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Are you ready for the biggest year-end sale of 2018? This is your best opportunity to shop for some Christmas gifts for your loved ones and friends!

In addition to the exciting offers and vouchers (worth up to $120) up for grabs, you can also expect 1 million great deals with offers up to 90% off! You definitely don’t want to miss this grandest year-end sale of 2018! What’s even more exhilarating is Lazada’s branded surprise boxes which cost $29, $49, and $99 and inside these surprise boxes are items worth more than $100.

Ready for us to reveal what’s inside Lazada X Nakamichi Surprise Box?

If you’re planning to get the Lazada X Nakamichi Surprise Box for $29, here’s what you can expect:-
A set of Nakamichi Sports Bluetooth Earphones worth $108.

For just $29, this is a rather good buy and it makes the perfect gift for your friends who are into some heart-thumping music while keeping fit on the go! Get all the great deals here.

New photo by Melvin Lee / Google Photos

Features:-

  • Nakamichi Signature sound with Bluetooth V.4.1 APTX
    Nakamichi’s Dynamic Driver; engineered to provide honest quality music
  • 6mm Driver, producing clear bass music
  • Sweatproof technology, with IPX4 rating
    Designed to be used while you exercise, even when you perspire heavily, the earpiece will be able to keep up with your exercising regime

What’s In the Box:-

  • 1 X Earphone
  • 1 X USB Charging Cable
  • 1 X Ear Cushion S/M/L
  • 1 X Earphone Pouch

Technical Specification:-

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Bluetooth 4.1 APTX
  • Speaker Diameter: 6mm
  • Connect 2 devices simultaneously
  • Wireless Working Distance: 10m
  • Play/Talk Time: 6 hours
  • Standby Time: 18 days
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -42dB
  • Battery Charge Time: 2 hours
  • Product Weight: 20g

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you! I’m not sure how many people would actually remember or have an inkling of this famous love poem but I do remember using it quite often whenever I write letters to my friends or fill up my profile on my friend’s autograph book.

Yes, this was pretty much how “the Facebook of my time” looks like when I was in primary school 2 decades ago and we usually “create” our profile on our friend’s autograph book at the start or end of the school year. One other thing that I would also do is to buy Christmas gifts for my friends and write Christmas wishes on greeting cards to send to them. Those times were indeed old-fashioned or even traditional but you know what, the principles and values of gift-giving are truly timeless.

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The act of gift-giving has been carried out since the medieval times and the word, “gift” comes in the form of a noun (thing or object) or a verb (action word). A gift is a thing given willingly to someone without payment i.e. a present; and when you engage in gifting, it essentially means that you are giving (something) as a gift, especially formally or as a donation or bequest.

Gifts come in many forms and sometimes, it can be really hard to pick the right gifts for a person that you have in mind. When you get a gift for someone, here are some questions that you probably want to ask yourself:

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Knowing how much you want to spend can significantly widen or narrow down your choices. Price is a major factor for consideration when you want to get a gift for someone else and usually, you wouldn’t mind splurging on your loved ones unless you’re on a tight budget.

Are There Any Existing Promotions/Discounts?

There are a lot of great deals and sales that take place throughout the year and for the online shopaholic, the best times to shop has to be black Friday, 11.11 and 12.12. The cost savings that you get from online sales will certainly go a long way if you’re planning to get gifts for a lot of people. One of my favourite e-commerce site to shop is definitely Lazada.

Is the Gift for a Lady or Man?

There are unisex gifts and gender-specific gifts. Just don’t mix the two up. Typically, some gifts that are suitable for a lady will include a bouquet of roses from Roses Only, a box of exquisite chocolates, a plushie, and a designer handbag. Man will typically receive a cologne, wallet, tie or cufflinks.

What does the Person Like and Dislike?

I’m pretty sure you will want to receive a gift that you really like instead of receiving one that you dislike. Similarly, knowing what a person like and dislike is super important because it really narrows down and zooms in on the choices of gifts that you can get for the person.

What are the Favourite Colours of the Person that You’re Getting the Gift for?

It is sometimes useful and helpful to know the favourite colours of the person that you’re getting the gift for so that you will save the hassle of having to do an exchange at the shop. If you’re getting an apparel or footwear, be sure that you know what is the shirt/shoe size of the person before you make that purchase or better still, bring the person down to the shop.

How Are You Related to the Person that You’re getting the Gift for?

I’m pretty sure you will spend more on the person who is closest to you but if you’re getting gifts for your family members, friends, and office colleagues; what you get for them can vary greatly from person to person.

What is the Occasion?

Last but not least, it is equally important to know what the occasion is that you’re giving the person a gift for. There are different types of gifts for different occasions. Shopping for a graduation gift or Christmas gift, for example, can be quite different from shopping for a birthday gift or even an anniversary gift. Know why you’re giving what you’re giving.

I hope that this article has been helpful and if you haven’t got the time to do your Christmas shopping, here’s where Mel’s White Glove can help you! Mel’s White Glove can help you to procure suitable gifts, offer you some gift recommendations, make gift purchases on your behalf, and hand-deliver the gift for you!

Unlike film and television productions, visual art is something that is relatively foreign to most people. Therefore, artists have to truly display unparalleled skill and technique, in order to transcend time and gain prominence in the public’s eye.

Today, to be esteemed as a true master of the arts, one not only needs to display sheer talent and brilliance, but an artist must also have the ability to create stunning pieces that stand out amongst the thousands of other works of art that are constantly being created.

1st-art.com works relentlessly to bring classic masterpieces from the middle ages all the way through to modern art, to art lovers around the world.

In their collection, you can find masterpieces from some of the world’s most famous artists which have been displayed for centuries in some of the most prominent galleries on the planet. From New York’s Museum of Modern Art to the Guggenheim museums in North America, Europe and the Middle East, they strive to provide their customers with stunning oil painting reproduction that are sure to impress anyone who sets their eyes on them.

Famous Artists Across History

Below, you’ll find just a few of the famous artists whose masterpieces can be reproduced by our skilled artists to become the next addition to your collection.

Read more on the risks of buying art reproductions here.

Michelangelo

Not only was Michelangelo a skilled painter, he was a renowned sculptor who created the David and Pieta and also a talented architect who designed St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, while unbeknownst to most, Michelangelo also wrote poetry and is credited with the design of Pope Julius II’s tomb, which was completed in 1545.

Rembrandt

As one of the world’s most prominent Dutch artists, Rembrandt was an exceptional artist who created many stunning masterpieces such as Belshazzar’s Feast (1635) and The Night Watch (1642). He was also a draughtsman and printmaker who is acknowledged for his incredible ability to extract the feelings of his subjects and transpose those emotions into his works.

Pablo Picasso

With a name that has become synonymous with contemporary art, Picasso is known around the world as one of the most famous artists of the 20th century.

According to most art experts, Picasso overturned the entire field of art with his radical introduction of the Cubism movement, which singlehandedly destroyed the traditional representations of matter and paved the way for all contemporary artists to come.

Henri Matisse

Born in Le Cateau-Cambresis, France, Henri Matisse was not only an innovative artist but also a skilled printmaker, draughtsman and sculptor. Most of Matisse’s work focuses on the delights of playfully bright and flashy colours, as well as the idea of symbolism, which has brought the artist to international fame.

Read more on Henri Matisse here: https://www.henrimatisse.org/

Vincent Van Gogh

Known mostly for his mental instability, Van Gogh has managed to transcend time and has become one of the world’s most famous and beloved artists. His technique used an innovative and unique style of frantic brush strokes, which gave his work a very different appearance from most of the art being created during his time. Without a doubt, Van Gogh’s works have inspired countless generations of artists and will continue to do so well into the future.

Jackson Pollock

At first, Pollock was a rather conventional painter and he was plagued with addiction problems, self-doubt and a nearly debilitating case of awkwardness. Fortunately, between the years of 1947 and 1950, Pollock managed to use his weaknesses to create original works of art that would eventually lead to his fame spreading around the globe.

His technique involved laying his canvases on the floor and then dripping or throwing household paint onto it. This created radically original pieces that left a clear record of Pollock’s movements while he was in the creation process.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Da Vinci is considered to be one of the greatest minds of his time and is regarded by many as the original Renaissance Man. Not only has he gained fame and was internationally renowned for his masterpieces, such as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa; Da Vinci is also credited with designing many avantgarde technologies such as the flying machine, steam tanks and automobiles.

Claude Monet

Monet is credited as being one of the founding fathers of Impressionism and is known for his use of bright vibrant colours and as well as painting using short, quick brush strokes. He was known for his love of nature and often used his gardens as inspiration for his works, which can be seen in his most famous collections of paintings, Water Lilies.

Edvard Munch

Although Munch’s artistic career was far more than just one single painting, he is most often known for his anxiety-ridden masterpiece, The Scream. Munch is known for his use of pastel colours, which give his works a certain touch of surrealism and adds to the feelings expressed in his work.

Although the Scream was painted more than a hundred years ago (in 1893), one of Munch’s variations of the painting was sold in 2012 at an auction for the jaw-dropping price of $120 million US dollars.

It’s 3 more days to the biggest online shopping festival of the year and yes, I’m talking about Lazada’s 11.11 Shopping Festival! The big sale is on and if you’re considering whether to get the Spigen surprise box, you’ve just come to the right place because I will be revealing two items that the Lazada X Spigen Singapore Flagship Store Surprise Box contains.

Surprise #1: Spigen iPhone XS Max Screen Protector Glas.tR SLIM HD worth $49.90

  • Tempered glass protector for the new iPhone
  • Case-friendly cutout stays compatible with all Spigen cases
  • Comes with easy installation wings to make application effortless
  • 9H defense with oleophobic coating to combat scratches and fingerprints
  • Package includes one Glas.tR, dust stickers, cleaning wipes and cloth

Surprise #2: Spigen iPhone XS Max Case Rugged Armor worth $32.90

  • Signature matte black look with carbon fibre and gloss detailing
  • Lightweight layer offers easy application and pocket-friendly
  • Raised edges for added screen and camera protection
  • Precise cutouts and tactile buttons ensure quick access and feedback
  • Mil-Grade Protection with Air Cushion® Technology in all corners

Surprise #3: ???

Surprise #3 is by far my most favourite because it is an accessory that I have always wanted for a really long time and I am really glad that it came as part of the Lazada X Spigen Surprise Box. Well, I won’t be revealing what the item is; so if you really want to know, you will have to get the box yourself to find out.

All I can say is, for the price of $29, this is a damn good deal; especially if you have just recently gotten the iPhone XS Max. With top-quality mobile phone accessories and phone covers, Spigen’s surprise box alone will provide more than sufficient protection for your latest iPhone XS Max!

Hurry though, stocks are limited and they usually get snapped up real fast! If you didn’t manage to get theLazada X Spigen surprise box, fret not because there are 74 other unique surprise boxes!

What’s more?

You should check out the 1111 Flash Sales that have already started and some products and brands are going for up to 90% off!

The past month has been really crazy because it was so busy! But busy is good because that means everything’s going smoothly. Then again, the downside of being really busy is the lack of time for healthy exercise and healthy eating. I went to do a weigh in recently and I wasn’t surprised that my weight has gone up to 75kg from 70kg. This means on average over the last 5 months, I have been putting on at least 1kg a month!

Then again, when we’re busy and stressed up with work, we tend to eat at irregular hours and snack endlessly. At least this was what happened to me as my input was more than my output.

Doki Juice 2018

Hence it was really timely when I was introduced to Doki Doki’s range of superfood juices (Doki Juice for short) because in the midst of the busyness, I was really craving for sugar and as we all know, over-consumption of sugar leads to a whole load of other health problems and one of the best options to get a healthy dose of sugar is through fruits.

Doki Juice is a unique superfood product on its own. Think of it like your 3-in-1 instant coffee. Unlike many superfood products that come in the form of processed powders; Doki Juice comes in the form of a purée and there’s no artificial colouring nor artificial sugar added. In fact, one of the best things that I like about Doki Juice is the fact that I could enjoy it in a variety of ways!

#1: Straight from the Pack

Well, if you like things to be concentrated, the Doki juice can be consumed straight from the pack. It might be a little too sweet for some people but yes, it is so good that you can eat it on its own.

#2: With some Mixer such as Soda or Ice Cold Water

This is my personal favourite. I like to combine cold soda/carbonated water with the Doki Juice and concoct what I call a sparkling fruit juice. You can even use Perrier sparkling water for an exquisite and premium taste.

#3: Freeze it like an Ice Pop or Blend it with some Yoghurt

Doki Juice is also perfect for making some healthy wholesome desserts. If you’re feeling the hunger pangs and you need some snacks; make some ice pop with the Doki Juice or blend it with some plain Yoghurt!

Doki Juice 2018

Just so you know, Doki Juice comes in 5 different flavours:

#1: Blueberry with Acai Berry

#2: Passion Fruit with Camu Camu

#3: Calamansi Ginger with Sale

#4: Soursop with Chia Seeds

#5: Dragon Fruit with Chia Seeds

Check out Doki Juice’s website if you are keen to place your order and if you want to get them immediately, they are available at BHG Bugis and BHG Bishan. In addition to that, Doki Juice is also available on RedMart and will soon be stocked in Naiise outlets from mid-November!

Each box costs $8.00 and contains 4 servings (that means every serving costs $2)! However,  if you buy 5 boxes, you will get $10 off and that means each serving will cost just $1.50!

Get you Doki Juice today!

You might have heard of Manuka honey as it is getting quite popular for its health benefits.

So what makes this honey different?

Bees in New Zealand, drink the nectar from the Manuka shrub that is indigenous to New Zealand and produce honey that has properties that are unique and unseen in other kinds of honey. These properties are antibacterial and aids in curing common ailments.

If you’re wondering whether Manuka honey can be purchased in Singapore, the answer is yes. Although you can buy it off the shelves, there are a few things you need to consider before purchasing Manuka honey.

Here are some considerations that you might want to look out for:

1. UMF Label

So what is UMF? UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. It’s an independent organisation that tests and rates Manuka honey from various manufacturers to check their authenticity. This agency was created for the sole reason to test the quantity of MGO and NPA in each Manuka honey batch. We’ll get to MGO and NPA, a bit later in the article.

Each batch of genuine Manuka honey has a UMF rating that can be traced back to the apiary it’s from. The rating starts from 5+.

If you want the best quality Manuka honey, then 22+ should be your choice. Do not buy Manuka honey if it does not have a UMF label attached to the jar.

The UMF rating and number on Honey New Zealand’s Manuka Honey

UMF hands licenses to genuine manufacturers of Manuka honey and nobody else.

2. MGO – Methylglyoxal

What makes Manuka honey unique is the presence of MGO. Methylglyoxal is the property that the UMF agency is looking for in every Manuka honey. It’s antibacterial and helps in curing many common ailments like sore throats, and ulcers.

The higher the content of MGO, the higher the Manuka rating; and it means that the particular honey possesses more antibacterial properties.

3. Active / NPA

Many Manuka honey jars have the Grade A label in them. So what does this mean? Manuka honey is one of the few types of honey in the world that still has antibacterial elements even when the hydrogen peroxide has been removed; this is NPA or Non-Peroxide Activity.

If you have a jar with Grade A written on it, it means the antibacterial property is present and it is active! So NPA or Grade A means, your Manuka honey has antibacterial qualities that can help with curing common ailments.

These are the three factors that one needs to look into before buying Manuka honey in Singapore.

If you’re shopping around for Manuka honey in Singapore, HNZ Manuka Honey in Singapore is the best of the lot. They have their own apiaries and they make the finest quality Manuka honey in the world.

Swag bags, also known as race packets, are loot bags that are given at the beginning of races or running events. They can be quite predictable as they almost always have the same items, like a shirt with a logo of the event, race number bib and safety pins to attach it with, course information, and flyers from sponsors and for upcoming races.

Race packets can attract more participants to the event and present organisers and corporate sponsors with an opportunity to market their brand and products. Unfortunately, the recipients find too little use for many of the items in the bag and end up tossing a lot of promotional items even before the race starts. To avoid this, it’s important to consider how the participants can benefit from the contents of the bag. It’s also a good idea to add a fresh twist to its contents to make the bag—and the event as a whole—more memorable. Here are a few items that will make good additions to your race packets:

1. Wearable Items with the Race Logo

While cotton or technical shirts are a common choice for such an occasion, participants who have been to many races may not like them too much since they already have a lot of shirts in their closet. As an alternative, you can use towels, headbands, socks, and rubber or silicone wristbands designed exclusively for the race. You can also add bonnets and mittens to your list of options if the race will be held during the colder months. The participants don’t have to wear these items during the race itself, but they can use them while training for the event or doing everyday activities.

2. Discount Coupon for Massages

Running is a physically demanding activity. After weeks or months of training and, finally, completing the event, the participants will want to relax a bit and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. Nothing can be as relaxing and as rewarding as a massage or a trip to a spa after competing in a race. A discount voucher to a spa is something that your participants will certainly appreciate and remember the event for.

3. Reusable Water Containers

In the same vein, runners will need something to drink while traversing the course. Because of this, bottled water is often included in the race packet. However, you can take this a step further and make it more environment-friendly by using reusable water containers instead of disposable ones. A tumbler can be used before and after the race and won’t directly contribute to the waste the event will generate.

4. Sample Products

Brochures and flyers from sponsors are often ignored and end up getting thrown into the trash. Instead of distributing paper, why not give away sample products that will truly capture your target’s attention? Give away items that will allow your participants to discover your sponsors’ products and see for themselves if they want it or not. Most people will appreciate items like anti-chaffing creams, sunscreen samplers, hygienic and skincare products, and even foodstuff in their race packets.

5. Reusable Bag

Finally, the swag bag itself can be a freebie. Pack the items in a cost-friendly drawstring bag that the participants can use as a gym bag after the event. Choosing a reusable item to package the freebies with is proof that your event cares about the environment. And just like other wearable items, a bag bearing your race’s logo can serve as a free marketing tool for next year’s race.

A swag bag is more than just a gift to the race’s participants; it also serves as a souvenir that participants can use to remember your event by.

What’s in your swag bag, and how can you relate it to what your event stands for?

The Lazada 9.9 Super Sale is now on and if you haven’t done any shopping during the last Great Singapore Sale, now is the best time to get all your essential items. There are plenty of items up for sale and yes, there’s truly something for everyone- whether you’re an athlete, a techie, a gamer or even a new homeowner!

 

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If you’re a new homeowner, you might want to consider getting the Lazada X Leifheit Home & Living Surprise Box from Lazada’s 9.9 Super Sale because, inside the surprise box, you will find a couple of essential household items (worth up to $100) that will come in pretty handy for your new home! While I won’t be revealing the entire contents inside the surprise box, here are two items that might pique your interest in getting the Lazada X Leifheit Home & Living Surprise Box for just $29!

Item #1 Leifheit Cutting Board VarioBoard L03086 ($79 value)


Whether it’s fish, meat, vegetables or even bread; the Leifheit Vario board is good enough for all types of food! With its four interchangeable cutting foils, you can easily pre-assign a specific cutting foil according to the food type. Depending on your own preferences; the green foil could be used for vegetables,  the red foil could be used for meat,  the blue foil could be used for fish, and the white foil could be used for bread.  By assigning a specific cutting foil for a specific type of food,  food preparation will always be clean and hygienic. If you need to transfer cut items from the cutting foil to the cooking pan, you can easily do so by removing the cutting foil. The Vario board also has a juice groove to ensure that your food preparation table remains clean.

In Summary

  • One cutting board for all types of food
  • Four interchangeable cutting foils
  • Four colours for an easy assignment of the food type
  • Non-slip and comes with juice groove

Item #2 Leifheit Can Opener Exact L03141 ($35)

The Leifheit Can Opener Exact is ergonomically-shaped and is easy to use. With its hardened cutting wheel, opening cans is a simple task. The Leifheit Can Opener Exact can also be used as a bottle opener too.

In Summary

  • Opens cans without effort
  • Hardened cutting wheel
  • Can be used as a bottle opener

If you’re looking for something else apart from home & living essential items, there are other hourly sales and deals with up to 90% off and if that doesn’t get any better, there are also $99 vouchers that you can look forward to!

Lazada’s 9.9 Super Sale ends today so don’t miss out on all the great deals!

The birth of a new baby boy is such a celebration for the family, especially to the new mom and dad. To share the happiness and excitement for the arrival of the new baby boy; giving or sending them newborn baby hamper is a thoughtful gesture. The best florist Singapore can help you pick the perfect hampers for the newborn baby boy.

To give you some ideas, here are some of the best-selling newborn hampers:

Themed Hampers

There are plenty of choices when it comes to themed hampers. You can give the little baby boy a newborn baby hamper of a Little Pirate theme or a Little Racer theme. For the little boy, the local flower shop has all kinds of themes for the gift hampers. If you can’t find one, let the florist offer you their best-selling themed hampers.

Classic Hampers

A classic hamper for the little boy is a nice option. This hamper is designed and arranged to be complete and full of baby daily essentials like baby clothes and pajamas, baby booties and mittens, baby bottles and pacifiers, baby cloths and bibs, baby toiletries and hygiene kit, and baby blanket and pillows. All items included in the hamper are mostly in blue color.

Deluxe Hampers

A deluxe hamper is a gift that contains luxurious baby boy sets of gifts. From baby dresses to baby essentials to baby accessories, everything is carefully picked and selected from the best and top baby item brands. The items are not just carefully chosen but carefully arranged as well in a cute blue and white baby hamper lined with top quality baby blanket for deluxe presentation.

Happy Hampers

A happy hamper is not just meant for the new baby boy but also for the new parent. The hamper comes with great baby gift items and a set of special gifts for the new mom and dad. Most happy hampers come with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers as complimentary gift to the celebrant.

Welcoming the new baby boy and celebrating a new addition to the family can be more exciting if you have the right hamper for the little boy. With the florist to help you, you will never go wrong with your choice. The new parents will surely feel your love and care for them and for the new bundle of joy in their family.

Buying and giving gifts is harder than you might think. A lot of people dread having to go Christmas shopping in the later year, and God forbid anyone has a birthday coming up. It doesn’t help that a lot of people don’t know what they want to receive, and thus we’re desperately left to scrabble for a good idea to invest in.

If you’re the kind of person who dreads that scenario, this post is here to save you. After all, we’re not all gifted with the gift of…gift giving, and it’s time to change that! Here’s a couple of ideas that’ll hopefully spark some inspiration in you when the time comes to impress your friends and family with how well you know them.

Focus on Transport

Transport is an important part of life as we need to commute to work and go out, or meet our friends and travel for a good holiday when we want. And there’s plenty of gifts you can buy within this sector that are both practical and nice to receive. A traincard, for example, or a year long bus ticket that’ll take them all around a certain region. Or maybe even pay for their first 5 or so driving lessons. These will help make transport less of a hassle here.

If they have got a personal transport, you’ve got a bit more freedom here. You’re probably not going to be able to afford exactly what your mom wants; after all, cars are expensive, and you just can’t fork out for one on a whim! But you can still buy some practical items that can customise their old one, or signify that a bigger gift is coming in the future. You could even tell your mother that you’re going to try and ‘Find your Perfect Private Number Plate!’, and let her start rolling around town in style.

Find Some Clothes

If you want to buy someone a gift that’s going to keep on giving, try investing in the clothes department. Whatever you pick out here is going to serve someone for a few years to come (as long as you know the general themes of what someone else likes when it comes to their style).

Socks are an especially good gift to give, as long as your giftee is over the age of 18. Kids don’t tend to be all that impressed by such a mundane item, but adults love them. You can get creative patterns and funny slogans on them as well, so there’s something for everyone.

Actually, accessories as an overall work well here- hats and scarves are always nice touches, especially if you have your knitting skill to put to good use; and everyone loves to open a box and see jewellery inside it. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, whatever!

Give some great gifts this year, whenever you need to, by using guides like this as your steering wheel. People often don’t know what they’d like to receive, so make your gift good enough to show them!