Hand Bouquet By Floral Garage Singapore

Online Florists on the bloom

Flowers is a great choice of gift for many occasions. Be it celebrations, or just sending flowers to a significant someone to make their day.

With technology these days, you no longer have to head to the florist physically to get the flowers. With many online florists available, sending flowers is as easy as a click of the button. And you don’t have to worry about last minute flower purchase as you can plan ahead and place an order in advance with online florists.

Lovely Blooms by Florist Garage Singapore

Florist Garage have recently sent me a surprise hand bouquet and even though I was expecting a flower delivery, I still got a pleasant surprise as they sent me my favorite Daisies! Plus, receiving flowers is always a mood brightener. Well, unless someone send you a bouquet of Chrysanthemum. 😛 (You’ll get my joke if you understand the Chinese culture.)

giselle floral garage

This bouquet named Giselle, is one of the popular bouquets at Floral Garage. It’s such a lovely bouquet of pink and white Gerberas (a type of daisy) and is a great alternative to the usual roses. I was inspired by the bouquet that I created a makeup look based on the colors of the lovely blooms that week.

makeup look inspired by giselle from floral garage

 

But if you prefer roses with the same bouquet style, they provide alternatives too!

For an example this bouquet called Spirited Away that is actually recommended as an alternative to Giselle for something similar but with Roses. It’s also cheaper depending on the number of roses.

floral garage spirited away

Floral Garage Subscription

Have you heard of a flower subscription? This is my first time hearing about it and I do find it very useful especially when you have multiple occasions coming up within the next week months. You can plan ahead for monthly or weekly deliveries or according to the special dates coming up. And you can either choose from the bouquets on site, ask for customization or leave it to the team at Floral Garage to surprise your loved ones! You can also sign up for a subscription yourself if you love flowers and enjoy receiving flowers on a regular basis. You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re the one sending flowers to yourself! 😛

So now you know where to go when you need to order a lovely bouquet of flowers for that special occasion.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Lazada Birthday Festival 2018

Lazada X Beautiful.Me Box

It’s Lazada 6th Birthday and they are back with their surprise boxes! Get branded surprise boxes worth up to $100 for just $29!

During the sale from 24th to 26th April, expect up to 90% off and more than 600 flash deals on site!

There are also 4 exclusive premium beauty boxes that worth $100 going at $50!

I’ve received the Beautiful.Me surprise box and the items are definitely worth the $29!

This bottle of Blackmores Fish Oil mini caps is definitely worth more than that and this is just 1 out of the 5 items I’ve received in the box! Trust me, you will want to grab the surprise boxes!

Voucher Code: LAZPARTYNC6

If you’re new to Lazada, the above code gets you 18% off, capped at $6. It’s only valid from 24th to 26th April, 2018 and for the first 100 new customers only! So fastest fingers first!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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First Tattoo

Inked – Rose, Star chain, ‘Have Faith’

Some might think it’s an impulse. Considering the timeline when I announced that I wanted to get inked was around the time when I ended my relationship. But have faith in me, that’s definitely not the reason.

The Star

I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo for a long time. And I know I wanted to have the Star of David inked. Not because of the actual meaning behind it, but simply because that’s the very first star I learnt how to draw as a kid. It have always hold a special place in me and I even have the charm of it on my Pandora bracelet. Mind you, each charm on my bracelet have got a meaning to it.

Have Faith.

This is something I always tell myself when I’m facing a hurdle. And I feel that it’s a good constant reminder for myself. To have faith and strive on. For when a door is closed on you, there will be a window opened somewhere.

The Rose with Thorns

The beautiful red rose, looking vulnerable to humans wanting to pick it. But if one is not careful, you will get hurt by the thorns that protect these roses.

It’s a flower that resonate well with me. A Rose with thorns. Being nice all the time, doesn’t mean I don’t bite when I’m not being treated properly. Never ever let myself be taken for granted.

Searching for the right artist

Everyone have a different way of art and every artist portray art differently. Instead of google, I took to Instagram for my tattoo artist hunt. Looking through various artist works, before landing my eyes on a particular style and design. I think I was pretty lucky, cause I managed to find one that I like pretty quickly. Plus points when the artist also owns a cat. 😀

The Tattoo Experience

Now after all the prep work including discussing and finalizing the design with the artist. The next thing is to prep yourself mentally for any pain that is to come during the inking process. To my pleasant surprise, it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it will and the whole process was faster then I thought! But then again, mine was a small piece. It hurts a little in the initial part when the needle goes certain way into the skin, like an ant bite sort of by those big ants. But after that it’s fine.

Healing of the tattoo was about a week. Just got to endure the itch and the temptation to scratch and make sure to moisturize well.

I really like my first tattoo, which is everything I want. And I’m actually thinking of getting a second already. But it won’t be that soon, till I find something else meaningful to be added to my skin permanently.

XOXO,

Joyce.Forensia

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7 Tips to Prep for Your First Trip to Korea

Can you believe I have not stepped onto the land of Kimchi yet?

Planning a First Trip to Korea?

first trip to korea

Yes, I’m currently planning my very first trip to Korea! It was an impromptu decision for this trip as I wanted to go somewhere during my birthday week cause got birthday leave and PH. 😛

Korea appeals to me with its K-POP culture, K-Beauty and the street food! But one big hurdle that prevents me to plan a trip there till now was the language barrier. I mean, those phrases I learnt from watching K-dramas and variety shows like running man do not count.

So as someone who is thinking to visit Korea for the very first time, I put together some tips that I personally find useful!

Tips to your First Trip to Korea

  • Book your flight and accommodation together.

After travelling pretty regularly for a few years. (Eg. Twice a year) I find that you really do get to save quite a bit of money if you booked through sites like Expedia. To think about it, they are basically travel agencies in Digital form. Plus you get to compare all the flight prices available at one glance. And I like how I can search through the hotels in a particular area that I want.

I don’t really know Korea well but I know that Myeongdong is the place to stay for all sorts of convenience.

  • Buy Travel insurance (Especially so since I’m flying MAS)

People often neglect this but I feel that this is really important especially so when you’re flying to a Foreign land with language barriers that is more than a 4 hours flight away. Plus travel insurance is not that expensive I feel. It’s super easy to just buy online nowadays but I find that buying from an agent is better cause if touch wood anything happen, you have someone to consult and help you with all the processes.

  • Book your WiFi in advance

Once you have confirmed your travel dates and booked your flight and accommodation. It’s very important to book your WiFi in advance and locally. In advance, so you don’t have to panic and I find it a good habit to just book it right after your flight tickets are booked. Locally, so you will have WiFi the moment you landed in your holiday destination!

Also, you save a lot of time to look for local sim card or WiFi rental upon reaching. You can just march straight to your accommodation from the airport without fussing over all these.

Personally I’ve tried several local WiFi providers and I love the service by Roaming Man SG. Firstly, they courier the device to you 2-4 days before your travelling date. I prefer this as I can pack in the device with everything else and not having to queue at the airport to collect the device. Returning the device is as simple as calling the hotline to arrange the return when you are back from the trip at your own convenience.

What’s best? Roaming Man SG is currently having a $3/Day promotion on the rental of WiFi device to North East Asia which includes Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan and of course, Korea! $3 a day is definitely one of the lowest WiFi rental I’ve seen around! Book your WiFi here now before the end of April! There’s no restriction on the travel dates as long as you booked within the promo period!

Also, apply promo code “RMY05” to enjoy a further $5 off your total bill!

  • Check the weather (You don’t want to over-pack, save room for your shopping!

Depending on the period you’re going, you might need to pack that extra jacket and heat packs. But if the weather is turning from cold to cool like air-con kind of weather, you won’t want to bring that thick jacket that takes up half your luggage space. After-all, Seoul is sort of a shopping paradise no?

  • Research hanbok rental ( Save time by doing your research beforehand so you don’t need to go shopping around for a rental place)

Photo Credits to Google

To me, it’s a must to try on the traditional costume of the country I’m visiting if possible. Especially when I know that I won’t visiting the country anytime soon after this trip. Rather then searching for a Hanbok rental that can take you in, best to research and make your booking in advance so you can save time and spend it picking that perfect Hanbok and photo-taking instead.

  • Plan your shopping (Prep shopping list!)

With the array of Korea Beauty Brands, you don’t want to particularly spend too much time at just 1 store. Do up a shopping list of the products you want to get from each brand. It saves you a lot of time if you go into a stores with a list than blindly looking and swatching etc. Well, that’s fine if you have catered all your time on shopping.

  • Bring extra cash just in case ( I read from a friend that some shops gives discount if you pay by cash)

Always bring extra cash with you. Even if it’s Singapore dollars, you can easily change in Seoul itself. The last I heard, is that the rates there, especially in Myeongdong is more attractive then the rates in Singapore.

That’s all on the tips I’ve for planning a first trip to Korea! I’m excited for my trip and hope it will be a good first trip!

Read my travel adventures here!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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My Thoughts On Dayre

A Confession

Many of you might have noticed that I’ve hardly blogged in this precious space of mine that I’m so proud of for the past year.

There are many factors to my negligence to this space.

I was preoccupied with a relationship that have now ended on a bad note. I deleted the post on Dayre because he saw it, came to talk to me and gave me the closure I wanted.

It’s been a month now, and I think I can say I’m ok now. I did spend a whole day being super miserable about it. And another few days feeling super angry and unjust. But I think I’m slowly finding peace with myself. Memories still haunt me but I guess with time they will retreat to the archives of my brain.

I guess I just have to have better judgement in future.

And yes, Dayre.

That’s where I have been regularly updating for the past 2 years. And I’m sure many of you have heard of how the owner of Dayre have decided to close it down after a feeble attempt at fundraising through a sticker sale.

The news has been nothing but upsetting within the Dayre community. Dayre have been a space for many to rant and share easily. It’s like a blog with Instagram and Twitter capabilities all in one. One can just update on the go as and when. And as its name suggests, Dayre is like a dairy, all posts are sorted by date. You can look back and see what happened on the day itself.

It’s unfiltered, raw and real.

Unlike a proper blog where everything is curated. Maybe mine is not as carefully curated as others. But the effort in taking proper photos, having a proper thought process, making sure information and all are accurate… All the effort behind a proper blog post is different from micro-blogging.

Just like how I never shared about my relationships issue on my blog because sometimes emotions just come at that spark of the moment. Dayre allows me to just type out my thoughts in one line. But in a blog post, I must ensure that I have certain number of words, certain number of photos, certain number of outbound links etc.

It didn’t use to be like this. A blog used to be as personal as what Dayre was. But somehow with the popularity of social media and all, a blog has evolved to be a curated platform, just like Instagram. And I think that is a problem that is created by us, the users.

When the announcement was made that Dayre was closing. Many users were scattering to find an alternative and some even created a petition to try to save Dayre. It will be good if Dayre can remain. But I’m pretty sure that even if it’s bought over, the new investors would probably make changes etc and it might not be the same Dayre we love anymore.

Let’s be honest, if the app can be monetized, why would the current owners not do so?

For an example, Dayre Plus. The price point has been lowered from 128 USD to 37 USD but only 300 over users out of 50K active users are subscribed to it.

Another example, the sticker sale. The sticker set cost about 5 USD and only 700 USD was raised. Which makes only about 140 people who supported the sale. True, it might have better response if they let us know how much they need. But to be honest, how many of you have paid for stickers even before this Dayre crisis?

As a normal Dayre user, I’ve only previously purchase 1500 coins which was 14 USD and supported the sticker sale at 5 USD. That’s 19 USD I’ve contributed to the app while using it since end 2013 though I was only more active on it in 2015.

I could probably buy more stickers etc but the Dayre team is not really working on their stickers set like Line app etc. I spent a substantial amount on Line stickers and themes. And I don’t even use it as much as Dayre. So, this is two-way to be honest. You need to let the users have a way to support the app through viable means.

Like the original creator of Dayre said, the app was created for users. We all love it and enjoyed using it. But to say the cruel truth, the demise of Dayre is because of us, the users.

We weren’t that willing to pay for the extra features for Dayre when it was well and running. And now when it’s closing, all of us suddenly wants to crowdfund to keep the app alive? I’m sorry to say, things don’t work that way. Even if someone were to buy the app, will they see enough value to even invest?

I still do hope Dayre can somehow survive because I love the community for how it is. The support and encouragement that strangers gave to each other. Those are priceless. And I’m thankful for that.

It had been awhile since I’ve written so much. But I think I need to remind myself this is my own space. I don’t have to upload photos if I don’t want to. I can write however I like. If you want to read the beauty/ travel related stuff, you can click on the categories on the sidebar and ignore personal posts as such.

And with that, I will try to update more in this space of mine moving forward. Because I neglected it way too long. It’s not the same as Dayre but this was where I originally started. And of course, I still have Twitter as my ranting space. I mean, that’s why I had 42K tweets till date. But I did tweet a lot lesser after Dayre.

Oh wells…

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