Monday, January 28, 2013

My Opinion: 2 boys killed in accident in Tampines, truck driver arrested.

According to The Straits Times

"TWO brothers were killed in a gruesome traffic accident in Tampines earlier on Monday, 28 January 2013.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it had received a call at around 5:43pm, and that the boys died after being hit by a truck at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 and Tampines St 45. The 13-year-old male cyclist and the 7-year-old male pillion were pronounced dead at scene by paramedics.
The younger boy was found in the uniform of Tampines North Primary School.
Police said that the 56-year-old Singaporean male driver of the truck was arrested at the scene."

Yahoo News article:

My family and I were on our way back from work when we heard the tragic news from the radio. It was not just one child getting killed, but two. And they were knocked down by a cement truck. That gigantic mega-ton vehicle! I cringed inwardly at how painful the impact must have been. At the same time, I can't help but feel utmost sympathy for the family of the deceased. Were the two boys their only sons? How would they react to this? I hope they will be able to pull through this!
My mum's first reaction was: "What a bad hearted driver! Deserves nothing but the worst!" While I emphatised with the family of the deceased, I could not agree with her that the driver was "bad hearted". If anything, I do not think anyone with a sane mind would like to knock down two young children's lives. Yes he could be rash, absent-minded and deserving of punishment but to call him bad-hearted like many netizens online? I do not think that is justifiable. Our society seems quick to dash and victimise one party while condemning the other to death. Nothing is ever so black and white, and it saddens me that people would be so rash in their judgment. What if it were the two boys who beat the traffic light? What if they went against their parents' wishes to cycle?

And then there's those people who chose to post photos of the incident online. I have yet to see it and I don't think I will want to, judging from how people have remarked that splattered brains could be seen. For those people circulating the photos, please put yourself in the shoes of the deceased parents! How would you like to see your beloved children's dead bodies circulated around the internet? Their tragic death is already such a huge blow to the parents and yet they must now face the fact that their friends, neighbours, family, co-workers will be able to see how horrid a death their children faced. It's a double painful blow.

In conclusion, tragic deaths are painful. Tragic deaths are especially painful if it's your loved ones who are involved. But life is transcient. Life is fragile. I can only hope that the deceased's family would be stronger after this. It is indeed terrible that such a death occured but it has occured. We -and they- can only move on from this. Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Perhaps it is fate that these two boys are given back to the heavens. I don't know. All I know is we must treasure the people we love around us more, because incidents like this just shows us how limited our time is on this planet.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter so do comment.
May peace, health and happiness be with you
That WhimsicalBlogger! 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Quick Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil range

Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil range prices can be found at

Crabtree & Evelyn is one of my favourite toiletries brand. They feel very luxurious (and their prices are "luxury prices" too!). I've once asked a C&E salesperson in Aussie what makes their products stand out. Her reply? The scents.

All Crabtree & Evelyn products contain exquisite scents with a variety of ranges that often come with a body lotion, shower gel, body powder and other related toiletries.  

I particularly love the Jojoba Oil range as the smell is very delightful. It smells lightly musky with the sweet scent of herbs. I find it hard to describe the scent perfectly but I have smelt similar smells when I visit 5-star hotels. Thus, C&E's Jojoba Oil range makes me feel very luxurious, if that's the word to use! Plus, the scent is very comforting too.

While jojoba oil is marketed for dry skin types, I used their body lotion before and it's pretty dang awesome even for people with normal skin types. The lotion sinks in quickly and leaves my skin scented :D

A downside to the jojoba oil range would be that it still contains parabens. Crabtree has yet to reformulate this wonderful range, which kinda sucks. However, reformulation sometimes scares me as the prices will be jacked up and products removed. Another downside is that for people allergic to scents, they should steer away from C&E's products as they are indeed heavily scented.

Well, that's a quick review of C&E's jojoba oil range. 
Have you used it before? Will you use it?

That Whimsical Blogger!

Monday, January 21, 2013

What I'm Reading: Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon (EOTSM) retails for S$22.47 at Kinokuniya

Well hey guys!
Here's a post about the book I'm reading right now. Hehe. This is my first time blogging about books.
First and foremost, it's been awhile since I got the time to read. 2 years of JC life in Singapore zapped away all my free time (the available free time I had were spent sleeping or staring into space).

Now, if you would please, banish all perceptions you have of Native Americans.

They're most likely not what you think they are.

Enough of silly "one little, two little, three little Indian" songs. 
Enough of the idea that they are 100% peace-loving, tranquil people frolicking in the meadows. 
Enough of the idea that "Indian headdresses" are a fashion trend (they are certainly not!!). 
You're about to enter the world about the truth, and the glory, of Native Americans. 

Or, more specifically, the life of the Comanches.

EOTSM is basically a historical book depicting the rise and fall of the Comanches, a Native American tribe known for their tenacity and fierceness in warfare. You'll be given the depiction of how the heydays of the Comances were - freely riding, freely raiding, freely living in the open space, alongside their downfall- the mistreatment they received, the broken promises made on both sides, the bloodshed, the horrors and the never ending spiral of sadness. I find myself enamoured with the book's life-like depiction of the Comanches and each turn for the worst leaves me with dread and a overwhelming sense of grief, empathy and pain.

Besides this, it also includes a story about the life of the last Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. Quanah is a half-white half-native Comanche chief whose life is succinctly depicted by the author S.C.Gwynne.  Quanah's father died in battle and his white mother Cynthia Ann Parker was forcefully brought back to white society, leaving him at the mercy the other tribal members. As a kid, he was depicted to be bullied until he grew up and became taller, stronger, mightier and braver. Again, the second story is equally enthralling. Quanah managed to become a strong chief and married 8 wives(!), although he too,  was finally made to live in the "Native American reservations". 

This book also offers 8 pages of black and white photos of famous Comanches, a delight for all those who love vintage photos.

I have yet to complete reading this book but it is truly a good read. 
FYI, I am a culture lover so I like historical things very, very much. I am thankful to be offered a glimpse into the past through this book without any form of censorship - the raw brutality of what each party did is presented to you in the clearest form possible. While I did cringe reading some gory parts of the book, I have to accept that it is the truth, and sugarcoating will not work.

I highly recommend this book for anyone out there really, given that Native Americans today are still being misunderstood, stereotyped and discriminated. 

Beware though, it is not for the faint hearted.

Have you read this book? Will you read it? Comment below!

That Whimsical Blogger!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Quick Review: Playboy Play It Spicy Eau de Toilette

Playboy Play It Spicy S$17.90 (50ml)
available at Watsons, Cold Storage, John Little, NTUC Fairprice & Sasa

Hey guys! As mentioned earlier, I'll be reviewing "Play It Spicy".

Full of excitement, possibility and allure, this glamorous floral scent opens with a sparkling burst, evoking the dazzling spirit of a sensational party. At its heart an elegant seductress settles into a richer, mellow tone – leaving a sensual signature that, like you, won’t be ignored.

According to Playboy, Play It Spicy is a scent with
Top notes: Pomegranate, Bellini Cocktail, Pink Berries
Heart Notes: Tiger Lily, Passionflower, Heliotrope
Base notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla Essence

Imagine the lush smell of sweet fruits wafting into your senses. Then the smell evolves into something floral, feminine and delicate. A feminine female beckons to you with this friendly scent. Just when you think that is all, she reveals the playful side of her to you as the perfume dries down to a musky fruity sweet scent.

This has become my 2nd favourite scent from Playboy after Playboy VIP. 

I can detect the notes of berries, florals and muskiness, so to me this scent smells like a very nice blend. Very "mellow" sweet smelling with musky undertones that seems to declare that I'm not all fragile and weak- I have a "dangerous", mysterious side to me :P

It works well with my body chemistry and doesn't smell weird even after awhile. It lasts around 3 hours on skin and 5-7 hours on my clothing. Thus I'd prefer to spray it on my clothes. Also, it retains the scent of the perfume that is unmixed with your body's natural scent, which is a big plus.

This is more like an everyday girl scent as opposed to playboy VIP (which I reviewed here) that smells more "sophisticated" to me. I'd definitely recommend this for school if you need a perfume, out of all Playboy Fragrances sold here. Of course, you can try the alternative body mists ($9.90) or deodorant ($5.90) which have fainter smells. 
So far, I think playboy scents are pretty good value for the price they charge. It doesn't smell "cheap" like the other perfumes of the same price range. 

That's all for now, thanks for reading!

That Whimsical Blogger

Play It Spicy comes in an adorable bunny glass bottle
 with a delightful pinkish liquid

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quick Skincare Review: Style Aromatherapy Green Tea Aromatic Liquid Soap

Style Aromatherapy Green Tea Aromatic Liquid Soap S$4.90 at Guardian outlets

Hey lovelies! How have you been?
Today I'm gonna do a quick review on Style Aromatherapy's green tea scented liquid soap.
As mention previously, I love green tea. Green tea as a drink, as a powder, as a candy, as an EDT (Elizabeth Arden's!)...mmmm. It's all so fantastic.
I got this on a "buy one get another free" from Guardian. So, it costs me $2.45 for this 500ml bottle! How cool is that?
This soap comes in 3 scents: green tea, white tea and red tea.
I didn't buy the other 2 as I didn't like them as much as I did for the green tea :P

Red tea has lavender oil in it and that's just not my thing. It smells slightly musculine too, for some reason.
White tea smells pleasant and floral but again, it's not my thing. More lady-like than red tea scent.

As for green tea, it is (to me) calming, "green", peaceful and clean type of scent.
This contains sodium laureth sulfate, a "harsh" foaming agent which allows soaps to foam up well. I don't think there's a lot of SLS in it because it honestly doesn't foam up very well. In fact, I tend to use my sponge along with it to get the desired amount of foam.
I don't think it is a very harsh soap because my skin doesn't feel stripped of moisture by the time I was done :)

This comes in a 500ml pump bottle and the soap is a very pale tranluscent green colour. It's almost as if Style Aromatherapy is trying to give the subtle impression of natural green tea rather than synthetic one (given that bright green colours would make this soap look absolutely synthetic).

My gripe would perhaps be I wished the scent was stronger and it would linger on my skin. Or, if they had a scented body lotion and EDT to go along with it. That'll let the scent last and last and last.

Well, that's all for this quicky!
Thanks for reading
That Whimsical Blogger

Monday, January 14, 2013

First Impressions: TheFaceShop Clean Face Acne Solution Foam Cleansing

The Face Shop Clean Face Acne Solution Foam Cleansing retails for S$14.90 at all The Face Shop outlets.

Hey everyone!
Today's a quick "first impressions" of The Face Shop's Acne Solution Foam Cleansing.
I've been doing a lot of "first impressions" and quick reviews recently because I am simply too busy to do my in-depth ones!

Well, I bought this after I fell in love with the smell. It is green-tea scented! Mmm. My mother managed to coerce the sales staff into giving her a sample of it (yeah, my mother's a sucker for samples and yeah, Singaporean salespersons are all so stingy when it comes to their pathetically small samples).
I've said I loved Elizabeth Arden's green tea eau de parfum and this smells like it! So green tea-ish and lovely.
I think this is best suited for oily skin types because it does give your skin that "squeaky clean" feeling. I *think* drier skin types wouldn't enjoy having their skin feeling even more squeaky clean. 
This foams up well, just like regular cheap cleansers. I'm not so sure of it's supposed properties to cleanse your pores and "tighten" them cause it sounds gimmicky to me. But, I haven't used it for long so I can't really gauge its efficiacy.

It contains triclocarban which has anti-bacterial properties - great for getting rid of the overwhelming p-acnes bacteria on problematic teenage skin!
Do note it also contains parabens like methyl- and propylparaben.
And, it contains disodium EDTA.
I'm not so particular when it comes to parabens and EDTA ingredients in soaps because I don't let them absorb into my skin like lotions and whatnot (i.e, it doesn't stay on my skin for more than a minute). And, the bathroom is a hot and humid place where things can spoil easily.

Anyway, that's about it all for "first impressions" of this cleanser :)

Thumbs up for:
Lovely scent
Ability to degrease oily skin types

Thumbs down:
May be quite harsh to use it daily

Thanks for reading!
That Whimsical Blogger

Thursday, January 10, 2013

First Impressions: Origins A Perfect World Age Defense Treatment Lotion with White Tea

Origins Age Defense Treatment Lotion S$48 at Origins outlets, Singapore
This is a first impressions post.
It costs a whopping S$48 here in Singapore. I got this from my friend who was on a trip to the US. This costs US$22 in Sephora USA, which is around S$27.0, a far cry from the price sold here.
Anyway, this is a tiny widdle bottle of 150ml. The bottle is green, fat and short (it almost sounds like I'm describing someone hahaha). The cap is rounded and white and it is easy to open the bottle.
I'm pleased to know that its ingredients are almost all natural and it smells very citrusy, me likey.
This is actually a toner despite the fancy "lotion" name.
I have yet to try it on my skin but this must be used up quickly.
Well, so far I can't tell if this works great - I'm leaving that for the actual review of it.

Well, that's all for now.
Thanks for reading!
That Whimsical Blogger!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

{{Quick Fragrance Review}}: Playboy VIP for Her EDT

Playboy VIP for Her EDT (50ml) S$17.90/~US14.58 US Dollar at Watsons, Cold Storage, John Little, NTUC Fairprice & Sasa

According to Playboy:
Playboy VIP for Her ~ “Playboy VIP For Her opens with a zesty explosion of crisp nectarine softened by the harmonious blend of tender orange flower sorbet with delicate, luminous facets of peony. This melts into the enchanting heart of addictive love apple and succulent red fruits enhanced by bewitching heliotrope. Finally, a decadent trail of subtle musk, characterful sandalwood and sensual cashmeran creates a lingering temptation.” Developed by perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou; in 30 and 50 ml Eau de Toilette.

What lies in this scent:
Top Notes: Orange Flower Sorbet, Nectarine, Peony
Heart Notes: Love Apple, Red Fruits, Heliotrope
Base Notes: Cashmeran, Sandalwood, Musk

In all honesty, I'm a "fragrance snob". I tend not to buy fragrances unless they're natural-smelling or they really smell lovely.
But, I happen to like Playboy EDTs and Playboy VIP is my favourite of all Playboy female fragrances currently available in Singapore. 
I don't think it is available in 30ml; at least, I haven't spotted that!
I call it my liquid gold, because of the lovely golden-yellow tinge to the perfume. :P 
It smells deliciously like vanilla with loads of fruity undertones. The initial scent is indeed flowery, followed by fruity(with a huge "love apple" note) that blends into something slightly musky. A very good blend for me, as it works well with my skin's natural scent.
In fact, I think this is what I'd dub as a "sophisticated" scent. 
I love this so much that I've been wearing it to bed. Makes me feel all pretty ;P It has a longevity of 2-4hours, which is average.
I caved into temptation and bought a second bottle of this. And, I bought a bottle of Play It Spicy too (pink bottle) which is equally fantastic. I'll give a review about that later.
Playboy Fragrances for women are all affordably priced at S$17.90 so I think most of us wouldn't mine getting a bottle if we liked it. This is a good 'everyday signature scent' without breaking your wallet.

Some quick tips to make this EDT last! 
-Spray it on your clothing instead. I like to spray it on the inside of my clothes to prevent them from getting stains, if applicable.
-This is also great if your skin happens to have scents that clashes with this lovely EDT :)
-And, if you've got sensitive skin, EDT is best sprayed on clothing instead of your skin.

A side gripe about this perfume:
If you're thinking about transferring it to a portable atomizer, forget it. The opening of the perfumes underneath the nozzle is far too big for me to attach my atomizer and "vacuum" the perfume up. Unfortunately, I cannot bring this amazing scent around in a smaller bottle.

BUT, it should be relatively break-proof. I had a first hand experience of accidentally causing a bottle of Playboy's EDT to fall in one of the stores. I screamed. But it didn't shatter(so I didn't need to pay for it. Phew). Thus, it's probably pretty safe to carry this bottle around :)
Oops, seems like I've spilled a lot of my Playboy VIP EDT :(
while trying to transfer it into my atomiser unsuccessfully.
Play It Spicy is the bottle in pink :D

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First Impressions: Playboy Perfumes for Women

Playboy Fragrances for Women S$17.90(for 50ml) at Watsons, Cold Storage, John Little, NTUC Fairprice & Sasa

Payboy has reached Singapore! 
At least, their fragrances did.
Their mags are still banned in our conservative society :P

I spotted them at watsons and ntuc finest. They cost S$17.90 which is affordable! Of course, my favorite affordable scent spray is Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea Parfum that costs S$19.90 for 100ml at non-official stores. 

Here's a first impressions post for Play It Lovely, Play It Sexy and Play It Spicy. I've tried these testers several times at Watsons :D
I'll do a separate review on Playboy VIP! (I bought that scent.)
Edit:  Read Playboy VIP review here

Play It Lovely:
Top Notes: Citrus, Blackberry and Juicy Pear
Heart Notes: Cherry Baby Orchird, Belle de Nuit, Tuberose
Base Notes: Amber, Patchouli, Tonka Bean

Well, in all honesty I don't know all the smells of the notes listed. Play it Lovely on my skin is a pretty delicate vanilla-smelling fragrance(probably from the tonka bean) with some strong tones of muskiness. There is also a hint of amber in it.
Longevity-wise, I'd say around 2 hours on bare skin.

Play It Spicy:
Top notes: Pomegranate, Bellini Cocktail, Pink Berries
Heart Notes: Tiger Lily, Passionflower, Heliotrope
Base notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla Essence

I must say, this doesn't smell 'spicy' to me at all! Like, I expected something sharp and crisp. But no, this smells sweet and mellow to me. Again, it's probably the vanilla+amber smell which dominates this fragrance. When first applied, I could indeed smell the smell of berries. Then there was fhe smell of floral before melting behind the smell of vanilla and amber. A very, very delicate sweet scent. I do like this.
Lasts around 2 hours too on bare skin.
EDIT: I totally bought one for myself. : P
Here's the review of it.

Play It Sexy:
Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin, Pink Pepper
Heart Notes: Jasmine Tea, Osmanthus, Liquorice
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean

Skank alert! This fragrance screams, "I'M A SLUT". There is a overpowering burst of muskiness when you smell this scent. It gags me. But when I asked my male friend to smell it, he actually said it smells inoffensive. It smells like sex in a bottle to me! Just what you'd expect Playboy to smell like, IMO.
BUT, after awhile (~1 hour) I could smell the fruity and flowery undertones in this scent. Musky, fruity, and flowery. I quite like the scent after an hour or two, which surprises me.
Longevity-wise, this scent was detectable for 4-5hours, especially its muskiness.

Well, that's all for the first impressions. I'd think these are lovely for teenage girls and young ladies. If you're wearing this to work, I think it'd be inoffensive except for Play It Sexy >_>"
I've noticed some outlets' Play it Lovely are down to a few bottles while for others it's Playboy VIP. :D So I guess these 2 are popular fragrances. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First Impressions: Caudalie Eau de Raisin

Caudalie Eau De Raisin retails at Sephora Singapore, 100ml for S$15

Hi guys! How has 2013 been treating y'all? :D

Anywho, I bought this Caudalie raisin water and here's my first impressions of it~ 
Basically I didn't know it was available in Singapore and thus I begged my friend's sister to get it for me in the US. This 200ml bottle retails for US$20 before tax. So basically after conversion it's just a tad cheaper than the S$15/100ml one in Singapore. If I had known earlier I would have just bought it from the stores myself. My bad :X

Back to the product itself!

This is marketed as a product for sensitive skin. Thus I compared this spray to my trusty Avene thermal water. In all, my initial impression was while the spray was pretty cool (raisin water!) I thought it didn't do much for sensitive skin. It wasn't as soothing as I would have liked it to be.

Scent-wise, I'm so used to the synthetic juicy grape smell from Japanese products that I was dismayed smelling this. It smells like random natural grapes in water. Diluted grape water, I must add.

Also, the cap was kinda a flimsy plastic which bothered me as I'm used to the hard plastic caps from thermal waters. Hence I nearly broke the cap when I just used it. Yikes!

A good thing about the product is, it moisturises! Yes, it does! See, that photo up there shows a sticker saying hydration +127%! Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, I can't measure how more moisturised my skin is but it does feel more moisturised after using this spray. However, I would say you'll still need yer moisturisers especially if you have dry skin! For oily skin types you may skip moisturiser depending on how well-moisturised you feel your face is after using this spray.

Yeah, that's all for my first impressions.
I think it's real cool to have a 'grape water' spray. It clearly differentiates Caudalie from the other sprays in the market. Overall, I wasn't particularly impressed. But, hey, who knows how it fares another few weeks down the road?

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Quick Skincare Review: Naruko Raw Job's Tears Lotion

Naruko Raw Job's Tears Supercritical CO2 Whitening Lotion S$24.90 from selected Watsons outlets and Naruko's website (for Singapore residents only)

Well, this is a quick review!
I bought the lotion as the raw job's tears night gelly is simply amazing and soothing for my sensitive skin! I bought this lotion in Malaysia for RM 45 which is around ~S$18

Well, I would say this wasn't as soothing as the night gelly. I was hesitant to buy it as I feared it would clog my pores considering it contains crambe seed oil and meadowfoam seed oil (in small quantities). 

Thankfully, it didn't clog my pores.

This comes in a semi thick white creamy texture that absorbs quickly( and I do mean quickly!) into my skin. I like that it dries matte and yes, it is suitable for oily skin types! It isn't runny when I compare it to the other great lotion for oily skin types from Naruko - the Oil Out moisturiser/lotion. I think this is great for people with normal or semi-oily skin types. I tend to focus it on my cheeks which are prone to redness and are drier than the other parts of my face. It didn't have a soothing sensation but it didn't aggravate my cheeks either.

On a side note, I wasn't very happy when this was almost scentless. I loved the raw job's tears natural grassy, barley-like smell from the gelly and unfortunately this does not have that smell! It is scentless!
EDIT: I actually am smelling a sort of "nutty" smell from the lotion. I think it's because my nose is crazy but yup, it kind of smell like nuts. Not sure why, though :/

I use this as my night time moisturiser along with the raw job's tears night gelly and I must say, it lightened my acne scars considerably (around 30% lighter just after a few usage!)

It is stored in a dark red plastic bottle and its cardboard packaging can be re-used (simply follow diagrammatic instructions provided).

So far, this lotion has been treating me well!

Much love and happy 2013!
That Whimsical Blogger!

Ingredients ( from ) 
Purified Water (Aqua), Taiwan Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Raw Jobs Tears) Seed/Shell Extract, Phytoferulin® Extract [Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alpine Skullcap (Scutellaria Alpina) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Masterword (Peucedanum Ostruthium) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Alps Wormwood (Artemisia Umbelliformis) Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Alpine Willowherb (Epilobium Fleischeri) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamolmilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract], Snow Fungus (Tremella Fuciformis) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Creatine, Galactoarabinan, Serine, Saccharide Isomerate, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Propylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, DEA Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-4 Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

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