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Rejection does hurt like a b.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Rejection does hurt like a b.
Dear readers, 

Hey, I'm back. Kinda. For this post I'll be deviating from my usual review posts and share an update on what's been going on these few months that I've been inactive on the blog. 

Obviously, you all know I'm probably going through some stuff - emotional stuff that has left me in turmoil. The extremely quick summary is that I fell for someone, and when I decided to confess it to him, he rejected me. This is the first ever confession I made in my 30 years of living on planet Earth, and my first ever romantic rejection. 

Yes. my first. Because I never felt strongly about anyone to have done so before. And because I never met anyone I thought was special enough to have done so too. When I thought about it, I realise I've always been rejecting others and not allowing them to come into my heart or know me as a person. Ever since I've had my heart broken 10 years ago, I never considered dating anyone else because I felt people were all the same. I rejected some people who wanted to date me and never ever regretted it, I also always somehow manage to end up dating guys who only wanted to date me for the wrong reasons, and then I rejected them too in the end.

Then I stayed happily alone for the next couple of years, happy of my existence of being a single girl until he came along. For this confession, honestly, I thought i have prepared myself well for it - the negative answer, the no-response and all. And even when I thought I did, it didn't feel enough. It still hurt, and it hurt really bad. Maybe because I thought we clicked, I saw the possibility in us being best friends (and then more), maybe because I saw us enjoying time together for a long long time in the future. But it was all a one-sided view of things, a view of an imaginary relationship I had that came crashing down as I received the resounding  'no'. 

Yes - if you were wondering, I did it through text. Some of you might think it's stupid - but that platform felt right for a certain reason after much consideration and some things that happened, and I don't care what the relationship experts out there say about it. Everyone's story and why they do certain things a certain way is unique. And even if I texted my feelings, i meant every single word i said in it. The emotions are as true as me saying it in real life. I didn't just text a whole blob of emotional word vomit, but I just simply told him how I felt and that if he didn't feel the same I would just back away. 

But what I got was a resounding no. Actually I've thought about it in depth. My gut feeling is that he did get some confusing mixed signals from me as well, because I am totally crappy at showing my true self especially when I realise I have feelings for someone. I feel that there's been a gross misunderstanding of who I am because of some things that happened that I never had the chance to clear it up with him properly. And I confessed before getting a chance to do so, so really, I guess I nipped my own chances in the bud. 

But it's fine - rejection is after all part of life. I spent hours thinking if I should have done it. I don't regret it, to be honest. After all, I really don't like to play mind games - I like things honest and straightforward. That's just me. Yeah even with all the jitters. I just wanted to set things straight about how I felt. I really trusted this person and I shared with him on my past relationships - something I'm really all over and just wanted to share. I guess I wanted him to understand why I reacted in a certain way but I forgot that not everyone can take that much honesty from the start. Perhaps it felt to him that I was burdening him? 

But you know, I am thankful to him for this experience, no matter how it went down. He awoken me to things within me that I had been sweeping under the carpet all these years - giving me courage to face my inner demons and confront them. I know, you're thinking, dayum son, it's just a rejection, why does it sound so serious? 

There are many layers to this. Rejection is also self-reflection time. I had to learn that I cannot keep beating myself up for it, and I learnt this the hard way, because I poured over it quite a bit, wondering if there was something wrong with me. I used to constantly sweep my emotions under the carpet, burying it, tucking it away and pretending that everything is okay and I could move on. After many years, the constant buildup and denial of facing it head on had created a roadblock for someone else to come and know the true me. And really, that was what's wrong with me. I allowed my inner demons to take over my emotions for so many years. I needed to solve that and be right with myself so that I can allow the right person to come into my life and feed off me too. I knew i needed to be right with myself for the right person to enjoy me, as a person, in future. It's never too late to learn about yourself - we've only got this life to live, I'll use it for God's glory. 

What's sad about this is also because I feel our timing seemed off. When he was ready to get to know me, I wasn't ready. When I was ready, the moment for him has passed on, perhaps. I was really disappointed... our timing was a total crap fest. It hit a wall, and when things hit walls, we can either choose to stand still and attempt futility in breaking through that wall, or be redirected so we can move on. I guess it's the same for us. I dont know how he thinks now but honestly I hope I can still be friends with him, I never want him to feel bad for turning me down because everyone has a choice for themselves. No one is in the wrong. (Except cheating. Cheating is a big no-no for me).

I cried, I was disappointed, I went to smash things at the Fragment room for relief, but it didn't do me any good. I was mourning over a 'what could have been'. I also thought to myself, what if I would never get back this friendship I thought could have been a special one. 

One night I came across this song, and when i listened to this song, i suddenly imagined God was singing it to me. I started replaying it over and over again. Honestly, nothing's better than reminding yourself that God will never let you go. I close my eyes and imagine God is hugging me as I listen to it - telling me to let go of my doubts - my doubts for a better future, a better everything. Because He won't ever let me go. He's the only one who loves me and cares for me. All I have to do is to believe in Him. The promises of God are Yes and Amen.

But I'm still trying to learn to let go of this whole thing. Harder because sometimes I bump into him, yada yada, not important. What's important is that I need to know that the rejections that I face are, perhaps, the close to a chapter in the story of my life. But also know it's not the end. And it's a super bitter pill to swallow. It's not even about the embarrassment, but the fact that I look at him and know that I still like him but he doesn't feel the same way, I guess? 

But I'm lucky, right? Doing it over text and him still nice enough to reply me properly to tell me 'no'. Sometimes some of us don't even get proper closure from things we decide to let go - but receiving an outright rejection? That's a cold hard door slam in your face. That in itself feels like you've been officially denied access to what you think is the best path for you at that moment in time, and at least the person gave you no reason to hang on because he just wasn't interested in even trying anymore. But I trust that God put it in that person's heart to reject me, for He is redirecting me. Seeing the rejection as a redirection of paths also worked for me. Some times I still feel emotional about it, sad about it - but I won't allow it to conquer me and put me down. I realise through rejections, you really also start to learn that your heart is very strong. It's being exercised and trained, if I may.

Our emotions are the hardest to control, and I still think about him. I'm not totally over him. But rationally speaking, if a person doesn't like me enough to choose me, how can I allow him to have power over my emotions? I'm still in this sort of emotional conflict but I know time will heal. One day, I still hope to laugh and talk to him, to be his friend. 

Rejection is very painful and does hurt like a b, because it feels like a part of you has been lost and I guess we need time to mourn all of that. But to my friends who are also in this phase, I hope you can also allow God to comfort you, just as He had, for me. 

Let God comfort and let time heal. :)

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I Won’t Let You Go - by Switchfoot (Feat. Lauren Daigle)
When it feels like surgery
And it burns like third degree
And you wonder what is it worth?
When your insides breaking in
And you feel that ache again
And you wonder
What's giving birth?
If you could let the pain of the past go
Of your soul
None of this is in your control
If you could only let your guard down
You could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won't let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won't let you go
I won’t let you go
When your fear is currency
And you feel that urgency
You want peace but there's war in your head
Maybe that's where life is born
When our façades are torn
Pain gives birth to the promise ahead
If you could let the pain of the past go
Of your soul
None of this is in your control
If you could only let your guard down
If you could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won't let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won't let you go
I won’t let you go
I'll always be by your side
Yeah
If you could only let your guard down
If you could learn to trust me somehow
I swear, that I won't let you go
If you could only let go your doubts
If you could just believe in me now
I swear, that I won't let you go
I won’t let you go
(I won’t let you go)
There ain't no darkness strong enough that could tear you out from my heart
There ain't no strength that's strong enough that could tear this love apart
Never gonna let you go
Never gonna let you go
No I won’t let you go

Get a taste of Taiwan Coffee: Barista Gourmet Drip Coffee by Barista Coffee

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Get a taste of Taiwan Coffee: Barista Gourmet Drip Coffee by Barista Coffee
Sample Store is bringing Taiwan to you! Sample store has many beauty and F&B products waiting to be redeemed over the next few weeks, and in the 3rd week, they will be having the Barista Gourmet Drip Coffee by Barista Coffee!

What's special about this product is that the coffee beans specifically blended by chief barista with a specific roasting degree to create quality gourmet coffee, the brand insists on using 100% fresh Arabica coffee beans from high mountains!


Focuses on the formula and roasting techniques to keep the original flavour, creating an integrated taste of aroma, sweet and unique flavor

The Gourmet Drip Coffee launched by Barista Coffee has three main features:
(1) Roasted in Taiwan
(2) Nitrogen gas packing; lasting good flavor.
(3) Patented drip bag; it is easy to brew.

Directions on how to enjoy: 
1. Tear along the line on the filter bag
2. Pull out the hanging ears on both sides and place them steadily on the coffee cup
3. Slowly pour 180ml of hot water (92∘C-94∘C) into the drip bag
4. Lift the filter bag from both sides and throw away the residue

That's all! Redeem yours today here: http://bit.ly/2qR3Qiq
Find out more about the brand and the product here: http://www.barista.com.tw

For more products, head over to SampleStore.com !

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BIODERMA Sébium Mat Control and Lotion Review

Saturday, 26 May 2018

BIODERMA Sébium Mat Control and Lotion Review
Look what came in the mail today!

It's a sample size of the Bioderma Sebium Mat Control and Lotion!

If some of you don't already know, my skin type is combination skin. Now, let's first talk about the Lotion. I use this after cleansing my face, and after application to my skin, loved how it was non-sticky and moisturising in the right amount (you know how some toners can dry your skin out)

I learnt that this product is also specially formulated for Asian skin and contains a blend of active ingredients that helps balance skin’s pH, reduces excess oil and keeps skin hydrated. Lovely!

After using the lotion, I shook the mat control moisturiser bottle well before squeezing a bit out to try. I read how some people who just squeezed the product out from the bottle can experience a runnier product. But anyway, after shaking it well before use, I didn't experience anything like this.

Because it also acts as a makeup primer, I'm happy that I can save a step! You can either wear this on a bare face (without foundation) or just use this underneath your makeup. When I use it as a makeup primer, I find that it doesn't crease on my face! And like the others who tried this product, mine was a positive experience!

I liked how this moisturiser is light in texture, and absorbs easy for me. Importantly, no sticky feeling because hey, the last thing you want living in a tropical humid climate is a sticky face!

This product is formulated with the 8-hour Mat & Smooth Technology, which claims to produce instant, deep down results and regulates shine with ingredients like zinc and vitamin B6, refines skin texture and tightens pores with keratolytic active ingredients and astringent, and limits the appearance of blemishes.

The Fluidactiv patented complex biologically regulates sebum quality and provides lasting protection against blocked pores.

This product is said to be suitable for people with sensitive to combination to oily skin. It's also paraben-free, hypoallergenic, fragranced, non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested. In fact, even as the Sensibio line of products are formulated for sensitive skin types, it is safe to use on all skin types as well. Sébium is formulated for oily skin types and Hydrabio is formulated for the dry or dehydrated skin.

If you have these problems, this product is probably worth a try for you, as it's targeted for people with these concerns: Acne, Large Pores, Oiliness and Blackheads.

There are 3 factors that affect skin's sebum, which this product helps with:

Factor 1 – Hormones 
  • Imbalances and changes in hormonal activity can result in the excess production of sebum 
  • Risk of qualitative sebum abnormality 
  • Having thicker sebum that has a more difficult time flowing out of the follicle, which increases the risk of clogged pores and pimples 
  • prevents damage to skin immune system and preserves antioxidant reserve

Factor 2 – Improper Skincare
  • Using skincare products that are not suitable for your skin can irritat and worse acne-prone and oily skin 
  • For example, the use of aggressive cleansing products can lead to skin barrier issues, pH instability and reactional hyperseborrhea, where skin produces even more sebum to compensate for the removal of all the sebum from skin’s surface 

Factor 3 – Lifestyle 
  • Diet and stress are some factors that can influence the production of sebum 
  • For example, a high-glycemic diet (sugar, flour, rice etc) and high stress levels elevate hormones that increase the activity of sebaceous glands, contributing to the formation of acne 
Skincare Tips:
  • Be patient and stick with a targeted treatment programme, using products from a dermo-cosmetic range that’s created for oily, blemish prone skin 
  • Depending on the person and the type of acne, improvement is generally observed
Bare face testing! 
How to use

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control: Squeeze out a sufficient amount and apply on skin in an outward motion. Can be used as a makeup base. Avoid eyes and lips. For best results, use together with Bioderma Sebium Lotion for optimal shine-control and hydration

Bioderma Sebium Lotion: Pour onto cotton pad and sweep across skin in an outward motion, or pour onto palm and pat into skin with fingertips. Avoid eye and lips. For best results, use together with Sebium Mat Control for optimal shine-control and hydration

These new Bioderma products will be available island wide from 1 June 2018 at all Guardian outlets. The Bioderma Sebium Mat Control will be retailing at $36.90, 30ml and the Sebium Lotion will be retailing at $33.90, 200ml.


Current Promotions available at Guardian: Buy 1 get 2nd item at 50% off

Here are the links:
Sebium Mat Control: https://www.guardian.com.sg/bioderma-sebium-mat-control-30ml/p/608271
Sebium Lotion: https://www.guardian.com.sg/bioderma-sebium-lotion-200ml/p/608270



Thank you Samplestore for providing the sample size of the products for review.

Review: Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream (Tested in 2 climates!)

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Review: Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream (Tested in 2 climates!)


As some of you already know, I live in hot and humid Singapore. I was actually wondering if this cream would be good to use in such a humid place in Singapore, and I’m one to dislike heavy-weight creams, causing like a greasy wet film over my skin that doesn’t dry or gets absorbs easily into my skin.

But yet, my skin requires the moisturising so it gets really irritating when I can’t seek a balance in this aspect. So, I was not sure if I’d accept this cream from Atopalm at first but decided to when they approached me as I’ve heard some good stuff about it.

Thank goodness I did – and I’m not saying it cos it was given to me or anything. In fact, I did a test of this product in 2 different environments, which I’m going to share very shortly.

Before I start though, FYI, my skin type belongs to the normal and combination type, as some of you who always read my beauty posts know already. Remember how I say you all should always start off with a patch test first for every beauty product, right? Please do so, because it’s always safer to do that. Different people have different reactions to certain products, so even if it’s claimed by many to be safe, you have to make sure its essentially suitable for your own skin type, okay!

Okay, enough with the preaching, you guys know this far too well already, right?


First climate test: hot and humid Singapore

I perspire a lot, and I hate it when my cream doesn’t get absorbed fast enough (especially in the mornings when I’m rushing off to work). I usually rush through my morning routine because I’m such a sleepyhead that I wake up just in time to get prepared for work - usually within 30 minutes.

Summary – the cream passed the test. It was moisturising and yet contained the right amount of moisture for this climate. It absorbed fast and I was able to apply my makeup very quickly (usually I let my creams rest on my face for 5 mins or so: absorption time). Totally comfortable and hydrated, I would continue using this cream in Singapore!

2nd climate test: dry and cold Korea

Honestly, I’ve tried many creams in my multiple trips to Korea in their cold weather. This cream was one of those which truly got absorbed quickly. Many times I thought that I was underapplying because the film left on the skin was so thin that I wondered if the amount I used was actually really enough to protect my face (due to the harsh harsh winds I encountered in Jeju). Normally my skin would be rough and start to flake a little by the 3rd day that I’m in Korea, but throughout my trip (which saw me using this cream) – NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. My skin was not rough nor did it flake even a little. I was very pleased, seriously.


What they claim:
“This rich cream was developed for those who require serious skin care. With long lasting moisture benefits that are derived from a combination of specialty ingredients, it helps to repair a damaged skin barrier.”

I don’t have the professional tools to test if they were really repairing my damaged skin barrier or not, but all I can say is that it did provide me a good balance I was looking for in my moisturiser. 

I was also quite glad to read further into the ingredient list and find that they have this patented ceramide complex and an MLE skin barrier formula which recreates skin compounds and structure similar to real skin, thereby strengthening weakened skin barriers and also being able to extend the moisturising effect up to 72 hours.



That said, it doesn’t mean you should only apply the cream every 72 hours, since you’ll definitely be washing your face and all within the day, right? Haha!

Anyway, this cream (under the ‘Real Barrier’ line) was previously only exclusive to the US only. But now, you can try this out for yourself by getting it from Watsons Singaporeretailing for SGD$44.

The packaging comes in a clinical looking white plastic jar (not as pretty as the other brands you find out there, but not forgetting what it contains is ultimately the most important!). You’ll have 50ml worth of content per product.

Also, did I also mention how this formula doesn’t contain a lot of the bad stuff they put in cosmetics and skincare out there? 

Here’s the list: Ethanol / Propylene Glycol / Mineral Oil / Phenoxyethanol / PEG / Artificial Fragrances / Benzophenone / Diathanolamine / Artificial Pigments


I read that some people say the scent of this product is dreamy and nice smelling, but strangely I wasn’t able to smell anything when I used it leh! Is it my nose got problem? HAHA.

Overall, I did enjoy using this product. In fact, I only wrote this review AFTER I finished the entire freaking bottle (I actually got this bottle some time ago, but was so sorry to the sponsors who were waiting for my review to come out because I wanted it to be accurate for you guys!)

Mainly, I do approve this product because my skin did flake less and was not that dry as when I visited Korea with the other moisturising products. So, yes, love it, get it people!

If you want to find out more about this product, get details on its official USA website here. 

Their Singapore facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/realbarrier.sg/

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SG BusLeh: Great app to accompany your bus travels in Singapore

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

SG BusLeh: Great app to accompany your bus travels in Singapore
Today, I'm going to share on an awesome transport mobile app that I've been using for my travels around Singapore by bus! Some of you might already have been using it, yes, it's the SG Busleh app!

This app, launched in 2015, was developed by Originally US, a Singapore-based mobile app development consultancy in Singapore. One of the goals of the app makers was to make it fast, simple and easy for their users, hence the layout is a very simple layout, with colour adaptation of Singapore's colours: red and white, as per our flag.

Currently, almost 6% of total Singapore population uses SG BusLeh at least once every month. The app was also featured in Channel Newsasia as well as Channel 8, and has also won the 'Most Innovative Solution' award from LTA (Land Transport Authority Singapore) in year 2016. 
Personally, before they approached me to do this post for them, I am already on of the app's avid users. I use it almost everyday and to be honest, one of my favourite features of the app is to check the timings of the buses I'm trying to catch. I also like how they have a notification alert to inform you that the bus you searched for has arrived, even after you've locked your phone! How cool is that! 

When I search for the bus I’m trying to catch, for example, bus 100, it opens up with the entire route list of bus 100. As I click on the bus stop which I’m at, it also shows me what other buses are available at that bus stop, as well as their arrival timings. 

Here’s a scenario for example, when I’m trying to get to Tampines Interchange from Ubi Station Exit B, I know I will be taking bus 22. I click on the location ‘Ubi Station Exit B’ to check what time bus 22 will be arriving, but I see another bus 65, which will be arriving in 2 minutes time, instead of waiting another 10 minutes for bus 22. I can easily refer to bus 65’s bus timings as well to change my bus route. 

And this is another feature I appreciate very much because I might want to catch another quicker bus that might also take me to the same destination, just in case I’m rushing for time. This app also localised itself further by tuning the language of the app to prompt Singlish jokes! 

This is not surprising, since it is after all, developed by a Singapore mobile app development consultancy. 

Some other unique features in their app that I like are:
  • The app shows exact location of upcoming buses on a map, instead of relying on just bus timing views. They call this ‘bus stalking’, haha! 
  • The type of arriving buses (double-decker bus or bendy buses, etc) 
  • Ability to tap your EZ-Link card to check balance using SG BusLeh (on supported devices) 
  • If you are on a bus, the app can notify you when you are arriving at your destination stop 
  • Internal bus timings for even NTU & NUS buses! 


As one of the top mobile app developers in Singapore, Originally US fully in-source their development and focus on talents, going through as much as 30 to 50 resumes to hire one developer. Clients include insurance giant AIA, River Safari, Mediacorp, CPF and Zalora, which I also use for my clothes shopping! haha. 

Overall, I like that the app is straightforward, and useful, easy to manuver and it's easy for even older folks (like my parents) to pick up. 
If you're interested to try out the app (or excited to start using it, like I am!), you can download it on the Android playstore here or the Apple Store here.



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12 Places to Get Your Lohei Fix: CNY 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

12 Places to Get Your Lohei Fix: CNY 2018
Chinese New Year is inching in on us, and every CNY is accompanied by the prosperity toss (a.k.a Lo Hei Yu Sheng 捞起鱼生)! 

Not sure where you're headed for Lo Hei this CNY? Or in need of more suggestions of where to get your Yu Sheng platters?

Well, from healthy Yu Sheng, vegetarian ones, gluten-free ones or a lavish Yu Sheng platters, here's 12 recommended places you can get your lohei fix:


Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant (Quality Hotel Marlow) / Lotus Kitchen (Chinatown Point) 
Price: $28 - $38 

Quality Hotel Marlow 
Location: 2nd Level, 201 Balestier Road Singapore 329926 
Tel: +65 6254 0090 

Lotus Kitchen (Chinatown Point)
Location: 133 New Bridge Road, #01-01/02 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413 
Tel: +65 6538 1068 
Image Credit: Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

The Lotus Vegetarian Prosperity Yusheng is a colourful abundance of over 30 ingredients. Featuring premium vegetarian salmon and fish slices made from konnyaku, as well as vegetarian ba kwa, lotus root slices, julienned apple and more, you definitely don’t want to toss this off the table. The Prosperity Vegetarian Salmon Yu Sheng and Prosperity Vegetarian Abalone starts from S$28++ and S$38++ for 2 to 4 pax respectively.


Greendot 
Price: $28 
Location: Various locations, refer to their website 
Image Credit: Greendot

This Chinese New Year, toss to fortune, abundance and health with Greendot’s affordable vegetarian yusheng (S$28). For the first time ever, the brand has come up with a vegetarian yusheng — this delicious offering suits all palates and dietary requirements. It is made with konnyaku salmon slices, which replicate the look, texture and taste of the fish. It is also accompanied with soy bak kwa and pomelo - relish the invigorating interplay of savoury, sour and sweet notes. Homemade fruit-based sauce and vegetarian oil imbued with the fragrance of lemongrass is drizzled all over the yusheng for the final finishing touch.


Plentyfull 
Price: $48 to $78 
Location: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-79/80, Singapore 039596 
Tel: +65 64932997 
Plentyfull Blossom Yu Sheng is inspired by the flavours of South Thailand and North of Malaysia. With reminiscence of kerabu flavours, pineapple and Thai ginger dressing was used for refreshing and mix of flavours. This year, cured Yellowtail Hamachi is the ring that binds the delicious matrimony of flavors. Some vegetables used in this Yu Sheng includes Green Papaya, Beetroot, Watermelon Radish and topped with fried yam strips and micro cress.


SENS 
Price: $48 - $68 (excluding costs for additional toppings) 
Location: 118 Holland Ave, #B1-12/13, Raffles Holland V, Singapore 278997 
Tel: +65 6262 5618 
Image Credit: SENS
SENS is helmed by Chef Kent Seah, who has over 22 years of experience, trained in Japan and worked in various five-star hotels and restaurants. This year, SENS is launching a very colourful fruity yu sheng! Bucking the trend of showcasing only vegetables, the Healthy Salmon and Fruit Yu Sheng (S$48, small) features up to 12 different types of fruits. Each fruit offers a refreshing bite and accompanying the fruits are thick slices of salmon sashimi. Also available is the Eight Happiness Gold Rush Yu Sheng (S$68, large). It stars the same 12 fruits as the marquee ingredients, and comes with added indulgence such as sword fish, ama ebi, Hokkaido scallop and salmon sashimi. The pairing of fruits with sashimi may seem a bit odd at first, but it is one that works remarkably well. Both the yu sheng are pulled together by a sweet homemade plum sauce by SENS. Olive oil is used instead of peanut or corn oil for a healthy spin. Five spice powder is not used in both yu sheng, allowing the ingredients¹ natural flavours to shine through. This yusheng is available from 15 January to 3 March 2018.


FujiSoba Singapore 
Price: $38.80 
Location: 100 Tras Street, #03-14, 100AM Singapore 079027 
Tel: +65 64438827 
Image Credit: Fujisoba Singapore
Nadai Fujisoba Ni-hachi’s (Fujisoba), touted as Japan’s number one soba restaurant, is the first in Singapore to introduce yu sheng that comes with cold and fried soba noodles. This healthy and delicious yusheng caters up to 8 pax. It also features a generous medley of salmon, seasoned octopus, seaweed and jelly fish, crabstick strips, shredded egg and tobiko for a savoury note. The sushi gari (ginger), orange cubes and winter melon strips offer a refreshing taste, while the white and red carrot, purple cabbage, Japanese cucumber and Chinese crackers a crunchy bite. A special sesame sauce pulls all the ingredients together. This will be available from 16 January to 28 February 2018.


Min Jiang at One-North 
Price: $88++ per small portion, $138++ per large portion 
Location: No. 5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216 
Tel: +65 6774 0122 
Image Credit: Min Jiang
It will be a rewarding meal to remember with this exquisite creation by Master Chef Goh. Taking centrestage is a ‘flower’ with ‘petals’ that are made of julienned peaches, plums, kiwi and golden kiwi. Prettily perched in the middle is a mound of pomelo, wasabi tobiko and red tobiko. Encircling this beauty are nuggets of ingot-shaped osmanthus jelly studded with blueberries, as well as edible viola petals. Accompanying the main attraction are romaine lettuce, rocket leaves carrot, green radish, white radish, yellow frisee lettuce, snow pear, pine nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, shredded fish ‘ribbons’ and two sauces – Japanese sesame and plum. This will be available from 29 January to 2 March 2018.


Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel 
Price: $168++ per large portion only 
Location: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road Singapore 228221 
Tel: +65 6730 1704 
Image Credit: Min Jiang
Guests will be treated to double the luck as they ‘lo’ (toss) to greater fortunes while dining on this colourful platter by Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee of Min Jiang. The eyes are first drawn to a beautiful Chinese painting on the plate – personally illustrated by Chef himself – of a friendly Pekingese perched on the foothills of a majestic mountain, and pretty cherry blossoms beckoning on the peak; then to the gorgeous sunset-hued arrangement made up of ultra-fresh raw salmon slices and abalones crowned with red tobiko. To complete the work of art, edible viola petals and wasabi tobiko lend a 3-D touch. A medley of crisp vegetables such as wild arugula, yellow frisee, red sorrel, red mustard greens, carrot, baby radish and white radish, pomelo, sesame seeds, pine nuts and crispy strips of fried sweet potato and yam are refreshing accompaniments, while the homemade dressing is a piquant mix of lime juice, lemongrass and plum sauce. This will be available from 29 January to 2 March 2018.


Jiang Nan Chun at Four Seasons 
Price: $98 - $138++ (excluding costs for additional toppings)
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore 190 Orchard Boulevard 248646 Singapore 
Tel: +65 6831 7220 
Image Credit: Jiang Nan Chun
Toss to good fortune with the restaurant’s signature Yu Sheng, a bestseller that comprises an appetising mix of interesting ingredients including smoked salmon slices, crispy vermicelli, fried sweet potato strips, preserved papaya, beetroot and shredded radish, complemented with a homemade dressing of plum sauce and pineapple paste. The Yu Sheng is available in two sizes, small portion at $98 for 4-6pax and large portion at $138 for 6-10pax. Additional accompaniment options include “Three-head quality” abalone ($60 per order), Bird’s nest ($60 per order), Japanese surf clams ($30 per order), Norwegian Salmon for dine-in only ($30 per order), Smoked salmon ($20 per order), Crispy fish skin ($16 per order), Crispy silver fish ($16 per order) and Crackers ($6 per order). Dine-ins are available from 1 Feb to 2 Mar 2018.


Peony Jade 
Price: $68.88 - $268.88++ 

Clarke Quay Restaurant 
Tel: +65 6338 0305 
Location: Clarke Quay 3 River Valley Rd, Level 2, Singapore 179020 

Keppel Club (Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant) 
Tel: +65 6276 9138 
Location: Keppel 10 Bukit Chermin Rd, M Level, 109918 
Image Credit: Peony Jade
Toss and feast your way to prosperity and longevity with Peony Jade’s Instant Enormous Windfall, Good Health and Longevity” artistic Yu Sheng. This brilliant handcrafted work-of-art sets the tone for the festive feast as it is prepared with choice seafood namely, lobster from Canada, sliced premium 2-head golden abalone from Australia, Japanese Amberjack (hamachi) carpaccio, tuna (sashimi-grade), Norwegian salmon (sashimi-grade), pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, jelly fish, wakame, unami, crispy silver baits, topped with champagne jelly, French caviar, golden fish roes, lychee pops and edible 18k gold leaves. This celebratory toss-for-fortune must-have is complete with chef’s homemade recipe using fresh apricot and peach jam dressing, and Peony Jade’s deep-fried thin taro strips, roasted pine nuts and toasted sesame seeds. Priced at S$268.88++, this gluten free yusheng serves up to 10-12 guests, and is available for dine-in only at Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, and a 1-day advance order is required. All of Peony Jade’s Yu Sheng platters are available from 1 Feb to 2 Mar 2018.


Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin 
Price: $58++ 
Tel: +65 6845 1118 
Location: Marina Mandarin Hotel, Level 5, 6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore 039594 
Image Credit: Peach Blossoms
This coming Chinese New Year, Peach Blossoms presents the new, Japanese-inspired Amaebi, Salmon and Pear Yusheng. Apart from the usual yusheng ingredients, Bonito flakes are added for umami flavour, while for sweetness, fresh Japanese sweet prawn is added. Tobiko is included to give a semi-crunchy texture to the dish, and pear is thrown into the yusheng to provide the palate a refreshing taste. This Yu Sheng is available from 22 January 2018 to 2 March 2018.


Dragon Bowl
Price: $38.80 - $56.80+
Location: Various locations, please refer to website.
Website: http://dragonbowl.com.sg
Toss to good health with the Dragon Bowl's Prosperity Abalone Yusheng with Fish Roe, which comprises Abalone, Lime, White Radish, Green Radish, Carrots, Cucumber, Capsicum, Pomelo, Pickled Ginger, Chinese Parsley, Peanut, Five Spice Powder, Cracker, Plum Sauce, Oil, all pulled together by the Yusheng Sauce. 


Paradise Group 
Price: $48.80 - $68++ 
Location: Various locations, please refer to their website 
Image Credit: Paradise Group
This year, Paradise Group serves Prosperity Abalone Yu Sheng across their branches. The Yusheng ingredients are freshly grated at respective restaurants, while condiments are prepared daily at Paradise Group’s very own central kitchen to ensure consistency in taste and quality. The team has paid great attention to details of the packaging - not only it is presentable, it is effective and convenient too. For the specialty Yushengs at Taste Paradise, Paradise Teochew and Seafood Paradise, the ingredients and condiments are prepared by the in-house chefs of the respective outlets. All their Yu sheng platters are available from 26 January to 4 March 2018.

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Burger King's Largest Mega Fast Food Restaurant is Open in Bedok!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Burger King's Largest Mega Fast Food Restaurant is Open in Bedok!
Last Tuesday, Burger King unveiled its latest and biggest outlet in Singapore and the region at Heartbeat@Bedok. Spanning a wide space, the fast food restaurant holds up to 239 seats!
Burger King at Heartbeat@Bedok storefront
The all-embracing design of the restaurant unifies various elements of a Singaporean lifestyle, with the circular layout taking inspiration from the two ‘chambers’ of Heartbeat@Bedok that resemble a human heart.
Spacious seating area for customers to enjoy
The expansive seating area is organised into different thematic sections, which cater to individuals and large family gatherings alike, and a well-planned quiet study corner equipped with electric plugs for students to huddle over academic pursuits and revision for upcoming examinations.
Feature wall at Burger King at Heartbeat@Bedok
There will soon be wifi available in the restaurant as well!

Human-centric features are evident in the thoughtful furnishings of the new store. Customers stepping into the 5,281 square feet space will immediately notice the vastness of the restaurant and have their attention captured by the many surprising elements of the restaurant including a beautiful ‘Super Tree’. It represents Singapore’s reputation as a Garden City and its citizens’ love for nature, and breathes a second life into the beautiful wooden frame used to form the installation.
The 'Super Tree' of Burger King at Heartbeat@Bedok
To bring the service crew closer to the customer, the restaurant has introduced individual ordering pods. The one-of-its kind self-service drink section makes it all the more convenient for customers to help themselves to their choice of drink. Customers will be delighted with the ‘keep active’ running tracks in the restaurant. This was designed with Sports SG in mind, to support its vision for a healthy lifestyle and in keeping with the mall’s sport focus.
Running tracks leading to ordering pods
Heartbeat@Bedok is one of the newest and largest integrated complexes in Singapore. It is a lifestyle hub designed to cater to Singapore’s multigenerational population to spend time together, in support of Singapore’s vision to create a caring and gracious community. The mall has healthcare to sports facilities to a wide range of dining options, everything families need under one roof.

The new Burger King restaurant at Heartbeat@Bedok is open from 8am to 10pm daily.

For more information on Burger King and its current promotions, please visit www.burgerking.com.sg.

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