Hello all! Today, I’ll share about my IPL treatment at Ginza Calla, Plaza Singapura. A few months ago, my sister and I decided to try out IPL treatment for our over-hairiness because we just got too sick of tweezing our armpit hair. So I posted on Instagram and asked if there were any recommended places to go. Actually we were considering Strip’s package at around $388.00 for 12 sessions (not too sure) of underarm IPL treatment. After receiving comments and whatsapp messages from many friends, all of them said the aforementioned treatment was too expensive and suggested I try other salons first.
Out of those mentioned, the popular few were Regina and Only Aesthetics. I considered Regina because they have a branch at Bishan, which is relatively near my office and home. Only Aesthetics wasn’t one of my top choices because of the location. It’s quite inaccessible. So I did seriously consider Regina since they offer quite affordable packages and is very accessible for me. However, I googled for some reviews and saw that their service was quite slipshod. Then, I went to Groupon and chanced upon Ginza Calla’s promotion. It was selling out fast!
The package was $38.00 for 1 person, and $70.00 for 2 people. So of course, I asked my sister, Kay, along! I also introduced this package to my other friends who also bought the Groupon.
In this blog post, I would like to share about the service and treatment I received at Ginza Calla. Please note that this post is in no way sponsored. Prior to the treatment, I googled for Ginza Calla reviews, but was unable to find any objective ones because all those I found were sponsored posts. So I guess I only had to go try it out myself as a consumer.
I made my appointment for consultation over the phone and experienced slight communication difficulties with the Japanese receptionist. That, I don’t blame her since the brand is authentically Japanese. And it can be hard for a foreigner to understand our Singlish accent. Anyway, I had the option of booking a consultation first, and treatment on another date, OR I could have both the consultation and treatment on the same day. I opted for having my consultation first, and scheduled a treatment 2 weeks later.
During the consultation, they brought out the contract and explained to me the Dos and Don’ts of IPL aftercare. They also did try to sell me their Unlimited Brazilian Package but I told them I’ll think about it and consider it with my sister. (I went for the consultation alone by the way) They didn’t hard sell further and in no way forced me to sign up for any package.
Actually I would prefer having the consultation and treatment on the same day because the consultation did not take long. I thought they would have to take a look at my skin and hair condition before assessing if IPL treatment was suitable for me. But none of that was done. Hence, I booked at treatment appointment for myself, and consultation + treatment for my sister.
When the date came closer, Ginza Calla called my sister to supposedly confirm her appointment. They asked if my sister could bring forward her appointment timing to 7pm. It was supposed to be 730pm. We both end work at 630pm, so there was no way she could be there by 7pm even by taxi. They told her that it was only consultation. (I remember I booked consultation and treatment for her) Okay never mind.
The next day, Ginza Calla also called me to confirm my appointment. They asked if I was going at 8pm. I said yes, and then they asked if I could bring forward my appointment to 7pm because “another customer has treatment”. I did not agree to it, and requested to stick to my original appointment timing at 8pm. They said okay.
The day of my very very first IPL treatment came, and I must say I was pretty scared! I googled about IPL treatment and the pain the came with it. Mostly said it was an “ant bite” kind of pain. I think that’s quite subjective because some ant bites can be quite painful!
I was seated at the reception area while my sister went for her consultation. And it was my turn for treatment! Here is how the room looks like.
It looks just like the basic IPL salons I’ve seen online, though slightly better.
I was to change into a pink robe and also put on the disposable panty. My treatment was Underarm and V-line.
This is their in-house machine developed in Japan.
My therapist came in and asked put a layer of cloth over my eyes. Later, she also made me wear the alien caps over my eyes, and added extra towel to cover over it. This is to protect our eyes from the laser.
She started off with my V-line first……. Was it painful? YES YES YES YES!!! IT WAS SOOOO PAINFUL I was on the verge of crying. Okay wait, perhaps let me share with you about my hair condition first before freaking you out. I have a lot of hair, everywhere on my body. My hair is naturally very dark, thick and coarse. And of course, my nether regions are not spared from it. I usually go for full brazilian waxing (you can read my post about my waxing at Blush Wax) My tolerance of pain is usually quite high, I can wax any part of my body without screaming or tearing. The first time the laser was shot, I let out an “ouch”, and the therapist continued. After a few “ouches” from me, she lowered down the voltage or something, and told me it was the lowest. It was still painful.
She also commented, “your tolerance of pain quite low ah.” To which I replied, “No leh I usually do full Brazilian waxing and I wax my arms, and my legs all the time.” And she was quite puzzled as to why I could withstand waxing but not IPL. Here’s the reason: it is laser zapping on your skin. It feels like being electrocuted and pulling my skin/hair out kind of pain. I’m not sure how other girls feel because everyone’s experience is different, and of course everyone’s hair condition is different. Finally we were done with my V-line and moved upward to my underarm.
By then, my hands were already sweating. For underarm, I think there were around 8- 12 shots. Okay, NOT the entire underarm was painful. Out of the shots administered, I’d say it was painful 4 times for each armpit. Some parts were painful, some parts were not. So now I get why some girls don’t feel pain at all. It’s because of their hair. If your hair is naturally thin and fine, you should not experience much pain. However, if you are suay like me to have thick and coarse hair, please be prepared for some pain.
Victory sign because I survived the “torture”. HAHAH I was really happy to be done with it.
When I left the treatment room, my sister was still having a consultation. It took around 10-15 mins. She asked if it was painful, I said yes. Later on, the consultant asked my sister if she wanted to give a try just to experience how it was like. They administered shots on her armpit and top of her V-line. What was her verdict? Yes, it was painful.
The therapist said we could wear deodorant the next day. My sister and I both experienced some slight discomfort on our treated areas for around 1 hour after the treatment.
And the next question I think most people would want to know is, how was the growth after IPL treatment?
I monitored my hair growth on both my underarms and V-line for a week. The growth was visibly slower. Let’s take my armpit hair for example,
Before IPL: On 3rd day of shaving, the growth will usually be around 0.3cm
After IPL: only on the 4th day of shaving, the growth was 0.3cm.
It was not a significant impact but I could tell from my naked eyes that there was retardation in growth. Hair thickness wise, no changes.
How was the service at Ginza Calla?
Hmmm, I’ll say it was okay. The staff are generally nice and soft-spoken.
How was the hygiene level at Ginza Calla?
I did not see anything particularly unhygienic or dirty there. They did use an electric shaver on me, I’m unsure if it was sanitised or replaced with a disposable head (if there was such a product) prior to using on every customer as my eyes were covered.
Treatment and and effectiveness wise, I cannot comment much as I have not been to other salons. I’ll probably touch on more on this if I were to try out at other places. Also, since I have thicker and harder to manage hair, I do not expect instant or fast results.
Have you been to Ginza Calla? Or do you have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below, it’ll be great to share with others regarding your experience! I would love to know too!
Hello everyone! How’ve you been? Recently, Roy and I had a major craving for boat noodles aka Kuai Tiao Ruea all thanks to the delicious ones we had in Bangkok a few months ago. Hence, we decided to google if there was any boat noodles sold in Singapore. And viola! We found one located at Golden Mile Complex, well, where else right? When we arrived at Golden Mile Complex, we had a hard time locating the shop as it was our first time there. We walked around and thought we were at the wrong building hahah. So anyway, we called them up and they said to go to “Diva” club.
We found a staircase that leads to the basement (not the carpark!) and found this gem, Noodle Cafe.
It’s a very small and cozy place. And it was full house!
Lucky us managed to get a table.
While waiting for our noodles to arrive, we were busy camwhoring away because we haven’t really been going out in a long time.
I forgot to take a picture of the menu but other than boat noodles, they also serve Ovaltine Pork rice, Braised Duck rice, Chicken Egg Noodles, etc. Okay wait, I just found their menu on their Facebook page!
There are 3 steps to ordering the boat noodles.
1) Choose the type of noodles you wish to have – Kway Tiao, Tung hoon, Glass Noodles (THIS IS THE ONE YOU SHOULD ORDER!), Egg Noodles, Mee Kia
2) Choose the meat you wish to have – Pork Ball (THIS IS GOOD!), Pork Meat, Pork Liver (great for females), Beef Ball, Beef meat, Beef Liver
3) Choose the noodles sauce base – Special Sauce (THIS IS THE ORIGINAL ONE), Tom Yum sauce, Dry noodles, Clear Soup
*The noodles are spicy there, so please opt for less spicy or no chilli (not sure if they have this option) for those who can’t take spicy stuff!*
As compared to the one I had in Bangkok, the service here was pretty slow. So I had too much time on hand to camwhore.
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And finally our first round of noodles came! The small bowl of noodles costs $1.90 while the big one is $5.00. I’d say, just go for the big one right away! Unless you’re just there to try to taste out different flavours and soup bases.
The first one we ordered was the dry version because I thought this was the one we usually have in BKK. I WAS WRONG!! T_T It was still good nonetheless but the special sauce is still the best!
And so we went for our second round of noodles. This time with the correct special sauce + less chilli!
It came with a huge portion of kang kong, one of my favourite vegetables, hehe. Roy opted for Pork Meat while I had tonnes of Pork liver. Please order the Pork ball!!!! I love it even though I usually don’t eat pork! Actually it seriously doesn’t taste like pork at all. It tastes like chicken? Idk, but it tasted the same as the pork balls I had in BKK. Major love!
And here are our empty bowls of boat noodles! Roy ate 2 big bowls + 1 small bowl while I had 1 big bowl + 1 small bowl. The bill came up to approximately $21.00. For BKK standards, the pricing is quite expensive because the one I had was 20baht/25baht for the small bowl? And the big bowl was around 60baht.
But I guess if you were to compare this to other eateries in Singapore (not hawker centres la of course), then the pricing is still quite ok. The workers are all Thais so it’s quite an authentic experience. Though I must say the place stinks a bit hahaha. You’ll get used to it in minutes.
Drinks wise, Roy had the Thai Ice Tea which he said was good and I opted for mineral water just in case the noodles got too spicy for me to take.
You can try this place out if you wish to have boat noodles in Singapore and won’t be going to Bangkok anytime soon!
Noodle Cafe is located at:
5001 Beach Road
Golden Mile Complex
Contact: 8666 6675
Operating hours: 12pm – 9pm
I was wearing Lace & Ebony’s Paddle-pop Trumpet dress and it fits me to a t! Super love it! The material is stretchy and really comfy. I think I’ll be wearing this quite frequently to work from now on. The print comes in my favourite colour combination, pink, purple & blue! This is my first ever trumpet dress! Previously, I didn’t dare to wear trumpet dresses as I was afraid they wouldn’t look nice on me. Hehe, I was wronggggg. It’s such a flattering cut. I will post more full body pictures once I have them!
This dress will be launching this coming Sunday, 1st February! QUOTE “URBANDOLLXLE” for 10% off at checkout! The discount code will be valid till 28th February!
Do keep a lookout for my Instagram updates @urbandollsg!
What is Christmas without sharing gifts of joy with your loved ones? As with my past few Christmases, I’m here to share the all new The Body Shop Christmas Edition Gifts!
As I grow older, I realised I really enjoy buying gifts for people close to me. The joy of spending time with my family and watching them unwrap their gifts under the Christmas tree is something I hold close to my heart. I prefer buying gifts that are functional and can be used on a daily basis. Hence, I usually buy shower gels, perfumes and towels.
(Speaking of towels, I would like to share that I recently got Esprit towel sets at less than $20.00 at Sembawang Shopping Centre. Not too sure if they still have stock but you can give it a try if you live near there. Otherwise, you can purchase them at $29.90 at Takashimaya. I love Esprit towel sets because the towels quality is quite good. My Esprit towel lasted me for 5 years! And I like that they come with a hand towel and face towel.)
Some people dislike the idea of receiving or gifting shower gels because they’re afraid to translate the wrong idea that the recipient is smelly or ought to shower. NO, THAT IS NOT TRUE. 1) If the person smells, then yes he/she needs some help. 2) If the person doesn’t smell, a little bit of fragrance help to enhance the body image. Why not! Everyone deserves and should smell good. What better way to end your tiring day with a hot nice smelling shower? You’ll go to bed happy.
First of all, I would like to introduce the all-new Glazed Apply body care range. This is the Glazed Apple Treat box packaged with a cute handle.
The mouth-watering fragrance comes in both shower gel and body butter. Step 1) Shower and exfoliate with the loofa. Step 2) Moisturise your body with the body butter! This is a great 3-in-1 gift set!
Their signature ultra-rich body butter helps to hydrate and soften our delicate skin.
Deliver handfuls of happiness with this winter-wonderful Frosted Cranberry Greeting Card which hand cream and soap. This is especially good for those who work in cold air-conditioned office. For me, I always keep a few tubes of hand cream on my table and will apply them on my hands twice a day while working. The long hours of being under air-con means that my skin is being stripped of moisture every second. Hence, I always make it a point to put on nice smelling hand cream after every few hours in my office to rehydrate my skin.
The Frosted Cranberry Greeting Card retails at $24.90.
For nail polish lovers, like my sister, some nail varnishes will definitely make the perfect gift! My sister was so happy to see I’ve got 5 new bottles of new polish and she hopes to try them out ASAP. The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polish retails at $12.90.
And my favourite of the lot is…. nonetheless the White Musk collection! I’ve written here about how much I love The Body Shop White Musk scent and have been using it since I was 19. The White Musk remains as one of my favourite scents in my whole perfume history lol.
This classy White Musk EDT Gift Set comes with a mini size shower gel and body lotion. Just nice for my overseas trip out tomorrow! Will definitely be packing it in my luggage tonight. This gift set also comes with a cute small notebook.
The White Musk EDT 60ml Gift Set retails for S$54.90.
Usually when I go shopping at The Body Shop, I will always grab myself some bottles of Strawberry Shower Gel because that is one of my top favourite scents for shower gels (followed by Cranberry, Peach and Passionfruit)!
For the Strawberry lovers, surprise them with this sweet set of Strawberry Festive Picks stuffed with soap, body polish (a must to exfoliate!), body butter and shower gel. I’ll love anybody who buys me this hehe.
From a loyal The Body Shop shopaholic point of view, I really love picking Christmas gifts from there because I am a hardcore shower gel fan hahah. I can say half of my bodycare and skincare are bought from The Body Shop (yes with my own money, no sponsored!) Here is a secret that I haven’t really shared on my website and social media: My daily facial cleanser that I’ve been using for a year is The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Facial Wash. It looks like this and the retail price is around $24 I think. You can grab it during sale or discount periods! If you’re looking to get a new facial wash, you might want to give this a try! I usually buy 8 tubes at one go. Roy, Kay and I all fight over this at home hahha, it’s crazy.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance guys!!!! Muacks!:D