Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Australia; Melbourne Itinerary part II #xbtravelogue

Hello! *blows dust off this space* I'm finally back with part II of #xbtravelogue to Melb.
Omg part I of this post was in September?!
Sincere apologies if you have been checking back for updates..

So here goes~~
Day 4 at Melbourne where we finally had a decent breakfast in the hotel. The first 2 days we had to make do with takeaways as our tours were earlier than breakfast hours, and it was very nice of Tune Hotel to have 'box breakfast' service! (packet orange juice/milk, cereal, granola bar)
It was also our last breakfast at Tune Hotel before we checked in to a new stay for the next 2 nights!
 Gobbled down our breakie and walked 10mins to Downtown from Tune Hotel to collect our car we rented from rentalcars.com! It was pretty stressful to drive in Melb downtown because they have trams in the middle of the road cruising along with you. Which means other than cars, we still had to look out for trams~  Good thing Sean did some research on the road signs and traffic signals beforehand to understand the road better!

Our room for the next 2 nights~
Oaks on William was $240 per night. I spent a few days shortlisting hotels on Agoda before confirming on this spacious, modern, affordable and good location stay. I think I kinda made the right choice :)
Day/Night view from our balcony, do remember to opt for high floor with garden view.

Experiencing the morning kind of Queen Victoria Market. I totally love places like this, think good food, cheap finds, lovely flowers! Cant decide if I like the morning or night market more~

Ended the night with piping hot korean pot + hot chocolate and churros because we were totally freezing!

Day 5 itinerary was to visit Warook Cattle Farm and Philip Island to see penguins up close.
Settled the GPS and drove for almost 2 hours before arriving at Warook Cattle Farm where I fell in love with a little lamb. I have always wanted to hold a little white lamb in my arms, it was like a dream come true, really. Wished I could bring her home~
Entrance fee to Warook Farm is about $25 where you will be on a guided tour around the farm for almost an hour.

We rented a Toyota Corolla for 3 days for SGD 240 which includes 1 gps and 1 additional driver so we could take turns to drive. Driving out of Melbourne city was definitely a breeze because there weren't many cars on the road and the scenery was extremely beautiful.



Unfortunately they didnt have koala bears there so we had to travel to another location to see them~ Somehow visiting the koalas was a waste of time because they were all so far and high up hibernating in the trees. Lucky our route wasn't detoured as it was on the way to Philip Island for our night with the penguins which we booked online for around SGD100 per pax. 
Our experience was rather unique, unlike those that we see in Singapore zoo, we had to camp at the beach till the penguins swim from the big ocean back to shore to their home. They were super adorable marching in batch by batch in a straight line as thou they were performing. We had to stay very quiet and cameras weren't allowed, hence no pictures :(

My coat says 'Tomorrow is going to be Amazing' :)

Last day in Melbourne was spent shopping in town and exploring the rest of the places that was on our itinerary.
Hosier Lane/ Bourke Street Mall/ Brunswich Street/ Chapel Street
Made a trip to have brunch at the highly recommended Top Paddock and indeed it didnt disappoint!

What's Melbourne without visiting these colourful bathing boxes~
Hello Brighton beach!
Big thankyou to the fellow Singaporeans who recognized and offered to take pics for us. It's always nice to see Singaporeans when we are away from home :))
Really thankful to have Sean as my travel companion. It was our first time traveling out of Asia and this has to be one of the best vacation ever. We were told that we were very brave to rent a car and drive 3 hours out of the city to little towns and I'm glad we are back home safe and sound.

Thou there was a night I got so frightened by a strange man who kept following us when we were walking back to our hotel from Chinatown late in the night. We had to hop onto a cab to make a detour back to the hotel because we couldnt get rid of him no matter what. Other than that, all was good. :)

Oh man I really love Australia and a part of me truly wished to stay. It was funny how Sean turned so emo towards the end of the trip and I could tell he was feeling very sad about returning back to Sg. So we made a promise to visit Aussie again when we have the chance!
Time to work harder!  

Till then..

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ginza Calla -sp

Located at the extension of Plaza Singapura is Ginza Calla, a company originating from Japan that specializes in hair removal. With 30 over stores in Japan, the IPL(Intense Pulse Light) specialists have finally reached the shores of Singapore! 
Unlike most IPL salons that focused much more on hair removal than skin protection, Ginza Calla pays utmost attention to the wellbeing of both, using their very own researched and developed “美肌潤美BIHADA-JUNBI”, a gorgeously luscious moisturizing lotion to keep our skin nourished and supple.

My previous IPL package that I signed on with another beauty salon didn't show much results and I stopped after a few sessions. I know IPL needs >10 sessions for visible results but they were so pushy on selling their whitening products etc and I really dont like it because I suck at rejecting people. 
So I was looking forward to try out Ginza Calla's treatment when they approached me. 

On my recent visit there, I had IPL done on my lower arm. But right before starting, I had to take a simple health survey to verify that I'm IPL treatment ready as it was not advisable to undergo IPL if you've been exposed to the sun like tanning or outdoor activities within 1-2 weeks.
Here's the exterior of the unit, it gives off such a royal and classy vibe, doesn't it?

Ginza Calla has even won a prestigious award from AsiaOne! Impressive and is recognized in as a top player in the beauty industry. 

A mandatory selfie shot while waiting at the reception, wearing Daisy Scuba Dress in cobalt blue :) 

And me all ready to begin treatment in the white walled treatment room~

Here's the beautician applying cold gel on the area to be treated and to numb it a little, and a towel over my eyes to protect them from the light waves about to be emitted from the IPL machine.

This is Ginza Calla’s special IPL machine. I call it special because instead of the standard 3 pulses per shot emitted for the normal IPL machine, this one here emits FIVE pulses per shot. 
This means lesser shots are needed to achieve the same results!

This is their very own high-pressure jet spray machine which sprays out the Bihada Junbi lotion! 

Using the high pressure jet and delivering the Moisture Enriched Mist into the skin. 
As IPL tends to dry out our skin, this procedure was done before and after the treatment, to ensure my skin stays thoroughly moisturized throughout the session. I love the feeling of being sprayed by the high pressure jet, +++ moisuture to my skin please! Wish the process could last longer thou haha

After the treatment and continuing the rest of my day, my skin felt perfectly normal. I expected some itch as experienced in the previous salon where I did my IPL but to my delight I felt nothing at all! The Bihada Junbi sure did its magic~
I truly enjoyed my short 30 mins with Ginza Calla, I love how polite Japanese are.

Below here is a chart on the areas you can choose for hair removal. Basically other than the hair on our head, brows and lashes area, all other hairy areas are unruly. Time for some grooming ladies! 

And here's a special treat for you readers! 

Promotion 1
 $50 for unlimited plan on Any 1 of the following 4 parts:
Underarm/Upper Lip/Back of Hands & Fingers/Toes and Feet 
PLUS 1x Whitening Mask on Under Arm
(Limited Time Only *Management reserves the rights to end promo period)

Promotion 2
 $2 for any small parts– when you purchase the small parts unlimited plan for $388 
(Small parts marked out in red on above chart
PLUS 1x Whitening Mask on Underarm or V-line

Promotion 3
Exclusive to my readers only until November 2014!
Quote my name - ‘Jolene’ for these awesome promo:

$68 for 3 sessions of Full Brazilian with whitening mask


Unlimited full Brazilian IPL for only $2,380

Check out their Website/Facebook for more info:

Tel: 65-6238-8850

Till then..