Monday, February 3, 2020

How i spent my Chinese New Year

Hi Dearies,

I think you will be curious what Chinese will do during CNY, I will share with you how I spent time with family this year.

1. Giving Red packet (Ang Bao)
This year is my first year celebrating CNY as a married person. There are two legends about Ang Pow in ancient china. In one of them, the Eight Immortals transform themselves into coins to help an elderly couple save their son from a demon named Sui. On the eve of Chinese New Year, these eight coins were wrapped in red paper and placed under the child’s pillow to ward off the demon. Parents eventually adopted this practice and would give their children money wrapped in red paper, which was termed ya sui qian 压岁钱(money that can suppress the evil).The second legend recounts the joyous occasion of the birth of the son of Emperor Xuanzong, during the Tang Dynasty. The emperor gave gold and silver coins to his concubine to be used as charms to protect the baby. The people subsequently adopted this practice and began giving money to their children as gifts, normally for people younger than you. So it is a bit heart pain, if you have lots of relatives because in Singapore, we will give $6, $8 or $10 (in even numbers), because Chinese believe good things come in pairs.

2. Reunion Dinner on Eve of CNY

It is often considered the most important get-together meal of the entire year and symbolized full family together in Chinese Traditions.

3. Putting up Decorations

The color red is much loved by the Chinese in general as it represents happiness and good fortune. Below are some popular decorations used to create festivity for the celebration.The most common word is fu 福, happiness and good fortune. It is written with calligraphy onto a square piece of red paper. These can then be pasted onto walls, doors or windows.

5. Lou Hei

In Singapore and Malaysia, we love to Lou Hei and eat Yu Sheng. “Lo Hei” in Cantonese, where 捞 “lo” (literally mixing) means “tossing up good fortune”, refers to the ritual adopted in Singapore of tossing the yu sheng and saying of auspicious phrases before eating it. We believed that the higher the toss, the better your prospects and fortune in the year ahead so you will see all kind of tossing online, and the purpose is wishing good luck in the coming year.

6. House Visiting to friends and relatives house
Once in a year event, you will need to get kids gifts and CNY goodies to express good wishes to each other and an important Chinese New Year tradition is to visit relatives. Generally speaking, people drop in at relatives and friends' houses, bringing gifts or red envelopes, and greeting one another with 'Happy New Year' within these 15 days.

 7. Visit River Hong Bao 2020

Once a year even you shouldn't miss. Dress up in your new clothes and take nice photos with the lovely decorations and read up your chinese zodiac prospect this year. Also, enjoy some live calligraphy artwork by some chinese association, and bring home a piece.

I love the fireworks and the performance there.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Chiang Mai Trip

Hi Dearies,

Just back from my Thailand Chiang Mai Trip with family. I took my flight with Scoot, the flight duration is around 3 hours.

Yes after reaching at Chiang Mai airport, remember to find a taxi with airport crew in uniform. Fixed rate of 150THB to any city location.

And there we reached our guest house: Phathai House, they have excellent big 4 person family room and walking distance to night market and old city.

Booking link
 2 night markets available during weekend, Sunday Walking street is the biggest runs from Tha Pae Gate going towards Ratchadamnoen Road in the west. There are plenty of foot massage on the street, and eateries as well. You will need to take your time and find a table and grab all the food you like.

Opening Hours: Sundays 16:00 – 22:00
Location: Tha Pae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road

Wualai Walking Street happens on every Saturday. The market is named after Wualai, which links to Thipanet Road – just off the south side of the old city walls.

Apart from visiting their famous temples, I booked a tour to Chiang Rai to visit the famous white temple depicts heaven and hell. We will visit some local tour group to compare the price and you can ask for discount. Remember to check with them whether the entrance tickets fee is included.

From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, the ride is about 3.5 hours, and we paid around 980 baht for a day trip, includes a simple buffet lunch.

Wat Rong Khun - White Temple
Super beautiful temple created by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.

The bridge of "the cycle of rebirth" is so pretty. Inside the wall in the temples, you get to see Doraemon, Harry Potter, all the super heroes, according to the tour guide, it means if you did good deeds like saving people, you will be in heaven.

Inside the temple, we are not allow to take any photos :(

Wat Rong Suea Ten - Blue Temple

The name ‘Rong Suea Ten’ in Thai, translates as ‘house of the dancing tiger’ because historically, the area surrounding the temple, was full of wildlife, in particular tigers who leapt into the nearby Mae Kok river. The creator of Blue Temple was an artist named Putha Kabkaew who is the apprentice of Chalermchai Kositpipat, the artist who designed the White Temple.

You can try their beautiful coconut ice cream at the exit of the temples

Royal Park Rajapruek

A must visit place for beautiful flowers, architectures, and places to learn about agriculture.
The place is huge, you can take the free buggy ride, comes with the 200THB entrance fee to explore the whole garden. I personally recommend the orchid garden. Inside you get to see nice tulip too :)

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
A must visit temple when you are in Chiang Mai. You will need to pay 50 baht for admission and 30 bath for cable car so you dont have to climb the 300+ naga staircase.

But the view is absolutely worth the visit. 


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Staycation: Oakwell Premier with GIN

Hi Dearies,

Recently I went to a fun Öops, I've Ginned! Staycation with Mr J at Oakwood Premier AMTD. It is so much fun and the package includes the following:

A stay in a one-bedroom serviced apartment at Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore

  • Complimentary breakfast for two persons at SE7ENTH restaurant
  • A DIY Cocktail Kit comprising of a full-sized bottle of Brass Lion Distillery’s Singapore Dry Gin and other ingredients for two persons
  • Personalisation service of the in-room gin bottle is available at an additional cost^
  • Brass Lion Distillery guided tour for two persons every Saturday at 5pm. Two-way transport is provided#
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi services and usage of in-room tablet and mobile phone.

After check in, we explored the room and then embark our journey to see the home for Singapore first Gin birthplace.

Meet Nara- Brass Lion copper still is custom-made and handcrafted by master coppersmiths in Germany.

We ended the tour by trying our Singapore Dry Gin, Butterfly Pea Gin and Pahit Pina Gin (Not available in the Market yet). 

If you are keen to learn more about Gin, you can book a tour here


 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933

 +65 69540602


Monday, November 18, 2019

No more Singtel in my whole life~ Beware of their hidden fees

Hi Dearies,

Long time I didn't update my blog. I have been a loyal singtel customer since 2012. Recently my contract ended and I switch to Circle Life. Porting over is hassle free, just need to wait your telco to release your no and make sure you are done with your contract.

For my case, they keep telling me i ended my contract earlier and charge me a contract early termination penalty 3 months later which is terrible. I am going to ban Singtel for LIFEEEEE and no matter how good their advertisement is, dont trust them.

My house internet also the same, keep dropping line and after numerous complaint, they told you sorry, you will need to upgrade your service. Free upgrade etc, dont believe them. They are never going to be FREE, else how they manage to psycho consumer using BIG ADVERTISEMENT. Free for months you also need to think, else they may sudden charge you high price without you even knowing. Dishonest business in Singapore.

My life has never be better.

  • Bill transparency
  • No hidden charge
  • Always can customize your data, sms and call
  • Free caller ID
  • Number transfer is always hassle free

Sign up with your code to get a $38 off registration fee + 3-months free Unlimited Data add-on with REFERRAL CODE: ALEXXACHIN

Good luck in circle life. I hope you try out new telco without spending a hell lots of money.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

How to Protect yourself from Haze

Hi Dearies,

I think we all have been troubled by haze recently.The effect of Haze is quite disastrous especially for people who have to work outdoor. I can feel irritation of my eyes especially i wore the contact lenses for long hours. It can caused irritation of eyes, nose and throat, also dizziness and headaches.

Elders should avoid staying outdoor as it may affect people with reduced lung functions, causing shortness of breath and lung infections.

Here are some tips for you all:


Avoid physical outdoor activities especially for child and elders.Close the windows and car windows can help to reduce exposure to pollutants in the air.


Drinking lots of water help your kidneys to flush out the toxins in your body.


N95 Mask is very effective if you need to stay outdoor for more than an hour. It will filters 95% of the small particle in the air, especially when the haze PSI is unhealthy.

Soft cotton or surgical mask is not effective when the haze PSI is more than 200, but some pregnant woman, elders with lung conditions may not be suitable wearing N95 mask, it is good to get doctor advices if you have medical conditions.

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Pay attention to Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)

Clean Air Delivery Rate to Room Size
For example, a 100 CADR air cleaner will then clean a room size of 155 sq ft. To go the other way, that is to know your room size and to find the right CADR you would then divide your room square footage by 1.55. Say your room is 250 sq ft. Divide this by 1.55 and you get 161.

5. Check myENV app for latest PSI rating and plan your activities for the day.


Always remember safety come first. turn on your headlight and drive if you really have no choice. Increase your following distance and stay alert. Else choose public transport when travel.


Taking more vegetables and fruits helps reduce inflammation that caused by inhaling harmful air with fine particles.

Lets stay healthy and love our earth more by creating less rubbish, eat clean and walk through this haze season together.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Did you apply the mask correctly ?

Hi Dearies,

Do you know the right way to apply mask for best result?

Applying mask is good for hot weather and give skin an extra hydration steps . However did you use it correctly?

3 common mistakes we made when we apply mask

1. Tap your skin using fingertips to help better nutrient absorption

WRONG. The motion of tapping the Essence in mask will bring dust and dirt in the air to the skin!!! Your pore is open and it will make the pore be clogged and the nutrients are harder to be absorbed.

2.  Skip the cleansing step after mask

WRONG!! The excess Essence from the mask will stay on your skin and may cause the dusk to accumulate in your pore , so you still need to wash your face with water. Plus, you need to apply moisturiser to lock in the Essence else they will be dry out overnight.

3. Apply the  extra Essence in mask package on your face ?

WRONG! You do not do this, because overly lay Essence to your skin burden it’s condition. It will not be better and caused stress. You can apply it to neck, hand and leg.

I will share with you my favourite mask 

I use innisfree Super volcanic pore clay three times a week for a complete detox and deep cleanse

For sheet mask, I love Étude house and Dr Morita , effective and affordable.