Welcome to WorkingWithGrace! :)


Hi! I’m Grace. Welcome to my blog, WorkingWithGrace. πŸ™‚ 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.Β Peter was one of my former interviewees, and here’s a quick clip for those who have never met him before:


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


I’ve been blogging since 2010 (that seems like such a long time now) πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€


Himalaya Herbals: New Look + A Giveaway

Himalaya Herbals Singapore

When I saw the press release, I got a shock. The packaging for the Himalaya Herbals ‘Root to Beauty’ range has been jazzed up with vibrant hues of orange, brown and green. That’s definitely standing out on any store shelf! My main facial cleanser at the moment is SK-II’s but I do have a ‘secondary’ cleanser that’s either from the Himalaya Herbals brand (which I shall call ‘HH’ henceforth) or Pond’s. Like with shampoo, I believe in switching up the products every so often so I reap the benefits of the different ingredients in each one. Apparently, the one from HH is great at preventing pimples but I’ve yet to use it for 28 days (or more) in a row so I don’t have a good review for you yet. πŸ˜€

Take away the gorgeous sleeves and you’ll see a more familiar sight:

Himalaya Herbals product range

What I’m currently using:

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash

Truth be told, that little bar of soap is really quite small. So you’ll either be running to the store pretty often or you’ll have to stock up…

Himalaya Herbals Protecting Neem and Turmeric Soap

I’m not too sure how much turmeric is in the products, or even how much turmeric is even needed in beauty products in order to see a visible result. So if you’re so inclined, go check out the products in store and read their ingredients list.

The ‘Root to Beauty’ range of products, in their newly designed turmeric root product sleeves, are available at Watsons, Guardian, NTUC, Giant, Mustafa and NHG polyclinics. The price range is between $7.95 and $12.95.


Want to win a Himalaya Herbals Gift Set worth $100? πŸ™‚ I have 2 to give away. So head over to my Facebook Page to participate.

GrabShuttle Plus: Promo Code, Review Of Shuttle Service Within Punggol

Grab shuttle review

I’m not sure why us Punggolians are so lucky as to have Grab launch its shuttle service in our estate first. πŸ˜€ I tried the service this week as the first 4 rides are free with a promo code from GrabShuttle. The usual fee is $1.20 per ride. I’m including a promo plus a referral code at the end of this blogpost, so do check it out. But right now, I’ll share with you more about how my first GrabShuttle ride went…

Here’s a quick video clip I shot on my mobile phone:

You’ll have to download the GrabShuttle Plus app first. It’s a separate app from the Grab one.

grabshuttle singapore

screenshot from grab.com

Then it’s simple enough. You book a ride by keying in your pick-up location (it’ll be a bus stop near you) and your destination. These two places must be within Punggol.

Then you’re given a list of timing options. I picked one that offers a decent buffer, so in case the vehicle breaks down or gets into an accident or doesn’t show up, at least I have time to flag down a cab or get onto the LRT and still get to my destination on time.

If you have friends or family members who are also living in Punggol, just some distance away from your home, this is really convenient. And you’re always guaranteed a seat! (<- why it beats taking a bus or LRT) If you’re visiting someone in Punggol, you might as well book a GrabShuttle ride from the MRT station to the bus stop closest to your friend’s home as the LRT service (direction) can get pretty confusing.

*You can book a shuttle service immediately or up to 3 days in advance.

Some disadvantages:

  1. You’re given a timeframe during which the shuttle may be expected to arrive e.g. 10.25am to 10.31am and you have to be at the bus stop before that timing. The driver will only wait 30 seconds. If you’re the kind of person who’s usually late for everything, then just go flag down a taxi or take the bus or LRT. πŸ˜€ With GrabShuttle, you pay upfront, so if you miss the shuttle… too bad.
  2. You can only book up to 3 days in advance. Some folks may need the service every single day (e.g. to get to the Punggol MRT station) or on certain days every week (for grocery trips, or to send the kids to enrichment classes) so it would be great if bookings can be done up to a month in advance. Having to place the same booking everyday seems so troublesome.

What I do love about GrabShuttle is that there were no stops during my trip. I was the only passenger during the timeslot I’d selected! πŸ˜€ So the driver sent me directly to my destination. The minibus doesn’t look like it’s brand new (at least, not inside) but it looked clean. I’ll certainly take a couple more rides soon.


{ Code expiring on 31st Dec 2017 }


{ No Expiry code }

Here’s my referral code if you’d like to get $2.40 in free ride credits: dt7xmtzh

*If you try the service, I will get $2.40 in free ride credits too. So you’re welcome, and thank you too! πŸ˜€

Dinner At MarchΓ© Vivocity + We Watched The ‘Justice League’ Movie! :D

rosti marche vivocity

It’s been a while since I’ve been toΒ MarchΓ© but I’ve always enjoyed the rosti there. So I really loved our dinner date yesterday ‘cos I got to have the yummy rosti again with a generous dollop of sour cream. πŸ˜€ It must be the festive atmosphere which got us ordering the pizza as well, on top of my ‘regular’ large plate of “salad”. The only thing we weren’t too happy about was how the menu pricing for the pizza topping actually differed from what we were billed when checking out. *Make sure you check your bill + remember the pricing stated on the menus!

So here’s the Minced Beef Pizza ($18.90) which has a super thin crust. It’s a wonder the slice of pizza doesn’t fold in on itself when you lift it up ‘cos the base is too thin to not be flimsy. Thankfully, we got an extra topping of red chili prawns ($7.90 as stated on the menu, but it became $9.90 at the cashier counter, which was weird) as it looks like a huge pizza (12 inches or so) but isn’t actually very satisfying.

pizza marche vivocity

Nope. Not gonna order pizza again.

I do always get a large plate ($12.90) then try and stack as many baby potatoes and mushrooms as I can onto that plate. πŸ˜€ You won’t be able to tell from this photo but the mushrooms were steaming hot. But there’s a strange acidity to it. Not sure why. Even then, we ate every last morsel.

salad marche vivocity

Got some capsicum (which he likes) and zucchini (I think) with some eggplant. Gosh I’m hungry again.


Justice League movie review

Then we watched Justice League at Golden Village, as I’d won a pair of tickets to a private screening. πŸ˜€ My photographer pal, who’d also taken part in the same contest, also won tickets. So that was fun! I loved the movie. I would rate it 8.5 out of 10. I don’t want to provide any spoilers so… GO WATCH IT!

I have to say, though that while you already know Wonder Woman is awesome, wow, Aquaman has a hot bod! πŸ˜€ And Flash is certainly going to appeal to lots of people. And Vivocity has Batman’s Knightcrawler installed at the Level 1 atrium area. I thought it was cool but we don’t really get to see how awesome it is in this movie. Still, you can go take a picture with it if you’d like:

knightcrawler vivocity

Elegance Beauty & Slimming: We Tried The TCM Body Massage At Tanjong Pagar

elegance beauty & slimming

[screenshot from myfave.com]

There’s one Chinese phrase which perfectly describes how I am feeling today:Β θ…°ι…ΈθƒŒη—› (both my waist and back are hurting). The worst part is that I’m not even sure if it’s a good thing. You see, we went for a massage together yesterday and the therapists seemed so knowledgeable and they were locating knots in places I did not know could have knots (like at my waist area) and after that massage, even pulling my shoulder blades together hurts. Yikes!

He’d purchased a Fave voucher for a massage at International Plaza and so we went to Elegance Beauty & Slimming. I went into the centre first as he’d gone off to look for a parking lot. And initially I was taken aback at the strong smell of smoke in the air. Possibly why the glass doors to Elegance were left wide open too. I couldn’t tell if it was cigarette smoke or not. Asked the lady (M) at the reception counter and she said it’s from moxibustion. But are the smoke detectors in the building not working? (>_<) Shouldn’t there be an alarm or security officers running over?

Anyway… I thought we were off to a bad start as I really hate when there are strong smells. And the air here made me choke. I was coughing so much they asked if they could get me a glass of water.

But when it came to the massage, all I can say is that it was really good. Sure, I hated the white translucent paper undies and so wore the blue paper boxers for men over it as well, but everything else was good.

tanjong pagar massage

My masseuse (S) and his (J) are from China, and clearly skilled at providing massages. And according to him, they’re really good at sales too (he said he’d poach them if he’s opening a massage parlor, but I guess he’s kidding).

I’d requested a “Relaxing” massage as I don’t really like massages; I basically tolerate them. Anything that’s painful or ticklish… is not my thing. He went for “Medium” strength, and his masseuse looked double the size of mine. LOL. But S, though petite, managed to make me scream in pain. I’d made it quite clear that I didn’t want any ‘baguan’ or ‘guasha’ or anything that would leave a mark on my skin so I escaped unscathed except for some aches here and there. When he got home though, his back still looked like this:

guasha massage tanjong pagar

Not a great look if you’re going swimming (people might think you have some severe skin issues) or just before you head off to a beach holiday, ya? πŸ˜‰

*And oh, S wanted to do naval candling (at least I think that was what she meant in Mandarin) for me but I refused even though she claimed it’d make my tummy feel all warm and fuzzy. Nope, thanks. No fire or heat or scraping or cupping or all of that. πŸ˜€ I’ve read too many horror stories in media reports already.


The sales pitch after the massage went pretty well. I wouldn’t say there was any hard-selling. M tried to have us sign for a package:

10 sessions for $888 / 20 sessions for $1500 / 50 (+6) sessions for $3888

And when we said we’ll go back to think about it, she asked if we’ll just pay for 1 additional session. It did seem a little bit desperate but overall, she was pretty nice about it and we left the place satisfied.

And no, we didn’t pay for any of those packages. If we decide to return, we’ll just pay per session. It’s too much of a risk, really.


Do you like / enjoy massages? Lucky you! I’d say this 1-hour massage at Elegance was worth the price he paid for it. $46 for 2 pax is decent; cheap, even. If you’d like to go try it yourself, I believe the voucher is still available at Fave (previously Groupon).

Why Getting A Sports Bra From Triumph Actually Makes Sense

Triumph Triaction Singapore

I’ve been so used to buying sports bras from the various sporting brands, and it’s only about a month ago that I got one from Triumph. I was initially seduced by how good they look on the mannequins and models, but a chat with their manager in the store made me think that it is actually a good idea to get underwear from the brand that was founded in 1886 (a good hundred years before I was born) as they know intimately what fits us women best.

In the past, I went for sports bras which have the underwire because I thought it’ll provide extra support, but it eventually gave rise to more pain than good. Those without the wiring are infinitely more comfortable but sometimes the fit can be wrong too. This is because the sizing is limited to just S / M / L /XL and doesn’t quite take into account the different cup sizes.

So I got one of the sports bras just for cardio workouts, and realized just how much thought went into the design of those bras.

And I don’t mean just the aesthetics…

Triumph Triaction

Watch this very short clip below – I show you how the bra becomes a racerback bra in an instant:

And yes, it has all the ‘benefits’ of usual Triumph bras like the push-up effect. πŸ˜€

I have 3 x $150 vouchers courtesy of Triumph to give away. All you need to do is ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ my giveaway post on Facebook, and leave a comment under this blogpost telling me why you want to win the voucher. πŸ™‚

Contest ends on 18th Nov, 23:59 hours, and is only for residents of Singapore.


Update: The contest has ended and the 3 winners are:

  1. Rachel Kim
  2. Jasmine Ong
  3. Jiaojiao Li

I will contact you three ladies via the email address(es) you submitted together with your comment. If you do not receive the winner notification email by 20th Nov 2017, please send me an email instead.

Congratulations! And thank you all for taking part. Watch out for my next giveaway coming right up tomorrow! πŸ˜€

FREE Unicorn Night Light With Every $12 Purchase* At Watsons

watsons singapore promotion

It’s Buy-1-Get-1-Free Day at Watsons! And once again, there are free gifts. Every $5 purchase of participating products gets you a 360ml bottle of Mr Juicy Orange Juice. And if you spend a minimum of $12 on participating products from the Watsons housebrand, Orita or Pure’n Soft TODAY, you get a unicorn night light and Mr Juicy! πŸ˜€ Because I made separate purchases of over $12 each on Watsons’ products, I received two of each free gift. Yup, the unicorn night lights come in two colors: pink and white. So I got one of each! πŸ™‚

It’s already pretty awesome that it’s buy-1-free-1 but to score those freebies as well?!

watsons singapore


Let’s just say I won’t be running out of hand soap or wet wipes or masks any time soon, since the Buy-1-Free-1 Day occurs pretty often. There was one in June, and another in July. I love how there are different freebies each time. Sure prompts customers to spend on items they already have at home! πŸ˜›

I just couldn’t resist getting those unicorn night lights. Too cute!

Catching & Cooking Prawns + Yabbies

Prawning in Singapore review

Ooh I so wanna go prawning again soon! πŸ˜€ Last week, we were happily prawning when it began to rain, and then it stopped, and then it started raining again. Bummer. However, in those 2.5 hours or so, we managed to catch 24 prawns and 2 yabby / yabbies (however you want to spell it, but basically it’s a kind of crayfish). We used just 1 prawning rod, and took turns, so I’d say the catch was pretty decent despite the weather. AND I managed to catch a prawn with a tag that won us a 1-hour free prawning session, which we’ll redeem next time! Woohoo! πŸ˜€ I wanted to barbecue the prawns on the spot but he wanted to have them cooked at home, and I usually give in when it comes to food (also ‘cos he claims to like my steamed prawn dish).

Anyway here’s a short video showing an uncle who’s a real pro at catching prawns, how we caught our first yabby on this trip, and the mini prawn / yabby feast we had at home:

I steamed the bigger prawns with Soup Restaurant’s samsui chicken ginger sauce and panfried the majority of the prawns with their sambal sauce. So delicious! πŸ˜€

Sambal prawns singapore

As for the yabby, I really didn’t know what to do with them, but I figured that since the underside of the crayfish looked quite filthy, the best thing to do would be to clean them as best I can then drop them into a pop of boiling water to thoroughly disinfect while cooking them. And you might actually be able to convince yourself that it’s lobster flesh you’re eating. It’s firmer than the prawns, but really, the dipping sauce you use is the key.

how to cook yabby


Truth be told, it IS rather cruel to catch and grill prawns on the spot as you’re skewering and grilling them while they’re still alive. What we did was freeze them at home first and cook them the next day for dinner.

But I guess what keeps us going back to prawn is the thrill of ‘hooking’ a prawn and then successfully getting it out of the water. Yup, there are times when prawns manage to escape, and nothing’s more painful than watching your huge catch escape just before it’s out of the water surface. (>_<)

Exploring Ang Mo Kio | Sportslink Factory Outlet, Zi Char, Boss Bake Castella Cake

Exploring Ang Mo Kio

On a whim, we decided to cycle all the way from Punggol to Ang Mo Kio, and we kind of made up the itinerary on the wayΒ there. Thankfully, it didn’t rain yesterday so we spent a lovely Sunday afternoon exploring parts of the town. He knew I had been raving about the awesome zichar place in Ang Mo KioΒ (I’ve also blogged about it so click the link to read) so he wanted to have lunch there. And we also went to the Sportslink warehouse sale to see if there are any good bargains (instead of going to Queensway Shopping Centre for new sports shoes). And since it’s one of the latest food trends, we bought two Castella cakes from Boss Bake at Ang Mo Kio just to find out how they taste… and whether they really have that ‘boing-boing’ effect. πŸ˜€

Check out the video I did here:

As for the zi char, consider me thoroughly disappointed. I don’t know why but every time some place leaves me raving about the quality of the food, the second visit is just so disappointing. Is it purely due to ‘greater expectation = greater disappointment’? Or that standards generally drop over time?

Here’s the San Lou Hor Fun $6.

Ang Mo Kio Zi Char

I like that there’s lots of bean sprouts, but otherwise it’s a rather average dish. And previously, I’d written about how the prawn paste chicken was very nicely laid out on the plate, and this time round it’s just all haphazard…

8 pieces of their Prawn Paste Chicken for $10

Ang Mo Kio best zi char

{ A portion of their menu } I tend to order only items from the “House Speciality” portion:

Ang Mo Kio Hong Kong Street Zi Char Prices

We ordered herbal soup from another stall. Thought we’ll get a plump chicken drumstick with the ‘Buddha Jumps Over The Wall’ soup (as per the picture) but it was a small portion of chicken thigh. Note to self: Ask the stallowner regarding the portion of chicken before placing the order.

Ang Mo Kio herbal soup

As for the Castella cake, well, to me it seems like overpriced sponge cake. I thought the “Original” flavor should be the best but it’s just an “eggy” flavor. I’m guessing the older folks or really young kids (who shouldn’t be eating stuff that’s too sweet) will like the cake. I preferred the Chocolate, for obvious reasons. *Apparently there’s some promotion if you buy 2 or more. For the Original flavor, you get a dollar off and for the pricier ones, I think you get $2 off the cake. So it makes sense to get two of them. But it makes less sense to cycle back home to Punggol with 2 cakes. πŸ˜€

Boss Bake Castella Cake Ang Mo Kio

As for the Sportslink warehouse sale, it was indeed tempting to get one of those Adidas creations. For just $72.90, you can get a gorgeous pair of sneakers. πŸ™‚ We’ll be back.

ang mo kio sportslink warehouse sale

GIVEAWAY: All The Snacks In My Gaston Luga BackPack

thailand snack giveaway

I had a vacation in Thailand recently and my goodness, they have really delicious snacks there (have you tried the 2-in-1 Lay’s snacks?!) I brought lots of Thai snacks back with me to Singapore and am conducting a giveaway over on my Facebook page. *I’m giving away the Hello Kitty ones too!* So if you’d like to win an entire box / bag of goodies, make sure you take part in the giveaway before it ends on the 15th! πŸ™‚

Check out my YouTube video featuring the snacks in the giveaway + my new Gaston Luga backpack:

This PrΓ₯per White backpack from the Swedish brand is really gorgeous. If you’ve watched the video above, you’ll know it comes with a slot at the back for small items like your passport (when traveling), ezlink card, keys, etc.

Perfect bag for my Hello Kitty x Laura Ashley accessory too:

Gaston Luga Backpack

*Gaston Luga has a new seasonal campaign happening right now: you get a free leather address tag with every backpack purchase, whilst stocks last. Check the availability of the tags before you pay! πŸ™‚


The main drawback of getting this backpack is the color, really. White stuff gets stained so, so easily! When I was getting my hair treatment done at Jonsson Protein previously, the consultant held up one of the bag straps and said “What material is this? Canvas ah? Aiyoh will get dirty easily!” while feeling the material between her fingers. I almost had a heart attack. Since you can tell just by looking at the bag that it gets dirty easily, why are you touching it, lady?!Β 



This is my first ride on a mobike! We were too lazy to walk to the Christmas Wonderland media preview that day, so we cycled to the venue within Gardens by the Bay:

Gaston Luga Review

[ Image courtesy of Bosco / Hearted Moments Photography ]

I’ve got some serious calf muscles! Quite scary, actually! πŸ˜€

Gaston Luga Singapore

Image courtesy of Bosco / Hearted Moments Photography

I love how everything fits into that one backpack: umbrella, water bottle, camera, snacks, and other barang. I didn’t even have to place anything in the basket at the front of the bike. Which was a good thing, as those rental bikes seem so flimsy. Now I know why people on these bikes wobble so much. LOL. Anyway, it was a free ride, so I’m really not complaining, ok.


If you’re getting a bag from Gaston Luga, here’s my 15% off code:Β workingwithgrace15. *Disclaimer: Yes, my bag was sponsored by the brand, but no money was received and all opinions are my own. πŸ™‚Β 

What Gaston Luga is offering you, my reader, isΒ free shipping + 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country) + 15% off with my code (workingwithgrace15) on the remaining price after the tax rebate.

From now till 12th Nov 2017,Β every product will be going at 25% off (no code needed) in their online store (+ 20% tax rebate for purchases from a non-EU country). There’s no better time to make your purchase! πŸ™‚

10 Cool Things To Do At Our Tampines Hub

our tampines hub

I popped by Our Tampines Hub this week and totally fell in love with their library (I’m crowning it the best library in Singapore :D). This time, we did not return to Clip ‘n Climb (where we met CNA’s Suzanne Jung previously). Instead, we explored Our Tampines Hub a bit more and found interesting spots that make us want to return again soon. πŸ˜€ Here are some cool (and some chill) things you can do at Our Tampines Hub…

#1: Book One Of Their BBQ Pits

our tampines hub barbecue pit booking

There’s everything provided: BBQ station + sink next to it, benches all around for your guests and there’s even a vending machine for drinks just a few steps away so you’ll only need to bring food! To book one of the barbecue pits at Our Tampines Hub, simply pop by the Public Service Centre personally or use the OnePA booking portal. *They even have halal BBQ stations so make sure you state your preference. πŸ™‚ I’m guessing the view will be awesome at night, especially when there’s a football match going on!

#2: Jog Round The “Never-ending” TrackΒ 

our tampines hub jogging track

The jogging track is open from 7am to 12 midnight daily, and spans approximately 1.1km but walking round that track, it seemed to us as though it goes on forever! πŸ˜€ Pets aren’t allowed though. Shower facilities are available at the Community Auditorium on Level 3 between 7am and 10pm daily.

#3: Visit The Library That Spans 5 Floors!

our tampines hub library

From level 2 to level 6, you’ll be amazed at how big the library is and also at how instagrammable it is. I love the area at level 2 (you see above) where you can grab a book or magazine and sit facing the football field. #bestviewever

I agree with Chloe:

best library in singapore

#4: Have A Dip In The Pool(s)

our tampines hub swimming pool

Do note that the pools are closed every TUESDAY for maintenance! We were there on Tuesday! πŸ˜€ The pools are open from 6.30am to 9.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and 8am to 9.30pm on Thursday, Saturday and Public Holidays! It’s confusing, I know. πŸ˜›

#5: Enjoy A Game Of Football

our tampines hub football field

The field’s really huge! This isn’t even half of it! I would really love to pop by again when there’s an actual match going it. Where can I find details of that happening?! πŸ˜€

#6 Check Out The Plants At The Eco-Community GardenΒ 

our tampines hub eco-community garden

I saw lots of aloe vera, pumpkin, bitter gourd, papaya, etc. There’s even the Tempinis tree, from which the Tampines town got its name. Apparently, the trees grew in abundance here but had to make way for the construction in this area in the late 1970s.

#7: Chill Out At A Beanie Zone (There’s More Than 1)

our tampines hub beanie zone

And if you’d like to study, there are lots of study corners tucked away in so many parts of the building. No need to study at Starbucks or McD and get the stink eye from other patrons who want your seat! πŸ˜€

our tampines hub study corner

#8: Jio Your Friends For A Game Of Badminton

our tampines hub badminton hall

The hall’s HUGE too. And if your friends are feeling lazy (just like me), haha, there’s Teo Heng KTV to head to…

our tampines hub teo heng ktv

#9: Engage In ‘Cultural Cosplay’ At The WEARHouse

the wearhouse our tampines hub

The WEARHouse (like, warehouse, geddit?) has an extensive collection of over 3,000 pieces of multi-ethnic costumes and props. There’s everything from the Chinese Cheongsam to the Peranakan Sarong Kebaya. Want to dress up as the Samsui Woman, Coolie or the Yesteryear Policeman? πŸ˜‰

#10: Catch A Free Movie Screening Or Performance

our tampines hub movie screening

There’s a 3-day Movie Marathon starting tomorrow. Blockbusters like ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Despicable Me 3’, ‘Boss Baby’, etc, will be screened! You can even fill your tummy first at the hawker centre right behind the stage.

Check out Our Tampines Hub’s Facebook page for more! πŸ™‚