Where to Buy the Perfect Birthday Gift for Family and Friends - Sweet Bunny

Birthdays are the time of the year that you can show your appreciation to your loved ones, food-wise. I always know where to take them or what to buy for them, but gifting-wise has always been a tough cookie for me, especially when you have multiple people to shop for in a month.

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Care packs Singapore customisable with to-door delivery- Customisable care packs have gained popularity over the years. Perhaps they are like an updated version of gift hampers in a box. The cardboard box does give the gifts inside a sense of mystery and is a sustainable option as these boxes can be recycled or used as a memory box to store all your keepsakes, letters and cards from family and friends. Having these care packs thoughtfully packed and shipped to your or the recipient's home is very convenient. I usually make my orders a month in advance to avoid forgetting a birthday.

September is a month when I have five friends and family members, and this year I decided to kill two birds with one stone and have two care packages delivered to two of my loved ones.


Birthday in the same month



How to select a suitable care pack vendor for Birthdays – I spent a few evenings checking out every Vendor in Singapore offering care packs and found that the concept was similar. You could choose a readily packed care pack or select a range of products to build your care pack. I usually prefer to develop my care pack because readily packed items may consist of items that the recipient might not use and would be a waste. I try to follow these steps when selecting a vendor.


1) Write down the recipients' interests and likes; this will help you decide on items that suit them best.

2) Check if the Vendor has the most items in stock that could create the care pack.

3) Items and shipping costs are within your budget for the gifts


The victor of my search was LOVA, mainly because they have items in stock that are appropriate for my recipients and the easy-to-navigate website; the UI UX is impressive. Furthermore, you support three to six local businesses when you purchase from LOVA.

                             LOVA - Your partner in gifting solutions webpage

LOVA's curated assortment


Best Gifts for Your Husband He will Genuinely Love – I selected from LOVA's curated assortment the Chug & Chill set because dear loves to snack on nuts, he is not much of a drinker, but the marble coaster would come in useful. I wanted the items to send a message to him; unfortunately, some things were too close to the expiry date, and the Vendor updated me before packaging the care pack. They were responsible for notifying the customer and ensuring everything was in good order.


CHILL & CHUG set from LOVA



My message, cheesy as it might seem from the items, would be:


I love and respect you; love and Respect Beers - Brewlander // 2 x Beers* (330ml each)


Life is a Roller coaster. I am glad that I get to enjoy the ride with you. - LOVA // 2 x Coasters*


I am nuts about you - With Love, Gretel // 2 x Sprouted Superfoods Snacks.


Dear was thrilled with his gift. He received 2 Respect Beers from Brewlander, LOVA white marble coaters which were made of natural marble that really impressed us, instead of the cheap plastic or paper kind we are used to seeing or receiving. 3 packets of Gretel nuts are packed neatly in a recyclable, eco-friendly gift box with a hand-tied ribbon and a handwritten card with your personalised message from me.

                           Handwritten message from LOVA

Self-Care Gift Box for a Sister -The second gift I opted to get was customised to my liking because it was my sister's birthday. I wanted to prepare a surprise for her. The process of designing a box is straightforward. In just 3 simple steps, you can customise a gift set. I like that we have options for the colours of ribbon and paper confetti stuffing, which gives each gift a personal touch.

Build a box LOVA





Interactive and easy-to-preview gift customisation – I cannot stop raving about how cool LOVA's Build a box function is. Seeing the items, colours and options you select come together in a beautiful preview is epic. It reminds me of Cher's closet in the movie Clueless but instead of clothes, gifts.

clueless cher's closet




Interactive care pack website LOVA




My sister was very touched; I reminded her that she mentioned that she wanted a care pack when we were creating one together for a relative last year. She said the book from the local author Wong Lai Chun was what she needed at this junction of life. Accompanied with Aromatherapy and bath items from The Scent Apothecary and Alletsoap to aid with destressing and self-care. 

                                Design a box LOVA

The delightful care packages were delivered to my place after office hours, just in time for me to receive them. Neatly wrapped in badge paper to prevent the box from getting dirty during delivery was a nice touch. The gold fold and high-quality ribbon's branding caught our attention. I believe that giving these out as corporate gifts would be a nice touch for staff in a company or for clients.



Credit for Screenshots: LOVA with LOVA's permission.



Chilling with the Cats at CATOPIA Café - Sweet Bunny


Dear and I love spending the holidays together, café hopping. This year seems to fly by; National Day was on our mist before we knew it. I suggested a cat café for a relaxing afternoon, chilling with the cats this time.
                                         Adorable cat in cat shape basket


Ethical Cat Cafés in Singapore-I am always very mindful when selecting a pet café to visit. I make it a point to go through as many reviews as possible to get an idea of what the environment is like for the animals, how they are treated and the behaviour of the establishment’s owners. Catopia Café had one of the highest favourable reviews on Google and Klook; this enticed me. I made a reservation on Catopia’s website and found it easy to navigate; select the time and date, and a popup with the house rules of the café will appear after you have accepted and read the terms. All you have to do is fill up a form, and you are done; payment is made at the cash register at the Café.



Getting to Cat Café in Bugis Singapore – Getting to the Café took a bit of time; we stopped at Rochor MRT Station and walked to the café. We arrived about half an hour earlier and were told by the staff to come back during our time slot because they were at total capacity with the previous group. We walked around the shophouse for a couple of minutes, unable to spot the café, but we found it after spotting the café’s Sign. Look out for a blue mural of a lamp out of space on the side of the shop house.

                                   Perak Street mural 

The Cafe was set up to bring people closer to cats in a safe social environment through interaction and education. Indeed, I believe the owner achieves precisely what he envisioned. Four staff were present at the café, three ladies and a gentleman who I think is the café owner. There are two stories in the café, and one of the younger staff seated us upstairs. She was very friendly and helpful in answering our questions, telling us about each cat and what its character was like. One staff was stationed upstairs and the others downstairs to ensure everything was in order, and the cats and people were interested in a safe manner.

cat napping heart shape spot





Gentle and Sweet Cats- I was glad to be upstairs, as I have to know the sweeter cats; the more active cats were mainly downstairs with the owner but did venture up as they pleased. We enjoyed the hour petting the cats and eating waffles and ice cream; we were pleasantly surprised that the cats were not attracted to the food, just propping up onto the table out of curiosity. Dear mentioned that he never knew the cat’s fur was so soft; other than seeing the neighbourhood strays, he does not have much experience interacting with cats. His favourite was the playful adolescent cat who was playing with the air purifier the staff had to carry him away; when she did so, he playfully pawed and pretended to bite her as he wiggled in her arms; he is very fast, constantly speeding around the room and checking out the visitors.

Catopia waffles and ice cream



 
cat resting

catopia cat singapore

brown orange cat


My only unpleasant experienced was when one cat was mean to a cat whose previous owner declawed; the café cats are mostly rescued. The poor clawless cat was terrified and hid in one of the boxes. The whole commotion happened behind me and frightened me. The loud, forceful meow scared me; I gave out a scream when I thought the cat was attacking me. I regretted it because one of the café’s rules was to keep our voices down and the surroundings peaceful and conditions for the cats. The upstairs staff quickly attended to the clawless cat, kept her in her cabin, and ensured everyone was all right. One of the owners also came up to check all was in order and spoke to the cat, who was naughty, in a gentle voice, not to be mean. The staff explained that these two cats did not get along. I guess cats also have their preferences on who they get along with.

                                         catopia cat cabin
The café keeps particular cats in their cabins to protect them from others; I notice there is an area that some cats go to when they want a break from all the people. I am glad they are not forced to interact. Most of them were also asleep in various spots of the café.

cat door

 

Overall I highly recommend this café to all cat lovers, a good place for kids who are seven years old and up. A massive crowd of kids and their parents were on the first floor waiting for their turn as dear and I left the café. It is worth it at SGD$13.00, a purrfect time with a group of adorable cats.

Catopia Cafe

46A Dunlop St, Singapore 209375
Opening Hours
Mon: Closed
Tues – Sun: 10am – 6pm
For reservations, please make your
booking online on https://catopiacafe.com/


 





Printable Password Log Sheets - Sweet Bunny

Every application from Netflix to Instagram, TikTok, and email accounts requires a username and password. Keeping track of everything can be a significant hassle, and you would have forgotten the password more often or less.


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Why is it risky to use the same password on all your accounts? - Hackers can easily access all your services if you use one password. Having one password leads to credential stuffing, where hackers use previously stolen login information and stuff it into another website until they find a match.

I received a warning from Google a week ago to change my passwords because there was a breach in a few of my app accounts managed by Google, so I sort to rectify the issues with my passwords.

Using a unique password for all your online accounts may seem like a lot of work, but keeping your information safe from cyber criminals is worth the effort. Using cyber security measures like password managers and Multifactor authentication MFA, you can protect your accounts from being compromised.

I prefer the old-school method of writing it down in a list and keeping it in a binder at home because it is doubtful that a hacker would break into my house to steal my binder. 

Binder with ***
                                            Photo by Agnivesh Jayadeep on Unsplash


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Printable Password Log Sheets – The latest addition to my printable webshop is an A4 printable and editable password log; each sheet is for up to five passwords and fills - Website or Account, Username, Password, Email Address, Last Updated, and Notes. A great way to keep your passwords organized is to divide them into categories on different pages Apps, Social Media, Online Streaming Sites, etc.

I have always preferred typing instead of writing , as my handwriting is atrocious, so the editable part of the PDF file works best for me.
 

Lastly, remember to store your password binder securely at home. Best practice would be in a locked drawer or safe. Also, never keep your banking details online, on clouds or on online storage. Clouds are never 100% secure, and you would not want anyone to have access to such information.

If you are out and require a copy of the list, you may secure the list in an attached folder on your phone, iPad or any device you carry with you when you are out.

For Android users, you may save the file in Google files in a Safe folder.

I am an Android user, so I save my list in Google files, a Safe folder with a pin you need to key in to access your files. I would not recommend keeping your files in Google Drives as you might share full access of your drive to someone by mistake, and they will be able to access all the data on your industry and in the case where hackers get access to your google account they will be able to get your password list as well.


As cybercrimes and fraud are on the rise, we have to up our game in keeping our accounts safe; what other methods do you use to keep your accounts secure? Share with me in the comments below.

Disclaimer: I am not an IT expert. This post is based on my opinion.  
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5 Best 4-Star Hotels in Singapore, Affordable and Cozy! - Sweet Bunny / Traveloka

If you are planning to visit Singapore or looking for a great hotel for a staycation for the upcoming holidays. This post is definitely a Must- Read...

Featuring, Traveloka

5 Best 4-Star Hotels in Singapore, Affordable and Cozy!


Summer vacation this year, the tropical country remains the choice of tourists. The sun and supportive air make foreign and local tourists look forward to summer. Singapore. also offers fun nightlife festivities.

Singapore is also known as the country with the most urban parks. The country with the fastest pedestrians in the world and the country with the largest Ferris wheel in the world. Those who are curious about the Ferris wheel of Singapore, let's hurry up and book tickets and hotels. Speaking of the hotel, Singapore also has a large selection of luxury hotels at affordable prices. The most recommended hotel by travellers is Furama Riverfront.


                                   Furama riverfront hotel


However, Singapore also has many choices. From that, let's take a look at the best 4-star hotels in Singapore.


  1. M Social Singapore

One of the best 4-star hotels in Singapore is M Social Singapore. It is a boutique hotel located in Robertson Quay, Singapore. with a total of 293 loft-style themed rooms, restaurants, friendly autonomous staff, and a strategic location that makes this hotel the choice of tourists.

 

This hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, delivery services, fitness centre, massage, and spa that you can use 24 hours. There are various types of rooms that you can book, namely Alcove Cozy Room, Alcove Terrace Room, Loft Gallery Room, Loft Premier Room, and Loft Terrace Room.

  1. Hotel Grand Pacific

You can also book a room at The Grand Pacific Hotel through Traveloka. The hotel has been certified as SG Clean with a level of cleanliness that is always maintained. Using urban style and sophistication makes this hotel look luxurious with a culture that is maintained.

You can exercise in the fitness room, relax in the swimming pool, enjoy a variety of dishes at Sun's Café, and pamper your eyes with views of Singapore city. In addition, the hotel is close to Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, which you can visit at any time.

There is also a self-service laundry service for washing your clothes and a daily newspaper.

  1. Hotel Garden Inn Singapore

Alternatively, you can stay at the Garden Inn Singapore Hotel. The hotel is about a 5-minute walk from Tan Teng Niah, about 0.5 km from the Church of True Light, and about 0.6 km from Mustafa Center.

There is a Garden Grille to enjoy international cuisine, a 24-hour fitness centre, a swimming pool, and a bar/lounge you can enjoy. You can also use business facilities to hold business meetings or other major events at this hotel.

  1. Park Regis Singapore

Another 4-star hotel in Singapore is Park Regis Singapore. This hotel room uses an elegant and modern concept that makes the room look luxurious. The location of this hotel is also quite strategic because it is close to several tourist destinations such as the ArtScience Museum, Central Business District, and Gardens by the Bay.

There are facilities in the form of an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, self-service laundry, business service, and car rental & limousine airport transfer that you can use. You can also use the hotel's multipurpose room to hold large-scale events.

  1. Furama Riverfront

There is also another hotel option called Furama Riverfront. What's interesting about this hotel is that there are digital services that you can access via mobile phone, namely food e-delivery, book co-working space, Kintamani book table, parking vouchers, chatbots, and public transportation info, weather, impressions kids club, and waka-waka indoor playground.

In addition, this hotel provides facilities that you can access 24 hours, such as an outdoor swimming pool, gym, and waterfall lounge. You will also be pampered with room services, baby child care services, and nursery rooms.


Those are some of the best recommendations for 4-star hotels in Singapore you can choose for your stay. You can book your dream room through Traveloka and get attractive offers for your summer vacation plans. Bring your family, friends, or partner to enjoy the summer~


Hot Water Storage Heater for your BTO Flat - Sweet Bunny

 Nothing is as refreshing as having a shower at the beginning of the day or at the end after a long day’s work. Cleaning oneself is about personal hygiene and the numerous benefits and health benefits you receive from a hot shower.



Selecting a New Water Heater – 
When choosing a water heater for your home, there are a few factors to consider, such as the space available to place the water heater, preference for an instant tankless water heater or a storage water heater. Personally, I prefer a storage water heater for my household because we own a rain shower, having the proper water pressure to be compatible for the rain shower to function well, producing a refreshing blast of water instead of drips of water in cases where the water heater’s pressure isn’t sufficient.

BTO bathroom




Like most 4-Room BTO flats, there are two bathrooms, one connected to the master bedroom and another to the living room. My family and I use both bathrooms heavily and are glad to report that the A. O. Smith Water Heater was and still is very reliable for the past two years. The only issue we experienced was the heater switch installed by HDB broke. Still, thankfully, my Interior designer Hosen Gan from Swiss Interior, dispatched a contractor to help replace the switch for us. Hosen recommended AOS Bath to us. I can always trust Hosen’s recommendation. He is truly an honest and reliable ID.


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Water Heater Purchase and Installation – The purchase was made by my husband, he went down to the AOS Bath showroom in Paya Lebar on a Saturday, and he said the staff were friendly, knowledgeable about their products and helpful. He purchased the A.O. Smith intelligent heater (40L/10 gal)/ Gen 6 Digital Heater and a pre-filter.

The following weekend 2 contractors came to fix up the heater in the bathroom closer to my living room. I felt terrible because the lights had not been installed in my place yet, but the heater was installed well with some torchlights. A job well done; we never faced issues with the heater for the past two years.

A.O. Smith intelligent heater



When family members use the hot water, you could always press the instant button to get hot water in a couple of minutes. To me, that is the best function of a storage heater.

Purchasing a heater from a reputable and trusted brand is essential for safety and cost savings. No one wants a heater that keeps breaking down and requires constant repairs.


                                                          bathroom with aos storage heater


AOS Bath is the sole distributor of A. O. Smith Water Heaters in Singapore. A. O. Smith is the #1 water heater company in the United States of America and has been established for 145 years.



Knowing how to use and maintain your water heater is essential. Thankfully, AOS conducts frequent training sessions with homeowners, architects, consultants and businesses. Being a well-established company, its hot water systems are supplied to hospitals, clubs, hotels and organisations such as Resort World Sentosa, Haidilao, Nanyang Technological University and Universal Studios.