Wishes for the New Year

After multiple failed attempts at logging in to SIM University (UniSIM) due to high volume of nervous students trying to figure out the results of their exams, I managed to squeeze my way through to access my grades.

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I did better than I expected – scored B for Consumer Behaviour module. It didn’t really come as a surprise, after all I worked hard for it, though it took a lot of discipline, commitment and time management to juggle between organising a major event for work and such a theory heavy paper. But hey, the nightmare is over.

And to sum it up, all I want for 2014 is simply to Be Happy.

Last weekend, we passed by the Wish Upon A Sphere station at Marina Square and CityLink Mall, couldn’t help but to pen down our New Year hopes on the wishing spheres. Each wishing sphere is a representation of heartfelt hope and belief that 2014 will bring upon new possibilities, brighter tomorrow and better beginnings.

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You can join in the Wishing Sphere Project at the following locations:

Marina Bay District: CityLink Mall, Esplande Concourse, Esplande Outdoor Theatre, DBS@MBFC, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay City Gallery, Marina Bay Link Mall, Marina Square, Ocean Financial Centre, One Fullerton, Singapore Flyer, Suntec City Mall, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, The URA Centre

Central: Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Central Public Library, Chinatown Visitors Centre, The Cathay

East: Bedok Point, Changi Airport Terminal 1, Changi City Point, Tampines Regional Library

North/North-East: Compass Point Shopping Centre, Nanyang Polytechnic, Repulic Polytechnic, Serangoon Public Library, Woodlands Regional Library

West: JCube, Jurong Regional Library, Tiong Bahru Plaza

Walking past One Fullerton that day, I was able to have a glimpse of the Wishing Sphere installation. I’m really looking forward to 31 December 2013 where all 20,000 wishing spheres will be transformed with colourful lights and turned the area into the Bay of Hope and Light.

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All the tiny white bubbles in the background are the thousands of wishing spheres fill with hopes for the New Year

But if you are unable to be physically present to write down you wish at the Wishing Sphere Stations across the island, you can also do so by making a virtual wish here.

Personally I feel that this may be a better way, after all I’m an environmentalist at heart. In case you are wondering what happens to the wishing spheres after the countdown, they will be sent to a recycling plant overseas where they will be reprocessed into raw materials that can be recycled into new products. Read more on their FAQ page.

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What’s your wish for the New Year?

Bon Appetit, Hippopotamus!

Eat like a hungry hippo with ABR Holdings latest F&B concept at Marina Square! Bon Appetit. 

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After the successful of bringing Swensen’s to our shore, ABR Holdings Limited  has introduced a new casual dining experience in modern French style. Created in Paris in 1968, the Hippopotamus restaurant Grill has gained a strong reputation in France, especially in Paris. Prepared with the widest selections of cut from the well-known Sirloin, Tenderloin and Rib Steak, to the rare Hanger and Skirt Steaks at affordable prices, Hippopotamus is a contemporary restaurant with a relaxed, friendly ambience.

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Meat lovers alert! Here’s a quick French lesson, “Pour l’amour de la viande” translates to “For the love of meat”. We are lucky to be invited by ABR Holdings for a lunch time food tasting session at Hippopotamus. (Those working near Marina Square, remember to check out their special lunch treats!)

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Get some greens before you start your main course with the Caesar Salad ($8.90) adorned with chicken, parmesan and an inimitable sauce. Pair it with Hippo’s traditional rendition of French Onion Soup ($8.90) – generously peppered with onions and melted cheese.

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Try the Hot Goat Cheese Salad ($9.90) – its refined flavour of goat cheese slathered on crisp toast, topped with herbs from Provence and olive oil makes it a sunny, charming starter!

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Go bold with Escargots ($16.90), an essential item on the French menu. Have it as a starter, this comes as a set of 6, topped with herb butter. Make believe you are in a Parisian diner with Bone Marrow ($11.90), heaving with haute French flavour in these unapologetically rich renditions of French classics.

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A scrumptious selection of house sauces (Barbecue, Bearnalise, Homemade Thai Chili, Stewed Shallot, Pepper and Roquefort Cheese) is available to accompany every main course ordered, while 6 dishes – French Fries, Potato Gratin, Green Beans, Baked Potato, Ratatouille and Steamed Vegetables provide for a medley of choices on the side.

Skirt Steak Rack of Lamb

[Photo credit: Hippopotamus Restaurant] 

Skirt Steak ($18.90) is a cut of beef from the plate of the mule. Long and flat, it is often neglected because it is not known for its tenderness. Rather, it is well-loved for its strong flavour in every cut. Rack of Lamb ($36.90) serves up deliciously tender Australian choice cuts of lamb. Slow- grilled for hours, it makes for a bold, flavourful dish that will leave you hankering for more.

Grilled Game Hen US Pork Chop

[Photo credit: Hippopotamus Restaurant]

The Grilled Game Hen ($21.90) features U.S imported Cornish Game Hen tenderly grilled to fork- tender perfection. Taste the difference with Hippo’s slow- grilled U.S. Pork Chop ($19.90) that is crisp on the outside but exudes a moist, smooth texture on the inside.

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Blogger friends, Christina from huneyzworld.blogspot.com and Tiffany from missytiffany.com enjoying the beef skewer.

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For the rib fans, go for the BBQ Ribs ($19.90), a hunky-dory set of luscious pork spare ribs served with barbeque sauce. Grilled King Prawns ($22.90) also make a strong contender on the menu for prawn-lovers. Flavoursome grilled whole king prawns are served atop a bed of fresh greens.

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To finish off the satisfying meat heavy meal, grab a cup of Chocolate Mousse ($7.90), or go with a French classic, Crème Brulee ($7.90), perfectly torched with cameralized brown sugar encasing a dish of smooth cream with subtle hints of vanilla.

Hippopotamus has also revamped its drinks menu with an assortment of different kinds of new cocktails, and an updated list of beers and wines. Pair your meal with a glass of classic French wine for a boozy gastronomic experience this week!

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Hippopotamus Restaurant Grill

6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-204/205 Marina Square S039594

Opens 11am – 1030pm daily

Tel: 63385352

Website: www.hippopotamus.com.sg