5 Fun Facts about Booze Consumption Trends in Singapore

Red wine is the leader

Singaporeans favourite wine is red wine, which represents 70% of the still light wine market with 645,000 of 9-litre cases consumed in 2014. White wine holds the second rank with 251,000 cases consumed in 2014 and will continue to grow by 1.2%.

Rosé wine is becoming more popular

Rosé wine is growing strong. From very low level, rosé wine has grown by 24.2% between 2010 and 2014.

Sparkling wines continue to grow steadily

The sparkling wine category grows steadily but slowly, a trend which is going to continue to 2019 with a forecast 12.3% growth in volume. Champagne is growing stronger than other sparkling wines as it benefits mainly from popularity between tourists and expats.

Top wine supplying countries

Australia dominates the import market with a 38.5% market share. Chile comes second with 16.5% of overall market share. Chilean imports have been boosted by weakening of US dollars, creating a positive growth of 71% between 2010 and 2014. France holds the third rank in 2014, with a 16% market share.

Whisky is the favourite among spirits

Whisky remains the favourite spirit of Singaporeans. The category is forecast to grow by 13.8 % between 2015 and 2019.

Cognac / Armagnac currently holds the second rank, but will continue to decline over the next five years by 5.6% between 2014 and 2019. This is mainly due to decreasing numbers of Chinese tourists.

Vodka ranks third with with 44,000 of 9 litres cases consumed in 2015. It is forecast to decrease slowly by 4.5%.

Gin and Tequila respectively hold the 4th and 5th places in the spirits’ ranking and consumption will be increasing between 2014 and 2019. Gin is forecast to grow by 28.6% and Tequila by 23.1%. The increase is driven by the super-premium gins sold mostly in drinking holes and dining places.

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Find out more at VINEXPO

VINEXPO, the leading International Wine and Spirits Exhibition, returns back to Hong Kong from 24-26 May 2016. Showcasing the world’s premier wine producers with 60 dynamic events and activities, including highlight on Italian wines with masterclasses & tastings, exclusive forum on China and Australia market, ‘One to Wine Meetings’ tailored for exhibitors and trade executives, and a ‘Shiraz Day’.

Presentations on latest trends of key interest to sommeliers and F&B managers are by famous winemakers and critics including Debra Meiburg, Dixon Yuan, Jeannie Cho Lee, Li Demei, Michel Rolland, Simon Tam and Bettane & Desseauve.

For more information on how you can benefit as a trade visitor, visit their website www.vinexpohongkong.com

4 Tips on Proper Wine Storage

Last month, I was invited to Gaggenau’s event, where Julien Drevon, Head Sommelier from Sarment shared about the Super Rhône wines. For those who are unfamiliar with this new “classification”, Super Rhône Wine is an unofficial category of Rhône wines not recognized within the French wine classification system (AOC). It’s inspired by the Super Tuscan producers who decided to step out of the rigid Italian appellation system by introducing a new category of world class wines.

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Wine like Super Rhône and Bordeaux required proper storage. For wine lovers who are serious about what their collection, here are four tips I learnt from the experts on proper wine storage:

  1. CONSISTENT TEMPERATURES CONTROL 

The number 1 most important point to note when storing wine is to never let the temperature rise above 24°C at all times. At 24°C, wine begins to oxidize, it’s important to keep it below this temperature. Storing wines at the right temperature slows the aging process. It won’t “hurt” the wine, provided the temperature remains consistent. Optimal range for wine storage control is from +5 °C to +20 °C.  It’s recommended to get a dual climate zone wine fridge or to store your red and white separately. For red wines, the ideal range is 12-13°C and for white wines the temperature is cooler at 7-8°C.

  1. PROTECTION

Wine is affected by light, so when storing it, keep it in a cool, dark place. This is also the reason why you should always get bottles from wine shops and not those under harsh spotlights in duty free stores. Exposure to sunlight can ruin your wine and lead to an unpleasant smell.

  1. HUMIDITY CONTROL

Humidity in the wine storage area should be kept at a constant 70 percent humidity. Higher humidity level keeps the cork from drying out and minimizes evaporation of the wine. A humidity level that’s too high can cause mold to grow and wine labels to fall off over time.

  1. VIBRATION CONTROL

Vibrations can also affect the condition of wine in the long term. Sometimes, significant vibrations could possibly disturb the sediment in older wines and keep them from settling, potentially making them unpleasantly gritty. It’s important to ask and choose a wine storage with low-vibration operation for your wines to age perfectly.

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Staycation in Chinatown, Singapore

Everyone needs pampering once in a while. Since I started my new job last month, I had been working till late almost every day and was really looking forward to the SG50 National Day long weekend. Since I was unable to fly off for a short getaway, the next best thing was to do what Singaporeans love best – staycation.
The lovely thing about a staycation is learning how to be a tourist in your own backyard and rediscovering your own city. For these reasons, we decided to check out the newly opened Thai restaurant in Telok Ayer Street followed by an overnight stay at Hotel 1929.
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Recently opened in late July 2015, Cha Thai is the second concept restaurant by Loaves Me Group. Cha Thai simply means Thai tea, you know, the popular sweetened iced tea (teh peng) that we would usually buy from a cafe or street vendor in Bangkok. I don’t know why the owners named the restaurant as such but I am guessing they want to introduce a fusion concept of toast & tea to us. Think of it as Toast Box, or Ya Kun but Thai style – the take-away counter forms only one part of the restaurant.
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But today I want to share more about it’s main restaurant and it’s menu. Before I continue further, I have to remind you that this blog post is about pampering myself. So Cha Thai is considered expensive if you are comparing to Thai restaurants in Golden Mile but it definitely gives Thai Express a run for their money, cos Cha Thai offers premium Thai cuisine at an affordable price in a casual, relaxing setting.
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Creamy Crab Roll ($15) – Deep fried spring roll sticks served with crab cream sauce

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[Front] Tom Yum Soup (Thick) $28 -Thick soup base created with variety of herbs with tiger prawns, mussels, fish balls and mushrooms. [Back] Tom Yum Soup (Clear) $28 – Clear soup base herbs and basil leaves with tiger prawns, mussels, fish balls and mushroom.

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Baked Pineapple Rice ($18) – Curry spiced baked rice with chicken, pineapples, cashew nuts, sweet pepper bells, and raisins

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[Left] Steam Giant Sea Bass Fillet ($35) – Ocean seabass fillet boneless steamed with chili, garlic, herbs and lime sauce. [Drinks] Butterfly Pea Juice and Lemongrass Tea (both at $3.90 each)

What makes me love Cha Thai is that they use premium ingredients. For our appetizer, the spring roll sticks, it is served with real crab meat inside the cream sauce. For soup, I recommend the Clear Tom Yum Soup as it is lighter in content comparing to the Thick Soup, but equally spicy. Chopped Chinese sausage was topped onto the Pineapple rice, making it an perfect fragrant combination. The steamed Sea Bass was fresh and without the ‘fishy smell’. To round it off, we ordered the toast cubes. Try the Cha Thai version of kaya (coco jam), a refreshing taste to pair with the golden brown toast cubes.

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Cha Thai Toast ($8) – Golden brown toasted cubes with choice of pandan or Cha Thai (Thai tea) flavor

After our meal, we took a 10-minute walk from Telok Ayer Street to Hotel 1929 in Keong Saik Road via New Bridge Road. The walk was also a good way for us to burn off some fats and digest our food. It’s been a while since I stayed at a boutique hotel, the last time was in Malacca.
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Hotel 1929 is a boutique hotel in Singapore’s Chinatown. Hotel 1929 beckons with a whimsical mix of old world architecture and a chic interior. The boutique hotel consists of five conservation shop-houses built in 1929, and features 32 individually designed rooms decked in a mix of classic designer and retro vintage furniture. 1929 is conveniently located along the fringe of Chinatown, a 5 minute walk from Outram Park MRT Station.

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After check-in, we proceed to head up to the top floor. We walked past through the narrow corridor along the 4th storey  and were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by our small suite. At the first glance, it looked like a pigeon hole and reminded me of some hotels in Hong Kong that I had stayed at before. After the rain had stopped, we discovered the roof top terrace that was part of the Terrace Suite, it provided a great hang out spot for four of us.
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The indoor blue mosaic-tiled shower room is fairly small too. There is no partition between shower area and toilet bowl so be careful not to wet your toilet seat. But what the guestrooms lack in size, they make up for in amenities. There is premium coffee-making machine with Nespresso capsules, handy smartphone (I didn’t get a chance to test it out), outdoor bath tub, mini bar with coke and juices. If you consider the terrace area, it’s really comfortable initmate retreat.
We spent a lot time and fun, taking turns on the rocking chair. Overall Hotell 1929 is a designer concept with artsy decor centered around different types of chairs. For example, there were various vintage barber chairs in the lobby, and special theme for every room.
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For dinner, we went for the set dinner at Restaurant Ember. Priced at $88++ per person, it might seemed expensive but the 4-course dinner was definitely worth every dollar for the experience. I chose to add on the wine pairing at $30++ for delightful dinner.
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The bread is freshly baked. It’s so delicious that we asked for a second helping.

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1st Appetizer – Carpaccio of Hokkaido Scallops, Daikon, Arugula, Ginger & Rice Water Vinaigrette

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2nd Course – Pan-seared Foie Gras, Slow-cooked Eggs, Unagi & Truffle Sauce

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Main Course – 60-hour Slow-cooked Angus Short Ribs, Burnt Onion Puree, Tomato Confit & Beef jus

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Dessert – Champagne Jelly, Macerated Stawberries & Yogurt Sorbet

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Complimentary dessert from Restaurant Ember

After dinner, we took a walk around the neighbourhood. Located at the uptown part of Chinatown, the hotel is away from the usual crowd. During the day it is an area where small business and offices are located. When night falls, the mixture of cafes and eateries come to live.

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In the morning, I tried bathing at the outdoor shower. Honestly, it can be a very liberating experience, something for you to check off your bucket list. But the weather was not in my favour, the sky soon turned dark and there was light rain. The curtains kept flying – either sticking onto my soapy back or semi-exposed my naked butt. I really won’t recommend to use it during a windy day but people with outdoorsy fetish or exhibitionist will definitely enjoy it.
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After showering, we went downstairs for breakfast. For breakfast, Restaurant Ember serves breakfast set with choice of scramble, soft/hard boiled or sunny side up eggs. Every set comes with baked potato, beans, bacon and sausage. We help ourselves to the table of toasts, croissants, fruits, cereal and porridge. The croissants were very yummy even though we didn’t toast it. After we were done with our meal, the staff served us yogurt while we were enjoying some fruits.
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Overall, Hotel 1929 is an awesome experience for a 1 or 2 nights stay. I wish we have more time to enjoy the alfresco area as it was raining when we were staying there. I would definitely recommended it for tourists and local staycations. One thing to note is that there is no swimming pool and gym at Hotel 1929 but hotel guests can use the facilities at New Majestic Hotel at Bukit Pasoh Road just further down.
Hotel 1929 is located at 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154 (nearest MRT station: Outram Park – NE3/EW16). Visit their website for more information and reservation.
Cha Thai is located at 80 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048466 (nearest MRT station: Downtown – DT17). Visit their Facebook page for more information or call 6636 3696 to make a reservation. Open daily from 8am to 10pm.
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Wine Tips from Wanderwine.com

There is a new online wine retail in town! The guys at Wanderwine.com may have just the right formula to become the next Airbnb or Uber of the wine industry – affordable, accessible and advice – the 3 key ingredients that every consumer needs, whether you are a new drinker or a seasoned wine appreciator.

Offering an initial inventory of 39 labels handpicked from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland, perhaps missing only South Africa or U.S.A., I believe there is a bottle for everyone at Wanderwine. I love these good people because they believed that great wine and the education around it shall be accessible to everyone in Singapore, and being an online company enable them to do that!

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They focus a lot on quality, both in the selection of the bottles, and also in the content on the online shop. For wine curated by their sommeliers, the consumers get high definition pictures of the bottles, the story of the wine, extensive tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, serving and drinkability notes, and even the pictures of the vineyards in the area of the wines. It is something that nobody would not be able to do in a retail shop without a tremendous amount of physical space.

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One of wanderwine’s tastemakers, Gerald Lu (Best Sommelier SG 2010)

The online element also allows more freedom and creativity for their sommeliers team as they can easily publish fun or educational articles to audience and share their knowledge about wine!

Wine selection and wine pairing are all about: 1. knowing yourself (your taste bud, your preference, etc), 2. knowing what you plan to cook or order for your meal, 3. lastly, it’s about fun, wine pairing is about trial and error. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past before I realize that I really prefer a light red like Pinot Noir or light / sweet white like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Moscato.

Pairing Asian cuisine with wine is a lot of fun, due to the diversity of cultures, usually requiring both roundness and freshness in wines to soften out the intense flavours and spices used in cooking. A well-chilled, crisp, young and fruity white like the Marlborough Seresin Pinot Gris would go beautifully with Tuna Tataki, Ponzu, Smoked Enoki, onion, or Puffed Rice. On the other hand, salted dishes, like the smoked salmon, or even salted egg yolk prawns will pair well with whites like the Amigne de Vetroz, La Danse des Etoiles, which boasts of good acidity and gentle tropical fruits notes.

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For red meats, try pairing the lighter, less intense braises such as duck or even cumin-spiced lamb leg with a Shiraz, such as the Two Hands Bellas Garden, bringing in a long finish of blistering yet silky, cushioned flavours. A red with an earthy palate and savoury characters is recommended for the other red meat selections. Paired with an interesting love story to “chase away the melancholy”, the Chateau Chasse Spleen from Bordeaux, France would serve as a good pick.

For a new person to red wine, the recommendation will be a Pinot Noir, which is lighter on the tannin. A good choice will be the Mercurey Premier Cru Clos des Barraults, which is hand harvested from 40 years old vines, ensuring the highest grape quality selection. A brilliant ruby colour coupled with a rich, “masculine” palate, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser. IMG_2827

With wanderwine, you can expect to save between up to 40% off the usual retail price, while still enjoying the highest delivery and service quality. They do not have to carry the heavy weight of retail rental fee and thanks to that, they are able to pass those savings on! For example, the Bordeaux Haut Medoc Chateau Chasse Spleen that they have in their inventory would be around $135 in a brick & mortar retail shop, compared to $83 on Wanderwine.

Moreover, there is no minimum spending for delivery, but a delivery fee of S$16 is added on your purchase.  Purchases above S$75 enjoy free delivery, and Wanderwine sends your order to your door step by the next working day.

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MediaCorp artist, Elvin Ng was also there at the launch

Essentially, Wanderwine is really about pairing good bottles of wine with people who may not have known about them earlier. A good bottle of wine is a powerful tool; it can pull a party together, create enduring friendships and craft memories that last for a lifetime. Wanderwine is a reflection of the love for travel and discovery, all wrapped up in one package.

Goodness in a Claypot

Having just recovered from a horrible 4 days 3 nights of diarrhea, I’m finally able to eat normally again. During that period, there was one local dish that I craved for and that’s a piping hot bowl of porridge dish out from a claypot. I remembered when I was younger, my mom would always cooked porridge from a claypot when we were feeling unwell.

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Someone once said, “We tend to find comfort in the food that’s most familiar to us… Food is an extension of a culture, a memory, and a smell that transports you back to your childhood. There’s this element about it that has connotations of heritage and identity.”

Different cultures have different techniques of cooking food in clay. For us local Chinese, we like to use these pots made from unglazed & natural clay to cook Claypot Chicken Rice, various types of congee, “Three Cups” Chicken or Sanbeiji 三杯鸡.

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Claypot Sesame Oil Chicken 

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Claypot Fish Maw with Crab Meat Thick Soup

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Claypot Black Pepper Prawn Vermicelli

Earthenware claypots allow good airflow and have good heat insulation, therefore locking all the moisture and nutrients from the food while in cooking, creating a tender, flavorful dish. When heated, claypots provide slow evaporation of steam, which prevents burning so long as the pot is not allowed to heat until it is completely dry. This moist environment is conducive for cooking, resulting in very tender and juicy meats that are also richer in taste with all the nutrients seal inside the pot by the steam locking in. For the health conscious, claypot cooking uses less oil yet retains its natural flavours.

Unfortunately, with our busy lifestyle it’s getting more difficult to prepare our own claypot dishes. Thankfully, A-ONE Claypot House has 9 outlets spread across our island, allowing us to enjoy various local delights in different claypot cooking. (Click here to visit their website to see their menu and discover “Singapore’s Best Porridge”.)

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Dried Scallop Porridge with Minced Meat & Assorted Eggs 干贝三色混蛋肉碎粥 (Credit: A-ONE Claypot House)

For more recommendation on local dishes, check out my food blogger friend, sethlui.com. For yummy treats deliver right to your door step, remember to visit foodpanda.sg – Singapore’s leading online food ordering and delivery service.

Sentosa Bids Farewell to Songs of the Sea

Yesterday, Sentosa waved good-bye to Songs of the Sea with an impressive display of fireworks, zealous sing-alongs and emotional goodbyes from the cast. After a successful seven years and more than 5,000 shows, the world’s only night extravaganza set in the sea has captivated 8.5 million guests with an interesting blend of live cast, dramatic effects and dazzling pyrotechnics. Starting today, the show grounds will close in preparation for the new multimedia night spectacular – Wings of Time.

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Wings of Time, produced by the award-winning events company ECA2, will unveil its majestic charm from 17 June 2014 onwards at the same outdoor theatre as Songs of the Sea. The show will present a never-seen-before ensemble of artistically choreographed multimedia effects, a talented live cast, and fun audience engagement. With a new 10-metre tall backdrop against Sentosa’s Siloso Beach’s picturesque scenery, the 25-min spectacular will take the audiences on a magical journey of regal proportions, with new robotic fountains, 3D video mapping and enhanced pyrotechnic effects. A talented cast will take audiences on a journey filled with adventure, courage and friendship in this family-friendly extravaganza.

It tells the story of a fantastic journey through time and space. A bird-like creature, Shahbaz, from prehistoric times goes on an adventure with two modern-day teenagers in search of home. Along the way, they discover the world by exploring wondrous locations around the world. As the teenagers assist their newfound friend to find his way home, they too must face a test of their courage and friendship. The decisions they make will eventually help them (or not) to find their own way home too.

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“Wings of Time will redefine history again, bringing together a breathtaking adventure with the latest multimedia effects and values we can identify with. We are confident that this will again push the boundaries of premium entertainment options for families, even after the sun sets,” said Mr Sam Lee, Director, Island Business, Sentosa Leisure Management.

With just weeks away before the new show launches, Sentosa and ECA2 are embarking on extensive renovations to overhaul the stage area and equipment within the show premise. State-of-the- art technology meets contemporary storytelling as Wings of Time showcases a new choreography of pyrotechnics and special effects tightly woven into the storyline. New equipment including robotic moving water jets with LED lights and coloured lasers will be installed, while existing infrastructure will be boosted with upgrades for a seamless integration to take every guest’s breath away. Casting calls for the new cast have been completed and they will undergo intensive training by Sentosa and ECA2.

Wings of Time will be a ticketed performance, with daily shows at 7.40pm and 8.40pm along Siloso Beach. Premium seats are available at S$23 per person, while standard seats are at S$18 (standard rate), and S$15 (for local residents). Advance tickets are available from 12 May onwards at store.sentosa.com.sg. For more information, please visit www.sentosa.com.sg or call 1800-SENTOSA (736 8672).

Sentosa’s new night show – Wings of Time

  • Date: Starting from 17 June
  • Show times: Daily, 7.40pm and 8.40pm
  • Venue: Siloso Beach at Sentosa Island
  • Nearest MRT station: Harbourfront MRT (take the Sentosa Express train from Sentosa Station located at VivoCity level 3 to Beach Station)
  • Show tickets: S$23 (premium seats), S$18 (standard seats), S$15 (standard seats for locals)
  • How to buy tickets: Available for purchase online from 12 May 2014 onwards at store.sentosa.com.sg

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.

Just Enjoy Life with beautiful, affordable designer furniture

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Traditionally, Spring is the time where people get rid of the old and replace with new. Newly set up last year, Just Enjoy Life is an online furniture shop that specialises in affordable and attractive alternative for budget conscious buyers. Read on to find out how you can enjoy discount when you purchase during this festive period.

Just Enjoy Life with Lazy Bag from justenjoylife.com

Just Enjoy Life with Lazy Bag from justenjoylife.com

Set up by three friends with experience in sourcing, marketing and logistic. Jada, one of the co-founders, is a fashion designer and General Manager of a fashion retailer serving international markets. Her previous experience in furnishing her new place abroad made her realise that shopping for furniture could be a real headache, and constantly questioned, “Why can’t I get beautiful furniture with good quality at affordable prices?”

Leveraging on e-commerce technology that makes online shopping popular in Singapore, homemakers can now get designer furniture at the convenience of a click. The online model has also made it possible to offer prices 20-40% lower than other designer furniture brands by reducing overheads such as salesman commission, showroom and manpower costs, and by getting products directly from manufacturers.

Enjoying life on the Lazy Bag from justenjoylife.com

Enjoying life on the Lazy Bag from justenjoylife.com

Their warehouse at Woodlands is open almost every Saturday, from 8 am to 1 pm. Just give them a call at 9090 6658 or drop them a note at hello@justenjoylife.com to arrange to view the stock of their popular items. Just Enjoy Life offers FREE delivery islandwide and sends to your place within 2 to 4 weeks for most products.

I headed down to their warehouse for a tour and had fun with a few of my favorite pieces from Just Enjoy Life.

Life can look boring with nice furniture, hor?

Bover Sofa – Life can look boring with nice furniture, hor?

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Laurel Sofa – It’s so SPACIOUS!

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Chillaxing on Laurel Sofa, I got to get one of these!

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Looking cool on the Wiki Sofa

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#likeaboss on the Wiki Sofa

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“I don’t know what to say!” Simply love this Lazy Tri Fold Bed

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Text, surf, read with ease on the Lazy Tri Fold Bed

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It’s not that heavy but I’m pretending to drag the Lazy Bag home

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For more Lazy Bags, check out justenjoylife.com

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Have fun, lots of fun, even Gangnam Style with the Lazy Bag

Let your friends and relatives marvel at your new furniture pieces! Just enter the promo code cnyhuatah during checkout to get a 20% discount, valid till end of Chinese New Year only.

Website: www.justenjoylife.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/justenjoylifehome

Look Book: www.dropbox.com/s/782lwxu88plf8b2/JEL-­‐Lookbook.pdf

Which is your favorite furniture from Just Enjoy Life? Let know me via the comments below.

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.

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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[Photo credit: P&G]

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