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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Dimsum Buffet Dinner at Tunglok Teahouse @ Raffles Place

7 Amoy Street #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 049949
Tel: 6877 1123

Monthly gathering with the friends, so we decided on a Dimsum buffet dinner at Far East Square. Not many places serve dimsum at night, and TungLok is well known for their quality of food.

Decor was Oriental and comfortable with huge round tables and Chinese paintings - pretty standard for dimsum restaurants. Service was a little slow, with some confusion on our orders here and there (total number of tables was maybe 5?).

Foodwise, one can expect lots of dimsum items of course - dumplings, buns, chicken fret, etc. Standard was a mix of hits and misses.

There was also a good assortment of Soup and Seafood dishes; the latter was undeniably unfresh, but overall taste ok. Don't miss the Tender Beef Brisket with radish.

Finally, Desserts - herbal jelly, yuzu sago, Red Date Cake which exuded aromatic red date sweetness, and miniature ice cream puffs etc.

Overall, 7 of us spent SGD $41.00 each, and were filled right down to the tip of the throat. Overall, we felt that the food could have been better.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

[Poem] Fleeting Thoughts

Fleeting are the thoughts. 
We once thought naught; 
Tugging us along clouds, 
With silver lining strands. 

Words uttered belie 
Locking of our eyes; 
So intense, 
That pulling away scorches. 

A sip of the wine, 
Hoping it would erase, 
The sensations 
Ceasing the confusions. 

Burning the heart, 
Like a candle to its wick; 
Marring the silent 
Room, is denial's insistent knock. 

And dreams, 
Now feature you; 
And the sadness 
Of realization unreal.

Copyright © WinePoetess 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

Detox Slimming Session at BottomSlim @ Novena Square [Sponsored]

10 Sinaran Drive #03-11 / 19 Novena Square 2, Singapore 307506
Tel: 6363 2525

I was invited for a Detox Slimming session with BottomSlim. They specialize in body slimming solutions for lower body namely tummy, hips and thighs - by using a combination of non-invasive and organic treatments to break stubborn fats down. They also focus on inches loss rather than weight loss alone.

The brand and signboard are done in gold and bronze tones (meant to look classy I suppose?) But it also made the store very hard to find. The interior has just been renovated as well to sport vintage yellow and brown tones; somewhat vintage looking.

The usual protocol of tea serving and form filling ensued, while consultant and therapist sat with me in the room to discuss my issues, took my measurements and proposed solutions. My issue was mainly tummy fats.

Then I was led to the treatment room to get changed into their black robe. Another round of measurements was done by my therapist before she took the tube of Nano Firming Gel from my goodie bag to use on me.

She preempt me beforehand that this first step (BottomTrim Therapy) would be a little painful, and boy it was painful as she rubbed the gel firmly onto my tummy and began the massage. She kneaded from outer area towards the center of the tummy with intensive force, explaining that this was to break stubborn fats down.

After one round, she took a second set of photos of my tummy to show the noticeable curve. This was followed by another round of massage with the Nano Firming Gel and photos to exhibit more prominent outline now.

Afterward, a machine was pushed in for step 2 - the Lipo Lazer Fat Loss therapy. Pads were connected to the machine and strapped to my tummy and thigh areas. This revolutionary therapy makes use of infrared light to help the body detox, thus achieving healthier body and skin. This machine was painless and I got to rest for 20 minutes. The machine analysed and showed clearly where the stubborn fats lie.

Final round of measurements and photos were taken; and I was impressed at the 5cm loss in onr session alone.

I also received a Goodie Bag comprising Nano Firming Gel (whats left of it after the treatment) and cash vouchers for future treatments.

Thank you BottomSlim for the wonderful inches loss treatment and boosting my confidence once again.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

[Poem] Which Lifetime Did We Fall?

I turned from your eyes,
Walked into your shadows;
Feeling strange sensations
Piercing from all directions.
Not a drop of blood,
Not unlike your caresses,
Agony was numbed,
Your eyes stole my memories.

Who, pray tell, who are you,
To have this power over me?
Whose echoes fill
The void of remembrance;
Whose words race my heart,
Set my soul back,
By years unmarred by dust,
Painting my escape black.

I turned from the sun,
To be pelted by the rain;
You were not at rainbow's end,
But I felt you, felt trapped,
Felt your whispers on my lobes,
And fingers on my collarbone.
Who are you, oh pray tell,
And which lifetime did we fall? 

Copyright © WinePoetess 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

[Media Invite] F1 Highlights Buffet Dinner at AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin

6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, AquaMarine, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6845 1111

Lunch daily
SGD$30.00 (child) / SGD$60.00 (adult)

Dinner (Mon to Thurs)
SGD$35.00 (child) / SGD$70.00 (adult)

Dinner (weekends and public holidays)
SGD$40.00 (child) / SGD$80.00 (adult)

Revving full speed alongside the racing cars at Formula One (F1) Night Race 2017, AquaMarine entices their diners with special culinary dishes from motor racing countries, from 11 September to 18 September 2017.

The buffet restaurant is done in deep and comforting aqua-toned hues and the different buffet stations are very neatly organized. Food items are wide and varied, and service was good. Let us first check out the special highlights.

Argentinian 16 Hours Slow-braised Lamb Leg with 4 types of bean and kale delights the palate immensely with flavour and its tenderness.

Then there's the Portuguese Migas (crumbs) with Sous-vide Organic Farm Egg, emitting just the gentlest hint of spiciness to fire up one's appetite for more.

Japanese Crabmeat and Kani Okonomiyaki with Japanese Wasabi Mayonnaise was a fluffy and tasty savoury pancake bursting with flavour and freshness.

While you are at it, don't miss out on other delicacies such as Fresh Seafood and palatable Desserts.

I am all revved up for this weekend, how about you ? Wait no more, try these palatable highlights for yoirself today!

Thank you Marina Mandarin Singapore and Ranndie for the invite!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Food Hunting in Johor Bahru @ Malaysia

134 Jalan Serampang, Taman Tebrau Jaya, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +601 133079863

A very beautiful three-storey bakery cafe standing out in its white and gold magnificence at Johor Bahru itself, Seven Oaks Bakery Cafe is sure eye-catching. The interior is equally elegant with vintage floral decor and lots of sweet-faced teddy bears. Their most beautiful creations are of course, the many different types of Cakes, such as Chocolate Praline, Raspberry Mascarpone, Mango Charlotte, Lemon Cheeseecake, Rose Opera, etc, each one looking more stunning than the last.

We had a pretty decent Lobster Bisque Soup to start with, followed by Spring Chicken (we were expecting the Chinese-style deep-fried chicken but this was a nicely-grilled surprise), Charcoal Lychee Cake (a little hard and coarse in texture), Lavender Cake (which was not lavender in color; texture was still coarse but faint hints of lavender could be detected), gorgeous Rose Latte (with real rose petals) and Iced Mocha. The entire meal cost us less than SGD$40.00 after currency conversion, for so many items!

33 Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, Level Lower Ground LG-01, KSL City, 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 289 1892

Kinsahi is a stunning and exquisite Japanese restaurant located at none other than KSL City itself that blew us away, looking like a very expensive restaurant with its interior reflective pond, dry ice and bridges decor. You'd feel like you were caught in a Japanese fairy garden but when you study the menu, you would be blown away by how affordable the food is, even without currency conversion.

I had a Salmon Zosui (Japanese porridge) dish that was very delectable, served with salmon sashimi slices that one could either dip into the porridge or eat as a side dish on its own. The Beau had a Teriyaki Chicken Bento Set that came with miso soup, vegetables, and fruit as well, the full works. A Kiwi Juice completed the meal, and cost us around SGD$28.00 after currency conversion.


33 Jalan Seladang, Lot LG-44 KSL City, Taman Abad 80250, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 289 1571

Located in KSL City itself is a Taiwanese restaurant simply known as Taiwan Recipe Restaurant, serving up delicious food with pretty friendly service. We enjoyed the Wine Braised Pork With Rice dish and Spicy Beef Noodles followed by Flowerpot Ice-cream for dessert. The meal cost around SGD$30.00 for both of us, and servings were very generous.

19 Jalan Wong Ah Fook, MK-307 City Square, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 332 1100

Located conveniently at City Square Shopping Mall, immediately after crossing the Woodlands Causeway into Malaysia, is Nyonya Leaf Restaurant serving up traditional Peranakan dishes in a casual setting.

I tried their Assam Laksa which was a little disappointing because of the soggy thick white noodles; The Beau had the Nasi Lemak which was not bad. It comprised a lot of ingredients such as crispy Fried Chicken, Boiled Egg, Achar (pickled vegetables), Peanuts, and Ikan Bilis (anchovies)


RESTORAN YA-WANG ("鸭皇药材烧腊大王")
28 Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 224 8624
Website: None supplied

Shortly across the Causeway, lies Restoran Ya-Wang, which is also known as herbal duck king restaurant upon direct translation.  A typical coffeeshop setting with round tables, the air-conditioned eatery sells duck best, as well as an assortment of Malaysian and seafood dishes.

We shared a delicious Roast Herbal Duck (tender, moistened and redolent of herbal goodness), Duck Wings (braised in duck sauce), delectable Honey Char Siew (honey-glazed barbecued pork that melted beautifully in the mouth), crackling Roast Pork (needs no introduction), and 2 vegetables dishes. There were 7 of us, and each of us paid a mere SGD$8.00 for such a scrumptious feast, after currency conversion!

Kampong Sungai Temon, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +019 715 1916 / +019 725 1916
Website: None supplied

If you are looking for something interesting or fresh seafood, look no further. Kelong-style restaurant aka Kah Ling Seafood Village allows you to pick out fresh seafood and enjoy a by-the-waters dining experience.

Other Reviews on Malaysia:
1)  Star Cruise to Kuala Lumpur
2)  Trip to Malacca
3)  Why Singaporeans Love Driving into Malaysia
4)  Vacation at Genting Highlands
5)  Visiting Kuala Lumpur
6)  Crossing over to Johor Bahru