LeNu (樂牛) Taiwan Beef Noodle Bar

Sunday, 28 September 2014

LeNu (樂牛) Taiwan Beef Noodle Bar
Lenu (樂牛) is a restaurant opened by the Paradise Group, and I'm here to review it! With high expectations after some good meals at other Paradise Group Restaurants, I was hoping to get a real taste of Taiwan Beef Noodle Soup. LeNu literally means 'Happy Cow' in Mandarin. It's cute, I guess. Haha.

Wide variety of beef noodle choices
Make your selection!
We were shown to our seats and a menu was given to us, as well as an order form. I have to say that I'm not too fond of filling up order forms, so with my order in mind, I went straight to the counter, which is what you'll have to do anyway after filling up the form.

Top ups are available at a costly price, which I didn't take up!
Right beside the counter, some appetizers are on display and customers would just need to select what they want and pay for it at the counter.

The Surroundings
The 4 Essences (winning formula) for Lenu are shown on the walls.
My friend ordered the dry version of the Braised Beef Brisket Noodles ($10.90) and I ordered the Braised Wagyu Beef Noodles ($16.90).
Dry Version of Braised Beef Brisket Noodles
After mixing the noodles, you are ready to start! The noodles tasted so-so, but the beef is really tender. In my opinion, I felt the noodles could be more springy, it felt like it was neither here nor there.
The dry noodles version are nice!
My turn!
Braised Wagyu Beef Noodles (they really like putting a huge scoop of spring onions in every bowl of noodles huh!)
There are 3 types of noodles available for choosing: Thin Noodles, Broad Noodles and Rice Noodles (exclusive to Singapore only). Of course, I would try the rice noodles. It turned out to be the really thin kway teow type noodles, but I did enjoy it as the noodles were quite well cooked.
I felt the wagyu beef was quite an expensive addition though. While the thinly sliced beef were easy to eat, but I felt I would have enjoyed it as much as if I were to have the normal beef slices.
The soup is also a make-it-or-break-it factor for me, so I would have to say that it managed to be comforting for my tummy, but doesn't have the oomph factor. It's pretty much average, though the broth is light and doesn't taste too salty. (It is oily, though!)

In summary, I felt that although it was a comforting warm meal, but the taste lacks punch to make it stand out from other soupy meals competitors.
Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-91/92/93, Singapore 098585 (Opposite Ben & Jerry's)
Tel: +65 63769039
Visit their Facebook and Website to find out more.
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront MRT Station (Circle Line (Orange), NE Line (Purple))
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 3 / 5
Ambience: 3.2 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 3 / 5
Service: 3 / 5

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick
I was at The Body Shop just the other day, and I was on a shopping craze to buy some stuff for the bathroom. And here it is, the makeup corner. Honestly, I don't really notice the cosmetics when I usually enter the shop. But boy, was I excited when I got to see their Colour Crush Lipsticks!
The Body Shop - Colour Crush Lipsticks on display
The lipsticks go for $22.90 and feel light and moisturing to the lips. However, I must say that the colour drops easy. After  washing it the first time with just plain water, about 95% of the applied lipstick colour were already gone. For me, I'm always on the go to find something long lasting (because honestly, which busy woman has so much time to reapply their lipstick colours throughout the day at work?!)

- Lipstick application was smooth
- Lips felt moist after application
- Nice range of colours available
- Colour comes off too easily
- Not super affordable for its quality.
A quick summary - so this product did not work out for me that well, simply for the negative reason stated above. However, I must say that I do applaud the colours in this series. It was really lovely and their colour range is good for any skin tones. Here's the colour swatch!

Colour Crush Lipstick Colour Swatch
Product number is beside the lipstick icon. :)

Simply Wrapps

Friday, 19 September 2014

Simply Wrapps
So I was walking around and came across Simply Wrapps today. My first reaction when I thought of lunch at this place, was that it was going to be unsatisfying for me, because I'm very much a rice person during lunch. But I told myself that I should give it a try as there was a snaking queue and I was glad I did!

Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum and Intensive Cream

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum and Intensive Cream
This afternoon, I was walking around a shopping mall and near a Laneige 라네즈 counter where I saw them putting out 2 new additions to their Wrinkle Care Time Freeze 타임 프리즈 Series: The Time Freeze Eye Serum and the Time Freeze Intensive Cream.
Intensive Cream (Left), Eye Serum (Right)
I was wondering what the difference between an eye serum and eye cream was, and the counter lady shared that the eye serum was a good addition on top of your usual eye creams as it had reparative functions. For people who have serious fine lines, it is recommended that they use the eye serum, which will help reduce aging of skin around the eyes, plus an additional eye cream.
The Eye Serum.
However, if you don't have much fine lines around your eye area and your main function is simply to keep away fine lines, then just using the eye serum would do fine. I managed to get a set of samples from the counter, but for sure, I will be getting the Time Freeze Eye Serum!
Because it is really really light and has a high level of absorption rate. Less than a second (or two) within applying the serum, it was totally absorbed into my skin and it didn't feel like I had applied anything at all. Its texture is gel-like and it smells good.
As for the intensive cream, it is really recommended for ladies who are above, say, 30 years of age? When I first applied it on my skin, I felt it was a little thick, but it was absorbed into the skin pretty quickly, despite being an anti-aging cream (usually the ones I tried are much thicker and harder to absorb!)
This is a full-on anti-aging cream which makes the skin good to touch after application. The function of this cream is to maintain elasticity and helps to increase the collagen retention in the skin! Don't we all need some of that?
Opening Ceremony!
How to use:
Time Freeze Intensive Cream (50ml) - After using the essence, dispense 2 bean sized amounts onto your fingers and gently apply on the cheek, forehead and jaw areas.
Time Freeze Eye serum (20ml) - After using skin toner or lotion, put a bean sized amount on your fingers and apply around the eyes by gently rubbing.
Laneige Time Freeze Eye Serum retails at SGD$69 and Time Freeze Intensive Cream retails at SGD$95. Get yours now!

Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist

Monday, 8 September 2014

Laneige Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist
Yesterday, I wrote a congratulatory post to wish one of my favourite Korean skincare brand, Laneige, a happy 20th birthday.
Today, I thought I'd continue by sharing a little about this product from them, which I have been using for the past 2 years (and ongoing!).
Yes, it's the Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist (워터뱅크 미네랄 미스트)!
If you're someone who hangs out with me often, you would have seen me carry one of these in my bags or rather, in my office. Once I started, I hadn't stopped using this product on a daily basis.
One of my favourite moisturising mists of all time, the Water Bank Mineral Skin Mist never disappoints my parched skin anytime of the day.

Spray Nozzle
As a permanent feature in my skincare regime, it plays an important part as it helps me sets my makeup for the entire day. My skin is combination skin, so my cheeks area can really seem rough and dry sometimes. Just to show you its spray power, I took the following shot and just imagine that on your dehydrated skin! Just wonderful.

Just look at that spray power!
How I use this product:
Day: Before applying makeup, I will spray a little of this all over my face to prep it first. After makeup, I will spray a little more of this on my entire face to 'set' the look. I like using mists to 'set' my look because I feel that makeup makes my skin dehydrated and to make it look more natural, I find that this works best for me.
Afternoon: Anytime I feel my skin is dry, I will spray this on my cheeks. It also refreshes my tired skin, and personally I feel refreshed when I use this product on my face (to help prevent me from falling asleep! :P)
I took this photo after I used this product to 'set' my makeup. I promise, I did not photoshop my skin texture!
It is as it is. With Laneige and sunlight.  :)

I love this product!

Happy 20th Birthday Laneige!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Happy 20th Birthday Laneige!
This post is special because it is not a review, but a shoutout to one of my favourite skincare brands ever: Laneige!
All thanks to Laneige, that I started my love for Korean cosmetics and skincare products. I'm a loyal fan of Laneige's and I have bought most of their products, ranging from their water bank series, to whitening series, suncare series, and makeup - BB Cushion, makeup bases, blushes, eyeshadows.
I've also made lots of familiar friendly acquaintances with Laneige staff at their counters, in various locations. So this brand is quite special to me. And honestly, I do love all their products. Like their water bank gel_ex, their water bank skin mist, sun care aqua+, White Plus Renew Original Essence are some of the products which are my staples in my skincare regime.
Once again, I would like to wish them a very very happy birthday, and indeed, they have come a very long way.
As a sort of celebratory move, they have launched an absolutely stunning limited edition Laneige 20th Anniversary Water Bank Gel Cream_Ex Set (worth $52).
Each tube contains a different scented Water Bank Gel Cream_EX, which you can use on different days. I've tried the scents and found them to be really lovely and soothing, and would urge fans to get it! 
Click here to view their milestones, from year 1994.
You can also send them a birthday wish here with the hashtag #LANEIGE20 on your Facebook Timeline, Instagram or Twitter and enter the lucky draw to win LANEIGE 20th Anniversary Water Bank Gel Cream_Ex Set (worth $52) from now till 28 Sept 2014!
That's not all! Also, fans also get a chance to enter their Sure-win Lucky Dip and Grand Draw with every $150 spent on  Laneige items this September month! 20 lucky winners will take home fantastic prizes worth up to $39,500, including a trip to Seoul, jewelry and a K-Beauty Laneige Hamper! Don't miss out on this and for more information, keep checking back with their facebook page!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ HAPPY BIRTHDAY LANEIGE! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

K.COOK Korean BBQ Buffet 고기 뷔페

Thursday, 4 September 2014

K.COOK Korean BBQ Buffet 고기 뷔페
Just yesterday, I visited this newly opened Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant 고기 뷔페, at Orchard Central!
Reaching there at about 6.30pm, I already saw many people having their buffet session and here I was, thinking that I could be the earliest as it was a work day. I was greeted with this cool queue machine, which they just installed one day before I went there.
The Queue Machine.
I tried the queue system (despite having a seat already, naughty me!) because I wanted to see how well it worked. And it was really cool! It allowed you to select an estimate number of people you will be eating with, and ask you to key in your contact number and name. At the final stage, it will check with you if you require a baby seat.
My queue number was A26. I took a screenshot of their message, which was sent to me right after it generated the queue number. (Talk about efficiency!) ^-^
They actually did call me later on, not once, not twice, but about 4 times when I didn't pick up my phone! (Sorry lah, busy munching away already, totally did not see the calls!)
I kid you not, Singaporeans eat SOOOOO much meat. I went to take some of the Samgyeopsal 삼겹살 (fatty slices of pork belly meat), one moment it was there, next moment - gone! The restaurant staff were quick to replace a bucket of Samgyeopsal 삼겹살 and I was a happy girl.
Overall, looking at the food, it was a good spread indeed. Here are some of the snapshots of the items they have there!
I usually do not exactly like to eat too much of the side dishes in a Korean buffet, because it takes up space in your belly and you don't end up eating the good stuff, like the grilled meats. I did try a little of their side dishes and it was very satisfying. I loved the Japchae 잡채, tteokbokki 떡볶이 and one spicy stewed pork side dish, which I took second helpings of it. (So totally not me, y'all.)
These are the side dishes.

Make your own fruit salad!
10 types of meats to choose from, for your grilled enjoyment~

Being in this place is like being in a live South Korean TV station, watching Kpop performances. It can get a little noisy, with the music playing in the background and the sizzling of meats everywhere. But it all adds to the experience. I took this photo when the sun hasn't set, but you should really be there when the sky gets dark. The lights make a huge difference and the place is transformed into a really cool BBQ club. The lights and the scenery of Orchard Road makes it such a joy to dine here. Even better if you're seated near the glass windows.

Grilling of meats are done on this huge grill (with the fire contained directly under it so it doesn't feel too hot. Also, the place is really open and has very good ventilation, which works very well for us. Even after so much grilling, you won't smell as smoky meaty as you will with other Korean BBQ restaurants, which usually are in an enclosed space.

Prices are charged reasonably at the following:
Lunch (Mon to Fri, 11.30am to 3pm) / Sat, Sun, Eve PH & PH (11.30am to 5pm)
Adults: $14.99++, $24.90++ respectively
Child (4 to 12 years old): $8.90++, $18.90++ respectively
Dinner (Mon to Thurs, 5.30pm to 10pm) / Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve PH & PH (5pm to 10pm)
Adults: 24.90++, $26.90++ respectively
Child (4 to 12 years old): $18.90++, $18.90++ respectively
They also offer a 10% discount if you meet either one of these clauses:
- For those who dine in less than an hour for buffet food
- If you pay up before 7pm for dinner from Monday to Friday.
Overall, my take on this restaurant is that it offers good value for what you get, with a good, standard favourite selection of meats to choose from and good side dishes. There is good ventilation as well, which is really important! The staff also provide good service and I'm absolutely impressed with the follow-up generated from the queue machine.
Location: #07-01, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 23889
Tel: +65-6884-7282
To find out more, visit their Facebook page now!
Directions to K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet:
Take the train to Somerset MRT Station (NS23 - located on the North-South Line / Red Line). Exit towards Orchard Central Exit. Take the lift up to the fourth floor. Look for an escalator and go up all the way to level 7. Look to your left and you'll see the restaurant:

View from Escalator
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4 / 5
Ambience: 4 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4.3 / 5
Service: 4 / 5

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market (노량진수산시장)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market (노량진수산시장)
[South Korea, Seoul] Who wants fresh seafood?!
Today, I'm sharing with you on one of the places where you can get fresh seafood in Seoul. Yes, that's right, we're heading over to Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market (노량진수산시장)! It is also widely known to travellers as the Noryangjin Fish Market.
Behold, fresh seafood.

Something I would suggest for you to do, especially if you are unfamiliar with Seoul's seafood dishes, is to do some research before going there, so you won't spend too much time mulling over what to buy or what to eat. However, though, even if you do go there unprepared, the overly zealous ajummas will propose for you to buy quite a few things, which might leave you slightly overwhelmed.
For me, I had wanted to try things like fish hoe / hwae (회 - raw), or kkotge tang 꽃게탕 a.k.a Spicy Crab Stew (lit. Flower Crab Stew). So when I got there, I really looked around and I just bought from the first Mandarin speaking Ajumma who approached us.
I bought from this stall - 대박수산, she is quite friendly and helpful. And speaks good Chinese!
I told her I wanted to take photos of the kkotge 꽃게 (flower crabs) she sold me, so she helped me hold on to the crab while I snapped away.

When you want to eat kkotge tang 꽃게탕, you've of course gotta use kkotge 꽃게 (flower crab)! :)
There's also a wide array of fresh seafood to choose from! Remember to walk around and check them out. Because this place is widely frequented by so many tourists, the stall owners are already quite used to people snapping photos of their seafood. However, just keep your eyes open and read the owners' faces because I was snapping a photo of a ginormous looking octopus and the owner was looking at me somewhat frustrated.
It's longer than my arm!

These were the size of my palm. My gawd.
Crazy amounts of prawns!
I also told the ajumma that I wanted to have some grilled fish and she told me to go to the store behind hers to get it. (Beware, floor is soaking wet!) I don't really recommend you wear really nice shoes to this place. And make sure the shoes you're wearing has good grip.
I asked the fish ajumma how much does the Godeungeo 고등어 (Mackerel) cost and she said 10,000won. I fished out the money and I saw her passing me a bunch of fishes (like, more than five!). I was like, "No, no. Sorry. I can't have so much. I only want one." And she sold one to me for 3,000 won. Although it's more costly to do so, but obviously I'm not going to carry all those fishes home. So, no go. One will do.
After picking out the fish for grilling and my ingredients for the crab stew, I followed another lady who enthusiastically brought us up this flight of stairs, where they could help us cook the food.
We ended up at this restaurant called Mirak 미락 and the lady I followed spoke to the waitress and told them what we wanted to have. They then led us to a table and told us to wait for our food there, while the ingredients are brought to the kitchen for preparation.

Interior of the restaurant
Some simple side dishes were also served while we were waiting.

After snacking a bit, our food finally arrived!!!
The kkotge tang! - Spicy Crab Stew
I have to show you what's in it - I have some big prawns, scallops and the kkotge 꽃게. :)

Prawns were really fresh. And big.
This stew was sooooo good! Then, shortly, the grilled mackerel was served as well. This paled in comparison with the kkotge tang 꽃게탕 though. But we did enjoy the entire meal. :)
Now, I'm going to share with you how much I spent for this meal.
Cost Breakdown: 
Crabs + Prawns + Scallops - 29,000 won
Mackerel - 3,000 won
Cooking fee - 27,000 won
In total, we spent about 59,000 won (for 2 people!) on fresh seafood, including cooking! Well, if you live in Singapore, you'll know that fresh seafood will cost SO MUCH more. I must say I think that this is a reasonable cost to pay for the experience and the lovely meal. Frugal PJ was so happy with the meal and she said this was in fact quite cheap for the entire experience.
Of course, if you bought more expensive seafood (like abalone, etc), the cost will be even more. But I do recommend that new Seoul travellers come here at least once for the experience.
Directions to Noryangjin Fish Market:
Take the subway from Chungmuro Station (Line 4) to Seoul Station and transfer to Line 1. Alight at Noryangjin Station. We have to be specific here because you could get off at the wrong stop, especially if you're not familiar with Seoul's subway system. PJ and I was confused for a bit when we almost got off at the wrong stop. Just remember, the station should be an open air station, not an enclosed one.
I had to blur out PJ's face with mosaic because it was drizzling that day and the winds were strong. We couldn't have a nice photo of her so I had to use this.
It's this station!
Then, get out of the station and head over to Exit 1. Walk across the overhead bridge to the market.
See the signs there? The blue arrow?
Follow the sign, and once you get up on the overhead bridge, you'll smell the fishes already. (talk about potent!)
I remember telling PJ, "Let's follow these uncles, I'm very sure they'll be going the same way!" And they did.
After crossing this bridge, you'll come to an open air carpark. Walk all the way straight, then turn to your left to enter a dim but wide staircase. Go downstairs till you see Noryangjin Fish Market.  Have fun! :D
Location: 688 Nodeul-ro Dongjak-gu, Seoul South Korea