A Review Of My Anti-Aging Facial Treatment at JHGC

I went for an anti-aging facial treatment at JHGC recently. Called the IGF-1 Triple Effect Therapy, it’s a newly launched facial therapy from Japan.

JHGC is a well-known hair and facial treatment centre from Japan and they’ve got many outlets all over Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
This IGF-1 Triple Effect Therapy is supposed to 1) lift your face, 2) improve your skin condition and 3) relieve shoulder aches and headaches. As I suffer from chronic shoulder aches that lead to migraines, I was really looking forward to #3.
When I arrived at their outlet at Triple One Somerset, I was first met and greeted by their very friendly Japanese Salon Manager. How very authentic! After going through the usual facial treatment formalities and understanding what I was going to experience, I was ushered into the treatment room. I remember having a headache that day (from my shoulders) and I was really looking forward to relieve it during the treatment.

Step 01:
The therapist started the treatment with the massage right away (yay!). The massage is unlike any massages that I’ve ever had before. The therapist focused on relieving the muscles on my head and through it all, I felt a comfortable soreness and could literally feel the tension from my head and shoulders melt away.

Step 02:
Next, she removed my makeup, cleansed my face and applied the MT Exfoliator to exfoliate my skin. The exfoliator was extremely gentle and felt really soothing.

Step 03:
Then, she spread a Vitamin C Serum over my whole face and used the Agaia Plus device to shine a blue light over my face. This part of the treatment rejuvenates the skin and promotes cell reproduction in the skin. 

Step 04:

She massaged my face with lifting techniques after the Agaia Plus Treatment. I really like that this treatment combines human touch and technology.

Step 05:

Finally, a facial pack was applied to my face and the Agaia Blue LED light was shone on my face for about 10 minutes.


Before (with makeup)

After (without makeup)
What I first noticed immediately after the treatment was how soft my face felt and how much brighter my skin looked. It may not look like it in the ‘before’ picture as I had makeup on, but my skin was looking rather dull before the treatment. The therapist who worked on me (she’s got the best skin I’ve ever seen – poreless, clear and glowing!) remarked that after she removed my makeup.
Comparing the before and after picture, my slightly saggy jowls have been lifted and my right cheek and right eyelid (my usual trouble spots) also look more lifted than before. 
It’s also been a week and my tension headache has not come back. Good riddance to that, hopefully!
If you’d like to try the treatment too, JHGC is offering an exclusive trial price of $68 (U.P.$250) for a limited period. You can call the Triple One Somerset outlet at 6499 9158 or the One Raffles Place outlet at 6830 7898 to book your appointments.
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[Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with JHGC. However, all opinions expressed are my own and not of JHGC’s.] 



Japan – Sapporo // Day 1-4

Finally! I’ve managed to set some time aside to blog about my recent trip to Japan. I went to Sapporo and Tokyo with my parents about a month back. Being all ‘grown up’ now, I don’t get as much time and chance to spend quality time with just my parents. So, I was really looking forward to this trip. A full 8 days together!

Day 1

We booked JAL flights for through-out this trip. Flying Japan Airlines is always so nostalgic for me and brings back fond memories of the days when I was flying with them as a flight stewardess. We took an overnighter that flew us out of Singapore to Haneda Airport in Tokyo for our domestic transfer flight to Sapporo. Our itinerary was for 4 days in Sapporo, and 4 days in Tokyo. 
This is me, so so so tired after the overnight flight (I hardly slept a wink on the plane) on the airport shuttle heading to the domestic airport.  
We had a pretty long wait for our domestic flight and despite being so tired and ‘zonked’ out of this world, I was really excited to see Tokyo Banana and had to buy a pack. These things are so yummy. You’ve got to have them when you’re in Japan!
I remember posting this Instagram photo (I was feeling SO tired) whilst waiting for the domestic flight. It was awesome that there was Wi-Fi connection at the airport.
We finally reached our hotel in Sapporo after travelling for so many hours. We stayed at Hotel Gracery and it was an awesome choice. We were so pleased. The location was super awesome and the hotel was rather new (to me). The hotel is located right opposite Sapporo train station and is linked underground by shops and huge shopping malls right to the station. That’s the hotel right behind me with the white/metallic shimmery facade.
After taking a nap, we ventured to the malls opposite the hotel and went into one of the first few ramen stalls we chanced upon. The food in Japan is always so good everywhere, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed. This gigantic bowl definitely did not disappoint as my first proper meal in Japan.
We shopped around after the ramen meal. Check out this gigantic Hello Kitty on display outside a kitty store! Kawaii!!
Daddy Goh.

Visited touristy sights that evening and walked to the clock tower and went up the TV Tower to take in the night scene. The clock tower was closed so we didn’t get to go in, but quite frankly it’s quite small so we weren’t too disappointed that it was closed.
That’s the TV Tower at the back. Didn’t get any pictures when we were up there cos’ it was dark and I couldn’t get any good pictures. I remember eating Hokkaido ice-cream when we were there although we were all so cold. Hokkaido ice-cream is an absolute must-have when you’re in, Hokkaido of course!

Dinner was a delicious spread at an Izakaya near our hotel. The thing about eating in Japan is that most restaurants and shops serve specialized dishes and you don’t get a huge variety, unless you dine in an Izakaya or family restaurant (usually Western type food). 
Day 2 – Otaru
We got up bright and early on day 2 and headed to Otaru, a city and port in Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, northwest of Sapporo. The city faces the Ishikari bay and has many historical buildings. A must-visit for tourists.

I think it took us about an hour by train from Sapporo station to reach Otaru. The sights along the way was really beautiful so the hour hardly felt like anything at all. 
Our plan was to walk towards the canal and here is us at a shopping arcade mid-way. It was really deserted and the shops were quite sad-looking, but it was fun to explore anyhow.
Still at the shopping arcade – gotta have fresh fruits when you’re in Japan! 
It was still wintery in Hokkaido and there was even snow, or slush rather in Otaru. Unfortunately, it started raining and we didn’t have umbrellas with us!! 
We ducked into this Bank of Japan Museum that dates back to 1912 to hide from the rain. Got a little history about Japanese money, the branch’s history and got to enter a bank’s vault there.
Here’s us taking a break in the museum.
We broke for lunch after the museum in a quaint little restaurant that served Italian food. Once again, everything was delicious. I don’t think I can say enough how oishii the food is in Japan. We took a long lunch break hoping for the rain to stop…but it was one of those never ceasing rain that goes on forever. 😦
Sadly, we didn’t make it to the canal due to the rain and cold, but we did stop by the Museum of Venetian Art where there was lots of glassware on display, Venetian clothing, furniture and a gondola.

This is a bad picture, but I just want to reiterate that everyone who goes to Otaru must stop by the LeTao bakery. The cakes and cookies are absolutely divine.

These Earl Grey cookies are my favourite! We headed back to Sapporo after buying our fill of Le Tao goodies. 
Dinner that evening was at Gyukaku. You’ve got to have Gyukaku when you’re in Japan. There are branches in Tokyo too. They’ve also got branches in Singapore, but it’s so much cheaper to have it in Japan. The bbq beef is to-die-for. The signboard reads, 牛角, just in case you’re wondering!
Day 3
We contemplated between sight-seeing and shopping at the outlet malls today…and yes, we caved-in to the outlet malls. We caught the direct bus to the outlet mall and what luck, the bus ride was free! They were celebrating something and thanking their customers…I couldn’t quite read the Japanese announcement.
The Mitsui Outlet Park is a huge mall, so it was perfect for hiding from the cold. The outlet park features about 130 stores from famous foreign and domestic brands offering women’s, men’s and kid’s fashion, sporting and outdoor goods, fashion items, lifestyle items and more. It’s one of the largest outlet malls in Hokkaido.
A mirror-selfie whilst waiting mumsy to try clothes at Burberry’s. They carry blue label stuff too at discounted prices. (I love these Nikes I’m wearing by the way. They are super comfortable for walking, and the hidden wedge is such a charm. My mum actually wondered why I was so much taller than usual…she didn’t know about the inner wedge. Lol!)

Major score! We got lifestyle stuff from Franc Franc and bags and clothes from Levi’s, Burberry, Coach, Polo Ralph…I remember that there was also Ferragamo, DC Shoes, Billabong, G-Shock, Michael Kors, Armani, Zegna and loads more other shops.
Waiting for our bus back to Sapporo. So very convenient.

Dinner that evening was a seafood spread with Hokkaido crabs….just because you have to have Hokkaido crabs when you’re in Hokkaido. I think I still prefer chilli/black pepper/salted egg yolk crabs. Singaporean girl at heart! This tempura ice cream (pictured above) is super yummy though!
Day 4
Our final day in Sapporo. We didn’t do very much except walk around the hotel and to make our journey by train and flight to Tokyo. I was so excited to go to Tokyo!!!
Right by our hotel with Daimaru mall at the back.
Walking along the streets of Sapporo. I love how clean the sidewalks are, the monotone colours, the winter trees and the cool weather.
At the Sapporo train station for our ride to the airport.
Snacks for the train ride. Calbee Jagabee goes down as one of my favourite snacks, ever. 
I can have Jagabee chips everydayyyyyy.
Gorgeous scenery taken from the train en-route to the airport.

My must-haves for the trip!
Wedge sneakers and an easy-to-carry crossbody bag.

Fresh sugar lip treatment. This saved my lips from cracking in the cold! I think I’ve got almost all colours from this sugar range.
Hair by Chez Vous. I did a treatment and colour just before I left. I love the light brown colour, the highlights and how soft my hair is after the treatment. 
I bleached my hair for the highlights and coloured the rest of it.

Bleaching and colouring is so bad for the hair, but the Curpod 3 Step Treatment that I did after completely saved my hair and made it so soft and manageable. 
Treatment steps:
Step 1: Infuse Protein
Step 2: Binder to seal in all the goodness
Step 3: Moisturize to smoothen cuticles
Results: Super soft, sleek and awesome hair!
I also brought home the Redken Colour Extend Shampoo and Protein Reconstructing Treatment for after home-care. Home-care treatment is just as important as salon ones to maintain healthy, glowing hair. I brought these along to Japan and used them throughout my holiday.
Here’s how to look for my stylist, Serene at Chez Vous for awesome hair:
6732 9388/ 6732 9468
Chez Vous
391 Orchard Road
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The remaining of my trip, Day 4-8 Tokyo adventures will be up on my blog soon!

Around the World in 3 Weeks…

..and Back!!! 😀 Ok, so maybe not quite around the world. But, I did go to Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong! My oh my, do I love holidays~ *sings and skips around* If I had copious, limitless supply of $$$, I’ll travel non-stop! There’s something about visiting new cities and places that get me really excited and have me feeling really alive. I’m sure a lot of you out there feel the same way too. 🙂 Oh, but if only I can pack Domo along with me too for all my trips. I really missed him on holidays!

First stop ~ Tokyo. I had the lovely company of 3 girlies, Candy, Cecilia and Angelia (+Bluey Bear) traveling together with me. We were really looking forward to our trip together and had many e-mail exchanges prior to chatter, plan and we even had a detailed itinerary. Guess what? We pretty much didn’t follow anything planned on that itinerary! Reasons being: More shopping time had to be inserted, laziness in waking up in the mornings and an apparent eruption on Mt. Fuji that had Cecilia canceling our Hakone field trip. She really didn’t want to run the risk of getting hit by volcanic rocks. LOL.

Anyways, there was something really therapeutic and of course amazingly fun about doing a girlie trip. Maybe it was the constant chattering, giggling, late night talks lamenting about men and the men in our lives, shopping, tip exchanges on make-up and skincare and not forgetting, cam-whoring. Imagine it to be a little like “Sex and the City” set in Tokyo (a lot less drama of course). 🙂

So, without further ado, Pictures!!

Day 001

Introducing Bluey Bear on the plane. He was given to me by someone special (of course!) to take on my trip. The constant frown on Bluey’s face was how much he was missing me back at home. Aww….. 🙂

We took a night flight out and were supposed to sleep on the plane so we would be ready to dash when we touched down. But, I couldn’t sleep a wink!! I really hate plane rides, and it didn’t help I had a snoring ojisan (uncle) beside me snoozing really deeply and Loudly. Hmph!!

So, we touched down and headed for Hilton. We were too early for check-in, so we freshened up and headed out to Shinjuku. Couldn’t wait to hit the shops of course. Here’s me and Angelia in the Agnes B store. Very stoned already after having already covered another shopping mall.

Here’s Candy, beaming having bought something for her boy.

The girls suggested we go to an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant for dinner. It turned out to be a surprise belated birthday dinner. Thank you sweeties! Really touched my heart!! 🙂 xoxo. Everything in the restaurant was to theme. From all utensils to food decor.

Here’s one of the “Alice” waitresses serving us our caesar salad! Kawaii!!

Just one of the many cute dishes. Heart-shaped salmon pies. 🙂

And a platter of birthday desserts and birthday song! :)))

The luvs! The huge Alice ribbon headband was the privilege of the birthday girl, or not?! Haha. Why so huge and floppy!

Day 002

Shopping Day. We decided to continue trying to conquer Shinjuku (where all the big deparment stores like Isetan, IOIO, Takashimaya etc are), and then head to the new territories of Harajuku and Omotesando.

A quick silly shot before we head out!

Here’s me in-front of the huge Takashimaya with the ever-popular Burberry blue/black labels, amongst many other goodies. Did you all know that Paul Smith is slightly cheaper in Japan? The huge draw-back on this trip was the so very expensive yen. :S Bummer! I saw the new-collection of Balenciagas here..droolworthy!!

Coffee break before going to Harajuku. The girls gave me my birthday pressie. Jill Stuart make-up!! 😀 I love the pretty packaging!!

Our lunch. The must-have Kyushu Jangara Ramen in Harajuku. I must have this everytime I go to Tokyo. Slurppppp!!!

Come night-fall, Bluey Bear waits in anticipation for the phone to ring. 

Day 003

Out to Yokohama. Cecilia and Candy heads to Cecilia’s sister’s house while Angelia and I troop off to Motomachi and Chinatown. Round of suburban super-market shopping after.

Quaint little cafe near our hotel bus drop-off in Shinjuku. Serves really good burgers.

A very hearty breakfast, but I was hungry!!!

My ‘excursion’ partner for the day. It was a longggg ride out to Yokohama. I always miss cabs when I’m in Japan. Way too expensive to cab around here!

Candy was too tired out by day 3 and had to follow Cecilia to her sister’s place to recuperate. 🙂

Check out the Mickey headphones!! We all had to get them for ourselves.

Yoshinoya. I love the Yoshinoya beef bowls in Japan. Very unlike the ones we get in Singapore…and cheap too! A must try if you go do visit Japan.

Motomachi. It was an interesting streets with the usual drug stores, normal looking stores and a sudden uber expensive store like Louis Vuitton springing up beside the usual suspects. It’s quite a street for the rich apparently.

The elaborate gates marking entry to Chinatown.

A majestic looking temple. I think you’ll be able to find temples everywhere in the world. You reckon?

Hello Kitty panda. Chinatown was all about pandas and “baos”. How typical. Haha. 🙂

Angelia and I waiting for Ceci’s sister to pick us. We were really freezing, but still trying to capture the glitzy vending machines behind us. Without much success…

The colourful drink machine

And a very tempting looking ice-cream machine

We packed MacDonald’s back to our rooms for dinner that night. Here’s kimono clad Candy and her little pig.

Day 004

Disneyland!! Yipee!!

The happiest place on earth. 🙂

Entry pass and guide.

Winter head-warmers! There were so many designs – plain, leopard print etc. So cute! I was tempted…but definitely impractical for Singapore!

Cecilia and I with mickey ear-muffs and Disney castle at the back.

And more matchy mickey ear muffs! 😀 We couldn’t hear each other very well when we put these on. Haha.

Tea-time…and even more mickey-ed out!

Different character floats during the afternoon parade.

We were really cold, but we had to have our sundaes. Hot coffee after!!

Mickey cheese snack.

Toon Town~ where all the Disney characters “live”. One of my favourite parts in Disneyland.

We were too old to bounce in Goofy’s place. 😦

Minnie’s house. All pretty and pink.

And getting cosy in her house.

Candy raiding her fridge and stealing her cheese!

The girls convinced me to take this roller-coaster ride. I know it’s teeny! But I’m darn scared of these thrill rides!!

We didn’t stay for the night parade. Did our shopping, got our large dosage of mickey paraphernalia and hopped on the long bus ride back to the city. I absolutely Love Disneyland. Walt Disney really got his stuff right.

We had a nice long dinner at a lovely izakaya with really yummy food. What a satisfying day. 🙂

This mushroom dish was really good. Maybe because I love mushrooms.

Day 005

More shopping! We covered 3 areas today. Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku. Yes, we are speed shopaholic monstresses..LOL

Here’s my roomie, Angelia and I waiting for Cecilia and Candy to get ready. Our choices of read. The Vivi and JJ girl…just one of the many random pictures we took.

A quick breakfast at Soup Stock.

The girlies testing the flexibility of Bluey Bear.

“I’m really not that flexible!!”

Cecilia and I doing a quick pose in the middle of the busiest intersection (will that be of the world?).

Pretty things in a shop in Shibuya 109.

Shades perhaps?

Beef Risotto for lunch

Complete with a soft moist strawberry shortcake.

Matsumoto drugstore. The place where we stock up on our skin-care and make-up. Lots of it.

Scouring the streets of Harajuku for more wonderful findings.

Cos-play store! Had all the costumes that you can imagine and more!

Unsweetened green tea. Someone should really import this to Singapore.

Slowly crossing over to Omotesando. I love how shop fronts are designed to match the products sold in store. Makes it a really interesting looking street.

We had charcoal grill bbq for dinner at Gyukaku. So good! There’s Gyukaku branch at Chijmes, but a lot more expensive.

Red-faced from the charcoal heat.

Day 006

We went to Odaiba and Cecilia’s sister’s place for dinner. I’ve always wanted to visit Odaiba. The place didn’t fail to please. Glad I went this time!

A quick breakfast of bagel and coffee and off we went!

On the Odaiba monorail

We stopped by New York along the way. Haha..what was the Statue of Liberty doing here!!

Odaiba was built on reclaimed land. The waters surrounding it made it really surreal and beautiful.

That’s Aqua City Mall at the back.

This store in Aqua City had plus size everything! So cute!

We had lunch at the food court. This device beeps when our food ordered is ready. So clever! No waiting around the stores for our food!

Venusfort and the ferris wheel. A very dog-friendly place. There was a huge pet-paradise in there and so many people were shopping with their doggies. If only we could do that in Singapore! I got Domo a really funky Snoopy tee and a Stitch chew toy. Absolutely missing him here!

We then headed to Ceci’s sister’s place for dinner! She had a really really amazing massage chair. I almost feel asleep on it. Mmm…and that followed by a really scrumptious dinner of dumplings, yakiudon and oden prepared by her. Lucky us!!

We were having really late night drinks. We really wanted to stay up, head to the hotel, freshen and then visit Tsukiji Market for the Fish auction at 5am. ….No, we didn’t make it. Haha.

Day 007

Time to head home! We were really really worried that we’ll have very overweight baggages cos’ we all had an extra check-in. Thank gawd we had Cecilia! Crew privilege – we didn’t have to pay for our overweight! Whee~~~

On the way to the airport.

Read the sign. One of the many funny usage of English in Japan. 😀

And this is it! The End. It was such a niceeee holiday. The girls are planning the next already. But no shopping this time!! A nice beach resort perhaps? 🙂

More about Korea/Hong Kong soon to come! xoxo