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Thanks for participating in chai&biskut’s 1st giveaway! I had such a blast reading all your haiku! (yep, the plural for haiku is…haiku!) Winners will be chosen randomly because I just can’t choose 5 favourites! I’ll be announcing the winners soon – so sit tight!

I’m in the midst of putting together the lovely packages, in fact yesterday I went to Cat Socrates to get more stuff! (the rest are from Books Actually and Little Drom Store)

My method has been to basically buy stuff that I would love to receive – I’m actually a little bit jealous because I secretly want them myself, hehe.

Some random shots from the past few weeks:

East coast beach.

McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast after the Army Half Marathon.

Colourful cake at my house.

Brother and father.


My wall, during the Week 1 video shoot.

“Airing our armpits”

Making of the unglam shot for the Week 2 photoshoot.

Cat, Sunplaza Park.


One of the shots that didn’t make it to the Week 2 post.

Perpetually sleeping cat, Changi Village.


Thank you to everyone who’ve supported me in the LISTERINE Bloggers Dare! We’re almost halfway into the challenge and I would be very appreciative if you could take some time to vote!  (click here or purple clicky thingy on the sidebar).

life is beautiful

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Oh my, this video is not only stunning visually, but oh so beautiful once you get the full picture, so to speak.

I’m inspired.

(via polkadotmonsters)

Written by Nabilah

September 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

chai&biskut giveaway 1!

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Thank you to all for being super supportive of me for this whole LISTERINE Bloggers Dare thing!

For regular readers of my blog, you might have noticed that I’ve been pushing myself a little more in terms of doing creative posts. Every week I try to do something different, something creative, that’s still in keeping with the chai&biskut spirit, and I hope I have not let you down in this regard.

As a symbol of thanks, I would like to send a little something sweet your way! It’s chai&biskut’s very first giveaway! I have to keep it a surprise for now, but I promise that you’ll like it! I love getting something in the mail, don’t you?

Unfortunately I can only pick 5 people (due to limited resources), so if you would like to enter this giveaway this is what you have to do:

1) Leave a comment with your name and email address

2) Bonus points if you write it in haiku form! (5-7-5 form)

Eg. “Shakespeare I am not/Nor Keats, Shelley, Plath or Donne/Green eggs and ham, Sam?”

The haiku can be about anything at all, be as creative as you can!

3) Vote for me!

(ok ok, so this isn’t really a requirement, I just added it in for good measure! Hehe!)

I will choose the 5 most creative comments as the winners. Contest will close on Tuesday, 11am.

Note: This giveaway is sponsored by me and is not part of the Listerine challenge, however, I will feature the giveaway during my Week 4 post!

Image credit: weheartit

Written by Nabilah

September 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

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LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare: Week 2

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And so we come to week  #2 of the LISTERINE Bloggers Dare! This week, we’ve been tasked to find a friend to try out the LISTERINE Total Care mouthwash.

This sounds simple enough, no? But what if finding that said friend isn’t as easy as it seems? And so I present to you:

Good Friend Hunting

STEP 9. Celebrate her improved oral health

And there you have it! 🙂 Special shout-out to sherms and erfen for helping out!

This week Listerine gave us a $100 ‘Road to Change’ fund to take a small step towards achieving our personal challenges. I bought 2 books and a notebook to keep me inspired and creative!

Stefan Sagmeister’s Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Mumaw & Oldfield (both from Basheer Bookstore!) and a lovely notebook from Cat Socrates.

In my “nabbycat dares you” video I said that my personal challenge was to learn how to design. To be more specific, I would like to learn new ways of expressing myself creatively. In fact, that video was actually my very first personal creative project! It was quite heartening to see and hear that people actually like the video *blush*

Thank you to everyone who’ve supported me in one way or another in the LISTERINE Bloggers Dare. If you like this post, do help to spread the word around, and you can even re-blog the photos, share the URL on FB or RT it on Twitter! Do continue to vote for me here or click on the blogger’s badge in the sidebar!


This campaign is brought to you by the good people of Listerine. Perhaps you could take 2 minutes to help them fill up a pre-campaign survey? That would be very helpful indeed!

a quiet charm

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Ever since I got my Citrus Drapes from Melly, I’ve been in love with turquoise and yellow combinations. I never realised how quietly beautiful the two colours are together! It’s not an obvious pairing, but it works.

Lovely silkscreened world map by These Are Things

Zigzag aqua notebook by Scout Books

Illustration by Gemma Correll

Cat on yellow chair by One Blue Wren (via sfgirlbybay)

“Uncommonly Good Cup” Mug by Lisa Stickley London


Thank you to everyone who’ve supported me in the LISTERINE Bloggers Dare! You have been so amazing! Did you know that you can vote once a day, every day? Click on my blogger’s badge on the sidebar of the blog or click here to vote! Or click here to read my Week 1 post and watch my video!

Written by Nabilah

September 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

sunday lazy sunday

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Monday’s come and almost gone and hit me like a gust of wind. Me and erfen went to the beach on Sunday and had an amazing time playing frisbee and just lazing on the beach. It’s moments like these, small little moments of pure,  simple magic that make life really and truly worth living.


Thank you to everyone who’ve supported me in the LISTERINE Bloggers Dare! You have been so amazing! Did you know that you can vote once a day, every day? Click on my blogger’s badge on the sidebar of the blog to vote! Or click here to read my Week 1 post and watch my video!

Written by Nabilah

September 20, 2010 at 11:47 pm

LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare: Week 1

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Hi all! I’m eating a Nutella sandwich and this should be, by all intents and purposes, a pretty normal day.

But it’s not!!! I’m gonna try something different today.

Phew! I don’t know how many of you will watch the video, but yes, I will be joining 5 other bloggers in the LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare over the course of 6 weeks. (You can see my ugly mug on the website here – my hair looks rubbish!)

As with any challenge of this nature, there is a voting element and of course it’d be great if you guys could vote for me! Also one vote entitles you to a free sample of LISTERINE® Total Care mouthwash! Personally I think it is a rather meaningful exercise because it’s like being given a chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do. I’m sure every one of us can relate to that, especially with our hectic Singaporean lives, eh?

Here’s how you can show your support for me:

1) Comment on my LISTERINE® posts (at least 20 characters)   –  2 points

2) Click on this blogger badge –  1 point

3) Re-post any part of my post (video/photo/part of the post) on your blog  –  5 points

4) RT my tweets about LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare (They’ll be tagged with #ListerineTC)  –  5 points

5) Share any of my Facebook links related to LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare on Facebook   –  5 points

6) Vote for me on the LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare website  –  No points, but they contribute to my final score

7) Read my posts  –  1 point

NOTE: I will continue to remain true to the blog and the chai+biskut spirit even as I participate in this challenge and normal posts will continue as per usual during the 6 weeks! Inevitably I will be talking about LISTERINE® and the Total Care mouthwash once in a while, but I hope that you guys will be able to support me through this very new experience! (:

So as part of the adventure, we were scheduled dentist visits!

I absolutely HATE going to the dentist. In primary school the dentists were so horrible and I even remember one of them actually kind of spit into my mouth while she was giving me a check-up! Well not exactly spit, but as she was talking some of it did land into my mouth. Nasty!

So it was that I headed over to Q&M Dental Group at Novena Square, over 1 hour late as I had theatre practice before and had to rush down. Looking back I realise how dangerous it can be to make your dentist angry! (“When Dentists Attack!!”) Thankfully the dentist, Dr Ng, was very nice and he even reiterated that he never wants to make his patients feel pain! It was rather comforting.

All I need in this life of sin 😛

During the check-up, he performed this Gingivitis Test where he basically poked my gums with a metal needle thingy and the more places it bleeds, the higher your gingivitis index! It was kinda horrifying (and I won’t lie, rather painful) to see my gums bleeding and it turns out my gingivitis index is 75%! (In this case a high number is not good!)

Not photo of actual needle

I have to admit that I always thought I had healthy teeth because they are rather straight but little did I know the effects of my meagre oral care! Usually I just brush my teeth twice a day and….er, that’s it. But I was quickly informed by Dr Ng that I would have to brush AND floss AND use mouthwash in order to have good oral health. Hard work but I definitely think it’s one of those “don’t do it and you’ll regret” kinda things, no?

I’ve started using LISTERINE® Total Care mouthwash everyday now, and like any new component in your life, you slowly get used to doing the extra step and I swear it makes my mouth feel cleaner at the end! (pinky swear, no BS!) I have to confess though that I’ve been a bit lazy at the flossing! Dr Ng I hope you’re not reading this!

So that’s my piece of exciting news! Do support me if you can – Visit the LISTERINE® Bloggers Dare website and vote nabbycat! (:

Just curious though, if you were dared to take the first step towards a dream of yours, what would that dream be?

Written by Nabilah

September 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm