Friday, September 28

[Singapore Drama Review] 29th February 229 明天见

On the 29th of February, Ye Zheng Fang (Thomas Ong) had a quarrel with his wife Shu Jun (Elsie Yeh), she died of a heart attack later in the evening. Their son, Zhi Xin (Aloysius Pang), blamed him for her death. Their daughter, Zhi Hui (Hong Ling), fell into a coma on the same day after a traffic accident. A torn and battered Zheng Feng slipped into a defeated slumber, but a sharp crash jerked him awake, and he found himself repeating the day of 29th February…

Unable to explain his situation, he tries to save his wife and daughter but to no avail as the day repeats itself. Soon, each member of the family gets trapped with him, repeating the same day over and over again. They start to enjoy the days without tomorrow, but soon realised that life is meaningless without progress. While everyone hopes for a better tomorrow, what will you do when tomorrow never ends?  

Just finished watching this channel 8 series - 29th February 229 明天见. I decided to catch it because the trailer presented on television caught my attention. If I am not wrong, this show resembles a movie title - Before I fall with a similiar story-line. 

Personally, I thought that the series had a refreshing plot with a good suspense. The heart-warming scenes presented are commendable too. It educated viewers to cherish your family and never to take them for granted. It also highlighted viwers to forgive your loved ones in whatever circumstances.

Please do follow this drama closely else it may just appear repetitive without any progression. Though the finale was somewhat predictable; it contained certain unexpected element which was commendable.

Oh well, the show might not seems to be logical but trust me, watch it with an open-mind. You would definitely learn something from it.

Ratings: 3.5 / 5

Monday, September 3

[Movie Review] Crazy Rich Asians

The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young , to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. 

Watched Crazy Rich Asians with mummy yesterday afternoon at filmgarde bugis+. 

Personally, I felt that this film had a focused story-line but somewhat, predictable. Initially, it may appear rather slow-paced but thankfully, the progression gradually got better. It was a pity that the plot was weak without substantial content.

The main highlight was on these 2 characters - Rachel Chu & Nick Young about their romance relationship. Even when circumstances may not appear positively for Rachel Chu, I was totally impressed by her determination and courage. 

Honestly, this movie did not work well for me. With the many recommendation, I was obviously expecting it to be be above average but however, it was just an average show. 

Ratings: 2.5 / 5 

Thursday, August 9

[Korean Drama Review] Are You Human, Too?

Nam Shin (Seo Kang-Joon) is a son from a family who runs a large company. After an unexpected accident, he falls into a coma. His mother Oh Ro-Ra (Kim Sung-Ryoung) is an authority on brain science and artificial intelligence. She creates an android named Nam Shin III which looks like just like her son Nam Shin. The android pretends to be Nam Shin and he has a bodyguard So-Bong (Kong Seung-Yeon).

I had just completed watching this Korean drama - Are You Human, Too?

Personally, the story itself was refreshing and interesting on its own. It had a smart plot which was captivating and kept me in great suspense. The progression of each episode got better with the secret agenda among the casts, which made this already good drama a more convincing one. Not to forget, the many touching, intense and thrilling moments which hightened the show.

This drama revolved around temptations and being revengeful. On the other hand, it educated viewers to let go of grudges and learn to forgive, in order to feel peace and happy. It reminded me about the importance of kinship and also to cherish the people around me. Most importantly, not to boast but be humble. 

This series reminded me of the show - W – Two Worlds . If you enjoy that show, you may wish to give this drama a try! Kudos to Seo Kang-joon acting capabilities. A versatile actor indeed! Not to leave out, the many other casts as well. Good job!

I would definitely view robots differently after wacthing this!

Ratings: 4.8 / 5 

Saturday, August 4

[Singapore-Malaysia Drama Review] Gifted 天之骄子

Two very different characters who grew up in two distinctly diverse environment, Guan Yao Zu (Elvin Ng) and Li Xiao Yi (Zhang Yao Dong) were once child prodigies. They had to hide their talent due to circumstantial reasons, but their paths crossed when a mysterious rich man engages them to locate his missing son. Will they work together to solve the mystery or will they pit their wits against each other to emerge as the final victor?

Just finished watching this channel 8 series - Gifted 天之骄子 on toggle. Before the show even begin, mediacorp heavily publicised this Singapore-Malaysia production. If you know me well enough, I'm always a fan of such genre. 

Personally, I felt that the drama had a smart plot which keep me in great suspense. The progression in each episodes led me to ponder and followed them closely. There were definitely unexpected twist to its plot; though certain scenes may still appear predictable to me. The cases are nicely penned from the start till the finale which was commendable. The many touching, intense and thrilling moments certainly hightened the show. It strongly reminded me the importance of kinship. 

The finale reminded of the show - Love Me, If You Dare 他來了,請閉眼. If you enjoy - Gifted 天之骄子, you may wish to give the recommended drama a try! Kudos to Zhang Yao Dong acting capabilities once again. A versatile actor indeed! Not to leave out, the many other casts as well. Good job!

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Saturday, July 21

[Food Tasting] Ootoya Japanese Dining

Ootoya has a pretty concept in terms of its layout with a good ambience.

Customers can certainly look forward while receiving good service and great food.

Established in 1958, Ootoya is known to be affordable and in producing nutritious foods in Asia. Their meal is a well-balanced diet for family that promotes health and well-being. That is exactly what inspires Ootoya in serving the customers.

Yuzu shu [$15]

A refreshing fruity beverage that is bound to delight. If you are a yuzu lover,
be sure to take a sip and enjoy this beverage. 

Beef steak & pork belly shiokouji [$21.50] 

Meat lovers, you must be delight to know that you can enjoy both beef and pork on a plate. Customers also can this as a set [$26.50] which comes along with rice, chawanmushi, pickles and miso soup.

Cod Fish Soup [$11.50]

A healthy dish to cap off your meal.
I simply love beancurd that was nicely curated and goes along well with the fried cod fish and assorted vegetables. 

Gateau Chocolate parfait [$8.50]

Maccha warabimochi [$4.50]

I am happy that my family and myself enjoyed the company and had sumptuous food over at this Japanese restaurant. The service crew are also attentive and friendly to our needs. Most importantly, I experienced it in a clean and cosy environment.

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Sunday, July 15

[Movie Review] Skyscraper

Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary's Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above the fire line.

Watched skyscraper with Huan recently.

Personally, I thought that the film had a focused story-line. The story itself was fast-paced and engaging. The many intense moments definitely kept me at the edge of the seat. However, it appear rather vague and "too good to be true".

The characters each had their own agenda which heightened the climax and excitement to its plot. A pity that the story was lacking with such a brief introduction and background. In order to grasp the entire story, you have to observe and pay attention to the details presented.

It depicted the importance OF kinship and the advantage of being a good team player in such circumstances. If you are into thriller and action-packed movies, remember to purchase a ticket or two!

Ratings: 3.8 / 5

Wednesday, July 4

[Preview Screening] Animal World 动物世界

Muddling along a path in life without any aim, Zheng Kaisi (starring Li Yifeng) lands himself in debt, with his mother in a vegetative state relying on him and his childhood sweetheart Liuqing (starring Zhou Dongyu) for survival. In order to repay his debts, he boards a gambling ship called “Destiny” to attend a mysterious gambling party. If he wins, all his debts will be cancelled. The game rules seem very simple, however, any tricks can be used in the game. Kaisi is soon overwhelmed by the countless traps and schemes. He must survive the game well-planned by Anderson (starring Michael Douglas), the leader behind all the tricks at the gambling party.

Attended Animal World 动物世界 preview screening with Hui ting at Shaw Theatres nex recently. I'm such a happy boy to receive a pair of tickets to catch this film. If you don't already know, this particular film was based on the bestselling Japanese novel and anime series - Kaiji. Fans of Kaiji [just like me], I believe you just have to watch this to experience a different rendition for yourself.

Personally, I felt that this movie had a focused story-line. The progression in each scenes led me to ponder and followed them closely. However, the clown personality depicted on a character was kind of redundant. This film also educated viewers to think critically and persevere on in difficult situation. When a world that was full of greed and selfishness, it was heart-warming to understand that humanity still exists in mankind.

Though this show may not seems on par to Kaiji - the ultimate gambler, it was still decent. I just wished that they played more games to heighten the overall experience. Oh ya, did I mention that there will be a sequel to it? I can't wait to catch it!

Ratings: 3.7 / 5

Tuesday, July 3

[Media Delivery] 3:15PM Original Milk Tea

3:15PM is probably the 1st company to turn milk tea into “tea bag" (3:15 PM) on the market. They are different from instant milk tea powder, you can actually find real tea leaves in the tea bag. The original milk tea is based on Taiwan oolong tea to combine with Sri Lanka Uva black tea. After professional fermentation and roast, the milk tea has its own unique aroma.

The milk tea is milky and smooth. There's no artificial flavours and chemical additives but only sugar and creamer added. It tasted good and bring out its own  unique aroma.

You may wish to find out more about this product here and redeem
a sample of the product at sample store here.

Saturday, June 16

[Toggle Originals] VIC维多利亚的模力 Drama Review

Vicky takes part in a reality show “Fresh Off The Runway”, hoping to become a top model. The executive producer of the show, Cao Shi Ren hopes to create buzz in the media, and resorts to sending anonymous death threats to one of the contestants who happens to be Vicky. One thing leads to another, until one day she is accidentally electrocuted. The CEO of Victory Property, Victoria Lek happens to be visiting the set, gets entangled in the accident and ends up in Vicky’s body ! Her own body has gone missing! She has no choice but to continue in Vicky’s body as a contestant in the reality show.

Recently, I have completed watching VIC维多利亚的模力, this drama was shown exclusively on toggle.

Personally, I thought that this series was engaging and had a refreshing plot. I enjoyed the build up and progress in each episode.  It constantly kept me in suspense with the different situation presented. It was nice seeing individuals, with different personality come together to acheive the same goal.

Throughout the reality show, it depicted the ugly side of a human where one would play hard just not to get elimiated. Certain things happen for a reason and those were revealed in the finale. Kudos to Carrie Wong acting capabilities as her role, Vicky. Nicely portrayed. 

喜欢一个人 是看外貌 还是看内心?

Ratings: 3.5 / 5 

Wednesday, June 6

Review of Lynn Aesthetic Facial Treatment

I was invited by Lynn Aesthetic to do a facial treatment by Sample Store! This is definitely a good chance to know more about my skin’s condition and find out how they could resolve my problem. Lynn Aesthectic's has a cosy and relaxing ambience which customers can look forward to while receiving the treatments.

I was served with a cup of red dates tea while waiting for my therapist, Kerine. As you can see, there are 2 lovely frangipani placed beside the tea along with mint candy. I was also asked to fill up the facial consultation card for record purposes.

Here at Lynn Aesthetic's, there are different themed rooms that are decorated based on a "theme". Each individual therapist will take charge of their own room. Customers can also choose any one of the rooms without extra charges. 

Kerine told me that my skin was rather dry. Given my skin condition, I was recommended to do lift & shape energy booster treatment. This helps to create youthful looking skins, helping to fight visible signs of aging and relieve stress at the same time.

1) Cleanse 
2) Tone 
3) Gommage peel 
4) Steam – Skin scrubbing (machine), suction 
5) Oxygenating Serum/ Detox Gel/ Collagen Whitening Serum/ Hydrating Gel/ Slimlook Gel (customize by skin) 
6) Lip, eye care 
7) Co2 Cream Mask 
8) Toning, cream, sunblock 

Glowing skin after the treatment!

Kerine was attentive and friendly to my needs. Best of all, I experienced the 2 hours treatment in a clean and relaxing environment. I am also delighted to see improvements on my clogged pores.

After the treatment, I was served with grapes & yogurt along with a cup of red dates tea. Honestly, the desserts are really good. This treatment is going at $180. If you are a 1st time customer, you will receive a 30% off trial promotion treatment!

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Singapore 530211