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 a travel insurance. I always thought that it was unnecessary and troublesome to get one, until I stumbled upon AXA's travel insurance online. I bought the Essential Plan and the process was definitely simple and convenient! It would probably take only 20 minutes of your time, and you are covered with many benefits! 




Basically, they offer 2 types of plans. The Essential Plan policy coverage basically includes a high medical coverage up to $600,000 and protection for lost or damaged belongings of up to $10,000. Not to forget coverage such as personal accident. As compared, the Comprehensive Plan have better coverage of benefits. This would be good only if I went on a longer trip.

The Essential Plan also allow one to customise with add-ons such as insuring  rental car, 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!


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
#03-311
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
#03-10
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
#03-04/05
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

Monday, October 2

[Product Review] Floral Garage Singapore


Floral Garage is a local online florist in Singapore for 2 years and counting. They believe that you can show the deeper meanings of love, care, appreciation and gratitude through the simple gesture of gifting flowers. They provide same-day delivery service for a standard charge of $9.70 so last minute orders are readily accepted.


I have received this happy birthday gift hamper from Floral Garage recently. It is pretty, isn't it? There are also a wide variety of bouquet for customers to decide on. If you would like to customise a bouquet to your own liking, feel free to contact them directly because they are always up for a challenge! Once the order has been placed, you would received a prompt reply to facilitate the delivery process. This is definitely a good way to show appreciation and gratitude to the people around you!

Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre
#03-34
Singapore 534626

Saturday, September 30

[Thailand Movie Review] Bad Genius 


Welcome to an exam-cheating business run by ‘Lynn’ (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying), a straight-A student who gets the idea for her business after helping ‘Grace’ (Eisaya Hosuwan) and ‘Pat’, (Teeradon Supapunpinyo). Grace is a prominent school activist who can’t get the grades she needs and Pat is a filthy-rich boy who believes money can buy anything. Lynn’s business skyrockets as scores of students offer her cash in exchange for exam answers. One day, Pat and Grace offered Lynn an opportunity to make millions of Baht. They want Lynn to pre-take the STIC test, an international standardised test for students wanting to enrol in the world’s leading universities. The test is scheduled to take place on the same date and same time at locations all over the world. Their plan is for Lynn to fly to a country in a time zone that’s ahead of Thailand and then send the answers back to her customers. For that to happen, they need the help of another genius scholar and the only one suitable is ‘Bank’ (Chanon Santinatornkul), Lynn’s scholarship-student rival who detests cheating of any kind. What will Lynn do to convince Bank to overcome his moral dilemma and help them? How BAD will this GENIUS become?


Watched Bad Genius with Ting Feng at the GV Plaza.

Personally, I felt that this film had a smart plot with a focused story-line. Though the highlight were particularly on those few characters, the story itself was still engaging. The show would definitely trigger those good nostalgic memories in high school too. Those intense moment definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. Also, the humour and emotional scenes were nicely injected. It had an unexpected twist which heightened the show.

Through this film, it educated viewers about moral values and being ethical as a person. No doubt, you could be a top scholar but if you don't possess the right behaviour, the things you previously had would gradually fade. Money is also the root of evil which would turn a honest person to greed. The finale may leave you nowhere, but somewhat you would grasp what's going happen next.

This true event movie is still going rather strong in the theatres. Catch it before it goes off screen!

Ratings: 4 / 5