StarHub Happy Roam: not working.

I recently traveled to Taiwan and used Starhub's Happy Roam while I was there.
The Happy Roam was easy enough to purchase via the Starhub app but when it came to actually working, it wasn't that simple. 

My dad also experienced the same issues of the purchased Happy Roam not working, previously in Australia. I feel quite bad now because I didn't take his complains too seriously then but after experiencing it myself, it really is a frustrating issue because the Happy Roam is time-based. The app doesn't show you how and where to rectify the issue and all you can see is data that you have bought, that isn't being used.

The Starhub forums aren't helpful as the most common solution posted, is to send them a PM and wait for a reply.

Thankfully, I've managed to figure out that my Happy Roam issues was down to my Access Point Name (APN). 
I've copy and pasted the information below for my and my dad's future reference.


How do I set my Access Point Name (APN)?
APN can be set using Happy Prepaid App: Open app > Roaming Tab > APN Settings. Alternatively, you may set it manually by following the below instructions.

For iOS users:
Check that you have the Carrier setting StarHub 27.2 or above.
Go to Settings -> General -> About -> Carrier -> StarHub 27.2

If yes: 
Go to Settings -> Mobile Data Options -> Mobile Data Network -> Under Mobile Data, key in the following information
APN: shppd

If no: 
Access http://bit.do/shapn from the browser in your device and select 'Install Profile'. Select 'Install' to install the APN Profile.

For Android users:
Go to Settings-> Mobile networks-> Access Point Names-> Key in the following information

APN: shppd


Bake #13: Rye Brownies

In a bid to clear out our kitchen, I have been baking with a lot of rye flour.
Apart from the obvious rye bread, I have found rye flour to be quite apt for brownies as well.

Previously, my favourite recipe was the Violet Bakery Rye Brownie by Claire Ptak.
However, Edd Kimber has recently released a very similar one which I found to be as good as, if not better!
Also a video always helps to make baking even simpler.

This is my adapted recipe to fit my 8x8 pan.

96g Doves Farm organic wholemeal rye flour 
28g cocoa powder 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp baking powder 
110g unsalted butter, 
165g dark chocolate (65-75% cocoa solids) 
82g caster sugar 
121g light brown sugar 
3 medium eggs 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Empties: Nov 2018

Body: Cetaphil Moisturising Cream
A simple, no-frills, fragrance-free body moisturiser that worked.
I was impressed that the texture was light enough to be moisturising (even for the UK winter) , yet it did not leave you sticky in Singapore's heat.
I'm trying out Cerave's moisturising cream to see how it compares but still, I would recommend it .

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins
A good 2nd-step skin cleanser.  It does clean the skin well without over-drying it.
But it stings your eyes badly if you get it into your eyes and the metal tube packaging looked nice at first but towards the end, the sides started to crack and oil leaked from the sides. I was unable to travel with it as a result. Will not repurchase.

Emma Hardie Age Support Cream
The only pro about this heavy moisturiser in my books is that it smelt nice. I suspect this has been discontinued, but no wonder, it piled like crazy. It would piled even as a hand moisturiser! Would not repurchase.


London #21: Hokusai beyond the Great Wave @ the British Museum

It was such a privilege to see Hokusai's The Great Wave or Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura) 
in person at the British Museum

Photograph: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Also, it was  great to learn about his less iconic works. 
One of my new favourites is Red Shōki, the Demon Queller which was such a dynamic painting to view in person.  

Photograph: Metropolitan Museum of Art

I love the fact that it was the painting that made Hokusai confident that he could earn his living as an artist. And it even makes an appearance in another of his works, see if you can spot it!

Boys’ Festival,’ ink and color on old Dutch paper, 1824-1826. National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden.


Nom #01: Emily Fruit Crisps

H brought these Pineapple crisps home as a gift. 
I wasn't expecting much but they were surprisingly moreish, crunchy and not too sweet. 
Also, I love the packaging, tropical and fun! Will have to track down more of the Emily Fruit Crisps range now, the crunchy apple award-winning one is next on my eat list.


Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017

We took part in the Alexandra Park and Park Bridge Circular in the Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017.

Despite the weather forecast of early afternoon rain, the sunny weather held up for longer than expected and there were certainly some spots of unexpected natural beauty!


Watch #07: Miss Hokusai

A beautiful character-driven anime movie but not much of a plot. 

Genre: Anime movie


Watch #06: Silver Spoon

I stumbled upon the OST of Silver Spoon or "Gin no Saji" first before checking out the anime series. Yes, it is totally fictional and does slightly romanticise the farm life. Yet, the characters are engaging and the farming theme does make some interesting learning. 

Genre: Slice-of-life
Watch on Crunchyroll 

Watch #05: The Red Turtle

I don't think I watched another film as minimal as The Red Turtle.
The animation, the storyline, the characters and speech are all minimal.

Almost an animated documentary than a typical Studio Ghilbi yet still visually stunning and reflective of life itself. 

The trailer gives away too much of the storyline so instead, read more about it here by the Guardian and the Telegraph.

Genre: Animation movie


Watch #04: Ore Monogatari!

Ridiculously heartwarming!
It's nice to have an anime series where the couple actually does get together
 and reminds you of what it feels like to fall in love, *gush*!
My favourite romantic-comedy anime of 2015. 


Watch #03: Flying Colors (ビリギャル)

Flying Colors is not a sad movie but I found myself sniffling back tears while watching it. I could draw many parallels with the Sayaka's struggles and those secondary school days where parental pressure, tuition you attend to please the parents and the immense pressure cooker style of the Asian education system with their intense emphasis on exam results brought back bittersweet nostalgia. 
But the saving grace is both the immeasureable joy of friends and especially teachers who believe in you and with that faith, change your life. 


Watch #02: Song of the Sea

I was really excited to see Song of the Sea appear on the in-flight entertainment movie list, after reading rave reviews about this animation but was then unable to find it locally.
I was so blown away by this movie!
Of all the animations I've watched, it is one of the most underrated! It is as stylistically beautiful as a Studio Ghibi anime and accompanied by a haunting beautiful soundtrack.
It really captured the majestic yet wild beauty of the Celtic lands and folklore, reminding me of Isle of Skye.


Cook #03: Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia Breakfast Pudding (my adapted version!)

1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup coconut milk ( or almond milk but I prefer coconut )

Mix all the ingredients into a bowl.
Stir to combine
Cover with clingfilm and leave overnight in fridge.
Top with banana or any other fruit of your choice.


I wasn't sure about chia pudding the very first time I had it.
But the texture actually makes a nice change from cereal and porridge.
I think the trick to getting it work for you is figuring out which milk you prefer and how gelatinous you like it.


Scotland #49: Peak of Ben Nevis

The view from the peak of Ben Nevis!
Thank God for the clear skies and amazing view.


Anime #05: Old school

When cleaning up, I found an old disc with Paradise Kiss on it. 
It's strange how your brain associates some anime series with a certain period of your life. 
Paradise Kiss will always remind me of K and fashion school, (and Nana )

and Honey and Clover will forever remind me of those art school days. 



What an advertisement! Awesome sound track as well! 

 [ via designboom ]


Tune #01: Lion Heart

You know you read too many fashion blogs when your reaction is 


 OOOH! Valentino! 

OOOH! Valentino x Celia Birtwell!