From as far as I could remember, I was never the girl with good skin. Since I was 11 years old, I got attacked by the vicious and scary thing called acne. Because of my lack of knowledge regarding acne at that time, I squeezed them away with my dirty fingers whenever I see any, thinking they would eventually go away if I do so. I was having a war with myself everyday. It was tiring.

It took a huge emotional toll on me. I couldn't even find pictures of myself during my worst period of my life because I never wanted to take pictures. Some people in school called me "pimple face" whenever I walked past them but I had to pretend to laugh it off, and many distanced away from me. I remember very clearly there was this time when I was having lunch with my relatives at a restaurant, but I hid my head under the table and never dared to lift it up once to look at anyone because I was so embarrassed at myself. My confidence was totally blown away and I felt like the ugliest person in the universe. Can you imagine how huge an impact this is to a primary school girl?

I went to do countless of facial squeezing through the years that I don't know what pain is anymore. I hated it because I always go home with a face full of red, angry spots. I've also been to skin doctors and it did help to improve my condition, but then when I stopped visiting, it all came back again. I tried various creams from different brands that claim to help, but those claims are basically bullshit.

Now I look a little better, but it is still pretty bad. This is me without any Photoshop or make up :

Pimples, scars, blackheads, whiteheads, enlarged pores.... I have them all.

After suffering for so many years, I wanted to put an end to everything. Nice skin that I desire, I have been waiting for you for 8 years. It's time to put it all to a stop and achieve what I want! I did my research, and found DRx Clinic. I read a lot of good reviews about them from forums, websites and blogs, but then I found that they were not precise enough. Information was everywhere, very confusing. That was why I decided to make this a blog journey to document the whole process for my own record (I am super forgetful), and for people who are interested and want to fight away bad skin so badly like I do.

I went for my first appointment at DRx Clinic a few weeks ago. Located at Tong Building next to Paragon, the clinic was in clean white and totally posh-looking. It was very similar to this picture taken from their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/TheDRxClinic) :

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I will share with you my whole experience there and the products I was given in my next post. I am so excited! Stay tuned for it! :)

This is their information by the way, in case you are interested already:


302 Orchard Road, 16th Floor
Tong Building (next to Paragon Shopping Centre)
Singapore 238862
Tel : (65) – 6733 1555
Fax (65) – 6733 2983
Mon to Fri : 10am to 8pm | Sat : 10am to 5pm
Closed on Sun & PH
Have you heard of Ultimate Colla-gen? Well, you should, because A-List Hallyu Korean Stars Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun are their brand ambassadors! It is Korea’s #1 preferred Collagen.

Now, to share my secret.... I started taking collagen for quite some time already even though I am only 19 years old. I read somewhere that the earlier you start, the better it is.

Thankfully, I got this opportunity to review the Ultimate Colla-gen as I just finished the collagen that I bought previously. You can't miss the colourful and youthful boxed packaging!

As the collagen levels in our bodies begin to deplete with age, we will experience increased levels of weakness and fatigue. The signs of aging are noticeable through the appearance of fine lines, dull skin-tones and loss of elasticity of our skin. NewScience Laboratories brings an unprecedented advancement in Collagen Science technology with Ultimate Colla-gen, offering the lowest Nano-molecular structure in Collagen for easier and faster absorption. Korea’s #1 preferred Collagen is Halal-certified, with a light and refreshing taste.

Ultimate Colla-gen presents unprecedented advancement in Collagen Science offering Nano-molecular Collagen lab tested to be at least 50% smaller than other collagen brands, for fast and east absorption into the body! ;O

100% developed and blended in Korea, according to strict Good Manufacturing Practice; Ultimate Colla-gen uses real blue berry extract, which has a light, refreshing taste. Each 38kcal sachet contains 5,000mg of Nano Collagen combined with an optimum and synergistic mix of 6 other multi-nutrients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Probiotics, Glucosamine, Acai Berry, Real Blueberries extract, Chondroitin, Silica and MSM.

Ultimate Colla-gen caters to people of all age groups. For individuals in 20s till 40s like myself, Ultimate Colla-gen Plus nurtures skin, hair and nails. For individuals in their Golden Years, Ultimate Colla-gen Gold nurtures joints, bones and skin.


My Say:

Amazingly, there wasn't any fishy taste to it that I was expecting. That's because collagen is derived from fishes. In fact, it tasted very fruity! I just drink after mixing it in water. It was slightly sweet though a little bland. I am pretty amazed, because a week into drinking it, I could see some slight improvements to my skin. It was brighter and much healthier! The results was also very fast as compared to when I was taking my previous collagen drink.

I recommend you to mix it with juice or experiment whichever it tastes better in if you are not comfortable drinking it plain. Experience revitalised youth with Ultimate Colla-gen today, your weapon against aging! ;D


Ultimate Colla-gen can be purchased from Nishimo Pharmacy outlets, Pharmex Healthcare outlets, Robinsons, Pan Derma Clinique @ Great World City and selected Sasa outlets.

Jong wishes everyone a Merry Christmas! ;D

This is the season to be jolly AND the Mayans were wrong - we have double the reason to bask into happiness and celebrations! Sad faces aside, go ahead and enjoy yourselves to the fullest.

I'll be in South Korea until the 29th of December (talk about experiencing White Christmas - literally!), but will be updating this blog even though I am 7 hours worth of time away from Singapore. Look out for my blog posts and have a great Christmas, people!

xoxo
HOHOHOHO! Merry Christmas everyone! ;D

Not sure about what gift to to get for yourself or someone else? In this joyous and festive season, visit www.outeredit.com and enter the code "IISJONGXOUTEREDIT" to get $10 off your total purchase!

Just a reminder because this is the last week of the special discount; 31st December 2012 is when it all ends, so grab yours now! Don't say I never share good lobang!

This was the design I picked, called "Explorer", because I like to explore places and new things!

One of the winners from my previous OuterEdit giveaway is liking hers too! ;)

You can also visit their store at 30 Niven Road, Singapore 228377.

The latest collaboration between Moleskine and Evernote, the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine pairs seamlessly with the Evernote App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to allow creative ideas to leap from the page and into the digital world.

Every notebook comes with three months of Evernote Premium. It offers an enhanced Evernote experience with a higher monthly upload capacity, offline notebooks, improved searching for PDFs and images and more note sharing options.

With a simple snapshot taken within Evernote's App, handwritten words and sketches found inside the new Evernote Smart Notebook are instantly transformed into searchable, shareable and permanent Evernote memories!



The exclusively designed notebook is optimized for snapshots taken with Evernote's new Page Camera feature. It automatically corrects perspective and improves the contrast between the ink or graphite and the notebook's pages to create a beautiful note that can be viewed, searched or shared at any time from within Evernote.
Each notebook includes a set of multi-colour Moleskine Smart Stickers. They are associated with a custom tag in Evernote. When a snapshot of a page containing one, or more, of the Smart Stickers is taken, the Evernote App's Page Camera recognizes the stickers and automatically categorizes the digitized page in Evernote. Smart Stickers make digitally organizing the notebook content a snap!

The notebook is available at Kinokuniya bookstores across Singapore and at www.moleskineasia.com in two sizes, with grid and rules page designs to choose from.

For more information, visit:


Are you a fan of Taiwanese popular street food and their fragrant bubble tea? Then you're in luck! ;D

The food and beverage preparation equipment at Taipei Station are specially from Taiwan, not to mention that their food are of authentic recipes, spices and seasonings. Premium tea leaves and pearls are also used for their drinks.

Located at the 4th floor of Bugis+, the store is rather spacious! Definitely one of the biggest I've ever seen for a Taiwanese street food store in Singapore. You can enjoy your food and drinks without worrying much about where to sit.

Prices are rather reasonable, and you can get a set even! For around $7.90 ~ $8.60, you can get a choice of 1 Main Dish + 1 Side Dish + 1 Drink!

Here are some of the items:

For my drink I got the Jasmine Green Tea with Pearl!

As you can choose the sugar level, I got it at 30% so it is not too sweet. Even so, the taste of the jasmine was not too overpowering for me. I have to say that I like the pearls a lot!

STAR ITEM - Oyster Vermicelli!

This popular noodle soup is one of the must-haves. I found the noodles and the sauce pretty thick, different from what I usually nomnom. It wasn't too mushy and I like the oysters because they were easy to chew. It tasted a little sour though.

STAR ITEM - Crispy Chicken in Original!

I found the chicken a bit too hard for my liking to be honest, but I am not sure whether it is due to the fact that I ate it when it was almost turning cold already. However, it was not too salty but the distinct taste of the chicken was there.

STAR ITEM - Crispy Chicken in Cheese!

I never ever tasted chicken in cheese flavour, so boy was I excited! This was definitely very unique. I am not a big fan of cheese (afraid of getting fat hahaha), so I am particularly fond of this because the taste of the cheese was mild yet good.


STAR ITEM - Crispy Chicken in Wasabi!

Another very original creation! I was afraid of trying this at first; I don't know how to appreciate wasabi at all! To my surprise, it wasn't spicy as I expected it to be and has got a very special taste to it.


STAR ITEM - Braised Pork with Rice!

I found the rice mushy for my liking, so you might get sick of it after eating a few mouths. But I must comment that the size of 1 grain of rice was so huge! Meat was not hard, sauce and pork was not as salty as expected.


STAR ITEM - Cold Noodle with Peanut Sauce!

This was the first time I tried something like this. It tasted like peanut butter for some reason, maybe because of the peanut sauce. Worth a try though! If I were to use two words to describe it - Sticky and Cold.

Calamari in Seaweed!

Calamari was easy to chew off. It's very bouncy, very 'Q', as the Taiwanese would describe it.


Calamari in Cheese!

It's about the same as the one in seaweed. This was one of my favourites because the cheese taste was obvious and you just get addicted to chewing it!

Fried Broccoli!

This is rather interesting because when you take the first bite into it, it tastes all fried and crispy. However, after a few bites you can taste the broccoli. Wasn't particularly fond of this though; don't like vegetables ;X

Fried Tofu Cubes with Seaweed!

This was very crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside. It would be good if the tofu on the inside was smoother.

Fried Mushrooms with Sour Plum!

It has a very salty taste at first, but then slowly the taste of the mushroom sets it. Like I've said, I am not a fan of vegetables so ya.

Sweet Potato Fries with Sour Plum!

Not a fan of sweet potato too hahaha, why am I so picky with my food! You can taste both sweet and sour at the same time. Fans of Sweet Potatoes might like this!

There are also various Add Ons that you can choose from if you feel that you haven't had enough of Taiwan goodness! ;D


Taipei Station
201 Victoria Street #04-03 Bugis+
Opening Hours: 11am - 9pm
For more information and promotions: http://www.taipeistation.com.sg
Disney just released a new movie, and I am soooooo excited to share it with you! I caught the preview of Wreck-It Ralph a few days ago, and I loved it! ;D

My outfit for the movie that day. ;)

Synopsis:


Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty. But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? “Wreck-It Ralph” crashes onto the big screen on December 20, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

My Say:

Call me childish, but such movies meant for kids are a sheer delight for me because I am *ahem* very young at heart! ;D It is so innocent, funny and light-hearted, something that keeps me away from the adult world for awhile.

This movie is one that you shouldn't miss! I got all nostalgic as it brought me back to the time when I frequent the arcade a lot. You could say that I grew up playing those games. The animations was fantastic, I was stunned when I saw the old game style scenes in the movie! I wonder how they did that. It was heartwarming and so witty that I started to wonder whether video game characters were really like that in real life that nobody knew of.

I utterly loved the morale of the story - There will be a time in everyone's lives when they get accused, looking like a bad person in someone else's eyes. But nobody is born a bad person, all of us are good people who desire to be loved on the inside.

I especially loved the quote "I am bad and that's good. I will never be good and that's not bad. There is no one I would rather be than me." I know it sounds depressing and all, but looking from another point of view (or maybe I am a sadist hahahaha), it actually encouraged me not to try so hard when it comes to something I really cannot achieve despite trying my very best.

Wreck-It Ralph is a fun movie for the whole family. Children will love it due to the non-stop moving of characters; their actions proved louder than words can say. However, I found the whole story too long, beating around the bush to get to the ending. It was also a tad boring at the front part of the movie.

My favourite character in the movie has got to be Vanellope! ;D

She and I are similar in so many ways. For one, we look, speak, act and dress about the same. Oh alright, I shamelessly declared that by myself. I could totally understand how she felt being left out by people and all, yet we try to stay as positive as we could.. But behind this "loser" front, we're actually a princess in disguise. *flicks hair*

Anyway, there's a Wreck-It Ralph game on Disney Studios Singapore's Facebook Page called Candy Cane Catapult!

It's easy and exciting to play. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/disneystudiosSG!

I am pretty bad at it though. Mehhhhh!

Catch Wreck-It Ralph in cinemas 20 December 2012.

Disney Studios Singapore Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/disneystudiosSG
Disney Studios Singapore YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/disneystudiosSG
Disney Studios Singapore Twitter account: https://twitter.com/disneystudiosSG
Looking for a pocket-friendly place to dine at this Christmas and New Year season that allows you to break away from Christmas dining at the clattery, overcrowded spaces in the city and enjoy at a more relaxed pace?

Even better - want to celebrate it with your furry kids? Then you should check out Sun Ray Café located at Serangoon Gardens! Having lived more than half my life in Serangoon Gardens, it is no doubt a place where quality cuisine at affordable prices are served.

Established in December 2010, this cozy pet friendly café is a secret find. It has consistently enjoyed write ups and mentions from Straits Times, 联合早报 (Lian He Zao Bao), 8-Days, i-Weekly, CHIC magazines and 9tro magazines. If you drive, you are likely to have also heard praises of their cuisines on popular radio stations such as 938 Live, Symphony 924 and Love 972 FM.

The award of ‘Best Loved Prawn Pasta’ by CozyCot - online magazine offering articles about beauty, fashion and woman lifestyle was a further testimony of the café dedication to great taste and value for its customers.

I headed down to the cafe for a food tasting session for their latest Christmas Menu that's available only from 21st - 31st October 2012.

The amazing part about the Christmas Menu is that everything was created out of fresh ingredients sourced by Chef Derrar and Chef 'Bob'. Yes, everything was made from scratch! Nothing was obtained conveniently from a can, even down to the sorbet. The result is superior quality palate that’s hard to resist.

With the Head Chef, Chef Derrar.

It was a complete honour for me to taste the dishes prepared by him, because he used to be the Head Chef for 10 Downing Street (the 'Istana' of the UK), preparing dishes for the UK Cabinet. Yes, even the UK Prime Minister! ;O


Together with some of my friends, we enjoyed our meal in a private room meant for 10.

For the finger food, we had the Amuse Bouche.

Avocado & Salmon on Crostini - Avocado, chilli lemon juice on top of roasted tomato bread.
Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella - Cherry tomato, basil, buffalo mozzarella & pine nut on roasted bread.
Beef Carpaccio & Truffles - Sliced raw beef with truffle essence.

The roasted bread was very crispy and slightly hard (if your teeth is not strong enough). I found it a nice mix of something so flavourful with something plain.

For the Choice of Appetiser, we had the Smoked Salmon Roulade.

Scottish Smoked Salmon is stuffed with mascarpone cheese, orange zest, dill herb, lemon juice and served with black caviar. The salmon is smoked slowly over the oak wood from The Macallan, which is a premium single malt whiskey from Scotland.

This was one of my favourite dish! The salmon was cooked differently which explains why it's really good, with saltiness that's just right. The combination if saltiness, lemon taste and salmon was well balanced. You can taste the slight Macallan whiskey taste.

The other Choice of Appetiser was the Foie Gras.

Duck fattened liver marinated with port wine, brandy, cinnamon, salt, pepper, then pressed in terrine dish. Baked in bain marie for 20 minutes, and served with diced apple and pear, and coated with port wine and bitter chocolate sauce.

It was an interesting mix of sweetness, saltiness and bitterness. I heard that it took the chefs 4 days to make this dish! You can taste the slight wine taste, and the yellow part is the fats, which tasted something like salted egg yolk. I found it too salty for my liking though!

For the soup, we had Lobster Bisque.

Carrot, celery, leek, onion, garlic and lobster shell are cooked slowly until lobster shell is dissolved, and then blended to extract the juice. Tomato paste, red wine, tarragon (herb) and lobster meat are added and cooked for another hour. Serve with home-made bread.

Super a lot of work was taken to create this dish as it's a very long process! The chive bread was hard, but amazingly, it turns soft when you dip it into the soup. This lobster soup is a climax before the main course. The lobster flavour is very strong, thus lingers in your mouth and soothes the appetites.

We were served with a shot glass of Sorbet with flavour of lemon and pineapple to clean the pallet.

Never ate dessert halfway through a meal before, hahaha. It is a mixture of pineapple, lime and lemon. Despite that, it wasn't too overly sour as I expected it to be. It has a tangy taste to it that surprises you with mini pineapple bits with every bite into it.

We got the Moscato D'Asti, a sweet wine, to go with the sorbet. It has only 5% alcohol in it!

This is a "Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (DOCG, controlled designation of origin guaranteed – the highest quality assurance label for Italian food products) sparkling white wine produced mainly in the Asti, Italy. It has also recently scored 88 points on the 100-point Wine Spectator published on 11/30/2012. The wine is sweet and low in alcohol, and often enjoyed with dessert. Typically reminiscent of ripe melons and blossom, it has an uplifting perfume and although sweet, it is light and refreshing.

And for the Choice of Mains! First up, this is the Salmon En Croute.

Salmon fillet seasoned to perfection with salt, pepper, lemon juice, wrapped in filo pastry and baked at 200 Degrees Celsius in oven for 10 minutes. Served with Jerusalem artichoke and green asparagus with lemon, cream and white wine sauce.

This is 1 dish one has to be careful with. The skin is similar to the popiah skin we're used to eating, so the chefs had to make sure that it does not tear apart. The freshest and highest grade artichoke, the root of the sunflower, was used, together with US asparagus. I like the skin a lot, and the salmon taste inside the skin is in tact. It is a unique combination of ingredients.

The other Choice of Mains was the Turkey Breast.

Tender turkey breast stuffed with chestnut, minced pork, rolled and baked at 200 Degrees Celsius for 20 minutes and served with roasted potato and cranberry sauce.

What can I say - it has got all the Christmas ingredients! It wasn't too salty and the stuffed portion compliments the turkey well.

And it's time for desserts! We had the Pudding.

It is made with mixed dry fruits, brandy and cinnamon, and served with egg yolk, cream, sugar and brandy.

It was very European style! It tastes sweet and warm, and for some reason, similar to a fruit cake. Could taste the brilliant brandy taste, though I prefer it to be slightly stronger. Surprisingly, the sauce tasted like vanilla ice cream, just not as sweet!

If you're interested, you can try out the drinks that are out of the menu. They have in-house specials!

For cocktails, they have the Charlie Chaplin.

A premium cocktail which was once one of the premium cocktails drunk at the famous Waldorf Astoria in the 1920, it has equal mixes of gin, lime and apricot brandy to create a gentle cocktail that is thick and sweet.

A tweak of the very expensive drink in the US. The taste was more on the lime.


Another cocktail you can try is the Orgasm.

It is a delicious drink made from Irish cream, coffee liqueur and an orange-flavoured liqueur, it's one of the sexiest cocktails in the world.

For the mocktails, they have Out of the Beach.

This is their all-time popular drink, and their own in-house mocktail. It's a refreshing and energising drink with strawberry puree, mango juice and pineapple juice. Good for a hot day or as a after-work drink, and even better to go along with a slice of chocolate cake. Smells like strawberry!

Another mocktail you can choose from is the Minty Cooler.

It is a sparkling mixture of cranberry juice and mojito mint syrup, it's a perfect finish to a meal of grills. Very minty taste!

Lastly, you can try their Cappucino!

I am no expert when it comes to coffee.. It was alright for me, someone who rarely drinks coffee. Coffee addicts might want to rejoice though, because Senior Barista Foong used to be the Head Barista for Cafe Crema at Gardens By The Bay, where she lead a team of 7 baristas and was responsible to uphold the quality of all beverages served. She was also trained by 3 award winning baristas from the acclaimed Oriole Coffee!
This is the Christmas Menu! ;D

For $60, I honestly think your every cent is well spent on the food alone! YOU'RE EATING FOOD FROM MASTER CHEFS AND SIPPING DRINKS BY TOP MIXOLOGIST + BARISTA! Don't judge it's small exterior; it is a fantastic café with restaurant standards. The ambiance is really friendly too! I forsee myself frequenting this place pretty often. However, people who are allergic to pets have to be careful!

Psst... Good news! Visit Sun Ray Café from now till 31 December 2012 and enjoy 10% discount by simply being their Facebook Fan. Do remember to check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sun-Ray-Cafe/183530241682285?ref=ts&fref=ts) from time to time to get updates on their latest offerings and promotions!


Sun Ray Café
79 Brighton Crescents Serangoon Gardens S(559218)
6283 8700
Email: happy@sunray.sg