Fresh hair.

Just got my hair done by Sue from Salon Vim at Orchard Central. I trimmed, coloured and did the Privy treatment. My hair is soooo soft and fluffy now…I can dieeeee. I also got a set of home haircare products – the Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo for colour treated hair, Kerastase Nutri-Thermique Hair Mask and Kerastase Fibre Architecte Double Serum for my dry ends. I’ve been using Kerastase hair products for a long while now and I love what they’re doing for my hair.ย I’m all set for the Chinese New Year!ย 

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Hello everyone!
Here’s wishing you a very Happy Chinese New Year!
May you all have a wonderful, prosperous, healthy, wealthy and happy year of the water snake…Huat ah!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
I hope you’re all having a wonderful New Year so far. The public holidays are definitely awesome and I’m having such a wonderful break doing absolutely zero work, stuffing my face with goodies and visiting my friends and loved ones. I know I haven’t been very active on my blog. I’m a lot more active and current on Instagram, so you can hit me up @thepinkflaregirl for ‘live’ updates and more! Do say ‘hi’ there!ย ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Here’s my lovely family with our only grandparent left. Grandpa is 97 years old and still going strong. This CNY has been pretty low for our family as our maternal grandparents left us recently and this is the first CNY without them. We’re missing them so much and are missing their handmade ‘ngoh hiangs’, home-cooked curry and massive steamboat affair that we had every year. We hope you’re both in a happy place looking out for each other and watching over us!ย 
Here’s my sister. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Little neice, Ashley (photo bombed by my Dad and Uncle).
Pink Flare’s drop-waist dress for reunion dinner and leopard print pony hair wedges from Pedder Red.


Pink Flare’s Korean Fever Dress for CNY Day 1. I love the checkered prints and asymmetrical hemline on this piece.ย 
It’s almost a month after my birthday, and I’m still celebrating. Lucky me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sharing the cake with Penny, also a birthday girl.
The must-have ‘lucky’ yu-sheng. Huat everyone!!
Not sure if you guys noticed, but I had a hair-cut/colour and changed my hair’s parting to the centre before the CNY. I’ve been meaning to try a centre part and colour my hair for the longest time and Serene (from Chez Vous Salon) did a wonderful job. So happy!
Here’s the process of getting my hair coloured and cut.

I got a light brown colour done with subtle undertone highlights. I love love love the colour (and cut)!ย 

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Love that my hair is still soft and smooth after the colour. Serene did a quick colour treatment after the dyeing to seal the colour and condition the hair. Serene really understands my hair and gives me the best possible treatments and cuts so that I can maintain it daily. There’s no point in only having gorgeous locks when you walk out of the salon and having a nightmare to maintain it daily. I have natural curls in my hair, so I can’t have too many layers done or it’ll get really messy. So Serene gives me straight cuts with a wee bit of layers at the ends to show the undertone highlights. Mad props to her!

Colour Extend shampoo from Redken for luscious locks and to maintain the colour. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Here’s how to look for Serene at Chez Vous for awesome hair:
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391 Orchard Road
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Chinese New Year is officially over! 15 days (almost) of feasting, visiting, gambling and fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you all have a good one? I did! My ‘ang pao’ collection this year was exceptionally good (~whee!!) and I had so many ‘lou hei’ sessions this year (+pineapple tarts, my absolutely favourite!). 2010 is going to be ๆ—บ! ๐Ÿ˜€

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My family had our reunion dinner 1 day earlier because my sister is now married and has to go to her hubby’s side for reunion dinner on the eve.

My favourite bit of lou hei – the crispy ‘gold’. Yums!

“huat ah! healthy and prosperous tiger year, successful business, good health, lots of balenciagas, miu miu, chanels (did I say that out loud? opps.), sweet relationships etc etc.” In my family, auspicious words are all spoken in English. Haha. No one really knows the mandarin versions very well.

My grandparents in the picture are 80+ years old already! Still so fit and strong. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m wearing Pink Flare’s #Friday’s Child Playsuit in blue by the way.)

I went to Chinatown at 2a.m on new year’s eve. Everything was going at super duper discounted prices! I remembered staying up till 7a.m that day. Do you all know the superstition of staying up late on new year’s eve to ‘prolong’ the life of your parents? Mine are going to live till 100!

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Lou Hei with the extended family on New Year’s eve.

My big family! A lot of new baby additions these few years. I’m so glad my relatives are not the sort who asks when you’re going to get married, what are you doing now blah blah blah. ๐Ÿ™‚

1st day of New Year. My house is all decked out in red and we are doing the traditional shots by the pusiwillow. (Without my sis this year. Boo!!)

Domo is wearing his chinese traditional costume!


And Domo went to ‘bai nian’ with us. Darn nobody gave him ang pao. It would have made his ‘niang’ here very happy. ;P

And that’s my daddy’s dad. My grandfather who is 90+! Yes, I have grandparents who live till really ripe, old, healthy ages.

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1st day of New Year at Uncle Eddie’s place.

And another big family!

My best cards at blackjack. I got really lucky this year and actually won everytime I gambled!

Scooted off to John’s place to ‘bai nian’ on the 1st day. The theme for the party was ‘red’. And everyone was dressed in the colour. Very auspicious start to the new year!

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At my own home on the 2nd day. Mummy was very generous with the abalone.

Hehe. This is Domo’s guilty, ‘please don’t scold me face’. (He’s trying to keep very still here.) He ran out of the gates just before and got everyone panicking.

And soon he got tired of acting ‘guai’. And had to put his very heavy head on the table. He does this a lot! Props his head on everything he sees.

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At Cecilia’s place. (And wearing Pink Flare’s #Grecian Goddess!)

Bai nian-ing to the mistress of the house.

We had steamboat! Super yummy.


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At James’s.

Biggest lou hei ever!

The party’s theme was ‘cat print’ to be in line with the Tiger year. Can you spot all the subtle prints?

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Teochew style lou hei with my family (again). I prefer the ‘normal’ ones.

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And lastly, lou hei with the sparkle girlies at Sushi Tei! Typing this is making me feel like having sushi tei again! I am super addicted to their food.

The lou hei was so huge for the 3 of us. We tried to eat and eat and eat, but it looked like we hardly touched the plate even after we were done and stuffed.

So that’s a grand total of 8 lou heis this year. All that tossing and muttering of auspicious words better account to something! Haha. Huat everyone!!