Monday, February 25

Fall In Love At First Kiss《一吻定情》Movie Review

FALL IN LOVE AT FIRST KISS (一吻定情) is a Taiwanese movie adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series “Itazura na Kiss” written by Kaoru Tada. Jiang Zhishu is a smart boy, while Yuan Xiangqin is a ditzy girl who does not excel in her studies. On the first day of a new semester, Xiangqin comes across Zhishu, the handsome boy loved by thousands of girls. Starting from an unexpected kiss, Xiangqin has her unrequited love. 

Recently, watched Fall In Love At First Kiss 一吻定情 with mummy at Shaw theatres Nex.

This romance and comedy film is directed by Chen Yu-Shan. It explains why the twist in its plot is pretty much similar to Our Times《我的少女时代》. Also, it will trigger those good nostalgic memories in high school, where it journey viewers through youthful ambition, friendships and first love. 

The entire show focus on 江直树 and 原湘琴 from a friend to a couple. Even when circumstances may not appear positively for 原湘琴, I was touched by her gesture and effort put forth to pursue her love for 江直树.

A pity that the plot is weak without a conducive content. I guess you will enjoy it more if you are a fan of either Darren Wang (王大陆) and/or Jelly Lin (林允). 

Ratings: 3 / 5 

Saturday, February 9

[Media Invitation] Alvin Leung Opens 15 Stamford At The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Located in Singapore’s charming civic and cultural district, the iconic Capitol Building and Stamford House have been restored to unveil as The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. A quintessential masterpiece of beautifully conserved architecture uplifted with a modern touch and bespoke hospitality, this exclusive retreat promises luxury at its finest. Timeless yet contemporary, the hotel features 157 guestrooms and suites, a lobby lounge, an outdoor saltwater relaxation pool, a fitness centre and Spa, and an exclusive event space, as well as a bespoke bar and a signature restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.

15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is Chef Alvin Leung’s latest gastro-adventure to rock the Lion City. The London-born chef shot to fame for his multi-faceted cuisine at three Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, using rule-breaking culinary rebellion as his personal brand. At 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung, Chef Leung has taken inspiration from his years of walking through Asia to pay humble tribute to Asian cuisine.

The menu beckons to everyone, from those new to the cuisines of Asia to exacting locals who will be expecting a sensorial experience. The mercurial Chef Leung is always up the challenge, having preserved the DNA of the cuisine, but imbuing his wealth of experience in contemporary tinkering. 

Bluefin Tuna Tartare in Gochujang Sauce served in Nori Taco 

Hokkaido Scallop with Salted Plum and Shiso 

Hamachi Sashimi, Soy, Calamansi Gel, Roasted Sesame 

Chargrilled “Bak Kut Teh” Pork Chop with Compressed Watermelon, 
Angelica, Barbecue Sauce 

This dish is marinated with over eight herbal spices for 12 hours. The tender char-grilled pork chops are complemented with angelica syrup-infused watermelon alongside with Bak Kut Teh-infused Barbecue sauce to create a reminiscent of earthier Malaysian-styled bak kut teh. 

72 Hour US Short Ribs Rendang with Pickled Cabbage 

This dish is every bit as robust as the original stew. The dish features 72-hours sous vide beef chunks in rendang marinate around freshly preserved cabbage salad, and topped with fried scallions.

Grilled Hokkaido Scallop with Adobo Butter and Ginger 
[$12 per piece]

Perched inside a beautiful scallop shell is the Grilled Hokkaido Scallop with Adobo Butter and Ginger. Fresh Hokkaido scallop is grilled with Adobo butter, then made punchier with drizzles of freshly squeezed lime and fried ginger shreds.

Whole Boston Lobster with Mangosteen, Tomato and Spicy Thai Dressing 

Singapore Laksa with Jasmine Tea-smoked Onsen Quail Eggs, Housemade Dried Shrimp Oil, Shrimp Floss, Tiger Prawns Tempura

The Laksa, Housemade Dried Shrimp Floss, Chargrilled Tiger Prawns and Smoked Onsen Quail Eggs is a glorious bowl of well-loved lemak(creamy coconut milk) broth. Brimming with chargrilled tiger prawns, jasmine tea-smoked onsen quail eggs and housemade dried shrimp floss, this luxe dish offers savoury decadence. Its spools of thick bee hoon are snipped in a beloved Singaporean Katong-style Laksa tradition, so that one can slurp this bowl of Laksa up with a spoon. 

15 Stamford by Alvin Leung,
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 1
Stamford Road,
Singapore 178906
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung,
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 1
Stamford Road,
Singapore 178906
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung,
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 1
Stamford Road,
Singapore 178906
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
15 Stamford Road
Singapore 178906

Friday, February 8

[Movie Review] The New King Of Comedy 新喜剧之王

Dreamy dreams of becoming a movie star, she has been working hard for years but has not been able to get beyond day player gigs. Her father gives her tremendous pressure and her family tries to convince her to quit. Only her boyfriend Charlie remains supportive. On a movie set, Dreamy runs into Marco, an actor who had once enlightened her. But Marco is washed-up now and his low self-esteem has turned him into a manic depressive. He torments Dreamy relentlessly. She continues to do her job enthusiastically, but finally cannot endure the repeated knocks on her dream and decides to give it up, go back to her parents and find a steady job. But then she gets the call: she has aced the audition she had done for a famous director for a leading role in his major film. Dreamy is now caught between her dream and reality

Recently, watched The New King Of Comedy 新喜剧之王 with mummy at Shaw theatres Nex.

This comedy film directed by Stephen Chow had a focused story-line. It urged aspiring individual to be courageous and strive in pursuing their dreams. You never know what may come forth if you did not take a step out to even try. That being said, I believe this group of viewers will definitely relate better to the show.  It educated me about the importance of kinship and to stay humble. Not to miss out, the many hilarious moments too.

It reminded me those days being a calefare, where I had to keep myself occupy before being called to perform. Small earnings but the very least I got to experienced it.

I believe if you are willing to work hard, you will certainly succeed one day. Hence, persevere on and never give up even if circumstances may not seems positive. The next successful person might be you.

Ratings: 4 / 5