The Experience you Must Get at One Farrer Hotel & Spa

Farm & Market to Table? One Farrer Hotel & Spa offers this!

at Origins of Food @ One Farrer Hotel & Spa

Farm to Table and Market to Table are the complete culinary experiences that get us to understand food at its most fundamental and being able to enjoy vegetables or fruits directly from a tree, vine or plant. This was essentially the fundamental concept for the development of Origins of Food, a technology-enabled food studio and specialty retail facility that offers interactive cooking demonstrations and classes conducted by the hotel’s chefs, visiting culinary professionals, as well as home cooks.

the on-site farm @ One Farrer Hotel & Spa

To support this concept, an area for a small herb and spice garden was originally planned. However, as it began to take shape, it became apparent that having an “operating farm” would not only support the Origins of Food concept, but can allow in-hotel residents, as well as Singapore based patrons on how herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits are grown and how to incorporate them into the exciting culinary experiences. The Farm at One Farrer was thus born and soon became an important link in the Farm to Table and Market to Table concepts at One Farrer Hotel & Spa.

spot the fruits!

Currently, there are more than 65 varieties of edible plants, herbs, spices, fruits & vegetables that are being grown within the 11,000 sq ft. farm and orchard. The farm supplies these produces to Origins of Food, as well as other F&B outlets in the hotel premise.

herbs & spices at The Farm too!

Vast supply of the herbs and spices to meet the Hotel’s demands and also good for sales at their Origins of Food retail area, along with a hand selected array of Singapore/regional specialty foods and culinary enabling products.

marketing time! at tekka wet market

As a natural progression, in addition to the above Farm to Table programme, they formulated the brand new Market to Table experience. As part of the Cooking Project series of cooking demonstrations, classes and experiences, One Farrer take each Saturday morning (other days by appointment only) of up to 12 persons at a time on an excursion to the neighbouring Tekka Market. Tekka Market is one of the few remaining truly Asian wet markets left in Singapore.

While at the market, the participants will be introduced to the favourite purveyors, some whose companies and families have been selling at the market for between 25 to 40 years. The guides will assist the participants to understand the marketing process, including on how to source the freshest food items, as well as gaining new insight on incorporating local fresh & seasonal items into their often hectic schedules.

back to the Cooking Studio!

Once back at the Origins of Food – Food Studio, the aprons are put on and everyone learns the techniques of creating good food: food that is good to look at, tastes good and is good for you… a truly Market to Table experience!

snips & snaps on the yummy spread of local cuisine we did

First up is Chef Elson’s CURRY CHICKEN that comes with a secret ingredient that make this curry extra delicious and unique.

my delicious curry chicken lunch with prata & baguette!

Second dish in line… CHILLI CRABS! Fingers licking good!

Legendary DURIAN Fried Rice is being taught in the class too!

Last but not least, MANGO SAGO, a true tropical dessert delight that is easy to make!

The Market to Table experience offers a selection of different cuisines – Local, Thai, Peranakan or Indian at $90++ per pax. I tried this local cuisine m experience and totally in love with all the 4 dishes I’ve tried, in particularly Durian Fried Rice and Curry Chicken (secret ingredient involved), mind blown for me! I certainly will try to recreate them at home with the recipes and tips I have learnt here.

To experience this yourself, you can call Origins of Food at 6705 7825 or email fnbevents@onefarrer.com for availability and bookings. Couple or team bonding anyone? This is a great idea!

Say NO to that Big Sun with Heliocare

Have Fernblock®? Sun will be blocked!

Fernblock® is the key ingredient in the Heliocare oral sunblock. It has been extensively researched and tested in reputable institutes such as Harvard Medical School. The efficacy and safety have been assured through the thorough testing before the launch of the range in 2001. Heliocare supplements are trusted and well-liked by both doctors and consumers.

The packaging

Fernblock® has excellent antioxidant property that is able to reduce free radicals by up to 50%, preventing the formation of hyperpigmentation caused by UV rays. It protects the entire skin surface, increasing the skin’s resistance against sunburn and redness by up to 300%. The protection from Fernblock® also slows down skin aging by up to 55% through the inhibition of collagen depletion caused by UVA.

In a recent study conducted in National Skin Centre, Singapore, 62% improvement in melasma was observed when compared to baseline in just 12 weeks.

Other than protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, Fernblock® repairs existing damage in the cellular level, preventing cell mutation and premature skin aging.

Heliocare Oral is said to provide my skin with maximum sun protection when used in conjunction with topical sunscreen.

Suitable for daily consumption for sun protection and antioxidant benefits.

1 or 2 capsules per day according to need. 60 capsules per bottle.

Consume 30 minutes before sun exposure. Take 2 capsules a day for daily sun exposure – 1 in the morning, 1 in the mid day (i.e. 30 minutes before lunch).Take 4 capsules a day for intense sun exposure – 2 in the morning, 2 in the mid day (3 hours after first dose).

Sunburnt easily without sunblock

I feel that my skin is getting less flushes and not getting sun burnt or darken as easily as before when I’m out in the sun. We should also be taking this to block from harmful UV ray since they can age our skin too. This is my good companion for UV protection (killer for aging skin) and can counter the limitation of topical sunscreen since I don’t apply it on every exposed area of my skin. I can conveniently ‘reapply’ by taking another dose and give protection towards the entire skin surface.

Say yes to sun with Heliocare Oral Sunblock without stickiness

can iSteaks to you? mooooo yessss

Great crowds, prices & food. Totally enjoyable!

I’m astonished by the crowd at iSteaks Diner Holland Village when I was passing by during a non meal period. Curiosity got me and I decided to dine with them. I’m glad I did.

iSteaks Diner started as a humble stall in a coffeeshop selling western grills. Business bloomed and they seized the opportunity to expand. They are now located at Holland Village & Serangoon Gardens MyVillage in a well ventilated & air conditioned restaurant.

The interior radiates casual vibe

The ambiance here is of functional simplicity since they focus on self-service concept. Diners will pick, order and make payment of the meal at the main counter and purchase beverages at the another. Thereafter, proceed to make collection of the utensils and get themselves a table. Orders will be served so diners can sit back to relax and wait for the yummies.

The yummy spread 

Get huge portion western grills where each main is accompanied by 2 sides. Good grill selections such as chicken, pork, lamb, fish and beef are being offered while burgers, bites & pastas are being served too.

Interestingly, they have introduced dry aged beef to their menu recently with australian angus 200 days grain-fed striploin & age it for a good 45+ days.

How different does this taste from your normal beef? I had mine at medium rare and it was really excellent! The dry aged beef is more tender than the normal one, with intense beef flavor. Smell of it is almost buttery with slight toasty aftertaste. Every single cut of it flows flavorful au jus.

A full portion 300gm dry aged beef with 2 complements is available at $51 nett. You can also find striploin, tenderloin, ribeye and even porterhouse (starting from $17.50 to $49 nett).

The menu

The complements for the main are of generous serving and pretty delicious too. My favorites among them are the creamy spinach, onion rings & sautéed brussels.

Although iSteaks Diner majors in their steaks, other meats are also well received since they are tasty, substantial and low in prices.

I’ll be back for more of their grills and this could probably be the reason why many patrons are returning customers.

JUICY!

iSteaks Diner @ Holland Village
17A Lor Liput
Singapore 277731
Opening hours:
sun-thu & ph: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
fri, sat & eve of ph: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
+65 6463 3165

iSteaks @ 1 Maju Avenue
#02-03/06 myVillage at Serangoon Garden
Singapore 556679
Opening hours:
sun-thu & ph: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm fri, sat & eve of ph: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
+65 62858839

A very fairytale place at Hans Im Glück

It is almost magical so be amazed!

Donning with the concept of German fairytale’s Hans in Luck, I instantly felt like a magic elf dining in the woods that are full with birch trees imported specifically to Hans Im Glück

Their beautiful interiors 

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

Stay refresh with their healthy take on burgers that come in beef, chicken, vegetarian & even vegan! They also have monthly special or festive items on the menu. Good range of beverages including cocktails and beers are available too.

The food spread

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

hans in gluck

The food at Hans Im Glück are mainly healthier & lighter on the palate; especially good if you love to savour the natural goodness of the fresh ingredients. a really pretty place with lotsa happy ions because of the plants surrounding.

It is generally pricier at here compared to other burger places (sides starts at $6, burger (a la carte starts at $14 and a soft drink starts at $5) but still very much worth my visit for its refreshing options that they offer in particularly their grilled chicken breast burger that is surprisingly succulent and Hornträgen burger, a good vegan option with walnut patty, fig jam and feta cheese.

Hans Im Glück German Burgergrill
362 Orchard Road
Singapore 238887
Daily 11:00 - 00:00

Science on Skin (SOS) to your skin now!

This is everything you need in a day.
What if you can combine your sunscreen with whitening cream, in a form of pill, will you? I definitely will as this is so convenient!

SOS

Science on Skin (SOS) did it. It says to be a clinically proven all-in-one oral supplement that gives benefits such as sun blocking, skin whitening, brightening & increasing in skin elasticity. A breakthrough in skincare technology & manufactured in USA. Certified by US FDA. In a single 750mg capsule, UV Porcelain+ gives you all the benefits:
✅ Skin whitening & brightening
✅ Fernblock® for protection against UV rays & reduced sun sensitivity
✅ Collagen for increased skin elasticity and reduced fine lines

With active ingredients encapsulated in quality capsules to ensure proper transportation of valuable ingredients to the stomach prior to absorption by the body. My beauty regime is now simplified into a single capsule daily. Easy peasy!

SOS

I feel that SOS has set a new benchmark for oral skin supplements with its dual action formulation that protects your skin from darkening while simultaneously working to whiten your skin with the revolutionary UV PORCELAIN+.

This all-in-one oral supplement comprises Alpha-PorcelainTM, L-Glutathione, Vitamin C, and Collagen peptides. Also enhanced with Fernblock®, for an effective protection against UV rays and sun-related effects, whitening and brightening of the skin, and an increase of overall skin elasticity.

Glutathione is a tripeptide which contains L-cysteine, L-glutamic acid and L-glycine. Abundant levels of cysteine lowers overall melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase and changing the metabolic pathway of melanin from synthesising dark pigmented melanin to creating light-pigmented melanin. In UV PORCELAIN+, the L-Glutathione active contained within is exclusive to SOS and is manufactured through a proprietary fermentation process.

Vitamin C is clinically proven to promote skin brightening and protect against sun damage. Though Vitamin C does not have a direct effect on skin whitening, an optimal inclusion of it acts as a catalyst to enhance the effects of ingredients that promote whitening.

Oral consumption of quality Collagen peptides improves the hallmarks of skin aging (stimulates collagen and elastin product), leads to a significant reduction of wrinkle depth, promotes skin elasticity and hydration.

SOS

one month before taking SOS UV PORCELAIN+

SOS

one month after taking SOS UV PORCELAIN+

Fernblock® is a nutriceutical with photoprotective properties and potential preventive agent for skin photoaging and photo-induced skin cancers. Also known as Polypodium Leucotomos, it protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by sun exposure, and can reduce sun sensitivity in people with polymorphous light eruption. Fernblock® protects against UV-induced skin damage, and leads to a significant decrease of UV-induced redness and sunburn cell formation.

SOS

(scars on ankle) one month before taking SOS UV PORCELAIN+

SOS

(scars on ankle) one month after taking SOS UV PORCELAIN+

There exist common debates on whether skin supplements can be effective when taken orally because enzymes in the stomach break down the efficacious actives before they can ever reach the bloodstream and become useful. UV PORCELAIN+ adopts an encapsulation product strategy, whereby the actives are encapsulated in quality modified-release capsules under strict control of the USFDA, allowing for the proper transport of valuable ingredients through the stomach (without dissolution) prior to being absorbed by the body.
Potent active ingredients which serve different functions may weaken in individual effectiveness when mixed into a single formulation. Alpha-Porcelain, a proprietary ingredient to SOS, is the unique catalyst that synergizes these ingredients to work together, yet retain their individual strengths to penetrate into the body for maximum results.

Each box contains 30 capsules hygienically packaged in individual blisters and is recommended to be consumed once a day on an empty stomach and 30 minutes before sun exposure. UV PORCELAIN+ is priced at S$149.00 and stocked in major clinics, dermatologists and aesthetic practices countrywide.

I love how my daily beauty regime can be simplified and love to be beautiful, fair and radiant complexion.

Summary on the benifits of SOS UV PORCELAIN+
 • Lightening of scars and freckles, resulting in an overall more balanced skin tone
 • Provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection against sun damage
 • Optimize skin radiance and glow
 • Improve skin texture, moisture and elasticity
 • Firm skin and promote the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles

Go Easy at BLVD, the latest concept by The Boulevard Group

Located in the vibrant Eastern part of Singapore is BLVD, a casual café bar found at Changi City Point. This place speaks personality with its quirky space and like instilling breath of excitement with its strong conviction for quality food & drinks.

I was told that BLVD uses top of the line equipment featuring Beechwood Stone Hearth Oven & Slayer X Coffee Machines to present the best offerings such as stone-fired 18” pizzas & freshly made paninis while handpicked selected beans will satiate the coffee aficionados with the best cuppa in town.

The place has lunch, dinner, sandwich for weekdays and all day brunch menu on weekends. There is even a 1-for-1 promotion on pizzas and cake slices for weekends too!

I particularly love their roast chicken as it was well marinated with unique spice rub. Tasty and is satisfying when eaten together with its crispy skin.

Their handmade pizza is something one can indulge in, with more than 16 varieties on the menu. Diners in a larger group can order their large 18 inch hand stretch pizza. I love the Prosciutto Di Parma pizza I’v tried. They used 24 months aged parma ham and plenty of spinach, pecorino and lemon zest. Very flavorful toppings on the perfectly chewy pizza dough with crispy edges.

A charming spot in this part of Singapore, BLVD is the perfect place to chill out and wind down even though the place is always flooded with enthusiastic diner crowds from people working around this area.

Silhouette Soft Thread Lift

Many times, I feel that I have sagging skin, especially around my cheek which could be due to poor diet, bad sleeping habit or simply aging. Facelife often crosses my mind but I just cannot afford for the long recovery time. Thread lifts emerged and seems to be a better option for me, especially if I could get through it from a good hand of a certified doctor. Thread lifts seems to cost lesser than a facelift and with lesser downtime and result is almost immediate.

Centre for Cosmetic

I visited Centre for Cosmetic at Shaw Centre on a Monday afternoon. Upon reaching, I was greeted warmly by their receptionists, who also gave me a questionnaire to complete. The questionnaire seeks information on my area of concern and also my medical history.

Shortly after my completion of the questionnaire, I met Dr Liu Han Ping. Being experienced in the field of aesthetic beauty, I have no qualms in sharing my expectations with him.

pamphlet on Silhouette Soft

Dr Liu introduced Silhouette Soft, a new technology of thread lifting that will address my concern perfectly since my facial support structure has weakens in particularly the cheeks, resulting a longer, older-looking face with deeper nasolabial folds

Although this customised approach to facial rejuvenation seems perfect, I was also make known to understand and accept the possibility of the risks and complications such as unsymmetrical in facial contour, limitations to minimally invasive procedures in terms of result and etc.

more on Silhouette Soft

Silhouette Soft yields natural results with its new technology by inserting an invisible thread into my skin and stimulates lost collagen production. The procedure last not more than an hour with the thread entirely re-absorbable. No incision has to be made on my skin hence minimally invasive and leave no scar on my face.

Silhouette Soft is a treatment with two powerful actions, lifting for immediate effect and regenerative action for gradual and natural looking results. The restoration of lost collagen is expected to last more than 12 months.

This treatment can be treated to contours of the face, eyebrows, neck, jawline, cheeks and mid face area.

marking on face in preparation for thread lift

Right after the consultation, I was brought to a well-lit room with lots of state-of-art medical equipments. I laid comfortably onto the bed while Dr Liu started to do simple markings on my face as a blueprint for the thread lift. This is essential as a wrong marking might make the face goes unsymmetrical.

injecting of local anesthesia after removal of numbing cream

Thick slab of numbing cream is applied to my areas of treatment followed by multiple injection of local anesthesia .

Dr Liu performing thread lifting on my right

Dr Liu uses a thin needle to insert the thread under my facial tissues after treating my face with numbing cream and local anesthetic. The barbs on one end of the thread grab and lift my sagging skin while the other end anchor the skin to the underlying facial tissues. No incisions or stitches are required hence no scars are being produced.

right after the thread lift before trimming of thread

The lifting result is immediate but the expected result will come after 1 month. I was completely fine after the thread lift with some bruises due to the tugging and pulling of skin. I am advised to follow a list of postoperative instructions to reduce the risk of complications during recovery. These instructions include having someone to assist me with daily activities for at least 24 hours and no strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. Pain can be managed with oral medications and my head should be elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling.

Overall, I feel that Silhouette Soft thread lifting is a good procedure thou results may have varied. Surprisingly, the only discomfort to me was probably the injection of local anesthetic. The thread lift itself is pain free and I’m totally comfortable with it. Choosing a certified doctor that have the extensive knowledge about thread lifts is important too!