4.18.2015

Do Good, Feel Good, Look Good

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Spent my Friday evening at the Origins pop-up event to know more about their products and the brand's fight for a cause. Do you know that we are in the midst of Earth Month? I didn't know that, and it just shows how ignorant I am about the environment I live in. I know I'm not alone though - I'm not talking about you... or am I?

You might be wondering what's a skincare brand's got to do with Earth Month. Origins products are all about using natural resources. Natural and certified organic ingredients. 100% natural essentials oils. Formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA... basically all the yucky things you wouldn't want in your skincare products. Not only are these natural resources good for skin health, they are environmentally friendly as well. So, what happens when our natural resources start to deplete? You get the drift.

On a global scale, Origins embarked on a "Origins Plant-A-Tree" initiative program to aid in reforestation projects. To date, the brand has planted more than 500,000 trees around the world! On our local platform, Origins Singapore is inviting you to "trade in" any one of your existing skincare products (any brand works, and they can be empty bottles too!) in exchange for an Origins deluxe travel size product. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Know nothing about Origins? If you, like me, would rather test drive a new product first before committing to a full-size, here's your chance. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get acquainted with Origins!

Where: Origins event ground at Raffles City Water Court
When: In conjunction with Earth Month from 16th April to 22th April

Head over to their Instagram or Facebook page to find out more about ongoing event promotions.

4.15.2015

10 Things To Do In Seoul

I am a K-Pop fan.

There. I've said it. Many people would be quite surprised to find out that I love my regular, sometimes daily, dose of Korean variety shows (Running Man... The Return of Superman...) , Korean dramas and Korean music (BIG BANG). But really. Nobody escapes from K-Wave fever.

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Spent my end-of-year vacay with the man in Seoul last December (better be late than never!). Here are my 10 best moments in the city of not-so-friendly but beautiful people.

1. Shop Beauty in Myeongdong

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Tony Moly. The Face Shop. Holika Holika. Etude House. Skinfood. Laneige. Nature's Republic. Then repeat. The streets of Myeongdong is flooded with shops after shops of Korean beauty brands! This place is a beauty haven.

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Because just pampering the face is not enough. Must. Have. Masks. For. Everywhere!

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If beauty is not your thing, then head to Shinsegae, Lotte Departmental Store or Lotte Young Plaza. You're in the middle of Korea's largest shopping area after all! You'll find luxury brands at Shinsegae, duty free shopping at Lotte Departmental Store, brands that cater to the younger crowd at Lotte Young Plaza.

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Spotted: YG Entertainment and SM Town's artists merchandises at Lotte Young Plaza.

2. Feast On Street Snacks!

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Because I wanted to catch the MAMA 2014 Awards Show on TV one evening, we decided to skip dinner and bought some street snacks back to our hotel to feast on.

The man's favourite was the fried chicken (minus the beer). In fact, he was so in love with it that he bought one box all for himself during our last night in Seoul. For me, Strawberry Mochi did it. Red bean paste spread around one whole strawberry, wrapped in glutinous rice flour. It satisfied my sweet tooth with a bonus - the strawberry was incredibly juicy. Oh my... what I would give to sink my teeth into one right now.

3. Skip Lotte World & Go For Everland Instead

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At Lotte World, you'll be expecting all child rides with just a handful of outdoor thrill rides that are not going to be worth the entrance fee you pay for. Unless you're bringing kids on your holiday, don't bother going to Lotte World.

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4. Eat at Tosokchon Ginseng Chicken

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Exact words from one of my girlfriends: "THIS IS A MUST MUST EAT! MUST SURE YOU DON'T HAVE GINSENG CHICKEN ELSEWHERE." She said "MUST" 3 times. Of course I had to go.

I'm so glad she recommended this traditional ginseng chicken place to me. And mind you, I don't even eat ginseng chicken! I was warned that there was going to be a long queue for this so I arrived there mentally prepared to queue for a while. A long line it was outside the restaurant, and in the winter cold!

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Fortunately table turnover rate was high so we got our table pretty quickly. Because it's a traditional setting, you'll be required to remove your shoes, sit on the cushioned floor, and share your table with other customers! All for the sake of a bowl of delicious ginseng chicken!

Location: 5 Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Gyeongbokgung Station

5. Visit A Palace

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Will give you a good spanking if you don't. Not only is this city well-known for the latest in beauty and k-pop culture, she is also filled with an overflowing abundance of traditional heritage!

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Posted in my Instagram: "Gyeongbokgung. The largest palace & main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. What a pity that most of this incredibly rich culture were burnt down during the Japanese Occupation! I particularly enjoyed straying away from the usual tourist trails and roaming around the backs of the palace. Pictured: the back of the Queen's residence."

Roaming around the backs of the palace was such a tranquil experience. Historical footprints were everywhere! I was strangely touched by this thought.

Another favourite part of my visit to the palace was the Folks Museum. The palace's entrance ticket allows you to visit the Folks Museum for free. There I got to know more about the history of Korea. Guess you'd have known by now that history and culture are kinda my thing.

6. Cafe Hop At Itaewon

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Cafe hopping wasn't in our initial plan. It was just too cold out, so we basically just hit every cafe we possibly could to seek refuge from the mercilessly chilly wind. Turns out it wasn't a bad idea after all. This place is filled with hipster-esque, Instagram-worthy cafes that will excite any social media junkie.

In the picture above, we were at Ikovox Coffee, one of the many cafe chain stores around. This particular one though was hidden away from the masses, nestled along one of the alleys. Beautiful place.

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Now this is what we call the real deal. Chocolate milk at its finest at Passion 5.

Location: 729-74, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu

7. Shop At Hongdae

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Because shopping for both the men and ladies is heaps better than Ewha. Unless you're into cute, girly stuff.

8. Take A Photobooth Picture At Stylenanda, Hongdae

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Yes yes... the infamous Stylenanda Photo Booth! It's almost a must-do when you're in Seoul. Don't you think?

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Also, stock up on some Stylenanda and 3CE.

9. Chasing Lights

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Because you'll never (or seldom) have natural light like this in the tropics. Above shows a very excited and VERY cold picture of us documenting our first snowfall in Seoul.

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Suffering from major wanderlust right now going through these pictures...

10. Lock Your Love At N Seoul Tower

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Cliche? I beg to differ.

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Posted in my Instagram: "Namsan Tower. Marketing gimmick or not, it warms the heart to know we've got our lovelock(ed) down somewhere. (Until they decide to clear it away, pfft.)"

Here's something extra for the foodies. Below, 5 dining/cafe recommendations to go for in Seoul!

1. 405 Kitchen

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Location: 405-13 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

2. O´sulloc Tea House

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Location: Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong-gil 48 (Myeongdong2-ga)

3. Hanwoori Korean Restaurant (for their Beef and Noodle Casserole!)

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Location: 81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul Sogong-dong (Lotte Department Store, Myeongdong)

4. Basilur Tea & Coffee (a Sri Lanka tea house/cafe)

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Location: Nonhyeonro 159gil 57, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

5. Any one of the Korean BBQ restaurants along "Meat Street" in Hongdae

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Location: Hongik University Station, Exit 9

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Phew! What a handful. Have you been to Korea? Please do share your recommendations!

4.14.2015

Roll Camera… Action!

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Camerafilmroll.com is back in business.

(I guess it’s still too early to say that. But gratify my penchant for the dramatics, will you?)

This April has been nothing short of an intense roller coaster ride for me. It feels as if life is pulling a major joke on me and it’s not playing fair. But you know what? Life’s not stopping for anybody. I am immensely terrified and hopeful at the same time that things will work out somehow. Note to self: It’s all about keeping your head up and your heart strong. Let’s. Do. This.

Back to the topic of Camerafilmroll.com. My last post was September last year. That’s more than half a year, eek. Now that I have a boost of determination and a whole lot of experience thanks to my day job… I’m excited to announce that I’ve got a pretty full calendar planned out for the rest of the month!

Come by Camerafilmroll.com some time? ☺

Signing off with the sound of the month: The Script – Hall Of Fame



x Becks

9.21.2014

I Miss You So

I have no excuses this time. I'll be damned if I still call myself a blogger. But give me a chance for redemption? Here's what I've been up to for the past month!

1. My hair got redder.


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When the gorgeous Drea Chong told me that once you got your hair dyed you'll never stop, I was apprehensive. Now I know what she meant. Went for a second round of colour touch-up and treatment with Sally at Shunji Matsuo, 313 Somerset. After just 2 months, I just couldn't stand the black roots anymore. Ah, the obsession. Am still heads over heels in love with my violet red hair. I had friends telling me that red fades away fast. I don't know if it's the Biolage by Matrix Colorlast Shampoo and Conditioner that Sally passed to me, or whether it's the dye used, my hair still manages to shy away from dullness and I still get compliments from many people about how they like my hair colour. Probably a divine combination of both, plus Sally's skills. Read more about my recent hair experience in my dayre.

Also, here's a deal for CFR's readers: Quote "Becks from Camerafilmroll.com" to get 10% off all chemical services at Shunji Matsuo, 313 Somerset!

2. Celebrated the man's 25th birthday at the St. Regis and Lawry's.


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The man finally came home… and now he's gone again. I wish I could say that it gets easier. But it never will. Long distance has its ups and downs. And some times it's healthy to break apart for a while to remember how good it feels to be together.

"... Or we might even concoct a business trip, creating a work commitment that separates us for a while and then bring us closer together, an antidote to routine. All for the pleasure of that phone call and hearing him say, "It's cold, without you."

3. Attended the launch of Neal's Yard Remedies at Millennia Walk.


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Another beauty brand has hit town! Neal's Yard Remedies is an organic health and beauty brand that offers a wide range of products such as skincare care, hair, tea blends, aromatherapy oils, including remedies for mothers and their little bundles of joy! They even featured organic moon cakes during the recent Mid Autumn Festival. Offering natural remedies that are kind to your wellbeing and the planet's wellbeing, be sure to check out Neal's Yard Remedies at Millennia Walk, #01-75.

4. Commemorate the official launch of the Nuffnang Bloggerati Program at the Arts House.


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I've been with Nuffnang Singapore for a while now. And even though I am not as active in the blogging industry as many others out there, it is heartwarming knowing that there is a community for me. That there are people who are working to help me build a teeny tiny piece of me that I always neglect. Other than the introduction of the new bloggerati program, Nuffnang also housed a few sponsors to help make this event happen. Hello Stranger for their Photo Booth (because bloggers, obviously). Maketh Project where I embossed my name on my very own leather card holder. Orange Clove for their customised cocktail reception. Fiona Treadwell for the beautiful display of decor and cacti (which we could bring home to nurture). Here's wishing the Nuffnang team the very best with this whole new rebranding!

5. Witnessed the beautiful matrimony of peers.


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6. Beauty Night Out #sephorapuckerup Version at Sephora, Orchard Ion.


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Sephora sure knows how to throw a wicked party. The event was on a Thursday and it felt nothing like a Thursday. The music was pumping. Models strutted their stuff showcasing looks by top beauty houses like Givenchy, Urban Decay, Lancome and M.A.C at the Kisshibition Lip Show (watch behind-the-scene here). Choreographer of Beyonce's Freakum Dress, Jonte Moaning made his appearance and he. was. wild. 6-inch heels and an electrifying energy released only on Saturday nights came into play on that Thursday evening. The highlight of the day was when some Sephora staffs stood on the cashier counter and started grooving to the music. They must have been thinking, man I LOVE my job. I would too if it was me. I actually forgot that I had to go to work the next day. Bravo, Sephora! For yet another successful event and night to remember.

7. Lots of lunches & high-teas with people who matter.


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"Here's a toast to the good days, the better friends. The ones that you just can't live without. The people that have taught you how to party, how to live, how to have a good time just sitting around. Here is to the people that, no matter how bad things seem, are going to be there for you to lean on and catch you if you fall."

Ps: I'm on Instagram a lot. I'll catch you there, okay?

6.29.2014

Small Change, Big Change

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2 things.

I don't think I need to ask if you notice anything different about me. But why yes, the hair. I finally did it. After 25 years of my life with virgin, black hair, I finally gave my hair a colour thanks to Sally at Shunji Matsuo, 313 Somerset. It almost felt like a life-changing moment for me because I was going through a difficult time and decided that change is imperative. Read more about my experience over at my dayre. I always had this misconception that colouring my hair could ruin hair health and cause my strands to dry out and look really bad. But the hair treatments at Shunji Matsuo really nourish my strands! Only two treatments with them and am already a loyal fan!

For CFR's readers: Quote "Becks from Camerafilmroll.com" to get 10% off all chemical services at Shunji Matsuo, 313 Somerset!

Brows, brows, brows. Just had my brows done at Erabelle last weekend. As I said before, once you go brows, you never go back! Read more about my experience with Erabelle's Erabrowlogy here.

For CFR's readers: Quote "Becks from Camerafilmroll.com" to get 10% off all Erabrowlogy services and other Cosmetic Artistry services like Eraliner and Eralips! Promo ends August 2, 2014!