Healthy hair to welcome the New Year!

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If you were an avid reader of mine (cough cough, raise your hand if you are one!), you might have realize how disgustingly dry my hair has become over the past months. I dye my hair every on average about twice a year and that’s enough to kill my hair already!

Damaged hair makes me depress!

But thankfully, there’s Jean Yip Hair Spa to save the day!

Jean Yip Salon has been around since 1982 so that mean’s they have been around for… THIRTY ONE YEARS! It is probably one of the salon with the longest history in Singapore and they have expanded from a single outlet in Katong Plaza to more than of 60 hairdressing, beauty & slimming outlets today!

Nicole from Jean Yip Group contacted and invited me to try out their 6 Elements Botanicals Hair Therapy. I was able to choose between their two hair spa outlet, Nex or Bedok Mall.

I went ahead and book an appointment at the Nex outlet. Upon arrival, the staff got me to fill up a form so they could understand my hair condition better. The outlet was rather busy so I was left alone for a bit (they kept apologizing though!) before the hair consultant, Chuesy came over and analyze my hair condition.

You know those those TV commercials where they use the “hair scanner” to check the condition of your scalp? That’s the first step she did before proceeding to the actual hair spa. I was told that I have oily scalp and I saw the condition with my own eyes.. It was so damn gross so no pictures here! Chuesy then recommended me to do a detox treatment to get rid of all the dirt and disgusting stuffffffff.

Treatment Room!

She then brought me to the treatment room which was different from what I expected! Normally if I were to do hair treatment in salon, it’s done IN the salon (duh) with those other customers and their different hair service requests! But the Jean Yip Hair Spa Outlet has got a room specially set for hair treatment only!

As you can see from the picture above, the hair spa room is a super dark one and with huge sofa seats and there were also some music playing in the background. The ambience was relaxing and definitely appropriate for a SPA!

The treatment started with a hair wash to cleanse my scalp. After which, the hair therapist applied a super cooling hair mask! I felt as though my hair was going through winter… IT WAS SUPER COOLING.

The part I was looking forward next was the massage! The hair therapist did a shoulder and hand massage while she was waiting for my hair to absorb all the minerals from the hair mask. It was so comfortable I fell asleep. And before I knew, it was time for the 2nd hair wash. *boo-hoo*

No, I’m not going to leave the salon like that!

A mandatory hair blow after the wash and Chuesy went through with me again on my hair scalp condition after the detox treatment! And true enough, my scalp was so much cleaner after the treatment! I can no longer see weird white stuff on my scalp and it was really clean! Not to mention, my hair smells really good too :P.

With my hair therapist of the day, Chuesy!

And I went for my internship orientation the next day with uber silky hair!! -evil laughs- So satisfied! I think I definitely made a better first impression with silky smooth hair instead of the lioness hair! Other than it being silky, it was of course healthier since the dirts are all GONE!

For more information on the Jean Yip Hair Spa 6 Elements Botanicals Spa Therapy, do call 6483 0535 (NEX Outlet) or visit Jean Yip’s Facebook for more details as they are currently running some exciting hair spa deals right now!

Thank you Nicole for coordinating the whole treatment and Jean Yip Salon for the awesome service! 

Great Bintan Sale: A short getaway! (Part 2)

Visiting Bintan soon and not sure what to do? Head on to Great Bintan Sale: A short getaway! (Part 1) and check out some of the activities I did during my Bintan trip!

Before our food coma mentioned in Part 1, Clarinda was repeatedly telling me how excited she was about the breakfast the next morning! Yup, she can go on and on if she gets really happy and excited! So we woke up super early, 730 Bintan time just for breakfast! To be honest, I have never ever woke up so early specially for.. BREAKFAST. But I guess there’s always a first time for everything right?

Clarinda’s excitement was legit. I was also happy to see the breakfast spread! It was pretty sumptuous and there’s something for everyone!

Yummy pastries and condiments, our weakness!

I name this the kids corner because lots of Japanese kids were having this!

The healthy corner, salad.

Cooked food! Nasi lemak was good!

Fruits, my worst fear. 

And EGGS!!!

A must have for breakfast buffet. And it was definitely the most popular station! But sadly, there was only one poor guy handling all the orders. We waited for about 30 minutes before our first order was ready but the cook got my order wrongly.. Had to reorder and thankfully the second order only took 10 minutes.

After the super filling breakfast, we took a chill walk on the beach before our massage session. I think you could tell that we really liked the beach a lot! And it’s a session of camwhoring before our driver came to pick us up for our massage.

It was super gloomy that morning!

Mandatory jump shot!

Clarinda did hers too!

A quote I live by :)

Our full body massage was arranged at Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spa. This is apparently the best massage in town! I can definitely vouch for their service because this is the 2nd time I visited this spa. They also arrange complimentary transport back and fro your hotel so if you’re looking for a decent massage place in Bintan, this is the place to go!

Clean & nice room!

If I’m not wrong, there are a couple of staff stationed at Bintan Ferry Terminal so you just can liaise with them directly. Otherwise, you can always get the hotel staff to make the necessary booking for you!

We were given some time to roam around the nearby shops before heading back to our hotel! Took the time to grab my lunch although I was damn full. And remember to get a mangum when you’re in Bintan because they only cost two bucks each! Super worth it!

Went back to our hotel for another 15 minutes chillax session by the beach before checking out! The shuttle bus picked us up punctually from our resort and the hotel staff even got our ferry tickets ready so there’s no need for us to queue and collect our tickets at the ferry terminal! Thumbs up for the awesome service!

Upon reaching the ferry terminal, we saw Sam Son again!!! It must be fate! And his mom also told us that he was really in love with us! *laughs*

Aww, we could see that in his eyes too!

Bid farewell to Sam Son and it was time for us to head back to the sunny island! Till we meet again, Sam Son.. And Bintan! :D

Lastly, thank you OMY.sg and Bintan Resorts for making this happen! It was truly a relaxing getaway for me and my best friend! :)

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Want to take a short getaway without bursting your wallet? The ‘Great Bintan Sale’ is what you need to look out for this season! With up to 60% off your next Bintan vacation, you get to enjoy an all-in experience fares, which includes accommodation, ferry, land transfer and selection of activities! Booking starts from August 15th to September 15th and they can be used for travel every day of the week till December 15th, 2013.

Remember to ‘LIKE’ Bintan Resorts on their Facebook page or visit bintan-resorts.com to check out the list of activities and participating resorts on the island!

Great Bintan Sale: A short getaway! (Part 1)

Right after the week I got back from Phuket, I was invited by Bintan Resorts for a short getaway!

And guess who’s my travel buddy this time? No prize for the right answer though!

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Yes, it was Clarinda again!! Same buddy but different destination ^^. Thanks to the Great Bintan Sale, we were offered the 2D1N BEST FRIENDS FOREVER package! How appropriate since we have been best friends since we were 13!

The BEST FRIENDS FOREVER package includes:
Return Ferry
Welcome Drink
1 Night Stay with Daily Breakfast (Twin-share basis)
Bintan Mangrove Discovery Tour (Day / Night)
60 mins Body Massage
Set Dinner for 2
Land Transfers

Who says travelling needs to be expensive? Well.. not anymore with the Great Bintan Sale! You can now plan a getaway from as low as $140+ with an all-in experience fares, including accommodation, ferry, land transfer and selection of activities!

The trip from Singapore to Bintan was only about 50 minutes by ferry. We collected our ferry tickets at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and off we go! ^^

Probably the weirdest place to take an OOTD shot!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the staff from Angsana Bintan – the place we would be staying! The staffs were really friendly and even initiated a conversation with us since we have to wait for the other guests before hoping on the shuttle bus! What a great start unlike my last year’s trip where my friends and I got really lost at ferry terminal!

The journey from the ferry terminal to Angsana Bintan took us about 10~15 minutes. We were surprised by how welcoming the staffs were! They even hit a gong once we got down the bus! Surprise surprise~!

The front desk staff quickly attended to us and we proceeded with check-in. 

And what’s a welcome without a welcome drink?

Refreshing lemongrass drink I loved ^^

But Clarinda found it weird…

After we got our room key, we hurriedly scattered to our room! *excited*

And this was our room for the night! Once we stepped into the room, there’s an alluring scent that Clarinda & I really love! It smelt like an… “atas” spa! Guess Angsana Bintan really lived up to it’s name of a spa resort!

The room also comes with a balcony where you get to overlook the swimming pool and beach, nice sofa where you could just relax and watch telly and a bathroom with an attached bath tub.

Wash up a little and we were ready to explore!

We spotted the small yet cozy pool with nice pool lounge chairs!

A restaurant by the beach! 

And a private beach!

This wass the first time I stayed in a resort with a private beach so I was absolutely thrilled! There were beach chairs for you to just relax, do nothing and enjoy the sound of the sea. THAT’S THE LIFE I WANT!

We saw a nice bridge with some lots of rocks so we decided to explore further.

And I conquered the rocks… Just a little!

Almost slipped and fell to our death because our shoes have got NO FRICTION.
NEW BALANCE = NO BALANCE?!!

Clarinda was also saying that the bridge was the perfect place for a proposal. Just imagine the guy standing at the end of the bridge and the girl walking down aisle… And when she says yes, fireworks will burst in the sky! HAHAHA. Too much Korean drama I guess.

The sight was so calm and relaxing! We didn’t want to head for dinner at all! So we took a few more shots……

And we have to leave anyway! Our driver came to pick us up for dinner at the Kampung Kelong Seafood Restaurant! The journey to the restaurant was rather interesting- we need to take boat to get to the seafood restaurant!

The entrance to the Mangrove River

Spot the pink boat!

Life vests were provided too!

A peaceful quick ride through the Mangrove River….

And we’re here!

Kampong Kelong Seafood Restaurant

We were served a 3 course set meal + hot tea. The fish was pretty good (thanks to the tomato sauce), sambal kang kong was alright but the soup was wayyyyy too salty! I’m a fan of salty food but the soup was just too much to handle!

We ate our meals REALLY fast since we were famished! Wrong move, wrong move. That left us with about an hour plus to waste before heading for the Mangrove Night Tour!!

So we mingled with this cute Hong Kong kid named Sam Son!

Such an outspoken and cute kid! He kept talking to us in Cantonese but since Clarinda & I couldn’t speak Cantonese, we could only go “Huh??” and laughed it off. And before we even knew it, our tour guide came in a speed boat and picked us up for the Mangrove Discovery Tour! Clarinda & I were pretty freaked out initially because the thoughts of riding a boat at night was just.. daunting!

But our worry was uncalled for! The tour was absolutely safe and the tour guide also constantly made sure that everybody on the boat was okay! The Mangrove Discovery Tour was a pretty cool experience because we finally got to see fireflies after living for 22 years! They looked like falling stars (oh, so pretty!) and it’s definitely something you can see in Singapore! We even had the chance to try catching the fireflies!

And don’t worry, we were told to released the fireflies before we headed further so no fireflies were harmed or killed in this Mangrove Discovery Tour!

After the tour, we headed back to our hotel for … Supper. Yup, I was hungry….

Every order came with a complimentary Keropok +  Belacan Chilli! Yum!

Our super chewy dry ramen & french fries. Love the texture of the ramen!

And it was food comma right after supper! :P

That’s all for the Part 1 of my Bintan trip! School starts LATER so… watch out for Part 2 later this week!

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Want to take a short getaway without bursting your wallet? The ‘Great Bintan Sale’ is what you need to look out for this season! With up to 60% off your next Bintan vacation, you get to enjoy an all-in experience fares, which includes accommodation, ferry, land transfer and selection of activities! Booking starts from August 15th to September 15th and they can be used for travel every day of the week till December 15th, 2013.

Remember to ‘LIKE’ Bintan Resorts on their Facebook page or visit bintan-resorts.com to check out the list of activities and participating resorts on the island!