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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?

Ta-dah!

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 otterbox.asia

Ready for the Giveaway?

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.

“Psst… we’re giving away some jars of Machu Picchu coffee and if you’re keen, just scroll right to the bottom of this article!”

For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the long-anticipated highpoint of their trip. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. In the high season, from late May until early September, 2500 people arrive daily. Despite this great tourist influx, the site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery; and is a must for all visitors to Peru.

If there’s one thing that I regret till date, it will be missing out on a trip to Machu Picchu when I visited Peru last year!

The only consolation that I now have is waking up to the toasty aroma of the Cafédirect Machu Picchu Terroir Freeze Dried Instant Coffee and be transported to the misty, lush Machu Picchu high mountains in the ‘Land of the Incas and Orchids’.  Home to over 250 species of these curative exotic blooms, the ‘terroir’ (the environment in which the coffee is grown) produces Cafédirect’s single-origin 100% Arabica Machu Picchu coffee beans; just perfect for those seeking a more intense flavour with rich, rounded tasting notes and dark chocolate overtones.

These coffee beans are grown at extreme altitudes within the Inca heartland of the Peruvian Andes, close to the sacred site of Machu Picchu, where the best flavours flourish and the beans cultivated. The freeze dried instant goodness is then drawn from the coffee beans which are passionately grown on some of the steepest slopes in the Andes, by smallholdings found along the Inca trail itself.  The high altitude, fertile volcanic soil and unique microclimate of the Machu Picchu region result in a coffee with light acidity and full body. Such minute nuances in the refinement of these beans can be easily picked out by a discerning palate. 

The source of the coffee bean itself has always been paramount, especially to a coffee connoisseur. Thus, a huge emphasis is placed on the terroir. In the case of the Machu Picchu coffee beans; the climate, access to water, the type of pruning and the type of flora and fauna around them are factors that have enriched the eventual taste profile of each coffee bean.

Cradled in the same nutrient-rich fertile volcanic soil of the mountain that provides sustenance to the plethora of wild orchids blooming there, each bean is hand cultivated and picked with the utmost care and expertise. Such passion leads to the growers belonging to the Huadquina Co-operative producing a rich, smooth tasting, and mouth-watering coffee that imbues natural, extra-sweet flavours of nuts and fine dark chocolate.

The beans are then harvested at the ideal degree of ripeness, after they have luxuriated in the misty cool climate that is unique to the Peruvian heights.  The precise timing and patience of the passionate growers ensure fullness in the natural richness of this coffee, plucked at its peak. The beans are then sun-dried, allowing all the fine characteristics of the beans to flourish. This traditional time-honoured procedure allows the beans to retain their natural qualities, imbued with its own extra sweetness and flavour.

Such a quality taste profile is inherent in each washed and sun-kissed coffee bean which has ripened slowly under the golden Peruvian rays at high altitudes of 1800m – 2000m and roasted to strength 4. The beans are then freshly packed as whole beans for those who want to ground their own coffee; pre-ground for those who prefer their coffee brewed, or freeze dried to preserve every golden ounce of flavour for those who want coffee instantly. There is a variant to suit every lifestyle, each delivered fresh in innovative and informative packaging, direct from the growers to a fine supermarket near you.

Cafédirect Machu Picchu Terroir Freeze Dried Instant Coffee is the perfect solution for those who cannot function without their morning cup of joe or those who are always on the go with little time for kitchen equipment and indulgences, yet yearn for a quality pick-me-upper. 

Simply by adding hot water and stirring, a perfect mug of terroir, high-altitude coffee is ready to be consumed. In a more leisure setting, a treat of dark chocolate is an apt accompaniment with the coffee to further enhance the pleasurable savouring moment.

Take time to enjoy the first whiff of the natural, chocolatey aroma of this coffee.  It will carry you off to the heights of Machu Picchu. Then give in to the first sip of this coffee. The liquid goodness will caress your taste buds like the gentle mist moistening the mountains, amidst the fields of dewy orchids that are also native. Soon, you will be lost until the very last drop of the golden brew.

Now available in three variants: Freeze Dried instant, Whole Beans and Roast & Ground from Cold Storage, FairPrice Finest, FairPrice Xtra, Jasons, Market Place and Redmart at SDG$12.90 a jar for Cafédirect Machu Picchu Terroir Freeze Dried Instant Coffee (100g); SGD$13.60 for Machu Picchu Whole Beans Coffee (227g); and SGD$12.45 for Machu Picchu Roast and Ground Coffee (227g).

Come lift your taste buds to the lofty heights of Machu Picchu with every sip now!

If you’re dreaming of Machu Picchu now, we are happy to announce that we will be giving away 2 Jars of Cafédirect Machu Picchu Terroir Freeze Dried Instant Coffee worth SGD$12.90!

To participate in this mini giveaway, just comment on this post with, “I wanna wake up to Machu Picchu everyday!” & share this post! 

*Giveaway is open to participants residing in Singapore and closes 22 October!

It is said that if you look up at the moon, you can see the outline of the Jade Rabbit that lives there.

This Mid-Autumn Festival, Häagen-Dazs™ has taken inspiration from the myth of the Jade Rabbit to design a whimsical and contemporary range of ice cream mooncakes featuring new designs and exciting flavours.  Every set is sure to be a crowd pleaser, whether as a gift or to make your family reunion extra special. 

 

Twinkle Crispy (RSP: S$29.90)

All-time favourite crispy sandwich made with Häagen-Dazs™ ice cream in a wrapping with smooth chocolate and sandwiched between crispy wafers. Each box comes with 5 pieces (Vanilla x 2, Caramel x 2, Green Tea x 1).  Available at both Häagen-Dazs™ stores as well as selected retailers.

Twinkle Night Mix (RSP: S$75.00)

A beautiful set of chocolate-coated ice cream mooncakes, featuring luxurious contemporary designs. Each set contains 6 mooncakes in an assortment of flavours, including Mango ice cream exclusively available in mooncakes (Chocolate x 2, Mango x 2, Green Tea x 1, Vanilla x1).  Available at all Häagen-Dazs™ stores.

Harmony Mochi (RSP: S$75.00)

A totally new experience this season, open this box to find indulgent Häagen-Dazs™ ice cream carefully wrapped with premium soft and chewy Japanese mochi skin. Available as a set of 4 pieces in strawberry and mango flavours. Available at all Häagen-Dazs™ stores.

Lune et Etoiles (RSP: S$98.00, Limited Edition)

This unique set is a bestseller in Hong Kong, and consists of 1 very special ‘moon’ surrounded by 7 ‘stars’.  Each mooncake is coated with dark chocolate and decorated with elegant Parisian-themed chocolate designs. This super premium collection is limited to just 100 sets in Singapore and is exclusive to Tang’s. This set features an assortment of 8 flavours (Yuzu Citrus & Cream, Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate, Strawberry Cheesecake, Caramel Biscuit & Cream).

Available for pre-orders starting on August 15 and in-store from September 4, hurry to place your order to share these very special mooncakes with your loved ones before they run out! 

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No matter what kind of shoes we put on daily, it is the most essential and important item that we must have because it serves to protect our feet from harm and danger. For the fashionista, a pair of shoes can be turned into a fashion statement but for someone working in the kitchen, a pair of non-slip covered safety shoes can protect him from potential dangers and hazards. From the very basic to the most complex shoes in the market, they definitely wear and tear over prolonged usage but do you know that with proper shoe care and shoe storage, you can increase their durability and lifespan?

I recently stumbled upon isSHOE Singapore, a local homegrown business that offers a wide range of shoe care products and accessories such as shoe eraser, hydrophobic spray, shoe fragrances, shoe storage boxes, and even shoe racks! If you are looking for solutions to solving all the issues you have with your shoe, you should definitely check them out.

I have personally tried the shoe tree and the hydrophobic spray by isSHOE Singapore and I absolutely love them!

Ecoblack Plastic Shoe Tree

A shoe tree is a device approximating the shape of a foot that is placed inside a shoe to preserve its shape and stop it from developing creases and thereby extend the life of the shoe. It is a reusable alternative to wadded rags or newspapers.

Perhaps more important than maintaining the shape, shoe trees also play a crucial part of wicking away leather-damaging moisture from the inside. This is especially important when shoes are worn without socks, as the sweat absorbed by the leather can lead to lining rot.

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The Ecoblack Plastic Shoe Tree is made of plastic and it comes in two sizes; small and large. What I like about it is that it is adjustable and it allows multiple occupants to this single shoe tree; thus eliminating the trouble of buying a brand-new shoe tree for my siblings who have different shoe sizes.

isSHOE Singapore 2017

For business travellers, the Ecoblack Plastic Shoe Tree is definitely the perfect shoe tree to get because it is highly compactable due to its small size and removable structure. The best part? It cost only SGD$4.40 for one pair!

isSHOE’s Hot Tip:

Wear your different leather shoes on alternate days. Your shoes need sufficient rest as well. Wearing your leather shoes daily will speed up wear and tear at a much-accelerated rate. REMEMBER to always slip in your shoe tree daily into your leather shoe after use, this way you can enjoy your leather shoe for longer periods of time

isSHOE: Repulse Hydrophobic Spray

The isSHOE: Repulse Hydrophobic Spray is extremely useful and it works very well! To be honest, I was quite sceptical as to whether the water will really repel but after trying it on my pair of fabric shoes, I am thoroughly convinced that it does a very good job of keeping my shoes dry. Well, I have to admit that previously, I have not used this pair of shoes for quite a while because I didn’t want to get it wet and dirty but ever since I gotten it temporarily waterproofed; I am now using it as my daily footwear!

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Given Singapore’s tropical weather, the isSHOE: Repulse Hydrophobic Spray is a lifesaver and it is pretty affordable too. A single can of isSHOE: Repulse Hydrophobic Spray cost just SGD$14 and if you buy two, it cost only SGD$12.50 each! With the isSHOE: Repulse Hydrophobic Spray, you’re truly well prepared for any rainy days ahead!

Keen to find out more about the young entrepreneurs behind isSHOE Singapore?

Well, here’s a short insight about isSHOE Singapore as shared by Wan Ching, one of the company’s founders.

What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business? How did the idea for your business come about?

Being students ourselves before, we understand the pain of many students especially during the monsoon season when the rain starts to pour and it relentlessly drench us from head to toe and makes our socks thoroughly soaked. This uncomfortable problem would have been avoided if we had something similar like the isSHOE: Repulse Hydrophobic Spray back then!

Furthermore, our experience with existing shoe retailers tells us that it makes more financial sense for them to sell us a pair of new shoes than telling us that our shoes can be repaired and restored. Hence, many people often tend to buy numerous pairs of shoes that they hardly use and simply leave them in the shoe cabinets to deteriorate.

Since we are really passionate about shoes, we feel that shoes shouldn’t be left to deteriorate and we hope that through our company, we can offer our customers some helpful ideas and products to extend the durability of their daily footwear.

What have been some of your failures and what have you learned from them?

One of the failures that we encountered lies in our planning for healthy product stock levels on certain items. Due to our lack of foresight to forecast and plan for healthy product stock levels, many customers were disappointed with us as they had to wait for an additional period of 2 weeks for the stocks to arrive! Hence, one key lesson that we have learnt from this experience is that it is always better to overstock than understock products and to always plan ahead!

Describe/outline your typical day?

There are just so much to do on a typical day and some of the tasks could fall in the following areas like logistics, stock count, administrative work, handling customer enquiries, gather product updates, website technicality checks, and the list can go on and on.

What sacrifices have you had to make to become an entrepreneur?

We spend a lot of time away from home and our loved ones just so we can do our job better. Whether it is to do some research, to stay online and answer customer’s enquiries or to improve our website; all these do require a significant amount of time and we often feel guilty for not spending enough time with our loved ones.

In one word, characterise your life as an entrepreneur?

Balance. As an entrepreneur, we believe that it is important to strike a fine balance of managing time because time is of the essence and we only have 24 hours a day. Although there are many different tasks to manage, we strongly believe that the tasks should be managed one at a time and not attempt to do all at the same time because that will compromise on operations efficiency and service quality.

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