Royal Treatment: 3 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just one month away. What will you be giving to mommy dearest this year? In our family, Mother’s Day is one of the significant occasion besides Chines New Year and birthdays. Whether you’re thinking of restaurant treat – Chinese or Western cuisine, or a facial spa, recently I checked out 3 great places (in no particular order) to recommend for the woman we love.

1. The Royal Mail – British cuisine for Her Highness, the Queen of the family

A fine dining British cuisine destination that serves interpretations of classics with a modern twist, where roasts and prime rib take centre stage. The Royal Mail transports guests back in time with a touch of Old World elegance.

If you have received your mid-year bonus from work, this is the place to bring the person you love – be it your mom or your significant other to, for causal fine dining western cuisine. I highly recommend a weekend brunch for mom, or after 6 dinner with your date.

Must try items are the Pan Seared Foie Gras, Sous Vide Half Maine Lobster, Beef Short Rib, Deboned Fish of the Day  (serves 2 pax), Lobster Linguine and Kurobuta Pork Chop, and their desserts!

Starters priced from $13 onwards, main courses range between $28-$68 per serving, sides from $8 onwards, desserts from $13-$$15 per person. For two persons sharing, the cost will be around $100 to $150. Order their starter – foie gras or lobster, select deboned fish and beef short ribs as main course, and share one of their sinfully yummy desserts.

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar is located at The Ascott Raffles Place Singapore, 2 Finlayson Green, Singapore 049247. Visit their Facebook or website www.theroyalmail.sg for more information. Call 6509 3589 for reservation. Open on Monday – Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serves breakfast and dinner on Saturday, and only available for breakfast on Sunday & public holiday.

Pan Seared Foie Gras ($24), highly recommended

Pan Seared Foie Gras ($24), highly recommended

Lightly Seared Beef Tenderloin ($20), looks good but try it only when you want variety

Lightly Seared Beef Tenderloin ($20), looks good but try it only when you want variety

Sous Vide Half Maine Lobster ($24), recommended but my first choice is still the foie gras

Sous Vide Half Maine Lobster ($24), recommended but my first choice is still foie gras

Roasted Deboned Fish of the Day ($52), recommended and good pairing with a red meat

Roasted Deboned Fish of the Day ($52), recommended and good pairing to share with a red meat

Getting served the Deboned Fish of the Day

Getting served the Deboned Fish of the Day

Kurobuta Pork Chop ($48), recommended for pork lovers

Kurobuta Pork Chop ($48), recommended for pork lovers

Lobster Linguine ($28), very reasonably priced. The grey bubble-like is actually Squid Ink Espuma.

Lobster Linguine ($28), very reasonably priced. The grey bubble-like is actually Squid Ink Espuma.

Roast Prime Rib (Classic Cut, 280g) at $58. I would highly recommend the Braised Beef Short Rib ($36) instead, the latter is more tender. Photo not available.

Roast Prime Rib (Classic Cut, 280g) at $58. I would highly recommend the Braised Beef Short Rib ($36) instead, the latter is more tender. Photo not available.

Side dishes (from left clockwise) - Braised Green Lentil du Puy ($8), Sauteed Chestnut & Grapes ($12), Casserole of Mushrooms ($8), and Baked White bean Ragout Pot Pie ($10). Nothing particularly outstanding with the sides.

Side dishes (from left clockwise) – Braised Green Lentil du Puy ($8), Sauteed Chestnut & Grapes ($12), Casserole of Mushrooms ($8), and Baked White bean Ragout Pot Pie ($10). Nothing particularly outstanding with the sides.

Foreground - Banoffee Tart ($13). Background - Eton Mess ($15).

Foreground – Banoffee Tart ($13). Background – Eton Mess ($15).

Chocolate Fondant ($18)

Chocolate Fondant ($18)

Red House Seafood at Prinsep Street – Chinese seafood dinner for the Matriarch of your house

Maybe western dining is not your thing. Then, come to Red House where they’re celebrating their 38th Anniversary with new seafood creations and set menus. Its seafood are sourced from Scotland and flown in three times a week to maintain freshness.

Red House’s 38th Anniversary ‘Modern’ Anniversary Set Dinner offers seven courses at $388 for 6 persons. Inclusive of a bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut champagne OR Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2010 premium French white wine OR two jugs of Tiger Beer .Valid till 30 June 2014 at Prinsep Street outlet only.

There isn’t anything that I don’t like about their ‘modern’ set dinner. The Chilled Spicy Whelks, Scottish Blue Lobster Coated with Sweet Mayonnaise, Garlic Steamed Megrim Fish, Scottish Brown Crabs in White Pepper, and Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun are worth the extra calories on my cheat day. I highly recommend the champagne or white wine which pairs very well with the seafood.

If you’re looking for a smaller affair, then try their new five-course set lunch at only $38 for two persons. Available daily, this super value for money set lunch comes with Dim Sum Basket of Siew Mai, Mixed Mushroom Dumpling, Scallop & Chives Dumping, Oven-Baked Char Siew Pau, Creamy Custard Prawns, Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun, Fried Daily Greens and homemade Durian Mochi.

Red House’s flagship outlet is located at 68 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188661. Visit their website www.redhouseseafood.com for more information. Call 6336 6080 for reservations. Open for lunch & dinner from Monday to Friday, and all day-dining on Saturday, Sunday & public holiday.

Additional notes: They have two other outlets located at East Coast Seafood Centre and The Quayside. Red House is voted “Best Chili Crab 2008” by Time Out Singapore Magazine. Another must try is their new Chili Crab Baos, order them to complement your meal (not included in set lunch or dinner).

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Chilled Spicy Whelks

Chilled Spicy Whelks ($35, ala carte)

Chili Crab Bao (3 for $8), available during lunch only

Chili Crab Bao (3 for $8), available during lunch only. Not included in set lunch. Highly recommended.

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Garlic Steamed Megrim Fish ($100 per kg)

Garlic Steamed Megrim Fish ($100 per kg, ala carte)

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Scottish Blue Lobster Coated with Sweet Mayonnaise ($148 per kg)

Scottish Blue Lobster Coated with Sweet Mayonnaise ($148 per kg, ala carte)

Scottish Brown Crabs in White Pepper ($58 per kg)

Scottish Brown Crabs in White Pepper ($58 per kg, ala carte)

Spicy Seafood Combination ($28 / $42 / $56)

Spicy Seafood Combination ($28 / $42 / $56, ala carte)

Oyster 'Yuan Yang' Hor Fun ($20)

Oyster ‘Yuan Yang’ Hor Fun ($20, ala carte)

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Durian Mochi

Durian Mochi, made with REAL durian inside!

Lemongrass Jelly with sorbet

Chilled Lime Sherbet with Lemongrass Jelly ($6.80) and Chilled Mango Pomelo with Sago ($4.80)

LPG Treatment at Spa Elements (ION Orchard) for My Fair Lady and her anti-aging combat

With 30 years of skin expertise, LPG from France has created a revolutionary way to re-plump hallowed cheeks, firm up sagging skin or even detoxify skin with the Endermolift New Generation. I discovered this new technology at Beauty Asia 2014 and very impressed that it is a 100% natural solution and results are obvious after just 10-30 minutes of treatment.

At first I was skeptical, it took at least 3 treatments at Sylvia Skin Atelier to show some improvements on my face. I’m pleasantly surprised that within just 30 minutes of Emdermolift treatment my dark eye circles and acne are significantly reduced. There is no regret going for the detox treatment instead of anti-aging as recommended by Spa Elements’ consultant. With over 40 different treatments, there is a suitable solution to boost your tissue stimulation.

My mother will be very happy to know that Endermolift naturally stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid by 80%. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in our body. It has important action on hydration and volume and renowned for its anti-aging qualities.

LPG treatment starts from $200 for 10 minutes on target area treatment. I tried the LPG Classic 30.60 (Detox) which includes cleanse, steam, 30 minutes of LPG, premium mask, protection at $450 for 60 minutes. Spa Elements also have a couple room, so you can either bring your mommy and have facial together or have a relaxing time with your significant other.

Spa Elements at ION is located at 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-30 ION Orchard, Singapore 238 801. Visit their Facebook for updates or website www.elements.com.sg for more information. Call 6738 3788 or SMS 9059 8188 to make an appointment. Spa Elements is open daily. More information on LPG Endermolift treatment can be found at www.lpgsystems.com

Directions to Spa Elements ION: From level 1, take the lift next to Valentio and go to Basement 1. Spa Elements is located near Forever 21, Popeyes Chicken, Swensen’s above Orchard MRT Station.

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Left face before detox

Left face before detox

Left face after detox

Left face after LPG Endermolift New Generation treatment

Right face before detox

Right face before detox

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Right face after LPG Endermolift treatment

Coincidentally, I received this infographic from City Square Mall that contains interesting Mother’s Day stats you may never knew. For example, did you know, that the total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day cards annually is $671 million? 🙂

Mother's Day Stats

Free  F&B Giveaway!

4 sets of $30 ramen vouchers for giveaway! Treat your mommy dearest for free. Simply comment below and share what you will be doing for your mom on Mother’s Day. Remember to key in your email, Twitter / Instagram for me to contact you. Follow my Twitter or Instagram @MalcolmSunny, for extra $10 voucher if you win. Giveaway closes on 30 April 2014.

Facial Review: Sylvia Skin Atelier

Tucked in a corner of East Coast Road, nested atop a shophouse in the heritage neighbourhood, lies a luxe but cozy skin parlour. Take the lift to level 4 and be greeted with a lounge that represents a SOHO style living room. I was greeted by Miss Sylvia Yeo, owner of Sylvia Skin Atelier and her friendly staff.

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Sylvia has been in the skin and beauty industry as early as her late teens. Started with importing and exporting of skin care products from Japan, she also co-founded a new, self-made facial mask formula in conjunction with Hada Labo. She was a feature writer for Seventeen magazine and appeared on TV as a Celebrity Beauty Consultant for “Watsons Beauty Unveiled II” and “My Fair Ladies  小女人,大视界”.

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Recently, Sylvia Skin Atelier is partnering with Institut Esthederm from Paris to customize skin care treatment for the local market needs. Although I was initially hesitant, after all, I’m not that sort of metrosexual male who religious embarks on skin care regime. But my sensitive skin problem has been haunting me since my early 20s and it’s always a constant uphill battle for clear, smooth skin for me.

I  believe that these days skin care is not longer the exclusive rights of women. As men, we do not use make up to conceal blemish spots, I feel that all the most we need to go for facial and use good skin care to ensure our face is free of blemishes. This is especially so for us in customer service, sales and marketing whose “face” is part of good grooming habits.

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Institut Esthederm is a high-tech beauty and health brand. As the name suggests, Institut Esthederm strives to be an authority (institute) in the science of beauty (esthetique) with products targeting at promoting youthful looking skin (dermatology).  Prior to my facial treatment with Institut Esthederm, I was given a one-to-one comprehensive consultation with skin care professional at Sylvia Skin Atelier to assess my current skin condition. Unlike most salons that use a standard formula, the consultant asks about my beauty goal and advices what treatment and products I can use. At least for me, there isn’t any hard-selling which I’m thankful for.

Before first treatment

Before first treatment

After first treatment

After first treatment

After second treatment

After second treatment

After third treatment

After third treatment

Before first treatment

Before first treatment

After first treatment

After first treatment

After second treatment

After second treatment

After third treatment

After third treatment

Before first treatment: My skin is oily and I suffer from acne outbreak and redness. Being a blogger despite my busy full-time work means that often I need to work late through the night to complete articles, late nights are not good for our skin as our body needs to rejuvenate. My blemishes are focus mainly on both sides of my temple and the sides of my chin.

After second treatment: My skin is visibly better, especially my left side. You can see that it is smoother compare to my original condition.

After third treatment: Strangely I found a few pimples popping out. I was worried and rang up Sylvia who advised me that it’s part of the nature treatment process of Institut Esthederm. As I’m using the Pure Care treatment system, it helps to plunge out the toxic and hence causing the outbreak to clear the excess oil from the skin. I also notice that although I have one or two extra pimples, my skin has transformed from shiny, oily look to matte, non-oily look. Usually by noon time, my face will have a nature shine but these days my skin is less glossy.

Sylvia Skin Atelier regularly conducts skin care workshops for public to understand more about Institut Esthederm’s treatment. Here’s an upcoming session on 17 January 2014. To find out more about their exclusive partner, you can also check out Institut Esthederm’s website.

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Sylvia Skin Atelier is located at 131 East Coast Road, #04-01, Singapore 428816.

Tel: 6344 7333

Website: www.sylviaskinatelier.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SylviaSkinAtelier

Facial treatment services at Slyvia Skin Atelier starts from $220. I highly recommend the 75 minutes Sensitive Skin – Full Defence or the Acne – So Pure package.

Best Moments of 2013

Counting down to the remaining of 2013, I bet your Facebook and Instagram have been generating your best moments of the year. Here are 12 of my best moments in 2013…

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My year started with the continuation of my 2-month backpacking trip across the North and South Island of New Zealand. Here’s me in Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland, enjoying a glass of red. Watch out for my travel blog on New Zealand next month!

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Being the student ambassador for SIM University, I appeared on my university’s website, student recruitment video, prospectus and annual report. It actually feels weird seeing photos of myself in school.

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Also, I finally make it to the cover of DUET Magazine (April – June 2013)

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Special thanks to Sentosa for arranging the Run Like Mad challenge which my team fought against the DJs from Power 98FM. (We didn’t win but it was a good experience.)

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Having fun doing yoga at 165m inside Singapore Flyer and appearing in Barita Harian’s story. Thanks Christina for the pic!

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Caught in a scandalous photo with Tiffany Yong by some paparazzi!

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With Tiffany at the top of the canopy in Brunei. It’s such an amazing feeling to be surround by the lush greenery. This picture has the most “likes” on Instagram. Thanks OMY.SG and Royal Brunei Airlines for the trip!

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Once again, thanks to my friend, Daniel. I was able to show my love (once a year) to my country on National Day!

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Meeting the legendary Eric Tsang 曾志偉 in Hong Kong!

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Face to face to one of Japan’s top 5 female competitive eater, Tomoko Miyake when she was in Singapore

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Reuniting with my army buddies from BMT after almost a decade!

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Being one of Domino’s Singapore Top 10 Bloggers!

What is your best moment in 2013?

Also, remember to take part in Marina Bay Countdown 2014 Wishagram contest. Simply share the festive cheer by snapping and posting a photo and stand a chance to win an OSIM product!

Step 1: Using the Instagram App, snap a picture related to the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2014.

Step 2: Write a caption for the picture, along with your New Year’s wish and email address, hashtag #mbsc2014, and share.

Your picture will appear as a Wishagram on this page and on Marina Bay Facebook page too.

Five lucky winners will receive an OSIM uVision and uBuzz Latte worth more than $100! One winner will be selected each week between 27 November 2013 and 1 January 2014. Winners will be notified by email.

My Christmas Wish List 2013

Season’s greeting everyone! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and especially so this year as I have finally completed the major projects at my new job. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, it’s the time of the year when we gets invited to parties and boozing and worry about presents to bring for gift exchange.

For my company, we have Christmas tradition. Each of us are given a piece of paper to write down 3 gift choices, drop it in the bowl and pick the colleague whom we will help to fulfill his/her wish. But if your budget is bigger than mine, you may want to consider these gift ideas:

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For the fashionista, select from Kapok Tools range of quintessential bags and accessories. Kapok is a showcase of brands and their Holiday 2013 and Spring Summer 2014 collections are a juxtaposition of fashion, lifestyle, art – Mismo, Pijama, Sandqvist, Crash Baggage and Seventy Eight Percent.

My personal favorite is the Back to Old School collection (from S$605 onwards) from Seventy Eight Percent. For their full range, head down to Kapok Tools store located at TANGS Orchard, level 4 or Robinsons Orchard, level 4.

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For those who know beauty is not just skin deep, my recommendation this season will be the skincare range from Swiss brand, Skincode and local boutique skincare brand, The Skin Pharmacy. Other great gift ideas are SK-II MEN Starter Kit and Rehab London’s range of skincare products with natural ingredients.

For someone with sensitive skin like me, ensuring the face is well-hydrated is important – to prevent bacteria growth causing acne. Formulated with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, CM-Glucan, Hydrolite-5 and Rice Starch, the 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream (S$88 for 50ml) is a star performer that hydrates and fights the signs of premature aging by stimulating cell renewal process and skin defence mechanism.

DSC00893Skincode products are suitable for sensitive skin as they are 100% free from preservatives, artificial fragrances, animal derivatives and artificial colours. When I was undergoing fractional laser skin resurfacing last two months, I was very selective of the products to use and I found that the 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream aided me during the down time after laser resurfacing. Skincode products can be found at Guardian Plus located at Ngee Ann City #B2-15/23 (Takashimaya S.C.)

Most of us are usually in a morning rush, and I am no different. My skin care routine in the morning consists of cleansing and moisturizing, but due to the down time after laser resurfacing, sun protect becomes an integrated part of my morning skin regime.

Image from http://ibizbook.com

Image from ibizbook.com

My friend passed me a bottle of The Skin Pharmacy’s Natural Sunscreen (S$54.90 for 50g) which suits my personal liking. The sunscreen is light and easily absorb by my skin to give the protection from the harmful UV rays. The Skin Pharmacy also provides personalised products and consultancy amongst the services they offer at their 3 retail locations.

Image from www.facebook.com/AmaSoySG

Image from www.facebook.com/AmaSoySG

Festive feasting can be healthy. Besides boosting our skin with moisture and protecting it from the sun, healthy puddings such as AmaSoy Japanese Soy Puddings are good choice for any house or office parties. Enhanced with collagen and omega3 (DHA), AmaSoy’s puddings (S$2 each) are known for their beautifying properties and health benefits such as boosting brain function, enhancing heart health and lowering triglycerides.

Though I have to make a note here that I am still unsure if collagen’s beautifying benefits are best consumed or applied directly onto our skin, I simply love this dessert as a tasty and nutritious alternative. AmaSoy outlets can be found in 6 locations island-wide.

What better way to end the year with celebration and partying, better still turn your office or house into a makeshift lounge or club with UE BOOM speakers from Logitech and Australia’s Hardys Wine by William Hardy.

Image from engadget.com

Image from engadget.com

UE BOOM is a social music player, a wireless speaker that offers 360-degree sound in a battery-powered device. It’s specially developed acoustic skin is water and stain resistant. Simply placed two UE BOOMs at different corners of the room and connect wireless with the free UE BOOM app (available for iOS and Andriod) and get ready to party.

UE BOOM is available at major retailers and leading electronic IT stores at recommended retail price of S$299. For music, upload Michael Buble’s Christmas album for easy listening. 🙂

Image from nichology.net

Image from nichology.net

But not party is complete without boozing. Personally I prefer wine as the healthier choice to other alcoholic beverages. Drinking wine in moderation can help to cure a wide range of ailments such as lethargy and diarrhea. Aged in French and American oak, Hardys Shiraz (S$37 per bottle from Cold Storage) is full bodied with plum, blueberry, blackberry, vanilla and clove spice lending their piquant flavours.

Image from mezawineshop.com

Image from mezawineshop.com

Unfinished bottle of red wine can also be used to make Spanish cocktail, Sangria. Pour the remaining bottle into a jug (you can mix different types of red wine) and add chopped fruits such as orange, apple, berries, grapes, kiwi. Wrap it up with cling film and let the flavour of the fruits diffuse into the wine.

With fashion, beauty, health and fun in check, it will be good tidings and great joy this Christmas! I’m really excited about this December as I have been selected as one of the five official bloggers for Marina Bay Countdown 2014. Look out as I will be sharing more about this end of the year celebration in town as well as my long overdue travel writing on my trip to New Zealand.

Icy Cool Shave

It’s confession time. Truth be told, I’m not a fan of electronic shaver. When serving my full-time national service some years ago, my mom gave me a dry shaver as a means to save time. The result was red, itchy rashes on my upper lip and chin. From then onward, I swore never to engage in dry shaving again.

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Attending Procter & Gamble (P&G) launch of the new Braun CoolTec last month, I learnt that most men have sensitive skin and are very selective of the shaver they choose and the grooming regime. Some men would rather skip shaving at together due to skin sensitivity.

But thanks to the revolutionary technology, Braun CoolTec is the world’s first dry shaver specially engineered to deliver an outstanding shaving performance for men with sensitive skin. Designed to take the heat out of shaving, it reduces shaving irritation including burning, itching, redness and skin tension.

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[Photo credit: P&G]

Sounds too good to be true? Well, I was initially doubtful even after attending the preview. The secret element in the CoolTec is Braun’s innovative Thermo-Electric-Cooling technology (TEC). While most shavers allow warmth to build up in the head of the shaver, CoolTec’s innovative aluminium cooling bar actively cools down the skin during the shaving process. Check out the review from ElectricShaverGuide for more details.

Two models of Braun CoolTec, CT4s and CT5cc will be available in Singapore from 1 November 2013 at all major electrical chain stores, departmental stores, selected hypermarkets and indepedent electrical stores. Recommended retail pricesare $289 for CT4s and $369 for CT5cc.

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[Photo credit: P&G]

For more information, please visit http://www.braun.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/braunsingapore