Dr.Young's Pore Eraser Balm: Review

Monday, 29 February 2016

Dr.Young's Pore Eraser Balm: Review
Previously, I felt that my pores were getting bigger. I ended up using too much bb cream to try and cover up my pores and I was getting sick of that. So I decided to get a pore cover balm instead, in hopes that it would help me with that problem. 

I previously tried out Dr.Young's bb cream and felt that it was pretty good, so I decided to get this balm from them too. 

Details

Brand: 
Dr.Young

Product Name: 
Pore Eraser Balm

Type: 
Cosmetics

Price:
SGD$40.90

Where to buy:
Here's the Anti-Pore Pore Eraser Balm from Dr.Young:
This product is made in Korea, and contains about 15g of product. According to instructions, apply the product before makeup onto pores and blend it out. It says to put it on oily areas, but I didn't feel like slapping it all over my t-zone, so I decided to just put it on areas where I felt I had enlarged pores.
 
Its texture reminded me of the Benefit's PORE Professional.

Ingredients List
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/, Silica, Ceresin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polysilicone-11, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Linoleate, Glyceryl Linolenate, Gylceryl Arachidonate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hamamelis Virginana (Witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Amica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Titanium Dioxide, Propylparaben, CO77491, CI77499, Fragrance

That's alot of product for one small tub! And as you can see, main ingredients are silicone based, which according to them, 'help fill up pores and rough surfaces of the skin'.

 I only used this amount for my pores around my nose.


Verdict
After blending it out, it was not 'flawless', but I felt that my pores really 'shrunk' in size! I was happy with the way it looked and I continued with my makeup routine. I feel that this amount might look little, but it could last me a very long time!

Importantly, it had helped control a little of the oil around my nose area, so I did like this product.

Beauty note: 
- My skin is combination skin (oily)

Beauty disclaimer:
- Before using / testing any beauty products, I recommend you do a patch test first to find out if it suits your skin, because not every product suits every skin. :)

KOKOMAMA Market Place: Eat yourself a variety at SOTA's fusion bistro

Sunday, 28 February 2016

KOKOMAMA Market Place: Eat yourself a variety at SOTA's fusion bistro
Conveniently situated in the heart of Singapore at Dhoby Ghaut, where it is housed at the Singapore School of the Arts (SOTA) building. An adventurous business by the Chew siblings behind 77th Street, KOKOMAMA aims to present a wide range of international fusion dishes to Singaporean palate, and hence, the “Market Place”.
In an effort to continue the legacy of the former tenant, a french bakery, KOKOMAMA carried on selling french pastries in addition to creating their own dishes as well.


DETAILS
Area:
Dhoby Ghaut

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $

Good For:
Big Groups / Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:
Approx. 5 mins walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
We got to try their signature croissants, also known as the KOKOLAVA, which include 3 flowy fillings to choose from: Salted Egg, Peanut and Custard. The croissants are baked in high quality flour which came from Europe! I did like the texture of the croissant, which was light and fluffy.
Custard KOKOLAVA Croissant
But to be honest, my heart went to the custard one because it went nicely together. If you're a peanut butter fan, you'll like the peanut filling one. As for the salted egg version, it was nice, but getting the salted egg to react perfectly is not easy. And for this, I would choose the custard one any day.
Peanut Filling KOKOLAVA Croissant
I would recommend you have any KOKOLAVA when it is freshly baked and warm to ensure maximum enjoyment.
Salted Egg Yolk KOKOLAVA Croissant
We also had a go at the fusion pizzas, which has generous toppings on top of flatbread. These fusion pizzas include Chilli Crab as well as Salted Egg Seafood flavours to choose from.
From left - Salted Egg Yolk Pizza, Chilli Crab Pizza
The Salted Egg one was a little light, for me, I would have liked a more distinct flavour from the salted egg yolk. However, I thought that the chilli crab one was pretty good and would order that again.

Now, for the pasta - their Salted Egg Yolk prawn pasta was pretty decent. It's like a whole set in a plate as you've the accompanying mushroom soup cup and a garlic bread for dipping if you please. Some of us had some differing views on this - and it depends if you like it heavier or lighter, in terms of salted egg yolk taste. For me, I felt that the salted egg yolk taste needs to be heavier.
Lastly, we finished the meal with 2 types of bingsu-  Matcha Craze and Mango Madness.
The toppings were really generous and the ice shavings were very fine. Overall, we enjoyed the bingsu, but if I could choose, I'd go with the mango one as a personal preference.
In summary, while we did enjoy the food here, I'd like that they stick to the items they make best, like the bakery items, which I'd recommend you try if you do visit, and don't forget to finish off with at least one bingsu of your preferred taste!

KOKOMAMA Market Place
Location: 1 Zubir Said Drive #01-01, School Of The Art, Singapore 227968

Burp Kitchen & Bar: Chilling Out in Bedok

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Burp Kitchen & Bar: Chilling Out in Bedok
Burp Kitchen & Bar? That sounds filling already. When I heard that they are located in the East, I was even more excited, because the east side is my 'hood. Less than 5 months old, their bistro is situated at a quiet corner of a bustling area (nearer to Bedok Reservoir), well known to residents around who probably shops at the nearby Sheng Siong supermarket.

The host shared that being in a neighbourhood area, they also do not believe in charging for GST and service charge. That's definitely a plus point for me. :)

DETAILS
Area:
Bedok

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $

Good For:
Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:
Approx. 40 mins by bus from Bedok MRT Station (Best if you drive)

LET'S EAT 
Chicken Quesadilla ($9)
My first thought - this tastes healthy! Okay, minus the cheese. I liked this, crispy, and goes well with the slow cooked pulled chicken that's sealed within the tortilla wrap with melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Goes well with the pairing sauce.

Burp Kitchen Wings  ($10)
Yums. These wings were coated with their homemade special Adobo sauce (literally means sauce twice in Spanish/Tagalog). Well, they sure knew what to put on the table. Who doesn't like wings? If you don't, well actually there's also drumsticks in this dish. This was tasty - and airfried to make it healthier. Thumbs up.

Salted Egg Wings  ($14)
With the salted egg yolk craze that is hitting the Singaporean food world, it is little wonder this eatery is doing the same. But at least they do it nicely. I liked their salted egg yolk sauce, which carries a hint of spiciness from the chilli padi. As mentioned, all wings here are airfried to make it more healthy for diners. So this is naturally another thumbs up for me.

Salted Egg Tofu Fries ($8)
This one also had the same salted egg yolk sauce, but I didn't like this texture of the tofu. It was really just fried tofu sticks, but a healthier twist to fries. I mean, I liked it, but I thought the texture of the tofu could be more chewy, instead of the full hard-on tofu type fries.

Crabby Patty ($18)
This was one of my favourite dishes of the night. I was expecting Spongebob to serve up this dish, but I was disappointed in that area. I would also like to remark that the chef looked nothing like spongebob at all. (Lighten up people, you understand jokes, right?) Anyway, the 'crabby patty' was battered soft shell crab, which retained its crispiness through our photo taking. I loved the total combination of the crisp and the juices (which merged nicely with the salted egg yolk sauce omgee!) and the sauce and the squid ink bun. I would order this again.

Burp's Beef ($16)
The beef patty was good. Marinated in-house as well. What's interesting about this was that instead of lettuce, they used dou miao, which had a stronger taste, thus giving their burger a unique edge.
They tried to balance out the taste with spicy mayo as well, perhaps to lessen the harshness of the strong dou miao and I thought it paired pretty well overall.

Pork Carnitas Tacos ($12)
Tacos, tacos, tacos. This tacos is made to be quite authentic because of their softer taco shell, instead of the hard, crispy ones which I'm used to. While I was thinking, "why go soft?" but my tastebuds convinced me otherwise.
The fillings do go better with the authentic styled soft 'shell'. Filled with pulled pork and topped with apple slaw & spicy maco, the combination was flavourful. Comes with a small potato dish, which my friend liked.

Baja Fish ($12)
Pronounced "Ba-ha", this dish has some Spanish roots. Like the Pork Canitas Tacos, they also have the apple slaw and spicy mayo as its topping.
We liked the fish as it was so tender while the outer layer was just nice. Most liked this dish, though my preference is still with the Pork Canitas.

Well, one of my favourite points about this place is that they are unpretentious and they try to make it a little more healthy and unique for their diners, which explains why most of their sauces or certain dishes are painstakingly homemade.

Burp also has brunch items from Tuesdays to Sundays, from opening till 4pm. Some of these include the usual egg brunch favourites from pancakes, waffles to burgers, bagels and even breakfast tacos!

Would I return? : Yes. I most probably would.

Burp Kitchen & Bar
Location: #01-3165, 740 Bedok Reservoir Rd, Singapore 470740
Tel: 9711 9030
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/burpkitchen/


This tasting was an invited session hosted by Burp Kitchen & Bar, and Openrice Singapore

Nan Hwa Fishboat 南華昌(亞秋)魚頭爐: 2nd branch revealed!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Nan Hwa Fishboat 南華昌(亞秋)魚頭爐: 2nd branch revealed!

This post is so overdue but I assure you that the dishes served are still fresh.

Okay, bad joke. But you get my drift. Basically, after 88 years at the same location, the famed Nan Hwa Fishboat at North Bridge Road has now landed in Owens Road in December 2015.
Don't worry, the secret recipes are definitely shared between the 2 branches. With their secret silky-smooth superior fish soup brimmed with a unique combination of 12 ingredients and slow cooked over hot charcoal embers, the delicious soup is still as tasty here as it is in North Bridge road.


DETAILS
Area:
Farrer Road

Country:
Singapore

Price:
 $$

Good For:
Families / Big groups / Small Groups / Takeaway / Solo

Accessibility:
Approx. 2 mins walk from Farrer Park MRT Station

LET'S EAT 
Premium Dragon Grouper Fish Head Steamboat 龙虎斑鱼头炉 ((S) $38 (M) $48 (L) $68)
Also known as the Giant Grouper, the fish meat has a firm, sweet and fleshy texture. Combined with the broth, perfection.

Another premium fish they have is the Potato Cod Grouper, which is also available for order here! Potato Cod Grouper is a very rare premium fish species as only two fish farms in Asia supply this, so try this if you can. :) 

Unlike other contemporary gas-stove steamboats, every steamboat at Nan Hwa FishBoat uses charcoal.

Awesome fish stew, which takes over five hours to prepare before serving to you.
The zi char styled dishes (which are what I'm going to share below), are only available at Owen road.


Four Heavenly Kings 四大天王, ((S) $8.8 (M) $12.8)
We only counted 3 vegetables, since it's the 'four heavenly kings', where is the fourth?! Despite that, this dish was pretty flavourful.

Clams were fresh and lightly flavoured.
Claypot Drunken Rice Wine Clam 醉香米酒灼啦啦, ((S) $15.8 (M) $20.8)
This dish was so-so for me, goes well with rice!
Stir-fried Sambal Sotong 叁巴苏东, ((S) $11.8 (M) $17.8)
Fragrant and sweet, with a good tinge of orangey flavour.
Champagne Pork Ribs 香槟排骨, ((S) $12.8 (M) $18.8)
Dragon Grouper Shan Lao Hor Fun 龙湖三捞河 ((S) $12 (M) $18)
Silky hor fun with generous servings of fish and towgay (beansprouts)!
Dragon Grouper Shan Lao Hor Fun 龙湖三捞河

Crisp-fried Prawn in Golden Pumpkin Sauce 金瓜奶香虾球 ((S) $18.8 (M) $28.8)
These prawns were so good - I highly recommend them. Salted egg prawns? Too common! Ditch them for these and you'll not regret it.
Crisp-fried Prawn in Golden Pumpkin Sauce 金瓜奶香虾球
Overall, I enjoyed some of the tze-char styled food here, but I would best stick to the fish stew, and if I can only choose one side dish, I would choose the prawns in pumpkin sauce! So, Singaporeans who love a good fish stew, here you go.

It's surprising how slowly they are expanding, and I'm not surprised as I hear that Nan Hwa Fishboat also just opened its very first overseas branch in Jakarta by end of November 2015, bringing one of Singapore’s most celebrated local cuisine to the world. Branches in Vietnam and Cambodia are in the pipeline to open for business in 2016. 

Nan Hwa Fishboat 南華昌(亞秋)魚頭爐 (New branch)
Location: 93/95 Owens Road, Singapore 218907 (Farrer Park MRT Exit D)
Operating hours: 11.30am - 2.30pm; 5pm - 10pm (9.30pm last order)


This post is published in collaboration with Nan Hwa Fishboat.

Usher in the season of CNY feasting with Ellenborough Market Café!

Usher in the season of CNY feasting with Ellenborough Market Café!
Lunar New Year is a stone's throw away, and you're scratching your head wondering which restaurants are open for a feasting?

Ellenborough Market Cafe, the Peranakan based buffet cafe of Swissotel Merchant Court is offering you a chance to solve your 'where-should-I-go-feast-during-CNY' problems! (Phew, that was a mouthful.)

One favourite CNY must-do for me is Lo Hei! Just look at this wonderfully created mess. :) So delicious~!
Prosperity Yu Sheng - shaped like a face of a Monkey! :D

Then, feast on fresh seafood like Teochew Steamed Crab and Chilled Drunken Canadian Black Mussel, along with hot starters BBQ Bak Kwa Coins and Soft Shell Crab with Thai Basil Sauce. 

Save some space for Nonya favourites Ayam Buah Keluak, Babi Pongteh, Homemade Kueh Pie Tie and of course, Waxed Duck Rice. 

Specially for dinner, diners can savour a selection of roast meats including Roasted Duck, Roasted Char Siew, Roasted Crispy Chicken and Roasted Pork. 
In-house, handmade 'Chang Shou' La Mian

(From left) Braised Fish Maw Soup with Crabmeat, Stir-fried Australian Scallops with Snow Peas, Lily Bulbs in XO Sauce, Braised Sea Cucumber with Jade Brocolli and Champagne Pork Ribs

Their signature Durian Pengat and festive goodies such as Tempura Fried “Nian Gao”, Durian Cheese Cake and Mandarin Orange Chocolate Fountain will up the sweetness factor to your celebrations.
(From left) Nian Gao with Fresh desicated coconut, Sweetened Yam Dumplings, Durian Pengat, Baby Lobster in Black Bean Sauce
The Prosperity Lunar New Year Buffet runs from 1 - 14 February 2016, so quickly call and book your feasting session soon!

Prices are as follows (Adult, Child prices respectively):
Lunch (Mon to Sun): $58, $29 
High-tea (Sat, Sun & PH): $40, $20 
Dinner (Mon-Sun): $78, $39


Ellenborough Market Café
Location: Swissotel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058281(Lobby Level, Ellenborough Market Café)
Phone for reservations: +65 6239 1848 /1847 
Buffet Hours: 12pm - 2.30pm (Lunch), 6.30pm - 10pm (dinner), 3.30pm - 5.30pm (high tea - Sat, Sun & PH only)



This post is published in collaboration with Swissotel Merchant Court's Ellenborough Market Cafe.

Lovin' it with McDonald's huat new year feast x omy.sg

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Lovin' it with McDonald's huat new year feast x omy.sg
Lunar New Year is about family reunion. What better way to bring the family together? Yes, you guessed it. Food. 

Other than the yearly favourite - Prosperity Burger - McDonald's is also launching a new Golden Treasure Chicken Burger, which consists of a grilled chicken patty topped with caramelised onions, lettuce and umami – mushroom slices (ala carte from $6.30), all in one bite which offers up a sweet, savory, spicy and tangy mix! 
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore 
The new Golden Treasure Chicken Burger will be served from 18 January 2016, alongside the Beef and Chicken Prosperity Burgers (from $5.30) and Twister Fries (from $3.20) while stocks last.

To complete your meal, opt for the Golden Treasure Feast (from $8.90) which includes a choice of either the Golden Treasure Chicken Burger, Beef Prosperity Burger or Chicken Prosperity Burger, with Twister Fries (M), Pineapple Nata de coco Pie, and to end the meal, Yuzu McFizz – a refreshing Yuzu-flavoured drink with a colourful burst of jelly balls. 
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore 
And really, who has got time to queue up anywhere during this festive season, right? You can have it fuss-free, by calling McDelivery! A wide selection of bundle meals are available 24/7 with their McDelivery™service!

What bundles are available? Here you go!

Grand Celebration Bundle, $49.80 (serves 5-6)
2 Prosperity Beef Burgers, 2 Prosperity Chicken Burgers, 1 Filet-O-Fish, Chicken McNuggets (20pc), 4 Twister Fries (M), 2 Jasmine Green Tea (M), 3 Coca-Cola (M), 3 Pineapple Nata de Coco Pie, 2 Hot Fudge Sundae

Celebration Bundle, $22.80 (serves 2-3)
1 Prosperity Beef Burger, 1 Prosperity Chicken Burger, Chicken McNuggets (6pc), 2 Twister Fries (M), 2 Yuzu McFizz, 2 Pineapple Nata de Coco Pie

Deluxe Celebration Bundle, $29.80 (serves 3-4)
1 Prosperity Beef Burger, 1 Prosperity Chicken Burger, 1 Filet-O-Fish, Chicken McNuggets (9pc), 3 Twister Fries (M), 3 Coca-Cola (M), 2 Pineapple Nata de Coco Pie, 1 Hot Fudge Sundae

Sharing Bundle, $21.80 (serves 4)
Chicken McNuggets (20pc), McWings (4pc), 4 Pineapple Nata de Coco Pie, 2 Twister Fries (M)

On the side, here's a tvc which they launched for the festive season. 


Okay, I realised that that smart kid at the end still did not get an angpao (red packet). No cash, but still got love. Priceless okay? But we can see how bright his future is in the creative line; his thinking-out-of-the-box skills are still awesome!

The lighthearted ad, of course, focuses on family and that's really what Chinese New Year is about: Family.

And when you think about family, what else do you think about? 

Yes, love. Anything else? 

YES - Red packets lah! Don't be shy to answer leh!


And what better collectible for the McDonald's fanatics other than McDonald’s Exclusive Red Packets? 

For a limited time only, you can redeem a pack of McDonald’s exclusive red packets with every purchase of a Golden Treasure Chicken Burger Extra Value Meal. 

This promotion will be available from 21 January 2016 at all McDonald’s stores in Singapore, excluding Nanyang Poly, NUS, NTU, Singapore Poly, Temasek Poly, McDonald’s self-ordering kiosks and McCafe.
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore 
Redemption is valid only while stocks last.


This post is published in collaboration with omy.sg

Keong Saik Food Trail x the Entertainer Singapore

Monday, 1 February 2016

Keong Saik Food Trail x the Entertainer Singapore
So... this happened one sunny Saturday afternoon, where we joined a couple of avid foodies on a foodtrail using the awesome, cost-saving Entertainer App!

First stop: 

Wine Mansion 
Location: 20 Keong Saik Road
 Coming to Wine Mansion, was akin to visiting your friend's house for dinner. Except the fact that this 'friend' was a crazy good wine collector! Well, of course - because Wine Mansion specialises in wines, which see many corporate customers and avid wine drinkers visit their 'home'. :)
If you love dessert wine, you've got to try this. The Gancia Romino Lychee Prosecco (Italy), now going for $42 (takeaway price). The delicate sweetness left me wanting more!
Fried Chicken with kimchi yoghurt sauce ($18). A tasty mix which plays with the senses - a sourish sweet aftertaste which goes well with wines. 
 Beef Koftas with chickpea puree, garlic tomatoes and fried onion ($16). Another sourish type dish which they recommend. Most dishes here are created to pair with wines they carry.  

Second stop: 

Praelum 
Location: 4 Duxton Hill
Praelum - A name associated with erm, yes, wine. That's their signature anyway, when it was opened by wine aficionado Elizabeth Lin in year 2011. Run by a bunch of well trained, professional sommeliers, you bet you can count on them to recommend you wines of your liking. 

Here, we tried the Reichsgraf Von Kessekstatt "RK" Riesling 2014 (Mosel, Germany) and the Bodegas Lealtanza Crianz 2011 (Rioja, Spain). I personally liked the dry red, it was smooth and tasty.
Pork Parcels ($27) - a must-have here, made with portobello, cream cheese, bacon and tomato-basil dressing. Everyone was so in love with this dish, especially with the excellent combination with the flavourful apple chutney on the side. 

Salmon-En-Croute ($32), while most chose the pork parcel to be their favourite, I'm not sure why this was my favourite. But it is. 

Salmon loin, dill-tarragon butter, puff pastry, wholegrain mustard. The entire mix was just delicious to me and I really like what they serve up here - you can just taste the passion that goes into making the food right, if not for anything, you know?

Tarte Flambee ($20) - Creme fraiche, onions bacon and egg. This brunch-type item is one of those I definitely want to wake up to in the mornings.  Nuff' said.

Lastly, we head a few doors down to: 

MEATliquor Singapore
Location: 99 Duxton Road

MEATLiquor Singapore, a flashy diner bar that serves up good finger food and bar drinks.

Chillax-ing with a wide array of drinks, including Tequila & Rosemary and Pina Colada ($19)

We tried the fried pickles with blue cheese dip ($9), Sambal fries ($12), Buffalo wings ($15), Dead hippie ($22)! 
I liked the Sambal Fries and the dead hippie, which boasts juicy mustard-fried beef patty and dead hippie sauce.

Don't worry, all food (shown in the photos above) were in tasting portions, so you can be sure that you'll be getting bigger serving sizes when you visit! 

These 3 restaurants are merchants on the Entertainer Singapore 2016 app, and each offer three 1-for-1 main menu vouchers - this is seriously going to be so worth it!

In my previous posts, I've shared some screenshots on the Entertainer App. Here's the updated version! :) 


The Entertainer App interface is so sleek and cool now, with a really nice landing page! 


Just key in the restaurant you wish to visit. [#1]


You will be led to the restaurant's page - which looks something like this. [#2]


You can either: 
[#3] call the restaurant (for reservations or enquiries)
[#4] Ping the offers or 
[#5] add the restaurant to your 'Favourite' list!
[#6] When you are already to use your e-voucher / coupon for the eatery, make sure you are there at the eatery of course! Show the restaurant your app, for them to validate the voucher for you. 

Of course, in my earlier posts about The Entertainer App, I have also mentioned the incorporation of Uber taxis [#7] in their app, so it is now easy for you to get a cab quickly after your meal!


If you want to get more details of the eatery, simply switch the tab to 'Details' [#8] and read more about it, and even see the location map [#9]


If you're still considering to dine at the chosen eatery, you can also select read reviews (if available), and this button will directly lead you to agoda's reviews [#10]

Need even more specific information? 


Scroll down below the location map and you'll see most of the additional details [#11] you'll need. Any more specific information required (for what?), you're gonna have to speak to the owner yourself, because this is as much info as you'll require. 



If you're not an Entertainer member now, you can now purchase it for SGD$85! In the long run, you'll definitely save MORE! 

For more information on the purchase, check them on their website here

To stay updated with their latest offers, updates and promotions, follow them on:

This is post is published in collaboration with the Entertainer Singapore.