Happy CNY and wish all of you a healthy and prosperous year ahead !

Time flies and now it is mid Feb. The wedding is just 8 months away. So much to be done and so much undone. The actual preparation will commence in April .

Some places we are looking at recently. Oppa’s mother is already recce-ing some places. The family group chat now is now about the wedding , price list and i think it was kinda finalized.
An Italian place in Gwangalli with a cosy italian style ambience and good italian food.

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Reception area.

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Or at a hotel in Haeundae.

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Mr Shin is going back to Korea in March to do the reservations and in April i will be heading there for photoshoots and to tailor my Hanbok.

Here’s some reviews of the new make up products i bought from Taiwan. Most are Taiwanese or Japanese brand. I used Japanese make up products before i switched to Korean brands about 5 years ago. Shiseido , Kose and Hada Labo are some of the brands i used to use many many years ago. Reason for the switch to Korean brands was because i find Japanese products quite drying probably due to alcohol content. Also it is hard to find full range in SG. You can find the cleansers and toners of certain brands/range and then it stops there. No essences , emulsions , serums or moisturizers. Japanese make up and beauty products are also more expensive esp drugstore brands. Korean products are cheaper , natural and more moisturizing for my skin. There are good and nice Japanese beauty products around but just that they don’t suit my skin type.

I enjoy shopping at Watsons when i was in Taipei. Alot of make up and skin care to try.

Here’s a Taiwanese brand – HEME .
This eye shadow palette is really cheap. NT199 before 15% discount which is about SGD 7.50 .

 

 

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Packaging says will use until there is a curve on the palette..don’t know true or not lol. But good marketing.
I only used once and i kinda like it because it is light and natural.

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After taking it out from the box.

The cover reminds of Kate Spade’s bags with black and white dots.

 

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Here is another Taiwanese brand – Solone

If i remember correctly , this blusher was only NT99 which is approx SGD 5 so i bought 2 colours – 1 light pink and 1 rose pink.  You can find this brand in Sasa Wisma Atria.

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To be honest when i saw the box packaging , i expected a nicer casing but abit disappointed when i opened it and it was a plastic tupperware like casing. At first i thought i bought a refill pack. Then i went down to check and it was not. But for $5 …can’t ask for too much also. But i was surprised by the pigments because it was quite strong and durable. The colour stays on well on my bb / cc cream. This is worth the buy despite the cheapo casing.

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Here’s a lipbalm/tint from Heme. I remembering going down to shop at 2am in Watsons lol.

Price was NT199 which is approx SGD 7.50 with 15% discount. It comes in 4 colours – Nude , Peach , Red and Fuschia. I bought the red one. I won’t say that it is really a tint because the colour is not very obvious. I used it as a lip balm because it is moisturizing. Though i bought red and expected the colour to be abit obvious on my lips but it was not as compared to trying it on the back of my palm. So i use this and on top of it i added another coat of my lipstick.

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But it does have good moisturizing effect.

This lip tint looks like a jelly with a red star shaped tint in the middle that gives you the mild colour and the clear part is like a balm.

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I will say these are quite affordable and worth the buy. You can give it a try. I see that certain Taiwanese brands are available at Sasa but of cos buying it in Taipei is cheaper. You can find them in Watsons in Taiwan.

It is CNY and i really ate alot these days. So i had Ultrashape treatment done at Aeon Medical and Aesthetics Clinic.

Time to destroy the fats !

Ultrashape V3 can destroy fat in stubborn trouble areas like the lower tummy, love handles and thighs. It is the only Ultrashape V3 in Singapore at the newly expanded wing of AEON Medical and Aesthetic Centre located at Pacific Plaza along Scotts Road (opposite Grand Hyatt Hotel ).

This is my 2nd treatment and you can read my first post HERE.

“Showing off” my cute lump of fats. A strap was used to gather all the fats around my waist and tummy area to the centre.  Looks like muffin lor.

The aesthetician go through a round of radio frequency to tone up the tummy.

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Markings were made digitally for accuracy in targeting the fatty areas.

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Here’s Dr Kim starting the Ultrashape ultrasound on my “muffin-like belly fats”.

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This treatment is non-invasive , no pain , no down time and no bruising. It actually destroyed the fats by breaking down the fats. Also i have to drink alot of water because the fats will be “washed out” also.

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There are 2 types of treatment – Legacy ( toning and tightening ) and Ultrashape ( fats destroying ) . Don’t be confused when you call to enquire and make an appointment. There is first trial promotion and you can call to enquire. Good time to burn the fats off your tummy after CNY.

And for those who asked , i had my lashes done at Lushlashh which is located conveniently at The Arcade @ Raffles Place (Tel:85685268 ). You can check their FB page HERE to know more and mention my name when you make an appointment. This time , i done something abit different. I cant remember the type of curls or length i did. But i showed the technician a picture and she followed what i wanted. You can ask her the types of lashes i did because she has my records 🙂

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Hehe…side track abit..i like the ear muffs i wore to Taiwan. Finally i can wear it after i bought it 2 years ago from Korea. I like the burgundy + black mix tone.

2nd last day in Taipei.

I hope time flew past slowly though. Taiwan reminds me of Korea. The shopping..the food…the street…but Taiwanese are much friendlier to be honest.

On wed , we went shopping at Sogo and Zhongxiao street. The best place for shopping so far.

I got Ryunjae oppa a bag from PORTER as birthday present from Sogo. Porter bags are cheaper in Taiwan , HK and Japan. It is quite expensive in SG. I did quite abit of shopping here at Zhongxia0. Got mostly sunglasses, earrings and couple of pull overs. It was winter so there are alot of knits and thick winter wears which are not suitable for SG weather. I was thinking of getting some for my Korea trip but it is much cheaper in Korea. Quality also better in Korea.

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Long queue at this shop selling the red bean pancakes. I asked one of the locals what was nice here while i was in the queue and she said she came because she heard that the servers were cute. Hmmm..i tried the red bean cake..it was not bad and alot of red bean filling but nothing special. lol.so i now know why long queue lah.

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After doing some solo shopping for 4 hours along the whole of Zhong Xiao , we went for dinner at one of our Agency Leader’s friend’s bar and restaurant for dinner. Nice ambience. Owner is Singaporean who married a Taiwanese lady.

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After which , we went to Myst and Omni for drinks. First time kanna police raid . Suddenly the lights went on and police checking our passports etc. Nothing much..suddenly the lights were on at 1am++ and police came taking down the passport/id details of those with tables first. Ours was the first. We took pictures of our passports and saved in our hp so that we do not need to bring the original out. The police just took our phones with our passport pics and took down details before moving on to the next table and those at the bars or standing around. The whole raid took about 30 minutes. Thought i only saw this in HK dramas but didn’t expect to encounter first hand. Don’t know if their purpose was to catch those underage , mafias or drug dealers ??

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Took this snap shot secretly while he was taking down our info at our table.

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Reached back the hotel at 4am and woke up at 8am for breakfast and packed our luggage. Went to Ah Zhong Mian Xian for lunch/breakfast.

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After checking out , we had 5 hours before the driver came to drive us to airport.
So i spent the last 5 hours shopping and eating again in Ximending.

There is a 24 hours 2 storey watsons just opposite our hotel. So it is pretty convenient.
This is one thing i want to blog about. You should shop at Watsons ! I don’t know why almost every country i go to , i will go and shop at their Watsons. Even when i got to JB , i will sweep alot of stuff at Watsons. They are much cheaper than SG. When i am in Korea, i will shop at Olive and Young which is their local version of Watsons.

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In Taiwan’s Watsons, you can find alot of make up brands or toiletries at really cheap price. You can’t find some brands in SG as well. So the Watsons operates 24hours and sometimes i will go down at 2am to buy some stuff because i can’t sleep. I stocked up on my Biore make up removers and tried some Taiwanese and Japanese make up. I will review on my make up and skin care buys later.

You can shop at Cosmeds or Watsons but i prefer Watsons which has more variety.

Fortunately , our hotel is right smacked in the middle of Ximending.

Chanced upon this cafe with a cute and chubby goldie.

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I find that he is quite poor thing leh..he looks bored..because i walked past this cafe alot of times and all he did was sit there.

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Walked in this those lanes and you can find nail salons and other fashion shops. The ones along the main streets are too touristy and sell almost the same stuff like souvenirs etc but the small lanes has alot of gems.You can find nice clothing shops selling clothes at cheaper price and are very nice too.

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Ready to leave Taipei.

So sad…i miss travelling and i will miss Taipei. I will be back here again. So many places i want to bring oppa here next time.

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I really enjoyed my trip to Taiwan. My 3rd trip with friends/colleagues so far. It was a great team bonding trip with my teammates. Everyone was having so much fun. Everyday , we see the professional side of our colleagues at work. But the first time we had so much fun and let out the fun side of us. Looking forward to next team bonding trip in 2017 !

Bought quite a number of make up and beauty products from Watsons in Taipei.

Shall blog about it next ! Stay tune !

Just before our driver drove us to Taipei , we stopped by Green Green Grassland ( Qing Qing Cao Yuan ).

It was really cold and windy. And we get to see alot of sheeps ( cute little meh mehs) .

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On the way to Taipei , we stopped by rest stations for some hot food. Weather was cold and it was raining. We need to warm up with some hot soup.

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After 4 hours drive from Cing Jing , we arrived at Taipei. Our hotel was situated right smack in the middle of Ximending. So shopping was really easy.

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First meal of the day in Taipei was steamboat buffet. 500NT per pax and alot of selections ! It was 3 minutes walk from our hotel.

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This was what attracted us to come here for the steamboat buffet..the ice cream selections.
Steamboat ingredient selection was alot but hmmm soup base so so ..so none of us really drink the soup.

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Sunset quite early at 6pm during winter.

Here’s Ximending.

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We took a train to Wufen-pu for shopping. It is a wholesale centre and i bought quite abit of clothes for work. Quite hard to find nice clothings there though mostly are cheap.

After which , we walked to nearby Raohe night market for more street food.

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You can shop and eat at the same time. Things here are pretty cheap.

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We drink milk tea almost EVERYDAY. You can order hot or cold milk tea.

I cant remember whether i drink more than 2 bottles of plain water during my trip.

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Really just eat and eat and eat and eat as we walked down the street and night market.

Reached hotel back at about 1.30am and we woke up early at 8am to have breakfast at a rather famous you tiao shop. The queue was damn long. Queued from the 1st floor to the shop at the upper floor. The egg prata like thing was very nice !

阜杭豆漿: Fu Hang Dou Jiang which is on the 2nd floor of Hua Shan Market. We took the MRT to Shan Dao Station from Taipei Main Station.

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Look at the queue. Cant even see the ordering counter nor end of the queue which was few floors down.

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Then we took a train and bus to Jiufen and Shifen.

Here is Jiufen.

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The quite famous and popular Ah Ma Rice Balls at Jiufen.

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We realized alot of nice food are always named Ah Ma XXX .

Just like the Ah Ma Tea Leaves Egg we ate at the moutains on one of the islands.

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Actually the train station at Jiufen reminds me of Jinhae in Gyeongsan-Do Korea which is a famous place for cherry blossoms. So if you are going to Korea in Spring , remember to go to Jinhae to view the beautiful cherry blossoms. I blogged about it before and you can check my March/Apr/May post on that. I can’t remember when i blogged it because i went in late March 2015.

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That’s the place we “fang tian deng” . Me and a colleagues shared one and i wrote all my wishes in a mixture of Korean , Chinese and English. Lol..Korean for my new Korean family , Chinese and English for my family and work in SG etc.

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After which , we took the train back to Shilin night market and it was time for dinner.

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Ah Zhong Mian Xian at Shilin. The chilli is da bomb ! But the vinegar so so only. I must put like 6 spoonful of vinegar. The chilli is really “powerful” so just put abit first and taste before you add more.

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Long queue at Cheese Prince. It is located at the street food near the entrance of Shilin. Damn nice.

Very cheap too about SGD 3 bucks for this. No wonder long queue lah. Really long queue.

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Alot of shopping and eating here.Hmm..don’t expect to find alot of fashionable shops here because most of the stuff sold here are pretty cheap. If you are looking for cheap gadgets like hp covers , phone external camera lens, stockings , cheap or replicas , night markets seems to be a good place to go to. I got quite afew cheap stuff here and of cos i stuffed myself with alot of good and cheap street food.

** To be continued.

Ok , im back to blogging !

I came back from Taiwan last friday and now im down with sore throat and a cold.

I realized i haven’t been active on my blog since November which was after my Korea trip because i was abit busy with wedding planning and also i fell sick once a month so i need more rest. I haven even watch Running Man and Superman Returns since December !!!! AHHHH !

Hehe..so im now back to regular blogging …because i just got a couple of new make up products from Korea and Taiwan and the wed planning are  I am still in the midst of replying all my emails at peonykissblog@gmail.com . Quite a number were asking about the online shop which i got the jackets from. I received several requests to blog often esp on beauty reviews. So yup ! You can look for more of such posts !

So i went on a 6D 5N trip with my colleagues and my first time to Taiwan.

Ready for lotsa photos here ! The page took so loong to load.

Taiwanese really look good. Every street and every corner , you will see good looking girls or guys.

Food was good and alot of shopping to do.

So when we arrived at Taoyuan Airport , our driver drove us to our farm stay. We stayed 2 nights at Cingjing which is near the southern side of Taiwan. It was snowing and we are so lucky to catch the first snow. We read on the news that it hasn’t snowed like that for decades. So we are so lucky !

On our way to Cingjing , we stopped by 2 rest stations for food and toilet break. One thing we must do when we arrive in Taiwan is to eat the street food. DAMN NICE AND CHEAP.

I had milk tea and cripsy chickens everyday when i was in Taipei. I am still craving for them even though im back in SG now.

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After our first rest station and toilet break , our driver drove us to this restaurant near our farm stay. It has a spectacular view of the mountains. So nice and the food was soo good. Plus the weather was very cold so we all felt shiok having hot soups.

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Here’s the view from our seat at the restaurant. Because it is open air , so it is VERY cold.

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Only 6pm and sun sets.

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Popby the nearest 7-11 to grab some drinks and snacks before we check into our farmstay.

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Our farm stay.

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We had a good night sleep. The weather was so cold and showering is such a torture lol. It was sub-zero degrees at night.

Guess what , we were woken up by some sounds and when we looked out the window , it was snowing !

Our hands were freezing ~~~

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Coat , beanie , scarf , knit top , leggings etc were all from Korea. Bought them online lol. Entire set cost me less than $100. I love my jacket. It has a layer of furry stuff that keeps me warm in this sub-zero temperature.

We were near the top of the mountain so it was really cold and windy. I couldn’t feel my hands and i have to keep them warm in my pockets.

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It was snowing very heavily and  the road up to the top of the mountain was blocked by traffic police so we couldn’t go up to see sunrise. So we went to the night market for lunch and took a boat ride to island hop and had the famous Ah Po Cha Ye Dan ( Ah Ma Tea Leaves Egg ). Heard that she sold 25,000 eggs per day and now own 6 Ferraris. GASP!

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So this is the Ah Ma Tea Leaves Egg which is earning big bucks. To be honest , i don’t think there is any thing special about that egg nor does it taste extremely good. I think the ones sold at our Pasar Malam is better. But don’t know why she can sell 25,000 eggs per day and ended up soooo rich to own 5 Ferraris and big houses.

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So cold and we decided to go for spring bath at night. Feel so shiok because the water was sooo hot and warm.

After the spring bath we went back to our farm stay, we had some drinks and games before packing and sleeping . Because we were leaving for Taipei on Monday ! Ahhh just one week ago , i was at Taipei’s Wufen-pu and Raohe night marketing eating and shopping to my heart content !

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Woke up in the morning to sight of beautiful white snow again ! And this time , we checked out and ready to go to Taipei !

Looks like in Switzerland right ?

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Ha…im gonna just load up to here and continue tomorrow. Im going to sleep soon and at the rate that the photos are loading , i think it will take another 2 hours ! So many photos take in the grassland at Cingjing , shopping and food in Taipei , Korean / Japanese / Taiwanese make up buys and reviews  and the new treatment i just did at Aeon Aesthetics and Medical Centre which leaves my skin soooooo smooth. I can’t even feel any bumps or pores on my nose now ! There is the latest treatment and it really leaves my skin very smooth. I like it ! Alot of beauty and make up reviews. I just started using anti-aging products !

shall go to sleep while the photos are still loading ..Good night !

To be continued….