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Sometimes we just need a little juju. This delightful teal coloured space at the Visitor’s Services Kiosk at Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect pitstop after a long stroll through this 158 year old garden. (Fun fact: Did you know Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of three gardens to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site?)

Juju offers up a variety of both healthy and slightly indulgent snacks (think smoothies, acai bowls, croissants, coffee, tea and other tea break kind of food).

For most of the year, Singapore is pretty hot and humid so Juju offers patrons both refreshing thirst quenchers and a respite from the sun’s rays.

Midway through my walk today, I decided to visit Juju, which is conveniently located near the Bukit Timah entrance at the Visitors’ Services Kiosk. If you’re coming from the Bukit Timah entrance, just walk straight and look out for the Visitors’ Services sign. Turn left into the narrow path and walk along the wooden path, and Juju is right behind the Visitors’ Services Kiosk.

Note that Juju is more of a humble kiosk than a spacious cafe. There are benches where you can sit on and enjoy your drink or bowl but it is not a massive space.

I tried the refreshing Juju Acai Bowl in regular size (S$8.50). I believe they are currently using Selva Foods’ acai, which is why I decided to visit them in the first place! 🙂

The Juju Acai Bowl is made with acai, watermelon, other fruits, medjool dates and filtered water.

My bowl was topped with a coconut chia seed pudding-like sauce, blueberries, bananas and generous chunks of granola. There was also some kind of nut butter drizzled over it. Perhaps almond or peanut butter.

The frozen dessert had plenty of subtle watermelon flavour, some slight earthy acai flavour to it and towards the end, I could taste a hint of naturally sweet medjool dates.

The end result of this concoction was a very light, clean, healthy but still filling acai bowl. I felt much more alive after eating it, and it’s definitely pretty healthy and delicious in its own right. There are still many other things on their menu that I don’t mind trying next time. An alternative to the acai bowl is the red dragonfruit bowl which sounds incredibly interesting and looks so pretty! I also want to try out their colourful smoothies next.

Have you tried Juju at Singapore Botanic Gardens or any other restaurant/cafe there? Let me know in the comments whether you have, and what your food recommendations are!

It’s not every day that one goes to Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St. Regis Singapore for high tea 🙂

This afternoon, my parents and I took a trip down to town for our first high tea experience at the 6 star hotel’s contemporary French restaurant.

Perhaps what was most surprising was the price. It is relatively affordable when you compare the pricing of their afternoon tea set to other places in Singapore that offer high tea.

For high tea on a Sunday, it is S$53++ per person. It includes access to the buffet spread (sushi, fruit, patisserie, cheese, crepe, sorbet, etc), a three tier high tea set, and a pot of tea (lots of TWG options/The St. Regis tea blend).

On weekdays, the afternoon tea is slightly cheaper.

For S$36++ per person on a Sunday, you get to enjoy a pot of tea and a three tier high tea set, which is quite filling and delicious on its own. I highly recommend this one, and it’s what the three of us got.

The tier comes with one chocolate financier, one raisin scone, one plain scone, one madeleine, one foie gras sandwich, one smoked salmon blini, one lemon tart and one raspberry tart.

For the high tea at The St Regis Singapore, just note that there aren’t any ongoing card promotions. But you can still enjoy 50% off with Amex if two people dine for lunch or dinner (it excludes Sunday lunch as they do brunch instead). I recommend calling in advance to confirm as well as to make a reservation.

Another great thing is that there is complimentary parking, just remember to ask the host for it before leaving the hotel.

Because of the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and quality, you will definitely get more bang for your buck at The St. Regis.

Just imagine reclining in your chair with a cup of tea in hand, while a pianist nearby serenades you with a rendition of La Vie en Rose and Beauty and the Beast.

And on the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows, like a gentle geyser, a row of fountains steadily toss jets of water into the air. It is all very zen.

I love that the hotel itself is also full of vibrant Asian paintings and sculptures.

The attention to detail is everywhere.

In the women’s restroom was a beautiful and well-worn dark wooden console table.

Carved into its surface was a very picturesque and detailed image that seemed to tell a story. It showed a scenery as if from an elegant Chinese painting from a long ago dynasty.

All in all, the high tea experience at The St. Regis was wonderful. Although the clotted cream wasn’t as amazing as what you can get in the UK, I thoroughly enjoyed their scones! The raspberry and lemon tarts in the high tea were also very delectable and very well done indeed.

The St. Regis Singapore is such a nice hotel, I can’t wait to come back again for their quality high tea, as well as to try their lunch and dinner. And maybe a staycation (one day!)

Believe it or not, the best years of my life were my IB and IGCSE years. Those six years are so precious to me and I met so many like-minded people. Learning was so much fun and I looked forward to every day of school.

But I’ll let you in on a little secret. I had always struggled with math, chemistry and biology. They were my least favourite subjects and I always dreaded those classes. I didn’t find the topics engaging or fun or something I wanted to learn about. I didn’t care for it, I just wanted to pass. That was it. And I suppose one of my regrets in life is not having done better in those subjects and scored better in Math and Biology for IB. I was less than one point away from getting into the London universities and it absolutely tore me apart for the longest time because it always made me feel not good enough.

On retrospect, I probably should have paid more attention to my weaker subjects instead of focusing more on my favourite classes like Visual Arts and English Literature and being complacent. I guess the message I’m trying to send is this: Have fun, do your best, and don’t give up. Don’t be complacent like me and think you will never excel at math and science. It is definitely possible with a little bit of effort!

The people I knew who scored well for IB all had one-on-one or group tuition. I honestly believe it makes all the difference. In a smaller, more cosy setting, we are less afraid to ask questions and more able to focus on our weak points. It is also easier for a tuition teacher to help coach a student one-on-one. This is where highly recommended tuition centre IB Super comes in.

Founded by Ms Bel Hwang in 2013, IB Super specialises in IB, IGCSE and A Level tuition. With more than 10 years’ experience in teaching and tuition under her belt, Ms Hwang felt ready to start her very own specialised tuition centre. IB Super specialises in the subjects that students often struggle the most with, namely, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics and Business Management.

So how does IB Super differ from other tuition centres in Singapore? IB Super focuses on each individual student’s foundation, i.e. what each student understands and comprehends about the subject. Tutors at IB Super then work on improving the student’s understanding and grasp of the subject through the use of tutorials, quizzes, practical assessments. Regular attendance is also key to improvement, and this is something IB Super encourages.            

From the many interesting videos on IB Super’s Instagram page, you get a sense of innovation – out of the box, creative techniques are utilised to make learning fun, easy and memorable. Scrolling through their social media, I really got the feeling that the tutors themselves are constantly improving themselves and finding new ways of teaching. It isn’t rigid, boredom-inducing learning. Instead, IB Super poses questions to students to make them want to expand their knowledge and find out more. An inquisitive mind is drawn out through the use of concept maps, mobile apps and memory aids.

Ms Hwang tells me that students nowadays have so many distractions and I think that is so true. Despite the challenges that come with a more technologically advanced world, IB Super has stood the test of time and has managed to produce great results with its students.


Conveniently located opposite Clarke Quay MRT at 59 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059405, IB Super is a trusted learning centre worth going to seek guidance for students struggling to keep up with IB, A Level, or IGCSE in school. So what are you waiting for? Parents and students alike, head on over to their website (http://ibsuper.com.sg) and Instagram page (http://www.instagram.com/ib_super) for testimonials and more info! Improve your grades and learning experience today 🙂

I’ve always been the last person on the bandwagon when it comes to downloading productivity apps/apps that help save precious time and make life a little more efficient. Ironically enough, it’s been my parents who’ve been hounding me to get an app that will tell me what time the bus is going to arrive, as I always end up missing the bus. As such, I almost always find myself sitting in the sun at the bus stop for half an hour! Which, well, is a massive waste of precious time ‘COS I COULD BE WASTING PRECIOUS TIME IN THE AIRCON INSTEAD! Okay but on a serious note, I’m sure that like me, you have found yourself in a similar situation manyyy times before. Ever since I found SG BusLeh, my make up is no longer melting off my face, and I’m no longer wondering when on earth the next bus is going to arrive. Yay!

Random fun fact: SG BusLeh has also been featured on Channel NewsAsia before, which is so cool.

SG BusLehSo what’s so special about SG BusLeh that makes it download-worthy?

SG BusLeh is the first bus app in Singapore to:

  • Introduce the actual current physical location of arriving buses
  • Showcase the arrival timings for 3 buses! Previously, bus apps only showed arrival timings for 2 buses.
  • Inform users of the type of arriving bus (e.g. double decker, bendy bus, etc)
  • Provide arrival timings for NUS and NTU shuttle buses
  • Provide SMRT train timings
  • Allows users to tap their EZ-Link card on the phone to check the remaining balance (on supported devices)! Personally, I think that’s so useful. You’ll never need to worry about how much money is left on your card and whether you need to top it up!

SG BusLeh

SG BusLeh is honestly so simple and easy to use that it’s definitely worth checking out. The search tool is really user-friendly and intuitive. You can insert postal codes, bus numbers, addresses, and bus stop numbers! You can even rename your favourite bus stops for convenience (or laughs).

The Singlish on the app is also extremely hilarious. For example: “Aiyo! This bus is either still in depot, or still close to the depot lah. Don’t gan chiong.” So cute right?

SG BusLeh

SG BusLeh was developed by none other than Originally US, a Singapore-based mobile app development consultancy. Originally US specialises in researching, designing and developing top-notch and easy-to-use mobile apps! Originally US is at the top of the game really, being one of the very best in Android app development in Singapore. Some of their well known clients include: online fashion retailer Zalora, media company Mediacorp, as well as insurance giant, AIA.

There are several bus apps out there that have pretty useful features, but SG BusLeh is the original app that introduced many of these super cool features before anyone else in the industry. And I think that is a testament to how trend-setting and innovative Originally US is!

SG BusLeh app is super useful and definitely worth a download, whether you are a frequent user of public transport, or find yourself using it only on rare occasions. Oh, and it’s available for both iOS and Android 🙂

When you need to know what time the next bus is arriving (for example, if you’re a a bus stop without a bus arrival timing display screen), SG BusLeh is your trusted friend in time of need. SG BusLeh allows you to plan your trip well in advance and gives you a clear idea of when to leave the house to catch the next bus. You’ll never miss (or have to run super unglamorously after) a bus ever again :p

Android users can download SG BusLeh here and iOS users can download it on the app store here! 

Little Flower Hut

Little Flower Hut
“Which is the best flower delivery service in Singapore?” is a question that appears on Quora Singapore. One of the recommendations on Quora is none other than Little Flower Hut, a trusted local online florist.

And guess what? I recently received a huge gorgeous bouquet from Little Flower Hut. I was so surprised to see that the bouquet was so ginormous! As you can see from the pictures, the paper bouquet was almost as big as me.

Little Flower Hut

The flowers arrived in the morning, and looked so fresh and beautiful. You know how sometimes you receive flowers and they look a little wilted? It definitely wasn’t the case here. All of the flowers were in spectacular condition.

The colour of the orchids and the hydrangeas was so vibrant and cheery. And the colour palette of dark green, pastel blue, dark blue and purple worked so well together.

Little Flower Hut
Little Flower Hut
From the appearance of the bouquet, I could really see the amount of effort, love, dedication and creativity that went into creating this paper bouquet! Flower arranging ain’t an easy task. It takes some thought and skill to be able to craft something like this. Plus flowers are so delicate!

What I liked most about my bouquet was how the flowers had properly opened 🙂

Trust me, finding a good florist anywhere is difficult. But Little Flower Hut really nailed it with this beautiful bouquet, timely delivery, and awesome customer service. I’ld definitely get in touch with them again in future should I need some beautiful blooms to liven up my home.

Little Flower Hut
Lastly, the thing with bouquets is that the flowers don’t always last super long. However, the flowers that I’ve received have been doing well. I transferred them into a small vase and filled it with fresh water. The orchids and monstera leaf are now doing beautifully outside in my garden.

Gift a bouquet to a loved one today and check out Little Flower Hut’s wide variety of bouquets and more at their website: http://www.littleflowerhut.com.sg 

Little Flower Hut

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