Saturday, July 21

[Food Tasting] Ootoya Japanese Dining

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]

3155 Commonwealth Ave West
Singapore 129588
Tel : 6659 2644

181 Orchard Road
#08-012 (Verandah)
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6884 8901

5 Changi Business Park Central 1
Singapore 486038
Tel: 6636 1228

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!

Blk 211
Hougang St 21
Singapore 530211

Tuesday, May 29

[Media Invite] Don Quijote Spanish Restaurant

Don Quijote is the chivalric main character in a fictional Spanish novel titled "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha", translated as "The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha". In episodic fashion, the novel narrates the exploits of Don Quijote who, obsessed with tales of chivalry, roves the lands in search of adventure. Accompanied by his skinny horse Rocinante and his sidekick Sancho Panza, he asks to be bestowed knighthood by an innkeeper that he thinks is the lord of a castle and battles wind mills that he believes to be ferocious giants.

Meatballs in Apple Sauce ($13)
Albondigas Con Manzanas y Pinones

One of the tapas offerings which was memorable.
The combination of the meatballs with the apple sauce is just too good!

'Live' Sea Prawns in Garlic and Olive Oil ($18)
Gambas Al Ajilio

The sea prawns are fresh, topped with garlic & drenched in olive oil.
I'm loving the fragrant of the garlic that complements well those prawns.

'Live' Boston Lobster Squid-ink Pasta ($65)
Fideua Negra with 'Live' Boston Lobster

This was appetising and simply great. Think of the thin pasta infused with
black squid ink that comes along with the big boston lobster!

Half Oven-Roasted Spanish Suckling Pig ($169)
Asado de Cochinillo Espanol - Medium Size

Warm Chocolate 'Lava' Cake ($19)
Bomba de Chocolate

Capping off with such a lovely dessert.
It was nicely curated when it was crisp on the outside; while moist within. 

Block 7 Dempsey Road, #01-02
Singapore 249671

Friday, May 4

[Singapore Drama Review] Code of Law S4

The 4th season of Code of Law will explore more hard - hitting and headline cases of brutal or heinous crimes that shocked Singapore. This season sees the return of familiar favourites like lawyers Jacob Fernandez, Stephanie Szeto and Sanjay Devaraj, along with Razali Hamzah, Nick Han and Audrey Soh from the police force. Each week, the team of investigators must race against time to solve crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice. The 11 - episode series will pack in captivating new characters and plot twists, including one of a serial killer, Derek Ho played by Desmond Tan. Derek Ho leads a double life. A suave and charming high - flying banker by day and by night, a murderer with an abnormal psychological gratification for killing. He is introduced to Stephanie and soon, the two are dating. Danger looms as their relationship develops.

Just finished watching this channel 5 series - Code of Law S4 on toggle. Honestly, I did not watch the previous season for it. Since mediacorp heavily publicised it on various media platforms, I decided to catch it. And true enough, it was commendable. This is definitely one of the shows that I would follow closely.

Particularly, I enjoyed the progression in each episodes, which led me to ponder and followed them closely. There are many intense and thrilling moments which hightened the show.

The finale had an unexpected twist but however, ended abruptly. I am sure to expect a sequel for this suspenseful film. Kudos to Desmond Tan acting capabilities. I guess it was probably his first time to play as a vicious psycho person and he did well!

You may wish to watch the series here

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Sunday, April 15

[Movie Review] Ramen Teh 情牵拉面茶

Masato, a young Ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes.

Watched Ramen Teh 情牵拉面茶 with mummy at GV Paya Lebar yesterday evening. 

Personally, I thought that this film was simple with a focused story-line but somewhat, predictable. Initially, it may appear rather slow-paced but thankfully, the progression of each scenes gradually got better with a conducive plot. Its definitely more lively when Uncle Wee (Mark Lee) started to appear on screen. 

Though the highlight were particularly on those few characters, the story itself was still engaging. It educated viewers to let go of the grudges, learn to accept and forgive your loved ones. It also reminded me the importance of kinship and cherish them dearly.

If you are a avid food lover/food blogger, I believe you will relate and appreciate this film better. A heart-warming story filled with emotions and a taste of local flavour. 

Ratings: 3.5 / 5 

Friday, April 13

Escape Rooms in Singapore

A shout-out to game lovers, mystery solvers & puzzle breakers! Challange yourself & squeeze your brain juice today. Its time for you to be the main character in escape rooms in Singapore. If you don't already know, I've always been a fan of escape rooms because it was educational, exciting and most importantly, lots of fun! Through the experience, it helped you discover your team mates personality, strengths and weaknesses. Communication, involvement and teamwork definately plays a vital role - Escape Room Singapore. Enjoy! (: