Though the Japanese food enclave may be nicely tucked away at Shaw Centre’s Food Republic, yet it is definitely no less of a gem. Not to be mistaken as part of Food Republic, Japan Foods Garden (JFG) is actually a cluster of authentic Japanese concept stalls that offers all foodies the opportunity to relish an array of yummy and affordable dishes at a go!
This November, for the first time ever, JFG is introducing Japanese Sizzling Hot Stone Bowls. Being Don-lovers, we totally couldn’t our excitement, that’s why we ordered both the Curry ($7.80) and Oyako Don ($8.80) versions to share. Be prepared to squeal in delight like us when you see the generous amount of gooey cheese and runny egg yolks.
Between the 2, we definitely prefer the curry one for it provided a well balance between savouriness, sweetness and mild spiciness. Unfortunately, the Oyako Don was marred by it bland flavour, even dripping the teriyaki sauce over it did not seem to enhance the flavours at all. Moreover, the rice was a little too mushy for our liking. Perhaps the only saving grace was the chicken bits, which were cooked to tender perfection.
Despite that, do not let what we say deter you from trying the Sizzling Hot Stone Bowls, for taste is subjective. Do try out the other flavours such as Beef Curry ($11.80), Mentai Chaduke ($9.80), Salmon Egg ($10.80), Mabo Tofu ($9.80), Cream Sauce Dora ($10.80) and Gyu Don ($9.80) and let us know how they fare (:
Other than the Hot Stone Bowls, we also tried the signature Lemon Steak ($18.80) from the teppan range. Made from US Angus Beef, the thin slices of beef is doused in a delectable citrus sauce and carefully sizzled on a hotplate. We were really satisfied with the steak, for they were not only juicy and tender, but exuded an interesting smoky flavour with subtle hints of lemon, that lingered in the mouth with every bite. Do get the seats right in front of the counter to witness the mouth-watering show as the chef cook the meat on the flat iron griddle.
One word of advice: Be quick to capture the perfect foodfie and sink your teeth into the beef right away to savour the meat at its optimal tender state.
Since we were still feeling hungry after the teppan, we went ahead to try the Oyster Trio ($16.80), which consisted of oysters topped with mentaiko, butter seaweed, and garlic chips. The butter seaweed one was our favourtie, for it provided a sweet caramelised flavour with hints of seaweed that did not overwhelm the taste of the oyster like the other 2 flavours.
We completed our dinner with a plate of lip-smacking Pork Tonperi-yaki ($7.80). The omelette was filled with generous portion of beansprouts, cabbage and duo miao that not were not only crunchy but juicy to bite on. We especially love how well the sweet-savoury tonkatsu sauce blended with the mayonnaise, to provide a tangy flavour that did not overshadow the flavours of other ingredients. It was really a satisfying way to end our night.
Running out of dinner ideas? Why not visit Japan Foods Garden then?
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #B1-01
Telephone: 6493 7300
Operating Hours: 11 am -11 pm (Daily)
The famed Michelin-starred ramen restaurant Tsuta has recently launched two brand-new ramen offerings: Kamo Abura Soba (dry – above) and Kamo Paitan Soba (soup – below). Served exclusively in Singapore, these two dishes are the original creations of Chef Yuki Onishi, who are inspired by a widely popular ingredient in Singapore – the duck. Spending a year on R&D, Chef Yuki experimented with various recipes and cooking method just to get the flavours right. This is the sort of dedication only a Michelin-starred chef would expect – perfection from kitchen to table.
While duck noodles are pretty common in Singapore, the Kamo Paitan Soba is unique in its own ways. Boasting a rich flavourful broth that’s slow-cooked for 5 hours straight under precise temperature control, and is made with shoyu and fresh duck oil. The normal portion comes with handmade noodles, baby leaves and tender poached duck breast slices topped with chopped cashew nuts for that wonderful crunch.
As for my personal favourite, the Kamo Abura Soba which feature well-marinated noodles in the same flavourful premium shoyu and duck oil. Paired with the same premium ingredients as the soup version, it comes with a bowl of clear soup with a slight hint of sea salt, just to balance out the strong umami taste of the noodles.
If you’re thinking of slurping up a bowl of Japanese duck noodles, stop by at Tsuta to indulge in this exclusive, special menu!
While blogging for this blogpost, I actually thought of the song – Cool Kids.
I wish that I could be like the cool kids
Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in
I wish that I could be like the cool kids
Like the cool kids
Why? You may ask.
Just because all the cool kids seem to be using Circles.Life right now and they seem to have more than enough data!!
I always end up using 15-16GB worth of data every month and I start panicking by the 2nd week of the month. 🙁
The real reason why I am blogging about this is because of a try-before-you-buy service from Circles.Life – Circles Switch!
Now I have my chance to test out Circles.Life for free. Yay!!!
And if your contract is about to end, you should read on. All you need is:
An active post-paid number from another telco (e.g. your existing mobile phone plan that has a monthly billing)
A credit card
Contract ending before 31 December 2017
Most importantly, IT IS FREE!!
What exactly is Circles Switch? Circles Switch is designed for people with contracts that are about to end. All you have to do is sign up for Circles Switch here, pick a temporary number for your trial SIM card and just use the free line. Do note that you may need a second phone, as your current number will still be active.
What do you get with Circles Switch?
– 20 GB of data
– 100 minutes of incoming and outgoing calls
– 20 SMSes
And if you do not wish to continue Circles.Life, all you have to do is to cancel the Circles Switch number that you are holding before 31 Dec 2017 in the CirclesCare app and there will be no charge.
However, after the last day of the year, if your plan is still active, your current number will be automatically transferred to Circles.Life network. This will also means your line with your current telco will be automatically terminated once your port in.
My experience with Circles Switch
I signed up for a temporary number with them on the 30th October 2017 and guess what? My SIM card was delivered to my doorstep the very next day! Do note that you will need your IC as a form of identification when you receive the SIM card from the courier. I followed the steps that were in this step-by-step guide and it didn’t take me more than 5 minutes.
I would definitely give them 2 thumbs up for their efficiency! Circles.Life, thank you for making things easier for us!
No more long queues at the telco stores anymore! Best thing is I don’t even have to pay a single cent for my SIM card. Hehe.
I have heard mixed comments about Circles.Life from friends and through my research online, so I’m glad I’ll be able to test it out for myself with Circles Switch. My experience with them is SO FAR SO GOOD. No lagginess or lack of signals issue for the last 2-3 weeks. If you are happy with the telco, there is no reason not to port over. If you’re not satisfied with the experience, you can also follow the instructions here to terminate.:
I’m considering porting over early to get the full plan. Circles Switch doesn’t offer users other awesome features like customization of my plan and boosts (data top-ups).
If I port over early (before 14th December 2017) I’ll get 3 months of 20 GB FREE (usually it costs $20 for the 20 GB Data Plus Add-On).
Look at the banner right on the top of my CirclesCare App, it is hinting me already!
Tell me which other telco in Singapore would let you TRY FIRST FOR FREE and PORT IN LATER?
Luscious and creamy Mao Shan Wang Durian Ice Cream
Calling all durian fans & aficionados, Coffee’s Lounge Durian Dessert is back – bigger and better! For the first time ever, the much-loved classic buffet will feature durian pastries made with only the finest Mao Shan Wang durians – a step-up in the game from the D24 variety showcased in the previous years. As this exclusive buffet ends on 17 November 2017, lovers of this spiky king of the fruit must hurry to savour the durian-gastronomic spread!
From the moment I stepped inside the pristine Coffee Lounge I was expecting a strong, pungent smell of the famed Mao Shan Wan durian whiffing out and boy was I wrong. It was only when I am one feet or two away from the buffet spread can I detect the aromatic scent of this tropical fruit, thereby keeping the classic-contemporary of the premise, with its exquisite serenity vibe intact.
Mao Shan Wang Sticky Rice – a subtle blend of bitter-sweet to perfection
Apart from the regular desserts currently serving at Coffee Lounge, here’s what you can expect from the veritable spread – Mao Shan Wang Mochi, Mao Shan Wang Waffles and Ice Cream (live station), Mao Shan Wang Sticky Rice, Mao Shan Wang Crumble Tart, Mao Shan Wang Crème Brulee, Mao Shan Wang Éclair, Mao Shan Wang Toast and Mao Shan Wang Pandan Cake. These eight finger-licking creations adds a unique tropical twist to Coffee Lounge’s existing hot and chilled local desserts, cakes and ice cream.
For me, the two must-grab desserts in the Mao Shan Wang (MSW) series is definitely the MSW Crème Brulee and MSW Durian Ice Cream. Sweet, creamy and delicate, the slightly charred top of the Crème Brulee gives that slight crunch to elevate the contrast of its texture. The MSW Durian Ice Cream tastes exactly like biting into the rich savoury meat of MSW and more. You can choose to add-on from the many toppings available, or plop a few scoops onto a fluffy waffle for a sinful indulgence treat.
Besides the Durian buffet, Coffee Lounge also added seven new dishes onto its Design Your Own Local Degustation Set Menu. The new dishes added to the 3-Courses and 4-Courses set menu are – Tahu Telur and Pork Satay for the Appetiser selection; Nasi Briyani and Nasi Lemak for the Rice & Prata selection; Xing Zhou Been Hoon, Hokkien Black Noodles and Mee Soto for the Noodles & Other Specialities selection.
Price options are as follows –
– $46.80++ per person (Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang Pastries Only)*
– $36.80++ per person (Top-up of Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang Pastries with any a la carte main course order)
– $60++ per adult, $38++ per child (Taiwan Porridge A La Carte Buffet, inclusive of Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang Pastries)
– $50++ per person (Three-Course Design Your Own Local Degustation Set Menu, inclusive of Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang Pastries)
– $54++ per person (Four-Course Design Your Own Local Degustation Set Menu, inclusive of Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang Pastries)
*Exclusive for Citi Credit and Debit Cardmembers, enjoy a 10% discount on Dessert Buffet with Mao Shan Wang Pastries Only during this period.
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221
I know I have been traveling in Aug and Sept. You will be even surprised to find me traveling in October again! Haha. Lucky me! How can one with a full time job travel once a month? Just make full use of the Public Holidays or take a Friday off and travel out for 3D2N!
This time round, I will be travel out of Singapore from 20 October to 23 October 2017. You can also hop onto the ship with your family members at a special price!
These special rates are exclusive to Maybeline readers – please email your particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted shortly for booking.
The first 25 cabins to be booked will receive a swag bag (worth over S$100), so it’s like another $100 off! Haha.
Promotion is only valid until 22nd September 2017.
More details on the cruise:
3 Night Kuala Lumpur Weekend Cruise
Dates: October 20 – 23, 2017
Special rates for twin-sharing staterooms*:
Balcony stateroom is priced at SGD489 per pax (before taxes & gratuities of $123pp)
Oceanview stateroom is priced at SGD389 per pax (before taxes & gratuities of $123pp)
Promenade stateroom is priced at SGD389 per pax (before taxes & gratuities of $123pp)
*Terms and conditions apply:
These special rates are valid only till 22 September, 2017.
Please note that single guest in a stateroom will be charged a single supplement for the cruise fare, and guest under 18 must be accompanied by another guest 18 or older in the same stateroom.
No cancellation, refund or changes allowed for cruise, shore excursion and specialty dining once confirmed.
More terms and conditions are found in the booking form.
I have been driving for the last 7 years so I am definitely familiar with cars. Motorway is joining in the hype of Formula One by driving their McLaren MP4-12C Spider and Ferrari California around Singapore to spread the F1 fever on the 8th and 9th September this month!
Even my dear boyfriend couldn’t resist checking them out! He is a fan of cars and like me, he has been driving for the last 6 years. He was more familiar with Motorway than me because he knows that they are authorized dealers for SsangYong, has car insurances and car rental services.
We were given a tour at the show room and we simply couldn’t saying bye without taking a photo in their Maybach!
If you are a fan of the McLaren or Ferrari….. Motorway is running a Spot and Win Contest!
Now, what do you have to do? Simply snap a photo of the car during at either of the locations mentioned below, upload it onto your Instagram with #MotorwayLuxe or upload it onto Facebook and tag them on “Motorway Car Rentals”!
There are some areas to take note if you are keen on spotting them. Actually.. I think you should be keen because one lucky reader will stand a chance to win an unforgettable Supercar experience with Motorway!
Spot them at:
8th September (Friday) – CBD area from 11am to 5pm
– Outram Park, Tanjong Pagar, Marina Boulevard, Raffles Place, River Valley, Duxton, Tiong Bahru & Clarke Quay
9th September (Saturday) – Town area from 1pm to 4pm
– Suntec, Orchard, Bugis, Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall, Marina Bay, Chinatown, Bukit Timah, Novena & Holland Village
If you want live updates, you can also follow them on their Instagram at @motorwayluxe. This can help you increase the chances of you capturing the car!
Please tag my username at the end of your post for them to track. For example: @maybelinesim @motorwayluxe #PICKMEPLEASE
They will also be giving away a $100 Luxe Rental Voucher with a minimum of 2 days rental. All winners will be announced on Motorway Car Rentals Facebook on 18 September.
Here are also some special discounts for you if you are keen to give the Supercar a drive:
1) Chauffeur-driven service at $250(UP. $488)during the period from 8thto 24thSeptember 2017
-One-way trip from Motorway Building to any destination within 8 km radius
-Any additional mileage will be chargeable at $30/km
2) Self-drive of Supercar at $288(UP. $568)during the period from 8thto 24thSeptember 2017
-Pick any location that is within 8 km radius from Motorway Building
-Any additional mileage will be chargeable at $50/km
Now… the car or me? Hahahaha. The car of course!
You can also get 10% discount on your rental by quoting “MAYBELINE10” upon reservation! Promotion is only valid till 30th November 2017 so be sure to check them out as soon as you can!
There’s nothing in the world that’s one size fits all. But if you’re looking for a restaurant that sells quality sandwiches, handmade pastas and steak while sipping superbly-brewed specialty coffee, then .elia is the right place. Bistro by day, restaurant by night, .elia brings a curated menu where signatures from abroad are delectably assembled with a personal touch. Located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, this new 30-seater restaurant provides diners a modern twist to traditional fare such as tortellini and wagyu steak. Stripping off the bells and whistle, leaving just the essentials on the plate. Helming the culinary direction is founder-and-chef Clint Seah. His casual yet refined menu logs his travels, inspiration and culinary journey – leading to the birth of .elia. Since opening its door on 3rdAugust, this quant restaurant has received nothing but raving reviews. I can’t wait to join in for a gastronomic experience.
Exuding a quiet charm, walking into .elia gives me an impression of bare monochromatic translucency – you can see all the way to the kitchen the minute you walk in. On the right side sat a long marble top; the drinks section where you can order their specialty coffee, exotic tea, and alcoholic drinks. The interior speaks chic minimalist with a splash of grey, wooden furnishing and natural light.
Showcasing the best produce of each season, you can expect non-pretentious, honest freshly-made pasta and sandwiches (yes, even the bread is baked fresh!) just like the décor itself. Each type of bread and pasta is paired to its corresponding ingredients, bringing out the best in every dish.
For the weekday lunch menu (available on Mondays to Thursdays), the Panchetta (image above) is the must try. Cooked in brown butter and egg yolk with Italian bacon, you could feel the rich, exquisite flavour carried into the freshly-made trenette. Choose the lunch set to add hot coffee/ tea for just $1 – absolutely value-for-money.
Come dinner time, elia morphs into a casual dining concept befitting for a place for a place for a romantic date or just hanging out with friends. Simple and elegant, the un-frivolous naming Octopus features a perfect mix of grilled octopus with sauteed kale, caramelised chili and macadamia nuts.
Surprisingly not chewy, I love the firm, crisp bite of the delicious octopus and the visually appealing composition of this dish.
As a unyielding carnivore, the Wagyu Beef Shortribs is my personal favourite dish within the menu. Sous-vided and seared to a perfect medium-rare, expect an explosion of flavour with each mouthful.
Overall, this cosy restaurant indeed whipped up some interesting, gourmet food. It is a perfect place to organise for a small private functions too. Fun fact: .elia does not stand for perfect. In fact, the name means far from perfect. It recognises that there is more to life than being perfect, one of which is to remain humble and constantly seek improvement. A good principle for us to seek and remind ourselves to abide to, every day in our lives.
Since all of you have been “bugging” me with my lasik surgery. Here you go!
As this is not a sponsored post, please do not expect discount codes from me. So many people have been asking me for discount code but I paid for the surgery myself.
The reason why I have decided to go for lasik is because I have been traveling quite a bit for the past 2 years and of course, that includes staycations. I find it a hassle to pack my spectacles and contact lenses (I wear dailies) everytime I travel/ have a staycay.
More often than not, I find my eyes getting drier and drier after wearing my contact lens for more than 10-11 hours. And what does this means? I have to make my way home before 9pm if not it will get really uncomfortable for my eyes.
I am a super scaredy cat because I am very paranoid about everything that has got to do with knives and anything invasive. I spent a lot of time googling and researching about the clinics in Singapore and I shortlisted two. I even went for pre-lasik assessment at two different clinics before settling on Shinagawa Eye Centre.
In my HONEST opinion, the pre-lasik assessment at Shinagawa is really affordable! Only $22 for the entire assessment! You can also hop by if all you want is just a thorough eye check. And in any case if you are not suitable for lasik, tell yourself, it is only $22. The nurses there are also super friendly and attentive. I kept asking how my results were after every machine check. lol!
I was super happy when Dr. Lee Sao Bing told me that I am suitable for Intralase Lasik at his clinic! You don’t know how many good reviews I have heard about him both online and offline. Some of my friends got their lasik done by him too! I immediately booked my lasik surgery date after the consult and it was only one week apart.
I swear I was freaking nervous the night before the surgery. I woke up at 5am, 6am and 7am and all the way till 9. Lol! I even asked the nurses at the counter if it is going to be painful or anything. They laughed and told me that I worried too much. Their lasik were also done by Dr. Lee and it was painless! Haha.
Yup, Dr. Lee recommended me the Intralase method (with Flap) and boy, I was glad I went ahead with this!
Some other methods are just good for people with high or low eye power but Intralase method is good for people with both high and low eye power! My eye power was at -3.50 per eye.
Why do I strongly recommend Intralase Method (speaking from personal experience):
– Quick recovery
– Short procedure time
I was still hyperventilating during the procedure but it was so quick that before I could realize that it was done, IT WAS ALREADY DONE. Dr. Lee sure has his ways of making me feel assured and distracted – distracted from the procedure but focused on the lights. Haha.
Believe it or not, I walked myself out of the operating theatre without any assistance! The entire procedure took less than 1 minute per eye. Most of the time were spent on preparation and checks.
The surgery was separated into two parts:
Cutting of flap
Dr. Lee told me to head home immediately after the surgery and sleep it off. Me being me, I went to get some food before heading home. Yes, I could walk myself to ION Food Hall from the clinic at Wheelock to get some food right after the surgery. I wasn’t even in pain at all. Pain score? ZEROOOOOOO. (P/S: YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GO HOME STRAIGHT OK. DON’T BE LIKE ME. I WAS JUST TOO HUNGRY.)
I fell asleep once I got home and woke up in the middle of the night to realize that I WAS HAVING CLEAR VISION ALREADY OMG. That feeling was…. indescribable. After wearing spectacles for nearly 13 years…. I can actually wake up to clear vision 7 hours after the surgery.
I was also given 3 days of MC and advised to rest at home but I thought, since I have to go back to the clinic the very next day for the review, I might as well head to work since my vision was super clear already. No one believed me when I said I could go back to work the very next day.
During the review, I told Dr. Lee how amazed I was with the results, I could see the joy in his eyes too. He felt me. He felt how happy I was. You know that feeling? At that very instant, I felt that going Shinagawa Eye Centre for Intralase Lasik was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Both the Dr and Nurses told me that I have to constantly keep my eyes hydrated because dry eyes can cause regression and I finished 1 box of eyedrops in 3 days. That was how paranoid I was. I don’t want my money to go to waste.
A week later, I went back to the clinic for my review and I was told that my eyesight is perfect! I don’t even have -0.25 (CHOY CHOY CHOY). Both eyes were 0.00 HEHEHEHE.
If you want to learn the dark art of crafting a perfect cuppa, The Coffee Academics might just be the right place. The award-winning coffee concept store hailing from Hong Kong, this specialty café sources only the best coffee beans from all over the world. It͛s roasted coffee offerings had been awarded 92 to 94 points by the World Coffee Review, achieving the distinct honour of being ranked highest in Asia and top three in the world. Not only does it serve quality coffee, The Coffee Academics teaches how to make one too. Being the first and only coffee house in Singapore to offer the Colour Your World Latte Art workshop, my friend and I, both impulsive coffee lovers but coffee-making novices, can͛t wait to try our hands on this beautiful craft.
Teaching this creative workshop is the bubbly Head Barista Vanessa Caceres (centre). Having won the Coffee Champion title at the 2015 All Star Female Barista Latte Art Champion in Bogota, Colombia, Vanessa leads an expert team of baristas in its Signature Coffee Classes. Be sure to sign up early as the coffee classes are kept small and intimate to ensure maximum hands-on learning experience.
At the beginning of the workshop, Vanessa covers the basics first, including how to brew a cup of expresso and milk frothing. Next, she introduced to us the intricate world of espresso latte art, and subsequently wow us away with a series of beautifully-drawn, colourful latte art designs. With consistent pulls and strokes, the Head Barista brought vibrancy of red, green and blue to the otherwise conventional white and brown. The colours used are naturally-extracted food dyes to prevent the taste from being compromised.
Besides including colour dynamics to the cup, Vanessa drew intricate 3D art designs like the cute cat above. Her pleasant, affable personality was infectious and we the participants were constantly engaged and intrigued to what designs she would come up next. To ensure the workshop runs smoothly, the cafe uses only professional, state-of-the-art equipment and award-winning beans for the workshops. This class could also serve as great team-building activities or with like-minded friends (up to seven participants) who appreciate good design and coffee.
͚Hey, let me draw your portrait,͛ she said enthusiastically, and in less than a minute and perhaps a few seconds of touch-ups later my friend͛s face floats on top of the latte. A visceral representation which he appreciates so much that he asked me to take a few pictures of him together with the cup for his Instagram profile pic.
Overall, I enjoyed my evening learning from Vanessa, and hopefully my friend did too. We went home happy of the deliciously brewed latte we sampled and a certificate of participation to boot. Moreover, we went home with a heightened appreciation of the many creative ways a simple cuppa could be crafted.
The Coffee Academics Singapore Flagship Store
#02-01/02, 6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square Singapore 228209