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Do you know that one of the greatest woes of a pregnant woman is not being able to fit into any of her clothes? Initially, I found it quite amusing when my clothes started to feel tight around my baby bump, then it became frustrating when I could no longer zip up my dresses. It was not long later that I went into panic mode when I was left with only a handful of dresses that I could still force myself into. I was living in self-denial and refused to shop for maternity dresses, or what I call “XXXXL dresses”. LOL. Even my colleagues started to ask if I was planning to buy myself some decent maternity wear and advised me to get a few pieces as soon as I can as maternity wear can be quite costly. The earlier I buy, the more times I get to wear them before I deliver! Okay okay, I get the hint. I need clothes that fit a growing me!
I did get myself quite a number of dresses, some online and some from retail stores. Ok I should also credit my mum for doing most of the shopping for me. I’m also glad to be introduced to Maternity Exchange, a long-standing innovative retail concept which offers mums-to-be the option of buying or renting outfits to create their own extensive maternity wardrobe without having to pay exorbitant prices. Plus, it’s also not practical because you won’t be wearing these clothes after you deliver (assuming you would have slimmed down) unless you intend to keep them for your second or third pregnancy.
Maternity Exchange, located at Marina Square, carry the largest collection of imported and local designer maternity and nursing labels in Singapore, featuring international brands like Japanese Weekend, Maternal America and Jules & Jim Maternity, as well as popular local brands Mothers En Vogue and Dote Nursing.
Also available at Maternity Exchange are maternity and nursing lingerie, swimwear, diaper bags, belly bands, maternity support belts, postpartum shapewear, and an assortment of gifts and accessories for mummmies and babies. We even spotted Sophie the Giraffe. It’s like a one-stop shopping haven for expectant mothers and new parents! If you prefer to do your shopping online, you will be pleased to know that Maternity Exchange stocks online exclusive maternity and nursing wear which is not available at the physical store.
I was offered a 8-credit Basic Instincts rental package priced at $329. Two other packages with more credits – All Essentials and Indulge Your Bulge are also available. The renting system is very simple! You first pay the upfront fee for your desired package and you have one year to fully utilise each package. Each piece can be rented for a maximum of 4 weeks. Any item that features a rental price on its price tag can be rented. You can also rent by individual piece, where you will pay the full purchase price first and be refunded the difference between that and the prevailing rental price when you return the outfit. Regular casual pieces are usually worth one credit each, like this flattering black dress from Maternal America which I wore for one of our staycations.
I also found a nice baby blue chiffon dress for my company’s dinner and dance late last year! Because some pieces are more expensive, they are worth two more more rental credits and may require a deposit which will be fully refunded when you return the rented piece in its original condition. Always remember to take good care of the dresses and check the washing labels to determine if the dress requires dry cleaning. If you really like what you are wearing and wish to keep it, you can simply purchase it!
Besides maternity wear, there are also nursing clothes available at Maternity Exchange. The collection is updated every 3 to 4 weeks so there’s bound to be something that catches your eye each time you visit the store! This lavender floral dress is only worth one credit and looks simple but turned out to be great in achieving a soft look for my maternity photoshoot.
This has gotta be my favorite rented piece from Maternity Exchange which I wore to my cousin’s wedding at Shangri-La Hotel. It is an absolutely stunning V-neck beaded gown in an elegant shade of periwinkle blue by the brand Decode 1.8. I love how it fits me perfectly, even at 9 months, because I was close to believing that I wouldn’t be able to find a dress that could show off my ‘womanly curves’. Not only is the chiffon fabric very light and comfortable to wear, the fabulous cut helps slim the silhouette and the gorgeous pleated detailing at the bust and empire line adds a touch of glam. This piece retails at $499.25 but you can rent it for as low as 3 rental credits. I forked out $20 to have my gown altered by Maternity Exchange’s approved tailor because it was too long for me. Minor alterations can be done for a fee as long as it does not permanently alter the outfit.
I have used up all the credits of my rental package and wish to conclude by saying that my 5-month long journey with Maternity Exchange had been a pretty pleasant one. You can read up on the FAQ section online if you have any queries or better still, head down to the physical store and browse through the amazing range of maternity clothes. Feel free to approach Maternity Exchange’s friendly retail assistants for advice. Nana had been a terrific help and was always so patient with me when I was at the store. Her cheerful disposition really puts me at ease and I didn’t feel bad about trying 6 outfits at one go :P Do check out Maternity Exchange’s website and Facebook page to be updated on their promotions and clearance sales!
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6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6100 3924
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How’s it going chewys! I have not been updating my blog as regularly as I would like to because I’m either feeling lazy or too exhausted after a long day at work :( Yes! I’m still working even though I’m about to pop anytime now! I don’t intend to take maternity leave early. Say hello to my 9-month old baby bump! Hehe ok I think it’s not very obvious in this photo. Getting really nervous because I don’t know how it’s gonna turn out on the day I go into labor! :S Yeah I’m more nervous than excited actually. Glad that misterchewy and I managed to squeeze in a weekend staycation at Naumi Liora Hotel recently to take my mind off things! :)
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Naumi Liora is The Hind Group’s second boutique hotel that opened in November 2012. Naumi Liora boasts a design concept of an old yet modern charm that is strongly reflected throughout the hotel. To remain true to the inherent spirit of the 1920s Peranakan-styled building’s heritage that Naumi Liora is housed in, the original timber flooring, French-styled windows and ‘five-foot way’ have all been traditionally preserved.
Through the use of its signature light motif alongside a harmonious balance of warm and vibrant colours such as hues of Chalk and Pumpkin, the craftsmanship of Naumi Liora creates an intimate environment that invigorates and soothes at the same time. Abstracted from the lattice design of traditional Peranakan tiles as well as the original metal railing pattern from the exterior of the hotel, these light motifs are also translated into timber screens and used strategically from the lobby to the rooms.
Guests are more than welcome to help themselves to the complimentary 24-hour self-serve Nibbles snack bar at the reception lobby. There is a whole range of treats such as Nespresso coffee, Dilmah tea, and ice cream!
Biscuits, cookies, chips and chocolates are also available at the snack bar.
We had to rush off to the Babycare Festival at Singapore Expo, so earlier in the day, I contacted the hotel shortly after we finished lunch at Ion to see if they could accede to my request for an early check-in at around 1pm. Was told that the only room available is located on the ground floor and it is also smaller than our designated one :( Didnt have a choice but to accept it. This is the Liora Heritage Double, which is approximately sized up to a comfortable 28 square meters. Single bedding option is also available.
Liked the personal touch that made us feel at home in an instance. The welcome note highlighted Naumi’s signature service philosophy. During the later part of our stay, I phoned one of the Naumi Aides upon finding out that there wasn’t any toothbrush and toothpaste in the bathroom. Wanted to confirm if these were being provided for by the hotel and was told that they will be issued only upon request. I had two sets promptly sent to our room in a couple of minutes! Was super impressed by the Naumi Aide’s efficiency!
Open wardrobe concept.
The size of our room was modest yet it feels adequately spacious for two at the same time. The layout of the room is also perfect for families with babies or toddlers in tow as there is definitely enough space for a stroller and a travel cot.
My favorite Malin + Goetz peppermint shampoo and rum body wash are provided!
The mini bar is complimentary and is well-stocked with coffee, tea and soft drinks.
A selfie in our room before heading out! Haha now you can see my huge baby bump :P
We were supposed to meet my in-laws at the fair but they couldn’t make it at the last minute. Buying stuff to prepare for the arrival of Little misschewy was a pretty mind-boggling affair because there were so many things that we weren’t sure if we needed to buy.
We snagged a limited edition Maclaren stroller, which is pretty chio (in our opinion lol). Good thing there was free delivery! Also bought other stuff like organic baby bath, milk bottle sterilizer and loads of pampers (some with free delivery). In the evening, we went our separate ways to meet our friends for dinner. Guys’ night out and girls’ night out :P
Complimentary breakfast is provided just next door, at Keong Saik Snacks. Was looking forward to it since it’s by Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton. Breakfast starts from about 7am and ends at 10am. We intended to wake up earlier but the bed was seriously so comfortable that we kept hitting the snooze button and woke up with only 20 minutes to get showered and changed!
We went there expecting that the breakfast would be somewhat similar to what was being served at Cocoette during our stay at Wanderlust Hotel. To our dismay, the spread at the buffet counter was quite limited. A small selection of bread, cheese, ham, cereal, yogurt, etc, nothing to get excited over.
The ambience at Keong Saik Snacks was nice though. If only we had more time to enjoy our breakfast, I seriously wouldn’t mind paying extra for the weekend brunch which is available from 11am to 3pm but that would mean we had to wait an hour for it.
Taking a quick look at the gym before checking out. It’s open 24 hours. It’s a pity that there’s no swimming pool in the hotel.
As part of its celebration of Holi, an ancient Hindu festival, also known as the “Festival of Colours” as all ages go into the streets for fun, throwing of powder paint and coloured water to celebrate the victory of ‘good’ over ‘bad’ and also the triumph of devotion to god, Naumi Hotels celebrate the colour ‘Pink’ which symbolises the significant support of Breast Cancer Foundation and its cause. During this playful ‘Festival of Colours’, Naumi Hotels will proudly donate up to SGD$15 for every eligible room stay on 17 March 2014.
In the meantime, do visit ZALORA SG, Asia’s leading online fashion destination! Zalora carries a huge range of apparel, footwear, accessories and beauty products from various brands, you will definitely be spoilt for choice!
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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin, a prominent female journalist and author, once said.
Like Charlene, some of our colleagues at FurnitureSingapore.net have tied the knot, and we thought that we’d share an article featuring furniture ideas that’s suitable for married couples. Hopefully, this list will give you some inspiration to furnish your home, and make it a conducive place to fall in love with your partner, over and over again!
1) Cuddle Mattress
The Cuddle Mattress is a mattress that’s specially designed for couples who wish to hug each other while they’re sleeping. The mattress has horizontal grooves that you can put your arm in, so that it’s easier to sleep on your side and put your arm underneath your partner.
The Cuddle Mattress was created by an Iranian designer named Mehdi Mojtabavi. Mehdi Mojtabavi felt that it was important for couples to embrace each other in bed, and he invented Cuddle Mattress to allow lovers to do so comfortably, without numbing the wrist or arm.
2) Hug Chair
Like the Cuddle Mattress, the Hug Chair allows couples to cuddle, except this furniture lets you do it while you’re seated.
Sitting on your husbands lap for an extended period of time would cause his leg to go numb, but you won’t have to worry about that on the Hug Chair!
This chair was designed by Bulgarian interior and furniture designer, Ilian Milinov. Besides aiding couples in extended embrace, the chair can also be used for more functional purposes.
3) Sway Rocking Chair
The Sway Rocking Chair is a cosy contraption for couples who want to lounge together. As its name suggest, the furniture is able to rock back and forth while you’re lying in it. It sure sounds like a relaxing way to pass time with your partner.
The Sway Rocking Chair can also be propped up into a 2-seater bench. This configuration is perfect for couples who want to watch some TV together, or they can just choose to gaze at each other.
4) Love Nest
The Love Nest is a unique looking heart shape swing created by Mexican industrial designer, Victor Aleman. According to Victor, the Love Nest (also known as Mua) is a hammock designed for lovers, and it’s suppose to invoke the idea of 2 people who’s lives are intertwined.
The body of the Love Nest is weaved out of rattan, and it looks like a nice furniture to have in your garden or balcony. If you have enough space in your home, you can also put it indoors where it’ll double as an art installation.
5) Sweetheart Lovers’ Chair
What do you get if you made a chair with 2 backs and 1 seat? You get the Sweetheart Lovers’ Chair, that’s what.
The inadequate seating space is a deliberate design choice made by designer couple Kanika and Suhasini, when they were creating the chair. And while this chair would not be practical in most situations, it’s perfect for lovers who wish to share their seat in an intimate way.
FurnitureSingapore.net is a local resource site for furniture shoppers. The website has a comprehensive listing of furniture stores and information, to help consumers make better purchase decisions. Some of our popular listings include ‘Cheap Furniture in Singapore’, ‘Teak Furniture in Singapore, and more. Before you shop for furniture, be sure to visit FurnitureSingapore.net first!
Oops! Just realized that this blog post had been collecting dust under my drafts folder since late last year :P Totally forgot about it because I was busy clearing Christmas and CNY posts. Hehehe. I finally got to try SPRMRKT when misterchewy and I went on a double date with YP and Wilson one Saturday afternoon! :)
I think we reached at about 2ish? Can’t really remember but anyway we were told that we had to wait for at least an hour because the place was fully booked. Kinda disappointed at first and when we were about to leave, the chef actually stepped out and asked if we were ok with sitting outdoors. Of course we didn’t mind la. We came all the way here for this.
YP said she got Little misschewy a gift! Hahaha it’s a mother-daughter cookbook! What a great way to bond with our little one next time :D
I know that there are a few people out there who think that truffle oil is a scam but I don’t really care. It enhances the taste of my food, so why not? :) We shared the Truffle Fries with Kelp & Parmesan ($12) which was quite flavorful but the taste of truffle could be stronger.
My Smoked Salmon & Eggs ($16) was pretty good stuff. The smoked salmon slices were quite thick and the scrambled eggs were definitely up to standard.
YP had the Corned Beef Mash And Poached Eggs ($16) which came with layers of mashed potato and hollandaise sauce with mixed greens.
The Chicken Milanese Wrap ($16) was a very healthy choice for Wilson I guess! Fried breaded chicken breast, house-marinated tomato cubes, mixed greens in a tortilla wrap served with shoestring fries proved to be quite filling for him.
‘DE’ Breakfast ($17) consists of a single pancake, scrambled eggs with bacon. Pancake was thick and fluffy! We ended up sharing this.
The husband went for The English Breakfast ($25) because he was starving. You can have your eggs done your preferred way. I tried a bit of everything and loved the korubuta pork sausage, sauteed mushrooms and baby potatoes.
SPRMRKT is undoubtedly one of the best brunch places in Singapore that has a pretty extensive menu that changes on a daily basis and almost everything is made from scratch! Just remember to make reservations before heading down!
2 McCallum Street
Mon to Fri
8am – 9pm
9am – 4pm
(Closed on Sun)
So glad that Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday this year! I applied for leave, but not really because it’s V Day la. Went for my weekly checkup at Mount E and was told by my gynae to rest more because both mother and baby didn’t gain any weight for the past week. I admit that my schedule is getting more hectic as I’m getting close to my EDD but it feels good to be moving around because I really think it’s not good to be sedentary. The long weekend was a very fulfilling one for misterchewy and I because we accomplished quite a few tasks, albeit being very last minute as usual! And the photo you see above? We will definitely blog about it soon! :)
The husband had actually shortlisted a few places for our Valentine’s Day dinner and I was told to choose one that I like best. OMG all of them are Italian restaurants! Ok la more romantic but I was craving for Japanese food and suggested Tamashii Robataya because I had read some pretty good reviews. Reservations were made and we were there before 7pm. Was trying to decide between the omakase or set dinner and we agreed on the $128++ set dinner. If you have any dietary restrictions, feel free to let them know and they will have the particular dish replaced with something else of similar value.
The Sashimi Moriwase is originally on the menu, which was only enjoyed by misterchewy. So sad that I could only watch him eat this. LOL.
Instead of sashimi, I was being served three types of appetizers in small portions.
I liked the grilled eggplant best from the Yaki Yasai Moriwase.
After having small servings of the first few dishes, we were surprised that the Yaki Sakana was about the size of my palm. Before that, we were thinking how were we ever going to get full at this rate. Haha. The fish was grilled to perfection and was very juicy!
I’m gonna say yes if anyone’s gonna ask me if we will revisit Tamashii, thanks to the Pork Cheeks Donburi which was very fabulous. Explosive flavors with every mouuthful! Will be back for this!
Didnt really like the Asari Osui because the broth was too salty for me.
Dessert of the day was Pumpkin Ice Cream on Pumpkin Cake which was pretty refreshing. The pumpkin cake tasted a little like caramel pudding though.
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I was craving for Jelly Hearts one day and did a quick Google search on the Internet. The Jelly Hearts appears top in the list. I spent quite a bit of time marvelling at the cake store, browsing all 15 categories, one at a time.
Frankly speaking, I didn’t know that jelly hearts could come in so many different flavors, shapes and designs! All of them looked really tempting and were calling out to me. I decided to drag misterchewy along to check out the physical store at Downtown East! Thank goodness we are staying in the East now.
Currently, this is The Jelly Hearts’ first and only shop in Singapore. It is an assuming and cosy cake shop that looks immaculately clean.
Other than a wide range of jelly heart products, The Jelly Hearts also sells marshmallow pops, jelly cups and chocolate oreo cookies.
I was very impressed that despite being a small and humble family business, The Jelly Hearts had been mentioned numerous times in various publications and is testimony that they have indeed won the hearts of many. I had two pieces of jelly hearts and fell in love with them! They were not cloyingly sweet and had just the right amount of cheese in it. I liked the multitude of contrasting textures among the crunchy strawberry pieces, melt-in-the-mouth full cream cheese and gelatinous jelly layer.
What surprised me was that its kitchen is quite small and I wonder how is it possible for staff to churn out large batches of jelly hearts to cope with their orders on a daily basis. Even though I know nothing about baking, I am very certain that making jelly hearts is an extremely time-consuming process!
I had the honour of meeting Mr. Darren Loh, who used to be in the future tradings industry which was highly stressful. His wife has a passion for baking and they decided to expand their online home baking business by including a retail front to cope with the rapid growth in 2011. He shared that he only had a handful of staff to help mend the store and he would be in charge of delivering the orders.
For the uninitiated, there are actually 3 layers of ingredients that make up the jelly hearts, beginning from the bottom-most layer, which is the biscuit crust made from digestive biscuits. In the past, it took 4 workers about 4 to 5 hours to make 80 biscuit layers. Darren saw this as a potential problem as his workers had their heads buried in making the biscuit crust and didn’t have time to serve other walk-in customers. It was through Darren’s willingness to seek support and assistance from NTUC’s e2i that he managed to afford to customize a machine that helps to increase productivity tremendously. Currently, it takes only one worker roughly 30 minutes to an hour to complete 80 biscuit crust layers!
As a result, Darren had the opportunity to rope in his remaining staff to help in other areas such as giving out flyers and jelly heart samples in order to attract more customers to his shop. Slowly but surely, Darren saw a steady increase in sales and passed on the extra profits made to his workers by giving them a 10% to 20% pay raise as he recognizes their hard work and also wants to motivate them further. To help his staff become better at their jobs, Darren is also keen on training his staff on a more professional level and sends them for training courses from time to time to better equip them with the necessary skills required. Darren practises a form of Progressive Wage Model which NTUC’s leader Lim Swee Say has been advocating for workers for years, because he firmly believes that when he pays his staff more based on their productivity, skills and job responsibilities, the staff are happier and serve customers better. Darren also acts as a mentor and constantly reminds his staff that customers are the real paymasters, and not to judge a customer by the amount he buys because a happy customer is a repeat customer.
As a blogger who is trying to keep herself updated on the current F&B scene, I have seen many cafes and restaurants come and go like the wind. On the surface, it is natural to speculate and pinpoint that the poor quality of food or high costs incurred to maintain the running of business could be main reasons that led to the businesses folding up. We often overlook how employees are being treated. Are they fairly paid or have they been properly trained to do a good job? I think we can all learn a thing or two from Darren. NTUC’s Progressive Wage Model ensures employers’ commitment to their employees’ career growth, better wages and increased productivity. With a better pay package and proper upgrading of skills, workers will feel that their efforts are truly appreciated by their bosses and are more inclined to remain in their jobs, and therefore, they will also be able to accumulate valuable experience in the long run to deal with the fast-paced and challenging F&B environment. When staff provide better customer service with a smile, customers are more likely to return in future.
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This blog post is a collaborative effort between missuschewy and The Labour Movement.
The Jelly Hearts
1 Pasir Ris Close
E!hub @ Downtown East
Tel: 6583 8782
Sun to Thu
11am – 9.30pm
Fri & Sat
11am – 10pm
Originally posted on missuschewy:
What comes right after Chinese New Year? Yes, Valentine’s Day! Rejoice because you should have collected enough angbao money just in time to splurge on this fabulous occasion! Yipee! Ummm.. But if you are giving out angbao instead then.. hmm nvm la :P While The Chewys are not dating or love gurus, we would still like to share some ideas as to how to spend Valentine’s Day with The One this year! :D Please note that the following listed below are based on our personal tastes and preferences ;)
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