Tapas 26 Serves Eclectic Spanish Fare in Dempsey Hill

Author: Alex Chua

Tapas 26 is an upscale Spanish restaurant and bar situated at 26B Dempsey Road, one of Singapore’s top lifestyle and dining destination. Rebranded from its previous name La Ventana which first began its operation in 2015, this quaint little restaurant housed within a beautiful colonial building continues to serve an eclectic mix of all-time favourite tapas and cuisine from Spanish. Amidst the lush green surroundings, the interiors are contemporary and cosy, and the service is impeccable as ever. The premise is more relaxing than fancy. I waited for about an hour for my friend to arrive and I’ve made no complain as the servers were friendly and the seats and the ambience oh-so-comfortable and peaceful.


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What about the food? We have the 7-course dinner selected by the Chef. First up is the Hokkaido Scallop for appetizer. Light on the ingredients – salmon roe, sprinkled with frisee salad and a dash of sherry vinegrette, it is refreshing, light, taste rich of ocean possibly elevated by the vinegrette, and the presentation reminiscent of a white stone slab. Definitely whets my appetite for the next dish.


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The second dish, Salmon Tartare, is just as wonderful. Prior to serving, sea ‘ajoblanco’, or Spanish chilled summer soup, is poured onto the island of salmon roe, tomato guacamole and salmon tartare. The visual aesthetic is simply meditative. Taste wise the dish strikes the balanced tone of perfect harmony. The innate saltiness of the salmon has been smoothened out by the creaminess of guacamole and ajo blanco, giving it a certain complexity of taste quite surprising for a small bowl.


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Now perhaps the main highlight of the course – Crispy Poached Egg with Foie Gras. The experience of cutting into the crispy chanterelle to the poached egg, and letting the yolk oozes down the foie gras to the cepes cream is pure hedonistic. The taste itself is like fireworks in the mouth – silken smooth, delicate, creamy and wonderfully savoury. A sinful indulgence treats to give warmth to your heart.


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Yet another visual delight, the Scallop wrap with Panceta Iberica. A single slice of pork wraps around the scallop has a lovely layering of fat and meat, lightly seared to yield a slight crunch on the outside and firm tender scallop on the inside. The consistent pattern of strong, rich flavours starts to emerge throughout the course.


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For the sharing portion, the server placed on our table a pan of Iberico Pork Jowl with Mushroom Paella. Again, the succulent pork has a nice crunch and the 50/50 fat/ meat proportion sets the tone of this dish. The mushroom paella has a more refined flavour, thanks to the earthy mushroom. The aroma is simply quite irresistible.


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By the sixth dish, our stomach is quite full already, but we still manage to clean off the Spring Chicken Pulada. The tender meat is infused with a rich melange of contrasting sweet of prunes and savoury flavours.


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For dessert we had the Crema Catalana with Caramel Ice Cream. The server kindly informed us how it should be eaten – by first vertically poking into the caramelised top and down straight to the ice cream. The creamy ice cream compliments the crispy crema catalana like a warm embrace, a delightful ending for the gastronomic night.

Overall, I would rate Tapas 26 quite highly on my list of go-to restaurants due to its playful, visually-arresting presentation, great food and perfect ambience to chill and relax from the daily hustle and bustle. You can opt to dine al fresco also. What’s also interesting is that the menu will change every quarter, and special dishes will be added weekly according to the fresh products found on the market.

Tapas 26
26B Dempsey Road, Singapore (247693)


Operating Hours
Tue-Sat: 12-2:30pm, 6-10pm
Sun: 12-2:30pm, 6-9:30pm
Closed Monday

Rowing over to Casual Japanese Gastrobar Plum & Toro

Author: Alex Chua

Robertson Quay never fails to fascinates the foodies and folks who wants to chillax. Housed on the second level of the InterContinental Singapore, the casual Japanese Gastrobar Plum & Toro serves mod Jap cuisines with an impressive collection of wines and creative cocktails. The sleek and casual ambience with its lip-smacking, Instagram-worthy teppan and chargrilled dishes should be a huge draw for working professionals or couples who want some intimate conversations.

Starting off with something luxurious, we had the Fresh Oyster ($8). Huge hygo oyster with a spoonful of dashi jelly and golden tobki. All eyes were on to the oyster and the slurp was invigorating – subtle, citrusy, bursting of ocean freshness. Understand that oyster taste will be stronger when cooked but nothing beats the pureness of a freshly shucked oyster.


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It was a feast to the eyes when we took our glance onto the Sakura Ebi Somen ($20). The stir-fried cherry blossom shrimp adds vibrancy and depth in flavour to the otherwise simple plate of noodles. Tossed with thin noodles and scampi oil, the noodles by itself was quite delicious. This dish was surprising light, flavourful with a slight crunch from the shrimp.


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Now for the ultimate, premium indulgent, we had the Wagyu Truffle Don ($40). Wagyu beef kiriotoshi, served with onsen egg on pearly white Japanese rice, was meaty yet delicate, and flavourful. Topped with generous slices of fresh truffle, elevating the umami of this dish. The whole space had the pleasant truffle smell when we tucked in to it. High recommend for those who wants to impress their other half with something decadent.


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Reminding my fond memories of my last trip to Osaka, where I had a warm Japanese sweet potato on hand in a cold November winter. The Satsuma Imo ($15) just topped the normal Japanese staple a notch with an ultra-smooth vanilla ice cream topped with sprinkle of snow salt to open up your palate. Who knows sweet potato and ice cream makes a pretty awesome pairing.


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On top of the restaurant seats, Plum & Toro also has a 10-seater cocktail bar with liquor and sakes imported from Japan. For something original and fruity, order their signature cocktail P&T ($22). Using Umeshu and Shiso liquor which delivers a polished taste yet sleeky at the same time.
Overall, the food here are visually pleasant and well-balanced in flavour, modern yet has the hint of Japan. You can expect me to drop here anytime for a drink or some teppan.


Plum & Toro
The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
1 Nanson Road, #02-07, Singapore 238909

Tied as one on our fourth finger with Goldheart Jewelry Celestial

They say the most taxing part of the wedding is the banquet itself. That, I have to agree. However, I disagree when people says that it takes a year to plan for a wedding banquet. I booked my hotel (Hilton Singapore) 8 months prior to my wedding date and my wedding date was an auspicious day itself.

I got all my 4 gowns and 2 suits settled within the last 2 months of my wedding thanks to Bridal Veil and The Mens Club. Even better, I got my jewelries and wedding bands fixed within the last month.

Who would believe that I spent only 2-3 months to prepare for something so important in my life?

Goldheart Jewelry played a very important role in dressing me up for my big day. I did not have to worry about what and how to match the jewelries to my gowns as we do not have much time to play with.


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This was my morning outfit and I could match it with my MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin Set from Goldheart Jewelry and….


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the K-Style jewellery set. I received many questions on this set when I wore in the morning on my Instagram Direct Messages. Bet you guys love this set as much as I do! One flower motif, many styles to play with. If I were to pick a favourite set out of all the jewelry sets that I wore, this is definitely the one!


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I also matched this dainty floral K-Style jewelry set to my kimono cheongsam. The gentle flowing lines that resembles the flowers’ stems just makes it so elegant and easy to style with.


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The accessories got a little more glamorous at night where I had more blings on me. The design of the white gold diamond jewellry set that I wore was so versatile that I wore them for my first and second march in. Lucky for me, I do not have to worry about the accessories, only change my hairstyles and make up for the respective gowns due to the little preparation time I had. Do you know how busy a bride can get during the banquet? I only had a bite of the food for the entire evening!

First look:


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Second look:


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Apart from dressing up the bride (me), the groom (James) needs some grooming too because it is also his big day after all! My dad bought a gold ring for James from Goldheart Jewelry. Trust us when we say that we have been doing gold shopping for a few months but we couldn’t find any that is suitable for James until we walked into a Goldheart Jewelry outlet at NEX. Not all outlets carry the same designs but we were glad that we ended up with one who walked the entire journey with us 🙂 *This came from the bottom of my heart!*

At Goldheart, Celestial is also known as the star diamond due to its 73-facet starburst pattern, which is a world’s first. Hence like the eternal stars in the heavens, our Celestial Orion Wedding Bands represents our eternal love and a lifelong commitment we have for each other!


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Expedia New Add-On Advantage

I love traveling! So much so that I have to travel least 3 times a year just to keep myself sane. You can say that I literally work to travel so that I can get the most exposure in life! However, it can get a little taxing financially to keep up with this interest of mine as the flights and hotels can be expensive at times.

Like any typical millennial, I seek value, convenience and flexibility. The deal that allows me to combine all three aspects in one thrills me the most! This is why I rely on Expedia so much!


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I have always known Expedia as a travel booking website where I can book
everything from cheap flight tickets, hotels to even packages. It saves me a lot of
time jumping from portal to portal just to get my flights and hotels settled.


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What attracted me further was that they have recently launched a new feature – Add-on Advantage.

This feature allows all Expedia account members to enjoy savings up to an astounding 57%* off their hotel room bookings as long as your flight is booked on Expedia site!


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It is really user-friendly and only consists of 4 easy steps here:

1) Visit Expedia.com.sg to look for a flight or package

2) After the confirmation of the flight or package, hotel discounts will be unlocked with Expedia Add-On Advantage

3) Book your hotel room ANY time you want but no later than your travel date – phew, no rush procrastinators!

4) Search thoroughly and book as many times as you want and enjoy up to 57%* off with Expedia Add-On Advantage

If this is not a good deal, I don’t know what else would be. It is less than half the usual price yo! You can save this money for shopping, eating and more shopping again!

If you need more information, please visit https://www.expedia.com.sg/addonadvantage?mcicid=AOA072018_532x299

Bye for now and see you at the other side of the globe!

PS: *terms and conditions apply.


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TK TrichoKare Hair & Scalp Treatment + Trioxy Treatment Review

I started off the scalp treatment with a detailed consultation.  It involves detailed history taking and really takes into account my dietary habits, sleep pattern and hormonal changes.

After this my hair was analysed under a magnifying glass to check for any obvious thinning of hair.  They also used a Tricho-scan camera which magnifies up to 200 times to analyse my scalp.  It works as a visual proof of my scalp condition, according to which the treatment can be planned.


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Take a look at the 2 pictures at the top.


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True enough, my scalp showed redness and signs of inflammation. It is clearly shown and I got a shock when I saw how red the entire scalp was. My consultant told me that it could be due to stress, constant itching, too much sun exposure, too much colouring and hair dye. This can lead to hair loss and it doesn’t help when my hair is already fine to begin with.

I was very happy with the way my consultant explained me about the treatment. She went through every step in detail and customised a treatment Called *Tri-Oxy*.

This Treatment contains naturally derived ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and sodium hyaluronate – these ingredients help in exfoliation, hydration and retention of moisture and nutrients.

They use hyperbaric oxygen device to deliver these ingredients into the deeper layers of my scalp.

I was then brought to the treatment area to get started. The lady who did the treatment for me was very friendly informative as well. A customized premium European herbal scalp masque was administered onto my scalp, which can help to exfoliate the dead layer of the scalp and remove impurities and excess sebum. It is great for deep cleansing and detoxifying my scalp.


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*TriOxy* was then performed on my scalp before I wash the hair. It consist of 3 steps – OxyPeel, OxyJet and Oxynutrient.

OxyPeel exfoliates dead skin from clogging pores, OxyJet helps to accelerate scalp’s cell metabolism and improves blood circulation while OxyNutrient provides nutrients and boost hydration to the scalp.


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After TriOxy was done, I was brought over to the shampoo area for a revitalizing hair bath which can help my scalp restore its sebum balance, keeping it feel refresh and stress-free. It was a much-needed session as it relaxes my senses throughout. For some reasons, my scalp also feels extra clean after the wash.


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After the hair bath, I was brought back to the same room for another round of TriOxy treatment. I really love the TriOxy treatment as it gives off a cooling yet relaxing sensation to my scalp.

I can literally feel the nutrients getting pumped into my scalp and the whole experience is super energizing.

My sensitive scalp can be really dry at times so *Tri-Oxy* can give the scalp the hydration boost that is needed.


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The last step of the treatment is the Photodynamic Therapy, which is said to promote hair growth and increase blood circulation as it supports hair regeneration, and helps accelerate healing.


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Now compare the before and after photos, which was taken right after the treatment. The redness is totally gone! My scalp also don’t feel as inflamed as before. All I need was a single treatment to calm the irritated scalp down. I believe that if I continue to do it every month, I will be able to see an improvement in the scalp condition and hair growth. I am truly convinced that the treatment works.


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See you at TK TrichoKare!

‘Seoul’ Spicy at Seoul Yummy – The Level 5 Spicy Stew Challenge

Author: Alex Chua

Have you tasted DEATH? I almost fell off my chair when I attempted the Seoul Yummy’s one-day only Dak Bokkeum Tang on an insane scale of LEVEL 5 Spiciness. Comes in a set at $49.80, this fire-spitting Spicy Braised Chicken Stew includes a free appetizer (kimchi pancake) and a free dessert (Patbingsoo), the latter is a lifesaver to which your tongue will surely cling into.


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While I can relate to the intense charm of spicy food – that fiery kick in the mouth and lingering ‘shiokness’ aftermath – this stir-fry chicken stew is more like a knockout. My tongue got numbed immediately after a few sips of the broth and rendered senseless when bite into the juicy chicken chunks and crunchy carrots and potatoes. The Korean Ramyon, all soaked up with the delicious goodness, was a mixture of joy and torture to sip onto. It was an indescribable feeling. It was umami in overdrive to which the experience was surprisingly quite satisfying, or ‘shiok’, and anguish about.

Needless to say, we didn’t finish the whole pot – aka out of the spicy challenge.


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Of course, once you hit rock bottom you can’t go anywhere but up. The CN Green ($11.90) Bingsu was a saviour to the volcanic eruption in my stomach. The green tea ice cream drizzled generously with green tea flakes and cornflakes, were smooth, refreshing and a fun play of texture.


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Would I take up the challenge again? Sure, perhaps for the next time I will go for middle-of-the-road Level 2, the 20% spiciness as labelled on the menu ‘For The Adventure Seekers’. Just to get the kick out of it. Anything more would be just ‘Seoul’ insane.

Bespoke Wedding Gowns at Bridal Veil by MichelleHuiMin (Part 1)

This is going to be a lengthly post as I would like to pen down our gowns and suits journey for #AwMayzingJourney.

Some couples flew overseas to get their suits and gowns down and some fly over specially for Bridal Veil. Lucky for us, both Bridal Veil and The Mens Club are located in Singapore, and conveniently, right in Orchard – Delfi Orchard – 402 Orchard Road.

When James first proposed, we were lost and since I was totally caught off guard, we had no idea where or what the next step was. Other than booking of the hotel, people often tells us to book my gowns early as the design that I want may be booked by other brides-to-be already. However, I wasn’t sure if I want my gowns to be rented or bespoke then. I also dislike the idea of wearing the same gowns as other brides so I was surely leaning towards bespoke more.

It didn’t take me long to make a decision. I made an appointment with Michelle from Bridal Veil and my mind and heart already knew what I wanted when I stood outside Bridal Veil for the first time – even before I entered the shop. The gowns and suits that were showcased behind the glass panels caught my attention. All of them look edgy yet elegant and classy.

I remember telling Michelle this “I want something that still speaks me and I can still look like myself at the end of the day.” The bottom line is – I don’t need anything too fanciful. I just want to be myself.

I was also given different fabrics and colors to choose from and I ended up with Satin and The Great Gatsby – Black, White and Champagne. I love satins because of the simplicity and shine.

Michelle knew exactly what I wanted and showed me sketches of the gowns that she had specially designed for me. To be honest, it was such a difficult decision because all of them were so beautifully drawn. How do I even settle with 1 out of the few? One point that she was spot on was that James is more daring than me in terms of dressing. My head turned to her when she said that and I went “wow.. she really took the time and effort to study our styles and characteristics.” Boy.. I was so touched.

After we are done with the designs selection, Michelle arranged for more appointments for me – from the skeleton fitting to the finalized measurements. If there is one thing that I do not have to worry about for my wedding, it would be our suits & gowns because I went to the right designer and team (Yi Xia & Cherie), the right friends.

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Trust me when I said I do not have to worry a single bit about my Gowns. Michelle is a perfectionist. She thought of everything for me from my theme, to the designs and everything that you can think of.

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My gowns are not exactly simple. Take a look at the picture below. The layerings were so perfect. I could almost feel their hardworking in putting the different layers together.

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James had his suits designed by Colin from The Mens Club and it was always a joy having Colin around because he loves to joke around. Both Michelle and Colin are so nice that they treat every bride & groom as friends. By the way, The Mens Club also designs bespoke suits for the ladies if you ever need one.

James had 2 different suits designed by Colin, which I will not be revealing them at this post for now. Stay tuned for the second post.

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Now, back to my gowns. I think everyone’s favourite has got to be the Pink Cheongsam I wore for my tea ceremony and sending off of the guests at night. Each flower was painstakingly hand cutout by Michelle and her girls from a Kimono fabric that Michelle had sourced from Japan. My mother-in-law even asked me to buy over the cheongsam so that I can wear it for future dinner(s).

One little issue I had was my tummy. I couldn’t bring myself to cut down on carbs during the fittings. Michelle kindly shared tips with me on the cutting down on cuts and how to walk in a cheongsam gracefully. I hope I didn’t disappoint her on my wedding night.

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What can I conclude from my first post?

It is important to choose the correct people for your wedding. They literally strike off an item from your To-Worry-About list. We were very very fortunate to walk down the aisle in gowns and suits from Bridal Veil and The Mens Club. No words can describe how proud we feel to be dressed in them.

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Stay tuned as I pen down the final designs and our feelings as we march down the aisle in them on my second post 🙂

SUN with MOON Unveils its latest 2018 Grand Menu

Author: Alex Chua

SUN with MOON Japanese Dining & Café has recently unveiled its latest 2018 grand menu. Situated in Wheelock Place, the new menu is specially curated by Executive Chef Mr Toshio Sawai, who had an illustrious culinary career beginning all the way back in Kitcho, one of the most luxurious and reputable Japanese restaurants in Japan, in 1983. The latest menu features a repertoire of brand-new creations, together with new spins on all-time favourites. Don’t expect only the traditional Japanese food; there are some innovations which to me are quite interesting.

The Chef’s tenacity to break off from the traditional can be felt with the Zensai Mori Appetiser ($16.80). Showcasing an indulgent platter of 7 chef-curated appetizers which includes light dishes such as mini prawn sushi, crabmeat and asparagus with mentai sauce, pickled radish with yuzu and herring roe, as well as savoury ones like grilled unagi with cream cheese, seared mini tuna steak with black pepper, grilled pork belly or grilled chicken thigh. This dish is meant to whet your appetite and transition you to subsequent dishes.


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What comes next after a refreshing, quasi-Japanese appetizer is the Niku Atsu Hotate & Unagi Kamameshi ($26.80). More of an authentic Japanese dish you might expect in an izakaya, the steamy iron pot is topped with luscious grilled unagi, thick-cut flamed-seared scallops with fragrant Japanese rice. The accompanying soup broth and kamameshi ingredients are all meticulously prepared for a satisfying Japanese traditional dish. Being a seafood lover, I find the unagi and scallops irresistible and rich in umami goodness.


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Can you spell LOVE? The Beef Miso Dare Sukiyaki ($25.80) is definitely the highlight and makes my day. The piping hot stew is made with Executive Chef Sawai’s original miso dare blend with hatcho (soybean) miso from Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture. I loved the cleverness of using diced US Ribeye beef cubes instead of the standard sliced beef in order for the meat to retain its rich meaty flavour longer. It’s my sure favourite and I would definitely order this if I am back for good.


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The Steak Moriawase ($45.80) do brings out the insatiable carnivore in me. Featuring a succulent grilled steak combo of Japanese Wagyu, US Tenderloin and pork steak (300g), diners can pick 4 sauces, of which 3 are the restaurant’s original sauce blends – black pepper, red wine and goma mustard sauce. Both the Wagyu and Tenderloin tastes succulent with a satisfying firm texture, while the pork is slightly dry. Nevertheless, this dish is quite unusual in a Japan restaurant setting in terms of its meat selection and visual presentation.


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Let’s call it a playful seafood indulgence; the Temari Sushi ($23.80) are bite-sized mini sushi balls which kids would surely take them to be yummy pokeballs up for grabs. The molded balls of Japanese sushi rice are topped with fresh tuna, salmon, scallop, grilled eel, yellowtail, mackerel, swordfish, cuttlefish, salmon belly and boiled prawn.


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All nice things end with sweetness in the mouth. The perfect ending goes to the Dessert Trio ($9.80), consisting of a cool ensemble of Goma Pudding, SUN’s Tofu Cheesecake and Matcha Ice Cream. Light, delicate and smooth, the sweetness explosion (especially the Tofu Cheesecake!) floats me right up into the ether.
Overall, SUN with MOON Japanese Dining and Café presents a contemporary cuisine that moves beyond traditions. While the flow of food served feels like a 6-course dinner in a fine-dining setup, they are sold ala carte and good for 4 pax.

SUN with Moon Japanese Dining and Café
501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Operating hours: 12pm to 10pm (Sun to Thurs & PH)
12pm to 10.30pm (Fri, Sat and Eve of PH)

Sand & Sky Pink Clay – Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment / Porefining Face Mask Review

Clay beauty products always make my face feels extra clean and to be honest, I don’t use them very frequently because my skin is very dry itself and I don’t want the clay to dehydrate it further. I do love the idea of removing impurities from my skin once a month though.

Recently, I realized that not all clay products are drying because I found one that really works for me – Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment and the Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask.

Out of the many beauty products that I have tried these 2 months, these 2 win hands down!

The products itself are as pink as how the packaging looks. No wonder they are both named Pink Clay.

Sand & Sky Australia Pink Clay contains a mixture of Australian Bentonite and Kaolin that are extremely good for the skin and you can see the differences in just one use.


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I do not visit the facial place very often as I am always struggling with time so I do not have the luxury of spending 2 hours on a facial. Many a times, I wish that there are 48 hours a day.


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My face can get a little congested at times from the lack of extraction and that includes having black and white heads. Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment not only helps to exfoliate, it also acts as a treatment mask that helps to absorb oil and minimize pores size. I have enlarged pores on my cheeks and they are surprising visibly smaller after one use.

The treatment feels like a typical scrub except that it is also a treatment product as mentioned above. I use it in my shower, scrub the face in circular motions and leave it on until I am done showering. The skin feels soft and smooth to touch instantly.


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After the treatment, I always end it with Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask to further hydrate my skin. The mask comes with a brush which makes the application a lot neater and easier. You can also even out the mask on your face with it.

I have long nails so I do not have to worry about them getting stuck in-between my nails and finger beds.


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My first impression was that the mask felt warm upon application. I believe thats how the mask works it magic. It can help to tighten pores, detoxify, and brighten the skin.

I did not leave the mask on for too long as I have dehydrated skin. I washed it off after 5-6 minutes and the mask is surprisingly easy to wash off. You know how some clay mask can get stuck to your skin and you have to keep rinsing them to get them off? Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask doesn’t stick to your skin like them.

It is recommended to use them at least two to three times per week but I think once a week will work for me.


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Both Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment and the Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask are suitable for all skin types. Yes, even if you have dry skin. They contain no nasties (no sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrance) and are cruelty-free.

Hop over to www.sandandsky.com to make your purchase if you are keen in them.

Is Si Dian Jin (四点金) still important during 过大礼?

Nowadays, a lot of youngsters would conveniently make do without all the traditions. The bottom line is as long as you are happy, that is all that matters right?

However, as the elder daughter of a traditional family, some traditions are still very important to me. For example, I feel that Si Dian Jin (四点金) is a must for my wedding as I value the meaning behind this set of jewellery. Generally, it means acceptance into the groom’s family in short.

“Translated to mean “four touches of gold”, Si Dian Jin represents the four corners of a roof — the groom’s family’s assurance to the bride that she will always have a roof over her head, and will be taken care of throughout her marriage. This betrothal gift from the groom’s mother to the bride usually consists of a necklace, a ring, a bangle and a pair of earrings.” – you can read more here: http://www.goldheart.com/weddingblog/breaking-down-traditions.html

Although a typical set of Si Dian Jin (四点金) consists of a Necklace, a Ring, a pair of Earrings and a Bangle but it is really up to one’s preference. Some may prefer to pick an additional pair of earrings instead of a bangle. For me, I still went ahead with the 4 typical pieces.

However, I do not want the usual 四点金 with the piglets on the necklace because I want it to still fit my daily life after the wedding instead of tucking them into a safety box. Almost all my friends kept their 四点金 away because they find the designs undesirable.

I specifically told my parents-in-law and my parents that I prefer Goldheart MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin designs.

Yeah, I received 2 sets of them because my parents got me a set of 四点金 for my bridal gift too.


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To be honest, I was also quite afraid that my Mother-in-law would buy me jewellery with piglets so I chose the designs myself. James helped me with the decision of course.

Choosing from the Goldheart Jewelry Mode Gold 916 Si Dian was enjoyable for me as the designs are beautifully crafted to complement bridal gowns, while also versatile enough for to be worn “à la carte” for daily styling. I found out Goldheart actually use European state-of-the-art technology to create their Si Dian Jin, such that the designs are stylish and modern, and yet able to retain the values and symbolism of Si Dian Jin gift.


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Instead of just simply choosing one set, I customized my own set from the plethora of exquisite designs from different MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin collections. One that fits my character and individuality.

I love the geometric sets because of how the shapes played out. The set in the picture below was the first one that caught my attention.


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James, on the other hand, preferred the leaves set. My other half always love designs that are slightly more complicated yet classy while I always opt for the simpler designs.


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As for the bangle, my wrist is quite small so I went for a bracelet instead. Isn’t the one below simple yet pretty? I love how the spiral designs are played so…


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sooooo.. I went for this set! Except for the ring, which was picked out from another collection, the rest remains. James gave me nods of approval too.


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I would strongly advise you to do the Si Dian Jin shopping with your mother‑in‑law. Pick something that you can see yourself wearing even after the wedding, and on a regular basis! Since it’s a gift of love and acceptance from her, it will make her happy to see you wear them everyday too. :p

FYI, these MODE Gold 916 Si Dian Jin designs you see here can be bought individually too – don’t you think these lovelies make wonderful, thoughtful gifts to your girlfriend, wife, mother and even in -laws too 🙂