Don’t you get envious when you see HUGE sales going on in other countries but not in Singapore? And most of the time, the shop with those sales do not ship out of their country.
So recently, I came across 6pm.com while shopping for a Juicy Jacket. I have never heard of 6pm.com. Their current sale is really crazy. It was more than 50% off Singapore’s prices. I went to read up on their shipping, sadly, they do not ship to Singapore.
Look at the prices of these Juicy Jackets!! I think a jacket from them, even with sales, cost at least SGD150?
Of course, I went to google for shipping platforms that would help ship these items to Singapore. Guess what? I found Buyandship Singapore!
I got to admit that this was my first time giving them a try. I wasn’t sure how things will turn out.
One thing for sure was, their tutorial page gave very clear instructions on how to use the service. For new shoppers like me, you can follow the instructions here:
Sign up for an account
Obtain related overseas warehouse addresses for your intended purchase
Key in the overseas warehouse address as the shipping address, your name and your membership ID as the receiver during check out
Upon receiving the tracking number and shipping courier details, enter them on Buyandship (This is very important. Declare them as soon as you have the information)
Wait for your parcel to reach the warehouse…..
Pay for the shipping fees to Singapore
Wait for your parcel to arrive!!!
The shipping fee is based on weight and they are very reasonably priced. Even with the additional shipping fees, the stuff you buy are still 50% lesser than what you have to pay for in Singapore.
One important thing to note other than the shipping fee is the number of delivery days! An impatient person like me will get very anxious and I will countdown till the day the parcel reaches me.
And hey… look, you only need slightly more than 1 week to get your parcel(s) from the states! Need I say more why you should go for Buyandship?!
They will also update you on all the latest sales that are going on, making sure that you are enjoying the best deals on the globe! Mmmm… sounds like they are trying to save me from spending too much.. but at the same time, encouraging me to shop more (at a cheaper price). I don’t know if this is good or bad. HAHA.
So far, I have had very good experience with shopping with Buyandship and I foresee myself shopping with them again and again.
Thank you Buyandship for literally “shipping” US to Singapore for me. I don’t have to fly there just to shop for good deals anymore! I am more than just satisfied with your service!
Hey shoppers, time to start shopping now! But before you do, remember to checkout what are the latest deals from Buyandship Singapore top picks!
Author: Alex Chua
Yes, the rumour is true. While we were just about to walk into Rumours Bar & Grill at Jewel Changi Airport last Tuesday evening, Singapore’s PM Lee and his entourage just passed us by. Wonder where he dined at? Rumours? Lauded as an awesome hangout spot for families and friends, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is true.
If you’re familiar with its first Holland Village outlet, this award-winning Bali casual dining restaurant packs the same lively vibe, same awesome food plus more open space. I always love the idea of al fresco dining to soak in the sunlight minus the heat, and its location at the top floor of Jewel just ticks that box.
Okai, the store front is great and I got a lucky encounter with PM Lee, so how about the food? Let’s start with the proteins. Rumours is one of the few places in Singapore that serves the premium A5 Grade Kumamoto Wagyu Tenderloin ($87.80/ 200g). Their signature dish, this marvellous beef cut is moist, very tender and yet so flavourful. Coupled with Rumours’ specialty indulgent drinks, it would be the perfect dish to warm the hearts of the chatterers.
We’ve got the Deep-Fried Chicken Wings ($8.80) and Calamari ($8.80) to share. The 6 mouth-watering chicken wings accompanied with spicy mayonnaise is a definite value-for-money dish for drinkers who just need something to munch into.
The deep-fried squid, with its golden-brown and crispy exterior, isn’t that oily or chewy kind which I hate. They are pleasant to bite into without feeling oily and offensive to the tongue. For me the chicken and the calamari is a definite must-have if I ordered drinks here.
Next is the Rumours Classic Cheeseburger ($16.80). Made up of sizzling beef patty, stretchy cheese and fresh greens, piled with loads of fat chips. The patty is rather soft yet thick and juicy, coupled with a rich drizzle of melted cheese, making it a sumptuous joy to munch into it.
The Australian Baby Lamb Chops with Garlic Confit ($45.80) packs that meaty, flavourful punch, thankfully not overly seasoned but savoury with a tender bite. These are just that kind of high-quality proteins that I like, especially after a hard day’s work.
Coming to Rumours’ signature range of tropical cocktails we had the aptly named Two Boyfriends ($18). This revitalising gin-based cocktail is infused with fruity notes of plum and apple, with a shot of Baileys on top. Why this name you say – its because you need to drink from 2 straws at one go.
If you’re the kind that enjoys performances, then the Blowing Smoke ($18) should satiate your theatrical thirst. When the jar is lifted, a cloud of white smoke billows, perfuming the air with hickory smoky fragrance and unveil the rum-based cocktail. I enjoy the light hint of elderflower and its natural sweet cinnamon scent when drinking.
Now coming to the almost obscene drink (depending on your state of mind). The Come Inside Me ($18) is a smoky whisky based ice-blend, which you use the syringe filled with smooth, creamy Baileys and shoot it straight into the cup (beware of spilling all over!). An alternative way to drink this is to first shoot it into your mouth and then drink the cup. Pure satisfaction guaranteed.
If you need an uplifting vibe, deliciously rich food and refreshing drinks, then Rumours is for you!
Rumours Bar & Grill @ Jewel Changi Airport
Operating hours: Daily 10am – 3pm
We have officially moved into our new place for 2 months (I think) now. In terms of house work, we are still trying to get used to them even though our parents are still helping us with some parts of it. HAHA. I know how spoilt this sounds but we are really trying to do everything ourselves now.
I don’t use the washing machine often (because my mom is the one doing the laundry) until I got my own place and I always thought that most washing machines would be very difficult to operate.
Who knows, when Electrolux 10kg/7kg UltimateCare™ 900 Washer Dryer, EWW1042AEWA, arrived at my place, I could operate it without reading the manual.
This Front Load Washer Dryer comes with its intuitive and intelligent SensorWash™ that detects the soil and detergent levels in the wash water and adjusts the washing time accordingly for a cleaner wash. No additional action required on your end. How smart!
Other than cleanliness, keeping the colour of the clothes intact is very important to me. No one wants to wear their newly bought clothes for 1 to 2 times and the colour starts to fade! Similarly, I want my clothes to look new and vibrant for a long long time!
Electrolux exclusive UltraMix™ technology able to do that! It reduces colour fading by up to 40% by pre-mixing water and detergent before it enters the drum. Not only that, it makes a cold-water wash just as effective as a hot one.
As both James and my clothes are made of different materials, ‘Mixed’ clothing program is always used. The temperature and other settings will be changed accordingly to the type of wash/dry you choose.
This is a smart washer dryer that it allows me to remotely control the wash/dry program through their Electrolux Life App. You can easily see the progress from the app making the whole process very idiot-proof! If Maybeline can use it, so can you.
Those who like a SMART home concept, this should top your list when you are searching for a new washing machine!
Do you know that even when your clothes are labelled “hand-wash only”, you can still throw it into Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Washing Machine?!
Yes yes! It has been tested and proven to be as gentle as hand-washing – or even gentler! Basically, it is the gold standard of quality care of woollens.
Electrolux Vapour Care Technology ends each wash with a gentle whoosh of vapour to reduce wrinkles by 22%. You will come to realize that some of your clothes need no ironing at all. It saves my time and energy! I can spend more time on social media now 😛
And at only 40 degrees Celsius, 99.9% of allergens and germs will be killed! For someone who suffers from Allergic Rhinitis, this is extremely important.
Another program which I love apart from its ease of operation is the Vapour Refresh mode. You can refresh your clothes without any detergent with this function in 35 minutes.
I can throw my clothes in there, proceed to bath and doll myself up and *POOOOFS* change into the clothes which I threw into the machine!
I hope my review has been helpful so far!
Here’s a summary of Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 features at a glance:
– Electrolux SensorWash™:. The intelligent sensor detects the soiling level in the wash water and automatically adjusts the wash duration.
– UltraMix™ System: Automatically premixes and fully dissolves detergent, even in cold water to improve its effectiveness.
– Vapour Care Technology: Ends each wash with a gentle whoosh of vapour to
reduce wrinkles by up to 22%, giving you probably lesser ironing jobs!
– Vapour Refresh: Quickly freshens and gently revives garments without detergent as clothes are gently tumbled in vapour, so you need not waste time in washing and drying the clothes you need to wear it at the very last minute!
– EcoInverter Motor: Energy efficient, quiet & very reliable over a long service life.
– 3XL Door: A wider door aperture for ease of loading and unloading, day after day.
Lastly, do you love the smell and feeling of fresh and clean clothes?
I DO!! *Happy is Maybeline as I have clean, fresh vibrant colour clothes for OOTD every single day!*
I am a bad cook and most of the time, I am always seen eating unhealthy stuff. When I crave for any noodles or soup, I will opt for instant options and they are quite bad for health. What’s worst? I suffer from low blood, anemia, and borderline protein level.
However, recently, I was introduced to something instant and more importantly, very nutritious and good for health! It is none other than Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence. The double-boiled chicken essence (滴鸡精) is a traditional health supplement that originated in the south of Taiwan.
The chickens they used for the essence is free-range and they are fed without any chemical and hormone. They are rich in high-quality protein and essential amino acids, and the best part? The flavours are tailor-made with various herbs so that they can meet the different needs of the individuals.
You can check out their website under the products tab to see which chicken essence suits your body best. There are also chicken essences that are suitable for children too.
The packaging is so luxurious that you can even give them to your elderly at home, or someone who has just given birth!
I suffer from very bad monthly menses cramp so I was introduced to Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed.
The addition of vaccaria seed to the chicken essence helps to soothe my body – especially during the time of the month by promoting blood circulation to remove blood stasis*, the ripe seeds has properties like soothing the liver and regulate the Qi in our body.
*Blood stasis is a condition used in Chinese medicine, it is described as slowing or pooling of blood, which may cause pain or other symptoms.
Preparation is very easy. There are 20 packets in a box and you have to keep them in the freezer so that they will not spoil.
Take one packet out of the freezer and put it into a bowl that has a lid.
You can either choose to boil it again or be like me, use the lazy-but-easy method – microwave it!
Once the chicken essence is thawed, take it out and enjoy it!
You know how herb-y some chicken essence smell? Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence smells nothing like them. In fact, it smells & tastes like some yummy homemade double-boiled soup! SLURPS! My husband gave it a try and he is now a fan too!
After drinking it for a few days, my body feels refreshed and energized. Even the cramps were greatly reduced! I may still have mild cramps as and when but it is definitely a lot better.
We are all too busy fighting the cooperate health, drink Tian Xiang Yuan Chicken Essence as an alternative to boost your health!
You can find Tian Yuan Xiang at:
101 Thomson Road, #B1-24A United Square, Singapore 307591 (Novena MRT)
Tel: +65 6200 6789
Sundays to Thursdays and public holiday: 10:30am-09:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays and eves of public holiday: 10:30am-09:30pm
Official website: www.qchicken.com.sg
Author: Alex Chua
While you might not think much when you pass by Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken 好福气豉油鸡, think again. Located at Great World City, this unassuming eatery serves a medley of authentic Cantonese specialties prepared with time-honoured recipes passed down from generations.
If you’re wondering what does ‘ho fook hei means’, it means prosperity and good fortune in Cantonese, and that’s what you can expect when you order the Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken 招牌玫瑰露酱油鸡. Juicy and tender, the chicken has that distinct floral fragrance imparted from the rose wine. Understand that two batches of chickens are prepared daily to ensure freshness. To elevate the braising liquid flavour, the same pot of braising liquid is kept and topped up each day, and the chef will taste the liquid each time to make necessary adjustments. Such attention to detail is admirable, and the soy sauce chicken gains the depth of flavour over time.
If you want just a simple yet utterly satisfying one dish meal, there’s the Specialty Rose Wine Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles 酱油鸡面. The springy Hong Kong-style egg noodles and the moreish homemade Crunchy Chilli Sauce paired perfectly well with the shimmery chicken.
My personal favourite dish is the robust Honey-Glazed Black Barbeque Pork Belly 吊烧黑金叉烧. Not discounting the fatty portion of the meat, it renders the luscious meat with a perfect balance of sweet and savoury flavour in each bite.
The Deep-Fried Prawn Rolls (Hei Chor) are crispy, flavoursome and not too oily. Generous with the fillings you can see the chunks of prawn meat inside each piece.
The hand-wrapped Shrimp Dumpling is HUGE in this bowl. Again, pretty generous with the filling, and the prawn is plump and juicy. With the soup its quite a comfort dish for a rainy day.
The Cod with Old Ginger Sauce has that comforting and familiar flavour, and the fish is steamed to perfection, rendering the flesh pretty much melt-in-the-mouth.
This Sea Bass with signature Nonya Assam sauce is so delicious, it is wiped out at our table very quickly. Fresh and sweet, the fish paired well with the very appetising sweet-sour-spicy Nonya Assam sauce.
Ho Fook Hei
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-141 Great World City, Singapore 237994
Tel: 6219 2262
Author: Alex Chua
Kazbar, known to serve authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in Singapore over the last 16 years, has recently launched the Lebanese beer Almaza along with a food and beer pairing event. Stands for ‘Diamond’ in Arabic, Almaza is born in 1933 and still remains as Lebanon’s leading beer till date. This is a match-make in heaven, since Kazbar patrons can enjoy the full Lebanese cultural experience with the incorporation of their national beer.
‘With Almaza, we want our customers to be able to enjoy a wholesome experience, from the spices, the food and drinks to the ambience and the attentive service’ said Angeles, owner of Kazbar.
During the launch event on 9 May 2019, beer sommelier Charles GuErrier showcased how some of the crowd favourites from Kazabar can be paired with Almaza beer to bring out the flavours of the dishes. He also gave a little background of its history, the brand’s DNA (Almaza is a beer for people who take fun seriously!), and a lesson of how to correctly taste beer.
Our first dish is a light Middle Eastern appetizer served fashionably on a cocktail glass. The Cold Mezze is a fine ground chickpeas (hummus) with tahini sauce, garlic and lemon juice, accompanied with a stem of sliced vegetables as dips. The pairing of the light and crisp Almaza helps compliments the subtle flavours of the hummus without dominating it.
Our last dish is a crowd pleaser, the Grilled Meat platter, featuring 1 lamb chop, 1 lamb kofta and grilled minced lamb flavoured with middle eastern spices. The umami is strong in this hot main, not to mention the oiliness. This is where the Almaza beer helps to cuts through the oils of the dish, and cleanses the pallet so that you don’t feel the heaviness. I personally fine this beer quite suitable for meal with many courses, as it helps reset the pallet without the lingering taste of other beer.
All in all, it was a pretty gratifying experience and a learning opportunity from a IBD Certified Beer Sommelier who had over 20 year experience in the food and beverage industry. Moreover, I had found a perfect spot if I had a sudden craving for Middle Eastern food in CBD area.
25 Church St, Singapore 049482
Phone: 6438 2975
Author: Alexis Chua
Indonesian kueh specialist OLLELLA and Ah Mah Homemade Cake, the purveyor of castella cakes, joins hands for the first time to bring their delicious traditional offerings under 1 roof. The products in this new concept store are handmade and prepared daily on-site, ensuring the products are fresh and in its best quality. For me, who am not a fan of kueh, I am pleasantly surprised that I took more than my fair share of kuehs and cakes. In fact, I had these kuehs for dinner and am not complaining!
The new partnership wrought OLLELLA to introduce 4 new products, the D24 Durian Dadar, Kueh Bugis, Kueh Salat and Kueh Wajik. We absolutely adore the D24 Durian Dadar ($2.50). Made with pure D24 durian flesh and freshly grated coconut, the filling is flavourful and rich while not overpoweringly so. One thing to note – the pandan crepe is prepared fresh on the spot and pairs with the filling very well.
Shaped like a fruit, the Kueh Bugis ($1.50) has a chewy texture; its moist coconut gula Melaka filling is aromatic and tasty. While the Kueh Salat ($1.50) features a kaya custard layer with a glutinous rice base infused with freshly extracted blue pea flower water and santan, giving the kueh a green, blue and white hue. It’s good for breakfast. Last is the Kueh Wajik ($1.50), which uses premium gula Melaka and rich santan glutinous rice, possesses that ultra-chewy texture.
Ah Ma Homemade Cake created the Pandan Brown Cake ($11) so the castella-cake lovers can enjoy the best of both pandan and gula Melaka worlds. The interplay of the pandan leaves aroma and sweetness of the gula Melaka, coupled with its soft texture and slightly crunchy surface (sprinkle of crushed gula Melaka and shredded coconut on top), you can be sure that I will be queuing for it next time.
Other than the new items above, the new concept stores also offers popular kuehs such as Rempah Udang, Rempah Ayam and Kueh Dadar, and a medley of castella cakes (from chocolate to pandan and marble). Among the 3 kuehs, Rempah Ayam ($2) is my personal favourite. Featuring shredded chicken braised in herbs and a medley of spices, the Rempah Ayam tastes akin to Lo Mai Gai – satisfying and filling at the same time.
OLLELLA X Ah Ma Homemade Cake
Outlet 1: VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #B2-K7 Vivocity, Singapore 098585
Outlet 2: Tiong Bahru Plaza, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, #B1-K4 Tiong Bahru Plaza, Singapore 168732
Author: Alex Chua
Home-grown cafe Strangers’ Reunion, located at Kampong Bahru Road just 5 minutes’ walk from Outram Park MRT, is set to redefine and elevate café dining experience with a new all-day brunch menu.
Best-known for serving some of the best coffee and all-day brunches in town, this time the new brunch menu features inventive cooking method with a conscience. Using fresh, seasonal and upcycled ingredients and sauces homemade from scratch, the resulting dishes reveals a level of sophistication more often associated with fine dining establishments. Now that’s more than a cuppa in a café scene.
Take the Salmon Skin Chips ($11.90) for instance. This moreish appetiser utilises salmon offcuts and trimmings from the café’s homemade coffee smoked salmon and deep-fried it to become a dish by itself. Studded with goma, avocado coulis and coffee-smoked salmon puree, it presents a juxtaposition of nutty, salty, sweet and sour flavours without being too overwhelming or oily.
The Snapper Ceviche ($13.90) contain a combination of snapper chunks cured in lime juice, avocado, cilantro and red onions. Light and refreshing, it is the perfect starter dish for a brunch date.
For the vegans and cauliflower fans, the Roasted Cauliflower Salad ($14.50) is the choice pick. It comes in 2 ways – charred to yield caramelised florets with deep hazelnut notes, and pickled in rice wine vinegar infused with black pepper and bay leaves. We had the caramelised ones and it is crunchy and irresistible. It’s just so good I am almost a vegan-convert by this dish.
Coming to the mains, the hearty Pork and Broccoli ($21.90) satisfies me thoroughly. Taking a leaf from the upcycling philosophy, the tender roasted meat uses the under-utilized pork collar ends and broccoli stems as accompanying greens. Complemented with 3 sauces – broccoli puree, coffee shoyu and burnt onion jus to give an extra depth of flavour. Simple, straightforward and in your face delicious.
Here’s the savoury protein – Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($21.90). Chicken breast cloaked in a house-made jerk sauce and accompanying succotash of greens. I like how the sauce compliments and further accentuates the succulent meat.
Here’s a dish common in the café scene, Strangers’ Coffee Smoked Salmon on Toast ($18.90). Well, not quite so. The house-cured salmon is cold-smoked with spent coffee grounds and hickory wood to give the aromatic coffee-smoked salmon, while an espresso-infused crème fraiche is slathered on toasted sourdough bread. Sounds too caffeinated? It is not, the coffee is used just to give that light coffee aroma.
Undoubtedly one of THE go-to cafes for its quality coffee, now the café – in its cool tones of greys, whites and wood – can include inventiveness and upcycling to its name with the introduction of the all-day brunch menu.
33/35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169355
Operating Hours: 9am – 6pm daily
I drink Coffee or Milk Tea every morning before I start work and this has become a habit. If I don’t drink them before work, it feels like something is missing and I won’t be able to concentrate.
Recently, SkinnyMint sent me their 28 Day Fat Burning Coffee & Fat Burning Hot Chocolate to try. Even though I was very intrigued by the new launches, my first thoughts were……. “How will they taste? Will they really work?”
I would be skeptical about the results but since I have previously tried both SkinnyMint Morning and Night Teatox and both worked for me, why not give the new products a try too?
Instead of drinking coffee with high sugar content, I am drinking both the Fat Burning Coffee and Hot Chocolate on a daily basis. Just imagine…. burn your fats away while enjoying a cup of hot coffee. Sounds too good to be true?
What I am most happy about, other than the fat-burning portion is reducing my sugar intake! Although I do not really drink frizzy drinks, the coffee and tea I consumed on a daily basis is quite frightening.
Take a look at the supplement facts below – 0 Fat, 0 Sugar!
Both powders smell nice. The coffee has a coconut-y smell & taste as it is coconut flavored while the hot chocolate taste nothing less than a good cup of unsweetened chocolate. Good for people who wants that chocolatey taste in their mouth – without the calories!
You can even put them into your bag and bring them out if you do not have the time to drink them in the morning as they come in sachets form. All you need is a cup of hot water and pooooof!
The drinks can help suppress your appetite and boost your metabolism as they contain natural metabolism booster. Studies have also shown that 96% of the people who tried them had a significant decrease in appetite. As for me, I do find myself emptying my bowel more often – at a very regular timing too.
Also, whenever you feel like snacking at work, just make yourself a cup of hot chocolate. It is only 25 Cal per serving! Say no to chocolates and opt for the hot chocolate instead.
Join me and add these drinks to your breakfast today if you wanna lose some weight or control your appetite!
Do drink them for 28 days to see better results!
You can get them from skinnymint.com!
Author: Alex Chua
Pig out this New Year at Butcher’s Kitchen to welcome the Year of the Pig. Known for using fresh, safe and healthy ingredients, Butcher’s Kitchen team of experienced chefs unveiled their latest CNY menu for all to ogle, salivate and go oink oink. The restaurant’s latest cutesy 3 Treasures Porky Yusheng comes in the shape of a pig, fashioned with roast pork belly, pork lard and char siew. The Instagram-able lo hei is generously lashed with a tangy house-made plum sauce to toss for a sweet new year. Also, freshly-made chips – Butcher’s Kitchen very own creation – is topped on the pig as the alternative to the traditional golden crackers. The generous portion of the yusheng is suitable for 8 to 10 pax.
Besides the yusheng, The Butcher’s Kitchen has also introduced two pork-based pasta – Char Siew Pasta with Truffle, and Mala Pasta with Roast Pork Belly. I particularly fancy the Mala Pasta Pork Belly dish, which has that savoury roast pork belly with perfect meat-to-fat ratio which I can easily over-indulged! The crunchy crackling is not too hard with a heavenly mouthfeel to it.
But for my personal favourite is the Herbi Hiam Pizza. Cormprising of cheese, fried crispy pork lard marinated with prawn chili, and heaped with snow of dried sambal prawn, it is sinful beyond the nth degree yet understandably delicious. To give that powerful spicy punch, prawn chili is drizzled on top. Great for dinner with friends or for supper, which I am still mesmerizing it as I was typing about it.
Beyond the pork dishes, the restaurant has also launched the Original Fresh Chips. Fried daily, these all-natural, freshly made and highly addictive chips come in beautiful designed bottles for you to share and gift the goodies to your loved ones for a perfect CNY crunch. Better keep this away from me or else my new year resolution dissolves in bubbles.
The Butcher’s Kitchen
#02-472 Suntec City, North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Operating Hour: Tuesday to February 19, 10am to 10pm daily. Closed from February 4 to 6
Seating Capacity: 120 pax