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8 Tips for new gardeners on growing a high-rise balcony vegetable garden

The other day over a cup of coffee, I was enthusiastically regaling my gardening trials to a friend, when she suggested that I perhaps compile my woes into a blog post for people who are gardening for the first time. It had never occurred to me to do so as I consider myself very new to gardening (less than a year?) as compared to those who have done it for decades, and with a much larger garden.

But on second thoughts, I agree there is still much to share and much to be learnt despite numerous articles out there catered to the newbie gardener.

Happy Gardener

Balcony gardening is fun! Just look at this happy happy little gardener! He did proclaim that he will help to harvest but not to eat the greens!

The whole problem is that when something happens to your plant, such as it having crumpled leaves, or it not flowering, many reasons are offered and you’re none the wiser as to which reason was the cause of the problem. Also, a lot of the advice is generic and may not apply to the type of plant you have, whether it be potted or garden grown and very importantly, locality. Worst of all, the effects of whatever wrong doing you might have inflicted on your plant may take days to be visible, if at all.

So here’s what I learnt from balcony gardening living in tropical and humid Singapore, where day temperatures are in excess of 30 degress most parts of the year. I’ve been planting mainly edible plants, with the bulk being green leafy vegetables. You can follow me on Instagram or Facebook to get live updates!

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10 Instagrammable things to do at home – So stay home and don’t go out!

We are living in unprecedented times, and who knew that there would come a time when we’d all have to give up the life that we knew (temporarily at least) and just stay home in order to save humanity? Here in Singapore, the COVID-19 situation still seems manageable so we aren’t yet in a lockdown (I hope we don’t ever need to reach that stage). But the government has advised everyone to stay at home as much as possible and only leave home for essentials. However, as we all have seen over the past few weekends, malls and parks are packed. Again, who knew that we’d have such a need to be out the house? It’s like if someone says you can’t do it, then you’ll really itch to do it when you wouldn’t have in normal times.

One of the huge reasons why people can’t seem to stay indoors despite the pressing situation is due to the Instagram culture. Millennials especially, feel the need to be seen doing something exciting every so often, because FOMO, and how else will they find fodder for their Instagram pages. It’s just not acceptable to be the last one to visit that newest cafe in town. I know because I am one of them too. But humans are creative, and as can be seen from the #Dalgona craze, some trends can be started right in the comforts of home. Now, if you had to google #Dalgona, where have you been!

So here are 10 ideas to keep your Instagram game going strong without having to leave the house. Oh follow me on my Instagram too while you’re at it!

Dalgona Coffee Dalgona Coffee

Source: Nourishing Nadia

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SUDIO FEM Wireless Earphones Review

[Sponsored Post]

Recently I was gifted a pair of Sudio FEM wireless earphones. Now I actually don’t have a habit of listening to music on a regular basis. The only time I ever use earphones is when I’m hitting the treadmill at the gym! On the contrary, my husband uses earphones on a regular basis. Interesting enough, earphones are especially handy in the office to block out noisy colleagues, but anyway….

So the husband kindly volunteered to check out Sudio FEM. Out of the 4 colours available (Black, White, Classic Blue and Pink), he selected Black. But because these wireless earphones look so nifty and cool, I thought maybe I’d like to have them instead, so I eventually put in the order for White. Imagine his initial disappointment because he had secretly intended to keep them for his own usage. But the good thing is, the colour is growing on him because the product is too good to be returned to the rightful owner (me) just because of a difference in colour.

Sudio FEM

So what’s so good about the Sudio FEM wireless earphones?

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Last Minute Gift ideas!

Christmas is in 5 days time! Have you gotten all your Christmas gifts yet? If you are still looking for some last minute good Christmas gift ideas in Singapore, well you are not alone! I too have not completed my shopping. But hopefully with the Christmas gift ideas below, you are now armed with some choices! Some of the Christmas gift ideas are experiences so they can be purchased online instantly without having to worry about delivery. Oh btw if you’re looking for affordable places to dine for Christmas, or where to get unique log cakes, click on those links.

Entertainer App / Burpple App

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Here are another two gift ideas that cost you less than $100 upfront, but is potentially worth so much more to the receiver. It’s no secret that we all love to eat out, after all there isn’t all that much to do in Singapore, especially after work on a weekday. The Entertainer and Burpple apps are apps that allow you to enjoy 1-for-1 dining deals at numerous eateries in Singapore. There are some overlaps in the restaurants / cafes covered, but in general, I would say that the Entertainer covers main course dishes at restaurants (including some fine dining restaurants), as well as some fun attractions and hotels. They are even throwing in deals with merchants in Bali and Johor Bahru! If however cafes are more your thing, go for the Burpple App as it covers more cafes. Get the app which you think suits the dining habits of your gift recipient.

Entertainer App

Here’s what you get for the full version Singapore Bundle 2020 at $95 / year —–>
Singapore 2020, express 2020, Travel 2020, Gourmet 2020 (includes Fat Cow, Bedrock Bar & Grill, and other fine dining merchants), Cheers Singapore 2020, Bali 2020, Johor Bahru 2020

You can get a 10% discount on the app if you use my Entertainer referral code : 365days2play when you purchase online https://www.theentertainerme.com/products2020.

Burpple App

Burpple currently has 2 pricing plans

  • Lite (2 deals per place) – $49 / year
  • Premium (4 deals per place) – $99 / year

You can get 30% discount on the pricing plans if you click on my referral code here : https://burpple.com/invite/DAWN278

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Cirque du Soleil Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is a must watch!

A few days ago, I caught my very first Cirque du Soleil performance. The name Cirque du Soleil has been around for 3 decades, but due to various reasons including costs (it costs a pretty penny!), I’ve never been able to watch one until recently. If you’re new to Cirque du Soleil, and have the impression that they return to Singapore every couple of years or so, note that it’s not actually the same show returning. The current one being featured at Bayfront is Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities and is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since starting in 1984.

If you’ve never watched a Cirque du Soleil performance, now is the best chance because I am told that Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is one of the better performances around. A Cirque du Soleil performance is not just your average circus show with acrobats and death defying acts. It’s so much more than that. It’s music, it’s theatre, its drama, it’s beautiful costumes and of course heart-stopping jaw-dropping acts, all beautifully weaved together in a fantasy storyline and whimsical stage props. Speaking of props, there are 426 props in Kurios, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history.

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