Tag: Made in Singapore

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to have a sumptuous dinner at Outback Steakhouse at their Millenia Walk restaurant! (Outback Steakhouse Singapore also have another outlet located over at Orchard Gateway)

This was my first time eating at Outback Steakhouse and I couldn’t wait to try the food on their brand new menu!

My first impression was just how huge the steak knives were! And the food portions? Even bigger!

When we sat down, the wait staff brought over a loaf of bread and butter, all made by Outback Steakhouse Singapore themselves! Pretty impressive and cool.

They took our drink orders, and I got the Long Island Iced Tea. My fellow foodie mentioned that they couldn’t taste the alcohol, which I agreed. The beverage tasted more like lemonade than the classic drink, but I ain’t complaining – at least I didn’t have to embarrass myself by turning a shade of lobster red. The drink is nevertheless, quite delicious 🙂

For starters, we had a big variety of appetisers to choose from Outback Steakhouse Singapore’s new look menu – Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche, Crispy Chicken Bites, Crispy Fried Mushrooms, and BBQ Pulled Pork Fries!

For mains, the new menu offers: The Porterhouse, Steak and Shrimp Skewers, Black Peppercorn Crusted Ribeye, Garlic Glazed Pork Loin, and Steak Pomodoro Pasta!

And for dessert, we shared the Chocolate Thunder From Down Under 🙂 The name is so cute!

BBQ Pulled Pork Fries, $14.90 (Full), $10.90 (Half)

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This is definitely my favourite appetiser on Outback Steakhouse Singapore’s new menu, and it tastes even better than it looks!

The chunky fries paired with melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, smoky BBQ sauce, melted cheesy goodness, pico de gallo (fresh salsa), and ranch dressing is truly heavenly!

*Make sure to order the full portion, you won’t regret it! 🙂
** You can order the half portion, but only if you’re on a diet

Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche, $14.90

Can’t get enough of avocado? Then you gotta order this side. To translate the fanciful sounding name, this appetiser is essentially shrimp, avocado, onions, tomatoes, cilantro marinated in a lime juice, with a generous helping of jalapeño peppers, corn tortilla chips, and a refreshing lime wedge!

Crispy Chicken Bites, $10.90

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Next, we tried these crispy chicken bites (and couldn’t resist with having someone pose as a hand model with the chicken bites)! These scrumptious chicken morsels are hand-battered and served with a classic New Orleans sauce. The sauce is tangy and spicy, just like the classic.

Crispy Fried Mushrooms, $13.90

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This dish got the seal of approval from the other foodies! They commented that the crispy mushroom appetiser is really good. Mushrooms are very lightly breaded and then fried and dip it with the ranch dressing for a dose of yummy mushroom goodness!

Steak and Shrimp Skewers, $39.90

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Now on to the mains – I really liked this dish, as it has something for everyone! Perfect for picky eaters like me, and for the indecisive foodies. If you can’t decide between land and sea, then you should order this dish at Outback Steakhouse Singapore! It has the best of both worlds! I love the tender, well-cooked USDA steak skewers with the flavourful flame-grilled red onions and bell peppers. So, so, so good. It also comes with Outback’s delicious lemon butter, and a bed of yummy rice pilaf! I like how Outback Steakhouse Singapore included healthy carbs and salad with this creation! 🙂 They really take into consideration the diversity in the diets of their customers!

Garlic Glazed Pork Loin, $25.90

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Doesn’t the pork look so good? This pork loin is well-seasoned and comes with lemon garlic, grilled veggies, and whole grain mustard sauce! The pork comes in a very generous cut, so you can really savour all the juiciness of the meat. It’s also great for families because it has carbs, protein and veggies rolled into one dish!

Steak Pomodoro Pasta, $24.90

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In two words, this pasta entree is homely and perfect. At first blush, the shape looks like nothing out of the ordinary, right? But it’s actually a lot longer than your typical pasta! Called “cavatappi”, the pasta really absorbs the flavour of the yummy slow-cooked pomodoro pasta sauce. The pasta goes beautifully with the tasty steak, and is complemented with fragrant basil and the salty Parmesan. Yum! Order this if you’re a fan of tomato-based pasta and crave something both delicious and comforting to fill your belly with. (Even our host could tell you just how much I loved this pasta dish!)

Black Peppercorn Crusted Ribeye, $37.90

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Steak lovers rejoice! You definitely can’t go wrong with this peppercorn ribeye steak! Everyone agreed this is the best choice of mains on Outback’s new menu. The ribeye steak is encrusted with plenty of peppercorn, and grilled to perfection. Comes with tender asparagus, baked loaded potato, and balsamic sauce. It’s really a steal and worth every penny. So good! Do make sure to order this beefy goodness when you’re at Outback Steakhouse Singapore.

Loyalty Card Promotions

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By now, you may be wondering, are there any promotions?

Well, if you sign up as a loyalty card member, the loyalty card comes at a price of $40, BUT before you recoil in horror, the loyalty card comes with a cash voucher worth $40 to use on your next visit to Outback Steakhouse Singapore.

Plus, you get a 15% discount every time you visit Outback, which I think is a really generous deal – and where can you even get such great discounts nowadays! Totally worth it! And on your birthday month, you can enjoy a free entree, OR 30% off the total bill, exclusive of alcoholic drinks. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me! 🙂

The Porterhouse, $45.90

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Not gonna lie, I was eyeing the corn the entire time! 🙂 You can choose two freshly prepared sides to go with your USDA strip and filet tenderloin steak. The portions are super generous and huge (American style) which is perfect for sharing with family and friends! Order this if you’re a big meat eater. Or simply wanna give everything on the menu a try. Go for it and share this Porterhouse steak!

Chocolate Thunder From Down Under, $14.90

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Like I said earlier, I love the generous portions here at Outback Steakhouse. This here is the famous Chocolate Thunder From Down Under – a deliciously nutty, warm pecan brownie (!!!) topped with a rich and creamy vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with Outback’s very own original chocolate sauce, a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate ganache! Delicious.

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After having tried practically everything on Outback’s new menu, I can safely say go visit Outback Steakhouse Singapore with your family and loved ones! You won’t be disappointed 🙂 The new menu has something for everyone, and the food is cooked just right! Portions are generous, service is great, ambiance is really homely and welcoming, and the food is superrrr filling!! Plus the prices are reasonable and won’t create a dent in your wallet. So yes, do go for a meal with family and friends at Outback Steakhouse and try out their brand new menu offerings. Happy feasting! 🙂

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Disclaimer: This food tasting was done in collaboration with Steakhouse Singapore and StarNgage. All personal opinions reflected in this piece are my own. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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Not that long ago, someone asked me for a recommendation for brunch places in Singapore.

At that point in time, I couldn’t think of an answer.

After visiting 101 Jalan Sultan, I’ve finally found it – Classified Cafe!

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Located at The Sultan Hotel, Classified Cafe is a great place to have a hearty Sunday brunch with the family.

The Sultan Hotel is a gorgeous, traditional white Singapore townhouse, a globetrotter’s dream stay. The hotel is also notably well preserved from a bygone era.

On the pristine white walls are framed “before and after” renovation photographs capturing the beauty of the timeless building.

The majestic Sultan Hotel is quite unlike any other in Singapore.

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Considering it has 64 guest rooms with no two rooms alike, The Sultan is bigger than it looks!

Great for staycationers and tourists alike, the ambiance and decor of the whole place is impressive and the epitome of class.

I would definitely put it down on my list of staycation-worthy hotels in Singapore. Y’know, for a temporary air ticket-free getaway from reality.

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Classified Cafe kindly invited me down for a food tasting session one weekend, and spoiled me silly with their numerous breakfast options.

I decided to sit in the lobby where there was plenty of sunshine, and really beautiful furniture I wish I could bring home! (The acacia table was my favourite.)

Classified Cafe really ticked all of the boxes with their food, impeccable service, and dining atmosphere.

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Let’s have a peek at their brunch menu! (Honestly, if I could I would order everything…)

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Classified Cafe let me try out their Eggs on Cloud and Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon & Avocado.

I also ordered Mac and Cheese and a vanilla milkshake. The staff were happy to customise my milkshake order, which was very nice of them!

Eggs on Cloud [S$14.90] 
Turkey bacon bits, chives, and mozzarella cheese folded into lightly whisked egg whites, served with toasted brioche 

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I really liked the presentation of the Eggs on Cloud. Don’t the eggs look like little clouds? The slate plating was also very cool.

Taste-wise, the eggs on cloud was really fluffy, airy and delicious. Kind of how you would imagine a savoury cloud to taste like.

The slight sweetness of the brioche was a nice, welcome change from the typical plain white toasted bread you get at coffeeshops. As for the bed of rocket salad hidden beneath the eggs on cloud, it was really fresh and full of a mild spicy flavour.

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Avocado [S$14.90]
Poached egg, smoked salmon, homemade hashbrown, avocado, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, rocket, hollandaise sauce

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To me, the highlight of this breakfast dish was the HASH BROWNS. I’ve never had hash browns this amazing in my life before. I couldn’t stop eating and the addiction to the hash browns was real. If there was one reason to come back to Classified Cafe, the crispy, flavourful hash browns would be the answer!

The avocado wasn’t soft and ripe and instead quite crunchy. But this happens to the best of us I guess! Like for example, the other day the avocado I prepared at home for guacamole turned out to be unevenly ripe.

The rocket (like before) was very fresh and yummy. The warm smoked salmon and poached egg was perfect. But as I said, the real star here is Classified Cafe’s amazing homemade hash browns.


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Macaroni and cheese [S$10.90]
Macaroni, melted mozzarella and melted cheddar 

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Doesn’t this Mac and Cheese look AMAZING? When it arrived, I was pretty much in awe. The portion was soooo generous. (Trust me, the photos really don’t do justice to the real portions) I don’t think you can find as generous a serving of mac elsewhere in Singapore, and for a really good price!

The Mac and Cheese is great for sharing with family and friends, and the cheese is truly a lot – expect strings and strings of delicious cheesy goodness. You wouldn’t expect it, but this Classified Cafe Mac and Cheese makes for a really yummy breakfast! My favourite part was how the macaroni was evenly coated in mild, crispy cheesy bits. Yum. (I’m definitely drooling and hungry as I type this!)

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On a side note, the Sultan is full of greenery and beautiful, tall bamboo. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Japan. The grounds of the hotel are really lush and perfectly serene.

 

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After a satisfying breakfast or brunch at Classified Cafe, you would probably be wondering to yourself, so what is there to do nearby?

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After all that breakfasting at Classified Cafe, you will want to walk off your meal with a stroll around Kampong Glam to experience the eclectic and vibrant side of Singapore.

Snap a photo of one of Singapore’s most prominent mosques, the Masjid Sultan. Found at Muscat Street, the picturesque mosque is one of Singapore’s oldest. Just take a moment to admire the golden architecture and facade. Fun fact: this place of worship can fit up to 5,000 people!

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For a quick history lesson on Singapore, jog over to the Malay Heritage Centre at Istana Kampong Glam to get a unique perspective of what life was like back in the good old days.

Shop Turkish lamps and beautiful authentic Persian rugs and a wide variety of traditional garments made from the finest silk in the small lanes of Kampong Glam.

For a bit of modernity, I recommend exploring The General Store, located at 38 Arab Street. The General Store is a minimal and independent local store featuring well-designed homegrown brands and much-loved international labels.

Do check out their wide array of watches, phone cases and sunglasses (which I love) from their very own home brand.

For coffee lovers, don’t forget to check out Artistry Cafe, Sexy Coffee and Krave. Besides these few, there are many more things to see and do in the Haji Lane vicinity after a yummy brunch at Classified Cafe.

[Disclaimer: The food tasting was kindly sponsored by Classified Cafe. This food review and guide are my own opinions of Classified Cafe and The Sultan Hotel.]

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The Sultan
101 Jalan Sultan
Singapore 199002
Tel: +65 6723 7101
Website: thesultan.com.sg/dining

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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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.]

Have you ever heard that saying, “Spend money not on things but on experiences?” I was extremely pleased to receive for my birthday a SingExperience gift certificate for a perfume creation workshop at Goodman Arts Centre.

The day after my birthday, I booked my perfume making class for the very next day.

I spent my afternoon creating my very own perfume that no one else in the world has – unless of course you visit the same exact Perfume Workshop and steal my secret formula sheet!

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Goodman Arts Centre used to be where LaSalle was located at. Admittedly, it is a little far from where I live, but Mountbatten MRT station is conveniently located near to Goodman Arts Centre and you can easily reach the Mountbatten area via the Circle Line.

Now on to the fun stuff! When I arrived, the perfume workshop instructor/perfumer, Prachi, sat me down and gave me a perfume personality quiz! After my perfume-making class, I realised that Prachi had appeared in Channel News Asia. Not just that, Prachi is also working on making an exclusive Singapore perfume made entirely from orchids found in Singapore. She’s very involved in the whole process, and it’s lovely to see her passion for perfume!

She let me smell the Singapore perfume she had created. And I told her that it smells just like a Singapore hotel.

The perfume smells very classy and worldly, and it is also very localised fragrance, being made from orchids found in Singapore. There will be a feminine fragrance and a masculine one as well. I can’t wait to see it go out on the market, and I am very excited for Prachi. She’s really going places with her perfume business!

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In the personality quiz, you answer 20 fun questions about yourself. It’s a multiple choice answer type of thing, but I did spend some time thinking about my answers.

Prachi told me that the questions will be used as a starting point for the perfume creation. Prachi is really hands-on and informative, and was ready to answer any questions I had for her. No question was too difficult for her either!

So what did the personality quiz reveal? Each type of scent (floral, citrus, fresh, woody, oriental) corresponds with different personality types. From the quiz, it will decipher what kind of personality type and what kind of fragrance you will most likely be a fan of.

For example, floral people are usually more introverted, citrus and fresh people are said to be extroverts, oriental types are the kind to take charge.

So based on my answers, the personality quiz found that I was a person who leaned more towards floral and woody scents, followed by citrus, fresh, then finally, oriental scents.

And true enough, when the instructor checked the notes of my favourite everyday scent, Balenciaga Paris, she found that it was a floral and woody fragrance. So she said that the personality quiz was quite accurate for me!

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The next part involved a lot of smelling. Maybe 450 scents in total!? But luckily I had fun and it wasn’t enough to kill my olfactory senses just yet. It was only later on the perfume creation process when I had to smell several variations of my own perfume concoctions that my nose started to protest a little.

In front of me was a big unfoldable box filled with shelves of various aromas, ranging from the floral to the woody, to oriental to fresh and citrus scents.

Based on my results, I had to pick out several floral scents, a few oriental scents, a few fresh scents, many woody scents, and several citrus scents.

The ratio of fragrances was based on my personality test results – the extent to which I was a “floral” person, a “woody” personality type, etc.

Interestingly enough, this personality test did help create an accurate and gorgeous fragrance that smelled like a real, high-end perfume.

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One of the notes I chose was “Aldehydic Notes” (below).

I told Prachi that this scent reminded me of my Grandmother. Prachi smiled and she asked me, “Does your Grandmother wear a lot of Chanel No. 5?” I was a little surprised. “Yes! How did you know?”

Now  you might wonder, what’s so special about it, I’ve never heard of “Aldehydic Notes”?

Well, Prachi told me that this was what made Chanel No. 5 perfume smell like the famous and memorable perfume that it is. A lot of Aldehydic Notes goes into making Chanel No. 5.

You really learn something new everyday!

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Here are several of the floral scents that I picked out. I still can’t believe my nose went through 450 or so scents.

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Here are some of my favourite “Woody” fragrances! I had to narrow this lot to a select few. Woody notes tend to be base notes. Base notes are the long-lasting part of a perfume, remaining when the top and middle notes have faded away. When you think of woody scents, you think of patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood.

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This was my first go at making perfume – I made a mistake!

I added too big and too many drops of each scent.. Oops. (I definitely can’t be a chemist hmm). You really have to be patient when you’re dropping each drop of aroma.

I think I’m a little too impatient and have too short an attention span to consider making perfume for a living.

I decided to leave it up to Prachi and her assistant to help..

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These are the top notes of my perfume – top notes generally are citrus scents, but sometimes they can be woody scents like pepper.

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Prachi recommended a website to me, but being a perfume lover, I’ve already heard of fragrantica.com – it’s pretty much a perfume dictionary and encyclopaedia of sorts.

It’s a very detailed and organised website and can show you customer reviews of perfumes and colognes, and what kind of scent each perfume is – is it more woody or more floral, or more oriental, what kind of floral notes are inside – all your perfume questions can be answered at fragrantica.com.

Prachi passed me a Formula Sheet for me to fill in as I formulated what was going to go into my first perfume. We went through 3 Test Perfumes before arriving at our finalised bottle of perfume.

On the sheet I wrote down what types of scents went into each perfume test and how many drops of each scent was to be included.

Each bottle indicated “T”, “M”, “B”, or “A”, so when filling up the formula sheet, I could easily see what would be the top notes, base notes, etc for my perfume.

Without giving away the secret of the number of drops of each scent, this is what went into my perfume:

Top Notes (top notes are the lightest of the notes, and what you smell initially in a perfume) 
Solar Notes
Pear
Bright Asian Fruits
Freesia
Wisteria

Middle Notes (middle notes are the heart of a perfume, and make up most of the perfume)   
Tulip
Magnolia
Aldehydic Notes
Hawaiian Puakenikeni
Yuzu

Base Notes (base notes are the main theme of the perfume and bring depth to a perfume) 
Tiger Lily
Himalayan Herbs
Safraleine & Amyris
Gurjan Balsam
Oud
Nutmeg
Bamboo
Vetiver

Accords Notes (Accords are a balanced blend of notes which create an impression of a scent) 
Ylang Key Accord
Tobacco Accord
Cologne Accord

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Prachi was very helpful and could easily tell me which notes would “ruin” the perfume and make it not smell like a true perfume anymore. One example was “Spearmint”. I really wanted a drop of Spearmint in my perfume, but she did tell me that it would engulf the perfume.

We tried a drop of Spearmint and true enough, it really overwhelmed the entire perfume. for the first few minutes, my perfume smelled solely of Spearmint! When I smelled the perfume, I could not catch a whiff of any of the other top-middle notes.

Only after maybe 15-20 minutes did the Spearmint smell completely fade away as Spearmint is a top note.

Some scents are just so overwhelming, like Eucalyptus, Chai Tea.

I do love these scents, but they’re just a little difficult to mix into a perfume and wear as one.

Ta da! My first test. I liked my first perfume formula the best and decided to go with the sweet floral and woody scent.

What does my perfume smell like, you ask?

It reminds me of floral sunscreen and clean newborn babies!

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Here is a bottle of Eau de Rachel! I believe the perfume bottle is made from crystal. Too cool.

I’m still so excited about having my very own perfume! This is really one of the best birthday gifts ever.

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After all the perfume smelling and perfume creating, I was very hungry as I hadn’t eaten much apart from a small slice of banana bread cake. I headed down to Cafe Melba at Goodman Arts Centre and had a thin-crust pizza with pepperoni, rockets, artichokes, spinach and olives.

There is also a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in Goodman Arts Centre, and it’s called La Barca. They serve Tuscan fare and even have veal and seasonal truffles on the menu. It sounds very delicious and enticing!

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To sign up for a perfume workshop, do check out Je’taime Perfumery and Goodman Arts Centre!

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Goodman Arts Centre,
90 Goodman Road
Block B,
#04-10

Tel: +65 9181 4871
Website: http://jetaime-singapore.com
Website: http://www.goodmanartscentre.sg

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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