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.

This is a collaboration with J Passport [https://www.passp.asia/ootoya]

CLEMENTI MALL
3155 Commonwealth Ave West
#03-53
Singapore 129588
Tel : 6659 2644
Email: clementimall@ootoya.com.sg

ORCHARD CENTRAL 
181 Orchard Road
#08-012 (Verandah)
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6884 8901
Email: orchardcentral@ootoya.com.sg

CHANGI CITY POINT
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
#01-30/31
Singapore 486038
Tel: 6636 1228
Email: changicitypoint@ootoya.com.sg

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
#01-317
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! (:

Friday, April 6

[Toggle Originals] A Lonely Fish 寂寞鱼• 听见 Drama Review


Lan Jing Xuan (He Ying Ying), nicknamed ‘A Lonely Fish’ by her peers, is a socially awkward and introverted polytechnic student. As yet another argument breaks out between her parents while on the way home after Jing Xuan’s dance recital, the car swerves into a road intersection causing her parents’ death. Filled with hopelessness, Jing Xuan wants to end it all when Kai (Brian Ng), a doctor - in - training, stops her. Over time, as a romantic relationship between the two develops, she begins to increasingly hear strange sounds and voices, including those of her parents - leading her to believe that her parents are in an alternate dimension. Convinced that her parents’ death is more than meets the eye, follow Jing Xuan on her pursuit of truth in this 6 - episode romantic thriller, filled with unexpected twists and turns that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat.




Just finished watching A Lonely Fish 寂寞鱼• 听见 , which was shown only on Toggle.

Personally, I felt that the show was interesting and had a focused story-line. Though only a few characters are introduced, it was still engaging. It also triggered those good nostalgic memories during high school. At the same time, it reminded me on the importance of kinship. This film had an unexpected twist towards the finale which heightened the show. The hidden truth then began to piece up and enlighten viewers.

“If You Want To Walk Fast, Walk Alone. If You Want To Walk Far, Walk Together.”

You may wish to watch the entire series here.

Ratings: 4 / 5

Sunday, March 18

[Singapore-Thai Drama Review] Missing


Thirty years ago, Sean’s brother, Sam, went missing. Having since worked his way up and been commissioned as an Inspector in the CID’s Special Investigation Section, Sean gained access to narrow down his search to Bangkok, Thailand in hope of reuniting with his long - lost brother. On one such trip, Sean encounters Lynn, a jaded, self - serving tour leader who makes him out to be a pervert and child kidnapper, and gets him arrested. There they meet Aut, a high - flying, hot - shot Thai Inspector who seems to care more about his image than police work and, at the same time, is suspiciously familiar with the local gangs. Thus their lives collided and become intertwined, and what started as one man’s search for his brother, quickly turns into a dangerous foray into the underbelly of an international human trafficking syndicate.



Just finished watching this channel 5 series - Missing. Before the show started, mediacorp has heavily publicised this Singapore-Thai production. I decided to catch it because I'm always a fan of such genre. When I discovered that it was from wawa's production, I'm sure this would be good. And true enough, it was commendable.

Personally, I thought that the drama had a focused story-line. The progression in each episodes led me to ponder and followed them closely. There were touching, intense and thrilling moments which hightened the show. At the same time, it strongly reminded me the importance of kinship.

The finale had an unexpected twist and ended rather abruptly. I am expecting a sequel for sure. Kudos to Pierre png acting capabilities once again. A versatile actor indeed! Not to leave out, Rebecca Lim on her role as Lynn. Good job!

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Monday, March 12

[Movie Review] Tomb Raider


Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. 


Watched Tomb raider with Grace at filmgarde leisure park kallang! Personally, I thought that the story was rather direct and fast-paced. Also, there were many intense moments which kept me at the edge of the seat. A pity that the story lack depth as it focused more on the above-mentioned. Certain scenes appear rather vague and "too good to be true".

Though the twist of the plot may appear predictable, it was well-presented with those amazing fight scenes. In order for viewers to grasp the show better, you have to pay close attention to piece them together. With Daniel Wu's appearance, it definitely made this film an interesting piece.

If you are into thriller and action-packed movies, I guess you would adore this pretty much. 

Ratings: 3.25 / 5

Sunday, February 25

[Movie Review] The Commuter


In this action packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.


Watched The Commuter at Shaw lido earlier yesterday evening! This film was released last month, on 11 January. Since then, I've always wanted to catch it. Thankfully, there was still show-time available over at Shaw theatres.

Personally, I enjoyed this film as a whole package. It was well-crafted with a good story flow. It had many intense moments which certainly kept me at the edge of my seat. Not to miss out those action scenes that were nicely depicted. Overall, it was suspenseful and had an unexpected twist as though I'm watching a Japanese film. An engaging movie indeed.

If you adore such genre of film, do catch it on Shaw lido before it go off screen!

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Saturday, February 24

[Singapore Movie Review] Wonderful! Liang Xi Mei The Movie 旺德福!梁细妹


Liang Xi Mei (Jack Neo) is finally back! Having retired, Liang Xi Mei spends her time looking after her two obedient grandsons. However, Liang Xi Mei still leads a colorful life thanks to her absent-minded BFF Guang Dong Po (Wang Lei), who frequently muddles things up, leaving Liang Xi Mei to resolve the mess; and Lion King (Henry Thia) who is now diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s, causing confusion and frustrations for everyone. Robert (Mark Lee), Liang Xi Mei’s eldest son also adds to her woes. Robert is a dreamer who often schemes to get rich quick. This causes Liang Xi Mei to find him unreliable and puts all her hopes on her youngest son Albert (Benjamin Josiah Tan). Her favoritism stirs up jealousy within Robert, who vows to strike it rich to win back Liang Xi Mei’s approval.



Watched Wonderful! Liang Xi Mei The Movie 旺德福!梁细妹 with mum on 年初二. 

Though the trailer appear not too promising for me, we still decided to catch it, just to support Jack Neo's production during CNY.

Just as the title of the film, the story was about Liang Xi Mei 梁细妹. However,  it did not turn out as good as expected. The variety sitcom on television was way much better. The plot itself was weak without a rich content. As the story continues, it appear draggy and dull without much anticipation. It showcase more on public awareness and maybe Ribena advertisement?

Perhaps the only saving grace was when Richie Koh 许瑞奇 appear in those few scenes which brighten up the entire show. It was heart-warming and educated us the importance of kinship.

If you are expecting something similar to previous Jack Neo's films, I will suggest you skip this one.

Ratings: 2 / 5

Monday, February 19

[Movie Review] Maze Runner: The Death Cure


In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.


Watched Maze Runner: The Death Cure with Jiewei at GV paya lebar!

I have been looking forward to it after The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials! I totally enjoyed this installment for its compact story that was wonderfully crafted. Also, it had a promising opening action sequel that was commendable.

The story flow and progression of its scenes were nicely presented. With that, it kept me engaged throughout the show. Not to forget, those intense and thrilling moment that kept me at the edge of the seat.

In order to grasp this particular film, remember to catch the 1st and 2nd instalment. I thought that the finale had a balance between happy and sad endings. It was definitely a good closure to the entire series though I hope there would be another sequel to it.

Ratings: 4.5 / 5

Thursday, January 18

[Media Invite] Guo Yan Banquest Dishes by Award-Winning Chef @ Imperial Feast

Imperial Feast Restaurant serves an extensive menu of delicious and authentic Chinese-Cantonese food, offering signature dishes such as Imperial Feast Herbal Chicken, Claypot Braised Sea Cucumber with Mushrooms, Fish Head Curry, Shark's  Fin Soup with Crab Meat, and many more. With a wide variety of food to choose from, there is bound to be something delightful for everyone.

An exquisite imperial feast, based on the finest banquet dishes traditionally reserved for hosting important politicians and foreign ambassadors. At Imperial Feast, traditional state banquet dishes are served at pocket-friendly prices for all to enjoy.

Imperial Feast Trio Appetizer Platter

This starter consists of crisp-fried prawn paste roll, savoury scallop with cheese, and
tender abalone uniquely paired with a dollop of wasabi.

Chrysanthemum Tofu Soup

A delicacy requiring many years of knife training experience to execute, this delicacy consists of silky tofu finely sliced into 3,600 strands to form the shape of a chrysanthemum, which sits in a bowl of chicken broth slow-simmered with 2 types of chicken for 8 hours.

Braised Pork Belly

For a finer and tender taste profile, Chef Wu has chosen to use Spanish Kurobuta Pork in his interpretation of this traditional dish!

Fried Cod Fish with Green Puree

A Guangdong dish with a western twist, the cod fish is baked first and then pan-fried (instead of steamed), and paired with a Western-style puree that is inspired by traditional Cantonese flavours.

Tobiko Egg White Fried Rice with Crab Meat and Scallop

Fried rice mixture of 4 different rice types, stir fried with scallops and crab meat topped off with crunchy gold dusted rice puffs and tobiko.

Double Boiled Peach Gum with Red Dates & Dried Longan

A nourishing & collagen booster traditional desert!

Promotion for Guo Yan
Opening Promotion: $88++ per pax, 1-for-1 promotion
4th January 2018 – 9th February 2018
Strictly by reservations only.

The Chevrons
#03-06
Singapore 609961