{Review & Give-away} Origins Nail Spa Experience

Recently, I was invited to Origins Nail Spa for a session of a classic manicure, pedicure and a scrub and mask. Naturally, I was excited since the last time I had such a treatment was during my wedding day. So, with much anticipation, I went down to the stop in Bukit Batok and arrived 30 minutes late due to a massive jam on the highway and because yours truly is not good with direction. 

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Thankfully, the manicurists were forgiving and went straight down to business. The nail spa has a cosy shop space and each time they could only accommodate three customers. If you have tried Origins prenatal massages, the nail spa is an extension of their business and this outlet is their first which was opened about half a year ago.

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I was told that the whole session takes about 2+ hours and one of them asked me if I had taken my lunch. I thought that was quite thoughtful of her. Besides that, the atmosphere was all very ‘silent’. There was no small talk which suited me fine. However, I would have preferred that they advise me on the colours to take but well, I guess this boils down to preference and they could only inform me of their newest range.

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Since I was the only customer then, I had both manicurists serve me at the same time. After the usual cleaning, I was given the scrub and then the mask for my hands and legs.

Here’s the list of choice of SCRUB available
Green Tea (Anti Oxidant, Anti Ageing, Whitening)
Coffee (Anti Oxidant, Boost Circulation)
Ginger (Warming, Soothes Aches, Nourish)
Chocolate (Anti Oxidant, Repair, Rejuvenate, Firming)

Here’s the list of choice of MASK available –
Green Tea (Anti Oxidant, Anti Ageing, Whitening)
Coffee (Anti Oxidant, Boost Circulation)
Ginger (Warming, Soothes Aches, Nourish)
Chocolate (Anti Oxidant, Repair, Rejuvenate , Firming)
Milk (Whitening, Soften, Repair)
Balinese Boreh (Warming, For Muscle Aches or wind)

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I chose chocolate for both because I was attracted by the ‘anti-oxidant’ component and while they were applying the scrub and mask, the chocolate smell was so enticing I would be really thankful if they could offer a slice of chocolate cake then. Ok, no such luck.

IMG_4377After applying the mask, cling film was used to wrap the hands and legs and I would have to rest for 10 minutes before they unwrap and gave me a short massage on both areas. This was really relaxing and I wish they could spend more time massaging. But I couldn’t ask for more since they are manicurists and not masseuses! Oh, I have to tell you, when they unwrapped and cleaned up, I could immediately feel that my skin is softer and fairer. Seemed rather magical, don’t you think?

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Next, the application of the nail polish. This was done fast but well and I could see that the manicurists were concentrating real hard on their task. Before long, the whole session was over.

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The whole session was soon over. Overall, the service was satisfactory although I would have  hoped that the manicurists could be friendlier. But if you are those who prefer not to chit-chat, then this is fine.

{Give-away} The Origins Nail Spa is giving away a complimentary Classic Manicure session to ONE reader. All you have to do is to leave a comment and tell me what colour you would choose when you go for a manicure session.

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This giveaway will close on 25 June 2013 and results will be announced in an edit of this post so look out for it on this space and on my FaceBook page here.

{Promotion} In addition to the give-away, Origins Nail Spa has an ongoing GSS promotion valid from 1 June to 30 July 2013. To enjoy the perks, simply print out the coupon below and bring it along with you when you visit.

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Origins Nail Spa
Address: 644 Bukit Batok Central #01-68 S’pore 650644 (5 mins walk from Bukit Batok MRT station)
Contact number: 6565 0350
Email: book@originsnailspa.com
Operating hours:
Mon – Fri , PH 11am-8 pm
Sat 10am – 8 pm
Disclosure: I was invited for a complimentary classic manicure, pedicure and nail spa session. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine.
Update:  Congratulations to Zee. You have won the complimentary classic manicure session. I will be contacting you soon. Thank you to the rest of you who have participated. =)
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My Petit Bowl experience {Review and Give-away}

“Weaning your baby from milk to solids is an important and exciting milestone for both of you and it’s a big step forward for your baby as it opens up a whole new world of taste. So there is nothing better for your baby than freshly prepared food…” – Annabel Karmel.

IMG_0161For a first-time mommy like me, it’s not just an exciting milestone, it can be a daunting one as well, especially if you are clueless and have little help at home. My plan is to provide fresh homemade baby food for Faith since I want her to be introduced to a wide range of foods and interact with the natural goodness and flavour of the food from young. Commercial baby foods are convenient but it is a no-no at this stage. Thankfully, my journey has been a smooth-sailing and happy one. Here’s why.

When Faith was around four months old, I was invited by Florinda, along with Irene, to a complimentary food group sampling at Petit Bowl where we were introduced to their concepts and given some food to sample. Faith was given a 3-week’s supply of complimentary frozen food to try and here’s my review of the whole experience.

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Petit Bowl was located among one of the shops along Siglap Drive. The cheery interior provides a conducive environment for children and parents to meet. Its mission is simple: To provide nutritious and delicious meals for babies and children. Their passion for this is truly exemplified when the husband-and-wife team, Bernard and Josephine Kwong, shared their beliefs with us. Parents to three children, they want to offer them best food choices and experimented preparing the kids’ meals themselves. It wasn’t all that easy in the initial years but after research and testing, they are ready to share their cook-and-freeze children’s meals to parents.

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As explained by Bernard and Ryan (a food technologist engaged by Petit Bowl), Petit Bowl’s meals are prepared by blending fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables and grains, with fresh meat and fish and brown rice. All their meals are free of salt, sugar and artificial flavourings. What they do is to cook the foods, store them in capsules and freeze them. In this way, we can be assured that a high percentage of nutrients is retained. What we need to do is to reheat the food, straight from the freezer, by means of a microwave oven, pan-fry or simply steam it (using a wok or a steamer) and it would be ready in 15 minutes. And yes, you could just heat up the capsules since they are in microwavable containers. Simple? It sounds fuss-free to me!

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However, if you know that your child could not finish a whole capsule in one go, all you need to do is to cut the food (in their frozen state) in half, steam it and pop the rest back into the freezer.

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Next, the delicious part. We were each given various samples from their puree and textured menu like butternut, zucchini, broccoli & pea and vegetable curry couscous. Since Faith was too young to taste then, we, as concerned parents, did so on her behalf.

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I have to tell you, both the hubs and I love the food especially the vegetable curry couscous. Delicious! We wish we could have more! Poor Faith, all she could do was to watch us eat.

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Fast forward two months and Faith is ready to take her first semi-solids. It has been a breeze. I appreciate the note and meal plan that Petit Bowl provides and all we need to do is to…follow. I even got my parents to prepare the meals for Faith when I have to run some errands and they have found no difficulty in doing so. Awesome!

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I must say I enjoyed the whole experience, from the informative food sampling session to weaning Faith with Petit Bowl meals . It’s so easy and convenient to use and what’s important is I know I’m feeding Faith with quality food. It’s a good start and Faith has been enjoying her meals thus far.

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I would strongly recommend Petit Bowl to:
* parents with busy schedules
* first-time mothers who need help in weaning
* caregivers who do not know how to prepare meals for young children

Now, you could also have the same hassle-free experience that I am having in preparing nutritious meals for your little one(s). The generous folks at Petit Bowl are giving away a $50 voucher to TWO readers. All you need to do is post a comment (e.g. share your weaning experience!) and leave your email address.

The give-away ends on 7 June 2013. So, what are you waiting for? 🙂

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Petit Bowl
46 Siglap drive, Singapore 456171 (Frankel Estate)
Tel: +65 6256 5359
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Visit their website or get updates from their facebook page.

Disclaimer: We were invited to a food sampling session at Petit Bowl and were offered 3 weeks of Petit Bowl meals for reviewing purposes. No monetary compensation was involved. All views and opinions shared are my own.

Update: The winners chosen by Faith (in a lucky-draw style) are Joleen Ng & Mae Shenoy. Congratulations! You will be notified by Petit Bowl soon!