There are many people i know heading to Korea to see the beautiful and colourful autumn maple leaves.

Well , decided to blog about a list of things you should buy if you are going to Korea.

Below was a picture of me and my other 3 girlfriends’ luggages when we went to Korea for the first time back in 2012.

We went with one and came back SG with additional luggages , boxes and more and more hand carry bags.

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So how did we went with only 1 but came back with erm… so many ? Well , we spent more than sgd800 per pax at Laneige in Myeondong and they gave us a free luggage each ( The ones with polka dogs , mine is the pink one in the picture ). That was for my 1.5 years of supply of facial care and it came with generous supply of samples which in fact tempted me to get more of their newly launch products. Only you can buy 3 items in Korea and get alot of samples. Hera was more generous when i bought my first set of facial care. They gave me like 4 sheets of the white program masks and REALLY ALOT of samples. Not that i am a cheapo for the samples but these samples are convenient for my travels and it actually tempted me to get the full bottle of product instead and now i am a big fan. My friend’s sister used to send me new samples that last me 1 month and i love the results and ended up buying the full bottles and stock up on a year’s supply.

I don’t like how some counter ladies in SG were abit stingy with it when you ask for few more sachets and they look at you like as if you are some cheapo who want freebies. Maybe they have their reasons for doing so because there are really cheapos doing that but not all are so cheapo okay. There are genuine buyers like me.

It doesn’t make sense you see , your products claimed that with continuous use for 14 days , you will achieve radiant skin. But how can you expect your customers to see the results by giving one pathetic sachet ? Tell me how can you convince your customers the product is good with just one sad sachet and expect people to spend money on the full bottle ? To be reasonable , you should give samples that last at least for 3 days to be able to convince consumers how good your product is.

Ok back to the list of things you should buy in Korea !

1) Korean beauty make up 

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Nature Republic, The Face Shop, Etude House, Innisfree, Tony Moly, Holika Holika and Missha.

Reason why you should buy the make up products is because they are cheap and good. Korean ladies are very good with “natural make up look” so most of their products are not very pigment heavy. The colours are light and refreshing. They like to play around with lip colours so you can see a range of colours for the lipsticks.

Because they are cheap , you can buy many colours and have different looks. I usually shop off the city area because there are some outlets with 1+1 deal meaning buy 1 get 1 free ( usually for masks and lipsticks ) and some have up to 50% discount for make up products. I got my masks , make up and some accessories from the boutiques off city centre and i get to enjoy 30-50% discount or 1+1 deal. But this depends on your luck because sometimes they don’t have such promotions. Usually there are such deals at theend of each season . But the thing is that you don’t get to enjoy tax refund. But i think i saved more with those deals than the tax refund if im getting hell lot of them.

Can’t decide to get a lipstick in Pink , Coral or Red ?
Just get all 3. They will probably cost less than sgd20 for 3. If there is any 1+1 or discounts , you save more.

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2) Amore Pacific Brands.

Beauty is important in Korea and girls there do take extra time and care to maintain their looks and skin.

Brands such as IOPE , Laneige , Sulwhasoo and Hera are under Amore Pacfiic. They do have a house brand too.

You can buy Laneige , Sulwhasoo and Hera at any Lotte Department store or Shinsaegae Department store in town. They are available at the airport as well.

Iope is available at Emart , Lotte mart and Aritaum.

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If you a big fan of these brands , there are few reasons why you should buy in Korea ..

1) Cheaper than SG and there is tax refund.

2) Brands like IOPE and Hera are not available in SG.

3) Generous samples

4) These products works on my skin very well.

Below were my buys from Laneige back in 2012 when i was still using their products before switching to HERA. I was given a free luggage and hell lot of samples for purchase of SGD 800 and above. It filled up that entire luggage.

I bought home 1.5 years of supply of facial product.

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I have since switched to HERA and because it is not available in SG and i have to really stock up .

3) Aritaum 

You can find brands like IOPE , Laneige and Mamonde in Aritaum. I love Aritaum make up produts because they are cheap , nice colour and pretty good.

See the crayon lip tints and crayon eye shadows ? They were going at 1+1 for KRW 6,900. It is cheap and can’t decide which colour to buy ?
Just get all lah !

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You can find whole range of IOPE products in Arituam. I have been to Korea 4 times but i have not seen any Iope boutique before.

Even blushers come in the form of cushions.

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4) BB Cushions and CC creams

Korea is the mother of all BB and CC Creams.

And now the BB Cushion and CC cushion for easy application !

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My favourite goes to Hera UV Mist Cushion and Hera CC cream. Iope is another popular choice among the locals.

They come in various shades which suits Asian skin tones. It costs about KRW 40,000-KRW45,000 and it comes with a refill pack.

5) Facial masks

Again not only being cheap is the reason but they have lots of selections for different skin types. It also work very well in hydrating the skin.

I bought like 300 over packs to last me 1.5 years. Instead of keeping them at room temperature , i kept them in the fridge so that the sheets remains moist and preserve the essence on the sheets.

My favourite brands are from Missha and Sulwhasoo. I bought 300 packets of Missha masks at 1+1 and each was KRW 1000-KRW3500 depending on the type of mask. The hydrogel ones are more than KRW3,000.

You can buy from the boutiques at Myengdong ( for tax refund ) or Supermarket such as Lotte mart and Emart. Usually the ones at Myeongdong does not have discount or 1+1 promotions. I realized it on one of my trips. I was helping friends to buy Missha masks and got some from the boutique at Myengdong and i swept up all the green tea stocks available at their boutique ( about few hundred pieces ) and i have to go to else where to get the remaining. So i went somewhere and i saw a Missha at subway underpass and saw that there was 1+1 promotion  ( no tax refund ) . So you have to work on your maths to see which one is cheaper and you save more.

6) Seaweeds and snacks.

You can buy Korean snacks from Emart or Lotte Mart which can be found at departmental store. You can find your favourite and delicious and cheap Korean snacks there. I always buy a trolley full and bring it back to SG. They don’t give you plastic bags so bring your own HUGE bag or you can use the boxes found near the cashier to wrap up your shopping.

However , if you prefer a bag , you can pay for a paper bag. I dont recommend that if you have TOO many things because it breaks quite easily.

7) Kimchi and side dishes

Seriously , you can never get them so tasty in SG.

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I never buy Kimchi in those aluminum packages and instead i bought those homemade ones because they are much tastier.
You can buy them from Emart or Lotte Mart. Be sure to wrap them up properly and suggest to send it back to SG in a box or else the Kimchi juice might leak and stained your clothes and the smell may linger on your clothes for a while.

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8) Made in Korea apparels

Myeongdong , Dongdaemun , Namdaemun , Hongdae , Ehwa , Garusil Gil etc

Just to name afew , there are the popular places among tourists.

I skip on Dongdaemun and Namdaemun because some are china made and very platinum mall Bangkok like pieces. And are very overpriced. The ahjumma there are not very friendly. I deal with a supplier from Namdaemun before and they are really rude.

I only shop in 2 local boutiques at Myeong dong because they sell their own labels and design their own means there is quality control. And the apparels are priced tagged.

Try to bargain when you are buying. Some shops don’t indicate any price tags and i usually avoid those unless i really like the item and find the price reasonable. I was quoted KRW 32,000 for a skirt and a friend was quoted KRW 18,000. The salesman must have thought i am a tourist and don’t understand Korean and when my Korean friend asked for the price again  , she was quoted cheaper ( almost half the price ). The salesman must have thought we were not friends . But i understand what the price he quoted to other person in Korean.

So for those shops that does not have any price tags  on their apparels , do try to bargain.

9) Cute and little accessories such as stockings , socks and samsung mobile covers.

I get all my winter, spring and autumn stockings from there because they are very cheap and good. You can get a winter stockings/leggings with fleece for KRW5,000. That is why i can still wear skirt with the stockings in such cold weather.

They have tonnes of cute little stocks with ribbons and prints at KRW 1,000 each ! Some were going at KRW 800. Samsung mobile covers are cheaper there. I got one for my cousin from Korea for her Note 3 at like SGD 20 cheaper ?

I got my stockings and leggings from Ah jummas at the road side stalls. Or you can get from shops that sells those cute little socks and hair accessories.

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Happy shopping in Korea and worry about overweight luggage ?

One tip is to send all your shopping buys back via EMS Korea to SG.
It takes 3 working days. Meaning if you send it out on Monday , you will receive it on Wednesday.

I sent 500 pieces of Missha masks to my friend from Korea ( helped her to buy..you see im such a good friend haha , carrying 100 pieces each time x 4 trips is really not easy and super heavy ) and it costs about KRW 34,000. It is cheaper than paying for extra baggage weight.

And i buy my Hera skin care products from the airport duty free. There is one counter which carries the full range. Hera bottles are made of glass and very heavy. Definitely going to add weight onto your luggage. So i will buy at the airport and hand carry up to the plane instead to save on overweight baggage fees.

Well , have a good time and happy shopping !

I would like to share a good tip with everyone on how to cleanse your face and clear the make up from your skin.

I have blogged about the cleanser i use but i realised i have not blogged about how to cleanse your face properly.

We all want to have flawless or healthy looking skin.The first and foremost important step is CLEANSING.

There is no point applying expensive or good product on your skin if you don’t cleanse properly. What is the point of spending money to apply good products on your skin when it is piled or clogged with dirt and make up remnants ?

Some of you have been asking how to cleanse the face properly and remove the make up completely. I guess some of you have problems with that.

I like to see that my face is clean , moisturized and healthy looking after my skincare routine.

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Besides having a good non-drying cleanser or any cleanser which suits your skin conditions , the way and how you cleanse your face is also important.

I have to put on heavy make up for Agneselle.com’s photoshoots. Makeup was so heavy that sometimes i felt that cleansing my face once is not clean enough.

True enough when there was once after i showered, washed my face and dried my face with a towel. The towel was white colour and i noted some very slight yellowish stain. So i took a facial tissue and wrap it around my index finger thickly and scrap abit of the side of my nose. To my horror , it was the foundation and it was still on my face despite removing with my make up remover and cleanser.

Fortunately , it was not too late to change the way i cleanse my face after realizing it. It was about 1 month after my very first outdoor shoot that i realized that.

So some of you may have thought that you have cleansed your face properly and removed your make up but actually you did not.

Hence i bought a microfiber facial cleansing mitten from The Face Shop. It works like a glove and just put 3-4 fingers into the mitten and go around your face in circular motions.

After removing my eye and face make up with a make up remover , i cleanse my face with the facial mitten.

You can see how much make up remnants were on the facial mitten even after removing make up with a make up remover or cleansing oil.

The mitten works like a body scrub/sponge/mitten.

How to use it ? 

1) Lather my face with warm water

2) Squeeze some cleanser onto the mitten and lather with water

3) Use the mitten and gently go in circular motions round your face. The cleansing foam will lather up nicely.

I didn’t get facial mittens from any drugstore and i prefer to get it from proper skincare shops because the mittens are more gentle and it doesn’t scrap your skin. The ones from drugstores are very rough and your skin feels like being scratched. The one i got from The Face Shop is good and i just bought some from other brands and sent to D’s house in Busan at KRW600 each ( waiting for him to bring it back ).

Alternatively you can use the facial cleansing sponge. I use the facial cleansing sponge too but i prefer the mittens because it reaches the corners of my eyes , eyelids and nose area easily by controlling my fingers. But both help to remove dead skin, make ups and impurities from your skin surface.

As you can see below , remnants of the mascara/eyeliner , BB cushion and blusher on my face even after removing them with a make up remover.

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When i used it for the first time , i didn’t wash it and left it to dry so i can see how much make up were removed. I saw orangey yellow patches and they were the foundations i used for photoshoots.

Removing make up with cleansing oil or removers are not enough and you need to do more about it.

I got my sponges and mittens from The Face Shop , Etude house , Innisfree and Nature Republic from Korea because it is very cheap. What i like about the mittens as compared to facial cleansing sponge is that i can throw the mittens into the washing machine to wash it and reuse again. But i cannot do that to the sponges. Mittens are more cost effective.

On normal days when my make up is really light , i will skip using the mittens and just use my hands or konjac sponge to cleanse.

If you are a blogshop model or going for events with thick and heavy make up or a bride , you should start taking care of your face and cleanse them properly before all the make up start piling up on your face, clogging your pores and gives you dull looking skin !

Hope this helps !

Also , http://www.agneselle.com just launched on Sunday night !

Since 2014 , Agneselle will not be opening backorders for sold out items anymore and we will not be repeating designs.

So grab it before your sizes are gone.

This top is my favourite. My mum has been seeing it in the laundry for so many times that she asked me if this is the only top i have .

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New collection coming up this weekend on 19th Oct , Sunday 9pm !

These are the pieces which i will wear everyday.

Swee boh ?

( Not me but the clothes lah )

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Love the subtle poof of the peplum part.  Material is stretchable and smooth.

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I love the prints of this romper and the black pipings.

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This crop top comes with a curved bottom to give an illusion of slimmer waist line.  I love this fabric. It is made of quality fabric and im sure you will love it.

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Had the photoshoot done at Boiler.

Where you can have seafood such as clams , prawns , lobsters and crabs in a bag.

You can have a crab ,clams , prawns and mussels in a bag which costs $139 for 4pax

Or a bag of clams , prawns , corns , mussels which costs $49 for 2 pax.

I tried the fish and chips and chicken waffles. They are really nice !

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Back from Europe last week and went for skin care treatment at Aeon Medical and Aesthetics Centre few days ago.

Sudden change in climate and weather affects my skin tone , condition and hydration. That is why some girls have a bad breakout or dry flaky skin after they come back from their holiday trip. You skin is exposed to sudden change in climate and humidity. Fortunately , i did not have a bad break out or dry flaky skin. But i still want to maintain a glowy and hydrated skin.

Arrived at Aeon Medical and Aesthetics Centre and changed into their comfortable gown before i proceeded with the skin care treatment.

Elena , the aesthetician, cleansed my face before applying the Babor Vitamin C concentrate on my skin.

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The product used is Babor, which is a German brand. It is highly concentrated and can only be used with doctor’s prescription.

So you can imagine your face was massaged with this goodness and the essence was being absorbed into your skin.

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The Vitamin C concentrate was gently dripped onto my skin bit by bit. This Vitamin concentrate not only helps to hydrate your skin but also lock the moisture in and brightens your skin tone.

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Medical device was used to help the vitamin C concentrate better absorb into the skin. Elena gently and meticulously went through my entire face and corners of my nose and chin.

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After the process , Elena gently gave me a Korean massage on my face. This is definitely one thing i look forward to after a tiring week trying to adjust my body clock and i looked really tired because i have been working almost non-stop.

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This Korean facial massage helps to calm your skin before masking.

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A velvet mask was placed onto my skin. The “slits” on the mouth and nose were cut by the aestheticians to ensure that the mask fits and rest on your face perfectly without any bumps

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For 20 minutes , i had a good rest in the room with the velvet mask on my face and classical music in the background. Fell into a deep sleep the whole 20 minutes.

No wonder it was called a velvet mask. My face looks so velvety smooth after the mask.

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Moisturizer and sunblock was applied onto my skin to protect against UV rays.

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My face now looks so velvety smooth.

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Went to my favorite hide out which is the powder room to put on my eyeliner and lipstick. Don’t need to put on any foundation !

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You can mention my name when you head down to the clinic. Staffs at Aeon are all Koreans but they speak English and Korean so don’t be alarmed if you were greeted in Korean. You can look for Clara (Clinic coordinator) or Jina (Clinic Manager).

Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Centre

 9 Scotts Road #06-02 , Scotts Medical Center @ Pacific Plaza S228210

*When you walk into Pacific Plaza’s main entrance, turn right and you will see a lift lobby. Take the lift up to Level 6

Tel : +65 6733 2002

Operating hours (Appointment only)

Mon : 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tue,Thu: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Wed,Fri: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Sun & PH: Closed

http://www.aeonmedical.com.sg

I have been going for aesthetic treatment since last year. I dropped my facial package from a spa 2 years ago because i find that it doesn’t really work on my skin and when i was having my facial done which is supposed to be the most relaxing part , the therapist is always trying to hard sell and push her products asking me to sign up and kept calling me like every week to “follow up” to see if i want to buy this or that package. That is one of the reason i dropped it and just don’t want to go anymore. It is very irritating.

Aesthetics treatment is really addictive ( i have blogged about it before) especially when you see the results and the improvements. That is why i stopped going to normal facial or spa places. And because i went for aesthetic procedures such as lasers treatment and botox , people whom i have not met for awhile told me that i looked different and asked if i went for surgery ?

Actually i noticed that i looked abit different compared to the past ( 2-3 years ago ) . Probably because now i am happier and less stressful. And the way i put on make up is also different. And the factor that contributed to the change in my looks is my weight gain !

Weight gain makes my face looks rounder , healthier and my double eyelids are more prominent. And i looked better without make up because i looked less tired ( probably because i am happier now ).

I was really thin last time ( always fluctuating between 41-43kg) and now i am fluctuating between 48-50kg. When i gain weight , the fats all go to the upper part of my body and face. 5kg makes a different to how someone looks like just as you know it is hard to lose 5kg !

Here is me without my make up taken 2 days ago which i sent to D to say Good night.

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This was taken after i applied a ginseng mask pack on my face.

This was taken after simple make up with eyeliner , lipstick and BB cushion. The way i put on make up is different as compared to the past where i like to draw really thick and black eyeliners. I switched to more natural and lighter look now.

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Another question i have been asked most of the time is : ” You are still young and you look young, why do you have to go for this and that ? “

Not trying to Hao Lian (show off) but people do tell me that i don’t look like im 28 and some thought that i am still a uni student. That is because i really take good care of my skin like applying skin care products on my skin everyday and night and the additional laser treatments did help me in achieving brighter skin tones , smaller pores and smoother skin which some facial care products can’t give. Nobody will say anything if you buy an expensive cream and apply it on your face but if you go for laser treatments , people talk.

Aesthetics is NOT plastic surgery. You use the machines and technology to work on your skin and go skin deep unlike facial care products which only act on the surface .

So there is no need to go to my friends , photography and make up artist to ask if PL has done something to her eyes or nose .

People talk and people gossip and i dont care nor was i affected by these things. I am just feeling tired having to go through the same answer again when people asked me. Very annoying.

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Anyway , a new cafe to intro everyone here.

I went for the first shoot after i touched down in SG.

Cafe Gavroche is located at Tras Street which is just next to Tanjong Pagar Road where you see rows of Korean restaurants.

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Here are some dishes which we tried :

1. Cocotte of the day – Beef Bourguignon stew with mushrooms, carrot and potato

2. Tartine of smoked salmon and horseradish
3. Croque Monsieur – Baked ham & emmental cheese sandwich, bechamel sauce
My favourite goes to the Cocotte of the day ! The beef stew is soft and tender. Too bad i was soo sleepy from the jetlag if not i could have finished all up.

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The interior is really cozy and in French theme.

Ambience was really great and a great place to chill out during lunch or dinner. It is located near Tanjong Pagar MRT (3 mins walk) behind the Red Dot Museum.

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If you are working nearby , this will be a good place to you to have a relaxing lunch.

I will definitely drop by here again for dinner !

Thanks for hosting us , Cafe Gavroche.

Here was part of the 3 weeks break in Netherlands which i was looking forward to.
We are heading to Paris ! 4 days 4 nights in Paris.

Oppa was in charged of booking the hotels , train tickets and the monies. whereas im in charge of packing luggages and other logistic stuff or more like welfare part.  We only booked our hotel/guest house the day before our trip to Paris on Thursday night.

So , we took a train from Rotterdam Central , Netherlands to Paris Nord station on Thursday night. Train ride took 2 hours only.

D managed to book a Korean guest house in Paris for our stay. Yes you are right , many Koreans operate guest houses/ inns in Paris. Everything was communicated via Kakaotalk in Korean so Oppa is the one taking care of it. The location is central and best part is that the metro station is just right infront of the apartment lobby. And the pricing is cheaper than other hotels we looked for. It is more like a B&B ( Bed and Breakfast ). This B&B has total of 6-7 rooms and there are rooms with twin , queen beds or family room. Or you can just rent a bed and share the bunk bed with other guests.  We booked the double room with Queen bed. It comes with balcony , fridge , dressing table and Evian water etc.

The guest house is very clean and neat. Very new and feels soo homely. The owner changes your sheets and towels daily and prepare Korean breakfast and deliver it to your room every morning at 8.30am.

The owners are Koreans and they speak Korean , English and French. All of the B&B guests are Koreans. Very nice lady and she picked us up from the metro station to the house. And she taught us where to go , what to do and what to look out for ( pick pockets and some cultural habits in Paris ). This is the part which i really like because you can contact her any time to ask for directions or give her a call. So we felt really comfortable and the place feels so homely yet like a hotel. Very clean.

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The kitchen is open for guests to use. Free flow of Korean instant noodles and can help yourself with the side dishes and kimchi in the fridge.

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The main area where you can seat and read books or info about Paris or have your meal if you don’t like to have it in your room. Maps and plastic fans are provided in the drawer.

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We arrived at 10pm in Paris and ready to tuck into bed after my hot cup of Korean instant noodles with Kimchi.

The next morning , we woke up at 8.30am for our breakfast.
Gosh i love it. Because i haven had rice for a looong time since i arrived in Netherlands. Was soo happy when i tasted Korean food. Finally ASIAN FOOD.

I can’t have pasta, pizza and sandwiches everyday for 3 meals. Getting really sick of them.

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After our hearty meal ( which i swear i really want to ask for one more serving but paiseh to do so ) , we changed and ready to head out to explore Paris.

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Paris style , they like to just sit back and relax. Lying on the grass field , reading a book , have a wine , food , great company , great weather and everything was so nice. Probably can’t do this in SG even in Botanic Gardens . The grass and soil are too wet and leaving your bottoms dirty. But in Paris , the grass are really clean and you can just lay down and relax.

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We were relaxing in this breezy weather and reading our guide book to check where to go next.

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We continued our walk and coincidentally discovered Pierre Herme ! I swear this is better than Laduree. Sorry to Laduree fans but after trying from both brands , i prefer Pierre Herme the most. People who have tried Pierre Herme before do agree with me. We only found 3 outlets in Paris and not sure of this outlet because this seems to be the only one serving the Isaphans and the one i went to in Opera only sells chocolates and macaroons.

The Isaphan is sooo damn nice !

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I bought this Isaphan ( middle one ) and it is soooo damn niceee ! I wanna have 2 but i bought the last one and some macaroons.

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After our dessert  , we went for lunch at a French restaurant. We saw many locals streaming in and it was crowded so we decided to go for it. Cant remember the location but opposite is a huge LV boutique. There is no queue for this LV boutique probably because it is not in the central area like Champs Elysees.

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No menu in this restaurant. They just sell steaks with salad and fries as sides. That’s all. You cannot choose your fries or salad.

The only question the waitress ask was “how would you like your steak to be done?” and “what drinks would you like to have ?”

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Steak is really juicy and nice !

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Our lunch costs EUR 62.90. Abit shock at the food prices in France compared to Belgium, Prague and Netherlands. Even when i went shopping , there are price tag indicating the different prices even they are all in Euros. France is about EUR5 more expensive than other countries in European union.

After our awesome lunch , we continued our walk and chanced upon Laduree. Of cos , gotta try the macaroons. The queue was so long.

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We left Laduree with a box of 8 macaroons.

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We were walking down to Musee Du Louvre when we saw many people wearing fashionably and didn’t realised that it was Paris Fashion Week event at Musee Du Louvre. So we just joined in and i started taking pictures and sitting one corner and looking at how others dressed up . Looking for inspirations.

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Here are some pictures i took. It was too crowded with camera flashing here and there. What i like about Paris is that you can walk into any cafes/restaurants or shop fronts to take pictures of your outfit even with an entourage of photographers and no one chases you away. But in SG if you were to do that , you get shooed away

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A sea of people at Paris Fashion Week.

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We really walked alot and fortunately i was wearing my sneakers. If not my legs gonna hurt. D told me to bring Agneselle’s clothes out to change to take pictures but i don’t want to because i just want to spend time with him and relax and not always looking for nice places to take pictures of the clothes and spend like 2-3 hours doing that. Because i have to search for toilets and change in and out.

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We carried my bag of Pierre Herme Isaphan around and decided to eat it Paris style which is lying down on a grass patch , my head on D’s chest and chewing this Isaphan away. Lol.

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We carried my bag of Pierre Herme Isaphan around and decided to eat it Paris style which is lying down on a grass patch , my head on D’s chest and chewing this Isaphan away. Lol.

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Here comes the shopping street at Champs Elysees and that is where you see the Arc De Triomphe at the end of the street. So you can put your shopping and picture takings of Arc De Triomphe on the same day.

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Huge Louis Vuitton Flagship Store at Champs Elysees.

Queue was very long and we didn’t bother to go in since we are not intending to buy any things.

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Cant miss the Effiel Tower in Paris. Love sitting at the field infront of the tower and sweet talking with D .

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We took a train back to our B&B at night. We were soo tired but we had a fulfilling first day in Paris.

And we woke up the next morning with my favourite food for breakfast.

Chap Chye and Kimchi Soup !

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It was shopping day. We went to Saint Honore where you can find Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Prada, YSL, Givenchy etc etc and other high end brands in one street. I didn’t get anything though. I am more of shopping at an outlet kind of person because it is cheaper ! I got my Prada wallet for EUR 60 at a Prada outlet in Italy 2 years ago. D got his mum a scarf for present from here. It is very near Champs Elysees and you can walk there.

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We had our dinner at Cafe George V at Champs Elysees. I had awesome Steak Tartare. So nice i can have one more and the service there is good.

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We took the Paris version of “tuk tuk” to Effiel Tower. I pity this guy because D is very big and he needs to pedal real hard.

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Evening view of Effiel Tower

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There was a festival at the other end of Effiel Tower and we decided to pop by , ordered some food and drinks before we go back.

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The hearty breakfast at the next morning gave us enough energy to take 1.5 hours train ride to the outskirts of Paris to see the Versailles Grand Palace.

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And a night boat tour around the canals.

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Next morning , we woke up super early to Pierre Herme because i was whining to D that i wanna buy Pierre Herme chocolates and macaroons before we go to Monmatre.

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Monmatre. A very nice quaint little french town. Love it esp the art pieces.

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Had our dinner at a famous French restaurant recommended on Korean Naver blogs which D brought me to. So you can see alot of Koreans and locals there.

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We went for the EUR 16.50 set which comes with an appetizer , main , dessert and coffee or tea. Very cheap and nice. We went for the escargots , chicken , lemon tart and pudding.

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After that , we rushed back to our B&B for our luggages and to the train station to take a train back to Rotterdam !

I wish i can turn back time and go back to Europe again :(

I received many emails regarding acne scar treatments available at Aeon. I’m glad that i am lucky to be blessed with good skin and i have not tried any acne scar laser treatments before. So with the permission from a patient, i managed to sit through the whole procedure so i can blog about it and for those who are curious and keen to go for acne scar treatment procedures , this post is a good read.

Procedure was done with the brand new Viva machine (Venus Concepts) at Aeon Medical and Aesthetics Centre. 

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The applicator used was made up of many small and micro fine needles. These needles will be “poked” into your skin . They are so fine that you have to squint your eye just to see the needles.

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Before the procedure , numbing cream will be applied onto the patient’s face for 60 minutes.

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Esther , the aesthetician used a hot tower to clear off the numbing cream before Dr Kim proceed with the procedure. 

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As the “head” of the applicator is very small , it can reaches the corners of the nose and chin with precision. Dr Kim will stop to ask the patient if he feels any discomfort before continuing to ensure that any discomfort are minimized. 

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Slight pinkish markings can be seen. These are the parts where the laser needles came into contact with the skin. The needles helps to transmit radiofrequency (RF) energy deep into the skin to stimulate the skin cells to make new collagen which helps to reduce acne scars. There is also a patented technology which does not fire all the energy at once but at random patterns to reduce pain felt by the patient.

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The narrow laser “head” allow the doctor to reach the corners of the noses , chin and between the upper lip and nose. Those who have had CO2 fractional laser treatment before will understand the process but Dr Kim tells me that this new nano-fractional RF method is the new standard for treating acne scars. I am told that the previous CO2 laser method has longer downtime (1-2 weeks compared to 1-2 days for VIVA) and higher risk of complications when done on darker skin types like Asians.

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This picture was taken right after the laser treatment. The patient was brought to one of the medical rooms for post laser care. Where an ampoule and mask will be applied onto the patient’s face . This helps to calm the skin down and also to reduce the redness.

 

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An ice pack mask was placed on top of the sheet mask to cool the skin down after the treatment so that the patient is ready to continue his daily activities after the laser treatment.

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The downtime is about 1-2 days of redness but you can apply makeup or BB/CC cream on top if you want. Some patients go to work the next day, while others choose to do it on a Friday so they can recover over the weekend. Patients claim the pain is very minimal with only a bit of heaty feeling. It can be done every 4 weeks and usually requires on average 5 sessions for improvement.

One session will not cure all the scars and not all acne scars are the same, so it is important to have a thorough consultation with Dr Kim to assess your condition and how to treat it.

Picture below was taken a week after the laser treatment. There seems to be an improvement in the skin texture.

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I hope this post helps those who have acne scar problems.

You can mention my name when you head down to the clinic. Staffs at Aeon are all Koreans but they speak English and Korean so don’t be alarmed if you were greeted in Korean. You can look for Clara (Clinic coordinator) or Jina (Clinic Manager).

Aeon Medical and Aesthetic Centre

 9 Scotts Road #06-02 , Scotts Medical Center @ Pacific Plaza S228210

*When you walk into Pacific Plaza’s main entrance, turn right and you will see a lift lobby. Take the lift up to Level 6

Tel : +65 6733 2002

Operating hours (Appointment only)

Mon : 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tue,Thu: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Wed,Fri: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Sun & PH: Closed

http://www.aeonmedical.com.sg/