Sunday, March 18

[Singapore-Thai Drama Review] Missing

Thirty years ago, Sean’s brother, Sam, went missing. Having since worked his way up and been commissioned as an Inspector in the CID’s Special Investigation Section, Sean gained access to narrow down his search to Bangkok, Thailand in hope of reuniting with his long - lost brother. On one such trip, Sean encounters Lynn, a jaded, self - serving tour leader who makes him out to be a pervert and child kidnapper, and gets him arrested. There they meet Aut, a high - flying, hot - shot Thai Inspector who seems to care more about his image than police work and, at the same time, is suspiciously familiar with the local gangs. Thus their lives collided and become intertwined, and what started as one man’s search for his brother, quickly turns into a dangerous foray into the underbelly of an international human trafficking syndicate.

Just finished watching this channel 5 series - Missing. Before the show started, mediacorp has heavily publicised this Singapore-Thai production. I decided to catch it because I'm always a fan of such genre. When I discovered that it was from wawa's production, I'm sure this would be good. And true enough, it was commendable.

Personally, I thought that the drama had a focused story-line. The progression in each episodes led me to ponder and followed them closely. There were touching, intense and thrilling moments which hightened the show. At the same time, it strongly reminded me the importance of kinship.

The finale had an unexpected twist and ended rather abruptly. I am expecting a sequel for sure. Kudos to Pierre png acting capabilities once again. A versatile actor indeed! Not to leave out, Rebecca Lim on her role as Lynn. Good job!

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Monday, March 12

[Movie Review] Tomb Raider

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. 

Watched Tomb raider with Grace at filmgarde leisure park kallang! Personally, I thought that the story was rather direct and fast-paced. Also, there were many intense moments which kept me at the edge of the seat. A pity that the story lack depth as it focused more on the above-mentioned. Certain scenes appear rather vague and "too good to be true".

Though the twist of the plot may appear predictable, it was well-presented with those amazing fight scenes. In order for viewers to grasp the show better, you have to pay close attention to piece them together. With Daniel Wu's appearance, it definitely made this film an interesting piece.

If you are into thriller and action-packed movies, I guess you would adore this pretty much. 

Ratings: 3.25 / 5

Sunday, February 25

[Movie Review] The Commuter

In this action packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

Watched The Commuter at Shaw lido earlier yesterday evening! This film was released last month, on 11 January. Since then, I've always wanted to catch it. Thankfully, there was still show-time available over at Shaw theatres.

Personally, I enjoyed this film as a whole package. It was well-crafted with a good story flow. It had many intense moments which certainly kept me at the edge of my seat. Not to miss out those action scenes that were nicely depicted. Overall, it was suspenseful and had an unexpected twist as though I'm watching a Japanese film. An engaging movie indeed.

If you adore such genre of film, do catch it on Shaw lido before it go off screen!

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Saturday, February 24

[Singapore Movie Review] Wonderful! Liang Xi Mei The Movie 旺德福!梁细妹

Liang Xi Mei (Jack Neo) is finally back! Having retired, Liang Xi Mei spends her time looking after her two obedient grandsons. However, Liang Xi Mei still leads a colorful life thanks to her absent-minded BFF Guang Dong Po (Wang Lei), who frequently muddles things up, leaving Liang Xi Mei to resolve the mess; and Lion King (Henry Thia) who is now diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s, causing confusion and frustrations for everyone. Robert (Mark Lee), Liang Xi Mei’s eldest son also adds to her woes. Robert is a dreamer who often schemes to get rich quick. This causes Liang Xi Mei to find him unreliable and puts all her hopes on her youngest son Albert (Benjamin Josiah Tan). Her favoritism stirs up jealousy within Robert, who vows to strike it rich to win back Liang Xi Mei’s approval.

Watched Wonderful! Liang Xi Mei The Movie 旺德福!梁细妹 with mum on 年初二. 

Though the trailer appear not too promising for me, we still decided to catch it, just to support Jack Neo's production during CNY.

Just as the title of the film, the story was about Liang Xi Mei 梁细妹. However,  it did not turn out as good as expected. The variety sitcom on television was way much better. The plot itself was weak without a rich content. As the story continues, it appear draggy and dull without much anticipation. It showcase more on public awareness and maybe Ribena advertisement?

Perhaps the only saving grace was when Richie Koh 许瑞奇 appear in those few scenes which brighten up the entire show. It was heart-warming and educated us the importance of kinship.

If you are expecting something similar to previous Jack Neo's films, I will suggest you skip this one.

Ratings: 2 / 5

Monday, February 19

[Movie Review] Maze Runner: The Death Cure

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Watched Maze Runner: The Death Cure with Jiewei at GV paya lebar!

I have been looking forward to it after The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials! I totally enjoyed this installment for its compact story that was wonderfully crafted. Also, it had a promising opening action sequel that was commendable.

The story flow and progression of its scenes were nicely presented. With that, it kept me engaged throughout the show. Not to forget, those intense and thrilling moment that kept me at the edge of the seat.

In order to grasp this particular film, remember to catch the 1st and 2nd instalment. I thought that the finale had a balance between happy and sad endings. It was definitely a good closure to the entire series though I hope there would be another sequel to it.

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

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