Sunday, August 20

[Singapore Movie Review] Wonder Boy


Set in the early 1970s Singapore, when rock music was banned and long-haired men were considered gangsters, WONDER BOY follows the story of 16-year-old Richard (Benjamin Kheng), an aspiring musician and the school’s social outcast, as he joins a singing group – The Wonder Boys – and embarks on his coming-of-age journey through youthful ambition, friendships and first love, all the while trying to have his music heard.


Personally, I felt that this film was simple with a focused story-line. It urged aspiring individuals to be courageous and strive in pursuing their dreams.

This show would trigger those good nostalgic memories in high school, where it journey viewers through youthful ambition, friendships and first love. It also showed me the importance of kinship; to be appreciative. Especially, to the one who contributed more in the family.

People who are currently pursuing their passion would definitely relate it better. Through this film, it encouraged viewers to persevere on but not give up even if circumstances may not seems that positive. If you are willing to work hard, you will certainly succeed one day.

Just follow your heart.

Ratings: 4 / 5

Tuesday, August 15

[Media Invite]: Party Popper Singapore Launch


The ONLY Specialist in party popper in Singapore! They offer the widest range of party poppers at the most competitive pricing. Browse their products for the full range of different poppers for your needs. They are please to offer customization of popper packaging for weddings, corporate events or company branding.


Recently, I have attended  Party Popper Singapore media launch. This event was held at backstage café. First up, it was the introduction to party popper by the founder, Marcus Poh. I have gained many interesting insights from the Q & A session.



After which, it was the lion dance performance that 'wow' everyone of us!



I'm amazed by the range of different party poppers that they actually offer. It varies from the US dollar mini notes confetti, flower petals and also come with shapes of the stars and hearts. These poppers are easy, fun and safe to use! All you have to do is to hold it with both hands and twist. The buttons ones are actually for the kids. Just release a safety catch and hit the button!



Honestly, this was my virgin try on those popper. It wasn't as bad as I thought. And there's a saying, once you start you cannot stop. This was the exact feeling. I had so much fun!

Party Popper Singapore
Mountbatten Square
#03-38 (Next to Mountbatten MRT Station)
Singapore 398007
Tel: 98215128 (Marcus)
www.partypoppersingapore.com
https://www.instagram.com/partypoppersingapore

Thursday, August 10

[Media Invite] Tamoya Udon, One of Asia’s Most Popular Udon Chain, Launches New Hotpot Menu


Located at Liang Court, Tamoya Udon is where gourmands can savour authentic Japanese udon in Singapore. Tamoya  Udon was first established in 1996 by Chef Tamotsu Kurokawa, who was crowned the sanuki udon champion when he entered TV Champion, a reality cooking show in Japan.

Chef Tamotsu believes delicious udon can evoke smiles and happiness. As such, more than just food, his udon offerings are a token of appreciation to his guests for their patronage. The hotpots are heated upon ordering, so that the soup is kept simmered and piping hot throughout the meal.

Beef Sukiyaki Udon ($13.80)

Other than the udon and juicy beef slices, Tamoya Udon has included a few accompaniments: chinese cabbage, carrots, green  onions,  tofu, shiitake  mushroom,  enoki mushroom and shirataki. There are 3 ways to enjoy sukiyaki udon: dip the chewy udon into the egg mixture; immerse the udon in the soup for 1 minute to get a softer texture; or mix an egg with the soup and udon to enjoy them together.

Double Tempura Vegetable Udon ($13.80)

The Double Tempura Vegetable Udon comes with 2 crispy fried tempura prawns. Light and flavourful, Tamoya’s signature udon soup is made by boiling a pot of carefully chosen dried Japanese bonito. Then, only the first layer of the blend is collected.

Spicy Pork Miso Udon ($13.80)

For spicy food lovers, the spicy pork miso udon’s robust soup base with succulent pork packs a fiery kick bound to satisfy.

Maze Mix Udon ($8.80)

A dry rendition,  the Maze  Udon comes with 7 ingredients: spicy minced pork, green onions, leek, garlic, bonito powder, nori (seaweed), and egg. Toss them together and relish the explosion of flavours!

Tamoya Udon
Liang Court Shopping Centre
#01-32
Singapore 179030

Wednesday, August 9

[Media Invitation] Get Lit at Tocha Bistro over Good Food & Drinks


Tocha (pronounced tor-shay) Bistro, the Portuguese word for ‘torch’, is aptly named for its aspiration to ignite change in the bistro/bar business. Located in the off beat Lavender district, Tocha Bistro offers an array of Western fare, bar bites, and selection of drinks, all at reasonable prices. Tocha Bistro has a 110-dining capacity,withits 80 alfresco seating along the Rochor River, offering light breeze in the late evening, and a brilliant sense of calmness from the hectic city life.

Mushroom Soup ($5.80)

The chunky diced button mushrooms within was nicely crafted. It definitely complement well with that garlic bread.
This soup is daily house made with chef's selection of mushroom. 

Smoked Duck Roll ($6.80)

Smoked duck, pork bacon, tomatoes, greens in tortilla wrap. A great appetizer to start before having your meal. 

Baked Scallops ($8.80)

Baked with mayonnaise & 3 types of cheese. Scallops and cheese lovers, you just got to order this!


A combo platter of iberico pork, tenderloin steak and lamb rack. Definitely for the meat lovers out there!

Grilled Salmon ($15.80) / Cod Fish ($19.80)

This is served with a tangy and citrusy honey mustard sauce to compliment the freshness of the pan-seared fish, along with grilled asparagus and sautéed potatoes and carrots on the side. Both the salmon and cod fish are equally enticing.

Hotel Boss
500 Jalan Sultan
#01-20
Singapore 199020

Friday, August 4

Steigen x Sample Store influencers event


Started in 2013, Steigen focus on resolving Singapore’s laundry woes by incorporating the best of
German technology to raise the standards in quality, efficiency and design for automated laundry
systems. If you don't already know, Steigen products have been the choice of more than 10,000 homeowners. They also provides innovative solutions to dispel indoor drying misperceptions.

• Safe and Effortless
Operating with remote control, the system lift up to 35 kg of clothes in a touch.

• Energy Saving
The entire unit, even with Solar model, can be powered simply by a lighting point. It
dramatically reduces the energy consumption as compared to electric dryers and has an
energy saving function to shuts off the Solar tubes and fans automatically after 2 hours. The
LED lamp could double up as the service yard lighting.

• Quality and Performance
Incorporating German designed motor and upgraded circuit board, the system is built to last.

Steigen offers an array of innovative features for each individual:

Exalt + Flexi


A basic model that fulfils the primary needs of automated lifting and lowering. Ideal for laundry yard with sufficient sunlight and wind. Built-in powerful LED lights let you navigate in dimly lit areas. It is useful for people who does laundry at night. Extend telescopic poles to create additional hanging space. Poles are reinforced to support larger textiles without warping.

Exalt + Solar


Built-in heating technology to drive heat throughout laundry to allow clothes dry
evenly. Operates with only 0.9 kWh of energy, making it more energy efficient and reducing the
average drying time to 1- 2 hours. The system’s powerful motor lifts up to 35kg of heavy laundry with the touch of a button. Handle your laundry chores without breaking a sweat. Steigen’s signature Solar series brings more than just laundry drying.

Solar series have 3 key features that consumers are excited about.

True Indoor Sun Drying

Steigen’s Solar uses a unique air circulator design to ensure warmth of the Sun is deliver to all
clothes hanging on the rack. Solar will dry your delicate clothing at a range of 34 to 35 degree
celsius, equivalent to the temperate of the sun at noon time.

Fabric Care

Steigen’s Solar series is created to bring all the benefits of Sun drying at your convenience.
Solar mimic the gentle warmth of the Sun and dries your laundry in the most delicate way to
bring out the natural fluffiness of your clothes. The only difference between Solar and the sun
is that it contains no ultra-violet that may cause your clothes to fade.

• Hygienic
Steigen’s Solar series not just speeds up laundry drying but also ensure wellness your family
is taken care of. The warmth of the Solar helps eliminates 99.9% of bacteria and prevents
musty odour.

Completely in control

Intuitive control of all its functions to optimise efficiency.


To my readers and supporters, you are entitled to $50 off by entering STEIGEN50 at check-out here!

AZ@Paya Lebar
140 Paya Lebar Road
#06-19
Singapore 409015

Saturday, July 22

[Media Invite] Yuba Hut: Affordable Modern Japanese Offerings in the Heartlands



Savour modern Japanese fusion cuisine right here at Yuba Hut. The concept doles out fancy maki sensations, from Champion Floss Maki to Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon and Taiyou Century Egg.  Go with donburis that will satiate your palate or thick and fresh sashimi offerings that whisk you away to Japan. With its congenial ambience, the restaurant makes an ideal address for families and friends to bond over good food and meaningful conversations.

Champion Floss Maki (S$9.90/4 pieces)

This dish showcases a blend of chicken floss and ikura perched on aburi salmon.
Encased within the rice are rolled-up slices of salmon sashimi. Definitely, one interesting offering!

Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (S$9.90/4 pieces) 

The marrying of cream cheese and mentaiko results in a flavourful sauce, drizzled atop smoky aburi  salmon. The maki is then wrapped with many enticingly crispy tempura crumbs!

Century Egg Maki

Salmon Aburi Don ($14.90)

The ingredients are partially torched for that subtle smoky note.

Spicy Salmon Aburi Don ($15.90)

Spicy lovers rejoice! Challenge this bowl yourself today!

Heartland Mall
#01-19/20
Singapore 530205

Friday, July 14

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review


A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine—distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man—but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


Watched Spider-Man: Homecoming with Gary at the GV Bishan.

Personally, I thought that the film was simple and compact but somewhat, predictable. The story flow turned out well but its introductory was brief without a distinct background. There were certain good intense and action moments, which kept me at the edge of my seat. The entertaining elements itself reminded me of Deadpool.

Through this film, it also educated viewers to persevere on and seize every opportunity, even when circumstances may not seem positive. A pity that the finale was somewhat disappointing. Overall, it was good but definitely not one of the best.

Ratings: 3.5 / 5

Thursday, July 13

[Media Invitation] Maguro Donya's New Menu Launch!

Maguro-Donya is a concept by Misaki Megumi Suisan, a wholesaler of maguro and sashimi in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Misaki Megumi Suisan is a renowned Japanese tuna and fish wholesaler, and its trawlers have the capabilities to catch the biggest maguro in the world. The maguro is then offered to gourmands at unrivalled prices.


This signature platter is a medley of five maguro cuts: the Hon Akami, Chutoro, Otoro, Kamatoro and Toumi. The top loin part of the fish, the Hon Akami boasts a lean texture, and is best for those who are health-conscious. The Chutoro is the mid-fat portion of the loin. The Otoro is the fattest amongst the cuts, with an exquisite marbling texture akin to that of wagyu beef. The Kamatoro comes from the part between the fish cheek and fish collar, with a good balance of fat and meat. The head of the bluefin tuna, Toumi is so delicate and high in fat content that it has to be served semi-frozen.


Continue the indulgence with the Otoro Don Set. It features thin slices of beautifully marbled otoro on fluffy Hokkaido sushi rice perfumed with vinegar. Relish the melt-in-your-mouth texture; every bite you take will be replete with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.


Another must-try marquee dish is the Megumi Special Set, which can serve two persons. A truly exquisite offering, the Megumi Special Set comprises Big Eye Maguro, a medium rare Chutoro Steak and a Grilled Blue Fin Maguro Collar. It is accompanied with a small salad, steamed egg and a dessert of the day.


Maguro Rare Katsu: Breaded juicy chutoro that is deep-fried to an enticing crispy texture. 


Uni Ikura Misaki Roll a.k.a. Godzilla Roll: A super luxe offering with generous scoops of Hokkaido salmon roe and sea urchin.

Suntec City Mall
#03-314
Singapore 038983

Saturday, July 1

[Media Invitation] Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi, Japan's Number 1 Soba Restaurant

With a chain of 119 outlets, Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi is Japan's number 1 soba restaurant. Collectively, the outlets entertain up to 60,000 guests daily. The restaurant uses high-grade buckwheat flour and wheat flour to produce its lauded soba. Everyday, the noodles are made freshly in store.

Dry Kamo Maze Soba ($16)

Hot Sukiyaki Soba ($18)
Hot Mentai Cream Soba ($17) 

Here at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi is where you can enjoy four types of soba: warm soba; cold soba; maze (mixed) soba; and mori (dipping) soba. The enticing fragrance of the warm soba’s tsuyu (noodle soup base) comes from the dried bonito flakes and kaeshi (concentrated soup base). Thick ribbons of noodles are used for the mori soba.

The offering comes with grated wasabi as well as chopped leeks, which can be added to the cold dipping sauce. Dip the noodles into the sauce — Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi’s rendition is less salty than its competitors’. Relish the elusive umami flavour of the sauce!

Sauteed Sobagaki and Foie Gras with Kaeshi Sauce ($17) 

Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Club Japanese Sauce ($15)

Deep-fried Soba with savoury spicy seafood sauce ($18.50)
 
The deep-fried noodles are first carefully arranged before they are drenched with the piping hot savoury sauce . Each crunchy bite is simply gratifying!

Crispy Sakura Ebi Tempura & Soba Drizzled with Truffle Oil ($19.50)

Gigantic prawns are perched on a bed of al dente noodle in shrimp soup base. The truffle oil lends an enticing aroma and a piquant flavour that is bound to wow.

100AM
#03-14
Singapore 079027

Sunday, June 25

[Food Tasting] The Sugar Fairy: Making Desserts Come True

With an overflowing serving of passion and a dash of humour, The Sugar Fairy brings to the table, an offering of some of the most delectable desserts and confectionery at pocket-friendly prices. It serve up a decadent selection of sweet treats including brownies, blondies and cookies, and some say, the best waffles this side of the Causeway, at the new stall in a quaint neighbourhood coffeeshop at Blk 28 Dover Crescent.The menu also includes sundaes, parfaits, and any manner of delights.

Baked Items

Nutty Fudge Blondie

In frame, are the few baked items I got to try - salted caramel brownie ($2.50), nutty fudge blondie ($2.50) and chocolate chip cookie ($1.80)! All of it was freshly baked and tasted good on its own. The brownie was rich in chocolate and moist as a whole. Particularly, I adore the nutty fudge blondie for its good texture and taste. There are a selection for patrons to choose from. Hence, there will be one just for you!

Trilogy

The trilogy ($10.50) comes with your choice of mini sundae, parfait and waffle. Luvin' the crumbled caramelised banana which complements well with the chocolate ice-cream. Not to forget the nicely done waffle with the mango compote toppings. Complete it with a set!


There's also student specials from Tuesday to Friday. Do take note!


The Sugar Fairy does home delivery as well.
If you love their items, please do not hesitate to contact them to find out more!

Blk 28 Dover Crescent
Coffeeshop