Oct 18, 2017

Eating Seafood off the Table with your Bare Hands is Super Cheap at Kilang Bateri, JB

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During the stressful PSLE month of September, we managed to sneak off to Johor Bahru for 1 night of major de-stress.

Well, the timing could not have been more perfect as the wifey and I had long wanted to visit Kilang Bateri, which previously was an old 'Eveready' battery factory but now turned into a container-style hip and highly instagrammable shopping and food district.

Located at Jalan Tampoi in Bandar Baru Uda, Kilang Bateri is just slightly over a 30-minute drive from either Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint and is known for its retro-feel and hipster cafes. And judging from first impressions, I can understand why it is so popular with the younger crowd.

Most of the cafes are housed in containers and basked under waves of fairy lights. There is a very grungy feel to it, and it doesn't exactly feel like I'm in Johor Bahru.

I believe most of the eateries open from the late afternoon onwards so it will be better to head there for dinner. Even then, we were at Kilang Bateri on a Friday evening and it was not packed at all.

Either it is still a hidden gem, or the people in JB really hang out at a much later time. Not that I am complaining, because I really hate crowds.

As you can see from the photos, there is really no shortage of restaurants at Kilang Bateri. In fact, there is even a huge food court housed in the main container unit, which looks like a super hipster food joint.

I tell you, even if I have 4 stomachs like a cow, I cannot possibly try ALL of the food there!

In the same container also lies a shopping section which is essentially a rojak mix of shops. Nothing spectacular, so my advice is don't need to waste your time here.

But if you have young kids, there is a mini amusement centre which may appeal to them.

Apparently, Ayd still digs it? LOL.

There are arcade machines, kiddie rides and even a small bouncing castle.

Okay, but all of the above were not the reasons why we went to Kilang Bateri.

This was.

Formerly known as i-Shell Out, it is now re-branded to Shalloo but its menu remains the same. It is basically similar to the Louisiana Seafood concept - much like the Crab in Da Bag and Dancing Crab restaurants here - where seafood is poured directly on the table and you eat directly off it... using your bare hands.

Yes, that last bit thrilled the monkies to bits for some reason. I don't think they had ever used their hands for a proper full meal (other than when they were toddlers) so they were relishing the meal with their hands. Maybe it does taste better this way?

The great thing about Shalloo is it offers a variety of seafood flavours ranging from sambal to garlic. So if your kids are not able to take spicy food, just choose the non-spicy option.

But even for the sambal flavour, the monkies found that the sambal was actually more sweet and tangy than spicy. So it was not overpoweringly spicy - which probably explained why the sambal lala (clams) were wiped out in record time.

Besides the lala, we also had a serving each of fish fillet (not too bad), chicken (good), squid (average), bamboo clam (not good), vegetables and corn.

If we were to eat all of these in Singapore, I think the bill will be at least $60 to $80. At Shalloo? Everything came up to RM112. That's about 36 Singapore dollars!!!!!


No wonder the monkies have been nagging me to bring them to Shalloo again ever since.

For once, I have to agree with them.

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Kilang Bateri
Address: No 83, Jalan Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Ta’zim
Opening hours: 12pm - 12am daily
GPS COORDINATE: Latitude : 1.50434  Longitude: 103.71396

Shallo Restaurant (Opening hours - 5pm - 12am)

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Oct 16, 2017

25 Kid-Friendly Activities During Deepavali & PSLE Marking Week 2017

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Hurray for the mid-week Deepavali public holiday break! But it's even better to be a primary school kid... because they get a full SEVEN days worth of holidays! Thanks to PSLE Marking Exercise days (19 to 24 October, Thursday to Tuesday), your primary school-going kids will be giving a school a miss.

Granted it may be the exam period for most primary school students as well, but it doesn't hurt to bring them out for a breather. So just how can you keep your kids occupied for one entire week? Check out these 25 kid-friendly activities to enjoy together as a family!

Deepavali Celebrations 2017
Now until 12 Nov 2017
7pm to Midnight
Serangoon Road & Race Course Road

Marvel at the spectacular display of the radiant street light-up along Serangoon Road and Race Course Road as Little India transforms into a grand royal kingdom.

Deepavali Event Day @ Singapore Philatelic Museum
18 Oct 2017; 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free for Singaporeans, PRs & Work Pass Holders (working in Singapore)

Malay CultureFest 2017
Now until 28 Oct 2017
10am - 6pm (Closed on Mon)
Malay Heritage Centre
FREE admission for Singaporeans & PRs

Malay CultureFest is an annual festival celebrating the traditions and culture of the wider Malay Nusantara, drawing the connections of our shared culture through a series of performances, talks, workshops, trails and movie screenings. Themed on ‘Adat (Traditions & Customs)’ with a special focus on the Bugis community, the festival will explore the manifestations of adat not only in the customary practices and traditions, but also how it is being made sense of in today’s contemporary context. For more information, visit www.malayheritage.org.sg.

Family Fridays @ ArtScience Museum
20 & 27 Oct 2017
ArtScience Museum
Admission charges apply

Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased. Interact, learn and play as a family with a series of child-friendly activities and programmes:

20 & 27 Oct | 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Various Zones

Boundaries between art and technology are becoming increasingly blurred as new grounds are broken in digital artistic expression. Discover the ideas and themes in our permanent exhibition through this series of lively spotlight talks. Join us for interactive play happening at various exhibition zones.


20 & 27 Oct | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Rainbow Room, Basement 2

Experience light and colour through various hands-on experiments such as using a spectrophotometer to discover different spectrums. Walk into a dark room and witness the impact of colour through observations. $5 per participant. Up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

What’s Your Move
20 – 22 & 27 – 29 Oct 2017
Various timings
Esplanade Edge

What’s Your Move is back for another season! Start your weekend morning right with a healthy dose of dance fitness by the bay, or bask in the moonlight as you pick up some nifty moves from our professional instructors on stage and catch dance studios present their own takes on classic styles.

If you love street dance, don’t miss this sizzling edition of Sixteen da:ns Challenge, a massive dance showcase on 21 Oct, where aspiring dancers team up with acclaimed international choreographers to perform heart-pounding routines!

20 Oct; 7.45pm: Salsa
20 Oct; 9.30pm: Zouk
21 Oct; 9am(Morning session): Get Up and Move! KPOP-X
21 Oct; 7.45pm: Hip Hop
21 Oct; 9.30pm: K-pop
21 Oct; 10.45pm: Sixteen da:ns Challenge
22 Oct; 7pm: Lindy Hop
22 Oct; 8.45pm: Street Dance
everybody da:ns now
20 – 29 Oct 2017
4pm – 12am
Esplanade Festival Corner

Ever wanted your own private dance party? Grab a couple of friends and make your way to the Festival Corner! Inspired by the bright colours and MTV aesthetic from the 1990s, we’ve created everybody da:ns now – the most instagrammable da:ns space of the festival, where installation art meets dance party! Step in, wait for the music to start, and let the beat take over. And for a few precious minutes, let your hair down, go crazy, and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Everybody, da:ns now – boom!

Shall We Dance
20 – 22 & 27 – 29 Oct 2017
6.15pm & 7.15pm
Esplanade, Various Locations

Your very own 5-minute dance lesson! Get into the spirit of the festival and pick up some nifty dance moves from our roving team of professional dancers from Jazz Inc. Just choose from a selection of dance genres, and you’ll be on your way to a fun and simple dance lesson. Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

Making Things Move
21 Oct 2017; 10am - 1pm
Science Centre Singapore
$25 per child. Admission to Science Centre applies to accompanying parents.

How can you make things move - levers, cams, electronics, hydraulics and more ways in which you can create things that move. Maker ​workshops ​are ​great ​avenues ​where ​kids ​(and ​parents) ​can ​learn ​more ​about ​the ​power ​to ​Science, ​Technology, ​Engineering, ​Art ​and ​Maths ​(STEAM) ​and ​how ​STEAM ​gives ​our ​children ​the ​Power ​to ​Create. ​Learn ​about ​electronics, ​Engineering, ​Biology ​and ​much ​more ​through ​hands ​on, ​open ​ended ​exploration ​facilitated ​by ​passionate ​and ​enthusiastic ​mentors! Suitable for families with children 6 and up. Register via HERE.

Special Storytelling and Craft: Halloween
Queenstown Public Library: 21 Oct 2017; 10.30am - 11.30am
Jurong Regional Library: 22 Oct 2017; 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Don't miss out on this special Halloween-themed storytelling and craft session! This session is for children aged 4 to 6 years old. Free Admission.

Storytelling Special: 398.2 Guest Storytelling Session
21 Oct 2017; 11am - 12pm
Toa Payoh Public Library; Programme Zone

Do you know where 398.2 is in the library? If not, join us for a celebration of folklore and fairy tales with Roger Jenkins and his tellers to find out more! Expect a performative and exciting storytelling session with engaging tellers and characters. Admission is free!

让故事活起来! Stories Coming Alive @ NLB
21 Oct 2017; 11.30am - 12pm
Tampines Regional Library


Join storytellers from Chou Sing Chu Foundation in a series of fun-filled, interactive Chinese storytelling sessions. Stories told are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 and fun activities are included in every session. Parents are welcome to join in.

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY - JIRITSU
21 Oct 2017; 7.30pm
The Star Theatre
From $58

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY and its music. Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY symphony concert world tour has announced its latest stop in Singapore for a new series of orchestral concerts: FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary - JIRITSU. Nobuo Uematsu, composer of the famous video game series FINAL FANTASY, will make a guest appearance at the Singapore concert, which is presented by Avex Asia. For aged 5 and up.

A walk with your neighbours: The macaques of Lower Peirce
21 Oct 2017; 5pm - 6.30pm
Lower Peirce Reservoir Park
FREE (Pre-registration required)

The long-tailed macaques are the most conspicuous animals at Lower Peirce Reservoir Park. Although commonly seen, they are very misunderstood. Few seeing them realise anything about the social world these monkeys live in. They have kin networks, power struggles, friends, foes, and an otherwise complex social network.

Join in the walk led by experts from the Jane Goodall Institute Singapore to learn more  about the interesting world of the macaques at Lower Peirce. Register at sg.monkey.walk@gmail.com, at least 3 days in advance. Do provide the date, name, contact number, and number of adult and children participants (maximum 5 participants per registration). If successful, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Istana Open House
22 Oct 2017; 8.30am - 6pm
Istana (Entrance to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road)
FREE for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents. 
Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person.

It's Mdm Halimah's first Istana Open House! There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers. Istana souvenirs are also sold at the Open House. All proceeds from the sale of the souvenirs and the entrance fees collected are donated to charity.

Da Capo XII: Miyazaki in the Park by NUS Wind Symphony
22 Oct 2017; 5pm - 7pm
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Come join the NUS Wind Symphony in the Park for an evening of fun as they celebrate their 50th anniversary with soundtracks from Miyazaki’s famed anime works such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff. Come dressed as your favourite character for the birthday bash and be sure to turn up early and enjoy the fringe activities!

Westgate Wonderland Halloween Party
21, 22, 28 & 29 Oct 2017
6pm - 9.30pm (last entry at 9pm)

Westgate Wonderland Halloween Party is back! Join the kids for a thrilling adventure with Interactive Game Stations, GIF Photo Booth Printout, Halloween Felt Bag Workshop and Trick or Treat at Participating Stores. Little ones can come dressed in their best Halloween outfit and stand to win fabulous prizes at the Best Dressed Contest, happening every Sat and Sun night at 8pm. *Simply spend a minimum of $120 at Westgate to redeem one entry ticket to Westgate Wonderland Halloween Party.

Halloween Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND Malaysia
Now until 29 Oct 2017
Admission charges apply

Spook-tacular chills and thrills await the bravest of the brave who attend LEGOLAND Malaysia's Halloween Brick-or-Treat. This year promises more spine-tingling fun and super-rific fun: Be greeted in the morning by Halloween characters and Ghostbusters during the Halloween Power Dance Tutorial (Weekdays) or Ghost-Busters Dance (Weekends) at LEGOLAND Theme Park; Build Halloween characters with LEGO bricks and receive a limited-edition Halloween Duplo Brick at Halloween Building Activity; Dress your kids in their most creative Halloween themed costumes and stand a chance to win some prizes at Spook-Tacular Costume Contest; Test your lung power at our Scream-oo-Meter, train under the very best witches at Learn-A-Spell and many more in our Spooky Trail! End the night and celebrate Halloween with LEGO Halloween characters at Brick-A-Boo Parade! For more details, visit HERE.

*For kids who dress up in Halloween costume during the Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, they will enjoy FREE admission to the Theme Park!

Precious Eggs: Of Art, Beauty and Culture
Now until 29 Oct 2017 | 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents | Other visitors: Adults $8 & Child $6

The egg’s unique form and life-giving symbol have inspired artists and craftsmen, resulting in historical pieces like the Russian Imperial porcelain eggs, Fabergé egg pendants and other works using materials ranging from crystal to horn.

Besides colourfully decorated quail, chicken, duck, goose, swan and ostrich eggs, there are also eggs crafted of precious and enamelled metals, glass, porcelain, wax, crystal, marble, stone, wood, reindeer horn, cardboard, and papier-mâché.  Also on show is a series of artists’ eggs, a set of commissioned sculptures to showcase the works of Liechtenstein’s leading artists. From Singapore, 24K gold plated ostrich, emu, goose, chicken and quail eggs from RISIS are on display.

Playeum's 'Making It Home' Exhibition
Now until 29 Oct 2017
Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Playeum (Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444)
$22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10

Located at Gillman Barracks, Playeum is a museum without walls which hopes to inspire children through self-directed exploration and learning and in the process, establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play. The new exhibition is all about dreaming rooms, making spaces and creating places. Kids (and parents) will be able to experience the home as a place where many ordinary materials can have multiple purposes and support imagination, innovation and sustainability.

Interestingly, the spaces within the indoor playground - if you can call Playeum that - have been transformed into different ‘rooms’, each with a different purpose with different opportunities for the kids to explore, experiment and redefine. Whether it is imagining colours, materials and designs for floors walls and ceilings, to conjuring up art works with sand or recyclable materials, kids can stretch their creativity and imagination to the limit! Head HERE for my review.

Autumn Harvest 丰收之秋
Now until 29 Oct 2017
9am - 9pm
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Admission charges apply

A lavish flower field saturated in rich hues of orange, red, gold and green welcomes visitors this September, as autumn comes to Flower Dome in the “Autumn Harvest” floral display. Savour how the traditional season of crop gathering is interpreted in creative ways – a bounteous land is inhabited by a fruit and vegetable giant; a lush farm plot overflows with abundant produce and blooms like heleniums, callunas, phloxes and chrysanthemums; and Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage sits pretty amidst pumpkin trees.

Pumpkins take on yet another twist in the mini Halloween exhibit, where myriad carved and decorated versions celebrate the most anticipated festival of fall. There are more than 10 varieties of special pumpkins to see, such as the pristine white “Polar Bear”, the pretty striped “Pump-Ke-Mon” and the bizarre-looking “Red Warty Thing”.

Spooky Seas 2017
Now until 29 Oct 2017; 10am - 7pm
S.E.A. Aquarium
Admission charges apply

The Sea Witch Truly Awakens this Halloween! From the depths of the ocean, the Sea Witch has risen to the surface with some untruths to dispel urgently. She needs the help of the Underwater Ocean Protectors and here's where the kids come into the picture. Join Captain Spooks and his team as an Underwater Ocean Protector to unravel these mysteries now. Also, while you're at it, don't miss out on exciting game stations, gorgeous underwater shows and more! For all detailed activities, visit HERE.

Merlion Magic Lights: Neon Edition
Now until 29 Oct 2017
Weekdays: 7.45pm, 8.15pm, 8.45pm and 9.15pm on Weekdays
2 additional shows at 9.45pm and 10.15pm on Weekends, Eve of PH & PH
Merlion Plaza

Watch the majestic Sentosa Merlion come to life in a spectacular display of lights and sounds! Featuring neon glows and dazzling sparkles, this is one instagram-worthy spectacle you do not want to miss!

The Deadliest Monster
Now until 31 Oct 2017
Singapore Zoo | River Safari | Jurong Bird Park
Admission charges apply
*KIDS ENTER FREE with every paying adult in October!

Join in this October at River Safari, Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park to learn how easy it is to start making small adjustments to our daily actions and make our environment a better place for wildlife and us. Visit HERE for a detailed list of activities.

Golden Autumn Celebrations
Now until 12 Nov 2017
11am - 10pm (Mon - Thur | 11am - 11pm (Fri - Sun & PH)
Resorts World Sentosa
Adult: $15 (Mon - Thu), $18 (Fri - Sun) | Child: $12 (Mon - Thu), $15 (Fri - Sun) | Senior: $8 (Mon - Thu), $9 (Fri - Sun)

Wander into a fantasy land of light installations and magnificent 3D lanterns in all shapes and forms, from fantastical creatures of Chinese myths to abstract motifs that captivate and dazzle the eyes. Other than photo-ops, you'll get to enjoy Chinese snacks, shop for exclusive merchandise and catch live performances, taking your Mid-Autumn celebrations to colourful new heights!

Witness to War: Remembering 1942
Now until 25 Mar 2018; 10am - 7pm
National Museum of Singapore
Free admission for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

75 years after the fall of Singapore, rediscover this watershed event through a special international exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore. Hear first-hand accounts from witnesses to war: ordinary men and women whose lives were upheaved by the outbreak of hostilities in Singapore in 1942. The exhibition presents the complexities of the events that led to the fall of Singapore, paying homage to the extraordinary tenacity with which these men and women bore their circumstances.

Featuring artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, Witness to War will also explore how Singapore’s fall was part of a wider campaign waged by the Japanese Empire across the Pacific.

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Oct 12, 2017

Combat Hair Fall with TK TrichoKare's latest technology - Oxyspray

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Here's a fact: Men are more likely to lose their hair than women, mostly due to male pattern baldness. But thinning hair and hair loss are also common in women, and no less demoralizing. Reasons can range from the simple and temporary - a vitamin deficiency - to the more complex, like an underlying health condition. Or even having kids.

Just as how having hair problems isn’t an overnight affair, different people require different solutions when it comes to hair and scalp care treatments. Because let's face it, not all hair care products suits everyone's hair conditions.

Which is why the leading Trichological centre in Singapore, TrichoKare prides itself in providing customised treatments using premium European herbs which are free of harsh chemicals, validated by certified trichologists. TrichoKare offers holistic hair and scalp care solutions for ALL hair and scalp conditions.

I went for my regular hair and scalp treatment at TrichoKare. I first had to undergo a consultation with a Trichologist (hair and scalp specialist) who then proceeded to give an analysis of my scalp.

So how healthy was my scalp? Not exactly that healthy, as I found out. See the pink spots and sebum-build-up on my scalp? According to my Trichologist, Pooja, these are signs of mild irritation of the scalp and if left unchecked, it can cause me potential hair thinning and eventually hair loss problems in future!

Pooja then recommended a suitable Intensive Hair Regeneration Treatment programme tailored to my scalp needs: a detox session involving a masque, deep cleansing wash, TrichoKare's newest technology – Oxyspray and infrared therapy.

TrichoKare only uses premium European herbs in the masque so as to deliver a natural solution for its customers. So what goes into the masque is the healing herbal essences of Lavender and Melaleuca extracts, which is ideal for unclogging hair follicles by removing excess sebum and debris such as dandruff and other impurities from the scalp.

Oh, and I have to give a special mention to Alice, the hair expert who attended to me. In all my visits to TrichoKare, this visit stood out the most thanks to her soothing massage she administered on my scalp during the wash. I was on the verge of falling asleep.... but thankfully, I did not. Else, I would have disturbed other customers with my snoring! LOL.

After the wash came the star of the treatment process - Oxyspray.

Using pulse oxygen, jet sprays are used to infuse 98% oxygen filled with nutrition and HairGRO ampoule penetrate deeply into the scalp. These help to boost collagen production to accelerate cell growth which helps to stimulate hair growth and control hair fall.

The beauty of this technology is it provides a cooling sensation without subjecting it to aggressive extraction which can be detrimental for someone who has sensitive scalp and may cause redness.

Oxyspray, on the other hand is gentle, effective and safe. Personally, I actually enjoy the cooling sensation of the spray on my skin. It felt rather therapeutic!

Together with the Infrared Therapy, which served to encourage cell renewal to promote hair growth, improve the blood circulation beneath the scalp, as well as to ensure that the ampoule was further penetrated deep down to my hair roots, my treatment was done. All under 2 hours.

Then came the big reveal.

As you can see, the redness of my scalp is completely gone! All just after ONE session. If that is not amazing, I don't know what is. It made such a big difference to someone like me who constantly struggle with itchy scalp problems.

In the Before scan, you can see I have greasy scalp and sebum build-up. This was completely removed and the follicles are visibly clean, clear and looked healthier in the After scans. I’m always impressed by the results from TrichoKare customised hair treatment. It has continued to show great results for my scalp and hair! Guess I can try to look as young as possible with a head full of hair!

A clean scalp and healthy hair follicles - the 2 ingredients that are paramount to healthy hair growth. And this is exactly what the Intensive Hair Regeneration Treatment from TrichoKare seeks to achieve in 3 stages:

1. Regulate – scalp detox, remove impurities and excess sebum.

2. Strengthen – nourish the hair follicles and strengthen the cohesion of keratin fibres to improve the hair density.

3. Densifying – infuse hair with proteins to increase hair growth, control hair fall and promote cell growth which helps stimulate new hair growth.

So if you would like to understand the state (and age) of your hair and scalp, TrichoKare is the professional option - as validated by the numerous awards it has received.

• The Singapore Women’s Weekly Hair Awards 2017 – Best Volumising Treatment For Thinning Hair
• ELLE Beauty Treat List 2017 – Best Treatment For Hair Loss
• Parentsworld Beauty Awards 2017 – Most Effective Hair Loss Treatment 
• Daily Vanity 2017 – Top 10 Trusted Hair Treatment Centre
• Her World Spa Awards 2016 – Best Treatment For Damaged Hair
• Harper's BAZAAR Hair Awards 2016 - Best Sebum-Regulating Treatment for Oily Scalp

On top of everything, I have to give a big thumb up to TrichoKare’s staff. Not only were they well-versed in the science aspect of hair growth, they provided excellent one-to-one personal service too. Thanks for pampering my hair and scalp!

GREAT NEWS! TrichoKare is offering my readers the chance to experience the Award-winning Intensive Hair Regeneration Treatment for only $42 NETT! Not only that, you will receive a FREE HairGRO Ampoule + Hair Care Kit worth a total of $758 too!

But you have to hurry because the special price is only for the first 10 persons who sign up via HERE.

Plus, did I mention you stand to WIN 2D1N Marina Bay Sands Hotel Staycation worth $680 too???

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