(PRODUCT SHARING) Instant Noodles in Seafood Dashi Soup at METRO IPPIN

Are you a Somen, Ramen or Udon kind of person?

I always have this question in mind whenever I’m at IPPIN to buy these instant noodles that come with seafood dashi stock.

With these noodles being ‘slurpplicious’, I have the tendency to buy all of them at once. The real headache is I’m always tied to choose my favorite or what to cook for the day; end up cooking all the 3 and overeating happily.

The one in black is Udon with Seafood Dashi Soup ($12). This thin udon has a chewy texture and the broth comes with it has a tinge of spice compared to the other 2.

Came delicately in white, this is Somen with Seafood Dashi Soup ($12). Somen is the softest of the 3, and goes really well with the instant soup provided. There are flavors of chicken and leek in the soup, giving this bowl of japanese somen a homely touch.

Bright in red but nothing spicy, this Ramen with Seafood Dashi Soup is the favorite of my family. It has good springy texture that most instant ramen lack. I love to add an egg, bean sprouts and plenty of corn to the ramen when I have mood for a more elaborated meal.

Get the 3 of them at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN Section now. Happy noodling! 🍜

(Beauty Service Review) Slimming House Beauty at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, opposite Amara Hotel

I felt like I’m an ancient chinese princess, getting myself beautifully, inside out.

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This is how I felt whenever I’m at Slimming House Beauty. It does not have a posh or grand shop front, but definitely cosy with well trained therapists who can deliver professional treatments, addressing to our areas of concern.

Slimming House Beauty is conveniently located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza #0237 (opposite Amara Hotel), a unisex centre with private treatment rooms. They have several services available, with the objective to be a one-stop beauty hub from the traditional chinese medicine approach. A rather good way to improve wellness and beauty if you are on the treatments dutifully as a lifestyle regimen.

With these, I’ve tried their Cupping Slimming, HipWomb Treatment, and Eye Lashes Extensions and are happy with what I’ve received thus far.

Cupping for slimming? While the result on this is rather controversial, I would still like to experience it, especially when I’m taking this from health improving perspective.
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Cupping therapy is an ancient effective method widely used in traditional chinese medicine. In fact, there are some olympics athletes also used this to stimulate the flow of energy in their body for fastest recuperation.
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Making use of this technique, Slimming House Beauty do scrapping (起纱), gliding of the cups (走罐) and DRY cupping (拔罐) on crucial acupuncture points on the body to increase the energy (气) and blood flow. All of these will loosen up the overworked and underworked muscles, resulting in relieving of pain, detoxifying, and rebalancing of the organsfunctions.
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Slimming House Beauty applies 2030 different sized cups to the front & back of the body (arms & legs included) at a fixed price unlike places who charge by each treatment area. Thou the whole procedure can be intense, it can be adjusted to your comfort level by the skillful therapist.
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The cupping itself is almost painless, but with temporary suction marks going off after one to two weeks. I definitely felt energized and having better sleeps and even lost weight without any exercise after 2 sessions. I bet my poor health is really hindering me from getting results from the dieting or exercising.

Looking like in some ancient beauty chambers? You are not wrong. They have many special treatment oil, amploues and cream to cater to the needs of their customers because they don’t believe in using cheap products purchased in bulks and had personally tried on these to test for their efficiencies.

Women MUST take good care of our wombs as they are prone to damages & illnesses when we neglected them over issues such as child birth, irregular menses, unhealthy diet, overactive and inactive sex drive & etc. The aftermaths from all these are cysts in womb, ovaries cancer and having a fat congested hip & thighs that refused to slim.

The HipWomb Treatment is the star treatment at Slimming House Beauty where they use specially formulated herbal treatment oil, along with scrapping and skillful massage on acupuncture points and lymph nodes. The treatment will end with a special machine using infrared heat to stimulate the acupuncture points of the abdomen from the front; improving the health of the womb simultaneously.

With this treatment, you will notice your menses cycle got regulated and this aids in omitting abnormal vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, menopausal syndrome & etc. At the same time, this helps to stimulate the production of more female hormones, resulting in better skin complexion, lesser pigmentation and acne, reduce of cellulite and inches (since waste material is broken down and discharged).

Slimming House Beauty also provide eyelash extension service where Exquisite Fine Hair or Synthetic Fibre can be extended on our lashes with the use of their prestigious Japanese Glue. The glue is of good quality and will reduce the chances of getting swelling eyes from it.

Their latest design includes 6D Japanese Eyelash Extension where the fine lashes are glued on strand by strand, with the ratio of 6 strands to every 1 original lash. This technique is said to be more natural and the extension can last slightly longer. Experience is pleasant especially when the workmanship is fast, good, and comes affordability from $58 onwards.

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Visit Slimming House Beauty to transform yourself beautiful and healthy, inside out. You can call them at 9298 7775 (Lara) or 6442 4168 for enquiry and appointment. Remember to *quote my name (Maya) and get trial cupping slimming session ($38 nett) and Hip – Womb Treatment at $88 nett (u.p. $288). *Promotion can end without prior notice at Slimming House Beauty’s discretion.

Slimming House Beauty

Address: Tanjong Pagar Plaza # 02-37

Contact: 9298 7775 / 6442 4168

IG: @slimminghouse_beauty

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Website: http://theslimhouse.com/

(PRODUCT SHARING) Kelp Powder Tea Kombucha at METRO IPPIN

It is a discovery everytime I’m at IPPIN!

Kombucha also known as tea mushroom is a fermented, slightly alcoholic and effervescent black or green tea drink. This is intended as a functional beverage with its claimed health benefits such as anti aging, relieve atherosclerosis, constipation, and diabetes, thou no evidence has shown to support these.

This kombucha tea I’m sharing has added kelp powder, salt and sugar to a perfect cup of tasty beverage. Kelp is a type of seaweed that is believed to be a superfood with good source of iodine and other trace minerals. Adding kelp powder to your diet may provide health benefits such as lowering of blood sugar, LDL cholesterol and cancer risk.

You can find this Kelp Powder Tea Kombucha ($11) at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section for a great daily drink or thoughtful little gift to your love ones.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Miso Soup Urchin by Yamasu at METRO IPPIN

Wish I have tried this earlier!

Probably like the only instant Uni Sea Urchin Miso Soup I can buy off shelf other than the restaurants. This miso soup is a game changer!

This union of uni & miso soup is really outstanding! Comes in 6 sachets in 1 packet ($14), enjoy a bowl of sweet luxurious soup just by adding hot water. How convenient!

I love the richness of the uni that permeates my mouth along with the mellow miso.  This is possibly the easiest sea urchin uni related food that I can have when craving strikes.

Stock up this Sea Urchin Miso Soup by Yamasu available at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section now!

(PRODUCT SHARING) Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles at METRO IPPIN

Red and white, the prominent traditional colors of Japan.

Komachi men” is a kind of noodle made from rice named Akita at Tochigi Prefecture. Komachi dough is kneaded, rolled out and sliced into long strips. ”Komachi men” is recommended to serve in soup flavored with soy sauce and mirin (sweet sake).
Comes in red and white, this noodles is great for celebration of happiness and joy since the colors mean strength (red) and purity (white) in Japan.
This flat noodles is very tasty and has a chewy texture. It can be kept under room temperature for 1 year.

To cook these chewy noodles:

1.Cook in boiling water for 3minutes

2.Rinse with cold water

3.Eat it in a hot broth or with a soy based dipping soup.

I love to cook this in my laksa broth or use them in my steamboat hotpot. Slurping good!

Please take note if you don’t eat this soon within 30min after cooking, it’ll turn soggy.

Get this Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles from Tochigi Prefecture at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section, selling at $8 each.

(BEAUTY SERVICE REVIEW) Misty Eyebrow Embroidery at Allure Beauty Salon

I’m really very happy with my eyebrow embroidery, finally!

I did several eyebrow embroidery throughout the years and the one with Allure Beauty was my fourth. (I went to the outlet at City Square Mall). The ones that I had previously were good, but the pigments just could not stay on for long. I’m blaming this on the nature of my skin. 🤣

Allure Beauty’s Signature Misty Eyebrow Embroidery is their latest technique developed for one whose ideal is to have natural looking brows, yet giving off a well drawn brow effect. This certainly attracts me a lot and the thought of saving my time from drawing my brows make me feel excited.

Misty Eyebrow Embroidery gives soft, natural-looking brows with dual layers of embroidery. This technique ensures that the embroidery lasts longer and looks more natural. The gradient effect is achieved by embroidering the base layer to cover the bare skin for better colour penetration on the second layer of embroidery. Brow strokes will appear finer and natural just like your own brow hairs.

In case you didn’t know, the key feature that makes a face prominent is not the nose, eyes or mouth but the eye brows! A good set of brows frames the face lovelily and enhanced the features of your face. Without eyebrows, we look unkemptly bad, restless and lack of confidence. Try shaving off your eyebrows and you will get what I mean. 😉

My brows are always unequal looking because my eye is larger than the other. Having the right brow shape can reduced this flaw of me visually. I wasn’t blessed with the skill to draw my brows skillfully so Misty Eyebrow Embroidery seemed to be a good solution to it.

Allure Beauty is well known for their expertise in brows embroidery. Finding a salon with brow experts who listen & care are important and they fulfilled my requirements. Moreover, they are reasonably priced for the standards they give. Anyway, you should not be choosing a salon based on their prices because a bad brow embroidery will cost you more than anything else. 😭

After completing my basic questionnaire (health and areas of concern), the brow artist applied a good layer of numbing cream onto my brows for 30 mins. After which, she cleaned and examined my face to design the brows that are looking the best on me. Coming to an agreement and satisfied with the design, she took me into a comfortable room where I laid and get the Misty Brow Embroidery started.

Based on the color of my hair and skin tone, she selected a suitable pigment for my brow embroidery. A brand new micro blade and good pigment are used so that the completed brows will not turned reddish or greenish overtime.

The strand of brow hair drawn is painstakingly beautiful, unique and surreal; looking so alike to the real brows. Take a closer look and you will see the direction of the drawn brows matching to the growth of the real brows, excellent art work! Allure Beauty is dedicated and sincere in their profession by ensuring they have gotten me the right shape and thickness of brows at different angles and lightings. The whole process took around 1 1/2 hours but fret not, because Allure Beauty is very comfortable to be at, especially with its warm ambiance and amenities.

For the next 7 days, I’m advised to keep my brows dry and refraining from water especially during bathing and washing of face. Knowing that the aftercare for brow embroidery is important, the founder of Allure BeautyMs. Angela Tnee gave specifications on her requirements and hence the special formulated antiseptic cream is created. This can be purchased from the salon to ensure better healing, anti infection and better color retention. I will be back to Allure Beauty in a month’s time to touch up; Misty Brow Embroidery should last up to a year or two.

Misty Eyebrow Embroidery gave me a soft, natural-looking brows with dual layers of embroidery. There is no downtime and I’m ready to flaunt a new me with natural looking, well defined brows that look just like my own but only better!

Quote ‘MAYAALLURE’ and gets 25% off eyebrow embroidery services, applicable to new customer of Allure Signature and Misty Brow Embroidery. This promotion is applicable for all tier categories except for services from founder and co-founder. Valid till 31 Mar 2019.

Contact Allure Beauty at for appointment now!

https://www.allurebeauty.com.sg/

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(PRODUCT SHARING) Furikake from Yamasu Japan at Metro IPPIN Section

Furikake (振り掛け / ふりかけ) is like a magic because it makes food that you sprinkled on so tasty.

The Japanese love their rice topped with something simple but flavorful such as raw egg, umeboshi, natto, furikake, & etc. For me, I love furikake the most because it is very tasty, convenient and beautiful aesthetically.

There are 3 types of furikake from Yamasu imported by IPPIN available in their shops. I have tried them and I love them all!

First up is the Plum Flake Furikake ($9). This has got amazing plum flavor, just like having umeboshi. Difference is, this has added white sesame seeds, mackerel and bonito flakes, a very appetizing and uplifting seasoning and goes really well with rice. 😋

Next up, the Sesame Flake Furikake ($9). Sesame lovers must get this because it has a good mixture of black & white sesame seeds that tasted extra fragrant with the kelp powder in it. I love to sprinkle this on my chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) to give extra crunch and tastiness.

My favorite of all is their Dried Baby Sardines Flake Furikake ($9). This tasted so good and can be used on rice, porridge, meat, fish, salad or anything you fancy. You can even mix this in your mayonnaise for dipping to fried food! The lovely aroma from the sardines and umaminess from other fishes (mackerels & bonito) make this furikake very appetizing and healthy. The beautiful colors make my dishes very pretty too!

Get these Yamasu Furikake at IPPIN and make your own magic. 💫 They can be found at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) ANTE Suika Hime Watermelon Soda at Metro IPPIN Section

On a hot sweaty day or cool breezy night, Ante Watermelon Soda is perfect and lit!

This watermelon soda ($7) comes in a cute glass bottle with a sweet smelling watermelon scent once you opened the cap! It is also beautiful like diamond in the sky with those sparkling watermelon fibers.

The watermelons used are harvested from Kanazawa Dune, near to the Sea of Japan. The sand dunes are very cold in the morning, hot in the daytime and cool at night. The temperature differences of the sand dunes and the pure groundwater pumped from deep underground increase the sweetness of these Kanazawa watermelon.

This watermelon soda is also added with seawater salt from Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is rare and very tasty.

A slightly sweet and refreshing cider that gives you a taste of salt while quenching your thirst! Drink it chilled or with ice for the best satisfaction. Get this Watermelon Soda at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka at Metro IPPIN Section

One of the thing I’ve learnt from the Japanese and trying to follow diligently is to adopt a tea drinking habit.

Knowing that the teas are full of antioxidants and could keep our cells energized and healthy, I tell myself must drink it regularly!

Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka has many varieties. Shizuoka accounts for almost half of Japan’s overall tea production, and this prefecture has premium tea plantations because of its water quality and climate for production. In addition, Shizuoka’s tea can comes in a number of varieties, giving them very significant versatility.

IPPIN has imported not 1 but 8 varieties from Marumo and they are ranged differently by how the tea leaves are harvested, processed and serving suggestion.

The varieties include:

• Sencha (common green tea)
• Genmaicha (roasted rice + Sencha)
• Houjicha (toasted green tea)
• Umegashima (exclusive green tea coming from a tea garden instead of mountain)
• Fukamushicha (similar to Sencha but steamed for longer period)
• Gyokuro (highest class of green tea among all because of special treatment before harvesting)
• Boucha (made from stems of green tea plant)
• Konacha (powder that comes from production of Sencha)

Pick something that you fancy and start your tea drinking habit now. You can find these teas (ranging from $8 to $66) at Metro’s Paragon (level 2) & Metro Centrepoint (level 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

Largest Maze-Soba Restaurant Chain MENYA KOKORO from Japan is in Singapore

So popular that Menya Kokoro has opened 27 outlets around the world in just 4 years!

One of Tokyo’s hottest Maze-Soba (Japanese dry ramen) restaurant chains has finally arrived in Singapore! Since its establishment in 2014, Menya Kokoro has opened 27 outlets worldwide in Japan, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand and Vancouver within a span of just 4 years.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Menya Kokoro’s latest Singapore outpost will serve up its best-selling signature Maze-Soba together with Singapore-exclusive creations.

In the extremely competitive F&B industry, Menya Kokoro is committed to excellence by setting their own set of standards to abide closely.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MENYA KOKORO:

🍜 Precision: Noodles are cooked exactly for 8 mins 40 sec to get the perfect chewy texture

🍜 Healthy: Noodles are made using fibrous whole wheat flour with purified water

🍜 Authentic: The maze-soba sauce is specially flown in from japan to ensure consistent to the great taste as the stores in japan.

SINGAPORE EXCLUSIVES

Maze-Don ($10.80++) – new twist on the traditional Maze-Soba, using 100% Japanese rice instead of noodles and topped with the Maze-Soba toppings! Specially selected by Singapore’s only Japanese rice sommelier, the rice is flown in straight from Hokkaido and Niigata in its raw state and is polished only upon order to preserve its aroma.

Curry Maze-Don ($13.80++) – A spicier version of the Maze-Don, enjoy a fragrant ricebowl topped with Japanese curry made in-house, and succulent grilled chicken!

Vegan Maze-Soba ($11.80++) – Comes with flavourful soy meat, and a colourful medley of vegetables!

Other tantalising dishes at Menya Kokoro include:

Spicy Maze-Soba ($11.80++) – Spice-lovers will love this rendition of Maze-Soba with special spicy oil!

Melting Cheese Maze-Soba ($12.80++) – Irresistible melted cheese on Maze-Soba

DELICIOUS SIDE DISHES ARE AVAILABLE TOO 😋

Chicken Wings ($4.80) – Made with Nagoya-style secret recipe exclusively in Menya Kokoro Singapore

Chicken Karaage ($4.80) – Juicy, crisp-fried karaage, great for sharing

Takoyaki ($4.80) – Delicious and crispy takoyaki balls in Japanese mayo and bonito flakes

My favorite dish at Menya Kokoro goes to their signature Original Maze-Soba ($10.80++) that comes with a medley of up to 12 ingredients atop those chewy noodles. Japanese-style slow-braised chashu, minced meat sauce, ground saba fish powder, poached egg, nori, green onions, chives, bamboo shoots and chopped garlic. Give them a good toss and relish the delicious explosion of flavors!

The addition of the given Kombu (kelp) Vinegar by the side gives the maze-soba an amazing yumminess that I fancy! You should really portion your noodles and give this a try!

Each maze-soba comes with free Mushroom Kombu Soup and a small portion of Oimeshi – high-quality japanese rice that goes perfectly with the remaining sauce from the maze-soba.

Head over to Suntec City for this 58-seater restaurant founded by  Chef Takuma Ishikawa who has 13 years of culinary experience under his belt now! Chef Takuma is trained under the original masters and creators of Menya Hanabi, who is known for inventing Maze-Soba and introducing to the world. In 2014, Chef Takuma won the highly acclaimed Best 2014 MazeSoba Award in Japan.

Menya Kokoro

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard # 03-313 Suntec City Mall S038983

Operating Hours: 11am to 10pm daily

Phone Number: +65 6235 3386 

Seating Capacity: 58 seaters
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