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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Healing Touch Review


Dear readers and to whoever who found my blog "accidentally", you are really lucky....... cos' I am about to introduce to you a secretive place where you can relax and rest your fatigue body and mind......

Healing Touch at Tampines

Healing Touch Spa is "hidden" in Tampines CPF Building at the 5th floor.
Despite of it's subdued location, it's patronised by endless stream of customers.
Read on to find out why

Founded since 2001, Healing Touch  provides different types of body massages, body scrubs and facial.
According to more than 1K Facebook reviews, Healing Touch is most recommended for:

Sincere service with no hard selling
Meticilous and skillful therapists
Reasonable prices

Healing Touch have different types of massages to suit individual's needs:

* Thai Fussion Massage (oil free)
Works on acupressure points and energy meridians using finger-thumb pressure.  A vigorous and energizing experience where the therapist will hopped onto your bed and stretch your body with "cracking" techniques. Woo and ahhhhhh, moans with shiokness lolxx....

Shiatsu/Acupressure Massage (oil free)
Works on acupressure points and energy meridians using finger-thumb-palm pressure.  A vigorous and energizing experience.

* Deep Tissue Oil Massage
Focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue through slow strokes and deep finger pressure across the fiber's of the muscles, tendons and fascia.  Recommended for people with very tensed and stiff muscles.

Javanese Fusion Oil Massage
Targets your body's major acupressure points with smooth yet firm rhythmic strokes to give you a mind and body relaxation experience.  Recommended for ladies who prefers gentle massage, you know that kind of soothing massage that kneads your way to dreamland?

* Asian Fusion Oil Massage
Healing Touch's SIGNATURE MASSAGE with variety of techniques inspired by popular traditional Asian massages fused into a seamless wave of healing touch.  Great for relief of tension, stiffness and body aches!

Prices are really reasonable:
1hr:  S$50 (S$53.50 with GST)
1.5hrs: S$75 (S$80.25 with GST)
2hrs: S$100 (S$107 with GST)

For extra pampering (optional), you may select premium grade massage oils imported from Australia, blended by certified Aromatherapist.
There are 4 types of heated aromatherapy oils and you may chose the fragrance you prefer!

S$10.00 (S$10.70 with GST) for 1hr session
S$13.50 (S$14.45 with GST) for 1.5hr session
S$15.00 (S$16.05 with GST) for 2hr session

This is optional as non-scented botanical massage oils are included in oil massages.

* Body Scrub 30mins S$35 (S$37.45 with GST)
Remove dead skin cells is the secret to beautiful glowing skin!  Highly recommended before a massage!

They have 2 types of scrubs:
* Sea salt scrubs - Lemongrass, Moisturising Rose & Herbal Ginger
(recommended for customers who more thick skinned prefers coarser grains for more effective scrub)

* Gentle scrubs - Grapefruit goatmilk, Apple Aloe Vera, Soothing Almond
(recommended for ladies with delicate skin)

The receptionist was very patient.  She explained to me in detail of the various choices I have and helped to select a set of body treatment suitable for me.  I told her I want a relaxing massage with aromatherapy oil which at the same time to relieve my stiff shoulders.  And would also like to have a body scrub for my thick and dry skin.

I sounded as if I got elephant's skin :X

She recommended a 60 mins Asian Fusion Oil Massage which is their most popular Signature Massage.  After a brief "oil sniffing" I choose Muscle Ache Relief Oil, it's minty with medicated scent.  As for the body scrub, I choose Lemongrass Sea Salt for my elephant's skin heehee.....

I was all ready for a 30mins body scrub follow by a 60mins Asian Fusion Oil Massage.
Image from https://www.facebook.com/healingtouchsg

Now, you all are so lucky, I posted a NAKED pic!
Scroll down!

Yay, I am naked!!  But I am afraid there's nothing seducing or even anything to see, cos' I looked like a baby elephant lolxx... oooops!
The therapist was doing a body scrub for me with Lemongrass Sea Salt.  She was meticulous, she asked if the scrub was too coarse for me, am I comfortable and was her strength sufficient after a few strokes to ensure that the body scrub session was an enjoyable one.

I felt so CLEAN after the body scrub!  Not that I never bath properly lah, but the scrub was very thorough. It's like you clean your house daily, but giving it a spring clean is totally different!  Spring cleaning my body with Lemongrass Sea Salt was so rejuvenating!!

After the scrub was 60mins "escape to heaven" Asian Fusion Massage.  The therapist's strength and skill was as if it's "tailored made" for my body.

Wonderful body massage + Dim lights + "dreamland" music with birds chirping = ULTIMATE PAMPERING

I walked out of Healing Touch feeling one ton lighter (I sounded more and more like an elephant lolxx...  )  Okay, I exaggerated, but I feel spiritually lighter and the massage did my aching shoulder and neck a great favour.  Not forgetting my smooth smooth squeaky clean skin, no more elephant's skin, heehee.....  I was a very happy jumbo customer!

We have only one body and it's our responsibility to take good care of it, give it some well deserved pampering so that it's healthy and free of aches.  Only with a healthy body, it can carry us farther to strive towards our goals!  My recommendation:

Healing Touch

Upper Thomson Branch
199 Upper Thomson Road
Tel: 6352 4657

Novena Branch
70 Thomson Road
Tel: 6255 3320

River Valley Branch
5 Tank Road, Nagarathar Building #01-01/02
Tel: 6737 1047

Tampines Branch
1 Tampines Central 5,
CPF Tampines Building #05-10
Tel: 6786 7695

Visit their web-site for more information: www.healingtouchspa.com/
"Like" their Facebook for latest updated: www.facebook.com/healingtouchsg

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Henderson Waves

Date of visit: 2 June 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I travelled a lonely journey from Tampines all the way to Alexandra Retail Centre at PSA Building, by MRT.  Yeah, cos' I was too poor to take a cab.
But I had insisted (and force hubby to fetch me back), so that I didn't have to suffer to and fro.
This place hor, damn ulu.  I was all alone and for a instance, it seemed endless.

Reached Onaka Restaurant at last where I finally see human.

So here's the Onaka chefs hosting the cooking workshop and here are some pics taken during the session.
I had actually whipped up some of the dishes demonstrated during the workshop at home and posted pics at Instagram @susan_wong, follow me ok ;)

Here's a memorable pic of Onaka chefs and me.
Love this pic, cos' I managed to look slimmer and the chefs are really friendly with no airs at all, heehee.....

But from my blog title, you know that the highlight of my day was somewhere else.....

My chauffeur aka hubby came to pick me up after this cooking workshop and suggested a impromptu trip to the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore which was nearby.  Other than that, he did not give me any further information.  Thrill and curiosity was throbbing in me.

However, a heavy down pour came so untimely -____-|||  He decided to drive to the bridge to show me how it looked like and promised to bring me there again on another day.  Our vehicle went under this huge wavy looking bridge and I was like "Wow...... so high up leh....... how come never know such a place exist in Singapore!"

By the time he droved up to Mount Faber where it's connected to the bridge, the rain stopped miraculously.

We decided to leave the car mini bus and start our "adventure".

Although I am a habitual high heel wearer, it's crazy and really tedious to walk up slope with them.
I took them off.  Gotten funny stares, but it didn't bother.

I could had insist on wearing my high heels looking beautiful if we chose to "pak tor" at a shopping mall.  But since I chose to walk up the slopes at Mount Faber, I know I need to take off my high heels.  It occurred to me that the same "logic" applies to life too, especially in 2 aspects - RELATIONSHIP and CAREER.

I had seen many people whom I know personally, clinging on to a "hollow" marriage.  It's like walking up Mount Faber on high heels.  Some refused to take off the "shoes", cos' self deny is easier than facing the truth that love has faded.  Some dare not take off the "shoes", cos' they are afraid to hurt their parents, their children or maybe even their own pride.  They rather endure the pain and risk spraining their ankles wearing those "shoes".   But how long can they "walk" on, I am afraid they don't know the answer either.

Like wise in jobs, people here working more than 12 hours is not uncommon.  They must be lying through their teeth, if they tell you they are happy with their jobs.  If a job sucks like high heels on high slopes, ditch it.  Life is so short and yet people can waste it on a torturous job.  Of course, such slogging will be necessary if you have 2 children in University, 2 siblings with medical condition and 2 elderly not fit to work at home.  If not, why put yourself in such torment?  It's totally no worth it especially when the company is making you to work long hours to save man power.

Some people can naively believe that  NOBODY can handle their cope of work, NOBODY can cover their duties, NOBODY can replace themselves, nobody nobody nobody.....  But the truth is, if you should die, your company will send a wrath to your funeral, and by the one month anniversary of your death, a new person will be seated on your chair.  The company will still be functioning, WITHOUT you.

Who's weeping for your death?  Who had lost you?  It's gonna be your family or friends whom you hardly spend time with.......

I feel for my friends who are in such plights, but there's nothing I can help, cos' they chose their paths.  I really should count my blessings......., so far so good with my the other half (touch wood).  I worked leisurely dolling people's nails, make sure I looked pretty in events, gets food tasting invitations, play with sponsored toys on my dressing table and get paid.  Contented although I am not making big bucks.

If a pair of shoes is not suitable, find another pair.  But for my case he gave his to me.
I was walking like a penguin in his big shoes.

And he got no patient to wait for me lolxx....

Me: "You want bring me up here, then bring a pair of slippers for me mah.  You see now we sharing a pair of crocs...."

He: "Aiyo, I never thought it mah, so you want to walk or not?  Don't want go home lah!"

Me: "Walk lah walk lah.  But damn stupid, everybody's looking at me like I siao like that...."

He: "Hur hur.... this is going to be unforgettable, you got something to blog about liao."

Me: " #$@%*....... yeah..."

Here's some pics taken during my "penguin walk"

 Saw many squirrels hopping around the trees, managed to catch one in the camera. 

The bridge's name is called Henderson Waves.

I feel like a primary school kid going to excursion :X

We made it just in time before sunset!
Returned hubby's shoes, enjoyed walking bare footed on the Henderson Waves.

Snapped a few vain pot pics but most turned out with fats over flow, so here's a better looking one >.<

We were so high up......

View the bridge.

I was glad I made it up here at Henderson Waves although I was in wrong attire and shoes.

On our way back, saw 2 cars parked on the double yellow line obstructing the road.
The tourist bus driver didn't want to risk it, so got stuck.

As a result of 2 brainless and inconsiderate drivers parking on double yellow line, the entire road for driving down was blocked.  Vehicles were stopped from driving up cos' the lane had to be cleared for drivers to drive down.  I hoped these 2 jerks were heavily fined, heehee......

Here's some information I gotten from the web-site

Singapore may be small, but there are still some places worth exploring.  This is perhaps one of the best place you can embrace and enjoy the blue sky, if the haze is not coming back.  Especially with the right person, the feeling will be right.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wan He Lou 万合楼


Haze was really bad a few days ago, but life went on.  No good air, at least go for GOOD FOOD!
Image from https://www.facebook.com/WanHeLou

So here's my OOTD to Wan He Lou 万合楼 food tasting:
Turquoise top - Bangkok
Black layered shorts - Osmose
Belt and heels - Charles and Keith
Bag - Toscano
Last but not least Hikosen Cara mask with Biomask beneath.

Wan He Lou 万合楼 is less than 10 mins walk from Lavendar MRT.

Uncluttered interior finishes sets a comfortable causal dining ambience.

Wan He Lou 万合楼 serves chinese cuisine with lobster as their speciality.

Before the food tasting, thoughtful boss Mr Vincent Cheong served us this cool and refreshing juice, just what we needed to "fight" against haze!

Vegetable Juice S$2.50
Ingredients used for this juice are chye sim, pineapple and sour plum.  No sugar added!
I liked it very much and finished every drop of it ^_^

Crispy Seafood Delight & Otah with Crepe S$10.90/S$17.90

Deep fried Groupa Fish with Pomelo Sauce S$19.90/S$32.90

Signature stuffed Chicken Wings (price not available)

It's boneless and flavourful!  Yummy!

But I couldn't ditch the habit of eating chicken wings with hand lolxx....

Garlic shoots wrap in Kurobuta Pork S$14.90

Soya Bean Curd with Crab meat S$13.90/S$19.90/S$29.90
This delicate soya bean curd dish is hand made by the chef.  Spinach is added to give color and more nutrition.  Generous toppings of crab meat makes this dish irresistible.  Suitable for everybody at all ages in the family!

Stir fried French Beans with Dried Shrimps S$8.90/S$15.90

Crispy Lotus Root with Salted Egg S$10.90/S$18.90
It my first time trying lotus root out of soup and I LOVE it!
The thin slices of lotus root were surprisingly crispy.  Lotus root being bland in nature became good partner with salted egg.  I would consider this an addictive dish which goes well with rice or porridge.

King Prawns with San Zha Sauce S$15.90/S$25.90/S$35.90
They were so big and fat that when I sunk my teeth into the bouncy prawn meat, I was in coma.  Yeah..... I know you are drooling.

Wan He Lou 万合楼  have 7 cooking methods for prawns as below.  So you may order to suit your taste.
My preference?  I like Drunken Style or Salt & Pepper, so that I can indulge in the natural flavour of fresh prawns :P~~

Introducing King Prawn's cousin - LOBSTER.

Behold,  万合楼 Wan He Lou's Signature Lobster Porridge.

Love lobsters especially when they are big and fresh!

I topped my porridge with Crispy Lotus Root with Salted Egg, blissful was how I felt when I was holding this warm bowl of porridge.

Wan He Lou 万合楼 is certainly a great place to pamper your taste buds without burning your pocket.
NO GST and NO SERVICE charge!

Bloggers group photo with Mr Vincent Cheong (founder of Wan He Lou 万合楼)
This food tasting session was the most auspicious and joyous event ever, cos' the haze was gone with clear blue sky when we took this picture!

Wan He Lou 万合楼
65 Maude Road (nearest MRT Lavendar and Farrer Park)
Tel: 6294 8057
Email: sales@wanhelou.com

Opening Hours: 11.00am -2.30pm (Lunch), 5.00pm to 10.30pm (Dinner)
Mon - Sun

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Special thanks to Wan He Lou 万合楼 and Street Directory for the invitation.