In case you are not following me on Twitter (DO IT! FOLLOW ME!), you'd have been puzzled as to why the photos on the Magnolia advert below looks so bloody professional and chio!!
That is because I bought a ring light!!
Actually I have no idea what it's called but it's basically studio lighting... In the shape of a ring. Kinda like the bulbs we have on our ceilings but standing!!
You balance the ring light on a tripod, and shoot THROUGH the ring light.
On top of the light, in a never-ending effort to make my adverts more professional (*ahem* also to take camwhoring to the zenith), I also bought a WIRED REMOTE CONTROL for my L10 (the DSLR)!!
SNAP SNAP SNAP!! So easy!!
And you can actually see the ring light REFLECTED IN YOUR EYES!! It's really fun.
So anyway here are some more camwhoring shots I took that night:
This one's my favourite. :)
Anyway there are 3 bonus photos which I found quite priceless. After I set up the ring light and camera, I wanted to see how a portrait photo would turn out so I asked Mike to come over and let me take a picture of him.
He is so mad cute he walked over and thought the ring light is super bright!!!
And so, here is his first attempt. LOL... It is not THAT bright!
I told him to move closer to the camera, and this is attempt two:
I said, "B... You gotta open your eyes! I wanna see if the ring light will be reflected in the eyes!"
And so he did:
Poor baby, he has sensitive eyes.
Loads of inquiries about the contacts. They are from Spectacle Hut but I assure you they are not so striking/pretty IRL. Looks more grey than purple. Just the fab lighting!
Inquiry no 2 about the ring light. I bought it at Funan at $100++... That's not including the $40/60 (I forgot which) tripod. The light should be sold at any camera shop.
Most people will probably find this entry very boring but nonetheless...
I play Pet Society, a game on facebook... Recently I quit but they introduced Petlings - which is, erm, a pet of your pet. Yes that's silly.
But anyway you can choose either a kitty or puppy (tiger also can but must pay with real life money -_-).
I've always liked kitties but I'm not gonna buy one after The Pumpkin Incident... So I bought a Petling Kitty!! And their puppies are just not that cute, so not interested in the dogs...
The only problem is that for Petlings, when you purchase one as a baby, you can't choose the colour/looks at all. It's completely random!!
The colours available are black, white, shades of brown from cream to chocolate... hideous blue... AND PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So what's the problem, right? Buy it, don't like it, buy another. But even if you have all the Pet Society money in the world, you can't just dump a Petling and buy another. It takes 3 days to grow from baby to adult and if you try to dump it midway the game chides you for being irresponsible -_-.
I got a black kitty (yuck) and then a cream kitty (not bad) but I still can't get a pink one!!
Thanks to a friend who taught me this trick before though, today I tried to get a pink kitty... You can just try and try (without waiting 3 days) till you get the perfect one!!
It's technically considered a cheat I guess but because I'm awesome like that I'd share it!!
1) Load Pet Society when you are qualified to get a new Petling. (ie you don't have a Petling or all Petlings you have are adults)
2) After loading, DO NOT buy a Petling yet. Instead, go to Offline Mode. Offline mode is available in Mozilla and IE but not chrome.
3) Double check you are in offline mode. Now go buy a Petling baby.
4) Feed the baby food to see what it turns into. Now we split into 2 options:
A) You like it. Lucky you! Uncheck your offline and play pet society as per normal.
B) You don't like it. Still lucky coz you read me. Now press refresh. Pet society will tell you it can't load coz you are offline. Now uncheck Offline Mode. Refresh again. TADAH!! It will be like you never bought the Petling baby at all!!
Now all you have to do is to repeat Step 1 till you get the kitty/puppy of your liking!!
:D :D :D
Anyway I was being fucking anal nitpicking on all my kitties.....
I must have refreshed about 40 times and got 3 pink kitties out of all my tries but I didn't really like any of them!!
Got so many patterns one!!
After careful observation I realised:
HEAD: 5 styles and 2 of them are disgusting double chin sorts!! Gross!! Don't like the bald one either. I only like the stewie-head shaped one and the first pink kitty's!!
EYES: Yellow, brown, turquoise and blue. I only want the blue/turquoise on my kitty!!
EYE SHAPE: Pointy and round... Don't mind either but prefer pointy.
BODY: Comes in S M L sizes!!! WTF right? I didn't notice this at first but the larger cats are so much less cute!! Only the S sized ones are adorable but I accept M too.
EARS: Comes in 5 shapes... Don't mind any but prefer the fuzzy ones...
TAIL: Comes in Bushy, MAD FLUFFY, normal, stripey and normal with coloured tip. I only want the bushy/fluffy!!!
FEET: With white 'socks' and no socks!! Of course prefer with socks, but ok with none too.
The dark chocolate one I drew with a heart is freaking perfect except it is NOT PINK!!!!
Erm so after like 2 hours of refreshing I accidentally forgot to hit the offline key before buying my kitty and now I'm stuck with a shitty orange large one (thank god no jowls and has blue eyes) for the next 3 days before I can repeat this evil time-consuming cycle again.
Feel free to pile either "You have no life" or "ZOMG THANK YOU YOU ARE A SAVIOUR I WANT A PINK KITTY TOO" comments.
p/s: How can it be I got no blue kitty out of like 40 tries? Good thing I guess, hate blue.
Valentine's Day is coming up, and romance is in the air!! What's nicer than to take a long walk with your lover, sharing a chilled drink in the sunshine?
And that drink should be...
Magnolia Yoghurt Smoothie
Mixed Berries with Strawberry bits!!
A very long name for a lot of yums!
Magnolia's Yoghurt Smoothie series also has flavours in Strawberry (with Nata De coco), and Mango (with orange sacs), but the star today is the Mixed Berries!
And here is WHY!
COZ IT'S CONTEST TIME!!!
It's the "My Berry Special Moment" photo contest!!
Taking part is really simple.
All you have to do is to take a photo with your loved one(s) sharing a special moment - and send it in!!
Doesn't necessarily have to be with your lover either. It could be with friends or family too!!
Bonus berry points will be given to people who *ahem* pose with a Magnolia Yoghurt Smoothie Mixed Berries drink... So unless you are a complete idiot you should know what to do lah.
"How should I pose with you?"
Prizes are awfully attractive.
In fact, I think I stand a pretty good chance of winning and I am half undecided on whether I should write this advert. I mean the less of you participating the more chances I have of winning right? But sigh... See, I'm so nice!!
Winner and a partner gets to win a 3D2N stay at Fraser Resorts in Pattaya, with spa treatment for 2!!
And if you are not the winner, there are still 5 consolation prizes of Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s in PINK!!! That's a Polaroid camera by the way. IN PINK! Comes with a pack of film!! I WANT I WANT!!!
So I roped Mike in and snapped some pictures!!!
Here's 3, help me chose which one is the nicest!!!
LOL I guess the last one is the nicest.
Well enough of the posing (we weren't actually drinking in the photos hahaha), it's time for the taste test!!
Pouring the smoothie... For those of you who have not tried yoghurt drinks before because you don't like yoghurt that much (I don't), you have to try yoghurt drinks NOW!!
Coz the taste of it is very different from real yoghurt!! Much less sour, less thick, and so nice chilled. :D
I mean it is obviously still a YOGHURT drink so obviously it still does taste a bit like yoghurt lah.
Comes with real chunky strawberry bits inside. Oh love!!!
Why choose a yoghurt drink?
For one it has BioLive Cultures in it, whatever that means. Well it does give you a healthier digestive system!
For a drink that tasty, it is shockingly enough FAT-FREE! That's right, 0% fats!
And everyone knows yoghurt contains calcium for strong bones and teeth. :)
Now how nice is that?
Magnolia Yoghurt Smoothie Mixed Berries with Strawberry Bits is available at all supermarkets, 7 Eleven etc, so go get your own to try today, and remember to snap pictures to join the contest!!
You could be the lucky winner of a FREE HOLIDAY!!!
MY BERRY LOVE
Yummy whether shared or drank on your own. Slurps!
A great thank you to Project Alpha and MAS for flying me to London!!!
Mad sleepy for some reason so expect short captions...
Had the BEST FLIGHT EVER on the way there.
I dunno why but I guess coz it's not peak period, the plane only had 76 of us!!! ONE WHOLE GINORMOUS PLANE!!
Everyone had a 4-seat "bed" all to themselves! Service was impeccable. Food was great. Best 12 hours on a plane I ever had.
Empty empty empty!!!
Unfortunately the MAS flight on the way back was super full though. I guess the Chinese in London are going back to KL for CNY? Well, not everyday Sunday.
Taken during taxiing. ;)
Here's Niki talking to the camera while waving his slr around. So hardworking!
Jojo's so kiasu, her luggage has her surname written all over it!
Jojo and Niki leaning over my baby pink luggage. :D
After about 40 mins in a cab, we arrive at Millennium hotel!! It's right smack in the center of London Mayfair. Nice!
Look at all the posh and stuffy English people in their suits... And in contrast, David sprawled across the couch like a deflated jellybean. Hahaha
At least I THINK it's David.
And there it is!
After this we take a walk out to find a place for dinner!! It only took everyone 5 mins out in the cold (about 5 degrees) to realise we all didn't have enough warm clothing, and went upstairs to pile on more. -_-
I hate being cold!!! Grrrr
And there we are at this place called Spaghetti house. Michael (left, director), Jojo (host), and Tony (cameraman).
At this point Mike arrived and walked over to meet us. He ordered pizza:
I had some fettuccine with mushroom and sausage ragout. It was ok.
David's salmon. The spinach was yummy!!
Om nom nom photo!!! Niki's vongole, Michael's... Something spaghetti. I forgot what he had.
By the time we were done it was like 10 plus or something!! SLEEPYTIME!!
Fleece double breasted jacket (F21), white turtleneck (This Fashion!! HAHAHA), glitter hat (Bugis V), SUPER THICK black leggings (with corduroy inside - best buy ever totally saved my life in London, and from This Fashion too at $17!), blue heart print shorts (This Fashion again), and brown lace-up wedge boots (HK). :D
My god I'm almost all decked out in This Fashion. Seriously, you just need to dig - they have good stuff!!
Anyway I took a pair of coloured contacts to London but Mike forgot to pack to the toiletries so I had no contact solution. As such, I washed my lens under the tap, and expectedly enough, it fell into the abyss below.
FML I look so hideous without my contacts. Fuck small black eyes!!
My eyes are brown with photoshop, in case you are wondering.
Mike at the lounge, waiting for our turn to be filmed. I took him to look atas and this is all he could muster. Lousy!
Fantabulously enough, we were to have lunch at Millennium's Avista restaurant - and the meal was to be cooked by a famous chef who is on Master Chef (tv show)!!!
So exciting. :D
Jojo and I
Deep fried calamari - crispy, hot and yums!!!
The black one is not due to really frying amateur skills.
It is coated with squid ink tempura.
Ok I'm not gonna apologize for the barrage of food photos ok coz this is LONDON FOOD!! Therefore must take pictures!
Incredible tuna tartar (? forgive me if I spelt it wrong and made it the teeth dirt thingy). Ok I checked and it's tartare. So tuna tartare with rocket salad. Came in a glass dome filled with smoke, and there was so much fanfare when it was opened!!!
The smoke like swirled out in a totally artsy way man!!
But I hate raw stuff so didn't eat this.
Here's our chef!! Michele. Or something similar. He is from Venice!
Yummiest freaking eggplant oozing cheese layered thingy I've EVER eaten. LOVE
One more for sashimi fans
Foie gras with beans! Looks like pate but tastes just like pan fried foie gras. Totally melts in your mouth!! LOVE
The calamari that looks chao tah. I took a bite. Not much diff from the other golden calamari.
You know what? It's like impossible to tell if this thing is charred during frying!!! Therefore it HAS to be cooked with the rest of the normal coloured tempura!! LOL
The tomatoes they had on display were so juicy, red and shiny they looked totally fake!!
Here I am with a real Pumpkin!
We requested for our mains to come kinda like tapas, so that we can try more.
This pasta thingy is filled with the juiciest softest pork ever, and comes with chestnuts. Totally chomped it down.
Potato gnocchi with something something. The pasta tastes really interesting!
At this point all of us were so full we just could eat anymore so the chef served dessert.
Chocolate with raspberry sauce at the bottom
Panna cotta with dark cherries
Queen pear with ice cream.
It was way too cold to wear my sparkly hat outdoors so I wore my furry one instead!! Also lifesaver man this hat. I hate cold ears! Bought from Accessorize!
What do you think?
Gloucester square, which was just outside our hotel. Beautiful!
Tony with camera which is ALSO wrapped up for the cold
I have no interest in buildings normally (well they mostly aren't pink, are they??!), but those in London are really different from anywhere else's! So... Victorian. Mostly.
Of course not forgetting to camwhore while we were walking
Mike and I. In case you were thinking, this photo looks like something that will be on newspapers... WELL THAT'S COZ IT'S TAKEN BY A REAL JOURNALIST!!
Niki is a reporter from The Star, the biggest English paper in Malaysia. And he takes fab pics!!
Ok lah this one got people, not just buildings. Everyone looks bloody rich there man. I suppose that's coz I was in the posh part of London.
And nobody wears pink except little girls. Even little girls wear black lor. -_-
SIGHTED!!! A rare pink car!!
Me with fruits. They look so colourful!
Everyone on the subway with me clearly sitting. LOL
I hate the tube btw. Most places are mad far to walk from the stations (yes, insert 'Singaporeans are too pampered' insult here) and who likes walking in the frigid cold?? Who?? URGH!
Next time I go I'm cabbing everywhere unless I can't get a cab!!
It's not that ex, maybe between 20-30 sgd. Ok what!!
Totally being prissy but it's not a trekking holiday damn it!!! If I wanted to trek in the cold I'd go to Siberia!! Well at least the ppl there have dogs to pull them and they don't need to switch dogs at interchanges. HAHAHAHA!!
But boh pian coz this time we had to shoot at touristy places and touristy places are all outdoors. Next time I just wont go in winter!
I think I threw a mini hissy fit after walking a million miles in the cold to see the London Eye... Sorry Project Alpha members!! Sorry I'm so bloody unfit!!
And thanks for the patience with me. Everyone was so being so nice!! *embarrassed face*
This is a supposedly famous angel... Once again I demonstrate my ignorance by not knowing what it is, and worse still, not caring.
Mike and I :D
I know his jacket says france (he is american) but I bought it for damn cheap ($50 - bought it one day before the trip and Mike had no winter jackets!) and france is the only logo they have!
Unbelievably enough, we saw the Texas embassy!
It was dinnertime and Ming called to spring a surprise on us.
He booked a table at a 1 Michelin star restaurant for all of us!!!!
SO FUCKING HAPPY!!!
I've NEVER had food at such a posh place before and was dying to try. :D Tytyty Boss Ming!!
Here we are
Nuffnang founders Ming and Tim
The chandeliers were gorgeous.
Ming with his friend
Mike and I again
Here's our menu
This tasted like cream of cauliflower. Nice
Pork cubes + Parmesan biscuits
3 types of butter in salted, unsalted and Parmesan.
Here's Jojo's appetizer. She didn't want any of the 3 so I told her to get the duck egg (which nobody chose, obviously), so that we can try it.
I didn't like it. The egg was too raw and too jelat although the mushrooms at the bottom were nice.
Mine: Chose scallops coz I figured I already had foie gras that day (oh these people really spoil me).
Two freaking AWESOME scallops. Best I've ever had!! I don't know how they made just normal scallops sooooooo nice!!!
And a slab of the tender-est braised pork EVER. Oh, so delicious!!
For my main I chose the halibut with duck confit.
What a terrible disappointment. The fish was overdone and I dunno what I expect of duck confit but in my impression it was crispy?
This was just a mushy slab of dunno what. Sorry I didn't clarify. The brown thin slice is the duck confit. -_-
And the two hash brown like thingys? Nobody could tell what it was. I guess that's the salsify. It tastes like white radish/turnip.
Oh well at least the appetizer was totally awesome!
Someone else's guinea fowl. It was better than the halibut.
Here's Ming. He wasn't too pleased with the standard of the food.
Me with my raspberry dessert. Not bad but a tad sour.
Overall though, I'd still say I had an awesome experience!! Must be the company. Thanks for the treat Ming. Mad love!!
I'd leave u guys with 2 toilet photos:
Toilet bowl at Rhodes. Spotted anything weird yet?
The area around the bowl is CARPETTED!!
Now that's POSH!!! You'd expect the loo to smell like years of pee but it smells fab. I guess rich people don't drip. HAHAHAHA
Posting Day 2 up after CNY.
GONG XI FA CAI!!!
Notice I didn't say anything about Valentine's Day. That's coz I don't like that holiday. Still pissed about the $350/pax shitty meal we had at Equinox last year.
p/s: DPG please let me win loads in gambling last year I won $500 in poker please please please let history repeat itself kthxbye.