In a blink of an eye, three years has passed! It has been 3 years that I've been a Majolica Majorca Blog Ambassador and have been sharing about the latest launches, swatches and tutorialsof Majolica Majorca in this humble personal turned lifestyle blog.
It's been a great three years with Majolica Majorca and for all of you loyal readers, you've seen my experience so far.
Kathy from Kandi Treats had kindly approached me and asked if I wanted to review (not paid okay!) their latest product: Jellybeans. I was intrigued by the name and decided to take up the offer to review the products and also have a giveaway for my readers.
First up, some background info on Kandi Treats.
The first product, Jelly Bean, was conceptualized by the owner, Kathy Amurao-Herrera. One day while shopping at a bazaar, an idea sprang her mind that it would be great to only shop for JUST one item and be able to use it in several different types of wardrobe in several different ways. It would be nice to have an accessory that saves you a lot of money and shopping stress just because it is so functional. She started with ribbons as the basic element and soon came up with a simple accessory, which she then tried to reproduce and sell to a few friends.
She was able to show the first batch to several different people and had great feedback. That’s when she decided to sell their products to a bigger network. Hence KAnDi Treats was launched August 2010. The name KAnDi was from the names, KAthy Amurao-Herrera, ANdrea Castro & DIanne Cristobal-Correa.
Kandi Treats' has come a long way since their launch last 2010. They were featured in different tv shows, magazines and fashion blogs. They vow to showcase Filipino hand-made accessories all over the world.
I thought it was really innovative of her to create an item which can be used in so many ways.
I figured that blogging by each activities day by day might be a tad messy and confusing to read thus I decided to go thru the following in this order!
1.The room 2. The makan places 3. The facilities 4. The activities 5. Ho Chi Minh 6. Redang
Random camwhoring pictures will be inserted in between. :X
I had brought along Colin who brought along Ivan! Glad to have them on this trip! Great company 😉
We enjoyed a rather VIP check in, very hassle free and my Guest Service Officer Vivian was a great help. She helped arranged for all tours and reservations!
We were treated with a welcome drink and was given a tour of the facilities and restaurants in Star Virgo.
- The room
Star Cruises had kindly arranged for an Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony for all of us.
The room is rather spacious and honestly, we could fit 3 people in the room! Not only that, you can relax at the balcony and watch the sunrise and sunset!
We also had to attend a mandatory drill where they taught us how to put on the lifejackets and what to do in case of an emergency.
And now.. moving on to the makan places!
There are free and paid restaurants on Star Virgo. Here are the free restaurants.
- Mediterranean serves an international spread and is available for all meals, including supper! Extremely popular (especially since it's the only restaurant open for supper!) and one of my favourites was the Congee that they served daily. Yummy!
- Bella Vista is a western restaurant. One needs to be dressed in at least proper covered shoes and jeans to dine at this restaurant.
Bella Vista serves set meals and my personal favourite would have to be the eggylicious breakfast we had on one of the days.
- Pavillion Room has to be our favourite free restaurant. They serve Chinese food like the usual dim sums and normal chinese dishes.
The boys especially loved having breakfast there. Pictures of the food that we ate here!
Moving on to the paid restaurants... For us Balcony Class card holders, we were given $300 dining credit where we could use in any of the paid restaurants mentioned below.
- Samurai serves Japanese fare. We ate there twice, once for the yummilicious Teppanyaki and another for the Gala dinner. Pictures of the Gala dinner later below!
The teppanyaki chef was hilarious, it was great watching him in action, he also "played" with us by making us catch random food items. lol.
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Sashimi is extremely fresh and to die for. All of us agreed it was the best that we have ever tasted before. Shiokadoos!
The beef was also one of our favourites! Melts in your mouth!
- Blue Lagoon is an Asian Bistro that is open 24 hours. The food there may look simple but they are very delish, portions are big though! Suitable to be shared, the boy and I ordered a Seafood Horfun and shared, enough for the both of us.
If you were wondering, why was there a cake, it was because Star Cruises had kindly sent us a birthday card! With a redeemable cake at Blue Lagoon. How sweet of them!
- Palazzo serves fine dining Italian fare. The restaurant has only 7 tables and is extremely exclusive. They do not allow kids in the restaurant. One of the guys was joking that it's probably to avoid crying kids to spoil the atmosphere. LOL
Great service and the food was good! We had escargots, soup and steak!
Plates by Versace! o.O
We visited Noble House mainly for the Peking Duck. For only $38, once can order half a peking duck. Damn shioks!
The Taj serves Indian Cuisine buffet style and is located right next to Samurai.
The Taverna serves inernational snacks and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy good music.
Other food places that you should check out would be the Bellini (a Champagne bar) and Gelato Ice Cream & Juice Bar!
Now, moving to the facilities!
Port O' Call & Star Boutique has a wide variety of tax-free items such as chocolates, perfumes, basic necessities, swimwear and various souvenirs for your shopping needs!
The Starlight Video Arcade is a great place to have some fun! Kids and families can bond here! The boy and I played some games here! Needless to say, I got badly beaten by him. Bah.
The Library is a good place to read books, Ivan used the internet here to email his wife, so sweet of him! Missing her every single day of the trip. Newly weds are always so mushy :X
Ching Chong Boy and I enjoyed the Water Slide at the Parthenon Pool immensely, we also swam and enjoyed the jacuzzi.
You fitness freaks would enjoy the Universal Gym. Unfortunately I didn't bring my gym gear and was kicking myself for forgetting.
One can always pamper themselves at the Oscar's Hair & Beauty Salon. We missed out checking out the Apollo Spa sadly!
Some of the activities that we checked out was..
The Welcome Aboard Show was fun! The StarCruises Dancers, Cruise Staff and Superstar Virgo Musicians put up a musical extravaganza for us, singing, dancing, the works!
Zumba fitness is something extremely popular in Singapore right now and Star Cruises organised a Zumba Inspired Cardio Dance Party for us to party in shape and learn Latin-inspired dance moves that are extremely calorie-burning. FUN!
Colin attended an exclusive Galley Tour with the executive Chef Chuah where he brought participants for a tour around the ship's galley and also shared his experience and stories of how his chefs prepares for meals onboard.
We had a Gala Cocktail Party where we enjoyed a few drinks, there was a fashion show and a performance before the Senior Management introduced themselves and the Captain gave a speech.
We enjoyed a Gala Dinner at Samurai, extremely tasty meal but I prefer the Teppanyaki meal :X We also took the chance to take pictures with Vivian and Toku, both Guest Service Officers who took good care of us throughout our trip 🙂
For our Gala Show, we enjoyed a spectacular show called Reflections of Russia which considered of a great dance act, contortionists, aero gymasts and a hula hoop act.
The Choco Madness Party was fantastic! Not only was there a chocolate buffet but a great dance performance by the crew!
Aside from the above activities, Star Cruises had generously sponsored us two land tours during our Ho Chi Minh and Redang shore excursion.
For Ho Chi Minh, we chose a land transfer to Ben Thanh Market, we then proceeded for a massage and for some pho!
Shopping in Ben Thanth. Was forced to buy a pair of slippers cos my pweety sandals gave way. T.T
Enjoyed a shiok massage!
A trip to Vietnam is not complete without Pho, Viet Coffee and Spring Rolls! <3
Goodbye Vietnam! Till the next trip!
After Vietnam, we visited Redang!
A pic with the pretty Zoe Raymond! She's another blogger (very popular one!) who is also sponsored by Nuffnang and Star Cruises. I took the liberty of chopping off my fat legs in this pic :X Thanks for the pic babe!
Both Ching Chong Boy and I went Diving while Colin and Ivan went snokelling!
Some pictures of the beautiful Redang!
Picking up our gear!
All dressed up!
Diving was fun! It was actually my second dive after my Open Water course last year and I was super rusty! Think I need more leisure dives! Big thanks to Hong and Mr Liu! Great Dive Masters!
Here's an entry dedicated to my good friends! 🙂 They need your votes!
First up! My very good friend Charlie!
Charlie's idea "Tools of Trade" is one of the ten finalists in the "Ultimate Start-Up Space" organised by Martel V.S.O.P.
What is Tools of Trade in a nutshell?
ToT is a creative space for you to:
- embrace a hands-on spirit of fixing, making and fabricating your own stuff
- play an active role in reducing the carbon footprint of everyday products through creative ways
- join a community of like-minded individuals to share and learn together - all in the name of fun (profit is a plus!)
- kick-start your own idea through ToT and community funding.
ToT is not a Design & Technology workshop, a repair shop or even any shop! We are much more:
- We give life to old items that you love and believe that if an item is spoiled, you don't have to discard it
- We teach, learn and share. So it's about you, us and everybody coming together to develop and realise your ideas.
- We are adults with a curious mind, wanting to discover what makes things tick and improve.
I have known Charlie for a good 5 - 6 years now and he is always tinkering with something, fixing gadgets and coming out with new and innovative items. I personally think he never waste items and sees a challenge is revamping them. Waste not!
If you are as impressed as I am with his idea, please help to vote (well, pledge in this case) for him.