All posts by Stephanie Carrington

I'm passionate about the things that make me smile and all things GOODNESS related- from food, health and nutrition, to the places we travel to and last but not least, our inner and external beauty. I feel there are SPRINKLES OF GOODNESS all around us! So here on my blog, I'll be sharing my GOODNESS experiences and discoveries with you. So hope you like what I have for you and do keep coming back!

APPAWS–Help Our Strays

Me and Cobey


Dogs have always been known as man’s best friend. Besides the obvious fact that they are irresistibly adorable and make for the perfect cuddle buddy, they are always there by our sides with unconditional love no matter what. They’re always the happiest to see us when we get home and somehow they seem to know exactly when we’re feeling blue and offer that extra bit of lovin to perk us back up.  These furkids basically live their entire lives striving for our love and approval! To them, we ARE their lives……they live their whole lives for US!!!


Knowing this, I can’t fathom how and why someone could ever even have the thought of harming, abusing or abandoning puppies, dogs, or animals in general. Now, the purpose of this blog isn’t  to blast, burn or make an attack against those sick, horrid individuals that are a total embarrassment to the human race. It’s absolutely repulsive to know that there will always be some sicko out there that is capable of doing such horrible things. Calling all dog and animal lovers out there-we can help put a stop to this! We can all take part in some way, big or small, to help raise awareness and lending a helping hand by either donating, volunteering or even offering a loving home to our furry friends.


Running Into The Sun

Recently, the awesome folks from Running Into the Sun held an event called APPAWS, which was held on World Stray Animals Day and I had the great pleasure of being the host for the day. I had an absolute ball being surrounded by so many doggies, meeting fellow fur-parents and animal lovers. My little Cobey even came down to support! First time my little boy got to attend an event mommy was hosting. hehe! 😛

Hosting APPAWS



The day was filled with fun games and activities including music acts by Gentle Bones, Joie Tan, and Benjamin Kheng and Sandra Riley Tang from The Sam Willows; food drive by the official pet store Pet Lovers Centre; an adoption drive with 25 dogs looking for a loving home from the 5 Animal Welfare Groups-Causes for Animals (CAS)Exclusively Mongrels (EM)HOPE Dog Rescue (HOPE)Animal Lovers League (ALL)Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD); and even a fur-tastic fashion show where fashionable doggies got to strut their stuff with their humans.



There were also some tear jerking moments when we heard the stories of what some of the dogs went through and we even met a few of the ‘most improved’. I won’t lie….I did shed a few tears. Ok, maybe a lot. It was so sad to hear what these poor pooches had gone through yet so touching to see how even after all the abuse and neglect they are still able to have the love and trust in us, humans. It was a day filled with all kinds of emotions that’s for sure, but definitely a great way to open our eyes, give back, raise awareness and most importantly to help raise funds for our animal welfare groups who do such a great job in taking care of our strays.


The wonderful beneficiaries that were part of APPAWS were:

If you would like to help out in any way or feel you could offer these dogs a loving home please contact any of these groups. You can get more information on them by clicking on the names above. 😉


Oh! And guess what my fellow doggie lovers??!! THE dog whisperer himself will be here in Singapore!!! That’s right….Cesar Millan Live In Singapore 2014 will be happening on May 2nd! Yay! You can book your tickets on SISTIC now! 🙂


Female Magazine turns 40!

female magazine

I have always known Female Magazine as being one of the leading female publications in Singapore.  As a model, booking a spread in Female meant that you were guaranteed to end up with high quality and gorgeous photos that would be a great addition to your  portfolio. As a TV presenter/actress, a feature in Female meant you would get a chance to reach out to a wide range of the trendiest people in the country. Having always been a fan and reader myself, I know that when I pick up a copy of Female I will be getting the latest fashion and beauty news, great shopping ideas and everything a busy girl wants to know about local and international designers. female june09

Female Shopping tipsI have seen the magazine evolve and transition over the years and just recently, it celebrated its 40th year in the industry! 40YEARS….Wow! That’s a long time!!!  It was an honour to be part of such a big milestone and memorable event for the magazine and I had an absolute blast being the host for the night. 

Hosting female 40th

The celebration was held at the ever so hip and trendy W Hotel Sentosa and it was packed with Singapore’s most stylish fashionistas and beauty mavens. The event organiser, Division Communications, did it again-with endless amounts of bubbles, cute customised cupcakes and awesome music by W’s resident DJ Has and Female’s very own contributing editor David Fuhrmann-Lim, it had every element of a great party. 

Female cupcakes

In line with its 40th anniversary Female made their April 2014 issue  a special collectors edition which showcases a  totally revamped look. Looking forward, you can expect a newer, more cutting edge vibe to the magazine whilst still getting everything you need to know about the fashion and beauty world.

Female April

Huge congrats to the Female team on the big 4-0 !!!!

Oh! and I can’t forget my adorable dress from Love Bonito‘s runway collection! Fun, feminine and flirty-it was perfect for the event! Thank you Love Bonito! 


An Exciting New Adventure!

Launch of RTL CBS Entertainment

I’ve been dying to share with everyone some amazing news and now that it’s official, here it is……I’m thrilled to the bits to announce that I have been appointed as the official host and “The Face” of RTL CBS Network in Asia. To be part of a network that will be bringing to all of Asia, THE best of the best in television is absolutely mind blowing! I’m so excited, humbled and incredibly honored to be part of the RTL CBS family and I can’t wait for the many years that we’ll be sharing together as a team and all the awesomeness we’ll be bringing to everyone all across Asia!

RTL CBS group

Who’s RTL CBS Asia you ask? They are a venture between two of the world’s largest content producers: RTL Group and CBS Studios International. So this means we have access to the top shows and a library of titles from RTL Group’s content arm, FremantleMedia, and from CBS, America’s number one network that owns a vast catalogue of more than 70,000 hours of programming. How cool is that??!!!

Intelligence Launch

What does it mean to be “The Face” of the network? To sum it all up, it means that I, together with my co-host Sonia Davison represent the network as a whole and will connect with you, the audience, through both the networks’ channels – RTL CBS Entertainment HD and RTL CBS Extreme HD, from red carpet interviews and promotional teasers, to fronting brand new content productions as well as hosting and attending events affiliated with both the channels. So be sure to keep a look out, tune in and watch this space for more updates about my adventures with this amazing network! Thank you thank you!! 🙂

RTL CBS Extreme Launch

I’d also like to give huge thanks to RTL CBS for choosing me and to my wonderful managers and support team at Fly Entertainment for always being there for me. Big hugs and kisses~ ❤

 RTL CBS Extreme Launch



Healthy Flying

When I’m at home I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle, with of course some indulging here and there (which tends to be chocolate! A girls gotta have her chocolate! :P).  I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling recently, for both work and holiday, and its not always easy to keep up with my healthy habits whilst away from home. Especially when I’m off on a vacation, as soon as I step foot on that plane my mind is automatically set on holiday mode, which means letting loose and indulging. Oopsies! But hey, thats what holidays are all about right? So its totally ok to enjoy yourself on vacation but I have noticed even if its a trip that isn’t too far,  the flying part can sometimes take a toll on you.
 So whether its for work or vacation, I thought I’d share just a few tips on how to kickstart your trip on a good note . 🙂
Flying tips
  • Stay hydrated: Just as it is important to stay hydrated when we are on land, it goes the same or more so, for when we are in the air. The air is extremely dry so hydration is key! I like to have a big gulp of water before boarding and I make sure to ask the flight attendant for water with my meal(s). With the strict security these days we’re usually not allowed to take bottled water onboard, so for longer flights I take an empty flask and ask the flight attendant to fill it up for me. This way it’s easier to remember to drink up and I don’t have to bother the flight attendant constantly.
  • Catch some zzz’s: I know it can be hard to get some sleep on the plane, but I try to rest up up as much as I can. I try to prep myself before the flight by not consuming any caffeine, drinking some camomile tea and carrying onboard some lavender oil which can help ease into slumberland, if not at least keep you relaxed.  The main thing is you want to make sure you have energy to explore when you land. I’m never quite sure how my body will adjust to the time difference so I travel with some melatonin, which is a natural supplement that helps regulate sleep.
  • Go easy on the booze: Although tempting, I try to limit my alcohol intake to 1 maybe 2 glasses. Alcohol is super dehydrating  and its even worse when you’re flying because its already soooo dry on the plane as is. Also, who wants to suffer from a hangover the first thing you get to your destination right?! Not fun!
  • Get movin’: During long haul flights I like to walk up and down the aisles and even go to the pantry area and do some stretches. A little is better than nothing I say!
  • Plan your meal: If you are really concerned about breaking your diet or want to save on the indulging for when you get to your holiday destination prebook your meal! For long-haul flights, most airlines allow you to book your meal preference 24hrs in advance online. If they don’t and you don’t mind putting in that extra effort, you can always pre-pack your own meal or take on board some healthy snacks. Honestly speaking, you have to admit, airplane food isn’t quite Michelin Star quality and can be a hit and miss……so if you really don’t want to risk having to eat  nastified food and would rather save that appetite for whatever awesome food there is when you land……just do a little planning ahead. Thats all it takes!  Otherwise, one bad meal won’t kill ya….so nothing to stress about either.  😉

If you have any suggestions or tips please do share as I would love to hear them! I’m always up for learning something new.

Happy healthy travels all!! Woohoo! 🙂



Oh So Gooooood Chickpea Muffins! (Gluten-free)



Ok, so these muffins are so amazingly yumms that they have been a real hit in my house! I’ve made them 3 times in the last 2 weeks and every time I make them they’re gone as soon as they come out of the oven! They’re SUPER easy to make and are packed with protein, fiber, and a whole lot of Goodness. They’re great to have as breaky on the go, a quick snack between meals or even for lunch…..pretty much any time of day and guess what- every single ingredient is totally good for you!! PLUS, its so moist, savoury and absolutely delish! Here’s how to make it…..

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (1.5cups)
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 carrots – shredded
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp greek yogurt or cottage cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


What you have to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Blend chickpeas with olive oil and yoghurt til smooth
  3. Add egg whites to chickpea mixture and continue to blend
  4. Add baking powder, cumin, salt and pepper to the mixture and blend
  5. Finally add in chopped spinach and shredded carrots to the mixture
  6. Spoon mixture into a muffin tray
  7. Place in oven and bake for around 20-25min depending on your oven


That’s it!!! Super easy right? You can also make it with just shredded carrots or just chopped spinach- totally up to you. You must MUST give this a try! It’s great for the whole family. So ENJOY!!!! 🙂


Healthy Vacationing


Relaxing, wining and dining, feasting on local delicacies, or sipping on piña coladas by the pool…..that pretty much sums up what we look forward to when we go on vacation. This is the time to forget about those calories and totally chill! Sure….Why not? We’ll just deal with the consequences later. Right? Uhhh….Then after returning home it’s OMG!!!!!  Bam! starts those ridiculous crash diets and killing ourselves at the gym to try and burn it all off. You have to admit…..We’ve all been there!

Indulging and chillaxing is what a vacation is for. So yah….totally go for it! We definitely deserve it after all that hard work! Here’s just a few things I like to do when I’m on vacation, whether it be at a tropical island getaway or exploring busy city streets, to prevent those OMG moments afterwards.

Kick start on a good note-Yes, it’s true even when we’re on holiday ….breakfast is the most important meal of the day! When planning my trip I like ensure that breakfast is included in my room rate so I know I’ll be sure eat breakfast every morning on my trip. Whether it be a buffet spread or ordering ala carte, I try to stick to wholesome and nutritious choices like oatmeal, fruits, eggs with whole meal toast, yogurt, etc. This way, the first thing my body gets is healthy goodness before I dig into whatever foodpornographic indulgences the day may bring! Also, revving our engines (bodies) with wholesome goodness will get our metabolism on the right track so we’ll have some assistants in burning those calories! 😉
Venture out and explore-Whether it be in a city or by the beach – get out there and explore! If I’m doing a cultural holiday, I make sure to pack a pair of comfy shoes and try to venture out by foot as much as possible or by bike. This way you shed those cals whilst still exploring and sapping up the culture and beautiful scenery. You’ll be surprised how much more you see and experience! If I’m going on a beach or resort holiday, I check out what activities the resort offers and venture out and explore the sea by snorkelling or canoeing or cruise around the resort or the neighbourhood by cycling.
Wherever it is, there’s always something to be seen and explore so I try to add some adventurous element to it by adding in some fun activities.
Pack those trainers-I know I know, vacations are about relaxing and taking it easy, but trust me just 30min of raising your heart rate feels sooo good AND you’ll feel a little less guilty when biting into that juicy burger by the pool. It doesn’t matter where I’m vacationing I always make sure to pack my trainers and at least one pair of gym gear. This is way, its in my bag, so there’s no excuse but to try and spare some time to do some exercise whether at the hotel/resort gym or jogging around the complex. Even a little is better than nothing! 😉
I find adding even just a bit of a healthy element to my holiday elevates the experience and I don’t feel as guilty for indulging. So next time you plan your holiday, try upping experience by adding some healthy goodness!

Natural Brow Perfection

Lipstick, mascara, hair dye, nail polish- you name it, we’re constantly doing things and finding ways to highlight and enhance what God has gifted us with. We do all these things because it makes us feel good and confident which ultimately makes us happy! If they would only come out with a device where with just a simple push of a button….voilah! we’re all dolled up and ready to hit the town in a matter of minutes. Ahhh….Wouldn’t that be awesome? Ok, so there isn’t such a device just yet, but we’re slowly getting there!


I always believed that eyebrows can say a lot about a person’s face and can do wonders in bringing out our eyes. Now, not all of us are gifted with thick dark luscious brows, but we manage with what we have by filling in those gaps and sparse areas with a brow pencil. I’ll admit, my brows aren’t completely nonexistant but I have little empty blotches and if I don’t fill them in they have a weird shape. I never really had any issues with having to fill them in, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to do it? Imagine how much time would that save? Ok, so just a couple minutes, but hey, those minutes I could use instead to leave a little earlier or grab a quick bite on the way out. You know what I mean? Well….Imagine no more!! Browhaus is here!

I was told about the ‘brow resurrection’ that Browhaus specialises in by a makeup artist friend that had it done. If a makeup artist approves, then I thought it’s gotta be worth checking out. I learned that the semi-permanent procedure is done using 100% vegetable dye. So no harmful chemicals and no risk of it turning green or gray like those outdated eyebrow tattoo jobs done in the 90s. Eeks! After seeing the outcome and that it was done using pure veggie dye, I thought – lets do it!

On the day of the treatment I met with Weiying from Browhaus who thoroughly explained more about the brow resurrection in detail. She then took me to meet my therapist, Elisa who talked me through the steps that would be taken to achieve the perfect brows for my face. I was going for Browhaus latest offering, Brow Resurrection Natural. Elisa and I first discussed the shape of my brows, how I normally shape/draw them and what would be the best way to enhance them. Then she drew in my brow shape and from there we discussed what areas I wanted to adjust. After the shape was perfected we then moved onto selecting the brow colour. I chose the closest to my natural brow colour, which is a coffee brown. Now that all of the prepping was settled, it was time for the real stuff!

Elisa first applied numbing cream on my brows to relieve any discomfort during the procedure. She then slowly and gently made little ‘scratches’ on my brows followed by continuous dabbing of the veggie dye. I didn’t feel a thing at first until she moved onto the second brow where I felt little pricks, it wasn’t anything unbearable, but Elisa offered to apply more numbing cream so that I wouldn’t be uncomfortable. The actual procedure took around 20min and the prepping and discussion beforehand took around 40min- all together around an hour or so. Not bad for brows that’ll last up to 2 years!

After Elisa was done, she passed me the mirror to check out the final work. What? Are you serious? It actually looked like my brow hairs had magically grown in those 20 minutes. The little scratches Elysa was making were to replicate little tiny hairs as they were done from root to tip and tapered at the end. A technique that is unique to Browhaus. Ahh-mazing! There were minor things I wanted to alter which she easily  did on the spot, but she advised any other adjustments to be made after the first couple of weeks as the colour will fade and I may feel differently then. Also since they suggest to return for touch ups and touch ups every 3-4 months, if I wanted, I could always adjust things then as well. Here’s what my brows looked like before and after undergoing Brow Resurrection Natural:


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Before heading home, I was instructed on how to take care of my brows so that they will stay tip top shape. I was given a solution called Build and cream called Fix to apply morning and night. How cute are the names? Here’s more about them…..

Build consists of Growth Factors to help repair and regenerate new skin cells that have been weakened or damaged. It is imperative for locking in the colour to prevent fading or smudging.

Fix is an anti-scarring balm with Vitamins A, D and Lanolin, which help to fix skin wounds. Vitamins A and D aids the skin healing process while Lanolin creates a protective layer over the wound to prevent skin infection. Fix also moisturizes and prevents dryness.

I was told to avoid vigorous exercise for a week, no facials for 2 weeks, no makeup on the brows for 2 weeks and to not pick or scratch when it starts to scab, which happens in the first 3-5days. The scabbing wasn’t a biggie- I hardly noticed it so it wasn’t like an “OMG my brows are grossly peeling off my face” kinda thing. I had to take a break from the gym and jogging for a week, but I still took light walks with my furball, Cobey, so it wasn’t a total bumber. Hey, for totally natural looking brows using totally natural ingredients thats gonna last me 2 years-its all worth it wouldn’t ya say?!  Thank you Browhaus! 🙂

The Browhaus team is so awesome that they are offering my readers (thats YOU!) a trial of the Brow Resurrection Natural for just $300 (usual price is $2,140) til May 15 2013 at the following outlets- Browhaus  Cathay,  ION,  Katong,  Raffles  City  Basement  &  Street  Level! Pretty cool right? All you have to do is quote “STEPHANIE CARRINGTON” to redeem this offer! Do let me know if you want to head down for the treatment. 🙂


Browhaus has 13 outlets in Singapore. Visit for contact details.

Earth Friendly Ninh Van Bay


Our environment is precious to us and we all do our best to do our bit at home. Whether it be saving water and electricity, recycling, and of course, eating healthy…we try to do what we can. Even when we are on holiday, we can always aim to be be environmentally cautious, but some things are just usually not under our control. What if I told you that you can go on vacation and feel at ease because the entire resort follows an earth-friendly, body-loving motto? It’s like you are getting the best of both worlds, a two in one kinda package deal!  Staying healthy while vacationing, at the same time being cautious of the environment? Wooot! Sounds like a win, win, win to me!! 🙂

I recently enjoyed an amazing three night stay at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam and it was a total surreal and tranquil experience, to say the least. It had all the elements of a ‘feel good, ultimate escape’ holiday – privacy, relaxation, adventure, and the resort itself encouraged healthy living and an earth friendly lifestyle.


The rustic nature of the resort embodies the ‘back-to-nature’ feeling without actually having to camp out with your sleeping bag in the middle of the jungle. The entire resort is open concept and when I first learned about this, I have to admit that I did feel a a bit hesitant and I wasn’t sure how bearable the heat would be, but honestly speaking it wasn’t an issue at all! I grew up mostly in countries with four seasons and spent most of my life in Korea so heat is one thing that I am quite sensitive about, but at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay I wasn’t bothered one bit. Now the bedroom does have air-conditioning, which is really all you need truthfully.


The beach-front villa where I stayed was just a few steps from the beautiful crystal clear waters of the Anadaman Sea. In the evening I would enjoy the amazing sunset in my own lounge area upstairs and during the day I would relax on the sundeck chairs by my private pool. What else could one ask for?



My private butler, Luan, was incredibly helpful and he took care of all my bookings, arrangements, or any questions I would have.


Along with earth-friendly messages and reminders all throughout the resort, they encouraged healthy eating by even having their very own gorgeous organic garden with different herbs and veggies.


The in-room dining menu also had sections of healthy dishes and alternatives. My favorite was the delicious fresh vegetarian spring rolls! 🙂


To further the healthy vacationing experience, they also offer each villa two bicycles so you are able to cycle around the resort, to and from the restaurants or spa.


What’s a tropical holiday without a massage? I indulged a bit and treated myself to a massage each day I stayed. I tried the Thai massage, Vietnamese massage, and the Oriental massage which was out of this world!!!


The view from not only my room but the resort-wide was incredibly breathtaking – a collage of sights that I was getting very used to…..



After my stay at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay I can definitely say that three days is nowhere near enough. Times flies when you’re having fun right? But I can surely say I will be going back! 🙂

Healthy at the Food Court

Food is a huge part of any culture, especially here in Asia and more so here in Singapore. In Singapore, it doesn’t matter what time it is, you are surely able to find some place that is open that will help satisfy any sort of food craving. This is one of my favourite things about this tropical cosmopolitan little island.

One common thing that you will find sprawling all over country are food courts or hawker centers that offer various types of cuisines and dishes at very affordable price. Curries, fried rice, noodles, stir fries, prata…..the choices are endless! Although those yummy indulgences are always oh so tempting and great to have once in awhile… but the unfortunately, having them too often will do some unfriendly things to your waistline and potentially your health overtime. Not to fret…..there are definitely healthier options! My FAVORITE…..Yong Tau Foo! YUMMMMM!




With such a large selection of fresh greens, veggies, different kinds of tofu along with other tasty add-ins, you can easily create a healthy, guilt-free bowl of goodness in a matter of minutes. Obviously you still have to be smart about your selection and steer away from the deep fried goodies and the laksa broth, but some fresh greens, tofu, seaweed and a handle of rice noodles in clear fragrant broth will definitely do the trick. You have a choice of having the items you choose being blanched in the broth and served ‘dry’ with or without noodles and soup on the side or all combined together in one big bowl.

IMG_5116The great thing about food courts or hawker centers is that you can choose different dishes from different stalls and enjoy it all in the same place. Sometimes I will order a dish from a different stall, whether it be a bowl of pho or steamed dumplings, which normally do not come with much veggies. So I will select a bunch of fresh greens from the Yong Tau Foo stall and ask to have it ‘dry’ with the broth on the side so that I can up my veggie intake of my meal.

Whether it be with soup, noodles or to add some extra veggies to another dish, go check out the Yong Tau Foo stall next time you make a visit to the food court. It is a super easy and convenient way to stay healthy without having to put a hole in your wallet!


Yummilicious Superpower Pancakes!

IMG_4180Who doesn’t love pancakes right? Well, we are OB-SESSED! Recently, I’ve been testing out different ingredients to try to add some healthy goodness to the traditional pancake.  Then I whipped up this one using oats that came out totally YUMMS and thought I had to share!

Let me start by sharing how awesome oats are! Oats are loaded with body-loving goodness! They are great to have anytime of the day, but they are amazing for breakfast as it gets the body going on a good note. They are high in fiber so it keeps you full for longer. They are packed with protein, stabilise blood sugar levels, low in fat and get this……they aid the body in removing bad cholesterol! Pretty cool right?

So here it is……my super yummy, heart healthy and totally guilt-free recipe for oat pancakes! DELISH!!!IMG_4192

Prepare oats for your yummilicious pancakes by soaking them overnight! This step is important because by soaking the oats you decrease the amount of phytic acid in the oats. (I will be explaining more about this in detail in another blog post) 

  • 2 cups Warm water
  • 1 cup Whole rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar/lemon juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a tupperware container and mix together.
  2. Keep the container in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. In the morning rinse and drain oats thoroughly. Make sure to drain as much liquid as possible because you don’t want your batter to be too runny.


For the Pancakes:

  • Pre-soaked whole rolled oats (thoroughly drained-important)
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1 Tbsp Greek yoghurt or cottage cheese
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • salt (optional)
  • coconut oil (grapeseed oil) for pan
  1. Blend (puree) pre-soaked oats with flaxseed meal in a food processor/blender until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. Add cinnamon, greek yogurt (cottage cheese), mashed ripe banana, egg whites and salt to the oat mixture and continue to blend.
  3. Add the baking powder to mixture.
  4. Lightly oil frying pan and scoop  the batter onto the pan and fry each side for around 2min. I find a ladle gives you the perfect amount of batter for one pancake.

Strawberry-chia topping –Blend the following ingredients and set aside. Best to prep this before pancakes so it thickens.

  • 1 cup Strawberries (if frozen remember to defrost)
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Honey

Other topping options: fruit yoghurt,  sliced fruit, honey, peanut butter, classic -maple syrup


This recipe makes 4 large pancakes or 8 small pancakes. Here’s a little tip -I like to use the egg frying pan to make perfect lil’ mini pancakes! If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them so do drop me a line in the message box below! 🙂


A Peek Into My Carry-On Bag…

I’ve always been the type to pack my bag, whether its my daily handbag or travel suitcase, with things for that ‘just in case’ situation. It rains unexpectedly in Singapore so ‘just in case’, I have my umbrella. The heat can sometimes get unbearable so ‘just in case’, I have my handheld fan. I may get a hangnail while I’m out so ‘just in case’, I have my nail clippers. Who know’s what will happen and where right? Ok, so I didn’t need ALL the things in my bag every single day and my arms sure weren’t enjoying the torture of lugging it all around. So slowly over the years I’ve gotten better at downsizing and picking out just the major necessities (it was harder than it sounds). Yes, my handbag is still on the big-ish side, but trust me, it’s alot lighter than it used to be.
Over the years, I have got a lot better in my packing for holidays! Oh gosh, it would take me FOREVER to pack for a trip! I now pack my bag(s) with the things I know I will use and although it can be hard at times, I try to disregard the nitty gritty ‘just in case’ situations that ‘may just pop up’. Lets start with my carry-on bag -I pack it with my usual key essentials I feel are musts to take on board. After several trial and errors of going on different trips, these are my top 10 things that I normally like to have in my carry-on bag:
  • Healthy snacks: I LOVE snacking! I pack a variety of different healthy snacks or I pre-make my own trail mix to munch on during a flight. They can also be life savers when the inflight food turns out to be gross. Some of my fav snack options: mixed nuts, fruits, pretzels
  • Vitamins: Flying is tiring on our bodies so I like to pack a mutlivitamin and a vitamin C  to ensure I don’t fall sick during my trip. Echinacea is also a good idea to stave off those germs in a closed cabin!
  • Tea: Tea is loaded with antioxidants which will help our bodies fight off germs that can cause us to fall sick. So I like to take a couple tea bags(my favourites are green tea and camomile) and I ask the flight attendant for a hot cup of water whenever I’m wanting a hot beverage. Also, when the flight attendant goes around with tea and coffee, I opt for the tea.
  • Sanitizer: I always carry a packet of sanitary wipes or small bottle of liquid hand sanitizer with me. With the amount of people on board a flight, imagine all the different kinds of germs! Ewww! Who knows what we’ll catch from who! Better to be safe than sorry, I say!
  • Moisturizer: The air is so dry when flying so a moisturizer is a must!
  • Lip balm: Our pouts need just as much love and care as our skin whilst flying. So I make sure to slather on the balm -regularly!
  • Throat lozenges or sweets: I find sometimes the dry air can make my throat a bit dry so I like to suck on lozenges or sweets.Also, sucking on a hard boiled candy/lozenger upon takeoff and landing is good to help your ear pressure.
  • Spray water: Great to freshen up the skin when its feeling dry or as a cooling pick me up when feeling tired and lethargic- Love it!
  • Shawl or jacket:  The temperature on a flight is unpredictable, but most of the time it gets quite chilly. So I like to dress light and pack a shawl or a light jacket, which is easy take on or off depending on how cold or  warm it gets.
  • Entertainment: Whether it’s a book, magazine or music, I make sure to pack some sort of entertainment to give me an option other than what is offered on board. Entertainment makes us happy and happiness makes us healthy!! 🙂

Margaret River

Australia is one of my favorite places to visit. There’s just so much greenery, great food made with clean fresh produce and lets not forget-awesome shopping! I’ve been to Sydney and to Melbourne several times to visit family and friends and its always such a treat. Apart from the big cities, I’m always hearing that Australia has so many other amazing places to visit. One of those being the infamous Margaret River, south of Perth, Western Australia. So last year, my hubby surprised me with a trip to Margaret River for my birthday and we headed down under to the lush countryside.  After about a three and a half hour drive, we entered arguably one of Australia’s foremost wine territories. Not only is it known for its exuberant and internationally renown wines, we discovered some of the most hidden goodness gems such as the Vasse Virgin olive oil farm and some amazing (and at times, indulgent!) cheese and chocolate family run businesses, that are just out of this world!

IMG_1444Before the trip we had to decide whether we wanted to jump on another flight, take a bus, or drive from Perth airport to Margaret River. Although it would take a bit longer, we decided to opt for the more scenic option and drive (and besides, having car to explore Margaret River is a must!). We had arranged the rental car beforehand, but there are a couple rental car companies available at the airport so it shouldn’t be a problem if you decide to just rent one on the spot. So once we arrived at Perth airport we went to pick up our car and the gentleman at the sales desk suggested we pay a bit extra for the GPS and insurance. The GPS is a no brainer since both my hubby and I have never been there before, but we weren’t too sure if we needed the insurance. We were a bit hesitant thinking that they were just trying to get a bit more off of us, but being the cautious travellers we are, we decided to take up the offer anyways (which proved to be a good choice as we did have a little incident with a wayward kangaroo – apparently this is very common!). The drive down to our “retreat” was so tranquil and peaceful and with all the lush greenery and animals to see along the way, time wasn’t an issue at all!!


We stayed at the Injidup Spa Retreat, and as it was still quite new, it was in almost perfect condition.  Upon arrival, we were greeted by the cheerful reception staff and all in all, the “retreat” catered to travellers who wanted all the elements of hidden luxury but with complete and unencumbered privacy.  There are 10 retreats – all of which are self-contained with all you need to enjoy your stay  – such as your very own plunge pool, large living and dining area with a romantic open fireplace, beautiful and breezy view of the Indian Ocean and a large master bedroom. One of the quirky and unique things about our retreat was that it provided for a “self-service” style of living – meaning you bought your own groceries and made your own meals as there was no onsite restaurant – but…. they did provide a fabulous starter hamper filled with wine and plenty of organic goodness such as olives, chocolate, fruits, cold cuts, cheeses, crackers etc. In addition, the retreat was surrounded by great quality eateries and as obtaining fresh produce was so easy, if you enjoy cooking like we do, you would take advantage of this and cook in your retreat. Last but not least – you’re not in Australia if you don’t have the traditional Aussie “barbie” so on our veranda we had huge barbie which was on regularly for breakfast and for dinner.


Like pretty much everywhere in Margaret River, or more so Australia in general, the front desk closed at 5pm so if you were to need anything urgent in the middle of the night you would have to call the emergency number. Also, one thing we realised was that our internet connection would get lost whenever the front desk would shut down for the night. Since the hotel was unaware of this issue it was obvious no one had complained. Yes, it was incredibly quiet (except for the hypnotic crashing of the ocean waves at night as we slept) and nicely secluded, such a great place to relax and take a break from the city life, but no internet? No emails? No Facebook? Is this possible? Once our panic mode settled, we thought why not take this opportunity to zone out and shut off from all the hustle and bustle. Well, at least for the time we were in the our villa. :p Never been done, but was a nice change!

Injidub spa retreat

Now that the hotel and internet issue was settled, it was on to explore!! Our stay was for  5days, but I could have seriously stayed for weeks! During those days we had copious amounts of amazingly fresh and organic food and wine. These are some of the places we visited and I strongly recommend. There are so many amazing places and restaurants, if I were to name them all it would take me awhile so here are my top 5 picks……

Leeuwin Estate-Besides the incredible wine and outstanding ambience, the food was phenomenal! We celebrated my birthday by having lunch here and it was just unforgettable! All the ingredients for the dishes on the menu are fresh from the farms nearby and together with the serene view-the experience is nothing short of amazing! Breakfast or lunch here is strongly recommended, followed by a stroll around the beautiful estate.IMG_1474

Cape Mentelle-Even if you’re not a ‘wino’ I’m sure you’ve heard of Cape Mentele. Unlike Leeuwin Estate, Cape Mentele was more catered to wine tasting and distributing. Having said that it is a must visit to try out the several different types of wine and to at least get a bottle to take back home. You must try a their wine made from Zinfandel grapes – for that extra earthy full bodied wine! We went in thinking to get a bottle or two but we ended up get a whole case and having it get shipped back home (together with the case we picked up at Leeuwin Estate!).

Vasse Virgin– The moment you turn in the side street you are guided by beautiful, statuesque trees that lead into the olive garden estate. So even before you arrive at the welcome centre you are already put in a calm state of mind ready to explore the world of olives. After about a 2-3min drive in, you reach a small welcome centre/souvenir shop where you can find pretty much anything and everything related to olives available. You’re free to sample all sorts of olive oil, olives, and even olive oil based organic beauty products for all skin types, which you can later purchase to take home with you. They even offer cute little homely souvenirs that perfectly reflect the vibe of Vasse Virgin.


Gabriel Chocolate (Yallingup)-As soon as you step foot in the quaint little shop you are welcomed by a gush of chocolate aroma. From raw cacao beans and nibs, creamy milk chocolates, velvety dark chocolates (all that you can sample on the spot-AWESOME!) to freshly brewed organic coffee, Gabriel’s Chocolate is near heaven to any chocoholic, like myself! If the five different types of chocolates weren’t enough, we went back a second time to get some cacao beans to take back home as well.


The Horse Resort-There’s no better way to set yourself apart from the hustle and bustle our bodies are naturally attuned to than taking in the beauty of lush countryside on horseback. The people at the Horse Resort make you feel totally comfortable and all the horses are very accustomed to people so it is even a great experience for those that have never ridden a horse before. We spent about 30min getting friendly and familiar with our horses and to learn the basic riding rules. After ‘Fortune’ (my horse) and I became friends and comfy with each other, it was off on our 1hr trail ride around the forest led by our stable guide. Such a calm and serene experience!


Now, for my birthday I wanted to check an item off of my bucket list so thought SKYDIVING??! Took a bit of time to build up the courage, but since Australia is known to be one of the safest places to skydive thought this was the perfect chance. With lush green fields and a perfect view of the sparkling river and even a glimpse of the ocean, it just had to be done. Wow! I must say, it was THE most amazing experience I’ve had so far! Thrill, excitement, action and whole lot of adrenaline… was AWESOME!! So if you have some time you may want to consider giving the peeps at Southern Skydivers a visit.

The drive from where we stayed took about 1 hr to Busselton (2.5hrs from Perth). The professionals will walk and talk you through the steps, then after you are dressed and strapped up you take a 20min flight up to your drop point. We jumped at 14000ft! (YUP! FOURTEEN THOUSAND FEET!!!!), but you can choose to jump at 10,000ft if you’re not feeling so daring. The whole way up, the team jokes and makes you feel totally at ease (well,as much as they can whilst your whole body, mind and soul is completely enveloped with the insane concept that you will drive head first out of a plane!). Then about 5min before you take that plunge you get harnessed to your tandem pro diver, you say a prayer in your head (or a couple of hundred!), then off you go swimming in mid-air! My words are no where near close to what the actual experience is like! OMG! PHENOMENAL! After the jump, I’ve decided I will and MUST go back and do it again or even learn how to do it myself! EEEK!



From the moment we left, I was miserable as all I wanted to do was go back to Margaret River!! 😦 It was one of the most idealistic escapes I have had so far; the amazingly fresh produce, Michelin Star quality cuisine, tasty and dreamy wine country, picturesque landscape and the warm and friendly locals provided for one of the most memorable holidays I have ever had. I want to go back and I will go back soon!

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