Monday, July 09, 2018

Bouncy short hair [Sponsored]

Hello to my neglected space again. Sorry for the lack of updates. Been penning my thoughts down for my Greece trip (which is written halfway) and attempting to edit videos from my travel vlog and I overlooked writing this post up.

3 months ago (gosh, it was definitely awhile ago), I was invited by Raffael on behalf of my Australia University (Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School) to be a guest judge at Taste of Australia, held at Da Nang Vietnam. It is such an honor to be part of this prestigious event, which encourages young aspiring chefs in Vietnam to pursue their culinary dream. I had a very funfilled 4 days in Da Nang, which I will talk more about in my next blog post, so keep a lookout for that!

Photo with Raffael and the winners of the Taste of Australia culinary competition

Before i left for Vietnam, i thought to pop by my trusted salon, Hair Plus Korean Salon, to trim my hair and maybe change my hair colour. Usually, Su my choose the hairstyle and hair colour for me, but this time round, i thought of everything on my own for a change. Initially, i wanted to cut my hair to above shoulder and i showed some photos to Su. She said that although the photos look good, they usually have prepped their hair before taking the photos. Hence, if you're someone who doesn't curl/blow dry your hair everyday before u go out, its better not to get shorter hair. If not, your hair will end up curling like octopus... if you get what i mean.... hahahaha


Started off my session with hair dye. I chose a lighter hair colour with streaks of highlight.. I know you're probably thinking omg such an ahlian colour. hahaha! honestly, i used to have this hair colour when i was younger, in my poly days. Back then i think i looked quite ah lian :x  don't judge, but here's my ahlian hair back in 2009. I hope i still have readers after posting this photo up. hahahahaha.
p.s. i think my friend will hate me for life if his face is revealed in that photo. 

But i shall try it again and see if it's any better this time round....






Su roughly snipped off a portion of my hair that is not required before commencing with the highlight first. Left it on heat for about 20min then applied scalp protector and  steamed for about 10min. Then applied hair dye over , leave it on for 10min and wash off. Finally, with the shorter hair, Su began to trim and shape it. Since my hair went through hair dye and highlighting, she didn't do anything further to my hair for fear of damage. After the hair cut, she blow dry to c curls and i'm done! For the first time, i ended my hair session early hahaha.






The final look was soooooo nice and it made my hair look airy and bouncy! I can never blow dry them so nicely like how Su does.... Don't you guys agree? Hairstylists just have this flair of doing the blowdry so effortlessly nice.



my hair has grown out so much now that its no longer this short anymore. I guess it's time for another visit soon? Will update again! Have a great week ahead everyone!



xoxo,
Chye


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Greece Winter Travel 2018 | Athens, Elatochori, Delphi, Santorini (Part 1)


Yassou!!!

It has been about 2 months since I came back from my Greece trip and i've yet to upload most of my photos. Been so swarmed with work lately! But i thought i would pen my thoughts/journey down bit by bit to share more on my travel itinerary with you guys.

It's my first time visiting Greece, and prior to setting off, I did very extensive research on places to go/where to eat/where is a good place to stay etc. I found it very helpful to prep yourself before the trip as I was kind of an (over)planner for our trip. Here's a breakdown of where we went in Greece & costs included.. I hope my post will be beneficial for those who may plan to visit Greece in the future :)

Overall Expenses (Per Pax, based on 4pax travelling)
Total number of days spent: 11 Days
Accommodation: S$250
Flights: S$802 (Scoot + Ryan Air)
Food & Beverage: S$300
Car Rental: S$35
Tours/Attraction: S$125
Transportation: S$36
Petrol/Tolls: S$80
Misc.: S$30

You may take the above expenses as an indication of how much you may need to set aside/change for your trip. We traveled as a group of 4 adults, stayed in a mixture of AirBnb & hotels (not 4/5 stars though), drove on our own throughout, and ate at regular cafes/eateries/restaurant/street food.


We flew via Scoot to Athens, paid about $700 (after adding baggage + booking fee) and it took 12 hours for the direct flight. I think there are other better flights/airline offering rates that were pretty close to what we paid for, but i guess you'll probably have to stalk the website to catch their promos/cheap fares. If i'm not wrong, emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines do fly direct at about the same rate. However, it depends on the month that you're visiting. Nov - March is a quiet season as it is winter in Greece. There are considerably lesser things to do there as compared to visiting in summer, but prices are at least 50% cheaper & less crowded. It does get cold in Greece, especially in winter so do prepare jackets if you're visiting during this period. Summer on the other hand is really beautiful and lively, but it is super crowded and prices are way higher.


Athens
We spent the first 3 days in Athens (which is the capital of Greece), and stayed in an Airbnb. I do find that there are abundance of airbnbs in athens, and they all look amazing and are affordable too. Our 2br Airbnb cost us S$200 for 3 nights in total.

Next, getting your SIM card. We all can't live without the internet right? When doing my research, i came across many people who claimed they got good deals on the streets near Syntagma Square. The main service providers in Greece are Vodafone, Cosmote, WIND and CYTA. I came across many vendors selling vodafone and cosmote, which is why i went with vodafone. You could get your SIM card at the airport (i'm not too sure of their charges), or a safer choice would be to get to an actual vodafone/cosmote store in town and get your SIM card there and validated as well. When we arrived at Syntagma square, the street right infront, which is Ermou Street, was filled with people selling SIM cards. We went ahead to try and bought a 6GB data + 100min talking time SIM card for 10. Well, it was kind of tempting and we were late for our free walking tour anyway. The ladies validated them and we thought all was great. It was only halfway through our trip that we realized that the 6GB data isn't actually 6; it was only 2GB that was given. No wonder my phone kept ringing with text messages saying it was low on data and i had to top up if not i can't continue using it. fyi, everything was in greek. We ignored it until a point where we couldn't receive any data then we asked a local to translate for us.


We didn't drive in Athens as it's not encouraged. Traffic is crazy in town, parking can be a hassle too. You could park along the roadside for free, but not every place/street allows that. Since we were doing the famous Acropolis tour, we figured we could walk to all of the attractions and take our time to see everything. The acropolis tour is self-guided, you can choose to get just the acropolis tickets which allows you to enter the acropolis and see the parthenon, north/south slopes. There is a winter reduced price for entrance tickets, but it is only applicable for the acropolis entry. If you want to see more of the archaeological sites like, Ancient Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Roman Agora, Hadrian's Library etc, you will have to get their package which is a flat rate of 30 throughout the year. The map below shows all the 7 sites which are included in the 30 package, all of which are within walking distance from one another.


Acropolis & Archaeological sites



I would recommend setting aside an entire day or even two (if u're visiting during winter) to cover all of the 7 sites. Winter hours are shorter, most attractions close at 3pm. We spent the morning half solely at Acropolis, covering the Parthenon & Slopes before leaving to find lunch (superb meal, read to the end to find out!). You'll find HEAPS of people around, there isn't simply a time where you can take a photo with just you inside. Bear in mind this is winter month, and there's still a considerable amount of people around. :(



The other archaeological sites are really near each other, you would probably have walked past them whilst walking around monastiraki. We covered all of the sites on the next day (until 2pm) and towards the end everyone was getting a little bored of seeing "stones" and reading all about the history... I'd recommend going the full package only if u're a huge history fan, if not, just do the Acropolis & Slopes. 



More photos on my Facebook


Panathinaiko Stadium

Dubbed as the first ever Olympic Stadium in Greece, it is on a must-see list for many. Same for us too, but when we were there, it kinda felt like a waste of money for us to pay 5 Euros just to stand on the track. You could see everything from the outside.... We took a photo and left, saving us 20 euros to spend on dinner! 


Museum
Since we did the acropolis tour, we decided to go for the National Archaeological Museum as compared to Acropolis Museum. The national museum is gigantic, filled with lots of relics and history ruins; probably took us 2 hours or so to complete. Well, museums are museums, you'd know what to expect... 

Mount Lycabettus
The best bird's eye view of Athens is no doubt here at Mount Lycabettus. To get up the mountain/hill, you could take a 30min hike up while enjoying the scenery, or take the Teleferik cable car up for a fuss free 3min ride. One is completely free, and the other cost you 7 Euros per pax. Yes, it is quite pricey but we couldn't possibly hike up with my parents trudging behind. 




It's super windy at the top too, so be prepared to have your hair smacking everyone's faces. Nothing much at the top except for a restaurant (obviously with pricey food), and a small church. Bear in mind that the cable car goes every 30min, so you'll have to spend at least 30min at the top before heading down.


FOOOOODDDD!

Forget about those standard cafe places (brand name type of cafes) and go explore local greek food! I find that food at Plaka is alrighhhht, quite touristy and slightly pricey, but it's the most accessible street in Athens and most people head there for food. 

Here are some food places we stumbled upon by chance which are SUPERB!!! (superb i mean tasty and friendly on the wallet)

This quaint place just opposite Kerameikos Cemetery serves absolutely juicy and yummy meats! I dont know the name in English (obviously everything is in greek), but I got the address and a photo of the restaurant from outside. It's located at Thessalonikis 7, Athina 118 51, Greece (8G95XPG8+QC). We had our lunch there on the 2nd day, and only ordered the meat platter which cost us 20 Euros and Greek salad at 7 Euros. We nearly couldn't finish the entire meat platter even though there were 4 of us (2 big guys and 2 ladies). It is super super worth your money!! 



Oh and don't forget to eat lots of gyro and souvlaki when in greece! It's everywhere and they're generally nice to eat. I was really confused with the difference between gyro and a souvlaki. Nearing the end of my trip, i think i figured the difference out. Correct me if i'm wrong; Gyro is served in a pita bread with sliced/shaved meat from the big chunk whereas souvlaki is served same in a pita bread but with meat grilled on skewer sticks...

That was my conclusion at the end of my trip. haha! but it doesn't really make a difference to me since they all taste super good!!!! It is served wrapped with meat, french fries, vegs, sauce. Gyros/souvlaki are super affordable too! Check out the menu below which i took from various souvlaki joints around Athens..



Alright folks, this is the end of the main Athens stretch of my Greece trip. In my next post, i will be blogging about the other parts of my trip, consisting of Santorini, Elatochori and Delphi. Stay tuned to read on more! Meanwhile, if you want to see more photos of my trip, hop over to my Facebook page or Instagram!


xoxo,
Chye


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Korean Hair & Scalp Care [Sponsored]


Hello there, beautiful February! Lots of things to look forward to this February! Of course, we have our long-awaited for Chinese New Year! For me, i will be heading to Greece with my family and Z for our annual CNY hols! My family don't quite like to spend our chinese new year in Sg, so we make it a point to try and head overseas for a short getaway. 

Well, it seems like our cny hols isn't quite a short getaway. Last year, we went to London/Scotland. This year, we're heading to Greece/Santorini. I'm so excited for my upcoming trip bcos I planned the entire 11 days itinerary all by myself (proud moment). I will be blogging and vlogging my trip down, so keep an eye out for it yeah (judging by the rate i'm posting things, you'll probably see it 6 months later).

In lieu of chinese new year, even though i'm not spending it in Sg except for the first day, I still want to look fab! And that means visiting my hair salon once again! I last did my shorter hair cut + perms about 4 months ago, and surprisingly my curls are still intact! I was quite surprised when Su said that she didn't need to perm my hair again since the curls are still around. haha, well that shaved off some time sitting in the salon.... 

So for this time round, i did their Colour Clinic/Scalp Package, which includes scalp treatment + hair cut + hair dye (multiple subtle shades). Although the pictures don't quite seem that way, but my final hair colour has got several different shades! Alright, read on to find out more!


My hair grows ridiculously fast, and that's why i couldn't keep my bangs for long. They grew out within 3 weeks, and i had to sweep them aside afterwards. booo. Su recommended a similiar hairstyle to my previous one, which was a short shoulder length cut. She did it layered style this time round, mentioning layering is a hot trend now, coupled with wavy hair. 

First, i got my head treated with the scalp treatment. I have oily scalp, and i've always thought that people with oily scalp shouldn't wash their hair daily as it would cause more oil to secret out from the glands. Answer is NO! Su recommends those with oily scalp to wash everyday so as to keep your scalp clean and free from oil which can clog pores and cause hair fall. 
Thankfully, my hair is still growing healthily!


I love how cute the hair cover is... felt like a steaming bucket head for a moment there.... The steaming took about 10min which helps to open pores up and to absorb the goodness in the treatment cream. oooooooh. 


Next, i got my hair coloured! Su chose a pink brown shade for the most inner bottom layer of my hair, followed by purple brown for the middle layer and golden brown at the top. These layer colours are done in such a way to achieve the layered density look. The pink and purple brown isn't very noticeable, but if i stand under the sun and lift my hair up, i can actually see some shades of pink! Talk about CNY spirits, oh yeah im ready to welcome the new year. 

Finally, after washing and blow drying, i got my layered shoulder length hair cut. It was really quick but detailed. I only spent 1.5hrs in the salon this time? Super quick! I might try going for a much shorter haircut the next time... Should i? I was just telling Su that everytime i walk in the salon, i'd tell her i want to try a shorter hair, but then i'll end up backing out bcos im afraid! She would say okay we try the next time...................... but till today, the next time ain't here yet....


Violaaa~




This photo below will show you a hint of my pink/purple brown hair dye if you look closely enough. Pardon the messy bun hair-do. My mom was actually admiring my hair when she spotted the colours and quickly snapped a photo for me. 


If you haven't gotten your hair done for the upcoming festive season, don't worry! Hair plus korean salon is open until 14 February with no CNY surcharge! Also, check out their Colour Clinic / Scalp Packages (i just did that for this hair session) for healthier and shiny locks! Visit their Facebook page for more details!

Have a blessed Chinese New Year everyone!



xoxo,
Chye



Wednesday, January 03, 2018

HAPPY 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!!
*throws confetti*


So 2017 went by, and 2018 is here. Wow, it's a brand new year once again! Hmm, what did I achieve in 2017? I think there's quite a fair bit which i did in 2017, made some major/drastic changes and decisions etc. I hope things will get better and smooth sailing in 2018, but life isn't always sweet, so i guess it's time to get ready for new challenges! 

Let me recap the past 2 months to close the year... 

My best friend/longest time ever friend got married to her crow, which we are all thankful for (she's bounded for life, ain't no one taking her away from you, YL). Being Glenda's maid-of-honour is basically just a cover for being a "high class maid" for her on her big day. hahaa jokes aside, it is my honour to be your maid-of-honour. To have seen you grow from an immature young kid to who you are today, i'm so happy to see you get married to a man whom i know will love you with all his heart. And to the groom (Yi Liang), thanks for being glenda's husband. good on you.  LOL.  Be nice to glenda (i know you always do), give in to her nonsensical qns and be a loving couple forever!  












After Glenda's wedding was over in November, it was time to welcome the joyous season of feasting! This year, i had not one, but 7 Christmas celebrations with friends and family!! Imagine all that feast inside my tummy.....

First Christmas celebration at Beer Xchange (all thy alcoholics), and ending the night with 2 Belvedere and Lychee liquor bottles at Get Juiced! 




Second Christmas celebration with the SUHC peeps at Ross's condo! Thanks for the invite guys, the meats were awesome as usual!!!!




Third Christmas celebration at Glenda + Yi Liang's crib with the wedding entourage, and an overdose of Absinthe......




Fourth Christmas celebration at Justin's crib.....



Fifth Christmas celebration with my family at le brother's place... featuring my cute niece!




Sixth Christmas celebration with my travel girls at Hangout and ending the night at WAN nightclub! 






Seventh Christmas/ End of Year celebration with my beloved UWR family! 




A year went by just like this....... Too fast to be true, but time waits for no man. I've set some personal goals to achieve this 2018, let's see if i managed to get any of them achieved by the end of this year! 
Hope y'all did some goal setting too. 

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. "

xoxo,
Chye