Saturday, May 24, 2014

[Review] The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base

The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base - this is definitely not a raving product from The Face Shop. Even so, this is still one my most favorite cosmetic product of all time. Why do I say so? It's because I have not been seeing many people using this product so far. Or probably there are a lot? I am not sure. Perhaps, there are just not too many people talking about it as compared to the other products from The Face Shop.

About The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base

An innovative formula that integrates swirls of violet and pink bases to improve dark and dull skin tone, thus creating a brighter and more radiant skin.

Key Features of This Product:

The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base is a color makeup base that corrects your skin tone before the application of a foundation and concealer. It purpose is to smoothen uneven skin surfaces and refine skin tones in order to create a beautiful base for makeup.

This product contains Sprout GF complex (Sprout extract) that is effective in keeping the skin moisturized even when makeup is applied.

What is Broccoli Sprout Extract? 

Broccoli sprout extract is extracted from the three-to-four-day-old Broccoli sprouts plants when it contains the highest amount of Sulforaphane, a potent phytonutrient that is effective in the prevention and treatment of skin cancers.

As such, Broccoli sprout extract has several benefits when applied on human skin. Studies have shown that Broccoli sprout extract can:

- Protect against skin cancers
- Reduce the visible signs of aging
- Decrease inflammation

The high concentration of Sulforaphane in the Broccoli sprout extract causes skin cells to have the ability to resist the effect of UV radiation more effectively. It protect the skin from the harmful effect of the UV radiation and helps to maintain a youthful and healthy looking skin.

What Is A Makeup Base?

A Makeup Base, also known as a Primer, is a cosmetic product that is applied to the skin before foundation or concealer. Its purpose is to smooth out lines, wrinkles or blemishes and provide the foundation or concealer a smooth base layer for application.

Wearing Makeup base Without Foundation

So is it fine to wear makeup base without foundation? Well, I guess it depends on personal preference. For me, it is absolutely fine as this is simply what I have been doing for the past three years.

Well, you might feel wrong, but you could not be sure as there are no rules that has stated that you have to wear a foundation over a primer. 

Furthermore, I am a hater of foundation or even BB creams. They always tend to make my face feels really oily, dull or caked just after a few hours. I have tried so many different brands in the past but none of them gave me a satisfying result. Eventually, I got so disappointed that I just stopped buying and using foundation

What I Like About This Product

1. Color Correction

The Face Shop Face It BB Base is a low coverage product. Or rather, this product does not offer any kind of coverage to the skin at all since it is not a foundation or BB cream. But it does help to correct my uneven skin tone and create a smoother looking skin.

2. Minimize Pores

For the longest time in my life, I am bothered by my large visible pores which often appeared to be so obvious in a HD photograph. Even though I knew that foundation would be able to help me achieve a flawless smooth skin, I just could not convince myself enough to try that cosmetic product again.

I am glad that The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base has helped to minimize the appearance of my large pores and achieve an almost flawless skin. It might not perfect but I am still happy with the result.

3. Glowing Skin

The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base contains some tiny shimmery bits that seems to make my face sparkle and glow all the time. The violent and pink base also help to brighten up dull skin, creating a more radiant look.

4. Packaging & Price

The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base comes in a transparent plastic pump bottle with a violet cover cap. The packaging allows me to know how much of the product I am left with so that I could restock it in time. 

Furthermore, the pump packaging allows me to get an appropriate amount of the product very easily. Just a pump of it is sufficient to cover my entire face. No wastage, very user-friendly and most importantly, very hygienic.

The price is affordable, considering that a bottle of this could last me almost a year. However I am not sure whether The Face Shop Face It BB Base is still available in the market. It seems like The Face Shop has decided discontinued this product a while ago because I could no longer find this on the website. But I believe you could still purchase this product from some of the online stores. It will probably cost you around SGD 25.

I really hope that this product is still available in The Face Shop retail stores. Or at least it will not be discontinued. If not, I might have to start searching for alternative makeup bases to replace The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base before mine finishes up.

What I Dislike About This Product

There is nothing in particular that I really dislike about this product. I just feel that this product probably could be better if it has some oil controlling properties, which will help to keep my face free from shine after a long day.

In addition, please note that The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base contains Parabens, which is not really a big issue for me.  If you are someone who is particularly concerned about the use of Parabens in cosmetic products might result in cancers, this is definitely not a product for you to consider.

How I Use This Product

I am thankful that I do not need a very high coverage product as I am not bothered by any serious skin problems. This has allowed me to use The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base without applying a foundation after it.

I prefer really light and almost natural looking makeup than piling my face up with lots of cosmetic products. To keep everything simple, this is usually what I do for my face makeup.

1. I applied The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base to even out my skin tone and at the same time, to keep my skin moisturized.

2. Next, I will proceed to conceal any pimple scars or dark eye circles with a concealer.

3. Prime my eyelids with an eye primer for eye shadows

4. Lastly, I will apply the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder to finish my makeup. This is to ensure that my makeup looks smooth and will remain matte for the whole day.

Since The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base does not have any oil controlling properties, the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder is one of my most favorite product used to control and reduce sebum production on my face.

Final Thoughts

"Embrace your flaws, but not conceal them."

There is no perfection in this world. It is more important to learn to love and accept your flaws than trying all your means to conceal them. This is when you feel most confident about yourself. Confidence is make one beautiful. A beauty that comes from within.

If you are looking for a light makeup base, The Face Shop Face It Essence BB Base is definitely a product that is worth a try. A must-have product for me to achieve a smooth glowing skin.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Buffet at Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore Hotel

Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts
Photo By: Elin Chow

"Carousel is best buffet restaurant fot fifth year running in AsiaOne People's Choice Award."

This is one of the news article from the Sundaytimes published on the 23th April 2014, which immediately got me interested in writing this blog entry.

The best buffet restaurant in Singapore? I think I am not in any position to judge as I have not been to many of them. But from the ones which I have managed to try, the Carousel @ Royal Plaza on Scott Singapore is undeniably the best of all.

About The Restaurant

Carousel is an award-winning international buffet restaurant located at Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore hotel which serves a wide array of cuisines from around the globe. From Mediterranean, Asian, Japanese fare to a lavish seafood spread and dazzling dessert stations, this is definitely a restaurant that will leave most of their diners spoilt with choices.

My Experience

The first time I visited the Carousel, it was on my 22nd birthday. That was a birthday treat from my husband. He had actually made a reservation online with Carousel a week earlier before we arrived on the actual day. And luckily he did! If not, we might not be able to get ourselves a table on that day.

Prices of the buffet is as shown below. We went for their buffet dinner on the weekends. Comparing to many other buffet restaurants, Carousel is definitely not an cheaper option. However, I still find the price quite reasonable for the wide array of cuisines choices they offered to the diners.

Look at those mussels, prawns, scallops, lobsters, king crab legs and freshly shucked oysters. Such glorious seafood selection will definitely make all seafood lovers go crazy!

However, it is a pity that I am not a fan of seafood. Their freshness always never fail to disgust me. Nevertheless, I was still pretty impressed by the good varieties of seafood delicacies that are offered to the diners on free flow.  

The oysters, one of my husband's most favourite seafood delicacy in Carousel.

Just in case if you are doubting the freshness of the seafood, I can ensure you that there are definitely nothing much to worry about. Apparently, the high turnover rate of the seafood delicacies would have ensure that they are always served fresh to the diners. 

How can I be so sure of that? I believe what I had observed throughout my two hours of dining experience will be sufficient to prove that.

My husband and I were allocated to a table situated right in front of the seafood station. From our seat, a male chef was seen busily opening the oysters for the whole night. One after another, he shucked them open, ready to be served to the hundreds of diners. For the entire night, his hands never stopped working because he just could not afford to rest for even a minute.

Even so, there are still queue forming in front of the seafood counter where diners were seen waiting to get their hands on the shucked oysters. That poor cute guy, I really feel bad for him. 

But one of our favourite will always be the fresh lobsters, which in fact, is the only raw seafood that I actually ate. So delicious and sweet, but a little bit salty. I believe the salty taste comes from the sea water. Whatever it is, it does not matter that much as long as it does not taste fishy like many other raw seafood.

After a hearty meal, be prepared to indulge yourself in multiple servings of sweet treats from the desserts stations. Not really impressed by the desserts choices, but still, enough to satisfy my some of my sinful cravings.

I did not managed to capture a lot of photos here as I was too busy trying out the food. Other than the seafood and desserts stations, the Japanese station is pretty impressive too. I love the Sashimi so much! So sweet, so fresh and definitely the best Sashimi I have ever eaten in my life so far. 

Other than a birthday treat at Carousel, my husband also gave me a handwritten card. To others, this may be a worthless gift. But to me, the card is just invaluable. Every of his single word touched my heart deeply. His sincerity, his heart for me, which I believe no amount of money in the world would be able to buy.

Actually, my husband and I have already visited this restaurant twice. The second time was around a year ago. That was again, another treat from him.

So, just in case if you are searching for a restaurant with a nice ambience and good food, Carousel is definitely a great option for you to consider. 

Dining at Carousel was a very pleasant experience for us. Not only that we get to try a wide spread of delicious cuisines from all over the world, but most importantly, also get to spend a little bit of quality time together. 

In addition to that, the level of service we received at the Carousel was just excellent. The staffs were always smiling while attending to every of our request. Our dirty plates were promptly cleared away from our table whenever we left for more food. There was no need for us to ask for water to be refilled for our almost empty glass while we were eating.

Emptying plates at different stations were quickly replenished and kept hot and fresh for all diners. We were also glad that everything were kept clean and tidy all the time. No oiliness, no spills, or food being all tossed around and mixed up. 

The high quality of service really enhanced our dining experience a lot and I believe this is also one of the factor that made Carousel stand out from many other buffet restaurants in Singapore.

Oh, if you are interested in dining at Carousel, there is one thing that you must remember. That is to make a reservation at least a week earlier with them before you actually visit them. If not, there might be chance that you might not be able to get a table on that day. 

By the way, does anyone have a nice buffet restaurant in Kuala Lumpur to recommend to me? I have been craving for buffet so much these days. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

[Review] Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask

Photo By: Elin Chow

If I have to choose my favorite product of this month, it will definitely be the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Jelly Mask! I first came to know about this product from Bubzbeauty's vlogs, a very famous Youtuber who I love very much. Surprisingly, the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask left me feeling really curious and excited. I just could not wait to own one of this product! 

So why am I so deeply in love with the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid and Brightening Jelly Mask? Below are my reasons.

About Annie's Way

I believe most of you are unfamiliar with the brand, Annie's Way. I am not an exception too. In fact I have never even heard of Annie's Way before I saw it in Bubzbeauty's vlogs.

"Transformed into a beautiful Butterfly"

Annie's Way is a Taiwan beauty brand established by Annie Wu back in 2009.  The butterfly logo of this brand signify that the Annie's Way mask, when applied, will transform a humble caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. 

Currently the No.1 best-selling products on, Annie's Way products are especially very popular in China and Taiwan. 

What Annie's Way Says

The Annie's way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Mask has the following benefits:

- Whitening
- Moisturizing
- Minimizes fine lines
- Lightening dark spots and acne scars

Thus, leaving our skin radiantly bright and soft.

Main Ingredients

1. Arbutin Extract

An whitening agent extracted from the Bearberry plant. Even though  Arbutin Extract is a common ingredient used in many of the skin care products, its effectiveness in skin whitening has not yet been established by researchers.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

The main functions Hyluronic Acid is to provide instant hydration to our skin. Other than that, it also has the ability to prevent or slow down skin aging.

I believe I have already mentioned the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid in my review about the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion earlier on. If you are interested to know more in details, you might want to take a look at that blog entry here.

3. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a form of Vitamin C, which is known to increase skin's hydration levels and improve its elasticity.

In addition, a single research study has also shown that Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate might also be effective in skin lightening. 

4. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate is a skin conditioning agent that is effective in improving the appearance of dry or damaged skin by helping to reduce skin flaking, redness and irritation.

What I Feel About This Product

1. Moisturizing

This product is very moisturizing and does miracles to my skin! I love how my skin feels after application. It feels as soft and smooth as baby skin! I found myself kept on touching my face every now and then without realizing it. The Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask is just like a savior to my flaking and damaged skin!

2. Reduce Sebum Production

Recently, my face no longer feels as oily as before since I started using this product. Not sure whether this has something to do with the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask or my hormones. But I do believe that this product is effective in clearing out some of the clogged pores and blackheads on my skin.

3. Whitening

As for whitening, I have not really seen the effect. So far, I have only used this product twice. I think more time will be needed to show the impact. Hopefully this could help to lighten some of the acne scars on my face.

4. Texture

This is a transparent gel-like mask where its texture feels like jelly. The mask itself is not watery and does not feel sticky at all. However, it tends to get a bit sticky when the mask dried up on your face after application. 

5. Smell

The Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask does not have any distinct smell. Probably a very mild sweet scent, but not strong enough to make one notice about it.

6. Price & Packaging

Currently retailing at RM 85 per container, you will get 250ML of the product. I purchased mine at one of the MaskSlim outlet store located at Festival City in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. I believe this is the only store that actually carries the Annie's Way brand. 

I find the price quite expensive. You will be able to find this product selling at a cheaper price online. If I am still living in Singapore now, I would have bought the Annie's Way mask online rather than from retail stores. 

Even though I feel that this product is a little bit expensive, I do not really mind paying for such an awesome mask. However, what I do really mind was the RM 5 that I have to pay for the spatula. So you may be asking me why am I buying the spatula since I thought the price to be a bit ridiculous. If I were to tell you it was because of the beautiful pink  butterfly logo on the spatula, then I must be crazy. I could ensure you that there is a must-buy reason which left me with no choice but to pay the RM 5. I shall explain further below. If you are curious, please continue to read on till the end of this review.

As for the packaging, the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask comes in a pearl white plastic container. Simple and nothing fanciful. The container prevent any unneccessary wastage. I could reach every little bit of this product easily at any time.

7. Difficult to wash-off

This product does not come off easily with water. It actually took me some time to get all the jelly mask entirely removed from my face. I think I just need to be a little bit more patient.

How To Use This Product

I have lots of fun while applying the Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Mask. Unlike many other similar product, this is not just a simple wash-off mask.

1. Firstly, I will wash all the oil and dirt off from my face with a facial cleanser.

2. Using the spatula, dig out an appropriate amount of the jelly mask from the container

3. Apply evenly on your face of an approximately thickness of 0.3-0.5cm.

4. Wait for 30 mins for the mask to dry off.

5. Using the spatula, gently scrape off the jelly mask.
*It will be more effective if you scrape it off forcibly as doing so might also help you to remove some of your stubborn blackheads.

6. Rinise your face with water.

7. Repeat the scraping action again before rinising with water again.

8. Keep on repeating the same actions until you have removed all the jelly mask off from your face.

So, this is why I have been 'forced' to pay the RM 5 for a spatula. Without it, it seem to be almost impossible to use this product in the correct way. Well, maybe not impossible, but difficult. You may replace the spatula with something else. However, I would just like to save myself the trouble of running around looking for something similar.

Basically, I will only use the Annie's Way Arbutin +Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask once or twice a week. I think this is more than enough to keep my skin radiantly bright and amazingly soft and smooth.

Final thoughts

Even though I have paid RM 85 for this Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask, I was given three sheet masks for free. So I chose the three from Annie's Way Moisturizing and Whitening series. Each piece of them retails at RM 7 at MaskSlim. So that will be RM 21 in total and if I am deduct this amount from the RM 85, the Annie's Way Arbutin +Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask actually only cost me RM 64. 

I have not tried the Annie's Way sheet masks yet. But I believe just like the Annie's Way Arbutin +Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask, the sheet masks will not disappoint me too. 

There are actually 6 different types of Jelly Masks under Annie's Way, each specially customized and targeted to a specific group of consumers. The 6 types of Jelly Masks are as follows:

1. Q10 Anti-aging Jelly Mask - Prevents skin aging

2. Italy Red Wine Jelly Mask - Regulate skin dullness

3. Aloe Moisturizing Jelly Mask - Oil control and minimize pores

4. Lavender Relaxing Jelly Mask - Regenerate and repair tired and damaged skin

5. Honey Deep Moisturizing Jelly Mask - Nourish dry skin and keep skin hydrated

6. Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask - Brightening and lighten dark spots.

Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask is currently the hottest selling product under the Annie's Way Jelly Masks series. Indeed, the mask is just beyond amazing! I love this product so much and simply could not do without it.

For people who are interested in getting one of the Annie's Way Jelly Mask, MaskSlim is currently have a promotion where you get to purchased two for RM 150. 

And no, this is not a sponsored review. I just wanted to share a great product with everyone. If you are looking for something new to try, I really recommend Annie's Way Jelly Masks series. A really awesome and must-have product!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Visiting The River Safari Singapore

Photo By: Elin Chow

The River Safari Singapore. This is actually one of the newest attraction in Singapore.

Officially opened on the 28th February 2014, I was actually really excited to visit the River Safari even before its completion. However, never have I expected that I will ever end my trip with disappointment.

Visiting The River Safari

My husband and I actually visited the River Safari back in April 2013, before the completion of the Amazon River Quest, which only officially opened to the public in December 2013. You might ask me why we did not choose to wait. It is simply because we could not afford to wait since we have already planned to relocate to Kuala Lumpur in September 2013.

It was a rainy Sunday, which undeniably, was a dampener. We arrived around 10am in the morning and proceeded to purchase our tickets at the counter. The ticket price is as shown below:

At the time when we visited, the River Safari does have the 5% off offer for online booking. We actually paid SGD 25 for each person, which I personally feel that this is a little bit way too expensive. 

The River Safari

The River Safari Singapore, is the first and only river-themed wildlife park in Asia. At the River Safari, visitors would be able to explore river and rainforest habitats from eight of the famous rivers around the world. The following are the eight rivers featured at the River Safari:

1. Mississippi River, North America

The Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America and the 4th longest in the world.

The Alligator Snapping Turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the North America. However, do not be fooled by its shy nature. This creature is entirely canivorous and is said to have the second strongest jaw and bite in the animal kingdom.

The Alligator Gar is a ray-finned fish and also the largest in the Gar family. I found this creature the most intriguing one in this river zone.

However, the most disappointing part was we did not get to see the Beavers as it was still under construction at that time when we visited.

2. Congo River, Africa

Congo River is the deepest river in the world, going beyond 220 metres. It is the second largest river by volume of water discharged and the ninth longest river in the world.

As we moved on to the Congo River, this is where we saw this little adorable creature! The African Drawf Crocodile, which is known to be the smallest extant crocodile species in the world.

The Giant Freshwater Pufferfish, also known as the Mbu Pufferfish, is the largest canivorous freshwater pufferfish in the world.

3. River Nile, Northeastern Africa

The River Nile, flowing through a total of 10 African countries, is the world's longest river. It is 6,853 km long. 

At the River Nile zone, it was disappointing to discover only three different species of fish and none of them has managed to attract my attention. 

The African Arowana is a gray, brown or bronze long-bodied fish with large scale.  Nothing special to me as my aunt has used to keep four of these at home aquarium a few years back.

Apart from the African Arowana, visitors would also be able to catch a glimpse of the Tigerfish and Giraffe Catfish, which I failed to capture photos of.

4. Ganges River, Western Himalayas

The Ganges River, which flows through India and Bangladesh, is the third largest river in the world. The 2,525 km long Ganges is the most sacred river to the Hindus, it is worshipped as a goddess known as Mother Ganges. The Ganges River is not only the lifeline to the millions of Indians who live along the coast, but also the home to hundreds of fish and amphibian species.

At the Ganges River zone, we saw two gigantic Indian Gharials, a rare crocodile species that is critically endangered today. 

Being the longest among the crocodilians, I can swear that the Indian Gharial is really huge! However, it's a pity that I could not show its massiveness in the photo which I have captured.

I could not remember the name of these weird looking fish. 

5. Murray River, Australia

Rises in the Australian Alps, the 2,508 km long Murray River is the longest river in Australia. I did not get to capture any photo while touring through the Murray River zone as there was nothing really interesting to see. The highlight in this zone would probably be the Red Clawed Crayfish, which looks really beautiful!

6. Mekong River, Southeast Asia

The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world and the 7th in Asia. With an estimated length of 4,350 km, it runs through a total of 6 countries, starting from Tibetan Plateau and ending in Vietnam before flowing out to the South China Sea.

The highlight of the Mekong River will be probably be the large aquarium filled with the Giant Siamese Carp and Mekong Giant Catfish. 

I swear they are really gigantic! But it is not really surprising as they are the largest freshwater fish species in the world. However, due to habitats loss and overfishing activities, both of them are also critically endangered, with an estimate of only a few hundred left alive.

The Lesser Adjutant Stork. So difficult to get a nice shot of it!

7. Yangtze River, Asia

The Yangtze River, also known as Chang Jiang in China, is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. 

At the Yangtze River, we were immediately greeted by a Chinese Alligator, which seemed to be having lots of fun swimming in the water. 

Next, we saw the Giant Salamander. This thing looks really hideous and disgusting! My husband was even scolding and asking why I was taking photo of this ugly creature. 

Some freshwater fish we saw at the Yangtze River zone. But I did not managed to take down their names.

Giant Panda Forest

However, the biggest attraction at the River Safari will be the Giant Panda Forest where a pair of male and female giant panadas - Kai Kai and Jia Jia are housed.

The Red Panda, also called lesser panda or the red-cat bear, is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It is omnivorous and feeds mainly on bamboo like the Giant Panda.

It's sad that camera flash is not allowed to be used in the Giant Panda Forest. The photos came out to be quite dark. Nevertheless, it still show the super adorable side of the Red Panda.

Isn't it cute? In fact, I adore the Red Panda more than the Giant Panda.

Next to the Red Panda, we finally get to meet Kai Kai and Jia Jia, which had created a huge rave in Singapore even before their arrival.

So, if you are unlucky, it's hard for you to even get a clear view of the pandas. And apparently, we were unlucky that day. 

However, this was not the worst part. The worst part of all was the china tourists who were pushing around, fighting for the best spot just to get a nice photo of the Giant Pandas. They were making so much noises but could not bother to care more even after the staffs at the River Safari requested them to quieten down. Totally ruined our mood and perhaps, the Giant Pandas felt annoyed too.

Mama Panda Kitchen is the only restaurant in the River Safari where you could get some food. However, my husband and I did not get to eat here.

Right outside the Mama Panda Kitchen, we get to enjoy the scenery of the Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Amazon Flooded Forest

Lastly, we visited the Amazon Flooded Forest. The Amazon River is the largest river in South America and the second longest in the world. During the rainy season, usually for six months every year, the Amazon River tends to overflow its bank. As a result of the flooding, the Amazon Forest is submerged in over 10 metres underwater.

Here at the Amazon Flooded Forest, we saw the Piranhas, one of the most feared and aggressive fish species in the world. If you have watched the movie "Piranha" before, you will understand why the Piranhas are the most feared fish in history ever. However, please be warned that this is a rated RA21 film due to its gore and sexual content. Be prepared to see lots of blood.

Some other freshwater fish which we saw.

However, the highlight of the Amazon Flooded Forest zone will the giant aquarium which is filled with the Manatees and Arapaimas. A really spectacular view! 

The Arapaima is the largest freshwater fish in South America.

The Manatee, also known as Sea Cow, is a herbivorous marine mammal. Capturing a photo of the Manatee is really not easy as it tends to stay far off from the glass panel.

As the River Safari Tea House came into view, it also signify the end of our River Safari tour. The restaurant does not seem cheap at all, but it does have a nice ambience. However, if all you wanted is just a quick bite, I suggest you to eat over at the Singapore Zoo instead, where you would be able to find affordable fast food chain like the KFC.

As usual, you would able to find some souvenir shop where you could grab and bring one or two souvenirs home. Of course, buying something here will not be cheap.

With this, we ended our trip. The entire River Safari only took us 2 hours to tour. 2 hours for SGD 25. I thought this was really too expensive. We were given the option to re-enter the River Safari any time on the day we visited after we made our exit. But we were not keen about that. It will be too boring as most of the surprises and excitement were gone. 

I really hope there will be more plans to expand the River Safari further. If not, I think I will never re-visit the attraction again.

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