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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Tea Break at Bettr Barista @ Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

90 Yishun Central, Level 2 Tower C, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore 768828
Tel: 6383 5030

I was at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for an event. Feeling exhausted due to a late night event the night before, I was gratified to spot a sign for Bettr Barista Coffee Cart / Cafe and headed up to take a look.

To share a little about Bettr Barista Academy, they are a coffee education academy offering courses relating to professional barista, brewing, roasting, sensory amd green coffee. Nesides providing full and part-time WSQ-certified coffee courses for F&B professionals, Bettr Barista is also a social enterprise that trains disadvantaged youths and women to brew coffee. 

The main roastery and academy are located at 5 and 8 Harrison Road respectively, and they currently have retail coffee locations at DBS Plaza Singapura, Income Centre Bras Basah, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Ministry of Family & Social Development, and DBS Scape.

I tried a cup of Mocha (SGD$5.00) - takeout cups, simple latte art and rich chocolately aroma giving a lovely bittersweet flavour.

Peppermint Tea (SGD$2.50) for my colleague; they use Clipper Tea which was good.

Besides beverages they also serve pastries and sandwiches, simple food items to go along with coffees / teas - perfect for breakfast or tea break. Plus, the outlet at KTP Hospital is surrounded by greenery so it makes for a lovely ambience.

Outfit of the Day - silver gown with slit

"Style can change your look, certainly, but it can also change your life." - Stacy London

The dress hunt continues and here's what happens behind closed doors -  incredibly silver gown with hanging front and subtle slit.

Dress: Fraiche (SGD$299.00)
Necklace: Tiffany & Co
Bangle: Hermes
Watch: Rado

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dinner at Jack's Place at Bukit Panjang Plaza

1 Jelebu Road Bukit Panjang #03-10 Bukit Panjang Plaza, Singapore 677743
Tel: 6892 8700

Been wanting to revisit one of my favorite restaurants for a while, but didn't get around to it till lately. There is nothing like an oldtime favorite serving up comfort food such as steaks and soups.

The Lobster Bisque (SGD$6.00) served with a crispy slice of garlic toast on the side, was creamy and sweet. The perfect appetite whetter that settled our growling bellies.

Mon Beau has the "Old Fashioned" Grilled Chicken Steak (SGD$16.80) with thick Mushroom Sauce, served with vegetables and grilled potato.

I went for my favorite Steak with Slipper Lobster Combo (SGD$29.90). The steak was succulent and drenched deliciously with black pepper sauce; while the springy lobster gave a delicate balance. Baked potato with sour cream, bacon bits and spring onions was served on the side, making sure this dish was a very filling one.

Accompanying the meal, we had Peach Soda and Red Wine - the latter of which paired smoothly with my steak.

Some New York Cheesecake with tea brought up the rear of the meal, signalling closure.

Always one of my favorite dining places under the J. Peppperdine Group; I am glad it is still aroound, with consistent standard.

To add on, Jack's Place was a saviour this Valentine's Day 2018 - I was supposed to dine out but due to last minute change of plans and most places are not taking delivery orders anymore, I called ahead to Jack's Place to pre-order my steak dinner for takeaway. Doris was super nice and took my order by phone, so that I was able to bring back Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad, Tenderloin Steak, Black Pepper Steak,  and a White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake for our homely St. Valentine's celebration. Thank you!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Review on CO2 Fractional Laser @ Dore Aesthetics Clinic [Sponsored]

160 Robinson Road #04-02 SBF Centre, Singapore 068914
Tel: 6402 1478

Dore Aesthetics Clinic is located in the Central Business District, dubbing itself the leading transformation centre for all your beauty and skincare needs. It occupies a huge floor space on level 4 of SBF Centre, and provides beauty treatments from scars treatment, acne removal, nose jobs, V-shaped face, cellulite and fats removal as well as hair removal; a pretty comprehensive suite of services under one roof.

Upon reaching, I filled out the Lifestyle and Health questionnaire at the main reception area. Then a consultant escorted in into one of the rooms and tried to establish what my skin concerns were, before recommending a solution - CO2 Fractional Laser, also known as "pixilated carbon dioxide laser. It has the longest wavelengths among all the lasers, and uses a form of delivery system that does not destroy the whole outer layer of the surface skin.

I was told that this laser would help improve my skin condition, targeting the acne scars; and downtime was around 5 to 7 days. I agreed to the procedure, and was escorted to the other unit that houses the treatment / doctor rooms. My face was cleansed and numbing cream was applied while I waited 30 minutes for it to take effect.

Dr. Wallace spoke with me, explaining to me the effects and downtime once more. Then I was asked to lay on the bed and the good doctor himself administered the CO2 Laser treatment - a device that pierced the scars area, while emanating cool jets of air to soothe.

It was not as painful as I had expected. My face was red after the treatment, and pixellated (you could see the very tiny square marks if you peer closely). Over the course of the next few days, I expected swelling, peeling and scabs but all were minimal. I was able to use makeup for work as normal. I had to be ultra diligent with my hydrating creams and face masks though. After 2 weeks, the skin recovered and my acne scars appeared lighter, just in time for Chinese New Year.

Thank you Dr. and Dore Aesthetics Clinic for the beautifying laser treatment.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Outfit of the Day - Deep green shimmery dress

"Fashion is about something that comes from within you" - Ralph Lauren 

Hoping this dress would be in my wardrobe and bring out some festive vibes. Love the gentle shimmer on the deep sea green. Suitable for dinner dates, functions and outings.

Dress: Fraiche (SGD$129.00)
Necklace: Tiffany and Co

Friday, 16 February 2018

Review on Classic Facial Treatment at Resveralife @ Somerset [Sponsored]

182 Orchard Road, Peranakan Place Complex, Singapore 238847
Tel: 6732 1136

Resveralife is a unique retail  brand with worldwide presence that offering a healthy lifestyle experience through the five senses - sight, touch, smell, taste and sound. Believing in celebrating life inside out, the boutique carries wide and diverse range of products promoting healthy way of living through diet, exercise, rejuvenation and spiritual wellness.

Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/resveralifesg/

Located at Peranakan Place Complex right next to Centrepoint (I think between the jewellery shop and Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa shop), Resveralife thrusts itself to the world boldly, with doors wide open to welcome everyone to step right in.

Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/resveralifesg/

Interior decor is clean-cut, modern and elegant in a cold way - stark whiteness and metallic, like a page right out of a lifestyle magazine. This is a very new brand in Singapore, having opened for just around a month; the crew was friendly, polite and a little aggressive at times.

So the standard questionnaire and interview time commenced after I sat down, and was offered tea or water. The consultant patiently went through my skin concerns with me, and recommended several components in the customised Classic Facial I was to receive. She also explained to me what each step would do for me, which was pretty amazing.

Then I was led to the treatment room to change into their white robe for comfort. My beauty therapist entered shortly, and began the process of removing my makeup. She explained to me that all their products are made of natural ingredients, and that over here, they do not use any machines for treatments at all. All these amazing and efficient effects would be the wonderful workings of their products purely!

True to her word - after 2 rounds of makeup removal and cleansing, my therapist used Lionesse White Pearl Facial Peeling for exfoliation, while I lay in comfort imagining the benefits of what the fine white pearl powder was doing to my skin.

Next, she applied a layer of Warm Mask over my face, and a serum, and left it for 15 minutes. This step was supposed to eliminate dirt, oils and other skin damaging pollutants on my face, freeing the clogged pores. The colorless mask was a welcoming spread of warmth upon my face, especially when the room temperature was low.

After removing the mask, more serum was spread on my face while my therapist did an intensive Facial Massage for me. During the interview session with the beauty consultant earlier on, I was asked to choose if I wanted my facial massage to be "Light", "Medium"  or "Strong".  Wary, I chose the first option; the massage was very soothing and enjoyable, kneading the facial muscles concentrating especially around the cheekbone and under-eye areas. Oh, did I mention that before the massage, she applied more serum on my face? So in a way I guess she was rubbing the benefits of the serum into my skin, too.

Following that, another cooling Mask for firming and hydration; this time for 2- to 25 minutes. After cleaning off this mask, Moisturizer was applied to my face followed by a quick shoulder massage.

All in all, I enjoyed my facial treatment session here at Resveralife very much, and am glad that the crew is very confident in the results of their product range. The only drawback was the noise due to their location (right in front of a very busy road) - spa music was played rather loudly in the treatment room, but the contrast with the rock music played at the main reception area, as well as roaring traffic (remember that they have a open-door concept here) - provided little sense of serenity one seeks when visiting spa or facial parlours.

Still, thank you Resveralife Singapore for the facial pampering session!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

[Poem] Wishing You Were Here

Falling Autumn leaves, 
Mark the passing of years; 
And they used to say, 
That time heals all wounds. 

I think of the saddened 
Look in your dark eyes and 
I remember how I ignored 
Them; oh how that pierced. 

I think of the places 
You yearned to go with us; 
Now we could only imagine 
Your happy expressions. 

Grasping the air, 
Wishing you were still here; 
Wishing we knew where 
And when you would leave.

Copyright © WinePoetess 2017

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Outfit of the day - white jumpsuit with wide-legged pants

"She knew then that white was more than a color: It was a cold, pale shade of understanding that seems to take all of your hope away." - Vannetta Chapman

White Jumper with see through mesh details over white tube and wide-legged pants. Quite a statement.

Jumpsuit: Press (SGD$149.00)
Bangle: Hermes

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Lunch at The Dining Room @ Sheraton Towers Hotel

39 Scotts Road, Lobby Level, Sheraton Towers Hotel, Singapore 228230
Tel: 6839 5621

Located at the lobby level of Sheraton Towers Hotel is a cafe restaurant named The Dining Room serving up delectable buffet meals or a la carte orders, depending on individual diner's preference.

What caught my attention most was the cascading waterfalls, rockpools and lush landscaped gardens located at one side of the restaurant, giving the place a romantic and serene setting instantly. I fell in love with the place dearly, and was fortunate enough to be sitting right next to the waterfalls (separated by a ceiling-to-floor glass).

We decided to go for a la carte since it was lunch time and we are not big eaters. My friend strongly recommended their Asian / local cuisine. The restaurant started us with some Keropok aka crackers.

I opted for the Scallops Salad (SGD$18.00), made up of grilled, juicy and springy scallops on a bed of arugula (rocket) leaves. It was utterly delicious with smokey notes in its flavours and serving was generous.

My friend had the Ayam Penyet (SGD$28.00) consisting of crispy fried chicken, sambal grainy fried rice and egg.

Overall, it was a breathtaking dining experience and I would return, even if for the ambience alone. Check out my review on another restaurant at Sheraton Towers Hotel, Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant here.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Lunch at HarriAnns Table Cafe @ Bugis Junction

230 Victoria Street #01-01A Bugis Junction Towers, Singapore 188024
Tel: 6238 1200

Whenever I exited the MRT Station at Bugis, I would find myself being treated to aromas from HarriAnns Cafe. The Peranakan cafe has a small enclosed interior and long open-air exterior area, serving up traditional Nonya dishes at good prices.

I had the Nonya Curry Chicken with Rice (SGD$7.90) - thick and tasty curry broth pooling utterly tender chicken and soft whole potato. The plate of white rice was served with Achar aka pickled vegetables, whetting the appetite further.

Could not resist the colorful mini Nonya Kuehs (SGD$3.00) so I ordered a box. They tasted every bit as good as they look so I happily lapped up the cubes of red bean kueh, multi-layer kueh, yam kueh and pandan kueh etc.

Casual dining concept with hearty food generoualy portioned- I will be back to try more for sure.