Korea Nano Crystal Teeth
First up, I'm just gonna be clear and say that I am not here to recommend this treatment to everyone. This is purely my own experience. The Korea Nano Seal Whitening Teeth Treatment is only an aesthetic (non-medical) procedure and you will need to consult with your dentist before opting for this. If you are prone to cavities, have poor gum health, or generally don't have the best condition teeth - DON'T DO IT.
This is not a dental procedure, so the treatment will not involve scaling or carving of teeth, neither will they touch your gums.
I've always taken decent care of my teeth, probably also because of my intense fear of dentist. However, I've always wanted that million dollar Hollywood smile. I didn't have to wear braces but my teeth are fairly straight, except for a slight crookedness on the corner that is barely noticeable from the front.
In the last year or so of me dabbling into shoots and everything, I've realised the importance of having pearly whites (white teeth). It helps your lipstick pop and generally does make your overall complexion a tad brighter, or just generally less tired. *guys too*
There's this new procedure called Korea Nano Seal Whitening Teeth Treatment.
-Transform dark discolored teeth into bright, natural white teeth.
-Provide newly whitened teeth with a protective layer（Nano composite resin material )
It is applied using **composite bonding technique.
** Bonding uses composite resins or porcelain/composite veneers to cover the surface of stained teeth and give a nice, even appearance to broken or misshapen teeth.
Composite resin is applied to the tooth, contoured into shape, set using a curing light, and finally smoothed and polished.
✅one treatment can last for 2-3 years
✅no pain, no injection, no downtime, no molar, 100% safety guaranteed
✅no use of teeth bleaching products, nor laser whitening.
✅client is required to go to a dentist prior to treatment to check for tooth decays.
Nansee, (the girl that did my teeth) spent about half an hour briefing me on the treatment and explaining the procedure in depth. She made sure I was clear that this treatment wasn't going to fix any problem, in fact if you have problems she would advice you against doing it.
After the consultation, I had to clean my teeth and then she started the treatment. If I had to explain it in simple terms, the procedure is kinda like getting gel nails. You paint a layer on top of your teeth, and then she used a curing light (looks like some fancy bluetooth light thingy - don't quote me) and seals the layer on top of your teeth. This makes it look really white and sparkly.
Just me looking like the latest member of X-men.
The procedure is painless but it does take some time as she has to artistically paint over each tooth. There is also a tedious cleaning process before she can start applying the composite material on top of the tooth.
It has to be 100% dry to create a sterile surface for the material to stick to your teeth.
It is also only applied to the front 6 teeth, (top and bottom) just to fit the smile.
I personally have been loving the results, it does take some time to get used to it.
Initially it felt a tad bit too in-your-face-kind-of-white, but it's been about of week and its starting to look more natural.
Over time, the food and drinks you consume will slowly stain the resin layer a tad bit so it won't be clorox white. I've been getting tons of compliments on smile lately and I definitely could get used to that.
I'm not the expert,
so if you want clarification on the procedure;
you can look for Nansee (+60168582328).
She's such a lovely girl and she'll be more than happy to explain in much more details than I ever would.
I have some smiling to do.
What would Taiwan be without
but that's besides the point.
Batman & Robin, a.k.a (mum and I) decided to brave the Taipei streets alone without dad one morning, and we strolled into the Bangka Park (which we found out to our surprise by the hotel staff later on, that the park isn't the best place to be, due to the fair number of homeless people that take refuge there). I still liked it tho.
Lots of cute old people doing old people things, chatting, strolling, etc.
If you walk through the park, you'll see a road with little stalls on both sides. Hygiene was definitely not on the top of their list but it did add to the whole 'authentic taiwanese street stall' feel. However at that point, we just had a huge breakfast buffet at our hotel so we skipped out on most of the stalls.
I got soya bean.
I'll be honest, I am not the biggest wet market fan.
BUT, I am game to explore and to take pictures.
DO IT FOR THE GRAM! (Read: Instagram) <--- incase any of you don't know what that means *mum*
The market reminded me a lot of Japan, with the wide varieties of fresh seafood. However, it was a really interesting array of shops. Ranging from fishmongers, to goldsmiths, and even little clothing shops with air conditioning separated by plastic sheets (not sure how well that works but props to them).
We saw a group of kids heading to this cool looking building, so I decided to join them and we stumbled upon this beautiful building.
"It retains the looks from two hundred years ago because it had been set as the location for a new school in 1945. During 1999 to 2009, the Taiwan Government has repaired the buildings, built a Heritage and Culture Center of Taipei City, and invited local/foreign contemporary artists to decorate the street. Today, the Bopiliao Old Street is full of art crafts and creative wall paintings."
Apparently, this entire exhibition centre is also part of the Bopilao Old Street.
This would be the perfect place to bring children, full of interactive activities as well as information. It covered the old school education and examination systems, lots of displays of old games and what-nots.
Plus the cute little decorations!
I want it all.
Along the street corners, there were tons of artists (oil painters) exhibiting their skills. It's like the oil painters version of Urban Sketchers. I even saw a few couples taking pre-wed photos that I wanted to photobomb sooooo badly but I stopped myself.
In foreign countries, I try to be on my best behaviour.
So I posed for my own photo.
We proceeded to do a fair amount of shopping.
There are two main places I went to shop, first was Xi Men Ding (which is one stop away from where I was staying, LongShan Temple). Shopping in Taiwan takes skill and patience, ESPECIALLY with clothes.
Upon first glance I couldn't spot a single thing that I liked, but once you dig...
and I mean really dig for it.
You'll find a gem or two.
The other mad house for shopping (largely women clothes), is Wu Fen Pu.
But this one is hard to navigate because you can't try on the items and there's literally hundreds of stalls.
So it's a cardio packed outing.
Do note that service here isn't great and the people aren't as friendly as normal stalls, guess that's what you get for slashed prices. Obviously no one is paying service charge.
** I actually managed to buy quite a few items behind SOGO, (Zhong Xiao Fu Xing station). You have to exit the mall and walk towards the street stalls right behind the building.
I tried the Taiwanese famous oyster meesua and I must say I was pretty impressed. The broth is super thick and starchy, but it's also very balanced in terms of flavour (savoury with a nice light vinegar after taste) so overall I would definitely eat it again.
Then I proceeded to get a tattoo.
Unfortunately, it's a temporary one.
BUT HOW CUTE IS THAT!
There are tons of art stores that mainly promote local Taiwanese artists. I love the concept of it and the stalls are always super unique. Do bear it mind that they are also a bit on the pricier side.
I found my spirit animal.
and of course there has to be DIN TAI FUNG!
Try going during off peak hours to avoid the crazy queues.
We walked an average of 10km a day but probably ate an equivalent.
Stay tuned for the next post where we got to explore a little bit of the Japanese influences in Taiwan, by that I actually mean, SUSHI.
15.10.17 - 21.10.17
I am not a fan of flying. I repeat. Not a fan.
It isn't so much a fear, none of that actually. More like the time wasted in between, the constant waiting, the queues and crying babies. Some people find it relaxing, I am not one of those people. However, if you do own a pair of noise cancelling headphones, now would be the perfect time to whip it out. I have the Audio Technica M50x, and the leather padding of the headphones makes it soft enough to sleep in as well as to cancel out crying children and prevent any unwanted small talk (one of my biggest in-flight fears).
**Not that I don't like talking to people, but something about small confine spaces in planes really get to me.
My family and I took the Kuching - KL, KL - Taiwan route. Bear in mind this took the entire day, due to the slight delays and the transit time. There are options of flying through KK, but you have to stay a night and wake up super early (some crazy time like 4am) to catch a 5.30am flight.
Umm, I think no thanks
I'm in the AirAsia magazine, so tag me if you manage to find me.
The small thrills of a kampung girl. *shrugs*
We took a cab from Tao Yuan airport to Wan Hua District, Caesar Metro Hotel at midnight and it costs about 1200元, ( RM171) that's pretty pricey so if you can, take the MRT. A ticket from the MRT to Taipei Main Station is 120元 (RM17) per person. From Taipei Main Station, you can basically go to wherever you need to be.
** It cost 30元(RM4) per person from Taipei Main Station to LongShan Temple Station (Wan Hua District), which is the MRT just behind our hotel.
*** Also, if you don't mind spending a little more. Eat the buffets at Caesar Metro Hotel! So good and the selections are insane. Especially the veggies and fruits.
You are on holiday, use your legs!
So you can eat more after.
It does help if you can read mandarin.
I have 16 years of formal mandarin education, but I probably only took 6 months worth of it seriously. So this trip was quite a test.
If you have a stomach of steel, whack the street food immediately!
Mum decided I should hold off the first few days to give myself time to adjust, mum is always right.
So I listened.
We had chicken porridge instead at this quaint little 24/7 store behind our hotel.
So warm and tasty, felt almost like someone giving me a hug with each bite.
Food here is cheap too,
almost equivalent to our kopitiam food back in Kuching.
We then proceeded to do all the touristy things.
First stop, Taipei 101!
I can't fully remember how much the entrance for the Taipei 101 Observatory was, but it's close to RM100 a person, I wouldn't say it's life changing but you sorta just have to go because you are tourist and this is what tourist do.
Take a million photos to make it worth it I guess.
The mall itself is quite nice, but it's basically (KL) Pavillion on steroids, or like (Kuching) The Spring 's oddly intimidating flashy Grandaunt. Sorry for the weird descriptions, but I think it's pretty darn accurate.
If you need better convincing on why to go because my blurb was not exactly the icing on the cake for Taipei's tourism board, you can read about here for the OGs.
WHY & HOW TO GO TO TAIPEI 101
We then went in search for as many Eslite(s)誠品, we could find.
For those of you that love artsy fartsy things, and don't mind spending some $$$ on beautiful and somewhat a little unnecessary things, THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU.
There are many levels, selling things from skincare, soaps, gifts, stationary, eateries, cafes, fashion to of course, their famous bookstore.
Believe it or not, that dinosaur skeleton is legit real. Has a certificate and everything to prove it.
So this prehistoric fossil is just casually chilling in a Taipei mall, that is how chilled this place is.
If that does not make you want to go, I don't know what will.
If you're anything like me, I basically can go without water for long periods of time....
Get yourself a cute bottle and stay hydrated. Plus wear sunscreen, you'll need it when you get lost.
Stay tuned for the next post where I go shopping,
see some markets,
and contemplate getting a tattoo!
5pm - 11pm daily (Alfresco)
13th - 22nd October 2017
@ tHe Spring Shopping Mall
So take a break and c'mon down!
A collaboration with Borneo Oktoberfest and GE Sausages led to the birth of this exciting annual event. Integrating two cultures (Bavarian and the Sarawakian), into one event where everyone gets to celebrate over German delicacies and beer in the Sarawakian spirit.
As Sarawakians, we all know how it's basically our culture to get together with colleagues, clients, friends, family (even strangers). WE WILL CELEBRATE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.
The vendors are incredibly friendly, which is something I always appreciate.
Super ready to chat up mini conversations with everyone and just really being in the moment, you can tell that they are enjoying themselves. Their jolly-ness really rubs off on you too.
** Btw, the apple tuak at this stall was major YUUUUMMM!
Match made in heaven.
Be treated to 10 nights of incredible live music daily from 8.30pm onwards, you get to be serenaded while dining. The musical talents set to perform include Pete Kallang, Chien Ng, Mozaik and Atas Pokok, just to name a few.
I for one, love listening to music while having a meal, I feel like it adds to the experience.
Not to mention the cute picnic tables!
and beautifully draped ceilings & food stalls.
I need to get myself one of those dresses, (Traditional Dimdi dress)
For young children, non-alcoholic drinkers and those of you who are watching your waistline...
There's cold pressed juices that never fails to make me 'feel' immediately rejuvenated. It's almost borderline psychological, one bottle of juice and I just feel like I've gone on a week long detox.
Try the green juice, it looks intimidating but I swear it's really good (in taste and for your health too).
With the array of dishes it's fairly hard to make a choice on what to eat. Classic dishes like Flammkuchen (German Pizza), Thuringian Rostbraetal (German Style Pork Chop), German Pork Knuckle and Pretzels are often favourites.
There are also plenty of of "non-pork" options, such as beef burgers, grilled chicken, nachos etc.
Though I am not the biggest fan of beer, I am a pretty big fan of these beer mugs.
Not to mention very cute company.
So make sure you hop on down to tHe Spring, bring your family, your friends...
Heck, drag a stranger!
I love how Kuching is on the rise in terms of mini events, adds to the charm of how we all live in unity. Maybe our unison was birthed from the fact that we literally would celebrate everything.
Life is the heart of a rainbow
National Gallery of Singapore
I have wanted to go to this exhibition for months! Everyone's instagram feed has been packed with these beautifully curated polka dots that I had a case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). My first introduction to Yahoo Kusama and her art was probably 2 years ago when I watched an art documentary about her with my close friend, Rachel Gan, who is also an out of this world emerging-artist. So when I found out about the exhibition, I knew I had to go.
When I finally planned out a weekend that I could head down to Singapore, I told my parents about it (that I wanted to head down). Little did I know it would turn into a full blown family weekend getaway (missing Pris, we love you).
The true exhibition was THE HUMAN PATIENCE. (jokes, not really). However, we really pushed our patience to the limit when we literally waited a combination of nothing short of 3 hours. From lining up to buy tickets, lining up to get into the exhibits, re-lining up to take pictures in the exhibit and lining up to have a turn to get your picture taken.
Overall, it was nothing short of wonderful; not just because of Yayoi's beautiful artwork, but more so that I got to have an amazing trip with my parents (favourite people in the world + Pris). Judging by my loaded camera roll, the exhibition was definitely worth it.
Unfortunately, the Yahoo Kusama exhibition ended officially on the 3rd of September. So for those that didn't make it, you'll have to wait for the next one (maybe somewhere else).
Hotel Jen Orchardgateway by Shangri-La
Hotel Jen is located right above 313 Somerset, Orchardgateway and is this fancy little designer hotel with spacious rooms. The true winner that sets this place apart from loads of hotels I've been to is definitely the pool.
The moment I saw the pool area, I went on an instastory frenzy!
Japanese food lovers look no further! I basically ate till I couldn't move and then ate some more.
JUMBO @Boat Quay
All in all, I had a pretty darn good weekend with family and close friends.
How did your weekend go?