Nespresso in Singapore: Where and How to Buy

Nespresso came to Singapore several years ago, but it didn’t become the “big thing” in coffee until the last few years. Before I used to have to search far and wide to find coffee capsules, whereas now it’s almost impossible to go to a mall or shopping area without seeing at least one Nespresso stand. They are even setting up product demos inside department stores now to sell more machines.

I’ve had a Nespresso Inissia ever since it was first available here and I love it. Yes, the coffee is more expensive than what you would pay to make a cup of instant coffee yourself. No, it doesn’t quite live up to the top cafes in terms of quality. But in terms of convenience and simplicity (NO CLEAN UP!) Nespresso is unbeatable.

There are several places to buy Nespresso capsules and equipment in Singapore. I’ve listed the ones that I know of below. This is by no means a complete list, since I haven’t had time to visit every mall in the city to look for Nespresso capsules, so please think of it as a general list based on my shopping habits.

Nespresso Shops

There are several Nespresso stores in Singapore where you can buy machines and capsules. Most of them will also let you taste test the flavors before you buy, which is a fun way to get a caffeine buzz in the store and avoid having to go to the cafe for a cup of coffee. Nespresso has a store locator for Singapore here with the locations of all of the stores. I’ve also listed them below:

  • Nespresso Boutique ION ORCHARD. No explanation required, this one is easy to find inside ION ORCHARD.
  • Nespresso Boutique TAKASHIMAYA. Another easy one to find, this store is located in the basement of Takashimaya department store.
  • Nespresso Boutique RAFFLES CITY. No surprise again, this store is inside RAFFLES CITY at 252 North Bridge Road.
  • Nespresso Pop-up PARKWAY PARADE. If you live around Marine Parade and don’t want to go all the way into the city, you can also buy Nespresso equipment and capsules from this store at 80 Marine Parade Road.

Online

The quickest and easiest way to get Nespresso capsules delivered in Singapore is to just order them online. The Singapore Nespresso store has all of the usual selection with free delivery for orders of $70SGD or more. This is normally what I do, which means I get a fresh delivery of capsules every second month.

Another option is to buy them from Amazon. I usually use Best Nespresso Capsules to compare the flavors and order them in packs of 50. This costs less than buying them locally, but only if you buy in bulk. If you only get one or two packs, the shipping fees outweigh the potential savings. It’s best to compare the cost from the Singapore Nespresso website and Amazon before you buy, then pick the best deal. Amazon usually takes less than a week to deliver to Singapore if you pay for the fast shipping option.

Good luck and enjoy your coffee! Getting a Nespresso machine has made my morning routine much quicker. Yes, it costs a little more, but in my opinion it’s worth it to be out the door quickly and not have to worry about cleaning up!

My Weight Loss Secret: Meal Prep!

As many of you may know, I’m a total health enthusiast. I’m also a serious sugar addict. If you put something sweet in front of my I just can’t control myself — no matter how unhealthy I know it is (and I know, believe me) I will take one bite, then another, and then another until the entire meal is finished.

That’s why I want to share one of my secrets to how I lose weight without giving in to the sweet temptation of sugary, fatty foods. The one change that’s had the biggest impact on my life is preparing my own meals at home and taking them with me to work, to the mall, and out to see friends.

Meal prep is something I started doing a year ago, and it’s made a huge difference to my life.

When I started doing meal prep, I would make a day’s worth of food at night and keep it to eat the next day. This worked well but the only problem is that it’s very time consuming. If you don’t have free time, it’s easy to let it slip until the next morning, then feel lazy and decide to just order your food at a restaurant instead.

Big mistake. You’ll gain unnecessary calories from the restaurant food, and you’ll feel so bad about it afterwards.

What I do now is I buy meal prep containers in bulk. This way, I have 50 containers that I can use however and whenever I want. I also prepare of my meals on Sunday so I have enough food to last for the entire week. Since a week is a long time to keep food in the fridge, I refrigerate Monday and Tuesday’s meals, then freeze the rest and thaw them out in the fridge the night before I want to eat them.

I’ve also added some specific items to my kitchen to make preparing healthy food easier:

  • A small oven for baking chicken, beef and other protein sources
  • Large skillets for pan frying lots of food at once (using healthy oil)
  • An omelette pan for preparing eggs (StylePursuits has a good guide to the best omelette pans)

This way, I’m totally in control of how many calories I eat and how much fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein I eat. The food I make is also delicious; don’t let anyone tell you that healthy food isn’t tasty.

So there you go. If you’re like me and you struggle to resist delicious food but you really want to slim down and lose weight, give meal prep a try. It’s worked amazingly well for me.

Weekend Trip to Pattaya

I just got back from a lovely weekend trip to Pattaya, which is about two hours away from Bangkok by car. I had always written off Pattaya as a holiday destination becauseĀ of its rather seedy reputation, but to my surprise I had a great time.

I stayed at the Hilton Pattaya, which has the most amazing view over Pattaya Bay. The hotel is located on top of a shopping center called Central Festival Pattaya, which is just like most of the Central malls in Bangkok. It’s great – really convenient since you can stay and dine in the hotel and shop and watch movies at the mall below.

Here’s the view from the room:

hilton-pattaya-view

Isn’t it gorgeous? There’s also a jacuzzi on the terrace, which I never used because the daytime temperature is so hot. I booked the hotel from Guest Friendly Hotels in Pattaya, which lists all of the good hotels in Pattaya for couples by area. The Hilton is a little bit expensive, but it’s worth it for a nice weekend. Overall, hotels in Pattaya are slightly cheaper than Bangkok and in my experience, the rooms feel ever so slightly more spacious. Maybe it’s just the sea view!

Anyway, one of the best things about Pattaya is the dining. I always thought Pattaya was just full of bars, but it actually has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in Thailand. I especially loved Casa Pascal, which is on 2nd road. Great food and a nice atmosphere.

Looking forward to returning again soon…

Simple Outfit Ideas for Summer in Southeast Asia

Summer’s here, and it’s as hot as you would expect. If you haven’t lived in a tropical country before, you will struggle to think of how hot it can get in Southeast Asia from April until September. If you have, you’ll know exactly how hard it can be just to make it through the day in such incredible heat.

In Singapore, it’s not so bad because of the proximity to the sea, but it can still be a major annoyance to find clothes that fit well and do their best to reduce the effects of the heat.

Need help finding some? I’ve put together some simple outfit ideas for summer based on my own style and favorites.

Easy and simple. This type of clothes is popular with tourists and locals alike, especially in May and June when the temperature will peak. Light top and short shorts keep you cool, while flat sandals are perfect for spending time visiting malls and out and about without getting painful feet.

Perfect if you want to go hiking or exploring. I would wear this to the zoo, out for a road trip, or for any summer outdoor activities. Since the top is quite thin and might show too much, a pair of nipple covers could help here.

The belt for this outfit example is super thick — not something I would recommend for everyone. If you want something thinner, I recommend something like a Timberland rugged belt, which is, in my opinion, the best belt for jeans on the market for under $50.

Another nice alternative, especially if you prefer long pants to shorts. A good choice for at the end of summer, when it starts to get cooler and the breeze makes wearing shorts out after sunset less comfortable.

Which of these outfits is your favorite?