Sunday, December 4

[Movie Review] Underworld: Blood Wars


The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


Watched UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS with church pals yesterday night at GV Plaza.

Previously, I watched UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING as well. In comparison, I prefer the previous installment better as a whole. 

Personally, I thought that this film was simple and had a rather good story flow. At certain scenes, it appear to me that I am watching a theatrical play instead of a movie. Nevertheless, there are certain good intense moment which kept me at the edge of my seat. As usual, Kate Beckinsale (as Selene) did well in her craft!

Honestly, the plot was predictable and could have been further developed. By watching the finale, I guess there will be another upcoming sequel.

Ratings: 3 / 5

Saturday, December 3

[Media Invite] Wah Kee launches first-ever restaurant at Esplanade


Began in 1951, Wah Kee’s signature dish is prawn noodles. The robust soup, gigantic prawns and firm noodles all come together to achieve a winning dish. Nestled in Pek Kio, the flagship stall has won the hearts of gourmands, including Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat and food blogger Dr Leslie Tay.

Wah Kee has launch its 1st 60-seater restaurant at Esplanade mall. Patrons can now enjoy good hawker food in such cosy, air-conditioned eatery. Orders will be placed via iPads, which are poised to heighten efficiency and eliminate human errors like wrong orders.


Despite these changes, the prices of the prawn noodles remain affordable, going from just $6 per bowl! Look out for wine & a wide range of fresh seafood which will be made available too! This outlet will be opened today at 11am.

Other new dishes that will be available exclusively at this restaurant include fresh Boston lobster, fresh oysters, French rojak salad, Wah Kee’s Style Seafood Oyster Omelette and more. Tuck into a wide range of seafood such as squids, half-shell scallops, flower crabs and more, all of which can be prepared grilled or steamed. They will also be served with a variety of special dipping sauces. Up the  indulgence and pair the fresh seafood with a comprehensive range of wine.

Big Prawn Noodle 
($20)


Wah Kee's winning formula is its extremely piquant soup, which takes four hours to prepare. Indulge in this dish, which features three gigantic and fresh prawns on a bed of al dente noodle. The mee kia is specially made for Wah Kee and all sauces are made in-house daily, using Wah Kee’s 65-year recipe. Pair the noodles with Wah Kee's original sambal chilli sauce and special spicy sauce.

Rojak Salad
($12)

This East-West-inspired rojak served with strawberry is bound to 
delight with its savoury and tangy flavour. 

Fresh Oyster (Canadian)
$3.50 per piece

These are really fresh, succulent and plump oysters! 
It comes with 4 different sauces - Sawadee, Chuan-Style, Devil's Tabaso & Ponzu.

Oyster Croquettes 
($12)

Pry open the crispy exterior, which houses juicy oysters in its shell . 
The interplay of crunch and smooth textures will leave you wanting more.

Blue Mussel With White Wine 
($30)

A multitude of Australia’s imported blue mussels, cooked in a pool
of divine white wine to perfection.

BamBoo Clam (Steam)
$10 per piece

The texture is quite similar of a squidIt was steamed preciselythat their texture
 is kept rather tender and delicate on its own.

 Black Glutinous Rice w Coconut Ice-cream
($5)

Cap off your meal with this sweet dessert!

There would also be an opening promotion for today: 
100 Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle (UP$6) is going at only $5.
100 Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle (UP$12) is going at only $10.

Esplanade Mall
#01-13C
Singapore 039802

Opening Hours: 
Daily: 11:00am to 2:30pm (Last order at 2pm)
Sunday to Thursday: 5pm to 10.30pm (Last order at 10pm)
Friday, Satuday and Eve of PH: 5:00pm to 11:30pm (Last order at 11pm) 

Thursday, December 1

[Media Invitation] ECLECTIC ASIAN Christmas & New Year Tasting Revelry



STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar is raring to put an Asian spin in its eclectic slew of Christmas buffet classics and festive signature dishes this holiday season from 23 to 26 December 2016 and 30 December 2016 to 2 January 2017. The herald of year-end festivities sees the jolly additions of Celebration Action STations (CASTS) in  the cosy restaurant of Bay Hotel Singapore.

One of the main ‘CASTS’, or the ultimate crowd pleaser is “Feast of the Seven Fishes”which is inspired by the Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood prepared in various styles with an Asian twist at STREET 50. It is best enjoyed when served with dips and accompaniments like Tabasco, Mustard, Sambal, Barbecue Sauce, Cocktail Sauce, Thai Nam Jim and lemon wedges.

You can savour dishes like Cajun Prawns, Stuffed Squid with Chinese Glutinous Rice, Scallops Mornay, Ikan Cincaru Sumbat Sambal, Sea Salt Baked Grouper Fillet and Masala Slipper Lobster.


Tradition has it that the Christmas carvings are must-haves and one of  the  CASTS - “Cravings for Carvings”- embodies the Asian tastes with the likes of Tandoori Turkey Breast as well as Balinese Roast Beef Striploin and Asians’ favorite Honey Baked Chicken Ham, perfectly served with dips and a ccompaniments like Wholegrain Mustard, Chef’s Brown Sauce as well as Cucumber and Onion Raita.



Oyster Shooters is bound to steal the limelight from the King Crab Legs, Poached Prawns and Mussels at the Seafood Ice Bar, the Appetizer Appeal is fast to catch on with delectable starters like Mango,  Scallops and Prawns Ceviche in Thai Palm Sugar Dressing, Salmon Gravlax in Japanese Shoyu Vinaigrette, Prawn Tikka Skewers with Raita and Chocolate Orange Dip, Winter Vegetable Mini Tarts, Candied Sweet Potatoes and Sea Asparagus and Blue Mussel in Mango and Ginger Dressing.


Chendol Christmas Eggnog is a Signature Christmas Classic of Creamy Eggnog with Chendol. Traditionally consumed throughout the United States at Christmas every year, the chendol ingredients in the ‘milk punch’ blends harmoniously with the Coconut Malibu Rum to give it a frothy rich texture.


Be sure to cap off the sumptuous buffet feast with Delish Desserts like Cranberry Poached Pears with Red Wine, Christmas Log Cake, Stollen, Assorted Pralines & Cookies, Assorted French Pastries and more for a taste of Christmas closer to home. 

Promotions:  

‘1 for 1’ Buffet Including Complimentary Free-Flow of Soft Drinks and Juices for Confirmed Reservations made by 10 December 2016 (Extended Special) 

ECLECTIC ASIAN Christmas & New Year Buffet Lunch & Dinner
23 to 26 Dec and 30 Dec to 2 Jan (Classic menu)
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Adult: $58 ++, Children (6 to 12yrs): $30++

24 & 31 Dec (Eve menu)
Dinner only: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Adult: $78 ++, Children (6 to 12yrs): $40++
(Children below 6 yrs dine for free with every paying adult, subject to 
maximum of 2 children per table)
 
Reservations can be made at 6818 6681 or dining@bayhotelsingapore.com

STREET 50 Restaurant & Bar
Bay Hotel Singapore (opposite VivoCity)
50 Telok Blangah Road
Singapore 098828

Sunday, November 27

[MEDIA INVITE] Experience 300 years of tradition with Singapore’s First-ever Yuzu Onsen Bath at Yunomori Onsen & Spa



Yunomori Onsen & Spa is the first authentic Japanese Onsen in Singapore with an aim to provide a holistic retreat with Japanese and Thai traditional therapeutic wisdom. With comprehensive facilities and services available, Yunomori is a new ideal family and lifestyle destination in this bustling city. 


Apart from introducing a unique and first of its kind offering in Singapore, they also aim to set a benchmark for our Japanese-perfected  hospitality  culture, exceptional service and industry leading productivity achieved through process and technology. 


Yunomori Onsen & Spa (Yunomori) is proud to introduce Singapore’s first-ever yuzu bath, which will only be available for a limited time till 31 December 2016!

Started in early 18th century, soaking in yuzu bath is practised by the Japanese on the winter solstice day. They strongly believe that the yuzu bath can help to ward off winter colds and the common flu. The benefits of a yuzu bath are many. Following the experience, the skin will become smoother, more radiant and moisturised. Containing citrus acids and vitamin C thanks to the fruit, the bath will help to heal chapped skin as well. The oil from the yuzu stimulates the circulatory and digestive systems. For busy Singaporeans who work long hours, the bath will help to alleviate body aches and back pains as well as improve blood circulation.




Guests can enjoy all-day access to the onsenfacilities at S$38+ only. The onsen provides everything, from locker facilities to yukata, towel, use of luxury brand Puri Alchemy’s toiletries and other lifestyle amenities. Besides the yuzu bath, customers can enjoy other onsen baths, including Soda Bath, Bubble Bath, Jet Bath and Cold Bath. The Steam Room and relaxing lounge area are ideal spaces for them to rejuvenate their senses.

Due to overwhelming response, Yunomori’s 1-for-1 happy hour promotion will be back by popular demand from 28 November till 31 December 2016. Experience the first authentic Japanese Onsen in Singapore at only $19+ per pax (U.P. $38+)! The onsen entry pass entitles you the access to different variations of baths and other facilities such as sauna, steam bath and lounge. Promotion is valid from Monday to Wednesday, 7pm – 11pm.


Following the relaxation of the Onsen, your body will be supremely receptive to the benefits of massage. Guests can choose to add on the authentic Thai spa therapies at Yunomori, which offer the perfect balance of relaxation and invigoration. For a good 30 minutes to 90 minutes massage treatment, guests just have to pay an additional fee from S$30+ to S$118+.

Yunomori Onsen & Spa is also offering weekday special massage promotions, which will be available from 1st December to 31st December, from Mondays to Thursdays (10am-6pm).
    - 60-minute Thai Massage @ S$138 for 2 pax (UP: S$176)
    - 90-minute Aroma Oil Massage @ S$199 for 2 pax (UP: S$276)


Besides the exquisite onsen bath, Yunomori cafe also dole out yuzu-themed mainstays.

Yuzu Soda ($5+)

A refreshing beverage bound to cleanse your palates.

 Yuzu Udon ($9.80+)

 Yuzu Udon, which is served chilled. The yuzu lends a tangy note to the plain al dente udon.

 Yuzu Sorbet ($4.50+)

A great dessert to combat Singapore’s humid weather.

Chicken Karaage Curry ($13.80+)

Japanese Assorted Plate ($17.80+)  

Christmas Gift Card Promotion
Christmas is the season of joy and gift-giving. This year, why not gift something special to your loved ones, friends or even business associates in appreciation of their support throughout the year? Treat them to a unique relaxation and rejuvenation experience at Yunomori Onsen & Spa. Everyone deserves a good break! Promotion is valid till 31 December 2016.
- Receive two free onsen passes and enjoy 5% off with a minimum purchase of $500 worth of gift cards.
- Receive five free onsen passes and enjoy 10% off with a minimum purchase of $1,000 worth of gift cards.

Kallang Wave Mall
 #02-17/18
Singapore 397628
Tel: 6386 4126 / 6385 7985
Opening Hours: 10.00 am - 11.00 pm daily 

Friday, November 25

[Media Invitation] - Raffles City Whimsical Christmas Celebration


Celebrate this festive season with Raffles City as the mall brings shoppers a whimsical Christmas through its  first  pop-up collaboration with well-known Japanese lifestyle brand, CRAFTHOLIC. From 18 November to 27 December 2016, shoppers can soak into the atmosphere of warmth and joy with a series of CRAFTHOLIC-themed activities as well as exclusive merchandise at the arts and fashion-centric  mall. This is also the first year that the iconic Raffles City Christmas Tree, designed with CRAFTHOLIC-inspired motifs, is located indoors at the Level 3 Atrium.


RAFFLES CITY SINGAPORE x CRAFTHOLIC 2016 ACTIVITIES


RAFFLES CITY WHIMS & WONDERS CHRSTMAS TREE


Standing at an enchanting height of 15 metres, the photogenic Christmas tree is adorned with decorative ornaments in artistic CRAFTHOLIC motifs and glittering colourful lights. 

The tree provides the perfect photo backdrop for shoppers to bask in the holiday spirit. From 18 November to 27 December 2016, shoppers who post a picture of themselves and their family members or friends taken with Raffles City’s Christmas Tree on their Instagram stand to WIN a $100 Raffles City shopping voucher. 

To participate, shoppers simply need to include a caption on their photo submissions; hashtag #RCSChristmas and set their Instagram profiles to public. Five entries with the most creative or whimsical caption will win the vouchers at the end of the contest period.

RAFFLES CITY CRAFTHOLIC GIFT WITH PURCHASE

To make the year-end shopping more enjoyable, shoppers will be rewarded with a gift when they
make purchases at Raffles City this festive season! The first 1,500 shoppers who spend a minimum of
$500nett using their American Express® cards, from 18 November to 27 December 2016, can redeem a complimentary CRAFTHOLIC hugging cushion, worth $35.

Ms Ikuko Yamamoto
Creator of CRAFTHOLIC


Ms Ikuko Yamamoto, 31, started her interest in designing since her college days as she was always doodling on her notes. Graduated with a Major in Stylist Course from the prestigious Bunka Fashion College in 2005, she joined ACCENT  Corporation, a Tokyo-based interior goods and lifestyle company, and created CRAFTHOLIC in 2008.

As the creator and designer of CRAFTHOLIC, Ms Yamamoto oversees the design, supervision and branding aspects of CRAFTHOLIC. Apart from collaborations with other brands and companies in and outside of Japan, Ms Yamamoto also hopes to share Japanese traditional culture and ceramic art with CRAFTHOLIC supporters by combining it into her designs, using KUTANIYAKI and ARITAYAKI, a type of pottery.

There are currently 42 CRAFTHOLIC outlets in Japan, as well as in countries, such as Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Czech Republic and Paris.

[Media Invite] Indulge In Putien First Harvest Seaweed Delicacies


PUTIEN brings to you the First Harvest Seaweed seasonal menu! This exquisite delicacy sourced directly from Wheat Island, one of Fuqing City’s most remote old fishing village is also known as ‘Nugget of Seaweed’due  to  its limited quantity and excellent nutritional value. First Harvest Seaweed’s harvesting period lasts only for seven days, around the middle of lunar September, unlike  that of ordinary seaweed which can be harvested as many as 12 times throughout the year.

Seaweed with Dried Shrimp

A perfect appetiser, the Seaweed with Dried Shrimp is Fresh First Harvest Seaweed tossed into a cold salad with PUTIEN’s  signature red-tail baby shrimps. The smooth-textured seaweed paired with fresh juicy baby shrimps and a splash of vinegar makes this a cold dish not to be missed!

Seaweed Omelette

First Harvest Seaweed and eggs are pan-fried with strong fire to lock down
the sweetness and fragrance of the ingredients, a simple but skilful dish that hits the spot. 

Stewed Seaweed

First Harvest Seaweed is thoroughly stewed with best quality taro for 30 minutes
in slow-boiled chicken broth to bring out the best of this dish.

Meizhou Claypot Rice with Seaweed

Slowly braised in seaweed and oyster soup, allowing every grain of pearl
rice to absorb the best essence and deliver the most natural taste of the sea.

Shredded Meat with Bun

The tender shredded pork with sweet onions is wrapped with handmade golden sesame bun.

Available at all PUTIEN outlets!

Thursday, November 24

[Media Invitation] Michelin-starred Kam’s Roast is Finally Here in Singapore!


The year 1942 saw the inception of Yung Kee Restaurant, which later became a successful and internationally acclaimed restaurant. The founders self-motivation and hardworking attitudes were their recipe for rapid and outstanding success in the culinary world. 

Mr Hardy Kam, grandson of Mr Kam Shui Fai, set up Kams Roast Goose in 2014. Within six months of  opening, the restaurant earned a Michelin star. Mr Hardy Kam chose to keep his 36-seater stall small as a tribute to his grandfather and father, whose business began as a humble entity. It is his hope to offer families and friends the chance to bond over good food.

Marinated Cucumber with Vinegar & Garlic 
$6.80

 Suckling Pig
$34.80 (Portion)
$148 (Half) $248 (Whole) 

 Roast Duck
$11.80 (Portion)  $48.00 (Whole)

With careful supervision from the original roster of Hong Kong chefs, the same Kams Roast will achieve the same quality and standards expected of the dishes. Signature dishes such as the Roast Duck and Suckling Pig will have you rubbing your hands with glee. The crackling is ethereally thin and crispy, and the meat is succulent. It is roasted gently for long hours, and the collagen produced from the meat is bound to please. Corporations or individuals can also order the Suckling Pig for events or celebratory occasions.

 Crispy Roast Pork
$14.80 (Portion)

Toro Char Siew
S$22.80 (Portion) 

The pork is seasoned with Kam family's award-winning marinade. The slab of meat is barbequed and boasts a melt-in-your-mouth texture and just the right amount of char for that smoky flavour. Each slice of char siu has the perfect balance of lean meat and fat, with the burnt bits adding a delightful crunch.

Pacific Plaza
 #01-04/05/06/07
Singapore 228210 

Monday, November 21

The launch of Entertainer 2017 & Cheers App


Founded in 2001 by Donna Benton, the ENTERTAINER provides Buy One Get One Free incentive offers from well-known dining, leisure, entertainment, beauty and hotel brands across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Packaged together and published as market-specific books and now as an award-winning App, the ENTERTAINER has enjoyed phenomenal growth by virtue of a strong partner network, a burgeoning corporate loyalty business and a broad base of delighted customers. Today, the ENTERTAINER offers 35 products across 40 destinations in 14 countries. 


ENTERTAINER Singapore 2017 is packed with over 1,700 Buy One Get One Free offers for hotels, restaurants, cafés, attractions, leisure activities, spas, fitness, retail and more, providing customers with exclusive savings at Singapore’s most celebrated venues. The ENTERTAINER delivers up to SGD 250,000 in savings for customers in 2017, at spots such as Meat Smith, Jamie’s Italian, Open Door Policy, Bedrock Bar & Grill, Wave House, Spa Luna Sentosa, Forest Adventure and much more.


This year, ENTERTAINER introduces a brand new digital product, Cheers Singapore 2017 ($125), featuring hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers exclusively redeemable on drinks at your favourite restaurants, bars and nightspots. Offers range from single beverages to bottles of wine / spirits / beers, double cocktails, pitchers and more. World-class venues include LongPlay, Gravity Bar (Carlton hotel), Mad Men Attic Bar and Sentosa’s Finest - Bob’s Bar, Museo and much more.

With the purchase of any 2017 digital product, ENTERTAINER members will also enjoy exclusive access to ‘Hotels Worldwide’, which includes Buy One Night, Get One Free offers at over 500 hotels across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Choose from hotels, resorts, hotel apartments, bed & breakfasts and lodges in over 30 popular destinations including Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Dubai and more. Hotels Worldwide includes international hotel brands such as InterContinental, Marriott, Fairmont, Sheraton, Banyan Tree, Radisson, Shangri-La and Hyatt.

Customers can now purchase it for only $95, directly from the website or through the ENTERTAINER App. The apps' regular retail price is $125 each but right now, both apps (i.e. two for the price of one) are available at a special discounted price of $95! This exceptional deal is available only for a limited time. #CheersLetsDrink #ENTERTAINER2017

Sunday, November 20

[Singapore Drama Review] Eat Already? 《吃饱没?》


Eat Already? depicts the story of an elderly widow Ah Niu Sao, the problems she faces in her job, and her challenges with her two sons. Fortunately, with help from her neighbours, friends, and several support schemes, Ah Niu Sao and family are able to get back on their feet.



Just finished watching Eat Already? 《吃饱没?》. My mum was the one who recommended this drama. It caught my curiosity more when I learned that Hokkien dialogues was implemented.

Personally, I felt that the story was nicely crafted with a focused story-line. It educated Singaporeans on the different support schemes where they can seek assistance from. At the same time, it reminded me on the importance of kinship/friendship and to cherish them.

Honestly, it was rather refreshing since it was rare to hear local celebrities speaking dialect in such series. I have to affirm that the cast did well in their craft! A few to mention will be: Elvin Ng, Aden Tan & Li Yinzhu.

You may wish to catch the full drama here.

Ratings: 3.5 / 5