Indulge bountiful feasts at The Carvery @ Park Hotel Alexandra

Author: Alexius Chua

If you want to pig out, you can consider doing so at The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra. This popular buffet restaurant celebrates the lunar new year with an abundant array of mouth-watering meats, seafood, sweets and treats that are worth every calorie. There’s also a chance to win a weekend stay at the hotel!


I like my yusheng to have bursts of citrusy sweetness – bonus if its healthy – instead of being blanketed in sugar. The Carvery Golden Eight Treasure Yusheng with Cured Trout and Abalone ($68+) suits my palate perfectly. The combination of shredded vegetables, candied walnuts, fruits and generous topping of cured trout and abalone, all brought together with a slightly tart white balsamic and peach dressing.


Following the tradition of abundant feasting, The Carvery has lined up auspicious marquee highlights of the signature roasts. From chicken, pork, lamb and beef – all these premium meat cuts are served at the carving station right smack in front of the entrance so you won’t missed it.
Using only top quality Australian prime rib further dry-aged with Himalayan salt to concentrate the flavour before slow roasting, the Angus Beef Prime Ribs (weekends only) is the piece de resistance at The Carvery. You just cannot go without trying it!


The signature ones for this CNY includes the Pork Porchetta with Mushroom and Chestnut Stuffing, which is the Chinese Roast Pork made from Prime Grade pork belly with satisfying crunchy crackling skin, and the Spit-Roasted Char Siew Chicken. The bird possesses that sweet, savoury richness which probably came from Chef Ian Hioe’s own seasoning mix of hoisin, superior cooking wine and other condiments.


Of course, you get to enjoy the all-time delectable like the salad and dessert spread, western and Chinese stations, with some given a festive twist. So if you came with a family everyone will surely will have their favourites!


Here’s a bonus for those who dined during the first 3 days of the lunar new year (24 to 27 Jan 2020), will receive a complimentary ‘Golden Prosperity’ Welcome cocktail, and a Lunar New Year Lucky Bag containing a pair of mandarin oranges and a pack of Park Hotel Group angpows. Also, they will be entered into the hotel’s Lunar New Year Grand Draw to win a 2D1N Weekend stay at Park Hotel Alexandra*.
For those born in the lucky year of the Rat (those born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008), The Carvery will also be giving away complimentary dining vouchers as well.

The Carvery at Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972
Telephone : +65 6828 8888
Check out the CNY Festive Dining schedule and pricing here –

YUN NANS (云海肴) opens its second outlet @ Westgate in style

Author: Alexius Chua

The largest Yunan F&B chain in the world just opened its 2nd outlet at Westgate, months after its flagship store at Jewel Changi Airport. Serving the local gourmands with its repertoire of highland cuisine (gao yuan liao li), the offering is a mixed bag of deliciousness with subdued stylishness, which I fancy very much.

Yun Nan

What’s different from its flagship store is this exclusive dish – Crispy Hor Fun with Truffle Prawn Broth ($15.90++). Only available at Westgate, the hor fun boasts a delightful interplay of texture of crunchiness and springiness with every bite. Topped with Yunan truffle shavings, when poured with the prawn broth is enough to perfume the whole table. The frying is done well too. The plump prawn is moist with a bite. A simple but satisfying dish.


Another dish that is new to the menu is the New Mystery Steam Pot ($33.90++). A fresh take on the classic YUN NAN’s top-selling dish Steam Pot Chicken with a secret ingredient added in to give it a personality. The soup is brewed using a unique technique that does not require a single drop of water. Instead the chicken is pressure-steamed for three hours. The soup is clear, delicate yet nourishing and robust in taste, which distinguishes it from the other versions I find in Singapore. Its an order that won’t disappoint your guests or family members.


While I am spoilt with many choices at its flagship store @ Jewel, and tried to gulp down as much and fast as my chopstick’s skill can, this Steamed Red Grouper with Green Peppercorns ($48.80++) is new to me. Unforgettable, in a good way. The tantalising meat is so tender and moist, steamed alongside fresh green peppercorns for that fragrant and subdued numbing effect. Available only in limited quantities per day so do order beforehand.


I know I am jumping around here, but the appetizer is good too. One star of the dish is the Shredded Chicken in Chili Lime Dressing ($9.90++). Nutritious black chicken is blanched and shredded by hand, mixed with their own in-house sour and spicy chili lime dressing. Very refreshing and wallet-friendly.


Plus, to celebrate its grand opening, Monga will be giving away free limited-edition Monga merchandise to the first 40 customers daily, only from 28 September to 4 October.


YUN NAN @ Westgate
3 Gateway Drive #03-07
Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri (11.30am – 10pm), Sat, Sun and Public Holidays (11am – 10pm)

SG’s Best Fried Rice @ Din Tai Fung

Author: Alexius Chua

To celebrate for winning the coveted title of Singapore’s Best Fried Rice (Restaurant Category) – organised in conjunction with the debut of Channel 5’s Fried Rice Paradise – The Drama Series – the famed Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung launches a limited-edition XO Fried Rice with Shrimps & Eggs ($15.80). I must say, this fried rice has indeed ‘rice’ to the occasion. Bursting with wok hei, the succulent prawns are served atop aromatic, moist pearl rice mixed with fried flat fish. A special blend of XO sauce and dried scallops gives it a XOXO umami-ness.

Available from 1 – 31 October 2019 or while servings last, this dish is exclusively available at Paragon, BreadTalk IHQ, JEM, Jewel Changi Airport, Junction 8, Marina Bay Link Mall, Marina Bay Sands, Nex, Parkway Parade, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Republic Plaza, Resorts World Sentosa, Suntec City, Tampines Mall, Waterway Point and Wisma Atria only.

Din Tai Fung

Speaking of fried rice, I cannot miss this Fried Rice with Pork Chop. Instead of medley of prawns, it’s a big slice of pork chop cut into chewable pieces. The fried rice looks inviting from below and can hold its place without being overpowered by the pork chop in the flavour zone. An iconic dish that’s unmistakeably everyone’s favourite for its heartiness.

Din Tai Fung

Deviating from the fried rice category, there’s the Chicken Wings in Shrimp Paste (Har Cheong Gai). Texturally, the wings are delightful to munch. The umami of the shrimp paste works perfectly with the chicken, as expected of the standard of Din Tai Fung.

Din Tai Fung

The Deep-fried Handmade Tofu, though doesn’t really appeals much to the eye visually, is actually very appealing to the mouth. It distinguishes itself from other countless versions in Singapore with its inner tender silkiness and non-oily yet crunchy skin. You can order this and will not be disappointed.

Din Tai Fung

Lastly, who can mention Din Tai Fung without mentioning its signature classic Xiao Long Bao? Pretty to look at and really impressive in its soupiness with smooth thin skin layer, this XLB is just cloying for a second helping.

Win a Din Tai Fung Lunch Party Worth $500 delivered to your office
In celebration of the new restaurant opening at Republic Plaza, stand a chance to be among three lucky offices to win a lunch party from Din Tai Fung worth up to $500 each, delivered to your office during lunchtime.

Click onto this link to participate –
*Giveaway period from 1 to 14 October 2019, 2359 hours. Terms and conditions apply.

Din Tai Fung
290 Orchard Road, #B1-03, S238859
Tel: 6836 8336
Facebook/ Instagram: @dintaifungSG

Elevated Hawker Delights at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant

Author: Alexius Chua

What’s better to pay homage of your country than to have a gastronomic treat of local food?
This August, PARKROYAL on Pickering elevates the nation’s hawker culture with ‘Loco Local’ – a hawker themed buffet experience. For a limited time period from 5 August to 1 September 2019, you can expect a taste of home further enhanced with an abundance of crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, oysters) and quality ingredients. So let the four hour ‘Loco Local’ feasting began!


To me, Singapore food isn’t about rules and logic, it’s about passion, adventure and experimentation, the coming together of different cultures, culminating in the fabulous melting pot that it is today.
This is especially apparent in the station’s arrangement here. The Hainanese Kumpong Chicken store sits rights next to the Nasi Lemak station, which in turn is beside the Singapore Laksa and Lobster Jalan Roti station. You wouldn’t expect what sudden food craving might hit you as you walk down the line.


While the selection is rather wide, I gravitate to those that I fancy. The Fried Carrot Cake, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Bak Kut Teh Soup with Pork Rib are some of the usual suspects I would gulp on. They are rather well done. We worked our way ravenously through the array with nods of approval and hardly any sound.


Go high with an upscale interpretation of the nation’s favourite dishes including the Alaskan King Crab Meat Char Kway Teow, Lobster Roti Jalan, Hokkien Noodles served with Baby Lobster and Steamed Oysters paired with sauce of choice (Thai Chili, Mala or Sambal Belachan).
I had 2 bowls of that upscale hokkien mee and would have more rounds if not to spare some space for the ultra-luxe desserts spread later.


Ending my meal with a sugar high, I had the multi-colored heap of Ice Kacang topped with durian puree. It tastes divine, smoothing my way to the sweet ninth degree. There’s also a selection of local sweets at the dessert station featuring Pong Piah, Tau Sar Piah, “Orh Nee” (Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts), and Mini Assorted Nonya Kuehs.


Overall, I find it such a rewarding experience to sample the country’s rich and diverse food with a number of seafood add-ons. And the best part? You can enjoy the privacy, dining in a well air-conditioned environment without encountering ‘tissue packet’ situation on the table.

Loco Local’ at Lime Restaurant, PARKROYAL on Pickering
Promotion Date: 5 August to 1 September 2019, 6:30pm and 10:30pm.
Enjoy 15% savings on the buffet bill with four or more paying adults

SGD68 per adult (Sunday to Thursday) | SGD78 per adult (Friday and Saturday)
Includes free flow of Teh Tarik, chilled coconut water and a selection of local beverages
SGD34 per child (Sunday to Thursday) | SGD39 per child (Friday and Saturday)

PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
For dining reservations and enquiries:
Tel: +65 6809 8899

Foie Gras in Sichuan Restaurant? New Menu Dishes Launch @ Chengdu Restaurant

Author: Alexius Chua

If you love your Chinese dish to be more than just tongue-searing spicy, then Chengdu Restaurant could be your favourite EAT destination. This Chinese restaurant pays homage to the capital of Sichuan province by doling out authentic Sichuan cuisine of the fire-breathing variety since its opening – mala hotpot, mapo tofu and kungpao chicken. A wise choice, as its Asia’s first city to be designated a ‘City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO in 2010.

Chengdu Restaurant

The new menu showcases a myriad of taste profiles the complex Sichuan cuisine has to offer. Kicking in is the savoury appetizer of Roasted Foie Gras ($42.80). When presented, a cloud of white smoke billows, spelling an ultra-luxe ensemble of pan-seared foie gras with king oyster mushrooms, spring onions and red pepper flakes. It is dramatic, different (ain’t foie gras a French cuisine?), and nevertheless surprisingly quite refreshing considering the rich, fatty meat.


It is common belief that chicken feet is full of collagen, if it’s true this Chicken Feet with Pickled Peppers ($13.80) is a snack for beauty. Cooling and refreshing, the sourly sweet and slightly spicy cold chicken feet tastes different from the braised ones you would expect from the dim sum places. Preparation wise it is also much more tedious and testing on the culinary skills of the chefs.

Chengdu Restaurant

I enjoy biting into the jello-like beef tendon in the Braised Tendon with French Bean ($26.80). Slow-braising for 40 minutes gives the meat a fork-tender texture. Along with quail eggs and green chili mixed with a flavourful piquant sauce, this pot may look innocent, but is deceptively quite spicy.

Chengdu Restaurant

My own personal favourite, the Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs ($22.80) is finger-licking delicious. The premium pork ribs are simmered for 45 minutes with ginger, peppercorn and 5 other special spices, before being fried and tossed with other spices to give that mouth-watering flavour reminiscent of Sichuan streetside shaokao (barbeque).

Chengdu Restaurant

For the soup base we have the Sichuan Style Spicy Pot and Fish Fillet Sour Soup. The Sichuan Spicy Pot ($28.80) screams in-your-face hot, with a medley of black tripe, luncheon meat, quail eggs, starch noodles, prawns, squid and others that can usually be found in mala hotpot joints. Be sure to order the Sour Plum Drink before tackling this bowl of burning lava.

Chengdu Restaurant

A milder, less aggressive and slurp-able version is the Fish Fillet in Sour Soup ($22.80). A spicy and sour soup of boneless sole fish fillet in a majestic yellow broth, I find the soup appealing to me in such a way that it tinkles the senses while making it irresistibly wholesome. It would be my favourite amongst the dishes if only I am not such a big carnivore.

Chengdu Restaurant
74 Amoy Street Singapore 069893
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10.30pm. Closed on Sunday
Tel: 85339928
Instagram: @chengdusg
Hashtag: #chengdusg

SHOP: Pepperkoko Online Store


I thought Pepperkoko was a Singapore online shop until I received their clothes! They flew them over from Taiwan!

Even thought it was shipped over from overseas, I got my orders in less than 72 hours WHICH WAS AMAZING. I also felt more assured when I was told that I can do a 1-to-1 size exchange if the sizing do not fit me within 14 days. The customer service support was really friendly when I had some questions to ask.

Some of the clothes size ranges from S to 4L. WOW. How many online shop actually carry up to 4L?! Best part is they are quite affordable and the quality surprised me!

Let me show you some of the clothes I picked. I got outerwears though 😛

This bomber jacket is so soft and cushiony! I felt like I am being hugged whenever I wear it!

And for this?! It is so lightweight and chic! It even comes with a hood at the back!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the quality of the jackets!!! I swear they look exactly the same in the pictures you see above, if not, EVEN BETTER! They won me over totally! I can foresee myself being a regular customer to them!

If you shop with them right now, you can get $10 off with a minimum purchase of $38 with the promo code “HU8T-HU8T”!

You will can also enjoy xx discount when you quote – blogger’s promo-! Don’t say I didn’t help you with your CNY shopping ah!

Visit them at:

FOOD: Tai Cheong Bakery Opens in Holland Village!


Hong Kong Tai Cheong egg tarts was previously only available in a food kiosk in Takashimaya only. But last year, Tai Cheong Bakery opens their first overseas dine-in concept in Holland Village!

I could feel the authentic Hong Kong-style teahouse the moment I stepped into the cafe and I wanted to try everything on the menu. You will be glad to know that they do not impost service charge and the prices you see on the menu is inclusive of GST already.

Let me show you some of the dishes I tried and why I love them.

Three Coloured Silky Eggs with Rice ($9.90): A plate of steamed rice with a smooth, barely set three-egg omelette crowned with two toppings: Roasted Prok & Prawns, Roasted Pork & Beef, Roasted Pork & Crispy Pork Belly.

Three-Egg Macaroni Soup with Luncheon Meat ($8.50): The tomato soup is not as strong as I had imagined it to be. I like the light tomato taste and the strips of crispy fried luncheon meat.

Scrambled Egg Toast Stack with Chicken Chop ($9.50): The scramble eggs isn’t those buttery eggs you find outside so I thought it is a lot healthier. Look closely at the bottom and you will be able to find a pan-grilled chicken chop and creamy mushroom sauce at the bottom.

French pain perdu ($6.50): This was surprisingly my favorite among all because of the 100% pure maple syrup. I love how the fluffy white bread taste after a coat of egg wash with milk. I honestly don’t mind a second helping for this.

This cafe is perfect for a weekend family brunch! They sell famous Hong Kong tarts too – Egg Tart ($2.50) that comes with a unique butter cookie-like crust, Durian & Cheese Tart (to cater to local delights; $3.60) and Coconut Tart ($2.50). However, there is a limitation when it comes to the egg tarts. Each person can only buy 16 pieces of egg tarts for takeaway and 2 pieces for dine in. This isn’t such a bad idea after all. At least the people behind you gets to try them too!

31 Lorong Liput Singapore 277742 (Nearest MRT: Holland Village)

Operating hours:
830am to 1100pm Sunday to Thursday
830am to 1am Friday to Saturday

Do note that the mains on the menu are only available after 11am and they do not accept reservations as of now.

SHOP: Lenses from MrLens Malaysia


I wear dailies so purchasing them in Singapore can sometimes be VERY expensive 🙁

There are also occasions where I would travel in to JB just to stock up them because it is a lot cheaper across the border. Even though I will be able to save a small sum of money by buying my lenses in JB, I always end up getting stuck in the jam for hours. I can still remember clearly getting stuck for 5 hours just to come back to Singapore!

I started ordering Contact Lenses online (I mean legit brands ONLY!) through various online platforms and MrLens ( is one of them!

What I love about them is that:

  • They carry 1-day Acuvue Define!
  • The website is super friendly – Idiot proof in my opinion!
  • Cheaper than market

I need to compliment on the fast delivery because the lenses came within a week. I heard some of them got their lenses within 3 days too!

My 1-day Acuvue Define cost only RM118. The exchange rate is at our advantage right now, so if you do your calculations,  1 box/30 pieces of lenses only cost me less than $39.50! It can cost up to $60 per box here in Singapore! Without further considerations, I bought 6 boxes at one go.

If you ask me how satisfied am I with MrLens, the answer is, VERY SATISFIED and I will definitely order from them again once my quantity is low. I can save the time and effort travelling across the custom!

Check out my happy face – with 1-day Acuvue of course!

They carry a lot of popular brands, so pop over to see if they carry what you need at 🙂

REVIEW: Fancl Tense Up Collagen Drink


Collagen drinks… There are a lot in the market. However, my first encounter with collagen drink was when I was 17-18 when I tried FANCL because they were one of the first few players then. My sister was extremely vain. She would spend most of her part time salary on FANCL Tense Up because of the many great reviews she had heard. Of course, I was very much influenced by her so I joined her in the journey as well.

We bought FANCL Tense Up for quite a long period of time before they exited Singapore. We drank it daily because we were told that it could help achieve and maintain the best possible results. True enough, we could feel the difference. Especially at the stage where we were still undergoing puberty where acne seems to be a common thing, our facial complexion felt a lot better and we were looking very radiant.

When FANCL left Singapore and I could no longer buy Tense Up and their other products regularly, I experienced minor breakouts on days when the time of the month was near. And needless to mention, my face was not as radiant as before. I started relying on other skincare brands then. It was effective but it doesn’t give me the same confidence I felt when I used Tense Up.

So imagine how happy I was when I heard that FANCL is back in Singapore! Finally, I can get my hands on Tense Up without flying overseas!

What makes FANCL Tense Up different from others?

You know why I love Tense Up? Unlike other collagen drinks in the market, Tense Up is made up of tri-peptide collagen strings of molecules. The molecules are so small that they are able to pass through your digestive system and gets absorbed by your skin. When your skin is able to absorb the collagen, it will only get better and better.

What do I mean by better? Firmer, younger and brighter skin of course! As you age, your body loses more collagen… and even the amount of collagen produced by the body is also lesser as compared to younger days. This is why we age and wrinkles start to appear.

By the way, not only can it help the skin with HTC collagen of 2,600mg, Tense Up also contains Vitamin C, E, Coenzyme Q10, Hyaluronic Acid and a lot of other goodness that is not only good for your skin but your body as well! You can take it as a supplement for your wellbeing!

If you are wondering why 2,600mg and not more, that is because FANCL R&D experts have done extensive research and conclude that 2,600mg is the optimum amount of collagen that our skin need and can absorb!

When do you drink FANCL Tense Up?

The best time to drink it is before your bedtime because skin rejuvenation its on its peak at night. However for me, I don’t have a specific time to drink it. I find myself drinking it after lunch most of the time because I left my supply in my office 🙂

What did I experience after drinking FANCL Tense Up?

Need I say more? People usually do not get my age right because I look a lot younger than my actual age. Other than that, my skin now looks firmer and brighter! I am so glad they are back now!

If you are expecting brighter and clearer skin like me, YES! For sure! And you will be able to experience these benefits after your first month of supply. I must say that the effects appear quite fast if you are hardworking (don’t forget to drink it everyday!).

If you think that you are too young to be needing these, I would say better to start early than late as it is never too early to start prevention. FANCL Tense Up Collagen Drink is suitable for people in their 20s, 30s and even 40s! When you are in your 20s, you need to prevent wrinkles, once you hit 30s, you will need it for maintenance. And lastly, when you hit 40s, it can turn back the clock! It is never too early or too late to start your Tense Up journey.

Evidence: Below is a very recent #selfie of me with no edits done. Good skin yay! Thank you FANCL!

For more information about FANCL Tense Up, please visit their stores located at Isetan Scotts, Robinsons Raffles City and Suntec City. And here’s the big news: FANCL’s first ever flagship store will open at 313@somerset on the 23rd December!

Be sure to also follow FANCL SG Facebook page at

Here’s a treat: get a $10 voucher after downloading the iFANCL App! You can download the app from App Store or Google Play. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy Tense Up as much as I do.

REVIEW: Geranium Gua Sha Fusion Treatment


Author: Maybeline Sim

Sorry to say, but my last facial was more 8 months ago :X So guess how happy I was when MFP sent me to Geranium to try out their Gua Sha Fusion Treatment?!

Gua Sha Treatment is a fusion of pharmaceutical-grade products backed by science and TCM technique. I call this the East meet West treatment. The treatment can instantly boost your skin’s hydration, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even brighten up your complexion! Not getting, you can also achieve a more defined face contour when you do Gua Sha on the face!

When I first stepped into Geranium, the entire place was very welcoming and clean! Even the staffs there are super helpful and friendly which felt a lot like home. Changed into their bedroom shoes and off to bed I go :X

Just kidding! But the dim-litted room was really cosy. I slept a little during the 120 minutes treatment.

Here’s me getting ready for my treatment~

As usual, the first step is to remove and cleanse the face so that the face is free from make up, oil and dirt.

What I love about facial most is the extraction process. I love seeing my pores shrink after every extraction!

Extraction is usually painful but it was ok for me when the therapist extracted 8 months worth of dirt out. Okay, just exaggerating. She was quite patience with me even though there are areas which are harder to extract due to clogged pores.

Putting together a pharmaceutical-grade products backed by science, SkinCeuticals was used. Hence, my face was fed with goodness like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5 and Advance Moisture Complex before the Gua Sha process.

These ingredients are essentials as they help to hydrate and repair the skin.

Gua Sha on the other hand, is using a board made from buffalo horn to gently stoke the skin. Gua Sha may sound painful but it wasn’t! At least not on the face. It felt more like a massage to me. It was super comfortable and the therapist is very skilled. I actually enjoyed the whole process a lot.

By doing Gua Sha on the face, it can help stimulate facial muscles to achieve skin firmness, encourage lymphatic drainage to remove toxin and water retention. If you ever feel that your face looks bloated, try out their Gua Sha Fusion!

You skin cells will also be prompted to start the renewal process as blood and Qi circulation are promoted to oxygenate the skin.

The therapist did half of my face to show me the differences. What were instant and obvious were my smile lines!!! My lines looked shorter! I always have this issue with smile lines because I laugh and smile a lot.

You don’t get to see my bare face very often so see now!!! Embarking on my journey to baby skin~

The treatment ended off with a cold hydration mask. I requested for them not to cover my eyes because I was texting James (hehe). Your entire face (excluding your nostrils) should be covered with the mask.

The mask was cooling at first but it keeps the skin assured that it will be in good “hands”.

After the treatment, my skin felt smoother as all the dirt and dead cells were removed! Skin also felt firmer and bouncier! In fact, it also looked more radiant after that. I feel like going back for another session because the overall experience was just too comfortable.

I just regained the extra confidence to leave house with naked face again now that my pores are not so visible!

The treatment cost $420 but you can get 40% off your first treatment!

By the way, Gua Sha Fusion TM is nominated in Harper Bazaar Beauty Award 2017 in the Category: Best Instant Results Facial

Thank you Geranium for the extra boost of confidence and for making me feel prettier again! Hehe. Look at my glowing skin~

Geranium is located at 26 Horne Road, BH Building #01-01 (nearest MRT station: Lavender).

Call them at 6294 2581 for your first appointment!