Singapore: 9 Reasons Why We Love Lloyd’s Inn

If you’re looking for a quiet place to stay as your home away from home, we definitely recommend Lloyd’s Inn. Of the 3 places we stayed in, Lloyd’s was our favourite and here are 9 reasons why:

1. The Location

It is hidden from the hustle and bustle of the main streets but also tucked just a few minutes away from Orchard Road.

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2. The Rooms

Lloyd’s Inn has different kinds of rooms to fit every traveler – whether  you’re on your honeymoon, travelling for business, having a staycation, or traveling with your friends and family.

Our room was perfect: A study space for Michael to do CAD, an outdoor washroom and tub for me to relax, and our own patio to just chill and drink Kopi.

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3. The Outdoor Bath

I basically spent all my time here.

 

4.  The breakfast

Although Lloyd’s did not have a restaurant on site, guests were treated with traditional Singaporean breakfast at Killiney Kopitiam on the next block, and I kid you not when I say it was the best breakfast I ever had. I don’t know how I lived this long without knowing what Kaya toast is! I may have brought the jam with me to Canada haha! It completely changed my plan to cafe hop and we ended up still going to Killiney Kopitiam even when we moved out of Lloyd’s Inn.

 

5. The Interiors

DSC02709The Lobby: Clean, minimalist, straight forward.

Rooftop pantry and terrace

6. The Service

Aside from asking the helpful receptionists for directions, we survived our first three days roaming around SG with the Handy smartphone that Lloyd’s Inn provides their guests. Complete with data and apps, it certainly made our lives easier.

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7. The Greenery

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8. The Local Love

The bathrobes are designed by artist Ying .

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9. Their Social Media

I’ve been following their Instagram months before we flew to Singapore, and their Insta stories make me feel like I am travelling with them as well. I love their series #LloydsInnExplores because I get to see the places I want to go to in the future.

On top of that, their website is not your typical hotel website – it was one of the reasons why I booked their place because if they gave extra effort to make their website that lovely, I’m pretty sure they will give extra effort to make their guests enjoy their stay – and we did.

 

There’s so much more to love about Lloyd’s Inn so give it a try, it will not disappoint. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

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2 LLOYD ROAD SINGAPORE 239091 
TEL : +65 6737 7309 FAX : +65 6737 7847 EMAIL : MAIL@LLOYDSINN.COM

Singapore: Parkroyal on Pickering

An architectural gem in the midst of Chinatown, Parkroyal on Pickering was our mutual pick as one of our hotels during our stay in Singapore. Michael’s love for design and my newly found love for plants in one building? Count us in!

I could go on with how we love the service and how beautiful the hotel was but pictures speak a thousand words:

DSC04366.JPGWhere nature meets architecture

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The breakfast buffet spread was one of a kind especially since there was a matcha fountain

DSC04443Infinity pool overlooking downtown Singapore

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It’s in the details

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Parkroyal on Pickering, like it’s tagline is a refreshing escape in an urban oasis – you could just stay in all day. However, if you do need to go out, the location is just a few steps away from the train station, a short bus ride to Marina Bay, and a few steps to the Chinatown market.

Planning to stay at Parkroyal on your next travel to Singapore? Let me know how it goes. 🙂

 

Love,

Cy

Spring Transition: Neutrals

Coffee, neutral colours, shame-less picture-taking – just the few things my cousin Jezza and I have in common. After work and exams today, we explored the Exchange and realized how our outfits are of different styles but totally compliment each other. Jezza’s style is laid-back athleisure wear with either jeans or shorts. My style is feminine with a skirt or dress.

Transitioning to spring clothes in Manitoba is tricky. One day it’s 10degrees t-shirt weather, the next day it’s cold and windy and you need to bundle up. It’s trickier when you have to commute to work early in the morning so it’s a little chilly, but when you go home the scorching heat of the sun consumes your whole being. Jezza left for work before 6am so she keeps herself warm with a light coat. Meanwhile I only had an exam in the middle of the day so a sheer floral cardigan did the trick. Some brave Manitobans are wearing shirts and shorts already! 🙂

So swap those leggings out for tights, those winter boots for runners, and those parkas for cardigans: Spring is here!

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Jezza:

Top and Coat | Forever 21 (CA)

Jeans | Lee (PH)

Scarf | Bluenotes (CA)

Shoes | Nike

Cyrelle

Top | Mango (PH)

Cardigan, Purse, and Skirt |Forever 21 (CA)

Shoes | Ardene (CA)

 

Pinterecipe: Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake

If you love Pinterest as much as I do, you might find some recipes a little bit overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting out. I probably have 10 + food boards with lots of pins in them but I’ve never actually tried making the recipes. So this category is for recipes that look and taste good, but are also easy to make.  I will only post recipes I’ve actually tried and these recipes are so easy that if I can do it, so can you!

The Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake recipe from Tessa of Handle The Heat did not disappoint. In fact, my brother probably ate the first batch of 30 cupcakes all by himself, which is a good thing because he is my number 1 critic. This treat has the right balance of sweetness and richness. Plus, the cupcake itself is moist and fluffy. I’m not even a chocolate lover but I can tell you I ate three of these in a row!

So here it is:

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Below is the exact recipe and directions copied from Handle The Heat’s blog:

“For the cupcakes:

4 ounces (113 grams) semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup (33 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot coffee
3/4 cup (95 grams) bread flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup Nutella

For the buttercream:

2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups (375 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves OR 5-6 pieces of raspberry

Red food coloring, if desired

Directions

For the cupcakes:

Place the chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Pour hot coffee over the mixture. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk gently until smooth then set aside to cool completely.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with foil or paper liners.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together.

Whisk the oil, eggs, vinegar, and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until smooth. Using a spring-loaded scoop or a large spoon, divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.

Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, about 17 to 19 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely. Using an apple corer or pairing knife, slice a small section of the center of the cupcake for the Nutella, being careful not to slice through the bottom. Fill each hole with 1 heaping teaspoon of Nutella.

For the buttercream:

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Gradually add the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Add the raspberry preserves and beat until light and fluffy. For a more saturated color, add a few drops of red food coloring, if desired.

Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fit with a decorative piping tip. Pipe frosting directly onto the stuffed cupcakes. Serve or store at room temperature for a day or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.”

NOTE: Since I was not able to find raspberry preserves, I blended 4-5 fresh raspberries and strained them to take the seeds out. I used 2-3 teaspoons or to taste, and did not need to add red food coloring.

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Let me know if the recipe turned out well for you 🙂

Xoxo,

Cy

Everyday Make-up Products for Oily Skin

Before even buying products, I spent so much time researching on what I should get for my skin type (time I could have used to study – or sleep). In case you do not have time to research, I have prepared a list of products that I use and I guarantee works for my skin. I’m new to this whole make-up world so hopefully I can be a help to newbies as well. You can click on the products for links. Here are the steps:

  1. PREPARE

    First of all, remove extra make-up using the NUETROGENA Fresh Foaming Cleanser or any facial wash you like. It is imperative that we start with a clean face. I moisturize with a small drop of NUETROGENA Face Moisturizer. This step is important because even if I have an oily skin type, my face dries up after a wash. If I skimp on the moisturizer from the very beginning , I end up having patches on my makeup.

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  2. PRIME

    My huge pores are the end of me so I invested in the SMASHBOX  Photo Finish Pore-Minimizing Primer , only applying the primer on my nose, cheeks, and forehead where my pores are. For the rest of the face, use the RIMMEL Stay Matte Primer, focusing attention on where products might move such as the undereye and smile lines. If you want your products to stay and not crease, do not forget this step. 🙂

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  3. FOUNDATION

    I spent so many hours watching Youtube videos for the best foundation for oily skin and the first one I bought was the best decision ever. THIS video is the video that swayed me to buy the  SMASHBOX Studio Skin 15-hour Wear Hydrating Foundation. IT. IS. THE. BEST. If there was one thing I would recommend you to buy , it would be this one.
    Some of my days usually last from 6am to 10pm and yet at the end of the day I do not feel greasy. For the days when I know I won’t be out for too long I use the COVERGIRL Clean Matte Foundation. The Smashbox foundation is pricey so if you don’t want to use it all up right away, the Covergirl one is a great choice.

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  4. CONCEALER

    You may have heard from beauty bloggers about the best drugstore product ever created : the MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind Concealer. Well, the hype is real. I apply right below my eyes and blend with a BEAUTY BLENDER.
    To cover imperfections and highlight the ridge of my nose, I use the MAYBELLINE New York Fit-Me Concealer (a great dupe if you can’t afford the NARS concealers). The Maybelline Fit-Me Concealer is made oil-free so even if I put product on my nose, it doesn’t get too greasy.

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  5. CONTOUR

    I lightly shape my nose with the ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Stick Foundation and blend with a BEAUTY BLENDER. Next, I contour my cheeks , forehead, and chin using the same stick and blend it with an ELF Contouring Brush. The foundation stick gives a matte finish to give you that natural-looking contour.

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  6. SETTING POWDER

    I also spent time finding the right setting powder and the LAURA MERCIER Transluscent Loose Setting Powder  is in almost every Youtuber’s video,  and now I know why. I even bought a travel-sized one a month later because I love it so much. It is light and smooth and has smaller beads compared to other powders so your face won’t appear cakey. While the powder bakes on my face, I move on to my eyes.

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  7. EYESHADOW

    First of all, invest in a primer that works really well so the eyeshadow won’t crease. My eyelids are usually the first one to crease so I invested in the holy grail of eye makeup primers: the URBAN DECAY Eye Primer Potion. At first I was hesitant to buy it because it was a bit pricey for a small bottle but it helped my eyelids so much. You don’t even need to use a lot of product because a small dab will do!
    As a transition colour, I use the pink shade of the SMASHBOX Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Matte; and any of the darker shades for the outer crease;
    For the lid and the corners of the inner eye, any of the light shimmery shades from the COVERGIRL TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes will do, blending everything together with an eyeshadow blending brush

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  8. EYEBROWS

    Since I have thick brows, I had them shaped at Eye Candy Lash Boutique (BEST PLACE. I will probably do a separate post for that. Thanks to my friend Elena for recommending the place).
    I have bought at least 2-3 drugstore eyebrow pencils but none did the trick until I tried the ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Eyebrow Pencil in Cool Dark Brown and the URBAN DECAY Brow Tamer in ClearIf you want to have your brows defined and more on point, apply the darkest shade of the Smashbox Eye Palette and apply with an angled brush.

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  9. MASCARA

    I use three different Mascaras depending on my mood:

    When I am in quite a hurry, my go-to product is the TARTE Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. My cousin Jezza bought this first and raved about how great it is, and it really does wonders. I love how you can put this on without even looking in a mirror because the product comes out clean and does not clump. IMG_5239

    For a more dramatic look, the LOREAL Voluminous Base and Mascara Duo works wonders. Applying the white primer before the mascara gives my almost non-existent lashes extra volume and length.IMG_5233

    If I want to lift my eyes a little bit but make it look like I have no make up on,  I use the small brush of the MAYBELLINE  Volume ExpressFalsies Big Eye Mascara. This has been my mascara for years and even if I buy newer ones, it’s always great to go back to old favourites.

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  10. CONTOUR some more!

    Now that the powder has baked I add another layer of contour using the MAYBELLINE  NY Face Studio Contour Kit. I raved so much about this palette to my friends because it is so pigmented and is very easy to blend.  Honestly, you don’t even need a cream-based one if you have this. It comes with a little brush which can be used for precision contouring.
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  11.  BLUSH

    I read that if you have big pores like mine, you should use a matte blush instead of a         shimmery one, so I use the NARS blush in Impassioned. This hue is perfect because it gives a hint of blush and a peach-pink tone, just in time for summer.IMG_5214
  12. HIGHLIGHT

    I have two highlighters I use depending on my mood. The drugstore one is the MAYBELLINE Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. It is very pigmented and handy at the same time, perfect for the little touch-ups you need to get your glow on.IMG_5215And when I do decide to be extra, I use the TARTE Tarteist PRO Glow to Highlight and Contour Palette. There are two highlight shades which I use depending on my mood. Gleam is for when I want the highlight to blend with my foundation. Burst is for when I want my highlight to be seen from the moon. One thing I love about the Tarte Contour kit is it smells so good – like vanilla and chocolate combined. I usually just use my ring finger to apply the highlight on my cheekbones, the edge of my nose, and the arches of my brows. It is supposedly a “to-go” travel kit but I use it as my main one since I don’t need a lot of highlight shades that the actual Pro Glow Palette has. It may be pricey despite it being travel-sized but it is heavily pigmented so you may not even need to buy another one for a few years ^_^ .

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  13.  LIPS

    I don’t do anything dramatic for the lips, applying lip balm or Vaseline will do, because let’s face it, I live in a place where half of the year is basically winter (Hello dry lips!). But my favourite lippies are the neutral mattes from MAYBELLINE. I would love to collect every shade because it is very affordable and stays on so well.

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  14.  SETTING SPRAY

    And the last product is definitely not the least: the Urban Decay De-slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray which is oil free and gives my face that nice, slick finish. It is an oil-control make-up setting spray so try not to forget this essential last step to bring everything together. Focus spraying on your T-zone and I guarantee you, your make-up will stay on. Plus, check out that gorgeous packaging.

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This is a before-after picture. You can see how the products covered my pores and made my skin tone even. The after picture was taken HOURS after I put on my makeup, and it still looks fresh.

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So that is all the hard-work I do to achieve a “natural” look, it takes about 15-20 minutes for everything but it is very worth it. Obviously I don’t do this everyday because if I do, I would probably miss my bus half the time. But I am trying to wake up early because I feel so much better with better-looking skin.

I will definitely update you once I try better things.

Until next time,

Cy

Revamp

Hey! A revamped blog (yet again). And this time it’s going to be about things I am passionate about and want to share with you. I am hoping to post about Pinterest recipes I’ve actually tried, fashion, health and beauty tips, life thoughts, travel diaries, my walk with the Lord, and tons of coffee pictures. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Xoxo,

Cyrelle

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