Home of Totoro Cream Puffs: Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff Factory

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Home of Totoro Cream Puffs: Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff Factory
As a Studio Ghibli fan, imagine my huge disappointment when I realised that the Ghibli museum was closed for repairs and maintenance during my trip period.

So, upon learning about this place which makes Totoro Cream Puffs, I was determined to be acquainted with these cuties no matter what.

We reached here on a weekday afternoon, and the cafe was already filled with tourists and local students! We were feeling so tired because we had just walked around the neighbourhood locating this shop, and we just wanted to sit down as it had been drizzling on us earlier.

Head up the crazy steep steps to check for seats. No seats!
We arrived at about 3pm, though we thought there would be no one around during such timing. We had no choice but to queue behind 2 groups of people, but estimated time to sitting down was another 45 mins or longer!

Heck, we decided to takeaway the puffs and have them on the go. But not before we take a quick walkthrough of the nice Ghibli stuff they have on display!

It's like a mini museum of Totoro items!

The place is really small and enough for perhaps 3-4 people to stand there at any one time.
Various flavours can be seen for your choice on this paper - albeit all in Japanese language. Some are limited editions based on seasons.

Yes, they greet you like this.

Limied Summer edition ones, but we didn't get them.

They packed it nicely for us in a box of 4, and made sure the the cream puffs don't move around in the box. Also, I should share that each takeaway box has an ice pack that lasts 2-3 hours (they said 5 hours but I kind of don't believe that, especially when it was kinda warm outside).
We can't wait! So as soon as we got to the station, we opened them up and started devouring them.

The fillings were soooo good. We were careful to eat them as we were expecting it to flow. The matcha one sure didn't disappoint.
Matcha version

Cream custard

Aren't they CUTE?! I love them.

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Some of you may realise I always give map coordinates because I feel that's the most accurate location or at least, that's the closest I can get to showing you exactly where it is. I realise my GPS always goes crazy after those days I stayed in Japan, and figured this might be more help to tourists like us who just want to visit these cute totoro cream puffs!

So, here you go!

Map Coordinates: 35.65896, 139.66276

Shiro-hige’s Cream Puff Factory 白髭 (しろひげ) のシュークリーム工房
Address: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Shirota 5-3-1 (Setagaya daita Station)
Website: http://www.shiro-hige.com/store_info/
Hours: 10.30am – 7pm (Closed – Tuesdays)

BSKIN launches in Singapore and is out to target smart beauty consumers

Saturday, 24 September 2016

BSKIN launches in Singapore and is out to target smart beauty consumers

I attended the BSkin launch event at Angela May Food Chapters with another pretty blogger friend, Elaine just last week.

What is BSkin?

1. A skincare brand that uses special formulations tailor made to Asian skin.
2. Their products contain B2O, a potent bee-based compound, usually found in their signature honey products from their parent company (HDI Singapore).
3. The products are made in collaboration with Korea and are tested safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

We were treated to pretty treats, special mocktails and honey cookies by Angela May herself, which she formulated with the honey that BSKIN's parent company (HDI Singapore) specialises in.

Some awesome sweets served that night.

At the launch, we were introduced to stories by brand ambassadors whose skin texture had improved drastically after using these products on themselves over a year.

We've heard from an ex-lawyer, who had acne problems as her job faced many stressful situations and sleepless/late nights. After seeing the before/after photos, many of us were shocked that she was the same person in the before photos as her skin looked radiant and flawless in person.

Their skincare lines boost many anti-oxidant related ingredients, such as 7B complex, vitamin C and E, CoQ10, alphalipoic acid (enhancer for anti-oxidant ingredients) and glutathione (whitening properties).

Another star highlight of the night was the introduction of this product, known as ELVi (SGD$464). It stands for: Energy Light Vibration Iontophoresis. It's basically has 2 modes (facial or lifting). I think what stood out for me was that it could help users achieve the 'V' shaped face in the comfort of their own homes.

"The delicate face and neck are the only areas of the body where skin is directly attached to muscles. As these muscles lengthen or contract with age, the first signs of ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin begin to appear. BSKIN’s ELVi can be used in either facial mode or lifting mode to provide you with a non-invasive, safe, painless and easy-to-use solution to skin ageing. The dedicated and prolonged use of ELVi offers many different benefits."

This product also comes with a 1 year limited warranty from the original date of purchase. 

I brought home the Vita Advanced Series, which, in itself is a programme aimed to revitalize, renew and restore tired, dull and sagging skin. Because I usually sleep less than 5 hours a day, it seems like this could do good for my skin.

There are 5 products in this line:

1. Soft Bead Cleanser ($65, 100ml)
2. Natual Balance Essence ($76, 140ml)
3. Intense PAF Concentrate ($158, 30ml)
4. Active Day Cream ($121, 40ml)
5. Regenerative Night Cream ($128, 50g)

This line mainly is formulated to prevent the formation of melanin, lighten dark spots and hyper pigmentation, slow down the degradation of collagen and hydrate the skin.

One of the must-have products from this series is the Intense PAF Concentrate, which contains a oil-like liquid in a 30ml bottle.
"A potent and powerful vitamin C serum containing an unbeatable 20% concentration of stabilised L-Ascorbic Acid. This high-performance serum infuses the skin with a proprietary PAF complex, helping to boost collagen production and stimulate cell repair. It offers the skin an unparalleled level of anti-oxidant protection which effectively revitalizes and rejuvenates dull, sagging skin."

Even when it looked like oil, I liked how the absorption rate was high and swift. Because, you know, you're probably not going to want a sticky, oily face in such a high humidity level weather as you try to hit the sack. This product might be able to last about a month or two from the looks of it as you only need to use this before you sleep, and you don't have to use much each time, just enough to evenly light coat over your face.

Overall, I liked their products for its quick absorption rates and ability to quench the thirst of my skin.

Also, another thing to note is how they thought through the usability process of their products by a simple step of adding in the step number on each product, so users know which one to use first. Never do you have to try to remember if you should use essence before your serum first or vice-versa. Very convenient for forgetful beauty users like myself.

They also have 2 other lines: White Glow line (for whitening) and the Matte Black Line (mainly for men, but can be used by women as well)

Tel: (+65) 6273 9277
Website: https://sg.bskin.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bskin_asia/

If you use their products, you can tag them using these hashtags: #BSKIN & #SmartSkinScience

新开张的d’skin Prestige医学美容中献上医学专家构思的独家美容护肤疗程

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

新开张的d’skin Prestige医学美容中献上医学专家构思的独家美容护肤疗程
图片来源: d'skin
d’skin开设最新店面– d’skin Prestige这家医学美容中心位于汤申路的Velocity@Novena Square在隐秘舒适的环境中提供最先进高效的疗程。d’skin Prestige承诺以非手术性疗程带来有如手术后的效果,推出一系列卓越的美白、亮肤、拉提,以及专注于皮肤清晰度的疗程。

d’skin Prestige’s Medi-Aesthetics Hub launches with state-of-the-art equipment

d’skin Prestige’s Medi-Aesthetics Hub launches with state-of-the-art equipment
d’skin opened its newest space - d’skin Prestige, a medi-aesthetics hub at Velocity@Novena Square, a private oasis housing its most advanced and high intensity treatments. Featuring its esteemed skin- whitening, -brightening, -lifting and clarity-focused treatments, d’skin Prestige promises non-surgical treatments with “surgical” results. 
Photo credits: d'skin
Behind the gold-hued décor, lies d’skin Prestige’s Top 5 technologies in the world featuring AFT, Alma, New Life and Venus Swan. These medical-grade technologies are the most-recognised and most effective aesthetics treatments for Lifting, Toning, Acne and Brightening in the beauty industry. d’skin has expertly fused the treatments, using the most advanced medical-grade aesthetic machines with its therapeutic protocols that is customised for each client, making each two-hour treatment effective and perfecting results for every skin condition.

With this grand opening at Velocity, d’skin Prestige is the forerunner of Top 5 technologies in the world featuring AFT, Alma, New Life and Venus Swan, bringing advanced medical-grade technologies and effective aesthetic treatments for Lifting, Toning, Acne and Brightening in the beauty industry. Behind the gold-hued decor, d’skin has expertly fused the treatments with its therapeutic protocols that is customised for each client, making each two-hour treatment effective and perfecting results for every skin condition.  

Photo credits: d'skin
Some signature medi-aesthetic treatments to try include the: 

Power V-Shape Facial Treatment (120 mins) – this Lifting Facial treatment harnesses the best of two worlds – toning with New Life and lifting with Venus Swan. Two technologies with Radio Frequency to stimulate lifting and firming through collagen production while New Life with Bio-Electric Fields (or Bio-Electric Acceleration Management) to encourage micro-lifting and muscle toning which imitates the body’s natural Bio-Electrical process by sending pre-defined electrical pulses through the system. 

AFT Treatment (90 mins) – AFT is short for Advanced Fluorescence Technology, this treatment uses the next generation of multi-application Pulsed Light Technology, converting unused UV light into optimal spectrum, utilizing short-wavelength light levels to heat the skin’s intended target – with little to no damage or discomfort, unlike other Pulsed Light technologies. 

Dermal Restructuring Treatment (90 mins) – Using the latest 3D Bi-polar Radio Frequency (RF) in Fractional RF equipment, the Dermal Restructuring facial treatment delivers controlled RF energy into various depth of the skin to increase tissue volume for firmness for the prime anti-ageing results. The treatment offers a clinical-grade solution to skin resurfacing and smoothening for acne-related skin conditions, scarring, enlarged pores as well as sagging skin, “smile” lines, dull and uneven skin and even lax skin on the neck. 

Opening Promotion

Power V-Shape Facial Treatment is now $988 for three sessions.
AFT Facial Treatment is $888 for three sessions.
Dermal Restructuring Treatment is $1,088 for three sessions. 

D’skin Prestige 
Location: 238 Thomson Road, Velocity@Novena Square #03-04/05, Singapore 307683
Tel: 6258 9388
Website: http://www.dskinlab.com/ 

Get your cashback when you shop with Shopback

Monday, 19 September 2016

Get your cashback when you shop with Shopback
Shopping. Who doesn’t love it, especially now that with the rise of online shopping, where you can shop at the comfort of your own home? I most certainly do!

How about shopping and getting some of that spent money back? Well, that probably caught your attention! Because what I’m about to share will do just that, through one of the largest cashback sites that Singapore has.

Cashback shopping are gaining popularity overseas, with the influx of online shoppers and here’s Singapore’s very own cashback: ShopBack!

Shopback is a cashback site that pays you for shopping with more than 500 of their merchant stores. They are the top cashback site in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Some of their merchants include big brands like: Guardian, Cathay Cineplex, UBER, Zalora, Honestbee, Agoda, Booking.com, ASOS, Taobao, Foodpanda, and more!

They even have a section where you can conveniently find some discount coupons or if you're looking to travel, you can click here to go to their travel deals page. 

Seriously, how does it work?

Step 1: Sign up for free
Step 2: Shop your favourite stores via Shopback
Step 3: Earn up to 30% Cashback
Step 4: Cash it out! (Money goes back into your wallet, YAY!)

I won’t go into too much specifics on how it works, because they’ve done it all on their youtube channel already.

The videos are a great guide for you to understand how it works and especially for my taobao shopping homies, please take a look at this video to see how you can enjoy shopping at taobao and also get some cashback for it!

 When Shopback approached me to do this post and I went through their website, I was so excited to find Guardian and Taobao in there! I’m a frequent shopper of the 2 sites and I took the chance to try out the Shopback service for these 2 sites.

The thing about this is simply that the process of your online shopping does not change. The only change is that you get to clock cashbacks or, as I like to call it, cashable shopping rebates for yourself.

When you shop for any items, be sure to read the T&Cs that are transparent to all shoppers, they will make sure the note is seen by you, well,  something like that:

As for Guardian, I chose to have my items picked up at the shop itself as it was convenient for me. The process was quick and painless.

Also, join their newsletter as they will inform you all the awesome deals that are going on in that e-retail marketplace! Be sure to check out Shopback today! 

Overall, I enjoyed this service and the cashbacks were promptly credited into my account. Also, you’ll definitely be able to find something in there that suits your shopping needs.

This post was reviewed with invitation from Shopback Singapore. 

Food display of 7-11 convenience store in Japan

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Food display of 7-11 convenience store in Japan
Food in Japan. Even the food from their convenience stores attract me. Especially their onigiris and their bentos. So so good for supper time. It's a great place to be in for meals if you're on a serious budget in Japan.

I had 2 onigiris for breakfast every morning. We had a new flavour everyday when we were there. 
Interesting flavour: Plum onigiri (in pink shown below). Sounded so special that I immediately bought it. But unfortunately, it was my least favourite one out of all the flavours there.
 They have so many flavours of noodles there!! Lovin' the selection - from spicy soup noodles to cream pastas.
Oh yes, yes. Let's not forget the varieties of bread there, enough to rival breadtalk in the mornings.
 Did I mention the dessert selection too? It was awesome as castella cakes, puddings, anpan (red bean bread), swiss roll cake slices and even fruits were available.
 Before I forget: SALADS for the healthy eaters.
 Back to desserts again.
 Ice-cream selection that made me a-screamin'.
 For the itchy mouths that loves a good snack, 24/7.

 Drinks! They have hot ones, cold ones, you name it - they have it.