Wednesday, December 30, 2015

POP at Marina Floating Platform

12 Dec 2015

This was probably my once-in-a-lifetime experience in attending a POP (Passing Out Parade).

In order to fetch my brother home easily, I decided to rent a Honda Jazz from AKA Car Rental over the weekend. Rental was $258, I think it was reasonable.

The POP was held at Marina Floating Platform. The crowd, heat and dazzle from the sun made me sweat throughout the event. Application of sunblock is a must.

But I got to say the daylight view was fantastic.

After the trained soldiers officially graduated from BMT and threw their caps, that's when all the family members and friends rushed down to meet their loved ones.

Just look at the amount of soldiers, it is almost impossible to be able to use your eyes to spot who you are supporting. I had difficulty and had to find a landmark to meet my brother.

Walked to Esplanade where I parked the car and it was a smooth, comfortable journey back home. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Essential Night Care Milk & CC Oil

I am pretty sure everyone of us will encounter one of these 5 hair issues at some point in our lives.

And you would probably look liked this when you do encountered any of those issues above.

Cruel Combing
For me, combing is definitely unavoidable as long as you have hair. You may have heard of people saying not to comb your hair while it is wet as it will cause more hair fall, but does that mean that combing when your hair is dry can prevent hair fall? The answer is NO because there is also friction when you comb, possibly result in hair knots aka tangles.

Spiteful Split Ends
My hair is long to chest level and I tend to get tangles and split ends. I had to use hair conditioner every day to try to save these old and dry ends. I would say it helps but could do be better.

Brazen Blow Drying
I stay up till late nights sometimes and by the time I get home to shower, I had to use a hair dryer so that I can turn in real soon. No matter how advanced the hair dryer is, it can't prevent the hair moisture from losing. The end result? Hair is dry outside and inside.

Hair Breakage
I visit the gym at least twice a week and obviously I had to tie my hair. I am aware that this causes stress to the hair and scalp due to the pulling of gravity. Ultimately, more hair fall and hair breakage.

Hair Dryness
Most of us work in air-conditioned areas for at least 8 hours and Singapore's weather can be a killer, causing us to head to shopping malls for cool air. And while our bodies enjoy, our hair cuticles weakened and loses moisture.

Essential has invented 2 hair saviours to save you from these hair stresses.

Allow me to introduce the first which is Essential Night Care Milk. This wonderful hair product protects hair from "Pillow Friction" which happens when you toss and turn while sleeping. I didn't realise this until I know of this product.

Essential Night Care Milk intensively repairs and moisturises hair in the wee hours while we sleep. I shall give it a test too see if it really works.

I pumped twice to have the product on my palm and applied it onto my hair starting from my ear length to the hair ends. I try to concentrate more on my hair ends since they are drier and tend to tangle.

You can tell that the product is thick and creamy but rest assure that it isn't greasy.

Let me show you how my hair looked like after I towel-dry it.

Frizzy and unmanageable right? Can you imagine if I try to comb, how many tangles will I get? 

I applied 2 pumps of the Essential Night Care Milk and let's see if my hair does look better now.

I do see very visible improvements especially on my hair ends. Hair is more tame, looks  and feels smoother and healthier. No sense of oil on hair and palms. Pretty amazing right?

I also took a shot the next morning to see if my hair ends are still good. I didn't use a comb before I took these 2 pictures.

My hair ends still have slight shine on it although looking dry. I combed through without any tangles and merely a few strands of hair fell.

If I only use my fingers to comb my hair, no one would be able to tell too.

Other than Essential Night Care Milk, the 2nd saviour is Essential CC Oil. You must be wondering what CC stands for like I did. CC stands for Cuticle Care in this case and it is also multi-functional like the CC cream we used for make up. The product contains Hair Supplement Oil which is similar to hair's natural oil to allow you to have smooth and tangle-free hair all day.

I pumped twice into my palms, pressed my palms together to warm up the product then apply onto my hair working downwards from ear length. The product is watery so do be careful when you pump. 

The product is also lightly floral-scented while providing benefits to hair cuticles.

Let me show you a photo of my hair ends before I apply the product on my dry hair.

My hair ends don't look so bad right? Wait till you see a close-up.

So how does my hair ends look like after I applied Essential CC Oil?

I didn't notice visible differences until I see the close-up shots. Hair is shiner and looks healthier.

What I also realised is that there is not very shine on my palms after application on hair. This is a good thing as I know the absorption into my hair ends are good and leaves hardly any greasiness.

The retail prices of Essential Night Care Milk and Essential CC Oil are $11.90 each and can be found at leading supermarkets and personal care stores.

If you have some time for entertainment, do play the game Essential's Mane Hero available on their Facebook too.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

First & Only Patronage of Chicken King

This is another late post but it's about food this time.

Orchid Live Seafood has opened its first fastfood restaurant named Chicken King. It is located at 190 Toa Payoh Central, #01-530 and I went to try with my colleagues on a weekday evening

The restaurant could only accommodate about 30 people and note that spaces are really tight. We had to wait for about 15 minutes before we got a table.

Here's what we ordered to share.

Fried Squid

This is actually one of the best dishes we had in the restaurant. It is an enjoyable and appetisiing side dish. Crispy, a little spicy and sour.

 Fried Popcorn Chicken with Rice & Salted Egg Yolk Popcorn Chicken with Rice

These 2 are the main dishes that reminded me of KFC's RIce Bucket which tastes better. Underneath the popcorn chicken is the buttery fried rice which is only a little fragrant.

Disappointing maybe because I was expecting too much.

Prawn Paste Chicken, Fries with Yam Sauce & Fries with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

I was expecting the fries to be served separately from the sauces but they were poured in which made the fries became soggy. Worst of all, these 2 buckets of fries were on the counter top for at least 10 minutes before they were on our table. Imagine double the sogginess, fries just can't taste great. 

 Easily, the Prawn Paste Chicken taste better than the fries.

I have forgotten to take a photo of their famous Steven Chicken which we did order. As for the taste, it is similar to Orchid Live Seafood.

I wouldn't patronize Chicken King again for the prices I am paying. I would very much rather travel to their main restaurant Orchid Live Seafood.