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Don’t Shop, Learn To Cook At Silom Thai Cooking School

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Chatuchak weekend market, Chinatown, Siam Paragon, MBK, Platinum Mall are some must-visit places in Bangkok, but shopping isn’t Mr Mode’s thing and we couldn’t do any temple-visiting because I was on Code Red, so off the beaten track our itinerary had to be.

After recommendations and reading up on reviews, I signed us up for a Thai cooking class! We took a thrilling, 20 baht motorbike ride to the meeting place from Chong Nonsi BTS. Mr Mode’s was more thrilling and zoomed way ahead of mine. My driver probably sensed my fear of speed from my fingernails dug deep into his shoulders and went slower. Haha.

A trip to the wet market before class involved the introduction of different spices, vegetables, ingredients, some common around the world, some found only in Thailand.

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Look who’s assimilating into the local culture.

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Freshly grated coconut.

I was very intrigued by the sights, sounds and smells at the wet market. It was small compared to some I’ve been to back here in Singapore in my childhood years, but the last time I stepped into a wet market was years ago.

Oh, the last wet market I went to was probably Makishi Public Market in Okinawa, Japan.

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So many OOTD-worthy spots on our way to Silom Thai Cooking School!

The route can be quite confusing if you were to take it yourself, so it’s best to be on time for the market tour and follow the guide to the school.

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Mr & Mrs Mode Wedding Day – Part 2

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After the solemnization, we all went upstairs for lunch. For every guest, there was a placard with their name, a cake-in-a-jar (red velvet, which everyone LOVED), and a mad lib.

I once attended a wedding with my name written on a placard and loved the personal touch.

Logo, mad lib design, table arrangements by Rosette Designs. Cake-in-a-jar by Butter Studio.

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It’s okie if you don’t know what a mad lib is, coz I didn’t know either until I thought of having one for the wedding. I Googled ‘fill in the blanks card’ and then learnt that they’re called mad libs. Haha.

Instead of having guests sign on a guest book I’d probably never flip to read, I wanted to hear and keep what they thought of our union and hopes for our future together. :)

You can take reference from online sources, but I scripted my own mad libs and made it so that it’s very easy to make the story very R-rated but requires more creativity to make it innocent, joyous or funny.

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Lunch was served and activities took place in between courses. Our guests were encouraged to fill in the blanks on their mad libs.

What they didn’t expect was that selected people had to read out their own mad libs. LOL. I also didn’t expect, it was my emcees’ (Honey and Pris) idea, which was great coz we got to hear the real emotions behind the words too.

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Mr & Mrs Mode Wedding Day – Part 1

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How quickly time flies, I’ve been happily married to my childhood sweetheart for 3 months. ^_^*

I must say that even though it wasn’t easy working our way towards a new life together, married life has been the most awesome new phase of my life! You can follow me on Dayre (download the app) where I update on-the-go, and you’ll see that I married a very loving husband. Mushy anot? HAHA.

Now, I better get to blogging about our wedding before 2014 comes and goes. I’ll put up a comprehensive list of wedding services at the end of this post. =)

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My makeup artist, Zennie, did a fantastic job with my hair and makeup. I only found her at the very last minute, through the recommendation of my favorite gown designer – Danny L.

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Let The Gatecrash Begin

My bridesmaids came really early to prepare the gatecrash food items in 酸甜苦辣 (sour, sweet, bitter, spicy), a custom  in Chinese culture that symbolizes the groom’s commitment to survive through tough times in the marriage. (Actually it’s just having permission to tekan them)

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It looks a lot like my favorite avocado milkshake, and then topped with Milo powder LOL. But it’s actually blended bittergourd, plus coffee powder. To make it super bitter.

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Came the groom! :D My handsome brother who had been waiting for this day for ages was the 开车门 boy.

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My beautiful and gangsterish bridesmaids brought out their sabo guns to tekan him and his band of brothers. Bang! Bang! Bang!

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All these while, I was sitting on my bed watching the commotion outside filmed by my BFF using Facetime.

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Signing on the Love Contract, composed by Yours Truly. Haha.

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Check homework.

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50 Shades Of Lipsticks – Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection

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“I like the idea of lipsticks named after boys. Why commit to one when you can have several?”

—TOM FORD

Tom Ford Lips & Boys is an exclusive limited-edition collection of 50 miniature-sized (or ‘clutch size’ as Mr Ford likes to call them) lip sticks inspired by and named after the men – past and present – in Tom Ford’s life.

Addison was Mr Ford’s first crush; Richard is the love of his life and husband. Alexander, is his 2-year old son, Alexander John Buckley Ford. Tomas is Ford’s nephew and Rory is his best friend. Just to name a few.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys offers 10 shade ranges from nude browns, purple plums, bold metallics, girlish pinks and classic red. There are 36 new shades, 10 existing ones renamed, and 4 re-promotes renamed.

These 50 miniature-sized, limited edition lipsticks will be released at TANGS Orchard Level 1 for a limited period from 2 January to end February 2015, at S$50 each. The full-sized Tom Ford lip colors are 0.1oz/3.0g, these miniatures are 0.07oz/2.0g.

During the preview, I picked 8 shades that appealed to me the most.

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Preston is a nice pink, but a little too light on my pale lips.

Justin was the first shade I picked coz it’s my husband’s name haha.

Pablo is not bad, a pink with purple tones.

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John is that kind of pink where you know you’ll get it the moment you have it on your lips.

Michael is a coral-pink shade which brightened up my complexion.

Adriano YES!! :D A bright and versatile coral that will bring your whole look together, without fighting for attention with the rest of your makeup. Adriano is aka True Coral, one of the best sellers.

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6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing Your Bridesmaids

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There are so many things to plan for a wedding, choosing your bridesmaids should be the least of your worries and a no-brainer, right? Wrong. Wait till it really happens, and you’ll understand just how not-simple it is.

Here are 6 questions you might want to ask yourself when deciding who to include in your wedding party:

1. Is she bridesmaids material?

Planning a wedding is stressful, and even with a good wedding planner, there is still a lot of pressure to make your big day as perfect as you want it to be. This is where you need all the support you can get. If you’re surrounded by a good support system within your bridal party, it can make all the difference.

One week before the wedding, I had a mental and emotional meltdown. There was still SO MUCH to be done, and due to my husband’s insane working hours and workload, I was basically handling everything myself. The stress was too much to take and I sat down on the balcony floor and started crying. More like wailing, to be honest.

Somehow, one of my bridesmaids sensed something amiss from my Whatsapp messages and called me. It was the right time coz I was done with my self-pity episode and needed some coaxing and encouragement. And who else better than one who has gone through it.

It also helps if your bridal party is super fun and creative since they will be planning your bachelorette party! :)

 

2. What are her roles & responsibilities?

She could be the most joyful and fun person to have in a party, but is she willing to work her ass off for your big day?

My girl friends are go-getters, planners, creative thinkers, doers. Together, we have achieved the most difficult of tasks with astounding results. I knew they would be capable of handling the entire wedding, but because I had a wedding planner, most of the planning was left to her. I didn’t want to make my girl friends work too hard haha. I wanted them to be more of my support system than my laborers, even though I know they’re the 赴汤蹈火在所不辞 kind of girl friends.

So if you don’t intend to get a wedding planner, will your bridesmaids be willing to take time out to help you with the planning? I have heard of bridesmaids not contributing to the planning, and even MIA on the big day. You wouldn’t want someone irresponsible to be given responsibilities, do you?

To agree to be a bridesmaids conveys a commitment to expectations of duties.

What roles do you have for your bridesmaids? Do you need them to dress shop with you? Are you decisive enough to make decisions by yourself or do you constantly need the opinions of others? What are each of them going to do on the big day, who to go where at which point in time?

For me, I didn’t need an entourage for dress-shopping, and for most things I made the decisions with the help of my planner. I really only needed a support group, and to know that if sh*t happens, they will always be there for me.

 

3. Do you REALLY want her to be your bridesmaid?

I initially thought of having 6 bridesmaids, 4 were confirmed while the other 2… I was on the fence and took a couple of MONTHS contemplating whether to include them or not.

Then I rationalized with the fact that if I even need to consider, it meant… X

Follow your heart and desires. Keep in mind that this is your day and everyone will eventually understand. Choose who you’re closest to and not out of obligation or reciprocity, but do consider the repercussions of leaving someone out especially if family is involved.

 

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Get Completely Naked With Urban Decay Naked On The Run

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Every time Urban Decay launches a new NAKED palette, fans around the world go wild.

I love all the NAKED palettes from Urban Decay. They stunned us with NAKED, continued to wow us with NAKED 2, and sealed their legacy with NAKED 3. I mean, they’ve got a VAULT to hold these three NAKED’s, for goodness sake!

I own NAKED, NAKED 2, and NAKED 2 Basics, and love all of them. (I also own the Vices, Shadows, Ammos, but we’re talking nudity here. Heh.)

For the first time, a NAKED palette contains more than only eyeshadows. Naked on the Run is pretty much a one-stop shop for people who want to go for that naked, sultry, or smouldering look – depending how one perceives the degree of naked-ness.

Naked on the Run contains 6 brand new neutral eyeshadow shades (Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun, 5050), a travel-sized Perversion mascara and a travel-sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag (a smokey brown). There’s also a full-sized Naked lipgloss in Sesso and a bronzer and blush.

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Packing in a punch, this one! :D

Everything has a place, which makes this makeup palette relatively compact. It takes the guessing and planning on what to match or pack, especially when you’re pressed for time in the morning or when you have little space in your travel suitcase.

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Eyeliner Layering With Lancome Artliner Amethyst & Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink

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Without eyeliner, I feel ghost-like, featureless, anaemic. Hahaha. Okie, not that serious, but eyeliner can make the eyes look larger, more soulful, and depending on the angle and intensity drawn, exudes sexiness/youth/innocence.

I wear black eyeliner almost 90% of the time, but sometimes black can be too harsh, other times black is just… you, know, flat. So when I’m in the mood for something fun, I’ll throw in a color or two!

What I did for this look was draw the first eyeliner layer with black, then top it off with Lancome Artliner 24H in Amethyst. This purple doesn’t behave too well on its own – it’s too diluted and not pigmented enough for my liking, but when laid atop a black eyeliner base, it’s really pretty! I used Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink here, in fact, I use this almost every day.

See that I concentrated the purple on the centre part of the eye, leaving the flick in opaque black to give dimension and differentiation.

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Cooking With My Mother-In-Law: Steamed Herbal Chicken With Huiji Waist Tonic

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They say too many cooks spoil the broth so with me behaving like a bulldozer in a China shop in the kitchen, I stood out of the way and enthusiastically watched whatever my new mother-in-law was doing.

My sole contribution to this cooking fest was using eye power and documenting the recipe so that I may one day cook this dish on my own when Mr Mode and I have our own home.

Nothing beats home-cooked food, really. That feeling of coming home from work, and being told “dinner’s ready” is the best thing one can hear, every day. So while I am still living with my parents-in-law, let me learn all I can! :D

This Steamed Herbal Chicken with Huiji Tonic is surprisingly easy to make!

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • Half chicken
  • Sesame oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Ginger slices
  • Black fungus
  • Lily buds)
  • Huiji Waist Tonic

As you can see, there are absolutely no measurements for the spices and condiments coz when mothers cook and you ask them how much to put, they say ‘agak-agak’.

I tried to press it out of my mother-in-law and she finally said ‘maybe about half teaspoon for the sesame oil and pepper, one teaspoon of ginger slices’. (How to measure ginger slices in teaspoon?)

You also need to soak the dried black fungus and dried lily buds in water to soften and rehydrate them before use.

ike dried mushrooms and black fungus, you will have to soak them in water to soften and rehydrate them before use – See more at: http://www.pigpigscorner.com/2011/11/steamed-chicken-with-black-fungus-and.html#sthash.NEKpfqUW.dpuf
ike dried mushrooms and black fungus, you will have to soak them in water to soften and rehydrate them before use – See more at: http://www.pigpigscorner.com/2011/11/steamed-chicken-with-black-fungus-and.html#sthash.NEKpfqUW.dpuf

Method:

Go to the market and buy half a chicken, request to have it chopped into smaller pieces (it’s only at markets that you can do personalized requests). I learnt that if you want to cook curry chicken, you need larger pieces. For this dish, use smaller pieces.

Wash and marinate the pieces with sesame oil, pepper, salt, ginger slices, and Huiji Tonic. My mother-in-law left it for 15 minutes. Actually I think the longer the better, maybe next time I’ll try 1 hour, or even overnight as shown by some recipes online.

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Then mix in the black fungus and lily buds.

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I must confess this funny fact. I asked her what is the name of this (holding up lily bud) and she said something in Hokkien. Lol. So I wrote down ‘vegetable that is tied in a knot’. Then I Googled this whole term ‘vegetable that is tied in a knot’ and discovered that it’s called ‘lily bud’. Lily buds are also known as golden needles, which is called ‘gim zam’ (金针) in Hokkien.

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Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Foundation & Compact Makeup Review

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Foundations are just getting better and better – they not only give hope for blemished skin to look smooth and flawless, they now come with skincare properties that promise to leave our skin feeling hydrated and fresh even AFTER we take it off.

While looking super elegant and sexy at the same time.

My Thoughts On What Makes A Good Foundation

  • On a good skin day -> Enhances my skin, not mask it
  • On a bad skin day -> Conceals my skin imperfections and not aggravate the sensitivity
  • Have enough shades to match different skin tones and undertones
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Does not clog my pores

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF15/PA++ fulfills all my requirements and then some. I am in LOVE.

I first got to try it at the Estee Lauder photoshoot.

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It also comes with SPF15 and is super-charged with the ingenious Revival Plant Extract which has the ability to preserve itself from dryness. Say what?

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This extract is derived from the hardiest wild flowering plant in the Balkans, known as the ‘Resurrection Plant’. It survives in the harshest weather conditions by being able to completely dry out and then bounce back once water is introduced.

What an interesting plant, isn’t it!  Woah, what would I give to possess such dexterity for survival and self-motivation! It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated even AFTER removing it.

The formula also contains a patented Sustainable Moisture Complex composed of hyaluronic acid and ceramide spheres to lock in the moisture even after makeup is removed.

Hydrated skin is hard to come by, especially in our erratic weather, so this moisture-infused foundation is definitely going to deliver the extra dewiness that Asian skin needs.

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Bachelorette Party And Watermelon Soju

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While I love parties and social events, I stay away from extremities. So I only had one condition for my Bacholorette party: NOT TOO WILD. Hahaha!

I’ve never had a liking for clubs and never understood the joy people derived from drowning themselves in liquor, having to shout at the top of their voices, not being able to have meaningful and memorable conversations, dancing aimlessly and risk getting frisked by weird strangers.

I’m not judging anyone, I’m just averse to a wild night life.

Okie la, you can call me GEEK lor. LOL.

I prefer to engage in little silly games, having great conversations with people I love, and I ADORE WATERMELON SOJU. =DDD

Night @ Crowne Hotel

Crowne Hotel Changi Airport very generously invited me to hold my Bachelorette party at their hotel and gave us 2 large rooms for me and my 4 bridesmaids.

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3 of them checked in with me. OMG the lighting in this room was super awesome for photography! This room was facing the pool.

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