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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!

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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?

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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

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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I had seen A Better Florist’s gorgeous bouquets on Instagram (@abetterflorist) but when I received flowers, I was really delighted because they did not disappoint. The colours were really vibrant and the flowers instantly brightened up my room and my mood.

Flowers are such an ideal gift. They’re perfect for graduations, birthdays, get well gifts, parties, grand openings, weddings, anniversaries. To make things even more special and meaningful, there’s also the option to customise your own bouquet at A Better Florist!

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Each bouquet from A Better Florist is carefully curated and I really liked that they came wrapped in burlap, I thought that was really unique and gave the flowers a very rustic touch. Speaking of delivery, did you know A Better Florist offers free delivery! Plus, they also offer express same day delivery in Singapore from 9am to 6pm.

The flowers come directly from Cameron Highlands, so you know that freshness is guaranteed.

Also, the website is really straightforward, no nonsense and easy to use. Love how they make online shopping so quick and efficient really. You can check them out at www.abetterflorist.com and for more inspiration, follow them on Instagram/FB!

The flowers that I received from A Better Florist were the Ayla ($68 + free shipping) and the Keira ($98 + free shipping). They were both very stunning. The Ayla was a perfect pick-me-up because of the bright yellow sunflowers and these blooms were really uplifting.

As for the Keira, the flowers were very fragrant. The bouquet consisted of lilies, roses, and tulips! I really liked the eclectic colour palette of purple, yellow, white and green.

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So what are you waiting for? Whatever the occasion, send your loved one a beautiful bouquet from A Better Florist today!

What I love about how technologically advanced we are today is how everything is so readily available online at a simple click of a button! And that includes flower arranging services.

There’s no longer a need to rush down to a florist or nursery located in the middle of nowhere to fulfill your needs for a special occasion.

Started out by two friends with a love for flowers, succulents and all things green, Mosstachio is a small online florist. Specialised in handling succulents, Mosstachio can tailor a bouquet or terrarium to suit to whatever specifications your heart so desires!

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Just hop onto Carousell and do a quick user search for ‘Mosstachio’ and presto! There you have it, you are now in touch with experienced florists who can help with arranging the perfect floral bouquet or terrarium. So easy!

Mosstachio also does terrarium workshops, so if you wanna make your event unforgettable, don’t forget to give them a ring. They’ll be happy to accommodate and be a part of the special day.

Mosstachio recently shared with me how much they enjoyed doing a workshop for little kids at a church event, and I could see how enthusiastic they were about it, and how much they enjoyed watching the imagination of the kids being turned into reality in their exciting terrarium creations.

But more about the succulent bouquets. These are perfect for anyone and everyone and for any occasion. Wedding bouquets, engagement proposals, birthday gifts, graduations, Mother’s Day, the list goes on!

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What I love about the succulent bouquets is that unlike ordinary floral bouquets, there’s something really special and unique about it.

I just love the contrast between the firm, hardy texture of the succulents and the feminine, delicate rose petals.

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And on top of that, while flowers in bouquets rarely last that long, the succulents in these bouquets can be re-potted. With proper care, the succulents will be able to survive for a long time! Personally, succulents are so adorable and I just like looking at them and admiring their beauty.

These succulents bouquets so perfect for everyone. Guy or girl, BFF, colleague, mother, boyfriend, future wife.

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As for my very own bouquet, what can I say? It was perfect, featuring bright red flowers, peachy romantic roses, and lovely succulents of different varieties!

Just look at the amazing colours and textures! I had so much fun taking photos and admiring how beautiful and fresh my bouquet from Mosstachio smelled! Plus, I can’t wait to start my very own succulent garden with all of these cute succulents.

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Mosstachio

To pick up your very own succulent bouquet or terrarium for your loved ones, check out Mosstachio on Carousell or Instagram.

Just search for their handle, @mosstachio and trust me, you’ll be in good (green-thumbed) hands!

[Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Mosstachio, all opinions reflected in this post are my own.]

I have always found terrariums to be a really interesting and novel concept. Just imagine that, a miniature, tagelf-sufficient ecosystem living inside a jar!

Making terrariums is the perfect DIY project to try, and you don’t need a green thumb to succeed at it. In this post today, I’ll be telling you how to build a terrarium, as well as providing you information on terrarium classes you can attend in Singapore! So let’s get started, shall we?



Terrariums require little attention to flourish and they make the perfect decorative piece for one’s home and office. All your terrarium needs is at least 6 hours of sunshine a day, and a weekly spray of water.

Making your own terrarium allows you to express your own individuality! Be as creative and zany as you want, or just keep it modest and zen.

Not only does a terrarium make an adorable gift, it’s also a very unconventional and meaningful present you can make for someone!

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Personalise your terrarium to reflect your own personality and sense of style, or design your terrarium for a special occasion to give to a friend or family member.

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes, enclosed or open-aired, small or large, single plant or thriving jungle. It’s ultimately really up to you to decide what your terrarium will look like!

Personally I think terrariums are perfect for those looking for a low-maintenance, yet long-lasting plant to take care of and grow.

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I recently attended a terrarium class at Marche Aux Fleur, a florist located on Upper Thomson Road. After attending, I learnt how to build a terrarium with a friend whom I invited along. We spent the weekend building our own terrariums. So if you are interested in learning how to build a terrarium, do sign up with a friend for a fun class at Marche Aux Fleur’s website, www.marcheauxfleur.com!

The terrarium class provided an insightful experience into the world of terrariums. It also gave me a brand new skill to take home – how to build a terrarium. I loved how everything was inclusive of the class and was provided to us – glass jars, special cactus soil, pebbles, mini plants, and so much more!

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I found the terrarium class very useful because it meant that all the tools and ingredients to making a terrarium were provided by Marche Aux Fleur! So I’ll definitely recommend attending their terrarium class so that you’re guaranteed to have all the necessary things to make a terrarium. Plus, you don’t need to go hunting all over Singapore for cactus soil!

So why not start filling up your calendar for 2016 and take part in a terrarium class this year? 🙂

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To make a terrarium, you will need:

  • a Glass jar
  • a variety of Pebbles in different sizes/colours
  • Succulents
  • Cacti
  • Sweetheart Hoya Plant
  • Cactus Soil
  • Small shovel (for transporting soil and pebbles)
  • Newspaper or rough paper (to avoid making a mess everywhere!)
  • Sphagnum Moss
  • Small Decorative Figurines
  • Spray Bottle with Water
  • Tweezers
  • A narrow tool (for digging)

Last but not least, plenty of sunshine!

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First, visualise what kind of terrarium you’ll be building! We’ll be using plants like succulent and cacti which require minimal watering, so this how-to guide is for open-aired terrariums! NOTE: If you wanna learn how to make a closed terrarium, I suggest signing up for the terrarium class (www.marcheauxfleur.com). Picture how the different layers of soil, pebbles, moss, are going to look. And make sure that your jar has enough space to accommodate all your plants! You don’t want your terrarium to be overcrowded.

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Fill the bottom of the jar with pebbles. Don’t put too thick a layer of pebbles because remember, you need room for soil, moss, and your plants and any decorations. Bring your jar to eye-level, rotate the jar and check that your first layer of pebbles is nice and levelled! This is to ensure the terrarium looks aesthetically pleasing and that it has proper drainage – important for plants that don’t need too much water to thrive (i.e. your cacti and succulents).

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Grab some spaghnum moss! Make sure it’s not too wet and clumpy, squeeze the moss dry and arrange it neatly and evenly over your first layer of pebbles.

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Next, you can add more pebbles in to create another layer to your terrarium. Here we’ve used some delicate and small white pebbles to bring some brightness to our terrarium. Alternate the pebbles with an array of colours and sizes to add vibrancy and so your terrarium won’t look too repetitive!

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Add more sphagnum moss to create another layer and add dimension to your terrarium.
Like the previous steps, ensure the moss is dry and flat.

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This step is very important – add soil! Make sure there’s sufficient soil and be generous! You need plenty of soil so your plants have space and depth to grow their roots. Like before, make sure the layer of cactus soil is nice and even 🙂

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Your terrarium should start to look almost complete! Remove your new succulents and cacti from their pots and re-home them into your new terrarium. Gently remove any soil clumping around the plant, and be careful not to break any roots or crush any fragile succulent leaves.If you’re working with a succulent, it’s good to remove any dead or dying leaves still attached or coming off the plant – this is to ensure the dying leaves don’t end up absorbing all the moisture from the succulent. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the dead leaves quickly and effectively. You may need to do this once in a while when you see dead or dying leaves. Also remember to handle your cactus carefully, you don’t want to prick yourself accidentally.

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Using a narrow tool, dig a narrow space in the soil for your plants. you don’t want to uproot your plants and move them about too many times or they might not grow! Make sure the hole in the soil is deep enough to accommodate your plants’ roots, and for your plant to sit happily without falling over.It’s important that your succulents and cacti feel firmly planted and snug.

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Pat and even out the cactus soil and add more soil if necessary! Spray some water evenly on the soil and ensure you don’t get water on the plants. You’ll need to water your succulents/cacti once a week, and the terrarium will need about 6 hours or more of sunlight, so keep your terrarium alive by putting it in a place that receives sunshine.

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Now you can decorate the space! Fill it up with figurines, decorations, whatever you like! Make it personal and don’t be afraid of getting creative.

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Marche Aux Fleur
215P Upper Thomson Road,
Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: 11am – 8 pm daily
Website: www.marcheauxfleur.com
Tel: 6481 0828

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[Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the terrarium class by Marche Aux Fleur. I was not asked to write this post. All personal opinions are mine.]

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