Starbucks Card: Singapore River scene

I am an avid collector of Starbucks Cards from all over the world, and I thought it would be nice to blog about the Singapore River Starbucks Card.
It’s the first Starbucks card to be released in Singapore during October 2010, and needless to say, it is very rare and hard to find one now that is still in mint condition.



It features the Singapore River scene, and the back of the card would mention that you can only use it in Singapore (not anywhere else).

Some useful information to note is that ALL Starbucks cards in Singapore have to be loaded with minimum SGD$10 in order to receive the card. One may then spend the balance on drinks/merchandise. This makes Singapore Starbucks cards slightly more costly to obtain as compared to some other common cards from North America, where they might be free to take off the shelf depending on the barista.

An important point to note – most collectors put emphasis on the PIN code at the back of the card being unscratched. This means that if a card is to be collected and you wish to retain its “collectible value”, it should not be registered online.

I hope this basic 101 post will enlighten many Singapore Starbucks lovers as well as overseas readers. I will probably continue on with this series of Starbucks card blog posts when time allows.


Luna Spa @ Amara Sanctuary Sentosa

I had the privilege of having my virgin facial spa experience at Luna Spa, Amara Sanctuary Sentosa.


Luna Spa is a hidden gem, tucked away in a tranquil part of Sentosa within the Amara Sanctuary. Don’t worry about making your way there, because there’s a free shuttle bus service from Habourfront Station Exit D.

You can check out the free shuttle bus timings here.

We went for the Facial Treatment Package that includes a welcome tea, steam bath, facial treatment, followed by dessert. The whole process is about 2 hours, and my face felt really pampered after that.

I could feel the staff putting on numerous layers of cream/products on my face, and wiping it off, and putting more stuff on again. She also helped me get rid of the blackheads and remove some of my pimple pus. That’s a bit gross, but my complexion really improved afterwards and I guess that’s what matters!

Here are some pictures (that we amateurs took) to do the talking.


This is the main hallway, and the private rooms are on the right.

Waiting Area

Waiting area with the festive Chinese New Year cushions. There is another cosy room where we had our welcome tea and dessert, but oops we didn’t take a photo of that!

If price is a concern, do check out the Groupon deals available. I know for sure that and have promotions that are below $100 for the 120min session.

Luna Spa

I enjoyed my experience there, and if you’re going with your loved ones or thinking of pampering yourself, I hope you would love it too!