Archive | September 2013

#Hashtagsareannoying

I am probably declaring war with the hashtags fanatics out there but yes, I can’t stand hashtags, period. What’s with uploading a picture of your meal and going #yummy #girlsnightout #foodporn #wine #happiness #whocaresaboutgettingfat and the list goes on. Come on people, write proper sentences! I think it is perfectly appropriate if the hashtags are used to link your pictures/videos/comments to certain events, brands, location or restaurants but excessive hashtags describing it is just strange. We have evolved from saying complete sentences, to short instant messages/texts to adjectives and random words?

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Sorry if I offended people who uses hashtags excessively but it seems that I am not the only one who find this trend amusing. I’m sure most of you have seen this video of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake making fun of hashtags which went viral online within a couple of days!

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But closer to home, a Malaysian short video team -dmingthing – came out with this – If Hashtags were a Language – in August which was funny too! Been wanting to share but was procrastinating until Jimmy and Justin’s video was out and around!Haha.

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F1 Singapore at Padang Grandstand

So the F1 fever is long gone and I’m glad I’m part of the fever this year! We got a pair of tickets for Sunday Event with seats at the Padang Grandstand thanks to an invitation from our supplier! Weee!

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Beautiful view at the Padang Grandstand!

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Every attempt in capturing the cars with my iPhone look like this! Haha.

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Great view from the grandstand! Watching and hearing the cars zooming around is amazing!

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It was a short experience with us being a responsible working adult on a Sunday. I’m still sore about not watching Rihanna but I heard there were 60,000 people, she was high on drugs and lip-synching to the songs and all you can hear is her backup singer who sounded just like her! So I guess it could be a blessing in disguise for not staying till late for her performance!

One observation at F1 Singapore, there were a lot of tourists / expats and sweaty people with lots of beer! Haha. Welcome to our lovely tropical island-city – Singapore!

Hidden Finds Market by Public Garden Flea at Triple One Somerset

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In partnering with the F1 event, the Public Garden Flea held a Hidden Finds Market at Triple One Somerset in one of their empty office building on Level 16. I love Public Garden Flea and there are always something to buy/see and something new every single time I went.

Here are the past two times I went, once in March at National Museum and lately at Chjimes during Singapore Night Festival!

This time round there were two exciting vendors who were hawking their loots at the flea!

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MT Tape (it’s actually masking tape)! MT Tape has also decorated the flea area with their huge colourful Washi tapes and many ladies (old and young alike) were squealing at how pretty the tapes are. I unconsciously also picked up some rolls and it all added up to twenties for a small pretty tapes. Bad Serene, bad bad Serene.

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These are my loots! 3 rolls of solid colour MT tapes for SGD 10, pretty floral and checkered tapes at SGD 3.90 each and my favourite map tape at SGD 7.90!

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Up next, I spotted Tinkr, a 3D printing stall! A few weeks back, 3D printing was much talked about in the press and it is so cool to see it live! It is still a relatively new technology for consumers and hence it doesn’t come cheap! But you can print a 3D model of yourself at the stall! I overheard that it will take almost half a day just to print a 3D model of oneself!

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The lady at the booth gifted this to me and I am so thrilled to take home a piece of freshly printed 3D shark!

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When up close, you can actually see how it is painstakingly printed line by line!

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Also spotted my friend at this booth by Chubby Chubby and was thinking hard if I should get it. Did you spot him? Yes the owl! It is adorable isn’t it!

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A lovely Owl plus for SGD 28.90. I am not sure when will I stop my obsessive collection. Too cute.

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Also bought an Ang Ku Kueh postcard (SGD 1.80)for someone who loves Peanut Ang Ku Kueh. Haha.

Vintage Furnitures in Singapore

I stumbled upon this article on Facebook by Citynomads on Vintage Furnitures in Singapore! I love vintage and I definitely would like one of these in my place! Here are two of my personal favourite (without knowing the price though).

Like That One has a wide range of vintage furnitures but yet has a modern look!

Vintage Green Sofa

Things Your Mother Throw also has some colourful modern vintage pieces but best of all, they have got some pretty handmade cement tiles and vintage doors and windows! Nice!

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Grub at Bishan Park

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Last weekend, we headed to Grub at Bishan Park for brunch. It was a cosy and pretty cafe tucked in the middle of the greeneries in the park. We got there at 11.30am and were asked to enter our contact number in the iPad provided.

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This system is excellent and it allows us to tour the park instead of waiting outside the cafe. The system also gave us a call from the automatic system when it’s our turn and we even get to key in the option of (1) we will be there immediately, (2) we will take 5 mins to walk back or (3) to cancel our reservation. Bravo! This system saves manpower and provide additional hassle free service!

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Here are the delightful dishes that we tried! Yum!

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Truffled Egg Cocotte with crispy parma ham and toasted focaccia  at SGD 7. This is really good, love the combination of truffle oil, parma harm and soft boil eggs. But it is a little pricey given the portion!

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Grub breakfast set with beef sausage at SGD 15. The beef sausage is chewy, bursting with flavours and really good.

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Grub Cheeseburger at SGD 11. We opted for mash potato instead of fries (who eats fries for brunch!) and it was good. You can taste the actual potato bits. The beef patty is juicy and fresh but the portion is so small! Am I becoming a eating monster! Haha.

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Extraordinary Food and Service at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse

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Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
2 Stamford Road
Level 3 Swissotel The Stamford
Singapore 178882
Telephone: +65 6338 0261

I owe my sister 3 dinner treats but with both our packed busy schedule, we decided to go on one combined lavish treat! It was a sinful dinner to celebrate my sister’s Last Examination Paper (probably of her life), Graduation and New Job! Yes, this dinner came a little too late but better late than never!

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We decided on having a good piece of steak and I gave her a budget of SGD 120 per pax for the evening. Both of us love steaks and are girls who love a hearty meal instead of a tiny one. Don’t hate us for our slim figure despite being a glutton, we have bulging tummy like every other girls too!

We made a reservation at Wooloomooloo which is famous for their good steaks at reasonable prices and love our dining experience. This is the best service I’ve ever experienced till date! More on the food first and then the service!

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These complimentary fluffy soft warm bread is so good.

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All their steaks come with four pots of different sauces Au Jus, Peppercorn, Mushroom and Red Wine Madeira. Their peppercorn is the best but I love the steak in its original flavour. There are also four different types of mustard to pick! We ordered two sides to go with the steak as their steak does not come with any sides. Sautéed Kipfler Potatoes (SGD 14) and Sautéed Wild Mushrooms in garlic butter (SGD 14) were good too!

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Wooloomooloo Steak, Australian Black Angus Beef Ribeye Steak marinated with Cajun Spice 12-ounce at SGD 66. It was a little salty but the staff promptly change it to another steak without us requesting for a change.

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Australian Black Angus Beef Selection, 150-day grain fed, 4 weeks wet aged, Beef City Farms, Toowoomba, Queensland, Rib Eye, 12-ounce at SGD 64

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USDA Prime Beef Selection, 150-day grain fed, 2-3 weeks wet aged, Stock Yards & Greater Omaha Packing Co., Nebraska, USA, Rib Eye, 12-ounce at SGD 76. This was the best. Yums.

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No meal is complete without dessert. Wooloomooloo Lemon & Lime Pie,Topped with Italian meringue & served with orange chips & vanilla tuile (SGD 18) The lemon lime custard is yummy and so is the meringue, but the pie crust can be a little more crunchy for a better texture.

The waiter – Juzzy – was extremely friendly and gave us great recommendations! He recommended us to try their USDA Prime Beef and Australian Black Angus Beef but my adventurous sister ordered the Wooloomooloo Steak (also Australian Black Angus Beef but marinated with Cajun Spice) instead of heeding his advice resulted in a blessing in disguise of a disastrous steak but exceptional service.

The Wooloomooloo Steak turned out to be way too salty that evening (it was apparently marinated for 48 hours) and when their manager – Jas – came to check if we are satisfied with the food, we commented that it is a little salty but otherwise fantastic. Jas then walked away and got Juzzy to check on us again. Juzzy then promptly removed the piece of salty steak and change it to their regular Australian Black Angus Beef on their own initiative. We were wowed by their prompt action and fantastic service recovery.

The dinner was back on track and with great company, fantastic food and extraordinary service we couldn’t ask for more.

Then came the bill. When asking for the bill, I asked if I can have a feedback card to compliment their incredible service but unbeknownst to us was that the best part of their service recovery has yet come. They further wowed us when the bill came and it is much lesser than we expected!

I was expecting it to be at least SGD 240 but it came up to approximately SGD 120!

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Wow! I quickly glanced through and asked if they made a mistake and that one of the steak was not in the bill. But they reassured us that it was correct and the steak was on the house! Wow! I did an imaginary fist punch and double flips inside me because of their great service! I love great service but I adore mind blowing service recovery like this! We left a SGD 20 tips (which is uncommon in Singapore as there is already a mandatory 10% service charge) and a long compliment note.

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But after we left the restaurant, I realized the dessert was also on the house! WOW! It made my SGD 20 looked miserable. Haha. But Thank you Jas, Juzzy and Wooloomooloo Steakhouse for the wonderful evening! The service level was legendary!

Dinner at Black Sheep Cafe

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Had a celebratory dinner at The Black Sheep Cafe in celebration for a good year at work a few weeks back and it was a great evening! There were some hits and misses and we spent about SGD 120 for two. It is a little pricey given the small serving but overall we had a great meal and great fun.

#B1-30, Thomson V Two
11 Sin Ming Road
575629 Singapore

Tel: 6459 5373 (They accept reservation!)

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The Black Sheep Cafe was previously located at Mayo Street (near to Little India) and was closed for a while before making a comeback a few months back! When we were there, there were many loyal customers and fans, and the chef came out to chat with their regulars after serving their meals.

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Here are some of my reviews on the food served that evening. Other than their food, I love their service! As we were pretty early on a Friday evening and we were their first customer for the evening, the Chef made an exception to serve us their popular Flourless Chocolate Fondant served with Vanilla Ice Cream which was not in their menu! They have a very limited selection in their food menu but there were some great ones in there!

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We love their starters, especially the baked brie!

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Complimentary warm bread with butter! Yummy! Really good! We almost ask for a second serving!

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Baked Brie with Pistachio Crust, Citrus Fruit Salsa (SGD 16). This is really good. I love brie and baking them with pistachio crust is pure perfection! Definitely a hit!

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Lobster Bisque laced with Cognac (SGD 16). This is good too, soupy and not too thick, too bad that it is so tiny!

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Lamb Rack (SGD 36). This is really really good and very tender but it was so tiny that we polish it off quickly!

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Duck Confit on Apple Rosti and Mango Relish. The rosti was fantastic, the mango relish has a little Indian style to it but the duck confit was a little disappointing. It wasn’t as crispy as I would have expected and the meat is too tough and dry. Had better ones before.

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Flourless Chocolate Fondant serve with Vanilla Ice Cream (can’t remember the price as it was off the menu). It is good with chocolate oozing out, vanilla ice cream was yummy too with vanilla beans spotted in there.

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Kahlau Souffle with Double Chocolate Ice cream (SGD 14). I’ve never tried souffle before and thought this was interesting but I realized I’m not a fan of gooey fluffy desserts. But the Kahlau was nice. Haha.

Sue Ann, Cheng Wei and Siqi, this article from Material World is for you girls! Haha. Say No to Babies.

After I read it the first thought is you girls!

I want! From A Beautiful Mess

I often see many beautiful white and wood kitchen. They look all so pretty, bright and cheery but it made me ponder if it is a practical choice given Singapore’s hot and humid weather and all the grease and oil will probably stain the wood. So it is a nice change to see this pretty wood and black kitchen featured in A Beautiful Mess!

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guest room trolley

Another nice idea from A Beautiful Mess is this trolley filled with goodies for your house stayover guests! I’m sure your guests will love you after receiving these carefully curated goodies with love! There are practical items like towels, toothbrush and sunblock, sweet items like mid night snacks and all complete with a loving touch of fresh flowers! Wow.

About me. The girl behind this blog.

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I just updated my About page! Like finally since a million years ago! Have fun reading and if you enjoy what you have been reading here. Do share and comment!

Singapore Night Festival 2013

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Last night, I was at Singapore Night Festival 2013 and it was great to soak in the atmosphere of the spirit and enjoy the artwork on display. The only grumble I have? It is way too crowded and it was a humid warm night. Oops, that’s two.

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National Museum of Singapore

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An outdoor short feature of Light Seeker, a musical by Resort World Sentosa. It was an interesting experience to watch a musical at an outdoor stage.

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Singapore Art Museum. Love the lights and colour, reminds me of pretty colourful tiles.

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The only souvenir I took home? An Owl fan! Haha.

The highlight of the event is definitely Public Garden Flea at Chijmes. Saw many pretty stuffs in there!

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Love these watercolour illustration from Catherine May Tang! I need more wall space for these pretties!

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These customisation illustrations from E’von LeAngelis blew me away! They offer customise cards and prints with your story! It will make perfect gift and wedding invites!

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Love these handpainted leather clutch too! Didn’t managed to grab their card! The colours are really pretty but I thought it is too small a clutch! I need bigger ones to put my long wallet, keys, phone and makeup! Haha.

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Saught. My favourite local jeweller. Love their cause and have been eyeing their Pursuing Peace Bangle for the longest time but couldn’t bear to part with my money. Took up the courage to buy last evening but they ran out of stock! Alas! I had no fate with it. But I am loving their Knots collection, love the Knots ring and necklace! The nice lady at the booth showed me their upcoming collection, a ring that reminds me of the Romans empire. Haha. And I am loving that too! Hopefully they will have a sale soon and I will take the plunge to grab one of their lovelies! Haha.

Staycation with the SSSS girls!

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We had a staycation with the SSSS girls during one of the weekends at Beaufort Sentosa with our pool of cupcake coin bank money. The other girls went to adventure cove while I nurse myself in bed at home trying to combat my flu. Joined them in the evening for dinner, a stayover and a breakfast! It is a great relaxing weekend catching up to each other! Love the girls to bits and we should so do this once a year!

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Celebrated my belated birthday! Wee!

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Tried out the tees I got them from Phuket!

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Received my birthday gifts from the girls! Thank you Sue for the DIY lomo camera! Can’t wait to try them! Thank you CW for the portable charger, definitely need one of these! My phone is in perpetual low battery state. Thank you Siqi for the beauty box from L’Oreal! Love the youth code and other beauty loots in there. Muacks!

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