Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Gogoprint: Yay, I got my namecards!

Well, I've been blogging for quite a while and has attended a couple of bloggers' events along the way, and there will always be this awkward situation whereby the PR / Business Owners ask, "So can I get your namecard?"

And I always had to lie, "Oh, sorry I ran out of it!"

But now I need to lie no more, all thanks to gogoprint.sg!

Gogoprint.sg, a leading online printing marketing and technology firm, has the distinct vision to make ordering printing products easy and cost-effective, thereby helping small- and medium-sized businesses to market their businesses and to grow. Using high-quality press printing and a robust yet simple and easy-to-use online ordering system, Gogoprint.sg provides high-end printing services and reliable color printing at discount printing costs.-credits to gogoprint.sg-
Other than providing high quality prints at low and transparent prices, gogoprint.sg also provide instant quotation along with a convenient and fuss-free ordering process and free delivery across Singapore.
Other than business cards, gogoprint.sg also provide printing services for products like loyalty cards, greeting cards, gift vouchers, wedding cards, postcards, table tents, presentation folders and etc.
The best part is, their business card printing service (at 100 pieces for as low as $10.38) now comes with FREE designing service too!

Which (the free designing service) I obviously didn't opt for. HAHAHA!

gogoprint.sg offers a more customizable printing experience with just 4 easy steps:
1. Configure products & Check Price Online
2. Make payment
3. Upload your artwork (if required)
4. Receive the products

You can get to choose the formats, type of papers, and even down to how fast you need the products delivered! 


For more information, visit gogoprint.sg website HERE , 
or contact them via phone or email.
+65 31590484
info@gogoprint.sg

Till then,
Mia Foo

Monday, 12 June 2017

Lovely Flowers from A Better Florist [Sponsored]

A Better Florist in Singapore believes that sending and receiving flowers should be easy, affordable and beautiful. Forget those last minute dashes to the flower store or disappointing delivery services. Here at the Best Florist in Singapore, we offer express flower delivery. There is a story behind every bouquet we send out, whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding or even just something for yourself.
Every reason is the perfect reason to send out flowers.
At A Better Florist, we source directly from flower farms in the Cameron Highlands to offer you the freshest product imaginable at an affordable price. Our intuitive website means that in just a few clicks you can send an arrangement of fresh flowers to anyone, anywhere in Singapore on the same day.
Our free same-day delivery service is available between 9 am to 6 pm. Whether you’re in BedokHolland VillageTampinesThomson RoadAng Mo KioCBDToa PayohJurongTiong BahruNovenaOrchard or Sentosa, we’ve got your back. No matter where you in Singapore, we can get to you.
If you need any last minute deliveries, we’ve got a 90-minute express flower delivery guarantee islandwide in Singapore. So don’t worry if you suddenly remembered a special occasion like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Coworker Appreciation Day or Treat Yourself Day because we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is order your flowers online and we’ll get it to you!
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As you know, I recently visited Hokkaido, mainly for shibazakura and tulip festival, but missed the tulip festival by (perhaps) a day or two! :( 
Imagine my excitement when I found out that A Better Florist is going to send me a lovely bouquet of fresh tulips!

Isn't it lovely?

From wedding bouquets, to christmas hampers, office decor, and even opening stands or even condolence wreaths, A Better Florist got you covered with their customisable flowers for all sorts of occasions and holidays. 
You really just need to ask for it. 



All their bouquets also comes with a sachet of flower food and flower care instructions, to ensure that your blooms remains gorgeous for as long as possible. 
(I have horrible flower arrangement skills, so I shall not share how my lovely tulips looked like in the vase.)


A Better Florist is also now hosting an awesome lucky draw for all you lucky ones who got bloomed
Just snap a photo of your flowers and tag @abetterflorist on IG/FB and stand a chance to win a trip for 4 to New Zealand!

For more information, visit A Better Florist HERE

Till then,
Mia Foo

Friday, 9 June 2017

Mia's Travelogue: Planning Tips for Hokkaido in 11 days

Hello, lovely readers!
If you're still not following me on my IG (why aren't you?), then you probably didn't know that I've just returned from an 11-days trip to Hokkaido! It was so so so exciting, starting right from the planning stage. I've been wanting to visit Hokkaido for YEARS, and the plans always fell through because I couldn't find a travel buddy who can commit to the trip.
But finally, it happened!

So before I move on to my day-by-day breakdown of trip, let's start with the rough itinerary of the 11 days I've spent in Hokkaido.

I chose to fly via Thai Airways, transiting in Bangkok (about 1.5 hrs flight to Bangkok and then 7 hours to Sapporo) and landing in Shin-Chitose Airport, whereby I picked up my rental car from Budget, a Toyota Passo, which the BF really quite enjoyed driving.
I've done quite an extensive search and almost got "cheated" by ToCoo! with their "hidden cost" but thankfully realised that Budget offers the most competitive price for the days I'm looking to rent a car.
If you're planning to travel through the entire Hokkaido, going for car rental and paired with the Hokkaido Expressway Pass (HEP) might be more cost saving (if you're travelling in minimal of 2 pax) as compared to purchasing the JR pass and relying heavily on Hokkaido's public transport.

If you've already decided to go with car rental but still undecided if HEP is for you, here are a few links that may be helpful for you to make a decision.

HEP Info: You may find the cost of HEP for 2 days to 14 days, list of participating car rental companies, an example of toll fees from Shin-Chitose Airport to a few common tourists' destinations, and a link to an extensive (but very complicated) Standard Expressway Toll Chart.

Toll Calculator: You can use this calculator system to find out exactly how much toll fees you'll be charged by indicating your initial location, final destination, and any additional ICs (areas) you may pass by enroute. The site is only available in Japanese though, but you may find a pretty useful manual HERE.

Do note that HEP is NOT the same as ETC. Most car rental sites will tell you that their car comes with ETC, but that simply means their car is installed with the device unit for you to insert the ETC card (like our local cashcard). And as for the difference between ETC and HEP, ETC is pay per usage, while HEP is a flat rate with unlimited usage.

Some advice you may find on other travel blogs or even on travel forums will tell you that you can only get HEP when your car pick up and return location is the same. But that's not true, as not all car rental companies has this rule. Budget, for example, does not need you to have the same pick up and return location in order to purchase the HEP. ;)

For me, getting the HEP is an absolute MUST because of my itinerary, which brings me to areas like (and not limited to) Hakodate, Lake Toya, Sapporo, and Asahikawa.
For example, the toll fee for driving from Shin-Chitose Airport to Hakodate will set you back by 5430 Yen (one way) and the drive back to Shin-Chitose Airport from Asahikawa will cost me another 4730 Yen. Driving from Hakodate to Lake Toya needs another 3330 Yen, and them from Lake Toya to Sapporo needs another 3590 Yen and then from Sapporo to Asahikawa will need yet  another 3490 Yen.
And an 11 days HEP will only set me back by 9800 Yen. I didn't even need to factor in the possible toll charges for the drives to Biei, Furano, Takinoue and Yubetsu from Asahikawa.

However, after more in-depth planning and consideration, I decided to not keep the car over the 4 days of my stay in Sapporo due to easy accessibility of most attractions by public transport and much higher parking fees. Eg. 30 minutes parking in Hakodate will cost you about 200 yen, but 30 minutes parking in Sapporo (during "peak hours") will cost you 400 yen!

And now, here's my 11 days itinerary, which I will slowly touch on a day-by-day basis in the subsequent Hokkaido travelogue posts to come.

Day 0: Singapore Changi Airport to Sapporo Shin-Chitose Airport

Day 1: Arrival at Shin-Chitose Airport, pit stop for lunch at Noboribetsu, Arrival at Hakodate

Day 2: Hakodate

Day 3: Lake Toya, Arrival at Sapporo by evening

Day 4 to 7: Sapporo & Otaru on public transportation

Day 8: Asahikawa

Day 9: Takinoue, Yubetsu (day trip), return to Asahikawa by night

Day 10: Biei, Furano (day trip), return to Asahikawa by night

Day 11: Shin-Chitose Airport to Singapore Changi Airport

And now, for some snippets of what's to come in all my subsequent Hokkaido Travelogue series.






So be sure to stick around and also keep a lookout for my post updates on my IG!

Till then,
Mia Foo

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Focus Hairdressing: Mucota Omega & Free Scena+ Home Treatment

 In case you missed my previous hair post, I've gotten some pretty C-Curls while having Mucota Omega rebonding done at Focus Hairdressing (read about my experience HERE)


Loves how this volume rebonding gave... well, volume (duh!) to an otherwise-will-be-very-flat rebonded hair and also added some pretty loose curls at the ends. 
But taking care of the curls do need some work (and skills).


But thank goodness I have my #sponsoredbythebf Dyson Supersonic, which comes with a diffuser attachment that made blowing out the curls a breeze.


But of course, as I was seriously lacking in skills, I never managed to get back those pretty, fancy looking curls Ken blew out for me back at the salon. But having some curls in my dead-straight-for-more-than-ten-years hair was definitely a great change and I've been getting compliments on my new hairdo every now and then. 



But, oh well, all good things must come to an end. 
About 5 to 6 months after getting the curls done, they were pretty much reduced into a tiny flick at the end, which honestly speaking, looked kind of messy in my opinion, for they always choose to flick in all different directions. 
But I reckon it was mostly because of my serious lack of skills in blow-drying and eventually also gave up/got too lazy to continue with it (I just left my hair to air dry and didn't even bother to do all the twisty-curly motions).

And so, I decided. Goodbye, curls. It was good while it lasted. 

Returned to Focus Hairdressing again, this time to regain the smooth and straight hair via Mucota Omega Oil Therapy again. 


Hello again, soft & smooth straight hair. :)

If you want to know more about my Mucota Omega rebonding experience with Focus Hairdressing, you can read about it HERE, where an absolute miracle happened to my badly damaged, bleached hair. 


You'll be glad to know that Focus Hairdressing (Chinatown) is now having a new promotion on Mucota Omega Oil Therapy. Every Mucota Omega customers will get to bring home two weeks's worth of Mucota Scena+ (new, upgraded version of Mucota Scena) home treatment pack FREE!


Focus Hairdressing (Chinatown Point) is located at
133 New Bridge Road, #02-03, Chinatown Point
Contact: 6538 3162

For more information, check out Focus Hairdressing Chinatown Point's FB HERE. And while you're at it, do give their IG page @focushairdressing_chinatown some love too! :)

Till then,
Mia Foo



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Mia Bakes: Marbled Butter Sponge Cake (Roux Method)

Well, because my mum loves butter cake to bits and kept asking me to bake one for her....

 However, my 1st try wasn't a very pretty one. T.T


Using a recipe with high butter & flour content, I got myself a loaf of extremely buttery, dense and soft butter sponge cake. 
But a quick calculation of the calorie content made me not want to eat anymore than just that tiny square I cut for myself as a taste-test. 

So I googled somemore and stumbled upon KitchenTigress's tang mian recipe. A few minor tweaks here and there and I'm good to go!

For 1 loaf (serves 10) of marbled butter sponge cake, you'll need:

60g salted butter
(if using unsalted, add a pinch of salt)
45g AP flour
30g skimmed milk (cold)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs 
(yolks and white separated)
1 tsp unsweeten cocoa powder

First up, to prepare the roux dough, heat the butter in a pot over the hob until it starts to simmer. Off the hob and stir in your flour until until everything is well combined. Then, add in cold milk and stir well before transferring into a clean bowl (unless your pot is huge enough). Leave the mixture to cool down (to a temperature that wouldn't cook your eggs) before adding in 1 tablespoon of egg whites (from the 3 eggs) and vanilla extract. Mix well before adding in the yolks one at a time, beating well between each addition. Set the yolk mixture aside to prepare the meringue. 

In a clean bowl (no traces of oil), beat your egg whites using an electric mixer until it turns frothy. Then, add in your sugar in 3 additions, beating on high in between each addition until it turns glossy and about to achieve stiff peaks. 

It takes a lot more skills to mix the meringue and yolk mixture together well without deflating the meringue when you beat them to stiff peaks. So if you've been failing with your chiffon cakes or any recipes that calls for mixing meringue with another batter, you may want to try NOT beating till stiff peaks achieved. 

Add in 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk mixture and mix it in well using a balloon whisk. I personally find it easier to mix (fold) using a whisk as compared to a spatula, but if you'll prefer folding using a spatula, by all means go ahead. 
Add in the remaining 2/3 of the meringue and fold until just combined. DO NOT overmix your batter!

Scoop out 20g of the batter into a small bowl and mix in 1 tsp of unsweeten cocoa powder until well combined. 

My loaf tin is non-stick so I didn't need to line or oil my tin. But if yours do stick, you may lightly butter the tin and just line the bottom of your tin with some baking paper. 
Pour about 1/3 of the batter into the tin before dropping a few dollops of the cocoa batter onto the surface. Using a toothpick, make a few quick swirls around the tin to create some marble patterns. 
Repeat (2x) with the remaining batter before tapping it on the counter to release the trapped air bubbles within. 

Bake at 160 degree Celsius for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

TADAA~


As compared to my 1st bake, this loaf using the roux method (with less butter and flour) has given must softer and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Though the buttery fragrance is comparatively less strong, I felt a lot less guilty know that 1 serving of the cake will only set my daily limit back by about 110 kcals. 
Heh! :)

Till then,
Mia Foo

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mia's Review: MKUP Real Complexion Cream (HONEST Review)

And recently there were tons of raves about this real complexion cream by MKUP floating around on the internet. 
Is it really worth the hype?


All the awesome things this product claims to do are stated on the back of the packaging. But if you haven't heard of this crazily raved product or seen the magical video of how it changes your dull and horrible complexion into a flawless looking one in mere 5 minutes, then you should know that MKUP boasts of this complexion cream as the only product ladies need, for EVERYTHING. 
Be it as skincare, or cosmetic. 
Be it day routine, or night routine. 
You just need this ONE bottle. 

Like, really?

Anyway, over to the packaging first, which I really like. The entire packing was really pretty (pinkish, rose print and all) and handy.


And having the cream kept in a push down air pump means no chance of product contamination. Usually, just 1 full pump is enough for me to apply the cream all over my face and neck. 


As you can see, the cream is white, with a pale purplish tint. It also comes with a lovely, sweet floral scent, which I love so much! Texture wise, it may feel a tad heavy and sticky when you first try to spread it out, but it does get absorbed (or feels to be absorbed) eventually, giving you a matte and slightly refreshing feeling. 


While spreading out the cream. And as you can see, this product will definitely create a ghastly looking white cast and give you a glorious geisha-inspired finish look if you pile it on. So really, a little goes a long way. 


And after blending it out, TADAA~! 
You can see absolutely NO effects!

Everything MKUP's video claimed to do, all the concealing of undereye circles, redness from blemishes, dilated pores and etc, it doesn't. 
If you apply more, thinking that the no visible effect is because of too little product applied, then you'll end up with a ghastly white cast. 
The whole claim of how we can substitute everything (skincare included) in our routine with just this 1 bottle is also a huge fraud. 
Don't fall for it, ladies!

The ONLY saving grace of this product, other than the lovely scent and packaging, would probably be the oil control efficacy. When using this, I found that my face was a lot less shinier at the end of the day. If you're an oily girl like me who wear glasses, you'll understand the pain and annoyance of having your glasses slipping down your oily, slippery nose every other few seconds of pushing it back up. But when I was using this product, my glasses pretty much stayed put on my nose throughout the day. 
And yes, I said, "when I WAS using..."
And why am I not using this anymore? Because THIS BROKE ME OUT. I developed TONS of whiteheads around my nose (the butterfly area) and on my chin. And it kind of make sense that it happened because something in this product is preventing my facial sebum from coming out from my pores to the skin surface and hence everything got clogged inside and formed whiteheads. 

So, this product doesn't really do oily ladies good, and neither will it do dry ladies good (because it's more mattifying than hydrating).
So really, what's with the hype, huh?

But, if you won't believe it until you've tried for yourself, you can pick up the 10ml travel size tubes first (instead of getting the 30ml full size product) HERE

EDIT: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS TITANIUM DIOXIDE. IT IS NOT A SKINCARE! YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO REMOVE IT AT THE END OF THE DAY LIKE OTHER MAKEUP PRODUCTS.

ps. The video states this product hails from Korea, but I believe MKUP is a Taiwanese brand. 

Till then,
Mia Foo

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mia Bakes: Chocolate Wholegrain Buckwheat Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Well, I do notice that I've been doing lots of baking recipe posts these days. But these buckwheat cookies shan't wait because my 3/4 full pack of wholegrain buckwheat flour is waiting to go bad if I don't do something about it soon enough. Wanted to try some buckwheat bread and decided that I didn't like the flavour it gives my bread, so some chocolate cookies it shall be! 


To make 13 (1 tbsp) cookies, you'll need:

63g wholegrain buckwheat flour
10g unsweeten cocoa powder
10g corn flour
30g unsalted butter
63g (chopped) dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
60g castor sugar (I uses stevia)
1 medium egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 baking soda
75g peanut butter chips 

First, melt your dark chocolates over a double boiler and leave to a side to cool. Cream your butter and sugar (it won't cream very well because of the ratio, just make sure it's well combined) before beating in the egg. Make sure your melted chocolate is cool enough before adding it into the egg mixture, and then mix in the vanilla extract. 
Sift in your dry ingredients and mix until almost fully combined before mixing in your peanut butter chips until just combined. 

To get thicker cookies, chill your dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes before dropping tablespoonful of dough onto your baking sheet. Space them about 1.5 to 2 inches apart as they do spread a bit. If you'll prefer a thinner and bigger cookie, skip the chilling part. But do space them further apart as they will spread a lot more.

Bake at 180 degree Celsius for about 9 to 11 minutes (depending on your oven). 


These cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, and crumbly/cakey on the inside. The "double chocolate" flavour (cocoa powder and melted chocolate) has successfully masked the distinctive buckwheat flavour while not making the cookies overly sweet. 
Best of all, they're wholegrain, albeit NOT a low calorie food. 

Till then,
Mia Foo



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