Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Product Review: Sonaki Shower Head Vitamin C Filter

After spending a long day outside, the first thing that I do when I reach home is to have a warm shower to wash away the toxins and ease our muscles. It also helps to clear my thoughts and de-sress.

I received something handy from Sonaki Singapore that will give me a quality "me time" when enjoying my shower.

Sonaki Vitamin C Filter Shower Head, a shower head with a Vitamin C filter that filters out chlorine in the tap water.

Little did I know that our tap water contains an average of 2.45 mg/l of chlorine while is equivalent to the amount of chlorine in swimming pools. Our skin can only absorbs 8 glasses of chlorinated water during each shower, over exposure to chlorine will cause hair and skin worries such as dandruff, frizzy hair, dry skin and hair fall.

Filter chlorine naturally with our VitaC Showeheads and feel the difference from the first shower and see noticeable changes to your hair and skin in just 4 weeks.

This makes me want to try out Sonaki Vitamin C Filter Shower Head because the chlorine-filters help to wash away hair and skin worries every shower. It filters out 99.9% of harmful chlorine. It is also suitable for people with sensitive skin and use by babies.

I have gotten the Lotus Shower Head (S$69.90).
Sonaki showerhead has a elegant design and it is everything we need for a relaxing shower with the following benefits:

- Filters 99.9% chlorine and chloramines every shower 
- Soothes dry skin, frizzy hair and chronic eczema 
- Reduces hair fall and prevent hair damage 
- Suitable for babies and sensitive skin 
- Easy to install 
- Includes one filter

The Vitamin C filter is attached together with the shower head. The chlorine will be neutralized once the water flows through the filter, that's how chlorine-free showers take effect.

Vitamin C filter can last for a few months. If your filter is running out, you can purchase 3-piece refill pack at S$15 (S$5 each).

Installation of VitaC Showerhead is super easy and just take a minute, even I can install it myself without any help.

Step 1: Remove existing showerhead from hose just by turning it
Step 2: Connect the hose with VitaC Showerhead
Step 3: Turn on water to check the flow

The showerhead is designed to offer optimum water pressure without increasing our water bills. We can adjust the water flow to the pace we want, whether big or small, it is all within our control.

My only grid is that the showerhead is more bulky than our previous showerhead. Other than that, everything is good.

Although when I shower using VitaC Showerhead, I don't feel anything different from the showerhead I used previously, an invisible protection was actually cast upon me, protecting me from the harmful chlorine and giving me a smoother skin. Achieving smoother skin does not start from applying beauty products after shower, now it begins right from shower time.

Chlorine has a drying effect on hair and skin, damaging permed or color-treated hair. By filtering the shower water, it promotes better skin and hair due to reduced exposure to chlorine. My hair also feel soft and smooth after using Vic C Showerhead. Now I am one step closer to achieving healthy looking hair just by showering with softer and cleaner water. 

Thank you Sonaki Singapore for sending me the Shower Head Vitamin C Filter. The product is a great addition to my home.

To find out more, please visit https://www.sonakisingapore.com/shop-now

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happenings in November - Hong Kong Kim Gary + Paradise Dynasty

Tuesday 7/11/17

Feel the stress coming, exam is coming in exactly one week time and I am still not confident for the paper. Adding to my stress was also my work. My everyday routine is work, eat, study and sleep. Hence, lunch and dinner is the time where I seek refuge from all the stress bothering me.

Today's lunch was at one of our regular dining place, Astons. As my exams are coming, I tried to cut down on eating fried food to prevent myself from getting heaty. I ordered spaghetti for my lunch instead of my usual choice, chicken chop and onion rings.

When order spaghetti, it will come with a fixed side dish of mushroom soup and garlic bread, my all time favourite soup.

I ordered Salmon spaghetti. 
It comes with generous portion of salmon that were well soaked in the gravy. I love it very much.

Saturday 11/11/17

11 November is also known as Singles Day. I took a break from my revision and went Vivo City for dinner. Everywhere was so packed with people at Vivo because of Navy@Vivo going on. It was hard to find a place for dinner so we settled for Hong Kong Kim Gary Restaurant which has one of the shortest queue.

We ordered a cup of mango mosaic with pomelo drink for sharing at $6. 

I have seafood spaghetti with cream sauce. This dish was not to my liking, the taste started to get gelat after eating a few mouthful. 

Bf had baked rice.

We went back home at about 8 plus to continue my revision. Jiayou, 6 more days to the end of my exam.

Friday 17/11/17 

Hurray, I have finished my last paper and marked the start of my 2 months school holiday. I went back home after my paper ended at 12pm to rest before heading out to reward myself for a good meal.

We went Paradise Dynasty for a tea break at about 5pm. The outlet at Vivo City allows us to be treated to the beautiful sea view, too bad I wasn't sitting near the window.

We ordered 8 pieces mix flavour xiao long bao and 10 pieces original xiao long bao.
The best way to reward ourselves after hard work is to fill our tummy with delicious indulgence. 

Crispy spring roll.
A mixture of sauce and vegetables were wrapped in a thin crispy roll, suitable for all ages.

Lotus egg salted egg bun.

The meal left us feeling really full, now we have no room for dinner. We walked around the mall while digesting the food.

Christmas is just another month away, are you starting to feel the atmosphere with all the decor up?

Are you guys already planning on what to do for the festive season, the long weekend is coming.

I'm starting to love white top because it can easily match and mix with any colours. I am going to invest more in white and other colours rather than my favourite black. I have enough of black in my wardrobe.

We were not feeling hungry to have a full dinner so the 2 of us shared on crazy potato set meal at Long John Silver before heading home.

That's all for today, good night.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Hong Kong Day 1: Mong Kok + Tim Ho Wan

Traveling has become my latest hobby. It allows me to break away from work, school, other commitments, and appreciate living in the present moment. Entering a foreign city, adapting to their food and culture, admiring their scenery and shopping gives me a new experience and makes me want to explore the rest of world.

Before my new school term begins, we went for a vacation to break away from our work and the usual routine we did in Singapore. Our choice of destination is Hong Kong as both of us have not been to Hong Kong. We booked the tickets 2 months in advance.

Finally our vacation has come, we were brimming with excitement as we set off for our trip.

We arrived at Changi Airport Terminal 3 at about 5am. We always take the morning flight and reach airport in the wee morning.

I loved dressing in comfy whenever I take a flight so that my movement will not be restricted. 

We went Killiney Kopitiam for light breakfast after we were done with the check-in. I have kaya butter toast while bf had mee rebus and toast. The cost was $10.90.

It was also our first time taking Singapore Airline. We have a pleasant experience with the services provided by Singapore Airline. 

We didn't managed to get side by side seats initially when we first booked the air tickets as the seats were selling fast. But when we do our check-in, the staff took initiative to arrange side by side seats for us. This contributed a lot to my pleasant experience. We were also given a blanket and pillow at my seat so that we can sleep well in the plane.

Our flight duration to Hong Kong was 3 hours 45 minutes. We took off about 7.50pm. While I was on flight, I watched Zootopia from their in-flight entertainment.

Breakfast was served at 9am. 
I was looking forward to the breakfast served when the air stewardess was pushing the trolleys down every lane. 

We were feeling full after the breakfast and ready to snooze.

So happy that I got a window seat because I will never get tired of the sight outside the plane window. Yes, we were going to reach Hong Kong International Airport soon.

After clearing the custom at about 12.15pm, we went to purchase Airport Express Travel Pass at HKD250 each which covers 1 Airport Express single journey and 3 days of unlimited MTR. Our exchange rate was SGD1 : HKD5.60.

On board the Airport Express that will take us to Kowloon Station where the journey was about half an hour. The scenery of Hong Kong started to fascinate me.

I love this black top where the net added patterns to the t-shirt, bringing out a style. The design is versatile, it looks nice on its own or pair up with a jacket. You definitely will see me wearing it again.

While walking to the MTR from Kowloon Station, we chanced upon free shuttle bus services that could bring us to our hotel. Interval was about 30 minutes per trip. We decided to wait for the shuttle bus so that we don't need to walk from MTR to our hotel which was quite a journey away. Our hotel was at the last stop. 

We finally reached our hotel, Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong. Just nice it has passed 2pm and we were able to check-in immediately to our room. It was drizzling when we got down the bus.

Dorsett Mongkok is a 4 stars hotel. The room was very cozy and pleasant, just that the size of the room was a bit small. We understand that Hong Kong's hotel room size is usually quite small. 

Here was the room that we were staying for 7 nights. Many asked why we go for such a long trip to Hong Kong as people usually spent around 4-5 days here. We just want to relax ourselves and take things slow to appreciate the beauty of this city.

The toilet was just besides the bed and the size of the toilet was small too.

The view from our hotel room, we were staying at level 19. 

Our hotel is situated between Mongkok and Tai Kok Tsui. It was a distance away from MTR station, it was about 9 minutes walk away from Olympic MTR station and 15 minutes walk away from Mong Kok station.

Dorsett Mongkok provides free shuttle bus that will bring us to various places such as Langham Place, China HK City and Kowloon Airport Express Station. The shuttle bus is only available at hourly interval from 8am to 11pm daily.

Since it was still drizzling, we rested in our room for another half an hour before heading down to catch the 3pm shuttle bus.

Feeling cold in the hotel room, I put out my jacket to put on. I love this skull printed jacket because it looked eye-catching and the furry texture was enough to keep me warm.

Dorsett Mongkok, Hong Kong
88 Tai Kok Tsui Rd, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Olympic (9 minutes walk away) / Mong Kok (15 minutes walk away)

We arrived at the street of Mong Kok via the shuttle bus. There was a few places in Mong Kok that I want to explore. The first place we went was Argyle Centre which was just 10 minutes walk from the place we alight. 

Feeling hungry, we stopped by for lunch first before I began shopping. There was limited selection of places for a proper meal at Argyle Centre. After browsing through the restaurants at basement 1, we settled for Iron Cow Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

Taro bubble tea.
We miss drinking bubble tea, the taro bubble tea was nice and sweet.

I have Braised Pork Rice with egg and Popcorn Chicken for my first lunch in Hong Kong. Every bite left me feeling satisfied and craving for more. 

Bf had the signature Taiwanese Beef Noodles.

The lunch bill came up to HKD128 or S$22.90, the food here is still cheaper than our home country.

After the lunch, I began shopping. I didn't took any photo during shopping because I was busy looking around. Argyle Centre resembles Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok and Far East Plaza in Singapore. They are so many shops selling clothes, bags and shoes. The price here is about the same as those selling in Bugis Village. I got myself a top during the shopping.

We stopped by Bake & Grill - Snack Place to buy the flame cheese squid at HKD26. It was indeed very cheesy.

Argyle Centre
One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Rd, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Mongkok 

We went on to shop at Ladies Market next, it was about 6pm by the time we reached. Though With it has over 100 stalls selling clothing, accessories and souvenirs, I find that the price is not cheap, so I only got myself a top and a bag here.

Ladies Market
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Mongkok exit E2

We rest our foot at Hui Lau Shan 许留山 for a drink and also to decide where to go for our next destination.

We ordered Mango Aloe Jelly drink at HKD34.
A refreshing drink to ease our thirst. The aloe jelly helps to neutralize the sourish of the mango.

I always love watching Hong Kong's cop show, we managed to see the police in action after walking out of Hui Lau Shan. I wondered what case were they handling.

We made our way by foot to Olympian City 2 because bf wanted to have Tim Ho Wan for dinner. The nearest Tim Ho Wan from us was the outlet at Olympian City 2 which was about half an hour walk away. Though it was a long journey, we used this chance to admire the surrounding of Hong Kong.

We finally reached Tim Ho Wan at 7.30pm, it was a really long walk. Nevertheless, we still managed to find the place. Luckily, the queue wasn't that long.

Let me share with you something, this is my first time at Tim Ho Wan. I saved my first time to try out the origin Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong. The queue in Singapore was always so long, hence I give it a miss.

Here's what we ordered for our dinner.
Visiting to Hong Kong will not be complete without trying out Tim Ho Wan.

Tim Ho Wan is best known for their BBQ pork buns. The most delicious part was definitely the crispy bun. Beneath the crispy outer was soft and juicy char siew. The other dishes were tasted delicious too. We have a yummy dinner to conclude our day. The dinner cost was HKD122 which we thought was pretty reasonable.

Tim Ho Wan 
Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Olympic exit D3

It started raining shortly after we finished our dinner so we walked around Olympian City while waiting for the rain to stop. We made our way to hotel by foot after the rain stopped. 

This sums up my day 1 in Hong Kong. We kept ourselves within proximity of our hotel area as there were so much things to explore. We will return back to Mong Kok for more shopping again.


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