Every day, we are bombarded by toothpaste advertisements from so many different toothpaste brands that the only thing that we look out for when we buy toothpaste is the price.
As a consumer, I am quite ashamed to say that I have never done enough research on the toothpaste brands that I use. Whether it is Sensodyne, Colgate, or even Darlie; it is a pity that I have never given much thought about the claims they make on their box packaging because what I am more concerned about is usually the price and the value proposition that the brands put forth i.e. buy one get one free and 10% discount.

Image Credits to eincs.sg

In case anyone is mistaken, Sensodyne in Singapore isn’t cheap but I will usually go to Batam to get them. As for Colgate or Darlie, I will buy whichever has an ongoing promotion at our local supermarket.

But, what about other toothpaste brands like Systema or even Pearlie White?

To be honest, I have never given any other toothpaste brands much thought probably because there are so many toothpaste brands fighting for my attention and I would usually get toothpastes that are cheap and conveniently available.

Recently, my interest in Pearlie White toothpaste has increased and it is only because I found out that it is the only home grown Singapore oral care brand and also the only brand that continues to operate oral care manufacturing facilities in the country.

Seriously, who would have thought a small little country like Singapore would have her own oral care brand?

Furthermore, I always had the impression that Pearlie White is an angmoh [western] brand but the truth is certainly far from that.

The owners of Pearlie White pride themselves on their strong family heritage dating back to 1869 with the first practitioner of dentistry in Malaya, Dr. Cheong Chun Tin, practicing in Singapore after obtaining his dentistry qualifications from San Francisco, and today, his family continues the tradition of developing innovative oral care products.

Fun Fact
There is a road in Singapore, Chun Tin Road that is named after Dr. Cheong Chun Tin

Well, curiosity killed the cat but the satisfaction brought it back.

I recently tried Pearlie White’s The Real Red toothpaste and it is the brand’s most affordable variant at SGD$3.95 [for a 138g tube]. With a simple but attractive design, the packaging also proudly and suitably bears the lion head symbol.

Proudly Made in Singapore entirely and exclusively manufactured in Singapore at Pearlie White’s GMP (ISO22716) certified facility in Ang Mo Kio, the anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste contains no harsh chemical ingredients like sodium lauryl sulphate, saccharin, parabens, triclosan or artificial colouring.

It is just a straight up, cavity-fighting honest toothpaste. If you do your own research after reading this blog post, you will soon realise that some toothpastes can actually be quite harmful due to certain chemical ingredients and personally, I was really surprised that the toothpaste I am currently using contains some of these ingredients!

With a guiding motto to be a brand that is ‘made in Singapore, for Singapore, by Singapore’, a brand that Singaporeans can trust; Pearlie White has certainly changed my perception and has even taught me a thing or two about the kind of toothpastes that I should look out for.

The Real Red toothpaste is now available at all major department stores, personal care stores, pharmacies, supermarkets and even on Pearlie White’s website. What’s more, if you order more than SGD$10 worth of oral care products, Pearlie White will have them delivered to your place free of charge!

In celebration of SG50, Pearlie White is also offering a 50% discount for all of their oral care products; just make sure you remember to use the discount code: REALSMILES50 when you check out the items. Do note that this promotion is only valid until 31 August 2015 so do hurry if you do not want to miss out on this great offer!

Image Credits to Pearlie White

Once my existing stock of toothpastes runs out, I will definitely be making the switch to Pearlie White.

What about you?

In celebration of Singapore’s Jubilee Anniversary, one of Singapore’s most iconic waterfront landmarks, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, has lined up a nine-day tribute to the nation’s 50th birthday with a spectacular projection mapping that will see the hotel’s magnificent façade brought to life through the use of latest 3D animation and projection techniques.
Inspired by the hotel’s illustrious 128-year history as a city landmark and the pivotal role the Fullerton Building played in the history of Singapore, the 8-minute long music and video extravaganza, entitled “A Celebration of Our Heritage”, will offer glimpses of Singapore over the past 50 years, showcasing the various key moments that have taken place at the Fullerton Square, including scenes from the numerous election campaign rallies that took place during Singapore’s development years.

In a significant nod to The Fullerton Hotel’s previous role as Singapore’s General Post Office from 1928 to 1996, much of the visual masterpiece will incorporate colourful stamps that were circulated in Singapore during the last 50 years. People watching the video projection will get a chance to see these stamps ‘come to life’ in large 3D images that will move and dance their way across the hotel’s façade, as the latter is transformed into a stunning theatrical backdrop.

Many of these facets will pay tribute to Singapore’s shared heritage, celebrating the nation’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural identity. Additionally, viewers can also expect to be taken on a journey where they can see the transformation of Singapore from a new nation into the garden city and global hub that it is today.

Produced in collaboration with Hexogon Solution Pte Ltd, “A Celebration of Our Heritage” will also be a fitting backdrop to other entertaining and exciting activities that have been lined up for members of the public along the Marina Bay; including the National Day installations around the bay area, and as well as a series of exhibitions on Singapore’s development by the National Heritage Board and the Museum Roundtable at Clifford Square.”

During the Jubilee Weekend, on 7th and 8th August, from 7.30pm, The Fullerton Hotel will also distribute complimentary kachang putih and potong ice cream at One Fullerton to add to the nostalgic atmosphere. Additionally, visitors to The Fullerton Heritage precinct during this period can also stand to enjoy a whole slew of festive celebrations taking place around the area during this celebratory period.

As part of the National Day Celebrations, spectators in the vicinity of One Fullerton and The Fullerton Bay Hotel can view the parade ‘live’ via LCD screens that will be set up around the bay. There will be fireworks and an aerial display by the Singapore Air Force on 9 August, as part of the National Day Parade proceedings at the Padang.

Popular Food & Beverage outlets at One Fullerton will also be offering their very own special promotions to commemorate the occasion.

Want to win a complimentary weekend night’s stay at The Fullerton Hotel?

In keeping with the celebratory mood, The Fullerton Hotel will be rewarding ten lucky winners with a complimentary weekend night’s stay. All you have to do is take a photo of the video projection and submit your entries with your birthday wishes to the nation! It is that easy!

To stand a chance to win, simply complete the following steps:

  • Secure a good photography spot [we recommend One Fullerton and Merlion Park] on any of the following dates and time.

1, 2, 8 and 9 August 2015 @ 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm

3 to 7 August 2015 @ 8pm, 9pm, 10pm

The contest will close on 9 August [Sunday] at 11.59pm and all winners will be notified via email. To increase your chances of winning, get your friends to like your photo!

For more details please visit The Fullerton Hotel’s Website at or The Fullerton Hotel Facebook Page!

During my army days, I would always drive past Gek Poh Shopping Centre and the modern external façade never fails to capture my attention. However, it wasn’t until last Sunday that I stepped into Gek Poh Shopping Centre with Jacqueline.

Fun Fact: The meaning of Gek Poh in Hokkien is Jade Treasure

Given the modern external façade of Gek Poh Shopping Centre, one would probably expect that the shopping centre will be a highly modern one but this is certainly not the case. When we arrived at Gek Poh Shopping Centre, we saw a number of “vintage”, old-school shops that reminded us of our childhood days and they have pretty interesting names like Channel 8, a shop that sells footwear and Boyz 2 Men, a barber shop.

If you were born in the 1980s, a day at Gek Poh Shopping Centre would definitely be a nostalgic time as the shopping centre’s interior décor and old-school shops will remind you of the shopping centres that existed during the olden days of Singapore.

Though Gek Poh shopping centre was not that crowded when we were there in the evening, the crowd at the food-court is altogether a different story as it was packed with diners. The food court offers many local delights and we were honestly spoilt for choices.

After checking out all the food stores at the food-court, I decided on having a bowl of Oriental Buddha Jump Over The Wall Soup while Jacqueline decided to have a plate of Western Spaghetti with Meatballs.

If dining at the food-court isn’t your cup of tea, there are also many other Food & Beverage outlets available and if you need a quick lunch/dinner fix, there’s also McDonald’s and Subway available at Gek Poh Shopping Centre.

Although Gek Poh Shopping Centre isn’t that modern per se, it has almost everything; from gift shops and jewellery shop to hardware shop and even a pet shop. However, what can’t be found at Gek Poh Shopping Centre is probably just the bank and entertainment outlets.

I’m not sure how many of my friends staying in the west actually visits Gek Poh Shopping Centre on a regular basis but if you do, feel free to share with us your own experience of Gek Poh Shopping Centre by commenting on this post! We would love to hear your story of Gek Poh Shopping Centre [if any].

If you happen to stay near Gek Poh Shopping Centre, you might be pleased to know that HDB is organising 3 main events and activities to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday.

1. Vote for your Top 50 shops

Acknowledging that retailers at the HDB Shopping Centres addresses the needs of the residents while being an important part of the community, HDB will be rewarding these neighbourly retailers this year with a decal and commemorative plaque for display in their shops as testament of their popularity.

Starting from 1 July 2015 till 31 October 2015, you can nominate and vote for your favourite shop via a mobile voting app that you can download and when you have submitted your vote, you stand a chance to win a prize in a lucky draw contest.

2. #myfavHDBmall Photography Competition

HDB Shopping Centres form an integral part of the residents’ daily lives by being a place for leisure, shopping, and community bonding and for this photography competition, all you have to do is shoot a photo that evokes a warm fuzzy feeling, depicting the homely environment that HDB malls are providing and submit your photos at https://myfavhdbmall.com/register. You can stand a chance to win some attractive prizes and the winning entries will also be exhibited at 888 Plaza on 14 November 2015.

3. Enter the Book of Records

To mark the momentous year, an attempt is underway to create the largest SG50 logo made from stamps to set a new record in the Singapore Book of Records. From now till end October, you can play your part by donating used and unused stamps for this record-breaking initiative.

To participate, you are to “post” your stamps at the specially designed post boxes at various HDB Shopping Centres and all submissions will qualify for a Lucky Draw. A total of SGD$2,000 cash vouchers will be up for grabs and the finished masterpiece will be unveiled with great fanfare at 888 Plaza on 14 November 2015.

With so much activities and contests that are now ongoing, what are you waiting for?

For more information about the ongoing events and contests, visit www.where2shop.sg now!