If you fancy Taiwan street cuisine, and particularly Taiwan railway food, there is a new spot in town to dine at. Conveniently located in Ocean Financial Centre at Raffles Place, Woo Ricebox serves tasty and affordable Taiwanese lunch sets and a myriad of yummy delights that would definitely satisfy the foodophile in you.
Here’s some interesting background about this brand. Woo Ricebox began with a simple purpose –to serve travellers comforting meal on the long train journey, hence leading to the emergence of the ricebox. It opened its first outlet in 1939 at Chihshang Township, a major railway interchange in Taitung. Today the brand has grown to over 200 stores in Taiwan, and its original premise transformed into a Museum to share the history of Taiwanese and local rice culture.
Who can say no to the Signature Braised Pork Ricebox with Preserved Veggies, or Lu Rou Fan ($6.80)? Presented in an oval bamboo box, you can choose between pork belly or lean pork. The meat is nicely marinated, flavourful and goes really well with the specialty rice. Woo Ricebox uses only premium short-grain rice specially imported from Chihshang in Taitung, which is prized for its fragrance and springy texture when cooked.
If you’re like me who find fried food simply irresistible you will be spoilt for choice with Woo’s selection of seven different fried mains, which includes Woo’s Pork Chop Ricebox ($8.30) and the awesomely HUGE Spicy Fried Chicken Ricebox ($8.90). Woo’s secret batter and frying technique gives a delightful crunch upon biting into the meat, and it doesn’t give the oily feel which really sits well for me.
To make your meal more satisfying, you can grab some side dishes like the addictive Spicy Drumstick ($5) with juicy meat wrapped in light crispy skin, Taiwan Sausage ($1.50 for 7 slices), Braised Beancurd ($1.50 for 2 pieces) or Salt & Pepper Popcorn Chicken (picture above, $4, available only during off-peak periods).
As for my personal favourite I would definitely grab the Gua Bao 割包 (chicken $2.20/ pork $2.60). Filled with tender pork/ chicken and preserved vegetables, sprinkled with peanut powder, giving it a textured bite with juicy, meaty taste. A must for busy working professionals who needs a quick, fuss-free grab-and-go lunch!
Woo Ricebox @ Ocean Financial Centre
10 Collyer Quay, #B1-03/05 Ocean Financial Centre
Opening Hours: 11 am to 8pm (Mon to Fri Last order 7.30pm),
11am to 3pm (Sat last order 2.30pm), closed on Sundays
If you think people like who, who are not exactly busty have no issues with our bust (except being small), then you are so wrong. I knew exactly what the problems were so I went to Tokyo Bust Express to seek treatment.
Tokyo Bust Express is located at 3 different places:
Novena Square 2: 10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111/112 Singapore 307506
Next Mall: 23 Serangoon Central #03-32 Singapore 059300
Regency House: 123 Penang Road, Regency House #07-13 Singapore 238464
I went to the outlet at Novena Square 2 and boy, it was so conveniently located next to the MRT station! I was so so worried about getting lost initially.
You will not miss the welcoming pink when you walk past them. And when I entered the parlor, I was greeted by a group of happy ladies! There is absolutely nothing to feel shy about because all of them were pretty smiley and friendly.
Prior to the treatment, I had a consultation of 20 minutes. I shared my concerns with my therapist and true enough – I knew my bust was a little saggy. What I didn’t know was that my bust was also pretty distant. The therapist told me that it could be due to my lack of knowledge during puberty. Like I did not get the right bra or I wore them too loose 🙁
So make sure you are wearing the right bra, or buy your daughter(s) the right one. Please do not save on bras! Thankfully, she told me that I was not hopeless. Lol. There are treatments to help bring the bust back to the correct shape and place. Instead of focusing on enhancing the bust size, I went for firming instead. She also explained to me the ingredients used for the treatment and that surely put me at ease.
The first thing that came to my mind when I was the room was “ahhhh, time to enjoy and sleep” and I was right. I fell asleep for a good 20 minutes.
We started the treatment with a scrub and hand massage, followed by a machine which sends micro-electric currents onto the bust. The currents are pretty light and there was absolutely NO pain at all. They felt more like a massager instead. It can help in the absorption of all the nutrients that was applied before that.
The massage also can help “push” my boobs inwards to help them get back to the correct place. If you are rather busty and the boobs are not at the right place, they can help you with that can who knows, you may have a deeper cleavage! Hehe.
One more #selfie before I nap away~
It is pretty obvious that I am pretty satisfied with the results because I feel slightly bustier with the boobs in the right place. Of course, I would need maintenance to keep them in place.
Thank you Tokyo Bust Express for the experience!
Redeem your x1 Tokyo Bust Express Detox Beauty Program now by SMS-ing ‘maybelinesim’ to 9108 4276.
This will be limited to 20 ladies daily. It will be available at 3 outlets:
1) 23 Serangoon Cerntral #03-32, Nex, Singapore 556083
2) 10 Sinaran Drive #B1-111/113, Novena (Square 2), Singapore 307506
Last year, I put a bottle of MOSCHINO Fresh Eau De Toilette (Blue) on my shelf for display because it was too cute to be emptied! This year, this summer, MOSCHINO Pink Fresh was gifted to me again. YAYYY! What a cute set of fragrance on display! Aren’t we a fan of MOSCHINO’s accessories and perfume bottles?!
This time round…..
MOSCHINO PINK FRESH COUTURE is the new floral fragrance that every girl must have. It is MOSCHINO’s interpretation of the original Fresh perfume – sparkling and feminine notes suited for the everyday lady who wants to have fun. Because of the fruits found at the different notes, be sure to expect a tinge of fun with the scent of the fruits!
Head notes – Pink grapefruit, Casis, Lily of the Valley
Heart notes – Pomegranate, Wild Rose, Pink Jacinth
Base notes – Cedar Wood, Ambrox, Musk
A lot of you may thought that all you have to do is to press the spray lever…. But the actual fact is… You will have to open the cap and spray it like the other fragrances out there. You wouldn’t want to spoil the lever by pressing on it too often because I bet you will keep the bottle after emptying the fragrance! Hehe.
I hope the bottle has brought a smile on your face. You can get MOSCHINO Pink Fresh at Metro Paragon – 290 Orchard Road Singapore 238859.
Yes once again I am out for a staycation! I always enjoy a short dose of staycation to help me retain my sanity in this relatively fast pace city. This time around, my short escape from Lion city’s hustle and bustle is Mecure Hotel Singapore Bugis.
Let me share couple of reasons why you should consider Mecure Hotel Singapore Bugis:
1) Ideal Location for Shopaholic
Located within walking distance from Bugis village which is our equivalent of Bangkok’s Chatukchak & Seoul’s Gangnam Underground shopping centre.
A little tips for the foreigners reading this post: Shopping here is considered most affordable in Singapore and usually it can easily take up at least a day to comb the entire shopping compound! So foreigners staying near here have an added advantage of exchanging more commuting time to shopping time!
Don’t worry even if you are done with Bugis Village within a day, there are many other shopping centres within walking distance. Singapore’s biggest and oldest electronic mall (Sim Lim Square) is also a stone’s thrown away from the hotel. If you wish to find cheapest watch deals in Singapore, there is Bencoolen Mall. To satisfy the foodies, there is no lack of local & international cuisines located at the shopping malls peppered around Bugis eg Bugis Plus, Bugis Junction etc.
Now, let’s move on to the hotel.
2) Lots of Instagram-worthy spots with its Quirky-looking furniture & Interior Design
I shall let the pictures do the talking for this point.
Interesting famed up images lining the corridor while you make a beeline for your room.
In this case, we were given the room. It is a double-storey room with the bed located on the second floor which can easily house 5-10 people within the room.
Upon opening the door to the room, you will be greeted with the open concept bathroom.
Well equipped with basic amenities e.g. Bath gel, toothbrush, Shampoo, conditioner etc. Basically, you do not have to bring or buy any of these items. Just bring yourself and many many sets of clothes for taking IG-worthy pictures!
Other practical items within the room include coffee machine, teabags, two TVs (for each floor) with access to movie, documentary & local channels & most importantly a complimentary handy (for calls, SMS & GPS). Which means now you can afford not to bring along your phone as well! Lol!
While I look down from the second floor, I found the best angle to capture the simplicity & artsiness of the whole room!
Glad we brought along a few outfits to do #ootd shots!
There are a myriad of quirky-looking chairs in alfresco settings (Below).
If you are into vintage, you are going to adore this hotel even more as there are a lot of backdrops with old, ubiquitous HDB flats, most recognized internationally as Singapore’s unique landscape.
Just imagine how many pictures you can take with this beautiful contrast here!
Yearning for a city view? Be sure to visit their Infinity Pool (1.2m in height). Do a couple of laps & take a short break to enjoy a good view of the city landscape. If not for a swim, this is a good spot to get some Vitamin D from the sun.
Right next to the swimming pool is a small juccuzi which you can enjoy the city view in another angle.
The Gym (same floor as the swimming pool & Jaccuzi). There are not a lot of equipment in here but there are still the basic ones enough for you to shed some calories eg Treadmill, weights etc.
3. Comfortable beds
The beds and blankets were overly soft and comfortable. We sure had a difficult time getting up in the morning. We requested for late check out because M wanted to sleep in more after breakfast.
4. Nice Decent Restaurants & Bar in the Hotel
If you are keen in exploring the F&B, I will highly recommend the Royale. In fact, the breakfast is also served at this restaurant. For Dinner, you have a choice of Peranakan based Buffet or western Ala Carte cuisines. The Buffet is valid on Fridays and Saturdays only from now till 26 August 2017.
One of my favourite Ala Carte dish in their menu was the Salmon. It may look well cooked on the exterior but the interior is extremely soft and tender.
Nonetheless, the portion isn’t extremely big. Hence, if you are a big eater, you might want to consider going for the Buffet instead.
Breakfast was good with a considerable variety e.g. eggs, hashbrowns, ham, sausages, beans, cereals etc.
Last but not least, know where is my favourite hangout place other than the room itself? The bar counter where they serves drinks till late night.
Mercure Hotel Singapore Bugis is located at 122 Middle Rd, Singapore 188973.
If you haven’t already know, W.Lab is finally available in Singapore!! It was originally founded in 2013 in Korean, but Thank you Aresa Singapore for bringing it in! Honestly, W.Lab is a fairly new brand to me but I have heard beauty bloggers raving about it before! I saw their stores in myeongdong too!
What I love about the brand is that they emphasises the use of natural ingredients so lesser chemicals are introduced into their products. This benefits people who have sensitive skin a lot because they can’t use every single brand out there. I may not have sensitive skin but trust me, when I shop for my cosmetics and body care, I tend to go for products which contains lesser chemicals.
Even though we were sponsored with a whole range of their products, I am only going to share with you some of my favourites! What attracted me to Blossom White Cushion was the packaging. I thought the coverage was going to be light but BOOMS, when I spread it evenly over my face, my pores were gone instantly!
It is available in 3 shades, 13, 21 and 23. I am currently using 21 if you need to know! 🙂
It works like a skincare too as it has anti-aging and wrinkle improvements properties. So if you think that you are too old for it, NOPE! Give it a try! The cushion also contains 33% Damask Rose Water, yay! I hope that they will come out with some refill pack or something soon!
Another makeup product that I seriously need to rave about is their eyeshadow palettes – W.Lab Pocket Shadow Palettes. I knew I was in love when I first saw them because of the colours. Each palette contains both glittery and matte colours which means that you can use them for a day or night look.
Some people may find it hard to achieve a glittery look for the eyes because glittery eyeshadows are usually not so pigmented but you will be surprised to find the colours are actually fairly pigmented. The swatches below are done with a single swipe. I must say that the glitters didn’t fail me.
W.Lab has a lot of different blushers but we were given Bling Bling Cheek during the event. Just 1 swipe and you can get gradient cheeks! So effortlessly easy.
The Velvet Colour Stick sure lives up to its name. It has a creamy and velvety texture that glides onto the lips easily. How do my Chilly Red shade fare?
Even though it is quite pigmented, I am glad to share that it is easy to wash off as well.
A makeup look isn’t complete if you don’t have a contour palette or W.Lab Color Master Cover Kit.
This small palette here contains 6 shades to address your flaws (if any). The Flower Lip & Cheek Kit comes in a similar packaging and the colours are surprisingly highly pigmented. If you need you change your lip colour at least two times a day, simple slot this into your makeup pouch any day!
I tend to have oily face after spending half a day outdoor and I think I am not the only one having this issue. With the weather so crazily hot in Singapore, how can our make up not melt or look greasy after 5 hours?
This leads to my next product, Sebum Out Finish Pact. After I am done with my look, I tend to finish it off with Sebum Out Finish Powder, followed by the Finish Pact. If you have the same issue as me, you can pad on some Finish Pact powder every 4 hours to mattify your face. It can also reduce sedum secretion and brighten your overall complexion at the same time.
So love the texture!
Enough of make up. How about their skincare? Here’s my verdict! Do take note that they have more than just these. I am just sharing some of my favourites 🙂
I got people asking me questions like – What is a Cleansing Balm? What does it do?
Simply put, a Cleansing Balm is a make up remover. I personally feel that it is almost the same as an oil-based makeup remover.
The texture? It feels a little powdery and oily but that is what makes cleansing easier. A simple scoop of it can effectively clean away an entire face of make up. Remember to use a facial cleanser after that though. Like most make up remover, this is not a 2-in-1 thing. I am quite sure I will be buying the cleansing balm again after my first tub.
I love their pore series – Black Kill too!! Probably because I am very into pores products recently HEHE. I need to praise their Black Kill Pore Cleanser because of the rubber brush!
The brush is soft and gentle enough for my cheeks. Suitable for very very lazy people like me.
Don’t judge my pores but this is how I use it! I press the button to dispense some cleanser twice and rub them on my cheeks for a good 30 seconds on each side.
They have other products like Body Scrub, Cleansing Foam and even Quick Whitening Cream. I haven’t had the time to try them out but if I ever do, I will share the verdicts with you guys! 😀
W.Lab is available in the following places:
Sasa Singapore selected outlets – Tampines 1, Jurong Point, Westgate, Vivocity, Wisma Atria, ION Orchard
Unagi connoisseurs would be pleased to note that Yamada Suisan, the famed Japan’s unagi wholesaler and top eel breeder, is collaborating with a Singapore restaurant: Eat At Seven’s Maguro-Donya Miura-Misaki-Kou Sushi & Dining (Maguro-Donya). These unagis (eels) are bred in clean, fresh underground water that runs to a depth of 70 metres underground, employing a 24-hour monitoring system to ensure that the quality of these eels are not affected.
The collaboration is made possible thanks to the matchmaking efforts of All Nippon Airways Group (ANA). This means that the restaurant can procure premium, top grade unagi at wholesale cost, and offer customers at exceptionally affordable prices!
An extremely popular haunt amongst the Japanese community, this fish specialist is wooing local fans with its prices and attention to taste. Helmed by Chef Takuya Matsumoto and Takayoshi Shishido, the restaurant has its own fleet of fishing trawlers and hence able to curate the freshest maguro and sashimi around the world and fly them directly to Singapore via ANA air freight. Maguro-Donya also imports Hokkaido rice directly from Japan, and each grain of rice served is al dente, moist and simply unforgettable!
The affordable Una Jyu Set (U.P. $35.80) came with grilled Unagi eels and 4 usual side dishes. Presented in a beautifully lacquered wooden box, the unagi, glazed with Teriyaki sauce, is tender, succulent and tasty, and you can literally taste the light, fluffy texture of the rice. One special mention is the green tea kanten, the mild green tea flavour emits gradually in the mouth without being overpowering or too bland.
Top up just $7 and you could enjoy the fresh and thick slices of the Premium Maguro, to be served alongside the Unagi bowl. The Una Jyu Sashimi Set (U.P. $42.80) is ideal for working professionals who wants a taste of quality fish and a wholesome meal.
Ala carte option is also available if you want to order just this delightful fish. Overall, I am sold by the texture, the combination of creamy fall-apart flesh with crisp skin and the interplay of sweet nodes from the Teriyaki sauce. Definitely a must-try for the unagi lovers.
Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-314
Tell me what you look forward the most to after a loooong day of work?
For me, it is a good warm bath!
Recently, I just upgraded my Instant Water Heater and ever since then, it has totally revolutionised my bathing experience!
For this post, I will share my personal experience of the installation process & the special features of my new instant water heater, AURES ROUND LUXURY RT33.
Firstly, let me share how my previous water heater looks like. I would say a typical one with manual knob to adjust the temperature. Nothing fancy looking. Even the black wiring is visible and I was so ignorant about the safety aspect and took this for granted! I read up on the wiring and realized that people can be electrocuted to death while showering soooo… Better to be safe than sorry.
also face one of the most irritating problem which I believe most people will face; inconsistent temperature of water especially when you flushed the toilet bowl!
Before (my previous instant water heater):
Before the actual installation, a contractor came over to have a quick assessment. Following on, the actual process only took around 1.5 hours on a subsequent day.
All in all, it was a hassle-free process! Furthermore, I appreciate that they emphasised a lot on the safety aspect such as hiding the wires under a proper casing so that it would not be exposed to water & hence the risk of being electrocuted!
I picked Aures Round because I thought it looked pretty futuristic! Hehe. Maybeline also picked the same model! Her dad also bought another 2 water heater for the guest toilets!
Now, let me share my experience with the Aures Round Luxury. I can confidently say every shower is a bespoke experience!
It was love at first sight with its elegant Italian design & nifty functions that operates under soft touch interface.
The feature I like the most is its ability to memorise up to three shower profiles. Like for my case, I share the bathroom with my parents. As such, we can ‘save’ our own desired temperature and just switch to our own temperature profile with a soft touch.
Another feature which I appreciate is the fact that it can maintain the temperature fairly constant as compared to my previous one. This is even after I flush the toilet bowl or on the tap which has interconnected pipings. It also has other features like the anti-scalding system & total safety system while allows me to shower in ease.
This is the reason why I go out lesser after work as I got a date with my luxurious instant water heater! Hehe.
Thank you Ariston for not just protecting me from getting electrocuted but also scalding! We sure are fans of Ariston now!
I am someone who would go light anytime – be it my body weight or the make up I apply on my face 😛
If I can avoid putting on make up on weekends, I would. But one thing that I can’t ever miss or give up is sunscreen. Prevention is always better than cure. With sun UV rays so strong in Singapore, I don’t want to risk walking on the streets without sun protection and going home to skin pigmentation. There is absolutely no reason to skip your sunscreen unless you don’t mind having brown spots on your face!
Today, I will be sharing about Orbis Sunscreen On Face.
The difference between ORBIS Sunscreen on Face Light and Sunscreen on Face Moist is the texture. Light is more watery in texture as compared to Moist, which is more creamy. Even though I would prefer watery texture but the creamy texture for MOIST is not as thick as I had imagined it to be so… I am good with both!
(on the left – Light, on the right – Moist)
These two are my first tube of each and honestly, I was sold by the texture. They are ultra-lightweight! On top of the sun protection of SPF34 PA+++, both sunscreens can double up as a make up base or primer too! In simple terms, I can apply ORBIS Sunscreen On Face Light on weekends with no other base and still look fresh because of its natural-looking coverage.
That’s me with eye makeup and ORBIS Sunscreen On Face Light as base only! You can still see a little pores on the face but well, I only need minimal coverage on weekends! As for weekdays, use them as a primer or base anytime.
Another point to comment on is their Triple Threat Protection as the sunscreen contains Damage Block Veil that not only shields the skin from harmful UV rays, but also protects us against near infrared rays and air pollutants. Air pollutants are everywhere and that includes dirt and dust from the environment. Do you know how dirty the air is every time you cross the road? *urgh* I don’t even want to talk about the air from the car’s exhaust pipe.
With these protection found in the sunscreens, it can protect our skin from the three major damages which we are constantly exposed to.
Beach Road is a hotbed of affordable good food, but it’s hard to miss the black exterior of Wah Kee, even though in passing you might’ve guess it’s just another regular stall in a coffee shop. Those in the know would flock to this new outlet to savour the signature bowl of prawn noodles popular for more than half a century – 65 years in exact. Along with the opening of its third new outlet (the first stall is at Pek Kio and the second at Esplanade), Wah Kee unveils the Wu Xiang Platter, dishing an array of classic items familiar to all Singaporeans.
Opened on April 2017, the third stall features a more laid-back, no frills, residential setting where diners can take a breather from the harsh air-conditioned premises to enjoy the cool windy breeze on al fresco. The first time this beloved brand – which has won the hearts of gourmands the likes of Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat and food blogger Dr Leslie Tay – set up an outlet in a humble coffee shop. And diners can definitely take a breather on the wallet with no GST and service charge!
The Big Prawn Noodle set is definitely the main crowd pleaser and a personal favourite of mine. Using only wild big prawns, these big prawns are fresh and succulent and the broth rich in flavour. You can choose between soup/ dry prawn noodles and three different noodle types. As a personal preference, I opt for the dry mee kia and the noodle is delightful with a tinge of spiciness.
Okai, enough about the noodles. The new dish the Wu Xiang Platter (prices from $8 onwards) showcases four exclusive mainstays which you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. They are Wah Kee Prawn Cracker and Bean Curd Skin Roll with Prawns, Fried Wanton and Chinese Sausage. All of it offers a great accompaniment to Wah Kee’s legendary prawn noodle.
Wah Kee Beach Road Outlet Opening Promotion
Senior citizens aged 65 and above can enjoy Wah Kee’s bowl of prawn noodles (UP: $5) at just $3!
We know that being a modern mom is pure hard work. She not only has to grind through the daily work and housework, she needs to, above and all, take care of her children upbringing. This juggling of chores would indefinitely take a serious toll on her health. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is timely for Cat & the Fiddle to introduce the limited-edition Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake to delight the special lady in our life.
The first ever collaboration between the cake specialist and Nature’s Farm, the Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake is a non-baked cheesecake comprises of luscious cream cheese mousse infused with Nature’s Farm NF UMF 5+ Manuka Honey. Above this mellowly translucent layer is a sprinkle of Osmanthus and Goji Berries jelly, finished with a topcoat of Manuka honey glaze.
But why non-baked? Chef Daniel Tay, founder of Cat & the Fiddle, explains this option to ensure the nutritional values of Manuka Honey are intact, therefore it is imperative to keep the Manuka Honey to be always below 60 degree Celsius.
And more importantly, this cake is made with every mother in mind. To balance between maintaining good health and savouring sweet indulgences, the Manuka Honey is used to replace sugar, and the ingredients like goji berries and osmanthus contains wholesome health benefits. The cheesecake itself is not overtly sweet but subtly so, and what would probably wow your mom is the upper layer which is visually delightful and rich in flavour.
Nature’s Farm NF Reserve UMF® Manuka Honey
Harvested from the New Zealand Manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium) and then bottled for Nature’s Farm. The Manuka Honey are available in UMF 5+, 10+ and 15+ in 500g and 1kg. The UMF rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka Honey.
Double the joy for Mom this Mother’s Day with Queen Bee Mother’s Day Gift Set ($99)! Consisting of the Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake (ala carte $55.90) and a bottle of 500g Nature’s Farm NF Reserve UMF® 5+ Manuka Honey (usual retail price $65) available online from 15 April to 30 May 2017.
For those who would like to get only the Queen Bee Mother’s Day Cheesecake, quote ‘LOVEMUM‘ when you order ala carte and you get 10% discount off the price. Do note that this discount code is applicable only for the cake.
Last online order: 30 May 2017
Last day of delivery: 31 May 2017
Order lead time: 3 working days in advance
Collection centre: 171 Kampong Ampat #05-04 KA Foodlink Singapore 368330
Delivery charges from: $9.90 for ala carte cake orders
Mobile Collection locations: 13 locations. Please refer to the link for all collection, delivery and mobile stations – http://bit.ly/2n8YwE1