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Friday, 20 April 2018

Dinner at The Orange Lantern Restaurant @ IMM

2 Jurong East Street 21, IMM #02-52 Singapore 609601
Tel: 6896 2640

The Orange Lantern is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant drawing its inspiration from the delicate but sturdy orange silk lanterns in Vietnam, seeking to bring about fortune, joy and warmth to its diners.

Ambience is cosy and pretty with orange lanterns decorating the place and painted walls, depicting the Viet culture. Service was polite enough, depending on which crew staff you got. Menu is largely Vietnamese cuisine - pho, rice rolls, Viet curry (sweet), and hotpot.

The latter was what drew our attention so Mon Beau ordered the Beef Hotpot Set (SGD$13.90) served with a delicious broth with spices, succulent beef slices, fresh vegetables and rice.

I had the Chicken Pho aka chicken noodle soup with a light, clear broth, tender chicken strips and bouncy chicken balls.

Finally, some Chestnut Cake for dessert - cool, sweet cubes of agar-agar filled with chestnut studs to lend an extra crunch.

Overall dining experience at The Orange Lantern was pretty good - wallet friendly and delicious.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Outfit of the Day - golden sequined mermaid tube dress

 "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself" - Coco Chanel.

Because Friyay calls for a celebration, decked out in a sequined golden mermaid tube dress ready to shine upon the world.

Dress: Fraiche (SGD$399)
Bangle: Hermes
Necklace: Tiffany & Co

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Lunch at Aburi Sushi Heishirou @ Westgate

3 Gateway Drive #03-05 Westgate Mall, Singapore 608532
Tel: 6369 9489

Aburi Sushi Heishirou Japanese Restaurant hails from Kyushu Japan, and the name implies their specialty to be Aburi (torched) items undeniably. Interior was cozy - a large counter seating area, with about 4 small booth seats on the side; the exterior has quite a few tables but we found it to be a little warm during lunch time.

Service was excellent from start to finish. To be very frank, we had walked by the restaurant on our way to another restaurant on level 3 for lunch, but the friendly restaurant manager Uncle (apologies for not having caught his name - but we both agree that every restaurant should have someone like him!) caught our attention, and we turned back to walk into the restaurant with him.

Sushi, sashimi, beef and Japanese curry items etc - they have it all here. We started with hot Japanese Green Tea and a very delectable Chawanmushi filled with crabstick for that mildly sweet sensation. Food was served pretty fast and on-point, and I liked how their counter seat was spacious. We could place our dishes around comfortably and not elbow each other.

*YX had the Chicken Katsu Curry with Rice (SGD$16.00) - thick curry gravy with soft-boiled, huge potatoes and crispy deep-fried chicken that composed a very yummy dish.

I settled for Chirashi Don (SGD$27.00), comprising thick, moistened and springy slices of raw fish assortment - salmon, tuna, scallop, shrimp etc. Each bite was satisfying and I nearly finished the entire bowl of rice (I usually omit carbs now).

Aburi Mori (SGD$12.00), because its their specialty, and was palatable. The platter consisted of 5 types of lightly-flamed sushi, such as Salmon, Scallops, etc, and the torched fish slices melted in the mouth beautifully.

Finally, because craving called for it - Salmon Belly Sashimi Sushi (SGD$4.80) - thick and bouncy slices of salmon belly that tickled the palate and made me yearn for more.

Thank you Aburi Sushi Heishirou for the lovely dining experience on 2 occasions. I certainly look forward to be back at this quality, non-pretentious Japanese restaurant for more.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lazada Birthday Festival 2018 - Lazada turns 6!

Save the dates: 24th - 26th April 2018 (Tuesday to Thursday) for Lazada Birthday Festival.

Lazada is turning 6 this April - well, what does this mean for us, their avid shoppers?

  • Superb deals at up to 90% off - keep an eye out
  • More than 600 flash deals
  • For first 100 new customers, quote LAZPARTYNC6 to enjoy 18% off, capped at SGD$6.00
  • Purchase your Branded Surprise Boxes at a mere $29.00, containing items inside worth $100.00
This is my Lazada X Blackmores (Beautiful.Me) Box. Guess what I found inside:

Yes, thank you for the lovely surprise. Blackmores is a renowned Australian brand and I have been taking some of their supplements. This Muscle Magnesium powder is effective and easy to prepare - mixing a small quantity into cold beverages help relieve muscle cramps and spasms, support muscle health and muscle repair, as well as aids relaxation and sleep. What a fabulous product for me.

Whether you are looking to brighten up your own day, or would like to send a surprise gift to someone - these Lazada Branded Surprise Boxes are just perfect.

Wait no more - mark your calendars now, and join us in celebrating Lazada's 6th Birthday!

Happy birthday Lazada!

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Outfit of the Day - red and white ombre floral dress

“Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as a story. Clothes as the story of our lives." - Linda Grant, The Thoughtful Dresser

Beautiful red and white ombre floral dress for upcoming Chinese New Year, or other functions, events or dates.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins (SGD$119.00)
Bag: Chanel
Bangle: Hermes
Watch: Rado

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Outfit of the Day - dark blue gown with black skirt

"Style is a simple way of saying complicated things." - Jean Cocteau 

The piece under fire - dark blue glittery top joined by long fishtail skirt, leaving the sides barely covered.

Dress: Fraiche (SGD$300.00)
Necklace: Tiffany & Co
Bangle: Hermes

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Outfit of the Day - black velvet suit

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Black velvet long-sleeved zip-front jacket with white outlines, over black velvet flare skirt - edgy outfit for work and events.

Clothes:  LMD Fashion @ Bugis Junction (SGD$139.00)
Necklace: Tiffany's & Co

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Dinner at TungLok Teahouse @ Novena Square 2

10 Sinaran Drive #01-73 Novena Square 2, Singapore 307506
Tel: 6893 1123

We were craving for some nighttime Dimsumt for our family dinner, and I remember TungLok Teahouse (review here). Sadly, the outlet at Far East Square has closed, therefore we visited the Novena Square 2 branch. Set in bright colours and period decor, the restaurant serves up an array of creative Teochew dishes and Dimsum items retaining authentic taste of yesteryear.

This restaurant is pretty technology-savvy, its menu wholly on electronic tablets; and if you sit beside the conveyor belt, your food items will be sent from via the belt straight to your table. The only inconvenience about their cute "train" ordering system is that you could only put in 4 orders each round, even if you want, say, 4 Pu-er Tea, you need to press the order 4 times, send it in, before selecting another order.

We started with Marmite Coated Silver Bait (SGD$8.00), battered and dotted with sesame for the extra crispiness. Texture was very nice to bite on, but we thought it was a tad sweet (ain't marmite salty?).

The Deep-fried Salted Egg Fish Skin (SGD$8.00), served in a small metal bucket, was delicious - crackling yet not overly dry; there was a gentle moist to it, and the salted egg flavour was rich but not overpowering. This was very addictive.

Next, Har Gao aka Steamed Shrimp Dumplings (SGD$5.80 for 4) - fresh shrimps wrapped in translucent crystal skin, was quite tasty as well.

Baked BBQ Pork Buns (SGD$5.80 for 3) reminded me alot of Tim Ho Wan's baked BBQ buns - crusty exterior, sweetened minced pork cubes within. These were good enough, though I though THW did it better.

Xiao Long Bao (SGD$5.80 for 4) - meat buns with soup within, was made up with tender meat and flavourful broth that exploded in the mouth.

Siew Mai aka Steamed Pork Dumplings (SGD$5.80 for 4) was made up of melty minced pork meat and a fresh shrimp- plump and tender, pretty good.

Following that, we had Steamed Chicken Feet (SGD$1.80) was palatable - the soy sauce and chilli seeping into the succulent chicken feet nicely; we ordered another serving.

Yang Zhou Fried Rice (SGD$16.00) - grainy fried rice with eggs and shrimps, tasty but somewhat greasy towards the end of the dish.

Then we tried the Teochew-style Flower Clams Porridge (SGD$9.80) - funnily, this dish turned out to be my favorite item of the night despite the fact that it was either ordered wrongly or delivered to us by mistake (no one remembered ordering it). The broth was saccharine in an addictive manner, as were the flower clams; the minced pork bits were tender and lent texture to the porridge.

Mini Piglet BBQ Pork Buns (SGD$5.80 for 3) was too adorable to resist, made in the likeness of piglets complete with ears, eyes and nose. BBQ diced pork burst filling was quite generous when we bit through the cute exterior.  They also have the cute panda buns with black sesame but we could not stomach anymore food.

Final savoury item for the night was the Duo BBQ Meat Platter (SGD$22.00) - Irish Duck and Char Siew. All of us preferred the duck with its moistened texture. Pity that their meat platter did not include Roast Pork Belly, or allow for three types of meat (we did not try the Drunken Wine Chicken).

Moving on to desserts, we had both the hot ones and cold ones. Black Swan Durian Pastry (SGD$5.80 for 3) was almost too pretty to eat. The graceful neck and head part was plastic decor (either that, or extremely hard icing sugar) - the body was a plump, piping hot durian paste coated in charcoal pastry that was crispy. The combination was utterly heavenly.

Then there were Nourishing Red Dates Cakes (SGD$4.80 for 3) - I really dug the sticky, chewy texture of this cake, while redolent of  red date flavour, was not cloyingly sweet. It was very pleasant to eat this, and we enjoyed it very much.

Moving on to cold desserts, Chilled Purple Rice Puree (SGD$6.00) - in the menu photo, it was served in a wine glass, but sadly it was not served that way in reality. It was exactly like "Pulut Hitam"  (black glutinous rice dessert with coconut milk), served with a scoop of ice-cream. Pretty tasty dessert, and we appreciated that it was not too sweet too.

Finally, Chilled Snow Lotus Pudding with Ice-cream, served in Young Coconut (SGD$8.00) - another refreshing dessert to cool the palate after all that yummy seafood and dimsum items.

Tsing Tao Beer (SGD$9.00 per can) was our accompanying drink throughout the scrumptious meal. They served it to us can and mug - instead of helping to pour the beer in, like what other mid-to-high class restaurants do.

Anyway, overall dining restaurant was pretty delightful. We like how they serve dimsum throughout the day, unlike most Chinese restaurants that only serve dimsum for lunch or tea-break. Service was pretty prompt, and food quality was pretty satisfying too.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Outfit of the Day - fuchsia cheongsam-style maxi dress

"It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success." - George Washington Carver.

Elegant maxi-dress with cheongsam-style high collar, perfect for Chinese New Year or other functions and events.

Dress: Mico Boutique @ Star Vista (SGD$179.00)
Bangle: Hermes
Watch: Rado

Sunday, 8 April 2018

[Poem] As I Breathe My Last

Running but couldnt feel my legs. 
Energy sapped, 
The colors 
Swirling around my head, 
Are such strange hues, 
Like spilled paint by the galaxy, 
I am dizzy. 

It hurt, 
Where I didn't bleed; 
Gasping for air cut 
My tongue hard. 
I am waiting 
For numbness to set in; 
For the blood to turn cold, 
Before I grow old.

I hear voices, 
Perhaps languages, 
From places so far, 
Yet they're whispers so near. 
The rainbow is trapped 
In a dark twilight; 
I cannot rescue it, 
Breathe my last

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