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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Lunch at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (松發肉骨茶) @ Chinatown Point

133 New Bridge Road #01-04 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Tel: 6443 1033

I am sure that Song Fa Bak Kut Teh needs no introductions, with its flagship stall opposite The Central (Clarke Quay) garnering long queues throughout the day. Now they have 7 outlets spanning the island - Centrepoint, Chinatown Point, 11 New Bridge Road, 17 New Bridge Road, UE Bizhub, Seletar Mall and Jurong JEM.

We decided to have lunch at the Chinatown Point branch after a work appointment, and since it was a cold, rainy kind of day.

There are 2 entrances to this Bak Kut Teh restaurant here - the front and the back, both clogged by snakes of diners waiting to go in. Service was efficient and pretty thoughtful in fact, with the service crew bringing clean "Song Fa" labelled cloths to cover our bags when we were seated, and bringing plastic bags for our umbrellas without being asked.  Needless, the same level of initiative continued throughout the meal, with our soup being refilled very efficiently.

Their menus comprise of a good variety of soups - pork ribs, pork loins, premium loins, pork liver, pork kidney, fish slice soup etc. Unlike some of the other stalls that offer the option of a "mixed innards soup", one may mix and match items based on their own preferences instead (price difference of SGD $0.50 to SGD $1.00, depending on your choice of ribs and innards).

The Beau had a Pork Loins Soup (SGD$9.00), which he commented was a little rough, and contained too much fats at one part.

I chose the Pork Liver Soup (SGD $6.00)  which came with many pieces of tender pork liver and a piece of lettuce.

We both found that while their soup is pretty tasty, it lacked a certain distinctiveness to it - wasn't peppery like some stalls, nor herbal as well. Just.... tasty pork bone soup, maybe that's its distinctiveness

Together with the meal, we had White Rice, Dough Fritters (you tiao), Xiao Bai Cai vegetables (SGD $4.00), Chinese Tea and Lemon Barley drink. We spent around SGD$28.00 in total, feeling full and warm on this rainy day.

For Reviews on Other Bak Kut Teh stalls visited:-

1) Founder Bak Kut Teh @ Balestier
2) Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon Road
3) Heng Heng Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon Road
4) Lian Peng Bak Kut Teh @ IMM

[Poem] Today is Your Day

Today is your day, 
She dons lace and satin, 
Perfumed by Givenchy, 
Waiting with candlelit cake, 
And your favorite Chardonnay, 
Touched with her smile. 

Midnight comes and goes, 
The shine in her eyes dims, 
Counting the ticking minutes, 
As gleam of tears replaces, 
What could've been happiness, 
Even when it doesn't look like love.

Today is your day, 
Your arms are around, 
A fair lady and a dark beauty, 
Wondering who should be savored. 
You yearn to kiss their lips, 
And from their legs, take sips. 

The one waiting at home, 
Weeps silently with her wine. 
Polishes off the full bottle, 
Wishing she could break free, 
But wishing even more, 
For love to reciprocate.

Copyright © 2017 WinePoetess

Outfit of the Day - Little Black Dress with White Strip

"If you wear things you adore, you just look better." — Margherita Missoni 

Dreaming of the seas today again, no matter how rough they may be. So I can wear my #littleblackdress with the white details and do nothing but have fun.

Dress: Bought in Hong Kong
Shoes: Renoma
Sunglasses: Coach
Bangle: Fendi

Outfit of the Day - royal blue off-shoulders blouse

"Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality." — Alexander McQueen.

Weekend shopping means outfits that are more casual. This royal blue, off-shoulders blouse with long sleeves seduced me almost instantly.

Blouse: Southaven (SGD$69.90)
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

[Poem] Verdict

You have created a sinner, 
Right out of me; 
A crime of passion, 
Greater than hell's fury. 

I shall therefore sentence you 
To a lifetime in my mind; 
To be my first thought at dawn, 
And last glimpse at dusk. 

I shall therefore sentence you 
To a lifetime of satin sheets, 
Lingering kisses and whispers 
Of nights of bare skins. 

I shall therefore sentence you 
To the depths of my eyes, 
The cage of my heart, 
A fountain of sweet love. 

And I shall be obliged, 
To offer no parole, 
For the tenure of premises, 
Within the depths of my flesh.

Copyright © 2017 WinePoetess

Friday, 24 February 2017

Outfit of the Day - lilac dress with angel wings

"Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests." - Karl Lagerfeld.

Following the black version of my People of Asia's angel wings dress, I also tried on the lilac version. It didn't fit me as well as its black counterpart. A comfortable dress suitable for work, dates, functions, events and hanging out.

Dress: People of Asia (SGD$99.00)
Bracelet: Tiffany's & Co

Drinks at The Pump Room @ Clarke Quay

3B River Valley Road #01-09 / 10 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021
Tel: 6334 2628

Opened since December 2006, The Pump Room is no doubt one of Singapore's longer-standing microbreweries, seeing us through the days of vibrant Clarke Quay to the currently more toned-down lifestyle hub. Conceptualizing 3 into 1, The Pump Room is a microbrewery, a bistro as well as a bar with live band and dance floor! 

We decided to revisit The Pump Room for old times' sake, hanging out and catching up. As it was a weekday evening, they also had some Happy Hour promo for one-for-one beers, wine or housepour. Their beers are freshly brewed on site and are thus unpasteurized and unfiltered.  Service was a little slow though, but that could be because we were seated outdoors to avoid the din within.

Food menu consisted of mainly Western tapas and main dishes with Asian twists, like Oysters, pan-seared Scallops, Antipasto, Beef Salad to Ribs, Pork Knuckle and Fish & Chips etc. We started with some Sauteed Spicy Ikan Bilis (SGD$12.00) which were deep-fried anchovies, crispy but utterly salty. We barely finished 1/3 of the entire basket, and wondered if it was meant for pairing with staples like rice or bread.

There was also a Basket of Thick Fries (SGD$10.00), delicious sticks of potato deep-fried and was a good snack over drinks and chatter. I mean, one could hardly go wrong with fries, right?

The Crispy Harissa Sea Bass (SGD$25.00) was sweet-fleshed and crispy on the exterior as promised; served with red onion, baby spinach, couscous and lemon wedge, making for a filling and healthy mains.

Drinks were glasses of Red Wine (SGD$13.00), White Wine (SGD$13.00) and Golden Ale Beer (SGD$14.50).  It is still one of our favorite places to hang out at and bask in the vibrant ambience of an area we fondly remember as clubbers' paradise.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Outfit of the Day - white and gray toga dress with black rose

"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." - Coco Chanel

My Anna Sui La Nuit Bohemian Golden Rose Perfume and the Black Rose perching on my dress. One of my favorite dresses of all times, this white and silver satin-tweed blend toga dress with the black cloth rose perched on the shoulder, always makes me feel sassy and young when I don it. Suitable for dates, events, functions and hanging out.

Dress: Little Match Girl (SGD$79.00)
Necklace: Tiffany & Co

Dinner at Equilibrium @ Capitol Piazza (Revisit)

15 Stamford Road, #01-86 Capitol Building, Singapore 178906
Tel: 6384 4069

Having visited Equilibrium (review here) for drinks and falling in love with the ambience, I decided to return for food, bringing some friends with me. Owned by the same people behind Supply and Demand (review here), Equilibrium is primarily an Italian restaurant and bar serving up a good range of small Italian dishes, main courses, handmade desserts and delectable cocktails.

Ambience is intimate and tranquil, with little details and mirror reflections to add a sophisticated touch. The duplex space elongates the signboard in an eye-catching vertical fashion, so it is not easy to miss this modern Italian Barcaro and Ristorante. Service was attentive and friendly overall.

We started with Panelle (SGD$12.00) - Sicilian-inspired Crunchy Fried Fritters made from Gram Flour paired with a vibrant Cucumber Salad and duo of sauces. Loved the earthly flavour of lenthils in this texturized pastry snack dish.

La Bombette (SGD$9.50) - Pugliese grilled skewers of Pork Belly wrapped around a sinful mixture of grated Parmesan cheese, Oregano and chilli flakes, served with spicy lemon garlic dip. The spherical shape of these pork belly wrapped skewers resulted in an explosion of flavours in the mouth, the perfect appetite-whetter or accompaniment for drinks.  Unfortunately I neglected to take photos of this dish - you can check out Ivan's capture here.

We also had a Orientale Maiale (SGD$22.00) pasta dish - stir-fried pasta, minced pork, salty back bacon, button mushrooms, arugula (wild rocket) leaves infused in a delicious, salacious broth of garlic, Roman fermented fish sauce, parsley, white wine vinegar, chili and ginger, giving the palate a palatable spicy kick.

Following that, we had the Vegetarian Corn and Mushroom Cremoso Farfelle (SGD$18.00), a lovely non-meat dish consisting of al-dente ribbon-shaped pasta with sweet corn, button mushrooms, shaved Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, giving us a touch of zest in a creamy dish.

The final food dish was the Vegetarian Margherita Pizza (SGD$19.00) - crackling thin crust topped with mozzarella cheese, buffalo mozzarella cheese, basil leaves,  oregano and tomato sauce. The texture was crispy, light and good, but we felt that the flavours could have been bolder.

We had lots of drinks too, of course. My NSFW Cocktail (SGD$24.00) - Not Safe For Work, literally - a luxe concoction with a fiery kick, comprising rich vodka-infused chocolate rose tea with chococlate syrup, French cream, fresh bird's eye chili and shaved white chocolate. This was truly a burst of flavours.

The Practical Magic Cocktail (SGD$24.00) was a fun drink served separately in 2 parts - raspberry nectar tea infused with Gin, fresh lemon juice, Liqueur de Violettes and Saint germaine Elderflower and Mint Syrup served with Smokey Blue Curacao on the side.

Next, the Sencha Apple Cocktail (SGD$24.00) - nothing but in a pot! A delightful brew of Sencha-infused Vodka with honey, apple sour liqueur, fresh mint leaves and dehydrated apple slices.

Smoke on the Water Cocktail (SGD$26.00) - smoky potion of floral hibiscus tea, honey water, Cherry Brandy, tangy Sloegin, orange zest and a splash of fiery Absinthe.

For the tea lovers, the Madarchod Cocktail (SGD$23.00) - enticing flavours of India - a creamy Chai Latte shaken with Amaretto, Bulleit Boubon, hazelnut syrup, French cream and honey water, delectable and keeps one awake.

Lastly, the Bubble Yum Reinterpreted Cocktail(SGD$24.00) - reviving our childhood through this Watermelon Liqueur with Watermelon Tequila, Amaro Montenegro, wild hibiscus tea syrup, blackcurrant tea, rim of crushed sweets and cotton candy - sweet and fruity.

It was a fun evening with interesting drinks and decent food; this is my third visit and there's definitely going to be more.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Review of IPL Brazilian Waxing at Amber Beila @ Raffles Place

1 Raffles Place #05-19 One Raffles, Singapore 048616
Tel: 6532 2668

I stumbled upon this pretty beauty salon named Amber Beila at One Raffles Place, and was taken in by the hanging chandeliers as well as the staff's friendliness.  They also provide a range of facial treatments, massages and slimming treatments.

Ginger tea was served prior to the IPL Brazilian treatment, where I filled out a health declaration form and understood the different types of IPL Brazilian treatments they offer.

The Treatment Room was more spacious than some other parlours', and I was asked to clean myself with their anti-bacterial wipes. I also had to change into the charcoal gray robe.

Then their latest scientific technology E-Frost Light machine was rolled in. The therapist placed a pair of UV-protection glasses over my eyes, to protect against the glare of the light during the IPL session.

The therapist tried the cold IPL Brazilian treatment on me, but I thought it was painful (maybe due to the shocked sting of the cold applicator), so they switched me back to the conventional hot IPL Brazilian treatment.

I forgot to shave my nether hair for the first session and they did it for me (SGD$20.00), thereafter the treatment continued. No major discomfort except for waves of heat, and the treatment was over in about 20 minutes.

IPL Brazilian waxing prevents loosening of the skin at the nether region (as opposed to normal waxing / sugaring), slows hair regrowth, and has minimal irritation overall.

For more reviews on Brazilian Waxing, check out the following:
(i)  Brazilian Waxing at Spa Haven @ Tanjong Pagar (click here)
(ii)  Brazilian Waxing at Plush @ Orchard Central (click here)
(iii) Brazilian Waxing at Sugared @ Bukit Timah (click here)
(iv) IPL Brazilian Waxing at Japan IPL Express @ Raffles Place (click here)