Thursday, July 09, 2015

Must-go attractions in the western part of Singapore

Coming from someone who lives in the western part of Singapore, there is a lot of perception that the western part of this island is not as exciting as the rest of Singapore. Growing up in the west since young, I dare not say that it is untrue (to a certain extent) in the earlier days. But after recent years of gaining prominence and momentum with redevelopment and growth, I dare to say that the western part of Singapore now, can be as exciting as other parts of Singapore as well. ;)

I love how over the years, they have renovated and built new malls around the west region and there are now a lot of shopping malls, especially in Jurong area! I can't believe how many shopping malls are in Jurong alone! Who dare to say west is boring now?! There are various shopping malls with extensive offerings and also tons of activities for you to do here!

Okay, I think I'm slowly sounding like the ambassador for the westies already lol. But I kinda am, well, at least for a day as I became a one-day Singapore guide to one tourist from Indonesia. It's her first time here in Singapore and rather than going to the usual tourist hotspots like Orchard Road, I brought her to experience the west side of Singapore.


Pandan Reservoir

The first stop, Pandan Reservoir!



typicalben at Pandan Reservoir

It's my first time there and I must say that the reservoir is really beautiful! I was told that it was the first ABC (Active, Beautiful, Clean) Waters project in the West, which now is transformed into a vibrant water sports arena.



Pandan Reservoir

Look how beautiful the reservoir is! Perfect for photo taking too!



Pandan Reservoir

Water sports such as sailing and rowing can be done there too!



Pandan Reservoir

There are also platforms for viewing and fishing!



fika typicalben Pandan Reservoir

Finally met the bubbly and cute Fika, who is here for first time from Indonesia.

I really enjoy meeting new people, especially people from overseas because I can get to understand their culture and make new friends! We introduced ourselves and then head on to do the first activity of the day, which both of us didn't do before, Canoe Polo. Now, like what the name sounds like, it's basically a mix of water polo with canoeing. Initially, I didn't know we can do canoe polo over at Pandan Reservoir but after I found out that we can, I find it interesting to bring a first-time tourist to do such activity in Singapore. A lot of people have been saying that tourist can only come to Singapore to shop and eat but hey, there are such activities that they could also do but didn't know that they could, especially in the west.



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Wearing the gear for my first canoe polo session! Gotten my favourite number, 3 yay!



camper shoes Pandan Reservoir



Pandan Reservoir canoe polo filming

Heading to the water.



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Both (Fika and I) of us were pretty excited and anxious at the same time because it's our first time playing and learning canoe polo and we didn't know what to expect. I was very happy because I get to try something which I guess I wouldn't do in my own free time but at the same time, worried that I might not be able to control it well and ended up keep overturning and falling into the water.



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Off we go!



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Hey! My first canoe polo photo! :D
I was told that if we placed our legs properly, we wouldn't overturn that easily.



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Roy was our instructor that day and I'm glad he's so patient and nice while coaching us.



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typicalben canoe polo

Trying to row over ourselves to grab the ball! Initially, we had a hard time rowing in the water but once we got the hang of it, it seems to be pretty easy. I think the most important thing is to keep calm and not panic lol.



typicalben canoe polo

Next we tried to pass the ball to each other!



typicalben playing canoe polo


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Trying to aim for the goal!



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Did I manage to shoot it in or not? Make a guess! :p



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Never knew canoe polo can be so fun! Fika and I really enjoyed ourselves eh!!!



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Yay got hold of the ball again!



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Aim and shoot....



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Tadah! Afterwards, I got really addicted in throwing the ball into the goal lol.



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So fun! :D



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During the game, Fika and I bonded so much and we opened up and started talking a lot!



typicalben canoe polo

We were totally famished after playing canoe polo game so I couldn't wait to bring her to one of my favourite shopping malls in the west for dinner! Wanna make a guess which mall? (Hint: A lot of outlet shops!)

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Yes, as I was saying earlier that there are a lot of shopping malls in the west area, especially Jurong! And Capitaland Malls has three prominent malls (Westgate, JCube, IMM) within walking distance of each other in Jurong East. Okay, seriously... I really wanna tell you guys that Jurong is really the paradise for food, shopping and activities.

I also find myself hanging out and visiting Jurong East very often now! So if you come to the west, be sure to visit Jurong East! If you are lazy to walk, there are also shuttle bus services between these three malls.


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One of the newest malls in Jurong is Westgate. It takes the best of downtown shopping experience to the West with many brands and labels that you can find in the city. For the kids, there's also Westgate Wonderland, Singapore’s largest outdoor themed park in a mall.



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And if you are looking at doing some activity with your friends or family, you can try JCube! Boasting entertainment options such as The Rink, Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice skating rink, SHAW IMAX theatre and Teo Heng KTV Karaoke Studio, JCude is the west’s leisure and entertainment hub.



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For those who are looking for great deals, you definitely have to visit IMM! It is Singapore’s largest outlet mall with over 60 outlet stores (such as agnés b., Coach, Adidas, Converse, City Chain & more), offering discounts of up to 80% all year round!

I really think that maybe one day is not even enough for you to finish shopping at all the malls here! There's so much to see, do, eat and shop! Furthermore, the shuttle bus services that are available really bring convenience for everyone to visit all three Capitaland Malls. Westgate, IMM and JCube are all really close to each other, so you do not have to worry. :)


Anyway, I decided to bring Fika to IMM for dinner and then shopping afterwards because I know that she loves the fashion brand, Desigual and just nice there is an outlet store of it at IMM! How awesome! So we decided that we shall go to IMM!


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Reached IMM and we decided to have our dinner at Streats Hong Kong Café!


IMM food\

She tried "Mala Hotpot" for the first time and we ended up chatting for really long over dinner!


You can watch the video of our day below:



https://youtu.be/1vDUlEyYjqY


I'm really happy to meet Fika and she's so cute and bubbly! We are Facebook friends now and she told me that if I ever travel to Indonesia, she will bring me around and snap photos for me hahaha! I'm also glad that I'm able to bring her to experience the west-side of Singapore, which is where I always hang out at. Knowing that she really enjoyed herself here makes me super happy too!

For those who didn't have the chance or didn't thought of coming to the western part of Singapore, I hope you all can give it a shot and I'm pretty sure that you guys will enjoy your day here as much as you will do at other part of Singapore. Have fun! ;)


typicalben canoe polo Pandan Reservoir

To find out more about the west, make sure to visit www.singaporewest.sg!


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Saturday, July 04, 2015

American Eagle Outfitters is in Singapore now!


(Receive exclusive AEO premiums just by commenting in this entry below!)


Hello everyone! Hope you guys are doing great! I'm really excited to share with you all what have I been busy with recently, and one of them is being face of American Eagle Outfitters this summer! I'm very happy to part of this because I really love their apparels because they fit me so perfectly. I understand that many people around are buying American Eagle Outfitters online previously but now, their flagship store is finally in Singapore! So now you can buy them physically at the store without having to wait.

American Eagle Outfitters is an American denim and lifestyle brand inspired by the adventurous, optimistic and energetic spirit of the young people. They also carry a lot of different styles which I am going to show you all in this entry! ;)


typicalben AEO beach wear

The first look that I created is perfect for summer, the beach wear outfit!
I like how we can give the typical beach wear look a twist by putting on a denim outerwear.



typicalben AEO beach wear

You can also tie it around your waist (or just carry it) to create a different style to it too!



typicalben AEO denim outerwear

And since I love the denim outerwear so much, I paired it with another outfit when I was travelling to Hong Kong recently!



typicalben AEO denim outerwear

Look at how versatile the denim outerwear can be! Totally fit the description of wild and free fashion style! I find it a really good piece of clothing item to own since you can interchange and use it for different styles and outfits.



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A slight close up details of the denim outerwear.



typicalben AEO top

Another outfit that I matched with an AEO top which was supposingly Randy's (we sometimes do share our clothes)! Randy matched this top as an outerwear for his beach look, but I took it and switched it up to match with my formal pants and shoes!


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aero store opening media launch

After waiting for months, the first American Eagle Outfitters flagship store at VivoCity has finally opened!

Attended the media launch before the official opening and it was a blast! The turnout was great and everyone had fun with food, drinks and games while shopping and browsing through the new collection of American Eagle Outfitters.



aeo store opening media launch

Love their denim because it is so fitting which I tried on for my photoshoot with them. Their Strong Denim Range has an extensive range of fits and washes which most of us can find a pair of denim that we like and is suitable to our style.

The store also has this unique shopping experience for all of us, which is the call button service in the fitting room! So with this call button service, you can just press on the button if you need any assistance when you are inside the fitting room trying the apparels, and the sales assistant will attend to you immediately! Now we don't have to run in and out to pick out the different sizes!



aeo store opening media launch

Small bites going around during the media launch!



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With Peishi and Randy during the media launch! All of us are wearing apparels from AEO! Thank you for dressing us up! And can I say how much I love the grey sweater??!! I've been wearing it a lot lately because it is so comfortable!


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typicalben aeo styling contest

Finally met the #AEOStyleMe contest winners and thank you all for participating! Had a great time interacting and styling them in AEO apparels!

I'm really really very happy to meet 3 of them because when they told me that they have been following and reading my stuff for many years, which makes me feel very touched and a "grateful feeling" that words can't really describe. They also told me that they only just hashtag #AEOxBEN too. Thank you!!! Really glad that the AEO team selected them, so I can get to meet them! :D



typicalben aeo styling contest

All of us rocking different styles with apparels from American Eagle Outfitters!



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A group photos with all the contest winners!


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aeo behind the scene

Some behind the scene photos taken by the friendly AEO team while we were having photoshoot! Below are some of the photos featuring various style and outfit to match different occasion and your personality!


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Graphic tee with ripped wash out denim shorts and cardigan! Perfect for a causal day out!



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Graphic tee with denim shirt and cargo shorts for a more fun and sporty look!



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Last but not least, a button shirt with black denim for a smart casual look! Perfect for dates or events!



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Having said so much, now it's your turn to experience and Live Your Life with American Eagle Outfitters!
Do visit their flagship store at VivoCity B1-06/07 to check out their full collection of apparels! Don't forget to also follow them on Facebook and Instagram to be updated of any upcoming promotions and new launches!


That's not all! Want to win exclusive AEO premiums? Now you can! Just simply leave a comment in this blog post below on why you love American Eagle Outfitters and 10 winners will be chosen to receive exclusive AEO premiums!
Contest Closing date: 18 July 2015

Good luck and happy shopping at American Eagle Outfitters! ;)

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