had Frites in Antwerp at a popular frite store. The queue was so long.

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Serving was huge and it was only about EUR 3.60. We went for the mayo sauce with onions.

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Antwerp is a small town and you probably just need few hours here. Ghent and Antwerp in just 2 days.

Glad that Rotterdam is just an hour train ride away from these cities and we can go there over the weekend for a day anytime.

My first weekend in Europe.

D and i travelled to Belgium the day after i arrived a week ago. We spent our weekend in Gent and Antwerp in Belgium ( 2 days 1 night ). These 2 towns are pretty small so 2 days is enough to go around . That week was cold and windy. Temperature was about 10-15 degrees with strong wind. I wore skirt and stockings but weather was so windy that i have to change to pants.

Gent/Ghent is a beautiful town. It was about 2 hours train ride from Rotterdam with a transfer at Roosendaal (South of Netherlands) . Really beautiful and fairytale like architectures. Not a common travel destinations among Asians because not alot of people heard about this place in Belgium. Most people just know about Brussels/Bruxelles which is capital city.

We booked a B&B ( bed and breakfast ) room on a boat. There are alot of boat B&B inns and we decided to go for it instead of hotels. Never stay on a boat before. It is EUR 65 per night with breakfast included. We booked one that was eco-friendly because the rest of the boat B&B inns we shortlisted were full.

Stretch of boat B&B inns along the canals.

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The owner was really helpful and friendly. He is fluent in English and in the B&B , you can take maps on different cities in Belgium and Gent for free. It is only 5 mins walk from the city centre.

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Just 5 minutes walk away is the city centre with beautiful architectures. You can to see traditional Belgium houses with the zig zag squarish roofs , chateaus , fortresses and churches. DSC00416s

The architectures are fairy-tale like. Like a castle.

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Having your dinner at sunset. It gets colder as the sunsets so prepare your jacket. DSC00553s DSC00549s DSC00547s

We went for a boat tour. It is not expensive. EUR 6.50 per pax for a 45 minutes boat tour around the canals with a guide. DSC00545s DSC00532s DSC00531s DSC00528s DSC00526s DSC00513s DSC00489s DSC00486s DSC00475s DSC00474s DSC00444s DSC00433s

Food in Belgium are cheaper than Netherlands.

Belgium is famous for their chocolates  , Cuberdons and waffles so you got to try them !

Belgium and Netherlands are well known for their juicy red strawberries too !

Strawberries were sooo yummy and huge. I love it.

 I went to this shop 3 times to satisfy my strawberries , waffles and Belgian chocolate ice cream cravings.

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EUR 5 for generous amount of juicy strawberries with whipped cream. You can ask for chocolate drips if you don’t like whipped cream.

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Belgian homemade waffles with strawberries and home made Belgian chocolate drips.

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Belgian chocolate are soo nice esp the home made chocolates and home made ice creams. I go for home made ones only because they taste really good and authentic.

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Cuberdons were everywhere. I was curious how it tasted like so we bought a pack for EUR 2. Raspberry flavored candy which is made of gum arabic. Soft in the inside like jelly and hard on the outside. I don’t really like it because it was too sweet !

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That sums up our first day in Gent , Belgium. 13th Sept as Gent festival and there are performances by the canals . We sat down on the steps along the canals , enjoying our repeated servings of Belgian home made chocolates , ice creams , waffles and strawberries and watched the concert. We head home at about 10pm because the weather was turning colder and very windy.

The next day , we checked out at about 10am and did our last tour in the city centre before taking a train to Antwerp which is along the border between Netherlands and Belgium. It is only about 30 minutes train ride back to Rotterdam. So we decided to stop by at Antwerp before heading back to Rotterdam.

Blogging next on Antwerp soon :)

My 5th day in Netherlands now.

I had a good sleep during my 12 hours plane ride and coincidentally , a friend of mine was a cabin crew on the flight :) I haven’t seen her since after graduating from Uni.

D was attached to Rotterdam in Netherlands for a couple of months and we will be flying back to SG in October together. Rotterdam is the 2nd biggest city in Netherlands. His company gave him an apartment and im currently staying at his apartment in Rotterdam. It is our base and it is so near the train station and travelling to places like Germany , Belgium , Paris and Spain is easy and probably need 30 mins-2 hours at most. The house was really nice except that i have to climb that steep stairway everyday which is really tiring and tedious for my thigh muscles.

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Look at how steep it is. I have to climb up like a ladder everyday. Good thing is that he lives on the 2nd floor. I cannot imagine climbing up to the 3rd or 4th everyday.

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Yes , i have to climb these everyday.

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My first meal when i touched down in Amsterdam and 15 mins metro ride to Rotterdam.

The most yummy meat balls i ever had. Seriously nice. The outside was cripsy hot and inside was soft and tender. OMG. Heavenly !

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Spicy Tuna Pasta was really addictive and the most popular dish at the restaurant – Atlantic Lunch Room. The price was reasonable at about EUR 10 each. Portion was huge and will suggest 2 to share 1 bowl instead. I was struggling to finish my bowl even though it was really nice. Just too much and i wanna sleep after every meal here. Too much carbs.

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Our neighbourhood.

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The park was just beside our apartment. It was really nice and clean. Infact , Netherlands is a really clean country. The food were fresh and organic too. That’s why you will see the expiry dates on every food packaging because there are no preservatives and really fresh. They are cheap too ! It is cheaper to eat at home than eat out actually. So i try to cook once every 2-3 days. Breads were fresh and were made on the same day itself. No leftovers.

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Walking around the park which is just beside our apartment.

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Shopping in Rotterdam City Centre – Lijinbaan .
You will see lotsa of Zara , Pull and Bear , Berksha , H&M etc etc. They are everywhere and every buidling and they are huge. The shopping area is just 5 mins walk away from our apartment. The good thing about living near the City Centre.

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In Netherlands , you will see a mixture of old architectures and sky scrapers.

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I make breakfast or D once every 2 days and sometimes he will pass me allowance and i will buy ingredients to cook lunch or dinner for both of us. He receives allowance from his company every week so basically , our meals are provided.

The groceries are not expensive. The 6 pairs of chicken wings (with drums)  marinated with spices was only EUR2.49 and broccoli was EUR0.49. Udon was from SG at $1 per pack. Our ice tea was only EUR 1.29. So this meal costs us less than SGD 8 for 2 pax to  cook at home. Healthy food.

Yeah..i cooked our lunch today ! So nice right. I can’t believe my cooking skills either lol. I made Kimchi Soup and Korean BBQ Pork Belly on the first day in Rotterdam last week. Because someone was craving for home cooked Korean food.

Kimchi Udon Soup , Boiled Broccoli fried with oyster sauce and Marinated spicy chicken wings and Sparkling Ice Tea. Oh i love this Sparkling Ice Tea and probably gonna bring few bottles back. Can’t find it in SG supermarkets.

I love the salads,  pizzas , pastas and sandwiches here but i cannot imagine myself eating that everyday for 2 meals. The menu are always the same in the restaurants here in Netherlands. It is either smoked salmon , tuna , bacons , beef patty , chicken patty etc etc etc. Abit sian already just after 5 days.

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Last weekend , we took a train to Belgium which is just next to Netherlands. 2 days 1 night in Belgium. Will blog about it once i loaded all the pictures from my camera. There are more than 600 pics. Gosh !

Anyway , have a good day and im heading back to work. Lol im not really on a holiday or travel trip. I have to wake up early to work before i go out and hang around.

Welcoming Fall 7 launched !

Shop at http://www.agneselle.com !

i love this midi dress so much that i kept it in all colours :) Made of neoprene fabric and super comfy !

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I kept this skirt in Emerald and Blue colour because i find the colour combination more unique. But if you want a safe choice , you can opt for the white one.

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My favourite skorts. I had Adelene in Black which was launched last year so i kept this in Magenta and blue for myself ! Goes well with the ballerina top and crop top :)

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If you ask me , i prefer the mint one more than the yellow one. Ironically , i prefer the yellow colour for the skirt though lol.

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Needless to say , this crop top is a MUST HAVE. I always pair it with my worn to death White overlap neoprene skirt launched in August !

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This weekend was a tiring weekend but an awesome one with my gfs. Met up with my Korean language classmates and Yunmi for dinner at Resort World Sentosa Insadong Korea Town and then to Teo Heng for some K session. The Insadong Korea Town was a tad disappointing . Expected much more after seeing the facebook page but it is just a food court serving Korean dishes. Price was very expensive but food is not bad. The Rabokki is definitely worth it at $9 though. Portion was big and spicy. It is mixture of Korean instant noodle and rice cakes.

Also ,  i received my belated bday gift from Elaine because the shipment was delayed for 2 months.

Perfect Curl by Babyliss Pro

This is really sooo convenient and especially for noobs like me who doesn’t really know how to use a curling tong. Damn fast.

Anyway i tried using it on a section of hair. I didn’t apply any serum after curling it so my curls in the pictures below may look abit messy.

Very convenient. But don’t put in a thick section of hair because it can get a little bit tangled when the machine rolled the hair in. I can’t wait for my hair to grow longer so that i can curl my hair ends using this curler. Looks strange with the curls when my hair is just up to my collar bone.

Pictures below are taken after the curling. No serum was applied.

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After curling it , you can apply serum so that the hair looks less fizzy and dry.

Thanks to Salon Vim , my hair is always well taken care off with the Keratase products. This serum is definitely my favourite !

This serum is specially used to manage Dry and Rebellious hair.

My hair is getting drier because of weekly styling for Agneselle’s photoshoot. My hair turned “cripsy dry” after all the hair sprays , hot iron curling and braidings. Looks nice but it did alot of damage to my hair. I cut my hair short in May because of the dead dry ends. Cant wait for my next Keratase hair treatment at Salon Vim for a smooth and manageable hair again. 

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Oppa will be going back to Korea for a week in Oct and i am gonna buy some stuff from CJ mall online and send it to his brother’s house. Overseas shipping costs KRW 25,000-35,000 but local shipping only KRW 2,500 ! And he is going to bring back to SG for me when he comes back. Thank you Oppas !

Here is one of the thing i wanna buy but not available in SG :(

Eye brow stencil. I am a right hander and i always have problem with my left brows because of that. So im getting these at only KRW 1,500 !

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My body and mind is feeling so exhausted cos of my 3-4 hours block sleeping time.

Friday was a SUAY day. A series of freak incidents happened. Infact a total of 4 freak incidents happened within a time span of 4 hours before the photoshoot till end of photoshoot. I have never been sooo unlucky in my life before. Really suay siao.

Unlucky things aside.

I MISS MY OPPA !

Skyping everyda without fail. My body clock is abit haywired now. Sleeping from 4am-8am and then at night 7-10pm. So i can skype with him after his work. SG time is 6 hours ahead of Netherlands.

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He seems to lose abit of weight but i lost and gained back !

Had photoshoot at Fresh Fruit Lab Cafe located at Changi Road (Near Kembangan MRT). It was owned by one of my long time blog readers. At first when i got to know about this cafe , first impression was a fruit cafe or a cafe which sells fruity stuff. But i was wrong. Lol. But the cafe do sell fruit juices and beers too.

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Before the shoot start , Jaz (lady boss) served us some fruit teas and ice water. Interesting part is that the ice water is not just ICE + WATER. She soaked fruits such as cucumbers , lemons , strawberries and mint leaves. So it is actually very thirst quenching and refreshing to the taste bud after a heavy meal.

Another interesting thing is that you are drinking from a measuring flask , not a normal glass cup. Interesting concept.

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Here’s our fruit teas.

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After the shoot , Jaz served us lunches and we all love it .

Especially the Fish and Chips , Prawn Aglio Olio and Steak. You have to have these 3 dishes if you are there. I love the burger too but just that i have been eating toooooo many burgers lately so i didn’t eat much of the burger that day. I get abit scared when i heard the word “Burger” . I didnt take any pictures of the Prawn Aglio Olio because before i can whip out my camera , my dad already scooped up a big spoonful of pasta and prawns. Lol.

I have been shooting in cafes for the past 1 month and OMG i am gaining soo much weight from that. Some of the cafe owners not only provided me the space but food as well. Thanks for feeding me fat lol. And i can train my phototaking skills. I think my food photo taking skills improved alot liao leh.

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Thick and juicy beef patty for the burger.

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Thick and juicy steak.

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Kinda curious , so i asked Jaz why is it called FRESH FRUIT LAB ?

Well , fruit elements are infused in the dishes. Such as fruit salad , ice water soaked with fruits and cold pressed fruit juices that are served in test tubes to clear your palates after your hearty meal.

The burger was served with fruit salads.

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Fresh Fruit Lab : 

Location: 351 Changi Road, Lor Marzuki, Singapore 419818

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri-Sat 11:00 am – 12:00 mn
closed on Mondays

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I have bought 2 new HERA products last week !

HERA Vital Lifting Foundation and Essential Base

HERA Vital Lifting Essential Base

It contains sugar apple serum instead of water for effective lifting
Creamy formula forms moisture film to moisturize skin
Vital Color System brightens skin tone to express healthier skin
Hydrating ingredients relieve dead skin cells
Covers pores and wrinkles to soften skin texture.

HERA Vital Lifting Foundation

I love it because it has a very subtlly mild sheen to the foundation to give a dewy skin effect.

It contains sugar apple serum instead of water for effective lifting
Creamy formula forms moisture film to moisturize skin
Micro fine glitter gives natural soft sheen and luster
Cares wrinkle, elasticity, luster, skin tone, and skin texture

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I already started using my bottle !

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I have an extra brand new bottle for sale. My friendly supposedly to help me buy the essential base from HERA counter at Lotte Departmental Store but i think there was a language barrier between the counter lady and my friend. The lady gave her the foundation instead of the essential base. My friend never check and paid for it.

So i have an extra bottle of foundation. Price is KRW 55,000 (see 2nd pic below for the price indicated on the box) which amounts to SGD $70 (according to the credit card charge). If you are interested in buying it , contact me at dancingsugar@gmail.com. Selling at $70.

HERA Vital Lifting Foundation in Natural beige N21.

I am selling at SGD70.

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Here are some upcoming items at http://www.agneselle.com !

I absolutely love this skirt. The material is sooo fab and luxe. I am very happy with my choice of fabric and i am starting on my fabric scouting again soon.

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The Magenta crop top and skorts are coming up soon ! Crop top comes in Magenta and Navy. But i love the Magenta one the most !

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It is 1am now and i need to skype with my OPPA !

Good night and have a good weekend !