Barterli - Online Second Hand Book Trading App

[Product Review]

I love to buy books, so you can imagine after reading those books that I have bought, the books will be back on the shelves. Over years they  accumulated, so I either have to give them away or sell them as second hand books.

When it comes to selling second hand books, I usually sell them through Carousell, Ebay or Facebook. These platforms may have a wide captive audience, but they are not exclusive. They are virtual market places with a lot of noise and distractions because many different items are selling there. They are not exclusive places for book lovers.

I was recommended to Barterli, an app you could download on your phone or tablet, where one could trade second hand books online. I thought this is quite an useful app as it serves the community of book readers exclusively, without the cluttering of other products.

With Barterli, you can scan the ISBN and all the synopsis will be uploaded instantaneously (if there is in the database). Upload of books can be done in matter of seconds. You could also do it mannually by typing it out.


Buying is as easy too!


I have set up an account with Barterli to try out this app. In fact, I have loaded a few books to sell too. Of course, the app can be improved further. For example, I wish I could add more photos of the books that I am selling, but the app restricts it to only 3. I wisgh I could rotate the photo after I have uploaded it but I can't. I believe the app will get better over time, with more people using it and more user feedback.

Did I say this service is free? Yes, it is absolutely free! So go on, give it a try, because every good book deserves a second read.


How To Pack The Luggage When Your Kid Travel Overseas Without You

Now that mid year exam is over, are we all ready for R & R (Rest & Relax)? I'm actually in the midst of packing luggage, not for us, not for me either, but for AJ.

AJ will be going away for 5 days with his school. This coming overseas trip will be AJ's third trip away without the parents over a span of just 2 years. Huh? He is only 10, and already third overseas trip without parents?! It's kinda too soon, isn't it? Yea, I actually dislike the idea of kids travelling overseas without parents at too young a age. To me, primary school level is considered too young.

His first trip was last year March when he went to Malaysia with his new primary school friends. Just 4 months past 9 years old and he had to be away from us for 3D/2N. It got me a little emo, no less. Why do school trips start so early these days? These children were only 9 or 10 years old. Haiz...

Knowing that it was probably our children’s first overseas trip without parents, the personnel from the tour agency was kind enough to share with us some practical tips how to pack their luggage. Here are some useful pointers:

1) Since it was a short 3D/2N trip, we only need to pack in 2 sets of day clothing, 1 set of pyjamas and an extra set for ‘in-case’.

2) Pack each set of clothing mentioned in point (1) in one ziplock bag. That means there should be 4 ziplock bags. So the children need not worry about what to wear everyday. Each day they only need to unzip one ziplock bag.

3) Pack the money for them to buy things into each ziplock bag together with the clothing as well. This is to prevent unforeseen mishap if the child lost his wallet that day, he/she would still have money from other day’s supply. Though the children hardly had to spend money as school trips would have all 3 meals covered, the extra money was given for them to buy little things like titbits, souvenirs, etc..

4) Pack in a large plastic bag for them to dump all soiled clothing.

5) Checked with the hotel if they supply toothpastes, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, etc.. If the hotel does provide, you need not pack these in (remember: the less things to remember for them the better). If you do need to pack them in, give the child small bottles, enough for him/her to use for those days, and be prepared that he/she will forget to bring them back. In the madness of packing up upon checking out, they might forget many things.

6) Pack in the necessary medication in sufficient quantities for those few days only. Inform the teachers about your child’s health condition so that they may be able to help watching out for symptoms.

7) Lastly, don’t give them a luggage bag that is too huge for them to handle.

I find these tips very useful when I packed AJ’s luggage on his first school trip. I did exactly as told and the luggage bag came back as a piece. 😁

AJ’s second overseas trip was another Malaysia trip, but with Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) then. It was again a 3D/2N packed-to-the-brim trip. I used the same method to pack his clothes. The only difference was that I had to pack in his performance attire which he had to wear for 2 nights. It needed to be pressed and I was a little concerned that he might be careless in handling it and caused it to crease. Fortunately the children could hang their performance attires in the concert hall once they reached the site for rehearsal so that had solved the problem.

And very soon, he will be embarking on his third overseas trip without us. I am adopting the same packing method but this time I will get him to arrange his own outfit for the day.

By this time I have become a little cool about his travelling (and there will be more to come). My only concern left is the lack of sleep which always happen in this kind of packed-to-the-brim trip. Moreover, having a mate or 2 in the same room means endless chatting and possibly playing online games on the phones which will eat into their limited sleeping time.😔

That is something beyond my control since I cannot be present. So I will have to load him with probiotics and Vitamin C before and after the trip.

Have any of your kids gone overseas without you at such young age? How did you cope with this separation anxiety? 

My Journey with Halley Medical Aesthetics

I have added another photo of mine that I like much. This is the one. This photo reminded me the journey I trod with Halley Medical Aesthetics. I like this photo because in it, I see a confident lady, someone I had not seen for quite a while.

I grew up in an environment that detests cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatment to enhance a person’s physical look for non-medical result. But as I age, my perspective changes. Our society has evolved; we have become more liberal, more open to medical aesthetics because more and more people are doing it. I have also come to term with myself. Aesthetics treatment can boost a person’s self-esteem and confidence, because I am seeing that happening in myself.

I did CoolSculpting with Halley Medical Aesthetics in August last year to get rid of the stubborn body fat in areas like the tummy and thighs where spot exercises cannot remove so as to shape my body. 

It has proven to be effective. Ever since then I started to exercise diligently. Honestly speaking, having done CoolSculpting was my first step to being motivated to exercise regularly. I saw how my outer thighs and tummy have shrunk due to CoolSculpting, and I told myself no way will I allow myself to be flabby again.

Having done CoolSculpting was my motivation to exercise diligently.

Then in February this year, I went back to Dr. Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics. This time, to repair my railway lines on my forehead, frown lines, and the crow’s feet at the side of my eyes because they were there even when I didn’t lift up my eyebrows!  It is not a very nice feeling - to feel the signs of advance ageing when the actual age hasn’t reached there yet. You may read about it here.

I did Xeomin, as recommended by Dr Terence Tan, a brand of botulinum neuromodulators, to reduce the appearance of these muscle contraction-induced lines or dynamic wrinkles. 

Xeomin is a cosmetic brand approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is the only one that does not contain any complexing proteins. In layman’s term, it means Xeomin does not contain any additives. The benefit of this is that it makes our human body less likely to become resistant to Xeomin.

Though the result is not permanent, and is said to last about 3 to 4 months, my forehead is a lot smoother than how it was 3 months ago, the lines on the side of my eyes were significantly less obvious. And I have to admit too, after the Xeomin treatment, I became more diligent in moisturizing and hydrating my skin.

Xeomin has become a push factor for better self-care.

A week ago I bumped into an ex-colleague whom I have not met for close to 10 years.

“What happened to you, Jenn?”

I stood there speechless. I was thinking in my mind, what worse could have happened?

“You look younger than before!”

“Oh my! You scare the hell out of me!” I was scolding him in my mind!

In all honesty, I was flattered, almost in cloud nine. Yet, at the same time, I have not doubted any of his words. Even though I looked at myself in the mirror everyday, I observed the changes in me.  The physical change has boosted my confidence and that has manifested in my countenance.

At this juncture, I want to thank Dr. Terence Tan and his team in Halley Medical Aesthetics for my transformation. Without the help from him and his team, I wouldn’t have found a brand new kind of me.

Halley Medical Aesthetics
277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway Singapore 238858
T: 6737 8233

A Fullerton Love Story Tour

[Media Invite]

We are invited back to The Fullerton Hotel, this time, for A Fullerton Love Story Tour.

We gathered at the Concierge at level 1 of The Fullerton Hotel where the resident tour guide took us on a journey through 89 years of legacies, stories and secrets untold in Singapore’s 71st National Monument.

This tour is not just a history tour narrated by the resident tour guide, it is also a theatrical tour where actors will regale you with fact, fiction and a dose of amusing anecdotes stemming from the historic Fullerton Hotel Singapore, which was once home to the General Post Office, Ministry of Finance and the famous Singapore Club.

Edward Choy, who played as the postman

Live history becomes more interesting when love stories are told. You will get to enjoy a most improbable love story between a humble postman played by theatre actor Edward Choy, and a stalwart civil servant; played by theatre actress, Isabelle Chiam; who is trying to reach the upper echelons of the finance world.

One of the highlights is of course, a short tour of the Presidential Suite

 Seen here is Isabelle Chiam; the other theatre actress

I wonder, if AJ could play a song or two here, would we win ourselves a staycation in this suite 

The dining area


This tour is an event organised by The Fullerton Hotel in conjunction with the upcoming Singapore Heritage Festival. The actual tours for public will be held on 6 May and 13 May and are priced at S$78 for adults, $58 for children.


At the end of the tour, divine desserts at The Courtyard will delight you long into the night.

8.00 pm - 9.30 pm: A Fullerton Love Story Drama Tour 
9.30 pm - 11.00 pm: Divine Desserts at The Courtyard

To book your tour for 6 May or 13 May, please click here.