Saturday, December 12, 2015

My Double Eyelid Surgery with Beverly Wilshire


If you follow me on snapchat (id: Thexiaxue) you would know that about a month ago I did my double eyelid surgery! Here is the blog post about my latest plastic surgery journey!

As I mentioned on my Dollywink post, I have double eyelids but they are tapered and low. So I always put on eyelid tape whenever I have makeup on.

You can see the difference with tape and without.

I've actually gone through eyelid surgery before in 2010 - you can see the post here. In 2010, I did the sewing of eyelids** and the cutting of the outer corner of my eyes.

That surgery was terrible. Like so so so so bad. The surgeon was a China guy who can't even speak English. It was extremely painful. I had a shot of LA under my eyes that felt like it pierced into my eyeballs and what's worse is that I knew I had to go through it again for my other fucking eye. Pain scale 9/10.

After the surgery, I realised that both my eyeballs suffered trauma and both my eye whites became a very scary red colour, from multiple burst blood vessels in the eyes.

The redness which made me look like Lord Voldemort incarnate lasted for MONTHS. When confronted, the centre told me it is normal, but it is only now that I've been told it means the surgeon was very rough with my eyes and this is not normal at all.

Then it came to the removal of stitches. I cannot begin to say how fucking painful it was. It was truly the most painful I've ever felt in my life, even worse than the LA jab into my eyeballs.

It was an inexperienced nurse removing the stitches for me, and she kept tugging at the threads around my sore and tender wounds. She tugged and tugged and still the stitches didn't come out, so the ordeal lasted over half an hour. It was half an hour of pure torture and I cried and cried and begged her to stop but she just kept saying it's about to be done. I was actually yelling and when it was finished I couldn't stop crying. And since I have a super high threshold of pain, when I say this is 10/10 painful it means it really is.

All these would have perhaps been worth it if my surgery made my eyes any nicer, BUT IT DIDN'T.

There was NO DIFFERENCE. I know in the blog post I linked I said it looks better but after the swelling went down, the eyelids become low and tapered again (as evident in the photo above) and I didn't feel the outer corner incisions made any difference.

 So I just used eyelid tape afterwards and didn't bother anymore.

Then Beverly Wilshire approached me interested in a collaboration, so I gave them a visit.

Their centre is located in Johor Bahru, a 10 min drive from the causeway so it is very convenient for Singaporeans to go to.

What is Beverly Wilshire?

Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre (BWMC) is a multi-award-winning integrated beauty medical centre that sets the standards in cosmetic surgery, aesthetic medicine (non-surgical and laser treatments), and healthy ageing (wellness and regenerative therapy) in the Asia Pacific region. The centre offers a comprehensive range of established cosmetic procedures, aesthetic treatments and health services, allowing the provision of a holistic approach to its three core specialities.

BWMC is backed by registered and board-certified plastic surgeons. All cosmetic and aesthetic procedures are performed by highly experienced and qualified doctors in world-class operating theatres using the latest FDA approved medical equipment.

 In short, Beverly Wilshire is a plastic surgery centre, but they are more than just that.

Being situated in Johor Bahru, Singaporeans might feel a little apprehensive but all my doubts disappeared when I saw their centre.

The centre is HUGE and occupied most of the second level of the building.

Everything inside is very posh, newly renovated and clean.

The centre actually has its own wards for patients to rest after surgery. They are fully equipped and very comfortable, with many nurses around.

The surgery room is also within the centre and they have their own professional anaesthetist.

Singaporeans may not have heard of Beverly Wilshire but they are an established name in Plastic Surgery in Kuala Lumpur.

BWMC won many awards before, including a very prestigious "International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year" - competing against clinics AROUND THE WORLD.

Cheesie actually went to their centre for a review back in 2013. Many celebrities actually go to them for treatments!!

Their JB branch, which I went to, is newly opened.

Here's Yutaki and me at the centre.

Yutaki and I consulted with Dr Lawren Lee, who does aesthetic procedures such as botox or fillers.

Next I consulted with Dr David Cheah, whose full name is really very full: Professor Dato Dr David Cheah Sin Hing. He sure damn sian when he got to fill up forms with his name.

Seriously he has so many prefixes to his name that I don't know which one to call him to be the most respectful... is it Professor or Dato or Doctor? (Answer seems to be Professor)

Anyway, obviously Professor Cheah is super experienced and he was so very patient when I was consulting with him.

At this point I actually didn't want to do any invasive surgery (Mike sure don't allow) but Yutaki kept convincing me to do my eyes.

I went home and talked to Mike about it and also my mom... Surprisingly enough my mom said yea the eyelid tapes are actually quite obvious so she thinks I can go ahead and do this one.

Sometimes, after I remove my eyelid tape one eye still has the thick eyelids and the other the low tapered version. It looks so uneven and ugly lah... This can last for days so I look damn weird without makeup.

Mike didn't want me to do the surgery but I explained to him about the uneven-ness and since it is a pretty simple surgery he allowed me to go ahead with it.

And so I decided on cutting double eyelids and also epicanthoplasty, which is the cutting of the inner corners of the eyes!

Just now I mentioned that I did sewing of double eyelids before in 2010. For those of you who don't know, there are two types of double eyelid surgery - Sewing and Cutting.

Sewing is the less invasive of the two. It involves simply weaving a thread through your eyelids. It is reversible, but might not be permanent.

The cutting method involves actually cutting out a wedge of skin/fats in your eyelids. It is permanent but takes a longer time to recover.

Since the sewing method did balls for me, I decided this time to do the cutting method. Prof Cheah also suggested epicanthoplasty because he said the inner corners of my eyes needed to be cut to achieve parallel eyelids.


The day of the surgery came. Sorry no pics because I was put in scrubs and wheeled into surgery room pretty much immediately.

I ate lunch normally (phew wasn't asked to fast), had a last consult with Prof Cheah about what I wanted for my eyes, and he begin to mark the spots on where he was going to cut etc...

I was told I was to go under "twilight surgery", which I have never done before. All of my other surgeries were done under Local Anesthesia so I was fully awake for them.

I was asked to ingest a pill that will make me sleepy. After that, they gave me an injection on my arm that wasn't painful. This was supposed to be the sedative.


Like immediately a feeling of relaxation, happiness and peace spread into my body. The last thing I said to Professor Cheah was "This is wonderful, I can no longer feel my body aches." and he laughed.

Subsequently I suppose he started on the surgery. I felt absolutely no pain. My body felt too heavy to move but my mind was still wide awake. I was in a warm state of bliss and I found that being on the sedative was like lucid dreaming. I could control my thoughts to be happy like imagining unicorns and even thinking about Dash being cute and it was so nice. I know this post is supposed to be about the eyes and I know you want to see the end results but omg seriously the surgery process was just so enjoyable.

I now know why people get addicted to drugs lol... Externally I could hear everything that went on in the surgery room, including Professor Cheah listening to English oldies while operating (which I enjoyed as well lol). I remember thinking that I hope the surgery lasts longer because I was having so much fun. Hahaha

Anyway this was a far cry from my previous traumatic surgery wtf.

It was only after the surgery that they put me in the ward and I actually fell asleep. I woke up and could see clearly with no impaired vision but I felt a bit groggy.

Prof Cheah told me the surgery went great and he is very pleased with the results. He also said it was a difficult surgery to do because the China doctor's old threads were still in my eyes and he had to remove them.

Then he showed me the stuff he took out from my eyes: The old threads and bits of fats/skin from my eyelids. I politely declined taking these home.

I felt absolutely zero pain around my eyes. They were the tiniest bit sore but it was nothing.

Immediately after surgery

The eyelids looked very swollen and I still have stitches in. If you do the same surgery, be prepared to be ugly as fuck for at least 4 days? But ok lah can hide behind sunglasses.

I went home, ate some food, played with dash for a bit hiding behind glasses, and slept more.

This is day 3. The little tapes can be taken off after 2 days and Prof Cheah said I can actually put makeup!!

I think this is day 5 or 6 post op with no eye makeup, and the stitches are still there.

I went out for an Urban Decay event and put thick makeup lol...

Here I am squinting in the sunlight as I take a selfie while walking along orchard road. Even though I still had stitches on most people said I didn't really look freaky anymore.

7 days after the surgery, I went back to Beverly to remove the stitches.

Due to my previous horrific Saw-worthy experience with stitch removal, I was scared like crazy but it was Prof Cheah himself who removed my stitches, not some inexperienced nurse. It wasn't painful at all!!

This was taken 1 day after stitch removal. The left is me without eye makeup and the right is only with mascara + a bit of eyeliner drawn at the wings!!

This is so super crazy!! In the past, my eyelashes always point obstinately downwards. Even if I curl them like crazy, I can never achieve this wide-eyed effect, which is why I usually don't bother with mascara and just go with falsies.

Now however, due to the skin being cut and sewn higher, the eyelashes point upwards and look so long when mascara-ed!!

You can still see that the eyelids are a bit swollen still, and Prof Cheah said they will go down even more. The inner corner takes a long time to heal and till now, 1 month after the surgery, they are still a little bit lumpy. But this is normal and it can barely be noticed unless someone looks really closely.

Photos 1 month post op with makeup:

How I wish I have your natural big eyes baby!!

None of the eyes in this post's photos are edited btw.

Very pleased with my eyes now! Thank you Beverly Wilshire and Dr Cheah for making my plastic surgery experience so pleasant.

Other than double eyelid surgery, Beverly Wilshire also does many other procedures such as nose jobs, boob jobs, liposuction, etc. Hair grafting is one of their specialties.

My surgery costs RM5500 which is SGD$1822 approximately.

The centre provides transport for Singaporean patients so you will be picked from home and sent back to your doorstep.

If you are interested, this is their website:

You can also make an enquiry by emailing them at:

Disclaimer: Naturally plastic surgery or any form of surgery poses risks. Please do your own research before proceeding. If you choose to undergo the same surgery as me, understand that since nobody's eyes are exactly the same, the results might differ.

Friday, November 6, 2015

3M Hot, Cold and Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser Review


Our human body is 60% made up of water.

We should drink 8 big glasses of water everyday to replenish our fluids, and drinking enough water makes us healthier, more beautiful, and even less likely to fall sick!

So it is pretty obvious that water is important to us... But water is just water, isn't it? Unlike teas or sweetened drinks, there aren't much choices when it comes to water. The water we drink at home is just... plain water.

I'll be honest. I know most people don't do this, but all my life I've drank my water directly from the tap! I know it's safe-ish because I never fell ill from drinking tap water, but I never did any research on whether it's good to do that or not.

When I was told 3M was giving me a water dispenser, I wasn't very impressed. I thought it was just a filter I had to attach to my tap or some troublesome jug I had to keep refilling.

The day of installation came:

I led the installation guy into my kitchen...

Here he is, taking apart my drawers. I was actually quite surprised because well... it isn't just a filter on my tap, or a jug! The drawers had to be taken apart because a tube had to run directly from my water supply to my 3M Table Top Dispenser.

The tube was running under the cabinets so it won't be ugly and visible.

It looks very messy because my kitchen top has so many items... Of all the things there the one I hate the most is the stupid kettle which you can see is silver and black.

I had refused to buy a kettle. I don't like drinking hot drinks so I don't often use hot water. But if I needed to, I either put water into a pot to boil or put a mug into the microwave. The principle of buying an external appliance for making hot water just offended me because seems so medieval that there shouldn't be an extra apparatus occupying my kitchen top space for it. Nor should I be spending any money buying a KETTLE!

However, having a kid meant making milk and hot water is needed. Frustrated with my obstinate refusal to invest in a kettle, my mom brought one from her house, and it is semi broken with scorchtape on the wire. A bit hazardous. And it's so ugly and takes up so much space and it's so scary like anytime can scald people who touch it accidentally.



My 3M Hot, Cold and Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is neatly installed!!

Although this is an advertorial, I just want to say, 100% truthfully, that it is probably one of the most used items in my house, by everyone in the family... and we all LOVE IT TO BITS!!!!

True, this is not the sexiest sponsored item I've received. But it is indeed very very useful and practical. It has truly won me and the family over.

Here's why:

1) Clean, filtered water

Remember just now when I said water is just plain water... Well, that's not correct. There are many different grades of water.

I have said just now that I always drink water directly from the tap. I may have no qualms about risking my health, but I most certainly refuse to subject my toddler to the same.

That meant that if I needed to fill up Dash's water bottle for the day, I had to first boil water then put the water somewhere for it to cool. It wastes both time and space.

Now, I can let him have safe and clean water directly from the 3M Table Top Dispenser because it dispenses room temperature water! I can make his milk and fill his cup during meal times with water I know is safe for him!

Using 3M miniaturization technology in the 3M AP2-G filter,

- chlorine taste and odour,
- lead and volatile organic compounds which are believed to lead to health risks
- sediments as fine as 0.5 mircons
- 99.95% of Protozoan cysts (not quite sure what this is but it sounds bad)

all of the above are gone from the tap water I would otherwise be drinking.

The 3M Table Top Dispenser is the ONLY dispenser in the market that is BPA free! 

Most parents won't let their babies drink out of milk bottles that aren't BPA-free, so if you are intending to buy a dispenser for child-use, take note of this!

Additionally, the 3M Table Top Dispenser comes with an ultra violet light system that sterilises the filtered water by 99.99%, removing pathogenic bacteria.

It is also very easy to change the filter, there is no need to service the machine.

You may be surprised to learn this because 3M is known for stationary... But they do have 75 years of filtration experience!!!

2) Cold water, immediately whenever I want it

The 3M Table Top Dispenser dispensing cold water. It is immediate and very cold!!

The husband and I are both fans of ice cold water. Before the 3M Table Top Dispensercame into my life, Mike used to get his cold water from a filtered jug.

He doesn't like drinking tap water straight from the tap, so he fills up this big jug with a filter on it, then he puts it in the fridge.


It takes up so much valuable fridge space. It is also too heavy for me to carry properly, so when I try to pour water out of it I always spill. It also makes Mike mad if he finds his jug empty, which meant that out of courtesy I should refill the stupid jug if I drink out of it. Seriously, it's way too heavy and cumbersome for me to do that, so I rather just leave him to his jug. If I'm not utilizing it, all the more it makes me irritated that it is taking up my fridge space.

As a result, I often resort to using ice cubes (also troublesome to refill), or just drinking room temperature water which I don't like as much. This also made me drink less water because when it's not cold it's not as tasty.


Now, whenever I want, I can fill my cup with crisp, cold, clean filtered water, and drink to my heart's content.

We have thrown away that irritating jug. The husband cannot stop praising the 3M Table Top Dispenser, and every guest that comes to my house loves it. Some have even remarked that the cold water is just the right amount of cold and wanted to get their own.

I use the cold function every single day.

See the blue button there with the water droplet? Simply press it and out comes filtered room temperature water instead if cold is not your thing.

3) Hot water

Want to make a cup of coffee?

First press this button, and wait just 1 or 2 mins for the water to boil.

And voila! You have boiling hot water! To be extra safe, you have to first press the hot button then press the black rectangle that's behind the cup for hot water to come out. This is to prevent children from any mishaps.

The hot water function is also very useful for my family as Mike, my mom and my helper all drink coffee. A bit of hot water is needed for Dash's milk as well.

I really really wish I had the 3M Table Top Dispenser earlier! All those times I had to warm water in the microwave to make a water bath to warm up breast milk... This would have made my life so much easier!

Oh and I finally threw away the hazardous kettle. YAY!!!


In short, I would like to give the 3M Hot, Cold and Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser 5 stars out of 5.

It is easily one of the most useful appliance I have at home, and everybody in the family LOVES it.

In Singapore's hot weather, I always feel so grateful whenever I get home from bringing Dash out to the sweltering park and I can immediately get myself a glass of ice cold water... FUSS FREE.

Everyone who comes to my house always tells me they want the 3M Table Top Dispenser, and asks me how much it cost.

The usual price is $1,888.

But now there is a special promotional price of $1,488!

Additionally, you get 1 FREE filter replacement cartridges worth $155!

And 1 3M Xmas gift box worth $50!!

AND you can get and extra $50 off, specially for my readers only!!

All you have to do is register now HERE and use blogger code “XIAXUEHCD2”.  It only takes 30 seconds!

Friendly consultants from Jestac, the 3M Authorized Distributor will contact you to inform how you can collect the $50 voucher.

If you want to see the actual 3M Table Top Dispenser or try a cup of 3M Filtered Water, you can visit 3M’s Authorized Distributor at:

No.2 Kim Chuan Drive CSI Distribution Centre #02-06 Singapore 547080
Mon - Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm, Sat 8.30am to 2.30pm
Tel: 6288 8290

The 3M Table Top Dispenser is also available at most Selffix stores.

Remember to like Jestac's facebook page to get the best promotions!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dolly Wink Big Eye Make


So this is how my typical daily makeup looks like:

Chio right hahahahaha

OK, here's the startling difference with only one side of eye makeup done:



I didn't photoshop the eye makeup at all!

Want to know how to do big eye makeup? The Japanese look to dramatically enlarge their eyes and sometimes they use pretty extreme makeup that some people might find too... exaggerated for daily wear. It's a bit weird to go work/school with getai makeup! The key should be to enlarge your eyes, but in a more subtle and natural way.

Want to know how I did it? Here are the steps!

Let's start!

Step 1: Double eyelid tape!!

Knowing your own eye shape is important. I was born with single eyelids and since I was young, all the adults would say it's a pity that I didn't get double eyelids when both my parents had them. Hahaha in Singapore during my parents' era got no sense of what is the politically correct thing to say one... In the States if you said monolids are ugly, people will say you are racist against Chinese and try to patronize you by saying that monolids are sexy and exotic. Or they scold you for not loving yourself. LOL

Well I'm Asian and so I'm allowed to say... I HATED MY MONOLIDS! Of course, this is not to make you feel bad about your monolids if you have them. Go ahead and feel that they are special and beautiful. But I like the whole dolly look and so I didn't like my monolids.

The reason is nothing racist. It's makeup woes.

When you have monolids your eyes tend to be hooded. Refer to the picture above for the monolid eye in the square. The flesh above the eye tends to droop down more, obstructing the iris and making eyes look smaller and more tired.

When you try to apply makeup, eyeliner goes under the eyelids, so you basically can't see any eyeliner or eyeshadow at all unless you put it super thick.

I was 13 when I first started putting on double eyelid tape.

In the past, it wasn't so convenient and I had to cut the tape myself. I even used scotchtape to cut costs. LOL!!

I put tape on everyday and one day, something miraculous happened...

When I took out the tape, the DOUBLE EYELIDS STAYED.

I developed permanent double eyelids! I don't know if it's from the regular application of the tape or because I just grew up that way... but it happened.

So why do I still need to use this if I already have double eyelids?


There is tapered, where the inner corner of the eyelid joins with the eyes, which Koreans prefer.

There is parallel, where the inner corner of the double eyelid doesn't join with the eyes, which Japanese prefer. Parallel double eyelids are not very common naturally on Asians, but most Caucasians have it.

On the right is my natural double eyelid, which is quite low.

Even though it's technically not monolids, the double eyelids are so close to my eyelashes that any eye makeup I put will be obscured partially...

On the left you can see the effect after applying double eyelid tape! I chose tapered double eyelids for a more natural look, but it is still double the thickness of before.

You can see the difference in makeup later on. Double eyelid tape is a very important part of my makeup routine and I never go without it!

Here's how it looks like when my eyes are closed! Barely visible!

When applying double eyelid tape, remember to not go too close to the inner eye corner where it might cause you discomfort. Otherwise it's super comfy!

Makeup should be applied AFTER the tape is on, because powder on the eyelids will cause the tape to not stay. I tried Koji's eyelid tape and found it to be very long-lasting and comfortable!

Koji's new double eyelid tape is a very very light nude colour, translucent and looks almost visible on eyelids.

Next I'm applying eyeliner on both eyes, in deep black. They also have brown available for a softer look.

I love Dolly Wink's eyeliners!! Not only is the packaging so gorgeous, the liner itself is also very precise, easy to use, and it stays on all day. The control is good so it's easy for novices!

Done in a minute.

Here's the effect! Check out the difference between the two eyes!

You can see an obvious difference right? With tape, there are two visible lines, the eyeliner AND the double eyelid, giving it a more interesting look. Without tape, the eye looks smaller and eyeliner is partially covered.

Of course, you can decide which look you prefer, but I definitely think the higher double eyelids make the eyes look much bigger. Sad news for people with naturally high double eyelids though... There is no tape that can make it monolids even if you wanted to! LOL

Next step is Dolly Wink's famous eyelashes!

I am using Dolly Wink in No. 23. Sweet Girl. It is a very simple and natural pair of falsies that anyone can wear, even everyday!

First step to applying eyelashes:

Measure the eyelashes against your own eye length and cut accordingly. I didn't cut mine because I like my outer corner to have eyelashes jutting out a little. Makes eyes look longer!

The special thing about Dolly Wink's eyelashes is that the lash bone is very very soft, and transparent. When you have them on your eyelids they are fluttery and light... No discomfort and it feels like you are wearing absolutely nothing.

The eyelash designs are produced by the famous Japanese makeup icon Tsubasa Masuwaka herself. They have so many designs that one is bound to be your makeup staple.

I also used the new Dolly Wink's Eyelash Fix Glue to finish the job... The glue is super strong hold, waterproof, and water and perspiration-resistant!! And it also turns transparent after application so you won't see white glue patches on your eyes!

Next step: Mascara!


Why so pretty!!

The Dolly Wink mascara now has a new packaging (I approve x 10000) and has an improved formula with a better lengthening effect!!

I'm using the "Long" mascara for longer lashes that fan out with the help of micro fibres for my lower lashes... gives an illusion of even bigger eyes!


I also applied a bit of mascara to my falsies so they look like my natural eyelashes!

Here's the finished look!! Yay to big eye makeup!!

Do you want to try on big eye makeup but have NO IDEA how to do it? Or have you tried and it turned out to be a huge mess?


Join me at the event and you can learn the basics to expert steps of achieving big eyes! At the event, you will learn all about eye shapes, eyelids, eyelashes... You can identify your own eye shape and learn about the best ways to apply makeup to your own eyes.

On that day you will get:

- Free goodie bag of Dolly Wink and Koji products worth $65! SHIOK!!

- $10 voucher that's fully redeemable for any Koji products on the event day. Yay!

- You get to experiment with all Dolly Wink lashes, eyeshadows, eyeliners and all cosmetics to create big eyes! Very good lah don't need to buy and can try them all!

- BIG EYE Senseis will be around to teach you and help you! When they call it sensei it sounds like they got very ancient wisdom of eye make that nobody knows about haha

- WIN the big eye difference contest and YOU GET A PAIR OF AIR TICKETS TO TOKYO AND TOKYO DISNEYLAND/SEA!! If you have small eyes and you are confident you can make it look very big with makeup you definitely should come try!!


- You get to meet the most awesome blogger and learn tips from her. It's me in case you didn't get that.

- Free and unlimited instant photos!

- You will be the first to preview Dolly Wink limited edition new products and get a "buy 2 get 1 free" discount that day!

- Stand to win prizes!


You get freebies and best of all, learn to be chioer! It sounds fun!!!

Event details:

Date: 5th September

Venue: Scape Treetop 

2pm to 4pm: For registered participants only
4pm to 6pm: Open to public!

Cost: $10 
(but you also get a $10 voucher redeemable, plus a goodie bag of products worth $65)

Sign up now at Dolly Wink's facebook page!

Monday, August 17, 2015

igloo left me

Igloo just passed away yesterday early morning. :'(

In 2 months' time he would have been 5 years old. Rabbits usually live from 5-12 years but lops usually get 8-10. He had left me before he was meant to.

Yesterday in the wee hours of the morning at 3am I was in the living room watching TV and he was still hopping around and playing with his toy ball, the blue one in the picture. That ball had a bell in it so he likes to push it around.

This morning at 9am he was found exactly like in the picture... His body was already hard. 😭 Even his usual soft floppy ears are hard. 😭😭😭

My heart broke when I felt him like that... When Ellen told me she woke up to find igloo dead, part of me chose not to believe her and wanted to nudge him awake. But he wasn't his usual floppy, soft self. He was rigid. Even lightest touch confirmed the nightmare; I didn't have to nudge after all.

I feel overwhelmed with guilt. Sadness too definitely, and a huge sense of loss. But a lot of guilt.

In my old house I used to let igloo roam around my Princess room. He was perfectly litter box trained (bunny safe cat litter) so that was great.

However, after we moved, almost the entire house was carpeted. I continued letting him roam around the whole house. 

For some reason, igloo kept peeing on the carpet (yes he is neutered). He likes to pee at obscure corners like under cupboards where I can't find the pee puddle until weeks later and it would stink like crazy. The smell wouldn't go away and I suspect there are still some pee somewhere that I never managed to find since the colour isn't super obvious... My Princess Room didn't stop smelling like pee till about 1 year later.

I then moved igloo to the kitchen, which had no carpet. I really saw no other choice. The only other places in the house without carpet is mike's workshop (not suitable for a rabbit) and the balcony, which I already bought furniture for and had no space. So igloo stayed within a partition in the kitchen (it is much more spacious than a cage) and often he is allowed to roam the whole kitchen and gets his fresh veggies from our cooking.

To most people who never owned a rabbit, they will think this amount of space is enough. But to rabbit lovers, we know that they should be allowed in the whole house or at least in a room, like dogs or cats. They don't belong in a cage.

It would have been great to be able to let him roam the whole house, but the new house is so big and he is so small... we can't possibly keep an eye on him. And I can't keep hunting for pee puddles.

Dash just got born too, and I was so busy with the newborn. I feel like shit for neglecting igloo's needs and finding all these excuses and I wish I could have given him a better life. 

But at the same time, I feel angry because I know self righteous animal lovers will accuse me of torturing him. He had ample space, he had food and water and hay. His living quarters was clean. Except for his first month after being born, he was never in a cage. I still played with him and I still loved him. Yes his attention got less after Dash's arrival, but I am not going to apologize for putting my human child first.

And I don't know why I feel angry if I know I didn't do anything wrong. Ffs many pet rabbits live in cages all their lives. I guess it's because part of me feels like because his quality of life deteriorated after I moved house, that is somehow responsible for his death. And I really don't want to hear further confirmation of it because I already feel like shit, thanks. 

Anyway I'm gonna try not going to go into defensive mode because this post isn't about me or my chip in the shoulder about being called a bad pet owner.

This is about igloo, my lovely pet bunny.

About 2 weeks ago Mike said that since Dash is no longer using his playpen and is old enough to play with igloo, we should move igloo out to the balcony. 

The furniture that used to be there was gone, so there is space. It's easier access for the family to play with him. 

And so we transferred him from kitchen to balcony.

The space he had was about the same but at least now he enjoys aircon and more attention. He seemed happy. Dash played with igloo too but he wasn't very interested and would just pet igloo a few times then ask to be let out of the playpen. 

I didn't post about igloo's move to the balcony because it was still in a trial stage. We wanted to see if the new living area worked.

And just after 2 weeks of enjoyment, he is gone. :'(

I have no idea why he passed. He didn't seem injured, had no wet poop, or vomit or any other symptoms. His pen still had hay, food (he ate normally and had a bit left over) and water. I fed him some cabbage just yesterday. He isn't old either. He basically had absolutely no abnormal behaviour, was active and seemingly healthy just hours ago. It feels so shitty not knowing WHY! It's so damn sudden.

Two days ago he jumped out of the playpen (I'm shocked! Can jump so high) and roamed the house for a bit while everyone slept until Ellen realised he escaped and put him back. He didn't manage to escape again but could it be during one of those jumps he fell and injured himself? Or had a heart attack or something? I guess I would never know.

I'm also told that since rabbits do eat their own poop, it could be that he had a viral infection from that, which can cause very sudden and immediate death.

I called pet cremation and they came to take his body away. The guy was very kind and asked if I wanted a last look. I gave his fuzzy head one last rub. He would never use his paws to wash that head again. Even in death, he looked so adorable... He looked like he was sleeping soundly, all flopped out.

Just like that, he is gone from my life after 5 years.

I will never see him periscoping in curiosity again. I will never again see another binky or feel his warm body as he leans against my leg to sleep. And I wonder if I will ever handle vegetables in the kitchen again without automatically thinking I should cut a portion for him.

Igloo was a great pet. He had a gentle, affectionate temperament. I really liked his character.

He taught me so much about bunnies that I never knew. That rabbits are intelligent and have just as much character as a dog or a cat, even though they don't make a noise.

People think that rabbits don't like being touched because they often scamper away and appear scared.

Truth is, they love being touched and pet and scratched... But in the wild, rabbits' defense mechanism against enemies is to stamp their feet to warn their burrow mates, then immediately bolt.

So when they are lifted off the ground for a hug like humans like to do, they feel super unsafe and paranoid, because they are unable to stamp and bolt if anything happens. I guess it's the human equivalent of binding your hands and feet then forcing you into a hug. Surely you won't feel like a hug when you feel trapped.

So igloo doesn't like being picked up (although he tolerates it if it doesn't last too long) but he LOVES being close to me. He never bit me before.

When I'm using the computer, he would lie down next to my feet and either sleep there or give me bunny licks. His tongue is small and darty and it's really cute.

Sometimes he would use his head to keep bumping me until I give him a head scratch.

Even after Dash was born and he moved to the kitchen, whenever I opened his pen he would still hop out, nuzzle me and give me his licks. He didn't hold a grudge, he still loved me. He is just easy going and affectionate like that.

You will be missed, looloo. Thank you for all the wonderful, wonderful memories. I don't think I'll ever love any other pet as much. Thank you for all the love you showered on me unconditionally.

Ps: I'm on my way to the airport after posting this. I had to rush it out, or I would have posted more of his cute pictures... I have no time to look through picture archives in my computer.

I'm going to Tokyo for a business trip. It's small consolation that at least I have some distraction instead of staring at the empty space that once was his pen. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

SG50 Fishcake scam

Some time ago, my secondary school friend Randall (we call him Ghim, and you might have heard me mention him many times before in ancient blog posts), told us excitedly that he is creating a special SG50 fishcake. He is the Business Development Manager for BoBo.

To my surprise, the fishcake is now going viral!

Fishcake looks like this.

There are many articles written about the fishcake, and all are negative.

(Mothership 1)
(Mothership 2)

Here are some examples. There are actually more but lazy to link everything lah.

Basically, here are the things people felt unhappy about:

1) How can BoBo charge the same price for fishcake with the "50" cut out? This is cheating customers' money with a gimmick.

2) Where does the cut away "50" go to? Wasting food!

3) Stop it with the everything SG50! So irritating!

Since Randall is my friend, I had the privilege of asking him to address all these issues:

1) Price per gram

Mothership actually did a mathematical comparison of price per gram of fishcake.

The SG50 fishcake is selling at $1.50 for 195 grams, which is $0.77 per 100 grams.

The Xi dao fishcake is selling at $2.15 for 330grams, which is $0.65 per 100 grams.

Nonwithstanding the fact that people are trying to gei gao about spending $1.50, apparently this means you will be ripped off at a whooping $0.12 per 100 grams of fishcake you buy.

Which would be a scientifically accurate assessment of the situation... Except...


The SG50 fishcake is of a more premium grade, consisting of more expensive fish meat, so naturally the cost is higher. You wouldn't complain about how Kobe beef is more expensive than Australian beef would you? Not that $1.50 fishcake should be compared to Kobe beef lah but you get my drift.

"Duh..." you, being the skeptical Singaporean, say. "Where is the proof that the SG50 fishcake is of a more premium grade?? Sounds like something BoBo is just saying after this shitstorm hit them."

Well, there is no proof. The difference in taste isn't very discernible either to the average person.

However, there is a very valid reason WHY the SG50 fishcake has to use more expensive fish paste.

This is because for the mould to hold the shape of the 50 cut out, it needs to be firmer than the traditional fish paste.

Since the the SG50 fishcake is a UNIQUE CREATION, it is unfair to compare it to any existing BoBo products.

Unlike what people are choosing to believe, there never was a "pre SG50" fishcake selling for the same price!

FYI I photoshopped the 50 away. 

If you wish to do a price/gram comparison,  there is also another BoBo fishcake that is selling at $1.90 per 180 grams.

If you compare the SG50 fishcake to this one, made with premium grade yellowtail fish, then it would seem like the SG50 fishcake is more value for money, isn't it?

But these comparisons don't make sense, because they all aren't made from the same grade of fish paste!!

2) Why do this special fishcake?

During Chinese New Year, fishcake/fishball sellers get loads of sales because families come together for steamboat during their gatherings.

The same thing will likely happen during our Jubilee long weekend. Families will gather to watch the parade on TV together.

The SG50 fishcake seems like a fun, festive item to have during the celebrations, which is why it was created. Because it is fun!

If I were hosting a party, I would love to have the SG50 fishcake in my menu because it would be an interesting talking point for my guests.

3) Bobo is obviously trying to cheat money from the SG50 hype.

Gimmicks are everywhere. Every Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, simi sai day... you see products and services catering specially to those occasions by vendors who wish to get more sales. Even on regular days brands create special editions to their products to spice up their range and jack up prices. Hello Kitty edition? Sign me up.

The SG50 celebrations is no different. As the SG50 fever rises, SG50 products appear to facilitate people's enthusiasm.

Why is a regular scarf only $10 but a Liverpool scarf sold at the match $70? Obviously trying to cheat money right?

If you like Liverpool, the extra cost is nothing. Your scarf is a fun souvenir. If you don't like Liverpool, it is an outrageous scam.

An Apple watch with the same software and hardware, can range from $518 to $25,500. The difference is shocking.

It doesn't matter.


If you find $1.50 for 3 fishcakes ridiculous, then buy another version that isn't the SG50 special.

If you have a problem with companies trying to make more money where there is demand (aka capitalism), you can breed your own fish and make your own fishcakes.

As for money-cheating, look at the rest of BoBo's SG50 offers:

Both products are offering 50g more at no extra cost during the celebrations. And in case you are wondering, this offer is already available before the controversy.

Do nice things like this and nobody notices or cares...

Put what looks like a little less value-for-money (when it actually isn't!), and the whole nation gets enraged. -_-

4) Where did the cut out 50 go?

There is no cut out 50. The fish paste is squeezed into a mould, then fried.

So there is absolutely no food wastage in the creation of the SG50 fishcake.


I can't believe that a simple fishcake can create a national talking point. There is so much misunderstanding in this matter, and despite Randall's explanation to the press, nobody seems to be very interested.

The whole "companies all jumping into the ridiculous SG50 fever and using it to scam money" angle is way more interesting.

That's why I'm writing this to help him clarify. Just coincidentally, I'm also going to BoBo's factory next week to shoot an episode of Guide to Life! This was arranged before this hooha begin... but it is just as well because now I can ask Randall to show me the famous SG50 machine!