In my shawls came about as a surprise while watching the television, snacking and being a couch potato.This space serves as a creative
outlet for me after a long day of being real. Here is where I get to sometimes be someone else and be immersed in a play pretend character. Be inspired at your own risk.
It has been a full year. So how has it been? Nice. And tiring sometimes.
Who knew being married means taking care of another person. Who sometimes you don't feel like looking after. There are wonderful days. Then, there are also days when I feel like strangling this other person who is sharing my bed.
Mind you, I slept in my own bed for twenty-seven years and now I have to share it with someone. A man at that! Nobody told me that snorings are a real thing. It's definitely not music to my ears. Sometimes I feel like kicking this person out of the bed especially when he starts choking. Oh, this person of mine jolts in his sleep as well. One time, he choke slammed me. My dear life.
Then there's dinner. This person doesn't like eating by himself. Even if I am there watching him eat. He reaches home pretty late every day which means I will have my dinner after eight. Which is the reason for my epic weight gain.
Meal times also includes movie time for this person and me. Oh, what a struggle every night! We have exhausted most of the shows that we would watch together.
Travelling nowadays means we sit next to each other on the flight. He jolts even in flights when he sleeps!
Three six five.
Every night, we'll go to bed with no issues unresolved. We will share about our day, the people we met and the food we ate. We don't get to spend a lot of time on weekdays, in fact, we only get two hours every night before I have to go to bed. We made a pact never to go to bed angry. This one, I need to try harder.
My husband, like many other husbands, snores when he sleeps. When he does, I make sure he sleeps on his side so he'll stop. But when he eventually stop, I make sure he is still breathing. I am sure I am not the only wife who does this. The snorings, though annoying, is an indication that our husbands are still with us. So weird, I know.
Dinner time is my favourite time of the day. We'll eat while watching a show and sometimes get so involved we sat for a long time. It's a nice time for both of us to unwind and enjoy each other's company. Sure, I have my dinner pretty late at night. Of which we are trying to change so that I will get back to eating before seven. But for now, we're enjoying this time together. It's a joke that if someone asks how's married life, I'll tell them to look at my weight.
Flying now means I am no longer alone. My anxieties are shared with him. Although I still need a window and wing seat, I now have a hand to hold on to whenever I feel turbulence coming. In fact, on our last trip to Penang, I made sure he didn't get to sleep a wink in the plane because I needed distractions.
What I am trying to share here is that, while there are many good days, there are bad ones too. Days when we just want to be by ourselves. When those days come by, I remind myself that He has gifted me the best person. The person I prayed for. I could still be alone and playing the field now, but I get to enjoy the fun of being together.
Whenever I have a bad day, it's comforting to know that I will be coming home to someone who will hug me and tell me that it'll be better tomorrow. Whenever my spirits are low, it is nice to be recharged with stupid jokes made by my husband.
If there is one thing very constant about me, is the fact that I don't smile with my teeth. Ever. I am very conscious about how it looks. Don't get me wrong, dentists tell me my teeth is perfect every year. I get periodic scaling and polishing done every six months. I have never had fillings done to my teeth. At least the ones that looks metallic. Technically, I should have no issues with the way my teeth looks. But I do.
I believe my teeth is horribly stained. Every two years, I will purchase bleaching strips and use a minimum of five to achieve my desired shade of 'whiteness'. This time, I wanted to skip the bleaching strips altogether and try something less harsh.
Imagine my delight when La Vie Aesthetics contacted me and asked if I wanted to have a go at the Sparkle Smile Teeth Whitening Treatment.
Conveniently located at Orchard Gateway, the centre boosts an elegant and cozy interior. One can't help but feel like a princess waiting to be pampered.
During consultation, we measured the original shade of my upper, bottom and side teeth. I was informed that most of the time, our bottom and side teeth are more stained than the upper. With the side teeth being more stained because it is the first to bite into foods. My upper teeth was measured at S18 (photo below) before treatment.
After consultation, I was brought into the treatment room. The treatment room, although small, feels very cozy. Especially with the given blanket as it can get quite cold. I brushed my teeth and wondered how can anyone every look glamourous brushing their teeth because I don't.
Lip protector was first applied before the whole treatment begins. After which, gum protector was applied to the gums nearest to the teeth being treated.
After the whitening gel was applied, the therapist used the blue LED lights to start the whitening process. This is where is gets ever so slightly uncomfortable for me. The room was in total darkness. I can't exactly move freely because I feared that if I moved a little, it will affect the 'whiteness' of my teeth. I get a little claustrophobic especially since the room is so silent except for a beeping sound every minute. So I counted till fifteen and thankfully the therapist came in soon after.
I was very hopeful and excited to see the results. So after they removed everything from my teeth and brushing it clean, my therapist wanted to take a photo for the 'after' shot.
"Oh my. Your teeth is so white! It is so white that I am struggling to take a photo because it is reflecting light."
Can you imagine my happiness when I heard that? So let me reveal to you the before and after photo.
MY TEETH IS REALLY WHITE.
My upper teeth went from S18 to S8 in just one session. The first three shades, S2 to S6, are veneer shades. Essentially, natural teeth would be impossible to reach the veneer whites. My upper teeth is at the shade just before it. My therapist actually said we may get my teeth in the veneer white.
Lucky for me, I don't drink coffee or tea. I don't smoke. These are the main causes of teeth being stained. Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution to pearly whites. Effects can last up to two months or more if you go for regular treatments and take good care of your teeth.
I still have a few more sessions to go so I can't wait to update you how white my teeth can get. See you in a few months with an even whiter teeth!
Click below to be directed to La Vie Aesthetics page and register for a trial session at $168.
I met my husband, a year ago today. As our friends celebrate their one year anniversary, we celebrate the day we first met. Everytime I look at this man, I feel extremely blessed to have my prayers answered.
Let's continue where I left off.
There was obviously no toilet in the family room. I replied a tiny 'no' as I couldn't look at him in the eye. And he left. The man who could potentially be the father of my children left the room.
I was a little disappointed to say the least. However, I was also a little relieved. I wouldn't know how to react if he had walked into the room. Honestly, I was conflicted the entire time after that. I had hoped that he would still be outside waiting till my gf was done nursing the baby. I had also hoped that he perhaps left his number by the door or something. You know, malay drama stuff.
But alas, this drama queen doesn't get her drama mama story. Before going back home, we went out for a little shopping. Trust me, throughout the entire shopping journey and crowd, I had that scene playing on loop. I kept thinking how I blew up a chance. But I also thought, that if it is really jodoh, he will find me.
That night, as I was having dinner, I scrolled through my instagram messages. Out of many, one stood out.
"Thought you might want the picture."
I clicked on the picture and there it was.
Him, me and the baby.
That was when I realised that my prayers were answered. This man, the one I thought I had lost, actually found my instagram and slid into my DM.
For some reason, I wanted to play hard to get. I mean, girl has to show that she is not super excited to have received a message from him. So I waited three hours before I replied him.
That night, I remember falling asleep on him, smiling.
The next day, I decided to play hard to get again and texted him much later in the afternoon. Oh, we progressed to Whatsapp that day too. After some casual texts, he asked if we could talk on the phone that night. Dude's moving very quickly!
I had this weird dating rule. I will only initiate or accept a phone call invitation after three days. But for some reason, I said yes.
Our first conversation was weird. He was very formal and distant. Asking me 'important' questions. But maybe I should rewind a little. To a few text messages right before he initiated a phone call.
"I have honestly thought about giving ta'aruf a shot. But no man wants to do it with me."
"I actually want to go through that too."
Basically, during our first phone call, this man was making sure that we both are on the same page. Turns out, we're very much alike. We both wanted marriage. We both want to do it before dating for real.
Our second phone conversation the next day was a lot more relaxed. We laughed at each other's joke, tell silly stories about ourselves and we were enjoying each other's company. This phone calls were also becoming a routine for it happened the third time, the next day.
We were talking a lot more about the future, Specifically, our future. Before we put the phone down that night, he said-
It is no secret that I am a fan of makeup. I think I have some skill in me that I even did my own makeup for my wedding. As with all makeup junkie, I too love trying out new products.
I have heard and tried Palladio way before. I used to scour Watsons and Guardians and look out for Palladio. I would buy several products and still not break the bank. So when the team from Palladio offered to send me some of their products, I was thrilled!
I was sent most of the Rice Collection, Growing up in Asia, the Rice Paper packaging for some reason feels very nostalgic. So definitely packaging is a plus for me. It is definitely a conversation starter too. Perfect for awkward people like me.
Singapore is a very humid country, Makeup does not usually stay throughout. If it does, be prepared to have a face so oily you look like a greaseball. Therefore, it is very common to see ladies and men alike, carrying blotting sheets in their bag.
The generic blotting sheets not only absorbs the oil from your face, it sometimes removes and moves makeup around. Thus, the Palladio Rice Paper is very convenient as it absorbs oil as well as sets the makeup back in place. It comes in several shades but I prefer to use translucent.
Another product that I have come to love and eventually use on a regular, is the Rice Primer. It is so smooth and mattifying but not drying. It creates a beautiful velvet canvas. In fact, I used it all over my face before spot priming with my Porefessional. Foundation glides smoothly over the primer and my face stayed matte throughout.
If there is one product from the Rice Collection that I highly recommend, it would have to be the Rice Primer. At its price point, you get a primer that works just as well as any high-end ones.
If you follow me on Instagram (@nurfatiin), you would know that I stay away from matte lip creams because I have overly dry lips. The velvet matte lip cream is honestly one of my favourite lip creams. Funnily, I tend to gravitate towards drugstore lip creams more than high-end.
Palladio's Velvet Matte Lip Cream is exactly that. It is velvety and lightweight. Typically, I wouldn't last an hour in lip creams before my lips start cracking and wrinkling. But I wore this for at least five hours, ate oily wedding foods and my lips still looked good without reapplying.
In all, I really love the Rice Primer and I foresee myself heading towards the drugstore to repurchase.
My husband and I, we're both foodies. Or to be quite honest, he turned me into one. I typically eat whatever I can find. If there is a quote, mine would be-
I eat to live.
I love to cook. But I was always cooking for myself. Two years ago, I started on my diet. I had to meal prep. As fun as it sounds, it can get quite tiresome at some point. I would actually starve on some days because I was too lazy to cook. You would understand me if you cook for one. My family doesn't eat my foods so it gets pretty lonely.
Now if only I discovered Melvados sooner.
Malvados is a retail brand by Foodedge Gourmet, which is a Singapore-based food manufacturer that supplies food and beverage. Melvados was built to meet the rising needs of food-loving Singapore residents who are too busy to whip up a gourmet meal for themselves.
Melvados' halal and ready to eat meals was what enticed me to try them out. As a new wife who works full time, it was the perfect excuse for me to whip out a delicious, hot meal for my husband. What pulls me in further was the fact that all their meals are fully cooked which means it requires heating. Ok, please don't tell my husband I didn't really cook the meals. I cheated.
Tandoori Chicken Wrap
Melvados kindly sent me several food items and I was floored. Everything was so flavourful. Because the foods have no added preservatives, they have a shorter shelf life. That only tells you how fresh the ingredients are. My favourite were the wraps. It comes in a box of six and two. It was so convenient for me to bring it to work and have it heated in my school's microwave.
Brownie Brittle & Rainbow Cookie
Festive Sampler & Pistachio Tray Cake
My husband has a sweet tooth. He can't refuse cakes, biscuits and pastries. He devoured all the sweet stuff. His favourite is hands down the Pistachio Cake. We were sent the Festive Sampler cakes where all their cakes are in one box. It's perfect for the upcoming Raya. A whole box of an assortment of cakes for your guests. It couldn't get any simpler.
I kept my favourite for last. I have been searching high and low for interesting flavours of ice cream which are halal. Lo and behold, Melvados has them. Taste was amazing. The Salted Hazelnut Cookie Dough was so decadent. I was very surprised that I could taste everything the name of the product says. It was salty, sweet, nutty and all the delicious cookie dough goodness in one bite.
My husband and I indulged in this the other night and we agreed it was one of the best, if not THE BEST ice cream we have ever had.
Melvados has two retail stores. One in Jurong Point and another in Anchor Point. Else, you can visit their factory at-
26 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738449
With that, I am making a public service announcement. This Saturday, 12 May, Melvados will be having their Factory Sale. Please make your way down. With Ramadhan coming, I am sure their ready-to-eat meals will be a hit with working mommies.
What: Melvados Factory Sale
Where: 26 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738499
When: 12 May & 26 May, 10am - 3pm
Discounts: 10% off all tray and round cakes, 5% off everything else!
New items: Pistachio Tray Cake and Pistachio Rose Round Cake
Mother's Day is this Sunday so you know where to get your cakes. Please do try the Pistachio cakes. My husband and Mother-in-law can vouch for how creamy and delicious it was. Needless to say, we cleaned ours up.