Top 10 Chick Flicks (Part 2)

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I’ve been wanting to write part 2 to my first post, My Top 10 Best Chick Flicks, because really, as a chick flick lover, how could I only limit it to 10? Chick flicks, to me, are the ultimate “feel good” movie, even though they may not exactly be the most realistic. But one can dream! Here are 10 more must best chick flicks…

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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Bend it Like Beckham (buy here): Right after I published the first article, I smacked myself for forgetting this gem. Probably one of the most funniest chick flick ever. The plot is that the daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditional cultural beliefs and runs off to Germany with a football team. So yep – it’s a girl’s soccer movie! It also stars Keira Knightley and it’s so, so hilarious.

Fave quote: “Lesbian? Her birthday’s in March. I thought she was a Pieces.”

Beastly (2011)

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Beastly (buy here): This is not so much a chick flick; it’s more of a teen romance; and if you get past the terribly unrealistic plot (as in, Lindy and her father’s storyline, not that the guy turns into a beast) then it is thoroughly enjoyable. This is the “modern day” Beauty and the Beast story, based on the book by Alex Finn, and I don’t know, it was just such a sweet, lovely little movie. It stars teen queen Vanessa Hundgens and the drop dead gorgeous Alex Pettyfer. I really enjoyed it. It’s one of my favorite movies even though it was a big flop, ha.

I love it for several reasons. The piano score throughout the movie was absolutely breathe-taking (there are many variations in the film but this one is my favorite), the beautiful imagery, and also… Alex Pettyfer… more like PRETTYfer am I right? They made him look like a monster and he still looked hot. Go figure. Also, the last 30 seconds of the movie will also make you LOL so bad. Mary-Kate Olsen also stars and she was perfect for this role, I loved her outfits.

Fave quote: ”Is bullshit one word or two?”

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How to: Shop A Flea Market Like A Pro

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One of my favorite fleas is Portobello Market in London, which my best friend brought me to the last time I visited. It’s so good that I actually dream about it, sometimes! And though I had no idea what I was doing at that stage, after a few years of trying more flea markets out, I now have some kinda idea on howt to make your flea market a great experience:

1. Plan the time. The beginning of the day is better because obviously, everything will be there, and the end of the day is gret too because the sellers are tired and just want to get rid of whatever’s left – cue the extra discounts! It’s up to you to figure out what is more important to you – getting great deals or getting the best or most unique stuff?

2. Small cash only. Nothing is more annoying to both you and the vendor when they gotta exchange a big note – just bring how ever much you want but break them down to $5 and $10 bills. Easier for everyone!

3. Bring a huge tote bag… self explanatory, really. I remember in Portobella my BFF and I were scrambling and sharing each other’s handbags ’cause we didn’t know where to put our purchases, or when they were too much. Just bring a big old bag and dump it all in!

4. Bring a camera. For “expensive” things such as art work or furniture, if you’re undecided, you should take a photo of it and see what it looks like – and visualise it in your apartment. After hours of rummaging around, things can seem unclear and a photo can show the “real thing” and give some clarity.

6. Behind the Seams. When buying clothes, make sure to look for any tiny holes (usually around the seams), stains, smells, missing buttons and the like. Also, gently tug at the seams - especially around the shoulder area – to see if the fabric is sturdy and can last you more than say, one wash.

7. Lastly, ask specific questions. What I do is when I see an item I mentally tell myself how much I would pay for it. When asking for the price, if it’s higher than what you wanted, ask specific questions like “Can you let it go for $20?”, “I’d pay $20 for this, is that cool?”, “Would you take $20 for this?”. This usually starts the conversation and gets the sale rolling much quicker than going back and forth on prices – cut to the chase, other words!

And those are my top tips for working a flea market. Speaking of which, does anyone know of good ones in Singapore? I haven’t come across any yet, though I used to go to one in high school but I cannot for the life of me remember where it was! Also, if you have any other tips for working a flea market, please add them.

Staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Part 2)

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It’s time to talk more about my staycation at Crowne Plaza! Honestly, I think the plan for me was just to write one post to review the whole place, but there are so many things to write about this place – yep, even though I was there for only a weekend, there were tons to do! – so I’m breaking it up. First I told you about the lovely hotel rooms (which I can honestly just spend all day there!) and now I want to talk about the gorgeous swimming pool.

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The swimming pool reminded me of those cool up town, apartment swimming pools, and it is located on the 3rd floor. As you can see, it has a very modern feel to it, and there is even some part of the pool blocked by a “sky wall” as I call it, so if you are one who doesn’t want to tan, but still lay by the pool, it’s perfect.

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As you can imagine, there isn’t much to say about a swimming pool – I am sure you all know what to do in one! – but I spend some time just lazying around, reading magazines, relaxing and it was perfect. As you can see, it is lovely and was quiet which I liked. It’s also a great place for photographs, since there is so much cool greenery around, and there were even a few weddings going on which was nice; and an option if you’re looking for places to do your ROM ;)

My next post will probably be a favorite of yours – the food! I’ll talk all about the lounge food and drinks, the buffet dinner (yum!!!) and the brunch I had Sunday afternoon before I checked out. Stay tuned for that!

Staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Part 1)

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This time last week I was just coming back from staying at Crowne Plaza, the airport hotel at the one and only Changi Airport. They are having a special Rejuvenating Weekend Getaway promotion (now ’til December 31st 2013) and yours truly got a chance to review it. I was allowed to bring a guest, so I decided on my dear mom, who, right before I had dengue fever, she had it! So we both had been having quite a miserable few weeks and I thought it would be nice to treat her with a little getaway. We’ve also never done a mother-daughter thing like this, and so we were so excited. As you can see, boy were we treated! I’ll be doing several posts so you can experience the staycation as well, so first up: the lovely rooms! Helloooo.

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We had a room that walked out to the pool (you can request it, but it will go ‘while stocks last’ so secure that quick!); a lovely huge bathroom with a bathtub (I haven’t taken a bath in years so I really enjoyed that) a TV, iPod docking stations, a desk, couch, and of course a nice big comfy bed.

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And I mean… the view! The view was stunning. I loved staying right next to the pool.

The room itself is spacious enough to just hang out there all weekend, to be honest. It is 75sqm big and had pretty much everything you’d need in a bedroom. The bathroom was huge and was stocked with The White Company products, which I loved obviously; especially for my bubble baths! For some reason, I always like to see what products are used in hotels. We were also kindly greeted with a really nice note from the GM, Mr. Steven Chan.

Stunning, no? Next post will be about the amazing pool!

How to: Stay Hydrated in the Summer

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Phew, it is hot or what?! My friends in London are actually “complaining” about the hot weather, and those in Singapore… well, it’s scorching; what else is new. Here are some ways to stay hydrated in these hot months – and hopefully if you start now, by the end of summer these will turn into healthy habits to always remain hydrated and healthy.

How to Stay Hydrated in the Summer

1. Eat your water. Not everyone enjoys water (I keep hearing how it’s so boring), so one thing you can do is actually eat your water! Chow down on watery food like watermelon, cucumbers, melons, etc. Citrus fruits are also very high in water content.

2. Always keep a bottle of water in your handbag. Having a reusable water bottle in your handbag will remind you to drink up – every time you rummage in your handbag, it’ll be right there staring at you – so tell yourself to drink up!

3. At work, always keep a bottle of water on your desk. Buy one of those extra large water bottles just for work. Fill it up in the morning and tell yourself you need to finish it by the end of the day.

4. Have a big glass of water before your meals. This will not only make sure you get 3 out of the 8 glasses of water you need for the day, but it will also make you less likely to over eat.

5. Swap soda for water. I must be the only one in the planet who hates soda, but really – it’s really, really bad for you. Try water instead and I promise you will learn to love it. Or, if you’s still like something a little sweet, Gatorade, Vitamin Water and other sports drink will offer a sweet taste and also combating dehydration with its electrolytes.

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