The Comb Hair Salon

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Comb Hair Salon
The folks at Comb Hair Salon has taken over the space which was previously a Japanese hair salon, about 6 months ago. Nested in a quiet corner near Telok Ayer MRT Station, it is a convenient location for office workers to find solace in their refreshed locks over lunch. 
The decoration in their hair salon is an aesthetically pleasing row of hairstylist chairs and huge mirrors.
They also have a wide range of brands for hair products.
Their stylists come from various places around South East Asia, which includes Seoul (South Korea), Shanghai, Taiwan and Singapore, where various stylists have already bagged experiences working in the different countries.

Firstly, I was given a choice of teas and juices to choose from, and I went ahead with a lovely tea from TWG. After consultation with my hairstylist, Henry, he decided that my hair was too damaged to do anything except for treatment and trimming off my split ends.

So, that's what I set out to do: their 3-Step Intensive hair treatment. My hair length (which just falls above my chest), is considered long ($160). Any hair length that falls below the chest is considered extra long.

My results!
If you are wondering how come my hair looked still frizzy, well, the results were really not that immediate. However, I honestly say that the hair treatment really helped my hair the next day. Even for the sake of this review, Henry refused to curl my hair because he wants to make sure the moisture is locked into my hair, so my hair doesn't show up super well styled on photos. But the next day really showed my hair texture has improved, so thank you, H!

I think it is really professional that he let my hair get the best benefit, for the sake of my hair, and not for the photos only. So, here's a photo of me and my stylist for the day! My friend say he looks like a Taiwanese star, lol.

The Comb Hair Salon
Location: 12 Gemmill Ln, Singapore 069252

This is an invited media session.

Soi 55 arrives at The Cathay

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Soi 55 arrives at The Cathay
Let every Thai Milk Tea fan rejoice, as they are now officially able to bring Soi 55's milk tea into the cinemas at The Cathay.
After much fanfare from Thai Milk Tea fans at their Golden Shoe Raffles Place's branch, I am glad I now get to also get it here, as they officially open shop on 19 September 2015.

Details
   Area: 
Dhoby Ghaut

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$

Good For: 
Takeaway

Accessibility: 
Approx  5 mins walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

Let’s Eat!
I heard from my friend that the Thai Green Milk Tea is quite sweet and that he preferred the original Thai Milk Tea better. Honestly, I was worried because I didn't like my milk teas overly sweet. So, I reflected my worry to the counter staff and she nicely let me have a sample of the Thai Green Milk Tea ($3.90 for cup, $4.90 for bottle), which was actually her favourite and which she also highly recommended over the popular Thai Milk Tea.

After tasting it, I went with the Thai Green milk tea because I felt it really wasn't too sweet, and it was the right consistency of liquidy smoothness. The flavour was pretty good as well and the cup was really big!

I also added one of their toppings, sago, into my cup, but unfortunately, the sago was not very well cooked, and I thought my Thai Green Milk Tea could go better without it.
My friend had the Thai Milk Coffee and I thought it was pretty good too. Try that. If you don't want it too sweet, that can be adjusted to your liking too.

Their menu consists of Thai Milk Tea, Thai Rose Milk Tea, Thai Green Milk Tea and Thai Milk Coffee, all going for $3.90 for the cup version. Those who like their drinks bottled can choose so by topping up $1 for it.

Available toppings and their prices:
  • Pearls, $0.50
  • Sago, $0.60
  • Chinchow, $0.70
  • Red Ruby, $1
  • Hashima, $2.80

Soi 55
Location: The Cathay Level 5, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233


CakesOnline.sg: Online cakes? Here's the new kid on the block!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

CakesOnline.sg: Online cakes? Here's the new kid on the block!
We were invited to the official launch of a brand-new online gourmet cake shop, founded by creative, passionate bakers. Simply known as Cakesonline.sg, you can expect rich looking, pretty cakes for sale. Read on to learn more about this new online bakery.

Details
   Area: 
Online

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$$

Good For: 
Celebrations

Accessibility: 
Nil. Online purchase only.

Let’s Eat!

 The Malt-Teaser ($58), Decadent and rich chocolate cake created using malt cocoa powder and crunchy malt balls spread over the chocolate batter.

Spectaculoos Cheesecake ($58), cookie butter cheesecake topped with ribbons of cookie buttery cream and sprinkled with cookie crumble.

All orders have to be submitted to them at least 3 days in advance. You know why? Because all pastries and cakes are made with fresh, carefully curated ingredients, which are only purchased upon receipt of your order requests! This ensures you get the freshest tasting cakes, served right up to your doorstep.
Lime Meringue Tart ($65), Velvety white meringue lightly torched. Pretty sour. Many might be torn between deciding whether they like or dislike this. For me, I liked it. Goes well with Earl Grey tea!

Did I also mention that all orders include 100% FREE delivery. Choose when you want the cake to be delivered to any address within mainland Singapore, yes, for free!
Eggless Blackforest Cake ($58), Rich and earthy, this cake boasts no alcohol used. And being eggless, this is a good choice for vegetarians. 

The bakers do not include preservatives and artificial colouring, instead, using premium ingredients to craft their work of art.  That's why their cakes can generally be kept in the fridge about 2 to 3 days (maximum) after you receive them.
Tiramisu ($58), Bold flavours of cocoa, espresso, with the creaminess of mascarpone cheese. This cake is also alcohol-free.

Pistachio Raspberry Litchi Cake ($58), A spongy cake with 2 main ingredients: Raspberry and Pistachio. Raspberry mousse is spread over layers of pistachio sponge and topped with pistachio nuts and raspberries. 

Do you also want your special photo to appear on a cake? Yes, that service is also available at Cakesonline.sg! Just choose the flavour and the bakers will create a special cake for your special occasion.
Customised cake (enquire prices with bakers directly)

That said, of course, if you do have any other requests, discuss with the bakers by sending in an enquiry, and they can create the perfect celebration cake or tart for your loved ones.

Mixed berries tart ($65), A fruity tart, with natural beetroot colouring which gives the tart base a lovely red colour. Definitely one for the fruit lovers.

CakesOnline.sg are also proud owners of the ISO2200 certification, which is a testament to their stringent quality and hygiene standards, so you can make sure your cakes are in safe hands.

Chocolate salted caramel tart ($65), salted caramel and chocolate ganache. Rich and a lovely marriage between the salty and sweet.

My personal favourites are the Malt-Teaser, Lime Meringue Tart and the Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart.

CakesOnline.sg
Website: http://www.cakesonline.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CakesOnline.SG

This is a invited tasting session.



V-Mina: Keeping your vajayjay healthy makes you happy!

Friday, 25 September 2015

V-Mina: Keeping your vajayjay healthy makes you happy!
Today is a little special, because I wish to share some products that help with women health. Your confidence sprouts from within, hence it is important that you take care of areas which make you feel that way - clean!

As females, our vajayjay is a highly sensitive area and is really important to our overall health and happiness! As Asians, we are usually more shy when it comes to issues like these, but if we stay in silence and don't learn about it, and without proper care and hygiene, it can affect us in many huge ways!
As you know, there are already quite a few brands on the pharmacy shelves, to help you with keeping a well-balanced vaginal ecosystem, which is vital for a healthy V-area. The normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.2. When your vagina’s pH is outside of the normal range, a number of vaginal health problems may occur. Therefore, having quality feminine hygiene products with the right pH that are devoid of chemical deodorants or of antibiotic substances is important. 

Many commercial feminine hygiene products contain synthetic materials such as SLES, SL/ALS, chlorine and so on, all of which can be extremely disruptive and harmful to health.

V-Mina’s range of Feminine Hygiene includes:
• Cleansing Mousse
• Lightening Intimate Gel
• Deodorant Intimate Mist
• Cleansing Wipes


V-Mina is the FIRST feminine hygiene product in Singapore clinically tested and proven to improve good micro-flora balance. It gives valuable benefits not only to healthy individuals who appreciate delicate care for their well-being, also to those who are prone to infections despite having done their regular cleansing.

V-Mina’s products have been clinically formulated to match the normal pH (4.0) of the external vaginal area, allowing thorough daily cleansing without the risk of dryness and irritation. And they do NOT contain SLS/SLES/ALS which will possibly cause irritation especially for those who have more sensitive skin. V-Mina’s range of products come with yogurt extracts too, with a key purpose of improving good micro-flora balance. 

In a nutshell, here are the Clinically Tested & Proven Benefits of V-Mina:

• Improving good micro-flora balance.
• Natural anti-microbial.
• Facilitating healthy pH level (pH 4.0).
• Non-irritation, safe for daily use.

And as they say, Healthy V, Happy U!

To learn more about V-mina, visit their website here

This is an invited product testing.

For the Globe and your future generations: Global Goals

For the Globe and your future generations: Global Goals
Something amazing is starting today and I want to be a part of it. Other than just sharing stuff on food, travel and beauty, today, I want to share something that that really matters. 


I got to learn about this amazing movement that was created by the United Nations (UN), which will officially begin today, 25 September 2015. Yes, it is 25 September in Singapore today!

This movement, known as The Global Goals, will last for the next 15 years, where 193 world leaders have pledged to achieve 3 amazing targets: 

1. End extreme poverty.
2. Fight inequality & injustice.
3. Fix climate change. 

Sounds really hard. But will it, if we all do our part?
 
Other than these 3 goals, there are in total 17 goals listed under The Global Goals.

Living in Singapore, it is true that these 17 goals might seem like something distant and unrelated to us. If you feel so, that's because we are really blessed to be in this country. Home is some place I hold dear, and seeing how others find it even hard to feel safe in their own home makes me know that we should not take our nation for granted.

What you can do: 
Pick a goal that holds dear to you, and pledge your commitment! 

For example, Climate Action (Goal #13), for example, is something that you can put your efforts in. Saving paper and water, protecting our available resources, is effort needed on your part. 

I support Goal #2: No Hunger.
I support the notion of ending world hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, as well as the promotion of sustainable agriculture.

If we don't care about our world, no one else will. Make your stand today!

Join the movement on social media

Official Hashtags: #GlobalGoals # GlobalCitizen

To learn more about The Global Goals, visit: http://www.globalgoals.org

En Grill & Bar x The Entertainer

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

En Grill & Bar x The Entertainer
Very happy to be invited by The Entertainer Singapore to enjoy a nice meal at En Grill & Bar recently.

Firstly, before the review, would like to share with you all some great deals on The Entertainer App! 

If you use the Entertainer app here at En Grill & Bar, you get three offers in total! 
  • 1-for-1 main menu item
  • 2-for-2 tapas
  • 1-for-1 assorted grilled skewer platter 
Read on to find out what dishes they have in store for you.

A newest addition to their establishment, En Grill & Bar, joins the ranks of En Japanese Dining Bar & Z’en Japanese Cuisine in Singapore spurring the opening of another outlet under the same name in Shanghai.

Details
  Area: 
Clarke Quay

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$$$

Good For: 
Big groups / Small Groups / Friends / Solo 

Accessibility: 
Approx 10-15 mins walk from Clarke Quay MRT Station


Let’s Eat!

Tapas
Tako Carpaccio, $12
We began our meal with some tako capaccio, the sliced octopus nicely laid out and topped with salmon roe with a drizzle of zest from yuzu and truffle oil. It was a light beginning for it and whetted my appetite.

Wagyu Mini Burger, $16

Enjoyed the handground motobu wagyu beef patty, which was completed with red wine sauce. This was a mouthful for me, literally. 

Garlic Gambas, $16

I enjoyed this simple shrimp dish, I liked the garlicky taste, abeit the size was quite small for the pricing. Tossed in butter sauce.

Charcoal Grilled
Those going for items under Charcoal grilled dishes can try the Sumiyaki Moriawase ($25) and the Wagyu Yasai Stick (with assorted vegetables, $24). Both meat dishes were tasty and well-done. 


Main Dish
Those who wants to dive straight into the mains can try the Sunny Side-Up Hamburg ($18), which features a handground wagyu beef patty topped with sunny side-up egg and red wine sauce. It was tasty, though the dish proved to be a little too oily for me. 

Wagyu Houba Misayaki, $28

Another interesting choice to go for would be this dish: which is a motobu wagyu steak with miso on houba leaf, which gives out a nice, smoky aromatic taste as you chew into it. 

Surprisingly, the Wagyu Suji and Foie Gras ($14.80) turned out to be quite a table favourite. The Wagyu beef tendon was braised well, resulting in a lovely texture and you will find bits of foie gras in miso. My only gripe is that if the texture of the foie gras were made better, it would have been perfect. 

We also had the Angel Hair Pasta ($18.80), which was cold angel hair pasta topped with sea urchin and salmon roe. I liked it overall, but thought it was too oily for me. 


Dessert
Yuzu Cheesecake, $7.80
We were quite hooked on the light texture of the cheesecake, which was infused with Japanese yuzu. Unfortunately, I thought the plating could have been better presented. 

Matcha Tiramisu, $7.80

The texture of the matcha tiramisu was good, and it was deeply matcha-infused. Topped with sweet red beans, which makes the cherry on the cake.


More about The Entertainer Singapore


En Grill & Bar is just one of the 800+ merchants offering Buy One Get One Free offers on the Entertainer Singapore app. 


Other than F&B deals, Entertainer Singapore includes spas, activities, attractions and more! This money-saving app retails at S$60 and is available for purchase at www.theentertainerasia.com

If you are feeling tempted, ride on the wave and use this promo code "2015ALVIN" to get a 10% discount upon checkout! 

For those of you who are already familiar with Entertainer Singapore, you will be happy to know that the app has been updated with two additional features which will improve user experience.

New Updates to the app:

1) You can select offers to ping to your friends. All you need to do is tap on the paper airplane icon when you open up an offer and input the e-mail address of the friend you want to gift a voucher to. This is great for birthdays or special occasions!

2) You can summon Uber to drive you to the Entertainer merchant you wish to visit, and see the rates with a single tap! How easy is that! 


The Entertainer App
Facebook - http://facebook.com/TheEntertainerFB

En Grill & Bar 

Location: 207 River Valley Road, UE Square #01-59/60 Singapore 238275
Website: http://endiningbars.com/grill/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/engrill
Tel: 6732-6863



This is an invited tasting session.

Misato: Affordable and delicious Japanese cuisine in town

Monday, 21 September 2015

Misato: Affordable and delicious Japanese cuisine in town
We are here at Misato today, what would be in store for us? Check it out here!

Located at the basement of the Cathay building, Misato offers premium and fresh ingredients from Japan. Misato opened early in January this year.

Details
  Area: 
Somerset / Orchard Road

Country: 
Singapore

Price: 
$

Good For: 
Small Groups / Friends / Solo / Family

Accessibility: 
Approx 3mins walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

Let’s Eat!
Lychee Iced Tea and Matcha Ice blended ($3.90 each)
Refreshing drinks before we start our meal! Both drinks were not too sweet, which is right down my alley.

Cheese Korokke ($4.90)
These potato croquettes, which were made with mozzarella cheese, are crispy on the outside, mushy with cheesy goodness on the insides.
Anyone calling for a refill like I did?

Handmade Gyoza ($5.50 for 6 pieces, $8.90 for 10 pieces)
Its presentation will pleasantly surprise you, and leave your tummy happy with quality tasting gyozas.
Although I'm not a very gyoza person, but I have to say that this impressed me as I thought the steamed grilled chicken and vegetable fillings were really tasty.

Tebasaki Chicken Wings ($5.90)
You must eat this with squeezed lemon juice. It is slightly salty and spicy, and the added zing from the lemon juice is just the cherry on top. :)

Misato Oyakodon ($7.90)
Is the heart shaped topping signifying the parent-child relationship? Lol. 

This oyako-don is so tasty. Basically, Oyako literally means parent-and-child, which refers to the relation of the chicken and egg in the dish. This relationship tastes so delicious! You can also expect a good amount of salmon roe and flying fish roe as toppings, which also comes with a well prepared taste that adds on to the taste of the entire dish.

Zaru Soba ($6.50)
Loved the presentation of these cold buckwheat noodles. The dipping sauce is really good and having these with wasabi is seriously shiok.

Misato Ebi Donburi ($9.90)
Served with 3 upright breadcrumbed tiger prawns over seasoned broth and rice. The tiger prawns were really fresh and tasty.

Teriyaki Salmon Donburi ($10.90)
For those who likes salmon, here's one you might like to consider. Grilled salmon glazed with teriyaki sauce, it tastes really good when you eat it with the yellow pickles.

Chicken Katsu Curry ($7.90)
For me, I felt that the curry is slightly salty and I thought it might be better if it were taken down a notch. But I did enjoy the chicken katsu as they are lean and crispy. The chicken was kept warm under the blanket of rice, waiting for you to drizzle the curry on top of it to enjoy.

Misato Paw Anmitsu ($5.90)
This is their signature dessert! The matcha ice-cream is mixed with fruit and 2 very prettily decorated mochi 'paws'. The ice-cream boasts a full-bodied matcha flavour and is not overly sweet.

Matcha Zenzai Mochi ($4.90)
This dessert is quite special to me, as we find the grilled mochi within the green tea liquid, mixed with azuki bean. Mix well and enjoy.

Sanshoku Warabi Mochi ($5.50)
Warabi mochis are not cheap, yet here, they serve up a good quality jelly-type and yet reasonably priced warabi mochi here. It is delicious coated with 3 types of powders: Goma (Sesame), Kinako (Roasted soybean) and Matcha (Green tea). The matcha one is my ultimate favourite, because the green tea powder used was the slightly bitter type, heavily flavoured with the goodness of green tea.  I have to say, this is my favourite dessert here.

Low-Down
From this tasting, I can conclude that the people behind Misato do put in alot of effort in presentation and the taste of the food. The Misato folks prepares its food freshly and do not keep leftovers for the day. That's why sometimes, you may find certain foods sold out towards the end of the day.

If you ask me what you definitely cannot skip here, I have to tell you: their desserts. If you know me personally, you will find that I most likely already recommended this place to you. :)

Overall, their food keeps as closely as possible to the authentic Japanese food as possible, and serves up food which will satisfy you very well.

Misato
Location: 2 Handy Road #B1-24 The Cathay Singapore 229233
Tel: +65-6887-4438


This is an invited media tasting session.