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Hi! I’m Grace. Welcome to my blog, WorkingWithGrace. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have interviewed a number of inspiring people for my blog, many of whom are celebrities, millionaires and entrepreneurs. Here’s one of them…

Meet Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.ย Peter was one of my former interviewees, and here’s a quick clip for those who have never met him before:

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Since 2013, this blog has received awards and recognition from many brands. I’ve been blessed with awards such as these ones:

2013 Best Individual Blog WINNER at the annual Singapore Blog Awards
2013 Aries Gold Watches’ Blogger Contest WINNER
2013 Zespri Blogger Challenge WINNER
2013 StarHub Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 BRANDS’ Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 Influr Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 rolleyes x Panasonic Blogger Challenge WINNER
2015 SingSaver Blogger Contest WINNER

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I’ve been blogging since 2010 (that seems like such a long time now) ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll be tagging some of my favorite 2017 blogposts here. Just scroll on to read the latest posts…

#1: CNY Floral Arrangement @ Bright Hill Evergreen Home

Bright Hill Evergreen nursing home

Continue scrolling to read more of my latest blogposts! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Walkabout SG: My Visit to Chope’s Office in Singapore

Walkabout SG 2017

I found out about the Walkabout SG event some time back and quickly signed up for visits to Chope and Twitter. The event allows participants to pop by offices of over 120 tech companies and meet the founders, find out more about the companies, and also ask any burning questions they may have. Some of the big brands participating this year include (in no particular order)ย ShopBack, Burpple, FourSquare, Redmart, Circles.Life, Google, Zalora, Skyscanner, Twitter, among many others. Some I did not get to sign up for as slots were snapped up very quickly; way before I even knew about the event.

I arrived at Chope’s office before the appointed time and met their very friendly HR (manager?), Joshua. It’s Chope’s first year participating in the Walkabout, even though the event has been happening (annually, I think) for a couple of years now.

Chope’s office used to be at Orchard Towers, before they moved to Tiong Bahru (‘cos the founder likes the “character” of that town – I can totally understand) and now they are located at Purvis Street (near Bugis MRT).

It’s a cozy office – open concept, no barriers and doors between the C-level executives and the rest of the staff.

Chope Singapore

Goodie Bag from the good people at Chope: includes a chicken rice-themed travel kit, tissues and a gift card code! ๐Ÿ™‚

*I’ll definitely sign up for the Bus Tours next time. Somehow, they were added to the list after I’d signed up so I didn’t know about them.

I’d recommend these groups of people to go for the next Walkabout SG:

  1. Jobseekers: It’s a GREAT opportunity to get into different offices, check out the culture of the place (which you won’t get during a job interview), and also feel if you like the vibe of the environment and the people who are already working there.
  2. People working in startups / similar businesses: You get to check out the competition, get into their offices, see their targets and all on the wall, and even ask questions like “HOW did your company expand into those new markets?”
  3. People who want to network / collaborate: You might get to meet the CEOs / founders of the companies you go to. It’s unlikely you’ll get to meet them otherwise. Very good way to meet folks, hand out namecards, share about how you can work together.

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I think the organizers have done a great job with putting together this event and getting all these amazing companies on board. If anything can be improved upon, it would be (1) having the companies know that participants may not arrive on time as they can sign up to visit 3 companies within the hour so they’ll come by “in dribs and drabs” (as Joshua said today), and (2) it would be great to send out reminder emails to participants a day or two before the Walkabout so they remember to show up and be on time as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Match Your Accessories to Your Business Attire

accessories for business attire

Being a businesswoman can be a tricky thing. Some people will look to discredit you, some will ignore you, but you still need to be professional at all times.

One of the more pleasant tasks you will have is picking out outfits and the accessories which go well with it. However, even then, you must know what is acceptable and what is frowned upon. This short guide can help you choose the appropriate accessories, as well as the place where you can buy some high-end jewelry.

Engagement Rings

Even though you are a businesswoman, that doesnโ€™t mean that you do not want to have a personal life as well. If you are engaged, chances are that you already have an engagement ring. That means you no longer have to worry about things like this https://www.leohamel.com/engagement/ring/store/poway.

However, you do need to consider whether your ring suits your outfit. With such an important piece of jewelry, it is much more acceptable to choose the attire to the ring, than the other way around. Depending on the material and the design of your engagement ring, you have several options.

If your ring has an impressive design and size, you might want to wear minimalist clothes, in order to focus attention on the ring. If on the other hand, it is more subtle, your attire can be less strict, but still professional. Make sure to choose colors which complement or match that of your ring, though.

Earrings

Earrings may seem to go unnoticed most of the times, but in fact, they do make an impact, although not as strong as some other jewelry pieces. If you are going in for a meeting, reserved studs should do nicely. If you prefer, you can have the diamond encrusted ones. If you choose something more conspicuous, once again, the attention may be drawn to the fact that you are a woman, rather than your accomplishments.

On the other hand, when you are at a work related party, you can give yourself a bit of a slack, and don wire hook pearl earrings. Pearls convey the message of reserved, yet beautiful elegance.

Necklace

When it comes to necklaces, the old saying less is more seems to be appropriate. There doesnโ€™t seem to be a suitable way to complement a business suit with a necklace. Naturally, if a necklace has some personal significance to you, wear it. Other than that, a reserved thin gold chain should probably be the line. Various bracelets and anklets are pretty much out of the question, however.

A Watch

If you can, invest in a high-end watch. Not only will it last you a lifetime, but it can score you some points with fellow businessmen and business people who know good watches as a person with taste and class.

Not only does a watch look good, but it is also a functional item as well. In this hectic time, being punctual is imperative for successful people.

Silk Scarf

Business suits tend to be bland, to say the least. Typically, they are monochrome of blacks, grays, and navy blues, and they leave very little room for improvement. However, you can break that monotony with a colorful scarf.

A dash of color in a drab world of suits may be just the thing to help people remember you. There are numerous patterns and colors to choose from, and you can have your custom made as well, for that extra special feeling.

These are just some suggestions on how to pick a suitable accessory. However, ultimately it is you who should feel comfortable wearing it, so it is you who should find your own style and wear it proudly.

Citrus Bistro: Halal Eatery @ Sengkang Swimming Complex

citrus bistro halal

Thanks to a reservations site I like booking meals at ‘cos there are discounts of up to 50%, we had a most enjoyable meal at Citrus Bistro after our swim. He and I ordered quite a lot of food for 2 pax and ended up paying just half price. ๐Ÿ˜€ There was the set of beef sliders served with nachos that you see above ($10.90) and the potato wedges with 3 different dips – the wasabi mayo is the best – that usually costs $5.90.

citrus bistro sengkang menu

We also had the Mushroom Bruschetta ($5.50) that was delicious:

sengkang swimming complex food

And, without fail, I’ll order the Tom Yum Seafood Pasta ($12.90) which is a must-order dish, in my opinion:

citrus bistro senkang review

The lighting doesn’t do the pasta dish any justice, but you’ll have to trust me on this: the sauce is the right mix of tangy and spicy. It really whets your appetite so take it slow or else you’ll finish this dish in no time at all.

For dessert, we had the Molten Chocolate Lava Cake ($10.90) which came with a double scoop of ice cream thanks to the generous staff. When we were about to finish eating the first few dishes, one of them came over to present us with a loyalty card and ask if we would leave them a review on Facebook. And, of course, I happily obliged, and he said we’ll be given an extra serving of ice cream. ๐Ÿ˜€

citrus bistro sengkang

Their lava cake is really something else. It’s just a thin crust holding all that molten chocolate together. So expect that chocolate volcano to ‘erupt’ once you take a spoon to it. So awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

citrus bistro sengkang price

Media Preview: Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar 2017

Singapore red cross international bazaar

Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, Dmytro Senik, holding an item commonly found in homes in Ukraine. It is said to be able to ward off the ‘evil eye’ and bring good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

The Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar happening this Saturday will have 50 stalls selling food and products from all over the world, together with games booths and a full day of performances! Make sure you mark your calendar and make your way down to Suntec Convention Centre as this bazaar is for a good great cause! 100% of proceeds from the bazaar will go to the Singapore Red Cross’ local humanitarian programmes. I went for the media preview today where folks from the participating embassies showcased some of the merchandise that will be made available at the bazaar on Saturday.

There was the Kabsa (a traditional Saudi rice dish with meat) from the Embassy of Qatar. Too bad it was all under cling wrap or I’ll be able to tell you if it smells good. Looked delicious though! There’ll also be coffee, sweets, costumes etc on Saturday. So make sure you swing by their booth.

embassy of the state of qatar

And here’s some merchandise from Brazil. Expect Havaianas, sweets, tshirts, etc…

red cross bazaar 2017

I bet the stall from the Koreans will be very popular. What with the kimchi, kimbap, korean wine, lacquerware and… LANEIGE products. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is just a sampling; head to the bazaar on Saturday for the real deal:

singapore red cross bazaar

From Bangladesh, there’ll be food (samosas, briyani), fashion, jute bags, leather and porcelain items. From Egypt, look out for theย hieroglyphics stencil (I think they’re so cool!) From Poland, there’ll be honey, picnic mats, cookbooks (even in Chinese!). At the Sri Lankan booth, you’ll find lots of premium Ceylon tea from 4 of the big brands.

I tried the chocolate from Ukraine – it’s really good. Also on sale will be cookbooks, some toys, design kits for children, and lots of other knick-knacks…

ukraine chocolates

Bring an empty stomach as there’ll be international cuisine and uniquely SG buys (pastry, ice cream, etc). Indulge in some henna painting or get a balloon sculpture, and definitely enjoy the cultural shows put up by the folks from Greece, Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka. There’ll also be a dog show, magic show and a cheerleading show!

MediaCorp artiste, Ya Hui, will also make a special appearance as SRC’s new ambassador. There’ll be a mini auction of her prized possessions and an autograph session for those who have purchased the limited edition Singapore Red Cross bears.

Do give SRC your support as funds raised go towards supporting the disabled, the elderly and the vulnerable members of our community through residential and day care, transport aid, food aid, elder aid, first aid and humanitarian training, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

singapore red cross international bazaar 2017

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Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar 2017

23rd Sept 2017 (Sat) Suntec Convention Centre L3 Concourse

10am to 6pm

Admission is FREE!

Coupons for sale at redcross.sg. Call 6664 0500 for more information.

Elisa Litz Hello Kitty Shoes: Adorable Footwear For Adults

Elisa Litz singapore

I find these Hello Kitty shoes from Elisa Litz highly desirable. At S$89 a pair, you’d expect good quality and workmanship (and you’ll get it). Plus, they should be comfortable too, right? You’d likely only have to look out for two things: sizing and design. For one, you might have to pick one size up from your regular shoe size. I wear size 38 shoes but these feel a little tight, and I’m only just walking around in my own home. Also, the interior’s made out of pig leather (our Muslim friends will have to take note of this). Unfortunately, sizes 39 to 41 are usually out of stock, so make sure you sign up for Elisa Litz’s newsletter so you may be updated regarding new arrivals.

Besides the Kitty face + bow, I love the gold accent at the heels:

Elisa Litz shoes review

SO pretty, no? ๐Ÿ™‚

Elisa Litz Hello Kitty

Also, I like the Hello Kitty Diamond Flats, especially this pair in black (pictured below). However, there’s a common issue with designs that incorporate all these little pseudo crystal studs. If one falls out, it becomes pretty obvious, such as with the shoe on my left foot. The kitty has a “mole” above its right eye due to one of those studs having fallen out (during delivery?)

Elisa Litz Hello Kitty Shoes

I fear that more of them will fall out with regular wear. Thus, the pair in white seems like a better choice as the kitty ‘face’ is embroidered onto the synthetic leather (on the outside).

Either pair would look great with the Hello Kitty outfits from L’zzie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Check out Elisa Litz’s Hello Kitty shoe collection here:

http://www.elisalitz.com/category/hello-kitty

Delicious: Cadbudy’s Old Jamaica Rum ‘N’ Raisin Dark Chocolate

Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate

I like chocolate kept at room temperature (all melted and gooey) but this bar was kept in the fridge for folks who aren’t like me. ๐Ÿ˜€ Better for breaking into pieces for picture-taking too.

To me, Cadbury chocolates have always been the standard for ‘cheap and good’ chocolates. They satisfy chocolate cravings without putting a dent in your wallet. But there’s a range of (also cheap) Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolates that are simply… amazing. You might not believe they are Cadbury chocolates if you sample them in a blind taste test! I picked the Old Jamaica Rum ‘N’ Raisin dark chocolates as I love rum and raisin (ice cream), and I found this Cadbury version SO GOOD. There goes my plans of clean dieting…

Anyway, how do you like your chocolate? Kept in the fridge till it’s solid or left out at room temperature so it’s sticky and gooey? ๐Ÿ˜€ I really don’t like chocolates kept in the fridge because it’s all hard and less flavorful then.

Whether you like your chocolates rock solid or soft and chewy, you’ll love the Cadbury Old Gold (Rum ‘N’ Raisin). Upon tearing open the package, that smell of rum just hits you in the face, and once you taste a chunk of the chocolate, you’ll be amazed at the flavor and texture.

Cadbury Old Gold Old Jamaica Rum N Raisin

The package is resealable. Just peel it open, take a piece, and then seal it all back. I then put it in a ziplock bag, ‘cos I want to keep the chocs out in the open but don’t want ants attacking them. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve always been a fan of Cadbury’s Fruit n Nut chocolates. These R n R ones will likely appeal to fans of fruit n nut chocs! Even if you don’t like dark chocolate! It’s not as sweet as milk chocolate and it’s not bitter like dark chocolate usually is either. It’s the perfect balance! I think I’ve found my favorite chocolates! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m just hoping some smart entrepreneur will use these chocolates in cupcakes. Rum ‘N’ Raisin Dark Chocolate cupcakes! Yummy! These would be awesome in ice cream as well.

Gosh. I’ll have to go grab a few more bars to gift to friends. I’ve never felt this impulse before. Cadbury chocolates have always been “cheap and good”. But these are cheap and GOLD!

Singapore Airlines’ 70th Anniversary Games

Singapore Airlines 70th Anniversary Games

Screen capture from singaporeairgames.com

I’ve only just started playing the “SIA 70th Anniversary Games” 3 days’ ago, but apparently the games began on 24th July! The grand prize is some 70,000 miles each for 3 winners (who’ve very likely emerged already from the early birds). That’s pretty cool. Assuming I’m reading this chart correctly, 70,000 miles can get you two Business Class tickets to Maldives. Woohoo!

KrisFlyer mile chart

But there are lots of other prizes to be won too; from aircraft models to notebooks. You can play for free and walk away with a prize. On my second day of playing this game, I won the Precious Moments Singapore Girl miniature. ๐Ÿ˜€ I wonder how small it is (I’ll only find out next month during the prize collection period). But it’ll probably be the only Precious Moments figurine I own from now on. Used to have one in the past and it got smashed to smithereens one day, by accident. ๐Ÿ˜›

Singapore Airlines games

My favorite game out of the 7 has to be the ‘Have A Seat’ game which requires you to seat the passengers based on their stated (or not) preferences. Some want aisle seats, others want window seats. Some will state they don’t want window seats too! And you have to try and fill the cabin. Good luck!

Singapore Airlines game

The game I dislike the most is the Bag Check. The bags on the conveyor belt are going past SO quickly. I got dizzy very quickly. I certainly do NOT envy those security officers their jobs. Staring at the screens while the never-ending line of bags goes past, and you have to pick out the prohibited items (everything from tweezers to hammers). Good grief! That job should be done by robots. I consider it torture to my eyeballs.

And yes, I might be less upset next time if told there aren’t anymore aisle seats. The jobs of the ground crew aren’t any easier too as you have to ‘balance’ the weight of the plane; need to spread out the weight (of the passengers) as evenly as possible. And you also have to accommodate people flying with infants or the elderly or those with disabilities. Wow. The game doesn’t cover all of these, but it’s a good start. ๐Ÿ™‚

https://singaporeairgames.com/

Volunteering at SPD Singapore

spd singapore

The SPD used to be called ‘Society for the Physically Disabled’ but in 2014, it was renamed to SPD (Serving people with disabilities since 1964). Last week,ย I went to the SPD headquarters for an afternoon of Art & Craft with some of SPD’s clients.ย The SPD HQ is located at 2 Peng Nguan Street (very near to Books Actually)! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d thought it wouldn’t be too much of an eye-opener since most of us are used to seeing people with disabilities around – on trains, in malls, and even living in the same block as us. What I wanted to learn was how to react when I meet persons with disabilities. Do I proffer help with pushing wheelchairs, for instance? Do I look in their direction or do I look away (so they don’t think I’m staring at them)? Have there been things I’m doing wrong when interacting with them? (I really wanted to hear from their perspective)

And it was truly an enriching and informative session. I learnt a few things I never knew before. There were the basic stuff such as terminology: use “wheelchair user” instead of “wheelchair bound” and “persons without disabilities” instead of “normal”.

Here are 4 main takeaways from that afternoon:

#1 Ask before helping.ย Instead of immediately helping someone with their personal belongings, ask them if they’d like your help first. Don’t touch their guide dogs. Do not push or touch the wheelchair without first asking the person.

#2 Allow the person to hold your elbow.ย This is something I’ve been doing incorrectly the entire time. I’ll hold the arm of someone who’s unsteady on their feet (e.g. the elderly) instead of letting them take my arm. Somehow, I just instinctively reach out and help steady the person. But what I should be doing is to let the person hold my elbow while I walk half a step ahead of the person. So I definitely learnt something new. ๐Ÿ˜‰

#3 Take the escalator if you can.ย  While the lifts are an easy way for us to get to another floor, the lifts are the only way for people with disabilities (especially wheelchair users) to get to the next floor.

#4 Face the person you’re speaking to. When interacting with deaf and hard of hearing individuals, face the person when you’re speaking and do not obscure your face. If you’re a teacher or lecturer, do not speak while facing the whiteboard or else your student cannot read your lips.

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There’s a social media campaign going on right now, where you’ll see videos of persons with disabilities and how, for instance, the use of technology helps them engage a lot better with their family members and the people around them. It’s certainly heartening to know how technology helps give a voice to those who might otherwise be ‘voiceless’. Those of us who don’t have disabilities will have to be more patient around them and extend our help but definitely not pity as these individuals have talents, passions and admirable attitudes towards Life.

I also like how the SPD, which used to serve only people with physical disabilities, has opened its doors (so to speak) to people with other kinds of disabilities. There are various types of disabilities – developmental (e.g. autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy), sensory (e.g. deafness, visual impairment), physical (e.g. muscular dystrophy, paralysis, stroke, spinal cord injury). SPD’s staff strength is about 300+ (if I remember correctly) and their facilities are well-equipped. The washrooms, for instance, look nothing like the toilets for wheelchair users in shopping malls. The ones in SPD are really spacious, with lots of railings and grab bars, supports even behind the toilet seat, etc.

If you’re keen on volunteering at the SPD or other related organisations, check out this list of activities:

http://aspeneventplanners.com/ncss/

Top Picks From Poh Heng’s Hello Kitty Collection

Poh Heng Hello Kitty Jewellery

On this little island, one kitty reigns supreme. Just about any brand that does a collaboration with Hello Kitty tends to do really well. McDonald’s is one, and so is L’zzie (L’zzie’s Hello Kitty apparel sold out pretty quickly). Poh Heng’s store displays featuring its Kitty collection always distracts me in malls as I have a ‘Kitty radar’. ๐Ÿ˜€ And if I ever have a daughter, I hope folks get her all the cute Hello Kitty pendants so I can wear them too! Haha! In any case, in the image you see above, that’s one of the Hello Kitty items from Poh Heng: Hello Kitty staking her claim on this island even though she was ‘born’ elsewhere.

Here are my top 3 picks from Poh Heng’s Hello Kitty jewellery collection:

Hello Kitty Singapore

[Image Credit: Poh Heng]

This is the ‘SINGAPURA X HELLO KITTY’ – a limited-edition commemorative piece in 22K yellow gold. It also comes in island-shaped packaging. A very pretty gift for Hello Kitty fans / collectors. Also happens to be a super early birthday present for me. ๐Ÿ˜€

Poh Heng Hello Kitty Pendant

[Image Credit: Poh Heng]

The ‘BABY CUTIE KITTY PENDANT’ comes inย matte-finished 22K yellow gold with rose-gold dress and bow. It’s such a sweet color combination. Perfect for little girls, I believe.

Hello Kitty Ring

[Image Credit: Poh Heng]

The ‘GLAMOURETTE BOW KITTY’ ring in 22K yellow gold comes with both matte and glossy finish (see that contrast between Kitty face and bow?). You might also want to get the matching pendant and earrings too. *If you’ve noticed, the box it comes in is different from the one just above it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Poh Heng’s so smart: collectors will buy additional items just to get the different boxes.

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Besides pretty boxes, there’s also a Hello Kitty plush toy exclusive to Poh Heng. Go check in-store which item(s) will get you the plushie. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The collection can also be viewed here:

http://www.pohheng.com.sg/hello-kitty#&panel1-1&panel2-1

*For the ultimate Kitty fan, you can also get a Kitty bouquet or balloon like those shown here in my blogpost about cheap and good bouquets in Singapore.

Jamie Oliver Knives at NTUC FairPrice: That Surprise $10 Voucher Within

jamie oliver ntuc knife

If you’ve been collecting / redeeming the Jamie Oliver knives from NTUC FairPrice, make sure you open the box and retrieve the Jamie’s Italian $10 voucher when you get home! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll get $10 discount when you spend a minimum of $30 on food and beverages at Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Singapore. The vouchers will expire on 30th December 2017.

Initially, I redeemed the Chinese Chef’s Knife without knowing about the vouchers within. So it came as a lovely surprise when I went to get the Sharpening Steel and there was a little poster stating that there’s a $10 voucher with each of the Jamie Oliver items. By the way, the Chinese Chef’s Knife is easy to handle. It’s quite light; much lighter than the usual cleavers Chinese grandmothers like to use.

However, the Chinese Chef’s Knife will *not* fit the knife block in this series. Which is, frankly, rather annoying. I shall go have a nice meal at Jamie’s Italian and try to forget about this disappointment. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›