Sunday, 25 September 2016

Lifestyle Talk - My dream weekend car

Jason and I have been fortunate enough to own a car since 2010 but functionality has always been right at the top of the list. Jason owns a sports and fitness company, Team Axis Pte Ltd, so a good boot space always come into good use to transport equipment.

When Volkswagen contacted me for a weekend drive, I was really hoping to get a ride where I have never tried before, something out of our list of cars to own. And here’s the car we got for the weekend, the amazing Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet!!

The Specs 

The Look

With the large amount of car models in Singapore, not many models can leave a deep impression. But that is totally untrue with the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. Since its debut in 1985, the Golf Cabriolet has proven to be a successful and trendy model.

1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet
31 years on, the Golf Cabriolet remains current and just as appealing with a touch of advanced technology. At the front of the car, onlookers will be drawn to the distinctive LED headlights. I love the design flow of the LED headlights and the front grilles, giving it a very simple but sporty feel. 

From the side, the big alloy sports rims exclaims that there is only one way to drive this car….FAST!!!

And once the top comes down, the level of fun is really up to your imagination!

The Cabin

Jason has changed 3 cars over the period of 6 years and the cabin has always been black. But not for the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. This car is decked with sporty red leather seats, creating a really vibrant cabin experience.

Apart from the nice and clean cabin design, it is very spacious as well. This car has no problem fetching passengers at the back.

The Ride

Jason is currently driving the 2016 BMW X1 and so the ride experience has been relatively high. The cabin is also very spacious due to the high head room. But nothing beats a car that has its top down! The feeling is out of this world, okay at least out of Singapore! Those roads that we drive up and down on a daily basis now becomes a breath of fresh air. I was able to hear, feel and smell the surroundings and this feeling is extraordinary.

According to Jason, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet is a really easy car to drive and I could feel it. Within minutes, Jason started to drive the car faster and tackling corners with joy. I could also see a constant smile on his face, the usual expression when he’s having a lot of fun! :) Almost like a boy in a candy store. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

As for me, I really like the design of the car seat. It keeps me snuggly in place through the fast corners and really makes me feel safe. I also love to hear how the 1.4 DSG Turbo engine sounds at higher RPM. The punchy engine gives the ride lots of character and we simply love it.

Thank you Volkswagen! 

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Lifestyle Talk – EBC Storage

My family moved out from Simei to my bro’s place in 2011 and I realized I had a major issue with our moving because we had too many things. :P This year is going to be a big move for J and I because we have items from his parents’ place, my bro’s place as well as many new furniture and appliances. We both knew we needed some form of storage, especially for the new items.

Our partnership with EBC Storage started last year but because our home key collection date was delayed so we could procrastinate a little before things get really busy this year. We started purchasing our appliances as soon as we collected our keys and with the existing belongings at my bro’s place right now, the storage space at EBC really came in handy, before we start hoarding my room and the storeroom at my bro’s place.

EBC Self Storage

EBC Self Storage is located at EBC Lifestyle Hub (which I will be elaborating later) and the building originally offered warehouse solutions since the 1980s and now has evolved to offer a range of storage and office solutions. The growing needs of self-serviced storage resulted in the establishment of EBC Storage. It offers standard, air-conditioned, wine storage and unique items storage. EBC Storage is the place to go for self serviced storage (especially for e-commerce businesses such as fashion blog shops and young entrepreneurs that are working from home).

Well this works really well for J because of the ample storage space that is air-conditioned. They also offer services such as transport and pick and pack.

EBC also provided us with sturdy boxes that we could pre-pack our items from individual homes in, really saves the trouble of having to look for empty boxes.

Moved some of the bigger boxes to EBC the other day. The smaller boxes are still waiting to be filled to the brim before we move.

The storage space is really spacious! This is a space of about 35sqft.We also moved some of the kitchen appliances into the storage and had fun at the walkway while waiting for the super friendly lady at the EBC reception counter to loan us a lock (which we forgotten to prepare: P). Thankful that it’s air-conditioned!

EBC Lifestyle Hub

EBC also extends office facilities for entrepreneurs and budding start-ups. E-commerce businesses will find it perfect to kick start their business by leasing a say, one pax office space instead of standard warehousing lease. Lease can start as short as 6 months and office comes equipped with workstations. Utilities are also included in the rental! Rental starts from $399!* (You can find out more by enquiring with them!). It acts as a one-stop solution for businesses when everything is house in one.

EBC Sky Garden & Club House

EBC Sky Garden & Club House, located on the 5th floor of the building, is perfect for formal and informal events. One may book the space for birthday parties, baby showers, product launches or company dinner. The restaurant is located at the same place. This means food is served hot & quick when you hold events here. Venue space + catering starts from as low as $6-$8 per pax. Terms and conditions apply.

We got a drink, settled some work, and spent some quality time before we left the lifestyle hub.

As an EBC Hubber (when you become a tenant at EBC), you will also get access to various privileges and one of the many privileges are the fitness classes that EBC organizes at the Sky Garden for tenants. No excuse for you to skip a workout! :P

Shuttle bus services to AMK MRT Station are now available in the mornings and evenings. For more information, feel free to check out their website here!

EBC Lifestyle Hub Pte Ltd
50 Tagore Lane, Entrepreneur Centre #05-04
Singapore (787494)
Tel: 6511 2929

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Travel & Lifestyle Talk - Davao with Cebu Pacific Air Part 2

Back with part 2 of my Davao trip which I’ll be covering Day 3 and you may check out Day 2 over at Jason’s blog (!

Day 3

Well.. if you have been following me in my IG and Dayre, you would have noticed that I injured my foot on Day 2 so J stayed back on the third day to accompany me since I couldn’t join the rest of the group in Crocodile Park and Wild Water Adventure. That didn’t dampen our moods at all!

We headed down for breakfast early that morning and had a long chat with the Regional Director of the Philippine Department of Tourism (everyone calls him ‘RD’) as well as the Hotel Manager of Seda Abreeza Hotel. RD then offered to bring us out for lunch! So we headed down to the gym for a quick workout before meeting RD at the lobby.

The gym is small but equipped enough for us since we are so used to working out when we travel. 

Lunch at Balik Bukid

RD brought us to this restaurant called Balik Bukid, which means back to the farm. Everything that they serve are all organic, either from the farm or right outside the restaurant where they grow some simpler herbs and spices.

The other sides of the walls adjacent to the main entrance were filled with empty bottles and cement. According to RD, these are way sturdier that concrete walls and its also really pretty to allow natural sunlight into the restaurant during the day. J and I love this!

The whole restaurant is filled with bamboo, especially the roof and it cools the temperature of the restaurant down that its scorching hot on the street yet it feels like there is air-conditioning when we stepped into the restaurant.

These are some of my favourite dishes that we ordered. Everything is homemade and very yummy! We had homemade bread, home grown fresh vegetables that are sent to the restaurant every single morning, homemade and naturally coloured blue rice and homemade vanilla icecream! Yummms!

All thanks to this lovely couple who painstakingly started this restaurant, and RD, whom very kindly took time off to bring us here for lunch! :D

After lunch, RD brought us to the biggest church, San Pedro Cathedral in Davao. We said a little prayer at the side as there was a wedding matrimony going on there and left the church after purchasing a little souvenir just outside the church.

We headed back to the mall to grab some local snacks before heading to the hotel to rest and get ready for dinner.

Dinner at The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

We met up with the rest after their return from the water sports and headed for dinner with the PDOT team and the food there was superb and not too pricey to start with!

These are Uni shooters and TBH, it was my first try at uni and though I cant really appreciate the taste, the concept is really cute!

These are some of my favourites! Fish and chips, (I cant remember the name of the roll), duck confit and J’s very very huge portion of pork katsu. We ate and laughed too much that night! :P

The last item on the itinerary was the most relaxing of all.. we headed for a massage at Pressure points spa. I don’t even need to elaborate, we all slept well that night I’m sure! :D

Day 4

We started Day 4 slightly later and headed straight to the Aldevinco Shopping center to shop for local souvenirs and some of which we had given away! Check out @nuffnangsg at Dayre to check out what we gave away!☺

I truly enjoyed myself this trip albeit that injury I had on my foot and I’m so thankful for the PDOT team and everyone involved in this trip to make this trip so memorable! Thank you Nuffnang, Cebu Pacific Air, PDOT, the fellow influencers and bloggers for making this possible and I’m looking forward to the next trip! :D

Cebu Pacific Air flies from Singapore to Davao City at an affordable rate and air fares start as low as SGD182. Go ahead and make your booking here or call +65 315-80808!!

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