Thursday, January 18

[Media Invite] Guo Yan Banquest Dishes by Award-Winning Chef @ Imperial Feast

Imperial Feast Restaurant serves an extensive menu of delicious and authentic Chinese-Cantonese food, offering signature dishes such as Imperial Feast Herbal Chicken, Claypot Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushrooms, Fish Head Curry, Shark's  Fin Soup with Crab Meat, and many more. With a wide variety of food to choose from, there is bound to be something delightful for everyone.

An exquisite imperial feast, based on the finest banquet dishes traditionally reserved for hosting important politicians and foreign ambassadors. At Imperial Feast, traditional state banquet dishes are served at pocket-friendly prices for all to enjoy.

Imperial Feast Trio Appetizer Platter

This starter consists of crisp-fried prawn paste roll, savoury scallop with cheese, and
tender abalone uniquely paired with a dollop of wasabi.

Chrysanthemum Tofu Soup

A delicacy requiring many years of knife training experience to execute, this delicacy consists of silky tofu finely sliced into 3,600 strands to form the shape of a chrysanthemum, which sits in a bowl of chicken broth slow-simmered with 2 types of chicken for 8 hours.

Braised Pork Belly

For a finer and tender taste profile, Chef Wu has chosen to use Spanish Kurobuta Pork in his interpretation of this traditional dish!

Fried Cod Fish with Green Puree

A Guangdong dish with a western twist, the cod fish is baked first and then pan-fried (instead of steamed), and paired with a Western-style puree that is inspired by traditional Cantonese flavours.

Tobiko Egg White Fried Rice with Crab Meat and Scallop

Fried rice mixture of 4 different rice types, stir fried with scallops and crab meat topped off with crunchy gold dusted rice puffs and tobiko.

Double Boiled Peach Gum with Red Dates & Dried Longan

A nourishing & collagen booster traditional desert!

Promotion for Guo Yan
Opening Promotion: $88++ per pax, 1-for-1 promotion
4th January 2018 – 9th February 2018
Strictly by reservations only.

The Chevrons
Singapore 609961

Tuesday, December 26

[Media Invite] Tsuta Set to Unveil 2 Ramen Dishes Exclusively Available in Singapore!

Tsuta has launched 2 brand-new ramen offerings:
Kamo Paitan Soba (Soup) and Kamo Abura Soba (Dry)

The chef uses only fresh, premium ingredients in the dishes, and does not add any MSG to them. The Kamo Paitan Soba [$11] features a bowl of slurp-worthy duck broth with a creamy consistency. The broth has been slow cooked for 5 hours at precise temperature control. Another star ingredient is the poached duck breast, which is slow cooked in shoyu sauce for a prolonged duration, so that it retains a tender bite. 

The Kamo Abura Soba [$10] features noodles that are marinated with premium shoyu and duck oil; the latter is made from scratch by the chef. As such, the dish boasts a strong umami aftertaste. In addition, it is accompanied with a light refreshing chicken stock with a tinge of sea salt (shio) to perfectly balance the taste. 

Both the soup and dry duck ramen offerings are exclusively available only in Singapore.

Tsuta Singapore 
9 Scotts Road
Pacific Plaza
Singapore 228210 

Friday, November 24

[Korean Drama Review] While you were sleeping

A supernatural romance about a woman who can see the future in her dreams, and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening. The heroine has dreams about unfortunate events that will happen to other people, and the hero is a prosecutor who runs around trying to prevent her tragic visions from coming true.

Finished watching this Korean Drama - While you were sleeping. Personally, I felt that the story had a smart plot which kept me in suspense. The concept itself were refreshing and captivating.

The progression of each scenes were nicely depicted and carefully crafted, as though I'm watching a live-action film. Also, most cases are revolved around the detective and investigator, and that made this already good drama a more convincing one. The heart-warming, intense and humour presented, were commendable. At the same time, It educated me to cherish my loved ones. 

In order to grasp the story, viewers got to follow each episode closely. The finale had a rather good balance between sad and happy ending. This drama may not seems logical but, trust me, watch it with an open mind to truly enjoy the progression of each scene.

Besides Lee Jong-suk and Bae Suzy, I got to affirm Jung Hae-in acting capabilities! Oh well, the other cast did relatively well too.

Ratings: 4.85 / 5

Thursday, November 16

AXA SmartTraveller

Whenever I travel overseas, my family and friends around me would constantly remind me to get myself protected by purchasing travel insurance. I always thought that it was unnecessary and troublesome to get one, until I stumbled upon AXA@POST travel insurance online. 

Before my trip to Hong Kong, I purchased the Essential Plan via AXA@POST and the process was really simple and convenient, unlike what I have experienced in the past! It would probably take only 20 minutes of your time, and you will be covered with many benefits!  

Basically, they offer 2 types of plans. At just $22.20 the Essential Plan’s benefits includes a high medical coverage of up to $300,000, and protection for lost or damaged belongings of up to $5,000. Not to forget, there is also coverage such as personal accident, which covers up to $525,000. In comparison, the Comprehensive Plan, although costs slightly more, has a better policy coverage. I will definitely get this when I go on a longer trip in the future.

The Essential Plan also allows one to customise with add-ons such as insuring rental cars, pets and leisure sports equipment. You save by buying only what is needed! If you need a travel insurance, why not consider getting AXA@POST's smart traveller travel insurance policy?

Get yourself covered for your next holiday NOW!

Thank God for blessing the time in HK!

Tuesday, October 24

[Japanese Drama Review] My Lover's Secret (Aishite tatte, Himitsu wa Aru)

When Rei Okumori (Sota Fukushi) was in the 3rd grade of middle school, he killed his father to protect his mother Akiko (Honami Suzuki). His father physically abused his mother. They buried his dead body in their yard and made it appear he went missing. Since that time, they kept they their secret and did not tell anyone.

8 years later, Rei Okumori is now a law school student and pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer. At his law school, he meets Sawa Tachibana (Haruna Kawaguchi) who hopes to become a public prosecutor. They fall in love and Rei Okumori wants to marry Sawa Tachibana. He begins to receive a message from someone that knows his secret.

Finished watching this Japanese series - My Lover's Secret (Aishite tatte, Himitsu wa Aru). Personally, I felt that the story had a smart plot which kept me in great suspense.  

Particularly, I enjoyed the progression in each episodes, which led me to ponder and followed it closely. It was indeed mysterious and suspenseful. Not to forget, those emotional scenes that was beautifully presented. The drama also had an unexpected twist towards the finale which heightened the show.

It also depicted an unconditional mother's love. A mother could basically just do anything for a child, to protect and keep him safe and happy. Based on the final episode, most likely, there will be a sequel to this series. Am certainly looking forward to it! 

Ratings: 4 / 5

Thursday, October 19

[Media Invite] Kohaku New Autumn’s Tendon Launch

Kohaku Tendon is proud to launch its brand-new tendon offering! Inspired by autumn in Japan, this hearty bowl (S$17.50++) is filled with six different types of mushrooms, salmon, prawns, and Japanese pepper tempura.

The marquee ingredients of this tendon, the different types of mushrooms are shiitake, maitake, shimeji, enoki, Erinji mushroom and oyster mushroom. Each mushroom has a different texture and flavour, making this an indulgent dish. The Atlantic salmon is marinated with a traditional Japanese yuan sauce, which marries soy sauce, sake, sweet sake, yuzu juice and kabosu. Steeped in history, the sauce is created by Yuan Kitamura in 1648, and has long been a favourite in Japan.

Dip the crispy ingredients in either one of Kohaku’s famous home-made sauces: spicy or non-spicy. Get to choose either the Japanese 16-grain rice for a healthier option, or the fluffy and fragrant Hokkaido rice for a comforting treat. Kohaku Tendon are available from now to December only, during lunch (11:30am to 4pm) or early-dinner service (5pm).

Kohaku Tendon
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038983

Wednesday, October 18

[Movie Review] Geostorm

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything... and everyone along with it.

Watched Geostorm with Trois at the GV Plaza yesterday night.

Personally, I felt that the film had a focused story-line but somewhat, predictable. Initially, it may appear draggy but thankfully, the progression of each scenes gradually got better with a conducive plot. Honestly, there wasn't many intense elements injected, but instead it was suspenseful and precise as a whole. Hence, don't pin too much hope on that area.

Also, the humour and emotional scenes were nicely presented. Especially, the kinship between two brothers and father/daughter. it reminded viewers not to hold grudges tightly because ultimately, family will be always there for you. Daniel Wu's cameo appearance definitely helped this film score well with his good acting capabilities. Overall, a rather good natural disasters movie!

Ratings: 3.5 / 5

Tuesday, October 10

[Media Invitation] Brand-New Katsu-don Hanakatsu Media Launch

Hailing from Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Katsu-don Hanakatsu offers indulgent katsu don at affordable prices. The pork and chicken are marinated with a special in house blend, and then coated with bread crumbs imported from Japan. The katsu is fried with a water fryer to perfection, and then sprinkled with aonori as well as traditional shichimi spices that lend a robust flavour.

You can choose to go with either Nanatsuboshi Hokkaido Rice or kick up the health factor by choosing to add 16 multi grains to the rice. Both the rice and multi grains are specially imported from Japan. A luscious ankake home-made sauce drenches the rice and imbues a sweet note. 

Sitting atop the rice are three slices of specially marinated pork and chicken . The marinade is a special inhouse blend, while the breadcrumbs are imported from Japan. The restaurant uses a special water fryer, brought in from Japan, to fry its katsu. The exterior is superbly crunchy and enticing. Then, they are drizzled with special tempura sauces. Finally, a sprinkle of aonori and shichimi spices enlivens the katsu.

Katsu-don Hanakatsu
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
Singapore 038983

Saturday, October 7

[Media Treatment Invite] Gamma Light Mist Treatment - Regenerate, Hydrate and Repair in One Session!

I'm back here D'Skin again! This time round for their gamma light mist treatment, which was recently introduced. This particular treatment is targeted to repair and regenerate inflamed and stressed cells and tissue while ensuring the skin receives the full benefits of the entire treatment to reduce sensitivity and improve resilience.

It was definitely a pampering session and the whole process was carefully attended. Using a special sequence of Softlight 905nm and Gamma Nano mists to improve the absorption channels of the skin and carry the active ingredients deep into the skin.

The combination of lights at different wavelengths to heal the skin cells via cold infrared light accelerates the metabolic process and an infusion of hydrating boosters through a Cold Nano Mist which imbue hydrating properties to hydrate and plump thirsty skin. The shoulder massage was on point too.

I'm looking more refreshed for sure! This is a 120 mins treatment and suitable for all skin types, $99 [UP: $498] for its launch trial price.

D'skin Prestige
Velocity @ Novena Square
238 Thomson Road
Singapore 307683

Tuesday, October 3

[Movie Review] The Foreigner

The Foreigner starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of “Casino Royale.” The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Watched The Foreigner with Gary at the GV Plaza.

Personally, I felt that the film had a focused story-line but somewhat, predictable. Even though the story flow did not turn out well, it was still engaging with such a suspenseful plot. It appear to be rather slow-paced, and definitely better if those dialogues were doubled. Each of every characters has their own agenda for their own benefit as well.

Jackie Chan's fight scenes was as good as before! I've got to agree that it was an important element injected. This film had an unexpected twist towards the finale which heightened the show. The hidden truth then began to piece up and enlighten viewers. Trust me, watch it with an open mind and you would enjoyed it more.

Ratings: 3 / 5