Gift Ideas


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!

Lazada turns 6 this year and from 24th to 26th April, there are more than 600 flash deals and vouchers worth up to $120 to be given away! That’s not all!

Lazada will be offering some pretty exclusive and limited brand Surprise Boxes worth $100 and they are going for only $29! With brands like ASUS, Laneige, JBL, and even Hasbro; these brand Surprise Boxes will certainly be a steal.

Now, I have the privilege of unveiling the Lazada X ASUS Accessories Surprise Box and out of the many items that are inside the Suprise Box, I will reveal one item that can be found in the Surprise Box!

Are you ready?


One of the items that you can find in the Lazada X ASUS Accessories Surprise Box is the ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse worth $89 and if you are an avid gamer, this is one Surprise Box you do not want to miss!

Available on the 24 April 2018, Tuesday @ 2 pm; I am pretty sure all the gamers out there will certainly want to get their hands on this so if you are one of them, set your alarm clock and get your fingers ready to do some serious shopping because these Surprise Boxes tend to get snagged up really fast!

About the ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse

The ASUS ROG Strix Impact Gaming Mouse is a Lightweight optical MOBA gaming mouse with an ergonomic-ambidextrous design featuring ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED lighting technology.

Some other features include: 

  • Omron® switches with 50-million-click durability
  • Left and right buttons separated from body chassis for improved responsiveness
  • Low-friction, drag-free cable with specialized soft rubber coating
  • DPI switch with indicator for on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments
  • Intuitive ROG Armoury software interface for easy customization of button, performance, and lighting settings

If gaming is not your cup of tea, you might want to look out for 4 exclusive premium beauty boxes that are going for $50 and if you did not manage to snag up any Surprise Boxes, fret not because there are many other products that are having a discount of up to 90% off!

Get ready for an exciting birthday bash with Lazada as they turn 6!

Lagardère Travel Retail Singapore is delighted to partner Belgian chocolatier Godiva to stage the extraordinary Chocolate Fashion Show in Changi Airport Terminal 2 transit, in conjunction with the launch of Godiva Gold Discovery, the chocolatier’s latest luxury collection. The Chocolate Fashion Show presents three astonishing dresses created by contemporary designer Anne-Sophie Cochevelou, which combine state-of-the-art fashion and representations of Godiva’s iconic chocolate boxes, including the new Gold Discovery Collection.

The first-ever staging in an Airport, the presentation promises to elevate the travel retail experience and introduce stunning fashion masterpieces to travellers from all over the world. Visitors to Changi Airport can look forward to shopping for decadent chocolates and at the same time, be delighted by Godiva’s artistry and creativity.   

 Image credit: Anthony Lycett
Image credit: Anthony Lycett

The Tradition to Modernity Showpiece Dress is displayed artistically on a static mannequin that can be admired from all angles by passing shoppers and travellers. Classic Gold Collection boxes edge the hem; the skirt is formed by triangular brown godets, and the bodice of Godiva Coeur-like lace; an array of new Gold Discovery boxes form the collar, and imitation chocolates decorate the headpiece.

 Image credit: Anthony Lycett
Image credit: Anthony Lycett

The Empress Dress, with bustles of Gold Discovery boxes and garlands of chocolates, adorns a model in a photo booth to encourage shoppers to pose for a free instant photo ‘wearing’ the dress, upon purchase of a box of Gold Discovery or two boxes of Gold Ballotin.

 Image credit: Anthony Lycett
Image credit: Anthony Lycett

The Heart of the Collection Dress is decorated ingeniously with Coeur Grand and Iconique gift boxes. Around the stage are beautiful displays of Godiva Gold Discovery, where a trained hostess engages with shoppers and offers samples during peak times.

This collaboration is a tripartite partnership between Changi Airport Group, Lagardère Travel Retail Singapore and Godiva. The Chocolate Fashion Show is located at Terminal 2 transit and will be exhibited from 20 January 2018 to 28 February 2018.

Godiva Gold Discovery is a 28-piece collection of ganaches, pralines, mousses and caramels, including two delicious new pieces, presented in a contemporary gold gift box embossed with the signature ‘G’ and the Lady Godiva emblem. Tied with a gold satin ribbon and decorated with a refined hangtag, the collection is the epitome of premium gifting.

The ganaches are in sumptuous flavours of passion fruit & pink pepper, white chocolate & bourbon vanilla, intense coffee, raspberry rose, and 85% dark chocolate. The luxurious caramels are chocolate caramel and salted caramel.

The elderberry mousse and the lychee strawberry mousse in the collection are joined by a delicious new Mexican origin chocolate mousse.

Among the pralines is an exotic new pistachio praline which sits alongside the signature hazelnut pralines in white and milk chocolate, an almond praline with whole roasted almond, the hazelnut praline with caramelised macadamia nuts, and a caramelised pecan praline.

Retailing at SGD$102.20 (Duty-Free Price), the Godiva Gold Discovery will be available in selected SO Chocolate and The Chocolatier shops in Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 transit.

Last weekend, I went to do some last-minute Christmas shopping in town and there were numerous ongoing Christmas sales that attracted quite a crowd. Coupled with the heavy traffic that caused multiple jams and the astronomical Uber/Grab prices; it made going to town very inconvenient.

If you have not done your Christmas shopping and going to town sounds like a nightmare for you; how about doing all your shopping online? In less than 7 hours’ time, Lazada will be having their 12.12 Online Revolution Sale and there are tons of good deals that you don’t want to miss!

Deal #1: American Tourister Luggage

For the frequent travellers, a hardy and trustworthy luggage is essential and there’s no better time than now to buy an American Tourister Luggage on Lazada because some of them are on a 50% discount. If you’re planning to get a Christmas gift for your wanderlusting friends, this is one gift they will definitely love!

Deal #2: Hewlett Packard Printer

Having an all-in-one printer helps you to accomplish many tasks if you are a newly-minted small business owner and where budget’s concerned, there are many decent Hewlett Packard (HP) Printers on Lazada that are extremely pocket-friendly. With prices starting from SGD$39, the deal for HP Printers on Lazada is definitely too good to be true.

Deal #3: JBL Wireless Speaker

Whether you’re having a garden tea party or a beach workout party; a wireless speaker can be an event gamechanger because it gives you the ability to amplify the right song to liven up the atmosphere. With prices starting from SGD$69, the JBL Wireless Speaker deals at Lazada makes it the perfect gift for all your sporty music-loving friends.

Deal #4: EuropAce Household Appliances

Your home renovation has just been completed and before you can move in; you probably need to do some general home cleaning. With all the renovation dust that’s settling all over your home, a vacuum cleaner will definitely come in handy and make cleaning a breeze. If a reliable vacuum cleaner is what you’re looking for, Europace has a multi-cyclone vacuum cleaner that’s retailing on Lazada for SGD$81.80!

Deal #5: SGD$29 Surprise Boxes Worth SGD$100

Lazada’s surprise boxes make perfect gifts for your colleagues because they are affordable and value-for-money. However, you got to be really fast to snag up these mystery boxes because there will be many other people who are vying for them too.

On 14 December at 8am, the Motorola surprise box will be made available for purchase and if you’re wondering what could be inside; here’s a sneak peek of what you will be getting:

The Lenovo Headphones provide great sound and fit and the small and light inline microphone is perfectly placed for making crystal clear phone calls. 

Get your hands on the Lazada Mystery Boxes here!

I believe there are four key considerations when buying a phone case and what people eventually end up buying is dependent on which factor they consider the most important.

  1. Durability & Protection
  2. Affordability
  3. Design & Style
  4. Functionality

For me, durability & protection is the key factor.

The iPhone X is the most expensive phone that I have bought to date and obviously, with such a heavy investment; I will do whatever it takes to protect my phone. As an outdoor practitioner; dust, impact, and rain is my phone’s nemesis and of all the phone cases that I have used so far, I have personally found OtterBox and LifeProof to be the most reliable.

Currently, I am using LifeProof’s Slam Casing for my iPhone X and its price of SGD$69.90 is pretty decent. Though the casing seems to add more bulk and weight to my phone, I can feel that it is well built and very hardy. One thing that I really like about LifeProof’s Slam Casing is the transparent shell that reveals the iPhone X’s factory finish. This is unlike many other phone casings where the back of the phone is hidden underneath.

While I do agree that LifeProof’s phone casing for the iPhone X is quite limited in terms of design and style, its long-lasting durability is what captured my attention. As absurd as it may sound, the durability and lifespan of LifeProof’s Slam Casing might even outlive that of my phone’s.

If design and style is your top consideration, OtterBox’s phone casings make excellent choices. There’s definitely no compromise on the quality of phone protection and there are a variety of designs to choose from with prices starting from SGD$59 onwards. 

One thing that OtterBox has that LifeProof doesn’t is the glass screen protector and as far as I know, OtterBox’s glass screen protector is compatible with LifeProof’s phone casings as well.

However, don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that OtterBox is better than LifeProof and vice-versa. In fact, both phone case brands are well-known for their build and quality and I would highly recommend either of them for phone protection. It’s just that OtterBox phone cases may be more suitable for the contemporary lifestyle while LifeProof phone cases may be more suitable for the rugged and adventurous lifestyle.

Are there any other phone cases you use that you will like to recommend? Feel free to comment and share your recommendations below!


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“Psst. If you’re an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 owner, here’s some good news for you! We will be giving away 2 iPhone OtterBox Symmetry Series phone cases worth SGD$69 each and if you’re interested, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for the details!”

Apple revolutionised the smartphone industry 10 years ago with the original iPhone, and OtterBox has set the standard of protection from the very beginning by protecting every generation of iPhone.

OtterBox, the No. 1-selling smartphone case in the U.S.; continues to uphold that tradition with a full lineup of cases for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the revolutionary iPhone X.

Since the very first iPhone hit the scene in 2007, OtterBox has protected every single Apple smartphone. Starting with the Defender Series, OtterBox has innovated 26 different case styles for iPhone over the past decade. Although case designs have evolved to be sleeker and to accommodate an ever-increasing number of features; one thing has remained the same: trusted protection.

OtterBox is proud to be the only phone case company that has protected every single iPhone and while other products have come and gone, OtterBox has stood the tests of time and protected every single generation of iPhone! Hence, you can count on them to keep iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X safe from the hazards that life throws your way.

Each iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X case design undergoes a minimum of 24 tests across more than 238 hours to earn the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal. These tests ensure lasting protection from drops, bumps, scratches, and dings.

OtterBox offers a broad suite of phone cases because iPhone users are as diverse and complex as their phone features. 

  • The fashionable Symmetry Series is sleek with a raised, beveled edge that provides extra protection for the touchscreen during face-down drops. Available in classic solids, trendy graphics, fully clear and clear graphics, it is the perfect fashion statement.


  • Pursuit Series guards against drop, dust, dirt, and snow intrusion and they are perfect for an outdoor adventure or even just an average day in the office. This two-piece case snaps around each device for a perfect fit. The open-face design seals directly to the display and the case includes an optional lanyard.


  • Defender Series is the original protective case for iPhone with 10 years of design and development behind it. The rugged multi-layer case features a shell and outer slipcover to absorb and dissipate shock.


  • Two form-fitting layers combine to create the thin, protective Commuter Series. The outer shell and inner slipcover combine to pull shock away from the device, and port covers keep debris out.


  • Strada Series Folio offers a luxurious 100 percent genuine leather cover and trusted protection. The folio front clasps securely closed with a magnet to guard the display against scratches and includes a card slot.


  • The uniVERSE Case System features a slim, protective OtterBox case with a modular rail mount on the back that allows attachment of a variety of accessories. OtterBox has partnered with other industry leaders to enhance uniVERSE with accessories like a contactless card reader, additional storage, bike mounts, tripods, wallets and more.


  • Keep the touchscreen brilliant with Alpha Glass fortified screen guards. Compatible with Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Commuter Series, Strada Series Folio and uniVERSECase System, these screen guards block out scratches and complete device protection.


Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series, uniVERSE Case System, Strada Series Folio and Alpha Glass screen guards are available now for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

These cases, available in exciting new colors and designs, are also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Cases for iPhone X are coming soon and include Symmetry Series, Pursuit Series, Defender Series, Commuter Series and Strada Series Folio.

OtterBox cases are available in a majority of the following retail locations in Singapore: Best Denki, EpiCentre, GK Global, iStudio, Nubox, and XGear.

For more information, visit

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To participate in this mini giveaway, just comment on this post with, “I wanna protect my iPhone 8 with an OtterBox Symmetry Series cover!” & share this post! 

*Giveaway is open to participants residing in Singapore and closes 29 October 2017. If there are more than 2 participants, a random draw will be conducted.