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My Dream Grohe Bathroom

Hello everyone! I am back from my mini hiatus which consisted of a trip to Tokyo and a weekend in Bali. It's been so hectic and exhausting I actually slept through roosters crowing just outside my window in Bali. Well, today's entry is to share about my dream bathroom, and if you share your dream bathroom too, you stand to win GROHE products! So keep reading :P


Some people like to sing in the shower, some like to dance, some use those precious minutes to think about life and its mysteries, or the rest of us like to forget everything worrying us in our lives and just focus on the present - the sound of water gently dripping, the pressure of the jet on your skin, soaping and lathering every corner to make sure you're squeaky clean... ah just thinking of that makes me want to take another shower!


Grohe invited me to describe my dream bathroom, and I think it's easier to show pictorial evidence.

Number 1: SPACE

It's hard to get this in Singapore though, but wouldn't it be nice if your bathroom had two sinks (like the one above) so you and your partner can brush your teeth together in the mornings and not have to wait for each other? 


My shower facility needs to have hot water when I want to bathe. I hate bathing in cold water!!

I will take this steam room any day. This is actually part of the GROHE F-Digital Deluxe which is like, the ultimate luxurious shower room.


Of course, you might say that all working shower heads are 'proper', but what I mean is that their jet better not be painful (the villa I stayed at in Bali had really painful ones, even though I turned the entire head to try out all the functions), and the water flow better be consistent. I hate those that run out of water halfway, or lose power suddenly, you know what I mean. Cheap ones don't last. 

This is how my bathroom looks like. It is old, it is faulty, and it doesn't make me want to take a looong shower. I am so embarrassed to be showing you a picture of this. However, GROHE has kindly given me their showerhead which I will soon be enjoying the benefits of!! (Once I get my dad to fix it up for me lol) Thanks GROHE!!

This is how a proper shower head looks like. Why does a shower head look like a cute flower and why is it in a potted plant, you might ask? It's actually Grohe's Rainshower Flower, inspired by tulips, sunflowers and orchids, which will instantly brighten and cheer up your bathroom. WHow do those petals act as a shower head? Well, the petals, apart from their aesthetic purpose, also help to protect your shower head from damage. If you're a klutz like me who drops their shower heads once in a while (it's soapy ok!), this will definitely prolong its life. These babies come with GROHE's DreamSpray technology and have a pretty chrome finish to last you for years

Rain showers will do too.


Claire, you already have an awesome shower head why do you need a bathtub? Well it's simple. Because this is my dream bathroom!!! I love soaking in the bathtub and you can bet your money that I will use the hotel's bathtub every time I'm overseas. It's just so relaxing! You get time all to yourself and it works best with a scrub to rub off those dead skin cells. And the bubbles!!! Nuff said.


Were you expecting this? Bath products are essential and definitely part of the whole perfect bathroom experience! What's the point of having top notch products if the scent of your bath gels put you off? I like fruity smells that last long, meaning even if you step out of the shower and you randomly smell your skin, you can still smell the scent!
So thanks to GROHE, I can now haz nice smelling bath products!! Scented candles are also a wonderful way to complete your sensual experience in your bathroom.


Well, now that you know MY dream bathroom conditions, it's YOUR TURN!

Get a chance to take home a part of your  dream bathroom with 

GROHE Bathroom Accessories (worth $321)! 

All you have to do is:

1) Take a picture of your bathroom, 
2) Instagram it, and hashtag using #thedreambathroom, #grohe and #grohesg, 
3) Tell GROHE in 50 words or less what constitutes a dream bathroom as your caption

That's it!

Winners will be selected at random by the GROHE. 

The contest ends 15 November 2014 at 2359hours.

Another picture of the GROHE F-Digital Deluxe which allows users to control lighting, audio and steam functions via their iPod. How amazing is that??? This is definitely my dream shower ROOM hahaha.

Interested to find out more about GROHE? Check out their Live! Center just off Dhoby Ghaut MRT at:

180 Clemenceau Avenue #01-01/02
Haw Par Centre
Singapore 239922

Also, specially for my readers:


Here's a 20% discount coupon on regular priced GROHE products (with no minimum purchase required). Please note that it expires on 31 December 2014, so don't delay and get your new sanitary products asap!

Thanks GROHE!

Grohe Live Center tour for your sanitary fittings and discount coupon!

Many of my friends around my age are getting BTOs or DBSS' or condos and are tying the knot. I have THREE weddings to attend in just November itself, with one that clashed that I had to turn down! I'm really happy for my friends who have found someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with and finally settling down! Getting a place to call your own is a huge responsibility, and for many, it's a first hand experience choosing the layout of your home, picking furniture, deciding themes and getting one of the biggest loans of your life.

I want my bathroom to look like this!

For me, the bathroom is the most important sanctuary in my house and hence, I'll want something with great quality and the best value. It's the place where I can be alone to my thoughts, to relax and unwind after a hectic day, and to thoroughly enjoy some me-time. I have some friends who spend an hour in the shower! Well, I accidentally dropped my no-brand, cheapo shower head recently and it broke, so I had been on the hunt for a new one. Instead of going for one of those $10 ones you can find almost anywhere in markets, I wanted a brand that had sophisticated technology and proven track records, while at the same time, providing relaxation to a new level - and I've found it.

Scratch-proof taps that don't leak water? Count me in!

GROHE, a German brand specializing in sanitary fittings, is a global leader offering innovative products that also helps save the environment's most vital resource - water. Their commitment to quality, design and technology can be seen through their multiple award winning products and wide range of different styles to suit any decor and taste.

Learn about how GROHE got its famed reputation

I was invited down to the GROHE Live Center, just off Dhoby Ghaut's red line exit, to have a look at their product portfolio. The first portion of the center invites you to explore GROHE's international reach and cutting edge technologies. It is respectable just how far they've come!

My favourite aspect of GROHE's products is their CoolTouch technology, so your hand does not get burnt when you accidentally touch the hot water portion of the heater, in fact, you don't feel the heat at all. There have been COUNTLESS times when my elbow/hand whatever touched my cheapo brand's hot faucet and I jerked my arm away :( Making me grouchy during my supposed relaxing time. I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about.

The next part of the Live Center experience is... the actual products!


There are tons of products here, but I'm just going to highlight those that stood out to me.

GROHE Zero, developed by GROHE, is a lead-free, 5x more corrosion-resistant faucet that reduces potential lead contamination to a minimum, because GROHE cares about your health :)

Take a look at this ultimate luxurious shower called the F-digital deluxe that massages your body with the water jets and also has a switch for you to pick your music, and adjust the lighting. Clubbing in your shower, anyone?

If you're a fan of rain showers (like me), there's a section at the Live Center where you can play with the different types of showers GROHE has to offer! They are resistant to soil and tarnishing, which means they have a long life shine!

My favourite is the Bokoma Spray, ask about it when you're there! It's a great affordable massage system for your scalp, here's a picture of it but a picture doesn't do it much justice.

Now imagine that revolving clockwise, over your scalp. Mmmmm... The Bokoma Spray uses its 8 dynamic spray nozzles to open and close, recreating the tension relieving effect of a fingertip massage. This GROHE Power & Soul shower comes with four different functions you can adjust (note the buttons) and also comes with a soft Rain Spray. Models are equipped with the EcoJoy water saving technology, which reduces water and energy consumption without compromising on the quality of the shower experience.Showering will never be the same again.

Impressed? Let's move over to...


We also had the chance to check out GROHE's kitchen technology which really blew me away!

Check out the GROHE Red, designed to make your life easier. Now you don't need to boil water before you get that cup of coffee, and making instant noodles just got much simpler as instant boiling water comes out of your tap! The lever allows you to control the temperature  and also comes with the CoolTouch function as explained earlier. These faucets also come with a child lock so your kids don't scald themselves while using the tap! 

GROHE Minta Touch is a hygienic invention where the tap is sensitive to touch in addition to the normal lever! So if your hands are dirty and you HATE having dirty levers, this is amazing. Just touching the tap with the back of your hand or wrist sets the water flowing, and you'll never have an OCD problem with this again.

There's also the GROHE Blue where high performance filtered drinking water and cooler flows straight out of your tap. Saves you a lot of time, convenience and obviating the need for bottled water. 

Check out the variety of designs!!

There's definitely a design to suit your taste.

Will share more about how GROHE products save water in the next post. Thank you GROHE for the handshower with the Bokoma spray! Will put it to good use and replace my current crappy one. The dinner was also fantastic.


To check out the cutting edge systems at the Grohe Live Center for yourself, head to:

Grohe Live! Center
180 Clemenceau Avenue #01-01/02
Haw Par Centre
Singapore 239922

Just specially for my readers:


Here's a 20% discount coupon on regular priced GROHE products (with no minimum purchase required). Please note that it expires on 31 December 2014, so don't delay and get your new sanitary products asap!

Thanks for reading!

Which is the best mattress? Definitely Sealy's

My Sealy adventure was a great exploratory journey, and has truly made me appreciate what a good bed should be like. In the beginning, it took me a while to get used to my bed, there was some tossing and turning before falling asleep, waking up with a stiff neck because of my incompatible pillow and trying new sleeping positions.

Despite the initial adjustment, one thing was still certain - I woke up feeling refreshed.

After my body adjusted to my Sealy, I was so comfortable that I would fall asleep almost immediately after my head touched my pillow. I even tried playing with my phone to try and see how long I could stay awake but once I closed my eyes for a bit... I drifted off to sleepland.

Photo credits to Sealy Singapore
Sealy's Posturepedic matresses are specifically engineered to give you the ultimate comfort with their unsurpassed quality and support that lasts years. It's UniCased plank is a shock absorber and distributes your weight and pressure which keeps your body aligned while you sleep.

On my old mattress, I used to wake up randomly in the middle of the night just because my back hurt. I've stopped having that problem every since I switched to my Sealy, and I know that every night while I'm resting, my body is getting the perfect balance of support, comfort and durability, manufactured and tested to the highest standards :)

This journey brought me through bedsheet shopping, room re-designing, to cleaning a stain off my mattress (naughty Squishy!!) and now I know that I'm a converted Sealy fan for life.

I spent many hours researching possible and interesting information that people would like to know about , and did you know that sleeping on your back with your arms at your side is generally considered to be the best sleeping position for spine health and it’s good for your neck, too? (as long as you don’t use too many pillows) However, people who sleep on their backs usually snore more than other positions and may cause sleep apnea.

I usually alternate between sleeping on my left and right side, but sleeping on either side has implications too. Sleeping on the right side can worsen heartburn while sleeping on the left side can put strain on internal organs like the liver, lungs, and stomach (while minimizing acid reflux).

I like how Sealy has a wide range of beds available in a range of comfort feels to suit your needs and preferences. Prefer a softer bed? Don't want a bed with memory foam? Head on to their flagship store and try the beds for yourself, choosing the right bed is so important to help you feel energised and ready to face the day, plus you deserve the ultimate night's sleep.

Leaving you with this infographic I found off the internet for people who experience pains when they sleep or are on the bed. Enjoy!

Sealy Sleep Palace 
91 Tanglin Road (near Orchard MRT!)
Tanglin Place #01-02
Singapore 247918

Tel: 6235 3166 
Opening Hours: 
10.00am - 9.00pm (Mon to Thu)
10.00am – 9.30pm (Fri to Sun)
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Thank you for following me on my Sealy Adventure, and thank you Sealy!

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How to remove fresh stains off your Sealy Mattress

It's been almost a year since I've had my rabbit Squishy, and she's brought me so much joy just watching her hop around or munching on hay. She's also very mischievous and naughty, she's already bitten through my brother's and my speaker wires, she likes to squeeze herself somehow to hide behind the computer (yes with more wires) and she eats dust.

Don't let that innocent size fool you

Whenever we let her run around the house we make sure that she's adequately supervised. Earlier this month I started to let her run around my room, only if I'm inside myself. She likes to hide in a corner of my room and just lie down knowing she's the princess of the household.

She likes to show off her cute tail

Wednesday evening was no exception. She was hopping around, and I went for a quick shower. After I got out, I went around looking for her in her usual spots, but couldn't find her. Feeling a little tired, I went to my room and found her on my bed. How did she get there?!? I thought. My Sealy bed is quite a height from the floor, and I suspected that she jumped on a box near my bed and jumped up again.

As she saw me approaching, she stared at me with her beady eyes, and I went all soft inside. "Aww Squishy how did you get up here?" I asked her. She is terribly afraid of heights so I knew I had to carry her down. As I picked her up, I felt that her fur was wet, and an alarm went off in my head. Ohhhhhhh no.....

I quickly returned her to her cage and began operation Remove Stain off Sealy Mattress.

This also applies to other stains like blood, soiled beds etc.

Step 1: Tear off your bedsheet/pillowcase/bolstercase

Get everything that has come into contact with the stain, off your bed before it spreads!! I threw this on the floor first because the mattress is more time sensitive. If it seeps all the way in, it will encourage the growth of mould, which you definitely do not want.

Step 2: Use a wet cloth to blot the area on your mattress

Take a piece of cloth, wet it with cold water, squeeze it dry, and blot the area on your mattress. Doing this helps to soak out the stain.

IMPORTANT!! If the area of the stain is quite big, start on the edges and work your way towards the center so that the stain does not spread!

Step 3: Use a dry cloth to blot again

This is to absorb the moisture you just introduced to the mattress. If you rub instead of blot, this will cause the stain to spread or sink more deeply into your mattress. 

Repeat Step 2 and 3 until the stain lightens.

For Squishy's pee, it was slightly yellowish and even though I did Step 2 and 3 multiple times, the colour was still slightly visible. Then I did this.

(Optional for acidic stains) Step 4: Use saline solution

Grab your nearest saline solution and apply around the area of the stain. Then blot with a dry cloth. Don't use too much saline or it will seep into your mattress!! I used a little bit at a time and after blotting, checked to see if it was still yellow.

After a few times (with a lot of patience and determination), the yellow stain was removed! The only evidence of it ever been there is a little friction around the area because I was getting frustrated and rubbed the area ahaha.

Step 5: Use a hairdryer to blow dry!

Plugged in my trusty hair dryer and helped speed up the drying process. Don't put it too near the mattress though or the coils might expand and warp. 

(Option B) Mixing water with salt

If that didn't work for you at all, mix two teaspoons of salt into a cup of cold water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray on the affected area, then blot with a dry cloth. After most of the stain is out, use a wet cloth to clean up and then dry again.

Disclaimer: This worked for me but I can't guarantee it will work on your mattress. Try at your own risk! I don't take any reponsibility if it doesn't work or if your mattress somehow gets mouldy or gets worse.


Super happy that my Sealy is now back in it's tip-top condition! Was mad at Squishy for a while but who could stay mad at this adorable face?!

Ignore her paw that's a little dirty, if you please.

If you've tried everything and the stain isn't coming out, plus you've had this mattress for about 10 years, why not consider getting a Sealy mattress?? My back doesn't ache anymore and I wake up more refreshed than ever.

Sealy Sleep Palace 
91 Tanglin Road (near Orchard MRT!)
Tanglin Place #01-02
Singapore 247918

Tel: 6235 3166 
Opening Hours: 
10.00am - 9.00pm (Mon to Thu)
10.00am – 9.30pm (Fri to Sun)
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Cure insomnia - without the sleeping pills with Sealy

Forget the sleeping pills that make you feel like a slave. Sleeping should be an enjoyable activity. Remember the good old days when you used to sign autograph books and your favourite hobby was sleeping? Turn that into a reality again with these techniques.

I've compiled some suggestions that you could try to help you drift off to sleepyland - the natural way.

Sniff Aromatherapy

Have you ever tried aromatherapy? It's amazing. I just love the smell of lavender or eucalyptus after a stressful day. If burning essential oils aren't your thing, get an eye mask or even a little sachet of dried potpourri and place it near your bed! Inhaling them during the night also helps to ensure continued relaxation so you don't get interrupted sleep that often.

 Make sure that your lights are off and your electronic devices (eg, handphone, tablet, laptop) are far away from your reach. Create a conducive environment for an important time of your day!

Claire's own remedy

Here's a little trick that I use to fall asleep when my mind just can't seem to switch off.

Step 1: Take a deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. Do this about 3 times.

Step 2: Starting with my face, do a top to toe check to make sure you're relaxed. Are you frowning subconsciously? Are any muscles in your body tensed? Relax them!

Step 3: Feeling more calm already? Think of a black circle. Now expand that circle as wide as you can.

Sometimes I fall asleep at Step 2 hahah.

 Once sleeping becomes enjoyable again, you'll be more attached to your bed than ever!

Get a Sealy Mattress

You knew this was coming. I haven't had insomnia ever since I had my Sealy mattress and I'm positively sure it's because of how comfortable my bed is!! Sometimes I'm just lying in bed texting and next thing I know, I'm fast asleep. Not kidding!! Their revolutionary Posturepedic Titanium Coil supports my body whichever direction I turn by distributing the weight.

Nothing's gonna change my love for my Sealy

Take a warm bath

Candles, rose scents in the air (or the smell of your fragrant shower gel) and some alone time is a wonderful way to prep yourself for bed. Without that sense of urgency and rush, your mind relaxes. Taking a warm bath will raise your body temperature slightly, and when you get out, the rapid cooldown will mimic the natural temperature drop the brain triggers as it prepares for sleep.

I like taking a shower before sleeping because being clean kinda makes me feel like I'm washing all the grime from the day away and the next day's going to be better. Therapeutic! 

Pamper your mind and body by investing in a mattress that will bring tons of intangible benefits!!

Cut the Caffeine

I remember once I had supper with friends around 11pm and I ordered milk tea. That little drink kept me up til 4am even though I was physically exhausted! Did you know that half the amount of caffeine you've consumed stays in your system even after 5 hours?? For best sleep results, try to stop taking any caffeine products after lunch. Your body will thank you later.
If all else fails, try a new sleeping position.

What's the secret to having good skin, a better complexion and that special glow? Having enough sleep! 
I feel energetic and alert as long as I get my 8 hours on my Sealy and other mattresses (yes, sometimes even in hotels) don't make me feel as well rested.

I hope you enjoyed reading these tricks you could try to cure your insomnia. Did it work? Let me know in the comments below if you have other suggestions or your remedies too!

Check out the latest promotions and find your dream mattress at:

Sealy Sleep Palace

91 Tanglin Road (near Orchard MRT!)
Tanglin Place #01-02
Singapore 247918
Tel: 6235 3166
Opening Hours:
10.00am – 9.00pm (Mon to Thu)
10.00am – 9.30pm (Fri to Sun)
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