Falling In Love With Mellower Coffee's Sakura Fubuki

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Hi Huneybees, ;

While the general public are still praying for the return of Gong Cha and sharing mixed reviews on the new cheesy milk tea by LiHO, a specialty café from Shanghai has been making great stride into the local F&B scene with very interesting coffee.

Imagine standing under the cherry blossom trees, wind blowing against your skin, making the sakura petals fall from the trees as you catch a whiff of sakura fragrance whilst sipping on your warm cuppa of Joe. This is what Mellower Coffee Singapore wants you to feel with their newly launched signature drink - Sakura Fubuki.

Designed as an unique Japanese twist to the typical Americano, this drink contains Sakura blossom preserve that is actually Sakura petals imported from Japan (Osaka to be exact) in a glass of chilled syrup with ice and 2 shots of expresso in test tubes.

To truly enjoy this new signature from Mellower Coffee, I suggest you, my Huneybees to start by mixing half a shot/test tube of expresso into the glass of syrup with Sakura blossom preserve just to sample it before adding more.

Doing so will allow you to find your own preference by adjusting the degree of bitterness, whilst reducing the saltiness and sweetness from the petal preserves and the syrup collectively. Just like first love, magnificent yet short lived, beautiful yet with a snip of bitterness.

For me, my perfect balance was to add in 1.5 shots (or test tube) of espresso, leaving me with a slight floral aftertaste. Not only is the Sakura Fubuki a dance on your taste buds, it's also Instagram worthy.

Sakura Fubuki is the latest of many signatures that Mellower Coffee has had created, such as Ice Lemon Sparkling Yirgacheffe and Ice Rose Fresh Cream Lungo, just to name a few, by a team of world class barista at its disposal.

Since its establishment in 2011 in Shanghai China, Mellower Coffee has grown from strength to strength with 20 outlets in China, 2 outlets in Singapore - 77 Robinson Road #01-03 and 108 Middle Road - and 1 in Seoul Korea . More information - http://www.mellowercoffee.com.

With Mellower Coffee's bold attempt to communicate to the world about Chinese sentiments towards Coffee as well as constantly pushing the boundary of coffee with new signatures, I'm sure it is going to be a new force to reckoned with in this fast growing potential world of coffee.

Do try it and let me know your thoughts of this drink =)

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MEGA FUN From Dusk Till Dark This June At Sentosa

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Hi Huneybees,

As we step into the last lap of the June Holidays, it's time to wrap it up with MEGA FUN, soaking up the sun at Sentosa - The State of Fun. There's tons to see and tons to do for you to spend full days with your friends and families!

I will suggest starting the fun at the Palawan Beach, have a splashing good time with mega inflatables across the whole beach amidst foams, slides, pools and walls. With free admission to the Mega Inflatables Playground, you can look forward to plenty of bouncing and sliding down giant inflatables including Singapore’s largest inflatable slide which measures 10m in height (three storeys), diving into a mega ball pool with more than 200,000 balls, wandering through an inflatable maze, and go ahead and challenge yourself on the traversing wall and balancing beam while having loads of water-oriented fun.

And if you are tired out at the outdoor Mega Inflatables Playground at Palawan Beach, parents can chill whilst the kids can play at the the iconic Palawan Pirate Shipwhere gushing fountains, splashing water, slides and a pirate-head which sends buckets of water downwards at regular intervals to thrill everyone.

Photo Credits: Sentosa Development Corporation
Be sure to also spot the Bubbleologist that's roving around Palawan Green at 3pm and 5pm. You will be amazed by bubbles of all shapes and sizes! 

Playing BIG takes on a literal meaning in Sentosa, photo buffs can exercise their creativity with upsized photo props, including two-metre tall giant deck chairs and mega pinwheels on Palawan Beach, and be the envy of your social media friends with these unique backdrops.

Whilst waiting for the night to fall, go to the island's many selections of food cafes and restaurants to fill up those empty stomachs. Children will also find dining delights with exclusive menus and special discounts just for them. With over 120 dining options in The State of Fun, everyone is sure to find something to delight their palette.

Then, head over to the Merlion for the dazzling Merlion Magic Lights! show. The iconic and ever-popular light and music show returns this June with a newly curated June holiday-themed showcase. You can see the Merlion waking up to rainbow colours, showcasing what encases FUN within the island alongside with the fun accompanying music.

Be sure to catch it daily from 2 June to 9 July, starting at 7.45pm, with 30-minute show intervals until 9.15pm. Two additional shows will be held on weekends, eve of public holidays and public holidays.

Alternatively, you can also choose to round off your day at The State of Fun with movie nights on Palawan Green. Back by popular demand, a series of family-friendly blockbusters will be featured from Thursdays to Sundays between 8 and 25 June, starting from 7.30pm.

Photo Credits: Sentosa Development Corporation
But, the fun do not just end there. There's still tons to see and tons to do alongside the Mega Deals at various attractions and eateries! You can rediscover Fort Siloso at the newly revamped Surrender Chambers, walk through the Fort Siloso Skywalk (a treetop trail set 11 storeys above ground), get upclose and personal with birds, insects, wildlife and plants at the Sentosa Nature Discovery or the free performance at Animal & Bird Encounter where exotic parrots, mischievous macaques and majestic birds-of-prey delight with tricks and antics.

Photo Credits: One Faber Group

From 12 June to 2 July, the Singapore Cable Car will also feature a special escape game in collaboration with The Escape Artist. Taking the escape game outdoors, participants will have to race against time and solve challenging puzzles against the stunning backdrop of Sentosa Island, while traversing the on-island Sentosa Line.

For programme schedule and promotions available or information on Mega Fun at Sentosa and updates on Sentosa’s June programme line-up and promotions, go to www.sentosa.com.sg/megafun or call through Sentosa's hotline at 1800-SENTOSA (7368672).

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This NYX Eyeshadow Palette Might Just Give Urban Decay's Naked Heat A Run For Its Money

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Hi Huneybees,

The social media has been heating up with the launch of Urban Decay's Naked Heat eyeshadow palette. I've not gotten my hands on it yet, but there's already tons of photos and swatches out there. It's mainly 12 shades of different kinds of matte and shimmery browns that reminds me of autumn rather than heat. I was hoping for a little more orange or red tones though...

And as you know, the UD Naked palettes normally retails around SGD83 at Sephora stores in Singapore, which can be a little steep. So, I've might have found another eyeshadow palette from NYX that might give the UD one a run for its money at simply SGD32! 

I found this lovely palette whilst popping into Sephora to find out the launch date for the UD palette and boy, was I super happy to have found the NYX Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Rustic Antique.

Though 2 eyeshadow shades short from the UD Naked Heat, I would have rather named this palette the Heat palette instead. There are some similar shades on both palettes, but the NYX one has more difference shade tones, making it more fun to create more looks and of course, there's the orange and red tones I was looking for. 

And if you have tried NYX's eyeshadows before, you will know that they are highly pigmented, easy to blend and definitely on par with a lot of other popular brands of makeup of there. So, below is a side by side comparison of both palettes.

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I think the UD palette allows one to create gorgeous smokey brown eyes, but as you can see from the look I created below, the NYX palette makes the eyes pop with much more dimension and colours. This is, of course, a more dramatic look, but I think you can easily create day to night look, 7 days a week, without having to repeat the looks at all. I even managed to use the shades to fill my brows, work as blusher and contour my face!

Do try out this NYX Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Rustic Antique and let me know if you like it like I do...

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LG & London Vegetable Orchestra Keeping The Music "Fresh"

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Hi Huneybees,

Who doesn't love eating fresh food daily right? But keeping your food fresh could be a challenge right? It's not like we have the luxury time to go shopping for groceries everyday, so what's the solution to keeping them fresh and last through the week and reduce on food wastage?

Food waste is fast becoming one of the biggest challenges of our time. According to the United Nations, up to one third of all food is spoiled or wasted before it is ever consumed. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year - approximately 1.3 billion tons - gets lost or wasted, amounting to roughly USD 680 billion in industrialized countries and USD 310 billion in developing countries, especially when fruits and vegetables having the highest wastage rates of any food due to their fast spoilage rate and lack of artificial preservatives.

To raise awareness of the issue of food wastage on World Environment Day (5 June), LG teamed up with the music-making talents of the London Vegetable Orchestra (LVO) to demonstrate how the advancedthe LG refrigerators with patented Inverted Linear Compressor technology can help extend the life of fresh foods for weeks or months, even against the demands of quirky performance art.

LVO musicians create green-symphonies with edible instruments by “hacking” fresh produce in a musical way. The orchestra started more than 3 years ago and has been entertaining United Kingdom music lovers with their instruments constructed of squashes, peppers, cassava roots, carrots, and pumpkins.

Because their performances depend on the ability to generate precise sounds with their instruments, the musicians were forced to create new instruments every day with fresh vegetables as older produce could not create the notes that the musicians required as part of their repertoire. See the "magic" happening in the video clip above.

With their instruments kept in the LG refrigerators with patented Inverter Linear Compressor technology, the food can be kept fresh and there was almost no difference in the sound even after a week in storage compared to the common non-linear refrigerators.

This is possible because the LG refrigerators with Inverter Linear Compressor reduces friction through structural enhancements, prevents temperature fluctuations and focusses more energy on keeping food fresh, with less energy and less noise.

Refrigeration technology dramatically changed the way societies evolved because refrigerators allowed people to move away from the agrarian lifestyle into more urban environments. But even refrigerators have their limits. Sweltering temperatures can cause foods, especially natural foods such as fruits and vegetables, to spoil even when stored in a refrigerator. 

For maximum benefit, refrigerators must be insulated from fluctuating ambient temperatures which can alter the interior temperature of a refrigerator. The changing temperature inside the refrigerator has the greatest impact on the shelf life of food, more than the coldness of the refrigerator itself.

Thankfully for LG's technology eh? We can now enjoy fresh food daily, whilst saving the earth for more generations to enjoy. For more information on LG's refrigerators and other products, visit www.lg.com. Cheers to a better world!

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Sing! China Returns Season 2 With Live Telecast On Singtel TV's Jia Le Channel On 14th July

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Hi Huneybees,

Remember the time when we stay peeled to the screen, letting Nathan Hartono serenade us as he trains and sings with his mentor Jay Chou on Sing! China 《中国新歌声》? Well, this 14 July 2017, the programme is returning for a second season on Jia Le Channel (佳乐台) (Singtel TV Channel 502).

Sing! China Season 2《中国新歌声第2季》
Showing same time as China (LIVE)t
14 July 2017 - 20 October 2017
Every Friday, 9.10pm - 11pm 

This time we will see Mandopop Titans - Jay Chou and Na Ying returning as mentors and they will be joined by Eason Chan and Liu Huan on the panel to guide their protégés as they battle it out at the finals for the top spot.

The live telecast of Sing! China Season 2 program is part of Singtel TV’s 10th-anniversary celebrations and viewers can look forward to a slew of lined-up top-rated China and Taiwanese programs on Singtel TV's Jia Le Channel (佳乐台).

According to IMDA’s Singapore Television Audience Measurement (SG-TAM) system, Jia Le emerges as the number one primetime pay TV channel* among viewers aged 4 and above with pay TV subscriptions; with viewers spending an average of 80 minutes daily on the channel in the last quarter (Jan-Mar 2017) – as high as the average viewing time on MediaCorp’s Channel 8 (76 minutes daily), according to the SG-TAM’s ratings.

Jia Le Channel Key Programmes

A Touch of Green《一把青》
Starring Yang Zi Zhan, Yang Jin Hua, Lan Jun Tian, Tian Xin, Wu Kang Ren and Lian Yu Han
Now Showing, Every Saturday 9.00pm - 10.30pm

Adapted from Bai Xian Yang's novel, A Touch of Green is an unforgettable story of the horrors of WWII, spanning across 1945 to 1981. It tells the stories of 3 wives of Kuomingtang pilots as they relocate with their husbands from Nanking to Taiwan during the 1949 retreat, how they had to endure the heartbreaking events during the wat, how the supported one another through these difficult times and eventually facing eternal separation with their husbands.

This historical drama took six awards in total, including the ones for the Best Actor (Chris Wu) and Best Newcomer (Cindy Lien). If you're looking for something deep, touching and profound, don't miss this drama.

Ode to Joy Season Two 《欢乐颂 2》
Starring: Liu Tao, Jiang Rulu, Olivia Wang, Yang Zi, Qiao Xin, Wang Kai, Yang Shuo, Zhang Lu, Wu Hao Chen, Deng Lun
Coming This September

The long-awaited second season of “Ode to Joy” picks from where it left off, with stories revolving around the five girls staying on level 22 of the Ode To Joy apartment. Their relationships were initially rocky, but eventually they became good friends and neighbours. Together, they navigate their career and love lives, solving problems and growing more resilient. If you are fans of Sex And The City, this drama might be an interest to you too.

The Advisors Alliance《大军师司马懿》
Starring Wu Xiu Bo, Liu Tao, Janine Chang, Ronald Zhai, Yu He Wei, Tina Tang
Premiering End 2017

The Great Advisor of Wei – Si Ma Yi was once a timid and cautious scholar in his younger days, whose life was destined to be intertwined with the Cao family after he took a glance at Cao. He was subsequently forced by Cao to work as an official and thus was drawn into the internal disputes within the Cao family. Using his wits and strategies, he helped Cao Pi to ascend the throne and brought about stability and prosperity to his country.

Against the historical backdrop of the Three Kingdoms, this mega blockbuster production is a 400-million RMB investment that features a stellar cast line-up and took 5 years to produced this cinematic drama!

Starring: Jin Dong, Bai Baihe
10 July 2017 – 21 September 2017
Every Saturday, 10.10pm – 11pm 

Nurse Zhang was suspected of causing the death of a patient and was forced to leave the hospital. Defending his mother, her 8-year-old son then got into a fight and was punished, thereby failing to pick up his younger sister who ultimately was abducted. Depressed with her daughter’s disappearance and wrongful accusations, Zhang ended her own life.

30 years later, American Chinese top surgeon Zhuang arrived at Ren He hospital to find out the truth behind his mother’s incident and to search for his missing sister. Coincidentally, his colleague – thoracic surgeon Lu happens to be the daughter of the deceased patient.

Legend of Princess Lanling 《兰陵王妃》
Starring Baby Zhang, Andy Chen, Peng Guan Ying, Kris Shen, Peter Ho
27 July 2017 - 29 September 2017
Every Monday to Friday, 11pm -12am

In an era when states were at war and in turmoil, it was rumored that the one who holds the Qing Luan Mirror and the Warrior's Sword in both hands holds the key to unifying the states. Originally valued treasures belonging to the Dragon Clan were nowhere to be found after the war. As the only successor to the Dragon Clan, Yuan was tasked to locate these 2 valuables on order to bring peace to the warring states. In the course of doing so, she fell in love with two men she met separately - King of Lanling and Yu. Who will she pick to spend the rest of her life with?

Full House of Happiness 《老爸当家
Starring Jiang Rulu, Zhang Guo Li, Gao Xin
12 June 2017 - 4 August 2017
Every Monday to Friday, 9.20pm - 10.10pm

Reowned chef Quan brought up his four daughters single-handedly and his greatest wish is to have a harmonious family and for his daughters to be happy. His eldest daughter Fang is a homemaker who is facing a marriage breakdown because of her frugality, whilst second daughter Wei is a career woman but has become a step mother as she is married to a divorcee with a child from his previous marriage. Third daughter, Shui, she is a strong woman with a mild temperament and he relationship with a man from a rich family faces opposition from the family. Youngest daughter Ai is troubled with having to choose between her new beau and childhood love and all these whilst Quan himself meets his new love with disapprovals from a few daughters and his sister-in-law.

Chinese Poetry Conference 2 《中国诗词大会第2季》
29 July 2017 - 30 September 2017
Every Saturday, 7pm - 9pm

An original program from CCTV that celebrates the beauty of Chinese poetry set off a booming interest for the appreciation of Chinese poetry when it was first telecast in China. With participants young and old from all walks of life, Chinese poetry lovers pit their knowledge against one another in various rounds and there is never a dull moment as establishes scholars provide witty reviews and comments which adds on to the entertainment of the program. With a cumulative 1.1 billion views in its first run, the program has since won rave reviews from viewers and aroused their love for Chinese poetry.


So, there you have it! These are the highlights showing and coming to Singtel TV's Jia Le Channel. For more information on Singtel TV and Jia Le Channel, visit http://www.singteltv.com.sg/. Jia Le Channel (Ch 502) is available on Singtel TV, Singtel TV GO and on Singtel’s video streaming portal, Cast.

Be sure to set your alarms for these shows and happy watching!

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Dance To The Beat With Season 2 Of MTV’S OK DANCEOKE

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Hi Huneybees,

Do you dance The Whoosh or The Lookie? Do you know what's The Body Wave? Well, if you wana pick up some new dance moves, don't miss the music video dance tutorial programme - Ok Danceoke.

Returning for a second season this June, Ok Danceoke Season 2  
breaks down the dance routine in the music videos and show you how to master the signature moves like a pro. You can start dancing like a pro from music genres ranging from K-Pop, to Top 40s, to House. 

K-Pop Fever with OK DanceOke Season 2

There will be songs like ‘Knock Knock’ by TWICE, ‘That’s What I Like’ by Bruno Mars, and ‘Solo Dance’ by Martin Jensen; broken into easy-to-follow steps so that you can perfect your groove without constantly hitting the replay button on the player. 

Ok Danceoke Season 2 premieres on MTV Asia on 6 June, Tuesday at 8pm (WIB), 9pm (SG/PH) and 10pm (MY), with each episode made up of six music videos. The next day, from 7 June, one selected video will appear online every Wednesday for nine weeks. 
Shot and produced in Singapore, production for the show began in early-May. Season 2 also sees an expanded dance instructor mix – with the additions of Felicia Cher, specialising in K-Pop and Street Jazz; and the Scrach Marcs team of Rachel Lee and Marcus Tan, winners of The Dance Floor Season 2 competition and the Singapore Dance Delight Volume 6. Meanwhile, instructors Mohammad Alif (a.k.a. Alif Aircho) from Danz People, and Chloe Jong from Limited Edition, return this second season.
Check out the VJs dancing above...

This season also extends the MTV Asia and Musical.ly partnership from Season 1, and challenges musers to perform dance moves from excerpts of Ok Danceoke Season 2 music videos. The top 50 videos, judged on their popularity and the accuracy of the dance, will be incorporated into ongoing promotions for Ok Danceoke Season 2.
K-Pop fans are also invited to try out MTV Asia’s quiz (https://www.playbuzz.com/mtvasia10/we-know-your-signature-k-pop-dance-move-in-8-questions)  to find out their signature K-Pop move.

So, be sure to tuned in to MTV Asia tomorrow! 
I'm gona go polish my dancing shoes. LOL!

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Lazada GSS Sale 6 - 8 June 2017 + 18% Discount PROMO CODE*

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Hi Huneybees,

Get your fingers ready, train that index finger with a "dumb bell" as you want to be clicking as fast as possible from 6th to 8th June for the best Great Singapore Sale (GSS) deal ever!

Lazada will once again be surprising us with branded curated boxes at SGD$29 each. Each box could be worth SGD$100 and above, which is way way wayyyy above their original prices. 

Over the 3 days period, there will be 50 boxes up for grabs in 2-hour intervals (which means each box is available for only 2 hours!), each focused on a specific brand's products. The contents and the release time of the Surprise Boxes are a secret, but you at least get to choose the type of Surprise Box, based on the brands that will be mentioned. It's the fastest fingers first thing, so stay peeled!

Day 1 - 6 Jun 2017

Day 2 - 7 Jun 2017

Day 3 - 8 Jun 2017

The participating brands are as above.

Just gona keep 2 products in the surprise element...

For a sneak peek, I have with me the LAZADA x Garnier Surprise Box, inside you can find skincare products for not just the ladies, but also for the guys too! My favourite is definitely the Micellar Cleansing Water. It comes in Pink for all skin types and also a Blue one for Oily and Acne Prone skin.

If you don't already know, the Micellar Cleansing water is a hassle free makeup remover, where you don't even have to follow up with a second cleansing to remove the dirt. It works best for me as I have sensitive eyes, even the slightest product gets into my eye, will give me red eyes throughout the night; or for those times when you are super duper tired and you can't wait to just land straight into your bed, but sleeping with makeup on is bad!

That's when the Micellar Cleansing Water comes in. You just need your cotton pads, soak them up with the cleansing water, swipe a few of them till your face is rid of makeup (you can even do this whilst lying in bed), throw the pads away (or just cast them on the floor and clear them tomorrow morning) and head straight to bed. Easy peasy eh?

Of course, the products in the Surprise Box doesn't end there, as you can see from above pic, there are tons of skin caring products for you to use or even try out.

With just 2 more days to the Lazada GSS Sale, I suggest that you start browsing and making a wishlist of the items too, as there will be discounts up to 90% off, flash deals every 2 hours.

And to make the deal sweeter, use voucher code GSSCHRISTINA18 to get an 18% Discount with no minimum purchase required (Discount will be cap at $8)
*For New Customers only

!!! Additional Bonus !!!

Additionally, if you buy any of the surprise boxes, remember to post an unboxing video of your Surprise Box on social media, hashtag #lazadasurprises, and stand to win more attractive prizes from Lazada.

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